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A Corrupt Moroccan Real Estate System That Needs FixingA Corrupt Moroccan Real Estate System That Needs Fixing

Marrakech – A study conducted by the site mubawab.ma, together with the real estate agency 8th Avenue, highlights what everybody who has any dealings with the Moroccan real estate market already knows: something is rotten in the real estate of Morocco. The study points to activities in the Moroccan real estate industry which involve sole operators, agencies, and developers. Professional conduct and expertise are lacking throughout the industry. Amateurs pretending to be real estate professionals often waste client’s time and are often fraudsters. There is no proper code of conduct and information on banking and financial procedures in the acquisition of property are not clear or are misinterpreted. It is frequently the case that sums of money which are not declared to the tax authorities are demanded as part of the sale. Purchasers of property are therefore stuck in a situation where they can lose money when they come to sell their property.In addition, there are bogus agents acting without a proper license who add additional costs to property purchases and rentals, and necessary information is often not communicated to the purchaser. The situation is sometimes worsened by lawyers who do not protect their client’s rights. The study by Mubawab reveals that there is a lack of professionalism and regulations governing real estate agencies. This is made worse by informal actors such as notaries, banks and even the concierge’s of buildings and apartments who compete against each other. On the other side, purchasers and owners often do their utmost to avoid paying commissions.Inefficient and slow bureaucracy and legal inefficiency prevent registration of title and the acquisition of necessary information to conduct transactions. Similar problems also affect developers, the study by Mubawab notes. The respected magazine Telquel has also reviewed the state of the Moroccan real estate sector in its latest issue and come to the same conclusions. Telquel interviewed Mohamed Nabil Benaballah, Minister for Urban Development, who acknowledged that the controls on the sector are insufficient and promised action on widespread fraudulent practices by developers.Unsurprisingly, the result has been a property sales slump, especially in Marrakech where many properties languish unsold or unfinished. It is not just a question of the financial crisis, international purchasers and investors have lost confidence in the whole system for property purchases in Morocco because of endemic corruption and bad practices in the real estate sector as a whole. The only solution is a complete clean up of the real estate sector with proper controls on the legal system, the banks and all who work in the property sector.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Biofuel production is criminal path leading to global food crisis – UNBiofuel production is criminal path leading to global food crisis – UN

28 April 2008The United States and the European Union have taken a “criminal path” by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Speaking at a press conference today in Geneva, Jean Ziegler said that fuel policies pursued by the US and the EU were one of the main causes of the current worldwide food crisis. Mr. Ziegler said that last year the US used a third of its corn crop to create biofuels, while the European Union is planning to have 10 per cent of its petrol supplied by biofuels. The Special Rapporteur has called for a five-year moratorium on the production of biofuels.Mr. Ziegler also said that speculation on international markets was behind 30 per cent of the increase in food prices. He said that companies such as Cargill, which controls a quarter of all cereal production, have enormous power over the market. He added that hedge funds are also making huge profits from raw materials markets, and called for new financial regulations to prevent such speculation.The Special Rapporteur warned of worsening food riots and a “horrifying” increase in deaths by starvation before reforms could take effect. Mr. Ziegler was speaking before a meeting today in Bern, Switzerland, between Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of key UN agencies.Meanwhile, speaking in Rome today, a nutritionist with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said that “global price rises mean that food is literally being taken out of the mouths of hungry children whose parents can no longer afford to feed them.” Andrew Thorne-Lyman said that even temporarily depriving children of the nutrients they need to grow and thrive can leave permanent scars in terms of stunting their physical growth and intellectual potential. He said that families in the developing world are “finding their buying power has been slashed by food price rises, meaning that they can buy less food or food which isn’t as nutritious.” read more

Sun Life Financial Investment Services to pay 17million fine in regulator settlementSun Life Financial Investment Services to pay 17million fine in regulator settlement

TORONTO — Sun Life Financial Investment Services in Canada must pay a $1.7 million fine and $100,000 in costs as part of a settlement agreement with the body that regulates Canada’s mutual fund dealers.In Sun Life’s settlement agreement with the Mutual Fund Dealers Association, the company admits to not having adequate checks and supervision, leading to various practices such as selling mutual funds with back-end fees that, if redeemed early, did not factor in their clients’ age or time horizon, as far back as 2002.The company also admitted to failing to report client complaints, bankruptcy and other key information to MFDA’s tracking system within the required time frame, between January 2010 and June 2015.This comes as the Ontario Securities Commission also approved a no-contest settlement agreement with Assante Capital Management Ltd and Assante Financial Management Ltd., resulting in compensation to clients of more than $3.8 million and more than US$15,400.The settlement follows allegations by staff of the Ontario regulator that there were inadequacies in Assante’s systems of control and supervision, resulting in certain clients paying excess fees that were not detected or corrected in a timely manner.The OSC says Assante has neither admitted nor denied the accuracy of its staff conclusions, but the company has also made a payment of $140,000 to be used towards the regulator’s mandate of protecting investors, and a further payment of $25,000 to cover investigation costs. read more

Journalists in Lanka among vulnerableJournalists in Lanka among vulnerable

The report was jointly released by the International Federation of Journalists and the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) at a national consultation on the freedom of media, organised jointly by the Unesco and Prasar Bharati to observe World Press Freedom Day in New Delhi. The report criticised the Indian government for banning the telecast of a documentary ‘India’s Daughter’, produced by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, saying, it “clearly” showed that India was yet to shed the “rather heavy burden of the public order argument” for restraining media freedom despite years of evolving jurisprudence on the matter. Anomalies in India’s media freedom regime were “evident” in the number of journalists arrested and charged over the years under provisions of the law dealing with sedition and waging war against the state, it said. Journalists in Sri Lanka and India are among the most vulnerable in South Asia, because attackers generally go scot-free, says a report of the International Federation of Journalists, the Deccan Herald reported“The 2014 Impunity Index, published by the Committee to Protect Journalists, had revealed that Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India as the worst offenders on impunity in the region. The situation, unfortunately, remains much the same,” noted the report titled ‘Freedom Frontier: Press Freedom in South Asia 2014-15’. read more

Trump victory speech helps soothe market concernsTrump victory speech helps soothe market concerns

Conciliatory comments from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in the aftermath of his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton helped global stock markets and the dollar trim their hefty losses on Wednesday hours before North American markets opened.It set the stage for what could be a rough ride for investors in Canada, where energy and commodity prices are key.In overnight trading, the Canadian dollar dipped more than a full cent against the greenback at one point,Though uncertainty remains over Trump’s trade, immigration and geopolitical policies, investors appeared somewhat soothed by his victory speech, in which he praised Clinton and urged Americans to “come together as one united people” after a deeply divisive campaign.In Europe, Germany’s DAX was down 0.9 per cent at 10,384 while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.2 per cent lower at 6,832. U.S. stocks are expected to open lower, too, though by far less than earlier predicted. Dow futures are 1.3 per cent lower at 18,057 while the broader S&P 500 futures were down 1.5 per cent at 2,103.“That the reaction seen thus far appears to have been much more tempered is probably due to the emollient and conciliatory nature of Trump’s acceptance speech, and the fact that there was always that nagging doubt that the pollsters may well be wrong,” said Michael Hewson, chief markets analyst at CMC Markets.As Trump gained the lead in the electoral vote count, investors became increasingly uneasy and share prices tumbled in Asia, which were open during the election results. Dow futures were down 4 per cent at one point. However, by the time Trump was confirmed the winner and made his speech, financial markets had steadied.The dollar also recouped some ground, while assets that many investors search out at times of uncertainty, such as gold and the Swiss franc, came off earlier highs. An ounce of gold was up 1.9 per cent at $1,299 while the dollar was only 0.1 per cent lower at 0.9764 Swiss franc.One currency that remains heavily sold is the Mexican peso. It was down 8.2 per cent at 45 U.S. cents as the prospect of a wall along the United States’ southern border — a key campaigning point for Trump — has come one step closer to reality. Trump has insisted that Mexico will pay for the wall. Also potentially impacting the peso is Trump’s threat to rip up trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement, a key plank in Mexico’s economic strategy and growth.“If Trump is able to follow through with these suggestions, Mexican activity will suffer greatly,” said Jane Foley, senior foreign exchange strategist at Rabobank International.In overnight trading, the Canadian dollar dipped sharply initially and was later down more than a half a cent from Tuesday’s close.Under the U.S. constitution, Trump doesn’t formally take the reins of power until January but he will begin the transition to his presidency almost immediately. In the coming weeks, investors will be looking to see if he further tempers some of the rhetoric that polarized American opinion and often spooked investors in financial markets.Trump’s victory could make the U.S. Federal Reserve less likely to raise its key interest rate at its next meeting in mid-December — especially if financial markets remain under pressure. Some analysts are ruling it out entirely.“Less chance of a Fed rate hike also helps keep investors smiling at the prospect of cheap money and accommodative global monetary policy stance for a while longer,” said Mike van Dulken, an analyst at Accendo Markets.Another point of interest will centre on the U.S.’s trade relations with China. Trump’s victory has raised concerns that the U.S. and China might embark on a trade war of sorts and that protectionism around the world will grow.“Investors will right now be in the process of attempting to differentiate between Trump’s actual policy positions and some of the more outlandish statements made on the campaign trail,” said Michael Levy, an emerging markets investment director at Barings.In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index closed 5.4 per cent lower, recouping some losses, at 16,251.54. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng closed 2.2 per cent lower to 22,415.19 while the main index in Shanghai fell 0.6 per cent to 3,128.77.South Korea’s trade ministry held an emergency meeting to review prospects of U.S. trade policies after the presidential elections. Top officials from Japan’s central bank and finance ministry met Wednesday to discuss how to cope with the gyrations in financial markets. Japan’s Deputy Finance Minister Masatsugu Asakawa said speculative movements were at work in the currency markets. “We will take necessary steps if speculative actions continue,” Asakawa said.With files from The Canadian PressRelated stories:Canadians, people around the world watch as Trump nudges ahead in U.S. voteTrump takes key U.S. states in battle for White House Trump victory speech helps soothe market concerns by Pan Pylas and Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Nov 8, 2016 11:59 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2016 at 5:55 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Liberals to dole out 21billion to unclog trade border bottlenecksLiberals to dole out 21billion to unclog trade border bottlenecks

Liberals to dole out $2.1-billion to unclog trade, border bottlenecks by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 4, 2017 7:51 am MDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The federal government plans to sink $2 billion into trade and transport infrastructure, including trade routes along the border with the United States that have become clogged and are in dire need of expansion.At times, the Canadian and U.S. governments may end up sharing costs on border upgrades, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Tuesday in announcing the plan. In other cases, he said, it may be Canadian taxpayers footing the bill alone, such as is the case with the Gordie Howe bridge between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit.Without the planned spending, however, cargo could get caught up in bottlenecks at bridges, tunnels and ports, putting businesses in both countries in peril, Garneau warned a business audience that included the acting American ambassador.“We must remember that we can have the best quality products and the most ambitious trade agreements in the world, but none of that will matter if we don’t move our goods efficiently and reliably to markets,” he said in a luncheon speech.“Our customers can always look elsewhere for their needs.”He pointed to the auto sector, where parts come from both countries and a car crosses the border multiple times before it is sold to consumers.“That car is as Canadian as it is American, and the process to get it into your driveway keeps people employed on both sides of the border, and so those trade corridors have to keep working too.”Speaking later with reporters, Garneau played down any suggestion that he was trying to push back against protectionist sentiments from the Trump administration, which is marking its first Independence Day in office and is looking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement in the coming months.The $2-billion fund announced Tuesday will go to projects that will have the biggest impact on more easily moving goods and people around the country and over borders. Proponents will be able to provide their proposals by Sept. 5, with funding to start coming out early next year.Garneau said other projects the government will consider funding are those that mitigate the effects climate change and severe weather might have on transportation routes.“There will be more projects than there is money and some of it will be laid out over a number of years,” he said during a Q-and-A session.“We want to go with the most urgent and most important (projects) as early as possible.”Of that $2 billion, the government plans to set aside $400 million towards transportation in the North, where there are few paved runways that limit what planes can fly in and increasing the costs of everyday goods.There will also be $50 million set aside over five years to cover the cost of writing new regulations to deal with the proliferation of recreational drones, and self-driving cars that are already being tested. A further $50 million will also go to data collection so that shippers, drivers and transportation officials know where cargo is at any given time, to more easily move goods and identify areas for investments.The money announced Tuesday is part of $10.1 billion in planned spending over the next 11 years on trade and transportation corridor projects.About half of that money, $5 billion, will flow to projects through the soon-to-be-created infrastructure bank. The bank will use federal cash to try and leverage private investment to help pay for projects that can generate revenue and provide a profit to private investors.— Follow @jpress on Twitter. read more

Mens hockey Ohio State splits series at MichiganMens hockey Ohio State splits series at Michigan

OSU junior forward Matthew Weis (16) tries to corral the puck during a face-off in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15, 2016. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | For The LanternAfter an offensive struggle last weekend against Wisconsin, the No. 11 Ohio State men’s hockey team (13-7-6, 4-5-1-1) split a weekend series on the road with the rivaled Michigan Wolverines (9-13-2, 2-7-1-1).Game One:OSU crawled back from a four-goal deficit in the third period to cut the Michigan lead to one, but could not overcome an early 3-0 hole to fall in Friday night’s opener, 5-4.Freshman forward Tanner Laczynski, senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey and sophomore forwards Miguel Fidler and Dakota Joshua all netted a goal in the loss. Schilkey also added an assist for OSU, as well as two helpers from sophomore forward Mason Jobst, who extended his point streak to 11 games.The Wolverines opened the game with goals from senior forward Evan Allen, freshman forward Adam Winborg and sophomore forward Cooper Marody to give Michigan a 3-0 lead with 13:13 left in the second. Despite Laczynski’s goal to cut the deficit to two, Marody added two more in the period for his hattrick, and a comfortable 5-1 lead for coach Red Berenson’s squad.The Scarlet and Gray would make things interesting, however, as Schilkey and Fidler each scored just 17 seconds into the final period, and Joshua cut the Michigan lead to one with more than 11 minutes remaining. In spite of the comeback, the Wolverines early lead would prove to be too much, as the Buckeyes dropped Game One of the series.Game TwoComing into the weekend, the Scarlet and Gray entered the matchup with Michigan as the second ranked team in the nation for power play goals — and Saturday night, coach Steve Rohlik’s team showed just why that is.A goal a piece from Joshua and sophomore forward John Wiitala, and two goals from Jobst and Schilkey propelled the Buckeyes to a 6-5 win over the Wolverines in the second game of the weekend series.Schilkey opened Game Two with his 19th goal of the season on the power play, and second in two games to give the Scarlet and Gray the 1-0 lead just five minutes into the game, but soon was answered by Michigan’s Marody to bring the score level. Jobst notched the assist on Schilkey’s goal, his 24th of the season and 12th consecutive game with a point.Joshua would add his second goal of the weekend in the period, but junior defender Sam Piazza tied the game at two just five minutes later. Wolverines’ freshman forward Jake Slaker tallied a goal with just over a minute remaining in the first to give Michigan their first lead of the game, and cap off an exciting first 20 minutes.Just under seven minutes into the second period, it was Michigan again.Freshman forward James Sanchez netted his fourth goal of the year to extend the lead to 4-2. The Scarlet and Gray came within one with 9:20 left in the period after Jobst redirected a shot from freshman defenseman Gordi Myer past Wolverines’ goalie Hayden Lavigne for the second power play goal of the night.However, OSU would again go down a goal five minutes later when senior forward Max Shuart scored to make it 5-3.With just under two minutes remaining, Wiitala found the back of the net from close range to cut the Wolverine lead to one heading into the final period. Laczynski and junior defender Matt Weis tallied assist on the goal.Eight minutes into the third, it was the power play offense again.Just as a five-on-three ended, Schilkey centered a pass to Jobst, and the sophomore pushed the puck past Lavigne to tie the game at five with his second point of the night, and fourth of the series.As time ran down in the final 20 minutes from Yost Ice Arena, both sides looked for the game-winning goal  — and with under 60 seconds remaining, it was the Buckeyes’ captain to the rescue.Schilkey slapped a rocket from the center of the attacking zone into the top right corner to give the Scarlet and Gray the 6-5 victory, and three points in the Big Ten standings. OSU returns home next weekend for a possible top-10 matchup, as the No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers come to Columbus for two Big Ten clashes. Puck drop from the Schottenstein Center both Friday and Saturday night is set for 8 p.m. read more

Royals attend church without Duke of Edinburgh on Easter SundayRoyals attend church without Duke of Edinburgh on Easter Sunday

first_imgIt is understood Philip missed the annual Maundy Service on Thursday because of a problem with his hip.It is not thought to be a serious issue as Philip, who was named as a guest in the order of service for the Maundy Thursday event, was spotted driving in Windsor Great Park on Wednesday.Last week, Philip pulled out of an official engagement with the Queen and Duke of York because he was unwell, according to reports.He was due to attend an event at Windsor Castle to mark Andrew’s new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards but was unable to attend because he was feeling “under the weather”, the Daily Mail reported. The Queen receives flowers from two girls after the service Princess Eugenie and Princess AnneCredit: SIMON DAWSON/ REUTERS Princess Eugenie and Princess Anne Harry and Meghan were not at the service, with Kensington Palace describing their weekend plans as “private”. Members of the public waited outside the chapel as the 91-year-old monarch arrived.Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie attended the Easter service, along with Eugenie’s fiance Jack Brooksbank. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were there without their childrenCredit:James Whatling Photography The Queen receives flowers from two girls after the serviceCredit:AFP/TOLGA AKMEN center_img The Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence led the royal family down the hill to the chapel, and were joined by Zara Tindall.Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, also attended the service. The Duke of Edinburgh was absent from this year’s Easter service at Windsor attended by the Queen.Philip, who has effectively retired from royal duties, was absent from the Easter Mattins Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – where Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle in May.It is understood he was not due to attend the service.The church service is the latest event the 96-year-old duke has been absent from in recent days and it is understood that he has been experiencing some trouble with his hip.The Queen was joined by members of the royal family including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were there without their children. James Whatling Photography William and Kate were the final royals to arrive at the church – arriving after the Queen and other family members had already gone in – and a few minutes after the 10.45am start time.Kate looked elegant in a classic dark coat and matching hat as she made her way into the 14th-century Gothic chapel inside the castle walls.The Duchess, who is expected to give birth to her third child this month, is now on maternity leave. He stepped down from his public duties last summer but on occasion does attend events with the Queen.When it was announced last year that he would be retiring from official engagements, Buckingham Palace stressed that the decision was not health-related and he had the full support of the Queen. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Maja Zebic to Vardar SCBTMaja Zebic to Vardar SCBT

New Macedonian champion, ZRK Vardar SCBT finished series of fantastic transfer with Croatian left wing Maja Zebic. She is currently captain of Serbian RK Zaječar who defend the Championship title – fourth time in a row. Before Serbia, Zebic has played in Spain (Itxako) and Croatia (RK Podravka). ← Previous Story Poland playoffs: Vive Kielce humiliates Azoty Pulawy, wins by 28 goals Next Story → BM Atletico Madrid wins “Copa Del Rey 2013” Maja ZebicZRK Vardar SCBT

Suspected poacher mauled to death and eaten by pack of lions inSuspected poacher mauled to death and eaten by pack of lions in

first_imgSuspected poacher mauled to death and eaten by pack of lions in South Africa The remains were found at the weekend in the bush at a private game park in the northern province of Limpopo Share2081 Tweet Email10 Monday 12 Feb 2018, 11:01 AM Image: DPA/PA Images Short URL 217 Comments A SUSPECTED POACHER was mauled to death and eaten by a pack of lions close to the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police said today, adding that little was left of the victim’s body.The remains were found at the weekend in the bush at a private game park near Hoedspruit in the northern province of Limpopo, where animals have been poached in increasing numbers over recent years.“It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains,” Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.A loaded hunting rifle was found near the body on Saturday morning. Police are trying to establish the victim’s identity.Last year, several lions were found poisoned near a farm in the same province with their heads and paws sawn off.Lion body parts are used in traditional medicine.Poachers also often target rhinoceroses in South Africa’s game parks to feed a booming demand for rhino horn in China, Vietnam and other Asian countries, where it is believed to have medicinal qualities.© – AFP 2018Read: ‘Raped women are forced to marry their rapists to maintain their family’s name’Read: These Israeli teeth show modern humans left Africa 100,000 years earlier than thought http://jrnl.ie/3847303 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 12th 2018, 11:01 AM By AFP 111,628 Views Image: DPA/PA Imageslast_img read more

Pochettino looking forward to future with SpursPochettino looking forward to future with Spurs

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he is looking forward to the future with the club.The former Southampton manager is hopeful that the club has all it takes to start to challenge for titles both in England and in Europe in the nearest future.“We were talking about establishing a new stadium, to be focused with the only priority to win games,” Pochettino said, according to Football London.“The circumstance that happened in the last years, I think the club is not focused completely on winning titles or winning games.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We have a lot of focus and you know very well when you are competing with sides like we are in Champions League and Premier League, the most important thing is to fight in the same conditions as others.”“Today, we spend a lot of energy on many things. One is to win games, but it’s not the priority is not to win games. For us, yes. But the club need to be all focused on trying to win titles.”“Because today we need to fix other problems and different circumstances that happen that don’t help the team or the club to only be focused on winning titles.”“Sometimes people expect that we should be winning or we must win titles when the circumstances are not ideal.”last_img read more

Digital in the Black for First Time at FutureDigital in the Black for First Time at Future

first_imgFuture plc, the U.K.-based enthusiast publisher with a U.S operation in San Francisco, released half-year results for its fiscal 2011 and digital has become the star performer.The company’s revenues for the period were down overall to about $111 million (£68.8 million), from $115 million (£71.4 million) in same period 2010. EBITA shrank to $3.9 million (£2.4 million) from $7 million (£4.4). EBITA for the UK group was about $8.8 million while the U.S. and central costs dragged it down, each coming in at about a negative $2.4 million.According to the company, digital efforts compensated for the decline in print contributions for the U.K. division, while the U.S. wasn’t so lucky with a 25 percent decline in print advertising for the period, along with continued investments in growth areas. Overall U.K. revenues declined about 3 percent for the period, while U.S. revenues dropped 6 percent. According to Future, digital content revenues grew 30 percent for the period and the segment now accounts for 34 percent of advertising revenue. Digital edition and tablet product sales have increased ten-fold year over year, says the company, which have helped propel the digital segment into profitability for the first time ever, as initially reported by PaidContent. U.K. group digital profits were $1.8 million (£1.1 million), while U.S. digital profits were $800,000. “The arrival of tablets has finally delivered on the promise of mobile accelerating digital consumption,” said Future CEO Stevie Spring in a statement.Spring said the company is grossing $161,000 per month in tablet-related sales. The U.S. group–which accounts for about 29 percent of overall revenues-saw tougher challenges for the period. Revenues declined by 7 percent and circulation revenue dropped 10 percent. The circ decline was attributed to the closing of the Pregnancy group, a phasing out of low-yield subscribers and a smaller retail footprint due to bookstore closures and a shrinking independent retailer pool. However, digital advertising revenue is now 36 percent of overall ad revenues for the U.S. group and the Future Plus custom publishing division doubled its revenue for the period through launches for Knitting Today, Blizzard and “bespoke” apps for Best Buy and yarn manufacturer Coats and Clark.The company’s complete first-half financials are here.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for March 22 Driver Arrested Truck vs Deer Injured TurkeyPOLICE LOG for March 22 Driver Arrested Truck vs Deer Injured Turkey

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, March 22, 2019:Police participated in a SWAT team call out to Methuen. (12:37am)Animal Control Officer responded to report of a limping turkey on Butters Row. Turkey flew away as officer approached. (7:53am)A caller reported a grey Camry brake checked her all the way down Glen Road. Police unable to locate vehicle. (5:58pm)Fridrik V. Fridrikkson (34, Beverly) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License. Police responded after caller reported a vehicle had been outside his residence for a prolonged period. (6:43pm)A Ford F150 struck a deer on Concord Street. (8:09pm)Public Buildings reported an object was thrown a window at the Library. Officer on scene stated not as reported — accidental damage. (9:25pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Bingo hall theft Man in Halloween mask grabbed money and ranBingo hall theft Man in Halloween mask grabbed money and ran

first_imgA man in a Halloween mask stole nearly $3,000 from Bethel’s VFW Bingo Hall on Tuesday night. (Katie Basile/KYUK)Before a man in a bloody Halloween mask walked up to the register, it was a bingo night like any other.Listen nowJim Wycoff was the caller that evening.“It was a pretty routine night,” Wycoff said. “Everybody gets their cards, and then we go through game after game. We had just identified a winner.”Josie Andrews had just finished working the bingo hall’s concession stand, where she sells pretzels and nachos to customers. She was standing near the register, shuffling through the sheets for the next game, when a man walked in. Andrews said that he was wearing a mask that was made to look like it was bloody.“The way he was walking towards me I didn’t see any harm, like a gun or a knife,” Andrews said. “The way he was looking at me I thought it was a prank. Next thing I knew he took the money and ran.”The thief had reached into the bingo hall’s cash drawer and grabbed a fistful of bills. Most people in the hall didn’t see the crime happen, but they definitely heard it.Julie Springer was sitting at one of the tables closest to the door, playing a few games.“All I heard was a guy yelling ‘Hey!’ with great force,” Springer said. “Next thing I know, somebody went out and several more people went trailing out after him.”“I was afraid; I was scared,” Springer added.Wycoff ran after the thief with at least three other men.“I see him going down the street towards the college, and so I’m running after him,” Wycoff said. “And he’s younger and faster than I [am]. All I saw was his form running down the street; in the dark, in the shadows.”Wycoff said that the man in the mask gave him the slip when he sprinted past the KuC campus. The Bethel Police Department was called, and officers spent some time last night reviewing the bingo hall’s security footage. As of this broadcast, they don’t have a suspect in custody.This wasn’t a small-time robbery. According to Wycoff, the thief managed to grab several neatly bundled stacks of bills from the bingo hall’s cash drawer, a total of almost $3,000. Tuesday is the Lions Club’s bingo night, and the proceeds from the night’s games would have gone to them.“They run the Winter House,” Wycoff said. “One of their major funding efforts is to keep that going. It’s pretty sad when they [thieves] attack a charitable organization like that.”The cash drawer was open, and there wasn’t any kind of barrier that would prevent somebody from reaching in and taking something. Wycoff said that before this happened, the bingo hall didn’t think that it needed any extra security.“This is the first time this has happened in the 20 years I’ve been doing this,” Wycoff said.Wycoff added that the hall’s managers have already discussed adding additional security measures.“We need to make it a lot harder to do in the future, because if they’ve done this once, they’ll probably do it again,” Wycoff said.Bethel Chief of Police Burke Waldron says that the Police Department’s investigation is ongoing.“We have some information that we need to follow up on,” Waldron said.last_img read more

India warns chronic defaulters of service taxIndia warns chronic defaulters of service tax

first_imgChennai, Nov 09 (ANI): Union Finance Minister, P Chidambaram, has warned tax defaulters of service tax and urged the non-filers to take advantage of the scheme that waives interest and other penalties. The Finance Minister was speaking at an interactive session on Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme (VCES) – 2013 in Chennai on Saturday and called on non-payers to come clean before December 31, 2013. Under VCES – 2013, an Indian government amnesty scheme, one is offered a chance to make onetime payment of service tax dues for the period of October 1, 2007 to December 31, 2012, without interest and penalty.last_img read more

Mohamedali Budhwani – a visionary for Indian combat sportsMohamedali Budhwani – a visionary for Indian combat sports

first_imgMohamedali BudhwaniPR HandoutWhat does it take to revolutionize the Combat Sports business in India and develop one of the largest and most popular MMA Promotion in a country?Ask the man, who created a new wave and opened up international floodgates of opportunities for Combat Sports in India.Meet Mohamedali Budhwani, Chairman & MD of Toyam Industries Limited and founder of Kumite 1 League.The battle was set about a couple of decades ago during Budhwani’s graduation days. “I remember watching ‘Mike Tyson Vs Holyfield’ thinking, why doesn’t India produce such world champions?”One thing led to the other and before he could realise, he was wearing the entrepreneurs’ hat on multiple projects simultaneously, and his passion for combat sports had to take a backseat.Post 2006, the world saw a new sport emerging from the USA, which attracted huge audience. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) had arrived. Mixed Martial Arts was becoming the fastest growing sport in the world.Late 2010, the scene had started building in India, a few attempts were made in the early 2012 – 2015.Meanwhile, Budhwani’s fascination grew from only boxing to the emerging new sport of Mixed Martial Arts.Big things were happening in the UFC, with a change of guard valued at USD 4.2 bn. The sport of MMA was officially recognised by global media as the fastest growing sport in the world.Budhwani came up with a masterplan to popularise the sport of Mixed Martial Arts in the country. It took 6 months and a lot of coffees to figure the best way to build MMA as a mainstream and mass engagement game in India.The first step was to show the business and popularity of the sport to the audience of India. Unfortunately the Indian mass did not connect well with international MMA stars and India has not yet produced idols of the sport.This is when Mike Tyson happened. A long trip to the USA, hours of convincing Iron Mike to come to India and he agreed to have his first trip to India. Thereafter, all the cards played out well – a global Boxing legend, popular within the masses in India, as brand ambassador, an introductory event at Mumbai’s most prestigious venue with a 6000+ audience and influencers in attendance, a country vs country format with an unique live point scoring system for better understanding of the sport. The final strike came in with event broadcast in 91 countries across the world including India.Budhwani says that “MMA bears resemblance to the bygone Gladiator era. Combatants fought with each other in an arena and entertained audiences having utilised all their mental and physical resilience to come out victorious”.With that vision, Kumite 1 League had arrived in style.So what’s next?Step 1, established the brand and the sport within the mass community. Now Indians would like to see their own idols in the sport of MMA. So, next Up – Kumite 1 Warrior Hunt – India’s first televised talent hunt and reality series in search of the best homegrown MMA talent from India.A few thoughts from Budhwani – “We are creating a sustainable environment and infrastructure so that Indian MMA athletes can have ample opportunities to create their own identity. India needs to produce world-class fighters for the sport to take root and grow exponentially and ‘Warrior Hunt’ is our ambitious project in unearthing the raw, hidden talent and nurturing them into world-class athletes”last_img read more

Game of Thrones Stars Are Freaking Out Over Their Emmy NominationsGame of Thrones Stars Are Freaking Out Over Their Emmy Nominations

first_imgStay on target Cersei Lannister died in the Red Keep, but the character’s legacy lives on: Lena Headey, who was nominated for Supporting Actress, posted a funny reaction on Instagram that said, “No I’m not engaged I’m just super CHUFFED and shocked and FULL of gratitude for the game changing opportunity that has been ‘Game Of Thrones’…. what a way to say Adios to this adventure of a lifetime .. Congrats to our INCREDIBLE CREW AND CAST.”Gwendoline Christie Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), another first-time Emmy nominee, was shocked about her Supporting Actress announcement and uploaded it to Instagram. Christie wrote, “I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!!!????!?!!?!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #EmmyAwards #CANITTRULYBEREAL??????????”Maisie Williamshttps://t.co/SPC1GvXizw pic.twitter.com/is6SYyip8t— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) July 16, 2019What do we say to the God of Death? Not today. Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), who was previously nominated for Supporting Actress in 2016, posted a hilarious GIF on Twitter in response to her second Emmy nomination.Sophie TurnerPhoto Credit: Sophie Turner / Instagram“I’m beyond humbled. I truly never thought that this would ever happen,” Sophie Turner, who received her first Emmy nomination for playing Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, said in her Instagram Story on Wednesday. “This is the best farewell to the show that has been my life for the past 10 years.”Carice van Houten Game of Thrones has ended its watch, however, the HBO series is not falling off the radar: For its final season, Game of Thrones recently received 32 nominations for the Emmy Awards, breaking the Emmys record for the most nominations in a single season.Many of the show’s stars, including Alfie Allen, Lena Headey, and Gwendoline Christie, were in complete shock over their Emmy nominations on Tuesday, Variety reported. Many cast members, including Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, received nominations for lead roles, while others, such as Carice van Houten and Sophie Turner, were celebrating their first Emmy nominations.Game of Thrones squad members posted emotional responses to the epic news on Instagram and Twitter and some said they were “not expecting that” and “thank you universe,” Harper’s Bazaar noted.Alfie AllenPhoto Credit: Alfie Allen / InstagramAlfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), who was nominated for his first Emmy, wrote on his Instagram Story, “Wow. Was not expecting that.” He then uploaded a picture of goosebumps on his arm to show that he was very excited about the news.Lena Headeycenter_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Carice van Houten (Melisandre) was also excited about her first Emmy nomination, and shared an uplifting post on Instagram about her Outstanding Guest Actress announcement. “This summer is hot and full of surprises,” she wrote on Instagram. “Wow, I’m very excited and proud!”The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 22, at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Fox.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Recreated in 300-Foot Embroidered TapestryCreepy Australian Bee Fly Is Named After Night King From ‘Game of Thrones’Exclusive: We Learn More About New ‘Game of Thrones’ Mobile Gamelast_img read more

Actor refused by agency as they already have a gay actorActor refused by agency as they already have a gay actor

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Joseph Segal was refused by an agency GAYSTARNEWS- An actor was refused to be taken on by an agency as they already had a gay actor.center_img And Matthew Lewis, who played Neville in the Harry Potter series, said: ‘This is mental. Do you wear a sign? Who gives a shit! How many straight actors they got? Any clashes?‘I heard Schwarzenegger wasn’t actually a cyborg from the future but they gave him the part anyway.‘Christ, it’s literally pretending to be somebody you’re not. Sorry pal.’‘We feel ashamed…so ashamed we feel unable to defend it’The agency responded with an apology to Segal.‘We offer our sincerest of apologies to you and anyone else who may have taken offense,’ the agency said.‘We feel ashamed about it, so ashamed we feel unable to defend it.‘When choosing clients we look at all aspects the artist brings to the table and at no point should we have commented on your sexuality.’The agency also said they would inform their clients of the situation.Agency will closeA day later, and Segal tweeted the agency will now close.‘Thank you for your support and response,’ he said in a message to his followers.‘The agency will close after a number of its clients leaving. This was an inexperienced agency, who I now know, was not a member of the necessary associations.‘Donations will be made to the LGBT Foundation and Mind.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Joseph Segal, a musician and performer based in London, applied to an agency to be represented by them in his career.But then he was told he was being refused on the basis of his sexuality.Agency: ‘We already have a gay actor…’They said: ‘We already have a gay actor on our books and also an actor/musician of the same age. So we feel there would be a clash.‘I’m unable to consider you at the moment.’Posting a screenshot of the email on his Twitter account, Segal slammed the agency for its homophobia.‘I am hurt and frustrated,’ he wrote. ‘Are all gay actors the same? Do we not get cast? Are there not enough roles for us?’The tweet went viral, gaining thousands of retweets and likes.Support from celebs and working actorsGay writer and Sherlock actor Mark Gattis said: ‘Christ. This is scary. Reprehensible.’Game of Thrones’ Tom Hopper, who plays Rickon, said: ‘Joseph, it is a disgrace that this agent has brought your sexuality in to the equation as a reason not to take you on.‘I’ve worked with many gay actors and they very often are playing a straight character and vice versa. So your sexuality is irrelevant to your casting eligibility.’ Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/actor-refused-agency-already-gay-actor/last_img read more

New Year new corporate identityNew Year new corporate identity

first_imgCHi Central Hospitality International Left to Right Tom Thrussell VP Brand, Marketing & Digital of Chi, Suparat Chirathivat VP Business Development of Chi, Thirayuth Chirathivat Chief Executive Officer of Chi, Suthikiati Chirathivat Chairman of the Board of Chi,Supatra Chirathivat Senior VP Corporate Affairs & Social Responsibilities of Chi, Chris Bailey Chief Operating Officer of Chi, Robert Maurer Loeffler Group Director Operations Bangkok & City Hotels of CHiNew Year, new corporate identityIn January 2016 Centara Hotels & Resorts will be renamed Central Hospitality International (CHi).  This is a refresh and renaming of the management and holding company behind its collection of hotels. The hotel brands, products and services will remain unchanged.The introduction of CHi serves to differentiate the corporate brand and its member hotel brands, as well as to align the hotel group with the other eponymously named Central Group companies creating greater affiliation and synergy within the Central family.The inclusion of the word “International” within the name signifies CHi’s intent to continue to expand its portfolio both in Thailand and international markets, becoming even more of a global player in the hospitality sector.  “Our objective is to strategically grow the business and build international brand awareness and recognition through acquiring and managing hotels in global cities and resorts. These locations will be carefully identified according not only to the global travel profile of our existing and prospective guests but also in recognition of those destinations which embrace and value the elements of Thai service style that will continue to form part of the DNA of our brands” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer of Central Hospitality International.In 2016, the continued international expansion of the hotel group will see the introduction of additional hotel brands to the Central Hospitality International family.  Today, the group includes Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Residences & Suites, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra Hotels & Resorts and COSI Hotels.About Central Hospitality InternationalCentral Hospitality International (CHi) is the new corporate name for the formerly known Centara Hotels & Resorts. CHi is a global hospitality group, founded and headquartered in Thailand, comprising hotels, resorts, convention centres and spas. CHi currently has 66 properties in its expanding portfolio of owned and managed assets throughout Thailand and in the Maldives, Bali, Vietnam and Sri Lanka along with projects underway in Qatar, Laos, Oman, Turkey and China. The CHi family of brands currently includes Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Residences & Suites, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra Hotels & Resorts and COSI Hotels, spa brands SPA Cenvaree and Cense by SPA Cenvaree, and guest loyalty programme CentaraThe1Card.CHi is part of the larger Central Group of companies, which comprises 9 business groups: Central Department Store Group (CDG), Central Food Retail Group (CFG), Central Hardlines Group (CHG), Central Online (COL), Central Pattana Group (CPN), Central Marketing Group (CMG), Central Restaurants Group (CRG) and Central Group (VIETNAM). Source = Central Hospitality Internationallast_img read more

Buffalo Bills defensive backs coach Donnie HendersBuffalo Bills defensive backs coach Donnie Henders

first_imgBuffalo Bills defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson instructs players during their NFL football rookie camp at the team’s facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) Herm Edwards’ first Arizona State coaching staff is still taking shape.Just days after defensive coordinator Phil Bennett decided not to accept Edwards’ offer to stay on the staff for 2018, a new name has surfaced as a candidate for a spot on the defensive staff.Mike Jurecki of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station has learned that Edwards has zeroed in on longtime NFL assistant Donnie Henderson for a job on the revamped staff. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Henderson, 60, wasn’t on a coaching staff in 2017. His last stop was in Buffalo, where he served as the defensive backs coach for the Bills from 2013 to 2016. Prior to that, Henderson had two one-year stints in the college game, serving as the DBs coach at Southern University in 2011 and at Syracuse in 2012.The veteran is also no stranger to the Valley. Henderson coached defensive backs for the Cardinals under head coach Ken Whisenhunt from 2009 to 2010 an was on the staff at ASU from 1992 to 1997 under Bruce Snyder.Henderson does have some experience as a defensive coordinator during his career. He held that position with the New York Jets under Edwards from 2004 to 2005. In 2006, he oversaw the Detroit Lions’ defense under head coach Rod Marinelli for a team that went 3-13 and ranked 30th in the league, giving up an average of 24.9 points per contest.Bennett, who held the position for one year after coming from Baylor to work with head coach Todd Graham, had a positive influence on Arizona State’s defense. The Sun Devils ranked second-to-last among FBS teams in total yardage allowed in 2015, giving up 521 yards per game in 2015 under coordinator Keith Patterson. Last year, the Sun Devils yielded 447 yards per game, good for 109th in the country and eighth in the Pac-12. 41 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Earlier in the week, reports circulated that Arizona State’s search was focused on Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs, but he ended up signing a contract extension that keeps him under contract with the Red Raiders through the 2019 season.In addition to Henderson, The Football Scoop reported Friday that former NFL and University of Arizona linebacker Antonio Pierce is a candidate to join the coaching staff as a linebackers coach.Pierce is currently the Director of Football Operations and Special Teams Coordinator at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California.last_img read more