No winning ticket for Friday nights 226 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $22.6 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.The jackpot for the next draw on Sept. 1 will grow to approximately $31 million.last_img

Surprised and disappointed Trudeau says Jody WilsonRaybould should have gone to him

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Jody Wilson-Raybould should have spoken to him about any concerns she may have had. APTN.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsJustin Trudeau says he was “surprised and disappointed” by former minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation Tuesday.The prime minister said Wilson-Raybould, who notified Trudeau of her resignation on Monday evening, should have gone to him with any concerns she might have had.“If anyone, particularly the Attorney General, felt that we were not doing our job fully, responsibly, and according to all the rules as a government, it was her responsibility to come forward to me this past fall and highlight that directly to me,” Trudeau said.“She did not. Nobody did. And that’s why I continue to be puzzled and obviously disappointed by her decision to step down from cabinet.”The statements, made Tuesday evening in Winnipeg, are the latest in an ongoing saga involving allegations the prime minister pressured Wilson-Raybould to help Montreal engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.Trudeau has denied the allegations, and Wilson-Raybould has cited solicitor-client privilege when pressed on the matter.She served as Canada’s Attorney General from 2015 until last month, when she was moved to the Veterans Affairs portfolio in a political move that surprised many.The prime minister reaffirmed his, and his government’s innocence in the matter.“Let me be direct, the government of Canada did its job, and to the clear public standards expected of it,” Trudeau told reporters in Winnipeg Tuesday.“If anyone felt differently they had an obligation to raise that with me. No one, including Jody, did that.”During his responses to media Tuesday Trudeau repeatedly referred to the former minister and First Nation leader by her first name.In December Trudeau came under fire from First Nation chiefs in B.C. after he addressed Kukpi7 Judy Wilson of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) by her first name and in what the UBCIC maintained was a condescending tone.The UBCIC called Trudeau’s behaviour toward Wilson sexist and demanded an apology, saying the prime minister “runs the risk of sending a message to Canadians that it’s ok to belittle, berate and lecture female Indigenous leaders.“It sends a message that it’s ok to continue these attacks towards our Indigenous women whether it is in the boardroom, meetings or dealing with issues on the land, and it runs the grave risk of discouraging Indigenous women to stand up to defend themselves.”No apology was ever made.The organization made a similar statement Tuesday in a letter to Trudeau, prior to Wilson-Raybould’s resignation, saying that comments reported by media from unnamed sources within the Liberal party about Wilson-Raybould are sexist and racist.“They perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women cannot be powerful, forthright, and steadfast in positions of power, but rather confrontational, meddling and egotistic,” the letter to Trudeau reads. “These comments from your staff must be recognized for what they are – blatant sexism.”Trudeau said reconciliation is still a priority for the Liberals.“Our government’s commitment to reconciliation is larger than any one person, and we will continue to work closely with Indigenous partners as we walk this path together.“Make no mistake, we will remain squarely focused on middle class Canadians, creating jobs, growing the economy, and delivering more opportunities for hard-working families from coast to coast to coast,” he said.The prime minister also downplayed the significance of having an Indigenous woman in his cabinet.“We have taken directions from Canadians, particularly Indigenous Canadians, from the very beginning on the matter of reconciliation,” he said.With files from Martha Troian.jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Algerian Mayors Vow to Boycott Algerias July 4 Election

Rabat – Dozens of Algerian mayors have expressed their support for the popular movement seeking a radical change in the current government, saying they will boycott the July 4 election.AFP reported that approximately 40 of Algeria’s 1,500 mayors announced their decision to boycott.The opposition Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) party said it supported the Algerian “Hirak,” emphasizing that all of its elected personnel would refuse to “organize the election.” The statement also described the election as a farce.Read Also: Political Activist Calls on Algerians to Boycott July 4 ElectionAFP reported that RCD controls 37 Communal People’s Assemblies in Tizi Ouzou and Bejaia, two regions 100 and 250 kilometers east of Algiers.The news outlet reported that the two regions are the main administrative regions of Kabylia, a region in northern Algeria.Algeria has 1,541 town councils, mostly controlled by the National Liberation Front (FLN) and its ally, the National Democratic Rally (RND).The two parties faced outrage during the ongoing protests against their management of Algeria during President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 20-year rule.AFP said that even the FLN mayor of a small town in the Tizi region decided not to participate in the July 4 election.The decision of the mayors not to supervise the election followed a similar announcement from Algerian magistrates, who are threatening to boycott the election.As members of the Algerian “Club of Magistrates,” judges and lawyers staged a strike on Saturday, April 13, at a justice court, saying they refused to supervise the coming general elections. read more

Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter warns against foolhardy new vote on Scottish independence

first_imgHe said: “I actually think the reverse. No-one really knows what it’s going to mean from a commercial point of view. There are going to be so many things to be worked out that to add Scottish independence on top would be foolhardy.”Sir Tom, who made £290 million from the sale of the Sports Division business to JJB Sports in 1998, told The Herald that Brexit had not made him less likely to invest in the UK, but he expressed concern about the lack of information on what Brexit would mean in practice.He did not publicly back Yes or No in 2014 but has called since for Scotland to “move on” from the vote and for the parliament to use its new powers.In September last year he urged party rivals to unite and “focus upon building a more prosperous, productive and fairer Scotland where opportunity prevails for all”. He added: “The population decided, politicians are democratically elected and should and must respect the decision of the voters.” Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon launching her Brexit proposals One of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs has said he cannot understand why Nicola Sturgeon wants to keep Scotland in the EU while taking it out of its “biggest trading union” with the rest of the UK.The First Minister has warned a second independence referendum remains “highly likely” if Scotland is not able to remain in the single market.But Sir Tom Hunter, the sports and property tycoon, said a new vote would be “foolhardy” because of the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process.He added: “There’s enough uncertainty for us all to deal with. I can’t quite understand why the government wants to take us out of one union which is our biggest trading union but keep us in another one.“I really do think it would be the wrong thing to bring up another independence referendum at this point. I’m not saying never, just not now.”The millionaire businessman also rejected suggestions that Scotland’s vote to remain in the EU had boosted the case for breaking up the UK.center_img 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. Ms Sturgeon unveiled her plan to keep Scotland in Europe on Tuesday, when she presented three options for remaining in the single market and was accused of trying to exploit Brexit to achieve independence by the back door after demanding a swathe of new powers.Her blueprint involved Holyrood getting some control over issues ranging from immigration to business regulation and international trade negotiations.She also rejected warnings from a series of academics that Scotland and England having different business and immigration regimes would lead to a hard border between the two.Theresa May later poured cold water on the proposals, telling MPs not to assume that Scotland would get a “differential” deal. Meanwhile, the SNP accused the UK Government on Friday of recklessly causing “six months of damaging uncertainty” to the economy and society.Stephen Gethins, the party’s Europe spokesman, said ministers had continued the “gross irresponsibility and negligence” of the Leave campaign by refusing to give any details about what leaving the EU will mean beyond “meaningless slogans”.last_img read more

Indian women use smartphones to pin the creeps

first_imgWITH VIRTUAL BODYGUARDS, panic buttons and maps to pinpoint harassment blackspots, women in urban India are now using their smartphones for protection after a notorious gang-rape in New Delhi.Interest in safety apps and websites has surged since the fatal December attack, in which a 23-year-old student was set upon by a drunken gang on her way home from a cinema in the Indian capital.After outrage and protests erupted, four businesswomen set up Safecity.in, a website for victims of harassment to channel their anger.The site encourages them to “Pin the Creeps” by reporting incidents of harassment and abuse – ranging from catcalling to rape – which are added to an online map and sent to those requesting alerts.Mumbai-based Elsa D’Silva, a founder of the site, said social media had allowed women to speak out and warn others of dangerous areas, even if they are reluctant to give their name or make a complaint to the police.“Now you feel more empowered to do something about it, even if it’s just sharing your experience,” said D’Silva. “We’re not going to keep quiet any more.”The website has linked up with new mobile app SafeTrac, developed by tech firm KritiLabs and downloadable for free, which has an SOS button to alert emergency contacts and lets relatives or friends track the user’s journey.It joins a host of similar apps designed to reassure women, especially those working late and travelling alone — that is, if they can afford mobile Internet access.The first such Indian app was FightBack, launched by non-profit trust Whypoll a year before the Delhi attack, since when it has gone free of charge and seen a flurry of downloads.Whypoll founder Hindol Sengupta said they were now working on a “next generation” app that will include guidance for reporting abuse.“Women often don’t know their legal rights when they go to the police station and they can be further violated there,” he said.“The kind of people who have reached out to us for information has astounded me.”Such developments are being encouraged. India’s IT trade body NASSCOM has opened a contest to find the best app for women’s safety. Separately, free app Stipator (Latin for “bodyguard”) won an award for social innovation last month from NASSCOM.Distress signalsA government commission, set up to prevent sex crimes after the Delhi attack, recommended the development of mobile phone apps for sending distress signals to the police.Even in Mumbai, considered one of India’s safest cities, police launched their own ICE (In Case of Emergency) app in January and say they have seen thousands of downloads, although its practicality has been criticised.A piece in the DNA newspaper pointed out that many women in India cannot afford a basic mobile phone, let alone the Android device required.“Also, when in distress, how often do we get time to take the phone out of our bag, unlock it and open an application to let people know we are in trouble?” it asked.Technology clearly has its limits: it cannot fulfil the need for decent law enforcement, or change attitudes towards women.And while the Indian smartphone market is rising rapidly- expected to soon become the world’s third largest- it still accounts for a fraction of about 700 million active mobile subscriptions in the country.Most safety apps require GPS capabilities that standard mobile phones do not have, although some developers offer emergency texting services.The creators of Stipator, Ratnesh Desai and three fellow Microsoft employees in Hyderabad city, are also working on a “lipstick-sized” safety device for women without phones.Techies and activists hope that if their tools catch on, they might one day act as a deterrent to abuse.“If word gets out there are such apps, people wanting to molest someone will have to be more careful,” said Desai.- © AFP 2013.Read: Riot police fire water cannon at India rape protest>Read: Rape and subsequent death of teen sparks outrage in South Africa>last_img read more

LulzSec members site defaced by another hacking group

first_imgApparently LulzSec’s public antics have made some other hacking groups less than pleased. Another group, calling themselves TeaMp0ison, has defaced the website of one alleged LulzSec member in retribution for their actions, warning LulzSec members that they’ll be exposed if they keep up their antics. Trouble is, defacing websites is generally considered the lowest form of hacking, so while it may seem impressive, it’s likely just the opening salvo in a battle between hacking groups.Whether it’s because LulzSec has been able to attain some media coverage or fame while other groups labor in obscurity or because some groups prefer to keep a low profile isn’t clear, but the altered web page that TeaMp0ison put up claims that LulzSec is using pre-made tools and scripts to attack its opponents, and that “TeaMp0ison Issue 2” will come out and expose LulzSec members identities. The note also criticized LulzSec for representing the “Anti-Sec” movement and making hacking out to be anything but an art.AdChoices广告The real problem with the note is that the perpetrator identifies himself by a number of handles and admits that he’s only 17 years old. Combined with the tone of the message, it reads more like an angry personal rant than a real manifesto or response from the underground hacking community.At the same time, the defacement may indicate that there are other hacking groups that are more than unhappy with LulzSec’s activities, possibly because it has turned the eyes of law enforcement to the hacking community in general, and because LulzSec has been attacking targets almost indiscriminately – including gaming sites and other services popular with the same demographics that are friendly to the hacking scene.TeaMp0ison’s Twitter feed heralded the attack, and re-iterated that the upcoming second edition of their “magazine” would unveil LulzSec members, including their addresses, phone numbers, and names. LulzSec, for their part, hasn’t mentioned the attack at all.Read more at ABClast_img read more

Helen didnt have a peaceful death she wanted to live so much

first_imgOrgan donation Frances says she is very disheartened by the long waits faced by many people on the organ donation list. She recalls how the family “pinned all our hopes” on Helen getting a transplant and were devastated when she didn’t.“Was it wrong to give her so much hope? Or would it have been more cruel for her to know [it would not happen], for her to think it wasn’t coming?I’m delighted to hear when any young person gets a transplant, but it’s bittersweet. I still tear up whenever I hear of anyone getting a transplant. I’m glad for them, but it makes me ask ‘Why didn’t she get it?’ It’s not bitterness, don’t get me wrong, it’s hurt.The Irish Kidney Association’s Organ Donor Awareness Week is running until 8 April.Frances says she wanted to speak out to raise awareness as, unless a person is directly affected by the issue, organ donation is often not on their radar.“If it’s not close to your heart, how aware would you be of it?,” she asks. Frances and LukeFrances says she “would be thrilled” if an opt-out organ donation system was introduced here in a bid to increase the donor pool.Health Minister Simon Harris is considering this option. In 2013, an Oireachtas Committee found that changing to a ‘soft opt-out’ system – where it’s presumed a person wants to be an organ donor unless they state otherwise – could “vastly increase“ Ireland’s rate of organ donation.The Irish Kidney Association (IKA) has instead called for an organ donor registry to be set up to “increase the number of deceased organ donors”, in line with the HSE’s National Consent Policy.Speaking at the launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week, IKA CEO Mark Murphy said: “While constantly encouraging the public to consider organ donation is essential, there is evidence that improvements in skills and techniques can also help achieve more transplants.”Have the conversation Frances thinks grieving people would be more likely to be on board with their deceased loved one’s organs being donated if they had previously had a conversation about it, or if they were more aware of how it could save people’s lives. Helen in hospitalFrances says that when her mother died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage when she was only 51 she was “absolutely gobsmacked and shocked”.“Had anyone said ‘Would you donate her organs?’ at the time, I would have been horrified at the thought of her being cut up.”This was 30 years ago and, knowing what she knows now, her opinion is very different. She encourages everyone to talk to their families about their organ donation wishes before it’s too late.The Irish Kidney Association’s Organ Donor Awareness Week is running from 1-8 April.Organ donor cards can be obtained by phoning the IKA on 1890 543 639 (lo-call) or by texting the word DONOR to 50050 (free). People can also download the IKA’s digital donor card here.More information about CF is available here.Read: ‘Helen didn’t get lungs … but we’ll make sure other people get them because of her’Read: ‘Luke’s Christmas wish is that his mammy gets new lungs’ https://jrnl.ie/3312860 Apr 2nd 2017, 7:00 PM Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 7:00 PM Her death itself was so difficult, that she struggled so hard. She didn’t have a peaceful death as she wanted so much to live – to be there for Luke. I often say that she wouldn’t have lasted so long and fought so hard if it wasn’t for Luke. She kept on fighting for him. That made it even harder on us, watching her suffer.Her brother John lives in Australia and didn’t get home in time to see her before she died.Frances recalls: “We were told on the Tuesday she wouldn’t make it and she died on the Thursday … [John] was very upset about not making it home in time. He had been home in September and saw her then. He was well aware that she was critical at that stage, he had said his goodbyes.”Frances says Helen and her sister Louise did everything together and were “best friends as well as sisters”.“Here’s an absolutely stupid thing – I’m a terrible hoarder but, especially when it comes to anything to do with Helen, I can’t throw it away.There’s a Christmas pudding that I made the November she died. She loved them. I was getting the ingredients for her when she was very sick … I told her I had made it and I hoped she would be able to eat some of it. It’s still there, wrapped up. I was going to throw it into the bin but I just couldn’t. I couldn’t let go. It just reminds me of that time, when she was still with us. Anything to do with her, I find very hard to let it go. 13 Comments Share1094 Tweet Email 36,457 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Helen didn’t have a peaceful death, she wanted to live so much’ Helen Taylor died while waiting for a double lung transplant in 2014. Helen and her son Luke (left)HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE in Ireland are waiting on an organ transplant.In 2016, 280 organ transplants were carried out in Ireland – 230 from 77 deceased donors and the remaining 50 from living kidney donors.About 600 people in Ireland are currently waiting for life-saving heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplants.In November 2014, Helen Taylor died while waiting for a double lung transplant. She had cystic fibrosis and had been waiting for the transplant for a year. She was 38 years old.Helen was survived by her mother Frances, father Liam, sister Louise, brother John, partner Mick and son Luke, now eight years old.At the time of her death, Helen’s family appealed for more people to become organ donors.Frances recently spoke to TheJournal.ie about how her family is coping with their loss two years on.“As time goes on, it never goes away. It’s like a scar that starts to heal but the scar is still there. You get better at doing the day-to-day business but it’s still very difficult.“Last weekend, it being Mother’s Day, was very tough. It’s very painful, and for Luke you wonder how he’s doing. Luke“At school they do things for Mother’s Day like making cards, but his class hasn’t done anything for Mother’s Day out of respect since Helen died.“His life is different to other children’s. He’ll make his first communion this year, that’s very exciting but hard too.”Frances says all of the family are still “absolutely gutted” by Helen’s untimely death. Short URL By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport brings more sleekness safety to Chicago

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 43 Photos 0 Enlarge ImageThe headlights are the most obvious upgrade, but the new (optional) wheels look pretty great, too. Andrew Krok/Roadshow The Nissan Rogue Sport is more than just a slightly smaller Rogue, and to give it a bit more distinct spot in the lineup, it enters the 2020 model year with some solid enhancements.Nissan unveiled the 2020 Rogue Sport at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday. Boasting improvements to its looks, as well as its complement of standard equipment, the SUV that lives between the Kicks and the big-boy Rogue is ready to pounce on a market that cannot get enough of the current crossover craze.The 2020 Rogue Sport’s exterior refresh is mild, but noticeable. The headlights are slightly more rectilinear than before, alluding to updates on other new Nissan models, like the Altima. There’s also a new hood, a new bumper and a tweaked version of Nissan’s family grille. LED daytime running lights come along for the ride, while a new set of taillights live out back. Two new colors — bright green and orange — are now available, too. The interior is the same as before.The biggest news has to be the improved availability of its safety suite. Nissan Safety Shield, the package that includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and automatic high beams, is now standard. Formerly, it was only offered on SV and SL trims, but for 2020 it’ll be standard on even the base S trim. It also carries over certain 2019 enhancements, including the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist lane-holding system is still available, too.The engine remains a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated I4 gas engine good for 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission is the only one available, but the Rogue Sport is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. It goes on sale in the fall, and while pricing hasn’t been announced yet, a base 2019 Rogue Sport will set you back $22,240. 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport looks sharp in its refreshed skin 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport brings a fresh face to Chicago Review • 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport: Only half as sporty as it should be Preview • 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport: Right size, great handling but short on tech More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 1:56 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment SUVs Crossovers More about 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Nissanlast_img read more

Pokemon Black and White get US release date

first_imgPokemon fans looking forward to the release of Pokemon Black and Pokemon White now have a date for their diaries. Nintendo has announced that the latest two games in the series will be released for the DS on March 6, 2011.As with previous games, White and Black versions of the game offer up 150 new Pokemon to collect, but each game also has an exclusive Pokemon to catch. Unlike previous games, Nintendo has decided to offer more incentives to purchase both versions. For the first time there are different areas contained in each game:The game world of Pokemon Black Version featuring a unique metropolitan area called Black City, and a lush, green area named White Forest only found in Pokemon White Version. A final new feature is the introduction of seasons. Black and White are the first Pokemon games to have changing seasons allowing for certain types of Pokemon to appear more frequently depending on the time of year.Both games are no available to pre-order with the price set at $34.99 each, although you should be able to find them slightly cheaper at certain retailers.Read more at Nintendo press releaselast_img read more

Four Sleek Networking and Storage Tools

first_img3. Asus RT-N56U ($130)If there is a best-dressed networking device, it’s the N56U. Not only is this a legit dual-band networking workhorse, but the glossy black exterior and elegant blue control lights give the unit a straight-out-of-Tiffany’s look. The sparkle factor is that high. 2 min read 4. D Link Whole Home Router 1000 ($120)It may look like something out of the Museum of Modern Art, but the Whole Home Router offers what every business needs: fast, robust wireless coverage for your entire office. If you want web access without the wires, give the good-looking D Link a try. This story appears in the December 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. December 8, 2011center_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 2. Belkin Universal Wireless AV Adapter ($100)Though aimed at the home media user, traffic capacity and ease of use are so solid that the Universal Wireless Adapter is a serious small-business data tool. It also doesn’t hurt that the vertical black orb design is flat-out fabulous. Listen Now The world of business computing is getting a serious makeover. Once-stodgy router, storage and wireless device-makers are suddenly taking design seriously. And these sophisticated, feature-rich networking tools are so good-looking, you won’t want to hide them in a closet. Here are four networking and storage tools you can proudly put right out front.1. Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive 2 TB ($240)Iomega may have made the ultimate Mac companion: a hard drive with up to 3 TB of storage and enough ports and connectivity features to back up not only your PowerMac, but your iPhone and your iPad as well. We also love the elegant silver-and-black finish that holds up in even top-of-the-line work environments.last_img read more

Do You Remember What You Did Last Tuesday Neither Do Employees

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 2, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Register Now » Did you know that the professional service sector is America’s largest employer (after government)? This sector, which includes architects, consultants, engineers and lawyers, is driving the growth of the U.S. economy.The professional services field might comprise 1 in 8 jobs, but it has created almost 1 in 3 jobs this year. While some of these professionals bill for time and materials and others earn revenue through fixed-price contracts, their biggest cost (47 percent on average, according to Census data) is their employees.Tracking these costs is critical to running and growing a successful business. Yet these companies are leaking or losing almost two days a week — more than $100,000 an employee a year — because of poor time-tracking habits and technology.In a survey of more than 500 IT, digital and creative, engineering, legal, accounting and public relations professionals, my company, AffinityLive, found that 35.8 percent of employees never track the time they spend on email and 20.6 percent said the same about meetings. Because of this type of oversight, the U.S. economy loses a staggering $8.8 billion every day.A 2012 McKinsey study found that people spend just slightly more than 2.6 hours each day reading and responding to emails. It’s such a large chunk of time it seems like it would be easy to track. But despite employees’ best efforts, tasks that take place throughout the workday do not cluster in clear chunks, one project followed that’s followed by the next. Every day can be busy and jumbled, and filling in time sheets becomes a task that’s saved for a later date.That later date might happen anytime, from the next day to two weeks later. According to the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve, humans retain only 23 percent of what they learn after six days. This means it’s impossible for someone to accurately track his time if he is completing a time sheet only once a week.Much the same is true when employees attempt to record time spent in meetings. Even though meetings are easier to track since they are usually posted in an employee’s calendar, 28 percent of professional services employees never or rarely track meetings, not to mention all the time in spontaneous chats with team members discussing projects, AffinityLive found. On average, professional services employees spend 15.5 hours in meetings a week. But based on my company’s research, employees’ inaccuracy in logging their hours means that on average they each leak $32,000 in revenue a year.The data show the average professional services business leaks or forgoes $110,000 in revenue every year, factoring in minutes lost to emails and meetings combined with the effects of employees’ forgetting what they did on Tuesday. Even companies that don’t bill directly by the hour should be concerned. When employees do not bill their time correctly, managers lose the ability to accurately define retainers and risk severely undercharging for a company’s efforts.Obviously the first step toward more accurate timekeeping should be to encourage employees making time-sheet entries more frequently. Simply getting people to fill in their time sheets daily can double their accuracy and reduce the “lost” time from 23 percent to less than 5 percent, AffinityLive found. The following are more ways to ensure minimal amounts of time are lost for billing purposes:Related: 7 Deadly Sins of Financial Management (Infographic)Make it easy.The modern workday consists of many unplanned transitions between tasks so it’s difficult to keep track of time. A time-sheet solution with options for multiple, flexible and automated timers can accommodate this reality. Furthermore, time sheets that aren’t rigid can alleviate the pressure on those who enter their hours. Human memory is funny and tends to work best when people aren’t under duress. Make sure people can log their time as they go without locking it in. Set things up so that timekeeping is more of an ongoing habit and process and not a formal sit-down chore.Related: 10 Questions CFOs Should Ask Their ControllersAutomate entry.Completing time sheets should not be reliant solely on memory. This is too important to leave to chance. Thankfully, office software is becoming more intuitive. The most common way to automate timekeeping today is by automatically pulling in email and calendar information. As employees write and read emails, modern systems can record how much time is being used and even distinguish between clients. The same can be done with  calendars. Meetings scheduled on employees’ calendars can be pulled into their records as well, eliminating intimidating the blank time sheets that employees would much rather avoid.Link to existing systems.Another reason that filling in a time sheet is so painful is that the commonly used document is not part of any other systems used at work. Filling in a time sheet is an “end of the road” task that’s rarely integrated with critical business functions done in real time.The best approach is to have time tracking be part of an encompassing customer relationship management, project management and billing platform. That way no matter what client work someone is doing the logging of time is part of the process. Managers can then gain insight about budgets and easily foresee any issues with current projects and their expected scope of work. If this isn’t possible, be sure that time sheets link to other programs on the back end, letting employees see a list of current projects and tasks to which they can attribute their time.More than 38 percent of potential billable revenue is lost to untracked time spent in meetings and on email, my company found. By implementing solutions that make tracking hours effortless and intuitive, professional services businesses stand to gain a handsome revenue boost and better understanding of their employees’ workload and clients’ expectations. Related: Paying Monthly Bills Before the Company Has Earned a Dimelast_img read more

3 detainees freed in French terror probe

first_imgPARIS (AP) – French prosecutors have announced the release of three people detained earlier this week as part of an investigation into the deadly terror attacks in Toulouse that targeted Jews and paratroopers.A spokeswoman for the prosecutors, Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, says the three, including a soldier, were freed Friday. None was charged in the case.Investigators in the terror case are trying to understand whether Mohamed Merah _ the man police say killed three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers last March _had any help. Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Merah was killed in a shootout with police after his deadly spree.Five people had been detained earlier, but all were freed after questioning. Only Merah’s brother, Abdelkader, has been charged with complicity in the case and is being held.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Daydream Island Spa recognised for Customer Service

first_imgSpa entry sign Daydream Island’s Rejuvenation Spa has added another award to its list, winning the Hotel Resort Spa Customer Service Excellence category of the Pevonia Botanica Awards.The awards, run by leading international spa and skincare company Pevonia Botanica, acknowledge the most outstanding spas, salons, therapists and managers in Australia.Daydream Island Rejuvenation Spa Manager, Joanne Enslow said the spa offered a luxurious spa program tailored to guests’ every need.“Our focus has always been on our clients’ individual needs and this award is testament to our dedication to providing only the very best tailored beauty and well-being programs,” Ms Enslow said.“Our aim is for guests to leave the spa feeling refreshed, relaxed and of course totally rejuvenated, and we are thrilled to be recognised as among Australia’s best spas.”Located at the northern end of Daydream Island in Queensland’s magnificent Whitsunday Islands, the Rejuvenation Spa is an award-winning facility that combines an extensive array of health and beauty treatments with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and pool to pamper and reinvigorate the mind, body and soul.The Rejuvenation Spa provides a holistic approach to wellbeing, offering the time-tested health benefits of naturopathy, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and massage, along with beauty therapies using products such as Pevonia Botanica and Eles Mineral Make up. Spa facilities include 16 individual treatment rooms, vichy showers, thermal tables, hydrotherapy tubs, steam effusion showers, dual treatment rooms, dual spa baths and private relaxation areas.  Unique to the spa is one of Australia’s most advanced naturopathic testing and treatment clinics, offering clients a complete and comprehensive analysis of entire body systems, from full blood analysis to monitoring and measuring fat and muscle mass. Daydream’s Rejuvenation Spa took out the Performance Excellence category of last year’s Pevonia Botanica Awards. It also clinched the Specialised Tourism Services award in the Whitsundays Tourism Awards 2009. Dual massagecenter_img Source = Daydream Island Resort & Spalast_img read more

THAI hosts Gala Event to launch flight to Vienna

first_imgTHAI hosts Gala Event to launch flight to ViennaTHAI hosts Gala Event to launch flight to ViennaMrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, Acting President, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), and Mr. Gerhard Gotz, Consul General of the Austrian Embassy in Thailand, recently presided over a gala event to introduce THAI’s new direct route from Bangkok to Vienna, Austria at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel.Opening new flights to Vienna, Austria, which is located in Central Europe and is the gateway to the Eastern Europe, will help connect passengers to other cities in Europe and from Europe to Thailand through THAI’s route network. As a new destination, Vienna will make the customer’s journey even better and increase Austrian tourist arrivals into Thailand which help strengthen the economy by creating revenue for the country.Source = THAIlast_img read more

Evergreen launches new ship on the Mekong

first_imgMezzanineEvergreen launches new ship on the MekongEvergreen Cruises & Tours is set to shake up the lucrative Asia river cruise market with the launch of its first Star-Ship on the Mekong river – the Emerald Harmony –  backed by its winning exceptional value price promise: luxury river cruising at great value prices.Citing demand from its growing Evergreen Explorer loyalty database, Angus Crichton, Director Sales, Marketing and Product for Evergreen Tours advises: “Our guests are keen to explore new rivers but want the comfort of a brand they know and trust. As part of making the decision where to build our next Star-Ship, we spent a lot of time talking with our Explorer members, to find out where they would like to travel with us next”.The new Star-Ship, with a beautiful contemporary design, will fuse cleverly with Asian-inspired luxury, to create an on-board perfect harmony. Features will include signature pool, an Asian-themed Horizon Bar & Lounge with luxurious soft furnishings plus, the Reflections Restaurant which will have a locally-inspired menu that showcases native cuisine from the region.New and exclusive to Emerald Harmony is the beautiful Lotus Lounge, situated at the aft of the Star-Ship. This relaxing area will feature stylish, comfortable seating with low, small tables – the perfect place for guests to recount the day’s activities with new found friends.Boasting just 42 Staterooms and Suites, on board accommodation is similar to Evergreen’s  European Star-Ships, with four lead-in Emerald Staterooms, 32 Emerald Panorama Balcony Suites, four Grand Balcony Suites and two Owner’s Suites, each boasting a wrap-around terrace featuring a hot tub.Another innovative feature is the Star-Ship design itself. Unlike most similar sized Mekong river ships, the Emerald Harmony will be built to allow access to the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, meaning guests will not be required to be coached in from outside the city. Allowing for a unique experience that none of Evergreen’s competitors are currently able to offer.In the dedicated Evergreen South East Asia brochure to be launched in Australia in September 2018, Evergreen will offer three unique itineraries including the 13-day Majestic Mekong Discoverer Cruise, taking in Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, the 17-day Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia river cruise and tour, from Hanoi to Siem Reap, and the 21-day Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia river cruise and tour, which includes stops at Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue and Siem Reap.Source = Evergreen Cruises & Tourslast_img read more

GLENDALE AZ — Kevin Kolb hit LaRod StephensHowli

first_imgGLENDALE, AZ — Kevin Kolb hit LaRod Stephens-Howling on a 52-yardtouchdown pass in the first possession of overtime to lift the ArizonaCardinals to a 19-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys at University ofPhoenixStadium.The Cardinals won the coin toss and got the ball first in overtime. On2nd down and 19, Kolb threw an incomplete pass intended for AndreRoberts, which would have brought up a third and long, but Dallascornerback Terrence Newman was called for pass interference, givingArizona a first down at their own 34. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Three plays later, Kolb hit Stephens-Howling out of the backfield, andthe diminutive runner did the rest, giving the Cardinals their second-straight 19-13 overtime win in Glendale. Arizona beat the St. LouisRams by the same margin on November 6th when Patrick Petersonreturned a punt 99 yards for a score in overtime.The win is the fourth in the last five contests for Arizona, and improvestheir record to 5-7, while Dallas fall to 7-5.They did what? With :07 remaining in the fourth quarter,Dallas’ Dan Bailey lined up for the potential game-winning 49-yard fieldgoal. As Bailey approached the ball, Dallas head coach Jason Garrettcalled a timeout. The kick sailed through the uprights, all for naught, as the play had beenwhistled dead by Garrett’s decision. After the timeout, Bailey missed the49-yarder short, and we were headed to overtime.They said it – “I’m glad they iced the kicker there at the end soI didn’t have to do it.” — Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.Kolb’s return – Kevin Kolb returned to the field on Sunday forArizona after missing the last four games with a turf toe injury. For theday Kolb completed 16 of 25 for 247 yards and a touchdown in hissecond win as a starter. But Kolb improved mightily in the 2nd half, completing 9 of 14 for 203yards and the winning score. “With four weeks off, the game was pretty fast in that first half,” Kolbsaid. “I think the coach did a good job on the first play of the secondhalf, they got me on a bootleg, get you sweating, get you movingaround.“For my own mind, it just flipped everything and I really felt a lot morecomfortable.” 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

This offseason the Cardinals added Jones via trade

first_imgThis offseason the Cardinals added Jones via trade and defensive back Tyvon Branch in free agency, and also used their first-round draft pick on defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche.Combined with the expected development of second-year players Markus Golden and Rodney Gunter, as well as the return to health for Corey Peters, Arizona is hopeful their defense, which last season finished fifth in yards allowed and tied for seventh in points allowed, will take another step forward in 2016. For the Cardinals, the trio of CB Patrick Peterson, DE Calais Campbell and LB Chandler Jones was placed fourth overall.Pretty nifty when you can form a trio of stars and leave out Tyrann Mathieu, right? Mathieu would be in this grouping ahead of Jones based on his 2015 form, but the torn ACL he suffered in December raises questions about whether he’ll keep that up in 2016, especially since it took him a year to return to form after tearing his ACL at the end of the 2013 campaign. Mathieu may still be useful, but it’s enough to push Arizona’s new star edge rusher into the triplets combo. Jones could end up being a one-year rental, but he’s the exact sort of mid-peak pass-rusher the blitz-happy Cardinals haven’t had during Bruce Arians’ tenure.All three of Peterson, Campbell and Jones were Pro Bowlers last season, with the linebacker reaching the game for his work as a New England Patriot after collecting 12.5 sacks. Peterson intercepted two passes while generally eliminating half of the field, and Campbell tallied five sacks along with 17 tackles for loss, 13 QB pressures and 15 QB hits.Mathieu, of course, was in the conversation for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award after collecting 89 total tackles along with five interceptions, one sack, 16 passes defensed and one forced fumble in 15 games. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Last week, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell took a stab at ranking the NFL’s best offensive triplets, the result of which can be found here.This week, he’s tackling the defensive side of the ball.Noting how it is more difficult to try and sort defensive triplets because talent and impact are sometimes less noticeable with linebackers and defensive linemen than they are with quarterbacks or skill position players, Barnwell gave his best shot at finding every team’s best three-man group for the 2016 season and then, from there, ranked them. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Moneyval officials in Cyprus for financialsector review

first_imgA team from the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism, also known as Moneyval, arrived in Cyprus earlier this week for a comprehensive review of Cyprus’ corporate, legal and financial sectors.The team of experts will interview law firms, banks, accounting and audit firms, financial services firms and entities involved in the citizenship by investment scheme.The final report and conclusions are expected by the end of this year.Moneyval’s review will play a crucial role in the perception of Cyprus as a compliant jurisdiction in the eyes of international bodies, investors and grading agencies.This is the fifth round conducted by the Committee in Cyprus. The latest happened in 2013 and focused on the banking sector.In January this year, the European Commission had issued a report warning that programmes to sell passports and visas to wealthy foreigners could help organised crime groups infiltrate the EU and raise the risk of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion, citing mainly Cyprus and Malta.The last country Moneyval has reviewed is Malta, where a leaked draft report showed it was failing its very first anti-money laundering test.Intense scrutiny and increased regulatory pressure have the government relying on a positive assessment by Moneyval to make sure investor confidence remains.Reuters reported on Wednesday that “the European Commission is working on its biggest regulatory push on banking since the 2008 financial crash”, according to an internal draft document.The same document reportedly suggests “a centralized anti-money laundering supervisor and changes to the bloc’s rules to prevent such crimes more binding.”On Thursday, new Central Bank Governor Constantinos Herodotou, called on Cypriot banks to invest in technology and staff training to speed up due diligence checks on lawful transactions for anti-money laundering (AML).There were many examples where businessmen opt to carry out their lawful transactions in other countries due to delays in the Cyprus banking system, Herodotou said. Cypriot banks take more time to carry out due diligence checks compared with their EU peers, although AML directives are the same for all member states, he said.“The banks should invest in staff training and technology for more effective combating of money laundering, reducing negative impact on lawful activities at the same time,” he added, addressing an event organised by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Herodotou added that the CBC would collaborate with the commercial banks and at a later stage with affected stakeholders with a view to finding ways to tackle the issue in an efficient manner.Christodoulos Angastiniotis, President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also voiced concerns by businesspeople that the banks decline money transfers especially by former Soviet Union states and recently from China due AML compliance reasons, noting that businesspeople were forced to look for banks abroad in a bid to carry out their activities.Responding, Herodotou said that the AML directives do not focus on where the money comes from but on whether the activities are lawful or not, adding that the CBC was ready to examine any ambiguities in the AML laws.On the broader combating of money laundering, Herodotou said that there had been progress, noting that the efforts to improve Cyprus’ AML framework should continue “as there will always be efforts to beat the system.”You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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