THREE SIOUX CITY TEENS CHARGED IN STRING OF BURGLARIES (UPDATE)THREE SIOUX CITY TEENS CHARGED IN STRING OF BURGLARIES (UPDATE)
Updated 5:27pm 8/4/17THREE SIOUX CITY TEENAGERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR RECENT BURGLARIES ON THE NORTHSIDE.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY, 18 YEAR OLD JOSEPH ANTHONY TAPIA AND 16 YEAR OLD HENRY DE LEON ARE EACH CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY AND 3RD DEGREE THEFT.MAHANEY ALSO FACES A CHARGE OF OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.POLICE ALLEGE THAT MAHANEY AND A SECOND SUSPECT WERE CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF BURGLARIZING 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING BY THE RESIDENT.POLICE SAY THE TWO ASSAULTED THE RESIDENT, LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY TWO BROKEN BONES.INVESTIGATORS LOCATED THE SUSPECT’S VEHICLE A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.POLICE SAY THEY HAVE LINKED THE SUSPECTS TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN LEEDS.TAPIA AND MAHANEY ARE BEING HELD ON $50-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL.DELEON WAS BOOKED ON $22-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.——————————————————————THREE TEENS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR RECENT NORTHSIDE BURGLARIES.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY (PICTURED) AND 18 YEAR OLD JOSEPH ANTHONY TAPIA, BOTH OF SIOUX CITY WERE ARRESTED AFTER OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING AT 4:45.TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED THE HOME AND REMOVED SEVERAL ITEMS.THE VICTIM CONFRONTED THE SUSPECTS AND AN ALTERCATION ENSUED LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH SCRAPES, BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY BROKEN BONES.THE VEHICLE USED IN THE BURGLARY WAS LOCATED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.MAHANEY, TAPIA AND A 16 YEAR OLD MALE WERE ALL ARRESTED FOR 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY AND 3RD DEGREE THEFT.MAHANEY ALSO FACES A CHARGE OF OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE SUSPECTS WERE LINKED TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN THE LEEDS AREA.MAHANEY IS BEING HELD ON $24-THOUSAND BOND. TAPIA’S BOND HAS BEEN SET AT $22-THOUSAND.THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.Joseph Tapia mug shot________________________________________________ PREVIOUS STORYONE SIOUX CITY TEEN WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY FOR BURGLARY AND AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR ANOTHER SUSPECT.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY WAS ARRESTED AFTER OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING AT 4:45.TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED THE HOME AND REMOVED SEVERAL ITEMS.THE VICTIM CONFRONTED THE SUSPECTS AND AN ALTERCATION ENSUED LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH SCRAPES, BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY BROKEN BONES.THE VEHICLE USED IN THE BURGLARY WAS LOCATED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.MAHANEY WAS ARRESTED ON 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY, 3RD DEGREE THEFT AMD OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.THE SECOND SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, BUT NOT LOCATED.UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE SUSPECTS WERE LINKED TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN THE LEEDS AREA.THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. MAHANEY IS BEING HELD ON $24,000 BOND.
Oklahoma State Sugar Bowl Gifts Include Watches, Hats and Gift SuiteOklahoma State Sugar Bowl Gifts Include Watches, Hats and Gift Suite
One of the traditions of bowl season has become which bowl hands out the best gifts to its participants. This year, the Sugar Bowl is handing out a Fossil watch, New Era Cap and commemorative coin to each player which doesn’t sound very cool until you also note that there’s a gift suite involved.What is a gift suite? According to Sports Business Daily, it’s basically a free trip to the mall.Gift suites are set up as private events in which game participants, and often bowl VIPs, are given an order form and allowed to select a gift, or gifts, up to a value that is predetermined by each specific bowl, not to exceed the NCAA limit of $550 per person.Last year, for the Cactus Bowl, that included TVs, Keurigs and Beats headphones.This year won’t necessarily be better since there’s a $550 limit, but it might be different depending on who sponsors the Sugar Bowl’s suite. You can view all of the bowl gifts here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Avoya Travel Networks Independent Agencies Earn Highest CommissionsAvoya Travel Networks Independent Agencies Earn Highest Commissions
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – March 1, 2016 – The travel industry is seeing a sharp rise in demand for travel professionals as time-strapped consumers opt for help in planning more intricate and customized vacation options that require greater attention to detail and less do-it-yourself planning on their part. Consumers seeking value-driven, authentic experiences are turning to companies such as Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s leading travel networks, to plan their ultimate dream trip. With this surging demand by consumers for professional vacation planners, the more than 750 Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network continue to surpass the competition and reach higher sales volumes and customer satisfaction with the highest commissions, innovative marketing, and technology. A recent analysis revealed that on average the sales of Independent Agency members in the Avoya Network were up to 12 times more than other leading travel networks, producing the industry’s highest agency commissions. Avoya attributes its continued growth and success of Independent Agencies in the network to its Shared Success model and groundbreaking technology which includes the industry-first and only Live Leads™ program, Avoya Advantage™ marketing and innovative customer experience platforms to create highly valuable, mutually beneficial relationships between customers and Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network. The Avoya Live Leads program generates new customer leads on behalf of its network members that are available exclusively for Avoya Independent Agencies. Using a refined, complicated and patented algorithm, the Live Leads program offers new customers 24-7 access to professional vacation planners in the Avoya Network in a way that ensures high levels of customer satisfaction, repeat and referral bookings and high sales for the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network. “My independent agency sold over $400,000 in my first three months with the Avoya Network,” said Ann Kent, owner of Sea Ya Travel, who joined the Avoya Network in July 2015. “I used to sell real estate, but I always dreamed of owning my own successful travel company. This January alone I booked $297k and I’m now on track to sell $2 Million in my first year in travel! With Avoya’s support, technology and their amazing Live Leads program my dreams have been realized.” Avoya employs up to 17 times more support staff per Independent Agency member than other leading host and franchise organizations. Avoya’s staff is committed to offering support and helping with the aspects of running a business that take time away from selling so that Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network can focus more on planning vacations for today’s more discerning, informed and affluent customers while building a large roster of lifetime clients. In addition to its high ratio of support staff to Independent Agencies, Avoya provides extensive resources for its network to earn unrivaled sales levels. Agent Power™, Avoya’s award-winning proprietary Travel Agency Operation System™, offers agents an integrated booking engine, global vacation packages and 24-7, dedicated agency support, including commission reporting and professional development opportunities. “My agency sold over $1.7 million in our first year as a member of the Avoya Travel Network and that was just from Live Leads,” said Mary Arathoon, owner of Pursue Travel LLC, whose agency has been with Avoya since November, 2013. “Avoya Travel is very innovative – they have the best lead program, great support, and are in the business of helping travel professionals grow their agencies and reach even greater levels of success.” “With Integrity and Professionalism we are committed to helping travel professionals build their businesses and plan unforgettable experiences for their clients,” said Brad Anderson, President of Avoya Travel. “Our patented technology and award winning marketing programs combined with our dedication to providing our network with the highest levels of support have empowered the Independent Agency members in the Avoya Travel Network to lead the industry in sales and success – filling more seats, cabins, and beds for Avoya’s global travel partners.” About Avoya Travel: Avoya Travel has a long-standing reputation for being one of the world’s largest and most innovative travel companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 25 years, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. For this, Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year, by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-753-1463 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil drops writ for May 30 electionNova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil drops writ for May 30 election
HALIFAX – Nova Scotians will go to the polls May 30 as Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government seeks its second mandate following a term in office largely marked by frugal spending and public sector labour strife.McNeil kicked off the campaign Sunday with a rally at a Lebanese cultural centre in the heart of a key Halifax riding, shortly after meeting with Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant at Government House.In a speech before a packed room of enthusiastic supporters and party workers, McNeil acknowledged his government had made some unpopular decisions since being elected in 2013.“We had to make tough choices, choices that weren’t always popular,” said McNeil. “I believe you either shape change or change shapes you. We had to shape our own change.”At dissolution the Liberals held 34 seats in the 51-seat legislature, the Progressive Conservatives had 10 and the NDP 5. There was one Independent and one seat was vacant.The election follows nearly two months of election-style spending announcements by the Liberals, and a budget tabled Thursday offering a broad, though modest tax cut to about 500,000 low and middle income Nova Scotians.It was the second consecutive balanced budget for the Liberals. The government has exercised strict wage restraint for public sector unions, including nurses and teachers, while making a series of cuts to programs affecting areas such as seniors’ long-term care and initiatives run by public service organizations.“Thanks to our choices the province is in better shape than it was three and a half years ago,” McNeil told the crowd.He also took shots at his campaign opponents, accusing the Tories of being “negative about the province’s future” and saying the NDP were ready to “write a blank cheque to big labour.”The government’s budget died with the election call, leaving McNeil to explain to reporters why it wasn’t voted on in the legislature before the writ was dropped. He said it’s a matter of letting the public decide.“I’m not presumptuous enough to believe that all of them (the public) agree with my vision,” McNeil said. “So let me present my vision to them, we will let the other two parties present their vision, and then Nova Scotians will decide.”McNeil also made no apologies for his government or its policies.“There will be some who obviously in the last three-and-a-half years have not been happy with us, he said. “I am not running from the record.”Tory Leader Jamie Baillie pitched himself Sunday as a sunny alternative to four years of Liberal austerity, which he said has hurt Nova Scotia’s rural communities, allowed infrastructure to crumble and sent doctors and young people away from the province in “droves.”“(Nova Scotians) will have to decide if they want to invest and jobs and in their communities, or if they want more McNeil cuts,” said Baillie, surrounded by Tory candidates. “Only the Progressive Conservative party has the plan to allow Nova Scotians to stand proudly on their own two feet once again.”Baillie said the premier’s heavy hand in dealing with public sector unions has resonated through the province, and said if elected, he would push for a “middle way” that would keep wages at roughly current levels but increase investment in public services.Baillie’s speech was replete with promises of prosperity, but when pressed for specifics, the Tory leader often pivoted back to attacking McNeil.Baillie has been sounding confident that his party, which hasn’t won an election since 2006, is poised for an electoral breakthrough. That’s critical for Baillie, who is leading the party through his second campaign — and may not get a third opportunity if expectations aren’t realized.Baillie has painted the provincial race as a referendum on McNeil. He said the Tories will release a party platform “very soon.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill told dozens of supporters at a west-end cafe Sunday that an NDP government would prioritize “investments in our people” over a balanced budget to tackle issues like hunger, access to education and hospital overcrowding.“All the evidence is that the McNeil Liberals are not the objects of anyone’s affection in Nova Scotia at the moment,” Burrill told reporters. “I think that the door has opened to any possibility now with the announcement of the election and we’ll see what happens in the next month.”Burrill said he’s putting “every ounce of energy” into his own race in the Halifax-Chebucto riding, having won his party’s leadership race last year without a seat in the provincial legislature.He aims to revive the fortunes of a party that had a dramatic fall from grace in 2013, when it was swept from government by the Liberals.The election call comes after spring polling that indicated the Liberals had fallen in popularity, although they were still in majority territory as of March, according to Cape Breton University professor David Johnson.Decided voter support for the Liberal party dropped from 56 per cent to 44 per cent, according to a survey of 1,210 adults conducted by Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates Inc. The Progressive Conservatives stood at 28 per cent, up eight points, and the New Democrats were at 23 per cent, up from 19 per cent, while five per cent supported the Green Party.“They are pretty much back to where they were in 2013,” Johnson said in an interview last month. “Forty-four per cent will win them a strong, healthy majority government if that number hold up during the election campaign.”Johnson said the key would be holding onto ridings in metro Halifax.“The Liberals dominate metro (currently) and whomever dominates metro, that’s the pathway into a majority government,” he said.— With files from Adina Bresge and Kieran Leavitt
BC environmental documentary maker and wild salmon advocate Twyla Roscovich diesBC environmental documentary maker and wild salmon advocate Twyla Roscovich dies
A GoFundMe page will be created to raise money for her daughter.“Twyla is so loved. This coast that she lived and fought for with all of her heart is now a lonelier place for her passing. She left us too soon,” the Facebook page states.Through such films as Salmon Confidential and BC for Sale, Roscovich combined spectacular imagery, evocative music, crisp writing, and her foreboding narration to convey how diseases from farmed Atlantic salmon threatened Pacific wild salmon.Roscovich worked closely with biologist Alexandra Morton and always ensured that views of First Nations were included in her work.BC for Sale, which was released in advance of the 2013 election, was ahead of its time in highlighting how the B.C. Liberals were so deeply enmeshed with the corporate sector. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Twyla Roscovich is no longer alive, but her strong voice and beautiful images in such films as BC for Sale and Salmon Confidential will remain part of the fabric of her beloved province for years to come. The B.C. environmental community is mourning the loss of one of its most skillful documentary filmmakers.The body of Twyla Roscovich was found after she had gone missing near Campbell River, according to her Facebook page. No foul play is suspected.The Sointula filmmaker and photographer was 38. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
UN officials laud vital role of civil society in tackling HIVAIDS epidemicUN officials laud vital role of civil society in tackling HIVAIDS epidemic
“The engagement of civil society and the private sector is indispensable in holding governments accountable, in ensuring that the AIDS response respects human rights, and in advocating for the creation of legal and social environments that protect people from infection and support social justice,” General Assembly President Joseph Deiss said at the start of the civil society hearing held at UN Headquarters. Today’s meeting will inform discussions at the High-Level Meeting on AIDS, which will be convened by the General Assembly from 8 to 10 June in New York. The participants include people living with HIV as well as those representing segments of the population most affected by the epidemic.Mr. Deiss emphasized that the response to AIDS must include – at all levels – people living with, and affected by, HIV. “Their perspective and experience are unique and have provided a wellspring of insight and breakthroughs,” he said, noting in particular that civil society’s involvement in today’s hearing should help boost effort to overcome stigma and discrimination.Also speaking at the hearing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked civil society for its energy and activism, which has contributed to preventing the spread of HIV, helping millions of people access treatment and pushing for a cure.“Even though you were not in government, you knew all governments had a responsibility to respond to this epidemic with compassion and action,” he said. In a report launched last month in preparation for the June meeting, Mr. Ban urged world leaders to take bold decisions to tackle the AIDS epidemic, warning that recent gains, while laudable, are fragile.“My report does more than just take stock,” he stated. “It is a cry for action. This year is a moment of truth in the global AIDS response.”He noted that while there have been extraordinary gains in recent years, funding has flatlined and HIV continues to spread. His report sets out a number of specific goals, including halving the sexual transmission of HIV, providing treatment for 13 million people, stopping all mother-to-child transmission, and ending stigma and discrimination.While governments are working to address these issues, constructive collaboration on the part of civil society can boost their efforts, he pointed out.“That is why I need you,” said the Secretary-General, who also pledged to take action and continue to personally urge government officials to advance the goals of no new infections, no stigma or discrimination, and no AIDS-related deaths.Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and Luiz Loures, the Director of UNAIDS Executive Office, also participated in today’s hearing. Civil society has played a “pivotal” role in the response to AIDS, Dr. Loures told a news conference held on the sidelines of the event. In addition, the hearing is taking place at a “very special moment,” given that 2011 marks 30 years of the epidemic. There have been significant changes in that time, he said.“We have much more progress, there is no question,” he said, noting, among other elements, that there are about six million people receiving treatment for AIDS today as compared to less than 200,000 at the time of the last General Assembly special session on the issue in 2001. But challenges remain, he added, citing issues such as ensuring the rights of men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, sex workers, migrants and other vulnerable groups. 8 April 2011As representatives of civil society and the private sector met with governments today to discuss how to advance the response to HIV/AIDS ahead of a high-level meeting in June, United Nations officials lauded the vital role played by non-governmental actors in tackling the epidemic.
Sumanthiran said that a time has already been allocated for the TNA to meet her during her visit to Sri Lanka. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is to meet the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in Colombo on August 30th, the party said.TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that a TNA delegation led by party leader R. Sampanthan will meet Pillay and discuss several issues. He said that the TNA will discuss the military presence in the north as well as the issue of political prisoners when they meet her. The TNA will also discuss human rights concerns and the upcoming polls in the north.Pillay will be in Sri Lanka from August 25 to the 31st and she will conclude her visit with a press briefing in Colombo. (Colombo Gazette)
TSX declines amid weak US economic data RIM lower after RIM BB10TSX declines amid weak US economic data RIM lower after RIM BB10
TORONTO – The Toronto stock market was lower Wednesday as Research In Motion Ltd. stock fell following the launch of its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 products and data showed a surprising weakening of the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 36.11 points to 12,794.44 while the TSX Venture Exchange was down 9.57 points at 1,222.35.RIM (TSX:RIM) had been up as much as four per cent before chief executive Thorsten Heins unveiled the BB10 and announced the company’s corporate name would be changed to BlackBerry at a widely covered event in New York City.But RIM stock closed down $1.85 or 11.78 per cent to $13.86 on very heavy volume of 22.73 million shares.The stock was hit with a wave of profit taking after hitting a 52-week high of $18.49 early last week. That represented a stunning gain of 203 per cent since hitting a 52-week low of $6.10 last September and at one point was up 50 per cent during January alone.Analysts said that consumer reaction to the new product will ultimately determine where the stock goes.“I think it’s too early to all of a sudden, draw any real conclusions to this whole thing,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at Scotia Capital.“It’s going to take some weeks, maybe take some months, until we get a real clear view. Now that it’s going out and people will be able to buy it and use it and express their preferences, likes and dislikes — that’s what will count most.”The U.S. Commerce Department reported Wednesday that the economy shrank by 0.1 per cent amid a plunge in defence spending and a 5.7 per cent drop in exports that analysts think was linked to hurricane Sandy. The recession in parts of the eurozone also hurt performance. Economists had expected growth of 1.1 per cent in the October-December period.The Canadian dollar gained 0.09 of a cent to 99.85 cents US.U.S. indexes seemed unaffected by the scheduled announcement from the U.S. Federal Reserve at the end of its two-day meeting on interest rates.The Dow Jones industrials closed down 44 points at 13,910.42. The Nasdaq shed 11.35 points to 3,142.31 while the S&P 500 index was off 5.88 points at 1,501.96.The Fed is keeping its rates near zero. It will also continue with its program of quantitative easing to stimulate the economy as long as the jobless rate stays above 6.5 per cent.There has been a growing expectation that it may be tempted to reverse its position after minutes from the last meeting in December showed a split among members over how long to continue the stimulus. Some thought the program should be slowed or stopped before the end of 2013.Investors also digested earnings reports from corporate heavyweights including aircraft maker Boeing Co., which said its fourth-quarter profit fell 30 per cent to $978 million, or $1.28 a share, nine cents better than analysts expected. Boeing said its adjusted 2013 profit estimate of $6.10 to $6.30 a share assumes “no significant financial impact” from a move on Jan. 16 by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to ground the 787 Dreamliner pending a probe of its battery problem. Its shares rose 1.28 per cent to US$74.59.The base metals component lost 0.8 per cent even as March copper on the Nymex gained six cents to US$3.75 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) rose 13 cents to C$11.65.Bloomberg reported that Rio Tinto Group, the world’s second-biggest mining company, is considering a temporary halt to construction work at its US$6.2 billion Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold project in Mongolia as the government demands a greater share of profit from the mine.Rio has a 66 per cent stake in Oyu Tolgoi through its 51 per cent interest in Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TSX:TRQ), formerly known as Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. Turquoise Hill shares fell 28 cents to $7.87.The industrials sector fell 0.75 per cent, with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) down $1.47 to $114.75 after surging Tuesday in the wake of a well-received earnings report.Telecoms also weighed on the TSX with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) down 48 cents to $46.57.Oil prices lost some early momentum after the U.S. economic data was released as the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged up 37 cents to US$97.94 a barrel. But the energy sector was down 0.21 per cent and Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) gave back 21 cents to $33.72.The gold sector was off about 0.4 per cent as April bullion advanced $18.90 to US$1,6781.60 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 41 cents to C$32.47.In other earnings news, Montreal-based IT services company CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A) says its first-quarter revenue more than doubled to $2.53 billion, up 147.5 per cent from a year earlier and its shares gained $2.01 or 8.28 per cent to $26.30.Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT) is raising the cash dividend it pays to shareholders by 33 per cent to 28 cents a share. Its shares were up 12 cents to $43.19.After the close, social network company Facebook turned in earnings per share of 17 cents, two cents better than estimates. Revenue came in at $1.59 billion, better than the $1.53 billion analysts had expected. But its shares fell eight per cent in after market trading in New York. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2013 4:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX declines amid weak U.S. economic data; RIM lower after RIM BB10 launch
Bank of Canada keeps key rate on hold at 05 per centBank of Canada keeps key rate on hold at 05 per cent
by Christine Chubb Posted Sep 9, 2015 10:17 am MDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2015 at 11:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Canada keeps key rate on hold at 0.5 per cent The Bank of Canada is shown in Ottawa on April 12, 2009. FLICKR/d.neuman The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate on hold at 0.5 per cent on Wednesday and said the country’s resource sector continues to adjust to lower prices for oil and other commodities.“These adjustments are complex and are expected to take considerable time,” the central bank said in its interest rate announcement.“Economic activity continues to be underpinned by solid household spending and a firm recovery in the United States with particular strength in the sectors of the U.S. economy that are important for Canadian exports.”However, it noted that increased uncertainty about growth in China and other emerging markets is raising questions about the pace of global recovery. It says the uncertainty is contributing to volatility on the financial markets.“Movements in the Canadian dollar are helping to absorb some of the impact of lower commodity prices and are facilitating the adjustments taking place in Canada’s economy,” the central bank statement said.It said the latest data confirm exports that are sensitive the changes in exchange rates are regaining momentum but the overall export picture is still uncertain.The Bank of Canada to cut its overnight rate target to 0.5 per cent in July, down from 0.75 in January. The rate is influential with commercial lenders such as the country’s big banks, which lowered their prime rates and some mortgage rates in July.Since then, Statistics Canada reported the economy contracted in the second quarter in line with the Bank of Canada’s expectations.That was followed by better-than-expected trade results for July and a stronger-than-expected jobs report for August that suggested the economy is pulling out of the slump that saw it contract in the first two quarters, putting the country into a recession.Inflation has also ticked higher in recent months as rising food prices have offset lower gasoline prices, while core inflation _ which excludes some volatile items _ has been above two per cent for a year.In its statement Wednesday, the Bank of Canada said inflation has “evolved in line” with its July monetary policy report.Total inflation has remained near the bottom end of the Bank of Canada’s target range of between one and three per cent, due to the drop in energy prices. However, core inflation has been close to two per cent due to the drop in the Canadian dollar and some sector-specific factors, the bank said.The Bank of Canada’s next rate announcement is set for Oct. 21 when it is also scheduled to release its updated outlook for the economy and inflation in its monetary policy report.
Today, SMMT released figures for February pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in February 2012 that were defined as pre-registrations.Download release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Sida La prévention recule et lépidémie progresse en EuropeSida La prévention recule et lépidémie progresse en Europe
Sida : La prévention recule et l’épidémie progresse en EuropeSelon le rapport annuel 2012 de l’Onusida, le monde connaît un net recul des décès dus au Sida et des nouvelles infections. Mais si effectivement le rythme des progrès s’accélère en Afrique subsaharienne et en Asie, l’Europe elle n’est pas à féliciter. Un rapport publié par l’ECDC et l’OMS met en évidence l’augmentation de la transmission du virus en Europe. En cette journée mondiale du Sida, rien de plus important que de redonner un coup de fouet à la lutte contre le VIH et de rappeler les mesures de prévention. Car le combat contre cette épidémie est loin d’être terminé, et ce aussi bien en Afrique, en Asie, qu’en Europe. C’est d’ailleurs peut-être dans cette dernière partie du globe qu’il faut faire le plus attention à ne pas baisser sa garde. En effet, si le rapport annuel 2012 de l’Onusida a révélé une diminution significative du nombre de morts et de nouvelles infections au niveau mondial, et si le nombre de nouvelles infections a baissé de plus de 50% en Afrique subsaharienne, l’Europe a elle enregistré une augmentation du nombre de personnes infectées. À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerter”Le nombre de personnes vivant avec le VIH en Europe est en augmentation” a annoncé un rapport publié vendredi 30 novembre dernier par le Centre européen de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (ECDC) et l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). “Seul un patient sur quatre reçoit le traitement antirétroviral nécessaire dans la partie orientale de la région, c’est un des taux les plus bas du monde” a constaté la directrice régionale de l’OMS Europe. De plus, la moitié des européens séropositifs seraient dépistés tardivement, ce qui réduit l’efficacité des traitements et augmente les risques de transmission du virus. “Si nous voulons réduire et prévenir la transmission du VIH à travers l’Europe, nous avons besoin d’investir et de promouvoir le conseil et le dépistage” a expliqué Marc Sprenger, le directeur de l’ECDC. Le 1 décembre 2012 à 13:35 • Amandine Demange
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Amazon Announces General Availability of Aurora MultiMasterAmazon Announces General Availability of Aurora MultiMaster
Avoid performing overlapping page updates from concurrent writers. If you have a sharded database, it would be a good idea to assign a writer to a shard and update shards through the assigned writer. The mapping is only logical in the application layer. Physically, the data in the storage volume is visible to all writer nodes. Transactions that span shards can still be executed from a single writer. When a conflict is raised by the database node to the application layer, retry the transaction. Techniques such as exponential backoff give the buffer pool time to catch up with replication and reflect the most recent change to the page touched by the transaction, increasing the chances of success. Based on your own application’s design and needs, route queries to writers in a way that achieves an acceptable write conflict ratio, equal writer utilization, and the best possible availability. By default, Aurora uses a read-after-write consistency, where reading data is consistent if done on the same node on where the writer wrote their information. Synchronizing this write may take several milliseconds to reach consistency on other nodes. Additionally, multi-master clusters provide another option at session level called global read-after-write (GRAW). With GRAW it is possible to see instead only consistent data, no matter which node updated this. Implementing these measures does come with a performance penalty, and thus Amazon advises to only apply this for specific queries that need this behavior. In a recent announcement, Amazon has publicized the general availability of Aurora Multi-Master, which allows for reading and writing on multiple MySQL database instances across several Availability Zones (AZs). This brings high availability capabilities, as the platform no longer needs to trigger a fail-over or promote a read-replace upon failure of database instances.Amazon Aurora is a relational database that is compatible with open-source databases MySQL and PostgreSQL. It is backed by multiple compute nodes and a multi-AZ storage layer, and is fully managed by Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). Correspondingly, the service is similar to those of other large cloud providers like Microsoft’s Azure Database Services and Google’s Cloud SQL. Regarding the new multi-master feature, it is essential to note that this is currently only available on the MySQL compatible edition, limited to specific regions, and supports a maximum of two writer nodes.Previously, when just single-master mode was available, a failure of an Aurora database instance resulted in a fail-over to another instance. Downtime on write operations accompanied this fail-over, which, depending on the database, could run up to thirty seconds in the case of a CNAME record adjustment, or even sixty seconds in the case of the platform needing to restart the database. However, with the introduction of Multi-Master, Amazon has now presented a means to eliminate the need for a fail-over. Instead, applications can redirect their read and write actions to the other instance, which is already up and running, and was previously processing other database operations as well. Preferably a dedicated connection manager should coordinates this, for example, by implementing a singleton which keeps track of connections, database health, and makes a logical distribution of database calls. Source: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/database/building-highly-available-mysql-applications-using-amazon-aurora-mmsr/When using Aurora Multi-Master, each node in the cluster is both a reader and a writer, and thus applications can use all nodes to handle their workloads. This provides high availability for the databases, although this also may introduce issues surrounding replication and consistency. The platform takes care of handling this by using a quorum of storage nodes that either approves or rejects any changes which the master nodes present to them. For optimal performance the connection manager should avoid conflicts on writes as much as possible by distributing connections to hit the same pages as little as possible. On this subject Mukund Sundararajan, solutions architect at Amazon Web Services, provides several best practices to use when designing applications.