Thursday’s biggest analyst calls: Verizon, Microsoft, Five Below

first_imgHans Vestberg, chief executive officer of Verizon Communications Inc., gestures as he speaks during a keynote session at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images (This story is for CNBC PRO subscribers only.)Here are the biggest calls on Wall Street on Thursday: – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img

Tropical Storm Bertha Forms

first_imgMIAMI — Tropical Storm Bertha formed Wednesday morning off the coast of South Carolina, becoming the second named storm before the official start of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season which begins June 1st.A tropical storm warning has been issued for South Carolina’s coast and the storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. See advisory here.Bertha’s maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph (75 kph) but it was expected to weaken to a tropical depression after moving inland. The storm was centered about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and was moving northwest near 9 mph (15 kph).Earlier this month, Tropical Storm Arthur brought rain to North Carolina before moving out to sea. It was the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before June 1, the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.last_img read more

Johnson’s squad takes to road for border battle series

first_imgRAY PFIFER/Herald photoThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team doesn’t exactly have fond memories from its last trip to Minneapolis’ Ridder Arena in last year’s WCHA title game. At the time, Minnesota entered the contest favored as the top-ranked team in the nation with a glut of future Olympians and was on a quest for its second consecutive NCAA Championship, while Wisconsin was in search of its first WCHA title in school history.Unfortunately for UW, despite a pair of goals from former UW captain Carla MacLeod in the final minute of regulation, the Badgers fell short of their bid for a WCHA title after an overtime goal by the Gophers’ Krissy Wendell. Minnesota would eventually go on to win its second-straight NCAA championship.That was eight-and-a-half months ago.Now fast forward to this weekend’s return to Ridder Arena. Gone are the Gophers formidable Olympic line, and an intimidating No. 1 ranking. Instead, it’s the No. 3 Badgers (9-1-0, 7-1-0) that enter the contest with the higher ranking, the better record and a significant amount of momentum. Wisconsin enters this weekend’s matchup with No. 4 Minnesota (9-3, 4-2) on a nation-leading nine-game win streak while the Golden Gophers are coming off of a weekend sweep of Brown.But history is definitely in Minnesota’s favor as the Golden Gophers have had the Badgers’ number in the past, winning 23 of the last 29 meetings between the two squads. However, the Badgers aren’t concerned with Minnesota’s previous dominance over them.”Their team has a different look to them,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “In the first three years that I [coached] against them, they had a line that will be on our Olympic team this year. They were very talented — not only good hockey players, but world-class athletes. That’s one of the reasons why [Minnesota] won back-to-back NCAA championships.””That group isn’t with them this year, so it’s a different club,” Johnson continued. “But it presents a different problem in that they’re actually a team this year and they don’t rely on two or three or four people. They play collectively as a group, they’ve got good players and they have a good goaltender. So it will be a very good series.”The Badgers certainly have much to be confident about. The Badgers lead the conference in goals scored with 46, and also has allowed the fewest goals in the WCHA with 15. Thus far this season, Wisconsin is averaging a lofty 4.6 goals per game, giving up just 1.5 goals per game. Throw out their opening loss to Minnesota-Duluth and those stats are even more impressive with the Badgers averaging 4.9 goals per game with just 1.1 goals allowed.The powerful line of Sharon Cole, Sara Bauer and Jinelle Zaugg leads Wisconsin’s offense. Bauer leads the conference in assists (14) and total points (22) while creating a multitude of opportunities for Cole and Zaugg.Zaugg has gotten into a groove lately, scoring two goals in the victory over Minnesota State last Wednesday and taking the team lead in goals scored.”Bauer and Cole having been playing together for almost three years,” Zaugg said modestly of her recent scoring streak. “They work really well together, and they’re both really great players. So I just try to fit in and be there for them. … I think the [most important thing] is just confidence — from our whole team and from our line.”Junior Bobbi-Jo Slusar, who features a cannon-like slapshot and is a major contributor on offense and on the powerplay, anchors the defense. With four goals and 12 assists, she is the team’s second leading point producer.The Golden Gophers’ offense is led by sophomore forwards Erica McKenzie and Bobbi Ross. McKenzie has 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points and was named WCHA conference player of the week after scoring four goals on just five shots in Minnesota’s first game last weekend. Ross has 10 goals and seven assists on the season.Minnesota goalie Brittony Chartier, a freshman, has seen a lot of ice time this season. She has started 11 of 12 games this season, posting eight victories, while allowing a goals against average of 2.05 and recording a save percentage of .915.last_img read more

Rose Ladies Series: Screen swaps NHS duties for return to golf

first_img Hannah Screen is ready to make a return to competitive golf after a rewarding summer working for the NHS in the fight against Coronavirus.The 20-year-old member of the England women’s overseas squad flew back from Oklahoma University in March and found work as part of team involved in the NHS ‘test and trace’ process.The end of her working block coincides with her first competitive outing of the summer in the latest Rose Ladies Series at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.Screen (pictured above right) is joined in the mainly professional field by fellow amateurs Lily May Humphreys (above centre) and Ellie Gower (above left) for the third event in the series sponsored by England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate.Screen has landed a plum draw alongside Solheim Cup star Charley Hull and former England international Gabriella Cowley.And she’s looking forward to getting back onto the course after spending lockdown working not only in her back garden on her golf game, but also behind the scenes for the NHS.“It’s been really rewarding,” admitted Screen. “I feel as if in some small way I’m doing my bit to help the country’s fight.“My focus is turning back towards golf as competitions pick up again and, because there’s a chance I will be returning to America in the next few weeks, I can’t carry it on.“My job involves calling people who came into contact with those who had the virus and telling them about self-isolating.“The job as well as the training on safeguarding and confidentiality has helped teach me a lot.“I came back from university on 16 March and since then I’ve been doing uni work, the NHS job and bought a practice net to allow me to work on my game in the garden.“Along with the net, I’ve been doing what most people have done and practising putting on my carpet, so it’s been good to get back on the course recently and also head to the range.“I’ve really enjoyed going there with my brother Jeffrey who is only eight. Last week he hit the ball 135 yards. His swing is so good! Afterwards he said to me maybe he could go to university and play golf too!“It definitely feels like a long time since I played competitive golf so I’m really excited to be involved in the Rose Ladies Series.“I played a practice round on Monday and the course is in great condition – especially the greens.”Screen is no stranger to this week’s Buckinghamshire venue.As a teenager, the member at Berkhamsted Golf Club carried out work experience with the Ladies’ European Tour at the course where they have their HQ and also worked in hospitality.Now she’s eager to spend more time playing and added: “I worked at the Ladies Masters event in 2015 in hospitality but also got to help teach a group of disabled golfers on the range which was amazing.“I played the course once when I was 14, but having played it again this week I can’t wait to get out there.“I was on the putting green on Monday when Alice Hewson told me I had been drawn with Charley and Gabriella which is exciting.“I actually played nine holes with Charley once at Woburn Golf Club. I was only 14 and I’m not sure she’ll remember it!”A disrupted summer means Screen’s plans beyond the Rose Ladies Series are still clouded in doubt.She will take part in a Faldo Series Europe event at Brockett Hall next week and may take part in the English Women’s Amateur at Woodhall Spa at the end of July.But there is also an option to play the US Women’s Amateur in Washington DC ahead of a return for her third year at university.“It’s all a little bit up in the air,” confessed Screen who is heading into her junior (third) year at Oklahoma University studying business and communications.“I’m not sure when I will go back to America, but I am looking forward to returning to Uni.“I moved to Oklahoma from Houston in December and I have really enjoyed the last semester and managed all ‘A’ grades.“They also do sports so well in America and the competition level is so high that you are always improving.”AMATEUR TEE TIMES11.40 – Georgina Blackman, Lily May Humphreys, Bronte Law12.10 – Cloe Frankish, Georgia Hall, Ellie Gower12.50 – Charley Hull, Hannah Screen, Gabriella Cowley**Keep up to date with scoring from the event by following the England Golf Twitter feed** Tags: Ellie Gower, Hannah Screen, Lily May Humphreys, Rose Ladies Series 1 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Screen swaps NHS duties for return to golf last_img read more

Remodeling Excellence Award Winners Recognized by OMB

first_imgThe Olympia Master Builders (OMB) held the 2012 Remodeling Excellence (REX) Awards presentation in May at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club.  The REX Awards honor innovative and exceptional projects completed within the last two years by remodeler members of OMB.The presentation included an overview of the entries along with before and after photos of each award winning project.This year’s REX Award judges were Duke York of York Enterprises, Gordon Neu of Neu Construction and Matt Rock of MR Construction.  Ross Irwin of Cabinets by Trivonna was the emcee of the program.Pictured from left: Bob Clark of Home Resource Company, Inc., James Peterson of Lanza Construction, LLC, Jeff Kuster of Kuster Homes and Remodeling, LLC, Diane Gassman of Interior Dimensions, LLC, Mike Auderer of Olympia Construction, Inc., John Erwin of John Erwin Remodeling, Inc., Greg Switzer of John Erwin Remodeling, Inc. and Emcee Ross Irwin of Cabinets by Trivonna.There were eleven awards presented in the following categories:John Erwin Remodeling, Inc. – Residential Bath Under $25,000Olympia Construction, Inc. – Residential Bath $25,000 to $75,000Kuster Homes and Remodeling, LLC – Residential Kitchen Under $30,000John Erwin Remodeling, Inc. – Residential Kitchen $30,000 to $60,000Home Resource Company, Inc. – Residential Kitchen $60,000 to $125,000Home Resource Company, Inc. – Residential Whole House $75,000 to $150,000John Erwin Remodeling, Inc. – Residential Addition $75,000 to $150,000Lanza Construction, LLC – Commercial Under $100,000Lanza Construction, LLC – Overall Design Excellence – Outdoor LivingJohn Erwin Remodeling, Inc. – Overall Design Excellence – Historic Renovation/RestorationJohn Erwin Remodeling, Inc. – Overall Design Excellence – Universal Design“Olympia Master Builders is a professional trade association representing nearly 600 member companies in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Mason Counties.  The primary goal of OMB is to provide affordable housing for all segments of society.  This is achieved by improving the construction industry and the business climate in which it operates. OMB members are committed to building strong communities, one home at a time.” Facebook17Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

South Africa bans abalone fishing

first_imgSouth Africa has indefinitely suspended the fishing of abalone – commonly known as perlemoen – in its waters, effective from 1 February 2008.Wild abalone in South Africa has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction, says Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environment and Tourism. (Image: South African Police Service)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has indefinitely suspended abalone fishing in its waters, effective from February 2008, as marine authorities take drastic measures to protect the rapidly depleting shellfish species from commercial extinction.Illegal fishing and increased inward migration of a lobster species that destroy abalone habitat are being blamed for a decline in the shellfish’s numbers.Addressing the media following a Cabinet meeting this week, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said politicians had also approved a social plan to provide alternative employment opportunities for legal fishers of the shellfish, commonly known in South Africa as perlemoen.The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism states that there are currently 302 rights holders – 262 individual divers and 40 close corporations – operating in the sector, accounting for about 800 jobs.“Some of the measures incorporated in the social plan will include the development of a sustainable aqua-culture industry and issuing of additional permits for whale watching and shark-cage diving,” he said.Maseko conceded that it was not an easy decision to indefinitely suspend fishing of the species, but that the government had the responsibility to “strike a good balance” between the needs of coastal communities and the species becoming extinct.“Wednesday’s tough decision by Cabinet to support the suspension of wild abalone commercial fishing will ensure the survival of the species and will also ensure that our children and the generations that follow will know what perlemoen is,” Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said, welcoming the decision.“We are unfortunately at a point where the commercial harvesting of wild abalone can no longer be justified because the stock has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction.”One reason for the decline is the migration of West Coast Rock Lobster into abalone areas. The Rock Lobsters consume the sea urchins, which provide shelter to juvenile abalone.“This in turn subjects the juvenile abalone to increased mortality. Studies further show that unless decisive and immediate action is taken, the resource will collapse completely with little prospect of recovery,” he said.A main cause for the decline, however, has been rampant poaching over the years, as the shellfish is highly coveted and fetches high prices especially in the Far East, and had to be dealt with.“I want to give notice that if there is not a drastic decline in poaching I will have to apply my mind at the start of the next season as to whether it is perhaps time to consider a complete ban on all perlemoen harvesting for a period of ten years to allow the resource to recover,” Van Schalkwyk warned.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Virgin Strikes Back

first_imgVirgin Australia has blamed Qantas’ policy of maintaining its 65 per cent market share for its [Qantas’] woes and accused it of stifling real competition.In an open letter to the Australian government, to counter Qantas’ lobbying for help, Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti said the airline’s strategy is, and always has been, to bring strong competition to all sectors of the Australian market, not to destroy competition.Qantas is trying to stop Virgin Australia’s foreign airline shareholders from injecting $350 million into the airline suggesting those funds are bankrolling an unrealistic fare war and expansion.The airline is looking to the government for a [bank] guarantee ahead of what is expected to be a loss of up to $500 million for the 2014 financial year.However Mr Borghetti has hit back saying its strategy has been to bring “real competition to all sectors of the market, including regional monopoly routes.”“This is despite our competitor publically stating that “if a competitor puts one [plane] in, we’ll put two in as a group”, in order to maintain a 65 per cent share of the Australian domestic aviation market at all costs,” said Mr Borghetti.Mr Borghetti said that “this is a strategy that prevents competition including the possibility of new entrants.”“We strongly believe that a level playing field should include a full and proper investigation of this 65 per cent “line in the sand” policy and ask the Australian Government to divert attention to this important issue that is crippling competition and is not sustainable financially for anyone in aviation in this country.”Mr Borghetti said Virgin had no problem with the Qantas Sale Act, which restricts foreign ownership in Qantas, being repealed or amendments to the legislation which would allow Qantas to mirror the current structure of Virgin Australia by separating its international and domestic operations.Under Australian law an Australian domestic carrier can be foreign owned.“If Australia truly wants a “level playing field”, then any measures that the Government plans to take to support Qantas should be offered to Virgin Australia,” said Mr Borghetti.“We believe that this country needs at least two strong airlines, in order to ensure the travelling public is not faced with high airfares and restricted choice.”Yesterday Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce likened the spat between the two airlines to a soccer game in which Qantas was 10-nil up before Virgin had called three other teams onto the field ‘‘because they can’t beat us.’’‘‘We need a level playing field for the Qantas Group to have a future. Virgin does its heavy maintenance offshore. They don’t have these investments that we do in this country.’’Mr Borghetti said that Virgin Australia employs around 9,500 staff, has opened new routes, launched new bases and grown tourism through joint campaigns with the state tourism bodies and Tourism Australia.“We fly around 20 million passengers annually and we have injected over $11 billion directly into the Australian economy over the last three years.”“We have also purchased Skywest and 60 per cent of Tigerair Australia, with a view of strengthening their ability to compete”And in a sting aimed at Qantas’ offshore forays with Jetstar he added that “importantly, we will not be investing in starting new airlines offshore.”last_img read more

Townships to get in on Bok action

first_img9 September 2011Rugby fans in South Africa’s townships will be able to follow the Springboks’ World Cup matches live on big screens, thanks to a partnership between the SA Rugby Union (Saru) and Township TV.The viewing experience has been created to cater for the country’s grassroots communities as part of Absa Boktown, the official Saru and Springbok Supporter Club event platform for fans.Big-screen televisions will be installed at 22 township venues across the country for the duration of the global rugby showpiece taking place in New Zealand.“This initiative will go far beyond rugby, as it will seek to re-create the jamboree community atmosphere that was prevalent throughout the successful Fifa Soccer World Cup last year,” said Sara community and PR manager Khaya Mayedwa.Saru will hold coaching clinics and Tag Rugby matches for local children at five of these venues.Bokkie, the Saru mascot, will also attend, and fans are urged to wear green and gold on Bok Fridays as well as on Bok match days.The Township TV Parks will be activated at the following venues:Diepsloot, Diepkloof (Soweto), Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Ivory Park, Joubert Park, Thokoza, Orange Farm, Elandsdoorn (Limpopo), Siluma Kwanele (Kathlehong), Mhluzi (Middelburg), Kwa Thema (Springs), Ethafeni (Tembisa), Umkhanyakude (Richards Bay), Orlando West, Masoyi (Wit Rivier), KwaMashu (KwaZulu-Natal), Motherwell (Port Elizabeth), George, Mqolomba Park (Uitenhage), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), Khayelitsha (Western Cape).Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – December 11, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No major changes to the forecast this morning. The focal point for the moisture this weekend and next week seems to be a little farther east, but that still means we have 3 threats of moisture in a Friday to Tuesday period, and our totals look similar to our prior forecast. The map at right shows our thinking for 10 day combined moisture totals, at least how they look converted to liquid equivalent.We are dry today through Friday morning. Today will be rather cold again, but tomorrow not as cold as winds turn more to the south. On Friday clouds increase quickly. We likely see sprinkles develop Friday evening and then showers push farther north overnight Friday night though early Saturday afternoon. Rain totals will end up being from a few hundredths to .6″ with coverage at 60% of the state. We see nothing north of a line from Cleveland to Dayton.After a brief break in the action, another round of moisture is back for overnight Saturday night through Sunday midday. This time cold air is back in with the moisture, and we expect snow showers. Accumulations are likely, but should be minor at a coating to 12 with coverage at 80% of the state. We shut off the moisture later Sunday afternoon and stay dry through Monday afternoon.Later Monday night our third wave of moisture comes in with rain showers from I-70 south through the day Tuesday. Rains can be a bit impressive here with totals of .1″-.7″. Coverage will be nearly 90% of areas from I-70 south, but areas north of I-70 will stay dry. The entire region dries down to finish next week with a mix of clouds and sunshine Wednesday through Friday. Temps will be chilly to start that period, but will moderate toward next weekend.last_img read more

Which Version of You Shows Up?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There are different versions of you that you bring to various endeavors and interactions. Some of those versions are more compelling, more interesting, more entertaining, and more persuasive than other versions. Because this is true, you need to be intentional about who you allow to show up.Your EnergyThe best version of yourself has energy. Other people can feel when that person shows up. The energy is high, and it is palpable. That energy has the power to move people, and it is infectious.But you have a low-key, low-energy version of yourself, too. No one takes notice when you allow this person shows up. No one can feel you when you have no charge. You move no one. (And as much as you might want to believe that being an introvert means you can’t have this energy, you can’t escape the fact that an introvert with a great big smile has a better energy).You PassionThe better you shows up with a passion. That version cares deeply about the outcome of what it is you are engaged in. The fact that you are passionate is enough to change how people feel about you, as well as how they feel when they are around you.The dispassionate you is not the best version that you have to offer. There is nothing sexy about not caring. Worse still is the cynical version of yourself you sometimes allow to show up. This version doesn’t win friends or influence people.Your IntentionsThe best version of yourself is intentional. That version brings the passion, the energy, and the focus that allows you to produce the outcomes you intend to create. When the best you shows up, you achieve results even when you have no control over anything other than your state.The lesser version you sometimes allow to show up is reactive. When you are unintentional, you allow yourself to drift, often resulting in your ending up somewhere you didn’t want to be.Your PresenceIt is wrong to withhold the best version of yourself. You deprive others of experiencing the best you have to offer. You allow the fear of being judged to keep you from turning up your thermostat and bringing a full dose of your energy, your passion, the true authentic you.The version of you that entertains, that educates, that persuades, and that influences others has a presence. That presence is compelling. It’s attractive. It’s exciting. Don’t withhold that version of yourself.Make sure that the version of you that shows up is your very best version.last_img read more