Twitter/@nigelk09The summer of backflip catches continues to forge ahead as we enter the summer. This weekend, four-star Nigel Knott from Madison, Mississippi added a new wrinkle to the burgeoning trend. He did a backflip off the wall. Seriously.Last one was cool, but this one (done doing this!) @DemetricDWarren @_DHodges @sgivens25 – Thrower @chandler__6 pic.twitter.com/sHuNYRWaA8— Nigel Knott (@nigelk09) May 29, 2015The blue chip cornerback has offers from many of major programs, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, UNC, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, and USC. He is also being recruited by Morpheus for the fight against Agent Smith… probably.
The Philadelphia Eagles better hope they run away with the Super Bowl on Sunday. As you’ll see in the video above, a big lead may be the only way to stop Tom Brady from rescuing the game for the New England Patriots.
Senior Karrington Winters runs a relay as a part of the Ohio State track and field team. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsWhen Karrington Winters crossed the finish line, she was almost in disbelief. As a sophomore, she had just broken the school’s indoor 600-meter run record. Winters, now a senior on the women’s track and field team, has broken two records at Ohio State, one in the 600-meter run in the Big Ten championships with a time of 1:27.60 and the other as a member of the 4×400-meter relay in the NCAA championships with a time of 3:31.23. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Winters didn’t think she was going to run track.“I always had aspirations of playing soccer, but it turned out that I started enjoying chasing after the ball a little bit more,” Winters said. During a family picnic in 2009, Winters raced the boys in her family for the last piece of cake. She beat all of them, and her parents then enrolled her in a track program.That was the same year that 12-year-old Winters placed third in the 400-meter run at nationals. The following year, Winters broke the national 800-meter run record, placed first in the 400-meter run and third in the 200-meter dash.Now, Winters is no stranger to performing on big stages. In 2016, she was part of the USA 4×400-meter relay team made up of Winters, Lynna Irby, Anna Cockrell and Samantha Watson that ran in Bydgoszcz, Poland, at the IAAF U20 World championships, ultimately taking home gold.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to another country, especially one like Poland and be able to compete for the USA,” Winters said. During her freshman year, she was part of the 4×400-meter relay team that broke the school record with a 3:32.88 mark at the indoor Big Ten championship and a second-place finish. She also took home gold in the 600-meter run at the Ohio State Opener with a time of 1:33.68. Winters’ success continued through her sophomore year, when she broke the school’s 600-meter run record at the indoor Big Ten championship and won her first career individual conference title. Winters claimed gold at the Buckeye Tune Up that year in the 400-meter run with a mark of 55.53. Her sophomore year she ran with Beatrice Hannan, Aliyah Barnes and Maggie Barrie on the 4×400-meter relay team, setting the school record with a time of 3:31.23 at the NCAA Championships. This relay team became the first women’s 4×400-meter relay in Ohio State history to earn First Team All-American honors.Throughout Winters’ junior outdoor season, she put up a 400-meter run time of 53.15 and advanced to the NCAA championships.That season she also marked a career-best 400-meter run time of 52.49 and claimed silver on the 4×400-meter relay team with a mark of 3:33.69 at the Big Ten championships.Competing in meets is just one part of being a student-athlete. Winters compared being a student-athlete to a job, saying you have to be able to balance your academic, athletic and personal life. While being a student-athlete, Winters still finds time to be involved in her community with the role of president as she serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which is the voice of student athletes on campus. “I think [Winters’] leadership is something that she doesn’t ebb for,” Karen Dennis, director of track and field, said. “It’s not the kind of leadership that she tries to impose, it’s the kind of leadership that comes natural.”As the indoor season comes to an end and outdoor season nears, Winters said she wants to go all out in hopes of making it to nationals and being on the podium in the open 400-meter and 4×400-meter relay during outdoor season. “I can put numbers on this and say I want to win this accolade, but my biggest thing is that I want to leave a lasting legacy,” Winters said. “It’s easy to just be a number and to just come and go, but for me I actually want to be someone who is remembered by leaving my mark here at this institution.”
Griffin: This crushing economic downturn has created some cultural factors in our favor. People are turning inward and our brands are well positioned to speak to women about food, health, family, relationships, etc. We generate well over half of our advertising revenue through group and corporate sales units—one is Meredith 360, one is Meredith Corporate Sales, another is the direct response and travel group. The portfolio hangs together—when we go into a call on a client or agency, we’re not offering a men’s title and a fishing enthusiast mag, all of our magazines hang together. They serve a common purpose, which is speaking to adult American women. We’re not the biggest magazine publisher but we’re the biggest in our segment. When we go into big companies like Procter and Kraft, we’re the biggest player in terms of audience they want to reach and we can help them do it in any way they want.We took a huge amount of market share in calendar year 2009—four points of share in our competitive set. We did it not at the expense of pricing, which has been flat to down a little bit. We get accused by some of our competitors of dropping our drawers but that’s one of the times when being a public company is good because it’s out there for all to see and that’s not the case. Our strength built throughout the year. Look at Better Homes and Gardens—it was up 40 percent in December.FOLIO: What is the outlook for print magazines in 2010? Griffin: We’re not seeing a big uptick but we are seeing some signs of life. The first calendar quarter of 2010 won’t be up but it won’t be down a lot—close to flat. It looks more promising after that. I think 2010 will be a year of modest uptick—but remember, that’s coming off a year of really low base. I felt like we were finding the bottom in September and our second half of 2009 was very strong.FOLIO: Print sales are becoming much more transactional and formulaic. How does that affect you? Griffin: If you go back to 2006, we had done our own research and we could see it coming. Media agencies are under more pressure, their clients want to pay less and the process of purchasing print advertising is becoming highly transactional and highly commoditized. In 2006, we did something that’s served us tremendously well by creating two big units—Meredith Corporate Sales and Meredith 360. Meredith 360 is a media neutral, idea-based solutions unit. They deal heavily with clients and they start with blank sheet of paper. Meredith Corporate Sales does big deals, and serves more on the side of capturing existing demand whereas Meredith 360 is a demand creator. Meredith 360 is going after engaging clients on big ideas, budgets that aren’t about print, and corporate sales is designed to obtain from Meredith largest possible share that are on the table. That dual strategy has been at the center of advertising success we’ve had.FOLIO: Online advertising revenues in Meredith’s interactive media operations fell 6 percent in the first fiscal quarter due to the slowdown in demand. In the second quarter, they bounced back by 14 percent. How is digital media performing for Meredith and do you have concerns about digital not growing fast enough or even stagnating? Griffin: The numbers I was looking at the other day show that in calendar year 2009, display Internet ads were down for the first time, about 5 percent. I’m on the board of the Internet Advertising Bureau and that matches the data I see there. From an online display advertising standpoint, 2009 was tough. We showed display advertising growth in the second half of calendar year 2009 but the first half was more difficult. At the same time, there’s no getting around that display advertising on the Internet is going to be no one’s salvation. There’s not enough of it while the inventory is infinite. There is a tremendous imbalance of supply and demand. In 2010, supply will grow modestly again but inventory is growing at such a clip that the circle can’t get squared. We are not endeavoring to build our digital future on the back of display advertising. Some of the numbers I’ve seen on display advertising indicate that something like 95 percent of the dollars go to the top 50 players in terms of uniques, and 75 percent goes to the top four. Everybody else is left with table scraps. It’s really hard to be a traditional media company and say you’re going to be a scale leader when you’re competing with the likes of Glam and Yahoo. You have to pick a different path. The path we’ve picked is high quality, branded content in affinity groups that pertain to our subject areas of expertise: Fitness, parenting, home, food. And we invest in the content creation and delivery and that’s both text and video, and in aligning our Web properties with our offline brands.FOLIO: Operating profit for the National Media Group jumped nearly 23 percent to $70 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2010. Operating expenses dropped 10 percent in the second fiscal quarter, including a 15 percent drop in paper prices, which suggests Meredith’s partnership with Time Inc. to offer joint paper proposals were a success. But Meredith has also done a lot of cost-cutting with personnel, including most recently about 45 jobs from the Special Interest Media group. Beyond personnel, how is Meredith improving processes efficiencies and operating profits? Griffin: We’ve been underway for a year with a 10-point re-engineering plan inside the business. We’ve made process improvements and internal realignments. We’ve done a tremendous amount of process improvement with our vendors and we’ve been able to do it very quietly. We’re a year into the plan and we’ve had one of big management consulting companies helping us but you haven’t been reading about it. It’s essential to continue to run without a lot of drama. We’ve done a tremendous amount on the cost side and re-engineering of processes and remedying of underperforming businesses. Meredith Corp. was one of the few bright spots for publishing media in 2009 (Ad Age named Meredith its “A-List Publishing Company of the Year”). For Meredith’s National Media Group, which includes magazine publishing but also its integrated marketing, brand licensing and database businesses, the past year has been a tale of sliding (but stabilizing revenue) and increasing operating profits.With the first half of fiscal 2010 under his belt, National Media Group president Jack Griffin [pictured] spoke to FOLIO: about how the group has managed to see growth in print, how it’s dealing with the plateau in Internet display advertising and how the group is boosting profits and efficiencies beyond job cuts. FOLIO: While advertising revenue is down 3.4 percent to $255 million for the National Media Group in the first fiscal half of 2010, Meredith has several of the 18 national magazines tracked by PIB that grew in ad pages in 2009, including Fitness, More, Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens. How have you managed to grow pages in these magazines?
2:13 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $309 Review • Nintendo Game Boy Advance 13 Photos Tags Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield Mobile Video Games Gotta eat ’em all at the Pokemon Cafe Post a comment Mentioned Above Nintendo Game Boy Advance (Indigo) Nintendo Game Boy Advance 0 Look how cool shiny Rayquaza is! Niantic There’s a whole lot going on in Pokemon Go, with Team Rocket is bringing chaos and shiny Ralts coming on Saturday. That isn’t enough for developer Niantic, so it’s bringing Rayquaza back to raids on Wednesday. Rayquaza is normally green, but lucky players might encounter its cool black shiny form — which hasn’t been available in the game before.The giant serpent will show up the super tough five-star raids from July 31, 2019, at 1 p.m. PT until Sept. 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. PT, so you’ll have plenty of time to get a group together and go hunting. If you beat Rayquaza in battle, you’ll get a catch to catch it.”This Dragon- and Flying-type Legendary Pokemon is weak to Ice-, Rock-, Dragon-, and Fairy-type attacks,” Niantic wrote in its release. “In fact, Rayquaza has a quadruple weakness to Ice-type attacks, so be sure to have Pokémon with those attacks ready when going into battle!” Niantic also increased the maximum number of Pokemon you can store from 2,000 to 2,500.Rayquaza first showed up in 2003’s Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire on Game Boy Advance, and got promoted to mascot in the enhanced Pokemon Emerald two years later. If those main series Pokemon games are more your thing, Sword and Shield are coming Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: See it Pokemon Go Nintendo
On one side, you have culinary professionals who swear by the time-honored tradition of jumping right on the line to learn alongside prep cooks, sous chefs, and chefs who have been working in the business for decades. This has been a practice for the technical trade since the dawn of the culinary profession; in the Middle Ages, when books were rare and the ability to read was even rarer, everyone from cooks to surgeons learned with practical hands-on skill building. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This type of ‘apprenticeship’ approach has been in operation for thousands of years, and is still used in many types of fields to a great success even today. On the other side of the argument, you have culinary professionals who believe that no real culinary arts career begins without formal training from a recognised and accredited culinary school. The belief is that cooking is no longer just about making food to eat; it’s about combining food safety, technical skills, and artistry to create things that please the body, mind, and soul. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLets first understand whether education is important or not for the culinary field. An important skill as cooking is, it is one that is usually foreign to many young people. While some may turn on the television to watch the news, find out the latest scores or shop, a growing number of individuals are turning to their favorite food show to learn how to make the latest dishes. Learning to become a chef is like an art. Just as an artist pours their heart and soul into painting portraits, chefs put their heart and soul into what they cook. The culinary arts include refining skills such as math, nutrition and management. It is important that chefs understand what they are cooking and what is in the foods they are preparing. As we all know, none of the schools in India provide all the factors mentioned above plus the exposure and experience required in any professional course so I decided to open Olive Culinary Academy. I wanted to open a culinary school where the environment, the quality of the ingredients and menus are of utmost importance for a very long time. OCA focuses on basics, certain level of knowledge, concentrates on advanced techniques and also gives kitchen exposure that too in just 1 year.There are plenty of schools that do teach basics but will not provide hands on training and take you through all the phases between start to a finished product. At OCA, we hope to instill skills in them that they can take home and share with their families’ every day.
The study, conducted for Twitter by an insight and innovation business firm Crowd DNA, found that 74 percent of music fans on Twitter say a retweet by their favourite artist is as desirable as a traditional autograph. “Findings point to the value fans place in getting recognition from their favourite artists and in seeing their Tweet shared with other fans,” Gordon MacMillan, from Twitter UK wrote in a blog post recently.The findings underlines the role Twitter plays for fans who can not only connect with their favourite artists and bands but discover new music and join the buzz around concerts and festivals. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Some 71 per cent of them follow artists, compared to 41 percent of fans using other social media platforms. “Twitter is not only about following acts, it brings fans closer to their passion. Our study found that 60 per cent of music fans say Twitter helps them get to know artists as real people,” MacMillan noted.Some 64 percent agree that Twitter helps them to discover exclusive info about artists.Seeing music live can be a fantastic experience and Twitter has also become an increasingly key aspect. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs many as 80 per cent of music fans on Twitter use it before, during or after a gig or a festival. “For music fans who cannot make it to live events, 59
Modern Times Group (MTG) is launching a raft of its pay TV channels in Turkey for the first time.From January 1 MTG’s factual channels Viasat History HD, Viasat Nature HD and Viasat Explorer will be available on Türksat’s Teledünya cable platform. The move follows a multi-year deal between MTG and the Turkish pay TV provider.The channels will be shown with a Turkish voiceover on Teledünya’s premium tier package, and content from the services will also be available on the cable operator’s catch-up service.Teledünya provides over 50 analogue and 114 digital channels to over 1.2 million subscribers in Turkey.“Turkey sits at the cross roads of Europe and Asia, is the world’s 17th largest economy and has a population of more than 80 million people. TV and video consumption are also growing rapidly in the country and we will bring Turkish viewers a rich and varied range of factual TV entertainment experiences. We look forward to building a long and successful partnership with Türksat,” said Irina Gofman, EVP/CEO of Russia and CIS and pay-TV emerging markets at MTG.“We are very excited to be the cable operator that launches Viasat History HD, Viasat Nature HD and Viasat Explorer in Turkey. There is great interest in history themed channels and a high level of customer demand for such content. Viasat History HD will certainly fill this gap and we are confident that our customers will enjoy watching the channel. Viasat Nature HD and Viasat Explorer will also complement the existing channel offering on our platform,” said Fatih Şimşek, Türksat’s marketing, sales and content director.
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Add to Queue Uber Is Building a Flying Taxi Technology Center in Paris Image credit: Uber It has had an adore/déteste relationship with the city of lights. –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 3 min read May 24, 2018 Next Article Uber Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Engadget By Steve DentUber has wildly ambitious plans to send flying taxis soaring over cities, but building them will be orders of magnitude harder than anything it has ever done. As such, the company announced that it will open a Paris lab dedicated to its Elevate program called the Advanced Technologies Center in Paris (ATCP). Uber will spend €20 million ($23.4 million) over five years to develop the AI algorithms, air traffic control and other tech necessary for the service.Related: Uber Shows Off Its Flying Car Prototype! 3 Things to Know Today.Uber will recruit engineers, AI specialists and computer vision researchers when the center opens this fall. “Initial projects will include: machine learning-based transport demand modeling, high-density low-altitude air traffic management simulations, integration of innovative airspace transport solutions with European aviation regulators such as EASA and the development of smart grids to support future fleets of electric transport on the ground and in the air,” Uber said in a press release.Emmanuel Macron at Paris tech hub “Station F”France, under President Emmanuel Macron, is rapidly becoming a hub for machine learning research. Google recently said it that it’s building a deep learning team in the nation, and Facebook also plans to double its AI team there. The reason? France produces a lot of AI graduates at schools around the country, and plans to create a dedicate artificial intelligence program with the aim of doubling the number of students.With lots of demand for talent in France, though, Uber won’t necessarily find it easy to recruit grads or researchers. It has had a bumpy ride there, with executives still facing legal action over laws that forced it to shut down UberPop in 2015, following violent taxi strikes. As in the US, the company also has lingering reputation problems over sexual harassment and passenger safety that might figure into an AI researcher’s decision to work there.Related: Arizona Governor Suspends Uber’s Self-Driving Car TestsThe biggest problem, though, is that flying cars have never been done before, and for good reason: The technology, costs, logistics and regulations are all massively challenging. Experts are skeptical it will happen any time soon, and even Elon Musk, who likes flying things, said last year that “if somebody doesn’t maintain their flying car, it could drop a hubcap and guillotine you.” Register Now »
Food Businesses Stephen J. Bronner With its ‘low-interaction dining,’ food is the focus at Ichiran, a popular chain in Asia that recently expanded to Brooklyn, N.Y. 72shares Next Article When was the last time you truly focused on eating? By that I mean, you placed the food in your mouth, chewed and concentrated on the flavors as they hit your taste buds, without any distractions.I can’t recall the last time I ate without doing something else, such as talking to another person or reading something on my phone.Related: 15 Crazy Fast Food Items From Around the WorldWe all know about the dangers of multitasking, but very rarely do we make an effort to avoid it while we’re eating. Perhaps we should. There are many benefits to meditation, and tuning out our surroundings to focus on food seems like an ideal time to reflect. (Wait, would that be multitasking?)And now there’s a place in New York that aims to help its customers do just that.Image credit: Ichiran NY | FacebookIchiran, which has around 60 locations in Asia, opened a location a few weeks ago in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. The chain is known for “low-interaction dining,” according to The New York Times, which, by the way, serves as its differentiating factor in a city filled with plenty of ramen spots. Patrons at the restaurant sit individually at “flavor concentration booths,” with dividers between them. Customers don’t even see the server’s face as they place their orders. (To be sure, the restaurant also features a traditional dining room.)Related: This French Foodie Sensation Is Coming to the StatesPart of me loves this no-bullshit approach to a meal. I am an animal. I need sustenance. Do not get between me and my next meal. Let me eat — and not get distracted by anything else.Image credit: Ichiran NY | FacebookAlas, Ichiran only serves pork-bone based soup with its ramen, and I try to avoid eating mammals, so I won’t get to try this isolationist eatery.Then again, maybe I can just lock myself in a closet with my salad during my next lunch break. Image credit: Ichiran At This Restaurant, Human Interaction Is Discouraged News Director 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. Enroll Now for $5 2 min read November 4, 2016 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue
B2B tech organizationsBizzaboEvent Marketing Trends reportEvent Success Platform Previous ArticleBelgian Telecom Provider Speeds Delivery of Customer Services with OracleNext ArticleHCL Technologies Announces Close of Acquisition of Select IBM Products Bizzabo Study: 84% of B2B Tech Leaders Say Event Marketing is Critical to Success MTS Staff WriterJuly 2, 2019, 4:23 pmJuly 2, 2019 Bizzabo’s Study Also Finds 69 Percent of B2B Tech Organizations Plan on Investing More in Events Than They Did in 2018Bizzabo, the world’s leading end-to-end Event Success Platform, released its 2019 B2B Tech Event Marketing Trends report. The company analyzed responses from +1,000 senior-level marketers on how they think about events, discovering everything from how to use events to accelerate sales and lead generation, to how marketers believe in-person events compared to traditional marketing channels and more.More than any other group, B2B tech marketers see real value in events. According to Bizzabo’s study, B2B tech marketers are 18 percent more likely to allocate over 21 percent of their marketing budgets to in-person events, when compared to the cross-sector average.In addition, the study found that in 2019, 69 percent of B2B tech organizations plan on investing more in events than they did in 2018.Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Welcomes Kim McLachlan as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing“B2B tech marketers believe that in-person events comprise the most valuable channel for achieving their business goals,” said Eran Ben-Shushan, Co-Founder and CEO of Bizzabo. “We’ve discovered that, on average, these organizations invest more in events than companies from other sectors.”Bizzabo’s study also saw that in comparison to organizations in other sectors, B2B tech organizations are 3.3x more likely to spend nearly one-quarter of their total events budget on hosting or sponsoring events rather than attending them.Marketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTV84% of leadership (VPs & C-Suite) believe in-person events are critical. It was also discovered via Bizzabo’s analysis that the majority (84%) of leadership (VPs and C-Suite) believe in-person events are a critical component of their company’s success. In fact, B2B leadership in tech, specifically, spend 2x as much on events than B2B marketers overall.In addition, it was established that organizers who use event software to demonstrate ROI are 10x more likely to receive leadership support for their events.“We’ve seen leadership in the B2B tech sector backing in-person events when the events team is able to prove event ROI,” said Ben-Shushan. “In fact, tech leadership spends twice as much on events then B2B marketers overall.”Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking Platforms
In this Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, file photo, a clerk reaches to a shelf to pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse, in New York. Amazon announced Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, that it has narrowed down its potential site for a second headquarters in North America to 20 metropolitan areas, mainly on the East Coast. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs ___DETROIT”We would have loved to have made it into the next round for Amazon’s second headquarters but everyone here is incredibly proud of the proposal we submitted,” Mayor Mike Duggan said. “It showed a clear vision for the future of our city and brought out the very best of our city and our region.”___MEMPHIS, Tennessee”We came together and gave it our best shot,” Mayor Jim Strickland said. “The good news is that this exercise showed us new ways to showcase our city that we are already using to attract other businesses.””Memphis has momentum and other companies have seen and will continue to see our value”The city offered Amazon $60 million in cash incentives.___KANSAS CITY, Missouri”I can understand that some Kansas Citians may be disappointed, but it’s important to remember that as a result of this very collaborative effort, more people today know more great things about Kansas City than they ever did before,” said Mayor Sly James. “Kansas City will continue to develop transformational projects and partnerships that continue the momentum you feel in every block and every neighborhood of this great city. We truly are a city on the rise, and I look forward to our exciting future.”___DELAWAREDelaware’s Gov. John Carney and the state’s congressional delegation said they were “of course” disappointed not to be chosen.”But we used this opportunity to showcase all the options in Delaware not just for Amazon, but for any business looking for a location to set down roots and grow,” they said. “In that respect, Delaware’s effort—which brought together leaders in the public and private sectors to promote our great state—was a resounding success. Going forward, we’ll do everything we can to support Philadelphia’s application, to help bring Amazon to our region.”___NEW HAMPSHIRE”New Hampshire’s groundbreaking proposal to recruit Amazon was the most comprehensive business marketing plan our state has ever produced,” Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement. “While we always knew that our bid was considered a long shot, we are excited that it is already serving as a template for other businesses that now have New Hampshire on their radar. Our commitment to economic and workforce development is already yielding results. We will never stop emphasizing that New Hampshire is open for business, open for workers, and open for opportunity.” Amazon’s move to whittle its list for a second headquarters leaves more than 200 municipalities disappointed. Here are statements from some of the places that didn’t make the tech giant’s cut to 20 contenders: Explore further Citation: Amazon’s potential HQ2 sites leaves many cities disappointed (2018, January 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-amazon-potential-hq2-sites-cities.html New Hampshire’s Amazon proposal was centered in Londonderry and emphasized the state’s lack of a sales or income tax.___SAN DIEGO”While disappointed San Diego/Chula Vista did not advance, we are not at all surprised,” said Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. “We knew that this would be a long shot based on geography and incentive options, but we also know that as a region, San Diego can most definitely compete with others in terms of talent, entrepreneurship, innovation and quality of life.”___NORTHERN CALIFORNIAThe two bids submitted by cities in the San Francisco Bay Area were both rejected by Amazon. Bay Area Council President Jim Wunderman said the decision was disappointing. “We’re not completely surprised by Amazon’s decision,” he said. “The Bay Area is one of the most innovative regions in the world and the huge economic expansion we have witnessed here over the past 10 years has created significant challenges in the form of high housing costs, high cost of living and growing traffic. We are working hard to address these challenges, but we suspect they factored heavily in Amazon’s decision to look elsewhere.”___VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA”We’re disappointed the City of Virginia Beach was not listed among the top 20 finalists for this project. However, we’re excited the Commonwealth of Virginia is still under consideration,” Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms Jr. said. “A project of this magnitude will create many opportunities, and, if Virginia is selected, we expect Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads will benefit.” This document is subject to copyright. 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Citation: Nintendo says working with Tencent to release Switch in China (2019, April 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-nintendo-tencent-china.html Nintendo says full-year profit up nearly 40% on strong game sales © 2019 AFP Explore further Japanese games giant Nintendo said Friday it was working with Chinese internet firm Tencent to roll out its popular Switch console in China, confirming rumours that have dramatically pushed up its share price. Mario from Super Mario Bros. is already a well-known character “Nintendo… is announcing that a collaboration is in progress with Tencent Holdings Limited… to release the Nintendo Switch video game system in China,” the firm said in a brief statement.The announcement came a day after Nintendo unveiled strong full-year profit numbers lifted by strong sales of blockbuster game titles for the Switch console.Net profit for the fiscal year to March rose 39.0 percent from a year earlier to 194 billion yen ($1.7 billion), on sales of 1.2 trillion yen, up 13.7 percent.It said then that sales of Switch hardware were projected to rise six percent to 18 million units for the current fiscal year with plans to release “Super Mario Maker 2”, “Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield” and “The Legend of Zelda”.The Switch has become a huge global seller, helped by the release of innovative, family-friendly titles that have wowed critics and gamers alike.The company’s shares have surged more than 12 percent since news reports said earlier this month that its games and the Switch would soon be available in China via Tencent.Nintendo boss Shuntaro Furukawa was quoted as saying on Thursday that they wanted to grow China into a major market like Japan, the US, and Europe.”But the size of the game console market is small. So it might not be easy,” said Furukawa.’Definitely positive news’However, Nintendo stock was off three percent in early exchanges on Friday, as analysts said they had been hoping for news of a new Switch console.The Tencent news is “definitely positive news”, said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo. “Shares are down because people wanted to square positions before the holidays.”After the closing bell on Friday, Japan will embark on an unprecedented 10-day holiday as special days off to celebrate the emperor’s abdication combine with the traditional “Golden Week” break.The long holiday has sparked some fears that Japanese markets will be volatile when they reopen as traders catch up with the news that has broken during that period.The Switch has “enormous potential” to succeed in China, Yasuda said, partly due to the games’ family-friendly nature.”Chinese authorities have strict rules when it comes to consumer products… you cannot show running blood and corpses.”Nintendo’s games in general avoid grotesque depictions. I feel it should face an easier time than others when it applies for permits,” the analyst told AFP.The characters such as Mario are already well recognised, which should also give it an edge.And although most Chinese gamers play on PCs, Nintendo’s software “offers benefits that PCs don’t”, said Yasuda.”You can carry it around. You can hook it to TVs. It offers various styles of gaming. It has already been accepted around the world,” he noted. 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.
China has been accused of using its rare earth leverage for political reasons before.Japanese industry sources said it temporarily cut off exports in 2010 as a territorial row flared between the Asian rivals, charges that Beijing denied.In 2014, the World Trade Organization ruled the country had violated global trade rules by restricting exports of the minerals. The case was brought by the United States, European Union and Japan, which accused China of curbing exports to give its tech companies an edge over foreign rivals. China has cited environmental damage from mining and the need to conserve supplies as the reason for any past limits on output.While disruptive, any leverage gained from a supply block may be short-lived, experts said.”This would accelerate moves to find alternative supply sources,” said Kokichiro Mio, who studies China’s economy at NLI Research Institute.Empty threat?China is not the only country with sizeable reserves of rare earths.The United States Geological Survey estimated last year there were 120 million tons of deposits worldwide including 44 million in China, 22 million in Brazil and 18 million in Russia.China is the leading producer partly because the environmental risks deter some countries from harvesting their own deposits. Mining rare earths creates toxic waste and the potential release of harmful radioactive tailings.”There is a possibility that China would go ahead (with export curbs) but chances are what we are seeing now is just a threat,” Mio said.”The US would be in trouble over a short period of time. But it is unlikely that they (China) want to pour oil on the flames.”During Monday’s visit, Xi was accompanied by Vice Premier Liu He, who has led China in fraught trade negotiations with Washington—a fact not lost on China-watchers.State media coverage of the visit was dry, but a commentary on a social media account run by the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, stressed China’s dominance in the global supply chain and the relative paucity of US output.Meanwhile, cutting off the United States would mark a sharp escalation that Beijing may not have the stomach for, said Li of the RSIS.”The difference is the US is targeting specific Chinese companies. If China targets the US as a country… that may be regarded by the US and the world as a significant escalation of the trade war,” he said. A seemingly routine visit by President Xi Jinping to a Chinese rare earths company this week is being widely read as an obvious threat that Beijing is standing ready for action.”We should firmly grasp the strategic basis of technological innovation, master more key core technologies and seize the commanding heights of industry development,” Xi said during the visit, the official Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.”Rare earth is not only an important strategic resource, but also a non-renewable resource,” he added, in comments likely to further fuel speculation.However, analysts say China appears apprehensive to target the minerals just yet, possibly fearful of shooting itself in the foot by hastening a global search for alternative supplies of the commodities.Xi’s inspection tour “is no accident, this didn’t happen by chance,” said Li Mingjiang, China programme coordinator at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore.”At this moment, clearly the policy circles in China are considering the possibility of using a rare earth exports ban as a policy weapon against the US.”The United States last week threatened to cut supplies of US technology needed by Chinese telecom champion Huawei, which Washington suspects is in bed with China’s military.The US move has fanned speculation that Xi could impose retaliatory measures and in an indication of the importance of rare earths to the US, Washington did not include them in a tariffs increase on Chinese goods this month.China has leverageChina occupies a commanding position, producing more than 95 percent of the world’s rare earths, and the United States relies on China for upwards of 80 percent of its imports.Rare earths are 17 elements critical to manufacturing everything from smartphones and televisions to cameras and lightbulbs.That gives Beijing tremendous leverage in what is shaping up largely as a battle between the US and China over who will own the future of high-tech.”China could shut down nearly every automobile, computer, smartphone and aircraft assembly line outside of China if they chose to embargo these materials,” James Kennedy, president of ThREE Consulting, wrote Tuesday in National Defense, a US industry publication. EU joins US, Japan in ‘rare earth’ trade case against China Citation: Fears rise China could weaponise rare earths in US tech war (2019, May 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-china-weaponise-rare-earths-tech.html The US has hit China where it hurts by going after its telecom champion Huawei, but Beijing’s control of the global supply of rare earths used in smartphones and electric cars gives it a powerful weapon in their escalating tech war. © 2019 AFP Rare earths are used in a number of goods including smartphones, televisions and lightbulbs Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
May 06, 2019 COMMENTS Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to visit Cyclone Fani hit Odisha on May 6 to take stock of the situation in the state. The Prime Minister spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday and announced his plans to visit the storm-hit state on Twitter. In the fifth of the seven phases of General Elections 2019 to be held on May 6, a total of 51 seats across seven states will go to polls. Voting will take place in a number of seats in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Both Rae Bareli and Amethi — represented by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi respectively — will witness a heated contest between Congress and BJP heavy weights.US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is to meet Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday to discuss trade-related issues amid America’s decision to withdraw export benefits to Indian exporters. Issues such as withdrawal of GSP benefits by Washington are expected to come up for the discussion. The US decided to withdraw export benefits to Indian exporters under the Generalized System of Preferences programme, which is expected to impact India’s exports to the US worth $5.6 billion under this scheme. The Supreme Court is to to hear on May 6 a plea of an AIADMK MLA, V. T. Kalaiselvan, who has been served a notice by the Tamil Nadu assembly Speaker for indulging in “anti-party activities” under the anti-defection law. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta said it will hear the plea on Monday. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Kalaiselvan, said the Speaker has served him a notice under the anti-defection law and the matter requires urgent hearing as he will disqualify him for alleged anti-party activities.INS Ranjit, the frontline missile destroyer of the Indian Navy, is to be decommissioned on Monday. INS Ranjit, the third of the five Kashin-class destroyers built by the erstwhile USSR, was commissioned in 1983. The ship will be decommissioned at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. The ceremony will be attended by personnel who have served on-board INS Ranjit in the past and will also include officers and sailors from the commissioning crew. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally for the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. – PTI SHARE Published on COMMENT