MONTREAL – The TVA television network in Quebec is getting a new CEO effective immediately, as Julie Tremblay retires and resigns her other posts within the Quebecor Media Group.Quebecor chief executive Pierre Karl Peladeau praised Tremblay’s motivational skills and determination over a 25-year career with the company (TSX:QBR.B).Her replacement as CEO of TVA Group, effective immediately, is France Lauziere.Lauziere has been with TVA Group (TSX:TVA.B) since 2001 and TVA’s vice-president of programming since last year.She will remain head of Quebecor Content, a business unit created in 2013.Quebecor says Martin Picard will become TVA Group’s chief operating officer, to assist Lauziere with her daily management duties.
Female brewers worldwide are raising a stein to International Women’s Day.Thousands of women in the beer business and female homebrewers are brewing together around the event, which falls on Thursday, seeing it as a way to raise the profile of women in a male-dominated industry.“There’s a spot for everybody in brewing and especially in learning about brewing,” said Emily Engdahl, executive director of the Pink Boots Society, a U.S. non-profit that supports women in the brewing industry. “It’s important we all help each other.”British brewer Sophie de Ronde began encouraging women to brew together on March 8 five years ago to promote female brewers and beer drinkers, and to draw others in.It has grown globally, with about 160 breweries, homebrew clubs and other beer lovers in 12 countries hosting a free International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day this year. The theme is exotic ingredients. They call their beer “Unite .”The Pink Boots Society used to collaborate with de Ronde but now runs its own event to raise money for educational scholarships for its members and to comply with rules for nonprofits. More than 200 breweries are participating in the society’s collaboration brew day, which is up from 115 last year.Seeing the number of women getting involved is heartwarming, said de Ronde, head brewer at Burnt Mill Brewery in Suffolk, England.“Having the unity of people brewing on the same day is wonderful,” she said. “But having people get involved, no matter what the day is, is what the whole event is about, really.”The women’s day brewing events are complementary, Engdahl said.“It’s a natural way for us to get together, share ideas and have a creative collaboration,” she said. “And who doesn’t want to make a beer that tastes great?”Black Pond Brews in Danielson, Connecticut, hosted homebrewers and beer enthusiasts on Sunday for a Pink Boots event.The industry benefits from bringing in more people with different ideas, said co-owner Mike Teed.“It’s dominated by white men. There’s no question about it,” he said. “Any way we can encourage any and all diversity, it’s going to be better for all of us.”Studies in recent years have found that women hold about a quarter of brewery jobs in the United States.About 20 people attended the Connecticut event. Shannon Jutras, president of the Quiet Corner Homebrew Club, said she is encouraging more women to brew as a hobby, which could eventually lead to more women seeking jobs in the industry and shattering the stereotype that it’s a manual job for men only.“To have a room full of women, all eager and interested, who were developing a little bit of confidence to maybe try this independently, was not just exciting for me, it was a little emotional,” she said. “It was the first time we’ve gotten that many women in the room.”Most of the breweries working with Pink Boots are in the United States, with 40 events in California alone and about 25 more in Massachusetts. There are participants in nine other countries, with the most in Canada and Brazil.They’re using a blend of hops created for the brew day to make various beer styles. Both women and men, Pink Boots members and nonmembers, can brew for the day. Many events take place Thursday.
WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales fell in February, as consumers pulled back their spending on building materials, groceries, furniture, electronics and clothing declined amid signs of a slowing economy.The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales fell 0.2 per cent in February, after posting an upwardly revised gain 0.7 per cent in January. Over the past year, retail sales have roughly kept pace with inflation by increasing a slight 2.2 per cent.The recent dip in consumer spending suggests that more Americans are anticipating a weaker economy this year, as global growth has declined and the stimulus from President Donald Trump’s tax cuts at the end of 2017 are waning.Sales at building materials stores plunged 4.4 per cent in February. Electronics retailers and grocers posted declines of more than 1 per cent.Josh Boak, The Associated Press
8 January 2008Global foreign direct investment (FDI) grew to an estimated $1.5 trillion in 2007, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development said today, attributing the record high to the growth of transnational corporations and strong economic performance in many parts of the world. “Increased corporate profits and an abundance of cash boosted the value of the cross-border mergers and acquisitions that constitute a large portion of FDI flows,” UNCTAD said in a news release, adding that “the financial and credit crisis that began in the latter half of 2007 has not affected the overall volume of FDI inflows.” Last year FDI flows to developed countries grew for the fourth year in a row to $1 trillion, with the United States retaining its spot as the largest single recipient. At the same time, the European Union as a whole continued to be the largest host region, attracting almost 40 per cent of total FDI flows in 2007. Foreign investment flows to developing countries and transition economies not only rose last year – by 16 and 41 per cent respectively – but reached new record levels. In addition, FDI to Latin America and the Caribbean rose by 50 per cent to a record $126 billion, with major economies Brazil, Chile and Mexico witnessing a doubling of inflows. In addition, FDI to South-East Europe and the former Soviet republics increased significantly by 41 per cent to a record $98 billion, and inflows to South, East and South-East Asia continued upward reaching a new high of $224 billion. UNCTAD also reported that investment remained “relatively strong” last year in Africa, where “an unprecedented level of inflows ($36 billion) was supported by a continuing boom in global commodity markets.” Meanwhile, the agency noted that overall FDI flows declined by 12 per cent in West Asia (Middle East), adding that “Turkey and oil-rich Gulf States continued to attract the most, but geopolitical uncertainty in parts of the region affected overall flows. While 2007 posted record highs for many regions, the outlook for this year is more modest. “Continuing global external imbalances, sharp exchange-rate fluctuations, rising interest rates, and increasing inflationary pressures, as well as high and volatile commodity prices, pose risks that may have a chilling effect on global FDI flows,” UNCTAD warned.
A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against Parliament meeting despite a stay order issued by court.The petition was filed by a lawyer challenging Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s decision to convene Parliament. The lawyer questioned Parliament meeting when there is a stay order in the case against dissolving Parliament.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email United Airlines resumes 787 flights after 4-month halt, with flight from Houston to Chicago United Airlines put its 787 back in the air on Monday, with both the airline and Boeing hoping to put the plane’s four-month grounding behind them.The flight from Houston to Chicago was just the kind of 787 flight that airlines are hoping for: uneventful.Smouldering batteries on two 787s owned by other airlines prompted authorities to ground the planes in January. The failure of Boeing’s newest, flashiest and most important plane embarrassed the company and its customers.Both United CEO Jeff Smisek and Boeing CEO Jim McNerney were on board Monday’s flight, and United promoted the plane’s return to service.Said Smisek, “I’ll tell you, Jim, it was a fairly expensive piece of sculpture to have on the ground so we’re really delighted to have it up and flying.”United is the only U.S. airline currently flying the 787.The airline, based in Chicago, said it will use 787s on shorter domestic flights before resuming international flying June 10 with new Denver-to-Tokyo service as well as temporary Houston-to-London flights. It’s adding flights to Tokyo, Shanghai, and Lagos, Nigeria, in August.Those long international flights are the main reason the 787 exists. Its medium size and fuel efficiency are a good fit for long routes. Starting with shorter domestic flights “will give us a period to ramp up full 787 operations,” United spokeswoman Christen David said.Four of its six 787s have been fixed, and United said the other two will get the battery modification in coming days.Airlines including Japan Airlines and South America’s LATAM Airlines Group, said profit took a hit because of the grounding. LATAM said it still had to make payments on the plane and pay for crews and maintenance. It expects to resume flying soon.United was forced to delay planned international flights, and the grounding reduced first-quarter earnings by $11 million.The two battery incidents in January included an emergency landing of one plane, and a fire on another. Federal authorities lifted the grounding order on April 19 but it has taken Boeing and the airlines a few more weeks to fix most of them.The incidents never caused any serious injuries. But the January grounding embarrassed Boeing and disrupted schedules at the eight airlines that were flying the planes. The company had delivered 50 of the planes worldwide.The 787 uses more electricity than any other jet. And it makes more use of lithium-ion batteries than other jets to provide power for things like flight controls and a backup generator when its engines are shut down. Each 787 has two of the batteries.Boeing Co. never did figure out the root cause of the battery incidents. Instead, it redesigned the battery and its charger. The idea was to eliminate all of the possible causes, 787 chief engineer Mike Sinnett said in an online chat on Thursday where he and a Boeing test pilot took questions about the plane.The changes include more heat insulation between each cell and charging the battery to a lower maximum voltage.Ethiopian Airlines resumed flying 787s on April 27, and Air India and Qatar Airways have also restarted flights. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have both said they expect to restart 787 flights on June 1.Boeing said that as of Sunday, 45 planes have gotten the battery fix out of 50 that were in service when they were grounded. It said it will finish the modifications by the end of May.Boeing never stopped making 787s, but deliveries were halted. They resumed last week, and Boeing has since delivered two planes, both with the new battery system.___Associated Press reporter Ramit Masti in Houston contributed to this report. by Joshua Freed, The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2013 5:46 pm MDT
Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant is celebrating a manufacturing milestone this week as the 100,000th Astra Sports Tourer leaves the production line in Cheshire.2,100 people are employed at the plant, which is the only General Motors facility producing the Sports Tourer model. 92.5% of the cars built are exported from Ellesmere Port to Europe, as well as countries including Chile, Israel and South Africa. Within the first nine months of production, Vauxhall had also sold 6,316 Sports Tourers to buyers in the UK.47 jobs per hour are currently being achieved on the production line, and the plant itself has strong environmental credentials. It was the first automotive manufacturing operation to receive ISO14001 certification (then BS 7750) in 1995 and has received numerous environmental awards.The 100,000th car was driven off the line by Ellesmere Port’s longest serving employee, John Cooper. He joined the plant in 1967, just five years after the facility started production.You can find out more about UK automotive manufacturing by downloading SMMT Motor Industry Facts 2011. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
New van registrations rise 1.9% in May with 28,480 new LCVs hitting British roads last month.Heavy vans and pick-ups continue to drive market, with demand up 13.0% and 9.6% respectively.Year-to-date figures stable, up 2.9% to 158,402 registrations compared with 2015.The UK new van market saw steady growth in May 2016, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Demand for new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) rose 1.9%, with more than 28,000 hitting British roads – the highest number on record for the month.Year-to-date figures paint a similar picture, with a 2.9% rise in demand to 158,402 units in 2016. Heavy vans (>2.5-3.5t) continue to dominate the market this year, enjoying the largest growth with a 13.3% increase on 2015 and LCVs in this segment making up 62.0% of total registrations. Pick-ups are also fuelling the overall rise in demand – 18,674 were registered in the first five months of the year, up 9.6%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Although May was a record breaking month for the UK’s light commercial vehicle market, the pace of growth is easing and is indicative of the performance we anticipate this year following the very high levels of demand seen in 2015. Providing there are no political or economic shocks to business confidence over the coming months, we expect the LCV sector’s good health to prevail during the remainder of 2016 as consumer appetite for online deliveries continues to grow.”Download full release and tables in Word/Excel here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) jumps on the puck for a save in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorTwo first period goals in a thirty-second span from freshman forwards Tatum Skaggs and Liz Schepers gave the No. 7 Ohio State women’s hockey team (17-5-4, 10-2-4 WCHA) the early momentum they needed to run away to a 5-1 defeat of No. 5 Minnesota (17-8-2, 10-6-2 WCHA) Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.The win marked the first series sweep of Minnesota in Ohio State history.Skaggs started the scoring 7:25 into the first period with her team-leading 16th goal of the season after forcing a Golden Gophers defensive zone turnover and converting on a wrist shot from the right circle.On the following shift, Schepers extended the Buckeye lead with her seventh goal of the season. Schepers was able to find the puck after a shot from senior forward Julianna Iafallo created a scramble in front of the net.The Buckeyes second-period flurry began with Maddy Field’s 11th goal of the season 9:21 into the period. The Buckeyes again took advantage of a Minnesota turnover, as senior forward Lauren Spring stole the puck in the Ohio State offensive zone and contributed the assist. “The way we play is very aggressive,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said, “the [more] time and space you take away from a player… that annoys them. And so you do try to pressure.”Sophomore forward Rebecca Freiburger added to the Buckeye lead 26 seconds later with her fifth goal of the season. Assists were credited to Spring and junior forward Grace Zarzecki. The goal ended Minnesota freshman goaltender Alex Gulstene’s outing after she was pulled for senior goaltender Sidney Peters.With just under 10 minutes left in the game, Minnesota senior forward Sydney Baldwin scored her seventh goal of the season, spoiling Ohio State junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve’s shutout bid. Field provided an insurance goal for Ohio State with just 2:10 remaining in the third period, her second of the game and 12th of the season. Schepers and sophomore defenseman Jincy Dunne tallied assists on the play.The dominant win against the highly ranked Golden Gophers extended the Buckeyes’ win streak to five games.“I hope that people start to respect the Buckeyes,” said Muzerall, “I feel that we’re getting some looks but people still aren’t respecting the way this team is really playing… I think we proved our reputation tonight.”Ohio State will look to continue its winning streak in a road series against Minnesota Duluth which begins Friday at 4:07 p.m. in AMSOIL Arena.
Where will the players drafted by the NFL over the past few days do the bulk of their professional work? If trends in the past two decades continue, the answer is with the team that drafted them.For the piece I wrote last week on comparing consecutive years of the NFL draft, I downloaded year-by-year draft data from Pro-Football-Reference. The site includes, for each player in each year, his weighted career Approximate Value, a modified form of the site’s Approximate Value metric. It also includes the amount of the player’s weighted career value accrued for the team that drafted him.For each draft from 1970 to 2013, I summed the career value accrued for drafting teams by the first 222 players selected — 222, because that’s the lowest number of draft picks during the period, in 1994. Then I divided that by the overall career value of the year’s drafted players.From the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to 1981, drafting teams’ share of value kept climbing, to a high of 88 percent in 1981. Then the share started to fall, precipitously as the effects of free agency in 1993 started to kick in in players’ later years. Teams’ share of their drafted players’ career value was just 56 percent for those picked in the first offseason of free agency.At the dawn of free agency, some analysts feared this trend would continue unabated. “Say goodbye to dynasties and continuity,” Alan Greenberg wrote in the Hartford Courant 20 years ago this month. “Now everyone’s a raider. If the salary cap won’t let you pay ’em, you’ll lose ’em. If they’re no good, dump ’em and steal somebody else’s guys. What uniforms should players wear on their trading cards? How about blank?”And some have perceived that the trend has continued unabated. “Fans are increasingly rooting for the decals on their team’s helmets and against the decals on the other teams’ helmets,” Elliot Harrison wrote on NFL.com last year. “The truest loyalty in the player-fan relationship is of the fantasy football variety. You can thank free agency for that.”But the reality has been different. Right after that nadir in 1993, teams’ share of their drafted players’ career value rose sharply, to 64 percent the next year and 69 percent in 1995. It remained in the high 60s nearly every year afterward. The results are similar when looking at all of a draft’s picks, not just its first 222.The downside to this approach is it can’t be updated all the way to the present. Drafted players are more likely to play for their drafting team in their first seasons in the league, before becoming eligible for free agency. So while teams’ share climbed to 86 percent in 2009 and 98 percent last year, those percentages are sure to fall.To approximate the trend in recent years, I isolated the analysis only to players who were no longer active last season. And among that group, teams kept getting a higher share of their drafted players’ value — above 70 percent every year until 2005, when retired players’ share of drafts’ value starts getting so low that the results aren’t meaningful. Here’s one piece of anecdotal evidence: Many of the most valuable players drafted since then remain with their drafting team, such as Aaron Rodgers, Frank Gore, Jahri Evans, Haloti Ngata, Patrick Willis and Adrian Peterson.What this all means is up for further analysis and debate. Maybe teams have gotten better at identifying their drafted talent before rookie contracts are up. Maybe they’ve come to value continuity in their rosters, for on-field benefits and for fan support. Perhaps players value continuity for the same reasons. Maybe the 2011 collective-bargaining agreement has changed things for some of the more-recent draft classes.Whatever the explanation, it’s clear that free agency has had a far bigger impact on players’ freedom to change teams than it has on the uniforms shown on trading cards.
You have to subscribe to the groupthink to get on, and that is not healthyEd Vaizey “Let’s not beat about the bush: the arts are relentlessly left wing,” he said. “Anyone rightwing probably works at Christie’s.“As Munira Murza [the former London]mayor’s head of culture] once said: there is no pro-fox hunting play. Indeed, there are no plays about over-powerful trade unions letting down their members. Benedict Cumberbatch famously used the Hamlet stage to deliver an impassioned political speech in aide of refugees Delivering the Chairman’s Lecture at the Royal Society of Arts, Mr Vaizey called on leaders to stop greeting new culture secretaries with “unremitting hostility” and treating them like philistines.He said he was now in a position to deliver some truths he would have been “murdered” for uttering while in government, as he insisted it was time for museums, galleries and libraries to work more closely with innovative digital companies instead of relying on old models.“There is massive groupthink in the arts, both in terms of cultural policy and in terms of cultural offers,” he said. Ken Loach has been praised by Jeremy Corbyn for his films The British arts establishment is suffering from relentlessly left-wing “groupthink”, the former Culture Minister has said, as he argues it should stop simply begging for more public money and start pursuing more radical ideas.Ed Vaizey, who was removed from his position earlier this year by Theresa May, said there are few plays representing a right-wing point of view, with a tendency for the arts community to “sit in a bubble” and cold-shoulder anything different.He argued it was now essential for the arts lobby to challenge the overriding view that “all must stay the same”, and stop insisting that no library or museum should ever be shut down no matter how poor or under-used its service. “As a Remainer, there is no pro-Brexit play attacking unaccountable Brussel’s bureaucrats building a European superstate. There’s no play exposing the corruption and abuse in a country like Venezuela – why not?“The arts sit in a silo in Whitehall, but perhaps they sit in a bubble outside of Whitehall, where everyone in the arts community reinforces each other’s thinking and cold-shoulder people with different points of view. Mr Vaizey attends the BFI London Film Festival earlier this month “You have to subscribe to the groupthink to get on, and that is not healthy.”He told an audience: “There were very few radical ideas put to me when I was a minister. I was only ever asked for more money.“The view seemed to be a simple one: no museum or library must ever close, no performing arts organisations must ever be shut down – if it was funded once, it must be funded forever. All must stay the same.”Praising the arts as a whole, Mr Vaizey went on to call for a halt to financial cuts, adding he hopes Mrs May will acknowledge that the “arts do a huge amount for our country”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Society of Geraldton invites you and your family to the annual feast day celebration of the Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Geraldton. An evening service will be conducted on Saturday 1 November and a liturgy service on Sunday 2 November, with a luncheon at Fitzgerald Hall, Chapman Road commencing immediately after. The Hellenic Society has organised a bus to Geraldton, as well as hotel accommodation for the event. When: Sunday 2 November Where: Fitzgerald Hall, Chapman Road, Geraldton For more information contact Lambis Bakaimis on 08 9448 0546 or Afroditi Ponga on 08 9446 3011
Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is well aware of Gonzalo Higuain’s scoring prowess, but expressed fears over his fitness levelsAfter weeks of uncertainty, Higuain sealed a loan move to Chelsea from Juventus on Wednesday evening for the remainder of this season with the option of it becoming a permanent one this summer for £31m.Although Juventus have also confirmed that Chelsea can take up another loan option to extend Higuain’s deal until June 2020 for an additional £15.7m.The Argentine forward is a proven scorer with an impressive tally of 117 goals in 192 Serie A games for Napoli, Juventus and AC Milan.Higuain, arguably, had his greatest campaign under Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri at Napoli during the 2015/16 season, where he scored a record 36 goals in 35 Serie A games.And the Italian will be hoping that Higuain can achieve similar feats at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea having notably struggled up front this season.But Hasselbaink reckons that the 31-year-old has a lot to prove in the Premier League, despite his past exploits.“We know that he knows where the back of the net is,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.“The only little worry that I have is he’s 31, how fit is he? How fit is he to cope in the Premier League?Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“We know that the Premier League is the hardest league in the world, physically you have to be right.“If he is physically right, he will score goals. If he’s not, he will have a little bit of a problem.”Hasselbaink scored 81 goals in 169 appearances for Chelsea between 2000 to 2004 and won the FA Charity Shield at Stamford Bridge.The 46-year-old also played for Atletico Madrid, where he found the net 33 times in 43 games, before retiring in 2008 at Cardiff City and taking up coaching.Meanwhile, the out-of-favour Alvaro Morata is now expected to complete a loan move to Atletico Madrid after Higuain’s arrival on Wednesday.⚽️ 264 goals🏆 12 major trophiesThis is @G_Higuain. 👊#HiguaIN pic.twitter.com/ua6seHYi8T— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 24, 2019
JAIPUR: On Tuesday, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had filed his nomination in the state capital of Jaipur. He is the Congress candidate for by-polls to a Rajya Sabha seat from Rajasthan. Manmohan Singh, 86, was received by Sachin Pilot, the Deputy Chief Minister and Rajasthan Congress president at the airport. The party, with the support of its 100 MLAs, 12 independents and six MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati has the numbers to get Dr Singh through to the Rajya Sabha. The by-election to the Rajya Sabha seat is being held due to its vacancy, owing to the demise of BJP chief Madan Lal Saini. Dr Singh was the prime minister for 10 years until his Congress-led UPA government was defeated by the BJP in 2004.
Mystery shrouds the death of three members of a family whose bodies were found inside their house at Begampur area of Chanditala in Hooghly. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that Ranbir Ghouri (37) the house owner committed suicide after killing his wife Pampa Ghouri (32) and daughter Bithika Ghouri (11) by poisoning. The corps of a dog was also recovered from the room. Police recovered the bodies of the woman and her daughter lying on the bed and the room was locked from inside. Ranbir was found hanging from the ceiling. During investigation police came to know that Ranbir had a quarrel with his wife who had allegedly developed an illicit affair. Police suspect that this could be a motive behind the murder. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said that Ranbir, a land broker returned home on Monday night in an inebriated state. Later he engaged in a quarrel with his wife. On Tuesday morning the local people saw that the house was locked from inside and there was no response from inside despite repeated knocks. They later informed the matter to the local police station. Police reached the spot and broke open the door and found the dead bodies.
Enroll Now for Free min read Related: Mark Cuban’s 12 Rules for StartupsEntrepreneur: What’s key to being successful as a technology entrepreneur?Cuban: Busting your ass. It’s not about money or connections — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business. And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.As I say in my book, “it doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.”Entrepreneur: What was the one thing that helped you the most in becoming a success?Cuban: I was relentless in learning new tech as it came out. If it had anything to do with the PC or networking industry I was on top of it. I bought manuals. I read every book and magazine. Then I would get involved with industry conferences and put myself out there.Entrepreneur: When did you know you’d made the leap from small-time to big-time? What changed?Cuban: At MicroSolutions, it was when we had much bigger companies coming to us for high-end technical knowledge and support — and when I passed $1 million in the bank. That was a nice thing to happen at about age 28 or so.Entrepreneur: Who is your tech hero?Cuban: CNN founder Ted Turner. Most people don’t see him as a tech guy, but he recognized the value of satellite technology and cable far before most anyone else.Related: Mark Cuban on Why You Should Never Listen to Your CustomersEntrepreneur: What’s a day in the life of Mark Cuban like?Cuban: My days are straight out of the movie Groundhog Day. I wake up, check my email, news feeds and eat. I kiss my wife and kids, and get them to school. I come home and get back in front of my computer. I’ll go workout. I’ll play with the kids when they come home. I’ll sit in front of my computer some more. If there is a Mavs game I check my email at breaks and go to my computer at halftime. After the game, I do the same thing until I go to bed.As brutally boring as it sounds, I love it and make it work. June 8, 2012 As an angel investor and a star on ABC’s reality show Shark Tank, tech billionaire Mark Cuban meets countless aspiring entrepreneurs who think they have the next great idea. So what separates the phenoms from the flops? Among several things, a passion for working hard and blowing their competition out of the water, he says.Cuban knows a thing or two about hard work and making sacrifices. Shortly after college, Cuban lived in a three-bedroom apartment with five other guys, slept on the floor and ate $1.29 chicken dinners as he worked on launching a hardware and software integration company called MicroSolutions. “It allowed me to stay focused on turning MicroSolutions into a $30 million business.”Cuban is now the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and chairman of cable network HDNet Inc. In an email interview, we discussed what’s helped him find success in the tech business and how others can, too.What follows is an edited version of our exchange: Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at email@example.com. Facebook Comments The Costa Rican street artist known as MUSH has been leaving his mark around the country with his recognizable signature. His work is characterized by elaborate, aesthetically pleasing calligraphy in different shapes and colors. MUSH’s love for the depiction of his artistic name began when he was young and his mother taught him the importance of having nice handwriting. He has also made mushroom drawings an important element of his art.MUSH, 32, is one of the country’s first street artists; he began his career in 2000 and has produced new works steadily ever since. His latest and most ambitious piece is called Textura Neuronal, located in Lagunilla, Heredia, which uses a vibrant color palette and various textures.On a rainy afternoon at Casa Batsú in Barrio Escalante, The Tico Times sat down and spoke with MUSH about his life and work. Excerpts follow.Why do you write your name on the streets?That’s a good question. Sometimes it bores me; sometimes I want to create other images. However, it has become a habit. Within graffiti most of the things we do began with this idea of leaving a trace that I was here, which is actually a very egocentric act. There are people who give themselves their street names and there are others who are given their street names. It may be Tito [an affectionate diminutive], Gordillo [Fatty], or something like that, and there’s not much mysticism behind it.It’s pretty fun to leave that print everywhere. It’s sort of like a code. It’s a known language within us [graffiti artists]. Sometimes you just see a signature and you don’t know that person; you watch that person’s style and where he or she paints. You wonder who he or she is. It’s about what’s behind that anonymity and hidden character.So what is that anonymity like for you? I know a lot of people and many people know me, but at the same time they don’t know me. I was on a bus and overheard people asking who Mush could be, and I was next to them listening. That’s pretty funny. She was talking about my work and me, and I was right there. When I made one of my first graffitis, the day after doing it I went to photograph it and sat down drinking a juice just contemplating the weird thing I had done. A neighbor of mine came along and said: “Hey, that was not there yesterday.” That’s what I like.One time in Desamparados I wrote, “Who is MUSH?” My friends came and told me later, “Someone is writing, ‘Who is MUSH?’”…[Playing with people’s minds] is fun. Textured details have become a characteristic of MUSH’s work. (Courtesy of Manfred Valverde)Every time you create a new graffiti of your name, how is it a new challenge?You try to invent new things, but it depends on the artist. There are people who reach a graphic comfort zone in which they develop a style, make it the same every time, and just change the colors. I like to experiment [with different things]. Every day is different. There are days when all I want is to make shapes, or something more abstract and free. When I write my name it’s a whole new challenge with the letter design because it’s about a very pure graffiti in which you question on how to write the name and which types of letters to use.How has graffiti developed over the years in Costa Rica?There has been a boom in street art in all countries. It has developed to the point in which it isn’t only graffiti artists painting, but also many talented people who have dared to paint their drawings on a wall. We’ve got to understand that graffiti includes a wide variety of things, including the trend of tags and leaving a trace in the city. Actually, right now there are more of these [tags] than elaborate artwork. There are many emerging young people right now and it’s part of the process because I was one of them at some point, but there are very few people going out there to create elaborate murals.About 6 or 7 years ago [in Costa Rica] there was a big group of colleagues painting with very distinct styles beyond tags. Most of them are tattoo artists right now; I’m very lucky that I can subsist from painting. People come to me so I can do different types of pieces them. Since this has become my day job I’ve got to do different things. Not all of my friends have had that luck, but it has to do a lot with the idea that if you’re active, it’ll all flow. Painting [on the streets] is not cheap. The materials are expensive. Many of my friends have taken their drawing potential and transferred it into tattooing. The tattoo industry has grown a lot. At 350 meters long, Textura Neuronal in Lagunilla de Heredia is MUSH’s biggest mural to date. (Courtesy of MUSH)How does it feel to be one of the first street artists in the country?I always say that I’m from the second generation [of street artists], but I’m the one who has painted the most. In 1999 I was scribbling. Not until 2001 did I begin painting with 3 or 4 spray colors. The graffiti movement began in 1980 in New York and Germany. Obviously there are more things dating back earlier, but the name manifestation began during that time. I began 20 years later, so I’m from a very recent generation.Before I started painting here in San José, there was no graffiti movement whatsoever. I met Checho, a friend who paints, in 1996. He had very few graffiti and drew the A of anarchy… I’m from that first or second generation and from all of those people, I’m the one that has never stopped painting. From 2000 until now, there are a lot of people who have begun painting but then disappeared. They have come and gone. Related posts:5 questions for Costa Rican painter Man Yu Fung 5 questions for Costa Rican sculptor José Sancho Cities filled with art: A visit to the 10th Central American Biennial 5 question for a Costa Rican painter
December 10, 2017 662 Views DocMagic Fights Paper Fallout With High-Tech Print Fulfillment Supercenter Share in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing Company News DocMagic print fulfillment center 2017-12-10 David Wharton DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance, and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that it has opened a 12,000 square-foot print fulfillment center minutes from its Torrance, California headquarters. DocMagic added the high tech “supercenter” to support lenders’ growing need for secure, compliant paper documents as the mortgage industry transitions to a 100 percent digital mortgage process. “Ironically, DocMagic’s increasing need to produce paper documents results from the growing number of lenders using our technologies to transact paperless mortgages,” said Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic, who explained that even lenders employing 100 percent digital processes need to produce paper documents due to paper “fallout.” Paper fallout, which is normal and can be expected with any digital process, is usually caused when borrowers do not respond to email requests for eSigning within required timeframes or because they specifically ask their lenders to revert to paper documents. When this happens, lenders’ risk of compliance violations increases. The process of printing, preparing, and delivering paper documents is traditionally an intensely manual and time-consuming process, which increases lenders’ risk of missed disclosure deadlines, errors, and compromised data. “Simply creating a print fulfillment center wouldn’t have been an adequate solution because high risk is inherent in handling paper fallout,” said Iannitti. “We needed a fulfillment center based on technology that eclipses any process—manual or automated—currently being used to process paper documents. Fortunately, this is where DocMagic excels. We created a fulfillment supercenter that operates at the height of automation in the mortgage equivalent of a sterile environment. We’re very proud of what we’ve built.” The new fulfillment center uses biometric authentication and video monitoring to provide auditable assurance that only authorized individuals access the building and specific areas within the structure. Inside, advanced technology automates nearly every step of the paper process. Once the documents are ordered, a printer automatically feeds the paper documents directly into an automated system that scans and reads the barcodes to assure that all documents are present. The documents are then inserted into envelopes, sealed, and stamped—all without human intervention. The system logs and stores all actions, so lenders can review them and produce detailed information about any document’s activity, at any time. The result of this high-tech process for handling paper is a drastic reduction in the risk of errors, omissions and compromised data. “UETA [Uniform Electronic Transactions Act] requires that consumers be allowed to opt out of electronic processes at any time, but that’s just one compliance issue lenders need to address,” said Iannitti. “The key difference between DocMagic and a basic software provider is DocMagic’s core focus on providing a legal and compliant process. Unlike other providers, we’ve automated and integrated that opt out option within our workflow so lenders can avert risks that arise when transitioning to another system or vendor.” DocMagic plans to open additional regional print centers across the US over the next several years to support its expansion into other types of consumer loan programs. While there will always be some degree of fallout, as borrowers embrace the eSigning of all documents as the new norm, opting out to a paper process will become less common as well as the need to support additional fulfillment centers.
10. Edinburgh, Scotland from £38 with RyanairThe best Christmas market: Princes Street Christmas marketGetting your Christmas fix in Scotland’s capital is easy. Edinburgh is home to one of the most popular markets in the UK, and it’s held in Princes Street Gardens, just a few metres from the train station. Clusters of log cabins sell everything from gingerbread to tinselled trinkets, and this year, younger visitors will be able to meet Father Christmas at Santa Land, or take a spin on one of the six rides at the Christmas-themed funfair.Find flights Related11 best Christmas markets in the UKYou no longer have to head to Germany or Austria to browse the stalls of a traditional Christmas market – some of the best are closer to home. So throw on those extra layers, finish writing that Christmas present list and head to one of the following for some Glühwein-fuelled…6 of the best Christmas markets in Europe on a budgetGet your festive on the cheap with our seasonal selection of Christmas markets on the continent, with flights from only £49.10 of the top Christmas and New Year holidays for 2017/2018We’ve put together ten of the best places to visit for Christmas and New Year, whether you want to sun yourself on the beaches of Sydney or Cape Verde, experience a full-on advent extravaganza in the Christmas markets of Vienna and Berlin, or see some truly spectacular Christmas lights in… 1. Berlin, Germany from £49 with easyJetThe best Christmas market: The Winter Market on Potsdamer PlatzBerlin has over 50 Christmas markets. WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt is the best option for some tasty Noël nosh, from smoked salmon to apple strudel. The Winter Market on Potsdamer Platz is great for kids – there’s a toboggan run and an ice rink where you’ll be able to sign up for free ice skating lessons. In Pankow district you’ll find Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt, a romantic Nordic-Scandinavian style market set in the courtyards of a nineteenth century brewery. You’ll be able to browse more than 60 stalls selling a wide range of gifts.Find flights Looking for more winter escapes? Try these…10 cheap winter sun spotsTravelling on a budget? Don’t panic, because we’ve got the best places for those in need of a bargain basement winter sun getaway.Where to take the kids to in London this winterEngland’s historic capital city has plenty to keep the little ones entertained when the mercury plummets.10 wonderful winter holiday ideas in picturesStill can’t work out where to head for your pre-Christmas break? Our breathtaking gallery, dedicated to the world’s finest winter wonderlands, might just help you decide!*Published September 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. Flight prices are based on return flights from the UK November-December – departure dates depend on destination. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. Salzburg, Austria from £76 with British AirwaysThe best Christmas market: Salzburg Christmas Market, Hofhaymer Allee 42With its soundtrack of Christmas carols and clusters of traditional markets, Sazlburg is the perfect city for a festive weekend break – after all, it was here that Silent Night was first performed on Christmas Eve in 1818. The city’s main market surrounds Salzburg’s Hohensalzburg fortress, but the one held in Mirabell Square is especially popular with foodies. Visit the snow-dusted cabins to sample local delicacies such as halusky, small chunks of dumpling mixed with fried bacon.Find flights 11. Stockholm, Sweden from £40 with RyanairThe best Christmas market: Old Town MarketSlightly smaller than their German rivals, Sweden’s Christmas markets are known for their family-friendly atmosphere. Gluhwein may be called glögg in Stockholm, but it’s just as delicious, especially if accompanied with a traditional snack like smoked sausages, or (if you’re feeling brave) elk meat. The Old Town market in the Swedish capital is jam-packed with these delicacies, along with romantic wooden chalets well-stocked with more Noël knick-knacks than you can shake a candy cane at. Find flights 2. Düsseldorf, Germany from £40 with RyanairThe best Christmas market: The Marktplatz Christmas marketWith eight different Christmas markets to visit in Düsseldorf, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to buying your seasonal stocking fillers. The biggest event is held on Marktplatz and runs from 17th November to 23rd December – the biggest draw here is the lovingly restored, 100 year old carousel. After a few spins, take a stroll along the Koenigsallee, a riverside boulevard lined with chestnut trees lit up with twinkling fairy lights. Flinger Strasse’s gluhwein windmill, complete with nativity scene, is the place to sample some of Germany’s best mulled wine.Find flights 8. Gothenburg, Sweden from £40 with RyanairThe best Christmas market: Röda Sten Art Centre Christmas marketGet some Christmas sparkle at Gothenburg’s Liseberg Amusement Park, where almost five million fairy lights will be twinkling away from mid-November until the end of December. Enjoy traditional music performances from the Sámi indigenous people of Lapland, or take a tour of Rabbit Land to see how these floppy-eared friends get festive. And when hunger strikes, sweeten the deal with some sugary treats from the one of the park’s traditional food stalls. But don’t forget to check out the markets in the city centre, too. For truly unique gifts, head to the one at Röda Sten Art Centre, which opens in December.Find flights 9. Krakow, Poland from £50 with RyanairThe best Christmas market: Rynek Glowny Christmas marketDreaming of a white Christmas? Well you’re almost guaranteed one in Krakow, because the city is usually shrouded in a blanket of the white fluffy stuff at this time of year. Head to the city’s main square (known as Rynek Glowny) for one of the largest events – it’s the ideal spot to pick up a handmade festive jumper for that special someone. Many of the stalls specialise in traditional handicrafts and locally-made woolen clothes.Find flights 3. Bremen, Germany from £40 with RyanairThe best Christmas market: Schlachte Christmas MarketHear the sleigh bells ringing in the spiritual home of the Christmas market, Bremen, with flights to this picturesque city starting at just £40. Situated in northern Germany, Bremen is the ideal weekend getaway for anyone looking for Yuletide fun on a budget. Browse for bargains among the 170 stalls, or step through the doors of the life-size Advent calendar at Schlachte Magic Christmas Market, on the banks of the Weser River.Find flights 4. Cologne, Germany from £39 with RyanairThe best Christmas market: Markt der Engel (Angel Market)Join the Christmas crowds at one of Cologne’s many Christmas markets, the largest of which can be found in the shadow of the city’s cathedral. This is also where you’ll bump into Cologne’s largest Christmas tree, surrounded by more than 160 gingerbread house-style stalls. For something more intimate, try the Alter Markt, on Neumarkt and Rudolfplatz. This is the city’s oldest and it’s guaranteed to get you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Markt der Engel (Angel Market), which kicks of the 21st November, is the prettiest event, with illumination provided by a sea of tiny, shining stars. Find flights 6. Brussels, Belgium from £20 with RyanairThe best Christmas market: Places d’HiverPlaces d’Hiver, or Winter Pret, is one of Belgium’s biggest Christmas markets, stretching from the Place de la Monnaie to the Vismet. You’ll find dozens of stalls selling seasonal souvenirs, along with an ice skating rink and cosy cabins selling warming mulled wine. And the best bit? Some of the cheapest hotels in Brussels are within walking distance (we love the seriously chic Motel One Brussels), so no matter how many gluhweins you’ve sunk, getting home should be relatively easy. Our top tip? Take in the view of this magical winter wonderland from the top of the 55 metre tall Ferris wheel.Find flights 7. Amsterdam, Holland from £52 with easyJetThe best Christmas market: Koningsplein Christmas MarketAs the winter nights draw in, Amsterdam amps up its Christmas celebrations with a series of seasonal markets, most of which appear in late November. Find plenty of holiday cheer at the Leidseplein market’s ice rink, or at the Koningsplein market, where you’ll find stalls piled high with olibollen (Dutch doughnuts) to keep energy levels high as you explore this historic city. But make sure to check out the smaller ones too – the markets in neighbourhoods like Haarlem, Lelystad and Keukenhof offer fantastic value for money and have a more local vibe. Looking for a cool crash pad in Holland’s capital? Check out our guide to Amsterdam’s artiest hotels.Find flights
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAvailable throughout the year, with new events added each season, St. Regis’ Aficionado program grants guests exclusive access to once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This month, the luxury hotel group unveiled its latest St. Regis Aficionado calendar. By collaborating with some of the world’s most acclaimed brands, including Verdura, Fendi and Porsche, St. Regis has created a series of VIP-worthy events, tailored to the most discerning of travelers.“From luxurious fashion excursions and unique culinary tastings, to unique outdoor adventures, St. Regis Aficionado features a wide array of bespoke events throughout the year,” explained St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Global Brand Leader, Paul James. The newest Aficionado offers include:* The St. Regis New York: The Costume Institute experience celebrates The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest Costume Institute exhibition, entitled “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.” This fashionable experience comes complete with a guided tour of the exhibit, an exclusive shopping experience curated by stylist Cameron Silver and a stay in the hotel’s ultra-luxurious Bottega Veneta Suite. * The St. Regis Atlanta: Guests can enjoy a day at the Sport Driving School, where they’ll receive private driving lessons from a pro instructor and experience Porsche’s newest 911 Turbo model firsthand. * The Lanesborough, London: St. Regis Aficionados are invited to experience a celebrated polo event, the St. Regis International Cup, in Cowdray this May. Guests will have access to a personal stylist and shopper to get dressed for the event, as well as exclusive VIP access and seating at the match. * The St. Regis Mexico City: Throughout the year, Aficionados can discover the most decadent cuisine in Mexico City with a private tour of the region’s San Juan Market, led by the resort’s chef and topped off with an intimate four-course dinner. * The St. Regis Beijing: Here, guests can embark on a private tour of the city’s world-renowned modern art districts, 798 and Caochangdi, where they’ll experience cutting-edge contemporary art.For a complete listing of the St. Regis Aficionado program special offers, visit www.stregisaficionado.com.