COLE HARBOUR, N.S. – Shannon Leonard Churchill left the world with a single regret: not knowing how Coronation Street will end.The 44-year-old East Coast man makes the quirky claim in an obituary he wrote for himself before dying from cancer “peacefully at home” on Jan. 31.“Stuff has been trying to kill me for years and it was colon cancer that finally got me,” he wrote.In his mostly light-hearted tribute, Churchill said his life was always about the things he was able to do, rather than what he had accumulated and that he had few regrets other than wanting to know how the long-running British soap opera concludes.“I had a great life with too few regrets to even be sure they really existed,” he wrote in the note posted Monday. “My only regret is that I will not know how Coronation Street will end.”Churchill rhymes off his greatest accomplishments in life, saying he married his best friend, was in a cage with a lion — qualifying that this was not his wife — spent years enjoying the freedom of motorcycle riding and visited his “second home of Ireland.”Churchill, who was from Newfoundland but lived with his wife Melissa in Cole Harbour, N.S., also offered some guidance to people reading his obituary.“My advice to you all is to make those bucket lists and to start filling them in. Life is short and it only runs out; I should know, I was only 44,” he wrote.“So get off your butts and live those lives while you still have them and make sure you really think of what you want to matter on those last days. I bet it won’t be the colour or the model of your car.”He finishes the touching note by thanking his extended family and suggesting that donations could be made to the Nova Scotia SPCA or the Hope for Wildlife animal sanctuary. He said cremation had taken place and that a celebration of his life would be held at a later date.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility’s president and CEO told The Associated Press.The utility plans to generate 40 per cent of its power from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by then, Patti Poppe said in an interview ahead of the public announcement Monday. She said the utility will also will rely on natural gas, hydropower and improved efficiency to meet customer needs.Consumers Energy and DTE Energy Co., which supply most of Michigan’s electricity, are among many U.S. providers moving away from coal even as President Donald Trump’s administration boosts fossil fuels and seeks to unravel former President Barack Obama’s policies that promoted cleaner power.“We believe that climate change is real and we can do our part by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and we also believe it doesn’t have to cost more to do it,” Poppe said. “We believe we’re going to be on the right side of history on this issue.”Coal is becoming less competitive as the cost of producing renewable energy steadily falls, she added.Environmental groups praised the move after the utility officially announced the move Monday. But they also urged the utility to make the transition from coal to renewable sources in less than 22 years.“It’s a great sign that the tide is turning,” said Kate Madigan, an energy policy specialist with the Michigan Environmental Council. “We’re looking forward to working with them and making sure they follow through on this commitment — and seeing if we can get there even faster.”Power companies are under increasing pressure to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, which are trapping heat in the atmosphere and promoting what scientists describe as a dangerously warming climate that will endanger human health and natural systems.A 2016 state law set a renewables target for Michigan utilities of 15 per cent by 2021. Environmentalists are circulating petitions for a statewide ballot initiative that would require 30 per cent by 2030, which Consumers Energy and DTE have criticized as unnecessary.Poppe told the AP that Consumers Energy will file a plan by June with the Michigan Public Service Commission with a detailed timetable for phasing out coal and supplying its customers with power from a mix of renewable and traditional sources. Commission approval will be needed before the utility can proceed.The utility closed seven of its 12 coal-fired plants in 2016, which the company said had lowered its carbon generation by 38 per cent from 2008 levels. Its long-term strategy will yield an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, Poppe said.Rapidly developing technology and falling prices are making green energy more cost-effective than it was even a decade ago, when many in the industry warned that mandating use of renewables would drive up rates. Particularly helpful are improvements of systems for storing renewable energy for use when the wind isn’t blowing or skies are cloudy, Poppe said.“We don’t have to make a sucker’s choice of either affordable prices or clean energy,” she said. “We can do what’s right for the planet and the customers we serve. We don’t think there’s a trade-off to be made here.”Consumers Energy owns two wind turbine farms and buys power from a third. It co-owns with DTE a hydroelectric plant on Lake Michigan. The utility says it is upgrading its natural gas infrastructure around the state.Along with its renewable energy plan, Consumers Energy also announced a five-year plan for reducing its environmental footprint that includes saving 1 billion gallons of water, reducing waste sent to landfills by 35 per cent and restoring or improving 5,000 acres of land.The utility says its customers include 6.7 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents.DTE last year pledged a carbon emissions cut of more than 80 per cent by 2050 by phasing out coal, boosting wind and solar energy, and building a 1,100-megawatt natural gas plant. The company described the new gas facility as essential to providing reliable and affordable power while reducing carbon emissions.Environmentalists contend DTE and Consumers Energy should make bigger commitments to renewables instead of gas.“Gas prices are unpredictable. They’re low now but there’s no certainty they will be in the long term,” said Margrethe Kearney, staff attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center. “There’s zero fuel costs for wind and solar.”___Follow John Flesher on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/johnflesher___Sign up for the AP’s weekly newsletter showcasing our best reporting from the Midwest and Texas: http://apne.ws/2u1RMfv read more
TORONTO – Roots Corp. shares jumped to their highest levels since they were listed publicly last year on Wednesday, after the Canadian clothing company’s sales and adjusted earnings topped analyst estimates in its latest quarter.The shares closed at $12.60, up $1.13 or nearly 10 per cent from the previous close. Earlier, they hit an all-time high of $12.78.The Toronto-based company’s shares have seldom traded above the $12 set for its initial public offering in October.Roots announced its net income was $20.8 million or 50 cents per share for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Feb. 3, up from $17.2 million or 41 cents per share in the same quarter a last year.On an adjusted basis, Roots says it earned 59 cents per share in the quarter, up from 48 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 53 cents per share and revenue of $124.4 million, according to Thomson Reuters.Sales for the period that includes the busy holiday shopping season totalled $130 million, up from $111.2 million in the same quarter a year earlier. Same-store sales growth was 15.1 per cent.Jim Gabel, the president and chief executive officer of Roots, said that holiday sales “were outstanding both in-store and online, driving impressive top and bottom-line growth.”He expressed confidence that Roots will be able to achieve its previously announced outlook for the end of fiscal 2019, following a multi-year transformation project that began in fiscal 2016.Roots is aiming to achieve between $410 million and $450 million in annual sales for the 2019 financial year that ends in early 2020. Its outlook also estimates between $35 million and $40 million of adjusted net income for fiscal 2019.As part of the 45-year-old company’s rejuvenation, it listed its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange in October through an initial public offering.At the time, the IPO was considered unsuccessful as the initial stock price of $12 per share was below the original proposed range of $14 to $16 each and the stock fell on the first day of trading to close at $10.Companies in this story: (TSX:ROOT)Companies in this story: (TSX:ROOT) read more
NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Dec. 24.No IPOs scheduled for next week.The Associated Press
New Delhi: The Election Commission has made it clear that candidates will have to bear the cost of advertising their criminal antecedents in TV and newspapers as it comes in the category of ‘poll expenses’, a senior functionary said Thursday. The poll panel has made it compulsory for candidates contesting elections to advertise their criminal antecedents in TV and newspapers at least thrice during electioneering. Though directions in this regard were issued on October 10, 2018, the rule is being used for the first time in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The functionary said political parties have been informed that candidates will have to bear the cost of the advertisement from their poll expenses. Some parties had approached the poll panel urging it to allow the advertisement expenditure be borne by them and not the candidates. The parties too will have to advertise the criminal records of the candidates they have fielded. The expenditure of advertisement by the parties will be borne by them. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday This means that candidates and parties contesting the elections will have to publicise their criminal records at least on three different dates in widely circulated newspapers and popular TV channels during the campaign period. Candidates who do not have records have to mention that. The candidates will now have to fill up an amended form (number 26). They will have to inform parties about their antecedents such as cases in which they have been convicted and cases pending against them. The parties, the EC said, will be “obliged” to put the information about the candidates on their websites. The EC direction of October, 2018 was silent on whether the candidates will have to pay from their pocket for the publicity. Parties which fail to comply, face the prospects of getting their recognition withdrawn or suspended. Candidates have to submit clippings of their declaration published in papers and parties have to submit details about the number of such candidates in a state. While there is a ceiling on expenditure of candidates, the parties have no such limit. Candidates in Lok Sabha polls can spend up to Rs 70 lakh. All registered political parties have to submit a statement of their election expenditure to the election commission within 90 days of the completion of the Lok Sabha elections. All candidates are required to submit their expenditure statement to the poll panel within 30 days of the completion of the elections. read more
New Delhi: If the rural and urban divide among voters is any indicator of poll outcome, the cities in Uttar Pradesh are the main culprits in bringing the voters turnout down in the state. Uttar Pradesh saw 59.52 per cent turnout, way below the record national average of 67.10. A breakdown of the state’s 80 seats show that voters apathy was evidence in all the major cities of the state while rural areas witnessed brisk polling. Ghaziabad Assembly segment, a strong urban conglomerate in western Uttar Pradesh saw 53.28 per cent polling and in neighbouring urban centre of Sahibabad 49.5 per cent of voters came out to vote. Noida adjoining the national capital saw 52.35 per cent voting. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad This is in sharp contrast to many rural segments of western part of the state where polling was above 70 per cent. Khatauli Assembly segment in Muzzafarnagar saw 72.16 per cent voting. Behat Assembly segment in Saharanpur saw 73.78 per cent polling. Among the big cities in the state, Kanpur saw a turnout of 51.48. Arya Nagar, part of Kanpur, saw only 48.63 per cent and 49.20 per cent of votes were polled in Kanpur Cantt. Allahabad, now known as Prayagraj, saw 51.70 per cent polling. Within the city, only 40.25 per cent voted in Allahabad South. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Allahabad West, which is part of Phulpur Lok Sabha seat, saw 42.38 per cent voting and Allahabad North, also under Phulpur, was even below 40 per cent at 38.98, one of the lowest in the state. State capital Lucknow also saw only 53.30 per cent polling with lowest being in Lucknow Cantt where only half of the voters came out. Similar trend was witnessed in smaller cities like Bareilly where poll percentage barely crossed 50 per cent. read more
Post a comment Mobile Tech Industry 0 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… Snap saw a 10% increase in the retention rate of people who opened the ephemeral-messaging app for the first time after it revamped its Android version, the company said. Most of its growth in daily active users came from outside of North America and Europe, data from Snap shows. Snap reported $388 million in revenue in the second quarter, which was well above the $359.7 million that analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected.The company posted a loss of 6 cents per share, beating expectations of a loss of 10 cents per share. Snap’s net loss narrowed to $255 million from $353.1 million during the same period last year.The company’s stock is up more than 11 percent to $16.54 per share in after-hours trading. Originally published July 23, 1:36 p.m. PTUpdate, 1:46 p.m. PT: Adds more details about Snap’s user growthUpdate, 2:33 p.m. PT: Adds remarks from earnings call and from an analystUpdate, 2:57 p.m. PT: Adds information about popular Snapchat filter Share your voice Snap reported second-quarter earnings on Tuesday. Angela Lang/CNET Snap, the parent company of ephemeral-messaging app Snapchat, said Tuesday that its daily active user base grew 7% to 203 million in the second quarter, suggesting the company was seeing success with its revamped Android app. That’s an increase of 13 million from the 190 daily active users the company reported in the first quarter.Snap CEO Evan Spiegel during a call with analysts said that new Snapchat Lenses, an augmented reality feature that allows people to distort their faces, helped to fuel user growth. One popular filter that Snapchat released this year allowed users to change their gender in photos. “The popularity of these Lenses drew millions of people into our rebuilt Android application, where they experienced the new and improved Snapchat that led to increased engagement,” Spiegel said. The growth in users is the biggest gain the company has had since the second quarter of 2016, he said.Snap has been grappling with challenges, including executive turnover, and was experiencing consecutive drops in daily active users. Growth has returned this year, though Snap’s user base is still smaller than those of competitors such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter. In April, the company updated Snapchat’s Android app with a revamped camera and fewer bugs. The company also released new games and original shows on Snapchat in an effort to keep users on the platform longer. “Now the challenge is to convince those newly added users to stick around and continue to use Snapchat on an ongoing basis,” Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with eMarketer, said in a statement. “As long as it continues to roll out compelling new features, they will do that.” Now playing: Watch this: Tags 5:14 Snapchat read more
Zico coconut water.Coca-ColaCoca-Cola will soon introduce ethnic drinks and fruit juices as the global beverage giant is looking for ways to keep increasingly health-conscious consumers coming back for more.Sales of carbonated drinks have stagnated as consumers worried about obesity and diabetes turn to healthy alternatives with less sugar.Nearly half (48 percent) of Indian consumers surveyed by market intelligence firm Mintel last year said they were aiming for a healthier lifestyle in the coming years.Local supermarkets are increasingly stocked with nutritious drinks such as soy milk and fruit juices, which have made a comeback in both households and trendy restaurants.So Coca Cola have come up with a plan for Indians. To go the healthy way.”We realised that every state in India has ethnic beverages. We are trying to identify one or two products in every state. For instance, we are looking at ‘nariyal pani’. It is something that we believe is very important. The company would be launching new products in the ethnic beverages category over the next three years,” Coca Cola India and Southwest Asia president T Krishnakumar told news wire PTI on Sunday.Zico, Coca-Cola’s coconut water brand, is already emerging as a bright spot in the company’s portfolio and by 2020, Coca-Cola executives estimate that coconut water will be a $1.5 billion category in the U.S, Business Insider reported on March 10.Globally, market-research firm Technavio estimates that the market for coconut water will go from roughly $2 billion in 2016, to more than $7 billion in 2021.Along with the unflavoured coconut water, Zico also comes in flavors such as chocolate, watermelon-raspberry, and jalapeño-mango, the most recent addition.The Georgia, United States-based company has about 50 percent of the beverages comprising local brands like ThumsUp, Limca and Maaza, which have been formulated, produced and sold in India.The company is also betting big on localisation of fruit juices.”We have realised that people in India have a huge love for fruits. We have launched a programme named ‘Ras Ras Mein India’ where we will pick up a fruit in every state and convert it into juice,” Krishnakumar told PTI.The cola major is also introducing low-sugar and sugar-free variants of beverages keeping in mind the changing consumer preferences. read more
An NGO official was shot to death by unidentified assailants in the Nuton Uposhohor area of Jessore town on Saturday night.The deceased is Golam Kuddus Viku, 50, son of Yasin Ali of the area. He is an executive director of non-government organisation (NGO) Prottasha Samaj Kalyan Sangstha.A gang of five-six men shot Viku to death from a close range while he was standing at the door of his house around 9:30pm, said officer-in-charge of Jessore Kotwali police station AKM Azmul Huda.Viku was rushed to Jessore General Hospital where physicians declared him dead.Police is investigating the incident, OC added. read more
Kolkata: Firhad ‘Bobby’ Hakim, the soft-spoken boy from Chelta who has always received the blessings of all and sundry irrespective of caste, creed and religion because of his unique public relation acumen, has now been named Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), the country’ oldest civic body.On becoming the new Mayor, Hakim said: “I’m extremely thankful towards Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for giving me this responsibility. I will try my best to live up to her expectations and will leave no stones unturned to deliver results.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere was jubilation in Chetla, when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the name of Hakim as the new leader of KMC. He will formally take on the mantle of Mayor after completion of the necessary formalities. Hakim, gifted with a natural ability to lead, became quite famous in Chetla in the early 1980s, when the undisputed leader of the area was Moni Sanyal, the Deputy Mayor of KMC between 1985-1990. From a very young age, Bobby used to organise football tournaments and blood donation camps. Everybody in the area knew that he would always be available in their time of need, be it for organising marriage of poor girls or taking critical patients to hospitals during the oddest hours. Hakim became a councillor in 2000 and later became the Member, Mayor-in-Council (Roads). When Trinamool Congress came to power, he was elected to the post of minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThough known for being a hard taskmaster, the TMC veteran enjoys extremely cordial relations with his department officers. His dedication was silently displayed through the number of times he visited the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre during its construction, to ensure that it becomes the most important structure in post-Independence Kolkata and stand proud as the country’s biggest convention centre. He had held several meetings with the senior officials of the construction company and also met the workers and motivated them. Bobby, an ardent lover of sports, has set up one of the finest gymnasiums in the city at Chetla. He is a seasoned badminton and billiards player himself and has taken steps to ensure that the children and youth of his area get ample scope to play outdoor games. The newly named Mayor has been associated with Durga Puja since his school days and is respected by all for his secular views. Notable, he is the first Mayor from the Muslim community in the city after Independence. The erstwhile Calcutta had five Muslim Mayors before Independence. A K Fazlul Haque was the Mayor from April 1935 to April 1936, while A K M Zakariah served as the Mayor from April 1938 to April 1939. Abdur Rahman Siddiqui took on the mantle from April 1940 to April 1941, while Syed Badrudduja and Syed Mohammad Usman followed suit from April 1943 to April 1944 and April 1946 to April 1947 respectively. Once journalists had quizzed Kamal Basu, the first Mayor under the Member, Mayor-in-Council system about the qualities required to run KMC, to which his reply was “patience, public relations and hard work”. Hakim is a leader who possesses all the three qualities and Kolkatans believe that the city will witness significant progress under his leadership. read more
March 3, 1997Finishing the floor slab in the new recycling area.