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Biggest Black Friday Online Deals Video - 30 Dec 2015 13:06


[[html]]<img src="" width="356" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Transcript for Biggest Black Friday Online Deals<br><br>R2-d2 sounds a lot like you, Dan. Where to score the best deals and how to get strategic, we have answers this morning. ABC's Becky Worley joins us from San Francisco with all of the secrets. Good morning, Becky. Help us out. Reporter: Good morning, Paula. Yeah, the <a href="">visit our website</a> big news this black Friday, the online deals are final finally comparable to the in-store deals. Walmart says 96% of the deals they offer in store are also available online and that 4%, it's mostly limited inventory doorbusters that have already come and gone. What's new we're seeing retailers push shoppers to mobile by offering app only deals. One I saw, Rebecca Minkoff bag, 55% off. So walk us through some of the other deals and tell us if we should wait for clothing for cyber Monday. Yeah, today is the day. Let's start with phones. Buy a phone today if you need one, the Samsung galley s6, their note 5 both only a penny at target. Love those. Also at target, apple watch deal. $349. That's list but bundle it with <a href="">see here</a> a $100 gift card. Staying on apple, the mini 4, 399 at meijer bundled with a $125 gift card. Kindle fire tablet, $35, that's just insane and you asked about clothing, Kenneth Cole, 50% off. The gap 50% off. Cole Hahn, 30% off. Some may be more discounted on cyber Monday but lots more we'll dig into. I know all the info is on our website online at "Gma" on Yahoo! See you in a little bit.<br><br>This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Don't Let Cloudy Jewelry Ruin Your Holiday Sparkle | Matt Meis - 30 Dec 2015 10:45


[[html]]The holidays are here, and that means a lot of parties and spending time with friends and family. You've taken your best outfits to the cleaner and made an appointment with your hairdresser. You're going to look fabulous and feel wonderful. Now, ask yourself: Did you forget any details? What about your jewelry? Ah-ha! Will it look as good as the rest of your ensemble or will it tarnish your holiday sparkle?<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="282" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Over time, your rings, necklaces and earrings simply get dirty, causing your once-sparkling gems to appear dark and cloudy. This is mostly because the back of the gemstones have accumulated a layer of soap film and other "yuck" which blocks light from shining through them and makes them look dull. The hardest part is that the back of the stone is the most difficult area to keep clean, which is where most of the grime hides.<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="328" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>If you haven't had your jewelry cleaned since last December, it's time to start thinking about it again. But what should you do if you don't have the time or the money to take it to your favorite jewelry store for a professional cleaning? <br><br>Here are a few suggestions for an at-home do-it-yourself cleaning that can really help brighten up your favorite jewelry items. This method will work on yellow or white gold or platinum jewelry set with most gemstones including diamonds, sapphires, rubies, tanzanite, amethyst, blue topaz and many others. Do <a href="">Le Vian Chocolate Diamonds</a> not soak pearls, opals, onyx, emeralds or other soft gemstones, which may be damaged by the cleaning solution.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>You need to give your jewelry a good bath in a diluted solution of water and a common household non-caustic cleaning solution. <br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="318" /><br><br>In a small jar, mix about 1/3 parts household cleaner with 2/3 parts water. I recommend either Mr. Clean, Fantastic, 409, Windex or even one of those little jars of jewelry cleaner you get at the local store. The nice thing about those <a href="">chocolate diamonds</a> is they come with a little basket and a brush. If they contain some ammonia it's OK, but bleach can react badly with some metals.<br><br>The trick to really cleaning the back of the stone and all the hard-to-get-at little nooks and crannies is to soak the item overnight. This gives the cleaning solution a chance to dissolve the built up "stuff" in all those hard-to-reach places. After your jewelry has soaked for several hours, place a wash cloth in the bathroom sink, close the sink drain and turn on the cold water. Hold the ring firmly (it will be slippery) over the wash cloth and rinse it in the running water. You can even use a wet toothbrush to poke at the open areas of your jewelry to help remove any loose remaining "stuff."<br><br>Note: Never use toothpaste to clean your jewelry. Toothpaste is abrasive and can actually dull the finish on the metal. Also, never do this in the kitchen sink. You wouldn't want your diamond engagement ring to end up in the garbage disposal. <br><br>When in doubt, call your favorite jeweler and ask them what's safe to soak. If you follow these simple instructions on a monthly or even weekly basis throughout the year your jewelry will always look great and you'll enjoy wearing it all the more.<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

In Defense of Chocolate Diamonds - 30 Dec 2015 05:25


[[html]]A couple of weeks ago, in the run-up to Valentines Day, we saw a lot of articles about jewelry in the consumer press. The Washington Post wrote about the enduring appeal of A Diamond Is Forever. GQ ran a how-to piece on buying an engagement ring. And Jezebel blogged about Chocolate Diamonds.<br><br>Ive never taken issue with anything Ive read on Jezebel. I consider myself a feminist, and I admire opinionated writing by intelligent women. So I was surprised by how much Dodai Stewarts rant about the marketing of brown diamonds annoyedme.<br><br>She takes Eddie LeVian of Le Vian Corp. to task for his companys brainwashery way of convincing women to spend their hard-earned dollars on something that they dont needand something the jewelry industry has trouble getting ridof.<br><br>What LeVian glosses over, of course, is that chocolate diamonds are just brown diamonds, Stewart writes. And brown diamonds are the most common kind of diamonds. There are tons of them.Tons.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>She continues to ream LeVian: But the real issue with chocolate diamonds is how theyre aggressively marketed as a <a href=",k:chocolate%20diamonds&page=1">chocolate diamonds</a> thing women should buy for themselves. A treat, like chocolate. Except theyre not a cheap, sweet, delicious snack. A LeVian chocolate diamond ring can cost from $1,300 to $8,000. And what are you really paying for? What is the value of that piece? What is it actually worth? Theres no resalemarket.<br><br>But, I want to scream, you can say that about any piece of designer jewelry, name-brand handbag, or ridiculously priced pair ofshoes!<br><br>Women dont buy brown diamond jewelry for its resale value. They <a href="">Chocolate Diamonds</a> buy it because its pleasing to the eye and they feel good about themselves when they wear it. And if they decide they can afford a $3,000 treat, then thats their business. Why does Stewart have to judge them? And worse, why does she imply that any woman whos decided to drop some serious cash on a piece of Chocolate Diamond jewelry has been bamboozled by a shady diamondseller?<br><br>Stewart says shes insulted by the name and marketing campaign behind Chocolate Diamonds, but Im insulted by her conviction that women are damsels in distress, too stupid to understand that the diamond industry is selling them. Of course the industry is selling them. Stewarts hardly the first person to recognize nobody needs a diamondespecially not a brown diamond set in a fashion design. Need is not, and has never been, thepoint.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="366" /><br><br>She fails to mention that the jewelry industry has always promoted brown diamonds by more fanciful names, like champagne and cognac. When she finds out, is she going to make some specious argument about the diamond industry appealing to womens alcoholictendencies?<br><br>In essence, I just dont understand Stewarts outrage over Le Vians sales tactics: Its called marketing, and why is it so shocking and evil that jewelry companies doit?!<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="347" /><br><br>Its as if she decided that Chocolate Diamonds were an easy target for her pre-Valentines Day tirade, so she confirmed all of her preconceived notions about the diamond business by quoting all the usual suspects. (One request for any writer who chooses to skewer the diamond industry: Please, please stop referencing Jay Epsteins Atlantic article from 1982 as if its stillrelevant.)<br><br>Then she quotes scholar, college professor, and author Ken Mondschein, who makes a pretty offensive suggestion of his own about what he thinks might be the true motivations for renaming brown diamonds. Its too icky to repeat here. Suffice it to say that the whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth, which I promptly washed away with a little piece ofchocolate.<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Bilal Hadfi: Teachers Saw Changes In Paris Terrorist Attacker But They Were Never Reported To Authorities ... - 27 Dec 2015 02:26


[[html]]However then once again, we've been asking for years for more support at our college, or the hiring of professionals, but never obtained any kind of.".<br><br>Bilal Hadfi was the self-destruction bomber that blew himself up beyond the Stade de France.<br><br>The rumor hang around the institution was running rampant with the truth that Hadfi had left for Syria in order to join ISIS. Pijpen believes that he was put on hold to make sure that the school can try to hide their failure to act upon the information that they had on Bilal Hadfi.<br><br>"I was amazed that absolutely nothing took place. Huygens asserts that the factor he cannot notify authorities was because he needed to go up his chain of command. An e-mail on April 27 from the Belgian's college's supervisor, Chris Pijpen, was sent to education authorities, Charles Huygens, and also referred to how Bilal had actually missed courses since February 24. Pijpen is shocked that authorities never ever involved the school.<br><br>A previous teacher of Bilal, Sara Stacino, claims that the college put together a documents on Bilal soon after the Paris attacks. After the Charlie Hebdo assault, Bilal claimed that they had it coming for teasing Islam. The educators at the Belgium institution fell short to do so. Mr. Bilal was going through troubles in your home as well as was still attempting to deal with the death of his daddy a few years prior. The family claimed Bilal left for Morocco, however rumors recommended he was someplace else.<br><br>Bilal Hadfi: Teachers Saw Changes In Paris Terrorist Enemy, Yet They Were Never ever Reported To Authorities.<br><br>In the meeting, M'Hamed referred to the hostile verbiage that Bilal was utilizing. Photo taken from Bilal's Facebook web page showed that he had changed his name to Abu Moudjahid al-Belgik and also was seen presenting before an ISIS flag. One more red flag showed up back in January when Bilal openly commemorated the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. Belgian school officials met with participants of Hadfi's household on March 23, where they informed institution authorities that Bilal was "fed up" with school. His focus transformed to extreme Islam and also jihad. Mr. He likewise would make opinions regarding the gay way of life and just <a href="">Dean Graziosi</a> how his core ideas contrasted with the way the college was depicting resistance towards gays. The data consisted of credit records as well as proof showing that Hadfi was radicalized. You would certainly anticipate some response. Among Bilal's bros is on record saying that Bilal started to use cannabis, miss school, and "hang out with the incorrect friends." Kasmi M'Hamed was an educator at Hadfi's institution as well as provided a job interview over the phone.<br><br>[Image Via AP Photo/Michael Probst, File]<br><br>Mr. Pijpen was suspended from the college with the factor being that he turned up late to a conference. "The management intended to cover this up so they could carry on.".<br><br>Do you assume that the instructors at the institution were purposefully covering up their information on Bilal Hadfi?<br><br>— The Peninsula (@PeninsulaQatar) December 26, 2015.<br><br>— TODAY (@TODAYonline) December 16, 2015.<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>#Belgian college's issues over #ParisAttacks's #BilalHadfi overlooked: newspapers<br><br><img src="" width="398" /><br><br>US leaves French applies for on terror funding information regarding #ParisAttacks unanswered<br><br><a href=""></a> <br><br>A spokesperson for the teachers union, Frank Van de Vyver, discusses the suggestion that Mr. A law in Belgium states that institutions need to report any suspicions of terrorist activity from their pupils to the authorities. Stacino does unknown why the files were never ever passed on to the authorities, as is called for by Belgium regulation.<br><br>Educators and college authorities saw a change in attitude in Bilal Hadfi. This was currently after Charlie Hebdo and Verviers. Hadfi, the youngest of the terrorists that attacked Paris, was 20-years-old and also not cared about soccer, cigarettes, as well as ladies. Pijpen was put on hold for a reason aside from being late to a meeting. Van de Vyver claims the institution was "seeking a scapegoat that would certainly draw away focus from that they did absolutely nothing with the extremely vulnerable information they obtained.".<br><br>It would appear that Hadfi's troubles began in February of 2014.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

San Francisco Real Estate: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News - 26 Dec 2015 14:11


[[html]]With …<br><br><a href=""></a> <br><br>Based around the protests, 1 would believe that tenant displacement in san Francisco can be driven by method of a company providing buses with regard to employees, not Ellis Act evictors terrorizing vulnerable tenants.<br><br>Randy Shaw<br><br>Attorney, activist, director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, editor associated with Beyond Chron, author of three books upon activism.<br><br>Despite gridlocked freeways, lengthier commute times, higher air pollution, loss of open up space, and, involving course, urban sprawling and also overcrowding, the youthful along with hopeful still flock here. the median rent for any one-bedroom apartment is actually $3,285. <br><br>"If a person hit any fork within the road, consider it" will be certainly 1 of the particular late Yogi Berra's greatest lines, and, pertaining to me, it really captures your dilemma — and also the chance — facing the Bay Region as we transfer deeper in in <a href="">Dean Graziosi</a> order to the 21st Century.<br><br>Residents involving san Francisco and also North Park aren't the only ones obtaining priced from California's housing market. 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Real Estate | Lifestyle | Fox News - 25 Dec 2015 20:04


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Macy’s is Counting Down to the Holidays with Splurges and Steals for Everyone on Your List - 29 Nov 2015 22:51


[[html]]<img src="" width="334" /><br><br>NEW YORK(BUSINESS WIRE)Tick, tock. Today Macys (NYSE:M), Americas most beloved retailer, is unveiling an extensive assortment of gifts as the countdown begins to the upcoming holiday shopping season. With only 70 days left until Christmas, customers will once again discover the magic of Macys through exciting Gifts from our Stars, quirky and affordable Gift Shop items, gifts that give back and an easy shopping experience designed to keep the merriment alive all season long. <br><br>Macys continues to offer better assortments that serve our customers need for gifts for everyone on their list from the best brands at an affordable price during the most hectic shopping period of the year, said Tim Baxter, executive vice president of Macys Fashion, Lease and Multicultural Offices. Im confident our assortment will resonate with our customer by offering exciting, must-have gifts at compelling prices. <br><br>GIFTS FROM OUR STARS<br><br>Only one star can bring all of these stars together to create brilliant gifts for one and all! Outdoing themselves again this year, Macys design stars have created one-of-a-kind gifts for customers only at Macys. Celebrity items include distinctive designs by Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Greg Norman, Kenneth Cole, Martha Stewart, Michael Aram, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Sean John and Tommy Hilfiger. All at an affordable price, customers can find gifts from our stars like bejeweled accessories, warm weather essentials, fashionable finds for him and her, and merry home goods throughout select Macys locations nationwide and on <br><br>GIFT SHOP<br><br>Macys Gift Shop continues to offer fun, affordable gifts for him, her and the home in 310 Macys stores nationwide. From whimsical time pieces, bejeweled cellphone covers, fun barware, pet fashions and cute Hello Kitty accessories, Macys Gift Shop is a one-stop, holiday gifting destination for everyone on your list. Centrally located in high-traffic destinations, Macys Gift Shop is a festive, branded environment sure to incite merriment and the urge to shop for yuletide gifts that make an impression and wont break the bank. <br><br>BE-STOWED GIFTS<br><br>Forget the gifts of Christmas past and revel in this years yuletide favorites. Santa himself would be proud of the un-BE-lievable variety of gifts for everyone on his list. To give customers a head start on the holiday shopping rush, Macys has come up with a list of the hottest gifts of the season from the best brands at an affordable price. <br><br>Be Merry in shades of red the holidays most magical hue: <br><br>MICHAEL Michael Kors Studded Clutch, $448<br><br>LeVian Raspberry Rhodalite and Chocolate Diamonds 14k Strawberry Gold Ring, $3,200<br><br>Sean John Puffer Vest for him, $148<br><br>Wacoal Bra and Underwear, $52, $20<br><br>Hotel Collection Twill Throw, $200<br><br>KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, $499.99 <br><br>Be Warm with heartwarming statements that make a big impression: <br><br>Tommy Hilfiger Fair Isle Dress, $89.50<br><br>Charter Club Cashmere Sweater for her, $179<br><br>The <a href="">chocolate diamonds</a> North Face Jackets for him, her and the kids, $99 - $199<br><br>Coach Moccasins, $108<br><br>Charter Club Faux Fur Decorative Pillows and Throws, $50 - $160<br><br>Martha Stewart Collection Flannel Bedding, $40 - $260<br><br>Lacoste Pima Cotton Bath Towel, $30 <br><br>Be Festive with the perfect finishing touches for your coolest friends and family: <br><br>I.N.C. International Concepts Sequin Jacket, $89.50<br><br>Robert Lee Morris Soho Jewelry, $38 - $175<br><br>Kenneth Cole Reaction Velvet Blazer for him, $129.50<br><br>Alfani Lace Peplum Dress, $99<br><br>Tag Heuer Watches for him and her, $3,300 - $5,600<br><br>Swarovski Crystalline Collection, $75 - $390 <br><br>Be Santa make your list, check it twice, irresistible gifts bound to entice: <br><br>Dooney and Bourke Tote, $238<br><br>Timberland Boots for him, $190<br><br>Jones New York Satin Chemise and Wrap, $44, $69<br><br>Lauren Ralph Lauren Fleece Jackets for her, $109 - $119<br><br>Tumi Luggage, $495 - $645<br><br>Frango and Godiva Chocolate and Truffle Gift Boxes, $8.99 - $50<br><br>Vera Wang Picture Frames, $75 - $100 <br><br>Be Techy with fun games, sleek gadgets and high-performance gear for geeks and cool guys alike: <br><br>Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System, $119<br><br>G-Shock Watch, $160<br><br>Rooftop Remote-controlled Helicopter, $140<br><br>Marley Headphones, $89.99<br><br>Apple iPad 16GB, $499.99; 32GB, $729.99<br><br>Keurig Special Edition Personal Brewer with LCD Message Center, $219.99<br><br>Homedics Massager, $79.99 <br><br>Be Entertaining Savor, toast, indulge and celebrate with items that give your guests a reason to linger at your holiday table: <br><br>Michael Aram Metal and Glass Gifts and Serveware, $60 - $325<br><br>The Cellar Mini Dessert Set, $29.99<br><br>Lauren Ralph Lauren Home Barware, $35 - $130<br><br>Nambe Trio Condiment Tray, $185<br><br>Waterford Crystal Champagne Saucer Pair, $160<br><br>Martha Stewart Collection Cake Stands and Domes, $43 - $115 <br><br>GIFTS THAT GIVE<br><br>For customers who want to give back while shopping, Macys exclusive Rwanda Path to Peace and Heart of Haiti programs offer unique and meaningful handmade gifts that benefit artisans in far off places. Items available include woven baskets, jewelry crafted from natural materials, picture frames and wall art made of recycled steel, papier-mache vases and banana leaf trays. Each purchase of Rwanda Path to Peace and Heart of Haiti product gives twice: once to the recipient of your gift and a second time to the artisan who receives half of the wholesale price of that item. These programs benefit the artisans' lives in remarkable ways, offering sustainable employment opportunities that enable participants to feed and clothe their families, access healthcare, repair homes and pay childrens school fees. For more information about the Rwanda Path to Peace and Heart of Haiti programs or to shop the collections, visit and <br><br>Rejoice this holiday season with a bevy of gift options available at Macys stores nationwide! Offering everything from stocking stuffers to glam garments and home essentials, Macys is the perfect place to go as the countdown begins to the holiday season. When time is of the essence, Macys provides a complimentary personal shopping service, Macys By Appointment, which makes shopping for the holidays less stressful and time consuming. For a convenient and easy solution to last minute shopping challenges, a personalized gift card is brimming with possibility and the guarantee that the recipient will end up with something they love. Exclusive to, customers can customize their own gift card with options for personal photos, messages, clip art, colored backgrounds and patterns. No time to shop? Visit our online gift shop at to make holiday shopping simple with everything delivered right to your doorstep. <br><br>Editors Note: For all Macys 2012 holiday gift images and information please visit: For Macys media materials, images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at <br><br>About Macys<br><br>Macys, the largest retail brand of Macys, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macys stores and offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macys is known for such epic events as Macys 4th of July Fireworks and the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macys helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers. <br><br>Photos/MultimediaGallery Available:;lang=en <br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="358" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br><a href=''></a><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Xbox unveils Black Friday gaming deals - 29 Nov 2015 20:31


[[html]]Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) just revealed it will be selling Xbox One console bundles for $299 beginning Black Friday through Cyber Monday. <br><br><img src="" width="389" /><br><br>The sale items will be available online and in <a href="">blog</a> stores. <br><br>Shoppers can also get savings of up to $200 on the Surface Pro 3 and a Dell Inspiron <a href=""></a> 15 for $399. <br><br>Microsoft will also offer a free display dock with the purchase of any Lumia 950 XL in store. <br><br>In addition, shoppers will be able to save $50 on 12 different holiday bundles, including: <br><br>Xbox One Limited Edition "Halo 5: Guardians" Bundle Xbox One Elite Bundle Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle Xbox One "Gears of War: Ultimate Edition" Bundle Xbox One "Rise of the Tomb Raider" Bundle Xbox One "The LEGO Movie Videogame" Bundle Xbox One Special Edition "Gears of War" Bundle Xbox One with Kinect Bundle Xbox One "Fallout 4" Bundle Xbox One "FIFA 16" 1TB Bundle Xbox One Limited Edition "Forza Motorsport 6" Console (limited quantities available) Xbox One "Madden NFL 16" Bundle (limited quantities available)<br><br>Related: Black Friday and beyond: The ultimate holiday shopping guide <br><br>CNNMoney (New York) November 22, 2015: 9:07 AM ET <br><br><a href=''></a><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Peter Diamond withdraws Fed nomination with scathing attack on GOP - 29 Nov 2015 11:20


[[html]]<img src="" alt="The Federal Reserve" height="150" width="270"/><br><br>AP <br><br>Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET with White House reaction<br><br>Nobel Prize-winning economist Peter Diamond announced the withdrawal of his nomination to serve on the Federal Reserve board with a scathing rebuke of this Republican critics.<br><br>In a New York Times op-ed headlined "When a Nobel Prize Isn't Enough," the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor charged that the problem wasn't the Senate's confirmation process, but the GOP's failure to recognize the relationship between unemployment and monetary policy. He suggested his impressive credentials were overlooked because he favors a monetary policy out of sync with Republican views.<br><br>"Skilled analytical thinking should not be drowned out by mistaken, ideologically driven views that more is always better or less is always better," Diamond wrote.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>President Obama first nominated Diamond to serve as one of the Fed's seven governors in April 2010. After his nomination was blocked, the president nominated him two more times. By the third attempt, Diamond did not even receive any GOP support at the committee level.<br><br>"It is time for me to withdraw, as I plan to inform the White <a href="">Neinstein & Associates LLP</a> House," Diamond concluded.<br><br>Diamond's main detractor, Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, argued that Diamond's expertise in labor market theory was not relevant to the job.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>"But understanding the labor market — and the process by which workers and jobs come together and separate — is critical to devising an effective monetary policy," Diamond wrote.<br><br>He went one step further, arguing that "concern about the (seemingly low) current risk of future inflation should not erase concern about the large costs of continuing high unemployment. Concern about the distant risk of a genuine inability to handle our national debt should not erase concern about the risk to the economy from too much short-run fiscal tightening."<br><br>Diamond's argument gets to the heart of the Federal Reserve's challenge of spurring economic growth without forcing the government's balance sheets to become even more out-of-whack. In his first-ever public news conference in April, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced the Fed was ending its Treasury-bond-buying program — a program intended to stimulate the economy and create jobs but that received serious blowback from Republican politicians concerned about inflation.<br><br>Diamond's nomination — and now his withdrawal of his nomination — have elicited strong partisan responses.<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="332" /><br><br>The influential conservative group Club for Growth opposed Diamond's nomination — the first time the group had ever opposed a presidential nomination.<br><br>"Let's hope that President Obama's next nomination to the Federal Reserve is not a supporter of big government solutions and interventionist monetary policy, because that hasn't worked and won't work in the future," Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement today.<br><br>Francis Cianfrocca at the conservative blog argues that employment stabilization shouldn't even be an explicit part of the Fed's mandate, and thus, Diamond's strong opinions on the matter would have a negative impact.<br><br>"The very LAST thing we need in the United States is to realize the technocrat's dream of politically unaccountable regulators making economic policy, on top of the monetary policy which they SHOULD be making," Cianfrocca writes.<br><br>Meanwhile, liberal blogger Jonathan Cohn argues at the New Republic that more economic stimulus is needed to get the economy moving again, and Republicans know that they're blocking that stimulus by rejecting Diamond's nomination, in spite of his sterling credentials.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="347" /><br><br>"Kill the economy. Blame the Democrats. It's the perfect crime," he writes.<br><br>Ezra Klein of the Washington Post writes, "We've got a jobs crisis is this country. And yet Shelby thinks it's self-evident that knowledge about the labor market isn't the sort of expertise that monetary policymakers need right now. If you wanted further evidence that Washington has stopped caring about jobs, there it is."<br><br>UPDATE: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney released the following statement regarding the withdrawal of Diamond's nomination: "Peter Diamond, a Nobel laureate and one of the nation's top economists, would have brought extraordinary expertise and knowledge of the economy to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. We are deeply <a href="">Chocolate Diamonds</a> disappointed that this candidate, who had initially seen bipartisan support, fell victim to partisan obstructionism at this important time for our economic recovery. The President will nominate an individual for this position as soon as possible and continues to urge the Senate to act <a href="">Chocolate Diamonds</a> on the numerous nominees awaiting confirmation. The President wishes Professor Diamond the very best in the future."<br><br>2011 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. <br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

CORRECTING and REPLACING BrightStar Care Strengthens Leadership with Two New Executive Hires - 29 Nov 2015 06:22


[[html]]<img src="" width="263" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>CHICAGO(BUSINESS WIRE)Please replace the release dated September 2, 2015 with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions. <br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>The corrected release reads: <br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="280" /><br><br>BRIGHTSTAR CARE STRENGTHENS LEADERSHIP WITH TWO NEW EXECUTIVE HIRES <br><br>Management Team Expands with Addition of New Chief Marketing Officer &amp; Chief Financial Officer <br><br>BrightStar Care, a national in-home care and medical staffing franchise, today announced it has made two key appointments to its senior leadership team: Steve Schildwachter joins the company as its Chief Marketing Officer and Tom Lehr joins as Chief Financial Officer. With these additions, BrightStar Care gains leadership experience and expertise to support its strategic goals while maximizing its rapid growth. <br><br>Prior to his new role with BrightStar Care, Schildwachter served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at rVue, Inc., an Elmhurst, Illinois-based advertising technology company. During his time at rVue, Schildwachter helped advertisers <a href="">Brightstar Care Franchising</a> and agencies plan, buy, traffic and analyze digital place-based media. In addition, he worked closely with the Board of Directors, investment community and network operators while building marketing operations from the ground up. Prior to his career at rVue, Schildwachter held executive level positions with advertising industry giants such as Foote, Cone &amp; Belding and Leo Burnett. <br><br>Steve brings extraordinary business expertise and marketing leadership to BrightStar Care, said Thom Gilday, BrightStar Care President and Chief Operating Officer. He is a seasoned marketing leader who has the skills, experience, and proven track record of developing strategies that accelerate growth. We are confident that he will continue to evolve our marketing organization, build our brand, and drive growth for our franchisees. <br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="280" /><br><br>As BrightStar Care CMO, Schildwachter will be tasked with developing strategies that grow positive consumer experiences, brand value, and retention through strong franchisee relations and stewardship. Other responsibilities revolve around developing the talent and leading an effective marketing organization that is aligned with franchisees, operations and other key cross-functional departments. <br><br>Marketing depends on an authentic story, and BrightStar Care has the inspired origin, unique and superior service offering that will drive business in a growing category, Schildwachter said. <br><br>Adding to the experienced BrightStar Care Support Center leadership team, the company hired Tom Lehr as the new Chief Financial Officer. Prior to BrightStar Care, Lehr was the CFO at AIA (Adventures in Advertising) Corporation where he was responsible for all financial, legal, vendor relations, systems integration and operational management for the $175 million franchise company with 300 locations spread across the U.S. <br><br>We are very pleased to have Tom joining our executive team, said Gilday. His experience makes <a href="">Shelly Sun</a> him ideally suited to assume the role of BrightStar Care CFO as we capitalize on new opportunities for innovation in our rapidly evolving industry. Importantly, he shares the core values that are the foundation of everything we do at BrightStar Care. <br><br>Now as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team at BrightStar Care, Lehrs day-to-day responsibility will include planning, and controlling all financial-related activities, including being directly responsible for accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, legal, and deal analysis as well as private and/or institutional financing. In addition, Lehr will be held accountable for the administrative, financial, human resource and risk management operations of the company. <br><br>Im excited to be joining such a passionate team that is committed to supporting our local franchisees grow their businesses by delivering the highest standard of in-home care so many families need today, Tom Lehr said. <br><br>BrightStar Care began franchising in 2005, and since then has grown to a $300 million company with more than 280 locations nationwide. The expansion of the leadership team comes on the heels of the companys continued domestic and international expansion. Not only is BrightStar Care focused on adding U.S. locations, but has implemented a strategy that will create a worldwide brand presence in new and emerging international markets such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and Western Europe. <br><br>About BrightStar Care <br><br>Based in Chicago, BrightStar Care is a national private duty home care and medical staffing franchise with more than 280 locations that can provide medical and non-medical services to clients within their homes, as well as supplemental care staff to corporate clients. BrightStar Care professional nurses and caregivers deliver expert, compassionate, and personal care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each BrightStar Care location is required to pursue Joint Commission Accreditation. BrightStar Care received The Joint Commissions Enterprise Champion for Quality award in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and is committed to having each of its agencies comply with Joint Commission standards. BrightStar Care uses the nationally known patient satisfaction survey company Press Ganey to measure client satisfaction and is proud that nine out of 10 clients would recommend BrightStar Care to a friend or family member. For more information on BrightStar Care please visit; to find out more about BrightStar Franchising, visit <br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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