PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A B-2 Stealth Bomber flys over before the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The song is surely burned into the memory of every college football fan. So much so that one likely can’t listen to the lyrics without thinking about Ohio State or Oregon or Florida State or Alabama or ESPN. Some legends are told, some turn to dust or to gold But you will remember me, remember me for centuriesIt’s Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries” and it was the theme song of the inaugural College Football Playoff. It was played an insane amount of times during the two semifinal games and the championship game. How many times, exactly? According to the Reddit user, Emperor_of_Orange, 45 times – 10 times in the Rose Bowl, 18 times in the Sugar Bowl and 17 times in the CFB Playoff National Championship Game. Here it is for hopefully one, final time.
Severed ties between the Canadian Labour Congress and Unifor have culminated in the head of the national lobby group for the labour movement accusing Canada’s largest private sector union of raiding another union for members.Unifor’s president says the union’s decision to leave the CLC this week was due to concerns including what it says are some U.S.-based unions stifling workers’ rights to change the group representing them. The head of the CLC retorts that Unifor left so it could lure members away from other unions to boost its own membership, a move that is forbidden under the CLC’s constitution.Just one day after Unifor announced it was leaving the CLC, Unite Here Local 75, which represents hundreds of hotel workers in Toronto and Mississauga, Ont., announced it was seeking to leave its U.S.-based parent union and join Unifor.“Since the disaffiliation, they are now involved in raiding Unite Here in Toronto,” CLC president Hassan Yussuff said.“If you leave the congress, then, of course, you’re free to go and solicit any members that they wish to join their union. And that’s what they’re doing right now.”Unifor president Jerry Dias insisted leaving CLC is not about boosting its membership.“I have zero interest in raiding any unions. We will respond to those that attempt to raid us, but this has absolutely nothing to do with raiding,” he said.The infighting has left some inside the movement scratching their heads over who is to blame and others asking why they are blaming each other at all, given the challenges the entire movement faces, including an overall decline in unionization rates.“There’s some elements of truth on all sides,” said Stephanie Ross, an associate professor at McMaster University’s School of Labour Studies.However, she added, there are many critics within the movement of the CLC’s difficult process to make a change in union representation, and it would be in the movement’s best interest to re-examine its process.“Because a disunified labour movement is a serious problem.”Unifor has recently struggled to expand its membership by attracting new workers, said Ross, pointing to a recent failed effort with some Toyota workers in Ontario.There’s likely some internal frustration that the union is unable to recoup the members they’re losing due to factors such as job losses through new union drives, she said. But whether that is a factor in their decision remains to be seen, she said.Dias said the CLC rules that give disgruntled unionized workers an avenue to choose different representation don’t work, particularly because U.S.-based unions that are also part of the CLC don’t want them to be effective.Among the CLC’s 65 members, there are 33 international unions. The Air Line Pilots Association International, for example, is an affiliate that represents pilots at airlines in both the U.S. and Canada.While unionization rates have fallen drastically over the past two decades in Canada, the drop in the United States has been even larger.For U.S. organizations, there’s financial incentive to keep Canadians in their unions, said Dias, considering 28 states have so-called right-to-work laws that make union dues unenforceable.“Canada is a major cash cow,” he said. “So there is one heck of a push amongst the U.S.-based unions to ensure that their members can never leave their union.”Unite Here Local 75 outlined several frustrations with its parent Unite Here when announcing the vote to switch unions. It said Unite Here put the local into trusteeship in January, removed elected officials and seized the local unit’s assets.Unifor is the product of a variety of unions that broke away from their American parent, said Ross. So their viewpoint is one that is very sympathetic to union members in situations like those that Unite Here Local 75 describes, she said, where they disagree with the parent chapter over the union’s direction, including on upcoming collective bargaining.Yussuff disagreed with Dias’s assertions that the CLC has failed to act on member complaints, adding its received 46 complaints between May and December last year and all have been resolved. The group can’t address complaints it doesn’t receive, he added.If Unifor has issues with the group’s constitution, Yussuff said, the union should have worked within the system to build a consensus around how to improve the structure.“Leaving and interfering in the relationship with other affiliates is not a way to demonstrate your solidarity.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Chair of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors has confirmed that Executive Director Jennifer Moore is no longer with the Foundation.Foundation Board Chair Chris Maundrell confirmed today that Moore is no longer employed as the Foundation’s Executive Director. Maundrell did not give a reason for why Moore is no longer with the organization, saying that the Foundation’s Board will be issuing a press release “when the time is correct.” He added that the release would likely be issued in the next week or two.Moore was announced as the Foundation’s Executive Director less than a year ago. At the time, she also served as the Regional Economic Development Officer at the North Peace Economic Development Commission. The Commission announced last year that it would be ceasing operations on December 31, 2017. Moore’s last announcement with the organization came less than a week ago, when it was announced that the Hospital Foundation had brought in over $1 million in donations during the last fiscal year. The Foundation had set a goal of raising $650,000 during the 2017/18 fiscal year, an amount it exceeded by over $350,000.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River North School Board will likely be open to forming partnerships with other levels of government or non-governmental organizations to add to the new two-storey elementary school on the City’s northeast side.School District #60 Superintendent Dave Sloan said that the school district is ecstatic about the June 28th announcement by the government that the district had been approved to receive funding to build the new school, which will have space for 505 Kindergarten to Grade 6 students. The Province said that plans for the new school include a neighbourhood learning centre with child care, before-and-after school care and multi-purpose spaces for community use.Sloan said that currently, the school board has not yet partnered with the City of Fort St. John about contributing funds toward the school’s construction. The City contributed $2.5 million towards the construction of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s gymnasium, which doubles as a community recreation centre. Sloan added that at present, the new school’s gymnasium is planned to be smaller than the gym at ‘Ma’ Murray, but larger than gyms at other elementary schools in the city. Despite the June announcement not including funding for the operation of a daycare at the new school, Sloan again said that the school board will most likely be open to the possibility of partnering with other organizations in order to allow such a facility to operate.“At this point, it’s so new that we have no partners to announce. I think it’s not a secret that having a sufficient number of daycare spaces for the community is a concern not just of the school district’s, but right across the community. If there’s an opportunity for us to provide and an opportunity for other organizations to partner with us, this is too good an opportunity to pass up. There’s been a lot of ‘let’s be ready in case this happens’ and now it’s happening. So now it’s a case of translating those aspirational plans into actual plans.”
Fort St. John is on a declining trend in crime as compared to last year when the Crime Severity Index was at 122. The Violent Crime Severity Index has dropped significantly when compared to last year’s number of 133.For the rank number, the highest number means the safest, while the lowest listed number means the most dangerous. The index is the number of incidences reported.Some of the categories include all-crime, violent crime, and youth crime.Here is how Fort St. John compares to other cities within the Peace.All Crime:Fort St. John – Rank #33 – Criminal Severity Index: 118Dawson Creek – Rank #16 – Criminal Severity Index: 148Grande Prairie – Rank #14 – Criminal Severity Index: 163Prince George – Rank #10 – Criminal Severity Index: 175Violent Crime: Fort St. John – Rank #36 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 104Dawson Creek – Rank #31 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 115Grande Prairie – Rank #20 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 143Prince George – Rank #9 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 167Youth Crime:Fort St. John – Number of Incidences: 4Dawson Creek – Number of Incidences: 0Grande Prairie – Number of Incidences: 3Prince George – Number of Incidences: 94Overall, Fort St. John ranks quite well in community safety and crime rates when compared to other neighbouring cities within the Peace.For further statistics and information, you can visit MacLean’s website FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MacLean’s Magazine has released their annual report for Canada’s Most Dangerous Places for 2019 and Fort St. John is considered to be the safest city within the Peace.Each city, a total of 237 across Canada, was ranked based on statistics within various categories. Fort St. John’s Crime Severity Index sits at 118, with the Violent Crime Severity Index down to 104.
In a study, conducted by Northern B.C. Housing, the population of Fort St. John is expected to grow by 46 percent by 2036, with the senior population, 65 plus, expected to grow by 172 percent.With the senior population expected to rise, Brar says there is a real short-coming for senior housing.“We see there is a real short-coming here. We want to come up with a solution, we want to have the right team, and we want to make it based on what your needs are.”Brar and Pearson presented the six levels of Continuum of Care, that features six designs of potential senior housing.The six design levels for the Continuum of Care for Senior Living. Source Peace Enterprises Ltd.Attendees were given surveys to fill out, asking them to list each level on an importance scale; one being most important on the priority list, with six being the least important. The information collected from the surveys will be used as input for further planning.Both Brar and Pearson encourage everyone to complete the survey as this project is not just for the seniors of today, but for the future as well.Focus groups for the project will take place from January 23 to 25, 2019.Surveys can be submitted by visiting the Fort St. John Century 21 Realty. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A consultation meeting for the Continuum of Seniors Housing was held on December 13 at the Fort St. John Seniors Hall.Senior citizens attended the meeting to learn about the future of senior living in Fort St. John, presented by Ron Brar and Kevin Pearson of Peace Enterprises Ltd. and Peace Holdings Inc.Currently, Peace Enterprises Ltd. is in the process of designing a community that accommodates a full continuum of care for older adults.
New Delhi: The global market for true wireless hearables is expected to reach a volume of 129 million units by 2020, driven by traditional wireless headset manufacturers – Samsung and Huawei, a report by Counterpoint Research said on Friday. True wireless hearables are in-ear Bluetooth headphones that don’t have a cord connecting them either to the music device or to each other. Currently, the most-preferred hearables brand is Apple with 19 per cent share, followed by Sony with 17 per cent share and Samsung with a 16 per cent market share. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAccording to Counterpoint’s “Emerging Technology Opportunities” (ETO) report, Apple would continue to dominate the market. The second-generation of AirPods and similar earbuds from other technology giants would be a catalyst for market growth. “Hearables have the chance to be part of a future where information and connectivity are integrated into our daily lives more than ever. Above all, personal assistants like Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa are likely to boost the market from 2019,” Liz Lee, Senior Analyst at Counterpoint Research, said in a statement. Hearables manufacturers such as Bose and Beats have a market share of 10 per cent and six per cent, respectively. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”While examining user satisfaction, usage patterns, preferences and understanding the key factors influencing purchase decisions, we verified that consumers have an increasing desire to buy hearables equipped with enhanced features including improved battery life and AI-based voice assistants,” Pavel Naiya, Senior Analyst at Counterpoint Research said. Players such as Samsung, Bose, Jabra, Huawei, Bragi, and LG are prevalent and would grow from a smaller base from 2018. New entrants such as Google and the likes of Amazon and Plantronics would drive the market forward, the report noted.
If you happen to go around rural Uttar Pradesh, you will not fail to notice the numerous beautiful buildings on the wayside every now and then. These are grand structures almost like some five-star hotel properties. But if you are more curious and read what is written on, you discover these are schools. Schools have sprung up with their air-conditioned classrooms and large campuses, imposing gates and fleet of bright yellow buses, making a perfect picture. These are private schools putting the familiar picture of ramshackle government schools as things of remote past. Also Read – A special kind of bondStanding in the small shops overlooking one of these schools across the road, I asked the shop-owner about whose children attend these schools, the man casually answered: “whoever can afford”. Obviously. Then he added, the schools have buses and other facilities, they hike their fees every year but nobody even as much as protests. Droves of children are attending these and even more are coming up. Private education, particularly school education, is flourishing and this is good for the country without a doubt. The Economist magazine has written in detail the expanding role of private education in the emerging market economies and their dwindling presence in the developed world. Also Read – Insider threat managementLooking at these grand buildings, housing well-known schools in rural India, I thought I was witnessing a live demonstration of what The Economist magazine has written in its latest issue from London. The Economist has cited global statistics to prove its point. It is wonderful to see that the growth of expenses on education in the family budgets is rising fastest in India, followed closely by China. As for the developed world, they lag far behind. And why not, an economic base is emerging in India making a larger share of the family budget on the education of children. It is a matter of prestige as well for families to send their wards to English medium schools, costing disproportionately more, than to send them in run-of-the-mill vernacular medium ones. If you take UP, where I was roaming over the weeks to assess the mood of the people for the forthcoming election, I could not help noticing the apparent prosperity. Further enquires laid bare some clues. Bagpat sugar mill accepts cane from its command area worth around Rs 350 crore a year. This sugar mill is not one of the bigger ones but counts among the smaller ones of its ilk. It takes the canes from growers and the money reaches the registered bank accounts of the farmers as per the farmers who were waiting at the factory gate to unload their tractor load of cane. They had complaints about the arrangement for delivery of cane, like the absence of any shed for the farmers where they can wait and relax; but not about cane dues pending. Presumably, there would be other mills where the complaint would be of the other kind: that of unpaid dues. But for political reasons and economics, the dues are getting channelled into farmers accounts eventually and within some reasonable time. Even if we take the lower amount of Rs 350 crore of Bagpat sugar mill’s annual purchase, and revise it downwards, the aggregate purchase of cane from UP cane growers would not be really small. Conservatively, and averaging out, the total dues flowing into the farmers accounts a year should be around Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 crore a year for 119 UP sugar mills. That’s a tidy sum. Add to that the fact that cane is a standing crop, which if you sow for one year, should yield for two years without doing too much work on it. So a cane grower would have plenty of opportunities for other activities as well. The village elders, looking like members of a leisurely class, at one of the areas where they invited us for a chat, gave indications of alternate avocations. There are indications of the emergence of a society which is above subsistence level. If you choose to take a look at the numerous grocery and stationery shops then you get any product. From biscuits to cosmetic items, you have everything stacked up. More so, there are some fancy, so-called, cosmetic items which we thought would be solely in the preference lists of the city folks, which are prominently displayed in the rural ones. Nor can you overlook the strong presence of automobile companies with showrooms around these areas from Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Tatas, and Mahindras. If the price of McDonald’s burgers could be used as the benchmark for calculating some rough and ready purchasing power parity index for comparable GDPs of nations or the real exchanges rates among currencies, then why these indicators of economic well-being can’t be used for estimating the level of affluence in an area, I wondered. Because even after seeing these, it looked a little incredible. Used to the constant narratives of deprivations and abject poverty in rural India, it is rather difficult to accept that our rural areas could also be relatively comfortable. Of course, there would be those who still remain below the reasonable levels of comforts. But there is no point in not recognising the fact that compared to as recently as ten years, the level of prosperity is much more widespread. There is also the concomitant issue that such prosperity and skewed accesses to facilities, particularly schooling, could accentuate disparity in society. If good schools and better education is available to a select few then such children will gain a head start for a lifetime. It will, of course, result in greater inequality eventually. These call for public policy interventions and corrective measures. But that should not be crimping the gains —the easier option— than building comparable additional facilities. Public policy should, therefore, be directed at raising the standards and amenities of all government and aided schools and not reset the emergence of a crop of good private educational institutions. Hopefully, this will be one of the priorities of the new government post the present hustings. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
New Delhi: The country’s largest telecom operator Vodafone Idea Thursday said its rights issue has been over subscribed, and crossed Rs 25,000 crore in value terms. “The company would like to clarify that based on preliminary information received the total applications from ASBA and Non-ASBA have exceeded the total issue amount of Rs 25,000 crore, Vodafone Idea said in a regulatory filing. Through the rights issue, which ran between April 10 and April 24, the company offered 2,000 crore new shares at Rs 12.50 apiece. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The Vodafone Idea rights has been subscribed 1.07 times as per data available from registrar to the rights issue last night. This can go up. Final data is expected to be published by the registrar today (Thursday),” one of the merchant bankers involved in the rights issue process said. The banker said that the data published by stock exchanges does not include subscription that goes to the registrar directly under Applications Supported by Blocked Amount (ASBA) facility. He said that the rights issue entitlement worth about Rs 2,000 crore renounced by Malaysia-based Axiata Group has gone through non-ASBA route. Axiata held 71.2 crore shares; and in the ongoing rights issue, it was entitled to subscribe 163 crore shares worth about Rs 2,000 crore. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostPromoter shareholders — Vodafone Group and Aditya Birla Group — have reiterated to the board that they intend to contribute up to Rs 11,000 crore and up to Rs 7,250 crore, respectively, amounting to a total of Rs 18,250 crore, as part of the Rs 25,000-crore rights issue. According to a JM Financial report, minority shareholders will need to make an investment of at least Rs 5,410 crore in the rights issue to keep promoters’ holding at 75 per cent, to comply with the Sebi norms. The banker said that the investment of over Rs 8,400 crore through non-promoter equity portion has come, as per data which was available on Wednesday night – when issue closed, and final figures will be published on Thursday.
London: A UK court Wednesday denied bail to Nirav Modi for the third time, saying the fugitive diamond merchant who is the main accused in the Punjab National Bank fraud and money laundering case amounting to up to USD 2 billion would fail to surrender.Dressed in a light blue shirt and trousers, the 48-year-old appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot and sat behind a glass enclosure as the hearing got underway. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghModi’s defence team doubled the bail security to 2 million pounds and offered he would stay on 24-hour curfew at his London flat. “Conditions in Wandsworth (prison) are unliveable… Modi is willing to abide by any conditions you choose to impose,” his barrister Clare Montgomery told the Judge during the lengthy hearing. However, the judge was not convinced. “This is a large fraud and the doubling of security to 2 million pounds is not enough to cover a combination of concerns that he would fail to surrender (if bail is granted),” said Judge Arbuthnot. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadEarlier, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of Indian authorities, said Modi should not be granted bail as the evidence presented by the defence does not amount to change of circumstances required to third bail application. Modi’s defence team, led by barrister Motgomery who was also the barrister for former Kingfisher Airlines boss Vijay Mallya in his extradition case – opposed the CPS claims of Modi being a flight risk. He is believed to have been living in the UK on an Investor Visa, applied for in 2015 at a time when the so-called golden visa route was relatively easier for super-rich individuals. PTI