ISL: FC Goa outclass NorthEast United 3-1

first_imgFC Goa rallied after conceding an early goal to defeat NorthEast United 3-1 in an Indian Super League encounter here on Thursday.The hosts took the lead in the 12th minute through Francis Dadzie, but Jonatan Lucca restored parity in the 28th minute at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here. Brazilian Reinaldo Oliviera put the Goans ahead after two minutes, while Mandar Dessai got an insurance goal in the 70th minute.The Goans have now moved up to the second spot with seven points from four matches, while NorthEast are still searching for their first point after three games.NorthEast United controlled proceedings during the initial stages of both sessions, but lost steam as the game progressed. A Raju Yumnam cross from the left set up NorthEast United’s goal. Sanju Pradhan followed up well to find Dadzie, who headed in.Also read: NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa: As it happened The hosts continued to be aggressive, but the complexion of the game changed when the Goans struck twice in two minutes.Brazilian Jonatan Lucca released winger C.S. Sabeeth, who darted into the box and centred for Joffre Mateu. The medio fed an onrushing Lucca, and the Brazilian fired into the left corner of the net to make the scoreline 1-1.Joffre spearheaded the second goal too. The Spaniard scampered into the box from the right and took a shot that was blocked by NorthEast United defender Cedric Hengbart, but Reiando was quick to dive and drive home with a right footer.advertisementThe Goans led 2-1 at half-time.The hists were in command for the first few minutes of the second half, but FC Goa had the last laugh. Sabeeth built up a counter-attack and Leo Moura’s though pass was connected into the net by Dessai.last_img read more

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Photos – Classy pictures of Sharmila Nicollet!!!

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementSharmila Nicollet (born 12 March 1991) is an Indo French professional golfer from Bangalore, India.Nicollet was born in Bangalore.Her father Marc Nicollet is French and her mother Surekha Nicollet is from Bangalore.Surekha is a perfumist and has her own Padmini Aroma Ltd in Bangalore while Marc is a software professional.Nicollet did her schooling in Bishop Cotton Girls’ School and Bangalore International school finishing her 10th grade and 12th grade privately.She is now pursuing a degree privately as well.Nicollet pursued golf in 2002 at the age of 11. She won her first tournament at the age of 15.She is a former national sub-junior swimming champ with over 72 gold and silver medals won in state and national aquatic meets (1997 to 2001).She was a state level athlete as well, making records at Bishop Cotton Girls School where she studied.Nicollet turned professional in 2009 when she was 18 years old.She is the youngest Indian golfer to qualify for Ladies European Tour.She is the second Indian to earn a full card on the Ladies European Tour.Nicollet won the 2009–2010 Order of Merit on the Women’s Golf Association of India and then five further events to finish on top of the 2010– 2011 Order of Merit.She finished the top Indian golfer at T22, at the 2011 Hero Honda Women’s Indian Open, with the lowest score of the day in the final round. She has a total of 11 wins on the Women’s Golf Association of India.She finally qualified with a full tour card for the Ladies European Tour in 2012, being the youngest Indian golfer to qualify.Image Courtesy – Sharmila Nicollet (Instagram)last_img read more

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Unemployment Rate Falls To Lowest Since March 2009

first_imgThe U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than two and a half years, as employers stepped up hiring in response to the slowly improving economy.The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dropped sharply to 8.6 percent last month, down from 9 percent in October. The rate hasn’t been that low since March 2009, during the depths of the recession.Still, 13.3 million Americans remain unemployed. And a key reason the unemployment rate fell so much was because roughly 315,000 people had given up looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed.Employers added 120,000 jobs last month. And the previous two months were revised up to show that 72,000 more jobs added – the fourth straight month the government revised prior months higher.Private employers added a net gain of 140,000 jobs last month. Governments, meanwhile, shed another 20,000 jobs, mostly at the local and state level. Governments at all levels have shed almost a half-million jobs in the past year.More than half the jobs added were by retailers, restaurants and bars, a sign that holiday hiring has kicked in. Retailers added 50,000 jobs, the sector’s biggest gain since April. Restaurants and bars hired 33,000 new workers. The health care industry added 17,000.The presidential election is less than a year away, which means President Barack Obama will almost certainly face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any president since World War II.And Europe’s financial crisis threatens to slow U.S. growth next year. A recession in Europe could reduce U.S. exports, hurt global financial markets and dampen business confidence.Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, estimates that the economy will expand 2.5 percent in the last three months of this year. But he expects growth to slow to 1.5 percent in 2012, partly because of the crisis in Europe. And if Congress fails to extend the Social Security tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits this month, growth is likely to slow even further.Weak job growth means companies don’t have to raise pay to keep their employees. Fewer jobs and lower pay leaves consumers with less money to spend. That’s holding back economic growth.In the past three months, the economy has added an average of 143,000 net jobs per month. That’s enough to keep up with population growth and better than the previous three months, when the economy averaged just 84,000.Other recent economic reports have been positive, too.Factory output expanded last month. Retailers reported a strong start to holiday sales over the Thanksgiving weekend, consumer confidence surged in November to the highest level since July, and Americans’ pay rose in October by the most in seven months.Car sales also rose sharply in November, normally a lackluster month for the auto industry. Chrysler, Ford, Nissan and Hyundai all reported double-digit gains on Thursday, compared to a year ago. – Originally posted on Aol Jobs by Christopher Rugabarlast_img read more

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Five Ways to Cultivate Your Donors—Personally

first_imgWe say you must have two personal contacts per year with each of your major donors. Here are five suggestions for the most personal and effective ways to keep in touch and develop a relationship with each donor:Call them! Have your CEO or a board member call your donors, whether it is to thank them, invite them to an event, ask for their input or feedback on an idea, or share a new issue or challenge your organization is facing.Have your CEO send out an e-mail to all your major donors every month. It needs to be more like a personal e-mail “letter” you would send a family member or group of family members updating them on your life.Know which part of your work your donors care about most. Once a year, make sure you call or meet with your donors to inform them personally about how particular programs have benefited from their support. Give them specific numbers, such as the number of additional people served, lives saved, families fed, etc.Take them to lunch. Meet with your donors face-to-face once a year and ask for their feedback. We call this an 80/20 meeting. Spend 80% of the time listening and only 20% talking. Ask what advice they have for you. Find out how you could be doing a better job of telling your story in the community. Share some of the challenges your organization is facing. Let your hair down a bit. Don’t forget: 80% listening!Host a small-group. Schedule a 80/20 lunch for no more than 10 major donors at a time. Follow up afterward to see if they have more ideas for you—and if they have anyone else to send your way.By continuing to tend and nurture each donor relationship, these same major donors will keep giving to your organization, often in substantially increasing amounts.About the author:Terry Axelrod, founder and CEO of Benevon, has worked in the fund development field for over 30 years. A dynamic, sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally, Terry’s high-energy trainings take the fear out of individual fundraising and give participants a practical, do-able system for long-term financial sustainability. Benevon trains and coaches nonprofit organizations to implement a mission-based system for raising sustainable funding from individual donors. This system ends the suffering about fundraising and builds passionate and committed lifelong donors. For more information, visit www.beneon.com.*Editor’s note: This article was originally published on June 5, 2009 and has been updated.last_img read more

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Argentine Tennis player Nicolas Kicker found guilty of match-fixing

first_imgArgentina’s Nicolas Kicker faces life-time bam after he was found guilty of match-fixing and “other offences”, the Tennis Integrity Unit announced (TIU) in a statement on Thursday.The 25-year-old was found guilty of attempting to fix the outcome of two matches, at ATP Challenger tournaments in Italy and in Colombia in 2015.He was also found guilty of failing to report a corrupt approach and of not co-operating with a TIU investigation into the allegations against him.”Having been found guilty of all charges, he will be sanctioned at a future date to be determined by Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Jane Mulcahy,” said a TIU statement.”Details of the decision on sanctions will be made public when received.”Kicker will be sanctioned at a later date, the TIU said, and will not be granted credentials to enter or compete in any professional tennis event sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis in the meantime.The Argentine is currently ranked 84th in singles and reached a career high of 78, which he achieved in June 2017.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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KL, Terengganu can secure promotion tonight

first_imgPremier League KL, Terengganu can secure promotion to Super League on Tuesday Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:05 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Premier League, 03022017 Kuala Lumpur the City Boys Facebook Premier League Super League Kuala Lumpur v Sabah PDRM v Terengganu Terengganu Kuala Lumpur The two Premier League sides can secure their return to the top tier on the penultimate matchday, even if they lose their respective matches tonight. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter Matchday 21 of the Malaysia Premier League; its penultimate round, will be played on Tuesday, with the top two teams looking bullish to secure promotion to the 2018 Malaysia Super League.Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Terengganu are now both on 44 points, but the Klang Valley-based side have the superior goal difference; +23 to the East Coast-based side’s; +14.Terengganu, Malaysia Cup, 29072017 Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Terengganu. Photo from Terengganu FA FacebookBut two other teams still have the chance of wresting the two promotion spots made available to the second tier.Third-placed dark horse PKNP FC are on 40 points with a goal difference of +14, and Negeri Sembilan are fourth with 38 points and a goal difference of +13.A win on Tuesday for KL and Terengganu in round 21 will see them both confirming promotion. However, a draw may just be enough, if both PKNP and Negeri draw or lose. The top two sides may qualify even if they lose, as long as PKNP and Negeri both lose in their matches as well.However, KL and Terengganu will surely want to seal the promotion on Tuesday. KL; the City Boys are playing at home against seventh-placed Sabah, while their last league match will be away to fifth-placed JDT II. The Turtles meanwhile are playing away to PDRM, with their next match away to PKNP, in what may be a promotion decider if Terengganu fail to wrap things up tonight.But Fábio Magrão’s side look to face the sterner challenge on Tuesday, as Sabah have won three and drawn two of their last five away matches. Perhaps realising this, the side have decided to make tonight’s match at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium a free entrance encounter; to ensure they get the full backing of the crowd.If KL manage to confirm promotion tonight, or in the next round, it will be their first season in the top-tier since the 2012 season. After that they even found themselves relegated to the third tier; the FAM League for the 2014 season, and upon returning to the Premier League for the 2015 season; found themselves relegated again at the conclusion of the season. Thankfully, they were saved from embarrassment by the shutting down of Singapore’s LionsXII in the Super League, and could stay in the second tier. A much better 2016 season ensued, and now they are just hours away from securing promotion.Meanwhile for Irfan Bakti Abu Salim’s men, a promotion would mean a quick return to the top tier, after they became one of the two sides to be relegated at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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CMI Receives Emergency Vehicles

first_img The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has received one ambulance and three fire trucks from the Government of Japan, valued at J$9.6 million (US$79,721).Provision of the units was facilitated under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security Project (GGP), through partnership with the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy.The vehicles, which were handed over yesterday (August 9), during a ceremony held on the school’s Palisadoes Park compound, are expected to significantly boost the CMI’s capacity to respond to emergencies in Port Royal.In his remarks, Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, His Excellency Masanori Nakano, said under the project, one fire truck and one ambulance will be assigned to the CMI location.He also noted that one fire truck will be placed at the fire station in Port Royal and the other truck will be stationed at the Donald Quarrie High School, in Harbour View.“The Government of Japan endorses the value of this project to the local communities, and has the highest expectation that these emergency response vehicles will boost the capacity of Kingston, St. Andrew and Port Royal to respond timely and effectively to emergency situations,” Ambassador Nakano said.He noted that the general expectations regarding the use of the three fire trucks and ambulance are that, over time, there should be a decrease in the number of disaster-related losses.For his part, Executive Director of the CMI, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, said the donation will empower the CMI to reintroduce volunteerism through an emergency and response training programme among the communities of Port Royal, Harbour View, Bull Bay and the general East Kingston areas.He said that as part of its corporate social responsibility, the CMI has adopted the Port Royal and Harbour View communities in order to transform them into university towns.“As part of this initiative, we will be providing free firefighting and emergency response training to build a cadre of volunteer emergency response teams trained and certified to international standards,” he said.The CMI is the only certified institution by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the Caribbean to provide firefighting and emergency medical response to all persons serving on-board ships.Dr. Pinnock said a grant from Japan, in partnership with St. John Ambulance, Jamaica Fire Brigade, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; Ministry of Transport and Mining and other stakeholders, will provide training and certification as well as maintain a training roster within the communities.He added that CMI students will also be trained, certified and will maintain a 24- hour call-out service in support of the Port Royal and Harbour View communities in the first instance.Meanwhile, Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, said it is important that Jamaica revive the spirit of volunteerism, noting that in the United States of America 69 per cent of their emergency services are volunteers, and that for Costa Rica, it is 100 per cent.“In Jamaica 60 per cent of the people who turn up at accident scenes are not volunteers. We lack skills and competence, not in the subjects taught in our schools through the education system, but in attitude. Everybody wants to be paid for giving a helping hand,” Mr. Henry said.The Minister said as part of the initiative to bring back volunteerism to Jamaica, the Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps has been formed at the CMI, to help improve discipline and build a marine conscience.“These volunteers will be the first Voluntary Firefighting, Emergency and Rescue Service in Jamaica, as the CMI partners with the Jamaica Fire Service and the St. John Ambulance Service,” Mr. Henry said.He informed that they will be trained and certified to IMO standards in first aid and firefighting.“This volunteer programme will be integrated into various school programmes through the Cadet Corps. Over 400 of them are to be trained and certified in emergency fire and rescue services,” he added. The vehicles, which were handed over yesterday (August 9), during a ceremony held on the school’s Palisadoes Park compound, are expected to significantly boost the CMI’s capacity to respond to emergencies in Port Royal. The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has received one ambulance and three fire trucks from the Government of Japan, valued at $9.6 million (US$79,721). Story Highlights For his part, Executive Director of the CMI, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, said the donation will empower the CMI to reintroduce volunteerism through an emergency and response training programme among the communities of Port Royal, Harbour View, Bull Bay and the general East Kingston areas.last_img read more

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Amendment Introduced to Engineering Profession Act

first_imgAn amendment to the Engineering Profession Act, introduced today, May 20, by Justice Minister Cecil Clarke, will increase the number of years experience needed to belong to the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia from two years to four years. This change will align the legislation with the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia’s current experience requirements for membership. -30-last_img

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Agreement Helps Ensure Clean Energy Lower Rates Good Jobs

first_imgAn agreement signed today, Aug. 19, by Energy Minister Charlie Parker will help ensure clean energy, lower, more stable power rates and good jobs for Nova Scotians for decades to come. Mr. Parker was in St. John’s, N.L., today, to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the federal government and Newfoundland and Labrador. The agreement is a commitment from the federal government to provide a loan guarantee in support of the Lower Churchill hydro-electricity project. It also establishes the process to finalize the guarantee by Nov. 30. “This is a massive project that will change both the economic and energy landscapes of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Parker. “I’m pleased that our governments were able to take this important step forward, demonstrating continued commitment to jobs, economic growth and a more sustainable future for the region.” Mr. Parker said today’s announcement is great news for the people of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. “The real beneficiaries of the federal assistance will be the ratepayers,” said Mr. Parker. “The loan guarantee reduces the cost of the project. Any savings will flow back to electricity customers in the two provinces, helping to keep their rates down.” The Lower Churchill project is part of the jobsHere plan to grow Nova Scotia’s economy. The project is expected to generate $3.5 billion in jobs and economic spinoffs, including more than 18,000 person years of employment — almost 6,800 person years of work in Nova Scotia alone. The project will provide Nova Scotia with clean energy at a lower, more stable rate for 35 years when power starts flowing in 2017. It will also go a long way toward helping the province achieve its clean air and renewable energy targets set out in the Renewable Electricity Plan. The province has committed that 25 per cent of its electricity will come from renewable sources by 2015, and 40 per cent by 2020. The project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one million tonnes a year. “The province is continuing to work hard on its commitment to reduce its dependance on fossil fuels,” said Mr. Parker. “This is a significant step to ensure clean energy, more stable power rates and good jobs for Nova Scotians.” The federal government also announced that it has issued a Request for Proposals to hire financial advisors to undertake due diligence work in advance of the loan guarantee for the Lower Churchill project. The request is posted online and closes on Sept. 2.last_img read more

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Afghanistan turns 100 All quiet in Delhis Little Kabul after suicide bomb

first_imgNew Delhi: The Afghan community in Delhi was looking forward to celebrate 100 years of Afghanistan’s independence on Monday, but the suicide bomb attack in Kabul two days ago has cast a shadow on the country’s enclave with people in no mood for any celebration. From restaurants to departmental stores, the mood is sombre in Lajpat Nagar — dubbed as ‘Little Kabul’ of Delhi and Bhogal, neighbouring Hazrat Nizamuddin area. At Kabul Delhi Restaurant in Lajpat Nagar-II, otherwise brimming with guests and known for offering choicest Afghan delicacies, had a couple of patrons only in the afternoon who ate quietly in a corner. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Aimal Qayumi, an employee of the restaurant, points to a framed picture of Jami Masjid of Herat on the wall, and Tolo Channel (of Afghanistan) playing a recorded event on a TV screen with low volume. “We are missing our country and these image are our only window to Afghanistan inside the restaurant. We are feeling proud that today marks the 100 years of our independence but the attack in Kabul is weighing heavy on our minds, we don’t feel like celebrating,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe 15-year-old restaurant, named after the capital cities of India and Afghanistan to signify the cultural connect of the two countries, is one of the preferred culinary destinations in Delhi to enjoy Afghan cuisine like Kabul Uzbeki, kofta chalao, qawrdagh (mutton fry), qorma kofta, and firni (desserts). Kayhan Etemady, 23, an engineering student who came for a quiet lunch at the restaurant, was dejected at not being able to make it to his home in Kabul, saying his family was eagerly waiting for his arrival. “But as fate would have it, despite having a flight ticket for Kabul all booked for August 16, I could not go home. I am missing my family and my beloved country. Today, I could have been with my family but here I am eating alone faraway in Delhi,” he told PTI. Etemady said he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering from a college in Pune and had lost his passport and other documents last month after booking his ticket. “I had contacted the Afghan consulate in Mumbai and relevant Indian authorities, but since I did not get the exit permit I had to come back from the Delhi airport since I could not fly. Since then, I am trying to get my permit,” he rued. Both Lajpat Nagar and Bhogal have a sizeable population of Afghans, many of whom had migrated to India after the bloodshed and civil war in Afghanistan. The community was looking forward to commemorate the occasion. Afghanistan became a free nation after the Third Anglo-Afghan War in 1919, also known as the War of Independence in that country. The Independence Day of Afghanistan falls on August 19, just four days after India’s Independence Day. The capital city of Kabul was decorated and a host of big events were planned for Monday, including the inauguration of the restored Darul Aman Palace, to commemorate 100 years but the Saturday’s attack has cast a pall of gloom in that country. An Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a packed wedding hall in the Afghan capital on Saturday night, leaving 63 people dead and 182 injured, according to officials there. In Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar enclave, many Afghans chose to remain mostly indoors, shops wore a quiet look, and a few women were seen hurriedly walking in the streets carrying ‘bakarkhani’ or other bakery items wrapped in newspapers. Several restaurants, departmental stores and pharmacies like Chopan Kebab, Balkh Super Market, Pakeezah Bakery and Afghan Pharmacy also wore a subdued look, with shopkeepers choosing to keep it low-key and not displaying Afghan flags or any decorative items despite the day being a landmark occasion. At Balkh Super Market, a 10-year-old store run by Mohammed Naseem Yusufi in Lajpat Nagar, two vintage portraits of King Amanullah Khan hang on the wall behind him as he sits in a sombre mood at the counter. “How can we celebrate when so many people have been killed? Our prayers are with the family. We are hearing that celebrations in Kabul have been postponed too. Maybe we can do it later too,” he said. ptilast_img read more

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Quebecs Charlevoix region to host next years G7 meetings

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada will play host to next year’s meeting of G7 leaders at a remote luxury resort in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, The Canadian Press has learned.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make the announcement at some point during this year’s G7 meetings, which get underway Friday in Sicily.Caroline Simard, the Liberal MP for the region, said she obtained “unofficial confirmation,” while a second source told The Canadian Press that the event would take place in the town of La Malbaie, 150 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.Simard — who represents the riding of Charlevoix-Cote-de-Beaupre — said such an event would bring economic benefits, as well as international media coverage sure to breathe new life into the region’s tourism industry.“It’s very exceptional for Charlevoix,” she said, noting that it would also demand an intense focus on security.“Such events mean not only enormous economic spinoffs but also spinoffs for tourism. More than a thousand journalists usually get involved in this type of event, so this would mean an exceptional opportunity to showcase Charlevoix.”The region is known for being very popular with tourists because of its rolling hills and lush greenery. One particularly popular spot is Tadoussac, where visitors gather to go whale-watching in the St. Lawrence estuary and the Saguenay fjord.The hotel’s managers refused to confirm any details about the meetings Thursday.The G7 comprises the seven richest economies in the world, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office would neither confirm nor deny that Quebec will play host to the 2018 meeting.It would mark the sixth time since 1981’s gathering in the Quebec resort town of Montebello that Canada has hosted the meetings, including in the Muskoka region of Ontario in 2010, Alberta’s Kananaskis Country in 2002 and Halifax in 1995.last_img read more

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Tory party takes disciplinary action after membership list shared

first_imgOTTAWA – The Conservative party is demanding that the National Firearms Association destroy a party membership list that it appears to have illicitly obtained from one of the camps in the recent leadership contest.“We are aware that our members are being contacted by an outside organization,” the party said Friday in a Facebook post.“We will be issuing a cease-and-desist letter to the organization in question, demanding that they destroy the list.”Party spokesman Cory Hann later confirmed that the organization is the National Firearms Association.The party’s move came after numerous Conservatives complained through social media that they’d received a letter this week from the NFA, seeking a donation.They suspected that the association had obtained their names and addresses from the party membership list, distributed to each of the 14 candidates during the leadership race, which concluded last weekend with the election of Andrew Scheer.The party did not name the culprit but said it has “identified the parties responsible for sharing the information, and will be taking disciplinary action against them.”Hann said all information about the issue has been given to the party’s chief returning officer for a ruling on “what we believe is a violation of the use of the membership list we supplied to leadership campaigns.”In a response Thursday to one of the complaints posted on Facebook, Conservative party executive director Dustin van Vugt revealed that the party “salted” the list given to each leadership campaign with fictitious information so that it would be able to trace any leaks.“If we find the source, they will have broken the rules and can still be fined from their compliance deposit,” he wrote.Each candidate had to pay a compliance deposit of $25,000. The party can withhold repayment of all or part of the deposit from any leadership campaign that broke the rules.“We regret that this incident has occurred,” the party said. “We have always taken our members’ privacy very seriously, and will continue to do so.”However, Michael Diamond, a former spokesperson for Kellie Leitch’s campaign, said it’s not the first time an outside organization has gotten hold of the party’s membership list. He pointed out that Mainstreet Research conducted polls of party members throughout the leadership race for iPolitics, an online media outlet.Mainstreet president Quito Maggi confirmed his company had access to a copy of the party membership list, which he said was acquired by iPolitics “from several leadership camps.”According to Maggi, the party never complained to him about the use of its membership list. Nevertheless, he said Mainstreet has a “solid privacy policy” and, now that the race is over, has already destroyed its copy.Diamond was among the first to complain about receiving a fundraising pitch from the National Firearms Association, after noticing “dozens of friends on Facebook, none of whom are part of the gun community,” had also received the missive.“It became very obvious that the common denominator between all of these people was membership in the Conservative party.”While he’s somewhat concerned about the privacy breach, Diamond said his primary objection is that he and thousands of other Conservative loyalists spent a year recruiting members in order to “build a better, stronger, bigger” party, not to help some outside organization raise money.“That is the Conservative Party of Canada’s list,” he said. “It should be used for the sole purpose of electing Andrew Scheer in 2019 and Conservative candidates across the country.”During the campaign, the National Firearms Association issued a report card on the leadership candidates, giving third-place finisher Erin O’Toole an A, the highest mark awarded to any of the contenders.O’Toole’s campaign manager, Fred DeLorey, is the registered lobbyist for the association.However, DeLorey said any allegations that O’Toole’s camp shared the membership list with the association are “false” — an assertion confirmed by van Vugt in an email to DeLorey.“The party has investigated the matter and (has) identified those responsible and they know it was not me, nor members of my campaign team,” said DeLorey, the party’s former director of political operations.Throughout the contest, DeLorey added that he recused himself from any campaign matters related to firearms and also from all NFA work related to the leadership race, including the report card.The party is apparently not concerned with a published report late Friday that said some members of Quebec MP Maxime Bernier’s camp were questioning the ballot count in last weekend’s leadership vote.The Globe and Mail cited some of Bernier’s supporters who wondered about the gap between the number of votes cast and the final number announced.Conservative Party president Scott Lamb told the newspaper that the voting was fair.“Elections are decided and verified and complete, and people can speculate about them all they want. But it was an audited, final result,” he said in an interview with the Globe.Other unnamed party officials were downplaying the concerns from Bernier’s supporters, the Globe said, noting they were coming from a losing camp.— With files from Steve Lambert in Winnipeglast_img read more

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Nova Scotia commits another 25 million to two venture capital funds

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s government has plans to put another $25 million into two venture capital funds, with the expectation that other Atlantic provinces and private investors will join in.Innovacorp Inc., a Crown agency that already has invested in a $65-million regional venture capital fund started in 2013, announced Friday it plans to put a second round of investment into startup firms in Atlantic Canada.The agency says it will commit to $15 million to be invested by fund manager Build Ventures, with the expectation that New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and private venture capitalists will become partners in a fund that is hoping to raise between $50 million and $75 million for investments.There is also a plan to invest a further $10 million in another venture fund, though a manager hasn’t yet been chosen.“They will make seed investment in the most promising start-ups in Atlantic Canada,” said Charley Baxter, the vice president of investment at Innovacorp.Baxter said the government involvement is part of an effort to help encourage the growth of a private sector venture capital industry in Atlantic Canada.Venture capital funds typically start rounds of investment at the mid-point of an existing portfolio of investments, in part to ensure the continued existence of the current fund and its management.The first round of investments in the Innovacorp project led to the selection of 14 Atlantic firms, many of which are still in their early stages, with about $36 million, or 55 per cent, of the original $65 million flowing to the companies to date.The success of venture funds tend to be measured later in the 10-year cycle. Articles published in the Harvard Business Journal have suggested that if a fund invests in 10 companies, it will have one or two success stories, three to four will break even and five will go bankrupt and cease operations.That means the successful firms need to make a major breakthrough in order for the fund to be profitable.Baxter said it’s too early to judge the success of the first round of investments, as more years are required to develop the firms.In the original venture capital fund, Nova Scotia invested $15 million, New Brunswick also invested $15 million, while Newfoundland and Labrador invested $10 million and Prince Edward Island invested $2.5.The Business Development Corp. provided $10 million, and there was also a private investor, Technology Venture Corp. of New Brunswick, that brought money to the table.A 2014 study of the government’s role in venture capital in Nova Scotia noted a gradual growth of venture investment over the past 20 years.In 1998, the province was attracting just US$46 million in investment, or .6 per cent of investment in Canadian firms. By 2013, that had grown to US$101.2 million, or almost two per cent of the Canadian total.Meanwhile, the region has seen some successful startups that were fuelled by venture capitalists.Halifax-based GoInstant received investment from three well-known U.S.-based venture capital funds for its technology. The firm was reportedly sold for close to $70 million.Radian6 Technologies Inc. of Fredericton, which created social media monitoring tools, was purchased by Salesforce.com in 2011 as part of a deal valued at US $326 million.Baxter points to these success stories as a helpful track record that has helped increase venture capitalists’ interest in the region.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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Twitter users younger better educated than general public

first_imgTwitter users in the United States are younger, better educated and more left-leaning than the general population, a survey showed recently. The Pew Research Center study found those using the micro-blogging platform are more likely to come from higher-income brackets but that their gender and racial or ethnic makeup is largely similar to the adult population as a whole. The Pew analysis indicates that the 22 per cent of American adults use Twitter – far less than the 69 per cent using the leading social network Facebook. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTwitter users are younger, more likely to identify as Democrats, more highly educated and have higher incomes than US adults overall, Pew researchers found. The median age of adult US Twitter users is 40 – seven years younger than the overall population. The survey found 42 per cent of adult Twitter users have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 31 per cent for the general public. And 41 per cent had a household income above USD 75,000 – nine points greater than the general population. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe researchers found 36 per cent of those surveyed identify with the Democratic Party, compared with 30 per cent of all US adults, while 21 per cent said they identified with Republicans, in contrast with 26 per cent of the US population. Only 14 per cent of Twitter users characterised their political views as “very conservative” compared with 25 per cent of the overall population. Similar shares of Twitter users and US adults identify as “very liberal.” The survey found 90 per cent of Twitter users rarely tweet, while the active 10 per cent are responsible for 80 per cent of all tweets created by US users. The median Twitter user posts two tweets a month, follows 89 accounts and has 25 followers. The “active” tweeters are much more likely to be women – who make up 65 per cent of this group – and more likely to say they regularly tweet about politics, according to the researchers. The survey comes amid intense pressure from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies who claim that Twitter and other social platforms are biased against conservatives – a claim roundly rejected by the companies. Pew surveyed 2,791 US adults in November and December 2018 who were willing to share their Twitter handles – enabling the researchers to analyse the content from their accounts. The margin of error for the study was estimated at three percentage points.last_img read more

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Deforestation threatens planet economies and communities UN chief warns

17 November 2011Deforestation not only threatens the planet’s climate and national economic development, but also communities whose income, culture and way of life depend on healthy forests, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today on a visit to Indonesia. Deforestation not only threatens the planet’s climate and national economic development, but also communities whose income, culture and way of life depend on healthy forests, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today on a visit to Indonesia. Mr. Ban was in the Central Kalimantan region of Borneo, which has been chosen by the Indonesian Government for a pilot programme of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) initiative.The initiative aims to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, and provides added incentive for governments and local communities to preserve and sustainably manage them.“REDD+ can be a win-win-win for local communities, for Indonesia and the world,” said the Secretary-General. “But let me be clear: While REDD+ can play an effective role in engaging developing countries in the global fight against climate change, it is not a substitute for deep greenhouse emissions reductions in developed countries. It is complementary.”Globally, deforestation accounts for some 17 per cent of global carbon emissions – the second largest source after the energy sector, Mr. Ban pointed out. Each hectare of forest lost or degraded contributes to global greenhouse emissions.“As we move ahead with REDD+, and for the initiative to be a success, it will be crucial to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of the communities who depend on forest resources,” he said, adding that he is aware that there is misunderstanding, apprehension and opposition about REDD+.“Indigenous people, in particular, are concerned that REDD+ is associated with unsustainable extractive industries that harm their well-being. Making REDD+ a success here in Kalimantan, and elsewhere, will require the commitment and cooperation of all stakeholders,” he stated. “We must ensure that all have a voice. This is a crucial test for REDD+ and for Indonesia.”He added that the UN will do its part to help this groundbreaking partnership realize its potential, beginning with the establishment of the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), whose opening the Secretary-General attended today. The UN is also consulting with government and civil society on improving forest governance and anti-corruption, as well as working to measure and understand the physical environment and the social implications of REDD+ to adjust efforts as they unfold.“We will facilitate environmental and social safeguards,” said Mr. Ban. “And we will help to establish Green Schools, and work on forest fire prevention and sustainable plantations.“In sum, our work will benefit local people while helping to address the global problem of climate change.”He noted that Kalimantan has extensive forest cover and peatland, and that many of its inhabitants are custodians of an invaluable wealth of forest-based knowledge. “Yet these men and women – and these precious ecosystems – are under threat from the global demand for palm oil, timber, minerals and other commodities,” said Mr. Ban, who met with representatives of communities affected by deforestation in the village of Kalampangan.According to a report issued in September by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), conserving key forests in Indonesia under the REDD+ programme could generate billions of dollars in revenue, up to three times more than felling them for palm oil plantations.The report recommended designating new forested areas for REDD+, taking into account the multiple benefits for carbon storage, orangutan habitat conservation and the protection of ecosystem services, while expanding palm oil plantations on land with low current use value and avoiding agricultural and timber concessions where conservation value is high.While in Kalimantan, Mr. Ban also visited a health clinic, where he immunized a child against polio and met with pregnant women and health workers. A key purpose of his trip to Bangladesh, Thailand and Indonesia has been to showcase their progress in advancing women’s and children’s health.“Indonesia understands that when you protect the health of individual women and children, you protect the well-being of the whole community,” Mr. Ban later told reporters. “That is my message here and around the world.”The Secretary-General is now in Bali, where he will take part in, among other events, the fourth summit between the UN and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). read more

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Marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis says there is no beverage deal to announce

EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it has not signed a deal with respect to any partnership with a drink company.In a report based on anonymous sources, BNN Bloomberg reported Monday that Aurora was in serious talks with the Coca-Cola Company.The marijuana company says it does engage in exploratory talks with industry participants from time to time, but there is no agreement or arrangement to announce.Trading in Aurora shares was halted pending the comments by the company.Aurora says it was responding to a request for comment by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.Sources told BNN Bloomberg that the world’s largest beverage company is interested in developing drinks that are infused with cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive element in cannabis also known as CBD.

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Online fundraiser for Veronica Mars movie surpasses 2 million goal in less

by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2013 4:02 pm MDT Online fundraiser for ‘Veronica Mars’ movie surpasses $2 million goal in less than a day LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Veronica Mars” fans just bought themselves a big-screen version of the cult favourite TV series.A crowd-sourcing campaign on the Kickstarter website to raise $2 million for the project hit its goal in less than a day.“Veronica Mars,” which starred Kristen Bell as a young sleuth, ended its three-season run in 2007. With Bell’s help, series creator Rob Thomas started the effort Wednesday to make a big-screen version.More than 33,000 contributors had pledged $2.1 million as of Wednesday evening, and the total was still growing.In his online pitch, Thomas promised, “The more money we raise, the cooler movie we can make.”The movie is the fastest project yet to reach $1 million on Kickstarter, hitting the mark in 4 hours, 24 minutes. It’s also the most-funded film or video project to date, according to a spokesman for the site. Previous top movie fundraisers are the planned “The Goon” ($442,000) and “Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa” ($406,000), both animated.Thomas said “Veronica Mars” owner Warner Bros. has given the project its blessing, and Bell and other cast members are ready to begin production this summer for a 2014 release. A studio spokesman said a limited release, meaning it may not be on thousands of screens or in every city, is likely at this point.The fundraising campaign, which was confirmed by Thomas’ representative at United Talent Agency, ends April 12.“You have banded together like the sassy little honey badgers you are and made this possibility happen,” Bell said in an online message, promising the “sleuthiest, snarkiest” movie possible.Bell is back on TV in “House of Lies,” the Showtime series starring Don Cheadle.She and several “Veronica Mars” cast members appear in a lighthearted video on Kickstarter in which they mull the prospect of reuniting.The series averaged between 2.2 million and 2.5 million viewers in its two-year run on the now-defunct UPN and final season on the CW network. Those modest numbers are overshadowed by the intense fan devotion that has kept dreams of a movie alive.Backers are eligible for various goodies, ranging from a PDF copy of the script to be sent on the day the film is released (for a $10 pledge) to naming rights to a character (for $8,000). An appearance in the movie, available to one $10,000 contributor, was snapped up.Crowdsourcing has given filmmakers a new way to get always-elusive funding. At last month’s Academy Awards, the short documentary “Inocente” became the first Kickstarter-funded film to win an Oscar. It received $52,000 from 300 contributors.___AP Business Writer Ryan Nakashima contributed to this report.___Online:http://kck.st/Z1HJRS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Shaw Media acquisition boosts Corus Q1 revenue bumps up profit

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 11, 2017 5:55 am MDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B) had $71.1 million of net income in the first quarter of its 2017 financial year, a big increase from the same time a year earlier before it acquired Shaw Media last spring.The profit amounted to 36 cents per share of the Toronto-based television, radio and entertainment company.Its adjusted earnings amounted to 41 cents per share or $80.8 million while revenue was just under $468 million.The quarter, ended Nov. 30, included the Shaw Media television business that Corus acquired last year for $2.65-billion.Corus has been consolidating Shaw Media’s results with its own since the beginning of its 2016 fiscal third quarter.If Corus had owned Shaw Media during last year’s fiscal first quarter, overall revenue would be down five per cent.However, on an absolute basis, Corus revenue was up 105 per cent from $228.3 million in the first quarter of 2016, net income was up 72 per cent from $41.3 million and adjusted earnings were up 90 per cent from $42.5 million.“Our Q1 results reflect meaningful improvements in our cost structure, with solid segment profit margins and subscriber revenue growth offset by transitional advertising revenue softness, as anticipated,” Corus CEO and president Doug Murphy said in a statement. Shaw Media acquisition boosts Corus Q1 revenue, bumps up profit read more

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Sophie Dahl follows in her grandfathers footsteps with first book for children

With someone like Roald Dahl in the family it was perhaps inevitable his granddaughter Sophie would one day turn her hand to writing children’s books. Now Sophie has created one of her own; Madame Badobedah, a mysterious old lady with a huge number of pets and possessions. 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. The former fashion model writer and TV presenter is currently in the process of completing her first children’s book, about a sparky young girl called Mabel who lives in a hotel by the sea and an imperious old lady – Madame Badobedah – who comes to stay, armed with a towering pile of bags and…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– He was, after all, responsible for such fantastical characters as Willy Wonka, the Big Friendly Giant, Esio Trot and Miss Trunchbull read more

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Opinion The CAO system can clearly be gamed and its perpetuating disadvantage

first_imgDESPITE THE ACKNOWLEDGED weaknesses of the Leaving Cert, the CAO points system for third level entry is often lauded for being a fair system. The admissions process is supposedly meritocratic, with exam performance being the sole determinant for earning a place at a third level institution. Family connections, status, power or wealth play no role in deciding who is accepted. Everyone has equal opportunity.It sounds convincing in theory, but just how fair is the system in practice? At Maynooth University, myself and a final year Computer Science and Software Engineering student, David Kelly, decided to investigate. School rankings are announced by the media each year, based on third level progression statistics. This information is usually presented in a raw data format which is difficult to interpret. To make it more accessible, we decided to superimpose the historical data on a map. The resulting app can be viewed here.Innate aptitudeAs soon as the data are plotted geographically it becomes obvious that the CAO points system does not distribute university admissions evenly. People living in any area of the country should have, in general, the same level of innate aptitude as those living in any other. Yet the visual display reveals remarkable disparities in third level access across certain urban areas. For example, the north side of Dublin, inner city and west city are generally red (indicating low access) while the south side is consistently green (indicating high access).Using school locations and third level admissions data from 2006 to 2013, we designed a simple algorithm to calculate the probability of a student living at a particular address going on to third level education. It should be noted that this algorithm makes great simplifications and ignores contextual details, offering only a crude approximation of underlying trends.According to these calculations, a child living in Crumlin has only a 12% chance of going to university, while a child living in the Dublin 4 area has a 71% chance. For example, in 2013 a group of four schools in the Crumlin area sent between them only four students to university, out of a total of 117 who sat the Leaving Cert. In contrast, another school in Ranelagh sent more students to university last year (86) than it had students sitting the Leaving Cert (85). These statistics form part of a broad pattern which is consistently repeated in the respective surrounding areas.Perpetuating disadvantageAs well as an association between CAO points and home address, there is also a strong association with the payment of schools fees. For example, a student living in Dundrum whose parents cannot afford to pay school fees has a 26% chance of going to university, while one attending a private school has more than double the probability, at 58%.Although university admissions do not provide a complete picture, they suggest that the CAO points system might be perpetuating a cycle of disadvantage in certain parts of the country. The system can clearly be gamed, by paying private school fees, by paying for grinds and by sending children to schools that are culturally geared towards maximizing exam performance. The result is that students living in affluent areas are virtually assured of a place at third level. In contrast, students from disadvantaged areas, who cannot avail of the same resources, have restricted opportunities. Given how the odds are stacked against them, it is no surprise that many young people in these areas disengage from the education system at an early age.Within a given school, CAO points has a strong correlation with student aptitude. Those with greatest academic ability will tend to achieve the highest points totals. Between schools, however, CAO points are less reliable as an indicator of aptitude. Different schools present completely different learning environments, meaning that comparing CAO points for students in Crumlin and Dublin 4 is like comparing apples and oranges. The data suggest that the strongest single predictor of CAO points between schools is not innate talent, but home address. Students are being accepted into university largely on account of where they live.Inequality costs us allOur education system should strive to eliminate academic disadvantage in society, not perpetuate and amplify it. Inequality is expensive. Research has shown that levels of inequality are correlated with lower physical and mental health, as well as greater drug abuse, imprisonment, obesity and violence. Inequality harms everyone by weakening innovation, investment and wealth production. As a consequence, the role that education systems play in facilitating social mobility and equality of opportunity may be just as valuable for economic growth as the act of teaching itself. Arguably, the single most important thing we can do to ensure the future prosperity of our nation is to act now and reduce educational inequality to the greatest extent possible.In light of this, we propose that student performance should be evaluated within schools rather than between schools. University places should be awarded to students based on the ranking they achieved within their school, not their national ranking. For example, a student finishing in the top 10% of their cohort should be afforded the same opportunities, whether they attended a school in Crumlin or one in Ranelagh. A within-school evaluation system of this nature would encourage high achieving students to attend their local school, supporting a more equal distribution of resources.Some educators raise the point that, if more students from disadvantaged areas were allowed into third level, they would struggle to catch up. Initially, that might well be the case. But overcoming these disparities is exactly what our education system should be aiming to achieve. Contrary to its perception as fair, the CAO points system might actually be playing a key role in sustaining academic inequality.Ten closest schools to selected locations in Crumlin and Dublin 4, with red indicating low university access (<10% percentile) and green indicating high access (>90% percentile).Click here to try the app for yourself…Dr Phil Maguire is co-director of Computational Thinking at Maynooth University.Opinion: Have a positive impact on Ireland’s society and economy – choose a STEM careerlast_img read more

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