Poseidon Concepts agreement boosts proposed payout to shareholders to 366M

first_imgCALGARY – Lawyers for investors in failed oilfield services firm Poseidon Concepts Corp. say they have reached an agreement with defendants in a proposed class action lawsuit that will boost the potential payout to as much as $36.6 million.The global settlement, which does not constitute an admission of liability, will now be presented to Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary as part of a Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act plan of arrangement for Poseidon, law firms Siskinds LLP of Toronto and JSS Barristers of Calgary said in an news release.The agreement includes a $23-million payment split between Poseidon’s former auditor, KPMG; nine financial institutions who underwrote a public offering of Poseidon shares in January 2012; and Peyto Exploration and Development Corp., the Calgary producer that bought its founding firm.It will also include $11.6 million from Poseidon’s liability insurer and potentially about $2 million from an insurance holdback fund.“Poseidon’s unfortunate circumstances caused significant financial losses to its investors, and its insolvency added multiple layers of complexity to the litigation,” Robert Hawkes, a partner at JSS Barristers, said in the statement.“The settlement represents a significant recovery for the benefit of the shareholder class.”If approved by the Calgary court, Ontario, Quebec and U.S. courts will be asked to recognize its decision and dismiss proposed class action claims there.The case would then come back to the Calgary court for approval of administrative and legal fees, a call for proofs of claim from investors and establishing a distribution protocol.Siskinds lawyer Sajjad Nematollahi said there are more than 2,000 investors involved, but a final number, and how much each will receive, won’t be known until the protocol is finalized.Poseidon was created by Open Range Energy Corp. to develop and market liquid storage systems — resembling gigantic above-ground swimming pools — to be used to handle the enormous amounts of water required for oilfield fracking operations.The value of the company’s shares soared after it went public, but fell quickly after February 2013 when it announced that it had incorrectly recorded about $100 million in revenue in the first nine months of 2012.The global settlement replaces a partial settlement with Poseidon’s directors, officers and related entities announced in December.Last year, the Alberta Securities Commission ordered Poseidon’s former U.S. senior sales executive to pay $750,000 in fines and costs.In 2016, three of Poseidon’s other executives agreed to pay fines and accept trading bans after admitting to the ASC they had failed to file financial statements in accordance with proper accounting principles.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:PEY)last_img read more

US women’s football team sues federation for discrimination

first_imgLos Angeles: Twenty-eight members of the American women’s national football team have filed a suit against the US Soccer Federation (USSF) for gender discrimination, marking a new phase in a dispute that goes back years. The lawsuit, filed on Friday in the US District Court in Los Angeles, accuses the USSF of “institutionalised gender discrimination”, reports Efe news. Besides complaining that they are paid substantially less than their male counterparts, the women say USSF discriminates against them in terms of scheduling matches, the quality of physical training and coaching and in travel accommodations. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “A comparison of the WNT (Women’s National Team) and MNT (Men’s National Team) pay shows that if each team played 20 friendlies in a year and each team won all 20 friendlies, female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game,” the suit said. This is not the first time the women’s team has challenged the USSF: in 2016 five players presented a wage-discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which subsequently authorised the aggrieved athletes to sue the federation. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open One of the original five complainants, former goalkeeper Hope Solo, filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the USSF last August. The plaintiffs in the suit filed Friday are seeking to be certified as a class, which would give them the right to represent any of the dozens of players that have been part of the national team since February 4, 2015. The 28 plaintiffs include some of the biggest stars of international women’s football, such as Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. They are seeking several millions of dollars in damages, according to The New York Times. The US squad is the most successful in international women’s soccer, with three Women’s World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cups and 10 Algarve Cups. Their counterparts on the US men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. “Each of us is extremely proud to wear the US jersey, and we also take seriously the responsibility that comes with that,” Morgan said. “We believe that fighting for gender equality in sports is a part of that responsibility.” The women’s team are preparing to defend their title this summer at the 2019 Women’s World Cup tournament in France The filing of the lawsuit coincided with the observance of International Women’s Day.last_img read more

Ban condemns multiple terrorist attacks in northeast India

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban expressed his deep sorrow and sympathy to the Government and people of India for the loss of life and destruction caused by the attacks.“He strongly condemns this act of terrorism targeting civilians,” the statement said, adding that “there can be absolutely no justification for such indiscriminate violence.” According to media reports, at least nine blasts rocked four towns in Assam, including three in the state capital, Guwahati. Today’s bombings are the latest in a series of attacks in cities across the vast South Asian nation in recent months, including in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur and Delhi. The Secretary-General’s day-long visit to New Delhi followed a stop in the Philippines yesterday and is part of a four-nation Asia tour that will also take him to Nepal and Bangladesh. 30 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that struck the north-eastern Indian state of Assam today, reportedly killing at least 60 people and wounding several hundred more, and occurring on the same day that the United Nations chief was on an official visit to the country. read more

Tahltan First Nation bans mining company in dispute over coal mine

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 12:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DEASE LAKE, B.C. – A northern B.C. First Nation has banned a mining company from its lands as a bitter fight over a proposed coal mine escalates, again.Tahltan Central Council president Annita McPhee says Fortune Minerals (TSX:FT) must not enter Tahltan Nation communities without permission from the Iskut and Tahltan bands.Fortune wants to build an open-pit coal mine on Mount Klappan, within traditional Tahltan territory, and First Nation leaders are angered by reports that company officials have directly approached reserve residents to promote the mine.McPhee says the Tahltan oppose the development in an area known as the Sacred Headwaters, source of three major salmon-bearing rivers: the Skeena, Stikine and the Nass and considered by aboriginals to have extreme cultural value.Last September, about 40 Tahltan, including elders, moved into Fortune’s camp site at Mount Klappan and asked the workers to leave, but Mines Minister Bill Bennett helped diffuse the tension.He travelled to the remote site to assure protesters he would urge Fortune Minerals not to seek an injunction, while Fortune president Robin Goad said the company pulled out to give time and space for discussions, but added Fortune is still fully committed to the coal mine.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version included the incorrect stock symbol. Tahltan First Nation bans mining company in dispute over coal mine read more

Somalia UN envoy welcomes agreement between Government southern regions leaders

The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today welcomed the agreement signed between the country’s Federal Government and the Interim Jubba Administration establishing the terms of governance in three southern regions.“This is a significant step towards restoring peace in Somalia, building a strong Federal Somalia and contributing to regional and international security” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay. “This agreement unlocks the door to a better future for Somalia.”The agreement was signed in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, by the Federal Government’s Minister of State, Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir, and the Leader of the Interim Jubba Administration, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islaan Madobe. It established the modalities of administration and governance in the Lower Jubba, Middle Jubba and Gedo regions.“All parties gain from this agreement,” Mr. Kay said. “I urge all to implement it in good faith. Any action to undermine it will have a negative impact on the people of Somalia and on the international community’s efforts to support peace and stability. I shall follow closely the implementation of the agreement.”Mr. Kay, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission to Somalia (UNSOM), praised the parties’ commitment to the political process, as well as the role played by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa, which signed as guarantor.Congratulating Mr. Madobe on becoming the Leader of the Interim Jubba Administration, Mr. Kay underlined that “the people of Jubba and of all Somalia will be looking to the new interim administration to deliver peace, security and public services. This is an interim agreement and gives the administration an opportunity to govern in the interests of all, including creating the conditions for the safe return of those displaced by the recent fighting in Kismaayo and ending the illegal export on charcoal.” UNSOM is mandated to support peace-building and state-building as well as the Federal Government’s peace and reconciliation process. Mr. Kay said the Mission will also establish a presence in Kismaayo to support the new administration with its efforts.Somalia has been torn asunder by factional fighting since 1991 but has recently made progress towards stability. In 2011, Islamist Al-Shabaab insurgents retreated from Mogadishu and last year new Government institutions emerged, as the country ended a transitional phase toward setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government. read more

Police hunt black cab driver who dragged unconscious passenger from car and left

A taxi driver is being hunted by police after he was caught on camera dragging an unconscious passenger from the car and leaving him in the middle of the road.City of London Police have issued CCTV footage of the incident, which happened just after 6am on May 16.It shows a man being pulled from the back seat by his feet and hitting his head, before the driver gets back into the taxi and drives off.The man was found 15 minutes later by an off-duty police officer and the taxi reappeared shortly afterwards.Although the driver spoke to the officer, he did not mention the victim had been in his vehicle. CCTV captured the driver dragging the passenger into the streetCredit:Met Police Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. CCTV captured the driver dragging the passenger into the street The London Ambulance Service were called and the man was taken to hospital.Pc Christopher Hook, from the City of London Police, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident in May.”To forcibly move a vulnerable person from your taxi and to leave them lying in the middle of the road is appalling and we need to find the man that did this.”If you have any information on this incident, please call us on 0207 601 2222 and quote the reference number 2403.” read more

MacLean markets milestone 400th 900 Series Scissor Bolters at Vale T31D mine

first_imgThe commissioning of MacLean Engineering’s milestone 400th Series 900 Scissor Bolter was recently celebrated, with an underground ceremony at the Vale, Manitoba Operations – T3/1D nickel mine. “We’re proud of the MacLean bolter legacy, and are constantly pushing ourselves to come up with the next game changer in our industry,” noted MacLean Engineering President Kevin MacLean. “Safety and productivity remain the operational drivers for mines around the world, so we feel we have much to offer up the global mining industry, based on our nearly half-century of manufacturing solutions for the underground environment.”“MacLean Engineering is a company built on innovation partnerships, and there’s no better example of this kind of collaboration for underground safety and productivity than the delivery of our 400th Series 900 Scissor Bolter to the Vale, Manitoba Operations – T3/1D mine,” noted MacLean Engineering Founder and Chairman Don MacLean. “I want to thank Vale for believing in our manufacturing vision and product line over the years, and our employees for helping to build and sustain our unique approach to equipment manufacturing.”The MacLean scissor bolter technology was originally developed in 1984. Since that time, it has evolved and gone on to become a staple in the Canadian hard rock mining industry, one that is now increasingly exported to underground mining customers around the globe. The machine’s mobile platform for single-operator bolt and wire mesh installation provides application accuracy, speed, versatility, and, most importantly, greater safety protection as operators are always under protected ground.last_img read more

Syria mission underway

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram .Arab League officials arrived in Syria on Thursday to prepare for monitors overseeing an Arab peace plan, after activists said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces carried out the deadliest assault in their nine-month crackdown on protests. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian forces killed 111 civilians and activists were killed this week when Assad’s forces surrounded them in the hills of Idlib province and unleashed two hours of bombardment and heavy gunfire.France branded the killings an “unprecedented massacre” and the United States said Syrian authorities had “flagrantly violated their commitment to end violence.” Another 100 army deserters were either wounded or killed, making it the “bloodiest day of the Syrian revolution,” the British-based Observatory’s director Rami Abdulrahman said. Events in Syria are hard toverify because authorities, who say they are battling terrorists who have killed more than 1,100 soldiers and police, have banned most independent reporting.last_img read more

Samaras pushes for next loan tranche at EU summit but faces tight

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras stated the case on Thursday at a European Union leaders’ summit for Greece receiving its next bailout tranche in full and as soon as possible, although this leaves his government with a particularly tight schedule over the next few weeks. Sources said that Samaras stressed to his counterparts in Brussels the need for Greece to receive the 31.5-billion-euro installment soon. He assured fellow leaders that Athens is close to agreeing with the troika the details of the 13.5-billion-euro austerity package for the next two years as well as a series of structural reforms, such as in the labor market. The government hopes to wrap up talks with the troika at the beginning of next week so that an extraordinary meeting of the Eurogroup can be held on October 29, when eurozone finance ministers will examine the measures and the troika’s progress report. This would have to be followed by the Greek Parliament giving its approval to the austerity package and the 2013 budget. Following this, a regular meeting of the Eurogroup on November 12 would lead to the disbursement of the loan tranche being approved. Once this has happened, the eurozone can begin to discuss in earnest plans to make Greece’s debt more viable and how to cover any funding gap that might be created by giving Athens until 2016 to meet its fiscal targets, rather than the current deadline of 2014. “Financing issues will be discussed between the official lenders and Greece,” the troika said on Wednesday after a round of talks in Athens concluded without agreement. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday night that the eurozone was considering a voluntary debt buyback proposal that would allow Greece to retire some of the 63 billion euros of Greek debt held by private investors. Samaras is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel this morning, as the second day of the summit gets under way in Brussels. Merkel and Peer Steinbrueck, her Social Democrat challenger in next year’s general election, clashed on the topic of Greece during their first exchange in Parliament yesterday. Merkel declared her willingness to take a softer line on Greece, noting that she had been convinced by the determination of Samaras to push through reforms. Steinbrueck accused Merkel of wasting time, and German taxpayers’ money, before suddenly declaring commitment to keep Greece in the eurozone. “You should have made this speech three years ago,” he said, referring to the time that Athens sought its first bailout. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Google Nexus 4 le modem 4G incompatible avec lEurope

first_imgGoogle Nexus 4 : le modem 4G incompatible avec l’EuropeLe Google Nexus 4 n’en finit plus d’étonner ! Après ses ruptures de stocks à répétition et ses applis ad hoc, le smartphone continue sa fulgurante percée sur le marché. Mais cela ne va peut-être pas durer ad vitam aeternam, du moins sur l’un des côtés de l’Atlantique…Car l’un de ses meilleurs atouts vient de livrer ses secrets, et ce n’est pas une bonne nouvelle.Le Google Nexus 4 suivrait-il les même pas que l’iPhone 5 ? Oui, au niveau de son modem 4G en tout cas. L’affaire avait pourtant bien commencé. Le site iFixit avait, la semaine dernière, démonté le smartphone pour y découvrir un modem 4 G activable et fonctionnel. Mais malheureusement, les dernières informations sont nettement moins réjouissantes : le composant utiliserait que des bandes situées entre 1700 Mhz et 2000 Mhz.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Autrement dit : l’utilisation de sa fonctionnalité 4G n’est pas utilisable en France, ni dans un autre pays européen, à la différence du tout frais Samsung Galaxy S3 4G, du Motorola Razr HD ou du HTC One XL, par exemple…En effet, l’Europe utilise des bandes situées à 800 et 2600 Mhz.Mauvaise nouvelle pour le vieux continent donc, mais excellente pour nos cousins canadiens ; il fonctionnera à plein régime avec les réseaux Bell, Rogers et Telus.Cette nouvelle va-t-elle avoir un impact sur les ventes du smartphone ? C’est un peu tôt pour le dire, mais le smartphone disposant d’assez d’arguments pour rester compétitif (compatibilité avec le Dual Carrier, notamment), il pourrait rester dans la course des meilleures surprises de cette fin d’année.Le 26 novembre 2012 à 12:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

12 question papers leaked in 17 days

first_imgThe Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations ended on Saturday with a record number of question paper leaks this year.Question papers of 12 compulsory subjects of the examinations were leaked despite almost a dozen of initiatives by the government including a bounty of half a million taka for anyone who helped catch an exam paper leaker.A total of 153 people were arrested till Thursday for their alleged involvement with the question paper leak. The government identified six possible ways on how the question papers were leaked, but it failed to find the source of the leaks.The education ministry has taken various plans like preparing questions just before next year’s SSC examinations by creating a ‘question bank’ using software, withdrawing Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) system, and also having massive changes in the examination system.Educationists said the examination system should not be changed overnight.The education ministry on 4 February formed a committee led by secretary of Technical and Madrasa Division Md Alamgir, to scrutinise the allegations of question paper leakage.The committee found initial evidence of question paper leaks, however failed to decide whether the examination should be cancelled.A member of the committee said the they will meet for the third time today (Sunday) to take a decision.A number of education ministry and Dhaka education board officials said they are not in favour of cancellation of the examinations. According to them, the question paper was leaked just hours before the examinations and so did not have much of an impact.The High Court appointed two separate committees-judicial and administrative-to probe the question paper leak.The administrative committee is led by M Kaykobad, professor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) while the other one is led by the Dhaka district and sessions judge.A member of the administrative committee, Mohammad Sohel Rahman, a BUET professor, on Saturday said he received the attested copy of the court order. He also said that he is currently working unofficially as the committee is yet to be formed fully.The written SSC examination of the eight education boards of the country started on 1 February that ended on this Saturday (24 February). Practical examinations started on Sunday.Various initiatives of the government, like keeping the coaching centres closed seven days before the examinations, and to bar the examinees from carrying any mobile phones inside the examination centres, went in vain as it was not effective in stopping the question paper leak.Former chairman of Dhaka education board and former director general of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, Fahima Khatun said, despite arresting a number of people, it was a failure not able to reach the main source of question paper leak. She also said new system might help to stop the question paper leak, however, it would not be effective if the source was not found. She also said transparency among the board officials and the examination related officials was important.last_img read more

Mysterious Siberian hole likely due to methane buildup and release

first_img Explore further What created this huge crater in Siberia? © 2014 Phys.org Last month reindeer herders in the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia came across a mysterious hole in the ground—after reporting what they’d discovered, a helicopter was dispatched and personnel aboard took snapshots of what was found. The photos have since gone viral on the Internet generating speculation about what caused the hole to come about—some suggested it was nothing more than a meteor crater or sinkhole, others seemed convinced it was part of an alien invasion, while others yet postulated that it was probably the remains of a collapsed pingo (a mound of earth covered ice). Now, after visiting the site of the first hole discovered, a team of researchers has concluded that the hole, and others like it that have been spotted, are most likely due to a sudden release of methane as permafrost melts. They note Siberia has experienced extremely warm summers the past two years.After sending a sensor down into the hole the researchers found an unusually high concentration of methane—9.6 percent, as compared to the normal 0.000179 percent. That finding and the fact that mounds of dirt near the mouth of hole indicate a blast of some sort occurred, has the researchers convinced that the warm summers caused permafrost melting which released underground methane. Gas pressure, they believe, built up to a tipping point, then was suddenly released, pushing out the material that had been sitting on top of it. Oddly, the depth of the hole is still not known. The researchers lowered a camera, but the line used was not long enough to allow for reaching the water (likely from melting permafrost) at the bottom. They estimate the depth to the water is approximately 70 meters. They would not even venture a guess as to the depth of the hole below the water.The researchers plan a return visit to the hole to conduct more research but aren’t confident of what they will find—they note that the walls are already collapsing and water movement can be heard, suggesting that whatever evidence exists now, might be gone by the time they return. This frame grab made Wednesday, July 16, 2014, shows a crater, discovered recently in the Yamal Peninsula, in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia. Russian scientists said Thursday July 17, 2014 that they believe the 60-meter wide crater, discovered recently in far northern Siberia, could be the result of changing temperatures in the region. Andrei Plekhanov, a senior researcher at the Scientific Research Center of the Arctic, traveled on Wednesday to the crater. Plekhanov said 80 percent of the crater appeared to be made up of ice and that there were no traces of an explosion, eliminating the possibility that a meteorite had struck the region. (AP Photo/Associated Press Television) Citation: Mysterious Siberian hole likely due to methane buildup and release (2014, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-mysterious-siberian-hole-due-methane.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Mysterious Siberian crater attributed to methane, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature.2014.15649 (Phys.org) —A team of Russian researchers who visited the site of one of the mysterious holes that have appeared in the ground in parts of Siberia is theorizing that the likely cause is methane buildup and release, the journal Nature is reporting. Journal information: Naturelast_img read more

The final call

first_imgThe eleven-week show, The Body in Indian Art has entered into its last week and is slated to conclude on 7 June. The exhibition has broken quite a few conventions and notions in the field of museology besides having lent a novel perspective to the way the body has been depicted in India over the millennia.Curated by art historian Naman P Ahuja, the show has pooled in 365 objects in total from  44 museums, private collectors and artistes themselves, making it the longest-ever line-up of exhibitors at an Indian show in any museum. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Displayed at the exhibition are a few tiny Harappan figures, a monumental Naga Deva, an 8th-century Uma-Maheshvara and a marble tomb of a Mughal lady among others which are being shown for the first time as part of the exhibition. Neil MacGregor, director of the british Museum said, ‘The age-old inclusiveness of Indian culture is second to none globally and a landmark exhibition currently on in the country’s capital mirrors its range and depth. ‘It is a broad spectrum of aesthetics in the representation of the human body, exemplifies the harmonious coexistence of religions in the subcontinent over the past four millennia’, he added. The show has a lot more to offer. If you have not been there yet, it’s the time to head on.last_img read more

Medical Bank urges youth to donate blood

first_imgKolkata: Medical Bank, the organisation engaged in blood donation movement for the past three decades, has urged youths to come forward and donate blood to strengthenthe movement. Medical Bank was established on December 9, 1980. One hundred and fifty two people donated blood to mark the occasion. The donors were given a certificate and saplings as a part of the Save Green and Stay Clean programme of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. D Ashis, secretary of Medical Bank said a workshop was organised to create awareness on blood donation among youngsters. There is a ban on people with tattoos donating blood but concealing the fact many are donating blood. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeD Ashis said more stress should be given on blood donation movement. Around 15 lakh units of blood are required in Bengal against the annual collection of 11 lakh units. The national requirement per year is 1.30 crore unit while the annual collection is 94 lakh units. There are 70 state-run blood banks in Bengal along with 35 private blood banks and 16 blood banks that are being run by the Centre. The blood donation camps in Bengal received a major set back after clubs stopped giving gifts to the donors. Gitanath Ganguly, president Mohun Bagan, Mala Saha, Trinamool Congress MLA and Sujay Chanda, joint commission of Kolkata Police among others were present at the function.last_img read more

CocaCola Just Got Rid of Voicemail

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now December 23, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min readcenter_img Have a Coke and a smile and kill your voicemail. Coca-Cola just did.That’s right, the globe’s biggest and most-guzzled carbonated drink maker has hung up on the old “leave a message after the beep” hassle. Ninety-four percent of employees at Coca-Cola’s midtown Atlanta 1 Coca-Cola Plaza world corporate headquarters — and at its swish, new downtown Atlanta IT offices — just permanently ditched one of the most annoying, neediest forms of communication ever invented: landline voicemail.Related: Coke Is Luring Experienced Entrepreneurs to Create New StartupsPhew, not the smartphone kind, not that anyone checks that either.  The remaining 6 percent, nostalgic stragglers still clinging to the dying form of communication most millennials hate, were allowed to keep it if they had “a business critical need,” Bloomberg reports.The goal of the move, which took effect earlier this month, is fairly obvious: duh, increased productivity. Not having to regularly check company voicemail — dialing in, punching buttons, recalling yet another passcode, and listening to people blah, blah about this, that or the other thing — frees Coca-Cola employees up to, well, work more.Related: With Soda Sales Down Anyway, Coke and Pepsi Vow to Promote Healthier DrinksAt least that’s what the company’s chief information officer Edmund Steinike hopes. In a Nov. 6 memo to employees, he said that Coca-Cola nixed company voicemail “to simplify the way we work and increase productivity,” also according to the Bloomberg report.It also doesn’t hurt that the change is projected to save the company around $100,000 annually. That’s a drop in the bucket for the multi-billion dollar sugary beverage giant, which recently reversed an 11-year sales slump with its viral “Share a Coke” name campaign.   Now, when you call Coca-Cola’s corporate HQ, once you navigate past the initial pre-recorded greeting/menu, you get the electronic cold shoulder. (We got the human kind. A woman picked up, said “Hello, Coca-Cola,” then inexplicably hung up on us three times in a row before finally successfully transferring us to, yup, voicemail.)Related: What Coke Is Brewing By Increasing Its Stake in KeurigThe company’s staid new standard outgoing voicemail message is predictably cold and dismissive: “You have reached the Coca-Cola company. The individual you are calling is currently not available. Please call back at a later time or use an alternative method to reach this individual.”Better to send a text or an email, perhaps.While abandoning two-way voicemail isn’t another publicity stunt, it’s sure making headlines. If it were, it’d be the least sexy marketing ploy of all time.Related: Diet Coke Campaign Fizzles After Consumers Mock ‘You’re On Coke’ Snafu Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Qantas One mans trash… is an airlines treasure

first_imgQantas Qantas is taking serious steps to reduce carbon emissions with a new deal to make rubbish reusable. The Australian carrier has partnered with US bioenergy company Solena to build a commercial biofuel plant in Sydney. “We expect to produce a business case for such a plant within 12 months,” spokesperson Olivia Wirth said. Food scraps, packaging, grass and tree cuttings will all be viable materials, converted to produce biofuel that eventually will power aircraft. Qantas has been exploring the possibilities of using biofuel for years and is tentatively taking the initial steps to making this a reality. “While we are still in the early stages of this project, the possibilities are exciting. We hope to announce further details soon,” Ms Wirth said.Solena have a similar deal with British Airways in London to construct a biofuel plant by 2014. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

Tobacco and cigarettes confiscated at checkpoint

first_imgOn Saturday afternoon during regular checks of cars passing through the Ayios Domotios checkpoint, customs officers stopped two taxis which were bringing passengers from the occupied areas.In the bags of the six English passengers officers found 7,530g of tobacco (Samson, Golden Virginia, Amber Leaf and Most Virginia) and 27 packs of 200 cigarettes (Kent, Rothmans and Mayfair).The six were arrested for having untaxed goods in their possession and breaking the Green Line trade rules. Customs officials confiscated the goods, the tax payable on which amounted to €2,625.The six were released after paying a fine and excise duty totaling €4,265.You May LikeMoney BuddyAmazon Won’t Be Happy If Everybody Knows These Money-saving HacksMoney BuddyUndoHealevateBrothers Uncover Cursed Treasure On Oak Island After Years Of DiggingHealevateUndoHabit TribeThe Real Reason Moms Are Gluing Pennies To Their Kids’ ShoesHabit TribeUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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