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University of Rochester president resigns as outside attorney issues report on sexual harassment case

first_imgA report issued today addresses the sexual harassment allegations roiling the University of Rochester in New York. By Meredith WadmanJan. 11, 2018 , 2:25 PM Shortly before it became public today that the president of the University of Rochester (U of R) in New York will resign next month, an outside investigator hired by the school to examine its handling of sexual harassment allegations against linguistic researcher T. Florian Jaeger announced her conclusion that Jaeger did not violate university policies or sexually harass students and that accounts by his accusers are “exaggerated and misleading in many respects.”“We … do not believe that any potential claimant or plaintiff would be able to sustain a legal claim for sexual harassment in violation of [federal law],” read the report by investigators, led by Mary Jo White, a partner at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City who is a former U.S. attorney and former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Despite being labeled as a ‘sexual predator’ by his accusers, there have never been allegations of sexual assault, unwanted groping, any use of force, or exhibitionism outside of consensual relationships, and we have found no evidence of such behavior ever occurring,” the report continues.In a statement, Jaeger apologized to his students and colleagues for the “distress and disruption” that his behavior and the resulting investigations caused, adding: “This report does not exonerate me, but neither does it give merit to many of the worst accusations made against me. … It would have been vastly easier for the University to find against me, quelling the controversy this issue has caused, than it has been for it to repeatedly test the validity of these allegations. I appreciate their commitment to seeking out the truth.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Yet many of the complainants and their lawyer, Ann Olivarius, a senior partner at the law firm McAllister Olivarius in Maidenhead, U.K., challenged the new report vigorously at a late-afternoon press conference in Rochester. They noted, among other things, that the report repeatedly describes Jaeger’s actions as “inappropriate” and “offensive” and that it conceded that because of this, some women “actively avoided pursuing academic opportunities with Jaeger.” University of Rochester president resigns as outside attorney issues report on sexual harassment case Michael Doolittle/Alamy Stock Photo “Given the significant length of the [207-page] report, the board and university administrators will take additional time to carefully consider its findings and recommendations before determining what specific actions the University will take,” the university said in a statement. Earlier in the day, before he learned the contents of the new report, according to U of R, President Joel Seligman announced to the school’s Board of Trustees that he will resign effective 28 February, after steering the institution for more than 12 years.The trustees issued their own statement today, writing: “We Trustees express our heartfelt apology to anyone who was hurt by the actions of any university employee, or who felt intimidated, excluded, or harassed.” White was hired by a special committee constituted in September 2017 by the university’s Board of Trustees to investigate the original complaints made to the university in 2013 and 2016 and with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in August 2017 against Jaeger, how the university investigated them, and whether complainants experienced retribution from university officials.In December 2017, eight current or former professors and a former graduate student in the university’s widely respected Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), where Jaeger is a tenured professor, sued the university, Seligman, and Provost Robert Clark alleging retaliation, defamation, and (in two cases) breach of contract after they criticized the university’s investigations of Jaeger in 2013 and 2016.“Zero tolerance should go hand in hand with two other things: due process and proportionality,” White said at a press conference this afternoon, after the report was made public.White and her team’s report also found no evidence that the university retaliated against the complainants. “Many of the statements and actions taken by the university were in our view not taken to retaliate … but rather as [a] good faith effort to lessen the divisiveness within BCS,” White said. “We think that the university acted in good faith … and that the steps it took to navigate an unusually difficult situation were reasonable.”White stressed that her report evaluated sexual harassment through a legal lens. The fact that she did not find it occurred in Jaeger’s case “is a legal conclusion, not a moral or social judgment,” she said.White’s team interviewed more than 140 witnesses; reviewed more than 6000 documents, including emails; and analyzed the university’s policies, procedures, and processes dealing with intimate relationships and sexual harassment against 18 peer institutions. Interviewees included 64 past and present students and postdocs at the university. But the complainants declined to cooperate with her investigation, challenging her impartiality given that the university hired her. (Her firm is being paid $4.5 million for its 3.5 months of work producing the report.) White, however, said the lawsuit and complaints filed with the university and EEOC, along with her interviews of other witnesses, provided enough information to render her judgment.“The thrust of their report is that many bad things happened at [U of R] … but no legal liability attaches to the university,” Olivarius responded. “In fact, there is substantial case law the report ignores that strongly supports the idea that the university is absolutely liable for the hostile environment created by Jaeger’s actions.”The report “admits he sent pictures of his penis to a student and a former student … that he blurred professional boundaries with sexual banter. … The report describes Florian Jaeger as the predator I know him to be,” said Celeste Kidd, an assistant professor in the BCS department and one of the complainants.The accusers also challenged White’s conclusions that they were not retaliated against by the university. “They attacked our privacy. They attacked our reputations. They attacked [us] to the point that our colleagues [were no longer willing to work with us],” said Jessica Cantlon, an associate professor who is in the process of leaving the department for a post at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “They came after us and they’re coming after us now by paying $4.5 million to a legal defense firm.”White’s team also found that a 2017 policy adopted by U of R is stricter than at many other institutions, as it prohibits any intimate relationships between faculty members and undergraduates; among the peer institutions, Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, was one of the few with a stricter policy, White said, prohibiting faculty from having intimate relationships with graduate students in the same program, department or division.*Update, 12 January, 9:30 a.m.:  A statement from Jaeger was added to the story*Correction/Update, 11 January, 6:40 p.m.: This story has been updated with responses from the complainants. An earlier version of this article stated that U of R’s policy on intimate relationships between faculty and students is as strict as Stanford’s. In fact, Stanford’s is stricter.​last_img read more

St Mary’s ICSE (Mazagaon) make merry!

first_imgSt Mary’s ICSE (Mazagaon) and Cathedral & John Connon (Fort) played to their full potential and battled for supremacy in an engrossing summit clash. However, the St Mary’s lads did well and managed to capitalise on their chances, scoring once in each half to carve out a deserving 2-0 win over Cathedral in the MSSA Cup boys’ under-12 final of the inter-school football tournament, at Azad Maidan yesterday. Aman scores opener St Mary’s wrested the advantage in the seventh minute when Aman Khan’s snapshot from the right side of the box hit the far uptight and went into the net to give his school an early lead. Later, Cathedral were unfortunate to be denied a goal when Ramit Shorewala was ruled offside after he tapped in the rebound from St Mary’s goalkeeper Yuvan Kotecha, who had blocked Rayess Surti’s free kick just before the break. After switching ends, St Mary’s scored the second goal when Mahashwin Kumar scored with a long aerial shot to seal the win. Campion enter U-8 final Earlier, Campion School (Cooperage) displayed perfect co-ordination and combined as a cohesive unit to snatch a close 3-2 win over Cathedral & John Connon (Fort) in a boys’ under-8 semi-final. Campion strikers Ishan Lehry, Mufaddal Eran and Zane Mehta struck a goal each to secure the victory and ensure their place in the final. Cathedral & John Connon scored two goals through Veer Mehta and Mikhail Marshal. In the second semi-final, Bombay Scottish (Mahim) scored an identical 3-2 win over St Stanislaus (Bandra) to set up a meeting with Campion in the final today. Brace for Ethan Ethan Taites led Bombay Scottish’s charge to victory with two goals while Arman Agarwal netted one. For St Stanislaus, both goals were struck by Sharv Kamtekar. In boys under-10 quarter-finals, Rustomjee Cambridge International (Dahisar) blanked St Francis D’Assisi (Borivli) 3-0. Arjun Nair scored twice and Vihaan scored one for the winners. Later, Holy Family (Andheri) defeated Arya Vidya Mandir (Juhu) 3-1. Arnav Padelkar, Prathmesh Jadhav and Dhairya Tank were on target for Holy Family, while Aarav Jain netted Arya Vidya Mandir’s lone goal. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

Virat Kohli very difficult to dismiss once set: Jonty Rhodes to India Today

first_imgKnown for his fitness, agility on the field and reflexes while fielding, Jonty Rhodes is in awe of Indian batting phenomenon Virat Kohli. “Virat is incredible and respected globally. AB De Villiers, who plays with him in the Bangalore IPL team, talks about his work ethic and approach to the game. How he wears his heart on his sleeve. The biggest thing for me will be to see how he handles India captaincy now,” Jonty said. “Virat’s conversion rate is amazing. One of the first things I noticed about him is how he has more centuries than fifties (Virat has 13 Test tons to 12 fifties in the longer format). In that department, there is no man like him. From finishing games to winning games.”  “MS Dhoni has been a great finisher, but Kohli is very difficult to dismiss once set. He gets very upset too when he gets out. I noticed that when he was young. I wouldn’t want to be his legs when he gets out because he was always hitting his bat on them.”  (Also read: Virat Kohli is as good as it gets: Kevin Pietersen) But when talking about Virat, the mention of Sachin Tendulkar’s prolific records are not too far behind.  While he said records are meant to be broken, Jonty felt it will be difficult for Virat to achieve the same longevity as the Master Blaster.  “Sachin played for 24 years, so to break his records will be tough. There is less rest in the off season now, and with the amount of cricket being played, it will be tough. But keep working on your fitness (bro), I like how you are working hard,” Jonty laughed. Virat has been in a purple patch of a lifetime, where consistency has become his middle name. He is now captain for a long home stretch of Test cricket of India, with the series win against New Zealand already under his belt and England coming up next. And this was the phase Jonty was most excited about to watch. “The  key is consistency in leadership. If Virat is more aggressive (in comparison to Dhoni), he needs to be that way all the time. MSD was relaxed in every environment. So it wasn’t that as a player you weren’t sure what the captain wants from you. Virat needs to be himself, in the way you treat your players. You can’t try to be another Dhoni or someone else. He just needs to be the best Virat Kohli he can be and so far he’s doing ok.”advertisementlast_img read more

Mirabelli: Donnarumma would have to beg to leave

first_imgTransfers Mirabelli says Milan has no intention of selling Donnarumma Sacha Pisani 11:17 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) GianluigiDonnarumma-cropped Getty Images Transfers Milan Milan v Hellas Verona Coppa Italia Serie A The AC Milan director is confident of keeping their young star, while he seemingly hit out at Mino Raiola Massimiliano Mirabelli said Gianluigi Donnarumma must “beg” if he wants to leave AC Milan as the sporting director appeared to take aim at showman agent Mino Raiola, who he claims is trying to “damage” the club.Donnarumma was targeted by Milan fans at San Siro on Wednesday amid reports the 18-year-old’s agent Raiola may seek to have the goalkeeper’s latest contract extension cancelled.Milan ultras also brandished a banner which read “Our patience is finished” as the Italian side defeated Verona 3-0 in the Coppa Italia midweek, and the Italy international was visibly shaken by the treatment, consoled by captain Leonardo Bonucci prior to kick-off. Article continues below 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 Mirabelli, however, remains confident of retaining Donnarumma – who signed a new contract in July to keep him at Milan through to 2021 having been reluctant to do so following a drawn-out saga, while the 48-year-old seemingly blamed Raiola for the latest development.”Our position is clear: we do not need to sell anyone,” Mirabelli told reporters. “If a player did want to leave, he would have to tell us first, then obviously a club would need to meet our demands. We will not be grabbed by the throat by anyone.”Gigio is an exceptional lad, I spoke to him a few minutes ago and he never said he wanted to leave. Perhaps there is a gentleman who wants to organise something, but we will look out for Milan’s interests in every arena.”We understand the fans are upset, but they ought to jeer the opposition and not our own players. It’s not all Gigio’s fault and we must support him, because he is part of the club’s heritage.”We must protect him, as we know where the rot is coming from. We hope to resolve this situation soon.”Full-time! We are through to the #TIMCup quarterfinals! Ready for another #DerbyMilano!3-0 e siamo ai quarti! Ci attende il derby con l’@Inter!#MilanVerona 3-0 #TIMCup— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 13, 2017Mirabelli added: “I have no meeting planned with Raiola. The lad has a contract to 2021, so I have nothing to say to Raiola. We are closer than ever to Gigio, because we have no intention of selling him.”If he wants to leave, he has to beg us, but I spoke to him and he never asked that. He loves Milan. We will protect Gigio and Milan from some gentleman who is trying to damage our club.”One day, Gigio will realise where the good and the bad really is. There is some gentleman who is becoming more of a showman than anything else. We can laugh it off, but won’t let him get away with it.”last_img read more

Drewry Freight Rates Bounce Back from 2016 Levels

first_imgzoom This year is one of huge correction after a disastrous 2016 for rates, buoyed at the same time by better supply and demand fundamentals, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Global spot market freight rates were more than one-third higher in the first half of 2017 with big increases across most trade lanes. While there is still some ground to be made up to get above pre-2015 levels there is no doubt that the pendulum is swinging quite fast towards a carriers’ market.Drewry’s Global Freight Rate Index was some 36% higher after six months of 2017 versus the same period in 2016. When compared to the first half of 2015, spot rates for the first half of 2017 were still 4% lower. Despite some seasonal erosion, rates this year overtook monthly averages for both 2015 and 2016 from April onwards.Starting with the East-West headhaul markets the rate recovery has been most prolific in the westbound Asia to Europe corridor. Drewry’s Asia-Europe WB Index was up by 61% year-on-year after six months of 2017 and even performed better against the same months in 2015, being higher by around 12%.Eastbound Transpacific rates saw slightly more muted growth this year at 33%, which was insufficient to better the first half of 2015 average. Spot rates in the Transatlantic westbound market, which is more contract-oriented, were lower in the first half of 2017 than in either the first half of 2016 or the first half of 2015.It was a similar story in the backhaul direction with rates from Europe to Asia significantly outperforming other trades. Eastbound Europe to Asia rates were given a boost earlier this year during a temporary space shortage caused by stronger demand and alliance reorganisation, as outlined in the April trade route analysis ‘Maxed out’. As predicted, backhaul rates are gradually softening on this trade and Drewry expects a further weakening in July.Notwithstanding any seasonal fall-off, the recovery held up well in the second quarter and “should continue throughout the remainder of the year,” according to Drewry.last_img read more

Mayor to lend ear to grievances of people every Wednesday

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim will now listen to the grievances of city dwellers from 3pm to 4pm every Wednesday over telephone, with a view to improve civic services. This is the first time such a step has been taken by a Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC).Aggrieved people can call up Hakim on the toll-free number 1800 345 1213 and report their grievances. The programme titled “Talk to Mayor” will be held for one hour every Wednesday. Hakim said the complaints he will receive over the phone will be addressed immediately. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”I feel it will help improve the services provided by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC),” he said. Senior civic officials said those who will call up the Mayor should register their complaints in a straight and to-the-point manner. Hakim will also sit in the office of Borough IX to listen to the grievances of the people. However, the date from when he will sit in the Borough office has not been decided yet. During the ‘Talk to Mayor’ sessions, all senior officials including the municipal commissioner Khalil Ahmed, all the director generals, chief engineers and senior officials will be present at the Mayor’s chamber so that the complaints get addressed immediately. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIf the grievances are not addressed within a week, the senior officials will have to justify the delay in resolving the issues. It may be mentioned that after becoming the Mayor in January, Hakim had given his WhatsApp number to register complaints. But the need for more was felt and so the new method of listening to people on a specific day and hour has been introduced. It may be mentioned that besides the Mayor, Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh is regularly visiting different areas in connection with anti-dengue drives and collection of house tax arrears. Other members, Mayor-in-Council (MMICs) and councillors are visiting different areas as well. But despite this, Hakim felt that his direct contact with the city dwellers will help KMC provide better service. In addition to this, the KMC will also call up 100 people everyday to know about the civic services that include supply of drinking water, removal of garbage and maintenance of roads and street lights, among others. On the occasion of Doctors’ Day celebrated throughout the state on Monday, KMC authorities have introduced the new system of giving stipend of Rs 398 per day to the priests working at the crematoriums in the city, who perform certain rituals before cremation. Until now, these priests did not get any stipend from KMC and survived solely on the money given by the mourners. There are seven crematoriums run by KMC in Kolkata, with 40 priests working in them.last_img read more

Rs 318 lakh cr allocated to defence budget

first_imgNew Delhi: An allocation of Rs 3.18 lakh crore was made in the Union Budget to the defence sector for 2019-20 as against last year’s Rs 2.98 lakh crore.Out of the total allocation, Rs 1,08,248 crore has been set aside for capital outlay to purchase new weapons, platforms and military hardware. The revenue expenditure which includes expenses on payment of salaries and maintenance of establishments has been pegged at Rs 2,10,682 crore as against Rs 1,88,118 crore for 2018-19. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The outlay for defence sector almost remained unchanged compared to what was allocated in the interim budget on February 1. The allocation of Rs 3,18,931 represents a growth of 7.93 per cent over budget estimates of Rs 2.95 lakh crore and 6.87 per cent over revised estimates Rs 2.98 lakh crore respectively for 2018-19, according to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s office. The total outlay does not include Rs 1,12,079 crore set aside separately for payment of pensions. If allocation for pension is included, then the total outlay for defence stands at Rs 4.31 lakh crore which accounts for 15.47 per cent of the total central government expenditure for the year 2019-20. “The capital allocation of Ministry of Defence under BE (budget estimate) 2019-20 is 31.97 per cent of the total Central government capital expenditure, which is Rs 3,38,569.00 crore,” Singh’s office tweeted.last_img read more

Bernier says Peoples Party set up in all 338 ridings ahead of

first_imgOTTAWA — The People’s Party of Canada says it has reached its goal of setting up 338 riding associations as it sets its sights on being a competitive force in the upcoming federal election.In an email to supporters, leader Maxime Bernier says the move amounts to a “gift of hope” for Canadians seeking to bring back freedom, responsibility, fairness and respect to the country.Bernier was a Conservative MP for more than a decade before he announced in August he was leaving the fold to launch his own party.The party’s platform is still being finalized, but its website says positions taken by Bernier in the Conservative leadership race — such as a pitch to phase out supply management for the dairy sector — will form the basis for its policies.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer defeated Bernier for the federal Tory leadership by a slim margin in May 2017.Bernier has accused the Tories of abandoning conservatives, adding the party has “nothing of substance” to offer Canadians seeking a political alternative.“I have one wish for Christmas: That you and each one of our party’s 33,800 members bring even more hope by contributing $3.38 or $33.80 today to help us spread this good news,” Bernier said to supporters on Sunday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bid On A Guitar Signed By Paul Simon For Charity

first_imgYou still have a few days left to take home a signed Martin OM-1 GT Guitar from Paul Simon!Still absolutely amazing after all these years, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center Honoree has won an astonishing twelve GRAMMY Awards. Don’t miss your chance to own this special signed guitar from the amazing Paul Simon.Proceeds from this auction will benefit Paul’s Children’s Health Fund. To access the auction, which ends on June 19, visit

Calgarybased water pipeline company accepts 509M offer from New York partner

first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary-based water pipeline technology and inspection company says it has agreed to be sold for more than half a billion dollars to New York-based Xylem Inc.Pure Technologies Ltd. says the offering price of $9 per share or $509 million in cash is more than double its closing share price last Friday. The stock rose to $8.93 on Monday morning.Xylem CEO Patrick Decker says Pure will help it provide cost-effective solutions to address worldwide concerns about aging water utility infrastructure.Pure (TSX:PUR) has about 500 employees in corporate offices in Mississauga, Ont., and Columbia, Md., as well as regional offices in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Australia and China. Most of its $126 million in revenue for the 12 months ended Sept. 30 was generated in North America.Earlier this year, Xylem and Pure entered into a partnership in which Xylem represented Pure’s products and services in parts of the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.Xylem, which has 16,000 employees and annual revenue of US$3.8 billion, says it expects to achieve at least US$12 million in annual cost savings within two years of the close of the deal which requires shareholder and regulatory approvals.last_img read more

Canada Bond yields and prime rates for Friday July 28

Canada Bond yields for Friday as of 4 p.m. (previous day in brackets):One-month: 0.71Three-month: 0.73Six-month: 0.915One-year: 1.15Two-year: 1.33Five-year: 1.64210-year: 2.02930-year: 2.451Interest rates:Prime rate: 2.95%Overnight lending rate: 0.75%

Luxury real estate sales rise in Toronto Montreal fall in Vancouver

Luxury real estate sales flourished in Montreal with property sales over $4 million jumping by triple digits in the first half of 2019, but continued to dwindle in Vancouver, according to a new report.“Canada’s top-tier real estate markets veered in separate directions,” read a report released Wednesday by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, which tracked the number of condominiums, townhouses and detached homes sold for over $1 million and $4 million in major Canadian cities.The agency has previously forecast Montreal as an emerging hot stop set to make new records.Sales of properties over $1 million jumped five per cent in the first half of 2019 compared with the same period last year. Sales of properties over $4 million soared 267 per cent with 11 properties sold. Three such properties were sold in the first half of 2018.The agency’s experts noted an increase in international buyers — a group that includes new Canadians, permanent residents and investors, according to the report, as foreign buyers’ taxes in Toronto and Vancouver redirected international buyers to Montreal. However, the group still composes “a small percentage of overall top-tier sales activity” in the city, it said.There were “healthy increases” in sales of properties over $1 million in the Greater Toronto Area, where 8,612 such properties sold in the first half of the year — up 12 per cent from the same time in 2018.Sales of properties over $4 million in the GTA fell 19 per cent, which the report attributed to sellers of such homes not listing their properties on the Multiple Listing Service in favour of private sales. That shift comes after a change that makes more information public when homes are sold via the MLS.Industry experts expect this trend will affect real estate markets in other major cities more significantly in time, according to the report.Meanwhile, in Vancouver’s formerly heated housing market, luxury property sales continued to drop due to fallout from government intervention.“The market continued to bear the burden of tightened mortgage rules, multiple governmental policies and taxes, and hesitant sellers and fickle buyers lacking motivation to commit to transactions,” the report read.Homes sold for over $1 million fell 33 per cent to 1,308 properties, while homes sold for more than $4 million fell 34 per cent to 73 homes.Sotheby’s said a slow reconciliation between sellers’ expectations and the current market conditions “are setting the stage for activity at new levels” for the rest of 2019.“Evolving conditions in Vancouver real estate have created opportunities for prospective top-tier real estate buyers to consider housing options previously out of reach,” the report said, adding some potential buyers who were considering condos priced at more than $1 million have likely now shifted their focus to attached or detached homes instead.Sales of condos over $1 million fell 51 per cent in the first six months of this year from 708 condos sold between January and June 2018 to 349 in the same six months of 2019.“The continued adjustment of housing prices is expected to renew interest and activity in the future,” the report noted of Vancouver’s single family homes priced over $1 million.The report also tracked prices in Calgary, where sales of properties over $1 million fell 21 per cent. The Canadian Press read more

Students to give solo performance preview during MusicNoon

For the second week in a row, Brock Music students will take the stage for the weekly RBC Foundation Music@Noon Recital Series Tuesday, Feb. 13. Last week featured and array of vocal, piano and guitar students that put on a crowd pleasing performance. Tuesday’s performance will feature a variety of talented instrumental students that are also set to take centre stage in March during the Student Solo Recitals.Held at noon in the Cairns Recital Hall of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, this free recital series is hosted by the Department of Music. Visit the ExperienceBU website for more information on Music@Noon dates.For Student Solo Recital dates, visit the Department of Music website.

How Isaiah Thomas The Shortest Guy In The NBA Became Unstoppable

How Isaiah Thomas The Shortest Guy In The NBA Became Unstoppable

Just when we thought we’d seen all Isaiah Thomas could do, the diminutive Celtics star found yet another level Tuesday, scoring 53 on his late sister’s birthday to give Boston a 2-0 second-round series lead over the Wizards.The million-dollar question: How? How does a guy who’s 5-foot-9, who nearly averaged 29 points per game during the regular season, continue to wreck defenses so mightily in a playoff setting when defenses are hellbent on neutralizing him?The simple answer is that Thomas and his coaching staff have found ways to make Thomas virtually unguardable within Boston’s offensive scheme; especially since Brad Stevens tweaked his lineup in the middle of the first round, a move that gave Thomas more space to navigate.Stevens all but eliminated Amir Johnson from the rotation, meaning Al Horford is now soaking up a ton of minutes as the team’s lone post player on the court. That switch forces defenses to guard an extra Celtic along the perimeter, which is already a tough task, since Horford is also a good shooter. With opponents stretched that thin, Thomas can make use of his game-changing quickness.That’s especially the case in handoff scenarios, where the floor general can generate a full head of steam while his man is trying to play catch-up from behind. Thomas took more handoffs than any other player in the NBA this past regular season, with 216 plays of this nature according to Synergy Sports. And he’s only gotten better at them in the last few weeks. He has scored on 56 percent of his handoffs since the playoffs began, up from 47 percent during the season. (This would’ve been the NBA’s highest mark during the regular season among players with at least 100 handoffs.)Having Horford as the lone Celtics big helps Thomas’s handoff game immensely. Thomas — the league’s most-blocked player — has been able to get his shots off more cleanly with fewer players in the paint.1Thomas’s shots have only been blocked 6 percent of the time with Horford on the court and Johnson off; he’s been blocked 13 percent of the time when Horford and Johnson are on the floor together, according to NBA Wowy, which tracks advanced statistics across different lineup groupings. What’s more, Thomas’s newfound space has left defenders without a clear way to defend him.After receiving a handoff, he’s a nightmare on the perimeter because of all the different options he has at his disposal. Watch how reluctant Wizards star John Wall is to chase Thomas around the screen here. He doesn’t want to risk barreling into Thomas, who is one of the league’s best players at stopping abruptly once he’s turned the corner in order to draw a 3-point shooting foul.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In the paint, Washington’s bigs have been just as concerned about how to play Thomas. Stand too far back, and you risk Thomas scoring from midrange, where he is an effective, albeit inconsistent2Thomas’s successful midrange attempts, on average, had far less arc on them than his midrange misses this past season. The 1.03 foot difference was the widest disparity in the NBA among players who took at least 100 midrange shots, according to an analysis run by SportVU at FiveThirtyEight’s request. shooter. Play too far up, and he’ll use a burst of quickness to beat you to the rim, where he’s armed with an array of twists and tricks that help him compensate for his lack of height.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Trapping Thomas with two defenders as he comes around screens is one option for opposing defenses. But Stevens’s lineup switch, which has the Celtics looking more like the Houston Rockets because of how many threes they’re taking, makes that option a more dangerous choice because an unguarded Celtic shooter is now more likely to be found on the perimeter.All of which helps explain why the Wizards have had no answer for how to guard the shortest man on the court. That Thomas is really good also helps. read more

USA womens soccer stars Hope Solo and Alex Morgan visit Ohio State

Life’s been a whirlwind for United States women’s national soccer team players Alex Morgan and Hope Solo since their World Cup performance in the summer of 2011. In the midst of preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games set to take place in London, England, the two soccer stars made an appearance at Ohio State to speak at an event in the Ohio Union. Solo, who plays goalie, and Morgan, who plays forward, sat down for an exclusive interview with The Lantern before taking the stage and talking to students. Though the soccer tandem hadn’t seen much more than the airport, they said they were excited to be in Columbus and on OSU’s campus. “I’m so excited to be on campus and see really more or less what the student body is like than the city itself,” Solo said. The U.S. women’s soccer team lost to Japan in the World Cup final, but overall they said it was a great experience. “The World Cup was obviously an amazing experience,” Morgan said. “It was my first World Cup. We had a great journey through the World Cup. We did end up on the short side of the stick with that loss in the end to Japan. But we have no regrets.” The World Cup saw both players’ popularity soar and with that popularity, they were able to experience opportunities outside of soccer. Solo participated in the dancing competition “Dancing With the Stars,” and Morgan appeared in the most recent edition of the yearly “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition” in which she posed in body paint. “It was probably the longest day of my life,” Morgan said of the magazine photo shoot. “It took probably 14 hours to paint. I felt very uncomfortable at many times during that day, but I’m very happy with the results.” Solo said that though the players have seen their individual popularity grow, the popularity for the sport has increased as well. “We’ve gotten some younger, maybe, male fans because of certain other aspects,” Solo said. “But I can assure you that the passion of the game has grown on kind of a broader scheme.” And the players said their focus is on the game at the end of the day. “It starts with soccer and it ends with soccer,” Morgan said. “That’s our priority and although we have these opportunities outside of soccer, we need to go back and keep soccer our priority.” Though soccer doesn’t begin for the women at the Olympics until July, the players said their team is already in full training mode. Team USA will travel to Portugal, Japan and other locations before finally suiting up in London. And make no mistake about it. The team wants gold. “Is there any other way to enter the Olympics?” Solo said. As for all of Solo’s and Morgan’s male fans at OSU, they didn’t have any chance encounters with the athletes walking down High Street late at night. Morgan said she’s exhausted. “I’m going to call it a night pretty early tonight, which is sad,” Morgan said. “I wish I could see the city a little bit more.” read more

Churches take advantage of heatwave as they advertise thmselves as places to

The Met Office has issued an amber heatwave alert suggesting people “stay indoors and out of the sun”Well, look no further… Doors open at 9am.— York Minster (@York_Minster) July 23, 2018 Cathedrals across the country are taking advantage of the heatwave, telling hot and bothered Britons they are the coolest place in the city.As temperatures soar above 30 degrees in some parts of the UK, the relatively cold insides of the country’s cathedrals may seem like an ideal place to seek sanctuary.Canterbury Cathedral is encouraging locals and tourists alike to stop in and eat their lunch there, away from the sun’s rays.A spokesperson said: “It’s always cool in our cloister, we have asked people if they want to come in on social media, people do come in at lunchtime and people who live in the local area have passes where they can come in for free, so they do come in to cool down at lunch.”Those who work at York Minster have said it is one of the coolest places in the city, and a tweet from the official account encouraged people to come and recover from the burning heat. The account urged: “The Met Office has issued an amber heatwave alert suggesting people ‘stay indoors and out of the sun. Well, look no further… Doors open at 9am.” A spokesperson from Durham Cathedral said that although the city isn’t quite as warm as York at the moment, it is preparing for the heatwave to hit on Thursday. They said: “We’re not as hot at York especially at the moment, but things are forecast to get a bit hotter on Thursday, so we are inviting people in, and are open until 8pm in the evenings at the moment. People are welcome to come into the cathedral during the heatwave. It’s free to enter, and donations are encouraged, for people who need a respite from the heat.”The All Saints Church in Kettering chimed in, simply tweeting: “Beat the heatwave – Drop into a church – churches are cool.” 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 Church of England approved this message, with a spokesperson telling The Telegraph: “As well as looking glorious, our historic church buildings tend to stay nicely cool, and are the perfect place of sanctuary in the heatwave. We have around 16,000 in total, so there’s probably one nearby (google A Church Near You to find out where).”Most are open all day, so why not pop in for a moment’s calm, take a break from the sun, and experience some of the country’s richest architectural treasures along the way!”However, Humanists UK were unimpressed by the “ploy”. Richy Thompson, Director of Pubilc Affairs and Policy said : “We’re glad to hear that vicars aren’t getting too hot under the dog collar given this warm weather, but we trust the British public will be cool to this latest ploy for new recruits. read more

Anvil International acquires AFCON

first_imgIn an acquisition that Anvil International says “delivers best fire product package in the industry” Anvil, one of the largest and most complete manufacturers of pipe fittings, pipe hangers and piping support systems in the world, has acquired AFCON, a leading provider of patented fire protection pipe hangers and seismic bracing products.“This acquisition strengthens Anvil International’s hanger and seismic bracing product line to offer the best fire protection package in the industry,” said Dean Taylor, Vice President of Anvil International. “We are excited to work with Kraig Kirschner, the former CEO of AFCON. Our emphasis will continue to be on innovation and further development of pipe hanger products.”“AFCON’s history of being an innovator and producing contractor-friendly products made this a perfect fit for our company,” said Tom Fish, CEO of Anvil International. “Our new ownership, One Equity Partners, asked us for meaningful acquisitions and AFCON was first on our list.”“As a brand of Anvil, the AFCON product will reach a worldwide customer base,” said AFCON CEO Kirschner. “Together, we will continue to create innovative and advanced products for the industry.”Anvil International is one of the largest and most complete manufacturers of pipe fittings, pipe hangers and piping supports systems in the world. For more than 150 years, Anvil has provided high-quality pipe products and services. The company offers expertise and product solutions for a wide range of applications, from plumbing and mechanical, HVAC, industrial and fire protection, to mining and oil and gas.Anvil’s mining line offers a broad range of products that protect against pipe deflection and movement, including: Gruvlok® couplings and fittings, tools, hangers, Anvil-Strut™, IPC coatings, supports and lubricants. Butterfly, ball and check valves are offered with multiple options for body and seating materials to match the physical and chemical properties of pipe contents.last_img read more

Loser in Kenyan presidential election says he will contest result in court

first_imgUHURU KENYATTA HAS narrowly won Kenya’s presidential election, urging calm and pledging to work with rivals and cooperate with the international community.Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s founding president and one of Africa’s richest men who also faces an international crimes against humanity trial, scraped by with 50.07 per cent of the vote to avoid a runoff against his closest rival Raila Odinga in the results announced on Saturday.However Odinga, the outgoing prime minister, said he would contest the results in court, raising tensions following the key poll.Odinga’s charges on Saturday echo accusations in 2007 presidential polls when he alleged he was robbed of victory, with disputed results triggering bloody ethnic violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed.“We have highlighted so many irregularities in the tallying process,” Odinga told reporters, shortly after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Kenyatta the “duly elected president”.The rigging claims however have been dismissed by Kenya’s electoral commission.Kenyatta, dressed in a suit and red tie, beamed a wide smile as he waved his official victory certificate from the IEBC to loud cheers from the crowd.But shortly afterwards Odinga – in his third failed attempt at the top job – said his party would challenge the result at the Supreme Court, adding he had “faith in the judiciary and the ruling will be respected.”Political loyalties in Kenya are largely based along ethnic lines, and while Kenyatta’s majority Kikuyu people and the new found Kalenjin allies of his running mate William Ruto partied, the Luo of Odinga mourned their loss.“Any violence now could destroy the country forever, and that would not serve anyone’s interests,” warned Odinga, who won 43.31 per cent of the vote.But Kenyatta offered “my older brother” Odinga an olive branch, telling thousands of his party loyalists that he wanted to work with him “in moving our nation forward.”The new president-elect also called on his celebrating supporters not to laud it over those they have defeated, urging them in being “modest in our victory.”Odinga alleges fraud but urges peace Kenyatta’s 50.07 per cent of the vote, according to the election commission figures, narrowly broke the 50 per cent threshold needed to avoid a second round poll by around 8,400 votes.The 51-year-old outgoing deputy prime minister – charismatic and able to appeal to all classes – will become the first leader to take power whilst facing trial in The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC).Both Kenyatta and his future vice-president Ruto, 46, face ICC charges over the violence in the aftermath of the 2007 elections, including orchestrating murder, forcible transfer and persecution.Concerns were high as to how Odinga loyalists would react to the results, five years since the wave of bloodshed following the disputed polls.There have been no major incidents of violence reported on Saturday beyond a few scuffles between police and gangs of youths.But as Odinga prepared his legal challenge, the international community urged calm, with US Secretary of State John Kerry calling for Kenyans to “peacefully address any disputes”.Former UN chief Kofi Annan, who helped broker peace after the 2007-8 violence, said Kenya faced “a test of the strength” of its democracy but that he was confident the east African country would “emerge stronger” in the end.Former colonial ruler Britain, in a message echoed by the European Union, urged people “to accept defeat or take any disputes to the courts”.“Respect our sovereignty” Excited crowds of thousands chanting Kenyatta’s name poured onto the streets of towns across the country after figures were released in the early hours of Saturday morning, dressed in the red colours of Kenyatta’s party.Kenyatta will likely become the second African leader the ICC wants to put on trial, even as both he and Ruto protest their innocence and have repeatedly said they would cooperate with the court.“We recognise and accept our international obligations and we will continue to co-operate with all nations and international institutions,” Kenyatta said in his first public speech after winning the vote.But he added – to roars of applause from his supporters packed into a giant hall – that the international community should also “respect our sovereignty”.Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir faced trial on war crimes charges at the ICC when he was re-elected in 2010, but has always defied an arrest warrant from the court.- © AFP, 2013Read: Polls open as Kenya votes in crucial election >last_img read more

Le numérique se fait une place sur le marché de la musique

first_imgLe numérique se fait une place sur le marché de la musiqueSi le marché de la musique accuse encore une baisse à l’issue du premier trimestre 2011, le téléchargement et le streaming légaux suivent la tendance inverse. Hadopi semble porter ses fruits, se réjouit le Syndicat national de l’édition phonographique (SNEP)A l’issue du premier trimestre 2011, le numérique représente 22% du marché de la musique, contre 16% il y a un an. Une excellente nouvelle pour le SNEP qui reste malgré tout prudent. “C’est la première fois que le numérique représente plus de 20% du marché. Il va falloir attendre le premier semestre pour voir si cette tendance se confirme”, a souligne David El Sayegh, directeur général du syndicat cité par ZDnet. Les sites proposant de la musique en téléchargement légal et en streaming ont vu leur nombre d’abonnés considérablement grimper au premier trimestre. D’après le bilan du SPN, Deezer et Spotify ont enregistré une hausse des abonnements de 57%, tandis que les téléchargements de titres à l’unité ont augmenté de 8%.Pendant ce temps, les ventes de CD continuent à chuter. Le SPN annonce en effet une baisse de 9,3% en partie compensée par le numérique et les ventes de places de concerts. Globalement, le marché de la musique affiche ainsi une baisse de 5%, pour passer à 122 millions d’euros. Cet essor du téléchargement légal est-il la conséquence de la riposte graduée d’Hadopi ? Le SNEP l’espère et cite une récente étude Nielsen qui indique que les sites de peer-to-peer ont perdu 1,2 million de visiteurs depuis que l’Hadopi a envoyé ses premiers mails d’avertissement. Toutefois parmi ces déserteurs, nombre se sont tournés vers d’autres modes de téléchargement illégal.Le 18 mai 2011 à 17:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more