Want to Set Your Small Business Up For Success? Do This.

first_imgAs senior vice president of SMB marketing at Salesforce, Marie Rosecrans focuses on empowering small and medium businesses with the tools and resources they need to grow. Before joining Salesforce in 2008, she held positions in customer support, professional services, product marketing, and program management at Oracle, Peoplesoft, Evolve, and Primavera. Marie lives in the San Francisco Bay area and enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband, teen, and tween. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Marie Rosecrans How to Get Started in China and Have Success What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#Culture#startup#success China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts Let’s talk about values. Not family values or stock values, but company values: the bedrock of an organization. A company’s core values define it in a way nothing else can. They support the vision and shape the culture. They are the principles and beliefs that define the work. They are what drive the company.Some leaders consider values a soft sell or nice-to-have. Small businesses, in particular, are often hyper-focused on the product in a rush to get to market, forgetting to acknowledge the underlying foundation that helps a company run smoothly. But research shows that companies that lead with their values are better positioned to achieve strong customer loyalty, employee engagement, and team productivity. So if you want to set your business up for growth and long-term success, you’ve got to take time to focus on values.First things first: Define your values.Values act as a North Star for the company; they pinpoint what’s important, which then helps determine where to focus individual time and effort. Here at Salesforce, our #1 value is trust, a value which has become the backbone of our company (Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff even spoke at Davos this year about the importance of trust in an organization). That emphasis reverberates through everything we do and defines who we are as a company. Aside from trust, our Salesforce culture is guided by other core values of customer success, innovation, and equality. Every day, we’re personally responsible for living these values and holding each other accountable for them. These are the values that inspire us and help us to grow.So think about the values that matter to your small business; what’s important to consider as you grow? Perhaps consider Benioff’s advice: “What is the most important thing to you in your company? Really look at your value system. What’s #1? If everything is important, nothing is important. You have to choose what is really important to you.”Next, distribute your values.With competition what it is today — intense — companies often lose sight of what drives them. To make sure you’re accountable for your values, you’ve got to make them visible. For years companies have thrown them right on the conference room wall. Other small businesses — like SalesLoft, QGenda, and Thompson Pump — opt to define their values on their websites for easy reference. Some companies go the traditional route with simple values (like trust, respect, and equality), which others take a modern approach with idea statements (like team over self, bias toward action, or focus on impact).A good litmus test for whether a company lives its values is to ask the employees to name them. Would your employees be able to list the company values if asked? Could they tell you how they shine through in their day-to-day roles? If not, it’s time to shout them a little louder.Make those values stick.It’s one thing to write down your values — and quite another to live up to them every day. So once you’ve gone through the motions of defining and distributing your company’s values, you’ve actually got to make them stick. That means “living” your values. Let your values guide the company; they can dictate your decisions, your product direction, and even whom you hire. Values stretch us to be our very best, which is why you’ve got to embed them in how you work.We’ve seen several recent examples where companies have received negative publicity because values were either compromised or not there to begin with. How can core values help you avoid these situations? Here at Salesforce we know that if we frame our work in the context of our values and use those values to drive our decision making, we’ll always make the right decision. And when we do make a wrong decision, we usually find that it’s because we weren’t aligned with our core values. North Star, indeed. Evolve your values over time.Just because you’ve thrown those values on your website doesn’t mean they have to stay there forever. Organizations, products, and people all change. If your current values aren’t tied to the vision, everything suffers — innovation slows, employees become disenchanted, and customers attrit. Something needs to change.So take time every year to think about the status of your company. What’s driving it? What could it be doing better? Where do you want it to go? If you had to choose your core values from scratch right now, would they be the same as the originals? As your small business grows, this is a great exercise to make sure you stay aligned and moving forward.Ready, get set, grow. Competition today is fierce and small businesses must try to differentiate themselves in whatever ways they can. When products are the same or similar, a consumer’s decision is based on what kind of company he or she wants to support. So take some time to think about the values that are important to you. Write them down and shout them out. Make sure they radiate throughout the company. Breathe them in deeply and they will help you grow.What values are important to your company? What’s a small business you know of that truly lives its values? I’d love to know. Tweet me at @mlaxros and let’s discuss.last_img read more

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“Watchmen” and The Art of Creating Nonlinear Stories

first_imgTaking lessons from Watchmen and other nonlinear classics, we deconstruct how you can harness the nonlinear style for your film projects.Long before the 2019 hit show on HBO — or the Zack Snyder faithful big screen adaptation in 2009 — the idea for Watchmen came to writer Alan Moore as a way to repurpose old comics to reflect Cold War anxieties and deconstruct the superhero concept in the original graphic novel series in 1986-1987.In interviews, Moore has cited the experimental author William S. Burroughs for his use of the nonlinear technique as a way to juxtapose different themes, characters, and storylines. Of Burroughs, Moore says, “He suggested rearranging words and images to evade rational analysis, allowing subliminal hints of the future to leak through.”The nonlinear style has since appeared in both film and television adaptations of Watchmen — it’s also a popular storytelling device for filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, and Quentin Tarantino. And while it may be tricky to get your head around at times, when done properly, it can be a powerful storytelling and filmmaking device for your short film, feature film, or video projects.Here’s how to master the nonlinear storytelling technique for your film and video projects.A Tight Script and OutlineBurroughs’s nonlinear “cut-up technique” remains a technique for modern filmmakers. (Image via Blaise.)In Burroughs’s “cut-up technique,” the writer takes a finished story; cuts out pages, paragraphs, or sentences; then tosses everything on the ground as a way to randomly reorder the scenes and narrative.But before you can start making your story into a nonlinear narrative, you need to treat it as a linear one. When done well, nonlinear can be a great device, but more often than not, it comes off as a way to hide a bad script.You should only turn your great idea into a nonlinear one after you’ve put in the work, gotten your feedback, done your hard rewrites, and created a story that you know can stand on its own. From there, take a solid outline and rearrange certain elements for thematic purposes.The Script Supervisor and ContinuityEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a great example of a nonlinear, sci-fi love story. (Image via Focus Features).If you’re unfamiliar with a script supervisor’s role is, read up on the ins and outs of why you need one. A script supervisor helps not only during pre-production but also on set, making sure everything from lines of dialogue to blocking to hair and makeup stays consistent.When introducing nonlinear plot devices to your film, it becomes that much more difficult to keep your head on straight. Even if you don’t have the biggest budget or resources for a dedicated script supervisor, having others watching continuity is crucial.If you want great results like the nonlinear sci-fi love story Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, every piece of your meticulously crafted sets and characters need to be consistent, even when traveling across time and between dreamscapes.Consistency of People, Places, and ThemesTarantino’s nonlinear technique in the early ’90s contributed to its popularity. (Image from Pulp Fiction — via Miramax.)By the 1990s, the nonlinear timeline and narrative technique was becoming popular among many filmmakers. No one auteur seemed to master this technique better than Quentin Tarantino with 1994’s feature Pulp Fiction. While this post-modern film employs a very unconventional structure, rife with homage and self-reflexivity, it also strives for a remarkable sense of consistency across the people, places, and themes.All the different narratives feel like they’re connected, and in many ways, they are. This is intentional, and it helps that the director is the same person who came up with the idea and penned the script. A complete understanding of the narrative world is essential for the nonlinear device to really feel consistent — like it’s telling a story much bigger than a normal, linear one.Filming Chronologically vs. Non-chronologicallyNolan’s nonlinear technique implements chronological order in a non-traditional manner. (Image from Memento — via New Market Films.)An interesting question many nonlinear filmmakers have to face is the issue of shooting chronologically or not. Traditionally, most films do not get shot in order or scene by scene, simply out of necessity. However, occasionally some directors will try to work this way to help their actors give better performances. With nonlinear projects, though, the question of chronological production becomes a bit trickier.For films like Christopher Nolan’s Memento, which uses a nonlinear technique that basically tells the story backwards, the idea of filming chronologically actually makes a bit more sense. It really comes down to your story and how much time you want to balance between recreating scenes you’ve already shot, or are able to shoot, in the necessary order.Don’t Lose Sight of the Beginning or the EndIn Arrival, the nonlinear time frame is essential to the storyline. (Image via Paramount.)Finally, taking the 2016 sci-fi thriller Arrival as an example, it’s important to never lose sight of the beginning or end of your nonlinear film project. Like any linear project, a film is a journey from point A to point B (with many complications in-between). However, for nonlinear narratives, those points can quickly become confused. Or, in the case of Arrival, they’re actually the same place.Yet, if the goal is to tell the story of the journey, clearly defining those two points — not just for the narrative, but for your individual characters and their arcs — will help you stay on track, even with the many theoretical challenges of telling a story out of order.Cover image from Watchmen (via HBO).For more filmmaking techniques and advice, check out some of these articles below.A Practical Guide to Dutch Angles and Tilted FramingAdobe Offers Look into the Editing of “Terminator: Dark Fate”The Ad Astra Editing Team On Creating “Quiet Intensity” in the EditHow Hollywood Gets the “Film Look” Using Digital CamerasFilmmaking Lessons from the Making of the Sci-Fi Horror Classic “Alien”last_img read more

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Keaton Jennings to be Alastair Cook’s latest opening partner for England

first_imgKeaton Jennings will make his England debut as captain Alastair Cook’s latest opening partner in the fourth and penultimate Test against India at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.Lefthander Jennings will replace teenager Haseeb Hameed, who broke his little finger during England’s defeat in the third Test in Mohali and returned home to undergo surgery.Jennings, the son of South African former wicketkeeper and coach Ray, arrived in India only on Monday after being called up from the England Lions squad in the United Arab Emirates. (Also read: Ajinkya Rahane ruled out of remaining two Tests vs England)”He’s going to play. He’s going to open the batting and another great opportunity for a guy to come in and play,” Cook told reporters, adding he was reminded of his own debut in 2006 when he flew into India 48 hours ahead of the game and hit a century in Nagpur.”He’s in good touch, spending bit of time in the middle with the Lions, getting hundreds and stuff. Pretty special day for him tomorrow.”The 24-year-old Jennings, who scored six centuries for county side Durham last season, is Cook’s 11th partner at the top of the order in the game’s longest format since the retirement of Andrew Strauss four years ago. (Also read: England recall Morgan, Hales for India limited-overs series)Cook said the frequent changes of his opening partner did not impact his own batting.”It doesn’t really affect me,” the 31-year-old said. “You don’t just bat with your opening partner, you bat with people at three, four, five as well.advertisement”I will just make sure Keaton plays the way he wants to play, keep him calm I suppose. Obviously it’s disappointing about Has, we obviously found a player there.”But if Keaton comes in and does well again, it’s just adding to our top-order players.”Fast bowler Stuart Broad, who suffered a foot injury during the second test in Visakhapatnam and subsequently missed the game in Mohali, was still doubtful for the Mumbai match, Cook added.The Wankhede Stadium, overlooking the Arabian Sea, has been a happy hunting ground for England, who have won their last two test matches against the hosts at the venue in 2012 and 2006.England made a strong start to the series in Rajkot when they made India fight hard in their second innings to eke out a draw but lost the next two tests to trail 2-0 against the world’s number one test side.They drew lot of flak for defensive batting while chasing an improbable 405 to win the second test and coach Trevor Bayliss said it was time for the side to show more positive intent.”It’s a clear message I knew was coming out,” Cook said. “We do have to take that second innings in Vizag out of it, where we played that way.”But I wonder whether that did kind of tie into the third game and there was a bit of hangover and we did go back into our shells a bit.”After chatting around a bit I think it was quite clear message that we wanted to play a little bit more aggressively and with a bit more intent.”last_img read more

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Neymar leads the way as PSG destroy Bordeaux

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 6 Bordeaux 2: Neymar, Cavani dispel rift rumours in emphatic victory Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 00:56 1/10/2017 PSG - cropped Bongarts Paris Saint-Germain secured a phenomenal 6-2 victory over Bordeaux, with Neymar and Edinson Cavani proving there is no rift between them. Neymar and Edinson Cavani brought a resounding end to talk of a rift between them as Paris Saint-Germain romped to a stunning 6-2 victory over Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes.Reports of ill feeling between the two surfaced after an on-field disagreement over penalty-taking duties during the 2-0 win over Lyon a fortnight ago, but they showed that is firmly behind them on Saturday.PSG were awarded a spot-kick in the 40th minute following a foolish handball by Otavio and Neymar converted it before turning to celebrate with Cavani, who won their argument against Lyon but was denied from 12 yards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. That was Neymar’s second of the match, the Brazilian having opened the scoring with a sublime free-kick and setting up Cavani for his eighth Ligue 1 goal in as many outings this term.Unai Emery’s intention to attack was clear from his selection of Julian Draxler in place of Thiago Motta – one of four changes from the 3-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday – and the German rewarded his coach with a scintillating volley and an assist for Kylian Mbappe in the second half.Thomas Meunier also netted with Younousse Sankhare and a Malcom penalty providing Bordeaux’s consolations as Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side suffered their first league defeat of the season, meaning PSG are the only unbeaten team left in the top flight.PSG took just five minutes to get on the scoreboard. Mbappe’s quick feet drew a foul from experienced defender Jeremy Toulalan in a central position 30 yards out and Neymar dispatched a beautiful free-kick that spun away from Benoit Costil and into the top-left corner.Seven minutes later the hosts’ captivating front three linked up magnificently to double their advantage. Mbappe flicked Presnel Kimpembe’s pass inside for Neymar, whose throughball found Cavani running in behind Vukasin Jovanovic to stab past Costil.4 – Neymar has scored & assisted a goal for the 4th time in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other player in the Top 5 leagues. Neyyyymar. pic.twitter.com/QpGP75ubgN— OptaJean (@OptaJean) September 30, 2017The unrelenting hosts were three to the good when Meunier guided Yuri Berchice’s left-wing cross home, Mbappe’s failure to connect enabling the ball to run through to the Belgian.But PSG were guilty of stepping off the gas and Bordeaux took full advantage. Theo Pellenard held up the ball brilliantly before spinning away from Marco Verratti and sliding a pass into Nicolas de Preville, who squared for Sankhare to add a simple finish.Francois Kamano failed to head on target in a gilt-edged opportunity before Alphonse Areola kept out Malcom, but the visitors were out of the game by half-time. Otavio handled the ball in the box after Kamano failed to clear and Neymar sent Costil the wrong way from the resultant penalty.Draxler made it five when, after launching the break, he met a cross from Mbappe with an exquisite cross-goal volley with the outside of his left boot that gave Costil no chance.After a tepid start to the second period their roles switched, Draxler winning possession in the Bordeaux half and supplying the ball that Mbappe guided across the keeper and inside the far post in the 58th minute.Cavani was warmly applauded as he made way for Angel Di Maria after the hour mark and PSG struggled to threaten in the Uruguayan’s absence.Instead it was Bordeaux who went close as substitute Alexandre Mendy rattled the post and Kamano was kept out by an impressive stop from Areola.Neymar volleyed a chance for his hat-trick wide from a delightful Giovani Lo Celso chip in the 80th minute, but it was another Brazilian who had the final say.Meunier sent Jonathan Cafu tumbling in the box and Malcom slammed the penalty into the top-right corner for a goal that did little to dampen spirits at a jubilant Parc des Princes.Key Opta stats:- PSG have lost only one of their last 13 Ligue 1 games against Bordeaux (W7 D5), in March 2015 (2-3).- PSG have won seven of eight games in Ligue 1 this season, best tally for a team at this stage in the top-flight since Lyon in 2006/07 (also 7 wins).- PSG have lost just one of their last 28 Ligue 1 games (W23 D4), at Nice in April 2017 (1-3).- PSG are unbeaten in their last 28 home games in Ligue 1 (W22 D6), with their last defeat coming in March 2016 against Monaco (0-2).- PSG have scored 27 goals after eight Ligue 1 games in 2017/18, the best tally at this stage in the top-flight since St Etienne in 1969/70 (also 27).- Bordeaux conceded 6+ goals in a Ligue 1 game for the first time since September 2015 against Nice (1-6).- Neymar scored & assisted a goal for the fourth time in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other player in the Top 5 leagues.- Edinson Cavani has been involved in 21 goals in his last 16 Ligue 1 games (16 goals, 5 assists). read morelast_img read more

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England hold Neymar’s Brazil to scoreless draw

first_imgEngland 0 Brazil 0: Gomez impresses as hosts stifle Neymar and company Rob Lancaster 06:01 11/15/17 EnglandvBrazil_cropped Clive Rose/Getty Images It was not the liveliest of encounters, but England can take heart from a goalless draw against Brazil. England followed up their stalemate against Germany with another impressive clean sheet as they held five-time world champions Brazil to a 0-0 draw at Wembley.Gareth Southgate’s injury-hit squad showed their dedication to defending with a stoic display on home soil, leading to the first scoreless encounter between the nations in 40 years.The always busy Neymar did his best to light up an otherwise dim spectacle but, despite dominating for long periods, Brazil struggled to cut open an England team that saw Joe Gomez impress as a centre-back in the new 3-5-2 system. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Southgate handed a debut to Gomez’s Liverpool team-mate Dominic Solanke off the bench in the second half, but a team minus Harry Kane barely threatened to cause an upset in the capital.When @MarcusRashford met @neymarjr… pic.twitter.com/TfM9FczIyH— England (@England) November 14, 2017England had given cause for optimism with their performance against Germany, and Southgate once again stuck with the three centre-back policy he had tested out last Friday.Gomez was handed a first start and Ruben Loftus-Cheek kept his place in the team, albeit his involvement was ended after only 35 minutes by a back injury.Brazil, who welcomed back Philippe Coutinho from a thigh injury, bossed possession in the first half without turning their dominance into clear-cut chances.Joe Hart was needed to make a save from a Gabriel Jesus header, but the tempo of the game struggled to match the occasional noise stemming from the samba band inside the stadium.75 – Joe Hart made his 75th appearance for England tonight, just the third goalkeeper to reach this total after David Seaman and Peter Shilton. Stalwart.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017Marcus Rashford produced England’s brightest moment before the break, the striker – occupying the central role he has played for Manchester United recently – cleverly turning away from Casemiro before sending a firm drive straight at Alisson.While the chances failed to arrive early in the second half, yellow cards for Jake Livermore and Dani Alves at least showed there was a competitive edge to proceedings.Brazil saw Hart block Coutinho’s weak attempt after the Liverpool playmaker had outpaced team-mate Jesus to reach Neymar’s scooped throughball, only to then stumble and lose his balance at the point of contact.Tite utilised the Premier League pairing of Willian – who had captained his country in the 3-1 win over Japan in France – and Fernandinho off the bench in the hope of sparking his team into life.Both replacements had late opportunities to break the deadlock, with Fernandinho whistling a shot just wide of the target before Willian saw his goal-bound effort blocked by England substitute Ashley Young.Solanke made his introduction in the 73rd minute and had the chance to mark the occasion with a dramatic winner from Young’s cross in the closing stages.However, teed up by fellow sub Tammy Abraham, the striker waited a fraction too long to get his shot away, allowing the alert Alisson to make the block at the far post.While England could not quite nick it at the end, they could at least reflect on back-to-back shut-outs against the top-two ranked teams in the world.  read morelast_img read more

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Eggins wins Rod Wise Medal

first_imgPenrith Touch Association and the Sydney Mets’ Director of Referees, Greg Eggins has been recognised for his contribution to the sport of Touch Football at the New South Wales Touch Association’s Blues Dinner, being named the Rod Wise Medal winner for the Volunteer of the Year. Eggins has been involved in the sport of Touch Football, particularly in the arm of refereeing, for close to 30 years, both in Australia and abroad. Eggins told the audience at the Blues Dinner that he was ‘very honoured’ to accept the award.“There are a lot of good people in this room who spend a lifetime for our sport, we’re an amateur sport and there is a lot of dedicated people here. I’m very honoured to be here tonight to accept this award, there are a lot of other people who could also be here too as well,” Eggins said.  In his role of Director of Referees at Penrith, Eggins has helped develop a large number of junior referees, including three of the five current Talented Referees Youth Squad (TRYS) members. “I’ve had a lot of fun the past couple of years especially with the development of junior referees and had the honour of three selected in April this year out of five vacancies and that was a highlight.”“I’ve got 14 referees at Penrith that are teenagers from 12 refereeing Men’s division one up to age 17 or 18 and I dedicate this award to them including Nick Thornton, aged 12, and Emma Thornton who could probably do my job at Penrith as the Director of Referees as she’s learnt a lot over the past 18 months.”Eggins’ Touch Football career started in the mid 1980’s in Brisbane, before going overseas and then coming back to continue his work in the referee discipline. “I started in Brisbane in 1985, went to England, helped form the UK Touch Association, came back and spent time in Canberra in 1989 when I was the assistant Director of Referees and then Parramatta. Then Hawkesbury in 1991, up to RAAF Base Williamtown in 1992/93, helping out Tilligerry and Wallsend. I had a lot of referees at the RAAF Base, about 50 referees and pushed them out to Maitland, Newcastle and Tilligerry. As the Mets Director I’ve got to try and help the other affiliates, I’d like to do more, it’s not easy and you rely on the other Referee Directors to help develop referees.”“There’s a lot of good friends in the room who have helped me develop referees, coach referees and be a team leader at tournaments. To all of the players, they are the challenge, they always push the boundaries, they love gamesmanship and our job is there to referee in an unbiased manner as we can and that’s what I pride myself on and try to do. So as I get older, I try to put more back into the junior referees now because that’s our future and we need those referees.”Related LinksRod Wise Medallast_img read more

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Worlds First LNGFueled PCTC Joins UECCs Fleet

first_imgzoom The world’s first LNG-fueled Pure Car and Truck Carrier was delivered to Norway-based shipping firm United European Car Carriers (UECC), equally owned by NYK Line and Wallenius Lines, from Kawasaki Heavy Industries on September 29 at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China.To be named Auto Eco upon reaching North Europe towards the end of November, the vessel is the first of two sister ships to be delivered to the company.Equipped with dual-fuel engines that can use either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil, the PCTCs will be put into service in Europe.As LNG does not emit any sulphur oxides or particulate matter and significantly less nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxides compared to conventional heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil, these vessels will meet the strict sulphur emission regulations in Europe.Additionally, the PCTCs have Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A super vessel, allowing for full-year trading in the Baltic area, according to NYK Line.last_img read more

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Used Tire Report to Guide Strategy

first_imgAn advisory committee appointed to review used tire options has returned a report that will be used to inform a new used tire strategy for the province. “The findings of the report, together with recent environmental commitments made in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act tell us this is a good time to develop a strategy for used tire management,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “Tire derived fuel will not be used in Nova Scotia for the foreseeable future,” added Mr. Parent. “The report says that tire derived fuel is not the best option for Nova Scotia’s environment, and presents a number of alternatives to consider.” The report rates various tire-processing options using economic, environmental, and health implications. It also considers whether the option is currently operational within the province or not, and energy inputs required for each. “I’d like to thank the advisory committee members for bringing their considerable expertise to the review and for producing a comprehensive report,” said Mr. Parent. “The committee’s hard work will contribute to the design of an effective and environmentally responsible tire management program for the future and allow us to continue to set the pace for solid waste management in Canada.” The Resource Recovery Fund Board will be among the agencies participating in development of the used-tire management strategy. The report is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/waste/ .last_img read more

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Six stories in the news for today June 20

first_imgSix stories in the news for Tuesday, June 20———SENATE BALKS AT SPLITTING BUDGET BILLThe Senate won’t be splitting the Trudeau government’s budget bill to hive off the portion dealing with creation of a new infrastructure bank. Senators rejected a motion late Monday to split the bill, defeating it on a tie vote of 38-38. The motion from independent Sen. Andre Pratte would have carved out the infrastructure bank provisions into a separate bill that could be examined at greater length.———LIBERALS SET TO TABLE NATIONAL SECURITY BILLPublic Safety Minister Ralph Goodale plans to introduce a bill today to upgrade a list of Conservative anti-terrorism measures. Among other things, it will include more robust oversight of the Canada Border Services Agency and ensure appeals by Canadians on the no-fly list will be subject to mandatory review. The Liberals had promised to repeal some elements of omnibus security legislation brought in by the Conservatives after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill in 2014.———GRIM PREDICTIONS FROM CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETYAlmost one in two Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and one in four will die from the disease, predicts a new report by the Canadian Cancer Society. It says an estimated 206,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year and an estimated 80,800 will die from the disease — making cancer the leading cause of death in Canada.———WOMAN MEETS REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSISTED DEATH: JUDGEA judge says an Ontario woman with incurable erosive osteoarthritis fits a key requirement to receive a medically assisted death after her doctor refused to help her because he feared criminal prosecution. In a decision released Monday, Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ruled the 77-year-old woman’s “natural death is reasonably foreseeable.” He said her doctor had agreed, but changed his mind because he feared a murder charge.———VIETNAMESE ‘BOAT PEOPLE’ FOCUS OF NEW HERITAGE MINUTEThe makers of Canada’s latest Heritage Minute say featuring the Vietnamese “boat people” in the short film was an ideal way to keep current events in perspective and usher in a national birthday. The short clip, now among others highlighting key moments in Canadian History, was released by Historica Canada on Tuesday and shines a light on Canada’s admission of more than 100,000 refugees fleeing war-torn Vietnam in the 1970s.———CAE ISSUES ITS FIRST PILOT OUTLOOK REPORTMontreal-based flight training provider CAE Inc. says airlines around the world will need 255,000 new commercial pilots over the next decade, a third of whom will be required in North America. CAE’s report says there are about 290,000 commercial pilots working now, but 440,000 will be needed by 2027. It says 105,000 will be needed just to replace pilots who retire in addition to 150,000 new pilots to meet growing global demand.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release data on wholesale trade, travel between Canada and other countries, and nutritional supplements.— Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will host a special preview of the new Bank of Canada Museum in Ottawa.— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will appear at a Commons committee hearing witnesses on Canada’s Defence Policy Review.— Trial in Vancouver for Patrick Fox, charged with criminal harassment regarding his ex-wife Desiree Capuano.last_img read more

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UN calls for release of BBC journalist kidnapped three weeks ago in

3 April 2007The head of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today called for the release of a BBC journalist abducted in the Palestinian Gaza Strip three weeks ago, deploring the proliferation of hostage-taking involving media professionals. “When a journalist is abducted, the whole of society is taken hostage,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement on the 12 March kidnapping of Alan Johnston, who has been living and working in Gaza for several years. “In view of this increasingly disturbing situation, I call on the authorities to do their utmost to obtain his release as quickly as possible. I wish to commend the determination and courage of journalists who continue to do their work despite the growing frequency of such abductions,” he added. “We must all mobilize to put an end to these heinous practices that constitute a serious threat to media professionals and also to freedom of expression. All too many abductions have taken place recently, in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in Gaza. Not all these kidnappings have ended in bloodshed, but they remain intolerable and must not go unpunished.” According to Reporters Without Borders, 14 foreign journalists have been kidnapped in the Gaza Strip since August 2005, with none of the abductors caught or prosecuted. In Afghanistan, the journalist Adjmal Nasqhbandi is still held hostage whereas the Italian journalist he was accompanying, Daniele Mastrogiacomo, was released by their captors on 18 March, UNESCO said. As to Iraq, there is no news on seven journalists and four assistants who were recently kidnapped there. Over 50 journalists and media employees have been abducted in Iraq since 2003, according to Reporters Without Borders. Mr. Matsuura has repeatedly denounced the murder and harassment of media workers around the world. read more

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Celgene and SRC Energy post gains while Pitney Bowes dips

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday:Celgene Corp., up $3.01 to $97The company is selling its psoriasis treatment Otezla for $13.4 billion to Amgen to clear the way for its acquisition by Bristol-Myers.SRC Energy Inc., up 50 cents to $4.65The oil and gas company agreed to be acquired by PDC Energy in a deal the companies valued at $1.7 billion including debt.TechipFMC PLC, up 91 cents to $24.01The London-based energy company said it would separate into two publicly traded businesses.Walt Disney Co., up $2.94 to $134.61The media company will open 25 Disney-branded stores in Target locations starting in October, with more to follow.Pitney Bowes Inc., down 30 cents to $3.31The company said it would sell its software and data business to Syncsort for $700 million.Apple Inc., up $3.85 to $206.49Technology companies that do a lot of business with China rose after President Donald Trump said Beijing wanted to make a trade deal.Fossil Group Inc., up $1.09 to $11.49Fossil disclosed that Executive Vice-President Greg McKelvey has purchased another 200,000 shares of the company’s stock.The Medicines Co., up $4.82 to $39.85The company announced positive trial results for a cholesterol drug.The Associated Press read more

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HBC says its CFO will remain in role as replacement search continues

TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC) says chief financial officer Paul Beesley will remain in his current role while it continues to search for his replacement.In May, the department store operator said Beesley would step down July 7 in order to return to Canada to be closer to his family.Beesley moved to New York to join the company to become CFO in May 2014. HBC says its CFO will remain in role as replacement search continues by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2017 2:48 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Quebecer seeks to file class action against Netflix over fee hikes without

Quebecer seeks to file class action against Netflix over fee hikes without warning The Netflix logo is displayed on an iPhone in Philadelphia, Monday, July 17, 2017. A Quebec man wants millions in compensation from Netflix on behalf of subscribers in the province, alleging the company violated strict consumer rights rules when it upped their fees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matt Rourke by Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2017 8:07 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – A Quebec man wants millions in compensation from Netflix on behalf of subscribers in the province, alleging the company violated strict consumer rights rules when it upped their fees.The class action document filed in Quebec Superior Court earlier this month seeks permission to sue the popular video streaming service for allegedly charging higher fees unilaterally.“They had to send a notice which mentions exclusively the rate that the people were paying and the new rate,” said lawyer Pierre Boivin, who represents the consumers.“They also have to mention that the consumer would have 30 days to cancel the contract if they don’t agree with this increase, and that’s not what Netflix sent. They did not respect this provision of the Consumer Protection Act.”Boivin’s Montreal law firm, Kugler Kandestin, is acting on behalf of Frederic Seigneur and other Quebecers — an estimated 1.45 million subscribers in the province.The action has not yet been given the go-ahead by a judge, but Boivin said he hopes to have it in a few months time.A public relations firm that deals with the company said Thursday that Netflix does not comment on ongoing litigation.Earlier this month, it announced it was hiking prices for new members, effective immediately, and would do the same for existing users after notifying them by email in the coming weeks.Netflix has invested heavily in producing its own original content in recent years, including “House of Cards,” “Ozark” and in a slate of feature films bought at international film festivals.The Quebec suit would extend to any rate hike by Netflix since Aug. 11, 2014, and Boivin said there appears to have been just one, in 2016.Because the suit argues on the basis of Quebec legislation, other Canadian users are exempted, he said, adding Quebec subscribers wouldn’t have to do anything to take part in the suit.The class action seeks a reimbursement of the fees paid since the 2016 hike — $1 to $2 a month depending on the subscription.Boivin said that works out to roughly $14 million as of now, with lawyers seeking an additional $7.5 million in punitive damages.“When a company wants to do business in Quebec, it must minimally respect the law — in this case, the Consumer Protection Act,” he said. “They had to send a notice of the rate hike, which we argue they did not do.”– Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter. read more

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Ohio State volleyball falls to Michigan State for first loss of the

Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) spikes the ball during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team started its season by winning 13 straight matches, including a four set victory over then-No. 10 Michigan. The team’s winning streak came to a halt when the Buckeyes fell to No. 15 Michigan State in three straight sets.The Buckeyes (13-1) struggled early against the Spartans on Sunday, but still had a chance in each set. OSU jumped out to an 18-14 lead in the match’s opening set, but MSU fought back to take get the win, 27-25.Throughout the match, OSU struggled with passing, due partially to dominant serving from its opponent. The Spartans finished the day with eight service aces, as well as 14 errors. These problems and Michigan State’s strong serving led to OSU dropping the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-22.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary finished with 10 kills in the losing effort and said her and her teammates must use this match to grow as they move forward in Big Ten play.“We just didn’t come out strong, and we’re gonna use this, work on what we need to do this week to be ready for Indiana and Purdue next week,” Leary said.OSU coach Geoff Carlston was also impressed with the Spartans’ serving game.“We just didn’t pass very well, but in Michigan State’s defense that’s the toughest serving team I’ve ever seen,” he said.Carlston said the match exhibited poor play from some typical stars, while some others were able to step up.“We rely a lot on Kaitlyn Leary and she struggled today,” Carlston said. “I thought our freshmen really stepped up and played well.”Leary had an uncharacteristic seven errors on top of her 10 kills while freshman right side hitter Taylor Sandbothe led the team with 12 kills while committing just one error. Sanbothe’s classmate, outside hitter Kylie Randall, added 11 kills of her own to go along with two errors.Following the first set, Carlston made a change at the libero position, as senior Julianne Mandolfo donned the scarlet jersey instead of senior Davionna DiSalvatore.“Davionna got aced three times in one set (against MSU), that’s something that can’t happen,” Carlston said. “That’s the luxury we have. They’re both really, really good and so if one is struggling, we can put the other one in and vice versa.”Carlston also shuffled his lineup late in the match, throwing sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell onto the court in the third set in hopes of extending the match.“What we had been doing the past two sets hadn’t been working,” Mitchell said.Mitchell said the team’s cohesion will have to improve this week in practice.“We kind of fell apart a little bit,” she said. “We need to bounce back as a group.”Freshman outside hitter Chloe Reinig and senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski led the way for the Spartans with 12 kills each.Even with a loss to the Spartans, the players were able to take some positives away from its win against Michigan on Friday night, especially the great play of Sandbothe and Randall, Leary said. She said she was proud to see them step up.“They both really stepped up as freshmen and we needed that, especially with me starting off a little slow, they definitely brought that and that’s what helped us win this game tonight,” Leary said Friday.Sandbothe said there were a lot of emotions for her coming into the first Michigan clash of her college career.“There’s a lot of people here, so I was a little nervous, but excited,” she said after the win against the Wolverines. “This is the biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of.”The official attendance for the match against Michigan was about 4,500.Even though the Buckeyes came out victorious, the team struggled at times. OSU led the second set 22-16 before eventually losing 27-25.Randall said the team made some mistakes at the service line that contributed to the loss.“In the second game, we missed four to five in a row so I think we could definitely work on that,” she said.Carlston added that the personnel OSU had on the court in the set it lost did not leave them with a very good chance to win.“We got stuck in a rotation that we weren’t playing very well in and they were playing very well in, and that’s the game,” he said.Leary led the match with 22 kills while Sandbothe recorded 12 kills and eight blocks and Randall finished 11 kills and four blocks.OSU is set to travel to Indiana this weekend for its first road matches of the Big Ten season. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., at 7 p.m. Friday and Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., at the same time Saturday. read more

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Remote Bisie tin mine in DRC using Trafos drytype transformers

first_imgOne of the world’s highest grade known tin deposits is being developed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and dry-type transformers from specialist supplier Trafo Power Solutions are now integral to powering this effort. Two 3000 kVA, 400 V / 11 kV cast resin transformers – housed in 6-m containers – were recently delivered to Alphamin Resources’ remote Bisie mine site in North Kivu province. They will step up the supply from the operation’s diesel-powered generator plant from 400 V to 11 kV. Trafo Power Solutions also supplied two 100 kVA, 400 V / 400 V Dyn11 dry-type lighting transformers for outdoor applications.Bisie is located about 180 km north west of Goma, in the Walikale Territory – some 60 km from the town of Walikale and 32 km from the national route linking Walikale with Kisangani.“The mine’s remote position, and the difficult access road to the mining operation, made it essential for us to custom-design the substation and transformers to withstand the rough journey,” says Trafo Power Solutions managing director David Claassen.According to Claassen, the complete solution was manufactured in a fast track project that took only 12 weeks. This included the in-house design of ventilation and airflow systems to deal with the extreme heat and humidity levels of over 90%, as well as lighting and small power equipment.He highlights the suitability of dry-type transformers to the climatic conditions at the mine, especially their ability to remain cool with only minimal movement of air across the windings. Where necessary, extremely high ambient temperatures may require the employment of forced air options in the design.“The cast resin design of dry-type transformers improves their efficiency and hence their heat losses, so cooling requirements are reduced,” he says. “Their efficiency also means they consume less energy, which in this application saves on diesel costs.”Among the advantages of dry-type transformers is that they require almost no maintenance and can last up to 25 years without much attention. Oil-filled transformers, on the other hand, need regular maintenance and sampling of oil if they are to operate safely and consistently. In a remote location like Bisie mine, this advantage delivers particular benefits to the user. Dry-type transformers can also be installed indoors, without the need for their own civils infrastructure such as bund walls and structures – as there is no oil posing safety or environmental risks.On December 5, Alphamin reported progress at its Bisie tin project. By then, the company’s 80.75% owned DRC subsidiary, Alphamin Bisie Mining SA (ABM) had received all approvals required to draw down the final $20 million of its previously announced $80 million credit facility.Cold commissioning of the crushing circuit was expected to start in the first half of December, while the completion of construction of the gravity concentration building and tailings storage facility remain on track for Q1, 2019. Hot commissioning (first ore through the plant) is currently expected to commence in late March 2019.Alphamin is assessing the impact of the likely change of mining method. Rock conditions underground have led management to review the suitability of sub level caving mining as previously planned at Bisie. A cut and fill mining method is being analysed and if approved, would result in changes to the operating costs, mined grade, recovery and mineral reserves.last_img read more

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Record year for NDRC as startups pull down €40 million

first_imgINVESTMENT IN CLIENT companies at the National Digital Research Centre ncreased by 150% to €40 million last year, according to the company’s annual report.The market capitalisation of the digital start-ups linked to the innovation hotbed trebled to €120 million, and is projected to rise to €180 million by the end of the year.Companies in the NDRC stable created 311 full-time jobs and 121 part-time jobs in the country by the end of last year.Within the last month, the NDRC was ranked in the top 2.5% of university business incubators worldwide in what the agency described as “the most comprehensive global study of its kind”, the Global Benchmark Report 2014.The final ranking was the highest-ever placement for an Irish incubator.Launching the report, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White said that the transition of research into economic outputs is vital.“NDRC can make a key contribution to achieving this. The value of the Government’s investment is clearly demonstrated by the fact that the NDRC-backed ventures have created more than 300 full-time and 120 part-time jobs in Ireland’s digital economy.”Leading companies in the NDRC portfolio secured several multi-million funding rounds last year, including a €12 million investment in FieldAware and fellow start-up Logentries landing €10 million in investment.NDRC chief executive Ben Hurley said that the company plans to become an international leader in early stage investment and technology innovation.“NDRC has achieved a huge amount in our short history and by analysing the key performance indicators of job creation, market capital and follow-on investment, it is clear that the organisation is continuing to help develop Ireland’s technology base.”Column: From idea to reality, the story of a young Irish start up>Read: Physicist wins €5,000 to bring science into morning commute>last_img read more

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Klopp Vardy will always pose a threat

first_imgJurgen Klopp is wary of the threat posed by Jamie Vardy in Wednesday’s Premier League game.Vardy has an excellent record against the Reds with seven goals in his last meetings against them in the Premier League.The former England international has scored more goals against Liverpool than any other club and has scored in his last two visits to Anfield.And Klopp reckons his defence will have to be on form to stop the striker from finding the net again.“He’s quality, the speed he has and the finishing skills he has,” Klopp told reporters via FourFourTwo on Tuesday. “A few times we made it easy for him – Lucas Leiva, did he get an assist for that goal? So I would have scored that goal!“But Jamie is a fantastic striker really, each fibre of his body is on this decisive situation. He always waits for the ball over the shoulder and is always more involved in defending than in the past, but this doesn’t make it easy to defend against him.“He’s a massive threat, to be honest, but he’s not the only one in that team. [James] Maddison – really, really good player. Not only from set pieces, a fine footballer.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.Stunning work from Robbo. 💪Well-taken by Sadio. ⚽️Our opener 🆚 @LCFC earlier this season. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/2LRl1TaDoC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 28, 2019“[Demarai] Gray, [Ricardo] Pereira, a lot of really quality players. [Marc] Albrighton. Experienced and in tune with all the other players, or very skilful and quick. Having [Ben] Chilwell make the left flank up and down, it makes it all interesting.“I don’t know why Jamie has such a good record against us. I would say minus one goal because that was the only one I thought he shouldn’t have scored.“The best one I think he scored when they won the title, he got the ball on the halfway line and shot pretty much [immediately], yeah that was a good year for them. Very, very good player and that’s the main reason why he is such a threat.”last_img read more

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Bird and Bird reports a 145 mean gender pay gap

first_imgInternational law firm Bird and Bird has reported a 14.5% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.Bird and Bird’s median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 27.6% as at 5 April 2017.Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 33.5%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is 48.9%. Over this period, 40% of female employees received a bonus payment compared to 42% of male employees.More than half (55.2%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Bird and Bird are female, compared to 52.2% in the second quartile, 64.4% in the third quartile and 71.1% in the lowest pay quartile.Bird and Bird attributes its gender pay gap to the higher proportion of women who are employed in junior roles. For example, the majority of lower paid legal personal assistant positions are fulfilled by women. Furthermore, the law firm’s analysis shows that the gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay and for bonus pay is more prevalent within senior business services roles, as this is reflective of the higher number of men who work in senior management jobs at the organisation.The firm’s bonus gap is also attributed to the fact that more female employees work part-time than male employees. As the gender pay gap data for bonuses reflects the actual sums paid, female employees who work on a part-time basis, or who were on maternity leave for part of the bonus year, will therefore have received a lower bonus payment than male employees working in an equivalent role. As of 5 April 2017, 18.3% of Bird and Bird’s part-time employees are women, compared to 0.9% who are men.To address its gender pay gap, Bird and Bird will continue to encourage both agile and flexible working opportunities, as well as promote its family-friendly policies, which support employees in creating a good work-life balance. Furthermore, the law firm has introduced a global women’s development programme, which is designed to help retain female associates and encourage female progression into more senior roles.Nicholas Perry, partner, head of London at Bird and Bird, and Andrea Pankhurst, head of human resources, UK at Bird and Bird, said in the report: “At Bird and Bird we are committed to creating a diverse workforce, and recognise the benefits of diversity throughout our business. We strive to create, and maintain, an inclusive work environment and are proud to be founding signatories of the Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter, the flagship diversity initiative of the legal profession.“At Bird and Bird we encourage both agile and flexible working and are confident that our family-friendly working environment, together with our approach to equal pay, will continue to attract and retain both male and female employees.”last_img read more

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Median gross weekly earnings increased by 35 for fulltime employees

first_imgThe median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees in the UK was £569 as at April 2018, a 3.5% improvement since 2017, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its Employee earnings in the UK: 2018 report, which uses data from the Annual survey of hours and earnings (ASHE), further noted that this 3.5% growth in earnings is the highest on record since 2008. Adjusted for inflation, weekly earnings increased by 1.2% between 2017 and 2018.The growth in median gross weekly earnings for part-time employees in the UK between 2017 and 2018 is 2.9%; this is the first time since 2012 that growth in full-time employee pay has exceeded the growth in part-time employee pay.Furthermore, employees that are continuously employed in full-time jobs in 2018 received median gross weekly earnings that are 5.2% higher than the median recorded for this in 2017. Around 81% of full-time employees are defined as continuously employed. The ONS attributes this to the pay increases continuously employed staff can experience, for example through progression of a pay scale, entitlement to a higher minimum wage and via pay settlements.London has the highest median earnings for full-time employees as at April 2018, with staff able to earn £713 a week. The second highest region is the South East, with median earnings of £589 a week for full-time staff. London also ranks as having the highest gross weekly earnings for full-time staff in the UK, with £1,054 as at April 2018. This compares to the gross weekly earnings of £427 in Rother, which ranked the lowest.Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon, said: “The latest figures from the ONS show median full-time weekly earnings have risen by 3.5% over the last 12 months, the highest growth rate since 2008. Importantly, this is 1.2% above price inflation, putting more purchasing power into [employees’] pay packets.“However, the figures show significant variation by geographical region, with London full-time [employees] taking home an average £713 [a] week compared to a UK average of £569, with the North East having the lowest average at £507.”In terms of gender, the report found that full-time gross weekly earnings peaked between the ages of 40 and 49 for men with £708, while women’s gross weekly earnings excelled between the ages of 30 and 39 with £575 as at April 2018.“While the gender pay gap continues across every age band, it’s encouraging to see the ONS note [it] is close to zero for full-time [employees] aged 18-39,” Cameron added. “Over the last 20 years, it has fallen from 17.4% in 1998 to 8.6% in 2018. Hopefully, as the gender pay gap is eliminated, we’ll begin to see a narrowing of the gender pensions gap.”Private sector pay increased by 3.5% between 2017 and 2018, compared to a 2.3% increase for employees working in the public sector.In April 2018, the occupation group with the highest median weekly earnings for full-time employees in the UK was managers, directors and senior officials, with £835. This compares with caring, leisure and other service occupations, which were the lowest-paid group with median weekly earnings of £374.Cameron said: “The figures also provide an update on how average pay compares between the private and public sectors. Median full-time earnings in the private sector remain at 90% of those in the public sector. However, these figures don’t take into account other benefits and many in the public sector benefit from more generous pensions, which mean the difference in overall remuneration is likely to be greater.”last_img read more

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MA Update Detroits Hour Media Buys Three More Regional Titles

first_imgDetroit-based Hour Media Group continued its nearly two-year-long regional magazine shopping spree this week, snatching up 38-year-old Gemini Publications, also based in Michigan, from longtime owner and publisher John Zwarensteyn.Included in the sale are the monthly Grand Rapids magazine, the weekly Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Michigan Blue, a lifestyle title which publishes six times per year.The deal—the terms of which were not disclosed—is the latest in a string of acquisitions for Hour Media Group, following last year’s purchases of Atlanta, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Naples Illustrated, Orange Coast, Palm Beach Illustrated, and Pasadena magazines in three separate transactions. Altogether, Hour Media now publishes more than 132 magazines and custom titles and produces 65 live events around the country, including through its corporate subsidiaries in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, New York, and Ohio.“These brands have established a strong presence and earned respect in the West Michigan market, and as with all our regional products around the country, our goal is to first serve our local markets,” said Hour Media president John Balardo in a prepared statement.Although prior acquisitions by Hour Media have been met with layoffs and staff turnover—most notably last March’s purchase of Atlanta, Cincinnati, Orange Coast, and Los Angeles from Emmis Communications—the company maintains that Gemini Publications staffers will remain based at their current location in Grand Rapids.“I am proud of our history, proud of our great customers and employees,” added Zwarensteyn, who is retiring from publishing to pursue other interests. “I am especially proud that we have continued to provide solid, ethical journalism in an era where journalism is under attack.” Elsewhere in the Great Lakes region (about 600 miles to the Northwest, to be exact), another long-running regional glossy changed hands this week.Duluth, Minn.-based Lake Superior magazine has been sold to BusinessNorth publishers Beth Bily and Ron Brochu by Cindy and Paul Hayden, who had owned the 39-year-old bimonthly since 1984.New owners Bily and Brochu, who purchased the monthly BusinessNorth in 2010, say that readers of Lake Superior aren’t likely to notice many changes to the magazine, “because it already serves its readers well,” and that all of the magazine’s eight current staffers, including longtime editor Konnie LeMay (as well as BusinessNorth‘s six employees, who already work in the same building), will be retained.“The demand for niche publications remains strong,” said Bily.As for the magazine’s former owners, the Haydens say they plan to retire after a brief transition period.“We’ve thought about retirement in recent years, but we weren’t going to until we found the perfect fit,” added Cindy Hayden. “Beth and Ron share our passion and we’re excited to leave this business in their experienced hands.”last_img read more

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