first_img Tweet The shareholder, which also includes the governments of Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica, met virtually late on Monday for Browne to present a plan to reorganize the cash-strapped LIAT. “There’s a re-fleeting loan and you also would have had a number of additional loans that were extended to the governments in order to support LIAT over the years. So, if you were to aggregate all of them, after the aircraft would have been sold and the proceeds applied, I believe there will be a shortfall of about US$45 million, which will be shared proportionally by the shareholder governments and obviously we will have to service those loans until they are retired. He is also maintaining a position of 50 per cent cut on severance payments.“It’s the only way that it would work [that is] by significantly reducing the severance payments and also by slashing the amounts due to other creditors,” he said. (Barbados Today) BusinessLocalNewsPoliticsRegional LIAT Shareholders Agree to Sell 3 Planes; Airline Could Fly Again in 90 Days by: – July 21, 2020 Share Prime Minister Browne said his colleague prime ministers must be congratulated for this very important step towards saving the LIAT brand.“One of the interesting things coming out of the meeting is that both Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, they have agreed to transfer their shares to Antigua and Barbuda for the grand sum of $1 each; and the aggregate shares that would be transferred to Antigua and Barbuda would be around 60 per cent between the two governments. So I think that’s a responsible proposition,” he said.“I also want to make the point that our challenges, they have just begun in the sense that raising the capital and keeping LIAT alive will be far more challenging than the little battle that we had there to get St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados to surrender the shares so that we could move forward.“No one should really gloat about this. In fact, I would say if anything that both Prime Ministers [Mia Mottley and Dr. Ralph Gonslaves] should be complimented for the fact that they have seen the need to cooperate with Antigua and Barbuda recognizing how important LIAT is to Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean.“But in essence our challenges have just started but we are not daunted by challenges and we feel confident that we will be able to raise the necessary capital so that we can put LIAT back into the air to have it flying and to restore LIAT to profitability and sustainability and we will be using every effort in order to ensure that those objectives are achieved. 221 Views   no discussions Company is not out of the woods yet. Administer to be appointedBrowne noted that the CDB is a preferred creditor, so the governments cannot allow the loans to go into default, But in essence LIAT would be able to rid it’s books of those debts and give Antigua and Barbuda the opportunity to speak to other creditors to try and reorganize LIAT and make the institution viable.Antigua and Barbuda will be submitting three names for the position of administrator — among them Wilbur Harrigan of PKF Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, and Cleveland Seaforth of BDO.“Antigua and Barbuda will be moving almost immediately to appoint the administrator and the administrator on the other hand will have to present the plan to the court within a matter of weeks for the reorganization of LIAT. If the administrator fails to get the haircut from the various creditors, then LIAT will still be faced with liquidation, so the company is not out of the woods as yet,” Browne explained.“Having done that plan, we will negotiate with creditors to bring down the debt or to bring liabilities and assets to some form of balance and at the same time to come up with an operational plan, which will see a very lean LIAT, especially during this period of COVID.” Share LIAT’s major shareholders have reached an agreement, which Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne said could see the airline flying again “in 60 to 90 days.” Sharing is caring! Browne said St. John’s wants to ensure that people go back to work as soon as possible. “I think that our colleagues understand that there’s significant merit in the proposed reorganization plan and we were able to come to a consensus,” Browne announced Tuesday morning.“The meeting went very well, the tone of the meeting was very respectful, the interventions were heard and we came to the consensus that we should sell the three planes that are owned by LIAT and charged to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).“What that will do, that will help to literally eliminate the debt from LIAT’s books for those planes, and, in addition, the proceeds will be utilized to pay down the loan, even though there would be a residual value. The governments will continue to make payment on the residual value after the proceeds of the planes are applied to the loans at the Caribbean Development Bank,” Browne explained.The Antiguan leader said there are a number of LIAT-related loans with the CDB. 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first_imgThe Browns are quickly getting their coaching staff in place, as Albert Breer of NFL Network is reporting that Ray Horton is aboard officially as the defensive coordinator and the team has added Pep Hamilton and Kirby Wilson to the offensive staff. Hamilton was with the Colts as their offensive coordinator, but was fired by the team on November 3rd of last year with the team struggling.Wilson comes to the team from Minnesota, where he was the club’s running back coach. As for Horton, the hiring ends a few days of back and forth as to if he was even available or not to be hired. It was reported Sunday he was ‘disrespected’ by the Titans when he talked with them about the head coaching job, but then later on he came out and disputed the report. Matt Loede Related TopicsBrownsPep HamiltonRay Horton Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

first_imgAberdeen and Rangers drew 1-1 at Pittodrie to set up a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay at Ibrox.The Dons grabbed an early lead when Gary Mackay-Steven was fouled by Rangers defender Connor Goldson and Sam Cosgrove stepped up convert from the penalty spot.But Joe Worrall drew the Light Blues level just after half-time when he found space to volley home Ryan Kent’s corner.Aberdeen twice went close to regaining the advantage from set-pieces, but were denied on both occasions by last-ditch defending from the visitors during goalmouth scrambles. Rangers threatened to complete the turnaround on the counter-attack.Alfredo Morelos looked poised to score the winner in the dying moments but Dons defender Scott McKenna impressively denied the Colombian striker to ensure it ended all square.The tie now goes to a replay at Ibrox on Tuesday, March 12.Leveller: Worrall volleys in the equaliser SNSAberdeen went ahead after just nine minutes when in-form striker Cosgrove narrowly beat Allan McGregor from the spot. The Dons battled impressively throughout the rest of the half to hold onto their advantage, while McKenna passed up a headed chance to double their lead.Steven Gerrard’s half-time team-talk paid immediate dividends, though, as Rangers levelled the scores when Worrall found space at the back post to volley in Ryan Kent’s corner.Aberdeen grew back into the contest as the second half progressed and twice threatened a winner from set-pieces but the Light Blues scrambled the ball to safety on both occasions.last_img read more

first_imgBack for its eighth year, World Information Architecture (IA) Day Ann Arbor is the annual one-day conference created by the Information Architecture Institute and produced by local volunteers.Organized by School of Information students at the University of Michigan, this year’s event with the theme “Design for Difference” will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019. The Ann Arbor event is one of 60 World IA Day 2019 events being held around the world. What is World IA Day?The event is open to everyone interested in learning to organize, structure, and label information in a way that people can understand where they are and what they can expect.World IA Day focuses on building local communities of practice, with the goal of teaching, learning, and shaping the future of information architecture.Whether you’re anInformation architectUser experience professionalDesignerDeveloperContent StrategistDigital MarketerStudentCommunity memberyou’re invited to attend World IA Day Ann Arbor and learn how information architecture can make a difference in our communities and our lives.Details and ScheduleWorld IA Day Ann Arbor 2019 is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required.The event will be held at the Ann Arbor District Downtown Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map and directions to the library) from 9:30am to 1:45pm Eastern Time.Doors open at 9:30am and the program begins at 10:00am.As of February 11, 2019, the schedule hasn’t been posted, but speakers include:Jan Berliss-VincentMacKenzie DeWittviewMike OsswaldNisreen SalkaAmbika VohraFrom 10:30am to noon, the Ann Arbor Accessibility Group will be hosting the Deque Empathy Lab, an immersive accessibility experiences, at World Information Architecture Day Ann Arbor.From the lab description, At the Empathy Lab, you’ll gain a whole new perspective by interacting with real assistive tools and learning how different disabilities can impact how we experience technology.History of World IA DayFirst World IA Day Ann Arbor in 2012Curious how World IA Day came about?The first World IA Day was held in 14 cities in February 2012, marking the anniversary of the release of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, written by Peter Morville and Lou Rosenfeld, known by many in the information architecture field as the polar bear book.With this year’s event, World IA Day has spread to 60 locations around the world!Wrapping UpWorld IA Day is an excellent way to learn about information architecture and connect with others in the community who want to design for difference. I’ve attended several World IA Day Ann Arbor events and I’ve enjoyed every one.Hope to see you on February 23rd!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWorld Information Architecture Day Returns to Ann Arbor on February 24Returning for its seventh year, World Information Architecture (IA) Day Ann Arbor is a free one-day conference featuring presentations, lightning talks, and afternoon workshop on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Hosted by the Information Architecture Institute and organized by School of Information students at the University of Michigan, the Ann Arbor…In “Conference”World Information Architecture Day Ann Arbor Returns for Sixth YearBack for the sixth year, World Information Architecture (IA) Day Ann Arbor returns to Ann Arbor, Michigan on February 18, 2017 for a full-day of inspiring presentations and hands-on sessions. Hosted by the Information Architecture Institute and organized by University of Michigan graduate students, World IA Day Ann Arbor joins…In “Conference”World Information Architecture Day 2015, Ann ArborWondering what information architecture is all about? Join me this Saturday, February 21 when World Information Architecture Day returns for its fourth year to Ann Arbor, Michigan. World Information Architecture (IA) Day, Ann Arbor is one of 38 cities across 24 countries holding a one-day free conference to bring together…In “Conference”last_img read more

first_imgAbby Baierl’s three-point play propels Dons to road winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterRIB LAKE — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic girls basketball team kicked off its 2015-16 season with a come-from-behind 42-39 nonconference win at Rib Lake on Tuesday night.Jessica Trad had 16 points, and Marissa Immerfall added 11 for the Dons. Trad was 4-for-4, and Immerfall 5-for-6 from the free throw line.Columbus Catholic was down nine with seven minutes to go before rallying to take the lead with about 90 seconds left.After Rib Lake regained the lead, Abby Baierl converted a three-point play to put the Dons ahead 41-39.A Bailey Nieder free throw added to the Dons’ lead, and Rib Lake turned the ball over near midcourt to end the game.“I thought the girls did a great job on defense,” first-year coach Rhonda Keding said. “The last three minutes of the game I saw heart, not just from the ones on the court but even the ones sitting on the bench. That shows teamwork.”Complete statistics were not provided.Columbus Catholic’s next game is Tuesday, Nov. 24, with its home and Cloverbelt Conference East Division opener against Greenwood.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

first_img Leave a Comment It isn’t easy to model the processes used by knowledge workers in most business environments.  As the business environment revolves more about the use and creation of knowledge, traditional repetitive business processes are being replaced with ad hoc ‘unstructured’ business workflows.  Much like managing unstructured data in the world of ECM, ‘Unstructured’ usually implies ‘hard to manage’ or ‘hard to model’.  Unstructured workflows have typically been considered outliers to processes that could be neatly organized and graphed on a flow chart. But ‘unstructured processes’ tend to be the norm rather than the exception.  In fact, an estimated 60-70 percent of business processes are ad hoc or unstructured.Because ad hoc workflow is so hard to model, it seems a bit odd that Gartner says that the adoption of BPM by companies will be ‘imperative’ for them to do before 2013.  And the reason Gartner gives for this urgency is that knowledge workers need BPM to help them to deal with their ad hoc business processes.  Clearly Gartner must feel that BPM vendors are close to a breakthrough on how to handle ad hoc business workflows.  But modeling ad hoc workflows is anything but easy or clear.  Today, vendors typically address an ad hoc workflow as a deviation from a well-known process — what is referred to as an ‘exception’.  Exceptions occur at some point in a workflow when something unexpected happens.  Exceptions usually cause the process to get diverted to an exception node where human intervention requries a decision to be made as to how to proceed next.  But exceptions are just that, something that are out of the ordinary.  Using an exception approach to modeling ad hoc workflows seems to miss the point that knowledge workers are continually confronted with different work tasks.  BPM will need to become more innovative to truly be useful in modeling ad hoc processes.But Gartner is optimistic.  “We’re predicting that companies will finally begin to recognise that process management is not just about automating routine, repetitive, well-understood structured parts of work, but more importantly, about supporting knowledge workers whose work is much less structured.”Gartner is scheduled to discuss the future of BPM in March at a seminar, and they’ve leaked their top five predictions for BPM in 2010:1. BPM will become more agile and real time.  It will be possible for processes to self-adjust based on the sensing of patterns in user preferences, consumer demand, predictive capabilities, trending, competitive analysis and social connections.2.  BPM will be ‘imperative’ for companies to use by 2013 to avoid a chaos of inefficiencies.3. By 2014 businesses will be moving from standard business applications to ‘compositions’, custom applications that are built from components and services.4. By 2014, Business Process Networks will be used in 35 percent of projects that involve multiple organizations.5. By 2014, 40 percent of Global 2000 businesses will use comprehensive business process models for their daily work, up from 6 percent in 2009.It sounds good.  But it also sounds a bit optimistic in how quickly good predictive and agile BPM tools will be developed. February 23rd, 2010 Category: Business Process Management center_img ‹ Technology: Dealing with ‘Big Data’ Recession Forces Businesses to Improve Processes and Intelligence › Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name *E-mail *Websitelast_img read more

first_imgThe Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (CTDRS) has issued a press release reminding taxpayers about tax preparer permit requirements. The press release states that the taxpayers who will provide tax preparation for Connecticut income tax returns for the 2019 filing season, or who will facilitate refund anticipation loans or refund anticipation checks, must obtain a permit issued by the CTDRS as of January 1, 2019. Further, the release states that the CTDRS accepts permit applications online only through the State of Connecticut eLicense web portal at https://www.elicense.ct.gov/. Furthermore, the release informs the taxpayers who need to register, that they should visit the CTDRS website’s Paid Preparers and Facilitators page, where users are prompted to answer questions to determine applicability of the permit requirement. Additionally, to apply for and obtain a permit, the taxpayers must have an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) preparer tax identification number (PTIN) and evidence of experience, education, or training in tax preparation services. For additional guidance, the taxpayers may visit https://portal.ct.gov/drs.Press Release, Tax Preparer Refund Facilitator Permit Requirement, Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, December 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgLeap of triumph: A jubilant Pakistan teamThere were fireworks at Karachi’s Clifton Fountain, that is how happy they were. Friendship series or not, if anything grated on the collective consciousness of Pakistan, it was being beaten by India in their own backyard.The night India won the five-match ODI series in,Leap of triumph: A jubilant Pakistan teamThere were fireworks at Karachi’s Clifton Fountain, that is how happy they were. Friendship series or not, if anything grated on the collective consciousness of Pakistan, it was being beaten by India in their own backyard.The night India won the five-match ODI series in 2004, Imran Khan marched up to the Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan in Lahore and declared that this was, “zillat ki inteha” (the limit of humiliation).So when it was time for payback in 2006, Pakistan chose well: not the flat decks of Lahore or Faisalabad but busy, brassy, Karachi, where Pakistan has lost only one of 38 Tests over 51 years.Bryan Adams may have amped up the night with the first big-ticket rock show in Pakistan, but the day belonged to the manic percussion of the National Stadium symphony created from the banging of empty plastic bottles on chairs. It was the soundtrack for the world’s most celebrated batting lineup being scythed in half.Shoaib Akhtar wasn’t the centre of the demolition and still he was smiling. When asked how Pakistan had got its groove back, Akhtar replied with a mysterious smile, “Forgiveness… a culture of forgiving.” Er, forgive us for asking but has the Rawalpindi Express turned into the Sufi passenger? Ask Sachin Tendulkar’s helmet.Akhtar was only talking about a team that has made room for his ego. In return, a valuable cricketer made accommodations for his mates. Even though it knows it cannot resort to collective prayer, India must envy the calm in the Pakistani camp. Not so long ago, that in itself would have been an absurd statement. Pakistan at home, with its act together, is irresistible.advertisementEarly departure: Rahul Dravid played an unfamiliar role as openerAfter the first two Tests, when India’s top three batsmen had faced down totals of 697 and 588, Sanjay Manjrekar wondered how long the visitors could absorb the pressure. In Karachi, we knew: less than 60 overs in each innings. India’s capitulation means one of two things: either the batting had lost its ability to respond to adversity. Or that the bowlers let the side down by conceding 600 runs at more than four an over on a wicket that offered assistance. Either choice is disheartening.The loss of the series will sting the Indians because they went in with the right ideas and started well, but were caught flat-footed in a shootout. It will cut them deeper to acknowledge that Karachi forms a dip in the rising graph of their batting on tour. This is the same line-up that steeled itself into delivering overseas with the bat-once-bat-big mantra. It pushed Australia to the brink and won Tests in England and Pakistan.Akhtar’s zingers turned so many heads that pundits across the board howled, “pace, pace, pace” as India’s all-purpose cure for the ailments of Karachi. They forgot that in 2004, Laxmipathy Balaji and Irfan Pathan didn’t knock off batsmen’s blocks. Balaji bowled between 132-136 kmph and got the ball to move and Pathan swung it in at the same pace. The Indian attack has now turned into a rapidly decelerating vehicle. Pathan’s quickest in Karachi was 129.6 kmph, his hat-trick a hazy memory by the third afternoon.Pakistan’s best in that game, Mohammed Asif and Abdul Razzaq didn’t cross 135 kmph, but hit the deck hard, landed it on the seam, batsmen beaten by cut and jag. Asif, 6 ft 3 in, had his action remodelled last June in Chennai’s MRF Pace Foundation. MRF Pace Foundation chief coach T.A. Sekhar wants the Indian fast bowlers to be assessed on a regular basis. He believes Pathan and Zaheer Khan had dropped pace due to a technical flaw in their actions. “That flaw does not allow them to release the ball at the right speed and in the right areas.”Before the tour, the Indians had the right ideas about the pace department: Punjab fast bowler, Vikram Raj Vir (VRV) Singh travelled and trained with the team during the home Test matches against Sri Lanka. Regarded amongst the fastest bowlers in India, VRV could not make it to the tour due to an injury. Maharashtra’s Munaf Patel, is said to be the fastest in India, topping 145 kmph, but is unfashionable in the selection stakes.Bonding: Pakistan fed off the pressure created by Shoaib AkhtarPakistan has made room for Shoaib Akhtar and his ego and Akhtar has in turn made accommodations and adjustments to give his team the edge. In Pakistan, the Indians were forced to be slightly schizophrenic: swinging between the sentimental and the practical, issuing rational explanations for acts of compromise. Most of those tended to revolve around Sourav Ganguly, who has become to Indian cricket what Kashmir is to Indo-Pak politics: disputed territory.advertisementYounis Khan, Pakistan’s stand-in captain in Karachi said helpfully, “I’m a big supporter of Sourav.” Greg Chappell’s response to that comment has not yet been leaked. In the middle of the madness stood captain Rahul Dravid, trying to maintain sanity and decorum, but the dark circles under his eyes have only grown darker in defeat.So on to the one-dayers, where India has won eight of its last 11 matches. Older legs have been swapped for younger ones but not in the bowling department. The sobering fact is that India has lost eight out of its last 10 ODIs to Pakistan but form and momentum are fickle things. Besides, India’s ODI game has supplied most of the happy headlines in recent months. A cautionary note though.As Inzamam-ul-Haq meandered through the mandatory tete-a-tete on the prefab presentation stage in Karachi, the Ursa Major of world cricket was asked about the state of his delicate back that had kept him out of the deciding Test. “Thanks God,” he responded, “We are fit now.” Good grief.last_img read more

first_imgPlaying without suspended star Neymar, Brazil defeated Venezuela 2-1 Sunday in its final group game to reach the Copa America quarterfinals.Thiago Silva scored with a volley in the 9th minute off a perfect delivery from a corner by Robinho – Neymar’s replacement. Roberto Firmino added the second in the 52nd, chipping in a cross from Willian.The loss in Group C eliminated Venezuela, which got an 84th-minute goal from Miku.The final match in qualifying set up the quarterfinal pairings with Chile vs. Uruguay on Wednesday, Bolivia vs. Peru on Thursday, Argentina vs. Colombia on Friday and Saturday’s match pitting Brazil against Paraguay.Barcelona’s Neymar was banned for four games after a 1-0 loss to Colombia on Wednesday. Angry with the defeat, Neymar kicked a ball at a Colombia player, and also appeared to head-butt another player.CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American football, said the referee’s report also showed he insulted the referee after the match and grabbed him by the arms.Asked about Neymar’s absence, Brazil coach Dunga replied: “Any team would miss Neymar, but when you don’t have him, you can’t feel sorry for yourself.”Brazil seemed to play better without Neymar, at least early in the first half. Robinho and Philipe Coutinho, who replaced midfielder Fred, gave Brazil more attacking.After scoring, Silva raced to the sideline and waved to Neymar, who was sitting in the stands – wrapped up under a blue winter cap – and jeered by Venezuela fans on a chilly night in the South American winter.advertisementDunga called the quarterfinal with Paraguay a “very tricky match” and likened it to “a final.” “We have to respect everyone, but we can fear nobody.”Brazil had a couple chances just after Silva’s goal with Robinho and Felipe Luis looking dangerous. But the attack stalled through most of the first half. Willan was stopped by Venezuela keeper Alain Baroja on a point-blank shot in the 39th.Venezuela had its best chance in the 44th when Gabriel Cichero looped a shot from the left which went just wide of the far post.Brazil started the second half quickly. Coutinho had a chance in the first minute with Firmino’s goal minutes later sealing the outcome.Venezuela made it close in the 84th. Brazil keeper Jefferson dived to meet Juan Arango’s free kick, tipping it off the post with Miku heading it home.”We have the feeling we could have given a bit more,” Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente said. “But worrying about it now doesn’t matter.”Five-time World Cup champion Brazil is hoping to recover its reputation in this tournament, still stinging from a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in last year’s World Cup semifinals at home. It has looked ordinary in three group matches in Chile, a shadow of Brazilian teams that were once feared.Brazil still remains a co-favorite with Argentina, with Chile, Colombia and defending champion Uruguay also viewed as contenders.last_img read more

first_imgUrban Meyer talks about the draft.UrbanFormer Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence did not hear his name called during the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. This surprised Spence’s former coach, Urban Meyer. Spence, who played at OSU for two seasons before having to transfer because of failed drug tests, is an “elite” defensive end, according to Meyer. The Ohio State coach placed him in a similar category to Joey Bosa, who was taken No. 3 overall. “I was kind of shocked he didn’t go yesterday,” Meyer said on the NFL Network. “I was kind of shocked he didn’t go yesterday,” Urban says of Noah Spence.— Andrew Holleran (@andrewjholleran) April 29, 2016Meyer also talked about how Spence was a 3.0 student at Ohio State and comes from a great family.The NFL Draft is currently airing on ESPN and the NFL Network. Spence is expected to go early in the second round.last_img read more