A grim preview of a trade war takes shape

NEW YORK — In what could be a grim preview of what’s to come if the world’s two largest economies square off in a trade war, shares in multinational corporations were hammered Monday on both sides of the Pacific after a tweet from President Donald Trump.That damage would almost certainly ripple outward and affect anyone who buys a refrigerator, a car, an iPhone, or anything else with a computer chip inside. Companies that import goods or parts from China may or may not pass on costs to consumers, but they usually act to offset rising costs somehow, including potential job cuts.Goldman Sachs doubled the odds of auto tariffs are coming this year (to 20, and lessened the odds it gives to a free trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.“The President’s willingness to risk a market disruption by threatening an unexpected tariff hike suggests that he might also be willing to risk the disruption that formally proposing auto tariffs or announcing the intent to withdraw from NAFTA might cause,” Goldman Sachs said in research published over the weekend.The sector hit hardest by escalating trade tensions was technology, particularly companies that make computer chips. Micron Technology Inc., Advance Micro Devices Inc. and Applied Materials Inc. all slid 4 per cent at the opening bell. Other chipmakers were not far behind.According to data provider FactSet, 64.7% of Qualcomm’s revenue comes from China. Broadcom’s Chinese revenue is 48% of its total.Heavy hitters in the tech sector like Apple Inc., Amazon.com and Alphabet all lost ground. Apple gets nearly one-fifth of its revenue from world’s second largest economy.But every sector was under pressure Monday, from industrial to retail, and shares that were in retreat Monday tracked closely with its exposure to China.Wynn Resorts, with a host of casinos and hotels in Macau, gets about 75% of its revenue from China, according to FactSet. Wynn shares tumbled 5%.Chinese companies were not immune to the damage.Alibaba shares skidded close to 5% and shares in Weibo — China’s version of Twitter — fell about 6%.On Sunday, President Trump tweeted that he would raise import taxes on $200 billion in Chinese products to 25% from 10% as of Friday. That’s on top of a 25% duty on another $50 billion of Chinese imports. Beijing has imposed penalties on $110 billion of American goods.Trump’s announcement caused financial markets to plunge early, starting in Asia. The Shanghai Composite index closed 5.6% lower and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index sank 2.9% on Monday.The Dow fell 300 points at the opening bell, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq sliding 1 per cent each.In a note to clients, an analyst for Raymond James said that although Trump has in the past used the threat of more tariffs as negotiating leverage, that doesn’t appear to be the case this time. The analyst wrote that based on the firm’s discussions with trade sources, there is “universal belief” that any potential agreement fell apart in recent days, despite an agreement being close to finished last week.A spokesman for the Chinese government said its envoys continue to prepare for a trip to the United States for trade talks, although there were concerns in the aftermath of Trump’s tweet that Beijing might back out to avoid looking weak in the face of American pressure.“The most important near-term indicator to watch will be whether the large delegation of Chinese officials comes to Washington on May 8, as scheduled,” wrote Goldman Sachs analysts. “If they do, this would indicate that they believe a deal is still reasonably likely. In this case, the tariff rate would rise only if the two sides are unable to come to an agreement by Thursday, before the increase takes effect on Friday. Alternatively, if the upcoming visit is cancelled, an agreement in the coming week would then seem very unlikely.”The Associated Press read more

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Air Canada union files human rights complaint over systemic discrimination and harassment

TORONTO — The union representing Air Canada flight attendants says it has filed a human rights complaint alleging “systemic discrimination and harassment” of its members.The Canadian Union of Public Employees says the airline’s policies on uniforms and makeup are discriminatory towards female flight attendants on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and race.It adds the company’s new onboard service managers, who perform in-flight assessments of flight attendants, have made sexist, racist and homophobic remarks and have engaged in “inappropriate behaviour” towards flight attendants of both sexes.“WestJet Airlines chief executive Gregg Saretsky retires unexpectedly — effective today” is locked WestJet Airlines chief executive Gregg Saretsky retires unexpectedly — effective immediatelyAir Canada beats expectations with record high revenue for the yearWestJet begins selling tickets — some for $0 — for its ultra-low cost carrier SwoopThe union that represents 8,500 flight attendants at Air Canada and Rouge is turning to the Canadian Human Rights Commission because the employer has failed to deal with members’ complaints, says CUPE section vice-president Beth Mahan.It is asking the commission to order a review of Air Canada policies and eliminate the onboard service managers program.A spokeswoman for Air Canada says that it has policies related to grooming and presentation, which she says is the standard for major international carriers.But she says that because the matter is before the human rights tribunal, the company won’t comment further.Last month, WestJet Airlines Ltd. filed an appeal after the Supreme Court of British Columbia refused to throw out a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of fostering a corporate culture that tolerates harassment against female employees.Former flight attendant Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination, accusing her former employer of breaking its promise to provide a harassment-free workplace for women. read more

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Manulife to pay 117M to clients who were overcharged investment fees

Manulife to pay $11.7M to clients who were overcharged investment fees TORONTO – Manulife Securities expects to pay $11.7 million in compensation to clients who were inadvertently charged excessive investment fees as part of a no-contest settlement agreement with the Ontario securities regulator approved Thursday.The Ontario Securities Commission says the payment includes opportunity costs on the overpaid fees. Manulife (TSX:MFC) will also pay $520,000 to the commission to help it advance its mandate of protecting investors and cover costs related to the investigation.The OSC was notified by Manulife in June 2015 after the financial institution discovered “inadequacies” in its payment systems that led to certain clients directly or indirectly being billed excess fees.Nearly 5,500 clients were charged extraneous fees from 2005 to 2016, which had gone undetected by Manulife Securities Inc. and Manulife Securities Investment Services Inc.Since then, the OSC says Manulife has taken “corrective action” and has implemented additional controls and monitoring systems to prevent it from happening again.The regulator says it “found no evidence of dishonest conduct” by the company. Manulife neither admitted nor denied the accuracy the results of the OSC’s investigation. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 13, 2017 2:19 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Nokia experiments with Bubbles interface on Symbian cell phones

first_imgTouchscreen interaction with a cell phone has quickly become the norm in the smartphone category. Each operating system seems to have its own set of rules for how interaction should work, and Nokia is no different.But Nokia also has Nokia Beta Labs for R&D, and they aren’t afraid to experiment a bit. The Lab’s latest release is called Nokia Bubbles, and it offers a new way to achieve a bunch of different interactions and access functionality with a load of bubbles floating around on your handset’s touchscreen.The interface is made up of bubbles that bounce off each other and around the screen. Within each is a recognizable symbol relating to an action. The full range of actions supported under bubbles includes:Unlock the phoneView new messagesView/Respond to missed callsControl the music playerControl the FM radioChange profile (profile timing also supported)Call/Message your three best friendsActivate the backlight to use as a flashlightShow your current location using Ovi MapsChange the background of the Bubbles screenDisplay when battery needs chargingDisplay statistics about bubble speed and distance (just for fun)Dragging a bubble to a designated drop point brings up some actions which can then be tapped (see video above).It looks like a fun way to interact with your phone from watching the video. In fact, that was the whole idea as Beta Labs’ Pauli Asikainen explains:When I invented the bubbles concept (with my friend Sami) the idea was to have a fun way to unlock the phone. After some thinking it was obvious that bubbles can be used for many other purposes and at the same time have some fun things on your screen. Throwing the bubbles around was one of the first things we did with them. And when you have some event you want to respond to it is very easy and fast to do so. Nokia is making Bubbles available for download in beta form as it wants some feedback on the app. You’ll need a Symbian touchscreen device to try it out.Read more at Nokia Beta Labslast_img read more

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GamePro will shut down completely on December 5th

first_imgGaming magazines are slowly dying in the face of competition from constantly updated websites accessible on an increasing number of devices. Only the strongest survive, and next week sees another casualty shut down operations after 22 years of publishing.If you’ve been a gamer for any length of time, and particularly before the Internet became popular, then you’re sure to have purchased a few copies of GamePro magazine. It was first published in 1988 offering a mixture of news, reviews, and features both about games and the hardware they run on. In 1996 it added a website and the two co-existed nicely for a number of years.As we have seen already happen with Electronic Gaming Monthly, sales of print media have dropped to the point where they are no longer viable, even after GamePro moved from a monthly to quarterly release.Mike Kisseberth, head of publisher IDG’s Consumer and Small Business group, made the final decision to shut down both the magazine and website. Instead, gaming content will now be handled as a sub section of the PCWorld website, which will have a GamePro section even if the name is no longer used. Some of the existing staff will also be kept on to do custom content such as for one-off publications for other companies or major gaming events.The GamePro website will go offline on December 5th. As for the quarterly magazine, it is expected one more issue may appear. Fans of the magazine would do well to pick that issue up quickly as its sure to go out of stock faster than usual because it is the last.via Industrygamers and ars techincalast_img read more

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New Study Links Video Games To Brain Damage

first_imgWe’ve been afraid of this for a while, and now it’s here. A legitimate scientific study has just linked playing video games to brain damage. Here’s everything you need to know.A pair of professors from the Université de Montréal and McGill University just published a paper in Molecular Psychiatry that displays a link between first-person shooters and the loss of gray matter in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that handles consolidation of short-term memory into long-term memory as well as spatial navigation.Gregory West and Veronique Bohbot were the project’s leads. In their experiment, they recruited 18- to 30-year-olds who were previously not video gamers and followed them through four years of tests. The subjects were split into two groups – those who use their spatial memory to navigate and those who use their caudate nucleus, the part of the brain closely associated with the forming of habit. 85% of people who played more than 6 hours a week saw increased activity in the caudate nucleus and a corresponding drop in hippocampal matter.What does this mean, past all the science words? Essentially, playing first-person shooters is decreasing your ability to remember spaces, instead delegating those virtual worlds into the sphere of habit. And “habit-forming” is absolutely a phrase that’s been levied at electronic games by haters since the dawn of time.And this could have real consequences. In an interview, West stated, “People with reduced grey matter in the hippocampus are more at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression when they’re younger and even Alzheimer’s disease when they’re older.” And the more you game, the more severe the damage becomes. The team’s argument is that using your caudate nucleus puts you on “auto pilot learning,” which isn’t good for anyone.Anyone who’s played their share of first-person shooters understands the value of habit. Most FPS maps are relatively small with a number of important points for sniping, ambushes and the like. Instead of existing in them as you would in a real space, the goal is more commonly to access one of these points as quickly as possible. Training your brain to navigate in space according to these criteria can potentially be damaging.One interesting part of the study is that the team set up a control group that gamed just as much, but played 3D platformers like the Mario series instead of first-person shooters. The control group did not suffer the same hippocampal degradation as the FPS group, indicating that it’s something about the perspective, not the game, that might be damaging.In addition, players with both kinds of learning tendencies showed hippocampal growth after playing platform games, indicating that they could be used for rehabilitation of damaged brains. As people age, their hippocampus gets less work for some reasons. Elderly people move around less and follow routines more, feeding the caudate nucleus. As the hippocampus atrophies, it affects other areas of memory.It’s important to note that this is just one study, and it’s not conclusive. The way science works is that other groups of researchers will take this data and try to replicate it, as well as expanding the scope to study other types of games, other demographics and other parts of the brain. But the group’s findings are very clear and tough to argue against. Video games have a very real effect, both positive and negative, on the composition of the brain.We’ll see where the science leads us, but if you’re a heavy FPS player, it might be worth making some time for self-care and picking up Super Mario Odyssey or some other game that involves a lot of hippocampal thinking to give your brain the love it needs.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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LIME Announces Flat Rate Plan

first_img CWC/LIME gets exclusive rights to sports TV Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands – October 1, 2014 – LIME, the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications provider has announced one simple flat rate prepaid plan for Turks & Caicos Islands. The simplified, flat rate plan takes effect October 1, 2014.Mr. James Pitt, GM LIME TCI said, “As the number one mobile network in Turks & Caicos Islands, LIME is committed to delivering the experience our pre-paid customers want and expect from their service provider. At LIME, we continue to listen and remain responsive to the needs of our consumers. Our consumers have asked for a simplified flat rate and LIME, the company that continues to innovate, has responded positively.”With the new, affordable, flat rate plan, pre-paid consumers will no longer have to schedule their calls for specific off peak times. There will be no differentiation between weekend, week day, peak and off hour rates. Calls can be made at any time to any network and the rate will be the same. This therefore eliminates the need for consumers to carry two handsets to get better deals on rates. LIME, the network of choice in Turks & Caicos Islands, offers customers one simple and transparent plan with no hidden fees.Mr. Pitt also said, “Upgrade to LIME, the handset of choice! One phone, one rate, on the number one network! This is just another way that LIME is keeping families, businesses and our communities connected. Upgrade to the #1 Mobile 4G Network for real value every time.”About LIMELIME is the Caribbean’s largest telecommunications company with a proud history in the region, and which is always working to improve life in the Caribbean. LIME delivers the very best communication services to governments, businesses and families in 13 Caribbean countrieswith one unifying promise—building, connecting and serving communities. LIME is part of Cable& Wireless Communications PLC, one of the world’s leading communications companies. Recommended for you Related Items:james pitt, lime tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp James Pitt & Rachel Harvey no longer at LIME The best internet in the Caribbean…last_img read more

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Wilmington Commuter Rail Riders To See 50 Cent Increase In Fares Beginning

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The MBTA is raising fares for Wilmington commuter rail riders beginning Monday, July 1, 2019.A one-way fare from Wilmington station on the Lowell Line and North Wilmington station on the Haverhill Line into North Station will now cost $8.00, an increase of $0.50 from the current $7.50.A monthly commuter rail pass for Zone 3 — which includes both Wilmington station and North Wilmington — will now cost $261.00, an increase of $16.75 from the current $244.25.These increases are part of a much broader MBTA fare increase on subway, commuter rail, certain buses, ferries, and the RIDE Program statewide.“State law allows the MBTA to raise fares at regular, modest increments, limiting increases to once every 2 years and a cap of no more than 7% for each increase,” reads an announcement from the MBTA. “The Fiscal and Management Control Board approved the proposal, with some modifications, resulting in an increase of an average of 5.8% across all fares.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. 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… RelatedMBTA Adds Extra Late-Night Commuter Rail Trains For This Weekend’s Lowell Folk FestivalIn “Government”Lowell Line Weekend Commuter Rail Service To Be Replaced By Bus Shuttle For 3 Weekends Beginning May 12In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”last_img read more

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Bangalore Metro hopes for better ride this fiscal with rising traffic nonfare

first_imgCommuters disembark from a Namma Metro (Kannada for “Our Metro”) train at an elevated station in the Indira Nagar area of Bangalore March 7, 2012.Reuters fileBangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), Indian IT city’s five-year-old network, hopes to improve operational efficiency in the current fiscal with higher passenger traffic and increased non-fare revenues.Namma Metro, as the network is colloquially called, saw its net loss widen to Rs 360.98 crore in 2015-16 from Rs 263.26 crore in the preceding fiscal, even as operating income rose 58 percent to Rs. 28.28 crore from Rs 17.83 crore in 2014-15. Total revenues stood at Rs 45 crore for 2015-16.Read: Cauvery water dispute: Woman burns bus in exchange for biryani during Bengaluru shutdownThe metro network’s interest costs in 2015-16 were Rs 37 crore in comparison to Rs 29.64 in the previous financial year. Its debt stood at Rs 9,661 crore as on March 31, 2016, according to the financial statement for financial year 2015-16.More ATMs at Metro stationsBMRCL’s other income, which stood at Rs 16.78 crore last fiscal, is poised to rise in the future as it finalises to leverage its sprawling at its 22 stations. The most significant would be the setting up of ATMs at 17 stations, for which it has selected five banks in the first round of tenders. The number of stations and ATMs will go up after the second round of bids.”There was a lot of interest but because the closing date of the tender was during the holidays this month, a few banks could not complete their applications. As a result, around five stations did not got bids. But this will be set right in the coming days with another tender,” a BMRCL official told The Hindu. The cumulative rental income from the ATMs will be around Rs. 2.5 crore annually, the official told the daily.The non-fare revenues are expected to spurt in the coming years, according to Pradeep Singh Kharola, Managing Director, BMRCL. “With the increase in ridership, the rent at Metro stations is set to soar. We are presently charging Rs 1,000 as rent per square foot. This could increase in the future,” he told The New Indian Express (TNIE).Higher passenger trafficWith the purple line becoming operational from April this year, the number of passengers carried has shot up to 1.75 lakh everyday from 46,055 earlier. This will reflect in BMRCL’s increased revenues from operations.”We were running at an average of 40,000 commuters per day before the launch of the underground corridor. It has now increased four-fold, with almost 1.7 lakh to 1.8 lakh riders daily,” Pradeep Singh Kharola told TNIE.The network operates two line — east-west corridor (also called purple line) and north-south corridor (also referred to as green line). The newly inaugurated Namma Metro Purple Line start operations connecting the east and west of Bengaluru on April 30, 2016.IANSlast_img read more

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Theresa May fights rebellion over Brexit deal

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May gives a press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London on 15 November. Photo: AFPBritish prime minister Theresa May battled to salvage a draft Brexit deal and her political future on Thursday, as ministers resigned and members of her own party plotted to oust her.The Conservative leader said she believed with “every fibre of my being” in the Brexit course she had set, hours after facing a hostile parliament and seeing four ministers, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, quit the government.Members of parliament on all sides warned her there was no way the plan could win their approval, but she dismissed calls to quit, saying: “Am I going to see this through? Yes!”.The prime minister admitted “concerns about the backstop” solution to the Irish border question within the deal, which Brexit supporters fear would keep Britain tied indefinitely into a customs union.Critics also believe May has conceded too much to Brussels in other key areas, while EU supporters are calling for a second referendum on a final deal.May, however, said there would be no second vote “as far as I’m concerned”.The 585-page draft aims to ensure a smooth divorce from the EU after more than four decades of membership and outlines a transition period for both sides to adjust to the break.Key provisions seek to avoid a hard border between EU member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland, protect citizens’ rights and settle Britain’s last bill.Amid the political turmoil, the pound dropped by 2.0 per cent against the dollar to a one-month low and a similar amount against the euro.Stand asideTory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the Brexit hardline European Research Group, submitted a letter of no-confidence in the prime minister saying: “It would be in the interest of the party and the country if she were to stand aside.”At least 48 letters from Conservative MPs are required to trigger a vote of no-confidence in the party leader, but a majority of the party’s 315 lawmakers would have to vote against May in order for her to be ousted.Although other MPs have already sent letters, all eyes were on Rees-Mogg given his influence over Brexit supporting MPs.The MP told reporters that a challenge could be launched within weeks.But veteran MP Kenneth Clarke, an arch europhile, told Sky News that May would win any confidence vote, saying “there isn’t an alternative”.I must resignEU leaders will hold an extraordinary Brexit summit on 25 November.If they approve the agreement, the British parliament is scheduled to vote on it in early December.Raab said there would be a devastating impact on public trust in the government unless it changed course on Brexit.”I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto,” he said in his resignation letter.Brexit hardliner Esther McVey also quit her work and pensions secretary post.Suella Braverman resigned as a junior Brexit minister and Shailesh Vara quit as a junior Northern Ireland minister.In parliament, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, told May: “The government must now withdraw this half-baked deal.”This is not the deal the country was promised.”Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, later led a rally in Parliament Square over the “botched deal”, with protesters carrying placards reading “Brexit is failing” and “we need a people’s vote”.”It’s total chaos. She’s never going to get anything through parliament. The whole house of cards is collapsing,” said writer Emma Roper-Evans, 53.Fed to the lionsMay had secured her cabinet’s “collective” approval for the agreement during a stormy five-hour meeting on Wednesday and European leaders hailed the tentative deal.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “very happy” that the EU and Britain had reached a draft agreement but French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe warned the prospect of Britain crashing out without a deal was “still on the table”.In Brussels, EU president Donald Tusk said member states would have until Tuesday to examine the deal and to agree the wording of a parallel political statement setting out goals for the bloc’s future relations with London.The agreement was also welcomed along the Irish border.”If Theresa May has got any sort of a deal I think it’s a miracle,” said businessman Patrick Hughes, owner of an animal feed business in the border village of Jonesborough.”I think she was fed to the lions a bit,” he said.last_img
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Local Fashionista Inspires Passion Purpose and Personality

first_imgBy La’Nesha Kearse, Special to the AFRO“Passion, purpose, personality” is the mantra of The Joy of Styling.Spearheaded by Founder and CEO Joy Copeland in 2015, The Joy of Styling, is helping to advance the DMV area’s fashion scene through connecting customers with Black owned businesses and educating the community on improving their visual narrative. On October 26, 2018, The Joy of Styling featured one of their many pop-up fashion events in District Heights, Maryland.Joy Copeland, founder and CEO of The Joy of Styling. (Photo By Micha Green)The event, called the “Style Party Pop Up”, gave the community an opportunity to learn about current and seasonal trends and have their fashion inquiries answered while shopping from vendors including Crystal Desires, a company that sells jewelry with natural crystals, Love Our Styles, a clothing and jewelry business, and eating delectable treats debuted by food industry newcomers Chef Elliot and Cakes by Gen.The event tackled fashion do’s and don’ts, industry fashion tips and allowed the audience to showcase their individuality and unique fashion styles.The Joy of Styling offers a plethora of services including closet revamping, style parties and personal styling and shopping. Preceded by a consultation, Copeland’s team builds strong rapport and trust with her clients to encourage intentionality in their fashion selections and boost their self-image.Inspired by a girl’s night in and a successful first fashion event pop up, Copeland’s team has facilitated more than 15 fashion discussions and events in the area. When asked about her inspiration to develop her business, Copeland explained “My passion is bringing fashion to the community and connecting the aspect of community involvement and seeing how fashion can impact your life.”Having worked under and with fashion industry icons Claire Sulmers and Angela Simmons, Copeland hopes to leave her customers with the inspiration to feel comfortable in their skin and confident in their style decisions.With events such as Style Workz For Girls, Annual Fashion on Wheels, and Fit and Fab, Copeland is promoting access to affordable fashion, body positivity, and health and wellness. She is focused on tackling barriers to professionalism and rites of passage events through her interview styling consultations and clothing drives. She’s also mobile, and willing to go wherever needed to support her clientele.At 25, Copeland’s goal is to “empower and uplift everyone through enabling networking opportunities with the D.C. fashion industry.”She encourages people seeking to grow their fashion business or find internship opportunities to reach out for promotional opportunities through her website tjoyofstyling.com or her Instagram @thejoyofstyling.“A lot of the vendors are from personal relationships in the D.C. fashion scene. It’s so important that we’re uplifting each other. That’s what I intend to do.”last_img read more

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Birthday Dollars to Fund Faith Fellows

first_imgOffer expertise as electricians, plumbers, builders, renovation experts, etc. Email cdc@pleasanthope.org to volunteer individual or group labor. By Rev. Dorothy S. Boulware, Special to the AFROThe Rev. Heber Brown III is using his birthday capital on social media to provide experience for young people interested in Pleasant Hope Baptist Church’s brand of urban ministry. During a tenure that has spanned almost 11 years, Rev. Brown has expanded the reach of his church from providing gospel lessons in the words of the master, to gospel lessons in providing affordable, healthy eating through church farming, to gospel lessons in educating children in their own African-American history, to providing gospel lessons in being good citizens on earth.With all that brewing, Pleasant Hope is currently renovating one of its properties to house four young adults who want a taste of real ministry to incorporate into their collective of learning to assimilate into their own ministries when the time is right. Known for his whole-hearted involvement in the totality of life from education to politics, from activism to demanding justice,  Dr. Brown is the person for such an experience.Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III at the family land of 5th generation African-American cotton farmer, Julius Tillery in Garysburg, N.C. (Courtesy Photos)And that’s why he recently asked his FaceBook friends to contribute to that renovation for the Young Adult Residential Fellowship Program rather than to trinkets for his birthday.“I’m so excited for these young people to walk their vision while learning ministry and discovering their own gifts and abilities,” Rev. Brown said. “We’re meeting their concerns around basic needs so they can focus fully on their development.”And the entire congregation has the same focus, thanks to the Christian Education Department that provides the basic teaching; thanks to the preaching and total reinforcement from all areas.“Our intention is to provide great synergy through preaching and teaching that sensitizes our members to the incarnation of the gospel…doing as we see Jesus do in his ministry,” Rev. Brown said.“This also incorporates the use of graphics, our bulletins and newsletter, sending one message so we’re in total agreement.”And so that everyone can be involved in their own unique way.“We provide many on ramps so the non builder can still support the building ministry and the non gardener can still support the gardening ministry.”Dr. Heber Brown, III pauses for a picture after providing the keynote message at the Virginia Farm To Table Conference. (Courtesy Photo) This pastor, teacher, innovator is not waiting for old age to institutionalize the work he’s begun. “Our prayer is to attract five star administrators, event planners, to cast vision for big dreams that evolve as the day to day work gets done and goes off right and well,” the sought-after teacher, preacher said.His ministry also attracts great volunteers. That’s how Pleasant Hope operates its Orita Cross Freedom School whenever public schools are closed. Modeled after the freedom schools of the 60s, this one is also the product of many partnerships.“We are so blessed by the many people who resonate in various ways with the work we’re doing. We started with a core group of mothers who needed support for raising their children, so they worked together to support all the children,” Rev. Brown said.“And became a super resource.”This is how each of their principal ministries began, with the recognition of a need.“Pleasant Hope Garden. The Freedom School. The Black Church Food Network. Each began with a core team, expanded with the development of leadership around each area; we put resources to it and then cast vision,” he said. “Sometimes there’s an overlap, but each team is squarely focused on its own area.”Now his vision is being cast well beyond the walls of Pleasant Hope.“I’m speaking in Dayton and Columbus, Ohio. I’m headed to the Tidewater area next month and also doing some work in Jackson, Mississippi.”He’s also adamant that church work their chosen project as a member of a church team or cluster. “Ministry is too hard to do alone. Team work makes it easier and prevents reinventing the wheel,” Rev. Brown said.“Churches have resources. They have houses, land, buses. The question is how we can be better stewards with what God has already given us.”People can help in a number of ways:CashApp $HeberBrownIII. PayPal.me/HeberBrown. Givelify: https://giv.li/buy5r3center_img Pray.last_img read more

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Indian startups to get a rocket launch to UK

first_imgBritish High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith, recently launched the 2017-18 TECH Rocketship Awards to an audience of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, start-ups, and a judging panel including Saurabh Srivastava and Mohandas Pai.The 4th edition of TECH Rocketship Awards, targeting India’s top tech entrepreneurs and scale-up businesses is offering 7 prize packages to the UK. Lucky winners will receive tailored packages in the UK to help them achieve their ambitions of growth with a fully paid-for business development and partnership programme. The awards, an initiative by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) in India, have been running for three years and have seen endorsement from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, British Prime Minister Theresa May and some of biggest names in Indian business. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBritish high Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG said, “The UK’s position as a home-from-home for Indian tech companies is as strong as ever. Nearly a third of all Indian investment into the UK is in tech and telecommunications and we are fully-committed to supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his vision for ‘Startup India’. The UK is open for business and through TECH Rocketship Awards we are looking to help the next batch of leading young Indian entrepreneurs scale-up and go global via the UK. The Awards provide an excellent platform for Indian SMEs to grow their business overseas by using the UK as a springboard.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis year’s six award categories – Fin-tech, Med-tech, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and Data Analytics, Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence – reflect some of the areas of greatest potential in terms of opportunity and demand in the UK and India. These are the UK’s fastest growing tech sectors and are aligned with the UK Government’s technology investment priorities. This year the awards will be judged by significant Indian entrepreneurs and thought-leaders like Indian Angel Network(IAN)’s founder Saurabh Srivastava, Kiran Muzamdar Shaw, Digital India Foundation Head Arvind Gupta, NASSCOM Chairman Raman Roy, Fin-tech entrepreneur Alok Vajpeyi, Shradha Sharma founder of YourStory along with Investors like IDG Ventures and SIDBI Ventures. Saurabh Srivastava Founder IAN said, “This platform not only provides an opportunity for Indian entrepreneurs to network and identify trade opportunities, but also gives UK based investors an access to the pool of India’s most innovative businesses.”The competition winners’ trip to the UK will include opportunities to pitch to UK Venture Capitalits, a programme at London Tech Week, curated partnerships with established UK companies like Harper Adams University and Sensor City and exposure to the UK’s thriving tech ecosystem, financial services and R&D opportunities. They will also get a chance to spend quality time with companies across the UK.Applications are open to Indian tech entrepreneurs under 40 in India who have been operating a company created from the year 2000 onwards. The competition is now open and will close on Midnight of December 9, 2017.last_img read more

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900 Series Cooking Equipment Market by Top Manufacturers – Charvet Rosinox

first_img900 series cooking equipment The 900 series cooking equipment are professional cooking equipment having depth of 900 mm used to cook and preserve food products for commercial purposes. These comprise of various commercial cooking equipment such as ambient worktops, base unit ovens, boiling kettles, bratt pans, fryers, griddles, hobs, pasta cookers, and others. This equipment are widely adopted in hotels, full service restaurants, commercial institutes, QSRs, and budgetary hotels for ease in food preparation, increase in food safety, and reduction in labor & operational cost. Rise in business-related travel and increase in number of food joints such as hotels & restaurants fuel the growth of the hospitality industry, which in turn drives the demand for this commercial cooking equipment.Download Sample Copy @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3237294?utm_source=ANIL-HTNTop Market Players: Charvet, Rosinox, Capic, Ali Group, AB Electrolux, ATA Srl, Fagor Industrial, Illinois Tool Works Inc., MKN, Modular Professional Srl, and The Middleby CorporationThis cooking equipment help in quick and easy preparation of various cuisines and food items. In addition, it offers various benefits such as easy to operate, safe & secure, avoid expensive breakdowns, improved functionality improve efficiency, scale back every kind of wastage, and save energy. Growth in demand for new and innovative cooking equipment with advanced features from different end users such as full-service restaurants, hotels & resorts, large food chains, and institutional catering is projected to drive the growth of this market. Moreover, stringent government regulations related to emission controls and the concerns of depletion of natural resources such as LPG and others have forced companies to replace their existing equipment with advanced one. Companies are continuously working to meet these regulations and to offer products at competitive prices. Technological innovations in food service industry, such as launch of new & advance, energy efficient, and cost-effective products, are expected to open new avenues for the manufacturers, thereby driving the market growth.Others factors such as expansion in tourism, rise in number of quick service restaurants & hotels, development in country’s urban infrastructure, and increase in disposable income also contribute toward the gradual growth of the Europe 900 series cooking equipment market. However, volatile prices of raw materials and high capital investment complexities associated with the usage of equipment restrict the market growth. Continuous developments in food industry and favorable government regulations to promote the production of eco-friendly and advanced equipment are expected to open new avenues for the cooking equipment manufacturers.Europe 900 series cooking equipment market is segmented based on product type, end use, and country. Based on product type, the market is divided into ambient worktops, base unit ovens, boiling kettles, bratt pans, fryers, griddles, hobs, pasta cookers, and others. Based on end use, the market is categorized into full-service restaurants, institutional canteen, hotel & resorts, quick service restaurants, and others. Country wise, the market is analyzed across Spain, Italy, Benelux, UK, Germany, France, and rest of Europe.Avail Discount on Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3237294?utm_source=ANIL-HTNKEY BENEFITS FOR STAKEHOLDERS• This report provides a quantitative analysis of the current trends, estimations, and dynamics of Europe 900 series cooking equipment market from 2018 to 2025 to identify the prevailing market opportunities.• The key countries in Europe region are mapped based on their market share.• Porter’s five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders to make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier–buyer network.• In-depth analysis of Europe 900 series cooking equipment market segmentation assists in determining the prevailing market opportunities.• Major countries are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the industry. Market player positioning segment facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of market players.• Key market players and their strategies are analyzed to understand the competitive outlook of the market.Table of ContentsChapter 1: introductionChapter 2: executive summaryChapter 3: market overviewChapter 4: 900 Series Cooking Equipment market, by componentChapter 5: 900 Series Cooking Equipment market, by type of 900 Series Cooking EquipmentChapter 6: 900 Series Cooking Equipment market, by functionChapter 7: 900 Series Cooking Equipment market, by end userChapter 8: 900 Series Cooking Equipment market, by regionChapter 9: company profilesBuy Now: https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/checkout/sales/682?utm_source=ANIL-HTNAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. 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Sculpted facade ensures office tower doesnt block out the sun

first_img I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more 40 Tenth Avenue is defined by its remarkable chiseled glazed facade, which is designed to ensure that the nearby High Line is not left in the shadeNic Lehoux In Brief This Week: NeoGenomics, Sengenics, Illumina, and More Yes No Abaxis, LamdaGen Teaming Up to Combine POC Platform with Plasmon Resonance Biosensing Andrew P. Han, 360Dx, 2016 We recommend Powered by FDA Clears Roche’s PCR-Based MRSA Nasal Test Google Analytics settings As many cities grow with increasing numbers of skyscrapers and high-rises, those closer to the ground can be left in the shade. A striking new building by Studio Gang addresses this with a sculpted facade that doesn’t block out the sun for visitors to an adjacent park.The 10-story office building, named 40 Tenth Avenue, has been in the works for some time. It was first revealed back in 2012 as the Solar Carve Tower and began construction a couple of years ago.The building is located in New York City’s Meatpacking District and contains 160,000 sq ft (14,864 sq m) of office space, with retail space on the ground floor and a terrace area on the roof. 360Dx, 2010 NanoString Shines Light on New IHC-Based Digital Spatial Profiler Technology Privacy policy 360Dx, 2013 Its most interesting feature is its remarkable glazed facade, which both lends it a unique appearance and is also calculated to match the Sun’s path and ensure that visitors to the adjacent High Line, as well as neighboring buildings, are neither left in shade nor have their view obstructed.”Sculpted by the angles of the Sun, Solar Carve (40 Tenth Ave) explores how shaping architecture in response to solar access and other site-specific criteria can expand its potential to have a positive impact on its environment,” says Studio Gang. “Located at the edge of Manhattan between the High Line park and the Hudson River, the building takes its unique form from the geometric relationships between the allowable envelope and the Sun’s path.”In addition to producing a faceted, gem-like facade, this integrated response allows the building to benefit the important public green space of the High Line – privileging light, fresh air, and river views to the public park – while also becoming a new iconic silhouette on the New York skyline.” staff reporter, 360Dx, 2019 Interpace Diagnostics, SelectHealth Sign Coverage Agreement for Thyroid Cancer Tests Roche Garners Third FDA-Approved CDx Indication for Ventana PD-L1 Assay The loss of sunlight is a ongoing issue in NYC and we’re likely to see more tower designs that attempt to mitigate it. Another interesting idea in that vein comes from NBBJ and its shadow-reducing towers, though there are no immediate plans to realize the design.The project was developed by Aurora Capital Associates and William Gottlieb Real Estate.Source: Studio Gang staff reporter, 360Dx, 2019 40 Tenth Avenue is topped by a large rooftop deck area that offers views of the Hudson River and ManhattanTom Harris 360Dx, 2019last_img read more

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Save Over 1100 on CompTIA Certifications Study Guide Bundle

first_imgWccftech Deals is bringing back massive discounts on the CompTIA Certifications Study Guide Bundle. With over 95% discount, you can now learn and prepare yourself for the CompTIA A+, Linux+, Security+, and various other industry-leading IT Certification exams, for just $49. Head over to Wccftech Deals for more details.CompTIA Certifications Study Guide Bundle1- CompTIA IT Certification TrainingStart Studying for CompTIA’s A+, Network+, Security+, Mobility+, & Linux+ Certification ExamsCompTIA provides industry-leading certifications in a wide range of IT fields that verify that IT professionals have the qualifications and competencies required to work in corporate environments. In this comprehensive course, you’ll study the materials required to pass a variety of CompTIA exams. Over the course, you’ll dive into the CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Mobility+, and Linux+ exam materials so that by course’s end, you’ll be ready to pass all five of these certifications and greatly bolster your resume.2- CompTIA Linux+ (LX0-101 and LX0-102)Gain the Knowledge You Need to Pass CompTIA’s Linux+ Certification & Become a Corporate Linux AdministratorMore and more companies and organizations are using Linux computing, putting a higher premium on capable Linux administrators. Over this course, you’ll learn how to become one of these well-paid administrators by delving into study materials for CompTIA’s Linux+ certification exams. By course’s end, you’ll have the know-how, and be ready to take the LX0-101 and LX0-102 exams in your own time.Original value: $1,176 | Wccftech Deals: $49 at 95% discount Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Black Friday 2018 Deals on All Amazon Hardware Mega Discounts on Fire

first_imgJust like last year, Amazon has discounted its very own hardware by a huge margin. If you ever wanted to pick up an Echo, a Fire Tablet or a security system, now’s the time to do so.Save Big on Amazon Hardware this Year on Black Friday 2018Whether you need a smart speaker, a tablet or just want to get into the home automation game, Amazon is a good place to start. No, we are not talking about third-party hardware here, we’re talking about hardware that Amazon makes on its own and sells it to consumers. It contains a plethora of devices such as the Echo, Echo Show, Fire Tablet, Fire TV Stick and whatnot.Interestingly, all of this hardware, despite being premium in nature, is dirt cheap without any discount applied to it. But Amazon is always looking to go big therefore every year it applies a generous discount to its hardware lineup so everyone can get a taste of what the company is cooking, and hopefully entice users to switch platforms.This year is no different as Black Friday 2018 is right on our faces, meaning you can pick up one of Amazon’s hardware for an amazingly low price. And as ever, the choices are going to tickle your fancy.Note: I’ve included products in this list which feature Amazon Alexa as well, just for the sake of variety.Buy Amazon Fire TV Stick with 1st-Gen Alexa Remote – Was $39.99, Now just $24.99Buy Two Echo Spots, Get $100 OffBuy Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet – Was $149.99, Now just $99.99Save up to 33% on Blink Indoor Home Security SystemsSave $50 on Color Smart Lighting Kit + Echo DotBuy Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet – Ws $129.99, Now just $89.99Buy Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with All-New Alexa Remote – Was $49.99, Now just $34.99Buy Amazon Fire TV Cube – Was $119.99, Now just $59.99Buy Amazon Fire TV Recast, 1 TB – Was $279.99, Now just $219.99Buy Amazon Fire TV Recast, 500GB – Was $229.99, Now just $179.99Buy Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet – Was $99.99, Now just $69.99Buy Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo (2nd-Gen) – Was $79.99, Now just $59.99Buy Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet – Was $199.99, Now just $149.99Buy Certified Refurbished Blink Indoor Security 2-Camera Kit – Was $139.99, Now just $99.99Buy Polk Audio Sound Bar – Was $299, Now just $199$15 Off Amazon Fire TV Stick + 2 Months of STARZ at no Additional CostBuy Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Spot – Was $109.99, Now just $79.99Buy Fire TV Stick, Get Echo Dot (2nd-Gen) FreeBuy Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo Connect – Was $29.99, Now just $24.99Buy Ring Alarm Home Security System – Was $268.98, Now just $188.98Buy 2 Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablets and Save $110Buy 2 Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablets and Save $80Buy 2 Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablets and Save $100Save up to $110 on Select Kids Edition Tablet BundlesSave $49.99 with Ring Floodlight or Spotlight Camera Bundles with Echo DotBuy Two Echo Shows and Get $120 Off Original PriceBuy Three Echo Dot Kids Editions and Get $110 Off Original PriceBundle and Save $65 on Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Recast and an HD CameraBundle and Save $60 on Fire TV Cube and Cloud CamBundle and Save $40 on Fire TV Stick 4K + All-New Echo DotBuy Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet Protection Bundle – Was $124.97, Now just $109.97Save $49 on Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Ring AlarmSave $49 on Spotlight Cam Battery and Ring AlarmBuy 2 Amazon Cloud Cams and Save $40Save $40 on Echo Spot and Amazon Cloud CamBuy 3 Amazon Cloud Cams and Save $70Save $50 on Echo Show and Ring BundlesSave $59.99 on Fire HD 10 Tablet and Show Mode Dock BundleBuy Two Echo Dots (2nd-Gen) and Get $10 Off Original Price Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Director Steven Soderbergh to raise a glass in Mai

first_imgDirector Steven Soderbergh to raise a glass in Maine PORTLAND, Maine — The director of “Erin Brockovich” and the “Ocean’s” trilogy is in Maine to promote his latest project, and it has nothing to do with Hollywood.Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh is paying his first visit to the Pine Tree State to promote a spirit he’s importing from Bolivia.Soderbergh tells the Portland Press Herald that he first tried Singani when he was in Bolivia to shoot a movie, and he has spent several years bringing it to the United States.He’s holding a launch party Tuesday in Portland at Little Giant.Singani is the national spirit of Bolivia and is classified as brandy in the U.S. It’s distilled from the white Muscat of Alexandria grape grown in the Andes Mountains.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2019 6:16 am PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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In keeping with Arcosantis traditional eventnigh

first_imgIn keeping with Arcosanti’s traditional event-night experience, the evening began at 5 pm with an after-hours tour of Arcosanti, this time led by Arcosanti’s ecotourism coordinator, naturalist Anne-Marie Vaduva. [photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer] At 6 pm, attendees gathered in the Cafe at Arcosanti for a sold-out 6-course meal created by Chef M. Ali Sadiqi and his team of dedicated staff and volunteers.  With a menu of such culinary delights as classic Caprese sald with Arcosanti basil, fresh trout, roast potatoes with truffle oil, and a sweet polenta souffle with chocolate-hazelnut sauce, it was a full house of satisfied palettes![photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer] This year’s Vivaldi Festival brought together a wonderful array of performers and artists: soprano Eileen Mager, pianist GayNell Cronin, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, painter Jim Covarrubius, Terpiscore Dance Company, Zona Flamenca with Bernadette Gaxiola, and glass artists Joshua Dopp and Brigid O’Malley.[photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer] May 21, 2014On Saturday, May 17th, Arcosanti hosted the 17th edition of the Arizona Vivaldi Festival, an annual event presented by Arts Renaissance Initiative.  The festival began earlier this month with events in Phoenix, is a celebration of “the maestro’s magic in song, dance, dinner and glass.” [photo: Sue Kirsch, text: Kate Bemesderfer] Following dinner, guests had the opportunity to see a live Venetian glassblowing demonstration (and a rare glimpse inside the Arcosanti Lab Building) with Joshua Dopp and his Highway Hotshop, a portable glass studio.  Josh’s demonstration highlighted a weekend of glass-working activities at Arcosanti that included his 3-day workshop and fellow glass artist Brigid O’Malley’s afternoon presentation on architectural glass–keep an eye out for a glass workshop with Brigid at Arcosanti this fall.  As part of the evening, one of Joshua’s pieces was raffled off to raise funds for the Arcosanti community–the lucky winner turned out to be one of the stars of the festival, Eileen Mager! More about the glass workshop in Friday, 5/23/2014 report.[photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer]Around 7:30, the audience settled into the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater for the concert itself, which began with a tribute to Paolo Soleri from festival organizer and ARI founder Michel Sarda. With great humor and scholarship, Eileen Mager guided the audience through a selection of Vivaldi arias, Terpiscore Dance Company transformed orchestral pieces into modern movement, Thula Ngwenyama enchanted us with her Stradivarius renditions of several works, Zona Flamenca infused classical music with the energy and passion of flamenco, and Jim Covarrubius created an original painting (also raffled off to a lucky audience member at the end of the night) live onstage as the concert unfolded.[photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer]With its unique constellation of inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural and trans-historical interpretations of one of the world’s great composers, the Arizona Vivaldi Festival remains one of Arcosanti’s premiere events–we look forward to next year’s iteration![photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer]last_img read more

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