Ivanka Trump fashions dropped by Nordstrom following boycott

“Can I blow in your ear?”

❝ Fashion retailer Nordstrom has dropped a clothing line by Ivanka Trump.

It’s after campaigners called for a boycott on stores doing business with the president’s family. But the company blames the move on poor sales.

❝ The US firm says it makes “buying decisions based on performance” and that cutting brands “is part of the regular rhythm of our business”…

❝ The #GrabYourWallet campaign urged customers to boycott firms which have supported the Trumps.

It was started by two women angry about the president’s comments about women which came out in October.

❝ Co-founder Shannon Coulter reacted on Twitter, saying: “Big news everyone. You did this. I am in awe #GrabYourWallet.

“Those who voted against Donald control $7 trillion in spending.

“Never forget it. Never forget our power. Together, we can change a lot.”

A bit more detail in the article including Nordstrom softpedaling on the boycott. Folks just “stopped buying the Ivanka brand”. Same as a boycott as far as I read.

You dropped your cellphone where!?

A Chinese man got his arm trapped down a lavatory trying to retrieve his mobile phone after he accidentally dropped it down the U-bend.

The student at the Technology and Business University in the city of Chongqing, China, wrapped his arm in newspaper around thinking it would keep it clean as he tried to reach his phone.

The newspaper expanded in the water, trapping his arm in the U-bend. Firefighters were called, who freed him by breaking the bowl.


All World Cup players for France dropped for Norway friendly

Shh. Don’t tell Thierry Henry!
Daylife/Reuters Pictures used by permission

New France coach Laurent Blanc Friday has punished the country’s farcical World Cup squad by dropping each of the 23 players for a friendly against Norway next month.

Blanc’s decision to take action was approved by the French Football Federation’s federal council after a meeting with Raymond Domenech’s successor in Paris.

France suffered a miserable World Cup campaign in South Africa, marked by striker Nicolas Anelka’s expulsion after his foul-mouthed tirade at Domenech, infighting, and the players’ refusal to train.

‘Les Bleus’ returned home in ignominy after failing to win any of their first round games, with Domenech refusing to shake South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parriera’s hand following the final defeat to the hosts…

France football has endured a woeful year, with Thierry Henry’s controversial handball which put France into the World Cup at the expense of Ireland in the play-offs, their pitiful display in the competition itself, and then the scandal involving international stars Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema who this week put under investigation on charges of having sex with an under-age prostitute.

Phew! How to start a new job, eh?

This qualifies for more than an “OOPS!”

On Wednesday, a man drove a Bugatti Veyron into a lagoon in Texas after avoiding a low-flying pelican.

According to The Galveston County Daily News, the driver was checking out real estate in La Marque, Tex., when the pelican swooped into view:

The man jerked the wheel, dropped his cellphone and the car’s front tire left the frontage road and entered a muddy patch, which foiled his attempt to maneuver away from the lagoon…

The man was uninjured, physically, though after drowning the Veyron, which is priced at around $2 million, his ego might be a little damaged.

I’d be hard-pressed to feel sorry for someone dunking his $2million car in a salt-water lagoon. Distracted by a fracking pelican. And trying to pick up his cell phone.

Christian Science Monitor drops daily print edition

The Christian Science Monitor has become the first national newspaper to stop its daily print edition and shift coverage online in an attempt to reinvent the crumbling newspaper business model.

Starting in April, the century-old, Boston-based publication that is known for its international and analytical news coverage said it will push daily stories onto a revamped website and roll out a magazine-style weekly.

Monitor editor John Yemma said the moves, which could result in a reduction of 10 to 15 percent of its business and editorial staff of 123, are aimed at cutting the company’s $25.7 million budget. He said the new model of shutting down the daily newspaper and focusing reporters’ efforts on the website could be a blueprint for other newspapers.

“By freeing people from the print production ball and chain, we make a much more competitive website and we will help the journalists be much more competitive,” he said. “Everybody seems to recognize that print is on its way out.”

In an effort to hold on to readers, many newspapers have been investing more time, money, and staff to make their websites better, while some smaller, local publications have stopped printing a daily paper altogether to focus on their online operations.

Unfortunately, just as often, many newspapers turn away from Web-based trials and draw back to their ever-diminishing print base. Two newspapers I’ve enjoyed for decades have done so in recent months – cutting loose staff who had built a significant online presence – a distinctively profitable operation in one of those examples.

My subjective analysis? Most of today’s newspaper managers grew up in a business where advertising sales and revenue was generated by order-takers. Anyone who’s ever worked in sales knows what I mean.

Aggressive, content and quality-based sales are rarely a premise of sales and marketing in American newspaper management. Price and cost, the twin virtues of beancounters predominate. The chickens are coming home to roost.