My 3 rules for finding dividend shares right now

first_img Image source: Getty Images. My 3 rules for finding dividend shares right now Karl Loomes | Wednesday, 11th November, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Looking at the markets over the past day or so, one could be forgiven for thinking Covid is all over. It’s not. The Pfizer news is positive, but the future is still uncertain. What’s more, the hangover and troubles of lockdowns this year will still be impacting companies’ numbers in 2021. With that in mind, here are my three rules for picking dividend shares with so much uncertainty around.Go big or go homeIn today’s market, if I’m investing for dividends I want as little risk to the downside for the shares as possible. Though it far from guarantees this, the safest bet is to go for larger, blue-chip companies, I feel. I look at the FTSE 100, and only consider those firms with strong brands. My rule number one: “Pick a company your Gran has heard of.”5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Once a dividend share, always a dividend shareMany companies have cut or postponed their dividends during the Covid troubles. I almost always think this is a good strategy. Reinvesting cash back into a firm helps secure its future in troubled times. Usually much more so than short-term rewards for those who hold its shares.Firstly, there are still plenty of FTSE 100 companies paying out. Aside from this, those companies with a history of paying good dividends are much more likely to reinstate them when they can. Even if a dividend is low or postponed today, I look for shares that have paid out good money in the past.I want consistent payouts, and preferably decent year-on-year dividend growth. So my rule number two is: “Find companies that have paid strong, consistent dividends over the past five years. Consider these shares even if the payout is not quite as good today.”Show me the moneyWhich brings me to my last rule. When looking at dividend shares, the yield is usually my primary concern. In today’s market this is somewhat different. As I said above, I would consider a share with a lower yield now, as long as its past dividends matched rule number three: “Look for yields in the Goldilocks zone.”As the name suggests, the Goldilocks zone is not too hot, and not too cold. It’s just right. For me, this is usually in the 4%-6% range.Let me explain. Firstly, we can do better than sub-4% as income investors. There are shares out there paying that level or higher. On the other hand, while we obviously want to achieve the highest yield possible, a company can be paying out too much. A company that’s trying to entice investors by offering a very high yield probably needs to do so because of other weaknesses.But one major caveat I have here, is that the dividend yield is also determined by the share price. There are many times when shares go lower than they should (fear drives selling rather than fundamentals). In these cases a yield can go higher than the Goldilocks zone but be a good investment. I’d lock that yield in quickly! See all posts by Karl Loomescenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

National Kidney Federation selects ProgressCRM

first_img Howard Lake | 10 June 2008 | News National Kidney Federation selects ProgressCRM  25 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis National Kidney Federation (NKF), the charity run by kidney patients for kidney patients and which represents 69 regional Kidney Patient Associations, has chosen ProgressCRM from Fisk Brett to handle its supporter data.NKF distributes its own quarterly magazine to more than 19,000 renal patients, runs a three-day conference, and campaigns for improved provision of renal treatment and patient care.NKF selected the ProgressCRM fundraising database to help it manage campaigns and appeals, and develop relationships with all its member organisations and supporters. It will also help the charity manage all the financial processing of memberships and donations.“We wanted to increase our support of the KPAs’ patients who are struggling to maintain their local services, and we have restructured to take on this responsibility, at the same time improving our business processes”, said Margaret Parkin. “The CRM database will be a key component of our future growth”.www.fiskbrett.co.uk About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Technologylast_img read more

RSF reiterates call for charges against Julian Assange to be dropped as US issues new superseding indictment

first_imgNews Follow the news on Americas UK: Adjournment of Julian Assange’s US extradition hearing considered amidst coronavirus concerns Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the US Department of Justice’s issuing of a new superseding indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange – the latest in a long series of US government attempts to manipulate legal loopholes and undermine Assange’s defence. RSF calls again for all charges against Assange to be dropped and for him to be immediately released. On 24 June, the US Department of Justice filed a new superseding indictment against Assange, broadening the “scope of the conspiracy” claimed in the hacking allegations against him. Assange had previously been indicted on 17 counts under the Espionage Act and one charge under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA); the new superseding indictment did not add new charges, but expands the scope of the CFAA charge and changes the evidential basis of some of the other charges against him.Such a move is highly unusual at this late stage in an extradition case, which had proceeded on the basis of the 18-count indictment issued by the US Department of Justice in May 2019. Assange’s US extradition hearing began in February 2020 at the Woolwich Crown Court in London; RSF monitored the first week of proceedings and expressed concern regarding the US government’s lack of evidence for its charges against Assange. RSF believes Assange has been targeted for his contributions to public interest reporting and that his prosecution has serious implications for journalism and press freedom internationally. “The superseding indictment is the latest in a long series of moves by the US government to manipulate legal loopholes in their targeting of Julian Assange, to undermine his defence, and to divert public attention from the extremely serious press freedom implications of his case. This never-ending persecution simply has to stop. We call again for all charges against Mr Assange to be dropped and for him to be immediately released,” said RSF Director of International Campaigns Rebecca Vincent.In an administrative hearing at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June, Assange’s lawyer Mark Summers expressed surprise over the timing of the superseding indictment, as well as the fact that the defence team had learned about it through the press. The indictment had not yet been sent to Assange’s lawyers or the court, and had not been formally entered into the UK proceedings. The defence stated that they wanted the US extradition hearing to continue as planned; the full hearing is scheduled to resume from 7 September, when three weeks of evidence are expected to be heard. Assange’s next callover hearing is scheduled for 27 July.Assange continues to be held at the high security Belmarsh prison, where he remains at risk of exposure to Covid-19 – a risk exacerbated by his underlying health concerns, adding urgency to the need for his immediate release. He has been unable to participate remotely in administrative court proceedings for several months, reportedly feeling unwell and having been advised by his doctors that it was unsafe for him to access the prison’s video conferencing facilities.The UK and US are respectively ranked 33rd and 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. UK: Legal arguments during the first week of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing highlight lack of US evidence News United StatesUnited KingdomAmericasEurope – Central Asia ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment February 28, 2020 Find out more US – Trump administration adds new charges against Julian Assange for violating Espionage Act to go further June 30, 2020 RSF reiterates call for charges against Julian Assange to be dropped as US issues new superseding indictment April 27, 2020 Find out more News Organisation News Help by sharing this information May 24, 2019 Find out more United StatesUnited KingdomAmericasEurope – Central Asia ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment last_img read more

Dictators can thank Twitter for its new censorship policy

first_img Receive email alerts This Reporters Without Borders opinion column was published on the Nouvel Observateur’s website Le Plus on 2 February. News Twitter has also suggested that in future it will be able to censor tweets in only one country, and leave them accessible elsewhere in the world. The company has undertaken to show transparency by publishing removal requests on the Chilling Effects website. That is hardly enough. It is only to be expected that the same government will ask Twitter to withdraw messages about, for example, who will succeed the country’ ailing monarch. Such a move would be in line with article 112 of the Thai criminal code, which provides for a prison sentence of between three and 15 years for anyone who “defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent”.Tomorrow, the Bahraini authorities could well ask Twitter to remove messages about the demonstrations in Manama and the ruthless suppression carried out by the government. Vietnamese might no longer be able to use Twitter Vietnam to expose the environmental damage caused by bauxite mining. Will the accounts of cyber dissidents in Syria be deactivated at the request of President Bashar al-Assad’s government? We fear that Twitter may be drawn into an uncontrollable spiral of censorship imposed by increasingly repressive legislation. This fear is well-founded bearing in mind Twitter’s argument that implies the interpretation of freedom of expression could vary from country to country.This is unacceptable — worse still, it is dangerous. It destroys the notion of an Internet that is free and interconnected, to the benefit of a structure based on national networks regulated by local laws and restrictions that are as disparate as they are arbitrary. According to this logic, it would follow that a French Internet would not look the same as those of our European or American neighbours. “Twitter Revolutions” – the term is widely used and has been applied to the Arab spring, not only on the virtual “walls” of Facebook but also on the real walls of Middle East capitals where messages of support and thanks to the social networking website have appeared.But could it already be becoming obsolete? Could Twitter lose the fund of sympathy it has built up among human rights activists in recent months? Such a turn of events is no longer improbable, as indicated by the outraged reaction of some Internet users and dissidents throughout the world to the site’s announcement that it was introducing country-specific censorship in order to satisfy local laws in countries where it hopes to develop its business. Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years The first reaction by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei was to threaten to stop tweeting if Twitter began censoring content. The noted Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas said on Al Jazeera television: “I know that some of the people working for Twitter were activists … If we look at countries like Egypt, like Syria, like Yemen, of course all our tweets are breaking the law. And that’s what activists do, they break the law because they want to make changes to these unjust laws. They have the right to do that, and if you prevent them from this right then you are attacking human rights itself.”In a letter to Twitter’s executive chairman, Jack Dorsey on 27 January, Reporters Without Borders criticised the site’s action as potential cooperation with Internet censors and urged the company to reverse its decision. ThailandAsia – Pacific Internet enemies do exist Far be it from us to turn Twitter into the new public enemy of the Internet. Its famous bluebird logo has up to now been in credit so far as freedom of expression is concerned. The social networking site made public requests from the U.S. Department of Justice for access to the personal details of WikiLeaks staff or their relatives and friends who have Twitter accounts.It also developed the Speak2Tweet application to allow Egyptians to continue tweeting despite being deprived of Internet access at the height of the demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Thailand News News We have not chosen the wrong target. Internet enemies do exist. The Chinese, Iranian, Syrian and Vietnamese government, to name just a few, control and censor the Web.Cyber dissidents who courageously take a stand against them online are tracked down in the real world. It is no coincidence that the Thai government was the first to welcome Twitter’s decision. It has itself blocked tens of thousands of Web pages, in particular on the grounds of lèse-majesté, a charge used as a weapon against government critics. What added value could Twitter provide in that case, as compared with micro-blogging sites such as Sina Weibo, which have proved to be highly successful but are forced to cooperate with the authorities? Can one imagine there would some day be a sanitised version of Twitter, cleansed of all references to Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo?center_img The new policy was announced after Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, visited China and expressed the hope that Twitter would one day be permitted there. It should be noted that this is a country whose speciality is recruiting private companies as part of its efforts to beef up censorship of the Web and is not likely to be content with the removal of the odd tweet.It would like the social network to join the self-censorship pact already signed by other Internet giants such as Yahoo or, at one time, Google which has since decided to close down its local site google.cn. If Twitter hopes to stay in China, it will be forced to set up a system of post-publication censorship based on banned topics or keywords. to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Twitter’s brand image It is vital that Twitter’s management reassess the repercussions of the new strategy on freedom of information and also on the company’s future development. The commercial benefits achieved in new markets must not be the only criterion taken into account. At stake is Twitter’s brand image among users, which depends to a large extent on the position it takes in matters of freedom of expression.Photo credits: Claire Le Meil ThailandAsia – Pacific February 3, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dictators can thank Twitter for its new censorship policy August 21, 2020 Find out more A spiral of censorship RSF_en Cooperation with Internet censors News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Organisation A Twitter representative has made a promise that all requests will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and the question of freedom of expression will be take into account in any decision to withhold content. Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Council of Europe calls for an independent investigation into Zavadski disappearance

first_imgNews June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Belarus The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on 28 April adopted a resolution urging the Belarus authorities to open an independent investigation into the disappearance of four opponents, including the journalist Dmitri Zavadski.It also called for the prosecutor-general Viktor Sheiman, accused of being behind the disappearances, to be dismissed.Resolution 1371 further calls for charges to be laid against Sheiman, head of the National Security Council at the time, Yuri Sivakov, then interior minister and Dmitri Pavlichenko, commander of a special police unit, so that their implication in the disappearances can be investigated.It also urges an investigation into the responsibility of several top officials in obstructing the course of justice to try to protect those really responsible for the crimes. PACE decided to break off all political contact with Belarus until the independent investigation was opened.______Reporters Without Borders and the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ) voiced shock today at the decision to close the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Dmitri Zavadski although the Council of Europe’s special rapporteur recently spoke of serious suspicions about official involvement in the disappearance and an attempt to cover this up.Zavadski’s wife, Svetlana Zavadskaya, was told of the decision in a letter at the beginning of April which said the investigation had been closed because “the disappeared individual has not been found.”Reporters Without Borders and the BAJ have asked prosecutor-general Viktor Sheyman to write to the Zavadski family giving the reason why the official in charge of the case, Ivan Branshel, decided it should be closed.The two organisations also asked the prosecutor’s office to detail not only what actions were taken to find Zavadski but also what initially-envisaged investigative measures were not carried out and why.Reporters Without Borders and the BAJ believe that the family has a right to information about two members of the interior ministry special services who were convicted of kidnapping Zavadski, in particular, whether they admitted their guilt and whether they provided information about Zavadski’s fate after he was abducted and where his body was buried.The family also does not know whether the accomplices to the kidnapping – mentioned in the trial – have been identified and whether they have provided information.Reporters Without Borders and the BAJ also deplore the KGB’s failure to respond to the request made by Svetlana Zavadskaya and the wives of three other disappeared persons – two government opponents and a businessman – for proceedings to be initiated against senior officials suspected of being linked to their disappearance. Zavadski disappeared on 7 July 2000 at Minsk airport. He was President Lukashenko’s personal cameraman until he resigned from the government-run TV station in 1996 went to work for the Russian TV channel ORT. He was imprisoned with an ORT colleague for two months in 1997 after reporting the existence of gaps in Belarus’ security along its border with Lithuania.On 16 July 2002, the Belarus supreme court upheld a life sentence on the former head of the interior ministry’s special units, Valery Ignatovich, and one of his subordinates, Maxim Malik, for the kidnapping of Zavadski and for the murder of five other people. According to the authorities, Ignatovich decided to kill Zavadski because he felt Zavadski was referring to him in an interview he gave in 2000 to the daily Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta in which he said he met Belarussian citizens in Chechnya fighting on the side of the Chechen separatists. The trial did not reveal the exact circumstances of Zavadski’s kidnapping or who was behind it.The office of the prosecutor-general had previously decided on 27 February 2003 to close the investigation in Zavadski’s disappearance. But then it reopened it on 10 December 2003 without any explanation other than “the need to pursue the enquiries.”Council of Europe special rapporteur Cristos Pourgourides referred in a preliminary report on 27 January 2004 to serious suspicions about the involvement of three officials in four disappearances, including Zavadski’s. The officials named in this report are Viktor Sheyman, the prosecutor-general since November 2000 and head of the national security council at the time of Zavadski’s disappearance; Yuri Sivakov, who was interior minister at the time; and Dmitri Pavlichenko, the commander of a police special unit. Pourgourides said: “steps were taken at the highest level of the state to actively cover up the truth about the circumstances of the disappearances.” The investigation into the disappearance of Dmitri Zavadski has been closed, yet the Council of Europe’s special rapporteur spoke of serious suspicions about official involvement in the disappearance and an attempt to cover this up. Reporters Without Borders and the Belarus Association of Journalists demand that Zavadski’s family be told about the most recent developments in the investigation and the reason for the decision to close it. May 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more News April 29, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Council of Europe calls for an independent investigation into Zavadski disappearance BelarusEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF sayslast_img read more

Trulia: Undervalued Homes Squash Housing Bubble Concerns

first_img Home Prices Housing Bubble Trulia Undervalued Homes 2014-06-26 Krista Franks Brock The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: HUD: Allegations Settled over Maternity Leave Discrimination Next: Survey: Realtors Continue to Invest in Mobile Technology The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago June 26, 2014 2,205 Views Trulia: Undervalued Homes Squash Housing Bubble Concerns Tagged with: Home Prices Housing Bubble Trulia Undervalued Homes About Author: Krista Franks Brock Sign up for DS News Daily While persistent price gains continue to dominate headlines, homes in a majority of major markets across the country remain slightly undervalued, quashing any concerns of a rising housing bubble, according to the latest data from Trulia.Nationally, homes remain undervalued by 3 percent compared with long-term fundamentals, according to Trulia’s Bubble Watch.Market-level data reveals 76 of the 100 largest metros remain undervalued, and most of the overvalued markets are less than 10 percent overvalued.”While the number of overvalued markets is rising, there remains little reason to worry about a new, widespread bubble forming,” said Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko.Just seven of the 100 largest metro markets are currently overvalued by more than 10 percent.Furthermore, Trulia points out even today’s most overvalued markets are nowhere near their bubble levels of overvaluation. For example, Orange County, California, the most overvalued market, is currently overvalued by 17 percent. This compares to 71 percent at the height of the bubble in 2006.Honolulu and Los Angeles tie for second place on Trulia’s list of overvalued markets. Homes in both metros are overvalued by 15 percent. However, in the first quarter of 2006, Honolulu homes were overvalued by 41 percent, and Los Angeles homes were overvalued by 79 percent, according to Trulia.The trend reads similarly down the list of top 10 overvalued markets, with the exception of Austin, Texas. Prices in Austin are currently overvalued by 13 percent, compared to just 8 percent at the height of the bubble. Trulia explains, “that’s because Austin (and Texas generally) avoided the worst of last decade’s bubble and bust.”Overall, Trulia expects national home prices to rise to a neutral level—neither undervalued nor overvalued—by the end of this year or the start of next year. Slowing price gains at the national level leave no concerns for a rising bubble, according to Trulia.Currently, three of the top five undervalued markets are in Ohio, with Akron and Cleveland topping the list with homes currently undervalued by 21 percent.Detroit, Michigan, and Dayton, Ohio, follow. Homes are undervalued by 19 percent and 16 percent, respectively, in these two markets. However, both markets are experiencing double-digit price gains, so Trulia does not expect them to linger on the most undervalued list for long.Trulia determines whether a market is overvalued or undervalued by comparing home prices to price-to-income ratio, price-to-rent ratio, and long-term price trends. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia.  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / Trulia: Undervalued Homes Squash Housing Bubble Concerns Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

HR put in the firing line with RUC appointment

first_img Previous Article Next Article It won’t be easy. He will have to bring down absence ratesfrom the current 10 per cent. He will have to restructure the force during aperiod when the RUC will be losing up to 90 officers a month. And thedifficulties are compounded by the fact that every move the RUC makes is donein the full glare of the media. While Joe Stewart is unlikely to find himself the target ofa pipe bomb, he could be in the firing line in other ways. The huge task ofreforming the RUC into an organisation with support from both sides of Ulster’ssectarian divide is predominantly an HR challenge. Successful reform willdepend on making drastic changes to recruitment, training and work culture inan organisation where currently less than 10 per cent of officers are Catholics. HR put in the firing line with RUC appointmentOn 11 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. But Stewart and his colleagues will have the satisfaction ofknowing they are helping to make history. Stewart has an opportunity to showwhat HR is all about and everyone in the profession will want to wish himsuccess. Comments are closed. It sounds like a job from hell. The first civilian head ofHR stepped into the breach at the Royal Ulster Constabulary in the same weekthat the world’s media were dominated by pictures of children caught up inviolent protests over a route to school. A lot of HR chiefs talk about overhauling corporate cultureas if it were a matter of life and death, but in Stewart’s case this is noexaggeration. Stewart acknowledges himself that changes to work culture at theRUC are vital to the success of the peace process. His planned comprehensivereview of HR will have a direct impact on the safety of officers and theirability to protect both sides of the community. If ever there was ademonstration of the crucial role of HR this is it. last_img read more

Pac-12 establishes cancellation, tiebreaker procedures

first_img Tags: Pac-12 October 19, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local Pac-12 establishes cancellation, tiebreaker procedures FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pac-12 has established cancellation and tiebreaker policies for its virus-truncated football season.The conference announced that a minimum threshold of at least 53 scholarship players must be available for any team to participate in a game.The game would be rescheduled or declared a no contest if a school elects not to play the game shorthanded.The Pac-12′s seven-game, conference-only season is scheduled to start Nov. 7 and the conference is taking potential cancellations into consideration in its tiebreaker policies. Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

Consumer Tracking

first_imgLatte is the new lager, according to new research commissioned by Costa Coffee. The survey, conducted by market research agency Opinion Matters, revealed that coffee shops have overtaken pubs as the UK’s favourite social hang-out.Of the people surveyed, 72% were said to prefer coffee shops to pubs for catching up with friends, and 85% chose coffee shops as their top spot to meet up for a chat. “It is quite clear that UK coffee shops have become an integral part of everyday life,” commented John Derkach, managing director of Costa Coffee.Jeffrey Young, MD of strategy consultancy firm Allegra said: “With more than 50% of the UK adult population using coffee shops at least once per month, and more than a quarter of consumers visiting at least once per week, coffee shops are now more mainstream than pubs. These outlets deliver comfortable ’third space’ environments, where consumers feel free to relax, socialise, eat, drink or just take some ’me time’.”last_img read more

All-Star Chris Cornell Tribute Announced Featuring Former Bandmates, Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams, Metallica

first_imgOn January 16th, 2019, an all-star cast of musicians will honor the memory of the late Chris Cornell with a special tribute performance at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA.Billed as “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell,” the tribute show will feature members of Cornell’s three most notable bands—Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog—several of whom are now best known as members of other groups like Pearl Jam and Rage Against The Machine.In addition, the special tribute show will feature Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Ryan Adams. According to the announcement art, “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” will be hosted by late-night TV host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel as well as other surprise guests. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation (EBMRF).Watch Chris Cornell And Eddie Vedder’s Final “Hunger Strike” Duet From Bridge School Benefit ’14Though the announcement comes almost a year and a half after Cornell’s shocking suicide, the music world still feels the pains of his untimely death. In addition to countless live tributes by a bevy of artists, the Museum of Pop Culture in Chris Cornell’s native Seattle, WA recently unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of the grunge hero. Cornell’s estate also recently announced a new posthumous LP and retrospective box set simply titled Chris Cornell, which will be released on November 16th—the same day tickets to “I Am The Highway” go on sale.Tickets for “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” at The Forum go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 16th at 10 a.m. PST. For more information, or to grab your tickets when they go on sale, head here.last_img read more