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Newsday: "5 factors to keep in mind for the 2nd presidential debate"

10/10/2016

Newsday: "5 factors to keep in mind for the 2nd presidential debate"

Republican Donald Trump, left, and Democrat Hillary Clinton during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Photo Credit: Sipa USA / Getty ImagesSipa USA / Getty Images

. . . “The stakes are much higher for Trump. He has to stop the momentum,” said David Caputo, political scientist at Pace University. With about a month to go in the race, the Republican can’t miss an opportunity to rebound, he said.

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San Francisco Chronicle: "Analysis: An ugly night for American politics"

10/10/2016

San Francisco Chronicle: "Analysis: An ugly night for American politics"

. . . “This was a particularly harsh debate,” said Jessica Lavariega Monforti, a professor of political science at Pace University in New York. “I cannot remember a time when you have one debater threatening another with a special investigation,” referring to Donald Trump’s statement that if elected he would have a special prosecutor look into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

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TechNewsWorld: "Galaxy Note 7 Snaps, Crackles and Pops, Spurring Evacuation of Plane"

10/07/2016

TechNewsWorld: "Galaxy Note 7 Snaps, Crackles and Pops, Spurring Evacuation of Plane"

Southwest Airlines on Wednesday evacuated a plane in Louisville, Kentucky, after a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 began popping and issuing thick smoke.

Samsung last month began replacing Galaxy Note 7s globally, following reports of several of the devices catching fire or exploding. It blamed the problem on an "isolated" faulty battery cell issue.

The device involved in the Southwest Airline incident reportedly was a replacement phone, according to owner Brian Green.

Samsung has said it will verify whether the phone actually was a replacement.

The latest incident throws a pall over the future of the Galaxy Note series, which had been Samsung's flagship line.

"Wall Street and some retailers might understand that the problem may not have been created by Samsung, but they will not care," said Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University.

"Consumers will certainly care less," he told TechNewsWorld. "All will hold Samsung responsible for its supply chain -- and as a result, all will now rethink buying anything Samsung."

Samsung officials may "be in denial, since they will likely view it as not their fault -- but they specified the battery and chose the suppliers, and they cannot ignore the lingering impact on the Samsung brand and reputation," Chiagouris said.

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/83967.html

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Financial Times: "Trump faces high stakes in town-hall debate"

10/07/2016

Financial Times: "Trump faces high stakes in town-hall debate"

. . . David Caputo, a politics expert at Pace University, said one of the real dangers for Mr Trump was how he would respond if Mrs Clinton asked him why Mr Pence did not defend his record in the debate with Mr Kaine.

Read more: https://www.ft.com/content/4c5a78f6-8c43-11e6-8cb7-e7ada1d123b1

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TechCrunch: "The NBA’s first hackathon: How is the future coming for the league?"

10/06/2016

TechCrunch: "The NBA’s first hackathon: How is the future coming for the league?"

. . . Speaking with Will Robbins, Pace University: 

Q: What drew you to coming to the NBA hackathon? 

A: For me, the one thing that drew me to the Hackathon was the learning potential. I’ve always been a stat geek in terms of the NBA, I’m much more interested in the behind the scenes portion of the sport (coaching and data analysis), compared to actually playing.

I saw the Hackathon as an opportunity to make new connections, meet some of the brightest minds in analytics, and further my own knowledge.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/05/the-nbas-first-hackathon-how-is-the-future-coming-for-the-league/

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New York Times: "Could Officers Have Avoided Shooting Keith Scott? Experts Weigh In"

10/06/2016

New York Times: "Could Officers Have Avoided Shooting Keith Scott? Experts Weigh In"

. . . Joseph Ryan | Chairman, Pace University Department of Criminal Justice and Security; former New York City police officer:

You need to ask if you need to be confronting the person now, or if you can leave and come back if the situation requires it.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/06/us/police-experts-keith-lamont-scott-shooting.html

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San Francisco Chronicle: "VP debate moderator dissed"

10/06/2016

San Francisco Chronicle: "VP debate moderator dissed"

Moderator Elaine Quijano of CBS News addresses the audience before the debate between Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Photo: David Goldman, AP

“Gentlemen, please!”

History may remember vice presidential debate moderator Elaine Quijano’s desperate plea to shush the candidates talking over each other — and her — as the theme to a forgettable evening.

Quijano’s moderation of the throw down between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence didn’t go over well with some people. Former top Obama adviser-turned-CNN pundit David Axelrod tweeted that she “seems intent on running through her questions, even when significant exchanges are happening.” Slate said she did a “disastrous” job, losing “control of the debate early on, and never regained it.”

But Vox’s Dara Lind, hit another note, saying Kaine “was particularly querulous and disappointing. He’s running as a man who respects women, and in his only debate he simply didn’t show it.”

Perhaps, as Jessica Lavariega Monforti, a professor of political science at Pace University in New York, told The Chronicle, the two white male candidates “were more comfortable interrupting a woman — a woman of color” than they might have a man. Quijano, who is Filipina American, is the first Asian American to moderate a debate in a general-election presidential campaign.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/VP-debate-moderator-dissed-UFW-for-Kamala-Harris-9803006.php

 

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The Hill's Congress Blog: "Trade-equilibrium vs trump's trade wars and tariffs"

10/06/2016

The Hill's Congress Blog: "Trade-equilibrium vs trump's trade wars and tariffs"

American trade deficit is responsible for losing millions of American jobs, writes Narendra C. Bhandari, Ph. D., Professor of Management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York. Many noteworthy suggestions have been made for bringing it under control. It is, therefore, important to evaluate the pros and cons of each relevant approach (recent or old) before selecting, rejecting, or modifying it. Earlier, I made a comparison of Buffett's Import Certificates plan with my Trade Equilibrium theory to solve the problem (Bhandari, The Hill, Sept. 4, 2016).

In the current article, I am comparing the relative merits of Mr. Donald Trump's trade plan (source: his website) with my theory of Trade Equilibrium; using some of their important topics. Unfortunately, neither Mr. Trump, nor Mrs. Clinton, presented any realistic ideas to eliminate our trade deficit and bring jobs back home during their first debate.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/299470-trade-equil...

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San Francisco Chronicle: "In VP debate, Pence calmly parries Kaine’s jabs at Trump"

10/05/2016

San Francisco Chronicle: "In VP debate, Pence calmly parries Kaine’s jabs at Trump"

Photo: Mark Wilson, Getty Images

. . . So who won? “I would say in terms of substance I think that Kaine clearly won,” said Jessica Lavariega Monforti, a professor of political science at Pace University in New York. “But in terms of sounding calm and stable and dependable, Mike Pence was ahead in terms of style. But I don’t know if he defended Trump the way Kaine defended Clinton.”

Lavariega Monforti said Pence’s performance might have “stemmed the hemorrhaging” the GOP ticket has endured since Trump’s horrid performance at last week’s first presidential debate. Over the past few days, Clinton has ticked ahead by three percentage points in swing states like North Carolina and Nevada and two points in Florida. Trump leads in Ohio.

What could an undecided voter learn from Tuesday? “I don’t think many minds were changed this evening,” Lavariega Monforti said. “The Republican candidates are still trying to talk to their base. I think Kaine did yeoman’s work in trying to defend Clinton. But for people not already supporting Clinton, there wasn’t a lot of things he said that would have changed their minds.”

Read more: http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/In-VP-debate-Pence-calmly-parries-Kaine-s-jabs-9714510.php

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Bloomberg BNA: "Boost in Accounting Disclosure Requirements Likely"

10/04/2016

Bloomberg BNA: "Boost in Accounting Disclosure Requirements Likely"

Sept. 27 — Companies would generally see an increase in financial reporting under Financial Accounting Standards Board proposals addressing disclosure requirements in four areas.

The four areas are fair value measurement, employee benefit plans, income taxes and inventory, FASB Vice Chairman James Kroeker said.

The proposals, issued separately and at different dates, stem from FASB’s disclosure framework initiative. The disclosure framework seeks to improve the effectiveness of disclosures in the notes to financial statements.

The board decided to test the principles in the disclosure framework to accounting standards for fair value measurement and pensions because its constituents questioned whether or not disclosures for those rules were too excessive. Alternately, standards on income tax and inventories were picked because of questions from the board’s constituents about whether or not the disclosures were sufficient.

“Income taxes particularly as it relates to foreign source earnings is an area where investors rightly say we could use some more information to understand the situation,” Kroeker said. Similarly, under current inventory rules there are very little disclosure requirements today, he said.

Overload

FASB started the disclosure framework initiative after feedback from its stakeholders who said disclosure overload in financial reporting should be expeditiously addressed. Disclosure overload has generated substantial debate for years.

“I would say almost across the board there’s an increase even in the areas where people think that there is potentially significant disclosure, or you hear the term disclosure overload used,” Kroeker said Sept. 26 at a financial reporting conference. His comments were in response to a question posed about whether—generally speaking—companies would see more, less or the same amount of disclosure requirements as a result of FASB’s proposals.

The question was posed by a conference session moderator, Leslie Seidman, executive director of the center for excellence in financial reporting at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business during discussions about various disclosure proposals. Seidman is a former FASB chairman.

Read more: http://www.bna.com/boost-accounting-disclosure-n57982077918/

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