Financial Services Sector in Halifax Adds Due Diligence

first_imgCastle Hall Alternatives, the hedge fund industry’s leading provider of operational due diligence, is expanding in Halifax with plans to create up to 50 new positions. The province is supporting the growth with a six-year payroll rebate to a maximum of $1,422,900, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), and up to $150,000 through the Department of Economic and Rural Development, for training. “Castle Hall offers investors an independent due diligence solution,” said Chris Addy, CEO of Castle Hall Alternatives. “In Nova Scotia, we can access an experienced and stable pool of accounting and investment talent to support our ongoing growth.” The company focuses on the operational risk of an investment made by a person or company. It assesses how and where the fund is invested and the risk, helping clients make better investment decisions. “This is another important investment in jobs and a stronger economy,” said Bill Estabrooks, acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “We’re proud to be investing in a company that sees the importance of training and fostering new graduates and young professionals in our province.” “Castle Hall’s expansion builds on the financial services sector by adding diversity and growth,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business, Inc. “There are few markets where an individual can work for a world leader in due diligence, and Nova Scotia is now one of them.” Nova Scotia is Canada’s university capital and produces graduates in accounting, finance and business from countries around the world. It was this talent base, combined with the province’s growing reputation as a centre for hedge fund expertise, that attracted Castle Hall. Castle Hall managing directors Gillian Scott and Lori Barton, both chartered accountants and CFA Chartered Financial Analystcharterholders, head up Castle Hall in Nova Scotia. Both returned to the province after extensive experience in international finance outside Canada. Castle Hall Alternatives helps leading institutional investors, fund of funds, family offices and endowments identify and manage hedge fund operational risk. Castle Hall’s team draws on more than 30 years of direct due diligence experience and is the industry’s largest, dedicated provider of operational due diligence. For more information, visit www.castlehallalternatives.com . Nova Scotia Business, Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. For more information, visit www.novascotiabusiness.com/castlehall. The Industrial Expansion Fund helps industries with innovation and technology, and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund helps protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable. It provides financial support, such as loans and guarantees, when many traditional sources are reluctant to do so.last_img read more

Were you turned on by this at all RCMP officer asks Indigenous

first_imgThis underage teenager was interrogated by police for more than two hours after filing a sexual assault complaint. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTNHolly Moore and Brittany GuyotAPTN NewsVideo obtained by APTN Investigates shows a Kelowna RCMP officer interviewing an under-aged Indigenous teen for more than two hours after she reported a sexual assault while in care of the B.C child welfare system.APTN is protecting the victim’s identity.The youth is left alone with male officers throughout the two and a half-hour video from March 2012 and when female workers from the ministry are present, they are not supporting her except to offer her a hamburger.According to a recent interview with the woman, the alleged sexual assault by an acquaintance was first reported to the youth’s foster parent who took her to hospital.Kelowna RCMP constable interviewed the alleged victim for more than two hours The officer also points out inconsistencies in her statements.These included whether she told the alleged assailant “no” during the time when he was kissing her or when he was taking her clothes off.He also asks her why she stayed in the assailant’s home and took the bus with him.No charges were laid against the alleged perpetrator of the assault, something sadly unsurprising to the woman today.“I think a lot of Aboriginal women can relate to this,” she said. “Maybe now that there is video evidence of how police treat victims something will be done about it.”Punished for reporting assaultA statement of claim filed in March 2019 by the youth in the video claims she was punished for reporting that sexual assault.Court documents obtained by APTN say social worker Siobhan Stynes, and the youth’s then-foster parents accused the youth of falsifying the incident “for an excuse for using drugs.”It also alleges that “no meaningful investigations were carried out surrounding the circumstances of the sexual assault.”Read More:Social worker accused of punishing Indigenous youth for sexual assault allegation while in foster parentB.C. social worker sought out Indigenous high risk youth because no one would adequately safeguard their interests says claimThe video was released as the result of a Notice of Application to disclose all investigation notes in a civil suit against the Ministry of Child and Family Development, social worker Riley Robert Saunders and supervisor Siobhan Stynes.The lawsuits, including one class action, describe an alleged scheme where youth had joint bank accounts with Saunders and their funds were siphoned off, exposing the young people in care to homelessness, drugs and exploitation. The allegations have not been proven in court.Watch: APTN Investigates reporter Cullen Crozier profiled some of the cases in Broken Trust.APTN has reached out to the RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Robert Riley Saunders and Siobhan Stynes and has not heard back.@aptnnews-with files from Cullen Crozier Police briefly interviewed her and then she was brought into the West Kelowna RCMP detachment the next day for questioning with two ministry workers.She said a male officer immediately took her into an interview room and started to barrage her with questions.“I felt very alone in there,” she told APTN. “There was no parental support for me there at all. I was terrified.”“Were you at all turned on during this at all? Even a little bit?” the officer said. “You understand that when a guy tries to have sex with a female and the female is completely unwilling it is very difficult.”In one exchange, he appears to question how hard she tried to fight during the alleged assault.“Go over again with me how did you try and get him to stop,” he said. “Did you scream ‘no’ did you say ‘get off me’, did you say ‘this was rape? I need you to stop?’”“I don’t remember, tried to get my legs around him to try and get him to stop,” she said.“Okay… um I don’t know how that would work, if he’s having intercourse with you and your legs are flat.” the constable answered.center_img At one point the constable asks the teen if she is lying and if she knows the “seriousness” of what she is reporting.“Do you know what could happen to people who are accused of that?” he said. “They could go to prison for up to 14 years.”“You do understand making a report to police that is false is a crime,” he added that, “it’s not something we joke around with just so you know.”He also accuse the teen of lying to avoid getting in trouble with her foster parents.“Is one of the reasons why you came up with this is because you thought you might be pregnant and you thought you might need the pill?” he said.“It’s because I had just gotten taken advantage of and I didn’t consent to it,” she answers.The officer asks the teen why she asked the alleged perpetrator to wear a condom during the attack“Because I already knew it was going to happen and there was no escaping it,” she said to which he answered  “what does that tell me about your level of consent and your level of denial?”last_img read more

Braden Road closed due to collision

first_imgEyewitnesses tell us the Taylor Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance and the RCMP are all on scene.  Taylor Fire Rescue was dispatched to the collision before 8:30 a.m. Monday.Drivebc.ca says an alternate route around the collision is using the Semple/Mason 237 road.The next update on the status of the road will be provided at 11 a.m. UPDATE as of 11:00 a.m. – The road is open to single lane alternating traffic.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Braden road is closed due to a collision.According to Drivebc.ca, the Braden road is closed 5km west of Highway 97 due to a collision.  There is no estimate on when the road will open again.last_img read more

Grains higher livestock lower

Wheat for Sept. rose 15 cents at 4.9075 a bushel; Sept. corn was up 6.75 cents at 3.9950 a bushel, Sept. oats gained 7 cents at $2.6550 a bushel; while Aug. soybeans advanced 3.25 cents at $8.5025 a bushel.Beef and pork lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Aug. live cattle was off .22 cent at $1.0765 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle fell 1.6 cents at $1.3962 a pound; while Aug. lean hogs lost .53 cent at $.7627 a pound.The Associated Press

BC residents accused of 60million fraud involving company with no employees

B.C. residents accused of $60-million fraud involving company with no employees VANCOUVER – A British Columbia brother and sister committed US$60-million in fraud in a far-reaching scheme stretching to Taiwan, China and the Republic of Georgia, the B.C. Securities Commission alleges.The commission issued a notice of hearing against Winter Huang and his sister Vicky Dancho and two B.C.-incorporated companies alleging fraud and illegal securities distribution.Huang was a director and controlling mind of Pegasus Pharmaceuticals Group Inc., and Careseng Cancer Institute Inc., while Dancho was a director, CEO and president of Careseng Cancer, according to the commission.It alleged that between 2008 and 2012, Pegasus Pharmaceuticals issued $36.4 million in bonds to Taiwanese investors that included guarantees from Careseng Cancer of repayment of principal at maturity.“Huang and Dancho knew, or ought to have known, that these guarantees were false as Careseng Cancer had no operations, no employees, no revenue, and less than US$50,000 in assets,” the commission said in a news release Friday.Hearing dates have not been set so the allegations have not yet been tested at a hearing before the commission nor in court.The commission said that between 2011 and 2012, Pegasus fraudulently raised about US$15.4 million purportedly for projects in the Republic of Georgia and US$11.1 million for a project in China.Only about US$2 million went toward the projects, the commission alleged.“Instead, Pegasus Pharmaceuticals used the remaining investor funds to make payments to earlier investors, pay commissions to Pegasus Pharmaceuticals bonds sales agents, and for Pegasus Pharmaceuticals’ operational costs unrelated to the projects.”Huang and Dancho are also accused of illegal securities distribution. The commission alleged the pair sold $56 million in securities without a prospectus — a document outlining a company’s business plan, audited financial statements and executives’ names.A prospectus allows investors to make informed decisions and it is illegal to sell securities without one unless special exemptions are sought. Huang and Dancho did not seek any exemptions, according to the commission.Pegasus declined to comment through its lawyer, Owais Ahmed.Anyone who has invested with Pegasus or has information is asked to contact the commission. by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 4:09 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Vikings And Ravens Are In For A Rude Awakening

5-411.5 Does schedule strength matter for 3-0 teams? 0-910.0 2-710.8 4-511.3 6-311.5 3-610.9 1-810.9 Opponents’ combined record is through the first three games of the seasonSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com OPPONENTS’ COMBINED RECORDTEAM’S AVERAGE TOTAL WINS The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings are both 3-0 to start the year, two of just five undefeated teams remaining in the NFL. But given the way that both teams have played so far, there are a lot of questions about how sustainable their success will prove to be as the season continues.Let’s start with the Ravens. Although 27 other teams wish they had Baltimore’s record, I’m not sure 27 other teams wish they had Baltimore’s team. Being 3-0 is great, but the Ravens have managed to achieve their perfect record while racking up about as few style points as possible.All three of Baltimore’s games have been close, with the team winning by a combined total of just 13 points. And its three opponents were Buffalo, Cleveland, and Jacksonville — teams with a combined 1-8 record, all of whom ranked in the bottom six of last week’s ESPN Power Rankings. In fact, we noted back in July that the forgiving schedule should help Baltimore get off to a strong start.What does history say about 3-0 teams that feasted on bad opponents? From 1990 to 2015, 63 teams started the season 3-0 against opponents that, like Baltimore’s foes, went 1-8 through three weeks.1I filtered out teams that were 3-0 after 4 weeks because I wanted to keep opponents’ records consistent. On average, those teams finished with 10.9 wins — only a little worse than teams who had beaten better opponents: So maybe the Ravens’ easy schedule isn’t a big concern, but it is smart to be worried about their low points differential. The Ravens have the worst points differential of any 3-0 team since the 2004 Jaguars, who eventually finished the season 9-7. From 1990 to 2015, there were 119 teams that went 3-0 through three weeks, and only four of them — the 2004 Jaguars, 1999 Patriots, 1993 Eagles and 1991 Bears — had a lower points differential than Baltimore does this year.If we use a simple linear regression between a 3-0 team’s points differential through three games and its final win tally, we’d expect Baltimore (at +13) to win 10 games, implying that they’d go only 7-6 the rest of the way.2It takes about 36 additional points of differential to translate to one more projected victory. The best-fit formula to project season-ending wins among 3-0 teams was: 9.61 + 0.028 * points differential. (The R-squared was 0.22.) Things were even worse for the 10 lowest-ranked 3-0 teams by points differential: That group averaged just 6.3 wins over the rest of the season. So although Baltimore should be happy with its 3-0 record, a low points differential against a cupcake schedule is enough to fuel skepticism about the team’s chances right now.The Vikings’ success so far is based on equally unsustainable performances. They’ve compiled their 3-0 mark despite gaining only 796 yards of total offense, becoming only the fifth team since 1990 to start 3-0 with fewer than 800 offensive yards.3They joined the 2012 Cardinals (787 yards through three games), 2004 Jaguars (654), 1998 Dolphins (750) and 1990 Raiders (793). Only one other team this year has played three games4The Saints, who have 795 yards of offense, play their third game of the season tonight. and produced fewer than 800 yards of offense: Los Angeles, with 788 — and it’s never a good thing to be compared with the Rams’ lowly offense.Minnesota ranks last in rushing yards per game and rushing yards per carry, so the running game hasn’t powered the Vikings’ undefeated start. The offense is also in the hands of quarterback Sam Bradford, who hasn’t managed many long stretches of competent play over his career. So how have the Vikings raced out to 3-0?Bradford has a passer rating of 107.8 this year, far above his career rating of 81.6, but two games of solid play don’t overshadow a career of underachievement. (His 22nd-place ranking in Total QBR also suggests that his lofty passer rating will come down to earth soon.) The biggest reasons for Minnesota’s success, then, have little to do with the offense and a lot to do with a fluky scoring performance from its defense and special teams, as well as a sky-high turnover margin.In terms of fluky scoring, so far this season, Minnesota has scored as many return touchdowns5Defensive and special teams touchdowns, which come from punt and kick returns as well as from fumbles and interceptions. (three) as it has offensive touchdowns, and that trend is unlikely to continue. Even good defenses and special-teams units can’t produce return touchdowns every week. Last year, Seattle and Arizona were the only teams with at least three return touchdowns through three games, and they combined for just five more the rest of the season. Digging deeper into history, from 1990 to 2015, there were 22 teams with exactly three return touchdowns after three games, and those teams averaged only 3.3 more return touchdowns the rest of the year.As for the turnovers, the Vikings have an NFL-best +8 margin in that department through three weeks, and that trend is also unlikely to continue. From 1990 to 2015, 74 teams had a +6 or better turnover margin through three weeks. On average, those teams averaged +7.1 more takeaways than giveaways through three games, but they finished the year with a +9.5 margin. That means that over the remaining 13 games, those teams only had about 2.4 more takeaways than giveaways. Some of the Vikings’ early-season success has been built on performances that are simply not sustainable.The good news for Minnesota? Last year’s Broncos showed that a defense-driven team can still win a Super Bowl, even when paired with a below-average offense. The Vikings’ defense leads the NFL in sack rate, and the run defense is allowing a mere 3.5 yards per carry. So it would be unfair to describe Minnesota’s 3-0 start as entirely fluky, even if that’s an accurate term for how the team has scored half of its touchdowns. That said, the Vikings have just two runs of 10 or more yards this year, tied with Jacksonville for the fewest in the NFL, and zero runs of 15 or more. And with only six passing plays of at least 20 yards, Minnesota ranks among the bottom three in the NFL in that category, too.In other words, despite their 3-0 records, Minnesota and Baltimore are each playing with no margin for error right now. Eking out close victories or winning with turnovers and returns can work for a short while, but both methods are cause for plenty of doubts about the teams’ ability to be serious title contenders.CORRECTION (Sept. 26, 11:15 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the number of games that Sam Bradford has played through the first three weeks of the NFL season. It was two games, not three. read more

What is Novichok The Salisbury poisoning nerve agent thats more potent than

One of Novichok’s developers – a Russian scientist Vil Mirzayanov who fled to the US after turning whistle-blower – has said one of the variants had no known cure. Variants of the nerve agent Novichok are reported to be up to eight times more effective than VX nerve gas, that was deployed in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February 2017. The nerve agent that poisoned Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and now a couple in Amesbury is one of the most deadly chemical weapons ever developed and was produced in secret by the former Soviet Union. Scientists at the defence laboratory at Porton Down, just seven miles from Salisbury,… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Lucky Friday silver mine is back in production

first_imgThis week, Hecla Mining Co announced that its Lucky Friday mine in Idaho’s Silver Valley has resumed operations and production, and expects to produce some 2 Moz of silver in 2013. “Hecla is pleased to report that with rehabilitation work complete on the Silver Shaft, and with necessary clearance from MSHA, the mine has resumed operations, with initial production of silver concentrates expected in February. Production levels are expected to ramp up during the first half of the year, and we expect to reach normal production levels by mid-year,” said Hecla’s President and Chief Executive Officer Phillips S. Baker, Jr. “The 12 months of down time at Lucky Friday allowed work crews to improve many aspects of the mine’s operations. Besides cleaning and improving the efficiency of the main Silver Shaft, we upgraded mining methods; conducted supplementary training; hired additional safety experts, mine management and engineering staff; and purchased $2.3 million in new equipment, including mechanised rock bolters, which will be used to implement new ground control measures. In all Lucky Friday working areas, as well as at all of Hecla’s other operations, we strive to meet or exceed the National Mining Association’s CORESafety Program, which is the industry benchmark for operations and safety implemented in 2009, as well as all MSHA-approved guidelines. I’d like to thank everyone who played a role in the Lucky Friday rehabilitation for their hard work, dedication and attention to detail,” Baker added.The company has recalled all employees necessary for Lucky Friday to reach full production. All employees, both returning and new, have received supplemental safety training, with enhanced procedures for risk assessment and accident prevention designed to improve existing safe work practices. Work crews have completed the bypass drift at the 1,800 m level, around an area impacted by a rock burst in December 2011. Ground support has been upgraded for over 12 km of underground workings; these upgrades include, in appropriate areas, the incorporation of recently developed ground support bolting products. Current production is coming from #10 stope and #11 stope, located on the intermediate-vein package and 30-vein, respectively.Hecla has spent a total of $29.8 million on the rehabilitation of the Silver Shaft and an additional $26.2 million on other Lucky Friday capital projects unrelated to the shaft renovation.Crews at Lucky Friday resumed work in the first quarter on the #4 Shaft project, designed to access extensions to reserves, resources and additional exploration targets with a goal to increase annual silver production to approximately 5 Moz from Lucky Friday. To date, $90 million has been invested on the estimated $200 million project, with completion estimated in early 2016.As previously reported in December, the Lucky Friday mine was notified of potential PPOV (Potential Pattern of Violations) status by MSHA for citations issued in late 2011 and early 2012, prior to the Silver Shaft rehabilitation and other work done at the mine in the past year. The Company continues to work with MSHA and expects to work through the PPOV process.Hecla is a leading low-cost US silver producer with operating mines in Alaska and Idaho and exploration and pre-development properties in four worldclass silver mining districts in the US and Mexico.last_img read more

Steam ending support for Windows XP SP1

first_imgDigital games services haven’t really been around long enough to have to deal with the phasing out of older operating systems. However, Steam looks to be one of the first to start limiting the support it offers to users still relying on decade-old versions of Windows.Valve has decided to stop supporting Steam running on Windows XP with Service Pack 1 (SP1) after August 31. A decision the company says will only impact 1% of its 40 million Steam users.The good news is, it’s a simple case of applying a free Microsoft update to SP2 in order to continue getting Steam support and updates for your machine. And when SP2 stops being supported, there’s always SP3 to install, so you’re covered for a while yet.Inevitably Windows XP support will stop completely eventually, but the way in which Steam functions means it shouldn’t really impact your ability to play the games you already own. If you have a working version of Steam on an old machine now, it isn’t going to suddenly stop working for your existing games. If you want to keep that machine for playing games, you can always install Steam on another, more modern OS and access the same games when your old hardware eventually stops working.In fact, you’ll probably face the issue of not being able to play new games long before Steam support ends for your OS. Remember, Microsoft didn’t implement support for more recent versions of DirectX on Windows XP, so if you want to play a game that uses DirectX 11 for example, you’re going to have to upgrade anyway.Valve’s Steam team isn’t going to get any less busy in the near future even if older operating system versions are losing support. Steam for Mac has been up and running for a couple of years now, and it looks likely to be joined by Steam for Linux before 2012 is over.via CVGlast_img read more

Young Greek of the week George Nicolacopoulos

first_imgYour greatest achievement? To date, my greatest achievement has been flying to Hamilton Island/ Gold Coast and Canberra with two mates to clock up our flying hours. This took lots of planning and lots of partying when we got there.Goal for the future? To fly for Virgin Blue as a CaptainBest moment of your life? Celebrating my 18th birthday and getting my car license.One word that describes you the best: PersistentPersons you most admire and why? My two brothers, James and Tom, they always make me laugh.Most embarrassing moment? Trying to learn snowboarding tricks for the first time and misjudging my landing and falling on my backside in front of everyone.If I could say anything to the Greek community… *In Greek accent* Hey mate, you speak Greek…?Favourite place to go or hang out at? Snowboarding at Falls Creek Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment? Calvin Harris – ‘You used to hold me’Favourite Greek food? Souvlaki from Souvlaki House in OakleighI can’t live without… My yiayia’s cookingIf I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Keep the drinking age at 18 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Son HeungMin opens up about military service drama

first_imgSpurs forward Son Heung-Min, finally opened up about the drama he lived during the summer with the possibility of doing military service for his country.It was a very complicated summer for Son Heung-Min as he played both the World Cup and the Asian Cup for South Korea, he was really close to staying back there to complete mandatory military service and miss out on two of his best years for Tottenham Hotspur.At only 26-years old, we saw the striker shed some tears after getting eliminated from the World Cup because he had missed his last chance to avoid the service.However, he was fortunate enough to help his national team win its second Asian Cup in a row and he was finally passed that possible professional hell.Now that some time has passed and the player is back playing for Tottenham Hotspur, he finally opened up about the whole drama and said that he would’ve had to play for the Korean army squad in order to stay in form during those two years.“Of course I am in a better position now because I have won the Asian Games, but if not then there was the Korean army team for me,” said Son to The Mirror. “Winning the Asian Games is about the most important thing I have achieved for my country and seeing the delight on the faces of the people back home is something that will last with me forever.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“No country has won it twice on the spin and we have been able to do it so I am happy for my country and very proud of South Korea and my teammates.”“Pochettino has been unbelievable for me in the small things and also the big things. He has helped me a lot, even the decision to bring me in from Germany and give me a chance.”“He took a big risk on me to go for the Asian Games and when I returned he takes me in as if I never left. His attention to detail is unbelievable and that is why he is one of the best in the world,” added Son about how important Pochettino was during this process.Exclusive interview: Son Heung-Min reacts to avoiding military service and names former Manchester United star as his role model | @Rahmanosmanhttps://t.co/HVottDg9QZ pic.twitter.com/d9O0UxLFGH— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 5, 2018last_img read more

ExTime Out Editors Web Venture Unveiled

first_imgFrom: [REDACTED]On Behalf Of Brian FarnhamSent: Monday, February 25, 2008 12:18 PMTo: Jason FellSubject: We’re hiring!If you have a moment, I’d appreciate your help. Please take a look and forward this job on to anyone you think would be interested in the position, or anyone else who could help me find a great candidate. Thanks for your help! -BrianCompany: Polar NewsJob Title: Product ManagerDescription: If you… — Get Web 2.0 — Want to work in a flexible entrepreneurial environment — Understand the term “hyperlocal” and its potential — Love building businesses from the ground up …then this may be a job for you: A well-funded startup backed by Internet Pioneers You’ve Heard Of is looking for a Product Manager. This person will OWN a specific vertical in a new online news and information site—conception, development, execution, reporting, and measurement. The PM will report to the Vice President and work closely with all other departments—content, engineering, marketing, etc. Major Responsibilities: — Build and manage a product roadmap — Innovate, develop and execute strategies — Define user requirements for new features, incorporating cross-functional input, research, usability studies and competitive analyses. — Define and implement feedback and reporting requirements for all products to ensure that they can be optimized based on quantitative and qualitative data. — Work closely with the engineering team on technical implementations — Work cross functionally and take a hands-on role when needed (Editorial, Design, Marketing and Engineering.) — Identify business development opportunities and initiate meetings and potential deals — Drive projects from birth to adulthoodExperience / Skills / Profile: * BA/BS required, ideally in a business, marketing, or computer science/engineering related field. * At least one year of product management experience with strong social networking and Web 2.0 knowledge. * Proficiency in HTML and Photoshop are a plus. * Strong technical background (e.g., web standards, design and usability, and common web and application architectures). * Excellent organizational skills including ability to build effective working relationships. * Proven track record of setting aggressive goals and meeting them, with a style characterized by personal motivation, organizational skills and communications effectiveness. * Knowledgeable across multiple functional areas – Product Management, Engineering, UI, Sales. * Juggle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously in a deadline-oriented environment. * Strong aptitude for determining the optimal way to position products in the market. * Experience managing budgets and demonstrating ROI.. * Experience in online news, media, services preferred. Competitive compensation package including base salary, full benefits, performance and start-up based incentives. Former Time Out New York editor Brian Farnham has been tight-lipped about the Internet start-up company he left the magazine late last month to help launch. Today, though, I received this e-mail from Farnham via LinkedIn. His company is an online news information site called Polar News. And apparently, they’re hiring.The new position—a production manager—is an interesting one. It seems to combine editorial, marketing and circulation responsibilities. Interested? See the e-mail below.last_img read more

From Ghana to Virginia Naming Tradition Travels With Family

first_imgBy MICHAEL PAUL WILLIAMS, Richmond Times-DispatchNORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A life preserver with the message “Welcome Aboard” decorates the front door, a greeting befitting a Navy family. Inside, above the entrance, a framed sign reads: “Home is where your story begins.”Bernard Akoli and his wife, Adwoa Essel-Akoli, had welcomed their newborn son six weeks earlier. On this rainy Saturday, they have invited guests into their home to watch their infant’s story begin in earnest, with a naming ceremony in the tradition of their native Ghana.Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Bernard Akoli, here on the deck of the U.S.S. Gerald Ford (CVN 78), delivers a brief from the flight deck. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Carter)Akoli and his wife are Akan, a major ethnic group in Ghana. Traditionally, in Akan societies, a child is named on the eighth day after birth to ensure that he or she has “come to stay on earth,” according to Kwasi Konadu, a history professor at City University of New York, who adds that the name of a person or entity “reflects its purpose in life.”Akoli, who goes by the nickname Ben, is a hospital corpsman 2nd class aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.He immigrated to America eight years ago through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, a lottery which makes 50,000 visas available annually to individuals selected randomly from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Ben and Adwoa are U.S. citizens now.He joined the Navy five years ago in Ohio and asked to be stationed in Virginia to be near family members in Richmond, a city he was told was beautiful and accommodating to immigrants. The couple also have a 3-year-old daughter, Ayla Angennte Akoli.Following the birth of his son, Ben Akoli reached out to the Richmond Times-Dispatch about attending his son’s adinto, or naming ceremony, which he said would “highlight the cultural diversity of Richmond and Virginia,” and, “make people understand, appreciate and tolerate people with different cultures and values.”On this Saturday, the gathering of about 60 people includes Akoli’s commanding officer Capt. Robert C. McCormack, an assortment of naval officers and his son’s godparents, Gabriel Anteh and Beverly Lambert-Amponin.Chairs in the room are arranged in a square, with McCormack sitting to the right of elder Albert Wright, a retired vice chancellor and professor of civil engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, named after the first president and prime minister of Ghana, which gained its independence from Britain in 1957.Off to the side, Ben and Adwoa sit in upholstered chairs in front of a curtain of white and gold crepe paper flowers, with five letters spelling out the baby’s first name. A white blanket swaddles the newborn cradled in his mother’s arms, his gray bow tie and white dinosaur-dotted shirt peeking from beneath.During the ceremony, Wright speaks the Fante dialect of the Akan people. As an elder, he does not speak directly to the assembled and often speaks in proverbs. His words are interpreted and refined by linguist Josiah Bediako, Adwoa’s uncle, who jokingly describes himself as the emcee of the ceremony.What ensues is a blend of Ghanaian, naval and Christian culture and traditions, interspersed with prayers and hymns and the dispensing of gifts and advice.The gathered are told that naming a child comes with responsibility and must be done with caution. Children tend to follow the characteristics of those for whom they have been named.Two clear liquids are placed on a table in front of the room. One is water; the other is not. The liquids will both be spoon fed to the infant as a sort of truth serum, to teach him that “in this world, things are not always what they seem.”At the moment of truth, Ben stands and speaks.“Though I have the authority to name my baby, I have to consult with my wife,” he said, bringing chuckles from the audience. “So what we have decided … his first name is going to be Aviad — A-V-I-A-D — as you can see from here. His middle name is going to be Johan.”Aviad is a name the prophet Isaiah gave to Jesus. Johan is a Hebrew name for “gift from God.”For the continuity of the Akoli family, the baby would have his last name, Ben said.“So the name I’ve chosen for this baby, friends, is Aviad Johan Akoli.”But there is more.This is Aviad’s official name, the title that will go on his birth certificate, but the naming is far from done. Aviad will now receive his “soul name,” one of which will be based on the day he was born. Since Aviad was born on a Monday, Ben’s family — who is from the Ashanti tribe — will call him Kwadwo; Adwoa’s family, from the Fante tribe, will call him Joojo.Aviad will have a second soul name: Awudor, the last name of his grandfather and Ben’s father.John Awudor did not bestow his last name on any of his three sons, being a man who scoffed at self-gratification, Ben explains later. He preferred to honor others who had positively affected his life.Ben noted that his father was born in 1941, when Ghana was still a British colony. After its independence, the Nkrumah government established close ties to Russia and planned to send his father to study engineering there. But Nkrumah was overthrown.“All his dreams, ambitions and everything were shattered,” Akoli said. But his father found purpose in his three sons, declining to take on other wives and children as was common in Ghana at the time.“If we, his children, feel like he led a good life and he deserved to be honored, then we shall honor him. So today, I thank God that I have the opportunity to honor him by giving my son his name.”After Akoli has named his son, Wright, the elder, receives Aviad into his lap.In the olden days, he says of the infant, he would have placed a machete on the infant, “So you know that when you grow up, you have to go into the farm,” Wright says, according to Bediako’s translation.“But in this generation, what is important is you learn hard, become a scholar,” Wright says. He says he would place a book on the infant, “but today as well, everything is on a computer. So I’m going to put a computer on him.” He places an iPad on the baby, then lays a Bible on him.And then, he spoons the clear liquids into the infant’s mouth — one spoonful of water, the other, a soft drink.“You have to be truthful,” he says.Lt. Cmdr. David Kim, a Navy chaplain, is asked to bless Aviad.“We thank you for the beauty that we see just in the mix of faces and the mix of cultures,” said Kim, the son of Korean immigrants, “and the way that you have brought these cultures and these families together. … We thank you for the love that is clearly in this room.”Eventually, Ben Akoli is called upon to give a special blessing to his son.“I want to say today will go down in the history of my family as the best time ever in our lives,” he says. “I believe God has a purpose in bringing us here.”He recalls his 3,000-mile journey from his small town in Ghana to the United States, how he left his family behind and how he joined the Navy, still unsure of himself, just to pursue something different. But his first duty station in Quantico took him in, “even as an immigrant,” he says.“To me, the Navy is not only a place to work. We fight for freedom and justice for the whole world, for the country we live in. But above that, I see the Navy as my family.”Akoli blesses his newborn son and gives him words to live by as Aviad, somnolent up to this point, begins to stir in his father’s arms.Be honorable, Akoli tells him. When you see a truth, say it’s the truth, even if it’s uncomfortable or unpopular.Your father did not have a car seat, Akoli tells him. He did not sleep in a crib. You, he tells his son, were born in a land of freedom and opportunity where you can practice the religion of your choice. You can be a captain, a doctor, an engineer or a pastor.The father of the child of America and Africa tells his son that he can be anything, but he must never forget who he is as his story unfolds.“Aviad Johan Akoli, you will never forget your people. You will never forget where you come from. You will never forget your roots. You will always come home. You will always come home.You will always come home.”___Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.comlast_img read more

Netflix Amazon Web Services Join Hollywood Open Source Group

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The Academy Software Foundation was founded a year ago, and first unveiled to the public at Sigggraph 2018. This year around, the group will host an open source day at Siggraph that will include a variety of sessions about its various open source projects.Members of the Academy Software Foundation include Cisco, Dreamworks Animation, Unreal, Google Cloud, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Red Hat, Warner Bros and the Visual Effects Society, among others. In addition to Netflix an Amazon Web Services, the group also announced Rodeo FX and Movie Labs as new members Monday.center_img Netflix and Amazon Web Services are among the newest members of the Academy Software Foundation, a group dedicated to promoting the use of open source software in Hollywood that is being spearheaded by the Linux Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.The foundation also announced Monday that it now stewards the development of OpenTimelineIO, an open source tool initially developed at Pixar that has been used for movies like “Coco,” “Incredibles 2,” and “Toy Story 4.”“We’re thrilled to join the Academy Software Foundation and look forward to extending our collaboration with peers and partners on innovative software projects,” said Netflix director of post-production engineering Erik Strauss in a statement.“We are pleased to welcome Netflix into our community, and we look forward to their involvement and contributions to ASWF projects,” added Academy Software Foundation executive director David Morin.last_img read more

NAHB Examines Ideal Generation Y Home

first_img Share NAHB Examines Ideal ‘Generation Y’ Home in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Green Homes Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers 2013-06-04 Tory Barringercenter_img As National Homeownership Month kicks off, the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx (NAHB) is taking a look at the features today’s young homebuyers want most and how builders are adapting to those needs.[IMAGE]””As the economy recovers and young people who had to live at home with their parents move forward with their lives and achieve their dreams of homeownership, home builders are delivering homes that cater to the floor plans, features and affordability that this generation desires,”” said NAHB chairman Rick Judson, a homebuilder and developer from Charlotte, North Carolina.According to the association’s 2012 consumer preference survey, more than 80 percent of Generation Y homebuyers (people born in 1977 or later) prefer a highly energy-efficient home over a lower-priced home without [COLUMN_BREAK]energy-efficient features, preferring to save instead on utility costs.To meet this need, builders are now constructing homes with ENERGY STAR-rated appliances; windows, doors, and insulation that help control the home’s climate; and other modern components such as tankless water heaters and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that help save energy costs.Gen Y also seems to favor media and game rooms more than any other kind of specialty room. New homes today not only contain those spaces, but they are outfitted with modern, state-of-the-art electronic and wiring components that can accommodate high-definition televisions, full-house sound systems, hard-wired fire and security alarms, and more.Beyond those features, NAHB noted that new homes today actually cost less to maintain than older homes. A study done by the group found that homes built before 1960 have average maintenance costs of $564 per year, while a home built after 2008 averages $241. “”The time has never been better for young people to become home owners, whether it be a new home or existing,”” Judson said. “”There are outstanding opportunities in the current market, with near record low interest rates, competitive prices and new homes being built that include open layouts, energy efficient components and other features that cater to young buyers.”” June 4, 2013 428 Views last_img read more