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Microloans jump 40 to 18 trillion in FY19

first_imgMumbai: The microfinance industry’s total loan portfolio grew 40 percent to Rs 1,78,587 crore in FY19, with top 10 states accounting for 83 percent of the gross loan portfolio, says a report. In FY18, total loan portfolio of the industry had stood at Rs 1,27,223 crore. “Market share of top 10 states in portfolio outstanding at Rs 1,48,440 crore is 83 percent as of March 2019,” according to a joint report by Equifax and Sidbi. Bengal and Tamil Nadu contributed 34.7 percent of the top 10 states. Followed by Bihar, and Karnataka are having portfolio of over 15,000 crore, indicating a highly concentrated market. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepBihar saw the highest growth at 54 percent in FY19. Sidbi chairman Mohammad Mustafa said, “growth in the overall microfinance portfolio is encouraging.” In FY19, fresh loan disbursal stood at Rs 213,074 crore, an increase of 36 percent over FY18, while disbursal in terms of volume grew 20 percent. NBFC-MFIs hold the largest share of portfolio in micro-credit with total loan outstanding of Rs 68,156 crore, accounting for 38 percent of the total industry portfolio. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsDelinquency level improved across all the days past due buckets. Portfolio at risk, which indicates the early delinquency rates, has come down from 4.74 percent in FY18 to 1.40 percent in FY19. Risk level in the 60-89 days past due bracket has come down from 2.41 percent in FY18 to 0.24 percent in FY19, the report said. The industry is present in 619 districts and the top 30 districts comprised 25 percent of portfolio outstanding whereas 213 districts contributed 80 percent of the portfolio.last_img read more

New Alberta AFN regional chief says treaties guaranteed resource revenue sharing

first_imgEmail Name Message Name Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this field Brandi Morin APTN National NewsThe newly elected Alberta Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Craig Mackinaw is ready to tackle his new role starting July 1.Current regional leader Chief Cameron Alexis did not seek re-election this term as he stepped down to care for his wife who is ill with cancer.Mackinaw, from Ermineskin Cree Nation in Maskwacis, spent 18 years as a band councillor and then served as chief of the First Nation for two years. Within those two years he also served as grand chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six.He was elected at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs gathering in Edmonton this past May and said he is confident his previous experience in politics will help him represent Alberta First Nations.“I have a good idea of what’s going on and what work needs to be done,” said Mackinaw.Some of his top priorities will be calling for action on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, addressing education gaps, child welfare issues, health inequities and resource revenue sharing.Mackinaw believes revenue sharing could be the answer to solving social and economic issues plaguing many First Nations. Alberta makes billions of dollars of profits off natural resource development and its First Nations should be making a cut of them.Alberta chiefs conducted a study several years ago which revealed that if First Nations received only 5 per cent of provincial resource revenues they would be more than capable of financial independence.“Revenue sharing would help the bands in providing services to their members. It could help in having another funding source separate from AANDC dollars. If the governments work with us it will be beneficial for everyone.”Chiefs in Alberta have been pushing the topic of resource revenue sharing for several years. In 2011 they took the issue to Prime Minister Stephen Harper who advised the chiefs to take it back to the province.Then in a 2013 meeting between chiefs and former Alberta Aboriginal Relations Minister Robin Campbell, chiefs requested the province consider resource revenue sharing. The answer was “no.” Campbell referenced that First Nations benefit from revenues like any other Albertans and said in an interview with the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society that, “we’re not going to take a share of our resource revenues and give it to First Nations.”But it’s about implementing the original intent of Treaty’s, said Mackinaw and it’s a dispute he will continue to push to resolve.“In regards to Treaty agreements the government needs to work with us on fulfilling their end. There’s some unfinished business that needs to be discussed and we need to bring those items to the table to agree on moving ahead.”Alberta chiefs believe their Treaty equates to revenue sharing, as they never signed away all of their resources.“The way it (Natural Resource Transfer Act) was set up and drafted in 1923, by the Province of Alberta regarding all our oil and gas, timber and mining and all the various industries fall underneath that. When it was drafted they didn’t consult with us. That’s where part of our problem with, especially oil and gas, there’s no revenue sharing. We should be having revenue sharing,” said Mackinaw.He is hopeful the new Alberta NDP government will sit down to discuss the issue.“It’s a wait and see what happens. Hopefully what they’re saying and what we’re reading in the news will be followed through on. Myself, I’m waiting to see. I guess we will see within the next year how they stand and how they’re going to work with us.”bmorin@aptn.ca Email Message Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this fieldlast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,169.28, up 9.78 points).RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Up nine cents, or 12.2 per cent, to 83 cents on 46.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 58 cents, or 4.54 per cent, to $12.19 on 36.4 million shares.Wallbridge Mining Co. Ltd. (TSX:WM). Metals. Down seven cents, or 21.9 per cent, to 25 cents on 7.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 54 cents, or 2.76 per cent, to $19 on 7.6 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 74 cents, or 1.7 per cent, to $42.17 on 4.9 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Metals. Down three cents, or 3.95 per cent, to 73 cents on 4.67 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX:CHR). Down four cents, or 0.5 per cent, to $7.61. Chorus Aviation says it has signed a deal to perform heavy maintenance work for Latvia’s airBaltic. Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available. Under the deal, Jazz Technical Services will provide airframe maintenance for airBaltic’s 12 Q400 NextGen aircraft. The work will be done at its facility at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.last_img read more

Jill Biden Praises Morocco’s Advances In Women’s Rights

Marrakech-  Jill Biden, wife of US Vice-President Joe Biden, praised, here Wednesday, Morocco’s advances in women’s rights under the leadership of King Mohammed VI.Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, part of the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES Marrakech, November 19-21), Jill Biden reiterated the commitment of the United States “to support the actions of women and girls to help them not only to survive, but thrive in their communities.”In this regard, she called for encouraging countries to implement policies aimed at promoting the rights of women and their full and complete integration in different sectors. Stating Morocco as an example, Mrs. Biden underlined the importance of the new Family Code, which has upgraded the civil rights of women both in society and the family, saying that she is “very impressed with the Women’s education and training Center, built in the district of Hay Mohammadi in Marrakech as part of the National Initiative for Human Development, as well as the involvement of women in the work of this social institution”.Jill Biden, who arrived Wednesday, to take part in the GES-2014, visited the same day the Centre, which provides training to women and girls to have access to income-generating activities read more

Keep the volume down! UN issues guidelines for audio devices

GENEVA — Two U.N. agencies want governments and makers of headphones, mobile phones and other audio devices to do more to keep down the volume they emit amid concerns about hearing loss in an increasingly digitized era.The World Health Organization and the International Telecommunications Union on Tuesday presented new standards, or voluntary guidelines, for the manufacture and use of personal audio devices.WHO says nearly half of all people aged 12 to 35, or 1.1 billion people, are at risk of hearing loss due to “prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds.”The recommendations say personal audio devices should include software to track exposure to sound. They should provide ways to limit volume, such as through parental controls, and tell people about the safety of their listening habits.The Associated Press read more

Its love at first sight for most new homebuyers

TORONTO — Looking for a perfect home can be an emotional roller-coaster, but a new study suggests finding the right property often comes down to love at first sight.[np_storybar title=”Even in a real estate slump, Canadians lured into bidding wars” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/04/23/even-in-a-real-estate-slump-some-canadians-will-get-into-a-bidding-war/”%5DGarry Marr: With real estate sales declining and active listings climbing, people still involved in bidding wars might want to ask themselves why they are still willing to be part of the buying frenzy. Read more [/np_storybar]In its report titled Psychology of House Hunting, the Bank of Montreal found that 80% of prospective homebuyers know if a house is the right one for them the moment they step inside.But it’s usually a long journey before they get to that point.The study found that on average, house hunters visit 10 homes before they decide to buy a home, while 68% say they’re willing to settle for a property that’s not “perfect.”Thirty-three percent say they feel rushed into making a purchase, with that figure rising to 39% among first-time homebuyers.Those looking for a new home also express a wide variety of emotions, from 48% saying they’re excited, 41% saying they feel cautious and 31% saying they’re optimistic. Twenty-five percent of those polled say they’re stressed through the process, while 21% say they feel anxious.First-time homebuyers are also more likely to feel stressed and anxious, compared to those who have owned a property before.“It’s important to take a practical approach when house hunting and have a clear idea of where you stand financially to ensure you make a responsible home buying decision,” said Laura Parsons, a mortgage expert with BMO.“Doing research ahead of time and setting realistic expectations can help you avoid making an uninformed or rushed purchase.”The study also looked at the motivations behind a home purchase. It found 44% buy because they felt it was a good investment and 37% say it was a good time to jump into the market.Twenty-three percent say exploring a new neighbourhood was one of the reasons why they bought a new home, while 18% say it was because they were expecting a baby.The survey was conducted by Pollara using online interviews with a random sample of 2,000 Canadians 18 years of age and over conducted between Feb. 25 and March 5.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

BJP wants respect for Tamils

India’s main opposition BJP, while recognising the “improvement” in the situation in Jaffna, urged President Mahinda Rajpakse to ensure that the Tamils of North were given “respect, dignity and equality.”Anticipating its return to power in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party has stepped up its engagement with neighbouring countries, expanding political links and conveying its core messages. Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP’s Deputy Leader in the Rajya Sabha and chairman of the party’s working group on neighbouring countries told The Hindu that the BJP has substantial commonality of views on Sri Lanka with the Indian government. Ravi Shankar Prasad concluded a three-day visit to Nepal this weekend. The visit came a little over two months after his trip to Sri Lanka. These countries were chosen, for they were “traditional Indian friends,” and the aim was “to cement ties” and “articulate concerns.” A common theme of Mr. Prasad’s visits to both Kathmandu and Colombo was a message to the political leadership that while the BJP respected Nepal’s and Sri Lanka’s right to have ties with China, there were certain redlines. “Friendship with Beijing should not, and cannot, be at the cost of India. It cannot compromise India’s strategic interests. read more

Armed robbery at Hagersville store

Haldimand OPP have released a surveillance photo of a suspect in an armed robbery at Circle K Convenience Store in Hagersville. The robbery occurred at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. A man armed with a handgun robbed the Circle K Convenience Store in Hagersville early Tuesday morning.The man entered the store on Main Street North at just after 4 a.m. He jumped over the counter and demanded money from the store clerk.The man removed several items before fleeing from the store.The store employee was not physically injured, say police.The suspect is described as being 6-feet in height with a large build. He was wearing a black hooded sweater with a charcoal coloured jacket at the time of the robbery. A balaclava covered his face.The Haldimand County OPP Crime Unit is investigating.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 – 888 – 310 – 1122. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com. Haldimand OPP / Contributed photo read more

Africa Forum aims to boost business reduce costs help countries trade out

“Africa faces a moment when the market access gains that have been negotiated over the past two decades can be severely eroded unless we address the challenges of trade facilitation”, said UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi on Tuesday, at the start of a three-day forum taking place at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The First African Forum for National Trade Facilitation Committees aims to implement the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) February 2017 Trade Facilitation Agreement  and tackle fast-shifting patterns of global commerce to help drive down trade costs.Amidst new momentum provided by March’s landmark African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA), Mr. Kituyi emphasized that Africa’s competitive labour advantage must be accompanied by quality transport hubs, more efficient cross-border goods and services movements, better port procedures and predictable logistics management.“If Africa is going to trade with itself, we have to make sense of what main roads and railways are to be built to connect African producers and consumers,” Mr. Kituyi argued, stressing the need for well-functioning trade committees, infrastructure and investment.The WTO calculates that current trade costs for developing countries are equivalent to a staggering 219 per cent tariff on their international trade.According to WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo, the reduction of trade costs with the Trade Facilitation Agreement is “striking.”“It could add 2.7 percentage points per year to world trade growth and more than half a percentage point to world GDP [gross domestic product],” he stated. “The biggest benefits would accrue to developing countries.”If Africa is going to trade with itself, we have to make sense of what main roads and railways are to be built to connect African producers and consumers — UNCTAD Secretary-GeneralHe revealed that African estimates indicate that by fully implementing the agreement, trade costs could be reduced by an average of 16.5 per cent, potentially delivering “a huge economic boost for the continent.”This level of trade would open new opportunities for smaller businesses, especially for women-led businesses and younger entrepreneurs while enhancing transparency and reducing corruption.African solutionsThe deputy chairperson of the African Union Commission, Thomas Kwesi Quartey, stressed that the continent needs real vision to make an African common market a reality.“To trade, you must first produce, and to be able produce and leverage science and technology in this production, you need education training and planning,” he said.On behalf of UNECA’s Executive Secretary, Ingrid Cyimana said that Africans were doing just that by taking steps to integrate their economies using the new Free Trade Agreement and by establishing trade facilitation committees.“Our projections show the value of intra-African trade to be between 15 to 25 per cent higher in 2040, compared to a situation with no AfCTA,” she stated.The forum supports the WTO’s agreement, which besides boosting trade also addresses improved revenue collection and security compliance controls. read more

Ohio State turns its focus to Michigan for greatest rivalry in college

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to call a play in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhen Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell heads to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for practice Sunday afternoon, he expects to hear only one song: “Time for war,” which he called head coach Urban Meyer’s theme song. “It’s literally played from the time we walk in the Woody to the time we walk out, the whole entire week,” Campbell said. “Everything’s going to be ramped up, for sure.”After the No. 9 Buckeyes’ 52-14 victory against Illinois, redshirt senior center Billy Price said every Big Ten contest brings the same challenges. Games are always physical, rugged and intense, he said. That does not change this week, as Ohio State begins to prepare for Michigan. But everything is amped up heading into what every Buckeye who spoke after the game called the greatest rivalry in college football. “Whenever we play a game, after that game is over, for the most part [Meyer] gives us our next mission, which is the next team,” redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said. “Make no mistake about it, he definitely put a little more emphasis on that.”When the public address announcer recognized the senior class prior to 19 seniors playing their final game at Ohio Stadium Saturday afternoon, he noted they beat Michigan in every year of their careers, which elicited a large ovation from the tens of thousands of fans in attendance.Ohio State versus Michigan means everything to both programs. Losing is not an option. Worley compared the directive to beat the Wolverines as a law. “To beat the team up north, that’s kind of like, that better happen,” he said. “It’s kind of like, that’s my law. You don’t break that law. You better beat the team up north.”Redshirt senior J.T. Barrett will look to become the first quarterback in the history of the rivalry to win four games as the starting quarterback. He views the storied matchup in a similar lens as Worley.“The bottom line is, when you play the team up north, go out there and win,” Barrett said.Michigan entered the year with lower expectations than it had last season. It entered the season with just five returning starters. But with losses to Michigan State and Penn State earlier in the season, and a 24-10 road defeat at the hands of Wisconsin, the Wolverines lack momentum when they play host to the Buckeyes at noon Saturday.Regardless of the recent lack of success, Ohio State will not take Michigan lightly. Senior left tackle Jamarco Jones said he has not even considered playing Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship because the Wolverines have been on his mind. “That’s a battle every year in the trenches. Every year, they come out ready and that’s where the game is usually won in,” Jones said. “We know we’re going to be in a hostile environment and we’re going to have to get used to some crowd noise and just be on the same page as the unit this week, because it’s going to take all five of us on the same page every play to get this job done against the defensive front that they have.”He said he wants a fourth pair of gold pants, something Buckeye players earn after defeating Michigan. Ohio State’s mantra the entire season has been focus; laser-like focus on the next opponent. As the final second ticked off the clock on Saturday, that focus, which Meyer said after the Illinois games he loved, turned from Illinois to Michigan.“Our focus is on celebrate this win with your family and friends and let’s get back to business,” Meyer said. “It’s rivalry week. Say that ten times. It’s officially started.” read more

Do Chrome desktop apps make Chrome OS a real OS

first_imgGoogle recently announced that the Chrome Web Store was getting a new section: For Your Desktop. That sure makes it sound like Chrome OS is now on pretty equal footing with Windows, OS X, and Linux, doesn’t it?But what does it really mean? What is a Chrome Desktop App?The Short VersionIt’s a fancy web page that has been programmed to take advantage of special features in the Chrome web browser.The Longer VersionChrome is a web browser. Chrome OS is essentially that same browser parked on top of just enough Linux to make it communicate with a computer’s hardware and boot up. While the potential is there to run actual Linux apps (it’s been done), that was never Google’s intent.Google wants to make sure that anyone who uses Chrome — and that means its Windows, Mac, and Linux (and maybe even Android eventually) users — can all enjoy the same experience. It’s a way for Google to quietly rise to dominance in the desktop computing marketplace even if Chrome OS itself is never a huge success.So what’s the deal with these Desktop Apps, then?They’re not desktop apps the way Microsoft Office, iTunes, or Steam are. Yes, they run in a window that doesn’t look like a Chrome tab. Yes, they work offline.Google even says that they run “outside the browser,” but that’s not really true. You don’t see the browser, but it’s still the engine that makes the apps run. It’s a lot like what Mozilla used to do with Prism apps in that way.These apps are still web pages at their core. A Chrome App package contains the same kind of code that you’d find on any big-name web app like Google Docs, Aviary, or Mint. It does include a few extra bits, too, like the code necessary to work offline in Chrome.These apps also gain access to Chrome APIs that normal web pages don’t. That gives them more direct access to a system’s hardware resources, like its graphics subsystem and networking components. All these extras put Chrome Desktop Apps on pretty even footing with “regular” apps.Does that make Chrome OS a real OS?Sure it does. Like Windows RT, however, there’s a limited selection of these “real” apps that run on Chrome OS. Right now, you’ll find Google’s core apps — Gmail Offline, Calendar, Keep, Play Books — along with web app favorites like Wunderlist, Any.DO, and  Gliffy. There’s VNC Viewer for tackling remote desktop chores and Spelunky, Tank Wars, and Rick O’Shea for killing time.Google is also delivering an office app suite that offers full offline functionality. It’s being built atop QuickOffice, which Google acquired a while back.Here’s the twistWhile Chrome Desktop Apps do underscore the fact that Chrome OS is a “real” OS, they have the same effect on the Chrome browser.Say what?The Chrome browser has effectively become its own OS. It’s capable of delivering the bulk of the Chrome OS experience to users on any supported platforms. Got a Windows machine? Slap the Chrome app launcher on your task bar and fire up the Gliffy app — just like you would on Chrome OS. It’ll continue to work even if you disable your Wi-Fi or unplug your LAN cable.This is Google’s real goal: to get Chrome users spending as much time inside the browser as possible. Building a fast, stable web browser was a good start — but in order to make sure those millions of mice and keyboards stay focused on Chrome, Google had to bring the apps.Sure, being able to show Best Buy shoppers that Chrome OS can run “real” apps will help Google sell more Chrome OS devices, but they’re out to get everyone. Even the people who buy a machine running a competitor’s OS.last_img read more

Michael Jacksons Neverland Ranch back on market at steep discount

first_img 23 Comments 41,181 Views The picture shows a big wheel and carousels at Neverland Ranch Source: DPA/PA Images The house where Michael Jackson lived on Neverland Ranch Source: DPA/PA ImagesJackson reportedly paid $19.5 million for the property in the 1980s but a real estate investment firm bought it in 2008 for $22.5 million after the singer defaulted on a loan. The King of Pop died the following year.News of the sale comes as HBO is set to air on Sunday a damning four-hour documentary titled Leaving Neverland, which includes the testimonies of two men who claim Jackson sexually abused them as children all over the ranch, including the attic, the master bedroom and the pool.Jackson faced multiple allegations of child sex abuse during his lifetime.His ranch was raided in 2003 as part of a child molestation case against him and police at the time seized a large collection of pornography and images of nude children.Jackson was acquitted in the case in 2005.© – AFP 2019  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 1 Mar 2019, 1:57 PM Short URL By AFPcenter_img Share96 Tweet Email1 The train station of the Neverland Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley Source: DPA/PA ImagesMICHAEL JACKSON’S NEVERLAND Ranch in California is back on the market for $31 million, a steep cut from the $100 million asking price four years ago.The 1,093-hectare estate located near Los Olivos and renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch features a main house with six bedrooms along with three guest houses, a four-acre lake with a waterfall, tennis courts, several barns and animal shelter facilities.The dramatic price cut for the iconic property is partly due to years of drought in the region that affected the real estate market, Kyle Forsyth, one of the listing agents, told US media.He said the compound has been well maintained and “with the drought ending and the Santa Ynez Valley in full bloom,” now was the best time to sell. https://jrnl.ie/4519474 Mar 1st 2019, 1:57 PM Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch back on market at steep discount The ranch in California is available for a mere $31 million…last_img read more

Rush confirms Ramseys rumors

first_imgAccording to the former Liverpool and Juventus player Ian Rush, Ramsey’s agent called him about moving to Italy.There have been many rumors about Aaron Ramsey moving away from English Premier League club Arsenal.And now, former Liverpool and Juventus footballer Ian Rush has confirmed the player wants to be transferred.“Aaron’s agent rang me and I told him they couldn’t go wrong choosing to go to Italy,” Rush said to The Express.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Juventus have great support and they will have a fantastic chance of winning the Champions League.”“I said it would be a great move for him,” he added.“I know that Bayern Munich and PSG also wanted him, which made Arsenal’s decision to sell him even more strange.”“Aaron has seen Gareth Bale win the Champions League and he would love to do the same,” Rush concluded.last_img read more

Northwest Pipe Co changes its independent registered accounting firm

first_imgVancouver-based Northwest Pipe Co. said Friday it has dismissed Deloitte & Touche LLP as the company’s independent registered accounting firm.PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is Northwest Pipe’s new independent registered accounting firm, effective Aug. 20, the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The decision to change accountants “was considered and approved by the audit committee of the company’s board of directors,” the company said.Northwest Pipe manufactures steel pipe, primarily for drinking water systems. The change in accountants comes after the company announced earlier this month that it agreed to pay $13.25 million to settle four lawsuits filed by shareholders, including a class-action complaint that accused the company and senior managers of accounting fraud.last_img read more

Showcase success at the Employee Benefits Awards 2018

first_imgThe Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2018 is fast approaching, with the celebrated annual industry event now less than a month away.This year’s event will take place on Friday 8 June 2018, bringing together HR, benefits and reward professionals to recognise and celebrate innovative benefits strategies and programmes.The event, now in its 16th year, will provide attendees with the opportunity to network with colleagues, peers, and industry leaders, as well as find out the winning organisations from across 21 different award categories. This includes categories such as Benefits team of the year, Best financial wellbeing strategy, Best mental health strategy and Best benefits to support working carers, in addition to the coveted Employee benefits professional of the year award, and the Grand Prix.The awards ceremony will take place over a gourmet three-course lunch at the iconic Tower of London.The Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2018 is on Friday 8 June 2018 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.last_img read more

BSO deputies help PAL members refurbish Pembroke Park building

first_imgPEMBROKE PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – PEMBROKE PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida facility received a major makeover thanks in part to a dedicated law enforcement community.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and members of the Broward Sheriff West Park Police Athletic League decided to spruce up the PAL (Police Athletic League) facility in Pembroke Park.They raked, painted and cleaned the building BSO officials call a safe space for children.“It’s a great place to have kids of these age off the streets,” BSO Deputy Elias Guadalupe, “keeps them out of trouble, gives them something to do. It also provides a bridge between law enforcement community and the community itself.”Home Depot and other hardware stores donated flooring, plants, paint and other necessities for the building.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The 35 best battery life laptops for 2019

first_img 12 hours, 35 minutes 13 hours, 12 minutes Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 laptop is an ultralight pen-enabled convertible with extraordinary battery life for its class, plus it’s really, really light (just 2.5 pounds). Our master list includes Windows and MacOS laptops, Windows two-in-one hybrids and Chromebooks running Google’s Chrome OS. Not included are Android or iOS tablets. The specific test used here streams a private video over Wi-Fi on an endless loop. Note that these scores reflect the specific configurations we tested, and that screen resolution and CPU choice are some of the major factors that affect battery life.  Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.  LG Gram 15 See at Amazon Besides adding HDR support and Alexa integration, last year’s X1 Carbon update also scored for major battery life.  13 hours, 58 minutes For the rest of our top battery life performers, see the full list here.  13 hours, 12 minutes LG Gram 14 2-in-1 It should come as no surprise that battery life is one of the key things we look for in a laptop. What is surprising is which laptop brands and models take the top spots. They’re not always the usual suspects.  Why are we so obsessed with battery life? More than screen size, processing power or number of ports, it’s the first thing many laptop buyers think about before making a purchase. After all, you don’t want your PC shutting down in the middle of a Netflix binge or while taking notes in a long lecture class.  Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Asus NovaGo Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It $1,184 It’s not the most exciting design out there, but the 2019 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is a slim, lightweight two-in-one with extra-long battery life, plus strong performance for its size. See at Amazon 12 hours, 35 minutes See at Best Buy 13 hours, 7 minutes See All See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Apple Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 13 hours, 7 minutes 12 hours, 30 minutes If lightweight, all-day battery life and a large screen size are your top must-haves for your next laptop, the LG Gram 15 is worth the expense. See it LG Gram 15 delivers a big screen and battery without… Read LG Gram 15 review 4 • Sarah Tew/CNET James Martin/CNET Read Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon preview LG Gram 14 2-in-1 Read Asus NovaGo review Sarah Tew/CNET Read Samsung Notebook 9 Pro review Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Share your voice Preview • Apple takes light-touch approach to 13-inch MacBook Pro update Read LG Gram 14 2-in-1 review Comments See at Best Buy See at Best Buy 13 hours, 58 minutes The Asus NovaGo makes good use of its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 brain for long battery life and always-on cellular, but the performance feels more like a phone than laptop. Computers Laptops 37 Photos Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, space gray, 2017) $1,399 See at Amazon See at Amazon Best Buy Nothing we’ve tested since April 2019 has broken into the top 5.  While at one time Apple’s MacBooks controlled much of the top of this chart, the current winner comes from an unexpected place. LG’s Gram series is best known for being very light, and the 15-inch LG Gram 15 is no exception at 2.5 pounds (even slim 15-inch laptops are usually over 4 pounds). But besides that, it ran for almost 14 hours, which is exceptionally good.  Part of the secret is that a larger 15-inch body just has room for a larger battery. Apple, on the other hand, just squeaks into the top 10 with the 15-inch MacBook Pro — again, helped by a 15-inch body that can hold a larger battery.  We do have some additions to the top 35, though. The latest 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro and a couple of Acer Swifts made it well past 9 hours. The HP Spectre x360 15 equipped with one of the first 15-inch OLED screens we’ve seen surprised us at about 8.5 hours, but the other two models were gaming laptops so we can’t tell yet if there will be a pattern to the screen’s battery performance.And though it’s pretty far down the list at no. 38, the Dell G5 5590 has the best battery life we’ve seen in a gaming laptop — a segment notorious for its miserable performance in that respect.So many factors go into determining a laptop’s battery life that it’s hard to predict in advance how different laptops or different models of the same laptop will last based on specs or price. How the manufacturer implements power-saving measures for the processor, screen, networking and peripherals can have a big impact, for example, in addition to the usual suspects. And how you use it has the biggest affect: bingeing video is an obvious drain, but so is running the CPU at top speed for crunching numbers.However, there are a few rules of thumb when it comes to selecting a model that will last you all day:The brighter and higher the resolution of the screen, the more power it uses. So the typical 1,920×1,080 screen on a sub-$500 laptop uses a lot less power than the flashy 4K, 500-nit display on a pricier model.For Intel Core processors, the Y series uses less power than U which uses less power than H, and newer CPUs tend to have more battery optimizations than older ones.Discrete graphics are more battery-intensive than integrated.Keyboard backlights may have a small impact.LPDDR memory uses less power than standard DDR — the “LP” stands for “low power,” after all.Gaming is the most common of the big battery-draining activities you can inflict on your laptop.You can also extend your battery life by adjusting settings like making it go to sleep or turn off the display after a smaller interval and reducing the display brightness.And keep in mind, battery life isn’t everything. The Snapdragon-based Asus NovaGo lasts all day, for example. but we still felt it made too many compromises to get there.Based on the extensive battery testing conducted in the CNET Labs, these are the PCs with the longest battery-life scores that we’ve seen over 2018 and 2019. The top five current performers are below, and a full list of the top 35 (up from our original 25) can be found below the five leaders.   Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Now playing: Watch this: Top performers 35 best battery life laptops Samsung Notebook 9 Pro Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Sarah Tew/CNET See at Best Buy LG Gram 15 12 hours, 30 minutes reading • The 35 best battery life laptops for 2019 1:45 Asus NovaGo Asus Chrome OS Google Lenovo LG Samsung Applelast_img read more

Tradition Fellowship and Seasons First Fish

first_imgHjalmer ‘Ofi’ OlsonCredit Hannah Colton/KDLGDownload AudioCelebrating the first salmon of the season is a long and important tradition in Bristol Bay. Last Thursday, we turned Hannah Colton around on her way to work because we heard some boys had caught theirs on the beach and were going to take one to an elder. She followed along, and brought this report…A text message from Robyn Chaney told me her boys had caught three kings on the morning tide. They and their grandpa were going to deliver them. Here’s Triston Cheney:Yeah we caught three this morning… gave one to my mom, kept one, and then one to Ofi.So why do you bring one to Ofi? — Cause we always give some of what we catch to elders. And then if you give some to elders then you’re gonna catch more. Hyalmer Ofi Olson is an elder who has left a mark on Bristol Bay as few have … he fished these waters for some five decades, starting as a kid in the sailboat daysAmong other leadership roles, Ofi was longtime director, CEO, and president of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation,. But he’s retired from all that now.Ofi is in bad health. His kidneys are failing … and these days it’s tough to get too far from the house.He was sitting on the couch when the Chaney boys and his old friend Robin showed up with that king.The boys caught you a king salmon! King Salmon? Yeah! Oh yeah, small one! We caught it this morning! Yeah yeah that’s alright…The fishermen responsible for the first 12-lb king: brothers Graelin, Triston and Dillon ChaneyCredit Hannah Colton/KDLGHe sized up the boys who brought him the fish and gave Robin a nod. “Okay Ofi, enjoy! Bye! – thank you Robin, boy, that’s gonna be a treat and a half – good, good…”Later that evening, some old friends and fishermen came together to eat that fish with Ofi. They gathered around a humble table at Jerry Liboff’s house, off Chuthmok Road, named for Liboff and his patchy clothes …Dave Bendinger grilled the fish for an hour on top of a cedar plank … and Ofi again asked for the recipe: “So you put the plank on the grill, wet it first, let it cook maybe ten minutes, then flip it so it’s charred, put the salmon on top skin side down….lid down, let it cook”Set netter and Russian Orthodox priest Father Victor Nick stopped by for a bite and gave a blessing “Okay before we eat too much more, why don’t you bless the meal? ….prayer… You don’t want any? Oh, maybe a little bit…”Ofi said the fish was small – but there was plenty of to go around. And it was the best.“The first king melts in your mouth. Yeah…”Liboff asked Ofi about the first kings when he was a kid… “That first king salmon was a big deal even then right? Your mama and grandma, how’d they cook it? — Well the head and the tail, and the eggs, they make chowder out of it. And out of the collars. And then you fry the steaks, either fried or boiled. Good. Every bit of the king salmon was used, nothing left but the bones.”The night went on and around the table they sat … They talked boats, they talked prices, they talked nets and canneries and can sizes.They cracked jokes and talked about fishermen from the old days.And they talked about getting older.“The greying of the fleet. The last of the hardasses trying to hang on. – yeah – Him, Ofi put up the white flag a couple years ago. I’m hangin in there. — I don’t wanna be the richest man in the graveyard. *laughs* Maybe Skagerrack is bumpin somebody else for that position.”That’s Ofi, giving Skagerrack skipper Paul Friis-Mikkelsen a hard time. Friis-Mikkelsen took a hard fall a few weeks back and may not fish this season.“You know, at this point, it’s not really about the money so much. It’s just good being a part. You know, it’s a lifestyle… If I was well, I’d still be out there floatin’ around too. The thing I was trying to say is, it’s like bein part of this whole cycle.”The whole Bay is a cycle…The fish run out and back, tides go out and in, and nets need mending year after year. And people gather around the table each summer to tell stories and to fellowship around the first king salmon.“What I miss, Dave, is when I was small, young guy, even my first few years in high school, I used to go with my dad and some older people and, say we went camping or something. And then when the light went out, you stay there and listen to stories. Boy, interesting. Lots of stories, hunting stories, stories about ghosts. Sometimes I felt a little scared, but I never seen anything in my life. Never heard anything.”With a twinkle in his eye, Ofi had a captive audience… and we all kept nibbling on that fish for hours after it got cold.last_img read more

Elections 2019 Shah Rukh Khan raps Its Time to Vote earns PM

first_imgShah Rukh Khan rap song Karo Matdan It’s Time to Vote.YouTubeBetter late than never, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan must have thought as he put out a rap song video on April 22 that urged Indians to vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. In response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to celebrities to put out a strong message of voting, Shah Rukh Khan brought out his own little music video, in which he raps to urge people to vote.In a Gully Boy style rap song called ‘Karo Matdan | It’s Time to Vote’, Shah Rukh Khan makes a plea to the citizens of India to go out and cast their vote. In the cool rap song sung by SRK, he talks about how exercising our franchise is our ‘farz’, our responsibility. The music video of ‘Karo Matdan | It’s Time to Vote’ stars a lot of other people, young and old, who groove with SRK to bring home the message.The video by Shah Rukh Khan is just over a minute long. However, it does seem appealing to youngsters and first-time voters. The rap song by Shah Rukh Khan has earned the praise of PM Modi.Shah Rukh Khan had tweeted the video to PM Modi on April 22 saying, “PM sahib @arendramodi ne creativity ki liye bola tha. Main thoda late ho gaya video banane mein…aap mat hona Vote karne mein!!! ‘Voting is not only our Right, it is our Power.’ Please Use It. Thank u to @tanishkbagchi @abbyviral @parakramsinghr.”To which, PM Modi replied, saying, “Fantastic effort! I am sure the people of India, especially first time voters will pay heed to your appeal and come out to vote in large numbers.”The music of ‘it’s time to vote’ is by Tanishk Bagchi and the lyrics are by Abby Viral. Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, the election video goes by the description, “Voting is not just our right, it is our power. It’s an opportunity for the entire country to pick a government that empowers its citizens. Presenting Shah Rukh Khan giving away the most important message for the country – Karo Matdan! Disclaimer: This video has been issued in public interest to encourage people to vote. This video does not endorse any political candidate, or political party or any views or positions held by any type of political candidate or party.”Watch the full video here of Shah Rukh Khan rapping to inspire people to cast their vote. Fantastic effort, @iamsrk!I am sure the people of India, especially first time voters will pay heed to your appeal and come out to vote in large numbers https://t.co/y2OLgrwOOS— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2019last_img read more

UPDATE Use Of Tractor Trailers To Smuggle People Very High In South

first_imgThe Latest on the discovery by officials in South Texas of 17 people locked inside a tractor-trailer parked at a gas station (all times local):1:15 p.m.An official with U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the high number of people being smuggled into the U.S. in tractor-trailers in South Texas “goes right back to a weak border.”Manuel Padilla is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s sector chief for the Rio Grande Valley, the region at Texas’ southernmost point. He spoke to The Associated Press the day after 17 immigrants were found locked inside a tractor-trailer parked at an Edinburg gas station.Padilla said Monday that authorities had stopped more than 30 tractor-trailers since October in the Rio Grande Valley. He tells the AP that “in general terms” the use of tractor-trailers to smuggle people is higher in South Texas “than any other area along the border.”Most apprehensions of people crossing the United States’ southern border occur in the Rio Grande Valley, which includes more than 300 miles of the Rio Grande, the river separating the U.S. and Mexico in Texas.Immigrants discovered in the tractor-trailer were from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Romania. Padilla says while most people crossing the southern U.S. border illegally come from Central America, people from Europe and Asia also occasionally enter the U.S. illegally through Mexico.___12:49 a.m.Police in Texas say 17 people were found locked inside a tractor-trailer parked outside a gas station.Edinburg Assistant Police Chief Oscar Trevino tells KGBT-TV the immigrants from several different countries may have been locked inside the 18-wheeler for at least eight hours before being freed by officers Sunday morning.None of the people inside the tractor-trailer required medical attention. Trevino says two people believed to be in charge of the rig were detained.The television station reports Edinburg police responded after getting an anonymous call from someone saying a relative was trapped inside the tractor-trailer with several others.A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the agency is investigating the case.The incident comes more than three weeks after 10 people died and several others were rescued from a sweltering rig in San Antonio.___Information from: KGBT-TV, http://www.valleycentral.com Sharelast_img read more