Nike stock price reaches all-time high after Colin Kaepernick ad

Shares of Nike reached an all-time high Friday afternoon, rebounding from a recent dip spurred by concerns about consumer boycott after the athletic apparel maker signed a high-profile deal with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The company’s stock rose slightly on Friday, closing at $83.49. Since Nike announced the campaign on Labor Day, shares are up about 4 percent. Longer-term, Nike stock has surged 33 percent this year as Wall Street bet that the company would be able to ride out the negative publicity. Online sales of Nike gear jumped 31 percent from Sept. 2 through Sept. 4, nearly double the company’s sales during the same period a year ago, according to Edison Trends, a digital commerce research company.

 

Kaepernick gained notoriety for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed African Americans. He opted out of his contract in 2017, although there were reports the San Francisco 49ers were preparing to cut him during the off-season. Subsequently, the quarterback claimed in a lawsuit that the NFL’s 32 teams colluded to deny him a chance to play for another team. The case is currently in arbitration.

The ad features a close-up of Kaepernick’s face and the tagline “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” The spot proved polarizing, with some consumers voicing their displeasure by burning Nike merchandise. President Donald Trump, who has frequently criticized the anthem protests, denounced Nike’s campaign for sending a “terrible message.”

“In my view, fans believe it is disrespectful to kneel during the national anthem,” wrote Christopher Arps, a member of the conservative Project 21 national advisory council, at the conservative publication The Daily Caller. “We don’t want to see or hear someone’s political speech or opinions. We want to escape for a few hours to watch great athletes entertain us. Especially when we’ve paid a lot of money to watch.”

Core customer base
The Kaepernick campaign, however, is resonating with the company’s core customer base, such as millennial and Generation Z men, “in a way that is authentic, culturally relevant, experiential and emotionally engaging,” according to Wedbush Analyst Christopher Svezia.

In a recent client note, Svezia pointed out that Nike gained around 170,000 followers on Instagram in the wake of the campaign. The Kaepernick ad could become the company’s most-liked Instagram post, drawing a record number of comments, although many of those remarks were critical of the company.

“In the end, the net follower gains and possible record likes by Americans, as well as the company’s consumer demographic, lead us to believe that the Kaepernick ad campaign was a positive for the brand and likely its sales,” writes Svezia, who rates Nike “outperform.”

Svezia’s view is backed up by recent polling data from Harris which found that 29 percent of young men said they would buy Nike products in the future because of the Kaepernick spot, compared with 19 percent of consumers overall. Consumers who identified themselves as conservative opposed the company’s decision while liberals supported it.

Nike ranks 10th among U.S. companies for brand relevance, according to a survey of 3,000 millennials from brand and marketing consulting firm Prophet. The apparel company’s willingness to “push the status quo,” the quality of its products and its ability to inspire people are reasons why the brand draws consumers, said Jesse Purewal, an associate partner in the firm.

Controversy can help get consumers talking about a brand, Purewal said. “You are going to invite people to participate in the dialogue that your brand has begun,” he noted.

Nike, which has stood by other athletes involved in controversies such as golfer Tiger Woods, is one of the few brands that is highly rated by consumers across demographic categories, said Prophet Chief Growth Officer Scott Davis.

A spokesperson for Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nike-stock-price-reaches-all-time-high-despite-colin-kaepernick-ad-boycott/

U.S. Plans to Pay Mexico to Deport Unauthorized Immigrants There

WASHINGTON — President Trump has promised for years that Mexico would pay for a vast border wall, a demand that country has steadfastly refused. Now, in the Trump administration’s campaign to stop illegal immigration, the United States plans instead to pay Mexico.

In a recent notice sent to Congress, the administration said it intended to take $20 million in foreign assistance funds and use it to help Mexico pay plane and bus fare to deport as many as 17,000 people who are in that country illegally.

The money will help increase deportations of Central Americans, many of whom pass through Mexico to get to the American border. Any unauthorized immigrant in Mexico who is a known or suspected terrorist will also be deported under the program, according to the notification, although such people are few in number.

Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, said the program was intended to help relieve immigration flows at the United States border with Mexico.

“We are working closely with our Mexican counterparts to confront rising border apprehension numbers — specifically, a 38 percent increase in families this month alone — directly and to ensure that those with legitimate claims have access to appropriate protections,” Ms. Waldman said.

A spokesman for the Mexican Embassy did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment.

The plan, which has been debated internally for months, is part of a broader push by the Trump administration to redirect billions in foreign assistance to other priorities. The administration has yet to spend nearly $3 billion in foreign aid, money allocated last year by Congress with broad bipartisan support. Hundreds of millions of dollars meant to help stabilize Syria and support Palestinian schools and hospitals has already been redirected.

While the administration has made several announcements about not spending on priorities Congress intended, it has mostly kept quiet about what it will do with the money. But it has long been frustrated that Congress provides billions for foreign aid while refusing to fund its immigration priorities. The money will be transferred from the State Department to the Department of Homeland Security, and then sent to Mexico.
“Congress intended for this money to lift up communities dealing with crime, corruption and so many other challenges, not to expand this administration’s deportation crusade,” said Representative Eliot L. Engel of New York, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “I want answers about why the State Department thinks it can ignore Congress and dump more cash into deportation efforts. Until then, I’ll do whatever I can to stop this.”
The maneuver is the latest by the administration to reduce the number of immigrants crossing the southwestern border. The most prominent piece of the effort has been the “zero tolerance” policy to criminally prosecute any immigrant who enters the country without authorization. That led to the widely criticized practice of separating children from their parents at the border, which spurred a humanitarian and political crisis for Mr. Trump.

 

But the president’s advisers have also employed other strategies to deter immigrants, including revamping the rules surrounding who can qualify for asylum and trying to strike an agreement with Mexico that would disqualify any migrant who had not sought asylum there from claiming it in the United States.

Under the program, Mexico would be responsible for detaining and providing judicial review of immigrants before deporting them. The sometimes cumbersome and lengthy legal process in the United States to deport asylum seekers has long frustrated Mr. Trump, who has often said the laws must be changed to speed deportations. Getting Mexico to do deportations instead would bypass that process.

Immigrant advocacy groups called the deportation aid for Mexico a misguided and wasteful use of money that would fail to address the problems prompting migrants to travel to Mexico and the United States in the first place.

“We shouldn’t be paying another country to do our dirty work; we should actually be fixing our immigration system and helping these countries get back on solid footing,” said Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “It smacks of desperation.”

 

By GARDINER HARRIS and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

Bugatti Divo supercar is a sellout at $5.8 million each

Bugatti’s new Divo sold out as soon as the Volkswagen Group brand began showing the 5 million-euros ($5.8 million) supercar to potential buyers.

All 40 units of the coupe, which is based on the Bugatti Chiron, were bought immediately when the automaker showed it to a “small group of selected Chiron customers,” Bugatti President Stefan Winkelmann said in a statement.

Bugatti said the Divo was tuned for agility, nimbleness and optimum handling performance on winding roads. The 1,480-hp car will be street legal.

It can lap the Nardo handling circuit in southern Italy 8 seconds faster than the Chiron, Bugatti said.

The Divo has significantly higher performance in terms of lateral acceleration, agility and cornering compared with the Chiron, Winkelmann said. “We have shifted the balance further toward lateral acceleration, agility and cornering,” he said in the statement.

The Divo shares the Chiron’s 8.0-liter W-16 engine. Its top speed is limited to 380 kph (236 mph).

Bugatti said the Divo’s aerodynamics were intensively fine-tuned, the suspension and chassis settings were modified and weight reduced to improve the Divo’s performance when cornering.

A new architecture was developed for the car’s front with additional air inlets for brake cooling. The air inlets reduce the cross-sectional area of the vehicle, making it more aerodynamic while ensuring improved air flow and increasing aerodynamic efficiency.

An optimized “air curtain” makes for better air flow over the front and rear sections of the car’s sides. The wider front spoiler provides higher downforce and guides more air to the front air inlets so the cooling system receives a higher mass flow and overall cooling performance is improved.

To ensure the car remains firmly planted on the ground, engineers made various alterations including a much wider rear wing and a redesigned rear diffuser to improve traction. The rear spoiler is 1830mm wide (72 inches), which is 23 percent wider than on the Chiron. The wider spoiler results in higher air brake performance as well as significantly more downforce, Bugatti said.

The downforce is also boosted by the rear diffuser, which was designed for greater efficiency and accommodates four tailpipes. The total downforce generated is 456 kg, 90 kg more than on the Chiron.

 

Thermodynamic improvements including vanes, heatshields and airducts even in the roof channel a high flow of air mass to the engine compartment, cooling the powerplant. The result is a vehicle where form follows performance, according to its chief designer, Achim Anscheidt.

“Our task was to develop a vehicle that would look different from the Chiron but still be immediately recognizable as a Bugatti,” Anscheidt said. “This meant that the three key style elements of Bugatti had to remain in place: the horseshoe-shaped front grille, the typical Bugatti signature line along the sides of the vehicle and the characteristic fin that defines the longitudinal axis of the car when viewed from above.”

The car is named after Albert Divo, a French former World War I fighter pilot and racecar driver who twice won the Targa Florio race on the mountainous roads of Sicily with Bugatti in the late 1920s.

The Divo was unveiled Friday at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

Xavior Young tells baby momma “kiss my ass”

Xavior Young  posted on Facebook he told her to kiss his ass

The mother of my 2 baby girl asked me for 500 dollars for the kids christmas… Below is what she gets weekly. I already have life insurance health insurance Vision Dental for the kids. she lives with her dad and her car is paid for. am I wrong for telling her to kiss my ass this morning when she asked me for 500 dollars

 

Xavior Young‎ Baby moma

Mich. Teacher Accused Of Having Sex With Several Of Her Students

jamila-love-williams-teacher-grand-rapidsA teacher from the Grand Rapids Public School System in Michigan turned herself in to police Thursday night after being accused of having sex with her students, WZZM 13 reports.

Jamila Love Williams, 35, was booked at the The Kent County Jail just before 6 p.m. She was charged with counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, all of which are felonies. No bond was set. More victims have come forward since Williams was charged, so the algebra teacher could face additional charges. Williams, a teacher at University Prep Academy for four years, was first accused of having sex with two students.

The Kent County Prosecutor’s office authorized warrants for four counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct against the teacher. Allegedly, she sexually assaulted two boys–ages 15 and 16–at various locations in Grand Rapids over the past three months. After the police’s investigation into Williams’ conduct became public, more alleged victims have come forward. The prosecutor’s office is reviewing those cases.

Michigan Live reports that Williams has confessed to having sex with at least two boys. The 16-year-old victim says he had sex with Williams at his home, a park, her car and other locations. The 15-year-old victim claims he and Williams had sex in her car and even in an allay.

Williams has four children, ages 19, 13, 9, and 3, and twin step-children, age 16. She has been placed on administrative leave.

If convicted, Williams could face up to 15 years in prison.

Gunman Shoots Up Strip Club With AK-47 After DJ Refuses To Play Song

henry-pettigrewPhiladelphia police are looking for a 21-year-old man who fired into a local strip club after getting into an argument with club management, WPVI-TV/DT Philadelphia reports.

On May 11, Henry Pettigrew (pictured) and another man were escorted out of the Purple Orchid Gentleman’s Club after arguing with club management over the DJ’s refusal to play a song they had requested.

As Pettigrew and the man were being escorted out of the establishment, they mistook a customer who was walking inside the club as a bouncer and assaulted him. As that man tried to escape in his SUV, Pettigrew allegedly emerged with an AK-47 and shot at the fleeing vehicle. The driver was hit above his right hip.

“Fortunately where it hit him, it hit the flesh of his body and it didn’t hit any vital organs,” Lt. Johnny Walker of the Philadelphia Police Department said.

Here is more from WPVI-TV/DT Philadelphia:

Surveillance video then shows the suspect running into the club while brandishing the rifle. He moves to open a door but slips and falls, due to being very intoxicated, police say.

The man then gets up, opens the door, brings up the gun and opens fire.

The video shows multiple muzzle flashes and debris flying as round after round are fired.

“Just wildly, obviously with an AK-47 with a banana clip, it can fire multiple rounds at a high rate of speed very quickly,” Walker said.

He then went into the bar area. The DJ dove for cover as Pettigrew fired indiscriminately.

“You see one of the bullets actually strike the mirror right where [the DJ’s] head would have been, so we’re very fortunate the person did not get struck by the gunfire,” Walker said.

The camera then shows the gunman turning around and running out of the club.

Police say Pettigrew and his getaway driver whose identity is unknown to them got away in a light colored sedan, possibly a Hyundai or Mitsubishi.

With the gunman and getaway driver still on the loose, a number of workers at the Purple Orchid quit their jobs.

Henry Pettigrew is described as a black male standing 5’11? tall, weighing 180 pounds. He also has a thin beard.

Anyone with information is urged to call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-TIPS (8477), text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or through PhillyPolice.com.

He is a bitch for apologizing – Don Young

In case you hadn’t heard Republican Congressman Don Young’s comments … he said:

“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes. It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

Maybe that’s why Republicans are always demonizing Latinos. Don’t get me wrong – they love Latinos working for low wages as your maid, gardener or nanny but when it comes to equal rights or giving these hard working immigrants the ability to actually become naturalized citizens … that’s where they draw the line. Those silly wetbacks should be picking our cotton in 110 degree weather for 12 hours a day in the fields for pay below minimum wage without benefits … amiright?

 

He is a bitch for apologizing. This is the United States of America where he has the right to be a Red Neck raciest bastard. Stand by what you believe and voice it. BE a man and say yes I said that shit now what. – and keep waiting for that 2016 “wetback”vote

 

 

 

This is a real Porn Chick !

EAST BETHEL, Minn. — Authorities say an 18-year-old Minnesota woman admitted to investigators that she broke into a neighbor’s home three times looking for items she could fence to feed her porn addiction.

Anoka County sheriff’s investigators say the neighbor called to report he had surveillance footage of Amanda Rose Owens sneaking into his East Bethel home through a dog door.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/oXEskf ) that the neighbor set up the camera after $300 and several items were stolen.

Investigators say Owens admitted she had broken in three times. She said she need money so she could pay for 20 to 30 pornographic DVDs she bought.

Owens was charged Wednesday with second-degree burglary. She does not have a listed phone number and it wasn’t clear Saturday if she had an attorney.

___

Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com