Posts by Siemond Chan
- Siemond Chan at The Exchange5 mths ago
Last week's dramatic defeat of the farm bill in the House put a fresh emphasis on the issue of food stamps in the U.S., just as the number of recipients for the program sits at a record high.
The 195-234 vote against the $500 billion farm policy bill, a version of which the Senate passed earlier this month, came amid congressional disagreements regarding cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Keen focus was placed on an amendment put forth by Republican Rep. Steve Southerland, which required beneficiaries to sign up for employment-training programs in order to continue receiving food stamps. Many Democrats, who may have been willing to OK the $20 billion in food-stamp cuts the House version included, balked at the amendment, and only 24 ultimately voted for passage of the bill. Another dysfunctional-family blame game between the GOP and Democrats ensued as the defeat provided a serious blow to House Speaker John Boehner.
- Siemond Chan at Yahoo! Finance6 mths ago
Anyone wanting to invest in diamonds has a few options through which to do so – stocks, funds or the stones themselves.
With equities, miner Rio Tinto ( ), jewelry seller Tiffany ( ) and online diamond merchant Blue Nile ( ) are well-known names in the diamond arena. Funds such as and have some exposure to diamonds, while an exchange-traded fund, the , may be arriving soon. More exotic prospects include the U.K.'s .
But setting aside these alternatives, the most direct way to try and profit is to buy the diamonds directly. However, such a decision clearly can be intimidating for novice diamond purchasers. Along with questions about the pricing, a prospective buyer also would want to know about the origin of a given diamond, the expertise of a jeweler who's selling it, and how it measures up in terms of the "C's" – clarity, cut, carat weight and color. For the inexperienced, it would be completely natural to approach the entire process with trepidation.
- Siemond Chan at Yahoo! Finance9 mths ago
For kids, robots can be fun -- and educational, too. Many modern educators believe that getting kids involved in tinkering and building is the most powerful way to engage them in the world of science and technology. These days an increasing amount of entrepreneurs and businesses are recognizing the potential value of this in the marketplace. Brooklyn Robot Foundry is one of them.
Located in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the Foundry provides workshops that aim to "inspire and motivate kids about the fun of building" by teaching the engineering concepts behind how robots move and work. The Foundry offers after-school programs for children in pre-K through 5th grade, as well as weekend classes and summer sessions. The Robot Girls Club allows parents to build robots with their daughters in a workshop environment; there are plans to expand this program to include boys in the near future.