Summary of “Tampa Bay GM Jason Licht owns Roberto Aguayo mistake”

Huge news dump late in the week: Ezekiel Elliott suspended six games for domestic violence, the Rams trading for the disappointing Sammy Watkins, the Bills making moves to own the 2018 draft, and the Saturday whopper: the sacking, after one lousy preseason game, of one of the most controversial draft picks in recent history.
The NFL draws a line and says “a baseline suspension of six games” for league employees found to have engaged in domestic violence.
MMQB: So many are asking: How can the NFL suspend a guy for six games when he was never charged with a crime by investigating authorities in the case?
The absurdity of paying legitimate NFL prices for preseason games cannot be overstated.
By the way, if you attend home games in Green Bay or Foxboro, and you go to preseason games, there’s a good chance you won’t see Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers play in person this summer.
II. If Adam Vinatieri stays healthy and plays the first two games of the season, he will wake up on Sept. 18 having played 177 games in his NFL career for Indianapolis, and 177 games in his career for New England, including playoffs.
On the evidence of the first preseason game, and nothing else, it would be surprising if Kizer doesn’t start more games than any other Browns quarterback in 2017.
e. Purdy on the NFL: “The NFL once consisted of 16 football games with a little sizzle wrapped around them. Now the league seems to be 16 marketing opportunities with a little football wrapped somewhere deep inside.”

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Summary of “She’s 98. He’s 94. They Met at the Gym.”

“So I’m 99, 98, it’s just a number,” Ms. Mokotoff said.
Mr. Mann, who is 94 and received a bachelor’s degree in history last year from Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., agreed that when it comes to being old as opposed to feeling old, the numbers don’t always add up the same.
The son of Mae Mann and Hyman Mann, an insurance executive, he joined the war effort in 1943 as a 19-year-old, eventually serving as a second engineer aboard cargo ships, tankers and troop ships during World War II.”It was a scary time,” he said.
In 1960, Mr. Mann, who said he “Could never stand living in the city,” purchased his country home in Cuddebackville, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, which he calls “a little piece of heaven.”
Mr. Mann’s first marriage, which lasted 20 years before ending in divorce, produced his only biological child, Mark Mann, now 71, who served as best man.
Last year, Mr. Mann became the oldest person to graduate from Mount St. Mary College.
Keith Schuler, who has been Mr. Mann’s neighbor for the past 20 years, called him “An inspiration, and an incredible human being.”
Mr. Mann managed to slip out a back door and, moments later, reappeared in front of City Hall, behind the wheel of his red Toyota Corolla.

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Summary of “The retail apocalypse is coming for grocery stores”

Department stores followed the same strategy in the last decade, and now they are closing stores and filing for bankruptcy at staggering rates.
Department stores and many mall-based retailers are closing thousands of stores after years of over-expansion.
Discount grocers including Aldi, Lidl, and Dollar General are collectively planning to open thousands of new stores over the next couple years.
UBS. Grocery stores have been slashing prices to drive sales and better compete, which is driving profits lower in a business that’s already pressured by razor-thin margins.
The company has been expanding its click-and-collect program that allows customers to order groceries online, then pick them up at stores.
Walmart also reduced prices on hundreds of grocery products last year and recently launched a grocery price-comparison test in 1,200 stores in an effort to edge out Aldi.
Lidl, which has more than 10,000 stores globally, just launched its first US stores in June and plans to have 100 stores operating along the East Coast by mid-2018.
Grocers near the new Lidl stores have already started dropping prices to better compete, according to a recent price check by Jefferies analysts in several Southeastern markets.

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Summary of “Discovery of 13 million-year-old ape skull shows what human ancestors may have looked like”

The discovery of a 13 million-year-old skull shows what human ancestors may have looked like.
One professor’s persistence there would pay off in a monumental discovery: a rare, complete skull of a baby ape that could give scientists a glimpse at what our common ancestors looked like.
“Almost instantly we knew it was the skull of a primate,” Nengo said.
What the team later excavated would end up being what is thought to be the most complete skull of an extinct ape species in the fossil record.
The discovery of the infant ape skull – nicknamed “Alesi” after the local Turkana word for “Ancestor” – helps bridge some of those gaps, not only because of how intact the outside of the skull is but for what was preserved on the inside.
In September 2015, about a year after the fossil was excavated, Nengo obtained government clearance to hand-carry the skull from Kenya to the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France.
Alesi’s teeth showed that the infant skull hadn’t just belonged to just any ape, but one of a previously undiscovered species, now named Nyanzapithecus alesi.
Alesi provides an important link between apes’ and humans’ common ancestors and the earliest humans.

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Summary of “Americans Are Dying Younger, Saving Corporations Billions”

Over the last two years, at least 12 large companies, from Verizon to General Motors, have said recent slips in mortality improvement have led them to reduce their estimates for how much they could owe retirees by upward of a combined $9.7 billion, according to a Bloomberg analysis of company filings.
Mortality trends are only a small piece of the calculation companies make when estimating what they’ll owe retirees, and indeed, other factors actually led Lockheed’s pension obligations to rise last year.
“Historically, mortality rates annually have tended to come down year-over-year,” says R. Dale Hall, managing director of research at the Society of Actuaries.
The professional association compiles mortality data that many private pension plans use in their projections.
Actuaries use two main factors to project death rates into the future: They start with current mortality levels-the percentages of people who die at a given age-and then make predictions about how those percentages might change with developments such as new medical treatments or changes to smoking or obesity rates.
In 2014, the Society of Actuaries updated its baseline mortality tables for the first time since 2000 to reflect significant gains in life expectancies seen through 2008-a major revision that predicted future improvements based partly on that trend.
Updates in the last two years, based on more recent mortality data, have pulled down companies’ estimates of what they’ll owe future retirees.
While overall mortality rates are influenced by deaths from infancy to old age, pension payouts primarily reflect how long people survive after retirement.

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Summary of “Aaron Rodgers on Packers pressure; Jay Cutler a Dolphin”

“I want to play another seven, eight, nine, 10 years,” the 33-year-old Rodgers told me in a quiet locker room Friday afternoon.
The Dolphins told Cutler either late Thursday or early Friday that they wanted him to replace Ryan Tannehill, who suffered a likely season-ending knee injury at practice Thursday.
So two questions persist: Isn’t Cutler a bad locker-room guy? And why not Colin Kaepernick ahead of Cutler? On the first question, Cutler does not have a more passionate ally in the NFL right now than Gase.
Three months ago, after Cutler signed a deal to do the FOX games, Gase was asked in a press conference if he thought Cutler would do well on TV. “I wouldn’t be surprised,” Gase said.
Cutler will start because he’s played well under Gase, and because Gase would trust him more than Moore.
Hoyer landed in Chicago to back up Jay Cutler, and he was actually pretty good in the six games he played: 67 percent passing, six touchdowns, no interceptions.
Every year, FO impresario Aaron Schatz and his staff mine a slew of data to tell you things you didn’t know about even your favorite team.
That’s a metric that accounts for injuries to starters and important situational players by counting not only games missed but also games where players were at less than 100 percent because of injury.

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Summary of “The Legend of Yanda”

He recognized then what Yanda could not: The rookie had what it took to be “One of the good ones.” The pair spent only one year together, but Yanda seized on every moment he could to mine Ogden for advice.
One such pointer was internalizing what a player had to do to earn the right to spend the offseason where he pleased, and by his fifth NFL season, Yanda finally felt comfortable doing just that.
It was in the middle of “Hawkeye country,” as Yanda puts it, and most Saturdays were spent watching head coach Hayden Fry’s Iowa teams on the living room TV. Yanda dreamed of one day playing in Kinnick Stadium, but poor grades forced him to attend North Iowa Area Community College directly after high school.
With his hopes of playing at his dream school dwindling and nothing to lose, Yanda decided to take control of his future.
The quintessential Marshal Yanda play happened in Week 13 of the 2014 season, during the second quarter of a 34-33 loss to the Chargers.
Before his fourth campaign, it seemed as if Yanda would finally get the chance to play his desired guard spot full time.
The difference these days is that now Yanda is the Pro Bowl fixture Baltimore’s young players try to emulate.
While Yanda may never be a famous face around the league, that hasn’t stopped his legend from spreading: The stars about whom fans will tell tales for years to come will do the same about Marshal Yanda.

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Summary of “What Neymar world record move means for Barcelona PSG UEFA FFP more”

It’s either a bold, game-changing move from Paris Saint-Germain or a colossal blunder by folks with more money than sense or, perhaps, something in between.
On the pitch, Barcelona can likely reload pretty quickly without Neymar.
The bottom line is that Barcelona won before Neymar’s arrival, they won with Neymar and they’ll likely win again without him.
He’ll certainly earn more at PSG but it likely won’t be “Move-the-needle” type more.
If PSG can’t afford Neymar without breaching the requirements, we’ll find out.
It’s just that we won’t know until the fall of 2018, when seasons 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 are cumulatively assessed, whether PSG violated FFP rules, which dictate that no more than $35.6m can be lost over three seasons, though some expenses and revenues aren’t included in the FFP calculation.
Throw in his wages and you’re looking at north of $100m which, while still a frightening number – Messi is costing Barcelona half of that – is possibly more manageable if you’re smart with your sales and you squeeze out commercial revenue properly.
You don’t need to be an economist to know that it’s OK to spend more if you’re earning more money; Barcelona’s revenues, for example, have gone up nearly 70 percent in the last seven years.

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Summary of “MTV Mines the Past for Its Future: ‘Total Request Live'”

“If we’re going to come back and reinvent MTV, the studio is a given,” he said.
The latest strategic pivot at MTV is vital to the fortunes of Viacom, which also owns other cable channels like Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.
The company, which has experienced a chaotic year and a half, has tried to stabilize itself with a strategy targeting six core cable channels, MTV included.
Michael Nathanson, an analyst at MoffettNathanson Research, said MTV had several challenges, including a fickle audience that is preoccupied with social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook.
There have been many strategic shifts at the network in the last five years: heavy investments in scripted programming, a hiring spree for MTV News, and a seemingly endless stream of dark and dreary reality series.
MTV will unveil the revival of “TRL.” The original iteration – which featured a countdown of music videos, a studio audience and frequent appearances from star musicians – was, in a way, a throwback itself, an updated version of “American Bandstand.”
MTV is hoping the “TRL” name is enough of a star.
Charlie Walk, the president of Republic Records, which has musicians like Drake and Lorde on its talent roster, said that in recent years MTV had abandoned the music business and that bringing “TRL” back was a big step in the right direction.

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Summary of “Hot Spot for Tech Outsourcing: The United States”

One of the country’s foremost champions of the offshore outsourcing model, has announced plans to hire 25,000 more workers in the United States over the next four years.
Infosys announced in May that it planned to hire 10,000 workers in the United States over the next two years, starting with centers in Indiana and North Carolina.
Nexient, which has its headquarters in Newark, Calif., has three delivery centers in the Midwest: in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Okemos, Mich.; and Kokomo, Ind. It employs 400 people, up from 250 two years ago, and plans to hire a few hundred more over the next year, Mark Orttung, the company’s chief executive, said.
The company’s business model is fairly typical for onshore companies.
Today, the company has 300 workers in four delivery centers: in Albuquerque; Augusta, Ga.; Jonesboro, Ark.; and Mobile, Ala. The payroll will reach about 400 people by the end of the year, Mr. Hamilton said.
The American onshore companies say they are seeing a postelection spike in client inquiries, as President Trump lobbies businesses to create more jobs in the United States and seeks to curb immigrant work visas.
In the past two years, Cambia Health has cut its use of an offshore outsourcer in India by half, said Laurent Rotival, the company’s chief information officer.
Techtonic has an ambitious expansion plan, going to 10 new cities in the next three years and hiring 100 developers in each city, said Heather Terenzio, the company’s chief executive.

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