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Moroccos Saham and German Bertelsmann to Create Arvato CRM Company

Rabat – German international publisher Bertelsmann and Morocco’s Saham have planned to merge their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) businesses in a new company.The new company, Arvato, is a service provider and a division of Bertelsmann which it will fold into a joint venture. Bertelsmann and Saham Group will hold 50 percent each of Arvato and enter a long term partnership, Bertelsmann announced today.“We are opening a new chapter for the Arvato CRM businesses. The new company would hold leading market positions in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as well as a strong presence in the Americas and Asia,” said Thomas Rabe, Bertelsmann’s chairman and CEO. Rabe also stated that the new company “will invest several hundred million euro in the next years, to further expand its regional footprint and to enhance its digital capabilities and services to its customers,” he added.The combined company expects to create around 48,000 job positions in 25 countries: 25,000 employees in 10 European countries; 14,000 employees in Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Togo, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia; and 9,000 employees in Asia, Canada, the US, Mexico, Peru, and Colombia.Bertelsmann is a media company operating in 50 countries around the world and has 119,000 employees. In 2017, the German company generated revenues of €17.2 billion.#Bertelsmann and #Saham plan to create leading CRM group:– they plan to combine their respective worldwide CRM businesses– partners to each hold 50 percent of the new company– global presence in 25 countries,— Bertelsmann_com (@Bertelsmann_com) September 18, 2018The new Arvato, which is expected to be formed by January 2019, plans to generate revenues of approximately €1.2 billion and would have a client portfolio of international blue-chip companies, including the largest tech companies, according to the German company’s statement.Saham Group is a family-owned corporation founded in 1995 by Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Morocco’s current minister of industry. It operates in 27 countries in different sectors, such as insurance, real estate, healthcare, and education and employs 16,000 people. In 2017, Saham Group had a turnover of $1.4 billion.“Together, we are fully committed to invest long-term in growth, expand our regional footprint, provide digital solutions to our customers and create employment,” said Moulay Mhamed Elalamy, Saham’s spokesperson.Elalamy added, “The new company shall be well positioned to participate in the strong growth of the worldwide CRM markets, in particular for digital companies, telecom providers, and financial institutions.”Bertelsmann appointed Thomas Mackenbrock as Arvato’s CEO and Saham will appoint the new company’s chairman of the board.The transaction between Saham Group and Bertelsmann is pending regulatory approvals and employee representative consultation. read more

Joe Oliver cuts employment insurance premiums to help stimulate hiring

TORONTO — Ottawa moved to cut employment insurance premiums for small businesses Thursday, touting it as an effort that will save employers more than $550 million over the next two years and help stimulate hiring.[np_storybar title=”Quick look” link=””]Ottawa to cut EI premiums paid by small businesses to $1.60 per $100 of insurable earnings for the years 2015 and 2016, down from $1.88 at present. Any business that pays employer EI premiums of $15,000 or less to automatically qualify for the credit. No need to apply for the credit, which will be deducted automatically by the Canada Revenue Agency. Ottawa estimates the credit will save small employers more than $550 million over the two years. Almost 90% of all EI premium-paying businesses, or 780,000 companies in Canada, will receive the credit. Canadian Press [/np_storybar]But critics say if the federal government really wanted to see employment pick up in Canada, it should have made job creation a requirement of the tax credit.“They could try to tie it to employment in some way, if that’s what they wanted to do, rather than it being a tax giveaway,” said Angella MacEwen, a senior economist with the Canadian Labour Congress.Finance Minister Joe Oliver said the job credit will see EI premiums reduced to $1.60 for every $100 earned for 2015 and 2016, down from the current rate of $1.88.The credit, which is expected to reduce EI payroll taxes by nearly 15%, will leave employers with more money to spur hiring and increase salaries, he said. The tax credit will not have any effect on EI premiums paid by workers.“We believe this will be very helpful on a macro basis,” Oliver said during the announcement at a family-run flooring company in west Toronto. “When you reduce payment by half a billion dollars, you’ll have an impact. That’s what we’re looking for. We believe it will encourage growth and employment opportunities.”To be eligible, a business must pay equal to or less than $15,000 in employment insurance premiums next year and in 2016.When you reduce payment by half a billion dollars, you’ll have an impactThe credit would amount to about $2,200 in savings each year for a company that, for example, employs 14 workers, each earning $40,000 a year, and pays $14,740 in EI premiums in 2014. A small business with three employees, each earning $25,000, would save about $295 a year from this year’s EI premium bill of $1,975.MacEwen doubts a maximum savings of about $2,200 is enough for employers to consider boosting hiring or raising salaries.“I’m sure anyone would be happy to have an extra $200, or $2,000, in their pocket. These businesses will put the money to good use; find other ways that are better to use it like upgrade equipment or put a sign up… or buy a laptop maybe,” she said from Ottawa. “We don’t expect this will have any impact on any employment.”Instead, MacEwen suggested that Ottawa should have used the money from the tax credit to provide more skills training to unemployed workers.Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, the country’s largest private-sector union, said it’s “ridiculous” to think that this credit will spur job growth.“It’s naive at best to believe that this will stimulate one job,” he said from Vancouver. “What type of job can you create with $2,000 in savings? You’re going to pay people $40 a week for a year? That’s unbelievable.”But Craig Wright, the chief economist at Royal Bank, said although the impact may be minimal, it may be enough to push some employers to considering hiring.“In terms of impact on the economy and the job market, it is a positive, just a not very large positive I would think,” he said. “It lowers the cost of employment, it helps at the margins. Decisions are often made at the margins. I think the overall scale of the impact is fairly modest but these were modest changes.”Wright added that hiring can depend on a variety of other factors, too.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young “The bigger issue is how the economy performs. If firms are looking at hiring more people, it’s a bit of a relief in the cost of hiring,” he said. “It’s particularly good if demand is there. Firms won’t be doing hiring just because they save a bit on EI contributions, they’ll hire if the economy is strong enough and demand picks up.”Oliver dismissed the suggestion that this credit is an indication that the federal government is worried about sluggish job growth. “It’s not a sign of worry,” he said. “It’s a sign of confidence that we’re continuing on the right path.”He also used the opportunity to reiterate the Conservatives’ promise that, after 2017, the EI premium will be set every year and calibrated so the fund will have a seven-year break-even rate.Despite Oliver’s optimism, there are signs that the Canadian job market is not faring as well as anticipated.Last week, Statistics Canada reported that the economy shed 11,000 jobs in August, most of them part-time positions. The figure was far below economist expectations for the creation of 10,000 jobs last month.Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said any help for small business owners is welcome. “We think it’s well timed. The economy is good, more members are looking to expand than shrink but we’re not knocking the lights out from an economic perspective,” he said. “We really want to make sure that Canadian employers can create as many jobs as possible and invest in their employees as much as they can as well.”The group estimates the credit will create 25,000 new jobs over the next two years.“It’s a big, big deal for small business,” said Kelly.The Canada Revenue Agency will be responsible for administering the changes to companies to about 780,000 firms in Canada that will qualify for the credit. read more

Financial officers file complaint against KPMG over Isle of Man controversy

The union representing more than 4,500 government financial officers has lodged two formal complaints of professional misconduct against accounting firm KPMG over its work in setting up offshore tax structures on the Isle of Man.The Association of Canadian Financial Officers wants the Ontario and Quebec chapters of the self-regulating Chartered Professional Accountants, or CPA, to assess KPMG’s behaviour against the profession’s code of conduct, bylaws and regulations.The complaints — filed Friday but dated May 12 — cite a 1999 confidential Tax Court of Canada memorandum on KPMG’s alleged role in tax sheltering for wealthy Canadians using an Isle of Man company.Canada Revenue Agency promises ‘blitz’ on Isle of Man tax accountsAccounting giant KPMG defends Isle of Man tax practices before House committee“We believe that providing this type of service is contrary to the profession’s reputation for competence and integrity,” says the complaint.“These actions go well beyond the establishment of individual reputations; it affects the public perception of the chartered professional accountancy profession as a whole.”The letters, signed by ACFO interim president Dany Richard and vice-president Richard Rizok — both of whom are CPAs — request that the Quebec and Ontario organizations “review and investigate the professional and ethical standards of KPMG LLP ….”About 2,500 of the ACFO’s 4,500-plus members are chartered professional accountants, working in some 65 federal departments and agencies. The union does not represent Canada Revenue Agency accountants.KPMG issued a statement in response to a request for comment on the complaint, calling it defamatory “nonsense.”“All tax planning undertaken by KPMG has always and continues to meet the requirements of all Canadian and provincial tax laws. We know that any review will conclusively demonstrate that KPMG’s people acted with the highest integrity and respect for the law at all times. To suggest anything else is defamatory.”The complaints come a week after KPMG partner Gregory Wiebe was called before a parliamentary committee, where he testified that the Isle of Man tax scheme complied with the laws of the day and that the accounting firm no longer offers such services.However, the fallout from the tax scheme continues, with the CBC reporting earlier this year that 26 KPMG clients had been offered amnesty by the Canada Revenue Agency in May 2015 if they paid back the taxes deemed to be owing.Scott Chamberlain, the general counsel for the ACFO, said public sector financial officers are concerned about tax avoidance “because we know, in the end, tax revenue supports the public services we deliver.”Chamberlain said Wiebe’s testimony helped spur the union’s complaint, particularly Wiebe’s invoking of accountant privilege not to divulge the firm’s client list. Chamberlain said there’s no solicitor-client privilege for accountants, unlike lawyers.As for KPMG leaving the Isle of Man tax shelter scheme behind, Chamberlain said that’s not the point.“With all due respect, whether that’s true or not is really irrelevant. If you’ve committed a crime, as is alleged, or if you’ve made an ethical breach, you don’t just get to say we’ve changed our ways with an investigation,” said the ACFO lawyer.“That’s not the way the criminal justice system works, that’s not the way self-regulatory bodies work.”Chamberlain said KPMG is owed its day in court, or its defence of ethical questions before a professional tribunal, “but you don’t just get to take a pass on the repercussions of those activities.”Dany Richard, the acting ACFO president, said in an interview the ethics complaint puts the ball squarely in the court of the Chartered Professional Accountants association.“I would like CPA to let us know, what’s their position on this? Are they willing to look into the matter?” said Richard.“The credibility of the association has been impacted by this. I expect them to investigate and say, ‘OK, are there things here that don’t pass the smell test?”‘The union said the CPA had not responded to their complaint Friday and the CPA could not immediately be reached for comment. read more

Around 52 million in Near East North Africa suffering chronic undernourishment new

33.9 million are in conflict countries.21.1 per cent of children under-five are affected by stunting, or short-for-age height.8.7 percent of children under five are affected by wasting, or low-for-height weight.9.1 per cent of children under five are overweight, or heavier-for-height weight.,The report also highlights that unemployment in NENA, particularly for young people and women, is a significant regional challenge and that while rural areas accommodate some 40 per cent of the population, the average agriculture wage is generally far lower than those outside the sector. This factors into why rural poverty is about twice as high as that in urban areas. Looking towards solutions, improved market access for farmers, investments in agriculture, technology transference and key policy changes that shift from subsistence farming to commercial and diversified production systems, can all help improve food production. Highlighting the region’s potential to produce products that require less water and more labour, Mr. Ould Ahmed concluded: “There is a great need to encourage our region’s farmers to produce according to the comparative advantage of the region”.,The NENA regions consist of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.  “Conflicts and civil instability have long-lasting impacts on the food and nutrition security of both affected and surrounding countries in the regions”, Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, Assistant Director-General and NENA Representative of the (FAO) said, noting that more than two-thirds of hungry people there live in conflict-affected countries, threatening efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the key goal of Zero Hunger. FAO’s Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa underscores that since 2011, 52 million people across the region now suffer from chronic undernourishment – with stunting, wasting and undernutrition amplified by fighting.   “The impact of conflict has been disrupting food and livestock production in some countries and consequently affecting the availability of food across the region”, Mr. Ould Ahmed said.  “Rising hunger is also compounded by rapid population growth, scarce and fragile natural resources, the growing threat of climate change, increasing unemployment rates, and diminished rural infrastructure and services”, he added. The report also highlights that as the region hosts the highest obesity rates, it puts pressure on people’s health, national health systems and economies.  Addressing this means raising public awareness and ensuring access to healthy nutritious food. Abolishing rural-urban differences The report shows that not only do conflicts undermine the region’s Zero Hunger efforts, but also rural development.“Countries that are not in conflict and have gone furthest in transforming rural areas in a sustainable way including through better management of water resources, have achieved better food security and nutrition outcomes than those in conflict or with lower levels of rural transformation”, Mr. Ould Ahmed observed, noting that more efforts are needed to boost rural employment, stimulate economic growth, reduce urban-rural gaps and improve agricultural productivity and rural infrastructure and services.,Of the 52 million hungry people in the Near East and North Africa: Hunger continues to rise📈 in the Near East and North Africa where over 52 million people are undernourished.Conflicts and inadequate rural transformation hamper efforts to eradicate hunger by 2030 – @FAO report. ➡️ #SOFINENA2018 #ZeroHunger— FAO Newsroom (@FAOnews) May 8, 2019 FAO/Valerio CrespiIntegrated agri-aquaculture farms in the Near East and North Africa Region use aquaponics’ soilless aquacultureto grow high quality lettuce from water fertilized by fish. read more

Firstyear student experience focus of research

The transition from high school to first-year university can be a real challenge, but two professors in the Department of Child and Youth Studies are hoping to find ways to make it easier.Associate professors Shauna Pomerantz and Dawn Zinga are among this year’s recipients of the Chancellor’s Chair for Excellence in Teaching, an award that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional promise of outstanding contributions to post-secondary teaching, learning and/or educational technology.Pomerantz and Zinga have long been working on improving the experience of their first-year majors by experimenting with different technologies, innovative assignments and creative approaches to student support in CHYS 1F90, a full-year introductory class that usually houses more than 700 students per year.With the financial support provided by this award, they now have funding to implement a complete project to study the experience — collecting data from a large sample that will be of value to others at Brock and in the wider teaching community.We care deeply about the first-year experience, and want to ensure that our teaching is not only about content, but also about developing skills in our students that will last a lifetime.Their research project will examine factors that help students adjust to university expectations, and determine how well students adapt to learning technologies like Isaak/Sakai.The project will also take a closer look at structures and teaching strategies in CHYS 1F90, such as help clinics that give students additional opportunities to go over material with teaching assistants.This year, the department introduced a new initiative, a day-long “boot camp” that provided struggling students with workshops on essay writing, time management, stress management and general advice from senior students and faculty members. Pomerantz and Zinga are members of the boot camp committee, chaired by Fran Owen, and plan to use the financial support provided by this award to help fund future boot camps, as well as study its effectiveness for first-year success.The results of the first boot camp were promising.“Academic boot camp provides enormous support for those struggling and in need of real advice and help,” explains Pomerantz. “We care deeply about the first-year experience, and want to ensure that our teaching is not only about content, but also about developing skills in our students that will last a lifetime.”Zinga is thrilled to have additional opportunities to enhance students’ transition from high school to university.“While retention and outreach are a major impetus for this research, since teaching CHYS 1F90, we have both come to understand just how much students struggle to survive their first year,” says Zinga.“The impact of this transition cannot be underestimated in their lives. This population needs support and we are grateful to be able to offer what we can.” read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State searches for growth in trip to Spain

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) talks with head coach Chris Holtmann during a timeout in the first half of the game against Radford on Nov. 12. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for Design Chris Holtmann and his staff already had a trip for Spain planned. Before he left Butler, he and his staff were going to lead the Bulldogs on a 10-day trip abroad, facing professional-level competition as well as going through a multicultural experience. The Bulldogs did travel to Spain, but without Holtmann, who was hired to be the Ohio State men’s basketball coach in June 2017. However, that dream for Holtmann remained, and in his second season with the Buckeyes, his first full summer with the team, he will take the Ohio State men’s basketball team on a 10-day trip to Spain. For this group, a trip like this means much more than travelling to face professional-level talent and to see the sights. Ohio State will have seven new players, either freshman or transfers, on the roster going into the 2018-19 season. Senior guard C.J. Jackson feels like this trip has the potential to define the culture and the chemistry of this team moving forward. “I feel like it can bring us all together as a team,” Jackson said. “Especially with all of the new guys, that’s kind of the way we are looking at it, as a way to bond in a different setting that we are not used to.” Holtmann said Ohio State will be facing teams that are a collection of professional players from Spain, saying that when other programs have travelled overseas for preseason games, they’ve been met with stiff competition. However, when Holtmann asked other coaches who have taken their teams abroad if this kind of preparation and trip could give Ohio State an advantage heading into the regular season, the general consensus was one he didn’t expect: not necessarily. Yet for a team with som many pieces that have not played together, Holtmann believes a trial by fire will help the team prepare for the season. “When you have a group that is relatively new, it’s better, like we have it, it’s better because they really do spend concentrated time together and we get to learn more about them,” Holtmann said. “We will be put into some difficult game situations there because the competition there has been typically pretty good. So that will be good. We will be able to see how our guys respond to those situations.” With the trip starting at the beginning of August, the Ohio State basketball team is already on campus, going through practices and trying to get a feel for each other on the court.Jackson said these practices have been beneficial in teaching the new players how things are done at Ohio State. “It is no issue with any of them and they have been accepting to learning and we have been learning from them as well,” Jackson said. “They came in with an open mind to get better, so it’s always easy to work with teammates like that.” Holtmann knows this team is going to be different than last season. He wants to go into the season with an optimistic attitude, but knows there are challenges ahead for this team moving forward. “I think, perception wise, we will try to be real and try to hopefully reach the potential for this group,” Holtmann said. “We are so anxious to see what that is going to look like because we don’t know what it is going to look like.”  Right now, it’s all about preparing for this season. Holtmann views this trip as an opportunity for Ohio State to get a step ahead, to increase team chemistry before season practices even begin with a brand new group of players. “Listen, it’s good, it’s good for us to get some playing experience and we will need to be ready,” Holtmann said. “Hopefully a little more ready than even what we were last year.” read more

Larvik keeps dream about Budapest open

buducnostLarvik HKwomen’s EHF CL 4. Larvik301260:72(-12)1 Norwegian Larvik HK save some chances to qualify for the Women’s EHF Champions League F4 in Budapest with a draw against Buducnost Podgorica 19:19 (7:8). Norwegian best team survived pressure by 5.000 domestic fans in the hall and won the first point in the Main Round, which give them some calculation that with victories ove Krim and Buducnost at home could find a way to Budapest…BUDUĆNOST: Woltering (15 saves), M. Vukčević, Žderić, Petrović 2, Neagu 5, Nikitina, Georgijevska, Dalbi, Ježić, Cvijić 3, Mehmedović 3, Despotović, Pavićević 1, Byzdra 1, Knežević 4 (2), Lazović.LARVIK: Rantala, Leganger (10 saves and two 7 meter), A. Hamerseng Edin 4, J. Kristiansen 1, T. R Kristiansen, Breivang 2, Mork 8 (2), G. Hamerseng Edin 2, Koren 1, Hasanić, Johansen, Brajstol, Sulland, Stange, Loke 1.In the second match of the Group Gyor beat Krim 27:24 and keep the direction to the capital…STANDINGS: 2. Buducnost312072:57(15)4 3. RK Krim Mercator310263:75(-12)2 1. Györi Audi ETO KC321079:70(9)5 ← Previous Story BOTH SLOVENIAN TEAMS AT TOP 16: Gorenje wins in Denmark! Next Story → Lekic and Radicevic two more years in ZRK Vardar! read more

Gribilas family call on Greek community to band together and help children

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This September marks four years since the passing of baby Konstantina Angelique Gribilas.In honour of her memory, her parents and founders of the Konstantina Angelique Gribilas Foundation, Kosta and Poppy are harnessing their heartbreak and channelling it into a worthy cause by joining forces with Greece-based children’s charity The Smile of the Child (Το Χαμόγελο του Παιδιού) to host a gala event on Friday 6 October. Their target is to raise $500,000 which will allow the fund to directly purchase a critical mobile preventative medical unit.Run by a team of volunteer medical practitioners, including qualified paediatricians, dentists, and cardiologists, the mobile medical centre travels to remote areas across Greece and is equipped to offer medical examinations and to administer any necessary treatments. To assist them in their mission some of Greece’s biggest A-list celebrities have offered to come onboard as part of the gala event. Set to be hosted at Doltone House Australian Technology Park in Sydney, MCs on the night will be lead actors of Greece’s popular series Brousko, Andreas Georgiou, and producer Koullis Nikolaou. Entertaining guests will be The Voice finalist C Major and singer Kelly Kelekidou. After previously helping the fund raise $400,000 for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, the Greek singer is donating her talents again and will head Down Under to perform a mini concert on the night. With The Smile of the Child having been started by the father of Andreas, a 10-year-old boy who passed away from cancer, Poppy says being all too familiar with the heartbreak of losing a child they instantly connected with the charity and its mission to respond to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of children across Greece. To help them reach their impressive target, the husband and wife are calling on the entire Greek community of Australia for their assistance and generosity.“It’s close to Konstantina’s four year anniversary, on 16 September. We’ve always wanted to do something for Greece and that’s why we’re doing it this year; we wanted to do it as close as possible to that date,” Poppy told Neos Kosmos.“This is not just for New South Wales, it’s the whole of Australia, all the Greek communities, if everyone can please unite to donate. These children are in remote areas which have no access to doctors or anything like that … we’re going to change children’s lives.”To show your support by purchasing tickets to the gala event or donating to the cause, visit ​For questions or concerns contact Vanilla Bean Events via email or call (02) 9712 3861. To find out more about The Smile of the Child, visit or read more

Gifford Pinchot staff moves in at fort

first_imgThe longtime home of the Timberwolves is now the headquarters of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.The transition is taking place this month as the Gifford Pinchot staff moves into a newly renovated structure in Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.The agency’s new headquarters is part of the “front row” — a century-old landmark comprising four Vancouver Barracks buildings that face Officers Row.“I love it,” Forest Supervisor Gina Owens said this week as staff members unpacked boxes and outfitted their new work areas.The new HQ is at the west end of the series of buildings, just across Fort Vancouver Way from the O.O. Howard House. It has been vacant since 2010, when the Army Reserve’s 104th Division — the Timberwolves — was transferred north to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.After the National Park Service took over the east and south portions of Vancouver Barracks in 2012, it kicked off a renovation project to bring the 1900s-era front-row structures into a new century of public service.Welcoming the foresters is the first step, said Tracy Fortmann, the National Park Service’s superintendent at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.It’s not just a landlord-tenant relationship.“A big benefit is the partnership with the Park Service,” Owens said. The agencies already collaborate on events such as national Get Outdoors Day.A Forest Service representative is now on duty at the park’s Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, which means increased public interaction for both agencies.last_img read more

Gundogan still grateful to play for Germany

first_imgA recent meeting with the current Turkish president Erdogan has turned into a reason many of Germany’s fans to criticize the player, but he is determined to not pay attention to them.Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan insisted he is still grateful to play for Germany, even though he has been booed by fans in his latest appearances. He was whistled when he came off the bench in the eventual 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia on Friday and this is not the only such welcome he received – it was the same in the shocking loss to Austria in the week before.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…Gundogan and Mesut Ozil, both of whom have Turkish roots, have been heavily criticized due to their recent meeting in London with the controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Despite this, both Joachim Low and Mats Hummels have stepped up for their teammates.“Last game before the World Cup, and still grateful to play for this country,” was Gundogan’s comment on the issue, according to Goal.last_img read more

Memorial Day Services On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgThe Avenue of Flags will be held at the Kenai City Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service beginning at noon at the Leif Hansen Memorial Park. Speakers will include Bob Harrison World War II Veteran and Senator Dan Sullivan According to the National Moment of Remembrance Act, passed in 2000, Americans are asked to pause whatever they are doing at 3 p.m., local time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms of the United States of America. This year on Monday, May 27th, Memorial Day will have many local services. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享From traditional ceremonies to new initiatives, local American Legions and Legion Family members in Kenai and Soldotna hold Memorial Day Services each year to remember those who have served. At 2:00 p.m.,  a memorial service will happen at the Soldotna City Cemetery.last_img

Wilmington SchoolBusiness Partnership To Hold Golf Tournament Luncheon On August 20

first_imgNORTH READING, MA — The Wilmington School-Business Partnership will hold its 28th Annual Golf Tournament and Luncheon on Monday, August 20, 2018 at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading.Registration and a continental breakfast takes place from 7:15am to 8am. Shotgun start at 8:05am. Buffet luncheon and social hour begins at 12:30pm.Golf package includes: Continental Breakfast, Greens Fees/Golf Cart/Gift Bags, Contests on the Course; 50/50 Raffle; Gift Raffle; Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Team; and Buffet Luncheon.Proceeds will be benefit the organization’s Innovative Teacher Awards; School-To-Career Programs, Career Fair, DECA, and Academic Scholarships.For more information, please contact Charlie Southmayd (978-604-5124), Ed Harrison (978-694-6065) or Marlene Moran (781-937-1283).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 School-Business Partnership To Hold Golf Tournament & Luncheon On May 20In “Education”Wilmington School-Business Partnership To Hold 27th Annual Golf Tournament On September 25In “Community”Wilmington Sons Of Italy To Host 10th Annual Italian Heritage Golf Classic On September 27In “Community”last_img read more

Court to issue opinion on possible DNA testing in decadesold Juneau homicide

first_imgManny Tells, left, and Newton Lambert stand as Judge Pegease (SP?) enters the court. (Photo by Brian Wallace)After four years, convicted murderer Newton Lambert of Juneau may finally get an answer about whether he will get a DNA test in his case.Listen nowThe Alaska Court of Appeals in October heard arguments in the Lambert case that may have been one of the first applications of a 2010 law that allows for post-conviction DNA testing. The appeal stemmed from consideration of the case by a Ketchikan Superior Court judge four years ago. An opinion in the case is pending.During oral arguments, the panel’s three judges seemed to doubt that DNA analysis of two potential evidence samples would necessarily lead to establishing Lambert’s possible innocence in the 1982 murder of Anne Benolken.Michael Schwaiger of the Public Defender Agency argued for Lambert before the appeals court. Schwaiger said the DNA test could generate an important investigative lead that could help track down another suspect who may be listed under a nationwide DNA database called CODIS, or the Combined DNA Index System.Two key pieces of evidence from the Lambert case were last reported still in storage in a California laboratory. They are identified as sweatshirt and pant swatches taken from the clothing of Anne’s husband, James Benolken, that apparently contain traces of blood and semen. Lambert was convicted by a jury in the April 1982 murder of Anne, but he was acquitted in James’ murder.In this exchange with Schwaiger, Judge Marjorie Allard tries to summarize Lambert’s current claim before the potential filing of another application for post-conviction relief or PCR.“Semen’s on this guy’s pants. This could only come from the perpetrator,” Allard said. “If we test the semen on the pants and it turns out to be Lambert, so be it. But we’ll run it through CODIS and we might get a hit off of CODIS. That would lead to additional investigation, and we would be able to talk to that person who there is a hit off of. See if they confess, see if there’s connections between that person and Lambert. Or, if we can establish if there’s no such connections. And then proceed with the PCR.”“Thank you, yes,” Schwaiger said. “So, this is the initial subsequent step. This is not walking Mr. Lambert out of jail. This is not an extraordinary remedy. This is a very, very ordinary… I don’t know what the opposite of extraordinary… This is a very, very small remedy. We’re just asking for the test.”Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Burke of the Office of Criminal Appeals argued against granting the current application for post-conviction relief. Burke didn’t think that Lambert adequately established his claim of innocence, which she argued is required before any DNA testing of evidence.“It’s really hard for the state to assess his claims,” Burke said. “While this court might be familiar with this case outside of the actual record in this case, a defendant is supposed to cite to actual evidence in the record to support his claims and he didn’t do that here.”One of Lambert’s earlier post-conviction attorneys earlier argued that he did not have to prove, only present a reasonable probability that Lambert did not commit the offense.Lambert is currently serving a 99-year sentence for the murder of Anne Benolken.Other evidence found at the scene of the crime included a hair found between Anne Benolken’s legs. FBI agent Michael Malone had asserted at trial the hair was likely from Lambert, but he was later discredited.Co-defendant Emanuel Telles, who was arrested along with Lambert, was later acquitted at trial of murdering both of the Benolkens.last_img read more

Eid 2020 clash Salman Khans Inshallah Akshay Kumars Sooryavanshi and Rajamoulis RRR

first_imgA bullet for a bullet! Get ready for #RohitShetty’s #Sooryavanshi  on Eid 2020. Action-packed, masala intact! @karanjohar @RelianceEnt @RSPicturez @DharmaMovies #CapeOfGoodFilms— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 5, 2019 July 30th, 2020… RRR… In theatres, Worldwide!!! In Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and other Indian languages simultaneously. An @ssrajamouli Film… #RRR #RRRPressMeet @tarak9999 #RamCharan @aliaa08 @ajaydevgn @thondankani @dvvmovies @RRRMovie — RRR Movie (@RRRMovie) March 14, 2019 Inshallah to clash with Sooryavanshi and RRR on Eid 2020.TwitterIt will be a clash of the Titans as the movies of two of Bollywood’s biggest superstars will fight it out at the box office next year – Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. A third film, starring Ajay Devgn and Alia Bhatt, may also release on the same day! Read on to know more about this big box office clash.Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has confirmed that his new film Inshallah will release on his preferred date of Eid in 2020. Salman Khan has had only one flop in the middle-of-the-year Eid release – Tubelight. All his other Eid releases have been blockbusters. With this admission, it is clear that Salman Khan’s Inshallah will clash with Akshay Kumar’s film Sooryavanshi on Eid 2020! Inshallah is an ambitious film by director Sanjay Leela Bhansali who is collaborating with his favourite actor Salman Khan after more than a decade. On March 19, it was announced that Inshallah will star young actress Alia Bhatt, who Bhansali has been wanting to cast.Cop drama Sooryavanshi will be directed by Rohit Shetty and may star Jacqueline Fernandez opposite Akshay Kumar. The film is being produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. Akshay Kumar had announced on March 4 with a poster of Sooryavanshi, “A bullet for a bullet! Get ready for #RohitShetty’s #Sooryavanshi on Eid 2020. Action-packed, masala intact! @karanjohar @RelianceEnt @RSPicturez @DharmaMovies #CapeOfGoodFilms”.However, there is a bigger twist to the tale. Baahubali director SS Rajamouli too is planning to release his recently announced mega film RRR on Eid 2020! The movie’s makers announced on Twitter, “July 30th, 2020… RRR… In theatres, Worldwide!!! In Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and other Indian languages simultaneously. An @ssrajamouli Film…” The biggest south stars like Ram Charan and Jr NTR will topline RRR along with the biggest Bollywood stars like Ajay Devgn and Alia Bhatt.Never has Eid sounded so exciting for a movie buff! It remains to be seen which filmmaker decides to avoid the clash and release on some other Indian festival to cash in on maximum footfalls in theatres.It’s been 20 years but I am glad Sanjay and I are finally back in his next film, Inshallah. Looking forward to work with Alia and inshallah we will all be blessed on this journey.#Inshallah #SLB @aliaa08 @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) March 19, 2019last_img read more

Employees provident fund investment into indexed equities to remain at 5

first_imgThe Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has no plans to increase its investment limit than what it already does into India’s stock exchange traded funds (ETF), Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya told Parliament on Monday.The expectations that the retirement-corpus guarding entity could increase its limit from 5 percent to up to 15 percent into such exchange traded indexed funds remained just that. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Monday, Dattatreya said that “at present there is no proposal under consideration of the government to enhance this limit.” The retirement fund’s central board of trustees (CBT) has only agreed to continue with 5 percent investments into ETF, but hasn’t proposed any further increase.The CBT was expected to meet sometime before July 22. Also, both the labour minister and the finance ministry had granted an in-principle approval to extend investment into India’s equities market.PTI reported that Dattatreya had said the “quantum of investment to be made into ETF” would increase after the organisation had discussions with both the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange, while the finance ministry too had cleared a proposal for investment between 5 to 15 percent into equities through these ETFs. Dattatreya held that such an approval is for long term investment, while “it may be may be up to 10 to 12% depending upon the market conditions.”Investments into ETF began a year ago and, as of June 30, the EPFO had invested Rs. 7,468 crore in two index-linked ETFs — one on both the exchanges. The present market value of the investment stood at Rs. 8,024 crore, which was 7.45 percent return on investment.The EPFO is a statutory body under the labour ministry.last_img read more

Syed Ashrafuls body reaches home

first_imgSyed Ashraful IslamThe body of Awami League presidium member and public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam, who passed away at a hospital in Thailand on Thursday, was brought back home on Saturday, reports UNB.A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying his body landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the evening.An AL delegation, led by party general secretary Obaidul Quader, received the body of the AL former general secretary at the airport.From the airport, the body is being taken to his Bailey Road official residence and it will later be kept at the mortuary of the Combined Military Hospital for Saturday night, according to the AL press release sent to the media on Saturday.The first namj-e-janaza will be held at the South Plaza of the Jaitya Sangsad at 10:30am on Sunday. He will be given a guard of honour there, it said.Later, Ashraf’s body will be taken to his home district Kishoreganj by a helicopter where his second janaza will be held at Sholakia Eidgaon Maidan at 12:00pm. Then his body will be taken to Mymensingh where another janaza will be held at Anjuman Eidgah at 2:00pm, the release said.The mortal remains will be flown back to the capital from Mymensingh and the Awami League leader will be laid to eternal rest at Banani Graveyard after Asr prayers, it added.Syed Ashraful died of lung cancer at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok around 9:45pm on Thursday at the age of 67.Syed Ashraf, son of national leader and Bangabandhu’s close associate Syed Nazrul Islam, left behind one daughter and a host of relatives to mourn his death.He was elected MP from Kishoreganj-1 constituency five times – 1996, 2001, 2008, 2014 and 2018. In Sunday’s election, the AL leader came out successful from the parliamentary seat.He, however, could not take oath on Thursday when all the Awami League MPs were sworn in.The AL leader submitted a letter to the Speaker on the day seeking time for taking the oath.His wife Shila Islam died of cancer at a London hospital on 22 October last.Syed Ashraf, a member of the 10th parliament, took a 90-day leave from the Jatiya Sangsad from 18 September for receiving treatment in Thailand.In 2008, Syed Ashraf returned home from London to steer Awami League during the army-backed government when the party went through a difficult time.He was made the party’s general secretary in 2009 and served for two consecutive terms till 2016.Syed Ashraf was made LGRD and cooperatives minister after Awami League formed the government through the 29 December election in 2008. He was given the charge of the same ministry after the party won the 5 January election in 2014.Syed Ashraf was, however, removed from the ministry on 9 July, 2015 and made a minister without portfolio.A week later, he was made the public administration minister.last_img read more

Dozens With Ties To Supremacist Gangs Arrested In Texas

first_imgTwitter via @ABC13MUGSHOTS RELEASED: 5 charged in raid at alleged Aryan Brotherhood of Texas chop shopFederal authorities say dozens of people associated with white-supremacist gangs in Texas have been indicted on drug trafficking charges, including four accused in a kidnapping in which a hatchet was used to chop off a victim’s finger.Authorities said Monday that 57 people are charged. Forty-two were arrested last week, nine people were already in custody on unrelated charges and six are still being sought.An indictment alleges the defendants were members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and other gangs. Prosecutors allege the scheme began in 2015, as members conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Texas.Prosecutors say four defendants early this year kidnapped someone in an effort to obtain drug proceeds they believed were owed to them. Investigators say the victim was beaten and had a finger lopped off. Sharelast_img

Full Show Cargo Plane Crash Investigation And Houston Pet Peeves Feb 25

first_imgListen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Monday’s Houston Matters: Investigators continue to search Trinity Bay for wreckage from a Boeing 767 cargo plane that crashed Saturday killing all three aboard. We get some perspective on how the ensuing investigation is conducted and what the FBI and NTSB will be looking for.Also this hour: Every few months or so, we like to give you the opportunity to vent. So, today we invite you to share your Houston pet peeves.And we get an update on local sports from the Houston Chronicle’s Jenny Dial Creech, who joins us from the Astros’ Spring Training home in Florida.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharecenter_img 00:00 /00:00last_img

Information Technology Park opens in Kalimpong

first_imgDarjeeling: An Information Technology (IT) Park was inaugurated by Binay Tamang, chairman, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), on Saturday in Kalimpong. Another IT hub will be coming up in Darjeeling too.The IT department of the Bengal government, in association with WEBEL is coming up with IT Parks in different cities of the state. 17 townships have already been identified where IT hubs will come up all over the state. This is to ensure that the IT industry in Bengal is not restricted to Kolkata alone. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”Children from the Hills who are interested in IT have to leave the Hills for cities where the IT Parks are located. Now, we have an IT Park in the Hills. This is a gift from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to the people of the Hills. The process of uploading tender for an IT hub in Darjeeling has already been initiated,” stated Tamang. A G+4 storeyed building of 8,600 square feet built-up space has come up on Upper Cart Road, Kalimpong. This is the first phase of the hub. This will be followed by a standalone IT Park constructed by the state government. The project cost is over Rs 35 crore. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe IT complex when complete will comprise 54,200 square feet built-up space with a car park. This area will be converted for MSME start-ups and small IT companies. The park will have 30 air-conditioned modules; 15 plug and play modules and 15 bare shell modules. Tamang stated that he had held a meeting with the Chief Minister on Thursday at Nabanna when she asked him to inaugurate the IT park in Kalimpong. “Confrontation only leads to negativity. Nothing positive comes out of it. At present, there is peace in the Hills. Darjeeling is united. Communities have cordial relations with each other. Progress and development can flourish in such an environment,” claimed Tamang. The GTA chairman further stated that he had a meeting with state Education minister Partha Chatterjee in Kolkata. The Chief Minister had directed that all pending cases of High School teacher appointments were to be cleared immediately. “We have received an order and accordingly handed over the appointments. We have given appointment letters to 59 verified teachers, 14 teachers for non-recognised high schools,” Tamang added. “In the past one year, we have handed out appointments to 1,187 higher secondary teachers. After elections, we will appoint 658 primary school teachers,” he further added.last_img read more