Shaftesbury Simplified New Look and Organizational Structure for Leading Scripted Content Company

first_imgAdvertisement The restructure allows Shaftesbury’s divisions to collaborate across all areas of the organization, integrating teams and processes, ensuring that the company continues to offer world-class scripted content across all platforms including television, film, digital, and branded entertainment. The company revealed a new logo, paying tribute to its commitment to creating story worlds and characters that resonate with and inspire fandoms, and a new corporate website (www.shaftesbury.ca).“Shaftesbury has always been committed to delivering award-winning scripted content and exploring new and emerging mediums to do so. Over the years, we have pivoted and evolved, sometimes ahead of, sometimes alongside, the media landscape and marketplace. As we currently find ourselves at the frontier of new platforms and new partnerships, what better time to collapse traditional ways of thinking and re-imagine the company for the years ahead,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury. “The rollercoaster symbolizes the thrill we all take from watching our favorite show. The three dots atop it give a nod to the former structure and its three divisions – Shaftesbury, Smokebomb, and shift2.” Advertisement TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2017 – Leading content company Shaftesbury, producers of beloved fan favourite series like Murdoch Mysteries and Carmilla, has re-branded and consolidated its digital and branded entertainment divisions fully under the Shaftesbury moniker. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter The company’s branded entertainment division, formerly known as shift2, was founded in June 2014 when Shaftesbury partnered with Youth Culture. The division now comes fully under Shaftesbury ownership; led by Kaaren Whitney-Vernon, now SVP Branded Content, the department continues to work with brands to explore their millennial voice using engaging scripted series and innovative social media strategies to drive measurable ROI. Shaftesbury’s most recent branded project is Upstairs Amy, produced in partnership with Walmart Canada and Interac, which launched earlier this week.“This is an exciting time for branded content as more brands put marketing dollars towards engaging and entertaining audiences. Shaftesbury has a legacy of creating great stories and memorable characters, and finding just the right talent to play these roles. We are bringing our brand partners this talent to help build their brands and their fan bases,” said Kaaren Whitney-Vernon, SVP Branded Content, Shaftesbury.After almost a decade of successful digital innovation and experimentation across a range of content and platforms, Smokebomb integrates under Shaftesbury. Additionally, Shaftesbury today announces the launch of Shaftesbury VR, which researches and develops advanced virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mobile media products for the health and wellness industry. In the coming weeks Shaftesbury VR will announce its first major US partnership. The division will be led by Jay Bennett, SVP Creative & Innovation, Ted Biggs, VP Convergent/Technology, and Claude Gagnon, Shaftesbury board member and former president of Technicolor Creative Services.“We are excited to continue to experiment with new ways to use content to entertain and engage fans across a range of platforms. Our entrance into the VR marketplace with a focus on the growing global health and wellness industry represents our continued commitment to connect with new audiences, in new ways, through the power of storytelling,” said Jay Bennett, SVP Creative & Innovation, Shaftesbury.Shaftesbury’s current slates includes 11 seasons of Canada’s #1 drama Murdoch Mysteries, new detective series Frankie Drake Mysteries, Slasher: Guilty Party, The Carmilla Movie, Emerald Code, Upstairs Amy, and Darken.About ShaftesburyShaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, digital, and brands. Shaftesbury’s current slate includes 11 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, and two seasons of critically acclaimed thriller series Slasher for Netflix. Shaftesbury’s digital arm produces original digital, convergent, and branded entertainment projects including the global phenomenon Carmilla, mystery series V Morgan Is Dead, supernatural drama Inhuman Condition, and the Slasher VR app for iOS, Android, and Oculus Rift. Shaftesbury’s branded entertainment division drives profitable engagement with millennials using scripted series, turning brands into executive producers. Recent brand partners include Walmart, Interac, U by Kotex®, and RBC. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Grand Chief Harper used MKOs money for car repairs guitars documents

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe grand chief of Manitoba Keeewatinowi Okimakanak, which represents some of the poorest communities in Canada, bought three guitars on his organization’s dime, according to documents obtained by APTN National News.MKO Grand Chief David Harper also used the organization’s money to pay for car repairs, flights for his girlfriend and for members of a U.S.-based gospel music group to attend a jamboree, according to Visa statements and invoices obtained by APTN National News.Harper is already facing controversy over plans to raise money for the upcoming Assembly of First Nations national chief election, which MKO is hosting in Winnipeg, by awarding clan designations to sponsors. MKO is in the midst a forensic audit launched by the organization’s executive council of chiefs to get clarity on the level of financial turmoil within the organization.Harper has rejected interview requests from APTN National News.Chiefs who are members of MKO have expressed concerns Harper is using the organization’s money for personal expenses and causes.An MKO-member chief speaking on condition of anonymity said that these “are questionable financial transactions and irregularities … and require immediate attention.”An invoice submitted to MKO from Winnipeg music store St. John’s Music shows Harper purchased three guitars for $821 using MKO’s money. The three acoustic guitars, two Yamahas and a Fender, where purchased Dec. 16, 2012, from St. John’s Music in Winnipeg.Harper, who is also an amateur gospel musician, also allegedly used MKO’s Royal Bank Visa Business platinum Avion card to pay for five $1,404 flights for members of U.S. gospel group Singing Cookes in June 2011, according to the credit card statement, obtained by APTN National News.The July 2011 statement also shows the credit card was twice used at a Winnipeg Mac’s convenience store for purchases totaling $361, but there is no documentation detailing the reasons for the spending.Download (PDF, Unknown)MKO was warned in August 2013 by an independent Winnipeg accountant that it needed to establish a paper trail for use of the organization’s Visa card. The warning was contained in a report by Bernie Shore to MKO explaining he couldn’t conduct an audit of MKO’s books because the organization lacked documentation for many of its transactions.“There were several payments and charges on MKO Visa made during the year that were not supported by actual invoices or evidence of the purpose,” stated Shore in a report dated August 2013. “Without an actual invoice and details of the purpose, evidence does not exist that the amount paid was a legitimate expenditure relating to MKO business.”The documents obtained by APTN National News also show MKO resources were used to pay for Ottawa-Winnipeg flights for Harper’s girlfriend Belinda Beardy on at least three occasions.MKO resources were also used to pay Northland Ford for repairs to Harper’s vehicle on at least three occasions, according to hand-written invoices. One invoice, dated May 16, 2012, is for $500, the other from May 29, 2012, is for three payments of $750 and the third invoice is from July 10, 2012, and is for $1,231.APTN National News also learned MKO picked up the tab for Beardy so she could accompany Harper on a trip to London, England, in October 2013 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763.Harper flew to London with a delegation including former War Lake Chief Betsey Kennedy and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation councillor D’Arcy Linklater. They were accompanied by three traditional dancers and two support staff. Linklater’s trip was paid by the Treaty Commission’s office.Harper assured MKO’s executive committee of chiefs that the cost of the $30,727 trip would be covered by fundraising. MKO, however, ended up paying for $18,227 of the total after Harper managed to raise only $12,500 for the trip.MKO chiefs are meeting in Norway House First Nation on Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s expected MKO chiefs will be presented with a forensic audit on MKO’s books. The forensic audit report will reveal that laptops and cell phones were tampered with before they were handed over to auditors conducting the investigation, according to a copy obtained by APTN National News.The forensic audit, conducted by Lazer Grant Inc., will also reveal MKO paid Glenn Buchko, the former director of finance, $1.1 million between 2005 and 2011.“Based on our review of available documentation, MKO administrative and financial regulations were not followed during the approval of contracts,” sated the forensic report.Harper is also facing allegations he tried to obstruct the forensic audit, which is still ongoing.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

QA What Facebooks shift could mean to users businesses

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – In coming days, Facebook users will see fewer posts from publishers, businesses and celebs they follow. Instead, Facebook wants people to see more stuff from friends, family and other people they are likely to have “meaningful” conversations with — something the company laments has been lost in the sea of videos, news stories (real and fake), and viral quizzes on which “Big Bang Theory” character you are.Here are some frequently asked questions about what users and businesses might expect from the changes.__WHY IS FACEBOOK DOING THIS?CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been doing a bit of soul-searching about the negative effects his company may be having on society and its users’ psyches. He’s come a long way since November 2016, when he dismissed the notion that fake news on Facebook could have influenced the U.S. presidential election as a “pretty crazy idea .”Now it’s his personal goal for 2018 to fix the site and weed out hate, abuse, meddling by malicious nation states, while also making it more “meaningful” and less depressing for users.While he acknowledges that Facebook may never be completely free of malign influences, Zuckerberg says that the company currently makes “too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing the misuse of our tools.”The company also faces pressure from regulators in the U.S. and abroad, and a growing backlash from academics, lawmakers and even early executives and investors about the ways in which social media may be leaving us depressed, isolated, bombarded by online trolls and addicted to our phones.Facebook would much rather make changes on its own than have its hand forced by regulators — or to see disillusioned users move on to other, newer platforms.___HOW WILL IT AFFECT THE COMPANY’S BUSINESS?Facebook’s stock price dropped almost 6 per cent on Friday morning before regaining some ground. That suggests investors take Facebook seriously when it says the move will likely make users spend less time on its service. Less time, of course, means fewer advertising eyeballs at any given time.This is a huge shift for Facebook, which until recently has been laser-focused on keeping users glued to the service by offering a bevy of notifications and “engaging” but low-value material.Facebook has been doing very well financially. Its stock hit an all-time high earlier this month, and the company’s market value is more than $522 billion. Its quarterly results routinely surpass Wall Street’s expectations.So arguably the company can afford to shift its focus a bit away from quarterly profit gains and metrics like “user engagement” that get advertisers salivating. Zuckerberg already signalled this would happen late last year, when he said the company’s planned investments in preventing abuse would hurt profitability.While the changes could hurt Facebook’s business in the short term, happier users could make for better profits over the long term. At least, that’s what the company hopes.___IS THIS THE END FOR BRANDS AND PUBLISHERS ON FACEBOOK?Many news organizations, bloggers and businesses have grown reliant on Facebook to spread information — articles, videos, infomercials — to their followers without paying for ads. The changes could jeopardize that route to their audiences, though some speculate it could be a ploy to force these companies to buy more Facebook ads.“It’s obvious that the days of getting exposure as a business on Facebook are coming to an end,” said Michael Stelzner, the CEO of social media marketing company Social Media Examiner. While Facebook has made plenty of changes to its news feed algorithm in the past, he said, this time might be different.That’s because Facebook is being “far more explicit” in its wording about what sorts of posts will diminish. “It has never been this black and white,” Stelzner said.___WON’T THIS JUST REINFORCE THE “FILTER BUBBLES” THAT TRAP USERS AMONG THE LIKE-MINDED?Do you enjoy arguing with people you disagree with? Maybe, maybe not. But Facebook’s goal is to make people happier using the site — not to expose them to opposing views. So yes, this is possible.That said, company says this is how people make friends and interact with each other offline. We gravitate toward people like us. And Facebook says its own research shows that users are exposed to more divergent views on its platform than they would be otherwise. Of course, this is difficult to verify independently, since the company doesn’t often show that data to outsiders.___ARE PEOPLE REALLY GOING TO SPEND LESS TIME ON FACEBOOK?Admitting that its changes will likely reduce the time people spend on Facebook less was a big deal for the company. Video, especially, has been a big focus for the social media giant — and videos have been especially good at keeping users around. This latest move, however, will de-emphasize videos too.While it’s too early to tell what users will do, there’s little reason not to trust Facebook on this particular question.___WILL THE CHANGES MAKE PEOPLE HAPPIER OR SADDER?The jury is still out on how seeing mostly exuberant posts from friends and family affects people over time.Facebook obviously believes most of its users enjoy keeping up with what’s happening in their social circles, even if the material being shared mostly revolves around parties, vacations and other fun times while omitting life’s inevitable challenges and tedium. Sharing these moments together, Facebook reasons, deepens the connections between people, even if they can’t always be together offline.But some research and anecdotal evidence suggests that Facebook can make people feel isolated, inadequate or alienated as they experience a phenomenon known as “fear of missing out,” or FOMO. Teenagers are particularly prone to “Facebook depression” as they try to measure up to and fit in with their peers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics .But other researchers believe how people react to Facebook depends on their personality. If you’re prone to anxiety, insecurity or already unhappy with your life, then seeing other people having fun could deepen your feelings of missing out or being left out. If you’re confident and content with your life, then seeing a friend or family member with a smile on their face could make you happy too.A recent article in Perspectives on Psychological Science concluded that already lonely people who use Facebook and other social media as a substitute for real-life relationships tend to end up feeling more isolated. But when Facebook is used to deepen friendships that have already been struck and to forge new relationships, the social network helps people feel less alone.___AP technology writer Michael Liedtke contributed from San Ramon, California.last_img read more

Top envoy strongly condemns attack on UN missions Court building

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative today strongly condemned an attack on the District Court building of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in North Mitrovica, which took place when a large mob overwhelmed UNMIK Police.“Those who turned to violence in North Mitrovica have crossed one of UNMIK’s red lines. This is completely unacceptable,” said Joachim Rücker, adding that he has instructed the mission’s police to restore law and order.This morning, the Special Representative notified the Serbian Government of the events, asking it to prevent such attacks.Mr. Rücker underscored that any differences of opinion must be dealt with in a civilized manner.“Once again, I appeal to all communities to refrain from violence and to help us ensure a safe and secure environment in Kosovo,” he said. “UNMIK will defend its mandate throughout the whole territory of Kosovo without exception.”The Special Representative has informed both President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Thaçi of the most recent developments and of UNMIK’s course of action.Last month, the Assembly of Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions of Self-Government declared independence from Serbia, and since then both Mr. Rücker and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have underlined the need for restraint from all sides.Ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one in Kosovo, which was administered by the UN after Western forces drove out Yugoslav forces amid inter-ethnic fighting in 1999. 14 March 2008The Secretary-General’s Special Representative today strongly condemned an attack on the District Court building of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in North Mitrovica, which took place when a large mob overwhelmed UNMIK Police. read more

Court orders PTL telephone recordings to be sent to analyst

A court order was issued today to send the recordings of telephone conversations of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) to the Government Analyst.The Attorney General’s Department had informed the court that the recordings which were submitted to the Central Bank treasury bond commission had been altered.

Mass protest by joint opposition postponed to September

However joint opposition Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa said today that the protest will now take place on September 5th. All joint opposition parties and trade unions were to join the ‘Jana Balaya’ protest against the continued hardships faced by the public as a result of Government policies and practices. A mass protest by the joint opposition which was to be staged in August has been postponed to September.The joint opposition was preparing to stage the mass protest on August 17th against the Government. He said the dates had been shifted as a result of the advanced level examinations.“As instructed by @PresRajapaksa ‘ජන බලය කොළඹට’ has been rescheduled to 5th September to avoid any form of disruption to the #lka students taking the A/level exams this year,” joint opposition Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa tweeted. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Dixie Kid a nearly lost piece of American history professor

Cathy van Ingen wrote the first biography of the boxer Dixie Kid for The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s.He was a welterweight so tough and scrappy that he often boxed above his weight class.Some of his in-the-ring shenanigans were later adopted Muhammad Ali and others.But these days, little information remains about Dixie Kid, a Missouri-born athlete who battled addiction and died after jumping out a window.Cathy van Ingen, associate professor of Kinesiology, has delved into the mystery of Aaron Lister Brown, who went from being an international celebrity to living on hand outs. The result is her chapter in the recently released book The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s. It is the first documented biography of Dixie Kid.Dixie KidUsing historical records such as newspaper articles and census forms, van Ingen has pieced together the story of the athlete born in 1883 who became a boxing pro at age 16. His stage name came from “Dixie,” a song often performed in blackface about a slave who misses the plantation.“The colour line was very thick at the time,” Van Ingen said. “He fought mostly other black fighters in ‘athletic exhibitions,’ since boxing was illegal then.”Brown’s playfulness pleased the crowds. He weaved, bobbed and sidestepped punches. He feigned fatigue to give his opponents false confidence, pummeling them when they came closer.“He would launch himself off the ropes and catapult toward his opponent,” van Ingen said. “He had this crazy fighting style that appealed to people.”Brown went to France in the 1920s, where he became a celebrity. One newspaper said he was as popular amongst French boxing fans as Charlie Chaplin was with movie patrons.Brown, who already had run-ins with the law, immersed himself in cocaine, alcohol and womanizing. He briefly returned to the U.S., then on his way back to Europe, fell asleep on a steamship and ended up in a Scottish port. There, he found a gym and became a boxing trainer. While in Scotland, he attacked a pharmacist for more cocaine and wracked up more criminal charges.Back in the U.S., he worked as a janitor and lived in flop houses. He primarily lived off the kindness of others, van Ingen said.At age 51, he jumped out a second floor window in Los Angeles, likely to commit suicide. He died from related injuries seven months later.Dixie Kid was in more than 155 fights. He mentored Eugene Bullard, who went on to become the first African American fighter pilot.Yet he’s been largely ignored by mainstream history, van Ingen said. Even his biography in the International Boxing Hall of Fame has the wrong information.Dixie Kid, she said, “was a blues man in life and a jazz man in the ring.“He lived a hard life, but in the ring, he was creative. He improvised. Everything we see in the ring nowcomes from some place in history, and Dixie Kid is one of them.”Van Ingen researches the history and contemporary world of boxing. She founded the Shape Your Life boxing project, a program for female and trans survivors of violence. She also boxes, often using the name The Professor.Related stories:• Boxing book released about first black champions — Boxing News 24 read more

PODCAST Registration open for BSA Fashion Show

This week’s Good Morning Goodman podcast continues with co-hosts Susan LeBlanc and Amanda Malkiewich congratulating Goodman’s newest graduates and Beta Gamma Sigma members after both ceremonies on the weekend.The Goodman Business Students’ Association (BSA) is hosting a fashion show Saturday, Nov. 12 for Goodman students to learn how to dress for success and will feature special guest speaker Shannon Passero, owner of The Post Office in Thorold. Goodman students can register and purchase tickets online. Early bird tickets end Friday, Oct. 28.Students interested in hearing leadership lessons and insight from this year’s Distinguished Leader, Martine Irman, Vice Chair and Head of Global Enterprise Banking, TD Securities and Senior Vice President, TD Bank Group, can register on CareerZone for her public address in Pond Inlet on Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m.Those interested in entrepreneurship are encouraged to attend BioLincUp, a networking event hosted by BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator run by the Goodman School of Business, Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.Student entrepreneurs are also invited to BioLinc’s Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick Off Weekend held in partnership with Niagara College’s ncTakeOff program. The event will see students form teams to build and pitch an idea together. Students can register on BioLinc’s website.Produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team, this is the latest in the Good Morning Goodman series which updates the Goodman School of Business community weekly on important news and events.0:44 – Congratulations to graduates and BGS inductees1:10 – Employer Information Sessions1:35 – ETS Major Field Test2:07 – CPA Ontario Office Hours2:31 – Distinguished Leader Lecture3:31 – Goodman BSA Fashion Show4:19 – Etiquette Dinner5:40 – Volunteer with BUAC6:08 – Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick Off Weekend6:56 – BioLinc UP! Networking Event7:57 – #Goodman Expansion Construction Update read more

Teachers and Dept of Education to discuss concerns over Junior Cert reform

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Education has announced the first meeting of a new working group set up to discuss the planned overhaul of the Junior Certificate is to take place next month.Representatives from teachers unions, school management, the Department of Education and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment will meet on 17 January to consider issues raised by teachers about the introduction of a new Junior Cert.The changes will see eight new “short courses” introduced to the curriculum, including computer programming, PE, Chinese and artistic performance. Students will get marks for showing what they can do in practical tasks rather than in the examination hall.The current Junior Cert curriculum has been in place for 24 years with only minor changes to syllabuses.Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said reforming the State examination is necessary but that many teachers have “legitimate concerns” about how it will happen.The Teachers Union of Ireland has raised concerns about the move to a continuous assessment system for some subjects and said that more teachers will be needed.“I am committed to ensuring that we implement the curriculum changes we need as a society,” said Ruairí Quinn. “Reforming the Junior Cycle is key in this regard”.“I have always secured significant resources for this reform. Almost all teachers I speak to are supportive of the need for change”.“But I am also aware that many of our teachers have legitimate concerns about how the new changes will be introduced in schools. The Working Group provides a forum for these concerns to be heard through the relevant representative structures”.“A radical overhaul of the Junior Cycle is essential if it is to be relevant and reflect the social, cultural and technological changes that have taken place in the last quarter of a century,” said Minister Quinn.Read: Chinese, coding and caring for animals: Junior Cycle is getting an overhaul > Read: TUI says more teachers are needed if planned Junior Cert changes are to be made > Damien Kiberd: Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarre >last_img read more

Bostonians celebrate capture of second bombing suspect

first_imgCaptured!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custodyAccording to AFP, a neighbour alerted police after finding Tsarnaev “covered with blood” in the boat where he had taken refuge, Boston police chief Ed Davis told reporters.The final showdown lasted nearly two hours, during which attempts to negotiate with him failed as he was “not communicating”, said Davis.Davis told a press conference:We exchanged gunfire with the suspect who was inside the boat, and ultimately, the hostage rescue team of the FBI made an entry into the boat and removed the suspect.Following his capture, Tsarnaev was taken to hospital, where he is said to be in a serious condition.The widow of his brother, who has a child with husband Tamerlan, released a statement through her family, said CNN, saying “our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted” and that they never really knew him.President Barack Obama said after the capture:We will determine what happened. We will investigate any associations that these terrorists may have had. And we’ll continue to do whatever we have to do to keep our people safe.The arrest ended a dramatic four days after two bombs exploded at the Boston marathon finish line, killing three people and wounding about 180. Within days, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan were named as the main suspects after CCTV images were released to the public.That was soon followed by an incident where the brothers were involved in the killing of a policeman and the wounding of a second officer. That sparked off a carjacking and a dramatic police chase to Watertown that culminated in a shoot-out on Friday night, during which Tamerlan was shot and died.On Friday, the manhunt grew to involve 9,000 police surrounding Watertown and parts of nearby districts as they hoped to find Dzhokhar, who they thought had been wounded in the earlier shootout.Boston went to a standstill as businesses, schools and universities were closed, public transport was stopped and people were advised to stay in their homes to allow police to concentrate on finding Dzhokhar.BrothersThe Tsarnaev brothers are ethnic Chechen Muslims who moved to the United States about a decade ago.The suspects’ father Anzor Tsarnaev told Russia’s Interfax news agency his sons had been “set up by the secret services because they are practicing Muslims.” But an uncle, Ruslan Tsarni said the pair had put “shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity.”“Somebody radicalised them,” he said of his nephews. “It’s not my brother.”The FBI acknowledged yesterday that an unnamed foreign government had asked about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 but they had found no key information.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in hospital being treated as the case against him is prepared by the FBI. It is expected he will be arraigned following an FBI complaint, and the preliminary hearing details will be set.According to CNN, it is likely that he will be indicted by a grand jury before the preliminary hearing date is reached. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE have taken to the streets of Boston to celebrate after the second suspect in Monday’s bombings was found in a boat in a backyard.People cheered for police and the authorities involved, after a successful end was brought to an intense manhunt. Gathering on Boston Common and in local areas, they chanted ‘USA! USA!’ and celebrated the arrest of the second suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.The energy was captured in this video taken overnight in the Mission Hill area:(Caution: adult language from the beginning)(SirEvan91/YouTube)As police made their way through Watertown following the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who was found hiding in a boat in a suburban backyard, crowds gathered to congratulate them.Rather than anger, Bostonians reacted with relief and thankfulness for the work done by the police. The city had effectively been in lockdown for a day, since a shoot-out with police involving the two chief suspects in the bombings, Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan.(AssociatedPress/YouTube)People had been asked to voluntarily stay off the streets so that the authorities could direct all of their resources into finding Dzhokhar after Tamerlan was killed in the Watertown shootout.BombingsThe ethnic Chechen teenagers are suspected of staging the Boston Marathon bombings.The 19-year-old was found in a boat, covered in blood, after a tip from a local resident in Watertown.The Boston police department said on Twitter after Tsarnaev was taken away:last_img read more

Benchmark your pay and benefits package

first_imgHow does your salary stack up against your peers’? And how does your total remuneration package compare to other reward and benefits professionals?Take part in the exclusive Employee Benefits salary survey for the chance to benchmark your own benefits and compensation offering.We are particularly interested in finding out how salary levels compare among reward and benefits professionals, how bonus schemes are structured, what type of pension arrangements are typically offered, and which employer-paid benefits are included in your benefits package.The last time we conducted this research, it revealed a significant gender pay gap among HR and reward professionals, so how has this changed over time?The online survey will be open until 9 December 2016.As a thank you for completing the survey, we will enter you into a prize draw to win £100-worth of retail vouchers. To be in for a chance of winning, fill in your details at the end of the survey.The research findings will be available online in February and will be sent to subscribers with the February 2017 issue of Employee Benefits magazine.Complete the survey today.last_img read more

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam sworn in for 2nd term

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam has been sworn in for a second term.Messam took the oath of office at a ceremony inside Miramar City Hall, Wednesday night.The 44-year-old Democrat recently launched an exploratory committee to examine a possible run for president.Messam told supporters he’ll have more to say about that by the end of March.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Quick Appointed Commissioner of the Department of Administration

first_imgQuick will start his new job on December 3. Mayor Pierce is expected to announce his replacement, in the near future. Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy’s transition team made the announcement on Monday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Chief of Staff John Quick has accepted the position as Commissioner of the Department of Administration for the State of Alaska. According to the state’s website, the Department of Administration provides centralized administrative services to state agencies in matters of finance, personnel, labor relations, leasing of space, central mail distribution, property management, risk management, procurement, retirement and benefits programs, information and telecommunication systems, and operation and maintenance of 18 state-owned buildings in Juneau, Anchorage, Nome, Palmer and Fairbanks. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce posted the announcement on Facebook: “John has been a great Chief of Staff for the borough over the last year, and I wish him nothing but great success with his new position. He will be truly missed.”last_img read more

Political Times Business leaders warn of Brexit and Ukip civil war ceases

first_imgClose This week two influential bodies threw their weight behind the In campaign ahead of the referendum on the UKs membership of the EU.The CBI called on businesses to speak out early on remaining within the 28-member bloc while the Institute of Directors (IoD) told IBTimes UK that leaving the EU would be disastrous.Simon Walker, IoD director-general said that the institute wouldnt be supporting remaining in the EU come what may and argued that Britain should be concentrate on being a leading force for deregulation inside the bloc.Meanwhile, Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan told IBTimes UK that the British public would more likely listen to successful manufacturers like JCB and Dyson on the EU issue rather than disgraced banks.Hannan made the remarks after German lender Deutsche Bank launched a probe into whether to move its operations out of the UK in the event of a Brexit. The news came after JCB chairman Lord Bamford backed an exit from the EU.The businessman, whose family has donated millions to the Tories, said Britain could exist outside of the union because of the countrys successful economy.Ukip civil war ceases Finally, it looks like the Ukip civil war has ended after a number of high profile departures from the top of the purple party.Suzanne Evans was the latest to stand down from a senior role as policy chief after in-fighting broke out among the Kippers following the general election.Patrick OFlynn, one of Ukips MEPs, criticised Nigel Farage as snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive after the party leaders resignation was reportedly rejected by its national executive. OFlynn later resigned as the partys economic spokesman.Meanwhile, Douglas Carswells spat with Ukip HQ also seemed to have reached a conclusion after an argument around short money – public funds to help non-government parties in the House of Commons with staffing and administrative costs.Farage took to the airwaves yesterday and said Ukip were united and even had the cheek to claim it was the rival parties that were breaking apart.last_img read more

Narendra Modi holds monthly meetings to revive stalled projects

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi is personally taking on India’s notorious red tape to clear tens of billions of dollars worth of stalled public projects, hoping that his hands-on intervention can bend a vast, dysfunctional bureaucracy.Once a month, Modi holds a meeting with top state and federal bureaucrats to check why projects have not got off the ground. Since March this year, his intervention has helped revive nearly $60 billion in federal and state projects, according to government data, Reuters reported.Modi has won plaudits for the initiative that has chipped away at a $150 billion backlog of planned roads, ports, railways, power stations and other projects. But equally, critics say, the fact he needs to personally intervene shows the level of government inertia in Asia’s third-biggest economy.”It is a systemic problem that the Prime Minister needs to work on,” said Arun Maira, a management consultant and member of the Congress government.The initiative launched by Modi in March and publicised on his personal web site and Twitter feed, is called pro-active governance and timely implementation, or Pragati, which means “progress” in the Hindi language.Federal and state bureaucrats are linked by video to Modi’s office for the meeting, usually held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. They are typically from the finance, law, land, environment, transport and energy ministries whose clearances are needed for many projects.The agenda is set the previous week and usually has about a dozen stalled projects, public grievances and other governance issues.A senior official who has attended said that when a project comes up for discussion, Modi turns to the representative of the ministry where it is being held up.He simply asks, “Please tell me why it hasn’t happened,” the official said.Several months into Pragati, a majority of the projects are cleared before they come up for discussion, the official said.The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state, Akhilesh Yadav, a political rival of Modi, wrote to the prime minister’s office requesting the inclusion of a $1 billion metro rail project in the state capital at one Pragati meeting.It got the clearances, including a pledge of federal funding, at the September meeting.”This is a welcome move which would go a long way in doing away with avoidable delays,” said Alok Ranjan, the state’s top bureaucrat.Still, critics say that while Modi can quickly cut through red tape, his style centralises decision-making and will not be sustainable in a country as large as India.The stock of stalled projects in the country has come down, yet remains high.In the July-September quarter, projects worth 7.6 percent of India’s GDP, or $152 billion, were stalled, down from a peak of 8.5 percent in the January-March 2014 quarter, according to CMIE, a think-tank. The data includes private investment plans.”Running a country is far more challenging than managing a state,” said Maira, the consultant, referring to Modi’s reputation as an effective administrator when he was chief minister of Gujarat state from 2001 to 2014.During those years, he used a similar initiative to get projects off the ground.After taking over as Prime Minister last year, Modi vowed to fire up India’s notoriously slow bureaucracy. He has set an ambitious goal of making India one of 50 most business-friendly destinations in the world by 2017.The World Bank ranked India 130th out of 189 economies, up from 134th last year, in its annual Doing Business report released this week.The previous government set up a cabinet task force to clear the backlog of projects but failed to make much of an impact because state governments were not involved.Modi’s initiative has tried to plug that loophole.Projects are usually held up by a lack of coordination between different departments and governments, said I.Y.R Krishna Rao, a top bureaucrat in Andhra Pradesh.Rao said he was pushing to get clearances for a railway line in his state. After it was reviewed by Modi, the response from the railway ministry improved substantially.last_img read more

Meetings Events Australias new Event Show

first_imgMeetings & Events Australia has revealed the much anticipated details of its upcoming Event Show, which will take place at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse on the 1st and 2nd of September.Announcing the show earlier this week to delegates at the MEA National Conference on Hamilton Island, MEA ceo Linda Gaunt said it would be “Sydney’s only events trade show specialising in showcasing local venues and suppliers, with a focus on up and coming technology and service providers”.The MEA show will fill some of the void left by the demise of Inspire EX which was set to be held 17-18 August at the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island.Exhibitions and Trade Fairs pulled the pin on Inspire EX just after AIME with the move part of a restructure which it said would see it focus on markets demonstrating the greatest potential for growth.The MEA Event Show will also occur just before Luxperience, which added an “Events by Luxperience” division to its show which takes place 6-9 September at the Australian Technology Park.Despite the close timing with Luxperience, Gaunt said MEA had already received an overwhelming amount of support for the show, and now that the venue has been announced this will further encourage industry members to get involved.Meetings & Events Australia has revealed the much anticipated details of its upcoming Event Show. Saxton Speakers Bureau has been announced as the major sponsor of the MEA Event Show, and delegates at the MEA conference were offered an “exclusive chance to be the first to get involved with the event”.Source = Business Events Newslast_img read more

Survey Finds LikeKind Exchanges Promote Economic Job Growth

first_img Economic Growth Job Growth Like-Kind Exchanges National Association of Realtors 2015-07-10 Staff Writer July 10, 2015 463 Views Survey Finds Like-Kind Exchanges Promote Economic & Job Growth Sharecenter_img Like-kind exchanges in the real estate market are an important factor for property acquisition and disposal, and they also support the nation’s financial growth, job creation, and economy, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).The survey, titled “Like-Kind Exchanges: Real Estate Market Perspectives 2015,” questioned NAR’s commercial and residential members and determined that Realtors are active participants in like-kind exchanges, with 63 percent of Realtors noting that they participated in a like-kind exchange transaction between 2011 and 2015. The survey also found that these like-kind exchanges in which Realtors participated created between 10 and 35 new jobs, mostly resulting from spending on building improvements following acquisition.Real estate investors and commercial property owners place a very high priority on current like-kind exchange tax rules, NAR said. Of those surveyed, 40 percent indicated that transactions would not have occurred in the absence of the tax provision, and 56 percent said even if the project would have occurred it likely would have been smaller in scale.According to the survey, the like-kind exchange rules, or Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, allows taxpayers to defer tax when they exchange investment or business properties for another property of a “like kind.” The main benefit of the like-kind exchanges is the opportunity to use capital and resources efficiently, which encourages economic growth and job creation. Replacement properties must be identified in 45 days and the transaction completed within 180 days.”Like-kind exchanges that allow investors and businesses to defer capital gains taxes on the exchange of similar properties bring great advantages to investors, real estate markets and the economy,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “Realtors and their clients often look for better economic use of existing properties that are underutilized, which helps promote local economic development and increase the nation’s gross domestic product.”Among the reasons for participating in a like-kind transactions, survey respondents and their clients noted deferral of capital gains taxes, equity to acquire additional properties, estate planning, portfolio diversification, and completion of a development project.Tax savings from like-kind exchanges help bring more capital into local markets, NAR determined. Eighty-six percent of respondents said the savings from tax deferment allowed them or their clients to invest additional capital and make improvement in their acquired properties. These investments are mostly responsible for the creation of new jobs, such as in construction and property management.NAR believes like-kind exchange transactions are vital to the real estate investment sector, and repealing the tax provision would negatively impact real estate markets and the industry.”Like-kind exchanges help investors more efficiently allocate capital and resources with less borrowed money into new investments that drive economic activity in communities across the nation,” said Chris Polychron, NAR president and executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Arkansas. “Any tax reform plan repealing like-kind exchanges would hurt investors and small businesses, increase financial leverage, weaken growth and the economy, and result in the loss of jobs.”Robert Dietz, Ph.D., VP for tax and market analysis for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said on their Eye on Housing blog that the land development sector also benefits from existing like-kind rules.“The study highlights the importance of the like-kind exchange rules for the real estate sector, as well as the construction of new residential and commercial properties,” Dietz said. “While the research did not examine the land development sector, this industry also benefits from the existing rules.”Click here to view the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Like-Kind Exchange Survey.  in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

Wanted man

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