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Can Radio Survive in the Era of Self-Driving Cars?

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The rise of autonomous vehicle technology is likely to pose a significant challenge to the radio business. With their newfound freedom from driving, passengers may forgo radio for more immersive experiences: watching video or virtual reality content, or working on laptops, or playing games on phones. But while self-driving cars post a threat to radio companies, they should be a catalyst for making a necessary pivot: to become entertainment businesses that operate across a wide array of delivery channels. Among the responses radio companies could pursue are: targeting emerging markets, fighting back against streamers by curating their own playlists, and doubling down on the ability to deliver local advertising with local content.
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Veterans Pre Need Burial Eligibility Determination

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 8, 2016
VA National Cemeteries Now Offering Pre-Need Eligibility Determinations
WASHINGTONThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery.
“MyVA is about looking at VA from the Veterans’ perspective, and then doing everything we can to make the Veteran Experience effective and seamless,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. “This new program reaffirms our commitment to providing a lifetime of benefits and services for Veterans and their families.”
Interested individuals may submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, and supporting documentation, such as a DD Form 214, if readily available, to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office by: toll-free fax at 1-855-840-8299; email to Eligibility.PreNeed@va.gov; or mail to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office, P.O. Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151.
VA will review applications and provide written notice of its determination of eligibility. VA will save determinations and supporting documentation in an electronic information system to expedite burial arrangements at the time of need. Because laws and personal circumstances change, upon receipt of a burial request, VA will validate all pre-need determinations in accordance with the laws in effect at that time.
            VA operates 135 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers’ lots in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand and maintain 105 Veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. For Veterans buried in private or other cemeteries, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. In 2016, VA honored more than 345,000 Veterans and their loved ones with memorial benefits in national, state, tribal and private cemeteries.
Eligible individuals are entitled to burial in any open VA national cemetery, opening/closing of the grave, a grave liner, perpetual care of the gravesite, and a government-furnished headstone or marker or niche cover, all at no cost to the family. Veterans are also eligible for a burial flag and may be eligible for a Presidential Memorial Certificate.
Information on VA burial benefits is available from local VA national cemetery offices, from the Internet at www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000.  To make burial arrangements at any open VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117. 

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Megadeals in Consumer Packaged Goods

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Including Reynolds-Lorillard (US$ 25 billion), Kraft-H.J. Heinz ($ 46 billion), and SABMiller-Anheuser-Busch InBev ($ 101 billion), deals in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry are getting bigger and bigger. This dramatic rise in deal value is rapidly reshaping the CPG landscape. In response to sluggish organic growth and activist investor pressure to enhance value, many of the biggest companies in the sector are scrambling to find ways of optimizing portfolios and cutting costs. The overwhelming proportion of the supersized deals are being driven by transactions that can set the stage for aggressive cost reduction. Nine of the 10 highest-priced recent megadeals were one of two transaction types: consolidation or privatization. Other transaction types, such as portfolio growth, geographic growth, and small brand rollup, were also part of the mix. But those types of deals typically came in at lower absolute values.
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