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Thursday, August 9 2018

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TRAVEL: Cuddly Koala Joey Cuteness At Australia Zoo!

Thursday, August 9 2018

TRAVEL: Cuddly Koala Joey Cuteness At Australia Zoo!

Breaking , Travel With temperatures gradually warming up across the Sunshine Coast some fresh new faces have been popping up at Australia Zoo! This season’s koala joeys are starting to pop out of the pouch with the eldest of the eight new joeys now being seen regularly exploring their new home. Head Koala Keeper, Kirsten Latham said as a result of the Zoo’s breeding program for the vulnerable species, several koala joeys are expected to emerge from their mum’s pouch over the coming months. “It’s great to see some of our koala joeys testing out their new home and sampling the fresh eucalyptus leaves.” “The eldest of the joeys are starting to make regular appearances out of the pouch and are learning a number of vital skills, including sitting by themselves,” Kirsten said. The curious joeys will stay with mum for a year, learning crucial skills like climbing, grooming and choosing the best eucalyptus! Australia Zoo has named the eldest koala joey Maple however the other joeys are yet to be named. “Some of our joeys like Maple have naming lines but there will be a number of joeys who will be named by members of the public or local businesses who make donations to Australia Zoo to help us in our conservation efforts.” Koala populations in South East Queensland are being significantly affected by disease, habitat loss and the increasing human footprint. Every year Australia Zoo provides funds to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, renowned as a specialist medical facility for koala health and research as well as all other native Australian species. “Interestingly, this year has been a dominant season for girls with most of the koala joeys being female. Maple has definitely been the star attraction over the last few days,” said Kirsten. “As this little girl grows along with her fellow joeys they can be spotted in Australia Zoo’s ‘Mums n Bubs’ enclosure where they will become more adventurous with climbing every day and getting a taste for eucalyptus leaves. Be quick, these gorgeous joeys won’t be small for very long!” Australia Zoo on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast is one of the only places in Australia (along with Cleland in South Australia) where koalas can be cuddled.

Book Review: Ginger Pride: A Redheaded History of the World, by Tobias Anthony

Thursday, August 9 2018

Book Review: Ginger Pride: A Redheaded History of the World, by Tobias Anthony

Books & Literature , Breaking “If you believe the rumours, gingers are hot-tempered and prone to anger – little sacks of violence just waiting to unleash their berserker rage.” RANGAS REJOICE! Behold the ginger glory of the redhead! No longer a pariah, carrot-tops the world over are now ready to flaunt our MC1R mutation! Ginger Pride is a bit of fun while at the same time providing some history, including stories of famous gingers and the science behind the magic 2% of the population. The pictures that go along with these are fabulous – how to identify your gingers in the wild, through pictures and a short description, and the gorgeous ginger drawings of famous frecklefaces, both real and fictional (I especially liked that Scully from The X Files rated a mention). Funnily enough, in between the humour, there is a lovely bit of teaching in the section titled Ginger Etiquette . There is a table with a list of things not to say to gingers and options of things to say instead, for example: “Don’t reference anything concerning the occult, witches, Satan or that rumour that redheads don’t have souls. Instead: A hug might be nice. Otherwise, asking after a redhead’s wellbeing will suffice.” Sure, it’s hilarious, but I can also see kids and teens reading this, laughing, but also then feeling like, gee, it’s OK to be a ranga, we are part of a group and being bullied for the way we look is not on. As the book says, there is such a thing as gingerism , which is discrimination against gingers and gingerphobia , which is the fear of gingers. Really, either of these are so out of date now, as there are Facebook pages and calendars dedicated to hot gingers! Tobias Anthony is not only a ginger but a Melbourne author who has written books including Hipster Baby Names: Really, Really Ridiculously Good Names for Your Kid and Superfans , the latter which investigates music’s most obsessive fans. Anthony has clearly found his niche in using humour to explore what could be the strange or obscure in a truly fascinating manner so that it is celebrated. Kudos to the illustrator, Carla McRae, who also lives in Melbourne, for her entertaining illustrations that really do add to the descriptions. As a fellow ranga, naturally I approve of anything that empowers my fellow fire-heads to feel like they ARE part of an important group and that our genetic mutation, while causing the need for massive amounts of sunscreen, is actually something that should make us proud. Make sure you buy this book not just for your ranga mates but for any gingerphobes you know! Reviewed by Michelle Baylis

Wednesday, August 8 2018

Detect the voltage parameters through Wireless wet Contact closures

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Thursday, August 9 2018

This National Day, We Just Hope Singaporeans Finally Get a Sense of Humour

This National Day, We Just Hope Singaporeans Finally Get a Sense of Humour Grace Yeoh Reblog Top image: Youtube Seven years ago, during General Elections 2011, I was made aware of the blinding gap between how content Singaporeans should be (given all that we have) versus the grim reality I saw on social media. Till today, critics constantly lambast the government, airing their dissatisfaction with ministerial paychecks and blaming the existence of ‘kiasuism’ on the education system . As someone who once considered migrating, I empathise with the growing disillusionment. I may be far less inclined to give up my place in this country now, but there remains one lesson I gleaned from that period of my life: one of the best antidotes to cynicism is a bloody solid sense of humour. To save ourselves, we must learn to laugh at ourselves, our sorry plight, and everything in between. Having a sense of humour also translates into a greater appreciation for nuanced perspectives. Surprisingly, it appears that most Singaporeans want the same thing . In the National Values Assessment survey published at the end of last month, we ranked humour and fun among our top 10 values. These two values, which did not appear in previous iterations of the survey in 2015 and 2012, were apparently important to our sense of well-being. Even though the changing political climate might be precisely the reason for the shift towards prioritising more light-hearted values, it’s heartening nevertheless that we aspire to lead an enjoyable life. That said, we must not mistake having a sense of humour for being flippant about important issues. As an aspirational value, humour simply means that we seek to find levity in heavier, darker issues—a survival skill that feels necessary today. After all, we have a tendency to take everything too personally. From the aunty who cuts in line on the MRT platform to having the wool pulled over our eyes by a clever PR stunt that raises awareness about the ivory trade in Singapore, it takes very little to piss off a Singaporean. Some of us react by passive aggressively muttering under our breath, while others write in to the Straits Times forum. On the other hand, humour (even of the self-deprecating variety) often brings with it a marked compassion towards ourselves and empathy towards others . By laughing at our flaws or making jokes at our own expense, we are admitting to being our own worst critic. Doing so exposes us to a certain vulnerability, letting others see who we really are. Story Continues In hindsight, perhaps we deserved to have that aunty cut in line, because we were too engrossed stalking our ex on Instagram. Having a sense of humour also translates into a greater appreciation for nuanced perspectives, which are missing from the typically black-and-white, top-down nature of the discourse surrounding serious issues. For instance, humour allows us to poke fun at the differences between high SES and low SES lifestyles without offending anyone. We do this in order to draw attention to the various ways that social inequality manifests in this country, all while ensuring we don’t spiral into an abyss of depression, helpless at the realisation that perhaps this is how it will always be. Humour can also serve as hope, while empowering us to keep trying to fix things. The key to getting humour across successfully is by punching up. Arguably, a sense of humour isn’t just necessary for ordinary Singaporeans. It’s also sorely needed in Parliament speeches, national day messages, and every other instance of public communication, although this isn’t to say that public communication should be littered with jokes for its own sake. The key to getting humour across successfully is by punching up. Case in point: the Ministry of Defence’s statement on Ben Davis’s should not contain humour, lest it come across tone-deaf. Yet it would be refreshing if a Nominated Member of Parliament made a tongue-in-cheek remark about how their motion might only get heard 10 years from now, knowing the amount of bureaucratic red tape the civil service comprises. What makes good comedy is also empathy. Tastefully trying to lighten the mood is an exercise in humility; it requires politicians to talk to us, not at us. On top of improving the overall well-being of the country, the most crucial thing about having a sense of humour is that it fundamentally changes our lives and how we look at the world. It shifts attention away from ourselves, teaching us to take things less personally. There are few other values that embody social intelligence, self-confidence, and self-awareness all at once. S till, as this year’s national day song states, “ I know I’ve got to be the change I want to see. How easy we forget that everything takes time.” If we consider this to be home, truly, then our expressions of love for the country shouldn’t just happen on August 9 nor solely as a national spectacle. Anyone who has tried motivating an entire team when individual members can’t be fucked will concur: we can’t progress as a nation when we don’t put in the effort to first improve ourselves. This may require us to stop making things more difficult for ourselves on a daily basis, and stop taking things seriously if it is only counter-productive to helping us cope with uncertainty. Other times, it’s about realising the humour in misery, like getting stuck in an MRT breakdown when we specially leave house ahead of time. Even after 53 years of independence, n o one truly knows what it means to be Singaporean, though many can agree that our ‘complain culture’ forms an integral part of what we call our national identity. But all talk with no action can create a kind of cancerous passivity; at 53 years old, one of the most pressing diseases Singapore faces is chronic cynicism. The only antidote is to make light of dark situations, not least because any semblance of effort trumps indifference and resignation any day. More often than not, that simply means remembering to find reasons to laugh hard and laugh often—at the world and its repeated attempts to break us, but most importantly, at all the ways we make a mess of our own lives. Have something to say? Write in (after National Day, please go and enjoy your holiday): .

Kelly Rowland On Why Beyonce's 'Vogue' Cover Makes Her Excited For 'Young Girls Of Color' (Exclusive)

Thursday, August 9 2018

Kelly Rowland On Why Beyonce's 'Vogue' Cover Makes Her Excited For 'Young Girls Of Color' (Exclusive)

Kelly Rowland On Why Beyonce's 'Vogue' Cover Makes Her Excited For 'Young Girls Of Color' (Exclusive) Zach Seemayer‍ The former Destiny's Child singer dishes on the important impact Beyonce's appearance on the magazine has on American culture. More Beyonce recently covered Vogue magazine , where she also opened up about her life like never before in a candid personal essay, and her close friend and former Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland says her appearance on the publication means so much for so many. Rowland spoke with ET's Nischelle Turner at the red carpet premiere of BlacKkKlansman at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, on Wednesday, where she reflected on the empowering message Beyonce is sending with her cover. "I remember looking at a Vogue magazine cover and I saw three beautiful white women on the cover and it said, 'This is what beauty looks like.' If I'm not that color how am I supposed to know what beauty looks like?" Rowland explained. "So when we see women of color on magazine covers… [it shows] this is what beauty is like. We are what beauty is." "I'm extremely excited for young girls of color to see that and understand and know that [they] are beautiful," Rowland added. For her groundbreaking cover, Beyonce had an unprecedented level of input over the photoshoot, reportedly having the final say on everything from her stylists to the set, and she made sure to bring on 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, making him the first black photographer to ever shoot the cover for Vogue in its 126-year history. "I think that it speaks volumes about who she is because it wasn't about her in that moment," Rowland explained. "It was everyone else. We know who Beyonce is. I mean, of course, through that cover, but just as a woman, a black woman, and it's a beautiful thing, and that's what we celebrate." Rowland has long been a vocal supporter of her close friend and fellow entertainer, but on Wednesday she came out to Beverly Hills to show her support for another groundbreaking artist -- director Spike Lee. Rowland, who has been a fan of Lee's inimitable style throughout his career , said she couldn't wait to see his latest politically charged biographical crime dramedy, BlacKkKlansman after seeing the first mindblowing trailer that dropped months ago. "The last Spike film I saw was Da Sweet Blood of Jesus , and I follow his work of course, but I'm really excited to see this one. Really, really excited," Rowland shared. BlacKkKlansman - -starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Corey Hawkins and Topher Grace -- hits theaters Aug. 10. RELATED CONTENT:

Back to School Teacher Outfits to Wear Now and Later

Wednesday, August 8 2018

Back to School Teacher Outfits to Wear Now and Later

Back to School Teacher Outfits to Wear Now and Later Aug 8, 2018 Like by Alison Lumbatis Like many of you, I have tons of respect for our teachers and all that they do for our kids. We are so very fortunate to have a quite a few teachers in the GYPO community. This time of the year, for all that they do, I try to make back to school an easier transition for them. One small way I can do that is by helping them out with what to wear. Today I’m partnering with J. Crew Factory with some “wear it now” and “wear it later” looks just for our hard working teachers! If you haven’t checked it out yet, J. Crew Factory is the perfect shopping destination for teachers. Their pieces are classic, comfortable, high quality and affordable. Plus they offer a teacher discount every day! Teachers (and college students too) get an extra 15% off every J. Crew Factory purchase with a valid ID. Click here to verify eligibility and you’re good to go! These teacher outfits do double duty for the transition from summer to fall. You can wear them now as is and add on some layers later when the temps start to drop. Sizing Tip: All pieces fit true to size. I’m wearing a size 2 or XS in all items and am 5’4″ and 125 lbs. Day One – Wear it Now The only thing better than a great shirt dress is one that has POCKETS! This dress is so soft and comfortable and it doesn’t turn into a wrinkled mess when you sit down. Utility Shirt Dress / Tortoise Link Necklace / Leather Loafers Day One – Wear it Later Add a denim jacket to take off the chill and up the cool. This jacket is an awesome length and hits at the right spot on the hip. Utility Shirt Dress / Denim Jacket / Tortoise Link Necklace Day Two – Wear it Now The ruffled sleeves on this dress are all the embellishment it needs. Add a necklace and flats and ta da! Instant outfit. You’ll want more than one color! Ruffle Sleeve Dress / Tortoise Link Necklace / Leather Loafers Day Two – Wear it Later Dress it up with a chambray blazer and crystal statement necklace. This look is perfect for picture day! Ruffle Sleeve Dress / Chambray Blazer / Crystal Necklace Day Three – Wear it Now This fun pleated floral skirt is just right with a super soft chambray button down. This is my favorite chambray shirt EVER! The fit is perfect. Day Three – Wear it Later Swap the chambray for a white oxford shirt and layer up with a cotton utility jacket. Cotton Pocket Jacket / White Oxford Shirt / Floral Skirt Day Four – Wear it Now and Later This outfit already has double duty built right in! Just take off the chambray blazer on warmer days – a white oxford shirt and navy pants always look sharp. Chambray Blazer / White Oxford Shirt / Navy Pants / Tortoise Link Necklace / Leather Loafers Day Five – Wear it Now Casual Friday calls for soft chambray and denim. These gray skinny jeans fit great and are oh so comfortable with just the right amount of stretch to keep their shape. Day Five – Wear it Later Just add a quilted gingham vest for instant warmth and style! This one isn’t too bulky. Chambray Shirt / Gingham Vest / Gray Jeans / Crystal Necklace J. CREW FACTORY BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY J. Crew Factory is having a back to school giveaway of $2500 in cash! Enter here through August 9th, 2018 at 2:59 a.m. ET. Big thanks to J. Crew Factory for sponsoring this post and making it easy and affordable to go back to school in style! Getting my pretty on with Mom with Style , Style Assisted , Dawned On Me , Style-Splash , Shelbee on the Edge , Walking in Memphis in High Heels , Shopping My Closet , Glass of Glam , Straight A Style Blog , Posh Classy Mom , and Style Elixir . I FEEL PRETTY It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell me what made you feel pretty this week in the comments. There are just a few simple rules: 1. Follow GYPO. ( Bloglovin ‘, Facebook , Instagram or Pinterest ) 2. Link up your pretty post. 3. Link back to GYPO. 4. Visit other pretties!

Thursday, August 9 2018

Collaborative Dinner Events - La Pizza & La Pasta's Dinner Series Has Two Chefs Team Up and Create (TrendHunter.com)

References: eataly & foodbusinessnews.net As its name suggests, La Pizza & La Pasta is a restaurant that shines a spotlight on two of the most beloved Italian dishes and it is now introducing a twice-monthly dinner series called 'Quattro Mani: From Chicago for Chicago.' Rather than just inviting one great chef to offer up creative menu items, La Pizza & La Pasta's Quattro Mani features "four hands"—a guest chef who will team up with its executive chef Will Serafini on one night of the month and Simone Iavarone on the evening of the second event. As part of this exclusive dinner series, La Pizza & La Pasta will only be serving the unique dish for one night only. The theme of this dinner series specifically offers an exploration of Chicago through its people and its food.

Jimmy Choo helps Michael Kors strut past estimates, raise forecast

Thursday, August 9 2018

Jimmy Choo helps Michael Kors strut past estimates, raise forecast

Home › News › Business › Jimmy Choo helps Michael Kors strut past estimates, raise forecast Jimmy Choo helps Michael Kors strut past estimates, raise forecast 9 August 2018 Fashion house Michael Kors Holdings Ltd’s efforts to revamp stores as well as its high-end shoe brand Jimmy Choo paid off as the company topped Wall Street’s quarterly profit estimates on Wednesday and raised its full-year earnings forecast. See catwalk Michael Kors - Fall-Winter2018 - Womenswear - New York - © PixelFormula The company spruced up its shoe business last year with the addition of Jimmy Choo, banking on a brand whose stilettos have been worn by the rich and famous, ranging from Princess Diana to “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker.The company has been pulling products from department stores and other channels as well as cutting back on retail space to limit the amount of discounting these channels apply on their products. The company has also spent heavily in the past year to update the image of the brand, which has been associated more with rich, older women.Their increased efforts on social media marketing campaigns featuring celebrities like models Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin also helped the brand gain momentum.Jimmy Choo sales came in at $172.7 million, comfortably beating analysts’ average estimate of $143.65 million, also benefiting from a shift in timing of certain wholesale shipments from the second quarter to the first. The brand contributed 14 percent to first-quarter sales.“We have begun to see the benefits of our long-term growth strategy driven by our two luxury brands: Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo,” Chief Executive John Idol said on a call with analysts and investors, underscoring the company’s Runway 2020 plan, which focuses on product innovation, brand engagement and customer experience.Shares of the New York-based company rose 7.39 percent to $70.45 in early morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.The company raised its full-year earnings forecast range by 25 cents to $4.90 to $5.00 per share, above analysts’ estimates of $4.77.Kors now expects its investments in Jimmy Choo to have a flat to 5-cent impact on its 2019 earnings, down from a prior forecast of a 5- to 10-cent hit.Kors has also been pulling heavily discounted products off department store shelves, forcing customers to shop at its own retail outlets where they pay full price for its handbags and watches.The move helped the company earn a profit of $1.32 per share, excluding certain items, in the quarter, easily beating the average estimate of 95 cents per share.Not performing as well, Idol said, is Kors’ watches category. The company hopes a new smartwatch offering heart rate monitoring and the ability to make payments via Google Pay will eventually be able to offset the declines in their fashion watch business.Net income attributable to Kors rose to $186.4 million, or $1.22 per share, in the quarter ended June 30, from $125.5 million, or 80 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding certain items, the company earned $1.32 per share, beating the average estimate of 95 cents per share.Total revenue rose 26.3 percent to $1.20 billion, beating the average analyst estimate of $1.14 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.As the call came to an end, Idol encouraged participants to go and see their stores come fall season. “We will have really, really changed,” he said. © Thomson Reuters 2018 All rights reserved.

9 Trends InStyle Editors Can't Wait to Wear This Fall

Thursday, August 9 2018

9 Trends InStyle Editors Can't Wait to Wear This Fall

1 of 9 Courtesy TAILORING "We saw some amazing Savile Row inspired pieces at shows like Balenciaga, Givenchy, Altuzarra, and Louis Vuitton during the Fall 2018 shows. I personally am going to invest in one amazing blazer and pare it back with leggings and white collared shirt all season long." - Ruthie Friedlander, Special Projects Director Stella McCartney $1,650 SHOP NOW Advertisement 2 of 9 Courtesy PAPERBAG WAIST PANTS "I, like much of the internet, was almost unbearably smitten with this picture of Ukranian editor Julie Pelipas and her cinched waist white jeans. I want to be this, forever. I understand that her pants aren't actually paperbag waist, rather, I think, a men's pair, but a cinchy '80s style waist is much easier to pull off than what she has going on. I'm going to wear mine with a close-fitting thin, ribbed knit sweater and a pair of minimalist flat mules." - Laurel Pantin, Fashion Features Director 3 of 9 Courtesy PLAID "This fall, I cannot wait to wear my all-time favorite trend: plaid. There is something about this trend that pulls me in time and time again. It might be that one trend that always surfaces each season in some way, shape, and form — and I do not mind a bit. Topshop has always been my go-to shop for those key plaid pieces because they do the trend so damn well and keep it modern season after season." - Jenna Pizzuta, Fashion Assistant

Emami to buy stakes in brands to strengthen premium grooming segment

Thursday, August 9 2018

Emami to buy stakes in brands to strengthen premium grooming segment

Home › News › Business › Emami to buy stakes in brands to strengthen premium grooming segment Emami to buy stakes in brands to strengthen premium grooming segment By Maverick Martins 9 August 2018 FMCG major Emami Ltd is looking to strengthen its presence in the men’s online premium grooming segment and committed to making strategic investments in the same, said a top company official. Emami to buy stakes in brands to strengthen premium grooming segment - Fair and Handsome Emami is looking at making investments in acquiring strategic stakes in new age companies in order to boost its men’s grooming segment to cater to the growing demand. “Investing in new-age start-ups has been another highlight in the business strategy of your company. Sole focus on a conventional organic route has the potential of lost opportunities while acquisitions also have their own set of challenges,” its Chairman R.S. Agarwal told shareholders at the 35th Annual General Meeting of the company. “Hence, your company decided to go forward with prudent strategic stakes in new age companies dealing in online premium male grooming and professional salon products,” he said. “With annual growth of 14 percent last year, the company is poised to expand its portfolio in key markets by launching new products,” Agarwal added. Emami Limited had witnessed a huge jump in its consolidated net profit at Rs 27 crore ($4 million) for the first quarter ended on June 30, 2018, led by growth in revenue and volume. Founded in 1974, Emami Limited is one of the leading personal and healthcare businesses in India, with a portfolio of over 300 products. It currently has operations in more than 60 countries including GCC, Europe, Africa, CIS countries and the SAARC.

ShopClues launch Independence sale, expect sales to double

Thursday, August 9 2018

ShopClues launch Independence sale, expect sales to double

Home › News › Retail › ShopClues launch Independence sale, expect sales to double ShopClues launch Independence sale, expect sales to double By Maverick Martins 9 August 2018 Indian online marketplace Shopclues will be hosting its Independence Day Sale – the Shop India Movement from August 9 to 12. ShopClues launch Independence sale, expect sales to double - Shopclues- Facebook The e-commerce firm is expecting the sales to grow 20 times as compared to normal days during the four-day sale event. The company is expecting huge participation from metros and tier 2 cities in the sale event and expect to acquire many new customers. Speaking on the Shop India Movement Sale, Rajat Girdhar, Head - Marketing, ShopClues, in a statement said, “Our team has come up with an intriguing campaign for this sale asking the consumer to join the movement of being free from tight budgets and expenses and shop to their hearts content this Independence Day season on ShopClues. It is an important sale for us. During the sale, we expect about 20 more conversions compared to any other regular day.” “The company has also expanded its back-end operations for logistics and last-mile delivery to ensure smooth operations during the sale days. Being the 72nd Independence Day, ShopClues is offering customers specially designed Rs.72/- deals with free shipping and free cash on delivery,” he added. The last Independence Day Sale saw a huge participation from the metro and tier 2 cities of Lucknow, Coimbatore, Vijaywada, Varanasi, Chandigarh, Agartala, and Guwahati. The Independence Day sale will offer a wide range of products across apparel, footwear, and accessories.

Snap's strategy shifts win over advertisers more than users

Thursday, August 9 2018

Snap's strategy shifts win over advertisers more than users

Home › News › Media › Snap's strategy shifts win over advertisers more than users Snap's strategy shifts win over advertisers more than users 9 August 2018 Snap Inc on Tuesday received a vote of confidence from a billionaire investor and reported record revenue from outside North America, factors that helped soften the blow of its first-ever drop in daily users. Reuters The social media company said its shift towards a self-serve model for advertisers was paying off and blamed a redesign of its app for denting user numbers. Still, analysts expressed concern that advertisers and users prefer Facebook Inc’s Instagram app over Snapchat.Snap picked up a big backer in Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who announced soon after the second-quarter results he had bought a 2.3 percent stake for $250 million in May. He said in a statement Snap had just begun to “scratch the surface of its true potential.”Shares in Snap were flat in after-hours trading following volatility that saw them fall briefly before surging more than 12 percent.The company has shifted over the last year to primarily selling ads through self-service, automated auctions rather than direct sales. That has come at the cost of the premium feel Snap had tried to ascribe to its ads, but given overall sales a jolt by attracting more advertisers.Snap has been able to boost sales volumes by competing with bigger services on price. Prices fell 9 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous quarter and 52 percent from a year ago.“It gives an incredible opportunity for advertisers to come and win on our platform,” Chief Strategy Officer Imran Khan told analysts on a webcast on Tuesday.With self-service ads, Snap has been able to grow revenue in regions such as Australia and the Middle East, where direct sales efforts are more limited and advertisers have few other options to market to its mainly 18-34-year-old users.Snap also has been redesigning its app to encourage users to interact with more of its ad-supported videos.Its global revenue was $262 million in the second quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S estimate of $250.43 million, as average revenue per user surged to $1.40 from $1.05 a year ago.Analysts on average expected Snap to gain nearly 2 million users in the second quarter from the first.The company cautioned that usage tends to slow in the third quarter, but did not make a specific forecast.Earnings from Facebook and Twitter Inc in recent weeks spooked social media investors by showing issues around data privacy, abusive content and phony accounts were weighing on user growth. Both companies shed some 19 percent in market value after reporting.But some analysts on Tuesday brushed off Snap’s user drop, saying that Snapchat always had more limited appeal than larger rivals.“It’s always going to be a niche platform, so the modest change isn’t very remarkable,” said Pivotal Research’s Brian Wieser.Snap executives told analysts that the redesign was the primary reason for usage slipping and that a European Union data protection law that spurred changes to user privacy terms had no material effect.Users on average continue to spend more than 30 minutes on Snapchat each day, executives said.Snap forecast third-quarter sales of $265 million to $290 million, up 27 percent to 39 percent from a year earlier, compared with 44 percent revenue growth in the second quarter.Daily Snapchat users fell to 188 million in the second quarter from 191 million in the prior quarter. Snap had never before logged a quarterly drop in daily users, according to data it has released going back to 2014.Snap lost about 1 million users in each of its three geographic reporting regions: North America, Europe and rest of world.Snap said ending leases in Venice, California, to consolidate offices a few miles north in Santa Monica cost it $3.9 million in the second quarter and would result in total expenses of $25 million to $45 million in 2018, mostly in the current quarter.Employees had griped about Snap’s network of small, spread out offices in Venice. © Thomson Reuters 2018 All rights reserved.

Heatwave fuels Beiersdorf sales of sunscreen, deodorant

Thursday, August 9 2018

Heatwave fuels Beiersdorf sales of sunscreen, deodorant

Home › News › Business › Heatwave fuels Beiersdorf sales of sunscreen, deodorant Heatwave fuels Beiersdorf sales of sunscreen, deodorant 9 August 2018 A hot summer is boosting demand for Beiersdorf’s Nivea skincare range, the world’s leading sunscreen maker said on Tuesday, as it nudged up its 2018 sales forecast. Monica Bellucci for Nivea The German consumer goods company now expects underlying sales growth of 5 percent this year, up from a previous forecast of 4 percent, following a stronger-than-expected first half.Chief Executive Stefan Heidenreich told reporters he also saw a good second half for Nivea thanks in part to the successful launch of a new packaging design for its deodorant - the brand’s biggest category.The heatwave currently affecting swathes of the northern hemisphere is boosting sales of sunscreen by 20 to 30 percent, and also helping to shift more deodorant and shower products, Heidenreich said.But he cautioned it was too early to say how big the weather impact would be on Beiersdorf, noting a late start to summer in parts of southern Europe like Spain had dented sales there even as northern Europe sweats.First-half Nivea brand sales grew 3.5 percent, recovering from 1.9 percent in the first quarter, which analysts said had been the slowest rate for three years, dented by the switch to the new packaging for deodorant.While Beiersdorf raised its 2018 sales forecast, it left its earnings target unchanged, with Heidenreich saying he expected headwinds from raw material costs in the second half.The company’s shares fell more than 2 percent in early trade, but had recovered to stand up 0.3 percent at 1030 GMT.“Full-year sales guidance is being lifted, but consensus is already there, while margin guidance implies a modest downgrade,” Jefferies analyst Martin Deboo said.The shares had come under pressure in June when Beiersdorf said Heidenreich would step down at the end of 2019, marking a second board resignation at the company this year.The stock has since recovered and is up 6 percent this year.Under Heidenreich, Beiersdorf has introduced a new Nivea logo, focused on emerging markets, stripped out underperforming lines, and regained market share.First-half sales, excluding currency moves and acquisitions, rose 7.7 percent, beating analysts’ average forecast of 7 percent in a Reuters poll, as both its consumer products and Tesa adhesives businesses exceeded expectations.Tesa, which supplies the automotive and electronics industries, saw sales accelerate to 10.6 percent in the first half, from 8.5 percent in the first quarter, powered by particularly strong growth in the Americas.Tesa accounts for about a fifth of Beiersdorf’s sales.Beiersdorf said group nominal sales growth was 2.8 percent as adverse exchange rates lopped 5.1 percentage points off the sales increase, bringing first-half sales to 3.61 billion euros ($4.18 billion) versus analysts’ mean forecast for 3.56 billion. © Thomson Reuters 2018 All rights reserved.

Hike in import duty has given confidence to industry: CITI

Thursday, August 9 2018

Hike in import duty has given confidence to industry: CITI

Home › News › Industry › Hike in import duty has given confidence to industry: CITI Hike in import duty has given confidence to industry: CITI 9 August 2018 The Indian government’s decision to increase the basic customs duty on 328 textile products has come at a right time and would certainly boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India, the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) has said. The decision has added immense confidence to the industry, and help generate employment.The government has understood the “gravity of the situation and immediately addressed the issue by doubling the import duty on textile products where imports have increased many-folds, post GST,” CITI chairman Sanjay K Jain said.CITI had been continuously representing to the various ministries of the government on the issue of rise in imports of yarn, fabric, madeups and garments made out of man-made fibres and filaments with a request to increase basic customs duty on imports of such products as they are being manufactured in the country by a large number of factories in MSME and organised mill sector, Jain said in a press release.He noted that the major part of employment creation happens in the downstream industry like knitting, weaving, apparel making and madeups.“These measures along with those announced in July in relation to import duty and GST by the government will certainly motivate the industry to achieve ambitious targets set for the textile and clothing sector,” he said.“The responsiveness of the government to our various problems has added immense confidence to the industry and hoping very soon export promotion measures will also come to build both domestic and export industry strongly and fulfil the ambitious targets set by our government,” Jain said.He, however, pointed out that the present decision does not positively impact the issue of imports from Bangladesh where there is a full exemption of basic customs duty and hence Chinese fabric is easily coming to India duty free through Bangladesh in the form of garments.“Until and unless government intervenes and puts a Rule of Origin clause, imports from Bangladesh will keep coming in the same pace and would affect the fabric as well as other segments of the value chain,” said Jain.India’s apparel imports from Bangladesh have increased by 44 per cent from $140 million in 2016-17 to $201 million in 2017-18.CITI has urged the government to consider imposition of safeguard measures such as Rules of Origin, Yarn Forwarding Rules and Fabric Forwarding Rules on the countries that have FTAs with India to prevent cheaper fabrics produced from countries like China routed through these countries. Copyright © 2018 Fibre2Fashion . All rights reserved.