Habitat For Humanitys 2018 Jimmy Rosalynn Carter Work Project Heading To Indiana

first_imgHabitat For Humanity’s 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place next year in St. Joseph County, Indiana.Over five days, future homeowners will work alongside President and Mrs. Carter and hundreds of other volunteers from Indiana and around the world to build or improve about 30 homes in Mishawaka and South Bend.“We look forward to welcoming President and Mrs. Carter to Mishawaka for this transformational and inspiring project,” said Jim Williams, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County. “Thanks to the generous involvement of volunteers and sponsors from across the country, we will be able to help dozens of families have a more secure place they can call home.”In addition to the work in St. Joseph County, local Habitat organizations across Indiana will complete construction projects in honor of President and Mrs. Carter and their legacy of helping raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable housing.Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world every year with Habitat, donating their time and voices to build and improve homes as well as raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes. The Carters just completed their 34th work project in Canada, building in both Edmonton, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, as part of a nationwide effort to build 150 homes in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday.“We are honored by the continued support of President and Mrs. Carter as we help families achieve strength, stability and independence through shelter,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Thanks to their dedication and our Carter Work Project volunteers, we can continue to fulfill our mission to empower families working toward a path to homeownership.”last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: At the Banff World Media Festival yesterday, CBC/Radio-Canada announced a new commitment to diversity for all English and French-language commissioned programs across scripted and factual genres. The public broadcaster made this announcement in the context of its new strategic plan, “Your Stories Taken to Heart,” which prioritizes giving underrepresented Canadians greater opportunities to build their skills, experience and relationships in the industry.By 2025, CBC/Radio-Canada aims to ensure that at least one of the key creatives in all scripted and factual commissioned programs will be held by a person from a diverse background. Key creatives include producer, director, writer, showrunner and lead performer.In cases where the talent pipeline may not be as robust, the public broadcaster will expect a commitment from independent producers to mentor or train a diverse person in one of the key creative roles of a greenlit production. For the purposes of this commitment, a diverse person includes members of visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ2+ community. Logo: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CNW Group/CBC/Radio-Canada) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement “We are a remarkably diverse country and we need to reflect that diversity in the stories we tell,” said Catherine Tait, President & CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada. “As the public broadcaster, we want to be able to draw on the richness of Canada’s talent pool to better reflect the country we serve.”This year, CBC/Radio-Canada surpassed its goal of gender parity across its commissioned programs. During the 2018/19 broadcast year across all original English and French shows, the public broadcaster supported 62% female-led projects where the majority of the key creative roles of producer, director, writer and showrunner were held by women.“I am so proud that we have reached our gender parity goal. It’s a testament to the ongoing work we have been doing for many years with our production partners. It’s also a commitment that we will maintain into the future and furthermore, we’ll take those learnings to ensure that all Canadians see themselves on their public broadcaster,” added Tait.Read more on diversity and inclusion at CBC/Radio-Canada..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ottawa police officer facing possible demotion over racist comments was also involved

first_img(Annie Pootoogook. APTN/File)APTN National NewsThe Ottawa police officer who pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of discreditable conduct for posting racist comments about Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook was also directly in charge of the forensic evidence at the scene where she was found dead, it emerged Tuesday.Sgt. Chris Hrnchiar was the direct supervisor of the forensic identification detective who processed evidence from the scene and identified Pootoogook’s body, according to information contained in the agreed statement of facts filed during Hrnchiar’s disciplinary hearing.Pootoogook’s body was pulled from the Rideau River Sept.19 and Ottawa police immediately announced the death was not suspicious. Then on Sept. 23, the Ottawa police publicly identified Pootoogook as the woman found in the Rideau River and issued a call for information on her last movements.On Sept. 24 Hrnchiar posted his racist remarks through Facebook in response to an online Ottawa Citizen story on this development.Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said Hrnchiar’s personal feelings had little impact on the investigation. Bordeleau said the officer had “minimal involvement” in the investigation of Pootoogook’s death.“We have checks and balances in place to ensure a proper investigation is being conducted,” said Bordeleau, in a statement sent to APTN. “I can assure the family and the community that a thorough investigation is being conducted.”Hrnchiar posted that Pootoogook’s death “could be a suicide, accidental, she got drunk and fell in the river and drowned, who knows.” He also wrote that” much of the Aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers.”Hrnchiar on Tuesday pleaded guilty to two counts of discreditable conduct – one for the racist comments and another for speaking about an open investigation publicly—under the Police Services Act during a disciplinary hearing.“I want to apologize to everyone sincerely for my actions… I am sorry for the hurt I caused,” said Hrnchiar, during the hearing.Bordeleau called Hrnchiar’s comments “racist” during an interview with APTN. The police service also said the officer embarrassed the force and his fellow cops.The force is seeking a demotion in Hrnchiar’s rank from sergeant to first-class constable for a period of three months. They also want him to receive multicultural training.According to information provided at the hearing, Hrnchiar cooperated with the internal police investigation into his comments and admitted to making them.Judgement was held over to Dec. 7.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,143.55, up 35.49 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 26 cents, or 3.49 per cent, to $7.20 on 8.4 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 40 cents, or 2.87 per cent, to $14.32 on 7.8 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 15 cents, or 2.56 per cent, to $6.02 on 7.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 87 cents, or 6.82 per cent, to $11.89 on 5.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 0.70 per cent, to $4.25 on 5.6 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up $1.13, or 3.53 per cent, to $33.14 on 5.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up 39 cents, or 0.93 per cent, to $42.19 on 4.7 million shares. The company announced plans to simplify its corporate structure.Nutrien Ltd. (TSX:NTR). Agriculture. Down 17 cents, or 0.26 per cent, to $66.01 on 939,063 shares. The fertilizer giant sold its 62 million A shares in Chilean lithium miner SQM to Tianqi Lithium Corp. for US$4.07 billion. Nutrien still retains ownership of 20 million B shares and expects to divest them.last_img read more

Province says ridership steadily increasing after BC Bus North launch

first_imgBC Bus North was launched as an interim service while the Province works to find a long-term inter-community transportation solution for not only Northern B.C., but the entire province after Greyhound announced that it was ending service in all of Western Canada.BC Bus North offers twice-weekly service between Prince Rupert and Prince George, between Prince George and Valemount, and from Prince George to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. Additionally, the service provides one round-trip per week from Dawson Creek and Fort St. John to Fort Nelson.The service was designed with affordability in mind, with one-way fares being either $35 or $45 per route, depending on how far people are travelling.BC Transit and its contracted operator, Pacific Western Transportation, are delivering the service that operates using four highway coaches equipped with comfortable seating suitable for long-distance travel, luggage and washroom facilities.Customers can purchase tickets using credit card or debit by calling 1 844 564-7494 daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by visiting: www.BCBus.ca. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The provincial government says that its new BC Bus North service has recorded approximately 900 riders book trips since its launch at the beginning of the summer.The long-haul bus service began on June 4th in response to Greyhound Canada’s decision to eliminate service on routes in Northern B.C.In its first month of service, BC Bus North had close to 300 trips booked, increasing to approximately 450 in July. As of early August, the upward ridership trend continued, for a total number of 900 trips booked in just a little over two months.last_img read more

US charges Chinese tech giant Huawei, top executive

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department is filing charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei.A 13-count indictment was unsealed Monday in New York charging Huawei, two of its affiliates and a top executive at the company.The charges include bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.A separate case filed in Washington state charges Huawei with stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile.Meng Wanzhou, the company’s chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1. Prosecutors allege she committed fraud by misleading American banks about Huawei’s business deals in Iran.Prosecutors charge Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.Huawei is the world’s biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press read more

Rahul Gandhi raises concerns over Chinas presence in Sri Lanka

“China is present everywhere. China is in Doklam, in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Myanmar,” said Mr. Gandhi, highlighting the growing expansion of the Chinese sphere in the Asia-Pacific,, and called for a third alternative apart from the American and the Chinese models in the global order. “The PM has pursued a personalised foreign policy. The foreign policy engagements and the PM’s visits abroad, have been reduced to being purely transactional. The Prime Minister’s tendency to disparage his predecessors and diminish India’s achievements since Independence, has undercut India’s own credibility abroad,” the foreign policy resolution said.The plenary was attended by strong contingents from abroad. The Awami League of Bangladesh, African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa, and the UNP of Sri Lanka sent significant delegations. The Nepali Congress, which was defeated in last year’s general election, was represented by a large delegation led by former envoy of Kathmandu to Delhi, Deep Kumar Upadhyay. The Chinese Communist Party sent a member delegate. (Colombo Gazette) Mr. Gandhi’s comments came at the end of the two-day plenary. The party released a document on the state of the country’s foreign affairs, and said the current government had moved away from the fundamental principles of the Indian foreign policy. India’s Congress party on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of exercising a personalised foreign policy which eroded India’s international credibility, The Hindu website reported.Party president Rahul Gandhi, in his speech at the Congress plenary session, underlined the growing Chinese presence in India’s neighbourhood and made a specific mention of the Doklam plateau near Bhutan where China has built military infrastructure. read more

UC Irvine wins 8075 its first at Saint Marys since 2002

MORAGA, Calif. — Evan Leonard scored 22 points and UC Irvine beat Saint Mary’s 80-75 on Wednesday night.UC Irvine (7-1) won at Saint Mary’s for the first time since 2002, and snapped a four-game losing skid against the Gaels. The Anteaters also rebounded from a 67-60 loss against Toledo in the Gulf Coast Showcase title game in Florida.Leonard was 7 of 11 from the field and made four of UCI’s seven 3-pointers. Max Hazzard added 14 points for the Anteaters. Collin Welp had 12 points, and John Edgar Jr. and Robert Cartwright chipped in with 11 apiece.Jordan Ford scored 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting and made nine free throws to lead Saint Mary’s (3-4), which has lost four straight.The game was tied at 69 with 2:21 to play. Welp made a layup and two free throws during a 7-4 spurt and the Anteaters led 76-73 with 21 seconds remaining. Ford missed a layup with six seconds left and UCI made its last four free throws.The Associated Press read more

After Years Of Tanking The Astros Are Now The Best In Baseball

There’s a surprising new best team in baseball, and it doesn’t reside in Chicago, New York or L.A. Instead, it’s the Houston Astros, who are projected to finish with the majors’ top record according to both FanGraphs.com and FiveThirtyEight’s own Elo ratings. Those are lofty expectations, but if the Astros can meet them, they’ll complete a historic turnaround that few teams in major league history can match.It’s still early, but the Astros are putting up some dominant numbers this year. Their pitching staff has added an extra strikeout per nine innings compared with 2016 while also increasing their ground ball rate, and those two trends have helped drop Houston’s team-wide ERA by more than a half a run. Much of that improvement stems from the bullpen: Led by the surprising and versatile Chris Devenski, the ’Stros relief staff is on pace to produce several more wins above replacement than they did last year.And the Astros have improved even more at the plate. So far, Houston has racked up a weighted runs created plus of 118, 19 full points better than it managed last year. Rather than being too dependent on second baseman Jose Altuve, the Astros are now getting offensive contributions throughout the lineup, from shortstop Carlos Correa (144 wRC+) to catcher Brian McCann (114). Last year, only six Astros cleared a wRC+ of 100 (denoting an average performance); this year, 10 Houston players are above that bar.The one aspect of the game where Houston has gotten worse is on defense. As a unit, the Astros have slipped from above average in 2016 to 27th in baseball this year. Colby Rasmus was an unexpectedly solid defender last year, and the Astros lost him to the Rays in the offseason. But they replaced his poor bat (25 percent worse than league average) with that of Josh Reddick, whose offense has more than made up for any defensive woes.Combine it all, and you have a team that’s finally living up to its considerable potential. Last year, the Astros were the preseason favorites in the AL West, but they finished with a disappointing 84 wins. A combination of injuries, lackluster performances and bad luck conspired to keep a talented team from reaching the playoffs. This year, though, everything is clicking, and they’ve earned the best record in baseball.Houston also sports the highest Elo rating in the league (1574), having stolen the top spot from the Chicago Cubs earlier this month. And like the Cubs before them, the Astros are hoping to complete one of the most impressive comebacks in MLB history.In 2012, the 55-win Astros were one of the worst teams ever, so much so that General Manager Jeff Luhnow was criticized for bringing NBA-style tanking to MLB. Houston hit a low point on Aug. 31 of that season, slipping to an Elo of 1399. But since that nadir, they’ve added 175 points of Elo over a stretch of 737 games, an improvement a team only manages about once in every thousand chances in MLB history. That number is eerily similar to the one describing the rarity of what the Cubs achieved during their march to a championship last season. And the Astros will probably increase that margin of Elo improvement if they continue winning over the rest of the season, further adding to what is already a historic turnaround.They’re only about a third of the way into their schedule, but Houston is already almost a postseason lock. According to our MLB predictions, they have a better than 95 percent chance of making the playoffs and an 18 percent chance of winning the World Series. Following in the footsteps of the Cubs, the Astros have gone from league laughingstocks to a championship frontrunner in remarkably little time. The team that Sports Illustrated declared back in 2014 would become the 2017 World Champions looks primed to fulfill that prophecy. read more

Sonys new AR tool simplifies the HDTV selection process

first_imgBefore buying a new television, you ought to know what fits in your space. Traditionally, that process involves some tape measure, several visits to the store, and a consultation with your wallet. Sony recently introduced an augmented reality tool that gives a visualization of how a new television would look in your living quarters. Unfortunately, you’ll still have to consult your wallet.The process begins with printing and placing a photographic marker. Where you place it determines where the AR tool will affix a television. Once the image is scanned and uploaded to the site, you can select any of the available televisions to place in your virtual room. The images can then be saved to a gallery. Bringing several image renderings is thoroughly more helpful than bringing a mental image to the Sony Store.Panasonic introduced a similar service for its Viera televisions several months ago. It’s an iPhone app that is less involved than Sony’s print-and-scan process. The app does require you to place a photographic marker on the desired place, and then you direct your iPhone’s camera at it. While it may seem like a smoother process, I imagine a computer screen would provide a clearer view, one that isn’t so taxing on the eyes.Sony’s AR tool is highly useful, and it’s available on the UK site. It’s great for ogling, too, if you can’t quite afford a new set. Furniture companies should take cues from Panasonic and Sony. There’s more measuring involved for a bed, sofa, or table than a HDTV.Check the video to see the tool in action.See more at Sony UK via Engadgetlast_img read more

LiPhone 3GS passe de gratuit à payant chez AT and T

first_imgL’iPhone 3GS passe de gratuit à payant chez AT and TCet opérateur américain, AT&T vendait, jusqu’à ce week-end, le célèbre smartphone d’Apple pour zéro dollar. Aujourd’hui, il coûte 0,99$. Non, ce n’est pas une nouvelle conception des soldes. Apple avait annoncé lors de son évènement “Let’s talk iPhone” en octobre dernier qu’avec la sortie du nouvel iPhone 4S, le prix de vente de son prédécesseur chuterait à 0 dollar avec un engagement sur deux ans. À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Or, le prix chez l’opérateur américain AT&T vient de passer à 0,99 dollars sans aucune explication nette. Une rumeur circule ici, comme quoi il s’agirait d’éviter la fraude en proposant ce nouveau prix…Bizarrement, l’Apple Store le propose toujours à 0 dollar. Quoi qu’il en soit, pour 0 ou 0,99 dollars, le client ne risque pas de prendre un crédit pour se procurer le 3GS! L’initiative d’Apple est plus qu’intéressante et permet notamment d’écouler facilement les stocks de son ancien iPhone. Il semblerait que la consigne ne s’applique pas à la France, car certains opérateurs le proposent encore entre 20 et 50 euros avec un forfait de 24 mois. On comprends mieux comment il est possible pour Apple de les vendre à zéro dollar aux Etats-Unis. Le 23 novembre 2011 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le gouvernement maintient sa position sur les gaz de schiste

first_imgLe gouvernement maintient sa position sur les gaz de schisteDelphine Batho, ministre de l’Ecologie et de l’Energie a confirmé vendredi la volonté du gouvernement de ne pas revenir sur l’interdiction de la fracture hydraulique nécessaire pour  l’exploration des gaz de schiste.La loi interdisant la fracture hydraulique pour l’exploration des gaz de schiste ne sera pas revue. C’est ce que vient tout juste d’annoncer Delphine Batho, ministre de l’Ecologie et de l’Energie. Sur BFMTV, celle-ci a en effet expliqué : “Le gouvernement maintient clairement et nettement sur l’interdiction de l’exploitation des gaz de schiste, car nulle part dans le monde il n’a été prouvé que cette exploitation pouvait se faire sans dégâts considérables sur l’environnement et avec des risques importants pour la santé”.À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?La fracturation hydraulique est une technique consistant à injecter dans de la roche, un mélange à haute pression composé d’eau, de sédiments et de produits chimiques. Mais cette méthode, permettant de libérer les molécules de gaz, n’est pas sans risque pour l’environnement puisque la plupart des substances toxiques utilisées dans le mélange rejoignent directement les nappes phréatiques. Un phénomène largement dénoncé par les écologistes et les opposants à la technique que ne prennent pas en compte tout ceux qui envisagent son utilisation.Ainsi, les compagnies pétrolières françaises ont reçu avec amertume la décision prise par le gouvernement. L’Union française des industries pétrolières (Ufip), a indiqué qu’elle espérait toujours que les gaz de schiste “ne soient pas exclus” du débat sur l’énergie prévu après la grande conférence qui se déroulera en automne. “On enregistre la déclaration de la ministre. Mais on souhaite que ce débat puisse avoir lieu au moment où l’on parlera de l’énergie à l’automne”, a déclaré à l’AFP Jean-Louis Schilansky, président de l’organisation.Actuellement, la France comme la Pologne est considérée comme le meilleur territoire européen abritant des gisements potentiels prisonniers dans la roche. Le 21 juillet 2012 à 09:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Inslee says hes hit donor threshold for presidential debate

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he’s hit a fundraising threshold to qualify for the Democratic presidential debates slated to begin next month.Inslee said while appearing at a climate rally in Las Vegas that he learned Friday morning he’d received donations from at least 65,000 people, earning him a spot on stage.The governor has focused his campaign on climate change and says that by meeting the donor threshold, he’s ensuring that climate change will be part of the debate among the crowded field of candidates.The Democratic National Committee will allow candidates to reach the stage by either meeting the donor threshold or by receiving at least 1% support in three reputable national or early nominating state polls.last_img

I prefer winning something and scoring fewer goals Morata

first_imgFor the Chelsea striker, trophies are more important than any individual awards he could get in the English Premier LeagueSpanish forward Alvaro Morata has scored five goals in ten matches this season for Chelsea in the English Premier League.But the striker is not happy with his current form, which he says can be better.“I think I can prove more,” he was quoted by Goal.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…“In the past, it wasn’t easy for me, but this is a new season. I think it’s not important if you score 25 or 30 goals, it’s important you help the team to win.”“I prefer winning something and scoring less goals, but I will be so happy if I score a lot of goals and we win trophies this season. I’m a striker, it’s our job and it’s true that we need to score, and I am happy when I do,” he added.“I think for the supporters as well, when they come to see our matches, it’s good because we enjoy playing and we have had some very good performances with the ball.”last_img read more

Heres why YachtCocaineProstitutes is trending on Twitter

first_img Twitter Tags Share your voice Please DO NOT use the hashtag #YachtCocaineProstitutes in reference to @DevinNunes. He does not like it. Thank you. #YachtCocaineProstitutes— andy lassner (@andylassner) April 9, 2019 Politics Tech Industry Online Comments The hashtag quickly gained traction, and at one point was the second-most trending item on Twitter in the US, just below discussion of a contentious congressional hearing on the spread of extremism and white supremacy online.Nunes’ lawsuit against McClatchy is the second high profile case he’s filed in the past couple months. In March, he sued Twitter for $250 million, claiming the social media company censors conservative voices and makes money from “abusive, harmful and defamatory” content.  Rep. Devin Nunes has become the target of a viral Twitter joke. Getty Images Rep. Devin Nunes isn’t happy, and he’s decided to sue the targets of his ire.The latest suit the California Republican’s filed is against newspaper publisher McClatchy for a story published in one of its papers, The Fresno Bee, about a supposed charity cruise on the San Francisco Bay four years ago. According to that story, a former employee of a winery Nunes invested in filed suit claiming the cruise included drug use and sex workers.In his suit against McClatchy, filed Monday, Nunes claims the story was “was part of a scheme to defame” him. McClatchy said in a statement that the lawsuit was “wholly without merit” and added that Nunes didn’t ask for a correction before filing the lawsuit. Nunes’ office didn’t respond to a request for comment.The filing was published by McClatchy-owned Sacramento Bee. If Nunes hoped his suit would silence the paper and stem the story’s spread, he appears to have failed. Shortly after news of the lawsuit broke, Twitter users began posting the hashtag #YachtCocaineProstitutes to bring attention to the original story, and embarrass Nunes.”Please DO NOT use the hashtag #YachtCocaineProstitutes in reference to @DevinNunes,” one Twitter user posted. “He does not like it.” 3last_img read more

Chipotle freebies fail to overcome food safety fears shares fall

first_imgChipotle Mexican Grill Inc reported its first ever quarterly loss, after food giveaways failed to lure back large numbers of paying customers turned off by a string of food safety lapses last year.Shares of the Denver-based burrito chain fell almost 5 percent after the first quarter results.Sales at established Chipotle restaurants fell 29.7 percent during the quarter as the company gave away over 6 million free burritos and bowls of food as well as nearly 1 million free orders of chips and salsa or guacamole, Chief Financial Officer Jack Hartung said on a conference call with analysts.He said Chipotle plans to move away from freebies and toward buy-one-get-one-free offers. It is also planning deals designed to get its most loyal customers to return as frequently as they did before the food safety crisis, which included outbreaks of E. coli, salmonella and norovirus.”While Chipotle claims that its sales are on a gradual path to recovery, the results from the first quarter of its new fiscal year suggest otherwise,” said Hakon Helgesen, retail analyst at Conlumino.Shares in Chipotle have lost about one-third of their value since food safety woes surfaced with news it had closed dozens of restaurants in the Pacific Northwest due to an E. coli outbreak. The stock was down 4.8 percent at $424.76 in extended trading on Tuesday.Sales at established restaurants are down about 26 percent so far in April. They bottomed in January, tumbling 36 percent that month.The chain reported a net loss of $26.4 million, or 88 cents per share, as weak sales and costs related to food giveaways, safety testing and waste dinged results. The loss was less steep than the 95 cent per-share shortfall analysts had expected, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.”I would not expect a loss in the second quarter,” Hartung said, noting that the company expects costs to ease.Chipotle has sent out millions of coupons for free food, promotions potentially valued at more than $62 million.Bearish analysts have warned that such deals could train diners to hold out for gratis grub, while bulls say they are convincing diners that it is safe to eat at the chain.Still, executives have conceded that Chipotle may never fully recover. Company founder and co-Chief Executive Steve Ells on March 16 estimated that 5 percent to 7 percent of infrequent customers may never return.last_img read more

Prince Harrys shocking comments while defending Meghan Markle Duke calls British public

first_imgPrince HarryGetty ImagesPrince Harry may have gotten carried away while defending his wife, Meghan Markle. Reportedly, Prince Harry sparked a national debate by claiming people harbour racist views without knowing it. In a remarkably frank interview, the Duke of Sussex warned how “unconscious bias” passed through the generations led to prejudices that developed into racism.Reportedly, his comments were made in an interview for British Vogue, the very same magazine that Meghan Markle will be guest editing. A decision which has landed the Duchess of Sussex in some hot water. Prince Harry’s comments could be construed as a defence of the American-born, mixed-race former actress who has been subject to sexist and racist abuse.Harry also spoke about children and how he planned to have a maximum of only two for environmental reasons. Was this a dig at his elder brother William who already has three? However, environment aside, the main point Prince Harry was trying to make was an “unconscious bias,” he went on to say that: “Despite the fact that if you go up to someone and say ‘what you’ve just said, or the way you’ve behaved, is racist’ – they’ll turn around and say, ‘I’m not a racist.’ Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesExpanding on his point the Duke said that people are wired to think the way they do because of the environment they are brought up in. Indirectly the Prince was talking about how a person is raised. That is quite a bold statement to make and some people might take it as an insult. Reportedly, the Prince’s candid comments came in an interview he conducted with conservationist, Dr. Jane Goodall, at his home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. Prince Harry might want to tread carefully, calling people racist or even implying that they are is not a way to win the support of the British public.last_img read more

Fire at Trump Tower in NY

first_imgA smoke coming out of Trump Tower as seen from building next to it, in New York City, US, on 8 January 2018 in this still image obtained from social media video. ReutersFirefighters responded to an early morning fire at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, but no injuries were reported, the New York Fire Department said on Monday.US president Donald Trump was in Washington at the time.The fire was believed under control and no injuries were reported, NBC News reported on Twitter.CBS News said the fire broke out shortly before 7:00am EST (noon GMT) near the roof of the 68-story structure, which had been Trump’s primary residence before his election victory and inauguration nearly a year ago.It posted a picture of firefighters on the rooftop with smoke pouring from a portion of it.last_img