Microsoft has bought Austin, Texas-based Incent Games, which has developed a product called FantasySalesTeam. It’s basically a new kind of way to encourage sales representatives in a company to get more business via contests that are structured like a fantasy sports team.
Walk-up music is a very fickle thing. A good song selection can show everyone that you mean business, while a bad selection could wind up leading to others not taking you seriously.
Los Angeles Dodgers star YasielPuig knows how to pick a walk-up song.
In a new “This is SportsCenter” ad, Puig makes all of the ESPN staffers envious of his walk-up music during a meeting. The song helped set the tone and the stage, and it also got everyone’s attention.
Seeing Puig walk up to the front of the room to some nice beats gave some of the staffers an idea. Unfortunately for him, SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett found out that picking the wrong song can be a crucial mistake.
The senator’s legislation would create monetary rewards for states that submit all necessary records into the background check system and penalize states that do not. He also will call on Congress to preserve mental health funding and substance abuse programs.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be launching a gun violence awareness campaign Monday to engage residents in serious conversation about gun violence.
Adams wants to meet with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an effort to fund anti-violence initiatives in high-crime areas.
The damage to the Greek economy is so severe that even if a third bailout plan is agreed, it is not likely to last very long and the country is still on course to leave the eurozone.
That is the view of Jonathan Loynes, chief European economist at Capital Economics, who writes:
The scale of the damage done to the Greek economy by the country’s renewed crisis and imposition of capital controls looks set to be far worse than the provisional plans for a third bailout envisaged and suggests that Greece is still likely to leave the currency union at some point.
Even before the Greek capital controls were implemented at the end of last month, the economy was being hit by the generally adverse effects of the renewed crisis. Although Greek GDP contracted by only 0.2% in the first quarter, the available hard data suggest that it did so much more sharply in the second quarter.
On the Athens market fall, market analyst Jasper Lawler at CMC Markets UK said:
The Athens Stock Exchange plummeted on Monday; its first day of trading in five months but an improving manufacturing outlook meant other European stock markets gained as a destination for funds coming out of Greece.
Greek bank stocks went immediately limit down 30% with the rest of the market not faring much better, down as much as 23% on the open. It makes sense to see these kinds of declines given the Greece’s flirtation with an exit from the Eurozone since the stock exchange was closed five weeks ago.