Agents can win Beats headphones when selling from Trafalgars AWS brochure

first_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Brochures, Contests, Trafalgar TORONTO — After breaking down the numbers of Trafalgar’s new 2017-18 Autumn, Winter & Spring (AWS) brochure, you get 34 itineraries, 26 European countries, two new trips, and $150 in early booking savings.The new brochure highlights everything from traditional Christmas Markets and alpine peaks to Tuscan wines and Parisian farmers’ markets. New this year are the nine-day ‘Delights of London and Paris’ and the seven-day ‘Festive St Petersburg and Moscow’ itinerary.In addition to these two new itineraries, Trafalgar has made its 15-day tailored ‘European White Christmas Delights & New Year Lights’ trip available to Canadian travellers for the first time ever. While on this tour, clients will learn about champagne production, experience a white Christmas in St. Moritz and ring in the New Year in Tuscany.To entice clients to book early, Trafalgar is offering 7.5% off 2017-18 AWS Europe vacations when paid in full by Aug. 31, 2017, plus $150 per couple on air booked and paid in full from May 5-June 15, 2017.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAgents also have a chance to win one of four pairs of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Agents can enter by signing up for Trafalgar’s agent newsletter, by selling from the AWS brochure from now until June 30, 2017, and by sharing travel moments and including a #SimplyAWS hashtag. This contest is running now and will end on June 30.“There really is no better place in the world to experience different seasons than Europe, and we’ve made it easy for clients to discover the festive flavours and allure of some of our favourite destinations with authentic experiences and moments of magic,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “We also want to help our loyal agents sell effortlessly this season and top up their 2017 bookings while giving clients amazing value holiday experiences.” Travelweek Group Agents can win Beats headphones when selling from Trafalgar’s AWS brochurecenter_img Posted by Tuesday, May 30, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

While Clayton doesnt seem confident in the Cardin

first_imgWhile Clayton doesn’t seem confident in the Cardinals ability to win out and finish 9-6-1, fellow ESPN NFL insider Ron Jaworski thinks otherwise.“I think there’s more than hope, I think they’re going to be a playoff team,” Jaworski told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Burns and Gambo on Thursday. “I believe the Cardinals will be a playoff team. (Finishing) 9-6-1 will get them in the playoffs. I think they can win their next four games. Obviously, the big test is going to be the Seattle Seahawks, but the other games are winnable football games. Call me crazy but that’s how I see it. I got excited over that win against the Redskins.”Jaworski points to coach Bruce Arians’ decision to go for it on 4th-and-1 from the Cardinals’ 34-yard line in their 31-23 win over the Redskins as reasons why the team could be dangerous down the stretch. It’s reminiscent of last year’s successful 13-3 team that fell one win shy of the Super Bowl, and Arians’ philosophy of his “no risk-it, no biscuit” ways.“It was reckless going for it,” Jaworski said. “Teams like this are very hard to play against because they’re willing to try anything. It’s a desperate football team.” Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marcus Cooper (41) stops Washington Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant (14) short of the goal line during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The best chance for the Arizona Cardinals to make the playoffs this year is to win nine games, according to a pair of ESPN analysts. Meaning the Cardinals would need to win their final four games.Is it possible? Yes. But it’s a difficult task that ESPN’s John Clayton thinks is unattainable.“It’s going to be very difficult,” Clayton told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Doug and Wolf on Friday. “The standard right now is that sixth spot and I think it’s going to be nine wins. If they can sweep out and get to 9-6-1 then yeah they can do that. But I think if there is one more loss in there, then I don’t think it will happen. That loss could be Sunday, it could be against the Seattle Seahawks.” Traveling to the East Coast hasn’t been kind to the Cardinals this year, as they are 0-4 when traveling east of the Rockies with losses to Buffalo, Carolina, Minnesota and Atlanta.The Cardinals are 1-4 on the road, with their lone win coming in Week 5 against San Francisco, and play three of their final four games away from University of Phoenix Stadium. They host New Orleans next week before closing out the season with road games in Seattle and Los Angeles.The Seahawks have been on a tear of sorts since tying the Cardinals back in Week 7, going 4-2 to hold a strong grip on the NFC West with an 8-3-1 record.If the playoffs started Friday, Dallas and Seattle would be the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, followed by Detroit and Atlanta, with New York and Tampa Bay holding down the two wild card spots.If the Cardinals are to make the playoffs, they are going to need some help in leap-frogging Green Bay, Minnesota, Washington and Tampa Bay to secure the final spot.“You look at the dynamics, you know the Giants are going to win 10 or 11, most likely 10,” Clayton said. “Is it going to be Minnesota? I think the nine is going to be dangling there as a possibility, even Tampa Bay at 7-5, I don’t see them being nine. So even nine is a possibility, but to get nine means a sweep.” LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Global streamer Netflix and British pubcaster the

first_imgGlobal streamer Netflix and British pubcaster the BBC will remake Watership Down, with John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Ben Kinglsey (Sexy Beast) attached to star.The four-part animated miniseries will also star Nicholas Hoult (X Men: Apocalypse), James McAvoy (Atonement) and Gemma Arterton  (Quantum of Solace), and comes with the backing of UK-based production management group 42.This comes after Martin Rosen’s influential 1978 animated movie, and an animated TV version, which went out on YTV in Canada and CITV in the UK between 1999 and 2001.Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary) will write the new show, which Noam Murro will direct. The BBC and Netflix are coproducing, with 42 and Murro’s Biscuit Films attached.Pete Dodd (Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Hugo Sands will lead animation production along with Ireland’s Brown Bag Films. ITV Studios Global Entertainment has international distribution rights thanks to a first-look deal with 42.42’s Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Eleanor Moran and Josh Varney will executive-produce, along with Murro and BBC Drama commissioning editor Michael Read.Watership Down will be based on the Richard Adams classic novel set in southern England and about a group of strong-willed rabbits who are forced to flee in face of certain destruction of their warren.“Before there was Harry Potter there was Watership Down; Richard Adams’ novel is one of the most successful books of all time and one of the biggest-selling books in history,” said Read.“It is fantastic to have the opportunity to bring a modern classic to a mainstream BBC One audience withsuch an incredible roster of actors alongside the talented team overseeing the animation. This fantastic take on the novel will unite the whole family, and bring this classic story to a new generation.”“Adapting this much-loved novel in afresh and innovative way is a truly exciting opportunity,” added 42 co-founder Aitken. “Telling the story over four hours of CG animation allows us to explore the characters from the novel and their adventure in a way not previously achievable on screen.last_img read more

Natural TV a Turkish channel focused on health a

first_imgNatural TV, a Turkish channel focused on health, agriculture, music and cultural content, is extending its reach to the West-African region.The channel has struck a new agreement announced with SES to use capacity on SES’s Astra 2G satellite as well as uplink services from its teleport in Betzdorf, Luxembourg.With a potential audience of five million TV homes in West Africa, the free-to-air channel, broadcast in English, will feature original content from Turkey.SES has established a strong presence in West Africa, predominantly in Ghana and Nigeria, where it reaches two million and 2.81 million TV homes respectively. Astra 2G, launched in 2014, is one of SES’s satellites covering the region from the prime orbital location of 28.2 degrees East.“We are delighted to carry the only private Turkish TV channel available to West-African viewers. Not only do we provide our broadcasting services, but we will also support Natural TV with our local presence and our involvement in TV platforms in Ghana and Nigeria,” said Daniel Cop, General Manager, Sales Nordic, Baltic and Eastern Europe, at SES Video.“We certainly expect Natural TV to bring a new look to the West-African broadcast schedule with original Turkish-made broadcast content,” said Tuncay Demir, General Manager, at Natural TV. “Starting as a free-to-air channel, we think Natural TV will soon find its audience and raise interest from local TV platforms.”last_img read more

Video platform provider JW Player has signed a dea

first_imgVideo platform provider JW Player has signed a deal with Ovation TV, an independent TV and digital media company dedicated to arts and culture, to help expand the latter’s video distribution presence across screens. The partnership will expand the reach and capabilities of OvationNOW, Ovation TV’s set of mobile, desktop, and connected TV apps.The refreshed OvationNOW app will deliver short- and long-form arts-related content across all devices as well as an authenticated TV-Everywhere service for cable subscribers of the Ovation linear television network.Ovation TV will use JW Player’s video content management system (VCMS) as well as its player to deliver content across desktop, mobile, and connected-TV devices including Android, FireTV, Roku, and iOS/Apple TV. Ovation TV will also use JW Player’s VCMS for its travel-focused AVOD service Journy.The partnership will take place immediately, and all of Ovation TV’s library will be transferred over to the JW Player platform during the second half of the year.“Since launching in 2017, OvationNOW has quickly become the digital home for Ovation’s mobile and connected-TV consumer. We’re delighted to partner with JW Player to bring our amazing fans our series, movies, and docs more seamlessly and intuitively than ever before,” said William Marks, Ovation TV’s SVP of business development and digital.“In a world that is increasingly fractured and continuously accelerating, art is more important than ever. To continue our mission of bringing the power of art to the world we needed a partner that could reliably help us reach audiences no matter where they were. We look forward to our JW Player partnership to ensure we continue to reach both our audience engagement and revenue goals,” said Elba Flamenco, Sr. director of content partnerships, Ovation TV. ““At JW Player we’re committed to helping leading media companies and brands take back control from the platforms and algorithms that put video strategies on their back foot. We’re thrilled to be working with Ovation TV to help them continue to bring important art-related video to the world, while also meeting their critical revenue goals. We look forward to working side-by-side to help them all along the way,” said Welby Chen, chief business officer of JW Player.last_img read more

Pupils from Holy Family Primary School performing

first_img Pupils from Holy Family Primary School performing at the launch of the second City of Derry International Choral Festival.Communities across Derry will be alive with the sound of singing next week, as part of the second City of Derry International Choral Festival. From shopping centres to care homes, churches to bingo halls, choirs will be popping up all over the city to give free, informal performances during the five-day event which begins on Wednesday next, 22 October.It’s all part of the festival’s ambitious community and outreach programme, developed in partnership with the Neighbourhood Renewal Areas community engagement team. “We’re also thrilled that choirs will be part of the Unity sculpture lighting ceremony in Galliagh.”There are three strands to the community programme.The Choral Trail on Saturday, 25 October, will see pop up events in shopping centres, including Ráth Mór, Sainsbury’s, Northside and Springtown, while on Friday 24th October, choirs will visit Ardnashee School and College, House in the Wells alcohol recovery centre and St Joseph’s Parish Centre Bingo night.On Sunday, 26 October, the Sacred Trail will see visiting international choirs sing during Sunday service in eight churches around the city, including St Columb’s and St Eugene’s Cathedrals.Later that day, there will be a free concert at St Columb’s Park House at 1.00pm, while at 4.00pm in Galliagh, choirs will celebrate the official lighting of the Unity sculpture.All events are free. For more information visit www.codichoral.comCOMMUNITIES TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT CHORAL FESTIVAL was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: choralcitycommunitiesDerryfestival In total there will be twenty events, including a free concert at St Columb’s Park House on Sunday 26th October, a performance at the lighting ceremony of the Unity Sculpture in Galliagh, a number of churches hosting visiting choirs and a range of pop up events in public places.As well as visiting international choirs, local new choirs will be given a platform, including Something Special, First Source’s Inspire choir and community choir Songlines.Helen Sayers, Community Engagement Co-ordinator at Greater Shantallow Area Partnership, her team has been working in partnership with the Choral Festival team to bring the “joy and energy” of choral music to new audiences across the city.She added: “We’re particularly excited by the free concert at St Columb’s Park House where a visiting choir from Slovenia and Cór Chairlinne from Louth will share the stage with the newly formed community choir Songlines. ShareTweetlast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet “Damage was caused to the bodywork of the vehicle.“We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area in and around the time of the shooting.“Please get in touch with detectives at Strand Road on the non-emergency police number 101, quoting reference number 576 of 04/01/18.“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.” POLICE PROBE AFTER SHOTS FIRED AT PARKED CAR IN DERRY was last modified: January 4th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: DETECTIVES in Derry are appealing for witnesses following a report of shots being fired at a car parked in the Ballymagroarty area of the city last night, Wednesday, 3 January. Detective Inspector Lindsay Fisher said: “We received a report this afternoon that this incident occurred in the O’Casey Court area at around 10:30pm last night.“The vehicle was parked outside a property. No one was in the car at the time. .BallymagroartyDC LINDSAY FISHERO’CASEY COURTPOLICE PROBE AFTER SHOTS FIRED AT PARKED CAR IN DERRYPSNIlast_img read more

•  Switching gears Brazil is in its worst recessi

first_img •  Switching gears, Brazil is in its worst recession in decades… The country’s economy is a total disaster… The national unemployment rate doubled from a record low of 4.3% last December to 8.6% in July. The São Paulo Stock Exchange has dropped 16% over the past twelve months. And the real, Brazil’s currency, has fallen 40% against the U.S. dollar over the past year. •  Brazil’s crumbling economy is even threatening the 2016 Summer Olympic Games… Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in 2009, when Brazil’s economy was in much better shape. Hosting the Olympics usually gives little, if any, long-term economic benefit to the host city. Many host cities actually lose money. Ultimately, the 2016 Summer Games will likely do more harm than good to Brazil’s battered economy. Right now the 2016 Summer Games are expected to cost $13.2 billion, according to Reuters. Last week, International Business Times reported that Brazilian tax dollars will likely fund 75-85% of the total cost. Despite all the taxpayer money being spent, the International Olympic Committee has called Rio’s preparations the “worst ever.” •  The upside is, Brazil’s beaten-down economy could be hiding excellent investing opportunities… Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Speculator, is closely following the situation in Brazil. In the latest issue of Crisis Speculator, Nick said Brazilian stocks are starting to look attractive: It’s adding up to a lovely train wreck. If it hasn’t actually hurt you, it’s time to think of the real’s woes as a gift…Brazil is right in the sweet spot…but it’s not quite time to jump in. Nick is watching from the sidelines until something sends investors running for cover: I’d like to see a messy event that drops Brazil’s troubles onto the front pages of first-world papers. Something that leaves investors singing, “They’ve got an awful lot of muck in Brazil.” Something that sets off the “Sell” alarm for anything Brazilian. Something with the emotional power of the Greek debt drama this summer or the Cypriot bank implosion in 2013. Then the markets will be begging us to pick up quality, consistently dividend-paying Brazilian companies on the ultra-cheap. Nick will let his readers know as soon as it’s time to bargain hunt in Brazil. You can hear about these opportunities first by subscribing to Crisis Speculator. You’ll also learn about other exciting investing opportunities popping up on Nick’s Value Radar, “a tool for pinpointing the richest crisis markets.” Click here to learn more and start your risk-free trial. Chart of the Day Brazilian stocks have tanked this year… Today’s chart shows the performance of iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) over the past year. This ETF tracks 85% of the Brazilian stock market. EWZ has fallen 47% since last October. Regular readers know crisis breeds opportunity…and Nick Giambruno says Brazilian stocks are starting to look attractive. According to Thomson Reuters, stocks on the São Paulo Index are trading at a price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 10.7. These Brazilian stocks are also paying a 4.8% dividend yield. Meanwhile, stocks on the S&P 500 are trading at a PE ratio of 18.9. They’re yielding just 2.5%. Streaming LIVE From A Multi-Millionaire’s Secret “Bunker” In Delray Beach Few people get invited to Mark Ford’s secret, Delray “bunker”… It’s where he seals million dollar business deals. And writes New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling books. But next week, he’s personally arranged a way for you to view a LIVE online wealth-training session in his Palm Beach “hideout”, pictured here. Not only that… Mark had our customer service team package up $100’s in digital wealth building resources and gifts. They’re ready to deliver them to your personal e-mail, for free. To accept your invitation and claim your FREE gifts now, click here. — Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida October 16, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Ferrari thinks it’s worth $12 billion… The Italian luxury carmaker plans to hold its initial public offering (IPO) next Wednesday. An IPO is when a company sells shares to the public for the first time. Companies “go public” to raise money. In this case, Ferrari is hoping to raise around $900 million. Ferrari’s owners hope investors will value the company at around 11 billion euros ($12.4 billion). Last week, Bloomberg Business explained why Ferrari is seeking a rich valuation: Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne, who’s also Ferrari’s chairman, has insisted for months that the brand should be valued as a luxury-goods maker, such as clothiers Prada SpA or Hermes International SCA, and not as an auto manufacturer. Those companies trade at over 20 times operating profit, more than twice the average valuation of carmakers. •  Ferrari hopes its IPO will go better than First Data Corp.’s IPO did yesterday… Global payment processing company First Data Corp. (FDC) went public on Thursday. It was the biggest IPO so far this year. The company originally hoped to raise $3.2 billion. It planned to price shares between $18 and $20. But First Data lowered its debut share price to $16 on Wednesday because of weak investor interest. Even with the lower share price, though, the IPO didn’t generate much excitement. The company’s stock closed Thursday down 1.6%, at $15.75. First Data isn’t the only big company to have problems with its IPO recently… On Wednesday, supermarket chain Albertsons postponed its IPO because of recent market volatility. The company was hoping to raise $2 billion. It would have been the year’s second-biggest IPO. Digicel Group Ltd., the biggest mobile provider in the Caribbean, also canceled its IPO last week. This is an ongoing trend. The number of IPOs in the U.S. is down 20% from last year, according to Renaissance Capital. The amount of cash raised is also down by 44%. Still, Ferrari is hoping for a better outcome. It likely wants to go public right now because, in general, investors are paying good money for shares of public companies. U.S. stocks are 49% more expensive than their historical average, according to a popular long-term valuation metric called CAPE. •  Speaking of Ferraris, Casey Research founder Doug Casey just went to Canada to buy one… E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, went along with him. E.B. explains why they went so far out of their way to buy a car: As you likely know, natural resources are in a historic bear market. This has caused a flight out of Canada’s currency, the loonie (aka the Canadian dollar). Canada is bringing in less money exporting natural resources. The loonie is at its lowest level in over a decade. So we thought this would be the perfect time to buy a Ferrari in Canada. But E.B. says the dealer refused to sell them a Ferrari: The F12berlinetta cost about $400,000… If we’d been able to buy it with U.S. dollars, it would have cost $320,000 out the door… But Carlo, the dealership owner, wouldn’t allow it. Doug says Ferrari dealers only want to sell to locals: There’s such demand for Ferraris—waiting lists dozens of people long—that the dealers only want to sell to people in the area, so they can buy them back and make a market in them. And perform the service on them, which is actually the most profitable part of the business. As for Ferrari’s upcoming IPO, Doug says the company’s owners are getting out at the right time: Ferrari is going to have an IPO on its stock soon. A smart move on their part—when the ducks are quacking, you should feed them. I wouldn’t touch it if your broker offers you some… Regular Casey readers know that Doug and E.B. travel a lot. This weekend, they’re at the Casey Summit at a luxury resort in Tucson, Arizona, along with multi-millionaire entrepreneur James Altucher, famous trend forecaster Gerald Celente, and other world-class investing experts. Unfortunately, it’s too late for you to jump on a plane and join them. But you can still get full access by pre-ordering the Summit Audio Collection…click here to learn more and lock in the special, discounted price.center_img – Goldsmith: Why I Work For Doug Casey Now—Eye-Opening Report from Former Stansberry Director Sean Goldsmith recently left Stansberry to work alongside one of the most influential economists in the world today, Doug Casey. There’s probably not another American alive today who has done as many international deals and learned as much about global economies, currencies, and the inner workings of foreign governments. “Now,” says Casey, “we’re on the cusp of a new and major crisis here in America, one that’s going to be much more severe, different, and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009…” Goldsmith explains the full details here. Recommended Linkslast_img read more

first_img— For the first time ever: a guided tour of Doug’s Ranch in UruguayDoug Casey was kind enough to take our cameras on a guided tour of beautiful Uruguayan Estancia. We even captured Doug showing off a few special pieces in his art collection. Click here for a rare look inside the private life of one of the world’s most reclusive millionaires. Recommended Link Justin’s note: At Casey Research, we’re always looking to pass along smart ways for you to make money. My colleague Nick Rokke, analyst for The Palm Beach Daily, is one of the brightest guys I know. And he recently wrote about one such way.It’s a historic opportunity for you to add some quality companies to your portfolio… By Nick Rokke, analyst, The Palm Beach DailyEarlier this month, Apple announced the largest stock buyback in history.During its May 1 earnings call, Apple said it would buy back $100 billion worth of shares. That’s about 12% of the company.Not surprisingly, shares of the iPhone maker reached an all-time high.In October 2017, Palm Beach Letter editor Teeka Tiwari told me that President Trump’s tax cuts would boost the fortunes of companies like Apple… and therefore, that of their shareholders.Here’s what Teeka said then:Apple was one of the biggest benefiters of the last tax repatriation holiday (in 2004).Today, Apple has $230 billion in foreign cash. Based on history, we expect Apple to repatriate 90% of that cash, or $207 billion…And if it goes through, shareholders will be the No. 1 beneficiary.Since Teeka added Apple to The Palm Beach Letter portfolio in August 2017, it’s up nearly 21%. (Apple is above his buy-up-to price, so we don’t recommend buying it now.) Here’s the thing…Apple isn’t the only company buying back shares. So far in 2018, companies have announced over $400 billion in new buybacks. Some analysts predict there will be over $800 billion in buybacks this year.This is giving us a historic opportunity to add some quality companies to our portfolios.Before I get to the companies, let me tell you what’s going on.Tax Cuts = More Money for ShareholdersThese large buybacks aren’t happening just because companies are doing well. They’re getting a boost from the tax cuts that President Trump signed into law last year.As Teeka told Palm Beach Letter subscribers last year, the most important line in the tax law was this: “One-time tax on trillions of dollars held overseas.”Here’s why that line is important…President Trump’s new law would drop the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%.So any company that had an effective tax rate of 35% in 2017 would be able to hang onto an additional 14% of its profits in 2018. How Doug Casey Turned $1,875 Into $1.2 Million, With One Bold Move Back in ’93, Doug Casey took a $1,875 stake of money, then made one bold move. Exactly two and a half years later, his stake was worth $1.2 million – a rare and extraordinary 64,000% return. To see how he did it, click here. Recommended Link — Any time a company keeps more of its money, that’s good thing for stock prices.But the tax law had another benefit for corporations… They can “repatriate” money held offshore for a one-time, low rate of 15.5%.Teeka predicted that corporations would repatriate up to $2.6 trillion in overseas cash… and return that extra cash to shareholders via increased dividends and buybacks.We’re already seeing that with Apple.Investors loved hearing that Apple was buying back $100 billion worth of its shares. That’s why the stock shot up so much.But as I said, Apple isn’t the only “tax refund” company buying back bucketloads of stock.Where to Find “Tax Refund” CompaniesCompanies have announced almost a half-trillion dollars’ worth of buybacks in 2018.Ironically, to discredit the tax cuts, Senate Democrats have put together a list of companies that will buy back the most shares. They call it the “GOP Tax Scam.”(Democrats believe Trump’s tax cuts benefited wealthy shareholders over the middle class. One senator even wrote a bill to prohibit companies from buying back shares, which is ridiculous.)Nevertheless, we steer clear of political fights in the Daily. Our goal is to find you money-making opportunities. And in this case, the Democrats have made our job easier by compiling a list of companies buying back stock.There are a few companies I like on the list, including former Elite 25 company AbbVie, as well as Facebook, Google, and Visa.For the complete list, click here.Now, we haven’t researched every company on this list. And just because a company buys back shares, doesn’t make it a good investment.Sometimes the timing just isn’t right. (For instance, we had to sell two of our “tax refund” stocks for small losses.)So make sure you do your due diligence.But when a company buys back its shares, it’s a good thing. In fact, I’d use this list as a starting point for my investment research.Regards,Nick Rokke, CFA Analyst, The Palm Beach DailyP.S. As I mentioned above, some companies will be major winners from President Trump’s tax plan. And we’ve found five “all-star” companies that we think will benefit the most. To access this report, you need a subscription to The Palm Beach Letter. To learn how to become a subscriber, and about our other income-generating ideas, please click here.In Case You Missed It…There’s a tiny clause buried in the new tax bill that’s gone completely unnoticed by the mainstream media…It has nothing to do with income taxes, estate taxes, or special deductions.In fact, this section of the tax bill—located on page 553—has been completely overlooked by accountants… even though it creates a potential $460 billion windfall for everyday Americans. Click here to get all the details…last_img read more

When patients come to Dr Molly Quinn for infertil

first_imgWhen patients come to Dr. Molly Quinn for infertility treatments, they usually aren’t too interested in hearing about the possible downsides, she says. They just want to get pregnant.Still, she always discusses the risks. For example, there’s an increased likelihood of twins or triplets — which increases the chances of medical complications for both moms and babies. And stimulating the ovaries to ripen extra eggs can, in a small number of cases, cause the ovaries to rupture.Quinn, an infertility specialist and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, now has a new hazard to consider. According to research published this month in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, children conceived through certain infertility treatments may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Parents shouldn’t panic, the study’s authors say: The findings are preliminary, and the study cohort was fairly small. Still, they say, it means that families who used infertility treatments should be particularly vigilant about screening for high blood pressure in their children and help them avoid other cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.”Fertility clinics should really … counsel about potential risks for their kids,” says Dr. Urs Scherrer, a visiting professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland and a senior author of the study.Scherrer and his colleagues followed the health of children conceived through assisted reproductive technology for more than a decade. ART is an umbrella term that covers a number of different types of procedures, including in vitro fertilization, in which sperm and eggs are mixed in a lab dish, and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, in which sperm are inserted directly into eggs. Today, roughly 2 percent of all births in the U.S are conceived via ART.In 2012, the same team of scientists published a major paper showing that 65 healthy kids born with the help of ART were more likely than their peers to have early signs of problematic blood vessels. The current study, comparing 54 of those original children with 43 age- and sex-matched peers, shows those early irregularities — signs of “premature vascular aging”, the scientists say — persist into adolescence and young adulthood.Kids in the study who were conceived via ART are now 16 years old, on average, but have blood vessels resembling those of middle-aged adults, the scientists found.And those differences seemed to be enough to boost the teens’ blood pressure. Everyone in the study underwent round-the-clock blood pressure monitoring for 24 hours, and the differences between a group conceived by ART and teens in the control group were significant. The ART group had markedly higher blood pressure; about 15 percent met the criteria for hypertension.The study adds to a small but growing body of research suggesting that children conceived this way may have an elevated risk of hypertension and its health complications.Scientists say they don’t yet know why that would be true, but they hypothesize that epigenetics — the interplay of environment and genes — plays a role. Something about the manipulation of the eggs and sperm in the lab might affect which genes are turned on or off as embryos develop.Medical specialists who study high blood pressure in kids called the research striking.”The fact that these kids already have abnormal vasculature is quite concerning,” says Dr. Joseph Flynn, a pediatrician who helped write the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines about blood pressure management. “I think the fact that they saw these changes at an early age and that they’re still persisting into adolescence is worrisome for these kids.”Still, he says, it’s unclear what the long-term effects on their cardiovascular health will be. Conception through ART, Flynn says, may confer the same amount of risk as, say, teenage smoking or alcohol use.Quinn says she would like to see more longitudinal research that tracks long-term consequences of infertility treatments.”We need to connect these kinds of studies,” she says. Such research can be more difficult to do in the United States, she notes, because there is no unified medical record, so it’s hard to track the babies who are conceived through ART.Still, she says, it’s important for all doctors working in the infertility field to acknowledge that the techniques they use are still evolving.”We appreciate that there is quite a bit unknown about we do on a day-to-day basis,” says Quinn. “We have to be humble.”For now, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child over the age of 3 get a yearly blood pressure test at the doctor’s office — whether or not their parents underwent infertility treatments. Mara Gordon is a family physician in Washington, D.C., and a health and media fellow at NPR and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Human rights campaigners have criticised plans for

first_imgHuman rights campaigners have criticised plans for an inquiry that will examine lessons from the deaths of people in mental distress in police custody, because they say the government already knows what action it needs to take.The call came from Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK), which has repeatedly raised concerns about the number of mental health service-users from the UK’s African-Caribbean community who have died in police custody, and has particularly criticised the dangerous and often fatal use of restraint on people with mental illness.The independent review of deaths and serious incidents in custody was announced in a speech in south London today (Thursday) by home secretary Theresa May.It will examine procedures and processes surrounding deaths and serious incidents in police custody, including the availability and effectiveness of mental healthcare facilities, the use of restraint and the training of officers.It will also “identify areas for improvement and develop recommendations to ensure appropriate, humane institutional treatment when such incidents occur”.But it will not reopen and reinvestigate past cases and will not “interfere” with ongoing inquests, investigations or Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reviews.Matilda MacAttram, BMH UK’s director, said: “What is another inquiry going to do? They know the problems already.“The recommendations have been made in the hundreds. How many more recommendations do we need?”She added: “There is a sense of inquiry fatigue among many in Britain’s black communities as we have seen a raft of  inquiries with supposedly ‘hard hitting’ recommendations after almost every high-profile death of a black man in custody for the past 40 years – but nothing has changed.“What we need to see is justice, and what that looks like is ending the practice of using lethal levels of force with no accountability – do we need another inquiry to tell us that?”She said there were clear problems already identified within the criminal justice and mental health systems, such as police officers – often in riot gear – routinely entering psychiatric wards to restrain patients.And she pointed to a string of inquiries into the use of restraint that have been carried out by the police, the Department of Health, and the IPCC.She said the authorities had been “looking into it” for the last four decades, and that she would rather funding be spent providing community-based places of safety, crisis care or talking therapies.MacAttram said: “The people at the top know how the system works. An inquiry is like kicking something into the long grass for 12 months.”She said there were key measures the government could take instead of holding another inquiry.One is to ensure that the £15 million funding announced before the election to provide new health-based places of safety – to ensure people in mental distress are not kept in police custody – should be ring-fenced, or given direct to charities to resource community-based places of safety.MacAttram believes the new funding will otherwise disappear into the black hole of over-stretched local health budgets.She said: “Right now every provider has a health-based place of safety, but they are not staffed.”Another measure that could be taken is to outlaw the use of police officers on mental health wards, and instead to resource mental health services properly.And every time police officers are called onto a mental health ward, there should be an investigation by the IPCC, she said.Meanwhile, new IPCC figures show the number of deaths in or following police custody in England and Wales rose from 11 to 17 in 2014-15. Eight of the 17 people who died had mental health problems.There were also 69 apparent suicides following police custody, a fall of just one on 2013-14, but an increase of 30 since 2011-12.These figures – released on the same day as May’s speech – do not include deaths where police were called in to help medical staff to restrain individuals who were not under arrest.IPCC chair Dame Anne Owers said that IPCC investigations into deaths in or following police custody “have too often exposed the same issues”, such as inadequate risk assessments; token checks on a person in custody; insufficient handovers between custody staff; and a failure to recognise or properly deal with people with mental health concerns.last_img read more

A regulator failed to find a single nurse not fit

first_imgA regulator failed to find a single nurse “not fit to practise” despite more than 220 complaints about face-to-face disability benefit assessments carried out for government contractors, its own figures have revealed.The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) figures show it dealt with 224 complaints about the way nurses carried out personal independence payment (PIP) assessments and work capability assessments (WCAs) in 2016 and 2017.But not one of those complaints led to the regulator concluding the assessor was not fit to continue to work as a nurse.In 2016, of 88 complaints dealt with, 87 were closed in the initial “screening” process and one nurse was found to have “no case to answer”.The following year, of 136 complaints, 129 were closed in screening, four nurses were found to have no case to answer, while one led to the conclusion that the nurse’s fitness to practise was not impaired, and two complaints had not been concluded.Only two months ago, the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) said it had found widespread mishandling by NMC of complaints it had received about the way nurses had carried out PIP assessments.PSA found a string of failings, including a refusal to consider all the concerns raised by complainants.It also found that NMC relied on the findings of government PIP contractors Atos and Capita to justify closing cases about their employees, and failed to consider crucial documentary evidence, often ignoring the evidence of the person who had lodged the complaint, and failing to ask them for further information.NMC also told some complainants that the role of PIP assessor was not relevant to the nurse’s fitness to practise, unless it involved dishonesty.The new figures suggest NMC’s problems extend to complaints about nurses who have carried out WCAs on behalf of the government contractor Maximus.Disability News Service (DNS) spent months investigating allegations of dishonesty by PIP assessors in late 2016 and throughout 2017, hearing eventually from more than 250 disabled people in less than a year about how they had been unfairly deprived of their benefits.It continues to receive such reports today, more than two-and-a-half years after the investigation began.NMC released the new figures under the Freedom of Information Act to Andrew Hill, from Norfolk, who has himself lodged a complaint with the regulator about the nurse who carried out his face-to-face PIP assessment in 2017 on behalf of Capita.An appeal tribunal found the nurse had been “unreliable” and that her “incorrect and inaccurate findings” about his mental health condition contributed to him having his benefits cut.Hill has diabetes, and has had one leg amputated, and has further serious diabetes-related impairments which are “fluctuating and unreliable” and have left him with significant support needs.He had asked for a reassessment of his PIP because his health had deteriorated and he had lost his partner and carer.But the nurse’s assessment instead led to him losing his PIP enhanced rate of mobility, as well as points on his daily living component – for which he had previously been granted the standard rate.A subsequent mandatory reconsideration of its initial decision by the Department for Work and Pensions restored him to the enhanced mobility rate of PIP but left his daily living component unaffected.An appeal tribunal last July allowed his appeal and confirmed his enhanced rate of mobility as well as awarding him the enhanced rate of PIP daily living for the first time.Meanwhile, he has lodged a complaint with Capita and the NMC about the nurse who assessed him.NMC is still investigating his complaint. Capita has not yet ruled on his complaint against the nurse.Matthew McClelland (pictured), NMC’s director of fitness to practise, said: “After the PSA published its report, we acknowledged that our approach to PIP-related cases fell short of what is expected. We didn’t get things right and I am sorry for that.“Since 2018, we have taken action to address these concerns. We have reviewed our processes, improved our quality checks, and enhanced management oversight of cases.”DNS has now asked for NMC’s 2018 figures through a freedom of information request. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

3 Startups Attempting to Capitalize on 2 Very Big Trends

first_img Image credit: Maskot | Getty Images 4 min read Innovation I was privileged to be a judge recently at a pitch event hosted by Angelou Economics where entrepreneurs born outside the US pitched their ideas and companies. Some ideas were half-baked, others solved problems too small to be of interest to investors but some startups were very enlightened, polished and tackling big problems.I strive to be on the bleeding edge of technology and solutions. Three companies stood out for me.Related: 5 Exciting Ways Health-Tech Startups Are Improving LivesOfoThis green/transportation company is further along (closed a $450 million Series D in China) and wasn’t part of the pitch event. Some big players invested in Ofo include Ali Baba’s Ant financial, DST Global, Matrix China and Didi Chuxing, the largest car-hailing app in China which bought Uber’s China division. Depending on the source, this company’s valuation is between $1 billion and $2 billion U.S.I met Ofo’s representatives through my business partner, Joshua B Lee. Part of Ofo’s big vision is to bring to the US the platform they’re successfully growing already in China. I believe the company’s future and the path to achieve their vision is a variation of what Car2Go has done with cars.Ofo started in China as an “open sourced” bike sharing program where people could share their own bicycles. Unfortunately, bike owners were slow to share their bikes with the public. The company pivoted and found a better business model was providing bikes to the public for a nominal fee.Ofo maintains a company owned fleet of bicycles anybody on the app can use. Ofo solved the inconvenience problem with the app allowing a “dockless” bike share program. Riders can pick up and drop off bikes at any bike rack in the city.One big limitation I see is the American preference for cars. Uban millennials and younger people are bucking this trend but I don’t see bike share having a huge presence in rural areas of the U.S. But it can be a significant reducer of pollution (and cellulite) in urban areas and geographically tight knit communities.Related: Startups Are Offering Basketball and Umbrella Sharing in ChinaSanantiaThis company caught my eye because it’s in medical care, one of the big three industries I see trending and ripe for technology to disrupt in a positive way.The big vision for this company is to to give disconnected medical providers (family doctors, pharmacists, nurses, etc.) access to a patient’s information in one secure, central dashboard. I am intrigued by this idea. The main founder was a national sales representative for Merck. The team’s background and accomplishments give me higher confidence they can execute on their vision.Related: Augmedix, the Google Glass App for Medical Data Entry, Raises $16 MillionInterludeThis is another company in the medical care industry. It’s so early they don’t even have a website live yet. It caught my eye because I didn’t know how vast the problem was they’re attempting to solve. According to World Bank stats, around 1 billion people worldwide have some form of disability. A staggering 110 million to 190 million people have significant disabilities. Interlude aims to help disabled people rehab more effectively to improve the disabled person’s functioning and capabilities.They don’t do this by compelling the disabled person or the insurance company to purchase expensive therapy equipment. The company uses Xbox Kinect technology to monitor the patient’s therapeutic movements. The healthcare practitioner (doctor, occupational therapist, physical therapist, etc.) can monitor the disabled person remotely.The Interlude system records the disabled person’s movements. The health practitioner can see trends in progress over time. The system also seeks to show the ideal movements and allow the practitioner to see how far off the patient’s current movements are from the ideal path. The practitioner can then coach the patient for even faster improvement.Startups have a high failure rate. But these industries and trends will have clear winners. From what I saw, these three companies have the best combination of size of the problem, innovative and simple solution plus the team to execute. –shares Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 Clint Evans and Joshua Lee 3 Startups Attempting to Capitalize on 2 Very Big Trends Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 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. Strategy coaches Medical care and transportation are problems facing people all over the world. Next Article Guest Writer July 18, 2017last_img read more

US Regulators Aim to Ban Founder of BloodTesting Firm Theranos

first_img U.S. Regulators Aim to Ban Founder of Blood-Testing Firm Theranos U.S. federal health regulators have proposed banning Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes from the blood-testing business for at least two years after determining that the company failed to fix deficiencies at its California laboratory, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) said in letter dated March 18 that it planned to revoke the lab’s federal license and ban Holmes and Theranos’s president, Sunny Balwani, from owning other labs for at least two years, the WSJ said.The proposed ban would include Theranos’s only other lab, located in Arizona, which along with the California lab generates most of the company’s revenue, the Journal said.The Journal said CMS gave Theranos about 10 days to provide adequate evidence of why the sanctions should not be imposed. Theranos had responded and the CMS was reviewing the response, the WSJ said, citing a person familiar with the matter.A Theranos spokeswoman told Reuters that the CMS had not imposed any sanctions on the company as yet.Theranos had promised to shake up medical testing by conducting a wide range of tests with just one drop of blood in a user-friendly manner with quick results.The company has been in the spotlight after reports in the WSJ suggested that the blood-testing devices were flawed and had problems with accuracy.The CMS in January had said that deficient practices at the California lab posed an “immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety”.Around that time, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, said it would stop using the services of the lab until all issues raised by the CMS were addressed.(Reporting by Rosmi Shaji in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza) Next Article –shares Add to Queue Theranos founder and CEO, Elizabeth Holmes. This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Theranos | Facebook Apply Now » Theranos April 13, 2016 2 min readlast_img read more

Sears Eyes Quick Rollout of Small Stores if Test Is Successful

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article 37shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now » Reuters The historic Sears Roebuck building, Hackensack, NJ. Sears Holdings Corp. could quickly expand a new, smaller-store format that is less than a tenth the size of its average department store if a pilot project delivers strong results, a senior executive at the retailer told Reuters.Leena Munjal said Sears planned to test the small format with a handful of openings this year, offering new details of a strategy that was first outlined at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday.The move comes as Sears tries to bounce back from a five-year stretch during which it lost more than $8 billion as it closed hundreds of stores and sales dropped sharply. The initial pilot store — due to open next week in Colorado — will be its first non-specialty store opening since 2005.”Obviously we want to move the needle,” Munjal, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience and Integrated Retail, said in an interview, referring to the potential for expansion. “This is very much a quick, scalable model.”The first location will be a 10,000 square-foot store specializing in refrigerators, ovens and other home appliances at a redeveloped mall in Fort Collins, Colorado. The average Sears store is 138,000 square feet.Appliances are a relative strength for Sears, making it a natural choice for the first small store. However, Munjal said when it rolls out other small format locations they may focus on different categories. She did not elaborate.Sears said the new Colorado store will carry the same assortment of appliances as in a typical Sears department store, including the top 10 brands of refrigerators, dishwashers and other products. It will also feature a 122-inch interactive display which customers can use to see how appliances would appear in various kitchen layouts.For years Sears has slashed costs and sold off assets in an attempt to establish a profitable business model centred on fewer stores, innovative online services and a data-driven loyalty program. So far those efforts have not succeeded.The smaller stores mark the latest attempt by Sears to rationalize floor space as shopping increasingly shifts online. In addition to accelerating store closings, it has been leasing out unproductive space in its stores to other retailers.Sears said the Colorado location would offer a service where customers can book an appointment with an appliance expert in the store, and in-vehicle pickup in which customers can have online purchases delivered to their car.(Reporting by Nathan Layne in Chicago; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman) May 12, 2016 3 min read Sears Eyes Quick Rollout of Small Stores if Test Is Successful Sears Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: EQRoy | Shutterstock.comlast_img read more

Starbucks AnheuserBusch to Partner on Bottled Teavana Teas

first_img Enroll Now for $5 Starbucks, Anheuser-Busch to Partner on Bottled Teavana Teas Anheuser-Busch and Starbucks announced a deal on Thursday to produce, bottle, distribute and market Teavana ready-to-drink teas in the United States, with products expected to be available in the first half of next year.The world’s biggest coffee chain bought tea seller Teavana in 2012. The bottled teas falling under Starbucks’ agreement with the maker of Budweiser beer will not contain alcohol. Anheuser-Busch will lead production, bottling and distribution to retailers nationwide in partnership with its established network of wholesalers, the companies said.Starbucks and joint venture partner PepsiCo Inc. market, sell and distribute ready-to-drink coffee products in the United States. PepsiCo already has a ready-to-drink tea partner. It joined with Unilever in 1991 to form the Pepsi-Lipton Tea partnership. (Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by James Dalgleish and Peter Cooney) June 3, 2016 Add to Queue Image credit: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket | Getty Images Reuters 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.center_img 1 min read –shares Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on Reuters Starbuckslast_img read more

Alibaba Expects to Nearly Double Transactions Volume to More Than 900 Billion

first_img Add to Queue Reuters Alibaba Expects to Nearly Double Transactions Volume to More Than $900 Billion by 2020 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Reuters | Aly Song | File Photo –shares June 14, 2016center_img China This story originally appeared on Reuters 1 min read Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said on Tuesday it expects to nearly double its transaction volumes by 2020, signalling it still expects rampant growth as Executive Chairman Jack Ma pledged to intensify a crackdown on fake goods.At an investor conference at its headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, Alibaba said it expects to record 6 trillion yuan ($912 billion) in gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2020, nearly double 3.09 trillion yuan in fiscal 2016.Echoing that growth, Ma said Alibaba expects to have 2 billion consumers on its books by 2036, up from 423 million active buyers in 2016.Addressing concerns about the company’s efforts to remove counterfeit products from its online platforms, Ma said Alibaba will do “anything to stop the fake products.” The company has been dogged for years by accusations that its shopping platforms were conduits for counterfeiters.”I promise you guys that counterfeits, fake products, and intellectual property theft — we are more and more confident than ever that we can solve the problem,” Ma said.(Reporting by Yimou Lee in Hong Kong; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell) Next Article Register Now »last_img read more

Google Chrome Will Begin Blocking Flash in Favor of HTML5

first_img 44shares Brittany Vincent This story originally appeared on Engadget Google 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. Though it’s been a long time coming and the writing’s been on the wall for a while, Google Chrome is finally de-emphasizing Flash in favor of HTML5.Come September, Google Chrome 53 will begin blocking Flash, such as the kind that loads “behind the scenes,” as Google says, which can slow down casual web browsing. HTML5 is a lot less resource-heavy and when pages utilize it, it improves battery life, page loading and responsiveness across the web.Following Chrome 53, in December Chrome 55 will go even further to make HTML5 the default browsing experience, excepting only sites with Flash-only support. You’ll be given the option to enable Flash when you visit, so it won’t change too much from the way you already browse the web. Last year, Chrome began blocking some Flash ads already, so you’ve likely already seen some of the effects trickling down during regular internet use if you use Chrome, after all.What this means is you’ll likely see a lot fewer hang-ups when using previously Flash-heavy sites, and fewer crashes to have to worry about — that’s the hope, anyway. It’s part of a larger transition of the web to HTML5, and has been in the works for some time now. Image credit: Twin Design | Shutterstock.com Google Chrome Will Begin Blocking Flash in Favor of HTML5center_img August 10, 2016 Add to Queue Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 2 min read Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Facebook Executives Feel the Heat of Content Controversies

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The company’s reticence to explain censorship decisions has drawn criticism in many countries around the globe. Next Article –shares Add to Queue Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. Facebook Register Now »center_img After Facebook’s removal of an iconic Vietnam war photo stirred an international uproar last month, the social network’s executives quickly backtracked and cleared its publication.But the image — showing a naked Vietnamese girl burned by napalm — had previously been used in training sessions as an example of a post that should be removed, two former Facebook employees told Reuters.Trainers told content-monitoring staffers that the photo violated Facebook policy, despite its historical significance, because it depicted a naked child, in distress, photographed without her consent, the employees told Reuters.The social network has taken great pains to craft rules that can be applied uniformly with minimal discretion. The reversal on the war photo, however, shows how Facebook’s top executives sometimes overrule company policy and its legions of low- and mid-level content monitors.Facebook has often insisted that it is a technology company — not a media company — but an elite group of at least five senior executives regularly directs content policy and makes editorial judgment calls, particularly in high-profile controversies, eight current and former Facebook executives told Reuters.One of those key decision-makers — Justin Osofsky, who runs the community operations division — wrote a Facebook post acknowledging that the removal of the war photo was a “mistake.”“Sometimes,” he wrote, “the global and historical significance of a photo like ‘Terror of War’ outweighs the importance of keeping nudity off Facebook.”Facebook spokeswoman Christine Chen declined to comment on the company’s use of the photo in training sessions.Facebook has long resisted calls to publicly detail its policies and practices on censoring postings. That approach has drawn criticism from users who have had content removed and free-speech advocates, who cite a lack of transparency and a lack of an appeals process for many content decisions.At the same time, some governments and anti-terror groups are pressuring the company to remove more posts they consider offensive or dangerous.High-level reviewThe current and former Facebook executives, most of them speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters in detail how complaints move through the company’s content-policing apparatus. The toughest calls, they said, rise to an elite group of executives.Another of the key decision-makers is Global Policy Chief Monika Bickert, who helped rule on the fracas over the war photo.”That was one we took a hard look at, and we decided it definitely belonged on the site,” said Bickert, a former federal prosecutor.She declined to elaborate on the decision-making process.Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg followed up with an apology to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who had posted the photo on her own account after Facebook removed it from others in her country.In addition to Sandberg, Osofsky and Bickert, executives involved in sensitive content issues include Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s Washington-based government relations chief; and Elliot Schrage, the vice president for public policy and communications.All five studied at Harvard, and four of them have both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the elite institution. All but Sandberg hold law degrees. Three of the executives have longstanding personal ties to Sandberg.Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard drop-out, occasionally gets involved with content controversies, Bickert said.These executives also weigh in on content policy changes meant to reflect shifting social context and political sensitivities around the world, current and former executives said.Facebook officials said the five people identified by Reuters were not the only ones involved in high-level content decisions.“Facebook has a broad, diverse and global network involved in content policy and enforcement, with different managers and senior executives being pulled in depending on the region and the issue at hand,” Chen said.Chen declined to name any other executives who were involved in content policy.A war over free expressionThe company’s reticence to explain censorship decisions has drawn criticism in many countries around the globe.Last month, Facebook disabled the accounts of editors at two of the most widely read Palestinian online publications, Shehab News Agency and Quds. In keeping with standard company practice, Facebook didn’t publicly offer a reason for the action or pinpoint any content it considered inappropriate.The company told Reuters that the removal was simply an error.Some Palestinian advocacy groups and media outlets condemned the shutdowns as censorship stemming from what they described as Facebook’s improper alliance with the Israeli government.Israel’s government has pushed Facebook to block hundreds of pages it believes incite violence against Jews, said Noam Sela, spokesman for Israeli cabinet Minister Gilad Erdan.Sela said the Israeli government “had a connection” at Facebook to handle complaints but declined to elaborate on the relationship.“It’s not working as well as we would like,” Sela said. “We have more work to do to get Facebook to remove these pages.”Ezz al-Din al-Akhras, a Quds supervisor, said that Facebook’s head of policy in the Middle East had gotten in touch after the uproar over the shutdowns and that three of four suspended accounts were restored.“We hope the Facebook campaign of suspending and removing Palestinian accounts will stop,” he said. “We do not practice incitement; we are only conveying news from Palestine to the world.”Facebook said the restoration of the accounts was not a response to complaints. It declined to comment on whether top executives were involved.The company has cited technological glitches in other recent cases where content was removed, then restored, including the takedown of a video that showed the aftermath of a Minneapolis police shooting.Chen declined to explain the glitch.She said the company was reviewing its appeals process in response to public feedback. Facebook currently allows appeals of company actions involving entire profiles set up by people or institutions, or full pages on those profiles, but not for individual posts.Thick rulebookTo manage the huge volume of content complaints — more than a million a day — the company employs a multi-layered system. It starts with automated routing of complaints to content-policing teams in Dublin, Hyderabad, Austin and Menlo Park, who make initial rulings, current and former executives said.These low-level staffers and contractors consult a thick rulebook that interprets the comparatively spare “community standards” that Facebook customers are asked to follow. The company trains front-line monitors to follow rules and use as little discretion as possible.When a removal sparks more complaints, regional managers function as a mid-level appeals court. Continuing controversy could then push the issue to top U.S. executives.Senior executives also weigh in on policy updates. Osofsky and Kaplan, for instance, wrote a blog post last week, in response to “continued feedback” on content removals, explaining that the company would start weighing news value more heavily in deciding whether to block content.In an earlier post, responding to the Napalm-girl controversy, Osofsky said Facebook’s policies usually work well, but not always.”In many cases, there’s no clear line between an image of nudity or violence that carries global and historic significance and one that doesn’t,” Osofsky wrote.The Vietnam war photo — depicting horrors suffered by a girl named Phan Thi Kim Phuc — was first removed from an account in Norway by a front-line monitor.In protest, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten printed the image on its front page and posted it on Facebook, which removed it. That prompted the prime minister to post the photo — only to have Facebook remove it again.Facebook then issued a statement defending the action, saying it was “difficult to create a distinction between allowing a photograph of a nude child in one instance and not others.”The next day, executives reversed the call, with Sandberg telling the prime minister: “Even with clear standards, screening millions of posts on a case-by-case basis every week is challenging.”(By Kristina Cooke, Dan Levine and Dustin Volz; Additional reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb and Joseph Menn in San Francisco, Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza and Terje Solsvik in Oslo; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Brian Thevenot) Image credit: Reuters | Ruben Sprich Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. October 28, 2016 Reuters 7 min read Facebook Executives Feel the Heat of Content Controversieslast_img read more

US ECommerce Trends Linked to Nielsens Prime Day Analytics

first_img AccentureAmazonAmazon Prime DayanalyticsBrick and MortarJustin BelgianoNewsNielsen Marketingomnichannel marketingRakuten IntelligenceretailUS E-Commerce Previous ArticleThe Future of App Development Is Multiexperience – OutSystems Named a Leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development PlatformsNext ArticleKyndi Secures $20 Million in Funding Led by Intel Capital to Advance Industry’s First Explainable AI Platform US E-Commerce Trends Linked to Nielsen’s Prime Day Analytics Sudipto GhoshJuly 15, 2019, 3:50 pmJuly 17, 2019 More of an FYI, already into Amazon Prime Day 2019, we are on the eve of what has grown to become one of the biggest shopping moments of the year across on and offline retail. What can we expect to see this time in the US E-Commerce industry? Guided by last year’s numbers, here are some of Nielsen’s Prime Day predictions.PRIME DAY PREDICTIONS: Omnichannel grocery rises up, brands push backJustin Belgiano, Senior Vice President of Consumer Data Practice, Nielsen, said –“The stage has been set for a Prime Day where health & beauty and grocery will dominate–and omni-channel competition will reach new heights. Success will come to those who capitalize on these hugely popular categories that have previously under-performed on Prime Day–while ensuring that the best promotions also appear in stores, not just online.”NIELSEN’S PRIME DAY PREDICTIONSNielsen’s Total U.S. e-commerce measurement powered by Rakuten Intelligence, July 2018 – reflecting Amazon Prime data specificallyGROCERY OVER GADGETS:What started out as a moment to score deals on gadgety goods has quickly expanded and transformed to become a blitz to buy goods of all types. In fact, last year, Amazon doubled its consumer packaged goods (CPG) Sales for Prime Day compared to an average two-day span. CPG Sales compared to Prime Day 2017 saw a +20% increase.Keep an eye on: Grocery. Within CPG Sales, last year grocery was the second-highest category behind health and beauty, accounting for 17% of total Amazon CPG Sales on Prime Day. Consumers continue to warm up to the idea of grocery shopping online – more than ever before, consumers will have a stronger appetite this year to take advantage of grocery deals.BEAUTY AND BABY CARE BASICS DOMINATE, WHILE PET LACKS BITE:Keep an eye on: This year, keep a close eye on the performance of health and beauty categories, as it may prove to see an even bigger moment in the Prime Day spotlight.In 2018, health and beauty topped CPG Sales, with consumers sopping up deals on beauty care basics. Oral hygiene items (like electric toothbrushes) accounted for 12.9% of total Prime Day 2018 CPG Sales, compared to 3.9% over an average two-day span (+235%).Within baby care, In 2018, disposable diapers accounted for 5.5% of total Prime Day 2018 Sales, seeing a (+21%) surge compared to the rest of the year. Baby wipes accounted for 1.6% of Prime Day 2018 Sales, compared to 1.1% the rest of the year (+42%).That said, it’s interesting to note that the pet category, which is one of the most evolved CPG categories within the online space, has historically been relatively silent during this retail holiday – with no major pet retailer offering competitive deals or promotions during this time. When it comes to Sales, pet products accounted for a 10.4% share on Prime Day, which is a decline in what is usually seen on an average two-week basis (-26%). Dog food also saw a decline in sales share (-20%).Is Prime Day not CPG pet-friendly? Or, is this a missed opportunity for the players in the pet space?THE SHIFT FROM ONLINE TO OMNICHANNEL WILL BE A MIXED BAG OF SUCCESS + FAILUREIn the same breadth, Neil Michel, Associate Director at Accenture Interactive, spoke to us about the role of AI in E-Commerce. “At Accenture Interactive we see AI poised to take the retail sector by storm. Years of investment and experimentation have produced some very relevant AI solutions that touch the entire retail value chain – from the supply chain to merchandising to marketing and customer engagement.”Neil added, “Product Recommendations and Content Personalization is where we see AI really shining. These applications require less human-to-robot interaction and put the core value of AI (is computational power) behind a user interface like a website, email, chat, or digital advertisement. In these applications, we see AI finally achieving the kind of relevancy consumers appreciate.”Nielsen’s predictions continues.The race for omnichannel grocery supremacy is already tightening between Amazon and traditional brick-and-mortar. With Amazon adding incentives for Prime members to shop at Whole Foods, and Walmart’s prevailing strength in online grocery, omnichannel grocery deals will play an even bigger role this year.Keep an eye on: Amazon competitors and other players. This will be the most competitive Prime Day ever – and other retailers will capture Prime Day’s Halo Effect both online and in-store. According to Nielsen’s Connect Partner, CommerceIQ, more than 250 retailers are planning deals – and with good reason. Some CPG retailers who have taken advantage of the Prime Day Halo have benefited. For example, Target tripled more than their average CPG Sales on Prime Day 2018 compared to an average 2 day span over the course of 2018.That said, winning omnichannel is still anyone’s game.WILL 2019 BE PRIME TIME FOR BRANDED PRODUCTS OR PRIVATE LABEL?On Prime Day 2018, CPG private label accounted for a mere 1% of Sales for Amazon. This represents a detour from the broader progression toward CPG private label, which accounts for 3% of total online dollar sales.Keep an eye out: Amazon’s concerted push over the last year may begin to tip the scales – making 2019 the year that online private label ascends.Read more: Amazon Prime Day – Retailers, Are You Prepared?last_img read more