The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) announced a new plan earlier this week to combat the current coffee price crisis, which has resulted in the commodity losing nearly half of its value in the last four years. The SCA's plan -- called the Coffee Price Crisis Response Initiative -- is to devote a significant amount of time, money, and human resources to research the crisis … [Read more...] about Coffee farmers continue to struggle with price crisis despite high demand: What are Starbucks and others expecting?
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Traveling via cruise ships is one of the more popular vacations options, especially for Americans. One report from Travel Agent Central claims that in 2016 alone, more than 24 million people from the US took a cruise traveling to ports from Alaska, Nova Scotia, Key West, and Cozumel. While serious crimes aboard ships are relatively rare, it isn't unheard of, and due to … [Read more...] about Crime on cruise ships (Part 1): Understanding maritime law and what could happen to you
Fans of the video game Ace Combat 4: Shattered Skies will fondly remember flying their F-15 ACTIVE into the depths of Megalith to defeat the evil Erusians. Most gamers assumed the F-15 ACTIVE was nothing more than a fantasy aircraft developed by the minds at Namco. With its futuristic look and incredible performance, many assumed that no such aircraft could actually … [Read more...] about What exactly was the F-15 ACTIVE aircraft?
Cryptocurrency investors are continuing to get hammered with unsettling news. Bitcoin is currently trading at just $3,449.32, down about 80 percent from its high last year, according to Forbes. As the coin continues its downward spiral, crypto whale Mike Novogratz told Bloomberg that the initial coin offering market is "dead." "The ICO market is pretty much dead right now," … [Read more...] about Bitcoin whale says initial coin offering market is ‘dead’ but you shouldn’t abandon hope just yet
Farmers across the United States are beginning to worry about their future in the wake of a recent report from the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which claims that impending climate change may render some fertile lands useless. According to the report, "The impacts of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country," and the situation is … [Read more...] about US farmers must either adapt or die according to new report
US-based telecommunications firm Verizon announced on Monday that more than 10,000 employees would be accepting a buyout offer and leave the company over the next six months. The planned buyouts are part of the company's reorganization plan to streamline its workforce and capitalize on the new 5G network once it goes live. The affected employees are all choosing to exit … [Read more...] about More than 10,000 Verizon employees take buyout as company reorganizes ahead of 5G deployment
The Japanese government is planning on pumping more than $240 billion over the next five years into the country's military. Much of the budget is expected to be spent in the United States on US-manufactured equipment and vehicles. This move not only strengthens Japan's position in the Pacific, but also helps keep the US satisfied when it comes to trade differences. President … [Read more...] about Japan to boost military spending and purchase more US-made equipment
Caffeine usage and the military go together like peanut butter and jelly. After all, just look at those World War Two posters with the soldier smiling after a battle, enjoying a cup of coffee. However, in the 21st century, US soldiers are more likely to reach for an energy drink can than a cup of joe. One of the newest energy drinks to hit the force is "Bang," a highly … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Meet the new energy drink that’s a hit with service members
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is losing one of its founding members after Qatar indicated it would be exiting the group. According to one report from CBS, the move is a finger in the eye of Saudi Arabia, who has been applying pressure to the smaller Gulf state since 2017. Qatar's withdrawal marks the first time in nearly 60 years a Middle Eastern … [Read more...] about Qatar ditches OPEC to seek fortunes in liquid natural gas
The Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates again before the end of December. According to one report from Yahoo! Finance, the minutes from the latest meeting of the Fed's leadership stated that the next rate increase -- the fourth raise this year -- is expected to happen "fairly soon." The Balance reports that the previous raises this year occurred in March, June, … [Read more...] about Heads up! Expect another interest rate hike this year
Gold prices are shooting upwards as the US dollar weakens. The precious metal is enjoying a wave upwards as trade tensions between the United States and China slack in the wake of positive talks. According to one report from CNBC, gold is currently trading at its highest rate in three weeks, while investors are beginning to sell off their US dollars. At the time of this … [Read more...] about Trump effect? Gold performing well as dollar weakens with trade deals
An airline's safety record may not be the deciding factor when a person books a flight with one carrier over another, but it's definitely something that most travelers think about when they step on-board an aircraft. A new report from AirlineRatings.com has named to top 20 "safest" airlines in 2018. According to Business Insider, the report -- released earlier this year -- … [Read more...] about Check your tickets! Here are the 20 safest airlines in the world