BEKINS APARTMENT DEVELOPER FINED FOR ASBESTOS VIOLATIONS

first_imgThe company that owns the former Bekins Department Store and Warehouse building at 4th and Wesley Parkway has agreed to pay a $4000 fine to the State of Iowa.Midnight LLC is the holding company that owns the building that is being converted into apartments.The company was cited by the Department of Natural Resources for failing to properly remove asbestos during renovations of the building.A D-N-R inspector determined there was asbestos in the ceiling and on the basement floor that workers had walked through after pipe insulation was cut away in the basement of the old building.The D-N-R says Midnight LLC avoided the costs associated with proper removal of the asbestos and delayed the costs of disposal.Asbestos can cause cancer and it’s not stated in the D-N-R documents how many workers may have been exposed to the material.last_img read more

Meet Arsenal teenage prodigy Reiss Nelson

first_imgUEFA Europa League Who is Reiss Nelson? The teenager considered Arsenal’s best prospect in years Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 02:03 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Reiss Nelson Arsenal Getty UEFA Europa League Arsenal Arsenal v Köln Köln Premier League Opinion The 17-year-old received rave reviews for his performances at youth level and was handed his first start against Doncaster in the Carabao Cup At 17-years-old, Reiss Nelson represents an increasingly rare bright spark in an otherwise declining Arsenal academy. The versatile attacker signed his first professional contract last season after impressing in the youth ranks and he has continued to live up to expectations over the past few months, culminating in a pre-season call-up to the club’s tour of Australia and China.While others have bemoaned the results at youth level and seen the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City utilise their billions to lead the way, Nelson has shown that the Gunners’ Hale End academy is still capable of producing exciting talents who have the potential to play for the first team.Arsenal -2 v Doncaster – 6/10 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Arsene Wenger’s decision to reward Nelson’s performances for the academy with a place in the first team squad emphasises the faith he has in the English youngster. Nelson was named Man of the Match in the 2-0 win over Sydney FC and eventually earned his first competitive start against Doncaster Rovers in the Caraboa Cup on Wednesday.Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes he can become a star of the future if he continues along the same grail.Reiss Nelson Arsenal“He’s got everything,” Parlour told Goal .“I was impressed with how composed he was on the ball and his confidence in tight areas. He’s got electric pace – when he drops his shoulder he’s gone.“Things like his final delivery can improve. He’s only 17. I’m thinking of other players who were his age and he’s got so much talent. Now it’s down to him to keep his feet on the ground and work hard and I’m sure he’ll get opportunities.“Arsene Wenger really talked up his praises when we were out on tour. I said ‘these youngsters are different class’ and he said ‘yeah, they’re working so hard and they’ve got a massive future’.“Again, it’s all about working hard and if he does that he can be a star of the future.”There is some debate over which position Nelson’s future lies, although Wenger revealed over the summer that he played him at right wing-back in a bid to further his development with regards to defensive responsibilities.“He’s a more offensive player, more a guy who can play as one of the three strikers or as an offensive midfielder,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “What is good for his education is to play in this position as well because we learn how to cope with defensive responsibilities, and that’s a good part of the education of the modern player.“As strikers or creative players, you tend to have two kinds of players. Some who are good at running with the ball, and some who are good at running off the ball. He’s more a player who likes the ball to his feet and provokes opponents by passing them.”This season Nelson has already scored six goals in five Premier League 2 matches, the most recent coming with a curling free-kick against Manchester United just days after being named as the competition’s Player of the Month for August.Reiss Nelson ArsenalHis skillset is unique and has got Arsenal supporters around the world talking. Nelson’s character appears along the same lines as fellow academy graduate Alex Iwobi, a player who has been praised for his down-to-earth nature and ability to take instructions on board.Nelson’s talent hasn’t gone unnoticed by his team-mates either, with German star Mesut Ozil keen to take the prodigy aside during pre-season to offer a few words of wisdom.”Funnily enough, Mesut’s been talking to me and really helping me through the games,” Nelson said in the programme ahead of the Emirates Cup. “After the first game he seemed impressed and he couldn’t tell how old I was. When I told him he was really surprised. From there, he’s just been telling me loads of stuff that I need to be doing – how to behave on and off the pitch.”It’s crazy to be getting advice from one of the best players in the world.”Among all the naysayers and doommongers who believe Arsenal’s Europa League participation is a sign that they are no longer a big club, an opportunity awaits for fringe players and a potential breakthrough for someone like Nelson.He has the world at his feet at just 17-years-old and will be desperate to avoid the mistakes of his highly-rated predecessors who never fulfilled their potential, but with the likes of Wenger, Ozil and Sead Kolasinac all talking him up this summer it is clear that he can become a star – it’s now Nelson’s turn to show what he can do.last_img read more

Virgil van Dijk grins in the face of fans’ fury on happy return to Southampton

first_imgFor someone who was supposed to be the pantomime villain and walking into a hostile atmosphere Virgil van Dijk spent an awful lot of time smiling. The boos were loud and the language colourful on occasions yet Van Dijk could hardly have looked more comfortable as he strolled his way through his first return to Southampton since an acrimonious transfer that was far more problematic than anything he came up against on the pitch here.A fifth appearance for Liverpool in all competitions delivered a first clean sheet and a near faultless performance from the world’s most expensive defender, who was a model of composure throughout and never remotely affected by the abuse that rained down from the stands. If anything, Van Dijk played as if he was rather enjoying the stick, so much so that he could be seen laughing at the first sound of the boos that greeted his every touch. Share on Facebook comment That ill-feeling at St Mary’s goes back to the start of the summer, when Southampton reported Liverpool to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach. Liverpool later released a statement, apologising to Southampton for any “misunderstanding” regarding Van Dijk and confirming they had ended their interest in the player. Yet the issue was never likely to go away and a couple of months later Van Dijk submitted a transfer request, only to be told he was staying put.Van Dijk eventually got his wish, when Liverpool parted with £75m on the eve of the January window, and it has been a lively start to his Anfield career, featuring a debut goal against Everton, back-to-back defeats against Swansea and West Brom, and that injury-time penalty he conceded against Tottenham a week ago. This was an occasion, however, when he was on cruise control as he looked totally at ease in a Liverpool shirt.“He did really well and dealt with the situation fantastically,” Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, said. “We had a little chat before the game, asking him what he thought. I didn’t want to make him nervous but obviously he wasn’t. The crowd is there to make life difficult for the opponent but it wasn’t too difficult for him.”The flak was entirely predictable, yet Van Dijk never looked flustered and there was a smile on his face as he headed a ball back to Loris Karius early on. The grin was even wider about 10 seconds later when Mohamed Salah capitalised on a poor mistake by Wesley Hoedt to set up the opening goal for Roberto Firmino after Karius had fed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, one of five former Southampton players in the Liverpool squad. “Born to play for Southampton, then be sold to Liverpool,” read a banner held up by a young home supporter.Although Liverpool looked vulnerable defensively at times in the first half and were indebted to Karius for making a couple of decent saves, Van Dijk gave the impression he was in complete control. Joel Matip, on the other hand, was nothing like as convincing in that opening 45 minutes and it still feels as though Liverpool have work to do in that department when it comes to the summer transfer window.The real problems at the back here were in the centre of the Southampton defence. Hoedt had already made an error before the mix-up that prefaced the first goal and when Firmino’s backheel carved Southampton wide open for Salah to score a second it was hard to see a way back for a beleaguered home team. Stood just inside the Southampton half when Salah registered his 22nd goal of the season, Van Dijk shrugged his shoulders. Read more Liverpool Southampton Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp 0:54 Play Video Premier League Jürgen Klopp expects Liverpool to have tough fight for top-four spot – video Share on Pinterest Mohamed Salah seals the points as Liverpool cruise past Southampton Topics In truth it felt too easy for the 26-year-old for much of the afternoon and when he galloped forward on the left with 15 minutes remaining, trying to slip the ball through the legs of Cedric, it was tempting to wonder whether he had got bored at the other end of the pitch. By that stage the home supporters were far more annoyed with Mauricio Pellegrino, the Southampton manager, for his substitutions than anything their former central defender was doing. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Eoin Morgan says England are ‘as ready as we can be’ for World Cup campaign

first_imgShare on Twitter Cricket World Cup 2019 Eoin Morgan Share via Email Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Cricket World Cup 2019: Ed Smith explains England’s squad selection – video Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. A confident Eoin Morgan declared England to be “in the best possible place” and simply desperate for the World Cup to start after their 15-man squad and a new retro-looking kit were officially unveiled on Tuesday.There are nine days to go before England’s much-anticipated curtain-raiser against South Africa at the Oval, with the world’s No 1-ranked side knowing this summer represents a once in a generation chance to end their hunt for a maiden 50-over global trophy. The 4-0 series victory over Pakistan, achieved despite heavy rotation of players, was ideal preparation. Jofra Archer was successfully integrated into the set‑up and impressed during his fleeting appearances, while Morgan was able to take a final view on Joe Denly and decide that Liam Dawson represents the better bet as the back-up spinner. Cricket Play Video View gallery Joe Root, England’s Test captain, has already said that the Sussex man’s 90mph-plus speeds put him in the frame for the Ashes too. But while Smith will now divert a fair slice of his attention to county cricket as England hunt top-order batsmen for that series against Australia, Archer is once again remaining cool on his chances.He added: “If they do [pick me] I would be over the moon. But right now I’ve got a World Cup to think about. I’ve only just gotten in the side and I don’t expect to waltz into the Test side. If selected I will work my butt off but if not, I will go back to Sussex and put in the performances.” Morgan’s enthusiasm for Archer is widely shared, not least by the national selector, Ed Smith, who felt vindicated by the fast bowler’s early summer showing when hailing an “exciting and dynamic” cricketer with “special gifts”.These gifts have trumped a relative lack of experience, with Archer having sent down 26 overs in international cricket and played 17 List A games overall. Certainly the player is confident that his exploits on the Twenty20 circuit can translate to the 50-over format, such that two of the world’s most prized scalps are now in his crosshairs.“I think I’m ready,” Archer told Sky Sports News. “I’ve played a lot of cricket outside of 50 overs so I know how to deal with pressure and crowds. You don’t forget how to bowl and you get more opportunity than in T20 – it’s an extra six overs to take more wickets.“I’d quite like to get Virat Kohli out because I wasn’t able to in the Indian Premier League. Chris Gayle as well. I probably have a bigger advantage over some of the other guys in our team. We play [these batsmen] twice a season in the IPL, so you know their weaknesses and strengths. It gets you an extra bit of inside information.”center_img Speaking at the launch of the team’s New Balance strip – a pastel affair that lends a heavy nod to the England team that were beaten finalists in 1992 – the captain’s desire to get warm-up games against Australia [on Saturday] and Afghanistan [on Monday] out of the way was apparent.“We are all keen to get going. We’re as ready as we can be,” said Morgan. “We have absolutely no regrets. We’re positioned in the best possible place at the moment. We’d like to start playing tomorrow. We’ve had some really good prep against Pakistan – I don’t think it could have gone better with the chopping and changing. Everyone just wants to get on with the tournament.”Morgan has reassured Denly and David Willey, the unlucky players to miss out, that they may well yet feature in the tournament as injury replacements. He said the decision over the latter was among the hardest he has had to make in the job but, ultimately, Archer’s late surge after qualifying for selection two months ago proved too difficult to resist. He said: “Jofra has come in and done exactly what he’s been doing for Sussex and other franchise teams around the world. He’s very young with a lot of cricket ahead and if he continues to improve throughout his career he’s a very exciting prospect. It is [hard on Willey] but a tough decision had to be made and hopefully the right one for the squad.” Read more 0:56 Share on LinkedIn England’s 2019 Cricket World Cup squad – in pictures Share on WhatsApp England’s Cricket World Cup squad is reassuring despite late changes England cricket team Topics Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Messenger newslast_img read more

Traffic Resumes after Bulker Grounds in Bosphorus

first_imgThe 52,980 dwt bulk carrier Star Harmony ran aground in the Bosphorus Strait in the area of Yeniköy, Istanbul, in the morning hours of December 21, according to data provided by GAC Turkey.Prior to the incident, the 189-metre bulk carrier, which was fully laden with corn, suffered an engine failure.Coastal safety tugs had been dispatched to assist the ship and the Bosphorus was closed at 08.20 hours local time to transit traffic.At the time of the incident, the vessel was sailing the Bosphorus without a pilot on board.As the bulker’s position was not affecting vessel traffic in the area, the transits resumed at 09.45 hours.According to AIS data provided by Marine Traffic, the 2002-built vessel was on its way from Istanbul to the port of El Dekheila, Egypt.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Scorpio Unveils Scrubber Order for 23 More Vessels

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Scorpio Group has placed an order for a further 23 exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) for its bulkers and tankers.Under the deals with Pacific Green Technologies, nine scrubbers with a combined cost of USD 13 million would be installed on Scorpio Bulkers’ fleet, while another 14 units were ordered by Scorpio Tankers at a value of USD 20.3 million.The latest orders for ENVI-Marine systems were agreed on top of earlier contracts for 28 and 52 units to be installed on the group’s bulkers and tankers, respectively.The earlier orders by Scorpio Bulkers and Scorpio Tankers were valued at around USD 42.4 million and USD 79.6 million.Pacific Green Technologies said that the systems that are being fitted are a ‘hybrid ready’ design, which allows them to be upgraded to a ‘closed loop’ configuration at a future date.Scorpio Group has invested “in the latest generation of fuel-efficient vessels and the hybrid-ready ENVI-Marine™ system will give the company the return-on-investment and flexibility it needs to face the complexities of IMO 2020,” Scott Poulter, Pacific Green Technologies Executive Director, said.last_img read more

Legislature Rises After Spring Session

first_img Government has increased access to health care by reducing wait times for hip and knee surgeries, increasing home-care spending and investing in the Senior Citizens Assistance Program. Legislation was also introduced to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco. The ban will include flavoured papers for rolling tobacco, and flavoured tobacco products that are not smoked, such as chewing tobacco and snuff. “We are following a deliberate plan to respect taxpayers’ dollars,” said the premier. “Our approach is disciplined and responsible so that in the long-run, we can have the province we all want and deserve.” Other highlights from the session included: For a complete list of the bills passed this session, visit http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/status-of-bills/ . Government continued to make tough choices to protect and invest in areas that are important to Nova Scotians during the spring sitting of the legislature, which wrapped up today, May 11. “This spring, we continued the difficult work of regaining sustainability in our public finances,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This is a difficult journey, but the destination we are seeking will benefit all Nova Scotians.” Fiscal sustainability will allow government to invest in areas that are important to the province, such as access to health care, modernized education systems and investments needed to encourage job growth. Budget 2015-2016 established a Department of Business, reduced the size of the public service, established a permanent review of all programs, provided funding to implement the Education Action Plan, increased university funding, increased funding to people with disabilities and addressed orthopaedic surgery wait times. Government kept its commitment to the Pictou Land First Nation by putting a timeline into law for closing the Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment Facility in Pictou County. By January 2020, the treatment facility will close and stop receiving wastewater from the mill. Government continued to invest in education by: creating a strong and more accountable governance structure for the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission ensuring marine renewable energy projects are developed in a responsible manner to respect the environment and the interests of local communities amendments to improve the effectiveness of public inquiries further protection for transgender Nova Scotians from harassment and discrimination amendments to further strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault increasing accountability and cost control for universities offering more security to university pension-plan members ensuring private career colleges train students for jobs in Nova Scotia establishing a provincewide code of conduct for schoolslast_img read more

Eight held on kidnapping charge in Ghaziabad

first_imgGhaziabad: Eight persons were arrested on the kidnapping charge here, Kavi Nagar police said Friday. The complaint in this regard was given by one Lalit Kumar, who alleged that his younger brother Nirdosh Rana (21) was abducted on June 19. Kumar alleged that next day, he received a call for a ransom of Rs 5 lakh, police said. Police also recovered two cars, which were allegedly used in the crime. SP (City) Shlok Kumar said the accused told them that six months ago, Nirdosh and two others– Manoj and Ajit–had taken Rs 65 lakh from them on the pretext of arranging a job for them in a post office and the Rapid Action Force. “Neither we could get jobs nor they returned our money. Just to mount pressure on them, we abducted Manoj. Thereafter, we forced him to call Nirdosh Rana from his phone to come at the Vaishali Metro station and abducted them to recover the money,” Sunil, one of the accused, told police.last_img read more

Murdoch Mysteries Why this CBC show is still so popular after a

first_imgAdvertisement After all, the longtime CBC series has not only beat the odds by heading into its 10th season (starting October 10th, fittingly), but it’s still gaining in popularity nearly a decade after making its television debut. Login/Register With: “It’s a little bit surreal,” said star Yannick Bisson recently about the series’ staggering success. Advertisement Twitter Facebook “It really comes to the forefront when fans bring up some of the earlier episodes and talk about what it means to them. I mean, we spend a few days with each episode, they spend years with them — they know them intimately!” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment One of Canada’s greatest mysteries is the ongoing success of Murdoch Mysteries.last_img read more

HBC accuses Land Buildings of misleading shareholders about Rhone investment

first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. and activist investor Land & Buildings continue to accuse one another of misleading shareholders regarding the sale of the retailer’s Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue building and a related investment by Rhone Capital.In a statement, HBC (TSX:HBC) said it has not sold a controlling interest to Rhone which agreed last month to invest $632 million in the retailer in the form of mandatorily convertible preferred shares, initially convertible into common shares at $12.42 per share.HBC said it expects Rhone will initially hold a 21.8 per cent voting and equity interest in the company on a partially diluted basis and that could grow to 30.0 per cent if the preferred shares are held to their eight-year maturity.The department store chain’s statement is a response to the activist investor’s urging that the retailer consider a bid for its German operations by Signa Holding and critique of the security issuance, which it said sells a controlling interest in the company without having sought the approval of minority shareholders.Land & Buildings called some of HBC’s comments “highly perplexing” in a statement released today and re-iterated its demand that shareholders be allowed to vote on the share issue. Such a vote is necessary to determine whether the new investment is in common shareholders’ interests.“The Rhone transaction effectively transfers meaningful and practical control of the company into a class of preferred shares that over time functionally outstrip common shareholders of their equity,” Land & Buildings said.The announcement of the investment by Rhone last month was part of a series of deals that also saw HBC sell the Lord & Taylor building in New York to WeWork Property Advisors for C$1.075 billion.last_img read more

Miller Roby Shazier named to Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list

Lantern File PhotoCHICAGO — Three Ohio State players have been named to the Big Ten’s third annual Preseason Players to Watch list.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, junior cornerback Bradley Roby and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier were all named as Leaders Division players to watch, the Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday.Miller was the only player to receive a unanimous vote for the list, among all 10 nominees. This is his second consecutive year to make the list.Miller is in attendance at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago Wednesday and Thursday. Roby was set to join him but was replaced last-minute by senior safety Christian Bryant after Roby was arrested Sunday in Bloomington, Ind., and charged with misdemeanor battery.The list, made up of five players from the Legends Division and five from the Leaders Division is selected by a media panel.Other players in the Leaders Division to make the cut are Allen Robinson, a Penn State wide receiver and Chris Borland, a Wisconsin linebacker.The Legends Division players to watch are Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez and Northwestern running back Venric Mark.Miller took fifth place in Heisman voting last year and his 2012 season 1,271 rushing yards is the second most in Big Ten history. He was also named the Big Ten’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year.Roby was named a first-team All-Big Ten Conference performer by both the coach and media polls after the 2012 season. Shazier was named a first-team All-Big Ten conference performer by media.All five honorees in the Leaders Division were first-team All-Big Ten selections last season. read more

Commentary Cleveland Cavaliers may benefit from lockout

There’s no arguing that the NBA lockout is a genuine disservice to the fans, and especially to the ordinary people who are out of work because of it. Good seldom comes from labor stoppages in any sport. The Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans may just be the rare beneficiaries. With every cancelled game comes one less guaranteed loss. Any impact the new Collective Bargaining Agreement potentially makes extends well beyond this year’s Cavaliers team. Dan Gilbert, like all the other wealthy owners who are trying to extort every last penny from the players, doesn’t have a dire need for money. Even though they are in a small market, the Wine and Gold did extremely well financially during the LeBron James era. Even without “the gutless one,” Forbes still ranked the Cavs as the 15th most valuable franchise in the NBA. The new CBA should ensure their financial stability as well. What remains to be seen are potentially the most exciting of possibilities: the likely changes to the salary cap system. A hard cap would restrict big market teams from spending gobs of money and create more parity, a word not generally associated with the NBA. Likewise, installing a harsher luxury tax would serve a similar purpose, even if team salaries above a certain threshold aren’t expressly prohibited. It would’ve been generous of the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association if they quit their posturing months ago, and had the same sort of urgency in their negotiating tactics throughout the entire process as they did in the last two weeks. Since we’ve reached the point where the NBA has already canceled games, it’s best for the Cavaliers if the owners continue their tough stance. Particularly when it comes to what they call “system issues,” making it easier for small-market teams to compete. Even in the old system, the small-market San Antonio Spurs have been among the NBA’s elite for years. They drafted well, made shrewd acquisitions otherwise, and, most importantly, kept Tim Duncan in town. Unfortunately, James wasn’t blessed with Duncan’s loyalty. If the owners get their way, the new CBA will make it easier for teams to keep their star players. It would come two years too late for the Cavs. Still, if they ever acquire a star player again, their chances of keeping him long-term will be higher. Their only hope is to build through the draft and then keep these players. No marquee free agent is looking to come to the place that “leads the nation in drifters.” Even when they had James, the “stud” free agent Gilbert recruited was Larry Hughes. That was his first step in sabotaging the team. The worst-case scenario would be the a cancellation of the entire 2011-12 NBA season. That’s almost the best-case scenario for the Cavs, who could be guaranteed another top-five pick. Generally, no fan of basketball wants to see an entire slate of games wiped out. In my world, though, I put the Cavaliers’ interests ahead of the rest of the NBA’s. The more missed games, the merrier read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex seek own team to build their global

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in MoroccoCredit:WireImage The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, meanwhile, will retain their established Kensington Palace team, working independently to support the Queen in her duties as part of the “Team Windsor”.The Sussexes communications team, which will be funded by the public purse via the Sovereign Grant, will report to the Queen’s communications secretary Donal McCabe.The Royal Foundation, which has until now been shared by the Cambridges and Sussexes working together, is likely to be restructured, with a source saying the Kensington Palace split would “of course have implications for how they manage their charitable and philanthropic activity into the future”. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Morocco The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to split their householdsCredit:Richard Pohle On Thursday, it was announced that they will be advised by Sara Latham, who has been appointed as their head of communications.Described as “chic and superbly connected”, Ms Latham is a major political player, mixing professionally with the Clintons and Obamas, working with Tony Blair, and mentioned in society pages for attending and hosting events for some of the world’s most high-powered women. The Duke and Duchess will now form a new household under the guidance of Samantha Cohen, a longstanding senior royal aide who has been standing in as interim private secretary since last year.It is also likely that the couple will seek a replacement for Amy Pickerill, the couple’s assistant private secretary, who has been considered as the Duchess’ right-hand-woman and will also depart the household once the baby has arrived. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to split their households The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to bring in their own team to shape their future work in the Royal Family, as they build a new Sussex brand on a global platform.The couple, who are due to become parents next month, now need to fill key positions in their household after officially splitting from Kensington Palace.Based at Buckingham Palace, under the Queen’s own staff, the Duke and Duchess are seeking aides including a permanent private secretary to shape their working futures.They have already embraced a markedly different style to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, becoming known for their rousing speeches, language of empowerment and inspiration, and tactile public appearances.Their recent appearances, in front of cheering teenagers and on a panel for International Women’s Day, have suggested they hope to build a profile as global philanthropists, speaking of “humanitarian issues” and feminism to Commonwealth youth. read more

US man faces 25 years in prison for rigging lottery jackpot

(NEW YORK POST) – As throngs of hopeful lottery players prepare for Wednesday’s $650 million Powerball jackpot, the second-largest in US history, a former state lottery worker in Iowa is getting ready himself — for up to 25 years in prison for fixing games.Disgraced computer programmer Eddie Tipton admitted in June to masterminding a multistate lottery-rigging scheme that let him pick winning numbers and rake in $2 million.Tipton, 54, who was arrested in 2015, is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday.“The depth of his deceit is dumbfounding,” Iowa Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand said in court filings seeking the 25-year term. “Such crimes cannot be answered without a prison sentence.”Tipton admitted to fixing the lottery six times in five different states between 2005 and 2011.He told investigators how he secretly installed computer software that allowed him to pick numbers and roped in his brother Tommy Tipton, a friend, Robert Rhodes, and others to buy the tickets.Tommy Tipton is serving a 75-day sentence in Texas, and Rhodes will be sentenced on Aug. 25. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$US760M lottery winner: ‘I want to hide in bed’August 25, 2017In “latest news”Lotto Company granted go-ahead to expand ‘gambling ring’October 10, 2017In “Business”Caribbean News Round-upNovember 2, 2015In “Regional” read more

Big four top profitability list

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s four major banks are the most profitable in the developed world, the influential Bank for International Settlements (BIS) says.The major banks’ pre-tax earnings as a share of their total assets rose to 1.28 per cent in 2013, higher than 10 other developed countries, BIS said in its annual report on Sunday night.It is the fourth consecutive year in which the sector’s profitability has been the highest among developed countries assessed by the BIS, including Britain, the United States, Japan and various European nations.The comparison also showed Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, National Australia Bank and ANZ have wider net interest margins and lower costs than most of their peers overseas.Source: Fairfax Medialast_img read more

Jacko Cover Blitz

first_imgIn the magazine world, unfortunate celebrity deaths usually mean a newsstand score for publishers (re: Paul Newman). And with the sudden death of Michael Jackson last Thursday, music, entertainment, and newsweekly magazines have been scurrying to publish tribute issues.While some, like Vibe, have released statements on the King of Pop and his global impact (“Jackson was an absurdly talented, amazingly hardworking, troubled man. Which is to say he was built, literally, to be the biggest pop star this world has ever known,” said a statement from Vibe Media Group COO and editor-in-chief of Vibe and The Most!, Danyel Smith), others, like Time and Newsweek, have managed to get their publications out of the gate for today.Time’s commemorative Jackson issue is retailing for $5.99 and is published in addition to its weekly issue. The last time the magazine published a special edition in between weekly issues was in the days following 9/11, said a company release; this issue sold more than 3.25 million copies in the U.S. Newsweek published its July 13, 2009 issue early, available on newsstands now, featuring a cover image of Jackson as a child.Of course, not all commemorative issues are created equal. Periodical distribution tracker and editor of industry newsletter The New Single Copy, John Harrington, wrote in his June 29 newsletter that it’s “unlikely that single copy sales records” for Jackson’s People commemorative issue will come close to the likes of Barack Obama’s election edition (sold 575,000 newsstand copies, nearly five times a typical issue) and the death of Princess Diana (sold over 1.1 million copies domestically). However, while individual titles may see Jackson ranking below expectation, the bright spot for publishers is a “major increase in newsstand sales” setting records with total sales for the category, including People, Us Weekly, In Touch, Star, Life & Style and OK!, said Harrington.Due to a quick turnaround time and compelling cover images, Time and Newsweek could see big returns on their Jackson covers. It remains to be seen how upcoming Bauer publications Life & Style Weekly and In Touch, Entertainment Weekly, The National Inquirer, People, Rolling Stone and OK!—and the plethora of other magazines that publish Jackson commemorative issues—will fair.Click here to see FOLIO:’s roundup of tribute issues from around the world.last_img read more

Traffic curbs for Bonalu in Old City tomorrow

first_imgHyderabad: City Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar had issued traffic restrictions on Saturday and requested people to take alternative routes to avoid getting caught in traffic congestions and gridlocks in the old city on account of Lal Darwaza Bonalu processions between 12 noon and 11 pm on Monday. Traffic coming from Chandrayangutta, Falaknuma will not be allowed towards Aliyabad and will be diverted at new Shamsheergunj junction towards – Goshala, Tadban or Goshala Misri Gunj, Khilawath. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Similarly, traffic coming from Rajanna Bowli towards Lal Darwaza temple will be diverted at Pather-ki-Darga lane towards Ramaswamygunj. Traffic coming from Kandikal Gate will not be allowed towards Lal Darwaza temple road and it will be diverted at Old Chatrinaka PS junction towards Gowlipura. Vehicles coming from Balagunj will not be permitted towards Lal Darwaza Temple and will be diverted at Laxmi Devi Pan shop towards Nehru Statue Nagulchinta junction. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Motorists coming from Uppuguda and Chatrinaka side via. Gowlipura will not be allowed towards Mohammed Shukoor mosque, and will be diverted at Balraj Jewellers point towards Moghalpura Police Station. Traffic coming from Meer-ka-Daira and Moghalpura will not be allowed towards Hari Bowli “X” Roads and will be diverted towards Moghalpura Water Tank area. Similarly, traffic coming towards Charminar main road from Asra Hospital side and Moghalpura Water Tank will not be allowed and instead will be diverted towards Bibi Bazar. Advertise With Us Traffic coming from Bhavani Nagar and Mirjumla Talab will not be allowed towards Charminar and will be diverted at Bibi Bazar X Roads towards Alijah Kotla (Miralam Mandi road). Vehicles coming from Alijha Kotla / Moghalpura areas towards Charminar via Sardar Mahal road will be diverted at Chowk Maidan Khan towards Hafiz Danka Mosque / Arman Hotel via Sri Gayatri College and Alijha Kotla. Traffic coming from Yakutpura will not be allowed towards Gulzar House and will be diverted at Etebar Chowk towards Mir Alam Mandi and Alijha Kotla road. Traffic coming from Purani Haveli towards Tipu Khana Masjid via Chatta Bazar will be diverted at Lakkad Kote Crossroads towards APAT Junctions or Dar-ul- Shifa. Traffic coming from Chaderghat / Noorkhan Bazar / SJ rotary / Shivaji Bridge will not be allowed towards Salar Jung Museum road and it will be diverted at SJ Rotary towards Purani Haveli road, Shivaji Bridge and Chaderghat. Vehicles coming from Fateh Darwaza will not be allowed towards Himmatpura X Roads/ Rajesh Medical Hall and it will be diverted at Volga Hotel “T” Junction towards Khilawath road. Traffic coming from Khilwath road or Moosabowli road will not be allowed towards Laad Bazar and will be diverted at Motigalli junction towards Khilawath playground or Moosa Bowli. Vehicles coming from Bandi ke Adda and Ghansi bazaar will not be allowed towards Gulzar House and it will be diverted at Mitte-Ke-Sher (Sher-E-Batul Kaman) towards Ghansi Bazar and Chelapura. Traffic coming from Puranapul, Goodwill Hotel and Moosabowli will not be allowed towards Nayapool via, High court Gate No-1 and will be diverted at Muslim Jung Bridge towards– Bhoolaxmi Temple- Begum Bazar- Chatri. Vehicles coming from Gowliguda and Siddiamber Bazar towards Nayapool will be diverted at Afzalgunj towards Muslimjung Bridge via Osmania General Hospital backside road along the Musi River or Shivaji Bridge. The Main road between Madina X -Roads to Engine Bowli, Via Gulzar House – Charminar monument, Charminar Bus terminal, Himmatpura, Nagulchinta, Aliabad will be closed for all types of vehicular movement till the conclusion of Bonalu processions. Parking places Devotees coming from Aliabad side have to park their vehicles at opposite to Post office, Shalibanda in single line and Alka theatre open place. Devotees coming from Hari Bowli side have to park their vehicles at Vaidik Dharma Prakashik school ground and at Arya Maidan, opp Sudha Theatre lane. Devotees coming from Old PS Chatrinaka side have to park their vehicles in the premises of Sri Venkateswaa Temple, Laxmi Nagar and near Pattar ki darga. Devotees coming from Gowlipura side shall park their vehicles in the premises of Mithra Club Ground, Gowlipura and Balagunj Ground. RTC buses will not be allowed towards Charminar, Falaknuma and Nayapul side and will be terminated at old CBS, Afzalgunj, Darulshifa X Roads and Engine Bowli and will take alternate routes open to them.last_img read more

What Does It Take to Become the Doctors Companion

first_img Who wouldn’t want to travel through space and time with the Doctor?Choosing the Time Lord’s mates is not an easy task, according to a behind-the-scenes clip from Fathom Events.“The role of the companion is as central as the role of the Doctor, sometimes, and often, moreso,” showrunner Steven Moffat said in “Becoming the Companion”—a short documentary set to screen alongside the cinematic debut of Doctor Who on April 17 and 19.“Casting a new companion is every bit as difficult as casting a new Doctor,” added Moffat, who knows a thing or two about both.In 2009, he took over for Russell T Davies as executive producer and head writer, introducing a fresh logo and title sequence and redesigned TARDIS, as well as a regenerated Doctor (Matt Smith) and new companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), and River Song (Alex Kingston).Moffat also played a big role in the casting of companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi)—not to mention his latest cohort, Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie).Next month, Whovians across the country will get a backstage pass to the process of finding the right travel partner for Doctor Who‘s titular Time Lord. The broadcast features commentary from Moffat, Capaldi, and Mackie, who recently made the leap from London’s West End to the TARDIS.BBC“Obviously [I was] completely overwhelmed and just burst into tears and just screamed,” the star said of her casting in in the long-running sci-fi show, adding that she was “completely incredulous.”Tickets are now available for Fathom Events’ showing of season 10 premiere “The Pilot,” playing in movie theaters across the country on April 17 and 19 at 7 p.m. local time.The two-nights-only program runs for an extended 1 hour and 40 minutes, featuring exclusive bonus content you won’t see on the BBC. Audiences will also be regaled with the first episode of Doctor Who spinoff Class.Bring your ticket stub (or proof of purchase) to Hot Topic retailers through May 6 for 25 percent off Doctor Who merchandise. And snag three free Doctor Who digital comics from Titan Comics and comiXology if you book through Atom Tickets.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

5 Reasons Incentive Compensation Plans Should be Part of Your 2016 Growth

first_img 2016 Growth Strategy Incentive Compensation Plans LBA Ware 2015-12-23 Staff Writer 5 Reasons Incentive Compensation Plans Should be Part of Your 2016 Growth Strategy in Commentary, Daily Dose, Headlines, News As the year of TRID comes to an end, the focus is now shifting towards driving profitability through increased productivity and operational efficiency. The foundation of success for this lies in frequently monitoring and measuring performance and having the ability to make seamless adjustments when necessary.Incentive compensation plans (ICP) are a practical way to monitor origination performance by aligning compensation structures next to key indicators of efficiency. Here are five benefits of using ICP as part of your growth strategy and how automation and integration software makes implementing ICP’s achievable.1. Effectively MotivatesICPs effectively motivate origination teams by clearly outlining expectations, defining incentives, and juxtaposing them next to potential earnings and branch revenue. Doing so makes it easy to track progress; loan originators know how many units they need to close until they are bumped to the next compensation tier level, processors are aware of how their average turnaround time from application through closing compares to that of the branch’s average, and branch managers can continuously monitor plan effectiveness or identify underperforming LO’s in need of improvement. Presenting ICPs and performance data in an organized, comprehensible way provides a cost-effective means to continuously motivate and reinforce desired behaviors that drive growth.Kelley Martins, Marketing Manager at LBA Ware2. Recruiting ToolStanding out from the crowd in today’s competitive mortgage landscape requires taking a new approach to traditional compensation structures. Offering ICPs that are built around individuals skills, experience, strengths, and expertise will be the golden ticket to recruiting qualified high performing loan officers. With integration and automation, lenders can offer creative yet complex compensation plans that illustrate recognition of the loan officer’s value brought to the company by drawing a direct link from individual performance to the overall success of the branch. Whether using financial performance measures such as variable commission rates based on tiers of revenue attainment or through more non-financial means such as quarterly bonuses for loan quality, or a combination of both, ICPs make a powerful recruitment tool for acquiring high performing sales teams.3. Invest Today, Grow TomorrowIntegration and automation software enables ICPs to drive strategy and operational efficiency by eliminating redundant and manual administrative tasks that all too often bog down teams. The return on investment becomes evident in the day-to-day work; there’s a decrease in distractions for compensation managers because payroll reports are readily available across the enterprise; there’s no longer any shadow accounting being done by loan officers because they have complete transparency into compensation practices; and managers no longer operate reactively to situations since they have the essential mortgage performance information they need to make data-driven forward-thinking decisions.4. Risk ManagementWith the countless regulations and compliance requirements faced by lenders today, implementing ICPs may seem like a daunting task. Quite the contrary actually. By utilizing automation and integration, you’re lowering risks that otherwise come with using spreadsheets or other disparate systems to manually calculate complex compensation plans and monitor productivity. You’ll ensure integrity and plan effectiveness through reduced errors of manual processes and accuracy in calculations, increase productivity with streamlined validation and approval workflow, and experience improved audits with detailed audit trails that track every transaction tied to employees at the loan level and breakdown exactly how compensation is calculated.5. Inspires Collective ProductivityIt goes without saying that loan origination is, without a doubt, a team sport, relying heavily on the efforts of multiple people in order to succeed. One of the best ways to promote teamwork is by designing ICPs that are based on collective performance and extend beyond sales departments. Using concrete performance indicators that can be measured at the enterprise, branch, and individual levels makes identifying where inefficiencies exist effortless.Furthermore, when people know their compensation relies on the performance of others, there’s an added sense of inherent accountability to make sure loans are originated with upmost attention to detail. Doing so will keep cost-to-close low and performance high across the entire loan origination cycle.A successful branch manager realizes the importance and power of effectively motivating origination teams. In turn, to feel motivated, one must understand exactly what is expected. The key to achieving this efficiently is by using automation and integration for ICPs. Web-based software such as LBA Ware’s CompenSafe seamlessly integrates with LOS’, automatically pulling essential loan data in real time, linking it to predefined compensation structures and delivering the big data through role-based user interfaces. As a centralized database, CompenSafe provides a single place to perform the multi-dimensional analysis, frequent forecasting, and performance management essential to increasing profitability. Make 2016 a year of growth by setting up your team with these tools for increased productivity and your branch will achieve long-term sustainable success for many more years to come.Click here to learn more about LBA Ware.center_img Share December 23, 2015 773 Views last_img read more