About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Kabasele taken to hospital after collision in Chelsea defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Christian Kabasele was immediately taken to hospital after colliding with a post in defeat to Chelsea.Kabasele was taken to hospital and given oxygen to numb the pain after being forced off.Despite returning to his feet momentarily, television pictures towards the end of the first half showed the former Genk man being wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher with the aid of oxygen. With games coming thick and fast over the Christmas period, it is a blow for Watford to lose one of their key men at the back.
Nick Saban Wedding Bryant-Denny StadiumNick Saban’s daughter, Kristen, got married last night. We’ll give you one guess at the venue. Yes, it was Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. And it looked awesome. Congrats to Mr and Mrs Setas #SabanToSetas #SetOnSetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 9:11pm PDT The lovely bride! #setonsetas #sabantosetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 6:56pm PDT #SabanToSetas #SetOnSetasA photo posted by Ann Marie Theis (@annmarietheis) on May 30, 2015 at 9:14pm PDT So Nick Saban’s daughter got married last night. Why am I not surprised at the venue!? 😉 pic.twitter.com/IPZVrETCxM— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) May 31, 2015 RT @MarisaLeeMartin: Only Kristen #Saban could pull this off at her wedding #SabanToSetas pic.twitter.com/uUPN1zx4Pa— Brent Dougherty (@brentdougherty) May 31, 2015 All weddings of people related to college football coaches should be held at college football stadiums.
Twitter/RussiniIn just a few short weeks, Dianna Russini, a 32-year-old former sports anchor for NBC Washington, will be making her debut for ESPN. The news was announced back in mid-May, and Russini recently finished up her last day with her former employer. She’s expected to be an anchor for the Worldwide Leader’s SportsCenter program. How often she’ll be featured is still a mystery.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got all of those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star. In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Dianna Russini >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
The MusiCares Foundation, an affiliated charity of the Recording Academy with an outstanding four-star rating from Charity Navigator, announced today that the 2018 MusiCares Concert For Recovery will honor GRAMMY winner Mike McCready of Pearl Jam on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at The Showbox in Seattle (1426 1st Ave.).McCready will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his significant dedication to and support of MusiCares and his commitment to helping others in the addiction recovery process. The Concert For Recovery will feature performances by Latin GRAMMY winner Barrett Martin, GRAMMY winner Slash, multi-GRAMMY winner Chad Smith; and artists Duff McKagan, Mike Ness, and Heart’s Nancy Wilson. The evening will close with a special performance by McCready and friends.The event, presented by Amazon Music, will benefit MusiCares, an affiliated charity of the Recording Academy with an outstanding four-star rating from Charity Navigator. MusiCares ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need and it provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery resources.Ticket Information:Tickets range from $250 for Highboy Individual Cabaret seating to $5,000 for Platinum Prime Cabaret floor seating for four. All tickets will include a buffet. For more information, contact Wynnie Wynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 310.581.8659, or visit the ticket form here.Auction Information:In addition, a one-of-a-kind Nixon Chris Cornell Sentry timepiece that is touring to Nixon’s flagship retail locations in London and Paris in the spring of 2018, will be auctioned off live at the Concert For Recovery.“Recovery is a journey that you take each day, and mine has been affirming from a musical standpoint and a community perspective,” said McCready. “To be able to raise funds for MusiCares and the critical addiction recovery work they do for music people across the country all year long is humbling, and it speaks to the way we can come together to help those in need.”An active member in the music community, McCready has also been a member of Levee Walkers, Mad Season, the Rockfords, and Temple Of The Dog. Additionally, McCready plays with friends in Flight To Mars, a UFO tribute band that hosts charity events for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Camp Oasis program and the Jennifer Jaff Care Line. When not performing live, McCready scores TV and film projects which include Fat Kid Rules The World, “Fringe,” The Glamour & The Squalor, “Hawaii Five-O,” Horrible Bosses, “Shameless,” and We Bought A Zoo.In 2013, McCready founded HockeyTalkter Records, a small vinyl record label and media outlet specializing in limited edition seven-inch singles with releases from Star Anna, Brandi Carlile, Danny Newcomb, Stereo Embers, and Thunderpussy.The MusiCares Foundation offers health and human services and programs to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses, including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests and medical/dental screenings. MusiCares provides access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.
Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Several months ago, Hot Takedown crowdsourced ideas from listeners about how to change the draft to stop teams from tanking. After we sent him the winning idea, Silver wrote that there is a “growing consensus that we should reform the draft lottery.” But on this week’s Hot Takedown he said that after team owners voted down a proposal for change last year, the league has decided to “park the issue” for the foreseeable future.Silver argued that the marketplace is providing the biggest pressure on teams like Philadelphia, which he said are realizing that “losing comes at an enormous cost.” Silver sees a “resetting of sorts” with the team. And he denied that he intervened and asked the Sixers to install Jerry Colangelo as special advisor.Watch a video excerpt and stream the full audio of the interview above. We’ve also provided a lightly edited transcription of the highlights below. This interview was conducted Friday, Dec. 18.Silver not a fan of Sixers strategyNeil Paine: Are you personally, as the commissioner, OK with the way that the 76ers have run their franchise the past three seasons?Adam Silver: I don’t want to answer that directly. As I said, there’s a marketplace of ideas and approaches that go into managing a franchise.Am I fan of that strategy? Put it this way: No. But does that mean that it’s not acceptable under the league rules? It doesn’t. The Sixers are a mess, and Adam Silver is not happy. The NBA commissioner joined our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, for a conversation about the structure of the draft, the perverse incentives that it creates and how his office can try to “cajole” teams like the Philadelphia 76ers into being more competitive. But he admitted that ultimately, he may not be able to reset the competitive balance of the league by tweaking the draft rules. Truth to rumors that he intervened with Sixers?Chadwick Matlin: Anonymous reports suggested that [you stepped in and pushed for the hiring of Jerry Colangelo] due to owners who wanted the situation in Philadelphia changed. Are those reports correct?Adam Silver: Those reports are not correct. Josh Harris, who’s the principal owner of the 76ers, decided on his own that he needed to change course. He and I had many conversations along the way about the utility of the strategy that he was following. And he came to the conclusion once this season began, and he saw how his team was performing on the floor, that he needed to change his strategy.Other owners were not pressuring him at all. In fact, it’s a weird dynamic in the league that while all the owners would like to see teams well operated, other owners just want to win (laughter). And so nobody was calling me and saying go call the 76ers and tell them how to beat us. The Sixers are “resetting”Adam Silver: There’s a resetting of sorts going on with the 76ers right now. And I think that ultimately may speak louder in the marketplace of teams than any tinkering we do to the draft lottery.Is it time to step in and stop tanking?Chadwick Matlin: I’m interested about when you do step in as a commissioner. You’re basically the CEO of a big multibillion-dollar corporation. At what point is it your responsibility to intervene if one of your franchises is not performing in a way that represents the league?Adam Silver: Well, I would say that there’s lots of different ways of so-called “stepping in.” There’s also cajoling and ongoing conversations that I have with owners, with team presidents, with general managers, where I’m expressing my opinion.
Then-sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) celebrates during a game against Penn State on Oct. 31, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team began its 2015 home schedule on Labor Day weekend with a trio of wins to take first place in the 10th annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic at St. John Arena.OSU (5-1) topped Northern Iowa (3-3) and Florida State (3-3) in a doubleheader on Saturday before beating the Seminoles for a second time on Sunday.A proficient .387 attack percentage helped OSU capture its second win of the weekend over No. 14 Florida State in four sets (25-19, 18-25, 25-13, 25-21).Middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe led her team with 19 points, by way of 15 kills, five blocks (one solo) and an ace. After being named to her second consecutive all-tournament team, the junior said her confidence is high; both in herself and in her team. “(We’re) ready to show what we’ve got and I’m really looking forward to these upcoming weekends,” Sandbothe said. “I think people should look out for the Buckeyes.”Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell, who now is in her second season with OSU after transferring from Duke, led the team with 16 kills and also blocked four shots.Both OSU setters were used heavily, as freshman Taylor Hughes assisted on 24 Buckeye points and senior Emily Ruetter added 21 helpers.In the second game of the tournament, OSU won a back-and-forth match against No. 14 Florida State in five sets (21-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-19, 15-11).The story of the game for both teams was defense. OSU held the Seminoles to a .102 attack percentage and tallied 14 blocks. The Buckeyes were held to a .110 attack percentage and had 15.5 shots blocked.A big reason for the defensive success of OSU was libero Valeria León, who had 32 digs, the fourth-highest single-game total in school history and a personal best for the junior from Puerto Rico.“It’s easy when my teammates around me are doing their jobs,” León said. “So I just do whatever I can to win the games. Our team is doing a really good job and I’m just trying to do my part.”Sandbothe came up big for the Buckeyes’ defense as well, with seven blocks (three solo). She added 17 kills and two aces to lead the Buckeyes with 24 points.Campbell and Hughes contributed to the win with double-doubles.Campbell, who also broke the 20-point mark, had 20 kills and 11 digs to go along with three blocks (one solo).Hughes had 42 assists and 13 digs, providing the OSU offense with a spark after entering the game in the middle of the first set with her team struggling. The freshman also added four kills, four blocks and two aces.Before handling Florida State twice, OSU swept its first match of the weekend against Northern Illinois (25-21, 25-18, 25-14) and never trailed in the first or third set.The Buckeyes did trail for most of the second frame but mounted an impressive comeback. With Northern Illinois up 17-14, OSU went on an 11-1 run to take the set.Senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell helped to lead the Buckeyes, racking up 13 kills at a .250 attack percentage. Sandbothe had an efficient showing with 10 kills on a .625 attack percentage and three blocks.In her first game in St. John Arena, the Texas Tech transfer Ruetter had 30 assists, seven digs and four blocks.Sandbothe was named the tournament MVP thanks to her team-leading 55 points on 42 kills, 16 blocks and three aces. Campbell (45 kills, 25 digs) and León (58 digs) were also named to the all-tournament team.Sandbothe said she was proud of her team’s performance, but feels they have even more to show moving forward.“I think that we had a lot to prove today and we think we have a lot to still prove, but I was really proud of the way we came out and the heart we had and showed,” she said. “And winning MVP, having the greatest teammates, the greatest support staff, is really, really special.”OSU is set to head back out on the road next weekend as they take part in the Blackbird Invitational in Brooklyn, New York. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on host LIU Brooklyn at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by matches against Syracuse at 10 a.m. and Arizona at 5 p.m., on Saturday.
The Buckeyes prepare to take to the field prior to the start of the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) comes in ranked No. 10 in the first College Football Playoff Rankings released on Tuesday.Coming in behind No. 5 Michigan, the Buckeyes are the second-highest team in the rankings in the Big Ten, along with No. 14 Penn State and No. 16 Iowa.Ohio State is coming off a bye week, with its last game being a 49-20 loss to Purdue. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 8 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.Ohio State plays a home game against Nebraska at noon on Saturday.Here are the full rankings:1.) Alabama2.) Clemson3.) LSU4.) Notre Dame5.) Michigan6.) Georgia7.) Oklahoma8.) Washington State9.) Kentucky10.) Ohio State11.) Florida12.) UCF13.) West Virginia14.) Penn State15.) Utah16.) Iowa17.) Texas18.) Mississippi State19.) Syracuse20.) Texas A&M21.) NC State22.) Boston College23.) Fresno State24.) Iowa State25.) Virginia
Online marketplace Snapdeal has invested $20 million in gojavas, a third party logistics player, a company statement said here on Wednesday.This is the second round of investment made by Snapdeal in the company.”The investment in gojavas is in line with Snapdeal and gojavas’s strategic partnership signed earlier this year to build capacities for the future and strengthen the supply chain ecosystem,” the statement said.The company is working consistently for the last 8-10 months to strengthen its supply chain and logistics. It has invested $100 million in the last six months to improve its delivery timelines by 70 percent.It will invest an additional $200 million in the next 12 months to further strengthen its supply chain.The statement said the partnership between Snapdeal and gojavas has proved to be mutually beneficial. “The companies have worked together to build capacity and expand reach.””gojavas’s reach expanded to include 150 more cities within 100 days of having entered into a partnership with Snapdeal. gojavas currently delivers to 350 cities,” it added.”With the freshly infused funds, our aim is to help gojavas become more successful and further expand their reach. Our teams will continue to work together closely in the future as well,” Rohit Bansal, co-founder, Snapdeal said.”Our strategic partnership with Snapdeal has helped us become one the largest independent logistics players in the country with current revenue run rate of Rs.500 crore, while keeping our operations sustainable and efficient because of the higher visibility of future sales and targeted cities for expansion,” Vijay Ghadge, chief operating officer, gojavas said.
Twitter/ @NooraniTejaniA Dalit man riding a horse as part of his marriage procession in Gujarat’s Lhor village is being seen as a breach in the caste barrier and the entire community is now facing a social boycott. It is being claimed that a lower caste man cannot ride a horse.Angered that Mehul Parmar, the groom, had ridden a horse, many members of the village, including the village sarpanch, called for a boycott of the members of the community. The wedding took place on Tuesday. The village sarpanch called for a meeting the next morning and announced the boycott.They levied a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone in the village who interacted with the community, reports The Times of India.Shopkeepers refused to sell any product to them, including essentials like milk and food grains. The Dalit community was also not allowed to fetch water from the village well.”Some villagers asked me not to take out a procession while I was riding a horse. We then sought police’s help after we learned about the social boycott today morning. No one even gave us milk in the morning to make tea,” Mehul Parmar was quoted as saying by The Quint.”Villagers were angry because a Dalit groom rode a horse during the wedding procession. We were told that Dalits do not have a right to do so. Due to the boycott, no villager is ready to provide milk, water or food items to us. Even auto drivers denied us ride till nearby Kadi town,” said Vandana, another member of the Dalit community in the village. “The upper caste members also stopped Dalits water from fetching water from the village well and directed others not to employ the members of the community as farm labourers,” said Chirag Solanki, a Dalit activist.The incident came to light when a few members of the Dalit community called the local police and narrated their ordeal.The police then arrested five men, including sarpanch Vinuji Thakor and deputy sarpanch Baldeo Thakor. “Five persons including village sarpanch Vinuji Thakor and deputy sarpanch Baldeo Thakor have been arrested under atrocity act,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Manjita Vanzara was quoted as saying by TOI.The accused have been charged under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for intentionally breaching peace and criminal intimidation. They have also been charged under the Indian Penal Code.
Aung San Suu Kyi. AFP file photoThe organization that oversees the Nobel Peace Prize says the 1991 prize awarded to Myanmar’s Aung Sang Suu Kyi cannot be revoked, reports UNB quoting AP.The Norwegian Nobel Institute on Friday said that neither the will of prize founder Alfred Nobel nor the Nobel Foundation’s rules provide for the possibility of withdrawing the honor from laureates.An online petition signed by more than 386,000 people on Change.org is calling for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Peace Prize over the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority.Suu Kyi received the award in 1991 for “her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights” while standing up against military rulers.She became the country’s de facto leader after Myanmar held its first free election in 2012 and she led her party to a landslide victory.
ABC News is getting in on the parade of traditional media outlets launching daily news podcasts.Starting March 28, ABC News debut “Start Here,” a twenty-minute session hosted by Brad Mielke that taps ABC News personnel and offers insight on events shaping the world. New episodes will post each weekday at 6 a.m. eastern on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play Music and the ABC News app. “We’ve got the global resources of ABC News at our disposal so we can tackle each day’s most important and interesting stories. Sometimes, we’ll be making news with our investigative reporting or high-profile interviews. But, always, we will provide depth and context and a unique presentation that is contemporary and interesting,”said Steve Jones, vice president and general manager of ABC Radio, via email. He added: “Our presentation will be smart without being pretentious.”Podcasting has been around for years, but the medium has become more viable as more consumers gain access to mobile devices capable of streaming digital audio or show interest in a new phalanx of connected home devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa, that allow for content to be beamed via broadband to home speakers. The New York Times and NPR have both found traction with sundry podcasts in recent months. Data released by Nielsen earlier this week suggest the number of homes that define themselves as “avid fans” of podcasts rose to 16 million in the fall of 2017, compared with 13 million during the same period in 2016. ABC Radio’s Jones said the median age of podcast listeners is 29.ABC News has been experimenting with new kinds of digital audio for a few years, Jones said, launching an ABC News audio channel on the ABC News app about three years ago. Executives considered a podcast about top stories, but also felt the content might become dated very quickly. “But, as smart speakers began driving increases in consumer listening, we determined it was time to synthesize our resources in to a podcast that could become a new, daily habit,” he said.Each episode will feature four to six stories with an emphasis on taking listeners right to the scene of compelling moments using natural sound and on-location reporting. Each day Mielke will talk to ABC News veterans including Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent; Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent; Juju Chang, “Nightline” co-anchor; and Rebecca Jarvis, Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent. “Many of the same names and faces you see on TV or on your social media feed will join ‘Start Here’ to further report on the stories driving each news cycle,”said Jones.Mielke is an ABC News reporter based in New York. He served as Campaign Digital Journalist during the 2016 election. Since that time, he has hosted several politics shows on ABC Radio and He reports on breaking news events on ABC News Digital. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
France’s competition authority has approved Canal Plus’s acquisition of Bolloré-owned free-to-air channels Direct 8 and Direct Star, and has simultaneously imposed a series of punitive injunctions on the pay TV operator over its failure to fulfil the obligations it undertook at the time of its merger of CanalSat with TPS in 2006.The injunctions relating to the merger include a restriction on multi-year framework movie deals to a three-year term, the imposition of separate contracts for each type of rights acquired, such as for first ad second pay TV windows, and the banning of multi-year framework deals for French films.Canal Plus has also been told it must sell its stake in the Orange Cinéma Series channels or, at the very least, take measures to restrict its influence on the channels.Canal Plus must also undertake to implement clear rules for access of independent channels to the CanalSat platform, must allow alternative distributors including ISPs to compete effectively by granting them favourable terms to distribute content exclusive to CanalSat, and must make its own movie channels available on a non-discriminatory basis to third-party distributors.The pay TV operator must also sign separate contracts for video-on-demand and subscription VOD rights on a non-exclusive basis, with no bundling with linear pay rights, must sell VOD and SVOD rights to StudioCanal films to any distributor on a non-discriminatory basis and must not grant exclusive VOD distribution rights to any ISP.Canal Plus has been forced to accept strict conditions for its acquisition of the two free-to-air channels. The pay TV operator will undertake only to acquire simultaneous pay and free-to-air rights to films or original series from one of the six Hollywood majors, preventing it from retaining an exclusive hold on popular US shows. The regulator has also mandated that Direct 8 should acquire mostly medium-budget films from StudioCanal that are not generally seen on TV, rather than air the kind of mainstream blockbusters shown in primetime on the main free-to-air channels. Canal Plus has also been prevented from retaining exclusive free-to-air rights to sporting events it acquires for its pay channels, but which must also be shown in some form on free, by entrusting the decision on re-distributing the free rights to an independent body.Both the injunctions relating to the CanalSat-TPS merger and the conditions on the free-to-air channels are for a five-year term.Canal Plus has accepted the conditions for the acquisition of the Bolloré channels, which media regulator the CSA must now take a decision on by September, but has rejected the injunctions on the TPS merger. Canal Plus said it would move quickly to demand the suspension and cancellation of the latter before the Conseil d’Etat, whose rapporteur Vincent Daumas has already accepted the pay TV operator’s case that the legality of the competition regulator’s actions should be looked at by the country’s constitutional council.
One in three Spanish homes connected to the internet use pay platforms to watch audiovisual content online, according to a survey by Spanish markets regulator the CNMC, with Netflix taking second position to Movistar+.According to the survey, some 2.2 million consumers subscribe to Movistar+, with two million subscribing to Netflix. Vodafone TV online is used by 950,000 while the Orange TV app is used by 741,000.The regular cautioned that some subscribers to telecom operators’ online TV services may be unclear in their responses about which services they actually use, citing the example of Vodafone TV online users who take HBO, with which Vodafone signed an exclusive distribution deal.According to the survey, 44% of individuals consume audiovisual content online each week, up 10 points in two years. Over half of those watching online video use platform to watch TV shows on-demand. YouTube is used by 55%, followed by commercial broadcaster Atresmedia’s Atresplayer catch up service with 35% and public broadcaster RTVE’s online portal with 30%.Some 86% of those who use the internet weekly prefer to do so using their smartphones, while laptops are preferred by 54%, desktops by 40%, and tablets by 35%. The CNMC also said that the use of TVs to view internet content had grown by 44% in two years.
In This Issue. * Euro leads currencies to gains today. * Japan opens Pandora’s Box of bad things. * Gold is best performing currency overnight. * U.S. data disappoints once again! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. German ZEW Prints Positive First Time In 11 Months! Good Day!… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! The Cold continues and if you’re in a part of the country that isn’t experiencing this arctic blast so early in the season, then consider yourself lucky, for this is just downright nasty. Thank you to all you dear Pfennig Readers that sent along nice notes regarding me finding out that my cancer is “stable”. They are truly appreciated, and I hope you know that! I wish I had better news, but I’m damn happy I don’t have bad news! And so, life goes on at the Butler house, and here at EverBank World Markets. Well, the euro is feeling pretty perky this morning. imagine that! It appears that given last week’s 3rd QTR GDP showing (+.1%), that German Investor Confidence, as measured by the think tank ZEW, said their Index that tracks German Investor Confidence has risen for the first time in 11 months, printing at 11.5 in November, VS the .5% forecast, and the negative -3.6% in Rocktober. And the euro took this news to the bank! The single unit is up more than ¾’s of a cent this morning, moving back above the 1.25 level. When the euro is feeling so perky, you know what happens to the rest of the currencies, right? Yes, they get to rally too. And so it is this morning, as most currencies are stronger VS the dollar on the day, except for a couple like: Aussie dollars (A$), Chinese renminbi / yuan, and Indian rupees. The Chinese are up to their 2014 tricks with the renminbi, and the rupee has seemed to be tied to what the renminbi does these days. The best performing currency overnight though is Gold. The shiny metal is up $15 this morning, pushing past $1,200 in the overnight trading. Of course we all know that once the NY boys and girls come in, that these gains could be wiped out from the get-go. So, let’s just enjoy the $15 gain this morning and hope it can maintain its legs throughout the NY trading session. I’ve got more on Gold later, but wanted to talk about the nice overnight move. The Japanese yen is one of those currencies that are down VS the dollar this morning. So, many months ago, I told you that Japan was a basket case. And I wondered out loud why yen wasn’t getting taken to the woodshed on a daily basis. Forget that “safe haven status” stuff, the Bank of Japan (BOJ), the Finance of Ministry (FM), and the Gov’t led by PM Abe, all want, and need for yen to get much weaker, and I mean much weaker, even though yen has already lost over 30% to each of its trading partners. Remember when the BOJ’s Kuroda first announced their latest round of QE and I kind of wrote it off as the BOJ’s attempt to pick up the liquidity ball from the Fed. But as time goes on, I realize it’s more than that. When you compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges, and basically say, well, given Japan’s size, if we looked at this comparatively in the U.S. what would the size be, and then find out that it makes what the Fed did in QE look like Chump Change, then you begin to get the message. It’s really an attempt by the Japanese leaders to weaken the yen by so much that they win the war of exports. (They need to offset the losses in the currency with gains in 1. Stocks, 2. Bonds, and export companies profits) But here’s the problem with that for the Asian countries that compete with Japan for exports. From the Big Boy like China, to the little boys like S. Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, etc. What will these countries do? Devalue their currencies to keep up with the Joneses (Japan) or lower their export price on their goods, thus returning less money for them, but that would be better than being shut out of the export business altogether? Well, that’s the $64 question, and one that we won’t know the answer to, until Somebody blinks. I would expect that all the Asian countries are looking toward China to respond. This will be the key folks. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to any kind of devaluation. But in a time when the Asian countries are getting fed up with China flexing their muscles in the region, they now hope China’s muscles can save their export businesses. Japan has basically laid down the gauntlet, and now it’s China and the rest of Asia that has to deal with what Japan, Kuroda and Abe have up their respective sleeves. I think they’ll find that they are like Bullwinkle and find that they have “nothing up my sleeve”, but they will still attempt to pull a rabbit out of their hats! But Basically, Japan has opened Pandora’s Box of really bad things, and I hope they shut it quickly! Al Wilson was just singing to me this morning. He had a great hit song called: Show And Tell. Don’t know that one? Ahhh, Johnny Mathis actually wrote and recorded it first, but Al Wilson made it popular in the early 70’s, about the same time, Al Green song I told you about yesterday was popular. I know, I know, I just finished a really important segment on Japan and what they cause the other Asian countries to have to do, and then slip in some nonsense about Al Wilson’s song. But, that’s me! You know, that you can’t live on rants and explanations of things alone! You have to have some change of pace, and that’s exactly what I just did. Well, getting back to the basket case, otherwise known as Japan. PM Abe made two announcements overnight. He called for snap elections, because he wants to gain a mandate to delay the next round of tax increases for Japan. So, this call for a dissolving of his Parliament is really just window dressing for he’s popular right now, and he knows it. The Japanese stock markets is soaring again, due to his latest round of QE announcement, and this is getting really ugly in the back room folks. But you know what, this is so similar to the U.S. I get confused talking about this stuff sometimes and have to check whether I was talking about Japan or the U.S. at the beginning! So, yen 120 is the next stop for the currency (currently at 116.65), and from 120 who knows how much further it will go, for there is a ton of resistance at 120, and after it gets broken through, a long steep ride on the slippery slope could be in store, which would make Kuroda and Abe very happy. The Japanese consumers won’t know what hit them, for their stocks will be up, but their purchasing power gone to hell in a hand basket. And just to prove how difficult it’s getting for the Asian countries to compete with Japan and their plunging currency. Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) contracted -1.5% in Rocktober. -1.5% was less than expected (-1.7%) but still not the kind of data that Singapore is used to printing, and probably just the beginning of all the what could end up as a HUGE currency/ trade war in Asia. Thanks to Japan’s debt. Geez Louise, I didn’t really set out to make this a discussion on just Japan today. So, let’s get this back on the right path. In the U.K. this morning, U.K. inflation in Rocktober rose from 1.2% to 1.3%, which was an upside surprise for the markets that forecast a 1.2% print. Unfortunately, the Bank of England (BOE), just last week printed their Inflation Report, and they forecast a rise to 1.4%, so the markets got an upside surprise, and the BOE got a downside surprise. It’s more important that the BOE got a downside surprise, in that it will be the BOE that decides when rates need to rise, and not the markets. The markets however, can adjust their outlook for the currency, and this morning, the markets thought this upside surprise was worth ¼-cent upward move. This is just another case of the BOE and its Gov. Mark Carney, being overly optimistic, which is par for the course. Hey! Carney has taken so many shots at rate hikes, he should call Arnold Palmer and find out what par for this course is! HA I told you above that the A$ was one of the few currencies looking at losses this morning. But after sitting here, reading, researching and then writing this much, the A$ has rallied back and is now in positive territory for the day. Before I got here though, I was prepared to talk about the New Zealand dollar/ kiwi instead of the A$ today. So, let’s do that! The Labor Party has a new leader, in Andrew Little, and will lead the party back into power in the next elections. To me, an outsider, the Labor Party in New Zealand thinks of itself as the party that has been in the forefront of major change and major change is what’s needed in N.Z. right now. I think the currency traders are with me on this, and that’s why kiwi is up over ½-cent this morning. And back to the best performing currency overnight. Gold. This is an interesting scenario, in that Gold has risen $15 this morning on rumors. Rumors that the ECB might be shifting gears and buying Gold. These rumors all came about yesterday when ECB President, Draghi, said that, “the ECB may purchase a variety of assets to stimulate the economy.” And the markets took that to say “The ECB will buy physical Gold”. Now, if that’s true, that would be HUGE news for Gold, given the physical demand that’s already putting pressure on suppliers from China, Russia and India. And then Gold traders have the Swiss Gold Referendum hanging over them like the Sword of Damocles. So. Gold is the cat’s meow this morning. But, talk about something hanging over it like the Sword of Damocles, that’s what Gold has to deal with every day. Always looking over its shoulder waiting for the price manipulators to show up with their paper short trades, that will bring Gold to its knees once again. I put the finishing touches on our Sunday before Thanksgiving Pfennig last week, and in it we all give thanks for what we are thankful for. Of course some of tried to be a little facetious and say we were thankful for the price manipulators that allowed us to buy Gold & Silver at cheaper prices, but that was cut because, well, it didn’t fit with the other stuff we were seriously thankful for. So, I put it here, because that’s what I do! Oh, and my fave Gold researcher, Koos Jansen, submitted a short piece on Google+ last night from his website Bullionstar.com, and in it he talks about who’s feeding China’s hunger for physical Gold. Well, according to Koos, China’s Gold comes from the LBMA (London Bullion Market Assoc.) which then goes to Switzerland and Hong Kong for final shipment to China. If you’re like me, I always wondered who was selling all this Gold to China. And now we know! The U.S. Data Cupboard wasn’t so good yesterday, printing some weak Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization reports. I told you they would probably be disappointing, just like the Factory Orders, Durable Goods Orders, Retail Sales, and so on. The lack of liquidity is beginning to show up folks, mark my words on this. we will be experiencing a major lack of liquidity going forward, which is going to bring the Fed back to the QE table. Today’s Data Cupboard has the semi-stupid PPI (wholesale inflation) reports, along with the Net long-term TIC Flows. (net foreign security purchases) . Nobody pays attention to this data any longer, which used to be a real key print, so we’ll just print it and move along for these are not the droids we’re looking for. For What It’s Worth. OK, this was on Moneynews.com and is an economist named Dean Baker, who had the intestinal fortitude to talk about this. let’s listen to what he has to say. Many Americans are nearing retirement with only Social Security to support them and a mortgage that is far from paid off – and the situation might be getting worse. According to Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the nest egg that many could once rely on when they sold their homes and downsized has now vanished in a lot of cases. In a column for Fortune, Baker noted that because home prices are still considerably below their 2007 peaks, the U.S. middle class has had no comparable gains in their household wealth during the current recovery. “This is a bad picture for the country as a whole, but it is especially bad news for those at the edge of retirement,” he wrote. “These families do not have time for an economic turnaround to improve their situation. They must rely on the wealth they have accumulated to date to support them in retirement, and that is it. This is not a pretty picture.” Federal Reserve data show that if a typical U.S. family in the 55 to 64 age group took all their savings and used it to pay off their mortgage, they would still owe more than $50,000 on the median house.” Chuck again. Yes, and when you look at the middle quintile of Americans in that age group they have only 54.6% of their homes paid off on average. In 1989, this group on average had equity equal to 81% of their house price. And for those of you, like I was, that need help figuring out what a quintile means, it’s A statistical value of a data set that represents 20% of a given population. And if you want to read the whole article click here: http://www.moneynews.com/StreetTalk/retirement-savings-Social-Security-Americans/2014/11/10/id/606418/?ns_mail_uid=14578862&ns_mail_job=1595350_11142014&s=al&dkt_nbr=u2dtjyn5 To recap. The currencies, led by the Big Dog euro are looking perky this morning, as German Investor Confidence as measured by the thank tank ZEW booked its first gain in 11 months in November, giving the euro that Perky look this morning. Gold is the best performing currency overnight as ECB president, Draghi, mentioned buying a variety of assets, which led traders to believe he meant that the ECB was going to buy Gold. And why not? China, India,& Russia think it’s a good idea. N.Z. labor party has a new leader, and one the markets think could win the next election for the labor party, and this has kiwi trading higher this morning. And U.S. data was very disappointing yesterday, but add it to the previous prints that have also been disappointing. Currencies today 11/18/14. American Style: A$ .8715, kiwi .7960, C$ .8860, euro 1.2515, sterling 1.5660, Swiss $1.0420, European Style: rand 11.0480, krone 6.7345, SEK 7.3820, forint 244.20, zloty 3.3715, koruna 22.1135, RUB 46.80, yen 116.70, sing 1.2975, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.74, China 6.1430, pesos 13.55, BRL 2.5930, Dollar Index 87.62, Oil $ 76.20, 10-year 2.33%, Silver $16.29, Platinum $1,210.60, Palladium $772.06, and Gold. $1,201.15 That’s it for today. Well. keeping warm is the main event today. Big news in baseball yesterday as the Hot Stove League heated up, with the Cardinals trading one of their young pitching phenoms, Shelby Miller to the Braves, for an outfielder. I was always taught that you don’t trade an everyday player for a play that only plays every 5th day, so that was questionable by the Braves, but I know one thing, they got a good young pitcher! The Missouri Gov. called out the National Guard for the St. Louis area, as the verdict in the Grand Jury case regarding the police office that shot a young man in August, should be released soon. The city is bracing for what could be ugly scenes that will be played out and given the media’s slant on TV’s around the world. I hope calm heads prevail through all this. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. Did you see the new HD billboard in NYC that 8 stories tall? WOW! And did you see the size of the contract that Marlins player Giancarlo Stanton (who used to be Mike Stanton) signed? The largest ever! $325 Million for 13 years! ZOWIE! You know, what, would they pay Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Willie Mays these days? That’s fun to think about, eh? OK. enough. I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets
Since Zika emerged as a threat to babies, it has been a mystery exactly how much of a danger the mosquito-borne virus poses to children.But now, the largest study to follow kids who were exposed to the virus in the womb is providing more answers.The study involved 1,450 babies who had been exposed to the virus, and who were 1-year-old by February 2018. Six percent were born with birth defects, and 14 percent developed problems that could be blamed on the virus by the time they turned 1, the study found.”We’re beginning to see the full spectrum of the impact of Zika,” says Margaret Honein, director of the Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC released the study Tuesday.”This is really our first look at how these children are doing as they grow and develop, and really emphasizes that the Zika story is not over, particularly for these children,” Honein says.Zika triggered an international public health emergency in 2016 when a large outbreak in Brazil revealed that the virus could cause babies to be born with very small heads and severely damaged brains when pregnant women get infected. The condition is called microcephaly.It slowly has become more apparent that Zika-exposed babies could develop a range of other problems as well, including seizures, damaged vision and developmental disorders.The CDC reported last year that about 5 percent of babies exposed in the womb are born with microcephaly and other birth defects. But the extent of the risk as children get older is just now starting to become clear.The new analysis included babies born in U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and in U.S. freely associated states, such as the Marshall Islands. It found that the risk for birth defects including microcephaly and vision damage is slightly higher — about 6 percent. And 1 in 7 — 14 percent — developed some kind of problem that could have been caused by the virus by their first birthday.For example, 20 babies in the new analysis whose heads were normal at birth had microcephaly by the time they turned 1.”That happened because their brain was not growing and developing properly,” Honein says.Babies also developed complications including cognitive problems, difficulties walking, moving and swallowing, and seizures.”It’s really important that parents and doctors work together to make sure children get all the evaluations they need, even if they look healthy when they are born,” Honein says.For example, only about one-third of the Zika-exposed babies in the study had an eye exam by an eye specialist.It’s also important to continue to follow these children, she says.”We are still in the early stages of learning about Zika. So we don’t yet know what sort of problems might emerge when the children are 2 years old or 3 years old or when they reach school age,” Honein says.There are no major Zika outbreaks occurring right now. But Honein stresses Zika is still being transmitted in many countries and outbreaks still could occur.So pregnant women and couples trying to conceive should continue to protect themselves while living or visiting places where Zika is being transmitted. The virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, but can also be spread sexually.The CDC on Tuesday also issued new interim guidance for men who were exposed to the virus. The agency is now recommending these men wait three months after exposure before trying to conceive. The CDC had previously recommended waiting six months. But the latest science suggests the virus doesn’t remain infectious in semen as long as previously thought. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
A leading disabled activist has asked the head of one of the country’s largest unions to take action over jobcentre staff who appear to enjoy handing out sanctions to benefit claimants.The exchange took place at a fringe meeting organised by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union – which represents most jobcentre workers – at this week’s Labour conference in Brighton.Mark Serwotka, the union’s general secretary, was told by Paula Peters, from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC): “There is a lot of anger with a lot of claimants around some jobcentre workers who are quite enjoying sanctioning a little bit too much.”She said these claimants wanted to know what action the union was taking to try and reduce the rate at which claimants were being sanctioned – having their benefits stopped for a period of time as a punishment for refusing to meet strict work-related conditions – and whether PCS had considered a “name and shame policy to get this stopped”.Serwotka (pictured, second from left, at the fringe) said: “I am representing some of the lowest-paid workers in Britain, some of them have been physically attacked, some of them are blamed for what they have to do.“If you are a worker and you are earning under £20,000 delivering a pretty shitty system, there is a lot of pressure on you, with the worst management I think anywhere in the public sector – they have sacked people in DWP who have cancer – so this is an organisation where it takes an awful lot of guts to stand up.”But he agreed that some members “perhaps have been or do buy into the ideology of what they are doing”.He told the fringe meeting – also attended by Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams – that he had visited jobcentres where it was clear from posters on the walls and “conversations people have to have with their management” that managers were trying to persuade staff that imposing sanctions was “the right thing to be doing”, in a bid to win their “hearts and minds”.Peters told Serwotka that DPAC had been blamed for intimidating PCS members who worked in jobcentres, but she said: “We don’t do that, we don’t believe in that.”And she asked him how they could bring the two factions together, following displays of anger between jobcentre staff and claimants.Serwotka appealed for “unity” between disabled activists, claimants and his members who worked in jobcentres.He said: “At the moment, our members are demoralised by the fact that they are judged by the amount of people they sanction and how many people they push through the system.”He said he knew that some jobcentre staff, as well as some people in wider society, had “fallen for the divide and rule stuff” on benefit claimants.But he said: “The best way to tackle that is for us to be as united as we can, which is why I hope we continue that.“I hope something comes of this meeting and we can take this forward.”Serwotka had earlier called for a social security system that was based on “dignity and respect” and “not one obsessing about free market economics and the private sector and conditionality”.He warned that the “political consensus” had “undermined” the welfare state over the last 30 years, and he claimed that the Tony Blair government had done as much as any to “split working people from benefit claimants”.He said the service offered to benefit claimants at jobcentres now was “a million miles away” from the one provided in 1980, when he was working for the old Department for Health and Social Security (DHSS).And he said he hoped for a debate that would lead to a social security system that staff could deliver “with some passion and pleasure”, as they had been able to when he worked for DHSS.
Image credit: Anton_Ivanov | Shutterstock Founder and director of growth at Digitalux 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 5 Companies Innovating the Service Industry Learn why and how these businesses are innovating the service industry. 163shares Service Innovation Dan Scalco Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Guest Writer The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. The service economy in the United States has taken off like a rocket. These days many of the transactions taking place between companies and consumers revolve around the exchange of services rather than products.“The service industry” sounds like a fixed, monolithic entity. In reality, the diversification underneath this umbrella is astounding. And companies throughout the industry are constantly innovating within their respective markets.Case in point: The five companies on this list are all part of the service industry. But they operate in different markets and impact consumers in different ways. The only thing they share in common? They’re acting in innovative ways and disrupting their respective markets.Not only are these companies part of the service industry — they’re also shaping its future. By extension, these and other companies like them are changing the way Americans live their lives.Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, et al.Yes, I realize this isn’t one single company. But social media sites should be recognized for their role in changing the service industry.For starters, social media has facilitated the sale of a huge variety of services online. It’s also allowed companies to provide customer service in a new way.Customers are increasingly turning to online outlets to share reviews, ask questions, and solicit feedback from brands that play a role in their lives. These interactions provide companies with an opportunity to learn more about their customers so they can better tailor their services to consumers’ needs. Furthermore, companies that respond to these queries in a prompt and helpful way can cultivate brand-loyal customers for life.Motif InvestingThe personal finance industry doesn’t exactly have a reputation for innovation. Motif Investing is the exception that proves the rule. The company is making investments accessible to a broad segment of the population by creating an investment structure that is affordable and easy to understand.Would-be investors can select any of the company’s 150 professionally built portfolios or customize their own. Users can also search by themes (aka “motifs”), trading strategies, or investment styles depending on their interests, risk profiles, timelines, and financial goals. It’s a fresh take on investing that’s opening up new possibilities for the way the personal finance industry operates.nomaIf you’re a foodie (or a lover of food-related television), then you’re probably already familiar with noma. The restaurant has both driven innovations in the food industry and capitalized on them. Led by world-renowned chef René Redzepi, noma embodies the farm-to-table movement by utilizing local and wildly sourced ingredients, avoiding GMOs, and emphasizing quality at all costs. In the process, it’s put Nordic cuisine on the international map.What makes noma really stand out is that its reputation for innovation has never wavered. The restaurant has always let its ingredients and dishes speak for themselves. That’s allowed it to avoid the “farm-to-table” marketing fatigue that has plagued other restaurants. It’s not that consumers don’t want this kind of fare—as demonstrated by noma’s ongoing success. It’s just that they’re sick of the label. But noma has never been about labels. It’s about high-quality food meticulously prepared.City CoPilotThis New-York-City-based concierge startup is a driving force behind an emerging trend. More and more individuals and companies are enlisting personalized service from concierge companies—and not just when they’re staying in a hotel. City CoPilot and other innovative concierge companies have moved these services beyond the hotel lobby.Whether clients need assistance with luggage storage and delivery, package acceptance, airport transportation, finding discounted tickets to tours and attractions, or something else entirely, this new brand of concierge is here to make people’s lives easier at all times.UberEATSUber has already transformed the service industry with its innovative approach to transportation. But the company isn’t stopping there. It’s now attempting to disrupt the food delivery market with UberEATS. It’s diving in even as investors’ interest in this market has shriveled up (thanks largely to saturation).But Uber has a leg up on the competition. With more than 14,000 drivers in New York City alone, the company has more opportunities for distribution than any other business in the market. And thanks to their pre-existing name recognition, they’ve had an easy time identifying partners in the restaurant industry. It’s a winning combination that’s threatening even the companies that have long sat at the top of the food delivery chain.The service industry entails a vast variety of services ranging from food delivery to digital investing tools. Still, these companies all share something in common. They’re innovating existing services and transforming the country’s economy in the process. Add to Queue February 19, 2017 Apply Now »
Add to Queue Verizon a Favorite in Upcoming Yahoo Bid Apply Now » Verizon Communications Inc. is the clear favorite in the upcoming bidding for Yahoo Inc’s core Internet business, according to Wall Street analysts, in large part because the telecommunications company’s efforts to become a force in Internet content have gone relatively well under the leadership of AOL Inc Chief Executive Tim Armstrong.Verizon acquired AOL last June for $4.4 billion — its first big foray into the advertising-supported Internet business — and it is not yet clear how well the unit is performing financially. Subsequent moves, including the takeover of much of Microsoft Corp’s advertising technology business, a deal to buy Millennial Media for about $250 million and the recent launch of the mobile video service go90, are also too recent to assess.Yet analysts have given the big phone company high marks for allowing AOL to operate independently and folding in other recent acquisitions without much drama. And they said Armstrong seems to be driving Verizon’s recent moves in go90 and recent acquisitions.”The management puts a lot of faith in Armstrong,” BTIG analyst Walt Piecyk said.That faith derives in part from the belief that Armstrong did a good job at left-for-dead AOL, especially in assembling a strong set of products to deliver targeted digital ads to customers.Combining AOL and Yahoo, an idea that has come up many times over the years, could instantly make Yahoo a major player in Internet advertising, with Armstrong – one of the world’s top ad executives – at the helm, analysts said.Armstrong “has good M&A experience, and a pretty solid ad tech stack,” B. Riley & Co analyst Sameet Sinha said.Verizon’s hands-off approach that has worked with AOL, though, might not be suitable if the far-bigger Yahoo were taken over. With Yahoo’s struggling business, “the luxury of autonomy is simply not there,” Recon Analytics analyst Roger Entner said. Verizon, AOL and Yahoo declined to comment.Start the biddingVerizon showed interest in Yahoo’s core business as early as December, when Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said the company would “see if there is a strategic fit” for Yahoo’s holdings, which include mail, news, sports and advertising technology.Yahoo, under pressure from activist investors, launched an auction of its core business in February after it shelved plans to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.The first round of bidding is slated for next week, and Verizon plans to make a bid, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters.Verizon is already working on increasing revenue through its ad-supported mobile video service go90, targeted at millennials and built on video streaming technology acquired from Intel Corp. in 2014.The app, which launched in October, offers videos from Comedy Central and Vice, among others, as well as basketball and football games.However, analysts cautioned that even a combined Yahoo-AOL would lack the unique data, such as user interests and tastes, that powers its rivals in online ads, chiefly Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc.Armstrong, who made his name leading sales at Google, is highly regarded in the advertising community – in contrast to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, another former Google high-flyer, who has been struggling to revive Yahoo. Mayer would likely leave after a Verizon-Yahoo deal, analysts said.Verizon is not especially interested in Yahoo’s massive stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan Corp, which are worth far more than its core internet business, the sources said.That could leave an opening for a bidder such as Softbank Group, Yahoo’s partner in Yahoo Japan, which might be able to devise a way to minimize the tax bill that would come with any sale of the Asia investments.”(Yahoo) is ultimately Verizon’s to lose,” said Robert Peck, Internet analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. “They’re the leading candidate in this effort and can afford to pay the most because of cost synergies and scale.”Other players weighing joint or solo bids are media company Time Inc. and several private equity firms including Blackstone Group LP and KKR & Co. LP, according to sources. The owner of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper also said this week it is in talks with potential partners to mount a joint bid.(Reporting by Malathi Nayak; Additional reporting by Jessica Toonkel in New York and Deborah M. Todd in San Francisco; Editing by Jonathan Weber, Eric Effron and Bill Rigby) April 14, 2016 –shares Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 4 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Reuters | Shannon Stapleton Verizon
United Airlines App Crowned Best of the Best with Webby Award Win PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 7:06 pmMay 15, 2019 Business and FinanceLinda JojoMarketing TechnologyNewsPeople’s VoiceUnitedWebby Awards Previous ArticleGoodbye BookingBug, Hello JRNINext ArticleNew Consumer Research Reveals Increasing Usage of Multiple TV Sources by Viewers in Major European Countries Last night at the 23rd Annual Webby Awards in New York City, United Airlines accepted the “People’s Voice” Webby Award in the “Business and Finance” category for the airline’s reimagined mobile app, which debuted earlier this year. The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including apps. This year, 13,000 entries came from every U.S. state and more than 70 countries to be considered for this honor.Already the top downloaded airline app for Apple and Android phones, the refreshed app features a more dynamic experience that updates customers at each step of their travel journey, making it the perfect travel companion. The app includes features customers know and love from the previous version, such as bag tracking, while adding enhancements that make managing travel easier from booking to landing. United’s in-house digital team spent over a year designing and creating this updated app, including eight months during which customers and more than 18,000 employees provided feedback to create the final version.“We’re working hard every day to use technology to improve the travel experience,” said Linda Jojo, chief digital officer at United. “What makes this recognition so special is that our win is because of our customers who voted for us – we love knowing they value the app that we created with them in mind.”Marketing Technology News: Jifflenow Unveils Briefing Center Software That Drives More Customer EngagementsHighlights from the improved app include:A navigation bar that gives customers quick access to some of the most popular tools such as flight status, and some new handy features like My Trips.A My Trips tab in the navigation bar that allows customers to easily access information about their upcoming trip and stores boarding passes when customers are checked in for their flights.An inbox that stores important push notifications United sends customers about their flight, such as if a flight status changes, gate changes and alerts about when boarding for a flight has begun.Dynamic boarding times will be updated throughout the app in the event that departure times change to give customers the latest information even when they are not at the gate. This builds on the airline’s recent addition of boarding notifications, which were added when United rolled out its Better Boarding process.One of the biggest updates to the app comes during the travel period, when the home screen updates to give customers the most helpful information for each step of their travel journey. The home screen will begin to update starting 48 hours before a flight and will continue updating throughout various phases all the way through arrival at the final destination with the most useful information. For instance, customers connecting will find a screen that allows them to easily access airport maps, so they can easily navigate to the next gate. Bringing the most useful information to the forefront will make the entire journey less stressful and more intuitive.Marketing Technology News: ATTOM Data Solutions CEO Rob Barber Honored As Gold Stevie Award Winner In 2019 American Business AwardsThe app also includes an updated design with more engaging content. When a customer does not have an upcoming trip, the app will open to a beautiful destination image to provide travel inspiration. Content on the home screen is also more personalized to each user; for example, customers who recently passed loyalty milestones will be recognized on the home screen, and the app will also celebrate customers on their birthday.In addition to winning the “People’s Voice” award for “Business and Finance”, the airline was also a finalist in the “Best Practices” category. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences selects nominees to enter to the “People’s Voice” awards, which are then voted on by the general public. Earlier this month, United received a CIO 100 Award for its innovative volunteer solicitation program, which enables customers to volunteer their seat, confirm a new flight itinerary and receive compensation through the mobile app or on united.com, without additional steps at the gate.Every customer. Every flight. Every day.In 2019, United is focusing more than ever on its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers’ best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today’s announcement, United recently announced that luxury skincare line Sunday Riley will make products exclusively for United customers to experience in amenity kits, released a re-imagined version of the most downloaded app in the airline industry and made DIRECTV free for every passenger on 211 aircraft, offering more than 100 channels on seat back monitors on more than 30,000 seats.Marketing Technology News: Magic Software Acquires PowWow Creator of SmartUX, A leading Low-Code Development Platform for Mobilizing and Modernizing Enterprise Apps
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 22 2019Children’s risk of being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD) increases if parents are diagnosed with any type of mental health disorder, discovered researchers from the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry of the University of Turku, Finland. Particularly parents’ alcohol and drug addiction and mother’s depression were associated with reactive attachment disorder in children. The nationwide population-based study is the most extensive study on the risk factors of RAD. Reactive attachment disorder is a disorder of social functioning where the child’s ability to form normal attachment relationships is disrupted. RAD is characterised by ambivalence about seeking comfort from a caregiver, emotional withdrawal, lack of social approach, reduced positive affect, and unexplained fear or irritability. If left untreated, the disorder will affect the course of the child’s entire life, ability to function, and later relationships.The study showed that, if both parents had a psychiatric diagnosis, the child’s risk of RAD diagnosis was 51 times higher than that of children whose parents were not diagnosed with a disorder. Mother’s mental health diagnosis increased the child’s risk of RAD by nine-fold and father’s diagnosis by six-fold.- The most common combination of psychiatric diagnoses in parents whose children were diagnosed with RAD was both parents diagnosed with alcohol and drug addiction or abuse, which was among 20 percent of RAD cases. The second common combination was mothers’ diagnosed with depression and fathers’ diagnosed with alcohol and drug addiction or abuse, met in approximately 17 percent of RAD cases, says lead author, researcher Subina Upadhyaya from the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry.All the 614 children diagnosed with RAD in Finland between 1991-2012 participated in the study. In earlier studies, the association of reactive attachment disorder with risk factors has generally been studied in unusual circumstances, such as children in institutional or foster care or in maltreated children.Related StoriesNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in life- Our results are in line with the previous studies with a more limited data. Furthermore, we discovered in our population-based study that RAD is connected with maternal smoking during pregnancy, single motherhood, and advanced paternal age, says Upadhyaya.Screening and Low-threshold Care Needed for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems during Pregnancy Even though the disorder affects under a percent of the entire population, it is a significant and expensive problem according to Professor in Child Psychiatry Andre Sourander.- The disorder is connected with later child protection issues, other psychiatric disorders, and social exclusion. The treatments are exacting and expensive and the evidence of their effectiveness is very limited, stresses Professor Sourander from the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry of the University of Turku.He leads a research group focusing on risk factors during pregnancy which are associated with mental disorders.- When compared with our earlier results in several other psychiatric disorders associated with parents’ psychiatric diagnoses or substance abuse, the connection is unusually strong in reactive attachment disorder. This means that RAD is strongly associated with prenatal brain development and being subjected to intoxicants, Sourander explains.According to him, the results should be taken into consideration when planning mental health care services. Parents’ substance abuse and mental health disorders should be actively screened during pregnancy and low-threshold services based on research results should be developed for treating these disorders.Source: https://www.utu.fi/en/news/press-release/parents-mental-health-problems-increase-risk-of-reactive-attachment-disorder-in-children