TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was barely changed Thursday as traders continued to digest the latest policy announcements from the U.S. Federal Reserve.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,112.22+2.97 0.02%S&P 500 — 1,959.48+2.50 0.13%Dow — 16,921.46+14.84 0.09%Nasdaq — 4,359.33 -3.51 -0.08%The S&P/TSX composite index inched up 2.97 points to settle at 15,112.22, adding to its record close on Wednesday which came six years to the day of the previous record set in June 2008, just before the Great Recession sent stocks tumbling. The loonie gained 0.23 of a cent to 92.40 cents US.Wall Street was also muted as markets assessed Wednesday’s Fed statement, which hinted that the central bank wasn’t too worried about inflation but gave no signs on when it might start raising interest rates. The Dow Jones industrials rose 14.84 points to 16,921.46, the Nasdaq dipped 3.51 points to 4,359.33, while the S&P 500 index added 2.50 points to 1,959.48. Andrew Pyle, senior wealth adviser at Scotia McLeod in Peterborough, Ont., said both Bay Street and Wall Street seem to be pulling back a bit as traders realize that the Fed statement did not necessarily warrant sending stocks higher. “The reaction to the Fed announcement was a knee-jerk reaction,” Pyle said. “If we look at what the Fed is producing in terms of material behind its decision, the markets should not have rallied to the extent that it did. The fed officials are still looking at tightening policy, they’re still tapering, quantitative easing and, going into 2015, there is going to be less stimulation for stock markets.”As expected, the Fed also announced it would continue to reduce its monthly bond buyback program by US$10 billion to US$35 billion a month starting in July, on signs of a steadily growing U.S. economy.On Thursday, the Conference Board said its index of leading indicators for the American economy increased 0.5% last month, the fourth consecutively monthly increase for the measure, which attempts to gauge the economy’s future health. In corporate news, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) posted a surprise US$23-million profit in its first quarter, which beat analyst expectations and showed that efforts the company has made to revamp its smartphone business are making headway.BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the Waterloo, Ont., company plans on launching a new keyboard smartphone called the BlackBerry Passport in September. It will also continue to dedicate more resources to serving business and public sector customers after a failed attempt to compete with Apple’s iPhone in the consumer market. Shares in BlackBerry gained more than 9% or 84 cents to close at $9.84 in Toronto.Meanwhile, commodity markets were higher amid growing geopolitical instability. Traders bought into gold, sending the price of August bullion up $41.40 to US$1,314.10 an ounce.Pyle said traders are moving into the precious metal as many expect continued volatility in the stock markets going into the summer due to fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian insurgents and government forces and the situation in Iraq. U.S. President Barack Obama said he was dispatching up to 300 U.S. military advisers to help quell the insurgency in Iraq. Though not specifically mentioning airstrikes, Obama also said he was leaving open the possibility of “targeted and precise military action” in the future.The July crude contract added 46 cents to US$106.05 a barrel while July copper added two cents to US$3.08 a pound.TOP STORIESAs investors cheer BlackBerry results, CEO Chen touts next phase of turnaround‘The short trade is over’: What analysts are saying about BlackBerry’s earnings beatCanadians are getting richer and their mortgage debt is shrinkingWhy investors should hold off on celebrating the TSX’s new closing record for nowAmerican Apparel CEO Dov Charney suspended as board seeks to fire him over alleged misconductWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Consumer Price Index (May): Economists expect Retail Sales (April): Economists expect CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESDarden Restaurants Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 94¢ a share CarMax, Inc. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 67¢ a share
OSU freshman forward Maddy Field (22) fights for the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 5-3.Credit: Courtesy of OSUIn the final weekend of matchups of the regular season, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (10-23-1, 6-21-1) split its series with the No. 9-ranked University of North Dakota (16-11-5, 13-10-5).OSU showcased the strides it has made this season as it beat the Fighting Hawks 3-1 on Friday before falling 3-2 in a tight contest a day later.On Friday, after an extremely competitive first period, the Buckeyes and Fighting Hawks were tied 0-0. Despite 17 combined shots from both teams, neither OSU nor North Dakota was able to find the back of the net.However, that turned around 16:51 into the second period, as OSU got on the board off a goal from freshman forward Maddy Field. Sophomore defenseman Dani Sadek then doubled the Buckeyes’ lead less than three minutes later.In the third period, North Dakota’s Meghan Dufault knocked the puck past OSU goalie Alex LaMere to cut the Buckeyes lead in half with a little more than three minutes to play. The Fighting Hawks pulled their goalie in an attempt to find the equalizer, but that alllowed OSU junior Claudia Kepler to score with four seconds remaining on an open nut to seal the 3-1 result.In Saturday’s senior day affair, OSU jumped out to its fastest start of the season with two goals in the first three minutes. Junior Alexa Ranahan and sophomore Lauren Spring scored the goals for the Scarlet and Gray, with Ranahan’s being her first of the season. However, North Dakota answered with a goal with less than three minutes left in the first period — a sign of things to come in the contest.In the second period, North Dakota was able to get two shots past redshirt senior goalkeeper Stacy Danczak, who got the start in her final game at OSU. Becca Kohler and Dufault scored the two goals for the Fighting Hawks. Neither team was able to score in the third, as the game culminated in a 3-2 final score.After the game, seven senior Buckeyes — Danczak, Melani Moylan, Julia McKinnon, Kendall Curtis, Cara Zubko, Maggie Rothgery and Bryanna Neuwald — were honored at center ice in recognition for their time wearing scarlet and gray.Both games were close contests, and OSU assistant coach Carson Duggan said she thinks the second game was decided by a few more positive plays for North Dakota.“Those are two evenly matched teams and it was just they executed one more time than we did,” Duggan said. “I think we had our chances and we battled hard. We came out with a lot of energy and it’s an emotional day for a lot of kids, but I think that was the only difference is that they executed one more time than we did.”Field, however, offered a different explanation for Saturday’s defeat, citing the referees as an issue in the second game and the way the team let the officials’ calls affect their play.“Obviously you can’t blame it on the reffing, but I think the reffing kind of let the game get out of control,” she said. “We had a really good start but I think we let the reffing get in our head and we let a weak goal in.”The team was only able to score on one of eight power plays over the weekend, which is something they will look to improve upon in their first-round playoff series against Minnesota next weekend.“I think that we won a lot of our battles and we were getting shots at the net,” Field said. “I think we need to work on capitalizing on power plays but I think we did really well penalty killing.”Duggan said she thinks the team’s drive and tenacity will be keys to the playoff games next weekend.“I think just leaving it out there. At this point in the season it’s who wants it more and how bad do you want it and what are you willing to do to get it, and I think our girls showed a lot of character and a lot of heart this weekend,” Duggan said. “We have a short bench, and the girls battled hard, as a coach that’s all you can ask for. So I think just taking that mentality and why not let’s see what we can do in Minnesota.”OSU is scheduled to travel to Minnesota next weekend to take on the Golden Gophers in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. The puck is set to drop in Minneapolis on 8:07 p.m. on Friday and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday. If Friday’s and Saturday’s games are split, there will be a deciding game on Sunday.
If you think being the richest man in the world means having billions and billions of dollars, you’d be right. But if you think being the richest man means having $49 billion after already giving $28 billion to charity, you’d be mistaken. When Forbes’ 2011 billionaires list is released tomorrow, Bill Gates won’t be No. 1.Gates, who has only been out of the top spot one other time since 1995, is currently worth $49 billion and is preceded by Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim whose fortune is estimated at $60 billion. Gates was also beat out by Slim in 2010: $53.5 billion to $53 billion.According to Reuters, the Microsoft founder has given away more than a third of his wealth to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which focuses on global health and development and U.S. education.David Lincoln, director of global valuations at wealth research firm Wealth-X, told Reuters that “it wouldn’t be a competition … (Gates) would have a comfortable margin if he had never discovered philanthropy.”Following in close third is investor Warren Buffett, estimated at $47 billion, who’s also a gracious philanthropist. Gates and Buffett have teamed up to start The Giving Pledge campaign, which encourages other billionaires to publicly pledge to give away at least half of their wealth during their lifetimes or upon their death.So far, 59 billionaires have joined The Giving Pledge, and you can see their letters at www.givingpledge.org. The campaign doesn’t actually accept any money, nor does it tell people how to give it away. It simply asks for a moral commitment. I wonder if they have to wear billionaire promise rings.But, even after giving away so much of his fortune, Gates still isn’t the No. 1 Most Generous Philanthropist. According to Businessweek, Buffett beats Gates in that spot, which Gates is probably okay with since Buffett donated $8 billion to Gates’ foundation. I don’t see Slim on this list. He might want to think about joining the billionaire philanthropist bandwagon.Read more at Reuters
Two Greek Australians were appointed as members to the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) and the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT). The appointments were announced on Wednesday by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans. Dione Dimitriadis and Kay Kirmos are amongst the 43 new appointees.Dione Dimitriadis previously worked as a solicitor in private practice and as a legal officer in the Australian Legal Aid Office, the Public Solicitor’s Office and the Department of Consumer Affairs. She was first appointed as a part-time member for the MRT in 2003 and for the RRT in 2005. She is now appointed as a full time member. Kay Kirmos who was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1984 will be a part-time member of the Tribunals. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
L’ONU ne nommera pas d’ambassadeur des extraterrestresIl y a quelques jours, le quotidien britannique The Sunday Times affirmait que l’ONU s’apprêtait à nommer un étrange ambassadeur, dont le rôle serait d’accueillir les extraterrestres s’ils venaient un jour à débarquer sur notre planète. Une rumeur aussi insolite qu’infondée. L’ONU vient en effet de démentir l’information.L’astrophysicienne malaisienne Mazlan Othman, directrice du Bureau de l’ONU pour les affaires spatiales (Unoosa) n’a pas été nommée ambassadrice des extraterrestres. “L’article du Sunday Times est une absurdité” lit-on dans un communiqué publié par l’organisation. Et d’ajouter que “la mission du Bureau pour les affaires spatiales est définie par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies et il n’y a pas de projet de modifier la mission actuelle”.À lire aussiBan Ki-moon plaide pour une énergie propre mondialeIl n’est donc pas question de nommer un responsable de la communication avec les extraterrestres, tant rêvés et imaginés. Mazlan Othman semblait pourtant intéressée par l’idée lorsque, en juillet 2009, elle avait affirmé à l’AFP : “Si nous devions entrer en contact avec les extraterrestres, qui pensez-vous devrait représenter l’humanité? Ce serait le secrétaire général des Nations Unies (…) et c’est pour cela que nous sommes là”.Pour le moment donc, la mission de l’Unoosa reste la même : mettre un terme à la course aux armements spatiaux et développer des programmes d’aide à l’accès aux technologies spatiales, afin de faciliter la gestion des ressources naturelles mais aussi d’étudier l’impact du changement climatique.Le 1 octobre 2010 à 15:46 • Emmanuel Perrin
Google + se met à jour sur AndroidL’application Google + s’offre une importante mise à jour sur Android. Disponible depuis vendredi, elle enrichit le réseau social de nouvelles fonctions en plus d’améliorer son interface.Une nouvelle mouture de l’application Google + pour Android vient d’être livrée. Cette version 2.6 apporte son lot de nouveautés et d’améliorations qui offriront notamment aux utilisateurs une navigation plus fluide, comme l’avait fait au début du mois la mise à jour destinée à iOS.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La version mobile du réseau social du géant de Mountain View se voit entre autres dotée de polices agrandies tandis que certaines fonctions, telles que le +1 et le partage, bénéficient d’une meilleure mise en valeur. Pour finir, il est en désormais possible d’accéder n’importe où aux différents menus grâce à un nouveau bouton.On notera aussi que le lancement du chat vidéo Hangout ne nécessite plus de quitter l’application. Il est maintenant accessible directement depuis le menu principal. Avec un rafraîchissement des posts dans le flux d’actualité, des photos téléchargeables depuis un post ou une conversation instantanée et la possibilité d’éditer ses propres posts, Google + pour Android gagne en clarté, mais aussi en esthétisme. Un pied de nez à l’application Facebook pour l’OS de Google, qui peine toujours à séduire les mobinautes, encore nombreux à préférer la version web classique du réseau social.Le 25 mai 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
Online is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other. In this weekly series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.GangstalkingA wise man once sang “Just because you’re paranoid / don’t mean they’re not after you.” And then he blew his face off with a shotgun, so there we go. But who is the “they” in that lyric? For the poor victims, we’re about to show you; it’s everybody on the planet Earth. This is gangstalking, the belief that the people around you are part of a massive surveillance conspiracy to document your every move.Here’s how it works: your name gets put on a list, and that list is distributed to a secret society that proceeds to both chronicle everything you do and harasses you into madness. Methods include noise at all hours, social isolation and bizarre “performances” designed to destabilize the target. Police and medical professionals are all in on the act. Victims call themselves “targeted individuals,” and they’ve started to come together and share their stories.Last year, a fascinating New York Times article detailed the phenomenon, which affects some 10,000 people around the country. But it’s really flourished online, as paranoids connect with each other and share their suspicion.The comments thread in this post is a great sampling of self-proclaimed victims from all over the world.I have been gang stalked for 21 years and probably longer but I did know it. It seems that I was born into a targeted family thanks to actions of my grandmother and a wealthy Jewish person. Presently, these sadistic persons, which appear to be at least half of New York City are trying to kill me. I have ordered a Thermal Imaging unit to locate them in my home. If I find them in here, I am going to have to kill them. They have followed me to Eugene, Oregon, and San Francisco. These people are the sickest of the sick. I learned that there is a gang leader by the name of “SARA” in the Palm Springs area and there are more and more reports of this happening out there. That is where it all started, and it is still going on in Hemet, CA today. I am pulsed with electronic weapons that make you: Tired, Nauseated, Sweat, Sneeze, Stomach Ached, Diarrhe, etc. These people are sickos. And, of course, because we’re in the realm of the paranoid, it’s not long before that thread devolves into people accusing each other of being stalkers and harassers themselves. That’s the true terror of gangstalking: it’s you against the world unless you can prove otherwise, and you can’t.The TechThe parties behind this organized harassment have access to some high-tech methods of making lives miserable. The most feared weapon in the gangstalking world is the humble microwave, which has gone beyond just making popcorn to become a device that can cause intense pain, confusion and other symptoms with no physical proof. Some believe that microwave radiation on its own is enough, while others think that they have implants in their body that can be disguised as moles or freckles that act as antennae.Hearing things that aren’t there is another major complaint, and the technology behind that is something they call “voice to skull.” Like a lot of gangstalking worries, it’s based on something sort of real. The U.S. Army was experimenting with this technology back in 2008, but there’s no evidence that it actually works.Many targeted individuals also suffer from Morgellon’s disease, the mysterious ailment where people complain of small fibers growing out of their skin. They speculate that it’s caused by a host of methods, including implants, and, of course, microwaves.The Men In BlackSo who’s behind all of this organized stalking and harassment? That’s one thing targeted individuals just can’t seem to agree on. The New World Order / Illuminati are a popular choice in many of their worlds, as the concept of a shadowy, unaccountable world government underpins a lot of conspiracy fiction. What those people would want with ordinary working-class Americans is a different question.Other fraternal organizations like the Freemasons and the Mafia also figure into gangstalking mythology. Because these groups hide in plain sight, it’s easy to cast them as the villains. Interestingly enough, police departments and even firefighters get the same treatment!Some believe that it’s not humans at all – that the real masterminds of gangstalking are supernatural entities from beyond the vale of reality, who can temporarily inhabit human bodies and control them like puppets. That’s why, when a targeted individual confronts one, they seemingly have no idea what is going on.Finding The TruthUnlike many of the weird subcultures we look at here, gangstalking victims have actually been the subject of some science. A study published in The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology interviewed over 1,000 stalking victims. Over 10% of them reported being stalked by groups, with familiar complaints like groups of people acting out scenes on the street for their benefit as well as more unusual ones like “remote enlargement of bodily organs.” The study’s conclusions shouldn’t surprise anybody – they found that the gangstalking subjects were primarily experiencing intense paranoia not grounded in reality.Gangstalking is a truly Internet-enabled disease. Previously, paranoids would mostly keep to themselves, but by connecting with each other across great distances, they feed each other’s delusions and make them stronger. It’s almost impossible to persuade a targeted individual that what they’re experiencing is entirely made up, and I’m pretty sure the comments section of this article is going to prove that a few days after it’s published. 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2 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Treasured moments past and present @ScrapDaddyAP @SamoaJoe @ringofhonor @realBobbyCruise @KINGCorino @theFLOCKAVELI pic.twitter.com/k3GLBHYiaG— Cary Silkin (@rohcary) March 19, 2017 Now Playing Up Next Great time with friends at WWE via ROH @FightOwensFight @WWECesaro @iLikeSamiZayn @ScrapDaddyAP @WWERollins pic.twitter.com/clLQly8uOl— Cary Silkin (@rohcary) March 19, 2017 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp All ’round awesomeness. Love Balor, Anderson, & Gallows throwing up that old Bullet Club sign. HA! Up yours, Kliq. March 20, 2017 at 2:40 am Give me some Booty o’s @TrueKofi @PrinceKingNana #wweallentown @ringofhonor @sinclairtodd @NickJacksonYB pic.twitter.com/o9bHz1KZdT— Cary Silkin (@rohcary) March 19, 2017 Former WWE Star Emma Talks Ring Of Honor Tour Now Playing Up Next Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, and Ricochet all advance to the Semifinals of the King of the Ring Now Playing Up Next Google+ Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look That was awesome to see. The WWE would be worse off than they already are if it weren’t for the contributions ROH and their wrestlers have made to the business during the past 15 years. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Thank you for your time in ROH @LukeGallowsWWE @KarlAndersonWWE #wweallentown @ringofhonor @JimmyJacobsX pic.twitter.com/V4ZCY1HIRF— Cary Silkin (@rohcary) March 19, 2017 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It So happy to see my good friend I’m so proud @FightOwensFight @ringofhonor @KINGCorino @JimmyJacobsX #wweallentown pic.twitter.com/dw8AYd40Oe— Cary Silkin (@rohcary) March 18, 2017 Roman Reigns is in Remission Andrew Fisher RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TheCyberZon Many guys in @WWE wouldn’t be where they are today if not for this man’s unbridled passion for pro wrestling. Myself included. #ROH https://t.co/eldKjljOuc— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) March 18, 2017Jason Jordan gets marriedCurrent WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champion Jason Jordan got married over the weekend. His partner (no, not Chad Gable) posted this picture to Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BRwho9fhKOJ/?taken-by=x0april0xRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE Star Emma Talks Ring Of Honor TourVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:28/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 17.28%0:02Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Former ROH owner backstage at WWE eventFormer Ring of Honor owner Cary Silkin was backstage yesterday during WWE’s live event in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Many of the current WWE roster worked directly with Cary and Ring of Honor including Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Cesaro and Sami Zayn. A reunion at its finest @iLikeSamiZayn @WWECesaro #wweallentown @ringofhonor @KINGCorino @ScrapDaddyAP pic.twitter.com/j6WdgvwHcW— Cary Silkin (@rohcary) March 18, 2017 Pinterest Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems March 20, 2017 at 10:18 am Now Playing Up Next A great nite with my ROH allum and meeting some new talented friends @NiaJaxWWE @ScrapDaddyAP @iLikeSamiZayn thanks pic.twitter.com/rKZY1jQ5GZ— Cary Silkin (@rohcary) March 19, 2017 Great talent @ringofhonor @FinnBalor pic.twitter.com/N1N89EEzV1— Cary Silkin (@rohcary) March 19, 2017 Levon Hughey Comments are closed.
In the constant juggling act that is the Northwest power grid, utility managers always watch two basic factors: energy supply and energy demand. The two must be equal at all times.Sounds simple, right?Not quite. This year, local and regional utilities have gone to extreme measures to keep things in balance.“We’ve had a tremendous amount of supply mixed with low demand,” said Mike Hansen, a Bonneville Power Administration spokesman.The unusually unbalanced conditions have dropped market energy prices far below normal levels, according to Hansen — a trend that’s continued into this summer. That prompted Clark Public Utilities to shut down its River Road power Generating Plant for an unprecedented period of nearly seven months, said power manager Lynn Latendresse. Basically, it was cheaper for Clark Public Utilities to purchase power from outside the system than produce the energy itself, she said.It’s not unusual for Clark Public Utilities to shut down the River Road facility at times throughout the year. But it has never done so as early as January, and never for this long, Latendresse said. River Road just came back online Aug. 1, she said.“This year has been highly unusual,” Latendresse said.The net impact for ratepayers is essentially a wash, according to Latendresse. Lower energy prices push Clark Public Utilities’ costs down, but they also push down revenues from the electricity it sells to other systems, she said.High water on the Columbia River has provided abundant fuel for the region’s hydroelectric dams since last winter. Meanwhile, an ever-growing collection of wind farms — mostly in the Columbia River Gorge — continue to pump more energy into the system when they’re spinning. The region’s wind farms are now capable of producing more than 3,500 megawatts of energy combined, almost double their capacity just two years ago.
Professional services firm EY takes a long-term approach to supporting working parents. It is mindful of the life events that many of its employees will experience during their time at the organisation, which includes starting a family.Its approach is made up of a number of components to ensure that it is able to respond to employees’ changing home situations and offer them a high level of support.Maggie Stilwell, managing partner for talent at EY, says: “One of the first elements we offer working parents is flexible working. For all of our people, at whatever level of the organisation, we are empowering them to make sensible, individual decisions around how, when and where they work.“Flexible working is very much used by our working dads, not just mums. It’s something that draws people to EY because they hear of people doing it, and being supported doing it, and how that makes a difference to their ability to manage a family.”EY also offers all its working families access to its parents’ network – just one of its 14-plus employee networks. “It offers a variety of topics that are of interest to working parents,” explains Stilwell. “It offers a buddy scheme for when [an employee] returns to work, and speakers, for example, on helping a child to read.”The organisation also uses the network to consult with staff – for example, when it considered introducing shared parental leave (SPL).EY launched enhanced SPL policies in April 2015. “It’s still early days but we expect between 5% and 10% of our men who are parents to take SPL, and I think it will snowball,” says Stilwell.In addition, EY offers coaching sessions for employees before they take up parental leave, during their leave and on return to work. Stilwell says: “It’s about getting a better transition for people as they come out of the workplace, and then thinking about how they return. We manage that transition more successfully for the business and less stressfully for the indivdual.”
In addition to the subscription campaigns, Need attributes the revenue spike to a pair of sponsored meet-and-greet events with magazine staff and two topical speaking events featuring Need contributors and members of local organizations. Need also is planning Street Music for Street Kids concert later this month and a “Your Powers for Good” events series.“The idea behind the events was to not only promote Need but to accomplish it through furthering our end mission of assisting humanitarian organizations and those in need,” founder and executive director Kelly Kinnunen said.Need launched the ScrewTheMan, SaveTheWorld intiative—which was inspired by Paste’s Save Paste campaign—in an effort to generate 25,000 new subscribers, which would more than double Need’s current circulation of 19,000. If successful, Need said it would eliminate all commercial advertisingfor one year and replace the allocated advertising pages with storiesof how readers are involved in saving the world.The Who Cares? campaign is intended to drive bulk subscription orders. “The average single order sale is up by $12 from last quarter, so each person is ordering more,” Stephanie Kinnunen said. Despite the revenue boost, though, she said the magazine has secured only “a fraction” of the new subscriptions needed to meet its ambitious goal. Minneapolis, Minnesota-based “humanitarian” magazine Need has seen some positive results from its ScrewTheMan, SaveTheWorld and Who Cares? subscription campaigns. So far—through the June, July and August period—the magazine has seen subscription revenue jump nearly 900 percent from the same period last year.“This has been amazing considering it is summer which is normally bad and we have not had a magazine out since early February,” editor-in-chief Stephanie Kinnunen told FOLIO:. Usually carrying a quarterly frequency, Need hopes to print its next edition by mid- to late-November.
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by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jan 4, 2018 7:27 am PDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email YouTube star Logan Paul steps away from posting after outcry NEW YORK, N.Y. – YouTube star Logan Paul has stepped away from posting videos following an outcry when he uploaded images of what appeared to be the body of someone who killed themselves in a Japanese forest.Paul took to Twitter on Wednesday to say he was suspending his video blog “for now” and “taking time to reflect.”A petition on Change.org that demands his YouTube channel be deleted had been signed by more than 125,000 people by Thursday morning.Paul created a furor when he posted a video of him in a forest near Mount Fuji showing what seemed to be a body hanging from a tree. YouTube said the controversial images violated their policies.The video was viewed some 6 million times before being removed from Paul’s YouTube channel, a verified account with more than 15 million subscribers.A storm of criticism followed despite two apologies, with commenters saying Paul seemed disrespectful and that his initial apology was inadequate.YouTube said that while it may allow some graphic content if it is posted in an educational, documentary, scientific or artistic manner or limited to users who are 18 or older, Paul was issued a so-called “strike,” or told in an email that he had violated the site’s guidelines.“Our hearts go out to the family of the person featured in the video. YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner,” YouTube said in a statement. “If a video is graphic, it can only remain on the site when supported by appropriate educational or documentary information and in some cases it will be age-gated.”In Paul’s initial apology, he said he had wanted to raise awareness about suicide and possibly save lives, and he denied his goal was to drive clicks to his social media content.“I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity,” he said in his Twitter post.“I don’t expect to be forgiven. I’m simply here to apologize,” he said on the more sombre video apology uploaded on YouTube and Twitter late Tuesday. “None of us knew how to react or how to feel.”___Follow Mark Kennedy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits
The European Central Bank plans to ask euro area banks to set aside more cash to cover bad loans, making it prohibitively expensive for lenders to keep sitting on them, a draft proposal seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday.Soured loans are clogging up bank balance sheets and holding back lending – a headache for the ECB as weak credit growth offsets the stimulus it is trying to provide through low interest rates.Starting January 1, it will give lenders two years to set aside funds to cover 100 per cent of the value of their newly classified non-performing unsecured debt and seven years to cover all secured bad debt, the draft showed.The measures however will not affect the nearly €1tr worth of bad debt already on the books. The new measures are intended to prevent another bad debt pile from forming.The problem for banks is that there is no effective market for non-performing loans, so selling the debt would result in big losses and force them to raise capital, a costly exercise given low bank valuations.“The application of the backstops should not result in cliff-edge effects but should rather be implemented in a suitable gradual way by banks from the moment of NPE (“non-performing exposure”) classification until the moment when 100 percent prudential provisioning is expected,” the draft showed.“For the secured backstop, banks should therefore assume at least a linear path for the backstop building up to 100 per cent over the seven years.”The ECB declined to comment on the draft, which is dated Sept 1. It plans to release the guidelines on Wednesday, part of a broader push to prompt action.Across the eurozone, banks had on average set aside enough money to cover 45 per cent of all non-performing exposures in the first quarter.“A bank needs to be able to realise its security in a ‘timely manner’, the draft said. “If collateral has not been realised after a period of several years from the date when the underlying exposure was classified as non-performing, the collateral is deemed to be ineffective and as such, the exposure is treated as unsecured from a prudential perspective.”Lenders in Italy, Greece and Cyprus have high volumes of non-performing loans.Italian banks held €263bn worth at the end of the first quarter, with coverage at 48.5 per cent. In Greece, €101.8bn worth, or half of all loans, were classified as non-performing in the middle of the year, Bank of Greece data showed.In the draft, the ECB said that while the guidelines were non-binding, banks were expected to explain any deviations.“Banks should report on the compliance with the prudential provisioning backstop outlined in this addendum at least annually and explain deviations to the supervisor,” the draft said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Parliaments have an important role to play in bridging the gap between citizens and decision-making centres, President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris said speaking at the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth, taking place in the Seychelles.During the last day of the conference, Syllouris said MPs, as representatives of the people, must establish practices and mechanisms promoting good administration and the participation of citizens.He added that social networks, websites and new technologies are tools that can be used for better communication and information regarding parliamentary work.Syllouris referred to practices in Cyprus and called on his counterparts to intensify their efforts to turn weaknesses into opportunities, for change and adaptation to a stronger democratic framework, which will be able to meet the new challenges.The Final Conclusions of the conference include a proposal put forward by Syllouris regarding the creation of a Commonwealth network for the exchange of parliamentary practices and procedures, which is expected to be promoted for approval.While in the Seychelles, Syllouris will visit the house Archbishop of Cyprus Makarios III lived in during his exile, and will attend a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to the Seychelles.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchMedical Coding Jobs Are In Demand: See What You Could Earn. Research Medical Coding Class OnlineYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar said she shared a “substantive discussion” with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Thursday.Ahead of the UN Security Council meeting on Cyprus next month and the upcoming Secretary-General’s report, Spehar and Akinci discussed the UN’s expectations on the progress that could be made, especially as regards confidence-building measures (CBMs), Spehar said.Spehar noted that the goal was a return to negotiations, which could be brought about through additional CBMs.She said she informed Akinci on her recent meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades and gave assurances that she “will continue to work with the two sides.”In statements later on Thursday, Akinci gave an overview of the progress of a series of CBMs agreed by the two leaders during an informal meeting in February. The CBM to link the two sides’ mobile telephony networks through an outside hub will be implemented by the end of June, Akinci said.Cyta and the two Turkish Cypriot telephony companies which have signed an agreement with a Swiss hub are continuing discussions regarding prices, which Akinci said must be appropriate if the measure is to have a positive effect.Once consultations are completed, Akinci said that a test run will first take place before mobile phones can work normally on both sides.Regarding the interconnectivity of the two electricity grids, Akinci referred to an example whereby the Greek Cypriot side was recently in need of 15MW of power which was transferred from the north.Akinci added that efforts toward the clearance of landmines are continuing.The CBM whereby a host of religious icons and other artefacts stored in Kyrenia Castle would be swapped with visual and audio recordings of Turkish Cypriot artists stored by the state broadcaster CyBC is also moving along, Akinci said, noting that the recordings were currently being digitised abroad, a process which would take time.During the meeting with Spehar, Akinci said that he also discussed whether new CBMs can be brought about. He added however that the biggest CBM, in his opinion, would be a bicommunal committee on natural gas.“I took the opportunity to inform Spehar once again regarding the importance of a CBM for natural gas, for the creation of a committee,” Akinci said, noting that he has also suggested this to Anastasiades who he said did not respond positively.“If today there are tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, a basic reason is because the Greek Cypriot side does not want to discuss the matter with us,” Akinci said. You May LikeMarie Claire | Hanacure4 Stars Who Tried The “Benjamin Button” Facial All Over Your Social FeedsMarie Claire | HanacureUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDirectExposeMan Purchases 42 School Buses For $300 And Buries Them UndergroundDirectExposeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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