Time for Tottenham to prove themselves says Ian Wright

first_imgArsenal legend Ian Wright believes the time is right for Tottenham to step up and prove themselves.For the past couple of years, Tottenham have been a title contender, and have won more combined points in the last three seasons that any Premier League club.Ian Wright is eager to see Tottenham be more consistent. Granted Tottenham have a good team, but for 10 years, they have not won a single trophy.“There was a time, four or five years ago, when a Tottenham defeat at Watford would almost have been laughed off as just another example of Spurs “being Spursy”.” Wright wrote on The Sun.“Brilliant one day, going to Manchester United and leaving as comfortable winners. Then getting rolled over by one of the so-called lesser lights.“Only these days the sands have shifted. Expectations have raised and defeats like the one we saw at Vicarage Road on Sunday simply won’t wash any more.“For the Spurs, we have right now is not the Spurs of old. This isn’t a team everyone — including even their own fans — expected to be superb and shocking in equal measure.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“This is a team which, rather than trying to force their way among the big guns, have become a prize scalp themselves. A team all opponents now raise their game for.“A team who, barring a small handful of times, will go into every one of their Premier League fixture as favourites.”Tottenham sit 5th in the Premier League table with 9 points after winning 3 matches and losing one.last_img read more


Video PSV boss blasts Wembley pitch as s

first_imgPSV Eindhoven manager Mark van Bommel was less than impressed with the state of the Wembley pitch in their 2-1 defeat to TottenhamThe London-based stadium hosted an NFL game between Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles eight days before Tuesday’s Champions League game.And, despite the best efforts of the Wembley ground staff, Van Bommel showed no compassion in his assessment.“It’s s***, so. You know what I mean, it’s bad,” said Van Bommel, according to Sky Sports.“In Holland, we say s*** a little bit quicker than in English. It’s not good, but we are not complaining.“Before we were training on it, and I told the guys after one minute you have to stop and get on with training, get used to the pitch.“Of course, everyone wants the good pitch, but it is not so good, and you have to deal with it.”Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Defeat on Tuesday night confirmed PSV’s eliminated from the Champions League with just one point from four games in Group B.A Luuk de Jong header had given the Dutch giants an early 1-0 lead, but Harry Kane’s double in the final 12 minutes gave Spurs all three points.Mauricio Pochettino’s side will next host Chelsea at Wembley on November 24 in a Premier League game.💩 Mark van Bommel was not impressed by the Wembley pitch…#TOTPSV #UCLpic.twitter.com/BBZ5ZkmNDX— Sporting Life Football (@SportingLifeFC) November 7, 2018last_img read more


Housewife commits suicide over family feud

first_imgMap of FaridpurA housewife allegedly committed suicide by taking poison over a family feud at Bangapocha village in sadar upazila Faridpur on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Rupa Khatun, 20, wife of Tayeb Ali of the village.Bipul Chandra Dey, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said Rupa took poison following a family feud on last 20 August. Sensing the matter, neighbours got her admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital.She, however, died at the hospital at night. The body was sent to the hospital morgue for autopsy, the OC added.last_img


Texas AG Ken Paxton Revs Up Fight Against Austins Paid Sick Leave

first_img Share Laura Buckman for The Texas TribuneTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at the Texas Federation of Republican Women Convention in Dallas on Oct. 19, 2017.Less than a week after a conservative think tank sued Austin over the city’s paid sick leave ordinance, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has thrown the state’s support behind the suit, calling the ordinance “unlawful.” According to a statement, Paxton filed court papers with a Texas state district court in Travis County on Tuesday. He argues in the filing that setting the minimum wage, which includes the minimum amount of paid time off, is a decision strictly entrusted to the Texas Legislature. “The Austin City Council’s disdain and blatant disregard for the rule of law is an attempt to unlawfully and inappropriately usurp the authority of the state lawmakers chosen by Texas voters and must be stopped,” said Paxton, a Republican. The Austin City Council passed the paid sick leave ordinance in February. The rule requires most private employers to allow their workers to accrue 64 hours, or eight days, of paid sick leave per year. Small businesses with 15 or fewer employees could provide 48 hours, or six work days. The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 1.Paxton said the Texas Minimum Wage Act enacted by the Legislature was a “single, uniform policy for the entire state” — and made no requirement of employers to provide paid time off. He also said the law prevents cities from passing a different rule because they disagree with the state law.Paxton’s decision to intervene in the lawsuit continues the trend of conservative politicians in Texas attempting to strike down city regulations they view as overly obtrusive. Local control battles have flooded the state since Republican Gov. Greg Abbott entered office and have ranged from issues like plastic bag bans to ordinances regulating who can cut down certain trees.The lawsuit was originally filed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, along with a number of business groups. The conservative group’s general counsel, Robert Henneke, told reporters on a call Tuesday that Austin was violating “Texas state law and infringes on the rights of Austin businesses.” He added that businesses were already being forced to deal with the impact of the ordinance — and wanted to act quickly with the lawsuit before the next legislative session. The author of the ordinance, Austin Councilman Greg Casar, has criticized the suit, calling the Texas Public Policy Foundation an “extremist organization” that wants to “keep working people down.” “If the big business lobby talked to anyone besides their expensive attorneys, maybe they would understand why working parents sometimes need to take a sick day,” Casar said in a statement on Tuesday. Disclosure: The Texas Public Policy Foundation has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune.last_img read more


Rep Meerman welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Coopersville, welcomed Pastor Mark Bouslog (middle) from Jenison Bible Church in Hudsonville to the state Capitol last week Thursday to lead the invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Joining them at the rostrum was Speaker Pro Tempore Jason Wentworth (left).### 24Jun Rep. Meerman welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation Categories: Meerman Newslast_img


Louis James Editor International Speculator E

first_img Louis James Editor, International Speculator Editor’s note: Louis recently came across another massive money-making opportunity, just like Fortuna back in 2006. In fact, he believes this is the world’s richest gold mine in the making… And one small, publicly traded small cap owns the rights to this deposit. When the news reaches the mainstream by April 2017…shares could go parabolic. Early investors stand to make 1,000% or more. You can learn all about this rare opportunity by watching this brand-new presentation. “I Walked into a ‘Red Gold’ Mine on July 18, 2014… and Emerged With a Secret that Could Make Early Speculators Rich this April” The last time something like this happened, investors in a company called Stikine Resources saw once-in-a-lifetime gains as the stock shot from $1 to $67 per share—a 6,600% increase. Click here for the full story. Trump Proposes Radical $50 Billion Annual Sector Payout The tiny market niche to be showered with cash has consistently and predictably sent share prices of tiny stocks soaring with rare gains like 771%… 938%… even 55,000% over the long term… I’ll be upfront with you, what you’re about to see is not for the weak or faint of heart. But if you have the grit and determination to reap the massive types of predictable and repeated gains that have cropped up like this five different times in U.S. history, then… Click here for all the details (Note: The weak should not click). – —center_img Fortuna doubled within two months. We were able to take profits on March 29, 2006, at C$2.38. The stock came within kissing distance of C$7 in 2011. It gave much of that up in the multi-year bear market that followed. This week, it closed at C$8.10 (Jan 31, 2017). That’s more than seven times the price of our initial recommendation—and the company is still adding new value today. The point of this story is not to brag. In fact, there were many ups and downs, we took profits along the way, and we were in and out of the stock. The point is that back in 2006, when I was asking myself if I was being stupid for recommending a stock that was already up 500%, I chose to drive forward looking ahead, not in the rearview mirror. This is critical. If I had let how much the stock had already risen paralyze me, we would have missed out. Instead, I made the decision based on the huge value the company was clearly set to deliver. We took the plunge. As the great Canadian philosopher Wayne Gretzky said: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” And the point of this is that smart people thinking about investing in gold and silver today are asking themselves the same questions I was asking myself in 2006. Gold has risen 15% from its low of $1,053 per ounce late last year to its current level of $1,211. Silver’s already up 13% this year. “Is it too late?” My answer is no. I understand that it’s hard to put money into stocks that have risen sharply in recent months. Many of our stocks are up more than 100%, 200%, and even 400% since their lows. But that’s got more to do with how oversold they were than what is likely to happen next. In seeking to skate to where the puck is going to be, we look for value to be added ahead. It’s just as when I made the call on Fortuna back in 2006. All of the companies I currently recommend buying in International Speculator have huge value to add. This is true even if the price of gold does not continue rising. It’s true even if precious metals retreat towards recent lows. Actually, if gold and silver did correct sharply before heading higher again, that would be the best thing in the world for those just getting into related stocks. It would create great buying opportunities. At this point, this may actually be likely. You want to be ready to take advantage of it. I’m excited about the work I’m doing now. It’s not enough to have a portfolio of winners in hand. I’m traveling more than I have in years, scouring the world for new opportunities. I knew this day would come during the down years. Now that it’s here, I’m having a ball putting all I’ve learned from Doug and many of the best geologists in the world to work on my readers’ behalf. I may wear out another pair of boots, but it will be worth it. I think we’re all about to make a pile of money. I realize that I’m singing my own praises here, but what I’ve just said is true. And if you’re not already an International Speculator subscriber, I hope you’ll join me for the adventure ahead. I believe you will be very glad you did. Sincerely, Editor’s note: With gold and gold stocks rallying right now, you may be asking yourself one simple question… “Is it too late?” To answer this, we turn to our gold stock guru, Louis James. If you’re hesitant about entering the gold market today, this essay is a must-read… Deep under a mountain, but so high up in the Andes that I could barely breathe, I found one of the best money-making opportunities I’ve seen in my entire career. I was in an old mine tunnel. The ore was massive sulfides of lead and zinc, with high grades of silver. These sulfides sparkle brightly in your miner’s lamp, like chandeliers. Usually, you see a narrow vein with a little of this stuff sprinkled in it. You look up to see it in the ceiling of the tunnel, or slashing a wall. Not this time. The entire tunnel—a good four meters wide by four meters tall—was blasted through a zone of massive sulfides so thick, it all sparkled in my lamp. The walls, the ceiling, the floor, everything. It was like walking through a field of stars. On the old mine posts, I could see the assay numbers left behind by the old-timers: 9% lead-zinc, 12%, 15%—with hundreds of grams per tonne of silver. The rock had more than $500 in contained metals in some places. I asked the mine geologist (who was my guide) how anyone could leave so much value behind. He told me that the old-timers were only interested in the highest-grade core of the deposit, which ran to more than a kilo of silver per tonne. The speculation was that not only could these high-grade (by modern standards) remnants be mined, but that more bonanza-grade silver and gold could be found as well. That potential was made very real to me when we returned to the surface. I could see that the rock alteration visible on the mountain above the vein was repeated up and down the valley, showing the location of other veins. Many had been worked in colonial times—the mine has a history that goes back more than 400 years—but there were plenty more to explore. The vein is called Animas. It’s part of the Caylloma mine camp in Peru. The company is called Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM, FVI.TO). At the time, it was an exploration company that had just bought the mine with its 7.0 million ounces of silver in historical mine reserves for $7.55 million. Experts were skeptical that a little explorer like Fortuna had what it took to put Callyoma back into production and make money. This was back in January of 2006. I could see plain as day that the mine was a cash cow just waiting to be given the attention it deserved, surrounded by enormous blue-sky potential. I wrote a report saying so while still in the field, and Casey Research founder Doug Casey recommended the stock at C$1.15 in an investment alert on January 27. Now, here’s the thing: the stock had been trading for less than C$0.20 for years. At C$1.15, it was already up more than 500% for those in before it became obvious that the gold and silver bull market underway was real. So, I had to ask myself: was I too late? What if we put a “Buy” on the stock only to provide exit liquidity for the early birds? What if Fortuna fell on its face in the transition from exploration to production? That’s actually a very common outcome. What if we were being the new “stupid” money, chasing after a stock that had already risen to ridiculous levels? If I had let such fears stop me, we would have missed out on what happened next. Recommended Linkslast_img read more


first_img — Recommended Link Rick Rule’s “Tell All” Event Creates Pandemonium in Our Baltimore Offices Last week during a historic live event, investing legend Rick Rule revealed seven lucrative deals that we project could turn tiny stakes into $492,120. The phones have been ringing nonstop ever since. Everyone wants to get a chance to invest alongside Rick Rule, one of the richest men on the planet. That’s because the companies behind these deals will create billions of dollars in profits for ground-floor investors. But there’s not much time. If you want the chance to get in on the earliest stakes, you’ve got to hurry. Go here right away. Justin’s note: Today, we’re handing over the reins to Doug Casey’s globetrotting companion, Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno. Below, Nick shares details on a full-blown crisis that’s currently shaping up… one that could “send a lethal lightning rod through the world’s currency and stock markets”… By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing France’s new president can’t keep the European Union together. In early May, France elected globalist darling Emmanuel Macron. His victory gave the EU a short-term boost. However, it did not change the fundamental problems with Europe’s artificial mega-state. Doug Casey agrees… Doug Casey: The EU was built upon a foundation of sand, doomed to failure from the very start. The idea was ill-fated because the Swedes and the Sicilians are as different from each other as the Poles and the Irish. There are linguistic, religious, and cultural differences, and big differences in the standard of living. Artificial political constructs never last. The EU is great for the “elites” in Brussels; not so much for the average citizen. Meanwhile, there’s a centrifugal force even within these European countries. In Spain, the Basques and the Catalans want to split off, and in the UK, the Scots want to make the United Kingdom quite a bit less united. You’ve got to remember that before Garibaldi, Italy was scores of little dukedoms and principalities that all spoke their own variations of the Italian language. And the same was true in what’s now Germany before Bismarck in 1871. The chances are better in the future that the remaining countries in Europe are going to fall apart as opposed to being compressed together artificially. I think it’s unlikely the Europe of tomorrow will look anything like the picture below. A Fool’s Vision of Europe’s Future Europe is far more likely to splinter and eventually resemble the map below. It shows what Europe would look like if all its current separatist movements were to succeed. Europe—If All Its Current Separatist Movements Succeed • Right now, Italy is Europe’s weakest link… Italy has one of the most indebted governments in the world. It’s borrowed over $2.4 trillion. Its debt-to-GDP ratio is north of 130%. (For comparison, the US debt-to-GDP ratio is 104%.) But the situation is actually much worse. GDP measures a country’s economic output. However, it’s highly misleading. Mainstream economists count government spending as a positive when calculating GDP. A more honest approach would count it as a big negative. In Italy, government spending accounts for a whopping 50%-plus of GDP. Remove that from the calculation, and I suspect we’d see how hopelessly insolvent the Italian government truly is. In other words, Italy is flat broke. I don’t see how the Italian government could possibly extract enough in taxes from the productive part of the economy to ever pay back what it’s borrowed. —center_img Recommended Link SURVEY: What Would You Do With an Extra $100,000? Best-selling author James Altucher recently asked readers what they would do with $100,000 in profits… Dozens responded, with surprising answers: “Once family and friends are taken care of I would try to help those less fortunate.” – Reader from Seattle “I would pay off my IRS debt. I would buy a small house. I would donate to my favorite charity. And give a nice gift of money to each niece, great niece and great nephew.” – Reader from Palm Desert What got these folks so excited about making $100,000? Go HERE Now to See It Yourself… • This is very bad news for Italy’s government and banking system… Once the ECB—the only large buyer—steps away, Italian government bonds will crash and rates will soar. Soon it will be impossible for the Italian government to finance itself. Italian banks—which are already insolvent—will be decimated. They hold an estimated €235 billion worth of Italian government bonds. So the coming bond crash will pummel their balance sheets. It’s shaping up to be a lovely train wreck. I think we’ll see a full-blown crisis in Europe soon. So, why should Americans or anyone outside of Europe care? It’s simple… The EU is the world’s largest economy. The euro currency is the second most widely held currency in the world. Financial chaos in Europe means financial chaos worldwide. The Financial Times commented on what would happen if the EU were to collapse: It would probably lead to the most violent economic shock in history, dwarfing the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008 and the 1929 Wall Street crash. A crisis in Europe would send a lethal lightning rod through the world’s currency and stock markets. Unparalleled economic turmoil—far worse than 2008—could follow. Regards, Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis Investing P.S. Doug and I just released a time-sensitive video revealing how this could all play out. Most investors won’t be able to handle the sort of chaos that’s coming. But Doug and I know how to turn it into huge profits. And in this video, we share need-to-know information about the coming global economic meltdown. Click here to watch it now. • Meanwhile, Italian government bonds are in a super bubble… They’re currently trading near record-low yields. (When bond prices go up, bond yields go down.) Over $1 trillion worth of Italian bonds actually have negative yields. It’s a bizarre and perverse situation. Lending money to the bankrupt Italian government carries huge risks. So the yields on Italian government bonds should be near record highs, not record lows. Negative yields could not exist in a free market. They’re only possible in the current “Alice in Wonderland” economy created by central bankers. You see, the European Central Bank (ECB) has been printing money to buy Italian government bonds hand over fist. Since 2008, the ECB and Italian banks have bought over 88% of Italian government debt, according to a recent study. This is stunning. It means that Italy’s financial system depends completely on ECB money printing. Italian government bonds are, without a doubt, in super-bubble territory. It won’t be long before a pin pricks this bubble and… pop. That could happen soon. Recently, credit rating agency Fitch downgraded Italy’s credit rating from BBB+ to BBB. And Mario Draghi, the head of the ECB, recently announced that after five years of manic money printing, he’s finally achieved his wrongheaded goal of 2% inflation. Doug Casey: Inflation is one of the most misused words; few even think about its actual meaning. What is inflation? “Well, that’s prices going up.” No, it’s not. To say that is to confuse cause and effect. Inflation is an increase in the money supply. You inflate when the money supply is increased by more than real wealth increases. Prices go up as a result. People have forgotten about that. Today, inflation seems to come from out of nowhere, like a freak storm. No cause. Unless it’s blamed on the butcher, or the baker, or an evil oil company. Nobody ever thinks it’s a central bank—the Fed in the US—that actually creates more money, and causes inflation. You’ve heard that central banks are trying to create a little bit of inflation because, they say, “A little bit of inflation is good.” No, even a little bit of inflation is deadly poisonous. For two reasons: It creates the business cycle. And it destroys the value of savings. Saving is the basis of capital creation. People who say that a little inflation is a good thing are dangerous fools. Now that the ECB has reached its 2% inflation target, Germany and other EU countries are pushing the central bank to stop printing so much money. This is the last thing the Italian government wants. Remember, the ECB buys a lot of Italian government bonds with those freshly printed euros. If the ECB stops buying Italian government bonds, who will step up? The answer is nobody… Italian banks are already completely saturated with government bonds. Germany wants the money printing to stop. Italy wants it to continue. But, since the ECB has reached its stated inflation target and Germany has crucial elections later this year, I think Germany will get its way.last_img read more


The number of people dying by suicide in the US

first_imgThe number of people dying by suicide in the U.S. has been rising, and a new study shows that the suicide rate among young teenage girls has been increasing faster than it has for boys of the same age.Boys are still more likely to take their own lives. But the study published Friday in JAMA Network Open finds that girls are steadily narrowing that gap.Researchers examined more than 85,000 youth suicides that occurred between 1975 and 2016. Donna Ruch, a researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, who worked on the study, tells NPR that a major shift occurred after 2007.Researchers found the increase was highest for girls ages 10 to 14, rising by nearly 13% since 2007. While for boys of the same age, it rose by 7%.”That’s where we saw the most significant narrowing of the gender gap,” Ruch says.There was also evidence of racial and ethnic disparities in the study. The differences in suicide rates between boys and girls were greatest among non-Hispanic black youth.The study did not explore why more girls are killing themselves.A combination of different factors influence the risk of suicide, including family history, local epidemics of suicide, barriers to accessing mental health care and feelings of hopelessness or isolation.Among people in the U.S. ages 10 to 19, suicide has become a leading cause of death.Christine Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, tells NPR that while multiple factors are likely driving the increase, social media might be playing a major role.That’s because, she says the vast majority of children and adolescents are spending a lot of time plugged into their devices. And while social media can make them feel more connected to people in their lives, Moutier says, recent studies show it can hurt their mental health.”Heavy screen time, night-time utilization [of social media on devices] that affects sleep, people who have anxiety, depression or psychological vulnerabilities may have a more negative experience,” Moutier says.And some recent studies show that girls may be more vulnerable to the dark side of social media, says Joan Luby, a psychiatrist at Washington University School of Medicine who wrote a commentary that accompanied the new study.”Girls are more often … cyberbullied [than boys] on social media. They tend to have much more negative psychological effects to that cyberbullying,” she tells NPR.Social media has also changed how kids interact with one another, she says, noting that adolescents aren’t having as many in-person interactions, which are vital to protecting against mental health issues.Luby says she wasn’t surprised by the study’s findings, especially after a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that suicide rates for girls ages 10 to 14 tripled between 1999 to 2014.She stresses the need to learn more about what’s driving the trend.”If we had data like this that pertained to a medical illness,” Luby says, “we would be seeing very, very rapid action from public health sectors.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more


The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Is a Clarion Call to Men In Positions

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Men are disproportionately in positions of leadership. They have a special obligation to battle sexual harassment. Sexual Harassment Jonathan Segal Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. October 20, 2017 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Guest Writer Partner in Employment Practice Group of Duane Morris –shares 4 min read Next Article Enroll Now for $5 But again we have been rocked by explosive allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. In the case of Harvey Weinstein, there are now more than 30 women who have stepped forward. Weinstein admits to bad behavior but claims it was all consensual.  From what I have read, this is not a good defense, even for a science fiction movie.Weinstein is far from the only predator in Hollywood, and Hollywood is just a symptom of the problem. The casting couch can affect who gets plum assignments, leads, contacts, etc. in any industry. Few men with power would ever consider, let alone engage in, the kind of conduct engaged in by Weinstein and others but they must do more than just refrain from the indefensible. With power, men  have the opportunity, indeed the obligation, to create cultures where harassment does not flourish. So what do we do?Related: Uber Fires More Than 20 Employees for Harassment1. Stand up in the moment.You don’t need to have a daughter to stand up. You just need a conscience and a spine. So speak up if you see or hear bad behavior. To be silent is to condone. Yes, the worst behaviors are very often private but sometimes they are accompanied by less serious but still bad public behavior. For example, don’t laugh at the sexist jokes. Instead, make clear they are offensive to you and then take corrective action.The less serious public behaviors may be but the tip of the iceberg. Where appropriate, engage a third party to see if there is more than meets the eye. Climate surveys by skilled professionals can uncover what has not been reported without creating claims where none may exist.Related: 5 Ways to Manage ‘Mad Men’-Era Sexual Harassment2. Don’t wait for the direct complaint.The victims of harassment frequently are embarassed or feel unwarranted shame. Some women won’t vocalize their discomfort but instead avoid the harasser or become uncomfortable when his name is mentioned. Observe closely for, and listen carefully to, signals that something may be wrong.There won’t always be signals. But where there are warning signs, think about  how to offer your help in a way that respects the recipient and does not create an issue where there may not be one.  This can and has been done successfully.Related: 5 Steps Women Can Take to Fight Sexual Harassment At Workplace3. Create additional reporting vehicles.Fear of retaliation is a great inhibitor of timely reporting. So you may want to take a look at your company’s policies and at least consider having a procedure by which employees can report complaints externally, even anonymously.Not every complaint is true and that applies to anonymous complaints, too. But every complaint should be taken seriously, and  I have been involved in matters where the ability to report externally and anonymously has  led to the facts that resulted in the unmasking of a serial harasser. So consider the option.Related: Female Engineer Sues Tesla Over Sexist Culture4. Hold other leaders accountable.Harassers sometimes generate big bucks and that is why individuals sometimes cover up for, and even truckle up to, them. You need to cross their bridge to get meaningful work and the money that goes with it. Make clear to other leaders that you expect them not only to refrain from harassing behavior (severe or subtle) but also to report to a designated person or entity complaints or potential problems which they see, hear or of which they otherwise become aware. Ostriches don’t make good leaders.As with all expectations, reward those who live up to them and punish those who don’t.  Your organization is only as strong as its reputation and it can be  destroyed if leaders are passive bystanders.Related: A Female Employee Reportedly Called Tesla’s Factory a ‘Predator Zone’ at a Meeting Where Some Workers Described Sexual Harassment5. Model what you expect.Most of all, men in power need to be good role models. There is nothing cool about demeaning women. The abuse is both powerful and pathetic. There is no defense to the indefensible. Sexual addiction is no more a defense to harassment than alcoholism is to driving drunk.Speaking of alcohol, it is a major risk factor. Some cultures celebrate alcohol and such alcohol-centric cultures take away any slim inhibitors that otherwise might exist. Bottom line: it’s on men. Any questions, pal? The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Is a Clarion Call to Men In Positions of Leadership Image credit: Paul Bruinooge | Patrick McMullan | Getty Imageslast_img read more


Why Kicking Out Counterfeit Crooks on Instagram Is So Important

first_img Add to Queue Why Kicking Out Counterfeit Crooks on Instagram Is So Important Jenny Wolfram Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Would you spend over a thousand dollars on a pair of sneakers? There are plenty who would — a pair of Adidas Yeezy’s comes with a price tag of $1,000 or more. For those who are less flush, the market has become flooded with knock-off fakes. These are promoted via comments and sponsored ads on sites like Facebook and Instagram.When Kanye West tweeted “you probably got bootleg Yeezy’s on right now,” followers responded in typical Twitter fashion, with a torrent of abuse from all angles, but when it came to real brand loyalty, sneakerheads were split. Die-hard fans rebuked the fakes, though others have been tempted by prices as low as $99.A year later, these social commerce scams are running riot online, fueled by social bots and a growing underground counterfeit economy, hijacking brand advertising efforts. Andrea Stroppa’s “Social media and luxury goods counterfeit” investigation revealed that 20 percent of Instagram posts for luxury brands feature counterfeit or illicit products.At BrandBastion, we conducted an investigation into Instagram counterfeiters to examine the risks brands face on social media and what they can do to fight it.Social media’s safe harbor for organized crime.The luxury online retail market is estimated to reach $41.88 billion by 2019, according to Bain & Company. It’s impressive, but just a fraction of the booming business of the $461 billion global counterfeit goods market funding large-scale criminal operations. Stroppa’s investigation explains how exploitative practices force women and children to work in inhumane conditions, in turn powering illegal gangs, dictatorships and global terrorism.Related: Evolve or Die: Luxury Brands Must Embrace Digital To ThriveOrganized crime has entered the digital realm, with counterfeit trade visible on the most popular ecommerce platforms and social media streams. These operations are largely based in China, Russia, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Ukraine, though technology allows them to target global audiences.In the U.S., the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) mandates that so long as platforms have an effective takedown system, they are not liable, putting pressure on brands to protect themselves. Until now, this has mainly impacted selling tools such as eBay, Alibaba and commerce-friendly social network WeChat, to the detriment of luxury brands like Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton and Gucci. But digitally-savvy fake sellers have graduated from basic host services like eBay, finding global reach and big profits as commerce takes off on social media. Complete with new mobile-oriented features like Instagram’s Shop Now and Buy buttons, these networks are becoming serious selling tools for counterfeit criminals.As online sellers invest in social growth tactics, the frauds are hot on their heels, armed with ad campaigns and bots, retargeting their users and flooding sites with illegal goods. This social media safe harbor creates a playground for fraudsters using aggressive tactics, even hijacking a brand’s own social media posts or ads to target audiences with counterfeit copies.The Instagram comments scam.BrandBastion examined a sample of 36,000 comments from the Instagram posts of 12 top luxury brands — Salvatore Ferragamo, Manolo Blahnik, Marni, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Balmain, Versace and Dior — with a combined reach of more than 62 million followers.One in 18 comments included a serious threat for brands. Major dangers included 729 (2.03 percent) comments leading to direct counterfeiting from some 94 counterfeit sellers; 1,013 comments (2.81 percent) contained spam and scams; and 208 (0.58 percent) had brand attacks from avid activists, at times launching brand boycotts. Some retailers fared worse than others; 8.27 percent of Saint Laurent comments contained a brand threat. On the other end of the scale, Dior had 3.37 percent brand threats, though with a significantly larger following and greater posting activity.Related: U.S. Shuts Down Huge Online Dark Web Market, AlphaBayCounterfeiters borrow images scraped from online searches, newly embed fresh information to appear unchanged, and, armed with purchased fake followers, they often appear legitimate. Fraudulent accounts post comments such as “Check out my page Got All Designer” along with contact details, such as instant messenger chat IDs, enabling encrypted conversations with so-called “salespeople.” The OECD reported that sellers post these goods via complex routes, preying on transit hotspots from “countries with weak governance and widespread organized crime such as Afghanistan and Syria.”Fighting fire with fire.Instagram is cracking down on fake accounts, purging millions of spam and bot accounts and using proactive tools such as spam detectors and blocking systems. But by cloning and replicating content, fresh accounts pop up every day. This proliferation of content keeps moderators busy in a cat-and-mouse chase. Meanwhile, the responsibility of tackling new social media fraudsters largely rests on law enforcement agencies, brands and innovative technologies.A digital ecosystem to target counterfeit sellers is in early stages. Informal name-and-shame accounts on Instagram, such as @fake_education and @yeezybusta reveal identified fake sellers. Online community forums like Scamadviser, Realscam and Scamwarners allow both retailers and consumers to name and shame known offending domains. Flipping community activism on its head, third-party services and blockchain technologies, such as startup Blockverify using the bitcoin currency infrastructure, also verify goods and track sales.The downside is that lack of formal regulation facilitates a free-for-all of independent forums and competing businesses. Moreover, uneducated consumers are often not deterred by fake labels and are unaware of real threats from criminal operations. One in four consumers report purchasing counterfeit products online —  and these forums can even aid their search for fake products.Brand managers need to be able to monitor new social media accounts using keywords, images, handles (or account names) and trending hashtags to uncover brand violations. New accounts often have similar names, posting behaviors and messages, and third-party forums also provide new leads. It’s important that brands also have community moderation checks in place when it comes to their own content and community engagement, to ensure that sellers aren’t getting a free ride through hacking their own ads and posts.Related: Lax Online Security Can Destory Your Brand OvernightAs fake sellers adopt new technology to mimic and automate brand posting behaviors, artificially-intelligent moderation tools help businesses to uncover the crooks. It’s a battle of the bots, cross-referencing masses of data and identifying trends in order to uncover new threats and scams.Counterfeiters that have traditionally focused on luxury brands are branching out to all industries. While footwear is the most frequently copied, fraudsters plagiarize anything from high-fashion handbags to popular wines, automotive parts, chemicals, medication and even fresh fruit. With brands like Adidas, Louis Vuitton and Chanel fighting fakes and launching high-profile courtroom disputes, it draws attention to the crisis. Declaring war on this criminal activity, intelligent technology and anti-counterfeit partnerships seek to take control, cleaning up social media and kicking out those counterfeit crooks. It’s a new wave of rebellion against organized crime masquerading as luxury produce and trusted household goods. –shares That $50 purse isn’t really a Louis Vuitton but the people who sold it are are real criminals. 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