CHICAGO (Reuters) – Kansas farmer Jerry McReynolds’ wheat fields have developed a full month early, which has him optimistic for a harvest that should yield better than last year’s drought-reduced crop.
The quality of public school education almost certainly was damaged. Between May 2007 and May 2011, the number of teachers in the United States decreased by 223,770 — a decline of almost 6 percent.
The goal: to wrest control of our democracy back from the robber barons and CEOs that systematically block any effort to create an economy and a body politic that serves the needs of the vast majority of Americans and not the elite few.
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Elevator pitches aren’t just for start-ups. They are helpful in job interviews, networking events, presentations, or any time you need to quickly explain your case.
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. is tweeting to a new generation of music lovers.
The No. 2 soda company said Monday that it’s partnering with Twitter to provide streaming videos of live music concerts to Pepsi’s followers on the social networking site. The deal is part of Pepsi’s new global ad campaign that will also feature a TV ad with singer Nicki Minaj.
The company, based in Purchase, N.Y., isn’t yet saying which musicians will be featured for the Twitter concerts this summer.
Terms of the deal with Twitter were not disclosed.
The marketing push comes as Pepsi looks to revive the cola wars with The Coca-Cola Co., with up to $600 million in additional marketing slated for this year. Investors have criticized PepsiCo for letting its namesake soda lose market share to Coca-Cola in recent years. In 2010, Pepsi was bumped from its No. 2 spot by Diet Coke in the U.S., with Coca-Cola remaining in the top spot, according to the industry tracker Beverage Digest.
Pepsi isn’t the only one using music to tap into the youth market. Coca-Cola earlier this month announced a partnership with the online music provider Spotify; the companies are unveiling the details of their campaign later this year.
Coke and Pepsi both have a long history of using music to connect with young consumers. Over the years, Pepsi has featured musicians including Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, MC Hammer, Britney Spears and Beyonce in its marketing.
From the national level down, there are many efforts underway to improve economic and financial education, increase requirements and find better ways to assess literacy levels. But it’s something we all need to continue to work on together.
A bit of silly for your Monday morning: this is a flying, RC-controlled robotic dragon that actually breathes fire and sounds like a monstrous squeal demon as it takes off. The Dragon took a year to build and won Best In Show at the Toledo RC event, Weak Signals.
A modeler named Rick Hamel built the dragon and painted over 600 airbrushed scales on its plastic carapace. Sadly, he did not use it to cover his private parts after hatching it in a funeral pyre a la the Khaleesi