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Aurelien Rougerie’s big hitting four minutes vs Scotland

first_imgWednesday Feb 10, 2010 Aurelien Rougerie’s big hitting four minutes vs Scotland Frances big winger Aurelien Rougerie made quite an impact against Scotland on the weekend. In less than five minutes he managed to put in two huge hits, injuring himself in the process and ruling out the chance of being selected to play Ireland.The Clermont wing hadnt played for his country in about two years, so was clearly pumped up as he chased the kickoff and timed the great hit on Kelly Brown perfectly. The statement of intent backfired though.Unfortunately Rougerie came off worse, needing treatment on his arm and shoulder before soldiering on. Undeterred, a minute or so later he flew into another Scottish player, doing more damage to himself.The kamikaze winger took the full impact of Johnnie Beatties shoulder to the jaw in a horrible looking collision that effectively ended his match. He did stay on for a minute or so, but when the ball came to him out wide, he dropped it and threw in the towel, less than five minutes into the game.The injury to his neck is less serious than initially thought, but he underwent tests on Monday evening and will be out of action for two to three weeks.It was a long wait for him to get back into the French side, and sadly for him, two big collisions in the space of a few minutes ended it. Vincent Clerc replaced him, and will stay in the side for the big match against Ireland this weekend in Paris.Alexis Palisson will also play, as debutant Benjamin Fall is also out injured. Julien Malzieu from Clermont, and Jean-Baptiste Poux also join the squad.“You don’t change a winning team,” said coach Marc Lievremont. “Playing Vincent Clerc from the start shouldn’t cause a debate, there was a lot of discussion on who to play on the left wing.“We decided to go with the versatility and left foot of Alexis Palisson.“We know the qualities of Julien Malzieu but it seemed interesting to us to have the presence of Alexis alongside Clement Poitrenaud.” :: Related Posts :: Bastareaud brace helps France to win over Scotland Aurelien Rougerie tribute ahead of the Top 14 Final Time: 03:47ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! 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From the Philippines to U.S., ‘Struggle against fascist attacks’ is topic of Chicago meeting

first_imgThe forum “Struggle Against Fascist Attacks at Home & Abroad” was held here the evening of Sept. 18, convened by Anakbayan Chicago and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP)–Midwest.Held on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, convener speakers addressed the current martial law crackdown by the Duterte regime in the Philippines province of Mindanao. They exposed the even more widespread military repression against Muslim and Indigenous Filipinos, the regime’s so-called drug war that has claimed the lives of over 12,000 victims, and the growing U.S. military support provided to the Duterte regime by the Trump administration.In addition, a panel featured presentations by Father Primo Racimo, a Marcos regime martial law survivor and human rights activist; Jazmine Salas, Stop Police Crimes Committee; Danya Zituni, U.S. Palestinian Community Network; and Jo Monet, Workers World Party. The panel addressed fascist attacks in the U.S. against Palestinian and other human rights activists, murderous police violence against Black and Brown communities, brutal deportations of undocumented immigrants, and the growing fightback against white supremacy exemplified by the struggles to take down Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Va., and Durham, N.C.In a lively discussion, attendees pledged to build a broad solidarity movement against oppression and injustice here and worldwide.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Syngenta, BASF, Seeking to Purchase Bayer’s LibertyLink Business

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Syngenta, BASF, Seeking to Purchase Bayer’s LibertyLink Business Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Syngenta, BASF, Seeking to Purchase Bayer’s LibertyLink Business BASF and Syngenta are among the bidders to purchase Bayer’s LibertyLink business. The two companies have submitted bids to buy the LibertyLink business that Bayer is required to sell to get regulatory approval for its $66 billion takeover of Monsanto. Representatives for BASF, Syngenta and Bayer declined to comment to Bloomberg. However, executives of BASF and Syngenta have previously said that they would consider bidding for the assets that Bayer is selling to complete the merger with Monsanto this year.Bayer may also sell garlic and pepper seed operations separately or as part of the whole package. In total, the disposals may fetch $2.5 – $3 billion. While BASF has sat out the agrochemical industry’s buying spree so far, Syngenta is in the midst of being acquired by ChemChina, and DuPont agreed to sell its crop-protection assets to FMC in March to get a merger with Dow Chemical past regulators.Source: NAFB News Service By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 13, 2017 Previous articleAdditional USDA Nominees May Have to Wait Until FallNext articleDemocrats Unhappy with Hazlett Selection Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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Using Technology to Advocate for Agriculture

first_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Mar 19, 2018 Home Indiana Agriculture News Using Technology to Advocate for Agriculture Previous articleFishers to Open Nation’s Largest AgriParkNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for March 19, 2018 Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Using Technology to Advocate for AgricultureKyle TomThis week is National Ag Week, an opportunity for farmers to advocate with the public about agriculture. One Indiana farmer is using technology to advocate for agriculture. Tom Farms in Kosciusko County is one of the more progressive and technologically advanced operations in the state. Kyle Tom said they are using precision ag technology to help tell the story to the public, “Everything a farmer uses — seed, chemicals, nutrients are all important to his operation; and we have to help the public understand that and how we are serious about producing safe food and protecting the environment.”One thing they have done at Tom Farms has put sensors in their fields. They originally put just a few sensors in to monitor water levels to help with their irrigation system. This year they expanded the number of sensors. “This year we put in 50 sensors around various fields so we can lower our energy usage and keep more water in the ground,” stated Tom.Kyle Tom said these sensors also help monitor the environmental impact of their farming operation, “If I can verify that the nutrients I am putting on the soil are not going into nearby lakes and streams, I can then put that out there to my neighbors and the people who live on the lakes and show them that I am not polluting the water.”He told HAT that, as more and more farmers collect more and more data about their operations, they can use this data to show the public how environmentally responsible most farming operations are.Tom Farms has been using data for many years to improve their production and lower their costs. Tom told HAT that, the more data they collect, the more than learn about their farm and its soil, “With these probes we found the moisture holding capacity of our soil was much better than we thought.”  He added this allowed them to reduce their irrigation use which cut energy and water usage which reduced the environmental impact of their operation.  They use 13 different layers of data to analyze their operation and their production. Using Technology to Advocate for Agriculture SHARE SHARElast_img read more

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Imprisoned blogger no longer allowed out of his cell

first_img Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution to go further Organisation Help by sharing this information EgyptMiddle East – North Africa EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, an imprisoned blogger better known by the pen-name of Kareem Amer, is forbidden to leave his cell, his books have been confiscated and his health is deteriorating as a result of physical mistreatment, Reporters Without Borders said today, calling for his “immediate release.”Suleiman has been held in a prison near Borg El Arab (40 km southwest of Alexandria) since 6 November 2006.“Suleiman’s prison conditions are unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He is being harassed in an outrageous manner by the prison’s guards. Not only are they preventing him from leaving his cell, but they are also getting his fellow inmates to beat him regularly. His health is visibly deteriorating but he is not allowed to see a doctor.”When his lawyer, Rawda Ahmed, went to see him yesterday, he told her the guards were not letting him out of his cell. “He is ill and is being mistreated by the prison staff,” she said.Aged 22, Suleiman was sentenced to four years in prison on 22 February 2007 on charges of “inciting hatred of Islam” and “insulting” President Hosni Mubarak in blog entries)] that often criticised the government’s religious and authoritarian excesses as well as Egypt’s leading religious institutions such as the Sunni university of Al-Azhar, where he studied law.Reporters Without Borders awarded him its “Cyber-Freedom” prize on 5 December 2007. He was the first person in Egypt to be jailed because of their online activity. Others have since been imprisoned but none of them got such a long sentence.Egypt was ranked 146th out of 169 countries on the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index. It is also on the organisation’s list of “Internet enemies.” Kareem Amer at his trial on Feb 22 2007, dressed up as a prisoner Sign the petition for Suleiman’s release News February 6, 2021 Find out more January 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egyptcenter_img Receive email alerts Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News News September 1, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Imprisoned blogger no longer allowed out of his cell Read more about the Internet in Egypt RSF_en News February 1, 2021 Find out more Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, an imprisoned blogger better known by the pen-name of Kareem Amer, is forbidden to leave his cell, his books have been confiscated and his health is deteriorating as a result of physical mistreatment, Reporters Without Borders said today, calling for his “immediate release.” last_img read more

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Journalist finally allowed to testify, court urged to quash conviction

first_img Reports Photo : Hassan Ruvakuki (RM) Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention News Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that radio reporter Hassan Ruvakuki was finally allowed to testify yesterday to the court in the central city of Gitega that is hearing his appeal against his terrorism conviction, for which he was given a life sentence last June.The court began examining his appeal a month ago but Ruvakuki, who works for Bonesha FM and Radio France Internationale’s Swahili service, had to sit through four previous hearings before finally being able to protest his innocence and defend his actions.According to Agence France-Presse, he told the court: “I am not a terrorist. I never was and I never will be. I am a journalist.”“Allowing Ruvakuki and his lawyers to speak in court was an important step and it is good to know it finally happened,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “But this legal saga will not be over until his conviction is overturned and he is released.“The prosecutor-general’s claims are baseless and, now that the defence has presented its arguments clearly, the appeal court’s president must come to the logical conclusion and release this journalist. In view of the fact that he has already spent nearly a year in prison for no reason, any other outcome would be incomprehensible.”In the course of two hours of testimony, Ruvakuki repeated what he had already recounted in a letter written from Muramvya prison, namely that he does not deny going to Tanzania to find out about a new Burundian rebel group based there, but he did this solely for journalistic reasons.Prosecutor-general Emmanuel Nyandwi thinks that the mere fact the Ruvakuki entered Tanzania clandestinely, and without getting permission from his employer, shows that he was linked to the “terrorist” group. Nyandwi acknowledges that he has no other evidence against him. The defence explained that investigative reporters often have to behave in such a manner.Another hearing is due to be held today. The court is expected to issue its ruling within two months.More information about the Ruvakuki case.A four-day SEFOR seminar for public service broadcasters from French-speaking countries is meanwhile due to conclude today in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura. Funded by international government aid and organized by the International Council for Radio and TV Broadcasting Expression (CIRTEF), it drew a large number of participants from France, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland and around 20 African countries. Receive email alerts RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Follow the news on Burundi to go further October 21, 2020 Find out more BurundiAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information November 9, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist finally allowed to testify, court urged to quash conviction News BurundiAfrica Organisation June 5, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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O’Donnell welcomes NPHET’s public acknowledgement of real progress being made by…

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Designed by FreepikLIMERICK City Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell has welcomed the public acknowledgement from NPHET’s Dr. Ronan Glynn, Dr Cillian de Gascun and Professor Philip Nolan respectively that Limerick is making real progress in bringing Covid19 under control.Deputy O’Donnell had publicly requested such a statement was needed to clear up any confusion following an Taoiseach Micheál Martin last Friday making reference to concerns with rising covid19 rates in the city urban areas of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford and the possible need for increased restrictions here.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I welcome Dr. Cillian de Gascun, Chair, expert advisory group at NPHET publicly acknowledge on RTE News Six One RTÉ News last night that Limerick is making real progress in bringing COVID19 under control. Dr. Ronan Glynn, CMO and Chair of NPHET made similar positive comments on Friday evening as did Professor Philip Nolan, member of NPHET earlier yesterday.“I publicly requested this clarification and confirmation be made to clear up any confusion following remarks by an Taoiseach Micheál Martin last Friday on the concerns with rising covid19 rates in the city urban areas of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford and possible need for increased restrictions here.“This remark by an Taoiseach linking increasing Covid19 rates to Limerick City urban areas caused a great degree of surprise and anxiety here, when you consider we have seen a decreasing rate of COVID19 here over the last two weeks, particularly in Limerick city urban areas.“Indeed, recent COVID19 rate reductions in Limerick were publicly commended by acting CMO Dr. Ronan Glynn earlier this week and referenced by him as an example for others to follow.“Furthermore, I made contact with the Taoiseach’s office and with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly to have these inconsistencies addressed about the Covid-19 incidence figures in Limerick, and particularly the Limerick city urban areas.“This decrease in the Covid19 rate is a tribute to the Limerick public following public health advice along with the great work of the local HSE health services staff.“The latest HPSC/HSE and Covid Ireland GeoHive hub data shows Limerick City urban areas with a decreasing, rather than Covid19 incidence rate and new cases. All Limerick City urban electoral areas are all showing a decrease in the Covid19 14 day incidence rate to 21st September(See Note to Editor below Data Charts 1 & 2), as follows;*Limerick City North is down 71% from 126.80 to 37.4*Limerick City West is down from 17.2 to less than 5*Limerick City East is down from 36.8 to 31.10“Furthermore, the latest reported HPSC14 day incidence rate for Limerick overall has almost halving over the last two weeks from 69.3 to 35.9(See Note to Editor Below Data Chart 3).“Clearly, whilst we all wish to see continuing covid19 rate reductions here in Limerick City urban areas, it needed to be publicly acknowledged that this is already well underway, rather than giving the impression that the rate rising here.“Therefore, these prompt public positive confirmations by NPHET that Limerick City Urban areas are showing decreasing rate of Covid19 and getting control over the virus is welcome and hopefully will ease public concerns here. Still, we must look to keep the downward trend going here and reduce new cases.” he said. Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Linkedin Email TAGScovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post center_img Print Previous articleLimerick Suicide Watch announce a new AmbassadorNext article65 patients waiting for beds at UHL Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash LimerickNewsO’Donnell welcomes NPHET’s public acknowledgement of real progress being made by Limerick in bringing Covid19 under controlBy Staff Reporter – September 28, 2020 1448 Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

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Pinterest Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

first_img $ 1,423,629 ARPU – International (in thousands, except per share amounts) $ Pinterest WhatsApp SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021– Pinterest, Inc. (NYSE: PINS) today announced financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.Q4 revenue grew 76% year over year to $706 million. 2020 revenue grew 48% year over year to $1,693 million.Global Monthly Active Users (MAUs) grew 37% year over year to 459 million.GAAP net income (loss) was $208 million and $(128) million for Q4 and 2020, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA was $299 million and $305 million for Q4 and 2020, respectively. “We welcomed over 100 million additional monthly active users to Pinterest in 2020, more than any other year in our history, and now we reach more than 450 million monthly active users around the world. I’m proud of our company and the inspiration we’ve been able to bring to so many lives during a trying year,” said Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder, Pinterest. “As we look to the future, our focus will continue to be delivering more inspiring and shoppable content and helping advertisers realize the value and positivity of our platform.” “Q4 capped a remarkable year of growth for Pinterest. Continued product innovation, execution and an earlier and longer holiday season helped us deliver 76% year-over-year revenue growth,” said Todd Morgenfeld, CFO and Head of Business Operations, Pinterest. “As we start 2021, we’ll be building on this momentum by continuing to invest in the success of our advertisers as well as a first-class Pinner experience around the globe.” Q4 and Full Year 2020 Financial Highlights The following table summarizes our consolidated financial results (in thousands, except percentages, unaudited): 500,468 920,300 Year Ended December 31, 1,091,076 $ 335 Total current liabilities 2019 Revenue — Revenue (1,361,371) 98 Other investing activities 10,464 Investing activities Sales of marketable securities 361 1,142,761 1,495 420,473 (43,187) $ (321,020) 563,733 1,377,781 % 0.35 2,531,627 76,866 Diluted $ 19,638 2020 17,905 188,251 294,312 37 Total non-GAAP costs and expenses 283 571 4,772 361 Non-GAAP net income (loss)* % $ 86,219 Net cash provided by financing activities Basic $ Total costs and expenses $ Commitments and contingencies (0.06) $ 305,004 $ $ 1,063,679 Accounts payable Adjusted EBITDA margin* 49 294,312 19 % (1,377,781) 1 $ Total current assets ∗ 2,738 Q4 and Full Year 2020 Other Highlights The following table sets forth our revenue, MAUs and average revenue per user (“ARPU”) based on the geographic location of our users (in millions, except ARPU and percentages, unaudited): Non-GAAP net income 247 $ 0.88 239,315 $ Total amortization of acquired intangible assets 1,303 Revenue – Global Basic weighted-average shares used in computing net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders 500,468 $ 400 33,502 1,726 $ 305,004 $ 4,128 (2) Pinterest Cost of revenue For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see “―About non-GAAP financial measures” and the tables under “―Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial results” included at the end of this release. $ $ $ — $ Revenue – International 1,425 $ 36,988 PINTEREST, INC. $ (128,323) Financing activities 321,020 265,422 $ 2020 443,085 399,898 14,576 25,339 $ 117 % 127,537 459 2019 67 $ $ 2019 (1,854) % MAUs – United States Property and equipment, net $ (17,905) Changes in assets and liabilities: 76 Payment of deferred offering costs and other financing activities 252 4.26 $ 204,831 207,841 $ % 27,791 399,898 (89,500) 539 $ $ (0.06) (1,509) 1.22 Costs and expenses: % 5.94 316,367 46 $ (1,361,371) 542,453 677,743 (35,718) 618,214 Provision for income taxes 350 — 283,210 $ 15.34 $ 12.07 129 367,088 Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity Total liabilities % 2019 0.21 (253,173) $ $ Restricted cash included in prepaid expenses and other current assets $ 2019 120,766 Total assets 669,230 0.54 $ 32,378 Year Ended December 31, $ 4.00 Goodwill and intangible assets, net % 39 Cash and cash equivalents $ Represents assumed noncumulative dividends on undistributed earnings that, if declared, would have been distributed to holders of our redeemable convertible preferred stock. $ 449,358 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash Three Months EndedDecember 31, 23,647 31,890 $ 689,194 155,340 420,473 37,522 $ 1,835,162 $ 420,473 2020 — 657 283,210 91,992 — 13,562 158 December 31, 9,110 Prepaid expenses and other assets % (384) 5,925 (1,361,371) 155,916 Other assets $ (33,783) 1,573,200 Current liabilities: $ 208,512 49,491 2020 WhatsApp Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 0.12 618,214 — 76,866 $ $ 0.30 (1,361,371) Other liabilities 22,936 11 1,128,198 (17,401) 1,013 (35,718) $ 596,264 321,020 7,814 $ 689,194 4,229,778 Accumulated other comprehensive income 252 647 1,013 Net cash provided by operating activities 17,905 Twitter 62,097 $ % (56,894) Maturities of marketable securities 7,161 Non-GAAP net income per share 91 88 (28,395) (unaudited) 618,214 Amortization of acquired intangible assets 16,706 $ 283,210 2019 62 1,207,059 General and administrative Cost of revenue Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $8,811 and $2,851 as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS PINTEREST, INC. 9,110 $ 76 1,152,351 1,377,781 $ — 2020 Research and development 682 1,835,162 606,194 $ $ 139,321 77,165 Share-based compensation 596,264 Three Months EndedDecember 31, $ Revenue – United States 336,803 671 2,480 $ Basic 2,357,541 $ 207,841 Supplemental cash flow information MAUs – International (1,388,866) ASSETS % Accrued property and equipment Facebook (1,360,839) Diluted % 1,509 $ 54,241 $ Cash and cash equivalents Additional paid-in capital (0.22) $ (2,206,726) $ 112,200 Restricted cash 2,609,459 Net cash used in investing activities 135,290 % Change % Change $ $ $ $ Reconciliation of total costs and expenses to non-GAAP costs and expenses: $ $ General and administrative 50 0.43 165,033 1.57 420,473 $ Operating activities 145 Diluted 2020 669,230 283,210 668,965 2,393,317 % $ % 77,308 % Purchases of property and equipment and intangible assets $ 369,612 1,026 69,375 173,392 Prepaid expenses and other current assets Restricted cash $ $ — $ $ Year Ended December 31, Three Months EndedDecember 31,center_img — (475,015) 99 294,312 Operating lease liabilities 27,791 (1,361,371) (127,020) Net income (loss) $ (86,219) Share-based compensation 1,166 ARPU – United States $ % (3,990) 70,980 Interest expense and other income (expense), net Current assets: Twitter 532 360,959 $ 299,182 Stockholders’ equity: 689,194 562,396 Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period 1,693 (unaudited) (128,323) Total costs and expenses $ (128,323) (in thousands, except per share amounts) Termination of future lease contract 28,826 $ (3.24) Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders: (30,164) Gives effect to potential common stock instruments such as stock options, unvested restricted stock units and unvested restricted stock awards. Purchases of marketable securities — $ 867,191 (in thousands) Operating lease right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease liabilities 2,067,234 % Change Net income (loss) (11,331) Income (loss) from operations $ $ $ 2019 0.34 67 $ (unaudited) 86,969 78,282 Marketable securities Shares repurchased for tax withholdings on release of restricted stock units Total share-based compensation 89,500 Net income (loss) Diluted weighted-average shares used in computing non-GAAP net income per share 2019 1,692,658 Operating lease right-of-use assets 316 207,841 329 321,020 636 (35,718) % (1) — Net income (loss) 2,393,317 $ 678,911 Income (loss) before provision for income taxes 2020 $ 46 $ (in thousands, except par value) 2020 205,149 162,198 (44,160) 671 Basic Non-GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash to condensed consolidated balance sheets 239,517 Proceeds from initial public offering, net of underwriters’ discounts and commissions (unaudited) (in thousands) RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RESULTS $ 31,758 15,915 611,590 $ $ Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash 1,168 678,911 6 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY 649,666 Sales and marketing (2,335,049) $ (112,200) Provision for income taxes (586,501) 6 Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period 2020 2,023,705 (0.06) View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204006034/en/ CONTACT: Investor relations: Doug Clark [email protected] Media: Mike Mayzel [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ONLINE RETAIL TECHNOLOGY GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT ADVERTISING ENTERTAINMENT COMMUNICATIONS SOCIAL MEDIA RETAIL SOFTWARE INTERNET MOBILE/WIRELESS SOURCE: Pinterest, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/04/2021 04:05 PM/DISC: 02/04/2021 04:06 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204006034/en $ (635) CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS % 176,157 $ 2,531,627 2,242,371 596,264 2020 129,023 Sales and marketing 96,274 Facebook 3.81 112,200 General and administrative 35,645 % 58,792 % Year Ended December 31, 36,988 677,743 Non-GAAP net income 1,854 $ Three Months EndedDecember 31, (16,119) 1,377,781 Amortization of acquired intangible assets by function: $ $ $ $ 94 2019 15,089 649,666 (0.22) 294,312 $ 4,574,934 420,473 Accounts payable 413,997 21,237 48 $ $ Weighted-average shares used in computing net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders: $ % 2019 582 (unaudited) $ $ 532 (1,216,260) Weighted-average shares used in computing net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders: 706 (1,075,875) % Share-based compensation 77,308 287 Research and development Local News 327 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities: Accumulated deficit — (1,495) Pinterest Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results 2019 443,085 88 94 562,396 15,721 Less: non-GAAP net income allocated to participating securities (1) — 330,501 $ 73,030 $ Operating lease right-of-use assets MAUs – Global Three Months EndedDecember 31, 1,303 377 $ CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 1,142,761 76,866 $ 42 Reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA: Guidance We continue to navigate uncertainty given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. Our current expectation is that Q1 revenue will grow in the low-70% range year over year. We intend to provide further detail on our outlook during the conference call. Our strategic priorities for 2021 include content, the Pinner experience, advertiser success and shopping. We plan to invest in these in the coming year. We expect R&D efforts to continue to focus on Pinner product, ad product and measurement investments. We intend to grow our headcount further, in particular to support our international expansion efforts. We also intend to scale our comprehension and brand marketing efforts in 2021. We think these investments will support long-term growth and continue to build the foundations for a scaled business over time. Webcast and conference call information A live audio webcast of our fourth quarter and full year 2020 earnings release call will be available at investor.pinterestinc.com. The call begins today at 1:30 PM (PT) / 4:30 PM (ET). We have also posted to our investor relations website a letter to shareholders. This press release, including the reconciliations of certain non-GAAP measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measures, letter to shareholders and slide presentation are also available. A recording of the webcast will be available at investor.pinterestinc.com for 90 days. We have used, and intend to continue to use, our investor relations website at investor.pinterestinc.com as a means of disclosing material nonpublic information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Forward-looking statements This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, about us and our industry that involve substantial risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, statements about our future operational and financial performance. Words such as “believe,” “project,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “plan” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors including: uncertainty regarding the duration and scope of the coronavirus referred to as COVID-19 pandemic; actions governments and businesses take in response to the pandemic, including actions that could affect levels of advertising activity; the impact of the pandemic and actions taken in response to the pandemic on global and regional economies and economic activity; the pace of recovery when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides; general economic uncertainty in key global markets and a worsening of global economic conditions or low levels of economic growth; the scope and impact of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 on our planned investments, operations, expenses, revenue, cash flow, liquidity and users; our ability to attract and retain Pinners and engagement levels; our ability to provide useful and relevant content; risks associated with new products and changes to existing products as well as other new business initiatives; our ability to maintain and enhance our brand and reputation; compromises in security; our financial performance and fluctuations in operating results; our dependency on internet search engines’ methodologies and policies; discontinuation, disruptions or outages in authentication by third-party login providers; changes by third-party login providers that restrict our access or ability to identify users; competition; our ability to scale our business and revenue model; our reliance on advertising revenue and our ability to attract and retain advertisers and effectively measure advertising campaigns; our ability to effectively manage growth and expand and monetize our platform internationally; our lack of operating history and ability to attain and sustain profitability; decisions that reduce short-term revenue or profitability or do not produce expected long-term benefits; risks associated with government actions, laws and regulations that could restrict access to our products or impair our business; litigation and government inquiries; privacy, data and other regulatory concerns; our ability to protect our intellectual property; real or perceived inaccuracies in metrics related to our business; disruption, degradation or interference with the hosting services we use and infrastructure; our ability to attract and retain personnel; and the dual class structure of our common stock and its effect of concentrating voting control with stockholders who held our capital stock prior to the completion of our initial public offering. These and other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted are more fully detailed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, which is available on our investor relations website at investor.pinterestinc.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will be made available in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other future reports that we may file with the SEC from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. All information provided in this release and in the earnings materials is as of February 4, 2021. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this press release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. We undertake no duty to update this information unless required by law. About non-GAAP financial measures To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), we use the following non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, non-GAAP costs and expenses (including non-GAAP cost of revenue, research and development, sales and marketing, and general and administrative), non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share. The presentation of these financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation, as a substitute for or superior to the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. In addition, these measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparative purposes. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding GAAP amounts excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) adjusted to exclude depreciation and amortization expense, share-based compensation expense, interest income, interest expense and other income (expense), net, provision for income taxes and, for the third quarter of 2020, a one-time payment for the termination of a future lease contract. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by revenue. Non-GAAP costs and expenses (including non-GAAP cost of revenue, research and development, sales and marketing, and general and administrative) and non-GAAP net income exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets, share-based compensation expense and, for the third quarter of 2020, a one-time payment for the termination of a future lease contract. Non-GAAP income (loss) from operations is calculated by subtracting non-GAAP costs and expenses from revenue. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income by diluted weighted-average shares outstanding. We use Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, non-GAAP costs and expenses, non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share to evaluate our operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the income and expenses they exclude. We also believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information about our operating results, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics we use for financial and operational decision-making. We present these non-GAAP financial measures to assist potential investors in seeing our operating results through the eyes of management and because we believe these measures provide an additional tool for investors to use in comparing our operating results over multiple periods with other companies in our industry. There are a number of limitations related to the use of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, non-GAAP costs and expenses, non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share rather than net income (loss), net margin, total costs and expenses, income (loss) from operations, net income (loss) and net income (loss) per share, respectively, the nearest GAAP equivalents. For example, Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain recurring, non-cash charges such as depreciation of fixed assets and amortization of acquired intangible assets, although these assets may have to be replaced in the future, and share-based compensation expense, which has been, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, a significant recurring expense and an important part of our compensation strategy. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the tables under “―Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial results” included at the end of this release. Limitation of key metrics and other data The numbers for our key metrics, which include our MAUs and ARPU, are calculated using internal company data based on the activity of user accounts. We define a monthly active user as an authenticated Pinterest user who visits our website, opens our mobile application or interacts with Pinterest through one of our browser or site extensions, such as the Save button, at least once during the 30-day period ending on the date of measurement. We present MAUs based on the number of MAUs measured on the last day of the current period. We define ARPU as our total revenue in a given geography during a period divided by the average of the number of MAUs in that geography during the period. We calculate average MAUs based on the average between the number of MAUs measured on the last day of the current period and the last day prior to the beginning of the current period. We calculate ARPU by geography based on our estimate of the geography in which revenue-generating activities occur. We use these metrics to assess the growth and health of the overall business and believe that MAUs and ARPU best reflect our ability to attract, retain, engage and monetize our users, and thereby drive revenue. While these numbers are based on what we believe to be reasonable estimates of our user base for the applicable period of measurement, there are inherent challenges in measuring usage of our products across large online and mobile populations around the world. In addition, we are continually seeking to improve our estimates of our user base, and such estimates may change due to improvements or changes in technology or our methodology. 1,143 $ 677,743 86,219 Proceeds from exercise of stock options, net $ ARPU – Global 562,396 $ 596,264 (8,141) Depreciation and amortization TAGS  Interest expense and other (income) expense, net 1,482 133 1,377,781 2,137 48 354,075 Interest income 218,718 1,692,658 Termination of future lease contract 820 $ $ 384 Other 2019 $ Adjusted EBITDA $ 596,264 442,807 $ 16,706 RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RESULTS 18 Accrued expenses and other liabilities — — Year Ended December 31, 705,617 41,898 112,200 Reconciliation of net income (loss) to non-GAAP net income: $ Share-based compensation by function: 11,080 % 163,710 Accounts receivable 11,842 562,396 0.30 37 86,219 Share-based compensation Amortization of acquired intangible assets Operating lease liabilities $ 705,617 (252) $ 1,495 7,865 (128,323) Depreciation and amortization 335 (3.24) Year Ended December 31, $ (47,623) $ 76,866 (2,137) $ Diluted 20,063 207,841 Class A common stock, $0.00001 par value, 6,666,667 shares authorized, 530,140 and 360,850 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively; Class B common stock, $0.00001 par value, 1,333,333 shares authorized, 96,232 and 209,054 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively 321,020 539 % 2020 $ Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash $ 3,955 — 11 11,636 76,387 % (133) 8,295 30,164 Adjusted EBITDA* % Change $ By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 — % 0.34 16,119 (1,750) 0.42 420,473 29 (35,179) $ 384 (35,718) $ Basic $ Total stockholders’ equity (3.24) (0.06) (0.22) (0.22) 247 Termination of future lease contract 123 (142,504) 8,141 Cost of revenue 639,561 1,816 459 % (3.24) 635 141,823 $ Net loss $ Weighted-average dilutive securities (2) (1,013) Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders: 72,701 89,500 $ PINTEREST, INC. 27 % 290 $ 358,903 % 268 Interest income 25,339 17,905 34,334 41,344 2,018 299,182 98 (94,224) 2020 2,609,459 $ 12 (128,323) 562,396 Previous articleNexa3D Expands Partnership with Henkel to Fast-Track New Class of Photoplastics for Higher Performance 3D PrintingNext articleBio-soluble Fiber Market to grow by $1.56 bn in 2021, ALFISO and Beijing SUPER International Trade Co. 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Where is the Floor for Foreclosure Rates?

first_img Where is the Floor for Foreclosure Rates? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago August 12, 2016 1,396 Views About Author: Kendall Baer Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago In the recent market update presented by Rick Sharga of Ten-X, Sharga stated that foreclosure, at the rate it’s going will potentially inverse to below pre-crisis and historical levels by 2018.“I can finally say with some certainty that we’re almost to the end of the crisis which really is good news economically, said Sharga. “What we saw at the peak of the crisis were both the number of delinquent loans and the number of loans in foreclosure were at all-time highs, something that we haven’t seen since the great depression.”According to the update, during a normal year about 1 percent of loans go into foreclosure as well as 4 percent of loans are delinquent. During the peak of the crisis, though, levels of homes in foreclosure rose to 4 percent while properties that were delinquent rose to levels of 11 to 12 percent. These heights came precisely at a time there was the highest number of homeowners in the history of the country. This meant that not only were the percentages off the charts but they were high percentages against high homeownership.The update says that now levels are down to 7 percent for both loans in foreclosure and delinquent, about two points higher than normal. These levels are about one and half times the normal level but are down more than half from the worst of the crisis. Sharga cites RealtyTrac, saying 80 percent of the loans in foreclosure today are on loans issued prior to 2010. These old loans are extraordinarily delinquent and Sharga says there is almost no chance that these loans are going to be rehabilitated.“They are very often the cases when the borrower hasn’t made a payment in 2, 3, 4, or 5 years,” says Sharga. “These are loans coming out states like New York, or New Jersey and Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, Florida, and Illinois where there has been a backlog of judicial processes in executing foreclosures.”Now, though, delinquency rates are down and continue to go down on a year over year basis for many months. Sharga says there may be an occasional blip when some of the old loans work their way through the system, but in totality these levels are trending down on a year over year basis.“This poses challenges for companies or people whose business depends on a lot of distressed inventory coming to market,” says Sharga. “My belief and most of the economists I’ve talked to agree with this is that by next year in 2017 at some point in the year we will be back to pre-crisis normal levels of foreclosure activity.”Sharga feels there is also a very good chance that an inversion will be seen in 2018 where for the first time in decades there will be a lower number of properties in foreclosure. The update attributes this to the strict lending standards over the past few years.Click HERE to view the entire market update.center_img Previous: Landmark Network Acquires AppraisalPro Next: Counsel’s Corner: Staying Successful Amid Industry Highs and Lows The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, TX. Born and raised in Texas, Kendall now works as the online editor for DS News. Tagged with: Foreclosure Rates market update Rick Sharga Ten-X Foreclosure Rates market update Rick Sharga Ten-X 2016-08-12 Kendall Baer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Where is the Floor for Foreclosure Rates?last_img read more

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Plea In SC Seeks Protective Gear To Sanitation Workers And COVID Test On Workers and their Immediate Family [Read Petition]

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In SC Seeks Protective Gear To Sanitation Workers And COVID Test On Workers and their Immediate Family [Read Petition] Radhika Roy9 April 2020 5:25 AMShare This – xA Petition has been filed before the Supreme Court of India, seeking directions to States, their municipal authorities and local self-government authorities to ensure protection of the right to life of safai karamcharis/sanitation workers who are essential service providers in wake of the national lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. The plea seeks for the provision of protective gear…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Petition has been filed before the Supreme Court of India, seeking directions to States, their municipal authorities and local self-government authorities to ensure protection of the right to life of safai karamcharis/sanitation workers who are essential service providers in wake of the national lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. The plea seeks for the provision of protective gear to the sanitation workers within a period of 24 hours, and for the testing of the workers and their immediate family within a period of 48 hours. The Petition, filed by Advocate Mehmood Pracha on behalf of social activist and former chairman of Delhi Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Harnam Singh, states that there are certain exceptions to the national lockdown which was imposed due to the Coronavirus outbreak; sanitation workers have been exempted from closure of services due to its “essential” nature. The plea refers to a Technical Brief and an Internal Guidance issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which had stated that sanitation workers have to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which includes protective outerwear, gloves, boots, goggles or a face shield, and a mask while carrying on their duties. It is submitted in the petition that: “…the Safai Karamcharis/Sanitation Workers carry out the essential service of keeping every city, town and village clean, sweep the roads, carry waste of every household, clean sewers etc. In order to carry out said work, these Safai Karamcharis/Sanitation Workers are not equipped with any COVID-19 protective gear/Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to safeguard them from the highly infectious Coronavirus”. It is further submitted that these workers are poorly paid and live in densely populated clusters. Therefore, any worker contracting the infection could lead to the spread of the same in these clusters. The fact that they are highly vulnerable and susceptible to the virus has also been highlighted in the WHO Technical Brief. With a positive cases arising amongst sanitation workers in Dharavi, Mumbai, the petition asserts that “it is imperative that urgent steps are taken to ensure that Safai Karamcharis/sanitation workers are provided with PPE/COVID-19 protective gear on an urgent basis to prevent the pandemic through community transmission”. The plea goes on to underscore the issue of the vilification of the entire community of Scheduled Castes persons, an issue which is already prevalent in the country, and the possibility of the community being blamed as “deliberate spreaders of the Virus”. “…Hence, it is of utmost importance that all local authorities in each State are directed not to force the Safai Karamcharis/Sanitation workers to carry out their duties without being provided with COVID-19 gear/PPE and to ensure that all Safai Karamcharis are provided with COVID-19 protective gear/PPE on an urgent basis”. Further, a combined reading of Sections 2(1)(d), 7 and 9 of The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, makes it clear that cleaning of sewers and septic tanks without protective gear amounts to “hazardous cleaning” and any agency or authority who has employed any person for such hazardous cleaning is liable to be punished with imprisonment and fine which may extend to Rs. 2 lakhs on the first contravention. Therefore, the prayer sought for in the plea is for the issuance of a Writ of Mandamus directing the Respondents to instruct all agencies undertaking sanitation facilities to not have any sanitation workers carry out cleaning activity without being provided the appropriate protective gear and to ensure the provision of the same within 24 hours. The plea also seeks for the testing of the sanitation workers and their immediate families to be carried out within 48 hours.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Next Storylast_img read more

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