Futurism Reinforces Its Next-Gen Business Commerce Platform With Advanced Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Capabilities | News

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –Futurism Technologies, a leading provider of digital transformation solutions, is bringing to life its Futurism Dimensions business commerce suite with additional artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities. New AI capabilities will help online companies provide an exceptional personalized online customer experience and user journeys. Futurism Dimensions will not only help companies put their businesses online, but would also help to completely digitize their commerce lifecycle. The commerce life cycle includes digital product catalog creation and placement, AI-driven digital marketing, order generation to fulfillment, tracking, shipments, taxes and financial reporting, all from a unified

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Polish E-Commerce Company Allegro Lights up Europe’s IPO Market | Technology News

By Anna Banacka and Anna Koper

WARSAW/GDANSK, Poland (Reuters) – Shares in Polish e-commerce group Allegro leapt more than 60% on their debut on Monday, giving the company a market value of almost $19 billion in Europe’s biggest initial public offering (IPO) so far this year.

Founded more than 20 years ago as a home-grown rival to eBay, Allegro is central Europe’s most recognised e-commerce brand and its website is attracting 20 million visitors a month as consumers go online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allegro’s strong start mirrored the performance of some recent IPOs in the United States where shares

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Startup Company Value Insurance Goes Live with BindExpress from SpeedBuilder Systems | News

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SpeedBuilder Systems, Inc. today announced that Value Insurance MGA (“Value”) is live with its BindExpress® Suite, running Software-as-a-Service to launch their nonstandard automobile product in the state of Alabama. The startup company, incubated out of London Underwriters of Aventura, FL, is running the full suite of BindExpress Rating, Underwriting, Policy, Billing, Claims, and Reporting.

“As a startup, Value must run “lean and mean” on an easy-to-use, intuitive system,” said Paul Gabe, CEO and President of Value Insurance.  “Making it easy for the agents to bind business and process payments is

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Judge upholds R.I. campaign finance law; conservative groups appeal – News – providencejournal.com

A federal judge has rejected a bid to invalidate a chunk of Rhode Island’s campaign finance laws, but conservative groups seeking to launch anonymous political campaigns have filed an appeal.

U.S. District Court Judge Mary McElroy at the end of August dismissed a lawsuit against the state Board of Elections by Rhode Island’s Gaspee Project and conservative Chicago nonprofit the Illinois Opportunity Project, which argued the state’s disclosure laws for independent campaign expenditures are unconstitutional.

Under Rhode Island law, any person or organization spending $1,000 or more to benefit a candidate or an outcome in a ballot referendum must disclose

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FAS Administration and Finance Dean Leslie Kirwan to Retire | News

Leslie A. Kirwan ’79 — the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean for Administration and Finance — will retire next spring, FAS Dean Claudine Gay announced in an email to faculty and staff Tuesday afternoon.

Kirwan’s accomplishments are “considerable and wide-ranging,” Gay wrote. After being recruited in 2009 to oversee all FAS administrative functions, she helped guide FAS out of a massive deficit following the 2008 financial crisis, balancing the budget by 2012 and eventually guiding the school to a $13.6 million surplus in 2019.

While maintaining the size of the faculty, Kirwan enabled the expansion of the financial aid

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Is Credit Card Relief Little Help? Check Out Debt Management | Lifestyle News

By MELISSA LAMBARENA of NerdWallet

As cardholders experience financial difficulties due to COVID-19, some credit card issuers are promoting their hardship programs.

Once a well-kept secret, these programs are now more prominently advertised, offering things like deferred payments and lower interest rates. But not all cardholders will qualify or receive favorable terms.

If you’ve been denied COVID-19 relief, if it’s insufficient, or if your relief terms are expiring, consider turning to a nonprofit credit counseling agency. Credit counselors may be able to help you with get-out-of-debt options — among them, possibly, a debt management plan, which rolls several balances into

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Health exchange insurance rates coming down | Local News

Health insurance premiums will fall in 2021 for New Mexicans enrolled in beWellnm, the state’s Obama-era insurance exchange for workers who aren’t offered health coverage through employers and those who are self-employed.

The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance reported Tuesday that “silver” plans — those ranked in the middle category — will drop an average of 8.1 percent to 13.5 percent next year.

Consumers can choose from three levels of plans offered by five insurance carriers participating in the exchange.

Santa Fe has the lowest decreases among the state’s five regions at 6.7 percent for bronze plans, 8.1

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Ryanair CEO Bonus Challenged as Crisis Sparks Pay Scrutiny | Investing News

PARIS (Reuters) – Ryanair

boss Michael O’Leary’s proposed 458,000 euro ($540,600) annual bonus came under fire on Friday, as an influential investor advisory firm urged shareholders to oppose the package in a non-binding vote later this month.

Proxy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) said the pay award for the financial year ended in March “raises concerns” and was hard to justify amid the unprecedented aviation crisis sparked by COVID-19.

Ryanair declined to comment on the voting recommendation, reported earlier by the Financial Times.

The pandemic is increasing pay scrutiny at companies that have taken government aid or slashed jobs. Criticism

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Kudlow Expects Trump Administration to Unveil Aid for Airlines in Weeks | Investing News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday said he thinks the Trump administration will in a matter of weeks unveil additional aid for U.S. airlines, which have been dealt a blow by a coronavirus pandemic that has grounded most flights.

“If they need additional assistance, we stand ready to work with them to hammer out additional packages,” Kudlow told Bloomberg TV in an interview.

Airlines received $25 billion in U.S. government stimulus funds in March meant to cover payrolls and protect jobs through September. Congress also approved another $25 billion in loans for airlines but much

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Consumer Confidence Drops Unexpectedly in August | National News

Consumer confidence fell unexpectedly in the first two weeks of August to its lowest level in six years as households grew increasingly worried about the economy following a sustained surge in coronavirus cases this summer.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index, which measures how optimistic consumers feel about the economic outlook, dropped to a reading of 84.8 this month, down from 91.7 in July.

The reading is significantly lower than what analysts predicted and a drastic drop from a year ago. In August 2019, the index sat at 134.2.

The measure is a worrying sign that

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Business – BBC News

Selfridges has told staff it plans to cut 450 jobs with annual sales set to be “significantly less” than last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Managing director Anne Pitcher said high streets were changing even before coronavirus and the business has now been forced to make “fundamental changes”.

Ms Pitcher said in an email to Selfridges staff: “How we work, shop and socialise is changing.

“Of course, our high streets were changing rapidly before Covid-19 arrived.

“As a creative business at the forefront of retail, we have a proud history of leading the way, however the speed and magnitude

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Wedbush analyst Dan Ives raised his stock price target for Telsa Inc. to $2,000 from $1,250 on Friday, making it the highest among analysts on FactSet. “We believe with demand for Model 3’s ramping stronger than expectations in China heading into the summer timeframe, the lockdown easing in the US/Europe, and some potentially “game changing” battery developments on the horizon (Battery Day another key catalyst) that Tesla’s stock likely has room to run further,” Ives wrote in a note to clients. The move comes a day after Tesla stock closed at a fresh record of $1,133.36, boosting its

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