Bakers conference to tackle big issues

April 20, 2021

first_imgThe Federation of Bakers is holding its annual conference to discuss the key issues facing the baking industry later this month.The event, which will be hosted by broadcaster Louise Minchin, takes place at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Tuesday, 21 May, and is held in association with Delifrance, AB Mauri UK & Ireland, Baker Perkins, Lesaffre UK & Ireland, and Zeelandia.Key speakers at this year’s conference include Gavin Rothwell, senior business analyst from IGD, who will be looking at the key influences on the retail sector over the next 12 months and Professor Andrew Challinor, from the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, who will review the impact of climate change on farming and food production.The conference will also include a presentation from nutritionist and writer Amanda Ursell – a columnist and regular contributor for The Sun and The Times newspapers – who will be introducing the new consumer PR campaign that the Federation of Bakers are undertaking this year.’Slice of Life’ is aimed at educating the public about the nutritional benefits of bread, as well as engaging with key health and lifestyle media to bust the common myths surrounding bread.The conference will conclude with an open panel discussion looking at the role bread plays in maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, where  Amanda will be joined by industry experts Richard Cienciala (Department of Health), Gavin Rothwell (IGD) and Alex Mayfield (Warburtons).Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson said: “Each year the annual conference provides a great opportunity for our members and other food and baking professionals to get together and discuss the latest developments to the baking industry. “We’ve once again got a great line-up of specialists and experts from across the industry that will be presenting and sharing their findings and we’re looking forward to what we hope will be another successful conference.” To reserve a place visit read more

Making sense of Congress

March 1, 2021

first_imgCongress is hard to fathom on a good day, but a group of Harvard students is working to make the task easier, launching a startup that uses advanced software tools to demystify the legislative process.Quorum has already attracted a handful of nonprofits and lobbying firms as customers. Seniors Alexander Wirth and Jonathan Marks hope to add to the tally when they shift their attention full time to the venture following Commencement.Quorum is a Web platform that allows users to crunch congressional data in a variety of ways. It offers profiles of every House and Senate member, issue summaries, demographic and statistical data on districts, and features such as advanced searches of congressional press releases and tweets, a scorecard creator for particular votes, and a text-comparison tool that quickly lets viewers see changes to a bill as it advances through the legislative process.While much of the information has always been available, it often had to be compiled manually, by interns or staffers visiting individual sites. Quorum’s software, Wirth said, automates and speeds up the process.Among those tools is one that maps votes, sponsorship of legislation, and committee membership to illuminate close ties among lawmakers.“We believe you should have all the tools needed to plan your legislative strategy at your fingertips in one place,” said Wirth.Wirth, whose father is a New Mexico state senator, provides the political direction for Quorum, while Marks provides the technical savvy. The team includes eight other students on the technical side and four focused on business development. They meet Saturdays and two nights during the week to work.The venture is the fruit of the strong innovation environment at Harvard, Wirth said.Computer science classes taken by Marks, including CS50 and CS109 on data science, provided the technical tools, including the ability to scrape information from congressional and other websites.With just the threads of an idea last year, the pair applied for the Harvard President’s Challenge. Though they didn’t win, the experience forced them to flesh out their ideas on paper for the first time.Next they applied for the “Startup R&D” class run by Paul Bottino, executive director of the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, which provides a range of support for the University’s innovation community, including space for student startups, faculty support for innovation-related courses, and advice for student groups.Bottino, who launched “Startup R&D” three years ago, said the course typically has students at different stages of the startup process, creating an opportunity to showcase the lessons learned at those stages.The course doesn’t come with a defined list of subjects to be covered — “This isn’t startup 101,” Bottino said. Materials on organizational development, product development, and customer development are used as needed, depending on where students and startups are in the process. The course prompts students to discuss their ideas and progress, opening them to outside comment and perspective, even though they might more naturally want to toil alone until they have something “perfect.”Wirth and Marks are “the quintessential startup students,” Bottino said, working on their company in their spare time while still fully engaged in college life. The two are off to a “tremendous start, the company has great prospects, and the founders are learning lessons that will last them a lifetime,” he said, adding that he never tries to predict the future of startups.“They’re working their tails off … learning an immense amount not only about how to develop a product like this, but how politics works. It’s an incredibly rich experience.”The pair have gained key support along the way, including from some of the several contests they’ve entered — a total of $16,000 from the Harvard College Innovation Challenge, the Institute of Politics’ Gov 2.0 grant, the Harvard Ventures Pitch Competition, and the MIT $100K entrepreneurship competition. In addition, they were accepted to the Harvard Innovation Lab’s summer program, which provided physical and server space last summer, allowing them to bring the Quorum site from “dots on the screen to a fully functional website,” Wirth said.“Our entire ability to get off the ground has been because of prize money plus the support of Harvard,” Wirth said. “It’s allowed us to take it from an idea to having paying clients.”This summer, Wirth said, the team will set up in temporary space in Washington, D.C., to further develop the platform and meet with potential clients.“It’s exciting to be able to add significant value and look at the system in a new way,” he said.last_img read more

State mandates to drive 12.5GW of new wind, solar capacity in New England region by 2030—S&P

December 31, 2020

first_imgState mandates to drive 12.5GW of new wind, solar capacity in New England region by 2030—S&P FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Despite being the smallest independent system operator, or ISO, in terms of electricity demand in the U.S., ISO New England is expected to be a very active market for renewable energy deployment over the next decade. Each of the six states in the ISO has a mandatory renewable portfolio standard in place and the region is increasing its dedication to offshore wind procurement. As a result, S&P Global Market Intelligence estimates that over 12,500 MW of wind and solar capacity will be installed in the region by 2030.The New England markets that are expected to move the needle the most are Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts due to aggressive RPS requirements and offshore wind targets. Connecticut has a 48% renewable target by 2030 as well as a 2,000 MW offshore wind procurement goal also by 2030. Maine enacted legislation in June 2019 that increased the state’s RPS to 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2050 making it the first state in the region to pass a 100% renewable mandate. Massachusetts has one of the most complex packages of renewable energy statutes in the country. The state has in place an RPS, a clean energy standard, a clean peak energy standard, an alternative energy portfolio standard, a solar carve-out and an offshore wind procurement goal just to name a few. The clean energy standard sets a requirement of 80% clean energy by 2050 and the offshore wind procurement goal is 3,200 MW by 2035.Rounding out the ISO New England region are New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. New Hampshire has the least aggressive RPS in New England with a target of 25.2% by 2025. Rhode Island has an RPS mandate of 38.5% by 2035; however, the state is taking steps to increase this standard with Gov. Gina Raimondo signing an executive order committing the state to go 100% renewable by 2030. Vermont has a lofty RPS mandate of 75% by 2032 which it is reaching primarily through contracted hydroelectric generation.Maine leads all New England states in installed renewable capacity to date at just over 1,500 MW with 921 MW coming from wind and 565 MW coming from biomass resources. Massachusetts is close with 1,436 MW, the majority of which is 1,021 MW of solar. Overall, just over 4,300 MW of renewable capacity is currently installed within ISO New England — one of the lowest totals among all ISOs. This capacity is fairly evenly split between solar, wind and biomass resources. There is 1,480 MW of wind, 1,449 MW of solar and 1,388 MW of biomass installed throughout the region.There are over 8,400 MW of renewable projects in the pipeline in New England and the majority of this capacity is in wind projects. Roughly 6,900 MW of wind capacity is in various stages of development throughout New England, with most of this coming from large offshore wind projects. Land constraints limit the options for large utility-scale wind and solar projects in the region. As a result, onshore renewable capacity is mostly in smaller – less than 20 MW – solar projects spread throughout the region. In total, just over 1,450 MW worth of solar capacity is in the pipeline in New England according Market Intelligence data.The specific renewable technology of focus in New England over the next decade is without question offshore wind. Due to limited land availability and better wind resources off the coast, offshore wind has seen significantly increased attention from renewable developers and state legislators. Connecticut and Massachusetts both have specific offshore wind capacity targets in place at 2,000 MW and 3,200 MW, respectively.[Adam Wilson]More ($): New England renewable policies to drive 12,500 MW of renewable capacity by 2030last_img read more

Colombian Drug Trafficker Detained in Argentina

December 20, 2020

first_imgBy Dialogo May 11, 2011 A Colombian citizen was detained Monday in Argentina, accused of membership in a gang trafficking liquid cocaine impregnated in sheets of polyurethane to Europe in suitcases, a judicial source indicated. Police officers from the Investigations Directorate of San Nicolás, around 150 km north of Buenos Aires, arrested Fabián Gustavo Molina Barrero, alias “El Colombiano” [“The Colombian”], who is suspected of processing the base paste and converting it into liquid cocaine in a laboratory, according to the report. The operation took place a few days after the detention of another Colombian, Ignacio Alvarez Meyendorff (fifty years old), whose arrest had been requested by the United States, where he faces trial on charges of trafficking eight tons of cocaine using submarines.last_img read more

Colombia’s FARC Vows to End Civilian Kidnappings

December 20, 2020

first_img Colombia’s FARC, the country’s largest left-wing rebel group, vowed to free 10 remaining police and military hostages and to end once and for all its practice of kidnapping civilians, according to a statement published on February 26. “We wish to announce that in addition to our already announced plans to free six prisoners of war, we will free the four others who remain under our power,” the group said on its website. Plans to free the hostages, who have been held for more than a decade, were announced by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels on their site. The communique said the group planned to “outlaw the practice” of civilian kidnapping, which for decades it had used as a way to raise revenue, saying the tactic was no longer seen as compatible with “our revolutionary activity.” The statement, dated February 26, and signed by the Central Secretariat of the FARC, said “serious obstacles” still remain to the conclusion of a peace agreement with the Colombian government. Earlier in February, the rebel group had postponed an earlier decision to free a half-dozen military and police hostages, citing military movements in the area where the captives were held. Founded in 1964, the FARC is holding at least 10 police and soldiers hostage with the goal of trading them for several hundred imprisoned guerrillas. They also are holding an unknown number of civilians for ransom. The FARC has come under increasing pressure to free their hostages with protests erupting nationwide after four rebel prisoners were allegedly killed by their captors on November 26, when a rebel camp came under attack. By Dialogo February 28, 2012last_img read more

CUNA seeks tailored method in new compensation proposal

December 18, 2020

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Thursday’s National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board meeting features a revised proposed rule on executive compensation, a rule that was last proposed in 2011. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) believes the re-proposed rule has been substantially changed from the original proposal, but will be looking to see if it has been sufficiently tailored to credit unions.The rule, as put forth by the NCUA and other federal financial regulators in 2011, would have prohibited incentive-based compensation arrangements at a covered financial institution that provide excessive compensation or that could expose the institution to inappropriate risks that could lead to material financial loss.In its comment letter, CUNA stressed that credit unions “have generally not provided the kinds of abusive compensation plans that are the subject of this proposal and that encouraged unmanageable risks, thereby contributing to the financial crisis.” continue reading »last_img read more

TV Fall Schedule: Fresh, Hot & What’s Not

December 16, 2020

first_imgThe 2006-2010 series returns with creator Tim Kring emerging from hiding, much like his superhero characters. Hiding, hunted, or embracing lives as vigilantes, heroes old and new join the action to discover and wield their extraordinary abilities in what is expected to be a successful revival.The Player – Thursday, September 24, 9 p.m., NBC Everyone’s favorite gang of puppet pals has been slowly revived since their return in the 2011 film. With appropriate satire, Kermit and friends adapts well to the modern times. Grow impatient with Kermit in bumper-to-bumper traffic, stand up for inter-species relationships with Fozzie, and take selfies with Miss Piggy. Not even the taunts and criticisms of elderly Statler and Waldorf can stop us from watching this show.Scream Queens – Tuesday, September 22, 8 p.m., FOX Putting a slight twit on reconnecting irresponsible parents with accidental children, bachelor Jimmy Martino (John Stamos) meets not only his long-lost son (Josh Peck), but also his granddaughter. With a solid cast, there are high hopes for what looks like a cute coming-of-age-at-any-age story.The Grinder – Tuesday, September 29, 8:30 p.m., FOX One distant, dysfunctional family is brought together through a series of awkward and all-too-familiar life experiences. Whether it’s bringing home a date, starting college, or attending a funeral, this comical family rivals “Modern Family” and “Parenthood.”Minority Report – Monday, September 21, 9 p.m., FOX Returning for their second season, jokester Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and his uptight boss, Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), exchange hilarious dialogue in this whacky workplace comedy of New York’s finest that mirrors the humor of “Parks and Recreation.”Blood and Oil – Sunday, September 27, 9 p.m., ABC Set ten years after Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film adaption, the dangers of pre-crime have been brushed under the rug, except for surviving test subjects still suffering from visions. A good balance between action and thrills and the psychological impact of pre-crime on the characters sparks some initial interest, but it’s hard to say how long that will hold up.Limitless – Monday, September 21, 10 p.m., CBS The musical comedy revolves around a single woman’s lonely love life and her decade-long obsession to date/marry her ex-boyfriend from high school. While desire and fixation in 2015 is interesting, portraying anyone so one-dimensional is disappointing and implies that the show doesn’t intend to explore the complex layers of human interaction. No amount of music or laughs will save such a lack of depth.Supergirl – Monday, October 26, 8:30 p.m., CBS The supernatural drama lost a lot of people both in and out of the show. Season two concluded with several major character deaths, the showrunner quitting, and a minor character not returning for season three. So many casualties leave some head-spinning confusion for the upcoming season’s plot.The Blacklist – Thursday, October 1, 9 p.m., NBC In a troublesome sorority house tainted with murders, three snobby “sisters” investigate the latest massacre to defend their house. The trailers–and plot–hint at an uneasy power struggle between spotlighting the controversies of sororities/fraternities and a seemingly unrelated murder mystery. With corny college portrayals and a darkly unusual sense of humor, the fate of this new anthology series is uncertain.Rosewood – Wednesday, September 23, 8 p.m., FOX Playing dirty to get filthy rich is the show’s tagline. The show is a straightforward story about a couple’s ambition for wealth–and ultimately drama–in a modern oil boom. Based on the footage shown so far, the show appears to be an attempt to corner a dramatic take on oil-focused reality shows, sprinkling in some raunchy sex scenes. Suspicious that there’s not much else to the show, “Blood and Oil” could possibly fall face-first in the mud.The Last Man on Earth – Sunday, September 27, 9:30 p.m., FOXWill Forte stars in “The Last Man on Earth.” (Photo credit: Facebook)It’s pretty lonely–and funny–being the last humans alive on Earth in this comical variation on the apocalypse genre. Ordinary Phil Miller (Will Forte) and the bizarre Carol Pilbasian (Kristen Schaal) make the apocalypse less traumatizing and more appealing. Ambitious for its genre, there is the looming risk of originality dying out fast.Quantico – Sunday, September 27, 10 p.m., ABCFrom the look of things, “Quantico” is set to join a long line of suspense-filled shows following law enforcement officers as they investigate the latest fictional terrorist attack on American soil. But this time it all starts at the FBI training base in Quantico, Virginia. However, it appears viewers won’t be confined to the secretive walls at Quantico. After the aforementioned terror attacks shocks a major US city, FBI investigators immediately point the blame at one of its trainees, hinting at an inside job. Expect plenty of cliffhangers as the agent-in-training seeks to clear her name. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Monday, September 28, 11 p.m., Comedy Central Based on a 2011 film, executive producer Bradley Cooper (who starred in the film) explores the limitless potential of the human mind and body when under the influence of a mysterious, life-altering drug called NZT. The premise struggled at the box office, but veteran cast member Bradley Cooper’s involvement may help improve the film’s flaws for the television adaption.Blindspot – Monday, September 21, 10 p.m., NBC A slight variation on the police-solve-mystery trend, the focus turns to pathologist Beaumont Rosewood (Morris Chestnut, “Kick-Ass 2”), who solves crimes with the use of his autopsy lab. Exchanging couple-like banter with a female cop friend, the two uncover what Miami PD can’t. Aside from the political, social, and business inaccuracies of Rosewood’s line of work, he and his partner’s dynamic may hold audiences’ attention well enough to keep the show running.Empire – Wednesday, September 23, 8 p.m., FOX When security consultant Alex Kane (Philip Winchester) loses his wife, he invests in a high-stakes game orchestrated by wealthy pit boss Mr. Johnson (Wesley Snipes) to hunt down his wife’s killer.Bob’s Burgers – Sunday, September 27, 7:30 p.m., FOXLaugh it up with one of America’s favorite animated family. Season six will feature new guest voices, such as Steve Buscemi, Ben Garant Thomas Lennon (both from “Reno 911!”), Paul Rudd, and Henry Winkler (Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital”) to contribute to the pee-your-pants comedy.Once Upon A Time – Sunday, September 27, 8 p.m., ABCThe fairy tale residents of Storybrooke face their greatest threat yet: Emma Swan. The Dark Swan’s rise sparked a major game changer for the series. Embracing Disney’s modern princesses, including the bow-wielding Merida from Brave, season five promises plenty of surprises in the fan base’s fantastical quest to a happy ending.Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Sunday, September 27, 8:30 p.m., FOX When an ER is understaffed and overcrowded, a “code black” occurs. This is a daily reality for Angels Memorial Hospital in LA, the busiest ER in America. If Code Black doesn’t detract from their interesting premise, intensifying the heart-clenching moment of miracles prayed for and performed, this show may have a shot.Sleepy Hollow – Thursday, October 1, 9 p.m., FOX This show is about an actor turned lawyer (Rob Lowe), who justifies his expertise based on his portrayal of a lawyer. Or maybe it’s about his jealous real-life lawyer brother (Fred Savage), because the trailer seems to flip back and forth between the two as main characters. It’s hard to pinpoint who this show is really about. “Grinder” is filled with enough sibling jealousy and stale jokes to issue a warrant for this show’s cancellation.Code Black – Wednesday, September 30, 10 p.m., CBS Perhaps one of the most anticipated shows in fall’s schedule, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the group continue their struggle for survival. Though the fleshed-out cast is large and the guts spill less and less, fans return for even the tiniest sprinkles of suspenseful cliffhangers, even if it’s just to see which character will die.Truth be Told – Friday, October 16, 8:30 p.m., NBC Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) and the social and political power struggles between devious families returns for a third season with more blood-curdling backstabbing and lustful romance.The Walking Dead – Sunday, October 11, 9 p.m., AMCcenter_img The show follows grieving judge-turned-vigilante Pernell Harris (Ron Perlman), who believes his actions are the instructions of God. The pilot premiered last August to test audience reception. Amazon later picked up all 10 episodes. Zealotry is an edgy topic nowadays, but hulking Ron Perlman’s masterful dramatic acting balances what could be a promising series.Late Show with Stephen Colbert – Tuesday, Sept. 8, 11:35 p.m., CBSThe former host of the immensely popular “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central makes his return to TV as David Letterman’s replacement on the “Late Show.” Colbert, who formerly played a conservative blowhard on his political satire show, was a popular pick to take over the venerable late night show. Colbert had his own show since 2005, but viewers rarely saw the real Stephen Colbert, a bit of mystery that adds intrigue to the debut show. The lineup for the premiere includes George Clooney and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush—two men on opposite ends of the political spectrum. His first week will also include guests Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer, and Stephen King, among other notable names in the entertainment industry. Live! Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris – Tuesday, September 15, 10 p.m., NBCNeil Patrick Harris with “Little NPH.” (Photo credit: Facebook/NBC)Based on popular British show “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris hosts an hour of goofy debauchery. Stunts, skits, pranks, audience interactions, musical numbers, and giveaways are all wrapped up in a comedic night for all ages to enjoy.The Big Bang Theory – Monday, September 21, 8 p.m., CBSThe geeky gang returns with more nerd-oriented humor. After a heartbreaking season eight finale, continued drama will likely open up the season, suggesting a deeper exploration into the main casts’ uncertain relationships.Gotham – Monday, September 21, 8 p.m., FOX Following a fresh perspective outside of Gotham City’s Dark Knight, season one set the stage for Detective Jim Gordon’s real threats. Season two brings new disturbing villain performances for familiar faces, including the origins of everyone’s favorite psycho clown.Life in Pieces – Monday, September 21, 8:30 p.m., CBS Season 2 ended with a whirlwind of a finale, with The Cabal—seriously, The Cabal?—framing Lizzie, err Masha, for the fatal poisoning of Sen. Hawkins, forcing her to escape custody inside the Post Office, her former place of employment. Her escape, with an assist from, Red, of course, also brought her face-to-face with duplicitous US Attorney General Tom Connolly, a particularly heinous member of the war-hungry Cabal. Lizzie shoots the no-good AG, instantly making her one of the most wanted fugitives in the world. Now she has to run for her life—a truly f’d up life. Aside from the whole Most Wanted List problem, the shooting serves another purpose: it awakens dormant memories from her past, like the time she fatally shot her dad. Yikes. Little Lizzie never had a chance. If that’s not enough, we discover that Liz is not Liz, but Masha, the daughter of a Russian agent. We were definitely served a spoonful. Season 3 has plenty to work with. Dr. Ken – Friday, October 2, 9:30 p.m., ABC No name. No memory. Just a Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) with mysterious freshly inked tattoos and a lot of unique combat skills. While her origins are unknown, the show’s influences are not. “Blindspot” looks and feels like a tweaked cross between the Jason Bourne series and Director Christopher Nolan’s “Momento.” While mimicking a premise isn’t unheard of, the lack of creativity leaves concern for what the show has to offer.The Muppets – Tuesday, September 22, 8 p.m., ABC The director of “How I Met Your Mother” brings a new gang of tight friends, two married couples, and their comical day-to-day lives. It’s similar to “Seinfeld,” being a show about nothing, minus the laughter. Truth be told, this looks bad.Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Monday, October 19, 8 p.m., CW Crazy and inappropriate as ever, Jane Lynch is the guardian angel everyone wants. Unfortunately, Maggie Lawson claims her in this cute, uplifting, and comical series about the simple human desire for an occasional helping hand. Depending on the audience’s investment in the characters, and the true hilarity of Lynch, “Angel From Hell” may be a fun show to check out.Into the Badlands – Sunday, November 15, 10 p.m., AMC We do not envy Trevor Noah. The South African-born comedian has big shoes to fill as he takes over as host of Comedy Central’s premiere political satire show, hosted by Jon Stewart for 16 years. After losing Stephen Colbert and now Stewart, Comedy Central is entering a new era, one with many unanswered questions. Noah has some history with the “Daily Show” audience. He first joined the crew as one of Stewart’s many “corespondents.” Prior to coming to the States, Noah hosted his own show in his native country. Grandfathered – Tuesday, September 29, 8 p.m., FOX Based loosely on the Chinese tale Journey to the West, enter a unique world ruled by feudal barons. Struggling to survive in a primitive lifestyle, a katana-wielding warrior fights with stylistic over-the-top action, almost comic-like in its execution. It’s original enough to stand out but the setting is odd enough to alienate general viewers.Chicago Med – Tuesday, November 17, 9 p.m., NBCThis last month, “Chicago Fire’s” spinoff suffered the loss of “Walking Dead’s” Laurie Holden and their showrunner. Offering no signs of life outside a typical medical drama, it’s likely the show will flatline.The Man in the High Castle – Friday, November 20, Amazon Instant Video Ken Jeong (“Community,” “The Hangover”) emphasizes his previous career as a doctor by playing an inappropriate physician with a loving but crazy family. Based on his role in “Community,” Ken’s humor can be family-friendly, which ABC will strictly enforce for general audiences. Competition against similar family-oriented sitcoms will make Ken’s reputable act a deciding factor for the continuation of this show.The Flash – Tuesday, October 6, 8 p.m., CW The show accumulated a large following by the end of season one’s shocking finale. Blood will be shed in the second season. Fans will also acquaint themselves with the backstories of the sassy Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and her narcissistic ex-husband, Lucious (Terrence Howard).Heroes Reborn – Thursday, September 24, 8 p.m., NBC The speedy superhero returns with a new suit, characters, and villain. With the help of the original Flash, Jay Garrick (“Teddy Sears,” “Masters of Sex”), Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and his flashy outfit combat the evil Zoom, who rivals Flash in every way. The general surge of quality comic book adaptions allows Flash to keep running the distance.iZombie – Tuesday, October 6, 9 p.m., CWSurviving the dying zombie trend with a more lighthearted approach, the brainy show returns for a second season. Alongside new characters and a unique concept, the show’s greatest challenge is capturing the attention of adult audiences. With supportive fans, and only “The Walking Dead” to compete with, the show stands a chance and may be worth the watch.Arrow – Wednesday, October 7, 8 p.m., CWSeason three’s jam-packed finale left viewers on the edge of their seats, wondering what lay ahead for Oliver Queen and his alternate bow-wielding persona. With uncertain futures in the balance, and a new villain possibly on the rise, the series nailed a perfect arrow shot straight to the chest for a lot of passionate fans. Hopefully season four will open with a bang and not drag out the suspense.Supernatural – Wednesday, October 7, 9 p.m., CWIn season 11, things are going to go from bad to worse for the reunited Winchester brothers now that The Darkness has been released. To satisfy the absence of some late characters, fan favorites are expected to return in surprising ways. After eleven seasons and probably still counting, it’s not too late to binge watch the first nine seasons on Netflix and join the loyal mass following.The Vampire Diaries – Thursday, October 8, 8 p.m., CWAfter some major blows at the end of season six, fans will return to find many characters in states of mourning as well as blooming romances, deadly villains, and divided loyalties. Actor Ian Somerhalder emphasized returning the show to its roots, meaning a stronger focus on the characters over the complicated mythology. Similar to “The Walking Dead,” “Vampire Diaries” cornered a trending market. Entering its seventh season, it’s likely no one will be sucking the life out of this show anytime soon.The Originals – Thursday, October 8, 9 p.m., CW The iconic hero’s Kryptonian cousin joins the family business in saving a helpless humanity from disasters. Avoiding Superman’s shadow, a female lead is long overdue but cautiously anticipated. Ideally, the showrunners won’t hold back Supergirl’s true potential and let her take flight.Wicked City – Tuesday, October 27, 10 p.m., ABCIn 1980, on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles was the serial killer capitol of the world. Hiding in the shadows are Kent and Betty, two devious killers turned lovers and modern audiences’ portals to this dark, rock-and-roll-centric era. Saturated with even the tiniest details of the time, the show will shine a light on the frightening dark side of what feels like another world.Angel From Hell – Thursday, November 5, 9:30 p.m., CBS If “Vampire Diaries” isn’t enough vampires for you, follow the spinoff centered on the Mikaelson siblings. Season three continues the origin stories of broken families, damaged friendships, destructive curses, and brewing witch wars.Reign – Friday, October 9, 8 p.m., CW Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he sun is setting earlier, Long Islanders are scrambling to feel the sand in their toes one last time time (stay away from the Alligator Snapping Turtle), and kids have officially succumbed to the inevitable pre-Labor Day state of depression that envelopes youngsters who have been in perpetual bliss since the end of June. The glorious summer of ’15 is practically a thing of the past. But things aren’t as bleak as they seem, dear readers. That’s because the megalomaniac executives from TV networks who annually dictate our TV viewing habits depending on how much our selfless corporate overlords are willing to spend in advertising fees are here to save us. We humbly accept their gracious offering. Yes, the fall TV schedule is around the corner, which means hit-or-miss newbies will debut, old favorites return, and audiences continue their stressful tolerance of cliffhangers (thank you Neflix—and Amazon—for saving us the misery of waiting a week). Forget about those gross soggy leaf piles! Organize those snacks and scrunch up on the couch. Here’s a list of small-screen candidates to strain those eyes. (And while we’re at it, thank you “Mr. Robot” for saving our summer.)Fear the Walking Dead – Sunday, August 23, 9 p.m., AMCThe inevitable spinoff leads fall’s TV lineup with a zombie-like lumber. Hardcore fans reacquainted themselves to the same outbreak but in L.A. Though the zombie trend mostly died out, “Walking Dead” prevailed as a figurehead and it’s likely the spinoff will survive the hordes of critics, too. “Fear the Walking Dead” scored the largest rating for a cable premiere in history.Hand of God – Friday, September 4, Amazon Instant Video Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, the show explores a chilling alternate history if the Axis Powers won WWII. The gripping direction season one goes is easily immersive, pulling audiences into a well-realized dystopia, and season two should be expected of no less.-With Rashed Mianlast_img read more

Regulators, fintech companies work to balance innovation, regulation

October 19, 2020

first_imgIndonesian regulatory bodies and financial technology (fintech) companies are trying to strike a balance that will encourage innovation in the industry while also maintaining a regulation that ensures customers’ security.Financial Services Authority (OJK) head Triyono said on Friday that the authority was pursuing a “light touch and safe harbor approach” to encourage what he called responsible innovation, which would prioritize security, customer protection and well-managed risks.“It is very, very important,” Triyono said in a Jakpost Fintech Fest webinar series hosted by The Jakarta Post on Friday. “It means no regulation violation, for example, and also certainly brings good benefits to society, handling customers very well and data protection.”Triyono said the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic was a game-changer for the fintech industry as it accelerated the speed of innovation. However, the industry is still heavily regulated with 135 prevailing regulations related to payment — although some fintech companies also provide other services such as wealth management.Erwin Haryono, executive director of the payment system department at Bank Indonesia (BI), said the central bank was planning to come up with one umbrella regulation for payments that would streamline all the regulations to encourage more innovation in the industry.Read also: Fintech firms assist govt, banks with COVID-19 public servicesThe planned umbrella regulation is expected to cover, among other issues, licensing, data policy, supervision and cybersecurity framework.“Hopefully, by the end of the year we will have one single payment regulation that will be principle-based, and from that, we will have branches — but not as many as we have today,” said Erwin. “It will be very supportive of innovation.”Bank Indonesia is also preparing other initiatives based on its 2025 payment system road map, including creating a data hub and real-time payment system called BI-Fast to boost the fintech industry in particular and the economy in general. Indonesia’s economy was forecast to grow by 5.75 percent per year between 2020 and 2024 if it adopted technological advances, marking an additional 0.55 percentage point growth rate, said Erwin, quoting data from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).In the second quarter, the economy contracted by 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy). The government is expecting an annual contraction of between 0.6 and 1.7 percent this year.Read also: Fintech’s role in financial inclusion rises but infrastructure, literacy challenges loomFor e-wallet Gopay, the pandemic has accelerated the use of its recent investment feature called GoInvestasi, which allows customers to buy and sell gold, according to managing director Budi Gandasoebrata. GoInvestasi is a collaboration with investment platform Pluang.“So, what we are seeing today is a lot of shifts in customer behavior, starting from having to move to online transactions. Also, people are more restrained when it comes to spending and they see more on investment,” said Budi.“Essentially, all the different use cases we try to cover. And I think underneath what we are really trying to do is solve the daily hustle of users when it comes to payments.”User experience is key to Gopay’s innovations, including its latest investment capability. But more importantly, “we want to make sure that we partner with a platform that is supervised and licensed by OJK as well”.Investment in gold, traditionally seen as a safe investment in uncertain times, is soaring as people turn to bullions to protect their wealth. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s financial market is seeing a rise in retail investors as more information is available online to better plan individuals’ finances.Education fintech company Pintek is also taking part in growing the country’s economy with its innovation in the education sector, namely providing a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform for students and educational institutions.Pintek, which was registered with the OJK in 2018, has disbursed more than Rp 100 million (US$6,722.84) in loans to more than 3,000 borrowers in 28 provinces, according to Tommy Yuwono, the founder and president director. More than half are first-time borrowers and women.“My dream is simple: I don’t want people to be afraid to take loans when it is productive,” said Tomy.“Productive loans, especially for yourself, will level up your living standards and earnings in the future. I hope the education sector, parents and students will […] invest for themselves in education.”Tommy also said the company’s ratio of bad loans was around 0.1 percent, well below the overall non-performing loans (NPL) ratio in the fintech industry, which increased to 7.99 percent in July as a result of the decline in income among borrowers.Topics :last_img read more

Eddie Howe opens door for Arsenal to sign Ryan Fraser

October 18, 2020

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Ryan Fraser is believed to be keen on a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admits Arsenal target Ryan Fraser may leave the club this summer.The Scotland winger, 25, has enjoyed an impressive campaign for the Cherries, scoring eight times in 40 appearances.The midfielder has been linked to Arsenal with Unai Emery attracted to the winger’s work-rate and ability to play in numerous attacking positions.Fraser’s contract at Bournemouth runs until 2020 and Howe admits, as talks haven’t progressed, that the winger could leave this summer.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Apr 2019 10:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link538Shares Fraser’s contract runs until 2020 (Picture: Getty)‘We have spoken to Ryan and his representatives about his contract. It is one where we will see what happens,’ said Howe.‘There is no doubting Ryan’s quality and how highly we think of him. He is an outstanding talent but it is a two-way prospect to sign a contract, so let’s wait and see.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Ryan has contributed to the team this season but it’s not the time to talk about speculation. Who knows in the summer? It is that time of year when things change and us ourselves will be looking to sign players’.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalFraser is believed to be keen on a move to the Emirates and seen as a replacement for Denis Suarez, who is set to return to Barcelona.The winger talked up a move to the club earlier this week, admitting that he was flattered by the speculation.‘I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice,’ Fraser told Sky Sports.‘It means you are are doing something right. ‘They are a huge club, a massive club.‘When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well. ‘I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club’.MORE: Eden Hazard set to agree Real Madrid move in ‘coming days’ Eddie Howe opens door for Arsenal to sign Ryan Fraserlast_img read more

Open skies will hit high speed

October 1, 2020

first_imgAPRIL 1 marks the long awaited liberalisation of civil aviation in the European Union. In theory, any EU airline will be able to fly between any cities charging any fare. When this happened in America a decade ago, the results were dramatic. As Jack Duchemin, a manager with SNCF, pointed out in Airports Council International’s Communiqué last October, fares have dropped to US$40 for a 1000 km flight. Yet the companies offering these bargains ’show double-digit growth rates and they are all, without exception, making profits.’ The same phenomenon can be seen in Latin America and parts of South East Asia where, for example, the air fare between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is a mere US$30.Whether fares will tumble that quickly in Europe remains to be seen, but for railways the warning signs are clear enough. Airline boarding procedures are being simplified, and the notional journey times of 3h or more between city centres which railwaymen love to quote include airport dwell times that are far from reality for travellers without checked baggage. In any case, few journeys start and finish in city centres.Duchemin overstates his case when he refers to European politicians as ’still under the charm – now outdated – of the high speed train’, but he is right to sound an urgent warning. Changes in operations, marketing and service standards on inter-city trains are going to have to be just as dramatic as those in the air if the 300 km/h train is to compete on commercial terms with the 800 km/h plane in a deregulated Europe.Unfortunately, inter-city trains are currently caught up in what promises to be a long search for the optimum framework to replace the classic state railway. While track authorities and open access are designed to mimic the situation in the air, it is far from proven that the benefits of fragmenting functional responsibility in the guided transport mode outweigh the drawbacks.Amazingly, it is airline entrepreneur Richard Branson of Virgin who has the biggest stake in proving Duchemin’s gloomy prognosis wrong. The terms of Branson’s second rail franchise in Britain (p216) require him not just to bring the West Coast main line into profit, but to pay a premium in the final year exceeding current gross ticket sales. And this is after paying for a fleet of 40 tilting trains capable of 225 km/h which must operate on a congested mixed traffic railway mostly built before 1850, not a 300 km/h line dedicated to TGVs. We salute a gamble of truly heroic proportions – and note that Branson named one of his Class 90 locomotives Mission Impossible on the first full day of the West Coast franchise. oCAPTION: On March 10 at London Euston Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson (left) launched the first Virgin West Coast train carrying Virgin Rail livery (below), with an interior refit carried out by Adtranz, and a new discounted bargain fare, Shuttle Advance, of £17·50 to Manchesterlast_img read more