DETROIT — Starbucks will have to tread carefully while its former CEO Howard Schultz decides whether he will run for president.Schultz spent more than 30 years at Starbucks, growing it into a much-admired global brand. But if he runs, Starbucks could lose customers.Some Democrats are already boycotting the chain because they fear Schultz will run as an independent and tip the 2020 presidential election to President Donald Trump. A campaign could also remind conservatives of Schultz’s outspoken support of gay marriage.Marketing experts say Starbucks needs to distance itself from Schultz through clear social media messages.In a letter to employees, Starbucks’ current CEO Kevin Johnson said he wishes Schultz well, but emphasized that Starbucks doesn’t get involved in national political campaigns and that employees should respect customers’ diverse opinions.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press
Rabat – Casablanca Finance City (CFC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lujiazui Financial City to promote green and sustainable finance between Africa and China.Lujiazui Financial City Authority is the institution in charge of developing Shanghai’s financial district.The new MoU aims to lay the foundations for sustainable cooperation between the two parties, by promoting the development and sharing of best practices and knowledge in the field of green and sustainable finance, according to a statement by CFC published October 19. The MoU also aims to facilitate the exchange of information and expertise and to develop education, training and research programs.With this new partnership, CFC will extend its cooperation network with the world’s leading financial markets.The new partnership shows “China’s interest in the African market and the attractiveness of CFC as an access point to investment opportunities in the continent,” CFC said in a statement.In May, the CFC signed an MoU with the the Chinese Xicheng Financial District Development Promotion Center (XDFDPC), the public institution responsible for the development of the Xicheng Financial District.CFC has already partnered with financial centers in Singapore, London, Luxembourg, Montreal, Paris, Astana, and Busan.CFC is a Moroccan business hub and a leading financial center in Africa.Casablanca Finance City and Lujiazui Financial City sign a partnership agreement in Shanghai to promote cooperation between Africa and China and scale up green investments in the continent. @lujiazui_china @FC4SNetwork #GreenFinance #SDGs. pic.twitter.com/HEWQOMqiut— Casa Finance City (@CasaFinanceCity) October 19, 2018
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa county treasurers said Thursday that they are reviewing whether to continue a college scholarship program funded by two key vendors that benefits their own children and grandchildren.The review comes one day after The Associated Press reported that two treasurers recently vacationed to Florida with the CEO of GovTech Services, which runs the tax collection website used by 88 counties.GovTech and another vendor used by dozens of counties, SRI, Inc., for years have sponsored four $500 scholarships that are open only to the children and grandchildren of treasurers and their employees.The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board issued an advisory opinion in 2015 finding that the program violated an ethics law that bars public employees and their immediate family members from accepting gifts from vendors. The opinion warned that taking the scholarships would violate the gift law since they are funded by vendors and not open to the public.After that finding, the executive board of the Iowa State County Treasurers Association decided to continue the program with minor changes that members thought would make it legal.One key change called for the group to raise more private donations so that the scholarships would not be funded solely by two vendors. But the companies continue to provide the bulk of the funding.Just last week, association board member Kelly Busch sent treasurers an announcement from SRI vice-president Joe Edwards saying that applications are due April 26 and scholarships will be awarded at their May conference. The announcement, obtained by AP, noted that SRI and GovTech “are pleased to offer, again this year, four $500 scholarships to children or grandchildren of treasurers or your staff.”“SRI and GTS are happy to be able to sponsor this scholarship and other association activities,” Edwards wrote. SRI operates tax auctions for about half of Iowa’s 99 counties.Busch, the Union County treasurer, said Thursday that the association hasn’t determined whether scholarships will be granted this year amid questions about their legality. She said only that “we are following up on details prior to awarding further scholarships.”Union County Attorney Tim Kenyon told the AP he would make “some preliminary inquiries” into the program’s legality.Floyd County Treasurer Frank Rottinghaus, whose inquiry prompted the 2015 advisory opinion, has complained to the ethics board and fellow treasurers on multiple occasions that the program continued even after it was deemed unlawful.The Iowa State Association of Counties will discuss the program with the treasurers’ association, which is one of its affiliates, said executive director Bill Peterson. He said his group, which administers the scholarships, wants to ensure that changes it recommended after the 2015 ethics board opinion were implemented by the treasurers.“If we’re unsatisfied, I would say that we would refuse to assist them further with the administrative details of how they handle their scholarship funds,” he said.Meanwhile, Peterson said that Dubuque County Treasurer Eric Stierman and Winneshiek County Treasurer Wayne Walter have asked the ethics board to review their relationship with GovTech CEO Marc Carr, whom they have helped secure the lucrative and long-running tax website contract. The two vacationed with Carr in Florida last November and stayed for two nights free of charge at a beach condominium he owns — an apparent violation of the ethics law. Both said they had vacationed with Carr previously, calling him a longtime friend.Peterson said that the two veteran elected officials do not believe they did anything wrong.“But there are nuances to the ethics law and they probably weren’t really thinking about that in this case,” he said. “I think they have taken the right steps to clear that up and pay any penalty or correct things that they should have done differently.”Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press
2 April 2008The leaders of Haiti and the international community must persevere in their efforts to help restore stability to the impoverished country, which has made significant strides but “the potential for regression remains,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report released today. The leaders of Haiti and the international community must persevere in their efforts to help restore stability to the impoverished country, which has made significant strides but “the potential for regression remains,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report released today.“It is imperative that all those involved in the stabilization of Haiti redouble their efforts to enable the country to seize this historic opportunity to emerge from the destructive cycles of the past,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report on the activities of the UN Stabilization Mission for Haiti (MINUSTAH).In the report, Mr. Ban notes that collaboration among the political leadership has led to progress in judicial reform, an agreement on the establishment of a new Provisional Electoral Council and other compromise measures.The security situation, he says, has also improved considerably, thanks in part to the support provided by the UN to the Haitian law-enforcement authorities. In addition, the economy is at its best in decades. However Mr. Ban cautions that tensions between political actors and among branches of the Government have distracted from the reform agenda. “The institutions of governance continued to suffer from a lack of qualified personnel, poor infrastructure and limited resources,” he says.And, despite the improvement of security since 2007 – when major operations were undertaken against gangs – the potential for volatility remains, he stresses, citing an increase in criminality in the capital, Port-au-Prince.According to the report, the average number of reported kidnappings per month for the period from December 2007 to February 2008 reached 28, up from 11 six months earlier. There are also indications that gangs may be trying to reorganize themselves. In addition, the report says that anti-Government demonstrations have increased, many of them focusing on the rising cost of living.Because of these challenges, Mr. Ban says that MINUSTAH’s assistance in security, rule-of-law reform and other key areas remains central to the successful strengthening of State institutions. He adds that institutional reform cannot succeed without extensive bilateral support, expressing hope that the establishment of a “rule-of-law trust fund” will be useful for channelling assistance in this area. The coordinated efforts of donors, together with those of the UN country team and the international financial institutions, are also vital to improve socio-economic conditions, which are inextricably linked to the achievement of stability, he maintains.To keep the international community engaged in Haiti – and avoid a reversal of recent gains – the Secretary-General says that he will soon introduce a plan for the next phase of work, with measurable benchmarks.
3 September 2009The top United Nations envoy to Iraq has met with senior Government figures, lawmakers and other UN officials during a two-day visit to the northern region of Kurdistan aimed at boosting the world body’s engagement in the region. Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), held productive meetings with a range of officials, according to a press release issued by the mission. They included President Massoud Barzani; Barham Salih, the Deputy Iraqi Prime Minister; Kamal Karkouki, the Speaker of the Kurdistan Iraqi Parliament; other senior officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG); and representatives of UN agencies, funds and programmes that provide support in the region. In July the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq held regional, parliamentary and presidential elections, recording a high and peaceful voter turnout.
TORONTO — Mortgage brokers say the borrower rejection rate from large banks and traditional monoline mortgage lenders has gone up as much as 20 per cent after Canada’s banking regulator imposed a new stress test for home buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance.As a result, alternative lenders are seeing an uptick in business as brokers increasingly direct home buyers toward borrowing options that are beyond the reach of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ newly enacted tighter lending requirements.Clients who don’t meet the bar are turning to private lenders, mortgage investment corporations (MICs) and credit unions, which are provincially regulated and not required to implement the stress test, said Carmen Campagnaro, president of Pro Funds Mortgages in Burlington, Ont.Credit unions may be about to face tighter mortgage rules in Quebec, while other provinces splitReal estate market interventions are expected to curb first-time buyers’ enthusiasmOnly thing colder than Toronto right now is its housing marketCampagnaro is one of the brokers who said rejected loan applications to traditional lenders have risen by 20 per cent since Jan.1, when OSFI mandated a new stress test for uninsured borrowers, or those who have more than a 20 per cent down payment.Private lender Fisgard Asset Management Corporation in Victoria is seeing an influx of borrowers and “better quality business” said Hali Noble, its senior vice president of residential mortgage investments and broker relations.“A lot of these people should be bankable,” said Noble. “But they’re not.”The guidelines, known as B20, are aimed at curbing risky lending amid rising household indebtedness and high home prices in some markets.In order to get a loan from a federally regulated lender, home buyers have to prove that they can service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage point or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada. An existing stress test already requires those with insured mortgages to qualify at the Bank of Canada benchmark five-year mortgage rule.Superintendent Jeremy Rudin has said OSFI is aware the stricter rules could have unintended consequences, such as sending borrowers towards more risky lenders that are out of the regulator’s purview.“We can’t control what we can’t control,” he said in October.“Our mandate is focused on the safety and soundness of the federally regulated institutions… It isn’t something that we favour but it isn’t something that we have an authority to prevent.”Since the revised mortgage guidelines came into force, both the Bank of Canada of rate and benchmark rate has risen, dealing a “double extra whammy” to borrowers, said Dave Teixeira, vice president of operations, public relations and communications for Dominion Lending Centres.Dominion mortgage brokers are seeing a higher rate of rejection and clients have to submit multiple applications to various institutions before finding a lender that works, he added.In turn, their brokers are submitting 80 per cent more applications than last year, Teixeira said.“Normally, we would see our volume going to the big banks and monolines, and now we’re seeing a little bit more of that, roughly up to 20 per cent… moving over to credit unions.”However, some credit unions have voluntarily implemented the new stress test or tightened their own requirements.Quebec credit union Desjardins Group has been applying OSFI’s new mortgage rules in full since Jan. 1.“We believe it represents an effective way to protect consumers against interest rates variations,” said Desjardins spokeswoman Valerie Lamarre.Vancouver-based Vancity Credit Union has voluntarily increased the stress test its members must meet to qualify for a mortgage.Rick Sielski, Vancity’s senior vice president of risk, would not disclose the mechanics of the stress test and said it was too early to gauge the impact of the new guidelines.“What we’re really trying to do is make sure we’re serving our market, serving our members in a responsible way,” he said.The higher bar for borrowers is also shifting business to riskier lenders.Harold Gerstel, better known as Harold the Mortgage Closer from his television ads, said his Toronto-based mortgage arm is seeing an influx as well.“We’re definitely getting more business. Whether it’s a substantial change, it’s too early to tell,” he said.The new rules are sending better quality demand down the credit line, said Robert McLister, a mortgage planner at IntelliMortgage and the founder of RateSpy.com.“The demand is shifting down the ladder, so you have these less regulated lenders with higher risk tolerance now seeing materially more business. And they can charge more, and they can be pickier with the types of borrowers that they lend to.”
The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera appointed new heads at some state media institutions effective from today.The Media Ministry said that Mrs. Inoka Sathyanganee was appointed as the new chairperson of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC). Additional Secretary, Development, of the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media Mrs. Thilaka Jayasundara was appointed as the new chairperson of ITN.Siddeek Mohamed Farook was appointed as the new chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). Mrs Uma Rajamanthri was appointed as the new chairperson of SELACINE. (Colombo Gazette)
The OPEC Fund, a multilateral development finance institution established in 1976, is to provide $2,250,000 for the project, which will focus on information and education, assistance to ministries, teaching programmes and curriculum enhancement.The countries involved are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Syria, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Viet Nam. The project will expand some on-going grass roots activities such as peer education programmes for youth leaders in Uzbekistan, or for men who have sex with men in Viet Nam.It will also build on advocacy programmes by famous Cambodian sports personalities to promote testing for HIV, and popular music concerts against HIV/AIDS held and broadcast for hill tribe people in Thailand, Laos and southern China.To be implemented by UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, in cooperation with National Commissions for UNESCO and education ministries, the initiative will complement the UNESCO-led Global Initiative on HIV/AIDS Prevention Education that aims to strengthen education ministries’ ability to meet the teaching, learning and management needs generated by the pandemic.
by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 2:35 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,535.48, down 112.92 points):Mood Media Corp. (TSX:MM). Advertising and marketing. Up 10 cents, or 153.85 per cent, to 16.5 cents on 8.2 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 14 cents, or 3.48 per cent, to $4.16 on 7.4 million shares.OceanaGold Corp. (TSX:OGC). Miner. Up nine cents, or 2.05 per cent, to $4.48 on 6.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Pharmaceutical. Down 65 cents, or 8.27 per cent, to $7.21 on 6.01 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down five cents, or 1.29 per cent, to $3.84 on 5.9 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Drug manufacturer. Down 38 cents, or 3.69 per cent, to $9.93 on 5.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Down 20 cents, or 0.28 per cent, to $71.49 on 373,329 shares. The grocery and pharmacy giant said Thursday that it plans to open 30 new stores and renovate more than 500 existing stores as it continues to adapt to changes in the food retail sector. Loblaw said the investment includes the continued roll out of its Click & Collect e-commerce, improved health and wellness services, and the inclusion of fresh food at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations. The company later said it would shutter 52 locations across Canada that had fallen short of expectations.Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B). Telecommunications. Up 31 cents, or 0.52 per cent, to $60.41 on 665,959 shares. Rogers has signed a deal to allow former Telus CEO Joe Natale join the company sooner than expected. Natale was named in October as the next chief executive at Rogers to replace Guy Laurence. However, a non-compete agreement had been expected to keep him from starting the job until July.Transcontinental Media (TXS:TCL.A). Publishing. Down 29 cents, or 1.18 per cent, to $24.28 on 63,252 shares. Canada’s oldest independent newspaper — whose newsroom has been on strike for over a year — has bought all of Transcontinental Media’s newspapers in Atlantic Canada. The Halifax Chronicle Herald said Thursday that a new company, SaltWire Network, will comprise 27 Transcontinental newspapers and the novanewsnow.com website and the Herald’s own publications.
UK car manufacturing output falls -10.6% in July, the 14th successive month of decline.Exports decline -14.6% in the month but still 8 in every 10 cars shipped overseas.Home demand rises 10.2% following weak July 2018 when a raft of factors affected production. British car manufacturing output declined -10.6% in July, with 108,239 units produced, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This was the 14th successive month of decline as ongoing weakness in major EU and Asian markets coupled with some key model changes affected performance.Production for export fell -14.6% in the month, although overseas demand remained the main driver of overall volumes, accounting for 8 in 10 cars built. Meanwhile, output for the domestic market rose by 10.2%, or just fewer than 2,000 units, following a steep -35.1% fall in July last year, when multiple factors, including preparation for WLTP affected output.In the year-to-date, some 774,760 cars have been made in Britain, 180,864 fewer than in the same timeframe last year and representing a fall of -18.9%. With exports accounting for the vast majority of orders, their decline is primarily responsible for the overall fall in output with overseas shipments down -20.2% since January, while year-on-year production for the UK is down -13.5%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Another month of decline for UK car manufacturing is a serious concern. The sector is overwhelmingly reliant on exports and the global headwinds are strong, with escalating trade tensions, softening demand and significant technological change.With the UK market also weak, the importance of maintaining the UK’s global competitiveness has never been more important so we need a Brexit deal – and quickly – to unlock investment and safeguard the long term future of a sector which has recently been such an international success story.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Friday 28 Oct 2016, 11:00 AM Break-ups, career moves and kids – the science of making a BIG change Moments of crisis or contentment – managing life changes can be done. Y’all ready for this? Image: Shutterstock/Anna Grigorjeva Short URL This article is part of our Change Generation project, supported by KBC. To read more click here.CHANGE CAN BE thrust on you through an unexpected job offer, the chance to move country or the break-up of a relationship.You can also be motivated into making that big change yourself through any number of factors like stress, lack of challenge or the need for greater rewards.Change Management expert at Cullinane Consulting, Jean Cullinane, told theJournal.ie there are some things to consider before making a big change in your life.Picture yourself in the new situation – what would it really be like? What aspects of it would you enjoy? What would you find challenging? What are the likely short and long term implications of making the change? Who can help?Come up with a planIf you are instigating change through your own choice, Cullinane says you can help ensure its success through planning:I think that success is something you can plan for, even before you make the change. For example, if you are changing your career or establishing a new business, think in advance about the difference between average and brilliant performance and in true US presidential style, make a plan for your first 100 days and beyond.Go with your gutThere are time when you have to accept that you do not have a crystal ball and there is no way to be 100% sure that you are making the right decision, says Cullinane, and you just have to go with your gut:Be aware that you may never have all the information that you need – sometimes you may simply have to trust your gut feeling. Get independent advice if you need it and then ACT, because nothing actually happens until you take the first step.Just do it!She also says sometimes ‘risking it’ is the best thing you can do:In my work as a HR consultant I have observed that those who successfully master change typically demonstrate willingness to take risks and seize opportunities, the commitment and professionalism to follow through on their plans and the integrity to strike a balance between what is best for them and for others directly involved.Here, some Journal Media employees share how they coped with the big changes they made to their lives:Taking a punt on the dream job“I had always wanted to work as a journalist but couldn’t seem to find a way in. While I was covering someone’s maternity leave in a shop, I applied for a H Dip in journalism, despite knowing the start date clashed with my contract dates. I ended up getting a place on the course and having to tell my boss I was leaving my contract early to go move cities for a totally new career.I was terrified about leaving her in the lurch but looking back I can’t imagine what I’d have done if I’d turned the offer of the course down. It finally turned my life in the direction I’d been hoping it would go.Going from coupledom to singledom“Breaking up with a long-term partner is never easy but it does throw you on a new path, for better or worse. When I came out of a major relationship, it meant I also had to consider new living arrangements. Friends told me to go into a house-share so I wouldn’t be lonely but actually, I decided to go and live on my own for the first time in my life.It WAS lonely sometimes but I relearned so much about myself, my likes and dislikes, and I really needed to do that after five years of being ‘half’ of an entity. 16,420 Views http://jrnl.ie/3043478 “I came out the other end with a great deal more self-confidence and not needing to be with someone until the right person, for me, came along. Which they did.”Knowing when to walk away“My biggest life change was chucking in a good but unsatisfying job to go travelling for six months, chewing through what could’ve been a decent chunk of a home deposit in the process. I moved countries and it’s the best thing I ever did.”Indulging that wanderlust“I went travelling a year after I graduated which was against the advice of my lecturers (and parents) who thought it was better to get on the career ladder as soon as possible.I spent two years in Australia working in random jobs that I would never have done this side of the water (farming, barwork, worked in an ice cream shop #thedream lol).“It sounds cliché but the life skills that i developed while travelling enabled me to make the right career move when I returned home and I am probably in the same position if not better than most of the people i graduated with who never ended up travelling (but wanted to).”SURPRISE! You’re a parent“The biggest change for me was when my son was born three years ago. I’d been with my partner for 14 years but we’d never really considered children up to that point.When he was born, it made me realise how little I lived in the moment, spending far too much time working or on my phone.“Now I enjoy life for what it is, millions of everyday moments with people I love that I wouldn’t swap for the world.”The prodigal child returns“The biggest change for me when I decided to move back to Ireland after living in the States for 12 years. (I think so many people living abroad are always struggling with that should I stay or should I go thing.)“I decided I’d come home for a year to give it a try but really thought I’d end up back in the States. Within a few months I met a fella and got pregnant way too quickly but it’s all worked out and now we’re married for 16 years with four kids.”Taking that scary job“I finished my final exams in college and three days later was set to go to New York for a summer internship. About eight weeks in, the editor-in-chief called me into the office and asked how she could get me to stay. I’ll never forget sitting on a bench in Madison Square Park in blistering Manhattan summer heat to call home to break the news to my mother – with the caveat that it might not work out if the US wanted to boot me out anyway.“After eight frantic weeks of immigration law, finding a new flat and worrying that I had no insurance or flight home (if they refused my application), the decision arrived. I ended up moving through the company from intern to assistant editor over the next two years – and making friends along the way so there’s always a couch available to me in NYC.“Probably the next biggest change then was moving back home to Ireland mid-recession… but that’s another story.”From child to carer“Possibly the biggest life change was a psychological shift from being someone’s child to being someone’s carer.It was made harder by the fact that the parent who fell ill was a difficult person to deal with and there was a temptation to walk away from it all.“It was 18 months of balancing a job, a personal life and the care of a person who had no-one else to rely on. Now that they have passed away, knowing that they passed away with dignity and peace more than makes up for the strain of that time.”QUIZ: Are you ready to settle (down)?>Advice for your 20s from those who’ve been there> Image: Shutterstock/Anna Grigorjeva Share17 Tweet Email3 4 Comments Oct 28th 2016, 11:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Y’all ready for this? By Jennifer Ryan
San Diego Zoo Safari Park celebrates the birth of 97th Southern White Rhino SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 9-day-old male southern white rhino spent Friday morning exploring his habitat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — running around a little, napping, checking out all his surroundings, napping, nursing from mom and napping some more. The curious little ungulate even went face-to-face with a cape buffalo, knowing mom was nearby to protect him.The baby rhino, named Justin, was born the evening of Feb. 7 to mom Kacy, in the 60-acre East African Plains enclosure. The calf weighed an estimated 125 pounds at birth, and keepers report he is very healthy and is developing on track. It is estimated that Justin will gain 100 pounds a month in his first year, and when full grown he could weigh 4,000 to 5,000 pounds.“Justin is very cute, and he’s beginning to show lots of personality,” said Matt Gelvin, lead keeper, San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “He is very playful—running, jumping—and loves checking out everything around him, including the animals that share his habitat. However, his mom Kacy is a very attentive and protective mom. She is fairly tolerant of the other rhinos and animals being curious about the baby, but she is definitely keeping a close eye on them.”There are an estimated 18,000 southern white rhinos remaining in the wild. The southern white rhino is classified as Near Threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species, due to poaching threats and illegal trafficking of rhino horn. Currently, a rhino dies every eight hours in South Africa, due to poaching.San Diego Zoo Global has been working for more than 40 years, along with other accredited zoos, to keep a sustainable population of rhinos safe under human care while working to protect them in sanctuaries in their native habitats. To further its commitment to rhino conservation, San Diego Zoo Global recently built the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center to house six southern white rhinos brought in from South Africa. The 3.5-acre state-of-the-art animal facility is dedicated to the conservation of white rhinos, with a focus on assisted reproductive techniques.Rhinos are very important to the ecosystems in which they reside. Southern white rhinos live in the savannas of Africa. These gentle giants are mega-herbivores, grazing on grasses—which helps maintain the diverse African grasslands, increasing plant diversity and providing grazing areas for other animals that share their natural habitat, such as elephants, zebras, antelope and gazelles.Kacy’s calf is the 97th southern white rhino calf born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park since 1972. Rhino calf Justin and his mom can best be seen roaming their habitat from the Park’s Africa Tram Safari, a Caravan Safari, a Balloon Safari, or from the Park’s new giraffe cam (showcasing a multitude of animals including rhinos, giraffes, African crowned cranes, gazelles and others) viewable online at sdzsafaripark.org/giraffe-cam.Video Playerhttp://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/baby-rhino-b-roll.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/baby-rhino-b-roll.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. February 16, 2018 Posted: February 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Zoo Safari Park FacebookTwitter Updated: 4:29 PM
NORTH BAY VILLAGE, FLA. (WSVN) – A watermain break in North Bay Village closed down an intersection in the road.The watermain break burst near North Treasure Drive and Adventure Avenue, Wednesday afternoon.Officials said the area has been shut down while crews work to fix the break and then clean up the mess.Homes and businesses in the area were not affected and all have water.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Share Bob Daemmrich: Ted Cruz/Roy Moore campaign/Shelby Knowles: John CornynAlabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, center, flanked by U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (left) and John Cornyn.Texas’ two U.S. senators found themselves under intense pressure Thursday after explosive allegations surfaced that a candidate both men have endorsed pursued underage teenage girls decades ago. The Washington Post is reporting that Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican nominee in an upcoming Senate special election to succeed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, tried to become romantically involved with four girls between the ages of 14 and 18 while he was in his 30s. U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz have both endorsed Moore in his bid. Less than an hour after the story broke, senators were called to their chamber for a routine vote and were met with a crush of reporters. Cornyn, the second-ranking GOP senator, called the allegations “deeply disturbing and troubling.” “I think it’s up to the governor and the folks in Alabama to make that decision as far as what the next step is,” he said. Cruz declined to answer questions as he passed reporters. A cascade of other GOP senators — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — told reporters that if the allegations are true, Moore must drop out of the race. Cornyn then returned to reporters. “Obviously, it’s very troubling, but I think people are trying to sort it out and figure out what the appropriate response is, including Sen. [Luther] Strange,” he said, referring to the temporarily-appointed senator whom Moore defeated in the GOP primary.“If it is true… I don’t think this candidacy is sustainable, but we believe in a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and so I think it’s important for the facts to come out.” Cruz is in a particularly complicated political position. Prior to the Washington Post report, Brietbart News had its own pre-emptive story that was highly defensive of Moore. Former White House adviser Steve Bannon runs the website. He recently threatened to challenge every GOP senator in their primaries with the exception of Cruz.
Citation: Freelance site using software to recruit and pay workers (2010, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-freelance-site-software-workers.html Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Freelancer.com, a freelance site based in Sydney, Australia, has come up with the idea of using software to recruit and pay professionals to carry out work. The site enables software developers to write programs to post job adverts, select from those bidding on the jobs, and even pay them, without any human input. API Flow Overview © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Microsoft vows openness for mobile app store Matt Barrie, Chief Executive of Freelancer.com, said that after 60 years of people controlling software we are now “getting to the stage where software can control humans.” One possible application of the system could be a company having a large online inventory of virtual goods for sale. The software could stock the store with content created by writers recruited automatically, and those who produced the best-selling product would be selected to create more content. The process could continue as long as the company had money in the bank to continue paying its workers. Barrie said the company was looking forward to “where this might take us.”Barrie said the site has enough programmers on file to make it possible for software to be developed that could even improve itself by hiring programmers to improve its own code, perhaps perpetually. The new software algorithms enabling automatic recruitment, training and paying of workers have just been released for a number of different industries using the site.Barrie said the software algorithms would in many ways ensure performance assessments were more objective, since they are not influenced by subjective factors, such as whether or not the boss likes the worker. Barrie also said in a press release that the system could be used to automatically hire “one, three, or 500 humans,” and that it could “literally assemble an army overnight to solve complex problems.”Automating the hiring process is not an entirely new idea, since many companies now use programs such as TalentFilter to sort through large numbers of applicants to select a short list for interview. In these systems it is quite possible an application or CV is never viewed by a human.There are many outsourcing sites on the Internet, and like the others Freelancer.com has a large membership of people with a wide range of skills such as programmers, Web designers, writers, architects, graphic designers, and so on. Freelancer.com claims to be the largest of these sites, with over 1,500,000 workers registered in 234 countries.The application programming interface (API) is accessible from Freelancer.com.
Researchers produce first Iraqi-to-English speech-to-speech translation app “No network required,” reads the promotion. “Results appear immediately on your video screen when you need it, anywhere in the world.”Word Lens uses text recognition to work out what the word or phrase is, and automatic-translation software translates it into the new language. The translation is then pasted over the original location. “An optical character recognition engine works with the in-built real time translator to translate foreign phrases for you. The converted text is then displayed on the screen of the smart phone.” © 2012 Phys.org More information: play.google.com/store/apps/det … c3VhbC53b3JkbGVucyJd (Phys.org) — Tuna with hot sauce. Beach closed. Please use caution. Apple users of iOS devices, drawing envy with their cooler than cool apps, have since 2010 enjoyed Word Lens, an application that instantly provides a foreign language translation of a menu or road sign just by the user hovering the device’s camera over the foreign language content in realtime. Now Word Lens is offering its translation app for Android too. The Android app will do translations between English and Spanish, Italian, and French using just the video camera. The nice feature of the app is that network connectivity is not required. Citation: Word Lens – augmented reality translation app – jumps platforms, is now on Android (2012, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-word-lens-augmented-reality.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Otavio Good and John DeWeese from Quest Visual are the two developers behind Word Lens. According to Good, Word Lens tries to find out what the letters are and then looks in the dictionary. Then it draws the words back on the screen in translation. The Android app is offering for purchase translations between English and Spanish, French, and Italian. The introductory price is $4.99 per language.Those testing out Word Lens for the Android platform think it has a way to go. One site said that their brief tests of Word Lens for Android showed it worked well except for rapid flickering of words going back and forth in the translation process. Others described the Android version as having a quirky interface and being shaky and bumpy. Also, said one critique, the app does not work effortlessly in that you need to keep the hand steady and scroll over sentences patiently. Also, phrases have strangled English language word placements, such as “Tongue Bolivian” or “sauce spicy of anchovies” but as a language support tool for visitors to foreign countries it is largely considered as useful. The developers themselves caution that the app will best work with “clearly printed text“ and they note that it does not recognize handwriting or stylized fonts. Good acknowledges weaknesses and says he would be the first to say that the app is not perfect, “but perfect was not the goal,” he added. What is useful, he said, is that “you can get the general meaning.” (Whether it is a spicy sauce or a sauce spicy, you know what is coming.) The app gets good marks elsewhere for speed and useful accuracy. Good says that future plans include introducing more languages. He is also considering a reader for the blind, which would read out loud the words that the app sees on signs. Explore further
President Nicolas Maduro hit out at the United States on Friday for “stealing” billions of dollars and offering “crumbs” in return as humanitarian aid, as Washington sanctioned five officials close to the Venezuelan leader.Tons of US aid is piling up in Colombia close to the border with Venezuela as opposition leader Juan Guaido has vowed to defy Maduro’s efforts to block the supplies from entering the country.“It’s a booby trap, they’re putting on a show with rotten and contaminated food,” said Maduro, speaking at an event in the southeastern town of Ciudad Bolivar.“They’ve stolen $30 billion and are offering four crumbs of rotten food,” added the beleaguered socialist leader, referring to the United States.Later Friday, Maduro asked the military to prepare for a “special deployment” to reinforce the border with Colombia — and make it “impregnable.”“I am not exaggerating. In the White House, Donald Trump and Ivan Duque announced plans for war against Venezuela,” he said, referring to a meeting on Wednesday in which President Donald Trump reiterated that “all options” were on the table with regard to Venezuela.The country is in the midst of an economic crisis that has left millions in poverty and facing shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.Guaido, who is recognized by 50 countries as the interim president, accuses Maduro of causing economic hardship through mismanagement.Among those countries is Costa Rica, whose foreign affairs ministry on Friday gave three Maduro-appointed diplomats “60 calendar days” to leave the country.Maduro meanwhile blames Venezuela’s woes on US sanctions.The 56-year-old, the hand-picked successor to socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez, branded it the “war of the oligarchy.”US sanctions mostly target regime individuals and state oil company PDVSA, the government’s main source of income, but the US Treasury announced Friday that it was imposing sanctions on five intelligence and security officials close to Maduro.– Struggle over aid –Those targeted are “aligned with illegitimate former President Nicolas Maduro, who (continues) to repress democracy and democratic actors in Venezuela,” a Treasury Department statement said.Among the five men is Manuel Quevedo, described by the Treasury as the “illegitimate” president of PDVSA.Humanitarian aid has become a key issue in the power struggle between Maduro and Guaido.The opposition leader, who last month declared himself acting president, has promised to bring in the aid on February 23.Maduro refuses to let it in. And his loyal military has barricaded a border bridge between Venezuela and Colombia.The socialist leader insists the aid is just a cover for a planned US military invasion, while Guaido says 300,000 people could die without the desperately-needed aid.Speaking on Friday, Maduro said six million families had benefitted from subsidized food boxes and claimed to have bought 933 tons of medicines and medical supplies from China, Cuba and Russia, his main international allies.“We paid for it with our own money because we’re beggars to no one,” he said.Guaido accuses Maduro of being a “usurper” over his controversial reelection last year in polls widely branded as fraudulent.Maduro says the 35-year-old National Assembly speaker is a puppet to the US, which is trying to secure access to Venezuela’s gold and vast oil reserves — the largest in the world.He said Guaido’s challenge to his authority is “treason.”“The worst thing is stimulating the imperial madness of an extremist Ku Klux Klan government in the White House,” said Maduro.US national security advisor John Bolton announced on Thursday that 25 countries had “pledged $100 million in humanitarian assistance.”A US defense official said Friday that the United States military will transport some 200 tons of humanitarian aid for Venezuela to Colombia in the coming days. Facebook Comments Related posts:Venezuela accuses Costa Rica of ‘subordination’ to U.S. Costa Rica will not recognize Venezuelan government under Maduro Costa Rica, EU and Latam contact group on Venezuela will meet Thursday Guaidó-appointed ambassador takes possession of Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica
Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – South African President Jacob Zuma, the chief regional mediator on Zimbabwe, has arrived in Harare for talks with the leaders of the nation’s troubled coalition government.South African officials said Wednesday that Zuma immediately began talks with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe in a suite at a downtown hotel.Zanele Mugadi, an official in Zuma’s office, said the South African leader will wind up discussions overnight with Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and a smaller party in the coalition. Sponsored Stories 0 Comments Share Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Mugadi said Zuma will travel to neighboring Mozambique on Thursday for a summit of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community, the region’s political and economic bloc.The Harare talks are expected to focus on internal disagreements on a new Zimbabwe constitution and a timetable toward new elections.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Check your body, save your life 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center
Cyprus customs play an active role in the European Customs Union and a basic role in the movement of goods and passengers in and out of the island, the service said on Sunday, marking 50 years since the union was established.On average the service oversees 3,000 commercial ships, 300,000 containers, 3,000,000 metric tonnes of merchandise, 4,500,000 passengers and for 2017 a total of 130,495 customs declarations.Among other roles, the customs department contributes to public wealth through the imposition of and collection of import duties, consumer tax and value added tax (VAT).For 2017, the total amount collected by the department was €1,142.6 million, a rise of 7.2 per cent over the previous year.For 2018, until the end of May the department had collected €12,043.577 import duties, €218,843.220 in consumer tax and €178,679,853 VAT on imports.According to the European union, in 2017 the EU accounted for 16 per cent of world trade.You May LikePOP HitzThe 20 Richest Actresses in the World Based on Net WorthPOP HitzUndoTettybettyCelebrities with Amazing Airport StyleTettybettyUndoCheezburgerThis City Is So Freezing That Locals Have To Eat Special FoodsCheezburgerUndo Russian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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