London: Ireland’s Shane Lowry won his first Grand Slam championship as he held his nerve in a tense battle with England’s Tommy Fleetwood at the 148th Open in Royal Portrush. Sunday’s victory tasted sweeter for a man from the island considering The Open is returning to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951, Xinhua news agency reported. The 32-year-old had built enough of a lead that he could enjoy the greatest walk in golf up the 18th fairway knowing the Claret Jug was waiting for him, and has become just the second Irishman to lift it, after Padraig Harrington. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh He eventually signed for a score of 72 which saw him end the Championship at -15 and Fleetwood could only shake the new Champion Golfer’s hand as he finished six strokes back. American Tony Finau produced a superb level-par 71 to finish third at -7. Last year’s Champion Golfer Francesco Molinari also finished strongly with a Sunday-best round of 66 that saw him leap up to -3 for the Championship and a tie for 11th. Lowry was greeted by boisterous fans who belted out football chants and pop songs lauding their hero long into the night. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Honestly, that’s the most incredible day I’ve ever had on the golf course. I honestly can’t explain what it was like,” said Lowry afterwards. “The crowd was incredible,” he said. “I let myself enjoy it and it was incredible walking down 18, they were singing and going mad. I could not believe it was happening to me. “It is huge for Irish golf and big for Irish sport. I am a huge sports fan and I think there are people back home who watched golf that have never watched it before,” he added.
Over the past 10 years, the Israeli military has expanded restrictions on access to farmland on the Gaza side of the 1949 Armistice Line between Israel and Gaza – also known as the ‘Green Line’ – and to fishing areas along Gaza’s coast, with the stated intention of preventing attacks by Palestinian armed factions. “This regime has had a devastating impact on the physical security and livelihoods of nearly 180,000 people, exacerbating the assault on human dignity triggered by the blockade imposed by Israel in June 2007,” states the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Food Programme (WFP), which carried out a study on the impact of the restrictions.Israel imposed the blockade on Gaza, where some 1.5 million Palestinians live, over three years ago for what it called security reasons after Hamas, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, ousted the Fatah movement in the Strip in 2007.Most farmers interviewed for the study reported that their income from agriculture had been reduced by less than a third of the previous amount since the expansion of the restricted area in 2008, while others said their incomes were wiped out.In addition, the income lost in the fishing sector as a result of the access restrictions is estimated at some $26.5 million over a five-year period.The study said that the erosion of livelihoods has forced affected families to develop a variety of coping mechanisms. For example, farmers affected by the destruction or loss of access to fruit orchards or greenhouses have shifted to the cultivation of open-air crops, mostly wheat and barley.One coping mechanism in the fishing sector has been to sail into Egyptian waters to buy fish from Egyptian fishermen, which is subsequently sold in markets in Gaza. The trips to the sites where these transactions are conducted are long and dangerous, lasting between six and 10 hours in each direction, and expose fishermen to the risk of coming under fire or being arrested by Israeli or Egyptian naval forces. Other fishermen opt to import Egyptian fish through tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt border. Some Palestinians also report the gradual liquidation or renting of personal and productive assets to generate income – from selling off women’s jewellery and gold, to selling or renting land, equipment, greenhouses, and livestock.The restrictions also affect access to schools, seven of which are located within the restricted areas, and have significantly impeded the maintenance and upgrade of existing wastewater and electricity infrastructure, negatively impacting the provision of services to the entire population of Gaza, according to the study. “To start addressing the dire situation of one of the most vulnerable segments of Gaza’s population, the current restrictions on civilian access to Gaza’s land and sea must be urgently lifted to the fullest extent possible,” OCHA and WFP stated.They also cited the need for larger and better targeted humanitarian assistance to mitigate the impact of the ongoing erosion of livelihoods and to prevent a further deterioration of the situation for Gaza’s inhabitants. 19 August 2010The United Nations is calling for the urgent lifting of Israeli military restrictions on civilian access to Gaza’s land and sea, which has eroded the livelihoods of Palestinian residents and worsened the plight of a population already under an economic blockade.
The EU recently said that after a lengthy dialogue process Sri Lanka has now successfully reformed its fisheries governance system. The President made this announcement at the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) May Day rally in Galle today. A gazette notice has been issued permitting Sri Lankan fisheries products to be exported to EU member countries.President Maithripala Sirisena said that the gazette will be printed tonight after the EU had recently decided to lift the ban on Sri Lankan fisheries products. Sri Lanka was issued with a yellow card in 2012 and listed by the Council in February 2015. This was the result of a long standing failure to address serious shortcomings in the implementation of control measures, a lack of deterrent sanctions, as well as the failure to comply with international and regional fisheries rules.Sri Lanka subsequently amended its legal framework, strengthened sanctions and improved its fleet control. (Colombo Gazette)
“These proposed changes are all mutually interdependent, as they also depend on the achievement of the highest ethical standards throughout the Secretariat,” Mr. Annan said. “Failure to carry through reform in any one of these areas can greatly reduce, or even nullify, the value of reform in all the others. Therefore I cannot too strongly urge Member States to view this process of change as a whole, and to embark on it in full-hearted partnership with the management and staff of the Secretariat.”The report, which was written in response to a request in the Outcome Document adopted by national leaders at last year’s UN World Summit, contains proposals in seven main areas: people, leadership, information and communications technology, service delivery, budget and financial management, effective control by Member States, and the creation of a small, dedicated office to manage the process of change itself.The Secretary-General noted that successful reform depends on a strategic partnership based on mutual trust, and acknowledged that this has not always been present. “Many States feel excluded from any real say in the affairs of the Organization, and seek to correct this by asserting their authority on matters of detail. But this has the effect of breaking down what should be the division of labour between me, as Chief Administrative Officer, and this Assembly,” he said.“It is vital that we find a way to restore trust and partnership, based on a clear understanding of each other’s roles,” he said. “The role of a governing body is to provide strategic direction to the management, and then hold it accountable for the results. And the role of management is to deliver those results effectively and transparently, so that it can be judged on its performance.”To achieve change, he said, “we – the Secretariat – and you, the Member States, must work together to make it happen.”General Assembly President Jan Eliasson urged those present to begin the process of translating words into action and echoed Mr. Annan’s call for partnership. “It is now time to carefully study and carefully consider the proposals of the Secretary-General,” the Assembly President said. “It is essential that we address this vital issue with trust, transparency and a sense of common responsibility.”Ambassador Eliasson said the General Assembly’s Administrative and Budgetary (Fifth) Committee as well as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) “will have crucial roles to play.” The Fifth Committee is charged with handling all in-house financial issues at the UN, while the ACABQ is widely considered to be a powerful budget watchdog, since its recommendations to the Fifth Committee often call for cuts and are frequently adopted.Speaking on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China – with 132 members, the largest Third World coalition at the UN – Ambassador Dumisani S. Kumalo of South Africa thanked Mr. Annan for his report. “Like the Secretary-General we agree that this is a very important report,” he said. “We now expect that this entire report will be forwarded immediately to the ACABQ so that the ACABQ can expeditiously start considering the substance of the proposals before it before it is formally introduced to the Fifth Committee.”He said the G-77 countries “remain anxiously ready as many other Member States to see this process of bringing positive changes happen very soon to strengthen our beloved Organization.”Ambassador Gerhard Pfanzelter of Austria, speaking on behalf of the European Union (EU), also thanked Mr. Annan for his report “which will have an important impact on the future of our Organization.”He welcomed the fact that the review “has not been done in a business-as-usual approach but in the form of a comprehensive package which has the potential to improve the way this Organization is working.”The EU felt the report “should be treated in the way that all other follow-up reports to the World Summit have been treated, namely in the framework of informal plenary meetings.” He added that the EU did not object to consideration of the report by the Fifth Committee and the ACABQ but added that “the plenary as the addressee of the report should have control over the process.”Ambassador Pfanzelter said the EU member countries “look forward to constructive discussion with all Member States in an atmosphere of trust and cooperation.”Ambassador John Bolton of the United States joined others in welcoming the Secretary-General’s proposals. “We believe that consideration of the Secretary-General’s report in the first instance belongs in the plenary of the General Assembly which will in turn make decisions as to how to allocate it among the relevant committees of the General Assembly in the judgment of the General Assembly.” He voiced hope that the initial disagreements over how to proceed would not be a portent of the negotiations to come. “This work is too important to be caught up in procedural wrangles in this body,” he said.Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan echoed earlier speakers in welcoming the proposals. “This is a bold report containing a number of important proposals and recommendations that aim to improve the work of the Organization,” he said. “We appreciate the strong commitment and will of the Secretary-General to lead the Organization in this direction.”Specific, technical details would have to be discussed in the Fifth Committee, but “it is essential that policy discussions on key proposals and recommendations will have to take place here in the plenary,” he said.President Eliasson said he would immediately begin consultations on the course ahead.
Parisians toast Beaujolais Nouveau, return to cafes with vow to retain city’s ‘joie de vivre’ In this Nov. 17, 2015 picture people enjoy dinner at ‘1ºer Bistrot Philo’ close to one of the spots of Friday’s attacks in Paris. In France, a glass of wine is many things: one of life’s small pleasures, a civilized complement to food, a source of national pride. Now, it’s also a symbol of defiance. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) PARIS – In France, a glass of wine is many things: one of life’s small pleasures, a civilized complement to food, a source of national pride. Now, it’s also a symbol of defiance.As vintners release this year’s batch of Beaujolais Nouveau in the shadow of last week’s Paris attacks, “To the bistro!” has replaced “To the barricades!” as France’s rallying cry.“What would our country be without its cafes?” asked President Francois Hollande, telling his compatriots that life must be “resumed in full” after the Nov. 13 gun and bomb rampage by jihadi militants.The attacks, which killed 129 people and injured more than 350, have left France in shock. They overshadowed Thursday’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day, when winemakers uncork their latest batch of the fruity young wine, and bars and restaurants hold special tasting sessions.Jean Bourjade of the wine producers’ body Inter Beaujolais said the group considered scrapping some of the promotional events after the attacks. But it was decided that the wine should flow, because “it is the French culture, it is the French way of life, which has been put in jeopardy.”Many Parisians are determined to raise a glass — even those who consider Beaujolais Nouveau’s popularity a product of savvy marketing rather than quality.“The Beaujolais isn’t good wine. But everyone will go out on purpose tonight,” said 63-year-old Lucienne Tavera, sitting with two friends on a cafe terrace near the Bataclan concert hall, where the deadliest of the attacks unfolded.“Tonight, we won’t care how it tastes.”Her resolve is echoed across the patch of eastern Paris where the attacks took place — the 11th arrondissement and the neighbouring Canal Saint-Martin area in the 10th.When the Islamic State group took responsibility for the attacks, it called Paris “the capital of prostitution and obscenity.”The militants did not hit the city’s high-profile tourist attractions, gleaming buildings and neighbourhoods of freshly washed streets. They chose an eclectic, slightly scruffy area where destination restaurants, hip bars, art galleries and designer boutiques sit alongside corner stores, kebab shops and bakeries.It’s also a place where a mosque, a church and a Jewish school occupy the same few blocks — a diversity that many residents treasure.“There are Jews, Muslims, young people, old people in this neighbourhood. It’s a family,” said 28-year-old Charlotte Pagnoux. “This is the heart of Paris, the soul of Paris. This is why they came here. They struck at the heart of Paris.”It’s also an area — like parts of Brooklyn or east London — that first has grown edgy and then affluent.The district’s longstanding working-class residents have been joined over the decades by immigrants from North Africa, young creative types and — as social cachet and property prices rose — by well-off “bourgeois bohemians” or “bobos.”On that unusually warm November evening last week, gunmen rampaged through the area, firing automatic weapons at packed bars and cafes and storming the Bataclan concert hall during a performance by the U.S. band Eagles of Death Metal. Eighty-nine people died at the Bataclan, and 40 elsewhere.By choosing this area, the attackers hit at the city’s young and bohemian heart. The roll call of the dead shows that most victims were in their 20s and 30s, and many worked in the media and creative professions: as architects, artists, journalists, designers and musicians.The Bataclan is a place that generations of Parisians have associated with fun. Built in the 19th century in an ebullient Chinese-influenced style, it has hosted musicians from Maurice Chevalier to Iron Maiden. It’s also famous for its club nights, including long-established, lively gay parties on weekends.“I have so many glittery memories on Saturday night — laughing with friends, dancing with drag queens,” said Stephane Le Breton, a marketing consultant and Bataclan regular. “It’s beyond comprehension that this is the same place in which this evil last Friday was unleashed.“I feel like can never set my foot in there again. It’s the end of an era.”Many others share the fear that things will never be the same.On the weekend after the attacks, restaurant business plunged 80 per cent, according to France’s hotel and restaurant union. Tables filled up again through the week, as Parisians heeded the call to go out, popularized on social media with the slogan “Tous au bistrot” — “Everyone to the bistro!”“This is what we do to make things go back to normal,” said Frederic Hoffmann, who runs a creperie down the street from one of the stricken bars and had spent several hours shuttered inside amid the attacks. “We open the restaurant. We get people together, to try to talk and make some sense out of it.”For the past six days, people in the area have talked about little else. Normal life will resume, but locals worry that once the mounds of flowers, candles and tributes outside the attack sites are gone, the landscape of their neighbourhood will have irrevocably changed.Ismael Jole-Menebhi, a reggae singer who lost a friend in one of the cafe attacks, said the killers had targeted the area’s diverse social mix.But he vowed they wouldn’t succeed in dividing residents.“We want to love each other and we (want) to say it to each other,” said Jole-Menebhi. “And we want to spend more time together. So on that goal, at least I can say that they failed.”___Associated Press writers Thomas Adamson and Maria Sanminiatelli in Paris contributed to this report.___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2015 2:33 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2015 at 3:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, said she was concerned about the current situation and the impact of the violence across the country. She added that humanitarian organizations were supporting the Government’s efforts to respond to the immediate crisis, but said they also needed to start preparations to respond to needs during the rainy season in April.More than 100,000 South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan since fighting between pro- and anti-Government forces began in mid-December. Inside the country, some 490,000 people are currently displaced, with 79,000 of them sheltering at eight bases of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). There is hope that the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in Ethiopia last week will lead to an end to the fighting. Meanwhile, the UN and its humanitarian partners are doing all they can to assist those in need. Together with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, Ms. Amos visited displaced communities in Malakal and aid agencies’ warehouses, including a World Food Programme warehouse which was recently looted.She also met displaced families sheltering in a teaching hospital, which is now hosting about 500 civilians, and visited a UN peacekeeping hospital, where over 900 patients have received various kinds of treatment.This follows her visit yesterday to displaced families at the UN base in the capital, Juba, where she also met with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMISS, Hilde Johnson, as well as members of the humanitarian community.At the base yesterday, Ms. Amos met a women’s group whose members expressed fears about returning home because of the ongoing insecurity.The South Sudan Crisis Response Plan, launched last month, seeks $209 million to meet the most immediate needs of the crisis between January and March. As of 13 January, aid agencies had secured around $109 million of the immediate requirements for the emergency response.
Starting Monday, Aug. 22, contractors from Pinchin will be conducting a room-by-room asbestos re-assessment of the Brock University campuses in St. Catharines and Hamilton, excluding the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.This annual review involves a visual inspection of all known asbestos-containing materials and could include the collection of samples in some locations.Pinchin will begin their inspections on Monday and will continue until Friday Sept. 2 with the possibility of a few additional days if needed. This re-assessment will assist Brock in the safe handling, control of, tracking and management of asbestos-containing materials on campus, and is a requirement of Ontario’s health and safety legislation.In most cases, individuals will notice very little activity or disruption. The contractors will sometimes be accompanied by Brock staff, and in a very few instances they may set up containment materials in some locations. Proper precautions and controls will be in place, in accordance with legislation, to eliminate any risk of exposure. The health and safety of building occupants will be the top priority.Anyone with questions about the project, or concerns about special considerations regarding equipment, materials, access or special arrangements that need to be made, should contact Health, Safety and Wellness at email@example.com, or Jennifer Booker, Brock Environmental Health and Safety Officer, at x5390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn Updated 5pmTIME HAS BEEN called on Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government as no deal has been reached between the DUP and Sinn Féin.Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly returned to work in Stormont at noon with Sinn Féin failing to nominate a Deputy First Minister following the resignation of Martin McGuinness.Nominating officer Michelle O’Neill told parliament that her party would not be putting forward a replacement, saying that the people will now have their say.Earlier, Maurice Morrow nominated Arlene Foster to the role of First Minister, which she accepted. However, the largest two parties are required to nominate for the roles of First Minister and Deputy First Minister.Under those rules, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has no choice but to call Assembly elections as the 5pm deadline for nominations passed with the positions still vacant.Arriving for today’s session, First Minister, the DUP’s Arlene Foster accused Sinn Féin of forcing an election that “Northern Ireland does not need”. The deadline has passed and Northern Ireland is heading for a snap election Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire will have no choice but name a date for elections later today. My responsibility is to see that we are working with each of the parties to ensure that we are not looking at greater division. Source: Sky News/Twitter McGuinness resigned last Monday in the wake of Foster refusing to stand down in the wake of a controversy over the cash-for-ash, a renewable heat project she stood over as minister.Under the rules of governance of Northern Ireland, McGuinness’ resignation automatically put Foster out of her job too.However, last week Sinn Féin’s Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald outlined a wide array of hostilities going on between the DUP and Sinn Féin in the backdrop of the controversy.These involve disagreements over the Irish language and LGBT rights – topics touched on by O’Neill in her brief words to parliament this afternoon. Jan 16th 2017, 12:25 PM 70 Comments Monday 16 Jan 2017, 12:25 PM Short URL Share17 Tweet Email Mary Lou McDonald says Arlene Foster and DUP are in denial pic.twitter.com/7nxmeF1JZR— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) January 10, 2017 Arlene Foster says “Northern Ireland does not need, nor does its people want an election” https://t.co/a6e2FFxssU— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 16, 2017 What happens next? It is expected that Brokenshire will outline a date for elections at a news conference at 5.30pm.After the election, the parties will have three weeks to form a new Northern Ireland Assembly.However, if a similar result to the makeup of the Assembly now is returned – and issues are so deep that they cannot be addressed – it is unlikely a deal will be struck. This would result in a power-sharing government not being re-established. Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire. Source: Jonathan BradyThis raises the possibility that Northern Ireland could face a return to direct rule – however, Brockenshire told the BBC yesterday that he is not contemplating a return to British direct rule.I’m not contemplating any alternatives to devolved government in Northern Ireland. That is my absolute and resolute faith. 13,608 Views My concern is that an election campaign will be divisive, will actually lead to greater distance between the parties.The main nationalist opposition party in Northern Ireland, the SDLP, has called for “joint-authority” where London and Dublin rule will share the responsibility of governing Northern Ireland, if attempts to establish devolution fail.All this will happen against the backdrop of Brexit, with Prime Minister Theresa May stating she is going for a hard Brexit. It is still unclear who will speak on behalf of Northern Ireland during negotiations, though Brockenshire said he is determined to get the best deal for the people of Northern Ireland.Both topics will be high on the agenda when May meets Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin at the end of this month.With reporting by Sinéad O’CarrollRead: Education Minister sets out four options to deal with baptism barrier>Read: Spanish inspiration? Anti-eviction movement heats up with bill to end loopholes used to evict tenants> Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3188880
Source Interlink, the distributor that added publishing to its corporate platform with the purchase of Primedia’s Enthusiast Group in 2007, has had a rough 18 months. Former CEO and current chairman Greg Mays led the company through a near implosion of the newsstand supply chain and lawsuits against about a dozen publishers and distributors. Only months later, Source succumbed to its debt load and filed a plan of reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. bankruptcy court. Under the reorganization, Source eliminated $1 billion in debt, received a $100 million capital infusion and went private. After this and some organizational restructuring, Mays turned over the CEO position to Michael Sullivan, who started with Source on April 12 after an 11-year run as CEO of Comag, the national distributor jointly owned by Hearst and Condé Nast.Sullivan’s appointment fueled speculation that the company was headed for a breakup and the publishing group, consisting of 75 titles in the automotive and action sports categories, would be left unattended while Sullivan leveraged his background with the distribution group.We caught up with Sullivan after he returned from a trip to the West Coast editorial offices. He addressed this speculation and also talked about what needs to change in the magazine industry’s fragile distribution ecosystem. Your background is decidedly on the distribution side of the publishing business, but Source has a significant magazine publishing operation. Can you describe your operational involvement across the divisions? People glaze over that I was at TV Guide from 1989-1996 during the Murdoch era. Also, when I was with Hearst and Condé Nast over the last 11 years we launched a number of the biggest titles in the business. I’ve been intimately involved in the launch of some of the major products out there.What was your role in the launches?From the CMG perspective, we’d have a couple of members from CMG at the launch meetings. When you’re rolling out a magazine like that it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a very integrated sequence of events that take place and they obviously have to be on queue. We would be responsible for everything on the retail side. The newsstand is really the first time the consumer is going to see the product. How do you plan to leverage your leadership across Source’s distribution and publishing groups?We’ve got two major components. We have the publishing assets and the distribution side, which includes the music and movies and the Source distribution component. We’ve got a changing marketplace out there. Source is the second largest distributor with 33 percent market share in the U.S. We are intricately involved with the retailers across the country. I’ve always been a believer that the newsstand is the pulse of our business; the consumer votes with every issue. There have been obvious changes in the marketplace with the advancement of the digital platform—360-degree integrated marketing and how you take print and bring it across digital and tie it into events. And I think that’s something they do pretty well here. What are some specific strategies going forward for the publishing group?We are putting our game plan together and looking at any indication of rationalization we might want to do with the portfolio. Those are some of the issues we’ll be looking at in the next couple of months. The management team in place has done a heck of a job in the last year since they came out of the bankruptcy. They stripped $50 million in costs out of here. The platforms are properly aligned, we just need to further develop the strategic business plan to get it to the next level.Over the last year, there was a big initiative under way to consolidate multiple buildings out on the West Coast where we have many of our publishing assets. We had dozens of buildings consolidated to three. It’s a lot better than what it was in the past. We’re saving millions of dollars, and now have much newer, more modern facilities.Greg Mays led the company through some significant changes, including the elimination of $1 billion in debt through a Chapter 11 reorganization. While the company might be in a less pressurized capital position, business is still very tough. There’s been ongoing speculation that the company is headed toward a breakup or sell-off, and your appointment as CEO fueled that chatter. Were you brought on to manage a divestment process?I find that so interesting. I’ve never been a breakup guy in the past. When I joined Hearst in 2000 we formed CMG. That certainly wasn’t a breakup. We developed a strategic plan that took the next ten years.Will we look at assets that don’t make good business sense and those that do? That’s all in the business model. Source Interlink was a rollup of disparate pieces. It was all connected in some way to retail. What eventually got them in trouble was the purchase of Primedia for such a steep price. The debt load was outrageous. Getting rid of that debt load and recapitalizing the company I can assure you has put us on very good footing. We just finished our first quarter and we’re right on plan. We do see, like most people in our business, a slight uptick. We’ll see what happens as the year moves on, but we’re looking for a turnaround.I’m not sure where this rumor has come from. I would not have left Comag to come here to be part of a break-up. If you look at the history of Greg Mays in the last 18 months, if anyone was going to break up the company it would have been Greg. That’s what his history has been. He left a very solid base for me to move forward on with a very good management team. Would you make more acquisitions? Whatever makes good business sense down the road. Give me a sense of how you will continue to right the ship in the near term. What needs to happen next? I think the ship has already been righted. I think it’s me taking it to the next horizon; honing and fine-tuning the business plan to get us to where we need to be. There’s been a lot of work done in the past on the digital component. The interaction between the digital and print teams is tremendous. Before the relocation of the facilities on the West Coast, publishing assets were in different office buildings. It was a siloed situation. Bringing everybody together has allowed a lot of cross-pollination among teams, especially among print and digital, which is critical to our success moving forward. Can you talk about the efficiencies Source has achieved with its distribution group over the last year or so, and what still needs to be done?One of the things I’ve often talked about is we need to become a solution provider to the retailers. I’ve screamed it from the mountain tops. We’re a DSD category, [the retailer’s] people don’t touch our product. We’re making sure the right product is at the right place at the right time. I know that sounds like an age-old statement, but it’s true.Magazines and books are under pressure as a category. I don’t think print media is going away overnight, but we need to be a solution provider for retail, give them what they need. The mainline area doesn’t look like the greeting card rack, for example. The lighting and the signage aren’t as pleasing as the greeting card side. It gets down to simply being best of class. I think we have to come up with new and innovative ways in presenting the product in the market place. We’re sometimes constricted on what the retailer allows, but I don’t think there’s enough creative thinking about what goes into the retailers. I look at the publisher as the manufacturer, it’s more up to the national distributor and wholesalers out there. We’re working with the publishers to ensure we’re putting the right product out there. We just need to do a better job talking to retailers.Source went through the pain a couple years ago closing distribution centers. We had nine distribution centers and collapsed them down to three. We did that ahead of the curve, which allowed us to become much more efficient in the marketplace.One of the things that Greg put into place is when we look at the business deals they need to make sense. There has to be a return on investment on any deal we do. In prior years, wholesalers were looking at growing their share of market and weren’t effectively looking at what the return was going to be.Can you articulate some specific examples of what needs to change in the supply chain and how you and Source Interlink are positioned to contribute to that?I think one of the things that comes into play is category management. We have to make sure we have the right product in the right place. We’re not going to have all of our automotive titles in a drug store, we’d rather have them in a book store.Generally speaking, most publishers—not all of them—want to be everywhere. That’s why the efficiency is at such low numbers. But with the technology we have available to us today we have a much better way of looking at where the product sells.Data is there, you can go to your wholesaler or distributor for that data. National distributors have access to that data through their wholesalers, it’s all how quickly they can get it. Our publishing team can go anywhere to get the information they need.
“With the launch of Parents Latina, we are putting a new stake in the marketplace,” says Meredith National Media Group President Tom Harty in the announcement. Parents Latina may target the second-generation new parent sector, but the magazine-for-Latinas market isn’t quite as desolate. Hearst waded in with Cosmopolitan for Latinas in 2012 and Woman’s Day for Latinas last year.Meredith currently publishes Ser Padres, Ser Padres Espera and Ser Padres Bebé aimed at Latin mothers and parents, but those are geared toward Spanish-speaking audiences. With Parents Latina, the company looks to appeal to English-dominant Hispanics who want culturally relevant content. “Parents Latina is the perfect complement to Meredith’s growing portfolio of brands serving U.S. Hispanic women,” notes Enedina Vega-Amaez, vice president and publisher of Meredith Hispanic Media, in a statement. “We are growing our bilingual digital presence, as well.” While a digital companion channel is under review, there are no immediate launch plans. Vega-Amez will supervise the business side of the title alongside Meredith Parents Network president Carey Witmer. More on this topic Folio Top Women: Enedina Vega Folio Top Women: Carey Witmer Meredith Relaunches Hispanic Parenting Mags Meredith Blends Fit Pregnancy and American Baby Into New Print Title Enedina Vega-Amaez Meredith Launches Multibranded Augmented Reality EffortJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered by The magazine industry loves a niche marketplace, especially when it’s new, and the predominantly English-speaking second-generation Hispanic American is certainly that.Meredith is wading into the Hispanic millennial market by targeting parents of young children with an iterative launch of its cornerstone Parents brand. A quarterly, Parents Latina is set for a Spring 2015 debut that will have a guaranteed rate base of 700,000, which is a mix of existing subscribers and controlled circulation.Parents Latina is headed up by Dana Points, content director for the Meredith Parents Network. She will oversee the magazine’s entire editorial operation. Support staff to help produce the title will be pulled from the existing pool of workers at the Meredith Hispanic Media Group. While a pilot issue was not launched, the company did test the market with research and focus groups. Research revealed that nine out of 10 second-generation Hispanic moms asked found the magazine’s concept appealing and reflective of their cultural values and heritage, according to Points.The company, across print and digital, currently serves six million Hispanic women. In conjunction with Meredith Hispanic Media and its 100-million-name database that includes roughly 60% of all millennial women nationwide, this new title is also a lucrative opportunity for advertisers hoping to reach this target demographic.
Men walk past a stretcher during an ongoing rescue and recovery operation at the flooded Cricket gold mine near Kadoma, Zimbabwe, on 17 February 2019. Photo: AFPRescue workers retrieved 24 bodies and eight survivors Saturday from two flooded gold mines in Zimbabwe where officials fear dozens more illegal miners are still trapped, state television reported.”Eight of the trapped minors have been rescued … while 24 bodies have been retrieved to date as rescue efforts continue at Battlefields Mine,” the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported.The two disused mines are situated near the town of Kadoma, 145 kilometres (90 miles) southwest of the capital Harare.The rescued received medical attention on site before being take to hospital, but were in a stable condition, the report added.Television footage showed some of the men, in soaked, muddy clothes, being helped to a makeshift clinic.In a clip posted on Twitter, one survivor told journalists that the waters had risen to neck level, forcing them to stand for days until it receded.On Friday the government said that between 60 and 70 “artisanal” miners were trapped in two shafts.It launched an appeal for $200,000 to be used “to pump out water, feeding the bereaved families and the (rescue) teams on the ground, transportation and burial of the victims”, local minister July Moyo said in a statement.”Given the magnitude of this disaster, we kindly appeal to individuals, development partners and the corporate world for assistance in cash and kind,” he said.Zimbabwe is in the throes of a deep economic crisis, the worst in a decade.Annual inflation shot to 56.90 per cent up from 42.09 per cent in December 2018, according to official statistics released Friday, the highest increase in a decade. Economists say in reality prices have gone up more than three fold in recent months.Formal unemployment is estimated at over 90 per cent and artisanal gold mining, mostly in mines long abandoned by big corporates, is widespread providing a source of income for many.Artisanal mining is not banned outright in Zimbabwe, and is largely unregulated.
A bill seeking to amend Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act to include leader of the largest opposition party in Lok Sabha in a panel which will select chairperson and members of the anti-corruption body was on Monday referred to the Standing Committee of Parliament.Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu expressed government’s willingness to send the bill to the Standing Committee after Rabindra Kumar Jena (BJD) said there were several loopholes in the Lokpal and Lokayuktas and Other Related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014 in its present form, including on the issue of selection of CBI director. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe bill was taken up for discussion amid din created by opposition on the conversion issue.The bill, introduced on December 18, has been brought to address the lacunae in the existing law which provides for inclusion of the Leader of the Opposition in the panel.However, since there is no LoP in the current House, the amendment was necessitated.Moving the bill for consideration, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said the amendments proposed to make provision for inclusion of the leader of the largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha as a member of the selection committee when there is no LoP recognised. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindIn the present House, the amendment will pave the way for Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge to be the member of the committee which is headed by the Prime Minister and consists of the Lok Sabha Speaker, the Chief Justice of India or a judge of the apex court nominated by him and an eminent jurist, who could be nominated by the President or any other member. .The bill proposes that “no appointment of a Lokpal Chairperson, member or the eminent jurist will be invalid merely by reason of any vacancy of absence of a member in the selection committee.” The bill also provides for qualifications for appointment of Director of Prosecution in CBI and for its functional independence.The Director of Prosecution is appointed under provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, which governs working of the CBI.There shall be a Directorate of Prosecution headed by a Director who shall be an officer not below the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India, for conducting prosecution of cases, according to the DSPE Act.Responding to members’ demand, Naidu said the government supports the demand that the CBI should be an independent body and if the House agrees it can be referred to the Standing Committee.Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, who was on the Chair, then referred the bill to the Standing Committee.
Taking inspiration from celebrities, young travellers are now more likely to upload sweaty workout selfie (welfie), reveals a survey. The survey, conducted by online accommodation booking website Hotels.com, stated that young travellers are swapping beaches and beers for welfies. It also shows that the rise of the ‘activacation’ is due to ‘fitfluencers’, read a statement. Young holiday makers are now more likely to upload a photo of them engaging in outdoor sports (15 per cent) than a swimwear shot (10 per cent). The survey of 8,400 adults across 28 countries was carried out by One poll, between March 31 to June 21. Indian travellers admit that they use exercise to meet new people (38 per cent) and explore new places from an alternative perspective (29.8 per cent). Wanting to keep a jolly mood through the vacation (55 per cent) and keeping a check on holiday weight (32.7 per cent) were also ranked highly, as reasons for workout motivation. Many Indian holiday makers are happy to give up top-notch food (75.6 per cent), relaxing (61 per cent), sightseeing (36.6 per cent) and even alcohol (15.3 per cent) to get their fitness fix on vacation. While men seek to take part in extreme physical activities on vacation, such as boxing (17.2 per cent), beach hiking (36.6 per cent) and wakeboarding (19.9 per cent), the majority of Indian women are opting for holistic wellness holidays with meditation (53.2 per cent), laughter yoga (40.3 per cent) and pilates (45.8 per cent) topping the activacation agenda. Jessica Chuang, Hotels.com Director, Regional Marketing Greater China, SEA and India, said: “Fitness options are now so important that millennial are choosing hotels based on how they’ll help them keep fit on vacation – and hotels are really upping their game.”
Surely by now, you’ve heard about Blockchain technology, a digital ledger used to record financial transations. Because blockchain is accessible anywhere, any time, information recorded on it is public and verifiable — making it a great way to manage finances. Although traditionally many companies have used banks and other traditional institutions for financing, blockchain technology has the potential to completely revolutionize the way they manage their financing.Related: Just What the Heck Is Blockchain? Watch This Explainer Video.Already, there are companies using blockchain. To learn more about some of them, take a look at the list below. It’s the era of digital financial investments, and these companies are paving the way for change.1. Zen ProtocolIn the same way that Bitcoin uses blockchain for peer-to-peer money transactions, Zen Protocol is a platform on which you can trade peer-to-peer. What makes this possible? In part, it’s this company’s smart contracts, which hold escrow and enforcement agreements. Additionally, Zen Protocol is integrated, and can be merge-minded, with Bitcoin, which means that you can turn any smart contract into a Bitcoin smart contract.To understand more about Zen and its integration with Bitcoin, take a look at this blog post. That way, you can learn all about Zen’s parallel blockchain, which observes the Bitcoin network.2. Primechain TechnologiesOne of the biggest positives of blockchain is that it enables transparency in transactions. So, thinking in terms of the problems associated with banks, with blockchain, you can more easily track traditional problems — like money laundering.This is why Primechain Technologies is making such a big difference. This company, based in India, serves banks throughout that country, so that its clients can implement blockchain solutions in anti-money laundering enforcement, cross-border payments, asset registry and syndication of loans. There’s a lot of promise for blockchain to be used by banks in the future, for tasks like running background checks on clients with more efficacy.Related: Why Bitcoin Is the MySpace of Cryptocurrencies, But the Blockchain Is Here to Stay3. IBMIBM is currently creating a blockchain technology that’s going to be used by seven of Europe’s largest banks, including HSBC, with the idea of facilitating international trade for small- and medium-sized enterprises. So, in addition to providing the kinds of solutions mentioned above for banks, Blockchain can also be used to track payments.Basically, this new blockchain — called Digital Trade Chain — will be used to help parties track, manage and complete transactions internationally. When goods are sold, and the goods arrive at the address of the person who has bought them, the blockchain triggers a payment. This is much faster, and more accurate, than what we ordinarily use today.4. BitwageAnother important aspect of finance for any company is how it chooses to pay its employees. Especially for remote employees, a strategy becoming more and more popular, payments to locales all over the world can be costly, considering the typical automated process for paying wages: depositing money in an American bank account every month.Luckily, Bitwage has come up with a solution. It’s the world’s first Bitcoin-based payroll service, which means that any employer will be able to avoid the costs associated with transferring money from one country to another, as well as the time required to complete the process. As Bitwage’s founder Jonathan Chester, has explained, “You can actually see exactly where the money is throughout the process.”5. Chain Inc.Finally, there’s Chain Inc. 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We build the cryptographic ledgers that underpin breakthrough financial products and services.”As can be seen, blockchain technology has the potential to change the way that businesses work in the world, especially when it comes to financial technology. It truly is the era of digital financial investments, and this is only going to grow as the years go by. Soon, blockchain will be the expected minimum technology, required of any company that expects to be taken seriously by its customers and potential investors.Related: 6 Reasons Why Blockchain is Worth Getting Excited AboutIs your company considering using blockchain technology? For what purposes? Have any of the above companies inspired you to make a change in your use of digital finance technology? 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 30, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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Related posts:Costa Rica shifts view on deficit threat as Solís fights evasion Business leaders, industrialists worried about Costa Rica’s ‘political problem’ Costa Rica enforces new methodology for calculating dollar exchange rate As he reaches a year in charge, President Alvarado addresses Legislative Assembly The Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR) warned Monday that the economy will face a growing public deficit and stunted growth if Congress doesn’t pass tax reform.According to the BCCR, the deficit risks growing to 7.2 percent this year, up from 6.2 percent in 2017. Economic growth could also see a decline to 3.2 percent from the projected 3.6 percent. The BCCR said evidence suggests that the longer it takes to pass tax reform, the more of an adjustment will need to be made. That will lead to a higher cost to society. The country’s debt also risks going from 54 percent of GDP to 58.4 percent by 2019 if there’s no tax reform. The last four administrations have unsuccessfully tried to pass tax reform packages that included new taxes and plans to reign in public spending.Now Carlos Alvarado’s administration is taking its shot. Congress is currently debating the tax reform proposal put forward by his government. Facebook Comments
Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home VIENNA (AP) — Tuesday’s nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran culminates more than a decade of diplomatic efforts to ensure that Tehran cannot develop nuclear weapons.A timeline of major events over that timespan:August 2002 — Western intelligence services and an Iranian opposition group reveal a covert nuclear site at the eastern city of Natanz. An inspection by the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency reveals it was used to enrich uranium, a process for producing fuel or nuclear warheads. July 2008 — Under President George W. Bush, the United States joins the nuclear talks for the first time.September 2009 — Western leaders announce that Iran has dug a covert enrichment site into a mountain, escalating concerns because the facility may be impervious to air attack.October 2009 — Under President Barack Obama, a senior U.S. diplomat meets one-on-one with Iran’s top nuclear negotiator. The talks are some of the most extensive between Washington and Tehran in three decades.February 2010 — Iran announces it has started to enrich uranium to near 20 percent, a technical step away from weapons-grade material.May 2010 — Brazil and Turkey announce their own nuclear deal with Iran, to America’s great dismay. The arrangement quickly falls apart.January 2011 — Negotiations between Iran and the six world powers break off for what proves a 15-month hiatus. Iran refuses to make deep cuts in its nuclear program.November 2011 — The IAEA outlines the possible military dimension to Iran’s nuclear activities. Iran denies the allegations, saying they’re based on falsified Israeli and U.S. evidence.January 2012 — The IAEA says Iran is enriching to 20 percent at its mountain facility near Fordo. The European Union freezes the assets of Iran’s central bank and halts Iranian oil imports. Sponsored Stories June 2003 — Britain, France and Germany engage Iran in nuclear negotiations. Washington refuses to join.October 2003 — Iran suspends uranium enrichment.February 2006 — Iran announces it will restart uranium enrichment following the election of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a critical Iran report by the IAEA to the U.N. Security Council, and after Britain, France and Germany walk out of stalled negotiations.June 2006 — The United States, Russia and China join Britain, France and Germany to form the P5+1 group of nations trying to persuade Iran to curb its nuclear program. Washington initially stays away from the negotiating table.December 2006 — The U.N. Security Council imposes the first set of sanctions on Iran, banning the sale of sensitive nuclear technology. Five more Security Council resolutions are passed by 2010, tightening the sanctions vise on the Islamic Republic.November 2007 — The number of uranium-enriching centrifuges assembled by Iran reaches about 3,000 from just a few hundred in 2002. Its stockpile of low-enriched uranium also grows, giving Tehran a theoretical ability to make enough-weapons grade uranium for a bomb within a year. Comments Share April 2012 — Negotiations restart between Iran and the six world powers but go nowhere.July 2012 — U.S. and Iranian officials meet secretly in Oman to see if diplomatic progress is possible. Talks gain speed the following year, particularly when Ahmadinejad’s presidency ends.August 2013 — Hassan Rouhani defeats several hardline candidates to become Iran’s president, declaring his country ready for serious nuclear talks. By now, Iran has about 20,000 centrifuges and the U.S. estimates the country is only a few months away from nuclear weapons capability.September 2013 — Rouhani and Obama speak by telephone, the highest-level exchange between the two countries since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif begin their diplomatic exchanges.November 2013 — Iran and the six powers announce an interim agreement that temporarily curbs Tehran’s nuclear program and unfreezes some Iranian assets. The deal sets the stage for extended negotiations on a comprehensive nuclear accord.July 2014 — Talks miss the deadline for a final pact. A four-month extension is agreed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories November 2014 — The final pact remains elusive. Talks are extended a further seven months.April 2015 — A framework deal is announced, outlining long-term restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and the removal of many international sanctions. 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Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia Manager, Sharon Auld says Australia continues to be the strongest market for New Zealand, accounting for 65 per cent of international business event arrivals.Figures from Statistics New Zealand show a 20.9 per cent increase in Australian business event arrivals for the month of July 2015, with 3,792 delegates crossing the Tasman that month.For the year to July 2015, 38,944 Australian delegates had experienced New Zealand for a business event, up 10% on the previous year.“The value of Australian visitors is highlighted in the most recent Convention Delegate Survey from December 2014. They stay an average of 3.8 nights in the event region, plus another 1.1 nights elsewhere and spend NZ$374 per night,” Sharon Auld says.“We are seeing a lot of passion from our Australian clients for New Zealand destinations, products and activities and this has been demonstrated through business already secured and the feedback we received from CINZ MEETINGS this year.“Air connectivity remains a top priority when positioning New Zealand to our Tasman neighbours, and we are promoting excellent international and domestic air access.”Sharon Auld says new connections to Western Australia will bring even more opportunity to the market. Air New Zealand’s new daytime service from Perth to Auckland is set to operate from 11 December 2015 to 1 May 2016 on a 767-300 three times a week.This increases overall frequency on this route to 10 weekly, and complements the current daily 787-9 service.Air New Zealand will also continue to operate twice weekly seasonal Perth – Christchurch services from 11 December 2015 to 29 April 2016 on a 767-300, bringing West Australians directly in to the South Island.“New initiatives to encourage companies to hold their business events in New Zealand include promoting executive retreats for management teams, strategy meetings and high achievers’ incentives,” Sharon Auld says.Tourism New Zealand Business Events is also assisting as a key connector with Australian associations, linking decision-makers with experts and thought leaders in New Zealand.CINZ is planning a new familiarisation programme to allow more Australian decision-makers to experience New Zealand. Conventions and Incentives New ZealandSource = Conventions and Incentives New Zealand
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — The Latest on Barbra Streisand’s comments about the sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson (all times local):6:10 p.m.Barbra Streisand is apologizing outright for her comments about sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson.She said in a second statement Saturday that she should have chosen her words more carefully, and admires the accusers for “speaking their truth.”Streisand was quoted in The Times of London as saying that Jackson’s accusers were “thrilled to be there” and that the alleged abuse “didn’t kill them.”After an initial statement to The Associated Press in which she sought to clarify her remarks, Streisand posted an apology that went further.She writes in part: “I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims.”She writes that she feels “deep remorse.”___3 p.m.Barbra Streisand is coming under intense criticism on social media for telling a newspaper that two men who say they were molested as children by Michael Jackson were “thrilled to be there” and that the alleged abuse “didn’t kill them.”In a wide-ranging interview with the Times of London, Streisand said she “absolutely” believes the accusers. Wade Robson and James Safechuck make their allegations in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”But the legendary singer also raised eyebrows by saying Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs.”Streisand said through her representative Saturday it’s never OK “for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of.”Jackson’s estate has condemned the documentary. The pop star, who died in 2009, was found not guilty in 2005 of charges he molested a 13-year-old boy.___2:20 p.m.Barbra Streisand is coming under intense criticism on social media for telling a British newspaper that two men who say they were molested as children by Michael Jackson were “thrilled to be there” and that the alleged abuse “didn’t kill them.”In a wide-ranging interview with the Times of London, Streisand was quoted as saying she “absolutely” believed the accusers. Wade Robson and James Safechuck make their allegations in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”But the legendary singer also raised eyebrows by saying Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs.”A message was left Saturday with Streisand’s representatives for comment.Jackson’s estate has condemned the HBO documentary. The pop star, who died in 2009, was found not guilty in 2005 of charges he molested a 13-year-old boy.The Associated Press The Latest: Streisand apologizes for Jackson comments by The Associated Press Posted Mar 23, 2019 3:13 pm PDT
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