Tornado damage slowly getting cleaned up in Jeff City

first_imgYou’re seeing Jefferson City’s tornado damaged areas slowly getting cleaned up.The city’s Sonny Sanders says the Public Works crew has already hauled off a lot of debris.“We also started picking up wind-blown storm debris, [so] anything that may have landed on your property.  They do ask that you separate those into two different piles.”Sanders adds that building permits for tornado damaged homes have been reduced to $25.The Historic City of Jefferson has volunteered to cover the cost of those permits to give homeowners a break.93.9 The Eagle is holding a radiothon for mid-Missouri tornado relief on June 21. Get more info here.last_img

The business value of big data

first_imgA recent survey has found that executives recognise the importance of collecting and managing big data but a huge 93% believe their organisations are losing revenues because they cannot fully utilise the information they collect. In this video I talk to Quocirca’s Clive Longbottom about the issue of big data, and how companies can deal with this more complex environment to get business value from it.last_img

Dhoni says he is not 100% certain to play in 2015 World Cup

first_imgThe only second cricketer who led the country to a World Cup triumph, Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he is not 100 per cent sure of playing in the 2015 edition and will decide on it two years before the mega event.”If you see 2015, still three, three and a half years to go. I don’t really know where I will stand. Everything needs to go off well, and then by close to 2013, I will have to take a call whether I can really 100 per cent be available for the 2015 World Cup,” Dhoni said.”You don’t want a wicketkeeper in the side who has not played at least 100-odd games, at least close to 80-100 games, going into World Cup. So that’s a call that needs to be taken.But if everything goes off well, 2013 end will be time where we will have to carefully study the body and see what can be done,” said Dhoni.Dhoni has held aloft every cricket trophy in the world, from Twenty20 World Cup, IPL and Champions League T20 and to 50-over World Cup, and he said he would want to win the 2015 World Cup though he is not 100 per cent certain to play in it.”Well, why not do it all over again? If you don’t really have a dream, you can’t really push yourself, you don’t really know what the target is. It is important to stay focused, have short-term goals, not look too much in future, and try to win each and every series that is coming. Of course, you won’t be able to do that,” he said.advertisementAsked about his hero in life, Dhoni picked his team-mate and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.”Well, that’s a very difficult one. There’s someone like Sachin Tendulkar, who is a part of the side, whom most of the individual cricketers look up to. And not to forget Amitabh Bachchan, who has been the biggest thing when it comes to Bollywood, and he is known the world over. So if you look at him, still, at his age, he is working, being among the best,” he said.”So these are the two people who are ideal role models, who have struggled through their phases in life and yet come out successful. The best thing is that they are very humble and grounded, which I think is very important to be a successful person,” Dhoni said.Dhoni said he was so emotional after winning the World Cup early this year that he wept after the summit clash along with his team-mates.”We all want to be part of a World Cup-winning side. The last time we won was 28 years back. So most of people (in the) side wanted to win the World Cup, and as soon as we got into a position where we saw World Cup coming into our dressing room, emotions started to flow. If you see, before the post-match presentation, almost every player cried,” he said.Asked if he also cried, he said, “Yes, I did. You don’t have footage of that. It’s very difficult to control emotion like that. I was controlling (myself). I wanted to quickly go up to dressing room, and I saw two players crying and running to me. All of a sudden, I started crying, and I looked up and there was a huddle around me. And each and every one cried.”About the pressure on Indian players to win the World Cup, Dhoni said, “I still remember playing the Australia quarter-final. People thought that was the biggest game when it came to the World Cup. Then it was Pakistan in the semi-final. I remember travelling and people were like, “Win this game and we don’t care about the finals.””As soon as we won the semi-final, it was like, “You have to win this because it doesn’t matter what you’ve done. If you don’t win the final it won’t be really nice.” So I think there was pressure, which was the ultimate thing,” he said.Dhoni said he loves to live in the present.”I love being in present. When I was playing for school, the only thing I wanted was get selected for U-16 or U-19 district teams. When I was selected for district I would think of next level, getting selected for state side. I’m a person who lives in the moment,” he said.last_img read more

Raj Babbar to campaign for Cong in Guj civic body polls

first_imgVadodara, Nov 15 (PTI) Congress leader and actor Raj Babbar will campaign for the party in the upcoming civic body polls in Gujarat.Voting for six municipal corporations in Gujarat – Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar – will be held on November 22.”Babbar will campaign for the party in Vadodara and Surat on November 18 (Wednesday),” Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Bharatsingh Solanki told PTI.Babbar is a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttarakhand.”He will address a poll meeting in Vadodara in the morning and then leave for Surat. Details of his programmes are being worked out. I will be with him during the campaigning,” Solanki said.At present, Congress is yet to release its manifesto for these polls. PTI COR NRB HU SDMlast_img read more

Pak promoting radicalisation among youth via social media:Govt

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 20 (PTI) Pakistan has formulated a new strategy to promote radicalisation among youths through vested groups and social media to give it the shape of a civil resistance in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajya Sabha was informed today.”This year, Pakistan strategy has been to try and promote radicalisation through vested groups and social media so that this can be given the shape of a civil resistance,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in a reply to a written question.The terrorist groups have become desperate and were incited to attack the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, he said. PTI ACB GVS RT GVSlast_img

How Freelancers Medical is more than just a doctor’s office

first_imgThere’s a lot more to health than tests and 15-minute doctor’s visits.At Freelancers Union, we believe in a holistic model of health and wellness. Sure, doctors visits and tests are important, but staying well is what helps you thrive in your life and business. And we mean well in all senses: physically, psychologically, and emotionally.That’s why we built Freelancers Medical, a medical home with locations in lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn. Primary care is free and unlimited with health insurance plans through Empire BlueCross BlueShield.We believe in going above and beyond the norm to offer resources to help you live well: mental health services, diet counseling, acupuncture, yoga, group support, and even Skype calls with health coaches available 24/7.Come by this week to check out what we’re talking about: Thursday, November 20 in Brooklyn, any time from 4pm-8pm.In the words of a current member, Jess Grippo:“It’s so much more than medical attention – they provide the human connection and empathy that, in my opinion, is often missing from our highly busy NYC lifestyles…a loving oasis in the midst of a lot of craziness. And I think you would have to be crazy to NOT join the home they’ve built. I see it as a model of medical care that is going to make radical shifts in our current system, and I hope that more and more health centers everywhere start to follow in their footsteps.”Or from Yasuyo Takeo:“I’ve never felt so connected with medical providers until I became a patient at Freelancers Medical. They are all about keeping me happy and healthy, and we’re on a first name basis! Can’t believe I’m making visits to a medical office on a weekly basis for yoga, workshops and acupuncture. The network of professionals there is the number one reason we are staying with Freelancers Medical. Their presence allows me to focus on my work, and I’m very grateful.”Come see what we’d like to share with you. Hope you can join us at an open house on Thursday. If you can’t make it, let us know when would be a better time for you!Freelancers Union, Inc. (FU) is not a licensed insurance agent. Freelancers Insurance Agency, a wholly owned affiliate of FU, is a licensed health insurance producer in New York and New Jersey only. Freelancers Insurance Agency (FIA) contracts with HealthPlanServices,Inc. (HPS), a nationally licensed insurance producer. Other than in New York, HPS is acting as the insurance agent of record. In New York, FIA is the agent of record. HPS pays royalty fees to FU for the use of its intellectual property, which are used for the general purposes of FU. FU and FIA are not insurers. You should consider your needs when selecting products. FU does not make specific product recommendations for individuals. Each insurer has sole responsibility for its products.The information on this Website about insurance benefits is a summary of applicable terms and conditions that is provided for general informational purposes only. The terms of any insurance products are governed solely by the applicable Member Contract or Policy Form. In the event of any inconsistency between information provided on this Website and the specifics provisions of the Member Contract provided by the carrier, the carrier’s Contract shall govern.last_img read more

India vs Australia Live Streaming: When, where and how to watch IND v AUS 3rd ODI

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni, probably playing for the final time at his home ground, will be the cynosure of all eyes when India take on Australia in the third ODI, aiming to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in Ranchi on Friday.Dhoni, who along with wife Sakshi, hosted the Indian team for dinner on Wednesday evening, has been the toast of the state ever since he made his ODI debut way back in 2004.The 37-year old former India captain, who has led the country to two World Cups, will be playing his fourth ODI at the JSCA International Stadium.In the last three ties, India have won one, lost one and rain washed the third match.Dhoni has batted only twice in Ranchi in which he has scored 10 not out (vs England on October 23 of 2013) and 11 (vs New Zealand on October 26 of 2016). In terms of wicket-keeping on his home turf, Dhoni has three catches and a stumping in Ranchi.What will keep Dhoni’s supporters going is the fact that his recent form has been wonderful. Dhoni has already collected 301 runs from just eight matches at a staggering average of 100.33 in the ongoing season ahead of the World Cup.Dhoni also recently joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid in an elite list of Indian batsmen to have scored over 13,000 runs in List A cricket.India vs Australia 3rd ODI broadcast channels list: Watch Ind vs Aus Live StreamingWhat time does the 3rd ODI between India vs Australia start?advertisementThe 3rd ODI between India and Australia starts at 01.30 PM IST on March 8, Friday at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 3rd ODI between India and Australia be played?The 3rd ODI between India and Australia will be played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi from 01.30 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs Australia 3rd ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 3rd ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 3rd ODI between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant.Australia: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.last_img read more

Guardiola wins manager of the month

first_imgGuardiola Guardiola beats Wenger and Dyche to manager of the month award Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:19 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola, Man City v Arsenal 17/18 Getty Images Guardiola Manchester City Leicester City v Manchester City Leicester City Premier League The Premier League leaders have kept up their incredible form to secure the accolade for their coach for the second time in a row Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has been named the Premier League manager of the month for October.Citizens 7/5 to beat Leicester to nilThe 46-year-old beat Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger and Sean Dyche to take the award for the second time in a row and third time in his Premier League career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City have maintained their impressive form this season as they remain unbeaten after 11 games in the league.Starting the month with a 7-2 win over Stoke City, the Etihad Stadium outfit team kept up their incredible Premier League form with further victories over West Bromwich Albion and Burnley scoring 13 goals along the way.Another perfect month for @ManCity, another @BarclaysFooty Manager of the Month award for Pep Guardiola pic.twitter.com/pDs2GzfD9e— Premier League (@premierleague) November 17, 2017Those strong displays have carried on to November as Guardiola’s started the race for this month’s award with a 3-1 win over Arsenal, after beating Napoli 4-2 in the Champions League.City are eight points clear of second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League with 10 wins and a draw and hold a lead of three at the top of their European group.They pay a visit to Leicester City on Saturday before welcoming Feyenoord in midweek.last_img read more

Jamaica Must Improve Export Capacity – Commerce State Minister

first_imgState Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, has underscored the importance of developing Jamaica’s capacity to produce more goods and services for export. This, she argues, is necessary in order to transform the economy into one which is competitively positioned globally, thereby generating significantly higher foreign exchange earnings. Speaking at a recent University of Technology (UTech) public forum at the institution’s Papine Campus, St. Andrew, Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams said the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report for 2011 indicates that approximately 64 per cent of Jamaica’s entrepreneurs did not have clients outside of the country. She said this “has to change.” “We are going to have to export more and deal with…customers (outside of the country) in order to bring foreign exchange into Jamaica. All of this will necessitate strengthening our bi-lateral, regional and international economic and trade relations,” she said. The State Minister noted that this will simultaneously promote local and foreign investments and improve entrepreneurs’ ability of to take full advantage of favourable and enabling internal and external environments. She assured that the administration is committed to “actively pursuing” policies that will “shape and improve” the business environment, as ell as establish a modern legislative framework that underpins innovation. “We strongly support innovations in modern technology that are geared towards reducing the cost of doing business and broadening overall participation in our economy (and) the ease of doing business. We are committed to working closely with all stakeholders in our efforts to improve the business environment, create more jobs and, in general, make our country more competitive (globally),” she assured. The State Minister cited development of the proposed global transshipment and logistics hub as a “comprehensive opportunity” for business interests, especially micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs) stakeholders, to be integrated into the global supply chain. “This will facilitate the growth and development of new and diversified industries that will move the country further up the global supply chain,” she argued. Development of the hub is being spearheaded by the government in an effort to position Jamaica to take advantage of the increased maritime activities, anticipated from the expansion of the Panama Canal, slated for completion in 2015. “The changes expected to come from this new economic model will be far-reaching and will create a major shift in the country’s economic base as well as move Jamaica into the globally integrated services and knowledge economy. That’s a great opportunity for new businesses to develop and grow in Jamaica,” Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams staTED. The forum, held under the theme: ‘Beyond the IMF: Creating an Efficient and Innovative Economy’, was organied by the Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership (JDSEEL), UTech in collaboration with university’s Office of Development and Community Service. By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Liberals promise billions of dollars and control of First Nations education

first_imgAPTN National NewsSASKATOON – Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is promising to spend $2.6 billion in core funding over the next four years on First Nations education.In an announcement Thursday in Saskatoon, Trudeau said the money will essentially “close the gap” between education spending on and off reserve.According to numbers from the Assembly of First Nations, on-reserve students receive on average about $3,000 less than children in the provincial system.The Liberals are offering a similar plan to what the Harper government put on the table in 2014 but was rejected by the AFN.Harper offered $1.9 billion in spending over seven years and would also eliminate the 2 per cent cap and replace it with a 4.5 percent cap.According to the Liberal plan:• Initial investment of $515 million per year in core funding for kindergarten to grade 12• This will rise to $750 million per year by end of first mandate• A new total investment of $2.6 billion over next four years• Invest $500 million over next three years for immediate First Nations education infrastructureThe plan also has cash for post-secondary students. $50 million in additional annual support to the program that supports post-secondary students and a plan to get information about the program to students on reserve.The Liberal plan also promises to work with residential school survivors, First Nations, the Metis Nation, Inuit communities, provinces, territories and educators to find ways for educational curricula across the country to incorporate Aboriginal and Treaty rights, residential schools, and the contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada.Chiefs rejected the Harper government’s planned Bill C-33 because they believed it gave Canada too much control over their education.More to come …news@aptn.calast_img read more

China on the lookout

first_imgThe ongoing elections in India are being closely watched around the world, but Beijing is the keenest watcher of them all. The foremost concern for China is of what policy any new government in New Delhi will adopt towards Beijing. China is worried about the image it carries among the Indian people and trying very hard to improve its overall perception before Chinese president Xi Jinping visits India at the end of this year after the political sky is clear. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn the last few years, India-China relations have gone through a tumultuous phase. A series of disputes between the two countries have been instrumental in provoking anti-China sentiments among the Indian masses. China’s fervent opposition to India’s potential membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG); Beijing’s shielding of Pakistan and blocking Indian efforts within the UN to designate the Pakistan-based terrorist, Masood Azhar, head of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), as a global terrorist; the Doklam crisis that went on for more than two months; and India’s open opposition to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have created a strong feeling of trust deficit in common Indian minds. Also Read – Insider threat managementThese incidents have cast a long shadow on bilateral relations. Following the Doklam conflict and the BRICS Summit thereafter, both New Delhi and Beijing took some steps to stabilise the relationship. But with the bitterness in ties and the continuing competition between China and India, there was no significant effect in improving the relations. Both countries still need to make herculean efforts to lay a strong foundation for improving meaningful relations that are sustainable for the future. In the backdrop of the bumpy road on which China and India drove their diplomatic vehicles in the past few years, it is natural that China is deeply concerned about its future interests in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy has been largely about managing China’s rise. Very few of the many expectations that were raised by Modi’s taking over in the economic sphere have been met. As chief minister of Gujarat, Modi had an image of a business-oriented leader who had actively sought and received large-scale investments from China. However, Modi as prime minister could not attract many Chinese investments. The Chinese president made several economic promises during his first state visit to India after Modi took over, but none of them materialised over a period of five years. Setting up of two industrial parks in Gujarat and Maharashtra and USD 20 billion investment in five years have yet to see the light of the day. ‘Make in India’ also received only lip service from the Chinese. Therefore, the results of the Indian general elections are consequential from the Chinese perspective. In my opinion, no matter who comes to power, Beijing should expect a continuation of difficult relations with India, unless Chinese leadership decided to address the real issues. New Delhi will always be capable of maintaining a sustained focus on foreign policy, including its dealings with China. During my last visit to Beijing, I could observe a shadow of pretention among Chinese scholars and researchers that regardless of the election results, relations between the two countries will keep developing in the future. They spared no opportunity to indicate that no matter which party is at the helm of affairs after the general elections in India, China will be able to ensure its share of dividends in the region. Initially, the discourse during election campaigns was dominated by Pakistan and China both and we would be witnessing its glimpses in coming days too. More than Modi it is because of the structural realities surrounding India. But yes, Modi has been sparing no stone unturned, in positive as well as negative direction, to take political advantage of it since he became the prime minister. He made efforts to give hype of all his positive and negative moves vis-à-vis relationships with Pakistan and China. Whoever comes to power would be forced to deal with the consequences of China’s rise. Managing the China conundrum would be any Indian government’s first priority. Modi, in his election campaign, is defining India’s relations with China and Pakistan in such a way that even after a change of government it would not be easy for any prime minister to immediately adopt a softer line for improving relations with these two neighbours. Those who dislike Modi are in the open in full force and those who idolise him are rallying strongly. Irrespective of the fact that Modi is liked or disliked and whether he again holds the reins or sits in the opposition, his imprint on the (failed) foreign policy will not disappear easily. In his zeal to project India on the global stage, to give the nation a new voice on international forums, to make the world listen to India’s aspirations and to show strongly that his foreign policy is distinct from the past, Modi has set such benchmarks that any other government will have to initially follow the similar diffidence with much more confident assertion in the name of Indian interests. Therefore, as India assesses its strategic environment, its political leadership, irrespective of party affiliations, it will have to contend with the China factor more and more. New Delhi’s outreach both towards the East and the West will be heavily circumscribed by the growing Chinese footprint. India’s engagement with Washington has been shaped by the conviction that India and the United States have overcome “the hesitations of history”. To reach this level of diplomatic understanding between China and India, Beijing and New Delhi will have to walk hundreds of extra miles. The recent indications from Chinese leadership have risen some hope in this direction but consistency factor remains to be gauged. China needs to review its opinion on India’s Indo-Pacific vision. It also has to address the concerns of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It must realise the need to emphasise on the cultural connection to reach out to its neighbours. China has to be positive when India reimagines its strategic geography towards the Bay of Bengal. It is not only China’s prerogative to have a central role in the region. India equally has a right to stretch from the shores of Africa to those of America. India’s growing footprint and diplomatic engagement in the Middle East and its attempts to deliver connectivity from Southeast Asia to Africa underscore this. The Communist Party of China’s (CPC’s) mouthpieces now regularly carry reports of elections being held in India. The criticism both overt and subtle that is found in Chinese analyses of Indian elections reflects the CPC’s insecurities. Let’s hope, China will walk on the path of mutual understanding between our two countries with more maturity and sincerity in times to come. (The author is Editor & CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

RioCan REIT to trim Canadian portfolio as Q4 profit rises

TORONTO — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust is in the process of selling 14 Canadian properties worth about $645-million.The Toronto-based outlet, plaza and shopping mall operator says the properties are in secondary markets and not core to its business.The announcement Thursday came on the same day RioCan reported a net profit of $468-million or $1.55 per common unit in the fourth quarter.That was up from $241-million or 87 cents per unit a year earlier and far above the consensus estimate of 56 cents per unit in net income.Much of the improvement was due to a higher valuation for RioCan’s properties at the end of 2012.Funds from operations also beat expectations, rising 16% to $116-million, or 39 cents per unit — two cents per unit above the consensus estimate.The average analyst estimate had been for a profit of 52 cents per unit of net income and 37 cents per unit of funds from operations, according to those surveyed by Thomson Reuters.The trust is an active buyer and seller of properties, primarily in the retail sector.It is also part of a group, led by KingSett Capital, that is buying a piece of the Primaris shopping mall portfolio.In December, RioCan bought the Cookstown Outlet Mall, north of Toronto, in co-ownership agreement with Tanger Factory Outlet Centres for a total of $62 million.The mall is the first location under a joint venture between the companies announced last year that will see RioCan provide development and property management services and Tanger provide leasing and marketing services.Tanger and RioCan have agreed to develop 10 to 15 outlet shopping centres across Canada in the next five to seven years.The two will each own a 50% stake in the properties, which will be likely be located in suburban areas near the major Canadian cities.Outlet malls are big business, with shoppers willing to drive hundreds of kilometres to snap up designer goods at discount prices.RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of more than 300 retail properties in Canada and the United States.The Canadian Press read more

Egypt says it received final 2 billion portion of IMF loan

CAIRO — Egypt’s finance minister says his country has received the final, $2 billion portion of a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund.The minister, Mohammed Moait, said late on Monday that Egypt has completed an ambitious reform program designed to overhaul its ailing economy.The program included austerity measures to meet requirements set by the IMF to qualify for a $12 bailout, which Egypt secured in 2016.The IMF said in May that Egypt’s efforts “in achieving macroeconomic stabilization, a recovery in growth, and an improvement in the business climate” have been successful.But the austerity measures have also caused widespread price hikes that have taken a heavy toll on poor and middle-class Egyptians.Last week, Egypt’s official statistics agency reported that one in three Egyptians is living in poverty.The Associated Press read more

Home Capital says former RBC exec will replace founder on board stock

TORONTO – Home Capital Group Inc. is adding a former Royal Bank of Canada executive to its board, replacing company founder Gerald Soloway, in a bid to renew its leadership and boost investor confidence.Shares of the Toronto-based mortgage lender (TSX:HCG) jumped more than 11 per cent after the appointment of Alan Hibben was announced, but ended the day at $5.85, down 16 cents or 2.66 per cent.“This is the start of our governance renewal,” board chairman Kevin Smith said in a news release, adding that more changes are coming.“We have made considerable progress in identifying new candidates for the board and in our search for a new chief executive officer. The new CEO will in turn be involved in the hiring of a new chief financial officer, providing a major refresh in our corporate leadership as part of the process of rebuilding the company.”Home Capital’s share price has been under pressure in recent weeks as the company grapples with a loss of deposits following allegations from Ontario’s securities watchdog.Customers have been pulling their money out after staff at the Ontario Securities Commission alleged that Home Capital, Soloway, former CEO Martin Reid and current CFO Robert Morton misled investors in their handling of a scandal involving falsified loan applications.The company has said that the allegations are without merit and has vowed to defend itself. Lawyers for all three men did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday. Reid declined to comment several weeks ago when the OSC first announced the allegations.The OSC has scheduled a June 2 hearing to deal with that matter.There have been concerns that Home Capital’s problems could spread into the wider economy, but at no point has Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office considered the situation a systemic issue, according to a source familiar with the file.The minister’s office views the situation as unique to the lender, the source added.Home Capital has secured a $2 billion line of credit from the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan to help make up the lost capital.Veritas analyst Mike Rizvanovic says bringing in someone as credible as Hibben is a small positive, but noted Home Capital is still dealing with an outflow of the cash it uses to fund lending.“We can’t say that bringing new people in is going to necessarily stem the outflow of deposits,” Rizvanovic said.“It’s not like you bring this individual in and then suddenly they’ve got their access back to the deposit market. It’s way too early to know that.”Hibben’s resume includes experience as head of strategy at Royal Bank and managing director of mergers and acquisitions for RBC Capital Markets until his retirement from the bank in 2014.Since retiring from RBC in 2014, Hibben has been an independent financial adviser and a director of several companies. He was appointed last year to the board of trustees for OPTrust, which manages funds for an Ontario public-sector pension plan.Home Capital announced last week that Soloway would step down from the board of directors once a replacement is found.Soloway was the soul of the organization, so it’s natural that they would replace him in a bid to restore investor confidence, says Patrick Blais, a senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.The best outcome for the company would be to get acquired by an established financial institution, Blais says.“But it just doesn’t seem we’re headed in that direction given the liquidity issues they’re struggling with and the nature of their business. There just doesn’t seem to be a likely buyer to resolve it.”—With files from Andy BlatchfordFollow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2017 6:17 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Home Capital says former RBC exec will replace founder on board; stock up read more

At Security Council UN Women chief urges greater input visibility of women

Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, addresses the Security Council open debate on “The role of women in conflict prevention and resolution in Africa”. UN Photo/Loey Felipe Maria Filomena de Fátima Lobão Telo Delgado, Minister for Family and the Promotion of Women of the Republic of Angola and President of the Security Council for March, chairs the Security Council open debate. UN Photo/Loey Felipe ‹ ›Women in conflict mediation Also briefing the Council was Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, who said promoting women’s effective participation in conflict mediation and addressing their specific needs in peacemaking efforts had been a priority of the Department of Political Affairs since 2010, when its conflict-prevention work had become increasingly inclusive. Since 2012, all UN mediation support teams had included women, and women made up half of the participants in the Department’s high-level mediation skills training, which focused on enhancing gender parity and the future character and configuration of international peacemaking. He said the Department also continued to implement, with UN Women, its Joint Strategy on Gender and Mediation, which helped to build mediation capacity for envoys and mediation teams by providing gender expertise and training, while UN Women strengthened the capacity of regional, national and local women leaders and peace coalitions, and supported access opportunities for women in peace negotiations. Nevertheless, unequal access and opportunities for women’s participation in political decision-making processes persisted worldwide. “Prioritizing prevention and inclusive political solutions has never been more urgent,” he emphasized.Gender-focused peacebuilding strategy Macharia Kamau, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, said that women remain a resource that has not been effectively utilized, citing such obstacles as cynical cultural practices that maintained patriarchal attitudes; insufficient political will to implement Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security; militarized approaches to conflict resolution that crowded out organic initiatives; and the absence of gender-sensitive economic recovery. As such, the Commission had outlined its first gender strategy, which it expected to adopt before July, he said, adding that it set out recommendations on strengthening the integration of gender perspectives in all country-specific and strategic engagements. Going forward, the Commission would use its unique leverage to advocate for technical expertise on gender equality and peacebuilding, as well as funding, he continued. The combination of commitment on the part of senior leadership, specialized expertise and dedicated financial resources would make a real difference, as had been seen in Burundi, where UN-Women supported a network of 534 women mediators across all municipalities, he said. Placing a personal emphasis on the gender issue, he said that he had seen the ruin that 100 years of colonial and post-colonial policies had wreaked upon women in the culture and society of his homeland, Kenya. “Women remain firmly at the bottom of the rungs of social progress and empowerment,” he said, underlining that a more inclusive future would require that countries respond forcefully to the condition of women in their midst. A wide view of the Security Council open debate on “The role of women in conflict prevention and resolution in Africa”. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Paleki Ayang, Executive Director of the South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network, addresses the Security Council open debate. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, addresses the Security Council open debate. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Paleki Ayang (left), Executive Director of the South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network, greets Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), at the Security Council open debate. UN Photo/Manuel Elias “Women need to be resourced so that they can do more,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women told the Security Council during an open debate on the role of women in conflict prevention in Africa. “The commitment to allocate at least 15 per cent of peacebuilding funds to gender equality and women’s empowerment, must become a reality. This must be extended to all efforts aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism,” she added. She also stressed that women’s organizations must receive the political and financial support needed to engage in violence prevention, mediation and diplomacy, as investing in gender equality as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “is the best recipe for structural, long-term prevention.” However, the role of women in conflict prevention is often missing in highest-level discussions about peace and security, she pointed out, welcoming today’s debate that focused on the relationship between the need to focus on prevention of violence and paying attention to the critical importance of gender equality. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka went on to cite specific examples of conflict prevention led by women in Africa, including the ‘Women’s Situation Rooms,’ a monitoring mechanism to support women candidates and fight discrimination of women in electoral processes and gender-based electoral violence and harassment. In the last five years, the mechanism has been established in Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda, and the model is being replicated in a growing list of countries across Africa with UN Women’s support. “Our research also shows that women play a key role in de-escalating tensions and preventing radicalization in their families. In Mali, the most important influence for the successful re-integration of many ex-combatants has been the women in their families and communities,” she said. In the Sahel region, the income, status and resilience of women has been boosted by programmes that address the gender gap in access to land and other productive assets, she said. In poor areas of Kenya, women’s organizations are using mothers to identify and prevent the spread of radicalization, and in Burundi, hundreds of women mediators are working tirelessly to address local conflicts. According to the Global Study on Women, Peace and Security, countries with lower levels of gender inequality are less likely to resort to the use of force; security of women is one of the most reliable indicators of the peacefulness of a State; and women’s different spending patterns contribute directly to post-conflict social recovery, she noted. She also presented some proposals. The UN’s prevention work should include more frequent deliberations by the Security Council informed by the perspective and analyses of women on the ground. The practice of hearing from civil society should be extended to consultations on country-specific situations, to the work of the 15-nation body’s subsidiary organs, including the Counterterrorism Committee, as well as the Council’s visiting missions, she added. Council members should also demand a robust gender analysis in reports and in all atrocity-prevention efforts, she continued, noting that UN Women serves as the Secretariat for the new Informal Expert Group on Women, Peace and Security, which held its first meeting last month on Mali. This mechanism is an important step in ensuring consistent and quality information flows to the Council, she added. read more

Troika pushes tough changes

first_imgGovernment officials spent a second day in talks with troika representatives in Paris, with sources indicating that Greece’s foreign creditors were pressing for changes to make it harder for labour unions to call strike action and for the introduction of legislation facilitating mass layoffs in the private sector.The Labour Ministry is to prepare several studies in the coming weeks, before troika envoys are due to arrive in Athens for their next review, in a bid to overcome the insistence of foreign creditors on the proposed changes, Kathimerini understands. The ministry managed to win itself some time by invoking the International Labour Organisation to assess the effectiveness of potential changes to current laws governing layoffs in the private sector.The junior coalition parter, PASOK, has insisted that it will not accept any change to laws governing labour rights that have been enshrined in Greek legislation since the 1980s. But sources have indicated that the troika is intent on removing any political involvement in decisions relating to mass layoffs and introducing greater flexibility into the private labour market. The foreign auditors argue that such action will contribute toward curbing unemployment, which continues to hover at around 27 per cent.Other issues on the table of talks between Greek officials and the troika are an ongoing streamlining of the civil service and the second phase of reform of the pension system.Meanwhile Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who is being briefed on the troika talks by advisers he dispatched to Paris, is due in Newport, South Wales, on Thursday for a summit of NATO leaders which is expected to focus on the deepening crisis in Ukraine. The premier is expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the summit in what is likely to be an uncomfortable encounter following the latter’s provocative comments on Greece’s position vis-a-vis Cyprus earlier this week. Samaras is due back in Greece late on Friday ahead of his scheduled speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair on Saturday morning.Source: Ekathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Toshiba la tablette ultrafine AT200 ne sortira pas avant janvier

first_imgToshiba : la tablette ultra-fine AT200 ne sortira pas avant janvierLa tablette Android ultra-fine de Toshiba, l’AT200, devait être lancée au mois de décembre aux Etats-Unis et en Europe. Mais il semble qu’elle ne soit pas encore prête, et ne devrait finalement pas être livrée avant le mois de janvier prochain. Présentée le mois dernier devant la FCC, l’équivalent américain de l’ARCEP française, la tablette ultra-fine de Toshiba, l’AT200, sera livrée en retard. Annoncée pour le mois de décembre, elle ne devrait finalement pas être lancée à temps pour les fêtes de fin d’année.À lire aussiMicrosoft préparerait trois nouvelles versions de sa tablette tactile SurfaceUn blogueur allemand a en effet récemment demandé à Toshiba via sa page Facebook (lien non disponible) quand la tablette serait disponible dans le commerce. Réponse de la firme japonaise : pas avant janvier 2012. Reste à savoir si ce retard concerne tous les pays d’Europe ainsi que les Etats-Unis, ou seulement l’Allemagne.Rappelons que la tablette AT200 affiche une épaisseur de seulement 7,7 millimètres. Fonctionnant sous Android 3.2 Honeycomb, elle est dotée d’un processeur 1.2GHz dual-core comprimé et d’un écran 10.1 pouces.Le 10 novembre 2011 à 09:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

iPhone 5 retour en stock chez Free Mobile Orange Joe et Virgin

first_imgiPhone 5 : retour en stock chez Free Mobile, Orange, Joe et Virgin MobileAlors que des retards auraient pu être à prévoir en début de mois, la situation, au niveau des stocks d’iPhone 5 semble revenir à la normale : les futurs possesseurs de smartphone Apple pourront donc célébrer dignement leur Noël 2012 !Chez Free Mobile, retour en stock, Orange, pareil, l’iPhone 5 est partout alors qu’il y a quelques semaines, le smartphone Apple était une denrée rare dans les boutiques de téléphonie mobile.Manœuvre ou réel problème de production…Le dernier représentant des iPhone a failli rater la période du début de la course aux cadeaux de Noël. Mais il est bien là.Et comme pour se rassurer, Virgin Mobile a lancé, dans la foulée, une nouvelle offre à 199 euros comprenant l’iPhone 5 16 GB et une réduction immédiate de 50 euros (avec le code promo : iphone), à conjuguer avec une autre promotion de 50 euros en prenant un forfait Extaz XL, engageant sur 24 mois.À lire aussiiPhone 5 : Skype s’adapte à la nouvelle diagonale de l’écranDans une certaine mesure, Joe Mobile fête aussi le retour de l’iPhone 5 en proposant à ses utilisateurs une carte nanoSIM à insérer dans leur précieux smartphone.Alors entre l’Apple iPhone 5, le Google Nexus 4, le Samsung Galaxy S3 et Note 2 et autres Lumia 920, qui sera la star de Noël ?Le 27 novembre 2012 à 11:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SpiderMan Far From Home trailer shows Stealth Suit Mysterio mentorship

first_img Post a comment 0 Tags Spider-Man: Far From Home — Everything to know Mentorship from Mysterio and new scenes with Peter Parker’s Stealth Suit are the highlights in a Chinese Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer making the rounds on the internet today. While we haven’t been able to confirm an official link from Sony for the trailer, the version online Friday revolves heavily around Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck (otherwise known as Mysterio) giving advice to Parker (Tom Holland) about the personal sacrifices potentially involved in being a hero.”Even if you win a battle, sometimes they die,” Mysterio says in a voiceover for the trailer, which also shows Parker swinging through the skies in his new black suit.Spider-Man: Far From Home also looks to be getting an earlier release in China on June 28, which puts it ahead of the US release on July 2. 1:20center_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Marvel Spidermanlast_img read more

Search for missing Ketchikan hiker stretches to 3rd day

first_imgA 22-year-old Ketchikan man remains missing on Deer Mountain as the search stretched into a third day.Download AudioThe top of Deer Mountain is hidden in clouds Friday morning. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad crews headed back up the mountain Friday morning to continue searching an area that they believe Justin Nathan was headed toward. On Wednesday evening, search crews found tracks in the snow pointing them in that direction.Jerry Kiffer of KVRS says low ceilings today (Friday) meant that crews assigned to search upper elevations had to hike up, rather than fly. That delayed the start of that portion of the search. Crews assigned to the lower elevation portions were able to start searching by 8:30 a.m.Kiffer says KVRS is switching out search teams where possible, to reduce fatigue among the volunteers.“It’s very difficult ground to be searching and some of these volunteers are on the third day, so we’re certainly feeling the effects of that.”Kiffer says the search remains a rescue operation, rather than a recovery. Although, he says, conditions have not been ideal.“Hypothermia at some point is going to be a factor, because we haven’t had any dry weather. It’s been fairly poor conditions. When they actually left on the initial hike, it was poor conditions then. So, he’s been outside now for well over three days.”The man hiked up to the top of the mountain with a friend on Wednesday. They made it to the summit, and then started back down. Kiffer says that at about the second overlook, the man wasn’t able to continue. So, his friend handed over some extra clothing and left to get help, with the understanding that the man would stay at the overlook.Kiffer says that KVRS volunteers have received lots of support from the community during the search. Some people dropped off coffee and other supplies; others provided words of encouragement.“Some of them have been at it for three days. They’re tired, they’re wet and they’re cold all the time. It’s a big boost for them to see people come up to support what they’re doing.”Thursday’s search teams were called back at around 3:30 p.m. Kiffer says he hopes to keep searchers on the mountain a little longer today (Friday), because they’re looking in an area that’s a little easier to navigate.last_img read more