first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It’s easy to see a leader’s legacy. That legacy is the leaders that she has built while she had the responsibility to lead.You can’t be a leader if no one is following you. But the measure of your success as a leader isn’t the raw number of people you lead. Success isn’t measured by what you’ve accomplished with and through the people you have the honor to lead. If you produce outstanding results for your company as a leader and leave it unprepared for the future, you have failed as a leader.Your legacy is going to be the quality of the people you led, and that is most easily measured in the quality of the leaders you have helped to build.The best leaders help others realize their potential. A leader sees something inside some of the people they serve that those people often can’t yet see for themselves. One of the ways they build new leaders is by continually giving these high potentials assignments and responsibilities that stretch them. They push the high potential to take on a little more than he is ready to take on. And each time the high potential grows into his role, the leader pushes him into something that once again tests his boundaries.Great leaders know that they are building a leadership factory. They build leaders who in turn work to build new leaders. They pass on to the leaders they are building all that they have learned, their vision, their mission, and their values. These new leaders do the same, building the next generation of leaders behind them. Creating leaders propels the whole organization forward and helps the organization to reach its full potential–along with all of those within it.last_img read more

first_imgHundreds of thousands of immigrants, mainly from India, may never get their green cards. Now some are losing their temporary work visas while waiting.That’s not just bad news for the workers. It also affects employers, mostly in high-tech industries, who say they have demonstrated they need high-skilled foreign workers.Read it at BNA Related Itemslast_img

first_imgThe U.S. women’s national team closed out an unbeaten 2018 with a friendly wins over Portugal and Scotland, but it was anything but straightforward for Jill Ellis’ side.Ellis experimented a bit with her roster and lineup choices, and as a result the U.S. was much more disjointed than usual in a pair of 1-0 victories.In the end the manner in which the U.S. won these two matches in Europe likely won’t matter much, with 2019 now the focus. It was quite the 2018 though, with the U.S. going 18-0-2 and winning the SheBelieves Cup, the Tournament of Nations and the Concacaf Women’s Championship. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Before we move on to 2019, let’s look at five takeaways from the USWNT’s wins at Portugal and Scotland.Europe shows its strength in depthCrystal Dunn USWNT Joanne Love ScotlandThe U.S. took on the best Concacaf had to offer last month and had exactly zero trouble dispatching any and all-comers from their region, ending the Concacaf Women’s Championship with 26 goals scored and zero conceded in five matches.Against Portugal and Scotland, however, the U.S. hardly had things its own way. Though the results were there, the USWNT struggled to impose itself on the two games and could have easily ended up drawing either match.Portugal finished third in its World Cup qualifying group and failed to reach France, while Scotland recently qualified for its first World Cup ever. Neither country is even in the top 10 of UEFA, according to the latest FIFA rankings.Though the U.S. emerged victories against both countries, Portugal and Scotland’s performance against the world champions was a clear demonstration of how deep UEFA is compared to other regions.Defense holds firm as shutout streak continuesClaire Emslie Scotland Emily Sonnett USWNTThe U.S. is the favorite to lift the World Cup again next summer not just because of its dynamic attack, but increasingly because of its stout back line.Though defense hasn’t always been a strong point for Ellis’ side, the U.S. has progressed to the point where it has now posted nine consecutive clean sheets. The last goal the USWNT conceded was in August, and it ended 2018 with just 10 goals conceded in 20 matches.Becky Sauerbrunn and Abby Dahlkemper look to be forming an increasingly solid partnership at center back. The injured Tierna Davidson will have a fight on her hands to take away the position from Dahkemper come 2019. Ellis does some experimentingJill Ellis USWNTEllis used the relatively low-stakes environment of the two games to try a few different looks formation-wise, alternating between setups with three and four at the back. Don’t expect the team to permanently move away from its preferred 4-3-3, but Ellis got a chance to see how her team looked in a few different formations, something that could come in handy down the line.It wasn’t just the formations, though. The U.S. also deployed Alex Morgan at a wide attacking role against Scotland to give Carli Lloyd the start at target forward, and gave Crystal Dunn – the team’s starting left back – a start in central midfield. Ellis also gave several newcomers a look over both games. Speaking of those new faces…Newcomers fail to make a caseErin Cuthbert Scotland Emily Fox USWNTEllis named seven players to this roster who didn’t make the final cut for the Concacaf Women’s Championship: Adrianna Franch, Merritt Mathias, Danielle Colaprico, Allie Long, Andi Sullivan, Jessica McDonald and Emily Fox. Of that group, Mathias and Franch didn’t see the field in either match while Long played just two minutes versus Scotland.While those three will have wanted more of a chance, the remaining four didn’t do a whole lot to increase their odds of making next summer’s World Cup squad either. Colaprico may have helped herself the most, showing a clean touch and solid distribution in two appearances off the bench.McDonald scored against Portugal, but it was a fortunate finish that came after missing two earlier gilt-edge chances. UNC sophomore Fox started both games but didn’t appear to be quite ready for the international level in her first two caps. Sullivan was solid if unspectacular while playing the first half against Portugal, and then wasn’t seen against Scotland. In an extremely deep player pool, none of the newcomers will feel particularly great about the amount they bolstered their World Cup chances.Franch still can’t get a lookAdrianna Franch USWNTU.S. starting goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was not named to either the NSWL Best XI or the Second XI this season. The same goes for backup Ashlyn Harris. The league’s best goalkeeper instead was U.S. third-stringer Adrianna Franch, who earned Best XI honors due to her performances with the Portland Thorns. Though she is a regular call-up for the USWNT, Franch’s stellar club form still has not translated to a single cap.If there ever was a time to give Franch a shot, it would have been these friendlies. Ellis rotated her squad all over the field, giving a look to players like Fox, Colaprico and McDonald, who all played in both games after entering camp with one cap combined.Unfortunately for Franch, her search for a first cap will continue into 2019. Naeher started against Portugal while Harris got the nod versus Scotland. Both goalkeepers had shaky moments but Ellis is still reluctant to give her third-stringer a shot. If it didn’t happen in these games, Franch may now have to wait until after the World Cup to get her chance.last_img read more

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned six persons, including Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Satabdi Roy and suspended party leader Kunal Ghosh, for interrogation in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam, sources said on Monday.Two businessmen, Sajjan Agarwal and Sandhir Agarwal, East Bengal Football Club official Debabrata Sarkar and Arindam Das, a close aide of Saradha scam mastermind Sudipta Sen, were also summoned, ED sources said.”Six persons have been summoned to appear. Most of them have been asked to appear within this month,” an ED official said without specifying the dates on which they have been asked to appear.Kunal Ghosh was arrested by a special investigation team, led by the then Bidhannagar Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar in November 2013, when he was a Rajya Sabha MP of the TMC. He was granted bail in 2016.Debabrata Sarkar was arrested by the CBI in August 2014 and was granted bail 2015.Das and Sandhir Agarwal were arrested by the CBI for their alleged links in the scam.Satabdi Roy, TMC’s sitting MP, was reportedly summoned last week by the ED but she did not appear before the agency for interrogation, citing the ongoing Parliament session.The multi-crore Saradha scam, which came into limelight in 2013, had left thousands of small investors in the lurch.Also Read | Residents send postcards to Thane civic chief over hawkers menaceAlso Watch | Image of the day: TMC MP Prasun Banerjee plays football outside Parliament to promote sportlast_img read more

first_imgYour feet fare infinitely better in a good pair of boots when you’re out on the trail. If those boots can pull double duty in the office or your weekend pub crawl without looking like you just steppped off Denali, even better. We’ve been big fans of Forsake’s casual boot line since they first hit the market in 2013. Since then, the original sneakerboots they designed have always had a place on our favorite trails, and are on our feet as we explore mountain towns all over the Western US. For fall 2016, they’re introducing an all new line up for both men and women, and we couldn’t be more excited.Related: How To Pick The Perfect Hiking Boots | The 10 Best Trail Shoes of 2016Duck $140Taking design cues from classic mud and duck boots, Forsake’s Ducks bring this style into the twenty first century. The uppers feature full grain leather, full seam taping, and a waterproof membrane. Combine that with the Peak-to-Pavement outsole that we love, and you’ve got a boot that is ready to pull duty on muddy trails, winter yard work, or provide a little outdoors legitimacy to your fall lumber-sexual look (sorry guys, the flannel and beard in downtown NYC wasn’t fooling anyone).Freestyle $115For a more casual look, the Freestyle is a welcome twist on a chukka style boot – albeit with much more comfort and technical feature packed in than your typical suede boot. The color contrast upper is a full grain suede that has been waterproof treated. The laces and upper cuff feature elastic, making these boots a breeze to get on and off even when tied. They’ll definitely be our choice for exploring some fall slot canyons in the deserts of Southern Utah.For the Ladies: Scrunch $140At first glance, the Scrunch looks more at home in a scifi TV Show than out on the trail. However, even though the uppers depart from typical hiking boot styling, the outsoles are decidedly trail rated. The Peak-to-Pavement design hides a full complement of directional lugs under a an extremely comfortable PU open cell foam footbed. If you’re looking to get your lady friend out on the trail, looking more rugged on her way to yoga, or just more comfortable while strolling through the weekend farmers’ market, you’ll earn serious points for getting her a pair of these.Look for the entire line to hit Forsake’s website and retailers by August 15th. If you can’t wait to drool over a new pair that long, stay tuned for more coverage as we get a deeper look at the entire line at the Outdoor Retailer Show next week. The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attentionlast_img read more

first_imgBangkok: Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma notched up a straight game win but compatriot Ajay Jayaram made an exit in the qualification round of the Thailand Open badminton tournament here on Tuesday. Sourabh beat Kantawat Leelavechabutr of Thailand 21-18 21-19 but Jayaram lost to Zhou Ze Qi of China 16-21 13-21 in the opening round matches of the qualifiers. Sourabh now meets Zhou for a place in the main draw. The likes of P V Sindhu, in women’s singles, and B Sai Pranneeth, Kidambi Srikanth, H S Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap, in men’s singles, are in the fray in the main draw of the BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament.last_img read more

first_imgQUEBEC — The struggling Parti Quebecois has suffered another setback with a decision by the Speaker relegating it to fourth place in the provincial legislature.Francois Paradis ruled today that the departure of Catherine Fournier, who last week quit the PQ to sit as an Independent, means the party is now officially the third opposition party behind the Liberals and Quebec solidaire.For the first time since its creation in 1968, the PQ is no longer the leading sovereigntist party in the national assembly, eclipsed by the 13-year-old Quebec solidaire.Fournier said she had lost faith in the PQ’s ability to achieve independence. Her departure left the PQ with nine seats compared with 10 for Quebec solidaire. The Liberals have 29.The PQ had argued it should maintain its status as the second opposition party because that was what had been decided in an all-party agreement reached last November after the election won by the Coalition Avenir Quebec.The reduced status means the PQ will have less speaking time in the legislature and will be moved to the back of the opposition benches.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgNEW MARKET, Ont.  – One of the most common forms of birth control, the pill, has been available in Canada for over 50 years. But, according to a recent Bayer study, women are still making mistakes when it comes to their contraception.Over the summer, the pharmaceutical company surveyed 500 Canadian women aged 18 to 45 about their familiarity and understanding of contraceptive methods and their efficacy.RELATED: It’s a long story: The history of birth control in CanadaPreliminary results indicate one-third of those women were found to be overestimating how effective their chosen form of birth control method is. The full details of the study haven’t been released yet.“I can’t tell you the number of patients [in my practice] who are shocked and amazed to hear about the efficacy–or shall we say lack of efficacy–of some contraception options,” said Dr. Kristina Dervaitis. A significant portion of Dervaitis’ practice in Ontario is dedicated to contraception counseling.Bayer survey shows one in three women are overestimating the efficacy of their birth control. This graph is based on the survey conducted on women aged 18-45, July 3 – July 8, 2019. (CREDIT: Provided by Bayer) “The failure rate of condoms alone, in terms of typical use, is about 18 per cent in terms of chance of pregnancy. The birth control pill, in terms of typical use, real-world use of the pill, the chance of pregnancy is as high as nine per cent. Compare that to the intrauterine contraception which has a less than one per cent chance of pregnancy,” she said.“That Bayer study certainly resonates with me in terms of what I am seeing day-to-day in the office.”Dervaitis says patients are human beings and forget things, like needing to take a daily pill, which is why the pill becomes so much less effective in what she calls “real-world use”. So, then, why is the pill one of the most commonly used form of birth control?Women probably aren’t fully aware of their options, says Dervaitis. And to add to that, she expects general practitioners might not be completely educated on, or be able to provide, all the options.Awareness, Education, and AccessibilityWhen it comes to education, patients rely more on word-of-mouth or go to online resources, which are perhaps not the most reliable, according to Dervaitis.“We want patients to educate themselves… about their options and to go to reputable sources in addition to their health care provider.” Dervaitis said seeing how more people are turning to online resources and YouTube as an information source, she created a vlog for birth control education.She also points to a handful of resources on the Society of OBGYNs of Canada’s (SOGC) website.Dervaitis also says physicians may not be as up to date on their knowledge as they could be. She said she and other birth control experts are working to dispell myths about birth control–specifically IUC (intrauterine contraception) in her case–in front line health care workers.RELATED: The illusion of choice: Canadian women stonewalled when it comes to reproductive rights“Both the Society of OBGYNs of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society recommend [IUDs] as first-line birth control,” not the pill, said Dervaitis, due simply to how much more effective it is in a real-world situation.Some doctor’s offices may not be equipped to provide certain forms of birth control, like the IUD, because it needs to be inserted. Dervaitis says doctors would need to provide referrals if they can’t insert the IUD themselves, and suspects it could be why, at least in part, doctors and patients circle back to the pill.“We, as physicians, are trying harder and harder to make sure that access to clinics for IUC insertion isn’t a barrier.”With over half of pregnancies in Canada being unplanned, Dervaitis encourages women who are not trying to conceive to talk to their doctors about which birth control options work best for their lifestyle.——————————————————————-Read more from the Elephant in the Womb reproductive rights series here.last_img read more

first_imgOn November 13th 2017, LOUIS XIII Cognac premiered “100 Years” – The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care – a unique musical composition created by Pharrell Williams that will not be released until 2117.Pharrell – #IfwecareLOUIS XIII partnered with Pharrell on this innovative project due to a shared dedication to environmental issues. The original song is a creative expression of the delicate relationship between nature and time, and the effect humans have on their environment. Each decanter of LOUIS XIII represents the life achievement of generations of cellar masters, so LOUIS XIII must always think a century ahead.Pharrell’s exclusive track was recorded onto a record made of clay from the chalky soil of the Cognac region, and stored in the cellars of LOUIS XIII in a state-of-the-art safe specially designed by Fichet-Bauche that is only destructible when submerged in water. If sea levels continue to rise at such an alarming rate due to climate change, scientists project that in 100 years, a significant portion of the world’s land might be underwater. The only way to guarantee this original piece of music will be heard again in 2117, one century from now, is if we address the tragic consequences of global warming – if we do not change our way of living, future generations will never be able to hear this song. “100 Years” by Pharrell Williams will be out in 2117, but only #Ifwecare.“I love the fact that LOUIS XIII thinks a century ahead,” said Pharrell Williams. “We should all do the same for the planet. We have a common interest in preserving nature for the future. Each bottle is the life achievement of generations of men and women. It’s all about legacy and transmission.” Pharrell has long been passionate about preserving our environment and how important human action is to addressing climate change.“100 Years” premiered during a private listening party in Shanghai, where Pharrell presented the song one time only. The one hundred lucky guests in attendance were not allowed to record the once-in-a-lifetime experience, so the song remains a secret for the next century. LOUIS XIII and Pharrell aimed to inspire these guests to take action and motivate others to get involved in the international effort to curb global warming.“We are incredibly proud of this innovative project,” said Ludovic du Plessis, Global Executive Director of LOUIS XIII. “Nature and time are at the heart of what we do. If the environment is unstable, even the greatest cellar master would not be able to compose the exceptional blend that is LOUIS XIII. Global Warming is one of the most important issues of the 21st century; with 100 Years – The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care, we hope to inspire people around the world to take action.”In 2015, LOUIS XIII partnered with renowned actor and creative visionary John Malkovich to create “100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See,” a thought-provoking artistic work that explores the relationship of past, present, and future. “100 Years” – The Song We’ll Only Hear If We Care – was previewed in Shanghai on November 13th, 2017. For more information, visit the brand website – WWW.LOUISXIII-COGNAC.COM.GLOBAL WARMING 
LOUIS XIII was founded in 1874 by Paul Emile Rémy Martin and is the pure result of the genius of its creators: the environment and generations of owners and cellar masters. Mother Nature is at the heart of what we do: without her full balance and wellness, the greatest cellar masters or vineyards would not be able to grow and assemble the exceptional blend of up to 1200 eaux-de-vies that compose each LOUIS XIII decanter. Like Paul Emile Rémy Martin, André Giraud, Georges Clot and Pierrette Trichet did in the past; today’s Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau is setting aside our finest eaux-de-vie as a legacy to his successors, for the coming century.Following the event in Shanghai, LOUIS XIII Cognac will launch an international tour in major cities all around the world in order to raise awareness and funds for environmental organizations through charity dinners. Through these events, LOUIS XIII will directly support associations dedicated to curbing climate change on a local level.Thanks to the gift of our Grande Champagne Terroir where LOUIS XIII soil and vines are nestling, each decanter is the life achievement of generations of cellar masters. From its birth in 1874 to the Universal Exhibition in Paris, or by accompanying the royal dynasties of Europe, LOUIS XIII was a privileged observer of the 20th century. Today, it is only natural that we care deeply about our environment and work to serve as a flag bearer to address this major issue of the 21st century. Where protecting our terroir is a day-by-day necessity, to think a century ahead has been the core tenet of our philosophy since LOUIS XIII was founded, as the cellar master must set aside the finest eaux-de-vie as a legacy to his successors for the coming century. Preparing the legacy we will leave behind for future generations is an integral part of our brand DNA and our involvement in the international effort to combat climate change is not only legitimate, it is imperative.The Remy Cointreau Group, including LOUIS XIII, has long been dedicated to the international effort to curb global warming. The group joined the United Nations “Global Compact” environmental organization 14 years ago, and has been a member of the U.N.‘s elite “Global Compact Advanced” since 2014. The group is dedicated to contributing to the international effort with its 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, within the U.N. environmental framework. Taking action to help battle climate change is one of the main objectives of the 2020 program, with one of its goals being to reduce the group’s greenhouse gases and carbon footprint. Top priorities of this program include sustainable wine-growing practices, energy efficiency, eco-friendly packaging, optimization of product shipments and forest conservation. Given its niche production, LOUIS XIII contributes to a very small CO2 emission.“As a company, we must do the best we can every day to make the world a better place,” explained Ludovic du Plessis, Global Executive Director of LOUIS XIII. ” But no single person or brand can stop global warming on their own – it must come from the unified global actions of all people around the world. Together we are much stronger than any person or brand is on their own. This is not about any one city or country but the future of our planet as a whole. Our concern is not primarily for Cognac, but for every city around the world.”last_img read more

VANCOUVER — Joanna Fletcher lives in a one-bedroom apartment on Vancouver’s east side with her 10-year-old son. The building has mice and mould, and her new landlord is threatening eviction.While she has plenty of reasons to leave, Fletcher says she’s fighting to stay for as long as possible because she can’t afford anything else in the area and leaving would mean disrupting her son’s school year.“It’s not just like I can pick up and go, there isn’t anything for me to go (to),” she said in a recent interview.Fletcher isn’t alone in feeling the impact of the housing affordability crisis affecting cities across the country.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says average rents nationally went up last year by 2.7 per cent to $947 per month.Meanwhile, the availability of rentals is becoming increasingly limited. The CMHC says the overall vacancy rate for cities across the country was three per cent in 2017, down from 3.7 per cent in 2016.In its annual report on rental housing, the corporation said the demand for purpose-built rental is outpacing the growth in supply, while the rate of condominiums rented out also declined.Craig Jones, a PhD candidate in geography at the University of British Columbia, said the situation is largely the result of the federal government’s move away from building rental housing in the early 1990s, combined with the extreme profitability of building condominiums over rentals in the private sector.The government used to build thousands of units of rental housing annually, and the private sector does not appear to have filled the gap in the years since, Jones said.Although up to a third of condos are estimated to be rented out by owners, Jones said the rents are typically not as affordable as rental only properties and tenancies aren’t secure because owners can always choose to move back in, renovate or trigger other means of eviction.Statistics Canada reported last year that nearly a quarter of Canadians spent more than 30 per cent of their income on shelter costs, which is the marker for affordability.Jones said the statistics are a sign that many people live in precarious circumstances.“It’s taken us a long time to get here, it’s taken decades of ignoring the system,” he said, adding it would take a least 10 years of government commitments to resolve the problem. “That is something that is difficult to do because it’s expensive and it doesn’t show immediate results.”Fletcher is one of those people caught in the housing crisis.“I’m just sort of pretending it’s not happening in many ways. On certain days, I just keep it right off my radar, otherwise I’d lose it,” she said.She has lived in her Vancouver apartment for eight years and pays about $930 a month in rent, which included basic cable until February.Fletcher has multiple sclerosis and is unemployed but looking for work. She said she’s been looking for a two-bedroom home for years, but units are hard to come by. A suite that became available in the area was more than double what she pays in rent.Her building was recently sold to a company and Fletcher said the new landlord began approaching tenants in January offering to pay them three months’ rent if they move out by April. She was offered five months’ rent if she signed an agreement by mid-February.“It’s a drop in the bucket if I don’t have anywhere to live,” she said.Fletcher declined the offer and decided to wait for an eviction notice. She hopes that will be at least eight months away since a legal notice requires permits from the city to develop the property, which is a lengthy process to obtain. The city says it has not received applications for any development at the property.The landlord did not respond to requests for comment.A spokesman for the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre in B.C. said evictions caused by renovations or redevelopment are among the most common problems tenants report.Andrew Sakamoto said the province’s Residential Tenancy Act should be changed to double the notice time for evictions to four months, and offer greater compensation to renters. Availability of housing may be a problem, but stronger laws that protect tenants could make a difference until supply catches up with demand, he said.“You need to have security of tenure and safe housing in order to thrive in other aspects of your life,” Sakamoto said. “I think we need to get away from this commodification of housing and see it for what it really should be, and that’s a basic right for all Canadians.”Dan Garrison, Vancouver’s assistant director of housing policy, said there is a lot of older housing stock that needs to be updated but the city has tougher rules than the province when it comes to redeveloping rental properties.“We know that renters in the city are certainly feeling vulnerable to development pressure,” Garrison said. “We are trying to strike a balance.”Landlords in Vancouver who evict their tenants are required to pay several months rent, assist in relocating them within the city, and pay for moving costs, he said. Developers would also have to give previous tenants the opportunity to move back into the new building at a discounted rate.Not all jurisdictions share these policies.In Toronto, Jillian Zeppa, 30, who works for a non-profit education organization, couch surfed with friends for six months after she was evicted from her one bedroom basement suite last fall.Zeppa said she had lived in the unit for 16 months when the landlord decided to move in herself, prompting her eviction.She disputed the notice with the province’s rental housing enforcement unit and was awarded $2,000 in compensation. But Zeppa said the cost of moving, storing her belongings, searching for a new home and the stress of the experience had her hoping she’d receive twice that amount.Her situation reflects a concerning trend, say housing advocates in Ontario.Geordie Dent, executive director of the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations, said in nine of the last 10 years, the number one reason the agency received calls from tenants facing eviction was due to unpaid rent.But last year that changed with an “explosive” increase in landlords choosing to make use of the home themselves or by their family, he said.“Probably most of them are going to be in bad faith, meaning the landlord is not actually moving in, it’s just pushing tenants out to be able to jack up the rent,” Dent said.The Ontario government responded by bringing in new rules last September that require landlords to pay a tenant one month of rent in compensation. If the landlord advertises, rents, demolishes or converts the unit within a year — signalling they aren’t using it themselves — they could also face a fine of up to $25,000.In many cases, landlords want to get rid of their oldest tenants who pay the lowest rents, Dent said. Being able to charge higher rents for new tenants could be enough to cover the penalties, he added.Zeppa pays $1,050 per month. Finding a new place close to transit for the same rent with similar amenities, such as laundry in the building, proved to be impossible.“The golden rule of spending 30 per cent of your money on rent, I feel like is out the window because rent is going up but no one’s salary is going up,” said Zeppa.She moved into a new apartment on April 1 after months of searching. But at $1,300 a month, Zeppa said she has to make sacrifices.The new unit accounts for 45 per cent of her take home income and it is far enough from her office that she’ll have to spend an hour on transit, rather than walking or cycling.There are also other changes she is looking at to cover the extra cost of rent.“I’m either not going to travel or not going to make an RRSP contribution every year. One of them is going to have to be sacrificed, I realized, in the budget planning of it all. That doesn’t really feel right,” she said.While she’s confident her new home will be more stable, Zeppa said if she is evicted again, she’s more likely to consider other areas of the country to live and work.“This whole experience has allowed me to realize Toronto will not be a forever place for me,” she said.The federal government announced a national housing strategy last fall that commits $40 billion over 10 years to new units and upgrades of aging properties, including loans to encourage developers to build new housing geared toward modest- to middle-income families.The provinces and territories have agreed to fund a key piece of the housing strategy by spending billions to repair and build social housing units and create a new rental benefit. It adds about 50,000 units to the system and repairs 60,000 more, while promoting construction of mixed-income and mixed-use residential developments.Aled Ab Iorwerth, the deputy chief economist at the CMHC, said whether there is enough incentive for developers to construct purpose-built rental housing remains unclear.“I think there are a lot of incentives out there to build,” he said. “How exactly the market supplies that is a little bit conditional on their own decision.”— Follow @Givetash on Twitter. read more

TORONTO – North American stock markets sold off Thursday amid China economic growth concerns that have pressured markets all week, as well as increasing jitters over the crisis in Ukraine.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 73.86 points to 14,245.14 with losses limited by the gold sector as traders looking for safety sent bullion prices higher for a fourth day.The Canadian dollar rose 0.51 of a cent to 90.47 cents US.New York indexes tumbled with the Dow industrials falling 231.19 points to 16,108.89.The Nasdaq fell 62.91 points to 4,260.42 and the S&P 500 index gave back 21.85 points to 1,846.35.Traders grew cautious ahead of a referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea region on Sunday that will ask residents if they want the territory to become part of Russia. Russian forces have already seized control of Crimea and its parliament has given President Vladimir Putin permission to use the military to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine.Meanwhile, Chinese industrial production rose by a lower than anticipated 8.6 per cent in the first two months of this year.Also, China’s premier, Li Keqiang, said that his country will keep this year’s economic expansion strong enough to create new jobs but will emphasize market-opening reform and the environment over hitting its official growth target of 7.5 per cent.“So, the Wild East is over now, and they’re moving to a more managed scenario, they’re going to tighten the screws,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer, Scotia Private Client Group.“And sure, it’s a slower growth kind of environment and in the long run it’s good; in the short run, it’s got the commodity guys nervous.”Copper prices have slid nine per cent over the past five sessions while the TSX base metals segment has been by far the worst performer this week, down over nine per cent.The May contract for the metal lost four cents to US$2.92 a pound Thursday and the base metals sector was 1.22 per cent lower.More than demand issues have weighed on copper. The metal is also used for financing transactions and worries about corporate defaults have prompted concerns that a wave of such failures could result in a massive liquidation of copper on the markets.Oil prices edged up 21 cents to US$98.20 a barrel, but the energy sector slipped 0.21 per cent.Financials were also a major drag, down 0.84 per cent.Bullion prices ended the session at their highest close since early September 2013 amid concerns centred on the Ukraine-Russian crises, rising $1.90 to US$1,372.40 an ounce and the gold sector was ahead about 2.25 per cent.In corporate news, shares in Empire Company Ltd. (TSX: EMP.A), fell $2.12 to $68.10 as the parent of supermarket chain Sobeys Inc. reported that quarterly net earnings slumped to $400,000 or nil per diluted share compared with $74.1 million or $1.09 per share in the year-earlier period. Ex-items, earnings were 84 cents per share, below analyst estimates of $1.23 per share.Media giant Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B) posted adjusted earnings from continuing operations of $68 million or 55 cents per share, while revenues remained relatively flat at $1.12 billion. Analysts had called for 53 cents of adjusted earnings on $1.15 billion in revenues and its shares dipped 15 cents to $24.79. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 7:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Toronto Stock Exchange Broadcast Centre is shown in Toronto on June 28, 2013.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim Stock markets sell off: investors nervous about China growth, Ukraine crisis read more

US bank earnings up 5.2 pct in 2Q as banks cut expenses; lending at fastest pace since 2007 by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2014 8:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. banks’ earnings rose 5.2 per cent in the April-June quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and lending marked its fastest pace since 2007.The data issued Thursday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed a robust picture as the banking industry continues to recover from the financial crisis that struck six years ago. The improving economy has brought greater demand for loans and stepped-up lending.The FDIC reported that U.S. banks earned $40.2 billion in the second quarter of this year, up from $38.2 billion in the same period in 2013.The number of banks on the FDIC’s problem list fell to 354 in the second quarter, the lowest number in more than five years and down from 411 in the January-March period.The FDIC said 57.5 per cent of banks reported an increase in profit in the second quarter from a year earlier, and only 6.8 per cent of banks were unprofitable — down from 8.4 per cent a year earlier.Banks reduced expenses by setting aside less in reserves to cover bad loans and making smaller payrolls, the report said.FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg said the industry continued to improve in the latest quarter. However, he said, “challenges remain” for banks as their revenue is chipped away by lower income from mortgage business.Total loan balances rose by $178.5 billion, or 2.3 per cent, from the first quarter, led by increases in commercial and industrial loans, home mortgages, credit card lending and auto loans. The 2.3 per cent increase was the biggest quarterly rise since the fourth quarter of 2007, about a year before the financial crisis struck.Demand for loans has grown as the economy has improved, new jobs have been added over the past six months and business confidence has rebounded. Improved prospects for repayment of loans have prompted bankers to extend more credit.“The improvement in loan balances has now been sustained over time,” Gruenberg said, adding that the key will be for the trend to continue.Community banks earned $4.9 billion in the second quarter, up 3.5 per cent from a year earlier.Banks with assets exceeding $10 billion continued to drive the bulk of the earnings growth in the May-June period. While they make up just 1.6 per cent of U.S. banks, they accounted for about 82 per cent of industry earnings.Those banks include Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. Most of them have recovered with help from federal bailout money during the financial crisis and record-low borrowing rates.Last year, the number of bank failures fell to 24. That is still more than normal. In a strong economy, an average of four or five banks close annually. But failures were down sharply from 51 in 2012, 92 in 2011 and 157 in 2010 — the most in one year since the height of the savings and loan crisis in 1992.So far this year, 14 banks have failed. Twenty had been shuttered by this time last year.The decline in bank failures has allowed the deposit insurance fund to strengthen. The fund, which turned from deficit to positive in the second quarter of 2011, had a $51.1 billion balance at the end of June, according to the FDIC. That compares with $48.9 billion as of March 31.The FDIC, created during the Great Depression to ensure bank deposits, monitors and examines the financial condition of U.S. banks.The agency guarantees bank deposits up to $250,000 per account. Apart from its deposit insurance fund, the FDIC also has tens of billions of dollars in reserves. read more

“I do know it is a very difficult task, but I believe it is not my right to refuse and to try my best to give as much help as possible to the Syrian people,” said Mr. Brahimi, who will be heading to Damascus in the next few days, where he will meet with Syrian officials as well as representatives from civil society.“As I said in New York, I reiterate that while performing my job, I will be in the service of the Syrian people alone and I will not have any master but the Syrian people,” Mr. Brahimi told reporters in Cairo after meeting with officials from the League of Arab States.Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Member States to provide strong and unified support to Mr. Brahimi, as he takes up his mission amid an intensifying conflict that shows no sign of abating.More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began nearly 18 months ago. Amidst reports of an escalation in violence in recent weeks in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, UN agencies now estimate that some 2.5 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.An Algerian national who has served the UN in various high-level roles over the past two decades, Mr. Brahimi assumes the peace-facilitation role which had been carried out since February by a former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, with the aim of bringing an end to all violence and human rights violations in Syria, and promoting a peaceful solution to the conflict. Mr. Annan’s mandate ended on 31 August. read more

More needs to be done to encourage overseas automotive suppliers to the UK if its automotive industry is to become truly competitive on a global scale, according to Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Purchasing.Speaking at the SMMT International Automotive Summit at Canary Wharf, Ian Harnett tempered his optimism at JLR’s current success – the firm’s annual worldwide sales now exceed 400,000 – with an assertion that reshoring the UK automotive supply chain is a serious issue faced by the industry.“We need a strong UK plc to attract quality global component suppliers to the UK,” said Harnett.“To do this, there has to be a competitive environment for investment – and we also want UK-based suppliers to have access to finance to enable them to invest and grow.”Around 50% of JLR’s components are presently UK-sourced – more than the national average of around one third.Harnett also attributed a large share of the challenge facing the UK automotive supply chain to a lack of skilled youngsters coming into the industry, not only in engineering but also in areas such as purchasing and logistics. In his own purchasing department, there are currently over 100 vacancies he is looking to fill.“A career in automotive manufacturing is currently perceived as being insufficiently interesting for many youngsters, who’d prefer a career in the arts or the City,” he said. “We must get our youngsters to want to invent, and to make things, again.”Across the whole industry, tens of thousands of skilled roles are set to become available between now and the end of the decade.Do you have a view on this? Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #SMMTsummitClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

2011Charl Schwartzel+0.90190.0596 In the chart above, you can see that the same general pattern holds for every tier of the money list: Higher-earning players gain more strokes with their long games, while lower-earning ones lose more strokes the same way — and the impact of putting is relatively muted by comparison.This, of course, flies in the face of “drive for show, putt for dough.” Putts do constitute the plurality of shots on tour — they make up around 40 percent of all strokes — so in hindsight, it’s not surprising that the conventional wisdom says putting is the primary separator of wheat from chaff. But with the advent of modern analytics, we can see that the long game is more important on average.A good long game usually wins at AugustaUnfortunately, the Masters itself does not keep tournament-level strokes-gained statistics. But we can look at Masters winners’ stats from other PGA Tour events3Again, excluding tournaments for which ShotLink data was not available. during the same seasons, in search of patterns of play that may translate well at Augusta National.The course is famous for its slick, undulating greens, which might suggest that it rewards putting skill. But going back to 2004 again, only three of the past 13 Masters winners have ranked among the top 10 in putting strokes gained during the year they donned the green jacket — and two of those players (Spieth and Tiger Woods) were equally elite according to strokes gained: tee-to-green. Meanwhile, six of the 13 winners were actually below-average putters according to strokes gained. (Strokes gained measures everything relative to average, so negative totals mean a player was below-average.)On the other hand, eight of the 13 winners ranked among the top 10 in strokes gained: tee-to-green, and all 13 winners were above-average tee-to-green players in the seasons they won. TEE-TO-GREEN ENTIRE SEASONPUTTING ENTIRE SEASON 2006Phil Mickelson+1.6940.2740 2009Angel Cabrera+0.37630.1763 2005Tiger Woods+1.7440.665 2012Bubba Watson+1.813-0.28160 YEARMASTERS CHAMPIONSTROKES GAINED PER ROUNDRANKSTROKES GAINED PER ROUNDRANK Masters winners have better long games than putting strokes Statistics and rankings are for the PGA Tour season in which a player won the Masters (excluding tournaments where ShotLink data was unavailable). Willett did not play enough PGA Tour rounds in 2016 to have an official rank.Source: PGA Tour 2013Adam Scott+1.345-0.03108 2010Phil Mickelson+1.155-0.15133 2015Jordan Spieth+1.5840.579 2007Zach Johnson+0.42600.665 2008Trevor Immelman+0.6731-0.68191 2004Phil Mickelson+1.415-0.09128 Masters rookie Jon Rahm, 22, heads to Augusta this week with history decidedly not on his side: No player making his debut at the tournament has won it since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. But the Spanish golfer does have a secret weapon of sorts, one that might help him overcome the weight of history. So far this season, he ranks second on the PGA Tour — ahead of the likes of Jason Day and Jordan Spieth — in a statistical category called “strokes gained: tee-to-green” that measures how well a player hits the ball on all shots other than putts. And despite Augusta National’s longtime reputation as a putting test, it’s this ball-striking ability that will likely determine who wins this week — just like it does every other week on tour.How to gain (and lose) strokesBefore we can isolate the quality of a player’s long game, we need a framework for evaluating every single shot he takes. That’s where “strokes gained” comes in: Developed by Mark Broadie, a business professor at Columbia University,1Broadie formalized the concept in a 2010 paper called “Assessing Golfer Performance on the PGA TOUR.” the statistic uses data from ShotLink — a laser-tracking system that records the location of the ball on every shot — to estimate how many strokes a typical player would need to get the ball into the hole from any given spot on the course. In turn, those numbers can be used to evaluate every player on the PGA Tour, by comparing his performance on each incremental shot in a round to the average.Here’s an example: Let’s say a player tees off on a hole where the average is 4.2 strokes to hole out. He hits a great drive down the middle, his ball coming to rest in a spot on the fairway from which the average player would take an additional 2.8 strokes to hole out. In other words, that one shot essentially did the work of 1.4 shots by an average player — his drive “gained” him 0.4 strokes on the field.2Mathematically, a shot’s contribution to strokes gained equals the expected strokes to hole out before hitting the shot minus the expected strokes to hole out after hitting the shot, minus one (for the stroke the player actually took). Add up these marginal gains and losses, and you get a sense of not only who the best players are, but also why they’re so great — where on the course they gain their edge over the field.The PGA Tour breaks “strokes gained” down into four categories: off the tee, approaching the green, around the green and putting. There are also two aggregate categories: total strokes gained, which is the sum of all categories, and strokes gained: tee-to-green, which is the sum of the non-putting categories. Each stroke a player gains is important, but the driving and approach categories — the ones Rahm excels in — are where great players separate themselves the most from their peers.“Drive for show, putt for dough” is a mythThere’s an old golf adage, attributed to four-time major winner Bobby Locke (who was renowned for his putting ability), that you “drive for show and putt for dough.” In other words, even though long shots are flashy and crowd-pleasing, putting is what wins tournaments. But the data makes clear that the top players gain more strokes from their long games than from their short games.To investigate this, I gathered stats from every PGA Tour season (excluding the handful of tournaments where ShotLink data wasn’t tracked) since 2004 — the first season for which “strokes gained” was calculated — and separated players into groups based on their ranking on the tour’s money list for each season. By taking the average strokes gained for each group, I found that players who finish among the top 10 on the money list average about 1.5 strokes gained per round, which break down by category like this:0.4 strokes gained off the tee0.6, approaching the green0.2, around the green0.3, puttingMost great players gain the majority of their strokes with their full-swing shots. By comparison, putts and shots around the green make up a comparatively small amount of their strokes gained in a given round. Here’s the breakdown of where players gain and lose strokes based on how they rank on the money list: 2016Danny Willett+0.83—0.17— 2014Bubba Watson+1.407-0.05109 This doesn’t mean that the winners didn’t putt well during the Masters itself — the eventual champion usually finishes among the top 10 in the field (at worst) in terms of fewest putts — but it does mean that, for the most part, they weren’t consistently great putters.Just like in my earlier analysis of the top earners, players who finished in the top five at the Masters since 2004 gained the most strokes per round during the season as a whole from their approach shots (where they picked up a shade under half of their total strokes gained), followed by their tee shots, putts and chips or pitches around the green.All of this bodes well for Rahm and his fellow long hitters at Augusta. Although golf is a difficult sport to predict, recent Masters results suggest that players with great long games and middling short games are more likely to finish high on the leaderboard than players with great short games and unremarkable long games. In turn, that explains why Rahm belongs right in the conversation with the likes of Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson as Masters favorites — especially since they also perform extremely well in strokes gained from tee to green.4Johnson leads the PGA Tour in the category, while McIlroy would be No. 1 if he’d played enough rounds to qualify. (Rahm’s countryman Sergio Garcia, who ranks third in the metric, isn’t a bad dark-horse pick either.)There is more than one way to be successful in a high-variance game like golf, and players such as Brandt Snedeker and Luke Donald have enjoyed success primarily because of stellar short-game skills, not powerful long games (as measured by strokes gained). But on average, the top PGA Tour players tend to gain many more strokes from their drives and approach shots than their chips and putts — even at a place like Augusta National, known for its lightning-fast greens. So the next time you hear somebody talk about driving for show and putting for dough, remember that the longest clubs in the bag are the ones that put the most money into the pros’ pockets. read more

first_imgBurger Healthy food is mostly cheaper than junk food, making it “simply wrong” that cost is driving poor nutrition and obesity, according to a report.The cheapest ready meals, pizzas, burgers and sugary breakfast cereals cost more than £2 per kilogram, whereas typical fruit and vegetables cost less than that amount, the study from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), based on data from Tesco and Asda, found.The study compared the prices of 78 common food and drink products, finding that healthier options are mostly cheaper than less healthy alternatives when measured by edible weight rather than “flawed” cost-per-calorie methodology. A burger is more expensive than buying vegetables, according to the report “A wide range of healthy alternatives are available at the same price as the less healthy options.”The idea that poor nutrition is caused by the high cost of healthy food is simply wrong. People are prepared to pay a premium for taste and convenience.”A nutritious diet that meets government recommendations is more affordable than ever.”Given the relatively high cost of junk food, it is unlikely that taxing unhealthy food or subsidising healthy food would change people’s eating habits. Instead, it would transfer wealth from the poor to the rich.” Fruit The IEA said the £1 cost of a cheeseburger could also buy a kilo of sweet potatoes, two kilos of carrots, two and a half kilos of pasta, 10 apples or seven bananas, claiming that the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day could cost as little as 30p.It concluded that “ultimately price is not the main driver of unhealthy food consumption”, suggesting that consumers were often prepared to pay more for taste and convenience.The IEA said the “popular belief” that obesity and poor nutrition is directly driven by economic deprivation was “untenable”, adding that the use of taxes and subsidies to incentivise better nutrition was unlikely to be successful. The recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can cost as little as 30pCredit:Nick Ansell /PA Chris Snowdon, the report’s author and head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “A diet of muesli, rice, white meat, fruit and vegetables is much cheaper than a diet of Coco Pops, ready meals, red meat, sugary drinks and fast food. 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

first_img“Luckily, none of the blows were straight at me or I’d be dead.”His mother told The Sun: “He’s fearless, my son. He’ll give as good as he gets.“He’s quite nippy and lippy and wouldn’t back down from a fight.“He wouldn’t care who it was or if they had a knife or gun.”After the fight, the brave football fan was taken to St Thomas’s Hospital in critical condition and had surgery to wounds on his head, fingers and chest.He was taken off the critical list on Sunday.A JustGiving page set up to reward Mr Larner’s bravery has since raised over £30,000. “It was just me, trying to grab them with my bare hands and hold on. I was swinging. 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. His friends have since gifted him a “learn to run” book, joking about how instead of saving his own life, he put himself in danger by fighting the terrorists.He told The Sun from hospital: “They had these long knives and started shouting about Allah. Then it was, ‘Islam, Islam, Islam’.“Like an idiot I shouted back at them. I thought, ‘I need to take the p— out of these b——s’.”“I took a few steps towards them and said, ‘F— you, I’m Millwall’. So they started attacking me.“I stood in front of them trying to fight them off. Everyone else ran to the back.“I was on my own against all three of them, that’s why I got hurt so much. Facebook “I got stabbed and sliced eight times. They got me in my head, chest and both hands. There was blood everywhere.“They were saying, ‘Islam, Islam!’. I said again, ‘F*** you, I’m Millwall!’“It was the worst thing I could have done as they carried on attacking me. A defiant football fan who charged at the three terrorists and took them all on with his bare hands has been nicknamed the Lion of London Bridge for his bravery.Roy Larner, 47, was drinking in a pub when the three terrorists burst in and he held them off so others could escape, getting fairly cut up in the process.They chanted “Islam, Islam” and “This is for Allah”.In return, Mr Larner shouted: “I’m f—ing Millwall!!”He was knifed eight times before the jihadis left the Black & Blue restaurant and bar. Credit:Facebook Roy larners m8s have a funny sense of humour #Hero #LondonTerrorAttacks #LondonBridge pic.twitter.com/aktgnxK2Xb— Goodfella (@Jimmycn1) June 6, 2017last_img read more

Councillor Alison Sharpe, chairwoman of the council, said: “All I can say is if they’re making a reality show there must be some kind of truth in it, I would hope they would choose people who were genuinely from Ascot. There’s a wide variety of people in Ascot and they’re all very lovely. If there are people on the show who are not from Ascot then it is not very representative of the area, is it?”Dozens of worried people have posted in the Facebook gossip group Ascot People, which boasts 10,000 members and is the go-to place for locals to discuss the town’s most pressing issues.Many said they had seen the cast filming on the local green, as well as in supermarkets around the town.One wrote: “I can see house prices dropping….”Another commented: “Dear God, could it get any worse?”A local woman told The Telegraph the groups have been abuzz during the last few weeks. “From posts on Facebook groups like Ascot Gossip Girls and Ascot People, many ‘mums’ and younger people have been cringing at the thought of it appearing on screens and ruining the reputation of Ascot.”ITV declined to comment on the cast or the content of the programme. Courtney Smith at the Ascot Courtney Smith (in the yellow bikini) is rumoured to be on the show, and is seen here relaxing at a spa in Ascot 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. JoJo, another local, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I actually met the cast at Windsor races – they were quite rough. We are a highly social crowd from Ascot and did not recognise any of them.”We asked if they were from Ascot and they declined to answer. But they are very young so who knows. After meeting them [it seemed like a] very poor representation of Ascot – I hope the house prices don’t decline.”One rumoured contestant is 18-year-old Courtney Smith, an ‘Instagram influencer’ from Essex, who declined to say whether or not she would be on the show. Her profile shows her attending the Ascot Races, lounging at a spa in the town and showing off a new pair of Louboutin shoes.Another is Leah Fletcher, who has 14,000 followers on Instagram and did not respond when approached by the Telegraph. She posted photographs from the Windsor Races, but appears to spend the bulk of her time in Staines. One young woman who lives in the town complained the show looked like “a cross between Towie and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”.She said that many of the cast do not appear to be from Ascot, where the average house is well in excess of £600,000. Courtney Smith (in the yellow bikini) is rumoured to be on the show, and is seen here relaxing at a spa in Ascot Courtney Smith at the Ascot For the well-heeled residents of Ascot, the greatest disruption to their summer is usually the influx of thoroughbred horse loving revelers attending the races.But in recent weeks a new breed of fake-tanned and invariably glamorous people have descended on the picturesque Berkshire town all hoping to become stars in the latest reality television show.And residents fear the ITV programme, called Absolutely Ascot, could paint the town in a bad light and bring down house prices, in part because they insist not all of the show’s contributors are real locals. ITV last night refused to comment on who is in the show or where they are from, but photographs of some of the cast being filmed have been shared on social media often with disparaging comments.Meanwhile, rumours abound that the show, meant to rival The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea, that so-called ‘Instagram influencers’ from Essex have been recruited to promote the programme. “Well, from the small clips I’ve seen and the gossip I’ve heard most of the cast are not true residents at all,” she complained.“My friends can name a few in those photos and they live in Egham, Ashford, Staines and Virginia Water.“Personally, I don’t think it represents Ascot in its true light at all. I think some of the cast are from around the outskirts of Ascot.” read more

first_imgHexagon’s Mining division today introduces HxGN MineOperate Asset Health, a platform of servers and data-loggers that will extend the life of mining equipment. Asset Health will help maintenance and operations staff to identify machine health trends in real-time, empowering them to improve efficiencies and minimise equipment down-time.Asset Health addresses concerns such as unplanned equipment failures, visibility of equipment health, and provides analytics to make smart decisions in real-time. By solving these issues and addressing potential failures before they happen, Asset Health can increase production via equipment uptime and lower maintenance costs.“The integration of health products with our fleet management system (FMS) will help customers to not only improve equipment performance, but also equipment availability and productivity,” said Marcelo Romero, Senior Product Portfolio Manager. “Offering an integrated solution enables Maintenance, Operations, and Planning to continuously improve the processes between their teams.”Integrating with FMS on a common hardware platform that efficiently uses networking and server resources provides customers with a standard Hexagon solution for the life of their mine. It simplifies Asset Health installation for existing FMS customers.Asset Health can be used to connect OEM-agnostic platforms for onboard data logging, telemetry and messaging. On-board alerts can be synchronized with the office, dispatch, reliability engineering, and maintenance centers.“Customers will now have unprecedented insight into their equipment fleets and will know when to take action,“ said Romero.Future development will see Asset Health implement analytics with machine learning models. This level of predictive maintenance will enable repair engineers to plan for and prevent down-time and lost revenue.last_img read more

Two more Serbian players will play at French Lidl Starligue in season 2018/2019.The 35-years old right back Aleksandar Stojanovic joined the new member of the French handball elite Istres, based on signing one-year deal (with possibility of extension). He has a huge experience of playing at VELUX EHF Champions League with Kadetten Schaffhausen, RK Celje PL, RK Vardar, RK Cimos Koper and RK Metalurg. Stojanovic is coming to France as TOP scorer of the Turkish league where he played for Antalya.Cesson Rennes will be stronger for playmaker Luka Mitrovic. The 29-years old Serb played for RK Celje PL in the last season, but he missed most of it because of knee injury. Mitrovic played before at RK Gorenje Velenje, but also Norwegian and Danish teams. Aleksandar StojanovićCesson-Renneshandball transfersIstres handballLuka Mitrovic ← Previous Story Kristjan Andresson to replace Jacobsen on RNL’s bench in 2019! Next Story → 9 months after Handball-Planet.com: Barca confirms Petrus’ signing read more