After almost four months of trying to find the reset button for three underperforming theatres owned by the City of Toronto, Clyde Wagner has implemented a plan designed to end their woes.Wagner, who became president and CEO of Civic Theatres Toronto (CTT) in January, has merged the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and the Toronto Centre for the Arts into one big organization to manage and leverage all three buildings. The new structure took effect in April.Wagner chose veteran executive Mark Hammond, CEO of the Sony Centre, to become vice-president of programming for the three merged theatres – making Hammond one of the most powerful figures in Toronto showbiz. He will be working with the help of a $5.3-million annual subsidy from the city, which will remain in effect until at least the end of 2018. Twitter Advertisement But two senior executives of Toronto’s theatre world – Jim Roe, general manager of the St. Lawrence Centre, and Pim Schotanus, general manager at the Toronto Centre for the Arts – have lost their jobs as a result of Wagner’s streamlining. (Roe announced his departure on Twitter on April 26.) There will likely be seven other job losses at lower levels, including some at each of the three venues. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook
TORONTO – Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. dug in its heels Tuesday, determined to remain on the Toronto Stock Exchange despite a warning from the group that operates the index that pot firms with U.S. exposure could face delisting.Shares of Aphria (TSX:APH), which expanded into Florida in April, closed 13 per cent lower on Tuesday at $6.86, a day after the TMX Group issued a notice that U.S. federal laws which state that marijuana is an illicit Schedule 1 controlled substance take precedence over state laws.Canada’s biggest exchange operator warned companies that operate in states where it is legal that they are not complying with its listing requirements and could face removal from the exchange when it wraps a review at the end of the year.Aphria’s chief executive Vic Neufeld, who has maintained that the TMX was aware of its plans to invest in the U.S., said Tuesday the exchange operator’s notice blindsided his company.“This is very irresponsible of the TSX,” he said in an interview.“How in the world are they going to adjudicate and apply a very broad statement like that?”The news came as the Leamington, Ont.-based company started a previously arranged bought-deal financing agreement to raise $80 million, issuing more than 11 million shares at a price of $7.25 per share with an additional option for 1.6 million shares — about five per cent higher than what it was publicly trading for Tuesday.Yet, Neufeld said he has no intention of moving to the smaller marijuana stock-friendly Canadian Securities Exchange even after the Canadian Securities Administrators on Monday issued guidance essentially gave the green light to allow it to continue to house cross-border marijuana companies as long as the listers disclosure certain risks when investing south of the border due to conflicting state and federal laws.“It’s not our preferred option, obviously not. We want to stay on the big board,” Neufeld said. He added that he aims to start a dialogue with the TMX Group to find a “win-win” solution, and has no plans to walk away from their U.S. ambitions.Neufeld said Tuesday that if it cannot reach a compromise with the TMX, there are some other options at its disposal, including a spin-off of its U.S. activities to be listed on the CSE.However, he viewed the TSX notice yesterday as a “door opener” to a conversation, with the hopes of a solution by the end of the year.The duelling messages from the TMX Group and the CSA late Monday triggered a sector-wide selloff on Tuesday, with shares of Canopy Growth down as much as nine per cent, and Emblem Cannabis Corp. shares down as much as 16 per cent before bouncing back slightly later in the day.However, the grey area creates an opportunity for the alternative CSE to ramp up its status as the main access point to Canadian capital markets for cannabis-based companies with U.S. interests.CSE chief executive Richard Carleton said of the 50 or so cannabis-based businesses listed on their exchange, there are about a dozen with U.S. exposure that account for roughly 10 per cent of the trading activity.“It’s quite likely that we’ll see more companies access Canadian public capital markets through us as a result,” he said in an interview Tuesday.Meanwhile, Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Aphria’s main rival that does not have U.S. interests, praised the move, calling it a step in the right direction.“We take our responsibility to our shareholders seriously and as such have chosen to conduct business in jurisdictions where it is federally legal to do so,” Canopy chairman and chief executive Bruce Linton said.Linton added that he believes the CSA’s stance that companies can violate U.S. federal laws regarding marijuana provided that they simply disclose it is “completely ludicrous and no person in Canada would think that’s practical or logical.”– with files from David Hodges in Toronto
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested two of four robbers from a parking lot at Inderlok metro station. The robbers were involved in at least two cash robberies where the foursome had robbed a total of around Rs 1.48 crore at gunpoint from two separate victims and threatened to kill them.The two men arrested by police were identified as Alam Ali (22) and Mustkeem Khan (19), who had along with two other accomplices robbed a Delhi businessman and his son of Rs 1.4 crore after threatening to kill them both on March 22. During the investigation, police had confirmed that the circumstances of the crime had led them to explore the possibility of a planned coup. The four accused had robbed their victims at gunpoint in the middle of a busy street near a local fruit market in the Rani Bagh area. In addition, police also found that the same foursome was involved in another case of robbery, where the victim was robbed of his scooty along with Rs 8 lakh in cash, which was stored under the seat. The gang had a simple, yet effective operating procedure. In both cases, the four robbers would mark their targets in advance, and then on two separate scooties stop their victims at an opportune location, where their escape wouldn’t be hindered. They would then threaten to fire at their victims and make away with the stolen cash and vehicles. Following the FIRs registered at the police stations, a team was formed under DCP Crime Joy Tirkey and crime teams started scouring CCTV footage in the area. After continued efforts, officers received a tip-off about Alam and Mustkeem and arrested them from Inderlok metro station, recovering Rs 40.4 lakh of the bounty. Police said that the accused confessed to the two robberies after sustained interrogation and finally gave up the name of their accomplices as Baba and Babloo. Sources familiar with the case suspect that the rest of the money will likely be found with the other accused who are currently absconding. Additional Commissioner of Police, Rajiv Ranjan said that efforts are being made to apprehend the other two robbers who are residents of the Trans-Yamuna area.
Rabat – The Brazilian Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira, who currently plays for Benfica, leads top scorers in Europe with 33 goals scored in 30 matches.Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah’s performance has continued to improve, as he is now the second top scorer in Europe, ahead of Lionel Messi, who scored 29 goals, and Robert Lewandowski with 27 goals.In 32 matches, the Egyptian star has scored 30 goals, the last of which from the home match against Bournemouth on Saturday, leading Liverpool to a 3-0 win. The 25-year-old player, who figures among the world best footballers, is making new achievements as he is the first African player to exceed 30 goals on the English field. As for the Golden Ball holder, Cristiano Ronaldo is enduring his worst season in La Liga since joining in 2009, currently ranked 9th in Europe with 23 goals in over 32 matches.As the most expensive player in history and a Barcelona star for the past 4 seasons, Neymar Junior is currently ranked outside of the top 10 scorers in Europe, ranked 13th with only 20 goals this past season with Paris Saint-Germain. Though the Brazilian attacker has lit up the Ligue 1 with his skills and dribbling, he needs to up his goal count.However, in the Champions League, Ronaldo remains the irresistible leader; with 15 goals, the Portuguese maintains 7-goal advantage over Wissam ben Yedder, who plays for Sevilla. Mohamed Salah and his teammate Roberto Firmino have also scored 8 goals each.As for Neymar and Messi, they have both scored 6 goals each, coming in at 9th and 10th respectively.Despite his dicey season, the Champions League golden shoe is certainly in Ronaldo’s favor, his second consecutive golden shoe and fifth overall.
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 37.06 points to 15,119.76, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 2.42 points to 21,862.95. The S&P 500 index was up 5.07 points to 2,451.37 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 36.54 points to 6,338.43.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.30 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 79.90 cents US.The October crude contract was down 41 cents to US$46.03 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down four cents to US$2.94 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $5.00 to US$1,313.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was down one cent to US$3.09 a pound.
by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 28, 2017 2:06 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Ride hailing, electric vehicles and self-driving cars are transforming the future of Ford Canada, and CEO Mark Buzzell says the company is gearing up for a radical shift toward becoming an “auto and mobility” business.Buzzell said Tuesday the company sees these trends taking hold and is responding with billions of dollars in new investments. While he wouldn’t speculate on long-term hiring plans in Canada, he said Ford would still need a strong manufacturing workforce.“At the end of the day, you still have to manufacture autonomous vehicles,” he said in an interview at Vancouver’s auto show. “If anything, it’s going to add jobs because we need software development engineers to help us with the technology.”Ford has already invested in San Francisco-based Chariot, which allows people to use a mobile app to hail rides on transit vans, as well as bike-sharing service GoBike. Last month, it announced $1 billion for a company called Argo AI, which is led by former Google and Uber executives and aims to develop a new software platform for Ford’s first autonomous vehicle.“There’s a lot of new disruptors or new players trying to get into this space,” Buzzell said. “As our chairman Bill Ford has said, it’s an interesting time when we need to figure out who’s our friend and who’s our foe. In some cases, they may be one and the same.”The company is promising to have a self-driving vehicle, without a steering wheel or gas pedal, on the market by 2021. Currently, Ford is testing a fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles in the U.S. and aims to expand to 90 around the globe, Buzzell said.Ford has also invested $4.5 billion in electric vehicles to bring 13 new models to market over the next four or five years.“I think we can do a better job of creating awareness of the features and benefits these vehicles bring,” he said. “Then I think we have to overcome some anxieties.”Customers have “range anxiety,” worrying that they will run out of energy, he said. But he said Ford is working to ensure more charging stations are available while piloting wireless charging technology in other parts of the world.Buzzell said Canada is trying to position itself as a technology and innovation leader and the company is working closely with the federal government on projects including improving engine development at its two engine plants in Windsor, Ont.Ford promised last fall it would inject $700 million into the Windsor plants and its assembly plant in Oakville, Ont., as part of a labour deal reached with Unifor, which represents about 6,700 workers at the company’s facilities.Buzzell has said this commitment has not wavered since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. He reaffirmed his position on Tuesday, adding it would be unfair to speculate about Trump’s protectionist proposals.He said it’s too early to comment on the U.S. administration’s proposal for a border-adjusted tax on imports, but he said Ford chairman Bill Ford and CEO Mark Fields are communicating to Trump that the company supports free trade. He wouldn’t comment on what they were hearing in response.He said the company is also working with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and governors of Great Lakes states, as Ford facilities on either side of the border are highly interdependent.“NAFTA has been around for 22 years and for the most part, it’s served us very well,” he said. “We’re in favour of very open trade agreements that make it easy for us to do business around the globe.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. Ford Canada President Mark Buzzell poses in front of the 2017 Ford Expedition during the Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto on Thursday, February 16, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch Ride hailing, electric vehicles, self-driving cars: Ford Canada looks to future
The Secretary-General met with President Park and her cabinet ministers and senior advisors yesterday to discuss the “critical importance” of making progress on the post-2015 agenda, climate change, development assistance funding, protection of refugees and migrants, and other key global issues, according to a readout released by the UN spokesperson’s office.In addition, Mr. Ban expressed his “deep regret” regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s “unexpected decision” to reverse its invitation for him to visit the Kaesong Industrial Complex – a visit intended for earlier today. Nevertheless, he reiterated that he would “spare no effort” to continue supporting dialogue and reconciliation efforts on the Korean Peninsula. Moreover, he commended the ROK’s financial and medical assistance toward fighting Ebola in Western Africa while noting the UN’s efforts to improve to continue enhancing global capacity to respond to epidemics. In his meeting with President Park, Mr. Ban also noted that climate change, countering terrorism and violent extremism, and issues pertaining to refugees and migrants would “greatly benefit” from the ROK’s “continued strong commitments and contributions.”At the same time, the Secretary-General also addressed the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity in a video message in which he said that 2015 presented both “grave threats but also enormous opportunities,” particularly for Asia. “We are forging a new set of sustainable development goals and aiming for a new, universal agreement on climate change,” he told an audience composed of local officials, dignitaries and members of the ROK’s diplomatic corps. Pointing to the need for greater dialogue across Asia, especially among the ROK, Japan and China, Mr. Ban added that lasting security in the region would ultimately promote “even greater development.”“With boldness and creativity, with trust and harmony, Asia can continue to lead the world to a new and better future,” concluded the Secretary-General.
“We had hoped for a period of calm during holy Ramadan, a month of peace and compassion, but unfortunately the violence continued to take its toll on civilians,” said the Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš. He noted that terrorists did not spare an occasion to strike at markets, mosques and areas where people gathered in order to exact maximum casualties among civilians, “in total disregard of the values of Islam.” The overall casualty figures dropped over the previous month of May, but the casualty figures for June are likely to increase due to the combat to liberate Fallujah in Anbar Governorate, according to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). In a statement yesterday, Mr. Kubiš, who heads UNAMI, strongly condemned a terrorist suicide bombing at a popular market in a southwest neighbourhood of Baghdad in which a number of civilians were killed or wounded. UNAMI also expressed concern about other violence which left a number of people killed or wounded in two separate gun attacks Wednesday night in Baghdad.
HAMPTON, Va. — Jermaine Marrow led the way in Hampton’s 114-55 victory over Regent University on Saturday as 13 Pirates scored in the runaway contest to grab its third win on the season.Marrow finished with 25 points while dishing out seven assists. Kalin Fisher added 17 points with five steals and Dondre Griffin chipped in 14 points as six players scored in double figures. Akim Mitchell and Benjamin Stanley added 13 apiece and Eugene Marshall III contributed 10 as 12 players put points on the board.The Pirates (3-5) sprinted to a 32-14 lead midway in the first period to take a 47-21 advantage into the break. Regent University, a National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association school, never challenged in the second half as Hampton won that period 67-34.Andrew Aiken had 18 points for Regent.The Associated Press
The last remaining body has been found by investigators at the Didcot Power Station wreckage, more than six months after part of the building collapsed.Thames Valley Police said they believe the body to be that of John Shaw, 61, who has been missing at the site since the disaster in February. His family has been informed.He is the last of the four men to be found following the collapse of the boiler house.Ken Cresswell, 57, from Rotherham in South Yorkshire, was discovered in the wreckage on Wednesday.Michael Collings was found soon after the collapse of the building, while Christopher Huxtable was located on August 31. A police spokesman said: “The contractors have paused the removal of debris so that specialists from Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service urban search and rescue and the South Central Ambulance Service hazardous area response team (Hart), can enter the site.”The safe recovery of the body will take place and the disaster victim identification process will commence.”The person has not yet been formally identified and this will be a matter for the coroner, although it is believed to be John Shaw. In July, site owner RWE Npower carried out a controlled explosive demolition at the decommissioned site in an effort to locate Mr Shaw, from Rotherham, and his colleagues.The firm said experts were working seven days a week, 12 hours a day, in an effort to recover the bodies. “Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of all four men and we would ask that their privacy is respected during this incredibly difficult time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Summer tour14 points have been scored in 160 minutes in two defeats to England and Scotland. The Irish Independent reported in the lead-up to the England game that Kidney would be given a contract extension if he could mastermind a home win over Stuart Lancaster’s men.The very idea seems whimsical now.The Grand Slam win in 2009 and his services to Irish rugby should allow the former Munster coach to remain in the helm until after the Six Nations finale, away to Italy, in Rome.Joe Schmidt and Conor O’Shea, respective coaches of Leinster and Harlequins, would be the two candidates at the top of Irish rugby supporter’s wishlists. Mark McCall is also doing a fine job as coach at Saracens.Sizeable pay and compensation fees would have to be stumped up by the IRFU.Whoever the new coach is, they would benefit more by overseeing a young Irish squad taking on the USA and Canada this summer rather than a man who will be assessing the next stage of his career.Kidney deserves the chance to go out on a high against France and Italy but it is then time to move on. THE QUESTIONS ABOUT Declan Kidney’s future as Ireland coach been lingering for 18 months but were asked on national television for the first time yesterday.Claire McNamara of RTÉ asked Kidney if he felt under pressure after Ireland contrived to have 71% possession and still lose to Scotland. He chose to forgo the query.The coach stated that it was his job to focus on the next game and McNamara, mercifully for the Cork man, left it at that.When TheScore.ie asked Kidney, following Ireland’s 60-0 humiliation in New Zealand last summer, if he was the man to lead Ireland to trophy success, he bristled before responding:“It’s an honour to coach your country. I’ve been asked to coach them and I will continue to coach them.”Kidney is contracted to to continue in his honoured role until the end of Ireland’s summer tour to North America but, with the Six Nations a forlorn dot in the distance, he would do his country a better service by stepping aside after the Six Nations. Rob Kearney reflects on Ireland’s latest defeat. (Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.)Truth be toldJamie Heaslip kept his post-match buoyancy in check for the first time after the devastating loss at Murrayfield but still managed to claim that Ireland were in ‘a good but mixed place’.That comment sums up the indecisiveness that dogged the Irish performance in Edinburgh. Paddy Jackson had slightly more than zero trust placed in his kicking abilities in the first half as penalties were kicked for lineouts that, more often than not, were lost.Donncha O’Callaghan called the decision to shift Brian O’Driscoll out of the Irish captaincy as “marketing” and one moment late in the game left no-one in doubt as to who was calling the shots.Ireland were awarded a penalty just outside the Scottish 22 with three minutes on the clock. Jamie Heaslip, the current captain, was absent from the decision-making process that saw O’Gara kick for the line and an Irish lineout that was won but did not lead to a score. O’Driscoll called the shots on the play.The selection of Jackson was merited, especially after Ronan O’Gara’s ill-fated cameo, but he has not kicked regularly for Ulster ever since Ruan Pienaar returned from international duty with the Springboks.It makes the omission of Fergus McFadden, a reliable place kicker and a versatile back, from the matchday 23 all the more glaring.Perhaps McFadden can get the break he deserves under a new coach this summer while the likes of Cian Healy and Rob Kearney are shelving Irish woes and focusing on winning a Lions series in Australia.Reaction: Coach, captain lament ‘missed opportunity’ as Scotland make Ireland suffer
CES 2012 : Tobii dévoile “l’eye tracking” pour contrôler Windows 8La technologie “eye tracking” a été présentée au CES 2012 par l’entreprise suédoise Tobii.La société suédoise Tobii a mis au point un système de contrôle visuel du système d’exploitation Windows 8. Cette technique appelée “eye tracking” a été présentée au CES 2012. Elle est déjà à l’œuvre dans le milieu médical mais 20 Minutes a pu voir le résultat qui pouvait être obtenu lorsque l’on appliquait cette technologie à l’univers informatique. Le prototype mis au point par Tobii est en tous points prometteur. Après une calibration, il est possible de naviguer à vue dans l’environnement de Windows 8, et l’on imagine l’impression que cela doit procurer à l’utilisateur. Selon 20 Minutes, le système est très précis. Le directeur créatif de Tobii Vincent Tallec que le système pourrait être utilisé dans le grand public d’ici deux ou trois ans. De même, M. Tallec refroidit – un peu – les plus rêveurs en indiquant qu’il ne croyait pas “au contrôle 100% oculaire”. Car les yeux de l’utilisateur réalisent parfois des mouvements non souhaités. C’est pour cette raison que la technique “d’eye tracking” est combinée au touchpad.L’utilisation qui peu être faite de “l’eye tracking” dans le cadre du jeu vidéo par exemple laisse rêveur… M. Tallec compte sur les nombreux partenaires pour trouver des possibilités d’utilisation inédites à la technologie.Le 12 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambert
With a dominant performance against Al Ain, Real Madrid becomes the only club in history to win three consecutive FIFA Club World Cups.During a season that has been as difficult as the one Real Madrid is experiencing at the moment, Los Blancos desperately needed the FIFA Club World Cup in the final against Al Ain to boost their confidence during the post-Ronaldo era.The Arab club surprised the world when they managed to defeat River Plate in the semifinals, which gave them the right to play this match against Santiago Solari’s squad, but this is as far as they were going to get.The truth is that Real Madrid was way too superior and the Arabs had absolutely no chances to defeat the Spanish giants, they did make them suffer during the first 60 minutes of the match and only a long distance screamer in the first half from Modric was able to keep them ahead in the scoreline before a full hour had passed.The shot that the Croatian midfielder took just before the 15-minute mark, was the perfect culmination to an already fantastic year he has as an individual player.However, Los Blancos still didn’t have a secured result and they required to push themselves further in order to get more goals that could make them feel more confident.¡REAL MADRID, TRICAMPEÓN DEL MUNDO!El momento esperado por los merengues: ¡Cuando levantan el título como campeones del #MundialdeClubesxFOX!Revívelo pic.twitter.com/gxd4dvESY6— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 22, 2018Already in the second half, it was a beautiful long-distance volley from Marcos Llorente what gave Los Blancos that confidence they needed.The Real Madrid product has been playing amazing football under Santiago Solari this season, this goal is a reward for that effort he’s been making in order to get noticed.But a Real Madrid final cannot be completed without a Sergio Ramos header during a corner kick, the magical moment happened just before the 80-minute mark after Luka Modric sent a cross straight into Ramos’ head.The skipper has now scored goals in two Champions League finals, two European Supercup final, and two Club World Cup finals as well.It was 3-0 already, Los Blancos had secured their result and another trophy for the museum inside the Santiago Bernabeu.But the final still wasn’t over, Al Ain did score a goal near the end of the match through Shiotani in order to at least find a little comfort in a very difficult night for them.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Los Blancos still got a fourth goal after the 90th minute, they got it through an own goal scored by Yahia Nader.EL CAMINO AL TRICAMPEONATO #MundialdeClubesxFOX Así fue la goleada del Real Madrid al Al Ain en la Final⚽ – Modric (14′) ⚽ – Llorente (60′) ⚽ – Ramos (79′) ⚽ – Shiotani (86′) ⚽ – Nader [AG] (90′) pic.twitter.com/dBoXAQYywx— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 22, 2018This 4-1 result was the final nail on Al Ain’s coffin, the one that sealed the result for Real Madrid and got them to claim the FIFA Club World Cup for the third consecutive time.Santiago Solari clearly stepped in with the right foot as the manager for this squad, he also reached a historic milestone that only four other managers have been able to accomplish it.The Argentine manager won the Intercontinental Cup back in 2002 as a Real Madrid player, today he wins the equivalent competition as a manager and writes his name next to the likes of Luis Cubilla, Juan Mujica, Carlo Ancelotti, and Zinedine Zidane.All five men were able to win the same competition both as players and managers.This result is worthy of celebration for Los Blancos, they will travel back to Spain and rest for the holidays but they will have to go back to reality soon after.This club is not doing so well in La Liga right now, maybe this new trophy can give them the boost they need in order to improve their results during the year of 2019.Congratulations to Real Madrid, they are the World Champions for the third consecutive year.🏆🎉 ¡CAMPEONES DEL MUNDO! #RMCWC | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MCwui6I5Mw— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) December 22, 2018Who was the player you liked the most in the final between Real Madrid and Al Ain? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Two more employee groups have new pay agreements with the city of Vancouver.The Vancouver City Council on Monday night agreed to modest raises, but also cut the city’s projected cost of health care benefits by half, in contracts with its Joint Labor Coalition and its management and non-represented employees.The agreements, which are similar to deals the city’s struck with several other unions recently, are significant in helping bring the city’s costs in line with tax revenues, City Manager Eric Holmes said.“These are all fundamental shifts in the way we compensate our workforce, which is our single largest cost,” Holmes said last week. “It puts us on a more fiscally sustainable trajectory.”The city’s management and non-union workers will get a 1.5 percent base wage increase beginning next year, said Barbara Ayers, city spokeswoman. Those workers, who make up about one-quarter of the city’s 961-person labor force, have not seen a pay raise since 2009, Ayers said.The about 45 Joint Labor Coalition members will get a 1.5 percent raise next year and another in 2013, followed by a 2 percent wage increase in 2014. The contract does away entirely with cost-of-living raises. They also will receive a one-time payment of $1,300 before the end of the year. In 2013, they will be eligible for a one-time payment of 2 percent, based on performance.
Modern Luxury has acquired GreenGale Publishing — the company formerly known as Niche Media — including its full stable of 17 luxury magazine titles in a move that expands the buyer’s portfolio to comprise 84 media brands across 24 regional markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. A double-win for Time Inc…. From the job board… With a little help from Donald Trump and Princess Leia, Time Inc. dominated the magazine cycle in January. See this and other listings at careers.foliomag.com. Kids are really addicted to Snapchat… On June 7 at the Edison Ballroom in New York, Folio: will honor the 2017 class of Top Women in Media, our fourth annual list of female visionaries, mentors, and rising stars who have made a significant impact on their companies and helped push the print and digital publishing business forward. Join Folio: and the 2017 class of Top Women in Media for a celebratory luncheon, and view the full list of honorees here. Founded by Ocean Drive’s original publisher, Jason Binn, in 1998, Niche Media was eventually bought out by managing partners Jane and Jeff Gale in 2014 before being rebranded GreenGale Publishing the following year. In addition to its regional luxury titles, the company produces custom publications for Art Basel Miami Beach and the Wynn Las Vegas. Following closely behind were a duo of Condé Nast titles; the January 23 issue of The New Yorker (also a Trump cover), and the January 1 issue of Condé Nast Traveler achieved IS indices of 136 and 134, respectively. Placing fifth was the January 1 edition of Cigar Aficionado, covered by Arnold Schwarzenegger, with an IS index of 132. “This is a defining transaction for Modern Luxury as we build the country’s premier luxury media and brand activation platform,” said Modern Luxury chairman Lew Dickey, whose family purchased the company in 2010, in a statement. Join us in toasting the Top Women in Media… Longtime adversaries, the two companies publish titles that compete directly in several markets, including Chicago, Miami, and New York. But Modern Luxury says it expects all 17 former GreenGale titles — including Aspen Peak, Hamptons, and Miami-based Ocean Drive — to remain in print after the transaction. In markets with significant overlap, however, some titles may pivot to appeal to younger readers or specific topics, like weddings or interior design. Forget millennials: More than three-in-four Gen-Zers — those born from around the mid-90’s to the early 2000’s — use Snapchat and Instagram on a daily basis, far outpacing every other social platform, including Facebook, according to a survey of 333 U.S. high school and college students conducted by advertising and PR agency SCG. The deal comes about four months after Modern Luxury announced a comparatively modest expansion: the launch of Modern Luxury Palm Beach, the first issue of which will arrive this November. Last year, the company launched a new bi-monthly serving Silicon Valley and re-branded all of its regional wedding titles from Brides to Weddings to be more inclusive of same-sex marriages. 1105 Media’s newly created Infrastructure Solutions Group needs a Dallas-based audience development manager to coordinate marketing programs and database management across its portfolio of print publications, websites, newsletters, and more. Five to ten years of experience in audience development, circulation, or direct marketing desired. According to GfK MRI’s Issue Specific Readership Study, the January 30 issue of TIME — commemorating President Trump’s inauguration — and the January 13 issue of Entertainment Weekly — a special tribute to both Carrie Fisher and George Michael — each achieved the maximum possible IS index of 140, reaching audiences 40 percent larger than their respective averages. While about two-in-three (66 percent) of those surveyed report using Facebook on a daily basis, the figures for Snapchat usage are almost staggering. Seventy-one percent of respondents say they check Snapchat at least six times per day, while more than half (51 percent) say they check the platform at least 11 times every day. A blockbuster deal in the luxury space… GreenGale CEO Katherine Nicholls, who originally joined then-Niche Media in 2007 as CMO, will retire, according to the New York Post. GreenGale CFO Jonathan Kushnir, however, will stay on and serve as CFO of the newly integrated company. Of note to publishers, however, the vast majority of the students surveyed (90 percent) say they primarily use Snapchat to keep in touch with friends, with nearly 25 percent reportedly stating that Snapchat is “essential” to maintaining relationships with peers. But SCG does note that Buzzfeed and Cosmopolitan (along with the Kardashians) were most frequently cited by respondents as brands that use the platform well.
REUTERS/Lucas JacksonStock markets around the world are dominated by male investors and this usually leads us to believe that men makes sound investment decisions and are better investors than women.But we could be wrong in making that assumption.According to a study by Fidelity Investments held last year, women not only save 0.4 percent more than men, but their investments also earn more annually by the same amount.Fidelity went thorugh more than 8 million investment accounts before it arrived at that 0.4 percent figure.One of the key reason that makes women better investors than men is the fact that they assume less risk by diversifying funds to company shares and opting for a “buy and hold” approach instead of making a quick profit.Women also invest more in vehicles like target-date funds, whose automatic allocations make for smarter diversification, Fidelity said.Several researches done in the past have highlighted the investment potential of women and their ability to make better financial decisions.A Gallup study showed that women managers consistently outscored men in engaging their employees while a Peterson Institute study showcased that increased women in leadership roles was linked to increased profitability.The reality is that Indian women are more than capable of making their own decisions. As managers in their homes and leaders in their offices, women are rarely dependent on anyone when it comes to achieving their objectives.So if you want to invest like a wonder woman, shift to a long-term focus, start saving more and give up on trying to time the market with brilliant trades.
TanzaniaRights groups in Tanzania criticised the behaviour of the police on Saturday after a woman was forced to give birth unassisted at a police station.Amina Raphael Mbunda, 26, was arrested at her home in the eastern district of Kilombero on the evening of 2 June by officers searching for her husband whom they suspected of having bought a stolen bed, local media reported.Heavily pregnant, Mbunda asked to be taken to hospital but her request was refused, according to the Mwananchi daily newspaper.She eventually gave birth on the front lawn of the police station in the middle of the night.The affair was confirmed by the regional police commander, who said an investigation had been opened.Tanzanian rights groups were outraged at Mbunda’s alleged treatment.”Shame on the police force,” Helen Kijo-Bisimba, head of Tanzania’s Legal and Human Rights Centre, said on Twitter.”How can someone be arrested for a penal infraction committed by someone else? And how come they didn’t realise she was about to give birth? What would have happened if she’d died in that police station?”The Coalition Against Violence Against Women and Children issued a statement condemning how the woman’s life was endangered.”This incident adds to the list of people subjected to cruelty and humiliation inflicted by the police.”
Representatives of Maryland’s historically Black college and universities recently met with alumni plaintiffs in a decade-old lawsuit challenging inequality in the state’s higher education system (HBCU Equity Lawsuit)—a suit which recently ended with a federal court deciding in favor of some of the plaintiffs’ lawsuit requests.In separate meetings across the region, administrators and activists considered the path ahead in the wake of the U.S. District Court’s Nov. 8 ruling that the state of Maryland must work to repair the lack of investment in its HBCUs and create new, fully-funded and in-demand programs at each institution.In Baltimore, Morgan State University President David Wilson met with faculty and staff this week to discuss next steps for the university to comply with Judge Catherine Blake’s final ruling. Blake’s order included the appointment of a “Special Master” or administrator to further develop a plan to eliminate racial disparities between HBCUs and traditionally White institutions, in collaboration with all parties to the lawsuit. “We are examining absolutely cutting-edge urban universities and looking at how they have positioned themselves for the future,” Wilson said. “If the case is not appealed, we stand ready to work with the special master to identify unique high-demand programs.” Across town at Bowie State University, David Burton, lead plaintiff for the Maryland HBCU Coalition, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, former president of the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP, and 40 other representatives from the state’s four HBCUs gathered to strategize how they would hold the state leaders and Maryland’s General Assembly accountable for enacting the court’s mandates.Brenda Shum, an attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and a lead attorney for the Maryland HBCU Coalition, said now is the time for HBCU students, faculty and staff and supporters across the state to get involved and ensure the decision is upheld and supported. “The remedial order is a new opportunity for us to revitalize our current students, alumni and every stakeholder and demand accountability,” Shum said. Darren Swain, a former Maryland State Delegate from Prince George’s County, said that the Legislative Black Caucus must now move beyond talk and advance concrete legislation that will support the court’s decision.“We have to be extremely careful and vigilant in making sure the Black Caucus gets involved. We’ve got to follow the money—don’t follow the rhetoric,” Swain said, after several attendees noted Black Caucus members continued to support legislation that potentially disempowers HBCUsCheatham went further, calling out the state’s Black legislators, none of whom were present despite being invited. “We have some responsibility and some blame to accept. None of our legislators are here,” Cheatham said, adding that the state NAACP would issue a report card on each lawmaker before the 2018 elections, including a grade on their efforts to advance tangible legislation supporting HBCUs. He also called for the group to demand accountability from the five Maryland Higher Education Commission board members seeking re-appointment next year. Robert Johnson, chair of Mathematics and Computer Science at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, was adamant that the group should also demand HBCU presidents more assertively defend their universities. “We need to consider our college presidents’ reluctance to get involved and fight both tooth and nail,” he said. “This is something I don’t think we can ignore one additional minute.”Shum warned the group that the state of Maryland may be planning an appeal to the court’s decision. “I don’t think it’s a question of whether the State will appeal,” Shum cautioned, adding that the deadline to notify the Court of an appeal was coming up in early December. “It’s evident that they [State of Maryland] are not serious and have no intent to be serious,” Burton said, calling for public pressure to continue from the Maryland HBCU Coalition and others. “I’d say, thanks for the glass half-full, but I think an opportunity was missed. We’re going to have to keep the State accountable.” On Friday, December 8th, the State of Maryland filed a Notice of Appeal of the HBCU Equity Lawsuit decision.
New study finds ‘geologic clock’ that helps determine Moon’s age (Phys.org) —A combined team of researchers from Germany, Switzerland and the U.S. has found evidence of faster than thought core formation of planetesimals in our solar system. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they came up with a new approach to using tungsten isotope dating in a way that overcame the problem of cosmic rays affecting accuracy. Tim Elliot offers a Perspective piece in the same issue delving further into the work by the team and explains how the new findings are likely to lead to better dating for planetary development in general. Citation: Researchers find evidence of speedy core formation in solar system planetesimals (2014, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-evidence-speedy-core-formation-solar.html Journal information: Science © 2014 Phys.org Planetary core formation. Credit: Speed metal, Science 6 June 2014. Scientists believe approximately 4.6 billion years ago, our solar system was little more than a star surrounded by a molecular cloud. That cloud eventually coalesced into a proto-planetary disk which eventually coalesced further into planetesimals. Planets and moons and other bodies in the solar system came about as a result. But, one thing that has puzzled space scientists was the rate at which the cores of the planetesimals formed, or put another way, how soon after the formation of solar system, did the cores start to form? To come up with a good approximation, the researchers looked to existing iron meteorites—they are believed to been the creative force behind core formation.To determine the age of five existing iron meteorites, the researchers used tungsten radioactive isotope dating, an approach used before. Such prior efforts were hobbled in their accuracy, however, by the impact of cosmic rays over time. To get around that problem, the researchers used platinum isotope compositions. Doing so allowed the researchers to calculate that core formation of early planetesimals likely began as early as 100,000 years to 300,000 years after the formation of the solar system.These findings help explain why the materials that made up the bodies currently in our solar system weren’t blown away by the sun—previous estimates suggested core formation took up to twenty million years, enough time to push such materials beyond our stars’ gravitational pull. With such a short formation time, however, the cores of the developing planetesimals would have formed before they were pushed too far out, allowing them to be captured by the tug of the sun’s gravity. More information: Protracted core formation and rapid accretion of protoplanets, Science 6 June 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6188 pp. 1150-1154 DOI: 10.1126/science.1251766ABSTRACTUnderstanding core formation in meteorite parent bodies is critical for constraining the fundamental processes of protoplanet accretion and differentiation within the solar protoplanetary disk. We report variations of 5 to 20 parts per million in 182W, resulting from the decay of now-extinct 182Hf, among five magmatic iron meteorite groups. These 182W variations indicate that core formation occurred over an interval of ~1 million years and may have involved an early segregation of Fe-FeS and a later segregation of Fe melts. Despite this protracted interval of core formation, the iron meteorite parent bodies probably accreted concurrently ~0.1 to 0.3 million years after the formation of Ca-Al–rich inclusions. Variations in volatile contents among these bodies, therefore, did not result from accretion at different times from an incompletely condensed solar nebula but must reflect local processes within the nebula. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further
The driver of the vehicle was lucky not to sustain any injuries.The vehicle had to be towed away from the scene.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Residents of Malcolm Road were woken up by the sound of a car crashing through a boundary wall during the early hours of Friday morning (February 16).It is believed that the driver of a Toyota Fortuner lost control of her vehicle, crashing through the wall and almost into a house.Public Safety and a towing service responded to the scene.Also read: Breaking News: 5 tragically killed in horror crash on Van Reenen’s PassThe people living at the house say they were lucky that the vehicle did not come crashing into their home.A water pipe was also damaged, leaving the residents’ yard flooded with water. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite