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BMO pot financing marks policy shift for Canadian banks

first_imgThe Bank of Montreal’s (TSX:BMO) participation in a major financing deal for licensed marijuana producer Canopy Growth marks a big policy shift for Canada’s biggest banks, which may be warming up to the cannabis sector.Canopy (TSX:WEED), Canada’s biggest licensed cannabis producer, announced yesterday that BMO Capital Markets and GMP Securities were leading its $175-million bought deal offering of roughly five million shares.Until now, Canadian banks have been reluctant to service the country’s burgeoning marijuana industry, leaving smaller banks and financial institutions to cash in on pot companies’ financing and commercial banking needs.However, the legislative landscape in Canada is changing rapidly as the federal and provincial governments gear up for legalization of cannabis for recreational use by this summer, and pot stocks have seen significant gains over the past year in anticipation.But BMO’s participation in the Canopy deal comes as lawmakers crack down south of the border — where many of Canada’s big banks have ties — on marijuana, which remains illegal in the U.S. under federal law.Attorney-General Jeff Sessions earlier this month rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that federal lawmakers would not intervene in states where the drug is legal, allowing legalization to flourish.last_img read more

Constellation Brands spending 5 billion to increase stake in Canopy Growth

first_imgTORONTO – Global alcohol giant Constellation Brands will invest $5 billion in Canopy Growth Corp. — the largest strategic investment in the cannabis space to date — which the marijuana producer says will help it scale up and fend off competition from established players in big pharma and booze who are hungrily eyeing the pot industry.Canopy chief executive Bruce Linton called the infusion of capital “rocket fuel” for the Smiths Falls, Ont.-based licensed producer, enabling it to extend its global reach as more markets legalize cannabis around the world.Canada will this fall become the second country in the world to legalize marijuana for recreational use, sparking a flurry of activity in the homegrown sector. But in the coming years, Canopy’s competition will be the likes of “big pharma,” and “packaged beverage,” rather than Canadian cannabis companies, Linton told analysts on a conference call Wednesday.“This about accelerating and getting way further out there before those other big names are in,” Linton said. “Getting our products, staking our claims, having the leverage that we have now and moving up.”As part of the deal, the global producer of beer, wine and spirits will make Canopy its exclusive global cannabis partner.Constellation Brands will own 38 per cent of Canopy under the deal, in which it will acquire 104.5 million Canopy shares at a price of $48.60 per share. Canopy shares closed Wednesday’s trading session on the Toronto Stock Exchange at $42.20, up more than 31 per cent.The investment follows a deal last year that saw the Corona-beer maker acquire a nearly 10 per cent stake in Canopy for $245 million and included collaboration on the development of cannabis-based drinks.Its chief executive Rob Sands called the deal a “powerful partnership” as markets for cannabis are “opening up much more rapidly than appreciated.”“This is an extremely exciting time to be part of what could potentially be one of the most significant global growth opportunities for the next decade,” Sands told an investor conference call Wednesday.The Constellation deal comes as other alcohol companies have also started honing in on the cannabis industry. Earlier this month, Molson Coors Canada entered into a joint venture with the Hydropothecary Corp. to develop non-alcoholic cannabis-infused products. As well, Heineken-owned Lagunitas Brewing Co. recently introduced a cannabis-infused hoppy sparkling water in California.Constellation’s investment on Wednesday is by far the largest strategic investment seen in the space to date, said Russell Stanley, an analyst with Echelon Wealth Partners in a research note.“Cannabis is quickly becoming a truly global business… We view the Canopy/Constellation news as further proof that a global market opportunity awaits, with Canadian-listed companies well positioned to participate given their head start and superior access to capital,” he said.Linton said Wednesday the money would largely be used to position the licensed producer for international expansion opportunities as cannabis becomes legal in new regions. Priority markets include the United States, Europe and Latin America, he added.“As we look around the world, we’re going to be expanding production, we’re going to be doing more research, we’re going to develop more intellectual property… And we’re going to be way more global,” he told analysts on a conference call.Canopy’s target acquisition list exceeds $1 billion for international assets and non-cultivation assets in Canada, Linton said. The licensed medical marijuana producer doesn’t intend to acquire any cultivation assets at home, as it is easier to build their own, but would be eyeing domestic assets such as bottling lines, he added.As part of the partnership, Canopy has a services arrangement with Constellation to use its resources, which would help with a U.S. expansion once permitted, Linton added.The U.S., where cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use in several states but remains illegal at the federal level, is the “best market” and will become “federally legal sooner than people think,” he said.“We are going to do everything that is fully federally lawful to be available in a market. And we think there are mechanisms of action that we can take that we’re working through. There will be nothing federally illegal in what we do,” he said.Constellation will also receive 139.7 million new warrants, which are exercisable over the next three years. If Constellation exercises all of its existing and new warrants, its ownership in Canopy would exceed 50 per cent.The agreement Wednesday will also see Constellation nominate four directors to Canopy Growth’s seven-member board of directors. The investment, which is expected to close by the end of October, is subject to customary closing conditions, including Canopy shareholder approval and regulatory approvals.The investment deal came as Canopy reported a loss of $80.3 million or 40 cents per share for the quarter ended June 30 as it continued to ramp up its operations ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada later this year.The loss compared with a loss of nearly $9.1 million or six cents per share a year ago.Revenue for the three-month period totalled $25.9 million, up from nearly $15.9 million in the same quarter a year earlier.Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)last_img read more

UNICEF urges extraordinary efforts for children in Sri Lanka conflict zone

17 March 2009Deploring the mounting toll of children killed and injured in the zone of combat between Sri Lankan Government forces and Tamil rebels, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called for “extraordinary efforts” to protect them. In addition to the hundreds killed, thousands are now vulnerable to disease and malnutrition because of a critical lack of food, water and medicines in the conflict area, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said in a statement.“Regular, safe access for humanitarian agencies is urgently required, so that lifesaving supplies can be provided, and civilians must be allowed to move to safe areas where essential humanitarian support is more readily available,” Ms. Veneman said. “The rights of children caught in the conflict must be fully respected and every effort should be taken to prevent civilian casualties,” she added. She noted that UNICEF, together with other UN agencies and partners, is providing emergency water and sanitation, health, nutrition, protection and education support for many of the estimated 40,000 people who have been able to leave the conflict zone. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other top UN officials have been calling on the Sri Lankan Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to suspend hostilities to allow civilians to leave the conflict zone and allow immediate humanitarian access to them since the latest round of the long-running conflict flared a few months ago. read more

Complaints about telecom bills double as consumer distrust grows

MONTREAL — Complaints about wireless data, roaming and Internet bandwidth charges have more than doubled, with Canadian consumers showing increasing distrust of the bills they get from telecom providers, says the industry’s watchdog group.Billing charges involving these three issues generated customer complaints more than 1,500 times in the past year, according to the annual report by the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services released on Wednesday.The non-profit group helps resolve disputes between consumers and telecom service providers.Howard Maker, commissioner and CEO of the organization, said people have difficulty understanding how their data use is measured and telecoms are falling short on explaining the charges.“You can’t wrap your arms around a gigabyte of data,” Maker said in an interview from Ottawa.“It’s not tangible. People really have to rely on their service provider and many Canadians are not prepared to do that.”Maker said the industry should do a better job of relaying how data charges accumulate, such as providing consumers with documentation of the data used upon request.“In no case that we reviewed did we find a service provider which offered a way to independently verify that the amount of data measured was accurate,” the report said.“We again urge the industry to take greater steps to instil confidence in the metering and billing of data, roaming and bandwidth charges as this is a growing area of complaints with potentially costly consequences for consumers.”About 60% of all complaints about telecom services — wireless, Internet, home phone and long-distance service — were about cellphone service, the same as last year, as use of the device has exploded.Bell Canada and Rogers topped the list of companies getting wireless complaints — Bell with 4,000 complaints, followed by Rogers with 3,800 and Rogers’ Fido with nearly 1,000.Telus had 883, Bell’s Virgin Mobile Canada had 776 and new player Wind Mobile rounded out the top six with 635.Billing errors were again the No. 1 complaint. But complaints against cellphone roaming charges jumped to 721 in the August 2012-to-July 2013 period, up from 211 in the comparable 12-months a year earlier.Roaming fees can rack up bills of thousands of dollars, especially during travel outside of Canada. A new wireless code, which comes into effect Dec. 2, will cap national and international data roaming charges once they reach $100 within a single monthly billing cycle, unless the customer expressly agrees to pay additional charges.“I’m optimistic it’s going to solve a lot of problems and hopefully reduce complaints, as well,” Maker said of the wireless code, which also reduces the standard three-year cellphone contract to two years.The federal government noted in a recent throne speech that it will take steps to reduce roaming costs. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission may also consider regulations as a result of consumer complaints.Complaints about data charges more than doubled to 539 from 264 year-over-year, the report found.Maker also noted in his report that employee training by the telecom companies is “one of the banes of the industry,” saying there needs to be more effort in training and retraining employees so they can help consumers understand the services they are buying.The number of complaints handled by the watchdog group — which included both cellphone and other services provided by telecoms — increased 31 per cent, to 14,036, in the latest 12-month period. It said more than 90 per cent of complaints were resolved to the satisfaction of the customer and the telecom service provider.After billing errors, the second-biggest complaint was loss of service and repair issues, followed by 30-day notice for cancellation, early termination and cancellation fees and non-disclosure of terms and misleading information of terms. read more

Sri Lanka saddened by loss of life in Nepal

“We in Sri Lanka share the grief of the people of Nepal at this time of distress. Our thoughts, at this difficult time, are with the families of those who lost their lives, those who were injured and with those who have suffered damage to homes and property. Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration,” the Prime Minister said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in a letter to Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, said that the people of Sri Lanka and he are deeply saddened by the loss of life and property as a result of the powerful storm in Nepal on Sunday evening. Sri Lanka today said that it was saddened by the loss of life and property in Nepal following the storm on Sunday.At least 30 people were killed in the storm and several others were displaced. The BBC reported that the freak storm destroyed houses, overturned vehicles, uprooted trees and brought down power lines in Bara and Parsa districts.The casualties included passengers in a bus that was blown off a road, the BBC reported. (Colombo Gazette) read more

New York Times scraps BlackBerry app says web site offers better experience

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New York Times scraps BlackBerry app, says web site offers better experience by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2012 4:07 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The New York Times is doing away with its BlackBerry app in the latest blow to troubled Canadian smartphone maker Research In Motion (TSX:RIM).The news organization announced that as of Monday it stopped supporting the NYTimes app for the BlackBerry as well as nixing its DealBook BlackBerry Reader platform.It also cancelled its support for the Palm Pre, by device maker Palm.Users of RIM’s BlackBerry devices will have to go directly to the New York Times site through the phone’s web browser — instead of using an app — to get the latest news over their smartphones.“Currently, our mobile web site offers a more complete New York Times experience than the NYTimes app native to your device,” the Times said in a statement.The announcement comes as a blow to RIM, which has been hurriedly trying to get more developers on its side ahead of the launch of its delayed BlackBerry 10 operating system early next year.RIM has acknowledged that its BlackBerry App World apps store has lacked the broad selection of competitors, in particular Apple’s iTunes store.The company announced Wednesday that a new video store with a catalog of movies and TV shows to buy or rent —similar to the iTunes store — is now available for PlayBook customers.Marty Malik, RIM’s vice president of global alliances and business development said Wednesday that applications and content are “strategic areas” targeted for investment as it builds the new BlackBerry platform.“Our base of 78 million BlackBerry users worldwide represents a significant opportunity for content partners to reach their audiences,” he said.“The BlackBerry platform continues to grow with our application vendor base increasing by 157 per cent in the last year. We are dedicated to working with the developer community in incorporating their feedback as we build toward the launch of BlackBerry 10.”Several popular companies have so far opted out of creating apps for the BlackBerry, including Netflix and Skype, though the company has said it’s actively working to attract them.In November, Google said it would stop supporting an app for its popular Gmail email service.RIM is also facing a number of corporate defectors that have ditched the company’s technology in favour of competitors.Last week, Australia’s Quantis Airlines decided to replace their BlackBerrys with iPhones after an employee vote.RIM said in a statement last month that it expects the next several quarters to continue to be very challenging for its business.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company saw revenue drop 33 per cent to $2.8 billion in the quarter ended June 2 down from $4.2 billion in the prior quarter, and has seen stiff competition from Apple’s iPhone and devices that use Google’s Android platform.RIM shares were down 15 cents to close at $6.93 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Canadian dollar loses ground amid US interest rate concerns lower commodities

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 6:46 am MDT Canadian dollar loses ground amid U.S. interest rate concerns, lower commodities TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower a day before the Bank of Canada delivers its latest announcement on interest rates.The loonie was down 0.38 of a cent at 92.95 cents US.The central bank is universally expected to hold its key rate at one per cent, where it’s been since September 2010, as the global economy slowly recovers from the financial collapse of 2008 and the subsequent recession.Traders will be particularly interested in what the bank has to say about the economy and how conditions could be impacted by a stubbornly high Canadian dollar.“The BoC risk is that governor Poloz strikes a cautious tone, highlighting that a strong (currency) risks weighing on important economic fundamentals,” said Camilla Sutton, chief FX strategist and managing director of Scotiabank’s global banking and markets operations.Losses in the Canadian currency grew while the greenback strengthened as Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen delivered testimony to Congressional committees on the economy and monetary policy.Yellen said in delivering the Fed’s semi-annual economic report to Congress that the economic recovery is not yet complete and the Fed intends to keep providing significant support. But she also said if labour market conditions continue to improve more quickly than anticipated, the Fed could raise its key short-term interest rate sooner than currently projected, the summer of 2015.The Fed’s semi-annual report to Congress also pointed out that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013.It observed that “valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially stretched, particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries.”On the economic calendar, data showed U.S. retail sales for June rose by 0.2 per cent, less than the 0.6 per cent gain that had been expected. Excluding autos, sales rose 0.4 per cent.Commodity prices were mixed with August crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 95 cents at US$99.96 a barrel.September copper was unchanged at US$3.25 a pound while August gold bullion fell $9.60 to US$1,297.10 an ounce. read more

David Warner joins St Lucia Stars in first Hero CPL

The St Lucia Stars have announced that David Warner will join them for the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).According to CPLT20, Warner will replace fellow Australian, D’Arcy Short, who is no longer available for the tournament due to being selected for Australia A’s tour of India which takes place in August and September.Warner has played in T20 tournaments around the world, but this will be his first appearance in the Hero CPL.The last innings Warner had in the Caribbean saw him score 109 in an ODI vs South Africa in 2016, but this will be his first visit to play T20 cricket in the region since he represented Australia against the Windies in March 2012.A veteran of 243 T20 matches, 70 of which are internationals, Warner brings a huge amount of experience to the Stars squad. With 7,668 T20 runs and six T20 hundreds, fans of the Hero CPL can look forward to him adding to that tally when the Stars get their tournament underway on 8 August.Speaking about the signing of Warner, Stars’ General Manager, Mohammad Khan said: “We are excited to bring David to the Saint Lucia Stars. David is arguably one of the greatest batsman of the modern era and a winning player. He is going to add a lot of value on the field and in the dressing room as we pursue our first Hero CPL Title.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: Explosive Warner says Stars batting lineup ‘packs a punch’August 1, 2018In “latest news”HERO CPL to broadcast on Star Sports in IndiaAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: Star-studded Stars seeking a win against formidable TallawahsAugust 14, 2018In “latest news” read more

La capsule Dragon pourrait décoller le 19 mai

first_imgLa capsule Dragon pourrait décoller le 19 maiEn fin de semaine dernière, la NASA a annoncé que la capsule Dragon pourrait décoller le 19 mai. Cela fait plusieurs fois que la société américaine Space X reporte le lancement de son engin afin de réaliser toutes les vérifications nécessaires.La capsule Dragon décollera t-elle avant la fin du mois ? Difficile de savoir au vu des reports de lancement qu’a déjà connus l’engin. En effet, depuis le mois de février, la société américaine Space X constructeur de la capsule ne cesse de retarder le décollage. Bien que la NASA ait déjà donné son feu vert à plusieurs reprises, les équipes veulent être sûres que tout est fin prêt, ce qui requiert d’effectuer toutes les vérifications nécessaires et ce qui prend donc du temps. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreAvant le dernier report, Dragon était programmé pour décoller le 7 mai. La fusée Falcon 9 censée emporter l’engin depuis la base de Cap Canaveral en Floride avait même passé un test avec succès. Mais quelques jours après, un porte-parole de Space X a finalement annoncé que le décollage n’aurait pas lieu, les équipes ayant encore des données à analyser et à vérifier. Si aucune nouvelle date n’avait été communiquée à ce moment-là, la NASA vient d’annoncer que Space X prévoyait désormais un report pour le 19 mai. Dragon doit devenir le premier engin privé à rallier la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) à laquelle elle restera amarrée pendant trois semaines avant de repartir. Si la mission s’avère être une réussite, cela pourrait ainsi ouvrir une toute nouvelle ère pour la NASA aujourd’hui dépendante des vaisseaux Soyouz pour le transport de ses astronautes mais qui souhaite depuis plusieurs années faire entrer le secteur privé dans le spatial.  Le 7 mai 2012 à 19:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

TCI Rugby seeking sponsors

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Members of the Executive and TCI players will be attending, there will be a brief presentation detailing how funds are invested, and there will be an opportunity to sign up to new annual sponsorship packages – the the TCIRFU told me to tell you to  please come down with your cheque book in hand to invest in rugby in TCI! Providenciales, TCI, September 9, 2016 – TONIGHT Turks and Caicos Rugby cordially invites all potential donors and sponsors old and new to a “thank you” evening from 6 to 8 at the offices of Meridian Trust, Provo. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:be a sponsor of TCI rugby, Turks and Caicos Rugbylast_img

Germany plans security refurbishment after Berlin attack

first_imgWellwishers stand in front of a makeshift memorial for the victims of the December 19th terror attack in Berlin, on the very site of the attack in the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market, on December 31, 2016. AFPGermany’s interior minister on Tuesday outlined plans for a security services overhaul, seeking greater federal powers on domestic intelligence and quicker expulsions of illegal migrants following the Berlin truck attack.Thomas de Maiziere also called for giving federal police wider oversight across the country’s 16 states, and for a new national crisis management centre to be set up.“We don’t have federal jurisdiction to deal with national catastrophes. The jurisdiction for the fight against international terrorism is fragmented,” he wrote in a guest column for the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.“The federal police’s scope of action is restricted to railway stations, airports and border controls,” he wrote, stressing that “it is time” to reexamine Germany’s security set-up.Policing and domestic intelligence services in Germany are currently decentralised and controlled by the country’s 16 states.The plans for a sweeping reform come after a series of embarrassing security failures, with the December 19 attack training a spotlight on the gaps.After Tunisian suspect Anis Amri allegedly rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market, killing 12, it swiftly emerged that the asylum seeker had slipped through the net of security services.Amri, 24, who was days later shot dead by Italian police, had been under surveillance since March, but German police dropped their watch in September thinking he was a small-time drug dealer.The failed asylum seeker should also have been deported months ago but Tunisia did not provide the necessary paperwork until after the attack.Deportation centres -De Maiziere also said federal detention centres should be set up to hold rejected asylum seekers and illegal immigrants in the period leading up to their expulsion.In order to close security gaps, federal police must be given wider powers, the minister said.“The current remit of the federal police is too limited,” he said.“We need a set of common rules and better coordination, for instance in checking dangerous individuals.”The federal government should also take charge of domestic intelligence services, he said, noting that trouble-makers do not seek to disrupt only one state but the country as a whole.But de Maiziere’s suggestions quickly drew criticism, including from Ralf Jaeger, the interior minister of Germany’s most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia, who opposes removing state control over domestic intelligence services.The Social Democratic Party’s parliamentary chief Thomas Oppermann also accused de Maiziere of heading down a radical path with the security overhaul.The Islamophobic and rightwing populist party AfD meanwhile claimed credit for the planned measures, saying it had been seeking such reforms for months.Security failings -De Maiziere is a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is running for a fourth term in a general election expected in September.Her government came under fire in the wake of the December 19 attack for its liberal border policy, which has allowed in more than one million asylum seekers since 2015, and for allowing Amri to slip through the net despite documented security concerns.The December attack was only one of several cases last year that exposed security failings in Germany.In October, police botched an attempt to arrest a Syrian bomb plot suspect. The man was finally caught after a nationwide manhunt, thanks to Syrian asylum seekers who detained him but was later found hanged in his cell.And in November, Germany’s domestic spy service unmasked a Spanish-born agent in its own ranks as a suspected Islamist. Media reports said he was also a former gay porn actor.last_img read more

Former Houston Fire Captain Dies From Injuries In 2013 Southwest Inn Fire

first_img Share Conner CliftonFormer Houston Fire Department Cpt. William Dowling died Tuesday due to complications from injuries he suffered in the devastating Southwest Inn fire nearly four years ago.Four other Houston firefighters were killed in the fire that broke out on May 31, 2013 in southwest Houston. The fire is considered the deadliest day in Houston Fire Department history, HFD officials said.  Dowling joined the Houston Fire Department on March 21, 2000 and retired on June 1, 2013 after he was severely injured in the fire. He suffered severe burns and had both of his legs amputated. “Captain Dowling left us on the day we were honoring our first responders at the Houston Rodeo,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement released Tuesday evening. “He was truly a hero whose service to the city will not be forgotten.  I ask all Houstonians to pray for his family and friends.”last_img read more

Does Your Company Need a Custom Tech Platform

first_img 4 min read June 19, 2015 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you want your business to provide your team members and customers with a technology platform that simplifies and streamlines key tasks, you have two options: pre-existing software or custom-built software.Related: Before You Purchase Software for Your Business, Consider These Do’s and Don’tsSome off-the-shelf platforms are partially customizable, are updated frequently and are economical; but many companies are realizing the benefits of the second option, custom-built software. In fact, 66 percent of companies say they will invest in those solutions over the next five years. Should you follow suit?Depending on the nature of your business, a custom technology platform may be your best or only option. For instance, you may have a unique set of needs that no existing product can meet, or perhaps the current options are simply too slow. Those obstacles are more common than you might think — more than 70 percent of companies say they’re unable to find the perfect system.Ultimately, however, the decision to build a custom technology platform should hinge on whether existing software is aiding or hindering your company’s growth.Weigh your decision carefully.Initially, our company used pre-existing software because it was affordable, easy to implement and convenient to obtain. Eventually, though, we realized that the lack of customization was hindering our business’ growth rate. We decided to invest in the creation of a technology platform that would suit our exact needs, and we’ve never looked back.In some instances, a great custom platform can provide your company with an entirely new revenue stream. Basecamp, for example, developed an internal online project-management app that was so good other businesses wanted to use it.Despite Basecamp’s success, you should devote a long period to brainstorming and careful consideration before you too move forward with creating custom software. Ask yourself, “Will an expensive custom platform add true value to my company?” A local coffee shop, for instance, may not benefit from spending tens of thousands of dollars on exclusive accounting software when QuickBooks will suffice.Related: With Open-Source Software, You Don’t Have to Start From ScratchOnce you do decide that custom software will add value to your business, consider your time line and budget. Software development can be a long, expensive process, and you rarely create the perfect product on your first try. There will likely be several iterations.If you’re short on time or funds, you might be better off living with what you can develop in a limited amount of time, even if it addresses only 80 percent of your needs. There will always be more time to upgrade your system. One of the benefits of developing custom software is the luxury to do just that: Revise and test the new functionality of the system.You might also consider how steep the learning curve will be. A custom technology platform is only as effective as the team members using it, so ample training is key.Ease the transition.Once you opt for a custom technology platform, there are three things you can do to make the process easier:1. Invest your resources strategically.You may spend a great deal of time and money on your platform before you ever see a minimally functional product. Be sure to budget your resources and plan accordingly. If you’re looking for a quick-fix solution, an off-the-shelf option may be better in the short term while you have your long-term goals set on a custom platform.2. Determine your mission-critical features. You likely don’t need a platform with 1,000 features. Do preliminary research to determine which ones will truly enhance your business and give you a competitive edge. You can always supplement your new technology platform with existing software. In the early stages of development, your priority should be creating a functioning product, not building out bells and whistles.3. Build a great development team.Ideally, you have an all-star in-house development team. If you can’t currently afford this asset, it’s relatively easy to find great developers who will work on a freelance basis, allowing you to gradually build an in-house team.Developing a custom technology platform ultimately involves an investment of time, money and patience. While it’s neither quick nor easy, a custom platform can ultimately mean the difference between stagnation and growth. Related: How to Know When to Bring Software Development In Houselast_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Related Content Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more center_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | December 06, 2010 Disinfection Wipes Also Sensitive to Equipment 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more December 6, 2010 – A new, alcohol free disinfectant wipe is safe for use on ultrasound transducers and probes, mammography compressor plates and other non-surgical surfaces. The Protex Disinfectant Wipe, by Parker Laboratories, eliminates bacteria, viruses and fungi with just one wipe.The 6.5 by 6 inch premoistened disinfecting wipes are Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered and are available in softpacks of 60.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

COD 2916 Mountain view estate in Heredia

first_img Previous Image Next Image info heading info content See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Comments No related posts. Price: $454,000COD: 29-16Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: +(506) 2258-1558Province: HerediaCantón: BarvaLand: 3500m2Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 4Parking: 4Located in San Pablo of Barva, Heredia, this property is only 15 min. away from Heredia’s largest mall, Paseo de las Flores, but offers privacy and great mountain views. Surrounded by Heredia’s forest this property offers a peaceful lifestyle with great indoor accommodations.The house is equipped with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, formal dinning room, studio, open kitchen integrated with a family/TV room, service bedroom, spacious terrace and two-car garage with space for two more on the driveway. The master bedroom occupies the entire second floor, very spacious with an office, walk-in closet and master bathroom with Jacuzzi. The property also offers an independent one bedroom, one bathroom guest house.The house has beautiful finishes in stone, wood, granite and tile. As well as unique features on windows, stairs and ceiling.The house sits on a 997 m2 property with a beautiful garden and if desired, it can be bought with the continuous lot of approx. 2500 m2 more of tropical garden filled with fruit trees, lighting, sprinkler system and security cameras. All for $598,000!Perfect for living in the mountain suburbs of Heredia! read more

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first_imghotelsIHGInterContinental Hotels GroupS & P Dow Jones Sustainability Indicessustainability For the second consecutive year, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has been listed on the S & P Dow Jones Sustainability Indices in the Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines category. IHG achieved first place in RobecoSAM’s Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines industry group, with the highest score for the industry on our Corporate Sustainability Assessment.The S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Index is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious benchmarks for corporate economic, environmental and social performance. Our achievement means that we retain our listing on the 2018 S&P Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index.Yasmin Diamond, Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, IHG, commented: “At IHG, our purpose is to provide True Hospitality for everyone, and this is central to our long-standing commitment to operating our business responsibly in all aspects of our work. As the gold standard for sustainability performance, we are very proud to be listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the second year running. This serves as recognition for the hard work and dedication of our people, owners and partners around the world.”In RobecoSAM’s Industry Leader Report, IHG scored highly in areas relating to our culture of responsible business, including environmental criteria, human rights, and risk and crisis management. We were also recognised for our stakeholder engagement, which has been key to identifying the four areas where we feel we can have the most positive impact: Environmental Sustainability, Community Impact, Our People and Responsible Procurement. These form the basis of IHG’s 2018-2020 Responsible Business targets, which launched earlier this year, and are designed to support several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.last_img read more

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first_imgBettcher spent the past two seasons coaching the Cardinals’ outside linebackers.  Prior to that, he spent one season in Indianapolis with the Colts in the same capacity.And that is the extent of his pro coaching background.Despite Bettcher’s lack of a broad NFL resume, his players are completely behind their coach.“J.B. was my coach last year, so I’m comfortable with him.  I know what he can do,” linebacker Alex Okafor said.  “He’s just very detailed oriented, and I think that’s what he adds to our group.  He’s going get everybody knowing what every other position does, not  just teaching that one position.  I think it’ll help the overall knowledge of the defense and help us work better together.”Added safety Tyrann Mathieu about his new boss, “He’s a smart guy.  I think the biggest thing I respect about him is he holds us accountable, obviously.  He gives great feedback, and he wants us to give him feedback.  We’ve been working well with each other—he’s been working well with all the guys.  We expect big things from him, also.”Bettcher, 37, is the third-youngest defensive coordinator in the NFL and the sixth-youngest coordinator overall. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher calls in a play during training camp Aug. 5. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) GLENDALE, Ariz. – If the health of quarterback Carson Palmer is the No.1 offensive question mark facing the Arizona Cardinals here in training camp, then the uncertainty surrounding new defensive coordinator James Bettcher is the equal defensively.It’s Bettcher whom head coach Bruce Arians tabbed to replace Todd Bowles, who after a successful two-year run left to lead the New York Jets.Through five training camp practices, not to mention a full offseason—OTAs and mini-camp—the transition has been an easy one. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   “I’ve been fortunate of who I’ve worked for.  I’ve been around good people,” he said.  “I got parents that taught me how to work hard, taught me the value of a tough day’s work.  I think that’s a big part of it.  Keep your head to the grindstone.  You work, you have goals, you have a vision of what you want to do, but you work every day to accomplish those goals.” – / 38 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “With the vets we have here, with the coaches I have on this defensive staff, the transition has been smooth for me, personally,” Bettcher said Wednesday.  “I can’t thank those guys enough because they’re all in, and we all have one common goal and that’s to be playing in February.“When we approach it in the meeting room, we’re not worried about that date that’s way out there, we’re worried about the day, we’re worried about the meeting.  We come to practice, we’re worried about the practice, the rep.  We’re taking that small mentality of one step at a time.”According to head coach Bruce Arians, the biggest adjustment Bettcher faces is play-calling.Bettcher didn’t disagree.“Number-one, I’ve worked for a lot of phenomenal defensive coaches.  Todd being one of them,” he said.  “And I work for the best head coach in the National Football League who, as you can see today, everyday he’s putting me in a situation I’m calling games at practice.  We’re playing real football.  We’re not just scripting periods.  We’re calling games and preparing.  So, I’ve got to take the approach to get myself ready, in those situations, evaluate those situations; t hen, you watch film and you call games.”last_img read more

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first_imgAugust 16, 2000Dr. Paolo Soleri talkswith Yasha and Wes about the space as reality and the Omega Seed hypothesis duringthis week’s School of Thought session. Paolo and onsite coordinator, Tomiaki Tamura,have returned from a trip to Japan. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img

Kyprianou calls on Anastasiades not become the president of division

first_imgAkel leader Andros Kyprianou on Sunday urged President Nicos Anastasiades not to go down in history as the “president of division”.Kyprianou made the comment in a speech to mark the anniversary of the deaths of Akel members Dervis Ali Kavazoglou and Kostas Misiaoulis who were shot to death on April 11, 1965 by the ultra-right Turkish Cypriot terrorist organisation TMT whose members ambushed them on the Nicosia-Larnaca road. The two men are held up as symbols of rapprochement during a troubled period in Cyprus’ modern history.The Akel leader said that marking the murders annually was a reminder of “how deadly the poison of nationalism is” and how it was urgent the sides work together now “before it’s too late”.“Nationalism in both communities eliminated what united Greek and Turkish Cypriots,” he said. “Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots can and should rule jointly in Cyprus under fair conditions. This is a reminder to all those who find it difficult to understand the importance of political equality, let alone accept the idea.”He was referring indirectly to Anastasiades’ reluctance to accept the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots in the Cyprus negotiations.“Mr Anastasiades must realise the weight of responsibility he has. Will he do what it takes so as not to go down in history as the president of division?” said Kyprianou.“Will he show determination? Will he take initiatives? Will he act so that it is clear to all that it is the Greek Cypriot side that has consistently sought to solve the problem? Will he take the initiative to negate Turkey’s position for a two-state solution and not leave open the door open for these ideas to be brought to the table?” he added, referring to Anastasiades’ mooting of a more decentralised federation.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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