25 days agoChelsea striker Ike Ugbo in financial limbo at Roda JC

first_imgChelsea striker Ike Ugbo in financial limbo at Roda JCby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Ike Ugbo is in financial limbo at Roda JC.NRC says the club want to use his wages to spread across the rest of the squad, instead of their star loanee.Ugbo earns about ten times what his team-mates take home and the coaches would rather have one angry unpaid player than several.Fingers are being pointed at investor Mauricio Garcia de la Vega, who the club are desperate to get rid of after he attempted to take over the club last summer.Ugbo, 21, has scored four goals on loan in the second tier of the Dutch pyramid. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Iowa Lands 4-Star CB Chevin Calloway

first_imgChilvin Calloway committing to Iowa.chevin calloway iowaChevin Calloway, a four-star cornerback recruit from Dallas, Texas, has announced his decision to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2017. Calloway’s announcement was supposed to come this past Friday, but given the tragedy involving the Dallas police department, he chose to push it a few days. Calloway announced the news live on Periscope.Calloway is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound player who is ranked as the 15th-best athlete in the state of Texas. Here’s a screenshot of him wearing an Iowa hat after the announcement.pic.twitter.com/x4kekz2vOM— Chevin Calloway (@_chev1_) July 11, 2016Boom – Chevin Calloway #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/2fH6Zk04xZ— Hawkeye Images (@webcentrick) July 11, 2016Calloway, according to 247 Sports, had offers from nearly every major program – including Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and more.last_img read more

Casablanca Buses to Adopt the Trams Ticket System in mid2014

first_imgCasablanca – According to daily La Vie Eco, Casablanca’s M’dina buses will start using the same ticket management system used by Casa Tram by the first half of 2014.According to the same source, the project has reached a completion rate of 85%. However, for interoperability to be effective, there remain certain issues that need be addressed, starting with the rates and the distribution of revenues between the company that manages M’dina buses and the one that operates the tramway.These points will be discussed by the City Council during the first quarter of 2014, as the quality of services or investments made by each party are unequal. It should also be noted that after a year of service, Casa Tram has already exceeded its objectives in terms of number of passengers.With 21.8 million transported passengers, the tram transports a daily average of 100,000 passengers, while the initial objective was set to 85000.This has generated revenues of MAD 123 million last December. However, the company could not avoid a deficit of MAD 189 million in its first year.For the management of Casa Transport, interoperability with the bus will play a key role in balancing the tram’s finances, since it would help generate sufficient revenues to cover operating expenses.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

A Baseballs Exit Velocity Is Five Parts Hitter One Part Pitcher

For years sabermetrics has theorized that pitchers can’t control what happens after a batter strikes a ball. Whether it bloops in for a hit, rockets its way to an outfielder’s glove or lands just inches outside the foul line, it’s a consequence of the batter and the defense, but not the pitcher. That argument is what led to Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), a statistic that attempts to quantify a pitcher’s performance only for the events for which we know the pitcher has definite responsibility (walks, strikeouts and home runs — in sabermetrics parlance, the “Three True Outcomes”). FIP throws out base hits completely on the basis that they are partially a product of the defense.But now we have Statcast. The new technology that collects data on the position and velocity of the ball and the players on the field is beginning to change what we know (or thought we knew) about all sorts of things — pitching included. And that’s raising new questions about how much effect a pitcher can have on a ball once it’s put in play. The answer might be: a lot.But first, let’s talk batters. Last week, I used Statcast to show that harder-struck pitches tend to fall for hits more often. That, generally, makes hard contact good for the hitter and bad for the pitcher. Obviously, some hitters are better at hitting the ball hard. What Statcast tells us is that some pitchers are better at making batters hit the ball softly.That’s not to say pitchers hold the upper hand. In my models1Specifically, I used a linear random effects model with the R package lme4. The model was specified as follows:Batted ball velocity ~ (1|hitter) + (1|pitcher) + (1|ballpark).In total, batter explains 3 percent of the variance in batted ball velocity, while pitcher explains 0.6 percent and park 0.03 percent. of batted ball velocity that incorporate the pitcher, batter and ballpark, the batter’s effect dominates the pitcher’s. A ball’s exit velocity after a bat strikes it is about five times more the batter’s doing than the pitcher’s. This fact seems to partially vindicate FIP — batters really are the ones in control.At the same time, the pitcher’s effect is not negligible.2Deriving a p-value in a random effects model is tricky. However, the random effect for pitchers significantly improves the model by AIC, improves out-of-sample prediction accuracy, and is larger than expected under a null distribution derived from permutations. While the best batters increase batted ball velocity by as much as 7-8 mph, the best pitchers suppress it by 1.5 mph compared with the average pitcher.That has real significance: Such a decrease roughly equates to a 13-point decrease in batting average on balls in play (BABIP) for a given batted ball.3This number comes from a logistic regression of exit velocity for each batted ball. Over the course of a game, the pitchers who can best decrease exit velocity save about a quarter of a run (on average). A quarter of a run doesn’t sound like much? Multiplied over a season, all those quarters of a run add up to about one win of value.4Run expectancy numbers are derived from a linear regression of linear weights value per pitch on batted ball velocity. Linear weights values come from Pitch Info.So that means FIP is flawed as an overall value metric, at least for some pitchers. Who are those pitchers? Here’s a table of all 485 pitchers with batted ball data this season as of the writing of this article.5This amounts to 17,768 batted balls. You may notice that most relievers are close to zero on this list. That’s because the model does not have enough data per reliever to be certain that they are altering velocity heavily, so it regresses their readings to the mean. Search for your favorite pitcher and see how many miles per hour he takes away from or adds to the average batted ball. The five best pitchers in the league: the Baltimore Orioles’ Wei-Yin Chen (balls leave the bat 1.63 mph slower than average when Chen pitches); the Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale (1.56 mph); the Los Angeles Angels’ Garrett Richards (1.53 mph); the St. Louis Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (1.46 mph, before he experienced a season-ending injury April 25); and the Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel (1.40 mph). Many of these pitchers are bona fide aces, most obviously Sale, Richards and Wainwright (Clayton Kershaw also lurks in ninth place). These players are not only adept at managing contact, they are also skilled strikeout artists. FIP accurately tabs them as great pitchers even without information about their contact-controlling abilities.These pitchers control their opposition’s quality of contact partly by driving the hitters into bad counts. In pitcher’s counts, hitters tend to put weak, defensive swings on the ball, resulting in glancing contact. About 15 percent of pitchers’ exit velocity suppression comes from controlling the count.6This estimate is derived by incorporating count into the model as a fixed effect and then determining how much the pitcher’s estimated random effect decreased. Richards, for example, has reached two-strike counts in 92 of his opponents’ plate appearances, compared with three-ball counts in only 38; in the former, hitters have a .271 BABIP, whereas in the latter, they have a .333 BABIP.7The league difference is a bit smaller, but still significant: .291 BABIP with three balls, .281 with two strikes.Chen is an intriguing case. The best at suppressing batted ball velocity, Chen also has the largest gap between ERA and FIP among qualified starters. In fact, Chen has put up a sizable gap between his ERA and FIP in three of the four years in which he’s pitched in MLB. Lacking batted ball velocity in years prior, we cannot say that his skill is consistent, but his results appear to be.FIP doesn’t only fail to credit the pitchers who manage their opponent’s batted ball velocity, it also fails to blame bad ones who consistently get hit hard.The league’s bottom five in that respect: the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Vance Worley (1.43 mph added to a ball’s exit velocity, compared with average); the Tampa Bay Rays’ Nate Karns (1.39 mph); the San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum (1.16 mph); the Kansas City Royals’ Yordano Ventura (1.11 mph); and the San Diego Padres’ James Shields (1.06 mph). Just as the best pitchers tended to be better than average even by FIP, these five are worse. And while the aces use the count to their advantage, these pitchers are liable to find themselves in hitter’s counts, which causes some of their problems in the first place.Their exit velocity stats are also worse because they serve up pitches down the middle of the plate. Batters crave these meatballs and can punish them for extra-base hits and home runs. When I took pitch location out of the model, the pitchers’ effects on batted ball velocities fell by 20 percent on average.8Location was added into the model with a quadratic term for horizontal and vertical coordinates after adjusting for the count.Ventura, the Royals’ young flamethrower, is a conspicuous member of this worst-in-the-league list. Like Worley and Karns, he tends to throw his four-seam fastball more often than the league average.9Using pitch tags generously supplied to me by Pitch Info. That’s significant because fastballs tend to get hammered the hardest (even adjusting for count and location). Ventura, and other fastball-heavy starters, run the risk of allowing harder contact and more hits.The idea that pitchers can, in fact, influence their BABIP is not new. Shortly after the initial publication of DIPS, Tom Tippett (currently employed by the Red Sox) wrote about how the best pitchers seemed to be able to control the probability that their struck pitches would fall for hits. Tippett had only anecdotal examples such as Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux, so the sabermetric community coalesced on the idea that they could be exceptions to a very reasonable rule.Now that we have Statcast’s data, we can see otherwise. No one will mistake Wei-Yin Chen for Pedro Martinez, but it appears that Chen can repeatably depress his opponent’s batted ball velocity, and a statistic such as FIP will fail to credit him for that skill.10Fortunately, new statistics such as Baseball Prospectus’ DRA (Deserved Run Average) do take into account all the events in which a pitcher plays a part. In fact, individual pitchers’ DRAs better correlate with the velocity suppression effects I calculated than their FIPs do, indicating that DRA is capturing some of this skill. Statcast’s data is beginning to challenge not only our views of specific players, but also some of the fundamental precepts of sabermetrics.Special thanks to Baseball Savant for the batted ball data; Pitch Info and Harry Pavlidis for the use of pitch tag data; and Jonathan Judge, Greg Matthews, Harry Pavlidis and Dan Turkenkopf for helpful comments and feedback.CORRECTION (May 22, 11:38 a.m.): An earlier version of this article stated that Wei-Yin Chen had a sizable gap between his ERA and FIP all four years in which he pitched in the league. That wasn’t true in 2013, when his ERA was slightly higher than his FIP. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball to continue streak of road games

OSU sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) and freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer (5) go for a block during a game against FGCU on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set to hit the road to continue a series of 10 consecutive away games.The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Oxford, Ohio, this weekend to compete in the Miami (Ohio) University Invitational.OSU (6-3) is scheduled to play the University of Alabama-Birmingham (3-8) on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (5-7) at 10 a.m. and tournament host Miami (Ohio) (5-4) at 7 p.m.Once the Buckeyes finish the final non-conference tournament of the season, they’ll be set to start Big Ten play. However, the Buckeyes aren’t scheduled to play a Big Ten opponent at home until Oct. 8 against Illinois.But senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said she’s grown to like playing on the road throughout her career.“We look at it as road warriors,” Sekinger said. “It’s a different atmosphere and you get the crowd chanting against you, which gives you more motivation to play better.”Sophomore setter Maggie Heim added that playing more road games in front of “brutal” away crowds at the beginning of the year helps the team prepare for the season.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the women are getting more comfortable with their offensive and defensive performances, but they cannot make the small errors like they did last weekend in the Millennium Hotel Invitational. OSU finished the tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, with two wins split by a loss to the Ohio Bobcats.“We made some untimely errors against Ohio, but we made some really great, really big plays against (Syracuse and Xavier),” Carlston said. “You can’t give points away. Teams are too good to be missing serves.  We have to be aggressive, so we’re going to miss some serves, but we’re not missing back-to-back serves and serves at the end of games.”Once the Buckeyes conclude non-conference play, they are set to head to Minnesota and Wisconsin to open the Big Ten season. The Minnesota match is scheduled for Wednesday at 8 p.m., while the Wisconsin match is set for Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. read more

Sterling Highway Wildlife Underpasses Featured On Animal Planet

first_imgThe most noticeable of the project is the new bridge over the East Fork of the Moose River. This almost-140-foot bridge will provide a 104- foot wide × 18-foot high opening for moose and the Kenai Lowland caribou herd, eventually replacing the small culvert and very high road bed that currently exists there, according to the refuge. In Monday night’s show, Kenai Refuge biologists visited the new Sterling Highway wildlife underpasses. The Refuge worked closely with an Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) planning team to develop six underpasses for wildlife passage on this 21-mile section of the SterlingHighway. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was highlighted on the show Into Alaska, on Animal Planet, Monday night. This 10-part series highlights both Kenai and Kodiak National Wildlife Refuges and their current  conservation work.center_img The other five underpasses are large culverts ranging in height from 8 feet for bears and lynx to twin culverts for moose, each 16 feet high. This latter structure anchors the west end of 1.5 miles of fencing on either side of the highway section that runs between there and the new East Fork bridge. This area is known to have a high moose-vehicle collision rate, in part because moose travel there, according to the refuge it was because of this reason the plan for the wildlife underpasses came into place.last_img read more

George Lois Slams Esquires EInk Cover

first_imgGeorge Lois, Esquire’s art director from 1962 to 1972, took a no holds barred approach to design, producing some of the most iconic covers in the history of magazines. Lois takes the same approach to interviews, telling AdAge media reporter Nat Ives how he was “embarrassed” by Esquire’s battery-powered e-ink cover, a “silly gimmick” that “cost a quarter of a million dollars, I’m told.” (Esquire’s issue touted the cover line, “The 21st Century Begins Now” with, as Lois described, “Mickey Mouse lights clicking on and off.”)Since April, the MOMA has been hosting a collection of Lois’ Esquire cover designs. During this interview, Lois said: “great covers need to have a great idea behind them.” Of Esquire’s cover, he said: “That wasn’t great; it was ridiculous.” “When will they learn?” Lois said of Esquire. “Oh lord, how long will it take for them to learn.”last_img read more

State Department Gets Shelter Mag Makeover

first_imgThe Magazine Publishers of America announced today that the U.S. State Department has enlisted the magazine industry to help decorate 17 rooms for the holiday season at the U.S. State Department buildings in Washington, D.C. An early gift for the remaining shelter titles, the “Magazine Holiday Design Showcase” is planned as an annual event and “part of an ongoing campaign to highlight the furnishingsand art in both the Blair House and the State Department,” according to the release. Of course, shelter titles are no strangers to designing show rooms. Over the past few years, publishers like Hachette and Hearst, among others, have launched initiatives pairing their shelter titles with various kinds of room design.As part of the showcase, each magazine will be assigned one or more historic State Department rooms [pictured]—Diplomatic Reception rooms in the Harry S. Truman building or receiving rooms in the Blair House, the President’s guest house for foreign dignitaries—and are scheduled to unveil the final designs on December 7.Among the 17 rooms undergoing a mass magazine makeover, The Blair House Back Room will bedecorated by Better Homes and Gardens with a nine-foot Christmas tree covered in coral-colored ornaments, while Mother Earth News and Natural Home will execute a non-traditional Adams Room design at the State Department with growers from across the country providing rare varieties of heirloom grains, apples and other foods.The magazines are funding the makeovers themselves. Polskin told FOLIO: that each magazine would determine its budget for this project and only put in “what they feel comfortable spending.” Participating titles, including Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Earth News, Natural Home, This Old House and Traditional Home, are racing against the clock to complete these rooms from start to finish in only a few weeks. “This [the partnership] hit our radar screens earlier this month [November], so it’s been a rush,” MPA senior vice president of communications & events Howard Polskin told FOLIO:.last_img read more

After emphatic win Virat Kohli speaks about biggest positive names biggest impact

first_imgIt was yet another ruthless performance by the Indian team and the usual suspects were at the very best. The seamers rocked Sri Lanka early, the spinners controlled them and then the Indian openers forged a century partnership to absolutely dominate the chase. India became the number 1 side after the league stage, a true reflection of their dominance.”We wanted to play good cricket. To be honest, we didn’t expect this kind of scoreline heading into the semis. But that’s what consistent performances and hard work get you. Really proud and happy of our team. Most amazing team to be a part of. It is really an honour to play for India,” captain Virat Kohli said after the match.Praises Hardik Pandya’s role and intent Indian cricket teamGetty ImagesThe captain also said that as a side, they never focus on the opposition as they believe in their own strengths. He said that his side has the belief that if they play according to their potential, they can beat any side, but if they don’t, any side can beat them. He also spoke of Hardik Pandya and the importance of him firing and bringing the all-round balance to the side.”He has a gut feel as to what the batter might do, so he’s trying different things. Even when he goes out to bat you can see that intent, he’s just switched on from ball one. It is amazing to have a cricketer like that who can bring in so much to the table. Hopefully two more performances from him and till now it has been wonderful to see his performances and passion for the team,” Kohli further added. Twitter/Cricket World CupIn the other match of the day, South Africa downed Australia in a thriller. What this effectively means is that India will now take on New Zealand and Australia will take on England in the semi-finals respectively.The Indian team, as per the skipper, is covered in all dimensions and now it is a matter of turning up and putting in a performance on the day.”Feel confident if we are batting first or bowling first as we are covered with all dimensions. From that point of view we are happy with where we are placed. It is just about turning up on the semifinal day and putting up a performance,” the skipper added.last_img read more

Tech Leaps Partnerships Lie Ahead For NASAs Mars Mission

first_img Share Johnson Space Center director Ellen Ochoa reveals future of NASA amid rise of private space companies. Ochoa said NASA needs to work with private space companies to improve space exploration technology.She also said the agency hopes to send humans to Mars in the 2030s.“Part of our job at NASA is to understand what capabilities are out there and how we can use them in our plan to have human exploration beyond lower orbit,” Ochoa said.NASA is already on the Red Planet with the Curiosity Rover but hopes sending humans will shorten communication times and expand research capabilities.The agency wants to dedicate the 2020s to advancing the technology to make the Mars mission possible.Ochoa said improving the yet to be completed Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft are among the top priorities.last_img read more

Wolfram Research introduces new programmable document type

first_imgOne unfortunate downside to using the new format, is that in order for a user to receive the benefits of it, they have to download and install a 150MB installer, which then takes up some 500MB of drive space. There’s also the tricky problem of going to all the trouble of programming a document (which the company says is as easy as recording a spreadsheet macro) only to find there aren’t any users out there who can see your results, because they haven’t downloaded the program, much less heard of it.On a positive note, now that Wolfram has shown what is possible, it’s likely Adobe will either license and incorporate the new standard into PDF (CPDF anyone?), or come up with its own way of doing the same thing. Either way, users will certainly benefit in the end, especially if this new technology winds up on cell phones, or especially tablets; being able to manipulate data in a report with our fingertips, sounds like something we should already be able to do. Citation: Wolfram Research introduces new programmable document type (2011, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-wolfram-programmable-document.html (PhysOrg.com) — Wolfram Research, the same folks who brought us both Mathematica, and Wolfram Alpha (see here, here, and here), the search computation site, is now announcing via Conrad Wolfram’s blog, that it has designed a new document format that allows for simple programming on the creator end, and interactivity on the user end. Called, appropriately enough, the Computable Document Format (CDF), it takes PDF documents one step further by allowing data embedded in a document to be manipulated in real time. Explore further More information: blog.wolfram.com/2011/07/21/la … a-expand-the-medium/ 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. Nitro PDF Reader out to blow away Adobe © 2010 PhysOrg.com While it doesn’t appear, at least for now, that Wolfram intends to compete with Adobe with its new format, it does appear to be sort of a knock on the static nature of the current PDF format.As it stands now, if you download and look at a PDF document, it’s like looking at an image, in that that’s all you can do with it, look and read. With the CDF format however, the person or group who creates the document can embed code in the document t so that when a user downloads it, he or she has the option of manipulating data in that document to taste. As an example, per Wolfram’s blog, say you wrote a paper on the Doppler affect. With a PDF document, you’d lay down your words and then try to come up with a graph/chart/picture that hopefully conveys the sound of a siren changing in pitch, for example, such as an ambulance passing by. With CDF, you could embed code that would allow a user to actually listen to that ambulance, and then by adding changeable parameters, allow them to adjust such things as the speed of the vehicle, to hear the differences that would result; in other words, you’d have a much more dynamic document.last_img read more

The Simple Trick This CEO Uses to Prevent Burnout

first_img Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders.Jack Groetzinger, CEO and co-founder of SeatGeek — a search engine that sells tickets to concerts, games and other events — isn’t sold on the phrase “work-life balance.”That attitude is likely a product of running a company that sells tickets for nearly 480,000 teams and artists at over 350,000 venues. For Groetzinger, work is life.“The phrase work-life balance applies to two separate things that you’re trading off between, and for me they all sort of mold into one,” Groetzinger says. “It’s not like work ever really ends.”Despite the inability to separate work from non-work, Groetzinger still hasn’t burned out from being CEO of SeatGeek, and has even found an interesting way to stay focused — gamifying his to-do list.We caught up with Groetzinger and asked him 20 questions to figure out what makes him tick:1. How do you start your day?Outside of the normal morning routine stuff, the one thing I do before I come into the office is meditate for 10 minutes.I’ve been influenced by social psychology dysphemism literature which shows that meditation provides the highest return on investment for how you can spend your time, increase productivity and happiness.2. How do you end your day?Very unceremonious. Usually at work, out with friends or some social thing and then come home and go straight to bed. I try to avoid T.V., because it’s inherently addicting and ultimately unfulfilling. It’s a digital narcotic.Related: Behind a $100 Million Mattress Startup, Casper Co-Founder Shares Advice on Finding Success as an Entrepreneur3. What is a book that has changed your mind and why?Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini, which talks about the way human beings are influenced in sort of non-logical or non-rational ways. It seems a little Machiavellian. It’s the way you use sell tactics to get people to comply with you, but I think that it can also be used for good. In the case of SeatGeek, figuring out how we can harness social psychology, human psychology, to allow people to do more stuff, have more fun and go to more events.4. What is a book you always recommend and why?I began to think differently about chance after reading Nassim Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets. That booked changed how I make decisions and interpret events post hoc.5. What is a strategy you use to keep focused? I only check email three times a day to avoid the black hole of email. I block out 30 minutes on my calendar three times a day to do that, it’s kind of a reserved email time to maximize that 90 minutes a day, so that the rest of my day is focused on other things.Related: How Finding a Single Egg in Nicaragua Inspired the Founder of This $300 Million Company6. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?By the time I got into middle school or high school I did want to start my own company. I did a few stupid small things for fun while I was actually in high school, then in college and then continued to do that after I graduated.I find starting startups so much fun, because it seems like the ultimate expression of business creativity. Doing a startup means solving a problem with near-infinite degrees of freedom. And unlike other challenges in life — like, say, running a marathon — if you succeed, you hopefully leave behind something profound.7. What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had? I’ve only had one job outside of working at my own company, and he was a great boss, so I haven’t had a bad boss. I guess that’s a good thing.8. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach work?My co-founders, Russ and Eric. A majority of my career has been spent working alongside them in the trenches. They’ve influenced my thinking in thousands of little ways.Related: 10 Steps to Finding the Right Co-Founder9. What’s a trip that changed you?When I was in college I taught English in Chile in a poor region near the desert. It was the opposite of first world, American culture, and for me it gave me a lot of perspective.Chile kind of showed me the other side of the spectrum where people are trying to sustain themselves. What we are able to do at SeatGeek is a luxury and as long as everyone has their basic needs met, we are able to focus on allowing people to do more stuff. We are all lucky to be able to do that.10. What inspires you?SeatGeek users. I get a rush whenever I meet one of our users in the real world. Our users depend on us. Many of them love the brand and software we’re building. I feel a tremendous duty to delight them.11. What was your first business idea and what did you do with it? In high school I ran a small company that edited people’s college essays. I built relationships with a few retired English teachers. Folks who were applying to college and needed help editing an essay would submit their work via our website and then we would hook them up with an English teacher who would work with them to make it better.That was back in 2001 and 2002 and was a marketplace. SeatGeek is a marketplace, so it gave me exposure to the power of being able to connect people on the internet.12. What was a job you had early on in life that has taught you something important or useful?I had an internship in college at a consulting firm where I got good at Excel; that skill has served me well ever since. In a lot of ways Excel is like the modern layman database. SeatGeek is a very data-centric company.13. What is the best advice you ever took?From my father: “You can work a decade to earn someone’s trust; you can lose it forever in five minutes.”14. What is the worst advice you ever received? My co-founder Russ and I quit our consulting jobs the same week back in 2008 to do a startup together. We intended to start a site focused on live entertainment analytics (what eventually became SeatGeek) but got some bad advice from an IP lawyer, who said we’d be violating an active patent. Eighteen months later we got a second opinion from another lawyer who told us the previous guy was wrong.Related: Weebly’s Founder Explains the Richard Branson Moment That Changed How He Ran His Company15. What is a productivity tip you swear by? I keep a do-list of everything I want to do. In addition to sort of listing everything out, I also rank everything by importance and put next to it an estimated number of minutes that I think it will take to complete. I have a start and end time associated with each of those as well, so it sort of gamifies the process of working through your to-do list. 16. Do you use an app or any tools to get things done or stay focused? I use Google Sheets a ton, which is what I use for what I just described [above].17. What does work life balance mean to you?The phrase work life balance applies to two separate things that you’re trading off between, and for me they all sort of mold into one — it’s not like work ever really ends. In a lot of ways it is my life, so it sort of all one thing. I think the dichotomy is maybe a bit false.18. How do you prevent burnout? I think burnout means you can’t work effectively anymore, so doing things outside of work can help prevent burnout and makes you more productive.Ultimately it’s just by trying to create a schedule, social stuff with friends, etcetera. I force myself to do that, not every day, but as much as I can.19. When you’re faced with a creativity block, what strategies do you use to get innovate or get over that block? I usually just try doing something else for a while and come back to it. I think time helps.20. What are your learning now and how do you think that will help your future? Executive hiring. So not just hiring individual contributors here, but rather folks who are really going to run and manage teams. I think as SeatGeek continues to grow it’s going to be continually important.Related: 5 Ways to Make Your Company’s Hiring Process More FairThis interview was edited for brevity and clarity. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 8 min readcenter_img August 25, 2016last_img read more

Boeing aims to finish software fix to 737 Max in September

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Associated Press Friday, June 28, 2019 Boeing says it expects to finish work on updated flight-control software for the 737 Max in September, a sign that the troubled jet likely won’t be flying until late this year.The latest delay in fixing the Max came a day after the disclosure that government test pilots found a new technology flaw in the plane during a test on a flight simulator.The plane has been grounded since mid-March after two crashes that killed 346 people. Preliminary accident reports pointed to software that erroneously pointed the planes’ noses down and overpowered pilots’ efforts to regain control.A Boeing official said Thursday that the company expects to submit the software update to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval “in the September timeframe.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Boeing has not publicly discussed timing of the update.Once Boeing submits its changes, the FAA is expected to take several weeks to analyze them, and airlines would need additional time to take their grounded Max jets out of storage and prepare them to fly again.Airlines were already lowering expectations for a quick return of the plane, which has been grounded since mid-March.Southwest Airlines, the biggest operator of Max jets, announced Thursday that it has taken the plane out of its schedule for another month, through Oct. 1. Earlier this week, United Airlines pulled the plane from its schedule through early September.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaWhile Boeing engineers continue working on the plane’s software, company lawyers pushed Thursday to settle lawsuits brought by the families of dozens of passengers killed in the October crash of a Lion Air Max off the coast of Indonesia and the March crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max near Addis Ababa.Boeing and the families of Lion Air Flight 610 victims agreed to mediation that could lead to early settlements. However, the families of some Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 passengers are resisting mediation.“There are many families here who will not want to participate in mediation until they know what Boeing knew, when they knew it, what they did about it, and what they’re going to do about it to prevent this kind of disaster from occurring again,” said Robert Clifford, a Chicago lawyer who filed lawsuits on behalf of nearly two dozen victims of the Ethiopian crash.Meanwhile, at a meeting Thursday in Montreal of regulators and airline representatives, the head of the International Air Transport Association, Alexandre de Juniac, made an appeal for co-ordination between aircraft operators and regulators.De Juniac and his airline group are trying to repair the fragmented regulatory approach to the Max. In March, other countries grounded the plane despite the FAA’s initial view that it was safe even after a second crash.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsRegulators in Europe, China and Canada have indicated they want to conduct their own reviews of the FAA’s 2017 certification of the plane, which could further complicate and delay the Max’s return to flying.Requirements for additional pilot training could also affect the timing of the plane’s return.Boeing wants computer-based instruction, and FAA technical experts agree that would be sufficient. Others believe pilots need to practice with the new Boeing software in flight simulators.Earlier this month, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who landed a crippled airliner safely on the Hudson River in 2009, told a House subcommittee that pilots should get simulator training.That, however, would pose a problem for Boeing and the airlines _ it could take weeks or months to find simulator time for every pilot who flies the Max. Southwest and American Airlines each have thousands of Boeing 737 pilots, but neither airline has a Max simulator. Boeing has one in Miami and a similar machine in Seattle.FAA’s acting administrator, Daniel Elwell, says the agency has not made a final decision about training.Shares of Boeing fell $10.92, or 2.9%, to close Thursday at $364.02. Share Tags: Boeing 737 MAX Boeing aims to finish software fix to 737 Max in Septemberlast_img read more

French competition regulator chief Bruno Lasserre

first_imgFrench competition regulator chief Bruno Lasserre has attacked former competition chief Guillaume Cerutti’s criticisms of the regulator’s handling of pay TV operator Canal Plus’s alleged failure to abide by conditions set at the time of its merger with TPS.Cerutti, the former head of competition policy, consumer affairs and fraud control at France’s ministry of economy and finance (DGCCRF), recently criticised the French competition regulator’s handling of the case in an article published in financial daily La Tribune. Cerutti, who signed the authorization for the merger in 2006, said that the authority’s move to rescind its green light for the merger a full five years after the event raised serious questions.In an open letter addressed to Cerrutti, Lasserre accused the latter of multiple factual errors, over-hasty judgements and of having consulted Canal Plus’s management before publishing his critique. Lasserre also accused Cerutti’s department of failing to act on complaints made by France Télécom early in 2007 and of only referring the matter to the competition regulator in 2008.Last year the competition authority controversially moved to rescind its original authorisation for the merger and place the pay TV operator under surveillance for an extended period.last_img read more

In This Issue   Yellen doesnt see a stock mar

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Yellen doesn’t see a stock market bubble.. *  Markets aren’t buying what Yellen is saying. *  A very light world data day. *  Richard Russell on our Friday! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Is It Friday Already? Good day.  And a Happy Friday to one and all! Who’s sneaking around the streets of the city, smiling at everybody she see’s? Everyone knows it’s Wendy! Well, we have a different kind of Wendy down here and it’s called Windy! But it’s warm, and that’s what I care about most! Thanks to all who sent me notes about the critter problem and my car!  I stayed up way too late last night, watching the Thursday night College game between Clemson and Georgia Tech. Entertaining game I must say! Entertaining is not what I would call yesterday question and answer session with Janet Yellen and Congress. Oh brother! I have to say, yesterday, I told you that I didn’t understand why the markets hadn’t backed off their brazen attitudes about tapering beginning soon. Well, if they didn’t back off from the previous day, they surely (who’s Shirley?) will have done so, after he comments yesterday, right?  Well, unfortunately, the answer is they backed off just a little bit. What amount of proof do they need? Yellen basically told the lawmakers yesterday that she saw no problem extending QE or even expanding it! Proving once again that once a Fed Head becomes the Fed Chair, they lose their vision, Yellen proclaimed that, “I don’t see at this point, in major sectors of asset prices, misalignments.” OK, that’s Central Bank parlance for: I don’t see a stock market bubble.  Of course Big Al Greenspan didn’t the Tech Bubble, and Big Ben Bernanke didn’t see the Housing Bubble. Yes, when your Fed Chairperson says, “It’s important that we do what we can do to promote a very strong recovery. I’m important not to remove support, especially when the recovery is fragile and the tools available to monetary policy, should the economy falter, are limited given that short-term interest rates are at zero.” OK. There’s nothing in what she said yesterday that says, “I’m hell-bent to Taper”!!!!!  Nothing absolutely nothing, say it again!  But, still the dollar is holding the hammer. Albeit the hammer is not swinging any longer at the currencies and metals, as they attempt to gather their legs, which had been cut from under them, and run to the rally tracks! And still. I see headline news stories on the Bloomberg titled: “Dollar Rises From Lowest in Week on Bets Fed Will Taper”. Are you kidding me? Oh well, sometimes the markets have to be have a good blow to the head with a baseball bat for them to get the message! Because to me, the message from Yellen yesterday rang loud and clear!  So, where did I put that baseball bat? So, like I said, the currencies are attempting to gather their legs under them, so they can run to the rally tracks. The euro is 1.3450 today, so at least the single unit is looking better as we end the week. Wait!, Chuck, did you say end the week? Why, self, I did just that! WOW! Where did the week go? Geez Louise, I just don’t like it when I get to “get away” and the time flies by! I guess what they always said about “time flies when you’re having fun” holds true! Well, we’re one day closer to the end of November. Which is a good thing as far as I’m concerned. And the closer we get to the end of the year, the closer the deadline for the Debt Ceiling resolution becomes. Last year, we began the year knowing that the Debt Ceiling would be toppled in 2013. At the beginning of the year, I thought it would be by late summer, early fall..  But then along came the new Treasury Sec. and his “extraordinary measures” to keep the Gov’t going longer without surpassing the Debt Ceiling. It’s all accounting tricks, folks, but just to keep the conversation going here, the Debt Ceiling wasn’t met until October.  And then we just delayed the inevitable, which is to raise the Debt Ceiling. Can you believe that soon, we’ll be having these discussions about the Debt Ceiling again? The bestselling author and analyst, James Rickards, was talking on Bloomberg TV yesterday about how the Currency Wars are playing out right before us, but could take up to 10 years to come to the end, which to him is a complete collapse of the monetary system we now use. And then we reintroduce Gold backed currencies. I always find that reading or listening to James Rickards to be enlightening, but I’m not completely behind this idea of a complete collapse. Instead I believe that the Chinese will rise to power, take over the reserve currency status from the dollar, back their currency with Gold, which will then put pressure on other countries to do the same, otherwise everyone will want the Gold backed renminbi! So, we get to the same ending, of Gold backed currencies, but we go different routes to get there.  Either way, the dollar leads the currencies down the slippery slope, and loses its reserve status, which is something that I don’t think most Americans have any idea what they could be like. Think. Deep, dark depression, excessive misery.. (sure hope Jr. Sample and Buck Owens don’t mind me borrowing that!) I talked about how the Canadian dollar / loonie was being resilient earlier this week, and today we should see some data that might boost the loonie and get it out of the mud it’s been stuck in all week. October Manufacturing Sales is expected to be a good strong print today. I continue to like what I see in Canada. I do have a Canadian reader who rips me in emails, every time I say something nice about the loonie or the Canadian economy.  He thinks that 92-cents (it’s currently 95-cents) is more likely where the loonie deserves to be. And I say, “92-cents is still 25-cents higher than where the loonie stood 11 years ago!” The Aussie dollar (A$) and New Zealand dollar / kiwi are looking better as we end the week. It’s been a nasty month so far for these two. I have to laugh because Australia is having a Debt Ceiling debate right now. But the amount in question is just A$100 Billion. (I say that as if 100 Billion is chump change, and I don’t mean to!) The House passes a bill to lift the Debt Ceiling $500 Billion, and the Senate sends it back marking it down to A$400 Billion, and the House plans to resend it back to the Senate as an increase of A$ 500 Billion .  Sounds like a circus game to me. Moving North, the Chinese are still waiting to hear the details of the Third Plenum that ended earlier this week. It was announced last night that China is going to ease their 1-child policy. They will allow couples to have two children, if one of the parents is an only child. There were some other announcements like abolishing a form of detention without trial. So, while the new policy toward their One-Child Policy still isn’t the best, It’s better than before, and shows that the Chinese are willing to change. We’ll see more of these “changes” in the future folks.. Yes, it’s a slow news day, when Chuck is writing about China’s One-Child Policy!  I knew that’s what you were thinking! HA! Did you see here in the U.S. that Federal Student Loans surpassed $1 Trillion? The quarterly student loan balance has increased every quarter for the past 10 years!  The problem with that is delinquency rate is soaring. Yes, the delinquency rate is at an all-time high at 11.83%!   I saw this on zerohedge.com and thought to myself.. When did this get so out of hand? Ahhh, now I remember, and I won’t go there for it serves no purpose to discuss. Gold is down a bit this morning, after adding to its price yesterday. I received a note from our metals trader, Tim Smith, yesterday, explaining the premiums or fabrication fees on Silver Coins. they’ve increased again. And I thought to myself that this is a result of the physical demand. And then lo and behold, I find this article on the WSJ about how sales of the U.S. Mint’s American Eagle Silver Coins have passed 2012 levels. According to the WSJ article, “investors are snapping up silver coins at a breakneck pace.  This leads me to believe that these investors demanding Silver Coins, not only see the opportunity to purchase Silver at a much cheaper price, but that these coins would be more easily used in times of dollar collapse. You wouldn’t want to use that Gold 1 ounce coin to buy a loaf of bread!  So, this all makes abundant sense to me, and understand why Silver Coin sales are already at 39.17 million ounces this year, VS 33.74 million ounces sold in 2012! There’s not much in the way of data to look at today in the U.S. As I told you yesterday, Industrial Production is on the docket without its running partner Capacity Utilization. Next week, we’ll get into some meat from the data cupboard, as Retail Sales will print! But that’s next week. Today’s data docket will be light, so I really don’t expect too much movement in the currencies and metals today, given that the Yellen talks are over, and the data cupboard gets emptied out. Before I head to the Big Finish today, from Jimmy Kimmel. “We have music tonight from The Killers. It’s our second night with them. They were here last night too. I guess that makes them Serial Killers.” For What It’s Worth. I found a snippet from my one of my fave writers, Richard Russell on the Kingworld.com site yesterday that sums things up nicely. here’s Richard Russell. “The Dow crept up higher, moving ever closer to the melt-up that I’ve been predicting.  Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal carried a front-page story about retail buyers coming optimistically into the market again.  I expect the retail entrance to the market to reach flood tide buy-in sometime within the next year.  At the same time, distribution levels are increasing providing evidence that institutions are leaving this market.  The latest count is six distribution days on the NASDAQ and four on the S&P 500.  Thus I believe we are approaching an historic period where funds travel from institutional hands to the retail public. The gold base continues to enlarge, and pessimism toward gold is comparable to that which you see at a bear market bottom.  In the meantime, bullion creeps imperceptibly higher.  China is clearly on a new path which will result in a bulging population and a pull-back on its imports. The big picture for the US is “under-inflation” and underemployment.  Neither suggests a taper in QE.” To recap. Yellen doesn’t see a stock market bubble, and will continue to stimulate the economy. Chuck doesn’t understand why the markets are still so brazen about their calls for tapering to begin soon, after Yellen was very clear yesterday. The dollar still holds the hammer, although it’s not getting swung right now, as the currencies attempt to get their legs under them to run to the rally tracks. A slow news stories day and little in the way of data, should lead to a quiet end of the week. Currencies today 11/15/13. American Style: A$ .9325, kiwi .8295, C$ .9555, euro 1.3460, sterling 1.6070, Swiss $1.0905, . European style: rand 10.2215, krone 6.1340, SEK 6.65, forint 221.85, zloty 3.1105, koruna 20.1855, RUB 32.68, yen 100.30, sing 1.2475, HKD 7.7535, INR 63.12, China 6.1315, pesos 12.98, BRL 2.3145, Dollar Index 81.02, Oil $93.84, 10-year 2.72%, Silver $20.64, Platinum $1,441.35, Palladium $736.78, and Gold. $1,281.70. And it’s Friday once again, so here’s your link to check out the U.S. Debt Clock, click here: http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html That’s it for today. It took me so long to write what I did write today, for I searched and searched for market moving news for a long time. Longer than usual I might add! Things are heating up in Washington D.C., eh? I try to stay out of all that, and just observe it. But in the old days I would have commented on it by now. Glad those days are bygone! We just received the sad news that our little Christine’s dad passed away last night. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. and right after I write that, the Byrds’ song: Turn, Turn, Turn is playing on the IPod, very apropos, eh?  I’m going to get out of your hair for today and the week now. I hope you can find a way to make this a Fantastico Friday. Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Shirley Avedon 90­­ had never been a cannabis us

first_imgShirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome, which sends shooting pains into both of her hands, and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments are prompting her to consider some new options.”It’s very painful; sometimes I can’t even open my hand,” Avedon says.So for the second time in two months, she has climbed aboard a bus that provides seniors at the Laguna Woods Village retirement community in Orange County, Calif., with a free shuttle to a nearby marijuana dispensary.The retired manager of an oncology office says she’s seeking the same relief she saw cancer patients get from smoking marijuana 25 years ago.”At that time (marijuana) wasn’t legal, so they used to get it off their children,” she says with a laugh. “It was fantastic what it did for them.”Avedon doesn’t want to get high from anything she uses. So on her first trip, she picked up a topical cream that was sold as a pain reliever. It contained cannabidiol, or CBD, but was formulated without THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient.”It helped a little,” she says. “Now I’m going back for the second time hoping they have something better.”As more states legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use — 30 states plus the District of Columbia to date — the cannabis industry is booming. Among the fastest growing group of users: people over 50, with especially steep increases among those 65 and older. And some dispensaries are tailoring their pitches to seniors like Avedon who are seeking alternative treatments for their aches, pains and other medical conditions. ­­On this particular morning, about 35 seniors climb on board the free shuttle — paid for by a licensed cannabis dispensary in Santa Ana called Bud and Bloom. After about a half-hour drive, the large white bus pulls up to the parking lot of the dispensary.About half the seniors on board today are repeat customers; the other half are cannabis newbies who’ve never tried it before, says Kandice Hawes, director of community outreach for Bud and Bloom.”Not everybody is coming to be a customer,” Hawes says. “A lot are just coming to be educated.”Among them, Layla Sabet, 72, a first-timer seeking relief from back pain that she says keeps her awake at night.”I’m taking so much medication to sleep and still I can’t sleep,” she says. “So I’m trying it for the back pain and the sleep.” Hawes invites the seniors into a large room with chairs and a table set up with free sandwiches and drinks. As they eat, she begins the presentation that focuses on the potential benefits of cannabis as a reliever of anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain and the various ways people can consume it.Several vendors on site also take turns speaking to the group about the goods they sell. Then, the seniors are invited into the dispensary where they’re able to buy everything from old-school rolled joints and high-tech vaporizer pens to liquid sublingual tinctures, topical creams and an assortment of sweet, cannabis-infused edibles.Jim Lebowitz, 75, is a return customer who suffers pain from back surgery two years ago.He prefers to eat his cannabis.”I got chocolate and I got gummies,” he tells a visitor. “Never had the chocolate before, but I’ve had the gummies and they worked pretty good.””Gummies” are cannabis-infused chewy candies. His contain both the CBD and THC, two active ingredients in marijuana.Derek Tauchman rings up sales at one of several Bud and Bloom registers in the dispensary. He says fear of getting high is the biggest concern expressed by senior consumers, who make up the bulk of the dispensary’s new business.”What they don’t realize is there’s so many different ways to medicate now that you don’t have to actually get high to relieve all your aches and pains,” he says.Despite such enthusiasm, marijuana isn’t well-researched, says Dr. David Reuben, Archstone professor of medicine and geriatrics at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.While cannabis is legal both medically and recreationally in California, it remains a schedule 1 substance – meaning it’s illegal under federal law. And that makes it harder to study.The limited research that exists suggests that marijuana may be helpful in treating pain and nausea, according to a research overview published last year by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Less conclusive research points to it helping with sleep problems and anxiety.Reuben says he sees a growing number of patients interested in using it for things like anxiety, chronic pain and depression.”I am, in general, fairly supportive of this because these are conditions (for which) there aren’t good alternatives,” he says.But Reuben cautions his patients that products bought at marijuana dispensaries aren’t FDA regulated, as are prescription drugs. That means dose and consistency can vary.”There’s still so much left to learn about how to package, how to ensure quality and standards,” he says. “So the question is how to make sure the people are getting high-quality product and then testing its effectiveness.”And there are risks associated with cannabis use, too, says Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, who directs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.”When you have an industry that does nothing but blanket our society with messages about the medicinal value of marijuana, people get the idea this is a safe substance to use. And that’s not true,” she says.Side effects can include increased heart rate, nausea and vomiting, and with long-term use, there’s a potential for addiction, some studies say. Research suggests that between 9 and 30 percent of those who use marijuana may develop some degree of marijuana use disorder.Still, Reuben says, if it gets patients off more addictive and potentially dangerous prescription drugs — like opioids — all the better.Jim Levy, 71, suffers a pinched nerve that shoots pain down both his legs. He uses a topical cream and ingests cannabis gelatin capsules and lozenges.”I have no way to measure, but I’d say it gets rid of 90 percent of the pain,” says Levy, who — like other seniors here — pays for these products out-of-pocket as Medicare doesn’t cover cannabis.”I got something they say is wonderful and I hope it works,” says Avedon. “It’s a cream.”The price tag: $90. Avedon says that if it helps ease the carpal tunnel pain she suffers, it’ll be worth it.”It’s better than having surgery,” she says.Precautions to keep in mindThough marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, it’s legal in some form in 30 states and the District of Columbia. And a growing number of Americans are considering trying it for health reasons. For people who are, doctors advise the following cautions.Talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor you’re thinking about trying medical marijuana. Although he or she may have some concerns, most doctors won’t judge you for seeking out alternative treatments.Make sure your prescriber is aware of all the medications you take. Marijuana might have dangerous interactions with prescription medications, particularly medicines that can be sedating, says Dr. Benjamin Han, a geriatrician at New York University School of Medicine who studies marijuana use in the elderly.Watch out for dosing. Older adults metabolize drugs differently than young people. If your doctor gives you the go-ahead, try the lowest possible dose first to avoid feeling intoxicated. And be especially careful with edibles.They can have very concentrated doses that don’t take effect right away.Elderly people are also more sensitive to side effects. If you start to feel unwell, talk to your doctor right away. “When you’re older, you’re more vulnerable to the side effects of everything,” Han says. “I’m cautious about everything.”Look for licensed providers. In some states like California, licensed dispensaries must test for contaminants. Be especially careful with marijuana bought illegally. “If you’re just buying marijuana down the street … you don’t really know what’s in that,” says Dr. Joshua Briscoe, a palliative care doctor at Duke University School of Medicine who has studied the use of marijuana for pain and nausea in older patients. “Buyer beware.”Bottom line: the research on medical marijuana is limited. There’s even less we know about marijuana use in older people. Proceed with caution.This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes NPR and Kaiser Health News.Jenny Gold and Mara Gordon contributed to this report. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Malta will continue to support UN processes in Libya – Abela

first_imgMinister Carmelo Abela with Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Federal Minister of Defence, before the joint Council session for Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers of the EU.Minister Carmelo Abela with Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Federal Minister of Defence, before the joint Council session for Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers of the EU. Malta’s Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela has told a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Minister’s Council (FAC) that, ‘Malta will continue to unwaveringly support the UN-facilitated process in Libya,’ and that the country calls on ‘all parties to do the same. Relations with Libya have always been pivotal for peace, stability, and security in the Mediterranean region, and will remain so for years to come.’While expressing his disappointment at the current situation in Libya, Minister Abela said that it was ‘a short-term objective’ to call for ‘a comprehensive and durable ceasefire’ that would bring about negotiation between the warring groups.‘Diplomacy is the only way forward’ Abela told fellow Ministers and representatives of the EU.The Minister was making the comments as renewed violence has been unsettling the country since April 4th. The conflict is understood to have started when the rebel commander of Libya’s eastern forces (the Libyan National Army) began marching on the capital Tripoli and the Government of National Accord under the leadership of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (GNA).According to the World Health Organisation, over 430 people have been killed and at least 2,110 have been wounded since the violence erupted. Over 55,000 have been displaced.Read more:Watch: 3 migrants detained from EU ‘flagged’ vessel by Libyan coastguard – SeaWatch‘Migrants and refugees in Tripoli detention centres need to be evacuated’ – UNHCRThe EU needs to prioritise the Libyan issue; people are dying at sea – PDAlong with the conflict in Libya, Minister Abela also stressed the importance of finding solutions to the conflicts in the Sahel region of the African continent.He stated that it was important to recognize the connection between development and humanitarian tasks. Abela stressed that, ‘a commitment to investment in youth is an important deliverable as it better prepares Sahel youth populations for the job market and will simultaneously create more and better jobs.’ SharePrint Minister Carmelo Abela during the bilateral meeting with Tiébilé Dramé, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of Mali. Minister Carmelo Abela with Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Federal Minister of Defence, before the joint Council session for Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers of the EU. Minister Carmelo Abela with Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Armenian Foreign Minister, and Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and of Defence of Belgium. Minister Carmelo Abela with Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive Officer of the European Defence Agency.center_img WhatsApp 1 of 5 <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Minister Abela with Michael Farrugia, Maltese Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, and Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Immigration and Asylum.last_img read more

Ponies and Princesses Hasbro Launches Charm Offensive for Girls

first_img Reuters Ponies and Princesses: Hasbro Launches Charm Offensive for Girls This story originally appeared on Reuters Having captivated boys with its Star Wars figures, Hasbro Inc. is turning to Disney Princesses and the launch of its first animated movie to arrest a five-quarter slump in sales of its toys for girls.The second-biggest U.S. toymaker has begun selling dolls from the popular Disney movies Frozen and Cinderella after wresting the lucrative license from its larger rival, Mattel Inc.Hasbro will also launch My Little Pony toys throughout this year, Chief Executive Brian Goldner told Reuters, as it aims to create a buzz ahead of the 2017 release of a movie voiced by Emily Blunt and Emmy award-winning Kristin Chenoweth.It’s a strategy that worked well for Hasbro in the run-up to the December 2015 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”Getting it on the shelves early allows Hasbro to maximize the window in which it can sell,” said Neil Saunders, chief executive of research firm Conlumino.Of Hasbro’s four distinct product categories, toys for girls have long been a weak spot. In a fourth quarter that delivered the company’s biggest revenue growth in nearly five years, sales of toys for girls fell 17 percent.Toys for boys accounted for 40 percent of Hasbro’s revenue last year. The contribution from toys for girls — its third-largest category, behind games — fell to just 18 percent in 2015 from 24 percent a year earlier.A merger with Mattel, bringing Barbie into its world, might be one way to solve Hasbro’s girl problems. Bloomberg reported this month that the two companies had held inconclusive talks about a potential merger.Goldner, in an interview with Reuters, declined to comment on the report. Instead, he focused on Hasbro’s plans to twin merchandise with movies.Goldner, CEO since 2008, is no stranger to the screen, having brokered deals with several major studios for movies based on Hasbro’s best-known brands. He worked as an executive producer on the blockbuster Transformers series.My Little Pony: The Movie is the debut animation production of Hasbro’s in-house film unit, Allspark Pictures, and will follow the adventures of Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie and the other brightly colored ponies of Equestria.Among the new toys slated for release are a purple dragon, Spike, and a winged foal, Baby Flurry Heart.Speaking to Reuters, Jim Silver, editor-in-chief of toys and sporting goods review website TTPM, described the new dolls as having “a really modern, slick, cool look.”While analysts expect the ponies to sell well, a more immediate impact should be felt from the Walt Disney Co. license, which includes dolls based on the hit movie Frozen.Leaving Barbie behind in fourth place, dolls based on Frozen princesses Elsa and Anna were second only to Star Wars on the “Top Ranked Properties of 2015″ list compiled by NPD Group, a retail research firm.”These products are already on shelves in the U.S. and rolling out internationally,” said Goldner. “Shipments are now ramping up and early consumer indications are positive.”Stephanie Wissink, analyst with Piper Jaffray & Co., said she expected the license to earn Hasbro about $250 million this year and a further $375 million in 2017.With most analysts expecting sales of Star Wars toys to be flat this year, toys for girls should contribute a larger share of Hasbro’s revenue. A forecast from KeyBanc Capital Markets, for example, has the proportion rebounding above 20 percent in 2016.The average forecast of 12 analysts covering Hasbro is for 2016 revenue of $4.7 billion, which would represent a 5.6 percent increase — the biggest, year-on-year, since 2011. Hasbro has not provided its own forecast.Over the past two years, Hasbro’s shares have risen by more than a third while Mattel’s have fallen about 10 percent.(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Siddharth Cavale; Editing by Robin Paxton) Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Disney Frozen Toys; Games Register Now » 4 min read Image credit: Disney February 25, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article –shareslast_img read more

Chinese Automaker Plans SelfDriving Electric Car by 2020

first_img –shares This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Chinese Automaker Plans Self-Driving, Electric Car by 2020 Enroll Now for $5 Self-Driving Cars Reuters July 12, 2016center_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article An automotive venture backed by China tech giant Tencent aims to launch an electric self-driving car before 2020, entering a crowded field dominated by US-based Tesla, the chief executive told Reuters on Tuesday.Future Mobility, backed by Tencent and Hon Hai Precision Industries, is one of an expanding field of China-backed ventures that aim to take on Tesla Motors Inc. as green energy car sales boom in China.Although the venture sought to produce premium cars like Tesla, it would attempt a different strategy from the US company that began with relatively limited production and focuses on a single model at a time, CEO Carsten Breitfeld said in an interview.”Right from the beginning we define the platform, right from the beginning we define the production process to be mass production and right from the beginning we think of more than one model, a family of models, defined from this platform,” Breitfeld said, defining mass production as 250,000 to 400,000 cars annually.The company was in the midst of closing its Series A round of funding, which also included dealership chain China Harmony New Energy Auto, Breitfeld said.He declined to give financial terms of the first round or name other potential investors that the company was in talks with, although he said the leadership team would also have partial ownership.While Future Mobility intended to jump directly to fully self-driving cars, drivers would only be able to turn on full autonomy in a pilot city at first, later expanding to other geographies.The company would draw from the same battery technology made by a short list of suppliers that most automakers use but aimed to better rivals with more efficient battery management software.Breaking outFuture Mobility is not the first upstart automaker to make bold pronouncements. Chinese-invested Atieva aims to launch an electric car by 2018.LeEco says its proposed smart electric cars will eventually be free, making money on in-car content and other services.Even Tesla now aims to produce 500,000 cars annually by 2018.But Future Mobility stands out from its competitors for poaching its leadership away from big-name tech and autos companies.Breitfeld formerly led the BMW i series electric car division and brought the core team with him to the new venture, with others joining from Tesla, Alphabet’s Google and Daimler’s Mercedes.(Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Stephen Coates) Image credit: Reuters | Kyung-Hoon 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. Add to Queuelast_img read more

7 Unexpected Winners and Losers From the Election

first_img 7 Unexpected Winners and Losers From the Election 56shares Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The outcome of this election revealed many things about the issues facing this country, what we care about and what divides us. But the candidates weren’t the only winners and losers last night.Read on for some of the unexpected victories and defeats of the election cycle.TwitterThe social platform was the president-elect’s communication tool of choice, but the vehemence of opinion around the election cycle put in stark relief the company’s struggle with policing hateful speech, so much so that Twitter’s bid to get purchased fell flat earlier this fall.Graphic designThe 2016 election cycle had its fair share of some pretty iffy campaign art, from Jeb Bush’s exclamatory Jeb! logo, to Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s unfortunately suggestive first logo when they announced their ticket.Related: Why the Election Proves There’s Room for Both Facebook and TwitterThe stock marketThough we have no way of knowing exactly how the economy will be impacted by Donald Trump’s entry into the White House, stock markets all over the world last night were experiencing significant drops.Marijuana legislationRecreational marijuana was made legal in California, Massachusetts and Nevada, while medical marijuana usage was voted into law in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota. Maine is expected to pass legislation legalizing recreational marijuana.Related: Exclusive: 5 ‘Shark Tank’ Stars Weigh in on the Marijuana Boom EmojisNamely, the smiling poop emoji. It was, for a brief time, front and center on Donald Trump’s campaign website.LivestreamsWith Hillary Clinton running as the first woman nominee of a major party, it seemed like the work of suffragettes such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt and Ida B. Wells was coming to fruition. A particularly emotional example of remembrance came from the livestream of people paying their respects to Susan B. Anthony by putting their “I Voted” stickers on her grave.CanadaOur neighbors to the north have been nothing but classy throughout this election cycle. Last month, a social campaign called “Let’s Tell America Why It’s Great” was launched, and as the returns came in favoring Donald Trump, the Canadian immigration site actually crashed. Technology Add to Queue 2 min read Technology was a major player this election cycle.center_img Nina Zipkin November 9, 2016 Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Register Now » Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more