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Tesco takes second stab at US market with F&F

Tesco already has an international presence with its F&F clothing brand Retail behemoth Tesco this week revealed plans to open a chain of F&F clothing franchise stores in the US, marking the group's return to the States following the sale of its Fresh & Easy chain seven months ago. The announcement was shadowed somewhat by the group's second year of falling profits, published a day later. Nonetheless, industry observers believe the move appears to be a logical one, despite the failure of its food venture. The F&F clothing line, which launched in the UK and Ireland in 2001, will be available in seven branded stores on the east coast of the US this year. They will open in partnership with Tesco's franchise partner, Retail Group of America. The stores will feature full women's, men's and kids ranges with the first store opening near Boston in May. This will be followed by stores in New York, Philadelphia and Newport, Virginia. International presenceThis isn't the first overseas foray for Tesco's F&F clothing brand abroad though. It is already available in 21 countries, including the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Turkey. The brand has also opened stores in Armenia, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Georgia in partnership with Al Hokair. Its latest US move then, appears to be an extension of its Middle East franchise operation, according to Shore Capital analyst Clive Black. "F&F has been in the Middle East for quite a while. In tha...  

Nokia halts Lumia 2520 sales in so...

Nokia has decided to temporarily stop selling its Windows RT-powered Lumia 2520 tablet in some countries in Europe as a result of an issue has been discovered in the tablet's included AC-300 charger, the company announced today. The charger was included in the tablet when sold in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the UK. In addition, the travel charger accessory, sold as a standalone item in those countries as well as the U.S, has the same problem. Nokia says that 30,000 of the chargers are impacted by the problem, including 600 of the travel chargers sold in the U.S. Nokia stated: During an internal quality control process, Nokia identified a potential product quality issue that may potentially lead to a safety concern with certain AC-300 chargers, manufactured by a third-party supplier. Under certain conditions, the plastic cover of the charger's exchangeable plug could come loose and separate. If loose and separated, certain internal components pose a hazard of an electric shock if touched while the plug remains in a live socket. Nokia said no owners of the tablet have reported any issues with the chargers yet, but the company is taking a "better safe than sorry" approach with this issue, and owners of the tablet with the AC-300 charger are being urged not to use it. Nokia has yet to announce any plans for a recall of the product, but more information about their plans will be posted on their special AC-300 website. Source: Nok...  

EUROPE MARKETS: European Stocks Turn Higher, But Remy, Diageo Lag

By Dow Jones Business News,  April 17, 2014, 09:46:00 AM EDT By Carla Mozee, MarketWatch LONDON (MarketWatch) -- European stocks turned higher Thursday, with Barclays PLC pacing banking shares as the firm plans to outline its growth strategy, but shares of Rémy Cointreau SA struggled following a profit warning from the cognac maker. The Stoxx Europe 600 recovered for a gain of 0.2% to 331.59, following an upswing for U.S. stock futures as weekly jobless claims also came in ahead of expectations. Bank stocks were up, with Barclays higher by 3.7% after the company said it would provide an update on its plans to strengthen its business across the board, which includes a continuing cost-cutting program. The interim first-quarter update will be released on April 24. In the banking group, shares of Deutsche Bank rose 1.9%, Société Générale picked up 1.1% and BNP Paribas gained 0.4%. The pan-European index also reversed course and moved higher after U.S. financial industry heavyweight Goldman Sachs Group Inc. ( GS ) posted above-anticipated earnings of $4.02 a share and Morgan Stanley's ( MS ) adjusted earnings of 68 cents a share outstripped expectations of 59 cents a share. European equity markets were mostly lower earlier in the session as investors kept tabs on any developments from diplomatic talks between Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the U.S. as they discuss Ukraine's growing political crisis and tensions with Russia. On Th...  

Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus

... 64 villagers over MERS virus. Malaysia has quarantined 64 people in a southern village after one of its residents become the country's first person to die of a respiratory illness that is spreading from the Middle East, local media reported Thursday.  

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Thohir wants to play Inter-AC Milan derby in Singapore

Inter president Erick Thohir believes important Serie A matches, including the Milan derby, should one day be played outside the peninsula in an attempt to grow the Italian game internationally. The Indonesian businessman spoke to reporters at a ceremony of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore where Thohir was awarded the best Asian investor in Italy on Wednesday. “Major League Baseball plays some of its games in Australia and the NBA plays in London. Why not have Inter-Milan play in Singapore?” the Inter president stated. There is a precedent in Italy to play matches outside the country. Since its inception in 1988 the Supercoppa Italia has marked the unofficial start of the Serie A campaign and been played outside the country a total of six times including Beijing which has hosted three of the last five contests. “Inter are among the 15 most important world brands in football and because we are a part of Serie A we should penetrate the Asian market together,” Thohir confirmed. ...  

Sources: Adobe Plotting Cloud-fuelled VAR Rebate Axe

Adobe is planning a major channel overhaul in the summer which is set to see resellers’ rebates slashed, CRN UK understands. Earlier this week, customers were urged to take advantage of an Adobe incentive offering a 40 percent discount on its Creative Cloud (CC) subscriptions before the vendor stops selling perpetual licences of its Creative Suite on some commercial volume licence programs at the end of May. One channel source familiar with the imminent changes said that June 1 will mark a big change in Adobe’s channel strategy as well as signalling the end of some perpetual volume licence sales. CRN UK understands that Adobe will “severely cut” reseller rebates for Creative Cloud products in June, although exact details remain unclear at the moment. Adobe was not available to confirm the rumors or comment further on the claims. The source also suggested sales thresholds will be bumped up, making it harder to earn the rebates in the first place. They said the move reflects a growing anti-channel attitude from Adobe. “Customers don’t have to come through us, there is no reason why they should buy through a reseller,” said the source. “Adobe is shifting towards being more direct… It is not good news really. They have been very good with channel partners but with subscriptions it’s all changed. They want to go more direct.” Deals registered before June ...  

How Community's Dean Pelton broke new ground for sexual politics on television

ince 2009, NBC's sitcom Community has chronicled the lives of a wacky group of students and staff at Greendale Community College. From the very beginning, Community offered more diversity in race, gender, and age than your average network sitcom. What you might not remember is the first voice viewers hear in the show's pilot: Greendale Dean Craig Pelton (Jim Rash), whose ambiguous sexuality quickly became one of the show's running jokes. In an early episode, Dean Pelton is satirized for a misguided attempt to be politically correct when he collaborates with Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase) to create an amorphous "Human Being" mascot without discernable traits such as gender, ethnicity, voice, or eye and hair color. But in retrospect, there's a more resonant aspect to the "Human Being" mascot, who — much like Pelton — resists simplistic categorization. Many viewers and critics have presumed that Dean Pelton is gay. Though his sexuality has never been overtly stated, Pelton's attraction to leading man Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is evident: He touches Jeff's arms and stomach, invites him to watch Friends with Benefits ("no subtext"), blackmails him into a shopping date at the mall, and swoons over how he looks in aviator glasses. But if you look past the most obvious reading, Community drops plenty of hints that the dean's identity isn't that simple. In an episode in the first season, Pelton makes an apparent Freudian slip while presiding over a...  

UConn Health Receives $3 Million for Cancer Research

Pramod K. Srivastava, an accomplished leader in basic and translational research and director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at UConn Health. (Chris DeFrancesco/UConn Health File Photo) UConn Health has received a gift of $3 million from Ray ’56 (CLAS) and Carole Neag, the University’s most generous benefactors, to expand its groundbreaking research on genomics-guided cancer treatment, which has great promise for developing innovative therapies for fighting the disease. The gift, which was announced April 12 at UConn Health’s annual fundraising event, the White Coat Gala, will support research at the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop new medical treatments tailored to each patient’s unique genetic makeup. “UConn Health is pioneering the science of personalized medicine across a wide spectrum of diseases and conditions. The generosity of our great friends, Carole and Ray Neag, will foster research in the area of personalized treatments for cancer, providing hope and cure for our region and beyond,” says Dr. Frank M. Torti, UConn Health’s executive vice president for health affairs, dean of the UConn School of Medicine, and a nationally prominent physician-scientist in cancer research. The gift will be used to establish the Neag Cancer Immunology Translation Program in the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at UConn Health, and to support clinical trials and supporting activities in...  

Child Care and Early Childhood Education

SOURCE: AP/ John BazemorePresident Barack Obama speaks about early childhood education in Decatur, Georgia.By Emily Baxter, with Katie Hamm | April 17, 2014 Whether bound by blood or by choice, families of all shapes and sizes are the fundamental building blocks of our communities and our nation. We strengthen our families by ensuring that our children—the youngest we protect, provide, and care for—have the opportunity to grow, learn, and flourish. All too often, however, there are great disparities in access to high-quality early childhood care and education that affect both children and working parents. For example, 48 percent of children from low-income families are not ready for school by age 5, and these low-income children face a 15-month learning gap compared to their more affluent peers. Generally speaking, the achievement gap between low- and high-income students has grown by 75 percent since the Baby Boom generation was in school. As such, many policy experts, educational and advocacy organizations, faith communities, and Americans of all political stripes—including the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative—believe that equitable access to high-quality child care and early childhood education is a policy issue that embodies real family values. Americans hold few values dearer than equality, fairness, and opportunity, and high-quality early education is a key tool that helps level the playing field for children from low-income families....  

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