TD Bank reports flat profit buys Epoch Investments for 668million

TD Bank Financial Group (TSX:TD) reported a fourth-quarter profit of $1.6 billion Thursday as it announced a deal to buy U.S.-based money manager Epoch Holding Corp. for US$668 million in cash.“We’ve been looking for an opportunity to acquire a U.S. asset manager to build our North American Wealth business, which is a key growth area for TD,” said Mike Pedersen, who runs TD’s wealth management and insurance business.“This acquisition makes strategic sense for TD. It will broaden our offer for institutional and retail clients in Canada and will immediately and significantly strengthen our U.S. wealth business.”Shareholders of Epoch (Nasdaq:EPHC) will receive US$28 per share under the deal that will see the company continue to operate under its current brand name and operating structure.With the acquisition, TD said it expects to add approximately US$24 billion in assets under management to the US$207 billion already under management by TD Asset Management.The purchase was announced as TD released its fourth-quarter and full-year results for 2012.TD reported a profit for the three months ended Oct. 31 of C$1.66 per diluted share, compared with a profit of $1.59 billion or $1.68 per diluted share the same time last year. Revenue totalled $5.89 billion, up from $5.66 billion.On an adjusted basis, TD had $1.83 per share of diluted earnings — up from $1.75 per share a year earlier and two cents a share above analyst expectations.Analysts on average expected TD would have adjusted earnings of $1.81 per share and revenue of $6 billion, according estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.“The fourth quarter earnings contributed to a strong year for TD,” TD chief executive Ed Clark said in a statement. “We achieved those results despite a tough operating environment, demonstrating the strength and resilience of our business model.”Canadian personal and commercial banking earned $806 million in the quarter, up from $754 million a year ago, while U.S. personal and commercial banking earned $316 million, up from $295 million.Wholesale banking earned $309 million, up from $280 million. TD’s wealth and insurance business earned $242 million, down from $289 million a year ago.Barclays analyst John Aiken said credit was weaker than anticipated, with a sizable increase in domestic loan impairments.“This drove a significant increase in provisions for credit losses,” Aiken wrote in a note to clients. “While we believe that this could be more of an exercise in catching up as opposed to an indication of structural deterioration, it is something that bears watching, particularly as some of TD’s peers have also shown some weakness in domestic retail credit.”For its full financial year, TD said it earned $6.47 billion or $6.76 per diluted share on $23.12 billion in revenue. That compared with a profit of $6.05 billion or $6.43 per diluted share on $21.66 billion in revenue in the prior year.Also reporting quarterly earnings Thursday was CIBC (TSX:CM) and National Bank (TSX:NA).CIBC (TSX:CM) earned $852 million in the fourth quarter or $2.02 per share, up from $757 million or $1.79 per diluted share a year ago. Revenue totalled $3.16 billion, down slightly from $3.2 billion a year ago. Adjusted diluted earnings per share came in at $2.04.Analysts had expected on average CIBC would have adjusted earnings of $1.98 per share and revenue of $3.2 billion in the fourth quarter, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.CIBC said its fourth quarter had several one-time items that collectively reduced its earnings by two cents per share. The year-ago results included one-time items that added a penny per share.Meanwhile, National Bank increased its quarterly dividend to 83 cents from 79 cents as it reported a fourth-quarter profit of $351 million or $1.97 per share. The results compared with a profit of $292 million or $1.62 per share a year ago.Revenue at National Bank grew 15 per cent to $1.35 billion, compared with $1.17 billion in the same period last year.RBC Capital Markets analyst Andre-Philippe Hardy noted the CIBC results were better than expectations, but retail revenue growth remained weak.“We believe that, for the market to have a positive change of view on CIBC’s stock relative to peers, better retail revenue growth is needed and fourth-quarter 2012 results are unlikely to change investors’ view on the bank’s relative growth profile in domestic retail banking,” he wrote in a note to clients.Hardy noted that National Bank’s results were in-line with the market expectations, but this was offset by lower than expected capital ratios.“We do not expect meaningful changes to our retail banking profitability forecasts while the bank’s relative capital position weakened in the quarter,” he wrote.In October, debt rating agency Moody’s Investors Service placed the long-term ratings of six Canadian banks including TD, CIBC and National Bank on review for a possible downgrade due to worries about consumer debt and home prices.The ratings agency said high levels of consumer debt and high housing prices have left the banks more vulnerable to downside risks to the Canadian economy than in the past.Moody’s also noted at the time that its scenario for Canada’s economy is for growth between two per cent and three per cent next year, but that the downside risks had increased.TD shares were down $1.63 at $80.95 on the Toronto Stock Exchange in trading Thursday morning, while CIBC was down 44 cents at $80.08.National Bank shares were down 71 cents at $77.06. read more

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World must act now to forestall staggering threat from global warming –

“With these facts before us, we need, more than ever before, a concerted and renewed international efforts to combat the climate change problem,” Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a statement citing a newly released report by an international team of 300 scientists. The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), an unprecedented four-year scientific study, confirms earlier worrying research on global warming. Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases are projected to contribute to additional warming of 3 to 9 degrees over the next 100 years and developing countries will suffer most. “The Arctic region, the barometer on global climate change, is like an environmental early warning system for the world,” Mr. Toepfer said. “What happens there is of concern for everyone because Arctic warming and its consequences have worldwide implications.” Among its many detailed findings the ACIA, commissioned by the Arctic Council, a high-level intergovernmental forum comprising Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States, predicts that Arctic vegetation zones and animal species will be affected. Retreating sea ice is expected to reduce the habitat for polar bears, walrus, ice-inhabiting seals and marine birds, threatening some species with extinction. Such changes will also affect many indigenous communities who depend on such animals, not only for food, but also as the basis for cultural and social identity. Beyond the region, as Arctic glaciers melt and the permafrost thaws, developing countries with limited means to adapt to environmental change will suffer most. Mr. Toepfer praised Russia’s recent decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change as an important step in the international fight to check global warming but warned: “As the ACIA reveals the battle is far from over. “I want to congratulate the Arctic Council for their decision to commission the report,” he added. “We now have a clear scientific consensus that the Arctic is warming and the resulting affects on global climate will be serious.” read more

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Security Council backs peace efforts in Somalia

The Council’s expression of support came a statement read out during an open session by Ambassador John C. Danforth of the United States, which holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member body for November. The Council was meeting in Nairobi, Kenya – just the fourth time in the last half century it has convened outside its New York base – in a bid to speed peace efforts in Sudan and other regional hotspots.The statement welcomed the progress made in the Somali national reconciliation process, particularly the establishment of the Transitional Federal Parliament, the election of the Speaker of the Parliament and the President, and the appointment of the Prime Minister, “which provides a sound and solid framework to achieve a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Somalia situation.”The members also reiterated their expectation “of the establishment of a broad-based, all-inclusive and effective government inside Somalia that will continue the reconciliation efforts with all Somali parties.””The Security Council stresses that it is the responsibility of all Somali parties to work together to consolidate the gains made so far and to achieve further progress,” the statement said. “The Council calls upon them to seize this historic opportunity for peace in Somalia by developing a programme of action and timetable for the transitional period, creating a favourable environment for long-term stability and making determined efforts to rebuild the country.” read more

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4 potential replacements join the rotating quarterback carousel

If Saturday’s Spring Game was supposed to be any indication of which quarterback will be starting the first five games of the season, it was not. Each quarterback — freshman Braxton Miller, freshman Taylor Graham, redshirt sophomore Kenny Guiton and redshirt senior Joe Bauserman — worked with the first-team offense on Saturday. All four of them received about equal play under center. All four scored a touchdown. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was sidelined during the scrimmage, as he is still recovering from ankle surgery, giving Buckeye fans a small idea of what the offense will look like during the first five games of next season. Five Buckeyes — Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas — are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Coach Jim Tressel will join them for failing to report their violations. Miller finished the day completing seven of 12 passes for a total of 73 yards, and he ran for another 19 yards. Tressel said he thought the true freshman did well given the simplicity of the playbook. “I thought Braxton probably played a little bit more relaxed and had a little bit more fun than he has in part because we really limited what we were doing today,” Tressel said. Graham completed four of nine pass attempts for a total of 91 yards. His day was highlighted by a 68-yard strike to T.Y. Williams for his only touchdown of the day. “I thought Taylor had a big home run throw, which anytime you can throw the ball vertically up the field, you give a guy going up there a chance to come up with a play like that, that’s big,” Tressel said. Guiton finished with five completions for 43 yards, and Bauserman finished with four completions for 42 yards. Center Michael Brewster said the team is learning to adapt to whichever quarterback is taking the snap at the time. “To us, it doesn’t matter who is back there. We got used to taking snaps with all the different quarterbacks,” Brewster said. “The quarterbacks looked really relaxed today.” Brewster said it doesn’t matter to him at this point which quarterback plays. “I just don’t even look anymore. I just get ready and snap it,” Brewster said. “All those guys did a great job today.” Brewster explained the difficulty of the quarterback position. “Quarterback to center is a very hard position to learn here, especially in three weeks,” he said. “If you can take a few things out of that, you’re going to be doing good.” Tressel said taking sacks became an issue for the squad. Bauserman was sacked twice during the game, and Graham was sacked five times. “We got to learn as young quarterbacks that we can’t get sacked in the red zone and those kinds of things, but it will be interesting to strap all their film throughout the spring chronologically and kind of study them a little bit,” Tressel said. “I think Taylor took a couple too many minus-yard plays.” Posey, who finished the day with two catches for 26 yards, said he was pleased with the quarterback play. “I don’t feel like it slowed us down at all,” Posey said. Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat also said he was pleased with the quarterbacks. “I think they all played well. Obviously they all made their mistakes at certain points,” Sweat said. “I thought Braxton played well. I thought Taylor had a good touchdown throw. Joe and Kenny, I thought they all played well. Obviously there are things to improve on; there are things for all of us to improve on.” read more

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Hundreds of university students attempt to block Jewish Society

“It is important to us that this is process is followed properly and we therefore look forward to a free and fair vote concluding next week.”Kerry Moscogiuri, a director at Amnesty and International, said: “The comments made by a member of the University of Essex Amnesty group on the proposed manifesto for the new Jewish Society at Essex University do not reflect the view of the Essex University Amnesty Society and Amnesty International UK.”Whilst they were well intentioned, their view to conflate Israel Independence Day with the human rights abuses committed by the Israeli authorities is wrong.” “Essex University has not had a Jewish Society for a number of years and there is definitely a need for one to be set up – a view that is championed by the Amnesty group there.” Hundreds of students voted against the creation of a Jewish Society, after a member of the university’s Amnesty International group urged students to oppose it on the basis that it is too “political”.More than 200 Essex University students answered ‘no’ to the question “Should there be a Jewish society?”Every new student group at Essex must win a majority in vote of existing society members in order for its creation to be ratified by the Student Union.  Recently ratified societies include the “K-Pop society”, the “Ted-X Society” and the “Pokemon Go Society”.However, a representative of the university’s Amnesty International group urged students to vote against the Jewish Society, saying: “The society has mentioned it will celebrate Israeli national day which has nothing to do with Judaism.“Until the society is politically neutral like every other religious society we will take a stance on this. So we urge you to please vote no until they are politically neutral”.The Union of Jewish Students said it is “shameful” that a group “ostensibly concerned with human rights” has shown “such disregard for human decency and the rights of all peoples to freely explore and full express their distinct identity”.Will Quince, the Conservative MP for Colchester, described the vote as “shocking” and “terrible”. Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, added that the vote was “awful”.  Meanwhile, the university has launched an “urgent” investigation into one of its academics who opposed the creation of the Jewish Society, reportedly exclaiming on Facebook that “the Zionists next want to create a society here at our university!”Dr Maaruf Ali, a lecturer in computers and electronics at Essex, also shared a photo from a far-right website which claimed that one of the French policemen killed in the January 2015 attack by Islamist terrorists in Paris was actually “a Mossad agent live and well in Buenos Aires… a crypto-Jew in the service of Israeli intelligence”.Amanda Bowman, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said the hundreds of that Dr Ali’s social media posts were “abhorrent”, adding that students who voted against the creation of a Jewish Society were guilty of “pure and simple” racism. A University of Essex spokeswoman said: “As a university, we promote debate and deliberation of controversial issues and, within the limits of the law, encourage students and staff to express views with rigour and conviction.”An Essex student union spokesman said: “We believe strongly in the power of democracy and as a Union led by students we give our members the opportunity to decide on everything we do, from who leads the organisation through to whether a society should be ratified.   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. read more

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Découverte dun calendrier maya allant audelà de lapocalyptique décembre 2012

first_imgDécouverte d’un calendrier maya allant au-delà de “l’apocalyptique” décembre 2012 Les résultats de fouilles menées par une équipe américaine dans les ruines d’une cité maya de la région guatémaltèque du Petén font état de la découverte d’une ‘maison des scribes’, aux murs ornés de peintures et d’éléments de calculs calendaires qui semblent concerner des dates bien ultérieures à 2012, année de la fin du monde, selon certains, dans le calendrier maya.     Découverte il y a près d’un siècle dans la région du Petén, au Guatemala, le tentaculaire complexe de Xultún, où prospérait la civilisation maya entre le Ier siècle avant J.-C. et le IXème siècle après J.-C., a livré de nouveaux secrets aux archéologues de l’Université Colgate, à Hamilton, et de l’Université de Boston, qui y mènent des fouilles financées par le National Geographic.En effet, les chercheurs ont découvert sur ce site une structure qui contient ce qui semble être un espace de travail pour les scribes de la ville. Ses murs sont ornés de peintures – les premières peintures murales découvertes dans une maison maya – pour le moins étranges. Notamment, une rangée d’hommes en uniformes noirs, de minuscules glyphes rouges et noirs, des centaines de chiffres griffonnés : apparemment des calculs liés au calendrier maya… et s’étendant sur une période de plus de 6.000 ans, soit bien au-delà du fatidique décembre 2012, explique le récit des fouilles publié dans la revue Science et dans le magazine National Geographic. “Pourquoi se lanceraient-ils dans ces chiffres, si le monde devait arriver à sa fin cette année ?”, observe Anthony Aveni, de l’Université Colgate. “Pour la première fois, il nous est donné de voir ce qu’étaient vraiment des registres tenus par un scribe, dont la fonction était de conserver les données ‘officielles’ d’une communauté maya”, résume quant à lui William Saturno, de l’Université de Boston.Des Mayas préoccupés par la fin de leur monde À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais ce n’est pas le point essentiel de la trouvaille. Parfaitement préservées, les inscriptions découvertes, les plus anciennes de ce type jamais dénichées, permettent d’en apprendre plus sur la société maya et sur les questions qui les préoccupaient. “Nous cherchons sans cesse vers des fins. Les Mayas eux, cherchaient des garanties que rien ne changerait. C’est une toute autre mentalité”, ajoute le meneur de l’expédition cité par le National Geographic. Ainsi, plus que la fin du monde, c’est surtout la fin de leur monde qui faisait l’objet de nombreuses interrogations.Or, à l’époque où les murs ont été ornés au IXème siècle, la région de Xultún connaissait une période d’intense sécheresse et plusieurs villes de la civilisation maya étaient en plein effondrement selon les spécialistes. Des difficultés qui justifieraient les préoccupations qu’évoquent les inscriptions découvertes. Néanmoins, comme le soulignent les membres de l’expédition, il est possible que ceux-ci ne comprennent jamais tout le contexte autour de l’espace de travail qu’ils ont mis au jour. Le 13 mai 2012 à 12:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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MiamiDade cop sentenced in road rage shooting

first_imgA judge sentenced a Miami-Dade Police officer to 10 years of probation, 500 hours of community service and counseling for firing his gun during a road rage incident in January, 2015.Jonathan Lang was off duty when, officials said, he shot at a Miami-Dade Corrections officer on the Florida Turnpike after cutting her off. The bullet missed the corrections officer but hit her car.Lang previously pleaded guilty to charges of discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle, assault and tampering with evidence.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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BBG high bandwidth to make Nellore IT hub

first_imgNellore: If the plans of the State government becomes reality then Nellore is going to become an IT hub.As part of the strategy, Industries and IT Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy interacted with the Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad for extending the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG), submarine communications cable, up to Nellore for the benefit of Nellore coastal areas for attracting IT companies. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us In fact, IT and IT Enabled Services require high bandwidth for data transmission in huge volume and traditional internet facility is insufficient for the daily operations of such companies. The difficulty can be overcome if the BBG which is a submarine communications cable built to provide a direct trunk connection between Sultanate of Oman and Penang in Malaysia extending from Chennai for connectivity. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us Now, the Gateway is having four landing points at Fujairah (UAE), Mumbai, Colombo and Chennai. The easiest way is extending the cable from Chennai to coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh for promoting the IT industry. IT Minister Goutham Reddy said they are trying for the connectivity that attracts the IT industry because of huge coastal line in the State. Advertise With Us There is huge chunk of lands in the district that were already allocated to some industrial organisations earlier and still the units are non-starter. So, planning to tap the resource, the Minister said these huge vacant lands in the coastal belt will be utilised for promoting the IT industry connecting to the BBG for hassle-free bandwidth for daily operations.The BBG consortium is having 8,100 km submarine cable system which can handle bandwidth demand across its landing points in 6 coastal countries. The Gateway is owned and maintained by telecom operators such as Dialog Axiata of Sri Lanka, Etisalat of UAE, Omantel of Oman, Reliance Jio of India, Telekom Malaysia Berhad of Malaysia, and Vodafone of UK, who are part of the BBG consortium. The initially available capacity is 9 Terabytes per second which can be extended up to 55 Tbps. As of now, Mumbai has 11 international submarine cables coming in, whereas Chennai has four, Cochin has two and Trivandrum and Tuticorin have one each for the needs of clients. Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd had earlier invested in the 8,100-km the BBG project as part of its broadband plans for providing direct connectivity to South East Asia and the Middle East, then onward to Europe, Africa and Far East Asia by partnering with existing cable systems, in April 2016. The company is having an undersea cable landing facility in Chennai that connects India to the rest of the world. As part of the efforts to identify lands, the Minister asked the officials of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) and the district administration for collecting details of lands allocated earlier to the organisations, who failed to float their units. State government is also optimistic over making the region IT hub because of proximity to Chennai city which is having huge bandwidth facility.last_img read more

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Photos of the Week

first_img Share This! We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagshomepage featured photography photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Using holograms and AI to preserve firsthand stories of the Holocaust Share This! Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,After cyclone disaster, church organizations mobilize to help devastated Africans By: Kit Doyle Share This!center_img Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith By: Kit Doyle Catholicism Share This! By: Kit Doyle Kit Doyle,Add Comment Click here to post a comment News Kit Doyle Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes celebrations such as Purim, Nowruz, and Spring Equinox, among other events.Children launch kites as the sun sets during Nowruz celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 21, 2019. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for “new year,”  is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring in Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. The festival is a symbolic opportunity to purify the soul for the new year and symbolizes revival and is marked by spring cleaning, buying new clothes and planting trees. March 21, the first day of spring, marks Nowruz. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)Revelers throw colored powder on a woman during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India, on March 21, 2019. Holi marks the start of Spring. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)Muslims pray during Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 22, 2019. People across New Zealand observed the Muslim call to prayer as the nation reflects on the moment one week ago when 50 people were slaughtered at two mosques. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)A child wearing a costume runs up the steps during Purim celebrations at the Coral Temple synagogue in Bucharest, Romania, on March 20, 2019. The Purim holiday commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)Aztec dancers perform a ritual to receive the sun’s energy as they celebrate the Spring Equinox near the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico, on March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)A worker carries a coffin away from the grave site of a victim in the Friday, March 15, mosque shootings, at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)A couple participates in fire rituals during Spring Equinox celebrations at Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania, on March 20, 2019. Elaborate fire designs are created every year in Vilnius. The tradition began in 1992, but it is in accordance with ancient pagan rituals and symbolizes light’s victory against darkness as the day becomes longer that the night with the arrival of Spring. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)A costumed Jewish Ultra-Orthodox child greets his chief rabbi during the Jewish festival of Purim, in Bnei Brak, Israel, on March 21, 2019. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)A vendor, center, adjusts New Year items and decorations ahead of the Iranian New Year, or Nowruz, or “New Day,” at the Tajrish traditional bazaar in northern Tehran, Iran. The holiday, dating back to at least 1700 B.C. and ancient Zoroastrian traditions, is the most important event in the Iranian calendar and is widely celebrated across the territories of the old Persian empire, from the Mideast to Central Asia. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) Share This!last_img read more

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Pandora Names Brad Minor VP Head of Brand Marketing and Communications

first_imgPandora today announced that Brad Minor has joined the company as Vice President, Head of Brand Marketing and Communications. According to the announcement, in this newly expanded position, Minor will be responsible for defining Pandora’s brand positioning to listeners and the industry together with the brand marketing, communications, experiential and social media teams that report to him.“Over the past decade, working with some of the most successful and well-known brands in the world, Brad has proven his ability to meaningfully engage multiple audiences through powerful storytelling that connects brand marketing, public relations, live events, and social media,” said Aimée Lapic, Chief Marketing Officer of Pandora. “By bringing all of these teams under Brad’s direction, we will ensure a clear and consistent voice across all of our brand touch points – maintaining and extending Pandora’s leadership position in our industry.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Minor joins Pandora after serving as Managing Director of Brand, Advertising and Media at JP Morgan Chase & Co, where he and his team launched the Chase Sapphire Card travel campaigns starring James Corden.Prior to Chase, Minor had roles leading brand marketing, public relations, experiential marketing, social media and partnerships at American Express, focusing on the company’s music, sports, small business and digital platforms. While at Amex, he led teams that created the award-winning Small Business Saturday movement, the Amex Music series and the brand’s first LGBT advocacy campaign “Express Love.”  His team also managed more than 50 entertainment partners including Ticketmaster, EG/Goldenvoice, NBA, USTA, Women Impacting Public Policy, and Soul Cycle.“Pandora is a music and audio platform like no other. It has and continues to shape how we experience the world around us – delivering the right music at the right moment for tens of millions of listeners in effortless, personalized and innovative ways,” Minor said. “As the company charts the next phase of growth, I’m thrilled to work with the teams here to bring the magic of Pandora to life, and to drive deep and engaging experiences for our listeners.”Minor will split his time between Pandora’s headquarters in Oakland and its New York City offices.last_img read more

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Florida Democratic Rep comes out as gay Im living my truth

first_imgAnother barrier broken | Photo: Facebook/Representative Shevrin Jones Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Shevrin Jones, a Democratic state representative from Florida has come out as gay. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Jones is a three-term representative who’s known he was gay since he was in kindergarten. He only came out to his family, however, five years ago.When he was sworn into office, he was married to a woman. They married when Jones, whose father was a preacher, was 26 and divorced five years later in 2015.He came out quietly. Equality Florida wrote a list endorsing LGBTI candidates, and Jones had the political director of the organization put his name down.A record number of LGBTI people are running for office in the United States this year, and now Jones is part of that group.Living his truthJones’ background was a conservative one. Now 34, he grew up attending his father’s church where he preached to 10,000 congregants.He still has nothing but love for his ex-wife. He calls her amazing. ‘When I married her I loved her then,’ he said. ‘But I loved her too much to continue to lie to her and lie to my family. I have to be honest.’Part of what spurred him to come out was the death of his older brother, Kaneil.center_img ‘My brother died at the age of 34,’ he recalled. ‘I was like, that could have been me. I could drop dead living behind the scenes of something that could have helped someone else.’ That’s when he decided to start ‘living his truth a little bit more’.If his coming out affects his political future, he brushes it aside.‘Mark my words: Now that I’m living my truth, if I am never elected again, I’m OK with that.’H/t: Bradenton HeraldMore from Gay Star NewsChristine Hallquist is the first trans person nominated for Governor in the USSharice Davids could be first US lesbian Native American congresswomanLGBTI and women’s groups oppose Supreme Court nominee, Brett KavanaughGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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Peoplerating app sparks firestorm

first_imgRemember when the worst thing today was #peeple?— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) October 1, 2015 Subjects being rated are not asked for permission. Raters must log in using Facebook accounts with their real identities, and need only a name and matching mobile phone number of the person they are judging.Those targeted with unflattering commentary at Peeple are held for two days to give the involved parties time to work matters out.Twitter erupted with vitriol aimed at Peeple. A barrage of tweets condemned the idea of an app for rating humans as a nightmare that would be used as a weapon by bullies or stalkers with potentially tragic real-world results. Related posts:Now you can watch Periscope streams directly in your Twitter feed Uber to offer rides in Costa Rica starting under $2 Why the dream of the flying car hasn’t panned out Intel’s Vince Guglielmetti wants more Costa Rican engineers “At least, I signed up to have the world judge and grade me publicly,” model Christine Teigen said in a tweet from @chrissyteigen.“I f—ing hate this app and the boardroom table it was created around.”“In an age where both truth and gossip on the Internet can literally ruin lives, this peeple app is horrible and scary,” Teigen said in a separate tweet.In a move critics pounced on as hypocritical, Peeple’s founders blocked or condemned some of the unsolicited online criticism being fired their way.This tweet came after the Oregon community college shooting that left as many as 13 people dead: SAN FRANCISCO — Creators of an app that will let people assign ratings to those they know vowed to launch as planned next month despite online outrage at the idea.Peeple has been likened by critics and supporters alike as a Yelp-style review service at which people are rated, without their consent, the same way a person might give a grade to a restaurant or an airline.Yelp was quick to make it clear it was not associated with the Peeple startup, which some reports valued at $7.6 million based on investment funding raised.Peeple is an app for rating and commenting about those who one interacts with in daily life personally, professionally, or romantically, according to the website.Founders and close friends Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough defended their creation on Thursday as an online venue for praise and constructive feedback.A firestorm of criticism at Twitter, Facebook and other online venues countered that the creators of Peeple were either naively or intentionally downplaying how nasty commentary can get on the Internet.“Innovators are often put down because people are scared and they don’t understand,” read a message from chief executive Cordray at the Peeple website.“We are bold innovators and sending big waves into motion and we will not apologize for that. ”Cordray referred to Peeple as a “positivity app” that will launch in November.“Whether you love us or our concept or not; we still welcome everyone to explore this online village of love and abundance for all,” the website message said.Peeple lets people rate friends, family, dating partners, or others with one to five stars.center_img In an age where both truth and gossip on the Internet can literally ruin lives, this #peeple app is horrible AND scary #yelpforhumans???— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 1, 2015 Facebook Comments Is it me, or does @peepleforpeople sound like the social media version of gang rape? #Peeple— RJ AAAHHHHguiar (@rj4gui4r) October 1, 2015last_img read more

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US scrutiny prods UN agency to tighten flow of aid

first_imgGENEVA (AP) – The U.N. intellectual property agency has vowed to improve cooperation with U.N. sanctions officials in the face of scrutiny over computer equipment provided to Iran and North Korea.The U.S. State Department says it is reviewing World Intellectual Property Organization aid to North Korea and Iran. WIPO legal counsel Edward Kwakwa says the agency provided “standard IT equipment” to the patent and trademark offices in those nations. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Check your body, save your life Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements He says none of it included technology or training prohibited under U.N. Security Council sanctions.But he said in a statement Thursday that because of U.S. concerns WIPO will “systematically refer relevant cases of technical assistance” to sanctions officials.U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters in Washington the U.S. is working with the agency to ensure future projects are “properly reviewed.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories last_img read more

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Tourism Australia appoints first agents to China ATeam

first_imgTourism Australia has chosen the first  31 China- based agents to participate in its Key Distribution Partners (KDP) program, to encourage high net worth visitors to come to Australia.The program is based around the Tier 1 cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen and Tier 2 cities of Nanjing, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Chengdu and Chongqing.Tourism Australia chief executive John Sullivan said that the new strategy will attract higher spending Chinese tourists to Australia. “The vast majority of international travel out of China is still booked through travel agencies, and under this program we believe we’ve identified the best of the best, who have the commitment and capability to help us engage with this new breed of more sophisticated Chinese traveller seeking to build a much richer and higher quality holiday experience,” Mr Sullivan said.“The agents we have selected already have a solid understanding of the Australian tourism market, as well as established relationships with exactly the type of high yield consumer we want to engage with as part of our Chinese marketing activities.“Under this new program, we’ll be developing joint marketing activities with these agents and strongly encouraging them to develop new and innovative Australian tourism products which will appeal to higher yield Chinese travellers.”The new distribution strategy will be supported by increased advertising spending and new programs will be developed through Tourism Australia’s new Australia.CN website.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >ITB Asia 2015 is taking place from 21 to 23 October 2015 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore. Join ITB and its new partners and gain fresh insights into the travel trade industry. Some of the key partnerships include GBTA Business Travel Forum, CAPA Aviation Outlook and more. RSVP for the conference sessions today and seize the opportunity to get up close and personal with industry leaders:IDeaS: 21 October 2015, 11.00-12.00 – ‘IDeaS Forum: Driving Hotel Profitability from All Revenue Streams’ICESAP: 21 October 2015, 14,00-18.30 – ‘IC&E Education Program in partnership with the Incentive Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific – ICESAP’K.I.T Group: 22 October 2015, 8.30-12.30 – ‘East meetings West: a K.I.T Group Study Trip for Association Executives’CAPA: 22 October 2015, 10.00-12.00 – ‘CAPA Aviation Outlook’GBTA: 22 October 2015, 11.30-18.00 – ‘GBTA Business Travel Forum’TravelDaily China: 22 October 2015, 14.00-16.00 – ‘ITB Asia-TravelDaily China Session’Destination Elite: 22 October, 14.00-18.00 – ‘Luxury Travel & Hospitality Forum by ITB Asia & DestinationElite’Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Cyprus fewer people in psychiatric hospital since 1960… but electricity prices have

first_imgElectricity prices per kilowatt hour in Cyprus have not seen single digits since 2004 and were around one tenth of the current figure in 1960, according to an end-of-year report on almost everything you need to know about Cyprus published by the statistical service Cystat.The 450-page report published in English on the Cystat website covers almost every sector of the economy, social, educational, labour, transport, crime, environment, education, health and other figures many going back to 1960, 1950, 1946, and some even to 1881.Electricity prices are just the tip of the mine of information contained in the report. In 1960 electricity for domestic use cost merely 2.3 euro cents per kilowatt hour. At the end of 2014 they stood at 18.66 cents, peaking prior to that at 23.91 cents in 2012. The last time they saw single digits was in 2004 at 9.7 cents per kilowatt hour.According to the report, in 1881 the population of Cyprus was 186,173, almost evenly split but with 4,000 or so more men than women. A year later the population had jumped to 209,286. The two biggest jumps of 1.7 per cent each year were in 1946 and 1960.Also in 1881 some 29.5 per cent of the population were not married compared to 59.7 per cent who were, 10 per cent who were widowed, and 0.3 per cent divorced. By 2011, the only percentages that had changed significantly were related to the widowed and divorced. Some 5.3 per cent were widowed in 2011 and 4.5 per cent were divorced.Also in 1881, only 5.8 per cent of the population was over 65. By 2011 this had more than doubled to almost 14 per cent.Figures on civil marriages go back to only 1974 when 161 were recorded but by the end of 2014, this had jumped to almost 9,000 for the year, the vast majority of those would however be foreign couples or Cypriots marrying foreigners.In terms of crime, 2,383 cases of all kinds were reported to police in 1976, which jumped to 6,840 by 2014. Interestingly, juvenile crime was far worse in 1976 with 128 cases reported compared to only around 50 cases each year in 2014 and 2013. The number spiked in 1980 with 320 such cases.The number of people jailed over the years has also had its ups and downs. in 1950 some 1,481 people were jailed, in 1960, around 612. Generally the figure over the years since hovered in or around the 800 to 1,000 mark but the highest ever since 1950 was in 2012 when 1,192 people were imprisoned.The number of children in care, according to the report has not varied a huge amount since 1973 when 192 were in foster care and 39 in children’s homes. At the end of 2014 however, around 176 were in foster care and 100 in group homes.Back in 1946, 33 per cent of Cypriots were illiterate – 19 per cent of men and 47 per cent of women. This was a figure with the most dramatic drop. Yet although the illiteracy rate in 2011 was only 1 per cent for men, twice as many women were still illiterate at 2 per cent of the population.In the health sector, when it came to surgeries carried out by state hospitals the figure was close on doubling since 1980 when 8,575 operations were carried out compared to 14,905 in 2014. In both years, around one third of all surgeries were digestive related. Also interesting was the fact that in 1980, around 90 per cent of the beds at the Athalassa psychiatric hospital were full compared to 68 per cent today.The report goes as far into details as showing the length of roads in Cyprus each year since 1960, dividing them into asphalt, gravel and forest roads. It also tells readers that Cyprus has 1,760 different kinds of plants, out of which 132 are considered as endemic. Around 18 per cent of the whole island is classified as State Forest Land.URL:$file/ABSTRACT-2014-EN-281215.pdf?OpenElementYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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