Beauty products maker Coty plans to raise $700 million in IPO after dropping Avon buyout bid AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 29, 2012 11:16 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Coty Inc., known for its celebrity fragrances and OPI nail polish, is set to put its best face forward on the stock market. The beauty products maker is planning to raise $700 million in an initial public offering, moving on after dropping a $10.7 billion takeover bid for its much larger rival, Avon.The New York company, which touts fragrances by Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Halle Berry, said in a regulatory filing Friday that its stock will list under the “COTY” ticker symbol. The company did not specify yet whether it would be on the Nasdaq or the New York Stock Exchange.IPO listings have increasingly come into focus since Facebook Inc.’s IPO last month. Nasdaq, which is owned by Nasdaq OMX Group Inc., came under heavy criticism for its handling of the Facebook IPO when the first day of trading was riddled with computer glitches at the exchange. But earlier this month Kraft Foods Inc. spurned the NYSE in favour of the Nasdaq, saying the move will help cut costs as it prepares to split into two publicly traded companies.Coty, founded in Paris in 1904, has managed to successfully broaden its business to cover an array of personal health and beauty needs. While some consumers may not know the company’s name offhand, they more than likely have used some of its brands. Rimmel, Sally Hansen and philosophy are just a few of the well-known products in its arsenal of beauty goods.The company disclosed in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that its colour cosmetics will likely make up 30 per cent of its fiscal 2012 revenue, while skin and body care will comprise 17 per cent.But the majority of its revenue â€” 53 per cent â€” is expected to come from its fragrances. While the fragrance space is highly competitive, Coty has managed to diversify its portfolio of scents: shrewdly capitalizing on the popularity of celebrity fragrances while staying true to longstanding brands like Stetson and Calvin Klein.This strategy has helped the company snag the No. 2 spot in the global fragrance market.Coty said its top 10 brands â€” adidas, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Davidoff, Marc Jacobs, philosophy, OPI, Playboy, Rimmel and Sally Hansen â€” are expected to comprise about 70 per cent of its fiscal 2012 revenue.The company, which is majority owned by German conglomerate Joh. A. Benckiser, did not give an estimated price range for the stock or disclose how many shares selling stockholders would offer. Coty said it won’t receive any proceeds from shares sold by selling stockholders.Aside from Benckiser, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and private equity firm Rhone each hold a 7.5 per cent stake in Coty.Coty said in its filing that it anticipates more than $4.5 billion in revenue in fiscal 2012. In 2011 it earned $61.7 million on revenue of $4.09 billion. That compares with 2010 earnings of $61.7 million and $3.48 billion in revenue. Coty’s 2011 adjusted profit grew to $235 million from $153.4 million a year earlier.Last month Coty abandoned its pursuit of Avon Products Inc. after the struggling makeup company did not immediately accept a revised offer worth 6.5 per cent more than its first bid.
Stocks advance amid less geopolitical risk, positive Chinese inflation data by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2014 7:55 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher amid an easing of tensions in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia and reassuring inflation data from China.The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 65.33 points to 15,261.64.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.43 of a cent to 91.58 cents US.U.S. indexes were also positive as traders felt more inclined to take on risk, following reports Friday that Russia called an end to military exercises near Ukraine and withdrew troops to their bases.“We’re seeing a little bit of that risk abate and I would caution investors about getting too complacent on one side or the other when it comes to geopolitical tensions,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“In the very near term, it’s going to remain a headline risk for the market for the foreseeable future,” Fehr said.But gains started to deteriorate late in Monday morning after the Ukraine government announced that the Red Cross will lead an international humanitarian aid operation into Ukraine’s conflict-stricken province of Luhansk with assistance from Russia, the European Union and the United States.Such initiatives have previously faced sustained opposition from Ukraine and the West, who had feared they could act as a pretext for sending Russian troops into rebel-held territory.The Dow Jones industrials was well off the highs of the day but still up 16.05 points to 16,569.98, the Nasdaq climbed 30.43 points to 4,401.33 while the S&P 500 index was ahead 5.33 points to 1,936.92.Meanwhile, China’s consumer price index in July stayed at 2.3 per cent, well below the official target for the year of 3.5 per cent. That gives the central bank room to ease access to credit if needed to shore up economic growth, which was 7.5 per cent in the latest quarter.TSX leadership came from the financial sector, ahead 0.57 per cent with investors unfazed by a move by ratings agency Standard & Poor’s on Friday to revise its outlooks to negative from stable on almost all Canadian banks. It comes a week after Ottawa launched a public consultation on its proposed ”bail-in regime,” which seeks to protect taxpayers from having to foot the bill for bailing out a big bank in the event that it runs into financial trouble.Industrials were up 0.75 per cent.The base metals was well off session highs, closing flat as the positive news from China failed to lift metal prices, with September copper unchanged at US$3.17 a pound.The gold sector edged up 0.27 per cent as increased appetite for risk pushed December gold down 50 cents to US$1,310.50 an ounce.The energy sector was slightly higher while September crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 43 cents to US$98.08 a barrel.Shares of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. (TSX:TKM) continued to charge ahead following a U.S. regulatory decision that relaxes safety precautions on the Vancouver-based company’s experimental drug for treating Ebola. Its stock surged $2.84 or 12.35 per cent to $25.84, after jumping 47 per cent on Friday. Tekmira has a $140-million contract from the U.S. government to develop its drug TKM-Ebola, but last month a small human trial of the experimental drug was put on hold after safety issues emerged.
by The Associated Press Posted Dec 21, 2016 7:29 am MDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PALO ALTO, Calif. – Mark Zuckerberg has enlisted the help of Morgan Freeman and taken a shot at Nickelback while unveiling his new artificial intelligence assistant.The Facebook founder and CEO showed off “Jarvis” with a post on the project and videos on his Facebook page.The voice interactive assistant takes its name from a similar AI device in the “Iron Man” films. Freeman provides its voice.Zuckerberg can be seen in the videos using Jarvis to control lights, the thermostat and even make toast. It also plays music, but when asked by Zuckerberg to play some good songs by the much derided Canadian band, Nickelback, Jarvis replies: “There are no good Nickelback songs.”The videos feature his wife Priscilla Chan and their toddler daughter, Max.Zuckerberg calls the videos “a fun summary.” Mark Zuckerberg unveils Morgan Freeman-voiced AI assistant FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, speaks at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru. Zuckerberg unveiled his new artificial intelligence assistant named “Jarvis” in a Facebook post on Dec. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)
A 29-year-old father of one, Corwin Anderson, of Lot 99 David Rose Street, Bagotville, West Bank Demerara (WBD) was killed on Sunday at about 05:45hrs following a collision with a car on the Nismes Public Road, West Bank Demerara. Dead: Corwin AndersonAnderson was riding motorcycle CG 4337 in a northerly direction when motor car PJJ 6297, travelling in the opposite direction, allegedly collided with him and sent his body flying several feet away from the scene of the collision.Bleeding profusely, he was picked up and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) by public-spirited individuals, where he later succumbed to the injuries he had sustained.According to Sharon Anderson, one of his aunts, having been informed that her nephew had been involved in an accident, she immediately rushed to the WDRH, where she found him bleeding profusely. She criticised the hospital for not being fully equipped to deal with her relative’s injuries.This aunt detailed that it was at exactly 07:26hrs when her nephew took his last breath. She said the police arrived at the hospital shortly after, as the driver of the motor car was being treated for minor injuries. He was subsequently discharged into police custody to assist with investigations.The late Corwin Anderson was described as the “street live wire” by relatives and friends, who sought to describe how jovial a person he had been. He leaves to mourn his reputed wife, seven siblings and other relatives and friends. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSecurity Guard killed in WBD accidentApril 22, 2018In “latest news”Meer-Zorgen New Year’s accident leaves 1 dead, several injuredJanuary 2, 2018In “Crime”Motorcyclist killed on WBD road after colliding with pedestrianAugust 22, 2018In “Crime”
Since the beginning of 2012, Aker Wirth states that it has been providing local contacts for its existing and prospective Russian-speaking customers. The facilities, that are jointly shared with the parent company Aker Solutions, are located in Moscow and are used for customer meetings and telephone-based support. “It is precisely with the Russian-speaking countries where we see a huge market potential, both in mining and in foundation,” said Hans Greve, Vice President Mining & Construction at Aker Wirth. “The facilities in Moscow are a first step in the intensive promotion of our business in this region.”Aker Wirth says that it provides full service over the whole project from the tender phase to project execution. The company states: “Experienced specialists realise intensive consultancy – from selecting the right equipment for the individual site conditions, delivery and commissioning of the product and a reliable spare parts service.” Aker Wirth offers roadheaders in the 50-130 t weight class, which are suitable for rock strengths of up to 150 MPa. “Our roadheaders are 100% ‘made in Germany’,” explained Hans Greve, “and this quality, together with our innovative technologies, guarantees our international customers maximum efficiency and high performance, in particular with hard rock.” The latest development from Aker Wirth is the T1.14 roadheader. The machine, with its particularly compact design plus a telescopic boom, has been optimised for coal mining. This ensures high production rates and ground-preserving driving.Together with Rio Tinto, Aker Wirth developed a new and innovative tunnel boring system, which it says will markedly improve safety and efficiency in underground mining applications. The tunnel boring system is based on Aker Wirth’s innovative MTM technology (Mobile Tunnel Miner) and the experience and competence in underground hard rock mining and tunneling. Additionally, the company offers technologies for all types of shaft constructions in mining. Pile Top drill rigs for supply and ventilation shafts with diameters of up to 4.5 m and depths of up to 300 m, along with L-type rigs for shafts with diameters of up to 8 m and depths of up to 800 m, belong to the range of products. Both technologies use the reverse circulation (air-lift) drilling method.
Un dépistage systématique du cancer du sein avant 50 ans ? Actuellement, le dépistage du cancer du sein est recommandé chez les femmes à partir de 50 ans. Mais 16,5% des cas de cancer surviennent entre 40 et 50 ans. Les spécialistes s’interrogent donc sur la possibilité de rendre le dépistage également systématique chez les quadragénaires. Tous les deux ans, les femmes de 50 à 74 ans reçoivent en France une invitation à réaliser une mammographie dans le cadre du dépistage organisé du cancer du sein. Ce programme lancé il y a plusieurs années vise à diminuer la mortalité de ce type de cancer en permettant une détection de la maladie à un stade plus précoce. Mais aujourd’hui, ce dépistage est régulièrement remis en question, rassurant ou au contraire inquiétant à tort les femmes en révélant des lésions qui seraient restées silencieuses.Pourtant, les spécialistes se posent actuellement la question d’étendre le programme aux femmes à partir de 40 ans. En effet, “les cancers du sein entre 40 et 50 ans représentent 16,5% de l’ensemble des cancers du sein”, a précisé le Dr Marc Espié (hôpital Saint-Louis), lors d’un colloque organisé par les Comités féminins pour la prévention et le dépistage des cancers. De plus, l’évolution des cancers chez les femmes plus jeunes est plus rapide, d’où l’importance d’une détection précoce. Sur 24 pays qui ont un programme national de dépistage, 5 ont fixé le seuil dès 40 ans, deux à 45 ans. En Grande-Bretagne, il va être abaissé de 50 à 47 ans.Un risque accru de cancer radio-induit ?Néanmoins, l’extension de ce dépistage suscite de nombreuses questions et les spécialistes avancent plusieurs arguments allant contre cette possibilité. A ce jour, près de la moitié des femmes entre 40 et 49 ans a déjà eu une mammographie. Etendre le dépistage consisterait donc à augmenter la surveillance. Mais cela serait-il bénéfique ? Pas nécessairement d’après le Dr Anne Tardivon de l’Institut Curie. Celle-ci explique en effet que les femmes plus jeunes ont généralement des seins plus denses, plus hétérogènes, soumis à des variations en raison des cycles hormonaux. Autant de facteurs qui augmentent le risque de “manquer un cancer” ou au contraire d’en diagnostiquer à tort, rapporte l’AFP.À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Autre argument : le problème de l’irradiation subie lors de ces examens dont la référence est la mammographie qui utilise des rayons X. Le sein est l’un des organes les plus radiosensibles, et plus on irradie jeune, plus le risque de cancer radio-induit est important, explique le Dr Catherine Colin des Hospices civils de Lyon. “A priori, après 50 ans, on est tranquille”, mais entre 40 et 45 ans, “les études ne tranchent pas”, précise t-elle. Un dépistage plus ciblé De son côté, la présidente de l’Institut national du cancer (INCa) Agnès Buzyn exclut totalement cette possibilité : “Il n’existe pas d’éléments justifiant une extension du programme de dépistage généralisé”. Toutefois, “la question se pose d’un dépistage plus ciblé en fonction des facteurs de risque individuels” qui sont par exemple des antécédents familiaux, du tabagisme, ou encore du surpoids. Une surveillance déjà mise en place chez les femmes porteuses d’une mutation génétique associée à un haut risque de développer un cancer du sein. Dès 30 ans, celles-ci font l’objet d’une surveillance annuelle qui comprend mammographie, échographie et IRM. Si la question est donc loin d’être débattue, les spécialistes restent “prudents pour l’instant”, confirme la président de l’INCa.Le 10 octobre 2011 à 10:36 • Maxime Lambert
http://www.clark.wa.gov/planning/aging/taskforce.htmlIf Clark County can help its ever-growing elderly population stay healthy over the coming decades, it can pay off for everybody in the community.That was one of the messages Thursday afternoon from Dr. Howard Frumkin, dean of public health at the University of Washington.Frumkin discussed creating healthier communities during a workshop held by the county’s Aging Readiness Task Force. The task force was appointed to assess the county’s capacity to serve a growing number of older people. “I’m interested in helping people stay as self-sufficient as they can,” said Vancouver resident Erica Kelley, one of 25 members. “I enjoy good health myself, so I’m one of the fortunate people. I can pay it back a bit.”Clark County is doing a good job of getting ahead of that curve, Frumkin said just before his presentation in the Vancouver Barracks Red Cross Building.“This is innovative,” he said.Very few areas are applying the concept of preparedness, usually the realm of emergency response, to long-term population trends such as graying populations, Frumkin said.
Time.com. Earns a B+ for crisp navigation and uncluttered design while receiving criticism for subsection titles that are poorly identified. The site is highly praised for its social network options and engaging features such as “Most Read” and “Most E-mailed” stories.Cosmopolitan. The site is lauded for a clean and carefully designed homepage designed to get readers inside the Web site as well as “intelligent use” of quizzes. 24/7 Wall Street says the site makes one big mistake by putting “More from Cosmo” so close to the bottom of the homepage. Minimal social media and Web 2.0 features. Grade: BLadies Home Journal. Receives a B for an “extremely well-designed homepage” and for editors engaging visitors right away with a section called “Everybody’s Talking About.” Most pages have search functions to help the reader find other interactive tools on the Web site.People.com Despite a slick design and intuitive navigation, 24/7 Wall Street says People.com “has been hemorrhaging visitors.” Still, the report gives People.com a “B” and says the site is “set up to maximize page views by keeping visitors occupied.”Taste of Home: A Reader’s Digest site, 24/7 Wall Street says, “This is about as ‘plain vanilla’ as a content site can be, which is not all bad.” Props are given to the simple and straightforward slide shows and instructional videos, while “Top Recipes” section gets slammed for “text links which look primitive and resemble Google advertising.” Grade: B-Reader’s Digest. Site earns praise for clean navigation that runs across the top of the homepage and a section called “Today’s Digest” that draws visitors to the site. RD.com gets marked down for a hard-to-find Comments section and lack of multimedia. Better Homes and Gardens. Site gets a B- for a “My BHG” option that allows visitors to become members and customize what they want from the Web site. National Geographic. The site is “well designed to bring readers to sections beyond the home page and makes state of the art use of multimedia features, especially video.”Woman’s Day. Site has a well designed, clean and easy-to-follow homepage but marked down for hiding important elements such as games, blogs and coupons.Sports Illustrated. SI.com is praised for the center of its front page which features video but is also “clean and well done.” However, photo and video sections at the bottom of the homepage are called “average” in design and quality while type is small and pages are cramped.Grade: CPlayboy.com. Earns high marks for being visually well done and offering engaging features like a section for downloading free MP3s and a sophisticated entertainment guide but the report takes a shot at Playboy for attempting to put much of the content behind a pay wall. “There may be some evidence that online readers will pay for content but naked women are probably in a different category than world news.”Grade: C-Family Circle. Report calls the homepage “boring” and marks site down for random organization of articles. Family Circle does get credit for a “very clever section” that allows readers to gets specific information on topics of interest via e-mail.Game Informer Magazine. The report says, “Given the demographic of heavy video game users, it is surprising that the site has so few social media connections.” Grade: D+Prevention.com. Site gets a “D+” for overwhelming the reader “with too much material crowded onto its homepage” and promotions that can be confused with editorial. Bright spots include a robust community site with a visible link to Facebook.Grade: DSouthern Living. While the design is fine, the Web site offers almost nothing beyond the magazine, according to the report. Props are given to the “home section” for its use of video and 360 degree viewing but the fitness section is lacking much-needed illustrations and the community section is an after-thought. Newsweek.com. The report takes Newsweek.com to task for an “extremely confusing” homepage that features blog sections with titles that have no meaning to the readers. “Newsweek.com is one of the few sites where the reader has an easier time navigating the site on the inside pages and sections,” the report says. “Almost all the major design elements are text and the use of illustrations and video are typically pushed to the bottom of the pages.”AARP the Magazine. Site is marked down for choppy lay-out and confusing copy.Grade: D-Good Housekeeping. Receives the lowest grade in the survey for an “awkwardly designed homepage,” a jumble of content mixed with distracting offers for the print magazine and online promotions and “photos so poorly cropped that they are over-layered on top of the text.”Not Graded: American Automobile Association. With more than five separate sites tied into parent AAA.com, 24/7 Wall Street doesn’t offer a grading. Financial news site 24/7 Wall Street has released a new report grading the top 20 consumer magazine Web sites. The sites are rated “A” through “F” based on strength of content; ease of use and navigation; use of technology and online tools including comment sections, message boards and multimedia; layout; a strong advertiser presence and size of audience (based on data from Compete.com and Nielsen Netview). The listing on 24/7 Wall Street’s site is confusing with the sites ranked 1-20 based not on the Web site grades or even online traffic but the magazine’s print circulation. Below, we’ve reworked the order according to the grading and summarized 24/7 Wall Street’s comments for each site. The results are surprising, with some legacy print brands scoring high marks while others that have made very aggressive online moves not faring so well. Grade: A+TVGuide.com. The best magazine Web site of the survey, according to 24/7 Wall Street, with “a nearly perfect combination of the best of the print version and contains features that strengthen the product online.” Latest news, photos and video run straight across the top while search features allow users to explore the site or the site’s video. Inside sections are extremely simple and functional.Grade: B+AARP Bulletin. The news site for AARP earns a high grade for easy navigation and an excellent “Ask the Experts Section.” However, the site for AARP the Magazine doesn’t fare as well (see Grade: D).
(NOTE: Analog Devices, headquartered in Norwood, has a location in Wilmington at 804 Woburn Street.)WILMINGTON, MA — Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Anantha Chandrakasan as an independent director on the Board, effective January 1, 2019. Dr. Chandrakasan is dean of MIT’s School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In addition, Dr. Chandrakasan co-chairs the MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab and chairs the MIT-SenseTime Alliance on Artificial Intelligence and J-Clinic, the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health at MIT.“We are honored to welcome Anantha to the ADI Board. His impressive work at MIT and expertise in technologies that are shaping the future of information and communication, business, and indeed, society will be of great value to ADI,” said Ray Stata, ADI Chairman of the Board. “We look forward to his contributions to the Company.”Dr. Chandrakasan joined the MIT faculty in 1994 and was director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) from 2006 until he became the head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2011, a position that concluded with his appointment as dean in July 2017. He is an IEEE fellow, and in 2015 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In addition, he has received many prestigious awards including the 2009 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award, the 2013 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits, an honorary doctorate from KU Leuven in 2016, and the UC Berkeley EE Distinguished Alumni Award.Dr. Chandrakasan earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.About Analog DevicesAnalog Devices (Nasdaq: ADI) is a leading global high-performance analog technology company dedicated to solving the toughest engineering challenges. We enable our customers to interpret the world around us by intelligently bridging the physical and digital with unmatched technologies that sense, measure, power, connect and interpret.(NOTE: The above press release is from Analog Devices.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Analog Devices Recognized For Employee Benefits, Work Culture & Business GrowthIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Analog Devices Welcomes Karen Golz To Board of DirectorsIn “Business”SELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Updates Town On $157 Million Campus ExpansionIn “Government”
A UFO spotted recently in Saudi Arabia (Representational Purpose)YouTube: Mavi777A mysterious unidentified flying object (UFO) hovered multiple times in the night skies of Kovalam and Kochiveli coastal areas in Kerala. The police later clarified that a drone equipped with a camera had hovered above Vikram Sarabhai Space Center. The police and intelligence department have now started a joint investigation to unveil the mysteries surrounding this incident.It was a local police officer engaged in night patrolling who initially spotted the UFO. Police have taken this event seriously as the drone flew over one of the most secured locations in the area.Usually, movie shooting crew fly drones in these areas during day times. On the day of the incident, nobody had sought permission from the police to fly drones in the night, and this has added up to the seriousness surrounding the sighting.After the Pulwama attack, the central government had issued alerts to coastal states like Kerala stating that terrorists may use the sea as a medium to infiltrate into the country. Earlier, during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, terrorists including Ajmal Kasab had entered the country via sea, and they carried out a brutal massacre which resulted in the deaths of 166 people.It was previously reported that Kerala is slowly emerging as one of the hubs of terrorists in India. A couple of years back, several reports had surfaced stating that a handful of youngsters from the state had fled to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).A couple of days back, the White House had warned that Pakistan’s aggression against India is not at all acceptable. It should be noted that this is one of the strongest message ever issued by the Trump administration as military tension between Pakistan and India threatens to spill over into all-out war.
“Baltimore is at an historic intersection as it seeks to continue to rebuild itself as a thriving, diverse, and welcoming community, one truly on the move to greater heights,” he added.When he leaves the bench to take the job as the city’s lawyer at the end of August, Davis will end what will be a thirty year career as a judge.Davis, a Baltimore native who attended high school in Massachusetts, college in Pennsylvania and law school at the University of Maryland School of Law, was first an associate judge in for the state District Court in 1987 later moving to the state Circuit Court. President Bill Clinton appointed him as judge for the U.S. District Court for Maryland in 1995. He was appointed to the 4th Circuit in 2009 by President Barack Obama and obtained senior status in 2014.Steve Klepper, a Baltimore-based appellate attorney, said Davis is well respected in the legal community.“He earned great respect from his time when he was a University of Maryland law professor,” Klepper said adding that Davis “is a judge who is unafraid of saying interesting things” and is not afraid to address topics other judges will not; “all within ethical bounds” of what a judge can do.The appointment of Davis continues a line of what observers call “top talent” being recruited by the Pugh administration.“This is one of the things you get when you elect somebody with years of experience,” said Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College.Kromer adds Pugh knows the inner workings of government on a city and state level and understands the type of people needed for the roles needed. And she has tried to pick people to help round out areas of potential weakness.Pugh, herself, has often said she doesn’t have all of the answers but would defer to others who might have more expertise in an area.For example, Jill Carter, who now heads the city Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, was a long time delegate in Annapolis who supported police accountability, fair housing practices and other equality issues.“[Carter] is somebody I think gives her some serious credibility with the more progressive community in Baltimore City,” Kromer said.Peter Hammen, another former long-time delegate, oversees 12 city agencies as chief of operations. While he was in the legislature, Hammen was chairman of the Health and Government Operations Committee for more than a decade.James T. Smith Jr., chief of strategic alliance, is not only a former Baltimore County Executive, he’s a former circuit judge and state transportation secretary.Pugh has more appointments to announce. She has yet to pick permanent leaders for the departments of transportation or recreation and parks.An announcement is coming in the next few weeks concerning new commissioners for housing and community development. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s most recent major appointment continues a streak of top talent joining the new administration.Baltimore native Andre M. Davis is the latest strong candidate to join Mayor Catherine Pugh’s administration. (Courtesy Photo)The mayor announced on May 3 the appointment of U.S. Circuit Judge Andre M. Davis as city solicitor.Davis, a senior judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, simultaneously announced his retirement from the bench the same day; calling it a “mixed blessing.”“It has been an extraordinary privilege and a high honor to have served the people of our city, state and country in the important work of safeguarding the rule of law,” he said in a statement.
Aussie travellers bounced around the country over Easter, boosting domestic travel demand, although the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) warned it could only be for a short period of time.The Council’s managing director Felicia Mariani said operators in rural and regional Australia witnessed an increase in demand over the corresponding period last year, but have predicted the rise to “drop away quickly”. Factors such as the Australian dollar as well as airlines increasing fare fuel surcharges are likely to impact “the short lived” growth in tourism across Australia.“Airline carriers are currently undertaking a wholesale review of profitability that will inevitably put pressure on the affordability of air travel and have an impact on both the domestic and international tourism market,” Ms Mariani said. “These increases, along with the growing pressures on household budgets, are impacting on our domestic tourism market with little sign of relief anytime soon.”Further challenging regional tourism according to the Council’s head, is the estimated annual growth rate for domestic travel which was revised downward for 2011 to 0.3 percent and the softened figures in international arrivals.“This is particularly worrying for our regional tourism operators who are coming off the back of a very challenging two years.“Anecdotally we understand there is still a considerable amount of availability in the holiday period following the 5 day long weekend and visitors can find some great deals during that time.” Ms Mariani concluded that although the strong Aussie dollar has more travellers turning to overseas travel, “the cost of getting there are also increasing and Australia’s should consider the ease of access local tourism offers”.“We have a tourism experience on our doorstep that some people travel thousands of kilometres to enjoy.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
From the end of this week, travellers can expect to pay an AUD $25 international surcharge for outbound travel on Fridays and Saturdays on all routes across the Emirates-Qantas network, except Singapore, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur. Furthermore, passengers flying economy and business on Sydney to Honolulu flights on specific dates will be required to pay an AUD $50 surcharge while passengers on flights between Australia and Hong Kong, Sydney and Shanghai and Sydney and Manila will incur an AUD $25 surcharge. Passengers flying economy to the Middle East, North Africa, Britain and Europe from 19 June to 28 June, 21 August to 6 September and 12 December to 23 December, will be charged the “Q surcharge”. This latest introduction of applying a surcharge to peak periods is among a number of changes Qantas has been making as it faces challenges from increasing competition, having recently cancelled senior and child concessions. The weekend surcharge will come into effect this Friday 16 May and is in addition to Qantas’ peak period surcharges of up to $200 on some international routes on certain days, in order to allow the airline to charge more without having to change seasonal fare structure, The Australian reported. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich
LGBT Equality & Diversity in Focus at Fannie Mae AMDC American Mortgage Diversity Council Fannie Mae NAGLREP 2018-06-26 David Wharton On Tuesday, June 26, Fannie Mae hosted a roundtable at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., fostering a discussion of initiatives and legislation promoting diversity and equality within the housing industry for LGBT individuals.The event was moderated by Bill Fahey, VP, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Fannie Mae, who oversaw a wide-ranging roundtable discussion that included insights from Charmaine Brown, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Fannie Mae; Derek Templeton, Executive Director of the American Mortgage Diversity Council; and Peter Nguyen, Director of the D.C. chapter of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP). (Brown also serves as Vice Chair of the AMDC, partnering with Chair Kathy Cummings of Bank of America.)”The AMDC appreciates the opportunity to be involved in today’s event,” Templeton said. “We look forward to continuing to work with Fannie Mae and NAGLREP to ensure that all Americans have equal access to homeownership, regardless of race, religion, or orientation.”Templeton discussed the mission and purpose of the AMDC, which works to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the mortgage industry. In order to further those goals, the AMDC strives to develop and provide tools and strategies to create an understanding and appreciation of individual differences in thought, experience, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, style, sexual orientation and gender identity and to move business practices forward to embrace diversity and inclusion as essential to innovation and optimal business results.Templeton also provided an update on the AMDC’s series of LGBT Town Hall events. The AMDC has so far hosted four of these events—in Dallas, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles—which are designed to bring together servicers and local LGBT community groups for a day of discussion regarding issues affecting the LGBT community, from perspectives of both homeownership and workplace inclusion. The AMDC Town Halls will culminate in the creation of a white paper report that will be circulated to thought leaders across the country, including mortgage industry leaders, housing policy experts, and participating LGBT organizations.NAGLREP’s Peter Nguyen presented an update on various diversity initiatives, including a legislative update on H.R. 1447, the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017. This bill would amend the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to add sexual orientation and gender identity as classes protected against discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of housing.The roundtable discussion also touched on other relevant topics such as the state of the housing market when it comes to fair housing and equal-opportunity employment for LGBT individuals, the challenges of LGBT homelessness, and how Fannie Mae can work with groups like the AMDC and NAGLREP to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion for the LGBT community.To view the AMDC’s webinars, including their most recent “Understanding the Effects of Implicit Bias” presentation, hosted by AMDC Vice Chair Charmaine Brown, click here. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, journal, News, Origination, Servicing June 26, 2018 966 Views Share
On Thursday, February 19, Ports 1961 designer Tia Cibani hosted a champagne toast to celebrate the debut of her second U.S. boutique and first in New York. Following the success of her Melrose Place store, Cibani opened her East Coast location on Ninth Avenue in New York’s Meatpacking District.Designed by architect Michael Gabellini, Ports’ interior expresses the same calm and organic qualities of Cibani’s clothing. The wall of glass facing Gansevoort Street connects the store to the movement of city, as if the retail space and street were one. The soft lighting, warm colors, and comforting handmade carpet give the shop a home-like and intimate quality, exactly what guests want when seeking a personal shopping experience. Even the dressing room features a curving chair covered in rope-like material and long, ethereal drapery. The colors have been kept neutral – walnut wood floors in places, lucite shelves, cream fabrics – so that the sunlight streaming through the central skylight showcases the clothing in the most natural fashion.In addition to the Ports collections, the boutique offers coffee table books, art, and music from Cibani’s world travels for purchase. The second and third floors of the space will be used as design studios for artistic events and as Cibani’s workspace.Visit ports1961.com.
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