Asus has been on a sort of roll lately, especially in India. After launching a pretty stellar ZenFone Max Pro M1 to take on affordable phones like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the company is quickly back with a brand new smartphone, this time taking on affordable flagships like the OnePlus 6 and Honor 10. The Asus ZenFone 5Z was launched in India boasting of flagship specs at a price that puts even the OnePlus 6 to shame. Starting at Rs 29,999, the Asus flagship is the cheapest phone to sport a Snapdragon 845 chipset in the country.The phone obviously directly competes against the OnePlus 6, a comparison on that will follow shortly. However, the ZenFone 5Z’s middle 6GB + 128GB variant also competes against the Honor 10, which is priced at Rs 32,999. The Nokia 7 Plus, on the other hand, may not be a flagship, but it has been a pretty attractive option in the sub-Rs. 30,000 for a few reasons. The Nokia phone is cheaper at Rs 25,999, but here’s where things get interesting – the ZenFone 5Z can also be purchased for as low as Rs 26,999 thanks to a flat Rs 3,000 off via ICICI Bank debit and credit card. This gives HMD Global reasons to worry about the Nokia 7 Plus as well.Here’s what Asus ZenFone 5Z brings to the sub-Rs 30,000 segmentSo far, OnePlus has enjoyed the title of being a flagship killer because the company has brought phones that boast flagship specs at an affordable price. But the ZenFone 5Z changes things. Asus’ flagship brings a premium design with glass on the front and the back and a metal frame in between. Completing the premium design is a tall 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a notch cut out and a 19:9 aspect ratio. Talking about the hardware, the ZenFone 5Z is powered by a flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset and the base variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.advertisement The ZenFone 5Z houses a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging support, supports stereo speakers and High-Res audio, among other things. The dual camera setup includes a primary 12-megapixel sensor with large 1.4um pixels, f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, four-axis OIS and EIS. The secondary camera comes with an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor for depth of field shots. Up front, the ZenFone 5Z sports an 8-megapixel sensor and the camera also supports Face Unlock and what Asus calls ZeniMoji, which is a take on Apple’s Animoji feature.Apart from some powerful hardware, the ZenFone 5Z also highlights a smart AI-based software. The phone runs Android Oreo-based ZenUI and Asus says it has cut down on a lot of bloatware, keeping things cleaner and simpler. Notably, the phone also comes with a lot of AI smarts. The ZenFone 5Z uses AI and machine learning to identify 16 different scenes and objects and adjust the camera settings accordingly to best capture the image. Asus also uses AI when it comes to charging the phones.Will Honor 10 be able to stave off the ZenFone 5ZHonor played its cards right when it launched the Honor 10 in India at Rs 32,999, a price tag that was previously associated with the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. Honor was perhaps aware that OnePlus would launch the OnePlus 6 a couple of notches higher. The Honor 10 justifies its price tag by not only bringing a stunning design that includes an all-glass design with an aurora colour scheme on the back and an edge-to-edge 5.84-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD notched display up front.Apart from the looks, the Honor 10 also brags about some serious hardware that includes an AI-based Kirin 970 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone holds a 3,400mAh battery and Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.1. The Honor 10 also brings some impressive cameras that include a dual rear camera system that comprises of one 16-megapixel colour or RGB sensor and another 24-megapixel monochrome sensor, and a 24-megapixel camera up front. The Honor 10 is arguably more visually appealing than the Asus ZenFone 5Z. The cameras are perhaps at par with what Asus’ flagship offers, although the Honor 10’s selfie camera will be hard to beat. Both the phones rely heavily on AI when it comes to recognising scenes and capturing that ideal photo. In fact, the ZenFone 5Z may have a bit on advantage thanks to its wide-angle lens. As for the performance, a Snapdragon 845 chipset will be faster compared to the Kirin 970 and the ZenFone 5Z gets an advantage there as well.ZenFone 5Z has the potential to rattle the segment and make Honor and Nokia sweat quite a bitBut perhaps the biggest deciding factor will be the software. The Honor 10 has a pretty cluttered EMUI OS that takes a little getting used to. It is also filled with bloatware that can weigh down on the phone after a while. The ZenFone 5Z also has a skin on top, but Asus has made its ZenUI simpler, cleaner with fewer pre-loaded apps, and this should see a few takers.advertisementNokia 7 Plus has one big advantageYou might think it’s a little unfair comparing the Nokia 7 Plus with the ZenFone 5Z. The Nokia 7 Plus runs on a mid-range chipset and not Snapdragon 845. But one will inevitably have to compare the two considering the ZenFone 5Z can be purchased for as low as Rs 26,999 after a flat Rs 3,000 discount offered via ICICI Bank debit and credit card. This makes the ZenFone 5Z even more attractive than before ad challenges HMD’s mid-range handset that is found for Rs 25,999. The Nokia 7 Plus may not come with a glass design, but the phone looks quite premium being machined out of a single block of Series 6000 aluminium and getting a ceramic coating on the back with copper accents all around. Beyond the design, however, the Nokia 7 Plus has one really big advantage over the ZenFone 5Z – stock Android.ALSO READ: Asus ZenFone 5Z is cheapest phone in India with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 but software is its main USPThe Nokia 7 Plus is perhaps the only phone in this segment that comes with pure, stock Android. It is also the only phone right now that’s part of the Android One program, which means the phone will get regular Android security updates and a guarantee of Android P and Q in the future. The same cannot be said about the ZenFone 5Z and Honor 10. As a pure Android phone, it doesn’t get better than the Nokia 7 Plus. In fact, thanks to a well optimised software, the Nokia 7 Plus manages to perform well with a Snapdragon 660 chipset.Overall, I would say that the ZenFone 5Z has the potential to rattle the segment and make Honor and Nokia sweat quite a bit. Both the Honor 10 and Nokia 7 Plus are admirable phones that look great and perform really well, but the ZenFone 5Z sits in a position where it is able to attack both of them on either direction. It offers an all-round flagship package at a price point that is absolutely stellar. But we’ll know just how good the ZenFone 5Z really is in our detailed review so stay tuned for that.
Barcelona door always open for Pep Guardiola, says club president Josep BartomeuBarcelona door always open for Pep Guardiola, says club president Josep Bartomeu
Pep Guardiola would be welcomed back to Barcelona with open arms after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the door is always open for the La Liga side’s former player and coach to return to the Nou Camp.The Manchester City manager played for Barcelona for 11 years before becoming coach in 2008, leading the club to 14 trophies including two Champions League titles.He left in 2012 and went on to coach Bayern Munich before joining City but last month said in an interview with the Universo Valdano TV programme that he would like to finish his career coaching at Barca’s famous La Masia youth academy.”I read a few days ago that he’s planning in the future to come back to Barcelona and maybe take care of La Masia,” Bartomeu said in an interview with The Times of London.”I think it’s good news for our club that he could do that one day.”He knows the door is always open for him. Even when he told us he wanted to leave in 2012, we suggested to him he could take care of La Masia. He preferred (a clean break). Nobody told him to leave Barcelona. He could come back in future. He knows this. Why not?”Guardiola won the Premier League with Manchester City last season, with a record total of 100 points.
I hope to do well if I get a chance to play in World Cup: Navdeep SainiI hope to do well if I get a chance to play in World Cup: Navdeep Saini
Pacer Navdeep Saini, who is among India’s standbys for the World Cup, says he is ready for his big break in the mega event should the need arises.After attracting selectors’ attention with a splendid season for Delhi in domestic cricket, the 26-year-old has impressed with his pace and bounce for RCB in the IPL.The uncapped pacer is the sole bowler among the standbys with the others being Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant. Saini will also be travelling with the World Cup squad as one of the four net bowlers alongside Khaeel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar.”Absolutely (I’m ready)… The confidence of doing well in IPL will give me a big boost. If I get a chance in World Cup, I hope to do well,” the shy lad from Haryana told reporters after RCB’s 10-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.On his World Cup preparation, he said: “We talk during the matches but the most important thing is to pay full attention at the nets. If you do well at the nets, you will do well in a match as well.”My dad has always told me to give your 110 per cent effort wherever you play. I’m putting in that extra effort always in practice session and in a match.”Saini is also gaining from the vast experience of South African great Dale Steyn who has come on board as a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile.”I had a discussion with him on the eve of the match. He just told me to bowl the same way and not try anything different,” Saini said.advertisementSaini returned with figures 1/31 taking the prized-scalp of the explosive KKR opener Sunil Narine.Impressed with the bounce at Eden Gardens, he said: “I have bowled on other wickets but never generated this kind of bounce anywhere. The plan was to bowl length deliveries as I was getting that extra bounce.””Against (Andre) Russell, the strategy was to hit the deck hard to generate a bit of extra bounce,” he said of their strategy against the West Indies big-hitter who had threatened to script yet another near-impossible win with his brutal assault of 65 from 25 balls.In the first leg at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Russell had sealed a 206-run chase with five balls to spare and the memories had come to haunt RCB while defending 214.”Yes it was very much like the first leg match. But we wanted to execute our plans in a better way at the death. It was about out-thinking the batsmen. We wanted to go one step ahead,” he said as RCB bowlers Moeen Ali and Marcus Stoinis held nerves in the final two overs to get their team over the line.Also Read | Navdeep Saini could make World Cup debut: Ashish NehraAlso Read | Brett Lee heaps praise on pacers Bumrah, Prasidh and Saini
Arsenal Arsenal team news: Lacazette returns to starting line-up against Newcastle Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:06 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Newcastle United Newcastle United The French striker replaces his compatriot Oliver Giroud while Jack Wilshere and Ainsley Maitland-Niles also continue in the starting XI Alexandre Lacazette returns to the Arsenal first XI in Olivier Giroud’s place as the Gunners seek a win over Newcastle United on Saturday. The French frontman comes in for his compatriot following Wednesday’s 0-0 stalemate with West Ham at the London Stadium, while Alex Iwobi continues in attack alongside Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.Sead Kolasinac drops to the bench with Ainsley Maitland-Niles continuing at left-back and Jack Wilshere makes his second consecutive Premier League start next to Granit Xhaka in central midfield.Newcastle meanwhile welcome back Rob Elliot in goal and manager Rafa Benitez hands a start to former Arsenal midfielder Issac Hayden, with Jonjo Shelvey missing out through suspension. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles; Iwobi, Xhaka, Wilshere; Ozil, Alexis; Lacazette.Newcastle: Arsenal: Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy, Hayden, Merino, Atsu, Perez, Joselu. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Leicester City’s Claude Puel insists priority is winning – not styleLeicester City’s Claude Puel insists priority is winning – not style
Topics Share via Email Flying start for Michael Appleton as Leicester edge past Swansea Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read more Claude Puel has rejected concerns about his playing style and declared that winning is more important than entertaining, although he added that he hoped to do both at Leicester City.Speaking at his first press conference since his appointment on Wednesday, the Frenchman defended his record at Southampton, from where he was sacked in June despite leading the club to eighth place and the final of the EFL Cup.Puel maintains that Southampton were not as negative as their goal tally suggested – they failed to score in their final five home matches under him – and he dismissed the comments made this week by the former Southampton player Matt Le Tissier, who claimed Saints were “boring and a little bit dull” last season.“It is not important about this,” Puel said of Le Tissier’s complaint. “Last season for example we developed good football without the clinical edge. We were seventh place for creating chances but 20th for converting. But that is finished. It is important to stay with good focus about Leicester. It is not a priority just to play good football or nice football. The priority is to win, whether at Leicester, Southampton, or Arsenal – all. It is about how can we have good results.” Share on LinkedIn news The manager confirmed that he would have two assistants, retaining the services of Michael Appleton, who led Leicester to wins in their past two matches, and bringing in Pascal Plancque, who assisted Puel at previous clubs, including Southampton. “I have a good memories of Southampton and I received a lot of messages from people there [after being appointed at Leicester],” Puel said. “It was important for me to have this experience of the Premier League. I know all the different teams, different styles and different players now. It is the best championship in the world. It is almost like playing a Champions League match every week.”Whether deliberately or otherwise, Puel, whose contract runs until 2020, gave a nod to entertainment by channelling Roald Dahl : “I am glad to be a Fox – it is fantastic.” Then he set out the marvellous medicine he intends prescribing at the King Power Stadium. He said the key to ensuring Leicester remain in good health in the Premier League was to make the team more versatile.“Leicester is still a young team in Premier League terms,” he said. “They were only promoted recently and then they won the league and went into the Champions League. They lived fantastic moments for a few years but also some low moments. The important [thing] now is to develop consistency. For example, it’s difficult for Leicester to have been playing for three or four years with a counterattack and just this system.“It’s important to have other answers. It’s difficult to play West Brom, for example, and then against Manchester City three days later. You need to have good solutions against teams with strong defensive units and also against teams who have a lot of possession high up the pitch. My work for the future is to build the players up to have these options and solutions.“My dream is to give the club the possibility to have style of game for all teams: youth teams, under-23s and the first team. It is not just short term, it is long term, to give this club good consistency of results and quality.”Puel took his first training session on Friday and assured the players he wanted to sustain the momentum they have created over the past two games and avoid making too many changes too soon. “It’s not the moment to change a lot of things,” he said. “The focus is on [Sunday’s] match against Everton. That will be a special game because they have new manager, too.” Share on Twitter Southampton Share on Facebook Leicester City Reuse this content
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Power Corp ready to invest more than 10 billion as it targetsPower Corp ready to invest more than 10 billion as it targets
MONTREAL – Power Corp. is prepared to invest more than $10 billion over the next five years to expand its empire while it also looks to sell some assets and exit the newspaper business, the holding company’s co-CEOs said Friday.“We have a capacity in the coming five years to put capital exceeding $10 billion at work to play a consolidation game and to play the game in the big leagues,” Paul Desmarais Jr. said at a news conference after its annual meeting.He said the sum will be larger when including money to be invested by subsidiaries like Power Financial.A key area of focus is the U.S. pension fund business that is expected to undergo consolidation. Currently, it owns Putnam Investments, acquired in 2007.“It’s a very fragmented business and we will have an opportunity to be one of the big consolidators in this industry.”Desmarais added that the large Canadian holding company — which has assets around the world including a large stake in China Asset Management Co. — is examining some of its capital intensive businesses to see if they can be sold at attractive prices.Co-CEO and brother, Andre Desmarais, added that insurer Great-West Life and fund manager IGM Financial are not on the sales block.Desmarais said he expects other Canadian newspaper owners will take a hard look at its decision to transform its Montreal La Presse news group into a not-for-profit structure.The 130-year-old newspaper is owned by Square Victoria Communications Group, a subsidiary of Power, which plans to grant $50 million to the venture.Under the new structure, Power Corp. would no longer own the media company or have any ties with the not-for-profit structure.“I think it makes a lot of sense and I think it makes sense for English Canada as much as it does for Quebec,” he told reporters.Desmarais noted that all news media outlets are grappling with the rise of digital competitors such as Google and Facebook, and will have to figure out how to proceed.“Everyone will have their why now moment and probably a public company will have a why now moment a lot faster than a private company.”Part of the shift in La Presse’s ownership structure is designed to allow it to get donations and funding from government, which is unfeasible as long as it is owned by one of Canada’s richest families.“If I was in government I wouldn’t give a subsidy to the Desmarais family. It would be misinterpreted,” he said.But Andre Desmarais said he’s optimistic that the federal government, which is studying funding for national newspapers, will end up providing funding because it would want to help a medium that supports democracy. He noted that the CBC gets about $1 billion a year, but just for the broadcast medium.Meanwhile, Paul Desmarais told shareholders that the Lafarge board of directors, on which he is a member as the owner of 9.43 per cent in Lafarge-Holcim, was not aware of the cement maker allegedly funding Syrian militants until it was reported on by the media in 2016.“As soon as this matter was brought to its attention, the board of directors immediately initiated an independent internal investigation, the results of which were, on its own initiative, turned over to the authorities with the assurance of its co-operation,” he said in a statement read to reporters.It also implemented additional compliance and internal control measures.French and Belgian authorities are investigating several ex-employees for their alleged roles in indirectly funding groups including the Islamic State to guarantee safe passage for staff and supply of plants.The wrongdoing precedes Lafarge’s merger with Swiss company Holcim in 2017.Power Corp. says its net earnings more than doubled to a record $525 million or $1.13 per share in the first quarter, compared with $258 million or 56 cents per share in the prior year quarter.Excluding restructuring and other charges last year, adjusted profits were $269 million or 58 cents per share in the first quarter of 2017.Power increased its quarterly dividend 6.6 per cent to 38.20 cents per share, payable June 29 to shareholders of record June 8.———Power Corp. holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and Torstar Corp.Companies in this story: (TSX:POW, TSX:PWF).
After Nissan Mitsubishi Dismisses Carlos Ghosn as ChairmanAfter Nissan Mitsubishi Dismisses Carlos Ghosn as Chairman
Rabat – Mitsubishi’s board made the decision at a meeting on Monday, the Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko will temporarily take over as the Japanese carmaker’s chairman.Masuko said, “Our proposal was a very difficult one. But we had to make a decision with a priority of what to do to protect the company, our workers and their families.” The motion asserts “Ghosn’s arrest in Japan makes it impossible for him to carry out his duties.” It also says his alleged misconduct raises legal compliance issues, according to NHK.Read also: Japan Extends Ghosn’s Custody as Financial Misconduct Scandal PersistsGhosn, who led the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, is considered a highly influential executive within the global automotive industry.On November 20, Masuko said the alliance would be hard to manage without Ghosn.“I don’t think there is anyone else on Earth like Ghosn who could run Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi,” Masuko told the press in Tokyo.On November 21, Japan’s top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said, “It’s important that Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi maintain a stable relationship,” the Japanese Kyodo outlet reported.Mitsubishi asked Ghosn to serve as chairman in 2016 when the company was implicated in a scandal over falsified fuel-efficiency data.Read also: Nissan Board Dismisses Carlos Ghosn as ChairmanRenault, where Ghosn is CEO, made a different decision from Mitsubishi and Nissan. One day after Ghosn’s arrest, the French carmaker’s board of directors decided to keep the 64-year-old Ghosn as the company’s chairman and CEO. Renault instead named COO Thierry Bollore as temporary deputy CEO and granted him the same powers as Ghosn.Ghosn: Nissan was responsible for salary reportsJapan arrested both Ghosn and his aide, former Nissan representative director Greg Kelly, last Monday on suspicion of underreporting Ghosn’s compensation by tens of millions of dollars over an 8-year period. Nissan also suspects Ghosn of using company funds for personal expenses as well as other financial misconduct.Sources said Nissan decided to pay Ghosn around $17 million a year, but that only half of the sum was reported in the securities report.Read also: Ghosn Denies Nissan’s Claims, Kelly Admits Post-Retirement PayoutsGhosn is suspected of giving instructions to Kelly to report that his annual income was about $9 million, according to NHK sources.Speaking to Tokyo prosecutors during questioning, Ghosn denied underreporting his remuneration in Nissan’s securities reports, sources told the Japanese public broadcaster NHK on Sunday.Ghosn told prosecutors he “had no intention” of falsifying the financial statements.Ghosn reportedly argued that Nissan was responsible for salary reports. He said the Japanese carmaker “made decisions on how much pay would be declared in securities reports.”
China insists loans are not causing problems for Sri LankaChina insists loans are not causing problems for Sri Lanka
China has again rejected the opinion that China is “becoming a supplier of political instability” and sets a “debt-trap” for Sri Lanka and other countries.Zeng Rong, Spokesman at the Chinese Embassy in the UK was reacting to comments in an editorial on the FT newspaper in London titled “ Sri Lanka turmoil points to China’s increasing role” (November 16) which stated that China is “becoming a supplier of political instability” and sets a “debt-trap” for Sri Lanka and other countries. Rong also said that the Puttalam Power Station provided about 40 per cent of the nation’s electricity supply, reducing the power price by 25 per cent.He says the completion of Colombo-Katunayake Expressway has brought great convenience to travellers and contributed to local tourism. The spokesman said that by 2017, China’s loans to Sri Lanka accounted for only about 10 per cent in Sri-Lanka’s foreign debts, while Japan accounts for 12 per cent, and the Asian Development Bank 14 per cent and so it is not tenable to claim that China’s loans are causing problems for Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) “Such co-operation has delivered tangible benefit to the people of Sri Lanka. By the end of 2017, Chinese companies had completed more than $15bn worth of infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka in transportation, water, electricity, ports and other fields, giving a strong boost to its economic development,” Rong said. Rong said that China and Sri Lanka have long been friendly neighbours that always support each other in their major and core interests and the co-operation between the two countries is win-win and mutually beneficial. “The Colombo International Container Terminal, a China-Sri Lanka joint venture, enhanced the overall operational capacity of the Port of Colombo. According to the Port Connectivity Index compiled by Drewry (UK based shipping and maritime consultancy), the Port of Colombo ranked 13th in the world and number one in South Asia in 2017. The Colombo Port City under construction and the Hambantota Port and Industrial Zone are expected to become the new powerful engines for Sri Lanka’s economic take-off,” he added.Furthermore, he said China-Sri Lanka pragmatic co-operation has created more than 100,000 jobs for Sri Lanka and trained tens of thousands of technical and management personnel. China is not competing with any country to seek so-called regional dominance.Rong says China-Sri Lanka co-operation is equal and mutually beneficial and is not targeting any third party or setting a “debt trap”.
VMware goes on a shopping spree scoops up Carbon Black and PivotalVMware goes on a shopping spree scoops up Carbon Black and Pivotal
It’s a pivotal moment for VMware Inc., which announced the acquisition of security company Carbon Black and cloud application platform Pivotal Software Aug. 22. The acquisition of Carbon Black, worth $2.1 billion, combined with the $2.7 billion purchase of Pivotal, address major priorities for the company, according to VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger: building modern, enterprise-grade applications and protecting enterprise workloads. “With these actions, we meaningfully accelerate our subscription and SaaS offerings and expand our ability to enable our customers’ digital transformation,” he said in a press release. Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry platform, which recently added support for Kubernetes, drew significant interest from VMware, the company said. VMware has been bolstering its own Kubernetes offerings in recent months, the latest release being VMware Essential PKS in February. Kubernetes is still one of the hottest container orchestration applications on the market today and is helping drive the adoption of containers overall. In 2018, only 17 per cent of IT teams were driving container adoption, according to one study. A year later, that number jumped to 35 per cent. Carbon Black will no doubt play an important role in ensuring that orchestration is done securely. The two purchases follow the company’s acquisition of Bitnami in May, making VMware, traditionally a vendor focused primarily on providing infrastructure, one of the more compelling options for enterprise customers looking to build, run, manage, connect, and protect any app on any cloud or device. “This type of bold move is exactly what the IT and security industries have been looking to see for a very long time,” said Patrick Morley, CEO, Carbon Black. You can read more about the acquisition here. This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market.
Street race on QEW ends in fatal crash killing oneStreet race on QEW ends in fatal crash killing one
Police say a street race on the QEW near Guelph Line led to the death of a passenger, a 26 year old Burlington man who was in one of the cars. Other vehicles involved took off after the fatal crash.A passenger in a black Toyota was killed on the QEW Westbound near Guelph line early this morning.Ontario Provincial Police say the incident started in Oakville near the Ford plant. Police have heard witness accounts of two to three cars racing down the highway towards Hamilton.The car hit the concrete median. The 23 year old driver was fine, but the crash left his passenger seriously injured. The man later died in hospital.OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt says investigators are looking into aggressive driving, speed and impairment as potential factors in this crash.Dangerous driving that can unfortunately result in a tragedy.Now police are looking for the other vehicles that may have been driving aggressively down the highway with the black Toyota. One could potentially be a grey Audi. As of yet, no charges have been laid.The 23 year old driver is cooperating with police but the other drivers have not been identified.OPP are asking anyone who may have dash camera footage of the street race or crash last night on the QEW to contact them. Police are reminding other drivers to call 911 immediately if you witness this kind of aggressive driving out on the roads.
Annan recommends twomonth extension of UNs Western Sahara missionAnnan recommends twomonth extension of UNs Western Sahara mission
That recommendation is contained in Mr. Annan’s latest report to the Security Council on the mission, known by its French acronym MINURSO, which was first deployed in 1991 to conduct a referendum for the people of Western Sahara to choose between independence and integration with Morocco.According to the report, while there has been no advancement in overcoming obstacles to the Settlement Plan, there has been some progress in determining whether Morocco, as the administrative power, “is prepared to offer or support some devolution of authority for all inhabitants and former inhabitants of the Territory that is genuine, substantial and in keeping with international norms.” The two-month extension, through 30 June, should be used to provide time for consultations on a possible devolution of authority, the report says.Mr. Annan makes his proposal at the recommendation of his Personal Envoy, James Baker III, who in recent months has been “able to fully re-engage in trying to assist the parties to find an early, durable and agreed resolution to their dispute over Western Sahara.” Previously, Mr. Annan reported that Mr. Baker had been required to undertake duties in relation to the 2000 United States Presidential election. According to a UN spokesman, the Security Council is expected to consider the report during consultations on Thursday. MINURSO’s mandate is set to expire on 30 April.
Stocks fall back on Wall Street a day after a surge FacebookStocks fall back on Wall Street a day after a surge Facebook
by The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2013 10:12 am MDT Stocks fall back on Wall Street a day after a surge; Facebook slumps as Zuckerberg sells AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are slipping on Wall Street a day after hitting their latest record high.Long-term interest rates and the dollar are rising after the Federal Reserve said it would reduce its bond purchases.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 5 points, or 0.02 per cent, to 16,164 as of noon Thursday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell three points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,808. Utilities stocks, which investors buy for their rich dividends, fell the most.The Nasdaq composite fell 13 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 4,057.Bond prices fell, sending yields higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.93 per cent.Facebook fell 2 per cent after the company said it will sell 70 million shares, including more than 41 million held by founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
SPs 138B settlement on risky mortgage bonds leaves raters conflict of interestSPs 138B settlement on risky mortgage bonds leaves raters conflict of interest
FILE – This Oct. 9, 2011, file photo shows 55 Water Street, home of Standard & Poor’s, in New York. S&P is paying approximately $1.38 billion to settle government allegations that it knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage investments which helped trigger the financial crisis. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email S&P’s $1.38B settlement on risky mortgage bonds leaves raters’ conflict of interest intact by Marcy Gordon, Eric Tucker And Matthew Craft, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2015 6:23 am MDT WASHINGTON – More than six years after the financial crisis struck, credit rating giant Standard & Poor’s will be paying a hefty $1.38 billion penalty for its role in fueling the subprime mortgage meltdown. But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen again.S&P’s settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. government, 19 states and the District of Columbia marks a public chastening of a major credit rating agency accused of knowingly overrating toxic mortgages that ignited the crisis. S&P and its competitors are crucial gatekeepers that can affect a company’s or government’s ability to raise or borrow money. In the aftermath of the crisis, federal regulators have imposed some changes on how the rating agencies conduct business.Yet the fundamental conflict of interest at the heart of the rating agencies’ business remains intact: They continue to be paid by the companies whose securities they rate.“This doesn’t fix anything,” said Janet Tavakoli, the president of Tavakoli Structured Finance and a former investment banker. “This is just a traffic ticket.”Tavakoli cites a number of problems, including payments that companies and banks make to the agencies for ratings, as well as flawed statistical methods. The government should go further and strip the big rating agencies’ national licensing for rating complex securities, she suggested.The process for companies and rating agencies is akin to having a pitcher choose the umpire, critics of the industry say, and it puts pressure on the agencies to award better ratings in order to secure repeat business.That’s exactly what the government asserts S&P did in ratings on billions of dollars of securities that it issued from 2004 through 2007. The settlement resolves a court fight that began with a Justice Department lawsuit two years ago. S&P was accused of failing to warn investors that the housing market was starting to collapse in 2006 because doing so would hurt its ratings business.Half the amount New York-based S&P is paying, or $687.5 million, will go to the 19 states and the District of Columbia.Under the agreement, S&P acknowledged that it issued and confirmed positive ratings despite knowing that those assessments were unjustified and in many cases based on packages of mortgages that it knew were likely to default.“On more than one occasion, the company’s leadership ignored senior analysts who warned that the company had given top ratings to financial products that were failing to perform as advertised,” Attorney General Eric Holder said at a news conference Tuesday.S&P also agreed to retract its earlier allegation that the government had brought the action in retaliation for its downgrade of the United States’ credit rating in 2011, a concession that Holder said was personally important to him.The three big rating agencies — S&P, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings — have been blamed for helping fuel the 2008 crisis by giving strong ratings to high-risk mortgage securities. The ratings made it possible for banks to sell trillions of dollars’ worth of those securities. Some investors, such as pension funds, can only buy securities that carry high credit ratings.S&P rejects the idea that the rating agencies’ current business model is particularly vulnerable to conflicts of interest.It makes the case that having companies pay for ratings enables those assessments to be made widely available to the public, free of charge, thereby promoting greater efficiency in the bond markets. “Public disclosure of our ratings to a broad audience of market participants means our opinions are subjected to market scrutiny every day,” it says.Under a 2010 mandate from Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission has enacted a series of rules for the rating agencies.The new regulations require the agencies to provide more details about how they determine each rating. To address the perceived conflict of interest for rating agencies, the rules bar the agencies’ sales teams from participating in the ratings process. Agencies must also review and potentially revise their ratings in cases where an employee was later hired by a company he or she evaluated.The agencies must file a report each year showing how they monitor ratings, how each rating changed over time, and whether the securities or companies later defaulted.Critics say a better solution would be to create a government board that randomly assigns agencies to rate companies. Congress debated that idea when it put together the sweeping financial overhaul law in response to the 2008 crisis. But lawmakers pushing the idea were unable to include it into the final legislation.S&P “got off pretty light considering they helped bring down the world’s financial system,” said James Cox, a Duke University law professor and securities market expert.There’s no guarantee, say critics like Cox, after the SEC changes and legal action that rating agencies’ “slouchy practices won’t return.”They see proof in a $77 million settlement signed last month by S&P with the SEC and two states that covers alleged misconduct in 2011 and 2012 — well after the financial crisis and after the new SEC rules for agencies began.S&P’s agreement represents one of the government’s key efforts to hold accountable market players deemed responsible for contributing to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.In recent months, the Justice Department and states have reached multibillion-dollar settlements with Wall Street titans JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup over their roles in bundling risky mortgages into securities that were misleadingly sold as safe investments, despite the high likelihood that borrowers would default. Those investments soured when the housing market started to crumble in 2006.Lawmakers and consumer advocates have also criticized the government in the settlements for failing to hold high-level executives accountable and subject to possible criminal prosecution.S&P’s parent McGraw Hill Financial Inc. said in a statement that the settlement contains no findings of violations of law by itself, S&P Financial Services or Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.S&P also announced Tuesday that it will pay $125 million in a separate settlement with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System to resolve its claims against the company regarding ratings on three structured investment vehicles. The settlement is not subject to judicial approval.The Justice Department had demanded $5 billion in penalties from S&P when it sued the company in February 2013. The payment of about $1.38 billion to settle the case is less than S&P’s revenue in 2013 of $2.27 billion.__Craft reported from New York.
Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Canada legalized pot in October. But its black market is still going strong: A Washington Post article about ongoing black market marijuana sales in Canada featured comments from Brock Associate Professor of Health Sciences Dan Malleck, who said that illegal producers could have been better integrated into the country’s recently legalized sale of the plant.Trudeau bringing town hall tour to Niagara: The announcement that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host a town hall talk at Brock University on Tuesday, Jan. 15 was featured in articles by the St. Catharines Standard and Newstalk 610 CKTB. The event is one of only a handful of talks taking place across the country.Survey to gauge what Ontarians think about animal welfare enforcement: The work of Labour Studies Department Chair Kendra Coulter to get Ontarians to participate in an online survey about potential enforcement models to be used in cases of animal cruelty was reported in the Toronto Star, CBC and Newstalk 610 CKTB. The survey comes as a response to a recent court decision that struck down the powers of the province’s current animal welfare enforcement agency.Michael Armstrong discusses Ontario cannabis retail lottery: A Newstalk 610 CKTB discussion about the distribution of cannabis retail licences in Ontario featured Michael Armstrong, Associate Professor of Operations Research who discussed marijuana supply shortages and the cap on retail stores the province has imposed.Sports halls of fame welcome Niagarans: Former Brock men’s basketball coach and player Ken Murray (BPhEd ’76) was featured in a St. Catharines Standard article about his upcoming induction into the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame. The formal enshrinement ceremony will take place during halftime of the Monday, Feb. 11 Toronto Raptors game.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at email@example.com
AttorneyatLaw Brandon De Santos admitted to the barAttorneyatLaw Brandon De Santos admitted to the bar
Recently admitted to the bar, Attorney-at-Law Brandon Scott De Santos’ passion is being a proficient criminal defence lawyer and providing his insight into ‘correcting some wrongs’ in the local justice system.Counsel Brandon De Santos (right) with mentor, Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos, after his admission to the local barBrandon was admitted to the bar on October 13, 2017 by Justice Sandil Kissoon after his petition was read by mentor, Senior Counsel Bernard DeSantos, of whom he is now attached at the Chambers of De Santos and Associates and has no familial relations to.In an interview with this publication, Brandon admitted that his desire to become an attorney did not originate from a “fairy-tale inkling”, rather it was prompted by family, teachers and other supporters.“To be honest, I didn’t dream of it. There wasn’t any miraculous story that got me here. I think the best way to explain it was that a lot of people, such as my teachers, parents and even high school friends, believed that studying law was a good fit for me. It’s through their encouragement that I am now an Attorney-at-Law. But what I’d like them to know is that getting here wasn’t only about arguing and proper speech. While those are important, I believe that the ability to be strategic and resourceful is even more important,” he pointed out.The former Bishops’ High School student demonstrated proficiency in criminal law both at the University of Guyana (UG) and Hugh Wooding Law School (HWLS). He said that he “enjoyed the content”, hence excelling.Brandon stated he is “privileged and extremely lucky” to have received guidance from Bernard De Santos, SC, who is well-known locally for his criminal law practice.“My choice before admission to the bar was criminal law, and working at the Chambers of De Santos and Associates has solidified my desire,” the 24-year-old declared.In the Caribbean, the approximate number of years to qualify as an attorney is five years – three to attain a Bachelor of Laws degree and two for the Legal Education Certificate. This means an arduous journey of long hours and sleepless nights. However, with the support of his family and others, Brandon was able to succeed.“Overwhelming support came from my family: my parents, siblings [four of them], my aunt and uncle and cousins in Trinidad and Tobago, with whom I stayed from 2015-2017 while attending HWLS. Also my colleagues, particularly Kurt Da Silva, who was an immense help to all the recent graduates of HWLS.Though graduating from UG with a distinction in 2015, Brandon admitted he had thoughts of “giving up” while at HWLS. Though his challenges were few, Brandon said that the “hardest leg” of his academic journey was living in Trinidad and getting accustomed to the culture there.“The only time I thought of giving up was when I was in Trinidad; however, the consideration of time and money spent to get there and knowing this was the final hurdle always encouraged me. I found motivation by telling myself if others did it in the past, so could I,” Brandon remembered.The attorney said there is a need to further develop the legal system in Guyana; however, if it was a perfect system then there would be no need for attorneys. In his opinion, Guyana needs to adapt (within reason) to the needs of an ever-changing society.“An example I can think about off the top of my head is the current marijuana situation. I am still not convinced that it should be legalised. However, in my respectful opinion, the current sentencing for possession is too stringent, particularly since possession of marijuana is what is sometimes referred to as a victimless crime.“I find myself in a quandary because on one hand I prefer to stay out of the public domain, but my intention to practice as a criminal lawyer will see me being placed exactly there. Maybe I’ll be berated by the public, but I know it is my duty to represent my clients within the limits of the law, which I will do at the risk of public rebuke,” he said adamantly.The “best advice” the newly-appointed attorney can give is to “prepare, prepare and prepare”.While the young attorney plans to continue furthering his studies, for now he aims to get as much exposure as he can to other areas of law, such as administrative and public law, family law and environmental law. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormer AG Bernard De Santos diesMarch 9, 2019In “latest news”Three men accused of raping 17-yr-old girl at Barama Complex give sworn testimonyJune 21, 2016In “Court”President appoints AG Basil Williams, 8 others as Senior CounselDecember 31, 2016In “latest news”
Listeria Carrefour rappelle des produits contaminés dans toute la FranceListeria Carrefour rappelle des produits contaminés dans toute la France
Listeria : Carrefour rappelle des produits contaminés dans toute la FranceJeudi, le géant Carrefour a annoncé avoir découvert une contamination à la Listeria monocytogenes dans deux produits fromagers commercialisés dans son magasin de Monaco. Par mesure de précaution, il a décidé de procéder à un rappel national de ces produits. Si vous avez acheté chez Carrefour un lot d’assortiments de fromages au lait cru de la marque la Société fromagère du Livradois ou des petits munsters fermiers provenant de la Fromagerie du pays Welsche, ne les consommez pas et ramenez les dans votre magasin.À lire aussiSalmonelles : salmonellose, symptômes, cause et transmissionJeudi, le géant de la distribution a indiqué que des analyses réalisées sur certains lots de ces produits commercialisés dans son magasin de Monaco avaient révélé la présence de la bactérie Listeria monocytogenes, responsable de la maladie baptisée listeriose. Carrefour a ainsi procédé au retrait immédiat des lots concernés et appelle désormais les consommateurs à ne surtout pas consommer et à ramener ces fromages achetés entre le 25 août et le 13 septembre 2011. Par mesure de précaution et bien que les analyses aient été effectuées à Monaco, le groupe a également déclenché un rappel de ces produits dans tous ses supermarchés de France. Un numéro de téléphone est mis à disposition pour renseigner les consommateurs : 09 69 39 70 00.Néanmoins, aucune victime ne semble pour l’heure avoir été contaminée par cette bactérie qui peut induire des symptômes tels que fièvre ou maux de tête et s’avérer grave chez les femmes enceintes ou les enfants. Le 16 septembre 2011 à 11:18 • Maxime Lambert
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 15, 2006 – The Commissioner should resign and go home according to former Premier Michael Misick who said the crime in our islands is way out of control and requires a symposium for national discussion.Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson commented last night via media statement that she is gravely concerned for children,O for women and was also outraged at the photograph being circulated. I quote now, “The need to preserve crime scenes when applicable is critical and the protection of the body from unauthorised photographs must be of paramount importance, not just for the rights of the victim and their families but to not expose evidence to a receiving public that may include the perpetrator. We must catch up in crime fighting and response. Times and criminals have changed and we must employ new tactics and tools.” – Sharlene Cartwright RobinsonAll of these officials today expressed thank you to the Dominicans who volunteered and found Sorineida and condolences to the family and friends of the young woman, who was just 26 years old and had been a part of the TCI Community for at least the past four years now. Another major call by the leaders, for those with information to come forward; the Police need the public’s help to solve crime.
Two New Wolf Kills Add to Denali Population DeclineTwo New Wolf Kills Add to Denali Population Decline
The recent killing of two Denali National Park wolves, has increased calls for protection of the animals on state land adjacent to the park, where hunting and trapping are legal. The animals were shot in the Stampede area near Healy, the same region where other park wolves have been trapped and killed. The annual harvest is fairly low, but is garnering concern as the Park wolf population continues to decline.Listen now: