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  • People / Massimo Roccasecca moves on from OAMC

    first_imgIt is the second major departure in a week among Oman executives. On Monday, it was announced that the chief executive of Oman Air, Paul Gregorowitsch, had resigned “to pursue other opportunities”, after three years at the airline.Along with David Kerr’s departure from Etihad, during a period of uncertainty there, and Uli Ogiermann’s resignation from Qatar Airways, the news marks a period of change in the Middle East.Mr Roccasecca, who previously worked for the express division of Italian Post, as well as Maximus Air Cargo, Maersk Logistics and Cargoitalia, said he had enjoyed “trust, friendship, respect, knowledge and teamwork” in Oman. By Alex Lennane 18/10/2017 Massimo Roccasecca, the well-connected cargo development director of Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC), has quit.In an email to colleagues, he said it had been an honour to work for the company, and that he had cherished “every moment of the last, intense 14 months”.He indicated that “different points of view” may have led to the parting of ways, but he is planning to stay in Oman.It is thought that he may look to the wider logistics scene in a country investing heavily in a bid to become a new major hub, and where he was said to have gained respect from the industry and government.last_img read more

  • How Trump will transfer the ‘nuclear football’ to Biden

    first_imgPresident Trump will not be in attendance on Wednesday to watch his successor Joe Biden get sworn into office, but his absence will have little impact on what may be one of the most important moments of Inauguration Day – the handing off of the “nuclear football.”The “football,” which contains the equipment the president would use to authenticate his orders and launch a nuclear strike, is carried by a military aide who accompanies the president at all times – up to the second he officially leaves office on Jan. 20, reported CNN.Typically, the football would be handed off to another military aide who would be standing on or nearby the inauguration viewing stand as Biden takes his oath of office.On Wednesday, that exchange will have to happen a bit differently as President Trump is currently expected to leave Washington, D.C. for Florida before Biden’s inauguration ceremony, reported CNN. Security increases around the state in preparation for the Biden Inauguration January 20, 2021 WATCH LIVE: 2021 Presidential Inauguration Day Coverage January 20, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Here’s a schedule of the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Day events January 20, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementExperts said the nuclear football will likely travel with President Trump, meaning there will be at least two briefcases in two different locations, which would present a unique challenge of ensuring the transfer of authority goes smoothly.There are safeguards in place to ensure a seamless transition of power and nuclear control from one president to the next, regardless of circumstance.Contrary to popular belief, the nuclear football does not actually contain a button or codes that can automatically launch a nuclear weapon. Instead, the football has the equipment and authorities that the president would use to order a strike, reported CNN. Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS “There are at least three to four identical ‘footballs’: one follows the president, one follows the vice president, and one traditionally is set aside for the designated survivor at events like inaugurations and State of the Union addresses,” according to Stephen Schwartz, a nonresident senior fellow at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.“On January 20, [the extra footballs] will be out of town somewhere with their designees, leaving just [Vice President Mike] Pence’s briefcase unless the White House Military Office has prepared (or already has on hand) another backup for Biden,” he told CNN.The Constitution gives Trump complete authority over the US nuclear arsenal up to the very second Biden is sworn in at noon on Wednesday.“Under the 20th Amendment — and absent any invocation of the 25th Amendment that would make Mike Pence the acting president — Donald Trump is president through 11:59:59 am on January 20. Up to that point in time, he has the sole, legal authority to authorize the use of any or all of the US nuclear arsenal,” Schwartz said.“If an aide with the football accompanies Trump on Air Force One to Florida, that aide will remove himself or herself from Trump’s presence at noon and return to Washington, DC, with the briefcase,” Schwartz added.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Fort Myers Black sorority celebrates significance of Kamala Harris’ vice presidency January 21, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: Inauguration Daynuclear footballlast_img read more

  • Brookfield to acquire 62% of Oaktree Capital

    first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest Both Brookfield and Oaktree will continue to operate their respective businesses independently, the firms said in a statement, “partnering to leverage their strengths.” Each will remain under its current brand and leadership.Howard Marks will remain Oaktree’s co-chairman, Bruce Karsh will remain co‑chairman and chief investment officer, and Jay Wintrob will remain chief executive officer. Marks and Karsh will continue to have operating control of Oaktree as an independent entity, and Marks will join Brookfield’s board of directors.The two companies together will have approximately $475 billion of assets under management and $2.5 billion of annual fee-related revenues, making them one of the largest alternative asset managers in the world, the firms said. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Brookfield on a per share basis, before any benefits from the combination. Cidel Asset Management to acquire fixed income manager Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc. will acquire approximately 62% of Los Angeles-based Oaktree Capital Group, LLC, the firms announced Wednesday.Brookfield will acquire all outstanding Oaktree Class A units for either $49.00 in cash or 1.0770 Class A shares of Brookfield per unit. This represents a premium of 12.4% per Oaktree Class A unit, based on the price of Oaktree Class A units and Brookfield Class A shares at the close of business Tuesday. Related news IE Staff Keywords Mergers and acquisitions CI acquires US$5.1B San Diego-based RIA Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

  • Bridging Finance launches fund that invests in Indigenous communities

    first_img 123RF Keywords Investment funds CIBC lowers investment minimums “Having previously provided funding for initiatives ranging from housing projects to renewable energy projects, we are excited about the future of the fund and the countless opportunities it represents for Indigenous communities throughout Canada,” David Sharpe, CEO of Bridging Finance and a member of Tyendinaga, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, said in the release. Related news Canada Life to launch new shelf of mutual funds Bridging Finance Inc. announced on Tuesday the launch of an investment fund designed to support economic development in Indigenous communities.Lending proceeds from the Bridging Indigenous Impact Fund will be used to fund job creation, infrastructure, housing and education, among other initiatives, the firm said in a release. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IE Staff IG Wealth adjusts strategies, fees of multiple funds Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

  • Business support under COVID resurgence confirmed

    first_imgBusiness support under COVID resurgence confirmed Legislation will be introduced under urgency today to set up a new Resurgence Support Payment for businesses affected by any resurgence of COVID-19.“Since the scheme was announced in December we have decided to make a change to the payment – reducing the time over which a revenue drop is assessed from 14 days to seven,” Grant Robertson said.“We acknowledge the concerns of the business community about Alert Level rises and have made this change as we want to get money out the door quickly to affected businesses.”Firms that experience a 30 percent drop in revenue over a 7-day period will be eligible. The payment would include a core per business rate of $1500 plus $400 per employee up to a total of 50 FTEs ($21,500).“This payment recognises that some businesses face one-off costs or impacts to cashflow when we step up an Alert Level to follow public health advice. The payment is structured to provide most support to smaller firms who are most likely to face cashflow issues but will be available to all businesses and sole traders.“A decision on whether this support will come into effect will be made if there is an extension to the seventy-two hour increase in alert levels announced on Sunday night. If it does come into effect it will cover the initial 72 hour Alert Level rise as well,” Grant Robertson said.The Government has a package of support available, in addition to this payment, including:A new ShortTerm Absence Payment to cover eligible workers needing to stay at home while awaiting a COVID19 test result. This is a one-off payment of $350 to employers to pay workers who need to stay home while awaiting a test or while someone who is their dependent is doing so, in accordance with public health advice. Further information about this payment is available on the MSD website.The Leave Support Scheme helps businesses to help pay workers (including selfemployed) told to self-isolate because of COVID-19. It’s paid as a lump sum and covers two weeks per eligible employee at the rates of $585.80 for each employee working 20 hours or more a week and $350 for each employee working less than 20 hours a week. Information is available here. The Wage Subsidy Scheme will also be available nationally when there’s a regional or national move to Alert Levels three and four for a period of seven days. The support will be provided in two weekly payments for the duration of the alert level period, rounded to the nearest fortnight. The Wage Subsidy Scheme has been very effective in keeping people in work so far with more than $14 billion paid out to protect 1.8 million jobs. Other support includes the enhanced loan products Business Finance Guarantee Scheme, which is available to June 2021 and Small Business Cashflow Scheme.More information can be found on the COVID-19 website: /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, community, covid-19, Effect, finance, Government, jobs, loan, money, New Zealand, public health, revenue, Robertson, Small Business, websitelast_img read more

  • CU-Boulder Chemistry-Biochemistry Club Provides Peek At How Life Is Fueled

    first_img Published: Feb. 3, 2002 Some Colorado 10th-graders will discover how fireflies light up and how plants turn sunlight into food during a Feb. 12 demonstration developed by the CU-Boulder Chemistry and Biochemistry Club. The Cool and Creative Chemistry presentation for about 240 Poudre High School students will examine how chemical-reaction energy is used to fuel living things. Metabolism, respiration, photosynthesis and bioluminescence will be illustrated in eye-catching experiments. A vibrant, blue flash from burning ethanol will be used to show how combustion occurs in human metabolism. Students also will observe the repulsive white foam produced when enzymes found in blood are mixed with hydrogen peroxide. The lights will be dimmed when the bioluminescence experiment takes center stage. With the assistance of an audience member, two liquids will be poured simultaneously into a 2-foot transparent spiral tube. The liquid mixture will cast a bright glow, simulating the chemical reaction that allows fireflies to glow in the dark. The project is funded in part by the CU-Boulder Outreach Committee, which is supported by the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost and the Division of Continuing Education. Cool and Creative Chemistry is offered through a collaborative effort between Science From CU, a Science Discovery program of university outreach to Colorado K-12 schools, and the Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center. Students statewide can benefit from programs covering more than 20 topics presented at their schools, local libraries and community centers. The Feb. 12 demonstration will take place at 10 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. on the CU-Boulder campus. For more information, visit: Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

  • CU-Boulder researchers propose a novel mechanism to explain the region’s high elevation

    first_imgCategories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyEnvironmentCampus CommunityNews Headlines Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail No one really knows how the High Plains got so high. About 70 million years ago, eastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming, western Kansas and western Nebraska were near sea level. Since then, the region has risen about 2 kilometers, leading to some head scratching at geology conferences.  Now researchers at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder have proposed a new way to explain the uplift: Water trapped deep below Earth’s crust may have flooded the lower crust, creating buoyancy and lift. The research appears online this week in the journal Geology and could represent a new mechanism for elevating broad regions of continental crust.“The High Plains are perplexing because there is no deformation—such as major faults or volcanic activity—in the area to explain how this big, vast area got elevated,” said lead author Craig Jones, a CIRES fellow and associate professor of geology at CU-Boulder. “What we suggest is that by hydrating the lower crust, it became more buoyant, and the whole thing came up.”“It’s like flooding Colorado from below,” Jones said.Jones and his colleagues propose the water came from the subducting Farallon oceanic plate under the Pacific Ocean 75 to 45 million years ago. This slab slid underneath the North American continental plate, bringing with it a tremendous amount of water bound in minerals. Trapped and under great pressure and heat, the water was released from the oceanic plate and moved up through the mantle and toward the lower crust. There, it hydrated lower crust minerals, converting dense ones, like garnet, into lighter ones, such as mica and amphibole.“If you get rid of the dense garnet in the lower crust, you get more elevation because the crust becomes more buoyant,” Jones said. “It’s like blowing the water out of a ballast tank in a submarine.”Jones had the lightbulb moment for this idea when colleagues, including co-author Kevin Mahan, were describing xenoliths (pieces of crust ejected by volcanic eruptions) from across Wyoming and Montana. The researchers were reviewing the xenoliths’ composition and noticed something striking. Xenoliths near the Canadian border were very rich in garnet. But farther south, the xenoliths were progressively more hydrated, the garnet replaced by mica and other less-dense minerals. In southern Wyoming, all the garnet was gone.Upon hearing these findings, Jones blurted out, “You’ve solved why Wyoming is higher than Montana,” a puzzle that other theories haven’t been able to explain.At the time, Mahan, a CU-Boulder assistant professor of geological sciences, noted that the alteration of garnet was thought to be far too ancient, from more than a billion years ago, to fit the theory. But since then, he and another co-author, former CU-Boulder graduate student Lesley Butcher, dated the metamorphism of one xenolith sample from the Colorado Plateau and discovered it had been hydrated “only” 40-70 million years ago.Past seismic studies also support the new mechanism. These studies show that from the High Plains of Colorado to eastern Kansas, the crustal thickness or density correlates with a decline in elevation, from about 2 kilometers in the west to near sea level in the east. A similar change is seen from northern Colorado north to the Canadian border. In other words, as the crust gets less hydrated, the elevation of the Great Plains also gets lower.“You could say it’s just by happenstance that we seem to have thicker more buoyant crust in higher-elevation Colorado than in lower-elevation central Kansas,” Jones said, “but why would crust buoyancy magically correlate today with topography if that wasn’t what created the topography?”Still, Jones is quick to point out that this mechanism “is not the answer, but a possible answer. It’s a starting point that gives other researchers a sense of what to look for to test it,” he said.CIRES is a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the CU-Boulder.Other co-authors of the new Geology paper, “Continental uplift through crustal hydration,” are William Levandowski and Lang Farmer, both of CIRES and CU-Boulder’s Department of Geological Sciences. Journalists may obtain a copy of the paper by contacting Kea Giles at [email protected] an animation or to see images, visit Published: March 5, 2015 last_img read more

  • Residents urged to agitate for quality education

    first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MANDEVILLE — Mayor of Black River, Councillor Jeremy Palmer, has called on residents to push for quality educational delivery with the same fervor as they do for roads, water and other infrastructure. He lamented that when he attends community meetings, there is little or no agitation for properly run schools and quality output from these institutions and is encouraging residents to put the schools in their communities at the top of their agenda, when they meet with their political representatives. “Not because the impact of poor education and the impact on the community is not going to be seen (immediately) why we should not do something about it (now). We need to look forward and be proactive,” Mayor Palmer stated at the recent monthly meeting of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council. He told the meeting that for far too long, the Council has concerned itself with everything except the monitoring of educational delivery in the parish, and, acting on a recommendation from Councillor for the Black River Division, Mordant Mitchell, he appointed Councillor for the Lacovia Division, George Powell, to chair the new Education Committee of the Parish Council. “This committee will be monitoring the state of education in the parish. It will be receiving regular reports on the performance of our students on the various exams… particularly those at the primary schools,” he informed. The committee, he said, will also assess the performance of teachers and the state of school plants, including availability of water and security concerns. The education committee, the Mayor said, is expected to produce fruitful results. “We are expecting to strike up a very helpful partnership with the Ministry of Education, and the other stakeholders so that we can produce some results and overall improvement in the quality of education,” Mr. Palmer said. The St. Elizabeth Parish Council, late last year, awarded three nursing scholarships to students in the parish. RelatedResidents urged to agitate for quality education Residents urged to agitate for quality education EducationJuly 22, 2011 RelatedResidents urged to agitate for quality education By GARFIELD L. ANGUS, JIS Reporter Advertisements RelatedResidents urged to agitate for quality educationlast_img read more

  • Educator spotlight: Amy Cordes, Grant Elementary School

    first_imgHomeNewsEducationEducator spotlight: Amy Cordes, Grant Elementary School Jan. 30, 2016 at 6:02 amEducationEducator spotlight: Amy Cordes, Grant Elementary SchoolGuest Author5 years agoamy cordesbarbara ransomeducationeducator spotlightgrant elementary schoolSanta MonicaSMMCTAsmmusd Note: The Educator Spotlight recognizes those who contribute to the education of local students. Educators were chosen by consulting with site PTSA (Parent Teacher and Student Association) and ASB (Associated Student Body) as well as staff recommendations. They were chosen for their reputations with students, staff, parents and the community.By Barbara RansomFor educator Amy Cordes, teaching is a family affair. Cordes’s mom taught at Grant Elementary School where Cordes currently teaches next door to one of her mom’s former students. Cordes’s three children also attended school in Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD), so she’s been a teacher and parent in the community. She says, “I’ve put the P and T in PTA! And felt a huge connection to the community.”Amy Cordes taught for six years before joining SMMUSD to follow in her mother’s footsteps. She is currently a 4th grade teacher at Grant Elementary School and feels 4th grade is one of the best grade levels. They get to read novels, like Island of the Blue Dolphins, and learn about California history: missions, ranches, and the gold rush. She finds nothing “more exciting” than that. Sometimes she thinks math might be her “favorite subject,” but then she also loves “creating electric circuits so science is the best.” But then they simulate mining for gold and social studies is “number one” again!Having taught in SMMUSD for 17 years, between Grant and Roosevelt, Cordes considers teaching an ever-changing “new adventure.”In her own words:“I just hope my enthusiasm for learning is contagious to my students and they continue to find joy and happiness in learning and making new connections to the world around us.“I have been keeping busy recently at school taking on the responsibilities of Math Coach and Professional Development Leader. I like to work with other teachers as well as students so I get to do that when I am coaching math instruction and working with my colleagues.“I also think that supporting my profession is truly important, so I am an active member of Santa Monica Malibu Classroom Teacher’s Association (SMMCTA).”Tags :amy cordesbarbara ransomeducationeducator spotlightgrant elementary schoolSanta MonicaSMMCTAsmmusdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBig Blue Bus expands Marina Del Rey serviceLetter: Santa Monica should keep the Civic AuditoriumYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsDraft Housing Element released to publicBrennon Dixson2 weeks agoFeaturedNewsRent Board announces general adjustment effective SeptemberBrennon Dixson3 weeks agoFeaturedNewsSMMUSD breaks down budget revisionsBrennon Dixson3 weeks agoFeaturedNewsCommissioners talk diversity, or a lack thereofBrennon Dixson3 weeks agoFeaturedNewsCity Manager selection process beginsBrennon Dixson4 weeks agoFeaturedNewsSmall businesses in Santa Monica amongst hardest hit by Covid in the nationClara Harter1 month agolast_img read more

  • Rovio adds cash prizes to Angry Birds

    first_img Rovio cagey on 2020 after Q1 revenue drop AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 FEB 2018 Angry Birds maker Rovio Entertainment partnered with competition platform WorldWinner to launch a game which is “a new spin on the classic mobile game” and will let users compete for cash.“True to the Angry Birds franchise, the familiar physics-based gameplay and strategy puts players’ pig-popping skills to the test. Angry Birds Champions also features the charming characters and memorable sound effects that Angry Birds fans know and love,” the companies said in a joint statement.Wilhelm Taht, EVP of Games at Rovio, said the company “wanted to take Angry Birds to the next level by offering our huge fanbase a chance to put their slingshot skills to the test, and compete for real money.”“WorldWinner represents the best in class when it comes to designing tournament versions of the world’s most popular games,” he added.The game will have two tournament formats, as well as all-new Angry Birds Champions gameplay features.In November 2017 Rovio revealed its first results as a listed group, revealing it spent €22 million on acquiring new users for its games in Q3 2017, an increase of almost €17 million year-on-year.The outlay impacted Rovio’s profit: the company posted a €500,000 pre-tax loss, compared to a profit of €4.6 million in the 2016 quarter. Operating profit dipped 70 per cent year-on-year to €1.6 million. Related Author Rovio CEO to depart at year-end Home Rovio adds cash prizes to Angry Birds Tags Rovio continues push into AR Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Previous ArticleBroadcom lowers Qualcomm bid after NXP moveNext ArticlePac-Man, Sonic in first mobile crossover Saleha Riaz Angry BirdsRoviolast_img read more