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a month agoOxford destroy West Ham with four-goal thrashing

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first_imgOxford destroy West Ham with four-goal thrashingby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup after suffering a shock 4-0 defeat to League One side Oxford United.The Hammers were dire as Oxford run riot at Kassam Stadium.Manuel Pellegrini made eight changes to the team that beat Manchester United last Sunday and was punished accordingly.Second-half goals from Elliott Moore, Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste gave the U’s a deserved victory.Speaking after the game, Pellegrini said: “We played against a team who played very well.”It’s easy to say that we played very badly, but I think Oxford did everything they needed to win this game here at home for them.”They played with a lot of motivation, with desire and we didn’t play well.”If you give them time and space all of them are good players. They scored four goals, they had other chances and I think we only created one in the first ten minutes of the game and one in the last minute.”In the second half we lost all the moments [which decided the match].”If you want to continue playing in all competitions you have to use your whole squad, and we played with [experienced] players. I repeat, Oxford made it tough and after that [we perhaps showed a] lack of belief that these games are always very difficult for the teams who are in the better league.”Of course for the fans who came to Wimbledon, and to Oxford today, it’s not the best way to answer them. Football is like this, unfortunately it was a very bad night for some players and we’ll try to recover in our next game in the Premier League.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Oklahoma State Honoring Members Of Basketball Program Who Died In Plane Crash 14 Years Ago Today

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first_imgOklahoma State honors 2001 plane crash victims.On January 27th, 2001, the Oklahoma State basketball program suffered an unthinkable tragedy when eight members of its family (two players and six staffers and broadcasters) died in a plane crash while returning from a game in Colorado. In the years since that traumatic event, the 10 people who died in the crash –including the pilot and co-pilot–have been memorialized with a banner hanging in the rafters of OSU’s home court, Gallagher-Iba Arena, and a memorial located inside the Athletics Center. Also, each year, at the home game closest to the date of the crash, Oklahoma State honors the 10. This post from the Cowboys’ official athletics Instagram account has all the details on the ceremony before tonight’s game against Baylor: Very touching and appropriate tribute for those whose lives were inexplicably cut short, and it’s incredible to think 14 years has passed since this tragedy happened.last_img read more

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College Football Playoff Rankings Unveiled By Selection Committee For Week 11

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first_imgCollege Football Playoff bracket.Twitter/@Adam_Longname None of last week’s top four teams lost, but that doesn’t mean the week was without its College Football Playoff drama. Baylor, ranked sixth last week, fell to No. 12 Oklahoma at home, giving the Sooners a big boost this week. Stanford, which was ranked seventh last week, fell to Oregon, all but knocking the Pac-12 out of the running for one of the four spots, barring some extreme craziness. LSU’s loss to Arkansas also makes the SEC a two horse race, as far as playoff berths are concerned.The selection committee just unveiled its third rankings of the year on ESPN. Here is the full Top 25:1. Clemson 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/ayBIEp6c4E— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20155. Iowa 6. Oklahoma State— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20157. Oklahoma 8. Florida 9. Michigan State 10. Baylor— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201511. Stanford 12. Michigan 13. Utah 14. Florida State 15. LSU— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201516. Navy 17. North Carolina 18. TCU 19. Houston 20. Northwestern— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201521. Memphis 22. Mississippi 23. Oregon 24. Southern California 25. Wisconsin— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 2015How’d they do this week, football fans?last_img read more

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DP World Australia Calls for End to Industrial Action

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first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: DP World London Gateway DP World Australia (DPWA) has called for an end to industrial action across its terminals that escalated after the expiry of a three month cease-fire deal between the terminal operator and the union.The company said that it is “disappointed” that the Australian Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) escalated their industrial action across a number of terminals, particularly at a time when shipping lines are reviewing stevedore contracts.“The industrial action will cause significant disruption to DPWA customers and importantly the broader supply chain of shippers, exporters and importers. DPWA employees will also be unnecessarily and avoidably impacted by these lost earnings,” Andrew Adam, Chief Operating Officer at DPWA, said.During the recent 12-week bargaining period, the union did not make any material concessions to their initial 50 claims, DPWA said, adding that the claims included a wage increase well above CPI, without any willingness to support the needs of DPWA. The company further said that the union continued to demonstrate an alarming refusal to acknowledge the commercial reality of the intense competition from automated competitors.“The company has put forward its position and the union must now make appropriate concessions to their extensive list of claims,” Adam said.last_img read more

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Defamation case Court exempts Rahul from personal appearance

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first_imgA magisterial court in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra’s Thane district on Tuesday granted exemption to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi from personal appearance in a case in which he has been accused of making defamatory references to RSS while campaigning during Lok Sabha polls.First Class Judicial Magistrate SV Swami granted Rahul’s prayer for exemption moved by his counsel citing his busy schedule due to assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISwami had directed the Congress leader to be present in the court on Tuesday in connection with a case filed by secretary of Bhiwandi unit of RSS Rajesh Kunte, who had claimed Rahul had ‘distorted history’ and ‘defamed’ the organisation by alleging that ‘RSS people had killed Mahatma Gandhi’.The court directed that Rahul be present himself before it on 7 January, the next date of hearing.The magistrate had on 11 July ordered processes to be issued against Rahul under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code (defamation) to ensure his presence before the court for allegedly accusing RSS of killing Mahatma Gandhi, while addressing an election rally at Sonale village on 6 March.last_img read more

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Conquering Everest

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first_imgTen NCC girl cadets were felicitated by General Dalbir Singh, COAS, for successfully summiting Mt Everest, on Thursday afternoon at Vigyan Bhawan in the national Capital. This was the first NCC Girl Cadets expedition to have successfully scaled world’s highest peak.The event was also graced by Lt General Aniruddha Chakravarty, DG NCC, who expressed his gratitude and thanked the Ministry of Defence, The Indian Army, All India Radio and the Indian Air Force for their support to the expedition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The expedition led by Col Gaurav Karki, a renowned mountaineer, comprised of cadets namely- Rigzen Dolker, Tashi Kaskit, Trishala Gurung, Staniz Laskit, Pooja Mehra, Baljeet Kaur, Lalrintluangi, Tsering Angmo, Sulaxchana Tamang and Kumari Nutan.The expedition succedded in two consecutive days as two batches comprising of five girls each, scaled the peak on May 21 at 11:00am and May 22 at 07:40am. The first batch was led by Col Gaurav Karki and Maj Deepika while the second batch, by Deputy expedition leader Lt Col Vishal Ahlawat. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGeneral Dalbir Singh, addressed the girls for their achievement and said that they had set an example for the future generations, and are an inspiration for everyone in the country. He said, “You have set an example for the younger generation and you are an inspiration to all the women in the nation.” He also requested the audience present, to give the team a standing ovation.As Col Gaurav Karki addressed the NCC cadets, he informed the audience about the strenuous procedure and training sessions the girls had undergone. A selected team of girl cadets had climbed to Mt Deo Tibba and Mt Trishul last year as part of an initial training. Later, ten selected cadets were given survival training for three weeks to endure the extreme cold conditions at Siachen Glacier in the beginning of this year. After these lengthy preparations the team set out for Everest in the month of March and successfully overcame their expedition without any casualties. Lalrintluangi, a bubbly 12th standard student form Mizoram, who had been a part of the expedition, smiled and said, “I felt beautiful being on top of the world, as I placed my bible and the flag of Mizoram at the peak of Mt Everest. This memory will be preserved in my mind forever.”last_img read more

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What Industry Insiders Think of Marissa Mayers 640 Million Deal for BrightRoll

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first_img How Success Happens 5 min read November 12, 2014 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. A couple weeks ago, TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden and Sarah Buhr broke some big Yahoo news. They reported that Yahoo has signed a term sheet to buy a company called BrightRoll for about $700 million. Today, Yahoo finally announced it has acquired BrightRoll for $640 million.BrightRoll is a video ad tech company. It hosts videos for publishers, and, with algorithms, helps them pick which ads to run against them. Advertisers can also work with BrightRoll to find the right videos to sponsor.There are a few reasons it makes sense for Yahoo to buy BrightRoll.  For a while now, Yahoo has sought to acquire a company that would give it more video advertising inventory to sell in a “programmatic,” or automated fashion. First it tried to by Dailymotion. Later it tried to buy Twitch. BrightRoll’s algorithms might be able to help Yahoo match advertisers to videos more efficiently, thereby allowing it to sell the video ad inventory it already possesses for higher prices.Yahoo would like to turn Tumblr into a YouTube competitor. It needs video-hosting and ad-serving technology to be able to do that.BrightRoll generates $100 million in revenue each year, and it will immediately help Yahoo’s top line start growing again. Back when TechCrunch first published its report, we reached out to several ex-Yahoo ad tech people as well as a number of other sources in the industry to hear what they think of this potential deal.Here’s what we heard.BrightRoll is a good company, but Yahoo could buy its competition for cheaper.Says an industry source: “BrightRoll is a good company, been around a long time, has good revenues (maybe $100 net) and good gross margins. It’s interesting that there are three publicly-traded video ad nets for less $ and none of them are being considered for acquisition (YuMe, Tremor, TubeMogul). Both YuMe and Tremor are highly discounted because their tech sucks and they don’t do programmatic well. TubeMogul is almost entirely buy-side, so Yahoo is probably more interested in sell-side technology.”Yahoo is paying too much.Says shareholder Eric Jackson: “Typical Yahoo deal. Buy the also ran at double the price. Wish they bought Liverail. If it happens, it’s far less objectionable than Tumblr or the 6 dozen acqui-hires – at least there’s going to be some revenue.”BrightRoll is just a clearing-house without great tech.Says a former Yahoo exec: “Desperation play.  Too much of an ad network (just a buy/sell operation, not a true platform). Valuation is absolutely ridiculous.”Yahoo is splitting the baby.Says an industry source: “I think Yahoo is schizophrenic about if they need/want a DSP [a product advertisers can use to find ad inventory] or an SSP [a product publishers can use to sell inventory], Brightroll gives them something that splits the middle.”BrightRoll doesn’t have great tech or software, and Yahoo just acquiring scale.Says a former Yahoo exec: “Terrible. While BrightRoll is a scale player in the hot video space… Their revenue is primarily driven by their media ad network business. It’s IO driven, not tech or SaaS [this means its not as automated as you think]. This is Blue Lithium & Interclick for video [two ad tech acquisitions Yahoo made in the past that some say haven’t gone well]. Yahoo needs ad tech and all they acquire are mobile startups that are going out of business and more unreliable, insertion order driven media networks.”It’s a smart deal, but Yahoo is paying a lot — and it doesn’t have the people to run a smart ad tech business.Says a former Yahoo exec: “I think it’s actually smart. It’s becoming widely acknowledged that the ad format of choice for mobile is video and this gives them a great solution from a recognized leader in the video space. It’s an expensive price though. The problem is after acquisition that you have inept product people like [Yahoo executives] Scott Burke and Mark Morrissey who will more than likely sabotage this from within and until those guys are gone, Yahoo will continue to have problems on the revenue product side.”Where’s the synergy?Says an ex-Yahoo executive: “Not sure I see the real synergy with Yahoo. More video inventory? [Feels like they are saying,] ‘We need to do something. This is something. Let’s do it.'”It doesn’t solve Yahoo’s real probem.Says a former Yahoo executive: “Buying ad tech doesn’t solve the company’s fundamental problem as not being relevant to users (declining engagement) and consequently not having mindshare with advertisers/agencies. While it could help squeeze out higher prices from it’s own inventory, it cannot be a game changer. Plus Yahoo’s poor track record of integrating ad network businesses raises questions on how well it can integrate the ad network piece of BrightRoll. Yahoo hasn’t made much of the Blue Lithium or Interclick acquisitions. As a shareholder I’d rather have the estimated $700M given back – as a dividend or stock buybacks.” This story originally appeared on Business Insider Listen Nowlast_img read more

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April 1 2004 Welcome to 10 students and 2 instruc

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first_imgApril 1, 2004Welcome to 10 students and 2 instructors from Osaka College in Japan. Top from left: Yoshimasa Azuma, Yuusuke Yamaguchi, Mitsunori Akiyama, Kouji Kita, Hiroki Hachikubo, Atsuhiro Murakami, Mitsunori Kitamura. Bottom from left: Takuro Kameda, Kouhei Fujita, instructors Takeshi Yamaguchi and Shoji Kawamoto, Hiroshi Onishi. The group will continue to survey the topography around Arcosanti. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa]Welcome to 10 students and 2 instructors from Osaka College in Japan. Top from left: Yoshimasa Azuma, Yuusuke Yamaguchi, Mitsunori Akiyama, Kouji Kita, Hiroki Hachikubo, Atsuhiro Murakami, Mitsunori Kitamura. Bottom from left: Takuro Kameda, Kouhei Fujita, instructors Takeshi Yamaguchi and Shoji Kawamoto, Hiroshi Onishi. The group will continue to survey the topography around Arcosanti. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa]last_img read more

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September 1 2014The construction crew is working

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first_imgSeptember 1, 2014The construction crew is working on a new project in the East Crescent Keystone. You can see an elevation and a plan of this new project in our report from August 15. and the beginning of the work is reported on 8/20/2014. The plan is for a staircase in the middle of this area and a pair of planters on either side of the staircase. The crew is preparing formwork for the foundation of the planters.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Construction crew leader Paolo Van Erp is teaching workshop participant Thomas Lewis how to cut and tie rebar for the two foundations.More about this project on September 3. 2014.last_img

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The Jam Pak Blues n Grass also hosted a free full

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first_imgThe Jam Pak Blues n’ Grass also hosted a free full day workshop INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO, with guitars, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, and wash-tub bass for children and adults.The MAYER FIRE DEPARTMENT was on hand in case of any emergency.OLD BLUE SOUND took care of all of the equipment and sound, the best professional sound management in the Southwest. The show was closed by FLINTHILL SPECIAL.During the last bit of their performance, the rain and wind, threatening all day, finally lost patience and come down with lots of pent up energy.Nevertheless, it was a terrific event. Don’t miss it next year. And there was a raffle for one of the beautiful SOLERI Cause Bells. May 6, 2016Last Saturdays Bluegrass festival drew a good size and lively crowd.JAM PACK BUES & GRASS NEIGHBORHOOD BAND has been a definite favorite of the festival since its very beginning. This group was started by music teacher Annie Beach and has resulted in several bands that have grown out of this group. [photos and text by Sue Kirsch] There was a raffle for a guitar, here is the happy winner.last_img read more

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iPlayer the BBCs online TV platform received 11

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first_imgiPlayer, the BBC’s online TV platform, received 113 million video requests in September. That figure is up from 86 million for the same period last year.The BBC is seeing iPlayer usage from devices other than computers continuing to rise, with tablet requests increasing to 4.6 million in September from four million during the previous month.Doctor Who, Outnumbered and Waterloo Road were the most requested shows in September.last_img

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Sky is adding to new enhancements to its targeted

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first_imgSky is adding to new enhancements to its targeted advertising service, AdSmart, including more precise location targeting.From November, advertisers using AdSmart will be able to deliver TV ads to Sky homes based on the first two letters of their area postcode.Previously advertisers could use the platform to target only by TV region or metropolitan area.The second new feature will allow advertisers to use their own customer data to help them reach their preferred audiences – on top of the 90 customer attribute segments already offered by Sky AdSmart.The updates were announced at IBC yesterday by Sky Media’s deputy managing director, Jamie West, who said:“We’ve seen a huge and growing demand for Sky AdSmart, opening up the UK’s most-loved medium to scores of advertisers who previously thought it was not relevant or out of reach.”“Building on our successful launch, we’re further strengthening the product to give advertisers additional ways of reaching their desired audiences on TV. We look forward to continuing to develop Sky AdSmart to give advertisers even more control over their TV campaigns.”West said that to date, 224 brands have run 640 individual campaigns using Sky AdSmart, and that a total of 577 million Sky AdSmart ads have been viewed in Sky homes.last_img read more

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OTT SVoD service MHz Networks which offers foreig

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first_imgOTT SVoD service MHz Networks, which offers foreign-language content subtitled in English for the US market, has tapped Vimeo to provide its recently acquired VHX technology for the service.MHz Networks has migrated its video service to VHX’s OTT solution, according to Vimeo.MHz Networks provide a catalogue of 3,000 hours of comedies, detective dramas, and documentaries to its subscribers, including the likes of Detective Montalano.The service costs US$7.99 a month and is available via iPhone or iPad as well as other devices.Vimeo acquired VHX last week. The agreement with MHz Networks will enable to latter to target Vimeo’s global base of 280 million monthly users to build an audience for its service, according to Vimeo.“MHz Networks is not a technology company, we are a media company. We need to spend our resources telling our entertaining and compelling stories, not on developing a video delivery platform which is costly and time-consuming. VHX gives us the ability to do just that,” said Lance Schwulst, vice-president of content and digital strategy at MHz Networks.last_img read more

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Geordie Shore UK pay TV platform Virgin Media has

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first_imgGeordie ShoreUK pay TV platform Virgin Media has renewed its deal with Viacom, securing carriage for channels including MTV and Nickelodeon.The cable platform has secured the channels for an unspecified multiyear period. As well as the MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon linear channels, the deal covers catch-up and box set rights.Virgin Media and Viacom, owner of Channel 5, have agreed a new multi-year programming deal in the UK and Ireland.The partnership ensures Virgin Media customers will continue to enjoy favourite networks like MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon as well as bringing new channels, additional catch up TV and box sets to Virgin Media’s TV platform.The kids catch-up content will also include programming from Channel 5, the UK free-to-air channel that Viacom owns.Catch up titles include Geordie Shore (above) and Inside Amy Schumer from MTV and SpongeBob SquarePants and Paw Patrol from Nick.Viacom’s new streaming apps – MTV Play, Nickelodeon Play, Nick Jr. Play and Comedy Central Play – will also be available to Virgin’s subs.The Spike linear channel will also roll out on Virgin for the first time.David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media said: “This agreement with Viacom means our customers will not just continue to have access to some of the very best TV from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon or the newly launched Spike, but can now enjoy even more programmes on demand – whether on TV or mobile.”Arran Tindall, SVP, Commercial and Content Distribution, for Viacom International Media Networks, added:  “We’re delighted to be partnering with Virgin Media to make content from all our branded networks available on every screen and both on-demand and on-the-go.”last_img read more

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The Chechen groups that threaten the security of t

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first_img The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the [Olympic] games are controlled by us, and they will not move in the Syrian territory’s direction without coordinating with us. Any coverage of Ukraine or Syria that ignores these facts disgraces itself. The New Message The new message I’ve been seeing lately is this: Obama is screwing up and making us look like wimps! We need to be powerful, not wimps! What that actually means is, “We should confront Putin and show him who’s tough! We’re still the biggest badass!” That kind of emotion, of course, leads toward war. Along with this emotionalism travels a peculiar fear found in empires: If we don’t rule the world, everything will break down into death and darkness. The Brits believed this not too long ago, as did many others, going back to the Romans and beyond. Here are a few passages from mainstream media that have caught my eye: “The collapse of the Pax Americana under Obama has freed up Russia and China to begin their campaigns of territorial expansionism.” Last year, lots of powerful groups tried to get a war going in Syria. It seemed to me that the necessary ground work hadn’t been done and that they might not be able to pull it off. Thankfully, that’s how it happened. And by “necessary ground work,” I’m not referring to the military operators the US government had in Syria for a year or two prior; I’m talking about making the American populace eager for a new war. That’s a crucial and often ignored factor. What has been catching my eye the past week or so is a new series of efforts to stir up war fever in the US, and I’d like to give them some coverage. Since the mainstream ‘news’ in the US has become almost completely trivialized and neutered, I think it’s important for the rest of us to fill the gap as best we can. First Points Before I get to what I see as the new war propaganda, I want to point out what all the ‘respectable’ voices are ignoring: This leaked recording (embedded in video) is from February 6 – before the deposing of the Ukrainian boss that started the current mess. In it, you’ll hear US State Department officials deciding who should be the new boss of the country, once they’ve had their way. This is clear, uncontested proof that it was the State Department who got things going in the Ukraine. Whatever we think of Putin, it must be acknowledged that these guys stirred it up. This video contains conversations of high Turkish officials planning a fake attack to start a war with Syria. “Russia has taken over Crimea and threatens further aggression. Now is the time to act…” “Putin has given speeches almost identical to Hitler’s 1938 Berlin address.” “Instead of a post-American world ushering in a stable multilateral order, it will revert back to a chaotic Lord of the Flies situation.” Leaked documents have shown that the Saudis are pushing very hard for a war in Syria (intended, presumably, to weaken Iran). They go so far as to tell Putin that they control terrorist groups, including those who could attack in both Russia and in Syria. (Think about that!) Here’s a direct quote from what they said to Putin: This leaked recording (embedded in video) features an Estonian foreign minister talking to an EU official. In it, he says that the snipers who were said to be killing on Putin’s orders were actually working for the people the US was putting into power. “Fear That Obama Will Let Russia Seize Control Of Internet.” To this I’ll add one more thing: Millions of people currently believe that Russian troops have invaded the Crimea, which is completely false. Honestly, I’m not sure that this will work. However hungry the military-industrial complex may be, Joe and Jane Average are just not eager for another war. And I think Putin’s smart enough to withhold any Pearl Harbor-like attacks. Even a big terrorist attack might only prove that the intel state has failed again. I’m not sure that people can maintain an endless blind faith in Jack Bauer; at some point, they will say, “That was only a TV show.” That said… That said, “Washington Worship TV” continues and they’re still working toward war. Obama just paid a call on the Saudis, who remain desperate for their war in Syria. They’re so desperate, in fact, that they’re working with the Israelis on it. (War makes for strange bedfellows.) And on his way to Arabia, Obama called on the Pope. What these meetings were really about, who knows. Backroom deals between intel agencies take place all the time. No one’s going to admit what the conversations are about, but one can certainly imagine that a deal was underway to give Putin the Crimea in return for the war in Syria that NATO and its friends wanted. The leaks mentioned above (especially the Turkish leak) may have delayed matters, but since it has never appeared on “the news,” most people have never heard about it. Perhaps the push for war in Syria will continue. But, it may be that NATO and their allies have given up on their war in Syria and are trying to punish Putin for standing in their way. (It’s likely that Russia was the source of those leaks.) That would involve bloodshed in the Ukraine… as if the Ukrainians haven’t suffered enough in the past eighty years. The Bottom Line The bottom line is that several groups are very eager for a new war. Toward that end, they’re working to stir up emotions. Rationally convincing people to kill and be killed, of course, isn’t terribly effective. What we have to do now is to keep our heads and be a voice of reason for our friends and neighbors, even if they don’t like it. War is not salvation; it’s hell. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

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Lincoln Debuts UberLike Service But With Your Own Car

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first_img Next Article Lydia Belanger 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. On-Demand Lincoln Debuts Uber-Like Service, But With Your Own Car April 12, 2017 The chauffeur program will launch in select cities.center_img –shares Add to Queue Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Ever wanted to ride in your own car, but as a passenger? Lincoln will soon have your back — if you own a Lincoln.Ahead of the New York Auto Show, the luxury automaker announced that it’s piloting a new service called Lincoln Chauffeur. Currently available only in Miami, it allows owners of Lincoln vehicles to hail drivers to chauffeur them around.Related: 5 Surprising Things to Come Out of the Detroit Auto ShowOwners may not want to drive themselves for a number of reasons: They may want to avoid looking for parking or paying steep fees to leave their car at the airport during a trip. They may want their car returned to their home after their driver drops them off so someone else in their household can use it. They may even need a designated driver service and request that a Lincoln driver retrieve them and their car after an evening of drinking, according to Autoblog.It’s a solution for Lincoln owners who don’t want to allow their high-end vehicle to sit in their garages when it’s not convenient for them to drive — and who don’t want to settle for an unfashionable, inexclusive cab, Uber or Lyft.A startup called Dryver already does this, by the way. Its slogan is, “We drive your car, so you don’t have to.”The services Lincoln Chauffeur will provide won’t be limited to driving, however. The drivers will also be on call to run errands for users, such as pumping gas, picking up kids and buying groceries. They may even become personal assistants over time, as satisfied users will be able to request the same driver repeatedly.Related: You Won’t Believe This Luxe New Car Is a VolvoSan Diego Lincoln owners will get to try the service next, and other cities will follow later this year. New Lincoln buyers will get eight free hours of Lincoln Chauffeur, currently valued at $30 an hour.For those nervous about trusting a stranger with their keys, Lincoln has said that it will thoroughly vet all of its drivers. And unlike other companies that provide rides on-demand, Lincoln’s drivers will be employees, not independent contractors, providing an additional layer of liability for the company. Image credit: Josh Lefkowitz / Contributor | Getty Images Register Now »last_img read more

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Order Postmates It Might Arrive Via an Autonomous Ford

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first_imgDelivery Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The automaker is teaming up with Postmates for autonomous delivery trials. Add to Queue Order Postmates? It Might Arrive Via an Autonomous Ford. Next Article 2 min read Image credit: via PC Mag Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img In the future, takeout, groceries and other things you order through the delivery startup Postmates might arrive via a self-driving Ford.The automaker is teaming up with Postmates for autonomous delivery trials. As part of this partnership, the companies plan to conduct pilot programs throughout the year to understand “how self-driving technology could change the delivery experience for consumers, enable brick-and-mortar retailers to reach new customer bases, and transform the way commerce moves,” Ford’s Vice President of autonomous vehicles and electrification Sherif Marakby wrote in a blog post.Postmates is an app and web-based service that connects customers with “local couriers who can deliver anything from any store or restaurant in minutes,” the company says on its website. Originally launched in its hometown of San Francisco, the service is now available in more than two dozen states and the District of Columbia (to see if it’s available in your area, head here).The companies hope this partnership leads to more efficient deliveries and helps consumers connect with small and local businesses in their area, according to Marakby.”The way commerce is moving around in cities is dramatically changing, and emerging technology will undoubtedly have an impact on the future of on-demand delivery,” Marakby wrote. “With the knowledge we’ll gain from our partnership with Postmates, we anticipate we’ll be able to better deploy self-driving technology in a way that can help people get what they need faster, while also supporting local businesses that are a big part of communities around the world.”Last year, Ford teamed up with Domino’s to carry out a self-driving pizza delivery experiment in Ann Arbor, Mich., using Ford’s Fusion Hybrid vehicles for deliveries. January 10, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Reporter Angela Moscaritolo Register Now » –shareslast_img read more

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Jony Ive Reportedly Felt That Tim Cook Wasnt Interested in Design

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first_img Next Article –shares Steve Dent This story originally appeared on Engadget Jony Ive Reportedly Felt That Tim Cook Wasn’t Interested in Design Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 3 min read Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images via engadget Register Now » Jony Ive’s departure was made official last week, but may have begun years ago because of Apple’s shift in focus from design to operations, according to the WSJ and Bloomberg. Citing multiple unnamed sources, the reports stated that Ive was “dispirited” by Tim Cook’s lack of interest in design, especially considering the close synergy he shared with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. At the same time, Ive was coming into Apple’s offices much less often than before, “straining the cohesion central to product development,” the WSJ stated.Ive reportedly started showing up at Apple’s offices less often after the release of the Watch. Rather than an iPhone peripheral, Ive saw it was a fashion accessory, clashing with Apple executives over how to position it. The resulting device, at $349, sold only 10 million units (a quarter of the forecast), while “thousands” of copies of the $17,000 gold version went unsold, according to the WSJ.Much like many Apple fans, Ive was supposedly frustrated with the change in company culture from the one — established by he and Jobs — where design ruled. He was not only disappointed by the fact that Tim Cook “showed little interest in the product development process,” but also that Apple’s Board was increasingly filled with directors that had no experience in Apple’s business.Ive was promoted to Chief Design Officer shortly after the launch of the Watch, but only came to the office a couple of days a week, according to Bloomberg. Meetings were often moved to San Francisco where he lived, and even to hotels, homes of employees and other venues. “The team craved being around him,” said a WSJ source close to Apple leadership at the time. “He’s engaging. Him being around less was disappointing.”Ive created numerous iconic projects with Apple, often as a result of discussions, debates and arguments with Jobs. That includes iconic products like the iPhone, iPad, iPod, MacBook Air, Apple Watch and even Apple’s new headquarters. However, recent products like the HomePod and iPhone X models have enjoyed less success, and Apple recently killed its AirPower charging pad, which Ive imagined as a catchall for Apple devices. According to the WSJ, however, “engineering tests found it behaved more like a dorm-room hot plate.”Now his new design firm, “LoveFrom,” will reportedly be paid “millions of dollars a year to continue to work with Apple,” the WSJ said. That could give Ive the best of both worlds, only working on the stuff he wants for Apple without having to deal with internal politics. Add to Queue Ive was often absent from key product meetings, according to the WSJ. July 1, 2019 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Applelast_img read more

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A Brief History of Ubers Controversies

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first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Erin Griffith A Brief History of Uber’s Controversies Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares November 18, 2014 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Next Article Silicon Valley’s most valuable startup could also be its most toxic. A scoop from BuzzFeed illuminated as much last night. At a private dinner, Emil Michael, Uber’s SVP of business, suggested a plan to spend $1 million on a revenge campaign against journalists, in particular Sarah Lacy, a writer who has criticized the ridesharing startup. Michael’s apparent plan involves using data, which the company has access to through its app, to dig up information about Lacy’s personal life, then publicly distribute the compromising information. He also talked about hiring opposition researchers to dig up more dirt.The news quickly ricocheted around Twitter. Taken on its own, the story may not have stirred up such a fierce reaction. But the sheer volume of Uber scandals is difficult to ignore. With each new one, Uber’s three constituents – customers, investors and drivers – are questioning the $18.2 billion company. (Kalanick issued an apology today on Twitter.) Below, a look at what got us here:Drivers behaving badlyAn Uber driver has been accused of kidnapping a female rider.An Uber driver was accused of attacking a rider in the head with a hammer.An Uber driver assaulted a rider. Another Uber driver, whopassed Uber’s background check, assaulted and abused a rider.An Uber driver hit and killed a six-year-old girl. The company avoided liability because its drivers are independent contractors rather than employees.An Uber driver was accused of rape. Another was accused of fondling a passenger.Driver treatmentUber drivers in New York and San Francisco have held protests and strikes for better pay and treatment.Uber has been accused of pushing its drivers intosubprime auto loans.Sexist commentsCEO Travis Kalanick joked about how desirable he is to women, thanks to Uber’s success. “We call that Boob-er,” he told a reporter.Sexist adsUber promoted its services in France by pairing riders with “hot chick” drivers and asking, “Who said women don’t know how to drive?”Playing dirty against competitorsKalanick has repeatedly trash-talked rival Lyft, at one point calling the service a clone on Twitter. Uber’s elaborate plans to sabotage Lyft include aggressively recruiting Lyft’s drivers and cancelling rides on the service to waste the drivers’ time.Uber has even tried to kneecap Lyft’s fundraising (whichFortune’s Dan Primack has argued is fair game; venture investor Fred Wilson disagrees).Playing dirty with the mediaUber tried to plant a fake story that painted a positive picture of life as an Uber driver in LA Weekly after the publication ran a critical story.Surge pricing during emergenciesUber’s famous free-market pricing strategy did not make an exception for Hurricane Sandy, when many New Yorkers were displaced and the cost of taking an Uber car doubled. After complaints, the company said it would cap surge-pricing in emergencies.Regulatory fights and protestsUber tussles with the legacy black car and taxi industry in almost every city it enters. Many cities have tried to outlaw the service. When Berlin banned Uber, the company flouted the government and continued to operate. In other instances, Uber’s presence that causes the commotions. In France, a protest of Uber got physical when an Uber car’s windows were broken and its tires slashed. In London, a protest stopped traffic.Now, Uber can’t even release an integration with Spotifywithout writers pointing out that the partnership “furthers the ongoing logistical process of dehumanizing Uber drivers.” That was supposed to be a fluffy product announcement. But seen through the lens of Uber’s toxic history, nothing is. 4 min read Uber Add to Queuelast_img read more

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The Driver Who Sued Uber Slams Offensive Settlement

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first_imgClass Action Lawsuits Image credit: Reuters | Lucy Nicholson The Uber driver behind the lawsuit that threatened the company’s business model is now objecting to settling the case.In April, Uber announced that it had reached a $100 million settlement agreement in a court case that had gone on for three years. Douglas O’Connor filed suit against the company in 2013, claiming that Uber had misclassified its drivers as independent contractors and that they should be employees.The culmination of the case was announced in April with a $100 million settlement for drivers in California and Massachusetts.But in a court filing on Monday, O’Connor is now objecting to the settlement that bears his name, saying that it shortchanges drivers of billions.O’Connor said:”I am compelled to submit this declaration objecting to the class action settlement on behalf of myself and on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of other Uber Drivers in the State of California — and throughout the Country — who were at first given hope and a voice by the lawsuit bearing my name but now feel utterly betrayed and sold-out by an unjust settlement result that only benefits Uber.”In his objection, O’Connor claims that he never saw a copy of the settlement before Uber announced it in April. After it was announced, he claims that he was pressured into quickly signing the 100-page document.After reviewing the settlement, O’Connor doesn’t believe that the agreement is in the best interests of Uber drivers.He wrote:”Having now had the full opportunity to review the O’Connor settlement agreement, it is apparent that under the agreement, Uber drivers are being sold out and shortchanged by billions of dollars while sacrificing the determination of their classification as employees.”He initiated the case against Uber three years ago because he felt that the company misclassifying its drivers was “the most significant hazard to the economy and public safety,” he says. The settlement doesn’t answer that question.O’Connor says in the objection:”Unfortunately, the magnitude of this generational threat was given short shrift in the O’Connor class action as almost no meaningful discovery or depositions were taken, but where the average Uber driver will now receive an offensive settlement worth less than a tank of gas. I cannot in good conscience support this disastrous settlement agreement.”Uber declined to comment on the objection. Shannon Liss-Riordan, his former attorney, said that the things O’Connor is saying “are simply not true.”Liss-Riordan wrote in an email to Business Insider:”The case was at risk of being gutted by the Ninth Circuit and we made the choice we did, in consultation with our clients. Mr. O’Connor was not a lead plaintiff, and had not been certified to represent the class, but I kept him in the loop because the case bore his name. I believe the settlement was in the best interests of the class, in light of the risk we faced if having the case pulled out from under us by the Ninth Circuit. But if the court disagrees and thinks the settlement should not go forward for some reason, I would be more than happy to plow forward with it and do what I need to do.” Next Article May 17, 2016 Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Biz Carsoncenter_img 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider –shares The Driver Who Sued Uber Slams ‘Offensive’ Settlement Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

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