Thursday, March 19, 2015

MOVES-JP Morgan names Callum Mitchell-Thomson head of investment banking, Germany By Anet Josline Pinto at REUTERS

Dorothee Blessing
March 2 (Reuters) - Wall Street bank JP Morgan Chase & Co appointed Callum Mitchell-Thomson head of investment banking for Germany, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Monday. Mitchell-Thomson, who has been at the bank for 18 years, will report to Dorothee Blessing, JP Morgan's vice chairman of investment banking in EMEA. The appointment will help strengthen JP Morgan's investment banking franchise in Germany, the memo said. Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) By Angela Cullen & Annette Weisbach -- Dorothee Blessing, who rose to become co-head of investment banking for Germany and Austria at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in a career spanning two decades, is leaving the U.S. investment bank and securities firm. Blessing, 45, has decided to retire from Goldman Sachs after “20 years of distinguished service,” according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg News today. Her departure was first reported by German publication Manager Magazin, which said she’s leaving for personal reasons. The investment banker, who is married to Commerzbank AG Chief Executive Officer Martin Blessing, was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2005. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 as a Frankfurt-based financial analyst in the corporate finance department. Blessing left the investment bank briefly in 2004 to take up a post at Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt before returning to the company.
Blessing, a mother of three, comes from a banking dynasty, following in the footsteps of her father Paul Wieandt, the former chairman of savings bank Frankfurter Sparkasse.Yahoo! Finance Yahoo! Bloomberg

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The One Food Nutritionists Eat Every Single Day By Sarah-Jane Bedwell at SELF

While registered dietitians certainly recommend balance, variety, and moderation to ensure you get all the necessary nutrients that you need, they have “personal superfoods” that they reach for on a regular basis for both nutrition and convenience purposes. From turmeric smoothies to chocolate and peanut butter combos, dietitians around the country share the foods they eat every single day.
Citrus Fruit
“I eat some form of vitamin C and potassium packed citrus each day because the delightfully refreshing flavors are a great reminder that good nutrition should taste great! It might be a 6 ounce glass of orange juice one day and the next day a cup of grapefruit segments in a salad. For quick and easy healthy snacking I love the easy to peel Clementine oranges too.”
—Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RDN, author of The Slim Down South Cookbook, nutrition advisor for
“I eat an egg almost every day. I will have a scrambled egg for breakfast, slice a hard-boiled egg on my salad or just eat a hard-boiled egg as a snack with some veggies on the side. One whole egg is brimming with protein and the egg yolk has many good-for-you nutrients like vitamins D and B12, riboflavin, choline and selenium. Plus, the yolk is home to phytochemical antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, both shown to play a role in healthy eyes.”
—Toby Amidor, MS, RD, author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day
“My day doesn’t seem complete without some steamy oatmeal. I create a bowl of benefits by adding a swirl of almond butter, chia seeds and warm milk to boost protein, fiber, calcium and flavor. This breakfast keeps my appetite satisfied and it works wonders on my taste buds, too! It even makes a great lunch or dinner when time is tight.”
—Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, author of Read It Before You Eat It
“I use turmeric daily. Research has shown this wonder spice safely fights inflammation better than some ingredients in common anti-inflammatory OTC drugs. As a runner, I want to eat foods that have been proven to reduce inflammation because that means I can be active for longer in my life. It is also a source of antioxidants that could help fight inflammatory bowel disease, prevent cancer, improve liver function, and possibly lower cholesterol. I put 2 teaspoons in my daily smoothie. I don’t taste it but I know it’s doing awesome things in my body.”
—Jenna Braddock, MSH, RDN, CSSD, sports dietitian
“Whether it’s along side an omelet, on a sandwich, in a salad or part of my pasta dish, a day doesn’t go by that I don’t include a tomato. It’s a perfect food to add volume to a meal without adding many calories. And the bonus: it’s packed with vitamin C to help keep your immune system strong.”
—Keri Gans, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet
Dark Chocolate
“Dark chocolate is a must-have in my daily repertoire. I always go for a square of at least 70% cocoa and lately have been enjoying 85% topped with a teaspoon of peanut butter. Studies have found that one ounce of high quality dark chocolate (at least 70%) may decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke so I say, bring it on!”
—Holley Grainger, MS, RD, culinary nutritionist
Nuts & Seeds
“Since I eat mostly plant-based protein, I stock up on nuts & seeds. Not only do they give me protein, they also have satisfying healthy fats and fiber. I stir them in my oatmeal, puree them for sandwich spreads, toss them into salads, chop them as a pasta topping, and sprinkle them into dark chocolate bark.”
—Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, author of The Flexitarian Diet
“Hummus is a daily food for me. I am not a huge fan of raw veggies.  Regardless, I try to get in four servings a day.  Dipping them in hummus gives my boring veggies a boost of flavor.  Not only that, I get in some extra fiber and protein by adding the hummus.”
—Jim White RD, ACSM HFI, spokesman for Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios
“I enjoy blueberries daily because for only about 80 calories in 1 cup of blueberries, blueberries top the charts for antioxidant content compared to other fruits. One cup delivers 14% of the recommended daily dose of fiber and nearly a quarter of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. The synergy of these nutrients protects our hearts and cells against cancer. Frozen blueberries make it possible to enjoy summer sweetness during the winter months.”
—Jennifer McDaniel, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, Food & Nutrition Expert
Hot Water With Lemon
“I start most days with hot water and lemon instead of caffeine as it doesn’t agree with me. The lemon water gently wakes up my digestive tract and gets me ready for the day. The lemon offers flavor as well as anti-inflammatory and immune boosting nutrients.”
—Katie Cavuto, MS, RD, {Nourish.Breathe.Thrive} Yahoo! Health

Germany moves closer towards bill on data retention By Dario Sarmadi

After Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel expressed his support for data retention, the country’s centre-right alliance is optimistic that the grand coalition can reach an agreement on the issue. A sudden shift in the position of the Social Democrats on data retention has made the country’s centre-right alliance optimistic about reaching an agreement over a new national law.
A compromise is possible, said Wolfgang Bosbach, the chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee (Christian Democratic Union) on Monday (16 March). “As we are no longer bound to the requirements of an EU [European Union] Directive, we have our own scope of design,” Bosbach told the
Passauer Neue Presse. The fact that data analysis may only occur under a judicial resolution is quite clear, and was negotiated as such from the beginning, Bosbach said, referring to the SPD’s demands.
Implementation of the EU Directive was negotiated to include a minimum retention period of six months, he indicated. However, Bosbach explained, this does not mean that a shorter retention period cannot also be set. Stephan Mayer, the Internal affairs spokesman from the Bundestag’s centre-right alliance, was certain “that a good solution can be reached with the SPD”. There are constructive talks, he said.
Optimism from the centre-right, which consists of the CDU, and its smaller Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU), was preceded by a surprising move from SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel this week. “Data retention is not a panacea. It will not help us prevent all crimes at every opportunity,” Gabriel stated in the interview. But through faster detection of crimes, it can help prevent further offenses, he explained. Gabriel called on Germany’s Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière (CDU) and Justice Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) to develop a legislative proposal which is in conformity with the constitution.
In recent years, both a German law on data retention and an EU Directive were overruled in the German Constitutional Court, and the European Court of Justice (ECJ) respectively.
A few weeks ago, the European Commission indicated that it was not planning a legislative proposal regarding data retention. However, the EU’s executive institution stated that every member state has the right to issue a national regulation.
Last week, constitutional courts in Bulgaria and the Netherlands overruled national laws on the groundless collection of communication data from all telephone and internet users.
“It is not about the ‘how’ but, rather, about ‘whether’. With its decision from last year, the European Court of Justice determined that people should be protected from groundless collection of their communication data as long as they are not suspected of committing a serious crime,” Breuer said. “That also contradicts a ‘light data retention’ of IP addresses.” EurActiv Yahoo!

German Interior Minister proposes changes to deportations from Germany

Karl Ernst Thomas de Maizière born 21 January 1954) is a German politician (CDU) who has served as the Federal Minister of the Interior since 17 December 2013 as part of the third cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel.  Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere outlined proposed changes on Friday to both refugees' right to remain in Germany and authorities ability to deport people from the country. "We will protect those who really are in need of protection" said de Maiziere, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union. He proposed the changes in the context of giving people he described as "well integrated and law-abiding" more opportunities to stay in Germany for a longer term. On the other hand, asylum seekers who tried to "trick and deceive" German officials must face the consequences, he said. Lawmakers from Social Democratic Party, the junior governing coalition partners, said the proposals required some changes. But opposition members from The Left and Green parties said they were disproportionate. Ulla Jelpke for The Left described them as "a veritable detention program for asylum seekers." De Maiziere defended the plans, which he said fell within European law. Residency status A proposal that was welcomed across party lines was one to give foreigners who had lived in Germany for a long period without a secure residency permit, the right to stay. The plan would apply to people who had lived in the country for eight years and could prove they were able to support themselves with a secure income. For teenagers and young adults the qualification period would be four years. The bill is due to be discussed in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, on March 23. Deutsche Welle Yahoo! Wikipedia

Kitty Lun

SHANGHAI, CHINA (March 18, 2015) — Is there a future for big western agencies in China?

We’ve asked this question twice before on “Thoughtful China.” David Wolf, managing director of Allison and Partners’ global China practice, argued the merger of agency networks into big holding companies like WPP, Omnicom, Interpublic Group of Cos. and Publicis Groupe is a poor model for China, given its high growth rate and rapid pace of change.

In a follow-up episode, Aaron Lau, CEO, Greater China at Cheil Worldwide, countered that the issue wasn’t the size of the agency or even the holding company, but whether the organization is investing in innovation.

This week on “Thoughtful China,” Kitty Lun, chairman and CEO of Interpublic’s Lowe China, shares her views about whether western agencies have a long-term future in China and how they should adapt to rising competition from local agencies as well as special firms operating in areas like social media marketing.

“Multinational agencies focused on brands and high-quality creative are diversifying into areas that are not familiar territory and then they are facing competition with all the smaller players. We need to go back to our roots, look at brand-building and come up with strategic consumer insights [and] the idea that drives the business,” Ms. Lun told host Trevor Lai. Thoughtful China Kitty Lun

Sunday, March 8, 2015

President Barack Obama's Speech at Selma

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Full Transcript US President Barack Obama speaks during an event marking the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. US President Barack Obama rallied a new generation of Americans to the spirit of the civil rights struggle, warning their march for freedom 'is not yet finished.' A forceful speech in Selma, Alabama on the 50th anniversary of the brutal repression of a peaceful protest. Huffington Post Vox