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Nueva York l El mercado bursátil de Nueva York cerró su mejor semana del año el viernes después de que fuertes ganancias de tiendas minoristas y compañías de la tecnología impulsaron a los principales índices.
Las acciones fueron bajando a lo largo del día, pero aun así cerraron en alza. El índice S&P 500 subió casi 3.3% esta semana. Por muy poco, esta fue su mayor ganancia semanal en 2015.
El S&P 500 mejoró el lunes y el miércoles después de que el mercado estadunidense no pareció verse afectado por una serie de inquietantes acontecimientos internacionales, entre ellos los ataques terroristas del viernes en París. En vez de ello, los inversionistas detectaron señales de que la economía estadunidense permanece fuerte.
El promedio industrial Dow Jones subió 91.06 puntos, el 0.5%, a 17.823,81, mientras que el índice Standard & Poor’s 500 ascendió 7.93 unidades, el 0.4%, a 2.089,17. El compuesto Nasdaq ganó 31.28 puntos, el 0.6%, colocándose en 5.104,92. El Dow entró a terreno positivo para el año por una fracción de punto.
“A lo largo de la semana recibimos más y más noticias de que la Reserva Federal estaba evaluando la economía de manera favorable”, comentó Erik Davidson, jefe de inversiones en el Wells Fargo Private Bank.
Davidson dijo que los inversionistas lentamente se han hecho a la idea de que la Fed va a incrementar las tasas de interés. Esa posibilidad les preocupó bastante hace un par de meses, pero ahora las acciones suben porque los inversionistas se muestran entusiasmados de que el banco central cree que la economía va por camino sólido. Mientras tanto, los nuevos estímulos económicos en Europa podrían fortalecer la economía global.
Los minoristas remontaron tras la presentación de sólidos informes de ganancias de la cadena de descuento Ross Stores y la vendedora de calzado Foot Locker. Las acciones de las minoristas se desplomaron este mes después de que los débiles reportes de Macy’s y Nordstrom generaron preocupación entre los inversionistas de que la temporada de compras navideñas podría resultar un fracaso. Pero a algunos minoristas les está yendo bien.
Ken Perkins, presidente de la compañía de investigación Retail Metrics, dijo que los consumidores están en busca de descuentos y acuden a tiendas minoristas de precios rebajados como TJ Maxx y Ross Stores, así como a minoristas de “moda rápida” que ofrecen las últimas tendencias.
“Todo eso no favorece a los minoristas de centros comerciales”, señaló Perkins.
La cadena Ross Stores ganó 4.64 dólares, 10%, para cerrar en 50.84 dólares, mientras que Foot Locker subió 3.49 dólares, 5.7%, a 65.02 dólares. Gap aumentó 1.89 dólares, o 7.5%, a 26.98 y Urban Outfitters creció 71 centavos de dólar, o 3.2%, al quedar en 23 dólares.
El fabricante de calzado y ropa deportiva Nike indicó que aumentará sus dividendos.
El crudo estadunidense perdió 15 centavos a 40.39 dólares el barril en la Bolsa Mercantil de Nueva York. El Brent, utilizado para establecer el precio de los petróleos internacionales, subió 48 centavos, el 1.1%, a 44.66 dólares el barril en Londres.
Los precios de los bonos bajaron. El rendimiento en la nota del Tesoro a 10 años aumentó a 2.26% de 2.25% el jueves por la tarde.
El precio del oro cayó 1.60 dólares a 1.076,30 dólares la onza.
When an appliance isn’t working properly anymore – stove, dishwasher, fridge, washing machine, dryer – does it make more sense to call a repairman or replace it? Appliance Gallery, Wisconsin’s premier appliance store, offers some advice.
“It helps to know how long appliances are expected to last. Lifespans vary, depending on the brand and model,” said Stephen Erb, appliance manager. “As a rule of thumb, appliances run their course from 10 to 15 years. When your appliance is approaching that mark, or, if the repair costs 50 percent of a new appliance, replacement rather than repair is the better option.
“It’s almost always not cost effective to repair a microwave,” Erb said. “When replacing a microwave, consumers will be surprised at all the upgrades that make cooking easier including convection options, steam cooking, keep warm controls, and more.”
Among the advantages of replacing an old appliance are water-saving or energy-saving technologies. For example, replacing a washing machine that is not Energy Star rated with one that is means less water usage, less detergent, and shorter cycle options. Improved, faster spin cycles mean less time in the dryer and the amount of energy that consumes. Energy Star rated dishwashers also use less water and have options to control the length of the wash and heat/dry cycles. A new fridge with Energy Star uses at least 40 percent less energy than conventional models sold in 2001. Better sealed and insulated, new units keep a more precise temperature.
Tips to Keep
Appliances Running Smoothly
Below are some preventative tips to keep your appliances lasting longer. However, every appliance has unique features so it’s important before you try to “fix-it” yourself, you read the owner’s manual for detailed cleaning and trouble-shooting advice. Keep in mind that if you don’t know how to move, open, or lift an appliance properly, you risk injury.
“If your appliance is still under factory/manufacturer’s warranty, then, of course, call the authorized dealer first to assess any issues you may be having,” Erb said. “Also, some appliance warranties are voided if other than an authorized technician does the repair.”
Clothes dryer: Clothes not drying well can mean the dryer vent is clogged. This is a simple fix and can save you from buying a new dryer. However, clogged vents are a fire hazard so have a professional do the job for a thorough cleaning.
Stove: Cleaning a clogged gas burner or replacing a cooktop element can often solve cooking problems. But other electronic components can be an expensive fix, and that may be when you need to pull the trigger and get a new range or cooktop.
Refrigerator: Keep the condenser coils clean with regular vacuuming. These are typically located along the back of the machine or behind the front grill vent. Many refrigerator maintenance contracts offer an annual cleaning by professional technicians. Take advantage of that, particularly if your coils are on the back of a large model that can be difficult to move. Dirty coils can lead to compressor damage or failure. At that point, replacing rather than repairing is the better choice.
Washing machines: Unless they are stainless steel, fill hoses will deteriorate over time. A burst hose can cost you thousands in damage, so the recommendation is to have the fill hose replaced at least every five years.
When in doubt about whether you should repair or replace, a professional at a reputable appliance store can help you decide.
Shaker’s Cigar Bar and World Café, 422 S. 2nd St. in Milwaukee, will have guides giving its popular Ghost Tours in Spanish beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, a first for the city of Milwaukee.
Shaker’s is known as one of the five most haunted restaurants in the country and the most haunted building in Milwaukee. The building was built on a cemetery in 1894 and has had a paranormal presence since.
It has been featured on the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel among others. There are 11 active “resident” paranormal beings in the building that have been identified by experts. The tour encompasses the history of the residents and the building and oftentimes encounters happen.
“We’ve always had a large Hispanic clientele coming for the tours and this seems as a natural progression to make it so more people can easily share the Shaker’s haunted history,” says owner Bob Weiss.
Shaker’s has been at 422 S. 2nd St. since 1986. It currently hosts Ghost Tours Wed. through Sat. at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Shaker’s also offers what is called a “2.0 Tour” at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday where guides use divining rods to speak to the ghosts that are present. It is the perfect compliment to the original Ghost Tour.
To make reservations, go to www.hangmantours.com.
WERCBench Labs to expand program offerings
Milwaukee – The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) announced today that it has expanded the WERCBench Labs program to a year-round cycle of programs and events focused on supporting new engineering-based business start-ups.
Under the direction of Greg Meier, co-founder of the Global Entrepreneurship Collective, WERCBench labs is excited to announce a series of quarterly programs open to engineering-based startups and early-stage companies. These events will provide an introduction to the Lean Start-Up Curriculum and overview of WERCBench Labs for entrepreneurs and business leaders seeking support.
“We are building on the success we had this summer and announcing the next phases of WERCBench Labs rolling out over the next few months to create an annual and ongoing cycle of programs and events,” noted Jeff Anthony, co-leader of the WERCBench Labs initiative for M-WERC with Greg Meier.
“Our underlying theme for these efforts is to restore Milwaukee as ‘The Machine Shop of the World’ and work closely with our partner organizations; Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to collaboratively produce programs that foster entrepreneurial activities and innovation in general,” said Greg Meier. “To create a culture aligned with advanced manufacturing and building products.”
M-WERC will be holding a workshop on November 13th to lay out the upcoming events and workshops on a year-round cycle focused on re-establishing the engineering community in SE Wisconsin, including:
- A quarterly open-innovationintroduction to the Lean Start-Up Curriculum and overview of WERCBench Labs and underlying/key principles, as an entry point and foundational learning introduction to WERCBench Labs.
- A new advanced business model program that will launch soon and convene in early 2016, focusing on investment and financial aspects of new start-up businesses. Look for an application period and announcement very soon.
- A repeat of the early-stage technology-immersive program in 2016, again to occur in the summer months, with applications being sought in early 2016.
- Events and workshops on a year-round cycle to tie the elements above together and to provide the “glue” that keeps all activities and program focused on re-establishing the engineering community in SE Wisconsin.
In addition, WERCBench Labs is looking forward to its second annual class of start-ups through the intensive, technology-driven program in which nine teams graduated. Applications can be submitted in January, 2015 at WERBenchLabs.com. “Based on the interest generated during our first class, we were convinced to expand our offering of events and workshops on a year-round cycle,” said M-WERC Executive Director and CEO Alan Perlstein.
To learn more about the November 13thevent and the rollout of WERCBench Labs activities, send a note toWERCBench@m-werc.org for more information.
MADISON —Twenty-one Wisconsin companies have been named finalists for the 2015 Marketplace Governor’s Awards, which honors outstanding Wisconsin businesses owned by minorities, women and service-disabled veterans.
Nearly 200 businesses of all sizes and industries applied for the awards. Winners will be announced at a luncheon on Friday, Oct. 30, at Marketplace 2015, the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development, which will be held at the Potawatomi Expo Center in Milwaukee.
Small and large businesses are being honored in two categories: the Outstanding Business Award, which recognizes established businesses that have demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past five years and have plans for continued expansion in the future; and the Rising Star Award, which honors businesses established after 2010 that have demonstrated strong growth potential.
Awards are given to minority-owned business enterprises (MBE), women-owned business enterprises (WBE) and service-disabled veteran businesses (DVB).
The finalists for the Outstanding Large Business Awards are:
Hurt Electric Inc. of Menomonee Falls, providing electrical installation, service, repairs and maintenance to commercial, industrial and institutional businesses throughout southeastern Wisconsin (MBE)
Wangard Partners Inc. of Wauwatosa, a commercial real estate firm providing sustainable products to the Midwest real estate market (MBE)
KL Engineering, with offices in Madison, Green Bay and Menomonie, providing professional services built around a core specialization in transportation engineering (MBE)
Great Lakes Power Vac LLC of Waukesha, providing industrial and environmental cleaning services to the manufacturing, construction, municipal, engineering, roofing, utilities and power plant industries (WBE)
IBC Engineering Services Inc. of Waukesha, specializing in the design and commissioning of energy-efficient and sustainable HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems (WBE)
Share Corp. of Milwaukee, offering its customers high-quality, affordable chemical products (WBE)
Applied Fab and Machining of Wausau, specializing in custom metal manufacturing and assembly for the original equipment manufacturing and military markets (DVB)
The finalists for the Outstanding Small Business Awards are:
Weatherization Services LLC of Milwaukee, a one-stop shop for home insulation needs (MBE)
Innovative Dynamic Networks Inc.of Racine, an information technology company dedicated to growing the area’s small and midsize businesses and nonprofits (MBE)
Moore & Associates Inc. of Kenosha, providing group and educational services to individuals affected by substance abuse in preparation for their return to their home environments (MBE)
M Squared Engineering LLC of Cedarburg, a full-service civil engineering firm (WBE)
L.P. Mooradian Flooring Co. of Green Bay, a family-owned company offering nationwide sales and installation of all types of flooring as well as cleaning equipment and supplies (WBE)
Allcon LLC of Butler, a contracting firm specializing in carpentry and electrical disciplines (WBE)
US Vet LLC of Madison, providing general construction, subcontracting and construction management services (DVB)
The finalists for the Rising Star Awards are:
Pino & Sons Remodeling LLC of Sun Prairie, a full-service residential and commercial remodeling company (MBE)
Physical Therapy of Milwaukee LLC, providing physical therapy services to the English/Spanish speaking community in the greater Milwaukee area (MBE)
Sanchez Coating & Environmental LLC of Wausau, providing lead paint testing; removal and abatement; and painting services (MBE)
P3 Development Group of Milwaukee, providing consulting services to assist clients in the development and execution of social programs (WBE)
Attract of Saint Croix Falls, providing custom commercial furniture design, production and installation services (WBE)
Wonderist Agency of Germantown, a full-service marketing agency specializing in growing dental practices through branding and online marketing (WBE)
HB Laser Art LLC of Kenosha, offering trophies, awards and personalized recognition items (DVB)
Award finalists will benefit from publicity at the event as well as through media promotion.
Marketplace 2015, which takes place Oct. 29-30, is the premier business capacity-building conference of the year for minority, women and veteran business entrepreneurs looking to do business with state, federal and local agencies as well as corporations. This year’s conference is sold out, with about 600 attendees expected. For more than 30 years, the conference has provided opportunities for businesses to meet with potential buyers, identify funding sources, connect with business assistance resources and network with other businesses.
Dohmen Company Foundation Tournavation Announces Semi-finalists
Milwaukee – The Dohmen Company Foundation in partnership with NEWaukee, Red Arrow Labs, the City of Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County today announce the semi-finalists for the 2015 Tournavation are Health STEMHereos by Nate Conroy as well as Wisconsin FoodShare Application from Beth Bogadi.
The Tournavation hosted a public call for catalytic software solutions that improve the health of Milwaukee’s women and children, fathers and families. On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the panel of expert jurors at the live Tournavation event chose the semi-finalists from a group of 10 presenters. The top two ideas will enter an assessment period of technical viability to determine, which project will be developed as a software solution by a coalition of volunteer IT professionals led by Red Arrow Labs, a Dohmen Company. The software will be gifted to the community as a single, tangible step toward improving the health of Milwaukee residents.
“The volume and the quality of ideas presented at the Tournavation demonstrates how deeply people care about our community,” said Cynthia LaConte, CEO of Dohmen and President of The Dohmen Company Foundation. “We have relied on our esteemed project advisers and jurors from both the public health and IT sectors to select two ideas that empower Milwaukeeans in meaningful ways. We look forward to the results of the technical viability assessment and to continuing the momentum in the months and years to come as we find inventive new ways to create a healthier Milwaukee.”
Tournavation is a crowd-sourced idea generation platform that addresses important issues that face urban communities like Milwaukee. This is the third Tournavation NEWaukee has hosted with the City of Milwaukee, though the topic is new the process remains the same: an open call for inventive solutions to a community challenge, vetting of the strongest ideas, a live presentation of the top 10 ideas and the most viable idea is brought to life.
Now that the most viable, scalable and concrete idea has been selected, a team of volunteer IT development professionals led by Red Arrow Labs will enter a design and development period to produce a software solution for the community. The volunteer IT development team will meet at the Hudson Business Lounge from 3-7pm on the following dates: October 28th, November 4th, 11th, 18th, and 24th. Participation in the volunteer IT development team is also open to the public; creatives, developers, and advocacy works are encouraged to bring the software idea to life.
To follow the development of the software solution or to receive updates about the Tournavation process, please visit: www.newaukee.com.
The exuberant sounds of Latin-American music will meld with glorious Renaissance and Baroque compositions for the opening of Early Music Now’s 29th season, 5:00 Saturday, October 17, at the UWM Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts.
Milwaukee’s preeminent early music presenter has imported the Boston-based Latin/Baroque fusion ensemble Rumbarroco for Fiesta: A Hispanic Heritage Celebration, honoring the conclusion of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Director Laury Gutiérrez, a Venezuelan-born scholar/musician who specializes in Ibero-American music, brings along a band of eight prize-winning musicians from Columbia, Brazil, and Venezuela. (Rumbarroco.org)
Rumbarroco’s performance style is based on the transformative passion of Iberian and Latin-American music, incorporating the rhythmic vitality that has persisted in this music in its many diverse genres from the 1100s to today. Their unique approach reveals how European Classical music is revitalized by African rhythms and instruments, while also highlighting the European influence on Latin American folk music and Afro-Hispanic music through performance with Baroque instruments.
The ensemble will demonstrate their unique style at several residency programs between October 15 and 18, including activities at St. Anthony School, Escuela Fratney, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Milwaukee Catholic Home, String Academy of Wisconsin, and UW-Parkside.
The Milwaukee residency is supported by generous grants from the City of Milwaukee Arts Board and the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, which also supports the UW-Parkside program.
Ms. Gutiérrez will provide insights into the ensemble’s style at a 4:00 lecture preceding the 5:00 concert. When asked for a perspective on the cultural significance of this program, she had this to say:
“In present-day Spain, cities such as Seville, Granada, and Cordoba still reflect the hybrid culture of medieval Christians, Sephardic Jews, and Moors that once flourished throughout the region known as Andalusia. North African Moors (Muslims) conquered Spain in the early 8th century. Over the next seven centuries, they created a thriving melting pot of culture: science, philosophy, agriculture, art, architecture, and music. This socio-religious convivencia (“live and let live”) started to come apart in the 1480s, when one of the largest diasporas in history began. Many Jews and Muslims were exiled or forced to convert to Christianity. Others migrated to Central and South America in the late 15th and early 16th century. Muslims were among the first Africans traded as slaves in the New World. These individuals brought with them their native hybrid culture, which then blended with that of the indigenous tribes already in Latin America, creating a second unique cultural melting pot.
“Our concert celebrates this musical fusion of races and cultures, called mestizaje, from its roots in medieval Spain to modem Latin America. We would like especially to illustrate the influence of Spanish Early Music in Mexico and Venezuela, the parallel genres developed, and the re-creation of Early Music in a Caribbean interpretation.”
Ticket prices for this 5:00 October 17th concert at the UWM Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts range from $29-$46 for adults, and $10-$15 for students, and are available online at www.earlymusicnow.org, or by phone at 414.225.3113. Online and phone orders close Friday at noon, but general admission tickets may be available at the door.
Proper weatherization happens in two phases—insulating and air sealing. It’s the same as getting dressed for a winter day, Wittmann said. “You wear a sweater for ‘insulating’ but you wear an outer layer for ‘air sealing.’”
Insulation & Roof Ventilation
Inadequate attic insulation can contribute to as much as a 20 percent loss in heat in the cold months. Paired with poor roof ventilation, it’s also a leading factor in ice damming.
Homeowners should inspect the attic space for properly installed insulation. “The recommended amount based on today’s standards is 16 inches to 20 inches total—R-49 to R-60,” Wittmann said. Although this can be achieved with rolled insulation, he prefers professionally installed blown-in fiberglass insulation, which can also prevent the growth of mold when moisture is present in the attic space.
Using baffles in the rafter spaces will help promote the draw of outside air from the eaves or soffits and can help ensure that insulation is pulled back away from intake ventilation so that it covers the warm inside wall space.
“Inspect bathroom or kitchen exhaust fan pipes and damper vents to be sure they’re in proper working order,” he said. “Insulated exhaust fan pipes can help reduce the heat-cold transfer of energies.”
Roof ventilation is a key factor to ensure that the attic space keeps a cold temperature in the winter. Although a properly balanced intake and exhaust system can be achieved with additional vents, Wittmann recommends working with a skilled professional due to the formulas used to determine the balance and the materials that can be installed.
It’s tough to predict when open-window weather is done in Wisconsin, but at that time, homeowners are advised to walk through the inside of the house to ensure that every window and storm window is shut and locked. “This is a good time to address any issues or deficiencies with the windows such as leaks, deteriorated or missing weather stripping, or window seals that are compromised,” Wittmann said. A hazing or cloudy appearance between the panes shows a window seal problem. “If seals are broken, it will usually means that the window itself is compromised and will require replacement.”
If the windows are wood, homeowners should check that the interior and exterior wood is in good shape and not deteriorated or rotting. “Also be sure that the interior of the wood window is clean of dust and debris, since condensation on the glass in the wintertime can react with the dust and wood and cause the growth of mildew and mold,” he said.
If the windows are old, drafty, or deteriorated, new windows made of fiberglass, like Marvin’s Infinity fiberglass replacement windows, can help improve the functionality, energy savings, strength, and appearance.
Check entry doors for any deficiencies such as opening and closing issues, deteriorated or missing weather stripping on the bottom threshold and sides, loose hinges, or cracks in the panels (if the doors are wood). Newer doors tend to have replaceable weather stripping, but older units may require aftermarket or universal kits. “Most new entry doors come equipped with better weather stripping—some even magnetic-based, just like a refrigerator door—and insulated cores,” Wittmann said.
Next, homeowners should take a look in the lower level (basement) of the house. “Air sealing and insulating the area where the top of the basement wall and house foundation meet will reduce the ‘stack effect’ where air from a lower section of the house is pulled from openings located from the upper sections of the house, causing a loss in heat”, he said. “It will also help to reduce and eliminate gaps or holes that small rodents can get in through.”
Finally, homeowners are advised to ensure that fireplace dampers are closed until the fireplace is used. “If the fireplace isn’t used on a regular basis, there are devices that can be purchased to temporarily seal the chimney flue to retain the warm air inside the house.”
A professional home energy audit would provide homeowners with detailed knowledge about the house’s deficiencies and areas that could be improved. “These tests can result in a rather long list of areas for improvement,” Wittmann said, “so it’s best to consider which projects will make the most sense and provide the best return on investment.”
MILWAUKEE – The Open Door Café received a $3,000 donation from the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers to help provide free meals for Milwaukee’s homeless and needy families during an event at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist today. The donation is from the Pioneers’ Charitable Foundation.
The Open Door Café is the heart of the Cathedral’s commitment to outreach, providing a free hot lunch to approximately 180 people a day, 6 days a week. In addition, the Open Door Café provides transportation assistance, hygiene kits, and medical, veteran and housing-related outreach to its meal guests.
“The Open Door Café helps fill a great need in Milwaukee by providing a hot meal to the homeless and to those struggling,” said Gloria Van Aacken, president of the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers. “We are very proud to support their mission through this financial donation and volunteer efforts.”
After the check presentation, the AT&T Pioneers joined other volunteers in serving food to guests. The Pioneers have been serving lunches at the Open Door Café for two to three days a month since April 2007.
The Open Door Café serves any guests who are hungry and hasn’t turned anyone away in its history.
“The Open Door Café is a wonderful ministry that shows compassion to those in need in Milwaukee through a hot meal,” said State Senator Lena Taylor. “We are fortunate to have so many great volunteers like the AT&T Pioneers giving of themselves to support our community.”
The Pioneers are a local organization of AT&T employees and retirees who are dedicated to volunteering their time to various community causes.
Distrito Federal— Luego de que Volkswagen admitiera haber equipado 11 millones de coches en todo el mundo con un software destinado a manipular los resultados de los controles de contaminación, la Semarnat y la Profepa someterán a revisión las unidades en México.
El secretario de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat), Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, informó que hay 11 tipos de motores que han sido señalados de tener este problema por lo que se están analizando en conjunto con la Profepa los certificados de emisiones que presentó Volkswagen desde 2009 para ver si cumplen o no cumplen con los estándares nacionales.
“Habría que esperar cuáles son los resultados de todos estos certificados que ellos han presentado para ver si existe alguna falla; si existe alguna falla creo que habrá una sanción”, refirió.
La revelación se dio luego de que las autoridades ambientales de Estados Unidos (EPA) acusaran que 482 mil vehículos de las marcas Volkswagen y Audi, fabricados entre 2009 y 2015 y vendidos en ese mercados, estaban equipados con un programa informático que detectaba automáticamente los controles de contaminación con el objetivo de falsear los resultados.
Como consecuencia la firma alemana anunció el lunes la suspensión de la comercialización en Estados Unidos de sus autos diésel de cuatro cilindros de las marcas VW y Audi, que representan 23 por ciento de sus ventas en ese mercado.
Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo, subsecretario de Planeación y Política Ambiental de la Semarnat, detalló que en la próxima semana ya tendrán un avance de la evaluación documental y técnica de los unidades de VW.
“Estamos viendo si los motores que fueron falseados en Estados Unidos se vendieron en México, en qué modelos y bajo qué condiciones, si hay coincidencias se tomará una decisión”, mencionó.
La Semarnat aún desconoce a cuánto asciende el parque vehicular nacional que estaría susceptible al falseo del software sobre las emisiones contaminantes de los motores.
MILWAUKEE – It is rare to find a kitchen without a microwave. This efficient appliance has been around since the late 1940s, when it was first introduced for commercial use. It wasn’t until the 1960s that it began to be developed for residential use and another decade lapsed before it became widespread. If you are of a certain age, you may remember that the microwaves of the 70s and 80s took up a good portion of kitchen counter real estate.
Along with sleeker designs and placement options, the microwave has so many more features that make it easy and efficient to prepare meals.
“There are those who still only use the microwave for popping popcorn, heating a cup of water, or warming up leftovers, but there is so much more that microwaves can do, with features its inventors probably never considered,” said Steve Erb of Appliance Gallery, Wisconsin’s premier appliance store. “Besides conventional cooking, microwaves come with convection options, steam cooking, ‘keep warm’ controls, and more.
“Today, almost anything can be made in a microwave with its advanced technology,” Erb said, explaining some of the differences.
Convection: Convection microwaves offer the same quick-cooking features, but with oven quality results including browning and crisping the outside of food because convection technology cooks the food from the inside out.
Different models offer features such as temperature management systems, which determine the precise cooking time and power level for each dish, and speed-cooking options for efficiency. Unlike conventional microwaves, convection microwaves can be preheated to ensure food is cooked optimally.
“People no longer have to turn on the oven, wait for it to preheat, and then wait for the food to cook. Since hot air is blowing directly onto food instead of just surrounding it, food cooks about 25 percent faster. And since it cooks faster and generally at a lower temperature, it is more energy-efficient than a regular oven,” Erb said.
Steam: “Microwaves that cook using the steam method are fast becoming a best seller as more people become health-conscious in the kitchen,” he said. “Because the food is cooked with steam and absorbing only the moisture it requires, oil or fats are not necessary in the cooking process. Also, vitamin and mineral content of food is preserved compared to dry heat cooking.”
Inverter Technology: Microwave ovens with inverter technology distribute energy consistently and foods are cooked more evenly. Erb explained that inverter technology means that when you select 50 percent power, it cooks at 50 percent power consistently. That contrasts with a microwave that uses transformers, where if you elect 50 percent power, it will use 100 percent power, but just cycle on and off to average out to 50 percent. Inverter technology also allows you to defrost foods without cooking the edges.
Sensor Technology: Advanced sensors intuitively detect humidity released by food as it cooks and determines precise cooking time and power level for each dish. One-touch sensors can sense the surface temperature of food to eliminate over- or undercooking.
Warming Options: Warming options available in several models keeps food already cooked warm and ready for eating.
Style: The most current trend for placing the microwave is in an undercounter drawer. The advantage is undercounter microwaves free up wall space, fit seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen, and work better ergonomically. For families with children, they are installed for easy access and also equipped with safety locks for homes with toddlers.
MILWAUKEE—The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, today announced the semi-annual Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale will take place from September 16 ¬– October 3, 2015.
People who donate clothing, shoes, accessories or other household textiles for Goodwill at any of the Bon-Ton Stores’ 270 locations will receive discount coupons to purchase the newest fall fashions for the entire family as well as home merchandise.
Donors will receive coupons of up to 25 percent off merchandise at their local Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s or Younkers stores. The special Goodwill donor discount applies to women’s, men’s and children’s apparel; shoes; handbags; home items; and luggage, with 15 percent off on cosmetics and fragrances.
“The Goodwill Sale is Bon-Ton’s signature cause-marketing event,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “Our customers look forward to this sale because they can get involved by donating to help others and also receive discounts on new fall merchandise.”
Bon-Ton stores will donate the items collected to Goodwill, where they will be sold in Goodwill stores. Revenues from the sale of those items help fund job training and services in the communities where they are collected, and they help people find jobs and build their careers. In addition, Goodwill uses the funds to provide support services to help people strengthen their families, including free tax preparation, financial education and youth mentoring.
“When you take part in the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale, you can be certain your donations provide services that help thousands of people who face challenges to finding employment,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Bon-Ton shoppers get great deals on new fall clothing and other items, and Goodwill is better able to support career development programs that help individuals and families.”
This marks the 21st year of the partnership between Goodwill and Bon-Ton. Customers may register for at www.MillionActsofGoodwill.com for a chance to win a $25 gift card and one lucky winner will receive a $500 shopping spree. See official rules online for details.
The decline in American manufacturing and the rise of products made in China have frustrated America workers and been fodder for political commentators for years.
But more recently, signs have emerged that a reversal of fortunes is in the making.
Rising labor costs in China have prompted many manufacturers to look elsewhere to produce their goods. Some upped their production in other Asian countries, such as Vietnam, but the stage also was set for many businesses producing overseas to return to the U.S.
Of course, some never left these shores TO BEGIN with.
“In many cases, companies can manufacture in the United States if they are willing to invest in automation,” says Susan Schlapkohl of InterVac Design (www.intervacdesign.com), which makes built-in vacuum cleaner systems for boats, RVs and small homes.
“A lot of businesses were drawn overseas because they felt the cost-savings associated with foreign production made sense. Now that studies show the cost gap between the United States and China is shrinking, they are starting to see the advantages of coming back home.”
Schlapkohl understood those advantages all along. She and her husband, Peter, an engineer who emigrated from Germany in 1964, were determined to keep InterVac’s production in the United States when they founded their company in 1998.
“We were certain that with our automation and design background, we would be able to make our VACUUM CLEANERS in America using American workers,” Schlapkohl says. “We were right.”
Schlapkohl isn’t the only one who is high on America’s odds of rebounding on the manufacturing front.
The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, said in 2011 that China’s manufacturing-cost advantage over the U.S. was shrinking rapidly.
The firm predicted then that within five years rising Chinese wages, higher U.S. productivity and other factors would “virtually close the cost gap between the U.S. and China for many goods consumed in North America.”
“We are starting to see that happening,” Schlapkohl says.
She says in her view, “Made in America” is more than just a slogan. It makes good business sense. She offers a few reasons why.
• Quality control. It’s much easier to maintain quality when you are overseeing the process yourself, rather than farming out the job to someone in a foreign country, Schlapkohl says. “In our case, we wanted to make sure we were shipping vacuum cleaners that meet our standards as well as the standards of Underwriters Laboratories,” she says. “So we invested in automation, because that is the only way to deliver a consistent product at a competitive price.”
• Financial considerations. The rise in Chinese labor costs that made the wage gap less significant is just one factor that is making domestic production more enticing. SHIPPING COSTS also have jumped. Meanwhile, a reduction in domestic natural gas prices has helped keep electricity costs from soaring. “Also, when you are importing, you fight the battle of what product mix to bring in,” Schlapkohl says. “If you guess wrong, you end up with higher inventory levels and that reduces profit because of slow inventory turnover.”
• Economic boost. Americans need jobs, so any time a company can keep them here rather than ship them overseas is a win, Schlapkohl says. Those jobs help boost the overall economy, she says, which improves business for everyone.
“For anyone who says manufacturing companies can’t compete if they don’t go overseas, my response is simple,” Schlapkohl says. “At InterVac, we’ve been making our products in the United States for 17 years. So don’t tell me it’s not possible.”
Milwaukee, Wisc. – Small Business across the country have access to $17.4 million in funding to help them enter and compete in the global marketplace with the Small Business Administration’s 40 awards from the agency’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program. In Wisconsin, the $712,000 award will support various small business exporting activities, including trade missions to Vietnam and China; United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia; Mexico; Canada; and South Korea.
“Exports are a central part of America’s economic growth; with export-supported jobs paying 15-18 percent more. Yet less than one percent of small business export; and of those that do, 58 percent of them export to only one country,” said Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside of the U.S., SBA’s STEP program ensures that America’s small businesses can succeed in the 21st century global economy.”
The purpose of the 2015 award is for Wisconsin to assist small businesses with export-related activities or other export initiatives in line with the STEP program objectives, including participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, subscription services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as design of international marketing campaigns, export trade show exhibits, training workshops and more.
“Our STEP program ensures local resources are available to help small businesses tap global markets. By funding Wisconsin and its export development partners, the SBA is delivering the tools and resources required for small businesses to launch their services and products abroad,” said Eric Ness, SBA’s Wisconsin district director.
Unlocking trade opportunities for small businesses is key to continued growth and expansion and the STEP program is designed to increase the number of small businesses that begin to export and the value of exports for those currently exporting. Nationwide, recipients in the first two rounds of step awards provided in FY 2011 and FY 2012, reported a strong return on investment of more than 19:1. In total, Wisconsin has received more than $1.5 million in STEP awards since FY 2011.
Expanding the base of small business exporters and making the process as easy as possible is a key component of the Administration’s National Export
Wall Street Baja Ante Pérdidas de Wal-Mart
Nueva York.- Los precios de las acciones negociadas en Wall Street cerraron el martes a la baja después de que Wal-Mart redujo su pronóstico de utilidades y de que el mercado bursátil de China se desplomó ante renovadas preocupaciones respecto a la economía del país.
El promedio industrial Dow Jones perdió 33 puntos, o 0,2%, para cerrar en 17.511, según cifras preliminares. El índice Standard & Poor’s 500 retrocedió cinco unidades, o 0,3%, a 2.096, mientras que el indicador compuesto Nasdaq bajó 32 puntos, o 0,6%, a 5.059.
Las acciones de Wal-Mart cayeron más de 3% después de que la compañía de venta al por menor reportó ganancias trimestrales menores a lo esperado y advirtió que su utilidad anual probablemente será menor a lo calculado previamente.
El principal índice bursátil de China se desplomó 6% el martes, su mayor caída desde el 27 de julio. La liquidación de acciones se dio tras los esfuerzos del gobierno de Beijing de prohibir a los mayores accionistas que vendan acciones.
Field demos lined up for Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Show
MADISON – The biggest and best farm machinery will be on display Aug. 25-27 during field demonstrations at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days at Statz Bros. Inc. between Sun Prairie and Marshall. But there’s also some machinery that may be suitable for mid-sized to smaller dairy farms.
Junior Manthe, a De Forest farmer, is co-chairman of the field demonstrations committee at this year’s Farm Technology Days in Dane County. He says hay mowing and merging is planned for morning and afternoon each day. Hay chopping will be featured each afternoon and chopping corn silage will be featured each morning.
The demonstrations are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.each day.
The Statz farm has ample land surrounding the 75-acre Tent City to allow the farm machinery to work. The host family has 135 acres available for corn and 120 acres for hay-making demonstrations.
Corn silage will be made on fields north of Tent City and all hay demonstrations will take place south and southeast of Tent City.
“On day one we’ll also have tillage after wheat and on days two and three we will demonstrate tillage after corn silage is taken off,”Manthe says.
Manthe says this is his third “swing at the bat” as a volunteer for Farm Technology Days. He worked on the show when it was previously held in Dane County at the Treinen and Rauls farms near De Forest in 1986 and he also volunteered his time to help the Columbia County version of the show when it was held at the Klahn and Manke farms in 1994.
“Technology in things like choppers and mergers has changed so much since then,” he says. “There’s so much more information available to farmers like on-the-go moisture testing and the ability of the choppers to tell you how much is being chopped.”
Dave Smithback, who co-chairs the committee with Manthe, is especially excited about a machine that will be novel to visitors at the show. It is an all-in-one forage chopper/wagon from the Netherlands. He says it could be ideal for a smaller dairy operation where the farm might have two of them to get their crops in.
Smithback, who farms near Utica and who has been organizing a tractor pull there for 28 years, says this machine from Europe “is about as new technology as you’re going to get. For the medium- to smaller-sized dairy guy this might be the answer. This chopping wagon is pretty cool.”
The machine that farmers can see at the show can be used for either corn silage or haylage, he added.
The hybrids planted on the Statz’s fields were chosen so they would mature earlier so the corn silage could be harvested for the Aug. 25-27 show.These committee volunteers are also in charge of trams that get visitors from Tent City to the fields where equipment is working.
“We have 24 trams lined up and we’ve lined up retired farmers to drive and they are all recruiting friends to serve as spotters,” Smithback says.
One thing he isn’t worried about is rain. “We are on high ground. People will still be able to enjoy Tent City even if it rains.”
Pay Ratio‘ Disclosure for CEOs Approved by SEC
The securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday narrowly approved a new rule requiring publicly traded U.S firms to disclose the gap between CEOs’ annual compensation and the median compensation of other employees.
Handing a defeat to business opponents of the change, the 3-2 vote by the SEC’s five commissioners capped a multi-year battle over the so-called “pay ratio” disclosure required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act enacted after the national financial crisis.
The outcome came after more than 287,000 comment letters and related meetings as business and other groups called the rule unnecessary and said it would be expensive and difficult to implement, while supporters contended it would help investors make more informed evaluations of corporate governance and so-called say-on-pay initiatives.
What’s not little dispute is that the new rule is likely to be a new feature in protests over U.S. income inequality.
“While there is no doubt that this information comes with a cost, the final rule recommended by the (SEC) staff provides companies with substantial flexibility in determining the pay ratio, while remaining true to the statutory requirements,” said SEC Chair Mary Jo White.
Publicly traded U.S. firms already disclose compensation of their CEOs and other top executives in proxy filings submitted to the SEC before annual stockholder meetings. But those forms are often complex and can prove challenging to decipher. The new rule will require companies to:
Disclose the annual total compensation of the CEO
Report the median of the annual total compensation of all other employees — the level where half the workers earn more, and half earn less.
Provide the ratio of those two amounts.
Companies would be allowed to use total employee headcount, a statistical sampling of workers or other methodology to determine the median employee level. That could include applying cost-of-living adjustment to the compensation measure used to identify the median. However, the firm would be required to disclose the median employee annual total compensation and pay ratio without the cost-of-living adjustment.
In an effort to ease compliance, the rule allows companies to exclude non-U.S.workers from the methodology used to calculate the median employee level if the workers are based in a location where the disclosure would violate data privacy laws.
Firms whose overseas workers make up 5% or less of the total workforce may exclude all of them from the calculations. Companies with larger non-U.S. divisions may exclude them up to a 5% threshold. The percentages are lower than opponents had sought.
The disclosure requirement will apply to all companies currently required to provide executive compensation disclosure. Smaller firms, foreign private issuers, emerging growth companies and registered investment companies would be exempt.
Companies would be required to report the pay-ratio disclosure during their first fiscal year beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2017.
White joined SEC Commissioners Luis Aguilar and Kara Stein in voting for the new rule. Aguilar said the requirement gives companies “a great deal of flexibility” in complying, while Stein said the rule “should provide a valuable piece of information to investors and others in the marketplace.”
Commissioners Daniel Gallagher and Michael Piwowar, the SEC’s two Republican commissioners, voted “no” after arguing the rule had no evident benefits and would cost businesses an estimated $1.3 billion in initial compliance costs alone. They contended the change instead was designed to “name and shame” highly paid CEOs and their firms.
“To steal a line from (Supreme Court) Justice (Antonin) Scalia, this is pure applesauce,” Gallagher said of the rule and its rationale.
Critics, such as the Business Roundtable, agreed. The association of major U.S. chief executives said most private-sector companies lack an easy way to gather compensation data from operating divisions around the world that often use different and incompatible payroll systems.
“The pay-ratio mandate has never been about actual CEO pay or the pay of average workers, for it is no secret that CEOs are paid significantly more than the average worker,” said Timothy Bartl, president of the Center on Executive Compensation. He also warned about “unintended consequences of the pay-ratio requirement and the increased potential for confusion at a time when investors are already faced with complex pay disclosures.”
But supporters of the rule predicted the change would benefit shareholders.
“In recent decades, CEO compensation overall has grown to nearly 300 times what typical employees earn,” Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of more than 200 civil rights, consumer, labor and other groups wrote in a letter to the SEC. “Investors should have the ability to consider whether a CEO provides hundreds of times the value of their employees as they weigh whether to invest in a particular firm.”
Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Is proud to present Mexican Fiesta 2015!
Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (WHSF) is proud to present one of the largest Mexican Hispanic festivals in the Midwest (paid entrance) “Mexican Fiesta”. Since 1973, Mexican Fiesta has been bringing the sound, culture, and taste of México and Latin American countries to Milwaukee’s lakefront.
Celebrate three days of fun, food, Mariachi, and Fiesta this coming August 21st, 22nd, & 23rd, 2015 at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mexican Fiesta encourages individuals from all ethnic backgrounds to share the beauty of Latin Countries’ history, art, music, and food. The attractive Cultural Pavilion will display an extraordinary show and exhibition of the Mexican arts & crafts from more than 120 artisans coming directly from different states of México.Where the past and the present come alive through the crafts, folkloric dances music and craft workshops. Also, you can enjoy our traditional freshly baked bread “Pan de Feria,” by master bakers Carlos & Pascual Roldan from the State of Hidalgo, México.
Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, August 21st at the Cultural Pavilion.
Mexican Fiesta will feature Mariachi, folklore dancers and a variety of colorful entertainment such as:
• Sonidos y Movimientos de México
• Pok-Ta-Pok: Ballgame of the Ancient Maya – Presented by Rene Avila
• Academy of Mexican Dance and Music
• Grupo de Baile de la Rumba al Danzón
• And much more!
As a tradition, we will count with the presence of Our Lady of Zapopan, coming directly from Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. The sanctuary honoring Our Lady of Zapopan will be open for the three days of the festival from noon to midnight. Confessions will be heard from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. On Sunday, August 23rd, join us in the lakefront procession at 10:15 a.m. followed by Mass, with principal celebrant Father Guadalupe Santos from Ayutla, Jalisco, México.
Mexican Fiesta will feature traditional music such as Banda – Ranchero – Norteño – Salsa – Bachata – Cumbia – Pop & Rock en Español and much more, with live performances from:
• Espinoza Paz
• La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas
• Chuy Lizárraga y su banda Tierra Sinaloense
• Pablo Montero
• Joe Veras
• Mariachi Cobre
• Michael Salgado
• Grupo Kual
• Los Invasores de Nuevo León
• Tejano Show Case featuring: Ram Herrera, Cacy Savala, Oscar G., David Farias and Tejano Highway 281
• Paloma del Rio
• And much more!
Plenty of different activities will be hosted during Mexican Fiesta 2015 for the entire family to enjoy:
Soccer Tournaments, Contest, Midway Rides, Children’s Area & Stage, Lake front Stage, Commercial Expo, Community & Health Fair Pavilion, Hotwheelz 2015 – Car & Motorcycle show, Art Gallery, Genealogy Exhibit and Much More.
Mexican Fiesta is also promoting health! On Sunday, August 23rd the Fiesta Run & Walk will take place at the Lake Shore Park (Summefest grounds) to create and maximize public awareness of the devastating effects of Diabetes and Obesity. Marshall for the Walk will be Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Two Time World MMA Champion, and the Marshall for the Run will be Ramona Villarreal, Ironman 70.3 World Athlete. Registration is now available atwww.mexicanfiesta.org/fiesta_walk.php, single is $10, group of 4 is $35 and a team of 20 is $120 (extra member $6).
Enjoy all these activities at an affordable price by purchasing your tickets ahead of time at Mexican Fiesta office, El Rey Grocery Stores and Mi Super Mercados for only $13 per adult (9yrs old +), children 8 years old and under enter FREE with an adult. ($15 at the gate). Online tickets are available at www.mexicanfiesta.org.