As walls crumble memories remain for Tłı̨chǫ gatherings

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsHundreds of people piled into the Behchokǫ̀ cultural centre for a  final hand game tournament ahead of the 30 year old building being torn down.Nearly double the teams anticipated registered with 40 plus groups on the roster.Even with the $30,000 prize on the line, it was the chance to play one more game with friends and family that brought resonated with so many.“To see the building go is actually going to be heartfelt for a lot of people,” said Richie Martin of Behchokǫ̀.“We are in modern days and we need a bigger building, something where we can have more people come in.”(Hand game: Team from Behchokǫ̀ showing off their moves in the last tournament to be played at the old cultural centre. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)A member of the group “Our Tłı̨chǫ Drummers,” Martin has watched the resurgence of his culture in youth through the games.“In 2005, we had the first tournament here held in March and that was just straight men 18 over for the first tournament. Now it’s just more and more youth playing every year,” he said.For the famous annual Ediwa Weyallon handgame tournament the community swells from 2,000 to roughly 5,000 over one weekend, many of whom are youth and kids.“I remember I was probably like these kids running around here. I remember playing around, jumping around as they were building it, excited to see how it turned out. It’s pretty nice, it’s been here a long time,” said Jonathan Lafferty who travelled from Dettah, NWT back home to Behchokǫ̀.It’s more than just fun and games when families travel in by boat and ice road to attend though.Gatherings are a breeding ground for passing on Dene laws to the next generation.Wendy Mantla, a resident of Behchokǫ̀, has three sons playing in the tournament.“It means a lot especially for the younger ones learning our culture with hand games. Knowing our language, our culture and what our ancestors use to do,” she said.Land claim negotiations, feasts and hundreds of weddings have all graced the centre.“My sister actually got married here too. It was memorable because that was the last time my Dad was drum dancing in that building,” Mantla said.(Tłı̨chǫ community gatherings always draw many Elders. As per protocol, they are receive the best seat in the house and lead many of the opening prayers and remarks. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)The building is being demolished due to mold and public consultations have been held to plan for a new centre.Lucy Lafferty, a resident of Behchokǫ̀, said just like the original design under the guidance of the local friendship centre, reflected the culture of the people and did not resemble an institutional government office.“I’ve gone to one of the consultations. They had elders and community members talking about why the building was needed. They want to make sure that the building will represent the Dene Tłı̨chǫ, customs, culture and the way we do things,” she said.Community gatherings will take place in the multiplex for the time being as all that is left of the old centre will be memories once read more

Canadian dollar at 7month low on American growth concerns sliding commodities

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed at a fresh seven-month low Wednesday amid sharply lower oil and metal prices.The commodity-sensitive loonie dropped 0.53 of a cent at 98.3 cents US.The dollar has lost about two US cents since the start of the year, centred on fears of massive U.S. government spending cuts, the housing market and oil prices.There are worries about the looming sequester in the U.S. That is a huge package of across the board spending cuts worth US$85 billion that are set to take effect at the end of the month unless lawmakers can agree on other cuts that would be more selective.It would cut a big chunk out of American economic growth, a worrisome prospect for a struggling economy.The housing sector has also come under scrutiny with the International Monetary Fund saying that it is overvalued by a good 10 per cent.The price gap between global benchmark Brent crude and Western Canadian Select, which is the crude produced by Western Canada’s oilsands, has also become a concern. Recently, that price gap widened as much as $65 a barrel as pipeline bottlenecks have prevented growing oilsands production from getting to the most lucrative markets. That gap is now down to about $45 amid expectations it will fall even more.There is also suspense over the future of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry bitumen from the Alberta oilsands to U.S. refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.Meanwhile, Italy is weighing on currency markets. An election this weekend could result in a split parliament, making it difficult for a coalition government to push through unpopular economic reforms.And the British pound tumbled after minutes of the last rate setting meeting of the Bank of England showed governor Mervyn King and two others backed another monetary stimulus. The pound was trading 0.8 per cent lower on the day, falling below US$1.53 Wednesday for the first time since June.Commodity prices were lower with the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $2.28 to US$94.38 a barrel.Oil prices were undercut by analysts’ expectations for higher U.S. crude supplies when the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration releases its weekly inventory report on Thursday. Analysts on average forecast a rise of 2 million barrels, according to Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.March copper declined four cents to US$3.61 a pound.April gold bullion fell beneath the key level of US$1,600 an ounce, closing down $26.20 to a seven-month low of US$1,578 an ounce. Other technical factors were at work with analysts talking of a death cross in the market.This event happens when a security’s long-term moving average breaks above its short-term moving average or support level.Meanwhile, several Federal Reserve policymakers expressed concerns last month about the risks of the Fed’s efforts to boost the U.S. economy by keeping borrowing costs low through bond purchases.Minutes of the Fed’s Jan. 29-30 policy meeting showed that some officials were worried that the continued purchases could eventually escalate inflation, unsettle financial markets or cause the Fed to absorb losses once it begins selling its investment holdings.The Fed said it would review its current open-ended program of asset purchases totalling US$85 billion a month in Treasurys and mortgage bonds at the March meeting.On the economic front, U.S. housing starts for January came in lower than expected — at an annual rate of 890,000, down from December’s read of 954,000 and below expectations of 922,000.Building permits rose 1.8 per cent to an annualized rate of 920,000 in January, up from 909,000 in December. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 4:44 pm MDT Canadian dollar at 7-month low on American growth concerns, sliding commodities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Former Canadian Olympian seen on Washington state ferry after he disappeared

VICTORIA – Police in Washington state are almost certain that a missing Victoria man entered the state aboard a ferry a week ago.Deputy Chief Brian Smith of the Port Angeles Police Department said Tuesday that an officer who viewed video surveillance from a street camera saw a man matching Harold Backer’s description.He said the man left the Coho ferry in the middle of the day on Nov. 3.That’s the day the 52-year-old former Canadian Olympic rower was last seen, wearing a red cycling jersey and black riding pants. He was possibly riding a black road bike and carrying a black backpack.“Our officer is 85 per cent sure he’s seeing the person in question riding his bicycle and leaving the Coho ferry,” Smith said of Backer, who competed in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.However, video surveillance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection does not show the man getting off the ferry in Port Angeles, he said.There could be various reasons for that, including that other people were in the way of the camera, Smith said.“So far we aren’t able to recover any video from Customs and Border Protection that would show him coming down the walkway. That doesn’t mean he didn’t do it, it means that we aren’t able to establish that.“We’re operating from the premise that he did enter the U.S., that it was him,” Smith said.The Black Ball ferry line operates the Coho, which makes the hour-and-a-half crossing between Victoria and Port Angeles twice as day — at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.The Victoria Police Department issued a statement saying Backer told his family that he was going for a bike ride but failed to return home.The department did not return calls for an interview.The Canadian Securities Administrators lists Backer as a seller of mutual funds in British Columbia and Ontario.He is registered with a firm called Investia Financial Services as of September 2009 and agreed to be supervised.Richard Gilhooley of the B.C. Securities Commission said he could not immediately provide further information on Backer.— By Camille Bains in Vancouver by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 10, 2015 1:53 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 11, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former Canadian Olympian seen on Washington state ferry after he disappeared Harold Backer is shown in a Vancouver Police Department handout photo. Police in Washington are almost certain that a missing British Columbia man boarded a ferry entering the state from Victoria.Deputy Chief Brian Smith of the Port Angeles Police Department says video surveillance shows a man matching Backer’s description on the Coho ferry last Tuesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Vancouver Police Department read more

Eaton ProFX electronic controls offer robust precision for mobile offhighway

first_imgPower management company Eaton has launched a new line of Pro-FX™ electronic controls and software, including the HFX controllers and VFX display families, and the Pro-FX Control software suite to precisely control machine functions for mobile off-highway applications, such as on material handling and surface mining vehicles.“The new Pro-FX family offers customers best-in-class hardware and software to solve control challenges without digging into the bottom line,” said Christophe Natter, Product Marketing Manager, Eaton. “Simplifying electric control integration without sacrificing customisation options helps end users in a wide range of markets improve productivity, operator safety and energy efficiency.”New HFX controllers are IP67 and IP69K rated. Their die-cast aluminium housing is rugged enough to withstand wide temperature ranges and water depths. Multiple inputs and outputs, including three CAN ports, provide flexible configurations to meet individual customer’s needs. With one of the fastest processors on the market, the controllers allow for precise equipment control. Additionally, memory can be allocated to perform data logging functions that can reduce cost by taking the guesswork out of maintenance by predicting problems before they happen.The new line also includes two displays, 4.3 in and 7 in. Like the controllers, the best-in-class display screens are extremely rugged, built to withstand high and low temperatures, and are readable in direct sunlight. With a powerful backlight and an optically-bonded liquid crystal display (LCD) screen, the displays not only provide sunlight optimised viewing capabilities at every angle, “but also protect against fog and dust contamination – a must-have in the mobile off-road market.”In addition to the new controllers and displays, Eaton is releasing the new Pro-FX configuration software, which is based on CoDeSys V3.5, a non-proprietary common programming tool, and is International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61131-3 compliant. With full customisation and automation options, Pro-FX software helps maximise machine productivity by simplifying operations and minimising operator impact. The software comes with six programming languages, including graphical and textual, as well as an extensive set of function block libraries. The libraries contain pre-configured software objects to help customers rapidly develop their applications. To help customers reduce the time to include the controllers within their system, Pro-FX control software includes fully integrated CANopen and J1939 CAN Stacks. The software suite also contains advanced graphic capabilities that can be used to create a first class human machine interface.last_img read more

De la Hoyas pro offer tempts Katie but her heart remains an

first_imgTEN-TIME WORLD champion Oscar de la Hoya is the latest big boxing promoter to try his luck at tempting Katie Taylor into the sport’s professional ranks.But while Ireland’s Olympic hero admits she is a “small bit tempted” by the approach from the Golden Boy Promotions stable, she spoke once again of her love for amateur boxing and the desire to defend her lightweight gold medal at Rio 2016.Since her win in London Taylor has become one of boxing’s most sought-after stars, but the 26-year-old has yet to decide whether she will follow John Joe Nevin and cash in by turning pro or stay on as an amateur for another four years.Taylor and her father Peter are in discussions with the Irish Sports Council over her future, and while she hasn’t set a deadline for any decision, she revealed that she intends to be back in the ring before Christmas if she stays amateur.De la Hoya was one of the first big names to tweet Taylor and congratulate her on winning Olympic gold. His offer to turn pro, joining a company which includes Juan Manuel Marquez, Saul Alvarez and Bernard Hopkins, has forced her to think.“It was a bit of a surprise. I was thinking maybe should I turn pro with Oscar de la Hoya. He has the most successful stable at the moment. Golden Boy Promotions is a huge stable. I’m a small bit tempted I think because he’s the most successful promoter out there at the moment. We didn’t really get into it too much with him, I think my dad’s still in talks with the Sports Council and Oscar de la Hoya but we’ll see what happens anyway.“I don’t think money is a huge factor with me really. As I said before, my heart has always been in the amateur sport. I absolutely love amateur boxing and I’d love to defend the title in four years’ time.”She added: “I think there’s just so much more to professional boxing really. You do have to make sure you get the right promoter, you have to make sure you get a good signing on contract and you have to make sure that the fights are there for you.In amateur boxing, you’re just entered into a competition and you have to beat the best to be the best, whoever comes up. There’s no picking and choosing your fights. Amateur boxing is purely it, it’s a pure sport. Professional boxing is a business really. On Wednesday Taylor was named the AIBA World Elite Female Boxer of the Year for a historic third time, cementing her place as one of the sport’s greats.If she does iron out the final details of an agreement with the Sports Council and stay as an amateur, Taylor would love to have more high-profile fights in Ireland. One name which has already been mentioned is Natasha Jonas, the Liverpudlian who Taylor beat in a barnstorming Olympic quarter-final in London.“I always love boxing in Ireland really,” she says. “It’s always a huge pressure situation really but it’s great to get the fights here.“I think if you go away to too many international competitions, you don’t know what’s going to happen with the judges as well. It’s just not good always worrying and thinking about the politics of it all. I think it’s better to bring performers over here really and to get the fights here.”last_img read more

QA goes gaga over Nana Mouskouri

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nana Mouskouri overshadowed many on the Q&A panel this week, as the Greek songstress chimed in on numerous Australian topics like children in detention, tax evasion and distrust in politics. The octogenarian singer and former member of the EU parliament appeared on the ABC panel show on Monday while in Australia to perform a number of concerts. Mouskouri’s defining moment on the show was when she prevailed over the political psycho-babble and gave her views on children in detention. Having worked as a UNICEF ambassador, Mouskouri was visibly shocked to discover that Australia had a current record of keeping children in detention.“I’m surprised for Australia. I didn’t know,” she said.“I think the world needs a little bit more humanity.”Mouskouri said under no circumstances should children be in detention and called for the government to change tack. “Let’s put some humanity into the laws really and protect the children,” she said. “You are playing with the lives that are going to build a better world, so give them the chance to do that.”Mouskouri was joined on the panel by rising Labor star Ed Husic, Guardian Australia columnist Van Badham, parliamentary secretary to the treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer and editor of the Financial Review Michael Stutchbury, all of whom chimed in on the state of Greece’s current economic and political woes. In light of heated anti-Islamic protests across Australia, Mouskouri drew parallels to Greece’s neo-fascist political party Golden Dawn, and admitted she was worried about its popularity.Asked by host Tony Jones whether anyone could reason with a leader who proclaims himself a racist, Mouskouri replied “no, I cannot [reason with them], but, you know, the problem is that people have voted and they are in the parliament”.As a true pacifist, Mouskouri hoped a solution can be found through opening the discourse and not “receiving them as enemies”.Interestingly, Mouskouri was able to get the politicians of the panel to open up about the reality of aligning themselves with a party that implements policies that they might not agree with. Speaking about entering politics briefly when became member of the EU parliament in 1994-1999, Mouskouri found the responsibility of promising solutions before judging the obstacles troubling.“I didn’t want to continue because it is a difference with politics and singers. Singers, we live with music, we give hope, we give love, we try really to make people see a future, which I did when I was young, but I cannot commit myself by giving solutions and these solutions the politicians will give,” she says. The topic then shifted to Greece’s austerity measures, which saw a number of panellists chime in. All agreed that a ‘Grexit’ would be dangerous, but differed on whether Greece is using the right tactics in negotiating a better deal with its creditors.“They’ll probably get it but I don’t think that will be the end of it, because fundamentally they’ve got to become a more competitive economy,” Australian Financial Review’s Michael Stutchbury said. Mouskouri said more needs to be done to fix the tone of Greece’s objections. “The most important thing is to soothe the people’s problem then you can go and ask for whatever you want,” she said.“You cannon in a crisis go and say, ‘Yes, but you owe us’, or make enemies with everybody.”While this was going on, Q&A’s Twitter feed was being flooded with tongue-in-cheek jokes from the Australian public. “Put some Windex on the Greek economy,” said Robbie Carroll, taking his advice from My Big Fat Greek Wedding.Mr Blanc said “I’m happy to use my tax dollars for Greece if they repay in moussaka.”Mouskouri finished the show by singing a rendition of the famous song The White Rose of Athens.last_img read more

Des plats plus caloriques que prévu

first_imgDes plats plus caloriques que prévu ?États-Unis – Des chercheurs de l’université de Tufts ont mené une étude sur les apports énergétiques de différents plats afin de les comparer aux données fournies par les restaurants, fast-foods et hypermarchés.Doutant (à bon escient) de la véracité des informations données par les restaurants et grandes enseignes alimentaires quant à la teneur calorique des produits mis en vente, une équipe de chercheurs américains a voulu vérifier ces renseignements.En effet, les chaînes de fast-foods comme McDonald’s proposent de consulter en ligne la valeur énergétique de chacun de leurs produits, et ainsi de connaître l’apport calorique d’un repas “à la carte” ou d’un menu. Les apports sont également inscrits sur les emballages des aliments, sauf sur ceux des boissons et des glaces : il faut dire que les résultats sont plutôt astronomiques, comptez 620 calories pour un McFlurry par exemple.Ainsi, l’équipe s’est rendue sur place et a commandé 18 garnitures et entrées dans des restaurants de chaînes nationales, 11 garnitures et entrées dans des fast-foods nationaux et 10 repas surgelés d’hypermarchés. Elle a ensuite calculé la quantité exacte de calories contenues dans chacun de ces plats. Les résultats sont bien ceux auxquels on s’attendait : les teneurs énergétiques sont plus élevées que celles indiquées sur les emballages, les menus ou les sites, en moyenne de 18%. Deux des garnitures provenant d’un restaurant étaient en fait trois fois plus énergétiques que prévu. De plus, les garnitures étant la plupart du temps offertes, elles ne sont pas prises en compte dans la mesure des calories du plat, bien qu’elles soient souvent plus énergétiques que l’entrée elle-même.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Pour ce qui est des plats surgelés, la valeur énergétique excédait en moyenne de 8% la valeur indiquée : c’est beaucoup moins, mais d’après les chercheurs, c’est assez pour prendre plusieurs kilos par an. Cependant, pour ces résultats, la marge d’erreur diminue lorsque les scientifiques déterminent eux-mêmes la quantité à analyser. En effet, pour les industries, il est préférable de mettre plus de nourriture que pas assez. Par conséquent, un plat surgelé de 400 grammes en pèsera 430 et sera donc plus calorique.D’après le directeur de cette recherche, il est important que les industriels et restaurateurs fassent preuve de plus d’exactitude quant à ces données : indiquer des valeurs énergétiques moins importantes que celles réellement contenues dans les plats peut en effet aller à l’encontre du but premier de ces informations, en poussant à manger plus et donc, à grossir. Le 17 janvier 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

McClean helps homeless in his hometown

first_imgThe Republic of Ireland footballer has paid for four persons to stay in a hotel in the city of LondonderryRepublic of Ireland player James McClean believes in giving back to life after his success in the national team and in Stoke City.The winger and his wife, have paid for hotel and food for four people in the city of Londonderry.“James text me on Sunday evening out of the blue and asked me to do him a favor,” McClean’s father Patrick told BBC News NI.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“You never know with James what he will ask.”“He wanted to know about the homeless situation back in Derry, and I told him there seemed to be a rise in the number of people you can see sleeping rough,” he added.“James said ‘I have booked four rooms, can you go and gather whoever needs a bed for a few nights’.”“There was absolute shock and disbelief on their faces, they were so pleased that a complete stranger would do this for them,” Patrick said.last_img read more

Commonwealth baton leaves Buckingham Palace TCI takes the day off

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Today is a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands; among the nations which actually take the day off to commemorate Commonwealth Day.    In the Turks and Caicos, the Speaker of the House of Assembly – Hon Dwayne Taylor – will deliver the Queen’s Commonwealth Day message over national radio, which in large part speaks of a baton containing a message of peace, understanding and respect for one another.The baton which begins a ‘long and extraordinary’ journey from Buckingham Palace today, throughout the nations over the next 12-months makes it final stop in Australia, which is the site of the next Commonwealth Games.Today is also day two of the National Inter High School track and field competition at the National Stadium.  The Parade of Nations which was scheduled for later today in Grand Turk has been postponed to April.    There are 52 commonwealth nations, over 2.5 billion people.#MagneticMediaNews #ParadeofNations #CommonwealthDay Related Items:#CommonwealthDay, #magneticmedianews, ParadeofNationslast_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests Issue 7 Summonses

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 30, 2018 and September 5, 2018:Thursday, August 30Joshua A. Blackburn (28, Wilmington) — Warrant. (Arrest)John A. Saviano (51, Wilmington) — OUI (3rd Offense); Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle; Leaving Scene Of Property Damage; and Vandalizing Property. (Summons)Friday, August 31Justin Michael Denorscia (22, Wilmington) — Reckless Operation Of Motor Vehicle; Motorcycle Equipment Violation; Unregistered Motor Vehicle; and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (Summons)Saturday, September 1Clayton J. Wentzell, Jr. (62, Wilmington) — Reckless Operation Of Motor Vehicle. (Summons)Sunday, September 2NoneMonday, September 3Jesse Jay Leverone (24, Chelmsford) — Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation. Leverone was pulled over at Main Street and Glen Road. (Summons)Lucelene Deoliveria (48, North Andover) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Speeding In Violation Of A Special Regulation Posted. Deoliveria was pulled over on Ballardvale Street. (Summons)Tuesday, September 4Patrick James Carroll (35, Wilmington) — Failure To Stop For Police, Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked License For An OUI; & Speeding. (Arrest)Wednesday, September 5Charles A. Buchanan (44, North Billerica) — Negligent Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Marked Lanes Violation. (Summons)Jesse Merrill (39, Pepperell) — Possession of a Class A Drug. (Summons)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Ravishekar who is accused in Hayathnagar Soni kidnap case

first_imgAn unknown person in the name of Vigilance official has threatened a pesticide shop owner and collected Rs 80000 from Shop owner and fled away from the spot. Meanwhile , police suspecting The unidentified person as Ravishekar who is accused in Soni kidnap case in Hayathnagar and were examining the recorded CCTV footage at pesticide shop in Kondrapole village. It learnt that , the offender also grabbed three rings of owner whole leaving the shop. As per the information from the sources the suspected Ravishekar left for Guntur from Kondrapole and police search operations are underwaylast_img read more

Infosys and highlevel exits Heres what CEO Vishal Sikka thinks

first_imgInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka announces the third quarter (October-December) results of fiscal 2016-17 in Bengaluru, on Jan 13, 2017.IANSInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka has remained tight lipped on the high-level exits that have of late dogged the IT firm. While much was said about how the CEO was having a tough time retaining talent, especially at a time when the IT industry has been having a rough ride, he chose not to comment. Well, until now.Sikka has finally opened up about the senior level exits in the company and has suggested that it is not really a cause for concern. He explained that the exits are “far lower” when compared to other companies.When CNBCTV asked Sikka if he was worried about the attrition rate at Infosys, he said: “Not at all. This is a complete nonsensical myth that has been propagated in some parts,” reported PTI.”It happens in every company. We actually did an analysis, both in terms of our own past as well as in terms of the other companies in our industry. And there are far more executives who have left every other company that we could think of,” he added.Sikka, who recently completed three years as the CEO of Infosys, also said that there is some kind of “fixation” with Infosys and the company is eternally on the radar when it comes to these high-level exits.He was also asked what he thought about co-founder Narayana Murthy’s recent statement in which he said that he regretted leaving the firm in 2014, he said that the firm intended to have a separate board and a management.”This was something that we had very consciously established as an independent board and a professional management taking over from a founder-led board and a founder-led management. So, that is a big change,” Sikka explained.Infosys had been in the news with its senior executives leaving the firm one after the other. July itself saw the resignation of Anirban Dey, the global head and chief business officer of Edge products at EdgeVerve, Ritika Suri, who was in-charge of mergers and acquisitions and Yusuf Bashir, MD of the $500-million Infosys Innovation Fund. Employees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017. Indian software giant Infosys has pledged to return USD2 billion to shareholders this year as it reported subdued growth in profits for the fourth quarter.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesWhile the firm earlier saw the exit of Sandeep Dadlani, president and head – MRCL, who quit to pursue other interests, Infosys lost senior executives such as Rajiv Bansal, Samson David, Manish Tandon and Anup Upadhyay before that.In light of the exits, Sikka’s longevity at Infosys too came into question. However, Infosys Co-Chairman Ravi Venkatesan said that he hoped that Sikka achieves the targets for the firm and stays on. Venkatesan too had said that the resignations make him sad, “but when the industry is changing so fast, boss, if people have an opportunity to become a CEO somewhere else and become number 2 somewhere else, we cannot stop them.”last_img read more

Rainbow flag removed from police station then culprits send terrible homophobic letter

first_imgThe police station in Bridlington, England took a stance of pride and inclusion when it raised a rainbow flag outside its building. Then, a group of people vandalized the flag and damaged the pole. GAYSTARNEWS- “Instead, we vandalised it by cutting the rope above the cleat and releasing the halyard – the damage is easily remediable. However, should you re-fly the flag or anything similar, we WILL remove it and we will also take whatever other action we consider appropriate and proportionate. We trust that further action will not necessary.’Finally, Ball asks a question of the leaders and people of Bridlington: ‘If you were walking past a Humberside police station with a young child, how would you explain that flag?’He continues: ‘We know what the answer from the LGBT community will be. They will say that children should be taught to be tolerant, to which our answer would be a further question: Tolerant of what?‘We do NOT support the LGBT community. Our message to them is: We think you are perverts and freaks, and you need to keep it in the closet. More pertinently, it is not for public bodies to endorse the LGBT movement. If such a flag is ever flown from a public building in Bridlington again, it WILL be removed.’No place hereAn update from the Hull Daily Mail reveals police are investigating this as a hate crime.‘We are treating these malicious emails as a hate crime. Everyone has the right to be safe and secure and to live free from fear or harassment,’ said Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Peach.‘Hate incidents or crimes are based on ignorance, prejudice, discrimination and hate and have no place in our society.’More from Gay Star NewsCourt finds man who vandalized George Michael mural guiltyDonald Trump’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame smashed to bitsParis rainbow crosswalk vandalized for the second time in a few daysGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Puerto Rican designer creates new Pride flag to include trans and people of colorArsonist targeted Lithuanian gay director in a possible homophobic attackAntarctica is about to get its first ever Pride celebrationRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Rainbow flag flying | Photo: Unsplash/Kirsty Lee Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Authorities put up the flag as a sign of support for the country’s Pride celebrations.Now, a group known as the Men of Bridlington are claiming responsibility for the vandalism. They also sent a homophobic and shocking letter to various leaders in the area explaining why.The figures who received the letter include council leader Cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE , police and crime commissioner Keith Hunter, and East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight.The emailHull Daily Mail originally posted the contents of the email.‘Recently a large rainbow LGBT flag has been flying at Bridlington Police Station . We cannot imagine why this decision was taken, but it is very wrong,’ the letter begins.‘The police should not be involving themselves in politics and should not be appearing to show bias towards fringe groups in society. That point in itself should be enough to condemn the police, but we especially object to the endorsement of the LGBT movement.’John Ball of the group wrote the letter and further goes on to describe homosexuality as ‘abnormal, perverted, anti-social, unnatural and dangerous’.‘That is the view of normal people and within living memory, the practice of homosexuality was illegal in this country – for good reason.’‘Tolerant of what?’Ball also describes the details of the vandalism.‘We vandalised the flag the other evening, and we note that as a result of our actions, it has had to be taken down. To be clear, we did not remove the flag, as we respect other people’s property and do not wish to be accused of theft.last_img read more

Rep Hernandez to host local coffee hours

first_img State Rep. Shane Hernandez will host district office hours on Monday, March 26 to meet with local residents of Sanilac and St. Clair counties.“I look forward to the opportunity to hear your thoughts and questions about issues vital to our community,” Rep. Hernandez said. “As your voice in Lansing, I believe it is important to be accessible so I can best represent your interests.”The office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:3:30-4:30 p.m. at Forester Inn, 2422 Lakeshore Road in Forester; and5-6 p.m. at Big George’s Coney Island, 7870 Lakeshore Road in Fort Gratiot.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Hernandez’s office by calling (517) 373-0835 or by email at 15Mar Rep. Hernandez to host local coffee hours Categories: Hernandez Newslast_img read more

Speaker Chatfield on the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority

first_img Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today released the following statement on the attorney general’s opinion on Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority:“Approving the new tunnel in northern Michigan is the right thing to do for our state, our waterways, and for our future. Hundreds of thousands of people rely on the line to heat their homes and survive, and we all rely on the Great Lakes for our economy and our way of life. It is well past time to put aside political talking points and campaign rhetoric and just do the right thing. This administration needs to protect the people of our state, secure our critical Mackinac Straits and approve the tunnel project immediately.” 28Mar Speaker Chatfield on the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority Categories: Chatfield Newslast_img read more

Zodiak Media has reorganised its management struct

first_imgZodiak Media has reorganised its management structure following chief operating officer Jonny Slow’s departure to the US run Zodiak Americas.Laurent Boissel, chief financial officer at Zodiak Media, has been promoted to the expanded role of chief financial and operating officer (CFOO). The new role is effective immediately and Boissel will report to Zodiak CEO David Frank. 
Roisin Thomas and Jana Bakunina, both currently vice-presidents, corporate development, are appointed as chief of staff, reporting to David Frank and vice-president, corporate finance, reporting to Laurent Boissel, respectively. 
Zodiak said it will make further hires as part of the reorganisation of its head office.David Frank said: “With Jonny Slow’s move to Los Angeles I am delighted that Laurent has agreed to take on this key additional responsibility.”
Laurent Boissel said: “Together with the whole HQ team I think I can help David deliver on the exciting creative vision we have for this group. Already we are seeing the signs of success from our creative strategy, but the best is yet to come.”last_img read more

YouTube partner channel Machinima is planning to l

first_imgYouTube partner channel Machinima is planning to launch a subscription video service and is in talks with Hollywood studios about providing full-length content and possibly investing in the project, according to US reports.According to Reuters, citing unnamed sources, Machinima is looking to raise US$80 million (€60 million) to launch a subscription video-on-demand service targeted at its audience of 18-34 males interested in video gaming and comics.According to the report, Machinima is in talks with Warner Bros and Viacom-owned Paramount Studios, both of which already produce short-form content for the site.Machinima has not confirmed how much investment cash it is seeking. However CEO Allen DeBevoise told Reuters that the company wanted to raise capital to become an over-the-top version of HBO or AMC. He said he wanted to license TV-length shows over which Machinima would retain full control and would be able to market both in the US and abroad.last_img read more

UK freetoair digitalterrestrial TV platform You

first_imgUK free-to-air digital-terrestrial TV platform YouView is launching a new advertising campaign this autumn that will focus on conveying the benefits of catch-up TV, on-demand and DVR.The new advert, due to run across all media including TV, print press, radio, digital and social media from Saturday 7 September, will feature pairs of feet in front of a TV screen and YouView set-top box.The campaign will demonstrate how easy it is for viewers to relax and catch up on their favourite TV programmes with YouView, using the line ‘Catch up with your feet up’.The TV advert will premiere on Saturday 7 September and after this date will be scheduled around a range of primetime TV shows. The print advertising will run full pages in key national newspapers on Saturday 7 September, as well as across newspaper supplements and TV listings.The advertising campaign will retain the ‘Extraordinary TV for Everyone’ strap-line used in the very first YouView advertising campaign last September.This advertising campaign, which has a media spend in excess of £10 million (€11.7 million), was created by Albion, who replaced the incumbent agency Adam & Eve in April.last_img read more