Posthumous CAF 2013 Legends Prize awarded to late Mehdi Faria

first_imgLagos- The posthumous Legends Prize by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was awarded to late Mehdi Faria, former selector of the Atlas Lions football team, on Thursday in Lagos, during the ceremony of CAF 2013 Awards. The prize was handed by CAF executive committee to the deceased’s son Youssef Faria.   The former coach of the national football team Mehdi Faria passed away, on October 8, at the age of 80 following a long disease.  The name of Mehdi Faria brings up glorious memories of the Moroccan football in the 80s. He was the coach of the national squad which participated in the 1986 world cup in Mexico and was the first African team to qualify for the second round.last_img read more

The White House Announces 5 mln Investment to Promote Girls

Washington DC – The White House announced, Tuesday in Washington, an additional investment of five million dollars to help “overcome the barriers” that hinder girls’ education worldwide.The announcement, made at a ceremony at the Newseum in the U.S. capital on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl, is part of “Let Girls Learn” global initiative, launched in 2005 by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama to help give girls everywhere greater access to education.According to a statement to the press at this meeting, marked by the presence of young Moroccan and Liberian girls, the White House announced, since the launch of the initiative, nearly 100 commitments that concern the private sector to improve access of girls to education. “Let Girls Learn” Initiative has improved the future of millions of young girls through mobilizing governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders, said the White House in this document.It added that since its launch in March 2015, the Initiative has invested, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Peace Corps and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), over a billion dollars in government programs in over 50 countries to help “overcome difficulties that do not allow girls to get the education they deserve.” With MAP read more

UN mission supports decision on final list of polling centres for Afghan

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has voiced its full support for the decision of the country’s independent election authorities to reaffirm the final list of polling centres for parliamentary elections later this month.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) confirmed on Sunday that the 18 September vote for members of the Wolesi Jirga, or the lower house of the National Assembly in Afghanistan, will be based on the list of polling stations it published on 18 August.“Implementing the election according to this final, published list of polling centres is essential for the effective conduct and transparency of the elections,” UNAMA said in a press statement issued in Kabul.The mission praised the IEC for the “significant progress” in operational and logistical preparations for the elections, which take place a year after Afghans voted in presidential polls, to ensure there are stronger mechanisms against possible fraud.The statement noted that sensitive materials such as ballot papers have been securely packed and transported to the country’s provinces, and the IEC has also recruited and trained staff to work at polling stations.“We are aware of the efforts of the IEC and the Afghan security forces to establish as many secure polling centres as possible, to ensure that voters are able to vote.“While it is a difficult decision not to open polling centres in certain locations, we agree with the decision of the IEC to protect the security of voters, electoral workers and the secure and effective scrutiny of polling centres and voting procedures, including at all times the sensitive polling materials.”More than 2,500 candidates, including at least 400 women, have filed to run in the election for the 249-member Wolesi Jirga.UNAMA underscored in its statement that the ballot “can and must be an important step in strengthening democratic institutions in Afghanistan and an opportunity for the people of Afghanistan to exercise their democratic rights.” 7 September 2010The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has voiced its full support for the decision of the country’s independent election authorities to reaffirm the final list of polling centres for parliamentary elections later this month. read more

Companies in ailing oilpatch look for ways to avoid or delay layoffs

CALGARY — Companies in the ailing oilpatch are looking at ways to avoid layoffs — or at the very least to forestall or minimize them.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has not had to trim its workforce of more than 7,600 as a result of the crude price collapse.“In lieu of layoffs, we went to our staff and said ‘we will do wage reductions.’ And every employee who made more than $50,000 had a wage reduction,” chairman Murray Edwards said to applause at a recent business forum in Lake Louise, Alta.“The majority of employees said they would rather … keep the team together than to have people laid off.”The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has estimated at least 40,000 jobs have been shed in Canada’s oil and gas industry this year, with the bulk in Alberta.With oil prices hovering below US$50 a barrel for much of this year — and dropping below US$40 in recent days — it’s been tough for oil producers to justify investing in new projects.About 1,500 job losses have been announced at oilsands giant Cenovus Energy this year. But in addition to that, the company has taken a hard look at benefits and discretionary spending, said CEO Brian Ferguson.“We did put in a salary freeze in 2015 as did, I think, most of industry. We have reassessed all of our time off practices.”Debby Carreau, CEO of human resources consulting firm Inspired HR, encourages employers to look at all their options before they resort to letting staff go.Never mind $35 a barrel, Canada’s oil is selling for closer to $20Encana Corp slashes dividend and cuts capital spending by more than a quarterThat could include reducing or delaying contributions to Registered Retirement Savings Plans, suspending health spending accounts, freezing salaries or slashing bonuses.Some companies that have cut salaries are rewarding employees with stock. Others have instituted shortened work weeks or given employees “unpaid sabatticals” until things look up.And some have encouraged employees to go back to school or brush up on their training, with a promise that they’ll have a job to return to.Instead of catered lunches in the office every day, maybe it’s sandwiches from Subway once every two weeks now, said Carreau.“Those peripheral fringe benefits can actually add up, especially in Calgary where we’ve had such lucrative compensation plans,” she said.“Some of those things that people don’t automatically look at can actually save on costs and send the right message to the organization — that you care, but you’re doing everything you can to keep the jobs.”Integra Ltd., a company with fewer than 30 employees that helps oil and gas companies manage their documents, has done everything possible to avoid layoffs, said partner Chris Blender.Blender and the firm’s other partners have taken a pay cut. Integra also found a new benefits provider that offers the same services as the old one, but at a lower cost.“Because we’re in the service industry, people are our business and we spend a lot of time to attract and train our people,” he said. “The last thing we want to do is let anybody go during this time.” read more

CID to probe Dehiwala incident

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has taken over the investigations into the grenade attack on the house of Dr. Lalantha Abeyranasinghe in Dehiwala, the police said today.A grenade was lobbed at the doctor’s house yesterday by an unidentified group and as a result doctor’s at state hospitals decided to lunch a strike today in protest over the attack. The police media unit said that the Dehiwala police had already launched investigations into the incident yesterday.However today the CID was tasked to investigate the attack and a team had been deployed to carry out the investigations. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,641.76, down 212.73 points):Romarco Minerals Inc. (TSX:R). Miner. Up 1.5 cents, or 3.16 per cent, to 49 cents on 5.9 million shares.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Down one cent, or 1.05 per cent, to 94 cents on 5.7 million shares.Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT). Oil and gas. Down six cents, or 2.91 per cent, to $2 on 4.7 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down four cents, or 2.12 per cent, to $1.85 on 4.2 million shares.Ram Power, Corp. (TSX:RPG). Utility. Unchanged at half-a-cent on 3.9 million shares.Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX:PRE). Oil and gas. Down 14 cents, or 4.49 per cent, to $2.98 on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B). Retailer. Down $1.56, or 3.25 per cent, to $46.37 on 873,159 shares. Shareholders of The Pantry Inc. have voted to approve a friendly takeover of the company by the Quebec-based Couche-Tard, which has stores throughout the U.S., Canada and northern Europe. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 10, 2015 2:46 pm MDT read more

Commentary Fans jeering Gene Smith cheering Luke Fickell makes for quite a

My favorite halftime show of the Ohio State men’s basketball games is undoubtedly when they bring in that guy who has all the Frisbee-catching dogs. It doesn’t get any better than that.But Sunday’s halftime spectacle which included the basketball crowd cheering OSU defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and jeering athletic director Gene Smith gave the Frisbee guy a run for his money.Here’s what was supposed to happen.New OSU football coach Urban Meyer was supposed to come on the court and introduce his family and coaching staff to the fans. The eager crowd would snap some pictures and cheer excitedly. The staff would wave to some babies and walk off.What actually transpired was much more interesting.I don’t know whose bright idea it was, but I guess it wasn’t acceptable for Meyer to take the microphone and do the introductions himself. Someone had to introduce Meyer so he could get a nice little cheer.There’s nothing wrong with that. It was the first time Meyer had been formally introduced to the fans in a setting other than a press conference.But I will never understand the decision to have Smith introduce Meyer. John Schmo sitting in the nosebleeds would have been a better choice.So before Meyer took the floor, Smith started his walk out to center court.Before he got there, the boos started. It wasn’t just one or two knuckleheads who had a little bit too much fun before the game. It was a chorus, mostly of students, heckling Smith.Not everyone participated and it certainly wasn’t a drowning noise, but people weren’t happy.My question is who let Smith walk out there? The adverse reaction is hardly a surprise. The OSU football program has been riddled with controversy and scandal for more than a year and it’s no secret that more than a few people think Smith deserves the axe for his role in the debacle. There’s no way anyone affiliated with the university wanted something like fans booing to distract from the introduction of the new era of OSU football. It was something so obviously preventable that it baffles me no one threw themselves in front of the train wreck. I guess after the “I just hope he doesn’t dismiss me,” disaster from President E. Gordon Gee following the Jim Tressel-scandal and the litany of bone-head public relations moves that culminated in Tressel’s firing, nothing should surprise me.I just don’t understand how it never occurred to anyone with any say in letting Smith walk to midcourt that “Hey, a lot of people don’t like this Gene Smith guy. Maybe he’ll get booed.”Comically, Smith ignored the boos and tried to drown them out by baiting OSU fans into an “O-H” cheer.Some fans responded, but most continued to steadfastly boo their villain.It wasn’t until Smith finished his introduction that the boo-birds flew away and happily flocked around their newest trophy — Urban Meyer.The cheer was loud and exuberant. Meyer introduced his family and all was back to the plan.But there was one more surprise before the basketball Buckeyes took the floor again.When Meyer introduced Fickell, who is now serving as Meyer’s defensive coordinator, the place went nuts. The positive reaction wasn’t surprising, but the level of it was.Not only was the cheer louder than Meyer’s, but it was the loudest I have ever heard in the Schottenstein Center. People went crazy.Just weeks before, when OSU lost to Michigan for the first time since 2003, people couldn’t wait to show Fickell the door and usher in Meyer to sit on the golden throne of OSU football.Now, Fickell was being revered like he brought the team a national championship.In reality, the fans were showing Fickell gratitude for his handling of an almost impossible situation. He took the OSU job at a time when many would have been afraid.He led the team to a 6-7 record that quite frankly, isn’t good enough for a football program like OSU.OSU fans have a reputation for being arrogant and ruthless, but their outpouring of affection for Fickell showed they have a heart.Sunday’s halftime spectacle put both sides of the average OSU fan on display — the caustic critic and the appreciative spectator.The essence of OSU fans was captured in less than 10 minutes.And it was almost better than a dog catching a Frisbee. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse set to take on Penn State at Ohio

Junior midfielder Jesse King (19) cradles the ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 22 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Brett Amadon / Lantern reporterFresh off its first victory of the season, the No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is hoping to continue building momentum during the young season.After taking down Marquette Saturday, 11-7, the team is set to battle No. 10 Penn State in Ohio Stadium Saturday for the 2014 Creator’s Trophy.Starting the season with two overtime losses to both Johns Hopkins and Massachusetts, the Buckeyes’ (1-2, 0-0) fortunes reversed with the home victory against Marquette.Freshman midfielder Jake Withers played a key role in that game, winning 14 of 21 faceoffs and collecting 11 ground balls, taking home ECAC co-Rookie of the Week honors in the process.Senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said winning the faceoff and ground ball battles are important because they give the offense more opportunities to score.“It was definitely big for Jake to get that many wins and ground balls because it gave us that many more possessions on our offensive end,” Imbordino said. “It allows us to play the make-it-take-it, not somebody else.”Penn State (2-1, 0-0), which has big expectations after making the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 2005, is coming off an 8-7 victory at then-No. 4 Notre Dame last Saturday.Senior attackman Shane Sturgis led the way for the Nittany Lions, netting five goals against the Fighting Irish defense. OSU senior defenseman Joe Meurer said Penn State boasts an offense that can put points up on the board, but thinks OSU has a gameplan in place that will limit the Nittany Lions’ chances.“It’s all about adjusting to what we see on film,” Meurer said. “They definitely have a great attack and some capable midfielders, but we will be ready to take them.”Offensively, OSU will look to break down a defense that is yielding only about 8.7 goals per game. Junior midfielders Jesse King and Turner Evans have shined early in the season, but OSU coach Nick Myers said he knows it will take a team effort to put the ball in the back of the net.“They have arguably one of the best goalies in the country in senior Austin Kaut,” Myers said. “For us, it’s going to be generating quality shots and then finishing off those opportunities.”Last season, the Buckeyes won a nail-biter in Happy Valley after King scored in overtime as time expired.“We know they are a great team; they are really hard-nosed and gritty,” Meurer said. “It’s just about not only matching that but taking it to another level, playing with more fire and energy than them. I think we will come out on top.”Myers said the importance of this game goes well beyond what happens during the 2014 campaign.“This is why you come to Ohio State,” Myers said. “It’s a top 10 opponent and a rivalry in Penn State … It’s important for not only the 2014 team, but also to all the men who have made this program what it is.”Gametime is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. read more

Zara and Mike Tindall name their daughter Lena Elizabeth in nod to

Zara, a champion equestrian rider who won a team silver in the London 2012 Olympics, and former England rugby captain Tindall have been together for 15 years and married in Edinburgh in July 2011.The new baby is thought to be the heaviest royal baby in recent years, taking over the record from Zara’s niece Savannah Phillips, who was 8lb 8oz when born in 2010.When Zara – daughter of the Princess Royal – was born in 1981, she had no right to a title, being born down the female line as the offspring of a daughter of a sovereign. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Zara and Mike Tindall have named their new baby daughter Lena Elizabeth in a nod to the Queen, but their younger girl’s forename has raised some eyebrows. Lena Elizabeth Tindall, was born at Stroud Maternity Unit in Gloucestershire on Monday, June 18, weighing 9lb 3oz. A spokeswoman for the couple said: “It was just a name they liked.” But Lena has a multitude of meanings. The name is a diminutive from Elena, which is an Ancient Greek name that means light, according to the London-based translation agency KL Translations Ltd. But when taken from Latin as a noun, Lena means a female pimp or a woman who entices, allures or seduces. The name is popular in Scandinavia, particularly in Sweden, where it is used both as a male and female forename. It is also a relatively common girl’s name in Wales. The newest addition to the royal family is a younger sister to four-year-old Mia Tindall.Lena is 19th in line to the throne, and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s seventh great-grandchild.The baby is also a second cousin to Prince George and Princess Charlotte and their younger brother Prince Louis, who was born just under two months ago. She is not an HRH, does not have a title and will be simply Miss Tindall. The family are said to be adapting well to becoming a family of four. read more

Un primatologue invente une appli iPhone pour faciliter létude du comportement animal

first_imgUn primatologue invente une appli iPhone pour faciliter l’étude du comportement animalUn chercheur britannique a mis au point une application iPhone pour permettre aux zoologistes de terrain d’enregistrer plus facilement, en temps réel, leurs observations relatives au comportement d’animaux sauvages.”Comprendre le comportement des animaux nécessite un compte rendu exact et précis, recueilli de façon systématique. Mais les traditionnels stylo et papier ont des limites et exigent des heures de retranscription sur ordinateur avant que l’analyse statistique puisse être effectuée. De même, les enregistreurs de données électroniques existants sont plus adaptés (…) aux situations de laboratoire où l’observateur n’a pas besoin de suivre l’animal à travers son habitat naturel”, commence le Dr Newton-Fisher, Maître de conférences en écologie comportementale des primates à l’Université du Kent (Royaume-Uni).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”J’ai réalisé que j’avais besoin d’une solution (…) [permettant d’avoir] un contrôle sur la façon dont je collectais les données. Il semblait ne rien y avoir sur le marché [qui soit] conçu d’abord et avant tout pour les acteurs de terrain, et j’ai donc décidé de voir ce que je pouvais faire”, poursuit-il. De ce constat est né Animal Behaviour Pro, une application iPhone qu’il a conçue en partenariat avec la société SyncInteractive. D’ores et déjà disponible sur iTunes, celle-ci permet aux éthologistes d’enregistrer rapidement leurs observations et toutes autres données relatives aux animaux sauvages dont ils étudient le comportement. L’identité de l’animal observé (pour enregistrer un comportement individuel), la durée du comportement, sa nature (appel lancé destiné aux congénères, recherche de nourriture, repos, déplacements…) sont quelques-uns des innombrables éléments gérables grâce à ce nouvel outil.Il permet également de modéliser et pérenniser les données, et de les partager avec d’autres chercheurs. Un système de verrouillage ‘compartimenté’ permet enfin aux étudiants et aux débutants de s’exercer à la manipulation de Animal BehaviourPro sans risquer de voir perdues par erreur de précieuses informations. Le 25 décembre 2012 à 18:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Marney joins Fleetwood

first_imgFleetwood Town have signed Dean Marney on a two-year deal, according to BBC.The former Burnley midfielder has joined Fleetwood Town on a free transfer, putting ink to paper on a two-year deal.The 34-year-old left Turf Moor after spending eight years at the club during which he made 202 appearances.Marney who also played for Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City in his career so far, teams up with former Burnley teammate Joey Barton who’s the current manager of Fleetwood Town.Joe Barton on his management career Obinna Echi – November 16, 2018 Joey Barton officially retired from playing football in the summer but has revealed he’d been planning to enter management for years.Fleetwood Town manager Joey…Marney would have disappointed to leave Burnley as the club are now participating in the UEFA Europa League but with game time few and far-in-between for the 34-year-old, a chance to play for the Cod Army was something he couldn’t turn down.Marney could make his debut for the club in their League One opener against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.Joey Barton was appointed as manager of Fleetwood Town before the end of last season and will be hoping to lead the Cod Army to a successful League One campaign.last_img read more

Webinar on Using Data to Benchmark Your Farming Operation Available on SoyGrowerscom

first_imgIf you missed the webinar on Monday, you can still check it out on the ASA website! The free webinar, titled Using Data to Benchmark Your Farming Operation, was led by Joe Luck, Ph.D., at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and may be viewed here.Data collection, analysis and benchmarking are essential to achieving and sustaining continuous improvement in the production of soybeans. Luck discussed the various tools and techniques required to establish a valid data benchmarking program. Using examples of data applications from farm research studies focused on soybeans, he showed how data can be used to gather knowledge to improve production, and build a more sustainable farming operation.This was the first webinar, in a series of three, designed to help soybean farmers understand how new technology and effective farm data management can help improve the sustainability of their operation. All three webinars are possible through sponsorship support provided the United Soybean Board and the soybean checkoff.last_img read more

Report Social Media Impacting BtoB Buying Process

first_imgA recent study by DemandGen Report is indicating that b-to-b buyers have changed the way they research and engage in the buying process. The budget creation, solution criteria and RFP distribution phases are being supplemented with a more peer-oriented approach that’s occurring through the use of social media and networking.The study, released earlier this month, was underwritten by, a marketing automation services company. According to the study, which collected responses from more than 100 b-to-b solutions buyers, 78 percent of respondents who were involved in a purchase in the last 12 months said the process did not follow a “traditional path.” Instead, buyers are closely monitoring what other adopters in their markets are doing. Almost 60 percent of respondents said they engaged with peers who had already “addressed the challenge and learned more.”While vendor Web sites and search (70 percent each) are significant sources of influence for product research and selection, buyers are also counting Webinars (43 percent), whitepapers (54 percent), and social media (26 percent) as heavily-used resources. Among those using social media, discussion threads are a significant source (43 percent) of education. Respondents also indicated that they post questions on social networking groups (38 percent) and like to connect directly with vendors via social networking (21 percent).”Often, even before a buyer is really looking for a solution, they are looking for topical information to help solve business challenges and they want to know how their peers are addressing the challenge,” says Scott Mersy, vice president of marketing and products for overview of the report is available here.last_img read more

Mexican Tall Ship Cuauhtemoc in Seward

first_imgThe ship glided into Resurrection Bay wreathed in mist, looking much like a sight out of the past. The Cuauhtemoc is painted white, and it would have appeared ghostly in the driving rain and low clouds, except for the lively Mexican music playing as members of the crew, stationed at attention  along five tiers of spars,  sang songs as the ship approached the harbor.Download Audio To says the ship is impressive is an understatement. It’s  masts reach over 30 feet.  Colorful regatta flags flew from the rigging, as sailors wearing yellow rain gear scrambled  down the lines from the spars to help tie up the ship and lay out the gangplank.  Seward mayor Jean Bardarson met ship officials at the dock, along with Consul Javier Abud, the Mexican government’s official  in Anchorage. Then the party was welcomed aboard.It was not a coincidence that the ship arrived on Mexican Independence Day.  Captain Juan Carlos Vera- Minjares  says it’s been planned for a year.“It is interesting for us to visit Alaska. So we wanted to bring [a] friendship message to share with the Alaskan people That’s why we come. So we plan to arrive on September 15 to make a celebration with Mexican citizens.” The Cuauhtemoc, which takes its name from the last Aztec emperor, was built in Bilbao in Spain in 1981, and has been used by the Mexican Navy since 1982 as a training vessel for cadets. The  visit to Alaska is part of the ship’s Cruise of Instruction for 2014. Captain Vera says the 1800 ton vessel started it’s voyage in Acapulco, Mexico in April and visited ports in Central America and the Carribean, before returning to the Pacific coast, where it made stops from Peru to Seward. The ship is home to 245 men and women  sailors during the training voyage. The naval cadets are in their last year of school, and must serve 4 months aboard the ship before graduation. Captain Vera says the training is crucial. “They know how to deal with elements at sea, they know how to sail with astronomical navigation, they know how to deal with magnetic compases, so they become a real sailor to command the Navy units.”The Cuauhtemoc  had covered 14 thousand nautical miles before reaching Seward. Captain Vera says it encountered every type of weather, so recent winds and Seward’s drenching rains were no problem. He says the tall ships have value in that their old traditions make true sailors out of cadets.“They practice on board on keeping contact with the natural elements, for example, the wind, the waves the snow. They embark as teenagers and they come back as real sailors. “ The Cuauhtemoc has traveled the globe, participating in tall ship parades and races as far away as China, Japan and Finland.The ship has won many awards for it’s presentation and speed. Captain Vera says the ship’s travels also serve to bring a bringing a message of peace and Mexican culture around the globe. This is the second visit by the Cuauhtemoc to Seward in a decade. The ship visited first in 2005. A public reception was held at  the Alaska Railroad cruise ship dock in Seward Monday evening. The ship is available for free public tours from 11 to 6 through Thursday.  The Cuauhtemoc departs Friday.last_img read more

Dow Ends at Record high Apple Drags on SP 500 Nasdaq

first_imgThe Dow ended at a record high on Friday, boosted by IBM, while a rebound in high-growth momentum names helped the broader market.Consumer discretionary shares also lifted the market, with the stock of Gap Inc (GPS.N) up 3.3 percent at $40.52 after the apparel retailer reported upbeat April sales and gave a profit forecast that surpassed Wall Street’s expectations. The S&P consumer discretionary index .SPLRCD was up 0.6 percent.Apple Inc (AAPL.O) was the biggest drag on both the benchmark S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq 100 .NDX on news that it is close to paying a record $3.2 billion for Beats Electronics, an expensive foray into music streaming and headphone gear, two people with knowledge of the matter said.Some analysts questioned whether Beats, valued at $1 billion during its last funding round in September, was worth that price. Apple shares fell 0.4 percent to $585.54.Momentum names advanced, with shares of Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD.O) up 1.3 percent at $79.76. Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) shares rose 2.1 percent to $328.55 after the company increased the price of its most popular video streaming plan by $1 a month.The gains came after a volatile week for those shares. The S&P 500 has alternated between gains and losses each day this week, and the Nasdaq has dropped for three straight sessions – its longest losing streak since early April – as Internet-related stocks came under pressure.Trading was mostly lackluster, with about 5.7 billion shares changing hands on the U.S. exchanges, below the 6.2 billion month-to-date average, according to data from BATS Global Markets.”The volatility and the decline in a lot of growth stuff is wearing people out,” said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles. “There’s a lot of trader fatigue.”The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI rose 32.37 points or 0.2 percent, to 16,583.34, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 2.85 points or 0.15 percent, to 1,878.48 and the Nasdaq Composite.IXIC added 20.374 points or 0.5 percent, to 4,071.869.Shares of International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) rose 0.6 percent to $190.08 and helped lift the Dow to a record close.For the week, the Dow rose 0.4 percent, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1 percent and the Nasdaq fell 1.3 percent. This marked the Nasdaq’s biggest weekly percentage decline in a month.The Russell 2000 .TOY gained 0.9 percent. Early in the session, it flirted with correction territory, defined as a 10 percent drop from a recent peak. At its session low, the Russell touched 1,091.50, nearly 10 percent below its all-time closing high of 1,208.65 reached on March 4.Healthcare stocks rose, with shares of Merck (MRK.N) up 0.7 percent at $55.21 a day after U.S. health regulators approved a blood-clot prevention drug developed by Merck for use by patients who have had a heart attack or who suffer from blockages in the arteries of the legs. The S&P healthcare index .SPXHC was up 0.6 percent.Among the day’s big decliners, Rocket Fuel Inc (FUEL.O) shares tumbled 21.5 percent to $21.83 after the technology provider for Web-based video advertising forecast current-quarter revenue far below expectations, prompting downgrades from Goldman Sachs and BMO Capital.Advancers outnumbered decliners on the New York Stock Exchange by a ratio of about 17 to 13, while on the Nasdaq, nearly 17 stocks rose for every nine that fell.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday September 1

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: interview with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake talking about issues ranging from education to law enforcement. Plus, Baltimore City Public Schools opened its doors officially for the 2015-2016 school year yesterday and we’ll bring together a round table of experts to talk about engaging our Black boys, the state teacher’s union lobbying against standardized testing and more than 100 teacher vacancies at BCPS as the year begins. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

In the Streaming Age Does Musics Q4 Matter Anymore

first_img Popular on Variety The fourth quarter — the music business’s traditional cash-in period coinciding with the holiday season — is well under way. But while in the past, record labels backloaded their schedule with superstar releases targeting Black Friday and beyond, Christmas 2018 paints a different picture.A look at the albums coming out between now and December shows some anticipated releases — Interscope’s “A Star Is Born” soundtrack, the latest from Twenty One Pilots, Alessia Cara, Lil Wayne and Elle King. Grammy nominations, which will be announced Dec. 5, could boost chart position for albums released earlier in the year. Otherwise, were it not for posthumous collections from the likes of Prince and Tom Petty and some premium items aimed at baby boomers, one might think Santa was boycotting music-gifting entirely. “Q4 has been losing share since Apple introduced iTunes in 2001.”Jim UrieAccording to Mark Pinkus, a labelveteran of more than 25 years and president of Rhino Entertainment, Warner Music Group’s U.S. catalog division, the holidays are still a time to sell. “This sure feels like a typical fourth quarter for us,” he says. “Our ability to put out big, beautiful, well-curated box sets still has a marketplace. Physical is not a declining business for Rhino.”Pinkus points to a wide array of physical offerings featuring both vinyl and CDs from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham and the Eagles as well as deluxe 40th-anniversary editions of the Doors’ “Waiting for the Sun” and the Ramones’ “Road to Ruin.” There’s even a new Monkees Christmas album featuring songs written by Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and XTC’s Andy Partridge.For new original releases, the immediacy of streaming has made long-range planning or even traditional marketing unnecessary, particularly if an artist is big enough. And digital distributors don’t seem to market specifically for the holidays. “The consumer wants everything now,” says one old-school music sales exec. “We’re no longer selling a product but an experience, an emotion.”Amy Dietz, exec VP and general manager at Ingrooves, suggests, “There should be a streaming equivalent to [the 1980’s campaign] Give the Gift of Music.”Pinkus, however, says Rhino’s digital partners have been attentive. “We’re in daily contact with our reps at Spotify, Apple, Pandora and YouTube,” he insists. “Amazon Unlimited is a huge partner for us. Every day someone is asking Alexa to play Led Zeppelin. They have a great team over there — creative music people. They listen when we come to them with our market research.”Yet Urie notes another reason that music buying is no longer seasonal. “The boost in sales these days comes from kids getting new devices and filling them with apps,” he says, adding that an Apple gift card earns retailers almost 10% for each one racked and sold. “The industry,” he says, “has to take a long, hard look at what the holidays mean, and how it releases records.” “Forty percent of our business [used to be] done between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” says Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman. His roster includes such heavyweights as Drake, whose most recent album “Scorpion” was released June 29; Ariana Grande, who released “Sweetener” Aug. 17; and Nicki Minaj, who dropped “Queen” Aug. 10. “This year, the majority of our business was between April and September,” he adds. “Consumer behavior has changed.” Seems today’s Q4 is January and August, one could reason.Jim Urie, the onetime head of Universal Music Group Distribution, now a special adviser to the board and a minority owner of Concord Music Group, says streaming began to disrupt the seasonal music business the instant it became an option. “Q4 has been losing share since Apple introduced iTunes in 2001,” he explains.Per Nielsen Music, about a quarter of the top 20 albums of the previous two decades, including Shania Twain’s “Come On Over,” The Beatles’ “Beatles 1,” and Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory,” as well as the “Bodyguard” and “Titanic” soundtracks, were released in October and November.The advent of streaming, and the simultaneous cratering of the brick-and-mortar record retail business, has turned the music industry into more of a 12-months-a-year enterprise. Big box retailer Best Buy stopped carrying CDs, albums and DVDs this summer (though, ironically, vinyl still remains), leaving only Walmart and Target to still carry physical product.In a curious twist, vinyl has proven to be among the more robust sectors to emerge in the past decade (even Walmart is in the process of adding LPs to its inventory for the holiday season) and that’s thanks to elaborate (read: collectible) packaging as well as a variety of configurations and price points. For instance, Rhino’s forthcoming Grateful Dead set, “Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings,” is available as a 19-disc physical box set ($189.98), a 19-disc download ($149.99), a three-CD “best of the box” ($24.98) and a digital download “best of” ($14.99). Multiple pricing schemes also exist for Reprise’s Tom Petty collection “An American Treasure.” Look for other important boomer reissues, like UMe’s the Beatles’ “White Album” and the latest edition of Sony’s Bob Dylan bootleg series, to hit in the holiday season. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Christian Charity Received Mammoth Bones in a Donation Box

first_imgIn the Image (ITI) is a not-for-profit organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It began as a donation area in the damp, poorly lit basement of a Heartside District church and provided clothes, shoes, household goods, and other necessities to those in need. Over time, as both need and donations grew, the volunteer-run clothing program got too large to stay in its location. Using a $5,000 grant, the team obtained a small storefront, filed the paperwork to become an official organization, and In the Image was born.As word of the organization grew, donations came in from more and varied sources. These include not only private individuals, but also churches, companies, and consignment shops.The Grans River, Grand Rapids, MI.ITI’s continued growth prompted the organization to move again to their current location in Burton Heights, which was a small hamlet of its own before being annexed by Grand Rapids in 1910.Any charitable group must rely on private donors in order to keep costs as low as possible and maximize the services they can provide to their clients.Grand Rapids in 1910.Organizations often have lists available for potential donors, itemizing things that they need or really want, to ensure they keep running smoothly; but for the most part, it’s companies or other organizations that use those lists.Individuals tend to donate what they have to give, which can be less predictable. ITI experienced this in spades.According to The Grand Rapids Press, back in 2013, In the Image received some 12,000-year-old mastodon parts in a donation box. Jay Starkey, ITI’s director, said that at first they thought it looked like the broken parts of something.Restoration of an American mastodon. Photo by Sergiodlarosa CC BY-SA 3.0When examined more closely, the bits were believed to be a mastodon tooth, broken into two pieces, and the hollowed tip of a mastodon tusk, according to CBS News.All three pieces were coated in lacquer and are estimated to be between 12,000 and 15,000 years old. Starkey said that he has all sorts of questions, “I’d love to find out where this came from, and the history behind it.”No one has come forward with that information, however. Because the box wasn’t inspected at the time it was picked up, and ITI went to about eight houses that day, they have no way to know who donated the fossils or why.Mammut americanum, “Warren mastodon” specimen. Photo by Ryan Somma – Mammut americanum CC BY-SA 2.0Starkey also said that this was not the first time In the Image had received an odd donation. Finding drugs in donations is not uncommon. They also once received a $5,000 painting which they donated to a museum, and, maybe most oddly, once an urn with someone’s ashes inside.ITI isn’t unique in receiving the occasional odd donation, according to Nonprofit Quarterly. Volunteers of America once received an 8,000 lb., home-built, yellow submarine.Strange Ancient Places Around the worldA cancer research group in the UK was once given a live rabbit, and, on two other occasions, a box of cooked rice. Two different Salvation Army sites reported being given ordnance – one a missile launcher and the other an inactive hand grenade from WWII.Comparison of woolly mammoth (L) and American mastodon (R). Photo by Dantheman9758 CC BY-SA 3.0After wondering for a while what the donor imagined the mastodon artifacts could be used for, In the Image decided to donate them to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, which added them to its educational collection.The museum has a number of mastodon bones already on display in its general collection. The educational collection are pieces that can be loaned out to educators for teaching purposes.American mastodon molars.Mastodons were large, prehistoric elephant-like animals. They are known to have been spread over much of North America prior to their extinction.Read another story from us: Lost Native American Metropolis Discovered in KansasMlive reports that, even now, Mastodon skeletons turn up every so often around parts of Michigan. Dan Fisher, Director at the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, estimates that discovery of mastodon or mammoth fossils occurs two to three time a year throughout the state.last_img read more

3Pack Charge Sync Your Apple Devices with These MFiCertified Charging Cables

first_imgThere are just never enough cables to charge your Apple products. We take one to our office and forget it there. Whoops, what to do when you’re home? Not to forget about the need of a cable in your car. With this trio pack of MFi-certified Lightning cable, all your cable problems are now sorted out. Keep at your office or in home, bag or in your car, you will have one for every place. If that wasn’t enough, this 3-Pack actually brings your 10-ft long monster cables to easily charge and sync your iOS devices.Head over to Wccftech Deals and get a 75% discount on the 3-pack of 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable. Originally priced for $90, you can now get the trio pack for just $22 for a limited time only.10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-PackYou can never have enough Lightning cables to keep all of your Apple devices charged, and with these 10-ft, MFi-certified monster cables, you will have more flexibility than ever. Keep a cable at your office, in your bag, by your bed, or anywhere you might need to grab a quick charge. When it says MFi-certified, you know these cables are guaranteed to work perfectly with your Apple devices.Gain a ton of flexibility with 10-ft Lightning cablesSync and charge your devices without jumping out of bed or your office chairEnsure your connected devices stay safe thanks to MFi-certificationEnjoy optimal convenience with the unique reversible designDetails & RequirementsLength: 10′MFi-CertifiedLightning to USBManufacturer’s 14-day warrantyCompatibilityiPhone Models: iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, SE & 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 PlusiPad Models: iPad w/ Retina display, mini, mini 2, Air, Air 2, mini 3, mini 4, Pro (9.7-inch & 12.9-inch)iPod Models: iPod Nano 7th Gen, Touch 5th Gen 32GB / 64GB, Touch 5th Gen 16GB, Touch 6th GenOriginal value: $89.99 | Wccftech Deals: $22 at 75% discount Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more