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Toyota has plenty for robots to do during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Toyota Motor Corporation (Related symbols : TM, VLKAY, VLKPY)NYSE

japantimes.co.jp / Friday, August 23, 2019 6:55 AM

When athletes and organizers descend on Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games, they’ll be ferried around in autonomous cars, while torch relay runners will be accompanied by AI-equipped cars. All told, Toyota Motor Corp. will provide 3,700 vehicles, including dozens of self-driving cars, about 500 fuel-cell vehicles and 850 battery-electric cars to the international sports competition. Beyond Tokyo, Toyota is also working with Beijing Automotive Group’s bus unit over providing fuel-cell systems for buses to be deployed during the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. When Toyota signed on to sponsor four games from 2017-2024, Japanese media reported that it paid a record $835 million. “In the middle-to-long run, how can we make Toyota a better company and how can we better interact with the society and make better cars, is what we want to find out through sponsoring the games,” Ito said.

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Toyota group firms test out labor-saving prototype products at Gifu shopping mall

Toyota Motor Corporation (Related symbols : TM)NYSE

japantimes.co.jp / Friday, August 23, 2019 7:00 AM

Major component-makers of the Toyota group have launched an experiment of letting consumers and shop staff try their products under development at a shopping mall in the city of Gifu. After the experiment, which will run until the end of this month, user feedback will be reflected in the development of next-generation products. The shopping mall has been allowing companies to experiment with their products, which include robots and those using artificial intelligence. When developing the scooter, which also has a shopping cart attached, the firm applied its technology used in electric wheelchairs, which it manufactured until 2018. Both firms say they hope the development of such products will help them diversify or grow further in a rapidly evolving automotive industry.

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France's Macron, soccer stars unite against Amazon fires

Amazon.com Inc. (Related symbols : AMZN)NASDAQ

houstonchronicle.com / Friday, August 23, 2019 7:36 AM

PARIS (AP) — Rarely have French President Emmanuel Macron and superstar soccer players including Cristiano Ronaldo been on the same page, but when it comes to the fires that are devastating the Amazon, they're uniting in sounding the alarm. Five-time world player of the year Ronaldo beat Macron to the punch with his tweet urging action on the Amazon that, by Friday morning, had already racked up more than a quarter-million likes. Ronaldo tweeted "the Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world's oxygen and it's been burning for the past 3 weeks. Macron's tweet later was similarly urgent, saying "Our house is burning. Macron put the Amazon fires on the agenda for the G-7 summit of world leaders that France is hosting this weekend.

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Amazon will no longer use drivers' tips to cover their base pay

Amazon.com Inc. (Related symbols : AMZN)NASDAQ

engadget.com / Friday, August 23, 2019 7:22 AM

The delivery drivers weren't aware of the practice due to the lack of transparency. Going forward, based on Amazon's email, the company will start sending them a fare breakdown for their shift, showing how much their base pay is and how much tips they got. Amazon has long been criticized for its lack of driver pay transparency. Back in 2015, a group of Prime Now drivers sued the company, accusing it of withholding tips paid via credit cards. DoorDash, another company that's gotten flak for counting tips towards its drivers' base pay, has also changed its tipping policy a month after promising to do so in a win.

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TX Amarillo TX Zone Forecast

Armstrong World Industries Inc (Related symbols : AWI)NYSE

houstonchronicle.com / Friday, August 23, 2019 7:50 AM

TX Amarillo TX Zone Forecast for Thursday, August 22, 2019_____588 FPUS54 KAMA 230750ZFPAMAZone Forecast Product for The Texas and Oklahoma PanhandlesNational Weather Service Amarillo TX250 AM CDT Fri Aug 23 2019TXZ012-017-240115-Potter-Randall-Including the cities of Amarillo and Canyon250 AM CDT Fri Aug 23 2019.TODAY...Partly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms inthe morning, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms inthe afternoon. Chance of showers and thunderstorms inthe morning, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms inthe afternoon. Chance of showers and thunderstorms inthe morning, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms inthe afternoon. Chance of showers and thunderstorms inthe morning, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms inthe afternoon.

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32 Leading Global Fashion and Textile Companies Make Commitments on Climate, Biodiversity and Oceans

ADIDAS AG OR (Related symbols : ADDDF, BW)OTCQX

financialpost.com / Friday, August 23, 2019 7:47 AM

In a historic move, given the scale and importance of the coalition that has been created, 32 leading companies from the fashion and textile industry have given themselves a set of shared objectives in the form of a Fashion Pact. Protect the oceans: by reducing the fashion industry’s negative impact on the world’s oceans through practical initiatives, such as gradually removing the usage of single-use plastics. With the Fashion Pact, some leading players in the fashion and textile sector are joining forces for the first time to launch an unprecedented movement. A collective endeavor by its nature, the Fashion Pact is open to any company that wants to help to fundamentally transform the practices of the fashion and textile industry, and to meet the environmental challenges of our century. Read the full text of the Fashion Pact1The aim of the SBT initiative is to match companies’ objectives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions with the data provided by climate science.

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China stocks post best week in 2 months on rate cut bets, trade talk hopes

Kweichow Moutai Company Ltd (Related symbols : 600519, 600651)SHG

financialpost.com / Friday, August 23, 2019 7:36 AM

SHANGHAI — China stocks closed higher on Friday and posted their best week in two months, as investors hoped for progress in Sino-U.S. trade negotiations as the United States still plans in-person talks next month. ** The blue-chip CSI300 index rose 0.7% to 3,820.86, while the Shanghai Composite Index ended 0.5% higher at 2,897.43. ** For the week, CSI300 climbed 3.0%, while SSEC added 2.6%, posting their best weekly gains since late June. ** That came after China said it hopes the United States will stop its wrong tariff action, adding that any new tariffs would lead to escalation. ** Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was firmer by 0.32%, while Japan’s Nikkei index closed up 0.4%.

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DVYE: Can't Find Yield? Here's A 7% Divdend ETF With High Growth Potential

ISHARES EMERGING MARKETS DIVIDEND ETF (Related symbols : DVYE, EEM)NYSE ARCA

seekingalpha.com / Friday, August 23, 2019 7:22 AM

Emerging Markets have under performed the global economy in recent years and may overperform over years to come. Emerging markets have made for a poor investment over the past few years. This brings me to the iShares Emerging Markets Dividend ETF (DVYE). That said, return-on-equity and margins are quite high for most of the companies, indicating they have high future growth potential. Of course, the U.S. has had far better recent performance than emerging markets, but that trend may reverse soon.

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Fewer Growth Opportunities Are Better Than Yeti

Amazon.com Inc. (Related symbols : AMZN, WSM, YETI)NASDAQ

seekingalpha.com / Friday, August 23, 2019 7:13 AM

Yeti (YETI) has been one of the more impressive stocks this year, putting up a return of +87.5%. This is a compelling reason why the high sales growth CAGR can continue. Sales growth was largely driven by direct-to-consumer gains, +43% YOY. The company noticed that gross margin potential was reduced by 110bps during the quarter as a result of higher tariffs. ConclusionThe impressive sales growth rate is not a surprise and is something that investors should take note of.

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