NAFTA in August Canadas US envoy says aspirational but will work for

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s ambassador to the United States says predictions that NAFTA talks can be settled by the end of month are “aspirational” — even if American and Mexican officials are close to resolving their differences on complex auto sector issues.But David MacNaughton supports the push towards the ambitious goal and says Canadian negotiators are prepared to put in the long hours to help make it happen before the end of August.MacNaughton was closely following NAFTA talks in Washington on Friday between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, whose governments have both expressed optimism a deal could be hammered out this month.“I would describe it as aspirational and I think there’s nothing wrong with aspiring to get everything done by the end of August and certainly we’re going to be available 24-7,” MacNaughton said in an interview when asked whether he thought it would be possible to get the deal done within that timeline.“I’ve given up predicting. All I can tell you is we will do everything we can to put all of the resources we have to get a fair and reasonable deal as quickly as we can … We’ve had a lot of dates over the past 18 months and we haven’t met any of them yet.”Media outlets reported Friday that Guajardo predicted there was a very good chance the U.S. and Mexico could sort out their bilateral NAFTA differences next week. In his interview earlier in the day, MacNaughton said next Canadian negotiators could be back at the table as early as next week for three-way talks.The NAFTA file is picking up again after taking a pause in late May ahead of Mexico’s July presidential election. Since that break, the already shaky Canada-U.S. relationship has sunk to an even lower level.U.S. President Donald Trump slapped Canada and other allies with duties on steel and aluminum imports, which led to a retaliatory levies from Ottawa. Trump has also threatened to impose far more damaging tariffs on the auto sector and, as he left the June G7 meeting in Quebec, he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “very dishonest and weak.”Following these very public, unprecedented disputes, there have been concerns raised about Canada’s absence from high-level talks this week and last week on the three-country trade deal.Some observers have warned that Canada was sidelined from the negotiations and could be put in a position where it might have to accept a deal reached between the U.S. and Mexico.But Canadian officials, including MacNaughton, have maintained they’re unfazed by being left out of the bilateral discussions, stressing there have been a lot of one-on-one talks during the year-long NAFTA renegotiation process.The Trudeau government, premiers, cabinet ministers and the business community have mounted a lobbying campaign south of the border to sell U.S. lawmakers in Congress, state governors, local officials and business leaders on the economic merits of NAFTA.But the rocky relationship has some questioning the effectiveness of Canada’s so-called charm offensive.Asked whether Canada had a Plan B, MacNaughton said there isn’t one. The strategy, he said, will continue to be telling Americans how critical trade with Canada is for their economy.He argued the effort has succeeded in raising awareness at all levels of U.S. governments, within the business community and even the White House.“Even if we have a renegotiated NAFTA, a modernized NAFTA, we will continue to need to have Americans who realize how important Canada is to American jobs,” he said.“Frankly, I think we took it for granted and you can’t.”Veteran trade strategist Peter Clark said Friday that those who think NAFTA can be concluded by the end of the month are “dreaming.”“If the United States wants to get it finished by the end of August, they’re going to have to put a lot of water in their wine,” said Clark, who called the U.S. decision to leave Canada out of the recent talks a tactical move.After missing this week’s discussions, Clark added there’s a risk Canada could find itself being forced into a take-it-or-leave-it situation on provisions agreed upon by the U.S. and Mexico.If the Mexicans and Americans do agree on autos, MacNaughton said the three partners would still have to tackle a number of other tough issues, including the following sticking points:— dispute resolution.— agriculture issues.— the proposed inclusion of a five-year sunset clause, which has been flatly rejected by the Trudeau Liberals.— intellectual property.— government procurement.— the de minimis threshold, which is the maximum value of an item that Canadians can order from a foreign country without paying duties or taxes.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Sri Lanka UN chief urges due process for arrested opposition leader

9 February 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on authorities in Sri Lanka to ensure the rights and safety of the defeated presidential candidate and former army chief who was arrested yesterday, and said he intends to speak to the country’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss the issue. General Sarath Fonseka, the challenger who received 40 per cent of the vote in the 27 January presidential election, was arrested yesterday by Sri Lankan troops for alleged “military offences.”Mr. Rajapaksa is also reported to have ordered the dissolution of Parliament with effect from midnight on Tuesday.Mr. Ban is following developments in the South Asian nation “with concern,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.“He urges the authorities to follow due process of law and provide all the necessary protections and guarantees to his safety,” said Mr. Nesirky.“He underlined the importance of ensuring a positive political climate as the country prepares for parliamentary elections and in the interest of peace, stability and reconciliation.” The Secretary-General intends to speak to Mr. Rajapaksa, who was re-elected after obtaining nearly 58 per cent of the more than 10 million votes cast in the recent polls, and will maintain close engagement through his senior advisers, the spokesperson added. read more

Banks take maximum amount of Enbridge stock boosting financing to 23 billion

CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. says it raised $2.3 billion in its latest stock offering as its syndicate of underwriters fully exercised their option to buy additional shares in the pipeline operator.The Calgary-based company had initially planned to raise $2 billion, but the underwriters — including Canada’s five biggest banks — bought an additional 7.4 million shares.The underwriters paid $40.70 per share for the stock. The group includes RBC Capital Markets and its counterparts at BMO, CIBC, Scotiabank and TD. It also includes Credit Suisse, one of Switzerland’s biggest banks.Selling group firms cut out of Enbridge Inc dealExplanations, some of which are fanciful, behind Enbridge’s share price gainsEnbridge says it will use proceeds from the sale to reduce its debt.The company also expects the cash will be sufficient to support its growth program through the end of 2017.Enbridge has a number of projects in the planning stages, including the Northern Gateway pipeline across British Columbia. It completed 14 projects worth $8 billion in 2015. read more

Former military intelligence head remanded until April 18

Former military intelligence head Major General (Retired) Amal Karunasekara, who was arrested by the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) yesterday over investigations into the abduction and assault on journalist Keith Noyahr, has been remanded until April 18.Major General Karunasekara was accused of being involved in the 2008 abduction of the then Associate Editor of The Nation, Keith Noyahr. Major General Karunasekara was detained at the Military Hospital yesterday where he was receiving treatment. (Colombo Gazette)

Swiss say Facebooks digital currency plan will face hurdles

GENEVA — Facebook and its partners have asked financial authorities in Switzerland to evaluate their plan to create a new digital currency to be called Libra.Facebook unveiled a proposal in June to create a digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use. The company said it would set up a non-profit association headquartered in Geneva with its partners to oversee Libra, putting it under Swiss regulatory authority.The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority said Wednesday the Libra Association has requested an “assessment” of its plan.The authority, known as FINMA, says the proposal has to meet anti-money laundering requirements and other strict standards. That includes obtaining a “payment-system license” that makes the association responsible for bearing “the returns and risks associated with the management of the reserve.”The Associated Press read more

Wrestling Ohio State wins 2017 Big Ten title

The Ohio State wrestling team wins the 2017 Big Ten championship. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter junior Kyle Snyder sealed his individual championship at heavyweight, it became official: the Ohio State Buckeyes are the 2017 Big Ten wrestling champions.OSU scored 139.5 points as a team to claim the top spot while Penn State placed second with a score of 130. Both teams entered the tournament with three No. 1 pre-seeded wrestlers.In addition to the team victory, the Buckeyes also took home four individual championships, including redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello (133 pounds) winning his third, and redshirt freshman Kollin Moore (197 pounds) winning his first.The other two champions were redshirt junior Bo Jordan at 174 pounds, his first Big Ten championship after finishing as a runner-up twice previously, and world champion Snyder winning his second at heavyweight.Two other Buckeyes finished as runners-up: Myles Martin at 184 pounds and Micah Jordan at 149 pounds.The Buckeyes next competition will come at the NCAA National Championships tournament March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. read more

Aaron McKenna Its time for voluntary income taxes to fund frivolities like

first_imgRTÉ RELEASED A report during the week crowing about their financial contribution to the economy and cawing at the fact that the licence fee we pay for the privilege is good value for money. Apart from the fact that the report is a rather rose-tinted view – something it itself acknowledges at several points if one, as most reporters seem to have neglected to do, reads past the executive summary – it got me to thinking about the great regressive tax that is the license fee.As a tax that is levied on all households in the state that have a television – and when replaced by the broadcasting charge in the near future, all households regardless – it is an extremely unfair tax. A tax that bears no relation to any ability to pay or value of assets or, well, anything at all really is extremely regressive. It’s doubly unfair in that it is essentially a frivolous extra tax on the people of Ireland. Gardaí, nurses and social protection are one thing. Fair City and The Voice of Ireland are another. Yet the government mandates that you will pay tax for one as surely as for the other.The TV licence contributes little or nothing to the Irish economyThe central argument of the Pricewaterhouse Cooper report that RTÉ commissioned is that the body made a contribution of €384 million to the economy in 2011. Loaded at the front of the report are figures about jobs created and industry supported, alongside lamentations that the license fee is lower in Ireland than elsewhere in Europe. The report has landed at a time when the Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, is considering the roll-out of this new Broadcasting Charge on all households. It is an attempt at front-loaded spin by RTÉ’s management before the inevitable avalanche of criticism of this broadening of the RTÉ Tax.Page 7 of the report has lovely colourful boxes full of facts and figures about how much RTÉ does for Ireland. A €384m contribution to the economy. A zero per cent increase to the license fee between 2008 and 2012, you lucky devils. And, best of all, 42 per cent of the license fee goes back to the exchequer in taxes – €78m in all. Arrive at Page 22 of the report, however, and PwC lays out clearly that the TV license portion of its funding contributes little or nothing to the Irish economy.“With regard to the licence fee income, it is reasonable to assume that the benefits which derive from RTÉ’s expenditure of these funds in the Irish economy is limited to negligible. This reflects the fact that if Irish households were not required to pay the licence fee, they most likely would spend the money elsewhere in the Irish economy.”Public service broadcasting and commercial elementsWe know that many households in this country are hard up for that €160, which is used to subsidise RTÉ’s commercial operations that brought in €167m in 2011 (€17m less than the license fee). Though they pretend there’s a brick wall between the public service broadcasting and commercial elements, the scale that RTÉ operates means the public subsidises the private. There’s no brick wall between the two when RTÉ is selling advertisements.Because we pay a direct tax to fund RTÉ it comes in for special attention and has to try and justify itself with propaganda pamphlets like the PWC report. In reality the broadcaster is but one of many sectional interests funded by taxpayers, with most of it lost in the tens of billions of taxes we pay through so many sources we can’t distinguish one from another.Government exists to provide the basic structures of society: law and order, education, a social safety net. Everything beyond this are additional extras we’ve picked up along the way. Much of it is very positive, adding to the life and soul of the nation. A great deal of it is frivolous or to the benefit of a select few, monies apportioned by politicians in vote-grabbing exercises. Because there’s a giant pot of taxation, it’s difficult for you to pin down that the tax paid on petrol or on a new laptop or just plain taken from a pay packet is going to pay for a hospital, a public park or a Patrick’s Day junket for county councillors.Voluntary income taxesI’m a believer in voluntary income taxes, which is not to say choosing whether or not to pay any tax at all; but to pay additional tax for specific items that go beyond the basic function of government.At the end of each year every taxpayer – including those on social welfare, who can choose how to spend their money – should receive a form to fill in; containing details of various programmes, projects or events that need paying for. They could be anything from longer opening hours for museums to subsidies for city bicycle programmes or the beautification of towns. Anything, really. We could do it on a local and national level, with taxpayers in different councils getting a say on how their property taxes are spent as well as the money that goes into national pots.Taxpayers would select the items that they’re happy to contribute to, paying either a fixed euro amount or a percentage of income, and if enough people sign up to pay for the measure it is passed and paid for by them. This is voting with wallets, usually the very best kind of voting to figure out where people really stand on something. To coin a phrase, it’s very easy to spend other people’s money. The trouble is you eventually run out of it. This type of a measure will move people to consider just how much they value public amenities: no more protesting loudly that the government must do something about X or Y. If you want it, pay for it and convince others to do likewise.Temporary taxes to pay for specific itemsWe could also introduce the American idea of ballot measures, raising new or temporary taxes to pay for specific items. For example, County Wherever could raise a levy on restaurant covers to pay for improvements to its school buildings where central government money is lacking, or cut local taxes with a corresponding reduction in services.Ballot measures aren’t appropriate for taxes on income because it’s easy to take other people’s money. Rather if they’re focused on things like local levies, and would force people to make choices that will affect their own pockets through the money they spend in the same way as voluntary income taxes.This would allow people to control their own destinies better than central government has been managing of late. One county could decide to become a more competitive low tax economy in the hopes of attracting businesses and residents; while another will take its chances as a high tax socialist haven. The key thing is that people won’t be screaming about how government should pay for this or that, but they will have to decide if they really want to pay for it themselves – as they currently do, though it’s masked because it all goes into one big pot – and try to convince others.Personally speaking, I actually don’t mind paying the license fee. There are plenty of benefits in having RTÉ as a patron of the arts, and I can afford it. But I want a choice in paying for it and plenty of the other things government demands of us, because not everyone can afford it or see the benefits in it. If there’s enough folks like me (and their report says 85 per cent of Irish people are proud of RTÉ), they’ll get their money fair and square.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.last_img read more

Madrid set Modric price

first_imgReal Madrid have set the price tag of Luka Modric at a staggering £670million to put off Inter Milan, according to Mirror Football.The Croatian captain is a subject of interest from Italian side Inter Milan and reports in Italy suggested that the playmaker is keen on a reunion with his countrymen who ply their trade at the San Siro.The 32-year-old won the best player of the tournament award at the World Cup in Russia with stellar performances as he led his country to the final where they lost to France.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Modric still has two years left on his current contract with Real Madrid but is tempted by the idea of playing with fellow Croatians Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic who both represent the Nerazzurri.New Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is keen to retain the services of the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder after the club already lost the services of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.Modric signed for Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur back in 2012 and has gone on to enjoy a trophy-laden spell with Los Blancos winning one Spanish La Liga title and four UEFA Champions League trophies.last_img read more

Minister Gardiner calls for Referendum on Independence

first_img PDM Chairman says North & Middle Caicos MP ignorant of law, fails to remove voters Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations Related Items:Constitutional Review Committee, donhue gardiner Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Baptist Union President Makes Recommendation on Status and Immigration Bills Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jan 2015 – During debate on the Constitutional Review Commission’s report the nation learned exactly what Minister for Border Control and Labour and Member from North and Middle Caicos thinks of the 2011 Constitution; that it is essentially rubbish. “I have a copy of the constitution here, because it is printed by government with government monies and it is property of the government I wouldn’t destroy it by tearing it up because it would be seen of malicious damage to property. However, Mr Speaker but that is exactly what I think of the document on the whole.” Hon Donhue Gardiner actually served on the committee overseeing the national consultation leg of the review; but said there now needs to be a referendum to do two things; one determine if TC Islanders want to gain independence from the British and to two, determine if the changes recommended are what the electorate really want. An attorney, Minister Gardiner says he believes the trial by jury right needs to be returned in the constitution as the right solely of the defendant in any case. “I would certainly come down on the side of being in favor for the reinstatement of that right and the right also that he might also have to a bench trial.” He adamantly expressed that no governor, whom he labeled a virtual stranger should have so much power in the legislative. On the point of who should make up the members of the House of Assembly, Hon Gardiner has the view that no member of the House should be appointed; that all should be elected by the voting public during a General Election.“I do not believe in the notion of an elected Speaker from the outside, I believe unless you have been tested at the ballot box you do not have a right to speak on behalf of the people, you do not have a right to vote on behalf of the people, you do not have a right to preside over the People’s House.”last_img read more

Soldotna PD Warns Of Scam Circulating The Local Area

first_imgIn the past few days, people have been receiving telephone calls from persons claiming to be someone from the Social Security Administration. According to Sgt. Escott one individual has given out their personal information. Sgt Escott: “We had a citizen call today, and unfortunately did give out private information that was taken.” If a resident has given out information to a caller they can call the police and file a report.  If they received a fraudulent call but didn’t give out any information they can contact consumer.ftc.gov. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating the local area.center_img SPD Sgt. Stace Escott says the department has received over twenty calls reporting the scam in two days: “The specific theme of those phone calls is someone from the Social Security Administration, or claiming to be, requesting or saying that your security card has been compromised or used fraudulently. Some times they might even have your social security number, but they are fishing for more information.” If you do receive a telephone call from a person regarding a request of money, “DO NOT COMPLY’ hang up the phone.last_img read more

Demi Lovato Ed Sheeran Lead Lineup For Pair Of Elton John Tribute

first_img Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran Lead Lineup For Pair Of Elton John Tribute Albums Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? demi-lovato-ed-sheeran-lead-lineup-pair-elton-john-tribute-albums Lady Gaga, P!nk, Logic, Alessia Cara, John Legend, Willie Nelson and more come together to reimagine the illustrious catalog of Elton John and Bernie TaupinNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 15, 2018 – 4:56 pm With “Elton John: I’m Still Standing—A GRAMMY Salute” just a few weeks away, the Piano Man is getting a lot of love these days. Now, the track listings for two new albums of covers, Revamp and Restoration, reveal a stacked lineup of artists tackling the biggest hits penned by Elton John and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 13, 2018 – 7:00 am Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Twitter Revamp offers a diverse roster of artists across various genres, from the likes of GRAMMY winners Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, P!nk, Alessia Cara and nominees like Queens Of The Stone Age, Florence + The Machine, and Demi Lovato, who collaborated with the great Q-Tip and on “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”“On Revamp, I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them, and to my surprise, most of them said yes,” John said in a statement. “And we have quite an astonishing eclectic crew.”Restoration takes a more cross-generational, country flavored slant, with everyone from Willie Nelson to Kasey Musgraves, Dolly Parton to Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill to Dierks Bentley playing their favorite Elton tunes.“Restoration was Bernie’s project, and he’s a huge country fan,” John said, referring to his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. Together, the pair have displayed an impressive and varied artillery of influences in their music over the years.  “From day one we borrowed from everything that’s good about American music – whether it’s blues, country, gospel, pop, pure rock – everything got thrown in the mix,” Taupin said. “… It would be tiring if you just got stuck in one niche your entire career, especially when it’s one as long as ours.”In all, the sprawling 26-song track list is a testament to the timeless catalog it celebrates. Take a look for yourself and mark your April calendars — Revamp and Restoration drop April 6 and “Elton John: I’m Still Standing—A GRAMMY Salute” airs April 10 at 7 p.m. PDT on CBS. Revamp Track List1. “Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John, P!nk, Logic2. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” – Coldplay3. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” – Alessia Cara4. “Candle in the Wind” – Ed Sheeran5. “Tiny Dancer “- Florence And The Machine6. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” – Mumford and Sons7. “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” – Mary J. Blige8. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato9. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – The Killers10. “Daniel” – Sam Smith11. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” – Miley Cyrus12. “Your Song” – Lady Gaga13. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Queens of the Stone AgeRestoration Track List1. “Rocket Man” – Little Big Town2. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris3. “Sacrifice” – Don Henley and Vince Gill4. “Take Me to the Pilot” – Brothers Osborne5. “My Father’s Gun” – Miranda Lambert6. “I Want Love” – Chris Stapleton7. “Honky Cat” – Lee Ann Womack8. “Roy Rogers” – Kacey Musgraves9. “Please” – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton10. “The Bitch Is Back” – Miley Cyrus11. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” – Dierks Bentley12. “This Train Don’t Stop” – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris13. “Border Song” – Willie NelsonCatching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email last_img read more

2020 Lincoln Aviator starts around 50000 but PHEVs get pricey

first_img More From Roadshow SUVs Hybrids Luxury cars Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Lincoln 4G LTE The 2020 Lincoln Aviator landed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show with handsome looks and a powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain. Now, we have an idea of what this kind of luxury will cost — and it ain’t cheap.The 2020 Lincoln Aviator will start at $51,100, excluding $1,095 for destination and delivery, according to the newly launched Aviator configurator. The base engine is a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 that’s good for 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Standard equipment includes a suite of active safety systems, keyless access and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive raises the price by $2,500.The next trim, Reserve, will cost consumers $56,190. This trim adds larger 20-inch alloy wheels, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, a surround-view camera, four-zone climate control and a hands-free liftgate. Again, RWD is standard with AWD commanding a slight premium.Enlarge ImageIt’s a high price to pay for a high-tech Lincoln. Andrew Krok/Roadshow The cheapest way to get into the 450-hp, 650-lb-ft plug-in hybrid Aviator will set buyers back $68,800. Not only does it electrify the powertrain, it also adds standard all-wheel drive, a panoramic glass roof and exterior accents exclusive to the PHEV. We’re not done yet. At the top of the lineup is the Black Label trim, which piles on the luxury. This trim adds 30-way power seats with ventilation and massage functions, a 28-speaker Revel audio system, a head-up display and a beefier version of Lincoln’s safety suite. Buyers can also base their interior appointments around various themes. As one might expect, it’s expensive — the non-PHEV Aviator Black Label costs $77,695, while the electrified variant ramps the price up to $87,800. Luxury doesn’t come cheap, folks, especially when it’s done as interestingly as Lincoln’s Black Label.Lincoln will start taking orders for the Aviator this spring. The base and Reserve trims will arrive at dealers first, in the early summer, with the Black Label and PHEV variants to follow in the late summer. Lincoln 58 Photos The sky’s the limit in the 2020 Lincoln Aviator Comments Tags Lincoln: Stay up to date on all the news from Ford’s fancy sister brand.Lincoln Navigator: Lincoln’s biggest boy is at the top of its game. 3 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka HR head Shankar make tough comments on jobs

first_imgInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka in Bengaluru, on January 13, 2017.IANSIndia’s second-largest IT software services exporter Infosys has sent out yet another signal on hiring, the second in two days. The first was by CEO Vishal Sikka who said artificial intelligence (AI) poses a real threat to jobs in an interview to a business news channel at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Davos. The second is a rather “euphemetist” one and has come from its HR head, Krishnamurthy Shankar.A prominent AI tool launched by Infosys is Mana, in April 2016. Infosys Mana is a platform that “brings machine learning together with the deep knowledge of an organization, to drive automation and innovation – enabling businesses to continuously reinvent their system landscapes,” the company said in an update on April 28, 2016.Read: Here is what Vishal Sikka, Pravin Rao, MD Ranganath said after Dec quarter results”So, those are some of the things not only being discussed in the World Economic Forum, but also they are generally on people’s minds. Artificial Intelligence (AI): it is very clear that a lot of the jobs of the past are going to be displaced by AI,” Sikka told CNBC-TV18.”…people are genuinely thinking about what does it mean to reskill people and bringing in larger collections of people into the workforce of tomorrow as a result of betting skilling and training and so on and so forth,” he added.A similar comment has been made by Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice pesident and the group head of human resource development, at Infosys.”We have been releasing about 2,000 people every quarter and also training them in special courses that will help them in their new assignments, ” the Economic Times quoted him as saying on the sidelines of an event organised by the Bengaluru chapter of WEF-backed Global Shapers.Infosys created a record of sorts in the December 2016 quarter (Q3) when its net employee addition was in the negative (66) as against addding 2,779 employees in the September 2016 quarter and 5,407 employees in December 2015 quarter.The company lowered its revenue guidance for FY2017 when it declared its Q3 results a few days ago, disappointing the investors. The IT services industry is facing a major challenge of stricter norms for H-1B visas being mulled over by the new US administration under Donald Trump.Infosys shares were trading one per cent lower at Rs 949 apiece on Friday(January 20) around 3.18 pm on the BSE. Wipro shares were almost flat at Rs 477 apiece. The company will be declaring its Q3 results on January 25. The TCS stock also remained unchanged at Rs 2,285.At the end of the December quarter, TCS had 3,78,497 employees, of which 34.6 per cent were women, an all-time high.last_img read more

New report urges congregations to aid family caregivers

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A new report on family caregivers details how congregations can play a role in supporting the increasing number of members caring for elders.“Whether their care journey feels like a roller coaster, the deep end, or a long marathon, family caregivers are at risk of emotional, financial, and spiritual exhaustion as they balance both work and care and are tempted, often by necessity, to journey alone,” writes the report’s author, Lutheran pastor Amy Ziettlow.“Called to Care: Honoring Elders & the Family Care Journey,” released last week (June 11) by the Center for Public Justice, a nonpartisan Christian organization focused on civic education and policy research, proposes ways houses of worship, employers and the government can assist caregivers.“We need congregations, workplaces, and public policies that honor and support these superhero caregivers,” Ziettlow writes.Amy Ziettlow. Courtesy photoZiettlow, a former hospice chaplain, says that the overall number of unpaid caregivers to the elderly — about 41.3 million — is expected to increase significantly as baby boomers age. Citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics and AARP, she said the average caregiver spends three hours a day aiding an elder and $7,000 a year on out-of-pocket related costs.The report, which quotes the biblical commandment to “honor your father and your mother,” offers examples of how congregations can stand by those whose loved ones suddenly or gradually can no longer live by themselves or handle day-to-day responsibilities.The cover of the “Called to Care” report. Courtesy imageIt suggests that congregations can provide paid family leave to clergy and employees, noting such action is “honoring paid work and family work as equally dignified and holy.”The report recommends that houses of worship provide volunteers to help care recipients navigate their health decisions or give respite to caregivers. And it urges congregations to warmly welcome back elders who may return to a congregation after being away for a period of time.RELATED: Dementia and religion: Inside a church’s Alzheimer’s caregiver support group“Congregational ministry creates an environment where the potential for companionship and mutual support thrives,” writes Ziettlow, who now leads an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation in Decatur, Ill., “and it is a space to raise and grapple with existential questions regarding death and end-of-life wishes.” Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstwcenter_img Share This! Joe Biden and other candidates speak to diverse faith leaders, activists Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Atheist watchdog drops fight to halt clergy housing allowance Share This! TagsAmy Ziettlow caregivers Center for Public Justice congregations dementia homepage featured houses of worship,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News Share This!last_img read more

Simple Geeks Guide to Doing Your Own PR

first_img The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services Stay on target Whether you’re trying to get people to come to your alternative Manga art show or you’ve got a new app that connects LARPers to each other, one of the most important and difficult things is letting people know what you’re up to. And that my friends is where PR comes in.Being able to afford proper PR is pretty much a catch 22; by the time you can afford a publicist you probably don’t need one. Luckily as someone who’s been doing all my own PR for over a decade, I’ve learned some pretty awesome and free/and or cheap ways to do it. We’ve covered this before on my site, BrokeAssStuart.com, but below is an even more detailed plan on how to get people to care about the magnificent stuff you’re up to.Craft a PitchWhat the hell are you doing and why? That’s the simple information you need in a pitch. Put together a one paragraph description about your Magic the Gathering tournament and then at the bottom include all the pertinent info like, where and when. Make sure you have some kind of image to send along as well. Also, make sure you write something that’s engaging and fun. The people you’re sending these to get dozens a day, so you need to make yours stand out.Create a SpectacleSpeaking of standing out, one of the best ways to make people want to write about your thing is to make it utterly unique. Are you doing a comic book swap? Include Superhero Karaoke! All you gotta do is get a karaoke machine and tell people to dress up as superheroes. Who wouldn’t wanna write about that?Reach Out to MediaOnce you have your pitch that includes your spectacle, it’s time to get attention. One of the best ways to get people to know what you’re doing is to get publications to write about it. Most publications have a “contact” section on their website. Figure out who is best to send it to and then do so. Make sure to use their name and make your email friendly and engaging. And most importantly offer them free tickets or early access to the product.Tap into your NetworkEverybody has at least a couple of people in their network who have somewhat of a following or at least a large amount of friends. Maybe they’re the best Dungeon Master in town, or maybe they’re just really outgoing, regardless lots of people listen to what they have to say. Reach out to them and invite them to whatever it is that you’re up to and give them free tickets and/or early access or whatever it is that you can do to make them feel special. And then tell them that it would be wonderful if they could share it with their peeps. Be honest and earnest and let them know how important the MC Frontalot flash mob you’re throwing is to you. Chances are they want to help.Social Media and Email ListsOf course, you’ve already posted on all your social media channels already (don’t forget the FB groups you’re part of), but if you don’t have an email list, it’s time to start one. Upload all your contacts to something like MailChimp then send out a quick note to let your peeps know about Cosplay pillow fight. Before you start reaching out to anyone create a landing page through something like LaunchRock that collects people’s email addresses while also giving them the info about your shenanigans. Make sure that this is where all the media and influencers direct people so that you can grow your list. You’ll then have a bigger audience of your own next time you’re promoting something.Finally, use social media to document your app launch or Game of Thrones dinner party so that people can see what they missed in real time. You can also send a follow-up email with links to the social media so that those who attended and those who didn’t will know how dope your shit is for next time.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow him at BrokeAssStuart.com.last_img read more

Southern California Bay Area Housing Markets Rebounding

first_img Share July 1, 2019 922 Views Data released by CoreLogic reveals that California housing market, specifically in southern California and in the San Francisco Bay Area, saw increases in home sales in May. The reports state that existing homes sales increased by 10.6% month-over-month in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernadino, and Orange Counties. While this is an increase from April, home sales are down 2.7% from 2018, and the 22,300 homes sold for the month was the lowest for that month since 21,754 were sold in May 2015.Home sales in this region have fallen on a year-over-year basis for the last 10 months. The declines, though, have decreased and came in at under 3% in April and May after reported declines of 12% to 20% between November 2019 and March 2019.The median price for homes sold in southern California in May 2019 was $530,000, which is a 0.4% increase from April’s $528,000, and 0.2% higher than in 2018.Home sold in the San Francisco Bay Area saw an increase of 18.9% from April 2018, but still down 2.7% year-over-year. Total home sales in San Francisco in May were the lowest for that month since 8,038 were sold in May 2016. CoreLogic states sales have been declining in the double digits from November 2018 to March 2019, but May’s decline was reported at just 2.7%. The average price of homes sold in San Francisco in May 2019 was $860,000—a slight increase of 1.2% from April 2019.A report by Redfin last month found that the release, and anticipated release of several IPOs, have provided a boost to the Bay Area housing market. According to the report, 35% of offers by Redfin agents in May faced a bidding war, which is up from 5% in Janaury. While an increase, and higher than Redfin’s national average of 16%, it is still down from 77% from May 2018.  “Earlier this year, the San Francisco housing market appeared to be running out of gas, but the recent tech IPOs have reignited competition.” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “Buyers want to get in now before prices shoot up, while many would-be sellers are holding out for higher prices. With more people looking to buy homes than there are homes for sale, what you have is a recipe for bidding wars.”Redfin states San Francisco was the most competitive metro in the nation in May, beating out San Diego (24%). San Francisco and San Diego were the only two metros that saw more than one-in-five offers face competition in May. 2019 Housing Market california 2019-07-01 Mike Albanesecenter_img Southern California, Bay Area Housing Markets Rebounding in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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first_img… and what that means is that from 1 July 2017 travellers ticketed in transcontinental Business Class will be treated to upgraded meal service and amenities and flat-bed business class seat for the duration of their journey through the US on the New York/Newark–Los Angeles route, the New York/Newark–San Francisco route, and the new Boston–San Francisco route. There will also be complimentary hot meal and beverage service for customers seated in Economy Plus. Beginning on flights in July, this will feature industry-leading meal service, including a complimentary hot fresh entrée, dessert and fruit, a pre-arrival snack and alcoholic beverages. “United offers Boston customers the industry’s leading schedule between Boston and San Francisco with the most departures, the greatest number of seats and the only wide-body service,” said United’s VP of Marketing, Mark Krolick. “Now, as a premium transcontinental market, we are increasing significantly the number of business class seats available to Boston travellers on this route. Moreover, Boston business customers connecting via SFO, our Asia/Pacific hub, to destinations throughout the Asia Pacific region will be able to enjoy a flat-bed business class seat for the duration of their journey.” Transcontinental networkUnited Airlineslast_img read more

Personal belongings of Boston singer Brad Delp for

first_imgPersonal belongings of Boston singer Brad Delp for auction BOSTON – Fans of the rock band Boston can get more than a feeling at an upcoming auction — they can get their hands on the personal belongings of late lead singer Brad Delp.Delp’s concert grand piano, an electric guitar, silver glitter platform stage shoes and even his New Hampshire driver’s license are among the items for sale by Boston-based RR Auction starting Dec. 7.The belongings are from the personal collection of Delp’s wife, Micki Delp, and their two children.“I hope that all these items end up in the hands of people who appreciate it, and preserve the legacy of Brad’s kindness and humour,” Micki Delp said in a statement. “He was always kind and generous. He really was unaffected by the fame and fortune that fell in his lap. It shows in all these wonderful things.”Brad Delp joined Boston in the early 1970s, and the band rocketed to fame in 1976 with its self-titled debut album, which for years was the biggest-selling debut album of all-time. The album included the hits “More Than a Feeling,” ”Foreplay/Long Time” and “Smokin’.”Delp killed himself at his Atkinson, New Hampshire, home in 2007.The centerpiece of the auction is the piano, an 1873 Chickering of hand-carved rosewood. It is expected to fetch $50,000 or more at the auction, which runs for a week.Delp’s Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 electric guitar could sell for $5,000, while the platform shoes are expected to go for about $1,000.The auction includes telegrams Delp received from Paul McCartney and his Danvers, Massachusetts, high school diploma and yearbook.Delp’s personal vinyl record collection, including albums by Led Zeppelin, Cheap Trick, Queen and his beloved Beatles, also is for sale.___This story has been corrected to remove the reference to Delp co-writing “More Than a Feeling,” ”Foreplay/Long Time” and “Smokin’.” ”More Than a Feeling” and “Foreplay/Long Time” were written solely by Tom Scholz. The credit for “Smokin’” is Tom Scholz and Delp. FILE – In this July 24, 2004 file photo, Boston lead singer and guitarist Brad Delp performs at the Outdoor Star Arena at Ameristar Casino and Hotel in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Fans of the rock band Boston can get more than a feeling at an upcoming auction – they can get their hands on the personal belongings of Delp. Delp’s concert grand piano, an electric guitar, silver glitter platform stage shoes and even his New Hampshire driver’s license are among the items for sale by Boston-based RR Auction starting Dec. 7, 2017. (Ben DeVries /The Daily Nonpareil via AP, File) center_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2017 11:43 am PDT Last Updated Nov 29, 2017 at 9:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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