Syncrude outage expected to ease pipeline congestion boost heavy oil prices

first_imgCALGARY – A production shutdown at Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., is expected to free up pipeline space out of Western Canada and raise prices for Canadian heavy oil.The company has said production could remain offline through July after a power outage late last week forced Syncrude to stop its production of upgraded bitumen.In a research report, Canadian analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. say the stoppage should help alleviate pipeline congestion in Western Canada that has increased the difference in price for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude oil.The differential spiked at about US$30 per barrel in February, fell to the high-teens in April and May as oilsands projects went through maintenance shutdowns, but rose again in the past few weeks as output again fills pipelines. It closed at US$25.50 last Friday.The analysts say the news is negative for Suncor Energy Inc., which owns about 59 per cent of Syncrude, and Imperial Oil Ltd., with a 25 per cent stake.Syncrude’s production capacity is 350,000 barrels per day of crude oil.last_img read more

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Over 2000 child abuse cases a year

According to the Ministry of Justice, around 2000 cases involving some form of violence towards a child are filed with the Attorney General’s Department each year, UNICEF said in a statement today.Most of the violence is taking place within the family among those a child knows and trusts. A 2005 UNICEF-supported study conducted in Anuradhapura, Colombo South and Ratnapura revealed that 70 per cent of incidents were inflicted by a relative or someone close to the family, while 27 per cent were within a relationship, and only 3 per cent of incidents were inflicted by a stranger or person unknown to the victim. The launch event took place in Anuradhapura followed by training for those working for children including probation officers, school principals and child rights protection officers, UNICEF said in the sattement.The campaign on a ‘Violence Free Society for Children’ seeks to break the culture of silence and prevent child abuse. The Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs has launched a campaign on a ‘Violence Free Society for Children’ in partnership with UNICEF. Several activities will be conducted across the most vulnerable and high risk districts in the country to build awareness on violence against children and child abuse in communities, schools, homes and among politicians; and to develop the capacity of the child protection system to better identify and effectively respond to victims of violence and abuse.“The Government’s vision is to create a violence free society for children, to prevent abuse and exploitation of innocent lives and to create an environment where children will be free to enjoy their childhood,” the Minister of Child Development and Women’s Affairs, Tissa Karaliyadde said.The ‘Violence Free Society for Children’ campaign will help: build capacity of the protection system through training of government staff, who work with families and children, to identify and follow-up cases of violence; equip children with the skills needed to protect themselves; raise public awareness; and advocacy among parliamentarians to increase the state resource allocation for child protection, policy, legal reforms and awareness raising work. The UNICEF Sri Lanka Representative Reza Hossaini said “One child abused is one too many. Violence destroys the very essence of childhood and spirals into their adult life. Children must be made to feel safe, free from molestation and abuse and importantly, be able to trust the very people who are supposed to protect them.” read more

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Norfolk parts ways with county fire chief

Norfolk County is taking its fire department in a new direction that includes parting ways with the county’s fire chief Terry Dicks.“This council was elected on a strong platform of change, and that means making some difficult decisions,” says Mayor Kristal Chopp said in a media release. “Today we begin taking Norfolk County’s Fire Department in a new direction.”The heading on the release, issued Thursday morning, states “Norfolk County parts ways with fire chief.”Effective immediately, Deputy Chief Gord Stilwell will serve as acting chief.Dicks began his position as Norfolk’s fire chief in December 2006. He previously worked for the Barrie Fire Department and York Region fire service. The Norfolk fire department has 250 volunteer firefighters covering 11 stations. read more

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US unemployment benefit applications little changed at 388000 near highest level in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 26, 2012 8:54 am MDT US unemployment benefit applications little changed at 388,000, near highest level in 3 months WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits remained stuck near a three-month high last week, a sign that hiring has likely slowed since winter.The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications dipped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 388,000. It was little changed from the previous week’s figure, the highest since Jan. 7.The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 381,750, also the highest in three months.Applications jumped sharply three weeks ago, a sign that employers had stepped up layoffs and added fewer jobs. Economists said the increase might have been inflated by temporary layoffs during the spring holidays, when many school employees are laid off.But applications haven’t dropped back since then. The increase follows a report earlier this month that showed hiring slowed in March.Many economists suggested that weather might have distorted the March jobs report. A warmer winter likely pulled some hiring that normally would have occurred last month into January and February. They have noted that the economy has added an average of 212,000 jobs a month in the January-March quarter, well ahead of last year’s pace.Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke agreed Wednesday that weather has likely disrupted recent data.The warm winter “made perhaps January and February artificially strong and March perhaps artificially a little bit weak,” he said at a news conference. “I wouldn’t draw too much conclusion from the March report.”The unemployment rate has fallen to 8.2 per cent in March from 9.1 per cent in August. Part of the drop was related to people gave up looking for work. People who are out of work but not looking for jobs aren’t counted among the unemployed.Economists note that unemployment benefit applications are lower than they were last year. The government’s report next week on April employment should help clarify the jobs picture. read more

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Given global tensions Alliance of Civilizations needed more than ever – UN

Launched in 2005 through the initiative of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the UN, the Alliance maintains a global network of partners, including States, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector to improve cross-cultural relations between diverse nations and communities.Addressing the ministerial meeting held at UN Headquarters of the Group of Friends of the Alliance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the mission of the decade-old initiative, which aims to build mutual respect among peoples towards a more peaceful, more socially inclusive world.“The ideals we aim for stand in stark contrast to the realities in today’s world,” he stated, pointing to the unprecedented displacement worldwide, humanitarian disasters such as that witnessed in Syria, and the “growing xenophobia on the part of too many groups and even leaders.”“Across the world, we see disturbing divisions among communities. Leaders are abandoning their responsibility– and stoking xenophobia to advance their own personal political ambitions,” Mr. Ban said. “In this tense atmosphere, the mission of the Alliance of Civilizations is all the more important.”The President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, noted that since its inception, the Alliance has become a leading UN platform for intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation.“Founded at a time of division and fear, the Alliance, including through its global forums, has consistently promoted tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples. “Today, however, our humanity faces challenges on a par with, if not greater than those which the Alliance has faced to date. The intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia which we now witness towards different ethnic and religious communities, is deeply, deeply worrying.”Mr. Lykketoft added that violent extremism is a particularly serious concern.“It pains me to witness the barbarity and the absolute disregard for human life, for the lives and dignity of innocent women and children, demonstrated by ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab and others – groups that are fuelled by hatred based on religious, sectarian and ethnic differences…” He added that, in the midst of these challenges, however, the international community has the 2030 Agenda – comprising 17 goals and 169 targets that seek to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, social protection and a healthy environment – which was adopted by world leaders last week.“Its interconnected goals underline that there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development,” said the President.“Through its core initiatives – on youth, education, media and migration – the Alliance can make a significant contribution to realising the new agenda.” Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, stated that the 2030 Agenda must include all people, especially young men and women, embracing cultural diversity and religious differences. “This is where the work of the Alliance is paramount. Sustainable development is not possible where wars and conflicts reign.”He said the 17 goals are attainable when people realize that cultural and religious diversity enriches societies, and this is where the role of the Alliance comes into play.“To reach the targets defined under the 17 goals, we need to reinforce dialogue across civilizations and religions. We need to strengthen the culture of peace and work towards achieving the ultimate goal of living together in harmonious, inclusive and peaceful societies.” read more

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Saddleworth Moor fire Army called in and residents struggle to breathe as toxic

The blaze was so severe it created an ash cloud… 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. The Army was on Wednesday afternoon drafted in as 100 firefighters from two forces tackled the blaze, which may have started when sparks from off-road motorcycles set light to the grass. Crews were tackling four separate fronts of fire in an area covering more than three miles. Fire chiefs have requested military assistance to fight the worst English wildfire in living memory that has left residents in Manchester struggling to breathe as toxic smoke sweeps down from Saddleworth Moor into the city. Dozens of homes were evacuated and schools closed as the blaze continued spread for a third day on Wednesday over 800 hectares of tinder-dry moorland.   read more

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Police seeking trio in robbery of ECD NIS office

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBandits break into Grove supermarket, caught after swift Police responseJune 13, 2018In “Crime”Gunmen storm, rob Region 4 RDC OfficeJune 2, 2016In “Crime”Bandits shoot, rob ECD man in Finance Ministry’s compoundDecember 7, 2016In “Crime” Police are currently hunting for three perpetrators who pounced on two security guards attached to the National Insurance Scheme (ECD) Melanie Damishana Branch and carted off with a large sum of cash.INews was informed that the suspects attacked the two female guards at about 01:30h on Tuesday. The women were escorted to the back of the building where they were bound.The unarmed men took the women’s service pistols and emptied them of the bullets before returning them.The perpetrators then entered the building and made off with a metal safe containing over $600,000.The guards managed to untie themselves before alerting the authorities to the crime.The matter is being investigated. read more

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Google Sues the Government

first_imgGoogle is taking on the UnitedStates government. Don’t worry, it’s not some1984-esque corporate takeover–it’s actually a dispute over an e-mail contract. Thecompany feels that it was unfairly excluded from a potential deal with the USDepartment of the Interior. Google is accusing the government’s decision of adoptingMicrosoft’s mail client over Google Apps, of being “undulyrestrictive of competition.”According to Google, the department failed to conduct aproper investigation into offerings in the space. The e-mail contract covers 88,000users and is estimated to be worth $59 million over the course of five years.Google’s suit against the DOI comes in the face of increasedscrunity and a number of probes into the company’s privacy policies. But thedecision may not be a shot at the government, so much as part of the on-goingbattle between Google and Microsoft.“Google rarely goes on the offensive in court,” EricGoldman, a law professor told The Wall Street Journal. “It’s suing theDepartment of the Interior as a proxy in its battle against Microsoft.”last_img read more

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Greek migrant women of Melbourne

first_imgThe Hellenic Women’s Federation of Victoria will be hosting an International Women’s Day Celebration for 2012, with the theme Greek Migrant Women of Melbourne. The event will showcase the incredible strength and compassion migrant women of Melbourne possessed during their time leaving Greece for a new beginning in Melbourne. Guest speaker for the event will be journalist Claire Gazis. The event will take place at Preston City Hall, corner of Gower and High Streets, Preston from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Thursday 8 March. For more information contact the Hellenic Women’s Federation of Victoria president Sofia Mastoris on 0422 871 920. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Google dote Chrome de la recherche par voix et images

first_imgGoogle dote Chrome de la recherche par voix et images Google a offert de nouvelles fonctionnalités à la version fixe de son moteur de recherche Chrome. Parmi elles, les recherche par reconnaissance vocale et par images, jusqu’alors uniquement proposées sur la version mobile de Google.Les utilisateurs anglophones du navigateur Google Chrome ont désormais eux aussi accès à la recherche par reconnaissance vocale. Jusqu’alors réservée aux mobinautes, cette fonctionnalité   est accessible depuis une icône en forme de microphone. L’internaute n’aura qu’à cliquer pour lancer une recherche vocale. Selon Google, la technologie serait capable de reconnaître quelque 230 milliards de requêtes, afin de réussir à identifier les mots selon la diction des utilisateurs.À lire aussiPourquoi le son de notre voix nous paraît-il si étrange sur un enregistrement ?La recherche par images, Google Goggles, a elle aussi fait son apparition sur Chrome. Le navigateur est en effet désormais doté d’une fonctionnalité baptisée Search by Images. Depuis le moteur consacré aux images, images.google.com, une icône représentant un appareil photo permet de faire un glisser-déposer d’une photo prise sur Internet, ou de transférer une image depuis son ordinateur, afin de lancer la recherche.En outre, Google a doté Chrome d’un troisième nouveau service. Baptisé Instant Pages, cette fonctionnalité est basée sur le chargement par anticipation des premiers résultats de recherche. Le système pré-charge les premiers résultats afin que les pages apparaissent de manière quasi-instantanée lorsque l’internaute décide sur quel lien il veut cliquer. D’après Google, cette technologie pour l’instant uniquement disponible sur la version bêta de Chrome, permet de gagner deux à cinq secondes sur une recherche.Le 20 juin 2011 à 16:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La consommation électrique des datacenters moins importante que prévu

first_imgLa consommation électrique des data-centers moins importante que prévuLa consommation électrique des centres de traitement de données des grandes entreprises a été en 2010 moins importante que ne le prévoyaient les estimations. C’est du moins ce qu’a conclu une étude menée par un professeur de l’université de Stanford.Jonathan Koomey, un professeur de l’université de Stanford, aux Etats-Unis, a réalisé un rapport sur la consommation électrique des data centers à travers le monde. Les résultats de ces travaux concluent à un niveau moins élevé que prévu. Les serveurs des plus grandes entreprises mondiales ont en effet, en 2010, consommé moins que ne l’annonçait l’Environmental Protection Agency. Celle-ci prévoyait une consommation doublée entre 2005 et 2010. Or d’après le rapport de Jonathan Koomey, cité par le New York Times, fait état d’une augmentation de 56% au niveau mondial, et de 36% aux Etats-Unis.Pour Jonathan Koomey, plusieurs facteurs ont ralenti la croissance de la consommation des data centers. La crise économique d’abord, a engendré une réduction des parcs de serveurs. L’explosion de la virtualisation, qui permet de faire fonctionner plusieurs programmes sur une même machine, mais aussi le développement de composants de moins en moins gourmands en électricité, ont également contribué à ce bilan encourageant, estime le chercheur, citant comme exemple Google, qui avec ses 900.000 serveurs, ne consomme pas plus de 0,01% de l’électricité mondiale.”Les chiffres ont du sens, mais ils ne doivent pas être pris comme une indication globale du problème. Il est certain que la consommation d’énergie augmente, et cela doit être le problème de tous” souligne Jonathan Koomey. En outre, le développement du cloud computing pourrait très vite inverser la tendance en faisant grimper la consommation électrique des serveurs, note-t-il.Le 3 août 2011 à 09:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction May Increase Risk of Youth Opioid Abuse

first_img Nothing says the holidays like depressing news of a link between dental health and drug abuse.A study from the Stanford University School of Medicine suggests teens and young adults who receive their first opioid prescription from a dentist or oral surgeon are at increased risk for subsequent addiction.Based on a survey of nearly 15,000 young patients (ages 16 to 25) who obtained initial opioid prescriptions from their dentist in 2015, 6.8 percent got refills within 365 days, and 5.8 percent were diagnosed with opioid abuse during the first year.Comparatively, in a control group that did not get the drugs, 0.1 percent acquired another opioid prescription, and 0.4 were diagnosed with misuse over the same period.Patients are often prescribed the narcotics to manage pain after wisdom tooth extraction.“This work raises two really important related but separate questions,” study lead author Alan Schroeder, a clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford, said in a statement. “Do we need opioids, and do we need the procedure?”Wisdom teeth generally emerge in the late teenage years—between 17 and 19.And while plenty of people go on to lead perfectly normal lives with all four third molars, the posterior pearly whites can affect their neighbors, becoming impacted. That’s when the dentist pulls out the pliers.Some impacted wisdom teeth are removed before symptoms or disease have even begun—a treatment many find controversial.Though extremely common, wisdom tooth extractions are not well-studied; there is a lack of sufficient evidence to determine whether such teeth should actually be removed.You won’t find an answer in this paper, published by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. But Schroeder does make some interesting points about the side effects of such surgeries.“Almost 7 percent of these patients had new, persistent use at least three months after the initial prescription, and almost 6 percent had an opioid abuse diagnosis,” he said. “That’s pretty alarming.”The risks increase for females and those patients aged 16 to 18.Additional research is needed to determine whether opioids are the safest method of treating pain from wisdom tooth extractions.“I think we should ask, No. 1, Why are we prescribing such a high quantity of opioids so frequently?” Schroeder said. “And No. 2, Are all the procedures that are driving these opioid prescriptions necessary?”Last year, President Trump declared the country’s opioid crisis a national emergency,” promising to “spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money” on the epidemic.More coverage on Geek.com:Opioids No Better Than Over-The-Counter Meds for Chronic PainScientists Gave Octopi Molly and They Loved ItAI Learns to Create Drugs From Scratch Search Google Maps For Safe Drug Disposal Locations Stay on targetlast_img read more

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New ideas sought to keep state moving

first_imgOLYMPIA — Clark County residents are invited to tell state officials about their transportation priorities and how to pay for them.The Washington State Transportation Commission is conducting a statewide survey asking citizens what they think about the transportation system, what their transportation priorities are, and how their needs should be funded. Residents can participate in the survey online at Voice of Washington Survey.Tim Schauer, chairman-elect of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, said it is important for Southwest Washington residents to participate in the survey so they can receive representation at the state level.“Southwest Washington is unique economically and it’s a unique area, so its issues should be included in prioritization and funding,” Schauer said. “We have great state leaders who can express our needs, but it’s no substitute for individuals making a difference.”The findings of the survey will be delivered to state officials making decisions about transportation, including Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Connecting Washington Task Force, of which Schauer is a member. The task force was assembled to develop a transportation revenue package for the 2012 legislative session.The results of the survey will be compiled by mid-October and will be broken down at a state and regional level. The survey is an opportunity for unique regions like Clark County to voice their opinion on transportation needs and funding.last_img read more

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Environmental group pushes Port of Vancouver on safety information

first_imgA nonprofit environmental group on Monday urged Port of Vancouver commissioners to request more public safety information about a proposed oil-by-rail project in light of Saturday’s derailment and explosion of a train hauling crude oil in a small town in the Canadian province of Quebec.Columbia Riverkeeper, which opposes a plan by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build a crude oil-handling facility at the port, said in a news release that Commissioners Jerry Oliver, Brian Wolfe and Nancy Baker “can request more information on public safety and require a derailment and fire response plan from Tesoro that shows the impact on communities.”The July 6 derailment and explosion of an oil train in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic near the Maine border killed at least 13 people and forced the evacuation of 2,000. The death toll is expected to rise.The companies are proposing to spend up to $100 million to build an oil-handling operation that would receive crude by train from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota. The facility would handle as much as 380,000 barrels per day. It would be the largest such operation among 11 Washington and Oregon refineries and port terminals that are planning, building or already running oil-by-rail operations in response to a U.S. oil boom.Theresa Wagner, communications manager for the port, said the port’s expectation is that Tesoro and Savage would build and operate a facility to the highest health and safety standards. “Our bar has always been extremely high,” she said. Commissioners could not be reached for comment Monday.last_img read more

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Longtime Condé Nast Exec to Become Chief Executive at e5 Global Media

first_imge5 Global Media, the company that recently acquired eight media/entertainment brands from Nielsen Business Media, announced Tuesday that Richard D. Beckman will serve as CEO. Most recently, Beckman served as president and chief executive of Condé Nast’s Fairchild Fashion Group, a position he held for roughly nine months.According to e5 chairman and Jim Finkelstein, Beckman’s “brilliance and imagination will be a perfect fit for e5’s portfolio of assets.” e5 was founded formed by private equity firm Pluribus Capital Management and financial services firm Guggenheim Partners in the acquisition of The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and six other media properties from Nielsen Business Media. Finkelstein co-founded Pluribus.“It is my job now to build an important media business in areas that I’m very passionate about,” Beckman [pictured] told FOLIO:. “These are iconic brands within their industries. It will be my goal, now, to build them into successful multiplatform properties with global footprints.” Beckman joined Condé Nast 24 years ago as a sales representative at The New Yorker. Before taking the helm at the Fairchild Fashion Group, he served as president of Conde Nast Media Group and chief marketing officer of Conde Nast Publications.A Condé Nast spokesperson said specific timing is not in place to name a replacement for Beckman, although an announcement will be “forthcoming.”last_img read more

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The 2012 Eddie and Ozzie Award Winners Announced

first_imgClick here to view the complete list of Eddie Awards winners. [pdf]Click here to view the complete list of Ozzie Awards winners. [pdf] The winners of the 2012 Eddie and Ozzie Awards were honored yesterday during a lunch event in New York. The Eddie and Ozzie awards program is the largest of its kind for magazine publishers. It also has the proud distinction of being the only awards event open to magazines and websites of all kinds—consumer, b-to-b, association, custom and regional, big and small.The Awards span print and digital, with the Eddies honoring the best in editorial and the Ozzies the best in design. Today, we’re happy to present you with the full list of winners in their respective categories. Each category includes a gold, silver and a bronze winner. The November issue of FOLIO: features the gold winners across all the categories and profiles select winners to show what it takes to create gold award-worthy editorial and design. Additionally, we’ll be adding a photo slideshow of yesterday’s awards luncheon in case you missed the event. For now, take a look at who won at the awards this week.last_img read more

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Time Inc Cuts Another 300 Employees

first_img Dear Team, Thank you for your continuing dedication and hard work, and please join me in wishing our departing colleagues well as they pursue new endeavors. Rich I look forward to sharing more information about the progress of these and other key strategic initiatives at the appropriate time. In the meantime, if we remain focused on doing great work and on aggressively leveraging our extraordinary portfolio of assets, I am confident that together we can accelerate our momentum and return the company to growth. Below, Battista’s full memo: The 300 layoffs represent roughly four-percent of the company’s total workforce. As I’ve mentioned many times, Time Inc. is a company in rapid transformation in an industry undergoing dynamic change. Transformations do take time and patience, but I am encouraged by the demonstrable progress we are making as we implement our strategy in key growth areas, such as video, native advertising and brand extensions, and as we see positive signs of stabilizing our print business, which remains an important part of our company.center_img Best, The New York Post recently rumored this news was on the precipice and indicated the company had hired a consultant to figure out the necessary details to further gut its rapidly shrinking staff and even possibly sell off some of its assets. Time Inc. revealed it will be laying off as many as 300 staffers across the company in an effort to cut more costs. This is the latest round of layoffs and cost cutting measures the company has undergone in the past several months and comes just weeks after it announced it was not moving forward in selling the company. In our recent town hall meeting, I said that one of the key components of our go-forward strategy is reengineering our cost structure to become more efficient and to reinvest resources in our growth areas as we position the company for long-term success. Today we took a difficult but necessary step in that plan as approximately 300 of our colleagues throughout Time Inc.’s global operation will be leaving the company. Some have been informed that their positions will be eliminated, while others have volunteered to accept buyout offers. I thank each and every one of them for their hard work, dedication and service. We are committed to supporting them during this transition with the utmost care, respect and professionalism. Chief executive officer, Rich Battista, informed his staff of the cuts today, and indicated the savings would be used to reinvest in its digital assets, including video and native advertising.last_img read more

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EU leaders reach breakthrough deal on migrants

first_imgMigrants wait to be disembarked from the ship operated by German aid group Mission Lifeline, carrying 234 migrants, as it docked at the Valletta port in Malta, after a journey of nearly a week while awaiting permission to make landfall on 27 June. Photo: APEuropean Union leaders got a breakthrough deal on how to deal with migration after all-night talks to overcome Italian demands for more help.EU Council president Donald Tusk said in a tweet early Friday that the 28 EU “leaders have agreed” on a migration compromise which was at the heart of their two-day summit.EU diplomats said that the leaders finally found agreement on a vaguely worded concept centring on reception centres to deal with migrants and asylum seekers in EU nations which would volunteer to have them.German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been under intense pressure to find a breakthrough to stave off a government crisis at home.Malta, on early Friday,  closed its ports to all humanitarian rescue ships pending an investigation of a ship operated by the German group Mission Lifeline.The Maltese government said Thursday that no privately run aid ships may enter or leave its ports until it determines whether aid groups are operating according to national and international law.The island nation, a member of the European Union, is currently investigating the captain of the Lifeline to see if he disobeyed orders and violated other maritime laws while rescuing more than 200 migrants off the Libyan coast.The Lifeline was allowed to dock and disembark the rescued passengers after other EU nations agreed to accept those deemed eligible for asylum.The Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms says it was denied permission to resupply in Italy or Malta. Italian news agency ANSA says Italy denies receiving a request from the Spanish group’s ship.European Union officials said on Thursday night Italy was holding up approval of some decisions at a summit of national leaders until agreement is reached on an overall deal for migration and other issues under discussion.A news conference to provide updates from the summit Thursday was cancelled. An official statement said EU leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker instead would brief reporters at the end of the two-day summit because “one member reserved their position on the entire conclusions.”EU officials say the country in question is Italy. The new Italian government wants other EU nations to commit to sharing the load Italy carries as the landing point for migrants coming over from North Africa.Poland’s prime minister says he’s pleased that other European countries are coming around to Polish calls to better defend the EU’s external borders against migrants.At an EU summit Thursday, Mateusz Morawiecki also said Poland would stick to its refusal to accept refugees as part of a migrant relocation program.He told reporters: “I am glad that the European discussion is slowly moving in the direction in which we have always emphasized that it should be, namely more actions on the external borders of the EU.”He also reiterated his belief that more should be done to keep people from leaving their homes in the first place.Morocco’s director of migration and border surveillance says that his country is experiencing new pressures by migrants trying to get to Europe with the growing clampdown on the Mediterranean route between Libya and Italy.Khalid Zerouali said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that Morocco isn’t interested in hosting a station for migrants to determine who is eligible for asylum in Europe. The plan to set up screening stations in some African countries is being discussed at Thursday’s EU summit in Brussels as one way to tamp down numbers of arriving migrants.Zerouali said “that’s not the solution.”Migrants use the North African kingdom of Morocco as a jump-off point to Spain. The border chief said that so far this year some 25,000 migrants have been stopped.An Italian artist in the traditionally right-wing, League-voting region of Veneto has used a tractor to create art on his fields that echo the government’s hard-line position on migrants, as an EU summit meets on the issue.Dario Gambarin inscribed his fields near Verona with the words “Defend Europe” as European leaders gather Thursday in Brussels. He put a peace sign for the “o” and included the image of a boat on waves.Gambarin says he backed Italy’s position of doing away with the Dublin accords, which require the countries where migrants first arrive to process asylum requests. He said: “Let’s remember that who disembarks in Italy, disembarks in Europe.”Humanitarian groups say migrants rescued off the coast of Libya shouldn’t be taken back to the North African country because they could face mistreatment there.Johannes Bayer, a representatives of the German group Sea-Watch, said Thursday that “there needs to be a European solution” for the migrants picked up at sea.Marie Naass of the group Lifeline told reporters in Berlin that its crews are regularly told by migrants that they’ve been tortured, raped or subjected to slavery in war-torn Libya.The group’s ship picked up 216 men, 14 women and 4 children off Libya last week despite instructions from Italy not to do so because the migrants were Libya’s responsibility.A European Union-funded program, called ‘Aurora,’ aims for Libya to establish a fully functioning maritime rescue coordination centre by 2020.Aid groups and opposition lawmakers say the German government lacks compassion and doesn’t understand international law, after a migrant recue in the Mediterranean sparked criticism from officials.Michel Brandt, a Left party lawmaker, accused Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Thursday of trying to criminalize humanitarian work.Seehofer reportedly called for the ship Lifeline, which rescued 234 people off Libya last week despite instructions not to do so, to be impounded and its crew prosecuted.A representative of Lifeline, Marie Naas, said humanitarian groups were “being made the scapegoats” for European governments’ failed policies.She told reporters in Berlin the “only reason we exist is because states aren’t meeting their responsibility” to rescue people at sea.Naas also slammed Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini for describing the migrants aboard Lifeline as “human meat.”Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he’s hopeful that the European Union summit starting Thursday could launch a “turnaround in migration policy.”Kurz said that “being rescued in the Mediterranean must not automatically become a ticket to central Europe.”Kurz became chancellor in December after campaigning to restrict migration, and his country takes over the EU’s rotating presidency for six months starting Sunday.Kurz said as he arrived Thursday at the summit: “We’ve been calling a change of the system for years. We’ve been saying for years that it is necessary to reduce the number of people who come to Europe illegally, and I think that is possible today.”He supports setting up landing points for migrants outside the EU and strengthening the bloc’s Frontex border agency.Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is calling for a fundamental change in the European Union’s migration policy, saying that his country received little help even though it was at the forefront of receiving migrants from across the Mediterranean.”Italy doesn’t need any more verbal signs, but of concrete deeds,” Conte said upon arrival at the EU summit in Brussels Thursday.Italy’s proximity to North Africa has turned it into a key destination for migrant arrivals. Conte is insisting that burden be shared better across the EU. He wants to change an EU system currently in place which put the onus on any nation where the migrants first arrive.Populist Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban arrived at EU summit with rhetorical guns blazing, describing the main issue of migration to Europe as an “invasion” that “should be stopped.”Orban insists that beyond closing off borders, EU member states should also back those who have already arrived.He says Thursday that “the people request two things. (The) first is, no migrants more in, so stop them. The second is, those who are in, should (be sent) back.”He said both steps were necessary “to restore European democracy.””The invasion should be stopped and to stop the invasion means to have strong border,” Orban said on his way into the summit.A German humanitarian group that’s been heavily criticized by European governments for rescuing migrants off the coast of Libya says it had no other choice.A representative of Mission Lifeline said Thursday the group’s ship received a distress call in the night of June 20-21 and found an inflatable boat full of people 19 nautical miles off Libya’s coast.Marie Naass told reporters in Berlin that the captain was told by the marine coordination centre in Rome to leave the rescue to Libya’s coast guard, but they never showed up.Naass said the captain determined the migrants were in “acute danger” and picked them up. A second ship, 22 nautical miles off Libya’s coast, was also rescued.She added that it was “a question of minutes, you have to decide quickly.”German chancellor Angela Merkel is insisting that European Union countries where migrants arrive deserve assistance, but has rejected the idea that refugees can choose which country to seek asylum in.Merkel arrived Thursday at an EU summit, seeking progress on a long-elusive European approach to dealing with asylum-seekers amid heavy pressure from her interior minister, who is threatening turn migrants back from Germany’s borders unilaterally.Merkel said that “the states that get a lot of refugees of course need protection and support, but on the other hand refugees and migrants cannot choose in which country they go through asylum proceedings.”She said that protecting the EU’s external borders will be a key issue at the summit, and there could be discussions with North African countries about ships docking there.The number of countries saying they will accept refugees rescued at sea by the German-run charity ship Lifeline has risen to nine.Malta prime minister Joseph Muscat said on Twitter Thursday that Norway has joined eight other countries that pledged a day earlier to take some of the 234 migrants who are deemed to be eligible for asylum. Those deemed economic refugees will be returned to their countries of origin.The other eight countries are France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Belgium Ireland and Malta itself.Malta allowed Lifeline to dock Wednesday after the ship was stuck for days at sea in Europe’s latest political impasse over how to cope with asylum-seekers and refugees.A German humanitarian group has defended the captain and crew of its migrant rescue ship Lifeline, saying they “strictly abided by international law” at all times.Malta is investigating whether Captain Claus-Peter Reisch broke the law and ignored instructions to take 234 migrants rescued off the Libyan coast to Libya – a charge echoed by France and Italy.The Mission Lifeline group will hold a news conference Thursday, a day after the ship was allowed to dock in Malta.On Thursday, German chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to weigh into the debate, telling parliament that “there’s an obligation to let the Libyan coast guard to do their work.”Aid groups and legal experts have questioned whether war-torn Libya is in a position to conduct proper search and rescue operations around its coastline.Screening has begun for migrants who arrived in Malta after nearly a week at sea on a humanitarian rescue vessel, to determine whether they are eligible for asylum and relocation to one of eight European Union nations.The screening process for the 234 migrants, including five children, began Thursday, the morning after they docked in the Maltese capital Valletta. The government said three babies and three adults were being treated at the national government hospital.Malta prime minister Joseph Muscat opened the country’s main port to the German-run ship Lifeline after other EU nations agreed to accept some of the refugees. He said those deemed economic migrants will be sent back to their countries of origin.Maltese officials seized the ship, citing irregularities in the rescue, and put the captain under investigation.last_img read more

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Bus catches fire in Rashbehari

first_imgKolkata: A running bus that caught fire on Rashbehari Avenue on Friday afternoon triggered panic among the passengers and locals.The incident also triggered chaos near Triangular Park. None was, however, injured in the incident. According to the preliminary investigation, police and fire officials suspect that the bus might have caught fire following some technical glitch in the vehicle.According to locals, smoke was suddenly coming out of the frontal portion of the vehicle. The passengers, who were travelling in the bus, were immediately evacuated from the vehicle. According to police, a bus of 3C/1 route caught fire. Before the bus caught fire, the passengers were removed from the bus. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAfter being informed, a fire tender was swung into action top douse the flames. Senior police officers also rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The incident caused traffic congestion in the area. The fire was brought under control within half an hour. The bus was taken to the Gariahat police station. According to the preliminary investigation, police and fire officials suspect that the bus might have caught fire due to overheating of the engine. A probe has been initiated.last_img read more

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5 Ways to Take Advantage of Corporate Venture Capital

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Entrepreneurs have multiple sources of funding when they seek their first outside capital: friends and family, professional angels, venture capital (VC) funds and crowdfunding platforms. One type of funding, which is sometimes overlooked and which can be quite powerful, is corporate venture funds.Corporate venture funds come in different shapes and sizes, but typically, they are funds affiliated with large companies that are interested in tapping into innovation taking place within particular industries. Loosely referred to as “strategic” investors, they represent a fast-growing segment of the funding market. According to CB Insights, there are nearly 200 active corporate VC funds. In 2015, they invested about $18 billion across 850 companies in the United States alone. Notable funders include Google/GV, Comcast Ventures, Bloomberg, Intel Capital and Salesforce Ventures.Given the size and scope of these funds (and despite some industry misconceptions), corporate VCs present a strong option for entrepreneurs looking to get the most value from their investors.So, what are several of the unique advantages that they offer? Related: How to Start a Business With (Almost) No Money1. Market validationCorporate VC funds can provide access to established customers and accelerate a startup’s ability to find its product/market fit. Most companies creating these funds tend to have large installed customer bases and can identify early adopters for new technology. Gaining this type of entry can be difficult for an unknown startup still trying to build its credibility. The value of nailing down product/market fit cannot be understated as it sets the stage for acquiring a company’s first set of paying customers. 2. Revenue growthOnce market validation is achieved, developing a commercial agreement can generate much-needed revenue in the early days of a startup. This should be set up as a stand-alone agreement — not tied to the investment agreement — that provides market value to both sides. By securing paying customers, you can lessen the requirements for outside capital and, at the same time, demonstrate a sustainable business model. Related: 22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader3. Domain expertiseSince large companies have a history of being in business, they possess institutional knowledge that can help startups think about issues related to their target market. Daily interactions with customers produce insights that may have implications to a startup’s product or marketing strategy. Furthermore, a startup can improve its visibility in a competitive landscape. 4. Access to capitalSecuring an investment from one strategic investor can encourage others to do the same, because if a strategic partner understands the market and the problem and it’s willing to put money into a company, then there must be value there. Plus, many corporate investors, whether they are investing from the parent company’s balance sheet or a dedicated fund, will invest in multiple rounds. This renewed commitment is a positive market signal and can ease the burden of additional fundraising. Related: Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People (Infographic)5. Inherent exit optionUnsurprisingly, investors often choose to liquidate their positions in a business, particularly if they acquire new companies with pre-existing commercial relationships. Over time, as a relationship develops, dependencies can occur that spur an acquirer to want to own the assets, for offensive or defensive reasons. Diligence for these types of deals is a bit easier as the acquirer is already familiar with the company’s business and executive team, which makes things move along more quickly. While corporate venture funds are not silver bullets for getting customers or formulating an exit from day one, they can provide a lot of shareholder value if leveraged properly. May 19, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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