OTTAWA — Several Indigenous leaders say former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was deeply brave in her explosive testimony on the SNC-Lavalin affair, but they’re steering clear of criticizing the Trudeau government.Wilson-Raybould had been the highest-ranking Indigenous person ever in the Canadian government.Wednesday, she told the House of Commons justice committee she faced relentless, inappropriate pressure from Trudeau and several top aides, the Privy Council Office and the office of Finance Minister Bill Morneau, asking her to politically interfere in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations says he witnessed integrity, strength and courage while watching Wilson-Raybould testify.The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations executive also issued a statement of support, applauding Wilson-Raybould for displaying ethics and integrity and calling her a role model for all First Nations and future generations.Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council, said he felt the fact Wilson-Raybould is an Indigenous woman does not make the SNC-Lavalin affair an Indigenous issue and that leaders are focused on reconciliation through measures such as new legislation to revitalize Indigenous languages and keep First Nations children out of foster care.The Canadian Press
Before they trimmed the tree or carved the turkey, three military families kicked off the holiday season with songs, smiles and laughter at a USO meet-and-greet with broadway superstar Idina Menzel recently.Video: Broadway Star Idina Menzel and the USO Help Military Families Kick Off the Holiday Season“Each family had the most adorable children,” Menzel said. “I got to get to know them a little bit and tell them how much I appreciate the sacrifices they make.“I also recognize how difficult the holidays can be when they’re apart, so any kind of laughter or joy I could bring to the situation was nice.”In addition to meeting Menzel and getting VIP access to her Bloomingdale’s Holiday Concert and Window Unveiling show, the families enjoyed a day full of food and fun in New York City, including a pizza lunch and a trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar.“It’s been great that I’ve been able to experience these things,” said Michelle Moore, a military spouse attending the day’s events. “My husband’s in Bahrain and all my kids, especially my son, he says he misses his dad a lot. And it’s really nice when we can do other things that are cool and interesting to make the time go faster.”Source:USO.org
New data released this week reveals nearly three-quarters of Americans (72%) are more excited to give someone a gift if it benefits a charity.Just in time for Giving Tuesday, eBay makes it easier than ever for shoppers to support the causes that matter most to them – delivering the widest selection of gifts that support nonprofits though eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop and a new way to give in-kind donations through Gifts That Give Back.Established in 2003, eBay for Charity helps charities of all sizes raise funds on eBay, one of the world’s most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. It also gives eBay users a secure and efficient way of donating to a charity of their choice when they buy or sell on the site.“eBay continues to leverage its cutting-edge technology to help millions of shoppers support the causes they care about,” said Hal Lawton, Senior Vice President of eBay North America. “To-date, our community of buyers and sellers has raised more than $650 million – whether it’s by listing or purchasing exclusive items that benefit charity, or making donations at checkout. This holiday season, our Giving Tuesday Charity Shop illustrates how charitable giving remains a top priority for eBay, as we’ve sourced one-of-a-kind inventory and experiences with proceeds going to charity.”eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop provides consumers with an easy way to shop hundreds of exclusive experiences and items from celebrities and athletes, all benefiting charitable organizations. The majority of Americans cite travel (49%), concert tickets (44%), and sporting tickets (36%) as top gifts. The Giving Tuesday Charity Shop is filled with hundreds of unique experiences across these categories, making it a one-stop-shop for holiday gifting. From the chance to swim with Michael Phelps or a private training session with Tracy Anderson, to signed ballet shoes from Misty Copeland and a script from Susan Sarandon, to VIP passes for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards and a wide variety of concerts, or iconic fashion pieces from Alicia Keys’ personal wardrobe and a hand knitted scarf from Broad City’s Ilana Glazer – there really is no shortage of gifts for good to choose from with proceeds going to charity. And, as part of eBay’s partnership with the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, eBay shoppers have the opportunity to bid on incredible experiences and artwork that directly support reducing the purchasing and selling of illegal wildlife products. Visit ebay.com/GivingTuesday to see all the unique items and experiences.Shopping in StyleShoppers who purchase any experience or item from eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop will have the chance to win an amazing Los Angeles experience, including a personal styling session with actress and style icon Rachel Bilson. To be automatically entered to win, simply bid on or purchase any of the hundreds of gifts featured in the Charity Shop between November 29 and December 25. A longtime advocate for women, Rachel will also be supporting Afghan Hands, a nonprofit organization that supports disadvantaged and disenfranchised women in Afghanistan. From December 4 through 11, Afghan Hands will be the nonprofit featured on eBay’s Give at Checkout, enabling shoppers to make a donation when completing a purchase. With these proceeds, Afghan Hands will help women gain independence, education and livable wages.“This holiday season, I’m excited to partner with eBay for Charity on their mission to help shoppers find gifts they’ll feel good about giving. eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop is curated with truly one-of-a-kind gifts – and, the best part is, they all support charity,” said actress Rachel Bilson. “In the spirit of giving back, I’m offering a personal styling session with me in L.A for one lucky winner who buys a gift from eBay’s Giving Tuesday Shop between now until December 25. I’m also proud to support one of my favorite nonprofits, Afghan Hands, which will be featured in eBay’s Give at Checkout this December. On eBay, there’s truly a gift for everyone on your list.”Gifts That Give BackTo coincide with Giving Tuesday, eBay is introducing a pilot program, Gifts That Give Back. Through partnerships with six leading charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, CARE International, Habitat For Humanity and March Of Dimes, shoppers can purchase symbolic gifts ranging from $25 to $100. With Gifts That Give Back, 100% of the purchase price will support the chosen charity and a digitally-delivered certificate means they make great last-minute gift options for friends and family who want to support a good cause this holiday season.
Casablanca — A slew of international soccer players will head to Tangier in February for a “Gala Match for Peace,” reports Moroccan daily Assabah.This news comes soon after the 41st Gala match at Laayoune, which was held earlier this month in commemoration of the Moroccan Green March and attended by many prominent soccer players, namely Diego Maradona, who has expressed his love of Morocco several times. In regards to the upcoming event, “All preparations are going well after having received the agreement of several stars,” a member of the February gala match’s organizing committee told Assabah. The February gala match, set to take place in Tangier, will gather several renown soccer players, like Ronaldinho de Assis Moreira, the famous 36-year-old soccer player, who announced his upcoming retirement from soccer last September.The same sources added that Ronaldinho’s former teammate Rivaldo, who attended the Laayoune match this month, should likely be credited for convincing Ronaldhino to participate.Assabah recalled Rivaldo’s statements at the end of the Laayoune match, where he expressed the “joy of participating in a match with Diego Maradona.” The Laayoune match clearly made a good impression, prompting him to return.Egyptian goalkeeper Nader Es-Sayed and Liberian forward George Weah are also expected in Tangier this February.
Rabat – The Ministry of Culture and Communication announced on Thursday that the 2019 Moroccan Book Prize application process is open to Moroccan playwrights, fiction writers, poets, and even translators.The literary contest is open to writers from various genres and languages.It includes works related to human sciences, social sciences, linguistics, translation, and literature works like storytelling, short stories, poetry, plays in Arabic, Tamazight (Berber language), French, English and any other language. The competition also aims to encourage Amazigh (Berber) literature.The application process, however, is only open to candidates who have not received any awards from the competition in the past three years and those who did not receive national or international book awards in 2018, said the ministry.Read Also: UNICEF: Moroccan Media Does Poorly in Educating ChildrenEstablished Moroccan authors, critics, poets, translators, and researchers wishing to participate must submit their applications accompanied by eight samples of their works published in the country or abroad in 2018.The deadline for the applications is April 19.The ministry will announce the winners on September 20, 2019, and the award ceremony will be on October 18, 2019.In 2018, 13 writers and researchers out of the 122 participants won awards in the various categories.Created in 1999, the Moroccan Book Prize strives to support Moroccan writers and academics and promote local works of literature. The prize grants certificates, trophies, and a sum of MAD 70,000 to winners.Read Also: ‘Moroccan Letters’ Explores Morocco Through the Eyes of 20 Arab Writers
TORONTO — A major U.S. player in northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire says it’s indefinitely suspending its chromite project in the mineral-rich area.Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. says its affiliate, Cliffs Chromite Ontario Inc., will not allocate additional capital for the project.Cliffs cites the uncertain timeline and risks associated with the development of necessary infrastructure to bring the project online for the suspension.In June of this year, Cliffs suspended environmental assessment activities because of issues impeding the progress of the project.Cliffs said Wednesday in a release that technical project work, including feasibility study, development and exploration activities, are being halted and there is no restart date planned.Cliffs says it will continue to work with the Ontario government, First Nations communities and other interested parties to explore potential solutions related to the issue of infrastructure for the Ring of Fire region.“We continue to believe in the value of the mineral deposits and the potential of the Ring of Fire region for northern Ontario,” Cliffs said.“Unfortunately, we will reduce the project team staffing and close our Thunder Bay (Ontario) and Toronto offices as well as the exploration camp site,” said Bill Boor, Cliffs’ senior vice president of strategy and business development.Ontario’s minister of northern development and mines said he’s disappointed with Cliffs’ decision, but said the province will continue to work to develop the Ring of Fire.“Our government is committed to smart, sustainable, and collaborative development in the Ring of Fire and this development is about more than one company,” Michael Gravelle said in a release.“It is a multi-generational economic opportunity for this province with known mineral potential worth $60 billion and represents one of the largest known deposits in the world,” Gravelle said.He said Ontario is prepared to invest in vital infrastructure and create the right climate to support development in the region.Earlier this month, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called on the federal government to be prepared to help develop the Ring of Fire.The capital investment for industrial infrastructure is expected to be up to $1 billion, plus another $1.25 billion to construct all-season access roads to the remote region 500 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.At the same time, the province announced it was creating a new development corporation for the Ring of Fire to bring together private and public partners, including First Nations, mining companies and both levels of government.The Ontario government has faced lawsuits from companies that can’t reach agreements with First Nations in the area.
In his first official message, the Secretary-General made a global appeal for peace in 2017.“All that we strive for as a human family – dignity and hope, progress and prosperity – depends on peace. But peace depends on us. I appeal to you all to join me in committing to peace, today and every day. Let us make 2017 a year for peace.” Welcoming the new Secretary-General António Guterres and committing to continue to work closely with the UN, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera emphasized the relevance of the Secretary-General’s message for a shared New Year’s resolution “to put peace first”, for the entire world community, and for Sri Lanka.He stressed the commitment of the National Unity Government of Sri Lanka, under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to move forward on the path of reconciliation and achieving a durable peace. (Colombo Gazette) Commenting on the Secretary Generals’ message UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Residents Representative Ms. Una McCauley stated that “The topic of peace is especially relevant as Sri Lanka is uniquely placed to forge a path for long term and sustainable peace. On the dawn of the new year the United Nations remains committed to supporting the people of Sri Lanka on the journey towards peace and reconciliation.” The incoming United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres officially begins his 5 year term today after being sworn in on the 12th of December.Guterres, a former Prime Minister of Portugal (1995 to 2002) and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015) took the oath of office on the 12th December following the Assembly’s tribute to outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who steps down after leading the global Organization for the past 10 years.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that 85 per cent of the camp population have chosen to return to Afghanistan rather than relocate elsewhere in Pakistan.When the Government of Pakistan announced a month ago that the North Waziristan camps would be closed at the end of June, there were an estimated 32,000 Afghans living in a dozen camps in the unruly agency bordering Afghanistan, part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).UNHCR supported the closing of the camps in North Waziristan because of security concerns.The move reflects a programme of closures paralleling the fall in the Afghan population in Pakistan since the repatriation programme began in 2002. So far, UNHCR has assisted more than 2.4 million Afghans to return home, including 178,000 Afghans who have gone this year from Pakistan.Two camps in Balochistan province will also close this year – Jungle Pir Alizai at the end of July and Girdi Jungle at the end of August. The Government has also announced it intends to close the remaining camps in FATA as of August 30.
The flow of refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea towards Yemen continues to exceed previous records, with over 63,800 people having made this perilous journey in the first seven months of 2012, the United Nations reported today. This marks a 30 per cent increase over the number of arrivals during the same period last year, which was 48,700, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “Once data for August is compiled, we expect to see another spike in arrivals in Yemen,” a UNHCR spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, told a news conference in Geneva. She said 2011 was also a record year with more than 103,000 arrivals by sea to Yemen, the highest total since 2006 when UNHCR started collecting data on this route. Of particular note is a change in the composition of this population, with more Ethiopians making the crossing using the services of smugglers operating along the shores of Somalia and Djibouti. “Our primary concern is for those fleeing conflict and persecution and who are forced to resort to any available means to reach safety in neighbouring countries – in this case, meaning taking boats operated by smugglers,” the spokesperson said. Somalis are automatically recognized as refugees in all neighbouring countries, including Yemen, owing to conflict and human rights violations in their home country, according to UNHCR. In previous years, Somali refugees have constituted between a quarter and a third of all arrivals to Yemen. From January to July this year, only one in six of those arriving in Yemen were Somali nationals. While the number of Somalis making the crossing remains relatively stable, the number of Ethiopians continues to rise – more than 51,000 this year alone. Some of the Ethiopians who reach Yemen decide to seek asylum, with most citing a lack of prospects and a difficult economic situation back in their homeland, said Ms. Fleming. “To avoid detention and deportation, they attempt to evade contact with the Yemeni authorities. Reports of serious abuses of Ethiopians at the hands of smugglers have been increasing,” she added. Mr. Fleming also noted “disturbing” trends in the way that boat crossings are being carried out. In addition to more daily boat departures to Yemen from Djibouti, the smuggling process has now become so organized that those deciding to make this dangerous journey are using established money transfer systems to pay smugglers rather than carrying cash for fear of being robbed by bandits en route to their departure points.
Source: Football Outsiders, FootballPerspective During the 2015 regular season, the Broncos and Panthers allowed the NFL’s fewest and second-fewest yards per play, respectively, and finished 1-2 defensively in Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) ratings. It’s only the eighth time the top two DVOA defenses1Using estimated ratings for seasons prior to 1989. have met in a Super Bowl, and the average defensive index of the teams involved ranks third all-time, trailing only Super Bowls XIV and IV. Everyone is obsessing over the study in contrasts at quarterback — Cam Newton vs. Peyton Manning — but it’s the two defenses that should be taking center stage in the lead-up to Sunday, because by just about any measure, this is one of the best defensive matchups in Super Bowl history. BroncosRunning the ball against the Broncos’ defense is like running into a brick wall erected around another, thicker brick wall. It had the league’s fourth-best defensive DVOA against rushing plays during the regular season and was particularly fearsome up the middle, allowing the league’s fourth-fewest expected points per rush between the tackles. According to ProFootballFocus.com’s player grades, defensive end Derek Wolfe was the eighth-best interior run defender in the NFL; Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall also ranked among the top 11 run defenders at linebacker, with Von Miller ranking ninth against the run among edge rushers. If the Broncos have a weakness against the run, it’s in short-yardage situations — they allowed the league’s second-highest power success rate2Defined as the percentage of runs that achieved a first down or touchdown on third or fourth down with 2 yards or less to go, or on first- or second-and-goal from the 2-yard line or closer. — but they offset that with one of the league’s highest rates of stuffing runners behind the line of scrimmage, and they almost never allowed long runs. Only 7.4 percent of carries against the Broncos went for more than 10 yards, the third-lowest rate in the league.And Denver’s ability to stop the run is by far the weaker aspect of this defense. According to DVOA,3Again, indexed relative to the league’s distribution of pass defenses. the 2015 Broncos’ pass D ranks as the 11th-best of the Super Bowl era after blowing away the competition this season. The Panthers’ DVOA against the pass ranked second in the league but was about two-thirds of a standard deviation worse than Denver’s. 2004Buffalo135129135 2002Tampa Bay146114148 1988Minnesota144121146 2015Denver135120135 1999Tampa Bay12791134 YEARTEAMOVERALLVS. RUNVS. PASS Best pass defenses of the Super Bowl era (1966-2015) 2008Pittsburgh133125133 1980Washington11886132 2009N.Y. Jets136114134 1991Philadelphia150147142 2013Seattle137114140 1994Pittsburgh131114132 1974Pittsburgh139130138 2003Baltimore135125132 1985Chicago135119137 1982Miami12785143 1998Miami133114137 1977Atlanta127115132 1969Minnesota134123132 2012Chicago140130136 DEFENSIVE DVOA INDEX 1970Minnesota135118136 What makes the Broncos so great at defending the pass? For one thing, they led the league in adjusted sack rate, with coordinator Wade Phillips dialing up five or more pass-rushers on 42 percent of opposing pass plays, fourth-most in football. Those plays are statistically graded as blitzes, but in a Denver 3-4 alignment featuring some of the game’s top pass-rushing linebackers, the lines between a blitz and a D-line that simply creates pressure on its own start to blur. According to PFF, Miller was the top pass-rushing edge defender in the game, and his partner on the opposite side, DeMarcus Ware, ranked sixth. Meanwhile, Wolfe and Malik Jackson also finished among the top 11 pass-rushing interior linemen. And when the Broncos do need to blitz from unusual places, safety T.J. Ward can create havoc; he tied for sixth among DBs with a pair of sacks this season.But the front four is only part of the equation — a blitz-heavy scheme falls apart quickly without the ability to cover receivers. This Denver D doesn’t necessarily rely on its secondary as ball hawks; Aqib Talib’s modest total of three interceptions led the roster, and the team’s interception rate was merely average. Instead, all of the Broncos’ primary defensive backs (Talib, Ward, Chris Harris Jr., Darian Stewart and Bradley Roby) and linebackers (Trevathan and Marshall) ranked among the upper quartile at their positions in PFF’s coverage grades, sticking to receivers so effectively that only St. Louis allowed fewer air yards per completion. (“Grading” players is often a fool’s errand, since you can never be sure about coverages and assignments, but when pretty much the entire secondary grades out in the upper crust, those problems are minimized.) And no team allowed fewer overall passing yards per attempt or yards per completion than the Broncos did.PanthersFor all the lofty achievement and outright dominance by the Denver squad, the Panthers’ defense might actually have the edge in star power: Not only will it have arguably the best player on the field Sunday in LB Luke Kuechly, but Carolina’s D also outearned Denver’s in first-team All-Pro selections (3 to 1) and tied it for Pro Bowl nods (4 apiece).It’s indicative of the way these defenses stack up: Carolina’s top defensive players — Kuechly, CB Josh Norman, LB Thomas Davis (playing Sunday with “a plate and probably around 11 or 12 screws” in his arm, which he broke during the NFC championship), DT Kawann Short — can hold their own with anybody on Denver’s roster. But the lesser Panthers defenders aren’t quite as good, which makes Carolina’s statistical profile sort of “Broncos Lite.” Their strengths are similar, but the Panthers are slightly inferior to Denver whether they’re defending the pass or the run.Stylistically, however, the Panthers do operate differently in some important ways. At the most elemental level, they run a 4-3 scheme that relies less on creative blitz packages and pressure from the edges, instead using Short to generate a pass rush from the middle of the defense, and fellow DT Star Lotulelei to occupy blockers and eat up space. The end result was fewer sacks and less pressure overall, but that only makes Carolina’s performance in coverage even more impressive. Despite giving opposing passers the league’s sixth-most seconds in the pocket per drop-back, the Panthers allowed the 11th-fewest air yards per attempt and seventh-lowest completion percentage.It all starts with Norman, who has few peers when it comes to blanketing receivers. Alongside him, the Carolina secondary is littered with such solid cover DBs as Kurt Coleman, Roman Harper, Cortland Finnegan and Tre Boston, all of whom PFF rated among the top half of their respective positions in terms of pass coverage. This depth proved important because Carolina used five or more defensive backs on 463 pass plays this season (26 percent more than the NFL average), more than any other team despite a banged-up secondary that suffered a number of key losses.Speaking of which: The only glaring hole in the DB corps might be Robert McClain, whom PFF rated as one of the worst cover corners in football since signing with Carolina at midseason after a rash of injuries befell the team. But coverage ratings for individual players often don’t tell the whole story, and the rest of Carolina’s roster rates well in pass coverage — Kuechly was graded by PFF as the game’s best cover LB. The all-around cover skills of Carolina’s entire D helped them yield the league’s second-lowest rates of yards per attempt and yards after the catch.Against the rush, Carolina profiled a lot like Denver: It was poor at stopping runners in power situations (worst in the league, in fact), but it also stuffed a lot of runs behind the line of scrimmage. The biggest difference is that, unlike the Broncos, the Panthers did yield some long runs; they ranked 15th at preventing what Football Outsiders calls “open field” yards — i.e., rushing gains starting more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage — per carry (Denver ranked second). That’s one reason why this is a good run defense but not a great one.All told, this is the 15th-most evenly matched defensive matchup in Super Bowl history according to DVOA. And the quality of offensive competition each defense will face ought to help level the playing field even more. Denver’s historically great D is facing a very good Carolina offense led by the suddenly amazing Newton at QB; Carolina’s great-but-not-historically-so defense is facing one of the worst offenses to take the field in a Super Bowl — particularly when it comes to passing.The Super Bowl is all about pomp and spectacle, razzle and dazzle, offensive fireworks and star quarterbacks booking FastPass times at the tea cups. Sometimes that leaves little room for an appreciation of subtler things, like defense. But in this case, all eyes should be on that rougher side of the football — it will be a long time before you see another defensive clash of this caliber on Super Bowl Sunday.Check out our live coverage of Super Bowl 50.
Les violentes pluies du typhon Roke font quatre victimes au JaponMercredi, vers 14H heure locale, le typhon Roke a atteint les côtes japonaises au niveau de la préfecture centrale de Shizuoka. Il devrait atteindre l’île principale de Honshu dans l’après midi mais les fortes pluies qui l’accompagnent ont déjà fait quatre morts.La menace planait depuis plusieurs jours sur le Japon qui multipliait les mises en garde face à la violence du phénomène. Mercredi, le typhon Roke, né dans l’océan Pacifique, a finalement atteint les terres japonaises aux alentours de 14H (5H GMT) au niveau de la préfecture de Shizuoka au centre de l’archipel. Selon l’agence de météorologie nippone, il est accompagné de pluies torrentielles et de rafales de vents atteignant les 200 kilomètres par heure qui pourraient causer de nombreux dégâts en raison de crues, d’inondations et de glissements de terrain. Des dommages qui s’ajouteraient à ceux déjà provoqués par les fortes pluies qui ont précédé l’arrivée du coeur du typhon.À lire aussiC’est officiel, le Japon reprend la “chasse commerciale” de la baleineEn effet, au cours des deux jours précédents, il a déjà fortement plu sur bon nombre de villes japonaises qui ont déploré des inondations et surtout plusieurs glissements de terrain. Hier, quatre personnes ont été retrouvées mortes dans le centre et l’ouest du pays, et deux étaient activement recherchées dont un enfant ayant disparu sur le chemin du retour de l’école, rapporte romandie.com. Depuis lundi, les télévisions nippones ont montré des images de résidents marchant dans les rues les jambes complètement immergées dans des eaux boueuses tandis que les autorités japonaises ont conseillé à plus d’un million d’habitants d’évacuer leur domicile. Autoroutes coupées et vols annulés Désormais, les violents intempéries qui accompagnent le typhon menacent les zones les plus peuplées dont l’agglomération centrale de Nagoya, la province de Shizuoka et la mégapole de Tokyo qu’elles devraient atteindre dans l’après-midi. D’ores et déjà, près de 200 vols ont été annulés et plusieurs autoroutes ont été fermées, mais les mesures de précaution pourraient se multiplier dans la journée. De même, le constructeur automobile Toyota situé dans la zone de Nagoya a décidé de suspendre l’activité de 11 de ses 15 usines. Roke menace particulièrement les zones déjà touchées au cours des mois précédents par d’autres catastrophes : la préfecture de Wakayama frappée par le typhon Talas et la région du Tohoku ravagé en mars dernier par le séisme et le tsunami. Ainsi, la centrale de Fukushima ne sera pas non plus à l’abri des fortes pluies du typhon. Le 21 septembre 2011 à 09:13 • Maxime Lambert
The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, are seeking applicants for the 2009 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout agriculture for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating the producer leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry.”The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program,” said John Hoffman, ASA President. “The instructors and program content are of the highest quality. This program provides information that the participant can start using immediately, not only in business, but personally as well.”The 2009 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience December 1-4, 2008 at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, and then complete training Feb. 24-28, 2009 in Grapevine, Tex., in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic. This seminar offers the opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills, as well as meet and learn from other Young Leaders from around the United States and Canada.Application forms for the 2009 Young Leader Program, sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, have been mailed to all ASA members. Forms may also be obtained by calling (800) 688-7692, ext. 1328, or on the web at www.SoyGrowers.com/dyl. Soybean producers are encouraged to apply or nominate another producer who would be an excellent candidate for the program. Information on guidelines to participate in the program is available at ASA’s website or by calling the ASA program manager. All applications and nominations should be returned to ASA by Monday, September 1, 2008. One Young Leader couple will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.
The increase was, in part, attributed to and robust sales of Eat This Not That!, the book by Men’s Health editor-in-chief David Zinczenko which has sold over 600,000 copies since its release in December.Rodale president and CEO Steven Pleshette Murphy said the company anticipated a soft advertising market and rising costs of paper, postage, and printing early.“Our strategy was threefold,” he said in a statement accompanying the numbers. “First, create smart, integrated marketing solutions for clients that bring together our many assets to drive consumer engagement. Second, build our e-commerce capabilities so that we could connect with our customers directly online. And third, expand our international footprint.”Pleshette points to the company’s 76 percent increase in integrated sales and 39 percent increase in number of books, DVDs and magazine subscriptions sold online as proof of its strategic success.Digital Helps Offset Print DeclinesRevenues for all of Rodale’s digital initiatives—including its magazine-branded sites, subscription service Web sites and direct-to-consumer sales through online channels—increased by 27.1 percent.Rodale’s increase in digital revenues helped offset declining print revenues for the Men’s Health brand. Overall, Men’s Health revenues were flat compared to the second quarter of 2007. Advertising revenues for the magazine decreased by 7.8 percent, and advertising pages were down 13 percent, according to PIB. But advertising revenues for MensHealth.com increased by 42.4 percent, with page views and uniques up by 139.7 percent and 108.8 percent, respectively.Prevention, too, saw decreases in print advertising.The Women’s Health brand recorded a 40.4 percent increase in revenues, with the magazine up 89.5 percent in advertising revenues and 23.7 percent in pages, per PIB. The magazine will increase its rate base from 1.1 million to 1.35 million in January. Best Life also saw increases in print advertising figures.The Runner’s World Media Group, which includes Runner’s World and Running Times, recorded a 7.3 percent revenue increase for the quarter. Rodale increased its print advertising revenues 8.3 percent during the second over the same period in 2007, the company announced today. Advertising pages, though, saw only a slight gain (0.5 percent) over the second quarter of 2007.Both increases were in stark contrast to the industry’s performance as a whole—with revenues down 4.9 percent and pages down 8.4 percent, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. Overall, Rodale’s revenues increased by 7.6 percent compared to the second quarter of 2007.
Chief engineer AKM Fakhrul Islam (R)The Department of Shipping on Wednesday suspended its chief engineer AKM Fakhrul Islam, who was caught red-handed while taking bribe at his Motijheel office, reports UNB.Public relations officer of the department Jahangir Alam Khan said the action was taken against Fakhrul as he was arrested by an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) team for corruption.Earlier on 18 July, an ACC team went to the office of Fakhrul and arrested him while taking Tk 500,000 as bribe from Badrul Alam, an employee of Bangle Marine Engineering Services.Abdul Wadud, assistant director of ACC, filed a case with Motijheel Police Station.
Top Stories BEIJING (AP) – China says Ghana has detained more than 90 Chinese citizens on suspicion of illegal gold mining and that one has died.The Foreign Ministry said Sunday it has expressed serious concern to Ghana over the death and detentions. It said it understands Ghana will deal with the matter according to the law and protect the safety and rights of Chinese citizens.The ministry gave few details in an online statement. It said Ghanaian authorities have cracked down on illegal gold mining this year and arrested the Chinese “recently.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Last month, the Chinese Embassy in Ghana announced that 40 Chinese had been detained on suspicion of illegal gold mining. Thirty-eight were deported.China is eager to be seen as capable of maintaining the security and rights of its citizens abroad.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix
August 22, 2018 590 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News Share Next month marks the 10-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, generally viewed as the moment the Great Recession began. But a decade later, much has changed in the consumer credit marketplace, most notably and overtly in the mortgage sector, according to the Q2 2018 Industry Insights Report by TransUnion that looks at the meltdown’s effect on consumer access to credit and the relationship they have with it.“From a credit perspective, the financial crisis of 2008 was—and hopefully will remain—one of the most trying times in Americans’ lives,” said Matt Komos, VP of Research and Consulting for TransUnion’s Financial Services business unit. “Ten years later, we have some historical perspective on the repercussions from that period, and fortunately for the overall economy, consumers are generally in a much better place today.”According to the report, changes in consumer and lender behavior are most evident in the mortgage industry. The proliferation of subprime mortgage lending in the mid-2000s, among other market factors, led to massive increases in the percentage of borrowers 60-plus days past due,” the report stated. Serious delinquency peaked above 7 percent in 2010, but at the end of Q2 2018, the serious mortgage delinquency rate was 1.67 percent.In the ensuing decade, tightening, then expanding, access to credit combined with technological innovations to give consumers more options for borrowing, the report stated. As a result, Komos said, “we have seen a rebound in originations across all products since hitting their lowest respective levels from the crisis.”Originations, he said, “have rebounded from a low observed in Q1 2014, but are still down relative to 2008. The downward shift was driven by a large reduction in subprime lending due to lender contraction immediately following the crisis.Komos said recent growth in mortgages is mostly coming from the lowest-risk consumers. “There are more super prime accounts in 2018 than there were in 2008, though account volume has reduced for every other risk tier,” he said. “Most recently, however, we have started to observe lenders providing greater credit access across the full risk spectrum, compared to the period 2010 to 2015, as the economy and housing market have recovered.”According to TransUnion, the subprime share has actually dropped by 25 percent since 2008.Also, the report stated, origination volumes are up across risk tiers but have increased most noticeably for prime and prime-plus consumers.“Together, consumers in these two risk tiers have taken a lot of share from other risk tiers in terms of both accounts and balances,” Komos said. “More specifically, 41 percent of personal loan balances sat in these tiers in 2008, while 53 percent now sit with these tiers today.” Joe Mellman, SVP and Mortgage Business Leader at TransUnion, said declines in the mortgage delinquency rate are “largely a result of the better credit quality of recent homebuyers and a housing market which has seen sustained price appreciation.” Still, Mellman said, homeownership rates continue to remain far below recent historical averages. “The homeownership rate reached approximately 70 percent at the beginning of the decade,” he said, “but has since declined, maintaining 64.2 percent since Q3 2017. Those consumers making home purchases tend to be taking on larger loans, as seen by the continued rise in average debt per mortgage borrower.” Borrowers Credit Access Credit Profile Delinquencies Foreclosures Home Purchases Home Sales homeowners Lenders Lending loans mortgage Mortgage Balances TransUnion 2018-08-22 Radhika Ojha A Decade Later, Where Does Credit Access Stand?
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