Marians Clothing A History

first_img Tags: Business • fashion • history Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% You have seen the signs outside Marian’s for months. “Store closing!” they blare to passerby on Mission Street, now through the bars of a sliding gate. Once a vibrant clothing store, Marian’s has closed – but not without leaving behind a rich history. Andrew Thompson, nursed the store along on its deathbed after 63 years in business. He and his brother-in-law, Joel Anker, oversaw the sales, the signs, the clearing of the men’s department (in the left-hand side of the building, nearly separated from the women’s side). But perhaps more importantly, they kept greeting customers.The register at Marian’s ringing up some of its last sales. Photo by Laura Wenus“It’s going to be sad. You get a personal relationship with all your customers,” Thompson said. 0%center_img Everything in the store was a reminder of its past. Thompson still rings people up on a mechanical register with loud keys and numbers on plastic decals that flick into place to show the total. He keeps track of hundreds of customer accounts in a thick roster of heavy yellow paper – and he’s tracking their accounts because Marian’s has always offered a credit system for people who may not qualify for cards from a bank. “We built our business on seeing each of these customers come in and make payments every month,” he said. The in-store system was even set up to handle cashing customers’ paychecks, he said.Andrew Thompson selects a customer’s card out of a thick roster. Photo by Laura WenusNow that the store is closed, the business will continue to accept payments to a post office box. During its last month of operations, some customers still trickled in to have a look at the odd gown or pantsuit, while others came to put $20 toward their debt.Irene Munoz has chosen a different way to pay her debts – and her respects – to the venerable shop with the fading pastel countertops. “Over 20 years ago I used to live on the corner. I didn’t have credit, but I’d stop by” says Irene Munoz. Because of the in-store credit system, Munoz could select an item or two of clothing from time to time to wear to church or special occasions. In its last days, Munoz came by the store to help customers out to work off her debt.“I’m going to miss not being able to come to Marian’s anymore,” she said.But Munoz is part of a disappearing breed. Thompson said his customers have been passing away or moving out of the area, which depleted business. The popularity of cheaper alternatives like Ross and Costco didn’t help either.In better times, Thompson estimated, more than 100 customers came in every day. Shortly before its closure, Marian’s would be lucky if it saw 20 in a day.“People certainly are always looking for a deal…There’s nothing you can do about it, people are buying online,” Thompson said. “We can sometimes buy clothing from competitors cheaper than they offer wholesale.”In its heyday, the store employed a union staff of between 8 and 10 salespeople. It was part of the formidable Mission Merchants Association, which at that time offered discounts to shoppers who collected stamps from member businesses when they made purchases there. Thompson still had the booklet, weathered and yellowed, behind the counter.“We’re a bastion of old school, no doubt,” he said.A Mission Merchants savings stamp booklet. Photo by Laura Wenus last_img read more

Second Homeless Encampment Dismantled Under New Program

first_img“We came to know everyone who was in these tents, and we came to know everyone who was an occasional visitor to these tents,” Albertson said.The encampment on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets in September, before it was cleared on October 5. Photo by Lola M. ChavezJason Albertson, the head of the Encampment Resolution Team, on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets on October 7. Photo by Lola M. Chavez.The Department of Homelessness announced in September that it would target encampments in the Mission District between 16th and 19th streets and Bryant Street and South Van Ness Avenue. First on the list would be the 40 or so tenants around the PG&E building, right next to the Mission Cliffs gym and Lyft’s headquarters.City staff met with homeless people there over the next three-and-a-half weeks, Albertson said, and were able to move 33 people of “some 40–50” into the Mission District’s Navigation Center. Two people were moved into drug abuse services, and another two into shelter. Fewer than 10 refused services, said Albertson, adding that one of the problems staff faced was with undocumented people who had “legitimate concerns” about being moved into the system. Others who were difficult to convince had severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia, he said. On Wednesday, the final day of a nearly four-week process, city workers cleaned up the area and removed abandoned property. Some had moved from the encampment days before the end, Albertson said. Others held on till today, but all left by Wednesday without any arrests.“I think people make a decision,” he said. “The people with the steam cleaners are here and the police say, ‘You have to take down the tent and you can’t bring it back up because we’re here.’”The notice posted in the area of 16th to 19th streets and Bryant Street to South Van Ness Avenue advising homeless campers to clear out. Photo by Laura Wenus.Spearheaded by Jeff Kositsky, the director of the newly-created Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, “encampment resolution” sees city workers stay with a single encampment for weeks, offering services and movement into the Navigation Center, the city’s flagship transitional shelter at 16th and Mission streets.Since the first opened in the Mission District more than a year ago, the more navigation centers have been opened – one in the Civic Center and the other in the Dogpatch. The Mission District center will be dismantled next spring to begin construction for an affordable housing building.Officials say that the encampments will be prevented from returning by coordinating with property owners, like PG&E, and ensuring they report new encampments. Police and city staff then visit and ask people what services they need — and inform them that setting up tents is illegal. It’s unclear whether this will be successful in preventing the resurgence of encampments.Supervisor David Campos, for his part, said that the new approach taken by Kositsky was more compassionate than others in the city, like Proposition Q, which would give a 24-hour notice to encampment residents before abatement.“It just doesn’t work that way,” he said. “It took a few weeks to get to that level of trust with people. Unless you’re able to do that, the efforts are not going to be successful.”Albertson helped abate the first encampment under the city’s new program: a dozens-strong tent city on the banks of Islais Creek in Mission Bay. The city moved more than two dozen people there into shelter, but eventually dismantled the encampment and told another dozen holdouts to clear out.Following the abatement of the encampment around the PG&E building, Albertson and his team will focus on other Mission District encampments: those between 14th and 16th streets and Bryant Street and South Van Ness Avenue. “This is an area that’s been very difficult,” said Sam Dodge, the deputy director of the Department of Homelessness.Supervisor David Campos on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets on October 7. Photo by Lola M. ChavezSam Dodge, the deputy director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets on October 7. Photo by Lola M. ChavezSprawling encampments line the sidewalks of 16th Street in front of the Muni building near Folsom Street, where a man was found dead last month. On Florida Street between the Best Buy and the SPCA veterinary hospital, dozens of tents have been a mainstay for years, ebbing and flowing in size but a persistent fact of life.A count by Mission Local in September found some 50 tents in the area. More lie to the west on Alameda Street in another semi-permanent encampment, and still more populate the area under the freeways, Dodge said, but those areas would be addressed in due course.Other areas near the PG&E building still had encampments. On Shotwell Street between 18th and 19th streets, where police officers shot and killed homeless man Luis Gongora in April, five tents were up. One person said the tents belonged to those who had been moved from the PG&E encampment.“I think all of us was [from that encampment],” said a woman who wished to remain anonymous. She moved before the final day given by the city, but said that her neighbors were there and told to move along when city staff came. 0% Homeless encampments in the Mission District are being “resolved” one by one, said city officials on Friday, in a bid to move unhoused San Franciscans into transitional shelter and offer them various services.The difference between this and other encampment sweeps? Those who refuse services are told not to return to their former campsites.Jason Albertson, head of the Encampment Resolution Team, said he and his team had been conducting outreach at a Mission District encampment as part of a new effort by the city to focus on tents and move their denizens into supportive housing. As military jets roared overhead for Fleet Week and drowned out his words, Albertson explained his recent efforts at 19th and Folsom streets, the site of a homeless encampment surrounding the Pacific Gas & Electric building that was cleared on Wednesday after weeks of outreach.center_img Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Satur

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Saturday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final against Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.Sia Soliola and Francis Meli return from injury, whilst Paul Clough is also named after coming through the under 20s match against Castleford last weekend.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Leon Pryce, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Thomas Makinson.Michael Maguire, Wigan’s Head Coach, will choose from:1. Sam Tomkins, 4. George Carmont, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Paul Deacon, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Andy Coley, 11. Harrison Hansen, 12. Joel Tomkins, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. Paul Prescott, 15. Jeff Lima, 16. Ryan Hoffman, 17. Brett Finch, 21. Lee Mossop, 22. Liam Farrell, 25. Josh Charnley, 34. Gareth Hock, 35. Ben Cross.The match kicks off at 4.30pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.If you can’t make the match it will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.Stats:St Helens are appearing in a record-extending 11th successive Challenge Cup Semi-Final. They have won six of the semi-finals and gone on to win the Cup five times in the period.The only current Saints player to have played in all ten of the previous Semi-Finals is Paul Wellens.Wigan are appearing in a record (shared with Leeds) 43rd Challenge Cup Semi-Final. They have won 29 and lost 13 of their previous semi-finals.Saturday’s game will be the first Challenge Cup Semi-Final the old rivals have contested since Wigan’s 20-14 victory at Old Trafford in 1990. That was the second of an incredible nine Challenge Cup meetings between 1989 and 1998.Saturday’s game will be the fifth time the sides have met in the Challenge Cup since the turn of the Millennium, with Wigan’s only win in that period coming in the 2002 Final (21-12) at Murrayfield.St Helens – Previous ten Challenge Cup Semi-Finals:2001: Won, v Leeds (27-22) (at JJB Stadium, Wigan)2002: Won, v Leeds (42-16) (at JJB Stadium, Wigan)2003: Lost, v Leeds (26-33, aet) (at McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield)2004: Won, v Huddersfield (46-6) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)2005: Lost, v Hull FC (8-34) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)2006: Won, v Hull KR (50-0) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)2007: Won, v Bradford (35-14) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)2008: Won, v Leeds (26-16) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)2009: Lost, v Huddersfield (14-24) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)2010: Lost, v Leeds (28-32) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Previous Challenge Cup meetings:2005 (Quarter Final) St Helens 75 Wigan 02004 (FINAL) St Helens 32 Wigan 16 (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)2002 (FINAL) St Helens 12 Wigan 21 (at Murrayfield, Edinburgh)2001 (Round 4) St Helens 22 Wigan 81998 (Quarter Final) Wigan 22 St Helens 101997 (Round 4) St Helens 26 Wigan 121995 (Round 4) Wigan 16 St Helens 161995 (Round 4, Replay) St Helens 24 Wigan 401993 (Round 2) Wigan 23 St Helens 31992 (Quarter Final) St Helens 6 Wigan 131991 (FINAL) St Helens 8 Wigan 13 (at Wembley Stadium)1990 (Semi-Final) St Helens 14 Wigan 20 (at Old Trafford, Manchester)1989 (FINAL) St Helens 0 Wigan 27 (at Wembley Stadium)1986 (Round 2) Wigan 24 St Helens 141984 (Quarter Final) St Helens 7 Wigan 161982 (Round 1) St Helens 12 Wigan 201977 (Round 2) Wigan 4 St Helens 91973 (Round 2) Wigan 15 St Helens 21966 (FINAL) St Helens 21 Wigan 2 (at Wembley Stadium)1965 (Round 2) Wigan 7 St Helens 21961 (FINAL) St Helens 12 Wigan 6 (at Wembley Stadium)1930 (Semi-Final) St Helens 5 Wigan 5 (at Station Road, Swinton)1930 (Semi-Final, Replay) St Helens 22 Wigan 10 (at Mather Lane, Leigh)1929 (Quarter Final) St Helens 2 Wigan 21929 (Quarter Final, Replay) Wigan 25 St Helens 51897 (Round 3) St Helens 11 Wigan 0Records:Highest score: Wigan 71 Bradford Northern 10 (1992) (Also widest margin)Most points by losing team: St Helens 28 Leeds Rhinos 32 (2010)Highest scoring draw: Leeds 24 Hull Kingston Rovers 24 (1986) (Hull KR won replay 17-0)Scoreless draws: There have been five, with the last being Halifax v Hull FC in 1988 Highest attendance: 69,898 (Warrington v Leeds at Odsal Stadium, Bradford – 1950)Lowest attendance: 5,500 (Batley v Warrington at Fartown, Huddersfield – 1897)Players:Most tries: 5 by Martin Offiah (Wigan) v Bradford Northern (1992)Most goals: 9 by Frano Botica (Wigan) v Bradford Northern (1992)Most points: 22 by Frano Botica (Wigan) v Bradford Northern (1992)last_img read more

We catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law t

first_imgWe catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law to get the very latest from the Club’s retail hub:Mothers Day – March 30We have a small number of Mugs and Mother’s Day cards to buy for the special Saints’ Mum in your life. Get them in store or online whilst stocks last.Boots Is Back In Store!After an unbearable absence Boots, our very own Club Mascot, is back in soft toy form in our Saints Superstore and online.Priced at £14.99 he has already proved very popular for fans young and old.Towels All Around The WorldSaints velour beach towels rolled into store on Catalan matchnight fulfilling a number of customer requests made in the last few months.Whether it is Blackpool, Benidorm or Barbados…. you can show the world who you support by rolling out your Saints Beach Towel.Priced at £14.99New Products Landing Next Week Spring range of ISC Trainingwear in Grey / White / Lime Green. Includes Vest, Training Tee, Media Polo and Zipped Tech Hoody.Black/Red ISC Gillet.Royal Blue Performance Hoody.Saints Grey Marl Fashion Hoody.New Design Latte Mug.Limited Edition Cotton Shirts We were given a mid-April delivery date for the re-made Cotton Shirts. At the time of going to press this is still our delivery expectation but we are chasing ISC for a definite date asap. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.I am pleased to say most people have kept hold of their shirts awaiting the new stock. We will give the fans with the faulty shirts prior notice of the re-made stock to allow all swaps to take place before we put the shirt back into stock.Visit Saints Superstore at Langtree Park or online at www.saintssuperstore.com for these and many more great Saints products.Support Saints – Buy from Saints.last_img read more

Pet Pals Meet Roxy A 5yearold Lab mix

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Today’s pet pal is a beautiful little pup who’s looking for a forever home.Meet Roxy. She is a 5-year-old Lab mix with a tan coat and a gorgeous smile. Roxy is already spayed and up to date on her shots. Now, she just needs a loving owner!- Advertisement – If you think Roxy could be the newest addition to your home, stop by and meet her at New Hanover County Animal Services.County residents can adopt for just $70.Adoption services are available between noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.Related Article: Pet Pals: 5-year-old pug mixTo see other animals available for adoption, click here.last_img read more

Popup market benefits those affected by grocery store fire

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When a grocery store in Wilmington burned down in the beginning of May, it left a void for those in the Greenfield neighborhood who relied on it. Over the weekend, Support the Port and Nourish NC got together to hold a pop-up farmers market for those affected.Everybody’s Supermarket was destroyed by fire on May 2, along with the rest of Village Plaza. It was a blow not only to business owners, but also to the local community.- Advertisement – “After the grocery store burned down, this area instantly turned into a food desert,” said Support the Port founder Cedric Harrison.“You have elderly folks, you have people that are handicapped in wheelchairs. Think about your grandmother, your aunties, your uncles carrying loads of goods,” said Harrison.That’s why Support the Port and Nourish NC stepped up to hold a pop-up farmers market over the weekend just a short walk from where Everybody’s Supermarket once stood.Related Article: Petition pushes for grocery store to replace Everybody’s SupermarketJakeema Boykin with Step Up Wilmington was happy that she could help contribute to a positive event for the community.“We got stuff for everybody, whether it be food, or outreach programs, or just outreach programs. Everything that’s going on in the community is going on right here.”At the entrance, attendees were given bags and fake money they could use to buy real items.The Salvation Army served a free breakfast, and kids could jump in a bouncy house or get their faces painted. There was even a performance by members of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.“I’m having a great time, the kids are having a good time, there’s a lot of people out here that are hungry, and I’m glad that they’re doing that for them mostly,” said one attendee.Harrison says the event was a big success and he hopes to create something more permanent in the near future.If you’d like more information or find out how you can help, click here to go to Support the Port’s website.last_img read more

Snows Cut Bridge closed as Florence rips through region

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The bridge to Pleasure Island is closed.The Town of Carolina Beach said Snow’s Cut Bridge closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic at 10:30 p.m. Thursday because of weather conditions. A curfew remains in effect for Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.- Advertisement – Ahead of the storm, officials said the bridge would close when sustained winds reached 45 mph.Click here to find out what point bridges around the region will close if at all.last_img

Craft brewers wholesalers lift glass to distribution deal

first_img The agreement “marks a new day in building a strong industry-based economic model for all craft beer businesses,” Susan Ford, co-owner of NoDa Brewing Co. in Charlotte. “Out of conflict has grown resolution to establish a framework that allows existing and new microbreweries to become economic engines for our state and provide a clear pathway to grow and prosper.”Right now third-party distributors take over all sales, marketing and pricing of a brewer’s products at retailers once the brewery sells more than 25,000 barrels in a year — roughly equivalent to what can fill an Olympic-size swimming pool.Lawmakers had declined to change the limit, which was supported by state’s beer and wine wholesalers group. NoDa and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery sued in 2017, arguing the limit was unconstitutional and stifled competition by discouraging companies from exceeding the hard cap. Craft brewers, which formed an advocacy group to fight the limit, joined the well-established wholesalers’ as political donors to legislators in the influence game.Related Article: North Carolina asks Congress for $8.8B in Florence recoveryThe agreement, if signed into law, would end the litigation, according to industry attorneys. The legislation would allow the creation of a new classification of brewers that can self-distribute up to 50,000 barrels a year. While these mid-sized brewers would still be able to sell up to 100,000 barrels, distributions above the first 50,000 barrels would have to be performed by a wholesaler.Ford said the proposal, which also continues to exempt sales at the brewery or at three other affiliated retailers from the limit, will give her brewery more options to expand, even statewide with the use of a distributor.“We have never been anti-distributor,” Ford said. “We want the choice to decide what direction we go. This bill definitely gives it to us.”Ford said NoDa and Olde Mecklenburg are likely the only craft breweries currently close to the 25,000-barrel cap, but signs points to more bumping up against it without a change. The number of craft breweries in the state has grown from 45 in 2010 to over 200 today, and the environment has attracted larger breweries like Sierra Nevada to build its East Coast operations in North Carolina.The agreement, reached over lengthy negotiations, will help keep North Carolina remain a destination location for malt beverages, North Carolina Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association CEO Tim Kent said.“It’s great news for consumers, craft brewers and wholesalers alike,” Kent said. “North Carolina is going to continue to be a leader in the craft beer industry.”Craft beer sales increased nationwide in 2017 while overall sales fell, according to the Brewers Association, a national organization representing small and independent brewers. Kent pointed to data showing the beer industry directly creating over 6,000 jobs in the state, and with suppliers and other transactions added generating $11 billion in total economic output.The legislation could be on tap in House and Senate committees as early as next week, according to Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County and Sen. Bill Rabon of Brunswick County. Each leads the powerful rules committee in his respective chamber. Craft Beer (Photo: Paul Joseph / CC BY 2.0) RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Small North Carolina brewers and alcohol wholesalers raised glasses on Thursday to what they call a legislative compromise that allows small breweries to keep control of their products longer as they grow.Legislators from both political parties and industry representatives announced an agreement in General Assembly bills filed this week to let small craft breweries sell double the amount of their beer annually on their own compared to what current law allows.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Michela to sing at the Eurovision finals

first_imgThe final of the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be happening at 9:00pm tonight, at Tel Aviv in Israel.Michela Pace, represening Malta, will be the first to sing her song ‘Chameleon’. 26 countries will be participating in the final. The last time Malta passed to this stage of the competition was in 2016, when Ira Losco sang ‘Walk on Water’.The famous singer and artist Madonna will also be performing during tonight’s show, singing ‘Like A Prayer’, 30 years after it was originally produced.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

When will the revised fuel station policy be put into motion –

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) Member of Parliament Jason Azzopardi has requested a meeting so that the Parliamentary Environment Committee is informed about when the newly revised policy regarding fuel stations will start taking place.Read: Revised fuel station policy: Intentionally ambiguous or not properly reviewed? – KAOn a Facebook post, Azzopardi told the Committee Chairperson to call for a meeting. He added that the last meeting to take place regarding the revised Fuel Stations Policy was on the 25th of April 2018.Azzopardi explained that the Planning Authority (PA) published the proposed revised policy at the end of April 2019. He added that public submissions closed on 14th June 2019.Watch: Minister says fuel stations policy will be up and running by AprilIt was also mentioned that there are currently applications regarding fuel stations in front of the PA. Azzopardi mentioned that with the original 2015 fuel station policy, there is nothing stopping this application from taking place.The Member of Parliament also requested that civil societies would be asked to attend and participate in this discussion.Moviment Graffiti had asked the PA to pause all applications for fuel stations till the new revised policy is put in place.Read: Petrol Stations Policy to be revised following pressure from GraffitiWatch: Graffitti calls out PA delays on Fuel Station policyWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Windows XP is a ticking timebomb with under 500 days to go

first_imgAdvertisement The countdown clock has been ticking on Windows XP for a couple of years now, but the end is coming into view.There are only 498 days to go before Microsoft ends its extended support, and that means no more patches and no more security fixes. Given that XP is not exactly famous for its security, this represents a significant risk.However, a security breach might not be the worst of it. Journalists will be only too keen to write up the first few stories about companies whose defences are penetrated because they are still using an obsolete operating system, so the damage to their brand and reputation could be unusually large. And rather than the polite sadness that sometimes colours such stories (unlucky; could happen to anyone), victims can expect a well-deserved splattering of glee (told you so!). – Advertisement – Some companies could end up being sued. I would expect lawyers (I’m not one) who work in the technology scene to see the potential to profit from companies that have done the security equivalent of “driving without due care and attention” when looking after their data.In the UK, it is a mandatory requirement to secure data under the seventh principle of the Data Protection Act, and this necessitates some kind of risk assessment. Good luck telling a judge that your security was based on using an insecure and unsupported operating system.Still, there is no pain without gain. As well as profits for law firms, the end of XP could mean big bonuses for suppliers of cyber-liability insurance. With security breaches typically costing companies thousands of dollars/pounds a time, hefty insurance premiums would increase the already-high cost of sticking with Windows XP.The end of XP should also mean extra profits for all the software companies that offer migration software and services. And as the deadline approaches, these firms should be able to increase their prices along with increases in demand. The longer companies leave the transition to Windows 7, the costlier it is likely to get.One UK-based supplier says:With 500 days to go to this point, Camwood, the application rationalisation and migration specialists, now starts its official ‘Countdown to the End of XP’ campaign: Camwood intends to mark-off significant milestones over the next year-and-a-bit, issuing information to help businesses through the final days of XP.If you’re not sure how long you have left, Camwood has provided a Countdown Clock for XP. I hope you don’t need it.However, Netmarketshare’s browser-based statistics (below) suggest only 50.5 percent of PC users are on Windows 7 or Vista, while 40.7 percent are still on XP. That’s around 500 million users, so to make the deadline, we’ll need to upgrade a million users a day, including weekends.This could be the biggest IT bonanza since the Year 2000 “millennium bug” campaign. Struggling American PC suppliers such as HP and Dell could certainly do with the boost.Of course, the story in Africa is different considering most of the existing Windows XP copies on most laptops are pirated.Users have been moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 over the past two years, but not quickly enough. Source: NetmarketshareCredit: ZDNet.comlast_img read more

Interswitch creates holding company and spins off two core divisions for regional

first_imgAdvertisement Interswitch Transnational Holdings, a pan-African integrated payment processing and transaction switching company, announces the spin-off, of two of its core divisions: Verve International (“Verve”) and Switching and Processing, as separate, autonomous businesses.HighlightsVerve  (the payment card solutions business) and Interswitch Switching and Processing (the transaction switching business) have been spun off as separate, autonomous businessesRationale for separation is driven by Interswitch’s strategy to orchestrate the next stage of sustainable growth through empowering the various line businesses to broaden and deepen their solution and service offerings to better serve their customers across Africa Separation will enable Verve to leverage, to the maximum extent, its recent strategic alliance with the ‘Discover’ network, providing new business opportunities in over 185 countries around the world Separation will enable Interswitch Switching and Processing to take its card-agnostic pureplay switching services and  third party transaction processing (Mastercard, Visa, Union Pay, Verve) capabilities across the region Separation also brings Interswitch’s corporate structure into line with the guidelines of the Payment Systems Vision 2020 of the Central Bank of Nigeria (“CBN”), Verve International and Interswitch Switching and Processing to have separate management teams. Verve International to be led by Mr. Charles IfediInterswitch Switching and Processing to be led by Mr. Akeem LawalMr. Mitchell Elegbe, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Interswitch Transnational Holdings commented: – Advertisement – “It has always been our desire to evolve into an integrated payments holding business where the various parts of the business are driven to deepen and broaden their relationships with their various customers by creating innovative products and services of real value.Creating the right governance structure to herald this new phase of sustainable growth has been the focus of the board and management in the last few months. I am elated that we have successfully completed this separation, which took effect from April 1st 2013.”last_img read more

Photoshop and Politics

first_imgSocial media is awash with “Photoshopped” photos of crowds, but with a keen eye you can be able to identify the fakes, like this one. Advertisement ONE of my favourite indigenous jokes from back when the internet was a bit new to Kampalans came from a friend who is now in charge of a big government parastatal.“Man,” somebody had said to him, “these days we no longer go to Mbarara to visit the cows. We just go to the website and check from there.”“Heh!”, responded my pal, “You be there – kumbe someone might go to my website then copy and paste to yours and you think you are doing well!” – Advertisement – That cracked me up for many reasons, but came back to me this week after I had gotten fed up of the WhatsApp circulation of so-called crowds at our Presidential Campaign Rallies in Uganda.The fascination with the size of the crowds is highly irritating to me because whereas I understand the politics behind the need for crowds, I cannot forgive certain otherwise intellectual people for focussing on this more than all other elements of the campaigns – which is a story for another day.Right from the start, there was so much focus placed on photography of crowd size that ‘photoshop’ came into play.‘Photoshop’ no longer refers to the Adobe photo editing software; instead, it covers all apps and programmes used to manipulate photographs, of which there are so many available these days that it is important to be able to cut through the deceit machines feeding our social media ecosystem.There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of free photo edit apps out there that will enable a fellow to alter a photograph within seconds of receiving it and turning it into a falsehood of alarming clarity.[related-posts]This week, someone sent to a Namilyango Old Boys WhatsApp Group a photograph of a massive crowd wearing blue t-shirts and said Rukungiri was “on FIRE!”.A designer friend of mine gave the photograph a critical look, took it through a three minute alteration process, then sent the very same photograph back to the group but this time hued all yellow in a way that left no doubt in one’s mind that it was of an NRM rally.He did it so simply that he had moved on to other things minutes later and didn’t notice until about a day later that the photograph juxtaposition he had created had gone viral.The accusations fell on both sides, and to this day people who aren’t privy to this story are pointing fingers at each other.Today, though, he took an interest in more of these photographs of massive crowds and discovered one in which certain tell-tale signs appeared twice, side-by-side – and he marked up that photograph as well, this time with many orange and white features.Every time you get a photograph that raises any suspicion in your mind, look at the elements that stand out and study them as you would a ‘Spot The Difference’ photograph.Another amusing entry showed a Facebook query that suggested that the photograph in question was fake because the ground in it was as yellow as the t-shirts people were wearing.After that, if you have any questions about the authenticity of a photograph in this digital age, then do a google photo reverse search.Another photo that has been raising eyebrows on Social Media is one in which even the ground is yellow. Image Credit: TheInsiderA few weeks ago when the heavy rains hit Kampala, a fellow on Facebook posted a photograph depicting a line of trucks and vehicles all lying on their sides in a rather wide drainage trench, and declared Kampala a disaster area.The derisive comments flowed like the floods that had purportedly washed the trucks into the drainage trench, but there was something not right about the photograph.One quick google photo search later revealed that the very same photograph was actually taken in Accra in June 2015 after floods over there had ravaged parts of the city.The way the Google Photo Search function works is it allows you to choose a photograph that you have either online or on your device, and upload it for the system to check the photograph against all others with the same elements and meta data.I haven’t used it often, but after that experience with the Accra photograph I have tried it out a number of times – most recently when another campaign rally photograph turned up with some buildings that we don’t normally see in Kampala.Google Reverse Photo search revealed it to be a photograph that had been uploaded weeks ago by Tanzanians during the campaigns of the two presidential candidates over there – NOT any of our own in Uganda.The sad part of all this disinformation is that it can also lend itself to sabotage because the photographs are untraceable – which means that a fellow belonging to one political party can alter a photograph of another political party, circulate it widely, then “uncover” it as a fake…It’s all very irritating and is bound to get much worse soon if we don’t keep checking everything that comes our way via social media over the next three months.If the photographs are so tiring to sift through and you aren’t patient enough to do checks on them, then go to your app settings and turn off the auto-download feature.You’ll spend less time deleting photographs, and more time doing whatever you enjoy doing unless you are like my designer friend.last_img read more

The Craven Stakes

first_imgSTAR EVENT: Craven StakesNewmarket TIME: 4.05pm TV: C4/RUKHot Snap (pictured) looked a really smart filly when winning the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday and emerged as a strong contender for the 1000 Guineas.At Star Sports on Wednesday night we rated her a 5/1 chance to go on to Classic glory next month.There’s just something about the Sir Henry Cecil / Tom Queally / Prince Abdullah combo that keeps us totally on our toes here at Star Sports towers. Now what was his name again? Frank something …..Whether we see an equally strong 2000 Guineas contender emerge from the Craven Stakes this afternoon is harder to gauge.Dawn Approach is very strong at the top of our betting and it will need a very striking performance to budge his price.On paper the one most likely to do it is the unbeaten Toronado who, along with Havana Gold, represent last year’s winning stable of Richard Hannon.They also represent half the field as there are disappointingly only four runners going to post. Shame really as there was £1,614 on offer for coming 5th and £810 for 6th which surely just about covers the ex’es?Toronado hasn’t done anything wrong but we’d be wary about taking too short a price. On the ratings there’s little to choose between all four and the race will surely get very tactical. Plus he has to give away weight (3lb). Throw in the fact that we don’t know for sure how well any of them have trained on and it’s trickier than it first looks.It’s about the price, when isn’t it? Tawhid looked very impressive when winning the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury and although this is a step-up in class he doesn’t actually have to improve that much on the weights and measures.He’s likely to be 10 times the price of Toronado and that’s just daft.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)3 point win Tawhid(-5 points Tuesday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW The Grand National

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was Michael Gove who came up with the quote “people in this country have had enough of experts” during the BREXIT Referendum.And this is one so-called expert who tells you he is damn right……. at least in terms of the Grand National.All the experts have bored us with how much easier the race has become, better horses running in it, more experienced jockeys etc etc etc.So, if this was true the fancied horses would be winning every year, right? Wrong !!! Just check out the returns for just a FIVER staked over the last 10 years:So, the bottom line is whatever you fancy – don’t let me or anyone else put you off. We saw another big priced winner over the National fences as recently as yesterday when Ultragold won the Topham at 50/1.In keeping with the menu theme – I’m ordering three off today’s tantalising menu:DEFINITLY REDNo awards for originality as the world and his wife seems keen to keep this one on side and it looks highly likely he’ll go off favourite.That was probably inevitable given the ‘red’ in his name and the fact he was splashed on the front page of the Racing Post this morning.But his chance is solid and amongst the better handicapped horses in the race. A winner of 10 of his 19 starts he slammed The Last Samuri (top weight today) by 14 lengths at Doncaster last time out in the Grimthorpe and showed no signs of stopping over the 3m 2f trip.CAUSE OF CAUSESLooks the pick of the Irish trained runners and of course the Emerald Isle won it last year with Rule The World. He’s as tough as they come (won at the Cheltenham Festival for three consecutive years) and proved he could handle the unique configuration here when finishing fourth to the ill-fated Many Clouds in 2015.TENOR NIVERNAISAt bigger odds he will do for me. Trained by Venetia Williams, Tenor arrives in good form and is another that is well handicapped. His stamina is a question mark but he likes to race prominently which is an Aintree angle I like and he can hopefully get into a nice rhythm.If it all goes wrong just call Michael Gove and have a whinge about experts.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DEFINITLY RED 4 points each way at SP with Star SportsBACK CAUSE OF CAUSES 4 points each way at SP with Star SportsBACK TENOR NIVERNAIS 4 points each way at SP with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: -46.27 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_imgHORSE RACING5.45 FairyhouseRed Persian 7/2 > 5/26.00 Ffos LasQalinas 100/30 > 9/48.00 Ffos LasAttractive Liason 10/1 > 9/28.10 ChelmsfordTop Mission 5/4 > 10/119.10 ChelmsfordMarshall Aid 5/1 > 3/1CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SATURDAYUEFA Champions League Final19:45BT Sport Showcase HD / BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD / BT Sport 4K UHD19/10 Juventus 13/8 Real Madrid 21/10 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 1 Junelast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Brighton v Crystal Palace

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s the biggest technical innovation in football since, er, referees spraying shaving foam onto the pitch.For the first time in Britain the Video Assistant Referee is in place for the Brighton v Crystal Palace FA Cup Third Round game (7.45pm BT).Tonight’s match ref Neil Swarbrick will be backed up by the video team based in London who can be used in two ways.Swarbrick can ask for a second look after making an on-field decision. The VAR can also advise Swarbrick to review an incident when the ball next goes dead.Video evidence can only be used to decide whether a goal should stand, whether a player deserves a straight red card, whether a penalty should be awarded and in cases of mistaken identity.An early poll on the Star Sports twitter suggested 61% of punters are in favour and of course it’s got to be a good move if it eliminates some of the more outrageous miscarriages of justice.One of the big arguments against it’s introduction is whether it slows down the pace of the game too much.It works well in cricket, tennis and to a lesser extent rugby but the evidence I’ve seen so far in football in Europe is that it can lead to lengthy delays whilst the referee goes to the touchline to review the video in some cases several times.But that seems to the price for justice.Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal PalaceFA Cup 3rd Round19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2017 PREMIER Brighton 0-0 C PalaceMay 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF Brighton 0-2 C PalaceMay 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF C Palace 0-0 BrightonMar 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 3-0 C PalaceDec 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP C Palace 3-0 BrightonJan 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP C Palace 1-1 BrightonSep 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 1-3 C PalaceNov 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 2-3 C PalaceOct 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP C Palace 0-1 BrightonMar 2003 DIV 1 Brighton 0-0 C PalaceAs for tonight’s match we got a taster of what to expect (or rather NOT to expect) in November when the same fixture finished 0-0 in the Premier League.That said it’s a head to head that usually produces goals, if you exclude the cagey Championship Play Off Final.There should be a cracking atmosphere in what is pretty much a local derby – unless you are travelling on the Southern rail network The team news favours Brighton with Roy Hodgson having plenty of injury worries.That might tilt the scales in favour of the home win at 8/5 with Star Sports. I’d be VARy happy with that result.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BRIGHTON 7 points at 8/5 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 73.93 points BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 MEETING EDDIE FREMANTLE (part 1)last_img read more

£25 FREE BET Netherlands v Germany

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Rice U scientists add to theory about Huntingtons mechanism

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2017/04/0410_HUNTINGTON-2-WEB-2df0fee.jpgCAPTION: Rice University’s Peter Wolynes, left, and Mingchen Chen. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/04/0410_HUNTINGTON-11-WEB-2jncvgc.jpgHuntintin protein fragments with 40 repeats of polyglutamine progress from top to bottom toward aggregation in a simulation by scientists at Rice University. The polyglutamine fragments in orange fold into stiff hairpin shapes when they reach 30 polyglutamine repeats. The Rice researchers found the N-terminal region (green) encourages aggregation but is held in check by the proline C-terminus (blue) until polyglutamines reach a critical 36 repeats. Aggregation is suspected of causing Huntington’s disease. (Credit: Mingchen Chen/Rice University) ShareEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice U. scientists add to theory about Huntington’s mechanismSimulations show how protein ‘caps’ influence aggregation of fragments inside neurons HOUSTON – (April 10, 2017) – Rice University researchers are starting to understand how protein fragments influence the fiber aggregation suspected as a cause of Huntington’s disease.Huntintin protein fragments with 40 repeats of polyglutamine progress from top to bottom toward aggregation in a simulation by scientists at Rice University. The polyglutamine fragments in orange fold into stiff hairpin shapes when they reach 30 polyglutamine repeats. The Rice researchers found the N-terminal region (green) encourages aggregation but is held in check by the proline C-terminus (blue) until polyglutamines reach a critical 36 repeats. Aggregation is suspected of causing Huntington’s disease. Illustration by Mingchen ChenIn their computer simulations, Rice bioscientist Peter Wolynes and graduate student Mingchen Chen show that the N-terminal sequence in huntingtin protein fragments encourages their aggregation into prefibrillar structures, while a C-terminal sequence made up of polyproline inhibits aggregation.The models suggest their combined actions are part of the aggregation mechanism they described in a previous study about how repeats of polyglutamine genetically trigger Huntington’s.Wolynes said the discovery offers hope for drugs that could interfere with N-terminal binding and thereby stop aggregation early in the process. “Finding a target involves understanding molecular mechanisms and how things work at the atomic level, and we’re adding to that part of the story,” he said.The research is detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Huntington’s is a hereditary disease caused by a mutation in the gene that expresses huntingtin proteins, which are common in human neurons and mostly harmless. The mutation involves a repeating chain of glutamines, which increases in length as genes are passed down through generations. Eventually, when the length surpasses a threshold, aggregation is triggered. Fibers typically begin to aggregate in Huntington’s when these polyglutamine chains reach a critical length of 36 repeats. Longer chains can make the disease more severe and its onset earlier.The Rice lab studies the molecular energy landscapes that allow proteins to fold into their functional shapes. This time, the researchers looked at the protein fragments that remain in a cell after the proteolysis – or breakdown – of large huntingtin proteins. These hairpin-like fragments contain polyglutamines capped on either end by an N-terminus and a C-terminus.Wolynes and Chen found that the N- and C-termini are like children on either end of a see-saw: They must be in balance to stabilize fragments with long polyglutamine chains. If they are not, the fragments begin to form inclusion bodies, the aggregates found inside the cells of people with Huntington’s.“If you only had the N-terminus encouraging aggregation and you didn’t have the polyproline at the other end, then everyone would get Huntington’s disease,” Wolynes said. “So the prolines are doing something clinically good, but we don’t know why it has evolved that way.”Wolynes said the core process by which polyglutamines fold prematurely when their length is beyond the threshold remains the same as for peptides lacking the termini, “but it’s modified quantitatively by the influence of the two ends.” Some people may harbor huntingtin proteins with long polyglutamines that are prevented from causing disease by the presence of longer polyprolines, he said.Altering the N-terminus may also halt progression of the disease. “What would happen if we change a single amino acid in the N-terminus? We can use our models to look into that,” Wolynes said. “If there are people with 40 polyglutamines but who also have a mutation in the N-terminus head and they don’t get Huntington’s, that would be very interesting.Peter Wolynes, left, and Mingchen Chen. Photo by Jeff Fitlow“But that’s a very tricky thing to prove,” he said. “If somebody doesn’t have Huntington’s disease, they usually don’t come in and say, ‘Check me out!’ Still, this argues for finding drugs that modify N-terminal binding.”The researchers’ simulations predicted that the critical length of fragments prone to aggregation is between 30 and 40 glutamines, which is “remarkably consistent with the critical length for disease onset,” they wrote.“Before, we showed there’s a critical length (of 30 glutamines) for this pre-folding transition into hairpin shapes, but that length was shorter than the actual disease onset length (of 36),” Wolynes said. “When you put on these two termini, the length of the protein moves up to the range where the disease onset actually occurs.“This tends to point to aggregation itself as the cause of the illness, even though some have suggested that aggregation is a protective mechanism.”He said the results also underline the involvement of the cytoskeleton. Wolynes noted that the huntingtin protein is known to interact with at least four proteins linked to the cytoskeleton, the network of filaments that direct transport around a cell. He said experiments have established that the cytoskeleton helps bring fragments together as they aggregate.“I tend to think the weird involvement of the cytoskeleton is a clue, and the fact it’s involved in other neural processes like long-term memory has a certain suspicious air about it,” he said.Wolynes said the Rice lab may probe proteolysis, in which enzymes cut larger proteins into fragments. “In almost all of the neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s, the aggregates that signify the presence of the disease are the result of proteolytic cleavage,” he said. “Proteolysis seems to have evolved to cleave proteins at a specific point to do something functional, which suggests it’s not merely an accident.”Wolynes is the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, a professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice and a senior investigator of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice.The National Institute of General Medical Sciences supported the research. The researchers used the NSF-supported DAVinCI supercomputer administered by Rice’s Center for Research Computing and procured in partnership with the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-Read the abstract at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/04/10/1702237114.abstractFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Wolynes Research Lab: http://wolynes.rice.edu/node/129Center for Theoretical Biological Physics: https://ctbp.rice.eduWiess School of Natural Sciences: http://natsci.rice.eduImages for download:center_img AddThislast_img read more

Four University of Toronto Professors Appointed as Chief Scientists

first_img regions: Toronto About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Four chief scientists have been tasked with leading research and activities at the University of Toronto in behavioral insights as applied to consumers, citizens, organizations and markets. The appointees will work at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) center, which is part of the Rotman School of Management. The center’s goal is to facilitate behavioral change through research in decision-making and use of empirically tested tools. Using a behavioral science framework, the centre strives to develop non-traditional solutions to social and economic problems.As for the four new chief scientists, Professor Dilip Soman, Co-Director of BEAR and the Corus Chair in Communications Strategy, believes that their appointments will strengthen the Center’s research work. “Our leading-edge research offers a unique behavioral lens on relevant challenges faced by individuals and organizations,” Soman said in a press release. “These appointments will strengthen our work as we continue to publish our findings in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as white papers and reports that are geared towards the practitioner.”The four professors who were chosen are as follows: Lu Han’s research specialties include housing market dynamics and policies as well as mortgage insurance, real estate brokerage and green amenities. She is currently the academic director of the Centre for Real Estate and Urban Economics at Rotman as well as the Petro-Canada Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy.Tanjim Hossain holds positions both at the University of Toronto Mississauga as an associate professor of marketing and at the Rotman School department of economics. His research interests include behavioral economics and industrial organization.Sonia Kang’s research specialty explores the challenges and opportunities of diversity. She looks that the strategies that alleviate the negative effects of stigma as well as how to harness the power of diversity. Sonia is an assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management.Nicola Lacetera researches various topics in industrial and innovation economics as well as ethical constraints in markets and the motivations behind altruistic behavior. He is also the faculty lead at the ICube UTM business accelerator while also being an associate professor of strategic management. Last Updated Aug 7, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Four University of Toronto Professors Appointed as Chief Scientists RelatedIvey Professor Honored, and More – Toronto NewsProfessors from some of the Toronto metro’s finest business schools have littered (definitely not literally, in the case of environmental education pioneer Tima Bansal) news headlines this week. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights. Ivey Professor Tima Bansal Honored for Innovative Teaching – News@Ivey Tima Bansal, professor at Western…May 24, 2018In “Featured Home”Rotman Management Magazine Celebrates 10 YearsSince 2007, the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has provided thought leadership and management insight in the form of the Rotman Management magazine. Now, with its thirtieth issue out this spring, the magazine is celebrating ten years of bringing readers insightful articles and topics from experts…May 19, 2017In “Featured Home”Rotman Appoints 5 New Faculty to Strengthen Research & TeachingThe Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has appointed five new faculty members for the coming year. These five professors will add to the research and teaching experience at the Rotman School for both pre and post-experience programs. The school also provided cross-appointments for four faculty members…July 24, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more