Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores

first_imgSHORT HILLS, N.J. — A growing number of brands born on the internet, from Casper to Indochino, are opening physical stores and moving into suburban malls once considered doomed as more Americans shop online.Digital natives are discovering that it’s become more expensive to acquire customers through banner ads and email giveaways. At the same time, opening a store has become more affordable as mall vacancies force landlords to offer flexible leases and other perks. Jim Ward, who heads up recruiting for online brands for mall owner CBL, says it can be 10 times as expensive to acquire a new customer online as it is in a store.Store openings are a major shift for once online-only brands that until recently believed they didn’t need a physical presence to generate robust sales growth.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

US State Department addresses Turkish issues

first_imgWASHINGTON (AA) – State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf Wednesday tackled several pressing issues on Turkey.The Deputy Spokesperson denied media reports that the US has frozen its assistance to the Syrian opposition.“Not at all. Not to my knowledge. No, our assistance continues. Ambassador Ford is on the ground meeting with them right now. That report would seem to be pretty false to me,” said Harf during the daily press briefing. Turkish daily, Hurriyet, reported that the US had halted its assistance to the opposition pending the opposition meeting certain criteria.US still concerned over CPMIEC missile dealHarf concurred with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey’s missile defense future was ultimately a sovereign question. She added, however, that the US is concerned by the choice of the Chinese firm, China Precision Machinery Import Export Corp. (CPMIEC), and a potential lack of interoperability with NATO missile defense systems.“We have also said, two points, that this company is currently sanctioned by the United States, and that as part of NATO and a NATO ally, it is important to have systems that are interoperable”, remarked Harf.CPMIEC is currently sanctioned by the US for alleged violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.Source of Ignatius media leak still unknownThe source of a media report that alleged Turkey exposed 10 Iranians working with Mossad to Tehran is still unknown, according to Harf.“I have no information at all about who may have been sources of this kind of stuff that’s out there in the press,” said Harf.Asked whether the incident led to Congress delaying weapons transfers to Ankara, Harf said that such questions should be directed to Congress.last_img read more

Global Citizens Festival Spoiled with Mass Robbery Assaults with No Police

By Shaquile GoffAfter the Global Citizens festival in Johannesburg ended Monday morning, several people reported that robberies that occurred as they left the venue. The festival is an initiative seeking to “end extreme poverty by the year 2030,” according to its website. This year’s celebration was in honor of the 100th birthday of civil activist Nelson Mandela. Notable celebrities including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Dave Chappelle, and South African comedian Trevor Noah attended the event over the weekend. The organization’s original donation goal of $ 1 billion was surpassed seven times over, with donations coming from World Bank, Vodacom, PEPFAR, Cisco, and the government of South Africa, in addition to the celebrities that attended. The organization predicts this commitment will help 137,368,628 people worldwide. Unfortunately, feelings of goodwill were lost soon after attendees left the venue. Social media posts indicated that after leaving FNB stadium in Johannesburg, a crowd of young men rushed the group and snatched phones, purses, and bags. The director of Miss Universe SA tweeted “The screaming of girls and people everywhere still rings in my head…They knifed people, burning people. It was horrifying.” Lack of police presence was criticized as well, with a music publicist saying “We found two cops only when we were getting towards the highway.”A statement from Global Citizens Monday said “After such an inspiring evening, we are saddened to hear the challenges people had while leaving the venue. We have been working to support people getting home safely.” South African police said it only received one report of a single robbery and wasn’t aware of any others. However, the victims’ stories paint a different picture, and one woman said “If you were there you’d understand when I say I #survived. We survived.” read more

Syria Senior UN official voices alarm at ongoing abuses against journalists

The concern expressed by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), comes amid a number of “disturbing” reports, the Paris-based agency said in a news release. These include news that Syrian caricaturist Ali Ferzat had been beaten by armed men on 25 August, and concern for freelance journalist Hanadi Zahlout, who has been in jail since her arrest on 25 July. “I am alarmed at continuing reports of detention and physical abuse against journalists,” said Ms. Bokova. “Torture and detention will never convince the people of Syria that might is right. “It is essential for the future of the country and its people that the authorities respect freedom of expression and listen to what their critics have to say,” she stated. As many as 2,000 Syrians have been killed in the past five months since the start of the pro-democracy protests, which are part of a broader uprising across North Africa and the Middle East that has led to the toppling of long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and conflict in Libya. A recent UN report found that the Syrian Government’s “widespread and systematic” attacks against its own people may amount to crimes against humanity and possibly warrant an investigation by the International Criminal Court. 1 September 2011The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom has voiced her alarm at continuing abuses committed against journalists in Syria and called on authorities to respect basic human rights, including the right to freedom of expression. read more

Nike nixes nameless tribute sneaker with No 3 76ers colours after Iverson

Nike nixes nameless tribute sneaker with No. 3, 76ers colours after Iverson demands answers by Dan Gelston, The Associated Press Posted Nov 20, 2014 10:39 am MDT PHILADELPHIA – Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honours Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colours while he’s endorsed by rival Reebok.Iverson says Nike used his identity, likeness and persona without permission for a sneaker out of the company’s Zoom Flight ’96 collection.The ambiguously titled sneaker has the No. 3 — Iverson’s number — on each back heel and the red, white and blue colours of the Philadelphia 76ers. Neither Iverson nor the Sixers are named on the sneaker or on the branding for the shoe, which were expected to be released later this year or in early 2015.Iverson’s lawyer sent a letter to Nike this week objecting to the shoe.Nike spokesman KeJuan Wilkins said in a statement Thursday that the version of the shoe Iverson protested won’t hit stores.“Nike has made a business decision to not move forward with the shoe in the red/blue and white/purple colorways,” Wilkins said in an email. “However, two colorways inspired by the original 1996 colorways will still be available for purchase.”Iverson, who retired last season, has had a shoe contract with Reebok since Philadelphia made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft. Iverson’s signature shoe, “The Answer,” was Reebok’s flagship sneaker and runaway top seller during his prime seasons in the late 1990s, early 2000s. And Reebok is getting ready to release a new Iverson version of its iconic “Pump” sneaker.A letter faxed this week by Iverson’s attorney, Derek Challenger, to Nike demands the company remove the sneaker from any retail inventories or website advertisements and cease any future sales of the product.“Nike is clearly trying to use Allen Iverson’s celebrity status and persona to promote Nike’s shoes,” Challenger said. “There’s no other No. 3 that played for the 76ers that came out of the 1996 draft. For Nike to use his status to sell shoes, and not get his permission, to not compensate him, is bad business.”Challenger said Thursday after learning Nike was pulling the shoe that Iverson should be compensated for shoes that have already been sold and would still object if the No. 3 is on the heel of the sneaker.“They should get back to me with a number for all this,” he said. “I hope before the week is over I hear from them directly.”Lucas Ehrbar, editor of the website, said the sneaker released under the Nike Sportswear banner was already released in Asia. Ehrbar said Reebok’s brand has fallen among basketball sneaker junkies, leaving a gap for the dominant brand to model sneakers for the 2001 NBA MVP.“A lot of people would rather wear Nike anyway,” Ehrbar said. “The only reason they’re wearing Reebok is because someone like Iverson has a shoe with them.”Iverson spent his first 10 seasons in Philadelphia, mashing hip-hop culture and hoops like no player before him.Even in retirement, Iverson still has worldwide appeal to sneakerheads. The Nike tribute sneaks can be found on eBay — under a search for Iverson — for $109 to $129 a pair.“They’re not meant to play basketball in. It’s about fashion and lifestyle,” Ehrbar said.Iverson and rapper Jadakiss are scheduled to help launch the Villa x Reebok Pump on Thursday at a restaurant near the 76ers’ practice facility in Philadelphia.Athletes have had mixed results fighting use of their likeness that didn’t directly involve their name. Former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon and others including NBA legend Bill Russell settled a class-action lawsuit against EA Sports for $40 million for its use of their likenesses in their college basketball video games. But former Cleveland running back Jim Brown lost a similar lawsuit against the same company in a decision that was upheld in a federal appeals court. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Policy brief calls for more transparent hiring youth employment strategy

A significant portion of Niagara employers hire their staff through the ‘hidden’ job market, according to a newly-released youth employment policy brief co-researched by Brock University.Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) and the Niagara Workforce Planning Board (NWPB) estimate that 20 per cent of the region’s employers could be using private job boards, paywalls and other publicly inaccessible ways of recruiting employees rather than advertising positions openly.This makes it difficult for researchers and policy-makers to assess job demand in the region and come up with ways to address youth employment, according to the brief “Youth in Niagara: Highly Skilled, Highly Mobile,” released Tuesday, March 20 at Brock.Expanding on earlier research by the NCO, the Youth in Niagara brief expands population, education and occupation numbers to give a snapshot of the area’s youth employment situation and employment sectors most likely to hire youth.“If Niagara is going to be a region that remains globally competitive, and one that can energize growth in small-to-medium enterprise, then it is vital for us to engage in research topics that help us map and leverage our talent opportunities,” said NCO Director Charles Conteh.Mario De Divitiis, NWPB CEO, said the research is an important tool for the region.“This project demonstrates what happens when local research organizations collaborate on topics that serve the local needs while laying the groundwork for approaching systemic workforce challenges,” he said.The policy brief notes that there are no specific measures of capturing youth employment numbers outside of specific programs, as age-targeted hiring generally goes against labour and human rights legislation.The researchers therefore looked at entry-level jobs requiring less than two years’ experience.Of the 11,995 entry-level job postings in Niagara the researchers examined during 2017, 74.4 per cent were located in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Welland, even though those cities house only 61.1 per cent of Niagara’s population.Sales and service occupations dominated youth employment. The sector accounted for 29.6 per cent of total employment for the working-age population in the St. Catharines-Niagara area. However, among youth aged 15 to 29, sales and service jobs accounted for 49 per cent of employment.About a third of jobs in this sector are part time, according to the report. Jobs in this sector had among the lowest incomes in 2016. Yet Niagara’s youth are highly educated, with 64.2 per cent of the region’s 25- to 29-year-olds possessing a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.Their top three areas of study are: health and related fields; business, management and public administration; and social and behavioural sciences and law.The researchers urge employers to advertise their job postings publicly, not only to help young people get jobs, but also to enable policy-makers and organizations to create programs and services for those looking for work.“The challenge with the hidden job market is that, as we move into a more data-driven economy, we are going to see more tools for job seekers and employers depending on open data,” said NWPB research and project manager Adam Durrant.“If that data is only reflecting a slice of what the market actually needs, then we can reasonably expect it to have a ripple effect into training programs or hiring incentives,” he said.The brief recommends providing companies with nine or fewer employees a job posting template. This would make it easier for them — and policy-makers — to get a good picture of labour demand and recruit for the positions.“By creating a culture where it is easier for employers to hire through transparent and measurable means, we address both the short-term challenge of getting a person into a job, and the longer-term challenges of maintaining balance between labour supply and demand,” Conteh said.The brief calls for a “broader youth employment and engagement strategy” to address youth employment challenges in the region. read more

Republic of Shame One woman came in wearing two corsets to hide

first_img Image: Laura Hutton/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article In the course of her research, Hogan said it became clear how much State bodies knew what was going on in these homes.“There were concerns raised about the deaths in these institutions in the very first years they were running and it just seems that nothing was done to prevent these deaths – nothing effective – because the deaths continued,” she said.“I spoke to social workers who visited the institutions and it wasn’t a secret, they were very aware of the various institutions. It was just what was done.It does make you think, what are we accepting today that future generations will say ‘how did we let that happen?’As well as interviewing women who had spent time in the homes, Hogan spoke to members of the religious orders that ran them.A midwife at St Patrick’s institution told her stories of women writing letters to their family pretending to be in foreign countries working.One woman that came in had been wearing two corsets to hide her pregnancy because she lived at home.She said it was important for her to speak to people from the religious orders because there has been a “pervasive silence” from them about the treatment of unmarried mothers in the homes. “The religious sisters, they often told me that the families had sent these women to the institutions or they’d ask me where the fathers were, but I also think they did feel that they didn’t speak up at the time and did look back on this with some shame.” These stories are so important, the lived experience of women who were sent to these institutions. A lot of these women haven’t told their children or their families that they were in institutions. Sat 6:01 PM By Michelle Hennessy Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 6:00 PM Image: Laura Hutton/ 35 Comments CAELAINN HOGAN GREW UP just a stone’s throw from Ireland’s biggest holding centre for adoptions.“These institutions were places that you walked by every day and you didn’t know the history, didn’t know what happened behind the walls.”Hogan has friends whose mothers were adopted from mother and baby homes and through her work as a journalist has met people who were born the same year as her – in 1988 – in the Bessborough home in Cork.With her new book, Republic of Shame, she wants to highlight how much this period in Irish history still impacts on people today.“Talking to people my own age who were affected by this really impressed on me how recent this is, it’s not the past,” she told“In the book, there are quite a few women who use pseudonyms, there is still fear of speaking out. A lot of women still feel the stigma, but that is starting to change. Share61 Tweet Email 26,243 Views Short URL Republic of Shame: ‘One woman came in wearing two corsets to hide her pregnancy’ A new book seeks to highlight how much this period in Irish history still impacts on people today.last_img read more

Xperia neo L le premier smartphone Android 40 de Sony

first_imgXperia neo L : le premier smartphone Android 4.0 de SonySony vient de dévoiler son premier smartphone embarquant Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Hélas, seul le marché chinois se verra proposer ce nouveau mobile, tandis que les autres terminaux Android de Sony doivent se contenter de la version 2.3 de l’OS.Alors que la gamme de smartphones Xperia de Sony sont cantonnés à la version 2.3 d’Android 2.3 – même le dernier-né, le Xperia Sola, fonctionnera avec Gingerbread – la firme nippone vient de dévoiler son premier smartphone sous Ice Cream Sandwich. Un terminal pour l’heure hélas réservé au marché chinois.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Baptisé Xperia neo L, le téléphone affichera un écran tactile LCD FWVGA de 4 pouces d’une résolution de 480 x 854 pixels. Il embarquera un appareil photo 5 megapixels capable de capturer de la vidéo en 720p. Le smartphone est équipé d’un processeur Snapdragon S2 cadencé à 1GHz et d’un GPU Adreno 205. Il dispose de 512Mo de mémoire vive (RAM) et offrira 1 Go de mémoire interne extensible via une carte microSDHC.En matière de connectivité, le Xpera neo L est équipé de l’HSDPA jusqu’à 7,2 Mbps, du Wi-Fi N  et du Bluetooth 2.1. Avec ses mensurations de 120.0 x 61.0 x 12.8 millimètres pour 131,5 grammes, il sera proposé en Chine en seulement deux couleurs : noir et blanc. Son prix, comme sa date de sortie, ne sont pas encore connus.Le 21 mars 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bayern Munich end pursuit of Callum HudsonOdoi

first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has announced their business in this month’s transfer window is finished to bring an end to their pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi.The highly-rated teenage winger had been allegedly keen on joining fellow English youngsters Jandon Sancho and Reiss Nelson in the Bundesliga this month.It’s understood that Hudson-Odoi has become frustrated with his lack of regular opportunities at Chelsea with most of his appearances this season coming in cup games.Therefore, Bayern had been strongly linked with a move for the 18-year-old after three reported bids of around £35m were turned down by Chelsea.Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic even confirmed their “great” interest in Hudson-Odoi and had hoped to bring him to the Allianz Arena this month.However, in light of Maurizio Sarri’s announcement on Tuesday that Hudson-Odoi will not be going anywhere, Kovac has now declared that Bayern will not be making any more moves before tonight’s transfer deadline.“We will no longer be active in the transfer market,” said Kovac, according to FourFourTwo.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The teams do not want to let their players leave. We have a good and big squad. I have to leave one or two at home again this weekend.”The Bavarians will take a trip to the BayArena this Saturday to take on Bayer Leverkusen in a Bundesliga match.Kovac’s side have won all five of their last games to close the gap to leaders Borussia Dortmund to six points and will be hoping to keep the winning run up in their attempt to win a seventh successive league crown.“They [Leverkusen] are a really, really good team,” Kovac added. “We are expecting a real fight at the weekend.”Veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will both be absent for the game against Leverkusen.But former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara is expected to be fit for the match this weekend.last_img read more

Fire breaks out in North Park home one person transported to hospital

first_img Posted: August 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, August 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – At least one person became trapped inside a burning home in North Park tonight, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department confirmed.Firefighters were called to a single-family home at 3553 Alabama St. just before 9 p.m. When they arrived flames and smoke were visible from the street.The person in the home was a female who is also disabled. She has been transported to the hospital, the extent of her injuries are unknown at this time.The fire was put out by 9:12 p.m., and there is an arson investigation underway.center_img Fire breaks out in North Park home, one person transported to hospital Updated: 10:01 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Off Beat Students woke up late to go to school

first_imgThe 1972 tornado was an important chapter in local history, as The Columbian noted Sunday. Turns out that women in two of Sunday’s photographs were able to tell us about other historic milestones earlier in their careers.One was a teacher, Connie Oppel, who was photographed a few days ago at Ogden Elementary.The other was Clark College nursing instructor Veda DeColon, shown in a 1972 photograph while comforting a little boy; DeColon died in 2008.While Oppel had plenty of memories of the April 5, 1972, tornado to share, she also mentioned her first teaching assignment in this area. She came out here from Minnesota during World War II to teach in a school for the children of Kaiser shipyard workers.You’ve heard of year-round school? Oppel’s classroom, on Portland’s Swan Island, was part of an around-the-clock school for kids up through the second grade.“We had three shifts of classes,” matching the shifts of the shipyard workers, Oppel said.“They were on their parents’ schedules.” So even if they got to school in the middle of the night, the retired kindergarten teacher said, “It was their morning.”Remembering FDRDeColon told her story in 1995, when The Columbian marked another anniversary. She was part of our story about the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose tenure as our longest-serving president ended on April 12, 1945.last_img read more

Dhaka signs US 25b ODA deal with Tokyo

first_imgBangladesh`s prime minister Sheikh Hasina (L) shakes hands with Japan`s prime minister Shinzo Abe (R) at the start of their meeting at Abe`s official residence in Tokyo 29 May, 2019. Photo: AFPBangladesh and Japan on Wednesday signed their 40th ODA deal involving US$ 2.5 billion for implementing five projects to bolster ties between the two countries.Economic Relations Division (ERD) secretary Monowar Ahmed and Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izumi signed the ODA deal on behalf of their respective sides.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe witnessed the signing at his office.Five projects, taken under the 40th Official Development Assistance (ODA) package deal, are Matarbari Port Development Project (1), Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (Line 1), Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Project (II), Energy Efficiency and Conservation Promotion Financing Project (Phase 2) and Matarbari Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Project (V).Bangladesh`s prime minister Sheikh Hasina (2nd L) and Japan`s prime minister Shinzo Abe (R) attend a meeting at Abe`s official residence in Tokyo 29 May, 2019. Photo: AFPEarlier, prime minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at the Japanese prime minister’s office and held a bilateral meeting with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.Sheikh Hasina was given guard of honour when she reached the Japanese prime minister’s office.Later in the evening, she will attend the official dinner to be hosted by Shinzo Abe at his residence.last_img

Houston Realtors Warn about Homebuyers Wire Fraud

first_img 00:00 /00:52 FBIThis FBI chart shows the number of wire fraud victims in the home sales market from January 2015 to May 2018. Listen Imagine you’re just about to close on your dream house when you receive an email from what you think is your title company and it instructs you to wire them your down payment.Only, the money doesn’t go to their bank, but to some overseas account and may never be recovered.Cases like this have been on the rise since at least 2015, according to the FBI.That’s why Realtors are making an effort to warn their customers.“If you are not able to verify by phone with that title company exactly what your wiring instructions are, then make a trip to that office and speak to someone face-to-face to understand exactly where those funds need to go,” Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) chair Kenya Burrell said.HAR is also asking real estate companies to make sure their cyber security systems are up to date to avoid being hacked.Victims of wire fraud should immediately notify their bank to request a recall of the funds.They should also file a complaint with the FBI. center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Rabies vaccination programme to be conducted in Ezakheni

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development will be holding a rabies vaccination programme from June 18 to 22 at various points in Ezakheni.The vaccination programme, for dogs and cats, will start at 8.30am, so be sure to get your furry friend vaccinated free of charge.The dates and venues are as follows:June 18 – Ezakheni E-sectionJune 19 – Ezakheni E-section (E-Omdala), C1 and C2June 20 – Ezakheni C, C3 and C4 sectionJune 21 – Ezakheni D and Ntokozweni EncaniJune 22 – Ezakheni Mathanqaza (C1), Makipkipni and Ama-1 roomsFor more information, please contact Mr ME Munyai on 0769414235 or Mr AM Mchunu on 0768216771 Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

January 28 2003 Good luck and thanks to Linda Rob

first_imgJanuary 28, 2003Good luck and thanks to Linda Roby [right], leaving Arcosanti to enter her Graduate School. Linda has worked in PR and on the Italian Project since September 2000. Welcome to new Public Relations Coordinator Kelli Huth [left] She arrived from New Mexico where she worked at University of New Mexico. Kelli brings her strong writing and communication skills to Cosanti Foundation’s PublicRelations office. [Photo & text: sa]last_img