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Rakuten TV to Release Documentary Series Matchday – Inside FC Barcelona, Tomorrow, for Free

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  • The world premiere will be held today in the iconic Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, with FC Barcelona players, representatives and celebrities in attendance
  • The AVOD service of Rakuten TV Europe will offer users this exclusive documentary series for free, alongside brand partnerships including; Booking.com, Nissan, ING, MSC Cruises, Perfetti Van Melle, Paco Rabanne and Danone
  • With more than 450 guests, FC Barcelona top players will attend the star-studded red carpet premiere

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trailer: https://youtu.be/r7ioZsihma0

The UK will witness the world premiere of Matchday – Inside FC Barcelona, the official TV series launching on Rakuten TV, following the club and its players through milestones of the 2018-2019 season, casting new light on the culture and philosophy of Barça, one of the world’s most beloved football teams. Narrated by John Malkovich, the series offers viewers a no-holds-barred view of the club and players, following the team as they enjoy the excitement of victory and strive to overcome defeat.

Matchday – Inside FC Barcelona is a creation of Barça Studios, FC Barcelona’s own production house, in collaboration with Kosmos Studios, Rakuten, Inc. in association with Rakuten H Collective Studio and Producciones del Barrio.

The premiere will be held today in Gran Teatre del Liceu, one of the most iconic places of Barcelona with different Barça representatives, players, and celebrities of the cinema, television, music and sports worlds stepping onto the red carpet to celebrate the release of the official documentary series which will be available on Rakuten TV from tomorrow.

The video on demand platform will exclusively release Matchday – Inside FC Barcelona for free across the 42 European countries in which the platform is live. On the same day, Matchday – Inside FC Barcelona will be made available in Japan via Rakuten TV, also.

The innovative distribution model of the series is the result of Rakuten TV’s recent launch of its AVOD (Ad-supported video on demand) service. Since last October, the platform incorporated indeed a “free” section allowing viewers to watch a wide range of content for free with few advertisements breaks.

To launch this new model, Rakuten TV will count on the collaboration of top brands including; Nissan, Booking.com, ING, MSC Cruises, Perfetti Van Melle, Paco Rabanne and Danone. These international brands, from diverse industries such as; automotive, parfums, travel, banking & insurance and FMCG have acknowledged the potential of investing in this new formula, understanding that the consumer trends are increasingly focused on digital, with digital platforms being the place to meet their constantly evolving need for entertainment content on demand.

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ABOUT RAKUTEN TV

Rakuten TV is one of the leading Video On-Demand platforms in Europe. It offers a TVOD service (Transactional VOD) providing viewers a true cinematic experience with the latest new releases in the best audiovisual quality. It also includes an AVOD (Advertising VOD) section, Rakuten TV Free, in a blend of thematic channels embracing Hollywood classics, local, exclusive and themed content, all for free.

Rakuten TV is available in 42 countries and forms part of Rakuten, Inc., one of the world’s leading internet services companies, offering a wide variety of services for consumers and businesses, with a focus on e-commerce, fintech and digital content. Rakuten, headquartered in Japan, is also known for its partnerships with FC Barcelona, the NBA, the Golden State Warriors, Davis Cup and Spartan Race.

www.rakuten.tv

ABOUT FC BARCELONA

FC Barcelona was founded in 1899, and is unique in many ways. The club is owned by its more than 145,000 members and can boast of being the most successful club in Europe over the last years. Since season 2004/05 they have won four of the CLUB’S five Champions League titles and ten of their 26 domestic league titles. Due to its very special personality, ‘Barça’ is recognized as being ‘more than a club’. The team’s distinctive style of play is projected around the world by the best players and coaches of their time in combination with club’s famous reliance on homegrown talent.

All of this goes hand in hand with its ongoing ambition to become the most admired, beloved and global sports institution on the planet. This mission is supported by such core principles as humility, effort, ambition, respect and team-work, while the club is also famed for its commitment to society, which is channelled through the FC Barcelona Foundation and its work to educate children through the positive values of sport. Such unstoppable growth in recent years has led to a global reach of more than 340 million fans and made FC Barcelona a world leader on social media.

www.fcbarcelona.es

ABOUT RAKUTEN

Rakuten, Inc. (TOKYO: 4755) is a global leader in internet services that empower individuals, communities, businesses and society. Founded in Tokyo in 1997 as an online marketplace, Rakuten has expanded to offer services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to approximately 1.3 billion members around the world. The Rakuten Group has over 18,000 employees, and operations in 30 countries and regions. For more information visit https://global.rakuten.com/corp/.

ABOUT BOOKING.COM

“With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, Booking.com invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel. At Booking.com, we connect travellers with the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts, tree houses and even igloos. The Booking.com website and mobile apps are available in over 40 languages, offer 29,012,666 total reported listings, and cover 154,968 destinations in 228 countries and territories worldwide”.

www.booking.com

ABOUT PERFETTI VAN MELLE

Perfetti Van Melle
, a leading global confectionery Group, is a privately owned company producing and distributing candies and chewing gums in more than 150 countries worldwide. Several of its brands such as Mentos, Airheads, Chupa Chups, Frisk, Fruittella, Alpenliebe, Golia, Happydent, Vivident, Big Babol and Smint, are much-loved throughout the five continents. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Group has a global reach with 30 manufacturing facilities and 38 local companies in the world.

https://www.perfettivanmelle.com

ABOUT ING

ING profile ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering banking services through its operating company ING Bank. The purpose of ING Bank is empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. ING Bank’s more than 53,000 employees offer retail and wholesale banking services to customers in over 40 countries.

ING Group shares are listed on the exchanges of Amsterdam (INGA NA, INGA.AS), Brussels and on the New York Stock Exchange (ADRs: ING US, ING.N).

Sustainability forms an integral part of ING’s strategy, evidenced by ING’s ranking as Leader in the banks industry group by Sustainalytics and ‘A’ rating in MSCI’s ratings universe. ING Group shares are included in major sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) index products of leading providers STOXX, Morningstar and FTSE Russell.

https://www.ing.es/

ABOUT MSC CRUISES

MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately owned cruise company and market leader in Europe, South America, South Africa and the Gulf. MSC Cruises is based in Geneva and is part of the MSC Group, which includes leading companies in the transport and logistics sector.

The MSC Cruises fleet currently consists of 17 ultra-modern, highly innovative and elegantly designed ships, offering an unparalleled holiday experience, with an authentic, international gastronomic offer, the highest level of entertainment service, comfortable accommodation, as well as impeccable and competent onboard service. www.msccrociere.it

ABOUT NISSAN MOTOR CO. LTD

Nissan is a global vehicle manufacturer with more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In 2018, the company sold 5.52 million vehicles worldwide, generating sales of 11,600 billion yen. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has been a partner of the French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance sold a total of 10.76 million vehicles in calendar year 2018.

ABOUT DANONE YoPRO

YoPRO es la familia de lácteos de Danone especialmente diseñada para todos aquellos que integran el deporte como parte de sus vidas, los #REALPROS, aportando un plus de proteína a tus músculos. Con un alto contenido en proteínas (25 g de proteína en su versión bebible), aporta 9 aminoácidos esenciales, es 0% materia grasa, sin azúcares añadidos, sin lactosa y está elaborado con ingredientes de origen natural. YoPRO está disponible en formato bebible con sabor frambuesa, limón menta y vainilla cookies y en formato yogur, con sabor natural o de arándanos.

https://www.danone.es/es

ABOUT PACO RABANNE

On that day in 1966 when Spanish designer Paco Rabanne sent “12 Unwearable Dresses” down a Paris runway, it suddenly became conceivable for a fashionable woman to reject silk and satin and instead choose clothes made of metal or plastic. The same rebellious aesthetic imbues Paco Rabanne’s perfumes, developed in partnership with Puig.

Released in 1969, his first feminine fragrance, Calandre (French for “automobile grille”) is built around a bold and surprising floral/metallic note. In 1973 Puig and Rabanne revolutionized the men’s category with Paco Rabanne Pour Homme.

Paco Rabanne retired from the scene and Puig, now owner of the House’s fashion and fragrance divisions, proceeded to create and launch a series of blockbuster fragrances, starting with the XS franchise, an in-your-face ode to sex and rock ’n’ roll. That global success was later reprised by 1 Million and Lady Million, Invictus and Olympéa.

https://www.pacorabanne.com/ww/en

Contacts

Media:
RAKUTEN TV:
Ariadna Parals, AMT Comunicación – aparals@amtcom.es – 691 89 82 62

Fabiana Cumia – Communication Director Rakuten TV Europe – fabiana.cumia@rakuten.com
Iraia Arza – PR & Communication Specialist – iraia.arza@rakuten.com

FC BARCELONA:
Communications Department

premsa@fcbarcelona.cat
+34 902189900

Rakuten, Inc.:
Corporate Communications Department

global-pr@mail.rakuten.com
(+81) 50-5817-1104

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Shortages of Low-Skill, Middle-Skill, and High-Skill Workers Causing Revenue Declines and Other Headaches for Employers, TrueBlue’s Latest Study Finds

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TACOMA, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–While there has been a lot of discourse around the shortage of high-skill workers in the U.S., a new study by staffing giant TrueBlue shows a significant percentage of employers are also struggling with deficits in low-skill and middle-skill workers – and dealing with a host of business challenges as a result.

According to TrueBlue’s nationwide survey, which included nearly 1,500 managers (HR, operational, and business), skills shortages are widening across skills categories:

  • 32% of managers can’t find workers to fill low-skill positions (generally classified as those that may or may not require a high school diploma and require little to no experience)
  • 46% can’t find workers for middle-skill jobs (typically require some experience and continuing education such as college courses, an apprenticeship or certification, but don’t necessarily require a four-year college degree)
  • 35% can’t find workers for high-skill jobs (typically require a four-year degree or higher and specialized experience)

Low unemployment coupled with globalization, accelerated technology advancement, and evolving work models are creating talent deficits across all skill levels within organizations,” said Patrick Beharelle, CEO of TrueBlue. “The skills supply is not keeping up with demand, which is fueling a greater intensity in an already competitive labor market and adversely impacting productivity, service quality, and revenue growth for businesses.”

Impact of Talent Shortages on Businesses

The top three business challenges managers are experiencing due to prolonged job vacancies within their organizations include:

  • Quality – More than a third of managers (35%) reported that extended job vacancies have caused lower product or service quality.
  • Turnover – 25% have seen higher employee turnover.
  • Revenue – 23% said their companies experienced a decline in revenue.

To address talent shortages and minimize associated business impact, 2 in 5 companies (41 percent) reported that they plan to raise compensation for entry-level workers and nearly half (46 percent) plan to train and hire the long-term unemployed in the coming year.

Survey Methodology

This SurveyMonkey survey was conducted online in the U.S. by TrueBlue between September 23 and October 15, 2019. It included 1,499 managers (HR, operations and general). The survey was across regions, industries, and company sizes.

About TrueBlue

TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) is a global leader in specialized workforce solutions that help clients achieve business growth and improve productivity. In 2018, the company connected approximately 730,000 people with work. TrueBlue’s PeopleReady segment offers on-demand industrial staffing services, PeopleManagement offers contingent and productivity-based, on-site industrial staffing and driver staffing services, and PeopleScout offers recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and managed service provider (MSP) solutions to a wide variety of industries. Learn more at www.trueblue.com.

Contacts

Jennifer Grasz

Vice President, Corporate Communications

jgrasz@trueblue.com
(312) 840-6327

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Law Firm of Estey & Bomberger Reports: Uber Says Nearly 6,000 Rapes, Sexual Assaults Occurred in Two-year Period

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SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The law firm of Estey & Bomberger reported today that Uber’s long-awaited sexual assault report was released Dec. 5, with the ride-hailing company admitting that 5,981* passengers and drivers were raped or sexually assaulted between 2017-2018.

“I applaud Uber for releasing the data that acknowledges there is a problem with sexual assaults occurring in rideshare. While we believe these assaults were preventable, Uber’s report represents a tremendous step for ride-hailing safety,” said Estey & Bomberger attorney Mike Bomberger. “I think there are many positive measures Uber is taking. However, Uber still has an obligation to help the victims who have been raped and assaulted and facing a lifetime of emotional pain. They will need ongoing therapy.”

Estey & Bomberger represents more than 100 ride-hailing sexual assault victims.

“It’s important to remember when reading this report that only one in three women report their sexual assault,” Bomberger said. “Therefore, the number of women who have been sexually assaulted is certainly much higher than reported here.”

Bomberger reiterated his call for all ride-hailing trips to be digitally recorded.

“We’re pleased that Uber is now testing cameras in Texas. That’s the real solution to this problem – if drivers know they’re being recorded they won’t rape and assault,” Bomberger said.

Estey & Bomberger is asking Lyft and Uber sexual assault victims, along with former employees of the ride-sharing firms, to contact its office by calling 866-964-1708 or emailing info@lyftsexualassaultlawyers.com.

*statistic courtesy NPR “Uber Received Nearly 6,000 U.S. Sexual Assault Claims in Past 2 Years,” Dec. 5, 2019.

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Ed Vasquez, 408-420-6558

ed@ejvcommunications.com

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Best’s Market Segment Report: AM Best Maintains Global Reinsurance Market Outlook at Stable

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OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has maintained a market segment outlook of stable on the global reinsurance industry for 2020, citing a stabilized pricing environment — albeit at levels below long-term adequacy — the continuing alignment between traditional and third-party capital and ongoing stability in the global life reinsurance segment.

A new Best’s Market Segment Report, titled, “Market Segment Outlook: Global Reinsurance,” states that although rates in the non-life reinsurance market have improved modestly, pricing has not kept adequate pace with the changing risk dynamics, as illustrated by loss development from events such as hurricanes Irma and Maria and Typhoon Jebi, and potential losses from more-recent events (e.g., Hurricane Dorian). Property catastrophe pricing still is being driven by the availability of third-party capital; however, the increasing interdependence between traditional capacity and third-party capital through joint ventures, retrocession and direct ownership should serve to more closely align return objectives for the market overall. Third-party capital also represents a benefit in the form of stabilized earnings of rated balance sheets, due to tail risk being assumed by this capital.

Overall market conditions are improving, but AM Best remains concerned about insufficient rate adequacy relating to certain U.S. casualty lines, a steady decline in the benefit of favorable reserve releases and the pervasive low interest rate environment. The collective effect of these factors requires underwriting discipline, and failure to react to these pressures could adversely affect the segment.

The report outlines other factors that are driving the stable market segment outlook, including:

  • AM Best believes alternative third-party capital will hold the line on future return expectations following the recent heavy catastrophe loss years;
  • A decline in capital consumption and earnings volatility, due in part to the increased utilization of third-party capital in retrocessionaire programs;
  • Greater emphasis on underwriting discipline due to pressure on interest rates and potential slower economic growth globally;
  • Improving pricing momentum driven by higher loss costs, coupled with lower loss reserve redundancies;
  • Increased demand for non-life reinsurance due to primary companies’ recent loss experience, as well as new risk transfer opportunities and mergers and acquisitions;
  • Stable operating performance among life reinsurers, which continue to maintain defensible market positions and offer services beyond risk transfer that create hurdles for new entrants.

To access the full copy of the overall global reinsurance briefing, please visit http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=292334.

Separate briefings on the non-life and life reinsurance segments can be viewed at:

To view a video with AM Best Associate Director Scott Mangan about the global reinsurance market segment outlook, please visit http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=globalreoutlook1219.

AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data provider specializing in the insurance industry. The company does business in more than 100 countries. Headquartered in Oldwick, NJ, AM Best has offices in cities around the world, including London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

Copyright © 2019 by A.M. Best Company, Inc. and/or its affiliates.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Contacts

Robert DeRose
Senior Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5435
robert.derose@ambest.com

Greg Carter
Managing Director
+44 20 7397 0288
greg.carter@ambest.com

Michael Porcelli, FSA
Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5548
michael.porcelli@ambest.com

Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
james.peavy@ambest.com

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