Competition bureau investigating claims made by makers of flushable wipes

first_imgOTTAWA — The Competition Bureau of Canada is investigating the marketing practices of companies that make “flushable” wipes.Friends of the Earth Canada and EcoJustice filed a complaint about the claims earlier this year after a Ryerson University study found 23 varieties of wipe labelled as “flushable” did not live up to that claim.The organizations heard recently the bureau is taking on the case and has started interviewing relevant parties.Canadian municipalities estimate it costs them at least $250 million a year to remove giant sewer clogs known as fatbergs that are created when wipes and other solids that don’t disintegrate get glued together with substances such as kitchen grease.Manufactures of the wipes argue the problems plaguing city sewer lines are from people flushing wipes that are not marketed as flushable, like baby wipes and cleaning cloths.In June the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a consumer-watchdog complaint about flushable wipes, saying while there might be some evidence the wipes caused harm to household sewer systems, they were not the only culprit.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ensign Energy Services makes takeover offer for Trinidad Drilling

first_imgCALGARY – Shares in Calgary-based Trinidad Drilling Ltd. leaped by almost 15 per cent on Monday after cross-town rival Ensign Energy Services Inc. announced it would make a hostile $470-million cash takeover bid.The offer of $1.68 per share comes less than two weeks after Trinidad announced it would abandon a strategic review that included considering a corporate sale or asset sales to reduce debt and attract investors.Including Trinidad’s estimated net debt of $477 million as of June 30, the total value of the takeover would be about $947 million, Ensign said in a news release.Trinidad said Monday it has struck a special committee and hired advisers to examine the Ensign bid so that it can provide advice to its shareholders.Ensign, which already owns 9.8 per cent of Trinidad’s shares, said it tried to discuss a deal after Trinidad announced ending its review on Aug. 1, but the board had unacceptable conditions, including the signing of a confidentiality agreement with a lengthy standstill provision.“We strongly believe that the Trinidad board and management of Trinidad, as fiduciaries of the company, should have engaged with Ensign, without a standstill, to pursue an attractive opportunity to surface shareholder value,” the statement reads.“The Trinidad board’s failure to fully engage with Ensign has led us to bring the offer directly to you, the shareholders and true owners of the company.”Ensign called on the Trinidad board to allow the bid period to be shortened from the legal minimum of 105 days to 35 days, pointing out a higher bid is unlikely to emerge given that the target company’s review found no viable alternatives.Full details of the bid are to be included in a formal offer to be filed with regulators within the next two weeks, it said.In its statement, Trinidad said Ensign didn’t take part in its strategic review process and therefore hasn’t had access to information that would “better allow it to understand” its business and operations.Trinidad shares rose 22 cents on Monday to $1.73, five cents higher than the bid. Their five-year-high close of $12.75 was set in June 2014.Ensign shares rose through the day to reach $6.28, up 5.5 per cent, by about 2:30 p.m. ET.Ensign’s offer greatly undervalues Trinidad, said Jason Tucker, an oilfield services analyst and partner at Paradigm Capital in Calgary.“We have a target price on it of $3 (per share) and I think $3 is probably more than fair,” he said, adding Trinidad has an enviable position in the Permian Basin in Texas that could attract an American buyer.“Ensign and Precision Drilling are the only logical takeout candidates for a deal of that size by a Canadian player, but I think there are more options at this point.”In a research note after Trinidad halted its review and adopted a five-year plan instead, analyst Ian Gillies of GMP FirstEnergy Capital said the news was negative and would likely result in it continuing to trade at a discount to other drilling companies.“We appreciate the company’s five-year plan but believe the oilfield services business cycle could ultimately derail its goals,” he wrote.“We are disappointed with this outcome given our view that consolidation remains a key tenet of a healthier oilfield services market in North America.”Both Ensign and Trinidad have Canadian, U.S. and international operations, but Ensign is much larger.In the second quarter ended June 30, traditionally a slow period for Canadian drillers due to the melting landscape, Ensign posted a net loss of $37 million on revenue of $263 million, while Trinidad had a loss of about $12 million on revenue of $130 million.Several Canadian drillers, including Trinidad and Precision, have moved rigs from Canada to the United States as demand grows much more quickly south of the border.In July, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada adjusted its 2018 Canadian drilling forecast down by 500 wells to 6,900 oil and gas wells, 200 fewer than were drilled in 2017, and nearly seven per cent less than its April forecast for 7,400 this year.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:TDG, TSX:EDI, TSX:PD)last_img read more

Trump task force recommends ways to boost Postal Service

first_imgWASHINGTON — A task force created by President Donald Trump to evaluate ways to stem billions of dollars in losses at the U.S. Postal Service is suggesting a range of options, including proposals that could significantly boost the cost of sending non-essential mail.The report recommended that the Postal Service develop a new pricing model that would remove current price caps and charge market-based prices for both mail and packages that were not deemed to be “essential postal services.”That recommendation could raise costs for Amazon and other major businesses that are currently using the Postal Service to supplement their delivery operations.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the report “contains achievable recommendations.”Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Humbug holidays US retail sales drop 12 pct in December

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year’s holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce suffered a big setback.The Commerce Department says December retail sales dropped 1.2 per cent from November. They were up 2.3 per cent from December 2017.Excluding gasoline station sales, which swing widely as pump prices rise and fall, retail sales dropped 0.9 per cent in December.Non-store retailers, which include mail-order and e-commerce vendors, saw sales tumble 3.9 per cent. That’s the most since November 2008 in the midst of the Great Recession.Retailers had high hopes for the 2018 holiday season. But Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Kohl’s last month reported disappointing holiday sales. Overall, department-store sales dropped 3.3 per cent in December, the most since January 2016.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press read more

At AsianAfrican summit Annan urges support of UN reform hails landmark Bandung

Addressing an Asian-African summit in Indonesia as it marked the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Bandung declaration, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged leaders from the two continents “to be as innovative and as visionary as your forebears were” by supporting his agenda for UN reform. “The number one priority in my report is an all-out global effort to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015,” he said, referring to the publication of “In Larger Freedom,” which contains proposals for change at the world body and calls for new commitments by the international community to deal with a broad range of development challenges. The Goals, which were approved at a UN summit in September 2000, seek to reduce or eliminate many socio-economic ills by 2015. “Disease, poverty and hunger are the greatest killers of our time. The fight against them must be at the heart and soul of the reform agenda,” Mr. Annan said in an address to the Asian-African Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, held to observe the anniversary of the meeting of representatives of 29 territories in April 1955. The developing countries would also benefit tremendously from improvements in security and human rights, he noted. “Your peoples pay the highest price for inaction in the face of massive violations of human rights and for the strains placed on the UN’s peacekeeping, peacebuilding and human rights machinery. They suffer more than any others from the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and the scourge of land mines,” the UN Secretary-General said. He added that they were also too often the victims of terrorism and its aftermath and would pay a bitter price if the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regimes were undermined, “fuelling arms races, while cutting off vital technology transfer. “The reform proposals are designed to strengthen multilateral action in all these areas,” he said. To reach agreement now, at a time when creativity and boldness are needed, everyone would want to have their major concerns addressed, but also would have to be prepared to make compromises, knowing that people live in one world with a shared fate, he said. Noting that the 1955 Bandung conference pledged solidarity in the fight against colonialism and for socio-economic development, Mr. Annan called it “a major turning point in world history.” He said it set out a way, based on peaceful co-existence and the principles of the UN Charter, to overcome Cold War divisions and give the peoples of the developing world voices on the international stage. “Let us honour Bandung by reviving its great spirit,” he said. “Let us make 2005 a true turning point for the developing world and for the United Nations.” He thanked Indonesia for its post-tsunami hospitality, “given that just four months ago a terrible natural disaster befell your nation, along with nine others represented here in this hall.” read more

Time Warner invests in Hulu in win for cable cordcutters

Time Warner invests in Hulu in win for cable cord-cutters FILE – In this May 26, 2015, file photo, the Time Warner Cable corporate logo is displayed at a company store, in New York. Time Warner is taking a 10 percent stake in streaming television service Hulu, announced Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. In addition, networks such as TNT, TBS, CNN and Cartoon Network will be available live and on-demand on the live-streaming service that Hulu’s expected to launch next year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – In another win for cable cord-cutters, Time Warner has become the latest media company to invest in streaming service Hulu.The move could boost the viability of an online TV service that Hulu is expected to launch next year as an alternative to cable TV.Sony and Dish already operate online TV services, while Apple has expressed interest in one, according to published reports. None of those companies, however, have the networks themselves as full partners or owners the way Hulu does.Time Warner Inc., which owns HBO, TNT and TBS, took a 10 per cent stake in Hulu for $583 million in another step blurring the lines separating cable TV from internet video services. Hulu’s other stakeholders already include the parent companies of ABC, Fox and NBC — Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal.Time Warner said Wednesday that its networks — including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies — will be available live and on-demand as part of Hulu’s upcoming online TV service.“Consumers clearly want innovative interfaces. They want more robust on-demand capabilities and they expect a greater variety of content packages,” said Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes in a call with investors. “And we want to support services that do just that.”The company did not mention how HBO might fit in with either offering. Hulu already has a deal with CBS to carry Showtime for an extra fee, while HBO has a similar arrangement with an online TV service called Sling TV.Hulu, founded in 2006, has built a name for itself by offering the ability to stream popular shows from broadcast and cable networks, typically the day after they are shown on TV. Hulu also creates its own shows, including comedies like “Casual” and “Difficult People.” Together with Netflix, Hulu has made it easier for people to drop cable or satellite TV services completely. Current seasons of many hit shows are available for streaming.Access to live sports has been difficult without cable, though. But some of Time Warner’s networks have been strong in that area, and by including those channels in a live-streaming service, Hulu makes cord-cutting even more viable. Meanwhile, Sling TV said Wednesday they will offer NFL Network and NFL RedZone in time for the NFL season this fall, following a similar move by PlayStations Vue in July.Nomura analyst Anthony DiClemente said signing up Time Warner turns the Hulu live offering into a more “robust” product with all four big media conglomerates on board.Time Warner’s deal with Hulu comes almost a month after Comcast said that it’s adding Netflix to its X1 set-top boxes, another move from a traditional media titan collaborating with a streaming media site.There also may be more competition soon, as U.S. regulators are weighing whether to require the TV industry to allow technology companies such as Google and Apple to sell cable boxes, too. Those boxes have become a major source of revenue for cable providers, generating more than $200 per year in leasing fees in the typical U.S. household.If cable boxes are sold by technology companies, they will likely feature more Internet applications, stepping up the pressure on incumbent providers to adapt.New York-based Time Warner Inc. also announced Wednesday that net income for the April-July quarter fell 2 per cent to $952 million, or $1.20 per share, from $971 million, or $1.16 per share a year ago. Excluding one-time items, income was $1.29, beating analyst expectations of $1.16 per share, according to FactSet. Revenue fell 5 per cent to $6.95 billion, missing analyst expectations of $7.06 billion.The company attributed the revenue decline to weakness at Warner Bros., offset by growth at Turner and HBO. It boosted full-year adjusted profit outlook to a range of $5.35 to $5.45 per share. Its prior guidance was for $5.30 to $5.40 per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expect $5.39 per share.Its stock rose $2.05, or 2.7 per cent, to close Wednesday at $77.83.__AP Writer Michelle Chapman contributed to this report from New York. by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 3, 2016 5:51 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

President speaks to governments tuition announcement

The following letter was sent to faculty, staff and students at Brock University from President Gervan Fearon on Jan. 21, 2019:  Dear fellow members of the extended Brock community,At Brock, we are an engaged university community that values collegiality and collaboration in decision-making and development. Your engagement during times of significant change makes Brock stronger, and supports our shared effort to advance the University’s mission, commitment to students, and support for our faculty and staff.On Jan. 17, 2019, the Ontario Government announced a 10 per cent reduction in college and university tuition based on the 2018-19 rates. The new rates are to be held for both 2019-20 and 2020-21, along with changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and to Student Association Ancillary fees. As a result, preliminary estimates suggest that Ontario’s 21 publicly supported universities will face an aggregate revenue reduction of about $360 million. These developments will have significant implications for all Ontario universities, including Brock.For context, in May 2018, a balanced 2018-19 operating budget of $339 million was submitted to the Board of Trustees, after having been reviewed by Senate PPBAC to ensure the budget supported and aligned with the University’s academic mission. The 2018-19 budget included $116.3 million in revenues from students that fall within the government’s regulated tuition framework. A 10 per cent reduction in tuition rates, as prescribed by the government, represents an $11.6 million reduction in revenues. However, to cover increasing operating costs, tuition has been increasing at about three per cent per year, representing approximately $3.8 million. Thus, the impact on Brock’s budget is a shortfall of approximately $15.4 million for 2019-20, which extends in 2020-21 by another $3.8 million based on previously budgeted numbers.In reflecting on these implications, it is important to understand the significant differences between operating and capital budgets, as well as between discretionary and dedicated or encumbered budget numbers. Capital budgets are used for long-term capital projects, such as student residences, which, like a house, may involve long-term mortgages. The cash-flow (generated revenue) on these capital assets means they often pay for themselves, and in fact may add net contributions to the University’s operating budget now and in the future.Similarly, donors may stipulate the purpose of the funds they have contributed to the University (e.g., scholarship and bursaries), which can then only be used for those purposes, rather than for general operating purposes. It is important to make these distinctions, since members of the Brock community may very well see the University completing capital projects (the Rankin Family Pavilion or student residences, for example), even as we address any operating budget challenges that we face as of Jan. 17, 2019.Brock University President Gervan FearonThe Brock community has increasingly looked towards a transparent, inclusive and compassionate decision-making framework that is focused on fulfilling the University’s efforts to support its new Institutional Strategic Plan. This includes enhancing our transformational academic and student experience; expanding our research capacity; fostering a culture of inclusivity as well supporting our commitment to Indigenous educational initiatives; and having a positive impact on surrounding communities.All Ontario universities face the challenge of aligning their operating budgets with the new tuition framework. The universities that can address these challenges in a co-ordinated and harmonious fashion — i.e., those that manage the necessary changes and adjustments while keeping focus on the type of university they are trying to establish for the future — will emerge from this period in a better position than those that take a divisive and siloed approach.At the Jan. 16 session of Senate, I stated that Canadians have a tremendous capacity to deal with change and unanticipated events because of our weather. Specifically, we know that when we go into a skid due to poor road conditions, the best way to recover is to focus and steer in the direction you are ultimately aiming to go. We must keep our focus on the priorities of supporting excellence in teaching and learning; building our research capacity; supporting university-community engagement and regional community and economic development; and fostering an inclusive and respectful work and learning environment. The Ontario Government’s announcement of Jan. 17 does not make this task easier; however, it does inform our operating budget capacity, and constrains the rate by which we make progress in relation to these priorities.We have already been in communication with the Brock University Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Association, and will be co-ordinating meetings and discussions in the coming weeks. The Student Ancillary Fee changes included in the Government’s announcement could potentially have significant service and budgetary implications for the University and our students. We are awaiting further information on these and other components of the announcement, and will provide updates to the Brock community as we get additional information and at key milestones.Over the next few weeks, we will be getting additional details regarding the Government’s announcement, and doing a full analysis of the implications across the Brock community. We will be developing a budget guidance framework that incorporates the new budgetary realities, along with requests for all units across the University to explore options for achieving the new budget numbers. Simultaneously, we will be looking at broad University initiatives that may further support either increased revenues or cost-saving initiatives, and will be looking to you for ideas, assistance and support throughout this process. We will be bringing forward discussion items to Senate and the Board to ensure that the University’s academic and administrative governance processes are fully engaged throughout these efforts.We are a “people” organization in all that we do. We have to put our students, faculty and staff at the centre of our considerations as we endeavour to work within new operating budgetary realities facing the University.Thank you for your assistance and considerations.Sincerely,Gervan Fearon,President and Vice-Chancellor, Brock UniversitySome related links on the Ontario Government’s recent announcement:https://news.ontario.ca/maesd/en/2019/01/government-for-the-people-to-lower-student-tuition-burden-by-10-per-cent.htmlhttps://brocku.ca/about/university-financials/https://ontariosuniversities.ca/tuition-announcement-statement-by-david-lindsay/ read more

Duke Completed A Long Road To The National Championship

When this tournament started, the FiveThirtyEight model said Duke was only 6 percent likely to win the NCAA tournament. Now it’s 100 percent.What the model couldn’t tell you: that Duke would pull away from Gonzaga late in the Elite Eight and demolish a surprising Michigan State team in the Final Four; that it’d have to come back against a Wisconsin team late in the championship game; and that one of the guys helping the Blue Devils do it would be Grayson Allen, the freshman from Jacksonville who scored 16 points in the final of the NCAA tournament. Allen averaged nine minutes and four points a game this season but went 5 of 8 from the field in the biggest game of his life. He’s the kind of folk hero March Madness is so good at finding.That Duke was only 6 percent likely to win the tournament doesn’t mean this was a total shock. The Blue Devils were a No. 1 seed after all and had the sixth-highest probability to win, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Here’s a look back at the Blue Devils’ win probabilities going into each round of the tournament. Engrave it on to your commemorative DVD, Duke fans. Shining moments shouldn’t be forgotten.Round of 64: 6 percent chance to win the championship.Round of 32: 7 percent.Sweet 16: 12 percent.Elite Eight: 13 percent.Final Four: 22 percent.Finals: 47 percent.Monday night, 11:30 p.m.: 100 percent. read more

The sun rung in 2013 with a massive solar eruption

first_imgThe sun totally one-upped Earth-bound revelers on New Year’s Eve. No matter how big and exciting you thought the Times Square celebration was, the big yellow ball in the sky managed to pull off a bigger spectacle — one that lasted for four hours and reached a distance of 20 times the diameter of the Earth.According to NASA, there was a solar eruption that extended nearly 160,000 miles on December 31, 2012. For four hours, the event played out as a kind of solar ballet, with plasma gushing out of the sun and twirling around before eventually being sucked back in by the force of gravity.Even though it provided quite the show for NASA’s cameras, it didn’t cause any major issues. Solar flares and eruptions can sometimes interfere with satellites or other manmade objects floating about in outer space, but this recent event was declared “relatively minor,” mainly because the massive flow of plasma did not actually make its way out of the sun‘s orbit.In rare circumstances, it is actually possible for particles to make their way all the way to Earth. When that doesn’t happen, though, it’s just a good, harmless spectacle for space geeks.This most recent event is noteworthy because it may be one of the last of its kind for several years. NASA says that solar activity is currently at the peak of an 11-year cycle, and that either in 2013 or 2014 there will be a huge lull. Sunspot numbers are poised to be the lowest they have been in more than a century.This will come as a notable contrast to the relatively frequent solar activity that has occurred over the last several months. For instance, there was another solar eruption less than two months ago near the end of November. So bookmark the YouTube video above if you really like watching solar eruptions. It might be a while before you see another one this good.NASA via Latinos Postlast_img read more

Rooney believes United needs two more signings

first_imgThe ex-Red Devils know it will be very difficult for his old team to compete with Manchester City if no more players go to Old TraffordEnglish club Manchester United has been linked with many players this summer, but so far the team has only brought two new footballers to Old Trafford.The only two transfers were Diogo Dalot from Porto and Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.This has left ex-Red Devils’ favorite Wayne Rooney with many doubts about what his old team will be able to do in the Premier League.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I think it will be difficult after the season they had last year. They [Manchester City] have been playing some great football”, he was quoted saying by The Independent in Ireland.“But I hope someone can catch them – it would be nice, so hopefully Manchester United can. I think maybe another signing or two,” he added.“I am sure Jose (Mourinho) has been getting the team right. I know there has been a lot of talk about pre-season in the press but I am sure behind the scenes, Jose has been giving them the right amount of work.”“They have the game against Leicester on Friday so hopefully they can go one step further this year than second and try and get the title back,” the ex-Premier League star told the Irish newspaper.last_img read more

BAHAMAS The Governor General Hosted Permanent Secretaries at Annual Luncheon

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 16, 2018 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (seated centre) hosted Bahamas Government Permanent Secretaries at the Annual Luncheon at Government House on Monday, February 12, 2018.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Related Items:last_img

Sobriety during the holidays

first_imgAlcohol can be a fun addition to a gathering, but it can also be disastrous if not used responsibly. Alaska  has a difficult relationship with alcohol and the holiday season can be tough for people trying to stay  sober or limit their intake.Alcohol stock image courtesy of Scott Olson/Getty ImagesListen Now HOST: Julia O’MalleyGUESTS:Tiffany Hall – Recover AlaskaStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Nusli Wadia issues defamation notice to Tata Sons

first_imgNusli Wadia, an independent director of some Tata Group companies, on Monday sent across a defamation notice to the Tata Sons board asking it to withdraw “false” and “defamatory” allegations made against him or face lawsuit. The industrialist felt the company’s aim to remove him as an independent director has ruined his reputation and image.Wadia feels the allegations made against him are baseless and false and that the Tata Sons has a “personal vendetta” against him, News 18 reported. In his notice, the 72-year old said that the move to throw him out of the company has tarnished his image with the public at large.In its response, Tata Sons told the Times of India that “the company will respond to the notice appropriately.” The company has called for an extra ordinary general meeting on December 13 and will consider removing Wadia as an independent director from the board.According to reports, the Tata Group plans to remove Wadia as an independent director from the board of Indian Hotels, Tata Chemicals, Tata Motors and Tata Steel, fearing that he was trying to take control of some of these companies and intended to cause harm to the $103 billion group.The shares of Indian Hotels were trading at Rs 89.40 at around 9.52 am on Tuesday, down 1.70 percent. Tata Chemicals shares were trading at Rs 451 apiece, up 0.47 percent around the same time. Tata Motors shares were also trading at Rs 461.95, up 1.11 percent and Tata Steel’s stock was trading at Rs 375.50, up 1.06 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Party Politics National Edition Ep 39 What Will Trump Do In 2018

first_imgEvan Vucci, Wong Maye-E/APPresident Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to continue to square off in 2018. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /18:34 Trump declares war on former adviser Steve Bannon And finally, Brandon and Jay unpack what 2018 will look like during President Trump’s second year in office. We do a weekly Texas-centered episode too which you can subscribe to on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.   On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus catch you up on what’s been happening in Washington and around the world since the end of 2017:My button is bigger than yours – President Trump comparing nuclear button sizes to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un President Trump dissolves controversial voting commission to look into voter fraudNew York state sues the Feds on tax changes  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Listen Xlast_img read more

Spotify CMO Seth Farbman to Leave Company

first_imgSpotify’s string of high-profile executive departures continues, as chief marketing officer Seth Farbman will exit the company at the end of this month, a rep for the company confirmed to Variety Friday morning.The move, first reported by Music Business Worldwide, was announced in an SEC filing Thursday that stated Farbman’s departure “part of a broader effort to realign Spotify’s marketing organization.”“We want to thank Seth for his creativity, dedication and hard work over the past three and a half years. He’s played a pivotal role in establishing our brand around the globe and building the remarkable team that will carry us into the future,” said CEO and cofounder Daniel Ek.Farbman, who joined Spotify in April of 2015, said, “I came to Spotify to build a world class marketing organization and establish the Spotify brand as the leader in music, culture and innovation. By all measures, we’ve achieved those goals, but we’ve also done something most companies only dream of doing – we’ve turned affinity for the Spotify experience into love for the brand. I have all the confidence in the creative, capable team in place.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Spotify has long had a rapid employee turnover, but the company has seen multiple veterans leave the company in the past year, particularly after its public listing in April. Others who have left include longtime communications exec Graham James. global head of creator services Troy Carter, global head of artist & industry partnerships Mark Williamson, senior marketing and communications exec Angela Watts, and RapCaviar playlist curator Tuma Basa and global head of artist and label marketing Dave Rocco.last_img read more

Ladysmith Gazettes pick of the top 5 local and international news stories

first_imgSpecial counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday – a step toward possible criminal indictments.Read full story: US grand jury impaneled for Russia probe: report5. Foiled Australia plane plot directed by Islamic State: policeA man instructed by the Islamic State to bring down an Etihad Airways flight tried to use an unsuspecting passenger to carry a bomb on board, with a second poisonous gas plot also in the works, Australian police alleged Friday.Read full story: Foiled Australia plane plot directed by Islamic State: policeClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 1. Watch: Taxi in Ladysmith falls into massive sinkhole near high schoolShortly after 7am this morning (August 4), a taxi passing Ladysmith High School (LHS) dropped into an unseen sinkhole caused by a burst pipe.Read full story: Watch: Taxi in Ladysmith falls into massive sinkhole near high school 2. 10-year-old girl killed in tragic crash on her way to a funeral with her mother just outside LadysmithThe life of a 10-year-old girl was sadly lost yesterday evening (August 3) after a crash just outside Ladysmith.Read full story: 10-year-old girl killed in tragic crash on her way to a funeral with her mother just outside Ladysmith3. Abused dog with broken jaw put down in LadysmithAn abandoned crossbreed puppy was found in Colenso by the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) yesterday afternoon (August 3). The dog looked as if it had been kicked and abused, and its jaw was broken.Read full story: Abused dog with broken jaw put down in Ladysmith4. US grand jury impaneled for Russia probe: reportlast_img read more

Hot Springs Virginia – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgHot Springs, Virginia – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSummer has brought big changes to The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. The historic landmark resort dating from 1766 recently unveiled newly renovated guest rooms in its West Wing and Historic Tower, including its first-ever Governor’s Suite. There are also new menus at eight of The Homestead’s dining outlets, as well as new onsite activities and new spa treatments to engage guests of all ages. With a capital investment of $4 million, The Homestead, the birthplace of Southern hospitality, is ready to welcome guests to experience the resort’s renaissance in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains this summer.Historic Tower and West Wing Room Renovations: The Homestead debuts a total of 157 renovated guest rooms and suites this year, 67 of which are in the Historic Tower, and 90 in the West Wing. The Historic Tower celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2010, and along with new guest rooms, features the resort’s first ever Governor’s Suite. Richmond-based interior design firm Beaty and Brown directed the renovations of the Historic Tower and West Wing guest rooms, which feature a new and enhanced interior design. Regency style interiors are reflected in brightly colored, floral bouquet patterned prints and geometric stripes and plaids all of which complement the traditional guestroom elements including crown moldings, presidential style desks, four-poster beds and antique armoires. Other guest room enhancements include new pedestal sinks and wallpaper in the bathrooms.Located on the 17th floor of the Historic Tower, the resort adds a new Governor’s Suite, which is nearly 3,000 square feet. The suite includes a bedroom, a parlor, bathroom and a large exterior porch spanning 1,800 square feet. The porch has new wicker furniture including chaise lounges – the perfect vantage point to take in the stunning views of the Allegheny Mountains and countryside. The Governor’s suite also features a commemorative plaque with a letter from Governor McDonnell, along with a picture of the First Family, displayed on the wall outside of the suite.New Dining Menus: Executive Chef Mark Gallaudet unveils new dining concepts and menus at eight of The Homestead’s onsite restaurants, including the signature Main Dining Room. Famous for its breakfast buffets and nightly dinner and dancing, the Main Dining Room will now feature a very special new dinner menu, which is a celebration of past and present. The two columned menu features “Classics” on the left side – dishes The Homestead has become known for such as Sautéed Mountain Trout “Homestead” with peeled grapes and almonds in lemon butter sauce while “New Classics,” dishes appear on the right-hand side, celebrating fresh twists on traditional American cuisine, like Seared Black Bass with chorizo, littleneck clams, corn custard.New Resort Activities: As if three championship golf courses, a handsome shooting club, four tennis courts, a 48-stall equestrian center and one of the finest private trout streams in the state of Virginia weren’t enough, The Homestead recently added a new opportunities to its mix of recreational and sporting activities. New activities include archery, off-road adventures and Kids Golf on The Old Course, complete with junior tees, scorecards, and kid’s size rental equipment.New Spa Treatments and Services: The European-style Spa at The Homestead is introduces a new treatment menu as well as special new services, including Family Spa packages! Now, parents and kids can enjoy the spa together at The Homestead. New kids treatments include the strawberries and cream manicure and a chocolate pedicure. Adults can indulge in new therapies such as the Southern Harvest Apricot & Sweet Vanilla Wrap with a sweet vanilla sugar scrub and massage or a Buttercup Body Polish usingfresh buttercups that grow indigenously in the resort’s Cascades Gorge.www.thehomestead.comlast_img read more

Cyprus longest serving convict released

first_imgThe longest-serving convict in Cyprus, Panayiotis Kafkaris, 72, who killed a man and his two children, was released on Friday after the parole board approved his request following repeated appeals.Kafkaris has served 31 years after he was given three life sentences for the premeditated murder of businessman Panicos Michael, 45, and his two children aged 11 and 13, in Limassol in 1987.During his trial he said he had been paid CYP £10,000 (€17,000) to carry out the hit. Kafkaris had placed a bomb under Michael’s vehicle, which he detonated, killing all three.Kafkaris had been fighting his imprisonment in a variety of legal means including recourse to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the duration of his sentence. At the time of the murder, life imprisonment in Cyprus was 20 years.Kafkaris at the time of the murderHowever, in 1988, the Nicosia Criminal Court interpreted life imprisonment to mean until the end of a convict’s biological life.Consequently, when passing sentence in 1989, the Limassol Criminal Court, relied on the 1988 findings of its counterpart in Nicosia.He had requested to be released on parole for the first time in 2012 but his application was rejected. He appealed the decision and in February, 2015 the Supreme Court cancelled the parole board’s decision because it had not been examined properly and lacked justification. The parole board reviewed the request and rejected it anew.Kafkaris turned to the Supreme Court again, which cancelled the parole board’s decision for the second time for the same reasons.The convict sought another review on April 3, 2017, but received no reply.Later in the same year, the Supreme Court rejected another request Kafkaris had filed asking for permission to apply for a preferential order after asking the parole board to review his case within a specific timeframe or reasonable time.In July 2015, Kafkaris wrote a letter to the ombudsman and the ECHR asking to be put to death unless his request for parole is re-examined.The lifer said he had no confidence in the current parole board and would like his request for release to be examined by a reconstituted board.“If this is not possible, I request that I be euthanised,” he wrote.In January 2004, he filed an application to the Supreme Court challenging the legitimacy of his detention but that was also dismissed.He went on to appeal at the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled in 2008 that Cyprus had violated Article 7 of the Convention on Human Rights with regard to the quality of the law applicable at the material time.Article 7 states that no one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offence under national or international law at the time when it was committed.“Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the criminal offence was committed.”In response, Cyprus pledged to set up a parole board but was censured by the ECHR in 2011 for failing to do so.The board was eventually set up in 2013.You May LikePOM Industries LLCPOM Pepper Spray – Next Generation of Performance, Quality and SafetyPOM Industries LLCUndoZeluPlus26 Things You Need To Know Before Buying A Carton of Eggs – ZeluPlusZeluPlusUndoTotal Restore SupplementUS Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesTotal Restore SupplementUndo Mayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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