Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau is telling his MPs they must stay focused on helping Canadians at home in this coming election year, despite the anxiety created by global turbulence.The prime minister is referring to the China-U.S. trade war and the pending Brexit divorce of Britain and Europe, as well as the threat of climate change and the economic upheaval of lost jobs to Artificial Intelligence.Trudeau is addressing his Liberal caucus at a meeting on Parliament Hill today, following last week’s cabinet retreat in Sherbrooke, Que.He is taking several partisan shots at the Conservatives, saying they have no plan for tackling climate change and the economy while citing Liberal gains in lowering taxes and unemployment.Trudeau says the Liberals will offer Canadians hope, branding his opposition as a party of wedge politics rooted in the ideas of its former leader, Stephen Harper.Trudeau’s remarks opened a two-day caucus retreat for Liberal MPs on Parliament Hill.ai???The Canadian Press read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 5:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,682.10 down 13.04 points):Capstone Mining Corp. (TSX:CS). Miner. Down a penny, or 0.44 per cent, at $2.26 on 12.12 million shares. The metals and mining sector fell 1.57 per cent to 846.32 points.Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT). Mining technology. Down 23 cents, or 16.79 per cent, at $1.14 on 11.23 million shares. The Montreal-based company closed at its lowest level since early 2011 after trading as low as 99 cents during intraday trading. It was halted in the morning but resumed trading early in the afternoon. The company said “it is not aware of any material information that would justify” the recent price movement.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 14 cents, or 4.53 per cent, at $2.95 on 5.28 million shares. The gold sector was the biggest decliner, dropping 4.08 per cent to 241.69 points as the price of the bullion plunged US$25 to $1,575.90 per ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down two cents, or 0.50 per cent, at $3.97 on 4.70 million shares. Its transportation segment won a US$145-million order from German rail operator Deutsche Bahn AG for 12 additional double-deck commuter trains.BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Down a penny, or 0.07 per cent, at $15.34 on 4.66 million shares. Chief Executive Thorsten Heins didn’t rule out taking another stab at the tablet industry, after an April Fools’ Day joke Monday sparked discussion about the potential for another BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to arrive this year. The then Research In Motion had a US$485-million writedown in late 2011 to recognize the deep discounts it took to sell the tablet to consumers.Tuscany International Drilling Inc. (TSX:TID). Unchanged at 11 cents on 4.41 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,069.10 down 20.46 points):Mart Resources Inc. (TSXV:MMT). Oil and gas. Down 13 cents, or 7.65 per cent, at $1.57 on 5.82 million shares.Coronet Metals Inc. (TSXV:CRF). Mine developer. Up a penny, or 25 per cent, at five cents on 4.46 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Molson Coors (TSX:TPX.B). Beer maker. Up 73 cents, or 1.40 per cent, at $52.88 on 3,699 shares. The stock closed at its highest level on the Toronto Stock Exchange since late 2009 while it closed at its highest level on the New York Stock Exchange since mid-2008. The movement is buoyed by a U.S. employment recovery, new products and an analyst’s upgrade.Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. (TSX:RNK). Animation. Down three cents, or 18.75 per cent, at 13 cents on 500 shares. Toronto’s stock market extended Rainmaker’s deadline to meet its listing requirements to May 1, adding 30 days to the original 120-day notice given in December. The maker of the “Reboot” animated series and recent sci-fi family film “Escape from Planet Earth” posted a loss in the fourth-quarter and full-year last week.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Pipeline. Up 36 cents, or 0.73 per cent, at $49.65 on 952,937 shares. The company is seeking firm commitments for new pipeline capacity to move oil from Western to Eastern Canada. The Energy East Pipeline project will involve 3,000 kilometres of existing natural gas pipeline, converted to carry crude, and 1,400 kilometres of new pipeline that could stretch as far as New Brunswick. read more

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UK automotive announces record £695 billion turnover as sector accelerates to historic

11,598,879 vehicles were produced in the UK in 20142Independent forecast (Source: Autoanalysis)3 Sources: ONS employment data and SMMT production dataClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Turnover jumps 6.6% as average worker generates £440,000 for UK automotive.Vehicle production highest since 2008, with industry on track to produce record 1.95 million vehicles in next two years.Jobs up 3.5% to 799,000 as sector boosts UK economic contribution to £15.5 billion.5% year-on-year reduction in CO2 emissions per vehicle produced.New figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirm the growing strength and vitality of the UK automotive industry and its ascendancy as a major global player. SMMT’s 16th annual Sustainability Report confirms the sector is breaking new records, with turnover hitting an all time high of £69.5 billion in 2014. Manufacturing output, vehicle sales, jobs and export values also grew, while the environmental impact from vehicle production has been reduced dramatically.The latest figures confirm an upward trend for new vehicle demand and manufacturing output, with almost 1.6 million vehicles built in 20141. Last year, car production alone grew to 1.53 million units – the highest level since 2007 – with an increasing number of vehicles built for the domestic new car market, which itself grew 9.3% to reach 2.48 million registrations last year. On current trends, UK car output is expected to reach an all-time record level of 1.95 million vehicles in the next two years2.Meanwhile, investment in more efficient, high-tech manufacturing processes has led to huge gains in productivity. In each of the five years to 2014, an average of 11.5 vehicles were produced for every person employed in the industry, compared with 9.3 vehicles for the period from 2005 to 20093.Despite greater production volumes, environmental impact has been significantly reduced. Total waste to landfill from all automotive production fell by more than a quarter (26.3%) in 2014, and an exceptional 92.3% since 2000. Meanwhile, water and energy use fell by 10.7% and 10.4% respectively, and CO2 emissions per vehicle produced fell by 5% compared with 2013. Industry has also made considerable improvement to its already outstanding safety record with the number of workplace incidents per 1,000 employees falling to an all-time low of 2.2 – down 83.9% on 2002, when data was first collected.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The UK automotive industry can be proud of its achievements as it continues to set new standards. The sector is delivering growth in volumes, turnover and employment, while reducing its environmental impact. Continuing to expand in a fiercely competitive global market is a major challenge and will depend on a supportive economic and regulatory environment which promotes investment to foster innovation and continuing productivity improvements.”Large investments are still being committed to new and expanded production facilities in the UK, resulting in significant sector-wide recruitment, with an additional 27,000 jobs created in 2014 – a 3.5% increase on the previous year. The number of people employed in automotive (including manufacturing and retail) now stands at 799,000, with the average worker responsible for generating £440,000 in turnover for the sector. Investment in skills has also been crucial with employee training up by more than a third (35.2%) and some 500 new apprentices and trainees taken on by the sector last year.International demand for British-made vehicles also continues to increase with total export value rising 1.8% to £34.6 billion – a staggering 103.8% uplift since 2000. It adds up to a considerable increase in the industry’s direct contribution to the British economy, rising 6.2% to £15.5 billion last year.The figures are further evidence of UK automotive’s renaissance, as the sector continues to innovate and invest huge sums in research and development to meet ever-stricter targets on CO2 emissions and air quality, and capitalise on global megatrends such as connectivity and intelligent mobility.Click through to download the full 2015 Sustainability Report. read more

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Slavery probe at £12m home of university lecturer after man kept in

 Items inside the garden shed in Chilworth, Hampshire. Items inside the shed, where a Polish man is said to have livedCredit: GLLA/Solent News & Photo Agency 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. A barely-started breeze block extension sits at the top of the driveway, with two parked cars – one a high-powered Lexus saloon – in front of a garage which is set underneath the house. The breeze block shed, which the Polish man claimed to have been forced to live, was visible in one corner of the garden.Mrs Binning has worked at the University of Southampton’s Faculty of Health Sciences since 1998. She describes her area of expertise as ‘Adult Nursing, specialising [in] respiratory, cardiovascular and high dependency care’.In 2013 a University newsletter commended her, noting ‘congratulations to Pritpal Binning who has passed her Masters in Education with a stunning 82 per cent’.Test Valley District Commander Chief Inspector Kory Thorne said: “Instances of modern day slavery in the Test Valley are rare.“However, when information is received suggesting someone is being subjected to modern day slavery we will work with partner agencies to investigate and where necessary take action against those people responsible.” “I have seen a white guy walking past my house with a trailer full of rubbish. He stopped to talk to my gardener once and she [Pritpal] came out and told him off for chatting.”The house has changed a lot now, the building work has been going on for about a year now but that particular man was around before that.” Mrs Binning, a lecturer in health sciences at the University of Southampton, refused to comment on her and her husband’s arrest.Speaking at her home, she said: “I know why you’re here. We’re not going to talk. You just want a story, I’m not going to talk about it.”A male neighbour said he had seen a man working around the five-bedroom property but was shocked to hear of the allegations about the ‘nice’ couple.He said: “I did go round there once, a few years back. They’ve lived here for at least 20 years – they were certainly nice when I went round there.”I saw the police there the other day and one of the vans actually parked outside my house for a little while.”It’s shocked me, hearing what has been reported to have happened. A slavery probe is underway at the £1.2m home of a university lecturer after a man was found in “degrading and disgusting” conditions in a garden shed.The man, a Polish national, told police he had been forced to work in exchange for food, and that he had been sleeping on a plastic sun lounger in a shed at the bottom of the garden, with no working toilet. He said his kitchen only comprised a barbecue and a fridge.Police were alerted after NHS staff at a walk-in centre he attended raised the alarm.The couple arrested for the alleged abuse were named locally as Pritpal Binning, 56, and her 54-year-old husband Palvinder, who have been having an extension done on their home in the leafy village Chilworth, near Southampton.They were arrested in a raid on their home by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), assisted by Hampshire Police, and have been released pending further investigation.Tony Byrne, GLAA senior investigating officer, said: “First and foremost, we are pleased that the man is now receiving the help and support he so desperately needs. In the 21st century, no-one should be forced to live in such degrading and disgusting conditions. Hampshire Police refused to confirm the names of those arrested when contacted. “Following the two arrests we made, our investigation is ongoing as we examine and assess the evidence we collected from the property.“I would also like to praise the NHS staff who reported their concerns. It’s really important that people get in touch if they believe someone is being exploited.“By contacting us, we can ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in society are protected and supported.” read more

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Outotec processing expertise and tech on its way to Mexico precious metals

first_imgOutotec has won a contract for the delivery of a complete minerals processing plant for a precious metals project in Mexico, as part of wider €30 million ($34 million) order.The company will also deliver process equipment for upgrades of two other sulphide silver ore processes for the same customer.The total value of the contracts booked in Outotec’s December quarter order intake is approximately €30 million ($34 million), Outotec said.The scope of the delivery includes the entire process flowsheet of grinding mills, flotation machines, concentrate and tailings thickeners, as well as concentrate filters, automation, and various spares and supervision services for the new precious metals concentrator.For the upgrade of existing silver processes, Outotec will deliver additional flotation machines and multiple fine grinding equipment for improved recovery.The deliveries will take place in the end of 2019, Outotec said.Kimmo Kontola, Head of Outotec’s Minerals Processing Business, said: “We are pleased that we were chosen to deliver our leading technologies and services that enable our customer to improve their profitability in a sustainable way.”The company was also recently awarded a pressure leaching and solvent extraction technologies for a battery chemicals plant to be built in Sotkamo, Finland. The total order value booked in the December quarter order intake for this contract is some €34 million.last_img read more

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22 things Irish people hate

first_img Source: infomatiqueAgain, we love giving out about it.Chips in a fry Source: Flickr/alexbclarkUnacceptable.People who boast about how expensive things areNow a bargain, that’s something to boast about.The Leaving cert Source: Laura HuttonWeak tea Source: DailyEdge.ie/LouiseMcSharryLast orders Source: Miroslav ČuljatThe budget Source: Mark StedmanPeople thinking we are part of the UK Source: Twitter/duck_sleepingReferees Source: Mike EgertonMost of the time…Ryanair Source: Richard DrewA draught Source: owlhere‘Will you close over that door and shut out the draught!’People calling St. Patrick’s Day St. Patty’s DayWhat have we missed?Man asked to tone down “too scary” Halloween decorations>How many of these old Cadbury wrappers do you remember?> WE’RE A JOLLY people, but we do love a moan.  Frequently about the same things over and over again.For, there are certain things we just can’t abide.  Things like these:People who don’t stand their round Source: cackhandedInexcusable.The Late Late Show Source: Photocall IrelandHowever, we love giving out about it.Politicians Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandThe rain Source: Photocall IrelandThe heat Source: Photocall IrelandThe snowAmerican chocolateAwful shite.Foreign tea Source: Figurines-SculptureA bad pint Source: Bill.RoehlThe NCTPublic transportlast_img read more

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Newborn baby survives after being flushed down toilet

first_imgA NEWBORN BABY boy was rescued from a sewage pipe in a Chinese apartment building after being flushed down a toilet, state media said, provoking online outrage today.“Fortunately the baby survived. But the person (who abandoned him) is still suspected of attempted murder,” said an unidentified police officer, according to the official news portal hangzhou.com.cn.Residents in Jinhua, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, called firefighters after hearing the two-day-old baby crying in the fourth-floor squat lavatory, the report on Monday said.(CCCTV/CNN/PigMine4/YouTube)RescueAttempts to pull him out failed, so rescuers sawed away a section of the 10-centimetre diameter pipe with the baby inside and took him to a local hospital.Firefighters and doctors spent nearly an hour taking the tube apart piece by piece with pliers and saws and finally recovered the newborn, whose placenta was still attached, the report said.From the time he was found till when he was taken out, the baby was stuck in the tube for at least two hours, it added.The 2.3-kilogram boy suffered some cuts to his face and limbs and his heart rate was low at one point. He was put in an incubator and was in stable condition, the report said.Police were still looking for his parents, it added.The news triggered hundreds of thousands of comments on China’s hugely popular weibos, services similar to Twitter, with users expressing good wishes for the baby and fury at those who presumably abandoned him.Chinese babies born out of wedlock are sometimes abandoned because of social and financial pressures. The country’s one-child policy can also mean heavy fines for couples who have more than one baby.- © AFP, 2012last_img read more

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Fish market closure threatens seafood industry

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The closure of Melbourne Wholesale Fish Market in Footscray could see the fish industry paralysed for six months, a Melbourne fishmonger says. Con Melis, who heads up 40 staff as Managing Director of Ash Bros Seafood, said Victoria’s seafood industry will grind to a halt if fishmongers are turfed out of Melbourne Wholesale Market six months ahead of the new market being ready.“We have nowhere to go,” Melis told Neos Kosmos. “The council knows that, some are ready to move, but about 90 percent are not ready,” he added. Vendors were informed one month ago that they had until the end of this month to vacate the Footscray premises, Melis said.“We’re wholesalers, some have been here for 50 years, you can’t just throw people out on the street; it’s a whole industry. Why can’t they just give us another five or six months?” he asked. Melis, who has been at the market for 22 years, said fishmongers are looking for a solution, which may include negotiations with VicTracks who will take over ownership of the site next month. “Hopefully we can find a solution with them and we can stay here and pay them rent or whatever they want until the market in Kensington is finished, and then we give the land back to them,” Mr Melis said. “If we don’t get a decision in the next few days we will appeal to the Council.” The market’s closure poses significant threats for the Victorian seafood industry, with a growing possibility of boats remaining docked, with no market for their catch. Suggestions that Victorian seafood catch could be freighted to Sydney does not add up, Melis said.“It’s a big industry, where are you going to bring the fish to in Sydney? You’d be bringing in 50,000 or 60,000 kilos of fish,” he said. In a normal day up to 100 tonnes of fish comes into the Melbourne Wholesale fish market, Mr Melis said. “We’re the biggest market in Australia; it’s going to have a big impact on the fish industry, a lot of people will lose jobs” he said. “It’s going to be a chaos, an absolute distaster”. Customers will ultimately be the hardest hit as a result of the six-month market closure, owner of Melbourne’s Tank Fish and Chippery, Bill Makris, said. Makris, whose main supplier operates out of the Melbourne Wholesale Fish Market, told Neos Kosmos that without the Footscray market the morning auctioning process between fishmongers and suppliers would be diminished. “The biggest thing that will drive prices up is the fact that there’ll no longer be auctioning of fish each morning,” he said. While some suppliers are relocating, this is a luxury not all can afford, he added. “For small players it’s going to be difficult, they either have to spend a lot of money relocating or not relocate and cut a lot of jobs”. City of Melbourne CEO Dr Kathy Alexander said the Fish Market’s board and Council have taken a “reasonable and fair” approach regarding the closure of the Melbourne Wholesale Fishmarket, which due to its deteriorating state has been an issue for over a decade. “We believe we have given traders a significant amount of time to find new premises, providing numerous licence extensions since 2006 when the Melbourne Wholesale Fish Market Pty Ltd resolved to sell the market site,” Dr Alexander said, adding that “council supported this decision”. Since 2006, the Melbourne Wholesale Fish Market Pty Ltd worked with traders by first offering them the market site to purchase and then when that fell through they extended their licences several times to allow them more time to relocate or build a suitable alternate site, Dr Alexander said.“There are a number of existing sites in Melbourne which already have significant capacity to temporarily facilitate the remaining traders while their Kensington site is being completed,” Dr Alexander said. The most recent license extension was in December 2010 when Melbourne Wholesale Fish Market Pty Ltd, with the support of Council, extended the trader’s licenses again from 30 December 2010 until 30 June 2011.last_img read more

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Thessalonikis Jewish community remembered

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The efforts of the Mayor of Thessaloniki Yiannis Boutaris to restore the Jewish heritage of the second largest city in Greece were acknowledged and praised by all those present last week, during an event at the Parliament of Victoria highlighting the history of the Jewish community of Thessaloniki and the 50,000 of its members who were deported by the Nazis to death camps.The event, attended by nearly 100 people, was the beginning of an effort to build stronger ties between the two communities and part of a series of initiatives aiming to highlight this year’s 30th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Melbourne and Thessaloniki. The reception was organised by the Thessaloniki Association ‘The White Tower’ in cooperation with the Jewish Community Council of Victoria.Dr Helen Light, Executive Member of the Jewish Community Council, provided an overview of the history of the community in Thessaloniki, whilst Eyvah Dafaranos, poet and wife of the Greek ambassador, analysed the Greek musical and literary responses to the deportation and massacre of the community during World War II.The event was greeted by Paul Mavroudis and Nina Bassat, respective presidents of the Thessaloniki Association and the Jewish Community Council of Victoria. Bruce Atkinson, president of the Legislative Council of Victoria, Matthew Guy, Minister for Planning and Multicultural Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, Shadow Minister for Community Services, Children and Ageing, Maria Vamvakinou, federal Labor member for Calwell and Harry Dafaranos, Ambassador of Greece to Australia also addressed the participants of the commemorative function. As part of the relationship between Thessaloniki and the Jewish Community of Victoria, connections have already been made for information and resource sharing between the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick and the new Jewish Museum in Thessaloniki.last_img read more

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Premier updates on impact of Hurricane Irma

first_img Recommended for you Happy Day for Turks and Caicos, Southwest Airlines marks first flight Related Items:#hurricaneirmastrong, #rebuildingtcibetter, #rebuildrecovertci, #tcistrong PDM Administration moving ahead with crack down on shanty construction Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson in a Press Conference this morning updated the country on the impact of hurricane Irma throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.  She informed that after traveling to all the island and personally visualizing the impacts, South Caicos is considered the most heavily impacted, however we are grateful that no lives were lost, no injuries and our people are resilient and will rebound from this event.A state of emergency was declared for the two heavily impacted islands of South Caicos and Grand Turk and immediate resources and relief supplies are being mobilized and dispatched to these islands.The Premier encouraged all residents to work with the Government as we commence on the journey of recovery.  All residents are therefore encouraged to clean and remove all debris from their premises, place them in a pile in front of their property.  Environment Health are working with PWD and sanitary companies to remove all debris.The Department of Environmental Health has also begun treating of remaining bodies of flood waters and swamps as well as spraying of vector control chemicals to limit the breeding of mosquitoes.We ask that all residents, and commercial establishments do their part towards facilitating a rapid recovery and returning these beautiful islands to a state of normalcy.Please share this message with family and friends to keep all informed.  We are committed to rebuilding TCI together.#tcistrong#hurricaneirmastrong#rebuildrecovertci#rebuildingtcibetter Editorial: Not decimated but badly bruised Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Eight women accuse Salk Institute biologist of sexual harassment

first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEight women have come forward saying they were sexually harassed by a Salk Institute biologist.Related Link: Prominent cancer researcher at Salk Institute suspended over sexual assault allegations The women reported being harassed by Biologist Inder Verma between 1976 and 2016.The harassment included forced kissing and inappropriate touching.Verma denies the allegations.The Indian-born Verma, hired at Salk in 1974, is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego, and a highly regarded gene therapist who completed his studies in India and Israel before completing his postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The Salk Institute has opened an independent investigation and has placed Verma on administrative leave.His suspension is another blow for the Salk Institute, which last year was accused of gender discrimination in three separate lawsuits filed by female employees. May 2, 2018 Eight women accuse Salk Institute biologist of sexual harassment KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 2, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Digital Magazine Search Service Launched

first_imgDigital magazine vendor Zinio Thursday announced the launch of Zinio Inside, a service that enables publishers and users to search content within digital magazine products. “If you or your company are covered in a magazine and you want to share it, who wants to send a link to a site when you can send the actual layout,” a Zinio spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:.  “No one else does this.”The service—which is free to users and to publishers who currently have an account with Zinio—lets users send digital “replicas” of magazine pages over e-mail and post articles to Web sites and blogs and social networking sites like Facebook and Digg. In addition to the search functionality, Zinio Inside can also suggest additional editorial content and offer purchasing options for either a single issue or a 12-month subscription.Zinio Inside will launch with more than 1,000 magazine titles in the company’s digital library, Zinio says.last_img read more

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More Than 10 Potential Buyers Step Forward for Discover

first_imgFirst-round offers for Discover magazine came in yesterday and, according to CEO Henry Donahue, have come from bidders numbering in the “low double-digits.” If all goes well, Donahue says the company will close a deal by the end of the summer. It is still uncertain at this stage whether the deal will be an outright sale or a major capital investment.FOLIO: learned earlier this month that the 700,000-circulation magazine had been put up for sale, with first-round bids due May 17. In the meantime, Donahue, Andy Buckholtz—who’s brokering the deal—and Discover’s two private equity owners, WallerSutton and Sandler Capital Management, will sift through the offers to whittle down the list to about a half-dozen serious bidders. “Some people are just fishing,” says Donahue. One knowledgeable source says there may in fact be more gawkers than not. “There are so many vultures out there that will look at anything,” says the source, who wishes to remain anonymous. “If you look at the strategic pool, they’re not looking at any magazine deals. What you end up with is people on the fringe and oddball investors. At the end of the day, it’s not going to be a ‘magazine M&A is back’ kind of story.”Nevertheless, Donahue contends the interest is coming from strategic and financial buyers, and offers have come in at “the higher end of our expectation range.”Another source, who has knowledge of the offering process, says the deal sets up an interesting dynamic between the dual ownership. “People who would have exited by now have not, the environment is not a favorable one for a sale. I don’t know why you’d pick this year [to sell]. You don’t have a lot of profit. Discover’s digital initiatives have some traction, but they haven’t been fully monetized yet, so what you should do is hold on for a year and sell in a more favorable environment for better results.”Since Discover is on the block, says the source, it means at least one of Discover’s PE firms need to exit. “The attitude must be ‘if we get a reasonable price, then we’re sellers.’ There’s nothing disingenuous about that, but you need to validate what the business is worth and the best way to do that is to go to the market and see what it is willing to pay.”last_img read more

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Magazine Ad Spend Down In Q1

first_img Meanwhile, Sunday titles led the decline, shedding nearly a third of previous spending. The category has been in some serious turmoil recently however, with the sale of Parade and Dash, and the closing of USA Weekend leading to a big chunk of lost inventory. Advertisers are cutting their spending in magazines at a faster rate than they have been in the last few years, according to new data from Kantar Media. The research firm’s quarterly report shows that ad spending in print magazines was down 8.7 percent year-over-year through the first three months of 2015. Local and B2B titles told the most positive story, down just 3.9 and 4.1 percent from the prior year, respectively.  Each have been relatively steady performers over the last three years. Consumer magazines had tracked closely to local and B2B, as well, until this year—the category took a 7.3-percent hit. Overall, ad spending was down 4 percent through the first quarter of 2015, partially reflecting the loss of Olympic advertising last year. It’s worth noting that the losses are for magazines’ print assets only, though online display advertising, as a broad category, also fell 8.7 percent in Q1. “First quarter results are skewed by comparisons to last year and the $600 million of incremental spend generated by the Sochi Olympics,” Jon Swallen, chief research officer for Kantar Media North America, says in a statement. “Excluding the impact of special events, core ad spending measured by Kantar Media was down about 2 percent in the period. Even after taking into account assumptions about the growth of spend on other unmonitored media, it has been a relatively slow start for the ad market in 2015.” Surprisingly, ad spend in Hispanic publications also fell sharply. One of the few bright spots in magazine media in recent history, posting double-digit gains in each of the previous two years, the segment lost 19 percent in 2015. All other Hispanic media—television, radio and even newspapers—tracked by Kantar outperformed industry averages in their respective categories.last_img read more

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Alexas Echo Wall Clock is up for sale again after connectivity issues

first_imgA little less than a month after pausing sales to sort out some Bluetooth connectivity kinks, Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock is now back on sale in the US at its original price of $30. Amazon isn’t saying much about what caused the problems to begin with, but says that a new software update should improve its performance and connectivity.”Customers with an Echo Wall Clock connected to a compatible Echo device received this update automatically,” an Amazon spokesperson added.With no microphone or speaker of its own, the Echo Wall Clock isn’t a traditional Echo device in and of itself. Instead, it’s an accessory that uses Bluetooth to pair with an existing Echo speaker (the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Spot or Echo Input, to be exact). Tell that speaker to set a timer and you’ll see it displayed as a visual countdown on the LED lights that circle the outer edge of the clock’s face. Alexa Amazon Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock puts your Alexa timers in full… See All 0 Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock brings your Alexa timers into the light 1:45 Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now 7 Photos Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more)center_img Smart Home reading • Alexa’s Echo Wall Clock is up for sale again after connectivity issues • The only problem? Those timers weren’t displaying as expected for the clock’s early adopters.We experienced the issue for ourselves when the CNET Smart Home reviews team tested the Echo Wall Clock out in early January. It kept accurate time after being paired with an Echo speaker, but it wouldn’t show our Alexa timers, and only worked as advertised after swapping the batteries out. Some users reported that they needed to regularly swap the batteries out whenever the clock would lose its connection.”It’s fine to have a utilitarian out-of-box experience,” CNET’s Rich Brown noted in his review of the device, “but maybe lock down the ‘batteries make it go’ part before you ship.”With the fix, Amazon seems to have taken heed. Existing users who already bought in should look for a firmware update that should automatically push through the next time the clock connects with your Echo speaker. Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected CNET Smart Home Tags Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Share your voicelast_img read more

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The FBI Said No Now What Happens in Det Suiter Case

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROThere is a term homicide detectives use to designate an investigation top priority:  Red Ball.  Its origin is unknown, but among cops who have worked on the homicide floor no other case qualifies as Red Ball more than the murder of cop, no less a detective who worked among them.Which is why the drama engulfing a call for an outside agency to investigate the death of Det. Sean Suiter has troubled former detectives who know how investigations work.  Particularly since the FBI recently turned down the request to take over the case, leaving the homicide floor in limbo.Last month, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis (at podium, with BPD spokesman T. J. Smith at left) asked for the FBI to lead the investigation into the murder of Baltimore Homicide Det. Sean Suiter. The FBI refused to take the case, leaving many to question what’s next in the Suiter murder investigation.“Everyone is pretty upset with Police Commissioner Davis,” a person familiar with the investigation who did not wish to be identified told the AFRO.Suiter was found shot in the head with his own gun in a West Baltimore alley in November.   Police Commissioner Kevin Davis immediately locked down the Harlem Park neighborhood where the shooting occurred touting the theory that a lone Black man wearing a striped jacket was responsible for Suiter’s death.It’s a hypothesis Davis has clung to even after it was revealed Suiter was set to testify before a federal grand jury in a widening corruption case involving former members of the Gun Trace Task Force the day after he died.“What we have left before us is a murder committed by a yet to be identified perpetrator,” Davis reiterated at press conference last week.But it is Davis’ public endorsement of a single theory of the case that has added to the turmoil surrounding the investigation.  Particularly when Davis would not rule out seeking help elsewhere after the FBI turned him down.“In terms of our willingness to bring in extra eyes and ears…. I am not reluctant at all to identify some nationally known subject matter experts on homicide…I am open to that,” said Davis.Part of the problem with Davis’ strategy, which has been endorsed by the mayor and city council members, is the often-contradictory statements regarding just why another agency is needed.On one hand, Davis, along with Mayor Catherine Pugh, continue to insist that Baltimore homicide detectives are more than qualified to handle the case.  But both also continue to deny that the burgeoning corruption scandal that has led to charges of robbery, extortion and stealing overtime against at least eight cops that Suiter was set to testify against, also had anything to do with his death, leaving questions about why the case cannot be handled internally unanswered.When asked to explain these contradictions at a press conference last month, Pugh was blunt.“It makes sense to me,” she said, without elaborating.Former Baltimore police commander Neil Franklin said part of the problem is that by publicly fixating on the least likely scenario – an assailant in the neighborhood – the commissioner has boxed himself into a corner“It is another way for him to say, we don’t have a single lead in this case, even though we went and locked down your neighborhood for days,” Franklin said.  “And since you’re already dealing with the lack of public confidence, they think, ‘Let’s punt this to the FBI.’”Franklin said the commissioner’s admission that there is no direct evidence of a suspect weeks after the shooting occurred is troubling.“It’s daylight, someone hears a gunshot, someone’s going to know something, someone is going to see someone running. I guarantee someone saw something if indeed it was a person from the neighborhood.”An outspoken critic of the war on drugs and member of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), a group of law enforcement professionals who are leading the effort to curtail it, Franklin believes that theories tying Suiter’s killing to the grand jury investigation warrant equal consideration.“Could Suiter have additional information about something else? Could he be concerned about something we don’t know about?” Franklin said.Franklin said a theory Davis has dismissed, that Suiter committed suicide, can also not be ruled out.  Particular since suicide among police officers is an ongoing problem, an issue he dealt with personally during his tenure with the Maryland State Police when he contemplated ending his own life.“If it comes to suicide we don’t know the true story of what’s going on in someone else’s mind,” he said.“Personally, I can concede, when I was dealing with [the thought of committing suicide] when on the job I always thought of a number of ways of I could take my life to make it look like it was on duty.”As to where the investigation is headed, police spokesman T.J Smith said nothing has changed since the commissioner pledged to seek outside help last week.  A move Franklin believes is the correct course for now.“I would give this to the Maryland State Police, I’m saying this because with the questions still floating around, it would be better, perception wise, to let state police take the lead with the assistance from Baltimore city homicide.”last_img read more

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Conference focuses on Success for Personal Travel Managers

first_img TravelManagers Australia become a Personal Travel Manager hereSource = TravelManagers Australia Conference focuses on Success for Personal Travel ManagersTravelManagers’ eighth Annual National Conference is now less than a fortnight away.  Due to be held in Adelaide over the weekend of 28-30 August, with a theme of “Focus” and an impressive line-up of inspirational speakers, anticipation is building among the attending personal travel managers (PTMs), who are looking to find new ways to achieve great things in their businesses.The company’s Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the conference will combine motivational presentations from world class speakers, “Show and Tell” sessions with key suppliers, and a series of workshop sessions that range from improving small business skills to becoming cruise and airfare gurus, and even achieving better health, vitality and work/life balance.“Our business operates in an environment of constant and often fast-paced change.  The conference theme reflects our will to remain focussed on our stated goals and to eliminate time-consuming distractions that do not add value – to the company as a whole and to each of us as individuals.”Nutritionist Teresa Boyce, whose presentation at TravelManagers’ upcoming National Conference will cover ways to maximise health and minimise stressWith that in mind, delegates can expect to gain much from the session presented by Teresa Boyce, a nutritionist who specialises in educating and motivating individuals and groups on managing stress and understanding the negative impact of ongoing stress.Gazal says, “Teresa will be discussing the benefits of exercise on body, mind and productivity, as well as the importance of sleep, optimum nutrition and tips on staying healthy.  It’s a great opportunity for our PTMs to glean some valuable tips on how to cope with what can be a high-pressure work environment.”The conference will be opened by Matthew Michalewicz, a world-class entrepreneur who will be discussing the ‘Science of Success’ and ‘How to Improve Small Business Performance’.To close the conference, participants will hear from Australian Olympic gold medallist, Alisa Camplin-Warner (OAM), whose has proven her ability to overcome physical, mental and emotional challenges in order to achieve sporting and professional success.Gazal says the company is excited to bring some amazing talent to Adelaide.“These sessions will be a great source of motivation to everyone who attends.”In addition to these presentations, delegates will have plenty of opportunity to catch up with their colleagues in a less formal environment.  The conference will open with a “Taste of South Australia”-themed welcome dinner at Adelaide’s amazing National Wine Centre, and will close on a high with a gala awards dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre, where the company’s top-performing and most improved PTMs will be recognised for their efforts in the preceding year.Local hero and motor-racing star Nick Percat will be appearing at TravelManagers’ Sporting Heroes and Legends dinner in Adelaide on 29 August, another highlight of the company’s Annual National ConferenceGazal says many PTMs are particularly looking forward to Saturday night’s big event, which is the Sporting Heroes and Legends dinner to be held at the Adelaide Oval.“We are thrilled to have racing car driver, Nick Percat, attending the dinner on Saturday night.  In 2011 he became the first rookie driver to win the Bathurst 1000 since 1977, plus he’s Adelaide-born and bred.”As well as the hearing from inspiring leaders in other fields, PTMs also have the opportunity to pick up useful information from their colleagues during the aptly-titled “Secrets of my success” sessions.“One of the key components of TravelManagers’ success is the willingness of our PTMs to share their experience and knowledge with their colleagues,” says Gazal.  “Coping with change, harnessing the power of social media, growing your business: we are fortunate to have a great depth of talent within our ranks.  Sharing this knowledge in a fun, social environment is great for our PTMs and leads to delivering even better service for our clients.”Another highlight for many PTMs will be the community event which takes place every year.“It’s something we’re very proud to include in our agenda each year,” explains Gazal, “and for many of our PTMs, it’s the thing they most look forward to.  It’s an opportunity for our people to focus on helping others, but they’ll have to wait until they get to Adelaide to find out what we have in store for them this year!”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.last_img read more

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Escape the chill to Cuba

first_imgCuba beachEscape the chill to CubaWhile the winter chill well and truly sets in, travellers may begin to turn their thoughts to warmer climates.Escape the cold to warmer weather with Tempo Holidays Cuban Winter Warmer Special. Travellers can save up to A$1000 off on bookings made until the 30 June 2018.Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands, offering stunning beaches and scenery. It’s fascinating history and exciting nightlife makes Cuba an enticing holiday attraction, while it’s pristine beaches make for the perfect refuge from the cold Australian winter.Included in the deal is Tempo’s eight day Beautiful Cuba – Deluxe, boasting the biggest saving. With prices now starting from A$3900, this independent tour includes 7 nights deluxe accommodation, breakfast daily, six lunches and four dinners, and private airport transfers.On this tour you will learn the local dance with Salsa dancing lessons in Havana, explore old Havana by foot and hit the Buena Vista Social Club Café for a great night out.Terms and conditions apply. Valid for travel between 28 May to 31 Oct 2018. Please quote ‘Cuba’ at time of booking. For more information and packages visit www.tempoholidays.com/specials, call 1300 362 844 or email res@tempoholidays.com.Visit Tempo Holidays Australia at www.tempoholidays.com for the full product range or call 1300 362 844 or email res@tempoholidays.comVisit Tempo Holidays New Zealand www.tempoholidays.co.nz for full product range or call 0800 836 764 or email res@tempoholidays.co.nzSource = Tempo Holidayslast_img read more

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Report Finds Mortgage Concerns Are One of the Top Financial Reasons Americans

first_imgReport Finds Mortgage Concerns Are One of the Top Financial Reasons Americans Lose Sleep More Americans are sleeping better at night knowing that the economy is recovering. Those Americans that are losing sleep over financial stress is declining in the U.S., according to a new CreditCards.com poll.The national poll, commissioned by CreditCards.com, also found that 62 percent of adult Americans are losing sleep over at least one financial problem. This is 7 percentage points lower than the amount in June 2009, the last time this poll was conducted, but higher than 56 percent in 2007.One of the top insomnia-inducing issues that worries many Americans is how they will pay their mortgage and monthly rent bills, the poll determined. Twenty-seven percent indicated that home and rent payments block sleep at night.“Many Americans are still struggling financially, even as the economy rebounds,” said Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst for CreditCards.com. “Twenty-seven percent of Americans are losing sleep over mortgage or rent payments—about the same number as in 2009, in the throes of the Great Recession when we last did the survey. And 1 in 3 Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 are losing sleep over paying their rent or mortgage.”According to the poll participants, the most common financial worry is saving enough for retirement. Two-in-five Americans noted that stress about retirement keeps them awake at night at least occasionally. The next big concern is educational expenses, which troubles young adults the most.“Ultimately, it’s about income. They say money can’t buy you love or happiness, but according to our survey, it can sure as heck buy you a better night’s sleep. Those making $75,000 or more per year were the least likely to be losing sleep, while those making less than $30,000 per year were the most likely.”CreditCards.com found that 40 percent of poll respondents are restless at night because of retirement savings. This anxiety cause the most amount of stress, especially among those adults who are approaching retirement age. Educational expenses seem to another burden among American that causes wakefulness thought the night. Approximately 31 percent of participants pointed out that they are deeply concerned with their ability to pay their own or someone else’s educational expenses.Americans are also worried about health care or insurance bills and how they will manage to pay these necessary expenditures. The poll found that 29 percent of people lose sleep over these financial stressors, a 6 percent decrease since 2009. Americans place credit card debt at the bottom of their list of worries, with 21 percent saying that this troubles them at night.”I think people are better off today than they were six years ago,” said James Chessen, chief economist with the American Bankers Association (ABA). “They are more secure in their jobs, their incomes are a little better, housing values are improving and they’ve managed their debt. There are still a lot of challenges, but overall people are in better positions than they have been since the recession.”CreditCards.com advises those Americans who are losing sleep at night due to financial woes to review their finances thoroughly, spend less, start an emergency fund, and come up with a budget.”I’m guessing someone who is really worrying does not have the basics covered,” said Edward Tonini, director of education at Alliance Credit Counseling. “For a lot of us, the unknown can really create the most anxiety. Take little steps and focus your energy on them and feel some sense of relief that at least you are making progress. It might take longer than you would like it to take, but realistically you have to work within your budget.”Click here to view the complete CreditCards.com poll. June 25, 2015 498 Views Sharecenter_img CreditCards.com Economy Financial Stress Mortgage Payment Rent Payment 2015-06-25 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Uncategorizedlast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals can throw a wrench in all the celebrating while strengthening their own playoff resume. Arizona (9-5) needs a win Sunday at CenturyLink Field to keep their postseason dreams alive.The last time these two teams met in Seattle, the Seahawks embarrassed the Cardinals 58-0 — the worst loss in franchise history.But only 22 of the 45 Cardinals who suited up last December in Seattle are still with the team, so this game should have a different feel than that 58-point blowout did.The two teams met earlier this year, with the Seahawks prevailing 34-22 on a Thursday night game in Week 7.All week, in preparation for the game, we’ll update you with everything going on in Seattle as the Seahawks get ready to host the Cardinals. It’s hard to find any story from the Seattle media concerning the Seahawks that doesn’t include the word ‘Super’ or some mention of the Super Bowl.That’s because the ‘Hawks shut out the New York Giants 23-0 in Week 15 at MetLife Stadium — the site of Super Bowl XLVIII. So with the Seahawks having the league’s best record at 12-2, there’s a lot of talk about this being the first of two trips to New Jersey for Pete Carroll’s team. Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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