For week five of the NYU class Marketing Principles and Practices we were asked to identify the companies forms of communications and how
There is a growing number of refugees coming from African countries currently and landing around Italy. The number of migrants is also only growing and data suggests that this issue is going to keep growing. This is overwhelming for the country because authorities are having a difficult time trying to handle the mass amount of people trying to enter the population. There are also fewer boats available for rescue missions due to a lot of the boats being serviced over the winter. If this continues to be a problem, this could end up growing from being just a problem for Italy into a problem for all of Europe.
This article was about how climate change is currently spoiling food. The problem with this is that farmers are not able to effectively maximize profit from their produce due to new laws and of course, climate. If farmers are not able to keep up their income from the goods they are trying to make, this will probably cause a lower supply of food due to how the produce might become less affordable. However, new technologies are coming in handy for a lot of farmers with coming up with ways to preserve the food better and could end up help save billions of dollars for these producers.
When doing a quick research on how much the cigarette industry is worth worldwide, I found that in 2015, over 5.5 trillion cigarettes were sold to one billion smokers worldwide (http://global.tobaccofreekids.org/files/pdfs/en/Global_Cigarette_Industry_pdf.pdf). Australia is trying to enforce stricter laws to try and reduce smoking habits within the continent. In this article, we also see that some of these laws might influence the UK as well. Smoking is now banned in various places like beaches, jails, and vehicles. There is a hefty fine of $2000 USD for breaking these laws. Cigarettes are sold in plain packs in efforts to stop branding the unhealthy habit. Tobacco taxes have also risen. In Australia, it is considered for only the poor to be likely to smoke, but with packs at $30 USD, now they won’t be able to afford it. If efforts like these are pushed across the globe it could have a heavy impact on the cigarette industry as a whole and will cause less demand for the product.
Silicone Valley only employs 8% of United States’ coders. Coders are now all over the nation and can now provide a steady job to millions. It is now being considered the next blue collar job. It has now become a skilled type of work. This may change the way programmers are trained. Instead of learning the skill in a college, we might see classes taught in high school for computer science spread all over like we are used to seeing shop or art classes for elective. These types of coders won’t learn fancy algorithms, but this isn’t necessary since this level of expertise is rarely needed when hiring a programmer. “For decades, pop culture has over promoted the lone genius coder” but now there’s a different light to this.
Trump poses a threat to take down certain trade deals with Mexico. El Tapatio is a slum in Mexico, and here lest uncertainty about the future of drug trade. Jobs are scarce here so many rely on selling enough drugs such as weed and meth to provide for their families. America now seems to be ready to call upon an economic war with Mexico and if this does happen due to Trump’s new legislation, more families may have to rely on selling drugs to support the lives of their families.
Warlords in Asia, the Middle East, and Asia are free to terrorize citizens due to failed state and Trump’s attitude towards peacekeeping could make things worse in these Areas. His plans are to scale back American support for UN peacekeeping. 28.57% of US’s total budget is spent on UN deployment currently. The UN Secretary general is fighting against trump on maintaining this budget. Last weekend UN attack helicopters planned to move onto militia who were planning to attack Bambari. These citizens are depending on the international community to keep its word. The leader of a militia here is openly unworried about the UN’s ability to protect. The UN comes to remind warlords that the red lines would be defended.
Movements being made to try and prevent organizations such as Sunni group from brainwashing a new generation of suicide bombers and fighters in the Islamic State. Abbas, a teenager pushing for this change notes that he had been pushed by his family to join the fight and when he refused to enlist as a suicide bomber he was jailed and beaten with a stick. The Islamic State alienated Mosul with its violence. Various forces with the support from the US has driven the Islamic State out of Eastern Mosul.
Thamlic Labs had the biggest amount of funding in Canada during 2016 at $120 mil USD from investors such as Amazon and Intel. In the past they have made gadgets such as the MYO, which senses muscle movements in your arm in order to function technology. The piece of wearable technology is now successfully being used in everyday situations such as medical practitioners sorting through digital files while performing surgeries. The current tech mission is to understand how we can interact with a new generation of technology. There are benefits from tech as it can make us stronger, but there’s also the fear of tech overpowering us still. Thalmic Lab’s CEO, Stephen Lake sees the success in this company because they tried to create a device that is able to interact in a very subtle way. They take their understanding of human interaction to apply it to their inventions.
33,000 people died due to opioids in 2015. In order to solve this issue, Trump’s plan was to release greater access to the drug naloxone, which can reverse the effects of a drug overdose from opioids. However, it is become hard and expensive to obtain this drug to the increasing amount of people who need to take it and the drugs need for FDA approval. So many leaders announce they are going to figure out the epidemic and how to put an end to it, but no real actions have been made. Many medics are facing the issue of only being able to distribute the drug to those who need it the most at the moment. This issue may call for government action and some states like Ohio are already intervening. The main issue is figuring out an accurate price for this drug when back then it was readily available for a few dollars. Now everyone is looking for it and it takes a good chunk of money to receive the treatment.
Line Corp. a popular messaging app in Japan is being pitted against Google and Amazon’s online structures with a new AI strategy. User’s can use this new technology to get the latest weather and news through an app called Wave that is similar to Amazon’s Echo, but in Japanese and Korean. It is competitively successful because they are using local knowledge to beat the tech giants in their home countries (South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia). There is a shift into post smartphone and post touch technologies. Because these technologies and being more integrated into our daily lives, it must be able to match closer with languages and closer than any previous tech products. People using Line in Tokyo are able to hail taxis, read the news, and find jobs through this app, which is why it has been so successful. Even with this success, the shares for Line is going down because it is a relatively free service and the paid items such as stickers isn’t helping maintain revenue. They are hoping bringing in ads might help bring in enough money.
Many of the British are scared about what will happen to them after Brexit that becoming a German citizen has become a hot topic in the area. Many are applying for citizenship or are staying there long enough so that they can be eligible to become a citizen. It is mainly freelancers focusing this concern about worrying whether or not they will need visas or else they will lack work. Right now Germany is seen as to be accepting of tolerant values such as democracy, accepting immigrants, and international, which is why most are choosing to switch their citizenship here. Over the year Germany has been a difficult but successful process of redefining what it means to be German. They are pretty accepting of foreigners which is something people are drawn to.
20 million people are starving in countries across Africa. 1.4 million are children. It would take $4.4 billion to fix this. This is the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations and nothing will be solved without a collaborative effort. This is causing the lives of many to be halted as they are in search of ways to provide for themselves. Half a million children have malnutrition while a child is dying every 10 minutes in Yemen. The problem is there is constant fighting, poor government, and the countries are under-developed. There is also the inconvenience of travel which makes transportation of goods difficult. Certain areas are also prohibiting food aid or certain humanitarian aid spots are also being looted/problems with pirates.
In South Korea, there is an attempt to remove their first female president. Thousands of Korean’s are standing up to this impeachment while the chief justice announced this. Many of the new president’s supporters then lashed out and the crowd broke into violence. The country has never seen before a president being impeached this forcefully before. She had been kicked out for corruption and influence-peddling. She took bribes from major companies like Samsung. Other citizens are happier she is gone and mention this is an indication of democracy existing within their country. The president could still face corruption charges while the current prime minister acts as the president until they can hold a re-election
For every US dollar, in Canada it is worth $.75, which has been affecting business as they are beginning to see fewer customers. Some businesses are dependent on Canadian tourists, but with the exchange rate being as low as it is, there is a decline in tourists. Some businesses are willing to pay the $.25 missing from the dollar in order to attract tourists back. Another issue is that oil prices are so low that it is leading to unemployment and a recession.
Trump has issued a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. It has been a controversial topic over the past year between those who are fighting for the environment and those who are fighting for job creation. Also, as a side not, even though thousands of temporary jobs may open up, only 50 long run jobs will come in place with this project. In 2015 Obama’s Administration was ready to kill the project, but that decision has now been over ruled. The route for the pipeline is controversial as it carries oil over the border, and even with Trump’s approval, the company running this operation still needs to obtain additional building permits to continue with this plan. Pipelines are not safe because if a leak occur, this can cause environmental damages. Leaks are also not hypothetical since we have evidence of it happening in the past.
The US senate has just decided to add Montenegro to NATO, the most powerful military alliance in the world. This causes conflicts with Russia, as the country heavily disapproves. Montenegro. Russia is being accused by Montenegro of holding an election day coup. This may put a block in the United States’ relationship with Russia. But for Montenegro this is a huge success for the country’s foreign policies. In the vote Montenegro’s admittance received a vote of 97-2. They are a former ally of Russia, but now they give NATO leverage since it now gives them a “contiguous border along the Adriatic Coast.”
US shale producers are drilling at a continuously high rate, but leaving the wells and holes they dig unfinished. This probably means that the output may not be rising as indicating and this is pushing prices to be low for oil. Producers may need to relook at rig count data. Some oil diggers are most likely only digging up the holes to keep up their leases, but this does not mean they necessarily need to. So they aren’t pumping the oil right after the hole has been dug out. This issue has lead to lease prices raising making workers run around to do the required drilling to keep their leases. The incomplete wells are also causing trouble for balancing the market.
4 people have died and 15 people are injured from a man driving a stolen beer truck into a crowd of people at a shopping district in Stockholm. The country is known for its peaceful atmosphere, which is why this has inflicted so much fear in many as vehicles have been used for violence several times in Europe over the past year. Yet the attack is strange as Sweden is not involved in any military conflicts abroad currently. Only about 35- soldiers are being contributed in America’s battle with the Islamic State. It is now being suspected that this is an act of terrorism as investigators can’t tell whether or not this was just an episode of isolated assault.
Google is now introducing a fact-checking feature to its search engine on news search results. They have been policing the articles that come through on their site, so many people have accused them of spreading false information this way. This won’t be applied to every source and the fact checks will be coming from outside sources. So Google won’t be making the fact-checks, but it will be used by people to allow them to make more informed judgments. Anyone can add a fact check, but Google will still have to confirm it. They are also expecting this feature to affect the way search results work.
China is currently looking to tighten their digital information by regulating so that companies who want transfer data out of the country that is either over a terabyte or includes over 500,000 people must apply for the transfer first. This would affect network operators and financial institutions in the end as companies are generally opposed to data localization. The government will review these large outgoing data files and if it contains any information that can harm their political system, economy, technology, or security, the file could be blocked.
Chinese political activists are suing Yahoo for not properly overseeing a $17 million fund that was supposed to help them stand up against the country’s government. The fund’s manager had illegally spent millions of the fund’s money on real-estate, inflated salaries, and establishing a museum on forced labor camps in China. Less than 4% was spent on humanitarian aid and now the activists are looking for Yahoo to give them back the $17mil that they had been taken from them in the first case. Yahoo is in the middle of a merger negotiation with Verizon, which could now be compromised because of this situation.
France is in the middle of their elections, and there is a chance Western security will be questionable no matter who wins the candidacy for President. Many of the candidates are opposed to Russia and want to pull out of NATO. Another candidate sees the US as an unreliable ally. The election is unpredictable at the moment as the Western security remains unstable since Trump was elected for President in the US. From both sides of the political spectrum, both candidates see NATO as an emblem of US imperialism and wants France to pull out of it. In terms of economics, Frexit is also being considered to pull France out of the European Union.
Microsoft just pushed to combine many of its current applications together. Before we had Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc as separate entities. However, their latest update is to push them to be integrated together so that we have less apps. They want their users to focus on content creation rather than how to use certain apps as well as pushing their products to be the center for business activity. I do think this may be troubling for many users to re adapt to the technology, but it could also be a smart move since they are competing with other tools out there like Google Drive and this may just push them ahead in the market. Microsoft also just bought out LinkedIn Corp. which will allow the company to introduce itself to our social media driven world.
Fyre Festival was supposed to be a luxurious weekend event that brought the popularized festival culture to an exclusive island getaway experience. Participants were to travel to the Bahamas with comfortable housing, high end meals, and major performers. When the attendees arrived, they were stunned by the accommodations which included sleeping in disaster relief tents, food shortage, the acts being cancelled, and people looting through their personal belongings. The event was then cancelled due to the performers puling out from the show and people had issues with being able to leave the island properly as many flights had then been cancelled. The event was being promoted by many social media influencers and models and was supposed to be a weekend getaway for participants to spend the day with their favorite A-list celebrities. The company has since reached out and blamed the disastrous event on unforeseen weather issues. However, the company has had red flags in the past where they faced issues for not paying their major acts on time.
Avocado prices are surging because they are currently high in demand, but are only a small crop being raised in California and Mexico. The price for avocados are now more than double than the previous year. The American per-capita consumption is currently 6.9 pounds where as then several years ago in 2006 it was only 3.5 pounds. It has become a trend in the US due to the healthy oils and fats the fruit contains. There has also been an increase in consumption in countries in Europe and in China. Avocados have a tendency to be harvested in an abundance one year and then very little the next. This year it is expected for there to be a lighter amount of crop. Because of the shortage on avocados, this has put pressure on its price.