WWE® Declares Quarterly Dividend

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced that its Board of Directors today declared the Company’s regular quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share for all Class A and B shares of common stock. The record date for the dividend will be March 15, 2021 and the payment date will be March 25, 2021. About WWE WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE:WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The Company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 28 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The Company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo. Additional information on WWE (NYSE:WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/. Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to: the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on our business, results of operations and financial condition; entering, maintaining and renewing major distribution agreements; a rapidly evolving media landscape; WWE Network (including the risk that we are unable to attract, retain and renew subscribers); our need to continue to develop creative and entertaining programs and events; the possibility of a decline in the popularity of our brand of sports entertainment; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent K. McMahon; possible adverse changes in the regulatory atmosphere and related private sector initiatives; the highly competitive, rapidly changing and increasingly fragmented nature of the markets in which we operate and greater financial resources or marketplace presence of many of our competitors; uncertainties associated with international markets including possible disruptions and reputational risks; our difficulty or inability to promote and conduct our live events and/or other businesses if we do not comply with applicable regulations; our dependence on our intellectual property rights, our need to protect those rights, and the risks of our infringement of others’ intellectual property rights; the complexity of our rights agreements across distribution mechanisms and geographical areas; potential substantial liability in the event of accidents or injuries occurring during our physically demanding events including without limitation, claims alleging traumatic brain injury; large public events as well as travel to and from such events; our feature film business; our expansion into new or complementary businesses and/or strategic investments; our computer systems and online operations; privacy norms and regulations; a possible decline in general economic conditions and disruption in financial markets; our accounts receivable; our indebtedness including our convertible notes; litigation; our potential failure to meet market expectations for our financial performance, which could adversely affect our stock; Vincent K. McMahon exercises control over our affairs, and his interests may conflict with the holders of our Class A common stock; a substantial number of shares are eligible for sale by the McMahons and the sale, or the perception of possible sales, of those shares could lower our stock price; and the volatility of our Class A common stock. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends (including under our revolving credit facility), general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant. Forward-looking statements made by the Company speak only as of the date made and are subject to change without any obligation on the part of the Company to update or revise them. Undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. For more information about risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128006068/en/ CONTACT: Investors: Michael Guido, CFA 203-352-8779 [email protected]: Matthew Altman 203-352-1177 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CONNECTICUT INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENTERTAINMENT COMMUNICATIONS SPORTS TV AND RADIO WRESTLING PUBLISHING SOURCE: WWE Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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A cost of culture

first_imgThe ability to adopt new behaviors and ideas — whether learned or invented — has helped humans develop everything from stone tools and agriculture to revolutionary communications technologies like the World Wide Web. But new research shows that this ability may come with a very real cost, in an increased exposure to potentially deadly diseases.Learning behaviors from others necessarily brings individuals, whether humans or other animals, into close contact with others, and so could drive the spread of socially transmitted diseases such as the flu, while learning through exploration and experimentation could expose individuals to previously unknown pathogens and parasites.A new study, authored by Collin McCabe, a doctoral student in Harvard’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, suggests that increased exposure to disease has played an important role in the evolution of culture both in humans and in non-human primates. The study is described in a recently published paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.“This is sort of a curiosity-killed-the-cat scenario,” McCabe said. “What we’re saying is that that while the ability to be a good social learner or a good innovator may evolve because it’s beneficial from a cognitive standpoint, those abilities can also lead you to expose yourself to more disease.”To understand the cost associated with learning new behaviors, McCabe and colleagues, including Simon Reader, a professor of Biology at McGill University, and Charles Nunn, a professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, examined data on social learning and exploratory behavior across 127 primate species, and compared it to data on the diversity of pathogens and parasites within those same species to detect associations between them.“What we were trying to understand was what the causal relationship, if any, might be between how an animal learns and its disease burden,” McCabe said. “The question was whether animals that have more diseases are forced to come up with new solutions for coping with these infections. That idea, what we call the compensation hypothesis, takes the disease as a given and argues that behavior develops in response to diseases.“The alternative — what we called the exposure hypothesis — suggests that animals that are more exploratory and learn more from others expose themselves to more diseases through more-frequent contact with other individuals or the environment,” McCabe continued. “That is, disease is a consequence, not a cause of behavioral flexibility.”When McCabe and colleagues began to analyze their data, the results were unequivocal. While more social learning was associated with an increased risk of socially transmitted disease, and more exploratory learning was associated with an increased risk of environmentally transmitted disease, no other correlations were found.While the analysis included in the paper didn’t include any measures of human culture or disease, largely because it is difficult to obtain a good estimate of the full diversity of human cultural behaviors, McCabe said there is no reason why the result shouldn’t also apply to humans. “The same processes — innovation and social learning — that lead to non-human primate cultural transmission are the very building blocks of human culture.“On one hand, I think this might be a good explanation for why we don’t see every animal inhabiting the same brainy niche that humans do,” McCabe said. “Because there are significant costs that go along with learning, and each species is equipped with varying behaviors and other coping mechanisms, it doesn’t really make sense for every animal to become a great learner.“There’s also a good amount of irony in the fact that the same set of behaviors that allowed us to domesticate livestock and build the pyramids is also what exposed us to the sort of diseases that occur when people live in close contact and start to try new things, so this provides an interesting perspective on human evolution.”last_img read more

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Papuan protesters sentenced to less than one year for treason amid calls to drop charges

first_imgA court in East Kalimantan found seven Papuans guilty of treason in separate trials on Wednesday for their involvement in antiracism protests in Jayapura, Papua, in 2019, despite calls from human rights defenders for authorities to drop all charges against them.The Balikpapan District Court sentenced Buchtar Tabuni, an executive of pro-Papuan independence group United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), to 11 months of imprisonment.Meanwhile, Cenderawasih University student union head Ferry Kombo as well as Irwanus Uropmabin and Hengki Hilapok, both students of the University of Science and Technology (USTJ), were sentenced to 10 months in prison. The punishment handed down by the court was far from the demands of prosecutors, who sought 17 years of imprisonment for Buchtar, 10 years for Ferry and 5 years for both Irwanus and Hengki.Two other defendants in the case, namely Agus Kossay and Stevanus Itlay from the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB), were sentenced to 11 months of imprisonment after prosecutors had demanded 15 years.Meanwhile, USTJ student union head Alexander Gobai was sentenced to 10 months in prison. The prosecutors had sought 10 years of imprisonment for him.“We are given a week to think about whether we will file an appeal or not. We will discuss further with the seven political prisoners and figure out if they can accept [the verdicts],” Emanuel Gobay, one of the defense lawyers, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. The seven students and activists were involved in Jayapura protests in August last year following a racially charged incident targeting Papuan university students living in a dormitory in Surabaya, East Java. The students were physically and verbally attacked by security personnel and members of local mass organizations, who accused them of refusing to celebrate Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day.Security personnel reportedly banged on the dormitory’s door while shouting insults like “monkeys”, “pigs” and “dogs”.The protests in Jayapura started out peacefully but later turned violent, resulting in dozens of injuries and several buildings being damaged. The seven activists were arrested in Jayapura and were moved for trials in Balikpapan earlier this year for security reasons.The trials have been met with outcry from the public and from activists, with many demanding that authorities drop all charges, as they argued that the Papuans involved in the rallies had only been exercising their right to protest racism against them.Over the past three days prior to the verdicts scheduled for Wednesday, rallies carried out by students and young people demanding the defendants’ release took place in various cities across the country.Human rights activists have lambasted the arrests and charges against the Papuans, saying that acts of treason and reactions against racism were two different things.They also argued that perpetrators of racism against Papuans, including hoax spreaders and verbal attackers, had been charged with less than a year of imprisonment.“Despite the leniency, the verdicts still reflect racism under Indonesia’s justice system. No matter what happens, West Papuans ‘must’ be found guilty by Indonesian courts, especially in treason and incitement cases,” Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman said in her Twitter account.Veronica told the Post that, during the antiracism protests last year, 86 Papuans were arrested and charged with treason. Some were immediately released, leaving 56 to be processed legally.Some of the 56 Papuans have been sentenced to prison and recently been released, including Surya Anta and Ariana Elopere, who were spotted among the crowd during Monday’s rally in front of the Supreme Court building in Central Jakarta.“There was no political intervention, because those who are now released have fully served their sentences,” Veronica said, adding that 23 of 36 Papuans still being detained would face their first hearing in Fakfak, West Papua, later this week.Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said he deeply regretted the court rulings on Wednesday against the seven Papuans engaging in peaceful protests, arguing that such a decision showed that the state failed to uphold human rights for Papua.“Although the verdicts were much lighter than the demand of prosecutors, the seven prisoners of conscience should not have been arrested, imprisoned and prosecuted from the start. They should be released will all charges dropped,” Usman said in a statement.“In the era of president BJ Habibie, East Timorese political prisoners or prisoners of conscience were released. President Jokowi himself even freed five Papuan prisoners of conscience at the beginning of his first term,” he said.Editor’s note: This article has been updated with the verdicts handed down by the court against three other defendants. An earlier version of this article also misspelled the name of Cenderawasih University student union head. He is Ferry Kombo, not Gombo.Topics :last_img read more

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Social media leads SCSC to arrest Switzerland County man on several charges

first_imgVevay, IN—Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man after an investigation involving social media.Harry, L. Waller, of Bennington, was arrested on allegations of attempted sexual misconduct with a minor, child solicitation, and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor. Waller is currently being held in the Switzerland County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond.last_img

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Svenska Spel terminates all online casino advertising

first_img StumbleUpon Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Share Issuing a personal statement, Patrik Hofbauer – Chief Executive of Swedish state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel – has confirmed that from April 2019, Svenska Spel will terminate all forms of online casino advertising.Updating stakeholders, Hofbauer detailed that the decision to ‘stop online casino advertising across all media channels’ has been undertaken by Svenska Spel’s executive team following ‘intensive internal discussions’.The decision seeks to help the Swedish Public Health Authority in the treatment of problem gambling, in which Hofbauer states that online casino seems to be the industry outlier.Pointing to recent Public Health statistics, Hofbauer notes that ‘30% of online casino players detail problems managing their online gaming habits’, a figure that is notably extensive when compared to other online gambling verticals.Furthermore, Hofbauer states that Swedish gambling helpline ‘Stödlinjens paints a clear picture’ when its 2018 figures demonstrate  ‘over 60% of callers indicate online casino as their main source of problems’.“These are facts that we discussed at Svenska Spel last week and that made us put down our foot. Our online casino advertising already had a restrictive design, but now we choose to completely stop advertising for the rest of the year.”In his statement, Hofbauer notes that some stakeholders may have objections to Svenska Spel’s decision, as overall Swedish Public Health records detail that problem gambling has decreased over the last three years.However, Hofbauer states that Svenska Spel cannot afford to reengage with vulnerable audiences that might have suffered from problem gambling in the past.Closing his statement, Hofbauer asks Swedish industry leaders to follow Svenska Spel and limit/stop online casino advertising.“If you are serious about taking responsibility, then you should address the problems where the problems exist, even if it strikes the revenue in the short term,” he added. “In the long term, this is the only sustainable one. It is also only when we can improve the industry’s reputation.” Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

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Gov. Ron DeSantis welcomes all professional sports to Florida for practices, games

first_imgAll professional sports will now be welcome in Florida!Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday that he plans to open up Florida to any professional sports team that wants to start practicing or playing again.During a news conference DeSantis said “All professional sports are welcome here for practicing and for playing,”… “What I would tell commissioners of leagues is, if you have a team in an area where they just won’t let them operate, we’ll find a place for you here in the state of Florida.”The governor said that although the fans won’t be able to attend right away, he said “It’s an important part of people’s lives.” Last month, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said professional sports are considered “essential services” and can resume in Florida, as long as there are no fans.last_img read more

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England’s Cath wins British senior title

first_img19 Sep 2014 England’s Cath wins British senior title England’s Cath Rawthore has completed a spectacular season by winning the senior women’s British championship at Royal Dornoch in Scotland.It’s her third big success of the year, having previously won the English senior stroke play and helped England to become European senior team champions.Cath, from Sale in Cheshire, (image © LGU) commented: “I must say it’s a good feeling to hold the English and British titles and the European team gold all in one season. I will certainly look back on 2014 with pride.”She gradually moved up the leaderboard in the British championship, starting off in ninth place, edging up to eighth after the second round and then became leader in the clubhouse after returning a final round of two-under par 74. It gave her a one-under par total for the event which proved unbeatable.At the start of the final round Cath had been eight shots off the lead, set by Leicestershire’s Helen Lowe, and had not expected to leapfrog the leaders.“I couldn’t believe it. I literally had no clue when I came off the course that I was in contention and when we went to do the cards I was told I was leader in the clubhouse.“Then news came filtering back that the leading competitors had dropped shots and it looked like I would win. I refused to believe it until all scores were in.”She won by two shots from Scotland’s Mary Tain. Two other members of England’s winning European team were also in the top ten. Lulu Housman (Highgate, Middlesex) tied third on two-over par, while Amanda Mayne (Saltford, Somerset) shared eighth place on five over.  Helen Lowe (Scraptoft), who led for the first two rounds, tied sixth on four over.Cath is playing only her second season of senior golf and has made a rapid rise to the top. She made her England debut last year, having made an instant impact with impressive results in the national championships.last_img read more

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‘Most improved’ girl golfers target Abraham Trophy

first_img19 Jul 2016 ‘Most improved’ girl golfers target Abraham Trophy Talented youngsters from across the country will play off in Monday’s national final of the Abraham Trophy for England’s most improved girl golfers. The field of 21 competitors includes last year’s winner, Sophie Wheeler of Orsett Golf Club in Essex (Image © Leaderboard Photography) who is defending her title. The players have all qualified for the final on the basis of handicap reduction. It takes place on the Masters course at The Nottinghamshire on Monday, 25 July. The Abraham Trophy immediately precedes the English girls’ championships for U18, U16 and U14 age groups which will all be played at The Nottinghamshire from 26-28 July. The Abraham Trophy finalists, from 14 different counties, will play an 18-hole medal competition, off handicap. They are: Bedfordshire Caitlin Thomas, John O’Gaunt Golf Club Buckinghamshire Chanel Fontaine-Geary, Woburn Golf Club Devon Lexi Dart, Churston Golf Club Dorset Scarlett Williams, Parkstone Golf Club  Essex Sophie Wheeler, Orsett Golf Club Hampshire Olivia Ripiner, Meon Valley Golf & Country Club Hertfordshire Rebecca Earl, Bishops Stortford Golf Club Middlesex Julia Kerrigan, Hendon Golf Club Lancashire Chloe Fazackerley, Leyland Golf Club Emily James, Rossendale Golf Club Norfolk Ellie Brown, Barnham Broom Golf & Country Club Chloe Gibbs, Royal Norwich Golf Club Maisie Farrelly, Dereham Golf Club  Northamptonshire Katie Amos, Northamptonshire County Golf Club Northumberland Rosie Belsham, Whitley Bay Golf Club Jess Baker, Gosforth Park Ladies Golf Club Holly Hardy, Alnmouth Village Golf Club, Kate Anne Herron, Bedlingtonshire Golf Club  Staffordshire  Georgia Ann Pritchard, Beau Desert Golf Club Worcestershire Constance Brooks, Gaudet Luce Golf Club Rosanna Halls, Gaudet Luce Golf Clublast_img read more

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WPIAL Holiday Classic basketball tournament action photos

first_imgMICHAEL SIMS—(11) of Central Valley drives by Jassir Jordan (1) of Aliquippa, Central Valley edged the Quips 44-40 in the C J Betters Holiday Classic.MALIK HOOKER—of New Castle scored 26 points to led the Red Hurricane to a 87-59 win over Blackhawk in the C J Betters Holiday Classic, Hooker is an Ohio State football recruit.ELIJAH MINNIE—of Lincoln Park throws down two of his 27 points in the Leopards 76-63 win over Steelton-Highspire in the C J Betters Holiday Classic, Lincoln Park wore Midland throwback uniforms to honor the 1965 state championship team, who were led by WPIAL Legends, Simmie Hill and Norm Van Lier.DAN STRATTON —of Beaver Falls goes up for two of his 27 points in the Tigers 75-65 win over Mars in the C J Betters Holiday Classic. (Photos by William McBride)last_img read more

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Washington Retail Association Member Madelin White Receives National Honor

first_imgFacebook398Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Retail AssociationWashington Retail Association (WRA) board member Madelin White was honored in Washington, D.C. with a national honor as one of America’s Retail Champions. The National Retail Federation extended the honor to just a few nominees nationwide.Madelin White is not only a successful business women and advocate for other small business, but she is dedicated to giving back and helping others feel good about themselves. Photo courtesy: Washington Retails AssociationWhile in D.C., Madelin was invited to attend a Small Business Retail Council meeting and advocated on behalf of retailers with some of Washington’s Congressional delegation and with Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Government Affairs.Madelin also attended a recognition dinner with other similar honorees.The award recognizes Main Street business owners who have demonstrated community leadership as strong retail industry advocates. Madelin has owned Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs and Day Spa in Lacey for more than 40 years and has served in various leadership roles on WRA’s board of directors for 21 years. She is the winner of several local and national awards for leadership and volunteer work.In nominating Madelin for her latest honor, WRA highlighted a few of her key contributions including a long-lasting commitment to advocacy for small businesses and toward cancer patients. In Madelin’s 26 years helping cancer patients rebuild their self-esteem with her Look Good, Feel Better course, she has traveled throughout the Puget Sound region and Alaska, Oregon and Montana as a volunteer. Last year, the American Cancer Society honored Madelin with an award for her service to cancer patients.Among Madelin’s other honors is the Thurston County Economic Development Council’s 2015 Business of the Year.last_img read more

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