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New platform for journalism in the U.S.


Blendle is a famous Dutch media platform. It allows users to read an article in digital format in exchange of some fees. This famous Dutch platform has started its operation in U.S. media recently. By doing so, it hopes to change the way online news is read. This is how Blendle works.

  • You only need to pay a few cents to read an article. No need to have monthly subscription anymore. There won’t be any advertisements also; so, you can read the article without any kind of disruption.
  • You can read reports from the major news firms like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, and many more.
  • Newspaper articles can be read by paying 19 cents to 39 cents; on the other hand, the cost of magazine articles range from 9 cents to 49 cents.
  • Blendle gets 30% of the total money and the rest 70% goes to the media outlets.
  • Using this platform, Blendle can know about the preferences of readers and so it may recommend other similar articles to the readers.
  • Studies are underway by the U.S media to use micropayments for digital consumption.

Just like music had its own platform Spotify and video had Netflix, journalism is now having it’s own platform Blendle. It’s a completely new way to get information.

How To Use the Internet to Find Your Next Roofing Company

Choosing a quality roofing company in your area is not hard. However, there are some roofing companies that are bad so it’s important to do your research ahead of time so you can find the best roofing companies to choose from. So, how do you find the best roofing companies? There are several factors that will help you make the right decision and you are going to learn some of these factors in this article.

Firstly, talk to the people who have hired these roofing companies before. You are searching for a roofing company near you, so it is easy for you to find previous clients of these companies via online review websites (such as Yelp). Some companies list their customer reviews on their own website with their customer names. If you can get ahold of actual past customers ask them questions about the roofing company and how their experience was. These people won’t lie to you, so they will tell if they liked the services of that company or not. Choose the roofing company that a lot of people have used and loved their services. You can also check service provider websites online such as or These are great places to find trusted reviews and honest assessments of a companies work. Another website for helping you find Roofers in your area is and you can click here to view their website.

Secondly, the best roofing companies have highly qualified experts who know how to properly install a roof. That is why you need to visit these companies and talk to the people working for them. You will know if the workers are skilled or not, just by asking them questions. Make sure that the company has highly skilled workers.

licensed-bonded-insured-roofing-companiesThirdly, the best roofing companies are licensed and insured. Licensed roofing companies are the best because they have to undergo some tests before they are licensed. This means that the people working for them have undergone the necessary training and they are also licensed. You will never have a problem if you hire them.

Last, but not least, the best roofing companies will send someone to come and inspect the roof before they give you their quotes. This means they know what they are doing and they want to make sure that you are paying the right amount. However, avoid the companies that won’t send someone to inspect the roof.

With a little research and looking into companies beforehand you can now choose a roofing company in your area and feel good about it.

New profit sharing scheme of American Airlines Group Inc.


American Airlines Group Inc. recently came to an agreement to settle the blazing issue with it’s workers by declaring profit sharing. American Airlines Group Inc. is not the only U.S. carrier to take such step. Other major carriers like United Continental Holdings, Delta Air Lines Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. also share their profits with employees.

American Airlines Group Inc. has declared that it would give 5% of pretax income to its profit sharing fund. This excludes the one-time items. The first implementation of this new scheme will be seen in early 2017. The Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker of American Airlines Group Inc. was not quite happy about this decision. He wanted to pay higher base rates instead of the profit sharing scheme. He believed that profit depended on the demand of travel, and so, this kind of variable amount must not be included in the employee’s compensation scheme.


The employees were told that this profit sharing scheme was included in their compensation plan in order to emphasize the company’s emphasis on working as a team. The company also believed that this new scheme would improve the labor relations and thus it will have a positive impact on the Airline’s performance. The company was also looking towards changing the culture of the company and this is a good step to do so. The company also announced a 6% increase in the salary of flight attendants starting from April 1, depending on the approval from the union.

The CEO of the company hopes that these changes in salary and compensation will make the employees feel that they are extremely valuable for the company. Though 5% profit sharing is lower than that of the other carriers; for example, Delta offers 10% pretax earnings to it’s profit sharing funds. But this lower amount of profit sharing by American Airlines will be compensated for by the higher pay rates that are promised in the contracts. So, overall the total labor spending will be equal to the other carriers.

You will be surprised to know that Delta paid $1.5 billion in profit sharing for last year. This is the largest amount paid ever for such kind of program. Southwest provided 15% of pretax income which equaled $620 million and United paid $698 million. These were the highest amounts paid by both the companies.

Though these figures seem intriguing, American and the union have agreed to stick to the 5% profit sharing and increased base rates instead of a higher rate of profit sharing.

Ways in which dollar strength has affected the business industry


Fluctuations of dollar affect global economy. Recently, the value of dollar climbed up against many major currencies. The year started off badly, but now dollar price has risen for the fifth time. The price of the dollar is now 96.161. Some officials had predicted two rises of dollar this year with one being near April of this year. So, things have come true after all. But this rise had a number of effects in the business world. These are mentioned below.

  • The price of crude oil dropped below $40 a barrel. There has been a rally on making the price of crude prices more than $40 a barrel. This has led to the increase.
  • The benchmark S&P 500 SPX went for more than 12%. The Dow Jones industrial average DJI rose by 0.08%. SPX dropped by 0.04% and IXIC increased by 0.1%.
  • Most markets were closed on Friday due to Easter holiday, and so the volume was light across the markets compared to other days.
  • The U.S. crude oil CLc1 dropped to $39.16 a barrel.
  • The oil pullback has pressured European and U.S. equities.
  • The index of world shares of MSCT went down by 0.57%.


Thus, it is clear that the dollars became stronger and the prices of oil dropped. The Gold XAU went up 15%. The copper is down 2%. Thus, you can see how a slight change in the value of dollar had on the entire business industry.