Rapper and singer/songwriter Professor Green has been named as the new patron of anti-suicide charity CALM.Two major men’s brands, Lynx and Topman, have also committed to lend their support to the campaign to fight male suicide.Writer and comedian, David Baddiel, who is stepping down as Patron and handing over the baton to Professor Green, said, “I’m very honoured to have been the patron of CALM for the last seven years. Over that time, it’s done a brilliant job of raising public consciousness about the overwhelming problem of male suicide, and of providing a resource and lifeline for men who are depressed and feel they have no-one to talk to. I’d also like to welcome Professor Green to the Patron post. I know he’ll have a great time working with this amazing charity.”Professor Green said,“We need to get the message out to young men that talking and asking for help when things go bad is what everyone should be able to do, whatever their gender, and it’s fantastic to see brands like Lynx and Topman put their weight behind CALM and help create the cultural change which will help save lives.”Lynx has committed to support CALM’s helpline that is currently taking almost 5,000 calls a month. Topman will be distributing award-winning men’s magazine, CALMzine, in their key stores across the UK.Jane Powell, CALM CEO emphasises: “While mental health has risen up the agenda urgent funding is still required as more money needs to be dedicated to this service in the years to come, but with all the will in the world that won’t create the social change needed to tackle male suicide. Having Professor Green and brands like Lynx and Topman help us share the message that it’s ok to talk, however, will help us foment the cultural change we need to finally tackle this issue.“On behalf of everyone at CALM, I would like to thank David Baddiel for his work and commitment over the last seven years. His support and passion for this cause has been unswerving and his dedication has helped us to progress our campaign. We now look forward to working with Professor Green to continue this work.”Find out more about CALM here.
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Kolkata/Dinhata: Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee Wednesday went for each other’s jugular in battleground West Bengal, with the prime minister castigating “speedbreaker Didi” for stalling the state’s development and the TMC chief hitting back warning he will face a “voter strike”.Modi, who kicked off his Lok Sabha campaign in West Bengal with back to back rallies in Siliguri and Kolkata, hit out at Banerjee over a host of issues including alleged lack of development, perpetuating family rule and for seeking proof of Indian Air Force’s retributive strike on terror camps in Pakistan to avenge Pulwama killing of 40 CRPF troopers. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsNot the one who would take things lying down, the West Bengal chief minister mounted a blistering counteroffensive, mocking Modi’s “56-inch chest” and claiming his government did nothing to save the lives of the CRPF jawans despite having “information” about the impending terror attack. “We are nationalists not fascists,” she asserted. Modi launched his campaign, all guns blazing, as he targeted Banerjee, calling her the “speedbreaker” in the path of the state’s development who wanted poverty to stay so her “politics of poverty” can flourish. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAt both the rallies, Modi slammed opposition parties for seeking proof of the damage done by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan’s Balakot where terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s training camps were targeted. “While your chest swelled with pride and you held your head high, some people began crying and shouting here,” he told the rally at Siliguri. He accused both the Congress and the TMC of “perpetuating family rule”. Hardly had Modi concluded his speech at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata when Banerjee took the microphone at a rally in north Bengal’s Dinhata, calling the prime minister “expiry babu” (one whose time to go had come). “I am not Modi, I don’t tell lies,” she declared, as she took on the prime minister over his “speedbreaker Didi” jibe. Claiming that 12,000 farmers had ended their lives under Modi’s prime ministership, she listed out various social welfare schemes undertaken by her government like ‘Kanyashree’ for girls, ‘Yuvashree’ for the young people. Banerjee said West Bengal has been awarded by the Government of India for being the best state in implementing the 100-day minimum work guarantee scheme, the Centre’s flagship rural employment programme. “It’s not my claim but your government has given the award for the achievement,” the feisty West Bengal leader said. Livid at Modi’s remarks on Pulwama terror attack and the Balakot air strike by the IAF, Banerjee shot back, claiming the government did nothing to thwart the bombing of the CRPF convoy despite having “information”.
Marrakech – William Hague is stepping down as the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary after serving in the position since 2010. He previously served as Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and a leading member of the Conservative Party. He remains First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons, and will play a prominent part in the coming elections in the United Kingdom before his planned return to writing.His resignation as Foreign Secretary comes as part of a larger cabinet reshuffle prior to the next British election. Many are wondering why, at a moment of grave international crisis, a leading figure in foreign affairs would step down. Issues such as terrorism in Iraq and Syria threaten not only the Middle East, but also the world. Prime Minister David Cameron recently called the threat of British jihadis from Syria Britain’s number one security concern.A BBC commentator suggested that recent developments with Europe and David Cameron’s political defeat regarding the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as EU President may have had a hand in Hague’s departure.The UK’s role in Europe always plays a significant role in Conservative Party politics, and Cameron’s promise of a referendum on Britain’s EU membership could cause a rift.Significantly, Europhile Kenneth Clarke and William Hague are changing positions as the Ukip party gains ground politically. The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, and Labour Party are all looking rather weak.
HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia judge has selected two law firms to represent users of the insolvent QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange who are owed about $260 million.Justice Michael Wood of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court issued a decision today saying he had appointed Miller Thomson of Toronto and Halifax-based Cox & Palmer as representative counsel.Wood says both firms have extensive experience with insolvency cases, and he noted that Miller Thomson has expertise when it comes to cryptocurrency.As well, the judge approved of their communication strategy, which includes the use of social media and online discussion groups to reach 115,000 affected users.Both law firms have also agreed to cap their fees at this stage of the court proceedings, though the cap was not spelled out in Wood’s decision.The Vancouver-based exchange was shut down Jan. 28 following the sudden death in December of its CEO and sole director, 30-year-old Gerald Cotten of Fall River, N.S.Court documents say $190 million in missing cryptocurrency is locked in offline digital wallets — but they are beyond the reach of the company because Cotten was the only person who had the encrypted pass codes.The Canadian Press
18 January 2010United Nations independent experts today voiced concern about the impact of the Haitian earthquake’s impact on the country’s children, who are always the most vulnerable to any disasters. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child highlighted that children will inevitably face many hazards in the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude quake, which struck Haiti on 12 January and is believed to have impacted one third of its 9-million strong population.“Children are always deeply affected by major disasters of this type, and almost half of the Haitian population are children,” the experts said in a news release.Although the international community’s initial response to the quake is encouraging, the Committee called for special attention to be paid to the needs of children.Access to clean water and sanitation is crucial to avoiding the spread of communicable diseases, which can be especially dangerous to young people.It is also vital that food aid reaches children, not just those who are best placed to receive it – usually adults.The Committee also expressed its concern over the thousands of children who have been separated by their families in the earthquake. “It is imperative they are identified as soon as possible and provided with care and protection both to avoid further trauma and to minimize violations of their rights.”There have been reports of looting and violence in Port-au-Prince, underscoring the need to protect children from exploitation, including sexual abuse and abductions masquerading as adoptions.The 18-member Committee on Rights of the Child monitors a key global treaty enshrining the rights of children, which has been ratified by 193 States so far.
Mr. Ban “condemned the recent rocket fire from Palestinian militants, which hit a school bus and injured two Israeli civilians,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “He calls for an immediate end to rocket fire.”The Secretary-General also expressed concern “at reports of civilian casualties from Israeli operations in Gaza and calls for maximum restraint. He urges respect for international humanitarian law and calls for de-escalation and calm to prevent any further bloodshed.”In recent weeks Mr. Ban and other senior UN officials have expressed their ongoing concern about the recent upsurge in violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its impact on the peace process between the two sides.Talks between the two sides have been stalled since late September after Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. That decision prompted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus. 7 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern today at the escalating violence in the Middle East, with Palestinian militants firing rockets into southern Israel and Israeli military forces carrying out subsequent strikes in the Gaza Strip.
Zuberi’s windfall was not disclosed to the Justice Department, as required under federal law, and the lobbying and public relations firms hired through his company to influence the U.S. government on Sri Lanka’s behalf have all received DOJ subpoenas, according to a senior government official. Justice is seeking public assets allegedly stolen from Sri Lanka. None of the firms is a target of the investigation, which is focused on members of the family of the country’s former president and has not been previously reported.According to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, paid representatives of foreign governments — even if they outsource the actual lobbying to other organizations — must disclose those relationships to Justice “within ten days” of acquiring a foreign client, according to the statute. WR Group, the company that held the contract with Sri Lanka, never registered with the Justice Department. Zuberi, who billed the government on May 5, 2014, for his services and received his first payment of $3.5 million from Sri Lanka on May 9, 2014, didn’t register as a consultant until Aug. 14 of that year, well beyond the 10-day deadline. Violating the act carries maximum penalties of a $10,000 fine and five years in prison. Among the perks of delivering that much money to candidates is access to them, and advertising that access caught the eye of those who wanted some of it for themselves. The former Sri Lankan Government, over a 5-month period in 2014, allegedly paid USD 6.5 million directly and indirectly to US-based WR Group and a private equity fund manager, Imaad Zuberi, the Foreign Policy magazine reported.Imaad Zuberi, age 45, is a an elite political fundraiser. He was among the top tier of bundlers for US President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, meaning he delivered $500,000 or more in contributions. He’s already among Clinton’s “Hillblazers,” bundling $100,000 for her presidential campaign in its first months. The Sri Lankan government, long under fire for official corruption and at a low point in its relations with Washington, did just that. Over a five-month period in 2014, it paid Zuberi $4.5 million directly — plus another $2 million to a company he co-owns — for consulting services which included influencing the U.S. government, according to documents obtained by Foreign Policy. “[W]e are not a lobbying firm, law firm, nor PR firm, therefore we do not engage in these activities because these are not our core competencies,” Zuberi wrote in response to detailed questions from FP. “I registered not as a lobbyist but as a consultant because that was the extent of my involvement.”In May 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry visited Sri Lanka to pledge U.S. support for the administration of President Maithripala Sirisena, who came to power this past January, unseating former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose government is alleged to have stolen as much as $10 billion over the decade he was in power. In prepared remarks, Kerry promised assistance from U.S. investigators and prosecutors to find money transferred to the United States. According to a government official familiar with the case, the U.S. team sent to Sri Lanka noted the payments to Zuberi and WR Group; the subpoenas to the lobbying firms are part of the effort to trace money misappropriated by the Rajapaksa regime. (Colombo Gazette)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have placed two-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.Collins was hurt Sunday against the Chicago Bears and will need surgery to repair a partially torn labrum.The Giants signed defensive back Kenny Ladler off their practice squad to fill the roster spot. He had six special teams tackles with the Redskins this season before Washington released him on Nov. 6.Collins was the Giants’ leading tackler in each of his first three seasons. He led the team this year with 96 tackles.The Giants also signed punter Brock Miller to their practice squad to help them get ready to face the Redskins’ Tress Way on Sunday. Both are left-footed punters.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press
Creighton head coach Greg McDermott embraces his son and tournament Most Outstanding Player after their Missouri Valley Conference championship game against Illinois State on March 4, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri. Credit: Courtesy of TNSMost of the team wasn’t on campus when then-Gardner-Webb men’s basketball head coach, and recently-hired Ohio State coach, Chris Holtmann called his team together to tell them he was leaving to take an assistant coaching position at Butler. But those who remained in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, in July 2013 couldn’t contain their emotions.“Most guys cried, broke down,” then-Gardner-Webb freshman forward Jerome Hill said. “That’s how much he meant to us.”Holtmann had called a meeting a couple weeks prior to tell the Runnin’ Bulldogs that he would be back for a fourth season at the helm, said then-Gardner-Webb sophomore point guard Tyler Strange. Strange said Holtmann called each player individually to inform them of his decision.“There’s no question, it hurt us. It was something that guys really took to heart,” Strange said. “Me personally, I sat on the phone with him for maybe 30, 40 minutes and just cried to him and expressed how thankful I was for him and how happy I was for him to be taking, you know, to a new spot.”Though Hill said some of the older players on the team thought Holtmann might leave, he didn’t think it was possible. He eventually understood why his former coach moved on, but it was hard to grasp at the time.“Everybody was hurt when he told us at the end of the season that he was leaving because we felt like we could’ve dominated the Big South,” Hill said. “That guy, man, he’s different. He’s different.”Holtmann spent three years leading Gardner-Webb after the school handed the first-year coach the reins in 2010. The Runnin’ Bulldogs finished an unimpressive 11-21 in his first season and 12-20 in year two. But in the 2012-13 season, Gardner-Webb drastically improved, finishing 21-13, and Holtmann was named Big South Coach of the Year.Less than four months after the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ season concluded, Holtmann took the Butler assistant job. In Indianapolis, Holtmann spent one season as an assistant, then took over as interim coach in 2014. He was named head coach on Jan. 2, 2015. He led the Bulldogs to three straight 20-win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances.Friday morning, OSU named Holtmann as its successor to Thad Matta, the winningest coach in program history, who was fired on Monday, June 5.Prior to his stint as head coach at Gardner-Webb, Holtmann was an assistant there from 2003-2008. Even then, he stood out to Gardner-Webb Vice President for Athletics Chuck Burch. So when the school began looking for a new head coach in 2010, he was atop the list of candidates. After going through the interviewing process, Burch sat down with Frank Bonner, the university’s president, who told Burch to take out a piece of paper.“He said, ‘You write down a name and I’ll write down a name.’ He said, ‘When we open it up … hopefully we’ll put down the same name. If not, we’ll have to figure out what we’re going to do,’” Burch said. “We put our names down, opened our papers up and we both put Holtmann.”Burch wasn’t surprised Holtmann decided to leave Gardner-Webb for Butler after three years. Burch said Holtmann’s aspiration was always to coach at the highest level possible. The previous summer, the duo had a conversation about Holtmann potentially taking a job elsewhere, but he decided to stay because the coach didn’t think the opportunity or timing was right.But no one imagined just how quick his four-year rise would be from coaching in the Big South to leading OSU.“I’ve heard other coaches rave about him — hard work ethic and stuff like that,” then-sophomore guard Max Landis said. “I didn’t think, if you’d have told me he was going to be the head coach at Ohio State in four years, I’d tell you you were crazy.”Everyone The Lantern spoke with for this story used the same word to describe Holtmann: intense.Holtmann isn’t afraid to get in his players’ faces during games. Hill remembered Holtmann challenging him during Gardner-Webb’s matchup against Campbell in the 2013 conference tournament quarterfinals.“It was a time I was playing bad,” Hill said. “He got me face-to-face and was like, ‘Hey, you’re supposed to be my junkyard dog. Junkyard dogs don’t play like this.’ He kind of like pushed me to another level.”Landis said the defense-oriented Holtmann ran the toughest conditioning drills he’s experienced in his basketball career. The work didn’t just take place in the offseason; It carried into the season.A week after dropping a game against Iowa in mid-November 2012, Gardner-Webb headed north to take on Illinois — its second Big Ten opponent of the season. The team arrived at the hotel in Champaign, Illinois, at about 8 p.m. and Holtmann scheduled a practice that night for 9 p.m.After the long day of travel, the team expected to go through a shootaround or a light practice.“But no, this is the kind of guy where we have practice for three hours before we played Illinois the next day,” Strange said. “We practiced hard, and we practiced balls to the wall and sweat dripping down our face, guys hitting each other.”The Illini came back in the final minute to beat Gardner-Webb, 63-62, relying on a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining to avoid the upset.That relentless energy and effort has the potential to grind on players and yield resentment toward a coach. Though his former players said they hated the hard work in the moment, Strange said he and his teammates saw the positive results. They kept up the same intensity in practice all season and saw drastic results in conference play.His former players also truly believed Holtmann cared for them as people first and basketball players a distant second.When Landis missed all 10 3-pointers he attempted against UNC-Asheville on Dec. 1, 2011, Holtmann called the self-described shooter after the game to comfort him.“He called me right after the game and thought I was real upset and so far away from home,” Landis, a freshman at the time, said. “He called and talked to me for 35 or 40 minutes, said ‘Everything’s going to be OK. I want you to shoot every open shot you get next game.’”Landis, an Indianapolis native, played two seasons under Holtmann before he decided to transfer closer to home. Landis and his former coach stayed in contact, though, even after Holtmann left for Butler. When Landis’s grandfather, a Butler fan, was nearing the end of his life, Holtmann called him and gave him a hat.“I wasn’t even playing for him at the time. If you play for him, he cares about you for the rest of your life,” Landis said.Every pitch from Holtmann to potential recruits differed. On Christmas in 2011, Hill received his first piece of mail from Gardner-Webb. It said, “Santa better bring me Jerome.” By the time Hill made it on campus for a visit, Holtmann and his staff knew of Hill’s sweet tooth.“They knew I was a candy guy. They had my bed, my room like covered, my whole bed, like covered in candy like all over my bed,” Hill said.Hill enjoyed the surprise, but it didn’t sell him on the program. However, Hill said Holtmann’s personality was what locked in his committment. Hill wasn’t alone. Landis said he could tell Holtmann cared about his players and Strange echoed the sentiments.“I went on my visit to Gardner-Webb, and basically from the moment I got there, he preaches a family atmosphere,” Strange said. “It’s bigger than basketball with him. It’s more of a family-first (environment) and basketball comes with it.”Strange, a native of Massachusetts, said Holtmann took him in as if he was one of his own. Strange went to church on Sunday’s with Holtmann’s family – Chris, his wife Lori and their daughter Nora Jane. He said he sees Lori as a mother figure in his life.Holtmann invited his team over to his house for barbeques and to swim. Hill said they were mandatory in order for the team to become a cohesive unit and to ensure the players can build a rapport. The team watched the Final Four together at his home, and he brought the team over to have Christmas dinner.“I have a lot of friends who played at big-time programs, Duke and all these schools, and you don’t have that atmosphere. You don’t have that kind of collectiveness that you get with what Holtmann’s going to bring (to OSU),” Strange said. “Something that Holtmann’s going to bring is a family atmosphere that guys are going to be able to get along.”Even after he left Gardner-Webb, Holtmann stayed in contact with his former players. Hill and Strange said they talk to him about every other week.“He’s always called me,” Landis said. “When I had a couple of good games at IPFW (Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne) my senior year, he would text me, ‘Hey, good game last night.’”So, what did the players who played for Holtmann just four years ago think when he was announced as OSU’s head coach Friday?“Let me tell you this, $3 million a year?” Strange said, laughing. “That’s all that needs to be said. When you go from making 115, 120, 130 thousand dollars at Gardner-Webb to $3 million at Ohio State, that shows how, not just excited or shocked, but how happy we are for his family and how much he deserves it.”Despite his unprecedentedly rapid rise from Gardner-Webb to OSU, he hasn’t changed, according to one former player.“I can’t tell a difference,” Hill said. “He’s just the same old Chris Holtmann to me.”
Debit cards are set to overtake cash as the UK’s most frequently used payment method for the first time by 2018, three years earlier than expected, figures show. Britain is going cashless faster because of the rapid growth in the use of contactless cards, according to a payments industry trade association.In May 2016, Payments UK had predicted the tipping point in the nation’s payment habits would happen in 2021 – but now it expects this to happen by next year Its figures show that debit cards were used 11.6 billion times in 2016 – with just over one in five of these transactions made using contactless.Cash was used for 15.4 billion payments last year. Two-fifths (40%) of payments in 2016 were made using cash.By 2018, 13.4 billion debit card payments are predicted – of which around one in three are expected to be contactless.Cash is expected to be used for 13.3 billion payments in 2018 – meaning that for the first time, it will not be the most frequently used payment method. The popularity of contactless means that we expect debit cards to overtake cash as the UK’s most frequently used payment method in late 2018, three years earlier than we previously thought.Adrian Buckle, chief economist at Payments UK Adrian Buckle, chief economist at Payments UK, said: “The popularity of contactless means that we expect debit cards to overtake cash as the UK’s most frequently used payment method in late 2018, three years earlier than we previously thought. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Contactless cards are increasingly popularCredit: Barclaycard “This is a significant shift but it’s vital to note that even in the face of this change, we believe any claims the UK will soon become a cashless society are wide of the mark.”Despite the move towards plastic, cash is still predicted to make up around a fifth (21%) of payments in 10 years’ time, when it will have held on to its position as the UK’s second most frequently used payment method, according to Payments UK.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Initiative Australia will be assisting children from disadvantaged families in the regional city of Patras through a grant to SOS Children’s Villages Greece.The 20,000-euro grant was announced on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 at the opening of the Learning and Education Centre at the SOS Social Centre in Patras, which was established in 2017 to support local families facing economic hardship and unemployment.The Learning and Education Centre aims to assist families to support the learning and educational progress of their children through programs run by qualified educators and counsellors. The Centre assists children to meet the requirements of their daily school curriculum, while developing psychosocial skills, in a safe and educationally appropriate environment. Children will be offered a hot meal or a snack daily.The program also supports parents to pursue job and vocational training opportunities and provides counselling to help them support their child’s progress.The Hellenic Initiative Australia President, Mr Nicholas Pappas, who attended the opening in Patras, said THI Australia was pleased to be partnering with SOS Children’s Villages Greece to help children who are facing adversity to build better futures for themselves.“Through this grant we recognise that every child deserves the opportunity to reach their potential,” Mr Pappas said.“By providing educational support and training, meals, family counselling and a range of important support services, we believe this program will have a lasting impact on the lives of the children and families participating,” Mr Pappas said.This is the first project THI Australia has funded in the Peloponnese. It also builds on THI’s global support for SOS Children’s Villages through THI US’ funding for food aid program for SOS Villages homes and families supported by SOS Social Centres for three consecutive years, as well as THI Canada’s funding for meals for SOS Villages homes and SOS Babies home in Athens.The opening was attended by local dignitaries and community representatives.Welcoming the grant from THI Australia, the National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Greece, Mr George Protopapas said the Patras Learning and Education Centre was responding to the needs of local families facing financial hardship as a result of the deep economic crisis.“We are delighted and deeply moved that The Hellenic Initiative Australia is supporting this important program and demonstrating love and solidarity for children in need,” Mr Protopapas said.The Patras Learning and Education Centre has been funded by The Hellenic Initiative Australia, HSBC and supported with furniture and equipment from the 2470 District of Rotary International. This is the fourth Learning and Education Centre established by SOS Children’s Villages Greece.
Columbia Machine Inc., the Vancouver-based concrete products equipment manufacturer with customers in more than 100 countries, has purchased manufacturing partner Vibramolde of Brazil.With the signed agreement, Columbia Machine do Brasil Ltda, the Brazilian subsidiary of Columbia Machine Inc., is purchasing Vibramolde’s assets, Columbia Machine said in a news release.The company also said it has invested in a larger manufacturing and service facility. This facility more than doubles current capacity, expands warehouse space for spare parts, molds and off-the-shelf machines, enhancing Columbia’s ability to serve new and existing customers, the company said.“Columbia has been active in Brazil for over 40 years,” CEO Rick Goode said in a statement. “This acquisition leverages our successful partnership with Vibramolde to increase our capacity to supply producers with high quality aftermarket parts, mold solutions and production machines.”Goode also said the deal would allow Columbia “to better serve the Brazilian market with shorter lead-times and faster local support. This larger facility will also give us the space required to have demonstration machines onsite.”
ASA recently joined several agriculture groups in signing on a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack praising previous efforts to expand market access with Japan, but seeking assurances that the U.S. will not close Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations with Japan’s participation, unless Japan agrees to eliminate tariff and non-tariff trade barriers to agriculture.TPP negotiations set an important standard for future trade agreements, and a positive outcome could mean billions in future exports and thousands of American jobs, but only if all 12 participating countries agree to address trade barriers comprehensively.The groups stated their concerns for the possible outcomes of the negotiations with Japan.“While we support such endeavors, we are concerned Japan, a member of TPP, has not yet made a comprehensive offer on market access as it relates to agriculture products,” the groups state in the letter. “This success will only be realized, however, if Japan and other U.S. trading partners agree to address trade barriers comprehensively, without broad exclusions for sensitive products such as those submitted by Japan.”The letter continued, that “not only would special treatment for sensitive agriculture products be inconsistent with U.S. requests in previous trade agreements and assurances provided when Japan was invited to join TPP, but also could undermine the careful balance of concessions the other eleven economies have achieved. If Japan is allowed exemptions, other TPP countries could demand similar treatment and the entire agreement would be at risk of unraveling.”The groups concluded by asking for assurance that the U.S. will not close TPP negotiations with Japna unless the country agrees to eliminate tariff and non-tariff trade barriers to agriculture.
Big trouble in little China RelatedPosts The news was much better on Macau’s mass gaming floors however, where GGR rose 21.0% year-on-year to MOP$32.67 billion – continuing an impressive trend of upwards momentum since the start of 2017. Over the past four quarters starting from 2Q17, Macau’s mass gaming revenue has grown by 8.1%, 7.4%, 17.1% and 19.9%.Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen described the role reversal between segments as “great news for operators as it has been the backbone of the recovery and is generally less sensitive to political winds.“That mass outpaced VIP is also an upside surprise relative to most expectations and, trade war fears notwithstanding, is reason to remain bullish on the Macau names,” he added.Macau’s GGR for the first two quarters was up 18.9% year-on-year to MOP$150.79 billion. 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Macau’s VIP market is showing signs of cooling with official data released by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau on Tuesday revealing revenue from VIP baccarat grew 14% to MOP$41.04 billion in the three months to 30 June 2018.The figure, down 4% from the MOP$42.96 raked in by VIP baccarat in 1Q18, represented significantly slower growth than the segment has enjoyed over the past 12 months, which included a 34.8% increase in 2Q17 and 35.04% increase in 3Q17. VIP revenue for 4Q17 and 1Q18 had grown by 21.9% and 21.0% respectively. Load More
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (WSVN) – Police busted a man who they said stole a truck before leading them on a car chase.Troy Curtis faces a slew of charges including reckless driving and grand theft.According to officials, Curtis led police on a wild chase in the stolen truck through Big Pine Key on Tuesday.Monroe County officials could later be seen pulling the 38-year-old from the water after he decided to ditch the truck and go for a swim.Police took him into custody after getting him to dry land.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
So in large part it was due to our perseverance combined with the fact that I think Fairfax realized that given where they are it was not as strategic an asset—but it’s a highly strategic asset for us. Does this date back to Sharon Rowlands’ tenure? It ties less to the tenure of CEOs and ties more to the combined mindset of Penton and both of our private equity owners [MidOcean Partners and Wasserstein & Co.] on sectors that we really find attractive. We’re evolving that mindset right now to be even more focused on the idea of doubling down on sectors that we see as critical from a long-term standpoint and looking to de-leverage in areas we don’t. We don’t expect to be in more sectors going forward, this is much more about having as dominant position that we can in the sectors that we care about and then expanding market share with new capabilities that we’ll be pursuing. Can you be any more specific in those areas of de-leverage?We’ll certainly continue to look. I think the marketing assets were a good example as a highly strategic asset for you [Folio: parent company Access Intelligence purchased four marketing brands from Penton in October]—we didn’t have scale and we didn’t have a good line of sight on long-term growth. Coupled with that, we tend to focus less on properties that have a functional distinction to them and more based on what’s the core industry you are in, which is where we think the rubber meets the road. There’s a lot more focus now on new capabilities we want to drive through the company across all of our sectors and focus on organic growth in addition to what has historically been a very heavy acquisition-based strategy. Do you see the Farm Progress deal as mostly a sector expansion or are there elements that reveal where Penton wants to progress strategically as a company?First if you focus on the sector itself there were really two components to that. First is the overall industry characteristics. Domestically it’s a very healthy sector. Farmers are in the best economic shape they’ve been in a long time. The U.S. is viewed as a global leader in agriscience, which opens up a lot of potential not just within the U.S. and exporting that knowledge, but opening up opportunities beyond our borders. It’s also kind of a universal language in some respects, more so than other industries where there might be more difficulties in crossing borders.All of that lines up very nicely with where we see the long-term underlying business characteristics in ag. On top of that we are focusing more and more on this idea of user engagement being at the center of what we do. My background was in the consumer media business where a lot of attention was spent on understanding what the user needed to create a very high level of engagement. And that’s a defining characteristic for us in terms of where we place bets going forward. Agriculture has a highly engaged user group. Farmers and ranchers are in their businesses for the long haul. They’re business owners in general and they’re making decisions that affect their overall livelihood, not just the company they work within and a lot of them are smaller businesses. It’s a very tight community. There are a lot of touchpoints if you consider that, that relate to very significant user engagement if you crack the code on what their needs are. Farm Progress has some very complimentary assets and valuable properties. In particular, their shows are a real gem of an asset. We did not have any events and we determined it would be very difficult to start from scratch and launch those. Where it really starts to get interesting is when you look at the characteristics of the sector and the company and how that fits into what we’re going to be focusing Penton on going forward. Which gets back to user engagement being at the center. Unfortunately so much of b-to-b media’s revenues come from marketers. It’s not necessarily intentional, but sometimes I think we lose sight of user engagement as being the heart of the business—regardless if the user is paying us directly or we’re generating revenues through marketing relationships. It really falls into three major categories. One is the area of actionable ideas and insights. The second is around data and workflow tools and the third is around community and networking. And if you consider the agricultural space and Farm Progress I think there’s a very good fit there. For more on Folio:’s conversation with David Kieselstein, look for an expanded Q&A in the December issue of the magazine. Last week Penton acquired Farm Progress from Australian company Fairfax Media for $80 million. The deal is one of the biggest of the year so far in the “traditional” b-to-b media market. It’s also representative of where Penton wants to focus its resources, says CEO David Kieselstein who joined the company at the beginning of this year. The concept of user engagement—both in terms of how deeply the customer base is engaged with their own markets and with a media company’s products—will loom large as Penton examines its brand portfolio for future growth. That growth, says Kieselstein in an excerpt here from a larger interview, will be organic, with some opportunistic acquisitions.How did the deal come about? Did you guys approach [Farm Progress owner] Fairfax Media? By no means was Farm Progress on the block. We had actively approached Fairfax and that dates back a bit. There was an initial approach before I even joined Penton and we recently redoubled the effort in large part because we saw Farm Progress as such an attractive fit.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of September 9, 2018.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, September 10Hot Dog On A Wholewheat Roll; Baked Beans; Tater Tots; Apple Slices with CinnamonTuesday, September 11Asian Seasoned Chicken; Brown Rice; Stir Fry Veggies; Pineapple; Fortune CookieWednesday, September 12Wholegrain Pasta with Meatballs & Sauce; Garlic Bread; Peas; Mixed FruitThursday, September 13Turkey Club Sub on a Wholegrain Roll; Farm Fresh Lettuce & Tomato; Wholegrain Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies; Reduced Fat Chips; 100% Frozen Juice CupFriday, September 14Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Baby Carrots with Low-Fat Dip; Fresh FruitLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, September 10Hot Dog On A Wholewheat Roll; Baked Beans; Tater Tots; Apple Slices with CinnamonTuesday, September 11Asian Seasoned Chicken; Brown Rice; Stir Fry Veggies; Pineapple; Fortune CookieWednesday, September 12Wholegrain Pasta with Meatballs & Sauce; Garlic Bread; Peas; Mixed FruitThursday, September 13Turkey Club Sub on a Wholegrain Roll; Farm Fresh Lettuce & Tomato; Wholegrain Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies; Reduced Fat Chips; 100% Frozen Juice CupFriday, September 14Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Baby Carrots with Low-Fat Dip; Fresh FruitLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, September 10Hot Dog On A Wholewheat Roll; Baked Beans; Tater Tots; Apple Slices with CinnamonTuesday, September 11Asian Seasoned Chicken; Brown Rice; Stir Fry Veggies; Pineapple; Fortune CookieWednesday, September 12Wholegrain Pasta with Meatballs & Sauce; Garlic Bread; Peas; Mixed FruitThursday, September 13Turkey Club Sub on a Wholegrain Roll; Farm Fresh Lettuce & Tomato; Wholegrain Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies; Reduced Fat Chips; 100% Frozen Juice CupFriday, September 14Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Baby Carrots with Low-Fat Dip; Fresh FruitLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”
Share The Trump administration announced Thursday that it has temporarily waived a U.S. shipping restriction for Puerto Rico known as the Jones Act.Under the law, only U.S.-flagged ships are allowed to move goods between U.S. ports. Now foreign-flagged vessels also will be able to move shipments, including much-needed relief supplies after Hurricane Maria battered the U.S. territory last week.The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration thanked President Trump in a Tweet:Jones Act waived for Puerto Rico. Thank you, @POTUS. https://t.co/BA5Y4Ic1A4— PRFAA (@PRFAA) September 28, 2017That was in response to the announcement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders:At @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately.— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 28, 2017Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Share Early voting for the midterm elections kicked off this week in Harris County, as more than 63,000 people headed to the polls on Monday. Whether you plan to cast your ballot during the early voting period (October 22-November 2) or on Election Day on November 6, you can find your polling location here.To help with your candidate research, we teamed up with NPR stations across the state to create this comprehensive Texas Voter Guide. Simply enter your address into the fields below and a sample ballot will be created for your districts. You can then click on each candidate for more information about their stances on various issues.