Fiera Capital completes purchase of remaining stake in Fiera Properties

first_imgLeah Golob Keywords Mergers and acquisitions,  Asset management companies Montreal-based Fiera Capital Corp. has announced that the firm has completed its acquisition of the remaining 45% interest in Fiera Properties Ltd. it did not already own from the minority shareholders. Fiera Capital paid $32 million to close the transaction, the firm says, with $31.5 million paid in cash and $500,000 paid by issuing 38,880 Class A subordinate voting shares of Fiera Capital, priced at $12.86 per share. Fiera Properites is a Canadian real estate investment management firm. Its $1.9 billion of assets under management include Fiera Properties CORE fund, Fiera Properties GTA Opportunity Fund and its segregated accounts. iA Clarington aims for sleeker, cleaner product lineup Related newscenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CPPIB reports record return for latest fiscal year Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

When Scientists Make Truth Claims Outside Science

first_imgRequesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Image: Carl Sagan lectures to school kids, in a scene from Cosmos (screen shot).Every once in a while evolutionists distill their thoughts into pithy statements that profoundly summarize what it’s all about for them. Carl Sagan’s 1980 Cosmos series is chock full of such statements, but as John Lennox notes, none is better than his classic opening line: “The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.” Find the video here: Cornelius G. HunterFellow, Center for Science and CultureCornelius G. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Computational Biology. He is Adjunct Professor at Biola University and author of the award-winning Darwin’s God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil. Hunter’s other books include Darwin’s Proof, and his newest book Science’s Blind Spot (Baker/Brazos Press). Dr. Hunter’s interest in the theory of evolution involves the historical and theological, as well as scientific, aspects of the theory. His blog is Darwin’s God. Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man These claims are not from science, but they drive science. They determine what is acceptable and not acceptable. They inform science and constrain its “right” answers. As was said so long ago, theology is the queen of the sciences. Imagine for a moment that you believed these things. Then you would be an evolutionist. Here is a small, representative sampling of similar claims over the past three centuries. TagsAlexander OparinAlfred Russel WallaceBaden PowellCarl SaganCharles DarwinclockmakerCosmos: A Spacetime OdysseycreatorDavid HumeErasmus DarwinevolutionistsFrancisco AyalaGottfried LeibnizImmanuel KantIsaac NewtonJohn RayJoseph Le ConteKenneth MillermosquitosreligionRobert ChambersscientistsStephen Jay GouldtheologyThomas Burnetuniverse,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis “We think him a better Artist that makes a Clock that strikes regularly at every hour from the Springs and Wheels which he puts in the work, than he that hath so made his Clock that he must put his finger to it every hour to make it strike.” Thomas Burnet, 1681“Newton and his followers also have a very odd opinion regarding God’s workmanship. According to them, God’s watch — the universe — would stop working if he didn’t re-wind it from time to time! He didn’t have enough foresight to give it perpetual motion. This machine that he has made is so imperfect that from time to time he has to clean it by a miraculous intervention, and even has to mend it, as a clockmaker mends his work. The oftener a clockmaker has to adjust his machine and set it right, the clumsier he must be as a clockmaker!” Gottfried Leibniz, 1715God would not “set his own hand as it were to every work, and immediately do all the meanest and trifling’st things himself drudgingly, without making use of any inferior or subordinate Minister.” John Ray, 1717It is most appropriate to the wisdom of God that the cosmic structures “develop themselves in an unforced succession out of the universal laws.” Immanuel Kant, 1755“A perpetual war is kindled amongst all living creatures,” and nature is so arranged so as “to embitter the life of every living being.” David Hume, 1779“The world itself might have been generated, rather than created; that is, it might have been gradually produced from very small beginnings, increasing by the activity of its inherent principles, rather than by a sudden evolution by the whole by the Almighty fiat. What a magnificent idea of the infinite power of the great architect! The Cause of Causes! Parent of Parents! Ens Entium! For if we may compare infinities, it would seem to require a greater infinity of power to cause the causes of effects, than to cause the effects themselves.” Erasmus Darwin, 1794“How can we suppose an immediate exertion of this creative power at one time to produce the zoophytes, another time to add a few marine mollusks, another to bring in one or two crustacea, again to crustaceous fishes, again perfect fishes, and so on to the end. This would surely be to take a very mean view of the Creative Power.” Robert Chambers, 1844“No inductive inquirer can bring himself to believe in the existence of any real hiatus in the continuity of physical laws in past eras more than in the existing order of things; or to imagine that changes, however seemingly abrupt, can have been brought about except by the gradual agency of some regular causes. On such principles the whole superstructure of rational geology entirely reposes; to deny them in any instance would be to endanger all science. … The event [the introduction of new species] is part of a regularly ordained mechanism of the evolution of the existing world out of former conditions, and as much subject to regular laws as any changes now taking place.” Baden Powell, 1855“These analogies are utterly inexplicable if species are independent creations.” Charles Darwin, 1859“The strange springs and traps and pitfalls found in the flowers of Orchids cannot be necessary per se, since exactly the same end is gained in ten thousand other flowers which do not possess them. Is it not then an extraordinary idea to imagine the Creator of the Universe contriving the various complicated parts of these flowers as a mechanic might contrive an ingenious toy or a difficult puzzle? Is it not a more worthy conception that they are some of the results of those general laws which were so co-ordinated at the first introduction of life upon the earth as to result necessarily in the utmost possible development of varied forms?” Alfred Wallace, 1870“If whales were made at once out of hand as we now see them, is it conceivable that these useless teeth would have been given them?” Joseph Le Conte, 1891“What we do not know today we shall know tomorrow.” Alexander Oparin, 1924“Odd arrangements and funny solutions are the proof of evolution — paths that a sensible God would never tread but that a natural process, constrained by history.” Stephen Jay Gould, 1980“The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.” Carl Sagan, 1980Would God “really want to take credit for the mosquito?” Kenneth Miller, 1999“There are too many deficiencies, too much cruelty in the world of life. To assume that they have been explicitly created by God amounts to blasphemy. I believe God to be omniscient and benevolent. The ‘design’ of organisms is not compatible with such beliefs.” Francisco Ayala, 2002 Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Evolution When Scientists Make Truth Claims Outside ScienceCornelius HunterOctober 27, 2020, 12:25 PM Obviously that is a truth claim, but it does not come from science. Truth claims that do not come from science are nothing new. What is new, however, is the presentation of such truth as science. And so while there is nothing wrong with evolutionists proclaiming what they believe, there is everything wrong with their insistence that it is what everyone else must believe as well: that their personal religious beliefs, not open to scientific scrutiny, are scientific facts. Evolutionists may be correct about origins, but they are not scientific. 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Remembering the original Pokémon Snap launch | UK Time Tunnel

first_imgChristopher DringHead of Games B2BWednesday 28th April 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareNew Pokémon Snap releases this week, the sequel to a game that launched almost 21 years ago. GamesIndustry.biz decided to take a trip down memory lane with GfK Entertainment, to remind ourselves of the original game’s launch.September 2000. Ah, the memories. Britney Spears was dominating the charts with songs like Oops! I Did It Again and Lucky. Ant & Dec had established themselves as the kings of Saturday morning television. X-Men, Scary Movie and Snatch were ruling the Box Office. And then there was Pokémon. Everywhere. The hit video game franchise may have launched in Japan in 1996 and in the US in 1998, but it hadn’t reached the UK until late 1999, and like the rest of the world, it had taken over.It was a huge boost for Nintendo, which had been having a tough time in the UK, at least in terms of the home console market. The N64 had reached 1.5 million UK sales, comfortably outmatched by PlayStation’s 5.4 million install base. Indeed, the gap would only widen further with the arrival of PS2 and GameCube.Yet the Game Boy and Pokémon were huge. Within a year, Pokémon Red and Blue had exceeded 550,000 games sold each (GfK Entertainment sales), which was a phenomenal result for the time. Pokémon Yellow, which had arrived in June 2000, was one of the best-selling games of the summer and was fast catching up with Red and Blue. It meant that the Game Boy Color ended 2000 as the country’s best-selling games console. Pokémon Snap was the seventh Pokémon title to be released in less than a year when it arrived on September 15th, joining three Game Boy games (Red, Blue and Yellow), one N64 title (Pokémon Stadium) and two edutainment PC titles (Pokémon Project Studio Red and Blue). It was a photography title, with players having to take images of Pokémon in their natural environment, and using items to create the highest scoring photos. Snap sold a relatively small 6,500 units at launch, reaching No.9 in that week’s charts. But it did finally knock Perfect Dark off the No.1 spot in the N64 Top Ten, a position it had held since it launched in June. It was one of four Pokémon games in the All Formats charts that week, with Yellow ahead of it at No.5 and Blue and Red down at No. 22 and 24 respectively. Snap had reviewed well enough, but was criticised for its short length and lack of Pokémon to take pictures of. And despite the Pokémon craze, the N64 never enjoyed the same uplift the Game Boy Color did. Indeed, there were a large number of retailers at the time (including now-defunct outlets like Blockbuster, Comet, MVC, Our Price, Staples, Virgin Megastores and Woolworths) who had stopped supporting the N64 significantly, giving priority and shelf space to the other consoles.Nevertheless, Snap would go on to sell considerably more copies as the weeks went on, and attracted a cult following amongst Pokémon’s core fanbase. Now, almost 21 years later, the game is getting a sequel. Although the initial Pokémon craze died away, the franchise has remained a major seller in the UK, generating £404 million in boxed game sales since its 1999 debut. Including the PC edutainment products, New Pokémon Snap will be the 92nd boxed Pokémon release in the UK. There were just four N64 games released in the UK based on the IP (Stadium, Stadium 2, Snap and Puzzle League — Hey You! Pikachu never reached Europe), whereas this will be the tenth physical Pokémon release for Switch.Switch is an interesting device. Pokémon games have typically sold best on handhelds, with only 11 boxed games released across N64, GameCube, Wii and Wii U (only one game, Pokken, was released physically on Wii U). As a hybrid device, Nintendo has brought together its handheld and home console audiences on Switch. That, coupled with the strong sales of the new console, means that although New Pokémon Snap isn’t launching in the middle of a Pokémon craze like its predecessor, it still has good chance of finding a sizeable audience in 2021.Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending September 16th, 2000:Last WeekThis WeekTitlePlatformsNew Entry1Spider-Man (Activision)PS1/GBC5 2Tenchu 2: Birth of Stealth Assassins (Activision)PS163The Sims: Livin It Up (EA)PCNew Entry4Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (Activision)PC25Pokémon Yellow (Nintendo) GBC 196FA Premier League Manager 2001 (EA)47Sydney 2000 (Eidos)PC, PS1, DreamcastNew Entry8Age of Empires 2: Conquerors Expansion (Microsoft) PCNew Entry9Pokémon Snap (Nintendo)N64310Toca World Touring Cars (Codemasters)PS1Here is the GfK N64 Top Ten for the week ending September 16th, 2000:Last WeekThis WeekTitleNew Entry1Pokémon Snap (Nintendo)1 2Perfect Dark (Nintendo)33Rugrats Treasure Hunt (THQ)New Entry4Pokémon Stadium (Nintendo)185Road Rash 64 (THQ) 46Turok 3 (Acclaim)57Turok Rage Wars (Acclaim)128The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo) 99Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer (LucasArts)1710GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo)last_img read more

Wragge & Co to axe 85 after income falls

first_imgBirmingham firm Wragge & Co has announced that it will cut up to 85 staff, after its revenues fell by nearly a fifth last year. The firm’s turnover for the 12 months to 30 April was £104.3m, down by 17.5% on last year’s £125m. The firm did not release figures for profits and profits per equity partner (PEP), but said they will be available later in the year. The 85 redundancies will include both fee-earners and support staff. The firm also introduced a salary freeze for the 2009/10 financial year and is considering asking staff to take four-day weeks, sabbaticals, unpaid leave, extended maternity and paternity leave, and career breaks and secondments. Senior partner Quentin Poole said: ‘This has been a difficult year amid the most testing trading conditions I’ve experienced. It has been tough for everyone – clients, competitors and us. We have told our people that with less money coming into the business, we have to find ways to reduce our costs. ‘We have a track record for innovative thinking, so I expect us to come up with some inventive suggestions. Redundancies are a possibility, but they are a last resort. We will look at everything suggested and see how we can save money without losing people.’ Wragge & Co’s latest consultation comes after 24 people were made redundant through voluntary and compulsory redundancies in the autumn last year. Meanwhile, the firm promoted two to its partnership, while three partners retired. Wragge & Co has 112 equity partners. Today’s Gazette carries a feature on the state of the legal market in Birmingham.last_img read more

Real Madrid on their way to Melbourne where they’ll face Roma & Man City

first_img Both matches will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, which can hold more than 100,000 fans and hosts Australian football, cricket and rugby matches.  CEST Upd. at 22:53 In Norway, the final stage of their trop, they will take on Valerenga on August 9. Real Madrid are on their way to Melbourne (Australia), the city where Rafa Benitez’s team will begin the second phase of their 2015-16 pre-season.  They have travelled with 24 players, with Iker Casillas not among them having completed his move to Porto. Fabio Coentrao is also absent due to injury.  Madrid’s flight is due to touch down in the Australian city at 11.30h on Monday, June 13 (19.30h local time), according to the club’s official website.center_img 12/07/2015 Real Madrid will then continue onto China, Germany and Norway. In China they will play in a tournament (July 27 and 30) which also includes Inter Milan and AC Milan.  EFE Back in Europe, they will play in the Audi Cup against Tottenham (August 4), with Bayern Munich or Milan then waiting in the final.  It’s their first visit to Australia. While there they will play against Roma (July 18) and Manchester City (July 24). last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo “sent” Gareth Bale to a psychiatrist

first_img Joe Hart, of Manchester City, and Luke Shaw, of Manchester United, have also worked with the psychiatrist this season. JA Sanchez 12/09/2015 CEST “Ronaldo’s acolytes in the dressing room, such as the youngster Isco, also made life tough for Bale. That is when he turned to Edwards.” “The world player of the year turned on Bale when it became clear that the Wales flyer had failed to pick up the Spanish language to his own, exacting standards. Upd. at 12:05 “On the pitch Bale’s performances, including his stunning goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final and his strike in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in 2014, were threatening Ronaldo’s standing at the club. Neil Ashton wrote: “Perhaps that is why Bale was such a success again in his second season at the Bernabeu, learning to deal with the negative dressing room environment that had been created by Cristiano Ronaldo. The hostile environment Cristiano Ronaldo created at Real Madrid forced Gareth Bale to go and see a psychiatrist, according to the Daily Mail. The Welshman’s good start to the season has come thanks to Jamie Edwards, a former basketball player who helps sports stars prepare mentally. last_img read more

Monchi opens door to Arsenal move as he’s set to leave Roma today

first_img 08/03/2019 The media outlet claims the former Sevilla transfer king has reached an agreement to depart Roma in the next few hours. Upd. on 11/03/2019 at 09:45 CET IN SPORT.ES It appears Monchi isn’t a fan of Roma’s plan to replace the sacked Eusebio Di Francesco with Claudio Ranieri and is set to leave the Italian club as soon as today, according to ‘Sky’. Roma were eliminated from the Champions League thanks to a late, late goal scored by FC Porto. Off the pace in Serie A and out of Europe, questions have been asked of Monchi and his running of the team.center_img Monchi dejará la Roma The long term project started well. Last year, Roma reached the semi-finals ofthe Champions League but supporters have now lost patience with the direction the club is taking. Sport EN Monchi could be heading to Arsenal. The London club are looking for a new man to lead their project and he could join up with former Sevilla coach, Unai Emery.last_img read more

Both sides back Berwick hub

first_imgBy Rowan Forster Narre Warren South MP Judith Graley has pledged to open the state’s chequebook and bankroll Berwick College’s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Buy Back South Africa, save and create jobs

first_imgRob Davies, minister of the Department of Trade and Industry, launching the Buy Back South Africa campaign in Sandton on Tuesday 20 November.(Image: DTI)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sidwell Medupe, spokespersonDepartment of Trade and Industry+27 12 394 1650+27 79 492 1774Mary AlexanderSouth African consumers and procurement managers at large companies are being urged to fight back against cheap, subsidised imports and help create and save more jobs by buying locally produced manufactured goods, in a new campaign, Buy Back SA, launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Tuesday 19 November.The 2008 global crisis hit South African manufacturing hard, and cost the country round 300 000 jobs. In the last few years South Africa has suffered the double whammy of substantially reduced external demand for products and fierce competition from other manufacturing countries. Difficult economic conditions in the US and Europe – South Africa’s principal export markets – have been a severe knock for local manufacturers.The Buy Back SA campaign, announced at the Industrial Development Corporation offices in Sandton, Johannesburg, has been funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Manufacturing Circle, Absa and Proudly South African.A key part of the venture is a video featuring veteran South African actor John Kani urging support of localisation and the manufacturing sector, which will be aired on national television.Watch the Buy Back SA campaign advert:The ad was paid for by both the government and private sector. “This is a clear sign of the close working relationship that is in the process of being built between government and industry, and one that we think can be strengthened and deepened in a number of ways,” Davies said.Festive season spending“We are launching the first phase of this campaign before the festive season because we want to impress upon consumers and stakeholders in the private and public sectors the importance of buying locally manufactured goods and products,” Davies said.South African manufacturers, he said, made products of good quality, available at reasonable prices.“We want to encourage people to buy these products because this has significance in terms of job creation, revenue generation and service delivery improvement.”The South African government has developed a number of policy instruments to support localisation, the minister said. These include local sectors and products – including clothing and textiles, buses, rolling stock and power pylons – the DTI has designated for government procurement under the Preferential Public Procurement Finance Act.“We have also reviewed and put in place a new policy framework for the National Industrial Participation Programme to oblige overseas companies that have benefitted from state contracts above $10-million to invest a percentage of the contract directly into the productive sectors of the economy, wherever possible in the sector in which they are involved,” Davies said.Company procurement is keyThe minister said buying local is not only for consumers.“It is also crucially about companies – especially large retailers with large procurement budgets and supply chains – supporting local manufacturers – not only because this is in the national interest but because there are very often sound commercial reasons for doing so related to total cost of ownership: after-sales service, quick response, security of supply, niche product requirements, quality assurance and so forth.”The Manufacturing Circle represents many big South African manufacturing concerns. About 80% of the country’s manufacturers procure some 40% of their input locally. Coenraad Bezuidenhout, executive director of the body, said at the campaign launch that South Africans had stopped giving preference to local goods.“For manufacturers, the last couple of years have been quite difficult,” he said.After the Manufacturing Circle, Proudly South African and Absa bank contributed the initial funding, Buy Back SA will now need another R12-million to continue the campaign.“I want to appeal to the private sector,” Davies said. “We need to expand this campaign.” He invited companies to register by emailing [email protected] precedentDavies said the Buy Back SA campaign, while a government initiative, was not inappropriate for a free market economy.In the US, the Buy America campaign was an integral part of efforts to rebuild that country’s economy after the 2008 crisis. A close partnership between the government, private sector and further education institutions, Buy America was also an effort to save and create jobs.“The US economy has reportedly created 500 000 new high-quality jobs in the manufacturing sector since 2010, with 50 000 of these directly attributable to those efforts,” Davies said.International and local competitionMany African countries are rich in commodities, but development is held back by an inability to turn those commodities into manufactured goods. The more resources countries take out of the ground and export, unprocessed, to foreign buyers, the more intrinsic capital is lost.Manufacturing creates jobs and skills, and established manufacturing industries create a base of skills, capital and production infrastructure that can cushion country against the often irrational shocks inflicted by the global economy.Other than the 2008 meltdown, the over-valuation and volatility of the rand has also undermined South Africa’s manufacturing competitiveness, as have higher electricity, transport and labour costs, and strike action.Manufacturing has also suffered from local competition. Over the past two decades, the sector’s contribution to the South African economy has been gradually eroded by other industries, particularly the services sector. In 1994, manufacturing’s contribution to GDP at market prices was 20.9%. In 2012 it was 12.4%.last_img read more

One dead in head-on Highway 63 crash

first_imgOne person is dead, and another person is badly hurt, after a Highway 63 wreck.The Highway Patrol says it happened on Tuesday morning in Westphalia. Two cars crashed into each other head-on.As of midday Tuesday, authorities had not released the names of the people involved yet.last_img