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first_imgLooking at the legroom offered by different types of airlines indicates they are both of equal importance.  Singapore Airlines tops the seating list with seats a roomy 48.25cm, aboard all economy Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A380 and A330-300 class services out of Sydney and Melbourne. It is the age old debate, what matters most when it comes to economy class seating – width of the seats or the amount of legroom? Source = ETB News: T.N.center_img Last of the pack is Qantas, with 44.5cm on the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A340-600 that operates on the Sydney to Melbourne route.  This is followed closely by Emirates with 45.5cm on A380 flights.last_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories LISTEN: David Johnson, Cardinals running back “I think we were at the mall just enjoying our little vacation in Florida, and the Cardinals called me like an hour before they pick, and they were asking me basically who else called me, and at the time no one else did,” he said. “They were just asking me who else called me, and I told them no, no one else. They just told me ‘hold tight and we’ll see what happens.’“I got the call like an hour later and they were like, ‘You’re a Cardinal.’ I was just excited, it was a dream come true and I was just so blessed to have an opportunity to come here.”In “All or Nothing,” as the Cardinals are leading up to choosing Johnson, the conversation in the room is about how the player was incredibly productive in college as both a runner and receiver.“He’s got great hands, and he’s a big back,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, adding he can do everything Andre Ellington can as a receiver but is a bigger player. “Pass blocks, and he’s a kickoff returner. I like him.”No matter how much the Cardinals liked him, though, it appears they did learn a lesson from their failed attempt to land Abdullah. A third-round pick out of Northern Iowa in 2015, he ran for 581 yards and eight touchdowns on 125 carries, caught 36 passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns, and scored another time on a kick return.His 13 total touchdowns were the most in franchise history for a rookie, and by the end of the season he had taken hold of the team’s No. 1 running back job.The Cardinals are certainly happy to have him, though his presence on the roster may very well have been due to some bad luck ultimately working in the team’s favor.You see, as shown in the first episode of the Amazon series “All or Nothing,” the Cardinals had their sights set on a different running back, one they would take in the second-round of last year’s draft.The show shows vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough in the Cardinals’ draft war room on the phone with Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) tries to elude Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 0 Comments   Share   The @AZCardinals had Ameer Abdullah on the phone.Then Detroit called. And they were on the clock. #AllorNothing https://t.co/LPQxApUVLQ— NFL (@NFL) June 30, 2016“So are we excited? I know we’ve done so much work on you, from all the times we talked to you, we definitely are one of the places you wanted to be,” he said. After getting burned by the Lions a round earlier, the Cardinals apparently made sure to tell Johnson that if any other teams gave him a call, the message was Arizona was never there.“I think so, I think they did,” he said when asked if he was instructed to lie — if necessary.Turns out it was not an issue. The Cardinals were the only organization that gave Johnson’s phone a ring.“I didn’t get any calls from any other team on draft day,” he said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The scene then shows GM Steve Keim, who is laughing and clapping.“We’ve been talking about this pick since the Combine,” he says, with team president Michael Bidwill adding he likes Abdullah “a lot.”Then, disaster strikes.Abdullah lets McDonough know the Detroit Lions are on the phone, and as a few profanities fly around the room, it is announced that yes, the Lions chose the running back at pick No. 54. The Cardinals rebounded and chose Missouri linebacker Markus Golden at pick No. 58, and then, the next round, landed Johnson with pick No. 86.Abdullah ran for 597 yards and two touchdowns on 143 carries, while adding another 183 yards and one score on 25 receptions. Golden finished his rookie season with 37 total tackles, four sacks, five tackles for loss, 16 QB pressures and 14 QB hits.It’s safe to say things worked out pretty well for the Cardinals. The cliche “it’s better to be lucky than good” may apply, though no doubt the team choosing Johnson was not entirely based on luck.Of course, Johnson would have had no idea about the team’s interest in Abdullah a round earlier, nor would he probably care. The only thing that mattered was he was picked, and as he told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, he had tried to avoid watching the draft so that he would not get frustrated. Everyone knows how much of a crapshoot the NFL Draft is.Teams do the best they can to grab talent, but even with all the resources they spend — money, time, energy — the reality is things rarely go 100 percent according to plan.Often times, the random nature of the draft leads to players not living up to their draft status.  Sometimes, a player not only lives up to it, but surpasses it.The Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson belongs in the latter group.last_img read more

A Human Rights Crisis for Children Abroad and at Home

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares July 15, 2014; CNNGrantmakers for children and youth might find the news of the day overwhelming—so much so that they don’t have ready analyses and responses.According to an Associated Press story in Stars and Stripes, four Palestinian youths between the ages of 9 and 11, all cousins, were killed by an Israeli airstrike while they played soccer on a beach in Gaza. “It’s a cold blooded massacre,” the boys’ uncle said, according to AP. “It’s a shame who come they didn’t identify them as kids with all of the advanced technology they claim they’re using.” Apparently, the four were killed due to shelling from an offshore Israeli naval vessel. The Israeli military announced it would investigate the incident to determine how children on a beach became additional casualties in the warfare between Israel and Hamas, which as of Wednesday had reached at least 213 Palestinians and one Israeli killed.With the already constricted access points in and out of Gaza basically closed, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the area is simply getting worse, especially for the children of Gaza. Ruth Gledhill in Christian Today reports that Oxfam and Christian Aid have decried what Gledhill describes as Israel’s bombing of schools and killing children. Oxfam country director Nishant Pandey says that 90 percent of the water in Gaza is unsafe to drink, exacerbated by airstrikes damaging a water pipeline to the Beach Refugee camp and two wells in Gaza City. In addition, Israeli strikes have badly damaged Gaza City’s sewage treatment plant, worsening the sanitation conditions in the densely populated area, and other facilities, including a health center operated by an Oxfam partner agency and over a dozen schools.It doesn’t require taking a position on the issues between the Netanyahu government and Hamas in order to see a massive, looming humanitarian crisis in Gaza, with particularly devastating effects on kids.The impact of living in a war zone on children cannot be ignored. A study of Palestinian children in Gaza from 2008, conducted by researchers from the UK’s University of Hertfordshire, found that every child surveyed for the study had suffered exposure to at least three traumatic events (the most common being humiliation of themselves or a family member, exposure to the sound of bombs and explosions, witnessing someone’s funeral killed due to warfare, and witnessing shelling by tanks, artillery, and aircraft). Forty-one percent of the children were deemed to be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. Confirming and going beyond the Hertfordshire research, a 2013 study by researchers from the University of Granada in Spain examining Palestinian children in Hebron (in the West Bank) found that over 77 percent of the children showed symptoms of moderate to severe PTSD and more than 20 percent met the DSM-IV criteria for chronic PTSD.Sorry, consider us bleeding hearts for kids, no matter where they might be, including here in the U.S. when anti-immigration protesters show up in places such as Oracle, Arizona, and Murrieta, California with the intention of demonstrating to unaccompanied undocumented immigrant children that they are unwelcome. Three quarters of these unaccompanied minors—52,000 since October alone—are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, fleeing poverty to be sure, but rampant gang violence.The anti-immigrant, or perhaps more accurately, anti-children protestors show up, according to CNN, screaming at the buses of children (mistaking one bus of YMCA campers for immigrant kids in Oracle recently) and waving signs that display such heartwarming slogans as “Send ’em to Coyote Obama.” Communities around the nation, whether faced with temporarily accommodating unaccompanied immigrant kids or not, have turned these children into the new face of NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard), reflected in questions and opposition from governors and mayors in Michigan, Maryland, Nebraska, Washington state, and Virginia. One of the more striking examples occurred last month in Lawrenceville, Virginia, a town of 1,400 people, where the federal government had reached a deal with local authorities that would have provided temporary accommodations for unaccompanied immigrant kids on the vacant campus of a historically black college (the defunct St. Paul’s College), only to reverse course when 1,000 people showed up to protest.Expert educators note that the vast majority of unaccompanied immigrant children now attending U.S. schools suffer from PTSD. The response of the U.S. government? A proposal for $3.7 billion in funding from the Obama administration and an initiative from Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) to expedite the process down to seven days for getting immigrant children into immigration courts.The situation in Gaza is old, not new. Children in Gaza have been suffering privation for a long time due to the generally closed border crossings and Israel’s naval blockade. The situation of unaccompanied immigrant children is also old, not new. The surge in unaccompanied immigrant minors began in 2012, but only now, with the overcrowded holding facilities, is it getting national attention. Guidance, both from the leaders of institutional philanthropy and from the affinity groups whose topical priorities are children, is needed. NPQ will report what foundation trade associations, affinity groups, and thought leaders have to say about the national and international dimensions of the crisis of children.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Its not exactly news that gold mining stocks have

first_imgIt’s not exactly news that gold mining stocks have been in a slump for more than two years. Many investors who owned them have thrown in the towel by now, or are holding simply because a paper loss isn’t a realized loss until you sell. For contrarian speculators like Doug Casey and Rick Rule, though, it’s the best of all scenarios. “Buy when blood is in the streets,” investor Nathan Rothschild allegedly said. And buy they do, with both hands—because, they assert, there are definitive signs that things may be turning around. So what’s the deal with junior mining stocks, and who should invest in them? I’ll give you several good reasons not to touch them with a 10-foot pole… and one why you maybe should. First, you need to understand that junior gold miners are not buy-and-forget stocks. They are the most volatile securities in the world—”burning matches,” as Doug calls them. To speculate in those stocks requires nerves of steel. Let’s take a look at the performance of the juniors since 2011. The ETF that tracks a basket of such stocks—Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (GDXJ)—took a savage beating. In early April of 2011, a share would have cost you $170. Today, you can pick one up for about $36… that’s a decline of nearly 80%. There are something like 3,000 small mining companies in the world today, and the vast majority of them are worthless, sitting on a few hundred acres of moose pasture and a pipe dream. It’s a very tough business. Small-cap exploration companies (the “juniors”) are working year round looking for viable deposits. The question is not just if the gold is there, but if it can be extracted economically—and the probability is low. Even the ones that manage to find the goods and build a mine aren’t in the clear yet: before they can pour the first bar, there are regulatory hurdles, rising costs of labor and machinery, and often vehement opposition from natives to deal with. As the performance of junior mining stocks is closely correlated to that of gold, when the physical metal goes into a tailspin, gold mining shares follow suit. Only they tend to drop off faster and more deeply than physical gold. Then why invest in them at all? Because, as Casey Chief Metals & Mining Strategist Louis James likes to say, the downside is limited—all you can lose is 100% of your investment. The upside, on the other hand, is infinite. In the rebound periods after downturns such as the one we’re in, literal fortunes can be made; gains of 400-1,000% (and sometimes more) are not a rarity. It’s a speculator’s dream. When speculating in junior miners, timing is crucial. Bear runs in the gold sector can last a long time—some of them will go on until the last faint-hearted investor has been flushed away and there’s no one left to sell. At that point they come roaring back. It happened in the late ’70s, it happened several times in the ’80s when gold itself pretty much went to sleep, and again in 2002 after a four-year retreat. The most recent rally of 2009-’10 was breathtaking: Louis’ International Speculator stocks, which had gotten hammered with the rest of the market, handed subscribers average gains of 401.8%—a level of return Joe the Investor never gets to see in his lifetime. So where are we now in the cycle? The present downturn, as noted, kicked off in the spring of 2011, and despite several mini-rallies, the overall trend has been down. Recently, though, the natural resource experts here at Casey Research and elsewhere have seen clear signs of an imminent turnaround. For one thing, the price of gold itself has stabilized. After hitting its peak of $1,921.50 in September of 2011, it fell back below $1,190 twice last December. Since then, it hasn’t tested those lows again and is trading about 6.5% higher today. The demand for physical gold, especially from China, has been insatiable. The Austrian mint had to hire more employees and add a third eight-hour shift to the day in an attempt to keep up in its production of Philharmonic coins. “The market is very busy,” a mint spokesperson said. “We can’t meet the demand, even if we work overtime.” Sales jumped 36% in 2013, compared to the year before. Finally, the junior mining stocks have perked up again. In fact, for the first month of 2014, they turned in the best performance of any asset, as you can see here: (Source: Zero Hedge) The writing’s on the wall, say the pros, that the downturn won’t last much longer—and when the junior miners start taking off again, there’s no telling how high they could go. To present the evidence and to discuss how to play the turning tides in the precious metals market, Casey Research is hosting a timely online video event titled Upturn Millionaires next Wednesday, February 5, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. You’ll hear from resource legends and investment gurus such as Frank Giustra (watch this short and, I think, highly entertaining video for a taste of what you’re in for), Doug Casey, John Mauldin, Porter Stansberry, Ross Beaty, Rick Rule, and our own Louis James and Marin Katusa. Don’t miss this event—register here for free.last_img read more

The worlds biggest economy is unraveling Regul

first_imgThe world’s biggest economy is unraveling. Regular readers know we’re talking about the European Union (EU). The EU is an economic union made up of 28 countries. It was put together after World War II to keep European countries from going to war with one another. Over time, it turned into the world’s biggest economic experiment. And, right now, that experiment is going awry. As you probably heard, the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU a month ago. The “Brexit,” as folks are calling it, shook financial markets from London to New York City. It knocked more than $3 trillion from the global stock market in two days. Then, things calmed down. Over the past three weeks, global stocks have regained more than $4.5 trillion. The S&P 500 and Dow just hit new all-time highs. Many folks now think things are OK in Europe. As you’re about to see, things aren’t fine. That’s because Europe now has a much bigger problem than the Brexit. Italy, Europe’s fourth biggest economy, is racing toward a full-blown banking crisis. Today, we’ll show you why this isn’t just a problem for Italy. It’s a serious threat to all of Europe. One of our analysts even says Italy’s banking crisis could trigger the end of Europe as we know it. • Italy’s banking system is a disaster… Financial Times reported last week: The amount of gross non-performing loans held by the [Italian] banks increased 85 per cent to €360bn in the five years to 2015… The total stock of bad debts — the most distressed part of the pile — more than doubled over the same period. Non-performing loans, or “bad” loans, are loans that trade for less than book value. According to Financial Times, non-performing loans currently make up 18% of all of Italy’s loans. To put that in perspective, U.S. banks had a non-performing loan (NPL) ratio of 5% at the height of the 2008–2009 financial crisis. In short, Italy’s banking system is sitting on a keg of dynamite. Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal explained how Italian banks got themselves into this mess: Bad loans have grown at the astounding pace of €50 billion ($55.05 billion) a year since the 2008-09 financial crisis as banks resisted writing down bad assets. Banks and policy makers awaited a strong economic recovery that would allow debtors to repay more of their loans while providing banks greater profits to cushion write-downs. The recovery didn’t materialize, and the money injected into banks, up to €80 billion, via periodic market recapitalizations quickly dissipated as bank profitability stagnated due to an inefficient, fragmented financial system and near-zero or negative interest rates. • In other words, Italy’s banking system has three big problems… 1) The banks never recovered from the financial crisis. 2) Italy’s economy isn’t growing. And 3) negative interest rates are killing Italian banks. Dispatch readers know negative rates are a new radical government policy. They basically turn your bank account upside down. Instead of earning interest on your money at the bank, you pay the bank to watch your money. The European Central Bank (ECB) introduced negative rates two years ago, hoping this would “stimulate” Europe’s economy. Today, the ECB’s key rate is at -0.4%. That means European banks must pay €4 for every €1,000 they keep with the ECB. That might not sound like much. But it’s a huge problem for European banks that oversee trillions of euros. According to Bank of America (BAC), European banks could lose as much as €20 billion per year by 2018 if the ECB keeps rates where they are. • Italian bank stocks have nosedived… UniCredit SpA (USG.MI), Italy’s largest bank, has plunged 63% over the past year. Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI), Italy’s second biggest, is down 45%. Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI), Italy’s third biggest, is down 83%. And Banco Popolare (BP.MI), Italy’s fourth biggest, is down 79%. These are giant declines. Remember, we’re talking about the cornerstones of Italy’s financial system. Right now, these stocks aren’t telling us everything is OK. They’re saying Italy’s banking system could be insolvent. • The ECB might bail out Italian banks… Yesterday, Mario Draghi, who heads the ECB, said he would support a public bailout of Italy’s banks “in exceptional circumstances.” If this happens, the government will give money to Italy’s troubled banks and make taxpayers pay for it. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the U.S. government did the same thing during the 2008–2009 crisis. It gave hundreds of billions of dollars to the largest U.S. banks because they were “too big to fail.” The average American ended up footing the bill. The Oil Jihad just handed you the BIGGEST energy play of the decade Now you’ll have the chance to turn your next two paychecks into $109,845 or more with my analysis. And you’ll be able to do it over and over and over again for the next 12 months as the Saudis push this jihad to the limits. All it takes is one simple move! Recommended Links — – Rickards: “Don’t Buy A Single Ounce Of Gold…” **This is an URGENT warning from Jim Rickards.** If you’ve seen the writing on the wall, like me, you know that gold could soon hit $10,000 per ounce. However, today I’m urging you NOT to buy a single ounce of gold till you read what I have to say. Click here for access to my urgent gold announcement. • Italian bank stocks jumped on Draghi’s comments… Banco Popolare rose 4.0% yesterday. UniCredit rose 2.1%. And Banco Monte dei Paschi di Siena closed the day up 1.8%. In other words, investors are betting on a bailout. Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Investing, also thinks this will happen. He says Europe doesn’t have much choice: Italian banks will be bailed out, somehow, someway. Italy’s systemic weight is too big. A collapse of the Italian banking system is an existential threat to the euro, and probably the whole EU project. Nick, who’s in Italy right now, doesn’t think a bailout will fix Italy’s problems. At best, it will buy Europe time. Nick explains: A bailout won’t fix Italy’s main problem. The country hasn’t had any meaningful economic growth since it joined the euro in 1999. Even if a bailout can postpone a collapse of Italy’s banking system, it wouldn’t prevent a bubbling political crisis. You see, right now, a populist party is gaining control in Italy. According to the polls, it’s the most popular party in the country right now. And it’s gaining followers by the day. Nick says this is something investors can’t afford to ignore: The populist party blames Italy’s economic problems on the euro. It wants Italy to go back to the lira, its old currency. • Nick thinks the populist party could rise to power as soon as October… If this happens, Italy will likely hold a referendum like the UK did. But, this time, Italy will decide if it wants to stay with the euro or go back to the lira. If Italy votes to leave the euro, the fallout could be far worse than what we saw with the Brexit. Italy leaving the euro would destroy confidence in the currency. Longtime readers know this could be devastating. Like all paper currencies, “confidence” is all that backs the euro. If people lose faith in the euro, it will literally become worthless. Nick says this could happen sooner than most folks think: Italy is the third largest country in the eurozone. If it leaves the euro, I think it would destroy the currency. Without the euro, the economic linkages between EU countries would weaken. This could be a fatal blow to the EU itself. Bottom line, the euro and the whole EU project could very well die in Italy over the next six months. • Nick says a collapse of the EU could be “the biggest geopolitical event since World War II”… It could trigger a global stock market crash. It could drag the world into a deep depression. It could spark a global currency crisis. There’s really no way to know what would happen. Like we said earlier, the EU is one of the biggest economic experiments in history. If you’re worried about the state of the EU, you need to protect yourself. Your first step should be to own gold. As we often say, gold is real money. It’s protected wealth for centuries because it’s durable, easy to transport, and easily divisible. Its value also doesn’t depend on any central bank or government. If the euro runs into problems like Nick expects, gold’s value could shoot to the moon. • Nick will talk more about the impending explosion in Europe, and how it could trigger a global economic meltdown in October, in the next issue of Crisis Investing… You can learn how to receive Crisis Investing for 20% off the regular price by watching this video. You’ll also learn about another big crisis on Nick’s radar. As you’ll see, this crisis is already well underway. And it’s happening right here in America. The good news is that you can still protect yourself. We’ll even show you how to turn this coming crisis into a chance to make big gains. Watch this free video to learn how. Tech Recommendation of the Day: Buy or Sell IBM? For today’s and next week’s editions of the Dispatch, we’re sharing a special new feature with you. In place of our usual “Chart of the Day,” you’ll find valuable insight on technology stocks from tech expert Jeff Brown. If you don’t know Jeff, he’s a true tech insider and angel investor. Jeff is a 25-year veteran who’s built early-stage startups and ran organizations generating hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues. Yesterday, Jeff explained why tech giant Apple (AAPL) is “absolutely a sell.” Today, he tells us what he thinks about tech blue chip IBM. Keep in mind, the following is from a recent interview between Jeff and Amber Lee Mason, head of our affiliate Bonner & Partners: Amber Lee Mason: What about IBM? Jeff Brown: I am very unimpressed. This is a definite sell, and I think for a lot of people, a bit of a dangerous stock in the sense that people that have invested in IBM for years and years and years just want to hold onto this and expect that it’ll come around. But this is a dangerous stock to be holding, from my perspective. This used to be a $100-plus billion company a few years ago. This year, in 2016, it’s forecasted to be less than $80 billion, so down 20-plus percent in just a few years. They’ve had five years of declines in revenue. Their large legacy business continues to hold the company back. Another example: It’s been way too slow to adjust to crowd-based business models, and a lot of its other businesses, traditional businesses, are lower margin… and it’s just not that competitive. I do like what IBM does from a research perspective, but they really struggle to monetize their research. So a great example would be Watson. You know, they spent billions investing in IBM Watson, which is their artificial intelligence computing platform. And it has been estimated that, in 2015, it only generated about $200 million in revenue. The CEO was quoted as saying recently that, by 2018, she hopes Watson will generate about $1 billion. So to put this in perspective, it won’t even be until 2018 when it might generate $1 billion in revenue. And that’s against a company that’s doing $79 billion to $80 billion in annual revenue. So my point is, Watson won’t have that significant of an influence at all, even three years down the road, on the company’s overall performance. So there’s just so many better technology companies to own than IBM right now. Jeff may be bearish on IBM. But he sees HUGE opportunities in other tech stocks. In his newsletter, Exponential Tech Investor, Jeff explains how to invest in some of the most exciting technology companies on the planet. Most investors don’t even know these companies exist. Right now, you can lock in a subscription to Exponential Tech Investor for $500 off the regular price. We’ll even give you chance to “test drive” the service — and access all of Jeff’s research—for a full 30 days. This offer won’t last long, so make sure to act soon. Click here to learn more.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

THE Saints Girls Section has just passed a major m

first_imgTHE Saints Girls Section has just passed a major milestone by reaching its first birthday and pictured are just some of the Saints Girls with their birthday cake.From its Taster Day launch with Paul Sculthorpe and Boots, the team has steadily grown to now number 20 players, and is gaining in strength, month by month.Thanks, very much in part, to its dedicated band of volunteers.Training is based on games of skill and fitness, with contact (tackle) work done for those that want.By player demand, the number of sessions has increased from weekly to twice a week and always with a smile on their faces.Over the year, commitment from the girls has shown through as the Section has taken part in a number of festivals, both touch and contact.They have put the skills learned in training to good use, putting increasingly competent performances on show with each festival.Some of the girls have been pointed out by the RFL Talent spotters for the new Player Pathway scheme for Regional and National players – a cracking achievement considering the standard of girls rugby at some of the Yorkshire and Cumbrian clubs, as well as that in the North West area.Congratulations to all the Saints Girls, and the support team.Any girls wishing to play under 12s, 14s or 16s Saints Girls and in their famous red vee or just to get fit, enjoy training for rugby league and make new friends, then just come along on a Wednesday evening or Saturday morning to Thatto Heath Crusaders, Close St., Thatto Heath and ask for Geoff Alford.You can also e-mail info@thattoheathcrusaders.orglast_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

Why Do Edibles Make You So Darn High

first_imgCannabis 101 Why Do Edibles Make You So Darn High? Entrepreneur Staff Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur February 15, 2019 Add to Queue –shares With so many people complaining about having a bad edible experience, it’s time to educate ourselves about why this happens and how to avoid it. Chances are that you — or someone you know — had a really bad experience with an edible.In fact, most weed horror stories begin with some variation of, “Oh, man. One time I ate this (brownie, cookie, gummy, peanut butter cup) and I was, like, out-of-my-mind high for 24 hours.” This kind of terrifying trip was immortalized in a famous New York Times op-ed by Maureen Dowd, in which she recounts a particularly horrible encounter she had with a caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar in Denver. I, too, will confess to having my own scary run-in with an edible. I’d just had surgery and was looking for something other than Oxycontin to ease the pain, so I took a pill with a high THC count. An hour later, the buzz hit me so hard that I put on my heart monitor to make sure I wasn’t in cardiac arrest. Whether you’ve had a bad edible experience or you think we’re just a bunch of winy lightweights, we can all agree that stories like these are not good PR for the plant. Many a potential customer, who could truly benefit from cannabis’ healing properties, are scared away by that one bad high.Call it Post Traumatic Edible Disorder (PTED). It’s not only bad for consumers’ health — it’s bad for business. In the interest of finding out what happened to me and so many other scarred edible customers, and how we can avoid future bad trips, I spoke with Uwe Blesching, Ph.D, a medical writer and author of three books on cannabis, including The Cannabis Health Index.Related: 5 Things You Need to Know About Edibles Blame it on your liverIt turns out that those of us with PTED aren’t crazy. Edibles can make you higher than other forms of cannabis consumption, according to Dr. Blesching. The liver is the culprit.When you ingest THC, it will take about an hour or so for it to be broken down into various metabolites. This explains why you don’t feel the psychoactive effects right away, unlike you do when smoking it.One of those metabolites created by your body is something called 11-OH-THC, which is “much more potent as far as psychoactivity is concerned because it crosses the blood-brain barrier up to four times faster than just THC,” says Dr. Blesching. So when you eat an edible, “you’re not just getting the high effect from THC, you’re also getting the effect of the metabolites,” he says.Related: 5 Smart and Safe Ways to Package EdiblesThe more you ingest, the greater the high. This explains that sudden, uneasy feeling of getting a massive jolt to the brain. One second you feel nothing, the next second you’re completely stoned.  Blame it on yourselfAnother reason that edibles are so potent is that we tend to consume too much of them — either because we’re impatient, hungry, or both.”A lot of people make the mistake of thinking it’s been an hour and I’m not feeling anything, so they eat more,” says Dr. Blesching. “The impatience and the expectancy actually contribute to the experience being very unpleasant.”Dr. Blesching admits to making that mistake himself. One time, he dripped some cannabis-infused coconut oil over some almonds and they tasted so good that he kept eating more and more. An hour later, he was high as a kite.”Remember those old martial art movies that were really poorly dubbed, where you see the mouth is moving and then ten seconds later you hear the translation?” he says. “That happened to me. It was literally a disassociation between what I saw and what I heard.” The high lasted for 12 to 15 hours. Know your limitsPart of the challenge of eating edibles is understanding how to dose properly. Unlike smoking THC in which you feel the effects almost immediately, ingesting it and waiting for the effects make it harder to titrate the dosage. For this reason, many of the best edible brands go out of their way to warn against over-indulging. For example, Wana Brands, which makes Colorado’s best-selling edibles, says to “Start Low and Go Slow” right on their packaging.Related: Meet the Martha Stewart of EdiblesWhat is low and slow? While there’s no one-size-fits-all prescription, Dr. Blesching advises adults to ingest no more than 2.5 to 5 milligrams an hour. “If you don’t feel anything, you can gradually add a little more,” he says. Then wait another hour.Dr. Blesching also warns against eating edibles on an empty stomach because “absorption rates are much faster.” That said, when you ingest THC with a full belly, it might take longer for the THC to kick in so, again, exercise caution. “It’s a very fine line between a THC-induced adverse effect and a THC-induced therapeutic effect,” Dr. Blesching says.Make sure yours is therapeutic not post-traumatic.   center_img Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Jonathan Small 5 min read Image credit: Creative-Family | Getty Images Free Green Entrepreneur App Next Article Download Our iOS Applast_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

Neustar and JCDecaux North America Partner to Bring Mobile Location Intelligence to

first_img Audience Intelligence PlatformElementOneidentity and marketing analyticsJCDecauxMarketing TechnologyNeustarNews Previous ArticleDigital Audio Can Be An Advertising MVP – If Navigated CorrectlyNext ArticleIBI Group Launches TravellQ Traveller Information Software Neustar and JCDecaux North America Partner to Bring Mobile Location Intelligence to Digital and Analog Out-of-Home Advertisers PRNewswireMay 22, 2019, 6:39 pmMay 22, 2019 Partnership Allows Brands, Publishers and Agencies to Plan, Target, Visualize and Segment Consumer Audiences Outside the HomeNeustar, Inc., a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services and the leader in trusted customer identity and marketing analytics solutions for Fortune 500 brands, and JCDecaux North America, Inc., the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide, announced a partnership to bring advanced mobile location intelligence to modern digital and analog Out-of-Home advertisers. Neustar’s trusted customer identity solutions offer a single source of robust, person-based data that has been securely pseudonymized to protect consumer privacy.Combining the power of programmatic and location-based data with the delivery of physical advertising is essential and our partnership with JCDecaux addresses this for Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) marketers.This announcement expands on the companies’ initial partnership in 2017.Currently, Neustar and JCDecaux North America analyze outdoor advertising assets against audience data via Neustar’s audience intelligence platform, ElementOne. Now, ElementOne will also provide JCDecaux North America with location data derived from geospatial mapping capabilities to understand foot traffic and measure audiences in geographic areas like airports, malls, retail locations, designated market areas (DMAs), and ZIP Codes.“Combining the power of programmatic and location-based data with the delivery of physical advertising is essential for today’s quickly evolving Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) vertical,” said Neustar General Manager of Customer Intelligence Hyune Hand. “Expanding our relationship with JCDecaux North America enables them to effectively and intelligently sell DOOH media by obtaining, analyzing, and activating upon exclusive location-based insights, while providing unrivaled intelligence surrounding these consumer audiences through Neustar’s identity resolution offering.”Marketing Technology News: Jumpshot Releases State of eCommerce Data Report that Reveals New Retail Strategies for Sponsored Search, Affiliate Marketing and InfluencersBy including its geospatial intelligence natively into the ElementOne Platform, Neustar enables agencies, brands, and media owners to leverage mobile location data in a privacy-compliant way to drive insights and to buy and sell audiences based on observed in-market behavior. This analysis is aggregated to a group level and pseudonymized, allowing for powerful insights and activation but preserving privacy.Now brands, publishers and advertisers can leverage location-based insights to:Visualize mobile signal density of an audience, location, or custom geo-fenced area to determine your ideal target markets;Develop comprehensive audience profiles by connecting pseudonymized location signals to a broad range of demographic and psychographic variables;Analyze audience foot traffic patterns, daily commutes, and daytime/nighttime population data to determine peaks or lulls in transitory tendencies;Improve campaign efficacy by engaging audiences with personalized messages and promotions based on their attitudes, lifestyles, and purchase behaviors;Geo-fence a custom polygon around a competitor’s locations to identify opportunities for engaging interested potential audiences with custom offers;Measure campaign efficacy by connecting the dots between a DOOH asset and digital marketing campaigns.Marketing Technology News: Baidu’s Mobile Reach Expanded to 1.1 Billion Monthly Active Devices in March 2019“Neustar brings best-in-class identity data and audience profiling capabilities, as well as the best combination of platform tools, to help us get the most for our Out-of-Home inventory, which we make available to our advertiser partners,” said JCDecaux Co-Chief Executive Officer Jean-Luc Decaux.Neustar’s ElementOne platform combines customer data with consumer demographics and behavioral data to create audience groups that are unique to a business, channel, and product, so that marketers can target with granularity or at scale. ElementOne enables businesses to access more than 20,000 audience profiles, ranging from psychographic and behavioral attributes to attitudes, preferences, buying patterns, interests, media usage, and more.With ElementOne integrated into Neustar’s Identity Data Management Platform (Identity DMP), marketers can now identify audiences based on observations in the physical world and activate directly online, or, via this expanded partnership with JCDecaux, directly to Out-of-Home advertising. No matter the channel, Neustar always leverages Privacy by Design principles and ensures full compliance with applicable privacy laws.Marketing Technology News: Alibaba Cloud Expands Offerings for EMEA Partnerslast_img read more

Contest for second Amazon HQ heats up as finalists named

Explore further Citation: Contest for second Amazon HQ heats up as finalists named (2018, January 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-contest-amazon-hq-finalists.html © 2018 AFP With billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs at stake, Amazon’s quest for a second North American headquarters has thrust 20 cities into a cutthroat “Hunger Games” style contest—but at what cost? 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. The US technology and lifestyle giant last week narrowed its list of candidates from 238 applications for the prize, which could provide an estimated $5 billion in investments and 50,000 new jobs.Amazon expects to announce a decision later this year on “HQ2,” which will be equal to its Seattle headquarters, and is asking the finalists to refine their pitches.This winning city would get a massive economic infusion that could instantly transform it into a major technology hub, said Brookings Institution fellow Joseph Parilla.”The size and scale of Amazon’s investment in its current headquarters has been absolutely transformative for that city, and so we would expect on the positive side for that to occur in a winning city as well,” Parilla said.Parilla said each tech job created would have a “ripple effect,” creating another three to five jobs for the local economy, including from some firms seeking a presence near Amazon.While many political leaders are embracing the challenge, some analysts have derided the move as a stunt akin to the dystopian novel where citizens must watch youths fight to the death.”The real downer is the Hunger Games beauty contest will result in a soaking of taxpayers,” said Scott Galloway, a New York University marketing professor.Galloway said the competition “highlights the perversion of our nation at the hands of big tech.”Already decided?Greg LeRoy, executive director of the nonprofit group Good Jobs First, suggested Amazon is staging “a PR stunt to get the most tax breaks from the place it had already decided on” for its headquarters.LeRoy’s organization has calculated that Amazon has already received more than $1 billion tax subsidies for its warehouses and other facilities and that it’s not clear whether it’s a good deal for taxpayers.”You’re going to have an influx of people, you’re going to have to hire new teachers, to widen lanes, to pick up trash,” he said.Amazon has said it is looking at metropolitan areas with more than one million people and which offer a “stable and business-friendly environment.” It will want a region with a skilled technical workforce and access to international airports. ‘Think big, creatively’In its announcement last year for the competition, Amazon urged communities to “think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options.”Margaret O’Mara, a University of Washington professor who studies the high-tech economy, said the list of finalists suggests Amazon’s move is aimed at finding the best and brightest workers.”So many of the finalists are clustered on the East Coast, by and large, providing a way for Amazon to lure top talent that isn’t able or willing to move to Seattle,” O’Mara said.”It also signals that—despite the bounty of tax breaks dangled before the company by competitor cities—low costs aren’t the primary driver. The finalist list includes some of the most expensive places to live in America.”The short list includes the US capital Washington—where Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has a residence and owns the Washington Post newspaper—as well as the suburban areas of “northern Virginia” and Montgomery County, Maryland.New York City was also on the list, as was the nearby city of Newark, New Jersey.Other cities on the list are Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh (North Carolina), Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus (Ohio), Denver, Los Angeles and two Texas cities—Dallas and Austin. Toronto is the only Canadian city on the list.The city of Washington has offered a five-year property tax freeze on any buildings Amazon occupies, wage reimbursements of up to $10,000 for new hires and an exemption on corporate taxes for five years, according to documents released following a public records request from WAMU radio.Reports said Amazon has also been offered incentives worth $7 billion from Newark and $2 billion from Chicago. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan unveiled a package worth $3 billion in tax incentives and $2 billion in transportation improvements, calling HQ2 “the single greatest economic development opportunity in a generation.”Brookings’ Parilla acknowledged that it may be difficult for localities to recoup their concessions to Amazon if they give too much.By giving back as much as $7 billion, he said, “the foregone revenue at that scale is so significant, and you are removing resources for fundamental public investments that attracts a company like Amazon in the first place.” Amazon narrows list of ‘HQ2’ candidates to 20 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

Vietnams newest airline Bamboo takes first flight

first_img Explore further Citation: Vietnam’s newest airline Bamboo takes first flight (2019, January 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-vietnam-airline-bamboo-flight.html Air travel in the region has boomed in recent years as appetites—and budgets—for travel have soared among spendthrift flyers. Bamboo is hoping to tap into the saturated market by offering routes to lesser-known destinations in Vietnam currently underserved by heavy-hitters like Vietnam Airlines and budget carrier Vietjet.”Bamboo Airways will become a five-star airline to serve domestic and international passengers,” Bamboo owner Trinh Van Quyet said at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport after the inaugural flight landed from Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday morning. Born poor in northern Vinh Phuc province, Quyet is best known in Vietnam for building a vast real estate empire FLC Group, which has built luxury hotels, golf courses and condominiums across the country and is the parent company of Bamboo. The property tycoon told AFP in an interview last year that he hopes to offer customers integrated travel packages to his resorts at affordable prices. But analysts have warned that travellers are moving away from package deals and prefer to tailor their own trips online.Bamboo will operate eight domestic routes daily, with plans to fly from Hanoi to Japan, South Korea and Singapore later this year and eventually to Europe. Vietnam’s aviation sector is surging, with passenger numbers jumping to 62 million last year from 25 million in 2012.Regional and domestic airlines are scrambling to keep up with that growth as Vietnam’s airports strain to accommodate an increasing number of flights and passengers.National carrier Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet, infamous for its bikini-clad air hostesses, currently dominate international and domestic travel. Bamboo is not the only carrier looking to edge into the sector. Last month, Malaysian budget airline AirAsia signed an agreement with a Vietnamese travel firm to launch a low-cost carrier in Vietnam, though a timeline for takeoff was not provided. Bamboo owner Trinh Van Quyet is offering routes to lesser-known destinations in Vietnam © 2019 AFPcenter_img Vietnam’s newest commercial carrier Bamboo Airways took flight Wednesday, officially entering Southeast Asia’s crowded aviation sector where it will face stiff competition from established players. Vietnam’s newest airline Bamboo gets aviation licence 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

US Facebook fine over privacy could be in billions reports

first_imgReports say US regulats are near an agreement on a record penalty against Facebook for privacy violations 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. A US investigation into privacy violations by Facebook could result in a record fine running to billions of dollars, media reports said Friday. © 2019 AFP The Federal Trade Commission is negotiating the terms of the penalty stemming from its investigation into whether Facebook violated a 2011 settlement with the regulator on protecting user data, the Washington Post and New York Times said, citing unnamed sources.The FTC reopened its investigation following revelations last year that personal data from tens of millions of Facebook users was hijacked by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica as it worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.The 2011 court-approved agreement required Facebook to notify users when it shares data with third parties and bars the social network from deceptive practices.According to the Times, the penalty for violating the agreement could be some $41,000 per violation, and that the FTC may potentially levy that amount for each individual affected.The Post said the settlement could be in the range of $2 billion.A settlement would need to be negotiated by the FTC staff and then approved by the commissioners. If there is no agreement the parties could contest the matter in court.Until now, the biggest fine imposed by the FTC was $22.5 million against Google for violations of an agreement to protect consumer data, according to the reports.Privacy activists have pressed for a hefty penalty against Facebook to demonstrate that the regulator is serious about enforcing its consent agreements.Facebook did not respond to an AFP query on the reports.center_img Report: Facebook, FTC discussing ‘multibillion dollar’ fine Explore further Citation: US Facebook fine over privacy could be in billions: reports (2019, February 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-facebook-fine-privacy-billions.htmllast_img read more

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