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Oct
22

Government of Canada Invests in Nova Scotia Infrastructure

first_imgNova Scotia municipalities will have access to more than $223 million in infrastructure funding through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia today, Dec. 17, signed an agreement to extend the fund from 2010 to 2014. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, made the announcement along with Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “I’m pleased to be here today to sign this agreement with Nova Scotia that will provide our province with significant and predictable long-term infrastructure funding,” said Mr. MacKay. “Infrastructure projects create jobs for Canadians, which then boost our economy.” Mr. Muir said the agreement is a major investment to help build strong, healthy communities throughout Nova Scotia. “The extension of the federal gas tax agreement will help ensure better infrastructure for today and in the future,” said Mr. Muir. “This sustainable investment will help Nova Scotia communities prepare for future development and prosperity.” “This is a huge victory for municipal, provincial and federal co-operation in Nova Scotia,” said Lloyd Hines, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “The value of this revenue-sharing relationship is enhanced by this extension, and the UNSM congratulates the province and the federal government for their continued co-operation.” For more information about federal and provincial gas tax infrastructure initiatives, visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca, www.infrastructure.gc.ca or www.nsinfrastructure.ca .last_img read more

Oct
12

Moroccan Economists Criticize World Banks Bleak Morocco Report

Rabat – The latest World Bank (WB) report on the Moroccan economy in 2017 is still a source of unrest for the Moroccan government. After being rejected by a large part of the government, the document is sparking the indignation of the Moroccan economists.The WB’s report’s conclusions on the health of the Moroccan economy were very severe. According to the bank, the economic model of the kingdom is at a crucial point. Morocco has not made enough progress to converge its economic growth with advanced countries in the coming decades.The 300-page document providing a detailed diagnosis of the economic and social performance of Morocco over the last decades was vigorously debated during a round table organized by the Center of Reflection Aziz Belal (CERAB) and the Association of Economists of Morocco (AEM) last weekend, reports the newspaper L’Economiste. The report was a very difficult pill to swallow for the members of CERAB and the AEM, who deemed it necessary to voice their response with a counter-report criticizing the work of the WB to help authorities understand the situation more clearly. Some economists even denounced what they believed to be “the emptiness at the root of the situation that prompted the experts of the World Bank to play the role of commentators instead of taking the initiative,” writes L’Economiste.While some of the present experts explained that the report can not be questioned, they believe, however, that “the World Bank’s assumptions are wrong, do not reflect reality and its recommendations are biased.”However, L’Economiste has tempered the ardor of critics of the WB’s report by reminding them that even political parties have evoked the weakness of the Moroccan economic model without making any corrections. To this objection, the circle of economists replied that “we must be the locomotives of ideas and not comment on what others write.”Since its publication on May 15, the report sparked great controversy. Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of General Affairs stated during the presentation of the report that the government was having difficulty accepting the conclusions of the World Bank.“We can agree on many things but relativize others. The report was drawn up according to the vision of the World Bank and it can not have the support of Morocco, especially on the political side. We want the World Bank to distance itself from certain discourses,” the minister said.In the regional context, the Moroccan economy has shown resilience, with more vigorous growth than elsewhere. However, the World Bank stated that considering its efforts to invite investment, the Kingdom is poorly rewarded. In addition, the job content of growth has deteriorated, which results in a high unemployment rate of around 9 percent, with an alarming level among young people.The World Bank’s accelerated economic convergence scenario assumes an increase in total factor productivity of 2 percent per annum and an increase in the employment rate of the working-age population to 55 percent by 2040 compared to 45 percent in 2015. The cumulative effect of increases in productivity and employment would lead to a stronger and sustained trend growth of at least 4.5 percent per year until 2040.This challenge is certainly big, but is achievable, according to the report, by enacting a profound structural transformation of the economy and substantial efficiency gains. The report called on Morocco to make greater efforts to accumulate more intangible capital. The global institution advocates the reorientation of public policies towards the development of intangible capital, including human capital.In this context, the bank stressed that any progress would be futile without educational reform. “An educational miracle” is paramount. The backlog accumulated by Morocco in this sector is so enormous that it would take about thirty years to match the level of learning currently observed in emerging countries such as Turkey. read more

Oct
8

Three accomplices of leading underworld member arrested

Three accomplices of a leading underworld member have been arrested in Kandy, the Police said today.The Police said that the three accomplices of ‘Makandure Madush’ were arrested at a hotel in Kadugannawa. (Colombo Gazette)

Oct
8

Fonseka insists his bodyguards are not wanted criminals

A media report had earlier quoted a senior police officer as saying that five underworld leaders had been appointed as the private bodyguards of a Minister.The media report said that the Police were unable to arrest the five underworld leaders as they had the support of the Minister. Speaking to reporters today, Fonseka said that the allegation was false. Minister of Wildlife Sarath Fonseka today denied reports that his bodyguards are wanted criminals.The joint opposition had said that at least one underworld member was seen with Fonseka as part of his security detail recently. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had informed Parliament recently that an investigation has been launched into the media report.Wickremesinghe said that the media report did not quote the name of the Police officer who gave the details so the newspaper was asked to furnish information related to the allegation. (Colombo Gazette) He said that he does not require underworld members to be part of his security detail. read more

Oct
6

Guatemala UN urges justice in case of murdered human rights activist priest

While underscoring the need to respect the constitutional rights of the accused, the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA) issued a statement on Tuesday warning that the repeal could delay the process of shedding light on the crime and punishing those responsible, putting at risk a four-year judicial effort.Guatemala must meet this historical challenge by reopening the case under conditions that reflect the superiority of justice over any manifestation of power, MINUGUA said in a statement. In the face of possible threats and intimidation, the Mission stressed that the State must not repeat the mistakes of the past and must guarantee the security of all those who participated – or would participate – in the legal proceedings.Given the seriousness of the crime, MINUGUA voiced hope that the memory of Monsignor Gerardi would be dignified by judging those responsible with the full weight of the law.Monsignor Gerardi was murdered on 26 April 1998, just two days after making public a report, Guatmala: Nunca Mas, which documented, through testimony of the victims, 36 years of violence during the country’s armed conflict. His case is widely viewed as a test of the country’s ability to reverse the culture of impunity and ensure that justice prevails. read more

Oct
6

Argentina Denmark Greece Japan and Tanzania win Security Council seats

The General Assembly voted in the five uncontested candidates for two-year terms that begin 1 January, replacing Angola, Chile, Germany, Pakistan and Spain on the 15-member body. The other members of the so-called “elected 10” – Algeria, Benin, Brazil, the Philippines and Romania – will remain on the Council through 31 December 2005. The five permanent, veto-bearing countries are China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Oct
3

Toronto mortgage lender Home Capital looking to speed up CEO search

Toronto mortgage lender Home Capital looking to speed up CEO search TORONTO – Home Capital Group is looking to expedite its search for a new CEO, director Allan Hibben said Monday as the mortgage lender tries to right itself in the wake of a funding crisis stemming from allegations from Ontario’s securities watchdog.Customers have been pulling their deposits out of the cash-strapped lender since the Ontario Securities Commission alleged last month that the company didn’t fulfil its disclosure obligations in its handling of a scandal involving falsified loan applications. Home Capital has said the accusations are without merit.Hibben, a former Royal Bank executive who joined Home Capital’s board earlier this month, says the Toronto-based company (TSX:HCG) is hoping to complete the CEO search, which is normally a 12-to-20-week process, in just eight weeks.But Hibben says it’s a challenge because the pool of potential candidates — CEOs willing to step into troubled companies and work to turn them around — is likely not large.“There’s a group of CEOs that go into a situation where they’re going to manage on a day-to-day basis and it will be very attractive and there’s lots of golf involved,” Hibben said in an interview.“There are other CEOs that go into situations because they believe that they can make a difference, and they really thrive on turning around situations such as the one that we have here. We need to focus on the latter and not the former.”Home Capital is also looking to recruit a new chief financial officer, although Hibben says the CEO should be in place first.“There’s no point in hiring a CFO unless the CEO likes him or her,” Hibben said.Former CEO Martin Reid and former CFO Robert Morton, who are also under investigation by the OSC, both vacated their roles in recent weeks. Lawyers for the men have not responded to requests for comment.Hibben also says there will likely be more governance changes at Home Capital, which provides mortgages to people who don’t qualify for a loan from one of the big Canadian banks.Earlier Monday, the company said the outflow of deposits has slowed in recent days and it continues to have access to sufficient funds, including $600 million that’s undrawn on a $2-billion line of credit provided by the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan.Home Capital had a total of $1.51 billion in available liquidity and credit capacity as of Friday, down $50 million from the previous day.Deposits at subsidiary Home Trust’s high-interest savings accounts were stable at about $125.4 million, the company said. There was another $12.44 billion deposited with guaranteed investment certificates, down slightly from Thursday.In addition to changing its governance, Home Capital is also looking to replace the $2 billion line of credit with a longer term source of funding on less onerous terms, Hibben said.When asked about any risk to the Canadian housing market stemming from Home Capital’s woes, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Monday the government is monitoring the situation closely.But, he added, the problem is specific to Home Capital with no risk of contagion, echoing comments that Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz made in an interview with the Globe and Mail over the weekend.—With files from Andy Blatchford in Ottawa.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2017 5:50 am MDT Last Updated May 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Sep
25

Social media firms must take more responsibility as children grow up chasing

first_imgSome Year 7 children described how receiving notifications from across the social media platforms, especially if there were a number of them, was distracting, time consuming and stressful to manage.Other children highlighted the negative effect of their parents’ social media use, complaining about “embarrassing” photographs being shared online without their permission, and exposure to inappropriate material through their mother or father’s own accounts.”While social media clearly provides some great benefits to children, it is also exposing them to significant risks emotionally, particularly as they approach Year 7,” the commissioner said. Failing to do so risks leaving a generation of children growing up chasing likesAnne Longfield A report into children's use of social media found they are at risk of 'chasing likes' It found that while eight to 10-year-olds use social media to play games, be creative and discover new things about the world, the focus shifts onto social interactions and image as children begin secondary school.This move is centred around a social pressure to be constantly contactable and connected, with children describing this as an important expectation of their friendships, and fallouts over not being responsive enough, the report said. “I want to see children living healthy digital lives. That means parents engaging more with what their children are doing online,” she added. Snapchat proved particularly popular with the young generation “Just because a child has learnt the safety messages at primary school does not mean they are prepared for all the challenges that social media will present.”It means a bigger role for schools in making sure children are prepared for the emotional demands of social media. And it means social media companies need to take more responsibility.”Failing to do so risks leaving a generation of children growing up chasing likes to make them feel happy, worried about their appearance and image as a result of the unrealistic lifestyles they follow on platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, and increasingly anxious about switching off due to the constant demands of social media.”center_img “I am worried that many children are starting secondary school ill-equipped to cope with the sudden demands of social media as their world expands.”With many social media platforms having an over-13 age limit, the commissioner said it is clear companies are “still not doing enough” to stop younger children using them.Calling on schools and parents to prepare children for this change in social media use towards the end of primary school, the commissioner also warned how if action is not taken, a generation could grow up “chasing likes”.Ms Longfield also called for digital literacy and online resilience lessons for Year 6 and Year 7 students, so they learn about the emotional side of social media. Social media firms must take more responsibility for helping children through the challenges of life online, as children are at risk of “growing up chasing likes”, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned. Anne Longfield said social media is exposing children to “significant risks emotionally”, with a particular “cliff edge” as they transition from junior into secondary school.Saying she is worried many children transitioning into Year 7 are “ill-equipped” to be able to “cope with the sudden demands of social media”, the commissioner called on schools and social media companies to do more to prepare them emotionally.In a report published by the commissioner on Thursday, called Life in Likes, it states that children become increasingly anxious about their online image as they head into their teens.The study, involving eight groups with 32 children aged eight to 12, found the most popular social media accounts are Snapchat, Instagram, Musical.ly and Whatsapp but revealed two sides to their use. Snapchat proved particularly popular with the young generation A report into children’s use of social media found they are at risk of ‘chasing likes’Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Sep
25

Alzheimers disease will become manageable like HIV say awardwinning scientists

first_img“The mistakes we have made is the trials is that treatment has been given too late,” he said. 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. Prof John Hardy celebrating with colleagues in London “It’s like popping a statin to stop a heart attack.“But when we first started we knew almost nothing about Alzhiemer’s and now we understand a huge amount.”Prof De Strooper added: “In 10 years we will have a completely different picture.”The Brain Prize organisers said the winners had made essential contributions to the genetic and molecular knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease ‘which are the foundations for finding new ways to diagnose, treat and possibly even prevent it and other devastating diseases of the ageing brain’ Professor Anders Bjorklund, chairman of the Lundbeck Foundation Brain Prize selection committee, said: “Alzheimer´s disease is one of the most devastating diseases of our time and the remarkable progress that has been made during the last decades.“These four outstanding European scientists have been rewarded for their fundamental discoveries unravelling molecular and genetic causes of the disease that have provided a basis for the current attempts to diagnose, treat and possibly even prevent neurodegenerative brain diseases.“The award recognises that there is more to Alzheimer´s disease than amyloid, and that the field of dementia research is more than Alzheimer´s disease alone.”center_img Alzheimer’s sufferers may be able to live with the disease without the devastating symptoms within the next few decades, scientists said as they were awarded the Brain Prize for their work fighting the illness.Professor Michel Goedert, of Cambridge University, who discovered the importance of tau protein in Alzheimer’s said he could see a time when dementia became a chronic illness like HIV.Prof Goedert who shares the one million euro Brain Prize with four colleagues, said: “Alzheimer’s will become something like HIV. It’s still there but it has been contained, or whittled down by drug treatments.“It will disappear as a major problem from society.”Prof Goedert was awarded the prize alongside Professors John Hardy and Bart De Strooper of University College London who developed the hypothesis that Alzheimer’s is caused by a build-up of amyloid protein in the brain, and Professor Christian Haass of Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.Prof Hardy said in the future, treatments for Alzheimer’s would be taken before the disease developed to prevent symptoms rather than trying to reverse them. He said may drug trials had failed because they had started when the disease was too well established. Prof John Hardy celebrating with colleagues in Londonlast_img read more

Sep
17

Closures for the 163 starting tonight

first_img Updated: 8:58 PM KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) -2 Major closures are happening on State Route 163 and interstate 8 through Mission Valley.The closures are starting tonight where all lanes Northbound of State Route 163 between the I-8 and Friars Road will be shut down from 11:30pm to 5am Tuesday.Also, lanes of Westbound I- 8 between State Route 163 and between the I-8 and Friars Road will be closed Monday from 11pm through 5am on Wednesday.The closures are for the 163 Friars Road Interchange project and Interstate 5 and 8 “Improve the move project” Closures for the 163 starting tonight Posted: March 10, 2019center_img March 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sep
17

National University System to speak at education summit

first_img April 8, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 8, 2019 National University System to speak at education summit 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – National University System (NUS) says there are the only San Diego higher ed institution selected to speak at a featured panel during the ASU+GSV Summit, which reflects global recognition of our city as a leader in innovation.During the Summit, NUS said they will unveil a new workforce education initiative designed to offer more affordable degree pathways and to help meet the critical nationwide skills gap resulting in 6.5 million unfilled jobs, according to Dept. of Labor.The ASU+GSV Summit is from April 8-10 at the Manchester Grand HyattLearn more about Workforce Education Solutions at nusystem.org/partnership.http://nusystem.org/partnership. last_img read more

Sep
12

Queen Latifah To Receive Revolt Icon Award

first_img Facebook Latifah — an Emmy, Golden Globe and GRAMMY winner — will receive the Icon Award in recognition of her achievements in music, film and TV. Last year GRAMMY-nominated rapper Nas was awarded the same honor.The 2017 conference, which will take place Oct. 12–15 in Miami, is designed as an industry networking conference for those in the music and media content business.”Influencers, music executives, songwriters, producers, bloggers, and music artists collide to create a collaborative networking space at this must-attend, one-of-a-kind forum that is designed to help guests do one thing; understand and navigate the evolution of the music business,” says the website.GRAMMY winner Lauryn Hill, SZA and Daniel Ceasar will perform during the gala in Latifah’s honor on Oct. 14. Other performers throughout the conference include GRAMMY winner 2 Chainz, GRAMMY nominee French Montana and King Combs.Read More: Pink To Receive 2017 MTV VMAs Video Vanguard Award News Queen Latifah To Receive Revolt Icon Award NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm Queen Latifah: Music As A Platform For Social Change Email GRAMMY winner to be honored for her outstanding accomplishments in music, film and TV at Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Revolt Music ConferenceRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 11:12 am GRAMMY.comGRAMMY winner and previous GRAMMY Awards host Queen Latifah is adding another honor to her considerable accomplishments: the Icon Award at Sean “Diddy” Combs’ upcoming Revolt Music Conference. Twitter Queen Latifah To Receive Icon Award queen-latifah-receive-revolt-icon-awardlast_img read more

Sep
10

Game of Thrones Bluray box set lets you hatewatch season 8 all

first_img Tags 187 Photos See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Originally published June 26, 12:16 p.m. PT.  TV and Movies The set logs a runtime of about 75 hours, not including extra features. HBO will also release separate sets of season 8 on DVD, Blu-ray and in 4K formats on Dec. 3. Fans who don’t want to shell out for the fancy box set will still be able to get the complete series on DVD/Blu-ray without the collectible packaging.If you loved Game of Thrones, the Complete Collection wants you to relive every single moment. Or you can skip season 8. Whatever.See it at AmazonNote that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of merchandise featured on this page. 6center_img Comments Enlarge ImageIllustrator Robert Ball contributed the shadowbox art. HBO screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Get ready to binge all over again. HBO announced an epic Game of Thrones box set on Wednesday that will push the limits of your eyeballs and your pocketbook. The $250 Complete Collection comes out on Dec. 3 on Blu-ray. got-complete-collection-1-8-mockupEnlarge ImageThe Complete Collection comes with some special packaging. HBO The collection includes all eight seasons of the show (even that one you didn’t like), plus new deleted and extended scenes, animated history and lore pieces, behind-the-scenes footage, The Last Watch documentary and audio commentaries.The box set comes in a wooden shadow box with interior layers illustrated by Robert Ball, the artist behind the Beautiful Death series of images dedicated to the show’s departed characters. You can dive into the design in this HBO video. Note the Hand of the King pin that holds the box together. Share your voice HBO teased some of the footage from a Conan O’Brien-hosted cast reunion special that’s part of the set. The clip shows the cast’s reactions to seeing their younger selves back when the series first started. Game of Thrones HBOlast_img read more

Sep
9

Final day for Donlin to review draft permit to discharge wastewater in

first_imgDonlin Gold predicts that it can extract 33 million ounces of gold over the initial 27 years of the proposed mine. The gold is present in microscopic flecks embedded within the extracted sample rock. (Katie Basile / KYUK)Donlin Gold has taken another step toward opening its proposed mine. State regulators have sent Donlin a draft permit for discharging wastewater into Crooked Creek before it flows into the Kuskokwim River.Listen nowFor Donlin Gold to operate its proposed mine it’s going to need lots of water: about 17,500 gallons per minute throughout the life of the mine. Most of the water will come from the ground and be used to separate microscopic flecks of gold embedded in the rock. The process will release heavy metals and rely on cyanide.Diverting the water will reduce the amount in surrounding streams; in some designs, miles of fish-supporting waterways would be lost.Then there’s the water that is produced by the mine: seeping from the tailings, or the left over rock at the mine, water from the workers’ camp, and water that drains into the mine pit.All that water needs a place to go. After it’s been treated, Donlin wants to empty it into Crooked Creek, about 10 miles north of the village of Crooked Creek and the Kuskokwim River. The company has received a draft permit from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to do just that. The permit sets the standards for that water.“The water quality still has to meet the water quality standards under the Clean Water Act,” Allan Nakanishi, the state’s technical engineer on the project, said.And under state law, the discharged water has to “be adequate to fully protect existing uses of the water.” One of those uses is fishing. The Kuskokwim’s five salmon species have been recorded in Crooked Creek as well as 12 resident fish species. Donlin plans to treat the water with reverse osmosis, a process for removing substances dissolved in water.“The treatment plant itself is going to operate from early April through the end of October,”  Donlin spokesperson Kurt Parkan said.  “So during the summer season.”Donlin will recycle the water during the rest of the year. Contaminants removed from the water will be dumped into the tailings. If approved, the permit would require the discharged water to be tested once a month, with possible legal action to be taken if the standards are not met.Donlin has had 10 days to comment on the draft permit before the period closes Wednesday. The state will open a 60-day public comment period in mid-December and hold three public hearings in late January. Hearings will be in Bethel, Aniak and Anchorage, and will cover not only this wastewater discharge draft permit, but also draft permits for waste management and the project’s reclamation and closure.last_img read more

Aug
31

Da Milano launches its latest collection of toteally chic handbags

first_imgNew Delhi: Play it as if it’s just the beginning as the new designs of Da Milano’s totes and Satchel are back in the game. The timeless collection of leather handbags is curated in vivacious styles and colors to add the much-needed glamour to your summer wardrobe. Be it classic colors like tan, cognac and black or pop colors like yellow, green and fiesta red, the brand-new collection has it all. Different textures of vegetable tanned leather such as wax, franzy, mat, Saffiano, croco, etc. is used to give a luxurious look to the collection. The multipurpose collection is curated with a lifetime service warranty to cater to the modern-day multifarious woman.last_img read more

Aug
30

GoDaddy Teams Up With Microsoft to Offer Small Businesses Office 365

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 13, 2014 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy announced a long-term partnership with Microsoft today that will provide its small business customers exclusive access to the tech giant’s email and productivity service, Office 365.The announcement is the latest effort in GoDaddy’s quest, under the guidance of relatively new CEO Blake Irving, to distance itself from its previously risque image (remember those Super Bowl ads?), and become the go-to platform for small-business owners looking to establish, define and promote their online presence.”By taking Microsoft’s productivity offering, Office 365, and customizing if for a small businesses owners, we’ve jointly developed a unique product to meet our customers’ needs,” says Steven Aldrich, senior vice president of business applications at GoDaddy.The partnership will provide small businesses — which GoDaddy defines as companies with twenty or fewer employees, although the majority of its customer base consists of businesses with five or fewer employees – with seamless access to professional email accounts connected to their domain names and a full suite of Microsoft productivity solutions, including shared calendars, instant messaging, and online conferencing, all delivered through the cloud.Related: 3 Things to Know About Microsoft’s New Office 365 for Business”This is really a leg-up for small businesses; it allows them to be at the forefront of IT at an affordable price point,” says John Case, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office.”From speaking with small businesses, we know that more and more of them are doing business on the go, from a variety devices,” adds Aldrich. “Their customers expect that they will be available around the clock. Small business owners and employees have to be able to easily access their calendar, email, contact lists, documents and spreadsheets from anywhere, at anytime.”Both men insist that until now, there has been a gap in the market. “No one else is providing this one stop shop for all of a small businesses’ technology needs,” says Case. With Office 365, “GoDaddy and Microsoft focus on the backend, allowing owners and employees to focus on what matters: serving their customers.”Office 365 from GoDaddy is currently available in the U.S. and Canada, with exclusive Office 365 plans starting at $3.99 per month.Related: Forget ‘.com’: GoDaddy Offers 14 New Website Domain Extensions last_img read more

Aug
30

5 Hot IoT Trends to Keep Your Eye On

first_img The Internet of Things (IoT), or the ability to connect everyday objects to the internet, has increased in popularity and widespread use over the last several years. According to IoT analytics, the global IoT market will grow to $1,567B by 2025. Various industries have already implemented the technology, which offers benefits for individuals and organizations alike. Its uses are diverse, with the potential to impact verticals ranging from retail to architecture to the ways we interact with our own homes. While IoT has been trending for some time, it is going to take on a more significant role in the next year, impacting our lives on a previously unprecedented scale. Here are the five hottest IoT trends to keep your eye on right now.1. IoT devices will be more secure.Security is one of the primary concerns that comes with IoT use. Because the market is still relatively unregulated, device hacking and data theft have been issues that the industry is actively trying to solve. The stakes are high when it comes to IoT devices (take self-driving cars and home security, for example), and security solutions are of primary importance. One of the most promising solutions for IoT security is blockchain technology. Because of its strong protections against data tampering and its ability to rapidly shut down or lock tampered devices, it may prove promising for the IoT market. The Hyundai Digital Asset Currency (HDAC), for example, aims to protect user privacy and remove hacking threats by connecting all IoT devices within their trust-based and secure blockchain token system.In addition to blockchain, mobile-device management solutions and two-factor authorization could provide additional safety measures. Related: IoT Disruption Has Begun. And Retail Is Just the Start.2. More data will be sold.“Infonomics,” or the practice of selling data, is continuously growing more immense. The potential value of data collected by IoT devices is huge, with companies gaining the opportunity to interact with information that was previously unavailable. The “data-as-a-service” (DaaS) offers channels through which companies buy and sell data, and this market alone is growing; however, this isn’t an ideal way to sell IoT-based data. As a result, innovators are creating marketplaces explicitly designed with IoT devices in mind. 3. Our cities will get smarter.Forward-thinking cities are adopting IoT technologies to make their communities more accessible, efficient and safe. People are migrating to cities for better employment prospects and more diverse lifestyles, and IoT technologies will better allow cities to adapt to this growth. IoT devices use city-wide sensors and meters to collect data and use the acquired information to build better infrastructure and offer necessary public services. The European Union has largely been leading the way for the implementation of smart cities, with an allocation of 365 million Euros specifically for this purpose. Copenhagen, for example, uses sensors to monitor bike traffic and gather data for improved routes to better serve its heavily bike-dependent city. U.S. cities fall behind those in Europe when it comes to the implementation of smart technology; however, cities across the country will likely use more IoT-based practices over the next few years. 4. It will play a more prominent role within our homes.Just as IoT is leading to the creation of “smart cities,” IoT devices are also creating “smart homes.” It’s now easy to set-up most appliances and control them remotely through the internet. Google Nest, for example, automatically controls heat and hot water, and the company has even produced smart smoke detectors and security cameras. Big brands are also making investments in new IoT companies as they continue to innovate in their respective industries. AI-based smart kitchen assistant Chefling recently raised $2.5 M in series funding, and Bosch subsidiary BSH Hausgeräte GmbH brought one-third of the shares of the company. As a result, Chefling will be integrated into the Home Connect system and help consumers to automate cooking and receive access to personalized recipes based on what’s available in the kitchen at the time, dietary restrictions and other preferences.Related: 25 Innovative IoT Companies and Products5. Retail will further adopt IoT to  improve customer experience.Retail-based businesses across the country are going to use IoT, both for online purchases and with brick-and-mortar shopping. IoT devices will allow retailers to determine how long consumers spend interacting with products and can collect data about in-store foot traffic. All of this information lets businesses decide which products are best suited for their customers and create experiences suited specifically for their audience. Speaking of connected devices, my comedy book about prison hits the shelves next month. Do yourself a favor and go sign up to get notified when it’s available. Sign up here! July 16, 2019 5 min readcenter_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Aug
19

Good news for the travel industry It hasnt been this cold since

first_imgGood news for the travel industry: It hasn’t been this cold since 1993 Thursday, December 28, 2017 Tags: Canada, Sun Destinations, Trend Watch Share << Previous PostNext Post >> OTTAWA — Temperatures across much of Canada are plummeting and that should send booking volumes sky-high as a prolonged cold snap and extreme cold weather alerts give the travel industry a much-needed boost after two relatively mild winters.Environment Canada says it’s not about how cold it is, but how long this wave of frigid air will stay around that’s unusual.Meteorologist Alexandre Parent said Wednesday the big chill is affecting the Prairies, Ontario and western Quebec and was to spread into the Maritimes.But Nova Scotia was already dealing with a winter weather system that snapped hydro poles and knocked out electricity for thousands.The province’s utility was working Wednesday to complete restoration of power, mainly on the province’s south shore.The Christmas morning storm delivered gusts that clocked over 100 kilometres per hours in some areas.Parent said northern Ontario was being hardest hit with the current cold snap, with temperatures expected to feel like -50 C with the wind chill in some places.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“The size of this cold wave in terms of geographical distribution is quite exceptional for this early in the winter season.“What’s also exceptional is the duration of this episode,” he said, noting that the extreme cold weather could hang over Quebec for the next seven days.The weather specialist said he had to go back to 1993 to find a similar cold spell between Christmas and Jan 1.Temperatures were colder then, but the extreme cold didn’t stay around for long.“The last few years we had one or two days of cold weather, but usually those were compensated by a few days near zero which is not the case this year,” Parent said.“It’s the span of days with ten to fifteen degrees below normal which are exceptional.”In Ottawa, extreme cold forced organizers of the Bell Capital Cup international youth hockey tournament to cancel its outdoor games. Matches scheduled to take place Wednesday at the Canada 150 rink on Parliament Hill will be played indoors instead, tournament staff said via Twitter.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerIn Nova Scotia, Wednesday’s weather forecast predicted wind chill values between minus 26 and minus 30 Celsius, and between minus 30 and minus 35 in New Brunswick.The cold conditions were expected to stick around until the weekend.Meanwhile, residents of northern and western New Brunswick were still digging out after the Christmas Day storm.Environment Canada said Bathurst recorded 46 centimetres of snow while Northampton, just south of Woodstock, picked up 38 centimetres.Much of Newfoundland and Labrador was under wind or blizzard warnings on Wednesday. By: Peter RakobowchukSource: The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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NYC Company launches refreshed Make it NYC campaign

first_imgNYC & Company unveiled the newest iteration of its Make it NYC meetings and conventions marketing campaign at IMEX America 2015. The campaign includes refreshed branding and advertising incorporating a new tagline, ‘Meet Where You Want to Be’.“As one of the world’s most iconic destinations, New York City is at the top of every delegate’s wish list, and we encourage meeting professionals from around the world to plan a once in a lifetime experience that their attendees will never forget,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company. “With the newly redesigned Make it NYC campaign, we are hopeful that even more people will choose to meet where they want to be — New York City — this year and beyond.”Originally launched in 2013, Make it NYC was designed to position New York City as a leading meetings destination, calling to action the many benefits of hosting a meeting or event in the City’s five boroughs. The newest iteration of the campaign showcases the vibrancy of the destination through iconic imagery, including the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty, and highlights the reasons that meetings in New York City are anticipated by delegates and planners alike.“New York City is one of the most attractive meetings destinations in the world, with 6 million delegates visiting the five boroughs each year,” said Jerry Cito, NYC & Company’s Senior Vice President of Convention Development. “From a diverse array of hotel offerings to one-of-a-kind venues to unique group experiences, there is no shortage of only-in-NYC meetings experiences to be had when meeting planners Make it NYC.”An asset to meeting planners, NYC & Company’s free-of-charge in-house Destination Services department is a one-stop resource for planning unforgettable meetings and conventions in New York City. The team connects planners with more than 2,000 businesses throughout the City’s five boroughs and also offers a Delegate Discount Pass, featuring savings at 110 restaurants, attractions and retailers.In 2014, New York City welcomed 6 million meeting and convention delegates, a number that is expected to grow to 6.1 million this year. An important contributor to New York City’s tourism industry, MICE visitation from around the globe continues to increase each year.last_img read more

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Employers Add 214K Jobs in October Unemployment Dips to 58

first_img Share in Data, Government, Headlines, News Updated.Job growth fell short of forecasts in October, but other employment indicators showed modest improvements for the labor market.U.S. employers added 214,000 jobs last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Friday morning. Economists had expected payrolls would increase by 240,000, a slight decline from September’s preliminary estimate of 248,000 new jobs added.Meanwhile, the government revised its estimates for payroll growth in August and September, bringing those totals up to 203,000 and 256,000, respectively. With the latest revision to August, job growth has topped 200,000 every month this year except January.As of the end of October, BLS estimates the national unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent to a new six-year low. Economists had anticipated no change.Among the nearly nine million Americans counted as unemployed in the government’s survey, an estimated 2.9 million were jobless for more than 27 weeks, down slightly from September. Over the past year, BLS says the number of long-term unemployed has dropped off by 1.1 million.The number of Americans classified as “marginally attached” to the labor force—defined as those who are not in the labor force but who have sought work in the last year—also fell slightly, dipping to 2.2 million after a jump in September. At the same time, the number of people who gave up looking for work climbed, hitting an estimated 770,000.Overall, the labor force participation rate nudged up, though it still remains historically low at 62.8 percent.The drop in the unemployment rate came in the same month that policymakers at the Federal Reserve made the decision to end the central bank’s bond purchasing program that began more than two years ago.While broader labor indicators (including the U-6 unemployment rate, which figures in marginally attached workers and those employed part-time for economic reasons) still show some slack, the direction of the market may spur the Fed to move its timeline for raising interest rates forward.”This is a strong report that suggests the first rate hike is coming sooner than many expect,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics. “We expect the Fed to start tightening in March next year.” Employers Add 214K Jobs in October; Unemployment Dips to 5.8%center_img Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Unemployment 2014-11-07 Tory Barringer November 7, 2014 553 Views last_img read more