Monday, August 22, 2016

Rio Olympics end with controversy, but a success overall. Rahude gives final update on Rio de Janeiro games

Yesterday, the 2016 summer olympics concluded in Rio De Janeiro. The next summer Olympics is in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. The summer Olympics did end with some controversy though. This topic will be touched on in the next paragraph. First, the final medal count shows the USA team as the leader in total medals (121). China finished 2nd, and Great Britain had the third most medals. The host nation, Brazil; won the team soccer gold medal. The gold medal game in soccer pitted Brazil and Germany, with Brazil winning in the penalty kick shootout. As for the controversy, athletes were robbed in Rio De Janeiro. An unnamed athlete from Great Britain was robbed during a night out in Rio de Janeiro. Dirk Van Tichelt won a bronze medal in judo, and he was robbed in broad daylight in Rio. Lastly, Ryan Lochte and three other US swimmers were partying the night away on August 13. Next thing you know, they got themselves into a huge mess dubbed as 'lochtegate.' Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger were done with their swimming events on August 13. Ryan Lochte started the whole problem by tearing down a poster, and his friends relieved themselves in bushes. In the end, the four swimmers got themselves out of Rio de Janeiro. Two of them were taken off their flights, and questioned by Brazilian authorities. The good parts of the Olympics were Usain Bolt winning three gold medals in track, and the US team winning almost 30 medals in track and field in uncharacteristic fashion. USA got medals in marathon, 4x100 m relay, 4x400 m relay, and long jump by getting bronze and silver before winning gold medals eventually. The network ratings for nbc were down by 20% for these olympics, compared to London and Beijing 2008 games. As for 2024 Olympics, this decision should be made in 2017 or 2018. Los Angeles might get the games again, which would be a great win for the US hosting committee. Enjoy the picture above of LaShawn Merritt, and other US track athletes. Lashawn led the US men's 4x400 m. relay team to victory, and it helped to increase the US team medal count.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Live from Rio, it's Rahude with some olympic updates. Jeah!!

The 2016 Olympics are in Rio De Janeiro, and the games started on August 5. With only 5 more days left, Rahude is giving you some of his best updates. Update #1 is NBC has almost 6 networks working to give you Olympic coverage.There is cnbc, msnbc, olmps, olmpb, USA, and NBC channels (networks) that are delivering the events. Rio De Janeiro is 4 hours ahead of Phoenix, Rahude’s current home. Yet, Rahude is following the games and he is giving updates on whatsapp plus Facebook. In swimming, Michael Phelps won six medals (5 gold, 1 silver) and Ryan Lochte won 1 gold only. The rest of the men’s swimmers including Ryan Murphy, Conor Jaeger, Anthony Ervin, Nathan Adrian, etc. delivered gold and other medals too. For the women’s swimming, Allison Schmitt and Katie Ledecky won gold. Ledecky won the most medals for the women, and other females (Maya dirado, Leah smith, etc.) won in their featured events. Melissa ‘Missy’ Franklin could not relive her London magic, but she got one gold in the swimming pool. As for tennis in Olympics, Juan Martin Del Potro won silver and Andy Murray won another gold. Monica Puig won gold, and Angelique Kerber won silver. In men’s and women’s basketball, the US teams are doing well. But, there is no pure domination on the court. Update #2 is Rio Olympics are one of the lowest ratings games for the NBC family. In the final five days, the events ratings may turn around for track & field, and other final events. In track and field, Usain Bolt won a gold medal already in the 100-meter final. For now, Rahude aka Rahulio Ganpuleone is done with his updates. Look for some more final Olympic updates in six days. Rio De Janeiro games are done on August 21, and 2020 Olympics will be in Japan (Tokyo). Catch you later from Copacabana Beach!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Verizon buys Yahoo, early internet pioneer! How Marissa Mayer treated the company like a think tank?

Many people use Verizon as a cellphone provider. It is the top carrier over the past 3 years, as the company beats AT&T wireless at their own game. Now, Verizon is getting into the website domain space as they bought Yahoo for $4.8 billion last week. Where does Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer go, after Yahoo is acquired? It is hard to say. In her four years as Yahoo CEO, she treated the company as a 'think tank' than a sinking ship. Marissa Mayer was the twentieth employee hired by Google, and she worked as a 'Googler' for thirteen years. She has an undergrad. and masters degrees from Stanford University. She has some outstanding credentials, but her next corporate move may be a mystery. Marissa Mayer sets an example of a female CEO, that led a company which had problems before she took over the reins. In February 2008, Microsoft made the $45 billion offer to buy Yahoo for its search engine capabilities. In Bill Gates final days as CEO and Chairman, Yahoo snubbed him and Microsoft. In this case, Yahoo should have agreed to be acquired by Microsoft in 2008. Yahoo would have been sold, for almost 9 times their current value. While at Yahoo, Marissa Mayer read every résumé before hiring a new employee. It may be up to 50 of these documents, which she would peruse daily. If she read 50 resumes daily, she should be owning her executive search recruitment agency next year. No joke! One of her next moves should be in venture capital, as she could work with KPCB (Kleiner Perkins caufield byers) or benchmark capital. Many of the former CEOs join the big VC's to continue their entrepreneurial ways of living. Finally, Marissa had a passion for listening to the employees. One of her favorite tasks was to ask the employees, about their next big idea. If you had many ideas, would you put them down on paper or leave them by the wayside? Humans are known to 'think big'; so strong ideas make the world a better place if they are implemented correctly. Lastly, see the image above of Marissa Mayer's pseudo résumé. It is craftily written in an impressive manner. Readers take note, as you may learn a lot about the Stanford alumnus.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Theresa May is the new PM in United Kingdom; and can HRC become new President of US soon!

Theresa May became the new Prime Minister six days ago, in London as David Cameron is leaving 10 Downing Street. Since Theresa is the new PM, does her office promotion mean an easy path for Hillary Rodham Clinton for the US presidential race? Let's run down the female leaders of the world, starting with Angela Merkel (Europe's strongest woman in power). Angela Merkel has been in power in Germany, Europe's economic bellwether; since 2005. That's 11 years of good laws in Europe's strongest economy. Let's not forget Christine Lagarde, the IMF managing director. IMF is not a foreign country, but the International Monetary Fund is '189 countries working together to stabilize monetary devices.' If you are from Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon is a home country name. She is the first minister of Scotland, and the leading lady in power. Myanmar (formerly Burma) is back in the limelight, as Aung San Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize leader in a new democracy in Yangon. Finally, Taiwan has a female leader in Tsai Ing-Wen. She is the new president of Taiwan since January of this year. Tsai is a Cornell University grad. and she was former Mayor of Taipei. Taiwan was my home for three years in the 1980s, and my family remembers the three good years in the island nation. As a recap, seven world leaders have been mentioned in this post. The nations of Taiwan, Germany, UK, Myanmar, and Scotland are in this post. Christine Lagarde is IMF chief, and she is a former French lawyer. Recently, the IMF cut global growth by almost 1% due to the recent 'Brexit' disaster. In the world's mind, surviving 'Brexit' is the next task for Theresa May to undertake. She leads England, and Wales through one of the toughest times since World War II. Hope you the reader enjoyed this post. In less than four months, American voters will vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Rodham Clinton. May Hillary become the first female President of the strongest world economy. Enjoy the picture above of 10 Downing Street, London. It is the new home of Theresa May, and the former home of Margaret Thatcher (and other prominent Prime Ministers of UK including David Cameron, John Major, and Tony Blair). Au revoir!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

KD sweepstakes are over; plus other NBA free agent signings, trades too

Five days ago, Kevin Durant announced his decision to leave Oklahoma City. He signed with the Golden State Warriors for a 2 year deal, worth $54.3 million. But, his contract is not the richest one in these crazy NBA free agent signings. Mike Conley Jr. signed a 5 year deal, worth $153 million to stay with the Memphis Grizzlies. This contract is the largest one in NBA history. Many people faulted KD for signing with Golden State, as he joined the team that beat OK City in the 2016 NBA western conference finals. He broke up the collaborative duo of Westbrook and Durant, two of OK City's finest. In other NBA trades and signings, Derrick Rose is going to play for NY Knicks next year; along with his former Chicago teammate, Joakim Noah. Jeremy Lin signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Then, there's the huge news that Dwyane Wade signed with the Chicago Bulls for a two year deal. Finally, Pau Gasol is signing with the San Antonio Spurs for a two year deal. It makes San Antonio stronger, so they can compete with Golden State. Speaking of the Warriors, they lost Leandro Barbosa and other key players. Here's the list of former Warriors: Festus Ezeli, Brandon Rush, Leandro Barbosa, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, and Marreese Speights. In addition to Kevin Durant signing with Golden State Warriors, Zaza Pachulia and David West signed with the Warriors in the past few days. There are a lot of deals, which were not mentioned in this blog post. The NBA 2016-2017 season is only 105 days aways. Hope the Cleveland Cavaliers do not repeat as NBA champions. The warriors might be the favorite, according to the Las Vegas bettors. Hope you like the picture above of Luol Deng, the former Miami Heat player. He is leaving Miami for the LA Lakers, in a four year deal. Lakers signed Timofey Mozgov, and they received Jose Calderon from the Chicago Bulls. Hope the Lakers can improve their winning percentage next year, with the new additions.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel exhorting Hollande, Renzi to keep EU together

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is one of the most powerful female leaders in the world. She is urging France, Italy and other EU nations to collaborate on peace keeping moves during the 'Brexit' crisis. Five days ago, Great Britain made the shocking decision to leave the European Union. Global stock markets went into a selling frenzy for the past two trading days, following the ridiculously close vote in Great Britain for exiting EU. The UK has been a close ally to the US, and Great Britain would leave the EU in 2018 officially. IMF Director Christine Lagarde is calling on Bank of England, and ECB (European Central Bank) to attain financial stability. Meanwhile, Francois Hollande met with Italian premier Matteo Renzi to discuss the EU's next move in Berlin, Germany. Almost 52% voted to leave EU, while 48% voted to stay in EU per EU referendum results on 6-24-2016. In terms of the US presidential candidates thoughts on Brexit, Hillary Clinton was in the 'stay in the EU' camp. Republican candidate Donald Trump is quite happy that 'Brexit' is happening. Finally, David Cameron is resigning as PM of Great Britain. In October 2016, the people of Great Britain will have a new Prime Minister. Cameron is leaving after six years, and he believes that a fresh wave of leadership is needed. Will the UK be able to avoid an economic fallout from the 'Brexit' crisis? This result is yet to be determined, and the global economy needs to avoid recession in 2016 and 2017. Boris Johnson, the ex-London mayor, is a front runner for PM in the minds of many UK voters. The value of the UK pound has dropped over the past few days, and the British pound is losing its value quickly. Enjoy the picture above of David Cameron, and Samantha Cameron. Samantha looks sad, as her husband is announcing his decision to leave the PM position.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Are you familiar with Brexit? Vote on Britain to stay in EU

On June 23, the citizens of the UK may not be part of the European Union. The country of Britain will hold a referendum on June 23, 2016; on whether to leave the European Union. This referendum is nicknamed 'Brexit' for today's informative folks. ‘Brexit’ is Britain exiting the European Union. No joke intended! Seriously? The European Union consists of 28 nations. Britain has been a member since 1973. After 43 years, the country will vote on whether to keep its membership in 'Europa.' Europa is another fun moniker of Europe. Ireland became a member of the European Union in 1973 also. If the European Union loses England, the economy of the 28 nations will suffer. For the British citizens, it is beneficial to stay in the EU. It is from a good economic and social standpoint, that the citizens should vote to stay in the EU. Companies like JP Morgan will lose valuable employees in London, if the Brexit becomes a reality. Jamie Dimon, current JP Morgan CEO, mentioned that 4,000 employees would lose jobs if Brexit is passed. 'Brexit' may put the European economy, and the global economies into a better chance of global recession. David Cameron has been Prime Minister of the UK, since May 2010. His tenure in office needs to continue, and Brexit does not need to ruin his time in office. Enjoy the picture above of the European Union. It is from www.europa.eu, the website for European Union. The picture is the European Union emblem. Keep the European Union together, and with 28 nations at this time.