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Learn The 6 Simple Steps to USA Production

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Balmain Spring 2017 Menswear Collection

June 29, 2016 Leave a comment Bangladesh | 6th Edition | Register to get Invite

Balmain Spring 2017 Menswear Collection

Posted: 29 Jun 2016 05:37 AM PDT

Balmain has always experimented with styles, fabrics, embellishments and overall looks – never allowing them to get stereotyped. The Men’s 2017 Spring collection brings out some unique cuts, large oversized coats, short cocktail dresses and bring out the athletic and masculine style of the men’s tribe. The cuts are mainly easy and relaxed, fabrics are light washed , patched and at times the sleeves of shirts are reflected in the trouser shapes. Indigo knits have been used for relaxed look in many designs , even though the designs look voluminous. Most designs are not simple and multiple layered – with some of them reminding of medieval knights with their extensive decorations !

Balmain Spring 2017 Menswear Collection

Balmain Spring 2017 Menswear Collection

Balmain Spring 2017 Menswear Collection

Balmain Spring 2017 Menswear Collection

Balmain Spring 2017 Menswear Collection

Balmain Spring 2017 Menswear Collection

Balmain Spring 2017 Menswear Collection

Balmain Spring 2017 Menswear Collection

Balmain Spring 2017 Menswear Collection

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NY Times Bits Daily Report

June 27, 2016 Leave a comment



The New York Times

Daily Report

June 27 2016

For years, Apple and Dell battled over sales to students and schools.
Apple was arguably the first tech company to make significant sales to the education market (not including those IBM and Hewlett-Packard mainframes used in engineering departments), thanks to computers that were far easier to use than early Windows PCs. But as Apple stumbled in the 1990s and Windows improved, Dell’s Windows PCs grabbed a significant share.
Now those old rivals have plenty of company.
This week, at an education conference in Colorado, executives from Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other tech companies will be discussing what they bring to the educational market, from software and online tools to devices like the Mac or Google’s Chromebooks.
A cynic would say they want to get them hooked while they’re young. And there might be some truth to that: Get comfortable with a Mac or a Chromebook when you’re young and you’ll probably use it for years to come.
But education is also a significant business opportunity.Last year, primary and secondary schools in the United States spent $4.9 billion on tablet, laptop and desktop computers, according to researchers at IDC.
– Jim Kerstetter

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The Chronicle of Higher Education This Week

June 27, 2016 Leave a comment


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Turmoil Raises Specter of Faculty Exodus From Public Colleges

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Weekly Briefing

Monday, June 27, 2016

Turmoil Raises Specter of Faculty Exodus From Public Colleges premium

By Lee GardnerHigh-profile defections stoke rumors of a mass exit, but even if professors aren’t fleeing in droves, there’s plenty of maneuvering behind the scenes.

Gay College Leaders Reflect on Barriers, and How Far They’ve Come premium

By Lee GardnerLGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education held its second annual conference in the wake of a mass shooting that targeted gay Americans. Even in the aftermath of that tragedy, some members saw encouraging signs.

Video: N.C. ‘Bathroom Bill’ Is Discriminatory

By Jack StriplingRandy Woodson, chancellor of North Carolina State University, says a controversial law that requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates is discriminatory and could damage his campus’s standing in the scholarly community.  

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Immigration Plan — and to Hopes of ‘Dreamers’

By Katherine ManganA deadlocked vote by the justices preserves a lower court’s ruling against a proposal that would have shielded from deportation many parents and siblings of college students.

As ‘Fisher’ Churned, Conversations About Campus Diversity Evolved premium

By Eric HooverShifts in economics and student demographics, along with resurgent activism, have altered the tenor of the discussion about affirmative action over the past eight years.

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The Flaw at the Heart of Psychological Research premium

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The Supreme Court Frees Colleges to Sensibly Pursue Diversity

By Lorelle L. Espinosa and Peter McDonoughThe Fisher II decision signals, in a time of deep unrest, that race matters.


How Your Journal Editor Works

By Devoney LooserA glimpse into the not-so-glamorous lives and habits of scholarly-journal editors.


A Call to Replace Adjuncts With Tenure-Track Faculty Members

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Mobile Strategies Update

June 27, 2016 Leave a comment



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How Britain’s Breakup With the E.U. Could Reshape World Markets

June 25, 2016 Leave a comment


JUNE 24, 2016

LONDON — First came the shock. Then fear seized world markets. As frenzied selling accelerated in Tokyo, Hong Kong and London, unfathomable amounts of wealth vanished in a matter of hours.

In crudest outlines, the panic that followed Britain’s vote to quit the European Union traced the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, an event that turned an unfolding financial crisis into the bleakest economic downturn since the Great Depression. The similarities hung uneasily over markets on Friday, presenting a grim question: How ugly might things get?

As economists pored over the rout like accident investigators dispatched to the scene of a crash, most offered assurances that a Lehman-style financial panic was not unfolding. In that debacle, investors indiscriminately fled all assets connected to the disastrous American housing bubble. Mortgages had been carved into exotic investments and peddled around the globe, meaning they lurked everywhere. Distrust spread like a virus.

This time, the source of the trouble is both identifiable and relatively confined. Britain and the 27 remaining members of the European Union face significant uncertainty in their economic and financial dealings as they embark on complex divorce proceedings.

Fears that drawn-out negotiations could disrupt trade prompted investors to push their money toward safety. As night fell in London, the British pound was down more than 7 percent. Stock markets plummeted around the globe; the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index closed down 3.6 percent in New York. London closed down a similar margin, and Tokyo surrendered more than 4 percent. Investors poured money into government bonds, seeking refuge.

“As of now, this doesn’t look like an end-of-the-world event,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, an independent research organization. “It looks bad, but it’s not a cataclysmic game-changer similar to Lehman.” Then he paused. “Yet.”

In the best case, the plunge in markets represents an abrupt adjustment to the changing geography of global commerce. Britain has been diminished as a place for banking and business, and so the pound has lost some luster.

How ‘Brexit’ Will Affect the Global Economy, Now and Later JUNE 24, 2016
In the worst case, investors have begun a fearful march away from risk, potentially starving emerging markets and stripping European countries of needed capital. It could last as long as the uncertainties dogging Europe — perhaps years.

If recent traumas have clarified anything, it is the tendency for trouble to emerge unexpectedly. The global financial system is so intertwined that links can remain opaque.

One key factor undergirds confidence that the so-called Brexit will not deliver Lehman-like troubles. In 2008, central banks on both sides of the Atlantic failed to recognize the mounting disaster. They failed to prepare adequate relief. While people may argue over the degree to which regulators have tamed the speculative excesses of finance, few dispute that improvements have been delivered.

“The financial systems in the U.S. and Europe, including the U.K., are far more capitalized and less leveraged than they were in 2008,” said Adam S. Posen, a former member of the rate-setting committee at the Bank of England and now president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. “The proclivity to panic in ways that create financial instability are much more limited.”

The Bank of England and the European Central Bank have tools they can wield to defuse threats to banks. They can simply print money and lend it out as needed.

Less than an hour after markets opened in London on Friday, Britain’s central bank governor, Mark J. Carney, stood before television cameras and struck a resolute pose as he promised to do what it took to stabilize markets. He announced that he was prepared to unleash another £250 billion (about $370 billion) in pursuit of financial tranquillity.

“We expect institutions to draw on this funding if and when appropriate,” Mr. Carney said. “The bank will assess economic conditions and will consider any additional policy responses.”

Those words appeared to assuage fears, as the pound and stock prices both pared their losses.

In recent years, the Federal Reserve in the United States, the Bank of England and the European Central Bank have subjected financial institutions to so-called stress tests. They regularly scrutinize banks’ portfolios and the money they hold in reserve to make sure they can hold up in various outbreaks of trouble.

These tests have been welcomed by economists as a helpful addition to the warning system. Just this week, major American banks all gained passing grades.

Yet, these are academic exercises.

“This is the real stress test,” said Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

The immediate run on stocks and currencies might yet grow into something worse, shaking consumer confidence and prompting households to limit their spending. As businesses lose profit opportunities, they are likely to put off investing and hiring.

If that happens, it could create a spiral ending in recession, both in Britain and across Europe, adding to pressure on banks. The markets seemed to be warning of this possibility as they savaged the value of banking stocks on Friday.

The triumph of the Brexit campaign has also invigorated separatist inclinations elsewhere, in Scotland, the Netherlands and beyond.

The greater the odds that the European Union will splinter, the more investors are likely to demand extra payouts for fresh loans to debt-saturated countries like Greece, Italy and Portugal. That could squeeze businesses there, making it harder for them to borrow, further crimping their economies.

“That could then spread to the banks and go global, and that could smell like a Lehman,” said Markus Schomer, chief economist for PineBridge Investments, a global asset management firm. He put very low odds on this “referendum contagion” case.

If history is a guide, hedge funds, private equity and other realms of finance will also suffer. There, aggressive players borrow enormous sums of money to place outsize bets. Crises have previously revealed those taking on outsize risk. Long Term Capital Management, which borrowed heavily, appeared robust before losses in the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s brought it to the verge of a collapse that threatened the broader financial system and required a private bailout.

As the prominent investor Warren E. Buffett once put it, “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

Those who had been paying attention to the American housing crisis were hardly surprised when Lehman’s afflictions burst into public view. Lenders had been writing mortgages to seemingly anyone in possession of a signature. Lehman had been repackaging these loans and selling them for vast profits.

The surprise was that Lehman actually went bankrupt, exposing its trading partners to losses. By contrast, polls had suggested that Britain might really walk. This is a source of hope, given that central banks, governments and investors had more time to prepare.

“Lehman came out of the blue,” said John Van Reenen, director of the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. “This is like a train wreck where you can see the trains coming together for a long distance and you’re hoping the trains will swerve away.”

But any comfort in that is sapped by the fact that Britain, one of the oldest democracies on earth, put itself in this spot through an exercise of free will. Now, the world waits to see how far the pain spreads.

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Neiman Marcus profits plummet 81% on slow apparel sales

June 15, 2016 Leave a comment


By | June 15, 2016

Dive Brief:

  • Upscale department store Neiman Marcus said Tuesdaythat same-store sales fell 5% in its fiscal third quarter, the company’s third straight quarter of declines.
  • Neiman Marcus’ Q3 net income fell 81% to $3.8 million, compared to $19.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $173.2 million, compared to $202.6 million in fiscal Q3 2015.
  • For the period ended April 30, Neiman Marcus reported total revenues of $3.82 billion, down 2.7% from $3.93 billion a year ago. In that time, same-store sales fell 4.2% and the company reported net earnings of $1.1 million, compared to net earnings of $47.8 million in the prior year.

Dive Insight:

In order to decrease pressure for promotions, Neiman Marcus says will re-evaluate its inventory and focus on cutting costs, according to Luxury Daily’s report on the company’s conference call with investors. Neiman Marcus is also facing the fact that e-commerce sales, which are growing as brick-and-mortar store traffic declines, present slimmer margins.

Department store retailers in general including Neiman Marcus have given mostly the same excuses for their unfavorable quarters: Unseasonably warm weather in the winter, unseasonably cool weather in the spring, and a strong dollar that has muted sales from international tourists. But on Tuesday Neiman Marcus CEO Karen Katz also blamed the retailer’s woes on the uncertainty presented by the U.S. presidential election season.

“While it is difficult to pinpoint the specific reasons why, our sense is that the overall economic outlook combined with uncertainty related to the continued fluctuations of the U.S. stock market and the upcoming presidential elections are tempering our customers’ overall enthusiasm for shopping,” Katz said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Neiman Marcus filed for an initial public offering last year, but pulled back amid a bleak outlook for luxury retail. Its results in recent quarters mean that a second IPO attempt is unlikely.

Neiman Marcus must also replace Chief Marketing Officer Wanda Gierhart, who announced her imminent departure in March. Gierhart, who had directed all marketing functions for Neiman Marcus Group’s Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus Direct and Bergdorf Goodman brands since 2009, spearheaded new omnichannel initiatives such as free shipping and returns for online orders, as well as the chain’s Snap.Find.Shop. visual search app. She also brainstormed creative strategies designed to bring in younger shoppers, like event installations at conferences such as South by Southwest.

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