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Web Development Funding

first_imgThe Office of Immigration is accepting proposals to develop or enhance websites that help immigrants integrate into Nova Scotia communities. Eligible projects will focus on developing online tools, content and services for prospective immigrants and newcomers to Nova Scotia. Organizations that are focused on providing direct services to immigrants and have specific immigration activities will be given priority. Project applications must focus on online resources or content that provide pre-arrival information for potential immigrants and information that helps immigrants settle successfully after arrival. They must also include a viable plan on how organizations will sustain web developments. Applications must be from established not-for-profit groups that are registered under the Societies Act or other Nova Scotia public or non-governmental organizations, such as public education institutions and regional development authorities. Organizations can apply for a maximum of $10,000, though some projects over $10,000 will be considered if they are provincewide. The funding, provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, will be allocated through the Office of Immigration. Application materials are available online at www.novascotiaimmigration.com . The submission deadline is Feb. 11.last_img read more

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A combined effort towards a greener world

first_imgThe British Deputy High Commission Kolkata in partnership with HIDCO, Government of West Bengal organised a Green Adda on E-Wheels – An electric bus ride to commemorate the World Environment Day 2019 at New Town, Kolkata on June 4, 2019.British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell and Debashis Sen, Chairman, HIDCO engaged in a lively interaction with a group of energy experts, environmentalists, and entrepreneurs on board an electric bus. In the event, Bucknell and Sen discussed enabling policies, infrastructure, and technology partnerships needed to scale up the adoption of electric vehicles. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe theme for this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Air Pollution’, which is one of the biggest threats to public health facing our planet. The UK and India are working in partnership to address climate change and encourage e-mobility. On the occasion of World Environment Day, Bruce said: “Air Pollution is one of the biggest global threats. We need our cities to be greener and cleaner places to live, work and visit. That is why the UK Government is promoting an exciting scheme in the UK called the ‘Go Ultra Low Scheme’. The aim is to attract investment into cities to support the use of electric vehicles. Indian cities are adopting electric mobility in their public transport systems. Let us all join hands for this plug-in revolution!” Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painWhereas present at the event, Debashis Sen said: “Newtown Kolkata is India’s first satellite city to have received a gold certification from the Indian Green Building Council for its innovative steps on sustainability. We are now aspiring to be platinum rated soon”. Today’s electric bus journey covered a number of eco-friendly destinations of Newtown Kolkata—canal-top solar plants, organic waste management, tall tree nurseries, electric vehicle charging station, smart low carbon street lighting, floating solar. The passengers on the bus discussed innovative ideas around the introduction of new technologies, policies and regulatory frameworks. The UK is setting out a new direction for ensuring a cleaner environment based on rigorous research underpinned by robust legislation and technology advancement. Earlier this year, the UK introduced the Clean Air Strategy. It has adopted ambitious, legally-binding international targets to reduce emissions of five of the most damaging air pollutants by 2020 and 2030. The UK is also proposing tough new goals to cut public exposure to particulate matter pollution, as recommended by the World Health Organization. On the other hand, India is driving towards a “shared, connected and electric” mobility system and is exploring innovative ways to increase the share of low carbon vehicles in its transportation fleet. The two countries are already working together on policies, research, technology partnership and knowledge exchange in a wide spectrum of areas related to the development of clean energy. To address air pollution and energy security, progressive Indian States are taking leadership roles towards ushering in a vibrant environment on future mobility. The Department of Environment, Government of West Bengal and the University of Strathclyde have signed an MoU at Bengal Global Business Summit earlier this year to work towards developing an emission reduction strategy for Kolkata.last_img read more

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Arunachal villagers say they saw thick smoke in mountain

first_imgItanagar: Residents of an Arunachal Pradesh village Thursday said they had seen thick black smoke billowing from a mountain on Monday, the day an Indian Air Force aircraft carrying 13 people went missing, prompting authorities to verify the claim.As efforts to locate the missing plane continued, Chief Minister Pema Khandu called up deputy commissioners of Siang, West Siang, Lower Siang and Shi-Yomi districts and directed them to intensify the search operation. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe authorities of Siang and West Siang districts have formed three teams to carry out searches in as many mountain ranges on the aircraft’s route, a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said here. Three people from Tumbin village said that on Monday afternoon they had seen thick black smoke originating from a mountain towards Molo village in Siang district. “This is being verified,” Director General of Police S B K Sing informed the CMO. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe Russian-origin aircraft lost contact on Monday afternoon after taking off from Jorhat in Assam for Mechuka advanced landing ground near the border with China. Mechuka is also the headquarter of Shi-Yomi district of Arunachal Pradesh. Each of the teams set up by the two district authorities consists of 3-4 local people and they will trek to Bayor Adi Mountain range near Tumbin village, Pari Adi mountain range near Molo village and Sibir-Virgong mountain range between Molo and Tumbin, the statement said. “Necessary logistical support have been provided to the teams. Bayor Adi team trekked yesterday and returned without any news,” it said. A joint effort by civil police, Army and Air Force is also in force to search the crash location in an area of about 2,500 square kilometre under Kaying and Payum circles of Siang district. However, the location is yet to be found out. The chief minister also appealed to the villagers of the areas falling on the route of the aircraft to provide information, if they had any, to the nearest administrative headquarter or police outpost. The aircraft took off from Jorhat at 12.27 pm for the Menchuka advance landing ground, and its last contact with the ground control was at 1 pm. A total of eight crew and five passengers were on board the plane.last_img read more

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In Parkdale a black artists network finds its way home

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img It’s the afternoon before the evening opening of BAND’s exhibition for the Contact Festival, and Karen Carter is busying herself with a scraggly shrub crowding the building’s back door. “I need all of this gone,” she tells a hardhatted landscaper, surveying a patch of weedy grass. “I need space for people to mingle and move around.”While it might seem an overly domestic concern for the board chair of a bona fide burgeoning cultural organization — BAND (Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue), not quite a decade old, has quickly become a hub of African-Canadian culture here — it’s one that Carter relishes. Less than a year ago, this would have seemed like a distant fantasy scenario: An opening, in time for Contact, in a building BAND owns itself.Its $800,000 price tag (it carries a small, more-than-manageable mortgage) is a capital-cost fever dream for virtually any independent cultural organization, and it’s the product of a stranger-than-fiction tale. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Canadians Collect $52,000 For Hijabi Woman Victim of Discrimination

Rabat – In a move to reject Islamophobia, a number of Canadians collected over $52,000 for the Muslim woman who was a victim of discrimination. Rania El Alloul (pictured), a Muslim Canadian woman from Montreal was denied access to the Canadian legal system because she was wearing the Islamic veil.The single mother of three, who emigrated to Canada from Kuwait twelve years ago, went to a court in the Quebec province because her car was impounded by Quebec’s automobile insurance board when her son was caught driving with a suspended driving license. Little did she know however, a provincial judge told her that she would not hear her case until she removes her Hijab (head scarf).As soon as the news made it to several Canadian media outlets, Nouman Ahmad of Toronto and Rayan Rafay of Vancouver set an online campaign on fundraising website GoFundMe to raise funds for Rania to purchase a new vehicle.Their initial goal was set at $20,000. However, the goal was met in only one day, and more than $50,000 has been raised.Moved by Rania’s story and the fact that their country’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms was being compromised, many Canadians throughout the North American country donated to the campaign. Others, including prominent politicians such as the conservative Canadian Prime Minister, have voiced their dismay to the judge’s decision not to hear Rania’s case. read more

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Ban urges global revolution based on sustainable development and equality

15 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a “revolution” in how the world defines prosperity and relates to nature, based on the twin pillars of a sustainable development that breaks with the profligacy of the past and an equality that embraces empowerment for all. “We need to reinvent what we mean by progress,” he told students and faculty at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, where he received an honorary doctorate. “For most of the last century, the world burned its way to prosperity. We believed in consumption without consequences.“Those days are gone. In the 21st century, supplies are running short and the global thermostat is running high. The old models are not just obsolete, they are dangerous.”In an address that reprised some of the major themes he elaborated in a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month, Mr. Ban stressed the global nature of the challenges and the need for a global, multi-national response.“We are living in an era of transformation, of sweeping changes in the global landscape, with new economic powers emerging, disasters striking with greater force, the impacts of climate change growing ever clearer, drug trafficking and organized crime syndicates that at times seem capable of outgunning legitimate police forces,” he declared.“Today’s challenges have global reach. No single country or group, however powerful, can deal with them alone. We must work in common cause not just as a matter of pragmatic burden-sharing, though that is reason enough. We must find common solutions because we share a common future.”He noted that Peru and Latin America as a whole can see the consequences of climate change with Andean glaciers melting and sea levels rising, potentially disrupting the ecosystem of the Galápagos and threatening the very existence of some Caribbean nations.“Climate change leads us down a path that no longer works – a path of the past. We need to build paths to the future. That means de-coupling greenhouse gas emissions from economic growth through energy efficiency,” he said.But the second pillar of the required revolution is also vital. “We cannot talk about sustainability without talking about equality,” Mr. Ban said, noting that as the fastest growing country in South America Peru has made impressive progress toward such Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as reducing poverty, providing better access to primary education, and making advances in income distribution. “At the same time, let us remember: inequality is not just a question of how much of the proverbial pie one has; it is about ensuring that all are involved in the baking and all can share in the feast. Participation and social cohesion are crucial parts of the picture.”That entails empowering farmers’ organizations and civil society groups, consulting indigenous people on land issues, and empowering Latin America’s women, with fighting violence against girls and women a priority, he added.“At the same time, for vast sectors of the region’s population, especially young people, democratic and macro-economic stability has not translated into tangible improvements in their daily lives,” he stressed. “Social cohesion is firmly on the agenda. But it remains to be seen whether reforms can happen fast enough.“Indeed, we should worry about the slow pace of change. We should all be concerned when people say they would sacrifice democracy for economic and social progress. It is not just possible to have both – in the long run, it is essential.”At an earlier news conference after talks with President Alan García, Mr. Ban praised Peru’s efforts in trans-Pacific integration, in addressing climate change and in closing the digital divide as “examples that provide lessons for all nations.” read more

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Pakistan reiterates support to Sri Lanka for national security

Defence Secretary Ikram Ul Haq is in Sri Lanka leading a high-level delegation for Pakistan-Sri Lanka Armed Forces Defence Dialogue. Pakistan has expressed complete support to Sri Lanka for its national security and offered unconditional strategic cooperation, Radio Pakistan reported.The understanding came at a meeting between Pakistan’s Defence Secretary retired Lieutenant General Ikram Ul Haq and his Sri Lankan counterpart Kapila Waidyaratne in Colombo today. High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat and Defence Ministry officials were also present on the occasion. The dialogue is held with the aim to promote professional and mutually beneficial relations. read more

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Apple wants to combine iPhone Mac and iPad apps by 2021

Apple Inc. wants to make it easier for software coders to create tools, games and other applications for its main devices in one fell swoop — an overhaul designed to encourage app development and, ultimately, boost revenue.The ultimate goal of the multistep initiative, code-named “Marzipan,” is by 2021 to help developers build an app once and have it work on the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, said people familiar with the effort. That should spur the creation of new software, increasing the utility of the company’s gadgets.Each new app is another revenue opportunity for Apple because it takes a cut of many app-related purchases and subscriptions. The company has positioned its services division as a major growth area. It plans to announce two new services — a premium Apple News subscription offering and an original video content initiative — at the end of March, Bloomberg News reported recently. Apple’s iPhone shipments to China dive as Huawei tightens grip on smartphone market Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models this year, WSJ reports The real reason Apple is struggling in China: Its iPhones are priced at stratospheric levels Later this year, Apple plans to let developers port their iPad apps to Mac computers via a new software development kit that the company will release as early as June at its annual developer conference. Developers will still need to submit separate versions of the app to Apple’s iOS and Mac App Stores, but the new kit will mean they don’t have to write the underlying software code twice, said the people familiar with the plan.In 2020, Apple plans to expand the kit so iPhone applications can be converted into Mac apps in the same way. Apple engineers have found this challenging because iPhone screens are so much smaller than Mac computer displays.By 2021, developers will be able to merge iPhone, iPad, and Mac applications into one app or what is known as a “single binary.” This means developers won’t have to submit their work to different Apple App Stores, allowing iOS apps to be downloaded directly from Mac computers — effectively combining the stores.The plans are fluid and could be altered, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing private matters. A spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple declined to comment.The most direct benefit of the Marzipan project will be to make life easier for the millions of developers who write software for Apple’s devices. For example, later this year Netflix Inc. would be able to more easily offer a Mac app for watching video by converting its iPad app. By 2021, Twitter Inc., which has mostly abandoned the Mac, could publish a single app for all Apple customers.Apple previewed the apps plan, without disclosing the road map, at its developers conference last year. Bloomberg News first wrote about the initiative in 2017.The work coincides with the company’s preparations to merge more of the underpinnings of its hardware. Currently, iPhones and iPads are powered by Apple processors, while Macs use Intel Corp. chips. Apple plans to start transitioning some Macs to its own chips as early as 2020, Bloomberg News reported last year.Despite the app merger plan, Apple has said it won’t combine iOS and macOS into a single operating system.Apple isn’t the first company to streamline its app ecosystems. Before Microsoft Corp. discontinued Windows for phones, it pushed a technology called Universal Windows Platform that let developers create single applications that would run on all of its devices. Similarly, Google has brought its Android mobile app store to some laptops running its Chrome OS operating system.Apple plans to hold its annual software conference from June 3 to June 7 in San Jose, California, according to permit filings reported recently by website MacRumors.At the event, Apple also plans to debut new software features for its devices, including a dark mode for easier nighttime viewing and new productivity tools for the iPad. The company has also internally weighed previewing a new version of the high-end Mac Pro, according to people familiar with the deliberations.–With assistance from Ian King.Bloomberg.com read more

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Texas oil company announces big offshore Alaska discovery

by Dan Joling, The Associated Press Posted Oct 4, 2016 6:13 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Texas oil company announces big offshore Alaska discovery ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Texas petroleum drilling company announced Tuesday it has made a large-scale oil discovery off Alaska’s North Slope.Dallas-based Caelus Energy Alaska LLC announced a find of 6 billion barrels of light oil on its state leases in the Arctic Ocean waters of Smith Bay about 450 miles northwest of Fairbanks.Chief Operating Officer Jim Musselman called the discovery exciting for the state, which receives a majority of its revenue from the oil industry.“It has the size and scale to play a meaningful role in sustaining the Alaskan oil business over the next three or four decades,” Musselman said of the discovery in a prepared statement.The Smith Bay development could deliver 200,000 barrels per day of light oil to the trans-Alaska pipeline, increasing volume and reducing the average viscosity of oil, which would help extend its viability, the company said.The discovery is based on 126 square miles of three-dimensional seismic data and a pair of wells drilled this year from ice pads.The company did not have time to flow test either well. The tests detect flow rates and pressure and help assess the capacity of a field.The company did, however, collect extensive side-wall coring that confirmed the presence of quality sandstones containing oil, said spokesman Casey Sullivan in an email response to questions.The wells were less than 2 miles offshore in water just 4 to 6 feet deep.Another appraisal well and seismic work is planned to improve estimates of the oil in place. The Smith Bay complex may hold 10 billion barrels of oil, the company said.Production is years away. The next appraisal well is planned for 2018, Sullivan said. The regulatory process takes an estimated three to five years. If all goes as planned, he said, oil could flow to the trans-Alaska pipeline in 2022.The company is evaluating options for a drilling platform. Hilcorp Alaska LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co., has proposed building a gravel island for its Liberty prospect in the Beaufort Sea. The island could be used for five or more extraction wells to tap oil 6 miles from shore.Caelus Energy Alaska Smith Bay has a 75 per cent ownership in the state leases at Smith Bay. NordAq Energy Inc. holds a 17.5 per cent interest, and L71 Resources LLC holds a 7.5 per cent interest.State incentives played a role in the discovery, Musselman said.“Without the state tax credit programs, none of this would’ve happened, and I’m not sure Caelus would’ve come to explore in Alaska,” he said in the announcement.___A previous version of this story said upward of 90 per cent of Alaska state government revenue came from the oil industry. The figure fell after the collapse of oil prices to an estimated 55-60 per cent. read more

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Offensive inconsistency puts added pressure on Ohio State defense against Wisconsin

Ohio State junior defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) sets up to attempt to stop a Wolverine offensive drive in the second quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDuring the majority of No. 9 Ohio State’s 31-20 win against Michigan on Saturday, the Buckeye offense could not find much success. Led by quarterback J.T. Barrett for nearly three quarters and quarterback Dwayne Haskins for the rest of the game following Barrett’s knee injury, the offense averaged 5.6 yards per play, Ohio State’s second-lowest average of the season behind only its 5.1 average in the 31-16 loss to Oklahoma.On Barrett’s seven nonscoring drives, Ohio State managed minus-3 total yards and did not gain more than 9 yards on a single drive. It was not until Barrett exited the game due to a knee injury and Haskins replaced him that the offense took off with two touchdowns, one made field goal and one missed field goal, while also managing to avoid bringing out the punting unit.The Buckeyes eventually survived the scare, coming back from a six-point third-quarter deficit to extend their win streak against Michigan to six games. But Ohio State could not have been in the situation to come back without its defense clamping down after a shaky first quarter.For the second straight week, the Buckeyes might have to rely on their defense to propel them to victory, this time against No. 5 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship Saturday night.“It’s championship season, so the preparation has to be a bit more crisp and everybody has to contribute a little more and it’s always great to play for a championship,” redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said following Saturday’s victory.Michigan drove 77 yards down the field on 13 plays with ease on its second possession to score the game’s first touchdown. Following a 42-yard punt return by Donovan Peoples-Jones that set Michigan up at the Ohio State 6-yard line, the Wolverines scored another touchdown. But Michigan scored just once more for the remainder of the game. Ohio State had five sacks, three pass break-ups, an interception and a forced fumble.Unlike the defense, many questions about Ohio State’s offense remain unanswered, specifically regarding which quarterback will start and, if Barrett is healthy, whether he can consistently capture Haskins’ second-half success.In his press conference Monday, head coach Urban Meyer said that even though Barrett did not practice on Sunday, he is probable for Saturday’s game. After the game, Barrett emphatically said he would play against the Badgers. In order to win the first conference championship of his career, Barrett must play much better against Wisconsin than he did against the Wolverines.The Buckeyes also will, once again, be facing one of the top defensive units in the nation. Wisconsin’s opponents average just 80.5 rushing yards per game, 9.5 yards less than any other team allows per game. But the Badgers’ pass defense is not any less stingy. It allows just 156.4 passing yards per game, No. 2 in the nation behind just Michigan.If Barrett has similar struggles, Ohio State would have to hope its defense, which gave up 14 quick points to Michigan, holds steady against a more potent Badger offense.“They can do a lot of different things, but they’re definitely run-first,” redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said on a teleconference Monday afternoon. “When they do decide to pass, they have a quarterback who can do it all.”Wisconsin has always had a run-first offense. This year is no different. The Badgers average 243.3 rushing yards per game, the 18th-most in the country, and 182.8 passing yards per contest, the 97th-most in the nation.From Melvin Gordon to Montee Ball to Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, the Badgers have had no shortage of talented running backs come through the program. The latest, Jonathan Taylor, is just a freshman. But despite his youth, he has performed like a veteran. Taylor has 258 carries for 1,806 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first collegiate season. Even though his season is not complete, Taylor already ranks third in Division I history in rush yards as a freshman.“He’s a strong, powerful runner and once he gets going, straight-line, he can definitely make a lot of guys miss,” Worley said. “He doesn’t run like a freshman. It’s going to be a task to get him on the ground.”Ohio State will focus on stopping Taylor on early downs. Worley said the Buckeyes will try to force the Badgers into third-and-long situations, opportunities where Ohio State believes it has an advantage.Though quarterback Alex Hornibrook does not pose a stark challenge, he will be more difficult to defend than Michigan quarterback John O’Korn, who constantly missed open receivers against the Buckeyes. Wide receiver Quintez Cephus leads Wisconsin with 501 receiving yards, but tight end Troy Fumagalli leads with 38 catches. Ohio State has struggled to defend tight ends, especially in its 55-24 loss to Iowa. Even though Michigan tight end Sean McKeon had just two catches for six yards, he was open on multiple occasions.The Badgers’ offense, at times, seems like a more talented version of Michigan’s. But to win the conference championship, the Buckeyes will have to hold Wisconsin to a similar production level they held Michigan.“At this time of the year, you don’t want to just play teams that don’t submit a challenge against you,” Worley said. “It’s going to be a great challenge for us as a team, as a defense. It’s going to be a battle inside and out.”Ohio State can take some pressure off the inconsistent offense if its defense — which played just well enough to keep the team within striking distance against Michigan — prevents the Badgers from controlling the momentum and possession, slowing the game and putting the Buckeyes in an early deficit. read more

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Natixis asks Generic monetary conditions or specific fundamentals

first_imgWhile precious metal markets watch anxiously for signs of when the world’s major central banks might begin to normalise monetary conditions, prices of industrial metals are currently being determined by fundamentals of supply and demand that are, in many cases, specific to each metal. From a macroeconomic perspective, are any economies strong enough for their central bank to raise interest rates unilaterally? Does it make sense to do so while central bank balance sheets remain bloated from QE? What will happen to exchange rates, asset prices, as well as other countries’ economies, when US interest rates finally begin to rise? These questions may soon need to be answered as the US labour market begins to tighten and the Fed begins to contemplate a renormalisation of monetary conditions. The outcome will have a potentially profound effect upon metal markets, in particular those precious metals held by investors as a safe-haven store of value.Industrial metals have managed to remain somewhat detached from generic economic conditions, with the fundamentals of supply and demand being the dominant driving force in determining trends in prices for each individual metal. A wide range of factors have been causing these divergent fundamentals. Among them, Natixis “would consider the following to be some of the most important drivers of potential surpluses and deficits.” All the following is taken from Natixis Metals Review 2014H2.With only minor concessions to Indonesia’s two main copper producers, the country’s ban on exports of unprocessed raw materials remains firmly in place. So far, the ban has done little to alleviate the surplus that is currently affecting the nickel market, but this situation may change significantly as we head into 2015Q1. It is similarly difficult to gauge when the ban might result in a shortage of bauxite, in particular among China’s alumina refineries.Structural change in China is having a profound effect upon metal markets.• Credit conditions have tightened, as authorities seek to encourage lending through official channels in preference to the previously popular shadow-banking conduits. This is affecting availability of financing for metal inventories• The new imperative to maximise profit, introduced at the third plenum, is fundamentally changing corporate behaviour• The growing importance of addressing poor air quality, especially in major cities, is affecting the output of many heavy industries• Recognition that Chinese growth will slow in future implies reduced demand for precautionary stocks.Combining these factors, Chinese metal producers are being encouraged to reduce excessive inventories of material, whether in the form of ore, concentrates, semi-finished metal or metal products. Some portion of previous years’ consumption may have contributed to inventory accumulation, so it is difficult to gauge exactly how strong underlying Chinese demand really is for some base metals.Destocking behaviour is clearly evident in a number of the base metal markets, e.g. lead, zinc. In others, destocking has gone hand in hand with external “constraints” that are working in the same direction. This is especially true in the nickel and aluminium markets in the wake of Indonesia’s ban on exports of unprocessed raw materials, making it difficult to tell whether these markets remain in balance, or whether there are imminent dangers of surplus or deficit.Other government policies around the world are also having a significant effect upon metal markets:• Chile’s government must reconcile pre-election campaign pledges for higher spending on health and education with Codelco’s need to invest heavily in new underground mines• Zambia’s government is struggling to administer a “fair” tax on the country’s mining companies• India’s government is encouraging some domestic industries, such as aluminium, via higher tariffs on exports of raw materials, while deterring others, such as gold, via higher import tariffs• China’s SRB took advantage of the sharp fall in copper prices to add to strategic reserves this year.  With precious metal prices falling to four-year lows in October, China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange must decide whether to accumulate additional holdings of gold• After a lengthy period selling metal held within the state reserve, Russia’s Gokhran intends to commence restocking of palladium in 2015• What can South Africa’s government do to alleviate the problems faced by the country’s platinum miners? Talks with Russia, the world’s second largest producer, could lead to co-ordinated action to support PGM prices• Indonesia, Zambia and the DRC are all trying to boost economic development by encouraging mining companies to process ores and concentrates locally.  Other governments could choose to pursue similar policies, especially for those ores which are in scarce supply, e.g. nickel and bauxite.The return to prominence of fundamentals has reduced the degree of positive correlation between metals, as well as dampening many of the typical correlations that exist between metals and other assets such as the US dollar.  This makes it vitally important to analyse each individual metal on its own merits, drilling down into the details of supply and demand.Aided by cutbacks in output by western producers as well as Chinese smelters, the aluminium market looks set to experience its first annual deficit for eight years. This has supported an improvement in aluminium prices, although this gain has been split between modestly higher LME prices and a further escalation in aluminium premiums.  In the very near term, there is a risk that higher Chinese output of aluminium, accompanied by higher exports of aluminium products, could lead to near-term weakness in aluminium prices. However, over the period 2015-16 we would expect the shift towards deficit to become more firmly entrenched within the aluminium market, supported by robust demand growth and constrained supply, as Indonesia’s ban on exports of unprocessed raw materials and China’s efforts to curtail overcapacity are both expected to exert a growing influence over the coming two years. As a result, aluminium prices are expected to push higher over our forecast horizon.The bullish Natixis view on LME aluminium prices is tempered somewhat by the likelihood that premiums will stay higher for longer. After averaging something in the region of $1,860/t in 2014, it expects LME aluminium prices to rise to an average of $2,070/t in 2015 and subsequently $2,240/t in 2016.Since 2010, the mining industry has struggled to satisfy global demand for copper. In 2014 Natixis finally expected to see a surplus, only for China’s SRB to take advantage of the sharp fall in copper prices during March to add to its strategic reserves, leaving the market once again facing a deficit. This does not change the underlying fundamentals of the market, viz that copper is currently moving from deficit to surplus, but it has left the market with a dwindling supply of available copper stocks, keeping the forward price curve in backwardation for the time being. With rising mine output and elevated TC/RCs, Natixis is increasingly optimistic that a copper surplus will soon become visible. This is expected to lead to further weakness in copper prices over the period 2015-16.Natixis is therefore projecting a decline in copper prices to somewhere around $6,335/t in 2015. This would be followed by a gradual recovery in copper prices during 2016, averaging $6,500/t, as market expectations focus increasingly upon prospective deficits in the period out to 2020 rather than the surplus in the market during 2015-16.LeadGlobal demand for lead has remained weak in 2014 due to a second consecutive annual decline in Chinese apparent demand. While other base metal markets with stronger fundamental have seen prices push higher, lead prices have instead remained trapped in a narrow range.  In our central scenario, the lead market is expected to remain in broad balance, helping to keep prices within this tight range. There are, however, significant uncertainties surrounding the Natixis outlook for both supply and demand, which could result in unexpected price volatility in the years ahead.Analysis of supply and demand suggests that the lead market will run a cumulative deficit of perhaps 20,000 t over the period 2014-16. With this in mind, Natixis forecasts a very modest increase in lead prices over the period 2015-16. After an average of around $2,120/t in 2014, it forecasts lead prices averaging $2,145/t in 2015 and $2,195/t in 2016.NickelOf all the base metals, there is perhaps the greatest potential uncertainty surrounding the outlook for nickel.  Uncertainty surrounds;• the strength of Chinese demand for nickel• the size of unreported nickel (and stainless steel) inventories held in China• the likely volume of NPI produced in 2015H1 as a ban on exports of Indonesian ore combines with seasonal weakness in Philippine supplies• the pace at which Indonesian nickel ore is likely to return to the global market in the form of 4% NPI.The Natixis central forecast anticipates a period of deficit during 2015H1, resulting in an average LME nickel price of around $19,000/t over 2015 as a whole, although there is scope for substantial variation around this mean. By 2016, it expects the market to have settled more closely upon its longer-term equilibrium, hence a forecast for an average price of $17,375/t for that year.ZincAs the zinc market has progressively tightened over the past year, so zinc prices have rallied from less than $1,900/t throughout much of 2013 to around $2,300/t in September this year. Despite forecasts for modest demand growth over the coming two years, the global zinc market is expected to tighten further as supply becomes increasingly constrained, and new mines are not expected to arrive until existing inventories are dangerously close to depletion.  Against such a backdrop, Natixis would expect to see substantial upward momentum in zinc prices over the period 2015-16. In its central scenario, after averaging around $2,200/t n 2014, it expects zinc prices to push up to an average of $2,520/t in 2015 before $2,725/t in 2016.GoldSince June, the price of gold has been steadily declining and in September prices breached the $1,200/oz mark.  Behind this drop has been a strengthening dollar throughout Q3, supported by higher yields as the US bond market gradually priced in imminent rate hikes. Throughout this period, gold consumption in both China and India has been weak, while investment and central bank demand has remained limited.Events in the US are expected to exert the biggest impact on gold prices. As the US economy improves, so investors’ need for a safe haven dissipates. With this economic improvement comes a strengthening dollar as the US bond market pushes yields higher in anticipation of interest rate hikes. These factors are expected to have a mildly negative effect upon gold prices over the forecast horizon, given the substantial rally in the dollar and rise in US yields that has already taken place so far this year.On the producers’ side, there is a risk that miners may return to hedging future output if gold prices threaten to fall below cash costs of production. Due to aggressive cost cutting by gold producers, all-in sustaining costs of production have fallen to somewhere around $960/oz. That said, there are still many mines operating at higher costs that could potentially need hedging. This represents a potential source of supply in the market, which could help to accelerate any decline in prices. The Natixis base forecast is that gold prices will average $1,170/oz in 2015 and $1,180/oz in 2016.So far this year silver prices have fallen by 10%. The strong correlation with gold meant that the price of silver dropped as a result of a stronger dollar and US economy. Although silver mine supply is increasing, the drop in silver prices has led to a contraction in supply of silver scrap. As for demand, the main concern remains the ever increasing amount of silver being held in physically-backed ETPs. Based on a positive outlook for the US economy (modestly rising US yields, appreciating USD), and additional downside risks attaching to silver prices (low cash cost of production, potential for sales from ETPs), Natixis forecasts envisage an average silver price of $15.8/oz in 2015 and $16.1/oz in 2016.Both the platinum and palladium markets were affected this year by the prolonged strikes in South Africa, which curtailed mine output. In addition to this factor, the palladium market was impacted by the turmoil in Ukraine which drove palladium prices to their highest level since 2001. Fundamental demand for both metals has been noticeably weak this year, especially for platinum.Over the last two years, supply-side issues have been the main drivers behind the price of platinum. Along with frequent strikes in South Africa, which have caused supply cuts, falling prices have forced producers to cut back output at their higher-cost operations. Natixis estimates that the cash cost of production for a large number of producers is in the region of ZAR15,000/oz. Since the end of the strikes in July, the price of platinum has collapsed, not because of an increase in supply, but because of extreme weakness in demand.At the current low prices, we could see an increase in Chinese platinum jewellery demand once again, especially if the platinum/gold price ratio continues to fall. While Natixis does not expect a strong increase in European automobile demand, replacement of Europe’s ageing car fleet should be enough to support moderate growth in demand for autocatalysts over the coming two years. In its base case scenario it sees platinum prices rising to $1,450/oz in 2015 and $1,550/oz in 2016.Natixis expects that automobile demand from North American and developing countries should help lift demand for palladium, but at a slower pace than previous years given expectations of moderate growth in developing countries. The majority of cars that are sold in these countries run on gasoline; catalysts of such cars require a higher palladium content. Natixis expects that demand for palladium from Russia’s state reserve will materialise next year which should also help sustain palladium prices. The outlook for the global economy and that of developing countries is more positive for 2016, which leads Natixis to believe that there might be good support for palladium prices that year. In its base case scenario it sees palladium prices rising to $770/oz in 2015 and $740/oz in 2016.last_img read more

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Theresa Mays spokesman says the Brexit crisis she predicted has come to

first_img Updated Mar 19th 2019, 1:44 PM THE BRITISH CABINET is meeting today to discuss how to proceed with Brexit negotiations.The process was thrown into doubt yesterday when John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, said Prime Minister Theresa May cannot have another meaningful vote on her Brexit deal if changes are not made to it.Bercow said MPs from both sides of the House had expressed concerns to him about being asked to vote repeatedly on the “same fundamental proposition”.Solicitor General Robert Buckland has claimed the UK is facing a “major constitutional crisis” as a result. “This has given us quite a lot to think about in the immediate term. There are ways around this – a prorogation of parliament and a new session – but we are now talking about not just days but hours to the 29th of March,” Buckland told BBC News.Asked about this statement, May’s official spokesman today said: “If you were to look back to the speech which the Prime Minister gave just before ‘meaningful vote two’, she said that if MPs did not support ‘meaningful vote two’ we would be in a crisis. Mar 19th 2019, 10:15 AM European leaders, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, have repeatedly said the deal can’t be renegotiated. Varadkar met European Council President Donald Tusk in Dublin this morning and Brexit was at the top of the agenda. Meanwhile, Tánaiste Simon Coveney is due to meet Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, and Europe’s Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels today.In other Brexit news, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has fined ‘Vote Leave’ £40,000 (about €47,000) after an investigation found that the campaign sent more than 196,000 text messages to members of the public ahead of the 2016 referendum and was unable to provide evidence people had given their consent to be contacted. Source: Donald Tusk/Twitter By Órla Ryan I think events yesterday tell you that that situation has come to pass.Bercow cited a ruling from 1604 to justify his decision to block another vote on the draft Withdrawal Agreement struck between the British government and the European Union – it was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs in January and again last week.Despite this, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has suggested a vote could still take place next week.Barclay told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, however, “serious consideration” is being given to Bercow’s intervention and that it is important to “respect the referee”.Last week, MPs backed a motion calling for Brexit to be delayed until 30 June. The vote isn’t legally binding and the EU must agree to any delay. Brexit is due to officially happen in just 10 days‘Can’t be renegotiated’Many politicians have raised concerns about the backstop element of the deal, which aims to avoid a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland and could see the North stay aligned to some EU rules.The Democratic Unionist Party, which campaigned in favour of Brexit and props up May’s minority government, believes the backstop threatens the United Kingdom and could lead to a trade border in the Irish Sea. Negotiations to get the DUP and other MPs onside are ongoing behind the scenes. https://jrnl.ie/4549451 56 Comments Image: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images British Prime Minister Theresa May Image: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Share54 Tweet Email Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 1:44 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Meeting with Taoiseach @campaignforleo in Dublin to confirm full EU unity on #Brexit, discuss latest developments and uncertain political situation in London as well as preparedness for a no-deal brexit. pic.twitter.com/wtvQqRYYVQ— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 19, 2019 British Prime Minister Theresa May 36,159 Views Theresa May’s spokesman says the Brexit crisis she predicted ‘has come to pass’ Another planned meaningful vote on her deal may not take place after intervention from the Speaker of the House. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Calls for investigation amid alarming response to claims about storage of bodies

first_imgCalls for investigation amid ‘alarming’ response to claims about storage of bodies at hospital Doctors have defended four pathologists who raised concerns about conditions at University Hospital Waterford’s mortuary after their claims were disputed. Share41 Tweet Email THERE HAVE BEEN calls for an independent investigation to be held into mortuary services at University Hospital Waterford.The development comes amid confusion in recent days over conditions at the hospital’s mortuary.Last week concerns were raised about dead bodies being left on trolleys in the corridors of UHW’s mortuary.According to a letter signed by four consultant pathologists at the hospital, first seen by the Waterford News and Star and the Irish Times, “due to inadequate body storage and refrigeration facilities, most bodies lie on trolleys in corridors, often leaking body fluids on to the floor”.The letter, sent in October 2018 and made public last week, warned that bodies decomposing in the mortuary’s corridors lead to closed-coffin funerals, as well as “expose the public visiting hospitals to the odours of a postmortem room”.In response to the letter being made public, the South-South West Hospital Group (SSWHG), which runs the hospital, said a mobile refrigeration would be made available until the existing mortuary is extended and eventually replaced with a new facility.However, the group then disputed the contents of the letter. In a statement issued on Monday, a spokesperson said the group “has not received any complaint from any member of the public regarding the mortuary at University Hospital Waterford”.“The SSWHG and University Hospital Waterford can confirm that it is not in receipt of any incident report form from any staff member in relation to the Mortuary at University Hospital Waterford.”The statement said both the group and hospital “currently have no evidence that would substantiate the claims contained in recent correspondence”.‘No evidence’These sentiments were echoed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who said there was “no evidence” to support the allegations. “I don’t know if the claims were true and certainly those who made them haven’t put forward any evidence to support them,” Varadkar told reporters in Waterford yesterday.Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD today said Varadkar’s comments showed a “clear lack of empathy”, and she called for “a full independent investigation” to be held.   Wednesday 1 May 2019, 4:37 PM May 1st 2019, 4:37 PM Image: Google Maps 25 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Irish Hospital Consultants Association said it was “alarmed” by the government’s response. A statement from the IHCA, which represents over 90% of consultants working in hospitals, said consultants “have an ethical and professional responsibility to highlight concerns that impact on patient care and service delivery”.The consultant pathologists in Waterford have repeatedly highlighted their genuine concerns about the Waterford University Hospital mortuary facilities to management over a lengthy period.“The response by government to question the validity of these concerns rather than tackling the issue in a much more timely manner is disappointing.”Dr Donal O’Hanlon, IHCA President, added that the response from health service management and the government is “disappointing as it has not focused on the risks and concerns highlighted”.“It is clear that the consultants have, in the public interest, highlighted genuine issues and risks associated with the insufficiency of mortuary facilities,” he said. ‘Dispute about facts’ The story was first reported by Waterford News and Star journalist Darren Skelton, who interviewed Varadkar yesterday.Skelton asked Varadkar about the insinuation that the four pathologists who signed the letter were not telling the truth.The Taoiseach replied by saying: “On this particular issue there is a dispute about the facts between the consultants on the one side and the hospital management and the coroner, the funeral home directors and others on the other side…Certainly the impression that was created last week was that it was a regular, ongoing occurrence – that bodies were left on trolleys, that they were decomposing – it appears now that the truth is somewhat different to that.“I’m not blaming anyone here, my interest is making sure people get the service they should get and that people are treated with dignity whether in life or death,” Varadkar added. The statement issued by the SSWHG on Monday noted that, in relation to contact from bereaved families and funeral directors since the initial media reports, UHW received a query from one family and is engaging with them.The statement added that UHW is “a hospice-friendly hospital” and wishes to “reassure the public that all deceased patients are treated with respect and dignity”.Planning permission for a new mortuary was granted in 2016; approval to proceed to tender was received this March and the facility is expected to be open by 2021.TheJournal.ie has contacted the SSWHG for comment in relation to calls for a full investigation to be held into the matter.  Source: John Duddy/Twitter Yet again the Taoiseach displays an attitude that is out of touch and severely lacking in empathy. His utter disregard for the serious concerns raised by pathologists, without first attempting to establish the facts, shows where his priorities clearly lie.McDonald said the “families who have lost loved ones in Waterford and the southeast area” deserve to know the truth. She called on the SSWHG and hospital management to appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee “without delay”. Meanwhile, a number of doctors have defended the pathologists in question.center_img https://jrnl.ie/4615200 University Hospital Waterford Image: Google Maps Source: John Duddy/Twitter 20,696 Views rather than the incident not actually occurring. Is a letter signed by 4 doctors not enough for them? Do they want photographs as well? For those unfamiliar with the health service, incident report forms are used to highlight issues, usually in a clinical setting, 2/4— John Duddy (@DrJohnDuddy) April 30, 2019 By Órla Ryan University Hospital Waterford Short URL Important to note that SSWHG statement says “it is not in receipt of any incident report form from any staff member in relation to the Mortuary at University Hospital Waterford.” In other words, it has not received the correct form notifying them of a problem at the mortuary 1/4 https://t.co/WYzW2HbfX7— John Duddy (@DrJohnDuddy) April 30, 2019last_img read more

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SpaceX Makes History… Yknow Again

first_imgLast night, SpaceX did something that, until now, no one has ever done — put a reused rocket into orbit and then land it vertically. This is SpaceX’s entire MO, the whole idea behind their business strategy. CEO Elon Musk has believed for years that by reusing and recycling tech and parts, we can bring the cost of space flight down dramatically.“If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred. A fully reusable vehicle has never been done before,” the SpaceX site reads.Now, there’s a lot of technicalities and asterisks associated with this landmark. You may recall that only a few Space Shuttles were ever made, and they completed hundreds of missions — going to orbit and back without issue. But, those are akin to space planes — they land horizontally on runways, for example.What SpaceX is doing could dramatically improve access to launch equipment, since the company is trying to operate like an airline — charging customers for the service of delivering something to space. Right now, a launch costs about $62 million from the customer. Most of that goes to the actual cost of constructing the 230-foot tall Falcon 9. For reference, that’s quite a bit bigger than the Statue of Liberty without its pedestal, which measures a meager 151 feet. These missions take a ton of energy and that requires engines that dwarf many buildings. These things way millions of pounds and can take months to put together. But, if you can recycle major pieces of the mission, then that’s time and money that can go somewhere else.The launch itself was relatively uneventful. It carried a communications satellite for Europe-based telecom company SES. Of course, SpaceX gave the firm a nice discount for buying second-hand (30%, it seems).It’s hard to properly contextualize something like this. Space flights seem routine these days. I’m not sure about you, but I recall when I still heard about each and every launch from SpaceX, but now even the private firms are getting pretty good at this. I didn’t know, for example, that the company’s completed several successful launches and recoveries in the past year.It’s worth noting, though, that like with so many things, successful space flight isn’t about the big moments and (maybe) impromptu speeches we remember. It’s all the little steps along the way. If we’re going to get to Mars, much less the stars ever, this is a step we have to figure out — bringing the cost down. Even if money weren’t an issue, there’s a limit to how much crap we can physically build on Earth. For Musk’s dreams of a Martian or Lunar colony to come, then it has to start here with something that seems simple, but means far more than we can yet imagine.last_img read more

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Viewer numbers for 811 WWE Tough Enough number up

first_img Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Next Mae Young Classic participants debuting for ROH, ROH originals returning during UK tour Pinterest WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Alarm (German Spot) Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Germany Sticks to a Balanced Budget, But Is Ready for a Crisis Last night’s 8/11 WWE Tough Enough on the USA Network did 1.03 million viewers. This number is up from last week’s show that did 856,000 viewers.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 36.62%0:02Remaining Time -3:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Khloe Kardashian wanted therapy with Tristan Thompson Google+ Now Playing Up Next Facebook Action-Packed Trek Through The Blue Ridge Mountains Ben Roethlisbergerlast_img read more

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Poll workers needed for June 5 Gubernatorial Primary Election

first_imgPoll workers needed for June 5 Gubernatorial Primary Election 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Poll workers, especially those who are bilingual in any one of six specific languages, are needed for the June 5 Gubernatorial Primary Election. The Registrar’s office is required by federal law to provide bilingual speakers and voting materials to voters who speak Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese. In addition, a survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley showed a need for speakers of Arabic and Korean at just under 90 precincts across the county so the Registrar’s office is also recruiting poll workers who are bilingual in those languages.Michael Vu, from the Registrar of Voters was in studio to tell us more about this year’s need for more poll workers.To become a poll worker, applicants must be a U.S citizen and registered to vote in California, or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States. Poll workers must have transportation to their assigned polling location, access to the internet to take an online training and attend a two-hour class in person. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua, Posted: April 23, 2018 April 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua last_img read more

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Employers must align financial wellbeing to reward

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2015: Employers need to align their financial wellbeing scheme to their total reward programme in order to engage the workforce of tomorrow, according to Ian Hodson (pictured), reward manager at The University of Lincoln.Speaking at a session at Employee Benefits Live 2015, ’Educating your workforce to take control of their financial health’, Hodson explained that using technology alongside financial education programmes enhances employees’ understanding of, and engagement with, their finances.Hodson said: “We wanted to educate our workforce so that financial planning could support their career plans and get them on the right path for what they’re aiming for.”This is why the university segmented its staff for the drop-in financial education workshops it offered, while also keeping some of the central themes very similar.The themes included: overall wealth management; tax and tax thresholds; pensions and savings habits; credit ratings; planning your career and setting financial goals.Hodson added: “It was about getting the right financial information to the right people.” Claire Lock, senior manager, human resources at Monster, who spoke alongside Hodson at the session, stated that Monster once had a here and now workplace culture, with little focus on the financial futures of its workforce. This meant that just 41% of its employees were part of its pension scheme.To address this, the organisation aimed to develop an engaging and innovative reward, benefits and financial education strategy that maximised workforce planning and financially empowered its staff.Monster conducted this by offering its workforce a one-stop-shop lifestyle portal, with all its employee benefits under one roof. Lock explained: “We wanted to create a single point of sign-on that could be accessed by employees pretty much anywhere. We also wanted to help them understand the true value of what we have on offer for them.”The portal combines Monster’s benefits together to form one dashboard of their health, motivation and financial situation. For instance, it allows staff to connect their bank accounts and pension pots so that they can gain a clearer insight into their finances and understand the long-term impact of their pension contributions.After the organisation held financial health workshops, 80% of employees who attended the then compulsory sessions felt their financial knowledge and understanding had improved. Due to its success, Monster will be rolling out its financial education strategy in 40 more countries next year.Lock continued: “Good employee financial health is about breaking down the pensions jargon and avoiding stereotypical terms staff may not understand.”Hodson added: “Tailoring financial education to staff is so important; people don’t know what they don’t know and the biggest challenge is getting them to understand that. Wellbeing is made up of physical, mental and financial parts and technology gives [employers] the ability to cater for the future workforce’s finances.”last_img read more

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Sunrise Senior Living and University of Lincoln shortlisted for most motivational benefits

first_imgHolmes Care Group, Sunrise Senior Living, and University of Lincoln (pictured) are among the organisations that have been shortlisted in the most motivational benefits category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2017.This award celebrates the most effective motivation or incentive strategy to be implemented by an employer.The full category shortlist is:Holmes Care Group, Staff Appreciation WeekRoyal Bank of Scotland, RBS JumpSunrise Senior Living (Entered by Personal Group)University of Lincoln, UniImpsThe winner will be announced during a lunch-time awards ceremony at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2017 at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London, on Friday 9 June 2017.See the full shortlist.For more information, or to book your table.last_img read more

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Tradeshow ROI Tips From LeadGen Jenn

first_imgWhat do tradeshows and events do better than any other form of media? They bring buyers and sellers together in a totally relevant context—an environment built specially for learning, for networking, and for commerce. They generate ROI. This year’s Folio: Show is no exception. Because they’re so valuable, it’s critical as a seller to maximize the time you have at an event. It’s essential to have conversations with as many prospects as possible and to put yourself on the radar screens of potential buyers even if you connect directly. Lead-Gen Jenn: Ask questions and take good notes of your conversation on-site. Trade shows work to make the connections and show off your product, but the key in closing business is to make your follow-up personal, relevant and timely. Lead-Gen JennFolio: What are the best ways for sponsors and exhibitors to get strong ROI at live events? Folio: What’s the most successful lead-gen strategy you’ve ever seen? Be sure to have a strategy for what you will be doing on-site. What materials will you be handing out? Who will be working the booth and how will they be trained? What customers and prospects are on your must-see list and can you schedule specific times with them?  Folio: What are the “must-not-do’s?” Folio: Tell us about what the Folio: Show is doing to ensure meaningful interaction between buyer and seller, and lead generation overall at the show. Be personable! Do a giveaway from your booth, or simply engage with attendees as they walk by. Lead-Gen Jenn:  Lead-Gen Jenn: I am most excited about our use of Feathr for Folio: Show 2016. Feathr is a marketing technology tool that enables us to create customized micro-sites for all of our exhibitors about the Folio: Show. The site is covered in your branding, so it establishes your company as a thought leader in the Folio: marketplace, while also being a great tool you can use to invite prospective customers to the event. Folio: What are the top three must-do strategies for exhibitors and sponsors to generate conversations and produce leads? I also love any lead-gen programs tied to content—hosting a session is a great way to nurture organic leads. The attendees self-qualify by showing interest in your product/offering and consuming your message, so they are warmed up and ready for follow-up action. We asked Access Intelligence’s own Jenn Heinold, SVP of events, for her best pointers and tips. Jenn’s so good at helping exhibitors and sponsors produce ROI at her events, she’s known as “Lead-Gen Jenn.” Lead-Gen Jenn: I thought Wright’s Media did a wonderful job last year with the Folio: Show’s mobile app passport program. It encouraged attendees to experience all the event had to offer, and had a competitive leaderboard with prize giveaways! Do some pre-event marketing—invite your prospects to the show. Folio: What do you counsel exhibitors and sponsors to do post show to ensure that a fishbowl full of business cards or a spreadsheet with attendees converts into some closed business? Lead-Gen Jenn: My biggest pet peeve is seeing someone hunched over their phone, laptop, or newspaper in the far back corner of their booth! Shows are all about connections—and in order to do that you’ve got to be the one with a smile on your face and hand extended. Lead-Gen Jenn: The first step in a meaningful interaction is to get the right people in the room. And for the Folio: Show, that means building a best-in-class conference program specifically for your target prospects: the C-Suite, event professionals, production, audience development, publishers, and editorial. We then invest in our own integrated-marketing campaign to drive attendance at the event, while leveraging our Folio: magazine audience and marketing channels. Lead-Gen Jenn: Trade shows are no longer an “If you build it, they will come” proposition. They require pre-planning and pre-event promotion to build buzz and drive traffic to your booth. Take a step back and think about ways you can promote your presence pre-event through advertising, social media, your web site and direct marketing. Folio: What’s new for 2016? Get outside of your booth – participate in the dinners, fitness runs, networking activities the show has to offer; then invite your new friends to visit your booth!last_img read more

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Fear Of Crime On The Wane Across Greater Houston Rice Survey Finds

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:06 Houstonians are less worried about crime than they have been in decades, according to the 36th Houston Area Survey, produced by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.Only 18 percent of survey respondents said they fear becoming the victim of a crime, or of a family member becoming a victim. That’s down from 43 percent in 1995.“Nineteen-ninety-four, five, and six were a time of tremendous fear of crime,” said Rice University’s Steven Klineberg, speaking as a guest on Houston Matters. Klineberg has conducted the study since 1982. “It was the crack cocaine epidemic. It was a whole range of things that were going on then. But then we’ve been watching a pretty unmistakable secular shift. People are still worried, but much less than they were before. Far less preoccupied with crime and with the need to get tough on crime.”This year’s survey also included a new question, “How comfortable would you feel calling the police for help if you needed assistance?” A majority of U.S.-born Anglos reported they strongly agreed with the sentiment (81 percent). So too did both U.S.-born Hispanics (67 percent) and Hispanic immigrants (72 percent). That’s despite rising political tensions about the role of local police in deporting undocumented immigrants.But for African Americans, that number came in at only 49 percent. “So what that survey tells us is that, still today and unmistakably, the most problematic relationships between communities and the police are with the African American community,” Klineberg said, “and that’s where the work needs to be done.” X Sharelast_img read more

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