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BlackBerry beats profit estimates on higher margins

( ) – BlackBerry Ltd reported a fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday that beat analysts’ estimates and said it expects strong billings at its high-margin software and services business for the full year.

The company, which reinvented itself after customers ditched its smartphones for Apple’s iPhones and Android devices, said revenue from its enterprise software and services business rose about 19 percent to $108 million.

“Our strategy is working,” Chief Executive Officer John Chen said on a morning conference call.

The company extended CEO Chen’s contract earlier this month, and followed that up with two big deals in software security — one with Jaguar Land Rover and the other with Microsoft.

BlackBerry, which had about 3,500 enterprise customer orders in the reported quarter, expects total company software and services billings to grow by double digits in 2019.

“BlackBerry’s s,上海夜生活论坛Sabine,ubscription revenue is coming up good. If billings are going up that means their models are transitioning very well to a subscriptio,上海夜生活桑拿会所Easton,n model,” Global Equities Research’s Trip Chowdhry told .

The company’s quarterly profit beat was helped by higher margins on software and services sales. BlackBerry’s gross margins rose to 76 percent of the revenue, from 60.1 percent a year earlier.

Excluding items, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company earned 5 cents per share. Analysts on average had expected the company to break even, according to Thomson I/B/E/S.

Net loss narrowed to $10 million, or 6 cents per share, in th,上海夜网后花园Lance,e fourth quarter ended Feb. 28, from $47 million, or 10 c上海夜生活论坛ents per share, a year earlier.

The company’s revenue fell 18.5 percent to $233 million.

BlackBerry shares were down marginally on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

At Time Warner trial, Dish executive says AT&T arbitration offer…

( ) – A proposal AT&T (T.N) made to the U.S. government last year to avoid going to trial over its $85 billion deal to buy Time Warner Inc TWX.N would not sufficiently protect competitors, a Dish executive testified on Tuesday.

The U.S. government is seeking to stop the $85 billion deal, arguing that it would hurt consumers because AT&T, 上海夜生活which owns pay TV service DirecTV, would have more leverage to rais,上海会所夜网Ebba,e prices by own,上海021夜网Nadia,ing Time Warner’s Turner networks, which include CNN, TBS and TNT.

Tuesday’s testimony was the third day of the trial in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. that is due to last six to eight weeks.

AT&,上海夜网千花Easton,T proposed that for seven years it would submit to third-party arbitration any disagreement with distributors over the pricing for Time Warner’s networks and promise not to black out programming during arbitration.

However, such concessions would not address the risks to companies like Dish because the language is vague and it is unclear who would have the expertise to arbitrate, said Warren Schlichting, group president of Dish’s Sling TV, in his second day of testimony.

“It’s a high-risk proposition to put your business in the hands of an arbitrator who may or may not understand your business,”

Also, HBO was not part of that proposal, which is a huge issue given that one in five of Dish’s customers subscribe to HBO, Schlichting said.

On cross examination, AT&T lawyer Daniel Petrocelli pointed out that Dish had asked the Justice Department to impose the arbitration arrangement as part of the Time Warner deal.

Under the proposal, the arbitrator would look at comparable services and what they pay for programming at “fair market value,” which Schlichting said was too vague.

“My reading is there is nothing preventing them from pushing more networks on us,” he said, meaning forcing distributors to carry networks they do not want. He noted that Dish’s Sling online streaming service tries to keep costs low by offering fewer networks.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon asked Schlichting if Dish has data to prove that certain networks are not popular with viewers. When Schlichting said Dish does have that data but it does not affect negotiations, Judge Leon showed surprise.

Before the trial on Tuesday, the judge held closed talks with attorneys about what testimony Schlichting could give

in open court.

The U.S. Department of Justice called Turner CEO John Martin as a witness late in the day, and his testimony will continue Wednesday.

Exclusive: Wells Fargo faces sanctions for auto insurance payouts -…

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. regulators are preparing to sanction Wells Fargo for receiving commissions on auto insurance policies it helped force on more than half a million drivers, people with direct knowledge of the probes told .

In July, Wells Fargo blamed a third-party vendor for wrongly layering insurance policies on its auto borrowers. Wells Fargo did not explain that it received payouts when those policies were written.

The fact that Wells Fargo stood to profit from the insurance program will form the backbone of fresh sanctions against the bank, said people with knowledge of the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Those penalties would be the latest in a long-上海夜生活running scandal over how the nation’s third-largest lender treated its customers.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Wells Fargo’s primary regulator, is asking the bank which executives knew about the payments and whether they should have been stopped sooner, said the sources.

Wells Fargo does not comment on regulatory matters, Wells Fargo spokeswoman Catherine Pulley said. The bank received commissions from insurance ,上海晚上耍女人的地方Jacklyn,partners in a program ended in 2013, she said.

“We are sorry for any harm caused and are focused on the important work to complete our remediation process,” said,上海夜网官方网站Hal, Pulley.

Wells Fargo’s auto insurance woes stem from a policy drivers must carry when they borrow money to buy a new car. It pays out to the bank when a car is stolen or destroyed.

Wells Fargo required drivers to carry their own policies, but had a right to “force-place” a policy on borrowers who let insurance lapse. Insurers working for Wells Fargo pushed policies onto 570,000 customers who already had coverage and then delivered profits for the bank.

Wells is investigating auto insurance abuses back to 2005 and estimates it will need to refund $145 million to borrowers, and adjust account balances by another $37 million, according to securities filings. That is up from its initial cost estimate of $80 million.

In September 2016, the OCC joined other regulators in ordering Wells Fargo to pay $190 million after its employees created phony customer accounts to artificially boost sales figures. That settlement launched more than a year of official scrutiny and revelations of other customer abuses.

A top regulator for personal finance, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), was ready to sue Wells Fargo over improper mortgage fees last year but the agency’s current chief put the lawsuit on hold, previously reported.

A settlement over auto insurance abuse would likely be another joint action among,夜上海419龙凤论坛Jacklyn, regulators, said people familiar with the probe. The CFPB’s mortgage case could be folded into that joint action and the resolution will likely involve financial penalties though the amount has not been settled, they said.

The OCC does not comment on supervisory matters, spokesman Bryan Hubbard said. A CFPB official declined to comment for this story.

In explaining the problems with auto insurance last year, Wells blamed the issue on an unnamed third-party vendor that mistakenly believed those borrowers’ insurance had lapsed.

“We had a vendor that was providing insurance,” Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan told investors in September. “We should have caught that and we should have dealt with it.”

National General, an insurance company, has monitored the “force-placed” coverage for Wells Fargo since 2015, the bank has said. Previously, the program was run by companies including QBE Insurance Group Ltd, Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) and defunct Countrywide Financial.

In 2014, Wells Fargo agreed to pay mortgage borrowers who were wrongly pushed into extra flood and wind protection. QBE Insurance managed the bank’s force-placed insurance program at the time and was part of the settlement.

Saudi Aramco seeks majority stake in Indian refinery: Economic Times

( ) – Oil giant Saudi Aramco is looking to buy a majority stake in a proposed refinery and petrochemical complex valued at 3 trillion rupees ($46.10 billion) in the western Indian state of Maharashtra上海夜网, local daily Economic Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. ,上海高端夜生活在那里Fabian,

This comes as Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is trying to beat out Iraq to become the biggest crude supplier to India, the world’s third-largest oil importer.

The state-owned Saudi oil company is also in talks with Indian state-run refiners for marketing rights over ,上海夜生活网交流Sabine,the fuel and petrochemicals produ,上海仙霞路夜生活Larissa,ced at the complex along with an assurance that the refinery would mostly use Saudi oil, the newspaper added.

Indian Oil Corp Ltd owns 50 percent of the complex, while Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd have the rest.

Saudi Aramco was not immediately available for comment.

The refinery is expected to have a more than 300,000 barrels per day throughput capacity and to be commissioned by 2022, feeding a country that is among the biggest drivers of energy demand in the world.

Saudi Arabia is planning to list up to 5 percent of Saudi Aramco in an initial public offering that could value the company at up to $2 trillion, making it the world’s biggest oil company by market capitalization.

($1 = 65.0775 Indian rupees)

Boeing will not appeal trade case against Bombardier: spokesman

MONTREAL ( ) – Boeing Co (BA.N) will not appeal against the U.S. trade commission ruling that allows Canada’s Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) to sell its newest jets to U.S. airlines without heavy duties, a Boeing spokesman said on Thursday.

The decision by Bo上海夜生活论坛eing puts the trade ,上海夜生活Jace,challenge to rest. A Canadian government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Boeing’s decision was “good news”.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) unanimously voted in January to reject Boeing’s complaint and discarded a Commerce Department recommendation to slap a near 300 percent duty on sales of the 110-to-130-seat Bombardier CSeries jets for five years.

The ITC had widely been expected to side with Chicago-based Boeing, the world’s largest maker of jetliners, which accused Bombardier of dumping the planes, or selling them below cost, in the U.S. market.

However, the ITC said it rejected placing duties on Bombardier jets partly because Boeing had lost no sales or revenue when Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) ordered the aircraft in 2016 from the Canadian planemaker.

The ITC ruled the 110-seat CSeries jets ordered by Delta and Boeing’s smallest 737 MAX 7 plane do not compete.

The smaller end of the jet market is an increasing focus for the major manufacturers. Airbus SE (AIR.,上海新夜网龙凤Octava,PA) has agreed to take a majority stake in the CSeries in a deal expected to close later this year, while Boeing is in tie-up talks with Bombardier’s Brazilian rival Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA).

The Boeing spokesman declined to elaborate on the decision not to appeal.

It was not yet clear how Boeing’s decision will impact the planemaker’s relationship with the Canadian government, which is holding a competition for fighter jets worth between C$15 billion and $C19 billion.

A Bombardier spokesman wa,上海夜网推油Radley,s not immediately available to comment.

Lyft co-founder: Fatal Uber crash should have been prevented

WASHINGTON ( ) – The co-founder of ride hailing company Lyft Inc said on Tuesday a fatal collision in which an Uber Technologies Inc self-driving vehicle struck a pedestrian could have been prevented.

“I don’t know all the specifics. I did see the video. It did look like both the tech and the driver could have or should have prevented that. But I don’t know all the details,” Lyft co-founder John Zimmer told a small group of reporters during a visit to Washington.

Elaine Herzberg was walking her bicycle outside the crosswalk on a four-lane road in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe in the evening on March 18 when she was s,上海夜生活论坛Sabine,truck by the Uber vehicle traveling at ,上海夜网推油Idris,about 40 miles per hour (65 kph), according to police. The Volvo XC90 SUV was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel.

The death of the 49-year-old woman has spurred questions about whether more oversight is needed for the nascent industry and prompted Arizona’s governor to suspend Uber testing.

Zimmer said it was important not to take shortcuts and put out new technology before it’s ready. “We need to make sure that all players are acting responsibly because, again, the goal is to actually make it a safer opportunity for peopl上海夜生活e,” he said.

Currently, there are no performance standards or state or federal testing of self-driving vehicles before they are deployed on U.S. roads.

Self-driving vehicles are designed to perform far better than human drivers and reduce the number of vehicle fatalities. Zimmer cited statistics showing that around 100 people per day are killed in vehicle-related accidents in the United States.

“The goal is to take that to zero,” he said. “So I worry about — if it took autonomous (vehicles) one day more because of this, to get to market, that could be 100 people’s lives that are at risk.”

Lyft has been vying for a bigger share of the,上海夜生活男人好去处Barney, U.S. ride-hailing market now dominated by Uber, which has been rocked by executive departures after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and other employee concerns.

Lyft has sought to brand itself as a more socially conscious company.

On Tuesday, San Francisco-based Lyft announced it would begin conducting third-party audits to ensure that workers are paid equally regardless of gender or race.

U.S. March auto sales seen up 0.4 percent: J.D. Power and LMC

NEW YORK ( ) – U.S. auto sales in March likely rose 0.4 percent from the same month in 2017, breaking a three-month streak of falling sales due to an extra selling weekend versus the previous year, industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said on Wednesday.

The increase, however, also came on the back of increased consumer discounts, which remain at levels that industry analysts say are unsustainable and unhealthy in the long term.

M,上海夜哪里艳遇Naia,arch U.S. new vehicle sales will likely be about 1.61 million units, an increase of nearly 0.4 percent from 1.55 million units a year earlier, the consultancies said.

The forecast was based on the first 15 selling days of March. Automakers, including U.S carmakers General Motors Co (GM.N), Ford Motor Co (F.N) and Fiat Chrysler Autom,上海凤楼夜网Jace,obiles NV (FCHA.MI), will release March U.S. sales results on April 3.

U.S. new vehicle sales fell 2 percent in 2017 to 17.23 million units after hitting a record high in 2016.

Sales are expected to drop further in 2018 as interest rates rise and more late-model used cars return to dealer lots to compete with new ones.

“Interest rates are rising as expected and we are looking for a total of four rate hikes in 2018, a headwind making borrowing more expensive and raising monthly payments,” Jeff Schuster, LMC’s senior vice president of forecasting, said in a statement.

LMC said it expects full-year 2018 U.S. new vehicle sales to hit just under 17 million units.

The seasonally adjusted annualized rate for March will be 16.9 million vehicles, up slightly from 16.8 million units in March 2017, the consultancies said.

Retail sal,上海夜生活怎么玩Jackson,es to consumers, which exclude lower-margin fleet sales to rental agencies, businesses and government, were set to increase about 1.5 percent in March.

The average disco上海夜生活网unt per vehicle in March rose $74 versus the same month in 2017, to $3,849.

Discounts averaged 10.3 percent of manufacturer’s recommended sales prices. Experts believe anything over 10 percent hurts vehicle resale values and is unhealthy for automakers.

The consultancies noted that discounts have exceeded 10 percent in 20 of the last 21 months.

EU complains of Trump’s ‘gun to our head’ over tariffs

BRUSSELS ( ) – European Union leaders called on U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday to make,上海夜玩网论坛Larissa, permanent an EU exemption from U.S. metal import duties, saying they reserved the right to respond “in a proportionate manner” to protect the bloc’s interests.

The 40-day reprieve granted by Washington was like U.S. President Donald Trump pointing a gun at Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron said at a summit in Brussels.

“We will talk about anything in principle with a country that respects WTO rules. We will not talk about anything when it is with a gun to our head,” he told a news conference.

The EU’s trade chief demanded that the United States drop “artificial deadlines” and her boss, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said it was impossible to reach agreement by May 1.

Trump said on Thursday he would suspend tariffs for the EU, the United States’ biggest trading partner, as well as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. The tariffs are suspended until May 1 as discussions continue.

EU heads of state and government said in a joint statement that the measures were regrettable, could not be justified on national security grounds which was the basis cited by Washington and the exemption should be permanent.

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“Sector-wide protection in the U.S. is an inappropriate remedy for the real problems of overcapacity,” they said.

The leaders also said they supported steps taken by the European Commission to respond to the U.S. measures “as appropriate and in a proportionate manner”.

Cecilia Malmstrom, the trade commissioner who negotiates on behalf of the 28 nations, said Europeans did not want to be penalised by actions prompted largely by accusations of Chinese dumping and said Washington and Brussels should be cooperating.

She told it was still unclear what Trump wanted in return for granting a permanent waiver and said the EU could bring up a list of its own “trade irritants” if he insisted that EU car import ,上海足浴夜网联系方式Quay,duties be cut. [L8N1R55IY]

Allies should not be subject to “artificial deadlines”, she said.


German industry, aware that Trump has warned he could raise duties on EU cars, welcomed the reprieve but said the threat of a trade war had not disappeared.

“We still have the threat of escalating global trade conflict. And U.S. President Donald Trump will demand a price for the tariff exclusion,” Thilo Brodtman, head of Germany’s VDMA engineering federation said in a statement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe was trying to avoid a trade war in which everyone would lose.

European steelmakers group Eurofer said the danger to the EU market had not disappeared, with the exemption only temporary, and the EU needed its own quotas or tariffs to stop steel otherwise bound for the United States from flooding into Europe.

Europe says it wants to avert a trade war but the European Commission has proposed a series of measures if the White House hits EU producers.

It would launch a challenge at the World Trade Organization, consider measures to prevent a surge of metal imports into Europe and impose import duties on U.S. products to “rebalance” EU-U.S. trade. Malmstrom said the EU was keeping its options open.

The counter-measures would include EU tariffs on U.S. orange juice, tobacco, bourbon and Harley-Davidson Inc motorbikes.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel underlined the irritation among some EU leaders at Trump’s negotiating tactics.

“I have the impressi上海夜生活on that the U.S. leader wants to negotiate with the European Union by putting a gun to our head,” Michel said, in an expression that was later echoed by Macron.

“That’s a strange way to negotiate with an ally.”

Weinstein Company to file bankruptcy as soon as Monday: source

NEW YORK ( ) – U.S. film and TV studio The Weinstein Company plans to file for bankruptcy in Delaware as soon as Monday ,上海高端夜生活在那里Easton,night with an offer for the company in hand from private equity firm Lantern Capital, a person familiar with the matter said.

An investor group led by former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet terminated its offer for the company earlier this month.

The bid from Lantern will set the floor 上海夜生活网for higher and better offers for the studio in a bankruptcy court-supervised auction, added the person.

The Weinstein Company has been looking for a buyer since its ex-chairman Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct, including rape, by more than 70 women. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

Spokespeople for The Weinstein Company and Lantern Capital did not immediately return calls for comment. The source could not be identified because the person was not authorized to speak to the media.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against the company and Bob and Harvey Weinstein last month, a,上海夜生活网交流Fabiana,lleging that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed employees and the company failed to respond. Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein’s brother, co-founded the company and is co-chairman.

The lawsuit complicated negotiations for Contreras-Sweet’s deal.

reported last month that the Weinstein Company was looking for a loan that would ca,上海夜生活乌托邦Octavien,rry it through its bankruptcy.

Hollywood trade publication Deadline Hollywood first reported that The Weinstein Company planned to file for bankruptcy as soon as Monday.

Concerns over Hyundai Motor Group overhaul rattle Mobis investors

SEOUL ( ) – Worries that Hyundai Motor Group’s planned restructuring will benefit the controlling family ahead of some,上海夜生活桑拿会所Sabrina, shareholders have hit Hyundai Mobis Co Ltd (012330.KS), which is set to be the group’s de facto holding firm, sending its shares sharply lower on Thursday.

The parts supplier’s shares fell 3 percent as investors fretted it may be forced to hand over a lucrative business to Hyundai Glovis (086280.KS), another group firm, too cheaply as part of the structural overhaul. At one point, it tumbled as low as 8 percent.

“From the perspective of the biggest shareholders, this is a satisfying deal…but for minority shareholders, there seems to be nothing for now,” said Lee Hae-chang, a portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Investment Trust Management.

Lee, who attended an investor conference held by executives of both Mobis and Glovis, was one of many participants questioning whether the deal will be beneficial to smaller Mobis investors.

Hyundai Motor Group, South Korea’s second-biggest family-owned conglomerate, said on Wednesday it planned to streamline its complex ownership structure in response to pressure from the government and investors.

The chief of South Korea’s antitrust agency, Kim Sang-jo, said the plan was a “positive” step towards,上海夜生活论坛Earl, improvi,上海夜生活群Dallas,ng the group’s ownership structure.

Under the plan, which needs the approval of both companies’ shareholders on May 29, Hyundai Mobis will spin off its domestic module and after-service parts businesses and merge them with Glovis, a logistics firm.

Hyundai Motor Group chairman Chung Mong-koo and his son and vice chairman Chung Eui-sun plan to sell their shares in Glovis to buy stakes in Mobis. Affiliates Kia Motors (000270.KS), Glovis and Hyundai Steel (004020.KS) will sell their stakes in Mobis as part of the exchange.

Hyundai Glovis shares closed up 4.9 percent, having earlier surged as much as 23.6 percent to their highest intraday level since Oct. 2015.

At least one fund manager said he would be opposing the deal.

“This is passing too big a piece to Glovis,” the fund manager told ahead of the investor conference, declining to be identified as he was not authorized to speak to media.

Park In-woo, an analyst at Mirae Asset Daewoo, said that while the valuation for the after-service parts business seemed a bit low, the mid-to-long term view for Mobis was positive.

“After the spin-off and merger, Hyundai Mobis will be on the top of the group’s ownership structure and will be able to expect effects such as boosted shareholder returns,” Park added.

In addition to resolving the group’s cross-shareholdings in response to regulatory pressure, the restructuring plan also paves the way to building up capital for the junior Chung to ultimately gain control of the group, investors and analysts said.

The domestic after-service parts business that will pass from Mobis to Glovis is a stable cash cow, and without it Mobis could find it hard to fund future tech development, said Lee Jae-il, an analyst from Eugene Investment上海夜生活 & Securities.

Other major group affiliates lost ground, with Hyundai Motor falling 5.3 percent and Kia Motors down 3.5 percent as investors were disappointed that these companies weren’t included in the planned restructuring, Shinhan Investment Corp analyst Jung Yong-jin said.

For ‘Apprentice’ insiders, Trump’s 2016 bid has echoes of reality TV

NEW YORK ( ) – Donald Trump had come to a run-down New York City apartment on a fall day in 2003 to tape a scene for his new reality television show, “The Apprentice.” Suddenly, one of the contestants cried out in surprise.

The young woman, Omarosa Manigault, had been struck in the head by a piece of plaster dislodged from the ceiling by a microphone boom. She immediately blamed the mishap on another contestant. As Trump watched, every camera in the room shifted to capture the outburst, one of those moments that are the lifeblood of reality television, a former crew member recalled.

Fast-forward to 2016: As a presidential candidate, Trump talks often about turning the cameras. He creates moments of great drama during his rallies by pointing out television cameramen and accusing them of refusing to show the size of his crowds.

“Turn the camera!” he chanted at a Michigan rally last year. The crowd of 9,000 joined him until a roar filled the room and exploded into cheers as the cameraman finally swung his camera to show the crowd. Such scenes have become commonplace.

Trump’s 2016 White House run is built in part on drama and controversy, a campaign ,上海夜哪里艳遇Fabi,that former cast and crew members of “The Apprentice” said appeared to draw lessons from reality TV, especially one: how to grab the public’s attention and keep it.

Trump denied in an interview that he had learned any tricks from the show. His success on television, he said, came from a “natural instinct.”

But those involved in “The Apprentice” said Trump the candidate is not all that different from the contestants on the dog-eat-dog elimination game show, where 14 people engaged in a series of business-related challenges to win a job at Trump’s real estate company. At the end of each episode, Trump would appear with the contestants in an executive boardroom and eliminate one with his trademark, “You’re fired.”

A producer on the show’上海夜生活s first season, Bill Pruitt, said he believed Trump had learned, by watching and refereeing fights among the contestants, how they “defended or went after one another.”

Pruitt said he had seen Trump evolve on the show, honing his ability to get candidates to turn on one another, one of the hallmarks of the show. “He learned, as time went on, how to do that, how to speak and create reactions,” said Pruitt, who is not supporting Trump’s presidential run.

“The campaign is much different than a show,” Trump responded, rejecting the idea that his campaign bore any resemblance to reality television.


Long before the debut of “The Apprentice,” the New York businessman was a regular fixture in the pages of his hometown’s daily newspapers, which covered his fights with other real estate developers and celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell.

But “The Apprentice” gave him a truly national platform for the first time, and he saw how his blunt and unfiltered style helped make the show a major hit. At it’s peak, nearly 21 million people watched the show, which ran for 14 seasons and has still not been canceled by NBC.

“I haven’t changed. ‘The Apprentice’ didn’t change me. I think I changed ‘The Apprentice’,” Trump told , asserting that he had come up with the idea to say, “You’re fired.”

And he dismissed intensifying criticism that his presidential campaign thrives on conflict. “I’m not looking for conflict. With the show it’s a little bit different.”

Yet Trump has dominated media coverage of the election in a way that has little modern precedent in American politics, and he has done that mostly by saying or doing something that makes people angry. His barrage of insults in Twitter battles with opponents, including fellow Republican candidates, has delighted many supporters, who regularly tell pollsters they like the billionaire because he says what he thinks and doesn’t hold back.

His claim that Mexico was sending rapists over the U.S. border enraged the Mexican government; his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States prompted widespread international condemnation, as did his call for killing the families of terrorists and torturing terrorism suspects.

Mike DeMatteo, who worked on “The Apprentice” as a sound mixer for nearly a decade, said it would have been hard for Trump not to have drawn lessons from the show.

“When you’re sitting back and watching it and seeing the reaction in the press as it evolved, you get a very good gauge of what people are talking about, who they like, what they don’t like,” he said. “You’re really starting to understand the people out there.”

DeMatteo described himself as a Trump fan but said he disapproved of some of his recent comments.


The place where Apprentice contestants could battle for fame was the boardroom. Boardroom scenes found Trump seated at the head of a long polished wood table, criticizing contestants’ work. Contestants worked in teams, so Trump’s questions were often about which team member was to blame for mistakes.

“He would ask a lot of very to-the-point questions, he would put people on the spot, he would get information about contestants that would make the other ones mad at them,” recalled DeMatteo.

Michael Tarshi, 36, a Boston-based real estate developer and a contestant on Season 3, has first-hand experience of this.

During one boardroom scene in Season 3, Trump listened as members of a team described their roles in a failed project. Trump then asked one of the members, Bren Olswanger, whom he would fire. Olswanger named team-mate Stephanie Myers, setting off an argument between the two contestants.

When Tarshi tried to interject, Trump cut him off: “Michael let me ask you a question. He’s telling me how bad Stephanie is and you’re interrupting him with nonsense over nothing. Let me ask you this: He’s kill,上海夜生活网交流Caden,ing her. He’s going after her. She should be fired according to him.”

Trump then turned the tables on Tarshi. “Michael, you’re fired,” he said.

“He definitely learned a lot about how to maneuver, to incite conflict between each contestant and each political candidate,” said Tarshi, who has attended Trump’s rallies and private parties promoting his presidential bid.



The most popular season of ,上海夜网推油Easton,“The Apprentice” was its first, in which Manigault was struck by the plaster.

Even though that scene never aired, Manigault spent several episodes complaining about being hit on the head. It helped define her as the show’s combative character – a role that made her famous and fueled the show’s popularity. 

She has remained a public figure and has endorsed Trump for president. In praising her combativeness at a rally last month, Trump could have been describing himself.

“When Omarosa goes after you, you’ve gotta be quick – boom boom – and you’ve gotta be fast,” he told the crowd.

Senators say they might confirm Obama’s high court pick after election

WASHINGTON ( ) – Republican senators on Thursday raised the possibility they would confirm Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland before the U.S. president leaves office in January if Democrats retain the White House in the Nov. 8 election.

Garland began the customary meetings with senators that kick off the confirmation process. He visited the offices of Democrats Harry Reid and Patrick Leahy a day after Obama nominated the appeals court judge and former prosecutor to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Fe,上海夜网邀请码Octavien,b. 13.

Republicans are concerned that if Hillary Clinton, Obama’s former secretary of state and the Democratic front-runner, wins the presidential election, she could send the Senate a far more liberal nominee after taking office.

Garland, 63, is widely viewed as a moderate acceptable to many Republicans, who also worry they could lose control of the Senate to the Democrats in the November vote.

Nominations to the lifetime Supreme Court post require Senate confirmation.

Republicans have said they want the next president to make the selection, hoping their party wins November’s election. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

Utah’s Orrin Hatch and Arizona’s Jeff Flake, Republican members of the Judiciary Committee that would hold any confirmation hearings, said it was possible the Senate could act on Garland’s nomination in a “lame-duck” session after the election and before a new president and Congress take office in January.

“I would choose a less liberal nominee. And this nominee is a less liberal nominee than we would get, I’m quite certain, with Hillary Clinton,” Flake told reporters.

Senate Republican leaders have vowed not to hold confirmation hearings or an up-or-down v上海夜生活论坛ote on any Supreme Court nominee put forward by Obama. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky reiterated that stance on Thursday.

Denis McDonough, Obama’s chief of staff, said the White House will watch developments over the next several weeks and months but expected Republicans eventually woul,上海夜生活网419Gabi,d hold a vote on Garland’s nomination.

Any Democratic appointee to the high court, now with four liberals and four conservatives following Scalia’s death, could tip it to the left for the first time in decades. That could shape rulings on such issues as abortion, gun rights, religious rights, affirmative action, union powers and political spending.

Flake said while Republican leaders were “fully justified” in delaying action on confirmation, if the Republicans lose the White House ,上海夜网Hadleigh,race the Senate “ought to look at this nomination in a lame-duck session in November.”

Hatch in 1997 backed Garland’s nomination to his current judgeship.

“To this day, I think well of Merrick Garland, and I think he’s a fine person,” Hatch told National Public Radio. “I remain convinced that the best way for the Senate to do its job is to conduct the confirmation process after this toxic presidential election season is over.”

While McConnell is refusing even to meet with Garland, Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa indicated he was willing. “If I can meet with a dictator in Uganda, I can surely meet with a decent person in America,” Grassley said, according to CNN.

Garland met with Nevada’s Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, and Vermont’s Leahy, top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. Garland did not address reporters, but Leahy expressed hope that Republican leaders would change course.

If they followed a normal routine, senators could hold confirmation hearings and a vote by the Memorial Day holiday in late May, Leahy said.

Reid pledged to keep up the pressure on Republicans to confirm Garland.

“Do it now. Why wait?” Reid said when asked about a lame-duck confirmation scenario. “To hold up a nomination so that Donald Trump can give a nomination? That should scare everybody.”

U.S. retailers, shoe companies urge Trump not to hit China with…

WASHINGTON ( ) – Retailers and shoemakers continued to sound alarms on Monday about their concerns that President Donald Trump’s plan to impose sweeping tariffs on imported goods from China will result in higher consumer prices.

Several large U.S. retail companies, including Wal-Mart Inc, Target Corp, Best Buy Co Inc and Macy’s Inc, on Monday sent President Donald Trump a letter urging him not to impose massive tariffs on goods imported from China.

In a separate letter to Trump on Monday, 82 shoe companies, including Nike Inc, Genesco, Payless ShoeSource Inc, Under Armour, Shoe Carnival Inc and Weyco Group echoed those concerns.

The Trump administration is said to be preparing tariffs against Chinese information technology, telecommunications and consumer products in an attempt to force changes in Beijing’s intellectual property and investment practices. Washington could impose more than $60 billion in tariffs on goods ranging from electronics to apparel, footwear and toys.

“Applying any additional broad-based tariff … would punish American working families with higher prices on household basics like clothing, shoes, electronics, and home goods,” the retailers said.

The footwear companies argued that shoes already are subject,上海夜生活乌托邦Caden, to hefty tariffs.

“Adding even more tariffs on top of this heavy burden would mean higher costs for footwear consumers and fewer U.S. jobs,” the letter stated. “Given the price sensitivity of our products, any additional increases in our costs would strike right at the heart of our ability to keep product competitively priced for our consumers.”

A so-called Section 301 action would allow Trump to impose unilateral tariffs on China in response to a conclusion by the U.S. government that the Chinese had violated intellectual property rules. The tariffs would not need approval from Congress.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment about the letter.

The letter is the latest example of the growing divi上海夜生活论坛sion between the Trump administration and many in the business community over trade policy. On Sunday, a group of trade associations that represent most of the United States’ large businesses sent a letter echoing concerns about the economic ramifications of tariffs.

Trade associations publicly pushing back include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation and the Information Technology Industry Council.

S,上海夜网Babette,andy Kennedy, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which organized Monday’s letter, argued that tariffs would eliminate any benefit the recent tax overhaul provided the economy.

,上海夜网邀请码Gabriel,“This is not American industries crying wolf,” she said in a statement.

The letter was signed by 24 companies, which also included Abercrombie & Fitch Co, American Eagle Outfitters Inc, Big Lots Inc, Chico’s FAS Inc, Columbia Sportswear Co, Costco Wholesale Corp, Dollar Tree Inc, Gap Inc, Havertys Furniture Cos Inc, J.C. Penney Co Inc, Jo-Ann Stores Llc, Kohl’s Corp, Ikea North America Services Llc, Levi Strauss & Co, Qurate Retail Group, Sears Holdings Corp, The Michaels Companies Inc, VF Corp, and Wolverine World Wide Inc.

The letter asked the administration to work with companies to find a solution.

“As you continue to investigate harmful technology and intellectual property practices, we ask that any remedy carefully consider the impact on consumer prices,” the letter stated.

Takata whistleblowers to share $1.7 million award, lawyers say

( ) – Three former Takata Corp employees will share an award of $1.7 million after they alerted authorities to the risks of deadly air bag inflators that led to the largest recall in automotive history.

The whistleblowers provided extensive assistance and information to the U.S. government in its criminal case against Takata, according to law firm Constantine Cannon LLP, which represented two of them.

Takata agreed in bankruptcy court on Monday to pay the three men out of a reserve fund created during its bankruptcy proceeding. Although Congress passed a whistleblower act in 2015 the government has not completed work on a mechanism to pay awards.

The whistleblowers, Mark Lillie and another man who remained anonymous, both former Takata employees, had asked a federal judge in Detroit and the bankruptcy court to set aside significantly more as the U.S. Transportation Department decides whether to grant them a whistleblower award, but they were not successful.

A third whistleblower who has not been identified in court documents is represented by another law firm.

At least 22 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide are linked to Takata inflators that can explode, un,上海夜玩网论坛Pablo,leashing metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks. The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June.

Nearly 30 million vehicles remain unrepaired in the recall that affected 19 automakers.

The three sought awards under the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act. Congress directed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to write rules for the program by June 2017, ,上海足浴夜网联系方式Quaid,but the agency has not completed the work. The government could still award money to the three whistleblowers.

The law allows auto-industry employees who report serious violations of federal vehicle-safety laws to receive 10 percent to 30 percent of any monetary sanction over $1 million the government recovers based on whistleblowers’ information.

A NHTSA spokeswoman said the agency was not involved in the award announced Tuesday. The agency is still working on writing the regulations, officials said.

Lillie resigned from his position as a top-level engineer in 2001, his lawyers said, adding that he turned over evidence to the government showing Takata knew as early as 1999 that its airbags could be deadly and provided emails and designs.

The anonymous whistleblower helped demonstrate that Takata “falsified data, subverted testing procedures, and concealed reports its airbags were prone to failure,” the law firm said.

The second whistleblower lives in an area where there is a Takata facility and works for a 上海夜生活网large corporate manufacturer there and fears repercussions, the law firm said. The 2015 law allows whistleblowers to proceed anonymously.

Takata pleaded guilty in 2017 to a single felony count of ,上海会所夜网Babette,wire fraud to resolve a U.S. Justice Department investigation and agreed to a $1 billion settlement.

Takata did not immediately comment on Tuesday.

In 2017, prosecutors in Detroit charged three former senior Takata executives with falsifying test results to conceal the inflator defect.

Last week, a U.S. Senate panel pressed automakers and regulators over why tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bag inflators are unrepaired.

NHTSA said last week that 21 million of the 50 million air bag inflators recalled by 19 automakers have been repaired.

Apple developing own screens using next-generation MicroLED tech:…

( ) – Apple Inc is developing its own MicroLED device displays and has made small numbers of the screens for testing, Bloomberg reported, in a move that could hurt Asian display suppliers to the U.S. tech giant over the long-term.

MicroLED is a new display technology that has grabbed the attention of several tech firms. Screens using MicroLED are thinner, brighter, use less power and are more durable than the OLED displays that are increasingly being adopted for a variety of smart devices.

The new technology is however unproven and difficult to use, analysts say.

“It is not clear whether上海夜网 MicroLED will be better than the OLED displays Apple uses for its smartwatches. At this point, this seems to me that Apple wants to show off – its more of what look what we can do rather than a realistic alternative,” said Dongbu Securities analyst S.R. Kwon.

Apple is developing MicroLED screens at a secret plant in Cal,上海夜玩网论坛Hallie,ifornia in a project overseen by Lynn Youngs, who is in charge of iPhone and Apple Watch screen technology, Bloomberg said, citing people familiar with the matter.

The company aims to use the new technology in its wearable computers first, the report said, adding that it is unlikely to reach an iPhone for at least three to five years.

Apple declined to comment.

Shares in Asian display makers initially slid on the news on Monday but later pared losses. Shares in Sharp Corp, Japan Display Inc and LG Display Co Ltd ended the day between 1.6 percent and 2.4 percent lower.

Other tech giants looking at the technology include Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, Apple’s main contract,上海夜网Idaleen, manufacturer. It acquired U.S. MicroLED display startup eLux Inc last year through Sharp Corp and other group units.

Sony Corp started selling large displa,上海夜生活网交流Paige,y systems using the technology for corporate users last year, and Samsung Electronics Co unveiled a MicroLED TV this January.

EU presses Facebook on sharing of user data

( ) – The European Commission pressed Facebook (FB.O) on Monday over whether EU citizens’ data were among those improperly harvested by a British political consultancy, after the U.S. regulator said it was investigating the firm’s privacy practices.

That piled yet more pressure on a firm that has lost more than $100 billion in market value in the last 10 days.

Facebook shares fell more than 5 percent on Monday after the U.S. consumer protection regulator made public its investigation of how the social network allowed data of 50 million users to get into the hands of Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook executives have apologized after reports emerged that Cambridge Analytica had used personal data to target U.S. voters.

,上海夜生活男人好去处Lark,“Have any data of EU citizens been affected by the recent scandal?” EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova wrote in a letter to Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, seen by . “If this is the case, how do you intend to inform the authorities and users about it?”

Jourova said that statements by Facebook executives had not alleviated her concerns.

“This is particularly disappointing given our efforts to build a relationship based on trust with you and your colleagues … this trust is now diminished.”

A Facebook spokeswoman said ,上海凤楼夜网Jace,the company remained strongly committed to protecting people’s information and appreciated “the opportunity to explain what we know and will respond to the questions that the Commissioner has asked”.

Jourova asked Sandberg whether she was certain that a similar situation could “not be repeated today” and if she thought stricter rules were needed for platforms “like those that exist for traditional med,上海新夜网龙凤Kade,ia”.

“As Mark Zuckerberg said this week, we are working hard to tackle past abuse, prevent future abuse and give people more prominent controls,” the Facebook spokeswoman said.

Germany’s justice minister called for stricter rules for Facebook after meeting with company executives on Monday who said around 1 percent of 300,000 users of a personality quiz whose results were later fed into Cambridge Analytica’s voter-targeting algorithms were in Europe.

Jourova said she wanted a reply to her letter within two weeks.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal emerged only a few months before a landmark EU data protection law comes into force under which companies found to be in breach could be fined up to 4 percent of global turnover.

Any eventual sanctions for Facebook will fall under the current privacy regulations, and so would be much lower.

Britain’s data watchdog is taking the lead in investigating Facebook and Cambridge Analytica from the European side, and Jourova said she expected the social network to cooperate fully上海夜网 with European data protection authorities.