Share – [THĐP Translation] 19 bài học trí tuệ từ Khalil Gibran — Triết Học Đường Phố 2.0

(682 chữ, 3 phút đọc) “Từ khổ đau nảy sinh ra những tâm hồn mạnh mẽ nhất. Những nhân vật vĩ đại nhất đều đã bị thiêu hằn với những vết sẹo.”

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  1. “Khi Đời không tìm được một ca sĩ để hát lên những gì trong tim, nó sanh ra một triết gia để nói ra những gì trong đầu.”
  2. “Hiền lành và tử tế không phải là dấu hiệu của sự yếu đuối nhưng là biểu hiện của sức mạnh và kiên quyết.”
  3. “Tình yêu và điều sản sinh ra nó. Cách mạng và điều tạo ra nó. Tự do và điều nuôi dưỡng nó. Ba biểu lộ của Trời. Và Trời chính là lương tâm của thế giới lý trí.”
  4. “Phải có gì đó thiêng liêng lạ thường trong muối. Nó có trong nước mắt và cả nước biển.”
  5. “Để hiểu được tâm trí một người, đừng nhìn vào những gì anh ta đã đạt được, hãy nhìn vào những gì anh ta khát khao.”
  6. “Một người thầy anh minh sẽ không mời bạn vào ngôi nhà trí tuệ của ông ta. Thay vào đó người sẽ đưa bạn tới ngưỡng giới hạn của cái trí bạn.”
  7. “Tin vào những giấc mơ, vì ẩn giấu trong đó là cánh cửa dẫn tới vĩnh hằng.”
  8. “Bản chất một người không nằm ở những gì anh ta tiết lộ với bạn, nhưng ở những gì hắn không thể tiết lộ. Thế nên, nếu bạn muốn hiểu hắn, đừng nghe những gì hắn nói, nhưng hãy nghe những gì hắn không nói.”
  9. “Ngờ vực là một nỗi đau quá đơn côi để biết rằng niềm tin là người anh song sinh của nó.”
  10. “Cây cối là những vần thơ trái đất viết trên bầu trời. Họ chặt nó xuống và biến nó thành giấy, để viết lên đó sự trống rỗng của mình.”
  11. “Xin đừng quên rằng mặt đất vui sướng khi được cảm nhận đôi chân trần của bạn và ngọn gió khát khao khi được vui đùa với mái tóc của bạn.”
  12. “Chúng ta chọn cho mình niềm vui lẫn khổ sầu từ lâu trước khi chúng ta trải nghiệm nó.”
  13. “Nếu bạn yêu ai đó, để họ đi, vì nếu họ trở lại, họ luôn luôn là của bạn. Và nếu họ không, họ chưa bao giờ là.”
  14. “Từ khổ đau nảy sinh ra những tâm hồn mạnh mẽ nhất. Những nhân vật vĩ đại nhất đều đã bị thiêu hằn với những vết sẹo.”
  15. “Tôi đã học được im lặng từ những người nhiều chuyện, kiên nhẫn từ những người nóng vội, và tử tế từ những người cộc cằn. Tôi không nên vô ơn với những người thầy này.”
  16. “Tôi dám nói rằng ngay cả những gì thánh thiện và cao cả nhất cũng không thể vượt qua được những gì tuyệt vời nhất trong mỗi người các bạn. Và những gì xấu xa, thấp hèn nhất cũng không thể nào vượt qua được những gì thấp kém nhất trong mỗi người các bạn.”
  17. “Hôm qua chúng ta vâng lời những vị vua và cuối đầu trước những vị hoàng đế. Nhưng hôm nay chúng ta chỉ sấp mình trước sự thật, chỉ bước theo cái đẹp, và chỉ tuân theo tình yêu.”
  18. “Họ cho rằng tôi điên vì tôi sẽ không đổi ngày giờ của mình để lấy vàng bạc. Tôi cho rằng họ điên vì họ nghĩ ngày giờ của tôi có một cái giá.”
  19. Sự bồn chồn lo âu không đến từ việc nghĩ về tương lai, mà là từ tham muốn kiểm soát nó.

*Khalil Gibran (tên đầy đủ tiếng Ả Rập Khalil Gibran Gibran, đôi khi viết là Kahlil;[a] tiếng Ả Rập: جبران خليل جبران / ALA-LC: Jubrān Khalil Jubrān hoặc Jibrān Khalil Jibrān) (ngày 6 tháng 1 năm 1883 – 10 tháng 4 năm 1931) là một nghệ sĩ, nhà thơ và nhà văn Liban. Trong thế giới Ả Rập, Gibran được coi là một kẻ nổi loạn trong văn học và chính trị. Phong cách lãng mạn của ông là tâm điểm của sự phục hưng trong văn học tiếng Ả Rập hiện đại, đặc biệt là thơ văn xuôi, tách ra từ trường phái cổ điển. Tại Lebanon, ông được coi như một thiên tài văn học. (Theo Wiki)

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Share – Quy phục và kỷ luật — Triết Học Đường Phố 2.0

(1666 chữ, 6.5 phút đọc) Xài dây cương này con ngựa vẫn điên cuồng thì ta phải xài cái dây kia, giống như hít vào không nổi nữa thì phải thở ra, cương không được thì phải nhu.

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Con người chúng ta khi ở trạng thái cân bằng thì hoàn toàn thư giãn, tỉnh táo và phát sinh ý thức tự nhiên. Tuy nhiên, không phải ai cũng thường xuyên sống ở trạng thái thanh tĩnh và ổn định đó. Đa phần con người có xu hướng cực đoan, nhào từ thái cực này sang thái cực nọ và tự tìm cách cân bằng lại sự đau khổ này bằng một đau khổ khác. Tình trạng này cũng giống như câu chuyện con cáo bẻ đôi chiếc bánh thành hai phần không đều để chia chác với thỏ con. Khi thỏ bảo hai phần vẫn chưa cân, cáo bèn cắn ở miếng to để nhỏ lại nhưng thành ra nó còn nhỏ hơn miếng nhỏ. Rồi cáo ta cứ cắn liên tục như vậy nhiều lần cho tới khi chỉ còn lại hai mẩu bé xíu chẳng còn phân biệt nổi rồi mới đưa cho thỏ một mẩu. Miếng bánh mà thỏ con (đáng lý) nhận được đại diện cho khối năng lượng của con người. Khi không được điều tiết và cân bằng, nó sẽ cạn kiệt, dẫn tới tình trạng chúng ta quá căng thẳng kiểm soát, hoặc quá lãnh đạm thờ ơ với cuộc sống, thay vì cảm thấy hài lòng hạnh phúc.

Trong khi đó, quy phục là sự thả lỏng để đưa cơ thể và tâm trí lắng xuống, đi ra khỏi trạng thái quá gồng. Còn kỷ luật là sự gia tăng nỗ lực đưa cơ thể và tâm trí trở nên vươn dậy, đi ra khỏi trạng thái quá lỏng. Một người cân bằng là người biết điều tiết nguồn lực thông qua việc sử dụng hai sợi dây cương kỷ luật và quy phục, không để cơ thể và tâm trí dao động quá mạnh vào một lối mòn cứng nhắc hay điên loạn. Bên trong mỗi người chúng ta đều có một nguồn sinh lực và nó không ngừng vận động. Nếu không được điều tiết, nó sẽ giống như một con ngựa hoang chạy nhảy vô hướng và rơi vào tay những người chủ tồi tệ. Nhiệm vụ của chúng ta là nhận ra trạng thái đang biểu lộ của nguồn năng lượng đó và vị trí làm chủ của chính mình để có thể sử dụng nó một cách chủ động, phục vụ đời sống hiện tại.

Những người thường xuyên sống cùng một tâm trí cứng nhắc với những định kiến, quy ước và kế hoạch không thể thay đổi thì không có nghĩa họ là người biết kiểm soát. Chính họ đang bị kiểm soát và chịu cảnh lồng tù bởi những hệ tư tưởng không được nhìn thấy. Ví dụ dễ dàng thấy nhất là xu hướng sống chỉ để kiếm tiền, hay sống chỉ theo lịch trình của con người. Mỗi khi nghe ai đó nói về việc “tiền không phải thứ quan trọng nhất” hay khi bị rơi vào những tình huống nằm ngoài dự kiến, thì ta lại giãy lên phản ứng và cảm thấy bất mãn, đau khổ vô cùng. Bài học của những người có quán tính bảo thủ, sống cố định theo một khuôn mẫu hay lối mòn đó là sự thả lỏng, lắng nghe và tin tưởng những khả năng mới, chứ không phải sự tranh cãi, đòi hỏi, lý sự, nghi ngờ để cố thủ quan điểm. Với mỗi lần thực hành đúng, đức tin được gia tăng, tâm trí người đó được thoát khỏi cảnh căng siết gò bó. Cái cây của hân hoan mới có thể được vươn tỏa cành lá. Thay vì cảm thấy bị đe dọa bởi vô số điều nằm ngoài kế hoạch thì bây giờ, người đó cảm thấy sự cứu rỗi hiện diện muôn nơi.

Tuy nhiên, một số người hiểu quy phục theo kiểu chấp nhận buông xuôi, phó mặc mọi thứ cho số phận để ngụy biện cho sự chây ỳ, ươn vữa của chính mình, hoặc để đỡ mất công uốn nắn lại sự cứng nhắc bên trong. Nhưng chỉ bởi một tư duy sai về sự quy phục mà người đó, nếu đang từ cứng nhắc thì sẽ văng mình về cực buông thả, phóng đãng; còn nếu đang từ buông thả sẵn có thì sẽ càng đâm rễ sâu hơn vào thói tiêu cực này.

Với những người sống cùng một tâm trí vô lối, loãng lỏng với những mối liên kết cách xa nhau quá độ thì cần học bài học về đức tính kỷ luật, là sự tăng cường nỗ lực. Nếu không thấu hiểu và ứng dụng được kỷ luật vào đời sống, những người ở trạng thái giãn lỏng quá mức sẽ không có điểm trụ, dễ bị ảnh hưởng tiêu cực bởi ngoại cảnh, lúc nào cũng nước đôi nửa vời, và dễ cực đoan trong cảm xúc. Giống như họ là kẻ đầy tớ trên cổ mang đủ thứ tròng, mỗi cái giật về một phía khác nhau. Người này sẽ liên tục sống trong trạng thái mâu thuẫn nội tâm, hoang mang bối rối, trì hoãn, làm việc bỏ dở giữa chừng, mơ tưởng những thành tựu mà mình sẽ không bao giờ đạt được (nếu không chịu thay đổi.) Nếu người có tâm trí cứng nhắc cần gia tăng đức tin vào Trời Đất (và vào người khác) thì người có tâm trí èo uột cần gia tăng đức tin vào chính mình, kết nối sâu sắc với cơ thể và đời sống thực tế, gần gũi với hành động để có thể chuyển biến theo chiều tích cực.

Tuy nhiên, sự kỷ luật cũng bị hiểu sai là gò bó, thúc ép, căng thẳng, hoặc nhàm chán dựa vào hình thức bên ngoài của kỷ luật là các thói quen. Nên không ít người từ bỏ việc điều khiển chính mình hoặc càng siết chặt bản thân hơn vào sự cứng nhắc. Có một người bạn đã từng tâm sự với mình về việc thiếu đức tính kỷ luật của cô ấy. Nói chuyện một hồi mới vỡ ra nguyên nhân là thuở nhỏ, gia đình đã ép cô vào một khuôn khổ quá chặt so với khả năng tự nhiên của cô. Vậy nên, theo bản năng, cô tự tìm cách cân bằng lại sự khắt khe ấy bằng một sự lơ đễnh và thiếu trách nhiệm của mình. Sau này lớn lên, cô phải trả giá cho sự cực đoan này bằng việc phải sống một cuộc sống mơ mộng kém thực tế, nghĩ được mà không làm được, muốn có thành tựu mà không được thành tựu gì, liên tục sống với cảm giác tự ti về chính mình.

Kỷ luật ở đây là thêm vào một chút nỗ lực để trở về trạng thái tỉnh táo có ý thức. Khi một người hoàn toàn tỉnh táo, hành động của người đó hiển nhiên xoay quanh những hệ giá trị tâm hồn chứ không phải hành động để chạy theo thành tích. Cảm giác về sự khắt khe không phải đến từ đức kỷ luật, mà đến từ việc cố gắng kiểm soát một thành tựu bên ngoài theo ý tưởng của một cá nhân. Kết quả của lần kéo dây cương kỷ luật là sự vững chắc, cân bằng và an toàn; còn của sự thúc ép là căng thẳng và muốn bỏ chạy. Nó hiển lộ ngay lập tức ở bên trong mỗi người và đòi hỏi chúng ta phải cảm nhận và trung thực với trạng thái hiện tại của chính mình.

Quy phục và kỷ luật là hai thái cực khác nhau của sự bình an. Nếu một người ứng dụng một trong hai phương pháp mà không nhận thấy sự bình an tức là họ cần sử dụng phương pháp còn lại. Xài dây cương này con ngựa vẫn điên cuồng thì ta phải xài cái dây kia, giống như hít vào không nổi nữa thì phải thở ra, cương không được thì phải nhu. Khi nào kiểm chứng trực tiếp được một thái cực thì bạn sẽ hiểu thái cực còn lại và thấy được sự giao hòa của chúng.

Cách dễ nhất và gần gũi nhất để thực chứng kỷ luật và quy phục đó là cảm nhận và trải nghiệm hơi thở của chính mình. Chính sự hít vào là hiện thân của kỷ luật và sự thở ra là hiện thân của quy phục. Người nào biết điều tiết hơi thở cũng sẽ biết điều tiết cơ thể. Vì cơ thể là một phần của tâm trí và mang bản chất của tâm trí, nên khi cơ thể ổn định, tâm trí cũng được thanh bình.

Thực ra, con người không có nhiều vấn đề, mà chỉ có một vấn đề quy nhất, đó là việc điều tiết năng lượng theo cực dương hay cực âm trên mỗi đoạn đường đi, vì chúng ta đang sống trong thế giới của nhị nguyên. Việc bạn gặp đau khổ hay trắc trở trong cuộc đời đều đến từ nguyên nhân không biết sử dụng nguồn lực nội tại, không thường trực có mặt ở điểm cân bằng. Nên các bạn không cần phải đắc thiên nhãn thông, không cần phải đọc tất cả các sách vở tâm linh tôn giáo hay học toàn bộ các khóa tu thiền để có thể sống một cuộc đời vững chắc, an lạc. Các bạn chỉ cần học cách thuần thục một trong hai phẩm hạnh quy phục hoặc kỷ luật là đủ. Giống như câu chuyện nọ kể về một ông tu sĩ tu luyện bao nhiêu năm tháng để học được phép khinh công bay qua sông. Ông ta thách đố Đức Phật làm được chuyện đó. Nhưng Phật chỉ mỉm cười, nhẹ nhàng bước lên một con đò chở mình qua sông sau khi đã trả cho bác lái đò 2 xu lẻ.

Tác giả: Hòa Taro

Collection – Harvard những sự thật thú vị và 9 câu nói truyền cảm hứng

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Harvard là trường đại học hàng đầu tại Mỹ và là niềm mơ ước của các du học sinh trên toàn thế giới. Là viện đại học nghiên cứu tư thục, thành viên của Liên đoàn Ivy, ở Cambridge, Massachusetts, Hoa Kỳ. Với lịch sử, tầm ảnh hưởng, và tài sản của mình, Harvard là một trong những viện đại học danh tiếng nhất thế giới và trở thành một trong những thước đo thành công.

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– Harvard không chỉ là trường tốt nhất mà còn là trường đại học đầu tiên của nước Mỹ. Nó được thành lập năm 1636 bởi John Harvard, một mục sư ở Charlestown, người đã trao tặng thư viện cá nhân cho nhà trường và một nửa tài sản của mình trước khi qua đời ở tuổi 30 (năm 1638).

– Khuôn viên trường Harvard rộng 85 ha tại Cambridge, Massachuset, Mỹ.

– Trung bình một năm chỉ có 7.2% hồ sơ nhập học được chấp nhận và 85% sinh viên Harvard không mang quốc tịch Mỹ.

– Thư viện của Harvard thuộc vào top 10 các thư viện lớn nhất thế giới, và là số 1 trong số thư viện của các trường đại học với khoảng 13.6 triệu đầu sách với rất nhiều cuốn sách được xuất bản từ những năm 1700.

– ĐH Harvard giàu có hơn 109 quốc gia trên thế giới.

– Mức lương khởi điểm trung bình của sinh viên tốt nghiệp Harvard là 118.200 USD/năm.

TRONG THƯ VIỆN TRƯỜNG CÓ 9 CÂU NÓI TRUYỀN CẢM HỨNG VÀ PHÁT TRIỂN BẢN THÂN

Nhiều người nói đùa rằng, Harvard là trường học chỉ dành cho “siêu nhân”. Bởi áp lực học tập cũng như yêu cầu tổng hợp bao gồm: sự thông minh, những cá tính khác biệt, khả năng lãnh đạo và sáng tạo nổi trội, sự năng động, thích nghi … là rất cao.

Chính vì vậy trong thư viện của trường có 9 câu nói hay giúp truyền cảm hứng cho sinh viên và tạo động lực phát triển bản thân.

  • Lúc này nếu ngủ bạn sẽ có một giấc mơ, nhưng lúc này nếu học bạn sẽ giải thích được ước mơ.
  • Khi nào bạn cảm thấy thời khắc đã muộn, khi đó thực sự là thời điểm hành động.
  • Sự khổ nhọc khi học chỉ là tạm thời, sự đau khổ vì không học đến nơi là mãi mãi.
  • Hạnh phúc có lẽ không có thứ lượt, nhưng thành công thì có.
  • Nước bọt hiện tại sẽ là nước mắt của ngày mai.
  • Ngày hôm nay nếu bạn lãng phí, đồng nghĩa với việc bạn bóp chết quá khứ và vứt bỏ ngày mai.
  • Hãy đón nhận sự khó nhọc không thể chối từ.
  • Người đầu tư cho tương lai, là người thực hiện đến cùng.
  • Học tập phải chăng là nhiệm vụ cả đời, ngay cả người học cũng không thể chứng minh, còn có thể làm gì?

Hy vọng với bài viết này đã giúp bạn hiểu thêm một số thông tin về một trong những trường đại học danh giá thuộc top hàng đầu thế giới.

Tuần – Week 17 – 22/02/2020…

“Giải cứu” [tôm hùm] – một hiện tượng và cũng là một hiệu ứng của xã hội bắt đầu bằng tình đồng bào và sự nghĩa hiệp đầu tiên cách đây 4-5 năm vào khoảng những năm 2015 đối với dưa hấu khi rớt giá khiến nhà vườn và những người nông dân phải bán bất cứ đâu, thậm chí ngoài vỉa hè – bán ”dạo” chủ yếu ở các thành phố lớn… Từ ảnh hưởng dịch Covid19, tôm hùm là đối tượng kêu và cần “cứu” tới mức từ ùn ứ tại biên giới tới việc vài nơi đã tăng giá “giải cứu” lên 15%. Điều này có lẽ nên được nhìn lại kỹ hơn ở góc cạnh khác về tiêu dùng nội địa, về cơ cấu ngành, về chính sách và về điều tiết thị trường… có chăng người dân sẽ đánh giá sao giữa giá “giải cứu” và giá bán lẻ hàng ngày hay giá nào ở trên khoảng đó… có khi nào mọi thứ tốt nhất thì để xuất khẩu và người dân trong nước chỉ “vừa vừa” là được???

“Rescuing” [lobster] – a society phenomenon and effect that started with compatriots and the first sense of peace 4-5 years ago in the 2015 years for watermelon as being dropped price drove gardeners and farmers to sell anywhere, even on the sidewalk – “vagabon” sale mainly in big cities … From the Covid19 epidemic, lobsters were the object that called and requested “rescue” to the extent from congestion at the border to some places had raised “rescue” prices up to 15%. This should probably be a closer look at the other angles of domestic consumption, industry structure, policy and market regulation … maybe people would valuate between “rescue” and daily “in-normal-condition” retail price or any in between ò that range … was it possible to export every best things while reserving local people the just “affordable“?

Các sự kiện chính – Main events:

Không xuất khẩu được sang Trung Quốc do ảnh hưởng của dịch Covid-19, tôm hùm cũng đang được kêu gọi giải cứu với giá giảm 30-45% so với trước. Tại một số địa điểm giải cứu tôm hùm tại Hà Nội , tôm hùm “giải cứu” liên tục tăng giá, lại còn không có để mua; giá bán mặt hàng này đã tăng khoảng 15% so với những ngày trước đây. Nhiều người sẵn sàng chi tiền triệu để mua tôm hùm về thưởng thức nhưng người bán cho biết phải đặt sẵn từ 2-3 ngày nếu không sẽ không có hàng để giao. Những ngày qua, mặt hàng tôm hùm được kêu gọi giải cứu với giá giảm 30-45% so với trước.

Unable to export to China due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic, lobsters were also being called for a rescue at a 30-45% discount. At some lobster rescue locations in Hanoi, lobster “rescues” were constantly increasing its prices, and there was even not available to buy; the price of this item had increased about 15% compared to the last few days. Many people were willing to spend millions to buy lobster to enjoy but the seller had said that it may need order 2-3 days in advance otherwise there would be no goods for delivery. These days, lobster was called for bail with 30-45% discount compared to before.

Trong khi đó, theo đánh giá Rabobank, trong năm 2020, nhu cầu nhập khẩu của các quốc gia châu Á sẽ tiếp tục tăng, trong đó nhập khẩu thịt heo vào Trung Quốc sẽ lên cao kỉ lục. Tuy nhiên tại Việt Nam, từ nhiều yếu tố: kiểm soát dịch, tái đàn, chính sách giá… giá [thịt heo] sau Tết đã giảm và đi vào ổn định. Nhưng,

Meanwhile, according to Rabobank, in 2020, the import demand of Asian countries would continue to increase, of which pork imports into China would reach a record high. However, in Vietnam, to many factors: epidemic control, re-herd, price policy … [pork] prices after Tet had started cooling down and stabilized. But,

sau dịch tả châu Phi, còn nhiều nguy cơ khác như dịch châu chấu lan sang châu Á đang là nguy cơ lớn đe dọa mùa màng tại nhiều nước châu Á. Trước tình hình khẩn cấp, 100 nghìn con vịt tại Trung Quốc đã được huy động để tiêu diệt. Có thể chưa hoặc không ảnh hưởng trực tiếp tới Việt Nam, nhưng những hệ quả của nó hoàn toàn có thể ảnh hưởng tới tình hình sản xuất và lưu thông hàng hóa tại Việt Nam thông qua tăng giảm nhu cầu xuất và nhập khẩu lương thực. Như một số chuyên gia dự đoán, sản lượng ngũ cốc của Ấn Độ trong năm nay sẽ giảm 30 – 50% vì thảm họa châu chấu. Bà Maria Helena Semedo, Phó Giám đốc Tổ chức Lương thực và Nông nghiệp Liên Hợp Quốc, đã lên tiếng cảnh báo: “Các quốc gia phải cùng nhau hành động ngay lập tức, châu chấu sẽ không chờ đợi, chúng sẽ áp đảo và gây ra những thảm họa tàn khốc“.

after the African cholera epidemic, there were many other risks, such as the epidemic of grasshoppers spreading into Asia recently, which was a great threat to crop in many Asian countries. Before the emergency situation, 100 thousand ducks in China were mobilized to kill. It may or may not directly affect to Vietnam, but its consequences could completely affect the situation of goods production and circulation in Vietnam through increasing or decreasing the demand for food import and export. As being predicted by experts, India’s grain production this year would be reduced by 30-50% due to the grasshopper disaster. Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, warned: “Countries must act together immediately, grasshoppers will not wait, they will overwhelm and causing catastrophic disasters.

Thương hiệu cà phê Ông Bầu đã chính thức mở bán tại địa chỉ 331 Hoàng Diệu, Phường 6, Quận 4, TPHCM từ sáng 19/2 vừa qua; là sự kết hợp giữa 3 doanh nhân lớn, yêu thích và gắn liền với bóng đá Việt Nam, gồm ông Đoàn Nguyên Đức, Chủ tịch Tập đoàn Hoàng Anh Gia Lai; ông Võ Quốc Thắng, Chủ tịch Công ty CP Đồng Tâm và ông Trần Thanh Hải, Chủ tịch Công ty Nutifood. Ông Đức cho biết cà phê Ông Bầu là một công ty cổ phần được nhiều thành viên đồng sáng lập nhưng không phải là công ty con của Hoàng Anh Gia Lai. Với quỹ đất trồng cà phê organic đã triển khai từ lâu, ông cùng đội có ý đồ sản xuất cà phê sạch và bán sản phẩm ra thị trường trong thời gian tới.

Ong Bau’s  (Mr. Boss) coffee brand was officially opened for sale at 331 Hoang Dieu Street, Ward 6, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City from the morning of February 19; was a combination of 3 big businessmen who had been interested and attached to Vietnamese football, including Mr. Doan Nguyen Duc, Chairman of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group; Mr. Vo Quoc Thang, Chairman of Dong Tam Joint Stock Company and Mr. Tran Thanh Hai, President of Nutifood Company. Mr. Duc said Ong Bau coffee was a joint-stock company co-founded by many members but had not been a subsidiary of Hoang Anh Gia Lai. With a land fund of organic coffee that had been deployed for a long time, he and his team intended to produce clean coffee and sell products to the market in the near future.

Ngày 10/2, Mỹ đã đưa Việt Nam ra khỏi danh sách các nước đang phát triển. Trả lời phỏng vấn hôm nay (21/2), ông Lê Triệu Dũng – Cục trưởng Cục Phòng vệ thương mại (Bộ Công Thương) cho biết, việc này “không có tác động gì lớn“. Việt Nam vẫn hưởng ưu đãi của WTO và vẫn bị Mỹ áp thuế chống trợ cấp dù nằm trong danh sách các nước “đang phát triển” hay không.

On February 10, the US removed Vietnam out from the list of developing countries. Answering an interview today (February 21), Mr. Le Trieu Dung – Director of Department of Trade Defense (Ministry of Industry and Trade) said that this “has no big impact“. Vietnam still enjoyed the preferential treatment of WTO and was still subjected to anti-subsidy tax, whether or not it was on the list of “developing” countries.

Tại sao nó ảnh hưởng – Why is it affected:

Đến ngày 19/2, đã có thêm nhiều doanh nghiệp, đơn vị triển khai chương trình bán tôm hùm với mức ưu đãi cho người tiêu dùng. Đa phần tôm được nhập từ Phú Yên, Khánh Hòa, Nha Trang, Phan Thiết – những nơi có nhiều vựa tôm đang chịu ảnh hưởng về tiêu thụ do tác động của dịch Covid-19. Sự khác biệt về mức giá của từng nơi dù cùng treo biển giải cứu phụ thuộc vào từng loại tôm và kích cỡ khác nhau. Không chỉ riêng các siêu thị lớn mà trên khắp mạng xã hội, nhiều đơn vị kinh doanh online cũng đã nhanh chóng rao bán tôm hùm xanh Khánh Hòa, tôm hùm baby Cam Ranh với giá hấp dẫn nhất từ trước đến nay.

By February 19, there had been more businesses and units implementing the program of selling lobsters with preferential prices for consumers. The majority of shrimp was imported from Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Nha Trang and Phan Thiet – places with many granaries had been affected by consumption due to the impact of Covid-19. The difference in price of each place although hanging the rescue board depended on each type of shrimp and different sizes. Not only large supermarkets but also on social networks, many online businesses had also quickly sold Khanh Hoa green lobster, baby Cam Ranh baby lobster with the most attractive price ever.

Cục Xuất nhập khẩu (Bộ Công Thương) cho biết, trong 2 tuần đầu tháng 02/2020, giá thịt heo tại thị trường trong nước giảm. Theo Bộ Nông nghiệp và Phát triển nông thôn, bệnh dịch tả heo châu Phi đã được kiểm soát tốt, nhiều địa phương tập trung tái đàn nhanh, hiệu quả. Trong đó, nhiều địa phương đã nuôi tái đàn thành công như Bắc Giang, Vĩnh Phúc, Phú Thọ, Hưng Yên, Hải Dương, thành phố Hà Nội… Tổng đàn heo cả nước là 24 triệu con, trong đó khoảng 2,7 triệu con heo nái. Trong điều kiện kiểm soát tốt được dịch bệnh, nhất là bệnh dịch tả heo châu Phi thì chăn nuôi trong nước có khả năng bảo đảm nguồn cung thịt heo cho năm 2020 khoảng hơn 4 triệu tấn. Trên thị trường thế giới, từ đầu tháng 02/2020 đến nay, giá heo nạc tại Mỹ biến động ở mức thấp. Trung Quốc và Mỹ đã ký thỏa thuận thương mại giai đoạn 1, điều này sẽ thúc đẩy xuất khẩu thịt heo của Mỹ sang Trung Quốc trong thời gian tới, tuy nhiên do Covid-19 tại Trung Quốc bùng phát, nên tiến độ xuất khẩu thịt heo của Mỹ sẽ chậm lại…

The Import and Export Department (Ministry of Industry and Trade) said that in the first 2 weeks of February 2020, the price of pork in the domestic market had decreased. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, African swine fever had been well controlled, many localities focused on re-herd quickly and effectively. In particular, several localities had successfully reared herds such as Bac Giang, Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Hung Yen, Hai Duong, Hanoi … The total number of pigs nationwide was 24 million, of which about 2.7 million sow. In the condition of good control of the disease, especially African swine cholera, domestic livestock could ensure the supply of pork for 2020 by more than 4 million tons. In the world market, from the beginning of February 2020 until now, the price of lean pigs in the US fluctuated at a low level. China and the United States had signed a first-phase trade agreement, which would boost US pork exports to China in the near future, but due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in China, the export progress of US pork would be slowed down …

Theo Xinhua, nhiều khu vực của Trung Quốc đang bị ảnh hưởng bởi dịch châu chấu như tỉnh Vân Nam và Tứ Xuyên, cũng như khu tự trị dân tộc Choang Quảng Tây. Nguyên nhân được xác định là do các yếu tố thời tiết thuận lợi như lượng mưa nhiều và gió mùa kéo dài khiến châu chấu dễ sinh sôi. Châu chấu sa mạc có thể gây ra mối đe dọa đối với an ninh lương thực của Trung Quốc nếu chúng không được kiểm soát tốt và di chuyển vào nội địa Trung Quốc để sinh sản. Để xử lý cấp bách, “đoàn quân 10 vạn con vịt” chống châu chấu ở biên giới Trung Quốc đang tập trung để xử lý 400 tỷ con châu chấu có nguy cơ đến nước này khi khả năng phun thuốc là không khả thi…

According to Xinhua, many parts of China were being affected by locusts such as Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, as well as the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The reason was determined by the favorable weather factors such as heavy rainfall and prolonged monsoon seasons driving grasshoppers easier to reproduce. Desert grasshoppers could pose a threat to China’s food security if they were not well controlled and intruded into inland of China to breed. To deal urgently, the “army of 10 thousand ducks” fighting against locusts on the Chinese border had been focusing on dealing with 400 billion grasshoppers that had been at risk to the country when the ability to spray was not feasible …

Theo thông tin trên Cổng thông tin quốc gia về đăng ký doanh nghiệp, cà phê Ông Bầu là công ty mới được thành lập từ ngày 25/11/2019. Công ty này có vốn điều lệ 100 tỷ đồng, do 3 cá nhân góp vốn là bà Trần Thị Kim Oanh, bà Đoàn Hoàng Anh và ông Võ Quốc Lợi. Trong đó, bà Trần Thị Kim Oanh sở hữu 51% vốn tại cà phê Ông Bầu và cũng là Chủ tịch Hội đồng quản trị kiêm Tổng giám đốc. Bà Oanh là thành viên ban kiểm soát của Công ty Cổ phần Cà phê Phước An, một công ty con của tập đoàn NutiFood. Bà Đoàn Hoàng Anh, một trong ba người con của Bầu Đức, nắm 24,5% vốn tại cà phê Ông Bầu. Ông Võ Quốc Lợi, con trai Bầu Thắng, nắm 24,5% còn lại. Ông Lợi hiện là cổ đông nắm 4,74% vốn tại ngân hàng Kienlongbank, nơi Bầu Thắng từng làm chủ tịch giai đoạn 2013-2018. Theo đăng ký, ngành nghề kinh doanh chính của cà phê Ông Bầu là sản xuất cà phê, bên cạnh đó là sản xuất chè, bán buôn bán lẻ đồ uống, thực phẩm, dịch vụ phục vụ đồ uống, hoạt động tư vấn quản lý…

According to information on the National Business Registration Portal, Ong Bau coffee was a new company established on November 25, 2019. This company had had a charter capital of VND 100 billion, contributed by three individuals, namely Ms. Tran Thi Kim Oanh, Ms. Doan Hoang Anh and Mr. Vo Quoc Loi. In particular, Ms. Tran Thi Kim Oanh owed 51% of the capital in Ong Bau coffee and was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Director. Ms. Oanh was a member of the Supervisory Board of Phuoc An Coffee Joint Stock Company, a subsidiary of NutiFood. Doan Hoang Anh, one of Bau Duc’s three children, held 24.5% of the capital in Ong Bau coffee. Mr. Vo Quoc Loi, the son of Bau Thang, held the remaining 24.5%. Mr. Loi was currently a 4.74% shareholder in Kienlongbank, where Bau Thang had been the chairman of the 2013-2018 period. As registered, Ong Bau’s main business was to produce coffee, a part from tea production, wholesale and retail of beverages, food, drinks service, management consulting activities …

Để được xem là nước đang phát triển, theo cách tiếp cận mới của Mỹ, thị phần thương mại phải thấp hơn 0,5% tổng thương mại thế giới. Theo dữ liệu từ WTO, tổng kim ngạch xuất và nhập khẩu của Việt Nam năm 2018 lần lượt đạt 242,6 tỷ USD (chiếm 1,3% thị phần toàn thế giới) và 235,5 tỷ USD (1,19% thị phần) – đều cao hơn mức 0,5%.  “Do đó, chúng ta và nhiều nước không nằm trong danh sách. Việc thay đổi không có tác động thực tế đến Việt Nam“, đại diện Bộ Công Thương khẳng định. Ở khía cạnh điều tra chống trợ cấp, theo quy định của WTO, các chính phủ phải chấm dứt điều tra chống trợ cấp nếu biên độ trợ cấp là không đáng kể (dưới 1% giá trị hàng hóa). Tuy nhiên, với các nước đang phát triển, mốc này là dưới 2%. “Nhưng trong 7 cuộc điều tra chống trợ cấp của Mỹ với Việt Nam đến nay, Mỹ đều kết luận Việt Nam có trợ cấp, và mức trợ cấp đều trên 2%“, vị đại diện Bộ Công Thương bổ sung.

To be considered a developing country, according to the new US approach, the share of trade should be less than 0.5% of total world trade. According to data from the WTO, Vietnam’s total export and import turnover in 2018 reached USD 242.6 billion (capturing 1.3% of the world market share) and USD 235.5 billion (1.19% of the market segment) – were both higher than 0.5%. “Therefore, we and many countries are not on the list. The change has no real impact on Vietnam,” said the representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. In terms of anti-subsidy investigations, under WTO rules, governments should end anti-subsidy investigations if the subsidy margin was negligible (less than 1% of the value of goods). However, for developing countries, this level was below 2%. “But in 7 US anti-subsidy investigations with Vietnam so far, the US has concluded that Vietnam has subsidies, and the subsidies are over 2%,” the representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade added.

Xu hướng chính – Key trends:

Trong năm 2019, thị trường heo thế giới chao đảo vì khủng hoảng giá và thiếu hụt nguồn cung khi dịch tả heo châu Phi (ASF) bùng phát tại nhiều nhà sản xuất heo lớn trên thế giới ở Trung Quốc, Việt Nam, Philippines. Sự lây lan của dịch ASF tại Trung Quốc, các quốc gia khu vực châu Á, châu Âu và châu Phi đã làm thay đổi triển vọng ngành thịt heo trên thế giới. Theo báo cáo mới công bố của Bộ Nông nghiệp Mỹ (USDA), trong năm 2019 đàn heo của thế giới đã giảm 14,6% so với năm 2018, xuống gần 1,1 tỉ con; số heo tại Trung Quốc giảm tới 28,5%, xuống còn 490 triệu con. Tại EU, đàn heo cũng giảm nhẹ 0,2%, xuống còn 226,5 triệu con trong năm 2019. Theo dự báo của Rabobank, trong năm 2020, nhu cầu nhập khẩu từ các quốc gia châu Á sẽ tiếp tục tăng, trong đó nhập khẩu thịt heo vào Trung Quốc sẽ lên cao kỉ lục trong năm 2020. Mỹ, Canada, Brasil, Anh, Đức, Tây Ban Nha, Hà Lan và Ý sẽ là những nhà hưởng lợi lớn. Rabobank cũng dự báo, sản xuất thịt heo tại Hoa Kỳ năm 2020 tăng 3,2% so với năm 2019, chủ yếu do tăng trưởng quy mô đàn heo thịt và tăng trưởng năng suất ở mức vừa phải.

In 2019, the world pork market wobbled because of the price crisis and the shortage of supply when the African swine fever (ASF) outbroke at many of the world’s largest pig producers in China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The spread of ASF in China, Asian, European and African countries had changed the outlook for pork industry in the world. According to a new report published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 2019 the world’s pig herds had decreased by 14.6% compared to 2018, to nearly 1.1 billion heads; The number of pigs in China decreased by 28.5% to 490 million. In the EU, pig herds also decreased slightly by 0.2%, to 226.5 million in 2019. According to Rabobank’s forecast, in 2020, import demand from Asian countries would continue to increase, then, pork imports into China would reach a record high in 2020. The US, Canada, Brazil, the UK, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Italy would be the major beneficiaries. Rabobank also forecasted that pork production in the United States in 2020 would increase by 3.2% compared to 2019, mainly due to the increase in the number of pork herds and moderate productivity growth.

Ông Zhang Zehua, nhà nghiên cứu của Viện Bảo vệ Thực vật thuộc Viện Khoa học Nông nghiệp Trung Quốc cho biết, vùng biên giới giữa khu tự trị Tây Tạng với các nước Pakistan, Ấn Độ và Nepal là khu vực đang bị châu chấu tấn công. Thuốc trừ sâu truyền thống cũng vô dụng trong trường hợp này vì chúng có đến hàng triệu con và có thể kéo đàn dài đến 60km. Con người không thể giết chúng, không thể ngăn chúng, chúng ta bất lực trước hàng triệu con châu chấu đang “xâm lược“. Chúng đến rồi đi nhanh chóng. Bất cứ nơi nào chúng đi qua, mùa màng và thảm thực vật đều bị cuốn theo, để lại mặt đất trống trơn. Tuy nhiên, do cao nguyên Tây Tạng có thể thành lá chắn cản trở đàn châu chấu nên cơ hội chúng đổ xô vào khu vực nội địa Trung Quốc ít có khả năng xảy ra.

Zhang Zehua, a researcher at the Plant Protection Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said: the border between Tibet Autonomous Region and Pakistan, India and Nepal was being attacked by locusts. Traditional insecticides were also useless in this case because they had millions of them and could spead up to 60km. Humans could not kill them, they could not be stopped, we were helpless against millions of grasshoppers that were “invading“. They came and have gone quickly. Wherever they passed, crops and vegetation were swept away, leaving the ground bare. However, because the Tibetan plateau could be a barrier to locusts, the chances of them rushing into inland China were unlikely.

So với các chuỗi cà phê khác, cà phê Ông Bầu có giá “mềm” hơn khá nhiều khi mỗi ly cà phê đá chỉ dừng ở mức 16.000 đồng. Ngoài ra, cửa hàng còn phục vụ thêm các món đồ uống khác như sinh tố, trà sữa trân châu, sữa chua, macchiato… Không chỉ ngon ở vị, nhiều khách hàng còn đánh giá cà phê ông Bầu ngon ở tình người, bởi với mỗi mó đồ uống bán ra, cà phê Ông Bầu sẽ trích 1.000 đồng vào quỹ tài năng (do 3 ông bầu sáng lập) để phục vụ những mục đích cộng đồng.

Compared to other coffee chains, Ong Bau coffee had had a much “reasonable” price when each cup of iced coffee only stoped at VND 16,000. In addition, the store also served other drinks such as smoothies, bubble tea, yogurt, macchiato … Not only delicious in taste, many customers also rated Ong Bau’s coffee deliciously in love, because, for every drink sold, Ong Bau coffee would deduct VND 1,000 into the talent fund (founded by 3 bosses) for community purposes.

Về lâu dài, khi xu hướng điều tra chống trợ cấp của Mỹ với Việt Nam gia tăng, chính sách này sẽ có tác động nhất định nếu có vụ việc kết luận mức trợ cấp dưới 2%. Khi đó, Việt Nam vẫn phải chịu áp thuế do đã nằm ngoài danh mục các nước đang phát triển được Mỹ công nhận. Trong bối cảnh không ở trong danh sách các nước đang phát triển của Mỹ, Bộ Công Thương cho biết, Việt Nam vẫn được hưởng quy chế quốc gia đang phát triển trong khuôn khổ Tổ chức Thương mại Thế giới. Đối xử tối huệ quốc (MFN) là nguyên tắc cơ bản trong thương mại quốc tế của WTO, theo đó một nước thành viên phải dành sự đối xử như nhau cho mọi thành viên WTO khác, không phân biệt nước phát triển, đang phát triển hay kém phát triển.

In the long term, when the trend of US anti-subsidy investigation increased, this policy would have a certain impact if the case concluded that the subsidy level was lower than 2%. At that time, Vietnam was still subject to tax because it was outside the list of developing countries recognized by the US. In the context of not being on the list of developing countries of the US, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said that Vietnam had still enjoyed developing country status within the framework of the World Trade Organization. Most-favored-nation treatment (MFN) was the basic principle in the international trade of the WTO, whereby a member country should accord the same treatment to all other WTO members, regardless of developed or developing or underdeveloped countries.

Cái gì tiếp theo – What comes next:

Ngoài ra, báo cáo từ USDA cũng ước tính sản lượng thịt heo của thế giới trong năm 2020 sẽ giảm khoảng 9% so với năm 2019, xuống còn 96 triệu tấn; trong khi tiêu thụ cũng tiếp tục giảm 8,8%, xuống còn 96 triệu tấn. Tuy nhiên thương mại thịt heo dự kiến sẽ tăng, với khối lượng nhập khẩu tăng 11% so với năm 2019 và khối lượng xuất khẩu dự báo tăng 9,3% so với năm 2019.

In addition, the report from USDA also estimated that the world’s pork production in 2020 would decrease by about 9% compared to 2019, to 96 million tons; while consumption also continued to decline 8.8%, to 96 million tons. However, pork trade was expected to increase, with import volume increasing by 11% compared to 2019 and export volume forecasted to increase by 9.3% compared to 2019.

Hôm qua (20/2), trả lời về việc Mỹ đưa Việt Nam ra khỏi danh sách các nước đang phát triển, Phó Phát ngôn Bộ Ngoại giao Việt Nam Đoàn Khắc Việt cũng cho biết sẽ “duy trì đối thoại, phối hợp với Mỹ nhằm thúc đẩy quan hệ thương mại song phương“. Cơ quan chức năng của Việt Nam vẫn đang theo dõi sát tình hình để có những cảnh báo, khuyến cáo kịp thời. SCMP cho rằng việc này sẽ giúp Mỹ hạ ngưỡng tiêu chuẩn để điều tra liệu một quốc gia có đang làm tổn hại đến các ngành công nghiệp của nước này bằng các biện pháp trợ giá xuất khẩu bất công hay không. USTR cũng cho biết quyết định điều chỉnh phương pháp đánh giá với các nền kinh tế đang phát triển, nhằm điều tra thuế chống trợ cấp, là cần thiết; do quy định cũ của Mỹ có từ năm 1998 và “hiện đã lỗi thời“.

Yesterday (20/2), in response to the US removal of Vietnam from the list of developing countries, Deputy Foreign Ministry spokesman Doan Khac Viet also said as would “maintain dialogue and coordinate with The United States aims to promote bilateral trade relations.” Vietnamese authorities were still closely monitoring the situation to give timely warnings and recommendations. SCMP believed this would help the US lower the threshold to investigate whether a country was hurting its industries with unfair export subsidies. USTR also said the decision to adjust the assessment method for developing economies, to investigate countervailing duties, was necessary; due to old US regulations dating back to 1998 and “now obsolete“.

Dấu hiệu rủi ro – Risk signals:

Sướng ích gì, hay ho gì khi con tôm hùm được giải cứu. Chính những người làm ra sản phẩm cũng không muốn điều đó… Đừng nghĩ những người làm ra sản phẩm chân chính muốn ngửa tay xin sự ban phát. Họ đủ tự trọng để thấy “đau” khi được giải cứu. Chỉ có những người lợi dụng sự giải cứu để tranh thủ kiếm chác mới không thấy sự tự trọng ấy thôi.

What good, or interesting as when the lobster was rescued. The people who had made the product did not want that … Did not think the people who had produced the true product wanted to turn their heads to give. They were self-sufficient to feel “painful” when being rescued. Only those who took advantage of the rescue to enlist benefit did not see that self-respect.

Giải cứu, giúp những người làm ra sản phẩm vượt qua lúc khó khăn là nên làm và cần làm. Nhưng, đừng làm đau người làm ra sản phẩm và chính bản thân sản phẩm, vì không ai có lỗi…

Rescuing and helping those who had made products to overcome difficulties was considered as “should do job”. But, didn’t hurt the person who had made the product and the product itself, because no one was at fault …

Xxx – NPL

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Ẩm thực – 20 Vegetables Ranked By Protein

By OLIVIA TARANTINO

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Meat, beans, tofu and powders aren’t the only ways to get your daily dose of protein. Time to veg out!
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After sneaking in a much-needed post holiday workout, my friend Sarah and I hit up a restaurant in town for lunch. “I’ll have the lean chicken breast,” she told the waiter, “Gotta up my protein.” Smart choice: A solid serving of protein after a sweat sesh is crucial for building lean muscle mass and blasting away belly fat. “As for me,” I said, glancing past the meats, “I’ll have…. the roasted veggie salad.” Surprised? So was Sarah. “I’m going to let you in on a little secret,” I told her. “Protein-packed chicken isn’t the only food that helps you get toned. Veggies also pack a punch.” In fact, some high-protein vegetables have as much as 8 grams per cup. That may pale in comparison to a chicken breast (34 grams per 4 ounces) or burger (26 grams per quarter pounder), but vegetables are also high-fiber foods that contain antioxidants and vitamins.

They’re not only more affordable sources of the nutrient than fish and beef, but they can be healthier, too: People who consume higher amounts of vegetable protein are significantly less susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the British Journal of NutritionWhat’s more, the study found that replacing about 5 grams of animal protein with plant protein daily would reduce the risk of diabetes by an impressive 18 percent. 

That’s not all. Another Nutrients journal study found that plant protein could help dieters feel just as full and less hungry than the same amount of animal protein.

Looking to reap the slimming benefits? We’ve gathered up the most popular veggies on your plate and ranked them according to their protein content. So whether you’re a vegetarian or an omnivore just looking to pack on the protein without having to scarf down another baked chicken breast, bookmark this handy guide to always have your go-to plant-based sources on hand.

High-Protein Vegetables Ranked From Worst… To Best

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Yes, we included some botanically-classified fruits like eggplant and pepper, but we put them on the list because people typically eat them like veggies. All protein content information was collected from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

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Eggplant

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Protein, per 1 cup: 0.82 grams

While eating eggplant won’t be listed as one of the best weight loss tips from the world’s fittest men as it’s fairly low in the protein department, it’s still a great addition to your diet. The purple plant is packed with powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins that provide neuroprotective benefits like bolstering short-term memory.

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Carrots

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Protein, per 1 cup chopped (raw or boiled): 1.19 grams

What’s up, doc? Unfortunately, it’s not the protein content of carrots. That being said, munching on these veggies either raw or steamed will still serve up a healthy dose of inflammation-fighting vitamin A.

18

Red Bell Pepper

red bell pepper

Protein, per 1 cup chopped (raw): 1.48 grams

Although bell pepper won’t directly increase your lean muscle mass, the vitamin-C-rich veggie will still help you turn off the stress hormone that’s causing you to put on belly fat.

17

Kale

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Protein, per 1 cup (cooked): 2.47 grams
Protein, per 1 cup (raw): 0.68 grams

You’ll soon see that kale has more protein than the next veggie, but we docked it a spot because the majority of dieters eats this leafy green raw, in which case, you’ll only get a measly half a gram of protein out of a cup. To up your muscle-building power, we’d recommend adding some chickpeas to your next kale salad.

16

Zucchini

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Protein, per 1 cup sliced (cooked): 2.05 grams

It may be low, but 2 grams of protein for only 27 calories and an additional 2 grams of fiber isn’t all that bad for zucchini. Saute it up in some olive oil for a side dish, or throw diced zucchini into one of these soup recipes.

15

Cauliflower

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Protein, per 1 cup: 2.28 grams

It’s one of our favorite cruciferous veggies to roast, but pick it up to make a low-carb pizza crust rather than a replacement for your roast pork.

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Avocado

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Protein, per 1 cup (cubes): 3.00 grams

To get those three grams of protein, you’ll also have to scarf down 240 calories, so don’t go too crazy. Rather, a more reasonable serving size is ½ an avocado, which will still give you 2 grams of protein. Slice some of this healthy fat to serve on a slice of sprouted grain bread, on a side salad, or throw it into a smoothie!

13

Broccoli Rabe

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Protein, per 1 cup (cooked): 3.26 grams

If you can get passed the bitter taste, broccoli rabe is a great addition to your diet. If not for its protein content, do it for the calcium: A cup of the steamed high-protein vegetable has a whopping 301 milligrams of bone-protecting calcium—that’s 30 percent of your recommended daily intake! Calcium doesn’t just help protect your bones, it also plays a role in maintaining proper muscle function and boosting endurance.

12

Beet Greens

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Protein, per 1 cup (sauteed): 3.70 grams
Protein, per 1 cup (raw): 0.84 grams

Commonly found in mixed greens, seek out a package of exclusively beet greens to reap their satiating properties. A sauteed cup of the high-protein leaves will serve up close to four grams of protein along with an additional four grams of belly-filling fiber.

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Broccoli

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Protein, per 1 cup: 3.7 grams

This cruciferous veggie packs a whole lot of protein. We like it steamed (to preserve most of it’s water-soluble nutrients!) until al dente and topped with low-sodium soy sauce and sesame seeds. Yum! As an added bonus, chomping on steamed broccoli just a few times a week is clinically proven to lower rates of breast, lung, and skin cancers—that’s why it’s one of the best foods for women!

10

Mushrooms

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Protein, per 1 cup (Portabella, grilled): 3.97 grams
Protein, per 1 cup (Shiitake, stir-fried): 3.35 grams
Protein, per 1 cup (White, boiled): 3.39 grams

Mushrooms are a favorite of vegetarians thanks to their unctuous umami flavor that’s also found in meat and cheese (and what makes each taste so good!). Not only do these fungi offer up a decent serving of protein, but they also are one of the few non-animal-based sources of vitamin D—a vitamin that boosts immunity and is essential for bone health.

9

Brussels Sprouts

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Protein, per 1 cup (cooked): 3.98 grams

These crucifers shouldn’t be reserved for your Thanksgiving table. Add Brussels sprouts to your diet to supplement your protein intake as well as help decrease bad cholesterol levels due to their high fiber content.

8

Sweet Potato

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Protein, per 1 cup (baked with skin): 4.02 grams

Sweet potato? More like sweet protein! Add this tuber as a side dish to your typical chicken breast meal to up your protein content even more and you’ll also reap the benefits of their carotenoids: disease-fighting compounds that give you glowing skin.

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Corn

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Protein, per 1 cup: 4.21 grams

This sweet veggie is also packed with an equal amount of fiber. The only problem is it’s higher in calories than other veggie-based protein sources, coming in at 134 calories. At least you’ll be ingesting loads of free-radical fighting antioxidants! Sweet yellow corn is full of lutein and zeaxanthin—two phytochemicals that work in tandem to promote healthy vision.

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Asparagus

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Protein, per 1 cup (cooked): 4.32 grams

Who knew that so much protein could be stuffed into a 32-calorie cup of these skinny spears? Besides the protein, we also love that asparagus is jam-packed with inulin (a type of prebiotic fiber that promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut) and potassium, which can help you look slimmer by keeping bloating at bay.

5

Spinach

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Protein, per 1 cup (cooked): 5.35 grams
Protein, per 1 cup (raw): 0.86 grams

Now we know why Popeye had such large muscles! Baby spinach might be small, but it packs a powerful protein punch. We’d recommend eating it sauteed for the most hunger-quelling benefits: while one cup of cooked spinach has over five grams of fiber, the same cup of raw spinach doesn’t even make it to one.

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Hubbard Squash

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Protein, per 1 cup (cooked): 5.08 grams

You’ll start squashing your workout routine when you add Hubbard squash to your diet. With five grams of protein per cup, this roasted squash makes a great, filling addition to your favorite veggie-filled soup recipe or tossed with pine nuts, arugula, and bow tie pasta.

3

Collard Greens

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Protein, per 1 cup: 5.15 grams

You won’t reserve this southern staple to solely be served with barbecue anymore. Collard greens are also a great source of folate (serving up 75 percent of your recommended daily intake). The B vitamin helps with the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that keeps us happy, as well as aids with focus, energy, and alertness—not to mention, increases sexual stamina.

2

Russet Potato

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Protein, per large potato with skin (baked): 7.86 grams

All hail the humble potato! Still “clothed” in its skin, the tuber provides almost 8 grams of protein and plenty of slow digesting carbs to help your muscles rebuild and recover after an intense workout. We like serving our baked potato with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese, a dollop of Greek yogurt, some chopped scallions, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

AND THE MOST PROTEIN-PACKED VEGGIE IS…

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Green Peas

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Protein, per 1 cup (frozen then cooked): 8.24 grams

Although, yes, technically peas are part of the legume family, many people eat them as they would other high-protein vegetables: steamed with carrots, thrown into a veggie fried rice, or added to a chicken pot pie. And we’re all for it. These tiny green beans will not only tone your muscles with over eight grams of protein, but they’ll also provide seven grams of satiating fiber—all for a mere 125 calories. Adding non-starchy veggies like peas to your diet can help you lose inches of belly fat.

Ẩm thực – If You Feed Them, Will They Vote?

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Billionaire presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is enticing voters with unprecedented amounts of free food and booze — and not the cheap stuff, either

Two men wearing Mike Bloomberg t-shirts take food from a buffett.

Last week, on the first day of early voting in North Carolina, more than 700 people waited in torrential rain to attend a 7 a.m. event for billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg. Among the attendees at Footnote Coffee in downtown Winston-Salem was 22-year-old Wake Forest undergrad Meredith Happy, who posted a Snapchat shortly after she walked into the event. The picture wasn’t of any campaign signage, or even the candidate, but of a kingly spread of food that included quiches, smoked salmon with capers and chopped eggs, a fruit platter, cookies, and assorted pastries. She captioned the photo “Daddy Bloomberg.”

“I’ve never seen food at a political event,” Happy said. “And I’ve been to a lot of them.”

Judging by the all-you-can-eat feasts that have become a hallmark of Bloomberg events throughout the country, his unconventional presidential campaign — which has seen him enter the race just days before the deadline to appear on the ballot in many states, skip the first four states of the Democratic primary, and totally eschew outside fundraising — is taking at least one old adage seriously: that the way to a voter’s heart is through their stomach. Pete Buttigieg may hold fundraisers in a wine cave, but Bloomberg brings wine to the voters, serving it alongside Cuban sandwiches and kosher pigs in a blanket at a Miami rally in late January. Two weeks ago, in Philadelphia, more than 1,000 attendees feasted on hoagies, honeyed Brie, and cheesesteaks at Bloomberg’s expense.

A woman next to a large spread of food including smoked salmon and fresh fruit.
Caption this: One young voter went with “Daddy Bloomberg”

Even compared to other billionaires who have made self-funded runs for president — such as current competitor Tom Steyer — Bloomberg, who has a net worth of more than $61 billion, operates with a seemingly limitless budget. By some estimates, he has spent more than $400 million on advertising alone, including a Super Bowl commercial that cost $10 million. And while conventional wisdom says that not even the 12th richest person in the world can buy a presidential election, the early results speak for themselves: Despite launching his campaign in late November and suffering from a barrage of attacks in recent weeks — regarding allegations of sexual harassment at his company, Bloomberg LPthe stop-and-frisk policies he implemented as mayor of New York, which affected the daily lives of millions of citizens; and his long record of offensive comments — steadily rising poll numbers now put the plutocrat as high as second place nationally, allowing him to make his first appearance at a Democratic presidential primary debate this Wednesday in Las Vegas.

A pile of bread rolls sits next to campaign buttons reading “Mike Bloomberg 2020.”
A platter of rugelach next to a platter of cookies.
Two bowls of dips next to a try of crackers and cubes of cheese.
A person wearing a “Mike Will Get It Done” t-shirt holds a plate of food and a plastic cup of liquid.

Wining and dining voters to win their favor has a long tradition in American politics. George Washington sauced up the electorate early in his career with “144 gallons of rum, punch, hard cider, and beer his election agent handed out — roughly half a gallon for every vote he received,” en route to victory for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses, according to Daniel Okrent in Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. In 1876, the Republican Party paraded two oxen through the streets of New York before roasting them in public and passing out sandwiches to an audience of 50,000 attendees.

“There was a longstanding bribery tradition where candidates would offer whiskey in exchange for the ‘correct’ vote,” says Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Marymount University and an expert on election law. Prior to the standardization of the ballot, Americans voted with colored slips of paper, which could be identified from afar by someone handing out free hooch.

In 1948, Congress passed a law banning the use of expenditures to influence voting, virtually ending the practice of candidates handing out free food and drinks to sway voters. The law applies only to inducements to vote a particular way, however; doling out goods freely, without the promise of a particular vote, is perfectly legal — as made clear by Tom Steyer’s taco truck at an early-voting site in Las Vegas. “If you get the food regardless of whether you take it and walk down the street and vote, it’s not a quid pro quo,” Levitt says. “Shady is in the eye of the beholder.”

Voters eat pastries at a Bloomberg campaign event.
Free food is rarely seen at most campaign events, but it’s a fixture at Bloomberg’s rallies.

Last week, Andre Rice from Phoenix was in the middle of his work day at an online education company when he got a message from an unknown number. It was from a member of Team Bloomberg who called himself Jason, inviting Rice to a Latin-themed “¡Ganamos! con Mike” event with the promise of “food and fun.” When Rice asked for additional details about the food, Jason replied, “Not sure. I think it will be possibly South American.”

Community gatherings like the one Rice was invited to are fairly low in the hierarchy of campaign events — the candidate isn’t there, and the turnout is typically limited to a couple dozen locals networking over shared interest in a topic — but even in this kind of setting, the Bloomberg campaign uses food as part of the draw. (It is ultimately a limited one for some voters: Rice declined the invitation.)

At a recent “Brazilians for Bloomberg” event at Beco in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, there were plates of empanadas, steak sandwiches, and pao de queijo (cheesy bread), while pitchers of caipirinhas were continually refreshed, in both passionfruit and regular flavors. Tonight, at a “Vietnamese-American Campaign Allies” event at the hit Lower East Side eatery An Choi, happy-hour specials on Saigon beer, taro fries, spring rolls, and Vietnamese wings will be covered by the campaign. “I’m getting a firsthand experience in how the Bloomberg machine works,” said An Choi owner Tuan Bui, who added, “I’m voting for Bernie Sanders.”

The luxe provisions offered by Bloomberg mark a significant departure from the stale bagels and pizza that are the staples of most campaigns, even for bigger events like office openings. “At most of our organizing events, volunteers actually bring the food, instead of us supplying it. There tends to be a lot of pizza and homemade sweets,” says Olivia Bercow, Nevada press director for Pete Buttigieg’s campaign. “At rallies, we don’t typically have food.”

At a recent office opening in Bayside, Queens, the Bloomberg campaign ordered food from Erawan Thai Cuisine, the French Workshop, Maria’s Mediterranean, Martha’s Country Bakery, Bayside Milk Farm, Mr. Pollo, VIPizza, and Papazzio. “Queens is the most diverse neighborhood in the country,” says Jennifer Blatus, New York communications director for the Bloomberg campaign. “We’re able to cater to each individual group.”

Bloomberg speaks as a voter grabs food from a table
Is the draw Bloomberg, or the food? Difficult to tell!

On the trail, the extravagance of the free food has become a part of Bloomberg campaign lore. Embedded journalists often post pictures of the spreads, and his Philadelphia rally — the one that offered beer, hoagies, cheesesteaks, and honeyed Brie — is referenced in numerous articles about the campaign’s lavish spending.

“People are more likely to engage with the message when they have a full stomach,” says Helen Monroe, a Winston-Salem resident who was at the 7 a.m. early-voting event in North Carolina. Monroe went for seconds from the smoked salmon platter and lingered after the candidate stepped off stage. Later in the day in Raleigh, the campaign rented out the train station and set up a DIY buffet of barbecue sliders, along with platters of pimento cheese, vegetables, and hummus. A crate of bread was tipped over, evoking visions of a cornucopia overflowing with abundance. According to one caterer, there were 120 pounds each of pulled pork and chicken to feed the anticipated lunchtime crowd.

A pulled pork and chicken sandwich station at a Bloomberg rally.
DIY barbecue sliders in Raleigh, North Carolina. One hundred twenty pounds each of pulled pork and chicken were at the ready.

Though the campaign ultimately wouldn’t comment on how it chooses its food vendors, there is a clear pattern — cheesesteaks in Philly, Cuban sandwiches in Miami, barbecue in North Carolina — meant to signal to the voters that Mike Bloomberg is relatable, or at least knows what they eat, in much the same way candidates with lesser budgets appear on camera eating corn dogs in Iowa or stopping into Dunkin Donuts in New Hampshire.

And for some voters, that seems to be enough. “In North Carolina, you have Eastern and Western barbecue sauce, and at this event you have both. He’s a uniter!” said Millie Ravenel, a Raleigh resident who said that she was undecided before the event. She took another bite of her pulled pork sandwich. “I cemented my commitment to him today.”

Stoic – Can You Be Still?

There is probably no piece of literature that the Stoics were more familiar with than the OdysseySeneca quotes it. Marcus Aurelius quotes it. Pretty much everyone in the ancient world was so familiar with Homer’s verses that they could be quoted without attribution and people would know what the speaker was referencing.

It makes sense. It’s a beautiful, inspiring poem with all sorts of lessons and images. But here’s one that the Stoics never mentioned, that is easy to miss unless you read all the way to the end. In fact, in some translations it’s cut off or ignored. What does Odysseus do after nearly ten years of war and then ten more years of struggle to make it home? What does he do shortly after arriving home after having been gone so long that his wife’s hair was grey and his old dog was barely alive? After he slaughtered the invaders in his home and secured his kingdom that he was blocked from for so long?

It’s almost unbelievable: Almost immediately after coming home, he gets ready to leave again! As Emily Wilson beautifully translates Odysseus giving the insane news to his long suffering wife:

But now we have returned to our own bed,
As we both longed to do. You must look after
My property inside the house. Meanwhile,
I have to go on raids, to steal replacements
For all the sheep those swaggering suitors killed,
And get the other Greeks to give me more,
until I fill my folds.

Isn’t that the human condition in a nutshell? Isn’t that restlessness exactly what got Odysseus in trouble in the first place? The insatiability and greed that nearly took him and his men to the brink a hundred times? As Blaise Pascal put it, “all of humanity’s problems stem from our inability to sit quietly in a room.” Because we cannot be happy, because we can’t just be, we waste years of our life. We go begging for trouble. We invent problems. We flee, as Seneca once put it, from ourselves. Clearly that’s what Odysseus was doing. No one who actually likes themselves or their lives spends twenty years fighting to get back to it…and then leaves the day after they get there!

We must realize that stillness is the key. Stillness is how you connect to yourself and others. Stillness is where true happiness comes from. Where is all this rushing taking you? Where was Odysseus pointing his ship toward? We are rushing toward death. A life of restlessness is not what we’re after. That’s not where meaning comes from. No one is saying that Odysseus should just lay back and lounge for the rest of his life—but if he can’t take even a few minutes with his family after that long of an absence, something is wrong with him. Turns out the war with Troy was the sideshow—the real battle was in this guy’s head and heart…and it was against the fear of not being in motion constantly. Sadly it’s an affliction shared by a good portion of ambitious, talented people.

There is no greatness that is not at peace, Seneca reminds us. There is no greatness if we cannot be. We must be still.

Collection – 45 quái vật huyền bí đáng sợ trên thế giới

By BaroTo

Full link: https://tinhte.vn/thread/infographic-45-quai-vat-huyen-bi-dang-so-tren-the-gioi.2771697/

[Infographic] 45 quái vật huyền bí đáng sợ trên thế giới

Bạn có tin trên đời tồn tại ma quỷ và những loài quái vật dữ tợn, khát máu hay không?

Trái Đất với muôn vàn bí ẩn, là ngôi nhà chung của vô số các loài sinh vật, trong đó tồn tại không ít những giống loài huyền bí luôn là câu hỏi lớn của nhân loại. Một số được cho đã bị con người nhìn thấy, một số khác chỉ xuất hiện trong những câu truyện kể của các nên văn hóa trên thế giới, nhưng dù ở đâu, khi nghe những cái tên này cũng khiến con người phải ám ảnh.

Sau đây là infographic về 45 loài quái vật huyền bí đáng sợ trên thế giới, mời các bạn theo dõi!

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Collection – Medium: 3 Lessons From a 75 Year Old to Save Your 20s

By Melissa A. Matthews

Full link: https://medium.com/the-post-grad-survival-guide/3-lessons-from-a-75-year-old-to-save-your-20s-12ad9901352a

Trust me, they saved mine

When I was 25, I moved back to my hometown of Brooklyn, NY to take a job managing an art gallery. I was broke and a bit broken after three or so post-grad years bouncing from temp job to temp job and failed relationship to failed relationship. This felt like I was finally becoming an adult — a frazzled, unnerved, and weary adult. No one tells you what adulthood is really like and it’s not for the faint of heart.

However, just when all seemed like an overwhelming shit show, I met Jacqui. She was a 75-year-old curator and community art historian. She was a whirlwind — a force of nature — and three times my age. She saw right through my keeping-it-together-veneer and set out to actually help me get “it” together. She took me under her vast wing. She mentored me both personally and professionally. In the end, she was more than a mentor. She was a friend.

During our friendship, she taught me three important lessons that helped to save me from myself in my 20s and if I am honest, well into my 30s.


She would tell me often “You cannot advocate for anyone else if you haven’t learned to advocate for yourself!”

What does this mean?

Ask for what you want — exactly what you want, not a bastardized or more acceptable version of it — and negotiate until you get it.

You have nothing to lose. The worst that could happen is that the people or person you are pitching, asking for a job or raise, or to be in a relationship with you can say is no. You then pick yourself up and find someone who will say yes.

When I learned this lesson, I was empowered to take leaps in my life with the confidence that things would work out in one way or another. The truth is, another opportunity is always around the corner, if you are willing to create it.

At 27, I moved to a new country, started a new company, and a new relationship within a six-month span. I had no money but I bet on me and I advocated for myself and my new company relentlessly. My business partner and I ended up landing some of the biggest local companies as clients within our first six months of business.


“The problem with your generation,” Jacqui would say whilst wildly flipping her long red hair (dreads) from one shoulder to the next “is that you all feel like everyone has to know everything about you! The only person that should know everything about you is you!” She’d stop, purse her lips and position her cinnamon complected face directly in front of mine so that I knew she was serious.

What did this mean?

Save something for yourself.

In this age of social media, we tend to put everything out in the world to be judged, liked, and/or commented on by friends and strangers alike. If you want to stay sane, you’ve got to save a bit of yourself for yourself.

There should be a part of your life and soul that are reserved just for you. Be your own safe haven. Other people aren’t entitled to every ounce of who you are. If you don’t keep a bit of you for you, you’ll find yourself burnt out at some point.

Oddly enough, parenting reinforced this for me. As a mother, I received so many messages that said to be a good parent, once you had a child, your entire universe had to revolve around them.

When I was breastfeeding and went down to a meager 80 lbs, and had my 100th conversation about the color of my child’s poop, I remembered that there was more to me than that. I started meditating and saving a bit of time for myself each day.


Jacqui didn’t have to tell me this one, she modeled it brilliantly. We shared an office and people would come in and out asking for her help on one project or another but she was extremely discerning. After they’d left, she’d say “I cannot put my name next to theirs,” or “I cannot be associated with that because it goes against my principles.”

What does this mean?

Work, engage with and associate with people, places, and things that align with who you are, what you believe, and what you want for your life. Everything else is a waste of time. These are the things that the world will judge you by. You are the company you keep and the ideas you endorse.


We have unlimited information at our fingertips through the internet and blogs. However, there’s no denying the sage-like lessons we can learn from someone that’s lived a lifetime or two. Don’t just focus on building relationships with our peers. Seek out cross-generational connections. My friendship with Jacqui was one of the most defining relationships of my young adulthood. Her advice and interest in my life fortified me to embrace and work through challenges she expected and I had yet to imagine.

Figuring out adulting — especially in our twenties when it can seem like we are abruptly plucked from our youth — can be overwhelming. But we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Be open to the wisdom and lived experience of those that are willing to guide you. After all, they might just save your twenties.

Collection – An electrified future for Asean: turning on tomorrow’s power, today

By JIMMY YAM

Full link: https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/opinion/an-electrified-future-for-asean-turning-on-tomorrows-power-today

Modernising our power infrastructure will help to reduce our dependence on non-renewables

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ASIA has made vast strides this past decade as the region transitions towards a digital economy. Asean in particular, with its meteoric growth and soaring Internet penetration, is drawing significant attention on the global stage as a testbed for many emerging technologies, from digital banks to superapps.

Accompanying this rapid digitalisation is the surging demand for energy to power new and innovative technologies. New base stations for 5G are expected to consume significantly more energy, with some analysts anticipating a 200 per cent to 400 per cent increase.

Likewise, our ubiquitous implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) will see appetites for energy soar. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US estimate that training a single AI, such as those used in automated text generation or natural language processing, could produce as much as 284 tonnes of carbon dioxide – a significant impact on the environment that is equivalent to five times the lifetime emissions of an average car.

While awareness and access to cleaner energy has grown considerably, many recent reports reveal that coal still remains the dominant fuel in South-east Asia. Commodity consultancy Wood Mackenzie and the International Energy Authority both predict that its consumption will continue to grow before finally peaking in several years’ time.

With increased pressure from both the public and government bodies to realign priorities and embrace sustainable development, can businesses keep pace with digital transformation yet remain competitive, while being mindful of their impact on the environment? And if such a balance is attainable, what does an electrified future for Asean look like?

Envisioning an electrified future

The argument for electrification has many merits, and the “electrify-everything” approach is seen as a quick way to start reducing our carbon emissions. However, before we begin this mammoth task, it will be important to define where to begin and how much can we change today. To get things started, the Climate Works Foundation has identified three end-use activities that are the biggest sources of carbon emissions today but also possess the greatest potential for scaling: transportation, industry and buildings.

Encompassing various modes such as air, maritime and land, transportation is one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon emissions. Diving deeper, road vehicles like buses, trucks and cars are believed to account for about 72 per cent of these emissions, according to the World Resources Institute. While the introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) is heralding a wave of transformation in the automobile industry, the next phase of electrification will see EVs being deployed on a much-larger scale, for functions such as public transport and the delivery of goods. This will be especially critical in markets like Asean, where overcrowding and booming e-commerce growth are increasing awareness around the environmental impacts of our consumption habits.
The global manufacturing ecosystem responsible for producing our food, clothes, medicine and technology, still largely hinges on the burning of fossil fuels to power industrial processes. While some processes with higher heat requirements remain a challenge, other newer, less energy intensive production techniques such as 3D printing and the manufacture of carbon fibre are already being electrified. At the same time, vast progress is also being made in the development of new techniques for established manufacturing processes, such as the production of cement, a big culprit when it comes to carbon emissions. A team from MIT has successfully developed an electrochemical technique that allows carbon dioxide to be safely separated and sequestered, replacing the burning of coal traditionally needed to produce heat. The development of such technologies will serve as individual pieces in the bigger electrification puzzle, replacing each step at a time where feasible as part of a step-by-step approach to addressing industry challenges at a sector level.

Likewise, for the electrification of building systems for heating and cooling, the challenge lies in replacing existing infrastructures. From retrofitting roofs with solar panels to installing giant batteries, the goal is to help buildings make the best use of renewable energy adoption. While the technology in many instances may already be available today, the costs involved in an immediate retrofit may remain prohibitive for many in South-east Asia.

Depending on their emissions intensity and energy requirements from the grid, it is important for us to remember that a blanket electrification approach may not be the most feasible, depending on the resources available. While some businesses may be ready to scale today with an observable impact on emissions, others may still face considerable social, economic or technological barriers to adoption. In many cases, a viable and sustainable option has simply yet to be invented, such as batteries capable of supporting electric flight at a commercial scale.

2020: the year of energy action

That said, there’s much that can be done today; and 2020 is a good starting point for making this electrified future a reality.

For starters, batteries are increasingly seen as a viable way forward as we deepen our relationship with renewables. They help building owners store energy from sources such as solar or wind when available and release it when needed during peak periods. Today, batteries have already been put to work in a myriad of developments, including the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia. One of the first mega battery projects, it has helped reduce intermittency and manage increased energy demand to power cooling during the intense Australian summers. We’ve even made this work with second-life EV batteries, to power some of Europe’s major public landmarks such as the Amsterdam ArenA. Through our partnership with Nissan, this initiative has also helped create a circular economy for these used EV batteries.

This rapid adoption of renewables and batteries will also see the urgent need to modernise city grids that are capable of meeting the increase in power generation and consumption, an endeavour further complicated by climate change and ever-growing cyber threats.
Devastating wildfires from California to Canberra have highlighted the need for modern decentralised grids to reduce the frequency and impact of outages, while adherence to international cybersecurity standards and the ability to interact with data in real time will ensure a more resilient power infrastructure that’s ready to face tomorrow’s challenges.

Modernising our power infrastructure will go a long way towards reducing our dependence on non-renewables and helping South-east Asia meet tomorrow’s power needs today. However, in order to build a strong foundation for the next chapter, companies must first commit to a thorough assessment of their electrification strategy and invest in the right technologies and partnerships to kickstart this long-term process. After all, it will be essential for businesses to be hyper aware of their impact on the environment and the societies they operate in, as customers increasingly place emphasis on shared values and accountability – whether it is carbon-free cloud services or cleaner everyday utilities. And with much of this technology already commercially viable today, there’s no reason not to start in 2020.


Collection – EdTech Industry Analysis & Trends (2020)

By STEVEN SOUTHWICK

Full link: https://www.toptal.com/finance/market-research-analysts/edtech-trends-2020?utm_campaign=Toptal%20Finance%20Blog&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=83499983&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9SoefH-CJKab6BGHZUSjd8xUo7ePBKwy5Q9A0kmwh4yg_D1OCaoXeJedmqhOVemf_Z7WUoItC4gLSrnrSc7EtJlauOKg&_hsmi=83499983

We are all influenced by our educational experiences. Sometimes with fondness, other times with anxiety, we can recall memories from kindergarten through high school, and from college to HR training at a new company. Although we might think of education as a one-room, red-brick schoolhouse, it has evolved and grown into a globe-spanning industry poised for rapid growth.

Investors and companies in the education space recognize the global macro trends that will continue to drive growth, notably:

  • Population growth in developing countries
  • Rising demand for educational technology, tools, and services
  • Increasing digitization to improve outcomes and efficiency
  • Opportunities to solve key problems in the industry (student debt, flattening test scores)

This article will outline the size and scope of the edtech market and discuss two key trends to watch in the edtech industry in 2020 and beyond.

Sizing the Education and EdTech Markets

In the US, education expenditures are just over 6% of GDP, or nearly $1.2 trillion. Similar to the healthcare industry, the education market is heavily influenced by the government at all levels. As one might expect, there is a large difference between education spending and edtech spending. The bulk of education expenditures goes toward labor (teachers and administrators) and physical facilities. The research firm HolonIQ estimates that less than 3% of education spend is allocated to technology.

What Comprises the EdTech Industry?

The global edtech market is a diverse and rapidly growing industry with a large runway across the business lifecycle, from early-stage startups to middle-market companies to publicly traded companies. It continues to garner a lot of attention not only from long-time industry veterans but from generalist investors as well. Across the three main education categories (PreK-12, post-secondary, and corporate training), technology is infused throughout the life of a learner. Experienced investors know that each category operates as its own sub-segment within the edtech market. Each category is unique and has different end users, buyers, and funding mechanisms.

Due to differences in methodology and categorizations, various publications have released investment figures that can allow us to triangulate and get a sense for the size, scope, and growth of the edtech market:

US edtech venture capital investment. According to EdSurge, there was $1.7 billion invested by venture capital funds into the edtech market in 2019 across 105 deals. These were dominated by large Series C investments.

Global venture investment in edtech. Zooming out to investments globally, HolonIQ released a report that showed $7.0 billion global education venture capital funding in 2019. Even more telling is the stunning rate of growth from $0.5 billion of edtech VC funding in 2010. They are also predicting a tripling of investment in edtech over the next decade.

Global learning technology investment. Looking more broadly in scope to include learning technology suppliers, according to Metaari, there was $18.7 billion of global private investment in learning technology suppliers in 2019.

Private equity is also eyeing education investments. In addition to venture capital investment in edtech, dozens of private equity funds continue to be raised specifically to invest in the education sector (or have articulated education as a focus industry). To top it off, education is increasingly being classified as an “impact” sector, attracting institutional investors looking to up their allocations to impact sectors.

Publicly traded education companies. Another sizeable portion of the edtech market is the publicly traded names. When looking at this group in the US, there are 29 companies that total $71 billion in market capitalization (as of January 27, 2020).

US EdTech companies: Total market capitalization ($71 billion)
US EdTech companies: Total market capitalization ($71 billion).

What do recent investments, M&A, and market moves mean for trends in 2020? What can we expect to see in 2020 and beyond? Given the size, complexity, and diversity of the edtech market, there are a near-limitless number of themes to explore. But two topics that cut across all categories and stages will have a big impact on broad edtech trends in 2020: online learning and emerging technologies.

Trend #1: Online learning will accelerate in 2020

Through the last decade, there was plenty of hype surrounding online learning, from early predictions that half of high school courses would be taught online by 2019 to declaring 2012 the “year of the MOOC” (massive open online course). However, after trudging through the “trough of disillusionment,” it’s arguable that online learning is experiencing a renaissance, and recent investment activity certainly backs this up.

Early-stage VC-backed players seeking to disrupt aspects of higher ed and corporate learning. Recent fundraising from OutlierMasterClassOsmosisCoursera, and Degreed demonstrates a high interest in online learning from investors. Each of these companies is very different in its approach to online learning, targeting different learners. Outlier offers introductory college-level courses, while Osmosis provides supplementary videos for healthcare students and professionals. The diversity of companies shows that there is a near-endless application of the benefits of learning online. Entrepreneurs continually search for ways to improve on the status quo.

Online players in K-12 online learning continue to grow organically and through acquisition. In the K-12 space, online learning as a topic has seemingly faded into the background when compared to some of the more trendy buzzwords like competency-based education, personalized learning, or social-emotional learning. But some of the large players in K-12 education have been making big moves on the acquisition front, which could be an indication of things to come. In January 2020, the major online education provider K12, Inc. acquired Galvanize, a coding bootcamp, signifying a move to diversify beyond the K12 and online realms. Another major digital education player, Edgenuity—which is backed by private equity firm Weld North—made three acquisitions in the last 12 months. Other private equity-backed providers in this space like Edmentum, Apex, and Accelerate will continue to seek opportunities to take advantage of the growing online K-12 market.

Large nonprofit players taking share in higher ed. The continued growth of well-regarded nonprofit post-secondary online providers such as Western Governors, Southern New Hampshire University, and Arizona State University will continue to pose a major threat to publicly traded for-profit post-secondary business. The increased competition will put downward pressure on pricing and enrollments. This will ultimately accrue to the benefit of students, though the impact will be felt by other market participants. We may continue to see school closures (see chart below) or conversions to nonprofit institutions.

Closed postsecondary institutions (1990-91 to 2017-18 school years)
Closed postsecondary institutions (1990-91 to 2017-18 school years).

Don’t forget China and India. The online markets in both India and China are red-hot and attracting massive amounts of capital in later-stage VC rounds and IPOs. The last couple of years have been highlighted by the $500-million-plus raises by BYJU’S, VIPKid, and TAL Education. The hundreds of millions of online learners in these countries present a massive opportunity, but external players have found the markets hard to break into and compete with the domestic behemoths. Language learning, online tutoring, and technology skills will continue to be the leading themes in India and China.

Trend #2: Emerging technologies will begin to make their mark in education

Nearly every new technology incorporated into technology, from books to the radio, from the computer to the internet, experienced pushback from the education establishment and took time to be appropriately integrated. Many purveyors of new technologies did not do themselves any favors by building hype and unreasonable expectations. Still, despite some failures and setbacks of some companies and products, today’s innovators continue to explore ways in which cutting-edge technologies can enhance the learner’s experience.

Immersive technologies gain investor interest. Fundraising from companies like Labster and Interplay Learning demonstrates interest and potential for virtual reality (VR) in education. Interplay Learning, which raised $5.5 million in 2019, provides VR and 3D training primarily for the HVAC and solar installation trades. And Interplay is involved in a relatively small sub-segment of one single industry! For them to have attracted VC investment and be posting stellar growth shows the potential of this technology as more applications are built out for other trades and careers.

Augmented reality (AR) applications. Building on the popularity of Pokemon Go!, its creator Niantic Labs raised $245 million in 2019 and continues to invest in AR education applications.

Using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in education: adaptive learning. While previous attempts at adaptive learning, such as Knewton, failed to live up to lofty expectations, new players are raising fresh capital to create solutions for specific niches within the edtech market. These AI-based tools such as QuizletKidaptive, KidSense, and Querium are applying machine learning systems to improve education. For educators evaluating the use of these tools in the classroom, questions around algorithmic bias, privacy risks, and efficacy are top of mind.

Robotics in education is maturing. Robot kits for the classroom are turning into a relatively saturated category (from startups to Lego) but, as a whole, will provide opportunities for students to learn STEM and coding skills. Other products like Roybi are using robots and AI to help with early-age learning and language acquisition. Another company seeking to solve the cost and hardware problems of maintaining a fleet of learning robots in a school is Robotify, which teaches coding and robotics in a virtual setting.

There’s a blockchain for that. What list of emerging technologies would be complete without mentioning blockchain technology? There has also been a proliferation of companies with blockchain-based solutions for the education space, primarily utilizing the immutability of blockchain to secure and verify degrees and credentials. The two companies with some decent fundraising and traction to date include Credly and Learning Machine, while a consortium of recognizable names like ZipRecruiter and Upwork recently launched Velocity Network.

The below chart from HolonIQ shows the exponential growth of these fields in education expected over the next five years.

Advanced education technology expenditure 2018 vs. 2025
Advanced education technology expenditure 2018 vs. 2025.

Who Are the Winners?

Edtech is a big and diverse industry with a large runway of opportunity across the business lifecycle, though ongoing risks (regulation, funding cycles, competition) should remain top of mind for investors. Advances in online learning and emerging technologies will continue to improve educational outcomes. Ultimately, the best companies, investors, and impactors in this space will be those who put the student at the center. Finding ways to reduce costs, deliver quality pedagogy, and demonstrate impactful outcomes will prove to be the long-term winners as the edtech market grows and matures.

Collection – How to Prepare a Cash Flow Statement Model That Actually Balances

By PIERRE-ALEXANDRE HEURTEBIZE

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To download the example cash flow statement used throughout this post, click here.

Whether I’m looking at acquisition opportunities at HoriZen Capital or building best practices models, I often see cash flow statements that don’t reconcile with the balance sheet.

The most common reason is the wide range of data sources used by the company: the sales teams’ tracking software, CapEx files maintained by the CFO, and inventory reporting metrics from the procurement team, to name a few. When something falls out of line between all these sources, it very quickly causes critical imbalances in a model.

I have worked on several financial due diligence projects for M&A deals where data provenance was a problem. First, it creates doubts and worries in the buyer’s mind: “How can we trust the accuracy of the numbers if different sources give different results?” This can be a dealbreaker or can taper confidence in the team’s ability to execute. Second, it creates unnecessary costs arising from the extra work required to dig out the missing pieces, generating extra labor hours on both sides of the transaction. All of this can be avoided by following a strict but simple methodology:

Build financial models with correct interconnectivity between the three primary accounting statements: income statement, balance sheet, and P&L.

Below is a step-by-step method to ensure your cash flow always balances and tallies. I will also explain the interconnectivity between the different lines of the cash flow statement and demonstrate why balance sheet accounts and, in particular, Net Working Capital have a central role in making it all work. To help your learning, I have also put together an example spreadsheet which demonstrates the required interconnectivity.

Building a Cash Flow Statement

There are two widespread ways to build a cash flow statement. The direct method uses actual cash inflows and outflows from the company’s operations, and the indirect method uses the P&L and balance sheet as a starting point. The latter is the most common method encountered since the direct method requires a granular level of reporting that can prove more cumbersome.

Below is a snapshot of what we aim to achieve. It may look straightforward, but each line represents a number of precedent calculations.

Building a Cash Flow Statement

Step 1: Remember the Interconnectivity Between P&L and Balance Sheet

While basic, it’s worth reminding ourselves that total assets must always be equal to total liabilities (and equity). The P&L and balance sheet are interconnected via the equity account in the balance sheet. Any debit or credit to a P&L account will instantly impact the balance sheet through being booked on the retained earnings line.

Building a Cash Flow Statement

Step 2: The Cash Account Can Be Expressed as a Sum and Subtraction of All Other Accounts

Due to the inalterable equality of total assets and total liabilities, we know that:

Fixed Assets + Receivables + Inventory + Cash = Equity + Financial Debt + Payables + Provisions

Basic arithmetic then allows us to deduce that:

Cash = Equity + Financial Debt + Payables + Provisions – Fixed Assets – Receivables – Inventory

Building a Cash Flow Statement

This also means that the movement of cash (i.e., net cash flow) between two dates will be equal to the sum and subtraction of the movement (the delta) of all other accounts:

Net Cash Flow = Δ Cash = Δ Equity + Δ Financial Debt + Δ Payables + Δ Provisions – Δ Fixed Assets – Δ Receivables – Δ Inventory

Step 3: Break Down and Rearrange the Accounts

EQUITY

As discussed earlier, assuming that we are looking at a balance sheet before any payment of dividends, the equity account will include the current year’s net income. As such, we will have to break down the account more granularly to make the current year’s net income appear clearer.

Building a Cash Flow Statement

NET INCOME

The line item of net income is made of constituent parts: most prominently, EBITDA less depreciation and amortization (D&A), interest, and tax.

Building a Cash Flow Statement

NET WORKING CAPITAL MOVEMENTS

Working capital comprises three elements: inventory and receivables on the asset side and payables on the liabilities. When netted off against one another, they subsequently equal the net working capital position, which is the day-to-day capital balance required for running the business.

Building a Cash Flow Statement

It goes without saying that an increased balance movement on a working capital asset constitutes an outflow of cash, while the inverse applies to their liability counterparts.

PUT TOGETHER A NEW VIEW OF THE BALANCE SHEET ITEMS

If we aggregate all of the changes we have just made, they will come together in the following order:

Building a Cash Flow Statement

To an accountant, this may look quite haphazard, so its best to re-order in the manner of a traditional cash flow statement:

Building a Cash Flow Statement

Step 4: Convert the Rearranged Balance Sheet Into a Cash Flow Statement

At this stage, you may notice that we have only been using one balance sheet position: a position at a fixed point in time (December 31, 2019 in our example). To calculate cash flow from here, we would need a second balance sheet at a different date. In this example, we will use the balance sheet below, which is dated December 31, 2018, before the distribution of FY18 dividends.

Building a Cash Flow Statement

There are two points to consider here:

  1. As of Dec-18, the FY19 fiscal year had not started—therefore, all FY19 P&L-related accounts will be equal to zero.
  2. The retained earnings figure here will include the FY18 net income.

In order to calculate a statement of cash flows, we will need to look at the movements between Dec-19 and Dec-18. Thanks to the equality that we demonstrated in Step 2, we already know that the net cash flow will be equal to 20 – 30 = -10.

By simply taking the movement between the two balance sheets positions and adding subtotals for clarity of presentation, we have now created a dynamic and balanced cash flow statement:

Building a Cash Flow Statement

How to Improve Your Cash Flow Statement Processes?

This is now the part where having classical accounting knowledge will prove useful, although it is not a prerequisite. The objective of creating a cash flow statement like the one above is to better assess and understand the cash inflows and outflows of the business by their category (e.g., operating, financing, and investing). Now that you have a cash flow statement that links dynamically to the balance sheet, it’s time to dig a bit further. To do so, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

1. Are All Accounts Correctly Categorized?

This is quite a forensic exercise that will essentially require you to look over every line account used in your accounting software. Once analyzed, a discussion with the financial controller, or CFO, can then take place to question any discrepancies of opinion over the correct classification of items.

A classic example in this scenario is trade payables on CapEx (i.e., outstanding payments due to fixed asset providers). It is quite common that this account gets included in the trade payables (in current liabilities) and, as such, gets classified as net working capital. If this is the case, you will need to remove it from NWC and add it to the cash flows from the investing (CFI) section.

Assuming a movement of trade payables on CapEx of +1 between Dec-18 and Dec-19, we would make the following changes to our cash flow statement from the example above:

Building a Cash Flow Statement

2. Is the Presentation Representative of Actual Cash Inflows and Outflows?

The notion of cash and non-cash can be quite confusing to the uninitiated. For example, if Company A sold an item for $40 that it purchased for $10 in cash last year, but its customer still has not paid for it, what should you consider “cash EBITDA”? Should it be $30 (revenue less COGS, assuming no other OpEx)? Or should it rather be $0 (considering that the item purchased was paid for last year and no proceeds have been collected yet)?

What people often miss is that NWC and EBITDA should be analyzed together when looking at cash generation. When EBITDA is impacted by a so-called “non-cash item,” remember that there is always a balance sheet account concomitantly impacted. Your responsibility as a cash flow builder is to understand which one. And the answer quite often lies within the accounts included inside net working capital!

A common example of “non-cash items” are provisions. Let’s remember that provisions intend to impact today’s P&L in anticipation of a likely expense in the future. Based on that definition, it is safe to say that such an item has not truly had any cash implication over the fiscal year, and it would make sense to remove it from our cash flow statement.

In the P&L example we’ve used so far, it seems that provisions were booked above EBITDA. Hence, if we want to remove the impact of a change in the provision, here is how we could proceed:

Building a Cash Flow Statement

However, the issue we find with this presentation is that we would like FY19 EBITDA to reconcile to EBITDA as per the P&L. To that end, we would rather present our cash flow statement as follows:

Building a Cash Flow Statement

I would also recommend that you include a footnote explaining what the removed non-cash items were referring to. It may also be appropriate to showcase the “cash” EBITDA component of the business, which would comprise the following:

Building a Cash Flow Statement

Obviously, this can get quite cumbersome, as it requires a correct match of all NWC accounts linked to EBITDA items. I don’t believe, though, that this added complexity gives a clearer view of the company’s cash-generative abilities, but it may help to at least provide your stakeholders with as much descriptive help to the numbers as possible.

Take the Rules and Apply Them Practically

I hope that this provides you with the tools to effectively create a cash flow statement and that you now have a clearer understanding of the interconnections between P&L and balance sheet accounts. Once you understand this methodology, it is up to you to rearrange the different accounts and present them in a way that makes the most sense for your particular needs and your particular business.

Of course, real-life applications may be slightly trickier due to the number of accounts in your trial balance, the complexity of accounting principles, and any exceptional events, like an M&A transaction, for example. However, the underlying principles remain exactly the same, and if followed thoroughly, will allow you to use your time proactively instead of pouring countless hours into a thankless balancing exercise!

Note – Blooloop: Alton Towers’ 40th birthday | Disney’s Cinderella Castle makeover | Genting quits Osaka IR | V&A Museum of Childhood revamp

Theme parks

Toverland welcomed a record number of visitors in 2019. The theme park in the Netherlands hopes to host more visitors in the coming years by adding a hotel, as well as new expansions.

Disney shared that the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park will receive a ‘royal makeover’. The iconic castle is set to undergo a major transformation in the coming months.

Hersheypark placed the final piece of track for its new coaster, Candymonium. The hypercoaster is part of the $150m Hershey’s Chocolatetown expansion. It will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster at Hersheypark.

Universal Beijing Resort is expected to open as scheduled in May 2021 despite the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Beijing municipal government. The attraction is set to complete construction in 2020.

Alton Towers Resort is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and has teased its biggest programme of events ever for 2020. The party starts in March with the launch of Gangsta Granny: The Ride.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue has now officially opened at Walt Disney World Resort’s Epcot. The restaurant serves BBQ and brews, and is inspired by The Muppets’ Sam Eagle.

Cedar Fair has reported record results for 2019. Attendance and revenue both continue to grow, and last year was the most successful in Cedar Fair’s history. The company generated record net revenues of $1.47 billion.

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has reported its Q4 and full year earnings for 2019. For the full year, revenue and attendance increased 2 percent. In Q4, attendance and revenue were down 3 percent.

Museums

Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans to develop AlUla into the world’s largest living museum by 2035. As part of Saudi Vision 2030, AlUla will be a major heritage, cultural, arts and adventure tourism destination.

The V&A Museum of Childhood is closing for a £13 million transformation. It will reimagine its collections, buildings and public programmes to become a world-class centre of creativity for children.

Zoos and aquariums

Manchester Zoo and Rochdale Council are in advanced discussions to develop 100 acres of land near Hopwood Hall College. The council confirmed a planning application is expected later in 2020.

The Aquarium of Niagara is expanding to improve its seal and sea lion habitats. The expansion involves building a larger, more naturalistic habitat for the seals and sea lions over the next three to five years.

New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium revealed its official opening date at American Dream. The upcoming attraction, which also shared a sneak peek at the ‘City Under the Sea’, is set to open on April 23, 2020.

Technology

Ocean Park Hong Kong announced a new educational YouTube channel called Redd’s Nature Play Party, which boasts fun animal-themed content for children to learn at home.

Disney Channel Fan Fest is returning to Disneyland Resort – and expanding to Walt Disney World Resort from May 2020. Guests will get the chance to meet stars from the Disney Channel.

More attractions

Nickelodeon Adventure has opened at intu Lakeside. The attraction comes from Parques Reunidos and features PAW Patrol, SpongeBob and Rugrats. It boasts 50,000 square feet of indoor space and various themed zones.

Genting Singapore and Galaxy Entertainment have exited the race to develop a theme park and integrated resort in Osaka, Japan. MGM Resorts and Orix were the only party to submit a bid in Osaka’s RFP.

Epson has released a new report entitled The Experiential Future which shows that three-quarters of consumers would change their shopping habits if offered more immersive retail experiences.

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Note – NikkeiAsian: Tesla teardown finds electronics 6 years ahead of Toyota and VW

By HIDEYOSHI KUME, Nikkei xTech/Nikkei Automotive staff writer

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Self-driving AI sends shivers through traditional supply chains

TOKYO — Toyota Motor and Volkswagen each sell 10 million cars, give or take, every year. Tesla delivered about 367,500 in 2019. But when it comes to electronics technology, Elon Musk’s scrappy company is far ahead of the industry giants.

This is the takeaway from Nikkei Business Publications’ teardown of the Model 3, the most affordable car in the U.S. automaker’s all-electric lineup, starting at about $33,000.

What stands out most is Tesla’s integrated central control unit, or “full self-driving computer.” Also known as Hardware 3, this little piece of tech is the company’s biggest weapon in the burgeoning EV market. It could end the auto industry supply chain as we know it.

One stunned engineer from a major Japanese automaker examined the computer and declared, “We cannot do it.”

The module — released last spring and found in all new Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles — includes two custom, 260-sq.-millimeter AI chips. Tesla developed the chips on its own, along with special software designed to complement the hardware. The computer powers the cars’ self-driving capabilities as well as their advanced in-car “infotainment” system.

The Model 3’s “full self-driving computer” consists of two boards: one with custom AI chips for autonomous driving, and a media control unit for the “infotainment” system. A water-cooled heat sink is installed between the two boards. (Nikkei xTech)

This kind of electronic platform, with a powerful computer at its core, holds the key to handling heavy data loads in tomorrow’s smarter, more autonomous cars. Industry insiders expect such technology to take hold around 2025 at the earliest.

That means Tesla beat its rivals by six years.

The implications for the broader auto industry are huge and — for some — frightening.

Tesla built this digital nerve center through a series of upgrades to the original Autopilot system it introduced in 2014. What was also called Hardware 1 was a driver-assistance system that allowed the car to follow others, mostly on highways, and automatically steer in a lane. Every two or three years, the company pushed the envelope further, culminating in the full self-driving computer.

There should be nothing stopping Toyota or VW from doing the same much earlier than 2025, considering their immense financial resources and vast talent pools. But technological hurdles are not the reason for the delay, according to the Japanese engineer who said “we cannot do it.”

The real reason for holding off? Automakers worry that computers like Tesla’s will render obsolete the parts supply chains they have cultivated over decades, the engineer said.

Such systems will drastically cut the number of electronic control units, or ECUs, in cars. For suppliers that depend on these components, and their employees, this is a matter of life and death.

So big automakers apparently feel obliged to continue using complicated webs of dozens of ECUs, while we only found a few in the Model 3. Put another way, the supply chains that have helped today’s auto giants grow are now beginning to hamper their ability to innovate.

Young companies like Tesla, on the other hand, are not shackled to suppliers and are free to pursue the best technologies available.

Our teardown underscored this in another way as well.

Most parts inside the Model 3 do not bear the name of a supplier. Instead, many have the Tesla logo, including the substrates inside the ECUs. This suggests the company maintains tight control over the development of almost all key technologies in the car.

And with this hardware in place, Teslas can evolve through “over the air” software updates. Right now, the vehicles are still classified as Level 2 or “partially autonomous” cars. But Musk has stressed that they have all the necessary components — “computer and otherwise” — for full self-driving.

From software to electric drive systems, Tesla is steadily bringing more development tasks in-house. If this strategy succeeds, competitors will have little choice but to follow suit, upending their old business models and supply chains as they try to overcome Tesla’s head start.

Note – Portfolio Adviser: Defensive Jupiter Merian deal shows fund groups are not safe from M&A

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Premier Miton and Liontrust touted as good targets for the next round of consolidation

Jupiter and Merian’s ‘defensive’ match up shows few listed asset managers are safe from becoming a takeover target as the industry grapples with falling assets and enormous pressure from low cost passive giants.

Jupiter stunned the market when it announced on Monday it had agreed to buy Merian. And the M&A news kept on coming as Franklin Templeton confirmed it was buying fellow American rival Legg Mason for $4.5bn (£3.5bn) a day later.

It is no secret that fund groups have seen stiffer competition from passive products. Merian has lost nearly a third of the £31bn assets it had when the business was spun out in June 2018, while Jupiter’s assets tumbled from £48.3bn in 2018 to £45bn toward the end of last year.

Investment Association data shows tracker funds attracted a record £18.1bn from retail investors in 2019, besting the £15bn brought in by active funds that year.

All asset management groups will be considering M&A

“I would hazard that nearly all asset management companies are looking at M&A as a way to deal with fee pressure,” says 7IM senior portfolio manager Peter Sleep.

“The rise of passive and the pronounced outflows from active managers has added urgency to this.”

Jupiter Merian and Franklin Legg Mason are the latest in a string of M&A activity in the funds industry. Last year saw Liontrust acquire Neptune and Premier finalise its merger with Miton. Before that Aberdeen Asset Management joined with Standard Life to create a £670bn behemoth.

“I suspect it’s down to basics,” CWC Research Director Clive Waller, says of the Jupiter Merian tie-up. “Both are pretty small businesses. Just compare with £1.1 trillion at LGIM and $4.5 trillion at Blackrock.”

“I suspect there will be a wave of takeovers and mergers as investment management becomes commoditised and scale becomes critical,” Waller says.

Smaller listed groups are attractive targets

Premier Miton and Liontrust could all make very nice targets for a much larger asset manager like Schroders once their current mergers have bedded down, as could Polar Capital, says Fairview Investing consultant Ben Yearsley.

“All these smaller groups are quite attractive in that sense and the likes of Schroders, for example, have the cash to do it.”

“Probably not a UK one,” he qualifies, “there’s no logical fit there. But then again, was Jupiter Merian a logical fit?”

Gam, which has struggled to rebuild its tarnished brand after the dismissal of star manager Tim Hawyood, has also previously been singled out as a target.

Meanwhile there are several predators lurking about. Deutsche Bank’s retail business DWS has said it is actively looking for businesses to snap up. Before Jupiter snatched up Merian rumours were circulating that it was itself the takeover target of the much bigger US manager Alliance Bernstein.

Yearsley is hoping that one good thing to come from the mega mergers will be a reduction in the number of funds available in the UK market.

“Aberdeen Standard Investments have got three equity income funds in the UK equity income sector. It’s ridiculous.”

Marriage of convenience or defensive play

Yearsley thinks describing the union between Jupiter and Merian as a marriage of convenience “is about right”.

Areas of the business such as sales and marketing where there is likely to be huge overlap provides both firms with “a very easy cost base to strip out”. “There’s going to be lots of sales and marketing people looking for new jobs.”

“I do not think it is convenient if they are haemorrhaging assets,” says Sleep, who thinks the merger is a far more “defensive” move by the fund groups.

One City manager told Portfolio Adviser Merian would likely have been a tough sell. “Who wants a business that is mainly UK retail and does not have a great depth of product and is not particularly scalable?”

Jupiter ended up paying £390m for Merian which was considerably below the £600m TA Associates paid to spin the business out from parent company Old Mutual less than two years ago alongside then chief executive Richard Buxton.

But Tilney managing director Jason Hollands says he can see the logic in the Jupiter Merian deal. Aside from the cost benefit, neither group has a “single, dogmatic house investment process which is a good starting point in terms of the cultural fit” and retaining fund managers.

“While too much scale can be challenging at the product level – for some, but not all, strategies – it is becoming increasingly important at the group level in an industry where margin pressure has increased and where passives have made strong inroads,” says Hollands. “A bigger set of assets across a broader range of capabilities, sitting on a more efficient cost platform should be a sounder business with greater resilience across the market cycle. The deal will also help reduce concentration to a few blockbuster products, which carries key person risk.”

Note – AngelList: The a16z Marketplace 100

The fastest growing marketplaces of 2020

Andreessen Horowitz announced ” The Marketplace 100,” a ranking of the largest and fastest-growing consumer-facing marketplace startups and private companies.

They determined the rankings by looking at US credit card data to understand where consumers are actually spending their money.

Here are the key takeaways from the Marketplace 100:

  • Four marketplace startups– Airbnb, Doordash, Instacart, and Postmates–  account for 76% of consumer spending.
  • Travel, food, and groceries are the largest categories.
  • Emerging categories include celebrity shout-out services, streetwear sites, fitness memberships, and even car wash providers.
  • Some marketplaces are growing really fast—3x to 5x year-over-year.

AngelList

Note – Fisher: As the Big Stories Churn

By Fisher Investments Editorial Staff

Full link: https://www.fisherinvestments.com/en-us/marketminder/as-the-big-stories-churn

Headlines jump from story to story. Reacting to the latest could be an investing mistake.

We aren’t even two months into 2020, yet many pundits believe the Wuhan coronavirus will make the global expansion gravely ill. Some have already started slashing market forecasts for the year. Frequent MarketMinder readers likely already know we think fears over the virus’s market impact are overdone. But to us, they are part of a longer-running pattern prevalent throughout this bull market. As soon as one huge story fades, another pops up—like a less-fun game of Whac-A-Mole. Here is a look back at some of the fleeting frenzies that came and went over the past 11 years. In our view, the collection tells a simple tale: Investors are better off tuning out the noise rather than reacting to The Next Big Story.

We don’t have to go back far to see this Big Story headline churn. US-Iran tensions dominated headlines at 2020’s start, sparking World War III warnings. Those fears virtually vanished by mid-January, just in time for coverage to flip to the coronavirus. Similarly, while global equities enjoyed their best year in a decade in 2019, the year featured plenty of Big Stories—some scary-ish, others supposedly monumental for investors.

Remember when the US yield curve flattened—and then inverted—last summer, prompting recession forecasts that didn’t come to fruition? When the yield curve “un-inverted” in early October, far fewer trumpeted the news. Earlier in 2019, Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders introduced Medicare for All legislation—gobbling up news coverage. A few other Democratic candidates backed it, too. Health Care stocks reacted negatively to fears of quasi-nationalization in the short term, plunging almost -5% in three days.[i] But that hype passed. Health Care ended the year strong, trailing only Technology in Q4. You could say the same of value stocks’ brief burst of outperformance in September. Headlines were sure it was a huge rotation after years of value lagging. It came and went in a month’s time.

Headlines didn’t hype only scary stories. They also heralded allegedly paradigm-shifting developments. One huge social media company—backed by a number of prominent financial services and payment providers—unveiled plans to release a cryptocurrency named for an astrological sign that isn’t Gemini and rhymes with shmeebra. Some predicted this foray would make digital currencies mainstream, with regulators reportedly worried of potential fallout. Congresspeople got worried and asked incomprehensible questions. Since that announcement, the hype has evaporated and many partners have quietly dropped their support.

You can find myriad examples of Big Stories that were supposed to either impact stock returns or represent a landmark market shift. Instead of altering the investing landscape, they simply fell out of the news cycle as headlines churned onto something else.

Go back to the bull’s beginning. In late 2009, many feared Dubai World’s debt issues threatened the Emirate’s finances and could spark a financial crisis redux—spooking investors worldwide.[ii] Those worries, which likely reflected the recent pain of the last bear, blew over fast.

In 2010, high-frequency trading (HFT) starred in fears over May’s “Flash Crash.” Despite stocks’ near-instantaneous recovery, many called HFT a new market risk. A decade later, with HFT existing throughout, the bull continues—occasional sharp short-term swings notwithstanding. Later that year, US municipal debt grabbed eyeballs after an analyst predicted a tsunami of defaults on 60 Minutes. That wave never made land.

Towards the end of 2012, an expiring US payroll tax holiday led to predictions of consumer spending stumbling, knocking economic growth. Yet early-2013 data confirmed the negative impact was vastly overstated, and folks moved on.

In 2013, several stories churned through the news. In March, Cyprus bank failures seemed like a big domino in the eurozone’s sovereign debt crisis—they weren’t. Two months later, an EU-China trade tussle over solar panels inspired visions of a damaging trade war that didn’t come to pass. Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in mid-July, resurrecting muni debt fears. But Detroit’s problems were local—not the beginning of a national tidal wave.

In 2014, some pundits called the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) a regulatory risk for markets—an overstated worry, since banks had time to adjust and FATCA lacked broad market impact. High Biotech industry valuations conjured “bubble” worries and even got the Fed’s attention that summer. The industry suffered for a spell, but the broader market fallout was minimal. After Biotech valuation worries faded, HFT returned to the fore—with a new book rekindling concern over allegedly nefarious practices.

In 2015, Puerto Rico’s municipal debt grabbed the spotlight as another alleged trouble spot. Headlines proclaimed the island “America’s Greece.” Yet even after Puerto Rico’s first-ever default, a cataclysmic disaster didn’t ripple through domestic debt markets.

In 2016, subprime auto loans had a moment when delinquency rates hit a two-decade high. After rekindling some 2008 memories, the alleged problems never left the lot. Later in the year, the Chinese yuan joined the IMF’s reserve currency basket. This followed years of niche fears that the yuan’s inclusion could displace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, rendering US debt unaffordable in the process. That concern repeated in 2017 due to speculation about non-existent government-backed digital currencies like “Fedcoin” or “IMFcoin.” All these worries vastly overrated reserve currencies’ importance, but they cycled through headlines anyway.

Also in 2017, tracing President Trump’s tweets was all the rage, with analysts diagramming sentences left and right. But markets reflected little impact and didn’t much fret all the spilled covfefe. Three major hurricanes struck US shores, triggering fears of economic fallout. Like coronavirus today, these were human tragedies, but they didn’t stop stocks.

In 2018, the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, prompting geopolitical and Energy sector concerns. After some harsh political rhetoric, the story receded. The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize sports betting made it seem like the gambling industry was the next big investment opportunity. That has yet to come up a winner.

The common thread for all these Big Stories: They generate a lot of noise, which isn’t actionable for investors.[iii] Headlines constantly hype these stories as a sign today is new, different, unique—and often scary. Yet the constant churn—some stories fading, others appearing—shows reacting to widely watched headlines is folly. Many of these supposedly huge developments drove no material market reaction. Others may have caused a blip here and there. But trading on any of them could easily have been a costly error for investors needing long-term growth. Keep that in mind when coronavirus fades and some other huge, eyeball-grabbing thing takes its place.


[i] Source: FactSet, as of 5/16/2019. S&P 500 Health Care Total Return Index, 4/15/2019 – 4/17/2019.

[ii] Ironically, the firm was just re-nationalized this week, nearly 11 years after the fears were on everyone’s mind.

[iii] Which stories did we miss? Contact us here and let us know!

Note – McKinsey: Organizations can get human about work. And stay that way.

This week, lighten your heavy reading load with short and sweet insights into organization trends. Plus, the state of the airline industry, from “flight shame” to flying taxis, and a globe-trotting consultant’s uniform gets a funky (and functional) update.

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Who wants bite-size expert insights into organization trends? Pretty much anyone who cares about business, from the C-suite to the new hire dreaming of the corner office. The McKinsey Organization Blog, created for that express purpose two years ago, is celebrating a milestone: 100 blog posts, and counting, on topics relating to talent management, organizational design, agility, culture, change management, leadership, merger management, and more.
There’s a lot to choose from, so we’ll break out a few of the most popular posts. In “The critical importance of the HR business partner,” we discuss why it may be time for some reimagining. For years, executives have voiced misgivings about HR’s ability to inject more strategy into its management of talent processes. So what if the operational parts of senior HR roles were stripped away, allowing a “talent value leader”—with the credibility and authority to drive important talent decisions—to emerge? Just as a CFO is accountable for profit and loss, this new leader could be responsible for getting the right people into the roles that drive the most value.
You can’t talk about managing talent without also musing on the ol’ work–life balance. Maybe you can’t strike it because the concept itself is too simplistic. An alternative: focus on managing personal energy instead. That means learning critical skills to alternate high-performance periods with time to recharge.
Next up: performance reviews. They can be painful, even for star employees. Instead of conducting reviews that include rigid or arbitrary goals, turn the process into a positive moment when employees feel empowered to learn and grow. Done right, goal setting actually helps improve employee engagement, with three key points to creating a fair process.
So your review is over, and it went well. Why are you awake at 3 a.m.? A McKinsey study of 196 business leaders found that around two-thirds are dissatisfied with the amount of sleep they get and 55 percent are unhappy with its quality. The rest of the world, and especially the business world, is similarly exhausted. Here are three simple tips to fall back asleep: read—but only for fun, not for work. Do it the old-fashioned way—on paper. Try a mindfulness technique called “body scanning.” And finally, take an Epsom salt bath.
More and more, leaders tell us that they feel out of their usual comfort zones and on unstable ground. They say they’re working harder for weaker results in a 24/7 environment of crammed agendas and information overload. One excellent response: embrace your ignorance. Fresh ideas can come from anywhere; a single new technology product can reshape your business. In today’s business world, listening—and thinking—from a place of not knowing is critical if you want to be ready for the next unexpected breakthrough.

Is your supply chain risk-ready?

Today’s complex, lengthy supply chains are almost inevitably subject to disruption. But the stakes seem to have risen, whether from intensifying trade disputes, political upheaval, natural disasters, or now, the coronavirus. These noneconomic shocks are increasing in frequency and in their impact on supply-chain cost and performance. Such costs, in combination with long recovery times, have led many companies to reassess their supply-chain strategies and footprints to make them more resilient to any kind of disruption.

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Note – DealStreetAsia: The Week That Was

We were very excited this week to bring you the first part of our story on just what is happening with Revolution Precrafted — the Philippines’ first and much-lauded unicorn helmed by man-about-town Robbie Antonio, scion of the Century Properties group.

Antonio promised to revolutionise property development and construction by selling prefabricated, designer homes that could be built in a few months, instead of the years that it typically took. But when our reporter Kristie Neo visited some of the upcoming estates, she found what was essentially abandoned construction sites with barebone structures left baking in the sun.

We have made the Revolution Precrafted story a free read for a limited time, so if you are not a subscriber yet, you can now read it. We are going to dig deeper in the coming weeks and bring you more analytical coverage, so I recommend you pick up that subscription now.

We are also looking into what seems to be billions of dollars worth of initial public offerings that have stalled in Indonesia.

The delays have been attributed to poor market conditions, particularly since the COVID-19 outbreak. But as DealStreetAsia finds out, weak investor sentiment is likely a fallout from a penny stock scandal involving state-owned entities. As authorities investigate and clamp down on the securities industry, what’s also at stake are exits for private investors.

Flurry of deals in the education sector

We also carried stories on the growing interest in education-related investments, particularly English-language training centres in Vietnam.

Apax English, owned by Ho Chi Minh-listed Apax Holdings Investment, is said to be in talks to raise about $40 million for expansion.

Separately, another English-language training school, Apollo English, is said to have attracted a host of private equity firms keen to pick up a stake in the company. Apollo is part of Singapore-based Dragonfly Education Group, owned by Khalid Muhmood and his wife Arabella Peters, who, as we reported earlier, could be keen to sell the entire Vietnamese operation to the right buyer, at the right price.

In Indonesia, there is keen interest in edtech plays as the government focuses on developing the country’s human capital. Since November 2019, at least six edtech startups have announced successful fundraising.

Deals uninterrupted

There were a few notable deals completed this week.

Indonesian peer-to-peer lender UangTeman hit the final close of its $10 million Series B funding round. The new investors include Silicon Valley’s Pegasus Tech Ventures and Japan’s Spiral Ventures.

In the Philippines, KKR-backed Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings signed an agreement to acquire 51 per cent of Los Banos Doctors Hospital and Medical Center for $5 million. The purchase follows a $685 million investment in Metro Pacific by a KKR-led consortium in October.

Singapore-listed food court operator Kimly is acquiring a portfolio of food outlets worth nearly $40 billion. The bulk of the acquisition will be paid for with internal cash, with the rest funded by proceeds from the issuance of S$10 million worth of new shares. Kimly operates more than 70 food outlets and 135 food stalls across Singapore.

In Vietnam, online recruitment firm Sieu Viet secured $34 million in investment from Affirma Capital, the private equity firm formerly known as Standard Chartered Private Equity. The company has four job portals catering to businesses in the country.

Also in Vietnam, the two founders of digital media firm Yeah1 have pared their interest in the company by selling a combined 19.3 per cent stake to a strategic investor. The new investor, who was not named in the regulatory filings, paid nearly $13 million for the shares. The funds are expected to go towards the setting up of a celebrity platform.

Meanwhile, Danish facilities management firm ISS Group is said to be just a few months away from finalising the sale of its operations in Thailand for as much as $150 million. ISS had announced in December 2018 that it was divesting the bulk of its operations in Southeast Asia.

Finally

Japan’s largest lender, MUFG Bank, is all set to invest over $700 million in Singapore’s ride-hailing leader Grab, Nikkei Asian Review reported this week. Mitsubishi UFJ Lease and Finance, a subsidiary of the Japanese group, had last year invested in rival Gojek. Payments major Visa is another common shareholder of the ride-hailing companies.

— Michelle Teo – Managing Editor, DealStreetAsia