Report on Pet Food Industry in US to July 2014 by

Albany, NY (PRWEB) August 09, 2014

While pet ownership is down, this has not deterred pet owners from continuing to view their pets as family members, and treating them accordingly. The humanization of pets and their dietary needs continues unchecked, as pet food resembles more and more that which one would find on the grocery store shelves for people.

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Issues and Insights:

How far will the humanizing trend go?

Insight: Pet food brands should look to people food for new product development

Can organic pet food grow to live up to its media exposure?

Insight: Pet parents seeking the best food are discovering organic through smaller brands

How will the human focus on health and wellbeing impact pet food?

Insight: Manufacturers who develop weight-management pet food with people-food attributes can appeal to pet parents

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Report on China’s Pet Food Market Competition

China’s local pet food enterprises completed the upgrading and developed four types of products, including dry food, wet food, snack food and nutrient for pets. The sales revenue has exceeded 1.5 billion Yuan, and market scale is still increasing by over 15% on average each year, which is far above the global average growth rate of 4%. As a whole, China’s pet food market is still on its initial development stage compared with that of the foreign market, but the market prospect is positive. China’s urbanization is still on rapid development, and the feeding of pets has become a new hot field of urban residentsᅡメ consumption. The current age constitution of China’s population and its development trend shows that in the future decades of years, the proportion of elderly people in China’s population will increase as the family planning policy since 1970s has been adopted for over 30 years. Therefore, the consumer group of pet food will continue to increase and the prospect of China’s pet food industry will become more prosperous. Browse Full Report with Complete TOC at:

However, with the increase of pet food producers in China and the constant increase of production cost, circulation cost and marketing cost, the competition in China’s pet food market will become fiercer. To face such a condition, it is important to have a thorough understanding and commanding of the market condition of the industry, such as the trend of national policies and regulations for the industry, the development history of China’s pet food market and the future growth space, the characteristics of pet food consumption and purchasing performance of consumers in major areas, the circulation channels and circulation cost of China’s pet food, the market concentration degree of China’s pet food industry, the competition between foreign brands and domestic brands, their respective market orientation and strategy, as well as the investment value of each kinds of pet food enterprises, etc.

Global Pet Food Market: Trends & Opportunities (2014-19)

The report titled “Global Pet Food Market: Trends & Opportunities (2014-2019)“ provides an insight into the market dynamics and various trends and opportunities associated with the global pet food market. The report gives a detail insight into market growth and pet food sales over the past five years.    It further captures the global share based on regional analysis, type of food, retail channel and type of companion animal. It also includes the changing trend in the global pet food market. The report also discusses about domestic market of United States which is the largest contributor in the global pet food market, Australia and New Zealand. Browse full report with complete TOC at:

Executive Summary:

Today it is significant that dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals are providing psychological and physiological benefit in human life. Whether it is a cat, dog, or other pet, domesticated animals are interwoven into the social and emotional fabric of individuals and families lives.

The global pet industry has undergone drastic change over the past decades. The industry became commercialized in 1860 with the invention of first dog biscuit in England, and since then it has witnessed many changes and trends. Pet food, one of the major segments of pet industry, has grown significantly over the years and currently the pet food industry is growing at a moderate pace.

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Medtech College and PlattForm Earn Stevie Award for Marketing Team of the Year

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) July 28, 2014

The most influential partnerships in the business world are not like partnerships at all – they are better compared to relationships. Openness and honesty between both parties often drives collaboration in new – and often innovative – directions. While thousands of partnerships are forged between companies every day, few display the lasting commitment, innovation, and honesty it takes to earn formal recognition from the American Business Awards.

In June, Medtech College earned awards in six categories of The 2014 American Business Awards (“The Stevies”). Among its wins, Medtech received an award for “Marketing Team of the Year” based on its inventive and enduring partnership with PlattForm as its primary agency of record. The award represents another highlight for the two companies among the day in and day out victories of reaching prospective students with the ultimate goal of changing their lives through education.

“Like any good relationship, our partnership with PlattForm is based on a set of core values: admiration, respect, trust, communication, accountability, and a whole lot of fun,” said Rich Schechter, Medtech’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We are one marketing team – it’s just that some of us work in different locations. We celebrate our successes, we weep over our misses, and we work hard together to map out our future and solve the pressing issues of each day.”

“Working side by side for four years, the marketing professionals from both organizations understand the expectations placed on them and operate with the highest efficiency,” Schechter added, “Medtech receives the benefit of a full-service, integrated marketing operation, a talent pool fully immersed in the education sector, the technology and systems to track performance and illuminate decision making, and fresh thinking and innovation coming from the supportive environment that PlattForm management creates.” Conversely, PlattForm reaps the benefits of assisting a team of executives with a significant knowledge of higher education, openness to new ideas, and a belief in the power of education to change lives.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted at the chance at winning a Stevie in a wide range of categories.

About Medtech:

A prominent healthcare education and continuing professional development brand, Medtech is a nationally accredited post-secondary network of colleges and institutes with the goal of advancing healthcare career training. Working hand-in-hand with students to provide an exceptional learning environment incorporating comprehensive classroom instruction and personalized hands-on experience, Medtech helps them create an extraordinary new future for themselves. Medtech also provides continuing education solutions for healthcare professionals who need professional re-certification, updated healthcare training or professional development to enhance their existing healthcare careers. Medtech won two Best in Biz Awards in 2013, was recognized as one of Achievers’ 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in 2013 and 2012, named one of the nation’s best places to work by Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™, and was previously honored in five categories of the 2012 American Business AwardsSM(“The Stevies”).

Medtech prepares students for in-demand healthcare careers at campuses in the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia, including the Radians College nursing campus in Washington, D.C. and National Medical Education & Training Center in Massachusetts. Program offerings vary by campus; certain Medtech campuses offer nursing training. Visit to learn more about Medtech education opportunities.

About Rich Schechter:

Richard Schechter, SVP Marketing for Medtech College, is a three time marketing Stevie Award winner. This year, in addition to Marketing Team of the Year Award, he also achieved an individual Stevie Award for Marketer of the Year.

About PlattForm:

Since 1989, PlattForm ( has set the standard of excellence in marketing and enrollment solutions for colleges and universities worldwide. Headquartered in Kansas City, the firm boasts an internal staff of more than 550 industry experts. Forming partnerships with higher education institutions of all types, PlattForm provides optimal marketing performance through AttriBrandTM, a proprietary approach that integrates research, creative and channel-agnostic media planning with multichannel analytics and attribution. PlattForm’s Academic Program Management (APM) suite of services represents a closer collaboration for enhanced student outcomes, spanning the entire educational journey from students’ first awareness of an institution to enrollment through graduation and career planning. A global company, PlattForm has offices located throughout the United States and in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Dickinson Wright’s Real Estate Practice Listed in “2014 Best of the Best” by Midwest Real Estate News

DETROIT, Mich. (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm’s Real Estate Practice has been listed in the Top 5 of real estate law firms for Midwest Real Estate News’ “2014 Best of the Best”. Over 60 Midwest commercial real estate law firms were submitted and rankings were calculated based on the total dollar volume of transactions completed in 2013, according to Midwest Real Estate News.

“We are honored to be included in this year’s 2014 Best of the Best of Midwest Real Estate Law Firms by Midwest Real Estate News,” says Harlan W. Robins, practice department manager for real estate, environmental, and energy & sustainability. “Our outstanding team of real estate attorneys strives to provide our clients with the expertise and unwavering dedication that they have come to expect from Dickinson Wright since 1878. Our deal volume reflects their hard work, shoulder to shoulder with our clients.”

Dickinson Wright’s real estate practice is comprised of over 95 lawyers who are actively involved in diverse real estate matters and regularly represent a wide variety of clients including property owners, developers, managers, contractors, lenders, investors, corporations, nonprofits, and governments, among others, in all aspects of real estate. With offices across Michigan and in Ohio, Nashville, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and Toronto, and significant experience in real estate transactions in nearly all 50 states and throughout Canada, we serve our clients wherever they need us.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 350 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nev.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 35 lawyers in Toronto, Canada.

US Federal Contractor Registration: Tropical Storm Arthur Transforms into Hurricane

Washington D.C. (PRWEB) July 04, 2014

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida reported at the beginning of the week that the creation of a small cyclone formation called Tropical Storm Arthur was just east of the Central Florida Atlantic Coast. Beginning as a low pressure area 140 miles off the coast of Florida, Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to turn into a Hurricane. Hurricane Arthur is predicted to hit the outranks of North Carolina this upcoming weekend.

Meteorologists are still trying to determine whether or not the hurricane is going to be detractive and how far in land it will reach before dissipating. Winds are expected to reach an upwards of 90 to 100 mph when Hurricane Arthur reaches the coast of North Carolina, and then curve to the east away from the United States. People that have planned holiday weekends for the 4th of July are starting to cancel reservations and prepare for the worse. Businesses that are FEMA contractor are encouraged to stay available this weekend in the southeast to disaster relief.

Businesses must become a registered FEMA contractor in order to help in the relief efforts when a natural disaster strikes. Businesses must receive a DUNS number and register in System for Award Management (SAM). US Federal Contractor Registration is encouraging businesses to call (877) 252-2700 Ext 1 in order to register in SAM and submit their FEMA paperwork to be prepared for Hurricane season this year. If a business would like to learn more about FEMA and no bid contracting, they can reference the FEMA section on The website Government Contracting Tips provides a free packet for any businesses that would like to learn more about providing disaster relief to the Federal Government. The FEMA Packet includes the following information:

Forming a successful FEMA business plan
How to incorporate FEMA into your web presence
Tips on marketing to FEMA’s disaster relief effort
FEMA procurement office contact information & the top 5 FEMA contractors

US Federal Contractor Registration has registered over 60,000 private sector businesses in the SAM registration, some of which include McGraw Hill, HP, Wells Fargo, Xerox, GoodWill, Dixie, UPS, Heinz, Sheraton Hotels, Marriott, Westin, Interstate Oil, CITI, and Coldwell Banker, as well as academic institutions and colleges like NYC, Northwestern, Oxford, Southwestern, and Mercer. Numerous federal agencies like US Army, US Navy, Veteran Affairs, and United States Department of Agriculture have also had their government paperwork facilitated by US Federal Contractor Registration Case Managers.

China Medium Truck Industry Report, 2014-2017: Now Online Available at MarketResearchReports.Biz

(PRWEB) June 10, 2014

China Medium Truck Industry Report, 2014-2017 released by Sino Market Insight forecasts China’s medium truck output will be 151,000 in 2017.

From January to April of 2014, China’s medium truck output and sales volume hit 57,300 and 56,200 respectively, down 19% and 15% separately compared with the same period in 2013. The decline rates touched the bottom since 2012, because medium trucks targeted at individual consumers, less economical than heavy trucks in long-distance transport while less flexible than light trucks in short-distance transport. In the future, the market share of medium trucks will shrink further under the threat of heavy and light trucks.

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In terms of vehicle sales volume, China National Heavy Duty Truck Group, Dongfeng Automobile, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile, Chongqing Lifan and Beiqi Foton ranked the top with the respective sales volume of 14806, 10765, 6053, 4465 and 4405, accounting for 72.0% of the total sales volume of medium trucks together.

As one of the major heavy-duty truck and military vehicle production bases in China, China Heavy Duty Truck Group is an all-series commercial vehicle conglomerate producing more than 2,000 models of heavy truck, medium truck, light truck, special trucks, buses, special vehicles and with brands such as Sitrak, Howo, Steyr, Huanghe Commander, Gold Prince, Hohan, Wangpai, Folor,and Wero, boasting the most complete range of drive types and powers in China’s heavy truck industry. In 2013, the Group operated nearly 900 sales units, more than 1,200 service stations, a nationwide distribution network, a parts supply network as well as an after-sales service & maintenance network.

The report contains six chapters and 75 charts, introducing China commercial vehicle industry, medium truck industry, competition patterns and future trends. It also analyzes profile, financial indicators, capacity, output, sales volume and development planning of 13 major domestic automobile manufacturers, such as China National Heavy Duty Truck Group, Dongfeng Automobile, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile, Chongqing Lifan Automobile, Beiqi Foton Motor, Sichuan Hyundai Motor and Zhejiang UFO Automobile Manufacturing.

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Table of Contents

1. Industry’s Macro Environment

1.1 Decelerated Growth in Chinese Economy

1.2 A Drop in Growth Rate of Fixed Assets Investment

1.3 Remarkable Slowdown in Import and Export

1.4 Steady Increase of Social Consumption

2. Overview of Commercial Vehicle Industry

2.1 Definition and Classification

2.2 Relevant Industrial Policies

3 Overview of China Commercial Vehicle Industry

3.1 Production

3.2 Sales

3.3 Import and Export

4 China Medium Truck Industry

4.1 Production and Sales

4.2 Import and Export

4.2.1 Import

4.2.2 Export

4.3 Competition Pattern

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5.1 Production and Sales

5.2 Import and Export

5.3 Competition Pattern

6 Major Enterprises

6.1 China National Heavy Duty Truck Group

6.1.1 Profile

6.1.2 Financial Indicators

6.1.3 Operating Revenue Structure

6.1.4 Revenue by Region

6.1.5 Commercial Vehicle Output and Sales Volume

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US Department of Agriculture Food Pyramid

US Department of Agriculture has designed the food pyramid which contains a variety of both natural and highly processed foods that are obtainable at your local market. It uses a labeled illustration shaped as a food pyramid which has teams of essential amount and varieties of food that are required for people to help them in selecting healthy food items.

In the base of this food pyramid are items that function a ready source of energy. There are made in low starch, pasta, bread, low in fat, and embody cereals and several totally different types of grains. Within the specifications of this pyramid, a traditional individual adult wants to consume vi to 11 servings of those items. The best and healthiest food in this cluster is whole grains. You’ll additionally included during a single serving of those foods a slice of bread, cup of cereal flakes, a ounce of rice or pasta and one flat tortilla.

If you look at the geometry of the food pyramid it shows fruits and vegetables are needed in less amount than carbohydrates. Thus normally speaking, a grown person would wish three to five servings of vegetables and 2 to four servings of fruits on a daily basis. Vegetables are very high in fiber content and are an ideal food item to stay the bowel movements in order. They’re each rich in vitamins (needed for immunity and general health) and minerals that help for proper functioning of varied body organs, go for the darker inexperienced vegetables and strive to induce contemporary fruits rather than juices.

The higher chamber, is next in the food chamber that occupies proteins and dairy products. Yes, you wish 2 to 3 servings daily of every of those foods. Lean meat, eggs, fish, beans and nuts all have protein. It’s advisable if you’ll be able to take away the visible fat that you see on the meat thus as to form it an occasional fat item. Use moderation when consuming nuts because they hold fats. A dairy product, milk is the complete diet that has the foremost required minerals and vitamins like magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. Yogurt and cheese are counseled dairy products as well. Try to abstain from a high intake of ice cream and cheeses that are high in fat.

Last, at the prime of this pyramid lie fats, oils and sweets. Recommended quantity of these things is restricted to sparing use, Margarines, butter, cream, oils, candies etc, all are foods that aren’t easy to digest and hence ought to be employed in terribly minimal amounts. But, it’s important part of our diet, simply as all the other components of the food pyramid are important as well.

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Marty Bennett Joins CollegeWeekLive as Manager of International Partnerships

Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 05, 2014

CollegeWeekLive, the leading website where students and colleges meet live online, today announced that Marty Bennett is joining CollegeWeekLive as Manager of International Partnerships. Marty will be growing reach and awareness for CollegeWeekLive in the international higher education community. In this role, Marty will be collaborating with the U.S. Department of State, EducationUSA, and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to drive international student registration and participation. Marty will also be developing new partnerships with national and regional consortiums as well as recruiting expert presenters for CollegeWeekLive international online video events.

Most recently, Marty served as EducationUSA Outreach Coordinator for the Institute of International Education where he led the development and implementation of the social media efforts for EducationUSA and proactively facilitated stronger relationships between the U.S. higher education community and EducationUSA. Prior to that position, Marty was Director of International Services at Ball State University.

CollegeWeekLive’s programming for international students who are exploring higher education in the United States has expanded in recent years due to rising demand from both students and colleges, with seven virtual events held over the last year. More than 100,000 international students registered for CollegeWeekLive in the last year, reflecting growing demand. These live virtual events offer an opportunity for students from around the world to chat live online with admissions representatives from hundreds of universities. Attendees who login can also watch live video presentations on topics such as understanding the U.S. higher education system, what language proficiency exams are required and how to prepare for these tests, how to obtain a student visa and information on scholarships and financing a college education. Any student who is logged in can ask a question and get an answer from participating admissions experts.

“Marty Bennett will bring experience and a dedicated focus to our rapidly growing international admissions events,” said Robert Rosenbloom, President and CEO of CollegeWeekLive. “Universities understand how important it is to connect with students throughout the admissions process, regardless of where they reside, and CollegeWeekLive allows them to do that.”

“I am honored to be joining the CollegeWeekLive team,” said Marty Bennett, Manager of International Partnerships for CollegeWeekLive. “Connecting students to colleges online via video and chat just makes great sense, particularly when those students may be in Brazil, Turkey, or Vietnam.”

Marty will be hitting the ground running at CollegeWeekLive International Day on May 7th. The virtual event, which is sponsored by IELTS, is designed expressly for students from around the world who are interested in attending college abroad, particularly in North America.

To learn how your college or university can start utilizing CollegeWeekLive, call 800.828.8222 or email colleges(at)collegeweeklive(dot)com. If you are a student, parent, or counselor, you can register for CollegeWeekLive at no cost. If you have questions, contact Support(at)CollegeWeekLive(dot)com.

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Students turn to CollegeWeekLive to gain insights from current students, admission representatives, and leading experts, whether they are narrowing their choice of schools or making post admission decisions. Through live text and video chats, students, parents, and counselors engage directly with colleges at every stage of the enrollment process with CollegeWeekLive.

can someone tell me about Chad-Canada foreign relations?

Question by Kevin7: can someone tell me about Chad-Canada foreign relations?

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Chad is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Bilateral relations between Canada and Chad are limited. However the two countries collaborate in various multilateral forums including La Francophonie.

Canada supports efforts to re-establish peace, security and political dialogue in the region. The conflicts between the government and rebel groups, the humanitarian crisis at the border between Chad and Sudan (Darfur region) as well as the tensions between the two countries contribute to the instability of the region. Canada encourages Chad and Soudan to continue to normalise their relations.

Canadian aid in Chad is mainly of a humanitarian nature and is dispensed through multilateral and international organisations channels such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nation World Food Program (WFP) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) provides training grants to Tchad through the Canadian Francophonie Grants Program. Canada also finances local projects through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, which is managed by the Canadian High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Canada actively supports regional initiatives that promote the sustainable management of Africa’s forests ecosystems and in which Chad takes part such as the Congo Basin Forest Partnership and the Central African Forest Commission.

Canada-Chad commercial relations are limited.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Canada's New $50 and $100 'Indestructible' Bills Can Melt

In Nov. 2012 and earlier this year, the Bank of Canada released new $50 and $100 Canadian bills.  The key differences:  These bills are forged from polymers, not paper.  (I, foolishly, assumed polymer was just fancy code for plastic--but was wrong.)

But now in circulation, some Canadians are finding one flaw with these super tough, environmentally friendly bills.  

Under certain conditions they will curl up like bacon in a frying pan.
“The Bank of Canada cannot rule out that polymer notes may be damaged under certain extraordinary conditions,” Julie Girard, a currency spokesperson for the Bank of Canada, told the Star Thursday.
According to various reports, the so-called indestructible polymer bills will shrink under intense heat, be it the inside of a car or placed next to a heat source.
The new $100 bills cost 19 cents each to produce — almost twice that of paper bills — but are said to last 2.5 times longer, or about 19 years, than the paper cousin and are resistant to tearing and water damage. The new bills also have hidden security features, including transparent holograms, making them difficult to counterfeit.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What...My Verizon Phone Will Work on Both Sides of the Canada-U.S. Border? Verizon May Enter the Canadian Marketplace, Ending One of the Most Recognizable Canada-U.S. Digital Border Barriers

One of the most recognizable Canada-U.S. border barriers may soon fall.

So, are you one of the many cross-border travelers who detests either (a) having two phones or (b) adjusting to life without your Verizon cell phone?

Well, your stress may soon be over. (Oh, also, Canadians may see more options for watching NHL and NFL games.)

From Michael Geist
Reports that U.S. telecom giant Verizon may be preparing to enter the Canadian market has sparked considerable speculation on the likely impact of a company with a market cap greater than Bell, Rogers, and Telus combined. While much of the discussion has centered on wireless pricing, the more significant development may be the shift toward a single North American communications market.


The prospect of a Verizon entry into Canada would put a single communications market into overdrive. On the telecom side, Verizon could use its Canadian network to change the approach to roaming in North America altogether, since it would be uniquely positioned to offer a single U.S. and Canadian network. 
The company could move to eliminate roaming fees for U.S. and Canadian customers, while offering cost-competitive U.S. and Canadian roaming together for international providers establishing wholesale roaming agreements. Such a plan would obviously be attractive to the corporate sector as well as regular cross-border travellers, leading to the gradual elimination of roaming and long distance charges for calls throughout North America.

On the broadcasting side, Verizon holds exclusive U.S. rights to both the National Football League and the National Hockey League. Those rights are currently held by BCE in Canada, but a Verizon entry into Canada could shake things up. Verizon could presumably complicate the BCE rights by offering free access to NFL and NHL games to Canadian customers when they travel to the U.S. More interestingly, it could make a play for joint U.S.-Canada rights in the future, moving closer to an elimination of the geographic divide on content rights.


With satellite radio and Internet video already close to a single market, regulatory reform to longstanding policies such as simultaneous substitution a possibility, and the geographic lines on telecom, content, and broadcast distribution all increasingly blurred, the big question may be whether Canada is closing in on a common North American communications market.

Friday, June 28, 2013

RIP RIM's Blackberry Playbook; Update on RIM's Non-Demise Demise

By Keith Edmund White

Canada's tech-juggernaut, Research in Motion ("RIM"), now trading as Blackberry, is still adapting to the new world of mobile devices, but its still on path to release a new generations of devices--which can hopefully return this company to premier status.

(Check out Justin McNeil 2012 post The Decline and Fall of the Blackberry Empire.)

First, WSJ reports on Blackberry's 1st quarter loss (and likely 2nd quarter loss), because of Venezuelan foreign currency restrictions.  

(Learn more about Venezuela's long-standing currency issues in this handy Economist article.)

And, yes, Blackberry continues to lose subscribers, but it has the cash to push out its new generation of phones.

But, even when Blackberry does stuff right, that doesn't mean success in this heavily competitive global marketplace for mobile devices.

From Lance Ulanoff's excellent op-ed in today's Mashable, Blackberry PlayBook Is as Good as Dead:

Today, BlackBerry (the company formerly known as RIM) essentially put a nail in the PlayBook coffin by announcing that it would not be converted to the new Blackberry 10 OS. That mobile OS is clearly the future of the company. QNX, though, bought and now developed by BlackBerry, is the past. 
In a Q1 2014 earnings press release, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins outlined the company’s near-term strategy: “Throughout the remainder of fiscal 2014, the company will invest in BlackBerry 10 smartphone launches, and the roll out of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, to continue to establish the new BlackBerry 10 platform in the marketplace.”
Will Blackberry ever build another tablet? If Heins can turn BB10 and its flagship phones into a success, then yes. But the signs are not promising. From the earnings statement:
“The smartphone market remains highly competitive, making it difficult to estimate units, revenue and levels of profitability ... Based on the competitive market dynamics and these investments, the company anticipates it will generate an operating loss in the second quarter.”
With this kind of fiscal outlook, it’s unlikely the company will invest heavily in new initiatives like rebooting its 7-inch tablet product line. 
So, PlayBook, it was nice knowing you. You were, in fact, impressive and innovative for your time. Your features like cards (at least on a tablet), swipe from bevel, true multitasking, wireless content sharing and more have all been copied by more successful mobile companies.
I guess you can take solace in that.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Video: Yesterday's WWC Cyber-Security Event Featuring U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

Watch yesterday's Woodrow Wilson Center event on on Cyber-Security and public-private partnerships.

For a good, if now out-dated, recap on public-private partnerships & cyber-security, check out this Feb. 2011 article by Lawrence P. Farrell Jr.

Sequester's Bite: House Dem. Report Details U.S. Cutbacks to Critical Canada-U.S. Spending Priorities

BTBObserver shines light on a recent report documenting sequestration's impact on federal agencies, highlight cuts that affect the Canada-U.S. bilateral relationship:
The House Committee on Appropriations Democrats released a report detailing the considerable impact sequestration is having on important federal programs
Below are excerpts from the must-read report pertaining to the Canada-U.S. relationship:

Airport safety and wait times: …Sequestration reduced Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) FY 2013 appropriated dollars by approximately $600 million, which required CBP to reduce overtime for CBP Officers (CBPO) beginning in early March. These cuts have already led to significant increases in wait times at air ports of entry. (Page 5).

Overall, USCG expects to have approximately 20-50 percent fewer assets in the offshore patrol areas for migrant and drug interdiction at various times over the next several months. The Coast Guard expects to submit a reprogramming request in the next few weeks that will mitigate some of the impacts, but will likely not completely restore planned interdiction patrols. (Page 6).

Ports of Entry: As noted above, sequestration reduced Customs Border Protection Officer (CBPO) overtime availability at the Nation’s ports. This slows the movement of goods across the border and impedes U.S. capacity to facilitate and expedite cargo, adding costs to the supply chain and diminishing global competitiveness.

Land border truck wait times have increased significantly.
  • Del Rio and Mariposa both reported wait times of 120 minutes; normal wait times average 15 minutes for both locations.
  • Pharr Cargo reported wait times of 105 minutes; normal wait times average 15 minutes.
  • Detroit Fort Street Cargo reported wait times of 60 minutes; normal wait times average 5 minutes.
  • Other POEs with wait time increases: Nogales, Peace Bridge, Progreso, and Rainbow Bridge. (Pages 18-19).
Maritime cargo also faced delays: LA/Long Beach reported container release delays of 144 hrs (6 days) and Port Everglades and Miami Seaport reported container delays up to 48 hours. And cruise ships saw the effects of reduced CBPO overtime. Los Angeles and Port Everglades reported increased processing times of 6.5 hours; normal processing time is 4 hours.

Sequestration will also affect Border Patrol coverage between ports of entry, but DHS is still attempting to find additional savings. CBP expects to submit a reprogramming notification soon to mitigate some of these impacts and to prevent the need to furlough CBPOs for an estimated 3-4 days. (Pages 18-19).
Read the entire report here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Canada Needs Three Arctic Ports - Fmr. Canadian Northern Forces Commander

The Hill Times offers this editorial from Pierre Leblanc, former Canadian Northern Forces commander and current President of Canadian Diamond Consultants, Inc., urging Canada to construct three Arctic ports:
Canada needs three ports in the Arctic: on its West Coast, in the centre of the archipelago, and on the East Coast.

There is near-unanimous agreement that the Arctic is warming at about twice the rate of global warming elsewhere. There is also clear evidence that the arctic polar ice cap is fast disappearing. Human activity in the Arctic is increasing exponentially as the Arctic becomes increasingly accessible. Maritime traffic has grown significantly.

The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that commercial maritime traffic through the Northern Sea Route along the Russian Coast increased tenfold between 2010 and 2012. Canada’s Northwest Passage was free of ice in 2007, years ahead of scientific predictions. It has been free of ice every summer since.

There is growing interest in harvesting the natural resources that have been shielded by the permanent polar ice cap. This will naturally lead to further increases in human activity and a greater incidence of search and rescue operations and maritime accidents. Such incidents could lead to an environmental catastrophe, in what is recognised as a very fragile environment with a short vertical food chain. Almost any major accident in the Arctic will affect the “human security” of its inhabitants.


Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak has stated that one of the anchors of sovereignty in the Canadian Arctic is having healthy communities. By investing and developing ports such as those proposed, the federal government could put concrete action behind Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s stated desire to develop the Arctic during Canada’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council. It would create a significant number of long term well-paying jobs for the communities in and around those ports. “Build a road and they will come” it is said. In the Canadian Arctic, ports will attract business. In so doing, Canada would also improve greatly its ability to deal with SAR [search and rescue] and marine pollution and meet its international commitments.