LinkedIn’s Hunger Games: Will You Volunteer As Tribute?

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… selena larson Tags:#Awkward#How You Rank#LinkedIn#professional identity#Profile Views#social anxiety#social networking#social networks LinkedIn’s new popularity contest will no doubt encourage people to scramble around to get more views on their profile, which will no doubt increase the social network’s page views—a metric closely watched by analysts on Wall Street, where the company faces its own kind of ruthless ranking against other Internet companies. The How You Rank page shows you what percentile you rank for profile views among your connections, which connections have been viewed the most, and how much those numbers have increased in the last two weeks. The right hand side of the How You Rank dashboard features personalized suggestions on how to get more people to look at your profile, like updating your summary, joining targeted groups, or adding a specific skill.By following LinkedIn’s tips, you’ll spend more time perfecting your profile and competing with professionals you might not know personally—as if there wasn’t enough competition in the workplace already.May the stats be ever in your favor.Image courtesy of Coletivo Mambembe on Flickr The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Get ready to feel really awkward on LinkedIn. The professional social network introduced a new feature Wednesday that turns logging on to LinkedIn into a game-like experience by showing you how you stack up against other people in your network. If you’re familiar with the universe of The Hunger Games, LinkedIn, once a safe place to share news articles and network, has turned into some kind of digital Panem, and we are all now volunteering as tribute.Called How You Rank, the feature is a new part of Who’s Viewed Your Profile, the statistics dashboard on your account that shows you which people are looking at your LinkedIn page. How You Rank lets users see how popular their profiles are in relationship to other people in their network.For instance, I rank 120 out of 604, and I’m in the top 20% of profile views among my connections. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Luck Loves a Hustler

first_imgThe hustler never sits around waiting for their lucky break. The hustler goes out and engages with the world, and in doing so, creates new opportunities. To the non-hustler, it looks like the hustler got lucky. But the hustler knows that luck won’t sit on your couch and watch television with you.Luck loves a hustler. Luck follows the hustler around like it is their shadow.The hustler is always engaged with their world. They’re involved in work projects, personal projects, community projects, charitable projects, and just about anything else they find interesting or useful. Because the hustler is out in the world, they make a lot of connections, and they bump into a lot of opportunities.A hustler will say, “Yeah, it was lucky I said ‘yes’ to this one thing because I met so and so and we got to talking.”The non-hustler doesn’t put themselves out into the world, at least not enough to make a difference. Because they aren’t involved enough, they never create an opening for luck to step in. The non-hustler would like to win the lottery, but they never buy a ticket.But bumping into opportunities isn’t enough. The hustler acts on those opportunities. The hustler says “no” to a lot of small things so they can focus on bigger things. This doesn’t mean they say “no” to everything. The hustler says “yes” to things that look like opportunities. They say “yes” to projects where they will learn new things and meet new people. They say “yes” to business ideas where they can create value and capture some of that value. They say “yes” to growth opportunities, even when it makes them uncomfortable.Every once in a while, luck decides the hustler is hustling enough and some initiative the hustler is involved in takes off.The non-hustler doesn’t see many opportunities because they aren’t around to see them. When they do see opportunities, they don’t grab them. Luck doesn’t hate the non-hustler. She just can’t find him.last_img read more

Seven Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh encounter

first_imgAt least seven members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed during an exchange of fire with security forces in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.“An exchange of fire took place between a DRG [District Reserve Guard] team and the Maoists in Puspal on the border of Narayanpur and Dantewada district on Tuesday. Seven bodies of Maoists, two INSAS rifles, and four other weapons have been recovered,” said the Chhattisgarh Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) unit in a statement.Special Director General of Police of the ANO, D.M. Awasthi, expressed the possibility of “around a dozen Maoists” being killed in the encounter. However, only seven bodies were recovered by the DRG team.According to Additional Inspector General of Police of the ANO, Devnath, three deceased were identified as CPI (Maoist) Bodhghat area committee member and LOS commander Nirmala, deputy LOS commander Somji and area committee member Nasik. “All three carried a reward of ₹5 lakh each,” he said.IED blastIn a separate incident, a CRPF jawan was grievously injured in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast in Sukma district.The blast took place near Paidigudem village under the Kistaram police station limits when the CRPF team was out on a patrol. The injured CRPF jawan Ghanshyam of 212 Battalion was airlifted to Raipur for treatment.Two heldIn another incident, the Maharashtra police arrested two Maoists in Gadchiroli district bordering Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.Maoists’ platoon no.3 member Nilesh Potawi and Kasansur LOS member Ajit Pudo were arrested from Reknar forest.last_img read more

Ancient piles of clams reveal peek into El Niño’s past

first_imgAncient clams on the shores of Peru have revealed a new history of Earth’s most important and unpredictable climate phenomenon. But the implications for the future are murky at best.The phenomenon in question is the El Niño–Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, a global climatic cycle that affects both sides of the tropical Pacific Ocean and beyond. During its warm phase, called El Niño, warm water sloshes from the west side of the Pacific to the east side, where it brings warmth and rain to the Americas. (During La Niña, the warming of the water on the west side intensifies, providing moisture and heat to Indonesia and Australia.) ENSO shifts winds all over the world, can create devastating rains and flooding in South and North America, and has even been linked to social unrest in countries that require imported food. (An El Niño is probably imminent now.)Given the stakes, scientists have sought for years to better understand what has driven ENSO in the past and to predict how variable it will be in the future. Previous studies have used a variety of computer models and data from fossils and flood events to argue that ENSO has become more exaggerated over the past 11,000 years, known as the Holocene period. (Due to changes in Earth’s orbit, the story goes, the way solar energy has struck the planet has changed over that period, shifting wind or ocean currents that affected ENSO.)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But a new study paints a different picture. Scientists set up what amounted to seven archaeological digs on giant piles of surf clams created by human inhabitants over the past 10,000 years at several coastal locations in Peru. Among the piles, known in archaeology as middens, were clam shells mixed with charcoal and other remains. Radiocarbon dating of the charcoal samples provided an age for the shells; measurements of oxygen isotopes found in the clam fossils gave sea surface temperatures every 2 to 4 weeks during the clam’s life. That way, says paleoclimatologist Julian Sachs of the University of Washington, Seattle, “we can establish very well the maximum and minimum temperature in each year the clam lived.”In a paper published online today in Science, Sachs and colleagues show that ENSO was basically as active at the beginning of the Holocene as it has been during more recent periods. “It’s not as simple as those earlier modeling and data papers suggested,” Sachs says. For example, the new study cites data the scientists collected from about 7000 years ago suggesting a westward shift in the location of greatest El Niño impacts. That would have coincided with the tail end of melting of the ice sheets from the last ice age, says first author Matthieu Carré of the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences of Montpellier in France. Meanwhile, he notes, the fresh water from the ice sheets could have changed circulation patterns and affected ENSO’s sloshing.The paper “is very well done and well argued,” says climate expert Mark Cane of Columbia University’s Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. But in terms of ENSO’s history, it “leaves me more confused than ever,” because the new data conflicts with previous studies. He says the work should be followed by new modeling studies to try to clarify the past and also to address another issue: how global warming might affect ENSO in this century and the next one. “We can’t say which way ENSO is going to change yet,” Carré says.last_img read more

Witsel fears Martinez will take Madrid job

first_imgBelgium midfielder Axel Witsel understands why Roberto Martinez is being linked with the Real Madrid job but hopes he stays with the World Cup semi-finalists.The La Liga giants are searching for a new permanent head coach after Julen Lopetegui was sacked following a 5-1 Clasico thrashing at the hands of Barcelona last month.Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino are among the other coaches to have been linked with the vacancy, although interim boss Santiago Solari has strengthened his case with three wins from three games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Royal Belgian Football Association has said Martinez would not be able to join Madrid without the body’s approval.Witsel believes that while it would be a blow to lose Martinez, who led Belgium to a third-place finish at the World Cup, he can see why the former Everton boss is in the running.”It is not surprising after all the great work we’ve done with him the last years and for the last World Cup,” Witsel told reporters.”It is not surprising to see a club like Real Madrid, if the reports are true, to be interested in him.”No, we didn’t call each other to talk about our head coach and Real Madrid. We’ll all be together next week.”As I said, we’ve done a great job so far and we keep doing it. All the players, we’re all happy with the coach and his philosophy. If we lose him it would be a huge loss for all of us.”If it is really the truth and he was meant to leave, he will be frank with us I think.”Having taken @BelRedDevils to a historic bronze medal, coach Roberto Martinez reflects on Russia 2018 while at the FIFA Football Conference— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) September 23, 2018Martinez has yet to give any public indication whether he would want the Madrid job but Witsel feels any offer would be difficult for the 45-year-old to reject.”I do think it would be,” Witsel added. “It’s like it would be for a player, they’re Real Madrid!”Head coaches are like players now. One day you’re here and in six months, a year, two years you don’t know.”I personally hope he’ll stay with us. If he leaves it would be his decision and that’s it.”last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Angelique Kerber knocked out by Garbine Muguruza, loses number one spot

first_imgTop seed Angelique Kerber was knocked out of the last-16 of Wimbledon by Garbine Muguruza on Monday, ensuring she will lose her world number one ranking.Muguruza’s 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory marked the ninth consecutive time Kerber has failed to beat a top-20 opponent. She last achieved that feat in 2016 and she has now been beaten by Muguruza in five straight matches.Romanian Simona Halep could take the world number one crown, if she can reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Halep was facing Victoria Azarenka later on Monday.Should Halep fail to advance to the semis then Czech Karolina Pliskova will take over at number one when next week’s rankings are announced.But there was a bitter irony for Kerber who, despite being somewhat hampered by her left knee, produced her best display in months yet bids farewell to Wimbledon and her status as the world’s best.Monday’s match was always destined to be close, pitting 2016 runner-up Kerber against her 2015 equivalent and there was little to choose between the pair in what was a high quality contest on Court Two.Kerber broke to go 5-4 up in the first set, when at the end of a fierce rally her Spanish opponent went wide and allowed the German to serve out, securing the set with an emphatic smash.The second set was on-serve until, with Kerber serving at 5-4 down, the tall Muguruza, who had saved three break points in the set, broke to secure it with a fine crosscourt winner.advertisementIt was just reward for Muguruza’s attacking and positive play and was warmly appreciated by temporary coach Conchita Martinez, Wimbledon champion in 1994.Kerber’s left knee, which she appeared to hurt in the first set, was reducing her push-off on serve with the consequent impact on her speed but the third set became a battle of nerves and stamina in the early afternoon heat.The German broke in the first game and led 2-0 but both were struggling to hold serve and it was soon 3-3 with two breaks each.In an epic 10-minute game, Muguruza held for 4-3 with the crowd appreciating some hugely entertaining rallies between the determined pair.Two games later Kerber dealt with two match-point threats, but Muguruza grabbed the third to book her place in the last eight.Muguruza will next face Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova after the seventh seed beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 in the last 16.last_img read more

10 months agoMan City and Real Madrid settle fee for Brahim Diaz

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City and Real Madrid settle fee for Brahim Diazby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City and Real Madrid have settled on a fee for Brahim Diaz.BBC Sport reports City youngster Diaz is close to joining Real Madrid for an initial £15.5m.There has been uncertainty over the 19-year-old’s future since the start of the season.City manager Pep Guardiola previously said the club were trying to persuade Diaz to sign a new contract.However, the Blues have now accepted that Diaz, a Spain Under-21 international, will join Real Madrid for a fee that could rise to £21m.Diaz joined City from Malaga as a 14-year-old in 2013 and made 15 first-team appearances, four this season. last_img read more

S N Patro elected as Odisha assembly speaker

first_imgBhubaneswar: Ruling BJD heavyweight Surjya Narayan Patro was unanimously elected as the speaker of the 16th Odisha Assembly Saturday. The seven-time legislator’s name was proposed by Leader of the House and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and seconded by Parliamentary Affairs Minister B K Arukha. There was no other candidate for the post of speaker, Protem Speaker Amar Prasad Satpathy said. After 70-year-old Patro’s name was announced as the Speaker, he was escorted to the Speaker’s podium by the chief minister and senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “I congratulate the new speaker,” Patnaik said. Mishra said, “We hope the new speaker will function above political considerations and give protection to the opposition to further strengthen democracy.” “I am happy that the House elected me to the post of the speaker unanimosuly. I thank the leader of the house and chief minister, and all the MLAs for their cooperation,” said Patro, who became the 22nd speaker of the Odisha assembly. As the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has 112 MLAs in the 147-member assembly, the election to the post of speaker was a mere formality. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France While the BJP has 23 MLAs, nine belonged to the Congress, the CPI(M) bagged one seat and there is an Independent member. Patro was elected to assembly seven times from Ganjam district. He represented Mohana seat four times and got elected from Digapahandi thrice, including the recently held polls. He was first elected to the assembly in 1990 on Janata Dal ticket from Mohana and continued to win all the elections since then. Patro has served as minister of different departments in the governments headed by Biju Patnaik and Naveen Patnaik. In the previous government, Patro was food supplies and consumer welfare minister.last_img read more

Nurses protest against decision to phase out general nursing course

first_imgKolkata: A state-level nurses’ organisation protested near the gate of NRS Hospital and Medical College in Kolkata on Wednesday against the Indian Nursing Council’s decision to phase out the General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) course.Besides, the association, Nurses Unity, also alleged discrimination in pay scale of the state government in all nursing sections. A delegation submitted a memorandum to CM Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna, after which the protest was withdrawn. “How can they just abolish a course, which has been there since years. We are against the decision and have submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” said Parbati Pal, secretary of Nurses Unity. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Liberal MPs urge dropping criminal penalties for all illicit drug use

first_imgOTTAWA – Even as Justin Trudeau prepares to deliver on his promise to legalize recreational marijuana, Liberal MPs are pushing the government to eliminate criminal penalties for simple possession and consumption of all illicit drugs.The prime minister has so far drawn the line at pot legalization, but he’s now being pressured to go much further in a resolution developed by the national Liberal caucus for consideration at the federal party’s national policy convention in April in Halifax.It is one of 39 resolutions that the party opened up for online discussion Tuesday.Others call for the decriminalization of prostitution, establishing a minimum guaranteed income, expanding universal health care to include coverage of prescription drugs and building a fixed-link bridge from the mainland to Newfoundland and Labrador.On illegal drugs, the caucus resolution urges the government to adopt the model instituted in 2001 in Portugal, where treatment and harm reduction services were expanded and criminal penalties eliminated for low-level possession and consumption of all illicit drugs.There, a person found in possession of a drug for personal use is no longer arrested but ordered to appear before a “dissuasion commission” which can refer the person to a voluntary treatment program or impose administrative sanctions.Since Portugal adopted the new approach, the resolution says, “the number of deaths from drug overdoses has dropped significantly, adolescent and problematic drug use has decreased, the number of people in drug treatment has increased, the number of people arrested and sent to criminal courts has declined by 60 per cent, and the per capita social cost of drug misuse has decreased by 18 per cent.”The resolution urges the government to treat drug abuse as a health issue, to expand treatment and harm reduction services and re-classify low-level drug possession and consumption “as administrative violations.”The MPs are touting the Portugal model as a way to deal with the opioid crisis. Almost 3,000 Canadians died from opioid-related causes in 2016, a number that’s expected to have grown in 2017, they note in the resolution.Online discussion of the resolutions will run until Feb. 14.Through an online vote, the 39 resolutions will then be whittled down to 30 that will be debated at the convention.From those 30, Liberals at the convention will choose up to 15 priority resolutions that they want included in the party’s election platform in 2019.The Halifax convention is the first to be held since the party did away with paid memberships and opened itself up to anyone willing to register, for free, as a Liberal. Registered supporters can now take part in policy development, attend conventions and vote in leadership or local riding nomination contests.The 39 resolutions represent the top three priorities chosen by grassroots Liberals in each province and territory, as well as by the party’s youth, indigenous and seniors’ commissions and the national caucus. The online discussion and vote on the 39 is open to all registered Liberals, who are also entitled, on a first-come, first-served basis, to attend the convention.Under the traditional process, in which each riding association across the country elected delegates to attend conventions, the party could ensure a reasonable gender, age and regional balance among attendees.That won’t be possible under the new, more open approach. But the party is attempting to ensure as many people as possible will be able to attend by keeping convention fees much lower than it has charged in the past.Youth who register before Feb. 9 to go to the convention will pay just $95, while adults will be charged an early-bird fee of $349. Those who register after Feb. 9, will pay an additional $100.Registration for the convention opened on the weekend and the party says hundreds have already signed up.last_img read more

Molson Coors has worst trading day since 2005 as results widely miss

first_imgMONTREAL – Molson Coors Brewing Co. had its worst trading day in more than a decade after the company widely missed expectations largely due to weakness in the United States.The company’s shares sank more than 15 per cent to US$60.64 in trading on the New York Stock Exchange, hitting a nearly four-year low. That was the biggest one-day fall since April 2005.The loss was less severe in Toronto where fewer of the company’s shares are traded. The stock closed down 6.7 per cent to C$93.51, one cent above a 52-week low.The Denver and Montreal-based company said its sales fell 4.8 per cent to US$2.33 billion in the first quarter compared to the prior year quarter.Sales in the U.S., which account for more than 70 per cent of global revenues, were down 5.8 per cent.Canadian sales decreased 2.5 per cent to US$283.8 million. They were also down in Europe and international markets.Net earnings attributable to shareholders were US$278.1 million or $1.28 per diluted share, compared with US$208.5 million or 96 cents per share a year ago.The profits included a US$328-million gain from an adjustment on the purchase of Miller International and increased pricing.Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter tried to downplay the results, noting they came in a small quarter and as the entire U.S. beer industry had a softer-than-anticipated start to the year.“We do not see these results as indicative of our full year performance versus our plan,” he said during a conference call.Excluding one-time items, adjusted earnings for the three months ended March 31 fell about 40 per cent to US$104.3 million or 48 cents per diluted share.That compared with US$172.2 million or 80 cents per share in the prior year.Molson Coors was expected to post 78 cents per share in adjusted earnings on US$2.45 billion in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.The company endured some unique challenges in the quarter, including delays in ramping up a new ordering system at a U.S. brewery, but the underlying beer trends in the U.S. really spooked the market, said analyst Brittany Weissman of Edward Jones.“There’s been a lot of concerns about the slowdown in the broader beer industry and I think it’s hard to know how much of that is due to weather and how much of that is potentially due to the acceleration in the declines,” she said in an interview.Weissman said Molson Coors has done a good job generating cash.“But it’s an unforgiving market. There’s some industry challenges and I think the reaction today reflects that.”Canadian pre-tax profits were US$9.1 million, down from US$20.9 million the prior year quarter when it gained US$8.1 million from a price adjustment on the sale of its stake in the Montreal Canadiens.Molson Coors said Canadian volume decreases — including Coors Light and Molson Canadian — came in the backdrop of a weak industry in Western Canada and higher inventory levels in Quebec as it was in the midst of union contract negotiations.Meanwhile, the brewer said it is preparing to introduce several new beers into Canada, including Coor’s Edge, a non-alcoholic product. Other brands will be Leinenkugel Shandy and Henry’s Hard Soda.“I think what they’re trying to do is leverage some of the innovation that they’ve had in the U.S. and the successes that they’ve had in the U.S. and bring them into other market,” added Weissman.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:TPX.B, NYSE:TAP)last_img read more

CEO behind purchase of Bombardiers Q400 line to keep production in Canada

first_imgMONTREAL – The head of the B.C. company that scooped up Bombardier Inc.’s Q400 turboprop business has pledged to keep all manufacturing already in Canada within the country.The Q400 series is a “natural fit” for Longview Aviation Capital, chief executive David Curtis said in an interview.“We like to say, ‘It’s the same colour of paint.’ In other words, the same production processes.”Bombardier announced on Thursday it is selling the Q400 program to a Longview subsidiary for about US$300 million, on top of the sale of its flight training business to CAE Inc. for about US$645 million.The Montreal-based company manufactures roughly 28 to 30 Q400 aircraft annually at its Downsview property in Toronto, land that the company sold earlier this year to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board.Bombardier has a lease on the property until 2021, with a two-year extension option.“There’s no question, the writing’s on the wall — we’ve go to move,” Curtis said.“We don’t know yet what we’re going to do, and until we get in there and talk with the folks about what’s the market opportunity, we don’t have any decisions.”Any future production site will “absolutely not” leave Canadian soil, he said. “We wouldn’t outsource it.”Longview, whose subsidiary Viking Air Ltd. makes turboprop aircraft such as the Twin Otter, intends to maintain supply chains for the Q400 series that currently stretch from China to Ireland to Mexico, he added.The deal, which is slated to close in the second half of 2019, positions Longview to more than triple its annual revenue to $1 billion, Curtis said.Union and opposition leaders in Quebec spoke out against Bombardier’s move Thursday to lay off 5,000 workers, including 500 in Ontario and 2,500 in Quebec, as part of a restructuring plan that cuts more than 12 per cent of its Canadian positions.Mary Ellen McIlmoyle, president of a Unifor local that represents some of the 2,100 workers at Bombardier’s aerospace wing at Downsview, said her members feel “betrayed.”“During bargaining in April, the company said they were keeping the Q400,” she said. “It was a huge shock when we found they turned around and sold it.”Workers’ lack of certainty about the Downsview facility — which makes cockpits and wings, among other components — after 2021 is their “biggest concern,” she said.“Our members are worried about it being moved to B.C.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B, TSX:CAE)last_img read more

Morocco Main Supplier of Fruits and Vegetables for Spain: FEPEX

Rabat – Morocco is officially the principle provider of fruits and vegetables for Spain.The new data was released by FEPEX, the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers and Exporters of fruits, vegetables, flowers and live plants, based on calculations from the Directorate of Customs.According to the same data, imports of Moroccan beans and fruits to Spain have increased a total of 221% in the last 5 years according to FEPEX. In 2012 they recorded a total of 128.7 million euros, and in 2016 the figure increased to 413.3 million euros spent on Moroccan produce.Moroccan produce currently represents 18 % of fruit and vegetable imports in Spain. In 2016 vegetable imports alone reached 237.6 million euros. According to FEPEX, this represents an increase of 14 % when compared to 2015. They specified that 132 million euros corresponded to beans and 32.4 million euros to tomatoes.The importation of fruit to Spain has also demonstrated growth, totaling 176 million euros. This is 36 percent more than the previous year during the same season. Raspberries increased by 60 percent, blueberries 32 percent and strawberries by 38 percent.France follows Morocco with 13.6 percent of Spain’s total fruit and vegetable imports.Overall in 2016, the Spanish fruit and vegetable import total increased 17 percent, according to the information released by customs and analyzed by the FEPEX. read more

Gotas comment upsets Rishad

“The tolerance that the Muslims have evinced in the face of provocative attacks on their places of worship and of their faith itself as well as their practices as Muslims which have been going on for more than one year now speaks for itself. In any country there are individual criminals such as murderers, smugglers, rapists and drug peddlers belonging to every community, to deal with whom there are laws. However, a tendency prevails today to depict a picture portraying the Muslim community as a whole as the culprit when a crime is committed by an individual Muslim while offenders belonging to other communities are treated as individual offenders,” he said in a statement. The Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said the he and his party, the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC), deplored the statement made by Defense Secretary Gotabaye Rajapaksha alleging Muslim extremism in the country.He said that the statement seemingly gives credentials to the false claim made by certain communal elements. The Minister said that the elements are hired by some invisible forces to discredit the government in the international arena by whipping up communal hatred through cooked-up stories. The Minister further said that pre-independence Sri Lanka had witnessed the Muslim leaders of that time contributing no less to the independence struggle than the leader of other communities. He said that there has not been a single incident where a Muslim had been identified to have or arrested for having involved in extremist activities.“Under these circumstances, Muslims all over the country deplore the said statement and are highly perturbed particularly at a time when there is sudden eruption of hatred directed at Muslims by certain interest elements which we believe needs to be investigated to get to its root. The ACMC as a partner in the government has stood with it in times of need. Therefore it is in the same spirit as well as in the best interest of the community that we represent that we call upon the defence secretary to clarify this statement so as to dispel any mistrust that the particular statement has created,” he said. read more

Encana reports US331M profit on earlier than expected production bounce

by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 21, 2017 5:06 am MDT Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Higher production of more profitable products in the second quarter allowed oil and gas producer Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) to handily beat analyst expectations while posting a US$331-million net profit.“Our core assets have returned to growth, delivering our planned mid-year production bounce ahead of schedule,” said CEO Doug Suttles on a conference call Friday.“We continue to enhance well productivity across the portfolio and, as a result, we now expect the core assets will deliver 25 to 30 per cent growth in the fourth quarter of 2017 as compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.”The Calgary-based oil and gas company, which presents its results in U.S. dollars, reported Friday net earnings per share of 34 cents, compared with a loss of US$601 million, or 71 cents per share, in the same period last year.Its operating earnings were 18 cents per share, well ahead of analysts’ average estimate of four cents, according to Thomson Reuters.Encana has sold non-core assets over the past four years to reduce debt, with the result that production has fallen from 528,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2012 to 353,000 boe/d last year.Its updated guidance shows that overall production this year is expected to average about 315,000 boe/d as growth in its core four production areas — the Montney and Duvernay in Western Canada and the Eagle Ford and Permian in the United States — is offset by the sale of assets in Colorado and Louisiana that would have contributed about 18,000 boe/d.Encana said it produced about 316,000 boe/d in the three months ended June 30, slightly above analyst predictions, of which about 40 per cent was higher value liquid hydrocarbons like oil and condensate and 60 per cent was less profitable natural gas.In the same quarter last year, its production of 368,000 boe/d was weighted 64 per cent to gas.The company expects to increase its oil and liquids ratio to about 41 per cent by the end of 2017.Encana said it would leave its 2017 capital budget at between $1.6 billion and $1.8 billion despite recent oil price volatility.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Encana’s annual shareholder meeting would be held today, but it was on May 2. Encana reports US$331M profit on earlier than expected ‘production bounce’ read more

New UNbacked report finds alarmingly high levels of elephant poaching across Africa

“Africa’s elephants continue to face an immediate threat to their survival from high-levels of poaching for their ivory and with over 20,000 elephants illegally killed last year, the situation remains dire,” said John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).The report by the Convention’s Secretariat says that although the sharp upward trend in illegal elephant killing observed since the mid-2000s is levelling off, poaching levels continue to far exceed the natural elephant population growth rates, resulting in a further decline in elephant populations across Africa.Three key factors cited for the higher poaching levels are poverty, weak governance and the demand for illegal ivory in consuming nations, according to a news release issued by CITES.The report identifies monitored sites where poaching is increasing (33 per cent of monitored sites), including Dzanga Sangha (Central African Republic), as well as those sites where a decline in poaching has been observed (46 per cent), such as Zakouma National Park (Chad). Some populations of elephants continue to face an immediate threat of local extinction.The report also shows a clear increase in the number of large seizures of ivory (shipments over 500 kilogrammes) made in 2013, before the ivory left the African continent. For the first time, the number of such seizures made in Africa exceeded those made in Asia, according to CITES. Just three African countries – Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – accounted for 80 per cent of those seizures. Large-scale ivory seizures are indicative, said CITES, of transnational organized crime being involved in the illicit ivory trade.The report, which contains the latest figures from the CITES Monitoring Illegal Killing in Elephants (MIKE) programme and the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), will be discussed at the 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee next month in Geneva. read more

Talented teenage showjumper weeps in the dock as hes jailed for injuring

first_img 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. Pendergast was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday. He was also disqualified from driving for three years and will have to take an extended re-test. Aspiring showjumper Harlee Pendergast Pendergast, of Eltham, south east London, met at night in a car park with other enthusiasts to compare their modified cars at an industrial estate in Strood, Kent.Kent Police went to clear the group out after neighbours complained about the noise they were making, but moments after two of the officers got out their vehicles to speak with them, Pendergast was seen speeding and swerving towards them.The car then lost control and shot into the air, according to witnesses, before colliding with 15 bystanders.Detective Constable David Holmes, the investigating officer for this case, said: “While we accept that Pendergast did not set out to seriously injure people, his reckless and indefensible behaviour put a large amount of people at risk of harm. Pendergast, from Eltham, was speeding around an industrial estate in KentCredit:STIAN ALEXANDER Police said it was ‘extremely fortunate’ Pendergast didn’t kill someoneCredit:FERRARI PRESS AGENCYcenter_img Forensic evidence suggests that the Mini was driving at 69mph in a 30 mph zone in the moments leading up to the collision. As he got to around 20 metres away from the spectators, he was travelling at at least 47mph.Gudrun Young, defending, said it was a one-off event which was very much out of character and that Pendergast has not got behind the wheel of a car since.She revealed the horserider had shown “profound and genuine remorse” and had been on anti-depressants since the accident.She told the court: “He is a serious, thoughtful, compassionate and hardworking individual who never deliberately hurt anyone.”This has had a deep and profound effect on him. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t think of his victims.”Pendergast  pleaded guilty to four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one count of withholding information to obtain motor insurance, as he had also failed to inform his insurance company with details of modifications he had made to his car. Harlee Pendergast, 18, was jailed for 18 months A talented showjumper with ambitions to represent Great Britain has been jailed for dangerous driving after he smashed his car into 15 people. Harlee Pendergast, 18, lost control of a modified Mini One while doing 69mph in a 30mph zone and ploughed into a crowd of fellow car enthusiasts in September last year.He was jailed for 18 months and wept in the dock as he was sentenced.Four people were seriously injured in the incident, including one who became trapped under the car.  “He made a conscious decision to speed through the estate performing dangerous manoeuvres and clearly did not have any consideration for the wellbeing of those around them.”It is extremely fortunate that those injured did not lose their lives that night.”last_img read more

Tax incentives for exploration and mineral exports continue to support Australian economy

first_imgA statement last week from Brendan Pearson, Chief Executive, Minerals Council of Australia notes the December Quarter National Accounts confirm the ongoing contribution of minerals exports to economic growth in Australia. Figures released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that mining and finance made the largest contributions to Australia’s trend growth of 2.3% in the year to December 2014 (0.5 percentage points each).Further, the increase in gross value added by mining in the year to December 2014 (seasonally adjusted) was:A$60.2 billion (16.3%) for iron ore miningA$21.1 billion (6.7%) for coal miningA$134.6 billion (8.9%) for mining as a whole“While the industry faces a more constrained environment, it is important not to take for granted the gains secured from a larger mining industry and the extent to which they endure,” he said.“If the growth in mining (including oil and gas) had been zero in the year to December 2014, then:The Australian economy would have been A$134.6 billion smaller in seasonally adjusted termsAustralia’s GDP for the year to December 2014 would have been A$1.444 trillion instead of A$1.578 trillion in seasonally adjusted termsAustralia’s trend growth rate for the year to December 2014 would be 1.8% instead of 2.3%.“[These] National Account figures reflect just how important the long-term success of the mining industry is to the overall national economy.”The MCA and Pearson also welcomed the passage of legislation to implement an Exploration Development Tax Incentive (EDI) for investment in small mineral exploration companies undertaking greenfields mineral exploration.“The EDI is timely with the value of mining exploration falling by more than 40% over the past four years and Australia’s attractiveness as a destination for mining investment declining.“The passage of the legislation is an important achievement for Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane who has consistently championed the case for removing structural obstacles to minerals exploration.“The minerals industry also commends the bipartisan support for the legislation provided by the Labor Party, led by Shadow Resources Minister, Gary Gray.“The passage of the EDI sends a strong signal to investors that the Australian government backs the mineral exploration sector for the long-term and will go some way to addressing Australia’s fall in investment attractiveness as reported by the Fraser Institute Survey recently.“The EDI should provide an additional boost to Australian junior exploration firms at a time when other countries have acknowledged the challenges of continuing exploration.Earlier last week, the Canadian government extended the exploration tax credits offered to its miners for another year and has broadened the scope of the credits in an effort to boost mining exploration activity.The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) have also congratulated Macfarlane on the passage through Federal Parliament of the new measures designed to boost minerals and energy exploration.QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said the Exploration Development Tax Incentive scheme passed by the Senate was bringing Australia into line with jurisdictions like Canada in encouraging exploration investment and activity.Under the scheme, eligible (pure) explorers can convert a portion of their tax loss to exploration credits, which are then available to shareholders as a tax deduction. The scheme starts on July 1 2015 and will be capped at A$100 million over three years before a review.“Industry has been calling for a federal exploration incentive scheme since 2009, and it’s a credit to Minister Macfarlane that his legislation passed the Senate with the full support of the Labor Party, led by shadow resources minister Gary Gray,’ Roche said.Picture: Dampier Salt, Rio Tinto Diamonds & Mineralslast_img read more

The 9 Top Furries in Fighting Games

first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target So, furries are kind of a big thing in the fighting game community now. At least, SonicFox is, as the undisputed world champion of Dragon Ball FighterZ. The dude can wreck your team of Saiyans while wearing a freaking custom mascot head. But he isn’t the only furry out there.I’m sure every FGC circle and sub-circle and bathroom anime game ring has its share of closeted and low-key furries (who aren’t all fursuiters, which is itself a specific subset, by the way), but I’m not talking about them. Whatever helps you keep your combo string, go with it. I’m talking about fighting game characters. There are some hardcore furries out there in game rosters, and here are some of the best ones.First, a few ground rules. Furry in this context is defined as a human who desires and makes the choice to assume animal traits to some extent. So no catgirls like Felicia from Darkstalkers or the Kaka clan from BlazBlue; if you were born with animal parts, you aren’t a furry. You’re a… fur-person. And on the other side you aren’t a furry if you just like animal iconography. That wolf on your belt buckle doesn’t make you a furry; you need to actually be sporting some animal parts in some way. With those limitations in mind, here we go.King (Tekken)King is the identity of two luchadors in the Tekken series, and if they were simple luchadors with wrestling masks they wouldn’t be on this list. But King I and King II both wear big radical jaguar heads that look so realistic they could claim to be very humanoid cat people. And they wear these heads as a choice, because of how committed they are to the legacy of King.Tizoc/King of Dinosaurs (King of Fighters)Okay, first off, King of Dinosaurs is Tizoc. I know Ogura says he isn’t. He’s lying. The dude’s Tizoc. And both forms are furry as hell, just like King. Tizoc is another luchador who wore a griffon mask and winged cape. When he turned heel, he put on a dinosaur mask. Again, these aren’t themed wrestling masks, they’re real-looking fursuit (feathersuit/scalesuit) masks. Also, he debuted in Garou: Mark of the Wolves, so he’s double furry.Cham Cham (Samurai Showdown)I had to read her SNK Wiki page a few times to make sure she’s a furry and not a cat-person. Well, the technical term is anime catgirl, which can be either one. Some catgirls are like 10% cat and so have ears and tails and that’s just what they are. Some are cosplayers. Cham Cham is the latter. She wears cat ears and a tail, and her paws are clearly gloves. Furry. Though her brother Tam Tam is a cursed monkey, so he doesn’t count.Poochy (Power Instinct)Look at him. Look at him. I don’t care if Power Instinct is more dead than Power Stone, this is the most literal furry fighting game character ever.Rock (Soul Calibur)Anyone can be a caveman barbarian dude. Astaroth is basically a caveman barbarian dude. Rock took it a step further and put on a rhino head. Add huge fur Ugg boots and you get a 16th century furry who’s big on ungulate theming.Lucky Chloe (Tekken)Lucky Chloe is easily the most popular and beloved new Tekken character and I’m going to wait a moment for fans to finish writing their angry comments and emails. She’s a teen idol who’s very big into cats and built an image around being a cute catgirl. Ears, tail, a big shrug with fuzzy paws that look ridiculous to fight in, she’s full-on Japanese furry.Cheetah (Injustice)Yes, Cheetah is technically a cat person because of a curse that made her that way. That isn’t a fursuit or makeup. I’m still going to call Cheetah a furry because her change was elective. She decided she wanted the power of a cheetah god and went through the ritual that made her one of the angriest catgirls in fighting games. So she’s a furry.Jyazu (Kizuna Encounter)Jyazu is the leader of the terrorist group Jaguar, so of course he dresses like an evil bird person. I don’t get it either, but he has a rad bird skull with glowing eyes for a mask, and big dumb claws, so I call furry.Literally Everyone in Bloody RoarOkay, Primal Rage and Darkstalkers don’t count because they’re all animals and monsters from the beginning, but Bloody Roar (originally called Beastorizer, which is awesome) is about human characters who can turn into beasts on command. That’s the Platonic ideal of furry.Spider-Man might not technically count as a furry, but he is a human who does what a spider can, and you can read our review of his latest game! For the darker side of furry fandom, our own K. Thor Jensen explores Nazi furries. And if you just want some new games, here are the newest ones to look out for in September. Follow all gaming news here.last_img read more