Appel de candidatures pour les conseils juridictionnels et non juridictionnels

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais qui désirent aider à soutenir et à servir leurs collectivités peuvent présenter leur candidature à l’un des nombreux postes vacants au sein des 160 agences, conseils et commissions de la Province. Le gouvernement provincial a lancé sa campagne de recrutement du printemps aujourd’hui 10 avril pour que les gens soient au courant des possibilités qui s’offrent à eux de jouer différents rôles. « Je tiens à remercier et à applaudir les nombreux Néo-Écossais qui consacrent bénévolement temps et connaissances au profit du bien public, indique Joanne Bernard, ministre du Secteur bénévole. Les agences, conseils et commissions jouent un rôle important dans nos collectivités et j’encourage toutes les personnes intéressées à prendre le temps d’examiner les postes à pourvoir et à poser leur candidature. » Les commissions, agences et conseils juridictionnels, qui ont des fonctions quasi-judiciaires, jouent différents rôles et servent des intérêts divers. Les membres de ces conseils examinent la preuve, formulent des constatations en fait et en droit, et prennent des décisions qui ont une incidence sur la liberté, la sécurité ou les garanties juridiques d’une personne. Pour prendre leurs décisions, ils doivent appliquer des principes juridiques, professionnels et techniques solides. Voici quelques exemples de commissions, d’agences et de conseils : le Conseil sur les pratiques agricoles, le Comité d’examen en vertu du Code criminel, le Comité d’appel sur les frais de scolarité et le Comité d’appel en matière de véhicules automobiles. Les agences, les commissions et les conseils non juridictionnels prennent des décisions ou formulent des recommandations pour le gouvernement sur des questions de finances, de réglementation, d’affaires ou de politiques. Leur travail a des répercussions dans de nombreuses sphères d’activité importantes des Néo-Écossais, y compris les services aux jeunes, l’administration du système de santé et la réglementation professionnelle. Les candidats sont évalués en fonction de leurs compétences et de leurs qualités, tout en tenant compte des besoins de chaque commission, agence ou conseil. Les demandes pour faire partie des commissions, agences et conseils non juridictionnels sont acceptées en tout temps. Elles seront évaluées à compter du 11 mai. La date limite pour présenter une demande pour faire partie des commissions, agences et conseils juridictionnels le 19 mai. Les candidatures reçues seront examinées pour les postes à combler dans l’immédiat et au cours de la prochaine année. Les membres se voient rembourser leurs dépenses et, dans certains cas, reçoivent aussi une faible rémunération pour leurs services. Les personnes qui désirent présenter leur candidature peuvent s’adresser au Bureau du Conseil exécutif au 902-424-4877 ou au numéro sans frais 1-866-206-6844 si elles ont des questions au sujet des postes vacants ou du processus de présentation d’une candidature. Le gouvernement provincial a une politique d’équité en matière d’emploi. Il encourage les personnes autochtones, les Afro-Néo-Écossais, les membres d’autres groupes raciaux visibles, les personnes handicapées et les femmes à présenter leur candidature. Il les invitent aussi à signaler leur appartenance à ces groupes dans leur demande, leur lettre de présentation ou leur curriculum vitæ. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les profils des postes à pourvoir au sein des conseils, les possibilités actuelles et la façon de présenter une demande, consultez le (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Dream to play the God at Arthur Ashe arena Nagal on playing

first_imgNew York: Earning a dream Grand Slam debut for himself, Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal set up the US Open first round against one of the greatest players of all times the legendary Roger Federer. When Nagal stepped on the court to take on Brazil’s Joao Menezes in the final qualifying round, he would not have thought a win would pit him against a global superstar, who has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name. Nagal lost the first set but regrouped for a 5-7 6-4 6-3 win over the Brazilian in two hours and 27 minutes. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 22-year-old has become only the fifth Indian male player to feature in a Grand Slam singles main draw in this decade. Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni and Prajnesh Gunneswaran are the only ones who played at singles Majors between 2010 and present. Nagal will take on the Swiss great on Tuesday, 5:45 am (IST) at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nagal had also become only the sixth Indian player to win a junior Grand Slam title in 2015 when he won Wimbledon boys doubles with Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It means a lot. Everyone dreams about this. I played well in Qualifiers. Every match meant something, I had some history with all of them. It was a roller-coaster. Of course, I am super happy. I don’t even know what to say,” Nagal told PTI. “It will be a great opportunity to play Roger at Arthur Ashe stadium. It’s probably the best thing that could have happened. I was hoping I get to play Roger someday. He is God of tennis, so yeah I am looking forward to it,” added Nagal. Now India will have two players in the Grand Slam main draw for the first time since 1998 when legends Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi competed at the Wimbledon. Prajnesh is set to clash with Cincinnati Masters winner and world number five Russian Daniil Medvedev, who conquered Novak Djokovic during his title triumph. Nagal came into the US Open qualifiers confident, backed by terrific results during the Clay court season. Consistent results on the Challenger Circuit meant that he broke into the top-200 for the first time in his career and has now earned himself a chance to play a match which every tennis player dreams of. He had started the year outside the 350 bracket and had to overcome a difficult period, encountering injuries but came back strong.last_img read more

Gwyneth Paltrow Named As Frederique Constant Charity Brand Ambassador

first_imgAs a brand deeply involved in Charity for many years, FREDERIQUE CONSTANT is delighted to present Oscar-winning actress and philanthropist Gwyneth Paltrow as its new global Charity Brand Ambassador.Video: Frederique Constant 2016 Charity Ambassador GWYNETH PALTROW Behind the scenesHer natural and classical beauty, inspirational involvement in Charity and undisputable charisma make her the perfect match for the independent and family-owned Swiss watch brand.Since 2004, Frederique Constant has engaged in supporting causes, with $50 donated for each watch sold from the Ladies Collection to various charities. These charities include those related to the heart, children and women. FREDERIQUE CONSTANT’s slogan is “Live your passion”, and the brand does. Passion definitely shows through its craftsmanship, as well as its engagement toward charity causes.Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the Hollywood’s most philanthropic women, making a significant difference in her chosen causes every day. With her incredible philanthropic work and her personal commitment to fostering change, Gwyneth Paltrow becomes the new global Charity Ambassadress of FREDERIQUE CONSTANT on March 1st, 2016, directly supporting the educational projects of the organization, involved in supporting education for children.“I am very proud to be Ambassador of the Frederique Constant Charity campaign,” said Gwyneth. “I think Frederique Constant is a wonderful company and we are well aligned in our passion for Charity and giving back. It’s amazing to be able to work with a company with a strong value system.”Aletta Stas, Board Executive and co-founder of FREDERIQUE CONSTANT said: “We are very happy and honored to have Gwyneth Paltrow as our new Charity ambassador. Thanks to her and to our brand’s engagement, we will be able to improve the lives of many children. By purchasing one of the latest models of our Ladies collection, our consumers will not only feel the joy of having a beautiful timepiece on their wrist; they will also help people who need it the most.”last_img read more

Over the Rainbow Moving to Manulife Centre in 2018

first_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, May 3, 2017 – Iconic Yorkville denim and clothing retailer Over the Rainbow has announced plans to expand its Yorkville presence with the introduction of a new flagship store in the soon-to-be transformed landmark Manulife Centre located at Bay and Bloor. The new and improved store will feature a larger footprint, innovative design and provide a world class customer experience to Over the Rainbow’s loyal clientele.  Award-winning architectural design firm Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. has been commissioned by Over the Rainbow to carry out the new design for the retail project, which is slated for completion in late 2018.Founded in 1975 by Joel Carman, Over the Rainbow is an independently owned shopping destination, with over 42 years’ experience in the Bloor-Yorkville area and recognized as Canada’s largest independent specialty store for premium denim. Commenting on the re-location and expansion space Joel Carman said: “This new store has been in the making for many years! We are so excited to finally reveal our plans, and we can’t wait to deliver a bigger, modern space for our customers, in what we view to be a crown jewel of a building in the Bloor-Yorkville area.  We believe the dynamic redevelopment plans to Manulife Centre complement our store’s vision for the future. Not to mention being surrounded by great retailers in the building and having direct access to the subway and underground parking facilities. We believe the new store will be a home run for our customers while allowing us to deliver the same comfortable and friendly experience that comes with shopping at Over the Rainbow! It’s an exciting time for our family business!”About Over the Rainbow Ltd.Over the Rainbow is a family-owned business founded in 1975 by Joel Carman. Over the past 42 years, Over the Rainbow has been a landmark shopping destination in the Bloor-Yorkville area, winning the hearts of loyal customers with attentive & knowledgeable service and great product. Over the Rainbow is one the country’s largest independent premium denim destinations, becoming a leader in the constant development of denim and casual wear trends. Joel and his team shop the world for the finest products and take pride in being able to fit anyone in a great pair of jeans. Over the Rainbow also offers in-house tailoring services for denim purchases as well as a fully integrated e-commerce store. | @RainbowJeans416 Login/Register With: About Giannone Petricone AssociatesGiannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects (GPAIA) is a Toronto-based, interdisciplinary design and architecture firm led since 1995 by Ralph Giannone and Pina Petricone. Recognized internationally, GPAIA is known for award-winning life-style, retail and hospitality environments that set the stage for rich, urban experiences. These alluring spaces are fashioned with a close attention to detail, an innovative use of materials and clear cultural layers which customize each project as unique. Recent GPAIA projects include: Cumbrae’s Butcher Shops; Terroni Restaurants, Toronto and Los Angeles; Sud Forno Bakery and Retail; and Eataly Copenhagen and the upcoming Toronto flagship in the Manulife Centre. http://gpaia.comAbout Manulife CentreManulife Centre, located at 55 Bloor Street West and 44 Charles Street West, was built in 1972 as Canada’s first retail shopping centre with an attached high-rise residential building. Since then, it has turned the corner of Bay & Bloor into a landmark intersection for shopping, eating and city living. Today, Manulife Centre boasts nearly 800 rental suites, a three-floor retail concourse, a three-level parking garage and weather protected access to the Bloor & Yonge subway line. Manulife Centre’s new redevelopment, beginning in 2017, will include an additional 35,000 square feet of retail space and a new glass façade on the exterior of the building. Manulife Centre currently has over 40 retail shops, services and eateries and recently announced the addition of Eataly to the Centre. This new three-level, 50,000-square space is slated to open in 2019. | @ManulifeCentre Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

New York Launches Social Media Campaign to Fight Islamophobia

New York – The City of New York has launched a social media campaign in response to a sharp increase in hate crimes against Muslims.Showing an array of photographs of Muslim men and women, the campaign reads “I am Muslim. I am NYC,” according to the New York City Commission on Human Rights.The social media campaign comes after several hate crimes have occurred in the New York. Last month, an imam and his assistant were shot in the back of the head execution-style after leaving the afternoon prayer in Queens.  Their death ignited fear in the Muslim community and calls for Mayor de Blasio to provide greater security at mosques.  A Hispanic man was charged with this heinous crime.Then the aunt of a Muslim traffic officer was stabbed to death not far from her home in Queens.  The assailant has not yet been apprehended.More recently, two Muslim women pushing their strollers were viciously attacked by a Brooklyn woman called them “Muslim bitches” and told them to “get the F—k out of America.” The assailant was charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child for pushing over the baby stroller.The campaign also comes just over a week since authorities allege Ahamd Khan Rahami set off bombs in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea and on the Jersey Shore after being inspired by Islamic extremism.Rahmani was charged last week with the use of weapons of mass destruction in both states and five counts of attempted murder of police officers in New Jersey.  The Chelsea bombing injured 31 people in Manhattan.“Now more than ever, it is important for every New Yorker to stand united as one city and reject hate and violence,” de Blasio said in a statement released by New York City’s mayor’s office announcing the scheme. “In New York, everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Agnostic, and Atheist — it doesn’t matter. We are all New Yorkers and we all deserve to live safely and free from hatred or discrimination. We will not tolerate discrimination or violence of any kind and we will not rest until all New Yorkers, including our Muslim brothers and sisters, are treated with the dignity they deserve.”There are claims that Anti-Muslim sentiments have been generated by the campaign rhetoric of GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.  Trump has advocated not allowing Muslims to enter the U.S. on a temporary basis “until we can figure out what is going on,” said Trump. read more

Morneau insists LNG export terminal shows Canada can deliver big projects

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau argues that a $40-billion project to eventually ship liquefied natural gas to Asia from Canada’s west coast shows the country can still get big things done.The federal Liberals have been facing criticism from some political foes and business leaders over Canada’s regulatory hurdles, including those blamed for holding back the construction of oil pipelines out of Alberta.Morneau insists work is already underway on the LNG Canada project in British Columbia because efforts were made to listen to people opposed to the venture as well as those advancing it.LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz says between 2012 and 2018 governments of different stripes — in both Ottawa and B.C. — provided important support for a project that will include an export terminal in Kitimat.Morneau’s comments come as the government releases a list of the types of projects that will be assessed for their environmental, health, social and economic impacts under Canada’s proposed update of how major new energy projects are evaluated.He says it’s important for Canada to have a regulatory system that works — and he argues the new environmental assessment law, if adopted, will make the process more collaborative.The Canadian Press read more

WatchMortgage rate hikes at Big Six banks could trigger rise in qualifying

TORONTO — Canada’s Big Six banks have all increased their benchmark fixed-rate mortgage rate, a move analysts say could trigger a rise in the Bank of Canada’s qualifying mortgage rate as early as Wednesday, making it more difficult for some to take on home loans.The Bank of Nova Scotia on Tuesday became the last of Canada’s biggest lenders to raise its posted rate for a five-year fixed-rate mortgage — from 5.14 per cent to 5.34 per cent. They also increased the posted rates for other fixed-rate term lengths.Such rates are different from the actual mortgage rates offered by banks to borrowers, which are not seeing the same increases. But the Bank of Canada uses the posted five-year fixed mortgage rates at Canada’s biggest banks to calculate the rate used in stress tests to determine whether borrowers can qualify for both uninsured and insured mortgages.The central bank’s conventional mortgage five-year rate, which is updated weekly, was 5.14 per cent as of May 2. It posts the rate every Wednesday.“This will raise the qualifying rate,” said Cormark Securities analyst Meny Grauman.“On the margin, every time that goes up, you’re excluding more people from being able to get mortgages, all else equal… But people have different strategies to bring themselves on side.”Homebuyers with less than a 20 per cent down payment seeking an insured mortgage must qualify at the central bank’s benchmark five-year mortgage rate. And as of Jan. 1, buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance must prove they can make payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate or the central bank’s five-year benchmark rate.Nearly half of all existing mortgages in Canada will need to be renewed this year, according to a CIBC Capital Markets report released earlier this month.In late April, TD Bank was the first of the Big Five lenders to raise the benchmark rate, increasing it from 5.14 per cent to 5.59 per cent, due to factors including the “competitive landscape, the cost of lending and managing risk.”Royal Bank later raised its benchmark rate to 5.34 per cent, followed by CIBC which raised its posted rate for five-year fixed term mortgages to 5.14 per cent. Earlier this month, National Bank of Canada raised its posted five-year fixed rate to 5.34 per cent while the Bank of Montreal upped the benchmark rate slightly to 5.19 per cent.Mortgage planner and rate comparison website founder Robert McLister said after the recent string of rate increases, he expects the central bank’s minimum mortgage qualifying rate will jump 0.20 points to 5.34 per cent on Wednesday.Grauman said a higher qualifying rate will make it more difficult for some borrowers to qualify for a mortgage, but expects that some may make some adjustments such as seeking a smaller home as a result. He anticipates that this will have a “small impact” on the banks’ mortgage portfolios.The mortgage rate increases from Canada’s biggest lenders come as government bond yields rise, signalling higher borrowing costs for corporations. The yield on the Government of Canada benchmark five-year bond was 2.14 per cent on Monday, compared to 1.01 per cent roughly one year ago.Grauman said there are a number of factors which are driving these increases, including higher funding costs.“There’s that element which motivates the banks to raise the rates at which they charge their clients,” he said. “But you also have competitive dynamics as well that are at play.”At the same time, several of Canada’s biggest banks have cut their posted variable mortgage rates, which are more directly tied to changes in the Bank of Canada’s interest rate.BMO is now offering a five-year variable closed mortgage rate of 2.45 per cent until the end of May.“Our five year variable rate is reflective of the competitive environment and is a great rate for customers seeking a variable mortgage,” said a BMO spokesperson in an emailed statement.“Customers that choose this product can also renew to a fixed rate mortgage with the same or longer term at any time with no fees.”RBC late last month said it will reduce its offered rate for a five-year variable closed mortgage to 3.3 per cent from 3.45 per cent.TD Bank last month cut its five-year variable closed rate offering for new and renewed mortgages earlier this month to 2.85 per cent which is 75 basis points less than its prime rate. Previously it was 2.95 per cent.McLister said in a rising rate environment, banks are inundated with demand for fixed rates and these discounts in part reflect banks’ efforts to balance their books.As well, the margins — or profit made on loans — on variable rate mortgages will improve if interest rates rise, he added.Still, the difference between mortgage rates banks offer and their funding costs for a given term, known as the spread, is shrinking, McLister said.“This is true for both fixed-rate mortgages and variable rates,” he said in an email.“In short, banks are accepting less profit as competition gets more aggressive for the fewer and smaller prime mortgages that now exist.” read more

Annan recommends 6month extension for UN observer mission in Prevlaka

In his latest report to the Security Council, the Secretary-General notes that despite the generally positive situation in Prevlaka, violations of the agreed security regime have continued – with small numbers of both Croatian and Montenegrin police interfering with UN operations.”The illegal checkpoints at Cape Kobila, which interfere with the free movement of the United Nations military observers within the zone, should be removed to the boundaries of the zone or their continued operation regulated by an agreement,” Mr. Annan observes. “The Croatian authorities should lift their restrictions on the free movement of the United Nations military observers in the demilitarized zone.”As for a settlement to the dispute, Mr. Annan welcomes the steps taken by the parties to form an inter-State commission to address the issue of their common border and the ongoing process of bilateral consultations. He offers the continued availability of the UN’s good offices – including the package of confidence-building measures proposed in October 1999 – should the sides need that kind of help.The Secretary-General also approves of the start of demining activities by Croatia in the northern part of the demilitarized zone, and says such activities should be extended to other areas, as resources permit.Troop contributors to UNMOP are scheduled to have a private meeting with the Security Council tomorrow, and the Council is expected to hold consultations on Prevlaka next Monday, a UN spokesman said in New York. read more

Greater locallevel autonomy in Viet Nam would be litmus test for religious

Wrapping up a 10-day visit, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief expressed his concerns and hopes regarding the current situation in Viet Nam, where the right of religious communities to independently operate is often restricted and unsafe. He noted that there are many serious violations of freedom of religion or belief, in particular affecting independent religious groups from Buddhist and Protestant communities, and activists within the Catholic Church.“Granting autonomy for religious communities to function independently would be a litmus test for the development of freedom of religion or belief in Viet Nam,” Mr. Bielefeldt said.He expressed appreciation towards the Government`s effort to improve freedom of religion or belief via legal instruments.However, he also underlined the need for long-lasting improvement. “Official registration status with the Government is no guarantee that freedom of religion or belief is fully respected,” Mr. Bielefeldt said.In this respect, Mr. Bielefeld particularly underlined the need for the new Government legislations on religious affairs to extend existing norms and practices to everyone’s right of freedom of religion or belief.“Freedom of religion or belief has the status of universal human rights to be respected prior to, and independent of, any particular acts of administrative approval,” he stressed.During his recent visit to the country, which began on 21 July and ended today, the Special Rapporteur met with various Government officials and local authorities to discuss issues related to his mandate. In his effort to meet recognized and unrecognized religious or belief communities and civil society organisations, however, Mr. Bielefeldt encountered many people under “heavy” surveillance by the police.“I received credible information that some individuals with whom I wanted to meet had been under heavy surveillance, warned, intimidated, harassed or prevented from travelling by the police,” he noted. Mr. Bielefeldt is currently working on his conclusions and recommendations report regarding the current situation of freedom of religion or belief in Viet Nam, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in 2015.

Job creation around agriculture can spur youth employment in Africa – UN

“Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities and that reinforces” the linkages between rural areas and cities, José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told a regional conference on employment being held from 19 to 23 February in Khartoum, Sudan.FAO Regional Conference for Africa primarily focuses on the theme of creating decent and attractive employment in the world’s “youngest” continent in terms of the average age of its population.Estimates suggest that up to 12 million new jobs will have to be created every year to absorb new labour market entrants over the next 20 years. Today some 54 per cent of Africa’s work force relies on the agricultural sector for livelihoods, income and employment, especially in family farming.With more people moving to cities, demand on urban food markets will grow, which in turn can generate job opportunities in all agriculture-related activities. But FAO believes that more must be done to create non-agricultural employment in rural areas, including agro-tourism and other services.“More than ever, strategic partnerships are needed to bring together the African Union, the African Development Bank and the UN system and other development partners,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said.He warned however that more profitable urban markets can lead to a concentration of food production in large commercial farms, and also the creation of value chains dominated by large processors and retailers.“In this contest, smallholders and family farmers need specific policies and regulations. This includes providing access to inputs, credit and technology and improving land tenure,” he added, stressing how social protection programmes, including cash transfers can link public food purchase to family farmer’s production. read more

Rio Tinto has successfully deployed AutoHaul™ automated long distance rail network

first_imgRio Tinto says it has successfully deployed AutoHaul™, establishing the world’s largest robot and first automated heavy-haul, long distance rail network. Since completing the first loaded run in July, Rio Tinto has steadily increased the number of autonomous journeys across its world-class iron ore operations in Western Australia in a controlled and safe manner, with over 1 million kilometres now travelled autonomously.Rio Tinto Iron Ore Managing Director Rail, Port & Core Services Ivan Vella said: “The safe and successful deployment of AutoHaul™ across our network is a strong reflection of the pioneering spirit inside Rio Tinto. It’s been a challenging journey to automate a rail network of this size and scale in a remote location like the Pilbara, but early results indicate significant potential to improve productivity, providing increased system flexibility and reducing bottlenecks.”“Over the coming months we will continue to refine our autonomous operations to ensure we are able to maximise value. We continue to work closely with drivers during this period and do not expect to make any redundancies in 2019 as a result of the deployment of AutoHaul™.”The A$940 million AutoHaul™ programme is focused on automating trains transporting iron ore to Rio Tinto’s port facilities in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The network is the world’s first heavy-haul, long distance autonomous rail operation. Rio Tinto operates about 200 locomotives on more than 1,700 km of track in the Pilbara, transporting ore from 16 mines to four port terminals.The average return distance of these trains is about 800 km with the average journey cycle, including loading and dumping, taking about 40 hours. Locomotives carrying AutoHaul™ software are fitted with on-board cameras allowing for constant monitoring from the Operations Centre. All public rail crossings on the network are fitted with CCTV cameras and have been upgraded to the highest safety standards.last_img read more

Rostov Don win Womens EHF Cup 20162017

← Previous Story RK Vardar smash RK Metalurg for Macedonian title Next Story → “FAMOUS LOSERS” BACK ON THE THRONE: ZRK Lokomotiva Zagreb win Challenge Cup 2017! The Russian team Rostov Don won Women’s EHF Cup 2016/2017 by beating German Bietegheim in two matches of the final. The team consisted of TOP stars like Norwegian goalkeeper Katrin Lunde, Brazilian playmaker Ana Paula Belo Rodrigues, French left wing Siraba Dembele and Spanish shooter Cabral Barbosa, was clear favorite in the matches with Germans.In the first match in Germany was 28:25 for Russian girls, while the second clash was just a question of routine for domestic team 25:21. Rostov Don were runners-up in season 2014/2015 when they lost against Danish TEAM Tvis Holstebro.Team from Rostov will play at Russian Play Off Final against Lada Togliati. read more

Poll Would you ever consider going on a religious pilgrimage

first_img No, testing yourself is a positive thing but it needn’t be religious. (2391) Yes, I’m religious but dislike going to church so it’s a happy medium. (791) Yes, I have before and would again. (1657) No, I don’t see the point in them. (1501) Yes, I have before and would again.Yes, I’m religious but dislike going to church so it’s a happy medium.No, I don’t see the point in them.No, testing yourself is a positive thing but it needn’t be religious.Vote Poll Results: RICHARD SCRIVEN WRITES this morning that despite a noted decline in general religious practice, thousands of Irish people go on pilgrimages.Whether it’s Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday, the Novena in Knock or even the Camino de Santiago in Spain, some religious traditions remain resilient to social change.Today’s poll, Would you ever consider going on a religious pilgrimage?last_img read more

Privatisations on track

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It will take a political decision from the Kremlin to determine whether Russian Railways (RZD) will submit binding offers for three Greek companies under privatisations – train companies Trainose and Rosco, and the Thessaloniki Port Authority (OLTH).The decision will be directly affected by the extent of progress Moscow sees in the broader context of economic cooperation with Athens, which certainly includes energy, according to Russian diplomatic sources that spoke to Kathimerini.The same sources remind that in his recent letter of congratulations to Alexis Tsipras following his reelection on September 20 as Greek prime minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed the hope that constructive dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperations will continue to strengthen Russian-Greek partnerships in sectors such as commerce, the economy, energy, etc.The RZD board last Wednesday decided to recommend to its main shareholder, the Russian state, that the company abstained from the Greek sell-off tenders.The final decision now rests with Moscow, which is why on Thursday the Russian Railways issued a statement refuting that the company had withdrawn from the Greek asset tenders and stressed that it is still keeping them under consideration.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Data and the small business loan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Access to Finance Access to finance to fuel the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has traditionally been a challenging and lengthy process and is still, in many cases, dependent on manual underwriting. Often, the manual processes inherent in SME lending have resulted in sacrificing either speed or relevance, and sometimes both. With Australia’s two million SMEs employing almost 70 per cent of the workforce and accounting for more than half of the private sector output, providing access to relevant and responsible finance becomes much more than an SME issue, but rather an economic imperative.The Financial System Inquiry highlighted a number of key areas prohibiting access to short-term funding for SMEs in Australia. The first being process; the second being data (or the lack thereof) and the third being the requirement for collateral, resulting in what the RBA calls ‘allocative inefficiencies’ (1). That is, where loans are made to businesses with the best collateral, rather than those that are the best business prospects (2).Technology There is no doubt that a paperless loan application process will become standard across both consumer and business lending. Technology will see many of the steps associated with a loan application process digitised.Data is core to this shift. The notion that the latest and best technology is first made available at the enterprise level is no longer true. Platforms such as cloud accounting giant, Xero, with its open API, have created a pathway for small businesses to opt in to new technology at little cost. As the move to the cloud continues (and accelerates), businesses are being enabled to share their data for a number of purposes: budgeting, payroll, invoicing and, in the case of Moula, accessing capital. Aris AllegosFirst Generation Banks and non-banks – and in some cases, with the two working together – are capitalising on business information being increasingly available in the cloud. Like any new technology, online lending solutions have evolved as industry acceptance and adoption become more common. Consequently, there are two distinct approaches to assessing creditworthiness that can be identified. For simplicity, we will call them ‘first’ and ‘second generation’ approaches.First generation lending platforms are characterised by limited analysis of the actual financial health of a business, taking an aerial view of their ability to service a loan. These solutions are typically sought by those seeking finance as a one-off, and more often as a last resort. These businesses accept higher loan default rates in exchange for unsustainable high interest rates that typically see businesses realising the true cost of loans after they have been ‘locked in’ to break fees and exit costs.The accounting profession should be wary. Be diligent in your research and avoid partnering with, or referring business to, lenders who lend to everyone without careful consideration of loan appropriateness and purpose (strictly enforced regulatory requirements for consumer lending). Pricing nondisclosure is often an attribute of these lenders. Unfortunately, the obvious inclusion of a loan repayment schedule (that separates each repayment across principal and interest), is overlooked by customers in times of financial need.Second Generation Second generation lending platforms have been made possible by the improved availability of meaningful data and the rapidly increasing preparedness of borrowers to provide electronic access to their business data. These lending solutions assess creditworthiness through real-time credit decision making, consuming, upon opt-in by the borrower, relevant data shared via sources such as cloud-based accounting solutions.This technology allows lenders to assess accurate business data over a relevant time period and extend funding responsibly. These lenders extend credit to good businesses who are striving for growth – they provide short-term loans to smooth cash flow or they make investments in equipment, inventory or staff. Digital fulfilment among these platforms has also ensured that once approved, loan documentation can be executed instantly and funds disbursed in the same day.Second generation lenders focus on partnering with small businesses, and their advisers, to provide a long-term solution to short-term capital requirements. These lenders don’t exploit customers for early repayment and, instead, reward good businesses with the ability to move in and out of loans with ease. They are focused on providing a premium experience and believe in fair pricing.The most efficient allocation of funding will exist where these data-driven, short-term, unsecured solutions are complementary to traditional secured funding where businesses can move in and out of these solutions, without penalty and paperwork, and are provided with timely and relevant finance to grow.Footnotes: 1. Reserve Bank of Australia, “Bank Lending to Business – New Credit Approvals by Size and by Purpose – D7.4”, Mar 2016 2. Financial System Inquiry Interim Report, July 2014 This article was first published in Publicaccountant – the official journal of the Institute of Public Accountants.* Aris Allegos is the CEO and co-founder of Moula.last_img read more

Darmian to undergo medical at Juventus

first_imgManchester United defender Matteo Darmian is set to undergo a medical with Juventus after arriving in Milan, reports Football-ItaliaThe Italy international has been heavily linked with a move to the Bianconeri for over the past year after falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.Since arriving from Torino in 2015, Darmian has struggled to adapt to the demands of English football and has recently expressed a desire to return to his homeland in the summer.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…United boss Mourinho is planning to sign two new full-backs in the upcoming transfer window and will likely use the reported €12m transfer fee generated from Darmian ’s sale to reinvest in his defence.The 28-year-old is currently in Italy finalising the move to Juventus with Daley Blind also expected to leave Manchester after admitting that he was left feeling frustrated over his lack of opportunities in the second half of this season.Across all competitions this season, Darmian only started seven matches.last_img read more

ASA Hosts Soy101 Talks Modern Soybean Farming With Congressional Staff

first_imgMid-Atlantic Soybean Association President Larry Breech and DuPont Young Leader alum Quint Pottinger joined dozens of House and Senate staff on Capitol Hill this week for Soy101, a series of briefings for congressional staff on the realities of modern soybean farming. Soy101 also detailed the links in the soybean supply chain and the various markets and products that soybeans are so integral in producing.Kentucky farmer Quint Pottinger, center, speaks about the planting process during a Soy101 brief to House staff on Tuesday, Sept. 30.Held Monday in the Senate and Tuesday in the House, the briefings gave congressional staff, many of whom have little or no agricultural background or who work for members in urban and suburban districts, the chance to ask questions and interact with farmers. The briefings are designed to follow the lifecycle of the soybean season to season, from pre-planting soil analysis following harvest, through to harvest the following fall, followed by marketing and transportation, and end uses.Soy101 is presented by ASA with generous support from the United Soybean Board.last_img read more

Search in Skamania County for missing man suspended

first_imgThe search for a missing Gresham, Ore., man near Beacon Rock in Skamania County has been suspended.David Mekvold, 42, remained missing Thursday night, said Undersheriff Dave Cox and Gresham police Sgt. Rick Wilson.Approximately 20 searchers worked Wednesday around a gravel road where a pickup belonging to Mekvold was found about 8:45 p.m. Monday.Working in mixed rain, snow and windy conditions, with temperatures in the mid-30s, they expanded the search area to the south, across the BNSF Railway tracks to the Columbia River, Cox said Wednesday night. With a low cloud ceiling, visibility was too poor for helicopters or other aircraft to operate safely.Seachers also looked for Mekvold on Tuesday.Officials decided to suspend the search on Thursday because there had been no information about his whereabouts, Cox said Thursday night.Mekvold was reported missing to the Gresham Police Department on Monday. After finding his truck in Skamania County, sheriff’s deputies learned about 1:35 a.m. Tuesday that he’d been reported missing. Deputies then called in searchers who looked for him until after nightfall Tuesday.Officials have said all along that they hadn’t heard any indication why Mekvold would go missing, or what his mindset might be.Skamania County sheriff’s officials have now turned the case back to Gresham police.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or read more

16 Cuban migrants come ashore in Florida Keys

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – More than a dozen Cuban migrants will be allowed to stay in the U.S. after, officials said, they came ashore in the Florida Keys, Wednesday.The U.S. Coast Guard said 14 men and two women left Cuba, Tuesday, on a rustic, single engine boat. They all appear to be in good health.The group was taken to Church World Services in Doral for processing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Avengers Endgame I binged every Marvel movie and I regret nothing

first_img Frost Giants, magical melee weapons, a whirlwind LOTR-style catchup voiceover intro covering Norse mythology: I’m in my element already with this one. Psyched.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 26, 2019 I don’t know what this movie is about in any way, but I do know that’s no way to treat a librarian. #DoctorStrange— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 17, 2019 Now I’m done, and it feels great. Granted, my marathon wasn’t quite as intense as my CNET co-worker Abrar Al-Heeti’s 59-hour back-to-back run, but it was still pretty intense. Now I’m caught up with the rest of humanity, ready to find out what comes next. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 2:04 Marvel Bagheera was always my favorite from the Jungle Book. After meeting the enigmatic T’Challa in Civil War and knowing this was up for best picture, the anticipation is high.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 14, 2019 26 Photos 4/9 Seeing this in the theater with my 2 daughters. They’re psyched too, and tell me they’re glad Captain Marvel is a girl.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 20, 2019 4 Avengers: Age of UltronThe first Avengers is still my favorite and sets a too-high bar. This one was packed with HUGE action and sets up Civil War perfectly, but it lacked the cohesiveness and little gems of character development that could put it over the top. Scarlet Witch is awesome though.  4/5 Avengers: Endgame — Everything you need to know Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order 20 Thor (2011) 4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) The Incredible Hulk (2008) The Incredible HulkNot good. It had its moments, particularly during the setup and with the introduction of wacky Mr. Blue. But overall it’s much more of a downer than the first two, and kinda plodded along. 21 2:23 4/13 My biggest question going into this one is how he can openly be a super hero, no secret identity, just living his billionaire life as Iron Man. Also, psyched to see Samuel L’s real Nick Fury credit!— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 24, 2019 15 3/19 Tesseract is misbehaving in my house, my house #TheAvengers2012— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 29, 2019 Becoming a Marvel woman through cosplay, and getting paid for it Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order How to watch every Marvel movie and TV show in the perfect order Avengers: Endgame countdown: How to stream every Marvel movie before April 26 Everything Avengers Endgame at GameSpot Katz’s month-long MCU marathon, final ranks Captain America: The Winter SoldierGoing in, I’d heard from multiple people that this was their favorite MCU movie overall, and I can see why. It’s a masterpiece of tight pacing and unbelievable action tempered by nuanced character building and, yes, realism in a comic book movie. Now playing: Watch this: Doctor StrangeMy third-least-favorite so far. It has a lot of cool-looking effects, plenty of magic and the best cloak ever, but the characters are poorly developed and I never got a good handle on the new mythology and storylines. After Ultron I’m dying to know what happens with Tony and Cap and Thanos that new dude with the stone in his forehead. But first I guess a man with Ant powers. Since I don’t have Disney Plus yet so I’m just gonna rent is now OK?— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 12, 2019 More Marvel Anyway here’s my final reports and twitter threads along with my personal rankings (note: I am not a real expert). For everyone who followed along and gave me advice on twitter, thanks.  Guardians of the GalaxyI watched this one and Vol. 2 as a Friday night double feature, and both felt less connected to any of the other films. Still a blast though. I like this one better because it’s funnier — best rapid-fire dialog of the MCU — and I enjoyed meeting all the colorful characters for the first time.  ThorAll of a sudden the superheroes are gods. There’s magic, space travel and mythology set in a breathtaking new fantasy multiverse. To this nerdy D&D alum, Thor was manna from Asgard. 1:58 3:13 2:10 3/25 19 This scene from Captain America reminds me of the perspective shot from Fellowship with huge Gandalf and tiny Frodo on the wagon.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 18, 2019 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) I can’t believe this far into my MCU Odyssey I’m watching another Spider-Man movie. After Spidey’s surprise intro in Civil War I’m hoping they continue to keep it crispy fresh.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 16, 2019 Iron Man 2Not as good as the first one but still enjoyable, especially after The Incredible Hulk. The quintessential scene was Tony drunk at his own birthday party shooting the watermelon. Priceless. 4/18 Thor: RagnarokI laughed, then laughed again, but not too hard. This installment was so entertaining, so different from the first two Thor films that it ended up being the best surprise of all of them. And Kate Blanchett as Hela was as intimidating and powerful as Galadriel herself. Ready to Ragnarok.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 19, 2019 Post-Avengers and the Thanos cameo at the end, remembering how Tony nuked that mothership full of invaders before falling back to Earth, guessing he tries to go it alone in this one, hoping the ensemble shows up anyway. #ironman3— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 1, 2019 4/11 2:14 2:01 From Drizzt Do’Urden to Eöl, Morrowind to Menzoberranzan, Dark Elves have never let me down. Hoping this isn’t the first time. #thorthedarkworld— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 3, 2019 This is the end. Well, not the #endgame an end of sorts: the last MCU movie I’m seeing for the first time. Based on the first Ant-man, hope is high.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 23, 2019 What my month-long Marvel binge taught meAlright, some crazy people like my colleague Abrar Al-Heeti are watching them all back-to-back, and more power to her. I can’t begin to imagine doing that.  Avengers: Infinity WarOh my god. I can’t believe that just happened. This one started out incredible and just got better. After nearly 20 movies where superheroes proved mostly invulnerable, the coming of Thanos and the final cliffhanger were perfect counter-programming. TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: Runtime (hours) Captain MarvelSeeing this right after the IW finale restored hope in the best possible way. My daughters loved it and I appreciated the introduction of an ultra-powerful hero who could potentially help resolve the Endgame. And seeing Fury again made it even better. 2:29 4/19 14 Date watched Captain America: Civil WarI didn’t quite buy the schism between our heroes, but that’s beside the point. Watching a team of “enhanced individuals” develop animosity and deal with all the realistic repercussions of powers in an otherwise normal world overcame my quibbles. That and the near perfect fight scenes. Captain America: The First AvengerI really liked it. I was totally unfamiliar with the story. The CGI’d small-to-large hero, the Captain’s stage career and the period setting in general were refreshing highlights. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Ant-ManReally entertaining, original and among the funniest installments, this one just kept giving unexpected gifts. I loved the innovative powers and how he uses them, as well as the great character development from all three protagonists.  1 Doctor Strange (2016) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017) 3:13 13 11 Even maintaining my relatively leisurely pace of roughly a film every 1.7 days I feel like I missed plenty of stuff, and am already looking forward to rewatching them. The good news is that I was able to appreciate them individually and as a group. Here’s a few takeaways.I legitimately loved many more of these films than I thought I would. The best are superb examples of moviemaking and even the worst had great moments. I don’t regret watching any of them.My favorite overall so far is Infinity War, followed by the first Avengers and Thor: Ragnarok. The first two are multi-hero ensembles while the latter was just a friggin’ blast. Some of the origin stories were great too. My favorites were Spider-Man: Homecoming, the original Iron Man and Captain Marvel. My experience of the last one was enhanced by watching in the theater with my daughters.What impressed me most about the MCU, especially after watching them all in close succession so the in-world build was fresh in my mind, was the way the characters came together and interacted. The level of humor was consistently awesome in many films. The funniest to me was Thor: Ragnarok but Ant-Man (the original) and Spider-Man: Homecoming were up there too. I can also see why a lot of people love the two Guardians films, but I thought they tried too hard.The action sequences rocked but Winter Soldier and Civil War stood out, as did a couple of the the major battles in the original Avengers, Age of Ultron and the incredible epic clashes during Infinity War. The freeway fight in Winter Soldier was the best in the MCU.The gut-punch at the end of Infinity War hit all the harder because of the affinity I had developed in such a short time with the heroes. I was glad to have Captain Marvel and Ant-Man to help recover afterward.My final four watch order deviated from official CNET canon because twitter. I can see why some people might enjoy IW and Endgame back-to-back, but I really wanted to watch all the end-credit scenes (I’m kind of a completeist), and following that canon meant I would’ve had to skip a few to avoid spoilers.  The Avengers (2012) 3/17 I’m ready for you guys now.  Marvel Studios You know something? These Marvel movies are pretty good.Until about a month ago I’d never seen any of them all the way through. No Iron Man, no Captain America and definitely no Avengers: Infinity War. It was a glaring cultural blind spot. The release of Avengers: Endgame provided the perfect excuse to fix it.So in anticipation of Endgame’s release on April 26, I’ve spent a good chunk of my recent evenings watching all 21 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’ve ingested more superhero awesomeness than any mortal should. I managed to avoid spoiling anything, which would make the Russo brothers happy. And I’ve also been live-tweeting my random dumb thoughts as I watch, because sharing is caring. Now playing: Watch this: 5 2:21 4/16 Iron Man (2008) 7 2:06 4/12 Ant-Man (2015) 1:57 2:03 2:04 The AvengersEasily the best one yet, and a contender for my top 10 favorite movies of all time. All those personalities, motivations and superpowers kept me enthralled without becoming entangled. Another level altogether. Share your voice Spider-Man: HomecomingThe most fun of any MCU installment yet, with a pitch-perfect high school hero who does more to endear himself in five minutes than some of these guys do over two or three films. And Michael Keaton as the antagonist gets a killer surprise twist that scared teenage me to death. 2:16 3 I’m watching every @Marvel movie (for the 1st time) before #Endgame and I need your help. Assuming I skip the mid & end credit scenes from AM+Wasp and Captain Marvel to avoid spoilers, which watch order should I follow? Chrono by release or ending with 3 wars? #NoSpoilers— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 17, 2019 Iron Man 3I came out of The Avengers hoping for more superhero world-building, but what I got was all-too-human Tony dealing with PTSD and getting help from a scrappy kid in Tennessee. Still a lot of fun despite the narrower scope. 1:55 12 The 10th MCU installment already feels like something entirely new. #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 5, 2019 Thor: The Dark WorldThis one was a disappointment — barely better than The Incredible Hulk — and not just because the dark elves were meh. It seems like the most generic superhero of the series so far: too much empty action, not enough care. Iron Man 2 (2010) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 18 3/21 2 So “Ultron” is a name I’ve never heard before. And I have no idea how old he or she is. Guess that’s about to change.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 10, 2019 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2Plenty of LOL moments and an absolutely killer final scene, but this one felt bogged down in the second half by a less-than-compelling villain, repetitive set-to-music scenes and running gags that ran long. Baby Groot was hella cute, but I like grown-up Groot better. 4/4 Iron Man 3 (2013) 4/22 Black PantherEpic in scale and beautiful to watch, this one maintained an approachability in its secondary characters and plenty of jaw-dropping action. The most original setting in the MCU was pure moviemaking joy to see realized.  3/31 Iron Man Even better. Tony Stark’s playboy character threw me at first, but the awesomeness of his gadgets, his personal quest to make real power armor, and the overall humor really won me over. I have some catching up to do, it’s Friday night and the first GoG just wrapped up so it’s double feature time. I expect more laughs, garishly pigmented skin, space dogfights and classic 70’s R&B.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 6, 2019 Captain America: Civil War (2016) Starting Iron Man. I can’t imagine any scion of a military contractor getting such scads of good press today. Also, there were a lot more magazines in 2008.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 20, 2019 8 16 Avengers: Endgame review — Love letter to fans tops Infinity War Endgame and every other MCU movie, ranked from worst to best Marvel star Brie Larson talks Audi E-Tron, EV ownership and more Way before Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a huge risk Avengers: Age of Ultron (2014) 2:27 17 1:55 3/23 3/28 The Incredible Hulk. People have told me it’s one of the worst, totally skippable, etc. But I’m no skipper. I’m in it for the whole enchilada. And it’s Edward Norton. How bad can it be?— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 22, 2019 2:09 Captain America: Civil War. I’ve heard nothing but good things. After the Ant-man end credits I gather Tony won’t be much help with Bucky here. Beyond that, no clue. I’m strapped in and ready for action.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 12, 2019 Tags 4/20 2:16 4/15 10 More MCU goodness Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 4/2 Black Panther (2018) Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Rank Since I’m watching these in the canonical order I started with the first Captain America. Now I’m finally up to the second. Much has happened, so much more to come. I do like winter.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 5, 2019 So she’s gonna do in 2+ days what’s taken me more than a month. @alheeti_3 is truly the Hulk to my Loki. #punybinge #abrarsmash— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 19, 2019 1:52 Ant-Man and The WaspMy marathon ended on a relative low note, but I’m fine with that. Although very funny and packed with family love, cool concepts and visuals, this felt like the most derivative of the sequels and, unlike Captain Marvel, unnecessary to the broader MCU-scape (at least so far). My favorite part was the first post-credits scene. Thor: The Dark World (2013) Been a long time coming. I still have two movies to go but this one already feels like the beginning of the #endgame I have the sneaking suspicion not all of our heroes will make it out alive.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 20, 2019 9 15 Photos Originally published March 17.  1:52 7 Comments 2:10 6 2:13last_img read more