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A three dimensional visual element is provided which includes a decal or other device to simulate a crack or break within the wall on which the visual elements is mounted. The visual element also includes a functional feature, such as a light, shelf support, electronic device, or the like, so that the visual element also provides some utility. In one example, a three dimensional representation of a soccer ball is provided wherein the soccer ball is surrounded by a clear plastic decal having a cracking so as to represent cracks within the wall on which the device is mounted. Within the shell of the soccer ball in this exemplary embodiment, are lighting elements which allow the device to be used as a nightlight.


News Article | April 21, 2017
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Maxeler is proud to announce its Real Time Risk product on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) F1 instance, starting with a Counterparty Risk instance for pre-trade CVA on AWS. With General Availability of the AWS F1 instance and the Maxeler partnership with Amazon, Maxeler is expecting to start serving initial customers with CVA on F1 by the end of the month. “It’s great to see Maxeler’s high-performance technology now being implemented on the Amazon Web Service platform for clients,” says Geoff Smailes, Chairman at Maxeler Technologies. Maxeler Dataflow Engines (DFEs) have already been used in Production for several years. “We are proud that our latest MAX5 DFEs are fully compatible with Amazon AWS EC2 F1 instances,” says Oskar Mencer, CEO of Maxeler Technologies, “One such DFE implementation for Real Time FX Risk has recently been installed at a Tier 1 investment bank.” Maxeler Real Time Risk is a rich suite of Finance Risk tools and components, including CVA, SIMM, but also a full derivatives pricing library, driven by Bloomberg market data. Clients can upload their trades and portfolios using the industry standard FPML format. RTR runs on AWS CPU cloud instances or for ultrafast real-time purposes on AWS F1 instances. For complex risk models, Maxeler DFE implementations reduce compute times from hours to minutes and minutes to seconds. Maxeler RTR is available both on the Cloud and on-premise with Maxeler’s MAX5 product generation, which is fully compatible with Amazon F1 instances. RTR is also ideal for building your own solutions for FRTB, CCR and extended scenario analysis. RTR comes with complete dashboards as well as an optional API-based library with full source code.


News Article | May 3, 2017
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Tony Perkins and Gary Stein took their audience on a rollercoaster of hilarity this past Saturday night during the live recording of their popular podcast. Before a third consecutive sold-out crowd at the DC Improv, the duo was joined on stage by comedian Rob Maher and TV personality and blogger Sarah Fraser. The comedic team covered a number of controversial topics, ranging from interracial dating to understanding urban slang to gynecology visits. “The diversity of our audience always amazes us,” said Perkins, “and not just racially. Our audience represents a wide age range, from millennials to senior citizens—a melting pot of experiences that provides for a level of audience participation that leads to unexpected comedy.” Added Stein, “No matter what topic we cover the audience is willing to go there with us, and the proof is in the non-stop laughter in our recordings. Appealing to such a diverse crowd is immensely rewarding.” The “The Tony Perkins Show Featuring Gary Stein” is a cross between a radio and television show, regularly featuring popular celebrities and guests. Each episode of the podcast includes comic commentary, interviews, music, and most notably, an amazing chemistry between two guys who can and regularly do finish each other’s sentences—a winning combination that continues to draw an ever-expanding following. This Saturday’s show (episode 136) and more than 130 additional episodes, can be enjoyed at http://www.tonyperkinsshow.com. ABOUT THE HOSTS Tony Perkins has been a radio and TV broadcaster for 30 years. A two-time Emmy award winner, he was the weatherman and feature reporter for ABC's Good Morning America for seven years, and has most recently been a main anchor for Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. for ten years. He was a professional stand-up comedian in the '80s and '90s, and was Donnie Simpson's sidekick and producer on the number-one-rated morning show for seven years at WKYS-FM. Tony has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and many other shows. Gary Stein is a former comedy writer and actor, and was a long-time TV producer. He helped launch Fox's FX Network, and met Tony when he became his dedicated producer at Good Morning America, where he produced nearly all of Tony's entertainment and weather segments, as well as his live shots. Gary has written sitcoms and HBO comedy and variety shows. He has had a long career as a performer and a producer in television, film, and live theater. He has the distinction of having been the youngest stage manager in Broadway history.


LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - April 21, 2017) - The Royal Art of Freemasonry, seven years in the making, written & directed by Johnny Royal, has released the Teaser Trailer today which you can see here. The feature length documentary presents never before seen footage of the world's oldest and most powerful secret society, the Freemasons. The film provides insight into the unique culture surrounding the fraternity, asks the question of why people join, explains in depth the entire masonic structure including the Blue Lodge (degrees 1 - 3), the Scottish Rite (degrees 4-33), and the York Rite (Royal Arch, Cryptic Masons, Knights Templar), and where members feel their ancient society is headed as the future unfolds. "It feels like everything I've ever done in my life has gone into making this film," says Writer and Director Johnny Royal. "It has been the most challenging thing I've ever done." This year, the United Grand Lodge of England, founded in 1717, celebrates its 300th year anniversary. However, Freemasonry has roots that reach much further back as evidenced by the recorded minutes of the Lodge of Edinburgh No. 1 in Scotland in 1599. Never before has a documentary been able to tell the story of all of the Masonic degrees and provide a glimpse of what happens in the masonic allegory after a candidate achieves the Master Mason or 3rd degree. "One of the reasons The Royal Art of Freemasonry took so long to make was figuring out the actual overarching narrative. Eventually, I realized that the story arch was the hero's quest. What begins to surface is a realization that we [the candidates] are able to be the hero or the villain in our daily lives, based on the choices we make. Freemasonry truly is a progressive moral science interlaced throughout the narrative structure of the Hero's Quest." Royal's team on the film are comprised of a powerful lineup including Music Supervisor, Composer, and Re-Recording Mixer Sean Beavan (The Lost Highway, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), Ernest Chapman and Juliette Beavan, both who are credited as composers and associate producers, Robert Doan as producer, Dene Anderberg as Executive Producer, Jason Pachomski as Supervising Editor (Game of Thrones), and Zach Brinkerhoff as Visual FX Supervisor (Thor and X-Men First Class). To see the Teaser Trailer, visit: THE ROYAL ART TEASER TRAILER For more information on The Royal Art of Freemasonry, visit Facebook.com/TheRoyalArtMovie.


News Article | April 19, 2017
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TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 19, 2017) - Peeks Social Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: PEEK) ( : KEEKF) is pleased to announce that former Vine stars Jerry Purpdrank and Daniel 'Nampaikid' Nguyen will be joining the Peeks platform. The pair will be leveraging the service to give their 10 Million+ social media fans the opportunity to interact with them through live video and will be using Peeks as their premiere livestreaming outlet to showcase behind the scenes content and eventually coordinate strategic brand placement opportunities through the OfferBox. Jerry is a premiere digital star with millions of followers on multiple social platforms. Jerry has also had recent success in music, with recent hits such as "No L's" receiving millions of streams, and millions of views on YouTube. Jerry is also a trained actor whose credits include a starring role in Eric England's feature movie "Get the Girl." Dan is a creative personality who is amongst the largest Asian American influencers on social media. As a martial arts expert, professional dancer, and special FX wizard, Dan has made his mark in the social media world by creating particularly stylish and creative content. Jerry and Dan are represented by Ashwant Venkatram of The Government, a talent management firm based in Los Angeles. Ashwant is working closely with Peeks' staff in Los Angeles as part of the celebrity influencer onboarding phase. Ashwant works with many celebrity influencers representing an aggregate reach of 100 Million+ social media fans. "We are thrilled to have Jerry and Dan on board as part of our growing influencer program. Their followings are vast and their content is very entertaining. They are trendsetting rising digital stars and therefore Peeks is the natural platform for them to share their content," said Mark Itwaru, CEO of Peeks Social Ltd. The Peeks app can be downloaded in either the Apple or Google app stores, or by visiting www.peeks.com. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) has reviewed or accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this Release.


News Article | April 20, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"The Markets Choice Awards are known for one thing: recognizing excellence in markets," said Mohan Virdee, CEO of Markets Media Group. "Whether for individual achievements or company milestones, it's always great to hear the stories of their success." Larry Thompson, Vice Chairman of DTCC and a 36-year veteran whose influence helped stabilize markets through 9/11 and the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, won Lifetime Achievement. Adena Friedman of Nasdaq won Woman of the Year, while Jen Nayar of Vela was named CEO of the Year. Nanette Buziak of Voya Investment Management and Sam Priyadarshi of Vanguard Group were Traders of the Year for Equities and Fixed Income, respectively. The inaugural Market Advocate Award was presented posthumously to Neil DeSena of SenaHill Partners. Neil's widow Carolyn DeSena accepted the award and provided poignant remembrances of Neil. The award will subsequently be called the Neil DeSena Market Advocate Award. Among companies, electronic market-maker Citadel Securities won for Best Company. There were a slew of buy-side awards presented, including to BlackRock for Best Buy-Side Fixed Income Trading Desk; T. Rowe Price for Best Buy-Side FX Trading Desk; and J.P. Morgan Asset Management for Best Buy-Side Equities Trading Desk. Fidessa, FlexTrade, Lime Brokerage, Portware and Tradeweb were among technology winners. The methodology in selecting MCA nominees and then winners is simple yet thorough, and keeps the focus on the most important opinions: those of market participants. The multi-month process started with a call for nominations from the readership of MMG's two editorial platforms, MarketsMedia.com and TradersMagazine.com. Editorial staff then conducted research and telephone interviews and consulted with the MCA Advisory Board to winnow the field to shortlists and then eventually winners. "The process for the Markets Choice Awards is difficult and rigorous, yet highly rewarding and one we look forward to each year," Virdee said. For a full list of MCA winners, please visit MarketsMedia.com or TradersMagazine.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/neil-desena-larry-thompson-highlight-2017-markets-choice-award-winners-300442108.html


LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / April 25, 2017 / Active Wall St. announces its post-earnings coverage on American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP). The Company announced its first quarter fiscal 2017 results on April 12, 2017. The credit card Company reported a 7% increase in revenue on an adjusted basis. Register with us now for your free membership at: One of American Express' competitors within the Credit Services space, Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA), announced on May 02, 2017, that it will release its Q1 2017 financial results. The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results at 9:00 a.m. ET. AWS will be initiating a research report on Mastercard in the coming days. Today, AWS is promoting its earnings coverage on AXP; touching on MA. Get our free coverage by signing up to: For the three months ended March 31, 2017, American Express' consolidated total revenues net of interest expense were $7.89 billion, down 2% compared to $8.09 billion a year ago. Excluding last year's Costco-related business and the impact of foreign exchange rates, adjusted revenues net of interest expense grew 7%. The Company's sales numbers surpassed analysts' consensus of $7.74 billion. American Express' Card member spending grew 8%, adjusted for changes in foreign exchange rates and Costco-related business that was included in the prior year. The Company's loans were up 11% on y-o-y basis. American Express acquired 2.6 million new cards across its global issuing businesses during the reported quarter. American Express' consolidated provisions for losses were $573 million for Q1 2017, up 32% compared to $434 million in Q1 2016. The increase primarily reflected higher loans, receivables, and write-offs. The Company's consolidated expenses totaled $5.5 billion, up 1% on a y-o-y basis. The reported quarter reflected higher rewards expenses related to recent product enhancements. The prior year included a benefit of $127 million from a gain on the sale of the JetBlue cobrand portfolio and an $84 million restructuring charge. American Express reported Q1 2017 net income of $1.2 billion, down 13%, compared to $1.4 billion in the year-ago same quarter, which included certain subsequently discontinued cobrand partnerships. Diluted earnings per share were $1.34, down 8% from $1.45 a year ago. The Company's earnings numbers surpassed Wall Street's estimates of $1.28 per share. American Express' US Consumer Services segment reported Q1 2017 net income of $469 million, down 32% compared to $694 million a year ago. The year-ago period included Costco-related revenues and expenses. The segment's total revenues net of interest expense decreased 8% to $3.0 billion from $3.3 billion in the year ago comparable period. Provisions for losses totaled $294 million, up 55 % from $190 million a year ago. The increase primarily reflected higher loans and write-offs. For Q1 2017, American Express International Consumer and Network Services reported net income of $218 million, up 16% compared to net income of $188 million in Q1 2016. The Company's total revenues net of interest expense were $1.4 billion, up 5%, or up 6% on FX-adjusted basis from the year ago corresponding period. The increase primarily reflected higher Card Member spending, net card fees and loans. Total expenses were $1.0 billion, up 3 % (up 4 % FX-adjusted2) from a year ago. The increase primarily reflected rewards costs, driven by higher Card Member spending. For Q1 2017, American Express' Global Commercial Services segment reported net income of $418 million, down 14% from $485 million a year ago. The year-ago period included Costco-related revenues and expenses. Total revenues net of interest expense was $2.5 billion, up 3% compared to $2.4 billion in the year ago period, primarily reflecting higher Card Member spending. Provisions for losses totaled $208 million, up 30% from $160 million a year ago. The increase primarily reflected higher receivables, loans and write-offs, as well as a slight increase in delinquencies. American Express's Global Merchant Services segment reported Q1 2017 net income of $363 million, up 2% compared to $357 million a year ago. Total revenues net of interest expense was $1.1 billion, down 2% on a y-o-y basis. The year ago period included Costco-related revenues. Total expenses were $505 million, down 3 % from $521 million a year ago. The decrease reflected lower marketing spending. During Q1 2017, American Express's Corporate and Other reported first-quarter net loss of $231 million compared with net loss of $298 million a year ago. At the close of trading session on Monday, April 24, 2017, American Express' share price finished the trading session at $80.45, climbing 1.08%. A total volume of 3.56 million shares exchanged hands. 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News Article | April 27, 2017
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(AP) — YouTube's inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child. It's not yet clear whether a recent ad boycott of YouTube will be short-lived or the start of a long-term shift away from the video service — one that could undercut Google's growth and that of its corporate parent, Alphabet Inc. Alphabet's first-quarter results, released Thursday, provided few clues. Major advertisers didn't start pulling their money from YouTube until the three-month period was nearly over. The company's earnings rose 29 percent to $5.4 billion while revenue climbed 22 percent to $24.8 billion. Shares surged nearly 5 percent, to $933, in Thursday's extended trading. But the fallout from the YouTube boycott is likely to be felt through the rest of this year. Skittish advertisers have curtailed their spending until they are convinced Google can prevent their brands from appearing next to extremist clips promoting hate and violence. "There is no entity in the world that is more risk averse than a senior marketing person," says Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at Pace University in New York. "They don't want to go with a media choice that presents problems for a brand, and they don't have to because they have many other choices." Google CEO Sundar Pichai told analysts during a Thursday review of the first quarter that the company has had "thousands and thousands" of conversations with advertisers as YouTube takes steps to protect their brands. "We are evolving overall to a better place," Pichai said. At another point, he assured analysts that YouTube is still experiencing "extraordinary" growth without providing specifics. Even if YouTube continues to lose advertisers, it won't leave a huge dent in Alphabet's earnings. That's because marketers are expected to keep feeding the company's golden goose — Google's dominant search engine. Ads appearing alongside the billions of search results Google churns out each day still generate most of Alphabet's revenue even as it expands into other fields. But ad spending has been accelerating at a rapid pace on YouTube over the past two years as brands sought to connect with its audience of more than 1 billion people. Now it looks like things might taper off. Before the boycott began, YouTube's ad revenue after subtracting commissions was expected to rise 26 percent this year to $7 billion, based on estimates from the research firm eMarketer. Alphabet doesn't disclose YouTube's finances. Advertisers began to flee YouTube last month, after The Times in London and other media outlets turned up evidence that their brands were appearing alongside clips promoting terrorism and racism. The findings alerted advertisers that YouTube didn't have adequate technology or staffing to shield brands from some of the appalling material that gets posted on a site that receives 400 hours of video per minute. "This is an ostrich situation where the ostrich just pulled its head out of the sand," says Harry Kargman, CEO of Kargo, which helps manage ad campaigns on mobile devices. At one point, about 250 advertisers were boycotting YouTube. (Some also stepped back from a related system that Google operates to place commercials next to videos on outside websites.) The list included big-spending marketers such as PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores, Starbucks, AT&T, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, and Volkswagen. It's unclear how many, if any, of those have returned to YouTube since Google promised to hire more human reviewers and upgrade its technology to keep ads away from repugnant videos. Both Verizon and AT&T, two companies that are trying to expand their own digital ad networks to compete with Google, told The Associated Press that they are still boycotting YouTube. FX Networks confirmed that it isn't advertising on YouTube either. Several other boycotting marketers contacted by AP didn't respond. Even if advertisers return, Kargman predicted they are unlikely to spend as much as they once did. "It's going to be a slow burn as brands quietly shift their spending away," he said. "There are now questions about the quality of video on YouTube in the long term." Investors, however, apparently aren't too worried so far. YouTube's financial contributions remain a fairly small part of a company expected to generate $87 billion in revenue this year, after subtracting ad commissions. RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney estimates the reduced spending on YouTube and Google's ad network for video on third-party sites could reduce Alphabet's net revenue by $300 million, to $1.5 billion, this year. Some of that spending could shift to Facebook, Mahaney said, although the social network is facing its own challenges trying to block live videos of violence that appall viewers and advertisers alike.


Patent
FX Inc | Date: 2013-06-05

A non-toxic, non-static, environmentally benign artificial snow product is made by extruding a mixture of starch, polyvinyl alcohol, hydrogenated soy flakes and talc to form an extruded starch product and processing the extruded starch product into snow flake like fragments. The snow flake like fragments may be sorted by size. Colorant may be added to yield artificial snow flakes in various festive colors.


A three dimensional visual element is provided which includes a decal or other device to simulate a crack or break within the wall on which the visual elements is mounted. The visual element also includes a functional feature, such as a light, shelf support, electronic device, or the like, so that the visual element also provides some utility. In one example, a three dimensional representation of a soccer ball is provided wherein the soccer ball is surrounded by a clear plastic decal having a cracking so as to represent cracks within the wall on which the device is mounted. Within the shell of the soccer ball in this exemplary embodiment, are lighting elements which allow the device to be used as a nightlight.

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