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Madigan: E-Book customers to receive price-fixing settlement payments

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that Illinois e-book customers will begin receiving payments this week from settlements with five publishers in the alleged e-books price-fixing conspiracy. Madigan joined 32 other attorneys general in suing five of the six largest publishers and Apple for allegedly conspiring to drive up the price of e-books beginning in 2010 when Apple unveiled its first e-book reader, the iPad. The publishers—Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA) Inc.—settled and agreed to pay a total of $166 million nationwide. Illinois residents will receive over $6.4 million.

“This scheme to fix prices caused consumers to spend millions more on e-books than they otherwise would have paid,” Madigan said. “This settlement will help compensate customers and send a clear signal that we will enforce the antitrust laws to ensure fair competition.”

Payments will be sent to 23 million customers of major e-book retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Sony and Google. Most customers will receive a credit to their e-book accounts without having to file a claim or provide proof of purchase. A small percentage of eligible customers, including those who purchased from Sony, Google, or a small retailer or who elected to receive a check, will receive check payments. The amounts received depend on the number and types of e-books purchased between April 1, 2010, to May 21, 2012, the period of time the alleged price fixing occurred.

Eligible consumers should review their email for communications from their e-book retailer, or from the Settlement Administrator, regarding account credits or checks. For more information on the settlements, e-book customers should visit www.ebookagsettlements.com.

In July 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found Apple Inc. liable for violating the antitrust laws by conspiring with five of the largest U.S. book publishers to fix the prices of e-books. The court’s opinion explained that Apple coordinated with the publishers to drive up the price of e-books above Amazon’s $9.99 price point beginning in 2010 when Apple began selling the iPad. According to the opinion, Apple “played a central role” because it “promised each Publisher Defendant that it was getting identical terms” from Apple and that Apple “would only move forward if a critical mass of the major publishing houses agreed to its agency terms.” Because of Apple, the publishers were able to act in concert to raise market prices to $12.99 or higher for e-book offerings. A second trial is scheduled for later this year to determine the amount of damages that Apple must pay. After that trial, additional account credits or checks may be distributed to Illinois e-book consumers.

Bureau Chief Robert Pratt and Assistant Attorney General Chadwick Brooker have handled these cases for Attorney General Madigan’s Antitrust Bureau.

Nielsen Appoints Two Black Execs as Vice Presidents

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Nielsen announces external affairs appointments

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil to head U.S. multicultural engagement efforts; Don Lowery to lead government affairs

Nielsen External Affairs Appointments

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, announces the expanded roles of Cheryl Pearson-McNeil to Senior Vice President, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, and Don Lowery to Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, effective immediately. Both teams are part of Nielsen’s External Affairs group.“I am pleased to announce Cheryl and Don’s expanded roles,” said Karen Kornbluh, Executive Vice President External Affairs. Elevating our presence and enhancing our reputation and influencer relationships with multicultural communities and government officials is vital to our growth and our ability to effectively serve our diverse clients and their needs.”

Pearson-McNeil will be responsible for increasing Nielsen’s brand awareness among multicultural non-profit organizations, leaders and consumers, thereby elevating their understanding of Nielsen’s measurement services to assist in improving the overall probability of their inclusion in Nielsen’s panels, studies and surveys. Pearson-McNeil will also oversee the company’s philanthropic relationships and sponsorships with multicultural organizations across the U.S. She will continue to lead Nielsen’s multicultural advertising and communications strategies, including public relations, media relations and Lowery will continue to serve as Nielsen’s main envoy to Washington D.C., representing the company in front of a variety of governmental and regulatory bodies on relevant federal, state and local government issues. He will engage with public officials who have an interest in Nielsen’s activities and monitor legislative actions carried out by these interested parties..

Both Pearson-McNeil and Lowery joined Nielsen in 2004. Pearson-McNeil developed the company’s award-winning annual State of the African-American Consumer report and previously served as Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations, and Senior Vice President, Communications, of the company’s Consumer North America group. Before joining Nielsen, she was Director of Station Relations for the NBC affiliate in Chicago and headed the marketing and communications departments for several multi-million dollar non-profit organizations, including The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and the Girl Scouts.

Lowery most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations. Prior to joining Nielsen, he worked in a variety of industries, including newspapers, television, financial services and public relations. He worked for several newspapers as a general assignment reporter before joining the Boston Globe in 1980 as a business reporter, specializing in financial and economic news. In 1994, Lowery joined the New England Patriots Football Club as Vice President of Public Relations and Community Affairs and later as Vice President of Player Development and Community Affairs until March 2002.

About Nielsen
Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

Photo Caption: Cheryl Pearson-McNeil and Don Lowery

New book examines Barack Obama’s unlikely ascent to the presidency and the unsuccessful assault on his character

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Author Jermel W. Shim’s new book is entitled, “Whom God Has Blessed, Let No Man Curse: His Name ‘Barack,’ Means Blessed”

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The election of Barack Obama was an extraordinary historical event that garnered global attention, primarily because he was able to transcend a history of negative racial influence and bias, which thereby signaled a distinct change in modern race relations.  This remarkable event is the subject of the new book, Whom God Has Blessed, Let No Man Curse by Jermel W. Shim, which traces Obama’s improbable journey to the White House.

Shim adds his unique perspective to this examination of the preconditions that led to Obama’s election, the impact that election had on race relations and on the detractors who relentlessly assault the President’s character.  “This book is unique,” says Shim, “because it explains the extraordinary ability of President Obama to effectively deal with his detractors.”

As Shim argues, every aspect of Obama’s personal background should have eliminated him as a presidential contender.  However, certain circumstances allowed him to overcome these personal and political obstacles.  Indeed, Obama continues to overcome obstacles as he withstands the constant stream of attacks from his detractors.

Shim uniquely explores the following themes throughout Whom God Has Blessed, Let No Man Curse:

* The connection between race and disrespectful behavior exhibited toward the President.
* The wisdom, mental discipline and ethical conduct Obama has adopted when dealing with detractors.
* The challenges and obstacles Obama overcame to be elected in both 2008 and 2012.
* The unlikely sources of help Obama received on his ascent to the presidency.
* The role of spirituality or/and metaphysical powers on Barack Obama’s life.

Shim has published byline articles in the printed news media to support or is relevant to Whom God has Blessed Let No Man Curse. Some of these articles are posted on his website under the Blog page.

Jermel Shim is a former mechanical engineer who has embarked on a new career as an author.  Following his retirement in 2010, he embraced his passion for politics and human behavior and immersed himself into his new writing career which culminated in two books: A New Perspective on Race-related Problems in Corporate American Companies (Outcast Publishing) and Whom God Has Blessed Let No Man Curse (Infinity Publishing).

Born in Jamaica, Jermel was educated at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, graduating in 1979 with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. Following his graduation from Queen’s University, he moved to the US where he began his engineering career with Gilbert/Commonwealth, Reading, Pennsylvania and later with Dominion  Resources, Inc., Richmond, Virginia. Following his retirement, Jermel and his wife relocated to Clermont, Florida.  For more information, visit www.jermelshim.com.

Whom God Has Blessed, Let No Man Curse is available for purchase through Infiniti Publishing and Amazon.com.

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author Jermel W. Shim

BBB Urges Homeowners To Call Professionals When Weather Extremes Cause Unusual Issues in Homes

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CHICAGO, IL – The record-setting winter weather this season is causing some unusual or never-before seen issues for many homeowners.   The Better Business Bureau recommends contacting a qualified professional to handle any issues beyond the homeowner’s experience or skill level.

“If there are unusual or unexpected situations with any of the structural or mechanical systems of a home, it is important to get a professional involved,” explained Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “This helps to ensure that if there is a problem, it does not become worse.  And recently constructed homes and even older homes that have been remodeled can experience issues because of the extreme cold weather that Chicago has not seen in decades.”

“Homeowner can look for any obvious issue that they can solve as a DIY project, to save themselves the time and expense of calling in a professional,” Bernas noted.  “However, when the homeowner does not have the experience or could make the problem worse, then it is time to make that call. The first step in doing that is to check out any contractor with the BBB through the direct link to Business Reviews at www.bbbit.org.”

Bernas explained one issue that some homeowners may have experienced is window condensation and interior frosting, which can be caused by elevated humidity in the home. This moisture occurs in homes today that are built tighter with less air leakage, in kitchens or exercise rooms, or when using humidifiers to add moisture to the indoor air.

“Our Accredited Businesses who are contractors tell us that this condensation is often seen on windows and skylights, which make it appear as if the window was leaking.  Windows have a lower surface temperature than the home during colder weather and condensation forms on the interior of the window due to the humidity.  If the weather is extremely cold outside and the surface temperature of the window is cold enough, that condensation can turn into frost on the inside of the window,” Bernas noted.

For more information, visit bbb.org

Program to give away 14 scholarships to Black nurses

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The deadline to apply is April 15th

Nationwide — The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) is committed to excellence in education and conducts continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals throughout the year. The association also provides annual scholarships for students ranging from $1,000 – $6,000.

These scholarships provide funding for continuing education, and enables nurses to grow and better contribute their talents to the health and healthcare of our communities.

To apply, students must submit official transcripts, a two page written essay, two letters of recommendation, and a professional headshot. They should also submit proof of participation in student nurse activities, and proof of community service.

Applicants should also include a presentation of some ideas of what they can do as an individual nurse to improve the health status and/or social condition of African Americans, and a statement about their future goals in nursing.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

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