Link 18 May 1 note Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific interviews Rama Rebbapragada, Chairman of the Asia Cruise Association, on trends in the Asian marketplace»


/PRNewswire/ — Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific –conference and trade show focusing on the emerging Asian-Pacific cruise industry— interviews Rama Rebbapragada, Chairman of the Asia Cruise Association and supporter of the Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific show. The Asia Cruise Association (ACA) is a leading cruise association dedicated to the development and promotion of the cruise industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Rebbapragada will be speaking at Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacificat the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from September 17-18, 2012.


Rama Rebbapragada, Chairman of the Asia Cruise Association, describes the opportunities to come in the rapidly growing Asian Cruise marketplace. What do you see as the major opportunities in your market in the next 2 years? RR: The continuing popularity of cruising as a mainstream vacation option within Asia coupled by the increased deployment of newer and larger ships into the region. The continuing growth in South East Asia and China and the re-emergence of markets such as Japan, not only as a destination but as source markets present huge opportunities for cruising in Asia.

Among the challenges the industry faces, which do you think are the most pressing?RR:Port infrastructure development to accommodate large ships in ports of call within South East Asia and Japan is the most pressing challenge. CIQ and guest visa regulations in North Asia and certain supply chain related issues are also areas that needed to be addressed to make Asia acruise industry friendly region. Travel agent training and increasing the number of travel agentsselling cruises in Asia is another pressing need for the industry. What do you believe are the most creative solutions to these challenges?RR: Encouraging private investment in port development with certain incentives similar to what is going on in Europe should help smaller ports get upgraded faster to accommodate the increased capacity in the region. Partnering with tourism boards, trade associations and adapting industry certified training modules and customizing them to the local needs would help address the lack of knowledge on selling cruising within the trade community.

The Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Conference and Exhibition Rama Rebbapragada, Chairman of the Asia Cruise Association,will be speaking on topics such as these at Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from September 17-18, 2012.The conference will highlight the expanding infrastructure within the entire Asia-Pacific region. Plenary sessions will begin with a state of the industry discussion and be complimented by discussions on new build, refurbishment and refitting, destination planning and development and reaching the burgeoning Asian customer market. In-depth discussion on customer experience,travel agent engagement, government involvement and ports and development will be featured in the masterclasses.

Other world-renowned cruise experts speaking at Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific include: Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, Gianni Onorato, President, Costa Crociere, Roberto Giorgi, President, V.Ships, and Rama Rebbapregada, Associate Vice President, International Charters, Consumer Outreach & Business Development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited and Chairman of the Asia Cruise Association speaking on the key drivers for industry growth.

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I recently had the opportunity to show a couple of first time visitors around Hong Kong. They were connecting to a cruise and only had a day and a half. Additionally, the weather was hot and extremely muggy, a condition they were not used to. What to do? What to do?
Since they were staying in Hung Hom on the Kowloon side, the first leg was easy. Take the Star Ferry to Central where we could meet up easily (I live in Central). Since I had just arrived that morning after an all-night 14 hour flight from the U.S., I set up a 2:00pm meeting and they used the late morning and early afternoon to wander around and have a light lunch.

I first walked them through the IFC Mall. They aren’t shoppers but malls, whether we, who live here, like it or not, are a significant part of the “Hong Kong experience.” They were interested in what a Hong Kong Supermarket was like so we toured City Super, which with its Japanese flavor and ethnically diverse product offerings is surprisingly interesting to visitors.

Next we rode the escalator up to Hollywood Road, sometimes called “Antique Street.” New visitors are fascinated and often awed by the escalator. I’m still slightly in awe of it after 14 years. From there, it’s an easy stroll past the antique shops to the Man Mo Temple with its hundreds of burning incense offerings and praying visitors. It may not be fancy or famous but it is inherently intriguing. It’s the oldest continuously operating temple in Hong Kong. You can find a review of it elsewhere in this journal.

We continued down Hollywood Road, to Wing Lok Street, referred to as Bird’s Nest Street or Ginseng Street. I tried and failed to explain why someone would pay $650 for a small container of swallows’ nests. The only parallel I had was spending $100 and up for a bowl of Shark’s Fin Soup. It is supposedly healthy and also gives the consumer status.

We next walked to Des Voeux Road West where many shops sell exotic dried seafood. We were on our way to the Sheung Wan Wet Market. My guests were leery of interacting with live chickens so we passed, but I still think for someone who is new to Hong Kong that visiting a wet market is worthwhile and relatively risk-free.

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The two body dynamics of an orbiting particle is usually governed by Newton’s 
laws of gravity and mechanics. Here the Kepler problem has been studied with the 
addition of the Lorentz force of magnetism. For micrometeoroids and small man made 
debris particles electromagnetic interactions may become important. The space 
environment is filled with charged particles, electrons and ions, that may be deposited on 
a 1 - 100 microns sized particle. The orbits of such charged particles have been 
modeled in earth orbit, with the dipole magnetic field superposed on the gravity field. 
An initial study of this problem has been conducted. Figures 1 illustrates a 600 
second time frame of particles in a 300 kilometer altitude Earth orbit with a 5.7’ 
inclination. The solid line is the pure Kepler problem. The dashed lines are the paths 
taken by various sized particles with a single positive charge of 1.6x10-‘~ coulombs. 
The additional energy required to deflect these particles from a Kepler orbit 
comes from the deposition of charge at the initial stage in the calculation. From there 
the energy of the particle is conserved since both the gravitational and magnetic forces 
are conservative, i.e. $F d r = 0. 
The orbit of 1 micron sized particles has been computed and the results a r e 
shown in figures 2 through 5. The results of this numerical exercise in magneto-orbital 
dynamics a r e rather unexpected, but appear physically correct when studied. The 
particle was set in a 2000km orbit with a 5.7’ inclination. Figure 2 displays how the 
magnetic field torques the orbital plane. Figure 3 then shows how the orbit is flipped 
over and shoved toward the north pole. This is analogous to the spin orbit interaction in 
the quantum atom. He r e the magnetic moments of the Earth’s magnetic field and the 
orbit a r e parallel. The flip in the orbit is a result of the system’s requirement to reach a 
lower magnetic energy by antiorienting the magnetic moments. The energy lost by 
reorienting the magnetic moment goes into gravitational potential energy by shoving the 
orbit above the north pole. 
Since this model is classical, and the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the 
accelerating charge is negligible, events depart from the Bohr quantum analog above. 
The charged particle finds itself in a magnetic bottle near the north pole, figure 4. The 
spiralling charged particle is deflected upward by the converging magnetic field. The 
spiral then climbs upward only to be drawn back down by gravity. The spiral bounces up 
and down gradually reaching on average a lower altitude with each bounce. This 
ephemeris run went for 84000 iterations, with three seconds per iteration, before the 
particle crashed into the Earth. Figure 5 is a close up of the oscillating orbital spiral 
shortly before it crashes into the earth. 
This problem explores a hole in the current understanding of orbital mechanics of 
particles. Ions and electrons in the Earth environment are treated as obeying the laws of 
electromagnetism, and collectively according to plasma physics. 

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Link 30 Mar 2 notes Brightbridge Wealth Management Headlines:Analysis Time to Move Some Money to Stocks from Commodities»


“Chinese policy makers made it very clear that there is ‘no absolute limit’ to what they will do to control inflation, which raised concerns around the impact of their actions on demand growth” for commodities, Jan Loeys, head of asset allocation at JPMorgan, wrote in a research note this week.

By Walter Brandimarte
(Reuters) ? Commodities have lost their luster for leading investment strategists on fears that global economic growth, particularly Chinese demand, may be lower than previously expected.

Instead, they are recommending investing in large-cap U.S. companies whose earnings have historically varied less through economic cycles. That includes defensive areas such as household products and utilities but also some technology and industrial companies.

Investors became more cautious about commodities after last week’s vicious unwind of oil, copper and precious metals ? which some dubbed a mini “flash crash” similar to the one seen in U.S. equity markets a year earlier.

Even as strategists recommend steering away from commodities, they agree that the long-term outlook is positive. But over the near term they do not rule out another downleg in prices ? especially if China, the world’s largest consumer of raw materials, continues to tighten monetary policy.

“Chinese policy makers made it very clear that there is ‘no absolute limit’ to what they will do to control inflation, which raised concerns around the impact of their actions on demand growth” for commodities, Jan Loeys, head of asset allocation at JPMorgan, wrote in a research note this week.

Economic activity has been moderating in China, and prospects for future growth seem less certain after the government signaled no end in its fight to curb inflation.

China raised bank reserve requirements by 50 basis points on Thursday, surprising analysts who had expected it to use monetary brakes less aggressively after a series of weaker-than-expected economic data for April.

For its part, the United States saw growth domestic product of only 1.8 percent in the first quarter, down from 3.1 percent in the last three months of 2010.

Last week’s sell-off drove the price of U.S. crude oil below $100 from an April peak of more than $113. Prices have been volatile since then, and further weakness is possible.

“What happened in commodity markets last week was not surprising at all, and more weakness in the near term wouldn’t be that surprising either,” Jim O’Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, said in a recent research note.


As commodities lose appeal, the outlook for U.S. stocks remains bright in the short term ? at least as long as the U.S. Federal Reserve continues to provide easy money with its quantitative easing policy.

Merrill Lynch argues that the three main drivers of stocks performance ? investor positioning, monetary policy and company profits ? remain in place, albeit less so than two years ago.

“While we would wait for a better entry point, we believe the cyclical bull market in equities is not over and would buy any summer weakness in stocks, Michael Hartnett, Merrill Lynch’s chief global equity strategist, wrote in a report, in which he favors U.S. and emerging markets over Europe and Japan.

Defensive stocks are preferred to cyclical ones, JP Morgan said, arguing that the economic indicators show the global manufacturing sector is experiencing an inventory correction similar to the one seen around the middle of last year.

Defensive stocks are not the only ones that should perform well this year, according to Merrill Lynch. Companies with strong and stable profit growth are also expected to thrive as corporate earnings decelerate in general and the Federal Reserve prepares to reduce monetary stimulus, it said.

“The list of stocks (with the lowest earnings variability) comprises a surprisingly diverse group, with almost equal representation from cyclical sectors as well as defensive sectors,” Savita Subramanian, Merrill Lynch’s quantitative analyst, said in a research note,

Technology stocks, Subramanian added, are well represented in that list.

Other strategists favored U.S. equities over commodities-rich emerging markets because of the opposite impact of lower energy prices.

“Lower energy prices are positive for the U.S. as it allows consumer demand to sustain itself and thereby the economic recovery,” said Alberto Bernal, head of research at BullTick Capital Markets.

“A correction in commodities, however, is negative for the emerging markets exporters, consistent with our call for overweight U.S. and developed market equities versus those of emerging markets this year.”

Link 30 Mar 1 note Brightbridge Wealth Management Headlines: Apple may have tough road in Amazon lawsuit»


(Reuters) – Apple Inc may face hurdles in stopping online retailer Inc from using Apple’s App Store name through a trademark lawsuit, a U.S. judge indicated at a hearing on Wednesday.

Apple, the maker of best-selling iPhones and iPad tablets, filed a lawsuit saying that Amazon has improperly used Apple’s App Store name to solicit software developers throughout the United States.

At the hearing in an Oakland federal court on Wednesday, District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said she would reread some of the supporting papers in the case, according to an individual who was at the hearing.

However, Hamilton said Apple had a “stumbling block” in proving that anyone would confuse Apple’s App Store for Amazon’s Appstore for Android, the individual said.

Hamilton did not make a final ruling at the hearing, court records show.

Apple declined to comment. Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Apple claims in the lawsuit that Amazon is unlawfully using the App Store name in connection with what Amazon calls the “Amazon Appstore Developer Portal,” along with other instances like advertisements for a version of Angry Birds, the popular mobile game.

Apple has also asserted a claim of unfair competition, and is seeking to enjoin Amazon from using the App Store mark.

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Link 1 Mar 3 notes Atlantic International Partnership Headlines: MONTGOMERY: Madrid to head economic development panel »

MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Township Economic Development Commission elected fellow commissioner Daniel V. Madrid as its chairman for this year on Jan. 24.

Mr. Madrid, an attorney in the Princeton office of Fox Rothschild LLP, started serving the commission in 2008 when he was appointed by former Mayor Cecilia Birge. He is excited to serve the Montgomery business community in his new role.

”I want to help define the township’s goals in terms of economic development,” said Mr. Madrid. “I want to help promote the businesses in town and make things easier for them to succeed.”

He plans on helping to build the business community by being a sounding board for complaints, a resource for information and a forum for networking and the general exchange of ideas. Mr. Madrid intends to accomplish this by continuing to develop the Montgomery newsletter and through the use of technology to increase personal contact with the businesses.

He added that the commission should cultivate relationships with local groups such as Shop Montgomery and Rotary in addition to regional groups such as Somerset County Business Partnership.

Through a thorough analysis of the existing business environment in Montgomery, he believes the Commission can determine the appropriate strategies for business growth and development.

He also wants to have more communication between the commission and the Township Committee. Mr. Madrid’s wife, Christine Madrid, was recently appointed to the committee at the January reorganization meeting.

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