Empire posts lower Q4 adjusted earnings amid turnaround of Sobeys grocery unit

STELLARTON, N.S. — The parent of Sobeys is reporting a decline in adjusted earnings for the first full quarter since it installed a new chief executive with a mandate to revive the national grocery business.Michael Medline, a former Canadian Tire executive who was named president and CEO of Empire Company Ltd. in January, says initial efforts to transform the business are starting to take root.“Having said that, we are not where we want to be and we are most certainly not out of the woods yet,” Medline said in a statement Wednesday with Empire’s fourth-quarter financial report.In total, Empire says it expects to incur approximately $200 million in one-time costs associated with severance, relocation, consulting and minor system developments — mostly in the first half of fiscal 2018, which began last month.The goal is to achieve $500 million of annualized cost savings by fiscal 2020 with a simplified organizational structure and reduced costs.Based in Stellarton, N.S., Empire (TSX:EMP.A) had a $29.5 million net profit attributable to shareholders or 11 cents per share for the fourth quarter ended May 6.After excluding major writedowns reported last year, Empire’s adjusted profit declined year-over-year to $50.2 million or 18 cents per share. That’s down from $95.3 million or 35 cents per share.Empire’s revenue — which mostly comes from Sobeys — was down $484.3 million from the same time last year, when the fourth quarter had had an extra week.Sales dropped to about $5.8 billion — with $461.2 million of the decline attributed to last year’s extra week. Same-store sales were also down 1.1 per cent overall, or 1.6 per cent when fuel sales were excluded.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities wrote in a note to clients that the quarter was weak but better than expected, on balance, with adjusted earnings higher than expected.The decline in same-store sales excluding fuel was also less than expected, she wrote, but still lags Loblaw and Metrol.Last year’s fourth quarter had a loss of $942.6 million or $3.47 per share, due to asset writedowns that were mostly related to its Safeway acquisition in Western Canada.Earlier this year, Medline launched Project Sunrise, a three-year transformation intended to simplify the organizational structure and reduce costs.The Empire board of directors has also increased the annual dividend to 42 cents per share, or 10.5 cents per quarter, starting with the July 31 payment. read more

Pet store emptied

Officials are removing more than a dozen animals from the exotic pet store below the apartment where two boys were killed by an African rock python.It could take two days to safely remove the 16 animals from the Reptile Ocean Store in Campbelton, New Brunswick.That’s the number of animals the shop *did not* have permits for.There are four large American alligators, six crocodiles, some tortoises, turtles and snakes.Most will be going to the Indian River Reptile Zoo in Ontario.Bruce Dougan is the manager of another zoo in Moncton. He’s been inside the shop and is helping with the removal.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Goodyear deflates blimp but keeps familiar form in flight

by John Rogers, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2017 1:10 am MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Goodyear deflates blimp, but keeps familiar form in flight This Sept. 23, 2015 photo shows ground crew moring the Goodyear Blimp “Sprit of Innovation” as it comes in for a landing at Goodyear Airship Base in Carson, Calif. Goodyear is letting the helium out of the last of its fabled fleet of blimps on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Its replacement, “Wingfoot Two,” will look about the same when it arrives at Goodyear’s California airship base, but it will be a semi-rigid dirigible, not a blimp. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Goodyear has let the helium out of the last of its fabled fleet of blimps, but the company’s flight program will continue.About two dozen employees were on hand early Tuesday to witness the deflation of California-based Spirit of Innovation.But shed no tears, blimp fans, you’ll still see a familiar blue-and-gold form floating over your favourite sports event or awards show.Although the blimp’s replacement, Wingfoot Two, will look about the same when it arrives at Goodyear’s airship base in Carson later this year, it will be a semi-rigid dirigible.Such aircraft, one of which has already replaced Goodyear’s Florida blimp, have a frame, which means they maintain their shape when the helium is drained. Blimps, on the other hand, go flat. Wingfoot Two, currently operating in Ohio, will be replaced by yet another dirigible when it leaves there for Southern California.Far more important to Goodyear is that the new airships are faster, quieter, larger, easier to fly and more manoeuvrable than the blimps it introduced more than 90 years ago. Still, the company plans to keep calling the new models blimps.“Because a Goodyear Semi-rigid Dirigible doesn’t roll off the tongue,” laughed company airship historian Eddie Ogden.Crew members Tuesday yanked a rip line to open a section at the top of the blimp’s big gas bag, known as an envelope. It took about two minutes for it to crumple to the ground.Ogden said Goodyear employees watched the deflation with mixed emotions.“There were a couple tears because they’ve been working with blimps for so long,” he said. “But the program has always changed over the decades and this is a step forward. The new model is incredible to watch fly.”The switch to dirigibles offers a similar-looking, cigar-shaped flying machine but one that’s 246 feet long, nearly the length of a football field and 50 feet longer than the old blimps. With room for three engines instead of two, it will be able to hit freeway speeds of over 70 miles per hour and turn on a dime.The quieter engines also will provide an advantage in covering golf tournaments, Ogden said, by eliminating the racket that can sometimes disrupt golfers lining up their putts. The ability to hover will allow a pilot to better position the aircraft to capture NASCAR race finishes and key moments in a baseball game.And the ability to take off and land like a helicopter will put an end to those funny-looking runway pursuits by the ground crew.Still, Spirit of Innovation was an innovator in its day and its deflation comes with some emotion.Its gondola, originally christened Columbia in 1986, became Eagle in 2002 and finally Innovation following a public name-that-blimp contest in 2006.With the lifespan of the envelope nearing an end, it was time to mothball it, said Matthew St. John, chief pilot at the Carson airship base and the man who took the blimp on its final flight above last month’s Academy Awards.The craft’s historic gondola will be shipped to Goodyear’s century-old Ohio airship base to be put on permanent display. Other parts are going to museums, and the envelope is being recycled.“The engines can be repaired and replaced, the gondola can be repaired and refurbished, the tail fins can be refurbished,” said St. John, who plans to fly “Innovation’s” replacement.“But with the envelope, there’s a safety measure there that we take a very serious look at and say, ‘OK, this is the mark, and we’re not going to go beyond that mark,’” he said.___Associated Press writer Christopher Weber contributed to this report. read more

Commentary Academics help Ohio State football programs image

Amid the biggest scandal in the football program’s history, there is a silver lining for the Ohio State athletic department. A record 523 scholar-athletes were honored Monday night for academic achievements, including 40 from the “corrupt” football program. Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders on April 30, was one of five male finalists for the Big Ten Medal of Honor for his success as an honors student in accounting and his on-field play. OSU football also was honored by the NCAA on May 17, receiving public-recognition awards for the team’s academic progress rate from 2006–10. These awards are given to teams in the top 10 percent in each sport. OSU football was one of 14 BCS schools that received this award. Northwestern was the only other Big Ten school to earn it. Four other sports at OSU — baseball, men’s gymnastics and men’s and women’s tennis also were awarded for their academic progress rates. For all the trouble the athletic department and football program are in, the coaches of each team have obviously set high academic standards for their players. Absent from the list of BCS schools honored are football powerhouse schools from the SEC. The only SEC school honored was Vanderbilt, far from a contender in the conference. OSU’s multiyear APR is 985, 15 points short of a perfect 1,000 and 36 points higher than the average of all Football Bowl Subdivision schools. That the football team has attended a BCS bowl each of the past five seasons and that its players have exceeded 90 percent of FBS schools in the classroom, is unbelievable — despite the controversy surrounding the program. Since 2006, the lowest score coach Jim Tressel and his football team received in the single-year APR is 984, which is still in the top 10 percent of all FBS schools. In the same amount of time, Alabama coach Nick Saban has achieved a single-year APR of more than 980 just once. In 2007-08 he recorded a score of 936. Tressel has been both a winner at OSU and a mentor beyond football. When evaluating The Vest’s job status and his body of work, it is important to remember he has made sure his players lived up to their title of student-athlete. read more

Heartbreaking photo of father dying of cancer cradling his young son

first_img Show more Group shows Jon Strawson with children Freya, seven, George, six, and Henry, four He said; “If you relapse from a stem cell transplant in the first six months your chances of survival are pretty poor. Doctors have never known anyone to be cured from the relapse I have.”I was told I could either go home and receive palliative care and I could be dead within weeks, or try the option of intensive chemotherapy to give me a second chance of remission.”However, there’s a 10 per risk of dying because the chemotherapy is so intense and there’s a 10 per cent risk that my bone marrow will never recover. Group shows Jon Strawson with children Freya, seven, George, six, and Henry, fourCredit:SWNS But speaking from his hospital bed, Mr Strawson, who received his first chemotherapy dose earlier this month, said he had to try everything. Jon Strawson with his son George “But being given weeks to live is not long enough. I owe it to my three children to prolong things for longer if nothing else. Hopefully I will go back into remission again.”Being told what I have is not the easiest thing to take in and I’ve had to have some horrible conversations.”My children know I’m ill again and I’m back in hospital but that’s the extent they have been told.”Mr Strawson has been told if his current treatment doesn’t work he may only have a few weeks left to live.He added: “The chance of it working for my blood cancer AML, especially after relapse, are next to nothing.”No further treatment will be recommended because of the short amount of time from transplant to the relapse.”I have three young children so this prognosis is unacceptable. I am not ready to just roll over and die. I owe it to my children and my family to exhaust every avenue.”center_img And he has released this moving image of him embracing his son George who cuddles up with him after his latest round of chemotherapy at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.Mr Strawson, who lives near Crediton, Devon, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) on his 33rd birthday last year on July 21.Following months of unsuccessful treatments, including a stem cell transplant at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, his last option is a course of intensive chemotherapy at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.Recovery at his stage of the disease is so low that he has not been given odds to indicate what chance there is of it working.And even if he does show signs of improvement, he has been warned he could remain in hospital for the next six months while his body recovers. Mr Strawson is appealing for people to come forward with suggestions of physical, mental, medical or holistic care, as well as information about any new drug treatments, especially those aimed at relapsed AML patients.He has asked anyone who can help to contact him on email at ray.jon@hotmail.com This heartbreaking photo shows a cancer-stricken young father with just weeks left to live cradling his son on his hospital bed.Brave dad-of-three Jon Strawson, 33, has advanced blood cancer and has been told by doctors there is nothing left they can do for him.But he is refusing to “roll over and die” and has issued a last ditch plea for anyone to get in touch to offer him help or advice.Mr Strawson said he won’t give up for the sake of his family – Freya, seven, George, six, and Henry, four, and wife Rachel, 30. Jon Strawson with his son GeorgeCredit:SWNS 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.last_img read more

Fitbits are way off the mark when calculating weight loss study finds

first_imgThe volunteers wore the seven devices while walking or running on treadmills or using exercise bikes. Each volunteer’s heart was measured with a medical-grade electrocardiograph (ECG).Metabolic rate was estimated with an instrument for measuring the oxygen and carbon dioxide in breath. Results from the wearable devices were then compared to the measurements from the two “gold standard” instruments.Prof Ashley said: “The heart rate measurements performed far better than we expected, but the energy expenditure measures were way off the mark.”The magnitude of just how bad they were surprised me.”He said the message from the findings is that a user can “pretty much rely on” a fitness tracker’s heart rate measurements.But he said basing the number of doughnuts you eat on how many calories your device says you burned is a “really bad idea.”The researchers couldn’t be sure why energy-expenditure measures were so far off. They said each device uses its own proprietary algorithm for calculating energy expenditure.Ms Shcherbina said it’s likely the algorithms are making assumptions that don’t fit individuals very well, adding: “All we can do is see how the devices perform against the gold-standard clinical measures.”My take on this is that it’s very hard to train an algorithm that would be accurate across a wide variety of people because energy expenditure is variable based on someone’s fitness level, height and weight, et cetera.”She said heart rate is measured directly, whereas energy expenditure must be measured indirectly through proxy calculations. Trendy fitness trackers like Fitbits do not work on overweight people and are “way off the mark” when calculating weight loss, according to new research.Scientists set out to measure the accuracy of wristband activity trackers – including Fitbit and Apple Watch – worn by millions of people to monitor their own exercise and health.They found that if the device measures heart rate, it is probably doing a good job. The Google nexus phone with the FitBit app The Google nexus phone with the FitBit appCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley 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. The Fitbit BlazeCredit: But if it measures energy expenditure, it’s probably out by a “significant” amount, according to the study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in the US. An evaluation of seven devices in a group of 60 volunteers showed that six of the devices measured heart rate with an error rate of less than five per cent.The team evaluated the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn and the Samsung Gear S2.Some devices were more accurate than others, and factors such as skin colour and body mass index affected the measurements, according to the researchers.But the study found that none of the seven devices measured energy expenditure accurately. The Fitbit Blaze Even the most accurate device was out by an average of 27 per cent while the least accurate was off by 93 per cent, according to the findings published by the Journal of Personalised Medicine.The study’s senior author Professor Euan Ashley said: “People are basing life decisions on the data provided by these devices.”But he said consumer devices aren’t held to the same standards as medical-grade devices, and it’s hard for doctors to know what to make of heart-rate data and other figures from a patient’s wearable device.Prof Ashley said: “Manufacturers may test the accuracy of activity devices extensively, but it’s difficult for consumers to know how accurate such information is or the process that the manufacturers used in testing the devices.”He and his colleagues set out to independently evaluate activity trackers that met criteria such as measuring both heart rate and energy expenditure and being commercially available.Co lead author graduate student Anna Shcherbina said: “For a lay user, in a non-medical setting, we want to keep that error under 10 per cent.”last_img read more

Dublin man stops Irish Water workers installing meter at home 12 different

first_imgA FATHER OF three who is strongly opposed to the introduction of water charges has turned away workers installing meters 12 different occasions in the last seven weeks.49-year-old Alan O’Donnaille from Clonsilla in Dublin told TheJournal.ie that he was first sent a notification about his water meter in early December and he asked Irish Water to provide him with seven different documents including details of health and safety and insurance. He also asked them to give him documentation that allows workers to block off his access to the public road.Some seven weeks later, none of this information has been passed onto him and just yesterday a group of workers were back with diggers to start the work. O’Donnaille again refused his permission and they were forced to leave. This was the twelfth time workers arrived at the Dublin man’s house and were forced to leave without installing the meter, though every other meter in the street and immediate area have now been put in.On one occasion, he said workers threatened to get gardaí involved and while communication so far has been “very courteous” he said he is prepared to be arrested if it comes down to it.“I feel very strongly about it, I mean, if the gardaí arrest me here, that’s what will happen,” he said.“I don’t want a water meter, I’m totally opposed to it because it’s a completely unjust tax – this is an act of civil disobedience against an unjust law.” People are being browbeaten and fooled into thinking this charade can go ahead and they’re [Irish Water] are just bulldozing through it. It makes no sense and I think it’s just designed to break people’s will.At this stage more than 80,000 water meters have been installed despite fierce opposition though public outrage has increased with recent revelations about overstaffing and consultancy fees at Irish Water.Read: Almost 80,000 homes have so far been fitted with water meters>Read: Irish Water says staffing numbers will ‘reduce over time’>last_img read more

Two men charged after attempted armed robbery foiled by offduty garda

first_imgUpdated 9.51pmTWO MEN HAVE been charged following an attempted robbery in south Dublin that was foiled by an off-duty garda.The garda spotted two males entering a shop on Lower Mount Pleasant Avenue in Ranelagh yesterday at 6.45pm, with their faces covered and what appeared to be a firearm.He confronted the two in the shop, and after a struggle arrested a man in his 20s at the scene.The second man injured the garda’s hand after attacking him, and fled the scene.A juvenile was arrested late last night at 11.30pm.This evening, gardaí said that the two males are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow morning to be charged in connection with the incident.Anyone who was in the area of Mount Pleasant Avenue or Mount Pleasant Square yesterday evening between 6 and 7pm is asked to contact Rathmines Garda Station on 01 666 66700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111, or any Garda Station.last_img read more

Drogba claimed that Lukaku learns from the best

first_imgRomelu Lukaku scored a brace in both of his World Cup games so far and he helped Belgium to pick another huge win in the group stage – and Didier Drogba claimed that he is taking advantage of his advice.Drogba used to play together with Lukaku back in their times at Chelsea and the Ivory Coast legend learned a couple of things his younger colleague which was visible ahead of his first goal against Tunisia.The former Chelsea striker spoke about Lukaku’s shot as he said, according to Give Me Sport:Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We’re talking about Lukaku being able to change the angle of his runs and to create his own space and being able to shoot, that’s exactly what he did there, attracting the defender one way and going the other.”“Then he did something that I really like and I spoke with him a lot about, the short steps before kicking the ball just like a tennis player before they hit the ball, this is giving him more accuracy and it’s easier for him to hit the target like that.”“He’s also learning from Thierry Henry and I think when you want to be the best, you have to learn from ‘the best’.”last_img read more

Strootman close to French move

first_imgOlympique De Marseille are closing in on a deal to sign Kevin Strootman from AS Roma.The Holland international is expected to have his medical with the French team tomorrow in Marseille ahead of a permanent move.The French giants have had an offer in the region of €23million and add-ons accepted by the Giallorossi over the weekend.Calciomercato.com exclusively reported Marseille’s bid this morning and now various reports in Italy say that Strootman has also agreed to join the French club.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.The reports indicate the Dutchman will be in South France tomorrow to undergo his medical tests with the Ligue 1 giants.After the sale of Alisson and Radja Nainggolan, Roma fans are definitely not happy with the club’s decision to sell another cornerstone of the club even if the Giallorossi have signed the likes of Javier Pastore, Bryan Cristante, and Steven N’Zonzi this summer.Strootman was not included in the squad that will face Atalanta tomorrow. Eusebio Di Francesco had announced today that the Dutchman could be left out of the Giallorossi squad due to ongoing talks with Marseille.last_img read more

US lawmakers introduce bipartisan resolution to recognise

first_imgWASHINGTON: A bipartisan group of half a dozen US lawmakers Wednesday introduced a resolution in the Congress recognising the contribution of Sikh Americans in the country. Observing that Sikh Americans distinguish themselves by fostering respect among all people through faith and service, the resolution said it recognises the discrimination that they have faced in the US and around the world. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us It also observed that Sikh men and women have contributed to American society since their arrival in the late 1800s. “They pursue diverse professions that add to the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of the US, including service as members of the armed forces, and making significant contributions to our great nation in agriculture, information technology, small businesses, the hospitality industry, trucking, medicine, and technology,” the resolution stated. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Sikh Americans, like Bhagat Singh Thind, served in the US military during the World Wars and the first Asian American Congressman, Dalip Singh Saund, was a Sikh American elected to office in 1957, the resolution said. “I’m proud to have introduced the first-ever resolution in the United States House of Representatives honouring the significant contributions Sikh Americans have made to our country and American culture,” Congressman TJ Cox, Vice-Chair of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, said. Advertise With Us Today, the influence of Sikh Americans is reflected in every facet of American life, including the Central Valley’s agriculture industry, he said. Besides Cox, the resolution was co-sponsored by Congress members John Garamendi, Haley Stevens, Ted Yoho, and Zoe Lofgren. The Sikh Coalition said resolutions like this were a key part of its ongoing efforts to engage elected officials. “Raising awareness on the contributions of Sikh Americans as well as the cultural and historical significance of our religion is a critical component in the larger fight to ensure our civil rights are protected and respected,” the Sikh body said. The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund said, “We sincerely appreciate Congressman Cox’s efforts in recognizing the Sikh American community and its contributions to this great nation,” There are close to 500,000 Sikhs living in the US and about half of this population resides in California. Sikh Americans have worked on farms, lumber mills, mines, and on the Oregon, Pacific, and Eastern Railroads.last_img read more

Yearning for a peaceful Kashmir

first_imgRoxy Arora’s debut novel “Jihad in My Saffron Garden” published by Prabhat Prakashan was launched by film director and producer Anurag Kashyap at Oxford Book Store, Connaught Place in the national Capitol recently.According to the author, the journey of putting down her feelings into words started off in the year 2015. The communal riots and clashes of Jammu and Kashmir compelled her to write about it. She has closely observed the miserable life of people who suffer as a result of these communal clashes.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I know what it is to be persecuted; I know what it is to leave everything behind and to start again. I have witnessed these in Kuwait and England.” She said. When asked why she has chosen Jammu and Kashmir as the setting, she replied, “Every summer holiday, as a kid I used to visit Kashmir. I was spellbound by the beauty of that place. So when I thought of writing, I could not think of writing about a place other than Kashmir.”She also explained the reason behind keeping the word “Saffron” in the book’s title, “When I decided to write about Kashmir, I wanted to break away from the quintessential image of the land, which is always about the Dal Lake and houseboats. But I think there is actually nothing more beautiful than those saffron gardens, especially when the flowers are in full bloom. I’ve always been an admirer of natural beauty so I wanted the flowers to be with me.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Roxy Arora denied calling it an autobiographical novel. According to her it is a pure work of fiction. When she started writing, she thought it would be a romantic thriller, because of her love for spies’ novel and Robert Ludlum. She also wanted to portray the problem in Jammu and Kashmir in a more serious way. She wanted to express the patriotism in each and every armed force member  who is serving the state, so she has added a  thriller element to it without making it too political. She has dedicated the book to the Indian Armed Forces. Dr Arora appeals for global peace, religious tolerance and mutual trust through this novel. She has also raised a question for all to ponder upon – “Can’t we have a Kashmir like before?” The lead characters of her story Roshina Kapoor and Aafaq Qazmi give priority to love and humanity before any social element in spite of their religious differences. Dr Roxy Arora in her novel has given a message that no religion preaches violence and that it is high time for people to join hands and appeal for global peace, unity and integrity.During the book launch Anurag Kashyap praised the author for stepping out of her comfort zone as she is a doctor by her profession and doing something different. He found it very inspirational. “Somewhere it gives hope and it gives passion to everyone, kudos to that,” he said.last_img read more

Five books to look forward to in August

first_imgAnother month has gone by and a fresh set of books is ready to hit the nearest stands. With an intriguing mix of genres – dominated by non-fiction – August offers simple reading options without the hype that distracts and manipulates readers.There are no big literary names, no grand book launches for the upcoming books in the coming month. Readers, thus, will have an opportunity to pick titles on the basis of merit and not on the credentials of their authors. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor those looking to focus on more trending issues, we have a couple of political biographies releasing – and, yes, one is on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi. More literary readers may look forward to two anthologies of late writer Khushwant Singh. The list also has a revised biography of Agatha Christie, whose thrillers have once again created a buzz on social media after HarperCollins India released 25 limited facsimile editions of the best books from the Queen of Crime. There are several books focussing on economy and business from Hachette India. But here are the five books that we can’t wait to read Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivethis August:1. The Generation of Rage in Kashmir by David Devadas (Oxford University Press)This book describes the livid experience of Kashmiris who came of age between 2007 and 2017. It shows that Kashmiris generally had high hopes for peace and stability when the militancy, which began in 1988, seemed to be tapering off around 2006 – but alas, that was not to be. It explores the reasons why there was so much angst and rage, which exploded in agitations and stone-pelting in 2008, 2010, and 2016 and why a new militancy is on the rise. The book also traces the decline of hope among the Kashmiris as the situation worsened from a perceived threat to their identity in 2008 to rage over the killing of innocents in 2010. The anger, the author argues, has finally resulted in support for militancy in 2016. 2. The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told by Muhammad Umar Memon (Aleph)Selected and translated by writer, editor and translator par excellence Muhammad Umar Memon, the 25 stories in this book represent the finest short fiction in Urdu literature. Every story in the anthology illustrates one or the other facet of the form in the Urdu literary tradition. But even more than for their formal technique and inventiveness, these stories have been included because of their power and impact on the reader. Despairing, violent, passionate, humorous, ironic and profound – the fiction in “The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told” will imprint itself indelibly on your mind.3. Politicshock by Meghnad Desai (Rupa)In this perceptive account, Meghnad Desai, a Labour Peer in the House of Lords, opens up the debate beyond the West and looks at parallels between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump as two outsiders who broke through the barriers to reach the top. He analyses Asia’s challenge to Western hegemony and asks if the conventional wisdom about the hegemony of free trade liberalism needs re-examination. He peers into the future to look at the greatest challenge facing the world today: Will the Liberal Order survive, collapse or mutate? Is the world at a cusp? Is history about to resume its course?4. The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury (Bloomsbury) ) A masterful and entirely fresh portrait of great hopes and dashed dreams from a major new literary voice. “Everything that could possibly be wrong with a city was wrong with Calcutta” and yet, after completing his education in the US, Choudhury embodied his parents’ greatest fears by returning to the city they escaped for a better life. Sifting through the chaos and decay for the stories that are ignored by the papers, that don’t fall into any reporter’s beat, “The Epic City” is a soulful, insightful and meticulously researched account of everyday lives and an extraordinary portrait of a city which is a world unto itself.5. India: Priorities for the Future by Bimal Jalan (Penguin).Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Bimal Jalan’s formidable analysis of the last four decades of India’s economic journey illuminates the nation’s transition from a strictly regulated, slow-growth state enterprise to one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Drawing on this vast experience, he compares two distinct periods – 1980-2000 and 2000-15 – to examine the core changes and their significance, and considers their lessons for the future.ianslast_img read more

Televisa profit grows 415 percent in 3rd quarter

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Televisa’s revenue in the latest quarter totaled 17.36 billion pesos ($1.35 billion). That’s an 8.7 percent increase from 15.96 billion pesos a year earlier.The company says the growth in revenue was boosted by sales of packages offered by cable television companies.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican broadcaster Televisa says its profit rose 41.5 percent in the third quarter on the strength of gains from pay-TV subscribers.Grupo Televisa SAB is the world’s largest producer of Spanish-language TV programs. It also owns Mexico’s biggest television network.The earnings report released Wednesday says Televisa had a profit of 2.86 billion pesos ($222 million) in the July-September quarter. That compares to after-tax earnings of 2.02 billion pesos during the same period of 2011. Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

Tourism Solomons CEO invited to join PATA Board

first_imgJosefa ‘Jo’ TuamotoTourism Solomons CEO invited to join PATA BoardStrong recognition for the Solomon Islands on the international tourism stage and huge kudos for Tourism Solomons with CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto invited to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) executive board.The move follows Mr Tuamoto’s attendance at the ‘PATA Annual Summit 2019’ in Cebu, Philippines, last week where, taking part in a leadership debate, he gave an impassioned presentation on the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 8 – ‘Sustainable economic growth and decent jobs for all’.The presentation, delivered in conjunction with his counterpart from the Guam Visitors Bureau, received a standing ovation from the hundreds of delegates attending the event.Following this at the organisation’s annual general meeting, Mr Tuamoto was invited by PATA chair, Dr Chris Bottrill and the executive to join the board as a director, in the process becoming the first-ever Fijian to achieve the honour.Describing the invitation as a “real feather in the cap” not just for the Solomon Islands but the entire Pacific region, CEO Tuamoto said he was extremely humbled by the invitation and to have so much trust placed in his hands by the leadership of the Asia-Pacific’s most highly respected travel industry organisation.“This is indeed a prestigious honour and I would like to express my extreme gratitude for being given this amazing opportunity,” Mr Tuamoto said.“Being appointed to the executive board and being able to contribute further to an organisation that does so much to help develop tourism-oriented opportunity for the Solomon Islands and beyond, to the entire Pacific region is indeed a privilege.” The invitation to join the PATA board represents yet another major career milestone for Mr Tuamoto.Prior to joining the then Solomon Island Visitors Bureau in 2013, he already had a strong profile on the international tourism scene.As former CEO of Tourism Fiji, his vast overseas experience with the Fijian national tourist office included stints as Regional Director for both Australia and The Americas prior to his appointment to the dual CEO and international marketing director roles in 2008.While with Tourism Fiji Mr Tuamoto was the catalyst and took personal management responsibility for the international repositioning of Fiji’s international tourism profile under the highly successful ‘Fiji Me’ branding.He replicated that success on behalf of the Solomon Islands in mid-2018 as the driving force behind the move to rebrand Tourism Solomons and the concurrent launch of the extremely well-received and highly distinctive ‘Solomons Is.’ branding.Mr Tuamoto’s activity on the regional tourism landscape includes the role of deputy chair for the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.On the commercial front, his experience includes Director of Commercial Operations and a managing director role with the iconic Fiji-based Blue Lagoon Cruises.He has also acted as a senior consultant to government bodies and major private sector organisations in several countries across the South Pacific region.A graduate in mathematics and physics from the University of the South Pacific, Mr Tuamoto holds an MBA from the University of Wales in Cardiff.He has also completed management studies at Harvard Business School in Massachusetts, the Wharton Business School in Pennsylvania, and the University of Hawaii.Source = Tourism Solomonslast_img read more

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