ONE CEO Teething Problems Cost Us USD 400 Mn

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: K Line The newly launched carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) expects its teething problems to have a USD 400 million impact to the company’s bottom line for the fiscal year of 2018.The teething problems, which mostly relate to booking reception and documentation operations, have had a major impact on the company’s business performance since launching in April 2018 as a joint venture between K Line, MOL and NYK Line.Namely, for the first half of the fiscal year 2018, covering the period from April to September 2018, ONE booked a loss of USD 311 million, much wider than USD 38 million previously forecast.For the full fiscal year, the company anticipates to book a loss of USD 600 million, a major downgrade from the expected profit of USD 110 million.Speaking at an investors meeting in Tokyo on November 28, ONE’s CEO Jeremy Nixon, said that the root cause of the teething problems were unexpected regulatory delays that tightened the time window for the company to ready for launching.“Back in July 2017, we were hoping to receive regulatory clearance which would then allow us  to be able to plan all the offices, set up all tax implications for 120 countries, get our IT data systems up and running etc. We would have been able to select our staff and bring them over from the legacy companies, making us largely ready so when we went live with the bookings from February 2018 we could be safe on the operation in April 2018,” he said.However, the regulatory framework was pushed considerably with the final clearance secured at the end of October, leaving ONE with only four months to prepare the organization to go live with bookings.One of the key issues during the transition period were inadequate human resources and delays in uploading the required data.“Because of the tighter regulatory window we didn’t have as many resources as we needed initially to be able to set up all our IT systems and get everything working perfectly. We didn’t have an IT problem, we had a resource issue and data load-up issue,” Nixon pointed out.The issue was fixed as the company entered into the second quarter of its business operation.Nixon added that the teething problems were behind the company and that opportunities lost due to the said issues in the first half of the year would be recovered by fiscal year 2019.Looking into 2019, the company expects an overall benign market with supply and demand growing at around 4 pct respectively. Furthermore, newbuilding deliveries are anticipated to be quite low further tightening the demand and supply balance.ONE is in the process of renewing contracts with its customers for the fiscal year 2019 and is working on introducing a floating fuel recovery surcharge.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Victoria County

first_imgVICTORIA COUNTY: Little Narrows Ferry The Little Narrows Ferry is back in service. It was out of service Wednesday, April 25 for repairs. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 -30-last_img

Patient with mental illness dragged out of hospital

first_imgKolkata: A mentally-challenged patient was allegedly dragged out of the Bongaon Sub-Divisional Hospital on Sunday morning by some contractual employees and ayahs.It was also alleged that some of them poured water on the patient despite he was crying. Later, after intervention of police and the hospital authorities, the patient was allotted a bed at the hospital. According to sources, on Sunday morning, relatives of the patients admitted in the hospital, saw a youth was being dragged by some hospital employees and ayahs. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen they tried to figure out what had happened, the accused hospital employees did not bothered to answer. The onlookers got agitated after a few ayahs poured water on the patient and dragged him out of the hospital. It allegedly that some of them kicked and assaulted him. A few relatives of the patients admitted in the hospital rushed to the hospital authorities and narrated the whole incident. The Bongaon police station was informed about the incident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWithin a few minutes, police officers arrived at the spot and got in touch with the hospital authorities. Later, after the intervention of hospital authorities, Rogi Kalyan Samiti and the police, the patient was shifted to a bed at the hospital. Though hospital authorities have not reacted to the incident, sources informed that an ayah has been suspended in this connection. Question arises how a hospital employee could do mistreat a patient. According to a source, an internal inquiry may soon be initiated in this regard. The youth was admitted few days ago by some local residents when they found him in bad shape. Till Sunday, his identity could not be established. According to sources, the police have circulated an all concerned message across the state along with description of the mentally-challenged youth and his photo to establish his identity.last_img read more

Cloud Success One CIO Shares His Experience

cloud.png Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. Also critical is identifying key business drivers. For USRBP, the ability to integrate business applications into the cloud system was essential, as noted above, as well as two other must-haves. The cloud platform needed to support the company’s remote workforce and allow the seamless integration of knowledge workers into the call center workflow, Dunn said. At a high level, Dunn recapped what made USRBP’s cloud migration successful, beginning with setting expectations early. Be realistic with timelines, follow best practices, and utilize testing tools to pre-qualify remote workers, he advised. In addition, expect the best and plan – and train – for the worst, he said. Lastly, Dunn attributed USRBP’s success to the strong partnership and support it receives from 8×8. As I share in my latest “Keeping Up With EC” blog post, some of Dunn’s and Lazar’s talking points reflect longstanding migration principles and best practices around expectation-setting, planning, choosing your vendor wisely, and knowing what you can expect from that partner. However, as Dunn’s second point makes clear, enterprise IT/communications organizations now must consider today’s software-focused technology as inseparable from the wider environment. 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. You’ll find more conversations from leading end users at Enterprise Connect Orlando 2019 — starting with our just-announced keynote from Joe Park, chief digital architect and VP, Associate Digital Experience, for Walmart. Won’t you join us in Orlando the week of March 18 to hear from your peers? Register today using the code NJPOSTS to save $200 off the current conference rate.Tags:News & Views8x8USRBPcloud strategyCloud CommunicationsBest PracticesCCaaSDeployment ModelsUCaaS Articles You Might Like Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. You can find a lot of companies transitioning from on-premises to cloud-based communications platforms, but perhaps not as thoughtfully as U.S. Retirement & Benefit Partners (USRBP), an independent national financial services firm. Re-creating the communications silo as it existed in previous generations might be technically feasible, but doing so could be more dangerous than stepping into the unknown of business integration. The one thing you don’t want to do in migrating to a cloud communications service is make choices that turn out to be limiting factors — leaving your users to wonder why they can’t do things that peers elsewhere can or that they can do in their consumer/personal lives. 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. Another noteworthy distinction is that USRBP made integration of business applications with the new system a must, as Dunn discussed with his fellow webinar participant, Irwin Lazar, VP and service director at Nemertes Research. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, the replay is certainly worth a listen — a great opportunity to hear two knowledgeable technologists discuss the ins and outs of a cloud transition and best practices for migrating from the premises to the cloud. As Kevin Dunn, CIO/CISO at USRBP, shared earlier this week in an Enterprise Connect webinar, the company embarked on a migration that featured adoption of both UC as a service (UCaaS) and contact center as a service (CCaaS) from 8×8. Integrating the CCaaS element, in fact, was a critical early step — and one of the reasons I consider USRBP particularly forward-looking in its cloud communications strategy. Log in or register to post comments See All in Cloud Communications » read more

Iwokrama launches bird guide

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCan Amerindian traditions help us reverse climate change?July 21, 2016In “latest news”MOE supports Iwokrama’s schools climate change awareness workshopsJanuary 4, 2017In “Environment”Govt’s financial assistance to Iwokrama is nothing newFebruary 8, 2015In “Politics” The Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development has announced the publication of its bird guide.According to the Centre, ‘Guide to the Birds of Iwokrama’ is an introduction to 50 of the 471 bird species that have been recorded in the Iwokrama forest.It contains concise descriptions of each species and/or guidance on where each may be seen as well as outstanding colour illustrations.The guide is the second in a series developed and published by the Centre.The first being the ‘Guide to the Mammals of Iwokrama’, which was initially published in 1999 and reprinted in 2017.The author of the bird guide, Mr Meshach Pierre, is a Guyanese conservation biologist with an interest in birds, mammals, and human-wildlife coexistence.Iwokrama says it also acknowledges the efforts of Ms Daisy Payne in the compilation of this publication and thanks Repsol Exploracion (Guyana S.A) for the invaluable support given.The online versions of both the bird and mammal guides may be viewed at www.iwokrama.org read more

EYEWITNESS Subverting…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: After…January 10, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”General Elections not of paramount importance to Govt – PPPMarch 15, 2019In “latest news”Joint Communique issued following meeting with President, Opposition LeaderJanuary 10, 2019In “latest news” …Article 106 (6)The “Joint Communiqué” from the meeting between the President and the Opposition Leader was finally released late Thursday. Your Eyewitness wasn’t surprised that the faint hope he had for the President harking to the norms of parliamentary practice was dashed. His worst fears were confirmed: the President refused to budge an inch from the rearguard action mounted by his party while he was in Cuba getting his chemotherapy treatment. The inmates are now running the asylum!!Take the timeline for new elections: Article 106 (6) is unambiguous as can be – they SHALL be held in THREE months after a no-confidence vote!! Article 106 (7) specifies that this period can ONLY be extended with a two-thirds vote of the National Assembly – meaning the Opposition HAS to agree. But while the Communiqué had the President agreeing with the Opposition Leader on the Article 106 (7) METHOD of extending the three-month time frame, he refused to accept the mandatory nature of Article 106 (6) if the Opposition refuses to authorise any extension.He insists that the “readiness” of GECOM and the processing of his cases in the courts can stave off the elections in THREE months!! This is absolutely ridiculous!! GECOM’s always supposed to be in a state of readiness for elections. More so after they just came off an LGE!Furthermore, the day following the no-confidence resolution – December 22 – the CEO of GECOM said he was getting together his staff to prepare their strategy for conducting the elections in the time frame. That’s over two weeks ago and they haven’t uttered a squeak that they face any constraint!! Three billion dollars has already been voted for GECOM in the 2019 Budget for General and Regional Elections!So now we hear Amna Ally saying they can’t see GECOM because the chair isn’t there, you can figure where this is heading!! The Chairman, we know, is seriously ill, and has had his sick leave extended to January 22! How do we know he’ll be better by then?? Can the doctor tell an 85-year-old patient to go to work, when he insists he’s still sick??But the GECOM Chair has no responsibility for the OPERATIONAL readiness of GECOM – that’s the responsibility of the CEO Lowenfield and his Deputy Myers. WE know the last time he was needed, Lowenfield couldn’t be found – but did Ally seek him out??Democracy’s being asphyxiated by the PNC. Once again!…Article 106 (7)The Communiqué declared: “the Leader of the Opposition contended that while the Government remains in office in accordance with Article 106 (7) of the Constitution, its functions must be confined to the provision of essential services of the State and to matters in relation to preparation for General and Regional Elections.On the other hand: “The President emphasised that the Government is legal and that it must govern without any limitations on its authority. His Excellency further stated that there is no provision in the Constitution which imposes limitation on the Government to perform its lawful functions.”How can this circle – the functioning of the National Assembly in the no-confidence interregnum – be squared? We can look at how others did it. We’ve repeatedly cited the 1979 no-confidence vote majority secured by Thatcher’s Tories against Labour. Twenty years later, in India, the BJP coalition also lost by one vote against the Opposition.But unlike the PNC, the losers both resigned, and went into elections.While taking no major initiatives in Parliament!!…the letter and the spirit of the ConstitutionNo Constitution can cover all historical contingencies. But that’s where responsible governments will work out accommodations in the democratic spirit of their Constitutions.How can the PNC occupy Government with 33 seats, yet claim it’s NOT a majority? read more

Kemi mine expansion project awarded by Outokumpu to Pöyry

first_imgOutokumpu has awarded Pöyry with the detail engineering, project and site services assignment for the expansion project of the Kemi mine. In this €250 million investment, Outokumpu’s Kemi mine will be deepened from the current 500 m level to 1,000 m to ensure continued ore supply for the future. The investment enables Outokumpu to maintain the current level of chromite production capacity of about 2.7 Mt per year also in the coming decades.The assignment includes all basic and detailed engineering services for process, mechanical, layout, civil, structural, process electrification, ICT, automation, instrumentation, HVAC, ventilation and building electrification design disciplines as well as rock mechanics and rock engineering. Procurement support, project management and control services, site supervision and commissioning support are also included in the scope. The project is being carried out between 2017 and 2020.“Operational safety, cost-effectiveness and environmentally sound operations are characteristics of the Kemi mine. Good safety performance, together with clean and properly organised working environments, both underground and on the surface, make an excellent setting for effective production, modern technological applications and the use of advanced working methods. The environmental impact of the operations in Kemi are minimised thanks to the insolubility of oxidic chromite ore, the chemical-free concentration method based on gravity, and the sealed process water circulation covering the entire mine and concentration process.”“Chromium is a strategically important raw material for Outokumpu, since it is what makes steel ‘stainless.’ Our own chromite ore supply coupled with the related ferrochrome production give us significant competitive advantage on the market. We are pleased to move forward with expanding our underground operations in the Kemi mine to the depth of 1,000 m and ensure continued chrome supply for the future,” says Jyrki Salmi, head of Kemi mine.“We are extremely pleased to be selected as the trusted partner of Outokumpu in this strategically important investment. Our competence will ensure that stringent health, safety and environmental standards will be met and even exceeded. In our engineering work, we pay close attention to resource efficiency and digitalisation to ensure the on-going competitiveness of the clients’ business. Every plant is designed to perform with long-term results,” says Kalle Rasinmäki, President of Pöyry’s Industry business in Northern Europe.last_img read more

Half of Irish living abroad dont make it home for Christmas

first_imgPoll: Have you started Christmas shopping?>Campaign aims to stop Irish shops from playing Christmas music too early> ALMOST HALF OF Irish people living abroad don’t expect to make it home at Christmas, a survey has revealed.The Behaviour and Attitudes research, on behalf of Lyons Tea, found that 46 per cent of the recent diaspora won’t get to spend Christmas with family and friends in Ireland.What do they miss most from not celebrating the season at home? Christmas dinner at home (52 per cent) and meeting up with family and friends over a cuppa (12 per cent). And considering the week that’s in it, when the Christmas lights are turned on in Dublin tonight and Cork on Sunday, it’s notable that 7 per cent of those surveyed most miss being there when the switch is flicked for that.The most missed Irish product for Irish people living abroad is tea (27 per cent), Irish crisps (24 per cent), chocolate (18 per cent) and biscuits (7 per cent).However, new methods of mobile apps communication are making it easier for people to stay in touch across distances. The survey found that 47 per cent of those living abroad use mobile apps to stay in touch, with Skype, Viber and What’s App the most popular communication apps.More surprisingly, only 11 per cent used Facebook the most, 16 per cent tend to text from mobiles and 12 per cent call home from mobiles. Only 8 per cent stayed in touch via landline and only 6 per cent use email as their most common method of communication.last_img read more


Alli praises Pochettino for keeping Spurs fresh

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli has praised manager Mauricio Pochettino’s capability to make subtle changes to keep the squad fresh during the busy festive period.The England midfielder revealed the team was overconfident during their shock 3-1 home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers in their final game of last year.Alli also dismissed suggestions that Pochettino will prioritize some competitions as the club look to end their 10-year trophy drought.“Some people maybe expect you to prioritize different things but I believe we have a strong squad,” said Alli, according to Daily Mail.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have players who work hard in the gym and on the training field to make sure we’re fully fit and the manager makes changes. He’s very good at that.”“When you’re going into different competitions, you can’t take your foot off the gas but you’ve got to be consistent and keep up your top level.”“We had been in great form before Wolves and maybe we got a little bit carried away with ourselves. Maybe we just thought we would win the game. But you can’t do that if you want to win things.”last_img read more


Salihamidzic Sancho chose Dortmund over Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic revealed they were turned down by Jadon Sancho in favour of Borussia DortmundSancho’s decision to choose Dortmund over Bayern in 2017 breaks a trend that has been set across the last several years.This involved the likes of Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels all swapping Dortmund for Bayern.But Sancho’s decision to joined the Lucien Favre’s side instead has paid dividends with the teenage winger a prominent member of the Dortmund team that lead the Bundesliga after 11 games.“The truth is that Bayern Munich did want to sign Jadon Sancho and made him an offer which he, unfortunately, refused,” Salihamidzic told Sport Bild.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, confessed that there had a great amount of interest in Sancho before he arrived at Signal Iduna Park.“In the course of the talks, It was clear that top clubs from home and abroad also had great interest in [Sancho],” admits Zorc.“Fortunately, we tried very hard for him at an early stage.”The 18-year-old has managed five goals and eight assists in 17 appearances for Dortmund this season.last_img read more


City of El Cajon looking to fill a vacant seat on the

first_img April 10, 2019 Posted: April 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The city of El Cajon announced today that applications are being accepted to fill a vacant at-large seat on the City Council. The selected applicant will hold the seat on the five-member governing body until November 2020.The seat was formerly held by Ben Kalasho, who resigned last month. Kalasho routinely butted heads with the rest of the council, saying in his resignation letter that he felt he was “constantly battling my colleagues on agenda items and the general direction that my colleagues wanted for the city.”Kalasho also dealt with multiple legal issues during his time on the council.Residents interested in filling the seat can apply on the city’s website, cityofelcajon.us, or by calling the city clerk’s office at (619) 441-1763. Applicants must submit their applications by April 26 at 4:30 p.m.The council will then consider applications and interview candidates at its May 14 meeting. City of El Cajon looking to fill a vacant seat on the City Council Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Mayor ND town dodged a bullet in crude explosion

first_imgCASSELTON, N.D. — A southeastern North Dakota town narrowly escaped tragedy when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded nearby, the mayor said Tuesday, calling for changes in how the fuel is transported across the U.S.No one was hurt in Monday’s derailment of the mile-long train that sent a great fireball and plumes of black smoke skyward about a mile from the small town of Casselton. The fire had been so intense as darkness fell that investigators couldn’t get close enough to count the number of burning cars.Worries about the smoke plume prompted officials to ask Casselton’s 2,400 residents to voluntarily evacuate Monday evening, and most did. The recommendation was lifted Tuesday afternoon, but officials were urging residents south of the derailment to remain vigilant about changing conditions, Cass County Commissioner Ken Pawluk said.Residents said the blasts endured for hours after the derailment, shaking their homes and businesses. A BNSF spokeswoman said 18 tanker cars burned.Pawluk estimated that the fire was about 80 to 90 percent burned out by Tuesday afternoon.National Transportation Safety Board officials on the scene said the agency’s investigation would examine the train recorder, the signal system, the condition of the train operators, train and tracks, as well as the response to the derailment.Board member Robert Sumwalt said the tankers involved were DOT-111s, a model that has shown a tendency to rupture in other accidents, but he said it wasn’t immediately clear if they were newer, safer DOT-111s or the older models.last_img read more

Do You Need a Chief Sustainability Officer

first_imgGSG NAMES FIRST CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER;DINAH QUAYLE DAVIDSON TO HEAD UP “GREEN” AGENDANEW YORK — May 19, 2008 — Graphic Systems Group today named Dinah DavidsonChief Sustainability Officer of America’s largest production agency. Ms.Davidson brings over 25 years of experience in the image reproduction/graphicarts field most recently as Director of Production Strategies and Resources atGSG. As the agency’s first CSO, she will develop and implement internal andclient programs which reduce the production agency’s carbon footprint andmaximize efficient use materials and resources. Prior to joining GSG, Dinah wasDirector of Customer Services managing a professional staff that providedimaging services to advertising agency and corporate clients including Saatchiand Saatchi, Polo Ralph Lauren, Conde Nast and Nikon. For more information onGSG, go to www.gsgnyc.com. Chiefcontent officer. Chief innovation officer. Senior maverick.We’ve seenplenty of weird job titles crop up on magazine mastheads over the past fewyears. Here’s a new one to put on your radar: “Chief sustainability officer.” That’s what NewYork-based Graphic Systems Group just hired. A chief sustainability officer.(And you thought the green movement was going away? No, no no no no no …)Here’s theirrelease (emphasis ours): “The development of this newposition culminates months of soul searching on the part of the agency,”notes GSG president Ken Madsen. “With a better understanding of sustainabilityand how it’ll impact both internal operations and client services, we believenow is the time to implement a dedicated program. We believe Dinah is the idealperson to head up this campaign. She has the unique ability to transform thecomplicated into fluid and adaptable processes. And her solutions are groundedin years of experience in CRM, Marketing, and Business Management.”Prior to joining GSG in June of 2006, Dinah served as AdministrativeManager for Hudson West Productions — a not-for-profit film and televisionproduction company. There she researched and wrote federal and state arts andhumanities grants, administered grants from the Corporation for PublicBroadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her career started as anindustry assistant and by 1990 she had risen to the position of Vice-Presidentand Sales and Marketing overseeing all national and international advertising,public relations and trade show participation. “I’m quite excited about thechallenges I now face as Chief Sustainability Officer at GSG,” notes Davidson.”I feel like I’m going back to my ruralMidwestern roots. On a farm nothing is wasted and everything is recycled andreused to its utmost efficiency. This cradle to cradle mentality cancertainly be applied to the printing and packaging industry. It may take timeto implement all my ideas, but it’s a worthwhile venture as every step forwardis so impacting on our world. I aim to help GSG make a difference and pass on aplanet to future generations in a better shape than we found it.”In a recent GreenBiz.com article, sustainability advocate Rick Walkerdescribes a CSO as, “… an advocate andeducator, a visionary, a change manager and a cheerleader, and above all else,a results-driven manager. CSOs must serve at least three roles: They must lookinward, end-to-end driving business opportunity; they must look outward,walking the talk and communicating with customers and other stakeholders; andthey must lead. A CSO must articulate, implement and sustain theorganization’s vision of sustainability and provide visibility and transparencyof that vision both internally and externally.” About GSGGSG, located in the heart of New York City, is the America’s leadingproduction agency and a primary advocate of Production Decoupling. According tothe Association of National Advertisers (ANA), “Production decoupling is theseparation of the business of production from creative development.” Since1979, GSG has been called upon by top Fortune 500 companies such as Citibank,Elizabeth Arden, Maybelline, Revlon, Estée Lauder, NBC, and Colgate Palmolivefor their expertise in production. Located in a 40,000 sq. foot facility onUnion Square, GSG provides marketers with a range of benefits, most of themmeasurable in terms of decreased cost and improved efficiencies. Using theirlandscape of offerings, GSG has prospered in supporting both their clients andtheir client’s agency with superior quality, accelerated turnaround, andproject cost savings. GSG can be found online at http://www.gsgnyc.com.last_img read more


Economist Group Nears Agreement to Sell CQ Roll Call

first_imgFormed in 2009 when The Economist Group acquired Congressional Quarterly from St. Petersburg Times owner Times Publishing Company and merged it with Roll Call, which it has owned since 1993, CQ Roll Call houses two of the oldest and largest outlets specifically devoted to Capitol Hill. The two publications maintain separate editorial mastheads but a centralized business structure under president Paul McHale.“By acquiring CQ Roll Call, FiscalNote will be positioned to provide best-in-class solutions in the issues management space,” added Tim Hwang, FiscalNote’s 26-year-old founder and CEO. “We are excited to provide our clients with greater access to enhanced products that will inform their decision making and maximize their influence on government as they tackle the challenging issues impacting their business.”Financial terms of the proposed agreement have not been disclosed.More on this topic Teens Shun Print Mags, MPA Takes USPS to Task, and More News & Notes The Economist Group Names Informa’s Lara Boro Its Next CEO Kris Viesselman Named EIC of CQ Roll Call The Economist CEO Chris Stibbs To Step Down | People on the Move CQ-Roll Call Group Reorganizes, 44 Editorial Positions Eliminated Meredith Appoints New Chief Strategy Officer | People on the MoveJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MovePowered by The Economist Group is nearing a deal to sell CQ Roll Call to SaaS firm FiscalNote in exchange for an 18 percent stake in the company, according to an announcement released Wednesday.Expected to be finalized later this year, the proposed deal would see the London-based publisher become the largest individual shareholder in FiscalNote, a D.C.-based startup that provides CRM, data and information services to clients “at the intersection of global business and government.”Chris Stibbs, CEO of The Economist Group, would join FiscalNote’s board of directors.“FiscalNote’s technology-driven approach to products and services is the perfect complement to CQ Roll Call’s editorial excellence and advocacy services,” said Stibbs in the announcement, which added that FiscalNote would “uphold CQ Roll Call’s editorial independence while identifying opportunities to adapt and grow in a transforming news landscape.”last_img read more

As oceans heats up off Northwest Alaska the fishing does too

first_imgSeth Kantner stands next to his fishing boat outside his home in Kotzebue. Kantner caught twice as much salmon this past summer than in his previous best year fishing.Alaska fishermen haven’t been having an easy time with the changing climate.The cod population in the Gulf of Alaska is at its lowest level on record. Officials have declared disasters after the failure of multiple Alaska salmon fisheries.So what’s happening farther north in Alaska might surprise you: Fishermen there have been landing huge catches, in numbers that haven’t been seen in decades.Seth Kantner is one of them. He was raised in a sod igloo 150 miles from the Northwest Alaska hub town of Kotzebue, and has been commercial fishing for chum salmon in Kotzebue Sound for decades.He’s also a writer, and in an interview from his pickup truck looking out over the sound, he said he’s a little apprehensive about some of the changes he’s been seeing in the region — particularly in the weather and the seasons.Some of those changes, Kantner said, have fed into the fishing, which has been booming. In the summer of 2017, he fished to the last day of the season to try to hit 100,000 pounds of salmon for the year, which he said is “far and away the most I’d ever caught.”This past summer, he added: “I broke 200,000 pounds, which is still — I can’t believe it.”Just to be clear — Kantner said that two summers ago, he caught more fish than he’d ever caught before. And then this summer, he caught twice that much again.Salmon fishing in Northwest Alaska isn’t nearly as lucrative as the big commercial harvest in places like Bristol Bay. But there are more than 200 active commercial permit holders in the region, with gross earnings of more than $4 million last year.And Kantner isn’t the only one who’s been doing well. This year’s commercial harvest of chum salmon in Kotzebue Sound was nearly 700,000 fish, breaking a record nearly four decades old. To the south, the value of the commercial salmon catch in Norton Sound was also the highest ever.You can tell just from the metaphors that Jim Menard, the area fishery manager, used to describe the runs over the past few years, in the course of a 30-minute phone interview: “blazing guns,” “gangbusters” and “on steroids.”One example was on the Nome River outside of that town. Menard said that in the past, a good pink salmon run was about 1 million fish. This year there were more than three times that.Menard described looking into the river and seeing a solid black wall of salmon.“I’d be throwing out my fishing line trying to reel it across and be snagging a pink in the back. You know, you’re not even trying to catch anything. There’s just so many pinks,” he said.Menard said he thinks that relatively warm winters are helping fuel the region’s strong salmon returns. And in the nearby Chukchi and Bering seas, where the fish spend time before spawning, temperatures have been way above average in recent years.Scientists caution against linking a single year’s conditions, or even a several-year-long stretch, to climate change. But they also say that ocean temperatures are expected to gradually rise due to global warming, with sea ice expected to diminish.Those warmer ocean temperatures are more hospitable to species like sockeye and pink salmon, as well as chums, which are the commercially caught fish in Kotzebue, according to Ed Farley, a federal fisheries biologist in Juneau. That’s because when the water is warmer, there’s more abundant food for them, like certain types of plankton and small fish, he added.“This loss of sea ice is shifting the food web,” he said. “And it’s also warmer. So, salmon do better in that environment.”You might think Kantner, the Kotzebue fisherman, would be excited about the warmth and his big harvests. But he said his feelings are a lot more complicated, in part because his lifestyle revolves around much more than fish.“Because I like ducks and caribou and salmon, and I’m worried something might happen where they just can’t deal with it, and then we don’t have them any more,” he said.And while global warming might be better for salmon fishing, it’s also likely to make for scarcer ice — an essential platform for winter transportation in the region. Kantner said it’s hard to get excited about more fish when there are so many other things he could lose.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh Over 400 theatres shut down to protest against entertainment tax

first_imgInside a PVR cinema hall [Representational Image]PVR websiteMadhya Pradesh has been deprived of watching new releases since October 5 as over 400 theatres have downed shutters in protest against entertainment tax levied by some local bodies in the state.A theatre owner said that entertainment tax, which had been levied over and above GST, had created an additional financial burden on the sector and was also defeating the “one nation, one tax” that GST promised.”Goods and Services Tax of 28 per cent is levied on film tickets. Now urban local bodies, depending on their categories, have imposed additional entertainment tax ranging from 5-15 per cent. Screening of new movies have stopped since October 5 as theatres are shut,” said Jitendra Jain, ex-president of Film Federation of India.”The slogan of ‘one nation, one tax’ which was made when GST was imposed has been proved wrong due to this double taxation,” Jain told PTI.He said that workers employed at these theatres are in danger of losing their livelihood due to the strike, and demanded that the Union government intervene immediately.Cinema industry sources said that big players in the sector are unwilling to pay this additional entertainment tax as it would encourage other states to impose such taxes on film tickets.Meanwhile, sources said that the model code of conduct in place in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh was stopping the state government from taking a decision on the issue.MP will go to polls on November 28 and counting of votes will take place on December 11.last_img read more


Can Khaleda Zia contest the polls

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoNomination papers have been collected for BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia willing to contest the coming general elections from three constituencies, despite her conviction in two graft cases.However, questions arise as to whether she will be able to take part in the elections, overcoming legal barriers.Khaleda Zia may face legal challenges in participating in the polls after the High Court on Tuesday said graft convicts of more than two years of jail term with appeal pending will not be allowed to contest elections.Still, there may be one legal path open for the former prime minister, Khaleda, to contest the polls, two law officers of the state told Prothom Alo.This may happen if she manages to secure clear guidelines from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for joining the polls. “She has little time indeed for such a process,” one of the officers said.The High Court observed that if someone is sentenced to over two years’ jail by a lower court in any graft case. The court also said such convicts will be able to contest the polls if the Appellate Division stays the conviction or grants bail to the convicts.The HC judgement came rejecting separate petitions filed by five BNP leaders — Amanullah Aman, physician AZM Zahid, Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, Abdul Wahab and Mashiur Rahman – seeking stay on conviction and sentence. They will not likely be able to contest the polls, in view of the HC order.Khaleda Zia was awarded five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case in February and the High Court raised her jail term to 10 years. She has been sentenced seven years’ imprisonment in Zia Charitable Trust case, against which she filed appeal petition.The BNP chairperson’s adviser and senior lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain said Khaleda Zia has been convicted in ‘fictitious’ cases as part of conspiracy to keep her away from elections and politics. “Unless the conviction is suspended, a convict will not be able to take part in the elections as per constitution,” he added.The government side always said the prospect of Khaleda Zia’s joining elections depends on the court.However, the attorney general and other and pro-government lawyers said she will not be able to take part in the elections after her conviction.Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Kaiser Kamal termed the cases in which she has been convicted as politically motivated ones, while law affairs secretary of the ruling Awami League SM Rezaul Karim denied the allegation.Law minister Anisul Huq pointed out that a person convicted for more than two years in jail in a case of moral turpitude cannot take part in the elections.He cited two judgements – one verdict said a convict can participate in polls if the Appellate Division stays the operation of the judgement while the other judgement said no to contesting polls.Senior BNP leader and lawyer Moudud Ahmed claimed that Khaleda Zia will be able to join the polls since the judgement against her is not the final one of any court.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Khawaza Main Uddinlast_img read more


DC Council Gives Preference to Black Marijuana Businesses

first_imgMarijuana sales grew 30 percent last year, reaching $6.7 billion in North America, according to a cannabis research company. The D.C. Council is ensuring residents can financially benefit from the budding industry, particularly entrepreneurs of color.Last month, At-Large Councilmember Robert C. White sponsored an emergency bill offering preferential treatment to Black businessmen seeking licenses to open medical marijuana dispensaries. Incarceration related to marijuana and the fiscal development of Blacks in D.C., are a major concern of White’s. The bill passed the council on June 27.“I have two major concerns. One is the disproportionate number of African Americans that have been locked up for marijuana, despite using marijuana at rates equal to Whites. The second is how small a role African-American businesses play in general. Whether it’s in government contracting or development or banking, we just don’t play a significant enough role in lead businesses, because of historic racism in the country,” White told the AFRO.Furthermore, White business owners from other parts of the country, the councilmember noted, would have had the ability to monopolize the marijuana industry, while African American entrepreneurs in D.C. were left out. White said he felt the bill was necessary while the industry is still in its infancy.”It’s very important to allow people of color to participate on a foundational level in the marijuana industry because this is a multibillion dollar industry in this country that will continue to grow jurisdiction by jurisdiction,” he said. “Folks who are already capitalized, wealthy people and wealthy businesses, will be able to overwhelm the market from the ground floor and I didn’t want to see that happen in D.C., particularly because of how many people of color have gone to jail and prison for marijuana.”Due to the bill’s quick turnaround, Black business owners can immediately get the benefits of the new preferential treatment. “The bill is already law because I got an emergency bill passed, that went into effect immediately, and the solicitation, is either about to go out or it’s just gone out, so as they’re processing applications for these licenses, this bill is in effect,” White said.White’s bill took a bit of finessing in order to become a law, as there are caveats to giving preferences to minorities in D.C. “It’s sort of a technicality,” he said. “The bill, as I wrote it, has to give preference points for CBEs, or Certified Business Enterprises, which tend to be owned by minorities, but not exclusively in D.C. The reason for this is that the courts said years ago, when we had a minority contracting program, the courts said that we cannot distinguish by race explicitly, but I believe the courts are starting to move in a different direction, and I want to start to test those boundaries a bit.“We will ensure enforcement through oversight, but it shouldn’t require a lot of oversight because what we did in my bill, was give preference points to local and minority-owned businesses that are applying for a limited number of two licenses. So, the agency [Department of Health] will give them preference points,” White said.He said the bill could potentially revolutionize the industry. “My hope is that as the marijuana industry develops, there will be Black-owned businesses that are major players in this industry, unlike virtually any other industry in the United States,” White said.last_img read more

Nintendo warns young kids off 3DS 3D games

first_imgDepending on how you look at it, Nintendo is taking a pretty big risk with the introduction of the 3DS. Even though there is a slider to turn down the 3D effects, this is a handheld meant for games to be played in 3D. Not everyone can view 3D, and not everyone likes viewing it, so there’s already a segment of the market Nintendo cannot cater to.Now some new guidance (Japanese) has been put out by Nintendo for young kids using the 3DS, and for the regularity of breaks when using the device. In both cases, play seems more limited if you want to stop your eyes getting too tired or your vision to be impacted.In the case of young children (under 6), Nintendo suggests they don’t use the 3DS at all to play 3D games. 2D viewing is fine, but 3D is a big no-no. This is because such young eyes are still developing so viewing 3D may be detrimental to that continued development. Parents will find controls to stop 3D being displayed if they do intend on buying a 3DS for a child in that age group.As for everyone else, Nintendo used to state that a break every hour was recommended on previous 2D devices, but with the 3DS that has been cut in half to 30 minutes. This is due to viewing 3D content making your eyes tired more quickly. Even 30 minutes may be too long, with a break suggested at the first signs of you not feeling great.While the 3DS is sure to be a hit when it launches in March, the decision to go 3D does bring with it a few extra limits. Will those same people who got sick watching Avatar in 3D be unable to stand more than a few minutes of 3DS play? Or will it be a completely different type of person who suffers the ill effects?One thing’s clear, this is the first Nintendo hardware that may not be universally playable.Read more at KotakuMatthew’s OpinionI don’t think anyone takes any notice of the guidance given for any piece of electronic entertainment. When was the last time you played a DS game and kept an eye on the clock for a break every hour?If anyone is going to get sick playing on a 3DS it will be after a purchase has been made. Hopefully Nintendo’s 3D slider will allow for such sickness to be controlled or removed completely. If it can’t then we’ll hear a few complaints, but Nintendo must know the majority of players will be happy and sickness-free.The issue of tired eyes occurring quickly isn’t going to have an impact on sales, but it could make playing for long periods of time pretty tough. Once you have really tired eyes it’s difficult to carry on looking at the screen. That may not be a bad thing, forcing kids to go and do something else for a while.last_img read more


Somebody finally had LeBron James back

first_imgAll LeBron James ever wanted was some help in a big game.  It seems like a fairly simple request, like asking for socks for Christmas. For LeBron, it’s been like searching for a mythical unicorn.He’s carried teams and franchises on his back for his entire career. He initially left Cleveland because he was tired of singlehandedly carrying the franchise. He left Miami because he saw the roster getting older and increasingly dependent on him carrying the team.In Game 7 of the NBA Finals, he finally got the help in a crucial playoff game that he desperately wanted. Kyrie Irving had 26 points including the go ahead three-pointer with just over a minute left to put the Cavs up to stay. Irving was incredible in the Finals, averaging 27 points, including crucial buckets that were the difference in the series.Today in The Herd, Colin said that most transcending talents have great support in common. Advertisement “Like most great people, Seinfeld had Larry David. Steve Jobs had Steve Wozniak. Jordan had Pippen. Magic had Kareem and Worthy. Legends are made, virtually without exception, with great assistance from a number two. Kyrie was spectacular in this series.”The media has made a cottage industry out of slamming LeBron’s place in the history of NBA greats, and choosing to find flaws and diminish game. His entire career he’s been head and shoulders above the rest of the league, but never good enough for the media to fully appreciate.“He broke in with Melo, ‘Melo’s better.’ ‘You’ll never be Kobe.’ ‘D-Rose is the MVP.’ ‘Steph’s unanimously better.’ ‘James Harden will even get our second MVP vote.’That’s what LeBron heard, as he carried cities and economies, and owners and GM’s, and old teammates, and defenses and benches. His entire career all the media has done has done, “more”, “you’re not good enough”, “that guy’s better”.After the Cavs the most historic comeback in NBA Finals, LeBron has finally been embraced by the same media that blamed him for never doing enough, the one time he didn’t have to do it all by himself.last_img read more