San Diego Sheriffs Department agrees to revisit investigation of Rebecca Zahau death

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter San Diego Sheriff’s Department agrees to revisit investigation of Rebecca Zahau death KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 16, 2018center_img Updated: 8:20 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Sheriff’s Department announced Monday they will review their investigation of the death of Rebecca Zahau.“The Sheriff’s Department has continually indicated its willingness to reevaluate the Rebecca Zahau case if new evidence was presented. After a productive conversation with the family’s attorney, Keith Greer, Sheriff Bill Gore determined that, while no new evidence was presented, new analysis of existing evidence was presented in the recently concluded civil trial. In the spirit of transparency and open-mindedness, we have agreed to undertake a fresh review of the case, by investigators who have had no prior involvement with the case, to evaluate the new information. Without having the materials and reports from the civil attorney in front of us at this time, it is difficult to say how long this review will take; however, we expect it will take at least 90 days.When our investigation is complete, we will meet with the family’s attorney to discuss our findings. Ultimately, the cause and manner of death, in any case, is determined by the Medical Examiner. In San Diego County, the Medical Examiner’s Office is an independent entity and separate from the Sheriff’s Department.”Zahau was found hanged, naked, bound and gagged on July 13, 2011 at the historic Speckles Mansion in Coronado, owned by her boyfriend, pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai.Although her death was ruled a suicide by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the County Medical Examiner, the Zahau family disputed that finding and in a wrongful death suit, alleged that 54-year-old Adam Shacknai, the brother of Zahau’s boyfriend, murdered her after a sexual assault and then staged the killing to look like a suicide.In early April, a California civil jury found Adam Shacknai guilty and he was ordered to pay Zahau’s family $5 million for the loss of Zahau’s love and companionship.The panel has not yet determined whether they will order punitive damages.Adam Shacknai released a statement Monday following the announcement from the Sheriff’s Department.“I welcome a fresh review by the San Diego Sheriff’s Office. As I have maintained from the beginning, I was in no way involved with Rebecca’s death, which was part of a tragic sequence of events, that also involved the loss of my six year nephew Max. I will be pleased to assist the investigation in any way requested, as I have all along.” April 16, 2018last_img read more

California bans state employees from traveling to South Carolina

first_img Updated: 3:47 PM Today California politicians banned travel to South Carolina for its “anti-gay” laws. Same idiots also applaud Gov. Gavin Newsom for traveling to El Salvador to stand in solidarity with that country. Guess they don’t care about the anti-gay laws in El Salvador. *sigh*— Carl DeMaio (@carldemaio) April 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 2, 2019 April 2, 2019 California’s State employees cannot travel on state business to South Carolina.Attorney General Xavier Beccerra imposed the rule of law because South Carolina now allows Christian based foster homes to deny placement of children, if the potential guardians are not of that faith.It is California law that the state can sanction travel to states that restrict access to gays, transgender people, or in this case, faiths from the rights of the general population.The South Carolina law is likely to be challenged in court, and is judged by many to be patently unconstitutional.The Office of the Attorney General in the State of California Department of Justice released the following information regarding the decision to ban state funded travel to South Carolina:SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that, effective April 15, 2019, California will prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to South Carolina as a result of a discriminatory provision buried deep within a general budget bill enacted on July 5, 2018 in South Carolina. The law, H-4950 Paragraph 38.29, enables private faith-based child-placing agencies to discriminate against those who do not conform to their religious beliefs or moral convictions, including members of the LGBTQ community. Although H-4950 does not mention sexual orientation explicitly, it is written broadly enough to authorize such discrimination, subjecting it to the provisions of California’s Assembly Bill 1887 (AB 1887).“The State of South Carolina recently enacted a measure that sanctions discrimination against families in the placement of children in need of homes. The State of California stands strongly against any form of discrimination. AB 1887 authorizes my office to make that promise real,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Pursuant to AB 1887, California will now bar state-funded or sponsored travel to South Carolina.”South Carolina’s discriminatory measure comes on the heels of other actions taken in the state prior to the enactment of H-4950. Earlier in 2018, South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster requested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services waive all applicable anti-discrimination regulations to permit the faith-based foster care agency Miracle Hill, as well as other such agencies receiving public funds, to discriminate on any basis consistent with their religious beliefs. As a result of these discriminatory laws, Miracle Hill is able to collect information on the faith of those applying to be foster parents and use it to reject families who want to provide foster care solely on the basis of those beliefs. In one instance, these policies led to the exclusion of a Jewish woman who simply sought to mentor foster youth. This is particularly egregious in light of the fact that Miracle Hill accounted for 15% of all South Carolina foster placements and is reportedly the largest provider of foster families for children who do not have significant special needs in the state. Shortly after requesting an exemption from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Governor McMaster then issued an executive order propping up this discriminatory practice. In January 2019, the Trump Administration granted the waiver requested by Governor McMaster, sanctioning this form of discrimination in South Carolina’s foster care system.AB 1887, which took effect in 2017, prohibits state-funded and state-sponsored travel to states with laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. AB 1887’s restriction on using state funds for travel applies to California state agencies, departments, boards, authorities, and commissions, including an agency, department, board, authority, or commission of the University of California, the Board of Regents of the University of California, and the California State University.For additional information on AB 1887, including the list of states subject to its provisions, visit: www.oag.ca.gov/ab1887.center_img California bans state employees from traveling to South Carolina KUSI Newsroom South Carolina recently enacted a law allowing child-placing agencies to discriminate against prospective parents. We stand strongly against any form of discrimination, so, effective April 15, California will restrict state-funded travel to South Carolina. https://t.co/yUhXt8y3gS pic.twitter.com/eodf91atly— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) April 2, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Golf Tournament and Gala At Del Mar Country Club raises 15M for

first_imgGolf Tournament and Gala At Del Mar Country Club raises $1.5M for Navy SEALs DEL MAR (KUSI) – The eight-annual Del Mar Country Club Golf Tournament and Dinner Gala raised $1.5 million to assist Navy SEALs and their families through the SOF Support Foundation, the event organizers announced Thursday.Former 60 Minutes reporter and long-time war correspondent Lara Logan and retired Navy Vice Admiral David Buss served as the gala’s keynote speakers on Saturday.The event included an 18-hole golf scramble at the Del Mar Country Club followed by a dinner gala and live and silent auctions, which featured a trip to New York City with U.S. Open Tennis Tournament tickets included and dinner for 10 with retired NFL defensive lineman Michael Strahan at the Pamplemousse Grille among other prizes.“Thanks to the selfless generosity of our loyal supporters … we’re going to be able to further expand our mental-health and family-counseling programs for the men and women who defend our country and so badly need it,” said SOF Support Foundation vice chairperson Dominique Plewes.The golf tournament and gala were co-hosted by Plewes, Madeleine Pickens, Geniya and Doug Manchester and Jenny Craig.Event sponsors included American Airlines, Konica-Minolta, the Burr Family Foundation, Michael and Victoria Fitzpatrick and Debby and Hal Jacobs.“San Diego is an incredible city and to see everyone rally together to raise so much money for our servicemen and women is amazing to see,” Pickens said.Prior to this year’s tournament, former war correspondent and the tournament’s keynote speaker, Lara Logan, told us all about the event. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRELATED STORIES: Del Mar Country Club holds Golf Tournaments to benefit Navy SEALs Posted: April 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img April 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

WHAT A MESS Town Urges Residents To Stop Tossing Dog Waste Bags

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Animal Control Officer Christopher Sullivan recently took to social media to remind residents not to throw dog waste in catch basins.“I was notified by DPW that they recently removed a large amount of dog waste bags that were dropped in catch basins in the Lt. Buck Dr./Moore Street area, as well as a few throughout town,” wrote Sullivan. “Not only is this a MAJOR violation in stormwater quality, and just plain disgusting, it is illegal.”Sullivan asked residents to read this brochure to better understand the seriousness of the problem.The brochure reads, in part:Pet waste is a major source of water contamination and contains harmful bacteria and parasites. Dog feces can contain fecal coliform bacteria, which can spread diseases like Giardia, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, causing serious illness in humans. Rain and water from melting snow flows across yards, dog parks, and other surfaces on its way to our water bodies, via our streets and storm drains.Be a responsible pet owner and clean up your pet’s waste every time. Never dispose of pet waste in a catch basin, which flows directly into our waterways. Sullivan noted anyone who throws their dog waste bags into the town’s catch basins can be fined $300 per day by the Wilmington Department of Public Works and $300 per day by the Wilmington Board of Health.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Animal Control Officer Saves Groundhog’s Life, Receives Praise From Wildlife RehabilitatorsIn “Community”Wilmington Animal Control Officer Issues Reminders To Dog Owners, Asks Residents Not To Feed GeeseIn “Government”LETTER: Dog Owners Need To Do Better Job Cleaning Up After Their Dogs At Town Dog ParkIn “Government”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday February 7 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, February 7, 2019:#1) Instant Pot Cooking Class At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting “Feasting With Your Instant Pot” at 7pm. The instant pot craze is here, are you onboard? For many of us, the instant pot is patiently waiting to be used. Whether yours is tucked away in a cupboard or still in the box, it’s time to take it out your electric pressure cooker and put it to use. Join chef Liz Barbour for a cooking class that will help take the mystery out of this amazing, time saving kitchen tool. Liz will demonstrate two recipes that you can recreate at home. Following her demonstration Liz will offer tasty samples for everyone to enjoy. Registration is full, but there are still spots available on the waiting list HERE.#2) Drop-In Meditation At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meditation class at 12:30pm. Join technology librarian Brad McKenna for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations. The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home. No registration required.#3) Wilmington Recreation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Budgets for Planning & Conservation, Building Inspector, and Board of Appeals will be discussed. Rea the agenda HERE.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 13, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

7th pay panel recommendations may only be implemented in mid2016 Macquarie India

first_imgIn what could be a slight disappointment for Central government employees, the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations may only happen in mid-2016, according to brokerage firm.”There is no certainty it would happen even in the next six months,” said Rakesh Arora, managing director and head of research, Macquarie India.The implementation of the previous pay panel recommendations was delayed by 2.5-3 years, said Arora.The Seventh Pay Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, recommended a 16% hike in basic salary and a 63% increase in allowances for government employees, taking the overall hike in salaries to 23.55%. The recommendations have to be cleared by the Cabinet to become effective from January 1, 2016.”And still there is no guarantee that it is going to be implemented in the next six months, it is still for the government to really consider. So what we are saying is from the timing it can happen by middle of 2016 and not be pushed out too late,” NDTV Profit quoted Arora, as saying.The government’s expenditure on salary payments to employees will go up by a whopping Rs 1 lakh crore upon the implementation of the commission’s proposals.The increase in the government’s salary bill is expected to weigh on its efforts to bring down the country’s fiscal deficit.”A recommended 23.55% increase in remuneration for India’s Central government employees, if fully implemented, would have a significant impact on the government’s wage bill, and add to challenges the government faces in achieving fiscal consolidation targets,” Fitch Ratings had said last month. “The government could seek to cut expenditures in other areas.”last_img read more

Man Robs 2 DC 7Eleven Stores Over Holiday Weekend

first_imgThe Metropolitan Police Department is currently searching for a man who robbed two convenience stores in the middle of the night over the President’s Day weekend.According to police reports, a man armed with a shotgun walked into a 7-Eleven convenience store in the 5500 block of South Dakota Avenue, NE and demanded money from the clerk.Suspect sought in connection with two convenience store robberies in D.C. on Feb. 18. (Courtesy photo)The incident happened in the early morning hours on Feb. 18 when the suspect entered the food mart and fired a shotgun into the ceiling of the establishment. The employee then followed the robber’s commands to hand over money from the store register. The robber took the cash and fled the scene, police said.On Feb. 21 police released surveillance of the incident.The video shows a Black man dressed in all black, wearing a black coat and a baseball hat. The surveillance video also shows a shop customer standing near the checkout counter cowering to the ground as the thief wielded the shotgun.A few minutes prior, the suspect robbed another establishment in the 4000 block of Georgia Avenue, NW, police reported.Around 3:41 a.m., surveillance video recorded the unidentified man walking into another 7-Eleven holding a shotgun, where he demanded money and store merchandise, according to police reports.Police are offering a reward for up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.According to the police department, robberies in D.C. have decreased in the  last two years by 28 percent as of Feb. 21 with 330 robberies in the city in 2017 compared to 456 at the same time in 2016.In 2016, there were 3,000 robberies, a 13 percent decrease from the 2015 total of 3,447.Officials did not return comment on the robberies before press time.last_img read more

Delhi food truck festival concludes

first_imgIndia’s Biggest Food Truck Festival , the Delhi Food Truck Festival (DFTF) 2017, a two day affair finally came to an end and captured many eyeballs for not only being conducted at a massive level but also for being the first food truck event to offer plethora of fun and engaging activities. The fest had already been trending up ever since its inception and has become a buzzword in the culinary circles for showcasing the best of the Food Trucks!History says the first food truck festival was conducted in Los Angeles and post then, food truck festivals have been happening in all parts of the world such as Chicago, New York, Berlin etc. With the trend emerging in India, the Capital was expected to host a Big Show after being recently conducted in Bangalore and Bombay and DFTF 2017 left no stone unturned for this to happen! Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’We had incorporated many authentic activities to create a wholesome experience for all kind of audiences,” said Shivangi Gupta, one of the organisers. Talking about the vision she says, ‘Being the debut, we were not focusing on the commercial success but wanted all the visitors to have a good time and have a one-of-a-kind experience and feel the difference”.Delhi Food Truck Festival powered by India Gate Basmati Rice, was an initiative by VMS Events and Radio City 91.1 and saw 18k people attending the fest during both the days.Be it Rain Dance to soothe everyone amidst Delhi’s 42’c heat, or live Performances by Jassie Gill and Babbal Rai on Baisakhi to Witlinger adding a craft beer flavour to the food for beverage connoisseurs, all fascinated the food aficionados and kept hem expecting for more fun at Delhi’s biggest Food Truck Festival.last_img read more

Its publicity mongering Mamata on Modis Mission Shakti announcement

first_imgKolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of India’s anti-satellite missile capability on Wednesday was “limitless drama and publicity mongering”, amounting to “gross violation” of the model code of conduct, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. The PM made the announcement ahead of the Lok Sabha polls to “reap political benefits”, Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo, said. “There is no great urgency in conducting and announcing the mission now by a government past its expiry date. It seems a desperate oxygen to save the imminent sinking of the BJP boat. We are lodging a complaint with the Election Commission,” she said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Addressing the nation on the demonstration of India’s anti-satellite missile capability, the prime minister said India had joined an exclusive club of space super powers by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement. “Today’s announcement is yet another limitless drama and publicity mongering by Modi desperately trying to reap political benefits at the time of election. This is a gross violation of Model Code of Conduct,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Pointing out that research, space management and development “are continuous processes”, Banerjee said, “Modi, as usual, likes to take the credit for everything.” “Credit to those who really deserve it, our scientists & researchers,” she added. “India’s Mission Programme is world-class for many many years. We are always proud of our scientists, @DRDO_India, other research & space organisations,” she tweeted. The TMC had earlier criticised the prime minister for trying to “take the credit” of the achievement of space scientists in shooting down a live satellite. The party said this would not have any impact on the poll prospects of the BJP in the upcoming elections. “Narendra Modi should stop taking credit for the achievement or job done by others. Shooting down a satellite is the credit of our scientists. The Modi government in the last five years has failed to provide any relief to the people of the country,” senior TMC leader and West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim said. “So ahead of the elections, the BJP and Modi should stop these tricks to fool the masses. It won’t have any impact on the poll prospects of the BJP in the upcoming elections,” Hakim said. Modi said the action was not directed against any country and the satellite was a pre-determined target orbiting at an altitude of 300 km.last_img read more

Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October update after it deletes user files

first_imgThe Windows 10 October update was available for download around the time of the Surface event last week. While the update brought features like Your Phone App and Windows Timeline, users also experienced massive file deleting from their systems. Microsoft had excluded the update from some devices due to compatibility issues with newer processors. The issue was reported by users in the early stages before mass rollout. Users could manually download and install the Windows October 2018 Update from October 2. Rollout was to be pushed October 9 for Patch Tuesday. Microsoft recommends contacting their customer support if the update has deleted your files. The support site advices: “If you have manually downloaded the Windows 10 October 2018 Update installation media, please don’t install it and wait until new media is available.” As of now, it is not known how many users faced this issue. Windows updates are not known to be smooth, causing some issues and errors. But it is unusual that an issue of this magnitude was not detected in Microsoft’s testing of the Windows update. Earlier this year, Microsoft had delayed the Windows 10 April 2018 because of Blue Screen of Death issues. But the issues in that update were rectified before the update reached regular users. Fortunately, this update wasn’t mass rolled out and the issue was detected in an early stage. This serves as a reminder to users to create a backup of important files before an OS update. When Microsoft continues mass rollout of this update, the issue will be fixed, but it is safe to backup your data in any case. The official support page states: “We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating.” There are comments on the support page, where users are stating the problem. For more details visit the Microsoft support website. Read next Microsoft Your Phone: Mirror your Android phone apps on Windows What’s new in the Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704 Microsoft Cloud Services get GDPR Enhancementslast_img read more

Facebook releases DeepFocus an AIpowered rendering system to make virtual reality more

first_imgFacebook released a new “AI-powered rendering system”, called DeepFocus yesterday, that works with Half Dome, a special prototype headset that Facebook’s Reality Lab (FRL) team had been working on over the past three years. HalfDome is an example of a “varifocal” head-mounted display (HMD) that comprises eye-tracking camera systems, wide-field-of-view optics, and adjustable display lenses that move forward and backward to match your eye movements. This makes the VR experience a lot more comfortable, natural, and immersive. However, HalfDome needs software to work in its full potential, that is where DeepFocus comes into the picture. “Our eyes are like tiny cameras: When they focus on a given object, the parts of the scene that are at a different depth look blurry. Those blurry regions help our visual system make sense of the three-dimensional structure of the world and help us decide where to focus our eyes next. While varifocal VR headsets can deliver a crisp image anywhere the viewer looks, DeepFocus allows us to render the rest of the scene just the way it looks in the real world: naturally blurry,” mentions Marina Zannoli, a vision scientist at FRL. Facebook is also open-sourcing DeepFocus, making the system’s code and the data set used to train it available to help other VR researchers incorporate it into their work. “By making our DeepFocus source and training data available, we’ve provided a framework not just for engineers developing new VR systems, but also for vision scientists and other researchers studying long-standing perceptual questions,” say the researchers. DeepFocus A research paper presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 explains that DeepFocus is a unified rendering and optimization framework based on convolutional neural networks that solve a full range of computational tasks. It also helps with enabling real-time operation of accommodation-supporting HMDs. The CNN comprises “volume-preserving” interleaving layers that help it quickly figure out the high-level features within an image. For instance, the paper mentions, that it accurately synthesizes defocus blur, focal stacks, multilayer decompositions, and multiview imagery. Moreover, it makes use of only commonly available RGB-D images, that enable real-time, near-correct depictions of a retinal blur. Researchers explain that DeepFocus is  “tailored to support real-time image synthesis..and ..includes volume-preserving interleaving layers..to reduce the spatial dimensions of the input, while fully preserving image details, allowing for significantly improved runtimes”. This model is more efficient unlike the traditional AI systems used for deep learning based image analysis as DeepFocus can process the visuals while preserving the ultrasharp image resolutions that are necessary for delivering high-quality VR experience. The researchers mention that DeepFocus can also grasp complex image effects and relations that includes foreground and background defocusing. However, DeepFocus isn’t just limited to Oculus HMDs. Since DeepFocus supports high-quality image synthesis for multifocal and light-field display, it is applicable to a complete range of next-gen head-mounted display technologies. “DeepFocus may have provided the last piece of the puzzle for rendering real-time blur, but the cutting-edge research that our system will power is only just beginning”, say the researchers. For more information, check out the official Oculus Blog. Read Next Magic Leap unveils Mica, a human-like AI in augmented reality MagicLeap acquires Computes Inc to enhance spatial computing Oculus Connect 5 2018: Day 1 highlights include Oculus Quest, Vader Immortal and more!last_img read more

Belarusian pay TV operator Cosmos TV is adding ent

first_imgBelarusian pay TV operator Cosmos TV is adding entertainment channel S-TV to its network.From April 20, the channel, which airs celebrity news and fashion programming, will be available in Cosmos TV’s Entertainment and Plus packages.last_img

Discovery Networks has acquired the exclusive broa

first_imgDiscovery Networks has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to RBS Six Nations Rugby in Italy.Discovery Italy has signed a four-year deal to acquire exclusive sports rights across TV, online and mobile platforms in Italy for the tournament for the 2014-17 seasons. The matches will be broadcast free-to-air and live on Discovery’s DMAX channel, which is available on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform.Discovery will run a promotional campaign across its Italian channels to promote its coverage of the sport. Discovery currently operates 12 TV channels in Italy.“This deal with the RBS Six Nations is a great opportunity for our Italian business. DMAX launched at the end of 2011 and has quickly established itself as a destination channel for men aged 20-49 and we are thrilled to be adding rugby to the breadth of content we offer on the channel,” said Dee Forbes, president and managing director, Discovery Networks Western Europe.last_img read more

In This Issue   Initially dollar gets sold bu

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Initially dollar gets sold, but that gets reversed! *  Gold spikes then fades and holds on. *  Chinese manufacturing recovers. *  RBI begins to change things. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! No Tapering Clues, But Lots Of Singing From The Same Song Sheet.  Good day. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well. I was bang on with my thought that the FOMC Meeting Minutes would NOT contain any clues as to when the tapering of QE3 might start. But there wasn’t even a Cupie doll as my prize. And the markets’ reaction to the revelation that there were no clues, was also bang on. But what happened next was not on my agenda, and thus surprised me. So, I guess I’ll spend all morning, explaining what happened next. Or. I could just touch on it briefly and move along to other things.  OK, twist my arm, I’ll take what’s behind door number 2. So, as I just said, there were no clues, and the initial reaction of assets like Gold was one of “go into rally gear”. Gold ripped higher from yesterday morning’s $1,367 to reach $1,379.38, and looked like $1,400 would be taken out in a New York Minute. The euro, which is the offset currency to the dollar, jumped too, but then a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. OK, not really funny as in funny-HAHA. What I’m talking about is after perusing the FOMC Meeting Minutes for clues, it occurred to those doing the perusing that a number of Fed Heads were singing from the same song sheet, and that song sheet contained the music to the “it’s time to end QE melody”. And then the euphoria of the risk assets that no clues were in the minutes went poof! And soon we were watching the reversal and eventual down day for the risk assets.  That reversal has continued through the overnight markets, with the euro losing almost 1/2-cent, and Gold struggling to hold on to a $2 gain.  And that’s all the news that’s fit to print this morning, I’ll talk to you tomorrow morning. Alright, I won’t go just yet. Although I sure there are quite a few of you who wish I would go away for good!  HA!  OK. Let’s talk about the “other stuff” going on this morning. And there’s no better place to start than with China. OK, long ago and in a not so far-away-place, I explained to you the two different reports on the same subject that get printed in China. I’m talking about the Manufacturing Index. HSBC Holdings prints one, and the Chinese Gov’t prints one, and it seems like never do the two match up. HSBC prints their report first, and is usually the one that is on the weaker side of the Gov’t report. OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, the HSBC report on the Manufacturing Index saw a big jump higher in July from a June reading of 47.7 to a July reading of 50.1. This index works just like the one here in the U.S. in that any reading above 50 signals expansion, and any reading below 50 signals contraction of the sector.  If HSBC’s report is this promising, the Gov’t’s report should be something! But the thing that I want to point out here is that China’s economy which had slowed down quite a bit in the 2nd QTR, looks as though stabilization is occurring. And I’m not there, I don’t play a Chinese Gov’t official on TV, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but from my view in the cheap seats, I find this to be great news not only for China but for global growth.  You see, this stabilization came about without Gov’t stimulus. The Gov’t told the markets & Banks to work it out and it appears they did! Sure, as I always say one month’s data doesn’t make a trend, just as one swallow doesn’t make a summer, so we can’t go all seashells and balloons here, just yet. The Aussie dollar (A$) which slipped below 90-cents yesterday, is seeing some interest this morning from buyers that believe in the global growth story based on the HSBC report. This slippage from the A$ this week has come as a surprise to me, as I really thought the negativity surrounding the A$ had passed. The A$’s rally after the last rate cut had signaled that to me, but I guess the A$ was not ready for prime time. The markets’ reaction to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting minutes hasn’t helped the A$, but those backward looking words. I’m looking forward, folks. And the future of global growth is in good hands as long as China is cooking with gas. The currencies that I think have good fundamentals are not performing the way they should be. They include: Norwegian krone, Swedish krona, Canadian dollar / loonie, Singapore dollar, Aussie dollar and Chinese renminbi, and Gold & Silver.  Oh well, until the markets return to rewarding currencies with strong fundamentals, and something to sell that other countries want, we have to deal with these weak periods for these currencies. It seems to me that right now, the markets are into rewarding currencies from countries with economic growth. If you look at the best performing currencies in the past 3 months, you would have the euro, Swiss franc, and British pound sterling would be in the top 5. Swedish krona ekes out a small gain, and the Japanese yen finishes out the top 5. The yen is a story onto itself, folks. I still believe that Japan’s fundamentals are toast, and that the yen is rallying on borrowed time. Economic growth is a good fundamental to have, so there’s nothing wrong with using that as a reason to buy. But Economic growth has to go hand in hand with other things, and a HUGE debt like the U.K. has isn’t one of them. about 12 years ago, when the U.S. was coming out of its recession caused by the Tech bubble bursting, we saw the same thing going on with currencies. In fact, some currencies would rally when the respective country would cut rates, which should debase the currency. But if that’s the direction the markets want to go, then who’s to stop them? We have to adapt, innovate, change, and go with the flow. What the heck am I saying? That’s not me! I don’t go with anyone’s flow! I’m usually out on the limb all by my lonesome! But. when it comes to a direction the markets are going, if I don’t agree with it, I just batten down the hatches and wait for the air to clear. My wife, who’s leaving today for a few days with her mom, dad, and sister, will be devastated this morning to hear that her childhood heartthrob, David Cassidy, was arrested overnight in NY. A year or so ago, the two of us ran into David Cassidy at a restaurant in Juno Beach, Florida, and that’s all she talked about for days! Sorry, just saw that news and the next thing I know I was typing about it! Well, the U.S. 10-year Treasury Note, hit a 2-year high in yield of 2.93% overnight (it’s 2.91% right now) Remember earlier this week I showed you the loss in dollar terms when the yield was 2.87%…  And also remember that our mortgage guys think the 10-year’s yield will be over 3% by year-end, which would mean a higher than 5% mortgage yield. I had a reader send me a note the other day, asking me why I thought the mortgage / housing recovery would stop if mortgage rates rose to 5%… It made me stop and think for a minute, in that it’s true that people still bought houses back in the early 80’s when mortgage rates were sky high. Shoot Rudy, my first house had a mortgage rate that was tied to the 90-day Treasury Bill, which at the time was 13.5%!  So, I explained that when I said that, I didn’t mean to say that the housing recovery would be wiped out. It will suffer though, until which time borrowers become comfortably numb with higher rates, that we haven’t see in a year of Sundays! Like I did, when I signed on the dotted line for a mortgage with a 13.5% interest rate! But remember, back then, rates were on their way down, so that 90-day T-Bill rate was on its way down, along with my mortgage rate! It would be quite different now 30 years later…  And long time readers know how much I dislike the saying, “it’s different this time”. I was reading last night (Cardinals played and won a day game, that I slept through most of) and came across some research that was saying the same thing I’ve been saying about how the economic data here in the U.S. will be the straw that stirs the Fed Heads’ tapering drink. And the report repeated what I’ve been saying (Wait! Maybe they are Pfennig readers too!) that the U.S. economic data has NOT been the stuff that would lead anyone to believe that the tapering would begin. We get the Weekly Initial Jobless Claims today, because it’s a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! And, with all the focus on economic data, I guess this report will get more attention than usual.  Look for the claims to be added to from the previous week, keeping the weak data trend going. In Canada today, Canadian June Retail Sales will print, with hopes that it can wrap a tourniquet around the loonie. Unfortunately, after soaring 1.9% in May, June’s Retail Sales are expected to fall .4%, due mainly from the floods in Alberta. I would hope that an averaging out of the data would be the way the markets look at this. but then, again one month’s data doesn’t make a trend. I just saw a news story flash across the screens saying that Eurozone Services data had increased for the first time in 19 months! And it’s highest level in 2 years! I’d have to say that the move out of recession territory has been decisive for the Eurozone, eh?  And we saw some market and economy moving decisions from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) yesterday. The RBI partially eased its recent tightening measures, moving back to a bond purchasing program, and offering temporary relief to bank’s bond investment and liquidity maintenance requirements. We immediately saw a pullback in bond yields. But the life preserver that the RBI attempted to throw to the rupee didn’t quite make it to the currency. And once again another all-time record low in the rupee printed. I think that the rupee needs to see a huge shift in inflows, and with bond yields pulling back, and the forecasts for more rate cuts, the rupee is going to struggle for some time. But, if all these things that the new RBI Gov. get a chance to work, the tides could change in India. For What It’s Worth. I found this over at moneynews.com and it’s an article by Michael Snyder, author of the Economic Collapse blog.  He’s talking about the rising Treasury yields, that I’ve highlighted since they began, and talked about the bubble bursting for over two years now. Let’s listen in to what Mr. Snyder has to say. “Investors who want to monitor the source of the next financial disaster should be keeping an eye glued to U.S. Treasury yields. The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury is regarded as a key barometer because it affects many other interest rates in the financial system, from mortgages to consumer loans. That yield has been nudging toward 3 percent in recent weeks, and is up nearly 120 basis points since the start of May. Snyder cited a litany of potential ills if interest rates continue on their upward trajectory – it will be more expensive for the state and local governments to borrow money, the housing market will be harmed, consumer debt interest will rise and the huge amount of federal debt from quantitative easing (QE) could implode. We are truly moving into unprecedented territory, because we have been in a bull market for U.S. Treasury for the last 30 years. Many investors don’t even know that it is possible to lose money on U.S. Treasuries. They have been described as ‘risk-free’ investments, but that is far from the truth.” If Treasury yields hit 3 percent, it will be harmful to the U.S. economy and be a drag on stocks, Snyder stated. But he said a July Bank of America Merrill Lynch investor survey predicted that if yields rise even higher to 3.5 percent, it will trigger a “disorderly rotation” or spiral of higher rates. According to Snyder, a primary reason Treasury yields are increasing is that foreign holders, who own a huge amount of U.S. bonds, are becoming net sellers. “Unfortunately, there is no way that the party that the U.S. government has been throwing can continue without foreigners buying our debt.” Chuck again. Yes, this is a major problem for the U.S. and the fact that foreigners have been backing out of Treasuries is the reason the Fed has become the major player at the Treasury auctions. My back of the envelope figures have the Fed holding over $200 billion in mark-to-market losses in their balance sheet holdings right now. If they were a U.S. corporation, it would not be pretty. To recap. The FOMC Meeting Minutes didn’t contain any clues as to when the tapering would start, but it did show broad support with most of the Fed Heads singing from the same song sheet. And that sent the dollar higher, VS Gold and currencies.  Looks like the markets have changed horses in the middle of the stream again, and are now rewarding currencies from countries promoting growth. Currencies today 8/22/13. American Style: A$ .8990, kiwi .7815, C$. 9530, euro 1.3310, sterling 1.5570, Swiss $1.0780, . European Style: rand 10.3350, krone 6.09, SEK 6.52, forint 225.05, zloty 3.1865, koruna 19.3290, RUB 33.15, yen 98.65, sing 1.2830, HKD 7.7555, INR 64.62, China 6.1698, pesos 13.22, BRL 2.4540, Dollar Index 81.63, Oil $104.33, 10-year 2.91%, Silver $23.04, Platinum $1,518.57, Palladium $747.43, and Gold. $1,368.26 That’s it for today. Good luck today to my good friend, Duane Moody, who is having surgery on his disconnected bicep. The surgery sounds like it will be more painful than the actual tear was. Cardinals hit 3 homers in a game! There’s been a real “home run drought” this summer with the Cardinals, but as long as they keep winning series I’ll be happy! I have a video interview with Joe Deux at the Street.com this morning. It won’t take long for them to post the video on their site, so if you want to hear me talk about Gold. here’s your chance! I sure hope I get more people to view the site than I had come to listen to me talk last week in San Francisco!  OK.. time to go! I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

A disability charity that has signed up to the gov

first_imgA disability charity that has signed up to the government’s Disability Confident scheme for employers has been forced to pay more than £3,000 to a disabled woman who claimed she was discriminated against and unfairly dismissed.Tmara Senior (pictured) worked for Cloverleaf Advocacy in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, for more than three years, before she says she was forced out after her year-long research project ended.After learning that she was facing redundancy, she applied for another position with the charity, only to be sent a print letter telling her when to attend an interview, even though she is blind.It later sent her other print letters in connection with her application, she said, even after she complained that she could not read them.She said that she was rejected for one position she applied for with the charity because she failed to describe in the interview how she would use visual forms of communication in that job.And she said that her own personal assistant was able to shadow advocates working for the charity, when she was not given similar opportunities until after she had left her job.Senior has also told how the charity refused to publish her research report, which detailed the views of disabled people about the barriers they faced in accessing social and leisure opportunities in the Kirklees area.Cloverleaf also prevented the report being shared with the local council.She said: “I never got to present it to anyone because they decided nothing was going to be done with it.”She believes the charity failed to publish it because she had refused to remove criticisms made by disabled people she had spoken to about local organisations that Cloverleaf worked with.She said: “I didn’t alter what was said because I wanted it to be accurate and reflect the views of disabled people.“How can you advocate on behalf of disabled people and not want their views to be taken into account?“Why wouldn’t you want to publish a report to the council saying these are the reasons disabled people are not happy? That’s not advocacy.”After Senior took legal action against Cloverleaf, the charity tried to convince her to sign a confidentiality agreement as part of its settlement of her claim, but she refused to do so because she wanted to speak out about the way she had been treated.Although Cloverleaf did not admit liability for Senior’s claims of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination, it has agreed to pay her £3,250 to settle her claim, as well as paying for her to take an advocacy course.She said she believed she was discriminated against, and blames the “culture” of the charity.She said: “My work had always been very good but in the end it is almost as if what I did was not really valued very highly.“It really does hurt because I worked there for quite a while. I loved my job and I never wanted to leave.“I feel like I was just pushed out.”She also said the charity failed to deal with two members of staff who had confronted her in the office, shortly before she was made redundant, leaving her too frightened to return to work and “feeling extremely anxious for some weeks afterwards”.Suzi Henderson, Cloverleaf’s chief executive, said the charity did not want to respond to the individual allegations because it would not be “fair” to Senior to do so due to “confidentiality” reasons, although she said they “very strongly feel that the allegations she has made are untrue”.She said that all of the issues raised by Senior have been “reflected on by the organisation as part of the process of reaching the settlement” and that “all the actions we have taken were fair and lawful and appropriate”.But she admitted that “in terms of our reflections, we have updated all of our application forms now to accommodate additional communication needs, alternative communication needs”.She declined to discuss any more of the allegations, but she said in a statement: “Since 1995 our core values have driven us to be passionate about equality.“We firmly believe that every individual should be an equal member of society: everyone has the right to plan their own life, to be listened to, taken seriously and to be respected.“We constantly review all our activities to help ensure that we are doing everything possible to support all our 160-plus staff while providing the best possible service for thousands of individuals.“Regarding the specific issues, we remain confident that our actions have been right. “We do not tolerate any incorrect behaviour and take immediate action wherever appropriate.“The settlement made was a commercial settlement by our insurers and does not indicate any liability.”The charity, which says it offers “high quality advocacy services to people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, older people, people with physical and sensory impairment, and carers”, is a member of the government’s Disability Confident scheme that aims to promote the employment of disabled people.Cloverleaf secured its status as a “Disability Confident Employer” – the middle of the government scheme’s three levels – through self-assessing its own policies and procedures.As a Disability Confident Employer, it is supposed to “make a commitment to employ and retain disabled people”, “make sure all documentation is available in different formats”, “make sure people involved in the recruitment process are Disability Confident and know how to support disabled applicants”, and provide “a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process”.Senior said that Cloverleaf’s claim to be a Disability Confident Employer was “just laughable”.She said: “If they can do what they have done to me, why wouldn’t they do it to anybody else who was disabled?“They should not be a member of that scheme when you consider what they have done to me and the way I have been treated.”She added: “I really believe in disabled people being heard and the voices of disabled people being heard but I don’t believe they believe in that.”Disability News Service reported last November how analysis by disabled campaigner David Gillon suggested that Disability Confident was “trivially easy to abuse” and allowed organisations to describe themselves as “Disability Confident” even if they failed to comply with anti-discrimination laws.last_img read more

Microsoft provides grants to accelerate the delivery of affordable Internet access

first_img57% of the world is offline. Image Credit: TheStar Advertisement Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced it has awarded Affordable Access Initiative grants to 12 entrepreneurial businesses to help scale their solutions and business models to increase affordable Internet access in communities around the world.Each company is to receive seed grants and resources including BizSpark tools such as free software, services and technology support to help extend the reach of their hardware, applications, connectivity and power solutions.Today’s news marks progress on the commitments Microsoft made earlier this year to invest $1 billion to bring the power of cloud technology to serve the public good, including through expanding the availability of affordable broadband services, new commercial partnerships and expanded philanthropic programs. – Advertisement – “With more than half of the world’s population lacking access to the Internet, connectivity is a global challenge that demands creative problem solving,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft. “By using technology that’s available now and partnering with local entrepreneurs who understand the needs of their communities, our hope is to create sustainable solutions that will not only have impact today but also in the years to come.”Microsoft’s Affordable Access Initiative aims to democratize access to the Internet through grants, commercial partnerships, connecting new leaders and community engagement.Grant recipients are already addressing a range of challenges that take advantage of last-mile access technologies such as TV white spaces, and their business models also demonstrate the ability to scale up and be market-sustained.Grant recipients are based across five continents in 11 countries: Argentina, Botswana, India,Indonesia, Malawi, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States.In addition to financial support, grant recipients will have access to:A global network connecting social enterprises with peers and mentors to develop and share best practices.Participation in annual immersive summits and monthly virtual touchpoints, alongside ongoing support from Microsoft’s Research and Development team.And, to further empower people and organization in communities benefiting from the Affordable Access Initiative, Microsoft Philanthropies will make digital literacy, online safety and computer science education programs available through its global YouthSpark initiative, as well as cloud product donations and training for nonprofits.Below is a complete list of the Affordable Access Initiative grant recipients:Power SolutionsAfrican Renewable Energy Distributor (Rwanda)New Sun Road (Uganda)Hardware SolutionsZaya Learning Labs (India)Connectivity SolutionsAirJaldi (India)Axiom Technologies (United States)C3: Communications Consulting Centre (Malawi)Ekovolt (Nigeria)Wi-Fi Interactive Network (Philippines)Application SolutionsKelase (Indonesia)Movivo (United Kingdom)Tambero.com (Argentina)VistaBotswana (Botswana)last_img read more

Millions of PCs Targeted by CryptocurrencyMining Malware

first_imgCybersecurity 3 min read Guest Writer Add to Queue Image credit: via PC Mag Register Now » Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag The hackers behind the malware appear to have been selling the hijacked computing power on the mining platform NiceHash, according to Palo Alto Networks. Millions of PCs Targeted by Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware Malware is increasingly developing an appetite for cryptocurrency mining. One newly discovered strain has tried to infect millions of Windows machines, all in an effort to siphon their computing power and possibly sell it for mining purposes.The operation has been going on for over four months, and may have targeted around 15 million machines or more, security firm Palo Alto Networks said Wednesday.To spread the malware, the hackers have been disguising the code as EXE files made to look like file-sharing downloads with names such as “File4org,” “RapidFiles” and “Dropmefiles.” Those EXE files have then been circulated online via shortened URL links through services like Bitly and possibly Adfly. It isn’t clear where the hackers have been posting the links, but they’ve generated at least 15 million clicks, according to Palo Alto Networks.Once the malware infects, it will secretly run an open-source utility called XMRig, which mines Monero, a digital currency now worth about $310 per coin.”In this case the attackers set it to never use more than 20 percent of (CPU) resources,” said Josh Grunzweig, a malware researcher with Palo Alto Networks, in an email. As a result, most victims probably won’t notice that the mining is taking place.However, the hackers may be less interested in generating the Monero for themselves than helping others mine it. The malware’s code actually contains a reference to NiceHash, an online marketplace for people to buy and sell computing power to mine cryptocurrencies.”In our research, we’ve seen that the attackers using it as the marketplace where they ‘sell’ the hash processing power of the systems they’ve loaded XMRig on,” Grunzweig said.Palo Alto Networks doesn’t know how much Monero the hackers have mined with their malware, but it’s been targeting computers mainly in Southeast Asia, North Africa and South America.The scheme is among the latest hacking threats to capitalize on the rising value of Monero, which was worth only $13 a year ago. Last month, F5 Networks reported that hackers were using leaked NSA cyberweapons to take over Windows and Linux systems, and download malware to mine Monero.Meanwhile, other cybercriminals have been hijacking websites to run Monero mining scripts over internet browsers. Victims may notice a hit in their computer’s processing power when they load the affected websites. Fortunately, antivirus software and browser add-ons can block the activity. Reporter January 26, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. –shares Michael Kan Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

The Source Code for Vine was Accidentally Made Public

first_img –shares Vine Apply Now » James Cook 1 min read Image credit: Rebecca Cook via Business Insider Jack Dorsey The Source Code for Vine was Accidentally Made Public July 25, 2016center_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. European Technology Reporter at Business Insider This story originally appeared on Business Insider The source code for Twitter’s six-second video app Vine was accidentally revealed online, The Register reports.A security researcher who goes by the username “avicoder” published a blog post about his discovery. He says that he found a subdomain on Vine’s website which led to him discovering Vine’s entire source code available for download.The source code for apps and programs is usually a closely guarded secret as it shows the inner working of exactly how an app functions, and public exposure is a big security risk.Avicoder reported his finding to Twitter, and it was removed within five minutes. He was later paid a $10,080 bug bounty for finding the code. Twitter declined to comment on this story.In case you were wondering, here’s what it looks like to receive a $10,000 payment from Twitter:Happiness is this !!!Write-up is coming soon at https://t.co/JbmlhNVzc0 … pic.twitter.com/phEnaPt39W— {{ avicoder }} (@avicoder) April 2, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Add to Queuelast_img read more

Mitsubishi Motors And New Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner Think Small… And

first_imgMMNA’s New “Small Batch” Philosophy Debuts With Crossover Family Marketing Effort Ahead of Far-Reaching Changes to the Brand’s Go-To-Market Strategy Mitsubishi Motors thinks small for its latest advertising strategy, and that’s a good thing. “Mitsubishi has enjoyed significant and sustained growth in the US over the last six years, and from new vehicles to new dealers, there are a lot of exciting changes coming,” said Kimberley Gardiner, who joined MMNA as vice president and chief marketing officer in January. “But we have to admit to ourselves that, in this market, we’re a niche player in an industry that is expected to be relatively flat in the near future, so if we want to maintain our momentum and grow, we’re going to have to change the way we think and act as a brand.” Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), the fastest-growing Asian brand in the US for the second consecutive year, is on the rise, but in order to accelerate that growth, the company is thinking small. But not small as in diminutive, small as in “Small Batch,” a term that speaks to carefully crafted products, thoughtfully curated collections and a proudly independent mindset. BSSP-produced assetsFestival of CreativityKimberley GardinerMarketing Technology NewsMitsubishi MotorsNews Previous ArticleAdslot Delivers 467% Increase in ROI Through Programmatic Guaranteed SolutionNext ArticleShoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website Performance Mitsubishi Motors And New Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner Think Small… And That’s A Good Thing PRNewswireJune 14, 2019, 4:15 pmJune 14, 2019 Gardiner and her team, including Ad Age 2018 Small Agency of the Year, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (BSSP), and Adweek Global Media Agency of the Year 2019, OMD, looked to modern, tech-savvy direct-to-consumer brands for inspiration across categories as diverse as eyewear, fitness, mattresses and travel gear.“The best D2C (direct-to-consumer) brands have found ways to differentiate themselves from their more traditional competitors while making the discovery, shopping, purchase and ownership experience easy and fun; we need to find our own way to do the same,” said Gardiner. “And we need to own who we are. Mitsubishi may be a small brand in the U.S., but our spirit is mighty. We might not be for everyone – and our customers tell us they love that about us.”Marketing Technology News: MadHive, Inscape Partner To Enable Cross-Platform Linear, OTT Planning, Activation and Attribution For Local TV Broadcasters and AdvertisersBecause of this unique, outside-the-auto-industry thinking, Gardiner also will be traveling to Cannes, France, to participate in the Cannes Lions “Festival of Creativity” week June 17-21. Invited to speak on multiple panels, Gardiner will share her perspective on the value of agency creativity and the changing face of the agency/client relationship and the way challenger brands must present their unique messages. She will also debut with media partner Teads a custom version of ‘Small Batch’ creative as part of their L’Atelier interactive workshop.“We’re looking outside of the automotive industry, rather than just within it, to find new ways of thinking and engaging,” said Gardiner. “We’re seeking technology and partnerships that are new to the category, enabling us to transform our business.”The “Small Batch” vision celebrates the marque’s adventurous and ambitious spirit as a challenger-brand. It’s based on a mindset expressed by Mitsubishi owners, who look at uncommonness as cool and see their own confident, independent choices as key to their own success in life.Marketing Technology News: Study Shows Two-Thirds of Consumers Prepared to Flee to Brands Offering Superior ServiceAs the first manifestation of the “Small Batch” strategy, the Crossover Family marketing effort debuted first on social media in late April with a heavy focus on digital distribution before expanding to video and broadcast. Creatively, “Small Batch” features black vehicles in front of a black background for a distinctly premium look. Bold, bright white copy superimposed across the image succinctly conveys key brand and product messages and maximizes engagement, particularly when viewed without sound as most digital messages are today.BSSP-produced assets include multiple cross-carline 15-second and six-second videos, model-specific “featurettes,” as well as more traditional 30-second television spots. Moreover, a new relationship with Team Velocity of Herndon, Virginia, will help translate MMNA’s new marketing vision to dealer-level communications.Media is structured for an always-on, hyper-targeted approach that is platform agnostic. Additional changes in agency scopes of work and areas of responsibility will facilitate full integration across earned, owned and paid channels.Additional “Small Batch” creative will debut throughout the summer, but the strategy is intended to reach far beyond advertising alone. It will incorporate partnerships and experiential marketing, and ultimately touch all aspects of Mitsubishi’s business in the United States.Marketing Technology News: Contentsquare and Monetate Bridge Customer Experience Gap Between Brands and Peoplelast_img read more

Crunch time for Ronaldo as the prodigal returns

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will face the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson when he returns to Old Trafford. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images Crunch time for Ronaldo as the prodigal returns Mon 4 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT First published on Mon 4 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT Andy Hunter Share on Facebook United or Real Madrid? The Portuguese star is due to meet Sir Alex Ferguson this week Share on LinkedIn Premier League 2008-09 Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo Share via Email Topics Cristiano Ronaldocenter_img Share on Twitter Sir Alex Ferguson Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Shares00 Share on WhatsApp Premier League Share on Pinterest Cristiano Ronaldo will undergo arguably the most gruelling examination of his career in Manchester this week. While Manchester United’s medical team assess the state of the Portugal international’s right ankle, Sir Alex Ferguson will look him in the eye and test his resolve, attitude and motivation. The answers may determine whether it is the beginning of the end of the tortuous Real Madrid transfer saga or of Ronaldo’s time at Old Trafford.The most coveted player in the world is due to visit his employers one month on from ankle surgery in Amsterdam as United, with whom Ronaldo signed a five-year contract worth £31m in April, inspect his recovery and clarify a timeframe for his return. That he will be involved in United’s pursuit of a hat-trick of league championships is, according to Ferguson and the club’s chief executive, David Gill, beyond doubt and they can certainly lay claim to being the only party with a consistent line throughout a transfer tale now in its fourth month. But until Ronaldo comes out and confirms he will be staying at an Old Trafford without Carlos Queiroz and that the “dream” of Real Madrid has died for another season, the doubt lingers.Ronaldo’s meeting with his manager may take place today, the second time they have come face-to-face this summer, and it will take an intransigent performance from the 23-year-old, a show that convinces Ferguson he has lost the player’s heart and mind to the Bernabéu, possibly even a transfer request, for the winger to have any hope of winning the argument. As Ruud van Nistelrooy, himself a prolific goalscorer for United and allowed to join Real Madrid only at Ferguson’s behest, has said: “The meetings can be a bit lively but overall what he [Ferguson] is doing is in the interests of Manchester United and that’s what he always thinks of. In those meetings, if he wants to keep the player, he’ll do everything he can to do so and he’ll probably succeed as well.”Few players have left Old Trafford against the Glaswegian’s wishes and it has aided United’s stance, and caused disquiet in Madrid, that Ronaldo has not thrown any tantrums to leave in public. He may have rekindled Ferguson’s distaste for the cult of celebrity that surrounded David Beckham by partying in his plaster cast in Los Angeles, and retain the unwavering devotion of only those United supporters who have not reached puberty by keeping Real’s interest alive, but he is not entirely lost to the Old Trafford cause yet.With the dubious exception of a quote claiming to reflect what Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, thinks his client might say when he returns to Manchester, the player has kept his counsel since his last private encounter with Ferguson – a wise move since the odds against his departure lengthen as the transfer deadline draws nearer and United’s determination to keep him, from the Glazers down, holds firm.In contrast to United’s consistent stance, Real’s tactics – though not their ultimate wish – have changed with the prevailing wind. Ramón Calderón, the Madrid president, yesterday undermined his argument that Ronaldo represented all-or-nothing for his club in the transfer market this summer when the Spanish champions sealed a £10.3m deal for Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutch international midfielder has harboured an ambition to appear in La Liga on account of his Spanish mother and will be unveiled in the capital today, having agreed a five-year contract. His arrival from Hamburg provides Real with an immediate remedy to the loss of Wesley Sneijder, another creative Dutchman, who could be out for three months after damaging knee ligaments in the Emirates Cup defeat by Arsenal. A renewed effort from Real to sign Ronaldo for a world-record transfer seemed inevitable the moment Sneijder was carried off on Sunday. Van der Vaart’s arrival suggests not and that even Calderón has lost confidence in his pursuit of United’s No7.Not that Real have stopped flirting. As Michel Salgado said yesterday: “We know Cristiano Ronaldo is an incredible player and we don’t have a problem about him coming here. The galácticos are the past. I think the best of Real Madrid now is the group and the dressing room.”If he comes, he will excite the fans for sure. At the Bernabéu, the supporters are used to watching all the best players in the world and Cristiano Ronaldo is now one of the best players in the world.” Even that mantle, however, is no guarantee of success in a spat with Ferguson.Hello, Old TraffordHow the returning Ronaldo might greet Sir Alex Ferguson todayRonaldo Hola, mister. I’ve come back to rot in the standsFerguson Say hello to Louis Saha while you’re up there, will youRonaldo Boss, you’ll love this. Rio put me up to it. See that hidden camera – you’ve been merked. Shake my handFerguson Sorry, son. My mistake. I could have sworn you said throatRonaldo I don’t suppose you’ve got a key for these shackles knocking about?Ferguson It’ll take me a wee while to find it … about five yearsRonaldo Let’s kiss and make upFerguson Fine – you’ll need make up after I’ve given you a Govan kissRonaldo OK, you win. I’ll stay. But I’m going to marry Geri Halliwell and commute from HertfordshireFerguson On second thoughts, I’ll just get David Gill to give the Bernabéu a ring Reuse this contentlast_img read more