Trump: U.S. will stand by Saudis, even though prince may have had knowledge of killing

Trump stands by Saudi prince despite journalist Khashoggi’s murder


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to remain a “steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia despite saying that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have known about the plan to murder dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month.

Defying intense pressure from U.S. lawmakers to impose tougher sanctions on Saudi Arabia, Trump also said he would not cancel military contracts with the kingdom, claiming it would be a “foolish” move that would only benefit Russia and China.

Trump said U.S. intelligence agencies were still studying the evidence around Khashoggi’s murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and who planned it.

“It could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.

His comments contradicted the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which believes Khashoggi’s death was ordered directly by the crown prince, who is Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler and is widely known by his initials MbS.

Trump was quickly accused by Democratic lawmakers of undermining his own intelligence agencies and failing to confront Saudi Arabia over a human rights atrocity.

“Human rights is more than just a phrase, it has to mean something. And that means standing up and condemning a brazen murder by a foreign government. Everyone who played a role in this killing must be held accountable,” Senator Dianne Feinstein said.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers have urged Trump to drop his support for MbS over the Khashoggi case, but the president has been reluctant.

Trump said on Tuesday that both Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and MbS “vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder,” and that the truth may never be known.

He also stressed that Saudi Arabia, a major oil producer, is an important business partner and a “great ally” in the fight against Iranian power in the Middle East.

“The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region,” Trump said.

Adam Schiff, who is expected to become leader of the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee in January, said the United States should immediately end support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war, suspend arms sales to the kingdom, and reduce its reliance on Riyadh in the Middle East.

“The President adds to his track record of ignoring his own intelligence agencies, and undermining American values at home and abroad, by giving Saudi Arabia a pass for the brutal and premeditated murder of a U.S. resident and journalist. Outrageous,” Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

REPUBLICANS’ CRITICISM

Some of Trump’s fellow Republicans have also vowed to break from him and push for firmer U.S. action against Saudi Arabia.

Representative Francis Rooney, a Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Washington should apply the so-called Magnitsky Act to those responsible for Khashoggi’s death.

The legislation hits human rights violators with freezes on U.S. assets, U.S. travel bans, and prohibitions on Americans doing business with them.

Trump has placed the alliance with Saudi Arabia at the heart of his Middle East policy, and it was the first country he visited after becoming president in 2017.

His son-in-law Jared Kushner has developed a close relationship with MbS, and both he and Trump have tried to maintain the alliance despite an international furor over Khashoggi’s death.

Trump said on Tuesday he would not suspend arms sales to Riyadh. Some of his critics accuse him of exaggerating the importance of weapons sales to the American economy.

“If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries – and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!” Trump said.

He also said the alliance with Riyadh has helped keep oil prices under control and boosts the U.S. economy.

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“Right now we have oil prices in great shape. I’m not going to destroy the world economy and I’m not going to destroy the economy for our country by being foolish with Saudi Arabia.”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended Trump’s support for Saudi Arabia. The United States was obligated to adopt policies that furthered U.S. national security interests, Pompeo told a news conference following a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Washington.

Cavusoglu said that Turkey is not entirely satisfied with the level of cooperation it is receiving from Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi’s murder and may seek a formal United Nations inquiry.

Reporting by David Alexander, Susan Heavey and Mohammad Zargham; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Grant McCool



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Exclusive: Trump weighs authorizing U.S. troops to medically screen migrants

Exclusive: Trump weighs authorizing U.S. troops to medically screen migrants


United States Marines fortify concertina wire along the San Ysidro Port of Entry border crossing as seen from Tijuana, Mexico November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration is considering giving U.S. troops on the border with Mexico the authority to carry out medical screening of migrants, U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

The proposal, which is still in draft form and is circulating within the administration, would involve the military in screenings for things like illness and injury only if U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency personnel were overwhelmed and unable to do so on their own, the officials said.

The proposal would expand the mission for the Pentagon, which said previously it did not expect its forces to directly interact with migrants.

The Pentagon declined to comment.

U.S. military duties on the border, including stringing up concertina wire and building temporary housing, have been aimed at supporting CBP personnel.

The U.S. officials who spoke to Reuters about the proposal did so on condition of anonymity because Trump has not yet signed off on the idea.

It was unclear if the proposal, if confirmed in the coming days, might prolong the deployment of at least some troops at the border.

The commander of the mission told Reuters last week that the number of troops may have peaked at around 5,800, and he would soon look at whether to begin sending forces home or shifting some to new border positions. [nL2N1XQ0XV]

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Peter Cooney



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Renault names acting CEO but keeps Carlos Ghosn on the payroll

Renault names acting CEO but keeps Carlos Ghosn on the payroll


The company said in a statement that it would elevate chief operating officer Thierry Bolloré on an interim basis, giving him the same powers that Ghosn enjoys as CEO. It said independent director Philippe Lagayette would chair board meetings “during this period.”

Ghosn was detained by Japanese authorities on Monday after an internal investigation at Nissan, where he is also chairman, revealed “significant acts of misconduct” over many years.

The Japanese carmaker accused Ghosn of significantly under-reporting his compensation and misusing company assets. Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported Tuesday that the industry veteran had failed to properly disclose homes provided by Nissan in four countries.

NHK also said that prosecutors suspect Ghosn may have pocketed money that was meant for other executives at Nissan (NSANY).

Ghosn has not yet responded to the allegations.

“At this stage, the Board is unable to comment on the evidence seemingly gathered against Mr. Ghosn by Nissan and the Japanese judicial authorities,” Renault said in its statement, adding it was asking Nissan to share all information related to the investigation into Ghosn.

Prior to the announcement, analysts said it was unlikely that Ghosn would be able hold onto his positions at Renault or Nissan, in which the French carmaker owns a 43% stake.

Shares in both companies were punished this week, reflecting concerns that the scandal could fracture the global auto alliance that Ghosn forged over the past two decades.

Nissan’s board will meet Thursday, and it is expected to remove Ghosn from his position. Mitsubishi Motors (MMTOF), the third member of the alliance, has asked its board of directors to “promptly remove” Ghosn as chairman.

The three companies make up an unusual global alliance that employs 470,000 people, operates 122 plants and sold over 10 million vehicles in 2017. It would not exist without Ghosn, who is known in the industry as a skilled turnaround expert and savvy politician.

'Skeletons are popping out': Carlos Ghosn scandal shows Japan is slowly raising its game

‘Le cost killer’

Ghosn started his career at Michelin before rising through the ranks at Renault. He orchestrated a major restructuring of the struggling French carmaker, returning it to profitability and earning himself the nickname “Le cost killer.”

The Brazilian-born executive joined Nissan in 1999 when it formed an alliance with Renault, but he kept his responsibilities at Renault (RNSDF) as part of an unusual arrangement. Ghosn is also credited with executing a stunning turnaround at Nissan and was named its chief executive in 2001.

He was made CEO of Renault in 2005, becoming the first executive to run two Fortune Global 500 companies simultaneously. Mitsubishi joined the alliance in 2016, when Nissan took a controlling stake in the smaller Japanese carmaker.

The companies are linked through a complicated series of equity stakes. Nissan and Renault own pieces of each other, but Nissan’s stake in its French partner does not come with voting rights. Nissan also has a 34% stake in Mitsubishi. Politics is a factor: The French state maintains 15% ownership in Renault.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said earlier Tuesday that he would meet with representatives from Renault to discuss appointing interim management because Ghosn is “no longer capable of leading the group.”

Carlos Ghosn arrest: What we know and what's next

Future of the alliance

Ghosn’s latest project was to deepen ties between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. The alliance structure, which allows the companies to pool resources and share costs, has been explored by other carmakers in recent years.

Many top executives in the alliance report to three separate CEOs — but Ghosn held it all together. The big question now is whether the alliance can survive without him.

Ghosn told the Financial Times in June that the alliance he forged was “irreversible.”

“We created a lot of synergies, and scale is the name of the game. But I respect that some stakeholders are saying, ‘Hey, wait a minute, what’s gonna happen after you’re gone?’ ” he told the newspaper.

The carmakers could struggle to compete on their own should the alliance break up. The auto industry is under intense pressure to develop mass-market electric cars and autonomous vehicles. Tech companies are eager to beat them to the punch.

The governments of France and Japan appear determined to keep it alive. They issued a joint statement on Tuesday reaffirming their support for the alliance and calling it “one of the greatest symbols of Franco-Japanese industrial cooperation.”

Saskya Vandoorne contributed reporting.



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Witness at 'El Chapo' trial tells of high-level corruption

Witness at ‘El Chapo’ trial tells of high-level corruption


NEW YORK (Reuters) – A witness at the U.S. drug trafficking trial of accused Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on Tuesday testified that he paid a multimillion dollar bribe to an underling of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in 2005.

Assistant United States Attorney Gina Parlovecchio questions witness Jesus Zambada (R), the brother of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada who was Guzman’s alleged partner in running the Sinaloa Cartel, during the trial of the accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (not shown), in this courtroom sketch in Brooklyn federal court in New York, U.S., November 19, 2018. Sketch from November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

The witness, Jesus Zambada, also said he paid millions of dollars in bribes to former Mexican government official Genaro Garcia Luna on behalf of his brother, drug lord Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who remains at large.

Zambada gave his testimony about the bribes on the fifth day of trial under cross-examination by one of Guzman’s lawyers, William Purpura. Guzman’s lawyers have said they will try to prove that Guzman is being scapegoated and that Ismael Zambada was the real head of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Guzman, 61, is charged with 17 criminal counts and faces life in prison if he is convicted. He was extradited to the United States in January 2017, after twice escaping Mexican prisons.

Zambada, who was called to testify against Guzman under an agreement with U.S. prosecutors, previously told jurors that his brother and Guzman worked together for years to move multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Colombia through Mexico into the United States, while arranging for their rivals to be murdered.

During Purpura’s cross-examination, Zambada said he paid “a few million” dollars to a Mexico City government official while Lopez Obrador was head of government there. He said the bribe was paid because it was believed at the time that the official could become Mexico’s next secretary of public security.

The name of the official was not immediately clear from the court testimony. But Gabriel Regino, a former subsecretary of public security in Mexico City who is now a criminal law professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, wrote on Twitter that an accusation of bribery had emerged against him in the trial but was false.

Lopez Obrador could not immediately be reached for comment.

Zambada also said under cross-examination that he handed a suitcase containing $3 million to Garcia Luna in 2005 or 2006, when Garcia Luna was director of Mexico’s Federal Investigation Agency. He said he gave him another $3 million to $5 million in 2007, when he had become secretary of public security, to secure favorable treatment for the cartel.

Garcia Luna, who no longer works in government, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler



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Astral Projection and the DaVinci Code

Astral Projection is the projection of one’s consciousness beyond one’s physical body. What does Astral Projection have to do with the DaVinci code?

There are many techniques to produce Astral Projection (AP), many have succeeded and some have failed. There seems to be many people promising the world with techniques, cds and software that deliver very little in the way of results. We are all searching for the Holy Grail of AP techniques, the one technique that will bring instant success for anyone who tries it. The question is how do we go about discovering this technique?

We start by asking those who can already AP to find it. Working as a team towards Astral Projection is much more likely to produce success than working alone.

Having veteran APers examining how they ‘consciously will’ themselves to leave their bodies and making available their conclusions, provides those aspiring to conscious voluntary Astral Projection with information to move closer to their goals.

To decrypt the secrets of Astral Projection and the world beyond we can use the studies of Transpersonal Psychology, Art and Philosophy. For example Jungian psychology was very influential in the study of symbolism and our spiritual journey through life. Artists such as Wassily Kandinski also wrote upon spirituality and art.

Whilst projected outside of one’s body there is a curious admixture of physical reality and hyper-reality. Some projections have dream-like sequences incorporated into them, other projections throw the projecter into completely different worlds whose existence is consensually validated by other projectors in the AP community. How we interact with these phenomena is based upon our prior preparation allowing us to more correctly interpret what we see and feel. Having a solid foundation in interpretation through at least one form of well-defined study may be all we need to unravel the secret to voluntary projection; the technique that will help all other AP aspirers. The human race never got to our current state of technological advancement as individual units going their own way: it was a collaborative effort. The same is true for Astral Projection. Collaboration and the willingness to study, learn and openly discuss our findings will allow us to learn the art of Astral Projection and bring forth it’s benefits in leaps and bounds.

Another collaborative technique that can be employed is for regular APers to visit non-APers and attempt to pull them out of their bodies to learn how to project. Usually once someone has learned to leave their bodies it becomes quite easy to do so again. A rippling affect will cause more and more successes as more and more APers help others to project exponentially.

There has to be a single, effective technique to produce Astral Projection. A team of forward thinking and positive people can make a big difference to their progress and during the process may unravel the hidden code to instant Astral Projection.



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Traffic jams, bitter cold on this year's Thanksgiving menu

Traffic jams, bitter cold on this year’s Thanksgiving menu


NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans may need an extra helping of patience this Thanksgiving weekend, with the largest number of travelers in a decade expected to hit the road or board flights to celebrate with family and friends after a prosperous year for many.

A heavy traffic sign reads above the Grand Central Parkway in New York, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The weather could complicate the journey in many parts of the country, as bitter, record-breaking cold blankets much of the Northeast on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and heavy rain in Northern California threatens to bring mudslides.

Beginning on Tuesday, more than 54 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the traditional feast, jamming highways, airports, railroads and waterways, according to the American Automobile Association, the largest U.S. automotive advocacy group. That would rank as the highest travel volume since 2005.

“Consumers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season: higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth,” Bill Sutherland, a senior vice president at AAA Travel, said in a statement. “This is translating into more travelers kicking off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway.”

Those traveling by air should expect long security lines, while those driving to their Thanksgiving destinations should plan for aggravating traffic tangles, AAA said.

Drivers in San Francisco, New York City and Boston are likely to experience the worst delays, with their journeys expected to take nearly four times as long as normal, said transportation analytics company INRIX.

Weather could disrupt travel in California, where there will be a substantial risk of heavy rainfall on Thursday, said David Roth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Following the worst wildfire in state history, downpours may trigger mudslides on the scorched slopes north of Sacramento and elsewhere that have been denuded of trees.

Many other parts of the nation, meanwhile, will have a bitterly cold but clear holiday, weather forecasters said.

Boston may endure the coldest Thanksgiving on record, Roth said. A forecast high of 21 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 6.1 Celsius) would break the record of 24 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 4.4 Celsius) set on Thanksgiving Day in 1901.

On Wednesday, light snow will fall in New York, where nothing is expected to stick, while a couple of inches will likely accumulate in Boston, Roth said.

Wind gusts of up to 40 miles (64 km) per hour could affect Thanksgiving parades in the Northeast, including the world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, but not travel itself, Roth said.

Airlines, including Delta Air Lines Inc. <DAL.N., United Airlines Inc.[UALCO.UL] and American Airlines Inc.[AAMRQA.UL], reported robust or even record-breaking ticket sales for the holiday travel period.

United expects to fly about 2.2 million travelers between Wednesday and Sunday, the most in its history for that period, spokesman Charles Hobart said.

The bad news for Thanksgiving guests who finish their second helping of pumpkin pie, thinking that the worst of their travel woes is behind them? The busiest travel day of the year, on the ground and in the air, is expected to be the Sunday after Thanksgiving, experts say.

Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Additional reporting by Nick Carey in Detroit; Editing by Bernadette Baum



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Instant View: Wall Street indexes close down sharply

Instant View: Wall Street indexes close down sharply


NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks extended their selloff on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 hitting a three-week low, as energy shares dropped with oil prices and retailers including Target and Kohl’s sank after weak earnings and forecasts.

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The S&P 500 and Dow slipped into negative territory for the year, and the Nasdaq fell to its lowest level in more than seven months.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI unofficially closed down 2.22 percent, the S&P 500 .SPX was off 1.82 percent and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was last down 1.67 percent.

COMMENTS:

MARK KEPNER, EQUITY TRADER, THEMIS TRADING, CHATHAM, NEW JERSEY

“Despite what has been a pretty good earnings season, people are looking ahead to next year and are worried about a slowdown. Might the Fed be as aggressive as they have been? Although they’ve been slow and measured, the consensus is that we’re starting to slow down. Maybe the U.S. is starting to catch up to the rest of the world’s economies. Those markets have lagged this year. Until recently, we’re been the standout. So the question becomes, When do those come together? Does the rest of the world catch up with us, or do we look like the rest of the world?”

QUINCY KROSBY, CHIEF MARKET STRATEGIST, PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL, NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

“It’s the market adjusting to an early 2019 that looks different from the months of 2018 in that there have been mounting concerns over global growth. U.S. growth is not weakening dramatically but slowing. There’s concerns over the Federal Reserve and its rate hike trajectory….Add to that concerns over tariffs and whether or not the U.S. and China can reach an agreement over the short to medium term, and that’s feeding into a consensus that the market needs to reprice at a lower multiple in order to withstand a different environment in 2019.”

ROBERT PAVLIK, CHIEF INVESTMENT STRATEGIST AND SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER, SLATESTONE WEALTH LLC, NEW YORK

    “It’s a combination of all of the various concerns coming together to force investors out of the overall market. There was an initial wave of selling and you might claim that was yesterday, and then people watch the news, they read the paper and it festers within their brains and the next morning the selling pressure begins to mount.”

MATTHEW KEATOR, PARTNER, THE KEATOR GROUP, LENOX, MASSACHUSETTS

“You can make an argument that the tax effect is a front-end-loaded type of deal. What’s happening now is more about uncertainty. Uncertainty about the Fed but also uncertainty with regards to trade.  On earnings calls recently there were 10 percent or less of the companies had any sort of commentary on tariffs or trade. But it’s the uncertainty that’s out there that the markets are preparing for. And uncertainty is when fear creeps in. And fear is a much stronger emotion than greed. Which is one of the reasons that’s driving the VIX higher and higher.”

“Volume does have an effect. We do have a holiday week. It’s typically a quieter week in terms of trade volume and that’s going to exaggerate things on the up or the downside.”

DOUG BIBEN, FOUNDER AND PORTFOLIO MANAGER, BCM, LOS ANGELES

“There is lots of bad news hitting the tape all at once in a nervous market. Boeing cancelling their conference call was a bad surprise for nervous investors. The Goldman Sachs downgrade of Apple … analysts have lost a lot of credibility on Apple. Margin calls in FANG stocks are weighing on shares. Facebook going green is bullish and wouldn’t be surprised to see an afternoon rally in tech after the margin selling has been alleviated.”  

MICHAEL O’ROURKE, CHIEF MARKET STRATEGIST, JONESTRADING, GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT

“There are the headwinds of the trade war out there. The fiscal stimulus from tax cuts is starting to fade. The Federal Reserve policy of normalization, the (corporate earnings) outlook going forward – we don’t have many positive catalysts.”

“The earnings for Q3 were good, but the guidance going forward for Q4 has come in below expectations. You’ve seen that in the retailers as well as large-cap tech names like Amazon, Apple, Facebook … It’s been one of the positive catalysts that have pushed the market up for most of this year. Now that’s fading, so people are more apt to take profit and de-risk going into the year-end.”

On whether weak corporate bond market was affecting stocks: “It’s a similar situation of de-risking….For several years, corporate bonds have been trading at a tight spread to Treasuries. It was a sign of complacency, not enough of a risk premium being in them. Now that you’re seeing a little more weakness as far as the corporate earnings picture, they’re starting to price that in, and of course, the fact that interest rates are rising, you’re seeing a risk premium coming into the corporate bond market.”

ERIC KUBY, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, NORTH STAR INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CORP, CHICAGO

“The upward momentum was broken back in September with the back-to-back imposition of the tariffs on Sept 24 and then the Fed removing ‘accommodative’ from their policy statement on Sept 26. Ever since then, the environment has been much more challenging.”

“The most recent downward movement pretty clearly was Apple related. The shift of a new concern is over a slowing economy.”

“When you see some of the struggles specifically starting with the Apple guidance for the fourth quarter and then today with the retailers, which come out with cautionary tone about the economy, now you are looking at rising interest rates, all these costs and disruptions related to the trade policy, and an economy domestically that may be showing signs of slowing. You also had bad housing numbers. So you have a lot of mounting evidence that the economy is softening and then that leads to downward earnings revisions.”

“There is so much trading money, and what is that money? That’s all momentum money. All the volume that trades has really been momentum-based and continues to be and now the momentum has turned the wrong way. Just a lot of factors creating a very difficult environment.”

Is what you’re seeing in the corporate bond market worrisome from equity perspective?: “What you started to see recently is a widening of the spreads of the high-yield market over the Treasury market. That is another sort of risk-off sign. The high yield market was hanging in there pretty well. Spreads were just as recently as a maybe month ago or so really tight. So just another sign that there is concern out there.”



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Retail, tech stocks lead slide on Wall Street

Wall Street sells off again as retail, energy struggle


NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks sold off for a second day on Tuesday as energy shares dropped with oil prices and retailers including Target (TGT.N) and Kohl’s (KSS.N) tumbled after weak earnings and forecasts, fueling worries about economic growth.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 551.8 points, or 2.21 percent, to 24,465.64, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 48.84 points, or 1.82 percent, to 2,641.89 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 119.65 points, or 1.7 percent, to 6,908.82.

Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien



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Three Surefire Ways of Failing in Ecommerce & What You Should Do

There are a few things that some people think when they first get into ecommerce that will cause them to fail. If you think any of these things, I hope that I can encourage you to change that way of thinking. Perhaps change it to something that will help you be successful with your online business.

# 1: "I Do not Need to Market my Website"

eBay did not become the eBay that we know without a little internet marketing. Google is not the powerhouse that it is today without telling people about what they had to offer. Your business, will never be successful to the degree that you would like it to be, without putting work into telling people about it.

I had two online businesses before I ever made a dime online. Both of them failed miserably. Looking back now, I do not think it was actually the fact that I was getting involved in over-crowded markets. It just had a lot to do with my inability to market my website and business properly. My entire way of thinking was that if I built this company, that people should naturally want to buy from me. It does not work that way online though. 1) They have no clue you even exist and 2) what incentivous are you giving them to buy from you? I know I did not give them much reason in these first two businesses. I had a good product, but with no reviews, little interaction with perspective buyers, I just did not have the ability to sell to them. You will need to go the extra mile to market your website.

# 2: "My Product is good enough to Sell Itself"

As mentioned above, I had a good product. I still failed at online business. Unfortunately, in the online world people are not just going to take your word for it. You actually have to show them. I really did not have a website that "showed them" that I had a good product. It does not matter what type of business, product, or service you are offering, you must have some type of credibility.

If you sell an item you will need to ship, take videos of your product in action. Show them how your product works. Be very clear and concise about what problem your product solves. With this idea in mind, you will be very successful.

# 3: "I Do not Need to Invest More Money"

While marketing your product and website can be done with free methods, I would recommend that you have some type of marketing budget. Give yourself a monthly allowance. It can be as little as $ 20.00. In fact, I would encourage you to begin small. This is especially the case if you have never marketed a website before. This is not to say that you will always see your $ 20.00 come back by someone buying from you. Therefore, start out small, test different things. Find out what works. If you find something that is working for you, then start investing more money, and tweak things to see if you can get the maximum return on your investment (ROI).



Source by Henry Shea

382830 03: An informational notice regarding replacement ground beef hangs near a food cooler at a Cub Foods grocery store December 4, 2000 in Niles, IL. The nation''s tenth-largest retail supermarket chain, SuperValu Inc., has voluntarily recalled ground beef products from Cub Foods stores and other markets in the Midwest for possible E. coli contamination after at least 22 people reported becoming ill, the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) reported. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

Don’t eat romaine lettuce, CDC urges amid E. coli concerns


Thirty-two people, including 13 who have been hospitalized, have been infected with the outbreak strain in 11 states, according to the CDC. One of the hospitalized people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially life-threatening form of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

People have become sick in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified an additional 18 people who have become sick with the same strain of E. coli in Ontario and Quebec.

If you have any romaine lettuce at home, you should throw it away, even if you have eaten some and did not get sick, the CDC cautioned.

“This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad,” the CDC said in its announcement.

All types and brands of romaine lettuce are suspect because no common grower, supplier, distributor or source company has been identified by the CDC.

Retailers and restaurants also should not serve or sell any until more is known about the outbreak.

Symptoms of E. coli infection, which usually begin about three or four days after consuming the bacteria, can include watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, according to the CDC. Most people infected by the bacteria get better within five to seven days, though this particular strain of E. coli tends to cause more severe illness.

People of all ages are at risk of becoming infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, which is also investigating the outbreak. Children under 5, adults older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems, such as people with chronic diseases, are more likely to develop severe illness, but even healthy children and adults can become seriously ill.

Illnesses started in October. This outbreak is not related to a multistate outbreak linked to romaine lettuce this summer.



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