Monday, November 30, 2009

Praxair China Signs Gas Supply Contract with China Aviation Special Glass

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

NSE to launch MF platform today

""According to the Essential Commodities Act, states are responsible for acting against hoarding. So, they have to ensure imposition of stock limits on food items," Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs Minister PK Bansal said here at a function organised by fertiliser co-operative IFFCO."

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Investors Drink in Water ETFs

"The rise of the ETF industry has democratized commodity investing, making this asset class accessible to more investors than ever before. ETFs offer exposure, both direct and indirect, to almost every commodity imaginable, ranging from popular resources such as metals and grains to obscure commodities like adzuki beans and greasy wool. With all the attention paid to gold bullion and crude oil, investors often overlook one of the most important commodities: water."

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Durkee doldrums: Locals fear Ash Grove layoffs will doom businesses

""A lot of people around here have propane heat and propane cook stoves," Dunn said, adding that if people in Durkee ran out of propane in the winter and had to drive all the way to Baker to pick it up, they might return to find the water pipes in their homes or trailers frozen. "

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Roots of climate damage lie in economic principles

" Climate change is not an isolated phenomenon but a result of other market failures, which include depletion of fish stocks, depletion of biodiversity, reduction of food security due to barbaric agricultural practices and destruction of forests. This capitalist-driven system is characterised by destructive patterns of production, trade, extraction, land use, waste proliferation and consumption.

It would lead to the replacement of the current resources (especially fossil energy), which are responsible for climate change, and the poisoning of the environment, by renewable energy resources - namely sun, wind and water. "

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Holiday bargains at area nurseries

"Think how-to books, plus a wheelbarrow full of their "30 Basic Plants" such as heuchera, ceanothus, erigeron, iris Douglasiana, ribes and romneya as a great start for a native, water-friendly garden for next year.

The Road Less Traveled store in Santa Ana, where you can shop all things green and environmentally friendly, is hosting a "Buy-Nothing" day today – trades only. Bring something to trade (recycle) with other folks who want to trade or barter for the holiday season. Make it something good, no junk. "

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Imagining 2020 #1 - The Age Of Smart

"The national electricity grid, powered by geothermal, hydro and wind power (with some peak-use gas), is increasingly used for transport, in addition to industry and household energy needs. More homes and businesses feed into the national grid too, thanks to a mix of good policies to help the development of renewable energy technology. Efficient low emission wood-burners teamed up with solar power for heating and hot water are dampening electricity demand peaks. Cities, towns and farms are literally greener with plentiful tree plantings for firewood, food, climate control and biodiversity restoration. "

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Beijing's Financial Lessons for Washington

"With this data firmly in hand, let's return to issue of the moment--China's apparent decision to start scaling back her stimulus program. Indications of this plan first started to appear on my screen in July 2009, when Chinese banks began to issue fewer loans. It became much more apparent in September and October. Chinese banks halved September's lending rate during the month of October--trust me; this type of curtailment is not serendipitous. Rather, I would contend Beijing is busily trying to prevent a housing or stock market bubble that could derail China's economy with an impact similar to the turmoil caused by our once-over inflated real estate sector.

All this seems like good common sense, even if it flies in the face of Adam Smith's "invisible hand." The Chinese Communist Party has clearly come to the realization tight regulation of the domestic financial industry is good for consumers on a micro- and macro-economic scale. Too bad Washington seems unable to reach a similar conclusion. (Watching Senator Dodd's efforts on this front is best likened to skipping stones on a large body of water...strangely satisfying but completely unproductive.)"

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

The live export industry cares about its animals

"It's a 15 to 20-day voyage from Australia to the Middle East, and animals travel in well ventilated pens where they have room to move around, lie down and access constantly available food and water. All livestock are inspected by Government veterinarians before they leave Australia and again when they reach their destination."

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Toasted Cornbread and Apple Stuffing

"I often make a big batch of turkey stock well before Thanksgiving and freeze it. Simply buy a big batch of turkey legs and/or parts; chop them up and simmer them in water seasoned with onions, celery, bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper for 45 minutes to an hour. Strain the liquid and freeze it in mason jars until you need it for your stuffing and gravy."

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Stock Market Investing: Warning Signs, Credit Risk Increases, Precious Metals ...

"Stock Market Investing: The warning signs are multiplying. Blood is in the water and the sharks are circling so beware. US$ weakness still keeps the equity markets aloft but the technical picture grows more ominous. Meanwhile, precious metals continue to outperform: COMEX Metals Closing Prices : Gold ended the day higher by $6.50 to $1148.40, silver gained 3 cents to $18.485. Gold closes the week at a new high and adds strength to our thesis that precious metals offer the best life raft in this dangerous ocean. A little more on this thesis later…"

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

2012 isn't scaring anyone

"But those behemoth vans aren't a hot item; neither are bomb shelters, dehydrated meals nor industrial-sized packs of water. People have clearly heard the predictions though seem unfazed. Preparations aren't being made. Lifestyles aren't being altered. America and the rest of the world has clearly taken the stance of "We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.""

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

While you're waiting for tulip time, plant these little bulbs now

" They need a sunny position, and they don't like to be in waterlogged soil; automatic sprinkler systems often cause allium bulbs to rot. If you prefer water-wise practices, however, alliums do best in well-drained soil and a dry summer rest. "

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Replace Spending With Saving

" Eat at home and make extra to freeze. A gigantic pot of chicken noodle soup costs about $23 to make and can make more than 25 individual servings. Bring your lunch and carry a couple granola bars and a bottle of water where ever you go, so you're not tempted to buy expensive convenience store items."

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Monday, November 16, 2009

powershares launched as mutual funds

"For example, the Canadian PowerShares FTSE RAFI Canadian Fundamental Index Class, will use Research Affiliates Fundamental Indexing methodology. A number of the other ETFs use sector targeted exposure to alternative asset classes such as agriculture, clean energy and clean water indexes, provided by alternative index providers such as Palisades, Indxis and WilderHill.

"This is an innovative way to bring the product to market. If you buy an ETF on the Toronto Stock Exchange, they are all created and offered as fund trusts. Our products are offered as mutual fund corporations, which are available across 38 different share classes," Ciampaglia explains. "It also allows us to utilize all the capital carry forward benefits and a very high level of tax efficiency, eliminating or reducing the need to produce capital gains distributions [on transfers].""

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Who's brewing copper kettle mania?

"No, this is predominantly private buying, or, if you will, diversification. It is financed by the Chinese banks, the conduits for much of the official stimulus spending. Why can't the government control what the banking system is doing? Because if you want to use the cheap stimulus money to make a copper bet, you do not call it speculation on the loan application. You tell the bank that you want to make transformers, or water heaters, and this is necessary raw material. Until the transformers or heaters are made, or not made, the government cannot distinguish the speculative buyer."

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Business, investment uncertainty lingers on

" In the meantime, the work-to-rule campaign this week by trade unions attached to the petroleum, water, electricity and ports sectors didn’t go as planned for the unions. Apart from a rush to fill up their tanks on the day before the protest, there was no serious disruption of essential services and the military didn’t need to move in, although placed on standby if a crisis emerged.

The General (Sarath Fonseka) factor has got entrenched into the political, economic and social fabric of the country. The stock market has slumped to between Rs 300-to-500 million from the Rs 1 billion a day turnover a few weeks back with the Raj Rajaratnam issue not an influencing factor anymore as against the uncertainty of elections and General Fonseka entering the fray as a candidate at the presidential poll. The stock market, controlled by the pro-UNP, Colombo-centric business community, would be hoping for a UNP victory and market developments would be influenced by these factors. "

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Friday, November 13, 2009

IBM (NYSE:IBM) Helps the Colorado River Basin Drought

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"IBM Maximo software has helped us redefine how we do business, giving us insight across our infrastructure that we didn't have before," said Brian Urbanek, business systems analyst for the Lower Colorado River Authority. "This has enabled our managers to better plan for equipment failure and schedule preventive maintenance to reduce equipment breakdowns." At a specially called meeting held recently the LCRA Board discussed revised staff recommendations to manage the ongoing Colorado River Basin Drought and listened to public comment about the potential economic impact of reduced water supplies. LCRA staff is recommending drought management actions in response to the serious drought that has, at times, been more intense than the worst drought this region has experienced, the Drought of Record that occurred from 1947 to 1957."

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Woody Tasch, President of Slow Money, on What Happens After Stimulus Money is Gone

"“I’m so glad that young man asked that question.  Where’s that money going to come from?” he asked.  “It’s going to come from us.  For some reason, we all have our money in the stock market.”  What would happen, he ponders, if we were all to invest 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live?  If organic farming and small food enterprises are key to the health of the economy and society, why do they receive so little funding from government, philanthropy and capital markets?

It all starts with food.  Can we invest locally to produce a healthy food economy that will provide stable income, jobs, and opportunities for anyone?  Food that won’t kill us?  Food that won’t deplete soils, pollute water, and degrade our landscapes?"

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Op-Ed: Bottom-Line Benefits of Building Green

"A green building is an efficient building. It uses energy, water and natural resources efficiently in its design, construction and operation. Most importantly, it is an efficient place for people to work. We don't build buildings with too few elevators and inadequate air-conditioning. Why would we build buildings that waste energy while depriving occupants of fresh, clean air and daylight? A green building provides a better work environment, and a more pleasant place to work makes for more productive and happier employees.

Green buildings are more expensive to build. But like many higher-value products, they are worth it, as much of the additional cost is recouped by operating efficiency and durability. As long as a green feature adds value either by generating operational savings or by making the space more marketable, it is a prudent investment."

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

'You'd think I was in Korea'

"At H Mart, Chung is right at home. Banchan, which are seasoned vegetables, tiny fish, seaweed, and wild herbs, are the base of a Korean meal. Chung notes that these prepared dishes will save home cooks hours of work. “This is a real boon for the Korean housewife,’’ he says. “Making these side dishes is labor intensive.’’ His parents made all these things themselves when he was growing up. The case is brimming with 20 kinds of kimchi, which is on the table at most Korean meals. “I like the New York [brand] kimchi. It is all natural with no MSG,’’ says Chung. H Mart carries other MSG-free brands. On weekends at H Mart, women wearing rubber gloves are making fresh kimchi and the lines to buy it are long.

In the seafood department, most of the fish have heads and tails intact. There are fewer boneless pieces available, but lots of ready-cut sashi mi, split blue crabs, and pre-packed seafood hot pot ingredients ready to mix with water. Lobsters are in tanks, abalone is in the freezer section, and clams and mussels are on ice, ready for customers to scoop their own into a plastic bag."

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Gulf Resources Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results, Increases 2009 Revenue and ...

" Gulf Resources’ revenue was $27.7 million for the third quarter of 2009, an increase of 57.6% from $17.6 million for the third quarter of 2008. During the third quarter of 2009, the revenue from the bromine and crude salt segment was $18.8 million, or 68.0% of total revenue, an increase of 43.6% from $13.1 million, or 74.7% for the third quarter of 2008. Revenue from bromine increased 29%, to $16.1 million from $12.45 million for the third quarter of 2008. Revenue from crude salt increased to $2.7 million from only $0.65 for the same period of last fiscal year, mainly due to the acquisition of salt pans and the improved utilization of halogen water.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, the Company generated $28.0 million in cash flow from operations. For the same period, the Company used $33.8 million in investing activities, mainly due to the acquisition of bromine and crude salt manufacturing assets in February and September 2009 and the construction of new wells, halogen water channels used for bromine and crude salt production, and a waste water disposal system at its SYCI location. The Company is also in the process of completing upgrades to its existing chemical production lines."

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Full text of Chinese premier's speech at 4th Ministerial Conference of Forum ...

"    Second, meet the MDGs and improve the livelihood of the African people. Economic development, poverty eradication and improvement of people's lives are top priorities for African countries. China will continue to increase assistance to Africa and reduce or cancel debts owed by African countries within the realm of its capabilities. We will restructure our assistance programs to better meet the needs on the ground. We will put more emphasis on agriculture, education, health, poverty reduction and clean drinking water and other areas that are vital to people's well-being when providing assistance, and help Africa attain the MDGs at an early date. "

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Will Lankan expats respond to the call for help?

" Rajapaksa believes, with the end of the war and a significant development phase beginning in the north and the east, his popularity is at such a peak that he is confident of easily winning a second term. The main opposition, now formed into a 12-party alliance with the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress being the key parties, is banking on growing public protests over cost of living, wage-rise demands and demands for jobs from unemployed graduates and others, to oust the incumbent president. UNP unions, alongside JVP unions, are also taking part in the November 11 work-to-rule campaign by workers in public services like petroleum, water, electricity and ports.

Athula Ranasinghe, head of the economics department at the University of Colombo, says expatriates can play at least three key roles – invest in the stock market, apply their human capital, knowledge and skills to rebuild Sri Lanka, and function as “peace diplomats”. "

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Friday, November 6, 2009


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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Google and Best Buy application deal is perfect for lazy mobile users

"What’s the deal? Best Buy Mobile is a subsidiary of Best Buy that only runs mobile retail stores, much like Carphone Warehouse across the water (with which Best Buy Mobile has a standing deal). The ideology of Best Buy Mobile is best summed up by the “Walk Out Working” programme - the idea that a consumer should be able to walk into a store, and walk out soon after with a completely operational phone including installed applications and other mobile services."

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NYS Affordable Housing Corporation Approves $754000 in Grants to Renovate 71 ...

"The area has a high percentage of older homes and a large number of low-income families, resulting in a poor housing stock. The grants will help correct basic structural defects or foundation problems, replace roofs, doors, windows, siding, upgrade electrical, heating, and plumbing systems, and replace deficient water systems."

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Great American Buy

"Going forward, however, things may be looking up. "We do believe that the first quarter will be the low-water mark for our business, and we should post sequential growth over the course of 2010," says Chief Executive Clay Jones.

So how should you trade this stock? Don't make a move until you see our interview with CEO Clay Jones. Watch the video now!"

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thoughts on Buffington Northern

"If you are looking for investments right now, you should be looking for the same sort of situation.  Buy a company that makes money year after year, even in bad times.  Buy a company that has a good moat and won't evaporate like a fart in the wind if trends change a little or if the economy tanks a while.  Also, don't buy water cooler stocks.  If word gets around to the water cooler, chances are it's already gotten around to the market.  Buy a good stock and collect the dividends and reinvest them while you wait for the investment to pay off.  There are quite a few companies out there like that.  You are buying a piece of a company, not a stock you can brag about two months from now.  When you buy the stock, you should be glad if the price goes down after because you'll be getting more shares when you reinvest dividends (as long as the drop wasn't justified by some material change in the company you thought you were buying)."

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Monday, November 2, 2009

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"Yet, after the initial positive reaction to the data, the major averages gave back the gains, as the bearish underlying tone continues. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which hit a high of 9,859, was under water by midday and up 38 points to 9,751 heading into the final hour. The tech-heavy NASDAQ is down 3 points after Citi analysts whacked PALM and Research In Motion (RIMM) with Sell ratings.

SPDRs (SPY) added 91 cents to $104.47 through mid-morning Monday and noteworthy trades include a Jan (2010) 110 - 114 call spread, bought at $1.12, 20000X on CBOE. That is, they paid $2.04 to buy the Jan 110 calls and collected 92 cents for the 114s, paying a net debit of 2.04 - .92 = 1.12. The potential payoff (excluding commissions) is $2.88 if the SPYders Jump to $114 (9.1 percent) or more by the January 2010 options expiration."

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