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Toronto stock market slightly higher New York sharply lower amid retail misses
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 20, 2014 6:28 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Tuesday but New York finished the session sharply lower amid deep disappointment with the earnings and outlooks of retailers.The S&P/TSX composite index was ahead 10.45 points to 14,525.19.The Canadian dollar dropped 0.36 of a cent to 91.75 cents US.The Dow Jones industrials tumbled 137.55 points to 16,374.31 as the poor showing in the retail sector reinforced concerns about economic performance and the view that with so many stocks fully valued there isn’t much of an impetus for investors to drive stocks higher.The Nasdaq declined 28.93 points to 4,096.89 and the S&P 500 index was down 12.25 points to 1,872.83.Office supplies company Staples posted an adjusted first-quarter profit of 18 cents a share, three cents below expectations as restructuring charges continued to hit results and its shares retreated 12.55 per cent to $11.71.Other retailers pressuring New York included Dick’s Sporting Goods, which skidded 18 per cent after the firm lowered expectations for the second quarter and full year due to weakness in the retailer’s golf and hunting divisions.And Urban Outfitters fell more almost nine per cent as the firm said profit dropped 20 per cent in the first quarter.“(Retailers) are improving at the margins but the issue is maybe they aren’t as robust as people were expecting or hoping,” said Kevin Headland, director of the portfolio advisory group at Manulife Asset Management.“Most economic recoveries are usually led by the consumer and this year you haven’t seen that.”Home Depot fared better as quarterly earnings ex-items amounted to 96 cents per share, three cents short of estimates. Revenue rose three per cent to $19.69 billion, but missed estimates of $19.97 billion. It also raised its full-year earnings forecast and its shares gained $1.46 to $77.96.Meanwhile, Target has fired the president of its troubled Canadian operations, Tony Fisher. Target is trying to fix its operations in Canada, its first expansion outside the U.S., which have been hit with cost overruns and losses. It is also trying to recover from a massive data breach in the U.S. In New York, Target shares were down $1.68 to US$56.61.Canadian retailers also got caught up in the downdraft with Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) off $1.24 to C$105.47 and Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) 32 cents lower to $17.30.The quarterly earnings season in Canada has pretty much wound up and now traders are waiting for results from the big Canadian banks.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and TD Bank (TSX:TD) kick off the stream of earnings on Thursday and analysts are expecting another solid if unspectacular quarter.Analysts don’t believe the earnings will yield another leg up in stock prices for the big banks, all of which are very close to their 52-week highs.“Most expectations are for earnings to be normal, benign, a lot of importance will be put on those banks that have divisions in the U.S.,” Headland said.“So banks will come out with regular type of earnings, nothing really surprising to the upside or downside.”On the commodity markets, the energy sector was flat as June crude contract in New York lost early gains and declined 17 cents to US$102.44 a barrel.The base metals sector rose 0.12 per cent with July copper losing two cents to US$3.14 a pound.June bullion edged up 80 cents to US$1,294.60 an ounce and the gold sector gained about 0.3 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email People walk in Toronto’s financial district in Toronto, on Oct. 29, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Toronto stock market slightly higher; New York sharply lower amid retail misses
Conley and Turner cash in with new salary cap
Day 1 of NBA free agency on Friday was an unprecedented start to what will become the most lucrative offseason in the history of the sport.The increase from $70M to $94M in team cap space has given owners the ability to offer substantial contracts to many players who would’ve never sniffed $20M per year under the previous salary cap.Two of those beneficiaries are former Ohio State Buckeyes Mike Conley and Evan Turner. Conley re-signed with the Memphis Grizzlies for a five-year, $153 million deal. Turner etched a four-year, $75 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.Conley’s deal marks the richest in NBA history, which could be surpassed by free agents LeBron James and Kevin Durant.Conley is now bringing in more money per year than any other point guard in the NBA despite never being named an All-Star. Since being drafted at No. 4 overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Grizzlies, Conley has widely been regarded as the league’s most underrated point guard.He has averaged 15.7 points per game and 5.9 assists per game over the last four seasons with the Grizzlies. His season was cut short after 56 games because of an Achilles injury.Conley played one season at OSU and averaged 11.3 ppg and 6.1 apg in 2006-07, leading the Buckeyes to their first NCAA final since 1962.Turner played with the Celtics the last two seasons averaging 10.5 ppg, 4.4 apg, 4.9 rebounds per game in 2015-16 as Boston’s sixth man.Portland will be Turner’s fourth team in the NBA since being selected No. 2 overall by Philadelphia in 2010.Turner was AP Player of the Year in 2009-10 with OSU averaging 20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg and 9.2 rpg.
The rescue effort was enormous Irishman rescued after yacht capsized off Australian
‘The rescue effort was enormous’: Irishman rescued after yacht capsized off Australian coast It took over 13 hours for rescuers to reach them after the emergency vessel was launched. By Cliodhna Russell Mar 9th 2017, 3:45 PM Updated 3:45pmAN IRISH MAN and French woman have been rescued after a yacht capsized off the Australian coast, as part of what the man’s sister described as an “enormous” effort from emergency services.Nick Dwyer (55) and Barbara Heftman (44) were on a 40-foot yacht that was travelling from New Zealand to Australia as part of a 10 year-long circumnavigation of the globe.It happened in the Tasman Sea, on their way to Sydney on Tuesday. They activated an emergency beacon when the yacht “rolled” after the rudder had broken previously in high seas.It took the rescue boat over 13 hours to get to them. The New South Wales vessel was launched at 7pm on Tuesday and reached the yacht at 8.30am on Wednesday.NSW police, who took part in the rescue along with seven officers from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, described the conditions as treacherous with six-metre swells and gale-force winds. 20,325 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dwyer told reporters,”We encountered enormous seas, waves the size of buildings coming at you constantly, winds that you can’t stand up in, seas breaking, whiteness everywhere.We weren’t sure whether we were going to be rolled again and each time a wave hit, we thought ‘is the one that’s going to take us?“It wasn’t really until the low (pressure system) hit us and we got capsized that we felt we really couldn’t survive this one without assistance.”Dwyer described the rescuers as “absolute heroes”.The pair told BBC News they will stay in Sydney while figuring out what to do next. Dwyer said:Our home’s gone, we’re alive, I expect to live a little bit longer and that’ll be okay.Speaking to RTÉ’s News at One, Dwyer’s sister Sarah Byrne said that the rescue effort undertaken by the Australian authorities was “absolutely enormous”, and hailed it as “extraordinary”.The whole family are relieved that both Dwyer and Heftman are safe and well, after having to wait all through the night before it was confirmed that both had reached land unharmed.Dwyer has used the past few hours to catch up on some sleep, but his sister said there was no doubt what his next move would be.Despite this ordeal, the pair are eager to get back out onto the water, Byrne said.Absolutely [they’re going to continue]. One thing about sailors is that we enjoy a bit of weather, even if that was a bit extreme… Even if they don’t recover [the boat], they’ll still go back out there to live the dream.Additional reporting by AFP and Sean MurrayRead: Man in serious condition after hit and run in Dublin> 13 Comments Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 3:45 PM http://jrnl.ie/3278218 Irishman Nick Dwyer & french woman Barbara Heftman survived 5 days stranded at sea on their broken yacht off NSW @abcnewsSydney @ABCNews24 pic.twitter.com/I3WM594fUk— Mark Reddie (@ReddieNews) March 8, 2017 Share23 Tweet Email1 Short URL Source: Mark Reddie/Twitter
Its all Greek to their ears
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Hellenic Studies Foundation appear to be at loggerheads over the discussions recently held in relation to the future of the Modern Greek Department.The Foundation serves as the custodian of the Greek studies program at UNSW which the University has decided to close down by 2011.Foundation President, Costa Vertzayias, issued a press release stating that, “the effort to save Greek at the UNSW has gained momentum.” This followed a meeting he and the Greek Consul in NSW, Vasilios Tolios, had with the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty, Professor James Donald, and the Head of the Languages Department, Professor Peter Collins, on September 16. The press release explained that the University is not willing to reconsider the decision not to offer a major in Greek after 2011 yet “it left open the possibility to review the situation should student numbers dramatically increase.” This runs contrary to the position the University has expressed in a meeting with Greek community leaders on September 10 and in its public statements. At the meeting held between Greek community leaders and the Professor James Donald on September 10, the University reiterated its position to phase out the Greek program offering only two courses of Introductory Greek for each semester. Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) contacted the University and a spokesperson for the School of Arts and Social Sciences disputed the claim by Mr Vertzayias in his press release. “There is an element of confusion,” the spokesperson Chris Lewis said. He further clarified that although he hadn’t read the press release, things that were relayed to him about its content “do not reflect the University’s decision.”However, when questioned by NKEE about this inconsistency, Mr Vertzayias defended the veracity of his press release and invoked the presence of the Consul General of Greece as a witness. Despite numerous attempts NKEE was unable to speak to Mr Tolios.The University referred NKEE to older statements which outlined the UNSW position on the future of the Modern Greek Department.“Intermediate and advanced Greek courses will be phased out at UNSW in 2010 and 2011,” the statement said. “However, for UNSW students wishing to continue the study of Modern Greek at upper level in the future, arrangements have been made to allow them to do so through cross-institutional enrolment at the University of Sydney. The UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Science Student Centre will manage the process of enrolment. Students will be awarded credit for their studies of Greek at Sydney in their undergraduate Arts degree at UNSW.” The University explained that its decision was taken because the program was no longer viable because of low enrolments.
Ministerial award for Greek language student
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Rosebank College’s Argy Markopoulos received a Commended Award as part of the 2011 Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement-Community Languages Schools. Argy was acknowledged for his commitment to the study of Greek by NSW Minister of Education, The Honourable Adrian Piccoli, at a ceremony last Monday. “I was excited and surprised to have received the award,” said Argy who has been brought up speaking Greek at home. “My parents and sisters all speak Greek and I think we are lucky to have the opportunity to learn about our ethnic heritage and to maintain the culture and traditions of our grandparents”. As Argy said his proficient command of the language was particularly useful during a family holiday to Greece in 2008. “I found it easy to communicate with my relatives while I was there and when I returned to Australia, my Greek had improved dramatically.” College Principal Mr Tom Galea said he was very proud of the Year 7’s achievement. “Argy is a hard working student and an award of this caliber is testament to his pursuit of academic excellence.” It is worth noting that Rosebank College which is an independent, Catholic school located in Five Dock, NSW and has a long standing tradition in the study of languages in both those offered externally through the Saturday School of Community Languages and through the College.
Tons of postshow videos from after last nights WrestleMania 33 PPV
Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE has posted the following giant amount of videos of all the happenings from last night’s WrestleMania 33 PPV in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl. Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJoan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Pinterest Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions
Pension transfers could cost members £2600 over expected lifetime
Pension members choosing to transfer out of their employer’s scheme could receive an income that is £2,600 lower over their expected lifetime, according to research by XPS Pensions Group.The report, Member Outcomes Under Freedom and Choice, published today (7 August 2018), looks at data on defined benefits (DB) scheme transfers, collated by XPS Administration over the period since 2016.The research also found:Depending on the choice of retirement vehicle chosen to receive a transfer, an individual could run out of money seven years earlier if they draw an income of £10,000 per year, and could risk leaving an inheritance of £340,000 lower at the end of their expected lifetime.In an analysis of more than 6,000 transfers from DB schemes, 9% went to a full self-invested personal pension (SIPP), and 86% to a platform SIPP.The average transfer size is £230,000, which could equate to an annual pension of between £7,000 and £10,000.An additional 1% of fees each year, charged as a member moves from an occupational pension scheme into an SIPP, could cost from £100,000 to £150,000 on a £250,000 transfer over a 20-year investment.Wayne Segers, principal, XPS Pensions Group, said: “Members deserve better guidance from the pensions industry. Advisers, employers, and trustees can do more to help them at this vulnerable time. It is hard to escape the fact that the last place where collective, cost effective support can be provided to people is while they are still members of their employer occupational pension scheme.“Charging structures can be complex and confusing and employees may end up paying for flexibility in investments that they don’t need and will never use. With a continued surge in transfers from [DB] schemes expected, it will be important for UK companies to help their employees and ensure they are supported in making good decisions with their pension savings.“Given the amounts of pension savings being transferred and the range of outcomes people face, more needs to be done to ensure people don’t lose out in retirement. Recent high-profile cases have highlighted the need for employers to take ownership to ensure members don’t make poor choices that may lead to reduced income in retirement and the risk of employers themselves being criticised in retrospect. Better support and education is needed so that those choosing to move their pension away from their employer’s scheme make an informed decision.”
EXCLUSIVE Michael Caines MBE encourages staff to experience the exceptional
Employee Benefits Connect 2019: Michelin star chef Michael Caines MBE (pictured) ensures employee engagement by placing passion at the centre of strategy, and encouraging staff to appreciate and buy into the customer experience they are part of creating.In the closing keynote address at Employee Benefits Connect 2019, titled ‘The secret sauce of winning leadership’, Caines told stories from his own background and working life, sharing how challenges and hurdles along the journey have helped shape his approach to being a leader. He also described how he built his country house hotel, Lympstone Manor in Exmouth, from a dilapidated wedding venue into a thriving business with engaged, passionate staff.When employees are inducted, for example, they are shown a video expressing Caines’ viewpoint and passion for the business. This is a method of gaining their buy-in into the organisation’s values and mission from day one.“No matter what department they’re in, part of their induction day is to get them into the brand and get them into a sense of the journey that’s been taken to get to Lympstone Manor,” he explained.Other methods Caines uses to ensure that employees value the experience they are providing, is that after one year of service, staff members are able to stay and dine at the hotel for free. This is seen as both a perk and a method of ensuring that they realise the value of their work.At festive dinners that take place each year, employees are shown promotional videos and informed about projects that are underway within the business. The organisation also uses champions and ambassadors to use storytelling and broadcast messages about key products and developments.“We see our business through the individuals that we employ,” he said. “[The business] has captured my heart, and now I want it to capture the hearts of others.“We have a strong identity in [the phrase] ‘experience the exceptional’. That’s not just for our guests, that’s also for our staff. Even if they leave us, we want them to feel that their time with us has been exceptional.”Caines noted that an important part of the organisation’s journey was creating a brand and a sense of identity and place. This aims to be seen not just by guests, but lived throughout the day-to-day workings of the hotel. At the core, Caines said, is passion.“Passion for food, passion for hospitality, passion for wine, a passion for housekeeping; we don’t leave anyone out,” he explained. “We use that as a narrative to empower and also buy-in our staff.”When it comes to environmental commitments, for example, the hotel is committed to ‘guilt-free pleasure’, and Caines stated that it is important for staff to be able to see sustainable values being carried through each element of the business, from removing plastic straws to sourcing local produce, reinforcing the brand.“We bring our staff into our projects, so that they can be a narrative [about] what we do,” he said. “So many of us do amazing stuff within our workplace, but we never really record it, so we lose the opportunity to tell the story. It’s a great marketing tool but also acts as a huge empowerment [tool] for your staff.”Caines went on to outline the key ingredients that make up strong leadership, which include honesty, leading by example, accountability, good communications, being willing to delegate and empower, and fairness. He also explained that it is important to set clear goals for individuals and teams, and to motivate employees and recognise their effort.“It’s about future-proofing and inspiring the next generation, and to do that you have to lead by example,” he said. “The engagement of staff is a reflection of your own leadership ability. One team, one dream, one outcome.”
Man airlifted following industrial accident in Medley
MEDLEY, Fla. (WSVN) – A man had to be airlifted to the hospital after he was injured during an industrial accident in Medley.He was said to be working at a warehouse near Northwest 101st Street and 91st Court on Tuesday.Officials said the man was injured after he got his hand stuck inside some machinery.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene just after 6 a.m. and transported him as a trauma alert patient to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
POLICE LOG for July 9 Billerica Man Issued Summons Coyote Sighting Bike
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, July 9, 2018:Police issued a summons to Frederick James Gutierrez (26, Billerica) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License and No/Inspired Expiration Sticker. (1:25am)A Jacques Lane caller reporting sick or injured raccoon in yard. Animal Control Officer retrieved raccoon and brought to Best Pets in Tewksbury. (7:11am)A caller reported a coyote ran out in front of her vehicle on Boutwell Street. Caller was concerned coyote was out during the day. Officer advised caller coyotes are also out during the day. Animal Control Officer checked the area, but was unable to locate. (9:27am)Inbound train was blocking Middlesex Avenue/Route 62 at North Wilmington station. (9:37am)A walk-in party brought in a black bicycle (2013 black Shimano 29 mountain bike) found on Glen Road. (8:14pm)A caller reported his ex-girlfriend is trashing his lawn outside his residence. Party left before police arrived. (9:22pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 19: Bad Day For One Family With Arrest & SummonsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”
VIDEO Braves fan who drove all the way to Cincinnati catches Ronald
Overwhelmed by the sheer joy of the moment, Joe Webster immediately sprinted for the exit to the concourse and continued tearing through the stadium on his victory lap. Sometimes the sports gods reward you for your dedication.That @Braves fan who caught Ronald Acuña Jr.’s first home run? He drove up from Atlanta just to see the game. @KelsWingert has more: pic.twitter.com/ADHVr3fVil— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) April 26, 2018 Braves superstar prospect Ronald Acuña launched his first career home run on a 416 foot second inning rocket on the road in Cincinnati. In a cool coincidence, the bomb was caught by a lone Braves fan who made the drive all the way from Atlanta to watch the game.🚨🚨 TAPE MEASURE SHOT FOR THE PHENOM 🚨🚨@Braves prospect Ronald Acuña Jr. hits his first career home run 416 feet into the second deck. Welcome to the future.#Braves | #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/KdAvqTzWwL— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) April 26, 2018 Advertisement Eventually Webster stopped running and gave the souvenir to Acuña .
Queer Wave Coffee seeks to create space for the LGBTI community in
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘One of my many privileges is that I’m an extrovert. I can’t keep my mouth shut. This is a privilege that I have to use,’ Goot says. She has been vocal about discrimination issues and challenges LGBTI people face every day.‘To be heard and to speak are two fundamental things we can do to break down the patriarchy,’ Goot states.Goot has been thinking a lot about the concept of safe spaces recently.‘Lately there has been a lot more than just “a bit of anxiety” that I have been facing going out into workplaces professionally,’ she explains. ‘It’s been extremely challenging to face the day, from being misgendered to not taken seriously. I realize that it isn’t me with the problem, but those that are scared of what they don’t know. Finding ways to show we are humans just like everyone else.’Supporting QWCYou can support Queer Wave Coffee by purchasing a t-shirt, designed in collaboration with RJ from Queer Coffee Events and Denver-based artist and barista Breezy Sanchez.‘These shirts were produced with the sole purpose to bring in money for future Queer in Coffee events. I would love to see other coffee communities use this logo to help raise money for queer-related events in their own communities. This is not only for queers obviously, but to support our existence in the community,’ Goot says.‘I want QWC to exist for whatever reason it needs to. I’m not here to dictate that or give it any strict guidelines. Think of it like the Critical Mass movement (bicycles), which has no leaders. A anarchistic movement that anyone can be a part of and participate in. Their goal was to create awareness of cyclists on the road, the destruction that the oil industry creates, and anything else you wanted it to mean.’Purchase a t-shirt by reaching out to Goot via email, and keep up with Queer Wave Coffee on Instagram.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Queer Coffee hosts a successful first event, hopes to expand to other US citiesBoozy and cliquey LGBT+ university societies fail studentsUganda’s LGBTI people are putting up a fight for their right to a safe placeRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/queer-wave-coffee-seeks-create-space-lgbti-community-coffee-industry/ Queer Wave Coffee (QWC) has announced its arrival in light of the success of Queer Coffee Events.Much like Queer Coffee Events, QWC’s mission is to be a supportive space for LGBTI people in the coffee industry. Yet, according to founder Dani Goot, it’s also meant to be a ‘safe place and support hub for not just those that work in the coffee industry. It’s a safe place for anyone that finds themselves with challenges in their workplace, on the street, in their family. It’s a place to be heard and a place to listen.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Who is Dani Goot?According to Barista Magazine, Goot is a ‘legend’ in the coffee industry. She’s been working in coffee for almost two decades. She currently works as head of strategy for Bellwether Coffee, a small start-up based out of Berkeley, California.However, it wasn’t until Goot began transitioning last year that she noticed the issues LGBTI people in the coffee industry—particularly queer baristas—face.‘I am 43 years old and started transitioning almost a year ago. I have been in the coffee industry over 20 years and have identified as male up ’til last year,’ Goot tells Barista Magazine.‘It’s been very challenging to walk out into the world as I am professionally. There is a bit of a anxiety with cold-calling potential accounts along with seeing colleagues that don’t know I have started transitioning.’‘I have always seen and heard the challenges queer folx, women, POC [people of color], and all marginalized folx have in our industry. Once I started my transition, I felt compelled to do something to not only help others, but myself as well,’ Goot says.QWC vs. Queer Coffee EventsUnlike Queer Coffee Events, which as the name suggests holds events for LGBTI people in the industry, QWC is more of a signal for coffee professionals looking for support. GAYSTARNEWS-
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Costa Ricas Catholic Church to take more activist role on environment following
Related posts:5 things Pope Francis gets totally right about climate change Pope: Sinners against environment will answer to God Pope Francis arrives for historic first US visit Pope Francis tells bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeated Roughly a month after Pope Francis made hisappeal for the global community to “urgently” take action to address climate change and other environmental damage, Costa Rica’s Catholic Church is looking to take a stronger stance nationally on the environment.The Episcopal Conference, the governing body of the Catholic Church in Costa Rica, hosted an event Thursday morning to discuss the pope’s guiding document — called an encyclical — for the faithful on climate change and ecological health. The event’s timing came just days before large protests are expected in Nicoya, Guanacaste, over the government’s management of drought there as well as intense flooding in the Caribbean in late June.Monsignor Óscar Fernández, president of the Episcopal Conference and bishop of Puntarenas, told The Tico Times that he foresaw a more activist role for the church on environmental policy.“It’s necessary to talk with politicians and political parties about their social responsibility to be informed about a subject that is so important for the human species.”Fernández said that a meeting was scheduled in August to discuss specifics for how the encyclical would be integrated into Catholic teachings here.Political analyst Constantino Urcuyo, who spoke at Thursday’s event, agreed that there is an important role for the Catholic Church to play in current environmental debates.“I think he [the pope] has great moral authority to speak about this and other subjects,” Urcuyo said after the event, noting that the encyclical brought a new voice to the debate that could attract more support for environmental causes.Costa Rica enjoys a favorable international image as a “green” country but Dr. Rodrigo Gámez of the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) said there is room for improvement. Despite Costa Rica’s famous protected areas, which cover more than 26 percent of its territory, Gámez said the country doesn’t manage its natural resources well, especially in regards to fresh water and its consumption of fossil fuels, particularly for transportation.President Luis Guillermo Solís has been in the province of Guanacaste this week where many of his visits have focused on resolving water shortages, as tourist developments, cattle ranching, agriculture and locals contend for scarce water resources in the parched province. Saturday morning, a protest march has been called to draw attention to the perceived mismanagement of the crisis.Panelists brought up a passage from the encyclical in which Pope Francis calls water a “universal human right.”Even as the quality of available water is constantly diminishing, in some places there is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market. Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights.”The pope’s encyclical criticized Western “throwaway” culture, including the commodification of water. Francis wrote that the Catholic Church defends the “legitimate right” to private property but that “Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute or inviolable, and has stressed the social purpose of all forms of private property.”Conservative critics have accused Francis of being a communist because of the encyclical’s critiques of unbridled capitalism and its focus on the poor. The pope drew ire from some politicians, including Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, a Catholic, by laying responsibility for climate change and environmental degradation on developed economies and global elites.“I don’t go to mass for economic policy or for things in politics,” Bush told reporters in June when the encyclical was first released.Urcuyo, the political analyst, said he thought the critiques were exaggerated and called the church’s social doctrine “centrist.” Urcuyo said that the pope’s recommendations focused on specific practices rather than on any ideological system of government.Panelists agreed that despite any divisive politics interpreted in the pope’s call to protect the environment, the encyclical could have a wide-ranging impact.“What’s interesting is that the letter is addressed to the faithful and nonbelievers alike,” said Rev. Rodolfo Murillo. “The subject of the environment, the Earth, is a common denominator that affects us all, whether we’re believers or not.”AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Comments
Cozy Offers Access to Data on 10M Properties with RentRange
RentRange, a market data and analytics provider for the housing industry, is now the data provider for Cozy, which provides property management software to more than 100,000 landlords.With its proprietary algorithm, RentRange calculates rent estimates based on geography-based, market- and property-level analytics, taking into account historical and current trends.Investors and landlords can use this data to make investment decisions and determine appropriate rent rates for individual properties.“Real estate investing is becoming increasingly data-driven, making it easier than ever for property owners and landlords to pinpoint the optimal rental rate for an individual property,” said Wally Charnoff, CEO of RentRange Data Services.Cozy’s property management software helps make property management more efficient for both landlords and tenants, and providing RentRange data in the software “will expand the role that technology plays by helping landlords become better informed about the local market conditions using detailed rental data,” Charnoff said.In fact, property managers and investors using Cozy software will now have detailed data on more than 10 million investment properties in the United States.They’ll be able to review rent estimates, rent benchmarks, estimated property vacancy rates, rental saturation, and other information to inform their investment and property management decisions.“RentRange has established itself as the go-to source for address- and market-level data, and we are excited to be able to make their comprehensive and up-to-date information available to our landlord customer base,” said Gino Zahnd, CEO of Cozy.RentRange is part of the Altisource family of businesses. in Headlines, News, Technology Share Cozy Offers Access to Data on 10M Properties with RentRange Company News Cozy RentRange technology 2017-02-13 Mirasha Brown February 13, 2017 711 Views
GLENDALE Ariz — As the cliché goes there is no
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