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Mexican president unleashes labour unrest at border plants

MEXICO CITY — A mass strike at 48 “maquiladora,” or manufacturer, plants in Mexico’s border city of Matamoros is heading for victory, bringing pay raises for labourers who make less than $1 an hour, or about 100 pesos a day, assembling auto components and TV sets for export to the United States — and causing jitters for the business community.The labour battle broke out in mid-January after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador decreed a doubling of the minimum wage in Mexico’s border zones, apparently unaware that some union contracts at the maquiladora plants are indexed to minimum wage increases. The decree sparked a wave of walkouts involving about 25,000 workers.The maquiladoras claim the strikes threaten the very existence of their industry, which has attracted over 5,000 mostly foreign-owned plants and 2 million jobs by paying very low wages. Union leaders say those worries are overblown, noting that workers at the border plants still earn far less than their counterparts in the United States.Less than a week after the strike broke out, a majority of the export plants in Matamoros — 29 companies with a total of about 34 factories — have agreed to the union demands, a rare victory that owes a lot to something the president probably didn’t intend to happen.After taking office Dec. 1, Lopez Obrador doubled the minimum wage in communities along the U.S. border to 176.20 pesos a day, the equivalent of $9.28 at current exchange rates. With maquiladora pay averaging about 146 pesos ($7.70) a day, the Matamoras workers went on strike to demand the 20 per cent raise be applied to everybody — even those making above the minimum — and a one-time bonus of about $1,685.“Perhaps he didn’t take into account what was in the labour contracts,” said Javier Zuniga, an activist with the Miners’ Union who has helped co-ordinate the strike. “The president acted in good faith, but he didn’t measure the impact that was going to have on union contracts, and the workers came out winners for once.”Since the 1990s, many companies in Matamoros, which is across the border from Brownsville, Texas, signed contracts indexed to minimum wage hikes. It was a way to keep wages down, given that in most previous years, annual increases were about equal to the inflation rate.One such contract signed in March 2018 at the Kongsberg Interior Systems plant, which makes automotive cables, stipulates that “the company will reach an agreement with the union to increase wages by the same per cent that minimum wages are increased.”In addition, many companies’ annual bonuses are calculated by multiplying minimum wage increases by 365, a figure that in past years usually amounted to only about $100.“They (the government) never thought there was a real union, or that there were (contract) clauses like that,” said Cirila Quintero, a sociology professor at Colegio de la Frontera Norte who has studied the Matamoros union that has represented maquiladora workers for more than a quarter century.The Industrial Workers and Laborers’ Union of Matamoros, which was founded initially in 1932 to represent cotton workers, is unusual in Mexico because it has won gains for its members that don’t exist in contracts anywhere else in the country. Far more common are pro-company “ghost” unions that sign contracts without consulting the workers they purportedly represent.Lopez Obrador has been wary of antagonizing the business sector, and he appears to be an unwilling hero in opening the floodgates of labour discontent. Both Quintero and Luis Aguirre, the head of Mexico’s association of maquiladora companies, said federal officials actively discouraged the Matamoros union from seeking the pay increases. The Labor Department refused to confirm that, saying only that it sent mediators to Matamoros to try to defuse the dispute.Aguirre also claims federal officials agree that the union’s interpretation of the contract clauses is erroneous, but he says the federal government has been unwilling to act.“This will give rise to unemployment and cause at least 15 of these companies to flee,” Aguirre warned. His group, the Maquiladora and Export Manufacturers Industry, said in a statement that the wage demands may spread to other areas along the border “where the industry is present and will project a very bad image for foreign direct investment.”Still, most of the Matamoros companies have quietly agreed to the workers’ demands, and they would be hard-pressed to find any place near the U.S. market where they could pay less than $1 an hour.Other Mexican border cities with assembly plants, like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, “don’t have this point” in their contracts, Quintero noted. “But what is going to happen is that workers are going to demand their raises to 176 pesos,” the new minimum, and probably across the board, he said.Lopez Obrador has come under pressure from the business sector to rein in wage demands, but he is unlikely to do so.The only thing he has promised Mexico’s labour movement is to guarantee union freedom and stay out of unions’ internal affairs. For workers, that is a big step forward in a country where the labour movement has been smothered for decades by old-guard union bosses and pro-company “protection” contracts often signed before factories even open.Lopez Obrador also has shown a certain fondness for militant union bosses like Mine Workers’ head Napoleon Gomez Urrutia and the head of the Electrical Workers Union, Martin Esparza, even though both have been accused of questionable financial deals and of holding more protests than negotiations.But Zuniga brushes off suggestions that Lopez Obrador favours the miners’ union, and he dismisses accusations that he and other strike organizers are helping U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign to bring manufacturing plants back to the United States.“Unfortunately, people here in Matamoros live on very low salaries,” Zuniga said. “There is no plot, no conspiracy, other than to protect and help the workers.”Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press read more

Demise of Canadas onecent coin to cost taxpayers a pretty penny

OTTAWA, Ont. — The demise of Canada’s one-cent coin next year will cost taxpayers a pretty penny.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the impending withdrawal of the penny in last March’s budget, saying the government would save $11 million a year in production costs.That’s because production of each one-cent coin had cost the Royal Canadian Mint about 1.6 cents.Postmedia News But a new analysis of costs shows that redeeming the mountain of circulating pennies beginning Feb. 4 will cost taxpayers about $7.3 million a year.The analysis projects a net cost of about $38.3 million to redeem some six billion pennies expected to be turned in by consumers and financial institutions over the next six years.Costs include $53 million expected to be paid out to redeem the face value of the coins, as well as another $27 million in handling and administration costs by the Royal Canadian Mint.Recycling the zinc and copper from melted-down pennies will bring in about $42.5 million in revenue, leaving government in the red at just over $38 million.However, adding the $11 million in annual savings from not minting any more pennies, which ceased production May 4 this year, still gives the government annual savings of almost $4 million over the expected six-year redemption period.The Finance Department posted a cost-benefit analysis Wednesday.As required under government policy, the department was also required to consider non-regulatory measures for the return of pennies.“A non-regulatory alternative option would include refusing to pay for the returned pennies,” says the notice.“This option has been rejected because, without a government commitment to cover the redemption costs, Canadians might lose confidence in the value of the penny, and other circulating currency.“This could threaten the integrity of the coinage system as the intrinsic value of Canadian currency is based on a high level of confidence in the currency system.”A cabinet order earlier this month conferred on Flaherty the authority to pay financial institutions for the pennies they’ll begin to redeem starting Feb. 4. However, they’re not being compensated for handling costs, only the face value of the coins.The mint has stamped an estimated 35 billion pennies from metal plates over the last century.The penny remains legal tender even after Feb. 4.As the coins are withdrawn, cash transactions will begin to be rounded off to the nearest five cents, but there are no government-imposed rules or policing.Electronic transactions, such as those on debit cards or credit cards, would still be registered in cents.Pennies were to have been withdrawn from circulation starting this fall but retailers successfully stalled the plan, saying they wanted to keep the coins for the holiday shopping season. read more

UN Yugoslavia tribunal files new indictment against Slobodan Milosevic

The charges filed by Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte will be made public only if the Tribunal’s judges confirm them following a review.The new indictment is separate from one filed previously for crimes allegedly committed in Kosovo by Mr. Milosevic, who is currently at the Tribunal’s Detention Unit in The Hague while trial proceedings for that case continue.The public indictment against Mr. Milosevic charges him and four others with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war during a “systematic attack directed against the Kosovo Albanian civilian population of Kosovo in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).”Among other criminal acts committed under Mr. Milosevic’s leadership, the forces of the FRY and Serbia “forcibly expelled and internally displaced hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians from their homes across the entire province of Kosovo” by using threats and violence to create an atmosphere of fear and oppression, according to the indictment. read more

Wheres the beef Earls restaurants says its back in Canada after mistake

Where’s the beef? Earls restaurants says it’s back in Canada after ‘mistake’ by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2016 6:15 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A Earls restaurant is pictured in North Vancouver, Thursday, April 28, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward VANCOUVER – The Earls restaurant chain says it will start serving Canadian beef again following a recent uproar over its decision to switch to meat without added hormones from the United States.The Vancouver-based company, which has 26 of its 66 locations in Alberta, said last week that it would serve only beef with the U.S.-based Certified Humane designation, raised without the use of antibiotics, steroids or added hormones.Earls president Mo Jessa said Wednesday the company “made a mistake” when it moved away from local beef. But to meet its supply needs while keeping its ethical standards, the chain will have to serve both Canadian and U.S. meat, he said.“This is not going to be easy. There’s a supply issue for the criteria that we need. We’re going to have to work very hard to find more local ranchers,” he said in an interview. “We’re prepared to go back and address it, because it’s important to Canadians and our consumers. It’s important to Albertans and it’s important to us.”The chain began buying Certified Humane beef from an Alberta supplier about two years ago for select locations. But when it decided to serve only Certified Humane beef in all its restaurants, it couldn’t find a Canadian supplier able to meet the high demand, Jessa said.Earls switched to a Kansas supplier because it’s simpler to buy from a single source, but Jessa said the chain will start buying from multiple suppliers.He said he couldn’t confirm a timeline for when Earls will begin serving Alberta beef, but the chain plans to work quickly to source as much meat from Canada as possible. It isn’t planning to differentiate between U.S. and Canadian beef on menus, he said.The chain has not reneged on its deal with the Kansas supplier and will not remove marketing materials from restaurants promoting the switch to Certified Humane, he added.He said Earls was still committed to meeting the criteria of the Certified Humane program, run by Virginia-based organization Humane Farm Animal Care. The criteria, enforced through annual inspections, include feeding cattle without animal by-products and ensuring access to clean, fresh drinking water, among many others.But Jessa said Earls would not require Canadian producers to have the Certified Humane trademark if they meet the same standards though another program that includes third-party audits.“Alberta has high standards for raising their cattle ethically and humanely, but we do need certification,” he said. “We will look at equivalent programs.”The decision last week prompted a backlash from cattle farmers and incited anger on social media, with politicians including Premier Rachel Notley jumping into the fray to defend Alberta producers. Scores of Twitter users threatened to boycott the chain.The melee also drew attention to competing certification programs for ethical beef. British Columbia’s SPCA offers a program called SPCA Certified that has many of the same criteria as Certified Humane.Industry advocates say Canadian codes of practice for beef cattle are also similar to the Certified Humane requirements. However, the codes of practice are guidelines that are not enforced through inspections.Rob McNabb of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association said the industry will soon launch a program called Verified Beef Production Plus that could meet the same standards as Certified Humane and include inspections. The program will not include a requirement to have no added hormones, but such criteria could be added for individual farms, he said.But he said he’s confident that Alberta ranchers are treating their animals humanely, regardless of whether they have a stamp that says so.“If they aren’t, they wouldn’t be in business,” he said. “The name Certified Humane can be inferred by people, who don’t know what the alternatives are, that everybody else isn’t treating their animals humanely. That doesn’t wash.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said that there was no equivalent Canadian program to Certified Humane. read more

Ending occupation only way to lay foundations for lasting IsraeliPalestinian peace –

“It is the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to a forum held at UN Headquarters to mark 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan. In the message, read out by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, Mr. Guterres said that it is time to return to direct negotiations to resolve all final status issues on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, agreements and international law. It is also time to end the conflict by establishing an independent Palestinian State, side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel, he added.The occupation, he noted, has imposed a heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people. “Generations of Palestinians have grown up in crowded refugee camps, many in abject poverty, and with little or no prospect of a better life for their children.”Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will remove a driver of violent extremism and terrorism in the Middle East, the Secretary-General added, and “open the doors to cooperation, security, prosperity and human rights for all.” Ms. Mohammed, in her own remarks, said today is an occasion not only to reflect on the costs and consequences of 50 years of occupation, but also to look ahead at what must be done to end this situation. “I understand the deep sense of despair of the Palestinian people. For far too long, the international community has failed to find a just and lasting solution to their displacement,” she told the forum, which is convened by the General Assembly’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. “The lives of generations of Palestinians and Israelis have been confined by a conflict that has shaped the physical and human landscape with concrete walls, checkpoints, and watch towers, all under a heavy atmosphere of fear, mutual distrust and despair,” she continued. “Some think that the situation can be managed. They are all wrong. It must be resolved.” Real peace, Ms. Mohammed stressed, cannot be achieved without a just and lasting resolution, adding that the two-State solution is the only path to ensure that Palestinians and Israelis can realize their national and historic aspirations and live in peace, security and dignity.The two-day forum brings together international experts, including from the State of Palestine and Israel, representatives of the diplomatic community, civil society, as well as academics and students to discuss the ongoing occupation in a series of interactive panels. read more

TT prison officers group fears jailbreak similar to Guyanas

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedImprovements planned for T&T prisonsJuly 14, 2017In “latest news”New strategies being mulled to protect T&T prison officersJanuary 30, 2018In “Regional”PSC laments slow pace of prison reformsJuly 16, 2017In “Local News” (Trinidad Guardian) President of the Prisons Officers Association, Ceron Richards, fears that Sunday’s jailbreak in Guyana is a disaster waiting to happen at the Port-of-Spain State Prison.Attorney Israel Khan SC also described it as a minefield and a ticking time bomb.Richard said two things that could trigger a stand-off and jailbreak at this prison were lack of security measures and the city’s ageing facility.He was commenting on the stand-off between armed inmates and prison officers in Guyana’s Georgetown Prison, which left one prison officer killed, seven others injured and four prisoners escaping.Chaos broke out at the prison after armed inmates took control of the facility, setting it on fire.Asked if the Port-of-Spain State Prison, which was built in 1812 could face a similar situation, Richards said yes.“But of course, we had a jail break in July of 2015 which resulted in the death of three individuals. Of course, it is extremely worrying. It is not farfetched in our country. And if that is any indication as to what can happen in the service, that question goes without saying. We have to look at these things as serious trends. When anything happens in the Caribbean and Central America it could have a domino effect. It can spread to other countries. We have to be mindful of that.”Richards said things had to be implemented at this prison to secure and monitor its 700 inmates some of whom were considered dangerous.“Over the years we have been clamouring for a number of security implementation…all those things have fallen on deaf ears. If not most of them. We have always stated that the Port-of- Spain Prison is faced with health and safety challenges.”While the structure had been deteriorating, Richard said, things could be done to improve the building’s internal system and make it OSH compliant for its 200 prison officers.He said the association had asked for additional CCTV cameras to be installed at the nation’s prisons.“You cannot have high security establishments and don’t have basic security equipment.“No Government so far is up to the challenge of having that type of facility built. When we had the money to build the prison it was not done. Now we have no money we are faced with all sorts of excuses, he said”Richards was not in support of the capital city prison being shut down since there was no alternate location.He said moving the prisons to an already overcrowded Maximum Security Prison was not an option, since the facility did not have a proper alarm system.In going forward, Richard said the association would enlighten the public on its growing challenges this month.Weighing in on the issue, Khan said prisoners did not need guns and ammunition to have a jail break. “All that is required is a box of matches which is so accessible in prison and easy to conceal,” he said.Faced with massive overcrowding and inhumane conditions, Khan said a few frustrated prisoners “might just lose it and all hell would break lose. They cannot get a day in trial. Everything might come to a climax. Don’t think they are not looking on to the 52 part heard matters that are pending and then going to court and can’t get a trial.“Trinidadians have a tendency to copycat, what happened in Guyana might very well be patterned here,” Khan said.Khan said the fact that prisoners were still relieving themselves in pails and toilet paper was not readily available meant “this could be a disaster waiting to happen. It’s a ticking time bomb.”Former inspector of prisons, Daniel Khan concurred with Richards.“When your neighbour’s house is on fire you should wet yours.”Khan said within recent times every minister in charge of prisons had recommended “the shutdown of the Port-of-Spain Prison. I supported this recommendation every time it was made and documented such in my 2012 report.”In that report, Khan stated that the extent of upgrades were needed in order to bring it to a standard in which humane, hygienic and sanitary conditions prevail would make it economically infeasible to continue its operations.“It is also recommended that an engineering team be established that would visit each prison with a view to determining its current state of each prison and give recommendations on improving the structure of such buildings.”Calls to acting Commissioner of Prisons Williams Alexander’s cellphone yesterday went unanswered. read more

Gardaí meet Muslim leaders over suspected racial attacks in Limerick

first_img Image: GoogleMaps 16,594 Views Wednesday 15 May 2019, 1:13 PM Gardaí meet Muslim leaders over suspected racial attacks in Limerick Gardaí are investigating two alleged attacks occurring over a 48-hour period. https://jrnl.ie/4635733 Henry Street Garda Station, Limerick Image: GoogleMaps Short URL Share48 Tweet Email1 center_img GARDAÍ HAVE MET with Muslim leaders in Limerick as fears spread through the local migrant community following a number of suspected racially motivated attacks in the city.Gardaí are investigating two such alleged attacks occurring over a 48-hour period, it has emerged.Two Muslim men were beaten and kicked near the Al Furqan mosque on Windmill Street, around 8pm on Sunday 5 May, after the pair had attended prayers there as part of Ramadan.Gardaí have confirmed they are also investigating a second suspected racially motivated assault on a Bangladesh man, on 7 May in the Steamboat Quay area.According to sources in the migrant community the incident was filmed on a mobile phone.The injured party was sitting in his car when he was approached by a man, believed to be Irish, who allegedly started to verbally abuse him.The injured party is believed to have been punched a number of times during the alleged incident.‘Extremely seriously’Senior gardaí met with local Imams on Tuesday to hear their concerns.Speaking Wednesday, Superintendent Derek Smart, Henry Street garda station, said he was treating the matter extremely seriously.“We’ve had a meeting with the local Imams. It is causing concerns in the migrant community,” Supt Smart said.Investigations into the two alleged attacks are “ongoing”.“I would appeal for anyone with information or who witnessed any of these alleged attacks to contact us.”Superintendent Smart said he was not aware of video footage of the alleged attack on 7 May.“If people have any (video) footage we’d be happy to take it,” he added.WorriedFianna Fáil local election candidate Abdul Kalam Azad Talukder, who is hoping to become Limerick’s first Muslim councillor, said migrants there are fearful of further attacks: “The whole community is very sacred and worried. Everybody is very worried, the whole community.”“Most people don’t know what to do; They are scared to go to (the mosque) to pray, or, scared to go out for a walk.”Talukder said he understands video footage of the 7 May assault was captured on a mobile phone by a witness who may have been associated with the alleged assailant.“A few days ago somebody in a local supermarket pulled the hijab from a Muslim woman’s head,” he added.He said minor racist incidents often go unreported out of fear “more problems will come.”“They are afraid to report.”Talukder said migrants wearing traditional dress are sometimes compared to “Al Qeada” “Taliban” “Osama bin laden” or told to “go back to your country”.However, the Bangladesh businessman , who has lived in Limerick for the past 19 years, said he believes the majority of Irish people are not racist.He praised the actions of two Irish men who came to the aid of the victims in the alleged attack on 5 May. “I know its a minority of people trying to spread hatred. A small minority do not represent Ireland. My children were born here and I strongly believe in an Ireland for everybody,” Talukder said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Henry Street Garda Station, Limerick By David Raleigh May 15th 2019, 1:13 PM 86 Comments last_img read more

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Defence Force Assists in Search and Rescue Operations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 18, 2018 – Mastic Point, Andros – Four military divers and a patrol aircraft from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are assisting local authorities in their search for a Bahamian registered light aircraft that crashed in waters off the east coast of Mastic Point, North Andros yesterday with six persons on board. The Defence Force was informed of the crash by officials from Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos yesterday afternoon.A US Coast Guard conducting a search for the aircraft yesterday afternoon sighted debris and a body in waters off the east coast of Mastic, Point, Andros but was unable to assist further due to severe weather conditions.  The Defence Force deployed its aircraft earlier this morning along with four military divers to assist local authorities in finding the aircraft and its passengers.The Defence Force is also searching for Mr Samuel Moss from Nassau.  Mr. Moss, who was reported missing since 15th January 2018, had departed Bimini for New Providence in a white 21 foot single engine Angler small craft on Monday15th January 2018.   Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Mr. Moss is asked to inform local Police or the Defence Force’s Operations Center at 362 3814/5.The Royal Bahama Defence Force continues to protect the territorial waters of The Bahamas and “Guard our Heritage”.Press Release: RBDF (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Jaime Herrera Beutler statement on her fiscal cliff vote

first_imgJaime Herrera Beutler Statement on the Fiscal Cliff Agreement“I had hoped Congress and the President would produce a solution that protected families and small businesses from higher taxes, overhauled our tax system to make it simpler and fairer, and significantly reduced our $16 trillion national debt. Instead, 2012 came to a frustrating end, and at 12:01am on January 1, the lower tax rates Americans were paying expired.“So we were put in a position where higher taxes hit every working American – an outcome that was absolutely unacceptable to me. Southwest Washington families and individuals cannot afford to send more of their hard-earned money to Washington, DC. The agreement Congress passed was not a long-term solution, and it did not accomplish everything that Southwest Washington deserves. However, the agreement I voted for does protect 99.5% of folks in our region from devastating tax hikes. It also extends tax relief for underwater homeowners and allows residents to deduct their sales tax, and will ensure Medicare patients can keep seeing their doctors. It makes important provisions permanent for Southwest Washington families like the marriage penalty relief and the child deduction tax credit.“Now that the President has achieved his goal to make certain Americans pay higher taxes, I hope he will work with Congress on solutions that actually help our economy and provide more opportunities for hardworking folks. The most urgent action we must take is to tackle the debt that threatens our nation’s future.“This compromise is a first step, and we must take a bigger second step that puts an end to out-of-control federal spending. The compromise keeps the sequester in place, which is a bipartisan agreement to find more than $1 trillion in savings from every level of government. I will fight to make sure we keep this commitment to reducing federal spending, and will seek other ways to further tackle our debt as soon as possible.”last_img read more

Niche Music Magazine Returns From the Dead

first_img“It’s sort of a new paradigm,” Crawford told FOLIO:. “We’ve gotten to the point of wanting a physical product to help brand the site—we want it to be the ‘soul’ of the Web site in print.”The quarterly magazine—with nearly half the circulation (30,000) Harp had—is slated to be launched in March and carry a $4.95 cover price.But Crawford doesn’t expect it to be a huge seller at the newsstand. “The newsstand is a mess right now,” he said.Last March, Guthrie Inc., the parent company of Harp, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. At the time, Guthrie CEO Glenn Sabin said Harp had struggled to become profitable since the company’s purchase of the magazine in 2003.“Unfortunately, Harp’s critical acclaim never translated into sustaining commercial success,” he said. “Harp’s lifecycle was ill-timed with the precipitous decline of the music software industry, coupled with the consolidation of the consumer magazine newsstand business and rising paper postage costs.”Crawford declined to reveal who his investors are this time around, but said he plans to broaden the editorial approach to cover entertainment and politics, and target non-endemic advertisers beyond the record labels that commonly advertise in niche music titles. Less than a year ago, a pair of small, niche music magazines with small but devoted followings—No Depression and Harp—folded. “We never saw it coming,” said Scott Crawford, who founded Harp in 2001.But Crawford quickly regrouped to launch Blurt, a music Web site that includes a digital magazine. Now Crawford is set to launch a quarterly print version of Blurt he says will help “brand” the Web site.last_img read more

People on the Move

first_imgThe New York Times announced that Elizabeth Webbe Lunny is joining the company as VP, publisher of T Magazine. In this capacity, Lunny will oversee the luxury group and work in partnership with T editor in chief, Deborah Needleman. Cosmopolitan.com has announced that Meghan McCain has joined the site as a contributing columnist. The daughter of the longtime senator from Arizona, McCain is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show, “America Now,” which is part of the iHeartRadio Premiere networks radio family, and a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel. GMR also promoted both Cameron Wagner and Alex Beer, from SVP to EVP, client services. They’ll both lead GMR’s Client Services group in the United States.  Paul Martinez will be joining FORTUNE as the brand’s new creative director. He has served as creative director or art director for a diverse collection of publications including Men’s Journal, Maxim, Marie Claire, GQ, and Bon Appetit. Earlier this week, longtime editor-in-chief James Bennet departed The Atlantic to take over the editorial page at The New York Times. Tremor Video has announced the hire of Andy Morley as managing director in the UK. Most recently, Morley was commercial director at Grapeshot. She most recently served as associate publisher of Women’s Health, and prior to that was ad director at Vogue, and associate publisher of WWD. Her earlier career was spent at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, including the launch of Teen Vogue. Katy Bano has been promoted to associate publisher of DEPARTURES. She joined the brand in 2010 as advertising director. Additionally, global experiential marketing agency GMR has made three major promotions:  Lunny replaces Brendan Monaghan, who was appointed publisher and chief revenue officer for Condé Nast Traveler in November. Bryan Rasch, formerly GMR’s chief digital officer, has been named chief innovation officer. Rasch, a digital marketing veteran, has been with GMR for seven years. Active Interest Media has announced that Tanya Faw Foster has joined the company as its newest sales representative. Foster was most recently a sales rep and new business development expert with IPA Connect. Lisa Ryan Howard, senior vice president, advertising, The New York Times Company, said, “Elizabeth is a dynamic sales leader with an extensive background at premium media brands. Her experience in the fashion and luxury space combined with her digital and multimedia skills will be invaluable as we expand the T footprint and build compelling new opportunities for luxury advertisers.” Time Inc.’s Essence has tapped Julee Wilson as digital fashion and beauty director. Wilson comes to Essence from The Huffington Post where she held various jobs, including most recently as senior fashion editor. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move:last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 4 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At UMass Dartmouth

first_imgDARTMOUTH, MA — Below are the names of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth students from Wilmington who have been named to the Dean’s List (GPA of 3.2 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for the Spring 2018 Semester:Nicholas CimagliaElizabeth DulleaBrendan McDonoughMichael PelosiAbout UMass DartmouthUMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research, and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional economic, social, and cultural development. UMass Dartmouth’s mandate to serve its community is realized through countless partnerships, programs, and other outreach efforts to engage the community, and apply its knowledge to help address local issues and empower others to facilitate change for all.(NOTE: The above announcement is from UMass Dartmouth.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass DartmouthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass DartmouthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 57 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass LowellIn “Education”last_img read more

Car driver shot dead in Merul Badda

first_imgA car driver was gunned down by two unknown miscreants in Merul Badda of the city on Monday night, reports UNB. The deceased was Md Julhas Molla, 35, son of Soleman Molla of Savar.Locals said Julhas came out by his car to buy some medicine at a nearby medical store in the area around 9:30pm when two miscreants opened fire aiming him, leaving him critically injured.Later he was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared him dead around 10:30pm, said hospital police camp in-charge inspector Bachchu Mia.last_img read more

Full Show Spotting Pollution After Harvey And Houstons Best Pizza March 6

first_img Listen X 00:00 /51:13center_img On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: A state official is defending his decision to reject NASA’s offer to fly a pollution-detecting plane over Houston in the aftermath of Harvey. We learn more.Also this hour: In our weekly political roundup, our experts break down the latest national, state, and local news. Then, our local food writers discuss their favorite places for pizza in the latest installment of The Full Menu.And native Houstonian Patrick Wang talks about his third feature film, A Bread Factory, which is told in two parts.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Start Saving for Samsungs Foldable Smartphone

first_img All eyes were on Apple yesterday as it unveiled a slew of next-gen devices. But rival Samsung stole a bit of the spotlight with plans to launch a foldable smartphone next year.The company aims to release a Galaxy Note-branded bendable handset in 2018—at the earliest.“I can say our current goal is next year,” Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said on Tuesday. “When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product,” Bloomberg reported.AdChoices广告It remains unclear just what those “problem” are.The Korean tech titan has been working for years on a foldable phone: Samsung showed off its flexible Youm display technology during CES 2013 and highlighted plans for fully foldable screens by 2016.Rumors even tipped two possible configurations of the “Project Valley” billfold-esque device, featuring internal and external touch screens.Yet, here we are in 2017, with only the remnants of exploding handsets and the promise of something better.Late last month, Samsung unwrapped its new flagship phablet: The Galaxy Note 8 boasts a 3,300mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, near bezel-less Super AMOLED screen, and dual 12-megapixel rear cameras.One thing it’s missing, though, is flexibility.Mass-producing a high-end foldable phone, Bloomberg said, will take time. And while Koh seems eager about the futuristic function, there are “several hurdles” yet to overcome.So, don’t hold your breath for a wrap-up smartphone announcement in the coming months. Do, however, start saving for what I guarantee will be an excessive price tag for one of the most modern gadgets of the 21st century.Samsung, meanwhile, is also developing an artificial intelligence-enabled speaker, similar to those already on the market from Amazon and Google, according to Bloomberg.Subsidiary Harman, the auto-systems maker Samsung acquired earlier this year, will allow consumers to complete tasks using voice commands, via the Bixby virtual assistant.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack Stay on targetlast_img read more

Mantra Group announce 2016 awards for excellence

first_imgMantra Group GM of the Year Chris McIntoshMantra Group announce 2016 awards for excellenceLeading Australian-based hotel and resort operator, Mantra Group, honoured its brightest stars and highest performers from its 127-strong network across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii at its annual Mantra Group Awards for Excellence gala ceremony held at Mantra on View Hotel, Surfers Paradise on 25 August.The top team member accolade, General Manager of the Year, was awarded to Chris McIntosh. Chris, who was recently appointed General Manager of the Group’s new Peppers Kings Square Hotel in Perth (opening in October) after excelling in his Mantra on Murray General Manager position for the past 12 months, received the top gong for implementing a number of strategies to improve service levels and team engagement.The region of North Queensland also prevailed on the night, winning the Corporate Social Responsibility award for their coordination of various Luke Batty Foundation fundraising events as well as the coveted Region/Area of the Year for their overall excellence in performance, guest sentiment, driving food and beverage initiatives, team culture and transitioning new properties.Other major awards on the evening went to Peppers Gallery Hotel at Canberra, Mantra on Kent at Sydney and BreakFree on Cashel at Christchurch for Property of the Year for their respective brands.Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer Bob East said the Awards for Excellence cap off a big year for Mantra Group.“FY2016 was another landmark year in the growth and development of Mantra Group, in terms of financial results, portfolio expansion in key destinations and ongoing product improvement,” Mr East said.“The awards recognise the outstanding contribution of our team members who ensure our guests are happy and properties are looking great and performing well on a daily basis.”The full list of 2016 Mantra Group Awards for Excellence winners are as follows:General Manager of the Year – Chris McIntosh, Mantra on Murray, Perth WA (now Peppers Kings Square Hotel, Perth WA)Region/Area of the Year – North QueenslandCorporate Social Responsibility Region – North QueenslandPeppers Property of the Year – Peppers Gallery Hotel, Canberra ACTMantra Property of the Year – Mantra on Kent, Sydney NSWBreakFree Property of the Year – BreakFree on Cashel, Christchurch NZExcellence in Guest Service – Peppers Parehua, Martinborough NZDavid Brill Award (in memory of late Mantra Group team member David Brill) – Chris Dickinson, General Manager, Mantra Coolangatta Beach, Coolangatta QLD (now Mantra on Murray,      Perth WA)Service Star of the Year – Vimmi Boni Bangari, Guest Relations Manager, Peppers Docklands, Melbourne VICFood and Beverage Outlet of the Year – Home Kitchen & Bar, Mantra on Russell, Melbourne VICShared Services Department – FinanceShared Services Team Member – Gus Chan (International Sales Manager – Eastern) and Rachel Waters (Financial Controller)Profit Growth – Mantra City Central, Melbourne VIC Mantra GroupFor bookings, visitSource = Mantra Grouplast_img read more

Propane prices in the north jump 40 overnight

first_imgThe ‘government’ in the north has sought to placate public reaction to the spike in propane prices after they shot up 40 per cent overnight.Tufan Erhurman, the breakaway regime’s ‘prime minister’, took to social media saying there was nothing to be done about the price hike, which was due to market forces.Erhurman went on to assure the public that electricity prices would remain unchanged until at least the end of the year, irrespective of possible increases in international fuel prices or exchange rate fluctuations.According to reports in the Turkish Cypriot press, between Wednesday evening and Thursday the price of a 10 kg canister of liquefied petroleum gas (propane) rose by 40 per cent, going from 59 Turkish lira (€8.42) to 82.5 Turkish lira (€11.78).Halkin Sesi said it was largest price increase in propane ever in the north.Propane is widely used in the north for home heating.The slide in the Turkish lira that began in August has dramatically impacted the cost of living for Turkish Cypriots.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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