LONDON – The men’s soccer teams from Brazil, Honduras and Mexico are each three wins away from winning gold at the Games of the XXX Olympiad. But Uruguay saw its golden dreams come to a demoralizing end in group play on Aug. 1. Brazil received goals from Danilo in the 23rd minute, Leandro Damião in the 29th and Sandro in the 52nd to complete its undefeated, three-game run through Group C with a 3-0 win over New Zealand. Brazil has never won gold at the Olympics – the only major international tournament it has yet to win. Mexican forward Oribe Peralta Morones’ goal in the 69th minute was the difference in his team’s 1-0 win over Switzerland that secured a spot in the quarterfinals by winning two games and tying another in Group B play. After opening pool play with a scoreless tie against South Korea, the Mexicans defeated Gabon, 2-0, before beating the Swiss. The victory was especially gratifying for Mexico, which has never won Olympic gold in the sport and has traditionally struggled in the Olympics. In its nine previous appearances – Amsterdam in 1928, London 1948, Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972, Montreal 1976, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004 – the team has advanced out of pool play three times, reaching the semifinals in 1968 and the quarterfinals in 1972 and 1996. Honduran goalie José Mendoza led a superb defensive effort against Japan in a Group D game that ended in a scoreless tie and sent both teams to the quarterfinals. Honduras, which tied Morocco and Japan and defeated Spain in pool play, didn’t medal in its previous Olympics in 2000 and 2008. Uruguay, however, was eliminated from the competition with a 1-0 loss to Great Britain, which received a goal by Daniel Sturridge in the 45th minute to advance to the quarterfinals. Uruguay finished group play with a win over the United Arab Emirates and losses to Senegal and Great Britain. Honduras and Brazil will meet in one quarterfinal on Aug. 4, with Mexico facing Senegal, Japan taking on Egypt and Great Britain playing South Korea. The winners advance to the semifinals on Aug. 7. By Dialogo August 02, 2012
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CFPB on Thursday issued its final rule amending parts of its 2013 mortgage rules implementing provisions of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Regulation X) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z). NAFCU continues to review the final rule for its impact on credit unions.“NAFCU will thoroughly analyze this 900-page final rule on mortgage servicing for its full impact on credit unions,” said NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Alexander Monterrubio. “At first glance, there appear to be a number of provisions that will substantially impact credit unions.“For example, the projected implementation dates for some portions of this rule are likely to coincide with credit unions’ ongoing compliance preparations under CFPB’s revised Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rule. The HMDA rule changes alone will excessively tax the resources of many credit unions. We will continue to advocate for the bureau to reach back and correct the unintended consequences that have resulted from its rulemakings.”Most of the provisions of the final rule will take effect 12 months after publication in the Federal Register. The provisions relating to successors in interest and the provisions relating to periodic statements for borrowers in bankruptcy will take effect 18 months after publication in the Federal Register. continue reading »
Numerous opinions, attitudes and feelings of tourists are generated daily in the online space on social networks (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), specialized review sites, forums, blogs and other online sources. A key challenge in this context is the ability to monitor and evaluate content on multiple platforms and in multiple languages, and to use them for the purpose of faster, simpler and better management of destination development and promotion. From a marketing perspective, the results of this research represent valuable input information for: Tourism strategies, marketing plans, branding strategies, communication campaigns and optimization of communication and promotional activities towards individual markets. “This is the result of great cooperation and creativity of the international team, which we are extremely proud of. It is a unique, science-based tool that measures the overall image of a destination. It was created as a result of extensive scientific and empirical research by the thinktourism and Horwath HTL team. eDEST was developed as a tool for monitoring and improving the tourist experience and for optimizing the communication and sales activities of the destination” said Katarina Miličević, director of thinktourism. The eDEST system was developed to provide destinations with a comprehensive online analysis, ie to help them improve marketing activities in an effective way. The eDEST system finds and collects relevant online content that is analyzed using big data tools to reveal hidden patterns and correlations in the data and gain a deeper insight into the image of the destination and the experience of tourists at the level of country, region, city, destination or tourist attraction. Key users of the eDEST system include ministries and national tourism organizations, regional and destination tourism organizations, city administrations, marketing agencies, and tourism attraction managers. Horwath HTL and the company thinktourism, today presented an innovative system of tourism reputation management, ie a tool for a comprehensive analysis of the image of a tourist destination – eDEST. As the authors point out, eDEST has a number of significant advantages over traditional surveys: No sample size limit: it is competitively priced in primary research, but without sample size and geographic market constraints, and without language constraints. Greater efficiency is achieved through precise analysis achieved using a specialized natural language processing algorithm. Ability to monitor, collect and segment a very wide sample of data from various online sources, and contribute to strategic marketing activities, ie provides precise and focused guidance for future marketing activities. “We are delighted to enter into this partnership of developing the systems necessary for the tourism industry for an informed and efficient process of managing marketing activities and general destination development. For the first time we are able to quantify the elements of the destination image and thus assess the effectiveness of marketing activities” said Siniša Topalović, ISHC, partner in HORWATH HTL. The most important thing is that through eDEST we can get an in-depth insight into the perspective of visitors related to individual elements of the destination, which is again the basis for improving the user experience. This was exactly the goal of the research and the entire platform – analysis and evaluation of content from social networks, and the eDEST system was created. Source: thinktourism The eDEST system enables the identification and evaluation of the most important dimensions that affect the image of a particular destination (eg nature, culture, accommodation, gastronomy, sustainability, atmosphere in the destination, etc.), together with their affective value, including positive feelings (eg pleasure, excitement) and negative impressions (eg shocking situations, crowds, dissatisfaction) that tourists experience during their stay in the destination.
The Bali provincial administration has rejected Timor Leste’s request to put 17 of its citizens who are due to be repatriated from China due to the novel coronavirus outbreak into quarantine on the island.The decision to reject the request was made during a meeting held by the administration on Monday.“The relevant parties in the province did not agree to grant the request; therefore, it’s difficult for us to accept it,” Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati said on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com. Tjokorda said the provincial administration had responded to the government’s policy by asking all Bali tourism stakeholders, including hotel management and travel agents, to collect data on Chinese tourists who were still in Bali. The restriction is expected to affect Chinese tourists who have arrived since Feb. 2 because the average length time of Chinese tourists visiting Bali stay is four days, he added.I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali would also follow the government’s restriction on people travelling from China. “We will suspend 164 of 247 regular flights from Bali to China,” airport spokesperson Arie Ahsanurrohim said, as quoted by tribunnews.com.The ban, however, would not apply to 55 flights to Hong Kong and 28 to Taipei, he went on to say.The Indonesian Tour Guide Association (HPI) in Bali has reported that the viral outbreak has affected the island’s tourism as nearly 1,000 Chinese-speaking tour guides are currently unemployed.HPI Bali Chairman I Nyoman Nuarta said some 1,300 people acted as guides for Chinese tourists visiting the island, about 80 percent of these focused on serving tourists from mainland China.Some of the unemployed tour guides have switched to other work such as taxi driving and others have chosen to return to their hometowns, he said.“Hopefully, this won’t last too long and there will soon be certainty,” he added. (syk)Topics : He previously said Timor Leste had asked for Indonesian permits and assistance to quarantine 17 of its citizens in Bali. The request was made through the Indonesian Embassy in Dili.The decision was made based on considerations and input from several tourism stakeholders in Bali.It is also in line with Indonesia’s policy to restrict travel to visitors from China because of the outbreak, by suspending flights to and from all regions in mainland China. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Sunday that Indonesia would bar visitors who have been to China in the past 14 days. The ban will be effective starting Feb. 5.Read also: 10,000 Chinese tourists cancel trips to Bali over coronavirus fears: Travel group
The firm, which was allowed to skip phase I trials, said its therapy would be the country’s first to enter phase II for COVID-19 plasma treatment.Its intravenously administered medicine, GC5131A, includes hyperimmune immunoglobins produced from processed antibodies in the plasma of recovered coronavirus patients.Green Cross has vowed to donate its locally made treatment to all COVID-19 patients in South Korea, where more than 1,000 recovered patients have come forward to donate plasma.In May, it joined several firms working on plasma-based therapies to develop a treatment for COVID-19 patients.The CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance for immunoglobulin therapy includes Takeda Pharmaceutical, Biotest AG, CSL Behring, and Octapharma Plasma.Shares of Green Cross rose as much as 10% after the news but closed down 2.3%, lagging a rise of 0.3% in the broader market . Topics : South Korea’s Green Cross Corp has sought regulatory approval for Phase II trials of an experimental COVID-19 blood plasma treatment drug, the company said on Wednesday, sending its shares up nearly 10%.Drugmakers worldwide are rushing to develop treatments for the coronavirus, which has killed more than 650,000 and infected more than 16 million since first emerging in China late last year.Green Cross said the clinical trial would review the safety and efficacy of the drug in 60 domestic patients in five hospitals.
The Bulgarian Association of Supplementary Pension Security Companies (BASPSC) is to approach the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) to settle the association’s dispute with its regulator, the Financial Supervision Commission (FSC), over mandatory pension fund returns.According to the FSC, for 2004-14, the universal pension funds, which manage mandatory second-pillar contributions from the so-called ‘non-privileged’ workers, returned an inflation-adjusted negative return of 0.16%, while BASPSC reported a positive return of 0.48%.The discrepancies arise from the different methodologies used by the two parties.According to Miroslav Marinov, executive director of Pension Insurance Company “Doverie”, part of Vienna Insurance Group, the BASPSC deploys the money-weighted return (MWR) approach, which takes into account all inflows and outflows and their exact timing. Meanwhile, the FSC uses a simple time-weighted return (TWR), where the formula takes into account all investments accumulated since the beginning of the calculation period, irrespective of their length of time in the portfolio.Sofia Hristova, chief executive and chairman at Allianz Bulgaria Pension Company, said: “The TWR approach greatly amplifies the effect of inflation. The MWR is equivalent to the internal rate of return. It incorporates the size and the timing of cash flows by finding the rate of return that will set the present values of all cash flows and the terminal values equal to the value of the initial investment. Thus, it is an effective measure for returns on a portfolio.”The MWR is also the investment industry standard elsewhere in Bulgaria, being used by the CFA Society Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Association of Asset Management Companies and the Bulgarian Association of Licensed Investment Intermediaries.What galls the BASPSC is that, having explained the measurements to the FSC, the regulator then presented only its own, unflattering calculations to Parliament’s budget and finance committee.The discrepancies are among the issues being discussed by the ad-hoc committee overwhelmingly voted through on 17 February at an extraordinary parliamentary session.The cross-party committee has a month to report on the financial status, supervision, regulatory compliance and legal shortfalls in the system.The FSC, for its part, has unveiled its proposals for changes to the second pillar.These include the introduction of multi-funds, reductions in fees, abolition of transfer fees, a more stringent application of the types of related parties into which pension fund managers can invest and payouts.The most controversial proposal is a separately managed common guarantee fund.Currently, pension funds set aside reserves, and there are concerns the better-run entities will end up paying for others’ shortfalls.In the meantime, the controversial amendments to the Social Insurance Code that came into effect this year remain in place, while changes such as those recently proposed by the Finance Ministry remain on hold.Second-pillar members have been unable as yet to opt out because the necessary documents have not been published.At the same time, the funds are reluctant to enrol those new entrants to the labour market who want to join because of legal uncertainties over using the old system’s documents.
The world’s largest asset manager has grown its stewardship team to 45 employees, up from 36 around this time last year, according to its latest annual report on its engagement and voting activity.BlackRock said this meant it had the largest and most global team in the industry. At the time of its annual report last year, its investment stewardship team members had 36 members. In 2008 the team comprised 13 full-time employees voting at around 8,500 meetings.In last year’s stewardship report BlackRock said it planned to double the size of the team by 2020.In the 12 months to 30 June 2019, BlackRock’s investment stewardship team voted at more than 16,000 company meetings. It said voting was “the formal mechanism” through which it provided feedback to companies on their practices, and engaging directly with companies allowed it to make “smarter and more informed voting decisions”. “Engagement on non-routine, nuanced, and often complex issues takes considerable resources,” it said.BlackRock has come under pressure over its stewardship activities in recent weeks. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis accused the asset manager of costing its clients more than $90bn (€81.4bn) from a select group of fossil fuel-heavy investments, although BlackRock highlighted that the majority of the investments were held in index-tracking funds.MisconceptionsIn its stewardship report, BlackRock addressed what it referred to as continued misconceptions about asset managers, and in particular index managers, regarding their stewardship work.One of the most persistent misunderstandings, it said, was that large index managers followed proxy advisory firms’ recommendations too closely.BlackRock said its vote was correlated with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis – two dominant proxy advisory firms – on routine management proposals, which accounted for over 98% of all shareholder votes in 2019.However, the correlation was close to zero with regard to shareholder proposals, it said, with these representing 1.6% of total votes cast in 2019.BlackRock has argued for more transparency in the proxy voting process, which has been the subject of a heated debate in the US. Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission published guidance relating to proxy advisory firms’ and fund managers’ responsibilities. The asset manager also explained that it tended not to participate in multi-stakeholder initiatives that duplicated its own efforts or that “may cause confusion for issuers”. It only joined external groups when it believed that collective action could significantly augment its direct engagements, it said.Both Climate Action 100+ and the ‘Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change’ overlapped with its own direct efforts, for example. The latter is a statement co-ordinated by investor organisations such as the IIGCC and addressed to world leaders on the occasion of major political gatherings, like the G7.Further readingLong-term Matters: BlackRock – time to pull your finger out! Donald Trump is not the only US leader to ignore the climate emergency. BlackRock’s 2019 letter to companies, timed to coincide with Davos, is not quite the State of Union address but it was equally silent on the crisis, writes Raj Thamotheram It held 2,050 engagements with 1,458 companies based in 42 markets, representing 50.4% by value of the equity assets BlackRock manages on behalf of clients, as of 28 June. Multiple meetings were held with one quarter of the companies the asset manager engaged with, it added.
Chief financial officer (CFO) of seismic data specialist Spectrum has chosen to resign from the company.Spectrum said on Monday that the company’s chief financial officer Henning Olset decided to resign.According to the company, he will be replaced by Dean Zuzic with effect from December 1, 2018. Zuzic joins Spectrum from a position as CFO of Norsk Gjenvinning.Before his current position, he held different positions in Kid Interiør AS, Plantasjen ASA, Danske Securities, and McKinsey & Co.Rune Eng, CEO of Spectrum, said: “Henning has in his period as CFO contributed to the growth of the company by building a robust finance and accounting function. I would like to thank him for his contribution over eight years and wish him every success in the future.”Spectrum added that Olset would continue to in the company until the end of 2018 to ensure a smooth transition to his successor.
NZ Herald 15 October 2015A push to legalise voluntary euthanasia has been boosted by the Prime Minister’s endorsement.John Key said he would support a new member’s bill lodged by Act leader David Seymour yesterday if it was drawn from the ballot.“In all probability if it’s drawn I will vote for it,” he said.The Government would not pick up the bill, meaning it could be years before it comes before Parliament.But Mr Key’s endorsement could play an important role in changing minds on the contentious issue.On the last conscience vote to be held in Parliament, for the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the Prime Minister also confirmed early in the process that he would support the legislation, which later passed easily.Mr Seymour began work on his End of Life Choice Bill after another bill, originally sponsored by former Labour MP Maryan Street, was removed from the ballot.His bill had stricter safeguards than Ms Street’s bill, including a requirement that a person was likely to die within six months, instead of 12 months. They would also need to have approval from two doctors.If the bill was pulled from the ballot, MPs would cast a personal vote instead of voting along party lines.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11529257
LocalNews Dominicans outraged over DPP’s decision to discontinue trial against Sarah Lynn Augustine by: – January 24, 2012 Share Share 244 Views 4 comments Sharing is caring! Tweet Rachel and Sophia Vigilant.Since Dominica Vibes News reported last Friday that the Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina had filed a notice of discontinuance in the trial involving Sarah Lynn Augustine we have been flooded with comments of outrage from our readers.Sarah Lynn Augustine was charged on 28th September, 2010 for allegedly stabbing her two daughters five year old Rachel and two month old Sophia to death at the family home in Mahaut on 16th September, 2010.A group page has been created on the popular social networking site Facebook dubbed; “Justice for Rachel and Sophia”, as well as a special poemSeveral Dominicans believe that the DPP has erred in his decision to discontinue the matter against Augustine.When Dominica Vibes News contacted the Office of the DPP for comment last week we were told no comments.However Channel 5 news of Marpin 2k4 reported on Monday evening that Pestaina had relied on a psychiatrist report to make his decision. That report which by Psychiatrist Dr. Griffin Benjamin allegedly confirmed that Augustine was “mentally fit” to stand trial but that she suffered from post partum depression (PPD) which according to Pestaina was of concern. Pestaina also told Channel 5 News that the Canadian authorities expressed their willingness in providing medical attention to Augustine who is a Canadian citizen and therefore he thought that was the best option.The Social Network Group “Justice for Rachel and Sophia” forwarded a statement to Dominica Vibes News indicating that a mother is supposed to protect her children as they are defenseless but this was far from true in this instance.“Rachel and Sophia were two children who were murdered while they slept allegedly by their own mother. They were defenseless and the one who was protecting them is the one who harmed them the most.”The group is also calling for the resignation of Pestaina as DPP for what they term, “making a mockery of our justice system”.“The DPP has made a laughing stock of our justice system. Nowhere else in the world would a medical expert employed by the state give his opinion and that opinion is ignored by the DPP. This woman cannot be rehabilitated. Once you commit such a crime you should be excused from society. And for the DPP to take it upon himself and dismiss the most important part of the report is insulting the people of this country. He should resign, fold and disappear (as one judge advised a then DPP).”Where do we go? We are not going to let this slide. This matter is embarrassing to Dominicans all over the world. As to what we can do, the process has just started. We can create petitions, probably even picketing the office of the DPP. We are saying this lady should have gone through the process of being judged by her peers. Two children are dead and while the DPP is saying one thing, she is on Facebook commenting and making merry. Her brother is on saying some of the most amazing things to people. In Dominica we are ‘too chaud to flam”, but it is time we stand up for what we believe in.”According to the group’s blog; “We cannot let this matter go by without some fight. These are two innocent children we talking about here. If we cannot fight for them, best we close down the country and forget about it”.Dominica Vibes News Share