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12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Bain Capital is close to finalizing a deal for a stake in IT services provider Engineering Ingegneria Informatica that would see the U.S. investor share ownership of one of Italy's biggest technology companies, sources told Reuters.
12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces an Investigation of SYNTHORX, INC. - THORJuan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating Synthorx, Inc. ("Synthorx" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: THOR) relating to the sale of the Company to Sonafi. Under the terms of the Agreement, Synthorx shareholders will receive $68.00 in cash for each share of Synthorx common stock owned.


12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Canada, Mexico and the United States have agreed to a fresh overhaul of their quarter-century-old regional trade pact after negotiators approved changes to a preliminary deal struck last year, and officials will sign the new agreement on Tuesday.
12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

ALYI $100 Million Investment Outlook Bolstered By 2019 $225 Billion Market Wide EV InvestmentAlternet Systems, Inc. (USOTC: ALYI) today highlighted a $225 billion market wide investment by automakers in the electrification of vehicles in 2019. ALYI management points to the market wide investment as a validation of ALYI's own $300 million electric vehicle initiative. At the same time, ALYI management points out the differentiation of ALYI's strategy. The same article that highlights the $225 billion investment also highlights the typical focus by automakers on electric vehicles for developed economic markets. Automakers must rely on sales to "early adopters" in developed markets where consumers must move away from fossil fueled cars. ALYI on the other hand is concentrating its efforts on developing electric vehicles for developing economic markets where electric vehicles are likely to be an initial vehicle purchase, not one replacing a fossil fuel powered vehicle.


12/10/2019   Reuters Business
U.S. House Democrats on Tuesday claimed victory in negotiating changes to a U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement to ensure better protection for workers, the environment and remove key provisions that they said would have benefited big pharmaceutical companies.
12/10/2019   Reuters Business
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said an historic agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement would benefit U.S. farmers, workers and ranchers for years to come.
12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

N26 unveils its US debit card benefits Perks program with new partners Lime, Booking.com, and HeadspaceN26 Inc., the US subsidiary of N26 GmbH, parent company of one of Europe's fastest growing mobile banks, today announced an expansion of its Perks program, which offers customers exclusive cashback rewards and discounts when using their N26 debit card. The partners include some of the most popular global brands in travel, mobility, wellness, education, and fashion. By offering promotions and savings that are typically found in premium credit card offerings, N26 is one of the only mobile banking experiences that includes debit rewards for US users.


12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher on Wall Street in midday trading Tuesday as investors considered reports that the U.S. will delay a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods as the nations continue negotiating a trade deal.

The proposed tariffs scheduled to begin on Sunday threaten to hit U.S. consumers particularly hard by raising the prices of popular products including cellphones and laptops.

Both nations have been working toward a “phase 1” deal that Wall Street hopes can lead to an eventual long-term resolution.

Technology companies were the biggest gainers. Micron rose 1.9% and Nvidia climbed 1.5%. The sector is particularly sensitive to trade as many of the companies rely on China for sales and supply chains.

Energy and health care stocks also rose.

Several communications companies slipped. Comcast fell 2% and Netflix fell 1.3%.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose less than 0.1% as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 6 points to 27,852. The Nasdaq rose 0.2%. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks rose 0.2%.

European markets fell and Asian markets were mixed.

TRADE WOES: It’s been a volatile month so far for trade relations as the U.S. and China stay mostly quiet on their latest push for a deal. China helped ease some of the tension last week when it made the conciliatory gesture of planning to waive tariffs on American soybeans and pork, which have been hurting American farmers.

Wall Street was rattled early last week when President Donald Trump said that a deal could possibly wait until after the 2020 elections. The longstanding trade war has been hanging over U.S. businesses and prompting them to hold back on spending and other investments. It also continues to threaten economic growth, which is being...

12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

CES Premiere 2020: The new Rinspeed MetroSnap concept from Ibeo ensures safe autonomous navigationVehicles that are modular in structure and that drive autonomously are the future. However, the systems must also be economically viable if they are to be sustainable. Together with Ibeo Automotive and other partners, Swiss ideas factory Rinspeed will present a simple, fast, safe, and cost-efficient transport concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 – the Rinspeed MetroSnap. Hamburg LiDAR specialist Ibeo controls the eyes and brain for autonomous driving. Using the solid-state LiDAR sensor ibeoNEXT and the associated localization system, the MetroSnap is also capable of capturing complex situations in city centers with a wide variety of road users. The vehicle features flexible use of different structures, and fulfills different transport demands for people and goods, depending on the time of day and current requirements.


12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Government debt and global stock markets held steady on Tuesday as uncertainty kept risk appetite in check just days ahead of a new round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.
12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

McDonald's could sell over 250 million Beyond Meat burgers in U.S. annually - UBSIn its detailed checks on the tests, which are the first to be made public, the Swiss investment bank said the numbers implied the world's biggest fast-food chain could eventually sell more than 250 million P.L.T. burgers annually if it rolled out the product across its nearly 14,000 U.S. outlets.


12/10/2019   New York Times Business News
Facebook has said it is shifting its focus to private and encrypted communications.
12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mario Draghi took over as head of the European Central Bank eight years ago amid market speculation that the euro currency union might break up. Christine Lagarde succeeds him with more breathing room - but facing serious challenges from a weak economy, policy differences among her own officials, and questions about how much more central banks can do to help.

Analysts do not expect Lagarde to announce any changes in the bank's interest rates and bond-purchase stimulus program when she holds her first rate-setting meeting and news conference on Thursday. The bank enacted a stimulus package in September to nudge the economy along in the face of headwinds like the U.S.-China trade conflict and Britain's departure from the European Union.

It's the first chance to hear how Lagarde communicates with markets and the public, a chief task for the head of an institution that affects the lives of 342 million people in the 19 countries that use the euro. That is not an easy task; the bank's policy to keep one of its key interest rates below zero has come under criticism from Germany news media as penalizing savers, while any imprecise remark from Lagarde can set off big market movements.

Lagarde may “err on the side of caution and continuity" at first, said Frederik Ducrozet, senior European economist at Pictet Wealth Management. That would be a contrast to Draghi's first meeting in 2011 when the bank cut interest rates during a debt crisis that threatened to break up the currency union.

Lagarde's challenges include managing dissent within the ECB over stimulus policy after a minority of governing council members openly criticized the stimulus package that was decided at Draghi's next-to-last meeting. That job may be supported by Lagarde's extensive political experience from serving as head of the...

12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

Nissan to offer test drive program with car-sharing service TuroNissan is launching a pilot program with car-sharing service Turo to let consumers kick the tires and get to know its vehicles in more depth than traditionally possible via test drives at the dealership. It’s offering $300 in bonus cash to eligible participants toward the purchase of a new or certified pre-owned vehicle within six months of the test drive. Bookings are made through a dedicated Nissan landing page on Turo, where users can browse available current or late-model Nissans for use by the hour or over multiple days.


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

Does The Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) Share Price Fall With The Market?If you're interested in Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB), then you might want to consider its beta (a measure of...


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OSF Center for Health - Streator, Illinois opens new chapter in rural health care deliveryIt's an evolution that's been nearly four years in the making.


12/10/2019   Reuters Business
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday after a report that the United States and China were planning to delay a new round of tariffs set to kick in on Dec. 15.
12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

RevJet Ad Experience Platform Now Supports Google Native AdsRevJet, the only unified platform that simplifies digital ad experience management for Fortune 500 marketers, today announced new capabilities to build, personalize, update, and manage Google native ads, including Gmail and Google Responsive Display. With this integration, marketers manage Google's social and native ads alongside ad creative across video and display channel campaigns — all from RevJet's unified SaaS platform. This addition enhances RevJet's social/native integrations that already include leading platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Taboola, Outbrain, and Verizon Media.


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

New York judge sides with Exxon Mobil in climate fraud caseA New York judge sided with Exxon Mobil Tuesday in a closely-watched environmental case, concluding the oil giant did not mislead investors in its climate change disclosures. The ruling by Barry Ostrager, a judge in the New York state court, rejected arguments by the state's attorney general that the company duped investors by downplaying the costs of mitigating climate change. "The court finds that the Office of the Attorney General failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that ExxonMobil made any material misrepresentation" of significance, Ostrager wrote.


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

Massive Scotch whisky collection could fetch $10.5 million at auctionA private whisky collection, considered to be the world's largest, will soon go up for auction and could be yours -- for a cool $10.5 million. The collection, named none other than "The Perfect Collection," includes more than 3,900 bottles of primarily single malt Scotch whisky, according to a press release from the Scottish-based company Whisky Auctioneer. A handful of the bottles are valued individually at more than $1 million.


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

Kudlow Says No Decision on Brazil, Argentina Steel Tariffs(Bloomberg) -- Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Apple Podcast, Spotify or Pocket Cast.Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said Tuesday the administration hasn’t made a decision about re-imposing steel tariffs on Brazil and Argentina, even though the president said last week the duties were “effective immediately.”The director of the White House’s National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, said at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council in Washington that reinstating tariffs has been discussed but there’s no decision yet.Trump said Dec. 2 that the U.S. would restore the duties to punish the two Latin American countries for “a massive devaluation of their currencies” that he said had hurt U.S. farmers.His action amounts to retaliation against two nations that have become alternative suppliers of soybeans and other agricultural products to China, grabbing market share away from the U.S. Rural voters, including farmers, are a key constituency for Trump as he heads into the 2020 presidential elections.While the steel tariffs could crimp trade, the Latin American countries gain much more shipping crops to Chinese buyers. In the first 10 months of the year, Brazil has shipped $25.5 billion in farm products including soybeans and pork to China. That’s more than 10 times the value of steel and iron products sold to the U.S.(Adds soybean-supply information in fourth paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Saleha Mohsin in Washington at smohsin2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at awayne3@bloomberg.net, Ana MonteiroFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

Stormy Daniels' lawyers argue for timely lawyer-fee paymentsA judge should grant attorney fees to lawyers who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against Ohio's capital city before competing claims on Daniels' $450,000 settlement are dealt with, including a claim by President Donald Trump, Daniels' lawyers argued in a court filing. A federal judge last year said Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, must pay Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys' fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against him was dismissed. Columbus agreed this year to pay Daniels $450,000 over her arrest at a strip club in 2018.


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

Who Has Been Buying Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (TSE:VII) Shares?We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be...


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

Ex-British spy Christopher Steele and Ivanka Trump were 'personal' friends for years, reports saySteele told investigators the idea he was biased against Donald Trump was "ridiculous" because he was friends with a member of the Trump family.


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

How 2-Career Couples Can Succeed in MarriageLessons from a lawyer's long stint in divorce court and from the author of the new book "Couples That Work."


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

Johnson Grapples Backlash Over NHS With Two Days to Go: U.K. Votes(Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson said Brexit won’t happen unless his Tories win and used a secret recording of Labour health spokesman Jon Ashworth criticizing leader Jeremy Corbyn to attack his opponents.The leaked recording, which Ashworth described as him “joking around” with an old friend in the Conservative Party, has helped Johnson’s Tories to shift focus away from a row about funding for the National Health Service that had the prime minister on the back foot on Monday.Key Developments:Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn campaigned in Carlisle, northern EnglandJohnson spoke in Staffordshire before holding a rally in northwest England at about 8 p.m.YouGov releases update of their MRP poll for The Times at 10 p.m.ICM poll conducted for Reuters shows: Conservatives 42%; Labour 36%; Liberal Democrats 12%The Conservatives retain an 80% chance of an overall majority, according to BetfairCorbyn Attacks Johnson on NHS Record (4:15 p.m.)Jeremy Corbyn attacked Boris Johnson for the way the prime minister addressed the case of a sick boy left on a hospital floor (see earlier), as he focused on his Labour Party’s strongest electoral suit: the National Health Service.Corbyn blamed “a government that’s underfunded our NHS” for the boy’s plight, and dismissed Johnson as “a prime minister who hides the truth when it’s put in front of him in a picture, takes the mobile phone off somebody and sticks it in his pocket.”“The NHS was created through political action to bring about justice for the people of this country,” Corbyn said at an election rally in Carlisle, northwest England. “Our message is quite simply this: Our NHS is under threat, our NHS is at risk.” He criticized Johnson over trade talks with the U.S. and said the free-to-use healthcare system could be crippled by higher pharmaceutical prices as a result of the deal Johnson reaches with Washington.Johnson Sees “Real, Real Risk” of Hung Parliament (4 p.m.)Boris Johnson warned against complacency and said his Conservative Party is fighting for every vote. They are “absolutely not” home and dry ahead of the Dec. 12 election, he said at a campaign event.“This is a very, very close fought election and we need every vote,” Johnson said. “The only mathematical alternative to a working majority Conservative government is the real, real risk of another hung Parliament. That’s another five years of confusion, chaos, dither, delay and division. We cannot go down that route.”The premier also reminded voters the polls were wrong at the 2017 election. Asked what his plan B is for Brexit if he’s returned in a minority government, he said “you’re asking me to contemplate something pretty appalling. I don’t see any alternative but a working majority to deliver it.”Johnson Attacks Corbyn Record (3:45 p.m.)Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched a personal attack on his Labour opponent Jeremy Corbyn, saying it would be an economic disaster for Britain if he wins the election and, backed by the Scottish National Party, pursued another “toxic, divisive, pointless” referendum on EU membership.“It would also be a political disaster because it would mean this country would be led by a Hamas-backing, IRA-supporting, antisemitism-condoning appeaser of the Kremlin, which is what he is,” Johnson said at an event at J C Bamford Excavators Ltd in Uttoxeter. “Look at the record.”He then sought to make political capital of secretly-recorded comments by Labour health spokesman Jon Ashworth (see 11:30 a.m.). “If you doubt me, listen to what his health spokesman said today, Jon Ashworth,” Johnson said. “He revealed that he thinks his own leader is a security risk.”In 2019, JCB, which hosted the event, donated 52,000 pounds to Johnson, according to figures released by political spending watchdog, the Electoral Commission. Separately, as an individual its Chairman Anthony Bamford gave 80,000 pounds to the prime minister.Terror Victim’s Dad Hits Out at Johnson (2:45 p.m.)The father of Jack Merritt, who was killed in the London Bridge terror attack last month, accused Boris Johnson of exploiting the tragedy to score political points.Dave Merritt told Sky News the prime minister was ‘crass and insensitive” when he blamed Labour policies for the early release of attacker Usman Khan. The prime minister hasn’t contacted the family and they turned down the offer of a meeting with Home Secretary Priti Patel, Merritt said in an interview.Jack, 25, was a course leader of the Cambridge University prison rehabilitation program which was hosting the conference in Fishmonger’s Hall where Khan, a guest at the event, launched his attack.“Where most of us were watching this and seeing a tragedy unfolding in front of our eyes, instead of seeing a tragedy Boris Johnson saw an opportunity and he went on the offensive,” Merritt said. “The fact that it was used in such a political way, and I could see the good work that Jack did and that his colleagues did starting to perhaps unravel, it was important that somebody said something.”Party Member Urged Swinson to Wear Low-Cut Top (1 p.m.)Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said a member of her party had urged her to wear a top with a lower neckline to attract votes.“In that particular case it was” a party member, Swinson said in an interview on ITV’s “This Morning” program on Tuesday. “But I get Facebook messages all the time -- speak differently, wear different shoes. A party member sent a message, so not someone from the team.”As a new leader, the party branded its campaign bus as “Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats” to boost her name recognition. But polls show voters have failed to warm to the 39-year-old and that the party has failed to galvanize the almost half of U.K. voters who want to stay in the European Union.“There’s a lot of abuse and focus on women in public life,” Swinson told ITV. “I want to change that, and one of the ways we can change that is actually by getting more women into leader positions... we’re going to change this over time and the way to do it is to step up to be leader.”Johnson: Corbyn Will Waste Voters’ ‘Hard Graft’ (12:40 p.m.)Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a Labour government would take the U.K. economy “back to square one” after a decade of “hard graft” by the British people to repair the economy after the financial crisis.A coalition led by Corbyn would inflict “profound” damage on economic confidence, Johnson writes in Tuesday’s Evening Standard, according to the newspaper. “All the hard graft of the last decade, necessary to recover from the last time Labour left the economy in a mess, would be reversed overnight.”Johnson’s editorial comes after the U.K. economy unexpectedly stagnated in October, making it three straight months without growth for the first time since 2009 (see 11 a.m.). The Evening Standard’s editor George Osborne, who was chancellor of the exchequer when the Tory party rolled out its program of austerity, told readers on Monday he will be voting Conservative on Dec. 12.Investors Turn to Politicians for Edge (12 p.m.)With politics continuing to drive the markets above all else, hedge funds are turning to politicians, experts and government officials for wisdom.Hedge fund manager Luke Newman, who manages about $7 billion in long-short equity strategies at Janus Henderson Investors, positioned his fund for a Conservative victory in the election after seeking advice from government officials and political experts. Aberdeen Standard Investments has been ramping up its use of political connoisseurs, and Nomura International Plc has an election night model it developed after commissioning private polling.Read more: Hedge Funds Are All Over U.K. Politics Seeking Edge on ElectionLabour’s Ashworth Taped Criticizing Corbyn (11:30 a.m.)Labour’s health spokesman Jon Ashworth has been recorded saying the party’s electoral chances are hopeless and that voters hate leader Jeremy Corbyn. Asked on the recording about whether Corbyn would be a security risk as prime minister, Ashworth said: “The machine will pretty quickly move to safeguard security,” but added that a Labour government is “not going to happen!”Asked by the BBC about the recording, which was first published on the Guido Fawkes website, Ashworth said he had been “joking around” with an old friend, Greig Baker, who he described as a Tory activist. Baker, who runs a political consultancy, didn’t immediately respond to an email requesting comment. He has deleted his Twitter account.The Tories wasted no time in jumping on the recording. “This is an honest and truly devastating assessment of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership by one of his most trusted election lieutenants,” party chairman James Cleverly said in an emailed statement.Economy Stagnates Ahead of Election (11 a.m.)The U.K. economy unexpectedly stagnated in October, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday, marking three straight months without growth for the first time since 2009.Read more: U.K. Economy Fails to Grow Ahead of Brexit-Dominated ElectionGross domestic product was unchanged following two consecutive months of decline, according to the ONS. Economists had forecast a 0.1% expansion. GDP rose just 0.7% from a year earlier, the smallest increase since June 2012.The figures, which provide the last economic snapshot before voters go to the polls on Thursday, highlight the toll being taken by years of Brexit uncertainty and a worsening global backdrop.Row Over Child on Hospital Floor Rumbles On (10 a.m.)The row over 4-year-old Jack Williment-Barr, who was photographed receiving treatment on the floor of Leeds General Infirmary, dominated the political broadcast round on Tuesday.“It’s an example of what’s happening in our NHS,” Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC, when asked about the boy’s situation becoming politicized. “It is a serious issue. It is a political issue, how we fund the NHS.”Johnson triggered a backlash on Monday when he refused to look at the photo in a broadcast interview. Later, he appeared to divert attention by musing publicly about changing how the BBC is funded, before Tory officials wrongly briefed reporters that a party aide had been hit by a Labour supporter.Questioned about Johnson’s tactics, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the Tory leader had been dealing “with a very fluid situation.” The election should be “fought on the high ground and the big issues,” Buckland told BBC Radio. Johnson “did express sorrow and regret for what he saw.”Farage Slams Johnson’s Brexit Deal (Earlier)Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said Boris Johnson’s divorce deal with the European Union would give the U.K. “indigestion for years.”“If we pass the current EU treaty, this doesn’t get Brexit done, it takes us into years of negotiation,” Farage told BBC Radio on Tuesday. “Unless we get a Brexit Party voice in the House of Commons, we are not going to get a realistic Brexit because he’ll push through this new EU treaty as it is.”Farage said his party “might get some” seats in Parliament, adding that gaining a “handful” would make a “massive” difference. The party’s support has slumped in the polls since Farage withdrew candidates from Tory-held seats. “We are going to get Brexit,” Farage said. “The questions is: Is it recognizable to the 17.4 million voters?”How Newspapers Covered Political Spat Over NHS (Earlier)Right-leaning newspapers including the Times, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express all left the story of Boris Johnson refusing to look at the picture of a 4-year-old boy sleeping on a hospital floor off their front pages, in favor of the prime minister’s threat on Monday to scrap the license system that funds the BBC.In contrast, the left-leaning Guardian’s top story focused on how the Conservatives dispatched Health Secretary Matt Hancock to the hospital in Leeds, northern England, but then made matters worse by briefing journalists that a Labour supporter had assaulted Hancock’s aide, before video of the incident showed this to be untrue.And the Daily Mirror ran on its front page a story about a different child waiting for treatment under the headline: “Here’s another picture you won’t want to see, Mr Johnson.”Earlier:Johnson Has a Bad Day as Health Moves to Center of U.K. ElectionBoris Johnson Is Hiding the Price of Brexit: Therese RaphaelU.K. Vote Is One Pit Stop in Long Brexit Road for Pound, Gilts(Previous versions had the wrong name for fund manager in 12 p.m. entry.)\--With assistance from Andrew Atkinson, Brian Swint, Charlotte Ryan, Jessica Shankleman, Kitty Donaldson and Robert Hutton.To contact the reporters on this story: Greg Ritchie in Uttoxeter at gritchie10@bloomberg.net;Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Stuart Biggs, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

Have Insiders Been Buying Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMEX) Shares?We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. The...


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

ActivEngage Partners with CreditIQ to Redefine Car Buying with Most Advanced Financial ToolActivEngage, N. America's leading provider of managed solutions and communications services for automotive, has partnered with CreditIQ, the market leader for integrated automotive finance and banking technology, to release the most comprehensive digital retailing product to date. This new solution extends well beyond the idea of current digital retailing and provides maximum flexibility for car dealerships who want to start, complete, or enhance their retailing process online.


12/10/2019   Yahoo! Business

ICC partners with blockchain carbon offset exchange AirCarbon to reduce carbon emissionsThe International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and blockchain firm Parlon have partnered with carbon offset exchange AirCarbo to promote green solutions in the aviation industry.The post ICC partners with blockchain carbon offset exchange AirCarbon to reduce carbon emissions appeared first on The Block.


12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.

The California Democrat said the revamped U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a significant improvement over the original North American Free Trade Agreement, crediting Democratic negotiators for winning stronger provisions on enforcing the agreement.

“There is no question of course that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA," Pelosi said in announcing the agreement, saying the pact is “infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration."

Trump said the revamped trade pact will “be great" for the United States.

“It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA. Good for everybody - Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions - tremendous support. Importantly, we will finally end our Country’s worst Trade Deal, NAFTA!,” the president said in a tweet.

In Mexico City, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Monday night that there would be a meeting of the three countries’ negotiating teams Tuesday “to announce the advances achieved” on the trade agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is slated to appear.

The announcement came on the same morning that Democrats outlined impeachment charges against Trump. The pact is Trump's top Capitol Hill priority along with funding for his long-sought border fence.

Vice President Mike Pence, a foot soldier in the administration's campaign to sell the accord, said Pelosi had “acquiesced" in slating the pact for a vote this year.

“The USMCA will create even more jobs for the hardworking...

12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil prevailed Tuesday in a lawsuit accusing the energy giant of downplaying the toll that climate change regulations could take on its business, with a judge saying the state attorney general's case didn't prove the company deceived investors — but also didn't excuse it of any accountability for global warming.

New York Attorney General Letitia James' office didn't prove “that Exxon Mobil made any material misstatements or omissions about its practices and procedures that misled any reasonable investor,” state judge Barry Ostrager in Manhattan wrote in dismissing the case.

“Nothing in this opinion is intended to absolve Exxon Mobil from responsibility for contributing to climate change through the emission of greenhouse gases,” he added. “But Exxon Mobil is in the business of producing energy, and this is a securities fraud case, not a climate change case.”

ExxonMobil Corp. hailed the ruling in a trial that it said stemmed from a “baseless investigation.”

“We provided our investors with accurate information on the risks of climate change,” the Irving, Texas-based company said in a statement. “Lawsuits that waste millions of dollars of taxpayer money do nothing to advance meaningful actions that reduce the risks of climate change.”

James' office didn't immediately have a statement. The Democrat's office had hoped the court would order Exxon to pay an estimated $476 million to $1.6 billion in restitution to shareholders.

The lawsuit accused Exxon Mobil of essentially keeping two sets of books — telling the public that it was fully taking into account the costs of potential future climate regulations in a warming world, while lowballing those costs behind the scenes as it made investment decisions and assessed the...

12/10/2019   New York Times Business News
Democrats have reached an agreement with the White House to move forward with a revised North American trade deal, which governs commerce across the continent.
12/10/2019   New York Times Business News
A video produced by Momentum, a pro-Labour group, on Facebook at their offices in north London.
12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Schlumberger NV Chief Financial Officer Simon Ayat is stepping down after nearly 12 years in the role and will be replaced by second-in-command Stephane Biguet, the top oilfield services provider said on Tuesday.
12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Growth of U.S. labor costs was not as robust as initially thought in the third quarter, suggesting inflation could remain tame in the near term.
12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

DETROIT (AP) — A company agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit over thousands of defective streetlights in Detroit, a newspaper reported.

The city sued Leotek Electronics USA last spring, alleging that roughly 20,000 lights were failing. The faulty lights were an embarrassment, especially after Detroit officials had pointed to brighter streets as proof of a turnaround in neighborhood services.

The Detroit News reported Monday that the settlement won't cover the full cost of replacing the lights. The News said the Public Lighting Authority is spending $3 million to complete the $7 million project.

Leotek must pay $4 million by Dec. 23, according to records obtained by the newspaper.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the settlement was fair and that the city was “glad to have this matter resolved."

Thor Scordelis, general manager of San Jose, California-based Leotek USA, offered a similar statement.

"Leotek worked with PLA to clarify and remedy the situation including field visits, technical assistance and luminaire replacements based on our standard warranty," Scordelis said, referring to the Public Lighting Authority.

12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

ARGENTEUIL, France (AP) — Adrien Lachevre and Nailat Msoili live a few kilometers (miles) apart in Paris' northwest suburbs, but their paths had never crossed until Lachevre picked Msoili up in his gray Fiat on Tuesday morning.

An app had matched their schedules and morning commutes, and the two had arranged to meet at a nearly deserted gas station well before dawn, hoping to beat the traffic that has clogged highways in recent days.

As a general strike across France stretched into its sixth day, they were among many commuters who have turned to technology — and strangers — to get by.

Use of carpool apps, big and small, has spiked. So has demand for shared bikes and electric scooters that you activate with your phone and pick up and drop off where you want. Commuters are finding places to sleep near their workplaces via Facebook or online couch-surfing communities.

All this is changing the nature of French strikes, undercutting unions’ power to paralyze the country.

Only about a fifth of French trains ran normally on Tuesday, and many Paris subway lines remained closed as transit workers and other unions protested President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed overhaul of the country's pension system. Teachers, health care workers and bus drivers were among those taking to the streets.

Carpooling startups are among the big winners.

Msoili, a receptionist in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, usually takes a train and a bus to work each morning. For the first two days of the walkout, she stayed at a friend’s house close to her job.

When the strike outlasted the weekend, she took a colleague’s recommendation and signed up for BlaBlaLines, a city ride-sharing service set up by popular French long-distance carpooling company BlaBlaCar.

BlaBlaLines drivers, unlike those...

12/10/2019   Reuters Business
McDonald's Corp is selling only 20-30 plant-based Beyond Meat burgers per day in Canadian restaurant testing, although sales are reaching 100 burgers a day in more densely populated areas in the country, industry checks by UBS showed.
12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Ryanair may not receive any 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing by mid-2020 at the earliest due to European delays in testing the grounded jets, Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said.
12/10/2019   Reuters Business
A judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of Exxon Mobil Corp in a lawsuit brought by New York state accusing the oil company of hiding from investors the true cost of addressing climate change.
12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the European Union to move forward quickly on Brexit talks after Britain holds a general election on Thursday.

Macron said EU members need to preserve “the method that has worked up to now, that is to say: unity.” He spoke Tuesday at a meeting in Paris with the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, at the presidential Elysee Palace.

The EU's heads of states and governments are meeting Thursday and Friday at a summit in Brussels. Macron called on the bloc to defend its interests “without yielding to pressure."

Michel said the EU leaders will discuss the bloc's future relationship with Britain on Friday.

“We will, of course, take into account the results of the (U.K.) election,” he said.

British voters go to the polls Thursday in a key parliament election that will affect the U.K.'s future ties with the bloc. Britain is now scheduled to leave the EU on Jan. 31.

12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Boeing Co delivered less than half as many planes in the first eleven months of 2019 as in the same period a year earlier, the planemaker said on Tuesday, as it continued to struggle with the grounding of its best-selling 737 MAX jets.
12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government said Tuesday that the presidents of Russia and Ukraine discussed a new contract for natural gas supplies during peace talks in Paris on Monday, but failed to reach a deal.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “so far we can't say a solution to the problem was found," adding that the two countries agreed to “keep talking” about the issue.

Talks on a replacing a contract expiring this year have dragged on because of disputes over price and debt, raising fears of disruptions in Russian gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said Ukraine was prepared to venture into a “gas war" in order to negotiate a deal. The country's president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said last month that the deal was a priority for Ukraine and important for Europe’s energy security.

Relations between Russia and Ukraine have been poor since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and Moscow supported a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A cut to the tax coal companies pay to fund a trust for sick miners will cost taxpayers at least $15 billion by 2050, according to a new report from a national watchdog group.

An excise tax rate on mined coal that funds the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund expired at the beginning of 2019 due to inaction by Congress. That led to a reduction in the amount coal companies pay into the fund, which pays benefits and medical bills for miners diagnosed with black lung disease.

“By failing to extend the excise tax, Congress is shifting billions of dollars in liabilities from coal companies to taxpayers,” said Autumn Hanna, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. The Washington-based group released a report on Tuesday that said the fund's debt could be as high as $26 billion by 2050.

The U.S. Department of Labor earlier this year confirmed to The Associated Press that a funding shortfall in the Black Lung Trust Fund would be covered by borrowing from the U.S. Treasury.

A excise tax rate of $1.10 per ton of underground mined coal was cut by more than half to about 50 cents in the new year. The fund took in about $450 million in revenue in fiscal year 2017.

The cut came as a surge of black lung disease scars miners' lungs at younger ages than ever. Dr. Brandon Crum, who has watched the epidemic unfold at his Pikeville, Kentucky, radiology clinic, said earlier this year that he has seen 200 miners diagnosed with a severe form of black lung disease in less than four years. The nation had 31 such diagnoses in the 1990s, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The mining industry supported the higher tax rate’s expiration.

Black lung disease, or pneumoconiosis, is caused by inhaling dust in the lungs and has no...

12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

Check the calendar. No, this isn’t a dream. It really is December, and Christmas Day is staring you straight in the face.

And if you celebrate Hanukkah, it’s coming even sooner.

Where did the holiday season go? Well, no time to reminisce now.

It’s down to the wire, but there are still methods to save money on your last-minute holiday purchases. Here are four simple ways to do it.

1. JINGLE ALL THE WAY TO THE STORE

You’re not the only one still shopping. In fact, Dec. 21 — dubbed Super Saturday because it’s the last Saturday before Christmas — is expected to be the second busiest shopping day, after Black Friday, according to ShopperTrak data from Sensormatic Solutions.

Your first instinct may be to shop online and avoid the crowded mall. But not so fast, says Christopher Newman, associate professor of marketing at the University of Mississippi.

“Shoppers can increase the chance that they get the right product at the best price by shopping in store, rather than online, just before Christmas,” Newman said in an email.

“This ensures that they aren’t limited to choosing from just the products that could ship in time for the holiday.”

Last-minute online shopping may also carry hefty shipping fees. Dec. 14 is the widely accepted cutoff for Christmas ground shipping this year, according to Rob Garf, vice president of Strategy and Insights for Retail & Consumer Goods at Salesforce.

If you order online after that, you’ll likely have to pay to expedite the shipment.

2. OR BUY ONLINE, PICK UP IN STORE

If you’d rather not shop entirely at the store or entirely online, try shopping online and picking up your items at the store. In fact, buying online and retrieving your purchases from the store is a good option for shoppers, Garf says.

“It gives...

12/10/2019   Reuters Business
The major AFL-CIO labor union on Tuesday said it was endorsing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement after working with lawmakers and members of President Donald Trump's administration to make changes to the proposal first introduced in 2017.
12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Judge rules for ExxonMobil in New York lawsuit claiming company downplayed the impact of future climate regulations.

12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Watches of Switzerland is considering buying more stores in the United States and predicted on Tuesday that luxury watch demand will hold up in the U.S. and Britain, where it has just bought four shops from Fraser Hart.
12/10/2019   Reuters Business
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will hold a news conference on Tuesday to discuss the U.S. Mexico Canada (USMCA) trade deal as U.S. and Canadian officials prepared to fly to Mexico City to work on final changes to the agreement.
12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — One person was killed in the crash of a small cargo airplane in south Texas, authorities said.

Air traffic controllers lost radio contact with the single-engine Cessna 208 shortly after 8 p.m. Monday near Victoria, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Houston, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA said the wreckage of the aircraft was found in a field about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) north of Victoria.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the pilot was killed in the crash.

Houston TV station KHOU reported that the plane had been contracted to carry UPS packages. The company said in a statement that the crash did not involve a UPS aircraft or employees and that the plane had been traveling from Victoria to Houston.

Authorities didn't immediately release the pilot's name.

12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Oil prices slipped for a second straight day on Tuesday as a slowing global demand outlook outweighed OPEC's deal with associated producers last week to deepen output cuts in 2020.
12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

LONDON (AP) — With two days until polling day, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought Tuesday to get his election campaign back onto Brexit after coming under fire for his lack of empathy for looking away from an image of a child sleeping on a hospital floor while seeking treatment.

The story of 4-year-old Jack Williment-Barr has overshadowed campaigning for Thursday's general election as Johnson and his Conservatives hunt for crucial last-minute votes. The opposition Labour Party has painted Jack's plight — a sick child forced to lie for hours on a floor because no hospital bed was free — as a symptom of Britain's ailing health system, which has suffered under years of Conservative government austerity measures.

As Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party kept up its relentless focus on problems with the National Health Service, Johnson's Conservative Party tried to focus voters' minds on the prospect of an uncertain result and divided Parliament, which would endanger Johnson's plan to lead Britain out of the European Union on Jan 31.

All 650 seats in the House of Commons seats are up for grabs in this election, which is being held more than two years early in a bid to break Britain's political impasse over Brexit.

Opinion polls give the Conservatives a lead over Labour, but all parties are nervous about the verdict of a volatile electorate that is weary after years of wrangling over Brexit.

Johnson's clumsy reaction to Jack's plight was a late misstep in a largely gaffe-free campaign. A video of the prime minister briefly declining to look at a cellphone photo of Jack on a journalist's phone — and then placing the phone in his pocket — has been viewed more than a million times.

In the clip of the interview, ITV reporter Joe Pike said to Johnson: "You refuse to look at the photo. You've taken my phone and put...

12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Efforts to finalize the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) were "looking good," U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday shortly before U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was scheduled to discuss the trade deal at a news conference.
12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

MADRID (AP) — The next U.S. president should stop subsidizing fossil fuels to help tackle climate change, billionaire Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday, highlighting an issue that is the central pillar of his bid for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential race.

Bloomberg, who launched his presidential campaign less than three weeks ago, spoke during a whirlwind trip to the United Nations global climate conference in Madrid.

By taking aim at fossil fuel subsidies, Bloomberg is challenging both a powerful American industry and Republican President Donald Trump, who has championed the extraction of oil, gas and coal.

Fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal are one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions warming the planet. Scientists say their use needs to end by the middle of the century if average temperatures on Earth are to rise no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, the target set in the Paris climate accord four years ago.

“The next president of the United States should end all subsidies for fossil fuel companies and fossil fuel extraction, and that includes tax breaks and other special treatment," Bloomberg said during an event on sustainable finances organized by the conference host, Spain.

“He or she should reinvest that funding into clean energy, which will also create a lot of new jobs," Bloomberg added.

According to a report by the International Monetary Fund, effective fossil fuel subsidies in the United States amounted to $649 billion in 2015. Only China spent more tax money — $1.4 trillion — to keep fossil fuel prices low that year.

The IMF report calculated that if prices reflected the true costs of fossil fuels, including the environmental damage they cause, consumption would have dropped so much...

12/10/2019   New York Times Business News
Outside Showcase Mall on the Strip. The tourists who pack Las Vegas Boulevard are driving investment in retail developments.
12/10/2019   New York Times Business News
Recent commercial real estate transactions in New York.
12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity fell in the summer, the first decline in nearly four years, underscoring the struggles companies are facing in boosting worker efficiency.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that productivity edged down at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.2% in the July-September quarter, the first quarterly drop since the fourth quarter of 2015. The new report represented a slight revision from an initial estimate of a 0.3% drop in productivity.

Labor costs were up at an annual rate of 2.5% in the third quarter, a sharp rebound from a tiny 0.1% increase in the second quarter.

Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, is crucial to boosting living standards. Rising output means that employers can pay their workers more with the increased production without having to raise their prices, a move that can trigger higher inflation.

However, productivity gains during the current record-long expansion, now in its 11th year, have lagged significantly, averaging annual gains of just 1.3% from 2007 through 2018. That is just half the 2.7% annual productivity gains seen from 2000 to 2007.

President Donald Trump sold his $1.5 trillion tax cut in 2017 in part as a way to spur productivity by increasing businesses investment in productivity-enhancing computers, machinery and other equipment. However, in recent quarters, business investment has been weak.

Over the past year, productivity has grown 1.5% while labor costs are up 2.2%. The moderate rise in labor costs even with unemployment falling to a half-century low was a key reason the Federal Reserve has been a major reason that the Federal Reserve felt it had room to cut interest rates three times this year to spur economic growth without worrying that the moves could trigger unwanted...

12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Lloyds Banking Group has been heavily criticized for mishandling a compensation scheme for victims of one of Britain's biggest banking scandals in a report published on Tuesday.
12/10/2019   Reuters Business
Deutsche Bank pared back its revenue growth target on Tuesday, highlighting the tough task facing Germany's biggest lender to revive its fortunes against a gloomy economic backdrop.
12/10/2019   Reuters Business
U.S. worker productivity fell by the most in nearly four years in the third quarter, the government confirmed, while growth in unit labor costs was not as robust as initially thought.
12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

GENEVA (AP) — Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics call “the law of the jungle.’’

The United States, under a president who favors a go-it-alone approach to economics and diplomacy, appears to prefer it that way.

The terms of two of the last three judges on the WTO’s appellate body end Tuesday. Their departure will deprive the de facto Supreme Court of world trade of its ability to issue rulings.

Among the disputes left in limbo are seven cases that have been brought against Trump’s decision last year to declare foreign steel and aluminum a threat to U.S. national security and to hit them with import taxes.

The WTO’s lower court - its dispute settlement body - can hear cases. But its decisions will go nowhere if the loser appeals to a higher court that is no longer functioning.

Without having to worry about rebukes from the WTO, countries could use tariffs and other sanctions to limit imports. Such rising protectionism could create uncertainty and discourage trade.

“We are in a crisis moment for our global trading system,’’ said U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla, who sits on the House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade. “As of tomorrow, the court will cease to exist.’’

The loss of a global trade court of final appeals, Murphy said, is “really dangerous for American businesses.’’

The panel is supposed to have seven judges. But their ranks have dwindled because the United States - under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Trump - has blocked new appointments to protest the way the WTO does business.

Trump and his top trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, are especially vociferous...

12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

PARIS (AP) — Cranking up pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, thousands of union activists marched through French cities Tuesday and airport employees and teachers joined nationwide strikes to demand that the government scrap upcoming changes to the country's national retirement system.

As a crippling transportation strike entered a sixth straight day, commuters and tourists in Paris used used apps, shared bikes and creativity to find ways to get to work, school and museums.

Many French commuters still express support for the strikes, fearing their own pensions will shrink under President Emmanuel Macron's new plan. But some admitted their patience is wearing thin with the transportation woes — and with train workers who are striking to keep their right to retire years earlier than others.

The number of striking workers was lower Tuesday than when the strike movement kicked off last Thursday and brought 800,000 people to the streets. But unions hope Tuesday's demonstrations send a loud message to the government as it prepares to unveil details of the new retirement plan Wednesday.

Unions fear it will force people to work longer for smaller pensions, even though the government says it won't raise the official retirement age of 62.

Under a sea of red union flags, thousands of activists and workers from across the economy, young and old, gathered at the gold-domed Invalides monument for a march past the Montparnasse neighborhood to southern Paris.

Paris deployed thousands of police and ordered shops and restaurants closed along the march route, after clashing with rioters on the margins of last week's protest.

Demonstrations were also held in other cities, from Marseille on the Mediterranean to Bordeaux, Lyon and Lille.

Nationwide, only about a fifth of French...

12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

US productivity drops 0.2% in third quarter, first decline since late 2015.

12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

LONDON (AP) — If Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn wins Britain's general election on Thursday, he’s promising a remix of British society, with a strong emphasis on raising the lot of Britain’s disenfranchised and forcing tax-dodging corporations and wealthy individuals to pick up part of the tab.

Corbyn’s key theme is that decades of unbridled free market capitalism in Britain has created a capitalist elite at the expense of working people, who have seen public services slashed and aspirations dampened.

The 70-year-old Corbyn presents himself today much as he did when he was a little known politician on the backbenches of Parliament: as a slightly rumpled figure battle-hardened by decades of jousting against capitalism and big business. The only obvious change has been the addition of new suits and ties so that he doesn’t look under-dressed when confronting his main rival, Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in Parliament or in televised debates.

While Johnson has taken his party to the right, Corbyn has tacked to the left and endured the departure of some prominent Labour figures turned off by his approach to Brexit and the anti-Semitism that some feel has developed in the Labour Party.

Corbyn, who shocked the political establishment by seizing control of the Labour Party in 2015, has not changed his approach in a bid for more support from the center. He vehemently rejects the “New Labour” business-friendly policies that help propel fellow Labour member Tony Blair to three consecutive election victories. Instead Corbyn has proudly placed the party in the European socialist tradition, endorsing a platform that would give the state a much bigger role in redistributing wealth to the working classes.

While Johnson is fond of boasting that Britain is the greatest place on earth to live, Corbyn...

12/10/2019   Seattle PI Business

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — One Kreps brother uses a wheelchair and the other doesn't, yet they are able to play sports together on a level playing field thanks to an augmented reality system developed at the University of Michigan.

The technology, called iGYM, allows people with mobility disabilities and their non-disabled peers to exercise together in a fun environment. The system carries several games.

“This is something that’s kind of neat, where they can both play,” said father Erik Kreps, who brought 10-year-old Darren and 9-year-old Bryan to Ann Arbor on a recent Sunday to use the iGYM system.

Bryan, who has a neuromuscular disorder, uses a wheelchair and a walker to help him get around. Both mobility aids are welcome on the court that iGYM projects onto the floor.

In one game — a cross between soccer and air hockey — as players enter the court, a virtual circle appears around them and that circle moves with them as they traverse the arena. In this game, they expand the circle to strike a virtual ball into their opponent's goal.

The playing field is leveled thus: While Darren is able to run around the court, kicking to expand his circle and strike the virtual ball, Bryan presses a kick-button to widen the ring surrounding his wheelchair.

“It is fun to hit a ball around,” said Darren, who smiled widely throughout several games with his brother.

The technology is a one-of-a-kind, said iGYM creator Roland Graf, a professor at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design and a media artist, designer and inventor.

“We have done pretty extensive research on this. Currently, there is nothing else like iGYM, as most other accessible gaming technologies either limit it to small screens or are developed for people with cognitive...

12/10/2019   Small Business CEO

Today’s market is an extremely competitive place that requires constant change and evolution to keep up the pace. The advent of Digital Marketing turned the tables of advertisement and became the de facto media to make your brand reach new potential customers.

pay-per-click advertising

There are several digital advertising options you can study and implement on your brand, but one of the most sought and successful types of ads are the Pay Per Click (PPC) ads.

In this article, you’ll find a quick rundown of what PPC ads are and what are the advantages of using them.

What is a Pay Per Click Ad?

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12/10/2019   New York Times Business News
The former Fed chair, who died Sunday at the age of 92, was remembered for having helped shape American economic policy for more than six decades.
12/10/2019   New York Times Business News
Major nonprofits and other organizations have pledged millions of dollars toward groups that are taking on corporate giants.
12/10/2019   New York Times Business News
Giant tech stocks have posted a remarkable year, shrugging off the trade war, bipartisan political hostility and regulatory threats.
12/10/2019   Small Business CEO

Are you speaking for the first time at a conference? It’s quite nerve-wracking, isn’t it? The amount of pressure from this one event can feel so overwhelming, especially if you haven’t done it before. Don’t worry, though.

Conference speaking tips

There are three easy things you can do to prepare for a conference so you can deliver your speech eloquently and confidently.

1. Write the speech

You can’t deliver a speech without the actual speech. So sit down and write it before your big conference. You want to write a speech that is both informative and engaging. The last thing you want is for your audience to drift off while you’re presenting on stage.…

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12/10/2019   New York Times Business News
Nick Bailey, of the dog-walking start-up Wag, with a French bulldog in Brooklyn in 2016.
12/09/2019   New York Times Business News
“Richard Jewell,” which opens on Friday, focuses on Mr. Jewell and a lawyer of his as they fight to prove his innocence.
12/09/2019   New York Times Business News
Workers crossing London Bridge during the morning rush hour in September.
12/09/2019   New York Times Business News
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has demanded changes to the revised North American Free Trade Agreement before agreeing to bring it for a vote in the Democratic-controlled House.
12/09/2019   New York Times Business News
Bill Hemmer on “America's Newsroom” on Fox News last year.
12/09/2019   New York Times Business News
Ed Pierson, a former manager on the Boeing 737 Max line, is set to testify before Congress on Wednesday.
12/09/2019   New York Times Business News
Red blood cells distorted by sickle-cell disease seen under an electron microscope. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved two new drugs to treat the disease.
12/09/2019   New York Times Business News
The editor of Whisky Advocate, Jeffery Lindenmuth, said the most high-priced bottles will likely be bought for speculation, bragging rights or by those trying to complete a collection.
12/09/2019   New York Times Business News
Donald B. Marron with works from the UBS Art Collection, which he founded, at the Museum of Modern Art in 2005.
12/09/2019   New York Times Business News
Amazon had been considered the front-runner for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project, known as JEDI.
12/09/2019   New York Times Business News
Kenneth C. Frazier, center, of Merck & Co. is one of only four current Fortune 500 C.E.O.s who are black.
12/09/2019   New York Times Business News
Black Rock, CBS headquarters since 1964, is part of a review of real estate holdings by the newly merged ViacomCBS.
12/09/2019   Small Business CEO

Careful planning is the secret to every successful trip, and work travel is no different. Amsterdam is one of the most interesting and non-standard cities in Europe and it’s definitely worth visiting it at least once. This is a city with unlimited opportunities for self-expression, a real paradise for art lovers; the beautiful European capital with countless cafes and winding canals.

Businesswoman travelling to Amsterdam

Going on a business trip, it is worth remembering that almost every inhabitant of the country speaks, at least, in English. Many of them also know German, and somewhere around 40% of them can speak French. Entering the building, local residents always greet everyone, and this applies not only to business offices but also to public places, shops, and railway compartments.…

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12/06/2019   Small Business CEO

The line between work and personal life can often become blurry. In some cases work can and does encroach, becomes an all encompassing thing. Entrepreneurs spend weeks, sometimes months on end attempting to reach the break-even point of their new business. In other cases, bosses may be breathing down your neck, expecting you to be reachable at all hours of the day or night.

Work-life balance

You need to strike a balance in this delicate ecosystem between work and work related matters and your life outside of it. Being “all work and no play” is not only hazardous to your mental and physical health, but can negatively impact relationships.…

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12/06/2019   Small Business CEO

The digital age has made marketing a paradise for many, but the environment for email marketers isn’t so simple. There’s basically an all out war that makes it difficult to send mass emails. While it can be a challenge to keep an email marketing campaign alive and well, the good news is that it’s certainly not impossible. Plus, a positive email marketing campaign can be amazingly beneficial and bring in organic leads for any business. Email marketing is simple, once you have a routine in place, and it can be highly effective.

Sending mass emails

In this article, we’ll discuss seven ways in which you can send bulk emails without having to worry about your emails going to spam.…

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12/05/2019   Small Business CEO

Customers are the lifeblood of any business and without customers, a business won’t survive very long. Unfortunately, you can’t rely on existing customers to remain loyal. Because of this, it’s important to have strategies in place to find new customers, so you can replace the ones who don’t place repeat orders and continue to expand your customer case.

Small shop customer base

There are lots of tools you can use. For example, Nuwber.com lets you search by name and address, so see who’s living in the same street as existing customers and find their contact details. Or perform a more general search and harvest names and telephone numbers.…

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12/05/2019   Small Business CEO

Web hosting and digital technology are the two most important factors of business success in the highly competitive business landscape of today. Regardless of the business scale, small, medium, or large, organizations have realized the significance, importance, and worth of incorporating proper web hosting solutions into their business processes and workflows.

Web hosting servers

Staying competitive today goes far beyond just having a functioning and responsive website. The majority of modern consumers are either online or mobile or both. All trade transactions have been shifted to the net. Businesses got a clear sign that it’s time to move forward and choose the right web hosting support.

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12/05/2019   Small Business CEO

Standing out on Instagram can be pretty difficult. With over a billion users each month, it takes real strategy to get noticed. It can feel overwhelming if you’re not sure how to navigate the platform to find and engage followers. Keeping those users around also takes know-how.

Instagram strategy for increasing followers and interactions

Fortunately, there are some hands-on ways to increase Instagram followers, likes and fans. These tips have real impact on engagement. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Create a Professional Looking Profile

Instagram users decide fairly quickly whether they want to follow a profile simply by taking a quick scroll through the feed and browsing at the photos.…

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12/05/2019   Small Business CEO

If you regularly travel for business, you’ll know how important it is to adjust yourself to the climate and customs of the place that you’re heading to. So, if you find yourself preparing for your first trip to Australia on business, you’ll no doubt have a few questions about how things work over here.

Business travel to Australia

Australians are known for their laidback way of life and happy-go-lucky attitudes, but how does that translate to their work ethic and ways of doing business? We’ve done all the research for you and have created this handy guide to everything you need to know about travelling to Australia for business.…

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12/04/2019   Small Business CEO

You love working at home. But is it a drag on your finances?

It’s no secret that running a home office involves overhead costs that traditional office-dwellers don’t have to deal with personally. Managing them doesn’t have to be a full-time job, though.

Expenses incurred when working at home

Many home office workers pursue part- or full-time work-at-home opportunities that provide scalable income potential. Fundraising distribution is a great example: Full- and part-time fundraising distributors sell high-profit fundraising products that help charitable organizations, school clubs, faith groups, and others raise funds for their work. According to the experts at ABC Fundraising, fundraising distributors working full-time from home can earn $5,000 per month or more.…

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12/02/2019   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business has a new chief executive officer, publisher, editor and graphic designer, though regular readers and customers likely will be familiar with the names behind the titles. Melanie Hair, who has served as publisher and general manager at the Journal of Business since founding it in 2002, will serve as…

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11/14/2019   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

It took almost eight years and a lot of on-again, off-again negotiations with different prospective buyers, but the Tri-City Herald building in downtown Kennewick has new owners. Pasco investors Mike Detrick Sr., his son Mike Detrick Jr. and their wives bought the building at 333 W. Canal Drive for $3.9 million in October with plans…

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11/14/2019   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Tri-City fast food restaurant owners say there’s no way to avoid raising prices when the latest minimum wage increases kick in at the start of 2020, requiring workers be paid at least $13.50 an hour. “Anybody who thinks that prices aren’t going to go up, you’re fooling yourself,” said Tom Tierney, owner of the Tri-Cities’…

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11/14/2019   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

A “green” office building will brighten and lighten up a busy west Pasco neighborhood, courtesy of green paint and green energy. The Wrigley Place development is intended to be the first solar-powered commercial building in the Tri-Cities. Developer Dennis Gisi said Wrigley Drive LLC is behind the $5 million investment on Wrigley Drive, just west…

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11/14/2019   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Richland council to review final traffic report at Dec. 3 meeting Richland is close to deciding the best way to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for drivers moving north and south through the city. The top-ranked project calls for removing a number of traffic signals at intersections along the bypass highway. The final proposal,…

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11/14/2019   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

By Andy Perdue The American Viticultural Areas system in the United States is a way for the federal government to officially recognize a wine grape growing region. At this point, Washington has 14 federally approved AVAs. In the Tri-Cities, wineries and grape growers are awaiting approval of the state’s newest AVA: Candy Mountain. The brown…

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Young adults can complete free, individualized program to earn GED diploma, get help finding a job The opening of TC Futures in Kennewick has created a home base for young adults looking to earn their GED diploma, get help finding a job or even wash laundry and grab a bite to eat. The site at…

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11/14/2019   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

In the Tri-City area, retail jobs are among the top five most in demand. That’s according to the state’s recently released Employment Security Department’s employer demand reports. Retail salespeople, retail sales supervisors, registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and teacher assistants were the top five jobs advertised online in August in Benton County. There were 144…

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The residential construction industry provides a rewarding career path for women. Builders and remodelers across Washington state are seeking skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians and painters. In the U.S., women make up about 50 percent of the workforce, but only 9 percent of women work in the construction/home building industry,…

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Port of Kennewick sells former raceway to city, which has big plans to develop it West Richland is close to completing its purchase of the Tri-City Raceway, paving the way for a new police station and a chance to woo future tenants to the property on the west end of town. City officials say moving…

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