GM Meetings can jump-start Blue Jays’ Jersey Sale offseason

TORONTO — Tony LaCava’s first real test as interim general manager for the Blue Jays Jersey Sale is underway with the start of Major League Baseball’s General Managers Meetings in Boca Raton, Fla.

The meetings run through Thursday, and while completed deals are somewhat rare at this point, the GM Meetings can often be where the groundwork for future transactions begins. It was at the GM Meetings that Alex Anthopoulos laid the foundation for a blockbuster 12-player 2012 trade with Miami that netted Toronto Mark Buehrle Jersey and Jose Reyes among its five-player haul.

LaCava, team president Mark Shapiro and the rest of the Blue Jays’ front office have a strong core in place for 2016, but there are holes on the pitching staff and some very important decisions on the way. Here’s a look at a few of the top issues the group must consider.

Marcus Stroman, R.A. Dickey and Drew Hutchison Jersey are the only holdovers from the 2015 rotation. Toronto needs to acquire at least a couple of starters, and free agency seems to be the best bet. LaCava will need to determine whether the Blue Jays have a realistic shot at re-signing David Price and what type of resources that would require before other pitchers start going off the board. LaCava also will need to determine whether right-hander Marco Estrada Jersey figures to accept Toronto’s $15.8 million qualifying offer prior to Friday’s deadline.

This offseason may be a good time to be shopping for pitching. Jordan Zimmermann(Nationals), Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners), Yovani Gallardo (Rangers), Jeff Samardzija(White Sox) and John Lackey (Cardinals) are among the free agents on the market. However, they all received qualifying offers, which means a team will have to forfeit a top Draft pick to sign them. Johnny Cueto (Royals), Mike Leake (Giants), Scott Kazmir(Astros) and Doug Fister (Nationals) are top free agents who don’t require Draft-pick compensation.

The Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey have a lot of uncertainty on the pitching side, but the same can’t be said for the lineup. Toronto has the ability to keep all nine of its regular hitters in the fold next year, along with most of its bench. The league’s best offense will be a strength again in 2016, but the front office will have to decide whether it makes sense to break up some of the big bats.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson Jersey and catcher Russell Martin Jersey aren’t going anywhere, and the same likely can be said about right fielder Jose Bautista and first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion. The two sluggers are entering the last year of their contracts, but they also possess full no-trade protection because of their service time (10 years in the league, at least the past five with the same team). That leaves shortstop Troy Tulowitzki as the lone big bat who might conceivably be dangled, but if LaCava has enough money at his disposal, he can avoid going down that path.

The Blue Jays have to make a decision on whether Ben Revere Jersey or Michael Saunders is their starting left fielder. The cost of keeping both doesn’t make a lot of sense, especially considering the club has Dalton Pompey waiting in the wings. The arbitration-eligible Revere could earn more than $6 million next season, while Saunders — also arb-eligible — will be closer to $3 million, and this is one area where some flexibility could be created in the budget.

Toronto has a similar issue for playing time at second base, with Devon Travis and Ryan Goins, but it’s not as pressing. Goins and Travis will combine to earn barely over $1 million next year, so unless the Blue Jays are blown away with a trade offer, they likely won’t make a move here. Goins also likely would become Toronto’s shortstop if Troy Tulowitzki Jersey were to be moved.

Anthopoulos always seemed to operate in stealth mode, and most of his moves caught the league off-guard. The Martin signing wasn’t entirely unpredictable, but the recent trades with Miami and Oakland (Donaldson acquired for a package including Brett Lawrie) came out of left field. LaCava follows a similar discreet approach to the job, and another big move this offseason can’t be ruled out.

Names like Kevin Pillar, Travis and Pompey aren’t what you expect in the rumor mill this offseason, but if it means they open the door for pitching help, then they also can’t be ruled out. The Custom Blue Jays Jersey offseason is never dull, but this one seems likely to be even more entertaining than most.

Personalized NFL Football Jersey Treasury Secretary Lew on the ‘Magic’ of the U.S. Economy

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew gave further justification for the administration’s new MyRAprogram rolled out last week, and expressed hope that a bipartisan agreement to fix the nation’s ‘broken tax code’ could be made.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance,Personalized NFL Football Jersey  Secretary Lew also described the U.S. economy as “pretty positive” right now and indicated that the biggest risk came from “headwinds” outside of the U.S.

Responding to those who have criticized the MyRA program as not providing enough of a return to investors and saying they would receive below inflation returns, Lew said that was off base.Men’s Nike Custom Made Denver Broncos Elite Team Color Orange NFL Football Jersey.

“These are people who aren’t saving and who have a fear of losing their principal. This is for getting started,” the Treasury Secretary said.

The stock market and index funds — and the greater risk that comes with investing there — makes more sense once these less wealthy individuals have accumulated more assets. Customized Broncos Jersey The Treasury Department points to a 2015 Federal Reserve study that notes 31% of all non-retired Americans have no retirement savings or pension whatsoever. The Treasury rolled out MyRA last week — the program was announcement by President Obama back in his 2014 State of the Union address.

As for the U.S. economy,Youth Nike Detroit Lions Customized Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey  Lew called it the ‘bright spot,’ compared to other countries, and said that vast amounts of progress had been made over the past seven or eight years.

“When I talk to other members of the G-20, they ask me what is the magic of the U.S. economy? And I say it is the resiliency of our people, plus we used all the tools at our disposal during the crisis. Women’s Nike Custom Detroit Lions Elite Team Color Light Blue NFL Jersey That means fiscal and monetary tools as well as regulatory and policy tools. In other parts of the world there has been a reluctance to use all these levers.”

Lew argued that one way to make the recovery even stronger would be to enact the Obama administration’s infrastructure proposal. When asked why it was so hard to pass this legislation since everyone’s for improving infrastructure, Lew said, “sure everyone wants new and better roads, bridges, tunnels and airports, it’s how we pay for them.” And so this issue becomes linked to taxes and tax reform, he said.

And speaking of, “…our tax code is broken and needs to be fixed,” Lew said. “We need to close the loopholes that contribute to inequality and inefficiency and inequality and Men’s Nike Personalized Denver Broncos Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey Shirt lower rates on the business side. That’s why companies are moving offshore because our rates too high.”

Lew says he sees common ground between the Republican proposals in Congress and the administration, but again politics makes things difficult.

“There is pushback from Customized Lions Jersey lobbying groups that say we need to do individuals’ (tax reform] first. They’re saying that business tax reform would only benefit the biggest companies, and would hurt small business owners, but actually the businesses they are talking about are really some LLCs, pipeline companies and hedge funds.”

When asked if he was optimistic about tax reform, Lew said in fact he was “realistic,” saying he knows the difference between good policy and good politics.

Personalized NFL Football Jersey Facebook top exec reveals surprising ways it plans to grow

Carolyn Everson has one of the biggest—and maybe one of the coolest—jobs in corporate America.

As vice president of global marketing solutions at Facebook (FB), she’s the head of sales of the social network behemoth, which of course is growing like crazy these days. Personalized NFL Football Jersey To give you an idea: In 2007, Facebook had sales of a mere $153 million. Fast-forward 8 years, and the company just did nearly $16 billion in sales over the past 12 months. (Can you say more than 100X!)

Everson, 43, who grew up on Long Island and graduated from Villanova and Harvard Business School, has been leading this effort since 2011, a period in which sales have more than tripled. While CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg get most of the headlines when it comes to building the amazing growth machine that is Facebook, Everson (pronounced E-vehr-son) deserves some credit too.Men’s Nike Cleveland Browns Custom Made Elite Team Color Brown Football Jersey.

It sounds like Sandberg agrees with that notion. “Carolyn has built an incredible global team that focuses on solving our partners’ business objectives,” Customized Browns Jersey she says. “She makes all of us better listeners and more creative problem solvers. Carolyn brings her whole self to work—and encourages everyone she works with to do the same.”

One of Facebook’s biggest successes of late has been transitioning to mobile. You may remember that only a few years ago, analysts were suggesting that Facebook “couldn’t do mobile.” Now the company is in the mobile driver’s seat. (Sorry, Twitter [TWTR].) It was a huge change for Facebook, Everson said to me in a recent interview, reminding me that while its Instagram platform was mobile first, the rest of the company wasn’t.

“We had to go through that transition,” she says. “We were a desktop company when Mark started Facebook. Youth Nike Custom Dallas Cowboys Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey We had to shift our entire company to be mobile first—and mobile best—which required us to rebuild our mobile apps. They weren’t very good 3-plus years ago. We had to build a native IOS and Android and build a mobile ad business. So we went through this transformation ourselves.”

Today, Everson says some 2.5 million advertisers are now using Facebook, mobile and desktop, to connect to the company’s mind-blowing 1.55 billion users.

And speaking of those 1.55 billion users, some people suggest that Facebook has become so big that there is nowhere left to for the business to grow. But Everson says the company has room to grow in several ways, pointing out that WhatsApp, a messaging app that’s hugely popular overseas with some 900 million users, Women’s Nike Custom Dallas Cowboys Elite Team Color Navy Blue NFL Football Jersey carries no advertising as of yet. The company is testing potential ways Facebook Messenger, which the company took out of it main app last year—and its 700 million plus userscould be monetized in the future by experimenting with messages between users and companies.

“We’re just in the earliest stages of figuring out how people and businesses want to connect via messaging services,” says Everson. “We have some test cases with companies like Zulily (ZU) and Everlane where you can make a purchase on Everlane.com and Zulily. You can click a box that says you want to communicate with that brand via Facebook Messenger. Your shipping confirmation will come via Messenger. You can actually make adjustments to your order via Messenger.”

 Even with such a massive audience, Facebookers insist there are still plenty more potential users out there.

“Getting more people connected to the Internet is a huge priority for us. Today only 40 percent of the world’s population is connected to the Internet. So while we are proud of the fact that we do get a billion people a day [users on the site], there are still over 4 billion people that do not have access to the Internet,” she says.

“Some of the most exciting growth areas for the company absolutely include the regions of APAC [Asia-Pacific] where we are seeing tremendous growth, not only new users but marketers, both in Asia trying to reach consumers outside and of course global marketers looking at their next billion consumers. We also just hired somebody to run our Africa operation, and she is now based in the new office in South Africa.Men’s Nike Personalized Cleveland Browns Elite Team Color Brown NFL Football Jersey And we see tremendous growth on the African continent. And I just got back from Brazil. Latin America is an incredibly important market overall for Facebook. Outside of the United States, Brazil is the second-largest market for Instagram. And it is the third largest market for Facebook. So we see opportunities around the globe.”

And what about China?Customized Cowboys Jersey “Well Mark  has been incredibly inspirational with the fact that he’s first and foremost learned the language,” she says. “Look, we want to connect the world, and China is very important, so we’re going to continue to try to work on that objective, but we have no news to report that that’s happening anytime soon. But we do have marketers and advertisers based in greater China that actually want to reach consumers outside of China, particularly in e-commerce.”

Not unlike Google , Facebook also has some over-the-horizon projects it hopes to capitalize on.

“Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. We have a variety of different strategies to achieve that objective,” Everson says. “[We are] exploring some really forward-thinking [ideas] in technology. In 2016, we will be putting up a satellite to provide connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa. We have been working on an unmanned aircraft vehicle named Aquila, the Latin word for ‘eagle,’ and that should be going up for a test flight. It flies 60,000 to 90,000 feet above commercial airspace, and it will be able to beam connectivity down 11 miles away and stay up for 3 months.”

“We also are investing in virtual reality with a company we purchased called Oculus,” she says. “The belief there is that we think that can be the next operating system for the future. So as much as we are completely invested right now in mobile being the core operating platform, we are also building towards the future.”

China’s Hunger For iPhones Keeps Growing

Slowdown? What slowdown?

Apple Inc reported blockbuster iPhone sales in China, suggesting that worries about the company’s growth trajectory in the world’s second-largest economy are overdone.

Apple’s shares rose nearly 3 percent in early trading on Wednesday.

The stock Customized NFL Football Jersey has lost about 7 percent of its value in the past three months as investors fret that the slowing Chinese economy would derail Apple’s successful run in the country.

Apple’s sales in Greater China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, nearly doubled in the third quarter, accounting for nearly a quarter of the company’s total sales.Men’s Nike Custom Made Cincinnati Bengals Elite Team Color Black NFL Football Jersey.

“If the Chinese consumer is pulling back on spending Customized Bears Jersey then it seems to be either at the very high luxury end or maybe on some of the everyday non-essential items,” Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell said.

“I think the smartphone is increasingly viewed as an essential in China. So, I don’t see the economy weighing significantly on Apple growth over the next few quarters.”Youth Nike Cincinnati Bengals Customized Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey.

Apple’s results follow stronger-than-expected earnings from companies including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Nike Inc.

RISING MIDDLE CLASS

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook downplayed concerns about China on Tuesday.

“If I … just look at how many customers Customized Bengals Jersey are coming in our stores regardless of whether they are buying, how many people are coming online and in addition to looking at our sales trends, I would not know there was any economic issue at all in China,” Cook said on a conference call.

Many large U.S. companies, including United Technologies Corp and General Electric Co, have expressed concerns about China’s slowing growth.

However, William Blair analyst Anil Doradla said Apple has several factors in its favor.

“These include the rising middle class and stronger purchasing power in the emerging markets, especially China and India, combined with the company facing little or no competition in the high end of the market,” Doradla wrote in a note.Women’s Nike Custom Chicago Bears Elite Team Color Navy Blue NFL Jersey.

Few analysts changed their price target on Apple’s stock after the results and only Pacific Crest changed its rating, upgrading the stock to “overweight” from “sector weight”,Men’s Nike Personalized Chicago Bears Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey Shirt  according to Thomson Reuters data.

Of 50 analysts covering the stock, 41 rate it “buy” or higher, while only one rates it “sell,” according to Thomson Reuters data. Their median price target is $150.

Apple’s stock was trading at $117.35 after the open.

Personalized NFL Football Jersey Report: Derek Jeter engaged to supermodel Hannah Davis

Why does New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter always feel the need to steal the New York Mets’ thunder? During Game 1 of the World Series, reports leaked that Jeter is engaged to long-time girlfriend Hannah Davis, according to the New York Daily News. Men’s Nike Carolina Panthers Custom Made Elite Team Color Black Football Jersey.

Way Personalized NFL Football Jersey to interrupt the World Series, Jetes! We thought everyone agreed not to leak big baseball news until after the World Series had concluded.

At the same time, maybe this isn’t baseball news. Jeter is retired now, and hasn’t been connected to the Yankees all that much this season. Youth Nike Custom Carolina Panthers Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey He did show up at Yankee Stadium to celebrate former teammate Bernie Williams, but was not present at the team’s home opener and told reporters hedidn’t miss playing baseball “at all.”

And, hey,Customized Bills Jersey  can you blame him? Women’s Nike Custom Buffalo Bills Elite Team Color Royal Blue NFL Football Jersey After spending 20 years playing the most important position on the biggest stage in the country, he’s earned himself a break. Now that Jeter no longer has playing obligations, he can work on cultivating a strong relationship with his significant other. What a concept!

Jeter’s love life has long been a source of news among the New York media, and that will definitely continue with this announcement. Customized Panthers Jersey Hopefully, once Jeter and Davis tie the knot, that will go away and he’ll be able to happily enjoy life out of the spotlight as a married man.

Good for Jeter, we say. He ought to be able to finally enjoy his private life. Men’s Nike Personalized Buffalo Bills Elite Team Color Royal Blue NFL Football Jersey.We just wish the news didn’t come as the Mets were playing in Game 1 of the World Series. Let the Mets have their moment, Jeter!

Personalized NFL Football Jersey A Man With Cerebral Palsy Was Left To Crawl Off A United Plane

A Virginia man with cerebral palsy had to crawl off his flight after United Airlines reportedly failed to offer him assistance after landing.Men’s Nike Baltimore Ravens Personalized Elite Team Color Purple Football Jersey.

Passenger D’Arcee Neal waited for flight crews to bring him an aisle-sized chair to help him Personalized NFL Football Jersey disembark after landing at Reagan National Airport Tuesday night. After waiting and then urgently needing to use the bathroom, Neal was reduced to crawling half the length of the plane, down the aisle and to the doorway where his regular wheelchair awaited, he told NBC Washington.Women’s Nike Custom Baltimore Ravens Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey.

“I was like, ‘Customized Falcons Jersey I don’t have time for this,'” Neal told the NBC affiliate. “I decided to get out and crawl down the plane to my chair.”

Neal called the experience “humiliating” and said, “No one should have to do what I did.” Youth Nike Baltimore Ravens Customized Elite Alternate Black Football Jersey.

Ironically, Neal, a disability rights activist, was returning from San Francisco where he had given a speech on accessible transit.

Neal and United Airlines could not be reached for comment. United told NBC Washington that it “regrets the delay in providing an aisle chair to assist Neal.”

According to The Air Carrier Access Act, airlines are required to assist passengers with disabilities in moving to and from their seats and during boarding and deplaning.

The American Custom Ravens Jersey Association of People With Disabilities on Friday called Neal’s experience an unfortunately common occurrence and noted that last year, more than 27,500 disability-related complaints were filed with the Department of Transportation.Men’s Nike Atlanta Falcons Personalized Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform.

“The ACAA has been a law on the books for nearly 30 years,” AAPD President Helena Berger said in a statement. “Yet people with disabilities are still treated like second class citizens when traveling by plane. Women’s Nike Atlanta Falcons Personalized Elite Team Color Red NFL Football Jersey. Airlines can and must to do better.”

The AAPD noted that many aspects of flying, from in-flight entertainment to safety demonstrations, are not equally accessible to all passengers, which can diminish passenger comfort and — at worst — jeopardize safety.Youth Nike Atlanta Falcons Personalized Elite Team Color Red NFL Football Jersey.

Customized Arizona Cardinals Jersey To stay or go? Middle tier quarterbacks struggling

There is nothing worse as an NFL fan than rooting for a team without a franchise quarterback. That is, unless you root for a team with the wrong franchise quarterback.

Matthew Stafford’s Customized Football Jersey benching on Sunday against Arizona highlighted the struggling middle class at quarterback. Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Tannehill’s careers have stagnated not long after signing new contracts. Alex Smith’s limitations have shown up more than ever in Kansas City this season.Sam Bradford’s start in Philadelphia makes Mark Sanchez look like Randall Cunningham. Peyton Manning took a big pay cut in the offseason, and his play this season shows why.

The quarterbacks mentioned above Customized Arizona Cardinals Jersey are generally paid very well, but not in the same tier financially as players like Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Tony Romo, Russell Wilson, and Cam Newton. It raises an interesting question for each team. Is their guy good enough to keep in 2016?

Let’s take a look at Personalized Arizona Cardinals Football Uniforms  what the future could hold for each struggling middle class quarterback.

Not going anywhere

 

Matthew Stafford: Lions coach Jim Caldwell Custom Made Cardinals NFL Football Shirts felt like he had to send a message to Stafford after two early interceptions Sunday against Arizona. Caldwell warned Stafford at halftime that another pick would result in the most embarrassing moment of his seven-year career. Yep, he was benched forDan Orlovsky.

Last year’s 11-win season covered up the fact that Stafford took a step back in 2014 under Caldwell and first-time coordinator Joe Lombardi. He doesn’t look like a fit for Lombardi’s Saints-like precision offense. Stafford still struggles at some of the pre-snap and blitz recognition parts of the job that the best veterans master.

Stafford has had a similar career toJay Cutler, with little evident progress. Now he’s starting to get the same heat as Cutler.Arizona Cardinals Customized Women’s Jersey  Yet we still don’t think there’s a chance Stafford is going anywhere soon. Stafford is signed through 2017, and due $33.5 million over the next two years. He received a huge signing bonus when he inked his deal in 2013.

If things don’t turn around this season, we’d expect a different offensive coordinator in Detroit next year. But it’s hard to imagine them giving up on Stafford’s big arm. The team is built around him, right or wrong.

Alex Smith: This was a nightmare season in Kansas City even before Jamaal Charles was injured. A struggling defense has exposed Smith’s limitations throwing the ball down the field. He’s ranked second to last in ESPN’s QBR metric, and 25th by ProFootball Focus. Women’s Arizona Cardinals Nike Custom Made Elite Red Team Color Jersey Cheap And he’s not going anywhere because his $14.1 million salary in 2016 is fully guaranteed. This Andy Reid-Smith combination is what the Chiefs will keep rolling with, but they could really use a draft pick at quarterback to develop.

Ryan Tannehill: One of Mike Tannenbaum’s first acts as Executive Vice President was to give Tannehill a huge contract that guaranteed his base salaries through 2018. The coaching staff  Cheap Customized Women’s Nike Arizona Cardinals Black and White Two Tone Jersey is going to change in Miami, and the next hire will certainly be geared towards maximizing Tannehill’s strengths. (Anything but throwing deep to the outside.)

Future up in the air

 

Colin Kaepernick: His performance Men’s Nike Arizona Cardinals Customized Elite Away White Jersey Sale on Sunday night will quiet the panic surrounding Kaepernick, but there’s no doubt that he’s playing for his future this season. When Kaepernick signed his extension in 2014, it made it very easy for the 49ers to get out of the deal after any season. As Pro Football Talk noted over the weekend, Kaepernick’s 2016 salary is not guaranteed until April 1 next year. That gives the 49ers the chance to survey the free agent/trade market after the new league year opens before making a decision on Kaepernick. They could also use the time to get a handle on how they want to attack the 2016 draft at quarterback.

Kaepernick is “only” due $11.9 million next season, so he’s not prohibitive to keep. His play for the rest of the season will determine a lot here, and the odds are that he stays for at least one more season. But the 49ers figure to be in the market for other options.

Jay Cutler: The Bears would have already traded Cutler if any team was willing to take on his contract in the offseason. No one bit. $10 million of his $16 million salary in 2016 is already guaranteed, which would make him tricky to deal again. The Bears are stuck in quarterback purgatory because of it. While Cutler’s toughness this season has impressed his teammates,Youth Nike Personalized Arizona Cardinals Elite Red Team Color Jersey Cheap  it remains to be seen if offensive coordinator Adam Gase can be the first Bears play caller to get consistent play from him. We can imagine a scenario where Cutler plays just well enough to inspire interest elsewhere, with the Bears willing to move on.

Peyton Manning: It feels strange to put Manning in this group, but his play this season warrants it. The Broncos are struggling to score and Manning is forcing too many passes. It’s like Manning is trying to re-calibrate how he should play the position with a diminished arm in a new offense, and he still hasn’t figured out the formula. It’s led to wayward deep passes and consistent mental mistakes. The Broncos were ranked 30th in passing by FootballOutsiders’ metrics before failing to score a touchdown in Oakland Monday.

Manning took a $4 million paycut to his contract in the offseason, an unprecedented development for a player of his stature. That showed a willingingness by the Broncos to move on from Manning if he didn’t play ball. He has one more year on his salary at $19 million and it’s safe to say he’s not getting that much money. If his play continues at this level, it’s hard to imagine the Broncos bringing him back to Denver at all. Don’t count out Manning improving dramatically during this season. That’s probably what it will take to see him still starting games for the Broncos at age 40.

Sam Bradford: The Eagles invested plenty in Bradford via trade, but he’s going to need to play better to be back next season. His decision to turn down a long-term deal before the year from Philadelphia could turn out as poorly as guard Evan Mathis’ request to be released by the team. Chip Kelly is not afraid to move roster pieces around, and there’s no telling at this stage how patient theEagles organization will be with Kelly. This one is way too early to call, but it’s safe to say Bradford hasn’t shown enough yet to be given a big new deal.

The X-Factor

 

Drew Brees doesn’t fit naturally into this column because of his first-tier contract. I’m including him because we are forecasting 2016 at the quarterback position, and he’s undeniably a wild card to consider for interested teams. We have a long way to go before the Saints completely rebuild after this year, but it’s possible teams could inquire what it would cost to get Brees’ big contract out of New Orleans. He’s due $18.75 million and the Saints would only take a moderate cap hit to trade him.

As Saints fans know, finding your next franchise quarterback isn’t the easiest thing to do. That’s why the struggles of the middle tier quarterbacks above qualify as a “good problem” to have. It’s certainly better than what Bill O’Brien is dealing with in Houston.