first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Rogers Communications says Guy Laurence has stepped down as president and CEO, less than three years after the former head of Vodafone UK was brought to Canada to turn the company around following a period of lacklustre growth.The early morning announcement Monday of his departure — no reason was given — came minutes before Rogers announced its latest financial report, which showed the company’s third-quarter profit was about 50 per cent lower than during the same time last year despite a slight increase in revenue.Laurence’s replacement will be former Telus CEO Joe Natale, who led the Vancouver-based company during a period when it made customer gains against Rogers in the important mobile communications market.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Real estate companies that were promised access to a Toronto Real Estate Board feed of Greater Toronto Area home sales data on Tuesday said some are still waiting to get their hands on the numbers and others were slow to receive them.John Pasalis, the president at Realosophy brokerage, said he sought access to the data by email on Monday evening. He followed up twice, but has yet to hear back, despite TREB saying the feed was due to be released on Tuesday at noon.“It is understandable that they are going to be a little bit backlogged, but on the other hand, they knew this was coming,” he said. “This has been in the pipeline for years.”Pasalis is no stranger to waiting on TREB. He was one of the brokers who helped the Competition Bureau argue over the past seven years that TREB should allow the data to be posted on realtors’ password protected websites because keeping it off the sites would be anti-competitive.Pasalis and the Bureau’s fight ended in August, when the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear an application from TREB that aimed to keep the numbers off password-protected sites because the board was concerned about privacy and copyright.Some real estate companies immediately published the data after the Supreme Court’s decision, only to receive cease-and-desist letters from TREB warning of loss of data access, revocation of TREB membership or legal action against members TREB believed were violating its user agreement by posting sale numbers online “in an open and unrestricted fashion.”Like Pasalis, real estate company Zoocasa watched the TREB case intently and soon after being told data would be available, applied for access, but spokesperson Jannine Rane confirmed in an email on Wednesday that her company was also still waiting for the numbers.Zoocasa was told TREB is working through a high volume of requests, she said.TREB did not immediately respond to a request from The Canadian Press about how long it would take for the companies to get access, but it sent a letter to its members earlier in the week that said the feeds would be available on Tuesday and that members would be allowed to use the feeds to post data on their password-protected websites for clients.Of the half dozen realtors The Canadian Press spoke with, HouseSigma Inc. was the only company who said they had been granted access to the feed and it came two days after its chief executive officer Joseph Zeng applied for it.Just after he received access, Zeng said he hoped to post the data on his website within a few hours.He suspected TREB was slow to release the numbers to him because the board has 50,000 members who are all eligible to request similar data.“Yesterday when we talked to (TREB) they said they had 600 requests within three hours and they have to approve them one-by-one,” said Zeng, noting that TREB estimated it would take four to five days to give him archived data from transactions prior to Sept. 2016, but it hoped it might be able to offer him more current data by the end of Wednesday.The wait angered his clients.“When we got the initial timeline from TREB we made the promise on our website that it will be published on (Tuesday) and just this morning we received an email (complaining),” he said.“Our clients have been extremely frustrated.”last_img read more

by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Mar 18, 2013 10:19 am MDT Oil falls to near US$92 a barrel as bailout plan for Cyprus rattles markets The price of oil slid to near $92 a barrel Monday as investors grew worried about possible fallout from a plan to pay for a bailout for cash-strapped Cyprus by slapping a tax on deposits in the country’s banks.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery was down $1.08 to US$92.37 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract had risen 42 cents on Friday.Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, was down $1.56 to US$108.26 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.The deposit tax is part of a plan agreed to on Saturday by Cyprus and its international lenders and it prompted savers to rush to banks in Cyprus to withdraw as much of their cash as they could.Adding to the uncertainty, lawmakers in Cyprus postponed a vote on the €10-billion ($US13-billion) bailout package until Tuesday evening amid concerns the planned tax falls too heavily on smaller savers.While some analysts said it appeared unlikely that panic would spread to other countries and prompt capital flight from weaker EU economies, lower oil prices were the result of “increased risk aversion” in wake of the Cyprus events, said a report from Commerzbank in Frankfurt.“In the short term the pressure is likely to continue as further financial investors are expected to withdraw from the market,” Commerzbank said.On Monday, the euro slid against the U.S. dollar and other major currencies. A stronger dollar tends to pushe down oil prices as it makes crude more expensive for traders using other currencies.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline lost 4.65 cents to US$3.1038 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil fell 3.29 cents to US$3.9977 a gallon, while natural gas added 6.4 cents to US$3.936 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

A study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, advised that people should avoid emoji at work altogether, especially the first time you talk to someone.  The ruling was thought to be the first in English legal history to incorporate an emoji, or web symbol, to explain a point of evidence. Almost three quarters of adults are now dependent on emojis to communicate with each another, the study found Almost three quarters of adults are now dependent on emojis to communicate with each another, the study found She said: “As we increasingly communicate through our phones and computers, it is only natural that our language will evolve.“Digital communication should not be an excuse to take the easy road out. We all need to understand the foundations.”Emoji, a popular way to replicate non-verbal communication, are used six billion times a day and have been described as the fastest growing language in history.  Emojis are ruining the English language because young people rely on them to communicate, research suggests Dr Ella Glikson, an expert in business and management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, said that the research shows using emojis in the workplace does not increase perceptions of warmth, and actually decrease perceptions of competence.However, other studies have focused on the positive aspects of emoji. Researchers from Edinburgh University published a paper earlier this month which found emojis are helping people feel included on social media. When the inclusive emoji were first introduced in 2015 there were fears that the icons could be used inappropriately or abusively, and could even stoke racial tensions.But when researchers analysed a sample of a billion tweets they found that most people who choose to personalize the colour of their emoji do it to make it more aligned with their own skin tone.And even in tweets where the selected skin tone was different from that of the user, posts were found to be mostly positive. The researchers called for even more options to personalise characters to a greater degree.  In 2016, a High Court judge took the unusual step of including a smiley face emoji in an official ruling. In an attempt to make a judgment in a family court case comprehensible for the children it affects, Mr Justice Peter Jackson used a smiley face symbol.   Emoji are ruining the English language because young people rely on them to communicate, research by Google has found.Over a third of British adults believe that emoji are to blame for the deterioration of the English language, according to new research.YouTube, the video sharing website owned by Google, commissioned a study where 2,000 adults aged between 16 and 65 were asked about their views on the current state of the English language.  The vast majority (94 per cent) of respondents said they believe there has been a decline in the correct use of English, with four in five identifying youngsters as the worst culprits.The research found that more than half of British adults are not confident with their command of spelling and grammar. Almost three quarters of adults are now dependent on emoji to communicate with each another, as well as spell checks and predictive text. A spokesman for YouTube said that English language tutorial videos are seeing a huge surge in popularity. Since April 2017 there has been a 126 per cent increase in views of English language lesson videos on the site, they added. Lucy Earl, whose YouTube channel English With Lucy has over a million subscribers,  gives tips and advice to those looking to improve their language skills.  But one expert has warned that while there is a “superficial attraction” to using emoji, they are among the most damaging aspects of communication technology.Chris McGovern, a former Government adviser and chairman of the Campaign for Real Education said: “There has unquestionably been quite a serious decline in young people’s ability to use the English language and write properly punctuated English.“We are moving in a direction of cartoon and picture language, which inevitably will affect literacy. Children will always follow the path of least resistance.“Emoji convey a message, but this breeds laziness. If people think ‘all I need to do is send a picture’, this dilutes language and expression.”Academics have previously warned that peppering an email with emoji could harm your job prospects by making colleagues less likely to share information with you.  Emojis are ruining the English language because young people rely on them to communicate, research suggests Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgA MAKER OF promotional products is to create 200 new jobs in Dundalk over the next five years.An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and representatives from IDA Ireland were at National Pen’s international headquarters in the Louth town for the announcement this morning.The facility, which has been located in Dundalk for 25 years, currently employs about 260 people who serve 19 markets outside north America.The new positions will be in sales, customer service, manufacturing and technical and administrative functions.National Pen also has operations in Mexico, Tennessee, France and China.Read: Ireland technically exits recession as economy records growthYesterday: Good news on the jobs front: new jobs announced in Dublin, Cork and Carlowlast_img read more

first_imgDespite the highly-publicized takedown of Megaupload, one other high-profile site has a reason to celebrate this week — at least a little bit. RapidShare has been deemed legal by a German court, though only in terms of its core functionality.According to the ruling, RapidShare is just hosting files online. There’s nothing wrong with doing that. However, things get a little more complicated when someone tries to access those files — many of which are accessed by others. To that end, RapidShare has to keep a watchful eye on where downloaders are coming from. From forum posts to linkdumps, RapidShare must make sure that “infringing links” are taken down whenever they’re spotted.But the judge in this case did also declare that RapidShare has no responsibility to actively monitor uploaded files. Until an infringing link is posted somewhere, those files are just nondescript bits stored on a hard drive. RapidShare’s CEO says they’ve been doing this on their own for quite some time and that the court’s decision validates their business model. That’s a good thing, but the verdict also shows that the courts are watching closely — and that there will no doubt be repercussions should RapidShare slip up.While this ruling should let others in the digital locker and file hosting business breathe a little more easily, it certainly doesn’t signal the end of scrutiny and litigation from rights holders. As long as file sharing sites make sure that no external sites link to content that definitely infringes — and promptly remove such content when it’s discovered — everything should be just fine.It’s probably safe to assume that groups like the MPAA and RIAA would never stoop to having files anonymously planted to get a service like RapidShare in trouble. It’s not like they’ve tried that before on torrent sites or anything…More at TorrentFreaklast_img read more

first_imgAmazon has finished developing its own push messaging system, which allows users to seamlessly and quickly send communications between Kindle devices. Right now, Amazon is only touting this as a service for developers to aid in their app-building process but those with curious minds are already wondering if this has anything to do with the rumors of a Kindle Phone.Officially called Amazon Device Messaging, the service is only available to select developers as part of a beta program, and it only works on the most current versions of Kindle Fire devices. Despite its limitations, its reach is noteworthy. Developers can now send out notifications to users about app updates or other targeted messages.Previously, all developers had to use their own custom push notification systems, which drains the battery life and can result in an inferior user experience.For Amazon, it almost seems like a no-brainer. If it was another company, this kind of infrastructure would likely require some sort of new investment in the cloud. Amazon has more cloud resources than it can handle, though, so it can operate the new system without any additional overhead. It passes that advantage to the developers, touting Amazon Device Messaging as a completely free service.So that’s all well and good, but again, the real question is whether or not this could be paving the way for a Blackberry Messenger (BBM)-style texting platform for Amazon. It certainly helps feed the months-long rumor that the online retail giant is working on its own Kindle-branded smartphone.Although some suggested Amazon would reveal such a device for this holiday season, the company has not stated anything on the record. Given the success of the Kindle tablets, though, there’s a good chance that there is some meat to the speculation.[’s page was removed] via The Next Weblast_img read more

first_imgWoman who held pensioner as slave and forced her to sleep in outhouse jailed in England The victim, now aged 74, has learning difficulties. We know that the victim will never forget the years she spent in constant fear but we hope that she has some closure now Miller is behind bars.“Her bravery in coming forward to police and reliving some of the worst experiences of her life in court is testament to her strength of character and we hope this sends out a message that the Metropolitan Police Service will seek to bring the strongest charges for such shocking criminal conduct where appropriate.” Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share53 Tweet Email Friday 30 Aug 2019, 10:38 PM Maria Miller Image: Metropolitan Police 56,956 Views Image: Metropolitan Police Aug 30th 2019, 10:38 PM A WOMAN WHO held a pensioner in slavery for more than four years has been jailed in England. Maria Miller (65), from Chingford in London, was found guilty of two counts of holding a person in slavery or servitude and one count of theft on 21 June last.Today, at Snaresbrook Crown Court, she was sentenced two three-year sentences for the servitude charges and one year for a theft charge. All sentences are to run concurrently.The court heard that Miller met the victim, now aged 74, outside a pet shop and invited her to volunteer in her charity shop.In 2012 she persuaded the woman, who has learning difficulties, to move into her home address.She then made her sleep on the floor and carry out tasks such as weeding the garden or clearing out animal shelters in exchange for meals or coming back inside the house, meaning she was often left outside working until late at night, the Metropolitan Police said. Refused to feed her Miller also took control of the victim’s bank account, became executor and sole trustee in her will and tried to persuade her to sell a property she owned, as well as refusing her access to a mobile phone, money or access to her own pension.Police said the victim also lost a significant amount of weight as Miller often refused to provide meals for a number of days, as well as forcing her to sleep on the floor or in an outhouse. Miller’s house Source: Metropolitan Police On 14 June 2016, the victim managed to run away from the address and reported the abuse to police, who began an investigation.Miller was arrested on 14 July 2016 and released on bail, before being charged on 16 November 2018.Detective Sergeant James Earle, who led the investigation, today said: “Miller targeted one of society’s most vulnerable and the sentence received today reflects the gravity of her actions… By Órla Ryan 28 Comments Maria Millerlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Athens is now home to an increasing number of sustainable schools thanks to a public-private partnership (PPP) initiative.Cutting edge bio-climatic architecture technologies, which includes green roofs and harvested rainwater, to floating stairs and insulated floors, have been introduced to 24 school buildings across the capital. One of the schools, the 2nd Elementary School of Kallithea located in Pendeli, opened last September. Along with sound absorbing floors, toilets have automatic lighting and doors are fitted with mechanisms which ensure fingers don’t get caught.School principal, Nikitas Tsirigos says they are already seeing benefits.“It only costs €30 to run our nurse’s station because the school is built in such a way that it minimises accidents and children catching colds,” he told Kathimerini, though noted that it took some adjusting.“The contractor called me one day to tell me a teacher had opened a window and the temperature had dropped to 19 degrees Celsius. “When I advised her to close it, she started looking around for a hidden camera.”The investment cost a total of €110 million and has seen new life breathed into older buildings around Attica, giving students and teachers a more pleasant and modern teaching environment. The initiative, which is also seen to have added benefit in boosting property values, has resulted in a number of parents expressing interest in transferring their children from the private to the public sector. PPPs were initially faced with scepticism by ministry staff in 2007, however the initiative has since been named a Project Finance Deal of the Year by World Finance magazine.The cost is not included as part of Greece’s national debt, with the contractor paid by the state over 25 years.“All children can study at schools like these as long as we make use of the various European funding programs, such as the [Jean-Claude] Juncker package,” said deputy head of the European Commission Representation in Greece, Argyris Peroulakis.last_img read more

first_imgApple iCar : la voiture Apple imaginée par Steve JobsLors de la conférence de l’Innovation Uncensored, le 18 avril dernier à New York, l’un des membres du Conseil d’Administration d’Apple, Mickey Drexler, s’est laissé aller à une petite révélation concernant un projet que portait Steve Jobs avant sa mort : celui d’une voiture, l’iCar !Peu de temps avant son décès, Steve Jobs aurait imaginé une voiture, l’iCar, qui aurait sûrement embarquée de nombreuses technologies liées à la firme de la pomme croquée.Cette déclaration, reprise sur le site Wired, émane de Mickey Drexler, président Directeur général de J.Crew et membre du Conseil d’Administration d’Apple, lors de la conférence qui a eu lieu le 18 avril dernier, à l’Innovation Uncensored de New York.Et à ce propos, Mickey Drexler n’hésite pas à se laisser aller à d’autres détails : “le rêve de Steve avant de mourir était de concevoir une iCar”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Concernant le positionnement de la firme vis à vis du secteur, Mr Drexler explique cette tentative en expliquant que “l’industrie automobile aux Etats-Unis était une tragédie”. Poussant plus loin la perspective de ce projet, il affirme même que l’iCar “aurait probablement pris 50% du marché”.Pour en être aussi sûr, qu’aurait pu contenir un tel bolide : Siri en navigation routier ou multimédia, rétro-projection de la route sur un pare-brise rétina ? Et vous, comment l’auriez-vous imaginé cette iCar ?Le 18 mai 2012 à 10:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Cloud storage traffic might not be a top conversation topic, but Google’s Cloud team aims to have people see data differently through visualization art.On Tuesday, Google announced in a blog post that it worked with Stamen Design, a data visualization company, to take a week’s worth of Google storage traffic data and build a visualization that highlights the interactions between users and content stored in Google Cloud Storage.According to Google, the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) shows how the globe is interacting with trillions of pieces of content. When a request for a stored object is issued, it provides a piece of data about the origin and destination of the request at a point in time. Google decided to create a world map of these requests, in order to see if storage data pictures could help it better serve its global customers.Each image shows requests throughout the day for a nation. Arrows show direction, meanwhile the size of the bubble relates to gigabytes in the request. (Photo Credit: Google Cloud)First, Google analyzed Cloud Storage, Google’s object storage service that’s used for audio streaming services, including Pandora and Spotify, and genomic sequencing. Cloud Storage deals with billions of requests daily to store content from applications and people worldwide. Part of this process involved studying ingress (from user to Google Cloud region) and egress (from Google Cloud region to user). The data showed the size of the request in gigabytes and a timestamp.Photo Credit: Google CloudNext, Google studied Cloud Storage data request volume over the course of seven days. This information was then turned into a visualization of 24-hour clocks. This data art showed that the number of requests in each country peaked from morning to afternoon. Plus, Google noticed that the interactions from users to Google Cloud regions varied throughout the week.Photo Credit: Google CloudFrom there, Google wanted to see if it could visualize similarities between different sides of the world through data art. Results showed that continents with cultural cooperation, technological collaboration, and economic affinity had similar Cloud Storage traffic patterns. Countries that were in close proximity to each other also expressed similar Could Storage traffic activity.Cloud Storage traffic might not be on our minds all the time, but Google’s data art demonstrated how countries worldwide could have similar Cloud Storage traffic. If companies studied this data more, it might lead to better digital content exchanges in the future.More on Will Shut Down Early After a Bug Impacts Over 50 Million PeopleGoogle’s Censored Chinese Search Engine Probably Isn’t HappeningGoogle and Levi’s Smart Jacket Will Stop You From Forgetting Your Phonelast_img read more

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen Now Walker puts the brakes on issuing bonds to pay pensionsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe state of Alaska won’t issue bonds to pay for public worker pensions – for now. Gov. Bill Walker pressed pause on the sale Tuesday of up to $3.3 billion dollars of pension obligation bonds after meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee.For the first time, Pick.Click.Give. donations take a dipRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauIt has been a difficult year for nonprofits. The state’s budget is shrinking. Alaskans’ wallets are emptying. And, for the first time since its inception in 2009, the Alaska Community Foundation’s Pick.Click.Give program saw a drop in donations.  The program allows Alaskans to donate a portion of their annual oil-wealth payments to hundreds of nonprofits statewide.More than a decade later, one man’s discrimination case is still in limboLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauNearly two decades ago, a Chugiak man filed a discrimination complaint against the Anchorage airport. The investigation into the complaint took five years. Unhappy with its findings, he asked the state’s ombudsman to take a second look. He’s still waiting for an answer. On average, an investigation into a discrimination case in Alaska may take a year or two, according to the agencies that handle them.Fairbanks campus rape case draws scrutinyDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe University of Alaska Fairbanks is under fire for its response to a campus rape case. A UAF student accuses the university of failing to adequately support and protect her. The criticism follows efforts by the university to improve its sexual assault response process.Alaskan investment mogul David Rubenstein launches prime-time TV talk showLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.If you like to watch billionaires on TV, you don’t have to wait for Donald Trump to launch his own media network. The husband of Alaska Dispatch News owner Alice Rogoff now has his own prime-time television talk show.Federal grant to bolster Alaska’s aviation, health care apprenticeshipsJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA newly-awarded U.S. Department of Labor grant aims to bolster Alaska’s health care and aviation industries. The grant will increase the use of apprenticeships, which the state hopes will increase the chances of companies hiring locally. LEDs will light up Homer Harbor next yearShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerHomer will soon join the list of U.S. cities making the switch to LED lights.last_img read more

first_imgTapeswaram (East Godavari): Senior movie artists Roja Ramani and Kavita visited the famous Tapeswaram Kaja inventor Suruchi (sweet and savior makers) at Tapeswaram near Mandapeta. The two movie artists complemented the Suruchi management for maintaining hygiene in making sweets at the manufacturing unit. The Suruchi management felicitated the two artists. The two artists who were on their way to Mandapeta to participate in a private programme made a brief halt at Tapeswaram.last_img

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former finance minister P Chidambaram seems to be in deeper trouble as the Supreme Court denied him anticipatory bail. The senior Congress leader sought protection from arrest within an hour of the Delhi HC denying him anticipatory bail in decade-old cases. The cases were being investigated by the CBI and ED in relation to the alleged irregularities in FIPB clearance for the Rs 3,500-crore Aircel-Maxis deal and the Rs 305-crore FDI in INX Media. These happened when the leader was heading the finance ministry.last_img read more

first_imgA logo of Indian Oil is picture outside a fuel station in New Delhi, India August 29, 2016.Reuters fileIn a major decision, the central government is likely to give up controlling stakes in most-profitable state-run behemoths. The centre is seriously planning to spur economic development and maintain its fiscal deficit target. Government has identified one of India’s best-performing oil companies including Oil & Natural Gas Corp., Indian Oil Corp., NTPC Ltd. and GAIL India Ltd. for shedding its direct control to below 51 per cent, Bloomberg reported.Department of Investment and Public Asset Management Secretary Atanu Chakraborty said, “Government’s indirect holding, through arms such as Life Insurance Corp. of India, will stay above 51 per cent.” In her budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman set an ambitious target of 1.05 trillion ($15 billion) asset sales target for this financial year. Moreover, she also announced a series of measures to increase the revenues which included increasing taxes on the super-rich, extracting higher dividends from the Reserve Bank of India and increasing duties on gold and gasoline. The government has revised its fiscal deficit target to 3.3 per cent of gross domestic product. A technician is pictured inside a desalter plant of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, Reuters fileThe idea of giving up controlling stake in government-owned companies below 51 per cent was also tabled during Sitharaman’s budget speech. Batting for more private control in public sector undertakings, Deven Choksey, managing director at KR Choksey Shares and Securities Pvt. Ltd. said, “The government has to consider bringing in strategic investors and give them a say in the management that will spur the growth of these companies.”The performance of the state-owned companies has not been on par with the broader benchmark S&P BSE Sensex. The index of these OMCs has jumped 3.5 per cent since the start of the year as against 7.1 per cent gain in BSE’s benchmark index. Former finance minister Arun Jaitley mooted the idea of creating an integrated public sector oil behemoth to match the magnanimity of global oil and gas majors. Some of its stakes in listed domestic oil and gas firms were given up. In January 2018, ONGC bought 51.1 per cent of government in Hindustan Petroleum Corp for $5.78 billion. The step greatly helped the government in narrowing its fiscal deficit.last_img read more

first_imgHouston-based publicly traded companies added 24 women to their boards of directors during 2018, according to the Spencer Stuart Board Index.That’s up from seven added board members in 2017. Women now make up 20 percent of all independent board directors in Houston, up from 16 percent in 2017 and eight percent in 2011.But when you compare those numbers to S&P 500 companies nationwide, Houston is still behind. On those boards, 24 percent are women, and women made up 40 percent of new board directors in 2018.Mary Bass, a consultant at Spencer Stuart, said she thinks Houston lags behind because its major industries – in particular oil and gas – have historically been dominated by men.“We’ve not been as prevalent in the workforce, but now [we’re] emerging and ascending to roles of significance, which has taken time,” she said. “But we’re making headway.”Eighty-two percent of the largest Houston-based public companies have at least one female director. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xcenter_img Listen 00:00 /00:00 Florian Martinlast_img read more

first_imgHere’s a first look:What it is: BlackBerry Management Center lets you manage your business’s BlackBerry devices from anywhere using an online Web application. You can manage a number of things through the service like setting up email, contacts and calendars for each of your company phones. If a phone gets lost, you can lock it and display a message telling whoever finds the phone how it can be returned. Worst case scenario: you can use BlackBerry Management Center to wipe the data from a lost or stolen phone, including its microSD card. You can also restore the settings and content from a lost or broken phone onto a new phone.What you might like: Managing user phones from the Web application is as easy as promised, although you’re going to have to do some legwork to sync company devices with your BlackBerry Management Center account. The hard part mostly boils down to retrieving several ID numbers attached to your various BlackBerry devices as well as making sure apps like BlackBerry Protect and email are properly configured on each device. Once that’s done, using the service is pretty much a matter of navigating a few simple menus that display your options for each smartphone.Another useful feature: Employees who use their personal Blackberry devices in your business can add them to the service. In that case, users can determine how much control BlackBerry Management Center has over their device.What you might not like: The mobile work crowd is diverse. And if they’re not all using BlackBerrys, they’re not all controlled by this product. Which absolutely limits how much order the Management Center will bring to the mobile chaos in your shop.What to do: If your shop has a bring-your-own-gadget-to-work culture, Management Center is not for you. It simply does not support a broad enough array of devices to make it worth the hassle. But if your business has even a couple of BlackBerry devices in the mix, this service could provide some peace of mind.How do you keep track of your company’s smartphones? Let us know in the comments section. min read August 22, 2011 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals If smartphones are a small-business boon, they’re also a potential liability.Not only do businesses who offer them to employees have to keep track of who is using what device, they’re also loaded with information you don’t want “just anyone” to have access to. (If you’ve ever had to replace a lost or stolen company smartphone, you know what a hassle it can be.)The Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone giant Research in Motion recently debuted its new BlackBerry Management Center — basically a do-it-yourself tool for managing three to 100 BlackBerry devices. It’s free, which makes it an appealing choice for companies that can’t afford expensive IT services to handle their growing arsenal of smartphones.It’s also one more reason RIM hopes businesses will continue to use its products. Google’s recent blockbuster buy-out of Motorola Mobility means these business oriented technologies are more important to the struggling smartphone maker than ever before. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that peace talks between the warring parties in Yemen will resume in Geneva on June 14.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban welcomed the decisions by Yemen’s exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Shiite Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa to attend the U.N.-led talks in Switzerland. He urged the parties to engage “in good faith and without pre-conditions.” Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Dujarric said Satuday that Ban hopes the meetings will restart “a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process.”The secretary-general also reiterated his call for another humanitarian pause to get aid to hundreds of thousands of Yemenis in need. Ban said this could also help create an atmosphere “that is more conducive for peaceful dialogue.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgQuest’s plan to add 790 rooms to WA marketQuest’s plan to add 790 rooms to WA market kicks off with Quest Mounts Bay RoadQuest Apartment Hotels has cemented its position among the top apartment hotel offerings in Western Australia, with the opening today of Quest Mounts Bay Road at 130 Mounts Bay Road in central Perth.Today’s opening is a continuation of Quest’s assertive growth strategy in the state. The leading apartment hotel operator will add 790 rooms to the local market over the next two years with eight brand new properties in the WA pipeline.The new property is Quest’s second in the Perth CBD, joining Quest West End to offer guests a wider range of options, while meeting a growing demand for quality accommodation in the area. A third CBD property is scheduled to open in September – Quest East Perth – providing yet another premium apartment hotel offering for both the leisure and corporate traveler.Quest CEO, Zed Sanjana is confident about the future of tourism in WA, buoyed by Deloitte’s latest half-yearly Tourism and Hotel Market Outlook, which highlighted that surging tourist numbers are requiring all major centres to up their accommodation offering, with Perth at the forefront.“WA is experiencing a tourism resurgence, along with significant growth across the education and agricultural sectors – major demand drivers for Quest’s style of accommodation. The market has responded strongly to the Quest offering given the current lack of choice of quality properties.” said Mr Sanjana“The Australian headquarters of many global companies are located in the City of Perth due to its proximity to key international markets. Strong growth is expected to continue over the next decade as major industries strengthen and diversify, thereby expanding the workforce in the CBD.”“State Government investment in WA is strong, with an ongoing commitment to several major redevelopment projects, including the $1 billion Gateway WA project improving access to and from the Perth Airport precinct, the $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital and the new $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital.”“Today’s opening exemplifies Quest’s commitment to WA, with an additional 790 rooms to be added to the local market over the next two years,” he concluded.With a background in the hotel industry, Quest Mounts Bay Road Franchisee, Don Goode is well equipped with a wealth of experience in providing the highest levels of guest service. Mr Goode expressed his excitement about becoming part of the highly regarded Quest network and eagerness to welcome his first guests to the stunning new property.“I am thrilled to open the doors of Quest Mounts Bay Road in Central Perth, at the foot of Kings Park surrounded by parkland and the Swan River with CBD skyline views. The new property is ideally located for both the corporate and leisure guest, within walking distance of Mount Hospital, the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Esplanade Station, Elizabeth Quay, the Perth Arena, and the State Theatre,” said Mr Goode.“Central Perth and its surrounds are going from strength-to-strength – it is a very exciting time to be doing business in the area. We anticipate strong continued demand for Quest’s style of accommodation and look forward to delivering the premium quality experience guests know they can expect from the iconic Australian brand,” he concluded.Developed by Diploma the brand new property features 71 fully self-contained studio and one-bedroom apartments. Guests have access to an onsite gymnasium, reception, restaurant chargeback, pantry shopping, valet dry cleaning and business administration services.Quest has an extensive pipeline of nine brand new properties opening in FY16/17, in addition to Mounts Bay Road, including: East Perth, Fremantle and Midland (WA); Newcastle West, Griffith and Macquarie Park (NSW); Port Adelaide (SA); Dandenong Central (VIC); and Petone (New Zealand). Quest Apartment Hotelsbook your accommodation hereAbout Quest Apartment HotelsQuest is the largest and fastest growing apartment hotel operator in Australasia with over 150 properties located across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.Established in Melbourne, Victoria in 1988, the growth of Quest has been achieved through its commitment to meeting the accommodation needs of the extended stay business traveller.Quest Apartment Hotels are managed by franchisees who follow a proven and successful franchise model. Source = Quest Apartment Hotels – Quest Mounts Bay Roadlast_img read more