Prof launches petition to change Clan team name at Simon Fraser University

first_imgVANCOUVER – For more than 50 years, Simon Fraser University’s sports teams have played under the name The Clan, to honour the Scottish heritage of the school’s namesake.But now, amid violent neo-Nazi marches in the United States, some professors and students are sounding the alarm that the name evokes a very different clan — the Ku Klux Klan.Philosophy professor Holly Andersen has launched a petition to persuade the university to change the name, saying the word “clan” sounds the same spelled with a “C” or a “K” and is associated with a horrible history in the U.S.She said SFU is the only Canadian school to play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a league dominated by American teams, and it’s disrespectful to competitors, especially African-Americans, to force them to play against a team named The Clan.“It is not that the term clan is itself racist. The issue is the context: in Canada that term is neutral, but in the U.S. it is as bad as a pretty bad swear word. Quite literally, it is a term that silences normal conversation,” she said in an email.“U.S. teams know we don’t mean that Klan. But they also know that we know what it means in the U.S., and choose to play under that name anyways, which makes us look quite naive and disrespectful.”The university was founded in 1965 and named after Simon Fraser, who explored the Pacific Northwest in the early 19th century. The school embraced Fraser’s Scottish roots with a pipe band and by adopting the nickname “Clan” for its athletic teams.SFU spokesman Kurt Heinrich said the concern about the team name is not new, but it has been given new impetus by recent events in the U.S. The university is sensitive to the issue, especially given its commitments to equity and diversity, he said.“We will be reviewing the situation in light of recent events, and will consider what further steps, if any, might be taken to avoid possible misunderstandings relating to the use of this name by our athletic teams,” he said in a statement.Andersen said a name change could be a positive thing that recognizes the Scottish heritage of the school. She suggested the Tartans, the original name of the student newspaper, or the Pipers, since the pipe band consistently rates among the top few in the world.The word “clan” in the Scottish tradition means a kinship group, such as the Clan Fraser.Student wrestler Aliocha Perriard-Abdoh said the name used to represent family and sisterhood to her, but after reading the petition she sees that it’s insensitive and potentially hurtful to African-American competitors.“It’s a luxury for us to say, ‘That’s not how we mean it,’ but without taking into account someone else’s feelings,” she said.Perriard-Abdoh said she’d like the university to poll student athletes, or students in general, about whether the team name poses a problem. Then there should be a discussion about a strong name that would unify and inspire players, she said.More than 300 people have signed the online petition. One commenter wrote that when she hears The Clan, she immediately thinks of the KKK, and as a black SFU student, she didn’t think that was fair.Another said they were a former student athlete and their team resorted to calling themselves “The Clams” to avoid embarrassment.But at least one signatory had a different view: “This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” he wrote.Heribert Adam, a SFU sociology professor specializing in comparative racism and multiculturalism, suggested the school do a better job of communicating the meaning of the name rather than change it.He also said a more relevant debate would be a discussion of the role of Scottish settlers in Canadian colonialism.“A petition is useful to create a debate and more knowledge about history,” he said. “If the word ‘clan’ leads to a discussion about racism in both countries, then it’s useful.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Prince of Wales Speaks At Meeting On Forests And Climate Change

first_imgThe Prince of Wales has described climate change and sustainable development agreements expected at major summits this year as a “Magna Carta” for the planet.His Royal Highness has called on world leaders to seize the “crucial opportunity” afforded by the summits in 2015 to set an ambitious framework governing a range of areas from poverty and climate change to disaster risk reduction.The Prince’s comments were made as he addressed The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit meeting on forests, climate change and development in central London.He also mentioned his unborn grandchild, urging delegates not to earn the “condemnation of our grandchildren” for failing to safeguard their future.He added: “With a new grandchild on its way into this increasingly uncertain world. I certainly do not.”The Prince told delegates, who included Ed Davey, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary: “In the 800th anniversary year of the Magna Carta, perhaps this year’s agreement of the new Sustainable Development Goals and a new climate agreement in Paris should be seen as a new ‘Magna Carta for the Earth, and humanity’s relationship with it’.“It is worth remembering that two years after the agreement of the Magna Carta, in the year 1217, a Charter of the Forest was also signed, under King Henry III, setting out the rights, privileges and uses of forest land for the people of this country.“Some things really are timeless. Even after almost 800 years, the new agreements on climate change and sustainable development goals still need to have forests and sustainable land use at their heart.”In September the Special Summit on Sustainable Development will be held at the UN headquarters in New York where world leaders are expected to agree to a new development agenda, including a set of sustainable development goals, expected to provide a blueprint for action until 2030.Three months later positive climate change agreements are also expected to be reached by countries attending the UN climate conference in Paris.The Prince, who has been an environmental leader for more than four decades, added: “It is clear to me, as I hope it is to all of you, that this year provides an absolutely crucial opportunity – if not the last chance before we end up in an irreversible situation – for the international community to establish a new set of interlocking, coherent and ambitious frameworks governing human development, poverty, disaster risk reduction, the natural environment and climate change.“We could, and should, see an agenda set for the coming decades that is capable of transforming the prospects for humanity by improving and nurturing the state of the planet upon which we all depend.”The Prince has been a strong advocate of taking action to protect the environment for many years.In 2007 he set up the Prince’s Rainforest Group to find a solution to save the world’s threatened forests. He addressed a UN international climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009 and the following year he gave a keynote speech to the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference.The Prince’s Rainforests Project is now part of the International Sustainability Unit, an organisation created by the Prince of Wales to help build consensus on how to develop the durable solutions required to meet the challenges of climate change and natural resource depletion.Brendan Cox, director of policy at Save the Children and spokesman for campaigning initiative action/2015, said: “It’s not often you talk about the Prince of Wales, Shakira and Matt Damon in the same breath, but the scale of the change possible in 2015 is creating a unique campaigning coalition.“Action/2015 launched days ago and is already garnering support from around the world and it’s great to have the Prince of Wales join that grassroots movement.”Read an article by Tony Juniper for the Huffington Post on why we need forests for the read more

Closing Bell TSX ends lower as data shows contracting Chinese manufacturing sector

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as traders balanced surveys that showed Chinese manufacturing shrank in April for a fourth month in a row against data that indicated a strengthening American economy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,697.03-68.12 -0.46%S&P 500 —  1,884.66+3.520.19%Dow — 16,530.55+17.66 0.11%Nasdaq — 4,138.06 +14.16 0.34%The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 68.12 points to 14,697.03, led by declines in mining stocks after the HSBC index of Chinese factory activity rose by 0.1 point to 48.1 in April on a 100-point scale in which readings below 50 indicate contraction.The gauge also fell short of its already weak preliminary result, raising another round of questions about the health of China, the world’s second-biggest economy. But analysts noted that the recent mass of data indicates that the global economy is still moving in the right direction.“It is not a surprise to anybody that the Chinese data is showing the economy growing at slower pace,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“Broadly, the economy backdrop continues to move in a favourable direction and so any data to the contrary, even if it is data that was expected like the Chinese PMI data, is enough to get investors to perhaps take a step back and exercise a little more caution.”The Canadian dollar was up 0.24 of a cent at 91.31 cents US.U.S. indexes were largely lacklustre but well off the worst levels of the session as other data showed greater than expected expansion in the American service sector. The Institute for Supply Management’s index hit 55.2 in April versus the reading of 54 that economists had expected.The Dow Jones industrials recovered from a triple-digit tumble to edge up 17.66 points to 16,530.55. The Nasdaq rose 14.16 points to 4,138.06 and the S&P 500 index was 3.52 points higher at 1,884.66.Andrew Grantham, economist at CIBC World Markets, called the ISM report “further encouraging evidence that the US economy is bouncing back strongly in Q2 following a weather-impacted first quarter.”The TSX base metals led decliners, down 2.33% as the Chinese data helped push July copper down two cents to US$3.05 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) fell 69 cents to $20.86.The energy sector declined 0.41% as June crude in New York slipped 64 cents to US$99.12 a barrel.The gold sector drifted about 0.13% lower as worries about deteriorating conditions in Ukraine pushed gold higher for a second day, up $6.40 to US$1,309.30 an ounce.The telecom sector was up slightly with shares in BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) up nine cents to $48.96 a day before the telecom posts quarterly earnings.It’s a heavy earnings week in Canada, where investors will also take in reports from other major companies, including Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF), pipeline company Enbridge (TSX:ENB), Kinross Gold (TSX:K), Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM), Tim Hortons (TSX:THI), Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ), Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX).On the corporate front, retailer Target announced Monday that chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is stepping down nearly five months after the retailer disclosed a massive security breach that has hurt its reputation among customers and greatly hurt its business. The company has also struggled with its expansion into Canada, its first foray outside the U.S. and its shares fell 3.45% to US$59.87 in New York.TOP STORIESBlackBerry Ltd reveals deal to sell Canadian real estate assets to Spear Street for $305-millionCMHC sees amount of mortgages it insures shrinking amid tighter housing market rulesTarget CEO exits in wake of devastating cyber attack and ‘disastrous’ Canadian expansionWarren Buffett and Charlie Munger wow the Woodstock of capitalismPartners REIT cancels Ontario deal after pressure from U.S. activistWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Merchandise trade balance: (March): Economists expect $300,000 10 a.m.Ivey Purchasing Managers’ Index (April): Economists expect reading of 54.5, down from last month UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Goods and services trade balance (March): Economists expect deficit of $40-billion CORPORATE NEWSCANADAAgrium Incorporated Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 42¢ a share BCE Incorporated Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 76¢ a share Centerra Gold Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect loss of 4¢ a share Dundee Precious Metals     Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 8¢ a share George Weston Limited    Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 73¢ a share Iamgold Corporation Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 2¢ a share Sun Life Financial Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 66¢ a share Westjet Airlines Ltd    Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 62¢ a share UNITED STATESWalt Disney Company Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 95¢ a share Electronic Arts Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 11¢ a share First Solar, Inc. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 56¢ a share Marathon Oil Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 72¢ a share Whole Foods Market Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 41¢ a share read more

Fake white van abduction foiled

He said that a group of six males, claiming that they were from the security forces, had abducted a family of four (father, mother and two children) from Thunmankerni on Tuesday.  People in the area have alerted the Army and in turn the police in the area had been alerted. At Manoonai, the police seized a White Van with 10 passengers which included 6 abductors and 4 victims.  The man sitting in the front seat who was involved in the crime had claimed that they were going to an Army Camp in the Akkaraipattu area. The army says a group of men have been arrested when they posed as security forces personnel and abducted a family in Batticaloa in a white van.Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that the police had arrested the men at Manmoonai in Batticaloa. On being further questioned the group of six abductors had confessed that they carried out the abduction due to a personal dispute.  The Kaththankuddi police is carrying out further investigations.“This is yet another attempt by criminal elements to use the security forces as their cover and if not for this timely arrest there would have been many allegations leveled against the security forces by the interested parties.  This time there was a timely alert which helped police in arresting the culprits,” the army spokesman said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Canadian dollar heads lower as gold oil and copper all strengthen

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved lower Friday amid rising commodities prices and disappointing manufacture data.The loonie dropped 0.33 of a cent to end at 96.72 cents US.Statistics Canada reported manufacturing sales fell in June for the fourth time in six months, dropping 0.5 per cent to $48.2 billion.In commodities, December gold bullion rose $10.10 to US$1,371.00 an ounce, closing at its highest level since June 19. September copper gained 2.6 cents to US$3.36 a pound.September crude contract rose 13 cents to US$107.06 a barrel as supply concerns returned following renewed unrest in Egypt.Though not an oil exporter, Egypt controls the Suez canal that links the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea, giving it a crucial role in maintaining global energy supplies.“Commodities have found some support in the unlikely ally of a softer U.S. dollar, at least against the other majors,” said BMO chief economist Doug Porter in a note.“While Fed tapering still appears likely to commence this fall, markets have been underwhelmed by U.S. growth in 2013. This week brought another round of uninspiring results, as each of retail sales, industrial production and housing starts came in shy of consensus for July.”The U.S. Commerce Department reported that builders began work last month on houses and apartments at a faster pace. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of starts was up six per cent to 896,000. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2013 11:59 am MDT Canadian dollar heads lower as gold, oil and copper all strengthen read more

Cypriot woman wins over state to hide religious record

first_imgElena Milioti has become the first Cypriot citizen to remove her religious creed from state records. She disputed that this information was far too personal to be found on the state record and had it removed after a rigorous procedure.Upon her request’s success in June, the Civil Registry Department of Cyprus had revised her record in reference to her religious creed and modified it from ‘Cristian Orthodox’ to ‘unspecified’.Milioti’s reasoning behind her stance was based on the General Data Protection Regulation, applying to people in the European Union and the European Economic Area, which states that data collected on people should become anonymous, and also that public information should be consented upon before processed. These factors helped her case immensely.Milioti originally took her quarrel to the church, which informed her that she would have to first be excommunicated before she could stop being referred to as Christian. The woman had no intention of creating problems with the church, and realised that the real issue was with the state, not the church.“I fully respect the beliefs of all people and, regardless whether I myself believe or not, I think that the state has no justification to know, and to hold records, about a citizen’s convictions,” she told Politis newspaper.Milioti next went on to the Nicosia District Office. While she says she found the help and understanding she needed, when asked for an affidavit, she refused, highlighting that this would defeat the whole purpose of her request.“Even atheism is a creed, in a sense. What I wanted is for any reference to my religion to be deleted. The fact I applied for the deletion of my religious creed is irrespective of whether I believe or not,” she explained.Milioti’s request was accepted by the District Office and an application was sent to the state, mentioning that she refused to provide an affidavit and in the end, had her request approved.News of the case has seen a large number of people submitting applications. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Weather Eye Warm temperatures will soon be coming to an end for

first_imgPatrick Timm Hey, how do you like our run of 80-degree high temperatures? Impressive, don’t you think? We talked about this a month ago in my column, about how we can still get warm weather in the first half of October. Not uncommon in the least. The current stretch, though, is the warmest since about 1993. And we have managed to get into the mid-80s, with a couple reports Sunday and Monday of near 90 — unofficially, of course. The warm weather has caused the influx of stink bugs to be rather aggressive, making their way into for homes for the winter. They know it is going to get cold.Today may be our last 80-degree day this year as a change in the weather pattern is looking more likely. By the weekend we get a flow of moist air off the ocean with an increasing chance of rain, maybe moderate. The heaviest will be up to our north. We’ll see if high pressure rebuilds next week but right now most computer forecast models are keeping us damp.Weather enthusiast Rob Woodard sent me a message the other day about his search for the woolly bear caterpillars. He saw about 20 of them between Battle Ground Lake and Hockinson. They averaged about four segments of orange with more black bands in the front.By going along with extensive folklore on the subject, I would say this is leaning toward a winter maybe trending toward cooler than normal in the latter half of the season. Studies have shown that if the orange band is toward the rear of the critter that is when the cold or mild spell will occur. So maybe we will turn chilly in January of February? Usually I like to see two or three bands of orange, which calls for a cold winter. Four segments could go either way but I like to lean toward the cooler side of things. Five or more almost always mean a mild winter. I have been doing this for nearly 40 years, mainly for fun. Nothing scientific, of course. Insect experts say the orange bands are a reflection of the previous winter as these little crawlers winter over before transitioning into the Isabella moth.Enjoy the sun and warmth while you can. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.comlast_img read more

Thieves steal 60000 worth of cookies and crackers

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Thieves used two trailers to steal $60,000 worth of snacks from a warehouse in Weston, back in November.Surveillance video captured two tractor trucks pulling into a warehouse parking lot near Commerce Parkway and Weston Road. The thieves then hooked up two trailers and took off with the snacks.Dashcam from one of the trucks caught a glimpse of one crook’s face.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Business Leaders Offer Advice for Keeping Fort Monmouth Reuse on Track

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR To motorists passing by the former Fort Monmouth on the New Jersey Shore, it’s easy to get the impression that reuse efforts are going slowly, with little visible progress to see more than four years after the post closed.But the truth is that momentum has been building through the efforts of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, and more concrete signs of redevelopment are just around the corner, according to the LRA.“We really see next year as being the turning point for the redevelopment of the fort,” said David Nuse, the LRA’s director of real estate development. “They’ll see buildings being renovated, companies moving in, some tangible changes that will really set the table for what the fort is going to be in the next 10 years,” Nuse said, reported the Asbury Park Press.The redevelopment authority so far has obtained about 550 acres of the property from the Army and it plans to complete the purchase of another 550 acres by this coming spring, he said.One of the reuse project’s first major successes was attracting a new $146 million headquarters for Commvault on a 55-acre tract. The building, paid for by the technology firm, opened one year ago.At a forum sponsored by the Asbury Park Press, eight local business leaders last week proposed several ways for the reuse project to pick up speed:find more Commvaults — additional property sales would help fund efforts to spruce up the site and attract more businesses and residents;do a better job of opening up the site to the public;foster the growth of startups;improve the region’s commuter train service; andadd other missing pieces, such as a high-speed, fiber optic network and light rail service on the Jersey Shore.“I don’t want to have to move to Boston or Austin. I love it here. It’s a matter of putting the pieces in place that will create a self-organizing system, which will then create momentum,” said Jennifer Crews, the founder and CEO of Flock, a technology company in nearby Red Bank.last_img read more

Troopers Maintaining Presence In Tanana

first_imgAlaska State Troopers are maintaining a presence in the village of Tanana. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says Troopers do not have a post in the village and the assignment of officers there is temporary.Download Audiolast_img

Texas Currently Has 10 Cases Of Measles Surpassing 2018 Numbers

first_imgThe Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is reporting ten cases of measles as of Wednesday, surpassing the total number in all of 2018 when the state registered nine cases. In 2017, Texas only had one case of measles.The 10th case is an adult traveler visiting Guadalupe County from the Philippines, where there is an ongoing measles outbreak. Harris County has the most cases in the state, with four reported by health officials. The other counties with confirmed cases are: Bell, Denton, Galveston, Guadalupe, Jefferson and Montgomery.Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)DSHS has issued a health alert reminding health care providers to consider measles in diagnoses and immediately report suspected cases to public health authorities.The alert also provides advice to medical providers about limiting the spread of measles in a health care setting and options for preventing illness for susceptible people who have been exposed.Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes virus particles into the air.The best way to prevent getting sick is to be immunized with two doses of the measles vaccine. DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children receive one dose at 12 to 15 months of age and another at 4 to 6 years.A large study by the Annals of Internal Medicine released on Monday provided strong new evidence that the childhood vaccine for measles is safe, and does not increase the risk for autism in children.  Sharelast_img read more

Beehives Kept on the Roof of Notre Dame Remarkably Survived Through the

first_imgIt’s a little known fact that Parisians are keeping beehives on the rooftops of their best-known buildings. Not all, but bees are found for instance at the Musée d’Orsay, the Grand Palais, and Palais Garnier, as well as Notre Dame — which on April 15th, was sadly engulfed by a huge fire in which its spire and most of the roof collapsed within a few hours. Early investigation results have shown that the fire may have spread due to a possible fire alarm system sensor issue. The fire may also be related to the building of elevators for construction work that was ongoing in the cathedral at the time. Investigators are also seeking to find out whether an electrical short-circuit led to the appalling event.Photo by Philippe Wang/Getty ImagesBut back to the bees. For the past few years, Notre Dame has been the home of approximately 180,000 bees. Their three hives are secured on the first floor roof above the sacristy of the Gothic structure. It was initially thought that the colony must have perished in the fire but Notre Dame’s own beekeeper (apiculteur in French), Nicolas Géant, has confirmed that against all odds, the bees made it through the blaze.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe news that the Notre Dame bees are safe and sound was shared also by French urban beekeeping company Beeopic Apiculture, who posted a confirmatory Instagram photo on Thursday, April 18th.Notre-Dame after the fire. Photo by Pyb CC BY-SA 4.0However, in the days in between, everyone remained worried about Notre Dame’s smallest, honey-making tenants. As French officers were examining the building if it has any weak points that may still threaten structural failure, not even Mr. Géant was allowed to take a look at the hives. Géant had in the meantime received hundreds of messages asking about the bees. Aerial photos of Notre Dame’s roof previously showed the hives themselves had survived the great calamity.The bees living on Notre Dame’s roof survived the fire— CNN (@CNN) April 21, 2019Géant has been taking care of the cathedral’s bees since 2013, the year this sort of clandestine activity first started there. Bee-keeping was introduced on Notre Dame as part of an effort to increase the number of bees across Paris. Honeymaking has since rooted in businesses within the French capital, with some of its honey being sold at double the prices of brands produced in the countryside.Photo by Remi Mathis CC By SA 4.0The Notre Dame beehives were located on the top of a sacristy on the south side of the cathedral, roughly 100 feet away from where the blaze was ravaging. That was enough distance for the hives to remain intact. But had they been closer to the fire, or in the middle of it, the wax within the hives would have easily melted, trapping the hard-working insects inside. Géant commented that the survival of the bees was like a miracle. “Thank goodness the flames didn’t touch them,” he said in a statement for CNN. Take a closer look with this video:Typically for bees found in Europe, the ones on Notre Dame would have sought shelter inside the hives upon sensing the imminent threat nearby. The biggest threat for them would have been the extreme heat of the raging flames, but as Mr. Géant also explains, they were exposed to the smoke which has a specific effect on bees in general.180,000 bees were living on top of Notre Dame when the fire broke out – and they survived— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 21, 2019“Instead of killing them, the carbon dioxide makes them drowsy, puts them to sleep,” Mr. Géant told the AP. Smoke is frequently used by beekeepers to sedate bee colonies. This allows for the beekeeper to approach the hive and access the much-treasured honey produced there. “I was incredibly sad about Notre-Dame because it’s such a beautiful building,” Mr. Géant commented.Photo credit LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images“But to hear there is life when it comes to the bees, that’s just wonderful,” he said.Read another story from us: How the Hunchback of Notre Dame Once Saved the Crumbling CathedralBeekeeping on Parisian rooftops has increased in popularity within the past decade. Just ten years ago, the city reportedly had approximately 300 hives, and today there is an estimated 700. More often than not, the general public is unaware of where these hives are being quietly kept. In his media statements, Mr. Géant was also noted as saying that it had always been one of his dreams to take care of bees atop “the most beautiful church in the world.”last_img read more

A refreshed stay experience at Penang beachs leading resort

first_imgSource = PARKROYAL Penang Resort A refreshed stay experience at Penang beach’s leading resortA refreshed stay experience at Penang beach’s leading resortPARKROYAL Penang Resort celebrated in style today, unveiling a refreshed resort after an MYR55 million transformation. More than 200 guests witnessed this milestone as the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, launched the resort’s newlogo identity to mark a new chapter for the resort.Located on Penang Island’s famous Batu Ferringhi beach since 1990, PARKROYAL Penang Resort has undergone several refreshments over the years to stay relevant in Penang’s hospitality landscape. Over the past year, MYR55 million was invested to fully refurbish the resort’s public guest areas, rooms and suites, all-day dining restaurant and lounge.The resort is ready to welcome discerning leisure and business travellers as a premium deluxe resort. Reservations can be made on or by calling 1800 220 021 or +60 4 886 2288.Seamless Arrival ExperienceUpon arrival, guests will receive a warm welcome at the resort’s porte cochere and reception, which open out to the palm-fringed sea. With an elevated ceiling and light-filled spaces with timber furnishings and soothing lights, as well as thoughtful touches such as local artwork which lend a strong sense of connection to the destination, the relaxing ambience at the lobby immediately puts our guests at ease within its tropical surrounds.PARKROYAL Penang Resort’s reception features high ceilings and light-filled spacesContemporary Comfort in a Tropical SettingEach of the resort’s 308 rooms, ranging from 23 to 94 square metres, has been completely renovated. PARKROYAL Penang Resort now offers ten room categories across 284 guestrooms and 24 suites, including the new Two-Bedroom Family Seaview unit, which is specifically designed to accommodate families and groups.At 50 square metres, the Two-Bedroom Family Seaview unit is larger than the One-Bedroom Family Seaview (38 square metres), and offers guests greater flexibility of space to interact and bond with one another. In addition, spacious day beds make the Deluxe Rooms, Family Seaview Rooms, Premier Seaview Suites and Pulau Pinang Suites ideal sanctuaries to lounge by the window or balcony while overlooking the sea or garden grounds.The Two-Bedroom Family Seaview room offers 50 square metres of flexible spaces for bondingFresh Ingredients for Local and Asian fare for New Dining ConceptPARKROYAL Penang Resort is also introducing Cinnamon, a 281-seater modern and casual restaurant with an inviting ambience. A new dining concept, Cinnamon emphasises fresh ingredients and the generous use of spices and herbs in its cooking to bring out authentic flavours in local and Asian cuisines. This focus on freshness is reflected in the restaurant’s interior design, which is bright, vibrant and uplifting throughout. Guests can enjoy their meals in air-conditioned comfort (with private rooms available for meetings and groups) or in the outdoors, complete with views of our expansive gardens and beautiful shorelines.Cinnamon’s communal dining table is perfect for large gatheringsUpgraded Lounge for Entertainment or RelaxationThe refreshed 80-seater Javana Lounge now features versatile seating which encourages our guests to interact with one another. Oversized, stylish fans create an airy environment, while sofa beds and spacious workstations offer spaces for guests to relax over our delicious cocktails, surf the web, or simply connect with family and friends, all while overlooking the resort’s outdoor gardens and swimming pools, which have been upgraded with enhanced LED lightings as part of our energy conservation efforts.Mr Edward Kollmer, General Manager, PARKROYAL Penang Resort, said, “Tourism is thriving in Penang. Malaysians and foreign visitors flock to Penang for its unrivalled local food, culture, and even ecotourism. The state continues to innovate and develop the tourism sector to maintain Penang’s pole position, and we are fortunate to be part of Penang’s growth. We are proud of our heritage and will keep working hard to remain one of Penang’s top resorts. As PARKROYAL’s flagship resort, we will fly the flag high in our continued commitment to celebrate the best in people as we bring our utmost to ensure unwavering sincerity in service and product.”last_img read more

Vericrest Selects Management Vet to Lead as Chairman CEO

first_imgNew,Vericrest Selects Management Vet to Lead as Chairman, CEO in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing “”Vericrest Financial, Inc.””:, a Dallas-based financial services company specializing in residential mortgage loan servicing, announced the appointment of Joe Anderson to chairman and CEO, effective immediately.[IMAGE]Anderson will lead the “”integration””: of Vericrest and Caliber Funding, LLC and assume the role of chairman and CEO of the combined organization. The transaction is expected to close within four to six months.[COLUMN_BREAK]Anderson is a well-known leader in the mortgage banking industry, carrying more than three decades of experience. His background includes expertise in production, capital markets, operations, finance, technology, credit, and governance. Prior to joining Vericrest, Anderson served as senior managing director of Countrywide Home Loans’ prime retail lending division. In that role, he led all origination channels including distributed retail branches, centralized consumer direct, strategic alliances, homebuilder, relocation, servicing recapture, and Internet lending. In previous senior-level roles with other mortgage organizations, he led capital markets functions, including hedging, loan securitization, and product development.Anderson has also held senior leadership positions at First Horizon Home Loans, CC Mortgage, SWS Mortgage, MPACT Mortgage, and Nationstar Mortgage. March 8, 2013 431 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers Vericrest 2013-03-08 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Survey Realtors Want More Lender Support with Borrowers

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination Lenders Realtors TD Bank 2014-09-05 Ryan Schuette Share September 5, 2014 513 Views center_img Two-thirds of Realtors think lenders could help attract more buyers with better pricing options, according to a recent survey.Working with a public polling firm, New Jersey-based TD Bank released results Thursday from a survey it conducted with more than 150 Realtors around the United States.One in four respondents chalked up buyer reluctance to overpriced properties. By the same token, Realtors estimated that only a fifth of their buyers knew about home loan affordability programs available through lenders.When referring lenders, Realtors seemed to put a premium on certain qualities.Most said they considered closing loans on time the most important quality in a lender and felt it was easier to work with banks focused on helping homebuyers. Two in five said they looked for banks that put buyers ahead of the lending process.More than a third said they stuck with the name of a preferred lender in every real-estate deal.”What we’re hearing from Realtors is that it’s critically important for lenders to work with them to help their customers,” Malcom Hollensteiner, director of retail lending products and services for TD Bank, said in a news release.Along some of the same lines, J.D. Power released a survey last year that found first-time homebuyers expressing less confidence in their knowledge about the lending process than repeat buyers and those who refinanced their loans.The firm reported a seven-year high among customers more familiar with the process.Realtors responding to TD Bank’s own survey said roughly three out of five of their buyers came to them with questions about the lending process in recent sales.Three quarters wanted better communication from lenders with their buyers about the loan process.Hollensteiner called the “right lender” someone that outlines the lending process early and remains “accessible, responsible and transparent” to buyers.”The survey findings reveal that banks need to provide more loan choices designed to meet the needs of today’s borrowers,” he said. Survey: Realtors Want More Lender Support with Borrowerslast_img read more

August 06 2018

first_imgAugust 06 , 2018 NZ: T&G Global’s profits drop despite revenue … Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … Market challenges and opportunitiesOne challenge for marketing the apple crop this year is that the European Commission is phasing out its financial support measures established due to the closure of the Russian market in 2014 to numerous origins including the EU.The fruit and vegetable sector was the hardest hit in Europe, with €2.5 billion of produce previously sent to the market on an annual basis. and the European apple market suffering oversupply issues in the aftermath.Binard said the EC was due to withdraw the assistance programs as the produce industry was expected to have found alternative markets by now, but he did not believe the task was quite so simple.”To reposition the market is not something which is very easy,” he said, adding that Freshfel was calling on the EC to reconsider the withdrawal of the program.He said that having the Russian market closed last year had not been such a big issue as severe frosts in April and May resulted in a much shorter crop, but with this year’s bumper crop the situation would be more challenging.In addition, he said that trade would be very limited to North African countries like Algeria and Egypt due to numerous issues.However, frosts in China and tariffs on U.S. apples for some of its biggest markets around the world could create some opportunities for European growers.With China and Mexico having implemented substantially higher tariffs on U.S. apples – and India set to do the same in September – exports from the North American country are expected to be severely affected. Tarun Arora of India-based importer IG International said the anticipated 25% tariff hike on U.S. apples could result in volumes dropping by three-quarters.”I think there is a number of elements which will play a role for the development of the season,” Binard said.”India is a market that has been developing progressively for a number of European products including apples, so I think next year indeed there will be a number of parameters that will be different from other seasons.” Golden Bay Fruit creates “One of a Kind” show … center_img You might also be interested in AUS: Red Rich Fruits secures exclusive rights to C … EU apple growers are anticipating a “bumper” crop for the 2018-19 season, according to European fresh produce association Freshfel.Last year severe frosts across much of the continent led to one of the smallest crops in years, with volumes falling 21% year-on-year to 9.34 million metric tons (MT).But this year production has recovered, with Freshfel general delegate Philippe Binard telling Fresh Fruit Portal the crop would be “very strong”.The World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) is due to release an official crop forecast at Prognosfruit Conference taking place in Poland from August 8 – 10.”No doubt that this year there will be very strong apple crop,” Binard said.He said the heatwave and low rainfall across many parts of Europe over recent weeks would likely not have a major effect on the crop but may lead to slightly smaller sizing.However, he highlighted that as much of the fruit would not be picked until September or October there were still various factors that could influence the crop’s development over the fall.”We are still now looking before the … meeting to decide whether some of the initial forecast that has been made needs to be updated,” he said.Specifics on the picking dates will be given at this week’s conference, but Binard expected that overall they would be similar to last year. He emphasized, however, that each growing region would have been impacted differently by the heatwave.last_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2018 2:16 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CBC touts higher English-language prime-time average ratings for Winter Games TORONTO – The CBC says its English-language prime-time coverage of the Pyeongchang Games with partners TSN and Sportsnet drew an average minute audience of more than three million viewers, up from 2.4 million for the Sochi Games in 2014.The 17-day event in South Korea wrapped Sunday with a record 29 medals for Canada. It appears many Canadians found ways to adapt to the time difference with Pyeongchang, which is 14 hours ahead of Toronto and 17 hours ahead of Vancouver.CBC says the most-watched moment was the free skate performance of ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on Feb. 19, when 5.7 million viewers were tuned in for their gold medal-winning moment.The second-most viewed moment was the end of the Canada vs. U.S.A. women’s gold medal hockey game on Feb. 22, when 4.8 million viewers watched Team U.S.A. score the winning goal in a sudden-death shootout.Considerably fewer caught the Canadian men’s hockey team seek a podium spot, which notably came without the aid of National Hockey League players for the first time in 20 years.CBC says 2.3 million viewers tuned in at 9:29 a.m. ET on Feb. 23 to see the Canadian men’s hockey team pull their goalie during the semifinal game against Germany.And 2.9 million viewers tuned in at 9:33 a.m. ET on Feb. 24 to see the team celebrate the bronze medal win over Czech Republic.Overall, the CBC says 31 million Canadians caught at least some of the action on its various platforms this time around.last_img read more

BUCHAREST Romania – Britains Prince Charles has

first_img BUCHAREST, Romania – Britain’s Prince Charles has arrived for his annual visit to Romania, a place where he charges his batteries and also promotes skills and training in rural Transylvania.He met Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday and will later meet Prime Minister Viorica Dancila in Bucharest, the capital. Later, he will travel to Transylvania, in the northwest.He owns two properties in the deep, sparsely populated countryside where bears and other wildlife roam wild.Three years ago, Charles set up the Prince of Wales Foundation Romania, which supports the Eastern European nation’s heritage and rural life, and sustainable development.Next week he will attend a theatre festival in the central city of Sibiu.Charles first visited Romania in 1998. Britain’s Prince Charles in Romania, to promote rural life Britain’s Prince Charles, left, takes his position for a handshake with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Britain’s Prince Charles has arrived in Bucharest. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) center_img by The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2018 7:30 am PDT Last Updated May 30, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

No evidence woman murdered in north connected with serial killer case

first_imgA woman murdered in the north in January is not likely to be one of the victims of the Greek Cypriot man suspected of killing five women and two children, the co-chair of the bi-communal committee on crime and criminal matters, lawyer Haki Onen said on Tuesday.“There is in reality no evidence that the murder [of the Vietnamese woman] is a crime committed by the 35-year-old Greek Cypriot,” he told Kibris newspaper, adding that the fact the suspect visited the north often was not strong incriminating evidence.“Each murderer has his own method and the method the murderer used to kill the 40-year-old woman is not the same as the one used to kill the victims identified in Mitsero.”He explained that the Vietnamese woman, who was found murdered on January 6 near Tymbou (Ercan) airport, was killed by multiple stabbings with a knife, while the victims in the south were strangled.Onen’s statements were made after reports emerged during the weekend that the authorities in the north were also launching an investigation into the murder of foreign women. Daily Politis mentioned the suspect appeared to have crossed often. The paper said they were focusing on the murder of the 40-year-old Vietnamese Dam Thi Hop, who disappeared in October 2017 and whose body was discovered in January this year. Details of the crime were passed to the bi-communal committee on crime and criminal matters, the report said.The co-chair of the committee said he had not been aware of a connection and first heard about it from media reports.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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