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As Biden Releases 12K Haitians Into US, Thousands More Arrive In Panama For Northbound Trek

As Biden Releases 12K Haitians Into US, Thousands More Arrive In Panama For Northbound Trek Thousands of Haitian migrants have somehow made it to Panama, and have passed through the treacherous jungles of the Darien Gap on their way north to the United States, according to Reuters. According to the report which cites two Panamanian government sources, between 3,500 and 4,000 migrants are passing through 'migration reception stations' in Darien and Chiriqui, according to one source - an official with Panama's security ministry. But wait, there's more: Meanwhile, some 16,000 migrants are stuck in the northern Colombian beach town of Necocli, awaiting their turn on limited boat transport toward the Darien Gap, where smugglers guide groups through one of the most dangerous and impassable regions of Latin America. read more Colombia and Panama agreed last month that 500 migrants could cross per day, but local officials have repeatedly urged them to raise the quota, saying it is far too low to keep pace with the up to 1,500 migrants who arrive in town daily. -Reuters Meanwhile, the Biden administration has released around 12,000 Haitians into the United States - unvaccinated, while school children are forced to wear masks and unvaccinated Americans are losing their jobs because... science. More from Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday that a significant number of Haitian illegal immigrants who had amassed along the U.S.-Mexico border last week are being released into the United States. About 12,400 out of 17,000 Haitians are having their cases heard by immigration courts, Mayorkas said, adding that about 5,000 are being processed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Only approximately 3,000 are in detention, he said. “Approximately, I think it’s about ten thousand or so, twelve thousand,” Mayorkas told “Fox News Sunday” when he was asked about the number of Haitian illegal aliens who have been released into the interior of the United States. The number could rise as 5,000 more cases are processed, he remarked further. Mayorkas added that the figure of those being released “could be even higher” and added that the “number that are returned could be even higher.” Striking a defensive tone, Mayorkas said, “What we do is we follow the law as Congress has passed it.” “Legislative reform is needed,” he said, adding that the U.S. “immigration system is broken.” The Department of Justice in 2017 previously estimated that about 43 percent of illegal aliens released into the U.S. miss their immigration court hearings. When asked about what will happen to the 12,000 who were released in the past week, Mayorkas said that “it is our intention to remove” those aliens. “We have enforcement guidelines in place that provide that individuals who are recent border crossers who do not show up for their hearings are enforcement priorities, and will be removed,” Mayorkas said. Last week, more than 15,000 Haitians congregated underneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, and essentially constructed a shantytown before numerous local officials sounded the alarm that a humanitarian crisis was brewing. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas updates reporters on the effort to resettle vulnerable Afghans in the United States, in Washington on Sept. 3, 2021. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo) DHS officials, including Mayorkas, on Sept. 24 said that the encampment under the bridge was cleared out. A day later, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said that the Texas border crossing will be partially reopened. The agency also said it is planning to continue flights to Haiti throughout the weekend, ignoring criticism from Democratic lawmakers and some progressive groups. The number of people at the Del Rio encampment peaked last weekend as migrants driven by confusion over the Biden administration’s policies and misinformation on social media converged at the border crossing. While Mayorkas and other White House officials have asserted that the border is closed, Republicans have said that the administration’s decisions to rescind a number of Trump-era immigrant orders have triggered a surge of illegal immigration. All the while, Mayorkas and other senior officials have dedicated a significant amount of time in news conferences condemning some Border Patrol agents who were seen on horseback near Haitians who illegally crossed the border. The photographer who shot those pictures last week said that the agents were not whipping the migrants, as some officials and Democratic lawmakers had claimed. “Some of the Haitian men started running, trying to go around the horses,” photographer Paul Ratje told local station KTSM, explaining the situation on the ground. “I’ve never seen them whip anyone,” he said, referring to the agents. “He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture.” Tyler Durden Sun, 09/26/2021 - 16:00.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 26th, 2021

62 affordable yet thoughtful gifts for her that are all under $50

We've found 62 gifts she's sure to love, and none cost more than $50. From jewelry to cookbooks and plants to painting kits, we have you covered. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Uncommon Goods If you're looking for an affordable gift for her, here's a list of 62 options under $50. Whether for the holidays, a birthday, or just because, she'll love any of these thoughtful picks. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Gift-giving isn't always easy, no matter how well you know the person you're shopping for. If she's interested in tech, there are a million options to choose from. The same goes for beauty products, kitchen gadgets, books, subscriptions, and so on. It also depends on who you're shopping for, whether it's your sister, mom, partner, or friend.To make it easier, we've put together a list of great gifts under $50 that we think she'll love, no matter the occasion. And in case you're shopping for a last-minute gift, most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days.Here are 62 gift ideas for her, all under $50: A trio of succulents for the aspiring plant person The Sill; Business Insider Succulent Assortment, available at The Sill, from $19For plant newbies, there's nothing better than to start with tiny succulents. Marked by the brand as best for beginners, the fresh houseplants will be delivered straight to her doorstep. This assortment can include either three succulents or six succulents, with both options under $50. Read our full review of The Sill here. The at-home blowout tool Amazon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush, available at Amazon, $34.89This all-in-one hairdryer from Revlon garnered a large following online and won the hearts of the Insider Reviews team. It rivals luxury hair tools at a fraction of the price. It's a gamechanger for cutting down on time and heat damage to your hair without sacrificing your look. Read our full review of the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush here. A DIY birth month flower kit Uncommon Goods Birth Month Flower Grow Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $35For a twist on the traditional bouquet, give her this flower kit that's an easy and fun project. She'll appreciate the personal touch of choosing her birth month flower, whether it be a sunflower, daisy, or marigold. A pair of wearable weights Uncommon Goods Balabangles Wearable Weights, available at Uncommon Goods, $49If she's into fitness, these one-pound weights are a chic and comfy choice. They are adjustable and can be worn on the wrists or ankles. Available in either black or pink soft silicone material, this stylish workout tool adds intensity to any workout or everyday chores. A simple yet sweet bracelet Catbird Catbird Two Souls Bracelet in Baby Blue, available at Catbird, $24There's nothing quite like pearls, and this simple but elegant bracelet has a couple nestled together. An Amazon Echo Dot Amazon An Echo Dot (4th generation), available at Amazon, $34.99Maybe she needs something better than her phone or her laptop to play music. This isn't exactly a booming sound system by any means, but it will more than suffice.  A massager to melt away tension Zyllion Shiatsu Massager, available at Amazon, $49.95This shiatsu massager is one of the best things we've ever bought. It kneads away tension and stress in the back and shoulders and can even be used on sore leg muscles after a workout. She'll be thanking you for years to come.Read our full review of the Zyllion Shiatsu Massager here.  A live lobster dinner Lobster Anywhere A live 1.5-pound lobster, available at Lobster Anywhere, $44.95Maybe you're too far away for a romantic dinner this year, but that doesn't mean you can't spoil her. Or maybe you are home — tack on another one for yourself and cook her a dinner to remember. A customizable photo book Artifact Uprising; Business Insider Color Series Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, from $22Get a little sentimental by commemorating their life highlights with this custom photo book. You can choose from 10 colors and fill up to 30 pages with photos, cool layouts, and special messages. A letter subscription service for the history buff Uncommon Goods History by Mail Six-Month Subscription, available at Uncommon Goods, $40Once a month for six months, this mail subscription service will send detailed replicas of historical documents, like Albert Einstein's correspondence with FDR. A team of archivists digs up fascinating historical documents, and graphic designers replicate them — handwriting, signatures, and all.  A picnic blanket that's super comfortable Moosejaw Victory Blanket, available at Moosejaw, $43.99This blanket has a soft flannel top and waterproof bottom, plus straps to keep it compact and loops to hold it down on windier days. We've even ranked this one as the best for comfort in our guide to the best picnic blankets. A puzzle that commemorates a special date Uncommon Goods New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle, available at Uncommon Goods, from $49.95Celebrate her special day — birthday, anniversary, or milestone — with this interactive memento. Enter any date since 1851 and find the New York Times front page printed from that exact date. An all-purpose tote with a detachable wristlet Nordstrom Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote and Wristlet, available at Nordstrom, $49A plain tote may seem like a boring gift, but this one is reversible and features a detachable wristlet. You're getting three different bags for $50. It's a utilitarian gift with a fashion-friendly twist. A workout tee for all seasons Under Armour; Business Insider Women's UA Tech Twist V-Neck, available at Under Armour, $24.99This bestselling workout shirt from Under Armour will keep them moving with four-way stretch construction and quick-drying, sweat-wicking fabric. Its looser fit makes it comfortable, and it comes in 15 colors. A wearable sherpa blanket Amazon The Comfy Oversized Wearable Blanket, available at Amazon, $44.95As seen on Shark Tank, this wearable blanket lets you take comfort wherever you go. The plush, fluffy lining will keep her warm and cozy while lounging, camping, and more. Choose from 17 fun colors and opt for the original hoodie style or the quarter zip. Its large, oversized design is one size fits all. A reusable tote bag for trips to the market The Little Market Shopping Tote - Market Finds, available at The Little Market, starting from $20This tote is both a convenient and sturdy way to take home your groceries. It's handmade and supports artisan women in rural Bangladeshi communities. A box of chocolate bars from Madagascar The Little Market Chocolate from Madagascar Flight, available at The Little Market, $34The chocolate connoisseur in your life will savor this gift box of four dark chocolate bars from Madagascar. She can indulge in flavors like Salted Almond, 80% Dark, Toasted Coconut, and Sea Salt, but you can also opt out of specific flavors to fit her taste preferences. A painting kit for beginners Uncommon Goods Springtime Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $30If she's artistic — or strives to be — she'll appreciate this painting kit that anyone can follow with ease. Creating her work of art will take up to three hours, but she'll end up with a frame-worthy masterpiece. A coffee-and-tea bundle Bean Box A coffee and tea tasting box, available at Bean Box, $46For your favorite fan of both morning beverages, Bean Box offers a gift box with four coffees and four teas. A Kindle case that looks like her favorite book Amazon KleverCase Kindle Paperwhite Case, available at Amazon, from $29.95You'll find many classic book covers cleverly printed onto Kindle cases, along with one that looks like an unmarked leather-bound book. All she has to do is pop it on her e-reader. An exceptionally useful set of silicone container lids Food52 Five Two Airtight Silicone Lids, available at Food52, $40If she enjoys cooking, chances are she's probably spent a good amount of time trying to find the right container and lid for her leftovers. These silicone lids are a snap. All you have to do is pop one over a bowl or baking dish, and you get an airtight seal for easy storage in the fridge. A cold brew maker Amazon; Business Insider Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $22.20Caffeine lovers who can't get enough of their favorite drink tend to spend a lot of money at coffee shops to get their fix. Make it easier for her to drink cold brew at home with this simple-to-use brewing pitcher.Read our full review of the Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Ice Coffee Maker here. Wine-inspired bath soaps Uncommon Goods Set of Four Wine Soaps, available at Uncommon Goods, $30This all-natural vegan soap mimics red and white wines with its oils and scents, offering a unique way to wind down after a long day. The set includes chardonnay, cabernet, pinot noir, and pinot grigio. An Alexa-enabled smart plug Amazon; Business Insider Alexa-Enabled Smart Plug, available at Amazon, $24.99This voice-controlled smart plug allows her to control lights, chargers, and whatever else she wants through Alexa. She can also use the Alexa app to turn the outlets on and off if she doesn't have an Echo. An inexpensive accessory for her phone Amazon; Business Insider PopSockets, available at Amazon, from $10PopSocket Grips are an inexpensive but extremely useful gift she'll be happy to have. She can stick them on the back of her phone, Kindle, iPad, or any other device to create a comfortable grip that allows her to hold her device one-handed. A perfume subscription Scentbird Scentbird subscription, three months for $44If she loves to switch up her scents, Scentbird is an affordable service that lets her choose a month's supply of perfume from thousands of well-known and new fragrances. With a three-month subscription, she can try something new or stick to the ones she knows and loves. A monthly book subscription Book of the Month Club Book of the Month, three months, starting at $49.99Each month, this service curates five book choices — some of them early release — and she'll choose her favorite. The service will send the book directly to her. She can also skip a month if she's behind on her reading. A portable charger that also lights up the bottom of her bag The Grommet Smart Handbag Light and Charger, available at Uncommon Goods, $35.95No more frantically searching for gum or lip balm at the bottom of her giant tote bag — this little light can be attached to her keychain or even a zipper on her bag so she can easily see everything in its depths. It can also charge her phone. A monthly subscription to handpicked rental jewelry pieces Rocksbox/Insider Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription Box, available at Rocksbox, $21 per monthIt's hard to gift jewelry she'll love, so give her options. This monthly subscription box offers three pieces of jewelry for rent, according to her style. From a choker necklace to statement earrings, the choices are vast. The monthly membership allows her to wear and swap sets whenever she likes, with the option to buy them for an additional price. An adjustable rolling pin Amazon; Business Insider Adjustable Rolling Pin, available at Amazon, from $24.99Anyone who loves to bake will appreciate this adjustable rolling pin that allows for more precision with dough thickness. All she'll have to do is remove or add the different-sized rings and let them guide her. A letter board where she can leave notes or fun messages Amazon/Business Insider Felt Like Sharing Felt Letter Board, available at Amazon, from $23.95Sporting events, holidays, parties — there are a ton of occasions during which these come in handy. She'll also love being able to play around with it day to day at home with her favorite lyrics, phrases, or even messages to roommates. A pretty place to keep her phone Uncommon Goods Bedside Smartphone Vase, available at Uncommon Goods, $32This bedside vase is a fun way to spruce up her nightstand, whether with fresh or faux flowers. It also works beautifully in the kitchen if she likes to follow recipes using her phone. A wine saver for open bottles Amazon; Business Insider Wine Saver, available at Amazon, $14.95Sometimes you just can't finish the bottle of wine. That's when the Vacu Vin comes in. It's a simple, small gadget that removes the oxygen from your open bottle and gives it an airtight seal to preserve the freshness and prevent oxidation. A trendy candle she's probably already got her eyes on Otherland Otherland Candles available at Otherland, $36An Otherland candle makes for one of the best gifts you can give for any occasion. They come beautifully packaged, and they feature scents that are complex and rich.Read our full review of Otherland candles here. A popular cookbook she's probably seen on Instagram Amazon; Business Insider "Dessert Person" by Claire Saffitz, available at Target, $22.24Whether she's new to the kitchen or it's her favorite room in the house, she can try lots of easy-to-make desserts from Claire Saffitz's cookbook.The Insider Reviews team has also loved "Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family" by Priya Krishna, which is chock full of Indian-American and nontraditional recipes like Roti Pizza and Saag Feta. Check out our guide to the best cookbooks here.  A flexible herb garden for the home Uncommon Goods; Business Insider Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden, available at Uncommon Goods, $22She doesn't need a green thumb to make these herbs grow. These pretty jars can hold fresh basil for sauces, mint to kick up her cocktail game, and more. A way for her to share and pass down memories and traditions Uncommon Goods My Life Story So Far, available at Uncommon Goods, $30This book is like a guided journal for her to record her memories, accomplishments, and experiences. No matter her age, it's something she'll undoubtedly enjoy keeping track of and sharing with others. A natural body scrub Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub, available at Sephora, $36Pamper her with this coconut-and-rose-infused body scrub that gently exfoliates. It'll leave her skin feeling soft and moisturized – not to mention she'll smell wonderful wherever she goes. You can read more about this product in our guide to the best body scrubs.  A tablet for easy entertainment Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, available at Best Buy, $49.99Great for traveling or lounging at home, the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet is an affordable way to stay connected to all her favorite apps, games, and streaming services on a larger screen than her phone. A fashion-friendly belt bag Nordstrom Herschel Belt Bag, available at Nordstrom, from $32Belt bags (aka fanny packs) are making a comeback. They're practical and a simple way to add a stylish pop to any outfit. An excellent cookbook for entertainers Amazon; Business Insider "Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion" by Shelly Westerhausen, available at Amazon, $15.38If having people over is more of a pleasure than a chore for her, she'll adore this cookbook full of clever recipe ideas for casual entertaining. A comfy neck pillow for trains and planes Amazon Neck Pillow, available at Amazon, $29.99If she goes on a lot trips (or has travel anxiety), the gift of comfort is one she'll appreciate.Read our full review of the Trtl Neck Pillow here. A smart way for her to stay organized while traveling Amazon; Business Insider Travel Cord Roll, available at Uncommon Goods, $20Frequent travelers need a way to keep all their cords and cables organized. This leather roll-up organizer has eight slots for cords and headphones, plus a pouch where your charger base can fit. A clever way to collect accomplishments and hopes Uncommon Goods Birthstone Wishing Balls, available at Uncommon Goods, $34These lovely, handblown glass balls have a small hole at the base. Your giftee writes a wish or achievement on one of the 52 included slips of paper. A year later, she'll have a display piece full of meaning. A guide full of inspiration for her future adventures Anthropologie; Business Insider "The Bucket List" by Kath Stathers, available at Anthropologie and Amazon, from $21.49This worldwide bucket list won't cure her wanderlust, but it'll definitely provide her inspiration and fodder for planning her travels. A tinted lip balm with sun protection Nordstrom Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment, available at Nordstrom, $24If her beauty preferences tend to be more natural, she likely loves a good tinted lip balm. Fresh makes some of the best — the color options are universally flattering, and the formula is smooth, hydrating, and buttery. We've even named this the best option with SPF in our guide to the best tinted lip balms.  An armband that holds her phone on runs or at the gym Amazon Water-Resistant Arm Band, available at Amazon, $14.98If she loves to run or spends a lot of time at the gym, this top-rated armband will be a lifesaver. Just make sure you know what model phone she carries, as the sizing may differ. A makeup and skincare subscription Birchbox Birchbox three-month gift subscription, $45Birchbox is a skincare and makeup subscription that sends tons of beauty samples to test out and play around with. If she loves any of them, she can easily buy the full-sized version through the service. You can opt to give a longer subscription if you'd like. Read our full review of Birchbox here. A convenient yoga mat carrier Amazon Go Play Yoga Mat Bag, available at Manduka, $35If she's a fitness enthusiast who frequents local yoga classes, a carrying strap will make her life much easier (especially if she walks or takes public transportation to class). A dainty pair of hoops Maison Miru Shooting Star Open Hoop Earrings, available at Maison Miru, $50So many people on the Insider Reviews team have a pair of these open hoops. Their horseshoe shape is just different enough to set them apart, while a tiny, twinkly cubic zirconia catches the light to add a bit of sparkle. A puzzle of her heroines Uncommon Goods Nevertheless She Persisted Puzzle, available at Uncommon Goods, $18This puzzle features illustrations of both prominent and lesser-known women who have shaped and changed the course of history. A portable external battery Amazon PowerCore 10,000mAh External Battery, available at Amazon, $24.99A good external battery is one of those practical gifts she probably needs but won't buy herself. Treat her to a good one that holds enough juice to charge her iPhone three times or her Galaxy twice. Reusable produce bags Amazon Reusable mesh produce bags (5-pack), available at Amazon, $7.47If she's an avid grocery shopper who opts for eco-friendly products, she'll appreciate this functional and sustainable set of mesh produce bags. The color-coded tags and drawstrings will help keep things organized. A cozy throw blanket to keep her warm L.L.Bean Wicked Plush Throw, available at L.L.Bean, from $29.95This blanket has been a fan favorite for a while, which is why L.L.Bean carries this new and improved version. The brandmade the blanket even softer with 100% polyester that's been brushed on both sides. It's so soft she'll want to be wrapped in it at all times, which is why we've also included it in our guide to the best throw blankets. An interactive cooking class Sur La Table Sur La Table Online Cooking Classes, starting $29 per householdWith Sur La Table's virtual cooking classes, she can follow along with expert chefs live from the comfort of her kitchen. These hands-on 90- to 120-minute classes cover everything from seasonal dishes to cocktails and desserts. The be-all, end-all in French cookbooks Amazon Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One, available at Amazon, $23.99There might be no compendium of French recipes more definitive than Julia Child's, and there's always Volume Two for next year. Also, you may get some great meals out thanks to this gift. A personalized video message from her favorite celebrity Cameo Personalized video message, starting at $1, available at CameoCameo has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from. There's something for almost everyone on Cameo, with prices as low as $1. You can choose a category, like reality TV or athletes, and filter by price and how long it takes to get a response. Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo. An elegant bottle holder Pottery Barn Wood Marble Wine Cooler, available at Pottery Barn, $39.95This elegant marble-wood bottle holder keeps her favorite wine cool for hours on end. When she isn't staging it next to a charcuterie board, the holder is just a bouquet away from doubling as a vase.  A simple knitting kit for beginners We Are Knitters Braille Beanie Knitting Kit, available at We Are Knitters, $44Whether she's new to knitting or a long-time pro, this crafty beanie kit has everything she needs — from the yarn, to the needles and, of course, the instructions. A customizable box of candy for adults Sugarfina Four-Piece Candy Bento Box, available at Sugarfina, $38Satisfy her sweet tooth with a custom box of candy. Sugarfina's candies are distinctly "adult" — but she'll still feel like a kid when she digs into a box of rosé gummies. A planner to help her stay organized Ivory Paper Co. All-In-One Planner, available at Ivory Paper Co., $49Working out your day, month, and year can sometimes feel overwhelming, but this planner makes life easier with its neat and straightforward layout. Plus, you can pick the start date and length of the planner and even add her name for a more personal touch. For more options, you can check out our roundup of the best planners.  A handcrafted set of minimalist coasters West Elm The Vintage Vogue Linea Coasters (Set of 4), available at West Elm, $29A clever way to keep her home clean and stylish is with these minimalist, chic coasters.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nyt13 hr. 12 min. ago

Delta announced 3 new routes to Panama in its latest network expansion

Delta Air Lines is focusing on Panama City, Panama in its latest network expansion, announcing three all-new nonstop routes to the Central American country. Touring Delta Air Lines' new terminal at LaGuardia Airport. Thomas Pallini/Insider Delta Air Lines is launching three new routes and one additional frequency to Panama City, Panama this winter. The expansion will mark Delta's highest number of flights to the country since it started service there in 1998. Delta's flight from Orlando will be the carrier's only international route out of the central Florida city. Delta Air Lines is focusing on Panama City, Panama in its latest network expansion, announcing three all-new nonstop routes to the Central American country on Friday.Delta is launching three new routes to Panama City in December from Los Angeles, Orlando, and New York, expanding its operation in the country to 13 weekly flights, which is an 80% increase in capacity since 2019, according to the airline. In addition to new routes, the airline is also adding a second Saturday-only frequency from its hub in Atlanta, set to begin on December 18. According to Delta, this winter will mark the highest number of flights to Panama since beginning service there in 1998. "From its breathtaking beaches and vibrant culture to its competitive economy in Latin America, Panama is a highly sought destination for business and leisure travelers alike," said Luciano Macagno, Delta's managing director - Latin America, Caribbean, and South Florida. "With our new direct flights from our L.A. and JFK hubs that offer significant U.S. connectivity, as well as the demand from the local Orlando community, we're looking forward to introducing Delta's signature hospitality and exceptional onboard experience to more customers planning their next trip."The launch of these routes indicates Delta sees strong business and leisure demand to the country, which has had a good recovery since the pandemic. According to Cirium data for October, airlines are operating 83% of the flights offered to Panama during the same time in 2019. Tourism in Panama spiked over the summer, with over 50,000 visitors in June 2021, according to CEIC data, compared to the 30,000 in May. However, this is still well below 2019 levels which saw over 120,000 tourists.Delta will face strong competition from Panama's national carrier Copa Airlines, which has its "Hub of the Americas" in Panama City. Last month, the airline joined the government in promoting tourism in the country, including launching its "Panama Stopover" and "Panama Irresistible" programs, according to Spanish aviation media outlet Aviaci Online.The stopover initiative, which was done with the support of the Tourism Promotion Fund, known as PROMTUR, offers travelers the option to add a multi-day stop in Panama City to their reservation at no additional cost."One of the main objectives of PROMTUR Panama is to generate demand for international travelers through strategic alliances, and programs such as the Panama Stopover, align our efforts to position the country as a tourist destination in an attractive way for the thousands of tourists who travel through Copa Airlines," said PROMTUR's general director Fernando Fondevila.Meanwhile, the company's "Panama Irresistible" program offers discounts to Panama from dozens of cities in its network, including Los Angeles and Orlando, according to Aviaci Online.Here's a closer look at Delta's new routes to Panama.Between Orlando and Panama City, Panama Orlando, Florida John Greim/Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Delta will launch Saturday-only flights between Orlando and Panama City on December 18 using a Boeing 737-900 aircraft, which can carry 180 passengers. The outbound will depart Orlando at 10:30 a.m. and land in Panama City at 1:50 p.m., with the return leaving at 3:20 p.m. and arriving at 6:40 p.m. The route will be the airline's only international flight out of Orlando and will face competition from Copa Airlines.Between Los Angeles and Panama City, Panama Los Angeles, California Getty Images/TheCrimsonRibbon Delta will launch once-daily flights between Los Angeles and Panama City on December 18 using a Boeing 757 aircraft, which can carry 199 passengers. The outbound flight will operate on Saturdays and depart Los Angeles at 8:50 p.m. and land in Panama City at 5:45 a.m. the next day. The return will operate on Sundays and leave at 8:05 a.m. and arrive at 11:15 a.m. Delta will compete with Copa Airlines on the route.Between New York's JFK International Airport and Panama City, Panama New York City, New York Joey Hadden/Insider Delta will launch thrice-weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between New York-JFK and Panama City on December 20 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which can carry 160 passengers. Frequencies will increase to four times weekly on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in March 2022. The outbound will depart New York in the morning and the return will leave Panama City in the afternoon. Copa Airlines will be Delta's only competitor.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nyt14 hr. 12 min. ago

The 20 best books of 2021, according to Book of the Month readers

Every year, Book of the Month crowns the best book of the year in November. Here are all the 2021 nominees, based on readers' favorites. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Every year, Book of the Month crowns the best book of the year in November. Here are all the 2021 nominees, based on readers' favorites. Amazon; Bookshop; Alyssa Powell/Insider Book of the Month sends great books from emerging authors directly to subscribers. At the end of each year, readers vote for their favorite books they read through the service. Here are the 20 most loved BOTM selections of 2021. The winner will be announced on November 11. Book of the Month sends new and noteworthy books - often before they become popular - to subscribers each month. In the past, the company has picked hits such as "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah, "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee, and "The Girl With the Louding Voice" by Abi Daré to bring to its readers.Membership (small)At the end of the year, the club's thousands of subscribers vote on the best books they read through the service, making it a more curated version of Goodreads' best books of the year. For example, the 2020 winner was "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett, which also won the 2020 Goodreads award for Best Historical Fiction.Below, you'll find a reading list of the top 20 books of 2021 according to Book of the Month readers. Book of the Month will announce the best book of 2021 on November 11, awarding the winning author a $10,000 prize. The 20 best books picked by Book of the Month in 2021, according to its readers:Descriptions are provided by Amazon and edited lightly for length and clarity. "Things We Lost To The Water" by Eric Nguyen Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $13.99When Huong arrives in New Orleans with her two young sons, she is jobless, homeless, and worried about her husband, Cong, who remains in Vietnam. As she and her boys begin to settle into life in America, she sends letters and tapes back to Cong, hopeful that they will be reunited and her children will grow up with a father.But with time, Huong realizes she will never see her husband again. While she attempts to come to terms with this loss, her sons, Tuan and Binh, grow up in their absent father's shadow, haunted by a man and a country trapped in their memories and imaginations. As they push forward, the three adapt to life in America in different ways: Huong gets involved with a Vietnamese car salesman who is also new in town; Tuan tries to connect with his heritage by joining a local Vietnamese gang; and Binh, now going by Ben, embraces his adopted homeland and his burgeoning sexuality. Their search for identity — as individuals and as a family — threatens to tear them apart, un­til disaster strikes the city they now call home, and they are suddenly forced to find a new way to come together and honor the ties that bind them. "Imposter Syndrome" by Kathy Wang Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $16.59Julia Lerner, a recent university graduate in computer science, is living in Moscow when she's recruited by Russia's largest intelligence agency in 2006. By 2018, she's in Silicon Valley as COO of Tangerine, one of America's most famous technology companies. In between her executive management (make offers to promising startups, crush them and copy their features if they refuse); self-promotion (check out her latest op-ed in the WSJ, on Work/Life Balance 2.0); and work in gender equality (transfer the most annoying females from her team), she funnels intelligence back to the motherland. But now Russia's asking for more, and Julia's getting nervous.Alice Lu is a first-generation Chinese-American whose parents are delighted she's working at Tangerine (such a successful company!). Too bad she's slogging away in the lower echelons, recently dumped, and now sharing her expensive two-bedroom apartment with her cousin Cheri, a perennial "founder's girlfriend." One afternoon, while performing a server check, Alice discovers some unusual activity, and now she's burdened with two powerful but distressing suspicions: Tangerine's privacy settings aren't as rigorous as the company claims they are, and the person abusing this loophole might be Julia Lerner herself. The closer Alice gets to Julia, the more Julia questions her own loyalties. Russia may have placed her in the Valley, but she's the one who built her career; isn't she entitled to protect the lifestyle she's earned? Part page-turning cat-and-mouse chase, part sharp and hilarious satire, "Impostor Syndrome" is a shrewdly-observed examination of women in tech, Silicon Valley hubris, and the rarely fulfilled but ever-attractive promise of the American Dream. "The Lost Apothecary" by Susan Penner Amazon; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $13.99Hidden in the depths of 18th-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary's fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious 12-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.Meanwhile, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her 10th wedding anniversary alone in present-day London, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London 200 years ago, her life collides with the apothecary's in a stunning twist of fate — and not everyone will survive. "This Close To Okay" by Leese Cross-Smith Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $15.62On a rainy October night in Kentucky, recently divorced therapist Tallie Clark is on her way home from work when she spots a man precariously standing at the edge of a bridge. Without a second thought, Tallie pulls over and jumps out of the car into the pouring rain. She convinces the man to join her for a cup of coffee, and he eventually agrees to come back to her house, where he finally shares his name: Emmett. Over the course of the emotionally charged weekend that follows, Tallie makes it her mission to provide a safe space for Emmett, though she hesitates to confess that this is also her day job. What she doesn't realize is that Emmett isn't the only one who needs healing — and they both are harboring secrets.Alternating between Tallie and Emmett's perspectives as they inch closer to the truth of what brought Emmett to the bridge's edge — as well as the hard truths Tallie has been grappling with since her marriage ended — "This Close to Okay" is an uplifting, cathartic story about chance encounters, hope found in unlikely moments, and the subtle magic of human connection. "We Are the Brennans" by Tracey Lange Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $19.49When 29-year-old Sunday Brennan wakes up in a Los Angeles hospital, bruised and battered after a drunk driving accident she caused, she swallows her pride and goes home to her family in New York. But it's not easy. She deserted them all — and her high school sweetheart — five years before with little explanation, and they've got questions.Sunday is determined to rebuild her life back on the east coast, even if it does mean tiptoeing around resentful brothers and an ex-fiancé. The longer she stays, however, the more she realizes they need her just as much as she needs them. When a dangerous man from her past brings her family's pub business to the brink of financial ruin, the only way to protect them is to upend all their secrets — secrets that have damaged the family for generations and will threaten everything they know about their lives. In the aftermath, the Brennan family is forced to confront painful mistakes — and ultimately find a way forward together. "The Maidens" by Alex Michaelides Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $16.78Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this, Mariana is confident. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike ― particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana's niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge.Mariana, who was once herself a student at the university, quickly suspects that behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, and beneath the ancient traditions, lies something sinister. And she becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. But why would the professor target one of his students? And why does he keep returning to the rites of Persephone, the maiden, and her journey to the underworld?When another body is found, Mariana's obsession with proving Fosca's guilt spirals out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. But Mariana is determined to stop this killer, even if it costs her everything ― including her own life. "Razorblade Tears" by S.A. Cosby Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $20.10Ike Randolph has been out of jail for 15 years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid.The last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah's white husband, Derek. Ike had never fully accepted his son but is devastated by his loss.Derek's father, Buddy Lee, was almost as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed of his father's criminal record. Buddy Lee still has contacts in the underworld, though, and he wants to know who killed his boy.Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. In their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, hardened men Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their prejudices about their sons and each other as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys. "Malibu Rising" by Taylor Jenkins Reid Amazon; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $16.80Malibu: August 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over — especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud — because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he's been inseparable since birth.Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can't stop thinking about has promised she'll be there.And Kit has a couple of secrets of her own — including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.By midnight the party will be entirely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family's generations will all come rising to the surface. "Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $14.49Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the land's bounty is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman's only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: Marriage to a man she barely knows.By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work, and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa's tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa ― like so many of her neighbors ― must make an agonizing choice: Fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family. "The People We Keep" by Alison Larkin Amazon; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $22.99Little River, New York, 1994: April Sawicki is living in a motorless motorhome that her father won in a poker game. Failing out of school, picking up shifts at Margo's diner, she's left fending for herself in a town where she's never quite felt at home. When she "borrows" her neighbor's car to perform at an open mic night, she realizes her life could be much bigger than where she came from. After a fight with her dad, April packs her stuff and leaves for good — setting off on a journey to find her own life.Driving without a chosen destination, she stops to rest in Ithaca. Her only plan is to survive, but as she looks for work, she finds a kindred sense of belonging at Cafe Decadence, the local coffee shop. Still, somehow, it doesn't make sense to her that life could be this easy. The more she falls in love with her friends in Ithaca, the more she can't shake the feeling that she'll hurt them the way she's been hurt.As April moves through the world, meeting people who feel like home, she chronicles her life in the songs she writes and discovers that where she came from doesn't dictate who she has to be. "The Heart Principle" by Helen Hoang Amazon; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $13.99When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She's going to embark on a string of one-night stands — the more unacceptable the men, the better.That's where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex — he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she has just started to understand. However, when tragedy strikes Anna's family, she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love — but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves. "Instructions for Dancing" by Nicola Yoon Amazon; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $14.40Evie Thomas doesn't believe in love anymore. Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon: She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began… and how it will end. After all, even the greatest love stories end with a broken heart, eventually.As Evie tries to understand why this is happening, she finds herself at La Brea Dance Studio, learning to waltz, fox-trot, and tango with a boy named X. X is everything that Evie is not: Adventurous, passionate, daring. His philosophy is to say yes to everything — including entering a ballroom dance competition with a girl he's only just met.Falling for X is definitely not what Evie had in mind. If her visions of heartbreak have taught her anything, it's that no one escapes love unscathed. But as she and X dance around and toward each other, Evie is forced to question all she thought she knew about life and love. In the end, is love worth the risk? "Once There Were Wolves" by Charlotte McConaghy Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $20.99Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with her twin sister, Aggie, to lead a team of biologists tasked with reintroducing 14 gray wolves into the remote Highlands. She hopes to heal not only the dying landscape but Aggie, too — unmade by the terrible secrets that drove the sisters out of Alaska.Inti is not the woman she once was, either, changed by the harm she's witnessed ― inflicted by humans on both the wild and each other. Yet, as the wolves surprise everyone by thriving, Inti begins to let her guard down, even opening herself up to the possibility of love. But when a farmer is found dead, Inti knows where the town will lay blame. Unable to accept that her wolves could be responsible, Inti makes a reckless decision to protect them. But if the wolves didn't make the kill, then who did? And what will Inti do when the man she is falling for seems to be the prime suspect? "People We Meet On Vacation" by Emily Henry Amazon; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $9.98Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She's a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year, they live far apart — she's in New York City, and he's in their small hometown — but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven't spoken since.Poppy has everything she should want, but she's stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together — lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong? "The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina" by Zoraida Cordove Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $21.49The Montoyas are used to a life without explanations. They know better than to ask why the pantry never seems to run low or empty or why their matriarch won't ever leave their home in Four Rivers — even for graduations, weddings, or baptisms. But when Orquídea Divina invites them to her funeral and to collect their inheritance, they hope to learn the secrets that she has held onto so tightly their whole lives. Instead, Orquídea is transformed, leaving them with more questions than answers.Seven years later, her gifts have manifested differently for Marimar, Rey, and Tatinelly's daughter, Rhiannon, granting them unexpected blessings. But soon, a hidden figure begins to tear through their family tree, picking them off one by one as it seeks to destroy Orquídea's line. Determined to save what's left of their family and uncover the truth behind their inheritance, the four descendants travel to Ecuador — to the place where Orquídea buried her secrets and broken promises and never looked back. "Damnation Spring" by Ash Davidson Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $19.81Colleen and Rich Gundersen are raising their young son, Chub, on the rugged California coast. It's 1977, and life in this Pacific Northwest logging town isn't what it used to be. For generations, the community has lived and breathed timber; now, that way of life is threatened. Colleen is an amateur midwife. Rich is a tree-topper. It's a dangerous job that requires him to scale trees hundreds of feet tall — a job that both his father and grandfather died doing. Colleen and Rich want a better life for their son — and they take steps to assure their future. Rich secretly spends their savings on a swath of ancient Redwoods. Colleen, desperate to have a second baby, challenges the logging company's use of herbicides that she believes are responsible for the many miscarriages in the community — including her own. The pair find themselves on opposite sides of a budding conflict that threatens the very thing they are trying to protect: Their family. "The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany" by Lori Nelson Spielman Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $10.95Since the day Filomena Fontana cast a curse upon her sister more than 200 years ago, not one second-born Fontana daughter has found lasting love. Some, like second-born Emilia, the happily single baker at her grandfather's Brooklyn deli, claim it's an odd coincidence. Others, like her sexy, desperate-for-love cousin Lucy, insist it's an actual hex. But both are bewildered when their great-aunt calls with an astounding proposition: If they accompany her to her homeland of Italy, Aunt Poppy vows she'll meet the love of her life on the steps of the Ravello Cathedral on her 80th birthday — and break the Fontana Second-Daughter Curse once and for all.Against the backdrop of wandering Venetian canals, rolling Tuscan fields, and enchanting Amalfi Coast villages, romance blooms, destinies are found, and family secrets are unearthed — secrets that could threaten the family far more than a centuries-old curse. "The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $12.92Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her.Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers — Owen's 16-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother. As Hannah's increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen's boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn't who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen's true identity — and why he disappeared.Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen's past, they soon realize they're also building a new future — one neither of them could have anticipated.You can read our interview with author Laura Dave here. "The Office of Historical Corrections" by Danielle Evans Bookshop; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $17.49Danielle Evans is known for her blisteringly smart voice and X-ray insights into complex human relationships. With "The Office of Historical Corrections," Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters' lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history. She introduces us to Black and multiracial characters experiencing the universal confusions of lust and love and getting walloped by grief — all while exploring how history haunts us, personally and collectively. Ultimately, she provokes us to think about the truths of American history — about who gets to tell them and the cost of setting the record straight. "Infinite Country" by Patricia Engel Amazon; Lauren Arzbaecher/Insider Available at Amazon and Bookshop from $14.80I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country.Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogotá, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally reunite with her family.How this family came to occupy two different countries — two different worlds — comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope. We see Talia's parents, Mauro and Elena, fall in love in a market stall as teenagers against a backdrop of civil war and social unrest. We see them leave Bogotá with their firstborn, Karina, in pursuit of safety and opportunity in the United States on a temporary visa, and we see the births of two more children, Nando and Talia, on American soil. We witness the decisions and indecisions that lead to Mauro's deportation and the family's splintering — the costs they've all been living with ever since. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nyt17 hr. 12 min. ago

Southwest"s "spider web-like" route map is why flights as far as California were canceled due to weather in Florida - here"s how it works

Southwest Airlines' cancellations have affected travelers across the US, not just in Florida, due to its point-to-point operations. A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Chris Parypa Photography/shutterstock Southwest Airlines' cancellations have affected travelers across the US, not just in Florida. The reason goes back to Southwest's "point-to-point" route network that differs from other airlines. A flight between two cities in California can be impacted by bad weather in Florida, for example. The worst of Southwest Airlines' Columbus Day weekend meltdown appears to be over as cancellations are dwindling. As of Thursday morning, only 30 flights have been canceled for the day, according to flight tracking company FlightAware, down from thousands in the combined days prior. But the weekend's events have left some flyers in regions as far as the West Coast wondering why their flights were canceled when bad weather and air traffic control issues in Florida were to initially blame. The reason traces back to how Southwest schedules flights across its nationwide route network that differs from many of its competitors. "Southwest operates a very complex spider web-like point-to-point route network," Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst and president of Atmosphere Research Group, told Insider. "A flight, let's say, from Florida to California may make multiple stops along the way, like a proverbial puddle jumper."The point-to-point strategy has proved effective in allowing the airline to serve a greater number of US cities without having to contract regional airlines, as is the default of the major airlines when serving low-demand markets. Meltdowns like the one experienced over Columbus Day weekend are few and far between. Major carriers including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines alternatively operate what's known as a "hub-and-spoke" route network. Each airline has a handful of hubs across the US from where flights will usually arrive or depart. Most Delta Air Lines flights, for example, will start or end in either New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, Minneapolis, or Raleigh, North Carolina.Southwest, while having bases at airports across the US, will send aircraft hopscotching across the country and to its international destinations. Examples of its point-to-point routes include Sacramento, California to Ontario, California; Raleigh to Tampa, Florida; and Long Island, New York to West Palm Beach, Florida. "If there is bad weather in Florida and a flight is canceled, it can cascade down that flight and affect flights between points that are hundreds, perhaps thousands of miles away from where the bad weather took place," Harteveldt said. Southwest also offers "one-stop, no plane change" flights where passengers on through flights can stay on board the aircraft during these intermediary stops. New cleaning procedures during the pandemic, however, require passengers to disembark.However, the network strategy can fall apart during periods of "irregular operations," such s bad weather, if not promptly corrected, as evidenced by the weekend's events. And that could leave customers flying between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for example, without an aircraft. "What is clear is: Southwest does not have a good set of strategies to anticipate, manage and recover from weather disruptions and other causes of irregular operations," Harteveldt said. "Southwest knew that there was bad weather that would hit the central US last week, they knew that there was going to be bad weather in Florida. They should have been able to make arrangements for those events, perhaps pre-canceling flights."Southwest told Insider that the event was exacerbated by the conservative approach to staffing that resulted from the pandemic."Going forward, we're continually assessing our operational plan with staffing in mind," a Southwest spokesperson said in a statement to Insider. "We're continuing to aggressively hire; we've reduced our planned flying through this lens in the past and we won't hesitate to do it again. We want to give our people maximum flexibility to recover during these wider-scale disruptions."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 14th, 2021

Solid Start to Q3 Earnings Season

For the 26 S&P 500 members that have reported Q3 results through Wednesday, October 13th, total earnings and revenues are up +32.6% and +17.6%, respectively... Note: The following is an excerpt from this week’s Earnings Trends report. You can access the full report that contains detailed historical actual and estimates for the current and following periods, please click here>>>Here are the key points: For the 26 S&P 500 members that have reported Q3 results through Wednesday, October 13th, total earnings and revenues are up +32.6% and +17.6%, respectively from the same period last year, with 80.8% beating EPS estimates and 65.4% beating revenue estimates. The proportion of these 26 index members beating both EPS and revenue estimates is 53.8%.  This is a solid start to the Q3 earnings season, with the EPS beats percentage tracking in-line with historical trends while a relatively smaller proportion of the companies have been able to beat revenue estimates. Looking at Q3 as a whole, total S&P 500 earnings are expected to be up +27.0% from the same period last year on +14.0% higher revenues. This would follow the +95.0% earnings growth on +25.3% higher revenues in Q2. Rising cost pressures amid supply-chain disruptions and labor/material shortages will keep the spotlight on margins, which are expected to be up year-over-year as well as sequentially in Q3. The margins trajectory over the coming periods is a key source of uncertainty in the earnings outlook given the lack of visibility with respect to the duration of inflationary pressures.  Looking at the calendar-year picture for the S&P 500 index, earnings are projected to climb +42.8% on +13.5% higher revenues in 2021 and increase +9.4% on +6.6% higher revenues in 2022. This would follow the -13.0% earnings decline on -1.7% lower revenues in 2020. For the small-cap S&P 600 index, total Q3 earnings are expected to be up +43.5% on +15.6% higher revenues, which would follow the +281.5% earnings growth on +34.5% higher revenues in 2021 Q2. The implied ‘EPS’ for the S&P 500 index, calculated using the current 2021 P/E of 22.5X and index close, as of October 12th, is $193.70, up from $135.66 in 2020. Using the same methodology, the index ‘EPS’ works out to $211.92 for 2022 (P/E of 20.5X) and $233.23 in 2023 (P/E of 18.7X). The multiples have been calculated using the index’s total market cap and aggregate bottom-up earnings for each year. The fact that JPMorgan JPM shares lost ground following the Q3 earnings release on October 13th is not because of the revenue ‘miss’ but rather how this stock responds to quarterly releases. The stock responded positively to quarterly results only once out of the last seven quarterly releases (July 14th, 2020), with the stock losing ground the other six times in response to otherwise strong results.In other words, the market’s reaction to the JPMorgan report offers limited insight into how good or otherwise the bank’s quarterly results have been.There were no major surprises in the JPMorgan report, though management’s comments about signs of stabilization in loan demand and the temporary nature of the ongoing supply-chain overhang were positive and reassuring. As expected, strength in investment banking helped offset continued softness in the core banking business, helping the bank earn +23.8% more in earnings on a +1.7% gain in revenues.The JPMorgan report has favorable read-throughs for Goldman Sachs GS and Morgan Stanley MS, the pure-play investment banks, while Bank of America BAC and Citigroup C will likely show the same type of business mix in their quarterly reports.We expect most companies to mention supply-chain issues in their commentaries, with the tone and substance of guidance turning negative, at least for the current period (2021 Q4). This will cause estimates for the December quarter to come down from the current expected +20.4% growth pace. We experienced something similar with respect to Q3 earnings estimates, which modestly went up earlier but lost ground modestly towards the end of the quarter.These near-term headwinds notwithstanding, the long-term earnings outlook should remain favorable and reassuring if JPMorgan’s transitory view of the gonging supply-chain issues comes to fruition.The chart below provides a big-picture view of earnings on a quarterly basis.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchThe chart below shows the overall earnings picture on an annual basis, with the growth momentum expected to continue.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchWe remain positive in our earnings outlook, as we see the overall growth picture steadily improving, as the near-term logistical issues get addressed. Zacks Names "Single Best Pick to Double" From thousands of stocks, 5 Zacks experts each have chosen their favorite to skyrocket +100% or more in months to come. From those 5, Director of Research Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all. You know this company from its past glory days, but few would expect that it's poised for a monster turnaround. Fresh from a successful repositioning and flush with A-list celeb endorsements, it could rival or surpass other recent Zacks' Stocks Set to Double like Boston Beer Company which shot up +143.0% in a little more than 9 months and Nvidia which boomed +175.9% in one year.Free: See Our Top Stock and 4 Runners Up >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS): Free Stock Analysis Report Bank of America Corporation (BAC): Free Stock Analysis Report JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM): Free Stock Analysis Report Morgan Stanley (MS): Free Stock Analysis Report Citigroup Inc. 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Category: topSource: zacksOct 13th, 2021

Solid Start to Q3 Earnings Season

For the 26 S&P 500 members that have reported Q3 results through Wednesday, October 13th, total earnings and revenues are up +32.6% and +17.6%, respectively... Note: The following is an excerpt from this week’s Earnings Trends report. You can access the full report that contains detailed historical actual and estimates for the current and following periods, please click here>>>Here are the key points: For the 26 S&P 500 members that have reported Q3 results through Wednesday, October 13th, total earnings and revenues are up +32.6% and +17.6%, respectively from the same period last year, with 80.8% beating EPS estimates and 65.4% beating revenue estimates. The proportion of these 26 index members beating both EPS and revenue estimates is 53.8%.  This is a solid start to the Q3 earnings season, with the EPS beats percentage tracking in-line with historical trends while a relatively smaller proportion of the companies have been able to beat revenue estimates. Looking at Q3 as a whole, total S&P 500 earnings are expected to be up +27.0% from the same period last year on +14.0% higher revenues. This would follow the +95.0% earnings growth on +25.3% higher revenues in Q2. Rising cost pressures amid supply-chain disruptions and labor/material shortages will keep the spotlight on margins, which are expected to be up year-over-year as well as sequentially in Q3. The margins trajectory over the coming periods is a key source of uncertainty in the earnings outlook given the lack of visibility with respect to the duration of inflationary pressures.  Looking at the calendar-year picture for the S&P 500 index, earnings are projected to climb +42.8% on +13.5% higher revenues in 2021 and increase +9.4% on +6.6% higher revenues in 2022. This would follow the -13.0% earnings decline on -1.7% lower revenues in 2020. For the small-cap S&P 600 index, total Q3 earnings are expected to be up +43.5% on +15.6% higher revenues, which would follow the +281.5% earnings growth on +34.5% higher revenues in 2021 Q2. The implied ‘EPS’ for the S&P 500 index, calculated using the current 2021 P/E of 22.5X and index close, as of October 12th, is $193.70, up from $135.66 in 2020. Using the same methodology, the index ‘EPS’ works out to $211.92 for 2022 (P/E of 20.5X) and $233.23 in 2023 (P/E of 18.7X). The multiples have been calculated using the index’s total market cap and aggregate bottom-up earnings for each year. The fact that JPMorgan JPM shares lost ground following the Q3 earnings release on October 13th is not because of the revenue ‘miss’ but rather how this stock responds to quarterly releases. The stock responded positively to quarterly results only once out of the last seven quarterly releases (July 14th, 2020), with the stock losing ground the other six times in response to otherwise strong results.In other words, the market’s reaction to the JPMorgan report offers limited insight into how good or otherwise the bank’s quarterly results have been.There were no major surprises in the JPMorgan report, though management’s comments about signs of stabilization in loan demand and the temporary nature of the ongoing supply-chain overhang were positive and reassuring. As expected, strength in investment banking helped offset continued softness in the core banking business, helping the bank earn +23.8% more in earnings on a +1.7% gain in revenues.The JPMorgan report has favorable read-throughs for Goldman Sachs GS and Morgan Stanley MS, the pure-play investment banks, while Bank of America BAC and Citigroup C will likely show the same type of business mix in their quarterly reports.We expect most companies to mention supply-chain issues in their commentaries, with the tone and substance of guidance turning negative, at least for the current period (2021 Q4). This will cause estimates for the December quarter to come down from the current expected +20.4% growth pace. We experienced something similar with respect to Q3 earnings estimates, which modestly went up earlier but lost ground modestly towards the end of the quarter.These near-term headwinds notwithstanding, the long-term earnings outlook should remain favorable and reassuring if JPMorgan’s transitory view of the gonging supply-chain issues comes to fruition.The chart below provides a big-picture view of earnings on a quarterly basis.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchThe chart below shows the overall earnings picture on an annual basis, with the growth momentum expected to continue.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchWe remain positive in our earnings outlook, as we see the overall growth picture steadily improving, as the near-term logistical issues get addressed. Zacks Names "Single Best Pick to Double" From thousands of stocks, 5 Zacks experts each have chosen their favorite to skyrocket +100% or more in months to come. From those 5, Director of Research Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all. You know this company from its past glory days, but few would expect that it's poised for a monster turnaround. Fresh from a successful repositioning and flush with A-list celeb endorsements, it could rival or surpass other recent Zacks' Stocks Set to Double like Boston Beer Company which shot up +143.0% in a little more than 9 months and Nvidia which boomed +175.9% in one year.Free: See Our Top Stock and 4 Runners Up >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS): Free Stock Analysis Report Bank of America Corporation (BAC): Free Stock Analysis Report JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM): Free Stock Analysis Report Morgan Stanley (MS): Free Stock Analysis Report Citigroup Inc. 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Category: topSource: zacksOct 13th, 2021

Oil-Dri Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2021 Results

CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE:ODC), producer and marketer of sorbent mineral products, today announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021.   Fourth Quarter Year to Date (in thousands, except per share amounts) Ended July 31 Ended July 31   2021   2020   Change 2021 2020 Change Consolidated Results             Net Sales $78,129 $64,844   20  % $304,981 $283,227 8  % Net Income Attributable to Oil-Dri $603 $5,886   (90 )% $11,113 $18,900 (41 )% Earnings per Common Diluted Share $0.08 $0.83   (90 )% $1.57 $2.65 (41 )% Business to Business             Net Sales $30,022 $26,628   13  % $110,120 $104,260 6  % Segment Operating Income* $3,791 $6,255   (39 )% $25,086 $26,882 (7 )% Retail and Wholesale             Net Sales $48,107 $38,216   26  % $194,861 $178,967 9  % Segment Operating Income (Loss)* $3,283 ($825 ) 498  % $11,916 $13,079 (9 )% *Segment operating income (loss) for fiscal year 2020 has been adjusted. See Note 1 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2021. Daniel S. Jaffee, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our performance in the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021 was disappointing despite tremendous top-line growth with record high consolidated net sales for both periods. Our profitability was greatly reduced due to significant cost inflation across all input channels. Not only did the price of resin used in our jugs and pails spike, but higher lumber costs for pallets also contributed to the considerable increase in our overall packaging expenses. Dramatic increases in freight, natural gas and other material costs also negatively impacted our margins. In response to these rising costs, we implemented price increases across our product portfolio. However, it is clear we did not keep up with the rapid pace of inflation. Additionally, our supply chain was challenged as a result of trucking and ocean carrier capacity constraints combined with a nationwide labor shortage. Despite these headwinds, we achieved many of our strategic goals and delivered increased dividends to our shareholders during the fiscal year. We continue to push forward with our two biggest growth opportunities: mineral-based antibiotic alternative feed additives and lightweight cat litter. I am excited to report that our animal health products are currently in several trials across the globe. In addition, consumer demand for our lightweight cat litter remains strong, and our branded and private label products continue to surpass category growth. Our new Cat's Pride UltraClean and Cat's Pride Flushable items were recently launched, and we are convinced consumers will enjoy the products' unique benefits. As we begin fiscal year 2022, we will continue to focus on developing our value-added businesses and enhancing profitability." Full Year ResultsConsolidated net sales for fiscal year 2021 reached an all-time record high of $305 million, reflecting an 8% increase over the prior year. This was primarily due to higher demand of our cat litter and agricultural products which increased 9% and 19%, respectively, in fiscal year 2021 compared to the prior year. Revenues from our fluid purification products were 3% greater than last year, while sales of animal health and nutrition products were essentially flat. Industrial and sports business revenues grew 9% year over year, and we experienced steady sales gains of 2% from our co-packaging coarse cat litter business. Annual consolidated gross profit decreased by $3.5 million, as margins were reduced to 21% in fiscal 2021 from 24% in the prior year. Severe inflationary pressures caused domestic cost of goods sold per manufacturing ton to increase approximately 8% in the twelve month period compared to the prior year. Domestic freight, packaging and natural gas per manufactured ton rose 13%, 19%, and 15%, respectively over the prior year. U.S. non-fuel manufacturing costs per ton increased approximately 3%, primarily driven by higher costs of purchased materials. Included in fiscal year 2020's results, was the one-time pre-tax receipt of $13 million in connection with an intellectual property license agreement which occurred in the fourth quarter of the same year. Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for fiscal year 2021 decreased 8% from the prior year primarily due to lower advertising spending, estimated annual incentive bonus accrual and pension expense. Fiscal 2020 SG&A expenses included a legal contingency offset by a curtailment gain related to our Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan. In addition, a change in the allocation of expenses from SG&A to cost of goods sold affected quarterly segment operating income in both fiscal years 2021 and 2020 by $5.3 million and $7.1 million, respectively. This reclassification did not affect consolidated operating or net income. Consolidated annual operating income was $13 million, reflecting a 47% decrease from the prior year. Excluding the aforementioned one-time pre-tax receipt of $13 million in fiscal 2020, operating income for fiscal 2021 was 10% greater than last year. Other income (expense), net in fiscal year 2021 included approximately $600,000 of settlement costs under our pension plan, compared to $2 million in fiscal year 2020. Full year net income attributed to Oil-Dri was $11.1 million, reflecting a 41% decrease from the prior year. Cash and Cash Equivalents decreased to $24.6 million in fiscal 2021 from $41 million in fiscal 2020, as a result of higher cost of goods sold and a significant fiscal 2020 bonus payout which was paid in fiscal 2021. Debt decreased to $9 million in fiscal 2021 from $10 million in the prior year. Fourth Quarter ResultsConsolidated net sales in the fourth quarter reached an all-time quarterly high of $78 million, or a 20% increase over the prior year. Sales from our cat litter, industrial and sports, and agricultural businesses drove the majority of this growth. Demand for fluids purification products and co-packaged coarse cat litter also increased in the fourth quarter over the prior year, while revenues from our animal health and nutrition products were essentially flat. Fourth quarter consolidated gross profit decreased by approximately $1.5 million, while margin was reduced to 19% in fiscal 2021 from 21% in fiscal 2020. Although revenues grew significantly in the quarter, these gains were offset by a 7% increase in domestic cost of goods sold per manufactured ton compared to the prior year. Trucking capacity constraints and high fuel costs resulted in a 7% increase in domestic freight per manufactured ton compared to the same period last year. Due to extreme inflation on resin and lumber prices, domestic packaging costs per manufactured ton increased 40%. Further contributing to the reduction in margin was higher domestic natural gas per manufactured ton which increased 67% in the fourth quarter over the prior year. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, consolidated operating income was $1.7 million compared to $9.1 million in fiscal 2020. Revenue increases and a $4 million, or 24%, reduction in SG&A expenses were partially offset by significantly higher cost of goods sold. Also, impacting the quarterly results comparison was the one-time pre-tax receipt of $13 million resulting from an intellectual property license agreement which occurred in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. Last year's results included a legal contingency as well as an accrual which was no longer deemed necessary in fiscal year 2021. In addition, a change in the allocation of expenses from SG&A to cost of goods sold affected quarterly segment operating income in both fiscal years 2021 and 2020 by $755,000 and $2.2 million, respectively. This reclassification did not affect consolidated operating or net income. Fourth quarter consolidated net income attributed to Oil-Dri was $603,000 in fiscal 2021 compared to $5.9 million in fiscal 2020. Product Group ReviewThe Business to Business Products ("B2B") Group's fourth quarter revenues reached a record $30 million, a 13% gain over the prior year. This increase was primarily driven by strong revenue growth from the agricultural and fluid purification businesses. Sales of agricultural products increased by 37% over the prior year, as demand from one of our largest customers rose in the quarter. The B2B Products Group also benefited from a 7% increase in revenues within the fluids purification business. Sales of bleaching clay products were strong in North America and Latin America, while softer revenues were experienced in Europe and Asia. COVID-19 continued to limit our ability to conduct and participate in product tests at edible oil plants, thus resulting in lower than expected sales growth. The ongoing pandemic also negatively impacted our jet fuel business in regions such as Europe and Asia where air travel is still at low levels. Our co-packaging coarse cat litter experienced sales gains of 16% in the fourth quarter compared to the prior year, primarily due to increased pricing. Fourth quarter revenues of animal health products remained flat compared to the same period last year. African Swine Fever and the ongoing pandemic created challenges for the global animal protein production market, including feed additives. Despite this, we achieved sales increases of 66% in China during the fourth quarter compared to the prior year, as well as top line growth in Asia, Latin America, and North America. However, these increases were offset by lower revenues in Mexico, as fiscal 2020 included the sale of animal health related equipment that did not recur this year. Operating income for the B2B Products Group was $3.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to $6.3 million in fiscal 2020. The prior year's results reflect the reallocation of $943,000 between SG&A expenses and cost of goods sold. Higher sales were offset by inflationary headwinds and an 11% increase in SG&A expenses over the previous fourth quarter. These elevated SG&A costs were a result of increased compensation and travel expenses, reflecting investments in our animal health business through additional sales personnel and leadership. The Retail and Wholesale ("R&W") Products Group's fourth quarter revenues were $48 million, a 26% increase over the prior year. This was driven by a 25% increase in domestic cat litter sales due to strong demand for our branded and private label products. We exceeded category sales growth of 12.1% for the 12-week period ended July 17, 2021, according to third-party market research data for retail sales1. Demand for our branded and private label lightweight litter products continued to rise as demonstrated by the 43% increase in fourth quarter sales over the prior year. Our e-commerce business experienced double-digit revenue gains for the fourth quarter compared to the same period last year. As more consumers have broadened their online purchases since the onset of the pandemic, e-commerce retailers have increased their Cat's Pride product offerings, including some of our newly launched products. Revenues from our Canadian subsidiary demonstrated strong top line growth due to higher demand of cat litter and industrial absorbent products. Our domestic industrial and sports products business also contributed to the R&W Products Group's revenue improvement in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 with sales increasing 36% over the prior year. This gain can be attributed to the return of pre-pandemic industrial product purchasing levels and the reopening of sports fields across the United States. Operating income for the R&W Products Group was $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021 compared to ($825,000) in the prior year. Prior year's results reflect the reallocation of $1.3 million between SG&A expenses and cost of goods sold. SG&A expenses for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021 declined by 10% from last year. This was primarily due to a reduction in advertising spending as a result of a shift in timing of our marketing campaign from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 to fiscal 2022. We expect advertising costs for the upcoming fiscal 2022 to be higher than fiscal 2021. The Company will host its fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 earnings teleconference on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. Participation details are available on our website's Events page. 1Based in part on data reported by NielsenIQ through its Scantrack Service for the Cat Litter Category in the 12-week period ended July 17, 2021, for the U.S. xAOC+Pet Supers market. Copyright © 2021 Nielsen. Oil-Dri Corporation of America is a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialty sorbent products for the pet care, animal health and nutrition, fluids purification, agricultural ingredients, sports field, industrial and automotive markets. Oil-Dri is vertically integrated which enables the company to efficiently oversee every step of the process from research and development to supply chain to marketing and sales. With 80 years of experience, the company continues to fulfill its mission to Create Value from Sorbent Minerals. "Oil-Dri" and "Cat's Pride" are registered trademarks of Oil-Dri Corporation of America. Certain statements in this press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based on our current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about our future performance, our business, our beliefs, and our management's assumptions. In addition, we, or others on our behalf, may make forward-looking statements in other press releases or written statements, or in our communications and discussions with investors and analysts in the normal course of business through meetings, webcasts, phone calls, and conference calls. Words such as "expect," "outlook," "forecast," "would," "could," "should," "project," "intend," "plan," "continue," "believe," "seek," "estimate," "anticipate," "may," "assume," or variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, the dependence of our future growth and financial performance on successful new product introductions, intense competition in our markets, volatility of our quarterly results, risks associated with acquisitions, our dependence on a limited number of customers for a large portion of our net sales and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, intended, expected, believed, estimated, projected or planned. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except to the extent required by law, we do not have any intention or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements after the distribution of this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions, or otherwise. Category: Earnings Contact:Leslie A. GarberManager of Investor RelationsOil-Dri Corporation of AmericaInvestorRelations@oildri.com(312) 321-1515 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME   (in thousands, except per share amounts)   (unaudited)   Fourth Quarter Ended July 31     2021   % of Sales   2020   % of Sales Net Sales   $ 78,129     100.0  %   $ 64,844     100.0  % Cost of Sales (1)   (63,323 )   (81.0 )%   (51,521 )   (79.5 )% Gross Profit   14,806     19.0  %   13,323     20.5  % Other Operating Income (2) —     —  %   13,000     20.0  % Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (1)(3) (13,122 )   (16.8 )%   (17,190 )   (26.5 )% Operating Income 1,684     2.2  %   9,133     14.1  % Interest Expense (180.....»»

Category: earningsSource: benzingaOct 13th, 2021

Tech Sector Provides Solid Returns YTD: Will the Rally Last?

At this stage, a few technology behemoths with attractive valuation are MSFT, TXN, NVDA, ADBE, CRM, NOW, AMAT and AVGO. Wall Street has performed reasonably well so far this year despite facing the worst September in a decade. Year to date, the three major stock indexes — the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite — have provided more than 13% returns. We have already entered the fourth quarter and it appears that this momentum will be maintained for the rest of the year, notwithstanding October’s historically recognized fluctuating trade pattern.Wall Street has maintained its impressive northbound journey after completing an astonishing bull run in the coronavirus-ridden 2020. However, the U.S. stock market’s driver has changed.In 2020, the technology sector drove Wall Street to get rid of the pandemic-led historically shortest bear market and formed a new bull market. In 2021, the cyclical sectors like financials, industrials, energy, materials and consumer discretionary took center stage.However, a closer look at the U.S. stock markets reveals that the technology sector has performed fairly well in 2021. At present, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) — one of the 11 broad sectors of the market’s benchmark the S&P 500 Index — has gained mostly in line with the benchmark itself.Year to date, the performance of the technology sector is well above several cyclical reopening sectors like consumer discretionary, industrials and materials. The tech rally is likely to continue going forward.Tech Meltdown TemporaryThe recent meltdown of the technology sector is a temporary phenomenon. The Fed has taken a $120 billion per month bond-buy program to ensure adequate liquidity in the system and tackle the pandemic-led economic devastations.It was clear from the very beginning that the central bank will remove this stimulus gradually as the U.S economic recovery moves forward to a reasonably strong footing. The logic that the technology sector will underperform other cyclical sectors may be true for a short period of time but in the long term, technology stocks will remain the best bet.  In fact, the fundamentals of the technology sector are rock solid. The growing demand for hi-tech superior products has been a catalyst for the sector in an otherwise tough environment. A series of breakthroughs in 5G wireless network, cloud computing, predictive analysis, AI, self-driving vehicles, digital personal assistants and IoT, have given a boost to the overall space.Tech Has Vast Potential — Buy on the DipThe leading emerging markets of Asia, Latin America, Africa and some European countries are still way behind in using digital technology compared to the developed world. While mobile phone penetration is nearly 90% in these countries, a large number of people are still using phones with old features, since voice communication and not data served most of their needs. Even those using smartphones, rarely utilize online digital features.   However, the outbreak of coronavirus quickly changed the lifestyle and lookout of these people. People were not entirely used to the digital platforms for their office work (work from home), ordering foods and other daily needs or transferring money and making payments. Moreover, online schooling, video conferencing and virtual networking have now become essential.The countries that are more digitized have been able to minimize their losses during the pandemic. These are major lessons to the other countries. Even those who are less inclined toward the digital technology and online platforms, either because they have to learn using smartphones or tablets or due to fear of data theft, are now feeling the massive advantage of the online platforms.The impact of a higher market interest rate is already factored in the technology sector’s valuation to a large extent. Share prices of several technology behemoths suffered a blow in September.These companies have highly established business models spread across the world, strong product pipelines, globally acclaimed brand recognition and robust financial positions, which help them to cope with a higher interest rate. Investment in these stocks should be fruitful going forward.Stocks in FocusThe technology sector is indispensable and the reopening of the U.S. and global economies will only act as a positive catalyst for this sector. At this stage, several stocks are available that looks attractive for future growth. However, picking them on the following three criteria will make the task easy.First, select U.S. technology giants (market cap > $100 billion) that have strong growth potential for the rest of 2021. Second, these stocks have seen positive earnings estimate revisions within the last 90 days for the next one year. Third, these stocks have robust upside left reflected by a solid long-term (3-5 years) growth rate.Eight stocks have fulfilled our selection criteria. These are: Microsoft Corp. MSFT, Texas Instruments Inc. TXN, NVIDIA Corp. NVDA, Adobe Inc. ADBE, Applied Materials Inc. AMAT, ServiceNow Inc. NOW, Broadcom Inc. AVGO and salesforce.com.inc. CRM. Zacks Names "Single Best Pick to Double" From thousands of stocks, 5 Zacks experts each have chosen their favorite to skyrocket +100% or more in months to come. From those 5, Director of Research Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all. You know this company from its past glory days, but few would expect that it's poised for a monster turnaround. Fresh from a successful repositioning and flush with A-list celeb endorsements, it could rival or surpass other recent Zacks' Stocks Set to Double like Boston Beer Company which shot up +143.0% in a little more than 9 months and Nvidia which boomed +175.9% in one year.Free: See Our Top Stock and 4 Runners Up >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN): Free Stock Analysis Report Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Free Stock Analysis Report salesforce.com, inc. 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Category: topSource: zacksOct 13th, 2021

JPMorgan (JPM) Q3 Earnings Top on M&A Boom, Modest Loan Growth

Solid advisory business performance, rise in loan demand and large credit release aid JPMorgan's (JPM) Q3 earnings amid lower rates, normalizing trading business and soft mortgage banking performance. Robust advisory business, reserve release, and a modest rise in demand for loans drove JPMorgan’s JPM third-quarter 2021 earnings of $3.74 per share. The bottom line also handily outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.00.Results included credit reserve releases and tax benefit related to finalizing the company’s 2020 U.S. federal tax return. Excluding these, earnings came in at $3.03 per share. The company had earned $2.92 in the prior-year quarter.As projected by Marianne Lake, the co-CEO of the company’s CCB segment in mid-September, at an investors conference, markets revenues declined both year over year and sequentially. Also, as guided, equity markets revenues showed strength (up 30% year over year), while fixed income markets revenues disappointed, declining 20%.Also, mortgage fees and related income plunged 45% to $600 million.Operating expenses witnessed a slight rise. Further, Commercial Banking average loan balances were down 7% year over year.During the third quarter, the company reported net reserve releases of $2.1 billion on the back of continued improvement in “economic outlook.”Now coming to investment banking (“IB”) performance, equity and debt underwriting fees rose 41% and 3%, respectively. Continued stellar deal-making activities across the globe during the quarter led JPMorgan to record a 187% surge in advisory fees. So, IB fees jumped 52% from the prior-year quarter. This was in line with management’s expectation of “up year-on-year but down sequentially.”While lower rates continued to hurt the bank’s interest income, it was more than offset by a modest rise in loan balance (consumer, credit cards and wholesale portfolios) and steepening of the yield curve during the quarter.Among other positives, Asset & Wealth Management average loan balances grew 20% from the year-ago quarter. Debit and credit card sales volume increased 26%, reflecting a steadily improving consumer confidence and economic outlook.The overall performance of JPMorgan’s business segments, in terms of net income generation, was impressive. All segments, except Corporate, reported improvement in net income on a year-over-year basis.Net income increased 24% from the prior-year quarter to $11.7 billion. Excluding the above-mentioned significant items, net income stood at $9.6 billion.Loan Demand, Advisory Fees Aid Revenues, Costs RiseNet revenues as reported were $29.65 billion, up 1% from the year-ago quarter. This rise was largely driven by higher IB fees and an increase in the loan balance. The top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $29.45 billion.Net interest income inched up 1% year over year to $13.1 billion.Non-interest income also grew 2% to $16.6 billion, primarily driven by a robust IB performance, and higher lending- and deposit-related fees. These were partially offset by fall in mortgage banking and related fees, card income and principal transactions.Non-interest expenses (on managed basis) were $17.1 billion, up 1%. This upswing was mainly due to the continued investments in business, including marketing and technology, and rise in volume- and revenue-related expenses.Credit Quality ImprovesProvision for credit losses was a net benefit of $1.5 billion against the provision of $611 million in the prior-year quarter. Further, net charge-offs plunged 56% to $524 million.As of Sep 30, 2021, non-performing assets were $8.9 billion, down 23% from Sep 30, 2020 level.Solid Capital PositionTier 1 capital ratio (estimated) was 15% at the third quarter-end, on par with the prior-year quarter level. Tier 1 common equity capital ratio (estimated) was 12.9%, down from 13.1%. Total capital ratio was 16.9% (estimated) compared with 17.3% as of Sep 30, 2020.Book value per share was $86.36 as of Sep 30, 2021 compared with $79.09 in the corresponding period of 2020. Tangible book value per common share was $69.87 at the end of September, up from $63.96.Share Repurchase UpdateDuring the quarter, JPMorgan repurchased shares worth $5 billion.Our ViewpointNew branch openings, strategic acquisitions, global expansion plan and robust IB performance are likely to continue supporting JPMorgan’s revenues. Slight rise in loan balance is a major tailwind as the economy re-opens. However, lower rates, and disappointing trading and mortgage banking performance are near-term concerns. JPMorgan Chase & Co. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise JPMorgan Chase & Co. price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | JPMorgan Chase & Co. QuoteJPMorgan currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Earnings Date of Other Big BanksBank of America BAC, Citigroup C and Wells Fargo WFC are scheduled to come out with quarterly numbers on Oct 14. Zacks Names "Single Best Pick to Double" From thousands of stocks, 5 Zacks experts each have chosen their favorite to skyrocket +100% or more in months to come. From those 5, Director of Research Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all. You know this company from its past glory days, but few would expect that it's poised for a monster turnaround. Fresh from a successful repositioning and flush with A-list celeb endorsements, it could rival or surpass other recent Zacks' Stocks Set to Double like Boston Beer Company which shot up +143.0% in a little more than 9 months and Nvidia which boomed +175.9% in one year.Free: See Our Top Stock and 4 Runners Up >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Bank of America Corporation (BAC): Free Stock Analysis Report Wells Fargo & Company (WFC): Free Stock Analysis Report JPMorgan Chase & Co. 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Category: topSource: zacksOct 13th, 2021

44 thoughtful gift card gifts they will actually appreciate

Gift cards are a great solution for those notoriously hard-to-shop-for people. Here are some of our favorites for everyone on your list. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Flickr Creative Commons/Lani Elderts Gift cards are ideal when you're down to the wire or you're at wit's end over what to gift someone. To make things even easier, we've rounded up 43 digital gift cards that can be delivered by email. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyGift cards are always safe options when you're not quite sure what to get someone and are trying to avoid giving them something they don't need. As long as you pick a suitable gift card, they won't be perceived as impersonal.A gift card is also a great last-minute gift option that'll actually arrive on time - especially with most brands offering e-gift cards that deliver via email in seconds. We curated 44 digital gift cards that'll work for anyone, whether they're a music lover or a coffee fan.Here are the 44 best gift cards to give for any occasion Hotels.com Hotels.com Buy a Hotels.com gift cardA perfect open-ended gift for any traveler, Hotels.com gift cards come in denominations ranging from $10 to $2,000, and they can go just about anywhere. Uber or Uber Eats Uber Buy an Uber gift cardMost people won't have too much trouble putting Uber credit to good use, whether they're going out or ordering in. Google Play Amazon Buy a Google Play gift cardFrom movies to audiobooks to TV shows, there are tons of options your loved one can buy with a Google Play gift card. Etsy Etsy Buy an Etsy gift cardFrom jewelry to clothing and home decor, the online marketplace surely has something unique that'll fit the bill for them. Lowe's Lowe's Buy a Lowe's gift cardDepending on the recipient and how much they enjoy their home-improvement tasks, this may be the most exciting gift they receive during the holidays. Otherland Otherland Buy an Otherland gift card If they love candles but you're not sure of what scents they like, they can choose their own at Otherland.Read our review of Otherland. Jungalow Jungalow Buy a Jungalow gift cardChoose from a variety of holiday-themed cards so they can browse colorful, bohemian housewares before finding their dream gift. Catbird Catbird Buy a Catbird gift cardJewelry can be tough, but it doesn't have to be. If they're a Catbird fan, there's no chance you can fail here. GameStop Gamestop Buy a GameStop gift card They're a gamer, but you don't know which console or games they have. Rest assured that a gift card will have you covered. Disney Plus Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Buy a Disney Plus gift subscriptionIf they've been wanting to watch "Loki" or the "Luca," gift them a year's worth of entertainment with a Disney Plus subscription. For $79.99, they can access thousands of titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Studios. Here's everything to know about the streaming platform.  Orvis Orvis Buy an Orvis gift cardWhether it's for your parents' ski cabin, your best friend's dog, or your fly-fishing uncle, Orvis has just about everyone covered. Bonobos Bonobos Buy a Bonobos gift cardShirts, socks, jeans — whatever it is, there's room in their wardrobe for something from Bonobos. Read our review of Bonobos' impressively affordable stretch chinos. Goldbelly Goldbelly Buy a Goldbelly gift cardIf they can't make it home this year, there's a good chance Goldbelly can bring their local favorite to them. A New York pastrami sandwich? A Chicago dog? You can find almost anything from the most cherished delicacies of their hometown, city, or region. Brooklinen Brooklinen Buy a Brooklinen gift cardBrooklinen makes the best high-end sheets at some of the best prices on the internet. Have a gift card delivered digitally or in a gift card box. They can choose from sheets made from linen, cashmere, and more. The company's weighted comforter is the top pick in our buying guide. Amazon Amazon Buy an Amazon gift cardAn Amazon gift card is a more polite version of giving them cash. They can buy pretty much anything they've had on their wish list, whether it's new and exciting tech or completely utilitarian home basics. You can also buy it in a gift card box. Adidas Adidas Buy an Adidas gift cardGive them a new pair of sneakers, some new athletic gear, or cool athleisure with a gift card that lets them pick out their favorite pieces. Adidas has physical gift cards, e-gift cards, and a bulk gift card offer if you're looking to buy cards for a big group. Warby Parker Warby Parker Buy a Warby Parker gift cardHelp them find their perfect pair of glasses or sunglasses with a Warby Parker gift card. The physical card comes in a giftable box, but it won't arrive for five days. If you're in a bind, we'd recommend going for the e-gift card.  Starbucks Starbucks Buy a Starbucks gift cardYou may not be there every morning, but this is one of the easier ways to buy them a hot cup of coffee each day. There's also a gift card for Dunkin', if that's their preferred caffeine source. Best Buy Best Buy Buy a Best Buy gift cardGift them a gift card for all conceivable forms of tech, home appliances, and more.  Framebridge Framebridge Buy a Framebridge gift cardLet them custom frame one of their best memories. It's something they'll probably never shell out for on their own, but they'll love having it around the house. Spotify Spotify/Facebook Buy a Spotify gift cardThey probably already have a Spotify account, but this gets them ad-free access. A Spotify gift card lets you fund the next few months of something they love and use multiple times per day.  Sephora Sephora Buy a Sephora gift cardThey already have their personal beauty favorites. This will just help them cringe a little less when they order them. Netflix Netflix Buy a Netflix gift card on Target and Best BuyPair it with a bottle of wine, popcorn, and some warm and fuzzy socks for a perfect night spent at home.  Nike Nike Buy a Nike gift cardNike also lets you pick from a swath of gift card designs, including team themes for the Lakers and Knicks.  Nordstrom Nordstrom Buy a Nordstrom gift cardIf you want to get them a sweater you know they'll love, let them pick it out themselves. REI REI Buy an REI gift cardWhether you're outfitting them for their next hike or an afternoon spent in a ski lodge, you get to ensure they'll be able to get exactly the make and model of the boot or sweater they want for the trip.  Patagonia Patagonia Facebook Buy a Patagonia gift cardWhatever they spend this on, you can be sure they'll get something great that'll last them for years.  Everlane Everlane/Facebook Buy an Everlane gift cardEverlane is a favorite retail startup that is especially loved for its $120 cashmere sweaters. You can find 13 of our favorite Everlane pieces here.  Allbirds Allbirds/Instagram Buy an Allbirds gift cardAllbirds makes the world's most comfortable shoes from sustainable materials like merino wool, eucalyptus leaves, and foam made from sugar cane. They're especially popular in New York City and Silicon Valley. Hulu Hulu Buy a Hulu gift card on Target or Best BuyGift them a Hulu gift card so they can binge-watch "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Project Runway" from under a pile of blankets.  MOUTH Mouth Buy a MOUTH gift cardMOUTH sends delicious small-batch, indie food products to help small businesses grow and make it more convenient for the average person to discover the best new goods.  Daily Harvest Daily Harvest Buy a Daily Harvest gift cardDaily Harvest is a healthy-eating startup that sends you delicious, nutritious meals and smoothies pre-packed in cups that take as little as 30 seconds to make. A chef and nutritionist design recipes, and all cups are under $10. Find a full review here.  Xbox Xbox Buy an Xbox gift card on Amazon, Target, or Best BuyThey can spend it on the latest games and entertainment like movies, TV, music, apps, and more.  BarkBox BarkBox Buy a BarkBox gift cardFor the dog people, the best gift may just be gifts for their pup. Barkbox will send them a box of toys and treats every month. Another good option for pet owners is a Petco gift card — if you think they (or their pet) may like picking out their own toys. PlayStation PlayStation DualShock 4 Controller BI Graphics Buy a PlayStation gift cardWith this gift card, they can download the latest games and add-ons, watch movies, and more from their PlayStation 4.  Sling Sling TV Buy a Sling gift cardStarting at $35 per month, users get access to more than 30 of the best channels, like CNN, ESPN, AMC, Disney, and the Food Network. Macy's Macy's Buy a Macy's gift cardMacy's has just about everything you could need for life or home, and they can surf the selection from their couch.  J.Crew JCrew Instagram Buy a J.Crew gift card For the basics, J.Crew has some of the best quality and style for the price. It also has frequent sales, meaning they may get more value out of their gift card. Donations to Global Giving and CharityChoice CharityChoice Buy a Global Giving or CharityChoice gift card on ZolaThis is an easy way to empower someone to give to a charity close to their heart. You designate the amount and general category of charities, and they can decide where the funds go. L.L.Bean L.L.Bean Buy an L.L.Bean gift cardGift cards for apparel are particularly useful since you may not know imperative details like shoe size. If you know they love a brand or have been pining after their own Bean boots, this is a nice way to make it happen without tipping them off.  HelloFresh HelloFresh Buy a HelloFresh gift cardHelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that drops off fresh ingredients for delicious home-cooked meals. It makes week-time prep easier, and it helps amateur and experienced cooks conveniently expand their repertoire.  Firstleaf Connie Chen/Insider Buy a Firstleaf gift cardFirstleaf is a wine subscription service that delivers wines from top vineyards around the world for only $15 per bottle. Let them explore great wine without worrying about the expense. Plus, its introductory box of three wines is only $15, and it sets the wheels in motion for the service to learn more about your tastes and preferences as they evolve. Airbnb Airbnb Buy an Airbnb gift cardLet them select the location and the company, but you'll foot the bill of their next great adventure. Learn more about Airbnb safety during the novel coronavirus pandemic here. Delta or Southwest airlines Delta Buy a Delta gift card on Best Buy or TargetBuy a Southwest gift card on Best Buy, Target, or AmazonWhen it's safe to travel again, airline gift cards are perfect for frequent travelers (and even better for family members who see trips home as opportunities to score more miles on their go-to airline). It's also easier than booking a trip for them yourself.If they travel by train most frequently, there's also an Amtrak gift card.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 11th, 2021

Stephanie Grisham doesn"t want your forgiveness. She says she just wants to stop Trump from getting a 2nd term.

"All I can do is try my best to say all that I can for 2024," she said. "And I really, really think our country will be in danger if he takes office." White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham (L) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump talk to reporters before he boards Marine One and departing the White House November 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Stephanie Grisham is "under no illusions" that she'll be forgiven her for role in Trump's rise. She told Insider in an interview that she still wants to help stop Trump from winning a 2nd term. "All I can do is try my best to say all that I can for 2024," she said, adding, "I really think our country will be in danger if he takes office." Stephanie Grisham is "under no illusions" that the American public will forgive her for the prominent role she played in former President Donald Trump's rise to power, but wants "to do all I can" to stop him from winning a second, she told Insider in an interview. The former White House press secretary and chief of staff to former first lady Melania Trump joined Trumpworld as a rank-and-file press wrangler on Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and spent six years rising through the ranks to be one of the few trusted aides and confidantes in Melania's inner circle and hold the most coveted job in political communications.Grisham spent the last year and a half living in a small town in rural Kansas, where she said she "deprogrammed" from Trumpworld, and officially left the White House on January 6. She tells-all in her new memoir, "I'll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at The Trump White House," about the chaos, dysfunction, and toxicity she experienced and witnessed. Grisham said that while she's taking a break from the political scene and not thinking about her next act professionally, half-joking that "I think people probably need to have a little break from me as well," her mind is on upcoming elections in 2022 and 2024."I think that if he goes back in 2024, his first thought process is going to be revenge and retribution," she said of Trump. "And I think he's going to hire people with whom the vetting process won't matter because at the end of the day, he'll be in there, and he won't have to run for reelection."Grisham told Insider that Trump's ability to give voice to "people who felt forgotten" is what initially drew her to his campaign and made her feel good about working for him, but is now being weaponized."I think now as he was president and he's watched how much power he had, and he has seen that all he has to do is say a phrase or two, that there are these thousands and thousands of people who will take him so literally and fight for him, and that's dangerous," Grisham said of Trump's supporters. "There are all these people who, I think, feel such gratitude that he gave them a voice, that now they're willing to do anything to keep that feeling of somebody is fighting for us. And I think that's very dangerous. And I think the former president is taking advantage of it.""I'm going to do all I can if asked to answer questions about, you know, 'Hey, why do you think he's doing this? Why do you think he's doing that?' Because if there's anything I do know, it's the Trump playbook," she added.A Trump spokeswoman previously called the book "another pitiful attempt to cash in on the President's strength and sell lies about the Trump family" and "full of falsehoods." White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, second from left, listens to deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, as they wait for President Donald Trump to arrive to speak the media about the Congressional testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin 'If people ask me for help in any way, yes, I will be right there to do it.'Grisham said that when fellow Republicans have privately praised her bravery, she's responded: "well then, I really wish you would speak up too.""I'm just hoping that people will get a little braver and speak out against it. And like I said, it might not happen, but at least at the end of the day, I will have tried," she said. "And I know that my part in the last four, five, six years will never be forgiven. I have no illusions that it will, but all I can do is try my best to say all that I can for 2024. And I really, really think our country will be in danger if he takes office." She told Insider that she is proud of the Trump administration policies she worked on and argued "there are plenty of Republicans out there who can push forward" those policies "without all the vitriol and hate and revenge motives."Because of Grisham's years at the highest levels of Trumpworld and once-dogged loyalty to the Trumps, speaking out would continue to put her directly at odds with both the former president and first lady, who she says cut her off entirely after her resignation. Both Grisham's former employers have denounced her in harsh, personal terms, and sought to discredit her as a vengeful, disgruntled ex-employee seeking to trade in on her White House experience to cash in at their expense. The day before the book's publication, Melania's office put out a statement accusing Grisham of "trying to rehabilitate her tarnished reputation by manipulating and distorting the truth," calling her "a deceitful and troubled individual who doesn't deserve anyone's trust."And while Grisham sounded the alarm about what a second Trump term would hold, she speculated that it likely wouldn't include two of her biggest foes in the White House and the targets of many of her grievances in the memoir: Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who served as senior advisers in the West Wing. "Maybe I'm being an idiot and naive as usual, but I feel like Jared and Ivanka would stay out of another White House," she said. "I just do. I think towards the end that the president was even getting a bit fed up with some of Jared's advice. And I think that in terms of just the stress, the pressure, and their family, and they've moved to Florida, I kind of don't think they would join it up again." Grisham laughed when asked if she envisions her next act as a Trump whisperer of sorts."I still am healing from the whole process and I am still really enjoying reconnecting with family and friends," she said. "So for me, that's still my priority, but as we get closer to 2022 and 2024, if, you know, if people ask me for help in any way, yes, I will be right there to do it."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 11th, 2021

44 houghtful gift card gifts they will actually appreciate

Gift cards are a great solution for those notoriously hard-to-shop-for people. Here are some of our favorites for everyone on your list. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Flickr Creative Commons/Lani Elderts Gift cards are ideal when you're down to the wire or you're at wit's end over what to gift someone. To make things even easier, we've rounded up 43 digital gift cards that can be delivered by email. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyGift cards are always safe options when you're not quite sure what to get someone and are trying to avoid giving them something they don't need. As long as you pick a suitable gift card, they won't be perceived as impersonal.A gift card is also a great last-minute gift option that'll actually arrive on time - especially with most brands offering e-gift cards that deliver via email in seconds. We curated 44 digital gift cards that'll work for anyone, whether they're a music lover or a coffee fan.Here are the 44 best gift cards to give for any occasion Hotels.com Hotels.com Buy a Hotels.com gift cardA perfect open-ended gift for any traveler, Hotels.com gift cards come in denominations ranging from $10 to $2,000, and they can go just about anywhere. Uber or Uber Eats Uber Buy an Uber gift cardMost people won't have too much trouble putting Uber credit to good use, whether they're going out or ordering in. Google Play Amazon Buy a Google Play gift cardFrom movies to audiobooks to TV shows, there are tons of options your loved one can buy with a Google Play gift card. Etsy Etsy Buy an Etsy gift cardFrom jewelry to clothing and home decor, the online marketplace surely has something unique that'll fit the bill for them. Lowe's Lowe's Buy a Lowe's gift cardDepending on the recipient and how much they enjoy their home-improvement tasks, this may be the most exciting gift they receive during the holidays. Otherland Otherland Buy an Otherland gift card If they love candles but you're not sure of what scents they like, they can choose their own at Otherland.Read our review of Otherland. Jungalow Jungalow Buy a Jungalow gift cardChoose from a variety of holiday-themed cards so they can browse colorful, bohemian housewares before finding their dream gift. Catbird Catbird Buy a Catbird gift cardJewelry can be tough, but it doesn't have to be. If they're a Catbird fan, there's no chance you can fail here. GameStop Gamestop Buy a GameStop gift card They're a gamer, but you don't know which console or games they have. Rest assured that a gift card will have you covered. Disney Plus Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Buy a Disney Plus gift subscriptionIf they've been wanting to watch "Loki" or the "Luca," gift them a year's worth of entertainment with a Disney Plus subscription. For $79.99, they can access thousands of titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Studios. Here's everything to know about the streaming platform.  Orvis Orvis Buy an Orvis gift cardWhether it's for your parents' ski cabin, your best friend's dog, or your fly-fishing uncle, Orvis has just about everyone covered. Bonobos Bonobos Buy a Bonobos gift cardShirts, socks, jeans — whatever it is, there's room in their wardrobe for something from Bonobos. Read our review of Bonobos' impressively affordable stretch chinos. Goldbelly Goldbelly Buy a Goldbelly gift cardIf they can't make it home this year, there's a good chance Goldbelly can bring their local favorite to them. A New York pastrami sandwich? A Chicago dog? You can find almost anything from the most cherished delicacies of their hometown, city, or region. Brooklinen Brooklinen Buy a Brooklinen gift cardBrooklinen makes the best high-end sheets at some of the best prices on the internet. Have a gift card delivered digitally or in a gift card box. They can choose from sheets made from linen, cashmere, and more. The company's weighted comforter is the top pick in our buying guide. Amazon Amazon Buy an Amazon gift cardAn Amazon gift card is a more polite version of giving them cash. They can buy pretty much anything they've had on their wish list, whether it's new and exciting tech or completely utilitarian home basics. You can also buy it in a gift card box. Adidas Adidas Buy an Adidas gift cardGive them a new pair of sneakers, some new athletic gear, or cool athleisure with a gift card that lets them pick out their favorite pieces. Adidas has physical gift cards, e-gift cards, and a bulk gift card offer if you're looking to buy cards for a big group. Warby Parker Warby Parker Buy a Warby Parker gift cardHelp them find their perfect pair of glasses or sunglasses with a Warby Parker gift card. The physical card comes in a giftable box, but it won't arrive for five days. If you're in a bind, we'd recommend going for the e-gift card.  Starbucks Starbucks Buy a Starbucks gift cardYou may not be there every morning, but this is one of the easier ways to buy them a hot cup of coffee each day. There's also a gift card for Dunkin', if that's their preferred caffeine source. Best Buy Best Buy Buy a Best Buy gift cardGift them a gift card for all conceivable forms of tech, home appliances, and more.  Framebridge Framebridge Buy a Framebridge gift cardLet them custom frame one of their best memories. It's something they'll probably never shell out for on their own, but they'll love having it around the house. Spotify Spotify/Facebook Buy a Spotify gift cardThey probably already have a Spotify account, but this gets them ad-free access. A Spotify gift card lets you fund the next few months of something they love and use multiple times per day.  Sephora Sephora Buy a Sephora gift cardThey already have their personal beauty favorites. This will just help them cringe a little less when they order them. Netflix Netflix Buy a Netflix gift card on Target and Best BuyPair it with a bottle of wine, popcorn, and some warm and fuzzy socks for a perfect night spent at home.  Nike Nike Buy a Nike gift cardNike also lets you pick from a swath of gift card designs, including team themes for the Lakers and Knicks.  Nordstrom Nordstrom Buy a Nordstrom gift cardIf you want to get them a sweater you know they'll love, let them pick it out themselves. REI REI Buy an REI gift cardWhether you're outfitting them for their next hike or an afternoon spent in a ski lodge, you get to ensure they'll be able to get exactly the make and model of the boot or sweater they want for the trip.  Patagonia Patagonia Facebook Buy a Patagonia gift cardWhatever they spend this on, you can be sure they'll get something great that'll last them for years.  Everlane Everlane/Facebook Buy an Everlane gift cardEverlane is a favorite retail startup that is especially loved for its $120 cashmere sweaters. You can find 13 of our favorite Everlane pieces here.  Allbirds Allbirds/Instagram Buy an Allbirds gift cardAllbirds makes the world's most comfortable shoes from sustainable materials like merino wool, eucalyptus leaves, and foam made from sugar cane. They're especially popular in New York City and Silicon Valley. Hulu Hulu Buy a Hulu gift card on Target or Best BuyGift them a Hulu gift card so they can binge-watch "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Project Runway" from under a pile of blankets.  MOUTH Mouth Buy a MOUTH gift cardMOUTH sends delicious small-batch, indie food products to help small businesses grow and make it more convenient for the average person to discover the best new goods.  Daily Harvest Daily Harvest Buy a Daily Harvest gift cardDaily Harvest is a healthy-eating startup that sends you delicious, nutritious meals and smoothies pre-packed in cups that take as little as 30 seconds to make. A chef and nutritionist design recipes, and all cups are under $10. Find a full review here.  Xbox Xbox Buy an Xbox gift card on Amazon, Target, or Best BuyThey can spend it on the latest games and entertainment like movies, TV, music, apps, and more.  BarkBox BarkBox Buy a BarkBox gift cardFor the dog people, the best gift may just be gifts for their pup. Barkbox will send them a box of toys and treats every month. Another good option for pet owners is a Petco gift card — if you think they (or their pet) may like picking out their own toys. PlayStation PlayStation DualShock 4 Controller BI Graphics Buy a PlayStation gift cardWith this gift card, they can download the latest games and add-ons, watch movies, and more from their PlayStation 4.  Sling Sling TV Buy a Sling gift cardStarting at $35 per month, users get access to more than 30 of the best channels, like CNN, ESPN, AMC, Disney, and the Food Network. Macy's Macy's Buy a Macy's gift cardMacy's has just about everything you could need for life or home, and they can surf the selection from their couch.  J.Crew JCrew Instagram Buy a J.Crew gift card For the basics, J.Crew has some of the best quality and style for the price. It also has frequent sales, meaning they may get more value out of their gift card. Donations to Global Giving and CharityChoice CharityChoice Buy a Global Giving or CharityChoice gift card on ZolaThis is an easy way to empower someone to give to a charity close to their heart. You designate the amount and general category of charities, and they can decide where the funds go. L.L.Bean L.L.Bean Buy an L.L.Bean gift cardGift cards for apparel are particularly useful since you may not know imperative details like shoe size. If you know they love a brand or have been pining after their own Bean boots, this is a nice way to make it happen without tipping them off.  HelloFresh HelloFresh Buy a HelloFresh gift cardHelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that drops off fresh ingredients for delicious home-cooked meals. It makes week-time prep easier, and it helps amateur and experienced cooks conveniently expand their repertoire.  Firstleaf Connie Chen/Insider Buy a Firstleaf gift cardFirstleaf is a wine subscription service that delivers wines from top vineyards around the world for only $15 per bottle. Let them explore great wine without worrying about the expense. Plus, its introductory box of three wines is only $15, and it sets the wheels in motion for the service to learn more about your tastes and preferences as they evolve. Airbnb Airbnb Buy an Airbnb gift cardLet them select the location and the company, but you'll foot the bill of their next great adventure. Learn more about Airbnb safety during the novel coronavirus pandemic here. Delta or Southwest airlines Delta Buy a Delta gift card on Best Buy or TargetBuy a Southwest gift card on Best Buy, Target, or AmazonWhen it's safe to travel again, airline gift cards are perfect for frequent travelers (and even better for family members who see trips home as opportunities to score more miles on their go-to airline). It's also easier than booking a trip for them yourself.If they travel by train most frequently, there's also an Amtrak gift card.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 11th, 2021

"Old," the latest thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, is now available to stream at home - here"s where to watch it

"Old" is about a group of people who rapidly age in a matter of hours while trapped on a beach. You can buy the movie now through digital retailers. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Gael García Bernal in "Old." Universal Director M. Night Shyamalan's "Old" is now available to stream at home. "Old" is about a group of people who are trapped on a beach that causes rapid aging. You can buy the movie through VOD retailers like Prime Video, Vudu, and Apple TV for $20. Digital Purchase (small)"Old" is now available to buy through video-on-demand (VOD) retailers. Though other 2021 movies, like "F9" and "Free Guy," hit streaming services within 45 days of their arrival in theaters, the streaming release of "Old" comes more than two months after the film's premiere on July 23.You can purchase the movie right now for $20 on Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, Google Play, and Microsoft Movies.In "Old," a group of strangers arrive on a secluded beach for vacation, only to discover that they are trapped on the shoreline and the beach is causing them to age rapidly. In classic M. Night Shyamalan style, viewers can expect surprising twists and turns while watching "Old."According to Variety, "Old" debuted as the number one movie during its box office opening weekend in July. Despite the movie's financial success, "Old" received a mixed response from critics and currently holds a "50%" rating on review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.How to watch 'Old' onlineYou can now watch "Old" at home through VOD retailers like Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, Google Play, and Microsoft Movies. The movie currently costs $20 to buy. With compatible devices, "Old" is available to stream in up to 4K quality with high dynamic range (HDR).Digital Purchase (button)Once you buy "Old," you can watch the movie an unlimited number of times. Viewers who want to save money can wait until October 19 for the expected rental release of "Old." For those who choose to rent "Old," VOD retailers often give you 30 days to start streaming a movie and 48 hours to finish after you press play.When deciding where to stream movies, VOD retailers provide a variety of options including web browsers, smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, and streaming players. For a full list of compatible devices, visit the website of the streaming service you choose.Is 'Old' coming to HBO Max or Peacock?"Old" has not been officially announced for HBO Max or Peacock, but it's likely the movie will arrive on one of those services in the coming months.The film is distributed by Universal Pictures which had a previous deal with HBO for streaming releases, but reporting from the Los Angeles Times suggests that Universal movies may get released on Peacock beginning in 2022. Although "Old" is not confirmed for HBO Max, the streaming service has three more in-theater releases arriving for ad-free subscribers in 2021: "Dune" on October 22, "King Richard" on November 19, and "The Matrix Resurrections" on December 22.Max Monthly Plan (ad-free) (small)Premium (Monthly Plan) (small)Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 8th, 2021

The best foot massager of 2021 for chronic pain and everyday aches

We spoke to podiatrists and massage therapists about the importance of a quality foot massager and its benefits. Here are the best you can buy. FIT KING; Renpho; Theraflow; Alyssa Powell/Insider Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Foot massagers can help ease pain and swelling for folks on their feet all day or with a chronic condition. We spoke to three experts, including podiatrists, on which devices are safe and most effective. Our top choice, the RENPHO, provides a luxe, deep Shiatsu massage that works the entire foot. Medical review by: Kenneth Jung, MD, orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in LA. Whether you work a job that keeps you on your feet like restaurant service, retail, or medical care; you're a runner or other athlete whose feet take a regular beating; or you have plantar fasciitis or swelling issues, your feet deserve a spa day - and, ideally, every day.If achy or painful feet are a common problem for you, buying an at-home foot massager can actually help provide relief from the comfort of your couch. In fact, most of us would benefit from a little foot care: Simply walking on hard, flat surfaces while running errands and commuting can limit the foot's range of motion over time, California-based physical therapist, Chad Walding, DPT, told Insider. Stimulating the muscles and tissues in your feet releases tension, which in turn helps relieve pain and improves your foot's freedom of movement and balance. To narrow in on the best foot massager, I spoke with a physical therapist, a podiatrist, and a massage therapist about what to look for in a safe and effective device. If you're not sure what exactly you're in the market for, I've also including some FAQs for some additional guidance from our experts.Here are the best foot massagers:Best overall: RENPHO Foot Massager MachineBest on a budget: NekTeck Foot MassagerBest for chronic pain: Theraflow Dual Foot MassagerBest for swelling: FIT KING Leg and Feet Air MassagerBest for travel: Recoup CryosphereBest total-body massager: Hypervolt HypericeBest basic massager: TriggerPoint MBX Massage Ball Best foot massager overall Amazon With customizable patterns of kneading, compression, and heat therapy, the RENPHO Foot Massager Machine is a full-service Shiatsu device and feels like a home spa for your feet.Pros: Kneads and compresses, customizable settings, washable fabric cover for hygiene, optional heat therapy to help relax muscles and tendons Cons: A little noisy, might be too intense (or not intense enough) for some usersThe best foot massager on the market for value, the RENPHO Foot Massager Machine offers a little bit of everything: kneading, compression, and heat therapy, and the intensity level of each can be customized to suit your piggies' needs.There's no remote to keep track of, and the on-device control panel is wide and spaced out so you can either reach down and make a selection or easily press with your toes. With a removable, washable fabric lining cupping your feet, it's easy to keep clean and sanitary. Many people report the RENPHO feels more like a human touch and less mechanical than comparable products. Because it envelops your entire foot, it also offers more attention to heels and ankles — important for tight tendons. There are three different settings each for kneading and air compression intensity, creating a very personalized experience. There's also a warming setting to help loosen tight muscles and keep your feet cozy.Folks with plantar fasciitis report feeling less tension after use in the reviews, especially when used a few days in a row. But if your feet are simply tired, it's a great choice for relaxation and pampering after a long day, too. It does take a while for the warmth to kick in (up to 10 minutes), but this is a safety feature to prevent a fire. It's made to accommodate up to a men's size 12 foot. Those with small feet will obviously find the device a bit roomier, but you can experiment with different foot placements. Best budget foot massager NekTeck At just $60, the NekTeck offers a heat function with a deep, thorough kneading massage for stiff feet.Pros: Deep kneading, gentle heat therapy, can be used to massage other parts of the bodyCons: No air compression, one mode and intensity, may have difficulty reaching high arches, only massages bottom of feetIf you're looking for a Shiatsu-style massage machine but don't want to spend too much money, the NekTeck Foot Massager offers heat therapy and an intense kneading massage for about half the price of the RENPHO and similar machines.  Instead of fully encasing your feet, this machine cradles from the bottom. With a smooth surface, it's easy to move your feet around as needed to target the spots that ache, but it requires more finagling to knead out, say, achy arches. The machine's height can also be adjusted for your ergonomic comfort, and, like the RENPHO, it can be easily turned on and off with your toes. Since it's essentially a flat panel, the NekTeck fits a range of foot sizes and is actually a pretty versatile device, in that it can be used on virtually any part of the body — try placing it under sore calves or thighs for some relief. The kneading massage only has one mode and intensity, but sensitive users can wrap their feet in socks or a towel to soften the sensation. Like the RENPHO, the device may take 10 minutes to fully heat up. The one major downside to this device is that it only makes contact with the soles of your feet. If your ankles are a particularly painful spot, the NekTeck may not be able to help you much.  Best foot massager for chronic pain Amazon The wooden Theraflow Dual Foot Massager is great for rolling out sore feet while you work or watch TV.Pros: Affordable, convenient, effective, doesn't require charging or batteryCons: Doesn't penetrate as deeply as some other devicesThis simple wooden device is a great tool for working out tight, painful spots due to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, or overworked muscles, tendons, or tissue.Devices like the Theraflow Dual Foot Massager work by applying pressure to the trigger points where pain and tension are held with its pointy nubs, according to Dr. Walding. While you might think electric and expensive machines would be better, many people actually report this simple version provides more relief to their aching feet thanks to its pinpointing of trigger points and ability to manually control the pressure. It's also lightweight and small, so you can move it around the house easily and massage your feet under your WFH desk. Note that those seeking a very intense, deep massage might need something spikier and/or electric-powered. It definitely doesn't offer the total, at-home spa experience that Shiatsu-style machines do with their humanlike kneading, but if you're just hoping to manage chronic aches and pains, the Theraflow will likely do the trick.  Best foot massager for swelling Amazon Edema sufferers may find relief from this comfy compression massager, the FIT KING Leg and Feet Air Massager.Pros: Offers lymphatic drainage, helps blood circulation, comfortable Cons: Does not reach deep tissueCompression has long been used as a key treatment for everything from sports-related inflammation to total-body swelling from activities like extended standing or air travel. Sometimes, that simply looks like wrapping the limb in an ace bandage. But air compression devices "can help squeeze the swelling back up to the heart or lymphatic system, which then helps relieve the symptoms associated with edema, or swelling," Ashley Lee, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist in Illinois, told Insider.  Of all the foot and leg compression devices online, the FIT KING takes the title for fan favorite — as demonstrated by its nearly 10,000 positive reviews. It is essentially an inflating sleeve that wraps around your foot and calf and is secured with Velcro. It then inflates with air and provides comfortable compression.Beret Loncar, a NYC-based massage therapist whose practice specializes in massage for medical problems, says a device like the FIT KING can minimize muscle contraction and potentially help move lymphatic fluid through the body, thereby reducing swelling by rhythmically applying small amounts of pressure. This kind of gentle pressure has been demonstrated to help with pain and swelling symptoms caused by fibromyalgia.That being said, if your swelling is related to a medical condition, diagnosed or not, you should consult with a doctor before buying this or any other medical device. Compression isn't right for all swelling.The FIT KING comes with a remote control to adjust between two modes — sequence mode, in which pressure moves up and down the foot and leg, and circulation mode, wherein the pressure is applied everywhere at the same time — and three levels of intensity. It automatically shuts off after 20 minutes.It's important to note that compression boots are an entirely different kind of device than, for instance, a Shiatsu machine, so don't expect a similar experience. These work primarily at the surface of the skin, rather than targeting deep muscle spots like the other products on this list. If swelling isn't your primary concern, or you want more intense massage options, these boots aren't for you. Best travel foot massager Amazon Recoup Cryosphere is a manual roller that stays cold for up to six hours to help relieve pain.Pros: Keeps cold, versatile, rolls smoothly, doesn't require batteries or chargingCons: Price, no spikes or nubsLoncar suggests using a device that ices your muscles and massages them at the same time, and she, as well as thousands of positive reviews, stand behind the Recoup Cryosphere. Icing helps to increase blood flow and decrease inflammation, Kenneth Jung, MD, orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles pointed out during medical review.You can detach the metal ball and throw it in the freezer for a couple of hours, then put it back into its plastic casing for a comfortable handhold. The ball will stay cold for up to six hours and how you use it is up to you — you can sit in a chair while rolling it under your foot or hold it in your hand to really target tight spots.Being manual, it obviously doesn't require charging or battery changes. And because it stays cold for so long, it'll still provide cool relief even after sitting in your gym bag for a while. At $50, it's not cheap for a non-electronic device, but users swear that its large size, temperature retainment, and ease of use make it genuinely superior to knock-offs. While the Cryosphere works great as a foot massager, the device is actually designed for full-body use. If you're an athlete, work an active job, or otherwise deal with muscle soreness in other parts of your body, this versatile roller provides even more bang for your buck. Best total-body foot massager Best Buy The Hyperice Hypervolt is a powerful massage gun that can provide relief for not just sore feet, but also sore muscles anywhere on the body, making it a great investment for active people.Pros: Powerful, long battery life, versatile use, comes with five head attachments. TSA-approved for travelCons: ExpensiveIf it's not just your feet but also other muscles that are regularly sore, like for athletes or folks with physical jobs, a versatile, total-body massager may be the smartest investment. Podiatrist Ashley Lee, DPM, and physical therapist Chad Walding, DPT, both recommend a massage gun for relieving sore muscles and agree the device can be used on the bottom of your feet as well.Walding prefers the top-of-the-line Theragun, but Lee backs the Hyperice Hypervolt, which I've been using for two years and also love. For $350, it has the power of expensive massage guns without the nearly double price of a Theragun. Hyperice's Hypervolt provides a deep, percussive massage with three speeds reaching a max of 3200 percussions per minute, which is as powerful as most people will need to feel relief.It's quiet for a massage gun, and has a ridiculously long battery life — Lee says she can go months without charging hers. It comes with five head attachments and, in my extensive testing of the device, the bullet and fork are ideal for a bottom-of-the-foot massage. My partner is a chef and therefore on his feet all day and night, and he regularly uses our Hypervolt to soothe his sore feet.As a recreational athlete, I've found the Hypervolt has paid for itself in soreness relief, everywhere from my feet after long training days to my glutes and quads. Lee recommends using massage guns like the Hypervolt before an intense activity to loosen and warm up muscles, which can help you feel less sore, as well as after to minimize stiffness. One note: Lee advises not to use massage guns on bony areas to avoid pain, so skip the top of your foot and stick to the bottom and sides. —Ariana DiValentino and Rachael Schultz, Insider Reviews health and fitness editor Best basic foot massager TriggerPoint The TriggerPoint MBX Massage Ball provides firm pressure to roll out sore arches or your plantar fascia tendon, for a great price.Pros: AffordableCons: Not super versatile on foot painThis manual massage ball is another of Dr. Walding's top choices. The lacrosse-style ball really gets in there — it's meant to mimic the pressure of a massage therapist's elbow. If you suffer from sore arches or pain with your plantar fascia tendon, put this ball under your foot and let your bodyweight work with the targeted pressure to provide relief. For some, this is really the heart of what they need a foot massager for, and the $20 price tag is a true gift.However, the ball is a bit of a one-trick pony when it comes to foot pain — if your feet are also sore at the Achilles tendon, ankle, or top of your foot, it's hard to nail targeted relief with this device. That being said, this massage ball is intended to be used anywhere on your body to provide trigger point relief, so you can place it between your shoulder blade and a wall to roll out tight spots in your back, or between your calf and the floor to roll out tight muscles that may be contributing to foot pain. —Ariana DiValentino and Rachael Schultz, Insider Reviews health and fitness editor How we evaluate foot massagers I spoke with a physical therapist (DPT), podiatrist (DPM), and a licensed massage therapist about their general advice on buying foot massage devices, which types work best for various issues, and what customers should look for and avoid.I also read through editorial reviews and customer reviews to compare similar products and determine which devices are most loved by users.Each foot massager was evaluated based on:Ease and comfort of useValue for priceUsefulness in treating specific symptoms (pain, swelling, poor circulation, etc.) What to keep in mind when shopping First and foremost, if you have a medical condition that causes your foot pain or limits your circulation, talk to your doctor before using any device on this list.If you've been given the green light, your best bet is to look for a massage device that's able to treat your specific issues, like plantar fasciitis, circulation problems, general aches, or swelling due to a job that keeps you on your feet all day. Loncar advises those with poor circulation in their feet, due to diabetes or other causes, to look for machines that vibrate or for water massagers. Both of these will help stimulate blood flow and sensitivity. She does warn, however, that those with limited sensation in the skin should steer clear of anything that applies deep pressure or kneading in order to avoid unintentionally hurting themselves."The concern for diabetics is sometimes they lose sensation in the limbs, or have neuropathy," Loncar said. "If you cannot tell how deep or strong the pressure is then you risk injury to the skin and foot. It is better to stick to gentle massages that pose the limited risk of being too aggressive."If this is you, Loncar advises erring on the side of caution by skipping anything percussive or kneading, including targeted massage guns and Shiatsu-style machines. Dr. Jung adds that neuropathic patients must also be careful with cold or heat because their protective sensations are weakened, so they could get thermal injuries or burns.If your primary symptom is pain, Loncar suggests trying something with a cold element, like devices that incorporate ice packs. If you're an athlete or otherwise very active, you probably already know that icing your feet after a long day can provide some relief. A combo cooling-massage device rolls both treatments into one.If swelling is your biggest concern, she suggests devices that utilize compression. These focus on the lymphatic system and work to push fluid back toward the heart and out of your feet and ankles. Dr. Jung adds that sequential compression works to mimic your natural muscle contractions, which helps mobilize fluid that's accumulated in the soft tissues.If you're having recurring pain, talk to your doctor about it. They can help identify what might be causing it, and what kind of massage treatment is best for you.Additionally, Dr. Walding recommends looking for foot massagers with a rounded surface, as these provide the best support for muscles and tendons. What else we considered Theragun series ($299 - $599): If you're willing and able to shell out a few hundred dollars (or more), the Theragun line of products is versatile, offering a percussive massage to any part of your body that needs it, feet included. These massage guns can get seriously intense, and are a favorite of professionals, including Dr. Walding. Theraband Foot Roller ($13.50): Dr. Lee recommends this foot roller for multitasking — if you don't have time to sit down and roll your feet out on lacrosse balls, this roller is great for stretching tendons while sitting in front of your computer. Try freezing it for extra pain relief.Med Massager Foot Massager ($299): Designed as a therapeutic device, the Med Massager offers oscillating movement at a whopping 11 different speeds. Massage therapist Loncar likes this for people with circulation issues, such as those with diabetes, because of its stimulating vibrations.HoMedics Shower Bliss Foot Spa ($66): According to Loncar, water massagers can provide gentle circulatory stimulation for those who need it. This model was Loncar's top pick, and we like it because it combines the soothing action of bubbles, jets, and massaging nodes that work the soles of your feet. FAQs Do foot massagers work?Foot massagers are useful for relieving pain from a variety of causes by relaxing muscle and tendon tension and loosening the fascia (the soft tissue that surrounds muscle) and the plantar fascia (a large ligament in the arch of the foot), according to Dr. Lee.They also help restore mobility lost thanks to walking on flat surfaces like pavement in cushioned shoes, says physical therapist Chad Walding, DPT. This everyday activity "ultimately puts our feet and ankles in a cast that further leads us to lose a range of motion, leaving us to get weak in certain areas.""When everything [that we walk on] is nice and even, we lose that general functionality," he explained, referring to the foot's full range of motion. "Having a foot massager will help break up restrictions within the foot (such as tight ligaments)." For that reason, foot massagers can be particularly helpful to those with balance problems or frequent falls by improving the foot's range of motion and general dexterity. Even if you're not experiencing specific foot problems, Dr. Walding says massage can be good for "general body hygiene" to counteract the effects of everyday walking.How often should I use a foot massager?It's safe to use a foot massager daily, confirms Dr. Jung. However, you should take care to not use it too intensely, too often. You should never use them to the point where they cause muscle or ligament soreness or pain, and if you feel any tenderness in your soft tissue, give it time to recover and lessen your intensity and time next time.How do I clean a foot massager?How to clean a foot massager depends largely on the device. Most ideal is if the foot massager has a removable lining like our top overall pick, the RENPHO, which has a detachable cloth cover you can throw into the washing machine.If it doesn't have a removable lining, most plastic or wood machines, like our top budget pick and chronic pain pick, can be wiped down with an anti-bacterial wipe, or, for cloth machines, a damp rag and soapy water. Which is better: manual or electric?Manual devices, like rollers and massage balls, can help release tension in the tissue surrounding the muscles. The very common myofascial pain, caused by repetitive activities or lack of activity at all, usually centers on a trigger point — a "knot" that you can feel under the surface. A manual roller or ball can help knead that out.If you're looking for more intense treatment for overall tension relief, electronic devices are the way to go, Lee says. Some also provide some air compression, which can help mitigate swelling.If your primary reason for wanting a foot massager is just for some pleasant self-pampering, an electric massager is probably ideal since it does all the work for you. Most of the mechanized devices you'll come across offer a Shiatsu-style massage, meaning it uses nodes to simulate the feeling of human hands pressing and kneading that you'd experience in the traditional Japanese practice of Shiatsu, which translates to "finger pressure." Are foot massagers safe?If your foot pain is accompanied by severe swelling, you might want to hold off on anything with strong pressure or kneading. Those with edema or an acute injury may not benefit from deep and forceful massage; instead, it might just cause discomfort in sensitive areas. "In general, if a part of your foot is super inflamed, then you are not ready for a massage yet," says Walding. Lee also advises avoiding massaging any painful areas, particularly "bony prominences," or places where the bone is close to the skin's surface. If your foot pain is related to any specific diagnoses, always check with your doctor prior to any treatment. And of course, any recurring, unexplained pain should be brought to your practitioner's attention to rule out underlying causes. Expert sources We tracked down what foot massagers doctors recommend, along with physical therapists and massage therapists. To do this, we spoke with:Chad Walding, DPT, physical therapist and co-founder of Glendale, CA-based wellness brand NativePathAshley Lee, DPM, a podiatrist with double board certifications in foot surgery and ankle and rearfoot reconstructive surgery. She practices at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists in Hinsdale, Illinois. Beret Loncar, a licensed massage therapist and the owner of New York City clinic Body Mechanics Orthopedic Massage Therapy, which specializes in massage therapy for medical problems. She is also a RRCA certified running coach, certified yoga therapist, and personal trainer. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytOct 8th, 2021

Trump made a racist joke asking if then-Vietnamese prime minister"s name was "like Fook Yoo," book says

"I knew a guy named Fook Yoo. Really. I rented him a restaurant," Trump said, according to a forthcoming book by former Ambassador Ted Osius. President Donald Trump, center, and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, center right, arrive for the bilateral meeting at the Presidential Palace, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Hanoi, Vietnam. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Trump made a racist joke about the then-Vietnamese PM's name, a former diplomat says in a forthcoming book. Trump asked if Nguyen Xuan Phuc's name was "like Fook Yoo," Politico reported. Former US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius recalls the episode in his book. Former President Donald Trump made a racist joke asking if a former Vietnamese prime minister's name was like "Fook Yoo" in preparation for a 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, Politico Playbook reported on Friday, citing a former diplomat's forthcoming memoir. Former US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius recounts the episode in his book "Nothing is Impossible: America's Reconciliation with Vietnam," which is set to be published on October 15. Trump made the comment upon hearing the then-prime minister's name, Nguyen Xuan Phuc. "You mean like Fook Yoo?" Osius quotes Trump as asking, according to Politico. "I knew a guy named Fook Yoo. Really. I rented him a restaurant. When he picked up the phone, he answered 'Fook Yoo.' His business went badly. People didn't like that. He lost the restaurant."The former president has a long, documented history of making racist and xenophobic comments.He pushed the "birther" conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and frequently called Sen. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas." He also famously kicked off his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans "rapists" and "murderers," and said that four congresswomen of color - three of whom were born in the US - should "go back" to where they came from.The latest such example came in a Thursday night interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, when Trump said there are "hundreds of thousands of people flowing in from Haiti," and claimed without evidence that "many of those people will probably have AIDS" and that letting them into the country would be a "death wish." This, after reportedly calling Haiti a "shithole country" in early 2018.In her recent memoir "I'll Take Your Questions Now," former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham recalls how the former president "frequently said insane things," including culturally and racially insensitive blunders, to foreign leaders. Those episodes included Trump asking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his delegation if they had seen the controversial 1978 film "Midnight Express," saying, "That's a dark movie for you guys." The movie, based on a true story about an American put in a Turkish prison, was criticized for pushing exaggerated, negative stereotypes about Turkey and Turkish people. Trump, at another point, according to Grisham, said the Iranians were "always trouble," wondering if "maybe they're wired that way." Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 8th, 2021

A Twitch streamer who has been linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory appears to have made $150,000 in 2 years on the platform, according to leaked data

A leak on Wednesday showed that a Twitch streamer reportedly linked to QAnon appears to have made $150,000 since August 2019, a researcher said. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images On Wednesday, an anonymous user leaked purported Twitch data, including earnings, about streamers. Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman, or Tore Says, was linked to QAnon by The New York Times. The streamer appears to have made tens of thousands of dollars from the platform since 2019. A recent data breach shows that a Twitch streamer with links to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory appears to have made more than $150,000 from the platform since 2019, according to an analysis conducted by a security researcher. On Wednesday, an anonymous user posted a torrent file on the fringe message board 4chan for a 125-gigabyte folder full of purported Twitch data. The file, which was no longer available to view on 4chan as of Thursday afternoon, circulated widely and spawned numerous memes and viral tweets.Twitch confirmed on Twitter and in a statement to Insider on Wednesday that a breach had occurred, saying that "teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this." The platform has not confirmed whether any of the data leaked in the breach is accurate. -Twitch (@Twitch) October 6, 2021The leaked file, reviewed by Insider, contains a folder called "twitch-payouts," which holds another folder called "all-revenues." Within that folder, there are dozens of subfolders containing spreadsheets that appear to include information about how much streamers have earned through subscriptions to their channel, advertisements people have watched on their broadcasts, and "bits," which are virtual tokens that people can purchase and use to write special messages in a streamer's chat.All the streamers are listed on the spreadsheets by numerical IDs, which Twitch assigns to every user. The numerical IDs can be traced back to verbal names, or account handles, using websites such as StreamWeasles. A security researcher told Insider that the data included in the file shows the streamer Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman appears to have earned over $150,000 on Twitch since August 2019. Maras-Lindeman, a podcaster who broadcasts on Twitch under the handle "Tore Says," has over 24,000 followers on the streaming platform. She has used the QAnon slogan "where we go one, we go all" in past live streams and has sometimes switched out the "O" in her username for an image of a "Q," according to The New York Times, which listed her in an article in April as one of several far-right extremists finding success on Twitch.QAnon has become a sprawling network of baseless, far-right conspiracy theories, but began with the false claim that then-President Donald Trump was fighting to take down a "deep state" cabal of human traffickers. Its popularity has been amplified by influencers and podcasters who promote it to their followers. Maras-Lindeman has also encouraged her viewers to go into stores without wearing face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, The Times reported. The researcher, who releases cybersecurity-related reports under the Substack newsletter Trapezoid of Discovery, said they wished to remain anonymous due to privacy concerns. Insider verified their real name and background and viewed screenshots of the researcher's data.The researcher said they created a code command that automatically combed through the various files, matching ToreSays' numerical ID to IDs on the spreadsheets and adding up the revenue amounts. -TRAPEZOID OF DISCOVERY (@get_innocuous) October 6, 2021"I aggregated the data from the files in the Twitch-payouts directory," they explained over Twitter. Maras-Lindeman appears to have made a majority of her Twitch income since August 2019 ($109,000) through users subscribing to her channel, according to the researcher's report, screenshots of which they also posted on Twitter.Insider did not fully replicate this researcher's data compilation method but found that Maras-Linderman appears to have made $5018.52 in the month of January 2021, according to the purported data. If this amount were consistent over the course of a year, she would make $60,222.24 annually. Maras-Lindeman also has a YouTube account, "Tore Says Show," with over 16,000 subscribers, and a personal blog, where she has written at least one post sharing the false conspiracy theory that President Joe Biden did not fairly win the 2020 United States election.The purported payments do not include the money she has earned through her Patreon, YouTube ad revenue, or other kinds of donations. Fans gave her $84,000 in non-Twitch donations for a birthday, according to The Times' report. Twitch did not respond to a request for additional comment regarding these findings. Maras-Linderman did not respond to a request for comment.Read more stories from Insider's Digital Culture desk. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 7th, 2021

Why Seasoned Investors are Retaining Hess Corp. (HES) Stock

Hess Corp. (HES) anticipates multibillions of exploration potential to be still left in Guyana. Hess Corporation HES is well poised to grow on the back of robust offshore Guyana oil reserves and solid midstream business. With rising commodity prices, its upstream unit will generate more profits.Hess Corp. — with a market cap of $25.7 billion — is a global integrated energy company. The New York-based firm is primarily involved in the exploration and production of oil as well as natural gas around the globe. Also, it has profitable gathering, compressing, and processing operations of natural gas and fractionating natural gas liquids.Courtesy of solid prospects, this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock is worth holding on to at the moment.EstimatesThe Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 earnings per share stands at $2.16, signaling a massive improvement from last year’s loss of $2.93. The consensus estimate for 2021 revenues is pegged at $6.8 billion, indicating a rise from $4.8 billion in 2020.The company beat earnings estimates thrice in the last four quarters and met once, with an average surprise of 31.5%.Hess Corporation Price and EPS Surprise Hess Corporation price-eps-surprise | Hess Corporation QuoteMajor PositivesHess recently announced the 20th significant discovery in the Stabroek Block, located off the coast of Guyana. With the latest oil discovery at the Pinktail well, the company has added to its previously estimated 9 billion barrels of oil equivalent recoverable resources in the block. The discoveries made so far at the site have the potential of adding at least six FPSO vessels by 2027. It has Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM as the operator. With Liza phase 2 likely to come online in early-2022, Hess’ cash flow situation is expected to see a major improvement. It anticipates multibillions of exploration potential to be still left in Guyana.With WTI Crude price currently trading around the $76 per barrel mark, companies with exploration and production businesses are poised for massive year-over-year growth in the bottom line. Due to rising demand and inadequate supply, commodity prices are expected to remain high.Hess expects 2021 exploration and production capital and exploration expenditure to be $1.9 billion, of which the majority will likely be directed toward Guyana and Bakken. The company is focusing on preserving cash and implementing a cost-reduction program, through which it will likely boost profitability as well as cash margins. From 2017 through 2021, it decreased cash unit production costs by 20%. This trend will provide a northbound thrust to the company’s bottom line.DownsidesHowever, there are a few factors that are impeding the growth of the stock lately.As of Jun 30, 2021, Hess had only $2,430 million in cash and cash equivalents, way below long-term debt of $7,712 million. Its debt to capitalization of 56.4% is way above the industry average of 45.3%. This can affect the company's financial flexibility. Also, it expects 2021 net production (excluding Libya) to be 295,000 Boe/d, signaling a decline from the year-ago level of 331 Boe/d. This can reduce profits for the company. Nevertheless, we believe that a systematic and strategic plan of action will drive its long-term growth.Key PicksSome better-ranked players in the energy space include Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc. XOG and Cheniere Energy, Inc. LNG, each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Extraction Oil & Gas’ bottom line for 2021 is pegged at $13.07 per share, indicating a massive improvement from last year’s loss of $2.54.Cheniere Energy’s bottom line for third-quarter 2021 is expected to surge 239.1% year over year. Breakout Biotech Stocks with Triple-Digit Profit Potential The biotech sector is projected to surge beyond $2.4 trillion by 2028 as scientists develop treatments for thousands of diseases. They’re also finding ways to edit the human genome to literally erase our vulnerability to these diseases. Zacks has just released Century of Biology: 7 Biotech Stocks to Buy Right Now to help investors profit from 7 stocks poised for outperformance. Recommendations from previous editions of this report have produced gains of +205%, +258% and +477%. The stocks in this report could perform even better.See these 7 breakthrough stocks now>>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): Free Stock Analysis Report Hess Corporation (HES): Free Stock Analysis Report Cheniere Energy, Inc. (LNG): Free Stock Analysis Report Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc. (XOG): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksOct 7th, 2021

Oil & Gas Stock Roundup: Week"s Action Highlighted by Exxon & BP

Apart from ExxonMobil (XOM) and BP plc (BP) there was news from TotalEnergies (TTE), Phillips 66 (PSX) and Eni (E) during the week. It was a week when oil and gas prices eked out fresh multiyear highs.On the news front, U.S. supermajor ExxonMobil XOM issued update on its upcoming Q3 earnings, while London-based peer BP plc BP started oil production at its Thunder Horse South Expansion Phase 2 project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Overall, it was another good week for the sector. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 2.6% to close at $75.88 per barrel and natural gas prices climbed more than 8% to reach $5.619 per million British thermal units (MMBtu). Overall, both commodities managed to maintain their forward momentum from the previous five weeks.Coming back to the week ended Oct 1, oil prices rose despite a bearish report from the Energy Information Administration ("EIA") that showed a build in crude and fuel inventories. Instead, energy investors chose to concentrate on the market’s robust fundamentals and a supportive macro backdrop.Crude supplies recently fell to their lowest levels since October 2018, with U.S. commercial stockpiles down some 17% since mid-March. There is also a marked improvement in fuel demand on the back of rebounding road and airline travel.Natural gas climbed too, buoyed by off-season cooling demand, the anticipated pre-winter supply crunch, and surging consumption in Europe and Asia.Recap of the Week’s Most-Important Stories1.  ExxonMobil recently expressed optimism over the significantly higher oil and gas prices contributing to its third-quarter 2021 upstream earnings. The integrated energy giant is expecting its upstream business to generate a maximum of $1.5 billion more earnings in the third quarter sequentially. The company also projects a significant sequential improvement in its downstream business – another key operating unit.The company projects operating results in the third quarter from the oil and liquids businesses to improve $200 million to $600 million compared to the June quarter of 2021, thanks to an uptick in oil prices. The improvement in natural gas prices is likely to have contributed another $500 million to $900 million to upstream business profits, as estimated by the energy major. The rolling out of coronavirus vaccines, which led to expectations of a strong rebound in economies, primarily helped commodity prices to move north in the September quarter of 2021.ExxonMobil estimates $500 million to $700 million of sequential improvement in earnings from the downstream business in the September quarter, thanks to improved refining margins. However, the company estimates profits to decrease $200 million to $400 million from the chemical business due to an unhealthy chemicals margin. (ExxonMobil Expects Oil & Gas Price Hike to Aid Q3 Earnings)2.   BP commenced production at its Thunder Horse South Expansion phase 2 project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The Thunder Horse field is one of the largest discoveries of the company in the Gulf of Mexico. BP operates with a 75% working interest in the field, while ExxonMobil owns the rest.In January 2017, the European energy operator announced the commencement of the Thunder Horse South Expansion project to increase production at the Thunder Horse platform by an estimated 50,000 gross barrels of oil equivalent per day. The platform is placed in more than 6,000 feet of water in the Mississippi Canyon Block 822.The Thunder Horse facility commenced production in June 2008 and can manage 250,000 gross barrels of oil and 200 million gross cubic feet per day of natural gas. The field's initial two wells will add an average gross production of 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The company expects to drill eight wells for the field’s complete development. (BP Commences Production At Gulf's Thunder Horse Oil Platform)3   TotalEnergies TTE reaffirmed its strategy of producing multiple sources of energy, with a primary focus on cutting carbon emissions. TotalEnergies is on course to meet its target of net-zero carbon emission by 2050 and is implementing steps to achieve the same. The Paris-based oil biggie expects to lower scope 1+2+3 net operated oil & gas emissions worldwide by 30% within 2030 from a 2015 base and contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.The company is making systematic investments in its operations to achieve clean energy transition goals. The company will invest $13-15 billion per year for the 2022-2025 period and allocate 50% of these investments to expand its activities and the rest for maintaining operations. Out of the planned growth investment, 50% will be dedicated to the development of new energies, mainly renewables and electricity, and the other half to natural gas, essentially LNG.TotalEnergies is aiming to increase LNG production by 30% and substantially improve biogas production by 2025. The company aims to produce 100 GW of renewable electricity by 2030. Increasing the production of clean sources of fuel and electricity will assist it in lowering global emissions. (TotalEnergies Issues Outlook, Focuses on Clean Energy)4.   Phillips 66 PSX announced that it has set an ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. From its operations, the diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company has set a target of lowering Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions intensity by 30% by 2030. Over the same time frame, from its energy products, the company has set a goal of lowering Scope 3 emissions intensity by 15%. The comparison is with the 2019-level.The company has set a high priority on combating climate change and has been supporting the Paris Agreement. While addressing the mounting need for affordable energy, which will aid economic growth, Phillips 66 is also aligning its goal with developing climate change solutions.Phillips 66 has an in-house research and development group to support the energy transition, which very few companies have in the downstream space. With a motive to develop and commercialize low-carbon technologies, the company’s Energy Research & Innovation group has been working actively. (Phillips 66 Announces Ambitious Plan of Reducing GHG)5.  Eni SpA E recently commenced production from the Cabaça North development project in deep waters offshore Angola. The project is located in the Eastern area of Block 15/06. The Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) Italian energy major is utilizing the Armada Olombendo Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit at the site.You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.Peak production from the Cabaça North development is expected to touch 15,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd). It is likely to boost and sustain the Armada Olombendo FPSO’s production. The vessel has an overall production capacity of 100,000 bpd, with no discharge and process flaring. Commencing output from the development marks Eni’s drive toward infrastructure-led exploration, creating sustainable opportunities from the existing infrastructure.The Cabaça North development project marks the second start-up by Eni’s Angola unit this year, following the Cuica field in the same block. It is using the same FPSO vessel for producing hydrocarbons from the Cuica field. It was a milestone for the energy giant as it took only a little more than four months to bring the discovery into production. Within the next few months, the company expects its third project to come online from the Ndungu Early Production in the western part of the block. (Eni Begins Production From Cabaca North Offshore Angola)Price PerformanceThe following table shows the price movement of some major oil and gas players over the past week and during the last six months.Company    Last Week    Last 6 MonthsXOM                +5.8%                +9.1%CVX                 +3.7%               +1.3%COP                +7.8%               +37.4%OXY                 +10.9%             +29.5%SLB                 +4.7%                +11%RIG                  +11.7%              +13.5%VLO                 +8.9%                -0.4%MPC                +2.7%                +17.2%The Energy Select Sector SPDR — a popular way to track energy companies — was up 5.8% last week. The best performer was offshore driller Transocean RIG whose stock climbed 11.7%.Over the past six months, the sector tracker has increased 12.1%. Upstream biggie ConocoPhillips COP was the major gainer during the period, experiencing a 37.4% price appreciation.What’s Next in the Energy World?As the global oil consumption outlook strengthens amid tightening fundamentals, market participants will be closely tracking the regular releases to watch for signs that could further validate the upward momentum. In this context, the U.S. government’s statistics on oil and natural gas — one of the few solid indicators that come out regularly — will be on energy traders' radar. Data on rig count from the oilfield service firm Baker Hughes, which is a pointer to trends in U.S. crude production, is closely followed too. Finally, news related to coronavirus vaccine approval/rollout/distribution will be of utmost importance. Breakout Biotech Stocks with Triple-Digit Profit Potential The biotech sector is projected to surge beyond $2.4 trillion by 2028 as scientists develop treatments for thousands of diseases. They’re also finding ways to edit the human genome to literally erase our vulnerability to these diseases. Zacks has just released Century of Biology: 7 Biotech Stocks to Buy Right Now to help investors profit from 7 stocks poised for outperformance. Recommendations from previous editions of this report have produced gains of +205%, +258% and +477%. The stocks in this report could perform even better.See these 7 breakthrough stocks now>>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report BP p.l.c. (BP): Free Stock Analysis Report Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): Free Stock Analysis Report Transocean Ltd. 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Category: topSource: zacksOct 7th, 2021

Marvel"s "Black Widow" is now available to all Disney Plus members without an extra fee - here"s how to stream it

All Disney Plus members can stream Marvel's"Black Widow" without paying for Premier Access. You can also buy it for $20 from other VOD services. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. "Black Widow" is now available to stream on Disney Plus. Disney Marvel's "Black Widow" is now available on Disney Plus for all subscribers with no extra fees. A Disney Plus subscription costs $8 a month or $80 a year. You can also buy "Black Widow" for $20 on services like Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV. Monthly Subscription Service (small)VOD (small)"Black Widow," the Marvel film starring longtime Avenger Scarlett Johansson, is now available on Disney Plus at no extra cost to subscribers. The film debuted in theaters on July 9 and previously required a $30 Premier Access fee to watch on Disney Plus.Other streaming providers like Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Google Play added "Black Widow" on August 10; it's currently selling for $20. "Black Widow" takes place before "Avengers: Endgame" and follows Johansson's titular character as she deals with her past as an assassin for hire. Florence Pugh plays a younger assassin who received the same training as Black Widow, while "Stranger Things" star David Harbour plays a Russian hero named Red Guardian.Marvel delayed the premiere of "Black Widow" for more than a year before opting to release it in theaters and on Disney Plus at the same time. Johansson sued Disney for breaching her contract with the release strategy but ultimately settled the case without disclosing the terms.Marvel's latest movie, "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," hit theaters on September 3 and will arrive on Disney Plus on November 12 with no Premier Access fee.How to watch 'Black Widow' on Disney Plus"Black Widow" is now available to stream on Disney Plus. Though the movie originally debuted as a Premier Access title that required an additional $30 fee, all subscribers can now watch "Black Widow" without paying extra. Disney Plus is priced at $8 a month or $80 per year; to sign up, visit DisneyPlus.com or download the Disney Plus app. If you're also interested in subscribing to Hulu and ESPN+, you can sign up for a discounted bundle with Disney Plus starting at $14 a month.Monthly Subscription Service (small)Disney Plus supports 4K streaming with Dolby Vision and HDR color support on compatible devices. The Disney Plus app is available on Apple devices, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, Roku, Fire TV, and most smart TV brands.How to watch 'Black Widow' without Disney PlusThough "Black Widow" was initially exclusive to Disney Plus, the movie is now available to buy through a number of popular VOD retailers.As of October 6, you can pay $20 to buy "Black Widow" on platforms like Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Microsoft, and Google Play. Once purchased, you can stream the film whenever you like for as long as you like. VOD (button)Buyers who prefer to own a disc copy of the movie, also have the option to purchase "Black Widow" on Blu-ray ($25) or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray ($30).What else can I watch on Disney Plus?Along with being home to nearly every movie and show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney Plus has a huge streaming library of additional titles from Disney's collection. You'll find Disney's classic animated films, new Pixar releases, Disney original shows, documentaries from National Geographic, and entire franchises like "Star Wars" and "The Simpsons."Original series like "Loki" and "The Mandalorian" have been the most watched shows on TV during their runs on Disney Plus. Marvel's "Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" will stream on Disney Plus starting November 12.For more details, check out our full Disney Plus review here.Monthly Subscription Service (small)Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 6th, 2021

Black Friday 2021 lands on November 26 - here"s what to expect, plus early deals you can snag right now

Black Friday is November 26, but retailers are already offering early deals. Here are the best discounts, plus your Black Friday questions, answered. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Black Friday 2021 begins November 26. Alyssa Powell/Insider Table of Contents: Masthead StickyFall has arrived, and that means Black Friday 2021 isn't far off. The shopping holiday is set to officially kick off on November 26, and we expect to see a ton of discounts on products across all categories. To help you prepare, we broke down everything you need to know about Black Friday 2021, along with a roundup of some of the best deals you can snag right now.Best deals available right nowAlways Pan (medium, Preferred: Our Place)AirPods Pro (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Galaxy Smart Tag+ (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Studio Buds (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Nomad Leather Sectional (medium, Preferred: Burrow)What is Black Friday?Black Friday is an annual sales event that traditionally happens at the end of November, marking the beginning of the holiday shopping season. The savings event is one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year - sales are so high that the day can push a retailer into "the black," or solvency.Shoppers can expect thousands of deals to crop up during the entire weekend, with tons of solid deals during the lead-up as well.When is Black Friday 2021?Black Friday is always the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday falls on November 26. However, shoppers can expect Black Friday-caliber deals to start popping up in the weeks leading up to the big day.Amazon, as usual, is one of the retailers leading the charge. Its new Epic Deals promotion includes noteworthy discounts on everything from tech to home goods, with new deals dropping every day. It's only October, and we're already seeing some of the best prices of the year on items like AirPods and Beats earbuds. What time does Black Friday start?Technically speaking, Black Friday starts at 12:00 a.m. local time on November 26 for online retailers. However, Black Friday sales start whenever each retailer decides their deals will go live.Judging from what we saw last year, several retailers will be releasing new deals every week leading up to the main event.How long do Black Friday sales last?Don't be fooled by the name that suggests Black Friday is a single day. It's most definitely not. It's more like a shopping season that begins in early November. Black Friday deals started days and weeks in advance of the actual shopping day last year and continued on until a week after Cyber Monday. We expect a similar window of deals this year.What should you buy on Black Friday?Since it falls a few weeks before the gift-giving season, Black Friday provides excellent opportunities to buy and save on all your holiday gifts before the last-minute rush. It's nearly guaranteed that you'll get great value for your money on certain products during Black Friday - but some products tend to see better discounts at other times of the year. If you go in knowing what you're looking for, you're less likely to be ripped off by a fancy-looking coupon or to spend money on products you don't need.Shoppers can expect tons of great deals - including so-called "doorbusters" - online before and early on in Black Friday. During the event, prices will drop to all-time lows, often beating out prices we see over the course of the year. The sale covers every product category: tech, home and kitchen, fashion, and smart home. This Black Friday, shoppers should expect to see similar offers to the ones we saw on Amazon Prime Day, except more wide-ranging.We recommend focusing on the following product categories if you want the best deals: TVsSmart home devicesGaming consoles and video gamesKitchen appliancesHistorically, Black Friday has been a great time to purchase big-ticket electronics - especially larger TVs. Whether you're looking for a top-of-the-line Samsung set or LG OLED, or a budget-friendly TCL or Hisense model, Black Friday will likely deliver several deals.Much like Amazon Prime Day, we saw tons of discounts on smart home products last Black Friday. Amazon Echo products dropped to their lowest prices ever, plus we saw several discounts and bundles on Google's recently released products.This Black Friday we expect to see discounts on the latest Xbox and Playstation console releases, provided they're in stock. While we didn't see any markdowns on the consoles last year, we did see a few bundles crop up and we expect more of them in 2021. If you're looking for a kitchen upgrade, Black Friday is a great time to shop. We saw big discounts on Instant Pot pressure cookers, KitchenAid appliances, pots and pans, plus everything else you'll want for the upcoming holiday season.Of course, the deals found during Black Friday are incredibly wide-ranging. There have also been several deals on diapers, toilet paper, and other household essentials.Is Black Friday or Cyber Monday better?It's complicated, and it matters less every year.For those unfamiliar, Cyber Monday traditionally comes three days after Black Friday, on Monday. However, we've seen Black Friday and Cyber Monday slowly merge and expand to a weeklong, or even a month-long affair. Different products receive better discounts on each day, and the deals that each retailer offers will vary.A good rule of thumb to follow: If you think you see a good deal, (e.g., one we recommend) create the order as soon as possible. While you can always cancel or return a product, it's impossible to take advantage of an inactive, or expired deal.Suppose you purchase a discounted product during Black Friday and see a more significant markdown at another retailer come Cyber Monday. Don't sweat it.You can ask the original storefront to match the price (some automatically refund you the difference), or you can return or cancel the order, then place a new order with a better price. Some orders won't even ship during the weekend, which makes it easy to cancel orders.For those who can shop in-person during Black Friday, we've found that it's better to shop on Black Friday in these situations:For expensive productsFor major storesFor this year's productsWhat stores have Black Friday deals? Outside of a few notable exceptions like REI, nearly every major retailer and direct-to-consumer company is offering markdowns during the event. We've seen deals from Walmart, Best Buy, Dell, Amazon, Adorama, Lowe's, The Home Depot, and more.As we do every Black Friday, we will be sifting through all of the offers and rounding up the best deals from your favorite retailers.Will there be Black Friday shipping delays?Shipping delays and major shopping holidays go hand in hand, and this year is no exception. While we do expect shipping delays, we don't think it will be as bad as last year.When do Black Friday ads come out?Every year, shoppers eagerly await Black Friday advertising to get a sneak peek at the deals each retailer will offer. Shoppers use these "ad scans" to help create their Black Friday game plan. We'll update this section to include all of the available ad scans as soon as they become available.Best Black Friday Deals we saw last yearLast year, we rounded up the best Black Friday tech deals we could find. Some of the best deals we found discounted many products over 50% with hundreds of dollars in savings. Here are some of the best markdowns we saw last year. iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum $179 on Amazon, originally $229.LG 75" 80 Series smart webOS TV $999 at Best Buy, originally $1,499.Insignia 24-inch Fire TV $100 from Amazon, originally $170.Lenovo smart clock $35 from Best Buy, originally $80.Samsung 1TB internal SSD $100 from Walmart, originally $280.How we select the best Black Friday dealsWe only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage and that we've either used ourselves or researched carefully.We'll compare the prices among top retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart and include only the deals that are better than all others offered (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards). All deals will be at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an outsize value.Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 5th, 2021