first_imgNova Scotia’s 22 villages provide important services to citizens and are now assured they can apply for municipal grants. This clarification is one of minor changes introduced today, Nov. 1, to the Municipal Government Act. “The province recognizes the importance of having clarity in the act and has taken swift action to make clear that municipalities can provide essential funding to villages,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) and the Association of Nova Scotia Villages brought the request for clarification to government in September. “Villages represent a significant urban component of many rural municipalities, providing a number of services to residents,” said UNSM president Jim Smith. “This request received strong support from the UNSM membership at our September AGM and I am pleased the province is acting promptly to implement it.” Other housekeeping items include co-ordinating the filing of all municipal auditors’ reports by Sept. 30, clarifying that villages must invest funds in the same manner as municipalities (i.e. in a bank), and giving the new associate deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations the same authority as a deputy minister. “Having an associate deputy minister who can focus on municipal issues, build even stronger relationships with municipalities, and provide a dedicated perspective at the deputy minister level is important,” said Mr. MacDonell. Associate deputy minister Dan McDougall was appointed Oct. 15.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — Frank Zampino, Montreal’s former executive committee chairman, will not stand trial on charges including fraud and breach of trust after a judge declared a stay of proceedings.In a decision Monday, Judge Joelle Roy of Quebec court found Zampino’s constitutional rights were violated during the police investigation, in particular through “intrusive, indeed abusive” electronic surveillance.She declared invalid the wiretap warrant obtained by police, saying it was granted in contravention of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The charges against the former right-hand man to Gerald Tremblay, who was mayor from 2001 to 2012, alleged that municipal contracts were awarded in exchange for political donations.Investigators with Quebec’s anti-corruption unit, known as UPAC, had listened in on Zampino’s conversations, including some he had with his lawyers.Roy ordered the destruction of the recordings of the conversations.Zampino’s lawyer, Isabel Schurman, hailed the decision for recognizing the “crucial importance” of solicitor-client privilege.Crown prosecutor Julien Tardif acknowledged the ruling was “very harsh with regard to everyone involved in the file, which includes particularly the Crown but also the police and the judge (who authorized the warrant.)”Zampino, who was chairman of the executive committee from 2002 to 2008, was acquitted last year in another fraud case involving a municipal land deal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgChandigarh: Union Minister and BJP candidate from Amritsar, Hardeep Singh Puri, on Tuesday took a jibe at the ongoing war of words between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, saying, “…the cat is out of the bag”. “All along the campaign one could sense an unease in their ranks. Now the cat is out of the bag!” he tweeted. Along with the tweet, he tagged a post that talked about how Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was facing the ire of his party colleagues. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework According to reports, Cabinet Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot on Monday asked Sidhu to resign from the state Cabinet if he could not work with Amarinder Singh. The reprimand came a day after the Chief Minister himself publicly criticised Sidhu for damaging Congress’ poll prospects with his ill-timed comments against him and the party leadership in the state. “If he was a real Congressmen, he should have chosen a better time to air his grievances instead of just ahead of voting in Punjab,” said the Chief Minister in an informal interaction with reporters here. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports Sidhu had accused the Chief Minister of being responsible for the denial of ticket to his wife Navjot Kaur from Chandigarh. During the campaigning, he also tried to corner his own government by questioning why no criminal case was lodged against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and former deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal in connection with the 2015 sacrilege and police-firing incidents. “It was not his election alone but that of the entire Congress. It is for the high command to decide on any action against Sidhu, but the Congress, as a party, does not tolerate indiscipline,” Amarinder Singh said.last_img read more

At UN Headquarters in New York the Security Council discussed the issue while in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Y. J. Choi briefed an extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the elections, which were a key step in efforts to reunite a country split in two by civil war in 2002.The summit endorsed Mr. Choi’s certification of Mr. Ouattara as president-elect, called on Mr. Gbagbo to “yield power without delay” in the best interests of his country, and hailed the UN’s “key role” in the conduct of the elections under democratically acceptable conditions. “Considering the distance Côte d’Ivoire has travelled, ignoring the will of the Ivorian people at this stage would be a let down of the people of Côte d’Ivoire and a waste of significant resources invested over the past eight years by the international community,” Mr. Choi told the Council by video link from Abuja before it went into closed session.Mr. Choi’s certification of Mr. Ouattara last Friday as the newly-elected president followed the declaration of his victory by Côte d’Ivoire’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the 28 November run-off vote, giving Mr. Ouattara 54.1 per cent of the vote to 45.9 per cent for Mr. Gbagbo. The result he obtained as certifier of the elections was clear, Mr. Choi said: “There was one winner with an irrefutable margin.”But the head of the country’s Constitutional Council declared the IEC announcement null and void, citing irregularities in Mr. Ouattara’s northern base where it cancelled returns from four regions, and it proclaimed Mr. Gbagbo the winner.Mr. Ban, who endorsed Mr. Choi’s certification, has been in close contact with African leaders, including President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, who has played a leading role in efforts to bring stability to Côte d’Ivoire’s, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, current ECOWAS chairman, and President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi, African Union (AU) chairmanHe also discussed the situation with the Chair of the AU Commission, Jean Ping, when the two met today on the sidelines of the UN climate change conference in Cancún, Mexico. He underlined the important role of the AU in resolving the situation in Côte d’Ivoire, and reiterated the need to respect the will of the Ivorian people, according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.In his briefing to the Council, Mr. Choi noted that internal divisions within the IEC had been exacerbated by security forces and stressed that even disallowing all the cancelled votes would not undo Mr. Ouattara’s victory. Speaking to a closed session of the ECOWAS summit, he reviewed the measures taken by the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) to reach an objective certification of the results.The West African country, the world’s largest cocoa exporter, was split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north. UNOCI, with a current strength of over 9,000 uniformed personnel, has been supporting reunification efforts, of which November’s vote, already delayed five years, was a principal step.Cote 7 December 2010The United Nations today intensified its diplomatic moves over Côte d’Ivoire, where outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo insists he won last month’s elections despite UN certification of his rival Alassane Ouattara as the clear victor. read more

TORONTO — Sears Canada told a judge today that it’s “crucial’ for the beleaguered retailer to start liquidation sales at its stores on Friday, so it can “maximize” benefits for its stakeholders.A Sears lawyer told a hearing in Ontario Superior Court that it wants its agents to start sales of merchandise, furniture, fixtures and equipment as soon as possible.There was no objection from lawyers representing Sears Canada employees or the company’s landlords.All sales would be final and sold in “as is” condition during normal store operating hours.The liquidations would only occur in stores that have been slated for closure.If approved by Justice Glenn Hainey, the sales would begin July 21 and run no later than Oct. 12, with the majority be overseen by a liquidator that was previously in charge of similar sales for now-defunct Target Canada.Current employees in the stores pegged for liquidation will be asked to stay on the job until the sales are complete and the location is shut down.The department store owner has been under creditor protection since June 22 after announcing it was shuttering 59 stores and cutting approximately 2,900 jobs — without severance pay from the company.Last week, Hainey gave the company the green light to begin the process of putting itself up for sale.He also gave the retailer approval to pay $9.2 million in retention bonuses to executives and other key employees.The payout was part of a compromise with retired employees that will see the company continue making some benefit and pension payments to retirees until Sept. 30.Founded in 1952, Sears Canada says it hopes to exit court protection as soon as possible this year. read more

Sabor Espresso in Simcoe intends to be much more than a coffee shop with sweets on the side.The McCoy family also wants it to be an international crossroads where visitors can come in and work on their Spanish.They are making space for a member of their congregation who works with local youth. And they are looking to forge stronger bonds as a family as they build a loyal clientele.“That was a key part of it,” Rob McCoy said Thursday as the finishing touches were put on their renovated storefront. “We wanted to do something as a family; run a business together.”In his previous life, McCoy was a website developer. His partner Brenda Vedra Ballinas is an early childhood educator who recently worked at the Calvary Daycare Centre in Simcoe.Ready to serve customers alongside his parents is son Mathias, a student at Holy Trinity Catholic High School who already knows what his summer job will be.Sabor Espresso opens for business Friday at 11 Norfolk Street North. The previous occupant was McFarland’s Olde Tyme Sweet Shoppe.McCoy and Vedra Ballinas initially thought of setting up shop on the Queensway. They dropped the idea after finding lease rates beyond their price range.The family then entered negotiations with Brimage Law Group, the law firm next door that owns 11 Norfolk Street North.“We started talking and in three days we had signed a lease,” McCoy said. “It went very well.”As the name suggests, the mainstay of the business is espresso-based beverages – lattes, cappuccinos and the like.A traditional Mexican coffee known as cafe con leche consisting of coffee and steamed milk will be on tap, as will brews considered standard at coffee shops everywhere in this part of the world.An off-site baker will supply date squares, Nanaimo bars and a delicious traditional Mexican dessert known as churros. McCoy and Vedra Ballinas will mix up the menu until they find their customers’ sweet spot.Vedra Ballinas is especially excited because Sabor Espresso has taken on a modest social mission through the family’s friendship with Dan Avey, a youth worker who worships with them at Evergreen Heights Christian Fellowship in Simcoe.“Our son is part of Dan Avey’s group,” said Vedra Ballinas, who was born in Mexico. “We’re really happy with what Dan is doing with youth. He understands them.“We have the space here to help with his ministry. We want this coffee shop to be more than just a business. We also want to connect with people.” read more

An athlete and a coach from the Brock Niagara Penguins program have been recognized by ParaSport Ontario.Joshua Gautier and Loretta Davis were among 12 award recipients at the Evening of Inclusion Thursday, June 1 at the Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto.The Penguins are an athletics program for youth and adults with disabilities that focuses on swimming, wheelchair basketball and boccia.Gautier, a 14-year-old A.N. Myer High School student, was named the Rookie of the Year.Brock Niagara Penguins coach Loretta Davis, left, and athlete Joshua Gautier were among 12 award recipients at the Evening of Inclusion Thursday, June 1 at the Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto.A talented boccia player, Gautier has won medals across Ontario and Quebec, including a silver at the Ontario provincials and a gold at the Brantford ParaSport Winter Games.Gautier attends weekly practices and trains at home and at school daily, all in an effort to make Team Ontario once he turns 15 and is old enough to qualify.“Josh can be a fiery competitor, taking the sport very seriously while still having fun along the way. He never gives up, always keeps trying and never lets his disability become a barrier to participating,” said Brock Niagara Penguins Director Karen Natho. “He has been a great role model for the other youth athletes on the team by attending practices early, being serious during them and respecting coaching staff and other players.”Davis, who won the Coach of the Year award, has embraced ParaSport opportunities in Niagara for the past 12 years.“She is one of those unique and hard to find people that you turn to when things need to get done,” said Natho.When the Penguins needed a boccia coach in 2012, Davis learned about the rules, equipment and classifications of the sport and became the volunteer coach.Davis leads the practices and clinics, and organizes local games and tournaments. She works closely with her eight athletes, all of whom have their own specialized training requirements depending on their abilities.“Loretta is a quiet and sensitive person, making her an excellent coach, respected by all,” Natho said. “If there was ever a ParaSport coach who deserves Coach of the Year for what she has done and developed and for the potential her athletes have with her as their leader, it’s Loretta.”The Niagara Sport Commission and Brock Niagara Penguins nominated Gautier and Davis for the awards. read more

IOPC regional director Derrick Campbell said: “On the basis of the evidence gathered I have decided to refer the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider any potential criminal charges over the interaction two police officers had with Dalian Atkinson. Two officers who Tasered the former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson moments before he died could face criminal charges after a police watchdog passed a file of evidence to prosecutors.The 48-year-old died 90 minutes after a West Mercia Police officer shot him with a stun gun in the street where he grew up in Telford, Shropshire, in the early hours of August 15, 2016. His death was passed to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, who have now briefed the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for the consideration of potential criminal charges.The IOPC  stated on Thursday: “The CPS referral marks the end of the IOPC investigation during which three West Mercia Police officers were interviewed twice under criminal caution and served with gross misconduct notices. The actions of the third officer have not been referred.”The police constables had attended the incident in Meadow Close, Trench and were involved in detaining Mr Atkinson outside the address prior to him being taken to hospital by ambulance.”Mr Atkinson died at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford on Monday 15 August, 2016.”The investigation gathered evidence which indicates that police contact with Mr Atkinson involved the use of a Taser, followed by a period of restraint and other uses of force. ” It was previously reported Mr Atkinson had been arguing with his father at the address.  “This has been a lengthy and complex investigation and I am grateful for the patience shown by all concerned. We have kept West Mercia Police, Dalian’s family, and HM Coroner informed during the course of the investigation.”The IOPC investigation report has also been sent to West Mercia Police to determine whether or not disciplinary proceedings should follow, and shared with HM Coroner to assist a future inquest.Although a referral to the CPS is made when the IOPC investigation indicates that a criminal offence may have been committed, it does not always mean charges will be brought.  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. read more

first_imgWhen rumors began heating up about the Kindle Fire prior to its launch, one thing that seemed like a lock was its price. Amazon was going to sell the Kindle Fire for “hundreds less” than the iPad. After its official coming out party, we now know those rumors were spot on: the Kindle Fire is available to pre-order for just $199.Indeed, that price is hundreds less than the iPad and the Kindle Fire is already an Amazon best seller. But how can Amazon do this when every other big-name Android tablet on the market sells for four or five hundred dollars? The immediate assumption was that Amazon is willing to take a loss on each Kindle Fire sold — as much as $50 — and make up the difference with future content purchases from its marketplaces.Now, however, an updated analysis of the Kindle Fire parts list says otherwise. According to UBM Tech Insights, Amazon is going to do just fine selling the tablet at $199, even if a user never makes a single purchase. The estimated cost of its parts came in around $150, which leaves another $50 worth of wiggle room to cover research and development costs, marketing, and warranty coverage and tech support.UBM also notes that the cost is pretty well identical to the BlackBerry PlayBook, with the 16GB version costing around $170 to build. That certainly seems reasonable since it’s widely thought that the first Kindle Fire is a stripped-down PlayBook that was re-dressed in Amazon clothing.While it now looks certain that Amazon will make at least a small profit on each Kindle Fire sold, it’s the device’s potential for generating future sales that Amazon is really interested in. It’ll be curious to see what kind of numbers Amazon reports after the Kindle Fire’s first holiday season on sale — and how content sales stack up to those on the iPad.If you’d like to learn more about the Kindle Fire, check out our eyes on report from the Amazon Launch event.More at Light Readinglast_img read more

first_imgFormer West Ham manager David Moyes believes Marko Arnautovic’s talent is worthy of a top-four Premier League clubThe Austrian forward has remained silent on his West Ham future after his brother and agent, Daniel, suggested it’s time for a move to a Champions League-type club.Arnautovic has been linked with a switch to Manchester United after his impressive end to last season at West Ham.Following Moyes’ arrival in November 2017, Arnautovic had an upturn in form and played a key role in West Ham’s escape from relegation.Arnautovic later won the club’s Player of the Year award for his performances in the second half of last season with 11 goals scored in the process.Now Moyes, who was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini in the West Ham dugout, backed Arnautovic’s bid to play for a top Premier League side.“The big thing for Marko is the change from being a winger to a striker has really reinvented him,” Moyes told Talksport on Twitter.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“When we arrived at West Ham the punters weren’t having him, thought he wasn’t running around but the minute he’s gone to centre-forward he’s been a revelation.“It was always the thing questioned about Marko, did he run or what was his attitude like? We found him great to work with.“He’s good enough, he could play in the top four because he’s got the ability and he could play with the top players – he considers himself a top player.”Moyes added: “You’ve got to remember, he’s already been at the likes of Inter Milan before.“But what he needs to do is he needs to score, last season he was scoring regularly and taking his opportunities, from what I’ve seen this season he’s not taken as many.”Arnautovic has managed five goals and one assist in 12 appearances for West Ham this season.last_img read more

first_imgHe said a campaign against the Iditarod by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had nothing to do with its decision. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The maker of Jack Daniel’s whiskey says it’s dropping its long-running sponsorship of Alaska’s 1,000-mile (1,610 kilometer) race. Jack Daniel’s spokesman Svend Jansen said in a statement the company decided to go in a different direction by shifting most of its marketing efforts to a partnership with the National Basketball Association. The action by Louisville, Kentucky-based Brown-Forman follows a tough year for race organizers who have faced financial hardships, loss of other sponsors and the first-ever dog doping scandal. PETA lauded the action, saying the company did “the right thing.” PETA says it first contacted Jack Daniel’s following the deaths of five dogs connected with the 2017 race.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Community Chorus held its first performance, a holiday concert, on Saturday, December 15 at the Wilmington Arts Center. The chorus performed a selection of holiday songs, featuring a number of soloists from Wilmington and surrounding communities.The Chorus sang a wide variety of selections, including “O Magnum Mysterium,” “Where Are You Christmas,” and a Sia song titled “Santa’s Coming For Us.” Featured soloists included Nicole Barry, Kayla Blizzard, Heather Griffin, Paul Goodell, Nithya Jesuraj, Kristen Kelley, Elaine Page, Andrea Skoog, and Deanna Smith.Watch the video, from the Director Taunia Soderquist’s Facebook account, below:———Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Community Chorus To Hold Free Holiday Concert On December 15In “Community”VIDEO: Watch ‘The Back Track Band’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”Wilmington Community Chorus Is Looking For New MembersIn “Community”last_img read more

first_img 15 Photos NASA Spitzer telescope celebrates 15 years of astounding images Post a comment “The radar images achieve an unprecedented level of detail and are comparable to those obtained from a spacecraft flyby,” said NASA scientist Lance Benner. Benner says NASA noticed a distinctive ridge along one end and numerous small bright spots that may be reflections from boulders. Asteroid 2003 SD220 is also notable for its slow, complicated rotation, which NASA compares to that of a poorly thrown American football. The data NASA gathered will help scientists better understand how similar space bodies formed and evolved. While 2003 SD220 is classified as a “potentially hazardous asteroid” thanks to its size and travel path, NASA confirmed “it does not pose a future impact threat to Earth.”This isn’t the only odd-looking asteroid we’ve seen. We caught sight of a skull-shaped asteroid in October and one that looked like a peanut in 2017. At least this one looks like a cute (though potentially dangerous) critter.  CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Share your voice Amazing asteroids NASA Space 0 Sci-Tech Tags Space hippo? Asteroid 2003 SD220 poses for radar images.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR/NSF/GBO Asteroids aren’t always the most elegant-looking objects in the cosmos. New NASA radar images of asteroid 2003 SD220 show a rock that resembles a space slug, or that creepy Ceti eel ear-bug thing from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Or even a hippo.The asteroid is considered a near-Earth object, but it’ll zoom past us at a safe distance of 1.8 million miles (2.9 million kilometers) on Saturday. This is 2003 SD220’s closest approach to our planet in 400 years, though it will slide by slightly closer in 2070.The asteroid is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) long. NASA thinks it looks like a “hippopotamus wading in a river.” The radar images came from mid-December through coordinating the efforts of the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California, the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This asteroid looks like rolling Dungeons & Dragons dice That creepy skull asteroid will be a Halloween misslast_img read more

first_imgDecember 16, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.$50 off a New Xbox One S or PlayStation 4 SlimGet a holiday special discount of $50 off the newest Xbox One S with Battlefield 1 or PlayStation 4 Slim with Uncharted 4 for a limited time. At $250 you won’t see a lower price for a long time. If you don’t play many games, don’t worry, these double as Blu-ray players and are excellent streaming devices for Netflix.$10 off the Amazon Echo Dot for $39.99 (Orig. $49.99)The Amazon Echo Dot is a neat little streaming speaker that has the power of Alexa’s voice assistant built in. You can ask Alexa to make a shopping list, play music, order a pizza or an Uber. We bought one on Black Friday and, boy, is it fun to use. Ask for the weather, set a reminder or an alarm. It’s faster than doing it on your phone and a fun little conversation piece for the holidays.Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Unlocked Smartphone (Refurbished) $279.99 (Orig. $559.99)Drop the price $10 with code: DAILY614. The iPhone 6 Plus is a great phone and if you buy this refurbished you are saving well over 50 percent off the list price. This is an unlocked version you can use on AT&T, T-Mobile or other any GSM carrier (besides Verizon or Sprint).Amazon Fire 7 Quad-Core 7″ 8GB Tablet for $39.99 (Orig. $49.99)Tablets are a dying breed for Apple but Amazon has found a way to make a quality tablet at inexpensive prices. Download shows to watch when you travel, read books, use it to look up recipes while you cook or even let your kids play with it. At $40 you won’t find another piece of electronics that can do as much as this little tablet.Aukey 20000mAh Quick Charge 3.0 USB Battery with Lightning Input $29.99Use code: MOSR9292t to drop $10 off the price. If you need a versatile gift for anyone, then consider this accessory for something that almost everyone has: a smartphone. This portable battery can recharge an iPhone about five to eight times. It’s the perfect gift for someone who is constantly on their phone or when there just isn’t a power outlet around. This uses Quick Charge 3.0 which will charge any device that supports the technology up to four times faster.Logitech Harmony Ultimate One Touch Universal All-in-One Remote $99.99 (Orig. $249.99)This is lower than we saw on Black Friday. The Harmony Ultimate One is the perfect gift for anyone with a lot of home theater devices or just a ton of remotes. You can easily set up one touch commands such as watch a movie. This instantly starts up any device such as home theater projectors, receivers, or any other devices without having to find a separate remote for each.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here.last_img read more

first_img Share LONDON – Would you travel halfway around the world for a handbag, or a coat? Maybe if you really loved it – and could get 20 per cent off.At the moment, the price is right in Britain, where the decision to leave the European Union has led to a sharp drop in the pound. That’s proving a bonanza for luxury goods shoppers with foreign currency to spend.Amy Chang, a 30-year-old from China, snagged a Burberry trench coat this week while visiting London for her sister’s graduation.“I’ve had my eye on it for a long time and I’ve always thought it was too expensive,” she said, gazing through the Burberry window shops in New Bond Street, the heart of high-end shopping in London. “But now, coming to Britain, it’s actually much cheaper than in China, so I finally bought it.”The pound has lost almost a fifth of its value against the dollar since the June 23 referendum on EU membership because of uncertainty about Britain’s economic prospects. That means tourist dollars go farther, and visitors are rushing to buy before retailers jack up their prices.Julie Deane, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Co., said the bargains have had a “massive effect” on tourist spending.“They come and check out the exchange rate and what it’s going to cost them and often that will mean that they go ahead and put a second bag in,” she told the BBC. “In some cases it’s been five bags and six bags.”The U.K. is currently the cheapest place to buy luxury goods, with 64 per cent of products selling for less in Britain than in the U.S., China and France, according to a survey by the professional services firm Deloitte.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?For example, the Louis Vuitton Speedy 30, a canvas handbag emblazoned with the iconic LV monogram, sells for the equivalent of $837 in the U.K. and $1,117 in China, Deloitte found.And wanna be shoppers – particularly those from the Far East – are rushing to London before retailers adjust prices to offset the pound’s decline. Visit Britain, the national tourism agency, says flight-reservation data shows bookings from China to Britain are up 24 per cent for the last three months of the year compared with the same period in 2015.Chinese visitors, many of whom are interested in the craftsmanship and authenticity of U.K. brands, like the boutique aspect of London shops but are also attracted to the new outlet areas such as Hackney Walk in London and Bicester Village in Oxfordshire.“The luxury market is one of the most competitive – if not the most competitive in the world,” said Anusha Couttigane, an analyst at Kantar Retail. “The fact that the pound has seen such massive devaluation has made retail a far more attractive market for consumers who had been priced out of the market previously. It’s created a boon, a much needed boon, for British businesses.”In addition, many products that are available in Britain haven’t been shipped out internationally yet, adding style tourists to the mix of those just interested in a bargain, Couttigane said.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerBurberry said this week that sales at British shops open for at least a year rose more than 30 per cent in the three months to Sept. 30. Bag sales were particularly strong, especially those of the equestrian inspired Bridle Bag. Though on sale in Britain, it is not yet widely available globally, Couttigane said.“We’re seeing that spike in interest of people who can’t buy the Bridle Bags in their home markets but they really want to get hold of it,” Couttigane said.And it’s not just bags. Perfume, clothes and cosmetics are also big on tourist shopping lists, according to a survey by the consumer research group Mintel.Joanne Milner, chief executive of Garrard _ the jewelers that made Princess Diana’s famous engagement ring _ said the number of Chinese shoppers visiting its website has grown by 75 per cent since the Brexit vote. The firm’s shop at Harrods has seen a 1,000 per cent increase.“It’s not just Garrard that is seeing it, it is London as a whole,” Milner said. “The thought is that in the long-term it will be good for British business, particularly London being the destination in Europe for luxury – whereas in the past it has vied with Paris for that position.”Luxury shoppers love that bit of cache. So if you can show off that label, or demonstrate a connection to royalty, so much the better. And better yet, they like something to put the haul into.“Chinese people love handbags” Chang said. Posted by Luxury for less: Tourists are winners in pound’s drop Monday, October 24, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press last_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. Henry Fariñas, the target of the attack that killed Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral, was found guilty on money laundering charges by a criminal court in Nicaragua Wednesday evening.Judge Adela Cardoza said Fariñas and 21 other people are guilty of crimes including laundering money, organized crime and drug trafficking. She issued the ruling late Wednesday after a month-long trial. Their sentences are pending.Prosecutors say members of a drug trafficking gang believed Fariñas, a Nicaraguan businessman, had betrayed them. The gang members attempted to kill him as he accompanied Cabral after a July 2011 concert in Guatemala, which Fariñas had organized.Fariñas survived a gunshot wound in the attack, allegedly perpetrated by thugs paid by former business partner Costa Rican Alejandro Jiménez, aka “El Palidejo” (paleface), who is being held in Guatemala and being tried for the murder of Cabral.Despite the verdict, Fariñas has maintained his innocence. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgCrocodile Whisperer’ PTM Nicole EdgarPersonal Travel Managers’ Wow’ed by The Northern TerritoryTravelManagers‘ personal travel managers (PTMs) were recently reminded you don’t have to travel overseas to enjoy a wonderfully diverse holiday destination. A total of 20 PTMs enjoyed a 3 day famil in Australia’s Northern Territory experiencing Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks hosted by Marcel Mafli, National Sales Coordinator for AAT Kings.Participants included New South Wales based PTMs Alma Araullo, Dana Brown, Lana Kanchik, Michelle Schulze, Tanya Tyler, Teresa Reyes; PTMs Bev Fitzsimons, Sharon Wright, Nicole Edgar, Luky Wilson, Daniel Price from Victoria; Queensland based PTMs Timo Bohlender, Simon Tinkler, Sarah Harington, Kylie Gretener, Deborah Davies, Cassandra Zayonce; PTMs Kathy Millett and Carolynne Cannon from Western Australia and John LaBella from South Australia.Credit @Wildhearted… – PTM Dana Brown enjoys the crystal-clear waterfalls of Litchfield National ParkFor Brown representative for Moonee Beach, the Top End experienced didn’t disappoint.“Experiencing Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks has reminded me of how beautiful Australia is and how passionate I am about our country. I love outback Australia, and this famil provided the perfect opportunity to taste a little bit of it. I certainly wasn’t disappointed.”The Northern Territory held many expectations for Brown, which were far exceeded.“I had an expectation that these parks would be beautiful but the scenery and history blew me away. I highly recommend however that any clients travelling in this region do so as part of a group like AAT Kings. Not only do they cover all areas of interest, their guides knowledge and expertise will turn your holiday into a once in a life time experience that you will treasure forever, it’s a trip that you could not emulate on your own.”Edgar found it difficult to choose a single highlight from their adventure packed itinerary, but it was the crossing off a bucket list item that proved most memorable.“The Yellow Water Billabong Cruise in Kakadu National Park was a real highlight. Being that close to saltwater crocodiles that you could literally touch them (but wouldn’t dare to) was an amazing experience. Exploring the sacred Aboriginal areas of Arnhem Land was another highlight, as very few people get permission to access it. And it’s always been on my bucket list to swim under a waterfall, and I got my dream, swimming under many different waterfalls in Litchfield National Park.”For Millett, it was visiting the World Heritage Area of Ubirr in Kakadu that was a highlight.“Climbing up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries which are believed to be 20,000 years old was such a wonderful experience. The view from the lookout over the surrounding wetlands was truly magical.”TravelManagers offer PTMs an extensive educational programme in conjunction with partner suppliers.“Supplier relationships have been built over many years and support of our partner suppliers’ products is absolutely key to our business model,” says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal.Gazal believes the ability for personal travel managers to experience famils both domestic and overseas is important.“TravelManagers prides itself on providing exceptional and personal customer service which comes from first-hand knowledge and experience. Educationals that allow immersion into a destination, such as our co-created supplier famils is critical and why we proactively work with our partner suppliers to provide as many educational opportunities as possible.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. Source = TravelManagers Australia About TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2017. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.last_img read more

first_imgBB&T Honored with 17 Greenwich Excellence Awards Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-02-03 Abby Gregory Regional bank “”BB&T”” is starting of the year with a slew of awards for its small business and middle market banking groups.[IMAGE]Between the two company divisions, BB&T earned 17 Greenwich Excellence Awards from “”Greenwich Associates””, a provider of research-based management services for financial professionals, extends the annual national and regional honors based on interviews with nearly 13,500 small businesses and nearly 11,500 middle market companies. According to a company statement from BB&T, only 39 of the 750 banks evaluated were recognized among the awards for middle market banking, and only 43 banks were included in the awards for small business banking.Of the financial institution’s 17 awards, 16 were presented in national categories, while one was a regional honor. Among the national recognitions for small business and middle market banking, BB&T was given Greenwich Excellence Awards for overall satisfaction, personal banking (overall satisfaction), financial stability, and treasury management (overall satisfaction).BB&T’s president of community banking, Ricky Brown, said of the recent honors, “”BB&T has never lost sight of its focus on small business and middle markets and we are delighted to receive this recognition from our clients. We believe that a client-focused strategy through our community banking structure serves our clients well.””To determine the recipients of the yearly awards, Greenwich examines banks’ performances as recorded in its annual U.S. Small Business and Middle Market Banking Study. Greenwich conducts the survey by asking decision makers from diverse small businesses ($1 to $10 million in annual sales) and middle market businesses ($10 to $500 million in annual sales) to rank their bank’s success across 10 categories related to banking and treasury management categories. Banks earning honors from Greenwich are chosen based on statistical differentiation among financial institutions that receive a 95 percent or better confidence level. Since 2009, BB&T has been given a total of 61 awards from Greenwich, besting all other banks. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Share February 3, 2012 425 Views last_img read more

first_img “”Mortgage Returns””:, a St. Louis-based provider of marketing and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions for the mortgage industry, announced the launch of its Business Analysis Reports, an in-depth report offering information on production statistics, marketing return on investment (ROI), customer retention, and loan officer performance.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Using the Business Analysis Reports, lenders can compare their marketing performance to that of their peers, enable sales managers to evaluate branch performance, grant marketing departments the ability to track ROI, and allow loan officers to review marketing activities and results to gauge the effectiveness of their current marketing plans.””The Business Analysis Reports enable lenders’ marketing departments to know precisely where they stand compared to their competitors and how they can optimize their marketing to deliver maximum ROI,”” said Jim Blatt, president and CEO of Mortgage Returns. “”This tool helps identify the marketing gaps many mortgage lenders are coping with when using incomplete CRM systems by empowering them to deliver measurable results, even as overall production numbers decline.””The reports are part of the company’s TRUE CRM concept, an educational initiative created to inform lenders on CRM solutions and the results they can achieve. The TRUE CRM checklist can be used by originators to quickly evaluate whether or not they are using a complete or incomplete CRM. in Origination, Technology Share Mortgage Returns Launches Analysis Reports for Marketingcenter_img September 20, 2013 487 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-09-20 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

first_imgHelloworld Travel Limited has released a statement to the ASX announcing its 2017 Full Year Results for the year ended 30 June 2017. The full announcement can be viewed HERE.HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2017Total Transaction Value (TTV) of $5.9 billionEarnings before interest expense, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of $55.2 million,an increase of $29.9 million compared with prior yearProfit before tax of $31.0 million, an increase of $27.6 million compared with prior yearBasic earnings of 18.8 cents per share compared with 1.9 cents per share in the prior yearFinal dividend declared of 8.0 cents per share, bringing our total dividends declared for FY17 to14.0 cents per share, compared with 2.0 cents per share in the prior yearStrong, positive performance in the business continues with key achievements including: o EBITDA growth for all segments against prior year.o Implementation of $18.6 million merger synergies and annual cost savings by 30 June2017, outperforming previously identified $17.1 million of annualised cost savings.o Significant growth in operating cash flow and a strengthened balance sheet.o Winner of the Best Travel Agency Group (Helloworld Travel), Best Domestic Wholesaler(Sunlover Holidays) and Best International Wholesaler (Qantas Holidays and VivaHolidays) at the July 2017 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA).o Re‐brand of the retail network to Helloworld Travel ‐ The Travel Professionals with re‐ focus of marketingto enhance brand presence, member loyalty and corporate relationships.o Continue to strengthen and diversify the retail network, including acquisition of 50% ofMobile Travel Agents (MTA) in Australia and the addition of World Travellers Group (WTG) in New Zealand.o Focus on technology innovations and enhancements including relaunch of site and roll outof Resworld consultant portal. Helloworld Travel Limitedlast_img read more