The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “We felt we needed to keep that spot open. As much as we want to get Jonathan back, the chances of him getting back and getting in football shape weren’t as realistic as we had hoped for.”It’s a tough blow for both the team and player. Taken with the seventh pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Cooper was expected to help anchor a revamped offensive line. “He’s disappointed in the whole situation,” Arians said of Cooper. “His biggest thing right now is getting off that bicycle he’s carrying his leg on and trying to get healthy.” Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jonathan Cooper’s rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals ended before it could even begin. Cooper, who broke his left leg in the team’s third preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, was placed on season-ending injured reserve Friday.“Probably the only difference so far is the decision to put Jonathan on IR rather than wait with the prognosis,” head coach Bruce Arians said Friday. “The latest prognosis would be 12 [weeks] at the earliest, and I just don’t feel like it’s fair to our football team in case we get somebody who can come back sooner if there is another injury.
The owners of music video hosting service Vevo are reportedly close to hiring Goldman Sachs to look at sale options for the company.According to Bloomberg, citing three unnamed sources, Vevo’s shareholders are exploring options including the sale of a majority stake in the company.Vevo is owned jointly by Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Google and Abu Dhabi Media.According to Bloomberg, Vevo is considering offers from DreamWorks Animation, Liberty Media and the joint venture recently created by Peter Chernin’s Chernin Group and US telco AT&T to invest in OTT services.Earlier this month, Chernin and AT&T said they would invest up to US$500 million in OTT ventures.Vevo currently shows content from Sony and Universal and averages about 5.5 billion views monthly, with about 80% coming from outside the US.Speaking at the Billboard Latin Music Conference last week Vevo president and CEO Rio Caraeff said that he planned to expand the service to 20 new countries and generate over half of the company’s revenues from outside the US by the end of this year.
Fredrik Engdahl, head of commercial operations at Magine, talks about the challenges facing OTT TV service providers and how they can benefit from outsourcing their platform requirements. What are the main barriers to entry for companies and organisations thinking of launching OTT TV services?The two main barriers to entry for launching an OTT TV service are technology/distribution and content/subscriber acquisition. Depending on what type of company or organisation you are, the weight scales of these barriers are tilted slightly differently. ISPs, for example, might already have the fundamental technology infrastructure in place for OTT distribution but lack the content and marketing, as well as OTT-specific BI systems to realise good enough subscriber acquisition.At the other end of the scale, a content producer or content owner could be looking for direct distribution of their popular content to existing fans, but lack the required technology and infrastructure for OTT distribution. Both of these barriers can be overcome by working with a fully managed end-to-end OTT platform provider, where technology and distribution are taken care of, and best-practice marketing and content frameworks can be leveraged to ensure subscriber acquisition and growth of an OTT service.How significant a barrier is the need to make big upfront investments and how can this be overcome?Historically the major obstacle for launching and maintaining an OTT service by yourself was the requirement for significant CAPEX investments, alongside considerable time for development and implementation, resulting in a long time to market. The complexity of launching your own OTT service is often underestimated, leading to long delays or not being able to meet the original vision or objectives for the service.Companies looking to build OTT businesses should focus on what they do best and what will help to ensure their service succeeds in the long term – content – and consider outsourcing their end-to-end OTT service to a provider like Magine. Managed service providers are a low-risk investment as they operate an OPEX-model, eliminating the need for traditional CAPEX-heavy investments and technology investment risks. Outsourcing also guarantees a much quicker time to market, which means you’ll see a return on investment sooner.How challenging is it for OTT TV operators to keep the cost of operating a service – including content licensing costs – under control and what solutions are available?For a company not traditionally present in the technology or infrastructure domain, it can be challenging anticipating and controlling all operating costs associated, such as CDN-costs, ingestion costs etc., alongside the resources and time required to maintain a separate OTT platform and service. In addition to that, OTT operators need to determine their consumer end price, 70-80% of which is often the content licensing costs, in order to realise a profitable business case.The solution to this is unit economics, attainable by using a platform vendor’s aggregated pricing for infrastructure, ingestion, distribution and content. Economies of scale are difficult, if not impossible to realise as a standalone OTT platform and service, but by using a vendor platform like Magine, the economies of scale attainable for the vendor are shared by all partners using the same platform.How significant a challenge for OTT TV operators is restrictions on the availability of rights and what can be done to overcome this?Content is still king, and getting rights for popular shows can be a major challenge. Producing your own original content is a way of circumventing this but it’s expensive and investing in unproven content can be risky. At Magine, we help our partners overcome content acquisition challenges by assisting with cross-licensing between partners on our platform. For example, a content holder targeting a specific regional market can cross-license their relevant content to another content holder on our platform who operates in a different regional market, making great content accessible to larger audiences across the world.What aspects of building an OTT service does it make sense for operators to outsource and what are the key means by which they can differentiate their offerings?In the OTT market today, content and customer relationship management are the key factors that can differentiate an OTT service from the competition. When building an OTT service, operators should focus on funnelling as much of their investment capital and resources into these areas as possible to achieve high subscriber acquisition and retention long term.This can be accomplished by onboarding an OTT managed service provider that offers a more efficient OPEX cost-model, reducing any need for large upfront CAPEX-investments. This is not to say you should only outsource the technology. At Magine, we enable OTT business to get off the ground by providing our partners with fully managed end-to-end OTT services alongside content acquisition, marketing, customer and sales support. Our partners can leverage our years of direct to consumer experience and create a strong foundation to launch and successfully grow their own OTT service.
[Technical note: We did not include all S&P 500 companies in the above chart – only those for which share structure data was available since the first quarter of 2003. For example, Google went public in 2004 and was not included. We followed the same method with the HUI Index, with the only stock excluded being New Gold Inc. (T.NGD).] Since there is little growth in shares outstanding, the majority of the market capitalization (Mcap) growth can be attributed to share price performance. The total Mcap of the S&P 500 increased by 78.6%, or about 6% per year on a compounded basis. And no wonder – the sector includes a lot of large stocks that do not grow at the same rate as mining juniors. However, the chart also shows how quickly market value can shrink when a crisis hits. Let’s now have a look at what happened to the HUI constituents within the same time frame. There are two observations to be made from these charts. First, compared to S&P 500 companies, gold producers grossly overissued new shares. Since 2003, as a group, they more than doubled their shares outstanding, significantly diluting existing investors. Second, despite the large increase in shares outstanding, HUI companies have grown their market capitalization by 302.5% as of the fourth quarter of 2012, quadrupling the size of the group. This comes in stark contrast to the 78.6% growth of the S&P 500. On a compounded annual basis, gold companies grew at 14.9% annually for the last ten years, more than twice as fast as the S&P. So while shares outstanding of the gold miners were increasing at a high rate, the market capitalization of the HUI constituents outpaced the growth of shares outstanding, because the assets miners purchased with the funds they received from the new shares generated extra value. Since market capitalization doesn’t necessarily expand when new shares are issued, it’s the price performance that accounts for this growth. Looking at the next chart, you can see that the performance of gold stocks continues to be both stronger and more volatile than the S&P 500. Note that we didn’t modify the indexes here – these are the performance numbers that investors have been looking at for the past decade, and they make the case that the gold-mining sector has been far from lackluster. The gold-mining sector has been outperforming the S&P 500 for the vast majority of the last decade. With this focus on efficiency and economics, gold companies should richly reward those bold enough to invest in them now. But there’s another way to play the gold market that doesn’t involve buying producers, nor does it require buying the yellow metal itself. And it could be even more profitable… The chart is hardly a surprise: the precious-metals producers had a poor showing, losing 26.6% in 2012 – something we think will reverse this year – while stocks in the S&P 500 delivered a solid 14.2% annual gain. We think that while last year’s performance of the S&P 500 companies is commendable, the future may disappoint investors who believe the US economic recovery is on solid footing: last week’s GDP data suggest that our economy continues to struggle, something that was immediately reflected in the price of gold the day the news was released. As 2013 progresses, we expect to see more signs of a weaker economy and subsequently, stronger gold prices. But let’s look at the bigger picture to see how the S&P 500 has expanded as a group during the past decade. To measure the rate of expansion, we plotted the total market capitalization against growth of shares outstanding. The idea here is to compare the rate of S&P 500 share dilution to the change in size of the companies. Size does not equal performance (we’ll look at that in a moment), but it gives a rough idea about how much market value investors may have gained had there been no dilution at all. We often hear the claim that gold producers have not met investors’ expectations for the past couple years. While there are many potential reasons for this, one explanation for their underperformance lies in the fact that producers diluted their share structures, leaving shareholders with smaller gains than they would have otherwise harvested. To show how this dilution has impacted the industry, let’s first review how gold miners performed last year compared to the S&P 500.
Breweries are quite creative these days when it comes to saving energy. Double Mountain Brewery in Oregon uses refillable beer bottles, Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing turns its waste grain and water into compost for aquaculture, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company recovers carbon dioxide from the fermentation cycle.Investment in energy-efficient technologies can be costly, but according to a study published last week in PLOS ONE, these investments may be worthwhile.A majority of the 1,000 U.S. beer drinkers surveyed say they are willing to pay more for sustainably-produced beer, and on average, they would pay around $1.30 more per six-pack.”One dollar and 30 cents is not a small amount if you consider the average price of a six-pack,” says Sanya Carley, an associate professor at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the lead author of the survey.According to data from IRI Worldwide, a Chicago-based market research firm, the average price of a six-pack of beer is $5.96. For craft beer specifically, an average six-pack costs $9.36.The survey reached respondents through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourcing survey tool. Participants were asking if they were willing to pay more for beer produced at breweries that invest in equipment to conserve water or energy or use solar panels to limit greenhouse gas emissions.The findings of the willingness-to-pay survey underscores the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gases in the highly energy-intensive brewing industry, she says.It’s so energy intensive that it takes three and a half to six gallons of water to produce one gallon of beer, according to the California Craft Brewers Association.Fifty-nine percent of respondents to the survey said they would pay more for beer that invests in sustainable practices.Bart Watson, the chief economist of The Brewers Association, says these findings are pretty much what he would expect based on recent trends in the beer market.”An increased number of people are willing to pay more to companies that share their values,” Watson says.Jason Perkins, a brewmaster at Allagash Brewing Company, a craft beer brewery in Portland, Maine, says this research makes him “ecstatic.””It’s important for us to be making beer responsibly,” he says, but it’s also important that consumers are willing to pay more for a sustainable product.Allagash, which has put a number of sustainability practices in place including waste diversion, composting, cork recycling, and using locally-grown grain, put in a solar array in 2016 after contemplating the investment for awhile.The company knew the solar panels would be a big upfront expense, but decided to take the leap.”It was really a decision based on a matter of principal,” Perkins says. He also says it’s a little hard to quantify what all of Allagash’s sustainability practices mean to the company. The solar panels, for example, allow the company to displace thousands of pounds of CO2 that would have been produced through traditional energy generation. Also, Allagash employees are just proud to be doing good things for the environment, he says.But its not just the growing craft beer industry that can potentially benefit financially from marketing sustainability. The research from the recent study shows that consumers of American lagers like Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon were no different than other beer drinkers in their willingness to pay for sustainable beer. This finding was unexpected and encouraging, says Carley.”It’s refreshing in a way because sustainable practices don’t have to be limited to just craft beer companies,” Carley says.By the way, big beer companies are already taking steps towards sustainability. For example, MillerCoors has already significantly reduced its water usage.But according to Ernest Baskin, an assistant professor of consumer behavior at Saint Joseph’s University, it’s important to note that in the study, the consumers who were more willing to pay for sustainability premiums already said they tended to pay more money for beer than the consumers that were unwilling to pay more for sustainable beer. Thus, for beer companies that market themselves as “for the common man,” he says, sustainability measures might not be an added benefit. They might, in fact, price these companies out of their major consumers, Baskin says.Watson points out, though, that large beer companies have broad portfolios (Anheusuer-Busch sells a lot more than just Bud Light), and these findings on consumers’ willingness-to-pay for sustainability might factor into the business models for their specialty products.The research, Watson says, “might push some more breweries that are thinking about this to make sustainable investments.”Rachel D. Cohen is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Adidas via PC Mag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Tom Brant –shares The company’s first production shoe with a 3D-printed design uses a technology that was originally conceived in the 1980s for rear-projection TVs. Nab an Adidas 3D-Printed Sneaker This Fall This story originally appeared on PCMag 3D Printers 2 min read News reporter Add to Queue Next Article April 10, 2017 After years of experimenting with 3D-printed footwear, Adidas on Friday announced that its first mass-produced 3D-printed shoe, the Futurecraft 4D, will go on sale this fall.The shoe’s sole is shaped using digital light projection, a technology you might be familiar with if you shopped for a rear-projection TV 20 years ago. Despite rear-projection’s demise, the technique is still alive in the 3D printing industry: it projects patterned light onto a liquid photopolymer resin, shaping and hardening it into layers. To make the Futurecraft 4D’s sole, Adidas partnered with the Silicon Valley startup Carbon, which says that its digital light synthesis technique is more efficient than ordinary 3D printing, and thus better-suited to making large quantities of durable goods. According to Texas Instruments, which originally developed the digital light processing concept in the 1980s, it’s now used to quickly print everything from prototypes, jewelry casting, custom medical implants and complex automotive and aerospace components.In Adidas’s case, digital light synthesis results in a sole that works just as well as one made in an injection mold and has similar costs and production times. The company plans to sell 5,000 of the Futurecraft 4D this fall, and an additional 10,000 next year. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet; Reuters reports that the shoes will sell at an “unspecified premium price,” but Adidas plans to lower the cost as the technology develops.Despite the benefits that 3D printing promises to bring to shoe design and manufacturing, it has been a gradual development process for Adidas and its competitors, at least compared to the consumer tech lifecycle. In 2013, New Balance became the first athletic brand to have a track athlete — middle distance runner Jack Bolas — compete in 3D-printed spike plates. But it wasn’t until three years later that the company managed to sell a 3D-printed shoe to the public in the form of a limited-edition $400 sneaker.Adidas, meanwhile, unveiled the Futurecraft 4D’s predecessor as a concept shoe in 2015. It used thermoplastic polyurethane instead of resin shaped by digital light projection. Register Now »
Peter Page New Research Shows Bitcoin’s Meteoric Rise Was a Scam Next Article Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Crypotocurrencies are the latest in a centuries-long line of speculative bubbles driven by shrewd insiders taking advantage of gullible investors. Academic researchers at the University of Texas have concluded at least half of Bitcoin’s rise to a peak price of nearly $20,000 last year was due to manipulation by traders on Bitfinex, the primary Bitcoin exchange, using another cryptocurrency called Tether to boost prices when they dipped on other exchanges.The paper by John Griffin, a finance professor at the University of Texas, and graduate student Amin Shams, examined trading between March 2017 and March 2018 with particular focus on 87 periods each lasting one hour when Tether, which is issued exclusively by Bitfinex, flowed onto other exchanges when the price of Bitcoin was dropping. “These 87 events account for less than 1 percent of our time series (over the period from the beginning of March 2017 to the end of March 2018), yet are associated with 50 percent of Bitcoin’s compounded return, and 64 percent of the returns on six other large cryptocurrencies (Dash, Ethereum Classic, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero and Zcash),” the researchers wrote.Related: 4 Pros and Cons of Investing in a New CryptocurrenciesThe researchers ran 10,000 trading simulations and concluded “this behavior never occurs randomly.””There were obviously tremendous price increases last year, and this paper indicates that manipulation played a large part in those price increases,” Griffin told the New York Times, where the paper was first reported.Trading on Bitfinex, which is registered in the Caribbean with offices in Asia, is largely unregulated by any government. Bitfinex CEO JL van der Velde denied any wrongdoing in a statement to Business Insider. “Bitfinex nor Tether is, or has ever, engaged in any sort of market or price manipulation. Tether issuances cannot be used to prop up the price of Bitcoin or any other coin/token on Bitfinex,” van der Velde said.The researchers noted cryptocurrencies bear a striking similarity to well-researched investment bubbles stretching from the 18th century to the dot.com and housing crashes of recent years. “Cryptocurrencies, which have grown from nearly nothing to over $300 billion in market capitalization in a few years, fit the historical narrative of previous bubbles quite well — there is an innovative technology with extreme speculation surrounding it.”Related: Government Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Pyramid ScammersThe historical pattern the researchers allude to stretches back centuries. While the assets change — the scam remains remarkably similiar. “Periods of excessive price speculation often share the themes of optimism around a new technology, focusing on selling to others rather than economic fundamentals, and questionable activities,” the researchers wrote. They cited the South Sea Bubble 1719-1720 and Railroad Bubble of the 1840s as early examples of investors being stampeded into buying stock in an unregulated investment based on false claims and pure exuberance.While the lack of regulation by any government appeals to some cryptocurrency enthusiasts, the authors of the research suggest only regulation can stabilize crypto markets. “Our findings suggest that market surveillance within a proper regulatory framework may be needed for cryptocurrency markets to be legitimate stores of value and a reliable medium for fair financial transactions,” they wrote.Bitcoin was trading below $6,500 after the publishing of the New York Times article. 3 min read Add to Queue Image credit: Mark Garlick/Science Photo Library | Getty Images 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List June 13, 2018 Bitcoin Entrepreneur Staff –shares Apply Now »
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Business Transaction Intelligence Helps The Master Lock Company Ensure 100 Percent Supply Network Availability, While Improving B2B Collaboration and Efficiency to Better Serve CustomersGartner Supply Chain Executive Summit — IBM launched Business Transactional Intelligence (BTI), an AI-powered solution that offers anomaly detection and visualization capabilities for mitigating supply chain disruptions and accelerating data-driven decision making.BTI, part of IBM’s Supply Chain Business Network, enables companies to garner deeper insights into supply chain data to help them better manage, for example, order-to-cash and purchase-to-pay interactions. The technology does this, in part, using machine learning to identify volume, velocity and value-pattern anomalies in supply chain documents and transactions. Machine learning is a method used to teach artificial intelligence how to learn from data, spot patterns and make decisions on its own. This enables companies to discover potential issues faster and resolve them before they escalate and impact the business.More than 140 Watson Supply Chain customers are early adopters of BTI, which Greenworks, The Master Lock Company, Whirlpool Corporation and other customers discussed their initial successes in February at IBM’s 2019 THINK Conference.Marketing Technology News: Introducing MHz Curationist – Framing the World We ShareFor The Master Lock Company, fast-paced global growth mean onboarding and transacting with more partners each year. To empower its lean EDI team and manage the rising requirements they migrated its trading partner integration processes to IBM Supply Chain Business Network Premium. This security-rich, cloud-based solution powered by IBM Business Transaction Intelligence reduces manual work for their EDI team, resulting in 50% faster onboarding for acquired trading partners to help support business growth, while 100% availability ensures mission-critical EDI services are always online.“If one of our EDI transactions fails for any reason, IBM Supply Chain Business Network sends us an alert, which is valuable on a tactical level because it helps us start to pinpoint the underlying cause straight away,” explains Connie Rekau, EDI Manager, The Master Lock Company. “With IBM Business Transaction Intelligence, we can dig deeper into our EDI data to identify patterns that wouldn’t otherwise be obvious. As well as building a scorecard to track our performance against internal service-level level agreements [SLAs] with the business, we have set up reports that highlight trading partners with higher-than-average error rates.”In addition to Watson Supply Chain’s product release at Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Summit, IBM was named a finalist for the 2019 Gartner Supply Chainnovators Award in the High-Tech Manufacturing category. IBM’s Chief Supply Chain Officer, Ron Castro, keynoted on Monday, May 13th for his Chainnovator session titled, IBM’s Digital Transformation Journey to a Learning, AI-Enabled Supply Chain Organization. The session explored IBM’s award nomination details that achieved end-to-end supply chain security to gain a competitive business advantage using AI, blockchain, and IoT, while also speaking on how IBM’s innovations materialize into client product offerings.Marketing Technology News: IBM, Thomson Reuters Introduce Powerful New AI and Data Combination to Simplify How Financial Institutions Tackle Regulatory Compliance ChallengesFurther evidencing IBM’s leadership and innovation, company executives will speak about the combined power of building a smarter supply chain using AI, blockchain and IoT in the following conference sessions:“5 Imperatives for Building a Smarter Supply Chain”Tuesday, May 14th from 3 – 3:45 p.m.Inhi Cho Suh, General Manager, IBM Watson Customer Engagement“Busting Myths and Capturing Value: AI and Blockchain in the Supply Chain”Wednesday, May 15th 3 – 3:45 p.m. Ron Castro, Chief Supply Chain Officer, IBM“Today’s intelligent supply chains must rise to the challenge of adapting to changes in complex business environments by unlocking the value of existing systems, while providing increased agility and seamless collaboration to improve business outcomes,” said Jeanette Barlow, VP of Offering Management, IBM Watson Supply Chain. “We’re excited to introduce our latest AI innovation with the launch of BTI – further complementing our Blockchain and IoT capabilities – which helps our customers proactively mitigate disruptions and business risks by augmenting their workforce’s capabilities.”Marketing Technology News: ATTOM Data Solutions CEO Rob Barber Honored As Gold Stevie Award Winner In 2019 American Business Awards IBM Releases AI-Powered Anomaly Detection Capabilities to Mitigate Supply Chain Disruptions PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 2:38 pmMay 15, 2019 AIBusiness Transactional IntelligenceGartner Supply ChainIBMJeanette BarlowMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTechBytes with Audelia Boker, Global VP Marketing at Glassbox DigitalNext ArticleTextUs Introduces the “Text Us” Call to Action — the Evolution of the “Contact Us” That Lets Customers Text Message Businesses
Source:https://uwaterloo.ca/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 12 2018Most Canadian smokers are in favor of novel policies to reduce tobacco use, according to a national survey by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC) at the University of Waterloo.Responding to the Canadian government’s commitment to reduce tobacco use to less than five per cent of the population by 2035, the ITC study assessed baseline levels of support among Canadian smokers for potential endgame policies. The researchers found that most smokers in Canada support new and radical tobacco endgame strategies.”Canada has taken strong actions to reduce tobacco use over the last several decades. Anti-smoking policies such as graphic warning labels on cigarette packs, smoking bans, tobacco taxes, and bans on the display of tobacco products have driven smoking rates down to an all-time low,” said Geoffrey Fong, Principal Investigator of the ITC Project and a professor of psychology and public health and health systems at Waterloo. “However, the decrease has leveled off in recent years, and 16 per cent of Canada’s population (roughly five million people) continue to smoke — killing 45,000 smokers each year.”Related StoriesCo-use of cannabis and tobacco associated with worse functioning, problematic behaviorsStudy: Tobacco and alcohol usage are common in British reality television showsWorld No Tobacco Day 2019: Respiratory groups urge to strengthen WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco ControlThe survey of 3,215 smokers, conducted in 2016, found that 70 per cent support lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes to make them less addictive and raising the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21+ years. More than half (59%) of smokers support a ban on all marketing of tobacco products. Even the most radical policy proposed in the survey — a complete ban on the sale of cigarettes within 10 years, with smoking cessation support — is favored by 44 per cent of smokers.On May 31, 2018, the Canadian government released a new federal tobacco control strategy to achieve a tobacco endgame target of less than five per cent tobacco use by 2035 – or less than 1.8 million tobacco users. The study findings support the kind of new leading-edge policies needed to curb tobacco use in Canada and refutes typical tobacco industry claims that endgame policies will result in public backlash because they interfere with smokers’ rights.”This study provides evidence that Canadian smokers — those who would be most affected by any policy changes — would support further government action to reduce smoking rates,” said Janet Chung-Hall of the ITC Project and lead author of the study. “The federal government’s commitment to an endgame goal is an important step forward for public health. What we need now is to focus on innovative policies to make it easier for smokers in Canada to quit and to prevent youth from starting to smoke.”
Google, which is being sued by former employees and investigated by the Labor Department for underpaying women, says it pays most of the men and women who work for the Internet giant around the globe—89% of the more than 70,000 plus employees—equally. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: Google says it pays women equally. An activist shareholder isn’t convinced. (2018, March 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-google-women-equally-activist-shareholder.html But the remaining 11% is a question mark. Those employees, a group that includes the company’s senior vice presidents and above and who are mostly men, were not included in the analysis conducted by Google that was released Thursday.Arjuna Capital, which has been pressing Google to disclose more publicly about how much male and female employees earn as part of a broader effort to close the gender pay gap in the business world, praised Google for being more forthcoming. But the activist shareholder found fault with the limited scope of the analysis.Google only examined job categories with 30 or more employees and with at least five men and at least five women. That excluded all employees at the vice president level and above.Michael Passoff, CEO of Proxy Impact, which is backing the shareholder proposal with Arjuna Capital, says he’s concerned about the 11% of employees that were not covered by the analysis and the “lack of assurance that there will be an expanded disclosure in the future.””The data for senior management is missing and that is generally where the largest gender pay discrepancies are found,” Passoff said.Natasha Lamb, managing partner and lead filer of gender pay resolutions at Arjuna Capital, said she would not withdraw the shareholder proposal, which requests parent Alphabet report on the risks associated with “emerging public policies on the gender pay gap.””Today’s announcement represents a serious first step toward ensuring gender pay equity at Google. Still, we find ourselves uncomfortable with its lack of breadth,” she said. “We think there is room for improvement and can’t give a rubber stamp to an incomplete analysis.”Of the roughly 63,000 employees surveyed, Google said it found 228 with statistically significant pay differences and increased their pay, which cost $270,000.In a statement, Google said: “We will continue to focus on fairness in all of our people processes, and want Google to be a great place for everyone to work.”Google, which three years ago pledged to close the race and gender gap to make its workforce better reflect the panoply of people it serves around the globe, is still overwhelmingly male and employs very few African Americans and Hispanics.Scrutiny of Google has intensified since the Labor Department began examining possible pay disparities. Last April, a Labor Department official said investigators had found “systemic” compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire work force.” In July, a judge ordered Google to hand over employee records to Labor Department investigators probing the alleged gender pay gap.In September, three former employees sued Google claiming they were paid and promoted less than their male colleagues. A fourth woman, a preschool teacher, joined the lawsuit in January. Google denies the allegations.A judge rejected the initial complaint seeking class action status for all women who worked at Google in California for the past four years for being overly broad in December. The amended version proposes a narrower class of plaintiffs that includes engineering, research, management, sales and teaching staff.Allegations of pay disparities come at a tense time for Google, which last year fired an employee, James Damore, who wrote an internal memo suggesting men were better suited for tech jobs than women. Explore further Judge: Govt. asked Google for too much data in gender case 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.
In this April 4, 2013 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook has dropped 13.5 percent after allegations a political consulting firm working for the Trump campaign got data inappropriately from millions of Facebook users. On Monday, March 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission said it’s investigating the social media giant’s privacy practices and legislators in the U.S. and the U.K. have demanded answers and called for inquiries. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Mark Zuckerberg might want to delete the last ten days from his timeline and everyone else’s. In a little more than a week, Facebook has turned from one of the market’s darlings to a stock investors are running from. 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. Citation: Deleting Facebook’s billions: stock sinks as outrage swells (2018, March 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-deleting-facebook-billions-stock-outrage.html Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Facebook has dropped 13.5 percent after allegations a political consulting firm working for the Trump campaign got data inappropriately from millions of Facebook users. On Monday the Federal Trade Commission said it’s investigating the social media giant’s privacy practices and legislators in the U.S. and the U.K. have demanded answers and called for inquiries. Facebook stock tumbled as much as 6.5 percent Monday, but finished with a small gain as the broader market surged.The slide has wiped out $73 billion of Facebook’s value. That’s about as much as the entire company was worth in 2012, the year it went public. Facebook’s first trading day was beset by glitches and its first year on the market was rocky, but for the last four and a half years it had enjoyed an enormous run of success.Before the recent drop investors valued Facebook at more than $500 billion, which made it the fifth most valuable company in the U.S. It now ranks sixth, right behind Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway.But the scandal over Facebook’s handling of data comes after the company was criticized for becoming a conduit of fake news and propaganda from Russian-linked trolls disrupting the 2016 presidential election.The company eventually acknowledged those problems just as it vowed to do better after the most recent scandal. But Facebook is facing a new kind of crisis, with angry users who can delete their accounts, advertisers who might not want to buy as many ads, and governments who might punish the company or regulate it in a way it’s never been regulated before.The stock is trading at its lowest price since July, and it’s fallen 17.1 percent since it set a record high Feb. 1. That’s perilously close to the 20 percent mark that Wall Street deems a “bear market,” an especially severe drop. US FTC probing Facebook data scandal: media
SHARE SHARE EMAIL tourism and leisure COMMENTS Wayanad Tourism Organisation, a stakeholders’ consortium promoting sustainable tourism practices in Wayanad district, plans to hold ‘Wayanad Calling’ awareness rally from Bengaluru-Mysuru-Wayanad.“The rally to be held on October 6 is mainly to create awareness that after heavy rains recently, Wayanad is back to normal,” said C P Sailesh, Secretary Wayanad Tourism Organisation, told Business Line.“The district, which was affected this year due to heavy rains in short period of time which led to flooding and mud slides, with a few land slips leading to disruption in traffic, now rains have subsided and normalcy has returned to Wayanad. This is the message we plan to tell the tourism trade community,” he added.The district, which is a weekend getaway mainly driven by Bengaluru market, has around 800 to 1,000 properties with a inventory of 2,000 rooms and most of the properties clocking around 50 per cent occupancies. After rains have subsided, none of the resorts or hotels were damaged by the rains but had to be shut due to disruption in road transport.“Due to heavy rains between May and September, there was sharp drop in tourist flow to Wayanad and hotel/home stay occupancies dropped sharply by 80 to 90 per cent,” said Sailesh. October 04, 2018 Bengaluru COMMENT bl17_kisjk_mons+BL17_KER_TOURISTS.j.jpg Published on SHARE
RELATED judiciary (system of justice) Mallya challenges proceedings to declare him fugitive economic offender The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on industrialist Vijay Mallya’s plea challenging the ongoing proceedings in a Mumbai court to declare him as a fugitive economic offender.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul sought the probe agency’s response on the plea.The ED moved the special court seeking to declare the London-based industrialist a fugitive economic offender under the Fugitive Economic Offender Act 2018.The apex court issued notice on Mallya’s plea but refused to stay proceedings before the Mumbai special court. The Bombay High Court recently dismissed Mallya’s appeal. The industrialist has filed an appeal against the high court order.Under the provisions of the Act, once a person is declared a fugitive economic offender, then the prosecuting agency has the powers to confiscate the accused persons’ properties.The special court had on October 30 rejected Mallya’s application, following which the liquor baron approached the high court.Mallya’s counsel had told the division bench that his pleas should not be misunderstood as a ploy to run away from proceedings.“We are also anxious to clear dues and to see to it that creditors get their dues back. We don’t want properties to be seized by the Enforcement Directorate, which would then hamper process of clearance of dues,” his counsel had said.The high court, however, had said it was not inclined to grant any relief. “The application has been filed at the threshold and at a very premature stage when the lower court is still hearing the prosecuting agency’s request to declare him (Mallya) a fugitive economic offender,” the court had said in its order.The bench, while dismissing the plea filed by Mallya, had said the lower court shall hear the application filed by the ED on merits. December 07, 2018 Published on COMMENT HC rejects Mallya’s plea for stay on ED’s request to declare him a fugitive economic offender SHARE SHARE EMAIL Mallya offers to repay 100% of principal loan amount to banks SHARE economic offence COMMENTS
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