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first_imgThat’s why the QB did his part to make a reunion in the desert happen.“Yeah, I’ve talked to him over the years.  I think he was looking for the right fit and for a number of reasons we were the right fit and thankfully we were,” he said. “I’m always texting and calling and recruiting when I can.  I don’t know how much of a role it played, but just playing in this stadium on this grass, practicing at our facility and just kind of looking at the team, I think we kind of had everything he was looking for.”According to Gresham, Palmer played a significant role.“He did a good job recruiting me,” Gresham said. “He stayed in my phone a lot and kept giving me reminders. He sold it well, so I’m happy to make it home for the year.”As for what kind of role Gresham will play for his new team, the tight end said he was promised nothing. He said all the team guaranteed was a chance to come in, play and help the team try and get to the Super Bowl.He’s hopeful it won’t be long until he’s back on the field doing exactly that. When he does, he will put an end to what was an eventful — and sometimes frustrating — offseason. Jermaine Gresham chats with QB Carson Palmer. Photo courtesy of @AZCardinals Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact GLENDALE, Ariz. — In a lot of ways, Jermaine Gresham signing with the Arizona Cardinals made plenty of sense.The team was incredibly thin at the tight end position, and Gresham — a two-time Pro Bowl selection — could provide experience as well as ability.But in other ways, the pairing made little sense.In two years under head coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals have rarely used the tight end in the passing game, with their leading receivers at the position in 2013 and 2014 — Rob Housler and John Carlson, respectively — combining for 72 catches, 804 yards and two touchdowns. Yet, Gresham chose to sign a one-year contract with the Cardinals, spurning a list of suitors that was rumored to include the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers.“I can’t really say, just very team-oriented and the owner and the GM did a good job selling me on what they had to offer,” Gresham said when asked why he chose the Cardinals. “It worked out well.”The 27-year-old Gresham caught 62 passes for 460 yards and five touchdowns last season. Along with San Diego’s Antonio Gates and Carolina’s Greg Olsen, he is one of three tight ends to have at least 40 receptions, 400 yards and four touchdowns in each of the last five seasons. He was available to the Cardinals at a discounted rate in large part because he is recovering from back surgery, and teams were likely unsure of whether or not he would be able to play at a high level.Like others before him, Gresham will play on a one-year contract in hopes of rebuilding his value and hopefully parlaying that into a bigger, long-term contract.The Cardinals are more than happy to play their part. In a way, Gresham can be a security blanket, for both quarterback Carson Palmer and the team itself. Prior to adding the former Bengal, the tight ends on Arizona’s roster had combined for eight catches and 109 yards, a total that rises to nine catches for 110 yards and one touchdown if you include playoffs. “I had a lot going on this offseason,” he said. “At the end of the day I find peace with playing football, so not being able to play football and dealing with all the other stuff, it was tough. But it’s all behind me now, I’m looking forward to the future now.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 23 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   “He’s been a Pro Bowl tight end.  I felt that we needed another veteran just in case some of the young guys falter.  I like the depth in that room; I really like the depth in the room now,” Arians said. “He’s a more than adequate blocker; he’s been an excellent receiver and a Pro Bowl player.  Just putting him in our system and finding a spot for him.”Gresham was not on the field for the first day of training camp Saturday, as he is on the PUP list to begin camp. Arians said the hope is to get him on the field soon, at least for walk throughs, and then for practices when he is ready to go.When he does make his return, though, Gresham’s learning curve may be a little easier due to the fact that he has a rapport with quarterback Carson Palmer. The two were teammates in Cincinnati in 2010 when Gresham, then a rookie, caught 52 passes for 471 yards and four touchdowns.So, the quarterback knows what his new weapon brings to the table.“Yeah, it’s big,” Palmer said of the signing. “He’s a mismatch against linebackers.  He can be a mismatch depending on the safety.  He’s really, really good in the run game and can pass block against defensive ends, which is rare for tight ends.  He’s just such a big, physical presence on the field.”last_img read more

Silver followed the same path as gold did yesterda

first_img Silver followed the same path as gold did yesterday, except for the fact that there was a smallish rally in the early going in London.  From there it traded sideways before meeting the same fate as gold at the 8:20 a.m. Comex open in New York. The low price tick [$28.35 spot] came fifteen minutes after the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close.  From there it rallied a bit into the close of trading. Silver finished the Monday session at $28.54 spot…down 4 cents.  Volume was around 31,000 contracts. John Embry said over a decade ago…the miners are either “ignorant, naïve…or complicit.” Gold rallied in early Far East trading on their Monday, but that didn’t last long before it got sold back to unchanged from Friday’s close.  Selling pressure showed up at the Comex open once again…and the low price tick of the day [$1,568.70 spot] came at 2:45 p.m. in New York.  From there it rallied a few dollars into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern time electronic close. Gold ended the trading day at $1,574.60 spot…down $2.20.  Net volume was pretty light…around 105,000 contracts or so. Sponsor Advertisement The gold stocks got sold off the moment that trading began at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on Monday…and then continued lower for the rest of the day…closing just off their lows.  The HUI closed down another 2.80%. The silver stocks got slammed again…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 5.18%. (Click on image to enlarge) I have no idea whether we’ll go lower from here or not.  But as I’ve been saying for years, the miners will never address the real issue…and that’s the price management scheme in all four precious metals by JPMorgan et al.  And as I said last week, they’d rather let their companies crash and burn than live up to their fiduciary responsibilities to their shareholders…and if you doubt me, just pick up the phone and talk to any precious metal mining company about this.  Normally I’d tell you what the answer will be, but you should find out on your own.  But I can tell you that they don’t give a damn about you…and that’s one of the things you’ll find out pretty quick. And don’t expect anything from either the World Gold Council or The Silver Institute.  The reason they are there is to make sure that this issue never sees the light of day within the gold and silver mining industry. As Sprott Asset Management’s John Embry said over a decade ago…the miners are either “ignorant, naïve…or complicit.”  Two of those three cop-outs existed ten years ago, when it was just us “conspiracy theorists” pounding at the gates.  Well, conspiracy theory has now become conspiracy fact…and “ignorant and naïve” no longer apply…as everyone one of them knows what’s going on, even if they won’t publicly admit it.  And the fact that they aren’t doing anything means that they are all complicit now…silent co-conspirators along side JPMorgan et al.  You couldn’t make this stuff up. In overnight trading, the gold price rallied until about 3:00 p.m. in Hong Kong…and has since rolled over, but is heading a bit higher in London as I hit the ‘send’ button.  Silver rallied even more strongly, but got hammered as it tried to break above the $29 spot price mark going into the London open. Gold volume, as of 5:15 a.m. Eastern time, is slightly higher than ‘normal’ for this time of day…and silver’s volume is substantially higher, as I suspect that JPMorgan had to throw a lot of short contracts at that rally to prevent it from blowing sky high, which it would have done had they not shown up to put out the fire. The dollar index has been heading lower all night…and as of this writing is down about 23 basis points.  As I hit the ‘send’ button at 3:20 a.m. Eastern time, gold is up about seven bucks…and silver is up 30 cents. Today, at the close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  Last Tuesday we had a big rally in both metals, which really distorted the COT numbers in last Friday’s report.  But since then, JPMorgan et al have got prices back down again, so if things don’t blow up again today, we might actually get a more realistic look at the short positions in both gold and silver on Friday.  We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in New York, as that’s where all the trading activity that really matters, takes place. See you tomorrow. (Click on image to enlarge) As many pundits have stated, the XAU/GOLD Index is at an all-time record low…and here’s the 3-year chart for that.center_img (Click on image to enlarge) Try as I might, I could not get the stories down to a manageable number, so the final edit is up to you. Over the last three reporting weeks, the total commercial net short position in COMEX silver has declined by 21,000 contracts, or the equivalent of 105 million oz. Let’s put that into perspective. During that time, the world mined less than 45 million oz, recycled an additional 15 million oz and consumed that 60 million oz of total silver production. Investors also added 15 million oz to holdings (SLV and COMEX alone) over that same time period…and the price dropped by $4…or 12%. How in the world could the commercials on the COMEX buy 105 million paper oz on a 12% decline in price with the background I just described in a market that wasn’t manipulated? I’m not kidding – if anyone has a legitimate explanation, please drop me a line. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…02 March 2013 With gold down a couple of bucks…and silver down a few pennies on Monday, it was a shock to everyone to see their associated equities get slammed once again.  I would suggest that this sell-off had more to do with forced liquidation than panic liquidation.  I’m sure that virtually every precious metal mutual fund that contains their equities are getting massive redemptions…and the funds are forced to sell whether they wish to or not. It can end up being a vicious circle at times…and this is certainly one of those.  Here’s the 3-year HUI chart as ‘for instance’. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation (March 2012)  of 49,320,000 mt @1.09 g/t for a total of 1,735,000 contained gold ounces in the inferred category using a 0.5 g/t cutoff. Please visit our website for more information. The dollar index opened at the 82.27 mark on Sunday night in New York…and spiked up to its high of the day [82.47] around 9:30 a.m. in London.  From there it declined slowly for the rest of Monday…finishing the day at 82.15…down 12 basis points from its close on Friday. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for ‘Day 3’ of the March delivery month showed that 39 gold and 21 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories.  The link to that activity is here. There was a small withdrawal from GLD again yesterday.  This time it was only 19,354 troy ounces.  An authorized participant also made a withdrawal from SLV yesterday to the tune of 140,983 troy ounces. The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,500 ounces of gold eagles…and a chunky 763,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they had a rare day where no silver was either shipped in or shipped out. Nick Laird sent me a couple of charts over the weekend.  They are the Intraday Average Gold/Silver Price Movement for the month of February.  Starting around 2:20 p.m. Hong Kong time, the sell-off during February was relentless…with only slight differences in timing as to when the selling stopped.  For both gold and silver, those time occurred during the electronic market in the New York afternoon, long after the Comex had closed for the day. (Click on image to enlarge)last_img read more

Its nearly four years since Natasha Baker claimed

first_imgIt’s nearly four years since Natasha Baker claimed two gold medals at London 2012, but the “fantastic” memories she has of her home Paralympic Games means it feels to her as if it was only last year.And she says her preparations for next month’s dressage competition in Rio – she is competing again in three events, with her “special boy” Cabral, known as JP – could not have gone better.She told Disability News Service: “It’s been a really fantastic year. I have won every one of the selection competitions. It couldn’t have gone better.”And despite helping her win three golds in London, JP’s performance has even improved.“He’s going better now than he was in London, which is fantastic,” she says. “He seems softer, more connected.”She places much of the credit for this down to a change of trainer since London.She says: “Everything seems to kind of slot into place; we are in a really good place at the moment and I’m feeling really excited about it.”JP has flown before, when Baker visited the Middle East last year for a competition, and she also believes they are ready for any weather conditions that Rio might throw at them.She says: “He’s used to the heat, he actually goes far better in the heat than in the cold. So I feel pretty prepared.“We only ride outdoors at home, so if it pours down with rain I think we will be used to that as well.”As for her hopes from the games, she says: “Obviously, three medals would make me have a grin from ear to ear like a Cheshire cat, but with horses you just never know what can happen, especially when we are travelling halfway around the world.“To come home with some medals would just be amazing, [but] as long as I go out and do my best and he does his best I will be a happy girl.”But she warns that other countries are “catching us up. They are chasing us at quite a rapid pace so to go out there and contend for a gold medal would be amazing, and hopefully we can do enough to bring it home.”She is due to compete on 13, 15 and 16 September.Baker was one of the Paralympians who spoke out to DNS before London 2012 about the importance of disability living allowance (DLA) to her and other athletes, and who spoke of their fears that government spending cuts could jeopardise their independence and that of other disabled people.Since then, the hugely controversial process to reassess working-age DLA claimants for the new personal independence payment has begun, with tens of thousands of disabled people already having their support cut or removed completely.Four years on from London 2012, Baker has decided not to speak about the reassessment process.Asked how she had been affected, she says only: “Yes, I’m all sorted. No change.” She declines to comment further.Speaking before the revelations of the Rio 2016 organising committee’s funding crisis, she says London 2012 “really propelled Paralympic sport forward”, and hopes that the Rio games will “do that even more so”.And she says she was not put off by health concerns about the Zika virus. “I’m not planning on having children any time soon.“Obviously it can be a concern but we have been given the best possible advice by the BPA [the British Paralympic Association], and they are updating it constantly on what’s going on and the latest medical advice, so I know we are in safe hands.”last_img read more

Google Tweaks Ad Policy After Uproar Over Offensive Content

first_img Next Article 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Google is making good on a promise to more closely monitor advertisements that appear alongside YouTube videos and give brands more control over where their ads appear. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Google Tweaks Ad Policy After Uproar Over Offensive Content Angela Moscaritolo March 22, 2017center_img Image credit: Gil C / Shutterstock.com Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Reporter Google on Tuesday announced some changes to ensure that brands’ advertisements don’t appear next to horrible, offensive content.The move comes after the British government pulled millions of dollars worth of advertising from YouTube after an investigation by The Times of London found that the government’s ads were showing up alongside videos from “rape apologists, anti-Semites and banned hate preachers.” In response, Google last week pledged to more closely monitor advertisements that appear alongside YouTube videos, and give brands more control over where their ads appear. Now, the web giant is taking the first steps to make good on that pledge.”Starting today, we’re taking a tougher stance on hateful, offensive and derogatory content,” Google’s Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler wrote in a blog post. “This includes removing ads more effectively from content that is attacking or harassing people based on their race, religion, gender or similar categories.”Google will also ensure that ads only show up alongside videos from legitimate creators in the YouTube Partner Program. Plus, “the YouTube team is taking a hard look at our existing community guidelines to determine what content is allowed on the platform — not just what content can be monetized,” Schindler wrote.In the coming days and months, Google plans to introduce new tools to help advertisers more easily manage where their ads appear across YouTube and the web. Advertisers will be able to exclude specific sites and channels from their campaigns, fine-tune where their ads appear and more easily see where their ads are running. Google is also changing the default setting for ads so that they don’t show on “objectionable content.””We’ll be hiring significant numbers of people and developing new tools powered by our latest advancements in AI and machine learning to increase our capacity to review questionable content for advertising,” Schindler wrote. With these changes, Google should be able to resolve any issues that arise “in less than a few hours.” Google –shares Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

7 Ways to Recover After a Reputation Crisis

first_img Add to Queue Next Article It takes a solid strategy, self-discipline and patience to reshape public perception. –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Lida Citroën Reputation management and personal branding expert Guest Writer 7 Ways to Recover After a Reputation Crisis Reputation Management Image credit: praetorianphoto | Getty Images Several times a week, I receive an urgent email along these lines: “I think I need to hire you. Google my name and you’ll see why.” These individuals’ financial and legal representatives are struggling to help them repair damage to their good name after an incident or event. If you’re an investor, publicist, agent or attorney, you might work with clients who find themselves in the crosshairs of a personal reputation crisis. The list of possible reasons is endless, and I’ve heard them all. Maybe you’re advising a client who’s experienced one (or more) of these situtations:Violated company policy.Been accused of defamation or libel.Said something inappropriate in a media interview.Posted or shared something offensive online.Been caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.Angered former employees, investors, reporters or love interests who’ve taken to social media for revenge.Related: My Big Failures Cost Me My Reputation and My Business. Here’s What I Learned — and How I’ve Bounced Back.Reputation repair is a subspecialty within reputation management. And it’s getting greater attention in our current climate due to the #MeToo movement, higher scrutiny of corporate executives and the visibility of social media. These factors exponentially have elevated demand for individuals to live authentic, culturally acceptable lives whose careers embody that same meaning. But sometimes they don’t.Crisis is inevitable when public perception of an individual’s value and contributions conflict with who he or she wants to be. It’s a very public type of dissonance. Reputation-management specialists are trained to help people navigate options, design proactive strategies, manage the emotional rollercoaster and recover after the dust settles.It can be challenging to wake from a perception nightmare. My clients’ names, companies, careers and livelihoods are in jeopardy unless we can resolve the issue or repair the damage. Sometimes we must pivot, changing how the individual is seen in a specific market, with online audiences, within a company or in a home community at-large. In these cases, I often wish I’d been involved earlier to help minimize negative impact or avoid larger missteps.In the words of Warren Buffett, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”Related: Listen to Warren Buffett: Your Reputation Is Worth Cold, Hard CashSeveral reputation-repair companies propose a two-pronged digital approach: They’ll manipulate Google algorithms so critical posts don’t show up first and then spin a story to change the way an individual is seen publicly. They charge a lot of money for this work. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.It’s true that clients need quick triage. But they also need long-term solutions to right their reputations, for good. Here’s how — with examples from real-life clients whose specific details have been changed to protect confidentiality.1. Set realistic goals and expectations.If a client is facing multiple criminal charges for assault, it might be unrealistic to position him or her as friendly and approachable. When counseling your clients, talk about the reality of the situation and the gravity of public perception. You need to acknowledge both to rebuild or reboot their personal brand.This understanding is the basis of setting attainable goals. Is it feasible your client will work again in her or his previous industry? Should your client refrain from posting on social media? Does reputation repair need to come from your client’s community or followers instead of directly from the perceived wrongdoer? What is a realistic timeframe before the situation or damage is in the rearview mirror?Expectation-setting will not be easy for your client. Use your legal, administrative, financial and PR tools to gauge their sense of reality about what they’re facing. If your client isn’t willing to accept certain, realistic limitations, other experts might be able to help adjust expectations from the outset.Related: 4 Personal Reputation Management Tips for Entrepreneurs2. Assess the damage.Conduct a thoughtful and thorough perception sweep of the reputation hit’s after-effects. This includes assessing digital impact such as social media, online relationships and Google search results. The evaluation gives you a baseline. How serious is the situation? Sometimes the way we believe the situation to be is not reflected in the business impact of the damage.One of my clients was accused of sexual harassment several years ago and sued by two former employees. The parties settled the suit, and the case went quiet. My client received adequate training to manage his behavior and focused on building his company.As his organization grew in visibility and notoriety, those former employees banded together and began personal attacks via several social-media review sites. This caught attention, making current and prospective investors nervous. They questioned whether my client’s past behavior was part of a pattern that could jeopardize their stake and expose them to risk. I performed a solid perception sweep, considering social media, traditional news outlets and market reputation. My findings confirmed the past incident was “isolated and resolved” in the marketplace and posed no risk to investors, employees or customers. The proactive approach enabled my client to take control of how he and his company moved forward.Related: 6 Tools for Monitoring Your Online Reputation3. Separate emotion from the necessary work.It can be difficult to help clients separate feelings from facts, even if you’re trained in dealing with highly emotional individuals. A reputation crisis is a deeply personal ordeal that plays out on a very public stage. Each online comment, rejected meeting or funny look reinforces their vulnerability. Help your client understand what’s true and what is merely believed to be true.  Another of my clients suffered terrible workplace bullying during her time with a large company. Her colleagues intentionally left her out of key meetings or critical email exchanges, then claimed she ignored invitations and messages. They spread rumors about her marriage and home life. These “adults” went so far as to snicker at her when she passed by. My client spoke to her supervisors, who repeatedly told her it was her imagination and offered suggestions on projecting a more confident persona. This went on for several years.By the time my client left the company, she was emotionally shattered. Needing to find a place she felt safe and capable, she took a new job well below her skill level. There were other drawbacks, too. The poor track record at her previous employee and her demotion in taking the lesser job tarnished both her professional resume and her credibility in her field. She had to reclaim her career so she could again work at a level that reflected her capabilities and qualifications.We focused on facts only. Our frank conversation removed the high emotion. Which aspects of the situation should she claim accountability for, and which were beyond her control? What behavior was hers? What belonged to colleagues with questionable moral compasses? We picked apart what happened and the choices she’d made in response to hostile conditions. Then, we re-established her career plan, building on her successes and downplaying shortcomings. Related: 8 Steps to Surviving Workplace Bullying and Salvaging Your Reputation4. Thoughtfully plan your media strategy.You’ll need to decide whether it’s smart to proactively issue a statement, craft a message and choose the right person to make the statement. That’s the easy part. Understanding the pre-work and after-effects of communicating with the media — traditional and online — requires finesse.Not every reputation-repair strategy leverages the media. In some cases, pulling away from the public view is a better approach. One client in Australia needed to quit social media cold turkey and cease responding to media inquiries. The news surrounding his situation was too hot; the community and his industry, too upset. In the immediate term, the best strategy was not saying anything. Later, when we could communicate more effectively, rebooting his reputation through media channels proved valuable to shape public perception.Another client, an attorney, had acted as a public spokesperson for a prominent executive and his business. The attorney had low credibility, and he lacked the charisma and acumen needed to create a positive media impression. As a result, he could not effectively defend the executive in the court of public opinion. We pulled the executive out from the attorney’s shadow, connecting him with a trusted journalist who helped tell his story — in his own words.Related: 4 Mistakes You’re Making That Can Jeopardize Your Reputation5. Pick your social-media fights carefully.Social media is like traditional news media in one important way: It requires careful planning and strategy. If your client has engaged in social-media fights before involving you, the damage may already be done.Whenever possible, remind your client of the uncontrolled and volatile nature of the online community. When people are upset, hurt or angry, they lash out. Give them a keyboard, and they can tell the world. In many cases, upset people need to vent. Engage in a battle with them and you’ll get a very visible war that’s permanently etched in the public realm.Instead, use social media as a feedback tool, a perception meter and a way to share the good, honest reality of what’s being done to make things right. Worked correctly, social media can be a goldmine. Wielded incorrectly, it can make reputation repair very challenging.Related: These Social Media Fails Got People Fired6. Explore all the options.As the world becomes more transparent and Google makes mistakes more longlasting, a client may need to explore unpleasant options. He she shouldn’t rule out serving time for the crime (figuratively speaking) instead of spending years fighting allegations, switching industries or even changing names. One of my clients had spent five years and all her resources suing her former employer. She felt justified and sought justice at all costs. Her reputation and career were tightly bound to the lawsuit’s headlines, and anyone searching her name online inevitably would see the play-by-play. She was battling a giant corporation with the resources to keep lawyers on speed dial. She depleted her savings account, and her marriage failed. Only then did she realize the fight wasn’t worth the tremendous toll it had taken.This certainly wasn’t the outcome she’d hoped for. By the time she was referred to me, her options had narrowed. To rebuild her reputation and career, we needed to untether her from the headlines. She changed her work focus, returned to her maiden name and employed other tactics. These moves helped rebuild her confidence so she could pivot to a future that held opportunities for income and happiness.Related: 15 Steps I Took to Successfully Reinvent Myself After Losing Everything7. Be honest with yourself (and your client).If you’re out of your depth, admit it. Seek help or training to craft messages, answer media requests or advise your clients how to represent themselves. One timely, informative example provides a lesson from two parties currently involved in a legal dispute. (Full disclosure: Neither is a client of mine.)Aly Raisman is the face of Team USA gymnasts sexually assaulted by their longtime team doctor, Larry Nassar. After the Senate hearing on these abuses, Raisman approached Sarah Hirshland, the new CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). Hirshland told Raisman she was not permitted to speak to her. In fact, Hirshland wouldn’t even shake Raisman’s hand.As pending litigation continues between the USOC and assault victims, it might be sound legal advice to avoid public greetings. But the “brush-off” created an optics problem that translates into questionable reputation advice. Whatever time the USOC spent crafting the CEO’s messaging was wasted in that moment. The media didn’t talk about Hirshland’s plans to fix entrenched problems. Instead, headlines said she snubbed Raisman. The new CEO might have fared better if she’d been advised to remain courteous. Perhaps she could have expressed a desire to work together with athletes after the legal proceedings are over.The lesson: If ever you find yourself wondering if you should consult an expert, hire one.Related: If a PR Crisis Happens to Your Company, Will You Know What to Do?Candidly speaking, clients aren’t at their best in a reputation crisis. They feel powerless as others thrash their names and question their values. The shame of the situation can be devastating. Your clients need a trusted advisor who can counsel them to look at the big picture. While Google and Facebook might be forever, your clients can retain dignity and assert control over who they are and how they choose to show up in the world. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Could LinkedIns New Intro App Put Your Private Info in the Wrong

first_img Entrepreneur Staff Could LinkedIn’s New Intro App Put Your Private Info in the Wrong Hands? Andrea Huspeni Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Add to Queue October 25, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Special Projects Director and Founder of This Dog’s Lifecenter_img Register Now » 2 min read Technology –shares In what was supposed to be a nifty new mobile app, LinkedIn’s Intro is now being put under the microscope over security concerns.Intro is a new service integrated into the iPhone Mail app that allows users to see LinkedIn profile information when receiving emails. So instead of seeing a bland email signature from Jane Doe, users are able to view Jane’s profile picture, job title, education history and mutual contacts, among other information.Sounds pretty cool, especially coming from LinkedIn, a company that hasn’t exactly been innovative on the mobile front. But security researchers think otherwise. Related: How to Avoid One of the Biggest Email Hacking Threats In order for Intro to work, LinkedIn needs to decrypt emails, insert profile information and then re-encrypt it. This process could possibly compromise secure information and allow hackers access to private data. “I don’t think people who use this are seriously thinking about the implications of LinkedIn seeing and changing their email,” Richard Bejtlichs, the chief research officer at computer security company Mandiant, told The New York Times. He continued, “I worry LinkedIn is not going to treat this as the holy grail for people’s email, even though it is. The risk is that you essentially trust a box, run by LinkedIn, with your email. It’s a target for someone that wants to get to your email.” This same tactic was used by Iranian hackers to break into Gmail in 2011 and Edward Snowden claimed the National Security Agency used the same technique to gain access Google traffic data, the Times reported.Related: How to Avoid Getting Hacked (Infographic) In a blog post, LinkedIn rebuffed the claims that Intro could expose private information and ensured users their data was safe. Let’s hope so, as LinkedIn doesn’t exactly have a stellar record for securing user’s information. The company made headlines in 2012 when 6.4 million accounts were hacked.What are your thoughts on LinkedIn’s new features? Do you trust it? Let us know in the comments below. Next Article last_img read more

Google News Quits Spain Over New Copyright Law

first_img –shares Google News Quits Spain Over New Copyright Law This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Google said it plans to close its news-linking service in Spain in response to legislation under which publishers will soon be able to force Internet sites to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets of news.In a statement, the search giant said the new law makes the Google News service unsustainable and that it will remove Spanish publishers from Google News sites worldwide and shut down this service in Spain on 16 December.The move also means readers in Latin America and around the globe will no longer find links to articles from any Spanish news publishers on Google News.The change to the copyright law, which is set to take effect in January, only applies to news aggregation sites such as Google News or domestic rival Meneame (Meneame.net).It does not prevent Google users in Spain or elsewhere from reading snippets of the same stories when they look up news in Google search results, where Google stands to capitalize by selling ads alongside news stories that turn up.”The new law requires publishers to charge Google News for showing even the smallest snippets of their content — whether they want to charge or not,” the company said. Google News displays no advertising and makes no revenue from the service, it noted.Google’s action caps a decade of acrimony with news publishers who blame the search giant for revenue and readership declines. The company maintains that it sends millions of clicks that allow news sites to make money via online advertising.The stand-off also comes amid a growing campaign by politicians, regulators and courts across Europe to rein in Google’s power over the Internet search market and the impact it has on deeply ingrained social norms around personal privacy.The European Union’s recently installed digital commissioner Guenther Oettinger said in October that he was mulling a regional Internet copyright levy, taking aim at Google.In recent years, publishers in countries from Germany and France to Spain have pushed to pass new national copyright laws that force Google and other web aggregators to pay licensing fees when they publish snippets of their news articles.In Spain and Germany, these laws require publishers who want their content to continue to show up in Google search results to give the company explicit permission to do so.Google has responded by requiring publishers to release it from any liability for licensing fees under such laws.The Spanish law thwarts this by giving publishers an “inalienable” right to levy licensing fees.However, in November, Germany’s largest publisher, Axel Springer scrapped a bid to block Google after an experiment by a consortium of about 200 German publishers caused online traffic to plunge. Internet search experts say the shutdown of Google News in Spain may be greater on smaller, less-well known news publishers than on name-brand news sites who are less reliant on the site to draw in readers.For the top five Spanish news sites (ElPais.com, ElMundo.es, ABC.es, LaVanguardia.com and ElPeriodico.com), referrals from sites such as Google News are responsible for less than a quarter of traffic, ranging from 8 percent for ABC to 21 percent for La Vanguardia, according to online traffic measurement firm SimilarWeb. Social networks such as Facebook make up a smaller amount.Google’s move also does not appear to affect current agreements it has with major Spanish publishers to supply them with ad-serving technology that in effect creates a private ad marketplace to support their respective publications.Reacting to the announcement, the Spanish ministry of education, culture and sport said the company was making a business decision to pull out of certain services but that the government remained open to negotiation about how it implemented what its statement referred to as a ‘Google tax’. Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business December 11, 2014center_img 4 min read Image credit: Reuters | Dado Ruvic Register Now » Google Reuters Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Netflixs Big Bet on Original Shows Looks Like Its Finally Paying Off

first_img –shares Netflix October 18, 2016 Next Article Reuters Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The company’s shares were up 18 percent at $117.93 in premarket trading. Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue Netflix Inc.’s shares looked set for their best day in 15 months on Tuesday, after the company added 50 percent more subscribers than expected in the third quarter.At least 10 brokerages, including Goldman Sachs and RBC Capital Markets, raised their price targets on the stock, praising the company’s focus on developing original content.Netflix’s shares were up 18 percent at $117.93 in premarket trading.The video streaming company also said it was getting ready to spend $6 billion on content next year, up $1 billion from 2016.”The benefits of NFLX-produced original content including attractive economics and greater control are clear and we believe returns on original spend are high,” J.P. Morgan Securities analyst Doug Anmuth said in a research note.Strong subscriber additions after two quarters of disappointing growth helped Netflix post a 31.7 percent jump in third-quarter revenue.Anmuth said he believed Netflix was on track toward 60 million plus subscribers in the United States and about 100 million internationally by 2020.The company has often been criticized for spending too much on content as it tries to aggressively gain subscribers outside the United States, its main market.The company added about 3.20 million subscribers internationally in the third quarter, compared with the 2.01 million average analyst estimate.In the United States, Netflix added 370,000 subscriptions, compared with analysts’ estimate of 309,000, according to research firm FactSet StreetAccount.Though the company’s stock has fallen nearly 13 percent this year, it still trades at 356 times forward earnings, versus the peer median of 5.88.The second season of Narcos, a Netflix original show on Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar, has proved highly popular, following up on the success of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.The company plans to launch Crown, a show about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.Netflix plans on releasing over 1,000 hours of original programming in 2017, up from 600 hours this year.”This is unprecedented growth that should drive a substantial improvement in the breadth and depth of content on the service, which should provide a tailwind to subscriber growth in 2017,” said Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves.The company said it now expects a higher free cash flow burn at $1.5 billion in 2016 as producing original content consumes more cash up front.The company, which faces competition from the likes of Hulu and Amazon.com Inc., said it would likely tap the capital markets to fund spending on original content.(Reporting by Tenzin Pema in Bengaluru; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty) Image credit: Shutterstock Netflix’s Big Bet on Original Shows Looks Like It’s Finally Paying Offlast_img read more

Medallia Names SaaS Veteran Mitchell K Dauerman to its Board of Directors

first_imgUltimate Software’s EVP and Former CFO Becomes Medallia’s Fourth outside DirectorMedallia, Inc., the global experience management leader, announced the appointment of Mitchell K. Dauerman, former Chief Financial Officer of Ultimate Software who currently serves as the company’s EVP of Investor Relations, as a new member of Medallia’s board of directors.Under Dauerman’s leadership, Ultimate Software grew from a market cap of $180 million and 299 employees in 1998, to a company with a current market value of over $11 billion and more than 5,200 employees.“We are honored to have such an accomplished executive become a member of our board,” said Leslie Stretch, President and Chief Executive Officer of Medallia. “Mitch’s experience with building Ultimate into a cloud leader, that changed the market for human capital management, gives him a perspective perfect for advising Medallia as we continue to disrupt the status quo around experience management.”Marketing Technology News: Sales Engagement Leader Outreach Reaches Unicorn Status, Raises $114 Million Series E“Medallia is in a unique position as a visionary company with a clearly differentiated platform. Experience management is the strategic priority of every organization today. Medallia’s technology enables their clients to engage their customers and employees in the relentless improvement of experience, making Medallia strategic and transformative to the enterprises and partners they serve,” said Dauerman. “I am honored to join the Medallia board and excited to contribute to the company’s continued success.”Marketing Technology News: PCM Partners with RingCentral to Bring Cloud Communications Solutions to EnterprisesAt Ultimate Software, Mr. Dauerman acted as CFO for 22 years, and is currently the company’s Executive Vice President, focusing on investor & sales relations. Prior to joining Ultimate, Mr. Dauerman worked at KPMG LLP for 17 years, including serving as a Partner in the firm from 1988 to 1996. Mr. Dauerman is a Certified Public Accountant. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University.Marketing Technology News: DemandBlue launches DemandBlue Labs, a Salesforce Innovation Org for its Customers Medallia Names SaaS Veteran Mitchell K. Dauerman to its Board of Directors PRNewswireApril 24, 2019, 4:03 pmApril 24, 2019 EVPExperience ManagementMarketing TechnologyMedalliaMitchell K. DauermanNewsSaasUltimate Software Previous ArticleNew Entity Helps Customers Reimagine What’s Possible With DigitalNext ArticleLargest Mobile Lockscreen Platform Buzzvil Partners with Japan’s Pontalast_img read more

Harmful substances in herbal medicines may play big role in deaths of

first_img Source:https://www.adelaide.edu.au/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 25 2018A University of Adelaide forensic pathologist is warning that potentially harmful substances found in herbal medicines may be playing a bigger role in deaths of ‘health tourists’ than previously thought.Professor Roger Byard is calling for closer checks during post-mortems for the presence of drugs and adulterants that originate from herbal remedies.”There is a possibility that harmful materials found in herbal medicines are either contributing to, or causing, deaths of overseas travelers,” says Professor Byard.’These factors should be considered in all medical and legal cases involving recent overseas travel, particularly to Asian destinations.”Related StoriesAI-enabled device detects if targeted chemotherapy is workingInnovative single-chip platform speeds up drug development processAntibiotic combination effective against drug-resistant PseudomonasAs part of health and wellness tourism, Western travelers to many Asian countries now often visit herbal centers. Free health checks may be performed at these centers and herbal products are offered for sale. They offer hope to a growing number of people looking for a cure for their health problems.”This type of health tourism is based upon learning about and consuming traditional medicinal herbs and is an important part of the worldwide medical tourism industry,” says Professor Byard.”Patients wrongly believe that they are being treated without using harmful chemicals or drugs.Studies have found some herbal remedies have been adulterated with approved or banned drugs and even toxic heavy metals. Adulterants have been linked to a range of side effects of varying severity including hypertension, heart problems, psychiatric disorders and in some instances even deaths.”The composition of many of these products is uncertain, there may be contaminants and pharmaceutical additives, and their interaction with prescription medications is unpredictable,” says Professor Byard.”However, the potential role and impact of herbal medicines, and possible adulterants within them, is usually not considered in medicolegal cases.”Forensic facilities may be missing the presence of harmful or toxic substances when carrying out post-mortem assessments not because the substances aren’t there but because pathologists may not be looking for them.”When considering cases in which a person has died after taking herbal medicines sourced from overseas, forensic pathologists need to take extra care to consider the possibility that adulterants have played a role in the person’s demise,” says Professor Byard.last_img read more

Ford celebrates century of production at storied Rouge plant

first_imgFord Motor Co.’s historic Rouge factory complex will continue well into its second century of production with the announcement Thursday that it will make at least one version of the next-generation F-150 pickup truck. Executive Chairman Bill Ford announced at a celebration of 100 years of manufacturing at the Rouge that it will make a gas-electric hybrid version of the pickup.The 600-acre factory complex is the longest continuously operating auto plant in the nation. It once was the world’s largest industrial complex, designed to take in raw materials and convert them into fully assembled vehicles.The factory, now modernized with robots and a grass roof, at times has been in danger of closing during its century of operations. “What was once dismissed as a rust belt relic has become a model for plants all around the world,” Bill Ford said at the celebration.The Rouge began operating in July of 1918 when it produced a World War I submarine chaser called an Eagle Boat. The first vehicle it made was a Fordson tractor in 1921, and the first car, a Model A, came off its assembly lines in October of 1927.At its peak, in 1929, the complex employed 102,000 people. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Ford recalls 2 mn pickup trucks on fire risk Ford Motor Co., Executive Chairman Bill Ford sits next to Debbie Manzano, Ford Rouge plant manager, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Dearborn, Mich. Ford is celebrating a century of production at its storied Rouge factory in Dearborn, and made an announcement about the plant’s future at a ceremony Thursday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Ford Motor Co., Executive Chairman Bill Ford stands with Debbie Manzano, Ford Rouge plant manager, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Dearborn, Mich. Ford is celebrating a century of production at its storied Rouge factory in Dearborn, and made an announcement about the plant’s future at a ceremony Thursday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Ford hasn’t released many details about the new version of the truck, which will go into production in 2020. The company said it will be a full hybrid with enough electricity available to power tools on work sites. The truck also will be sold with internal combustion engines. In this Feb. 10, 2015, file photo, the Observation Deck Tour gives visitors a chance to watch the Ford F-150 pick-up being produced at the Ford Rouge Factory in Dearborn, Mich. Ford is celebrating a century of production at its storied Rouge factory. The company is expected to make an announcement about the plant’s future at a ceremony Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP, File) Explore further Ford Motor Co., Executive Chairman Bill Ford, left, shakes hands with Willie Fulton, a 65-year employee of the Ford Rouge plant, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Dearborn, Mich. Ford is celebrating a century of production at its storied Rouge factory in Dearborn, and made an announcement about the plant’s future at a ceremony Thursday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) In 1999, a Ford boiler exploded at the complex during routine maintenance, killing six employees and injuring 14 others. State regulators later found 15 workplace safety violations.Parts of the complex still make steel, and the Ford portion now employs about 7,000 workers making the F-150 pickup truck, the top-selling vehicle in the nation. The plant cranks out a pickup truck every 53 seconds, the company says. Citation: Ford celebrates century of production at storied Rouge plant (2018, September 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ford-celebrates-century-production-storied.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Switzerlands Richemont Chinas Alibaba team up

first_imgSwiss luxury goods group Richemont announced Friday a partnership with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to develop platforms in China for high-end products. Citation: Switzerland’s Richemont, China’s Alibaba team up (2018, October 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-switzerland-richemont-china-alibaba-team.html © 2018 AFP Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Under the deal, Richemont’s online unit Yoox-net-a-porter and Alibaba will set up a joint venture with two mobile phone applications—Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter—to serve the Chinese market, a statement said.Net-a-porter and Mr Porter will also be made available on Alibaba’s specialist luxury site, Tmall Luxury Pavilion, which was launched last year.The two companies also agreed to explore other opportunities to develop the luxury goods market in China.”Our digital offer in China is just getting started,” Richemont chief Johann Rupert said in the statement.Richemont, ranked second only to French giant LVMH, has recently focused on online sales, a booming sector in the luxury goods industry and where China is seen as one of the most important markets.Its Net-a-Porter platform carries its own brands plus rivals’, aiming to become a one-stop shop for the fashion conscious.Alibaba is one of the world’s biggest e-commerce operations, with sales of nearly $40 billion in its last financial year to March 2018. Swiss company Richemont owns several of the world’s leading luxury brands including the Piaget jewellery label China’s Alibaba buys Pakistan e-commerce firm Darazlast_img read more

Bezos hunting for big wins is comfortable with big fails Update

first_img Citation: Bezos, hunting for big wins, is comfortable with big fails (Update) (2019, April 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-bezos-amazon-failures.html © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Amazon may be gearing up to take on Apple’s AirPods, report says Amazon’s Jeff Bezos challenged other retailers to raise wages and improve benefits for their employees, saying the competition will help everyone. In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, speaks at The Economic Club of Washington’s Milestone Celebration in Washington. Bezos said in a letter to shareholders Thursday, April 11, 2019, that as Amazon grows, so does the size of its “failed experiments.” He said Amazon is willing to continue to take risks and learn from its failures, while simultaneously supporting successful areas of its business like its third-party sellers and retail locations. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)center_img Bezos covered a wide range of topics in his annual letter to shareholders Thursday that was released on Twitter and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission .”Today I challenge our top retail competitors (you know who you are!) to match our employee benefits and our $15 minimum wage,” Bezos wrote. “Do it! Better yet, go to $16 and throw the gauntlet back at us.”Late last year, Amazon jumped ahead of many rivals by raising its minimum wage for U.S. workers to $15 an hour. That pay hike was not universally praised by all workers, who said the company cut two employee benefits as well: monthly bonuses and the chance to own some of Amazon’s sky-rocketing stock.Amazon did make some adjustments afterward to ensure workers were getting a raise.Target and Walmart have increased starting wages for workers over the past few years as the job market grew hotter and people could find better pay and benefits elsewhere. Target Corp. said last week it would raise the minimum hourly wage by a dollar in June to $13 per hour, the third pay hike in less than two years. The Minneapolis retailer has said it plans to raise starting hourly wages to $15 by the end of 2020.Walmart Inc., based in Bentonville, Arkansas, raised its starting pay to $11 an hour in early 2018. In a statement emailed to The Associated Press Thursday, Walmart defended its record, noting it has increased starting wages by more than 50% in the last three years and currently has an average hourly total compensation of more than $17.50. It touted benefits like advanced job training and paid time off.A top spokesman at the world’s largest retailer was also quick to mock on Twitter Amazon’s challenge with its own jab on the issue of taxes.”Hey retail competitors out there (You know who you are) How about paying your taxes?” Walmart’s Dan Bartlett tweeted. Bartlett shared an article that cited a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy which noted that Amazon will pay no federal income taxes for the second straight year.Bezos’s letter also comes as pilots from three carriers who fly for Amazon Prime Air and DHL cargo jets are planning to protest poor working conditions including low pay and severe attrition issues Thursday near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, according to a press release from union group Airline Professionals Association. They also plan to call to an end to stalled contract negotiations. The pilots staging protests are from Atlas Air, Southern Air and ABX Air. The airport is the largest hub for each of the airlines.And it appears that Amazon, well-known for giving low priority to the short-term growth interests of Wall Street, will continue taking big risks if it sees a potential pay-off in the long run.In his letter Thursday, Bezos said Amazon’s Fire phone was a failure, but that its Echo and Alexa smart speakers have been tremendously successful.”As a company grows, everything needs to scale, including the size of your failed experiments,” Bezos wrote. “If the size of your failures isn’t growing, you’re not going to be inventing at a size that can actually move the needle. Amazon will be experimenting at the right scale for a company of our size if we occasionally have multibillion-dollar failures.”Bezos said one “big winning bet” can cover the cost of the clunkers, and that calculus has been playing out at Amazon.Amazon.com Inc. churned out profits last year that exceeded $10 billion, more than tripling net income from the previous year. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

First Rafale jet to IAF will be delivered in September as per

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:49 IST All the 36 Rafale jets will be delivered to the Indian Air Force within the next two years, French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler said.The first Rafale fighter jet will be delivered to the Indian Air Force in September 2019 as per schedule, a top government official said on Saturday.Rafale fighter jets, manufactured by France-based Dassault Aviation, are twin-engine multi-role fighter aircraft. These are nuclear capable and can engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks.The first Rafale fighter jet will be delivered in September, Ajay Kumar, secretary to the department of defence production, said.French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler had, earlier this month, assured that the first Rafale fighter aircraft will be delivered within two months and will be “perfectly on time”.All the 36 Rafale jets will be delivered to the Indian Air Force within the next two years, he said.The Rafale deal has drawn flak from the Opposition which has alleged widespread corruption in the contract.Asked about the Rafale offset partner issue, Kumar said, “It will be done as per the rules.”He was speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of Bharat Chamber Defence Facilitation Centre in Kolkata.ALSO READ | First Rafale jet to be delivered in 2 months: French Ambassador ALSO WATCH | Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria shares his experience of flying a Rafale jetFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Next First Rafale jet to IAF will be delivered in September as per schedule, says top govt officialRafale fighter jets, manufactured by France-based Dassault Aviation, are twin-engine multi-role fighter aircraft. These are nuclear capable and can engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks.advertisementlast_img read more