Presidential tweets blame for shutdown no talk of solutions

first_imgWASHINGTON — . President Donald Trump was firing Twitter barbs at Democrats this weekend as talks to end a weeklong partial government shutdown remained at a stalemate.Trump was cooped up in the White House after cancelling a vacation to his private Florida club.As the disruption in federal services and public employees’ pay appeared set to continue into the new year, there were no signs of any substantive negotiation between the blame-trading parties. Trump held out for billions in federal funds for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, which Democrats have said they were intent on blocking.Zeke Miller, The Associated Presslast_img

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Royal Air Maroc Sponsors Brazilian Soccer Team Santos

Rabat – Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Morocco’s national carrier is now sponsorin Brazilian soccer team Santos Futebol Clube, the Moroccan company has announced.Royal Air Maroc’s logo appeared on Santos jersey at the first leg of the Brazilian Cup final on Wednesday, against Palmeiras. The match hit over 130 million total views.Royal Air Maroc’s logo appeared on Santos jersey at the first leg of the Brazilian Cup final on Wednesday, against Palmeiras.Head of RAM in Brazil , Mehdi Yaalaoui told Moroccan news agency MAP that the company’s sponsorship to Santos is part of RAM’s strategy to promote major sports events. “This is the prelude to an enlarged partnership between Santos FC and Royal Air Maroc, which is being finalized for 2016,” Mehdi Yaaloui concluded.Yaalaoui, however, did not reveal the value of the contract.Founded in 1912, Santos remains one of Brazil’s most successful clubs, becoming national champions on nine occasions, a record they share with Palmeiras. read more

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Will Capital One be held accountable for data breach In Canada probably

“We have made a number of recommendations to address these problems. Facebook has declined to implement them. This situation highlights serious weaknesses with our current privacy protection framework,” Commissioner Daniel Therrien said at the time.“It is untenable that organizations are allowed to reject my office’s legal findings as mere opinions.”Ira Goldstein, chief operating officer with cybersecurity firm Herjavec Group, said that some forms of compliance certification are important to companies, but most businesses aren’t really worried about PIPEDA, the main privacy legislation in Canada.“I can tell you that the operators of the companies in Canada probably aren’t sitting around saying, ‘I hope we don’t get that $100,000 fine from PIPEDA,’” Goldstein said.“They don’t want to be in the news, and they don’t want negative brand impact, but is that really a deterrent, or is that really an encouragement for them to spend more on security? I don’t think it is.”A lack of deterrence is a major problem in Canada, according to CIGI’s Shull, who says he had a Capital One card and thus suspects he was affected by the breach.He said he doesn’t expect Capital One to face any serious consequences in Canada until a class-action lawsuit makes its way through the courts.“Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll get credit monitoring and identity theft insurance a few months from now, potentially. I’ll have to go through all that stuff, I’ll have to incur all those expenses, and none of which will be compensated until, let’s say five years down the road, once we’re through the civil case that will come as a consequence of a class action,” he said.“So I will not see any real money to compensate me for my actual losses for half a decade — if I’m lucky. Does that sound like a reasonable way to structure a system?” The six million Canadians who had their personal information compromised in the Capital One data hack might get some sort of compensation eventually, but they shouldn’t hold their breath, according to industry experts.Unlike in the United States and Europe, where governments have stepped up enforcement and moved to impose massive fines on companies who mishandle personal data, Canada’s laws just aren’t set up that way.In Canada, the responsibility mostly falls to private citizens seeking redress through civil lawsuits, according to Aaron Shull, managing director and general counsel for the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a Waterloo-based think-tank focused on global innovation policy. Capital One hacking exposes data of 6 million Canadians in one of biggest security breaches in country’s history Mark Zuckerberg loses final authority over Facebook privacy decisions in record $5 billion settlement with FTC John Chen: To build a trustworthy digital economy, regulations must require zero trust “There’s too much onus resting on the individual,” Shull said. “The status quo of the way we do data breach enforcement in this country is not sustainable.”Earlier this week, Capital One announced that a hacker had breached their cloud data systems and stolen personal information tied to around 100 million American customers, and six million Canadian customers.Of the Canadian customers, roughly one million social insurance numbers were stolen.The FBI has arrested Paige A. Thompson, who allegedly carried out the breach.In Canada, both the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) have indicated that they’re looking at the incident.But industry experts say that Canada’s privacy enforcement is mostly toothless, and if the Capital One breach is anything like the last two major privacy breaches, it’s unlikely that there will be serious penalties here.Earlier this month, credit reporting agency Equifax reached a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that includes up to US$700 million in penalties, including payments of $125 directly to customers who were affected.In Canada, the OPC investigated and made recommendations. Equifax accepted most of what the OPC put forward but refused on one of the recommendations — to offer Canadians a “credit freeze” product to prevent scammers from fraudulently checking victims’ credit scores. While the company offered four years of credit monitoring for Canadians affected by the breach, the company didn’t have to pay a fine.Facebook, too, has escaped relatively unscathed in Canada.While the social media giant was hit with a US$5 billion penalty as part of a settlement with the FTC for various privacy missteps, it disputed the validity the OPC’s finding that it broke Canadian privacy law in relation to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and refused to accept the commissioner’s recommendations.It is untenable that organizations are allowed to reject my office’s legal findings as mere opinions.Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien read more

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Brock partners with local library for lecture series

Michael Carter, associate professor of Classics, will kick off the Brock Talks lecture series.Brock’s Humanities Research Institute has teamed up with the St. Catharines Public Library to launch a new monthly “Brock Talks” lecture series.The talks will provide a snapshot of the kinds of work happening in the humanities at Brock.Three lectures are scheduled to take place over the next three month at the Central Library in downtown St. Catharines (54 Church St.).The talks will run for 45 to 50 minutes, with time for further discussion afterwards. They are free and everyone is welcome to attend.Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.Michael J. Carter, associate professor, Classics“The Gladiators’ Code: Life in the Roman Arena”Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m.Virginia Reh, associate professor, Dramatic Arts“Finding Direction: What does a theatre director actually do?”Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.Ann Howey, associate professor, English Language and LiteratureTopic: TBD read more

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Aecon Group receives approval to rejoin Gordie Howe bridge consortium

TORONTO — Aecon Group Inc. says it has received approval to rejoin the group selected as the preferred proponent to build and operate the Gordie Howe International Bridge.Aecon’s request to rejoin its partners as part of the Bridging North America team was approved following a review by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, the Crown corporation responsible for the project.The consortium, which also includes ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Dragados Canada Inc. and Fluor Canada, was selected as the preferred proponent for the project in July.Bridging North America consortium named top bidder for Gordie Howe bridge between Windsor and Detroit‘We cannot compete’ with foreign firms: Aecon CEO says Canadian firms must be allowed to bulk upAecon reels after Ottawa blow, but analysts upgrade stock on strong backlogAecon was initially part of the group but pulled out in May as it was undergoing a federal review about a proposed takeover by a Chinese state-owned company that was ultimately blocked by the Canadian government.Before the takeover by China Communications Construction Company was rejected, the federal government had reportedly decided that Aecon couldn’t work on the bridge for security reasons and opposition from the U.S. administration.The group’s plan for the bridge calls for a six-lane, 2.5-kilometre cable-stayed design. The cost, design details and expected construction schedule are expected to be announced once the contract has been awarded and signed in September. read more

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Brazil WTO trade complaint against Canada without merit Bombardier says

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2016 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Dec 20, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Brazil WTO trade complaint against Canada without merit, Bombardier says MONTREAL – Brazil vowed on Monday to launch a trade challenge against Canada before the World Trade Organization over financial support for Bombardier, a move the Montreal-based company said was without merit.“We are very confident that all investments associated with Bombardier are fully compliant with all WTO rules and regulations,” Olivier Marcil, vice-president of external relations, said in an email.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) responded after Brazil’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it will proceed with a WTO challenge, alleging that financial support for the aerospace giant has affected competitive market conditions in a way that is incompatible with Canada’s commitments to the WTO.Brazil is complaining about US$2.5 billion in investments in Bombardier this year to help it survive.Bombardier received a US$1-billion investment in the CSeries passenger jet from the Quebec government in exchange for a 49.5-per-cent stake in the plane. Late last year, the company sold a 30 per cent stake in its railway division to pension fund manager the Caisse de depot for US$1.5 billion.Ottawa is also looking to invest US$1 billion, which Brazil alleges is designed to “ensure the viability of the new CSeries aircraft and its placing on the market at artificially reduced prices.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he hopes to reach a deal with Bombardier before next year’s federal budget, adding that all countries, including Brazil, help their aerospace industries.“There are rules around what we can do and what we can’t do, and we are making sure we comply by the rules,” he said.Embraer, Bombardier’s Brazilian-based rival, said it welcomes the decision to launch a WTO challenge against Canada.“The formal dispute settlement process at the WTO is the only means to ensure a level playing field in the market,” CEO Paulo Cesar Silva said in a news release.“Canada’s subsidies have caused significant market distortions and are not in compliance with international trade rules.”The Caisse said its investment was made independent of the Quebec government, based on commercial principles.The CSeries entered commercial service this year after years of delays and cost overruns. read more

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UNICEF and Libya sign agreement to improve basic education system

“Quality education for all is fundamental for a peaceful, democratic and productive society, and UNICEF commends the Ministry of Education for tangible achieved results,” said Carel de Rooy, the agency’s Libya Country Director. The agreement was signed by Mr. del Rooy and the Minister of Education, Ali Abed, in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.“We are very pleased to respond to the needs and requests of the Libyan Government and sign this work plan so that this joint plan can be operationalized in the best interest of children and adolescents in Libya.”The signing of the agreement will kick start action on various policies, including the development of an education management information system, validation of early learning development standards, and the promotion of early childhood care. It will also support teachers’ training, risk education and the establishment of inclusive education mechanisms in schools. UNICEF has been an important partner of Libya’s Ministry of Education, supporting the first nationwide schools assessment after the revolution in 2011, promoting mine risk education, and training teachers in psychosocial support and positive discipline and classroom management as well as drafting the first standards for early childhood development. Today’s agreement is a continuation of the initial humanitarian response in 2011, and the 2012 work plan signed for sustainable development cooperation between the Ministry of Education and UNICEF.In a news release, UNICEF commended the steps taken by the Education Ministry to achieve an effective education system, but warned that there are still many challenges. The agency also reiterated its support, as well as that of development partners to support the Ministry to realize its goals. read more

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Prince Charles and chocolate companies pledge to end deforestation in cocoa industry

first_imgSpeaking at an industry reception at Spencer House in central London, The Prince of Wales said the agreement was ‘a hugely encouraging step.’“There are many reasons for this being, intrinsically, the right thing to do,” he said.“I have for many years have been deeply committed to the protection of the world’s tropical rainforests. They play an absolutely crucial role, both globally, and locally, in climate change mitigation and adaptation.“But perhaps the most powerful direct reason for action is that deforestation threatens to undermine the very resilience of the cocoa sector itself, and with it the livelihoods of the millions of smallholders who depend on it, due to the increased climate variability that follows forest loss.”   The plan is expected to include tighter policing of the rainforests and incentives to grow higher-yield crops, which require less land. Chocolate is about to become greener after 12 of the world’s biggest cocoa manufacturers and confectioners came together with the Prince of Wales to end deforestation.Companies including Mars, Nestle and Ferrero have promised to come up with a plan by November to prevent cocoa growers clearing vast swathes of forest to grow crops.Cocoa production has largely escaped the criticism levelled at industries like palm oil and beef over forest clearance, but recent reports suggest that it is also contributing to the destruction of rainforest particularly in Ivory Coast and Ghana.The environmental group Mighty Earth has warned that chocolate ‘is killing west African forests on a massive scale.’ Vast swathes of land are often cleared to grow cocoa crops  The Prince of Wales set up a meeting with chocolate companies to end deforestation International Development Minister James Wharton said: “Over one billion people around the world depend on forests for jobs and vital resources, but illegal deforestation for commercial gain is destroying livelihoods and natural habitats. “We can see this all too clearly in the cocoa industry, where the extreme poverty of farmers is a pervasive problem, child labour still exists, and we are seeing more and more forest disappearing.  “The UK is tackling these issues head-on by offering technical expertise to help root out problems in the supply chains of companies, as well as implementing reforms in the agriculture industry to end deforestation and improve working conditions for farmers.”The agreement, commits the participating companies to develop a plan to be presented at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) meeting in Bonn in November of this year.World Cocoa Foundation Chairman Barry Parkin said: “Today marks a crucial step forward because 12 leading World Cocoa Foundation member companies have agreed to work together, and in partnership with others, to tackle the challenge of deforestation in cocoa.  “We look forward to more companies joining the effort and are grateful for the leadership provided by The Prince of Wales in convening today’s landmark event.” Vast swathes of land are often cleared to grow cocoa crops Credit:Jose Crendon  The Prince of Wales set up a meeting with chocolate companies to end deforestationCredit:Chris Jackson As well as the chocolate companies the governments of Ivory Coast, Ghana, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK have all signed up to the pledge. 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.last_img read more

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Duchess of Sussex gave birth at Portland Hospital in Westminster royal babys

It lists the Duke as the “informant” who officially registered the birth, and cites the Duchess under her real name of “Rachel Meghan”. On the same social media platform on May 12, they posted a picture of the seventh-in-line to the throne’s feet in his mother’s hands to celebrate the Duchess of Sussex’s first mother’s day. The caption read: “Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to her first child Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at the private Portland Hospital in London, it has been confirmed, after his birth certificate became public record.The Duchess, whose occupation was listed as “Princess of the United Kingdom”, and Duke had declined to specify the place of birth when they announced news of Archie’s safe arrival, omitting details of the medical team and location.Today, after the Duke registered his son’s birth with the Westminster registrar, the certificate confirmed the place of birth as the private Portland Hospital.The factual statement will end the narrative of a home birth at Frogmore Cottage, widely reported to have been the Duchess’ preferred option, and will go some way to shutting down baseless rumours about the circumstances of the birth.Royal sources had previously emphasised that the Duke and Duchess would not be making the birth certificate readily available through the palace themselves – as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did with their three children – in line with their views on privacy.But as of today, it became a public document available through the registrar in common with all birth certificates in the United Kingdom. Later that day, the couple announced the baby’s name by sharing a photograph on Instagram of their new family of three with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, all smiling at the newborn.  Meghan and Harry were beside themselves with joy giggling and looking into each others eyes as they spoke. The duke gently cradled his son in his arms – in a white merino wool  shawl made by G H Hurt & Son – and could not resist sneaking a peek down at him as he apparently slept. Asked who the baby takes after, Meghan, who was wearing a white dress, said: “We’re still trying to figure that out.”Harry, wearing a light grey suit, said: “Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks we’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.” Asked how he found parenting, Harry added: “It’s great. Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”Meghan added: “He’s just been the dream so it’s been a special couple of days.”The duke had to leave his son and wife behind as he travelled to Amsterdam to promote the Invictus games. Neither the duchess nor Archie have been seen since the royal photocall on Wednesday, May 8. Its five star service include waiters serving patients champagne and lobster, although the Sussexes are unlikely to have availed themselves of the full facilities after being admitted in the middle of the night before being safely discharged and at home in Windsor by the following afternoon.  A spokesman for The Portland Hospital said: “Huge congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of baby Archie.”For reasons of patient confidentiality, we are unable to provide any comment or information.”The duke was at his wife’s side during the birth and he later confessed he had only had a few hours’ sleep, suggesting Meghan had spent much of the night in labour. Archie was born at 5.26am on Monday, May 6. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s birth certificateCredit:PA Amid surroundings steeped in royal history, Archie made his debut behind closed doors two days after he was born, with a small press pool of only one reporter, one photographer, three cameramen, as well as the couple’s own private photographer and a household press officer photographer. Her occupation was given as “Princess of the United Kingdom”, just as the Duchess of Cambridge’s was for the births of Prince George, Charlotte and Louis. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the seventh in line to the throne and an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, arrived at 5.26am on May 6, weighing 7lb 3oz.The Portland is a fully private maternity hospital, with celebrity patients including Victoria Beckham, Liz Hurley and Kate Winslet.The Duchess of York gave birth to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, at the hospital in Harley Street, central London, where a basic birth nowadays begins at £6,100. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor's birth certificate “Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe.”Read more: Foie gras for mum and a beer for dad: What it’s like to give birth at The PortlandWant 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. read more

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Baby Dugong That Became Internet Star Dies After Ingesting Plastic

first_imgDugongs, a species of sea cow, are listed as “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List, facing environmental threats including pollution, habitat loss and hunting.In recent years, marine biologists and ocean activists have grown alarmed about the seaborne plastic that fouls the shorelines. The use of of single-use plastic is particularly rampant in Southeast Asia.Late last year, a dead sperm whale washed up in Indonesia and was found to have ingested 1,000 pieces of plastic. In March, marine biologists were stunned to find that a dead male Cuvier’s beaked whale that washed up in the Philippines had ingested more than 80 pounds of plastic bags.A recent UN report has for called for urgent action to curb the flow of the 8 million tons of plastic pollution going into oceans each year. While the issue has received increased attention in recent years, there is still no global agreement to tackle marine litter.More on Geek.com:Baby Dolphin Stranded on Florida Beach Had Belly Full of Plastic TrashCrab Robot Designed to Search for Ocean Litter Makes First Dive Off Italian CoastOne of 10 Remaining Endangered Vaquita Porpoises Found Dead in Mexico Weird ‘Plasticrust’ Caused by Pollution Forms on Portuguese …Crab Robot Designed to Search for Ocean Litter Makes First Dive An orphaned baby dugong in Thailand that became a viral Internet sensation has died after ingesting plastic waste, officials said Saturday.The young marine mammal, named Marium, won over social media and attained celebrity status in Thailand earlier this year after being rescued off the coast of Krabi, southern Thailand. Photos and videos of her nuzzling marine biologists and her caretakers then went viral on the Internet.But last week, Marium was found ill and refused to eat, losing a lot of weight, a veterinarian who took care of the dugong told Reuters. On Saturday, Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) confirmed on Facebook that Marium had died.An eight-month-old dugong found lost in southern Thailand has died after ingesting plastic, biologists believe. #EarthOnTheEdgehttps://t.co/LEbmjLKSd9 pic.twitter.com/w23BtYkm6p— ITV News (@itvnews) August 17, 2019Vets found pieces of ocean plastic blocking Marium’s intestines and said that the young sea cow died of shock.Her intestines became inflamed, which caused gas in her digestive tract, an infection in her blood, and pus in her lungs. The infection spread, causing shock, officials said in the announcement.According to the Associated Press, Marium might have accidentally eaten the plastic, thinking it was food.This picture taken on May 23, 2019 shows Marium being cared for by veterinarians from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre in Thailand. (Photo Credit: Sirachai Arunrugstichai / AFP / Getty Images)“Everyone is sad about [Marium’s] passing, but this is an issue that must be urgently resolved,” officials from the DMCR said on Facebook. “If we want to conserve rare marine animals so they remain in existence with us, every sector, every person must help with marine trash.”Vets had also found bruising around Marium’s body, possibly caused by bumping into rocks or after being struck by large dugongs, the DMCR said on Facebook.“We assume she wandered off too far from her natural habitat and was chased and eventually attacked by another male dugong, or dugongs, as they feel attracted to her,” Jatuporn Buruspat, director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said Saturday, according to the AP.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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ComicCon holds exclusive preview for its attendees

first_img 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Comic-Con 2019 officially starts tomorrow, but the San Diego Convention Center gave badge holders an exclusive preview tonight of what’s to come this weekend.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez went downtown to tell us more about it. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 17, 2019 July 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Comic-Con holds exclusive preview for its attendeeslast_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE More than half of employers have delved deeper into gender pay

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: More than half (57%) of organisations have conducted additional analysis to identify drivers behind their gender pay gap figures, and 9% are looking to carry out an equal pay audit, according to bi-annual research by reward management consultancy Paydata.The autumn edition of the UK reward management survey took place between September and November 2018, canvassing the opinions of 138 respondents from organisations across various sectors, including construction, publishing, education and healthcare. Individual respondents ranged from HR and finance directors to reward and compensation specialists.The report also found that the proportion of organisations that do not report on their gender pay gap statistics has dropped from 62% in 2017 to 26% in 2018, while 17% are expanding their approach to look at wider equality issues, such as age, ethnicity and disability.The majority (72%) of those that report their gender pay gap statistics reported no issues with the requirements. Although 20% stated that it was too early to tell, likely due to being currently exempt, 8% had faced problems; these included defining next steps, gathering accurate data, communication with employees, and there being no overnight way to fix the gap.In terms of how pay is formulated, approximately one-third (35%) of organisations use a combination of across the board and individually determined pay increases. The number of employers using individually determined increases has dropped from 28% at the time of Paydata’s spring UK reward management survey, to 17% in the autumn.Almost two-thirds (63%) expect the number of employees receiving bonuses to remain the same over the next 12 months, and 46% say that the size of the payments themselves will also remain unchanged. More organisations expect an increase (16%) in the number of individuals receiving bonus payments than a decrease (9%).All respondents (100%) stated that they offer long-term incentive plans to main board directors, and the majority (86%) also provide them to other directors and senior executives. Only a small number offer long-term incentive plans to middle managers (8%) and other employees (8%).In terms of the benefits supplied to employees beyond pay and bonuses, the only universal provision is annual leave (100%), closely followed by pensions (98%). Childcare vouchers (92%), employee assistance programmes (EAPs) (90%) and occupational sick pay (86%) make up the rest of the top five most popular benefits among employers.Tim Kellett, director at Paydata, said: “Recognition schemes are not just financial, they cover tokens of appreciation. In sectors where traditional benefits have been valued for years, such as construction’s emphasis on cash, base salary and allowances, they are realising that they need to be more flexible to bolster their recruitment and retention.”To aid employees with health and wellbeing, 74% of organisations have a cycle to work scheme, 75% provide private medical insurance, and 54% offer health check-ups. Among the other benefits supplied by organisations, 19% provide a volunteering allowance, 38% offer help with relocation expenses, and 46% have a season ticket loan scheme.Kellett said: “The report [illustrates] the different approaches organisations take when it comes to defining and promoting wellbeing in the workplace. A more creative approach to benefits is on the rise, covering volunteering and a holistic focus on wellbeing.”More than two-thirds (68%) of employers stated that they had conducted a review of whether their benefits package was fit for purpose over the last 12 months, and 83% voiced the intention to do so over the next year.“Our bi-annual survey results really highlight the renewed focus on employee benefits and the value these bring to employees,” Kellett concluded. “Employees can sometimes favour receiving better benefits over actual wage increases. Employers are using them as a critical tool to improve wellbeing, covering physical and mental health, leading to more satisfied and productive workplaces.”last_img read more

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Kenai Looks At Resolution Endorsing Ruffners Reappointment To BOF

first_imgThe resolution asks Governor Mike Dunleavy to reappoint Ruffner to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Ruffner was appointed to the Board by former Governor Bill Walker in 2016. Prior to that he served as the director of the Kenai Watershed Forum for 21 years. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council will introduce a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday endorsing Robert Ruffner’s reappointment to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Ruffner: “This will be the end of my three year term, which is a standard term for a Board of Fisheries member. Now it will be up to the Dunleavy administration on if they would like to reappoint me.”  Ruffner was nominated to the board in 2015 but was defeated following a campaign waged against him by sportfishing advocates that resulted in a 30-29 defeat in the Legislature. Walker nominated him once again the following year and when he was confirmed. According to the resolution, the City of Kenai has worked closely with Mr. Ruffner and the Kenai Watershed Forum over the past twenty-one years, finding him to be unbiased, possessing keen analyticalskills, and committed to sound scientific based decision-making, which will well serve the State ofAlaska and its citizens. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a similar resolution at their meeting on January 8.last_img read more

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Nerkonda Paarvai box office collection Ajiths film emerges victorious in Tamil Nadu

first_imgShraddha Srinath, Abhirami and Andrea Tariang in Nerkonda Paarvai.PR HandoutAjith Kumar’s Nerkonda Paarvai has reportedly become a profitable venture for the producers and distributors of the movie. The Kollywood film has done exceptionally well in Tamil Nadu, thereby becoming the second film of Thala, after Viswasam, to taste success in 2019.The H Vinoth directorial saw the light of the day in 470+ screens in Tamil Nadu on 8 August. Despite being a working day, the Ajith-starrer minted approximately Rs 14 crore on the opening day. With positive words coming its way, the film continued to do well in the extended holiday weekend.Till date, Nerkonda Paarvai has made a collection of Rs 70+ crore at the Tamil Nadu box office, as per the trade reports. In Chennai alone, the movie has collected over Rs 10 crore. The worldwide box office collection of the flick is said to be above Rs 100 crore.However, the collections have dropped in Tamil Nadu in the last couple of days. The release of Jayam Ravi’s Comali seems to have impacted the business of the Ajith-starrer.Comali has made over Rs 25 crore in its first week. Nonetheless, Nerkonda Paarvai has entered the profit zone for the distributors, who had acquired the theatrical rights for lesser prices compared to Ajith’s previous movies as it is not a regular mass film.  Ajith’s Nerkonda Paarvai has made an above-average collection in Karnataka, while its performance in has been below-par flood-hit Kerala.Among the overseas centres, the film is estimated to have grossed over Rs 2 crore in the US, around Rs 80 lakh in Canada, about Rs 90 lakh in the UK, a little over Rs 75 lakh in Australia and around Rs 2.10 crore in Malaysia.Nerkonda Paarvai is the Tamil remake of hit Bollywood film Pink. The movie has a strong message for society. Vidya Balan, Shraddha Srinath, Andrea Tariang and Abhirami Venkatachalam are in important roles.last_img read more

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Egypts Hasm claims bomb attack targeting Myanmar embassy

first_imgFile photo of policemen standing guard in Cairo, Egypt 28 April 2017. ReutersEgyptian militant group Hasm claimed responsibility on Sunday for a small explosion at Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo, saying it was in retaliation for that country’s military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.Egypt’s interior ministry has not commented on Saturday’s blast, which residents and media initially reported as probably the result of a faulty gas pipeline. Two security sources told Reuters that traces of explosives had been found at the scene.“This bombing serves as a warning to the embassy of murderers, killers of women and children in the Muslim Rakhine State, and in solidarity with the sons of this weakened Muslim population,” Hasm said in its statement.It was the first time that Hasm, a group blamed for several attacks targeting judges and policemen around Cairo since last year, has claimed an attack on a civilian target.“(We have used) utmost caution to ensure that there were no civilian casualties or innocent people (hurt) during the operation, or else you would have seen a burning hell you could not have stopped,” Hasm said in the statement.Myanmar’s government spokesman urged citizens abroad to be careful.“Pls take care Myanmar nationals around the world,” the spokesman, Zaw Htay, said on his Twitter feed.The latest wave of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State began on Aug. 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an army camp, killing about 12 people.The Myanmar military response has sent more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, escaping what they and rights monitors say is a campaign aimed at driving the Muslim population out of the majority-Buddhist country.Egypt accuses Hasm of being a militant wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group it outlawed in 2013. The Muslim Brotherhood denies this.Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police have been killed fighting an Islamist insurgency in Sinai that has gained pace since mid-2013, when General-turned-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood after mass protests against his rule.last_img read more

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Mosharraf urges BNP MPs to take oath

first_imgHousing and public works minister Mosharraf Hossain. File PhotoHousing and public works minister Mosharraf Hossain on Wednesday urged the elected MPs of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to take oath accepting people’s verdict, reports UNB.”It will not be wise to reject the people’s verdict. Though they (BNP) are less in number, they can talk in favour of people. If BNP refrained from going to the parliament, they will make a mistake,” he said while talking to newsmen at the secretariat on Wednesday.Replying to a query about how the Jatiya Party and the BNP will play effective role in the parliament, Mosharraf Hossain said, “It’s possible to play an effective role by 30-35 parliament members of Jatiya Party and BNP as the opposition.”The minister also said the people cast their votes in favour of the development after realising the propaganda and false assurances given by the BNP.Responding to another question on if there is any possibility of becoming a minister again, he said, “I don’t know. The prime minister will take the decision.”Mentioning that his ministry has many successes in last five years, Mosharraf said they have made many developments in the housing sector.”Earlier, the government housing was only eight per cent which is now around 30 per cent.”Besides, works for constructing 543 apartments for Mirpur slum dwellers is going on in full swing, he said.last_img read more

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Limited Run Games Brings Back Classic Star Wars Cartridges

first_img Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Stay on target In the four short years it has been around, Limited Run Games has already established itself as one of the coolest boutique video game services in the industry. The distributor specializes in making physical versions of video games, particularly indie games that would otherwise be download-only. It’s for those who want a tangible disc, or a cartridge even, instead of relying on the cloud to protect our purchases. And it’s not just for new games, either. Limited Run Games also helped with the 25th anniversary re-release of the infamously awful political firestorm of an FMV game Night Trap.And now Limited Run Games is returning to the retro well for something even more exciting than Dana Plato fighting vampires. Starting this Friday you can pre-order brand new cartridges of classic Star Wars games.Limited Run Games partnered with Lucasfilm to release retro Star Wars games on cartridges that work with the original intended hardware. That started last June with Star Wars on the Game Boy and NES. This month sees the release of the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, for those same two legacy systems.However, we now know that N64 classic Shadows of the Empire is also getting the same treatment. While maybe not a great game, Shadows of the Empire was still a huge deal in the heady days of 1996. Since the prequels were still years away, Shadows of the Empire was pretty much the first new Star Wars film since Return of the Jedi what with all of its tie-in novels and comics and cards and toys. And who doesn’t love legendary characters like… Dash Rendar and Prince Xizor. At least this Star Wars game didn’t prompt legal action. It’s not that hard, EA.This is an actual $45 purple Nintendo 64 cartridge, and so you need to make sure you have an actual working Nintendo 64 to play it. Fortunately, Limited Run Games is also offering all sorts of HDMI adapters to make playing this old game as seamless as possible on your new TV.As the name implies though, Limited Run Games only makes a finite number of physical product. After they’re gone, that’s it. So if you want these classic Star Wars games look out for pre-orders starting this Friday July 26. For more Star Wars games check out the full demo for the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and learn what podracing is by watching us play Star Wars Episode 1: Racer.last_img read more

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Update Last arrest for dealing in Coke Coca Cola bailed out by

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Gazette staff seen preparing hampers for last years Toys for JoyAlso read: Gazette staff raising money last year at Wimpy EngenRegional Caxton Marketing Manager Tanya Muller expressed her thanks to all the businessmen and women for their wonderful support on the day.We will update this story with full details on Friday.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! The last arrest for the Ladysmith Gazette’s Toys for Joy ‘Jail and Bail’ saw prominent businessman Excellent Madlala from Coca Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) being put behind bars for ‘Dealing in Coke (Cola)’.He was arrested by our charity officers and was later bailed out for a whopping R21,450 by his loyal staff and management team.The ‘Jail and Bail’ initiative was a huge success and the arrest of Mr Madlala was the crowning achievement of the day. Special thanks go to all the staff of CCBSA for their loyal support of Toys for Joy.Also read: Ladysmith Gazette Toys for Joy’s Jail & Bail a huge success so farlast_img read more

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Black Knight Launches Paragon for Brokers

first_img Black Knight Financial Services has announced the launch of Paragon for Brokers (P4B), a unique solution supporting real estate brokers’ needs for more differentiation, autonomy, and control within their Paragon MLS system, according to an announcement from Black Knight.Black Knight introduced P4B in late September at the Council of Multiple Listings (CMLS) 2016 conference. P4B is based on the Paragon MLS Platform, which is Black Knight’s comprehensive, leading-edge MLS system. P4B leverages investments made in Paragon that have already been made by brokers’ local MLS organizations, while at the same time giving brokers the ability to optimize P4B to meet specific business rules and processes.Black Knight collaborated with its MLS and broker customers during the development of P4B with the goal in mind of addressing brokers’ emerging business needs. P4B adds to the capabilities of Black Knight’s Paragon MLS System to address brokers’ needs for differentiation without deploying a separate P4B system. The new system provides brokers with their own version of Paragon that can be custom-configured for their agents and staff to use. The system also supports a single point of entry, allowing brokers and add and manage unique brokers-specific data for each listing.“The ability to support a broker’s unique business needs within the MLS has quickly become essential in the real estate industry. For too long, MLS organizations have had to offer a one-size-fits-all solution, but with the delivery of P4B’s innovative new features and functionality, we can provide brokers with the flexibility they need,” said Black Knight Data & Analytics Vice President and Real Estate Market Leader Chip McAvoy. “We are confident P4B is a groundbreaking solution that is a win-win for both parties. Brokers benefit by using a solution from a trusted provider on a platform that their agents and staff are already familiar with. MLS organizations benefit by leveraging their Paragon installation to provide a practical solution that is available now to better support the specific needs of their broker members.”P4B’s capabilities include:Brokerage-level branding and messagingIntegration with each broker’s third-party vendors and back-office systemsCustomizable communication directly with a broker’s agentsBroker-specific data fields for a broker’s listings, visible only to agents within the firmBroker-optimized listing reports and saved searchesBroker-exclusive listings with automated status changes after the exclusivity periodDashboards to help brokers better optimize the platform for their agentsMiRealSource, Michigan’s largest broker-owned multiple listing service, completed successful beta testing of P4B, according to the announcement.“We had an exceptional experience during the beta testing of P4B. Its capabilities are impressive, and we found that it delivers the tools brokers need to reinforce their brand and support specific business needs while remaining within the Paragon MLS system they already use,” said David DeRees, CEO, MiRealSource. “As had been the case with Paragon itself, Black Knight worked closely with our members in the beta program to implement the P4B product, and we had no issues learning how to leverage its many features.” Black Knight Launches Paragon for Brokers in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology October 11, 2016 555 Views center_img Black Knight Financial Services 2016-10-11 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As a Sun Devil, Grice scored 39 touchdowns to rank fifth in school history. He racked up 3,045 all-purpose yards in two seasons with ASU, and his 234 points scored is the highest two-year total in school history.To make room for Grice on the practice squad, the Cardinals released running back Abou Toure. The Arizona Cardinals re-signed former Arizona State Sun Devil Marion Grice to the practice squad Thursday.In 10 games last season for the Cardinals, the 6 foot, 208 pound running back had 41 yards on 15 carries including a touchdown. He also had seven receptions for 29 yards.Originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers as a sixth round pick (201st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft, Grice joined the Cardinals from the Chargers practice squad and was released by the team at the end of preseason. He spent three weeks this season on the Detroit Lions practice squad. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Top Stories Arizona Cardinals running back Marion Grice (23) evades tackles for an 11-yard touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. The Cardinals won 30-23. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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