Non-profit and voluntary organizations are joining forces to better meet the needs of people and communities across Nova Scotia. “The people who work in non-profits give so much to our communities,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “This workforce is 24,000 strong and is an important contributor to the province’s economy. “I’ve met with staff from various non-profits and they told me that, like other sectors, they are facing challenges with recruitment, training and retention.” The province is investing $450,000 towards a new Community Sector Council to help build stronger non-profit organizations. The sector council will bring non-profits together to learn from each other and share human resource and financial expertise, training practices, and research. “The positive impacts of the Community Sector Council will be far-reaching,” said Arlene MacDonald, chair of the Community Sector Council. “The province’s support will help non-profit and voluntary organizations address staffing and training needs, as well as help them grow and prosper in our province.” “Non-profit organizations are an important part of our Workforce Strategy and jobsHere plan. We want to help ensure that they have the resources and training needed to continue their great work,” said Ms. More. Non-profit organizations provide a wide range of services to Nova Scotians, from child care to career counselling, to co-ordinating sports teams, running shelters for the homeless, to managing museums. For more information on the Community Sector Council, visit www.gov.ns.ca/lae/volunteerism/ .
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Wages Code Bill that will enable introduction of minimum wage for every worker besides addressing issues like delay in payment to employees. The Code on Wages Bill, 2019, which seeks to amend and consolidate the laws relating to wages and bonus and matters connected therewith, will benefit 50 crore workers, Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said.The Bill which was passed by voice vote subsumes four labour laws — Minimum Wages Act, Payment of Wages Act, Payment of Bonus Act and Equal Remuneration Act. After its enactment, all these four Acts would be repealed. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalGangwar said that while drafting the bill, the government has accepted 17 out of the 24 recommendations made by the Standing Committee which had scrutinised the similar bill introduced inthe previous Lok Sabha. As per the bill, the tripartite committee comprising representatives of trade unions, employers and state government would fix a floor wage for workers throughout the country, Gangwar said, adding “minimum wage will become right of every worker.” In addition to other things, the Bill will effectively address the problems relating to delay in payment of wages whether on monthly, weekly or daily basis, the Minister said. The Code universalises the provisions of minimum wages and timely payment of wages to all employees irrespective of the sector and wage ceiling.
“The fact that such assurances are sought shows in itself that the sending country perceives a serious risk of the deportee being subjected to torture or ill-treatment upon arrival in the receiving country,” the UN Commission on Human Rights’s special rapporteur on questions relevant to torture, Manfred Nowak, declared in a statement.He called on governments to refrain from seeking diplomatic assurances and the conclusion of memoranda of understanding to circumvent their international obligation not to deport anybody if there is a serious risk of torture or ill-treatment.“Diplomatic assurances are not an appropriate tool to eradicate this risk,” he added, citing British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s statement of 5 August indicating that the UK would deport persons to their home countries even in cases where these countries have been found to violate the absolute prohibition of torture.While strongly condemning last month’s terrorist bombings in London, Mr. Nowak disputed Mr. Blair’s contention that such understandings with receiving countries that deportees would not be tortured or ill-treated constituted a sufficient guarantee to avoid violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. “The Special Rapporteur fears that the plan of the United Kingdom to request diplomatic assurances for the purpose of expelling persons in spite of a risk of torture reflects a tendency in Europe to circumvent the international obligation not to deport anybody if there is a serious risk that he or she might be subjected to torture,” he said.Most of the states with which memoranda might presumably be concluded are parties to the UN Convention against Torture and/or to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and therefore already obliged vis-à-vis other States parties, including the United Kingdom, not to resort to torture or ill-treatment under any circumstances, he noted.“Such memoranda of understanding therefore do not provide any additional protection to the deportees,” Mr. Nowak said. “The Special Rapporteur calls on governments to observe the principle of non-refoulement scrupulously and to not expel any person to frontiers or territories where they run a serious risk of torture and ill-treatment,” he concluded.
Average US rate on 30-year mortgage eases to 3.93 per cent; 15-year rate down to 3.15 per cent by The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2015 10:26 am MDT Last Updated Aug 20, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, with the key 30-year loan rate remaining under 4 per cent.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.93 per cent from 3.94 per cent a week earlier. A year ago, the average rate was 4.10 per cent.The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages eased this week to 3.15 per cent from 3.17 per cent.Investors and financial experts are watching for an anticipated interest-rate increase by the Federal Reserve next month, which could bring higher rates for home loans. The Fed has kept its key short-term rate near zero since the financial crisis year 2008.With mortgage rates at historically low levels and job growth steady, Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July. Data issued Thursday by the National Association of Realtors showed home sales accelerating last month to the strongest pace in eight years.The spike in home sales has come as more current homeowners have returned to the real estate market for an upgrade or to downsize as they approach retirement.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged from last week at 0.6 point. The fee for a 15-year loan also held steady at 0.6 point.The average rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages rose to 2.94 per cent from 2.93 per cent; the fee remained at 0.5 point. The average rate on one-year ARMs was unchanged at 2.62 per cent; the fee held at 0.3 point.
Growing popularity of laneway homes raises questions about adequacy of insurance TORONTO – Soaring real estate costs are pushing some Canadian cities to embrace laneway housing, touted as the future of affordable living in urban centres.But as the properties become more popular and balloon in value, questions are beginning to arise about whether current insurance practices are sufficient.Home insurer Square One Insurance says it has been fielding so many recent calls about laneway homes — most of them in Vancouver — that it’s started offering a separate product created specifically for the structures.Daniel Mirkovic, the company’s president and chief executive, says in the past, laneway homes or coach houses were often $50,000 conversions of detached parking garages created by homeowners to house their adult children.“Now, because of the high price of real estate, the whole concept of laneway housing has changed,” Mirkovic said. “When you’re looking at a laneway home that the owners have invested $200,000 or $300,000 dollars to build, that’s a very significant investment.”Converting a back alley parking garage into a residential structure is one way for homeowners to offset the cost of pricey real estate by generating rental income. However, not all Canadian cities allow for laneway homes to be built.Vancouver is a notable exception. The city has issued over 1,000 permits for laneway homes since 2009. In Calgary, city officials are launching a pilot project that will allow laneway homes to be developed along one of the city’s streets.As square footage in Canada’s hottest real estate markets becomes pricier and developers look for new ways to squeeze housing into tight spaces, laneway homes are likely to grow in popularity. That could force insurers to rethink their policies.Currently, most insurance companies — including Aviva Canada, Intact Financial and TD Insurance — cover laneway homes under the same policy as the main property and don’t offer a separate insurance policy for the structures.Mirkovic says that could be problematic in certain circumstances — for example, if a natural disaster occurs that affects both the main structure and the laneway home. In the aftermath of such incidents, building replacement costs may soar due to a phenomenon referred to as “post-event inflation.”In that situation, Mirkovic says, “the demand to build new homes or rebuild homes has gone up dramatically because there are thousands of people who need to rebuild their homes, and the supply is low. There’s only a certain amount of building supplies readily available; only a certain amount of contractors who can build homes.”A home that cost $300,000 to build could cost $500,000 to rebuild. Typically, the insurance policy would cover the difference — but in the case of a laneway home, it might not, Mirkovic says.“If you’re insuring something as a detached structure you only get coverage up to the limit specified, which might be up to $300,000, but if it actually costs $400,000, you’re out of pocket for the extra,” Mirkovic said.There could be drawbacks, however, such as two deductibles instead of one. In some instances, premiums may be higher as well, Mirkovic said.Mike Shepel recently opted for Square One’s laneway housing package to insure a rental property he purchased in Vancouver. Knowing that replacement costs are guaranteed to be covered in the event of a disaster such as an earthquake provides him with security, Shepel said.The physician said he plans to use the same product to insure his second rental property — another laneway home — as well.“They’re really cute little places,” Shepel said. “It’s a unique way to get more homes into the community … It really does feel like a small, little comfy cottage, where you feel more independent.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 18, 2015 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
FILE- In this Dec. 7, 2016, file photo, Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz speaks during the Starbucks 2016 Investor Day meeting in New York. Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Donald Trump’s indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans that apply to six other Muslim-majority nations. Schultz said in a letter to employees Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, that the hiring would apply to stores worldwide. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) WASHINGTON – Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Donald Trump’s indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans that apply to six other Muslim-majority nations.Howard Schultz, the coffee retailer’s chairman and CEO, said in a letter to employees Sunday that the hiring would apply to stores worldwide and the effort would start in the United States where the focus would be on hiring immigrants “who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel.”Schultz, a supporter of Hillary Clinton during the presidential run, took aim at other parts of a Trump agenda focused on immigration, repealing former President Barack Obama’s health care law and restructuring trade with Mexico. The letter said that Starbucks would help support coffee growers in Mexico, provide health insurance to eligible workers if the health care law is repealed and back an Obama-era immigration program that allows young immigrants who were brought to the country as children to apply for a two-year reprieve from deportation and a work permit.The move reflects the increasing complexity that businesses face when dealing with the Trump administration. Trump has met with CEOs at Ford, General Motors and Boeing and asked them to create jobs in the United States, while touting each announcement about new factory jobs as a success even if those additions had been planned before his presidential victory.But not all corporate leaders have embraced Trump. Schultz added that Starbucks would aim to communicate with workers more frequently, saying Sunday, “I am hearing the alarm you all are sounding that the civility and human rights we have all taken for granted for so long are under attack.” Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over next 5 years by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2017 9:22 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2017 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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. Mr Malin, who has owned the shop with his brother Howard for the past 10 years told The Sunday Telegraph they are delighted by the frequency of couples hoping to tie the knot with their help.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––He said: “We have had several approaches during the past few years and there’s other people that we are not aware of, like an American couple we didn’t find out about until they returned for their anniversary.“We don’t always find out they are proposing but if they want us to do something special, we will.”The biggest trend they see is the number of international fans choosing London for their engagement. Mr Malin added: “We have seen an increase in the past five years but I can’t say why, it’s just a great thing to happen.“They come from all over – it’s like a pilgrimage – we’ve had people from Australia, America, China and Japan.“We even had a young Chinese couple who were here on their honeymoon and dressed up again in their wedding outfits to walk around with a professional photographer and a young Chinese couple who met in our shop and came back six months later to tell us they were still together.” The film, starring Hugh Grant, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary next yearCredit: Allstar Picture Library/Polygram Filmed Entertainment The romance in Notting Hill is ubiquitous but it extends far beyond the screen.The Notting Hill Bookshop, better known as The Travel Book Co. in Richard Curtis’ cult noughties rom-com, Notting Hill gets regular requests from fans wanting to get engaged in the shop.According to one of the shop’s owners, James Malin, even more eager couples will line up to honour Hugh Grant and Julia Robert’s characters’ engagement in the 1999 film during its 20th anniversary next year. One German from Eppstein made his other half’s dreams come true when he proposed to her in the back section of the shop, which is still named Travel Book Co. to honour the film.Marius Köppen, 32, hid an engagement ring inside a Harry Potter book before travelling to London with his then girlfriend, Angela in September 2015.Their connection over the film, which they first watched together as teens, inspired Mr Köppen to propose in the iconic shop. He said: “I wanted to do something special for her, I thought about what connected us over the years. The German couple bonded over the film in their teens With the film’s 20th anniversary fast approaching, the Malin brothers are expecting to be inundated by tourists who typically pose for photos outside the famous blue shop face before flicking through their stock of classic books.“I just hope that is chockablock all week,” Mr Malin added. “[Tourists] always have a smile on their face, it is just a great space to work in.” Marius Köppen proposed to Angela in the back section of the shop, which honours the film Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant and Dylan Moran in Notting Hill, in the bookshopCredit:Allstar Picture Library/Polygram Filmed Entertainment He described their moment as magical, adding: “I think there were some customers there, but both of us were completely on our own.“We got catapulted into a world, where there were only the two of us.”Mrs Koppen, 30, added: “I didn’t expect the proposal, I was not prepared for it in London. It was overwhelming and I was so thankful he made this moment so special just for me.”
WE ALL HAVE good intentions during Christmas. We say we’re going to get our shopping done early this year, yet things happen and before we know it, we’re only a few days to get everything done.If you’ve been unlucky and you haven’t started your shopping yet, there’s still time to get what you need.We covered the main gadgets to get last week, but if they’re out of reach for whatever reason, here are more gift ideas that will help do the trick.If you’re looking for a tabletSamsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0Cost: €150The handheld tablet market is dominated by the iPad mini and the Nexus 7 but there are a number of mid-range tablets that are worth getting.Going at a reduced rate at Argos, the 8GB Galaxy Tab 3 is the same size as its counterparts and worth taking a look at. If the small storage space is a cause for concern, you can rely on Dropbox to save any important data.If that doesn’t float your boat, here are some other alternative tablets for you to buy.(Image: Samsung)If you’re looking for a smartphoneThe HTC OneCost: Free for bill pay, €560 for prepayWe’ve spoken about the HTC One before, but it is one of the best Android devices out there. Sleek, well-designed and a great performance means it’s a great high-range smartphone.(Video: HTC/YouTube)Nokia Lumia 520Cost: Free for bill pay, €90 for prepayBoth cheap and cheerful, the Lumia 520 offers a lot and puts most mid-range phones to shame. A straightforward device that doesn’t mess around, it’s a great introductory phone for those who mightn’t be as tech savvy. (Video: Nokia/YouTube)If you’re looking for accessoriesIsotoner Touchscreen glovesCost: €24Considering so many of us have a smartphone, getting touchscreen gloves is a handy little gift if you’re buying for someone who has every gadget. It’s more practical than exciting, but hey, they’ll keep your hands warm as you respond to that WhatsApp message.(Image: Debenhams)Black headphone hat Cost: €3.60It’s exactly how it sounds.* A cap that has built in speakers so you can listen to your favourite songs while staying warm. They’re also very cheap to buy so they can easily accompany another gift you’re getting.*Pun not intended(Image: Debenhams)Smartphone/Tablet casesCost: €25 – €60If it’s a store that sells products, then the chances are it also sells smartphone and tablet cases. Finding one isn’t difficult but picking out a good one is. Usually what you pay for is what you get so investing in a case like this one from Gentleman’s hardware is a good idea.If you’re willing to wait a little longer than Christmas for a specialised case, there are a wide range of Irish companies who do things differently. Carve Cases provide wooden covers with custom engravings for your iPhone, while the cases from Kovet boast some amazing artwork.(Image: Lillywho/YouTube)Laptop TrayCost: €41Despite the name, keeping your laptop on your lap isn’t particularly good for you since you’ll be hunch over looking at it. If you know someone who’s regularly glued to their screens, the Milo Bentwood Laptop tray in Argos would be a good one to start off with.(Image: Argos)If you’re looking for something funS107G 3 Channel Infrared Mini Remote Control HelicopterCost: €30You have to have a heart of stone not to get some joy out of playing around with an RC helicopter. Getting one for cheap is pretty easy, and they’re a lot of fun to play around with. If you’re bad at it, you’ll enjoy playing around with it while those who take it seriously will get a lot of satisfaction learning how to fly it properly.The G-Viator Helicopter is a nice introductory RC helicopter. Each flight can last for six minutes and it takes roughly 20 mins to charge meaning it’s a great toy to dip in and out of.(Image: Toys.ie)If you’re looking for some must-have gamesGone HomeCost:€9Available on Steam for both Windows and Mac, Gone Home tells the story of your arrival home after a year abroad, but your family isn’t there to greet you. What unfolds is a unique experience where you explore the house, learning about each family member and their lives as you piece together what happened.Gone Home is a game that’s about the journey rather than the destination. There’s no action, enemies or thrills, but it still manages to be a brilliantly crafted story that will stick in your mind long after playing it.The game is being offered for a reduced price during the holidays (until 2nd January) so you’ve no excuse not to get it. (Video: TheFullBrightCompany/YouTube)Hotline MiamiCost: € 2.49Another game on Steam, Hotline Miami’s pixelated art style disguises what is a gritty top-down shooter that is very much for older players. It’s fast, frantic and can be frustrating, but it rarely feels unfair and you’ll keep playing even after you’ve died for the hundred time.Like Gone Home, Hotline Miami is being offered for a reduced price on Steam until 2nd January. (Video: GameNewsOfficial/YouTube)If you’re looking for entertainmentNetflix/Spotify Subscriptions Cost: Varies depending on subscription lengthNot all presents have to be physical as you can easily get digital gifts too. All the major online stores such as Amazon, Apple, Google, and Steam allow you to purchase apps and email them to friends as gifts, while Netflix (€6.99 to €83.88) and Spotify (€9.99 to €119.88) allow you to buy gift subscriptions for up to 12 months. Handy to keep in mind should you be out of ideas.(Image: Netflix)Read: Buyers’ Guide: Best gadgets to get someone for Christmas >Read: Buyers’ Guide: Which tablet should you get? >
A NEW STUDY by the Immigrant Council of Ireland has found that children are at both the receiving and giving ends of racism – including physical assault.A breakdown of the incidents reported to the council during the year shows that 17 per cent of perpetrators and 8 per cent of victims are under 18 years old.In one case, a three-year-old girl was allegedly physically assaulted. In another, a 13-year-old girl of African extraction was verbally assaulted by a student in her school.According to the council, she was ordered to ‘go back where she comes from’ and told that ‘she does not belong here’.The data also revealed that the number of racist incidents peaks during summer holidays and other school recesses.July was the busiest month of the year with 31 racist attacks recorded. Other busy periods corresponded with midterm breaks at Halloween and St Patrick’s Day.“To ignore this trend amongst our young people is not only wrong but dangerous,” said chief executive Denise Charlton. “Students, parents and teachers all have a role to ensure that racism is kept out of our classrooms, playgrounds and sporting arenas.”Overall figuresA total of 144 incidents were reported in the past 12 months, an increase of 85 per cent on the 78 seen last year.The new study also looked at the gender of the perpetrators and victims. Almost half of those involved in racist attacks were male. Meanwhile, more than half of victims were male.The figures again confirm that verbal and written abuse accounts for most forms of racism (52 per cent) followed by discrimination (24 per cent) and physical violence (9 per cent).‘Get out, go home!’: Report details racism on Irish streetsRacist incidents up by 85 per cent in 2013 — Immigrant Council
Hunter — the black Lab who sparked a social media maelstrom after he was adopted by another family while his owner was away fighting wildfires — awaits re-adoption at the animal shelter after he was picked up while roaming loose, and his owner refused to pay the ticket to get him back.Paul Scarpelli, manager of Clark County’s animal control division, said the dog had a history of roaming around his neighborhood dating to before when he was picked up earlier this month.Around Oct. 14, animal control picked up the dog and brought it to the animal shelter.Scarpelli said the county wrote the dog’s owner, William Jones of Battle Ground, a citation, but he refused to pay.“So, basically, he made it his decision he wasn’t going to reclaim the dog,” Scarpelli said.Animal control had received multiple reports of the dog getting loose before he was brought in this month, Scarpelli said, and from before he was picked up and adopted by a new family around late August.“That’s the whole reason he got picked up and taken to the shelter all those months ago,” he said. “We gave this guy every opportunity.”Hunter’s story kicked off a frenzy of online commentary late this summer, much of it angry and directed at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.
Ex-Germany international Dietmar Hamann doubts Bayern Munich would be able to beat Liverpool in the Champions League knockout stagesNiko Kovac’s side finished top of Group E following their 3-3 draw at Ajax on Wednesday night with Bayern only dropping points twice in their six games.But Hamann, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and started his playing career at Bayern, reckons the German club must hope they do not get drawn against the Reds for a last-16 tie.“Liverpool and Atletico [Madrid] are the strongest of the teams that ended in second place,” Hamann wrote on his column for Sky.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“What Liverpool showed was amazingly impressive once again. Klopp and his team are the last opponents I’d want to face.“I think Bayern would have little chance against them in the round of 16. For me, Bayern are not in the extended circle of favourites for the first time in many years.“The Reds lost three games away from home and still progressed. Sometimes, such things trigger something very special in a team.”The draw for the last-16 stage of the 2018/19 Champions League will be made on Monday at 12:00 (CET).
Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool still have work to do suggesting the biggest threat to Manchester City comes from within.The Reds are enjoying their best start to a campaign and their tally of 45 points from 17 games is the best in their history which leaves them at the summit of the table as they prepare to face Wolves on Friday.This could be Liverpool’s most compelling title bid since 1990, but Klopp is refusing to get carried away citing they still need to work hard to end their title jinx.“Only City can stop City, to be honest,’ Klopp disclosed via the Daily Mail on Thursday.“We have to play our own game and get as many points as possible.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“I can’t say City are lucky here and lucky there,’ added Klopp, who is expected to have James Milner back after he missed Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United with cramp. ‘They aren’t. Every match day, they are spot on.“They were spot on last year when they got 100 points, and they stay in that mode. So “chapeau”. I have to say it.“There’s no sign of weakness. Against Everton, in the first 15 minutes maybe, but it was 12.30pm after a Champions League game. There were balls flying around and missed passes. But after that, they took charge of the game and won it comfortably. Thank you very much, next one. That’s why I say it. They are the champions. And they still play like champions.“We are all the challengers. That’s why we should concentrate on every game and not take any result for granted. We are all judged on that because they are the champions. They can do it, so it should be possible for us as well. I know what work we have to do — and I know how difficult it is.”
Rhode Island-based Providence Equity Partners has purchased tradeshow company George Little Management from U.K.-based Daily Mail and General Trust for $173 million. GLM currently produces 15 trade shows in the industries ranging from giftware, home furnishings and social stationary to art and design, antique jewelry and board sports, among others. Events under the brand include the New York International Gift Fair, Surf Expo and the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show. Providence Private Equity will purchase GLM through a new holding company led by former Canon Communications CEO Charlie McCurdy [pictured]. In 2010, United Business Media bought Canon for $287 million (primarily for Canon’s 40 tradeshows, which generated nearly half of Canon’s $106 million in revenue in fiscal 2010). “We’re looking at the role GLM’s shows have in their markets and looking for ways we can expand and enhance those services,” says McCurdy. “They’ve already started to provide online resources for participants in the market place and perhaps content-based digital media activities to better inform the market. [We’ll be] using digital media and data services to enhance the role of GLM and its markets. It’s something we intend to build upon.” The sale of GLM, which was first announced in June, is expected to close by the end of September. When the company first came on the block, the UK’s Guardian reported that the GLM sale was estimated at $240 million, about $67 million less than the sum announced Wednesday.The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. [JEGI] acted as financial advisors to DMGT during the transaction. JEGI Managing Director Richard Mead says that he doesn’t “know where the Guardian got its numbers from, it’s not something we released, but the whole market condition may have had some impact on value.”The deal was struck, Mead says, during the debt ceiling debate in Washington, D.C. “This was achieved when the government was still ‘putzing’ around on what the debt level will be, when the financing markets went to hell, when the stock market crashed 20 percent and we were able to get it done,” he says. “[There should be] full credit to everyone involved in transaction on both sides of the table.”More on this topic George Little Management Emerald Acquires GLM for $335 Million UBM Buys Medical Industry Publisher Canon Communications for $287 Million Andy Goodenough Out as CEO of Summit Business Media Charlie McCurdy Apprise’s Canon Communications Reports Significant Revenue and Profit GrowthJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered by
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Independent Gov. Bill Walker addresses the Alaska Legislature on Jan. 18 for his fourth state of the state address. Walker has until Wednesday at midnight to fill the vacant District 40 House seat. House Democrats must approve the pick. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Gov. Bill Walker faced a deadline today to pick a state representative for District 40, which covers North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs. Walker hadn’t announced a decision by 5 p.m.Listen nowThe seat became vacant on Dec. 25, when Dean Westlake resigned following allegations of sexual harassment by female legislative aides and women outside of the Legislature.Walker spokesman Austin Baird said Walker chose to look outside of the first three candidates nominated by the local Democratic party.“Gov. Walker, after reviewing the three initial candidates that were forwarded by House District 40 — he did do interviews in person here in the state Capitol with all three of those candidates — in addition, though, after communicating with the Democratic Party in House District 40, is also going to interview two other people,” Baird said.Those new candidates are Kotzebue resident John Lincoln and Utqiagvik resident Abel Hopson-Suvlu.Baird said Walker wants someone who is well prepared, but declined to say why Walker didn’t limit his choices to the original nominees: Kotzebue city council members Eugene Smith and Sandy Shroyer-Beaver and Utqiagvik resident Leanna Mack.The pick must receive support from a majority of the 16 state representatives who are Democrats before taking office.District 40 Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Winzer said Walker’s office consulted with the local party. But Winzer said she’s frustrated that the local party didn’t have the time to open up the application process again. State law requires the government appoint a replacement within 30 days.“If they wanted another list of three, to me, the only fair way to do that is reopen an application and so forth,” Winzer said. “But by the time that they were really looking at that, it was too late.”Winzer said many of the qualified residents in the District avoid partisan politics due to their work with Alaska Native corporations. And some potential candidates would have taken a pay cut to join the Legislature.“Even if they can work the rest of the year at their regular job, it is still going to be a significant financial blow, probably,” Winzer said. “Especially the last couple of years, with not knowing how long the session’s going to last.”Kotzebue’s John Lincoln is the vice president responsible for managing lands for NANA Regional Corporation. Abel Hopson-Suvlu of Utqiagvik is adviser to the president of Arctic Slope Native Association.
New Delhi: As Rahul Gandhi resigned as Congress President on Wednesday, veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel took to Twitter to say that Rahul will “always remain my leader” and that his resignation is “unfortunate”. “Rahulji’s resignation letter is unfortunate. We all are accountable for this defeat. He has, in a short span, already made tremendous contributions in strengthening the party and we all believe his endeavour should continue,” Ahmed the treasurer of AICC said in a tweet on Wednesday. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat followed it up with a successive post in which he said, “He (Rahul Gandhi) is and will remain, my leader, our leader and will continue to provide solid strength for the Congress.” Patel’s statement assumes significance as he has been among the key mentors of Rahul Gandhi, chosen personally by Congress ex-president Sonia Gandhi to whom he served as political secretary. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Patel’s statement came after a senior Congress party source told ANI on Wednesday that Rahul Gandhi will continue to be the Congress president till the time Congress Working Committee (CWC) accepts his resignation. Read | Rahul Gandhi to continue as Congress president till CWC accepts the resignation There was wild speculation that after Rahul’s resignation, senior leader Motilal Vora would be the interim president of the party as per its constitution. Advertise With Us Earlier on Wednesday, Vora had rejected the reports of him being appointed the interim Congress president after Rahul resigned from the top post. “I have no information regarding me being made the interim president of the party,” Vora had told ANI here. Other senior leaders such as Salman Khurshid and Ashok Gehlot have also expressed that they will continue to follow Rahul Gandhi. Khurshid said Rahul has left the office of party president but he does not cease to be their leader. “Rahul Gandhi has left the office of party president but he does not cease to be our leader. Sonia Gandhi is not president anymore but she remains our leader. By way of natural standing they will continue to have admiration, affection, the confidence of party workers in them,” Khurshid said. Rajasthan Chief Minister and another Congress veteran, Ashok Gehlot also took to Twitter to say that the party is “very hopeful” that soon Rahul will return “to lead the party forward, to a new and robust future.” Gehlot said that the party is hopeful that Rahul will return to lead it and the party “will bounce back and Congress Party would continue to defeat the fascist forces under Rahul ji’s dynamic leadership.” “We all wish that he continues to lead the party as he has been doing, bringing vigour, dynamism and youthful energy at all levels of the party’s organization. We are very hopeful that soon he will return to lead us and take the party forward, to a new and robust future,” Gehlot said. “Rahul Gandhiji’s resignation is very disappointing. He has been leading the party with a clear vision and positive energy. He became the strongest voice of opposition in the country and lead from the front, raising issues crucial for the nation,” he said. Gehlot said he is certain that Rahul will certainly reconsider his decision as the party needs him and the country needs him to fulfil the role of a very able opposition leader. Reiterating what he and others in the party have been stating for some time now, Gehlot said, “The defeat in Lok Sabha elections is a collective responsibility and Rahul alone cannot be held responsible for it.” “We all urge him not to hold himself responsible for the same,” he added. “BJP’s nationalist and communal agenda lead to the results that we saw. Very soon, the nation will realise that the policies espoused by Rahul ji – of peace, unity, harmony- those values will take this Nation to new heights,” he said. “The Congress party firmly believes in the political acumen of Rahul he had successfully led the party to the victory in the recently held state assembly election in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and that in the recent past also in Gujarat,” Gehlot said. Rahul on Wednesday announced that he was no longer the president of the Congress, and the party should decide on a new chief without delay. He posted a four-page resignation on the social media. “The party should decide on the new president quickly without further delay. I am nowhere in this process. I have already submitted my resignation and I am no longer the party president. CWC should convene a meeting at the earliest and decide,” Gandhi told reporters in the parliament. Rahul has also removed the tag of party President from his Twitter bio hours after confirming his resignation from the top post. The Congress lawmaker changed his bio from “President of Indian National Congress” to “Member of Indian National Congress”. Gandhi, currently a Member of Lok Sabha from Wayanad in Kerala, became the Congress president in 2017.
The suspected militants holed up in a hideout at Mirpur’s Mazar Road failed to surrender before law enforcers within a stipulated time in the evening on Tuesday, and then commenced a daring counterattack of bomb explosions and gunfire against the law enforcers, reports news agency UNB.Rab director (Legal and Media) Mufti Mahmud Khan said the militants carried out three massive explosions inside the building around 9:45pm followed by three more blasts which led to a fire, leaving four Rab men injured with splinters.”It might be chemical firing,” he said, adding that casualties could be known after entering the building once the fire is doused.Meanwhile, sources at the Fire Service central control room said firefighters brought the fire under control.Additional director general (Ops) of Rab Headquarters Col Anwar Latif Khan told UNB that the militants might have killed themselves detonating bombs which went off inside the militant den.Witnesses said the sounds of least 5-6 explosions were heard from the den around 9:45pm followed by gunfire. The sounds of exchanging gunshots were heard after the explosions.Earlier, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) said the militants agreed to surrender in the evening.”Suspected militant Abdullah agreed to surrender along with his two wives, two children and two associates between 7:30pm and 8:00pm today,” Mufti Mahmud told a press conference in front of the building in the evening.He said they earlier asked Abdullah to surrender when he sought time for taking the decision. “We gave him time. Few minutes before the dusk fell, he informed us that he’ll surrender along with his family members and associates,” he said.As per his commitment, Abdullah sent his wives and children to the balcony, Mufti added.As part of the security arrangement, the law enforcers have already evacuated all the residents from the building and adjacent ones, he said. “We hope Abdullah will surrender as per his commitment. If he tries to take any other steps without surrender, we’re ready to prevent him,” the Rab official said. Earlier, Abdullah’s mentally challenged sister Meherunnesa came out of the house.Rab members cordoned off the house around 12 am suspecting it as a militant hideout.Tipped off, a Rab team cordoned off the six-storey building on the south side of Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard, said Assistant Superintendent of Police Unu Mong, also operation officer of Rab-4.Locals said they heard the sounds of bomb explosions and gunfight from the house.Mufti Mahmud Khan said Abdullah, a suspected militant, is staying on the 4th floor of the building.Earlier, police arrested two suspected militants conducting a drive in Tangail district. The arrested militants gave information about Abdullah, said the Rab official.Locals also said that the building owned by Habibullah Bahar Azad has five flats on its each floor. The homeowner had been living on the 2nd floor.In a press briefing, Rab Director General Benazir Ahmed said militant Abdullah got involved in militancy in 2005 and he had been carrying out his activities under the cover of his business of IPS, UPS, fridges and refrigerators. He deposited huge acid, petroleum and explosives, said the Rab DG.Benazir Ahmed said Rab members are trying to communicate with Abdullah, who is possessing improvised explosive device (IED), from 4 am. His two wives, two children and two associates are also staying with him.”We’re also trying to arrest Abdullah along with his family members without any causality. We’ve requested him several times to surrender. He sought time for taking decision,” added Rab DG.Besides, Intelligence sources said Abdullah’s two children were Omar, 10 and two and half-year-old Osama.Saqlain Russell, a presenter of a private TV channel My TV and a resident of the area, wrote on his Facebook account, “We [first] thought it was a transformer blast. But now it looks like it’s a bomb explosion. Our room soon got full of smoke while the glasses of the building adjacent to us have been shattered. Rab and police [members] have cordoned the area off. We’ve taken shelter between the flats in fear of a possible drive by law enforcers. We’re suspecting that something is happening in the next building. We’ve heard gunshots every now and then.”
In this 5 May file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for president Donald Trump, speaks at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy in Washington. Photo: APWith a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleashed a fresh series of attacks Sunday on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel.Trump and Rudy Giuliani used Twitter and television interviews to deliver a series of broadsides against special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in New York. Giuliani said he was “disgusted” by the tactics used by Mueller in his probe into Russian election interference, including in securing guilty pleas from the president’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn on a charge of lying to federal investigators.Trump, Giuliani said, would not submit to an interview by Mueller’s team.”They’re a joke,” Giuliani told “Fox News Sunday.” ”Over my dead body, but, you know, I could be dead.”The special counsel, who is investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, has continued to request an interview with the president. Last month, the White House sent written answers in response to the special counsel’s questions about possible collusion. The White House has resisted answering questions on possible obstruction of justice.Giuliani sarcastically said that the only thing left to ask the president was about “several unpaid parking tickets that night, back in 1986, ’87 that haven’t been explained.”If the president officially refuses an interview request, the special counsel’s team could theoretically seek to subpoena him to compel his testimony. Such a move would almost certainly trigger an immediate court fight.The Supreme Court has never directly ruled on whether a president can be subpoenaed for testimony in a criminal investigation, though the justices have said that a president can be forced to turn over records that have been subpoenaed and can be forced to answer questions as part of a lawsuit.The special counsel’s investigation has spun out charges and strong-armed guilty pleas from Trump underlings while keeping in suspense whether the president — “Individual-1,” in Mueller’s coded legalese — will end up accused of criminal behavior himself. This past week, his legal exposure grew as his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he issued hush-money payments to women who alleged sexual trysts with Trump. Prosecutors and Cohen say he acted at the president’s direction, which Trump and Giuliani deny.Trump and Giuliani have repeatedly tried to paint Cohen as untrustworthy, with the former New York City mayor calling him a “pathological liar.””Which is the truth?” Giuliani said of the competing stories from Trump and Cohen. “I think I know what the truth is. Unless you’re God, you’ll never know what the truth is.”Trump and Giuliani have also accused prosecutors of intimidating the president’s associates into making false claims.”Remember, Michael Cohen only became a ‘Rat’ after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable & unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started,” Trump tweeted. “They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE!”It was not a break-in. The FBI executed a search warrant obtained from a judge in conducting a raid in April on Cohen’s home, office and hotel room and seizing records on a variety of matters, among them a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels by Cohen. The application for the warrant was approved high in the Justice Department.In response to Trump’s tweet, former FBI director James Comey tweeted, “This is from the president of our country, lying about the lawful execution of a search warrant issued by a federal judge. Shame on Republicans who don’t speak up at this moment — for the FBI, the rule of law, and the truth.Prosecutors have said Trump directed Cohen to arrange the payments to buy the silence of Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in the run-up to the 2016 campaign. Federal prosecutors in New York say the payments amounted to illegal campaign contributions because they were made at the height of election season to keep voters from learning of Trump’s alleged infidelities.Giuliani has argued the payments were made to protect Trump’s family, not to influence the election.”If there’s another purpose, it’s not a campaign contribution,” Giuliani told ABC. “Suppose he tried to use campaign funds to pay Stormy Daniels. It wouldn’t be illegal. These are not campaign contributions.”The hush money wasn’t initially reported on campaign finance documents and, in any case, far exceeded the legally acceptable amount for in-kind contributions. The federal limit on individual contributions is $2,700.Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about the Trump Organization’s goals to build a tower in Moscow. His representative, Lanny Davis, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that his written statement to Congress, which contained the lie, was published ahead of his testimony and Cohen then spoke to the White House.”Not one person from the White House ever said, ‘Don’t lie,'” Davis said.Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee and the likely chairman come January, said he wanted Cohen to testify before Congress about what he told prosecutors. Meanwhile, Trump’s fellow Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, acknowledged on CNN that “it was not a good week for President Trump” and urged “that the special counsel be allowed to complete his investigation unimpeded.”Trump compared his situation to one involving President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. The Federal Election Commission docked the Obama campaign $375,000 for regulatory civil violations. The fines stemmed from the campaign’s failure to report a batch of contributions, totaling nearly $1.9 million, on time in the final days of the campaign.But legal analysts said the accusations against Trump could amount to a felony because they revolve around an alleged conspiracy to conceal payments from campaign contribution reports — and from voters. It’s unclear what federal prosecutors in New York will decide to do if they conclude that there is evidence that Trump himself committed a crime.Trump has not yet laid out a detailed defence, though he could conceivably argue that the payments were made not for the purposes of advancing his campaign but rather to prevent salacious stories from emerging that would be personally humiliating to him and harm his marriage.That argument was advanced by former Sen. John Edwards, a North Carolina Democrat, in a similar campaign finance case that went to trial in 2012. But that may be tougher for Trump than it was for Edwards given the proximity of the president’s payment to the election — timing that, on its face, suggests a link between the money and his political ambitions. Edwards was acquitted on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions, but jurors couldn’t reach a verdict on the five remaining counts, including conspiracy and making false statements.
Listen 00:00 /50:40 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Some Santa Fe High School parents are praising the district’s decision to install metal detectors. Last night’s vote comes just two days shy of the two month mark since the shooting that killed 10 people. We talk with a parent of a Santa Fe High School student about why they support the move, and we’ll turn to a couple of security experts for their insight. Then, News 88.7’s Allison Lee looks into allegations from some volunteers at the border that migrants are not receiving enough food or medical care at government-run centers.Also this hour: President Trump has rescinded Obama-era guidance on affirmative action in college admissions. We learn about Texas’ history with affirmative action and what is in store for the future.Plus: We revisit producer Joshua Zinn’s conversation with local Millennials as they talk about what makes their generation unique and why they’re blamed for everything.Then, we discuss addiction on college campuses and talk about a recent conference at the University of Houston and its program called Cougars in Recovery.We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X
Cameron Miles says he keeps four obituaries above his desk in his office. They depict the faces of young men he has worked with through his program, Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood. It’s a sobering reminder of Baltimore’s violent culture consuming the lives of young people.“I wish I hadn’t lost those four,” said Miles. “I wish I could have done more to be able to say today that we haven’t lost anybody. So I’m always wondering what did I do wrong? Or what didn’t I do enough of to keep them from making the wrong choice? So if I’m focused on what happened to those four, hopefully we won’t lose anymore,” Miles added.Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood during their recent trip to North Carolina. (Courtesy Photo)However, the loss of his mentees didn’t deter him from his mission, instead it fueled his drive to keep going.Miles started his mentoring program in 1996 with just five young men in the cafeteria of the Department of Social Services building on Biddle Street. Since then he has touched the lives of hundreds of boys and young men growing up in Baltimore’s toughest neighborhoods. Miles personally understands the allure of the streets and why it’s critical to get involved in the lives of these young men early.“When I was younger I made some poor choices. I made some mistakes,” admits Miles. “I know what it is [like] to have dealings and run-ins with the police and I don’t want that for any other young man.”Today, Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood is housed at New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore and meets two Saturdays a month. The program offers tutoring services and a guest speaker series featuring professionals from the private business sector, government and community advocacy.Exposure to positive experiences is key to Miles, which is why the program schedules frequent tours and out of state visits. Previous trips have included the New York Stock Exchange, Harvard University and Morehouse College.Last month, Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood went on a three-day weekend trip to North Carolina. The group toured North Carolina Central University and Duke University. They also visited Self-Help Credit Union, TROSA, a residential treatment facility and Stagville, a historic site comprised of slave plantations.“It was truly a phenomenal trip,” said Tia Bossiwa, who accompanied the boys to North Carolina. Understanding the need for more positive male role models, Bossiwa enrolled her two teenage sons into the program a year ago.“There’s a certain time that a young man needs a man. They need mentors in their lives and you got to have your eyes open so you can recognize it and then begin to place people in their lives that can give them what they need so they can grow up to be the phenomenal men that they are,” said Bossiwa.Gershom Bossiwa,Tia’s son, is a 16-year-old student attending Chesapeake High School. He acts as a peer mentor for the younger boys in the program.“Some of the kids I don’t know if they have a father in their life. It’s not that we try to be their father…But we just try to be somebody that they can look up to,” said Gershom. “We just want to put them on the right path if they are not already on the right path.”It’s been over twenty years since the program’s inception and Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood has garnered respect and support of public officials, entrepreneurs, and even renowned Harvard law professor, Charles Ogletree, Jr. Yet, Miles still remains relentless in his work.“I don’t feel that it’s good enough,” admits Miles. “I feel like I got to come up with better ideas to do an even better trip next year. I feel like I got to try to reach more young men than I already tried to reach.”