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2013 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Review & Test Drive

By Harvey Schwartz

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Minivans continue to be a big seller for large active families that can take care of their local personal needs and take them in comfort and safety to their favorite weekend or vacation locations.  It continues to lead its class in fuel economy (19mpg/city/28mpg/highway), safety while giving up to eight passengers a spacious comfortable interior with a refined and fun-to-drive experience.

I tested the ‘top-of-the-line’ Touring Elite Odyssey and was impressed with all of the attributes that makes today’s minivan such a favorite among families.

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All Odyssey models (there are five) are powered by an advanced 3.5 liter, 24-valve, SOHC, all-aluminum V6 engine with i-TEC and variable cylinder management.  It generates 248hp at 5,700rpm and 250lb.ft. of torque at 4,800rpm combining a balanced combination of fuel efficiency and low emissions.  The engine gives excellent responsiveness and acceleration that I really enjoyed while maneuvering around slow city traffic and when merging on the highway.  The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission turning the front wheels.  This Honda six-speed changes gears quickly with no perception of each change.  It pulls strongly all the way up the gears.

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The body of the Odyssey is very rigid utilizing 59% high-strength steel to help isolate noise and to reduce body weight for agile handling and excellent fuel efficiency.  This strong and rigid body structure and long 118.1 inch wheelbase, ensures a comfortable ride and confident driving performance further enhanced with the fully independent suspension.  Up front is a MacPherson strut setup with gas-charged shocks and a 24mm stabilizer bar.  The rear features a unique multi-link double-wishbone setup with gas-charged shocks and a 24mm stabilizer bar.  This suspension keeps body lean to a minimum when traveling on curving roads and flattens out poorly paved road surfaces.  Standard Vehicle Stability Assist and traction control keep you in control when driving on steeply curving roads at speed.  Variable power-assisted rack & pinion steering gave me an excellent feel for the road, good on-center feel and light steering effort when driving slow and heavier steering feel at highway speeds.  It was responsive to all of my steering inputs.  It is one of the best driving minivans that I have tested over the years.

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Slowing the Odyssey Touring Elite down from speed are large, power-assisted, four-wheel disc brakes.  Up front are 12.6 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 13.1 inch solid discs clamped with large single-piston calipers in the rear.  Braking control and power are enhanced with standard ABS, EBD and BA.  Whenever I used the brakes hard the feel was very linear and assuring.

The Honda Odyssey Touring Elite rides on 17X7 inch alloy wheels wrapped with 235/60R18 inch all-season radial tires for excellent grip and a smooth, quiet ride.

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Erakat, a veteran voice of the Palestinians

Long-time Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat was announced on Friday as the man to open dialogue with his Israeli counterpart at meetings in Washington after three years of stalled peace negotiations.

Both Erakat and Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry for initial talks, the top US diplomat said at the end of four days of intense diplomacy as he consulted Palestinian and Israeli leaders from his base in Amman.

The 55-year-old Erakat, an academic whose perfect command of English is often spiced with humour, was part of every team to negotiate with Israel since 1991, with the notable exception of those who secretly hammered out the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Erakat rose to prominence as a media personality at the 1991 international peace conference in Madrid at which he wore the black-and-white chequered Palestinian headscarf.

Born in Jerusalem, he has been a key figure in the Palestinian political landscape, an indispensable briefer for foreign envoys and a suave tactician who can register indignation when necessary.

A member of the Palestinian parliament since 1996, Erakat was close to Yasser Arafat, historic leader of the Palestinian national movement, even though he did not follow Arafat into exile in Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia before his return to Gaza in 1994.

In 2009, Erakat was elected to the central committee of the Fatah wing of Mahmud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority and to the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

He was an architect of the negotiations on a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from the failed Camp David summit in July 2000 to the talks launched in Washington in September 2010 which were interrupted after less than a month in a row over Israel’s continued settlement building.

Appointed in 2003 to head the PLO negotiating team, Erakat briefly resigned from the post in 2011 because of “responsibility for the theft of documents from his office,” papers which he said had been “adulterated”.

He was referring to more than 1,600 documents on the talks with Israel between 1999 and 2010, released in January 2011 by Qatar-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera and dubbed “The Palestine Papers”.

Palestinian officials worked to limit the damage caused by their publication, which showed Palestinian negotiators prepared to offer significant concessions without securing Israeli guarantees on key issues such as east Jerusalem and the fate of refugees.

Although the documents did not cause major turmoil in Palestinian public opinion, Erakat’s position was weakened at the time by announcements the alleged perpetrators of the leaks worked for the PLO negotiation team he headed.

He had said an investigation into the leaks pointed towards three nationals of US, British and French extraction being responsible.

A former journalist with the independent daily Al-Quds in east Jerusalem, Erakat holds a BA and an MA in Political Science from the University of San Francisco.

He also has a doctorate in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford in England, and he taught at An-Najah University in the West Bank town of Nablus from 1979 to 1991.

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2014 Acura RLX Review & Test Drive

By Harvey Schwartz

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‘ADDING THE X FACTOR’

The all-new 2014 Acura RLX with the Advance Package adds more power, performance, comfort, luxury, high-tech connectivity and safety systems that take this all-new ‘top-of-the-line’ Acura into a higher position competing against the best mid-size luxury sport sedans on the market.

The all-new Acura is the most powerful, spacious and technologically advanced Acura sedan ever.  It is powered by an all-new 3.5 liter SOHC Earth Dreams Technology V6 engine featuring an aluminum block/heads, direct injection, and intelligent VVT + Lift electronic control, four-valves per cylinder, generating a healthy 310hp at 6,500rpm and 272lb. ft. of torque at 4,500rpm.  It also features variable cylinder management cylinder deactivation system that improves mpg when cruising.  This advanced engine is mated to a re-engineered, six-speed automatic FWD transaxle with sequential Sportshift paddle shifter on the steering wheel including a Sport mode to remap for faster and higher rpm gear changes and tighten the dampers for more spirited handling.  The new Grade Logic Control works with the transmission to keep it in the proper gear when driving up or down hilly terrain.

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The state-of-the-art fully independent suspension gives you an amazing ride of a sport sedan and a luxury sedan all rolled into one.  Up front is a double-wishbone, lower double-joint setup with telescopic gas-filled Amplitude Reactive shocks and a 33mm solid stabilizer bar.  A multi-link rear suspension setup also features the telescopic gas-filled Amplitude Reactive shocks and a 25mm solid stabilizer bar to keep the RLX flat when attacking steep curving roads.  It is tremendously responsive and flattens out the potholes on rough roads.  Giving me an even more responsive feedback from my steering inputs is the electric power rack & pinion steering system that features Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) that continuously monitors and calculates the correct amount of independent rear-wheel steering (toe angle) necessary to help you maneuver through tough curving roads with ease and stability.  With these innovative systems and Acura’s Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, there is no hint that the all-new RLX is a front-wheel-drive sedan.  I felt no hint of ‘torque steer’, no understeer with the P-AWS system.  Steering is quick and responsive with a ratio of 13.9:1 and just 2.58 turns lock-to-lock.  You can shut down the Traction Control system to let the rear slide out a little at the apex of the curve to got my pulse running higher.

Quickly and safely slowing the all-new RLX down from speed are big, powerful brakes.  Up front are 12.3 inch vented discs clamped with large, Acura lettered single-piston calipers.  The rear features 12.2 inch solid discs also clamped with large single-piston calipers.  Keeping control of the RLX during hard braking on wet or slick pavement are standard ABS, EBD and BA systems.

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Media Digest (4/29/2013) Reuters, WSJ, NYT, FT, Bloomberg

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The form of taxation that is applied to a Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) buyout of the 45% of Verizon Wireless that Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ: VOD) owns may decide the deal. (Reuters)

The global economy continues to rely on central bank aide to prop up gross domestic product. (Reuters)

China’s move to 4G will give some equipment suppliers huge contracts. (Reuters)

Tough European sales may start to badly damage U.S. corporate earnings. (WSJ)

The government blocks cash payouts to some General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) executives. (WSJ)

The number of people in the U.S. looking for jobs fell to its lowest level since 1979 because of retiring baby boomers. (WSJ)

Fred Hassan leaves as the chairman of Avon Product Inc.’s (NYSE: AVP) board. (WSJ)

A move to dividend-paying stocks may be causing their prices to move too high. (WSJ)

More Republican members of Congress will support a tax on online sales. (NYT)

Cable firm AXS TV will start to run programming from AOL Inc.’s (NYSE: AOL) HuffPo Live. (NYT)

Passengers may well shy away from flying the Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) 787, which recently fixed battery problems. (NYT)

Chat applications will continue to hurt revenue from texts, which have helped telecom earnings. (FT)

More Europeans may modify their positions on the value of austerity. (Bloomberg)

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) ups its commitment to $20 phones as it loses market share to smartphones from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Samsung. (Bloomberg)

Filed under: 24/7 Wall St. Wire, Press Digest Tagged: AAPL, AOL, AVP, BA, GM, NOK, VOD, VZ

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Boeing's Dreamliner Could Resume Flights Next Month

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WASHINGTON — Published reports say Boeing’s grounded 787 jetliners could soon be flying again.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Aviation Administration is set to approve Boeing’s fix for the ion-lithium batteries. The 787 Dreamliner has been grounded since mid-January because of smoldering batteries that in one case caused a serious fire.

The Journal says the FAA is expected to announce Friday that Boeing’s redesigned batteries are safe. The fix includes more heat insulation and a battery box designed to vent any hot gases from the batteries outside the planes.

There was no immediate comment from the FAA and a Boeing Co. (BA) spokesman declined to comment on the report.

The New York Times, which also reported the development, says the aircraft could be back in service next month.

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Media Digest (4/18/2103) Reuters, WSJ, NYT, FT, Bloomberg

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The FAA moves closer to a decision to clear the Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner for commercial service. (Reuters)

Worries about Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) profits press its stock value under $400. (Reuters)

LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE: LNKD) will test mobile ads in it smartphone app. (Reuters)

Twitter begins to examine tweets to better target ads. (Reuters)

China will allow the yuan to trade in a wider range. (WSJ)

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann tells the Wall Street Journal that Europe‘s financial repair could take a decade. (WSJ)

The International Energy Agency says the progress of green energy has slowed. (WSJ)

Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) will spend as much as $700 million to upgrade hospital and safety systems on its ships. (WSJ)

The growth of the PayPal operation of eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) slows, according to its earnings report. (WSJ)

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) earnings likely will show the company’s products have not triggered global PC growth. (WSJ)

Large bank profits may push regulators to put more regulations on the banking system. (NYT)

The United States has become Japan‘s top export market, taking the position from China. (FT)

The International Monetary Fund says monetary easing could cause credit bubbles. (FT)

Gold miners lose $169 billion as the price of the metal falls. (Bloomberg)

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2014 Mazda CX-5 Review & Test Drive

By Harvey Schwartz

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‘A FASTER ZOOM ZOOM CX-5’

For the 2014 model year Mazda holds up to its famous ‘Zoom Zoom’ philosophy by increasing the size, horsepower and torque of its best-selling CX-5 sport utility vehicle.  The new inline four-cylinder engine now generates a healthier 184hp at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb.ft. of torque at just 3,250 rpm.  This all-aluminum, DOHC engine features advanced direct injection, S-VT variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust.  It also features a high 13:1 compression ratio and a uniquely crafted 4-2-1 exhaust system with dual exhaust outlets.  This new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine still maintains the fuel economy threshold of 25 mpg/city and 32 mpg/highway.  The engine is paired with a SKYACTIV Drive six-speed automatic sport-tuned (short shift strokes) transmission with sequential shifting to get you moving quickly.  Standard dynamic stability control and traction control help to minimize torque steer when launching quickly, or when accelerating to pass slower moving traffic on the highway.  This new powertrain is a seamless combination of power coming through as you need it.

The new 2014 CX-5 Grand Touring rides and handles like an upscale sport sedan with its fully independent sport-tuned suspension and rigid body structure using lightweight, high-tensile steel.  Up front is a MacPherson strut setup with coil springs, twin-tube shocks and a stabilizer bar.  The rear features a multi-link setup with coil springs, twin-tube shocks and a stabilizer bar.  The industry is changing over to electric power steering and the Mazda’s system benefits from a strut tower brace over the engine that gives you quick, precise response to your steering inputs as you easily maneuver around slow city traffic and when driving through curving roads.  The CX-5 also comes standard with Hill Launch Assist.

Slowing down behind the wheel of the new 2014 CX-5 is easy with four-wheel, power assisted steel disc brakes.  Up front are 11.7 inch vented discs and 11.9 inch solid discs in the rear.  Each disc is clamped with single-piston calipers and your control during braking is enhanced with standard ABS, EBD and BA.

The new Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring rides on large, 19X7 inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with Toyo 225/55R19 inch A23 all-season performance tires for a smooth ride and excellent grip.

The exterior design mirrors its sporting mechanicals under the sheet metal with Mazda’s current design language known as KODO, or ‘Soul of Motion’.  KODO gets its inspiration from nature-in its most calm and most furious times.  My Soul Red Metallic painted CX-5 comes with a black contrasting full-length lower bodykit to lower its center of gravity enhancing its handling capabilities and gives the truck a more sporty appearance.  Its sculptured body is taut and compact yet muscular.  Shapely flared front

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Media Digest (4/15/2013) Reuters, WSJ, NYT, FT, Bloomberg

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Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) cuts the number of outside investment managers that its brokers can offer to clients. (Reuters)

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is likely to pay $13 billion to buy Life Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: LIFE). (Reuters)

Foxconn adds workers in preparation for production of the new Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone. (WSJ)

The FAA orders inspections of about 1,000 Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) 737s. (WSJ)

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) probably produces a new touch smartphone type watch. (WSJ)

Verizon Wireless pushes out the number of months subscribers need to wait for phone upgrades from 20 months to 24. (WSJ)

McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) presses value of its products to customers to help same-store sales. (WSJ)

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) and General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) will produce new transmissions together. (WSJ)

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) agrees to search restrictions to settle antitrust claims by the European Commission. (NYT)

The ability of big companies to save money on manufacturing overseas helps offset a weak U.S. economy. (NYT)

A study by Brookings and the Financial Times shows the global economy is not improving. (FT)

India’s inflation drops to a 40-month low at 5.96% in March. (Bloomberg)

Filed under: 24/7 Wall St. Wire, Press Digest Tagged: AAPL, BA, F, GM, GOOG, LIFE, MCD, MSFT, TMO, WFC

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CORRECTING and REPLACING Interbrand Appoints Tim Newby as Chief Executive Officer of BrandWizard

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CORRECTING and REPLACING Interbrand Appoints Tim Newby as Chief Executive Officer of BrandWizard

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Third graph, second sentence of the release dated April, 8, 2013 should read: including P&G, Citibank, Coca-Cola, and McDonald’s (sted including Proctor & Gamble, Altria, Nestle, and McDonald’s). Also, the fourth graph, second sentence should read: marchFIRST (sted matchFirst).

The corrected release reads:

INTERBRAND APPOINTS TIM NEWBY AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF BRANDWIZARD

Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, announced today that Tim Newby has been named Chief Executive Officer of BrandWizard, the digital arm of Interbrand that combines brand and Digital Asset Management (DAM) to bring technology solutions to brand management challenges.

Newby will be based in BrandWizard’s New York office and will report to Lee Carpenter, Interbrand’s North American CEO, and Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s Global CEO.

Most recently, Newby was Chief Operating Officer of MarketForward, a Publicis Groupe-owned company that provides customizable digital brand management tools and strategic consulting services. Newby joined MarketForward in 2004 and oversaw efforts for many of its prominent clients, including P&G, Citibank, Coca-Cola, and McDonald’s. During his tenure, Newby led the worldwide operations of BrandGuard, the company’s core enterprise-level digital management tool.

Prior to his role at MarketForward, Newby held senior leadership positions at several top advertising and technology innovation agencies where he managed global teams across key offers and services spanning sales, strategy, account management, and technical support. He has also held senior Partner positions at OgilvyOne Worldwide and marchFIRST, formerly Whittman-Hart.

“Tim brings the unique combination of business and technological acumen that is required to lead a company like BrandWizard,” said Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s Global Chief Executive Officer. “I have the utmost confidence that with his successful track record developing and growing client relationships and developing innovative technological solutions, he will prove to be a vital asset to the firm and set the stage for the next phase of BrandWizard’s growth.”

Newby succeeds BrandWizard CEO Robin Rusch, who also founded brandchannel.com, Interbrand’s award-winning news resource that covers brands and marketing.

Newby holds an MS in Communications Systems from Northwestern University and a BA in Public Relations from Illinois State University.

About Interbrand

Founded in 1974, Interbrand is one of the world’s largest branding consultancies. With nearly 40 offices in 29 countries, Interbrand’s combination of rigorous strategy, analytics, and world-class design enables it to assist clients in creating and …read more

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Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. Appoints Carl B. McGowan, Jr., PhD, CFA, to Its Board of

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Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. Appoints Carl B. McGowan, Jr., PhD, CFA, to Its Board of Directors

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq: WHLR) (“Wheeler” or the “Company”), a company specializing in owning, acquiring, financing, developing, renovating, leasing and managing income producing assets, such as community centers, neighborhood centers, strip centers and free-standing retail properties, today announced that it has appointed Carl B. McGowan, Jr., PhD, CFA, as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Dr. McGowan will also serve as the Chairman of its Audit Committee. Dr. McGowan, who brings over 30 years of extensive financial experience to the Board, will replace John McAuliffe, who resigned his position with the Company to pursue other business interests. Wheeler’s Board will remain at seven members with five of those members being independent.

Dr. McGowan is presently the Faculty Distinguished Professor of Finance at Norfolk State University. Dr. McGowan has a BA in International Relations (Syracuse), an MBA in Finance (Eastern Michigan), and a PhD in Business Administration (Michigan State).

Dr. McGowan has conducted extensive research is in the areas of corporate finance and international finance, with specific studies relating to real estate operations. In addition to over 150 conference presentations, Dr. McGowan has published 68 articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals including: The Journal of Real Estate Research, The American Journal of Business Education, Applied Financial Economics, Decision Science, Financial Practice and Education, The Financial Review, International Business and Economics Research Journal, The International Review of Financial Analysis, The Journal of Applied Business Research, The Journal of Business Case Studies, The Journal of Diversity Management, Managerial Finance, Managing Global Transitions, The Southwestern Economic Review, and Urban Studies.

Jon S. Wheeler, Chairman and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. McGowan to the Board. His diverse experience and well-known authority in finance and economics will be valuable as we pursue the continued growth of the Company. His experience and research in real estate finance will add to the depth and breadth of the Board, and we look forward to his leadership as head of our Audit Committee and benefitting from his counsel.”


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Interbrand Appoints Tim Newby as Chief Executive Officer of BrandWizard

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Interbrand Appoints Tim Newby as Chief Executive Officer of BrandWizard

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, announced today that Tim Newby has been named Chief Executive Officer of BrandWizard, the digital arm of Interbrand that combines brand and Digital Asset Management (DAM) to bring technology solutions to brand management challenges.

Newby will be based in BrandWizard’s New York office and will report to Lee Carpenter, Interbrand’s North American CEO, and Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s Global CEO.

Most recently, Newby was Chief Operating Officer of MarketForward, a Publicis Groupe-owned company that provides customizable digital brand management tools and strategic consulting services. Newby joined MarketForward in 2004 and oversaw efforts for many of its prominent clients, including Proctor & Gamble, Altria, Nestle, and McDonald’s. During his tenure, Newby led the worldwide operations of BrandGuard, the company’s core enterprise-level digital management tool.

Prior to his role at MarketForward, Newby held senior leadership positions at several top advertising and technology innovation agencies where he managed global teams across key offers and services spanning sales, strategy, account management, and technical support. He has also held senior Partner positions at OgilvyOne Worldwide and matchFirst, formerly Whittman-Hart.

“Tim brings the unique combination of business and technological acumen that is required to lead a company like BrandWizard,” said Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s Global Chief Executive Officer. “I have the utmost confidence that with his successful track record developing and growing client relationships and developing innovative technological solutions, he will prove to be a vital asset to the firm and set the stage for the next phase of BrandWizard’s growth.”

Newby succeeds BrandWizard CEO Robin Rusch, who also founded brandchannel.com, Interbrand’s award-winning news resource that covers brands and marketing.

Newby holds an MS in Communications Systems from Northwestern University and a BA in Public Relations from Illinois State University.

About Interbrand

Founded in 1974, Interbrand is one of the world’s largest branding consultancies. With nearly 40 offices in 29 countries, Interbrand’s combination of rigorous strategy, analytics, and world-class design enables it to assist clients in creating and managing brand value effectively, across all touchpoints, in all market dynamics. Interbrand is widely recognized for its annual Best Global Brands report, the definitive guide to the world’s most valuable brands, as well as its Best Global Green Brands report, which identifies the gap between customer perception and a brand’s performance relative to sustainability. It is also known for having created brandchannel.com, a Webby-award winning resource about brand marketing …read more

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Charles River Associates (CRA) Announces Vice President Promotion

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Charles River Associates (CRA) Announces Vice President Promotion

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Charles River Associates  (NAS: CRAI) , a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced the promotion of Robert Lee to vice president in the Auctions & Competitive Bidding Practice.

“It is a pleasure to congratulate Bob Lee on his promotion to vice president,” said CRA‘s President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maleh. “Bob has been a key contributor to the success and growth of our Auctions & Competitive Bidding Practice. He is a trusted advisor not only to clients who regularly seek his counsel but also to colleagues at CRA, and we proudly recognize him at this exciting time in his career.”

During his consulting career, Mr. Lee has assisted clients in developing structured sales and procurement channels in a broad array of industries and markets. He has managed acquisitions and divestitures in traditional, bilateral negotiations and helped design structured competitive bidding environments for energy and agricultural commodities. In addition, Mr. Lee has helped clients on a range of valuations and market analyses related to changes in market dynamics and market structure. He has provided testimony on behalf of leading energy suppliers, and has been a guest lecturer at the Brandeis University International Business School. Prior to joining CRA‘s Auctions & Competitive Bidding Practice, Mr. Lee was a member of CRA‘s Energy Practice. He previously served as a Principal with the PA Consulting Group and as a Senior Associate with Putnam, Hayes and Bartlett. He holds an MSIA/MBA degree from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a BA degree in Mathematics from Boston College.

About CRA’s Auctions & Competitive Bidding Practice

For over 15 years, CRA has been offering businesses, governments, and other market participants extensive experience in the design, implementation, and monitoring of auctions and other transaction mechanisms as well as in advising bidders in these market mechanisms. CRA has developed and/or managed auctions and other market mechanisms for a range of industries including energy, commodities, telecommunications, transportation, oil and gas, natural resources, and metals & minerals.

About Charles River Associates (CRA)

Charles River Associates® is a global consulting firm specializing in litigation, regulatory, and financial consulting, and management consulting. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through …read more
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Fox Business Network Signs Jo Ling Kent as Business Reporter

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Fox Business Network Signs Jo Ling Kent as Business Reporter

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– FOX Business Network (FBN) has hired Jo Ling Kent from NBC‘s owned and operated station WVIT (Hartford), announced Kevin Magee, head of the network.

Starting May 1st, Kent will serve as a business reporter for FBN covering breaking financial news and international market moves. She will be based out of FBN‘s headquarters in New York.

In making the announcement Magee said, “Jo is an extremely accomplished reporter. Her experience overseas will help our audience understand international markets and economies.”

While at WVIT, Kent covered local businesses as a general assignment and investigative reporter. Prior to that, she was a campaign embed reporter for NBC News, covering the 2012 presidential race. Before joining NBC, she covered the Chinese economy, human rights, Taiwan trade and environmental issues as an associate producer in CNN’s Beijing bureau. She got her start in television working as a web reporter for ABC News where she covered the Beijing Olympics, 2008 Taiwan elections, unrest in Tibet and the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

In 2006, Kent founded the Annual International Women’s Day Benefit, an organization dedicated to creating mentoring and education programs for girls in the United States and China. To date, the organization has raised tens of thousands of dollars through fundraising events across the country.

Kent holds two masters degrees in international affairs from both the London School of Economics and Peking University, in addition to a BA from Rice University. She is a U.S. Fulbright Fellow to China, specializing in the effects of legal aid for underprivileged women in the criminal justice system under China‘s preeminent women’s activist lawyers. She originally helms from Minnesota and is fluent in Mandarin.

FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York—the business capital of the world—FBN launched in October 2007 under the leadership of FOX News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes and is now available in more than 60 million homes in major markets across the United States. Owned by News Corp, the network has bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and London. On the web at www.foxbusiness.com

How Dividends Change the Game for Boeing

By Anders Bylund, The Motley Fool

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The wealth-building power of compound interest will never cease to amaze me. It’s a story of patience and attention to detail, where small, short-term differences add up to massive divergence over decades. And in the end, the biggest winners don’t always deliver the fattest share-price returns.

Aircraft builder and military contractor Boeing was a modest dividend story in the mid-2000s. Share prices were rocketing skyward, and Boeing’s annual payout bumps could barely keep up. Yields hovered just above the 1% mark for four years.

The economic crisis of 2008 hit the reset button on Boeing’s dividends. Increases were put on hold until 2012, but share prices plunged. When all is said and done, Boeing’s current 2.3% yield looks meaty in the context of the stock‘s total dividend history.

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How big of a difference can these payouts really make for income investors? You might be surprised.

Over the last decade, Boeing has crushed its peers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average by more than tripling share prices. But the total return jumps to a quadruple helping when you reinvest dividend checks along the way.

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What’s more, Boeing has plenty of headroom to increase its payouts further. The company spent just $1.3 billion on dividend checks over the last year while collecting $5.9 billion in free cash flows. That’s a slim 22% cash payout ratio.

By comparison, Northrop Grumman spent $535 million on dividends out of a $2.3 billion free cash pool, and Lockheed Martin ‘s dividends accounted for $1.35 billion out of just $619 million of free cash generated. Northrop’s 23% payout ratio is in the same ballpark as Boeing’s, but Lockheed cuts dividend checks faster than it can back them with fresh cash. Yes, Lockheed’s 5% yield looks a lot richer than Boeing’s 2.3%, but I’m not sure I’d bet the house on a negative cash-to-dividends ratio.

Dreamliner troubles notwithstanding, Boeing appears to be the far safer bet, in a virtual deadlock with Northrop Grumman.

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Boeing Says 787 Dreamliner Test Flight 'Goes as Planned'

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Joshua Trujillo/AP/seattlepi.com A Boeing 787 lifts off on Monday from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. It was the first test flight of a 787 since the fleet was grounded because of the risk of fire with the aircraft’s lithium-ion batteries.

SEATTLE — A Boeing 787 with a redesigned battery system made a 2-hour test flight on Monday, and the company said the event “went according to plan.”

The test flight was an important step in Boeing’s plan to convince safety regulators to let airlines resume using the plane, which the company calls the Dreamliner.

Boeing Co. (BA) will analyze information from the flight and prepare for another flight — using the same plane — to demonstrate the 787’s performance to the Federal Aviation Administration, said company spokesman Marc Birtel.

The timing of that demonstration flight has not been set, Birtel said. Boeing hopes to get 787s flying again within weeks, not months, but that decision will be made by aviation regulators in the U.S., Japan and elsewhere. Worldwide, airlines own about 50 Dreamliners.

The fleet has been grounded since January after lithium-ion batteries aboard two planes overheated. The battery on a Japan Airlines 787 caught fire after it landed in Boston, and the battery on an All Nippon Airways jet began smoking during a flight in Japan, forcing an emergency landing.

Boeing added insulation around battery cells and a steel casing on the outside to prevent fires. Company officials have said that they might never know the cause of the smoldering batteries. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and Japanese authorities are investigating the incidents.

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The NTSB plans to hold a forum next month in Washington on the use of lithium-ion batteries in transportation. The agency said Monday that the event April 11-12 will focus on design and performance of the batteries and regulation of their manufacturing and use.

For Monday’s test flight, Boeing used a 787 that it built for LOT Polish Airlines. The plane took off about an hour later than planned from Paine Field near Seattle, flew out over the Pacific and down the coast to Oregon before returning to the same airfield.

Birtel, the Boeing spokesman, said the plane’s 6-member crew tested landing gear, electrical and backup systems to show that all of them functioned as designed. The same plane had a similar test flight in January, but that was before the changes to the battery system.

Boeing declined to provide access to the plane or its facilities before or after the flight.

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Boeing 787 Test Flights Possible by Week's End, Sources Say

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SEATTLE/WASHINGTON — Boeing plans to conduct two flight tests of its revamped 787 battery system, possibly as soon as the end of the week, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

The 787 flights, the first since February, would mark another step toward Boeing’s recently announced goal of returning the grounded jet to service in a matter of weeks, not months.

Regulators banned the plane from the skies in January after lithium-ion batteries burned on two 787s in quick succession that month. The Federal Aviation Administration gave Boeing Co. (BA) permission for a single “ferry” flight on Feb. 7 to move a jet to Washington state from Texas, carrying minimal crew and no passengers.

Boeing declined to comment.

The FAA on March 12 approved Boeing’s plan to test a redesigned battery system, to prove it is safe. The FAA-approved plan includes a rigorous battery testing standard Boeing helped develop but did not previously use.

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Boeing said last week that it was one-third of the way through the testing, and expected to finish in a week or two. Boeing’s prediction drew scepticism from some regulators and industry experts, who said it was too early to say when the Dreamliner would fly again with the root cause of the battery overheating still unknown.

A senior official at Boeing’s biggest 787 customer, All Nippon Airways, told Reuters this week that the timetable was a best-case scenario and was too uncertain for it use in planning.

The testing regimen set by the FAA requires one flight test. But Boeing plans to conduct two flights: One for its own purposes and a second to gather data to submit for FAA approval, according to the sources, who spoke on condition that they not be named.

The flights could still be delayed by weather or other factors. Flight plans for the events had not yet been filed with the FAA. The flights would depart from and return to Paine Field, an airport adjacent to the factory in Everett, Wash., where the 787 Dreamliner is made.


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Delta in Talks to Buy Jets from Boeing, Airbus, Sources Say

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Ted S. Warren/AP Workers assemble a next-generation 737 airplane at Boeing Co.’s assembly facility in Renton, Wash.

Delta Air Lines is in talks to purchase small and wide-body jets from Airbus and Boeing in deals potentially worth about $6 billion at list prices, two people familiar with the matter said.

Potential orders involve about 20 each of the planemakers’ most popular families of jets — the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 in the medium-haul, narrow-body class and the Airbus A330 or Boeing 777 in the long-range, wide-body category, the people said.

None of the parties involved agreed to comment.

The sources confirmed a Bloomberg News report that Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) was considering buying planes including 10 to 20 of the A330 or the 777 wide-body aircraft worth $4.3 billion.

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Delta told an investor conference on March 4 that it needed to evaluate its needs for wide-body jets, but played down the possibility of a large order because of recent investments in its relatively young fleet.

The airline said it saw “opportunities in the marketplace” to add selectively to its wide-body fleet and would be talking, for example, to Airbus. Airlines typically engage both major aircraft makers in any discussion to seek the best prices.

Delta already operates all four of the aircraft types involved in the talks at both ends of the spectrum, making it possible for the plane-makers to offer aircraft without having to shoulder the heavy costs of helping the airline switch suppliers.

The talks come on the heels of an exceptionally busy two weeks for aircraft orders as airlines chase fuel savings while trying to grow or replace their fleets. Industry body IATA earlier edged up its forecast for airline profits this year.

On Tuesday, budget Irish airline Ryanair handed Boeing Co. (BA) its largest European order ever, a deal for 175 Boeing 737 jets worth $16 billion at list prices. The deal came a day after Indonesia’s Lion Air on Monday picked European rival Airbus for a $24 billion order.

Lion Air had been an exclusively Boeing customer for jets.


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Boeing Gets Big Boost with Huge Order from Ryanair

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(Ted S. Warren/AP) Workers assemble a next-generation 737 airplane at Boeing’s assembly facility in Renton, Wash.

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DUBLIN — Ryanair has made the biggest-ever order of Boeing planes by a European airline, announcing Tuesday it will buy 175 aircraft in a major boost for the U.S. aerospace giant.

Neither side disclosed the purchase price for the 737-800s, but budget carrier Ryanair said it did negotiate a bulk discount off the total list price of $15.6 billion. Industry analysts said Ryanair almost certainly was paying less than half price, meaning a total bill below $8 billion, or $45 million per aircraft.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary and the head of Boeing’s commercial airplanes division, Ray Conner, signed the agreement Tuesday in New York.

The deal was timed to coincide with Tuesday’s visit by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to Washington, D.C., to meet President Obama and senior American legislators for St. Patrick’s Day-related events. Kenny plans to visit Seattle and Washington state, the base for Boeing Co. (BA) operations in the Pacific Northwest, later this week.

The move also takes the sting away from Boeing’s loss of a big order on Monday, when Indonesia’s Lion Air gave Boeing rival Airbus an order for more than 200 single-aisle planes.

Ryanair (RYAAY) already operates a fleet of 305 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. It is Boeing’s biggest European customer for the model, which launched in 1997 and faces global competition from the Airbus A320. Both are single-aisle aircraft with cabins that typically carry 150 to 200 passengers.

Boeing’s primary 737 assembly line in Renton, Washington, faces a transition to building a newer model called the 737 MAX by 2017. Ryanair’s order represents about a half-year of full-time work for the plant.

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O’Leary said about 75 of the new-order 737s would replace older airplanes, but the fleet would grow to 400 by 2019. He said Ryanair expected its passenger volume to grow around 20 percent to 100 million passengers by 2019, by which time its workforce would expand from 8,500 to around 11,500.

O’Leary has spent years playing hardball with Boeing to secure the best possible price for his next bulk order — and even sowed the seeds Tuesday for his next marathon negotiation, noting that his airline was “continuing to evaluate the benefits of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft.”

The purchase contract for much of Ryanair’s current Boeing fleet was agreed in the months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when airlines struggled to place new orders, and later Ryanair regulatory filings in Dublin confirmed that it received a 53 percent discount off Boeing’s list prices. In 2009, O’Leary noisily withdrew from talks to purchase more 737s and hinted that Ryanair might turn to Airbus.

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