first_imgA Toronto-area man who claimed an internal voice told him to brutally stab his girlfriend was found guilty of second-degree murder after an Ontario judge found his mental illness did not spur the slaying, nor did it prevent him from knowing what he did was wrong.Richard Pereira’s lawyers had argued he should be found not criminally responsible for stabbing Kathryn Horne, a friend turned romantic partner, more than 30 times in the basement of his Brampton, Ont., home in March 2015.In a decision released last week, an Ontario court found that while Pereira had a long history of mental illness, his account — in which he claimed a voice told him Horne, 58, had to die because she was part of a plot against him — lacked in credibility.Ontario Superior Court Justice David E. Harris said there was “virtually no indication” that Pereira heard voices over roughly a decade of mental health crises and treatment, and he did not mention any such voices on the night in question.There were many other inconsistencies, the judge said, noting that after Pereira took the stand, his own lawyers conceded the man’s version of events should not be relied on. Instead, Harris said, it appears more likely that Pereira, who was 36 at the time of the killing, flew into a violent rage when Horne tried to end their relationship.“There is little doubt that Mr. Pereira felt threatened by unknown people and forces and felt that his life was in danger on the day of the homicide. But outside of his own evidence on the witness stand, there was precious little evidence to show that he felt threatened by Ms. Horne,” Harris wrote.“Ms. Horne was helping Mr. Pereira keep his paranoia at bay. It will never be known whether she was a true believer or was just trying to placate him. … The tendency of the evidence on this issue taken as a whole, is to show that there was a fellowship between them against Mr. Pereira’s demons.”Court documents show the pair met at a Goodlife gym in downtown Toronto where Pereira was a trainer and became friends before starting a relationship in 2014.Horne had a well-paying job at a major financial corporation and eventually began giving Pereira money, court heard. In the months before her death, she deposited roughly $10,000 into his account, the ruling said.On the day of the killing, Horne had taken a bus to Brampton and arrived at the home Pereira shared with his mother around 5 p.m., the document said.Little is known about what happened that evening, the judge wrote. Pereira called a mental health crisis line just before 9:30 p.m. over feelings of anxiety and stress. About three hours later, his mother called 911 requesting an ambulance.When police arrived, they found Pereira sitting on the couch with his head in his hands, the ruling said. He told them people were putting black magic on him and trying to kill him, prompting officers to believe he was a risk to himself and needed to be brought in under the Mental Health Act.Pereira then told police they should look in the basement because he had done something bad, the document said. He added he did not want his mother to see, and that he would go to jail forever.Pereira’s mother found Horne’s body inside a cellar by the basement bathroom, stabbed in the neck and torso, the decision said. Efforts had been made to wipe up the blood, it said.Defence lawyers initially argued, based on what Pereira had told psychiatrists, that he heard a voice he knew as Gabor while walking down to the basement bathroom with Horne, the ruling said. The voice told him she was part of the conspiracy against him and that he needed to kill her to protect himself, it said.But the defence altered its position in light of Pereira’s “disastrous performance” on the stand, which saw him contradict himself on a number of points, including Horne’s reasons for giving him money, it said.“Sometimes he said that she was paying for sex with him, other times he staunchly disavowed this. Given the defence concession, there is no need to total the inconsistencies or attempt to reconcile or determine where the truth lies,” Harris wrote.Meanwhile, one of Horne’s friends gave “deceptively simple but powerful evidence” that provided an alternate narrative, the judge said. The friend testified Horne had said earlier in the day that she was going to see Pereira that night probably for the last time and would report back the next day.“It is readily inferable that Ms. Horne was going to tell Mr. Pereira that their relationship was over, and she did not want to see him again,” Harris wrote.It is “much more likely” that Pereira erupted in anger when faced with the end of the relationship, particularly given its importance in his life, the judge said.“Their relationship was important for his sexual gratification but there was more to it than that. There was clearly a good deal of affection between them,” he wrote.“Furthermore, as mentioned, she had supported him financially to a significant degree. Losing her emotional and financial support could well have been devastating to him, particularly in the state he was in.”There is also no support for the argument that Pereira’s psychosis made him incapable of knowing that killing Horne was wrong, the judge said.Pereira took steps to cover up the slaying, including disposing of Horne’s cellphone, her clothing and her jewelry, he wrote. The attempts to mop up the blood in the basement bathroom also count as concealment, he said. His comments to police that he had done something bad and would go to jail forever also demonstrate consciousness of guilt, Harris said.The location and number of the stab wounds, meanwhile, support a finding that Pereira intended to kill Horne, he wrote.Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — A temporary injunction freezing a joint venture between airplane manufacturers Boeing and Embraer has been overruled by a Brazilian justice.The ruling was made Saturday morning by Federal Court President Therezinha Cazerta, who said that the matter is outside the court’s purview.The $5.26 billion venture was stalled by a similar court procedure earlier in the month.Labour unions say that it’s actually a sale and will move most of the business to the U.S.Under the current terms, Boeing is to receive 80 per cent of the venture and Embraer the remaining 20 per cent. The subsidiary is expected to take on all of Embraer’s commercial aviation activities.The agreement between the two companies is championed by Embraer as necessary to keep the company competitive.The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgMOGADISHU – No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attackAt least seven soldiers were killed and 20 injured when a car bomb struck a military convoy in eastern Somalia on Thursday.Eyewitnesses said that a bomber blew himself up in a booby-trapped car in the semi-autonomous Puntland region.“The explosion was powerful; it caused major damage,” Puntland Health Minister Abdullah Ali told reporters.He expected the death toll to rise further.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.Somali authorities usually blame such attacks on the Al-Shaabab militant group.last_img


OTTAWA — It’s an option for many people buying their first home, but when deciding whether to tap into RRSPs, investment advisers urge caution.“Whether or not it is a good idea to use the homebuyers withdrawal plan, I would say the answer is maybe,” says Kelly Gares, an adviser with BlueShore Financial in West Vancouver, B.C.“It does depend on your particular circumstances.”You kind of give up some of the potential growth that you have in the RRSP that actually funds your retirement.Under the homebuyers’ plan, people can withdraw up to $25,000 from an RRSP to help buy or build a first home. They need to repay the amount to their RRSP and generally have up to 15 years to put the money back in their account.In essence, people are borrowing money from themselves. And while they don’t have to pay themselves any interest on the money they take out, they are giving up any gains they might have made on the money had it remained invested in an RRSP.Mortgage payments aren’t the only cost to buying a new home. There are maintenance costs, property taxes and utility bills. People need to be sure they’ll also be able to repay their withdrawal within the allowed time as well as continue saving for retirement.Crystal Wong, senior regional manager for financial planning at TD Wealth, says when saving for a first home, she would encourage people to use a regular savings account or a tax-free savings account instead.New mortgage rules for homes over $500,000 take effect, as Liberals aim to limit risksWhy business owners shouldn’t bother with an RRSPWhat you should look for when picking stocks to hold in your RRSPWith a TFSA, people don’t pay any tax on the investment gains in the account and they don’t need to repay the money they withdraw.However, Wong said if people find themselves short, they can consider going into their RRSPs.“The pro to that is that you’ve got the money that you’ve saved, so it is your funds,” she said. “The con would be that you kind of give up some of the potential growth that you have in the RRSP that actually funds your retirement.”Gares says there are times when it does make sense to use retirement savings to help buy a home. He pointed to a situation where taking money from an RRSP might allow people to make a 20 per cent down payment and avoid the need for high-ratio mortgage insurance.“Avoiding those types of transactional costs, that is certainly a scenario where I think it is justifiable to use the homebuyers’ plan,” Gares said.However, he warned that if a person’s only real asset is in real estate and they don’t have any other savings or investments, they are not truly diversified.“That’s one thing I would caution against,” he said.“If you’re really utilizing all of your liquid assets for the purpose of making that purchase, then you might need to consider if that’s really an affordable expense for you.”The Canadian PressIllustration by Chloe Cushman, National Post read more


CHITRE, Panama — LaRon Smith belted a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth as Canada’s junior baseball team defeated Nicaragua 5-3 to capture the bronze medal at the COPABE under-18 Pan Am Championships.With Cleveland Indians first-round draft pick Noah (Bo) Naylor on second base, Smith drilled a breaking ball over the wall in left field for his second homer of the tournament to break a 3-3 tie.The win matches Canada’s result from 2014, the last time they participated in the COPABE event, and earns them a spot in the 2019 WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup.Reliever Antoine Jean tossed four and two-thirds scoreless innings to record the win, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out four batters.Canada starting pitcher Ben Abram lasted until the fifth when Jean came on to pitch with one out and runner on second. Jean promptly got a ground out and strikeout to leave a man on base.Nicaragua took a 3-1 lead in the fourth, scoring two runs on a single and a throwing error to Daniel Carinci.Canada responded in the home half of the fourth. Blake Buckle drove in one with a two-out single, then he and TJ Schofield-Sam pulled off a double steal to even the score.Both sides traded runs in the first and second innings.  The Canadian Press read more


The Ohio State football program has received another upgrade.The newly renovated football locker rooms at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center cost $2.5 million, an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern.According to pictures tweeted out by coach Urban Meyer, the futuristic looking locker room features leather couches, multiple flat screen TV’s in a lounging area and above lockers to go along with a functioning water wall.pic.twitter.com/smb0V27QMU— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) July 25, 2014Media availability to the locker rooms will be scheduled for a date next week an OSU spokesman told The Lantern.According to an OSU spokesman, the locker room project was completed on time as it was scheduled to be finished prior to the start of fall camp which is set to begin Aug. 4.The locker room renovation is not the first improvement made for the OSU football program this offseason.$13.7 million was invested into Ohio Stadium this offseason, which is set to add 2,600 additional seats and permanent lighting to the stadium as well as a new field turf among other improvements.In a May interview, associate athletic director for facilities operations Don Patko said the stadium renovations were set to be completed by Aug. 14. On July 7, OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith said the project was on schedule and within the budget.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Navy Midshipmen Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., before showing off the new amenities at Ohio Stadium in the home opener against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. read more


first_imgJordan’s mining sector is considered a cornerstone to the Jordanian economy. It plays a vital role in growth of many other important sectors in the economy and contributes to Jordan’s standard of living. The mining industry in Jordan is dominated by the production of phosphate, potash, building and decoration stones, glass sand and other nonmetallic resources. Recently, Jordan has been ranked as the sixth largest producer and the second largest exporter of phosphate, the fourth largest producer and the second largest exporter of potash, and it has the fifth largest oil shale reserves in the world.“Major contractors are purchasing used equipment from the different areas in the world and use them to build mines. Epiroc Middle East decided to use this potential opportunity to grow aftermarket business in the country and to support local contractors with our modern service solutions even for these old machines.”From February 2018 the Epiroc team has focused on RigScan auditing of drilling solutions (ADS) equipment in Jordan. Seven machines have been audited so far bringing good business for the Mining and Rock Excavation (MRS) division and showing the Epiroc approach on used equipment, as a company supporting machines even after 10 to 15 years after production. “Focusing on the fleet management and business potential with operational fleet is one of the key of Epiroc Middle East to grow the business.”Carl McCallum, Project Director of contractor BCM Al Own, expects RigScan to give good value for his company on order to estimate the investments in the machines in order to get reasonable availability and lower costs. Effective stock management is also one of the values he sees in RigScan. BCM Al Own is a JV contract company which has been appointed as drilling contractor for the huge Attarat oil shale mining project. Attarat Power Co (APCO) and Attarat Mining Company (AMCO) are special purpose companies owned by Estonia’s Eesti Energia AS (Enefit), YTL Power International (YTL), a utility subsidiary of YTL Corp, and Guangdong Yudean Group of China, which together are undertaking the oil shale development project at Attarat Um Ghudran.last_img read more


← Previous Story Sweden better than Norway Next Story → Double Austrian win over Portugal For the first time ever the International Handball Federation will insure all players participating in the Men’s World Championship in Sweden 2011. The IHF signed a policy to provide adequate insurance cover with the renowned insurance company named HIMMELSEHER SPORTVERSICHERUNGEN WELTWEIT. This policy guarantees a complete insurance during the tournament and the preparation time. All participating federations have been informed about the terms and conditions. Furthermore it’s the first time that the IHF will pay a compensation fee to the clubs via the federations for releasing their players for the WCh in Sweden. Including a bonus system as a compensation for training and education, the IHF will spend around CHF 1,206,400 as payment to the clubs. Due to the increased income of TV and marketing rights for the period 2009-2013, the IHF also raised the prize money for the WCh in Sweden to CHF 450,000. Including the prize money, the qualification bonus, the insurance, the host and compensation fee and the bonus system, the IHF spends in total around CHF 4 million for the World Championship in Sweden. handball teamsIHFInternational Handball Federation read more


first_imgCrime Stoppers Victoria recognised the contribution media play, particularly ethnic media, in the prevention of crime and thanked Neos Kosmos for their help on Tuesday night. Simon Overland, Chief of Commissioner of Victoria Police, said the police department could not be as successful in solving crime if it weren’t for the help of Crime Stoppers. He went further to say that the media’s assistance in helping police solve crime is a “great example of partnership and it simply doesn’t work without the media.” Neos Kosmos works closely with the police and supports Crime Stoppers by allowing space in the newspaper to solve crime. Crime Stoppers Victoria was first established in 1987. It has given the public confidence to confidentially pick up the phone and report information that could assist police with important investigations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_imgYahoo! et Facebook main dans la mainÉtats-Unis – Déjà partenaires, Yahoo! et Facebook ont décidé d’approfondir leur entente. Depuis lundi, les comptes d’un internaute utilisant ces deux services peuvent être liés.Depuis le début de semaine, Yahoo! et Facebook partagent davantage de données. Déjà partenaires, les deux sites échangent désormais davantage d’informations. Depuis Yahoo!, un internaute peut ainsi visiter Facebook et les statuts de ses amis. La réciproque est également vraie, avec Yahoo Questions/Réponses. Si Facebook proposait à ses clients des amis en provenance de son répertoire Yahoo Mail, l’inverse peut également être mis en place. Il est aussi possible de gérer son compte Facebook grâce à Yahoo!. Le portail développe en parallèle un partenariat avec Twitter en intégrant les tweets.Le 8 juin 2010 à 14:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_img Related Items:freedom of information law, Pdm, pnp manifesto TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos is another step closer to a Freedom of Information Ordinance, after the Opposition Leader saw her motion pass through the House of Assembly with majority support on Monday. There was contentious debate on the motive for the Freedom of Information or FOI motion; the readiness of the TCI with human and other resources to support an actual FOI ordinance; argument that a Freedom of Information law was not a part of the PNP Manifesto promise, said the Premier; that the FOI would further weigh down the PNP Administration’s legislative agenda and a reminder about the constitutional responsibility to have the law, at some point, enacted. The governor’s appointed member female, Hon Lillian Missick chided the governing side for what she called, ‘emotional’ comments about the Motion brought, explaining that the TCI parliament is constitutionally obligated to establish the law so, in her view, there was no need for the hot rejection of the idea. Hon. Missick admits she would like to see first, that the country has the infrastructure to support the demands for information she believes the legislation will create. There were three abstentions including the Premier; six nay votes including most of the PNP frontbenchers, who voted ‘no’ and nine Members voted ‘yes’ to push the motion forward. All PDM members and the Governor’s female member voted in favor of drafting legislation for a Freedom of Information Ordinance. last_img read more


first_imgArsenal defender Rob Holding hopes his consistently strong performances this season don’t go unnoticed by England coach Gareth SouthgateAfter struggling to break into the Arsenal team under former boss Arsene Wenger, Holding has featured regularly under new coach Unai Emery.Holding has made 12 appearances this season with the Gunners currently on a 16-game unbeaten run in all competitions.Now Holding, who previously represented England at U-21 level, is hoping that Southgate is keeping an eye on him.“I think this is my best run in an Arsenal shirt,” Holding told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Consistency-wise, it’s been 12 games consistently playing to a good level, not playing because someone is injured but on merit. That gives you more confidence.“Gareth Southgate has brought a refreshed feeling to England with a lot of young lads. If you’re playing well in the Premier League week in, week out, as we saw with Callum Wilson and Lewis Dunk, you’re going to get chances.“You want to be a part of what they are creating at the moment. Obviously what they did at the World Cup and there is the Euros in over a year’s time.“It’s a great time to be involved with England so why wouldn’t you want to be.”Arsenal will face Bournemouth away this Sunday in a Premier League match.last_img read more


first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials on Mexico’s storm-struck Pacific coast braced on Sunday for the arrival of fast-moving Tropical Storm Sonia, which was projected to hit the mainland by early Monday.The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sonia grew from a tropical depression Sunday and by afternoon was centered about 155 miles south of the tip of the Baja California and 310 miles south-southwest of Culicacan.Maximum sustained winds had risen to 45 mph and it was heading north-northeast at 13 mph.Ismael Checa Landeros, civil defense director for Sinaloa, the state in the storm’s path, said it was likely to hit near Culiacan, Navolato and Elota, all areas hit in September by Hurricane Manuel.Checa said officials would have residents in those areas on alert but had not yet decided if anyone would need to be evacuated.The Hurricane Center said the storm could produce 6 inches of rainfall in Sinaloa and Durango states, with isolated areas getting as much as 10 inches.last_img read more


first_img ADC AUTHOR Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) withdrew his hold Wednesday on the nomination of Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David Berger to become the service’s next commandant, allowing Berger’s Senate confirmation to move ahead this week, Military Times reported.Sullivan said Wednesday he had worked out his concerns with Marine Corps officials, but did not offer his reason for objecting to Berger replacing Gen. Robert Neller as the service’s top military officer.Sullivan only said that the issue “is between me and Gen. Berger,” according to the report.Berger’s Senate confirmation could be finalized as early as this week unless another lawmaker raises concerns.Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Olivia G. Ortizlast_img


first_img.Reckless driving and unskilled drivers are two of the reasons behind growing road accidents in the country, reports UNB.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khanon on Sunday made the remark while responding to a written question of Didarul Alam (Chittagong-4) in parliament.The home minister listed tendency of overtaking by breaking rules, driving without taking adequate rest, not obeying traffic rules properly, problems related to vehicles fitness and lack of awareness among pedestrians as other reasons that are contributing to road accidents.Minister Asaduzzaman said some 9945 road accidents took place in the country from 2013 to April in 2017.The government has said it is determined to bring down the death toll and number of injures in road accident by 50 per cent by the year 2020.“Being a signatory country for Sustainable Development Goals-2030 adopted by the United Nations, Bangladesh is committed to bringing down number of deaths and injuries by 50 per cent by 2020,” road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has told the parliament recently.last_img read more


first_img Brought to you by SCORE Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. December 6, 2005 Enroll Now for Free 5 Tips about Electronic ContractsTake note: federal law now makes electronic contracts and electronic signatures as legal and enforceable as those on paper.Consider what advantages e-contracts might have for your business. Some companies will be able to conduct their business entirely on line, often with great savings.Be aware that if you start using e-contracts, you have to let customers know whether paper contracts are available and what fees might apply for the paper agreements.Proceed with caution. The law doesn’t define what an electronic signature is, and e-signature technology is still evolving.Visit this website for more information: the American Bar Association , a site that specializes in legal issues.5 Tips for Ensuring Your Customers’ PrivacyUnderstand that protecting customers’ privacy is essential to maintaining and increasing sales and profits online.Develop a privacy policy, post it on your website, and live by your policy. For guidelines, visit these websites: www.privacyalliance.org and www.privacyrights.org .Put top-notch security systems in place to make sure customer data isn’t lost, misused, altered or stolen.Require that third parties with whom you deal provide similar data security.Don’t provide personal information collected from customers to third parties unless you have explicit permission from the customers to do so.5 Tips for Improving Your WebsiteVisit the sites of other companies to find out what you like and dislike. Do some sites seem to “work” while others don’t?Decide what objectives you want your site to meet. Do you want it to be fun, funny, educational, “cool,” or all of those things?Consider your corporate culture and your company image. Your site should support both.Design or re-design the site to meet your objectives. Unless you have a real expert on staff, hire a consulting firm to do the job.Get feedback. Ask customers how your site can be made more useful to them, and keep making improvements.5 Tips for Marketing Your WebsiteThink strategically. Your website should be a part of your overall marketing plan.Choose a ebsite address (URL) that’s intuitive and easy to remember. Your company’s name (if it’s short) or the name of your main product might work well.Put your web address on all your printed material, including business cards, letterhead, press releases and invoices. Include it in all your advertising.Don’t forget offline media and traditional publicity techniques. Send news releases promoting your site to newspapers, broadcasters, and magazines.Speak at conferences and trade shows, and write informative articles for trade publications. When you do, mention your web address.5 Tips for Getting Noticed OnlineGet your website listed on major search engines, such as Google or Yahoo! Two sites, Search Engine Watch at www.searchenginewatch.com and the Web Marketing Info Center at www.wilsonweb.com/webmarket , offer guidance.Join a “banner exchange,” and trade advertising banners with other websites. Look under “banner exchange” on search engines.Visit sites similar to or related to yours and offer to exchange links with them.Write useful articles for other sites and include your web address.Get more online marketing help from such sites as www.zdnet.com/eweek/ , workz.com and www.bcentral.com .5 Tips on Getting Closer to Customers with TechnologyUse your website to build solid, trusting relationships with customers. Trust helps bring customers back.Enhance communication with customers. Some small business CEOs put their e-mail address on the company website so customers can contact them directly.Don’t forget the basics: Post your company’s address and phone number on your website.Remember that the internet is educating your customers and making them smarter buyers. Keep pace with their knowledge.Respond to e-mails promptly.5 Tips for Managing Virtual RelationshipsMake sure you’re up to speed. Good hardware, software and training are the tools you need to make virtual relationships work.Structure your workday so information can be easily shared, discussed and exchanged.Don’t let the technology get in the way. If e-mail technology isn’t working, quickly default to the phone or a letter.Remember, people do business with people–not machines. Always keep up with your networking contacts.You’ll need another set of skills when you use nontraditional means to communicate: writing must be concise and thoughts must be closely linked.5 Tips on Meeting the Demand for SpeedRealize that the swiftest competitor, not necessarily the smartest, is often the winner in today’s marketplace. Speed is increasingly of the essence, no matter what business you’re in.Respond to sales leads quickly. One small business requires staff members to follow up within the hour, by e-mail, fax or phone.Get comfortable with rapid, strategic decision-making. Five-year planning horizons are out the window.Compress your timetables. One internet startup rolled out its expansion efforts in a reduced-time span of 45 days instead of the originally planned year, beating out competitors.Make speed a part of your corporate culture. Reward employees’ swiftness with stock options, bonuses or other perks.5 Tips on Running a WebsiteFind ways to attract customers. Link up with a variety of search engines so when potential customers are searching for your product, they’ll find your company listed.Make it easy for people to “navigate” your site. Hire a good website designer.Help customers trust you. Provide information on the company’s history, mission, and values.Enable customers to get in touch with you easily–via e-mail, phone and regular mail–and respond promptly.Provide top customer service along with the speed and good prices technology offers. Think about how you’ll keep customers coming back.5 Tips for Taking Your Small Business OnlineYour product line should be able to be delivered economically and conveniently through the mail or over the internet.The web allows you to market to customers outside your geographical location. Your product should appeal to people nation–or–continent-wide.Compare new “technology” costs to current bricks and mortar costs, e.g: rent, labor, inventory and printing costs.Realize that the internet levels the playing ground–you can look like a big company with a great website.Draw visitors to your site cheaply. Establish and grow alliances that’ll hotlink to your site for free.5 Tips to See Whether Your Website Is Up to SnuffSimple, clear and fast–think of your homepage as a billboard. Tell them exactly what they need to know up front.Leave plenty of white space around text. A simple font on a light background works best. Separate wide blocks of text into columns.Sub-headings make for quick reading. Make sure pages are easily skimmed.Let your best customers sing your praises. Display their testimonials prominently on your site.After each update, click through your entire site. Mistakes or broken links will only send visitors away.Brought to you by SCORE , “Counselors to America’s Small Business.”last_img read more


first_imgSource = Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Fairmont Hotels and Resorts to manage historic hotel in Century City, Los AngelesFairmont Hotels and Resorts to manage historic hotel in Century City, Los AngelesLuxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, now part of the AccorHotels Group, and Next Century Associates today announced the signing of definitive agreements for the revitalization and management of the historic Century Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Century City in Los Angeles. The iconic, crescent shaped hotel has hosted generations of Hollywood celebrities, foreign dignitaries and every United States President since its opening in 1966. The hotel is currently closed for a meticulous restoration and refurbishment and is slated to re-open as Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles in 2018.The addition of a landmark hotel in a strategic US market supports AccorHotels’ goal of brand growth and expansion, particularly in the luxury space. The signing of this project follows AccorHotels’ 2016 acquisition of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, along with sister brands Raffles and Swissôtel, which broadened the company’s luxury hotel offerings and footprint in North America.“Fairmont is honored to become the guardian of the historic Century Plaza, and along with Michael Rosenfeld and the entire team at Next Century Associates, we look forward to the rebirth of this iconic property,” said Kevin Frid, chief operating officer, North & Central America, AccorHotels. “The Fairmont brand was born in California in 1907 and now, after more than a century of building an international portfolio of award-winning properties, we are thrilled to return to our roots and expand our presence in the Southern California region. Fairmont Century Plaza is an important project, not just for the city and region, but for our globally-recognized brand as well.”The approximately $2.5 billion mixed-use redevelopment project includes approximately 394 guestrooms and 63 branded residences within the original iconic tower, along with two new 46-story luxury residential towers with 290 luxury residences, plus approximately 100,000 square feet of boutique high-street shopping and expanded parking facilities.Originally designed by Minoru Yamasaki, Fairmont Century Plaza will be transformed by world-renowned lead architecture firms Pei Cobb Freed, Gensler and Marmol Radzinger and the internationally acclaimed design group Yabu Pushelberg. The team will restore the hotel’s renowned lobby, connecting it to a series of public plazas and fountains that lead into a central two-acre garden, surrounded by restaurants and retail boutiques.The beloved Los Angeles landmark resides on a six acre site within one of the most prominent neighborhoods in the world. Built on the former backlot of 20th Century Fox Studios, the hotel faces the famous fountains at the intersection of Avenue of the Stars and Constellation Boulevard. The property is surrounded by over 10 million square feet of class ‘A’ offices, residences, restaurants, retail, and entertainment venues, and is adjacent to Beverly Hills, one of the highest grossing retail areas in the United States.Fairmont is expanding its strong partnership with Woodridge Capital, a Los Angeles based multi-disciplined real estate development and Investment Company. The two companies have previously worked together successfully at Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii.“We are excited to make history in Los Angeles with the rebirth of the Fairmont Century Plaza,” said Michael Rosenfeld, CEO of Woodridge Capital Partners. “Woodridge and Fairmont have built a strong relationship over the years, with properties that have performed to their utmost in their respective markets. We look forward to creating a new jewel for the residents and visitors of Los Angeles to cherish and enjoy.”Fairmont Century Plaza will add to Fairmont’s broad presence in California, joining an unrivalled collection of spectacular hotels and resorts that include the brand’s flagship hotel – the one that started it all – the iconic Fairmont Miramar San Francisco; Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa; Fairmont San Jose in Silicon Valley; Claremont Club & Spa, a Fairmont Hotel in Berkeley; Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco; Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica; and Fairmont Grand De Mar in San Diego.“California is in our DNA,” added Frid. “The quintessential Californian traits – the sense of relaxed glamor, charisma and sophistication – are exactly what guests consistently encounter at the heart of every Fairmont property around the world. 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first_imgVirtually all the parties in Cyprus congratulated new Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, expressing the hope that under his stewardship Greece-Cyprus relations will grow even stronger.Mitsotakis is expected to visit the island over the next fortnight.In a statement the Democratic Rally (Disy), counterparts of Mitsotakis’ New Democracy conservatives, said they were confident that “the multi-layered coordination and cooperation between Greece and Cyprus will be further boosted, to face the challenges in the broader region of the eastern Mediterranean.”Disy leader Averof Neophytou had flown to Athens on Sunday specifically for the snap elections, visiting Mitsotakis at his office to congratulate him after the first exit polls came out.Similar wishes for a more robust relationship between the two countries were conveyed by other parties in Cyprus.President Nicos Anastasiades held a telephone conversation with the new Greek premier on Sunday night, whom he wished well in his efforts to govern the country.According to Greek media, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was the first leader to contact Mitsotakis to congratulate him on his victory.During the call, Mitsotakis stressed to Erdogan that he looked forward to a thawing of relations between Greece and Turkey.And on Twitter, Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu extended congratulations to Mitsotakis in Greek, Turkish and English.Mitsotakis had paid a two-day visit to Cyprus in April. He told reporters at the time he was ‘cautiously optimistic’ that substantive progress could be achieved on the Cyprus peace process.Born in Athens, Mitsotakis is the son of former Greek Prime Minister Constantinos Mitsotakis.According to Wikipedia, at the time of his birth his family had been placed under house arrest by the Greek military junta that had declared his father persona non grata and imprisoned him on the night of the coup.In 1968, with the help of then Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ihsan Sabri Çaglayangil, the family escaped to Turkey, when Kyriakos Mitsotakis was one year old.The family later moved to Paris and could only return to Greece in 1974, when democracy was restored.From 1990 to 1991 Kyriakos Mitsotakis worked as a financial analyst at the corporate finance division of Chase Bank in London.From 1993 to 1995, Mitsotakis attended Harvard Business School where he earned an MBA.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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