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Short seller sues Home Capital Group 3 former executives for 4M in

first_imgTORONTO – A short seller is suing Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG) and three former executives for $4 million, alleging the alternative mortgage lender’s false representations scandal cost him millions when he closed his position early.Marc Cohodes filed a statement of claim Monday with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice saying he took a substantial short position in Home Capital’s shares in 2014 after determining the company was overvalued.Between March and June 2015, the claim says based on positive information provided in Home Capital’s financial reporting, Cohodes repurchased 91,800 of those shares at more than $40 each, resulting in a purchase cost of more than $3.6 million.Cohodes alleges Home Capital, former CEO Gerald Soloway and former CFOs Robert Blowes and Robert Morton knowingly misled investors in the company’s annual and quarterly results by misrepresenting risk management controls.Home Capital did not immediately return a request for comment. None of the allegations have been proven in court.In 2017, the lender was accused by regulators of misleading investors, which caused depositors to swiftly withdraw their money and leaving the company in crisis mode.Home Capital eventually agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle with the Ontario Securities Commission and class-action lawsuit matters related to the allegations.Soloway and Morton faced $1 million and $500,000 penalties respectively. Soloway was barred from acting as director or officer of a public company for four years, while Morton faces a two-year ban.Blowes is the only executive named in the suit who remains on the company’s board of directors.last_img read more

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Dakhla to Host 1st African Forum on Vocational Training

Rabat – Morocco’s Dakhla in Western Sahara will house a two-day vocational training forum, the first of its kind in the region. The will take place on December 21-22.The Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research will organize the forum, which will take place under the theme “the Governance of vocational training systems for employability and competitiveness in Africa.”The forum is in line with King Mohammed VI’s strategy to increase South-South cooperation. The event will serve as a platform for vocational training from various countries professionals to exchange expertise. It aims to create a model of partnership between African countries in order to promote access to vocational training for youth, according to the ministry. The forum will also be an opportunity to examine the issues and common challenges related to the governance of vocational training in Africa.Read Also: Official: 63% of Students with Vocational Training Find Jobs EasilyKing Mohammed VI believes  that vocational training will  help curb the unemployment crisis in Morocco. Throughout the year, the King called on Morocco’s government to set up measures to meet youths employment demands. This follows changes in Morocco due to direct investment from abroad, particularly in renewable energies, the automotive industry and many other opportunities offered in the labor market.In October, the monarch instructed the government to create a committee in charge of suggesting specific solutions to curb youth unemployment. He also called for the government to put in place new vocational training programs, new training centers, and to reinforce youth entrepreneurship programs.The unemployment rate remains high among young people aged 15-24, representing 27.5 percent. Earlier this month, the secretary of state for higher education, Khalid Samadi, said that people who have degrees from vocational training schools are most likely to find jobs.He said that a field study by the Ministry of Education found that 63 percent of students with vocational training find jobs within nine months of graduation. read more

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Climate change will have major impact on fishing industry says UN agency

10 July 2008Climate change is already impacting the world’s oceans and will have serious consequences for the hundreds of millions of people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Climate change is already impacting the world’s oceans and will have serious consequences for the hundreds of millions of people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Changes in sea temperatures alter the body temperature of aquatic species used for human consumption and therefore impact their metabolism, growth rate, reproduction and susceptibility to diseases and toxins, FAO said today, at the start of a four-day scientific seminar in Rome on climate change and marine fisheries.Impacts on fisheries that have already been observed include an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as the El Niño phenomenon in the South Pacific; the warming of the world’s oceans, with the Atlantic in particular showing signs of warming deep below the surface; and warmer-water species increasing toward the South and North Poles.There has also been an increase in salinity in near-surface waters in hotter regions, while the opposite is occurring in colder areas because of greater precipitation, melting ice and other processes. In addition, the oceans are becoming more acidic with probable negative consequences for coral-reef and calcium-bearing organisms.Fishing communities in the world’s high-latitudes, as well as those that rely on coral reef systems, will be most exposed to the impact of climate change. Fisheries located in deltas, coral atolls and ice-dominated coasts will be vulnerable to flooding and coastal erosion because of rises in sea level.FAO says that some 42 million people work directly in the fishing sector, the great majority in developing countries. Counting in those who work in processing, supply, marketing and distribution, the fishing industry supports several hundred million jobs.Aquatic foods have high nutritional quality, contributing 20 per cent or more of average per capita animal protein intake for more than 2.8 billion people, again mostly in developing countries.Fish is also the world’s most widely traded foodstuff and a key source of export earnings for many poorer countries. The sector has particular significance for small island States. read more

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Bauer to acquire New Yorks Cascade Helmets in US64M deal

TORONTO — Hockey equipment company Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. is buying Cascade Helmets Holdings Inc. for US$64-million in a bid to expand its lacrosse business and acquire the company’s patented helmet technology.“The acquisition of Cascade increases our presence in North America’s fastest growing team sport and allows us to expand our product offering in our core hockey business through the use of Cascade’s proprietary helmet technology and manufacturing capabilities,” Bauer chief executive Kevin Davis said.[np-related]New York-based Cascade makes lacrosse helmets and eyewear as well as hockey helmets.The deal builds on Bauer’s Maverik brand of lacrosse sticks, heads, shafts and protective gear.Bauer said it plans to use Cascade’s patented head-protection technologies and its partnership with former NHL star Mark Messier to improve its own products.The company also expects to expand Cascade’s custom manufacturing capabilities for lacrosse and hockey helmets to include Bauer hockey helmets.Bauer said it expects the acquisition to immediately add to its bottom line as Cascade’s profit margins are about twice as large as its own. Cascade earned US$22.1-million in revenue in 2011.Bauer says it will pay for the deal by issuing C$30-million in new stock and borrowing US$34-million.The company said it has signed a deal with a syndicate of underwriters to sell 3.21 million shares to the public at a price of $7.80 per share to raise $25 million.Bauer has also signed a deal with Kohlberg Management VI, LLC, for an additional 642,000 shares at the same price to raise an additional $5-million.Shares in the company closed up six cents at $8.06 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday.The deal is expected to close June 29.Bauer makes and sells ice hockey, roller hockey, and lacrosse equipment as well as related apparel marketed under the Bauer Hockey, Mission Roller Hockey and Maverik Lacrosse brands.— With files from Reuters read more

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Ex Minister Johnston Fernando arrested

The Former Minister was produced before a Magistrate and remanded. Former Minister Johnston Fernando was arrested today after he gave a statement to the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).Fernando was questioned for several hours over alleged financial fraud at Sathosa when he was the Minister in charge.

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Football Wideout Terry McLaurin implies he will return to Ohio State for

Ohio State junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior Terry McLaurin indicated Monday evening that he will return to Ohio State for his fifth season in a scarlet and gray uniform with a post on Instagram with the caption, “Thank you Lord for another opportunity. #last1.” The first-time captain in 2017 finished the season as one of Ohio State’s top targets with 29 catches, 436 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He has received frequent praise from head coach Urban Meyer for his ability to block downfield.He will join H-backs Parris Campbell, C.J. Saunders, Demario McCall and K.J. Hill, as well as wide receivers Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack, Johnnie Dixon and Jaylen Harris among the returning receivers. That depth took a hit when sophomore Trevon Grimes opted to transfer to Florida due to family health issues. read more

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EYEWITNESS Bringing back…

…the good, ole Burnham stateRight after the PNC-led Government under Brigadier (rtd) David Granger took office, he announced he would continue the “legacy” of the Founder-Leader Burnham, whose shoes he’d slipped into as Leader of the PNC. Not long after, he announced the Disciplined Forces would be reloaded (no pun intended). This was not coincidental! The GDF would be enlarged, the GPF would be boosted by another 1,500 recruits, the People’s Militia would be re-launched, and ditto for the Cadet Corps. He didn’t say anything about the National Service…but maybe he’s just waiting to have the other units in place.Now, some may think that with Granger being a military man, and because to a hammer everything’s a nail, he was just doing what he knows best. But his action goes beyond that. The Military explosion under Burnham was a carefully-thought-out plan by Burnham; who, like the Haitian despot Dessalines, believed that the society was “too soft,” and needed to be “disciplined” — by any means necessary. And now you know they’re called “Guyana’s DISCIPLINED Forces”!With Guyana having the highest civilian- armed forces ratio in the world – 1:32, Burnham expected these forces would discipline the rest of society. Granger was the young officer who was placed in charge of ensuring the rest of the army – including the traditional officers the British had left – get with his programme. Of course, as the economy collapsed and PNC supporters fell on hard times — where PPP supporters had always been – Burnham turned the Disciplined Forces into a pacification force! Walter Rodney was a victim of that pacification.Now back to the present, where Gail Texeira tried to ask in Parliament: since the Government had been spending the people’s money to launch the People’s Militia, what was “the criteria and methodology of recruitment of persons into the People’s Militia; the number of persons who have been recruited into the People’s Militia in the last two years; the means by which those persons have been recruited, whether via public advertisement in the media, in social media, or by any other means.”The Speaker of course denied the request, since it wasn’t “important” enough, in his unbiased opinion, to be asked without the arcane formalities. But we hope Texeira isn’t holding her breath waiting to have the question answered. Did Burnham ever reveal what he was doing with HIS Disciplined Forces? Why should Granger? Your Eyewitness is sure Texeira saw reports in the newspapers about members of the People’s Militia in “march past” activities in Georgetown, New Amsterdam and Linden.Weren’t the optics – as presented in the pics – sufficient to give her the answers she was seeking??…teachers’ dignityOn Labour Day, President Granger dropped in at the Teachers’ Union Hall, and gave them his old campaign speech about how high he holds them in his esteem. Most teachers, being trained nowadays – obviously including “anger management” – didn’t tell him anything untoward. But it looks like they now feel a decent interval has passed to reveal what’s on their minds.They’ve just announced they’ll let the PNC Government know where they stand at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE). That’s a good move; it hits the Government in the only place where it hurts: threatening their feeding at the public trough by withholding votes!! Teachers aren’t just an important constituency because of their huge numbers, but in the influence they wield in their communities. While this mightn’t be as extensive as back in the day, it’s still a potent threat.Teachers and other public servants should not succumb to the “sweet talk” that’ll be directed at them.Fool me once (last elections), shame on you; fool me twice (upcoming LGE), shame on me!!…Labour??The PPP kept their promise to move a motion for a free-standing Labour Ministry to be launched. But to show they’re serious, they have to simultaneously move a motion of no- confidence in Keith Scott.What’s that party he represents, again? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Commemorating…August 7, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Searching for…May 24, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Lost at sea…June 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

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Analysts believe Cisco may dump up to 4000 jobs

first_imgAt one time Cisco was the Hoover Dam of the technology sector. It was strong, majestic in size, and reliable. There were few cracks in the concrete and not a drop of water was coming through to indicate any kind of instability. Today the story for the company is much different. If the company is still the Hoover Dam than few would disagree that it’s leaking all over the place and people downstream of the dam should be evacuating. Unfortunately for Cisco, the evacuations are taking place in the form of shareholders dumping the stock.The company’s third quarter said it all. Net income is down 17.6% compared to the same period last year year. Earnings per share is also down 10.8%. In response to the bad news, Cisco announced on Wednesday that it plans to slash $1 billion in costs from the company’s annual budget. In reaction to the news, many analysts estimated that the company would layoff up to 4000 employees, with the average concensus from analysts being around 3000. A layoff of that size would be the largest in the company’s history.Some of the layoffs will come from Cisco shutting down operations in nonstrategic businesses the company is not the #1 or #2 player in. Cisco’s willingness to dump companies it believes to be dead weight was already demonstrated when the company announced that it was shutting down its Flip camcorder business. The move was a bit surprising since Cisco only acquired the company two years ago for $590 million. In the end, the company’s performance wasn’t impressive enough to save it resulting in the company’s 550 employees being giving pink slips.The call for Cisco to circle the wagons and focus on competitive, strategic businesses is being directed by John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, who has led the company for the past 17 years. Unfortunately, Chambers also led the charge for the company’s previous strategy of diversification into additional consumer markets which the company has now done a 180-degree turn on. That fact has resulted in harsh criticism of the CEO and in some cases even for his departure from the company.More at Reuterslast_img read more

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Danny Murphy Named 2014 Mississippi Farmer of the Year

first_imgCourtesy of Sunbelt Ag Expo news release.A national soybean leader, Danny Murphy of Canton, Miss., is a successful row crop farmer who gives back to the industry that has treated him so well. He has never been too busy to get involved in commodity and community organizations.Danny Murphy Photo Courtesy of: Sunbelt Ag ExpoA farmer for 41 years, Danny farms 1,600 acres, including 980 acres of rented land and 620 acres of owned land. Soybeans and corn are his major crops. His non-irrigated per acre yields last year were 42-bushel soybeans from 800 acres and 135-bushel corn from 800 acres.As a result of his success as a soybean and corn farmer, Danny has been selected as the Mississippi state winner of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. He joins nine other state winners from the Southeast as finalists for the award. The overall winner will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Sunbelt Ag Expo farm show in Moultrie, Ga.Through his volunteer work with the American Soybean Association, he has been a national leader in shaping the current farm bill. Though it was late in passing, Danny believes most farmers will be pleased with the farm bill. He says it requires more crop insurance than traditional safety net provisions, and says farmers will need to study their options under the new farm bill.Nationally, Danny has been especially active in the American Soybean Association. He first became involved with ASA when he applied for their DuPont Young Leader program. He has served as an ASA director since 2005, and served on the organization’s Farm Bill Task Force from 2010 through 2014. He served as ASA’s Public Affairs Committee chairman in 2012. Danny has also represented the group in dealings with trade policy and international affairs. He served as treasurer of ASA, vice president in 2010, first vice president in 2012, president in 2013, and chairman in 2014.He has been a director of the United States Soybean Export Council from 2008 through 2012, and served as the group’s treasurer from 2009 until 2011. He has also served on the USDA’s Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee from 2012 until 2014.Murphy forward contracts about half of his expected soybean production, and also uses futures or options contracts. He uses grain bins to store additional beans for marketing during the winter or spring. He sells corn to poultry feed mills within 40-60 miles of his farm. “These mills provide good markets,” he says. “I forward contract 50-60 percent of my expected corn production, with the balance stored for sale at a better basis during the spring.”He is a longtime no-till planter. And he has won National Corn Growers Association yield contests with first place in the 2006 state no-till class and first place in the state 2008 non-irrigated class.Danny was inspired by his grandfather who bought the home farm in 1944 and was told that a 60-acre field was only fit to “hold the world together.” Murphy says, “My grandfather didn’t accept that. Through cover crops, fertilization and conservation, that field is now one of our most productive.” His grandfather helped him with a 4-H cotton project, and was an early user of herbicides for cotton weed control.“When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to farm,” says Murphy. He majored in agronomy at Mississippi State University and came back to farm in 1974. His brother Tommy joined the farm in 1977, and the brothers farmed with their father until his retirement in 1989.Tommy is a partner in the farm, and has managed the farm while Danny has been away at American Soybean Association (ASA) meetings.Danny has been fortunate to have two long-term farm employees. As these employees approach retirement, Danny anticipates that no-till planting will allow he and his brother to farm with little outside help.He adopted Roundup Ready varieties in 1996 and stopped cultivating cotton. He later adopted no-till planting to eliminate trips over the field and to reduce the equipment, labor and field time needed to grow his crops. He was inspired to use no-till from his work with ASA and the U.S. Soybean Export Council. This effort developed sustainability guidelines for U.S.-grown soybeans.By 2013, about 99 percent of his crops were grown with no-till planting. “We now plow just a few acres that have ruts,” he adds. He also conserved soil by building terraces and using contour farming. Eventually, he switched from cotton to emphasize corn and soybeans.Danny’s plans for the future include continuing to refine his no-till practices, and adopting yield maps and variable rates for seed and other inputs. He is also seeing shifts in weed populations, and is keeping a close eye on managing any herbicide-resistant weeds that appear on his land.At the state level, he has been a member of the Mississippi Soybean Association since 1984 and served as its president from 1990 through 1992. He has been a member of the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board from 1994 until 2005, and served as its chairman in 2001-2002. He has also been a member of the Mississippi Corn Promotion Board from 2006 through 2011, and served as its chairman from 2006 through 2008.Joe Street, associate director of the Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension Service, is state coordinator of the Farmer of the Year awards. Danny was nominated for the award by Ernie Flint, regional Extension agronomist. Flint admires Murphy’s farming efficiency. “There’s no wasted effort in his farming,” says Flint.As the Mississippi state winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo award, Murphy will now receive a $2,500 cash award and an expense paid trip to the Sunbelt Expo from Swisher International of Jacksonville, Fla., a $500 gift certificate from the Southern States cooperative, the choice of either $1,000 in PhytoGen cottonseed or a $500 donation to a designated charity from Dow AgroSciences, and a Columbia vest from Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply.He is now eligible for the $15,000 cash award that will go to the overall winner. Other prizes for the overall winner include the use of a Massey Ferguson tractor for a year from Massey Ferguson North America, another $500 gift certificate and a Heritage gun safe from Southern States, the choice of another $1,000 in PhytoGen cottonseed or a second $500 donation to a designated charity from Dow AgroSciences, and a Columbia jacket from Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply.Swisher International, through its Swisher Sweets cigar brand, and the Sunbelt Expo are sponsoring the Southeastern Farmer of the Year awards for the 25th consecutive year. Swisher has contributed some $964,000 in cash awards and other honors to southeastern farmers since the award was initiated in 1990.A distinguished panel of judges will visit the Murphy farm, along with the farms of the other nine state finalists, during the week of Aug. 4-8. The judges for this year include farmer Brian Kirksey of Amity, Ark., the overall winner in 2008; John Woodruff, retired University of Georgia Extension agronomist from Tifton, Ga., who specialized in soybeans for many years; and Clark Garland, longtime University of Tennessee Extension ag economist from Maryville, Tenn.last_img read more

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Emails Needed to House Offices on TPA AND COOL Bills Next Week

first_imgIt is anticipated that upon its return from the Memorial Day Recess next week, the House will take up two pieces of legislation important to soybean farmers. One would extend Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for negotiating new trade agreements, and one would repeal mandatory country of origin labeling (COO) requirements for imported beef, pork and chicken sold in the United States.ASA supports both pieces of legislation and asks all members to reach out to their Representatives during next week’s Congressional recess to urge them to vote “yes” on both bills.Background on the bills and links to materials on the Soy Action Center are included below. Background on TPA:The House is expected to vote in June on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act. The bill extends TPA to the White House, and is a key priority for ASA in the 114th Congress. The U.S. can’t conclude agreements expeditiously without TPA. In the immediate term, this means the Trans-Pacific Partnership with 11 countries along the Pacific Rim. In the future, it means agreements with Europe and a broad range of potential trade deals with other partners. The bill gives USTR the ability to get the best deal possible, and it provides Congress the oversight it needs to ensure every agreement will work for American farmers. TPA is critical for soybean farmers because new trade agreements expand market access as we look to maintain our position at the vanguard of world agricultural trade. Soybeans and soy products are the most valuable U.S. agricultural export.  In 2014, the U.S. exported roughly $30.5 billion in soybeans, soybean meal and soybean oil. Moreover, the export share of annual U.S. soy production has grown steadily. Between 2000 and 2010, the value of U.S. oilseed and product exports more than doubled, from $9 billion to over $20 billion.  In addition, new trade agreements will expand livestock product exports, which are also important for U.S. soybean farmers.You can contact your Representatives to urge a “YES” vote on TPA by clicking here. Background on COOL:The House will also take up a bill authored by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway that will repeal the mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule for imported beef, pork and chicken sold in the United States. The COOL rule is one that ASA has consistently opposed since its inception. The World Trade Organization has now ruled four times that COOL violates U.S. obligations under the WTO, and puts American farmers at risk of retaliation from our customers in Canada, Mexico and other countries. The COOL rule has the potential to cause significant problems, both for the livestock industry that represents our number one customer, and for soybean farmers directly, should Canada or Mexico opt to place retaliatory tariffs on American agricultural products. As supporters of our customers in the livestock industry and producers of a crop at risk of retaliation, soybean farmers must have a solution for COOL, and Chairman Conaway’s bill offers that solution.You can contact your Representatives to urge a repeal of the COOL rule by clicking here.last_img read more

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Overturned cement truck on US 27 temporarily stalls traffic

first_imgWEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a man to the hospital after the cement truck he was driving overturned in West Broward.The truck flipped on northbound U.S. 27, about two miles north of Interstate 75, just before 1 p.m., Tuesday.The 49-year-old driver said he was trying to avoid debris on the road when he lost control of the truck.He was taken to Cleveland Clinic in Weston with a minor leg injury.Traffic was temporarily affected as crews utilized a crane to bring the truck to an upright position.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Lyft and Juno sue NYC over driver pay rules

first_img Mobile Tags Post a comment Share your voice Lyft Uber Lyft drivers in New York City say they want to be paid a fair wage. Lyft New York City passed a law in August to ensure all ride-hail drivers are paid at least minimum wage. It was set to go into effect on Friday, but ride-hailing companies Lyft and Juno are trying to get it delayed.The two companies filed separate lawsuits in New York County Supreme Court on Wednesday arguing the minimum-wage pay rate calculated by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, TLC, gives Uber an unfair advantage.”Our lawsuit does not target the law passed by City Council, but instead addresses the specific way the TLC plans to implement the rules, which would advantage Uber in New York City at the expense of drivers and smaller players such as Lyft,” Lyft spokeswoman Campbell Matthews said in an email. “It’s no secret that Uber has tried to put us out of business in the past. They’ve failed repeatedly, and the TLC should not assist them in their efforts.”This position isn’t popular among drivers, however. The Independent Drivers Guild, which represents more than 70,000 ride-hail drivers in New York City, said it believes these lawsuits are just a ruse to not pay drivers more.”The idea that this lawsuit is about anything other than avoiding paying drivers a fair wage is laughable,” Jim Conigliaro Jr., founder of the Independent Drivers Guild, said in a statement. “Lyft has had every opportunity to pay a livable wage and they refused to do so — and now that we won a legal mandate, they are still refusing to pay a fair wage.”New York was the first city in the country to pass a law with minimum-wage requirements for ride-hail drivers. While taxi companies have long had to follow rules that dictate driver pay, the app-based ride-hailing world is still evolving. The TLC said its new wage rules will give the typical Uber, Lyft or Juno driver a pay raise of nearly $10,000 per year. The TLC’s calculations for minimum-wage pay equals $17.22 per hour, which includes $15-per-hour minimum wage and extra for drivers’ gas and car costs. The number is based on drivers’ miles traveled plus time driving, which is then divided by “utilization rate.” The utilization rate is the amount of time drivers have a passenger in the car.Lyft said Uber could have a higher utilization rate than its competitors because it’s the bigger and better known company. This means the TLC’s calculations give it an advantage, Lyft said, because it can pay lower rates, charge passengers less and then take up even more of the city’s market share.Uber declined to comment on these allegations.Uber and Lyft are gunning for initial public offerings this year. Both companies aim to show investors they have profitable businesses that can grow. Uber appears to be showcasing itself as a global company with diverse features such as food delivery and flying cars. Lyft, which is smaller with services only in the US and Canada, seems to be focusing on being a stable company with ride-hailing as its core business.Juno didn’t immediately provide a comment.Update: A New York State Supreme Court Judge responded to the Juno and Lyft lawsuits late Wednesday, ruling that the companies could opt to put into escrow the money set to go to drivers starting Friday, until a follow-up hearing scheduled for March 18. Drivers have asked the companies to agree to pay no less than the new minimum way starting Friday as planned.First published Jan. 20, 3:56 p.m. PT. Update, 5:24 p.m.: Includes information on the judge’s ruling.CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories you’ll find in CNET’s newsstand edition.Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal. 0last_img read more

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Watch Sarfaraz Ahmed called fat shouted at and insulted by fans after

first_imgThere has been a barrage of criticism aimed at Sarfaraz AhmedISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Pakistan team and their players are enduring a torrid time after their loss to India on June 16. The entire cricket establishment is being lambasted while certain players are being trashed mercilessly. The man facing the brunt of the criticism is the team’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. His decision to bowl first is being seen as one of the biggest blunders of his career.The decision was panned almost from the moment it was made. After the first few overs revealed that the pitch and the conditions are good for batting, the mistake of the skipper became even more prominent. If watching India put up a huge score after being put in didn’t make Sarfaraz look bad enough, him yawning at the resumption of India’s innings led to even more barbs being thrown at the 32-year old.Once the result of the match was clear, floodgates of criticism were opened. Added to tactical blunders and charges of poor preparation, the keeper-batsman also got criticised for being out of shape. Some people even drew comparisons between the Indian team and its relentless pursuit of high levels of fitness and the seemingly casual approach of Pakistan.Video of Sarfaraz being tauntedYouTubeNow a video has surfaced from the aftermath of the India vs Pakistan match which shows Sarfaraz standing on the ground, apparently after the conclusion of the game, and being called ‘fat’ by some fans in the crowd. That is not the only taunt which is thrown at him. The fans assail the Pakistan skipper with other comments including a reproach for not listening even to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s advice – to bat first after winning the toss. Sarfaraz is seen looking at the offending fans momentarily in the video before trying to ignore them.Being targeted by fans is a common phenomenon in cricket matches. Especially when a game is played between India and Pakistan, the wild emotions of the fans manifest themselves in the form of insult and disrespect. When Pakistan lost to India in the 2003 World Cup at Johannesburg, the then captain Waqar Younis was booed by fans. Even in this edition of the event, Steve Smith and David Warner of Australia have been at the receiving end of booing and taunting by fans. But unlike the two Aussies, Sarfaraz doesn’t have good performances to seek comfort from.last_img read more

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4 Biman officials jailed for embezzlement

first_imgBimanA Dhaka court on Monday sentenced four officials of Biman Bangladesh Airlines to different terms jail in an embezzlement case of Tk 2.8 million, reports UNB.The convicts are airline salary section former manager Mohammad Jinnah, former accountant Harun-or-Rashid, cash and banking section assistant manager MA Rab and former accountant MAST Chowdhury (Mir Abu Sayed Taifuddin Chowdhury).Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam gave the order in presence of three of the convicts.The court awarded seven years jail to Jinnah, Harun and Taifuddin and also fined Tk 2.5 million each, in default; they have to stay in jail for one more year.Besides, MA Rab was sentenced to jail for five years and fined Tk 1.5 million, in default; he has to stay in jail one more year. Harun was on the run and the court issued arrest warrant against him.Anti-Corruption Commission deputy director Benzir Ahmed filed the embezzling case against five officials on 5 September, 2010. The officials took the money by forging bills.The investigation officer submitted charge sheet against the officials on 6 February, 2014. The court ordered to start the investigation of the case on 28 January, 2016.During the court procedure, Mir Ajizur Rahman passed away on 18 November, 2018. After taking testimony of 14 witnesses, the court gave the verdict.last_img read more

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Nintendo planning own Loot Cratelike subscription box

first_imgWe are big fans of Loot Crate as our regular coverage attests. A box delivered ever month full of collectible and fun goodies is always welcome, and has turned out to be extremely popular. Games, gadgets, even Japanese candy has had subscription box services created for them. And now we have a serious contender entering the ring in the form of Nintendo.Everyone’s favorite games company has apparently decided to start offering its very own official Loot Crate-like subscription box. Before you get too excited about the potential for such a box, be aware that (for now) it’s only going to be offered in the UK through the Nintendo online store. It will be called the N-Box and is expected to include a mix of ” toys, clothes and other merchandise inspired by and branded with Nintendo icons.”You may remember Loot Crate did its own Amiibo crate, maybe we can expect something similar from Nintendo?As is typical, a monthly subscription will be offered, or you can sign up for 3, 6, or 12-months in advance and hopefully save a bit of cash. What we don’t know, it just how good the swag inside these boxes will be and just as importantly, how much Nintendo intends to charge for them.The N-Box certainly offers a great opportunity for Nintendo to establish a subscription service with thousands, if not tens of thousands of regular subscribers. If they include the occasional gem, for example, an exclusive plush, Amiibo, or retro collectible, then Nintendo fans will throw money at the service. Don’t forget, the Nintendo online store already offers a wide range of key rings, wallets, hats, bags, figures, t-shirts, and even game guides. It wouldn’t be hard to throw some of these into a box every month alongside some exclusive stuff.It’s also an opportunity to promote the 3DS and (especially) the Wii U. They could even offer substantial discounts on games, or even free games if you subscribe for an extended period of time.For now, the N-Box is all potential and no details. Let’s hope that translates into a must-have monthly box which Nintendo can’t help but expand to the US due to its success.last_img read more

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Perfect your look in the monsoon

first_imgMonsoon is here, giving relief from the scorching heat! However it can bring a host of skin and hair related woes so make sure you are opting for the right rituals to have a natural glow. Also this is the time of the year when you should opt for bold colours and right make-up and have a fashion fiesta so don’t forget to keep your fashion quotient in place too. Here are some ways to have the right make-up:Less is more: Make-up in humid weather is bound to bleed so the best way to avoid it is to wear less make-up. Sporting a no-makeup look works perfectly for the spring season. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPastels it is: Avoid using rich colours and stick to pastel and cool summer shades. Bright colours though attractive can look very heavy in humid summer weather.Hydration is a must: Hydrating sprays is a very good option for refreshing make-up. The spray keeps your skin hydrated and supple even in humid and scorching heat. Experts list down some fashion tips to get the perfect monsoon look.Shades to wear: Bright neon or light shades like ocean blue, sea green, cherry, watermelon, royal blue, peachy pink and lemon yellow would work wonders to uplift a person’s mood this monsoon season. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe flip flop style: The right combination of colourful accessories makes the monsoon attire all the more appealing. Accessories like fancy umbrellas to complete your look. Team up your monsoon outfits with vibrant flip-flops and rain boots. Beautiful bracelets, earrings, and neck pieces made of plastic, rubber, and acrylic make a trendy fad. Some tips for the skin.Use a good facial cleanser: As the monsoon weather makes the sebaceous glands hyperactive, the dust gets accumulated on the skin and bacterial growth takes place. Keeping your face clean with a good facial cleanser suitable for your skin type is very important in this weather. Use of a mild, soap free, pH balanced face wash can be really helpful. If you have oily skin, wash your face 2-3 times a day.Use face masks: Use of a face mask once a week, can be really helpful keeping the skin fresh, clean and glowing. A face mask with activated charcoal can be one of the best remedies for your skin care regime during monsoon and it helps deep cleanse the toxins from your face.last_img read more

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Chile police clash with vandals in Mapuche march

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Associated PressSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Chilean police on Monday clashed with hooded vandals who infiltrated a protest by Mapuche Indians demanding land rights and autonomy.Police shot tear gas and water cannons when the demonstration by 3,000 Mapuches in Chile’s capital turned violent. Sixteen people were arrested.The rally was timed to protest a national holiday for “Dia de La Raza,” which celebrates the first encounter by Native Americans and Europeans during Christopher Columbus’ arrival to America. Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The Mapuches, which means “people of the land” in their native language, fiercely resisted the Spanish conquest for 300 years and their desire for autonomy remains strong. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that they were defeated militarily and forced into Araucania, south of the Bio Bio river, about 550 kilometers south of the capital. Most now live in poverty.Mapuche demonstrations demanding land rights have flared up in recent months in Auracania. Logging trucks were burned by unidentified attackers earlier this year and small groups of tribesmen have periodically attacked police. But police officers have also been accused of violent abuses in the indigenous communities.The Mapuches accused of violent acts against police _ Daniel Levinao and Paulino Levipan _ were sentenced to 12 years in prison, while cousins Eric and Rodrigo Montoya await trial.The four members of the Wente Winkul Mapu community were taken from prison to a hospital for treatment after they lost between 8 and 13 kilograms during the hunger strike, which began on August 27.The tribesmen remain conscious and their vital signs, pulse and temperature are normal, Sergio Opazo, director of the Concepcion hospital where they are held, told local radio Bio Bio. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Check your body, save your life Protesters also demanded the release of four Mapuches who have been on a hunger strike for more than 50 days after they were accused of the attempted murder of Chilean police officers and carrying weapons illegally during a raid.Military police Gen. Rodolfo Pacheco blamed anarchist groups for infiltrating Monday’s demonstration and vandalizing several bank branches. Marches in Chile demanding improvements in education and land reforms are common and generally peaceful, but often end with clashes between police and a minority of hooded anarchist activists armed with rocks and molotov cocktails.“Unfortunately, these social rejects of the CRA anarchist group who also caused damaged at last year’s Dia de La Raza… infiltrated into the march wearing hoods and looted banks like Santander, BBVA and Itau, which was the worst damaged,” Pacheco said.Officials say the demonstration in Santiago is now under control and members of the tribe are showcasing cultural events in a downtown park. Many danced in traditional clothes and carried banners bashing the arrival of Columbus.“Today is a day of protest, not of celebration because there’s nothing to celebrate,” Mapuche Leader Natividad Llanquileo told state TV. “We’re going to insist on the freedom of the Mapuche people.” Mapuche leaders say they will go to the Supreme Court to protest the planned force feeding. Amnesty International says the Mapuches have a right to demonstrate and to reject medical treatment including food.President Sebastian Pinera will visit the areas where police and Mapuches have clashed on Tuesday.__Follow AP’s Luis Andres Henao on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuisAndresHenao 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

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Rank Player Reason 1 John Skelton ESPNs Ada

first_imgRank PlayerReason#1John Skelton ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Skelton has emerged as the favorite in the QB race. Top Stories Preseason StatsKolb: 2-for-9 for 25 yards, 0 TD, 1 int QB Rating: 11.11 Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Rank PlayerReason#2 Kevin Kolb It’s never a good thing when former Vikings great Cris Carter professes disappointment in you. Comments   Share   Skelton: 7-of-12 for 67 yards, 0 TD, 1 int QB Rating: 39.24August 13• Green: Choose Skelton and there’s no going back to Kevin Kolb• Green: Cardinals’ QB Kevin Kolb not caught up in competitionThey said it“I just know that as far as favorites and longshots, really I’ve never thought of it in those terms. I think we just, we’ve always been true to what we’ve said and we’re going to stick to the process. Kevin’s going to start this week like we said, and we’ll let it play itself out.” — Coach Whisenhunt on rumors of Skelton leading the raceAnalysisTwo years ago Adam Schefter was first in reporting that Matt Leinart’s days as a Cardinal were numbered, so it’s fair to give credence to his latest report, too.That said, just because Skelton may be the “favorite” for the job does not mean it is his — yet. Kolb will get the start Friday against the Raiders and while it may be his last chance to prove himself to the coaches, he will have the chance.last_img read more

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Anorthosis docked nine points for cheating over medical card

first_imgThe Cyprus football association (CFA) on Monday docked nine points from Anorthosis football club after it upheld an appeal by Apollonas which had disputed the eligibility of the Famagusta team’s newly signed goalkeeper in a game between the two sides earlier this month.Anorthosis, which had won the February 2 fixture 1-0, was docked the three points – now awarded to Apollonas – and lost an additional six for breaking the rules.The goalkeeper, Nigerian national Francis Uzoho, was suspended for one game and fined an unspecified amount.According to CyBC Anorthosis said it would appeal the decision.The CFA’s decision followed a decision earlier on Monday by the sports organisation (KOA) to cancel its initial decision to issue a disputed medical card that enabled Uzoho to take part in the game just after he had been signed by Anorthosis Famagusta, prompting an appeal by the opponents.In what has since become a farce, KOA eventually cancelled its decision to issue a medical card to  Uzoho, who was acquired by Anorthosis on the last day of the January transfer period.A statement issued after a meeting said the act of issuing the card was now considered something that “never happened and [was] non-existent”.The card made the Nigeria-born goalkeeper eligible to play in a game against Apollonas the next day, Saturday, February 2, which Anorthosis won.Apollonas disputed his eligibility and even reported possible forgery to the police.The Limassol side said he had only arrived in Cyprus on Friday afternoon, shortly before 4pm, and questioned how he could have had his health card issued about an hour after KOA’s offices closed on Friday at 2.30pm.KOA cancelled the medical card on February 9, as reports suggested Uzoho had told police he was on the plane on his way to Cyprus when the card was issued.Police arrested three people in connection with the affair, including Anorthosis’ deputy chairman and doctor Kyriacos Yiangou. The three were released, as police continue their investigation.The CFA, meanwhile, had twice cancelled a hearing of the case, asking KOA to inform it whether its decision to cancel card was effective before the February 2 game.On Monday, KOA’s board decided to “rescind its February 9, 2019 decided and subsequently rescind KOA’s act of issuing a medical card for the footballer in question on February 1, 2019.”Anorthosis reacted to KOA’s decision by issuing a scathing statement that included a veiled threat.The club’s board “wishes to condemn with abhorrence” all that took place in the past days, culminating in the organisation’s decision on Monday, the statement said.It accused KOA chairman Andreas Michaelides of dragging the organisation through successive failures that resulted in downgrading the position in the eyes of public opinion.The club said Michaelides, a Limassol resident, in the few days he has held the office, has managed to make a mess of a simple case, deal KOA’s status a blow, and increase mistrust in football.“And all this so that he can be able to move around comfortably in Limassol,” the statement said. “We thus urge you Mr Michaelides, to confine yourself to Limassol and immediately resign the post entrusted to you by the president of the Republic. You can tell the police the rest.”The CFA’s decision means clubs’ positions in the league table have changed.Apollon move to the top of the table, one point ahead of Apoel.Anorthosis, having been deducted nine points drop from fifth place (34 points) to seventh (25 points) and are now in danger of missing out on a place in the top group for the upcoming playoffs.Nea Salamina are now guaranteed a top-six place, with Omonia and Anorthosis battling for the final place on the last day of the regular season this weekend.     You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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