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first_img 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires There has also been some offseason buzz about whether the Notre Dame product has already supplanted long-time Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald as the team’s No. 1 receiving target. Fitzgerald had almost 100 fewer receiving yards in 2013, but Floyd insisted there isn’t a defined first option or second option on the team’s offense right now.“I just like to go out there and play,” he said. “We all work together for the same common goal, and that’s to win ball games.” – / 32 “Last year, training camp was terrible,” Floyd said, chuckling, but didn’t really elaborate why. “But having a year under our belt under BA’s offense, everything comes faster. I’m really more comfortable in it now. You don’t have to really, you know, think; you can just go and play. And I can play fast and (not) have to think so much. “So that year two really will help me out, plus, I think, also the whole offense.”Floyd — who caught 65 passes for five touchdowns and more than 1,000 yards last year — also should benefit from having a familiar face under center this year. Carson Palmer is coming off a strong second half of the 2013 season, and Floyd said the chemistry between himself and the starting quarterback is “getting better.”“Once you get on the same track as Carson, things kind of flow very (well),” he said about all the team’s receivers. “So that’s where we’re going now. That’s where we started off at. And we’re just getting better from here.”The 6-foot-2 receiver also talked the optimism he has coming off a breakout campaign.“It builds (confidence) tremendously,” he said. “And I’m glad that my quarterback has a lot of confidence in me, knowing that I can make plays on the ball and make plays for him, even though he might be in a jam at some time.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd played for two different head coaches in his first two NFL seasons.However, the team’s 2013 leader in receiving yards heads into his third season in a familiar system, as Bruce Arians and Harold Goodwin return as head coach and offensive coordinator, respectively, for the Cardinals.Prior to the third day of Cardinals training camp Monday, the 24-year-old Floyd talked about the second year under Arians’ system compared to the first. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

In This Issue… Currencies metals find a bid…

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first_imgIn This Issue… * Currencies & metals find a bid… * Retail Sales disappoint, big time! * BOC to meet today… * And Richard Duncan on this TTT! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Big Ben Visits Congress… Good day… And A Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well… the MRI I had done on my brain last week showed nothing… HAHAHAHAHA! Yes, there was nothing there! Of course my beautiful bride has told me that for years! And then there were the teachers back in the school years that muttered such things… But seriously… the good news is that no sign of lesions in the brain… I got to thinking yesterday about these bouts I’ve had with cancer… they have hit me, much like I used to play golf… left kidney, right femur & hip, left eye, right mandible… they used to call that “Army golf” left, right, left, right… Well, here we go again! Once again, the traders and hedge fund gurus are selling dollars ahead of a Fed event, in hopes that additional stimulus will be announced at the event. Today, it’s Big Ben Bernanke giving his testimony to lawmakers on the economy. You would think that having been disappointed time and time again by the Fed Heads, that going down this road once again would be avoided at all costs… But, as I told you about a month ago… the crown that gets placed on your head forever, when you are the first to call something, holds great value to these traders and hedge fund gurus, so they are always willing to go out on the limb… I would be surprised 6-ways from Sunday if Big Ben even mentioned stimulus today and tomorrow as he speaks to the Senate and House on different days. But that’s not stopping the bias to sell dollars which began yesterday mid-morning, and continued throughout the day and overnight sessions. So… we begin the day today with the euro having moved from playing peek-a-boo with the 1.22 handle to now playing the game with the 1.23 handle… The last time, we went into a Fed event with the traders et.al. selling dollars in hopes of an additional stimulus announcement, the euro got whacked by 2-cents when the disappoint set in… So, the downside risk today is great, folks… be careful… But then if you are one to think that Big Ben will use the testimony on the economy to announce additional stimulus, then you’ll want to jump on the “we got the call right first crowd” bandwagon… I’m skeptical, at best here, folks… I really don’t think Big Ben, even with his, “what you dare to question the great and powerful Oz” mantra, would take this time to announce additional stimulus… Getting on… Remember when I told you that German exports were kicking tail once again with the relatively weaker euro allowing their manufactured goods to be more competitive? Well, if the were doing well when the euro was 1.30, imagine how well they are doing with it around 1.23! it is now thought that the weaker euro will allow Germany’s nominal Trade Surplus to equal 4% of the German GDP… So… German exporters are happy campers with the weaker euro… as they should be! And as long as the euro remains stronger than the dollar, given the problems of the Eurozone, what does that tell one about the dollar? OK… The Bank of Canada (BOC) meets this morning to discuss rates… this will be a non-event, as BOC Gov. Carney, wants to remove monetary policy stimulus, but just can’t pull the trigger with all the problems of the Eurozone and the U.S. right now. The Eurozone is in recession, and the U.S., although I say it never left the depression, but officially came out of recession, is ready to re-enter it, says, PIMCO Bond king, Bill Gross… So, I don’t expect much in the way of movement from the Canadian dollar / loonie, from this non-event BOC meeting… I think everyone knows the hand that the BOC has been dealt at this point. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting minutes for the July meeting earlier this month, were balanced to slightly hawkish. The RBA once again said that they were comfortable with the current rate cuts made, and will continue to monitor the effects of those rate cuts made earlier this year. These meeting minutes have helped the Aussie dollar (A$) to continue to gain in the $1.02 handle, heading to $1.03… Last night, Japanese Finance Minister, Azumi, tried his hand a jawboning in an attempt to slow down the speculative trading in the Japanese yen. This is typical of how the Japanese do things… the yen is strong, as it briefly went below the 79 handle yesterday (yen is a European priced currency, so the lower the number the more in value it has VS the dollar), and this strength in the yen has been driving Japanese officials crazy… But, as I’ve said before, they can jawbone all they want, the markets are not afraid of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) any longer, for they know all too well that to really move the yen weaker, and cause massive losses for holders of yen, that the BOJ would have to work in coordination with the U.S. and Eurozone… They have other problems work on right now to deal with Japan’s currency strength problem… In China the State Council will meet this week, and from this meeting we could very well see the additional measures that will be adopted by the Chinese Gov’t in an attempt to regenerate the moderating economy. The Chinese renminbi/ yuan posted gains overnight. This is the first time in a week or so that Chinese officials have allowed the renminbi/ yuan to gain. So, maybe, they know something about Big Ben’s visit to the Senate today… And here we go again with Gold, as it nears $1,600 again this morning… The shiny metal has been manipulated so much lately that it’s difficult to get traction. Artur over in our Business FX group told me about a new Gold trading platform that Italy started last week… Good for them! I talked at length about Gold manipulation in the next edition of the Review & Focus, which is sent monthly to EverBank World Markets clients. You’ll want to pick up a copy of that at your nearest newsstand when it comes out! HA! When will the public demand this be stopped? When a much larger percentage of the population owns Gold… that’s when! Well… yesterday’s Retail Sales data here in the U.S. for June was absolutely disappointing, just as I said it would be… June Retail Sales fell -.5% when a +.2% gain was forecast. Not by me! But by the so-called experts… Of course if these experts would just check the BHI (Butler household Index) it has a more consistent indication of what Retail Sales will be… So, Big Ben Bernanke will have this data in his back pocket when he travels to the Senate today… The back side of the financial storm is moving more onto our shores, folks… More and more economic data confirm that, and still no one does a thing about it… We’ll be inundated with economic data today… some of it stupid pet tricks, and some of it worthy of the paper it’s printed on. CPI will print… and so too will Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization… Long time readers know under what category those economic data prints fall under… But when it’s all said and done today… the markets will be moved by Big Ben Bernanke’s testimony or they won’t… the economic data will be “extras” today… Then There Was This… Richard Duncan is an author and analyst that has written at least two books that I have poured myself into over the years… First it was: The Dollar Crisis, that was written about 10 years ago, and then the most recent book, The Corruption of Capitalism… He “gets it”, folks… Always has… and he was interviewed on CNBC yesterday, and decided to tell the world that he believes the risk of a new depression… Here are a couple of snippets from his interview on CNBC Europe yesterday. Richard Duncan – “When we broke the link between money and gold, this removed all constraints on credit creation. This explosion of credit created the world we live in, but it now seems that credit cannot expand any further because the private sector is incapable of repaying the debt it has already, and if credit begins to contract, there’s a very real danger that we will collapse into a new Great Depression. If this credit bubble pops, the depression could be so severe that I don’t think our civilization could survive it.” Chuck again… I have to say that reading that gives me the chills… and would hope that we don’t get to that… Hopefully, spending cuts that would alleviate the need to go to the credit markets will steer us around that problem… But the spending cuts have to come, folks… NOW! In addition, I sent an email to my friend, John Mauldin, yesterday after I saw him on Bloomberg TV, talking about the debt, and how he was optimistic that Congress would do the right thing and begin to cut debt… my email simply said, “John, you are far more optimistic than I regarding Congress and their will to cut the deficit spending and debt… I believe there is no political will to do so, for it does not get them reelected, and with the large number of voters receiving some sort of Gov’t payouts, to cut those payouts would be suicidal for their reelection chances… John replied… “If we don’t, then it is a disaster of Biblical proportions”… I agree with that… but then I’ve been telling people about the disasters that this growing debt were going to cause for over a decade now… To recap… The currencies and metals began to gain mid-morning on Monday, and carried on throughout the overnight sessions. It seems the traders et.al. don’t ever learn a lesson… they are once again selling dollars ahead of a Fed event, in hopes to be the first to take advantage of an announcement of additional stimulus… Chuck thinks they will once again be disappointed by the Fed Heads… The BOC meets today, expect no move, and the RBA meeting minutes had a hawkish bias to them. Currencies today 7/17/12… American Style: A$ $1.0285, kiwi .7980, C$ .9850, euro 1.2285, sterling 1.5635, Swiss $1.0230, … European Style: rand 8.1930, krone 6.0835, SEK 7.0105, forint 233.35, zloty 3.40, koruna 20.6240, RUB 32.43, yen 79.05, sing 1.2625, HKD 7.7560, INR 55.08, China 6.3730, pesos 13.19, BRL 2.0345, Dollar Index 83.08, Oil $88.53, 10-year 1.48%, Silver $27.41, and Gold… $1,593.30 That’s it for today… a great 9th inning rally and win last night by the Cardinals… of course I didn’t see it until this morning! 4th day on my new medicine… so far so good, It just makes me feel a bit off-kilter… but then it’s only been 4-days… in 4 weeks that will be a better judge! This nasty cold bothers me more than the chemo medicine! In fact, it woke me up much earlier than I get up this morning, so I had me a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast! With toddlers always at the house, Everett and Braden, there are always Cheerios! And How about that guy that caught the little girl that fell out of a 3rd story window? WOW! And Happy 50 years of performing, to the Rolling Stones… They celebrated that last milestone last week! Sticky Fingers is still my fave Stones album… And with that… I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

The disability benefit assessment system is being

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first_imgThe disability benefit assessment system is being undermined by a “pervasive culture of mistrust”, fuelled by widespread claims that assessors are deliberately trying to prevent disabled people receiving the support they are entitled to, according to a committee of MPs.The long-awaited report by the Commons work and pensions committee describes how many claimants of personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) have reported dishonesty by the healthcare professionals who have carried out their face-to-face assessments.The report says the culture of mistrust this has produced means that assessors “risk being viewed as, at best lacking in competence and at worst, actively deceitful”.The committee’s report substantiates evidence provided by hundreds of disabled people who have contacted Disability News Service (DNS) over the last 15 months to describe the dishonesty of the healthcare professionals who assessed them.A separate report published earlier in the week includes examples from the “unprecedented” response from claimants who had submitted evidence to the committee, with nearly 4,000 submissions.The committee says this response was “remarkable” in the “consistency of the themes that emerged”, including claims that assessment reports “bore little or no relation to their circumstances or what had occurred during the assessment”.Claimants, said the committee, “do not believe assessors can be trusted to record what took place during the assessment accurately”.One example quoted by the committee comes from Mary, a PIP claimant who first told her story last year to DNS (she was named ‘Elizabeth’ by DNS).She told the committee how the assessor wrote in her report that she “arose from the chair without any difficulty” when in fact she “was in bed the whole time (she let herself in) and I only have the one chair in the room and she was sitting in it”.Another who submitted evidence said: “I did most of the talking as my partner was drowsy with his medication, but in the statement with the PIP decision [it said that] my partner was chatty. Completely untrue.”A third claimant told the committee: “I was attacked with a deadly weapon only a short time before my assessment. “The man threatened my life, on a walk with my dog. So the assessor wrote that I like to talk to people on my walk.”A fourth claimant said: “The assessor claimed in the report to have completed an extensive examination of me during the assessment.“She listed a breakdown of her observations regarding the movement of all my limbs and joints.“In reality though my assessment was only fifteen minutes long and the assessor didn’t examine me at all.”The committee calls in its report for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to improve trust in the system by offering the opportunity for all face-to-face assessments to be audio recorded, and by providing a copy of the written assessment report to all claimants.The evidence provided to DNS helped persuade the committee last year to investigate what Frank Field, the committee’s chair, described as “concerning reports about the operation of the PIP assessment process”.He later said that DNS had “provided us with a useful series of case studies that acted as a further catalyst” for calling an emergency evidence session last March, which subsequently led to the launch of the inquiry.The committee had appeared last year to be trying to avoid discussing allegations of dishonesty that had been raised by DNS, refusing to ask welfare rights experts about such claims in the urgent evidence session, and then neglecting to raise the issue of dishonesty in a letter seeking further evidence about the PIP assessment process.But the sheer weight of the allegations submitted by PIP claimants appears to have convinced the committee that these claims were valid, even if there was no explicit statement in this week’s report that the MPs believed there was dishonesty in the assessment process.Despite the role played by DNS in persuading the committee to investigate the PIP assessment process, neither Field, nor Heidi Allen, the senior Conservative member of the committee – the two MPs who were said to be available for interviews – agreed to talk to DNS this week.A spokeswoman for the committee declined to say if the refusal to be interviewed was connected with DNS reports that have criticised Field and his colleagues.Those reports questioned why they failed to ask the minister for disabled people about figures suggesting attempted suicides among people claiming out-of-work disability benefits may have doubled between 2007 and 2014, following the introduction of the work capability assessment, which tests eligibility for ESA.In response to the committee’s report, a DWP spokeswoman said: “As the [committee] highlights, assessments work for the majority of people, with 83 per cent of ESA claimants and 76 per cent of PIP claimants telling us that they’re happy with their overall experience.“However, our aim has to be that every person feels they are treated fairly, with respect and dignity.“We are committed to continuously improving the experience of our claimants; that is why we’ve commissioned five independent reviews of the work capability assessment – accepting over 100 recommendations – and two independent reviews of PIP assessments.“We continue to work closely with our providers to ensure people receive high quality assessments, and are exploring options around recordings to promote greater transparency and trust.”last_img read more

4 Companies Profiting From Trumps Unpopularity

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first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article You can send tiny gloves to the president. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand In light of the recent political climate, many individuals and solopreneurs are working hard towards making a strong statement about their views on the current president. With Trump’s growing unpopularity, entrepreneurs are taking it upon themselves to resist in their own ways, and many are doing so in a way they know best — online businesses.Related: Politically Charged Boycotts Explained, From Uber to Under ArmourThe following four companies in particular are playing to a predominantly liberal audience and, as a result, are striking gold.1. Lingua Franca.Lingua Franca is a New York City-based fashion retailer that sells cashmere sweaters with embroidered script. Their sweaters typically sell to retailers like Saks and Net-a-Porter. Their clothing has been seen being worn by celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Christy Turlington. Although the founder was making a decent living from her business, the income was nowhere near formidable. But with the recent election of Donald Trump, the business has seen a massive increase in sales.The founder, Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, has more than 30 immigrants employees, and after the president’s recent call to ban immigration from several muslim countries, MacPherson decided to launch a series of sweaters with political phrases.2. Tiny Trump Gloves.A new company beginning to grow is Tiny Trump Gloves. Unlike the more common political retailers, Tiny Trump Gloves actually sells tiny blue gloves which they then ship off to the Trump Tower penthouse in New York City, addressed to Trump himself.Each glove that is purchased is accompanied by a postcard addressed to the “President with the tiniest hands.” You can choose to purchase the gloves and send them anonymously to the president, or let him know directly who is sending the pair.Related: 5 Content Marketing Lessons From SNL in the Age of Trump But these entrepreneurs are not all about making a profit. In fact, a portion of the proceeds from each pair sent to the president are being donated to refugees from the seven countries on Trump’s travel ban list.The goal is to send the message that immigration is integral to innovation. So if you’re looking to troll the Trump while also donating to a good cause, be sure to check out this new business.3. Politiclothes.Politiclothes is an online retailer that sells a wide range of political clothing. Recently they added an anti-Trump line. They sell everything from t-shirts, hats and stickers, to pet apparel and Christmas ornaments.But don’t fret! If you are someone who is a proud Trump supporter, they have a line of clothing just for the right-winged Americans as well. Although not as popular, there is something for everyone.4. Not This White Woman.Another retailer that is choosing to make a political stance using t-shirts is Not This White Woman. After the elections, many were surprised to learn that 53 percent of white women voted for Trump.But what about the other white women who voted for Hillary? Michelle Hirschberg and Karen Land Short, were both devastated following the election result and were deeply disappointed that the majority of white women voted against having a female president.In an attempt to get the message across that some women did in fact prefer Hillary as a candidate, they launched a line of clothing that allows white women to boldly state that they were not among that 53 percent.Much like Tiny Trump Gloves, 100 percent of proceeds from shirts sold will go towards Planned Parenthood, an organization which has been defunded by the Trump administration, resulting in health concerns for many underprivileged women.Related: How 10 Brands Thoughtfully Chimed In on President Trump’s InaugurationConclusion.With the continuous drop in approval in such a short time, it’s not surprising that many entrepreneurs, particularly immigrant entrepreneurs, are acting out in their own way to protest their distaste for the current presidential administration. No doubt more of these organizations will rise up in the near future. Turns out Trump is creating more jobs for Americans afterall. 4 min read Image credit: Action Sports Photography | Shutterstock Nadya Khoja Entrepreneurs Director of Marketing for Venngage infographicscenter_img Donald Trump March 1, 2017 Guest Writer Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 –shares 4 Companies Profiting From Trump’s Unpopularitylast_img read more

This Is Y Combinators Next Hot Area of Investment

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first_img Guest Writer Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. August 21, 2014 Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Y Combinator Until now, Y Combinator — the prestigious accelerator program that vaulted some of Silicon Valley’s most buzzed about companies, including Drobox, Airbnb and Reddit – was primarily a tech incubator.But the accelerator is expanding its horizons. This year, for the very first time, it is pursuing health-tech startups, Reuters reported. “It’s the right time for us to try health care,” Sam Altman, Y Combinator’s president, said, noting that there’s been a recent and significant decrease in both “cost and cycle time.”Related: Google Wants to Build a Model of Perfect Human HealthWhile Altman conceded the move may unsettle venture capitalists, at least initially (“When we move into a new area, [they] usually don’t like it,” he said), it’s not that big of a surprise. Venture capitalists across the country are suddenly pouring money into health technology companies. In 2013, according to the National Venture Capital Association, the biotechnology industry received 15.6 percent of all venture funding. Only the software industry, at 30.2 percent, took in a larger slice.In addition, 2013 saw digital health startups, which include companies developing wearable tech and software/hardware solutions for specific diseases and conditions, take in almost $2 billion in funding, according to the venture fund Rock Health.Related: 5 Startups to Watch at Y Combinator’s Demo DayWhile it was a record year for funding in the space, this year’s funding total is going to blow last year’s away: According Rock Health’s 2014 mid-year report, the first half of 2014 saw digital health companies take in a whopping $2.2 billion.Altman took over as president of Y Combinator when the accelerator’s co-founder, Paul Graham, stepped down in February. On Tuesday, the first class of Y Combinator startups under Altman’s tenure graduated from the program. They included a high percentage of health and biotech startups including The Immunity Project (a startup attempting to develop an HIV vaccine), Glowing Plant (which develops genetically engineered plants that function as air purifiers), UBiome (a startup that analyzes bacteria) and Ginko BioWorks (which is currently working to treat antibiotic resistant germs). Related: 5 Questions Every Startup Should Ask Before Choosing an Incubatorcenter_img 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 This Is Y Combinator’s Next Hot Area of Investment –shares Add to Queue Laura Entislast_img read more

FirstClass Macadamia Nut Case Prompts Korean Air Exec to Step Down

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first_img 2 min read Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. December 9, 2014 First-Class Macadamia Nut Case Prompts Korean Air Exec to Step Down This story originally appeared on Reuters A Korean Air Lines Co executive, whose dismay over the way she was served macadamia nuts led to a plane returning to its gate to expel the cabin crew chief, has stepped down as head of in-flight service, the airline said on Tuesday.Korean Air apologized for Friday’s incident at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in which Heather Cho, a vice president of the airline, took issue with a crew member for substandard service.However, Cho, the 40-year-old daughter of the airline’s chairman, Cho Yang-ho, will remain a vice president with the South Korean flag carrier, the airline said late on Tuesday.The incident aboard an Airbus A380 jumbo jet that had been pushed back from its gate bound for Incheon, near Seoul, provoked outrage in South Korea when it was reported on Monday.”I am sorry to our customers and the Korean people that I unintentionally caused social uproar and I ask forgiveness from anyone who has been hurt by me,” a company official, speaking to Reuters by telephone, quoted Heather Cho as saying late on Tuesday.”I take responsibility for the incident,” the official quoted her as saying.The airline said late on Monday that although Cho was responsible for supervising in-flight service, it was “excessive” that the plane was returned to the gate to expel a crew member in a non-emergency situation.Cho was seated in first-class when she took issue with a flight attendant who handed her macadamia nuts in a bag, not on a dish, according to an industry official briefed on the matter, who declined to be identified.Cho summoned the cabin crew chief to ask whether the flight attendant was following the in-flight service manual, and the crew chief could not answer promptly, the airline said.Cho “took issue with the cabin crew chief’s qualifications,” and the plane was returned by the pilot to its gate to expel the crew chief, the airline said.The flight arrived in Incheon 11 minutes behind schedule.South Korea’s transport ministry said on Monday it was investigating the incident.Heather Cho is the oldest of Cho Yang-ho’s three children, who are all executives with the airline.(Additional reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Tony Munroe) Airlines Apply Now » Reuters last_img read more

Microsoft Pays Woman 10000 for Unwanted Windows 10 Update Here Are 5

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first_img Register Now » Microsoft Pays Woman $10,000 for Unwanted Windows 10 Update. Here Are 5 Times the Upgrade Came at the Worst Moment. It’s no secret that PC users have been fuming these past few months over Microsoft’s pushy Windows 10 update. Finally, one of these victims has seen glory.Terri Goldstein, a small-business owner based in California, sued the company and won $10,000 for her unwanted Windows 10 update with claims that her PC didn’t function properly after. “I had never heard of Windows 10,” Goldstein tells The Seattle Times. “Nobody ever asked me if I wanted an update.”  Like Goldstein, many PC users and companies are angered by the interruptions the upgrade has caused. Here are five horror stories from people who received the automatic update at the seemingly worst possible moment.1. During a live newscast.Metinka Slater, a meteorologist for Iowa’s KCCI Channel 8, was reporting the day’s weather during a live broadcast when the Windows 10 upgrade notification appeared over the map behind her. Taken by surprise, Slater briefly found herself reporting on the software update rather than the forecasted rainfall.2. During a nine-hour gaming marathon.Many online gamers are complaining that the blue “window of doom” pop-ups have made their games unplayable and forced them to exit — a major problem for competitive gamers like Erik Flom, who has a following of nearly 130,000. A forced installation caused Flom to panic, and his expletive-laden outrage was captured live on the video-streaming service Twitch. After facing the emotional distress of having to break during a nine-hour gaming marathon, Flom realized nothing could be done to stop the upgrade.3. During a radio show.Popular radio host Thom Hartmann’s server went offline when his system suddenly decided to upgrade in the middle of this show, interrupting his YouTube livestream.Our youtube stream is down because the computer it runs out of is “automatically” updating to Windows 10 WITHOUT our permission. Grrrrrrr.— Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann) March 11, 20164. During final exams.   The update may even threaten students’ grades. With summer approaching, the last thing stressed-out students need is a delay as they scramble to finish final exams. A student complained on a Reddit forum that she got up from her desk for a couple of minutes and came back to find her PC in the middle of an update.5. During a visit to the doctor.On a more serious note, Windows 10 has presented some inconvenience in the workplace, even in one doctor’s office. A Reddit user reported: “I needed to set up my department’s bronchoscopy cart quickly for someone with some sick lungs… when I turned on the computer it had to do a Windows update.” Seriously, Microsoft? Rose Leadem Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. June 28, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Add to Queue Windows 10 –shares Next Article 3 min readlast_img read more

Japan startup Mercari soars in first day of Tokyo trade

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first_img Citation: Japan start-up Mercari soars in first day of Tokyo trade (2018, June 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-japan-start-up-mercari-soars-day.html The company initially priced its stock at 3,000 yen ($27.30) a share, at the top of a prospective range.But that price was quickly surpassed on Tuesday, with shares trading at around 5,300 yen at the close, valuing the firm at over 700 billion yen ($6.37 billion).”Mercari got off to a flying start” with investors impressed by its successful business model, Shinichi Yamamoto, a broker at Okasan Securities, told AFP.The online marketplace, started in 2013, allows users to buy and sell everything from clothes and electronic goods to event tickets.Payment is not validated until the purchased item is received by the buyer, which has reassured users wary of buying second-hand goods online.Mercari has attracted international attention for its steady growth. It says it has around one million products on sale on any given day and generates $100 million a month in transactions globally.”We felt it was the right moment to go public,” founder Shintaro Yamada said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.The app has tapped into a relatively new but vibrant market in Japan for second-hand goods, which has also seen success for bricks-and-mortar stores specialising in used books and electronics.Yamada has said the idea for the app came to him as he travelled abroad and saw the appetite for used goods and the power of mobile shopping.”Things that don’t have value for oneself have a lot for others and our goal is to become an international marketplace,” Yamada added Tuesday.”We’ll feel that we succeeded when the platform is not only a success in the United States but at an global level.”Mercari has already begun expanding overseas, launching in the United States in 2014 and in Britain in 2017, and is expected to plough some of the funds raised by its share offering into further international expansion. Flea market app Mercari soared Tuesday as it debuted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, a major success for a rare Japanese “unicorn”—a start-up valued over $1 billion. Japanese messaging app Line raises over $1.1 billion in IPO Chairman Shintaro Yamada (front 3rd L) and president Fumiaki Koizumi (front 3rd R) of Mercari, a Japanese flea market app, pose with other officers at the Tokyo Stock Exchange to celebrate their company’s debutcenter_img © 2018 AFP Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Floods affect 8 lakh in Assam 10 dead across Northeast as rains

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first_img Next Floods affect 8 lakh in Assam, 10 dead across Northeast as rains lash region | 10 pointsHeavy rainfall and floods have affected the entire Eastern and Northeastern India. Over eight lakh people have been affected in Assam while the rain has disrupted life in north Bengal, Sikkim and other states.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:28 IST An village in Kamrup district of Assam on July 12. (Photo: IANS)Heavy rain and floods have thrown life out of gear in the entire eastern region with over eight lakh people being affected by the overflowing Brahmaputra in Assam. Non-stop rain in north Bengal and Sikkim has triggered several landslides, throwing normal life out of gear.Low-lying areas in north Bengal and Sikkim are also staring at a flood-like situation with the incessant rainfall while in Assam at least 6 people have been killed so far. A total of 10 people have died across three states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram. Some are feared dead in Bengal.Here are the top 10 developments:1. Road connectivity between north Bengal and Sikkim has been completely disrupted by the continuous rainfall. Rail connectivity has also been disrupted in the Dooars region. Several tourists are struck on the road while two tourist vehicle were drawn into the Teesta River and bodies are yet to recovered due to the rising water levels in Teesta.2. Road connectivity between Siliguri and Sikkim has been shut. Heavy rain is expected till July 14.3. Over eight lakh people have been affected by the flood situation in Assam with more than half of the districts in the Northeastern state submerged under water.4. Barpeta in Assam is the worst hit district with over 85,000 people reeling under the impact of the floods. Six people have lost their lives in Assam so far.5. Animals are fleeing the Kaziranga National Park, the famed habitat of the Great Indian Rhino and a World Heritage site. Authorities have set up road barricades on the national highway passing through the park to limit speeding vehicles.6. The Assam disaster relief force has said nearly 800 villages in 41 revenue circles are under water and about2,000 marooned people have been put up in 53 relief camps and relief distribution centres set up by the district administrations.7. In Arunachal Pradesh, 2 girls were buried in their sleep and three others were injured after a landslide caused a boundary wall to collapse on the hostel building of a school in Tawang district.8. Arunachal capital Itanagar has been witnessing landslips, mudslides and road blockades due to heavy rainfall for several days and the district administration has ordered closure of all schools in Itanagar till Sunday.9. In Mizoram, 2 men have drowned and 390 houses submerged in floods triggered by incessant rain across the state. Disaster management and rehabilitation officials said landslides made many places inaccessible.10. The Itanagar-Naharlagun stretch of NH-415, which is being upgraded to a four-lane highway, is the worst hit by the monsoon fury.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Incessant rains trigger landslides, bring life to a standstill in Arunachal PradeshAlso Watch | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjeelast_img read more