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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe largest coroner’s inquest in Ontario’s history is into its seventh week in Thunder Bay.The inquest is looking into the deaths of seven First Nations students who died over a decade in the city.APTN’s Wayne Rivers looks at the evidence and testimony so far.And reports that there is a common theme.wrivers@aptn.calast_img

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsA case launched against the Quebec government for handing over land to the Kahnawa’:ke Mohawk Territory is now before the courts.The suit was filed by a number of Quebec municipalities that are angry that the land in question was returned to the Mohawk Territory in 2013 without consulting them.“All that we’ve wanted and all that we’ve said since the beginning is that we’ve want to a part of the process,” said Châteauguay mayor in 2013 “We weren’t part of the of the negotiation, we weren’t part of the consultation concerning those lands which presently fall under the territorial limits of out municipalities.”But Mohawk leadership weren’t having any of that talk.“Municipal governments have no place at that table,” said Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton. “It’s a little bit frustrating sitting there listening to the municipalities trying to show how they want to work with us in terms of having an opportunity to sit at the table and be part of the negotiations which they have no business to.”The land is a part of Kahnawà:ke’s Seigneury Sault St-Louis historical land claim. The 283 hectares were returned to Kahnawà:ke as compensation for building a highway through the territory.But an injunction has been in place on any use of the land since the municipalities launched their lawsuit. It prevented Kahnawà:Norton said it prevented Kahnawà:ke’s from any development of the land which runs adjacent to highway 30.As a result, Norton said Kahnawà:ke has lost years of potential economic development over the dispute.“A lot of things that have been planned, major corporations at the table that were prepared to work with us, and suddenly all this stops. It’s very valuable lost time.”Kahnawà:ke has independent intervenor in the three-week trial and will have several members testifying.Norton hopes this particular land battle will be done once and for all at the end.“It’s our territory and our economic future, where our people will live and thrive in the near future.”tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Two reopened casinos and half a year of sports betting helped push Atlantic City’s casino revenue up 7.5 per cent in 2018 to nearly $2.86 million, state gambling regulators said Monday.But the news was bad for most of the casinos that existed before the Hard Rock and Ocean Resort casinos opened in June. Of those seven casinos, six won less in 2018 than they had in 2017, the latest of several recent indications that concerns about whether Atlantic City was re-expanding its market to an unsustainable size were valid.Sports betting saw the casinos and two racetracks take in $1.24 billion since the first wagers were taken in June. For the less than six months that sports betting was legal last year, it generated just over $94 million in revenue for casinos and tracks. The state got $10.4 million in sports betting taxes.Ocean Resort is the former Revel, which closed in 2014; Hard Rock is the former Trump Taj Mahal, which closed two years later. Both reopened the same day last year, June 27.After a brutal stretch that saw five casinos shut down between 2014 and 2016, Atlantic City had been doing reasonably well as a slimmed-down market with less competition and a boost from internet gambling. Increased competition from casinos in neighbouring states including Pennsylvania and New York cannibalized Atlantic City’s casino revenue, helping lead to the shut downs.When plans were announced for Hard Rock and Ocean Resort to open, elation about the restored jobs, tax revenue and additional weekend hotel rooms was tempered by concern that Atlantic City might be making the same mistake twice in having more casinos than the market can support.James Plousis, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, noted that 2018 was the third straight year that Atlantic City’s gambling revenue increased. But he did note the impact on the older casinos from the arrival of the two newcomers.“While the city had a good year, market adjustments from competition occurred and will continue into 2019,” he said in a news release. “The continuing strength of internet gaming plus a growing sports wagering market will provide the industry with tools to compete.”Of Atlantic City’s seven casinos that operated before the two new additions last year, only the Golden Nugget showed a revenue increase for the year. It was up 13.7 per cent to $327.8 million.Even the Borgata, Atlantic City’s perennial market leader, saw its casino revenue decline in 2018. It was down 4 per cent to $771.1 million.Tropicana was down 2.5 per cent to nearly $381 million, but it remained the city’s No. 2 casino in terms of gambling revenue.Resorts was down 3.3 per cent to $184.2 million; Harrah’s was down 8.4 per cent to almost $333 million; Bally’s was down 9.1 per cent to nearly $192 million, and Caesars was down 13.5 per cent to $281.3 million.Hard Rock won $166.7 million from late June through the end of the year, while Ocean Resort won $101.1 million during that same period.Ocean Resort changed hands last week, with an as-yet unannounced company assuming a majority ownership stake in it in return for making a $70 million investment to help keep it running. The ownership change was widely seen as another indication that the market was not ready for the kind of expansion it underwent last summer.Internet gambling took in nearly $300 million last year, an increase of 21.6 per cent over 2017 and one of the true bright spots for New Jersey’s gambling market. Of the two internet-only gambling entities in the state, Resorts Digital was up 76.3 per cent to $75.7 million, and Caesars Interactive-NJ was up 5.9 per cent to $45.5 million. The Golden Nugget won $104 million online last year, about twice what its nearest competitor, the Borgata, did.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryACWayne Parry, The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Toronto stock market was lower Wednesday as a partial U.S. government shutdown continued for a second day with no sign of a resolution to Washington’s political impasse.Traders also worried about how the stalemate between President Barack Obama and some members of the Republican party will impact negotiations over raising the U.S. government’s debt ceiling in mid-October.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 38.37 points to 12,809.07 with the gold sector the only advancer as bullion started to appear attractive as a safe haven investment.The Canadian dollar was down 0.16 of a cent to 96.69 cents US.U.S. indexes were negative as the Dow Jones industrials fell 100.09 points to 15,091.61, the Nasdaq lost 17.88 points to 3,800.1 and the S&P 500 index shed 10.2 points to 1,684.8.Also pressuring indexes was a report from payroll firm ADP that the U.S. private sector created 166,000 jobs last month, lower than the 178,000 that had been expected.That’s likely all the jobs data that traders will get this week as one of the spinoff effects of the government showdown is an absence of government data that usually moves markets. The Labor Department said Tuesday it won’t be issuing its employment report for September on Friday.Market reaction to the partial government shutdown that started Tuesday has been relatively muted on hopes that economic damage from the budgetary impasse wouldn’t be too severe as long as it didn’t last too long.But there is growing dismay that the standoff on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing with some lawmakers in both parties suggesting the shutdown might last for weeks.Adding to the grim mood is a deadline of Oct. 17 when the U.S. hits its debt limit and starts to run out of money to pay bills.“Given the U.S. government shutdown and fast-approaching debt limit deadline, volatility with a negative bias looks the likely mix for markets in days ahead,” said a commentary from Barclays Research.Meanwhile, Italian premier Enrico Letta has won a confidence vote in the Senate after Silvio Berlusconi delivered an about-face and announced he would support the government.The actual voting was anticlimactic after the former premier acknowledged defeat and said he would support Letta after defections in his party robbed him of the backing he needed to bring down the government.The tech sector was the biggest percentage decliner, down 0.65 per cent as The Globe and Mail reported that BlackBerry (TSX:BB) (Nasdaq:BBRY) is looking at tapping the value of its extensive real estate holdings in the Waterloo, Ont.-area to raise cash. It said that BlackBerry has asked for ideas to generate the largest possible return from its real estate in as little time as possible, through a confidential process begun last week. Its shares fell 16 cents to $8.03.Commodity prices were mixed and the energy sector was down 0.55 per cent while the November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dipped 40 cents to US$101.64 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) declined 34 cents to C$30.47.The financials sector fell 0.5 per cent as Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) gave back 36 cents to $32.76.The base metals sector eased 0.15 per cent with December copper up a cent to US$3.28 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) shed nine cents to C$8.25.The gold sector rose two per cent and December bullion gained $15.10 to US$1,301.20 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) advanced 47 cents to $19.07.In other corporate news, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) has acquired two additional solar power facilities in Ontario as part of a multi-year agreement with Canadian Solar Solutions. TransCanada didn’t disclose the cost of the individual plants but Canadian Solar says they’re valued at more than $95 million. TransCanada shares dropped 23 cents to $44.97.European bourses were also lower while the European Central Bank kept its key interest rate at a record low 0.5 per cent, holding off on more stimulus for the economy of the 17-member euro currency union as it monitors the tentative recovery.London’s FTSE 100 index lost 0.51 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX declined 0.37 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 was down 0.47 per cent.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.6 per cent, reopening after a one-day public holiday while South Korea’s Kospi rose marginally. Markets in mainland China were closed for a public holiday.However, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 2.2 per cent after the government Tuesday announced it would go ahead with a sales tax increase in April. read more

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) attempts to outrun Minnesota junior defensive back Eric Murray (31) during a Nov. 15 game in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith just two games left in the regular season, Ohio State has reached one of its goals: competing for championships in November.With a win over Indiana, the Buckeyes will have clinched a spot in their second straight Big Ten Championship Game. But there is another award opportunity that not everyone saw coming. According to Bovada.com, an online gambling site, OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has 15/1 odds of winning the 2014 Heisman Trophy as of Wednesday evening. Those odds currently put Barrett as the third-highest favorite behind Oregon redshirt-junior quarterback Marcus Mariota (2/5) and Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon (9/4). In comparison, Barrett is third in the nation in overall quarterback passer rating, sporting an 87.9 rating, as Mariota holds the top spot with a 90.9 QBR.Barrett has accounted for 38 total touchdowns and 3,127 total yards in 10 games this season. The Buckeyes’ last Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Troy Smith, accounted for 2,746 total yards and 31 total touchdowns during 2006-07 season.OSU sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott said Wednesday that his teammate deserves to be in the Heisman discussion. “He is a great leader. First of all, I think he is playing as good as any player in the nation,” Elliott said. “I think he should definitely be in the talks. I think he is right up there.”Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman echoed Elliott’s comments adding that he, along with others close to Barrett, is not surprised by the young quarterback’s success. “I told you guys. I know what kind of guy he is, and what kind of player he is and competitor and a leader,” Heuerman said Wednesday. “I don’t think there are a lot of people (who know him) that are really surprised. He has done a great job. He has worked for that every step of the way. Hats off to him.”With the Buckeyes sitting at 9-1, 6-0, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he has previously spoken to his team about handling success. He added that no such conversation is needed when dealing with Barrett. “No. This kid is so grounded. That is once again a credit to his family,” Meyer said Wednesday. “If I saw it (problems with handling pressure), certainly I would jump in the middle of that but I haven’t given it two thoughts.”Barrett said Wednesday that the added attention and Heisman talk has been surreal for him. “It is kind of crazy to think about. That is really never on my mind … but I am grateful that I am on that list,” Barrett said. “But the objective every week is to go out there and win games.”Barrett has broken multiple school records this season, including most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback (189) and longest rush by a quarterback (86). Both records were previously held by senior quarterback Braxton Miller, whom Barrett replaced following Miller’s season-ending torn labrum injury. Barrett is also just two touchdown passes away from breaking Smith’s record of passing scores in a season. Meyer said Monday that Barrett has acknowledged there are things he could be doing better despite breaking multiple records.“J.T. is a Heisman candidate that knows that he could have played much better Saturday, and that’s the best thing about coaching these guys right now,” Meyer said about Barrett and the Buckeyes. “I hope it doesn’t change. That’s something we’re watching very closely with guys that are starting to get some notoriety.”Barrett said he has the same goals as his head coach and is doing his best to remain levelheaded. “I hope it doesn’t change me, I hope I stay the same. I will try hard to be the same: working hard, being here on a Wednesday night until probably 9 o’clock,” he said. “I am going to do my best to make sure it doesn’t. I have people here to keep me grounded so it is really unlikely for that to happen.”Despite the Heisman attention, Barrett said the attention remains on the Buckeyes’ next opponent. “Being 1-0 at the end of the week, making sure that is the main focus,” Barrett said. “Not thinking about the Big Ten Championship Game, not thinking about that team up north, but just beat Indiana. That is the objective this week.” The Buckeyes and Hoosiers are scheduled to square off Saturday at noon from Ohio Stadium. read more

first_imgThe next time you download a pirate copy of the latest Hollywood flick, chances are you won’t get arrested, but you might receive a nice warning from your Internet service provider. It’s part of a new initiative spearheaded by the US government and ISPs throughout the country.Last year, a new entity called the Center for Copyright Information was formed. The CCI teamed up with what is believed to be every major service provider, including Comcast, to develop a new six-stage system. About 75% of all online users are represented by the ISPs involved. It’s referred to as the “six strikes” program, but officials stress that it isn’t a legislative system.What that means is, even after six so-called “strikes,” it doesn’t automatically mean a user will lose their connection or face prosecution. There are punishments associated with repeat offenders, though, but those details are still being hammered out. It’s unlikely to go far beyond Internet throttling, talking with your ISP, or having some educational documents sent your way.The program, officially called the Copyright Alert Sysem, is being touted as an “educational” platform with the mindset that a lot of online piracy offenders may not realize what they’re doing is illegal, or if they do they might not realize the risk and implications of the process.Every ISP will have the freedom to set up its own method for alerting users when they receive a strike, and for creating the associated penalties. Details beyond that are few and far between, but the CCI affirms that the system will be up and running by the end of the year.via Ars Technicalast_img read more

first_imgDécès du paléoanthropologue sud-africain Phillip TobiasUn communiqué de l’Université Witwatersrand à Johannesburg vient d’annoncer la mort, jeudi 7 juin, de Phillip Tobias, un grand anthropologue et humaniste, connu pour ses travaux sur les hominidés anciens et ses prises de position anti-apartheid.C’est à l’âge de 86 ans que s’est éteint jeudi, à Johannesburg, l’anthropologue Phillip Tobias, après une vie bien remplie. ‘Co-inventeur’, avec Louis Leakey et John Napier, de l’espèce Homo habilis (l’un de nos ancêtres) en 1964, Phillip Tobias  est aussi l’auteur de nombreux travaux sur le célèbre gisement fossile des grottes de Sterkfontein situées au nord-ouest de Johannesburg et classées au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco. Des oeuvres qui lui ont valu de devenir un grand nom de l’étude des hominidés fossiles.À lire aussiCet étrange fossile retrouvé dans les profondeurs de l’océan ressemble à la créature légendaire CthulhuNé à Durban (Afrique du Sud) le 14 octobre 1925, Phillip Tobias a mené des études de médecine avant de s’orienter vers la génétique, d’enseigner la physiologie et l’histoire puis de se spécialiser en anthropologie, génétique humaine, anatomie dentaire et évolution. Sa description de l’Homo habilis notamment mais aussi ses autres travaux lui ont permis d’être pressenti trois fois pour le prix Nobel sans toutefois le recevoir. Il était décrit comme un homme de convictions, apprécié pour ses qualités humaines et ses talents de pédagogue, se mettant même en 2002 à animer une série télévisée à succès en six épisodes consacrée à la génétique, l’anatomie et la primatologie. Outre ces domaines, il s’est également illustré dans la lutte contre le racisme et l’apartheid dans son pays. Un rôle important, reconnu par la fondation Nelson Mandela, qui lui a rendu hommage. Toujours soucieux du respect humain, il avait négocié, en 2002, le rapatriement en Afrique du Sud de la dépouille, détenue par la France, de la “Vénus hottentote”, une femme bushmen amenée en Europe au 19e siècle et considérée comme un ‘objet de curiosité’ ethnologique. Phillip Tobias “aura gardé jusqu’à la fin de sa vie une curiosité intacte et sans limite pour la génétique, l’histoire et la théologie”, précise encore l’université de Witwatersrand à Johannesburg.Le 8 juin 2012 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgComment choisir l’âme sœur ? Demandez à votre subconscientPubliée dans Science, une étude expérimentale américaine suggère que si, au début d’une relation, notre esprit peut se convaincre de la solidité future du couple ainsi formé, notre subconscient, lui, ‘flaire’ l’issue réelle des choses – quelle qu’elle soit – dès le début.Sommes-nous en mesure de déterminer à l’avance le devenir de notre couple lorsque nous faisons la connaissance de notre futur(e) partenaire ? Oui, mais notre inconscient est, à cet égard, beaucoup plus fiable que notre esprit conscient ! Ce dernier peut en effet s’autosuggestionner sans même que nous nous en rendions compte, répondent des chercheurs de l’Université d’état de Floride. Pour donner cette réponse, ces psychologues ont effectué des tests en la matière sur 135 couples de jeunes mariés. Chaque membre du couple devait, d’une part, répondre à un questionnaire censé évaluer ses affinités réelles avec son partenaire. D’autre part, ils devaient se livrer, sur un ordinateur, à un exercice faisant appel aux réflexes : répétitivement, une photo du conjoint était montrée une courte fraction de seconde, immédiatement suivie d’un mot – comme “génial” ou “affreux”, par exemple – qu’il fallait spontanément qualifier de “positif” ou de “négatif”.La pertinence des réponses – les réponses réfléchies faites au questionnaire tout comme les réponses instinctives données lors du test informatisé – a ensuite été évaluée a posteriori. Comment ? Tout simplement en examinant, tous les 6 mois et durant les 4 années suivant les tests et en les comparant à l’état réel des relations dans le couple. Un inconscient plus perspicace Premier constat : les sentiments exprimés par les participants en réponse au questionnaire initial n’ont reflété que médiocrement l’état avéré de la situation ultérieure. Deuxième constat : le test ‘machinal’, lui, a reflété fidèlement la réalité. “Les gens ayant [réellement] des sentiments très positifs envers leur partenaire ont été très rapides pour indiquer que des mots comme ‘génial’ sont positifs, et très lents pour indiquer que des mots comme ‘affreux’ sont négatifs'”, explique le Dr James McNulty, auteur principal de l’étude. A l’inverse, dans les couples moins soudés, les gens répondaient rapidement aux mots négatifs et plus lentement aux mots positifs.Ecouter “ses tripes” À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Tout le monde veut faire un bon mariage. Et au début, beaucoup de gens sont capables de se convaincre du fait que c’est le cas, à un niveau conscient. Mais les réponses automatiques, viscérales, sont moins influencées par ce que les gens veulent penser. Vous ne pouvez pas [dans ce dernier cas] donner une réponse positive en ayant seulement des vœux pieux”, ajoute le Dr McNulty. “Si les gens peuvent sentir que ‘leurs tripes’ leur disent qu’il y a un problème, alors ils peuvent approfondir et peut-être même bénéficier de l’aide d’un conseiller matrimonial”, conclut le Dr McNulty. Le 8 décembre 2013 à 11:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgPep Guardiola says Manchester City are not sure youngsters like Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz will leave on loan or not.The young stars started as City began their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Chicago on Saturday.Foden and Diaz have played few games in the last season and could be set for loan spells to gain experience, however, City boss is still unsure.“We will decide on them at the end of pre-season,” said City boss Guardiola quoted in Sky Sports.“As soon as people come back we will know what we need for the games against Chelsea [in the Community Shield] and Arsenal.”City’s 16 World Cup players are still resting from the Mundial tournament and as a result couldn’t feature in their preseason start on Saturday, however, Joe Hart who spent last season on loan at West Ham played half of the match time.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“Despite the decision nobody can doubt Joe’s quality as a goalkeeper or what he has done in the last 10 to 12 years,” said Guardiola.“We have four goalkeepers, we decided today to use Claudio Bravo and Joe Hart. What Joe has done in the past 12 years in undeniable and we know his quality.”“We did many good things,” said Guardiola.“It is really good for the future. We played against one of the best teams in Germany and we did many good things.“We spoke in the week about courage, intensity and a desire to play. The players did very well and I am so satisfied with the performance of these guys.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 6, 2017 – Nassau – Queen’s College held a special ‘Sir Durward Knowles Day,’ December 4, with celebrations at the school in honour of the 100th birthday and accomplishments of Queen’s College alumnus, Sir Durward Knowles.The festivities were attended by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis.  In the photo are Sir Durward (centre), his wife, Lady Holly (centre right), Governor General HE Dame Marguerite Pindling (left), Sir Durward’s daughter, Charlotte (right), and Principal of Queen’s College, Andrea Gibson (standing just behind Lady Holly).(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img“To quote an earlier speaker today, this is our time,” said Mike Winkleman, president of Leverage Media and immediate past president of the Custom Content Council. “Five years ago, there were some questionable things. There was only a faith on the part of marketers that people were using it. The diminishing concerns on the part of marketers are the most important part of this research.” Those concerned centered on three things: That custom content programs are too expensive; that there’s no way to measure ROI; and that convincing others internally, within the marketer’s organization, that custom content is viable is a challenge. All of these concerns have diminished, the survey indicates. “That means it’s strategic,” Winkleman said. “It’s an integrated marketing campaign. It’s not tactical anymore.” Joe Pulizzi, executive director of the Content Marketing Institute, agrees. “At the end of 2009-2010, most CMOs stopped asking why we need to do this,” he said. “That’s been answered. They know they need to do it. It needs to be a core part of their marketing strategy today. There’s no executive at a senior brand that I’ve asked in the last two years has questioned that need. Now it’s all about best practices and key performance indicators.” The survey also indicates that marketers are increasingly incorporating custom content into their marketing plans, and that they are shifting funds from traditional advertising campaigns to do it. Eighty-one percent are engaged in custom content, up from 67 percent five years ago, while 59 percent are shifting funds, a number that has increased from 41 percent in 2006. Interestingly, custom magazines are not close to the most common form of custom content. That goes to customized Web content. Magazines rank at number 7, after e-newsletters, print newsletters, social media, video and conferences. White papers, advertorials and Webinars round out the top 10 most common forms of custom content. Ironically, print magazines rank highest in terms of consumer awareness, according to the study. Chief marketing officers’ sense of the value and effectiveness of custom content has increased significantly since 2006, and concerns about custom content are diminishing, according to new research from the Custom Content Council. The survey, conducted this month by Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communication, was released today at the fourth annual Custom Content Council conference, held in Charleston, South Carolina. Eighty-seven percent of CMOs said they perceive custom content as valuable or very valuable, according to the survey, an increase of 15 percent in the five years since the last survey. Forty percent said it was “very” valuable, compared to just 11 percent in 2006. How do marketers see custom content as valuable? Ninety-four percent of the 100 or so CMOs and top-level marketing executives surveyed indicated that custom content strengthens their bonds with consumers. Eighty-five percent say it makes consumers likely to buy again. And 90 percent said they believe that consumers find custom-content information useful. In each of these three instances, the percentage of CMOs who believe this increased from five years ago. last_img read more

first_imgThe Federal Reserve Building stands in Washington.ReutersThe minutes from the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee’s latest meeting revealed a more hawkish view among policy makers and investors are already fretting over the possibility of more than three rate hikes this year.Fed officials agreed that “the strengthening in the near-term economic outlook increased the likelihood that a gradual upward trajectory of the federal funds rate would be appropriate.”Stocks reversed gains and bond yields rose as investors narrowed odds on faster hikes. The U.S. central bank has forecast three rate hikes for this year, with the first increase expected at its next policy meeting in March.In their December projections for the dot-plot – used to predict whether Fed is bullish or bearish on rates – only four officials said four or more hikes will be appropriate in 2018.Investors are now watching out for the next Fed meeting on March 20 when the policy makers will for the first time consider the January jobs report that indicated rising wages, and consumer prices that surged faster than forecast last month.A higher number of interest rate hikes will have ramifications for both developed and emerging markets.Here are a few possibilities for Indian stocks and economy:Weak RupeeMore than three rate hikes will likely lead to rupee depreciation, due to the cascading effect on all emerging markets.The Reserve Bank of India is not expected to hike rates at this juncture as the focus is more towards domestic parameters such as inflation and growth.So far this year, the partially convertible rupee has fallen 0.54 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1 billion from local equity and $1.9 billion in debt markets.Overseas fund outflowOverseas inflows are likely to withdraw from Indian markets in the short term.Improved U.S. bond yields may result in some outflows or limit future portfolio investments to some degree by investors as they might prefer to invest in US market both in debt and equity.Equity selloffIndian equity markets draw a significant chunk of overseas funds so any global development will have a bearing on domestic stocks.The consequent rate hikes would most likely affect the earnings of companies with foreign revenue or debt exposure.Earnings of net importers will be under pressure with a weaker rupee, whereas export-oriented industries such as technology will benefit from favorable foreign exchange gains.last_img read more

first_imgBorn into the family of legendary cricketers, Chirag Patil’s decision to foray into the unpredictable territory of the film industry wasn’t an obvious one. Though he has done a number of notable films in the Marathi and Hindi film industry, he was finding it hard to satisfy his creative hunger.Right on the day he decided to quit the industry, director Kabir Khan called him, asking him to join the director’s most anticipated film of 2020 – ’83. International Business Times, India, got in touch with the actor who is currently shooting in London.You have been a popular face in the Marathi film industry. You have also been a part of several Hindi films. But would you say that in a way, ’83 is your big launch?’83 is definitely a big project. It is one of the most expensive films ever made in India and probably the biggest release of 2020. But I wouldn’t call it a big launch for me as I have done several Hindi and Marathi films. But, yes, it is the biggest project I have done so far.Are you hopeful that you would get more recognition and work in Bollywood after the film?I hope so. But, I don’t think so much about the future and what the outcome may or may not be. At the moment, my only focus is giving my best for this film because the rest is not in my hands. There are several factors responsible for a film to do well and I am just a small part of the puzzle. But, I make sure to give my 200 percent to whatever I get into.Did you audition for the role or was it offered to you? Take us through the experience.Well, there is a funny story behind this. I had made up my mind to quit acting and films altogether. I have been acting for the last ten years but hadn’t worked in anything substantial. I had not got a good break and had several unsuccessful films to my name. Last year, my wife and I started a small resort near Karjat and I was interested in taking it forward full-time.Funny thing is, call it destiny or luck, the day I had decided that I would inform my parents about it and was driving back home, I got a call from Kabir Khan saying that he wants me to audition for this part and he feels I would be perfect for this role. I came home and told my wife about it. I wasn’t sure yet. But my wife motivated me and told me to give acting one last shot with this film and then take a call on whether or not I would want to be in the industry. So yes, now I am here, doing one of the biggest films in Bollywood.There are so many well-known faces in the film. Did you all go through some workshops or training to strengthen the bond or develop friendship?Yes, before we started the shoot we all went through a hard-core training program. For me, it was eight months of preparation. I can’t play cricket at all so had to learn it all from scratch. All the credit goes to Ballu uncle (Balwinder Singh Sandhu), Rajiv Mehta and his team. It was kind of Chandrakant Pandit, who allowed me to practice at his academy where I learnt the basics of cricket. I used to practice cricket for four hours every day and then used to go to the gym and work out. So yes, it was quite tough.Has it been easy or difficult playing your own father in the film?Well, thankfully my batting stance, my gestures, my walking style, talking style, body language is exactly like my dad. And that is something that I have never had to work on, it was just natural and inborn. I also look somewhere like him. The only hard part was getting the cricketing stance and nuances right. And I think, I have pretty much managed to get that right as well.Being the son of Sandip Patil, wasn’t cricket an obvious career choice for you?Well, I have never been interested in cricket. But, because my father and grandfather were cricketers, there was pressure. So, I also decided to join cricket. But, the first time my father saw me playing he told me “You will never play for India, so please don’t waste time. Do something else.” I was so relieved when he said this because I always wanted to be an actor. My parents and my brother, Prateek, they have all supported me throughout my journey. But, my father had told me one thing, that whatever I decide to do he would support me but would never help me. He knows half the film industry but he has never tried to push anyone to feature me or take me in their films. He has always told me to fight my own battles.How has the experience of working with Kabir Khan and Ranveer Singh been like?Working with Kabir Khan has been a wonderful experience. He is a dream to work with and is also a very sweet and humble person. I learnt something or the other from Ranveer Singh every day. His hard work and dedication are unmatchable. He is a megastar and totally deserves every bit of it. I am lucky to be working with both of them.last_img read more

first_img Share PexelsIn the latest court ruling in a long-running case involving the Texas foster care system, a panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld portions of a district judge’s original ruling, while striking down other parts of that decision.U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack of Corpus Christi deemed the Texas foster care system “broken” back in 2015. She also offered a prescription for fixing it, demanding Texas make some big changes. Since then, there have been two legislative sessions during which lawmakers did address problems in the foster care system. But the state of Texas has also been challenging Jack’s prescription in court, calling it overreach.Bob Garrett is Austin bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, and says Jack’s original ruling focused on high caseloads that she said led to foster children to receiving less attention; it also contributed to high turnover rates among caseworkers.“I think one of her second big priorities was that she was horrified by these huge foster group homes, and things going on at night with no adults awake,” Garrett says. Jack ordered that large group homes be disbanded. But the appeals court overturned some of that original order. The 5th Circuit court left much of Jack’s original order, requiring greater oversight by the state of private foster care providers, Garrett says.“She just ordered a whole raft of things … in January of 2018, and I’d say about half of them have survived the appeals process,” Garrett says.With the new ruling, the state is less restricted than it had been under Jack’s orders. The Texas foster care system will no longer be required to cap caseloads.“But they said you can have flexible caps that the state needs to determine with a workload study and internal guidelines,” Garrett says. “So, there’s wiggle room there for Texas, but Judge Jack is going to be presiding over that.”Garrett says state leaders, including Attorney General Ken Paxton and Gov. Greg Abbott, say they were working to make improvements in the foster care system all along. They also stress the importance of states’ rights. They feel they “don’t need a federal judge telling them what to do, and micromanaging it,” Garrett says.The state will be able to continue using remote caseworkers to check in with foster children once a month; the appeals court ruled that process complies with a federal law requiring caseworker contact with children in the foster care system.Garrett says Paxton hasn’t decided yet whether to appeal the new ruling to the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Written by Shelly Brisbin.last_img read more

first_img 7 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Consumer-driven businesses need to stay on top of emerging technology, especially when they compete with giants like Amazon. And, in that context, sthe latest tools to attract and retain customers are wi-fi analytics and automated marketing platforms.Related: Effective Marketing Appeals to Emotions Instead of ReasonThese platforms provide brick-and-mortar retailers and restaurants advantages similar to those that the big online retailers enjoy, for collecting and using customer data for marketing.Capturing customer information and personalizing the customer experience, after all, are the ways forward for retail and hospitality businesses. And a big part of this is triggered marketing.So, what exactly is triggered marketing?Some businesses confuse “triggered marketing” with loyalty programs and mobile apps. Certainly those efforts help drive traffic. But they lose some of their potential effectiveness when treated as stand-alone tactics, because for a loyalty program to be effective, customers first need to download your app or register. When it comes to the plethora of online marketing tactics, then, the sum of all the parts is not nearly equal to the whole. Instead, the key is to align all digital marketing strategies under one umbrella solution that maximizes the reach and potential of each.Baking analytics into your marketing mixHere is where wi-fi analytics and automated marketing programs level the marketing playing field — with new ways to attract and retain customers.Specifically, wi-fi analytics and automated marketing platforms include three services: capturing customer data, analyzing the data and then delivering personalized content. Take the example of the Atlanta Bread Company (ABC), a 27-location chain that credits analytics and automated marketing for an increase in its companywide sales.In the past, the missing link between traditional and digital marketing had to do with collecting the actual data that allowed a business to personalize its communication with customers in order to improve that relationship. Using data analytics, however, ABC has collected 33,000 customer email addresses automatically.  More importantly, it’s gained the ability to market to each one of those customers, based on his or her individual behavior.Danny DinerConsider the fictional case of “Danny Diner.” Danny comes into his neighborhood Atlanta Bread Company store every Monday and Thursday at around 10 a.m., logs onto ABC’s wi-fi and stays for an hour. How does the company know this?  Its “smart” wi-fi tracks Danny’s behavior. This means that ABC can send Danny a deal to his phone at 10:10 every Monday morning, offering him $2 off a muffin and thereby increasing the likelihood that he will in fact, order a muffin.Related: How Big Data Analytics Is Solving Big Advertiser ProblemsThat is how and why capturing customer profiles and tracking these individuals’ behavior provides the chain restaurant with an opportunity to personalize its target marketing.Knowing that Danny spends an hour using ABC wi-fi indicates his interest in the restaurant as a destination, where he is comfortable sitting and doing work. This lets ABC tell its brand story in a way that resonates with Danny himself, highlighting its comfortable seating and wi-fi speed.In contrast, “Carol Caffeinator” dashes in to ABC and dashes right out again with her coffee every morning at 8. Catching Carol with a triggered daily deal at 7:45 am for an extra-large cup o ’joe will up her daily spend at ABC. That’s how communicating on a one-to-one basis with actual customers, based on their real-life needs, is a way to increase revenue and maintain their loyalty.But, back to DannyWhy does he come in only twice a week? How does ABC increase this customer’s frequency by using real-time intelligence? Seems as though ABC has a real opportunity to truly individualize Danny’s experience and deliver dynamic marketing content to attract him other days of the week too. A deal sent to Danny on Monday offering him a discounted breakfast on Tuesday might get him to come in another day during the week.Social media is the new word of mouth, and ABC can encourage Danny to share marketing content with friends and friends of friends. Perhaps he’d like to share his Tuesday breakfast deal with friends, to meet up with him to enjoy a meal and surf the web together. If Danny is inclined to tell his friends more about ABC, he might post a review through the ABC wi-fi landing page. In fact, ABC actually generated 5,000 customer reviews through its wi-fi marketing efforts.But . . . uh oh. Danny hasn’t been at ABC for a while. And here again, wi-fi analytics can help by rescuing at-risk customers like him by knowing who they are, how and when they dine. If Danny has decided to spend his mornings elsewhere, ABC can trigger deals to bring him back and maintain his loyalty.What you need to knowIf you want to know how and when you should market to individual customers,you need to know what they do when they’re at your location. One factor that wi-fi  presence-analytics measures is average dwell time at the physical location. This directly influences how and when to market to these customers.Sending the offer for a muffin deal while Danny is enjoying his coffee at ABC is much more effective than sending it when he’s home and about to have dinner. Another way to improve operational efficiencies? The answers you obtain to these questions:How long do diners take to enjoy their meal?How much time did it take for them to complete their meal or shopping?How likely is it that an average customer will return?What is each customer’s projected lifetime value?What’s better than standard wi-fi?The answer to the last question lies at the core of analytics and triggered marketing: It’s smart Wi-Fi. Having the ability to engage customers like Danny and Carol at physical locations is an exciting new way to communicate with them and be at the center of their dining experience.The overwhelming majority of consumers keep their mobile phones with them at all times. So, business should use smart wi-fi with marketing-automation platform triggers. That will mean that when Danny is at ABC checking his phone text, the restaurant can grab his immediate attention. In short: Give Danny a deal for tomorrow’s breakfast and he just might share it on his Facebook newsfeed.Get Danny’s interest while he’s on the premises, and he’ll be back.Smart wi-fi marketing reaps benefits beyond that of the usual on-premises experience. When customers register for in-restaurant or in-store wi-fi, that action enables customer-profile collection and simplifies third-party application onboarding, a.k.a. downloading the restaurant’s app. Therefore, using smart wi-fi enables a business to:Encourage customer reviewsDrive social media engagementFrom the sales perspective, smart wi-fi enables:Point of sales marketingFuture event marketingData collectionOn that last point, once a customer is registered, data is collected whether he or she logs in or not. In addition, the restaurant or retailer is able to interact with a customer who does not have the locations mobile app installed.Although online giants may have had the initial capabilities to leverage automated marketing, restaurants and brick-and-mortar retailers have even more opportunities to market to guests because they have the physical presence of the customer.Customers like Danny Diner and Carol Caffeinator who have made the effort to go to the location are more committed to the brand at a personal level. From the business’s perspective, then, it’s important to leverage this loyalty in every way possible, which is why knowing who that customer is and why learning about his or her behavior is so important to the marketing mix.Related: 10 Tools Helping Companies Manage Big Marketing DataHence, the importance of triggered marketing: Going the additional step to offer customers this type of deal, which will continue to engage their interest even after they leave is what will ensure return visits. And, that’s what wi-fi analytics and triggered marketing are all about. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 9, 2017 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_imgAccording to a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5mac), a reliable analyst on all things Apple, the company has been working on an augmented reality headset and is about to launch the device. This pair of glasses could go into mass production as early as Q4 2019 and should be available at some point during the first half of 2020.It’s still unclear what you’ll be able to do with this mysterious headset. Kuo says that it’ll work more or less like an Apple Watch. You won’t be able to use the AR headset without an iPhone as it’ll rely heavily on your iPhone.The glasses will act as a deported display to give you information right in front of your eyes. Your iPhone will do the heavy lifting when it comes to internet connectivity, location services and computing. I wouldn’t be surprised if the AR headset relies on Bluetooth to communicate with your iPhone.Kuo’s report doesn’t say what you’ll find in the headset. Apple could embed displays and sensors so that the AR headset is aware of your surroundings. An AR device only makes sense if Apple puts sensors to detect things around you.Apple has already experimented with augmented reality with its ARKit framework on iOS. Developers have been able to build apps that integrate digital elements in the real world, as viewed through your phone cameras.While many apps have added AR features, most of them feel gimmicky and don’t add any real value. There hasn’t been a ton of AR-native apps either.One interested use case for augmented reality is mapping. Google recently unveiled an augmented reality mode for Google Maps. You can hold your phone in front of your face to see arrows indicating where you’re supposed to go.Apple has also been rebuilding Apple Maps with its own data. The company isn’t just drawing maps. It is collecting a ton of real-world data using LiDAR sensors and eight cameras attached to a car roof. Let’s see if Apple Maps will play an important part in Apple’s rumored AR headset.last_img read more

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first_imgA Spotted Bush Snake was caught on Sunday in the Hyde Park area by Eugene Jonck and Rina van Vuuren, who received a phone call from a resident who was too scared to go near it.This snake is an excellent climber. It can be found in bushes, trees, on walls, or even gliding between cracks in bricks. It is also sometimes found on the ground. According to Eugene, this is a beautiful snake that will often be found in and around homes, especially in KZN. The main reason for this is that it’s looking for geckos to eat. This snake can easily climb trees and even brick walls, and is quite a fast-moving reptile. When disturbed, it will move away fast and in short bursts to the nearest cover.If it is cornered or when it becomes defensive, it will inflate its neck (like some other snakes) and the blue skin in between the scales will be visible. This makes it look more dangerous, almost like a Boomslang.A Spotted Bush Snake will bite if cornered.Eugene and Rina found the snake slithering between the branches and leaves of a tree.“Many people mistake this snake for a venomous Boomslang,” says Eugene. The duo captured the non-venomous snake and relocated it 60km from town. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Amnesty said the other four adolescents were grabbed by the military and accused of links to the armed groups.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likecenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – Amnesty International is calling on the Malian government to release five adolescents held by the military for up to seven months. An Amnesty delegation met the five teenagers, aged between 15 and 17, at a military camp in Mali’s capital.One of the five was a child soldier conscripted by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad, an Islamic extremist group linked to al-Qaida which ruled part of northern Mali last year. Amnesty said the 15-year-old joined because his family was desperately poor and the jihadists were paying salaries. The group said he deserted after not being paid and was arrested by Malian soldiers, who burned his arms with a cigarette. How men can have a healthy 2019 Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

first_imgA vehicle crashed into the barrier railings at the side of Poort Road last night (January 15).The vehicle was travelling from town up towards Pick ‘n Pay when the driver allegedly lost control on water that was in the road.The driver was not licensed. He was slightly injured in the accident.Public Safety, SAPS and Sharaj Ambulance Services responded. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img