Monday, September 17, 2012

Today's Business News-Making the most of an extension (19 news)

Today's Business News-Making the most of an extension (19 news)

Making the most of an extension

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 09:51 AM PDT

AIt looks increasingly likely that Greece's international creditors will consent to the extension of its fiscal adjustment program, but there is no clear signal yet as to what form that will take. In this context Greece will have to clarify its strategy on the type of extension it seeks with the prime aim of putting the on a path to economy growth....

Steering the ship, with the wind at his back

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 06:44 PM PDT

Mark Thierer has a sticker for everything: golf balls, fruit, cars, states, letters, numbers. In all, he thinks he has probably 40,000 of them, collected from around the world.
"If you're ever actually looking for them, you'd be amazed where you'd find them. Off-the-beaten-path bars, convenience stores, gas stations — the places you'd least expect," he said....


Posted: 16 Sep 2012 06:04 PM PDT

SEATTLE — Golden Tate circled back around and lined up Sean Lee with a crushing block that sent the burly Dallas linebacker flat to his back with his cleats in the air.
The Seattle Seahawks didn't just beat the Cowboys on Sunday. They physically knocked them around....

Revolution sought on safety in the workplace

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 12:35 PM PDT

Bigger fines and tougher penalties for companies and directors could be one of the ways to improve New Zealand's deplorable workplace injury and death toll.
The just-published Safer Workplaces report by the Independent Taskforce reveals New Zealand's workplace...

Beating bullying at work

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 08:53 PM PDT

If you thought you'd left the schoolyard bully in t he playground, takealook around your office. If the person to the left of you isn't being bullied, pity the person on the right. As it stands now, more t han one-third of Canadian workers admit to being bullied....


Posted: 15 Sep 2012 01:14 PM PDT

It may not be fashionable to admit it, but I think civil servants get a bad press. Look at those brave souls employed by the Department for Transport, for instance, whose ministry oversees some of the knottiest challenges in British politics.
Rail franchise...

Without leadership, Occupy foundering

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 03:40 PM PDT

NEW YORK | Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.
Punches were thrown and objects were hurled at moderators' heads. Protesters accused each other of being patriarchal and racist and domineering...

Payday for telemarketers

Posted: 15 Sep 2012 04:32 PM PDT

Carol Patterson was waiting for a call from her doctor. When the phone rang on that afternoon in August 2011 at her home in Cortland, Ohio, it wasn't a physician on the other end. A woman named Robin said she was representing the American Diabetes Association....

Fight for justice has gone on 25 years

Posted: 15 Sep 2012 04:01 AM PDT

JOHN DICKSON is still fighting for justice, a quarter of a century after the Commerce Commission authorised the merger of rural services firms Dalgety and Wrightson under flawed conditions it did not and could not enforce.
With politicians on both sides of...

Counterfeiting yields chip-checkers

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 06:22 PM PDT

WICHITA, Kan. — At Integra Technologies, inspectors spend their days studying electronic parts to see if they are counterfeits.
Using high-powered microscopes, they look for signs that an integrated circuit, or chip, has been remarked, reworked or otherwise tampered with....

Asia Pacific Report

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 06:04 PM PDT

The Russian government has invested billions in developing the Far East port of Vladivostok as a gateway to Asia and an industrial centre. When Vladivostok was asked to host the summit of the 21- member Asia- Pacific Economic Co- operation forum Russian leader...

Keselowski takes Chase opener

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 04:45 PM PDT

JOLIET, Ill. — Brad Keselowski began the season with a bit of goofiness, posting on Twitter during a red-flag stoppage at the Daytona 500.
He's ending the year with a far more serious pursuit — for his first Sprint Cup championship.
Keselowski is off to a fine start after an impressive victory over Jimmie Johnson on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway...

China bank out of mines and on to land

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 03:24 AM PDT

ONE of the world's largest banks, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, is scaling back its lending to the Australian resources sector on fears the mining boom is coming to an end.
The head of the ICBC's local operations, Han Ruixiang, revealed the bank was instead keen to increase its exposure to agriculture....


Posted: 16 Sep 2012 05:50 PM PDT

Founded in 2011, PASSPORTAL is an online password management solution for IT providers around the world.
The system provides a secure method to store and maintain client administrative passwords in the cloud with full auditing and reporting capabilities.

Apple hits record as iphone 5 orders run hot

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 02:51 AM PDT

New Zealand's most influential and connected directors are made up of a core group of 17 men and women, according to new research on New Zealand's director network.
Kevin McCaffrey, a former partner at PriceWaterhouse Coopers who now runs his own governance...

Rates dilemma for savers

Posted: 15 Sep 2012 04:01 AM PDT

KIWIS ARE developing a savings habit, but may need to consider the possibility of interest rate cuts next year.
Many investors, wary of sharemarket volatility and unwilling to take on debt to invest in property, have opted for a flight to safety and simple deposit accounts...

Singh warns that policy paralysis threatens growth

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 10:20 AM PDT

AFTER months of dithering on the economy, India's beleaguered government roared back to life in dramatic fashion on Friday, announcing big bang reforms as part of a package of measures aimed at reviving growth and staving off a ratings downgrade.
A day after...

Is workplace scheme best pension option?

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 01:39 PM PDT

As final- salary pension schemes become increasingly rare, employees have to think more carefully about how to save for a comfortable retirement.
Omarra Bradley, 25, has been contributing into a company pension scheme for two years, but is unsure if this is the best way to put money away for when she retires....

Global economy like Ponzi scheme

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 03:42 AM PDT

THE Great Credit Contraction continues to exert its deflationary influence on the global economy.
Governments and central bankers see deflation as the enemy that must be defeated at any cost.
The seemingly endless barrage of stimulus efforts from the world's...

Today's Front Pages:Muslim riots spread across Middle East, North Africa (19 news)

Today's Front Pages:Muslim riots spread across Middle East, North Africa (19 news)

Muslim riots spread across Middle East, North Africa

Posted: 15 Sep 2012 11:40 AM PDT

What began as a small protest against an amateurish film mocking and maligning the prophet Muhammad has mushroomed into a full-scale international crisis, with anti-Western violence spreading to more countries over the weekend and al-Qaida trying to harness the new wave of Muslim resentment....

Palace outrage at Irish paper

Posted: 15 Sep 2012 02:06 PM PDT

ROYAL fury greeted an Irish paper's decision to print topless pics of the Duchess of Cambridge.
A palace spokesman said there could be "no other motivation than greed". The Irish Daily Star published the photos and a gossip magazine promised to follow suit with a 26- page special edition next week....


Posted: 16 Sep 2012 05:32 PM PDT

If your typical Saturday night already involves a steamroller, tiny elephants, a bus wearing a sweater and a young woman singing the national anthem of France while jumping out of a giant cake, well, then you have no need for Nuit Blanche. The rest of us will need it to find these and others we've probably never seen before...


Posted: 16 Sep 2012 04:47 PM PDT

Salman Rushdie's new memoir finally features the renowned writer's thoughts on the famous fatwa against him The "last thing on Earth" author Salman Rushdie wanted to do when he finally emerged from his long ordeal living under police protection, incognito,...

Vinatieri, Luck lead Colts past Vikings 23-20 for first win of the seaso on |

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 04:36 PM PDT

INDIANAPOLIS — A year ago, Reggie Wayne allowed, the Indianapolis Colts probably would have played for overtime.
But much has changed around this franchise in the past 365 days, and the end of Sunday's 23-20 victory against the Minnesota Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium was just the most recent example....

Greece’s New Hideaway Crisis

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 08:55 AM PDT

It is early in the afternoon at this important port about 200 kilometers from Athens and two Greek navy officers are patrolling the docks, each wielding sticks with mirrors to peek under trucks. They have seen nothing so far.
Suddenly, three young men burst from behind a massive container and take off down a dock...

Brave hearts

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 08:31 AM PDT

the world can be a dangerous place, but there are experts who are equipped to keep us out of harm's way.
THE getting up can be such a hassle. And the long hours are a real test on the body, Arick Cheok laments. Nope, it isn't half as glamorous as Hollywood makes it out to be...

Hawks target Malema

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 10:26 AM PDT

THE Hawks are investigating a case of incitement to violence against expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.
The unit will ask media houses for footage of Malema's gatherings and has allocated the case to investigators who deal with "crimes against the state"....

China’s leadership transition

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 10:00 AM PDT

Few benefited more than Wang Yang when the murder of a British businessman in a Chongqing hotel room late last year triggered a chain of events that ultimately ended the political career of the city's party chief, Bo Xilai .
As the father of "Chongqing model",...


Posted: 16 Sep 2012 02:50 PM PDT

Salman Rushdie's new memoir finally features the renowned writer's thoughts on the famous fatwa against him After 13 years of living under police protection, writing a memoir was the last thing Salman Rushdie wanted to do. It's a good thing his novelist's instincts...

Protecting the wonders of the deep

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 10:06 AM PDT

If coral reefs are the marine ecosystem equivalent of canaries in a coal mine, then those in the UAE are definitely not chirping away happily on their perches.
A combination of increasing salinity, rising temperatures and pressure from development all have...


Posted: 16 Sep 2012 07:14 PM PDT

HERE'S A STAT you won't find just anywhere: This season's only both undefeated and nauseated NFL quarterback plays right here in Philadelphia.
Bit of a strange Eagles year so far, isn't it? Two games, two wins, each by a point, each on a final, redeeming drive at the end of an error-filled afternoon...

China Protests Against Japan Gather Steam

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 08:47 AM PDT

Angry crowds across China ransacked Japanese businesses, smashed Japanese cars and pelted Tokyo's embassy in Beijing with eggs and plastic bottles in weekend protests over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Japan's prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, deplored...

Rec centres rarely offer healthy food: survey.

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 06:05 PM PDT

Julia Rouget sits with her kids at a table overlooking the busy pool at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre. Nine-yearold Sophia and five-year-old Stephan are clearly enjoying their chocolate-dipped, soft vanilla ice cream cones from the Dairy Queen/Orange Julius behind them — a rare treat, says their mom, after Sophia's swimming lesson....

U.S. expects ongoing Arab strife

Posted: 15 Sep 2012 11:25 PM PDT

WASHINGTON – After days of anti-American violence across the Muslim world, the administration is girding for an extended period of turmoil that will test the security of U.S. diplomatic missions and President Obama's ability to shape the forces of change in the Arab world....

Royal visitor for Quinte

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 07:49 PM PDT

CFB TRENTON — "He asked me if I flew these aircraft (Halifax Bomber) and I said no, I flew the Spitfire. So that shook him up a bit."
This is how Sy Yarnell, Second World War veteran with 426 Transport Squadron, l met Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, for the...

Feast of Reforms Ahead

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 09:18 AM PDT

Basking in all-round praise for decisively attempting to rebound after months of paralysis, the government will roll out a series of policy announcements shortly to capitalise on the momentum generated by last week's sudden burst of reforms. The finance ministry...

Home away from home

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 02:40 PM PDT

On a display bed at the IKEA Beijing store, a couple with a child is sleeping peacefully. Other customers walk around and check out the furniture, ignoring the resting family.
Welcome to IKEA in Beijing, a place that people are just as likely to visit in order to chill as they are to actually go to in order to purchase furniture....

City shrouds key contract details

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 04:59 PM PDT

Despite its new measures to fight corruption, the city of Montreal is hiding two pieces of information that could help reveal bid-rigging schemes in municipal contracts.
The city doesn't regulate or disclose information on subcontracting by companies that win...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Today's Editorial & More-Published topless photos spark fury (19 news)

Today's Editorial & More-Published topless photos spark fury (19 news)

Published topless photos spark fury

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 08:36 PM PDT

LONDON — Paparazzi, French media and a British royal: The publication of topless photos of Prince William's wife Kate has reunited the same players whose clash ended with the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in a Parisian car crash.
William, who has long harboured a grudge against the paparazzi was clearly infuriated...

Prince Harry’s base under fire

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 08:36 PM PDT

Heavily armed insurgents staged a deadly attack Friday on the British airbase in southern Afghanistan where Prince Harry is stationed. WASHINGTON — Heavily armed insurgents staged a deadly attack Friday on the British airbase in southern Afghanistan where Prince Harry is stationed....

Your horoscope

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 07:58 PM PDT

Happy Birthday: You'll have too many choices hindering your ability to make up your mind and follow the path most beneficial to you. Don't jump at the first offer that comes your way. Wager the pros and cons of any decision you must make. It's all about choice this year, so take your time and be practical...

Board axes ‘zero’ mark teacher

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 08:43 PM PDT

The teacher at the centre of the no-zero grade controversy was fired Friday afternoon by Edmonton Public Schools.
Lynden Dorval received his termination notice after he attended a hearing Monday with the school district superintendent in which he argued to keep his job....

Sadistic triple- murderer receives life sentence

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 08:36 PM PDT

A Vancouver Island killer who tortured his victims has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 23 years for the second- degree murders of two men.
"These acts were a manifestation of incomprehensible evil," B. C. Supreme Court Justice...

The Wang model

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 10:00 AM PDT

in Guangzhou mimi. lau@ scmp. com Few benefited more than Wang Yang when the murder of a British businessman in a Chongqing hotel room late last year triggered a chain of events that ultimately ended the political career of the city's party chief, Bo Xilai ....

It’s not what you eat – it’s when

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 08:36 PM PDT

Curry, burgers and fries are the scourge of most dieters, but now they can go back on the menu — if they are eaten at set times of the day.
People who snack on healthy food may consume only a small amount of fat. However, their haphazard eating patterns mean they can put on weight, a study suggests....

Investment of a few thousand dollars is right

Posted: 15 Sep 2012 11:48 PM PDT

The reason we are looking to China ultimately comes down to jobs. Globally, the world is going through tough economic times and while some people in our community are doing very well, or have been largely sheltered from the effects of the downturn, the reality is that more and more of our families are hurting....

Report: Big banks probed in money laundering

Posted: 15 Sep 2012 07:11 PM PDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Regulators are investigating whether several major U.S. banks failed to monitor transactions properly, allowing criminals to launder money, according to a New York Times story. The newspaper cited officials who it said spoke on the condition of anonymity....

Gambian despot orders mass executions

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 08:36 PM PDT

An eccentric African despot, who claims to have discovered a cure for AIDS, has fixed a deadline of Saturday for the execution of every prisoner on death row.
President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia chose to mark the Muslim celebration of Eid by announcing that 47 inmates with capital sentences would all be shot....

Hardcore hatred

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 08:43 PM PDT

CALGARY – It could have been any four Calgary men on a bus headed downtown. Except that three of them were among the most dangerous neo-Nazi skinheads in Canada.
Fuelled by alcohol, Rob, Tyler and Kevin, leaders of Western European Bloodline, began to taunt some Asian teens on the bus, using slurs about language and race...

New life and an education

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 08:36 PM PDT

Mariam Jawara longed to go to school all her life, but when she finally got the opportunity after moving to Canada at age 21, the guilt she felt over what she'd left behind made that dream seem as impossible as ever.
Jawara was forced to leave her husband and three- month- old baby in the West African country of Guinea when she came to Canada as a refugee in 2004...


Posted: 15 Sep 2012 06:10 PM PDT

I am a 50-year-old housewife. Of late the skin around my face and neck has become lose and wrinkles are beginning to appear around my eyes and mouth. I use an anti-ageing cream and a night cream but that doesn't seem to help. Also, from being oily now suddenly my skin has gone dry and dull. What should I do?...

Diesel hike singes upa

Posted: 15 Sep 2012 05:27 AM PDT

The Congress-led UPA government found itself isolated over the diesel price hike, even as allies such as the SP, BSP and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chose to join the chorus led by the principal Opposition party, the BJP. The NDA constituents protested the decision in one voice. The SP, BSP and TMC made threatening noises on Saturday about withdrawing support from the government....

In Depth:

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 08:47 AM PDT

Illegal immigration is the latest EU crisis. It is early in the afternoon at this important port about 200 kilometers from Athens and two Greek navy officers are patrolling the docks, each wielding sticks with mirrors to peek under trucks. They have seen nothing so far....

Labour board rejects players’ injunction

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 08:36 PM PDT

MONTREAL — The Quebec Labour Relations Board has turned down a request for a temporary injunction against a potential NHL lockout in Quebec.
But the board also ruled Friday that more hearings are needed to make a final decision on a request by 16 members of the Montreal Canadiens and the NHL Players' Association to declare a lockout illegal in the province....

Battle lines of the 1962 war

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 09:35 AM PDT

It is 50 years since the India- China border war, a transformative event that shaped our foreign policy and left a scar on the Indian psyche. Much has changed, not the least in IndiaChina relations. It behoves us to look back with objectivity at the issues that led to the 1962 War, in particular, examining the information now available....


Posted: 16 Sep 2012 09:47 AM PDT

Invest or hedge? That is the dilemma confronting Ramesh who wants to have a small, comfortable nest in the city. Just when he thought he would buy one some months ago, property prices went north as the input cost went up. "I was planning to buy a house in the city...

Charred historic gravesite restored after burn mishap

Posted: 14 Sep 2012 09:21 PM PDT

Exactly a year ago, Parks Canada was burning an area in the Red Deer River Valley, an area chock-full of history, when a summer storm rolled in.
The winds picked up to 70 km/h and the fire flared up.
Before crews had a chance to respond, the flames moved toward Tyrell Creek — the site of a historic gravesite dating to the late 1920s....