The gold stocks gapped down 2 at the open—and the

first_img The gold stocks gapped down 2% at the open—and then didn’t do much until shortly after 12 o’clock noon in New York.  From there they made it back to unchanged shortly before 1 p.m. EDT, which just happened to be the high price ticks for both gold and silver—and once gold got sold down after that, the stocks followed in sympathy.  The HUI closed down 1.37%. The dollar index closed in New York late on Monday afternoon at 79.40.  After a tiny dip down to 79.34, it rallied to its high 79.54 high of the day shortly before 11 a.m. in New York.  It was all down hill from there—and the index closed at 79.38—basically unchanged.  The scale of the chart makes the action appear more impressive than it actually was. As for silver, because of the fact that JPMorgan has kept a lid on silver prices vs. the gold price for such a long time, there has never been a danger of a “golden cross” in that precious metal.  As a matter of fact, silver is now back below its 200-day moving average—and came close to touching the 50-day moving average at its low yesterday. The platinum price pattern was similar to both gold and silver—and palladium’s spike low came at 8 a.m. New York time.  Both metals recovered off their respective lows, but both finished down on the day.  And as I said in this space yesterday, it’s hard to believe by looking at the price action, that there has been a two month strike going on in one of the largest platinum and palladium producing areas of the world.  Here are the charts. Just eye-balling the above charts, if “da boyz” wanted to, they could peal another $100 off the gold price—along with a dollar or so in silver—any time they choose, as the technical funds are massively long.  That means that JPMorgan and the raptors can ring the cash register at their leisure.  The only question that remains is—will it be now, or later. Of course there’s always the chance that they could get over run, or let the prices go if they’re positioned correctly in other markets.  But just watching the price action lately, they don’t seem to have lost their iron grip, nor are they about to relinquish it. But, having said all of the above, the dichotomy between the performance of the gold equities versus the silver equities yesterday is something I’ve never seen before—and it’s worth keeping an eye on. Here’s a chart that Nick Laird sent around to all and sundry last night—and I thought I’d stick in today’s column at this point.  It’s shows the price of gold in U.S. dollars from 1970 to date—along with its 300-day moving average.  Here’s what Nick had to say in his covering e-mail: “With this indicator we are about to cross back into positive territory—and we all know what happened after this happened way back in the late 1970’s….“ Sponsor Advertisement Just to play the devil’s advocate here, I pointed out to Nick that the chart pattern is also reminiscent of what happened starting in mid-1982.  Here’s his succinct and learned response:  “Yes, if the fiat markets had corrected—and all problems were solved.  But, alas, as you know, that is not so…..You cynic – you heathen you…(:-))))”  Tee hee! As I write this paragraph, it’s less than 10 minutes to the London open.  Gold and silver didn’t do much in Far East trading, but came under a tiny bit of selling pressure starting during the Hong Kong lunch hour.  Gold and silver are both down a bit—and platinum and palladium are flat.  Net volume in gold is pretty light—and silver’s volume is about average for this time of day.  The dollar index, which hasn’t done much all week, is still chopping sideways in a very tight range. Today is the final day of the latest FOMC meeting.  There hasn’t been much news about it that I’ve seen—and as I said on Saturday, what they say or do—for the most part—is pretty irrelevant.  But we’ll find out at 2 p.m. EDT what they have to say for themselves—and it’s a safe bet that gold and silver will get pounded on the news—unless they announce a new round of QE, of course.  So we wait. And as I fire this off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:25 a.m. EDT I note that all four precious metals rallied a bit going into the London open, but it didn’t take long for the not-for-profit sellers to show up.  Both gold and silver are down a bit more—and platinum and palladium are back to unchanged.  Not surprisingly, volumes in both gold and silver are up substantially—and the dollar index is now up 10 basis points. So far, the Wednesday trading session in not starting out that well, but that should not be a surprise—and I must admit that I probably won’t like what I see on my computer screen when I get out of bed later this morning. That’s more than enough for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. I was all prepared for similar price action in the silver equities, but I was in for a shock when I went to Nick Laird’s website.  Yes, there was a spike down at the open, but the shares were back in the green within 20 minutes—and never looked back. The high of the day was at 1 p.m. EDT, which was silver’s high tick—and from there they faded very little as the price got sold down.  Then about 15 minutes before the equity market’s closed, the shares had a vertical spike of 1 full percent in seconds.  From there it traded sideways into the close.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 2.51%. It was more or less the same price pattern in silver, except the sell offs were more extreme on a percentage basis.  The only real difference was that the low tick in silver came at precisely 9 a.m. EST in New York.  Other than that, the chart patterns were almost identical. The high and low ticks were recorded as $21.25 and $20.625 in the May contract, another intraday move of 3%. Silver finished the Tuesday session at $20.815 spot, down 37.5 cents from Monday’s close.  Volume, net of March and April, was pretty heavy at 50,000 contracts. Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own so you can see the precision of the low tick at 9 a.m. EDT.  Timing like this doesn’t happen by accident—and as you know, dear reader, we see it all too often. Silver is now back below its 200-day moving average The gold price didn’t do much at the open on Tuesday morning in Tokyo, but at 9 a.m. Hong Kong time, the price got taken down by around ten bucks.  From there it traded almost ruler flat until about 11:30 a.m. GMT in London—and that point it got sold down a bit more to its low of the day, which came around 8:45 a.m. in New York.  The subsequent rally took ten bucks off its losses for the day, but shortly before 1 p.m. EDT, the rally topped out—and from there it got sold down until 3:30 p.m. before trading flat into the 5:15 p.m. EDT close. The high and low price ticks were recorded by the CME Group at $1,367.90 and $1,351.10 in the April contract. Gold closed in New York at $1,355.50 spot, down an even 12 bucks.  Net volume was around 141,000 contracts, the same as Monday’s volume. It beats me as to why silver shares did as well as they did—and that 3:45 p.m. spike got my full and undivided attention.  You have to ask yourself who was buying silver stocks with both hands yesterday—especially considering how poorly the gold equities performed.  What do they know that we don’t? There were no reported changes in GLD—and as of 9:48 p.m. EDT, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that only 6 gold and 2 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  JPMorgan Chase stopped “all of the above” contracts in its in-house [proprietary] trading account. The U.S. Mint had another sales report.  They sold 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 222,000 silver eagles. For the second day in a row there was no reported in/out movement in gold at the Comex-approved depositories. That certainly wasn’t the case in silver on Monday.  They reported receiving 1,009,802 troy ounces.  All of it went into Brink’s, Inc or CNT.  I’ve wondered on many occasions who owns all the silver being stored at Brink’s—and especially at the CNT Depository, as it’s the new kid on the block.  The link to that ‘action’ is here. Once again I have lots of stories—and I’ll happily lave the final edit up to you. The low prices of the past few years have succeeded in postponing enough investment buying from developing into the next physical silver shortage. But, while widespread investment buying has been postponed, it has not and cannot be eliminated forever. In fact, while widespread investment buying has been postponed, the backdrop has actually improved. That’s because the amount of silver available for purchase is much less today than it was in the mid 1960’s, or when the Hunts or Buffett bought. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 15 March 2014 All four precious metals got sold down a bit more during the Tuesday trading session—and it remains to be seen whether this is the beginning of an engineered price decline or not.  We’ll just have to wait it out. Yesterday, at the close of Comex trading, was the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report—and as I mentioned in Saturday’s missive, I’m more than apprehensive about what it will show. Here are the 6-month gold and silver charts.  As you can tell from the gold chart, the chances of a “golden cross” are starting to dim a little—and it would come as no surprise to me [nor should it to you] that JPMorgan et al will not let it happen, at least not without a fight.  You can see that the first two trading days of this week have already had an effect on the 50-day moving average—and a couple of big down days in a row would turn that moving average into a horizontal line, or worse, real quick. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. Please send us an email for more information, ir@freegoldventures.comlast_img read more

A minister is facing accusations that she misled t

first_imgA minister is facing accusations that she misled the House of Lords over the government’s “devastating” decision to allow a security firm with “an appalling history of abuse and mismanagement” to run the national equality advice helpline.The Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) was set up in October 2012 to replace the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) own helpline, and the government has now handed the contract to G4S.But a report by the House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and disability committee in March concluded that EASS – currently run by the outsourcing giant Sitel – should be returned to the EHRC, “either in-house or as the contract managers for a tendered-out service”, a conclusion that was strongly supported by the EHRC.Despite that support, the government’s response to the report claimed the EHRC “did not express an interest” in taking the service in-house.In last week’s Lords debate on the report, the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell said that government claims that the EHRC did not want to bring the service back in-house were “not true”.She said: “The EHRC flatly refutes this, saying it strongly supports our recommendation, and made clear to the government its concerns about EASS, and its desire to take back responsibility or at least greater control.”But when the Conservative Home Office minister Baroness Williams responded to the debate (pictured), she claimed that the EHRC “did not bid to operate the helpline itself, nor did it propose operating it in discussions with the [Government Equalities Office]”.Asked this week why Baroness Williams appeared to have misled peers, and whether she would be apologising to the House of Lords, a government spokesman refused to answer the question.Instead, he issued a statement claiming there had been “an open and competitive tender process, amongst providers who had expertise in running a helpline”, and that G4S had “offered the most cost efficient tender”.An EHRC spokesman confirmed that the commission had asked the government to bring EASS back in-house.He said: “We wanted responsibility for running the service and we have been clear to government on that.“We have been very clear that we wanted responsibility for running the service, whether in-house or managing the service.”Baroness Campbell told peers last week that when the Disability Rights Commission (DRC), for which she was a commissioner, ran its own helpline, it was “one of the DRC’s prime assets, enabling it to monitor the kind of problems disabled people were experiencing”, while some of its key legal cases “started with a call to the helpline”.She said: “The new contract has now been awarded to G4S, which is devastating news.“It beggars belief that a company with such an appalling history of abuse and mismanagement could have been appointed to provide such an important and sensitive service.”A petition calling on the government to reverse its decision to hand the service to G4S and allow EHRC to run it instead has so far attracted more than 60,000 signatures.And more than 40 disability, equality and human rights organisations – including Inclusion London, Equal Lives, Liberty and Sisters of Frida – have written to the parliamentary chairs of the joint committee on human rights and the Commons women and equalities committee to express their “profound concern” at the award of the contract to G4S, which they said had “earned a reputation for serious, systemic mismanagement and discrimination”.Their letter calls for “a parliamentary investigation into both the tendering process and the suitability of G4S to deliver this vital service”.Last July, the Government Equalities Office published a memo which showed that, of all the enquiries made to EASS, 62 per cent related to disability.Of roughly 2,200 enquiries a month made to EASS since 2012 – the memo revealed – 24 per cent were about a failure to make a reasonable adjustment for a disabled person.last_img read more

Greater Manchester Police GMP has admitted that

first_imgGreater Manchester Police (GMP) has admitted that it has a written agreement to share information about disabled people and other activists who take part in protests with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Disabled activists have expressed alarm at the confirmation, which came despite previous denials by the force and DWP that any such agreement existed.They said the existence of the agreement was a clear blow to the right to protest of disabled people who claim benefits.Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) said it was “extremely concerned” that its local police force was “spying on disabled protesters and passing on their details onto the DWP”.GMCDP said the agreement was “yet another example of the punitive and unwarranted targeting of disabled people”. Concerns about links between DWP and police forces such as GMP – and the impact on disabled people’s right to protest – first emerged last December after Disability News Service (DNS) reported that forces had been targeting disabled protesters taking part in peaceful anti-fracking protests across England.Lancashire police then admitted in December that it had shared both information and video footage of disabled anti-fracking protesters with DWP, in an apparent attempt to have their disability benefits removed.Greater Manchester Police then told DNS that it had passed DWP information about protesters taking part in anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss, Salford, which took place in 2013 and 2014, and also confirmed that it had shared information with DWP from protests not connected with fracking.This raised concerns that it might have passed information to DWP about disabled people who protested in Manchester about the government’s austerity-related social security reforms, particularly during high-profile actions around the Conservative party conferences in 2015 and 2017.GMP later claimed that it had not shared any information with DWP about disabled activists who had taken part in the 2015 and 2017 protests.The Conservative party is returning to Manchester for its annual conference in October.GMP has previously denied – in response to a freedom of information request – having a written agreement to share data with DWP, while DWP has said repeatedly that it has no such “formal arrangement” with GMP or any other force.GMP’s press office had initially suggested that it did have an agreement with DWP, before later denying there was one.Labour’s deputy mayor for policing for Greater Manchester, Baroness [Bev] Hughes, told DNS in February that she had “consulted with senior officers within GMP who have assured me that there is no formal ‘sharing agreement’ in place, and that the police act on a case by case basis, sharing information in accordance with the Data Protection Act”.But after DNS submitted a second freedom of information request to the force, a member of its information management team confirmed that there was such an agreement.After DNS asked if GMP had an agreement to share information from various protests with DWP, he said he had “located a multi-agency agreement to which DWP are one of many partners”, but he said this had “not yet been assessed for disclosure to you”.He said that most of the agreement “relates to controls/rules partners must adhere to when handling information”.He later told DNS, on 17 April, that he had “identified the area of the force that is responsible for the sharing agreement” and had “posed your question to them, and am awaiting a reply”.The force failed to respond to further emails – which appears to have been a breach of the Freedom of Information Act – until this week.But yesterday (Wednesday), a member of GMP’s information management team said he would “risk assess the agreement next week for disclosure” to DNS.The force’s press office refused to comment this week, or to explain why it had previously claimed there was no such agreement.Brian Hilton, GMCDP’s digital campaigns officer, said the coalition was “extremely concerned that our local police force is spying on disabled protesters and passing on their details onto the DWP”.He said: “This is worrying on so many levels. Disabled people in Greater Manchester have always protested against injustice, whether this be campaigning for our own rights or in support of others.“This news sends a clear message that disabled people should think carefully before they take to the streets and exercise their legitimate right to protest.”He added: “Are we now saying if you can protest you should not be in receipt of benefits?“Should disabled people stay locked inside their homes in case they are sanctioned?“What’s next? Are the police going to run undercover operations at festivals to see if disabled people are brazen enough to sway in time to the music or, god forbid, dance?”Hilton said repeated studies had shown there was “no epidemic of fraudulent [benefit] claims”, and that the force’s agreement with DWP was “yet another example of the punitive and unwarranted targeting of disabled people”. Dennis Queen, from the Manchester branch of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “We would like to see this ‘multi-agency agreement’ to which DWP are one of many partners, because the agreement means conditions are effectively being imposed that disabled people have no idea about, they cannot bear them in mind, make informed consent, and so on.“This sounds like a breach of our rights to engage in political protest to me.”Queen said concerns about the agreement would have “a directly chilling effect on people’s ability to stick up for their rights and join in campaigns, both relating to disability and not.“Given my own arrest for an offence I did not commit during [a Tory] conference this is a personal concern too.”In 2017, disabled activists from the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) and DPAC criticised “heavy-handed” police tactics at a direct action protest that blocked tram lines outside the conference.Queen was arrested for public disorder but was later found not guilty.She said: “Have I been reported to the DWP? Do the police now have a right to find out if I am a client of theirs?“What other private information are they privy to? Did the police update them that I wasn’t guilty of the charges?”Picture: Dennis Queen taking part in the 2015 protest outside the Tory party conference in Manchester A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Spend Their Tax Savings

first_img The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22, 2017, and it’s being put into action starting with the 2018 tax year.On the personal side, the final bill cuts income tax rates in almost every tax bracket, doubles the standard deduction, eliminates personal exemptions, doubles the child tax credit, expands medical expense deductions, repeals the Obamacare tax and doubles the estate tax exemption.On the business side of things, the tax bill lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent — which is the lowest rate since 1939. For pass-through businesses — which many small businesses are — the standard deduction gets boosted to 20 percent. There’s a long list of other deductions and tax changes, but it’s the corporate tax rate cut that’s the kicker here.Related: The Impact of the Senate and House Tax Bills on the Small Business OwnerWays to spend your savings.In response to the lower corporate tax rate that the new tax bill will bring, a number of large American corporations and businesses have already made it clear how they plan to put their savings to work.AT&T says it will give a $1,000 bonus to 200,000 employees. Wells Fargo is actually going to boost its minimum wage to $15 an hour and donate $400 million to nonprofit organizations in the community. Fifth Third Bancorp will be giving a $1,000 bonus to 13,500 employees, as well as raising the minimum wage for roughly 3,000 employees to $15 an hour. Boeing will reportedly provide an additional $300 million in charitable giving, job training and facility upgrades.While you might not have the same resources as massive organizations like AT&T, Wells Fargo, Fifth Third Bancorp and Boeing, you will benefit from a 14 percent tax cut, which will certainly lead to some major savings within your own company. The question is, how will you spend it?Related: 7 Tips to Save More Money in 2018While lawmakers on the opposite side of the bill like to claim businesses will only use these savings to pad their stocks and attract more investors, businesses are already showing their willingness to pass on the savings. Here are a few specific ways you can do the same:1. Give out bonuses.You can follow the lead of a handful of major corporations and give bonuses to some of your most loyal and deserving employees. A one-time bonus is obviously a short-term, isolated benefit, but it could enhance employee satisfaction and benefit the personal lives of the people who put it all on the line for you every single day.2. Raise wages.If you stand to save a substantial amount from the tax bill, you might want to invest in a more permanent benefit for your employees. Incresing wages — particularly of those on the lower end of the pay scale — could produce major rewards in terms of employee engagement and satisfaction.3. Hire new employees.Does your organization feel a little strained? Do you need some help? Hiring a couple of new employees could help you regain control and get back on track.4. Buy much-needed equipment.One of the less-cited benefits of the new tax bill is the ability for businesses to write off the entire cost of a depreciable asset in the year it’s purchased, as opposed to amortizing over a number of years. If you need to purchase equipment, this could give the opportunity to do so without breaking the bank.5. Increase giving and philanthropy.Finally, another good option is to increase your philanthropic giving and/or start a charitable organization. If your company stands to benefit, why not pass the savings on to others in the community?Related: What to Do Each Month for a Financially Successful 2018Push your business to the next level.The tax bill isn’t some godsend that’s going to drastically change the way you do business and make everything easy from here on out. People on the left like to claim it’s nothing more than corporate greed. People on the right are overblowing the bill and saying it’s the greatest thing to happen in this country in three decades. Both groups of people are out of line. It’s a tax bill — nothing more and nothing less.At the end of the day, you still have to show up at work every morning and focus on how you can make your business better. While the tax savings will help your bottom line, it’s up to you to push your business to the next level. No bill drafted in Washington will do that for you. Digital Marketing Strategist Next Article Samuel Edwards Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 19, 2018 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 4 min read News and Trends 5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Spend Their Tax Savings Image credit: Hero Images | Getty Images The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Guest Writer Add to Queue Use your money to help employees and the community. Apply Now »last_img read more

The Most InDemand Startup Jobs

first_img Whether you run a small business or want to work for one, it’s crucial to understanding which startup jobs are in highest demand. More than ever before, technical skills are needed beyond tech across all sectors. But more traditional skill sets are also in demand. Across the nation, these startup jobs are in the highest demand.Technical talent is the most sought-after by startups.Out of the 3,000 open jobs on LinkedIn’s Top 50 Startups of 2018 List, 900 are engineering positions. The second most common listing is for operations roles. Though LinkedIn’s list only considers companies with high valuations such as Lyft and Outdoor Voices, it points to a larger, well-acknowledged trend in the job market: The most in-demand skills require digital and technical skills, which is The highest demand is for software engineers.Above all, tech and non-tech companies are actively seeking software engineers. According to the Department of Labor, demand for software engineers is predicted to grow 24 percent between now and 2026. But aside from having a computer science background, these startup jobs require different skill sets, including:CodingPlatform designWeb and mobile developmentQuality assuranceTechnical skills such as these are in high demand. For that reason, the following software-focused startup jobs are in high demand across companies big and small.Related: 4 Ways to Have an Edge When Competing for a Startup JobDemand for mobile and web developers is growing.Whether you’re implementing actionable SEO tips or optimizing your website’s UX, it’s crucial to remember that over half of visitors will view websites from a mobile device. Between now and 2021, mobile use is expected to increase more than six-fold.As a result, the jobs market is seeing significant demand for mobile developers. These roles can go beyond building a mobile-friendly website. Many startup jobs are also focused around:Building iOS and Android applicationsDebugging softwareUnderstanding major programming languagesCompanies large and small need data scientists.Demand for data scientists is expected to grow 28 percent, according to an IBM report. With access to vast amounts of data, companies big and small are working to turn their data into actionable business analytics.Though not directly connected to data science, the growth of AI is also coupled with increased data-related startup jobs. These are typically called “data engineer” positions. Until recently, you could only pursue a career in data science at a large company but tech and financial companies today need people to process their accumulating data.In August of 2018, LinkedIn reported that there was a shortage of 151,000 data scientists. These startup jobs are concentrated in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.Related: Is ‘Data Scientist’ the ‘Sexiest Job of the 21st Century’?Growing demand for operations positions.Operations and “customer success” startup jobs are also in high demand. The Department of Labor estimates that demand for operations jobs will grow 27 percent between now and 2026. These jobs typically entail management and customer service, including:Streamlining startups’ operations to make processes more affordableImproving customer satisfactionWorking and understanding different roles within an organizationCreating procedures and guides for the organization, including quality controlAnd unlike engineering startup jobs, operations jobs are available throughout the country rather than being exclusively focused around urban centers.Related: The Next Startup to Become a Billion-Dollar Company Probably Isn’t in Silicon ValleySEO and SEM Management Remains KeyThough often classified under marketing, Search Engine Optimization is the process of optimizing your website to rank higher in Google through SEO marketing trends, not advertising. By contrast, Search Engine Marketing (SEM), entails promoting a website and increasing visibility through paid advertising.For small businesses, SEO offers an economical way to increase online business without paying for big-budget advertising. And for larger companies, a combined approach of SEO and SEM allows them to compete with their competition.According to a digital jobs report, demand for content marketing startup jobs, which can fall under the header of SEO, increased 33 percent between 2017 and 2018.Related: 6 SEO Marketing Trends in 2019 That Entrepreneurs Should Know AboutEvery company needs salespeople.Selling software to large retailers or pitching the idea behind it to venture capitalists requires a reading an audience and taking different approaches. Having a good salesperson who possesses both these skills is crucial for the success of any product.However, finding the right person to fill these startup jobs is a challenge, especially for smaller operations. In one survey of startup founders, 26 percent of responders rated the salesperson as the most difficult role to fill.Though the demand for technical employees continues to rise, startups are struggling to fill more traditional positions, too. Understanding and conveying the need for a product is as crucial as ever — especially if that product is intangible.Startup jobs in a competitive market.Unemployment in the U.S. is at its lowest since 1969 according to government figures. While this is a positive indicator for the economy, it also means that finding and keeping the right employees can be a challenge.For startups faced with bigger competition that can offer higher wages and benefits, filling operational and sales roles is a challenge. On top of that, employers looking for technical employees must contend with a skills gap, which decreases the number of potential applicants.By 2030, there will be over 85 million unfilled jobs around the world because workers are not equipped with the technical skills they need for finance, tech, and media jobs. As a result, prospective employees with software, technical, sales, and operational backgrounds will be in increasing demand. Businesses are competing for qualified employees to fill these startup jobs. Which skills are setting potential employees apart from the rest? The Most In-Demand Startup Jobs Hiring Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 5 min read –shares Next Article Register Now » Scott McGovern Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Founder of crypto site Blocklr & Growth Nuts, an organic growth co. 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Lowes Acquires Retail Analytics Platform From Boomerang Commerce

first_imgHome Improvement Retailer Sharpens Focus on Delivering Best-In-Class Retail TechnologyLowe’s Companies, Inc. announced it is accelerating its technology capabilities and focus on driving strong retail fundamentals by acquiring the Retail Analytics platform from Boomerang Commerce. The technology will be integrated into the company’s core retail business and bolster strategic and data-driven pricing and merchandise assortment decisions across Lowe’s businesses.The platform provides a retail analytics solution that processes product and pricing datasets to convert them to insights and actions. The acquisition is designed to assist in modernizing and digitizing Lowe’s approach to pricing.“One of the key components of our transformation here at Lowe’s is to modernize our technology. Pricing and Assortment Planning have been identified as strategic areas in need of modernization. And when we find the right assets available to buy and advance our strategy, we’ll do that,” said Seemantini Godbole, Lowe’s Chief Information Officer. “Adding this team and technology to our existing capabilities helps us leverage the right data quickly, effectively and successfully.”Marketing Technology News: New Soda Study Reveals Significant Increase in Customer Personalization Budgets Despite Lag in CapabilitiesBoomerang Commerce was founded by Guru Hariharan in 2012 and is based in Mountain View, California. Lowe’s acquisition includes the proprietary technology and tools for the Retail Analytics platform but excludes customer contracts and related confidential information and data. As part of the transaction, some associates from the Retail Analytics teams based in Bangalore and the United States will join Lowe’s. After this acquisition, Boomerang Commerce’s product CommerceIQ, which automates e-commerce growth for leading consumer brands, will operate as an independent business under the name with Mr. Hariharan as CEO.Marketing Technology News: Amazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce Leaders“The Retail Analytics team is thrilled to join Lowe’s and has high regard for the company’s leadership in the home improvement industry,” Hariharan said. “This transaction culminates a successful relationship over the past four years.”Marketing Technology News: Persistent Systems Joins Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions to Market AcquisitionBoomerang CommerceCommerceIQ.aiLowe’sMarketing TechnologyNewsRetail Analytics Previous ArticleTriton Digital Integrates dataxu’s TouchPoint DSP with the a2x Programmatic Marketplace to Provide Buyers with Access to Top-Tier Digital Audio Advertising InventoryNext ArticleHow AI and Interactive Technology Can Improve the Efficiency of Your Sales Team Lowe’s Acquires Retail Analytics Platform From Boomerang Commerce PRNewswireMay 21, 2019, 2:13 pmMay 21, 2019 last_img read more

Apple closing iPhone security gap used by law enforcement

first_imgIn this July 28, 2016 file photo, the Apple logo is shown on a sign hanging in front of a new Apple Store, in the Williamsburg section in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that exploited the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations. 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.center_img Citation: Apple closing iPhone security gap used by law enforcement (2018, June 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Apple mulls refunds for battery replacement on old iPhones The loophole will be shut down in a forthcoming update to Apple’s iOS software, which powers iPhones.Once fixed, iPhones will no longer be vulnerable to intrusion via the Lightning port used both to transfer data and to charge iPhones. The port will still function after the update, but will shut off data an hour after a phone is locked if the correct password isn’t entered.The current flaw has provided a point of entry for authorities across the U.S. since the FBI paid an unidentified third party in 2016 to unlock an iPhone used by a mass killer in the San Bernardino shooting a few months earlier. The FBI sought outside help after Apple rebuffed the agency’s efforts to make the company create a security backdoor into iPhone technology.Apple’s refusal to cooperate with the FBI at the time became a political hot potato pitting the rights of its customers against the broader interests of public safety. While waging his successful 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump ripped Apple for denying FBI access to the San Bernardino killer’s locked iPhone.In a Wednesday statement, Apple framed its decision to tighten iPhone security even further as part of its crusade to protect the highly personal information that its customers store on their phones.CEO Tim Cook has hailed privacy as a “fundamental” right of people and skewered both Facebook and one of Apple’s biggest rivals, Google, for vacuuming up vast amounts of personal information about users of their free services to sell advertising based on their interests. During Apple’s 2016 battle with the FBI, he called the FBI’s effort to make the company alter its software a “dangerous precedent” in an open letter .”We’re constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data,” Apple said. “We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don’t design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs.”it was first reported by various new outlets, including Reuters and The New York Times.It’s unclear what took Apple so long to close an iPhone entryway that had become well-known among legal authorities and, presumably, criminals as well.It got to that point that two different firms, Israel-based Cellebrite and U.S. startup Grayshift, began to sell their services to law enforcement agencies trying to hack into locked iPhones, according to media reports. Grayshift, founded by a former Apple engineer, even markets a $15,000 device designed to help police to exploit the security hole in the iPhone’s current software.last_img read more

Rajasthan RSS shakha attacked in Bundi two held

first_img Asian News International BundiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:57 IST Clash erupted between two groups during an ongoing session at an RSS shakha. (Screengrab from ANI video)Two persons were arrested for allegedly attacking a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) shakha (camp) here in Bundi district, police said on Friday. On July 10, an RSS shakha was organised in a park, where a clash erupted between some people and RSS volunteers over some issue, which is not clear yet, police said.According to the Sangh, some young boys, who participated in the event, sustained injuries in the incident as they were beaten up by a mob.Soon after receiving information, the police rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the situation. Police arrested two persons after RSS volunteers demanded strict action against the accused.”It is not an old matter. We used to organise our sessions in this park. On Wednesday evening, people from Muslim community opposed the session and started using abusive language for us. When we asked them to move away, they began fighting with us. A few of them also beat up our children,” an RSS volunteer said”We have filed a complaint with police and they assured us that strict action would be taken against the accused. However, they were given bail later and we are not happy with the probe,” he said.Meanwhile, Bundi Superintendent of Police said that they have set up a team who is patrolling the park. He said two persons have been arrested in the case and they are being interrogated by the police.”We are investigating the matter. It was not a serious case, an altercation took place between RSS volunteers and some Muslims. If anyone found guilty, we will surely arrest them,’ he said.Also Read | RSS leader Chandrakant Sharma dies after militant attackAlso Read | RSS’s role in nation-building’ part of Maharashtra varsity syllabusFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Rajasthan: RSS shakha attacked in Bundi, two heldOn July 10, an RSS shakha was organised in a park, where a clash erupted between some people and RSS volunteers over some issue, which is not clear yet, police said. advertisement Nextlast_img read more