Sears Canada shares drop 13 per cent as U.S. holding company plans to cut stake TORONTO – After several years of trying to gain a bigger stake of Sears Canada, its U.S. majority owner said Thursday it plans to cut its interest in the troubled department store chain as it deals with its own dwindling sales.Sears Holdings Corp. (NYSE:SHLD), which also owns the Sears, Kmart and Lands’ End department store chains in the United States, expects to reduce its stake in the Canadian company to 51 per cent by transferring 45.1 million shares to its stockholders.The holding company, which currently owns about 95 per cent of the common shares of Sears Canada, could then choose to sell some or all of the rest of its stake.Sears Holdings has been restructuring operations south of the border in an effort to regain profitability and market share.In December, it announced it would close between 100 and 120 of its roughly 4,000 stores. And in February it said it would sell 11 stores to General Growth Properties for $270 million, as well as spin off its smaller Hometown and Outlet stores and some hardware stores in order to raise cash.The parent company’s move also comes as the Canadian retailer revamps many of its locations and slashes prices to contend with lagging sales. Sears Canada announced Wednesday a return to profitability in its most recent quarter, though it was driven by gains from the early termination of leases on three high-profile locations. It has also cut more than 1,000 jobs in recent months.The U.S. company’s decision, announced by Sears Canada, appeared to come as a surprise to investors. Sears Canada (TSX:SCC) stock fell nearly 13 per cent or $1.70 to close at $11.45 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.At one time, Sears Holdings was beefing up its stake in the Canadian retailer, gradually boosting its investment from 55 per cent in 2004. Two years later, it made a failed attempt to take the company private at $18 per share, an offer that minority shareholders rebuked, saying the price was too low.Keith Howlett of Desjardins Capital Markets said the transaction could provide Sears Canada with some newfound freedom to grow.“While all options to realize value from Sears Canada still remain open to Sears Holdings, it appears to us that the new executive management of Sears Canada has been granted at least a couple of years to establish if its plan can turn operating results around,” Howlett wrote in a note.“This was not necessarily what minority investors in Sears Canada had expected. However, it should boost management and employee morale as the organization girds itself for battle with Target, Lowe’s and Walmart.”Sears Canada is preparing for heightened competition across the sector, as U.S. discount superstore Target Corp. launches early next year and Walmart expands some of its stores.Control of Sears Canada would for now remain with Sears Holdings and its controlling shareholder, Edward Lampert.After the shares are spun off, Lampert would control 27 per cent of Sears Canada, other public shareholders of Sears Holdings 17 per cent and minority shareholder of Sears Canada five per cent.The strategy by Sears Holdings could also keep the U.S. parent company funded as it reworks its operations, said Toronto-based retail analyst John Williams of J.C. Williams Group Ltd.“Sears Holdings continues to announce plans of changes and upgrading to their stores and Sears Canada is a pretty small portion of the total company,” he said in a phone interview.Sears Canada does “have some great assets — long-term leases or property and some of their brands have a good equity in them.”Sears Holdings announced a return to profitability on Thursday, with the Hoffman Estates, Ill.,-based company saying it earned US$189 million, or $1.78 per share, for the period ended April 28. It lost $170 million, or $1.58 per share, a year ago.The current quarter included a $233-million gain on the sale of some U.S. and Canadian stores and leasehold interests. Excluding store closing costs and other items, Sears Holdings lost 31 cents per share from continuing operations. Analysts had expected a loss of 67 cents per share.Sears currently has more than 3,900 stores in the U.S. and Canada. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted May 17, 2012 5:47 pm MDT
LE BOURGET, France – The latest on the U.N. climate conference outside Paris (all times local):12:30 a.m.The Palestinians say they will submit to the U.N. secretary-general their instruments of accession to the global climate change convention.The Palestinian ambassador to the U.N., Riyad Mansour, says “we are so proud of this moment.” He says the Palestinians will become the 196th state party to the convention. It is currently an observer state.___11:50 p.m.President Barack Obama says the climate agreement reached in Paris on Saturday offers “the best chance to save the one planet we have.”In a statement delivered from the Cabinet Room, Obama says we can be more confident the planet is going to be in better shape for the next generation, and that the deal shows the world has the will and ability to take on “this challenge.”Obama says no nation could solve the problem of climate change alone, and he warns that even if all the goals are met the world is only on its way to reducing carbon in the atmosphere.He says the Paris agreement establishes an enduring framework that the world needs to tackle the problem.___9:55 p.m.French President Francois Hollande says he is proud of the commitments of nearly 200 countries that have adopted the Paris agreement.The deal calls on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposes no sanctions on countries that don’t. It aims to keep global temperatures from rising another degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) between now and 2100.Hollande told delegates in Paris on Saturday that “you did it!”The French president says “the 12th of December, 2015, will remain a great date for the planet. In Paris, there have been many revolutions over the centuries. Today it is the most beautiful and the most peaceful revolution that has just been accomplished.”___9:15 p.m.U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the Paris agreement caps a seven-year effort to get the world to act on climate change.As nations took turns praising the agreement Saturday, Ban says “what was once unthinkable is now unstoppable … it’s a good agreement and you should all be proud.”“History will remember this day,” Ban said. “The Paris agreement on climate change is a monumental success for the planet and its people.”The U.N. chief, who spoke about travelling the globe to hear victims talk about struggling with the effects of climate change, told victims that the world is now listening to them.He added “the world starts from tomorrow.”___9:05 p.m.Venezuelan climate envoy Claudia Salerno says her country has submitted an emissions pledge for the new agreement to fight global warming.That makes oil-rich Venezuela the 186th country to present a target. The country’s delegates at the Paris talks had been holding out on a pledge, saying they first wanted to see how ambitious the pact would be.A smiling Salerno told delegates on Saturday “we now need to cherish this moment.”Salerno had protested fiercely the last time the world tried to adopt a climate agreement six years ago in Copenhagen.___8:55 p.m.The White House is calling the Paris accord “the most ambitious climate change agreement in history” and says it establishes “a long-term, durable global framework” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.President Barack Obama is to make a statement on the climate agreement later Saturday at the White House.___8:40 p.m.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is praising the new accord on global warming as a deal that will save the world for generations to come.He says “it’s a victory for all of the planet and for future generations.”Kerry told fellow negotiators Saturday in Paris that “it will help the world prepare for the impacts of climate change that are already here and also for those that we already know are on our way inevitably.” He added the pact would “prevent the worst most devastating consequences of climate change from ever happening.”More than 190 countries had been negotiating the pact for four years after earlier attempts to reach such a deal failed.___8:20 p.m.Paul Oquist, Nicaragua’s U.S.-born climate envoy, told climate negotiators that his country is “not able to support the consensus.”He said the agreement does not go far enough and leads to twice as much global warming as the stated goals. His country is one of 10 nations that didn’t submit plans to reduce emissions.Oquist asked for a compensation fund that would pay poorer countries for damages caused by global warming and complained the accord approved Saturday night in Paris would not let victims sue for compensation.___8:05 p.m.Ministers and delegates are praising the new global climate accord.Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore says “years from now, our grandchildren will reflect on humanity’s moral courage to solve the climate crisis. And they will look to December 12, 2015, as the day when the community of nations finally made the decision to act.”South African environment minister Edna Molewa calls the pact “the best we can get at this historic moment.” She says it “can map a turning point to a better and safer world” but she added that developed countries still have to cut emissions more and help poorer nations to counter the effects of global warming.__7:30 p.m.Governments have adopted a global agreement that for the first time asks all countries to reduce or rein in their greenhouse gas emissions.Loud applause erupted in the conference hall outside of Paris after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius gaveled the agreement Saturday. Some delegates started crying. Others embraced.More than 190 countries had been negotiating the pact for four years after earlier attempts to reach such a deal failed.___7:28 p.m.Governments have adopted a global climate pact that for the first time asks all countries to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.___7:20 p.m.A Western diplomat tells The Associated Press that Paris climate talks have been held up for nearly two hours because the United States objects to one word in the draft agreement.The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because he was not authorized to comment publicly, said the U.S. wants the word “shall” changed to “should” in a clause on emissions targets out of fears that it might require the Obama administration to seek approval from the Republican-controlled Senate.— By Matt Lee.___5:50 p.m.U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern says the United States will agree to a draft climate change accord at global talks.Stern spoke to reporters Saturday shortly before negotiators from nearly 200 countries were to begin their final meeting at the conference site outside Paris.The unprecedented deal to slow global warming begins by cutting and then eliminating greenhouse gas pollution.In the “Paris agreement,” countries would commit to keeping average global temperatures from rising another degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) between now and 2100, a key demand of poor countries ravaged by rising sea levels and other effects of climate change. Still, the pact doesn’t have any mechanism to punish countries that don’t or can’t contribute toward that goal.___5:10 p.m.Thousands of protesters in Paris, under the close watch of riot police, are holding hands beneath the Eiffel Tower and denouncing a burgeoning Paris climate accord as too weak to save the planet.Paris police authorized Saturday’s protest despite continued security fears and a state of emergency declared because of the deadly Nov. 13 attacks. The activists remained cheerful as they demonstrated on the Champ de Mars field that stretches beneath the tower.Danielle Lefait, a retired deaf student teacher, says she is protesting because she is afraid of the environmental risks of proposed shale gas extraction in her town of Arras in northern France. Other protesters are angry the draft climate accord doesn’t do more to force governments to give up fossil fuels blamed for warming the planet.Protesters also stretched a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) red banner from the Arc de Triomphe to the La Defence business district in Paris — illustrating the “red line” they say climate negotiators shouldn’t cross if they want to protect vulnerable people and the Earth.___4 p.m.Mostapha Zaher head of the Afghan delegation at the Paris climate talks, believes an “overwhelming majority” of the delegates will be satisfied with the final draft of a global climate accord.Zaher says he’s “almost absolutely certain” the final draft is going to be formally adopted later on Saturday. He says he has been to such conferences for many years and “I hadn’t seen a buildup like today, electricity in the air.”He says Afghanistan is being “ravaged” by climate change: “Our glaciers are melting … erratic weather patterns are having a dire effect on our agriculture.”Zaher stressed the Paris agreement would allow “proper transfers of clean technology to Afghanistan.” But he also says “we have to — also as a least-developed country — play our role to help ourselves.”Afghanistan has promised to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 13.6 per cent below the 2030 business-as-usual scenario.___2:30 p.m.A top climate scientist who was critical of draft negotiation texts on Friday has praised the final draft as being consistent with science.John Schellnhuber, director of Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, says that “if agreed and implemented, this means bringing down greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero within a few decades.”He says the accord presented Saturday “is in line with the scientific evidence we presented of what would have to be done to limit climate risks such as weather extremes and sea-level rise. To stabilize our climate, CO2 emissions have to peak well before 2030 and should be eliminated as soon as possible after 2050.”He added that “governments can indeed write history today, so future generations will remember the Paris summit for centuries to come.”Delegates are studying the accord, which may be adopted later Saturday.___2:20 p.m.A draft universal climate accord sets a global goal of peaking global greenhouse gas emissions “as soon as possible.”It also calls for achieving a balance between man-made emissions and the Earth’s ability to absorb them by the second half of this century.The wording removed disputed concepts like “climate neutrality” or “emissions neutrality” which had appeared in earlier drafts but were met with opposition from countries including China.The draft agreement included a section on “loss and damage,” an issue pushed by small island nations and other vulnerable countries who wanted the deal to recognize that there are some impacts of climate change that they cannot adapt to.However, an adjoining decision linked to the agreement said the loss and damage article “does not involve or provide a basis for any liability or compensation” — a key demand of the United States.Another article of the draft agreement said wealthy nations should continue to provide financial support for poor nations to cope with climate change.It also said “other parties are encouraged to provide or continue to provide such support voluntarily.” That’s a new concept in the climate talks, suggesting the most advanced developing countries should also pitch in.___2:10 p.m.Activists gathered near the Eiffel Tower are already denouncing a potential global climate accord as insufficient to protect the planet.As organizers of the Paris climate talks presented what they hope is a final draft of the accord, protesters from environmental and human rights groups gathered in Paris to call attention to populations threatened by rising seas and increasing droughts and floods.Thomas Coutrot of advocacy group Attac said the accord is an optical illusion that “masks” a lack of serious policy changes like abandoning oil altogether.“This accord is unacceptable,” he said. He called for declaring “a state of climate emergency.”Delegates are studying the accord, which may be adopted later Saturday.Guillaume Durin of Alternatiba said, “we are convinced the agreement won’t be enough.”___1:40 p.m.France has presented what it calls the “final draft” of a potentially historic global agreement to fight climate change to international negotiators.The 31-page draft, called the “Paris Agreement” was released Saturday after two weeks of talks at high-stakes, high-level negotiations outside Paris.The delegates from nearly 200 countries will review the draft in coming hours, and the French organizers are hoping to adopt the accord later Saturday.___1:05 p.m.Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga has not seen the draft agreement, but is ready to support it.“What text? We’re still waiting,” Sopoaga said walking out of the meeting where a draft deal was announced by French officials Saturday.He added he thought the leaders spoke well and that “we need to give them our support.”Island nations like Tuvalu are especially vulnerable to rising seas and global warming and have been vocal about the needs for the strongest possible efforts to limit climate change.___12:55 p.m.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he believes a universal climate pact is “teed up” to be adopted on Saturday.The French hosts of the Paris talks are set to release a draft agreement in the afternoon.“It should be good but we’ll see. Little things can happen but we think it’s teed up,” Kerry told reporters.___12:35 p.m.French President Francois Hollande has called on nearly 200 nations to adopt “the first universal agreement on climate.”Hollande told delegates at the Paris conference that the deal would be “unprecedented” in the history of international climate talks.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said a “final” draft of the agreement would be translated and distributed Saturday afternoon.___12:25 p.m.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made an impassioned entreaty to world diplomats negotiating a potential accord to fight global warming.“The whole world is watching. Billions of people are relying on your wisdom,” he said Saturday.He also said that: “The time has come to acknowledge that national interests are best served by acting in the international interest.”“We have to do as science dictates. We must protect the planet that sustains us. We need all our hands on deck.”He spoke as a new, potentially final draft of the accord was prepared, which would require all countries to take steps to reduce emissions and help each other cope with climate change.___12:05 p.m.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says a “final” draft of a global climate pact would be legally binding.Fabius also says the accord would aim to keep the rise in global temperatures “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times to the end of this century and “endeavour to limit” them even farther, to 1.5 degrees Celsius.That was a key demand of small island nations and other poor and vulnerable countries.Fabius’ comments came Saturday as delegates neared the end of two weeks of talks aimed at producing the first international pact asking all countries to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.___11:35 a.m.A French official says a new draft climate accord to be presented to negotiators at U.N. talks on Saturday is about “20 pages.”That would be about seven pages shorter than a previous draft, suggesting competing options have been deleted.The official spoke condition of anonymity because the draft had not been released yet.Anticipation was building in the conference centre outside Paris after two weeks of talks, culminating a four-year effort to produce the first international pact asking all countries to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.By Angela Charlton at Le Bourget___9:20 a.m.Several environmental and human rights groups are planning protests around Paris on Saturday to call attention to populations threatened by man-made global warming and urge an end to human use of oil, gas and coal.The protests are timed to coincide with the end of two weeks of climate talks outside Paris. Organizers are hoping to reach a final international accord sometime Saturday.The last big climate protests in Paris, on the eve of the talks Nov. 29, ended in tear gas and more than 100 arrests as some activists defied a ban on demonstrations. The ban was linked to France’s state of emergency, put in place because of Islamic extremist attacks a month ago.Organizers say their main demonstration Saturday, near the Eiffel Tower, has been authorized by Paris police.___8:00 a.m.French President Francois Hollande will join the Paris climate talks as delegates debate what organizers hope is the final draft of an unprecedented agreement among all countries to fight global warming together.Hollande’s office says he will give a speech alongside U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the 11:30 a.m. (1030GMT) meeting to show “the importance of deciding and now adopting the draft text.”French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has been leading plenary meetings at the two weeks of U.N. climate talks. Hollande’s presence will give extra weight to Saturday’s session.French officials say what they hope is the final draft has been completed and is being translated for discussion among delegates.___7:25 a.m.A French official says a new, possibly final draft of a landmark global deal to fight climate change has been completed after late-night negotiations and will be presented to world negotiators outside Paris within hours.The official said the text is being translated into other languages before being presented at a special meeting at the Paris climate talks at 11:30 a.m. (1030 GMT). The official, who was not authorized to be publicly named in discussing the negotiations, would not elaborate on the contents of the draft.Negotiators emerged from a late-night meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius with signs that a deal was getting close.The last draft accord, released Thursday night, did not resolve several key issues, including how rich and developing countries would share the burden in fighting global warming.— Angela Charlton, Le Bourget The slogan “DECARBONIZE” is projected on the Eiffel Tower as part of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) by The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2015 4:36 am MDT Last Updated Dec 12, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Palestinians say they will become 196th state party to climate change convention
When Steve Jobs announced iCloud back in early June, one of the big features was iTunes Match. It was the only component of iCloud to directly tackle iTunes’ musical roots. But when iOS 5 brought the official iCloud launch last month, iTunes Match was left out for unknown reasons. The service is available now via the iTunes 10.5.1 update.There are some key differences between iTunes Match and other cloud music options. Like rivals Amazon MP3 and Google Music beta, Apple’s service lets you store your entire music collection in the cloud. But while the competing services require you to upload every song to their servers (a weeklong process for some), iTunes Match simply scans your collection and instantly matches their existing files to your account. The only uploading that is required is for obscure or unlicensed tracks that aren’t already in iTunes.There is, however, one more key difference that could make iTunes Match a less than desirable cloud music service. Unlike Google’s and Amazon’s cloud players, iTunes Match does not stream — so you’ll be required to download anything you want to listen to. So while you can hypothetically have your entire music collection on your iPhone, you will pay for it in flash storage.It will be interesting to see how iTunes Match catches on with music fans. The last year has seen an increased interest in subscription services like Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, and (the questionably legal) Grooveshark. While these services typically cost more than iTunes Match ($10/month next to $25/yr for Apple’s service), their libraries are impressive, and no precious mobile storage is needed. Deals with Facebook have only increased their popularity, so Apple may have some stiff competition there.One thing about iTunes Match that raised some eyebrows is that it can’t differentiate between a user’s pirated and legally obtained music. So if Joe BitTorrent User has a library full of pirated albums, a quick scan is all it will take to add it to his iTunes Match account. One way that Apple is combating this is by blocking users whose libraries contain more than 25,000 songs which weren’t purchased from Apple. It’s an interesting approach, and it will surely block some of the most hardcore music fans along with the targeted illegal downloaders.If iTunes Match is the service for you, then you can download the latest version of iTunes and sign up now. The update may not be showing up as an update yet, but you can download it at the link below.Download iTunes 10.5.1
It’s not just smartphones where being the thinnest is a marketing win, external hard drive manufacturers fight over size, too. And this week it’s ADATA who can claim the crown of world’s thinnest external 500GB hard drive with the introduction of the DashDrive Elite HE720.At 8.9mm thick the HE720 is clearly using one of the new Ultrabook-friendly 7mm hard drives. It’s therefore not going to bulge in your pocket, but that’s not the only desirable feature of the HE720. ADATA has also embraced USB 3.0 and priced the drive at $90, making it both fast and relatively cheap to own.You can pick up an external 500GB USB 3.0 hard drive for $70, but it will be almost double the thickness of the HE720. ADATA’s drive also sports a brushed metal casing that won’t easily pick up scratches (9H hardness) and protects the drive inside from damage. On the side of the drive next to the USB port you’ll also find a one-touch backup button for super-simple data backup and file synchronization.There’s also four applications you can download for free, too. OStoGO lets you transfer Windows 7 to an external drive, HDDtoGO keeps a set of files you specify synchronized, Video Easy SE caters to your video editing needs, and finally there’s a 60-day free trial of Norton Internet Security bundled.If ADATA is a name you aren’t familiar with, keep in mind Toshiba has a similar Canvio 500GB external drive that’s only 0.1mm thicker, but carries a price tag that’s $25 higher.More at ADATA (translated), via Engadget
Trump at a rally yesterday Source: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association ImagesReporters had been invited to the LA office of Doe’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, for a press conference yesterday.However, Doe changed her mind about the appearance shortly beforehand. Source: ABC15 Arizona/YouTubeBloom told the media: “Jane Doe has received numerous threats today, as have all the Trump accusers that I have represented. Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 9:40 AM https://jrnl.ie/3060079 She has decided she is too afraid to show her face. She has been here all day, ready to do it, but unfortunately she is in terrible fear so we’re going to have to reschedule.“I apologise to all of you who came here, for the inconvenience. I have nothing further, thank you.”Other women have come forward accusing Trump of sexual assault, which he has also denied.Last month, audio from 2005 emerged where Trump spoke about touching women inappropriately, saying: “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”Read: A lawsuit claiming Donald Trump raped a 13-year-old girl has been refiled in New YorkRead: “When you’re a star, they let you do it” – video emerges of lewd conversation Trump had in 2005 22,247 Views Woman who accused Trump of raping her at 13 cancels plan to speak publicly Her lawyer said she is living in “terrible fear”. Source: Lisa Bloom/Twitter Share124 Tweet Email Nov 3rd 2016, 9:40 AM The case alleges Trump molested the girl at a number of parties hosted by Epstein. Her official complaint can be read here.Trump has vehemently denied the claim, saying it is politically-motivated and an attempt to derail his presidential campaign. BREAKING: woman who sued Donald Trump for child rape breaks her silence today. https://t.co/ecbzZ6jxSU pic.twitter.com/kdCRsG7wIm— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) November 2, 2016 Short URL A WOMAN WHO has alleged Donald Trump raped her when she was 13 years old has cancelled her plan to speak publicly.The woman, known as Jane Doe, is suing the Republican presidential nominee for allegedly raping her at a party in New York hosted by convicted sex offender and billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein in 1994. By Órla Ryan 114 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Follow us: the42.ie Dalymount Park. 34,425 Views Richie Towell makes it two goals in two games as he bags winner for Brighton U23sBlow for Liverpool as ankle injury rules Coutinho out for six weeks Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Bohemians launch investigation over Roddy Collins’ claims he reported paedophile at club The alleged incident took place in 1998. http://the42.ie/3108020 Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO By Alan Waldron Dalymount Park. Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO Updated at 07.47BOHEMIANS HAVE LAUNCHED an investigation into former manager Roddy Collins’ claims that he told a senior club official he was concerned there was a paedophile working at the club nearly 20 years ago.Speaking to the Irish Daily Star, Collins said he contacted an official 18 years ago after walking in on club volunteer Colin Goggin giving a semi-naked boy a massage in a physio room in 1998.Collins claimed he was told the matter would be looked into but Bohemians have said the relevant club officials have denied such a conversation took place.The Dalymount Park club has responded by launching an investigation into Collins’ claims.“We immediately began investigating these allegations so far as this is possible given the lapse of time,” the club said in a statement.“We have already spoken at length today and yesterday to individuals involved at board level, the youth set-up and other areas of the club at the time of the alleged incident.“We will continue to consult with parties involved and appeal to any individual who has concerns, or may have more information, to come forward to speak to us and/or Mountjoy Garda Station.“But contrary to Mr Collins’ assertions, club officials involved in 1998 insist he never communicated any allegations of such nature to them, nor did Mr Collins bring these allegations to the attention of An Garda Síochána.“However, the accused individual was indeed investigated by officers at Mountjoy Garda Station over an incident with a minor, who was not a member of the Bohemian FC youth set-up or affiliated to the club, which is alleged to have taken place at Dalymount Park in 1998 and was quickly reported to the gardaí by the child’s father.“The safety of children is of the utmost importance to Bohemian FC. As such, when notified of this investigation, the accused was immediately removed from his position and had no further affiliation with the club.”You can read the full statement from Bohemians here.Goggin was jailed in 2015 for sexually abusing two teenage boys, who he met through athletics, and for possessing child pornography.The story comes in the wake of harrowing revelations of sexual abuse that have rocked English football, centred around paedophile coach Barry Bennell.In his interview with the Irish Daily Star Collins added that he believes sexual abuse is “rife” in football, including in Ireland, and these stories are just the “tip of the iceberg”. Roddy Collins. Source: James Crombie/INPHOAnyone affected by this article can contact the CARI foundation helpline on 1890 92 4567, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre on 1800 77 88 88 or One in Four on 01 6624070.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 36 Comments Share45 Tweet Email1 Short URL Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 7:46 AM Nov 29th 2016, 7:46 AM
Czech president Milos Zeman has caused controversy, demanding that all economic migrants arriving in Europe be deported.Mr Zeman said that while EU nations should be supportive of those fleeing war and persecution in Syria, that those who fail to meet the asylum seeker criteria – which currently stands at hundreds of thousands – should be sent to North Africa, and even suggested that Greece shoulder part of the burden as a repayment for its large debt.“I am for deportation of all economic migrants. “Of course I respect the cruelty of civil war in Syria, Iraq, and so on. But we do not speak about those people, we speak about economic migrants,” said Mr Zeman.“We are in Greece, and Greece has plenty of uninhabited islands, and big foreign debt. “So if you have ‘hotspots’ in Greek islands, this would be a sort of payment of foreign debt.”The leader’s frustrated plea was made at the Rhodes Forum, an annual conference organised by former Russian Railways chief Vladimir Yakunin, and comes as EU representatives continue to deliberate over how to bring the ongoing migrant crisis under control.But the controversy didn’t stop there, with Mr Zeman going one step further to link the influx of migrants from the Middle East with a rise in the terror threat to Europe. “I am sure there is a strong connection between the wave of migrants and the wave of jihadis … and those people who deny this connection are wrong,” he told The Financial Times, arguing that extremists could radicalise moderate Muslims, as the Nazis did with the Germans in the 1930s.The sentiment is one shared with Hungary’s Viktor Orban, who has been outspoken in his defence of Christian European values. While the remarks are opposed to that of Czech government premier Bohuslav Sobotka, they came as Hungary headed to the polls on Sunday to vote on whether to accept the migrant quotas being imposed by Brussels to distribute asylum seekers around the block, for which analysts are expecting a ‘no’ vote.Sources: Express, FT Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Une éruption solaire pourrait perturber les signaux radio pendant les 3 prochains joursLa National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a annoncé que des éjections de masse coronale provenant du Soleil pourraient perturber les télécommunications jusqu’au 31 décembre. Pas de doute le Soleil s’est bel et bien réveillé. Pour la énième fois de l’année, la Terre est de nouveau menacée par les éjections d’une éruption solaire. C’est ce dont a prévenu le Centre de prédiction de la météo spatiale de la National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). En effet, les experts ont indiqué que durant les trois prochains jours, jusqu’au 31 décembre, les télécommunications pourraient être perturbées, en raison d’une éjection de masse coronale (CME) qui s’apprête à frapper notre Planète. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESACes CME contiennent des milliards de tonnes de gaz soumis à des rayonnements X et ultraviolets qui se déplacent à une vitesse phénoménale d’environ 8 millions de kilomètres par heure. Lorsque ces éjections atteignent la Terre, les particules solaires ionisées se retrouvent piégées dans le champ magnétique terrestre, excitant les gaz de l’atmosphère et émettant des jets d’énergie sous forme de lumière. Un phénomène qui crée les aurores polaires tant appréciées. Mais les particules sont également capables de provoquer une tempête magnétique, connue dans les cas extrêmes pour perturber les satellites et les réseaux électriques. “Des tempêtes géomagnétiques de catégorie 1 (mineur) sont attendues pour le 28 et le 29 décembre en raison de l’arrivée de multiples éjections de masse coronale. R1 (mineur) des coupures radio sont attendues jusqu’au 31 décembre”, a précisé la NOAA cité par le Daily Mail. D’après les experts, le Soleil devrait atteindre son pic d’activité en 2013. Le 28 décembre 2011 à 17:08 • Maxime Lambert
Hubble capture l’explosion de la plus lointaine supernova jamais observéeHubble n’arrête jamais sa soif de découvertes, et le télescope vient d’apporter un nouvel élément crucial pour la compréhension des origines de notre Univers. Il vient tout juste d’enregistrer l’explosion d’une supernova qui se serait effectuée il y a 10 milliards d’années.Un instant et puis plus rien ! La supernova UDS10Wil, dite SN Wilson, a livré il y a peu son plus beau spectacle, qui aura mis 10 milliards d’années pour arriver jusqu’aux lentilles du télescope spatial Hubble. Et ce dernier n’a rien manqué du spectacle !Heureusement, car cet événement est intéressant à plus d’un titre : la supernova était d’un type bien spécifique, qui fondait nombre de théories sur l’expansion de l’Univers. Sa localisation est également remarquable puisqu’elle était la supernova la plus lointaine observée dans le Cosmos. De ce fait, l’explosion de UDS10Wil renseigne sur les interactions cosmiques qui ont pu avoir lieu dans la prime jeunesse de ce dernier.Pour faire cette découverte, l’équipe en charge de cet événement, la Candels Team, a pointé la SN Wilson en Décembre 2010 en utilisant la caméra a spectre large n°3 d’Hubble, conjointement avec le support du Très Grand Télescope de l’ESO, pour pouvoir croiser les données provenant de la supernova et sa lumière. Elle en a obtenu de multiples images, à un niveau situé proche de l’infrarouge, espacées de 50 jours pendant trois ans.Une explosion de connaissancesL’événement et ses apports qui seront relatés prochainement dans la revue The Astrophysical Journal, apporte de précieuses indications en astrophysique, comme l’explique le directeur de recherche de l’Université Johns Hopkins de Baltimore, le Dr David Jones : “cette nouvelle distance ouvre une fenêtre sur l’Univers jeune, offrant de nouvelles perspectives sur la façon dont les étoiles explosent (…) Nous pouvons tester des théories sur la fiabilité de ces détonations pour comprendre l’évolution de l’Univers et son expansion”.Mais cette explosion ne sert pas qu’à observer les éléments de création et le mouvement de l’Univers. Elle sert également à étudier les périodes de vie des étoiles.Des étoiles au pop-corn !À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Pourquoi cette explosion a eu lieu à ce moment là ? Cette question dont la réponse ne sera pas évidente a trouvé, sera également un sujet d’étude lié au récent spectacle offert par la SN Wilson. Le Dr Adam Ries, astronome au Space Telescope Science Institute de Baltimore, décrit l’image à sa manière dans les lignes du site Mashable : “Si les supernovas étaient du Pop-Corn, la question serait de savoir dans combien de temps les grains de maïs vont sauter (…) Vous pouvez avoir plusieurs théories sur ce qu’il se passe pour les grains. Si vous voyez les premiers grains sauter et à quel fréquence ils s’ouvrent, cela vous dira quelque chose d’important sur la manière dont les pop-corns sautent”.Avec l’observation de cette explosion, Hubble se rapproche encore un peu plus d’une vue directe sur les éléments composants l’origine de l’Univers, au Big Bang, il y a 13,8 milliards d’années. Le 6 avril 2013 à 11:59 • Maxime Lambert
Pour booster ses étudiants, une université leur fait pouponner des chiotsS’inspirant d’expériences américaines, une université écossaise ouvrira le mois prochain une ‘nurserie’ pour chiots où les étudiants, durant leur période d’examens, pourront se détendre en maternant les jeunes animaux. Vous allez bientôt passer votre bac et vous ne vous sentez pas au top ? Alors il est temps pour vous d’aller pouponner des chiots ! C’est du moins ce que suggèrent des spécialistes britanniques qui ont même mis leur idée en application. Le mois prochain, durant les quatre jours de leur session d’examens, les étudiants de premier cycle de l’Université d’Aberdeen (Écosse) disposeront ainsi d’une “salle de chiots” où ils pourront choyer de jeunes canidés. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette initiative s’intègre dans une démarche de l’association des étudiants de l’université destinée à optimiser le bien-être des étudiants durant cette difficile période. Emma Carlen, qui dirige les sociétés et activités estudiantines d’Aberdeen, avait encadré en février un premier essai avec des golden retrievers et des labradors : “nous avons eu une réaction très positive émanant des chiens [eux-mêmes] et des étudiants. C’est vraiment relaxant, et cela nous a encouragés à obtenir la mise en place [de ceci] pour la période des examens”, a-t-elle déclaré citée par le Telegraph.En vérité, ce programme n’est pas tout récent et est même probablement originaire des universités américaines et canadiennes : à l’école de médecine de Harvard et à l’école de droit de Yale, on trouve ainsi des chiens que les étudiants peuvent ‘emprunter’ comme des livres de bibliothèque… Cette démarche devrait aider les étudiants à se ressourcer et à améliorer leurs performances durant les épreuves, espèrent les organisateurs.Des études ont montré que l’interaction avec les animaux domestiques peut réduire les niveaux de cortisol – une hormone associée au stress – et libérer des endorphines. L’année dernière, des chercheurs de la Virginia Commonwealth University ont obtenu de bons résultats sur 75 personnes d’une usine où les employés ont été autorisés, durant une semaine, à amener leur chien au travail.Le 7 avril 2013 à 17:08 • Maxime Lambert
The National Brewers Association recently listed Laurelwood Brewing Co. as the nation’s third-largest producer in the category that included restaurants that sell 25 percent of beer sales on-site.Laurelwood Brewing Co. wants to brew more beer, and the city of Battle Ground can almost taste it.But despite city efforts to court the planned expansion of the Portland-based beer-brewing company, Laurelwood has not selected a location so far, said Mike De Kalb, 50, who co-owns the brewery restaurant chain with his wife, Cathy Woo De Kalb.“We’re looking at three (sites) in the Portland area. Battle Ground is one of them,” Mike De Kalb said.De Kalb said it would cost between $1.5 million and $2.5 million to develop and start up the plant. The facility is needed to meet demand for products now sold throughout Oregon and Washington and eventually to Nevada and Arizona.De Kalb said Laurelwood has almost reached barreling capacity at its main brewery, which is attached to its brew-pub restaurant at 5110 N.E. Sandy Blvd. in Portland. “We’ve expanded that facility twice in three years and have no more room for growth,” De Kalb said. He expects to select a site by the end of the year. Laurelwood, known for such beers as Free Range Red and Work Horse IPA, produced 4,100 barrels in 2009. If plans go forward for the new brewery, it would produce 18,000 barrels in the first year and ramp up to a capacity of 50,000 barrels, De Kalb said.
Vancouver has granted nonprofit Slocum House Theatre Company a 90-day extension of its current lease as the two parties attempt to negotiate a new contract. The city had informed the troupe last month that it could quadruple its use fees for the historic home near Esther Short Park.The issue pits the cash-strapped city, which says it can no longer afford to subsidize the use of the house, against the equally cash-strapped theater company, which has occupied its 50-seat theater for 46 years and says the proposed increases would cause it to fold.Board members late last month said they were told their monthly use fee — the city doesn’t call it “rent” — would increase from $635 to $2,500 a month starting in January. Officials said that would cover the government’s full costs of maintaining and operating the 5,300-square-foot property.Vancouver General Services Manager Tim Haldeman said Thursday that $2,500 figure is “floating around out there, but this number is part of discussions.”The Slocum House and the city have plans to meet bi-weekly to work out possible solutions. The next meeting is set for Wednesday.“We’re waiting to get back together and keep working on this,” he said.The average cost to the city to maintain and operate the Slocum House per year is $21,660, Haldeman said. That figure, taken from an average of costs over seven years, also does not include capital repairs and improvements, which averaged $31,329 a year over the past decade.Slocum House Theatre board member Rosina Busse declined to comment on the negotiations, except to say that they were happening and that they are private.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate may attempt to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) by the weekend and start its recess three weeks early to allow Republicans running for re-election more time to campaign. The early recess would require Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to reach a quick agreement on several issues, including a dispute over funding for Planned Parenthood that has stopped legislation to combat Zika and the fiscal 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill from advancing. Earlier last week McConnell said he was aiming to pass a stopgap that runs through Dec. 9. Senate procedure, though, could make it difficult for the chamber to finish work on a CR by the end of the week, reported CQ Roll Call. If the Senate succeeds in clearing a stopgap and leaves town, the House would be pressured to pass the measure to avoid a government shutdown. Congress needs to pass a CR to keep the government running when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.Meanwhile, House Republicans are considering advancing one or more “minibuses,” packages that would include two or three spending bills rather than an omnibus incorporating all 12 titles. At a Friday meeting of the Republican Conference, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) described a strategy of passing national security-related measures by the end of December, while relying on a full-year CR for the remaining appropriations bills.Multiple GOP appropriators disagreed with the idea, however, reported CQ.No decisions were made by the conference as to how to proceed. There appeared to be support, however, to fund the government at the start of FY 2017 through a short-term CR.“The bottom line is to pass a CR into December to give us a chance to pass minibuses,” said House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.). The option of using minibuses to wrap up FY 2017 appropriations is designed to offer lawmakers an alternative to relying on an omnibus, which many rank-and-file lawmakers oppose, Rogers said.“There’s a realization within the conference that an omnibus is likely out of the question,” he said, adding minibuses offer “bite-sized appropriations that we can digest.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force plans to target resources to about two-thirds of its 312 operational squadrons as it strives to comply with a recent directive from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for the services to raise the mission capable rates for four fighter jets to 80 percent within 12 months. The plan is designed to meet Mattis’ goal for 204 Air Force squadrons by 2020, Secretary Heather Wilson told the Airlift Tanker Association’s annual symposium last week. “This is the difference between focusing our resources on where it matters most and peanut butter spreading readiness money we’ve received across the entire workforce at the same time,” Wilson said, reported Defense News. She described the targeted units as those that are “most relevant to the high-end fight.” The remaining squadrons — most likely the Air Force’s fourth and fifth-generation fighters, bombers, and command and control and intelligence squadrons — would reach the readiness goal by 2023.Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ridge Shan
His comments relate to US allegations that Huawei’s products are being used to spy for China through built-in backdoors that let intelligence agents access data. Guo said this would be “suicide” for his company, according to CNBC.”We have no intention of committing suicide,” he said.On Thursday, a British watchdog’s report noted that Huawei’s networking products represent a “significantly increased risk to UK operators.” Guo downplayed that report in an interview with Bloomberg.The company’s 2018 net profit hit 59.3 billion yuan ($8.8 billion), a rise of 25 percent compared with 2017. The company also reported sales of 721.2 billion yuan ($107.13 billion). It shipped more than 200 million smartphones in 2018 and launched its P30 series this week in Paris.The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 6:03 a.m. PT.Update, 7:08 a.m. Adds more details. Now playing: Watch this: Huawei P30 Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle Share your voice Huawei reported record revenue for 2018 on Friday. Billy H.C. Kwok / Getty Images Huawei slammed the US on Friday for having a “loser’s attitude” as it reported revenue of more than $100 billion for 2018.Rotating Chairman Guo Ping made the comments, reported by CNBC, as the US pressures its allies to exclude the Chinese telecom from their 5G rollouts.”The US government has a loser’s attitude,” he told reporters. “They want to smear Huawei because they can’t compete with us.” Huawei P30 Pro vs. Galaxy S10 Plus: Editors react CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $534 See it Huawei 6:54 How To • Huawei P30 phone announcement: How to watch, what to expect News • Huawei P30 Pro in a gorgeous orange finish leaks 15 Review • Huawei P30 review: The P30 Pro’s fantastic photos for less Tags Comments Mentioned Above Huawei P30 (128GB, black) Tech Industry Security 40 Photos
During this year’s meeting, the group shared best practices and discussed topics such as: early recruiting legislation, conference-wide service initiatives, and mental health practices. UofL SAAC Vice President and senior women’s basketball student-athlete, Jazmine Jones, enjoyed being a part of the meetings for the second straight year. The two-day meeting, led by Shamaree Brown, ACC Director of Student-Athlete Programs and Compliance, brings together SAAC representatives from each conference member institution various times per year, by teleconference and in-person. The primary purpose of the in-person meetings are to allow representatives to come together as a group to set goals and discuss priorities for the ACC SAAC. The meeting serves as an opportunity for student-athletes to engage in dialog about legislative and governance issues with ACC administration. “I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the ACC SAAC meeting. Being surrounded by outstanding athletes from other programs was a humbling experience. Discussing ways to help improve our campuses and the ACC was extremely beneficial and the energy was incredible. It was just amazing being able to be a part of something much bigger than myself.” LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jazmine Jones and Dae Williams represented the University of Louisville at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) summer meeting held in Atlanta July 28-21. Print Friendly Version To keep up with the UofL SAAC student-athletes follow them on twitter @UofLSAAC and on Instagram @LouisvilleSAAC! “It was a great experience, I learned a lot from other schools’ campuses. It was a great environment with great people.” While in Atlanta the ACC SAAC maximized being in a city full of notable corporations and educational agencies. They toured Tech Square ATL. Tech Square an area with a high concentration of startups, corporate innovators, academic researchers, and students. First-time attendee Dae Williams, a senior on the football team and ACC SAAC conference representative, came back to campus energized and motivated to get on the ground working to enhance the UofL SAAC. Story Links Continuing the career exploration, the group also toured the worldwide headquarters for NCR, the world’s leading enterprise technology provider of software, hardware and services for banks, retailers, restaurants, small businesses and telecom and technology. Other locations visited during their trip was to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the nationally-renowned Georgia Aquarium.
(a) Picture of the “Teton mountains” displayed on an LCD screen (b) with the fully assembled transparent solar cell in front of the picture. In (a) the anode/active layer drawing is overlaid on the same picture and the orange boxes highlight the active layer area. a and (b) were taken side-by-side during the same exposure. (c) Picture of the series-integrated, transparent cell powering an LCD clock illuminated with 0.05 sun while allowing for high transparency. Credit: Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 113305 (2011) More information: apl.aip.org/resource/1/applab/v98/i11/p113305_s1www.technologyreview.com/news/ … through-solar-cells/www.ubiquitous-energy.com/ The company defines itself as “a technology startup developing a portfolio of technologies that enable seamless deployment of light-harvesting functionality in the form of products and surfaces we interact with every day.”Ubiquitous Energy solar cells are made of organic layers, and they are deposited one at a time on top of a film or glass. The team uses a “spectrally selective approach” with achievements that were first outlined in a paper published in Applied Physics Letters in 2011. They noted how previous efforts to construct semitransparent devices focused on the use of thin active layers (or spatially segmented films) with light absorption focused in the visible spectrum, and have been limited to either low efficiencies or low average visible-light transmissivity.They said that they demonstrated “heterojunction organic PV (OPV) cells utilizing a molecular organic donor, chloroaluminum phthalocyanine (ClAlPc), and a molecular acceptor, C60, that show peak-absorption in the ultraviolet and near-infrared (NIR) (wavelength span of λ = 650–850 nm).”They wrote that, in combining the OPVs with selective high-reflectivity near-infrared mirror coatings, “we optimize device performance while also permitting high transmission of visible photopic light through the entire device.”The paper, “Transparent, Near-Infrared Organic Photovoltaic Solar Cells for Window and Energy-Scavenging Applications,” is by Richard Lunt and Vladimir Bulovic. Both are cofounders; Lunt is an expert in organic and inorganic excitonic materials for solar energy and energy utilization efficiency. Spun out of the MIT lab of Prof. Bulović, the company’s work is still at the development stages. The focus is to improve the efficiency of the solar cells, according to Miles Barr, the president and CTO of Ubiquitous Energy. As reported in Technology Review, Barr is looking at ways to collect more light. Barr said the company is developing materials that gather energy deeper into the infrared.Last year, Barr made news as a recipient of the Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prize for innovative solar technologies. His approach in fabricating solar cells on everyday surfaces was singled out, and its implications for the adoption of solar power. According to the MIT award announcement, “Barr’s approach, which enables solar cells to be printed directly on common materials like paper and textiles, could reduce the cost of solar energy by eliminating the need for specialized installation.” © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Can windows, tablets and e readers turn light into power? Can a surface coated with solar cells take sunlight and the glow of bulbs and change them into energy? As reported in Technology Review, expert scientists at a new startup called Ubiquitous Energy have those feats in mind. They want to develop transparent coatings and films that could harvest light energy when applied to buildings’ windows or mobile-device screens. Turning windows into powerplants Journal information: Applied Physics Letters 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. Citation: Ubiquitous Energy sets focus on solar cell technology (2013, February 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-ubiquitous-energy-focus-solar-cell.html
Should Dak Prescott play in Week 17?The Cowboys have home-field locked up and nothing tangible to play for in Week 17. It’s still unknown how much playing time Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott will get. Following the broken legs of Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr, it’s clear that in the NFL, freak injuries can occur at any time, and playing Prescott in Week 17 would expose him to injury risk.Nick thinks that Prescott being a rookie presents a unique situation and it would benefit him and the other young Cowboys to continue to play. They can stay in their routine and continue their momentum heading into the playoffs. He thinks Prescott sitting out the last game, in addition to the bye week could have disastrous consequences for the Cowboys.Cris completely disagrees and points to the Carr and Mariota injuries as proof that in the NFL, anyone can go down at any time. The only way to ensure that he remains healthy is to sit. Elliott should sit, too. Prescott and Elliott aren’t normal rookies and they’ll handle the layoff.Are Dak and Zeke the best quarterback/running back duo in the NFL?Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott might be the best rookie quarterback/running back duo in NFL history, are they the best in the NFL? Cris and Nick compared the pair to the rest of the NFL.Cris thinks the duo of Big Ben and LeVeon Bell are better than Dak and Zeke, mostly because Roethlisberger has proven himself in the playoffs and in the clutch in Super Bowls. He would also rank Brady and LeGarrette Blount ahead of the rookies.Nick doesn’t see how anyone can argue against Dak and Zeke, especially if the judgment is based on what the duos have done this year. He thinks Dak has had a better year than Big Ben, and a favorly comparable year to Brady’s. He strongly believes that Elliott being, hands down, the best running back in the NFL this season pushes the Dallas duo over the line.Are the Seahawks a Super Bowl contender?The Seahawks have been difficult to figure out all year. They’ve been hot and cold, and Russell Wilson has been injured and inconsistent, but their defense is still atop the league rankings. CC and Nick both agree that this Seattle team is an older, less dominant version of the team that made back-to-back Super Bowls. They aren’t a Super Bowl contender this year.Cris sees Seattle’s unwillingness to build their offensive line in the last 5 years as the main problem that has come home to roost this year. Seattle isn’t the physically dominant team they were, and older.Nick thinks the downward trend of the Seahawks can be traced back to their failed decision to pass on the goal line on fourth down in the Super Bowl against the Patriots. He thinks that from that point, the Seahawks identity as a power team centered around Beast Mode has transitioned to a mediocre finesse passing team. It changed the trajectory of their organization.Guests:Eric Mangini – Former NFL head coach for the Jets and Browns is in-studio to discuss if Nick Saban should consider returning to the NFL, if the Giants can beat the Cowboys in the playoffs, why he thinks Big Ben and LeVeon Bell are a better duo than Zeke or Dak, and if the Chiefs are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.Shawne Merriman – 3-time All-Pro with the Bills and Chargers is in-studio to weigh in on the NFL’s drug testing policy, if it’s outdated, if Dak Prescott should play in Week 17, and his pick for the best quarterback/running back duo in the NFL.
April 2, 2014 3 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now A time-tested marketing adage is that gaining new customers is way more expensive than retaining old ones. With ecommerce, more conversions of site visitors into paying ones means better customer retention.Using data and understanding customers’ requirements acquired during the lead-generation and lead-nurturing phases play an important role in nudging, informing, exciting and enticing one-time shoppers to purchase again. The result is that your business’ bottom line gets a dual boost — from the added sales and the savings in marketing costs.Related: The Single Most Important Website MetricHere are five simple steps to take for your online business to improve its conversion rate and reap the accompanying benefits:1. Align the landing page’s objectives with your marketing ones. This is derived from your business objectives. Clarity on this matter will lead you to design a web page that fulfills one primary objective: brand engagement, email gathering, sales generation or lead generation. Craft copy that captures a reader’s attention, piques his or her interest, fuels desire and encourages action. Remember, it begins with focus.2. Earn your visitors’ trust. The smartest copy and the most attractive web design can come to naught if you cannot evoke the trust of your visitors. Your free offer or download should be a valuable one. Avoid hype and fluff that aims to force visitors to take action needlessly; don’t tout buy-now or limited-time offers when they aren’t really anything of the sort. Endorsers should be verifiable as should be any numerical figures used to bolster your claims. It’s about relating to your customers, building their trust and an online community; as a consequence, visitors to the site will want to do business with you.Related: Why Your Ecommerce Site Is Losing Money (Infographic)3. Get consumers hooked from the beginning. Your heading or title has to inspire visitors to read on so they can understand your value proposition and take further action. The only way to find what really works is through consistent A/B testing. The testing should extend to all elements of a landing page, including the placement of the lead-capture form, the images or videos and the call to action. 4. Optimize your lead capture form. Research has established an inverse correlation between number of fields in a form and the sales conversion rate. Forms with fewer fields generate higher conversions. And that makes sense, in this age of identity theft and ceaseless spamming; people are cautious about sharing information.An email address and a name should suffice in most cases. You can start a communication with these two pieces of information and gather more as the relationship matures. An optimized lead form with fewer fields is also critical to a positive user experience and making your website mobile-friendly.5. Recognize that distractions hinder conversions. Visual overload can draw visitors’ attention from your message. Don’t ask them to process more information than absolutely necessary as that increases the chances of their abandoning a page midway. The landing-page design should strive for a balance between text, images, video and white space. Don’t try too hard to impress; simplicity is best.Related: 5 Social Media Tricks to Boost Your Business How Success Happens
Sensing the rapidly growing tourist arrivals in the country, London has planned to launch a new plan that aims to ensure sustainable growth across the tourism industry to attract visitors.More than 40 million people are expected to visit the capital a year by 2025 – a rise of 30% from the 31.2 million arrivals to the capital in 2016.A new report by Sadiq Khan, Mayor, London and Visit London projects, visitor’s spending will grow by almost 50% to £22 billion a year by the next eight year, up from £14.9 billion last year.Khan claimed that is “important that all Londoners benefit from a growth in tourism.”Key recommendations from the report included improving the cultural infrastructure, information and hospitality sectors, developing the digital connectivity and promoting travel during off-peak periods to allow tourists to explore more of the city.“By inspiring visitors to come to our great city during quieter periods like autumn and to find hidden gems off the beaten track, we can ensure that the projected growth in visitor numbers is sustainable and that the tourism and cultural industries work for everyone,” added Khan.Developing the infrastructure for business visits may serve as an important prospect to ensure that London is an ideal destination for MICE industries as well.