Trudeau apologizes to Inuit for TB mistreatment

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsIt was a long-awaited event delayed at the last minute by Nunavut’s unpredictable weather.But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it to Iqaluit Friday to apologize for the way the federal government treated Inuit tuberculosis patients from the 1940s to 1960s.He didn’t just say ‘sorry.’ He said ‘sorry’ with a plan

SecretaryGeneral alarmed by day of deadly violence in Gaza and Israel

16 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed grave concern at the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel today that media reports say has left nearly two dozen people dead. In a statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said he “condemns the reported civilian casualties among Palestinians, including children, during Israeli military operations, and calls on Israel to abide by its obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law.“The Secretary-General also reiterates his condemnation of rocket fire against Israeli civilian targets,” the statement noted, adding that Mr. Ban was urging all parties to the Middle East conflict to exercise restraint. read more

House Democrats press Facebook to scale back currency plan

WASHINGTON — Facebook is facing fresh criticism from Congress over its plan to create a digital currency , with House Democrats asking the company to scale down the project.Members of the House Financial Services Committee say they can’t trust Facebook. They cite the company’s market power and record of scandals, fines and privacy breaches.Here’s what Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas tells David Marcus, the Facebook executive leading the project: “I think you’re pretty low on the trust spectrum right now, and understandably,”Among their concerns is the risk that the new currency, to be called Libra, could be used for illicit activity.Marcus, trying reassure lawmakers, says Facebook “will take the time to get this right.”Democrats are threatening legislation to stop technology companies from getting into banking.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

Top UN envoy in Iraq meets former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Ashraf Qazi, and Mr. Allawi had wide-ranging talks in Baghdad on Saturday about the ongoing political process and the risk of political fragmentation in Iraq as the country heads towards the 15 August deadline for drafting its final constitution, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).The meeting was held at the residence of Mr. Allawi, who in addition to being the former Prime Minister also headed the Iraqi National Accord. read more

The Latest UK lawmaker wants Parliament to overturn EU vote

The Latest: UK lawmaker wants Parliament to overturn EU vote by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2016 3:18 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Latest on Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union (all times local):7:25 p.m.A British opposition lawmaker says Parliament should stop the “madness” and overturn the result of a referendum calling for Britain to leave the European Union.Labour legislator David Lammy says Thursday’s national vote was non-binding and “our sovereign Parliament needs to now vote on whether we should quit the EU.”He says some “leave” supporters now regret their votes and Parliament should vote on Britain’s EU membership. He said “we can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end. … Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of lies and the hubris of (‘leave’ leader) Boris Johnson.”constitutional experts say Parliament cannot easily ignore the will of the people. Alan Renwick, deputy director of University College London’s Constitution Unit, says “in legal theory that is possible. In practice, that is absolutely not possible.”___6:15 p.m.Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has reverberated through London’s boisterous LGBT pride festival.The flags of European nations flew at the annual Pride in London parade, which ended with a rally in Trafalgar Square.London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the crowd of thousands that Europeans in London are “our friends, our families and our neighbours.”Khan says “I recognize the huge contribution you make to our city, you are welcome here. I make you this promise as your mayor. That won’t change.”Voters in London overwhelmingly supported staying in the EU, but a majority outside the capital voted to leave.Belgian Georges Peters, who was flying his country’s flag at the parade, said he was “very disappointed about the vote. I think this is bad for the economy and it’s important that we stand together.”Antaine O’Briain from Ireland said he was “shocked and horrified” at the result of the Thursday’s vote.___5:55 p.m.France’s economy minister is calling for a new, more transparent plan for the European Union that would be submitted to a popular vote.Emmanuel Macron is accusing Britain’s Conservative Party of taking the rest of the EU hostage with a referendum staged for domestic reasons that now is threatening to torpedo European unity. His unusually outspoken comments came at a debate Saturday at the Institute for Political Science in Paris on how European can cope with Britain’s vote to leave the 28-nation EU.Macron says “If we made a mistake … it’s to have let a member state take hostage the European project in a unilateral manner … and therefore to have choreographed these last few months the possibility of the crumbling of Europe.”___4:10 p.m.Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has spurred a surge in interest in obtaining Irish citizenship from people in Northern Ireland.The Post Office in Northern Ireland says it has “seen an unusually high number of people in Northern Ireland seeking Irish passport applications.”Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, but most people born there can also claim citizenship in the neighbouring Republic of Ireland — an EU member. While Britain as a whole voted to leave the EU in Thursday’s referendum, a majority of voters in Northern Ireland opted to remain.Irish citizenship has generally been taken up by members of Northern Ireland’s Irish nationalist Roman Catholic community, rather than by Protestants who identify as British.But in a sign of how the referendum has turned politics on its head, one of Northern Ireland’s leading Protestant politicians, Ian Paisley Jr., tweeted: “My advice is if you are entitled to second passport then take one.”___3:50 p.m.The European commissioner from Latvia, who is now responsible for overseeing the EU’s financial services sector, says his “priority is to maintain financial stability in markets.”The EU’s euro commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis says he hopes “to live up to tasks entrusted to me.”Dombrovskis wrote on Twitter that “I highly value the work” of Jonathan Hill, the British representative on the EU Executive Commission who stepped down Saturday, saying he was disappointed by the British referendum result.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker immediately transferred Hill’s responsibilities to Dombrovskis, costing Britain a key voice in a sector that is hugely important to London, whose status as Europe’s financial capital is threatened by Britain’s EU exit.___3:45 p.m.Italy’s finance minister is urging the European Union to do more than “concern itself only about banks. In an interview with Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera Saturday, Pier Carlo Padoan says it’s time to think the “unthinkable.”He says “deep dissatisfaction” over immigration, security and slow economic growth could combine for a further push toward disintegration of the EU bloc. Italy has been pushing for more EU action to encourage economic growth.Padoan says it’s possible Britain’s EU exit could cause smaller growth in Italy.___3:40 p.m.Iran’s Foreign Ministry says in a statement that the British people’s decision to leave the European Union will have no effect on Tehran’s approach toward the U.K.The statement, carried by Iran’s English language Press TV on Saturday, said “Iran respects the British people’s vote to leave the European Union.”An official in President Hassan Rouhani’s office, Hamid Aboutalebi, had called it a “big earthquake” and part of the “domino” collapse of the EU.Iran’s government is still suspicious of Britain over its role in backing a 1953 coup. A British-Iranian woman held by the Revolutionary Guard faces allegations of working toward the “soft toppling” of the government.___Associated Press writer Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran contributed.___3:15 p.m.French President Francois Hollande is holding exceptional meetings with the leaders of France’s political parties, as EU leaders try to keep the union together after Britain’s vote to leave.Far right leader Marine Le Pen called for a referendum on France’s EU membership following Thursday’s British vote. Hollande’s administration dismissed the call, but Le Pen is currently more popular in opinion polls and hopes to replace Hollande in presidential elections next year.Hollande convened a string of meetings Saturday with his own Socialist Party, former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative opposition party The Republicans, the far right National Front, the Greens and parties on the far left and centre.France is a founding member of what is now the EU, but French voters rejected an EU constitution in 2005 that would have enshrined closer unity, and France’s heartland has a lot of the same frustration at economic stagnation and migration that drove the British vote to quit the EU.___2:25 p.m.Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen says Britain’s exit “will echo for years to come and change the Europe as we know it.”He says “the EU must stay away from areas where countries do it best themselves” and pay attention to popular skepticism across the continent.After a government meeting Saturday to discuss the British vote, he wrote on Facebook that the government’s priority was “to defend Danish interests in the upcoming divorce.”Loekke Rasmussen said Friday the Scandinavian country that joined the European Union in 1973 at the same time as Britain, has “no plans to hold a referendum on this basic matter.”___2:15 p.m.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he regrets the resignation of Britain’s EU commissioner, Jonathan Hill.Hill was responsible for the EU’s oversight of financial services — a hugely important industry to London.Juncker said that “I wanted the British commissioner to be in charge of financial services, as a sign of my confidence in the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. To my great regret, this situation is now changing.”He said he would transfer Hill’s responsibilities to Valdis Dombrovskis, European commissioner from Latvia.___2:10 p.m.The European Union’s six founding nations are urging a quick British departure from the bloc and are pledging to address divergent attitudes toward the EU from its 27 remaining member nations.Foreign ministers of Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg met in Berlin on Saturday and said in a statement that they want Britain to quickly invoke the article in the EU charter allowing it to start negotiations on departure.Regarding the other members, they said “We have to find better ways of dealing with these different levels” of commitment to closer European unity. Founding nations want to increase political and economic co-operation but some newer nations are wary of giving up more sovereignty.“We are aware that discontent with the functioning of the EU as it is today is manifest in parts of our societies. We take this very seriously and are determined to make the EU work better for all our citizens,” it said.___2:00 p.m.France’s foreign minister is hoping Britain can name a new prime minister in the coming days to speed up its departure from the European Union.That timeframe is highly unrealistic given the political turmoil in Britain. Instead it is likely to take months to name a replacement to Prime Minister David Cameron, who is resigning and wants his successor to handle the departure negotiations.French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Saturday “they must designate a new prime minister, which would certainly require several days.” He was speaking in Berlin alongside counterparts from the five other founding members of the European Union, as EU leaders try to keep the project from falling apart after British voters chose Thursday to leave.___2:00 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it “shouldn’t take forever” for Britain to deliver formal notification that it wants to leave the European Union but is making clear that the matter is in London’s hands.Merkel said Saturday at a news conference in Potsdam, outside Berlin: “To be honest, it shouldn’t take forever, that’s right — but I would not fight over a short period of time.”The German leader said she is seeking a “objective, good” climate in talks on Britain’s exit from the EU and that there’s no need to make deterrence a priority.Merkel said that there is “no need to be particularly nasty in any way in the negotiations; they must be conducted properly.”___1:55 p.m.An online petition seeking a second referendum on a British exit from the Europe Union has drawn more than 1 million names, a measure of the extraordinary divisiveness of Thursday’s vote to leave the 28-nation bloc.The online petition site hosted by the House of Commons website crashed Friday under the weight of the activity as officials said they’d seen unprecedented interest in the measure.Online petitions — which take little effort and are easy to game — are poor measures of popular opinion, but any petition which draws more than 100,000 names must be considered for debate in Parliament.In the short term, demands for a rerun are likely to go nowhere given that Britain’s “leave” camp won by more than 1 million votes in a high-turnout vote.___1:50 p.m.Britain’s representative on the EU’s executive body says he is resigning because it would not be right to carry on after the U.K. vote to leave the bloc.Jonathan Hill, Britain’s EU commissioner, says he’s very disappointed by the referendum result, but “what is done cannot be undone.”Hill says in a statement that he will work with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to ensure there is an “orderly handover.”Hill says he started his job skeptical of the EU but leaves it “certain that, despite its frustrations, our membership was good for our place in the world and good for our economy.”___1:00 p.m.British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says Britain must react “calmly and rationally” to the divisive EU referendum campaign.Corbyn, whose Labour Party backed a vote to stay in the bloc, says the areas that voted most strongly to leave are “communities that have effectively been abandoned” by economic change and the austerity policies of Britain’s Conservative government.He told a meeting in London Saturday that politicians needed to take seriously voters’ concerns about immigration, which led many to back a British exit from the 28-nation EU.Many Labour lawmakers strongly backed “remain” and accuse the socialist Corbyn, a longtime critic of the EU, of failing to rally party supporters behind staying in the bloc. Several are trying to rally support behind a bid to unseat Corbyn.___12:55 p.m.Luxembourg’s foreign minister says Britain needs to quickly start negotiations with the European Union on its exit from the trade bloc.Speaking Saturday in Berlin after meeting with other top European diplomats, Jean Asselborn said he hoped there would be no “cat and mouse” game now and that Britain would invoke Article 50 of the EU charter, which allows for a country to leave.“There must be clarity,” Asselborn told reporters. “The people have spoken and we need to implement this decision.”He added that once outside the bloc, Britain would be a “third country” — the EU term for non-members — in terms of trade agreements but emphasized that was “not meant negatively.”___12:50 p.m.Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland will launch immediate talks with European Union nations and institutions to find a way to remain in the bloc despite Britain’s vote to leave.Sturgeon says voters in Scotland gave “emphatic” backing to remaining in the bloc. A majority of voters in more-populous England opted to leave.After meeting with her Cabinet she said “we will seek to enter into immediate discussion” with the rest of the EU.She says a new referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom is “very much on the table.”___12:40 p.m.European foreign ministers are urging quick negotiations on Britain’s departure from the EU to avoid prolonged financial and political insecurity for the continent.French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said “there is a certain urgency … so that we don’t have a period of uncertainty, with financial consequences, political consequences.”He spoke in Berlin on Saturday alongside counterparts from the other five founding members of what has become the EU — Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. They also spoke of the need for a speedy renegotiation.He also urged the remaining 27 EU countries to return to “the spirit of the founders” of European unity, forged to prevent conflict via trade after World War II. “It is up to us to recreate this spirit,” he said, noting all the European countries that subsequently joined after overthrowing dictatorships and embracing democracy.___12:20 p.m.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says negotiations on British exit should begin “as soon as possible” but adds that “intensive European discussions” are needed.Speaking after a meeting in Berlin with foreign ministers of the other five founding members of the EU, Steinmeier there is a need to “show the people of Europe that Europe is important, and not only important but able to carry out its work.”He also called for Britain to engage in talks sooner rather than later. He says: “We understand and respect the result and understand that Great Britain will now concentrate on Great Britain,” but adds that Britain as a responsibility to work with the EU on exit terms.__10:05 a.m.French President Francois Hollande says the British vote to leave the European Union poses questions “for the whole planet.”Hollande vowed Saturday to maintain relations with Britain, notably concerning migrants crossing between the two countries and military and economic co-operation.Speaking after a meeting in Paris with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Hollande said: “For the entire planet there is a question, what will happen?”He called for an orderly separation between Britain and the EU after Thursday’s historic vote to exit the bloc, formed after two world wars to prevent new conflict via trade co-operation.Hollande, whose country was a founding pillar of European unity, is holding emergency meetings Saturday with leaders of France’s political parties as EU leaders try to keep the bloc from unravelling after the British vote.___08:30 a.m.Top diplomats from the European Union’s original six founding nations are meeting in Berlin for hastily arranged talks following Britain’s stunning vote to leave the bloc.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says it is critical to see the vote as a wakeup call. He was heading into meetings Saturday with his counterparts from France, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg.Steinmeier says EU politicians must listen “to the expectations of the European governments but also to the expectations of the people.”He cautioned against rash decisions, saying that “it’s totally clear that in times like these one should neither be hysterical nor fall into paralysis.”Steinmeier’s office says the meeting is one of many conversations now taking place, and shouldn’t be seen as “an exclusive format.” The Foreign Ministers from EU’s founding six Jean Asselborn from Luxemburg, Paolo Gentiloni from Italy, Frank-Walter Steinmeier from Germany, Didier Reynders from Belgium, Jean-Marc Ayrault from France and Bert Koenders from the Netherlands, from left, brief the media after a meeting on the so-called Brexit in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) read more

Superminis taking Britain by storm

UK drivers are going for smaller cars, as factors like fuel economy and a new company car tax scheme influence buying decisions. The supermini segment has grown by more than 4.5 per cent over the last five years as buyers increasingly switch to smaller vehicles, according to Motor Industry FACTS – 2002, just published by the SMMT.Small cars now come with more standard equipment and safety features, with an array of extras that would have previously been reserved for larger executive models. Air bags, anti-lock brakes, CD-players and air conditioning are now the norm, making these cars true ‘super minis’.Real diversity in the segment is also helping woo drivers. Super economical diesel engines where 60mpg can be expected as the norm, right through to range topping performance models offering genuine driver involvement and allow buyers to choose the car that best suits their lifestyle.Commenting on the change in buying habits, SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘There is an incredible amount of competition in this segment and consumers are benefiting from this. Practically all the volume manufacturers have a supermini model in their range and the level of equipment fitted as standard is now quite phenomenal. The barriers to smaller motoring have been removed and buyers have recognised this’.Top five selling superminis in 2001 1. Ford Fiesta 98,2212. Peugeot 206 97,8873. Vauxhall Corsa 93,7924. Renault Clio 79,8435. Fiat Punto 59,573(Attachment shows trends)Information can be found on pages two and three of Motor Industry FACTS – 2002. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Watsons 4th quarter scores send NC Central past SC St

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A pair of Tyquan Watson touchdowns in the fourth quarter was the difference as North Carolina Central rallied to beat South Carolina State 21-17 on Saturday.The game was originally scheduled to be played on Sept. 15 but was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.Watson’s 19-yard run with 10:36 left put North Carolina Central (5-6, 3-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) ahead for good, 14-10. Four minutes later, Dominique Shoffner threw a 41-yard score to Watson to seal it for the Eagles. Tyrece Nick threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Quan Caldwell to cap the scoring for the Bulldogs (5-6, 4-3).Shoffner finished with 153 yards passing and two touchdowns.Nick, the Bulldogs’ sophomore quarterback, finished 97 rushing yards shy of becoming the second South Carolina State quarterback to pass and rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season. He finished with 39 yards on the ground on 17 carries. Nick threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns.The Associated Press read more

Nobody Wants Baseballs 30Something Free Agents Anymore 😞

Meanwhile, younger players continue to be productive — and gain more playing time. Position players 26 and younger accounted for 43.2 percent of position-player WAR in 2018, the highest share since 1974, up nearly 20 percentage points from 2001 (23.4 percent). Similarly, this group got 38.4 percent of plate appearances, which was the highest number for them since 1987. This MLB offseason, star players searching for contracts like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are going to be fine. But the majority of free agents in baseball this winter? They might be in store for another long wait as the game continues to trend younger — younger than it’s ever been for position players in the free agency era.Harper and Machado — rare 26-year-old superstar free agents — could break contract records this year. (Harper has already turned down $300 million.) But the rest of the free-agent class of 2018-19, which was once expected to be historically rich in talent, is not as strong as it could have been. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw declined to exercise his opt-out and signed a new three-year, $93 million deal with the Dodgers on Friday without ever becoming a free agent. Josh Donaldson, the 2015 American League MVP, suffered a series of injuries that diminished his value, and A.J. Pollock has a similar recent history. Andrew McCutchen, a former National League MVP, is now 32 and no longer a star-level player.While there is star power at the top, more money to spend and perhaps fewer rebuilding teams, the vast majority of this class’s 250-plus free agents — who became eligible to sign with any team on Saturday — face the same questions that tormented the middle tier of free agents last year: Will any team sign them? And even if they land on major league rosters, how long will they have to wait, and what kind of salary will they have to accept to get there?The overriding issue is that the game is getting younger. Last season was the youngest for position players since the 1970s.To become a free agent, a player must accrue six years of service time.1Players also become free agents when they’re released from their clubs before reaching that threshold. The average age for rookies breaking into the majors last year was 24.4 for position players and 25.3 for pitchers. By the time these players have six years of service time, most will be at least 30 years old. Harper and Machado, who debuted as 19- and 20-year-old wunderkinds, are outliers.According to Spotrac, the 147 free agents to sign at least a one-year deal with guaranteed dollars last season were, on average, 32.6 years old, and the average age of this year’s class is 33.1 years. Last season, position players age 32 and older accounted for 12.9 percent of wins above replacement (WAR)2According to FanGraphs’ version of the metric. and 18.6 percent of plate appearances, which were the lowest numbers that demographic have contributed since 1975 and 1979, respectively. Free agency began in MLB after the 1976 season, so last offseason’s landscape for 30-somethings was about as bleak as it’s ever been in the free agency era. And this past season featured position players who were even younger. Pitchers are also trending younger, though not as dramatically. Pitchers age 32 and older combined for 18.7 percent of WAR and 19.9 percent of innings in 2018, which is down from 2001 levels (27.1 and 24.9 percent) but up from the 21st-century low in 2015 (12.1 and 17.1 percent).David Freese — who hit .296 with a .359 on-base mark last season — was ostensibly so concerned about his prospects this winter that, rather than test the open market, the 35-year-old signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Dodgers last week that was less than his 2019 club option of $6 million. (The Dodgers also paid him the option’s $500,000 buyout.) Some background: Freese waited until March 11, 2016, to sign a one-year, $3 million deal coming off a 2.2-WAR 2015 season. Freese is well-aware of how tough the market can be for a 30-something free agent.When I spoke with free agent infielder Neil Walker in June, he was already concerned about the upcoming offseason. Walker signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the New York Yankees on March 12, nearly a month after spring training camps opened. He had produced seven straight seasons of at least 2 WAR.3Walker hit .219 last year, so perhaps teams saw something that made them rightfully cautious.“You hope this trend with middle-tier guys doesn’t continue through this collective bargaining agreement [which ends in 2021], because there are going to be many, many more guys that are affected,” said the 33-year-old Walker, a former player representative for the union. “It’s not the top top-tier guys. … It’s the guys in between. There are a lot more guys in between. I don’t know what the answer is, but I do know there are teams out there that didn’t spend a dime. There are teams out there that sold off most of their assets. That’s something, when you look around the league, it makes it pretty top-heavy and bottom-heavy. That’s alarming. That’s not the greatest situation, in my opinion, for baseball.”There was a time not long ago when a player with Walker’s resume wouldn’t have to worry about finding work. Not now, though. The Pittsburgh Pirates, Walker’s former club, proved you could achieve mediocrity without spending a single dollar on a major league free agent last offseason. The players union went as far as filing a grievance against the Pirates — along with the Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A’s — for spending very little on their major league payrolls while also being among the clubs receiving revenue sharing.There are a number of other issues contributing to the game’s youth movement, including testing for performance-enhancing drugs and teams’ growing desire to manage budgets more efficiently. The average position player age reached this century’s peak — 29.3 years — in 2004, when PED usage had become so rampant that the league finally enacted penalties for testing positive. That age has been declining ever since and fell to 28.1 last season, suggesting that PEDs may have been artificially extending the productive lifespan of a significant number of older players. Furthermore, last season position players age 32 and up saw their plate appearances decline by 36 percent compared with 2001, but their WAR production dropped by 54 percent. In other words, older players have become less effective in the playing time they get.Younger players are also usually cheaper — until they reach arbitration after three seasons in the majors, players make at or near the league minimum salary. Players who haven’t yet hit free agency also don’t come with the kind of high-risk long-term contracts that teams seem increasingly leery of — and not without reason. For instance, Eric Hosmer was a relatively young free agent last winter, entering his age 28 season, when he signed an eight-year, $144 million deal with the San Diego Padres. Hosmer proceeded to turn in a below-replacement-level performance for the year (-0.1 WAR). FanGraphs’ top 10 free agents last winter included some successes — J.D. Martinez and Lorenzo Cain — and some failures in Hosmer and Yu Darvish.4Granted, this was just the first year of the players’ multi-year deals, so these assessments may change by the time the contracts end. Overall, the top 10 FanGraphs free agents combined to produce 20.5 WAR at $179 million in earnings in 2018. That’s $8.7 million per WAR for a club, which is not particularly efficient.Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer also believes that younger players have another advantage: They are better adapted to recent technology advances and have benefited from improved player-development practices.“Older players, generally, haven’t kept up with how the league is changing and evolving,” Bauer said. “They do what they did to get there.”But while more older players are aging out of the game and teams are avoiding risky, big-ticket contracts, free agency is also being pinched on the front end. Teams have increasingly manipulated players’ service time, delaying their entry into free agency. Kris Bryant filed a grievance against the Chicago Cubs in 2015 over this. Last year, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit .402 in Double-A and .336 in Triple-A, but the Blue Jays didn’t bring up the 19-year-old because they claimed that he needed to work on his defense, and the son of a Hall of Famer has yet to debut. Guerrero and the MLBPA filed a grievance.“Now it’s almost getting chopped on both sides,” Walker said. “The window [for player earnings] is much smaller than it used to be.”Moreover, teams have had success at hanging on to many young stars by offering club-friendly extensions before they reach free agency, buying out those first years when a player can test the open market. And in recent offseasons, an unusual number of teams have been mired in dramatic rebuilds, with no interest in adding to their payroll. In September, things had gotten so dire for the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals that we questioned whether they could even beat Triple-A teams.Said a MLB Players Association spokesperson to FiveThirtyEight: “If 30 clubs are competing for a pennant, the free agent market for players will be robust. We’ll closely monitor developments.”And while baseball officially has no salary limits, MLB’s strengthened luxury tax acted as a soft cap last winter. Only the Red Sox and Nationals exceeded the $197 million threshold in 2018, according to numbers obtained from the commissioner’s office by The Associated Press. The Yankees stayed under the luxury tax for the first time since it was implemented, and the Los Angeles Dodgers spent just $4 million on free agents last winter. Perhaps that was done with an eye on this year’s class and on courting Harper, Machado or other stars. Time will tell.At a time when baseball revenues have increased dramatically — the average franchise valuation increased from $295 million in 2004 to $1.6 billion in 2018, according to Forbes — total money spent on player salaries increased by just 1.86 percent from 2017 ($4.638 billion) to 2018 ($4.724 billion). Some have wondered whether baseball players would actually benefit from a salary cap if it also came with a salary floor that guaranteed players a share of the sport’s revenues. After briefly instituting a salary cap and replacing arbitration with restricted free agency during the 1994-95 strike, owners would likely reject such a proposal today.Tinkerers have put forward other ideas to help improve free agency for players, including declaring all players free agents when they reach a certain age, which would also address the way clubs have been manipulating service time. For now, they are just ideas.“As we approach the next round of collective bargaining, we’re going to be considering all aspects of the system, as we always do,” the MLBPA spokesperson said.But there are several actual developments that could help players this winter.The Marlins spent last offseason trading off significant assets like Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, which had the trickle-down effect of allowing several teams to fill the holes in their roster without resorting to the free-agent market. This time around, the Marlins don’t have many assets to shed, though catcher J.T. Realmuto could be dealt. There don’t appear to be many teams with major assets to sell, though the Seattle Mariners might rebuild.In addition, large-market clubs like the Yankees and Dodgers reset their tax status last winter, which means that the next time they exceed the threshold, their tax rate will be lower. Since so many teams were rebuilding last year, maybe some of them will be past the teardown stage and more interested in upgrading their rosters this year.The Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves, for example, may begin to spend more significantly and build on their cores. The Philadelphia Phillies are rumored to be interested in Harper and Machado. The Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants and even the Tampa Bay Rays are projected to enjoy considerable payroll space.The stars will certainly get paid this offseason, but the game also continues to trend younger. That means it could be another long winter for the majority of free agents. read more

An allembracing system for haul road dust management

first_imgUnified, automated dust management and monitoring systems have traditionally come at a high cost, both from initial setup expenses and ongoing maintenance, however, Cooee Products says it is changing that. Cooee has partnered with Pervasive Telemetry and Kenelec Scientific to develop the Cooee Dust Monitoring solution – an end-to-end hosted telemetry and control solution, which leverages communications infrastructure, including 3G and GPS. The solution combines dust, weather and stock monitoring into a single, transparent and real-time system that is readily available to all stakeholders.As the company that introduced the revolutionary DustBloc dust suppression agent to the market, this was a logical next step. “The monitoring systems partners extremely well with DustBloc,” says Cooee Managing Director Tony Pynsent. “The system also goes beyond dust: It looks at all air quality concerns, including blast fumes. It can give you immediate feedback, thanks to weather integration, of where the fumes are going and whether blasting should continue.”Using the Cooee Dust Monitoring system, sites can also easily see how well DustBloc or other dust suppression techniques are working.When companies are unable to accurately monitor and report on air quality to regulatory bodies, they can be left to take responsibility for dust conditions when they are not at fault, meaning more money out of pocket.Thanks to the Cooee Dust Monitoring system, the information is readily available and accessible through a web browser, including support for mobile devices. According to Pynsent, the information could be made accessible to the government and communities quite easily.Unlike other dust monitoring options on the market, all hardware, firmware, software, reporting and server infrastructure for Cooee Dust Monitoring systems are designed and manufactured to work together. This means that clients no longer need to rely on multiple companies for service and maintenance. The systems provide access to real time and historical information about your field assets, with reporting information gathered for you and stored online.For Prashant Maharaj, Managing Director of Pervasive Telemetry, the fact this solution uses hosted server infrastructure makes is particularly attractive. “We wanted to take away the clients’ dependence on dedicated servers and software, and allow them the freedom of being able to access their data on any web browser,” he said.This is also what sets the Cooee Dust Monitoring system apart from other solutions. “The client has purchased our hardware and hosting solution, but it is their data – they own that data and why would we even consider restricting them access to it by charging them a software fee?” Maharaj said.For Pynsent, the real reward is seeing the solution work for companies on the ground. “There really isn’t anything like this on the market at the moment,” he said. “We’re just happy to be in a position to provide a much needed service.”Cooee has produced DustBloc since 2005. This dust suppressant is a stable emulsion of bitumen in water that is made with a number of special additives, which enables it to mix easily with all types of water. The result is a product that not only reduces dust, but also decreases the amount of water used on a mine site or road, which allows for less deterioration.last_img read more

Google has 2076 job openings

first_imgIf you have the talent and the enthusiasm there is no better time to apply for a job at Google. Not only has the company just raised its salaries for employees, but Reuters did some calculations and found there are 2,076 open positions.The number of jobs available is not through any mass exodus from Google to Facebook. Google is just ramping up on hiring which has seen the positions available increase six-fold over the course of this year. Half of those jobs are in the U.S. with most falling into the categories of engineering and sales.AdChoices广告Google may already have over 23,000 employees, but it is still expanding and needs more staff for its core areas such as advertising, Android, and web services. There is a lot of variety in the jobs on offer, though, with temporary and student positions as well as a few jobs more to do with helping run a Google complex or be an evangelist for the company rather than just working directly on new and existing projects.Read more at ReutersMatthew’s OpinionGoogle’s job pages are well laid out into sections making it quite difficult to get an overall picture of just how many positions are open. But if you’d asked me to guess I would have said a few hundred, not 2000+.The sheer scale of Google’s business, plus their continued need to grow, suggests they do need that many new people. Not enough hands on deck means the operations side won’t run smoothly and projects have to run at a slower pace if you’re short on engineers. That’s not something Google can afford to have happen with growing competition all around it.This is also another reason why it responded to the brain drain going to Facebook. If the company is searching for 2,000 new people it can’t afford to lose too many that are already established there.last_img read more

Budget deficit up to 15513 billion euro

first_imgThe Greek state budget deficit widened to 15.513 billion euro in the seven months from January-July 2011, lower than the revised target of 16.465 bn euro under the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy, the finance ministry said on Thursday. The deficit continues to be higher than the budget deficit for the same period in 2010, however, when it was 12.449 bn euro.The figures were given in a finance ministry report on the execution of the budget adapted to the new requirements of the Medium-term programme, which called for measures to make up a considerable shortfall in budget revenues before it was passed by Parliament in July. They showed that total budget revenues, from both regular sources and the Public Investment Programme, fell short of the revised budget target by 87 million euro. Total spending was also reduced by 1,049 million euro. Net budget revenues totalled 26.847 bn euro, down 6.4 per cent from the same period in 2010, reflecting a larger than expected economic recession in the country and non-repeat of 2010 revenues, as well as lower income tax revenues as a result of more favourable tax laws and lower incomes, as well as bigger tax refunds. The Public Investments Program’s revenues were down 8.1 per cent or by 103 million euro in the January-July period. The finance ministry, in a statement said a shortfall in revenues was expected to be effectively dealt with in the remaining five months with the performance of tax measures included in laws executing the Medium-term Fiscal Strategy.Regular budget spending rose 7.1 per cent from 2010, reflecting higher interest payments, increased subsidies to pension funds, higher payments for unemployment benefits and higher payments for state hospital debt. Primary spending rose 4.7 percent, or by 1.350 billion euro, while Public Investments Program spending fell by 37.6 per cent or 1.581 billion euro.Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Early elections would be suicide says Samaras

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras warned that Greece would be committing “political suicide” and risking a “return to chaos” if it fails to elect a new president early next year and has to hold early national elections instead.Samaras’s speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) focused on three main themes: Greece’s economic recovery, tax cuts and the danger of failing to elect a successor to President Karolos Papoulias in March. Samaras used the presidential issue as a platform for an attack on SYRIZA, which he accused of craving instability.“Greece is gradually finding its feet… but there are those who would do whatever they can so nothing changes,” the prime minister said in reference to the opposition party. “They are not even afraid to play with the Constitution.“They failed to bring down the government from the sidewalks so now they will try with the presidential election.”Samaras insisted that a growing number of people believe the government’s candidate will be able to attract the minimum number of 180 votes needed in Parliament to be elected. Nevertheless, he argued that a failure to achieve this target would be disastrous for Greece.“An early trip to the ballot box would be political suicide,” said Samaras, describing as “dangerous” those who “want to lead the country into the worst possible situation at the worst possible moment.”“Who wants to take this risk? And to achieve what? A return to chaos?”Samaras said that Greece should seek to be a beacon of stability when so many countries in the wider region are suffering serious problems. “In Greece, which is so close to the volcano, instead of protecting our stability, safeguarding the security offered by the European Union and NATO, are we going to risk elections, a new round of instability and new friction with our partners?”The prime minister also argued that with the first signs of growth emerging, Greece’s public debt would soon be deemed sustainable.“Although debt is still high, it has started to ease marginally and the drop will soon be even greater when measured against gross domestic product,” he said.Samaras also pledged to cut the cost of electricity for businesses and to create, with EU backing, a special economic zone in Thessaloniki to help keep firms from moving to neighboring Balkan countries, where labour costs and overheads are cheaper.The New Democracy leader also announced significant taxation plans. First on the list was his declaration that the consumption tax on heating oil would be reduced by 30 per cent. He said the heating fuel benefit would remain in place, which should mean that those receiving the handout this winter pay no more than around a euro per litre for their fuel.The prime minister also pledged that the unified property tax (ENFIA) and solidarity tax on incomes would be reduced. More details are expected in the 2015 national budget, which is due to be drafted over the next few weeks. He further indicated that taxpayers owing money to the state would be granted more instalments in which to pay it back. The latter is still being discussed by the Greek government and the troika, with the former aiming for an agreement on 72 to 100 instalments.Samaras said that it his ultimate aim to reduce the top income tax rate to 32 per cent and for business to pay no more than 15 per cent.Source: Ekathimerinilast_img read more

Report: WWE has “agreed in principle” to bring Smackdown Live to FOX in October…

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Facebook is reporting that WWE has an agreement in principle with FOX, described as a “massive” offer, to bring Smackdown Live to the network in October of 2019.WWE representatives declined to comment on the story, while any representatives for FOX were not immediately reached at the time of the report on Monday morning.A report last week by the Hollywood Reporter indicated NBC Universal was interested in retaining Monday Night RAW for “triple the rights fee amount”, all the while declining the option to renew Smackdown Live which airs live every Tuesday on the USA Network.Smackdown Live has been averaging 2.59 million viewers per week in 2018 and has been part of the NBC Universal family on cable since October of 2010, airing first on the SyFy network and then moving to the USA Network in 2016.Back in February, FOX executives attended a Smackdown Live taping in Los Angeles including on-air personality Colin Cowherd. Not long later, Cowherd hinted on air that WWE programming was “coming to a network near you.”We will continue to follow this story as it develops.center_img Twitter Google+ Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

8/29 NXT Live Results: Orlando, Florida (Velveteen Dream takes on Roderick Strong)

first_img Uber Lays Off Hundreds as California Senate Disrupts Gig Economy Business Model Africa in Focus: Moody’s Says S. Africa Rating Depends on Debt Trajectory, Growth Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WhatsApp Credit: @tarratastic 8/29 NXT Live Results: Orlando, Florida— The Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins) def. Team 3.0 (Chase Parker and Matt Martel).— Bianca Belair def. Taynara Conti.— Cezar Bononi def. Denzel DeJournette.— Damian Priest def. Danny Burch.— Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) def. The Forgotten Sons (Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler).— Kushida and Jordan Myles def. The Outliers (Dorian Mak and Riddick Moss).— Dexter Lumis def. Daniel Vidot.— Marina Shafir def. Reina Gonzalez.— Velveteen Dream def. Kyle O’Reilly to retain the NXT North American Championship.Source: FightfulIt’s Breezango! #NXTOrlando— Tarra (@Tarratastic) August 30, 2019 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipLacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW DebutVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Lacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW Debut Pinterest Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Tyson Fury Campbell: Cameron ‘confirmed what most people are thinking’ Google+ The Big 2018 News And Entertainment Cliffhangers That Will Be Resolved In 2019 Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Rude gesture leads to crash on Tacoma highway

first_imgTACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says an accident Monday on Highway 512 was caused by a driver making a rude hand gesture to another driver as she was attempting a lane change.KING reports she lost control and rear-ended another car, causing it to roll over in a ditch. Three people suffered minor injuries.The gesturing woman may face a reckless driving charge.last_img

CM Yediyurappa seeks CBI probe over Karnataka phone tapping scandal

first_imgBS YediyurappaTwitterDays after allegations of phone tapping emerged against the previous Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is set to seek a CBI probe over the matter on Monday, August 19.The decision by the state government to hand over the case to the central agency comes after several political leaders asked the CM to conduct a proper enquiry over the scandal. “Several leaders, including Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah, have sought a high-level probe into the case,” said Yediyurappa.Top shot political leaders, including Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya, R Ashoka and disqualified MLA AH Vishwanath, had also requested CM Yediyurappa to conduct a detailed investigation over the allegations.CM Yediyurappa had earlier told the state Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar to conduct the investigation and prosecute the culprits responsible for the illegal use of government machinery.Several politicians, including former state CM Jagadish Shettar and AH Vishwanath, have blamed former CM HD Kumaraswamy of phone tapping and spying on several leaders including the rebel legislators who are now disqualified. However, Kumaraswamy rubbished the accusations saying that there was no need for him to tap the phone calls to save the government.He claimed that he would never do such a thing as he has been repeatedly saying that the chief minister’s post is not forever. “There was no need for me to remain in and save the chair by tapping phones. Allegations made against me by some people in this matter is far from the truth,” he had tweeted.The Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar has rejected the allegations levelled against Kumaraswamy and has sided with him.last_img read more

Jet Airways fiasco Naresh Goyal requests urgent Rs 750cr from Etihad

first_imgJet Airways has defaulted on its repayment of the loans for several times in the pastCredit: ReutersOne of India’s major private airline, Jet Airways’ Chairman, Naresh Goyal has requested an urgent fund infusion of Rs 750 crore from its partner Etihad. Goyal highlighted “the very precarious” situation of the airline was pertaining to liquidity crunch. In recent times, low cash in hand has forced the airline to ground over 50 per cent of its fleet. Moreover, in his letter to the Gulf-based carrier’s group chief executive Tony Douglas, Goyal said that the aviation ministry has also given its consent to pledge its shares in JetPrivelege for securing the interim funding. Currently, the airline holds 49.9 per cent share in JetPrivelege with Etihad holding the majority.News agency, Press Trust of India has reported that in his letter, Goyal sought for an urgent fund infusion. “I now look forward to your support and cooperation in saving the airline by an urgent fund infusion of Rs 750 crore by early next week, so that a matching contribution from banks is also disbursed, as per the resolution plan,” Goyal said.It is to be noted that Jet Airways’ rescue plan is scheduled to be discussed for approval today, March 11. Etihad board will be deciding on the proposed plan which will witness a major change in the promoters’ shareholding. Last month, the Jet Airways’ board approved a debt recast plan after which the lender would become the largest stakeholder in the airline. The airline also agreed to convert its equity into debt at a nominal price of Re 1. The plan was later approved by the shareholders on February 21. [Representational image]Wikimedia CommonsIn his letter, he further said, “Any conditions precedent to the Rs 750 crore infusion by Etihad Airways may please be taken up with the banks and settled bilaterally with them so that the much-needed funding is made available to Jet Airways early next week.” Goyal also said that the Airline has reached to a situation where an urgent fund is required and any further delay would severely affect its operation and could even result in its “grounding”.Jet has already grounded more than 50 per cent of its fleet and cancelled hundreds of flights across routes. The situation has become so critical that its lessors have threatened to take away planes if a consensus on the resolution is not reached by the end of March. The airline has defaulted on its repayment of the loans for several times in the past. Also, the salaries of its staff have been delayed for months now.last_img read more

Advance bus ticket sale begins

first_imgAdvance bus ticket sale begins. UNB File PhotoPrivate bus operators on Friday morning started selling advance bus tickets for homeward people ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest festival for Muslims, reports UNB.People were seen waiting in long queues to collect their tickets at Gabtoli and Kalyanpur bus terminals as sale of tickets began at 6:00am.The crowd was thin at Mohakhali bus terminal where tickets of short distance destinations like Mymensingh, Netrakona, Tangail are available.Besides, tickets of 35 buses are also available through mobile app.Bangladesh Railway will start selling advance train tickets on 29 July. The tickets will be sold at five spots -– Kamalapur, Airport, Banani and Tejgaon railway stations and Fulbaria in the capital.Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated on 12 August, subject to appearance of the moon.last_img read more

Firebug is a Masterful and Commanding Story That Will Stay With You

first_img “A volcano goddess named Keegan is loose in the world, and the prophecies are unclear whether her coming will bring humanity’s destruction or salvation. In the shadow of a sacred volcano, from which Keegan derives her powers, lies the ancient city of Azar. Holding the key to the mysteries of her past, Keegan and her friends must get to Azar before it is overrun by a horde of forest monsters. Meanwhile, The nefarious Cult of the Goddess has plans to summon forces as old as time to extinguish Keegan’s flame permanently.”FIREBUG  (C, W, A): Johnnie Christmas (C): Tamra Bonvillain (L): Ariana MaherComics can deep dive into some aspects of family, loss, and love. However, if a writer can balance this with elements of folklore and mythology, they always have my heart. They can create something entirely out of this world that allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the world until the very last panel. Firebug formulates a perfect combination of folklore layered with a tale of family and finding the fire in you. (See what I did there? WINK.)via Image ComicsJohnnie Christmas is a masterful and commanding storyteller. You can tell just how much passion, love, and patience went into this project and the results are outstanding. Christmas creates a mesmerizing and touching story. This comic is enriched with lore that can be from any culture but explicitly his to translate and expand upon. Firebug feels like a personal piece in the making, something that needed to be told. Christmas writes of love, grief, heartbreak, discovery, self-acceptance, and most importantly family. Within a story that carries a sweeping narrative of lore, this doesn’t distract from the story but enhances it into an extraordinary adventure.Christmas develops illuminating characters that will stick with you. Keegan, our lead and Fire Goddess will have you wanting to follow her adventures even after the tale has ended. She goes through a lot within this graphic novel. We travel with her throughout the journey of different phases. She’s a radical, a goddess, fighting her beliefs and what prophecies may tell. After all of this, she finds her strength to be herself with the help of her mother, found family and learning the rights and wrongs. There was something about Keegan that will very much resonate with readers that will leave your heart ablaze.via Image ComicsJohnnie also lends his pencils and inks to this gorgeous comic, and I do mean gorgeous. Remember how I said this felt like a passion project? That’s what his art lends to the story as well. Every panel is tied together in glorious detail that beings the lore to life and extends the story to something that can stand by itself it wanted to. The facial expressions, the movement, the depth of the comic go so deep with Christmas’ art. We sink into this world filled with the emotions of the characters, the features of the gospels and everything in between.However, Christmas’ art would be nothing with Tamra Bonvillain’s colors. She sets the mood for this comic from the start. With every panel, she puts her own personal touch to it that blows you away. Bonvillain’s another one of my favorite colorists. The way she works with a range of different colors from any piece of the color wheel or spectrum is phenomenal. She melts them to fit into a story so magically. With Firebug, she keeps those sublime backgrounds and incorporations of the primary colors green, brown, orange and blues. She then introduces other colors to drive different aspects of the characters, sentiments, and passions from the characters, heartbreak and more.via Image ComicsAriana Maher does a fantastic job of placement in Firebug. Maher does a killer job in genuinely creating the storytelling from Christmas’ script. She places in a way where the narrative is in constant motion like you’re reading from a book of lore. Everything in this comic feels like its put together with such a genuine passion and love for what they do.Firebug is emotional, mesmerizing and hauntingly beautiful. You’ll fall in love with the setting, the characters, the story and the creators who put it together. It’s seriously a comic that was made with fiery passion from all sides. Firebug will be available March 7th on Comixology and your local comic shop. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance last_img read more

Prepaid Card Market Size to Hit USD 3653 billion by 2022

first_imgBig Market Research adds global Prepaid Card Market report that gives meticulous investigation of current scenario of the market size, share, demand, growth, trends, companies active in the industry and forecasts for the coming years.The global prepaid card market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 22.7% from 2016 to 2022 to attain a market size of around $3,653 billion by 2022.Prepaid card is a payment card where funds are connected directly to a card without any link through the bank account. Prepaid cards are reloadable cards that allow the customer to only spend up to the amount he/she has pre-deposited into their account. These cards are widely used in retailer stores, e-commerce, and others. There are no interest rates applied to these cards, although an initial fee is associated with them. Prepaid cards can be easily accessed by swiping them without any picture ID and PIN number. In addition, they are poised to have a transformative effect on retail establishments, corporate institutions, and others.Request for a sample copy of this report @ the recent years, the mode of payment has revolutionized, as number of transactions have taken place through cards instead of cash. Prepaid cards are available to everyone, regardless of credit rating, income, or whether or not someone holds a bank account. They are a substitute to a traditional bank account and are a new way to manage money. They function in a similar manner to credit and debit cards; thus, the user can also use them abroad. However, various types of fees associated with the prepaid card transaction and lack of security measures as compared to credit or debit cards are major restraints for the market growth. Moreover, emerging applications & acceptance of these prepaid cards for various transactions and their increasing popularity during traveling abroad are expected to boost the market growth in the future.The global prepaid card market is segmented based on card type, usage, industry vertical, and geography. On the basis of card type, the market is divided into single-purpose prepaid card and multi-purpose prepaid card. Based on the usage, it is divided into general-purpose reloadable card, gift card, government benefits/disbursement card, incentive/payroll card, and others. Industry verticals covered in the study include retail establishments, corporate institutions, government, and financial institutions & others. Geographically, it is analyzed across North America (U.S., Mexico, and Canada), Europe (Germany, UK, France, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Japan, South Korea, China, India and rest of Asia-Pacific), and LAMEA (Latin America, Middle East, and Africa).Major companies profiled in the report include The American Express Company., Visa Inc. MasterCard Incorporated, PayPal Holdings, Inc., Kaiku Finance, LLC., The Western Union Company, Green Dot Corporation, NetSpend Holding Inc., JP Morgan Chase & Co., and AccountNow Inc.Enquiry Before Buying @ BENEFITS FOR STAKEHOLDERSComprehensive analysis of the current trends and future estimations of the global prepaid card market is provided in the report.The report provides a competitive scenario of the market along with growth trends, market structure, driving factors, scope, opportunities, and challenges.The report provides a detailed analysis of the key segments to provide insights on the market dynamics.Porter’s Five Forces analysis highlights the potential of buyers and suppliers as well as insights on the competitive structure of the market to devise effective growth strategies and facilitate better decision-making.Prepaid Card Market Key Segments:BY CARD TYPE: Single-purpose Prepaid Card and Multi-purpose Prepaid CardBY USAGE: General-Purpose Reloadable Card, Gift Card, Government Benefits/Disbursement Card, Incentive/Payroll Card, OthersBY INDUSTRY VERTICAL: Retail Establishments, Corporate Institutions, Government, Financial Institutions & OthersOther players in the value chain include (profiles not included in the report): Edenred S.A., Blackhawk Network, Inc., Caxton FX Limited, The Bancorp BankBy Geography: U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Spain, Romania, China, Japan, India, Lamea, Latin America, Middle East, Africa.Access Full Summery @ of content: CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION1.1. Report Description1.2. Key Benefits1.3. Key Market Segments1.4. Research Methodology1.4.1. Secondary Research1.4.2. Primary Research1.4.3. Analyst Tools and ModelsCHAPTER 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY2.1. CXPerspectiveCHAPTER 3 MARKET OVERVIEW3.1. Market Definition and Scope3.2. Key Findings3.2.1. Top Impacting Factors3.2.2. Top Winning Strategies3.2.3. Top Investment Pockets3.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis3.4. Market Share Analysis, 20153.5. Market Dynamics3.5.1. Drivers3.5.2. Restraint3.5.3. OpportunitiesSimilar Related report:Global Prepaid Cards Market Research Report 2012-2022More summary: About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United Statescall answer Direct:+1-971-202-1575call answer Toll Free:+1-800-910-6452email Prepaid Card, Prepaid Card Market, Prepaid Card Market Size, Prepaid Card Industry, Prepaid Card Market share, Prepaid Card Saleslast_img read more