Nitish kicks off ‘image makeover’

first_imgAfter breaking ties with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) again to form the new government in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar apparently suffered a major dent to his political image. However, in the past week, he has been on an overdrive to re-establish his core plank of better governance by taking major decisions and effecting mass transfers of bureaucrats. Mr. Kumar is also holding review meetings of several departments every day.Mr. Kumar has effected a major reshuffle in the State’s bureaucracy and its police by transferring 28 Indian Administrative Service and 42 Indian Police Service officers. Officials of the rank of District Magistrates in six districts and 13 Superintendents of Police were transferred in the reshuffle. Action on mining racket Tough and upright IAS officer K.K. Pathak, widely known as an architect of the strict prohibition laws in the State, has been given additional charge as Principal Secretary of the Department of Mines and Geology, to launch a crackdown on the illegal sand mining racket, in which several RJD leaders are said to be involved. But Mr. Pathak, apparently peeved with the manner in which he had to quit the Excise and Prohibition Department in September 2016, has expressed his inability to join his new post.‘Good governance tag’JD(U) leaders told The Hindu that the transfers of these officials were long overdue, and after breaking ties with the previous ‘Grand Alliance’ (mahagathbandhan) government, Mr. Kumar had transferred them out for strengthening the “good governance”. However, Opposition RJD leaders charged that officials of a particular caste were targeted and some bureaucrats, who are considered close to Mr. Kumar, were brought in to “dig out something to target our party leaders, who were earlier Ministers in the Cabinet”.last_img read more

Vince Carter biopic to be shown at Toronto film fest

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side As confirmed by the Toronto Star, the biopic, directed by Sean Menard, will delve into Carter’s undeniable impact in Canada during his six years  as a member of the Toronto Raptors basketball team from 1998 to 2004..@seanmenard’s documentary THE CARTER EFFECT, an unprecedented look at @Raptors @NBA All-Star Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15). #TIFF17 pic.twitter.com/ElC2XBTum2FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) August 9, 2017 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vince Carter’s illustrious career will head to the big screen and it’s only fitting it will be first shown where it all began.A documentary titled ”The Carter Effect” will be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival, which will be held on Sept. 7-17.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers MOST READ Dubbed as “Vinnsanity” and “Air Canada” for his off-the-charts, high-flying antics, the current Sacramento Kings guard played a monumental role in putting the once obscure expansion franchise on the basketball map and into a legitimate playoff contender in the Eastern Conference in the early 2000s.The dynamic eight-time All-Star also become one of, if not the best dunker of all time—punctuated by his now iconic performance at the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk contest.The film will also go through Carter’s ugly split with the team, after he left for the New Jersey Nets in 2004.Now 41 years old, Carter may no longer possess the same youthful athleticism he once had, but he continues to be an effective player in the league.He also helped raise the popularity of the sport  in the hockey-dominated country and helped foster a generation of today’s brightest Canadian stars including Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Kelly Olynyk, Cory Joseph and Jamal Murray.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hot-shooting San Beda humbles Mapua for 6th win View commentslast_img read more

ICC World T20: Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny reported for suspect action

first_imgThe International Cricket Council says Bangladesh off-spinner Arafat Sunny and fast bowler Taskin Ahmed have been reported for suspect bowling actions during the World Twenty20.The world body said in a statement Thursday that the pair was reported during Bangladesh’s opening group A game against the Netherlands in Dharamsala on Wednesday.The players will undergo independent testing at an ICC-accredited center in Chennai but can continue bowling until the results are known.ICC regulations state that the report of such an assessment should be completed within seven days from the date of receipt of the match officials’ report.Bangladesh, which won its first game by eight runs, plays Ireland on Friday and Oman on Sunday.The group winner advances to the Super 10 stage.last_img read more

Chance for India to test bench strength in T20s against Zimbabwe

first_imgOn a high after a clean sweep in the One-Day International (ODI) series, the young India team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni will aim to continue their domination when they take on minnows Zimbabwe in the first game of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series in Harare on Saturday. (Lokesh Rahul promises to fire on all cylinders in T20s vs Zimbabwe)After inflicting a 3-0 ODI series whitewash on the hosts, the Indians will look to pull off an encore in the shortest format of the game and end the tour with a perfect record.The ODI series was thoroughly an one-sided affair dominated by the Indians, some of whom made their international debuts.Opening batsman Lokesh Rahul, along with Faiz Fazal, made the most of the opportunity to take the team to a comfortable victory against a hapless Zimbabwe side while leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball. (KL Rahul’s dream debut highlights India’s whitewash over Zimbabwe)But ahead of the T20I series, the hosts will take some encouragement from past results agaist India. In 2015, the Ajinkya Rahane-led India were held to a 1-1 draw in the T20I series after they lost the second match. Kedar Jhadhav and Manish Pandey, who are also on the tour this time around, will be well aware of the past results. (Faiz Fazal justifies late call-up with swashbuckling fifty on ODI debut)INDIA TO TEST BENCH STRENGTHAfter an easy outing in the ODI series, Dhoni will like to try out Mandeep Singh, Jayant Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat in the T20s. All of them have warmed the bench till now. (Sourav Ganguly raises questions on MS Dhoni’s future as India captain)advertisementRahul, Pandey and Ambati Rayudu are almost certain for a place the playing XI. But, it will be a toss up between Karun Nair and Fazal for the opener’s spot.Nair got to play in the first two ODIs, scoring 39 in the second game after failing in the first, but Fazal impressed in his first outing in international arena, scoring a maiden half-century in the third ODI. (Why Dhoni is not good news for Indian cricket anymore)Nair has been a consistent performer for Indian Premier League (IPL) sides Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils, but Fazal hasn’t featured in the cash-rich league since 2011.ZIMBABWE LOOK TO FIGHT BACKOn the other hand, Zimbabwe, after surrendering to a dominant India in the ODI series, will aim to give it all and put up some fight in the shortest format of the game and upset the visitors. (Dhoni becomes first Indian wicketkeeper to complete 350 ODI dismissals)However, the hosts suffered a blow when senior players Sean Williams and Craig Ervine were ruled out after suffering injuries during the ODIs.Ervine injured his hamstring in the first ODI, while Williams, who replaced him for the second game, fractured his finger at training soon after the toss.Tendai Chisoro and Tawanda Mupariwa, who were part of the ODI squad, have been left out, while the uncapped Tapiwa Mufudza earned a call-up.Brian Chari and Tinotenda Mutombodzi, who last played an international game in late 2015, were also recalled, while Chamu Chibhabha, who last played T20s in January, was picked following a decent run in the ODI series.Among the notable omissions from the ICC World T20 squad, in which Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the main round, are Tinashe Panyangara, out with a back injury, and Luke Jongwe.The series is expected to be a smooth ride for the visitors, who are ranked second in the T20 rankings, against the No.12th-ranked hosts.last_img read more

Honor View 20 at Rs 25,999 on Amazon makes it a flagship worth buying

first_imgHonor is holding its Honor Friendship Days sale on Amazon India between July 25 to July 29, 2019. The sale will see some exciting offers and discounts on Honor smartphone such as the Honor Play, Honor 10 Lite and Honor 8X, among others. But perhaps the most exciting smartphone on offer is the Honor View 20 (Review), which is the company’s premium flagship device this year that is being sold for as low as Rs 25,999 during the Friendship Days sale.To recall, the Honor View 20 was launched back in January with a starting price of Rs 37,999 for the variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This same storage model is now available at Rs 25,999 during the Honor Friendship Days sale until July 29. The 8GB + 256GB storage variant, meanwhile, is available for Rs 31,999, down from Rs 45,999.The Honor View 20 is a terrific flagship smartphone based on our time reviewing the device back in January. Before we tell you why it is perhaps the best deal right now at Rs 25,999, we take a quick look at its specifications.Honor View 20 specificationsThe Honor View 20 offers a premium design language as it uses a combination of glass and metal. The 3D curved glass panel on the back comes in Balck and Blue colour options. The View 20 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2310 pixels) TFT LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 91.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The screen gets a punch-hole cutout on the top left corner that houses a selfie camera. The View 20 is powered by a flagship Kirin 980 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It houses a 4,000mAh battery and supports Huawei’s 40W Super Charge fast charging tech. The View 20 also ships with Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top.advertisementNotably, the Honor View 20 is the world’s first phone to sport a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, which has since been seen on a number of smartphones. The View 20 also gets a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera. Up front, the View 20 offers a 25MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.Honor View 20 is worth buying during Honor Friendship Days saleThe Honor View 20 is easily one of the best flagship phones of 2019. It offers a terrific combination of features in 2019 and is the phone that kick started the punch-hole display and 48MP camera trends. The View 20 brings an attractive FHD+ display, which looks great despite being an LCD screen. It is also the most affordable phone right now to be powered by a flagship Kirin 980 chipset.With the Kirin 980 SoC and a generous amount of RAM, the View 20 will deliver blazing fast performance similar to what you would get on device like the Honor 20 or Huawei P30 Pro. The cameras on board are also some of the best you will find in this price segment. It also delivers a great battery life paired with the convenience of rapid fast charging. Overall, the View 20 is a complete flagship experience and is worth every penny at its new pricing. In fact, the discounted pricing makes the Honor View 20 a great alternative to the newly launched Redmi K20 Pro as well.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 review: The flagship Honor is a hole lot of funlast_img read more

Freshman RB Jeff Carr Earning Plenty of Buzz

first_imgCarr was an unranked prospect before committing to the Cowboys at the end of January, just before signing day. At 5-foot-7, and 170 pounds, Carr could be a gadget player and a shiny new toy for Yurcich to have fun with this season.Most people think of a Big 12 running back and picture a strong, power running back who can pummel their way through the line. (See: Samaje Perine). But in Carr’s case, his lack of size and nimble feet could play to his advantage.Carr held offers from several mid-major colleges, but Oklahoma State was the only Power 5 conference team who took a chance on Carr.Going into the summer, most would have guessed Carr would redshirt and be an extra body to develop throughout the year. If he is able to break the three-deep rotation this season, Gundy’s evaluation of talent will have paid off in a big way.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Going into fall camp last season, true freshman James Washington earned a lot of buzz about his camp performance. He ended the season with nearly 500 yards receiving to go along with six touchdowns in his rookie year in Stillwater.This year, another true freshman is earning the same buzz, as Bill Haisten reports he could be the third back in the rotation.@kartral21 #okstate As a running back, Carr probably will be third behind Carson and Childs. Carr may be used on punt returns. Sub-4.4 40.— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) August 5, 2015last_img read more

The Ups and Downs of Online Giving in a Down Economy

first_imgIn December of 2008, we published an article showing that online giving had grown significantly between the fall of 2007 and the fall of 2008.1 We decided to take one more look at these trends—the election is over, the economic crisis has deepened and end-of-year fundraising data is available.As before, we looked at online giving for five nonprofit clients, including Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity International, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oxfam America, and The Wilderness Society. For all five clients, we looked at their online ‘white mail’ – unsolicited gifts via the organization’s main donate page – for September, December and their end-of-year fundraising email marketing.The data below represents the average changes in giving, year over year, for the five organizations.Our analysis showed:The number of online ‘white mail’ gifts was up by roughly 20% each month of the year as compared to the same month in the previous year. Every one of our study participants saw an increase in the number of ‘white mail’ gifts made online in December of 2008.The average gift size for online ‘white mail’ has plummeted, with an average gift in December of 2008 nearly 20% less than the average gift in December of 2007.The increase in the number of gifts offset the decline in average gift size, which meant that the nonprofits in our study only saw a 4% increase in overall online giving via white mail when comparing December of 2008 to 2007.When we looked at the December email fundraising, however, the increase in the total number of donors was much larger, and the average gift size did not decline as steeply, leading to an increase in the total amount raised via email by the participating nonprofits.How can nonprofits best adapt to these changes in results? We have a few suggestions:1) Maximize average gift size where possible. There are a number of ways to help strengthen the average gift size, including:Present gift options from high to low (see an example at www.oxfamamerica.org/donate).Consider offering a premium with higher dollar gifts to encourage donors to make larger gifts.Use giving history to make sure you are asking previous donors for an amount that is equal to or greater than previous gifts. You don’t want to ask your $100 donor to give $35 when they renew their membership!2) Maximize email fundraising returns. There are two major ways we would suggest maximizing your email fundraising returns, in addition to improving the average gift size:Focus your emails on urgent deadlines. We’re seeing that fundraising emails that focus on deadlines that are only 1-2 days away significantly outperform other emails.Grow your email list. Email fundraising is partly just a function of who you email, and the larger your list, the more money you will raise (as long as you focus on high quality recruits). Given tight budgets, think about sources that might not cost as much as paid advertising, such as cross-promotions with like-minded nonprofits, marketing your email list via a Google grant or more aggressively collecting email addresses from other channels.3) Leave no stone unturned. In the past, online fundraising has grown almost effortlessly for some organizations. With online giving slowing down, however, it may be time to try some tactics that don’t produce huge results, but can boost returns during a campaign, or slowly over the course of a year. When running an online fundraising campaign, don’t just send out a series of three email messages. Use every tool at your disposal – start with these, then think of others:Promote the campaign on your website’s home pagePost about it on your organizational blog.Put a ‘P.S.’ in your advocacy alerts linking to the fundraising campaign.Run an e-newsletter article.Promote it to your Facebook causeSet up a post-advocacy ‘landing page’ that takes petition signers directly to the campaign donation page.Produce a compelling online video and host it on your donation page.Have a ‘lightbox,’ splash page or other homepage takeover coded and ready to go in case of a media moment or emergency.Each of these promotions may produce only a fraction of the returns of a standalone email, but they can help you boost overall results.And most importantly, don’t give up!We’d like to thank the five nonprofits who generously shared their data for this study: Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity International, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oxfam America, and The Wilderness Society.ABOUT M+R STRATEGIC SERVICESM+R is dedicated to helping our clients advance their missions in order to bring about positive change. We do this by helping organizations and campaigns we believe in develop smart and effective strategies, hone their messages, mobilize their members, build grassroots support, raise money, and communicate effectively with the media, the public and decision-makers, both online and offline. www.mrss.comlast_img read more

Is Your Story Big Enough?

first_imgDownload the participant handout, transcript and audio recording below Related Documents!While the economy is slowly recovering, are your fundraising appeals still in need of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation? You’ve tried creating a sense of urgency and alarm, but your message is falling on deaf ears. You’re not delivering the numbers you need to produce.Why have people stopped listening? Here’s a little secret: Donors don’t really give to a program or organization; they invest in the bigger story. In other words, donors give to issues where they feel a direct personal connection. Your work must mean something to them, or else their dollars go to a cause that does.That’s why supporters want more than clichés and platitudes about “doing good”. They need a story they can locate themselves into; and that usually requires moving beyond the classic adversity/victimization story.This archived presentation covers:Why the classic hero story creates unnecessary adversity for your cause and might be doing more harm than good in your fundraising appealsHow to break the cycle of guilting or shaming others into supporting you, and how to find a genuine attention-grabbing message that people can truly believe inWhere to look for the essential truths at the heart of your brand/mission that invites and unites, rather than drives away potential supportersAbout our speakerAs the President of Get Storied, Michael Margolis advises nonprofits, businesses, and entrepreneurs on how to get others to believe in their story. With a background in social enterprise and cultural anthropology, Michael helped launch two pioneering nonprofits before the age of 22. Michael has since worked with dozens of world-changing efforts and helped to revitalize and translate the bigger story for each of his clients. Believe Me: a Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators, is a new book by Michael Margolis with fresh perspectives for anyone in the business of change. His short little manifesto introduces 15 storytelling axioms that will help you re-think how nonprofits must communicate their work, especially in this new adaptive age. Download a free excerpt at www.believemethebook.comMichael’s unique work and ideas have been featured in Fast Company, Brandweek, and Storytelling Magazine. Michael teaches Brand Storytelling at Schulich School of Business and delivers keynotes, story coaching, and learning programs around the globe. Michael believes its time for everyone to reclaim or reframe towards their bigger story. And eat more chocolate.last_img read more

In Transition

first_imgPosted on April 4, 2011June 20, 2017By: Anna Dion, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Anna Dion, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.I have had a Mercedes Sosa song playing in my head for most of this month, I think because it gives me some comfort as I navigate the many changes that this past month has brought.“Como todo cambiaQue yo cambie no es extrañoCambia todo cambiaCambia todo cambia”This has been a month full of change- both personal and professional. We have just finished an intensive pilot course for 15 birth companions, who will now begin the ‘real work’ of accompanying high-risk pregnant women across the municipality of Pilar from early in their pregnancy until 6 months after the birth of their child. Our goal is to eventually bring this model to scale across the entire municipality in an effort to improve the accessibility and services available to women and their newborns living in high-risk situations.It was truly inspiring to see the shift in perspective among many of the companions throughout the course- many of them starting from a position of wanting to correct the ‘bad habits’ that are often characteristic of many high-risk women. By the end of the course, the class had collectively shifted towards a more supportive and empathetic approach- understanding their own role in following the lead of their pregnant companion and helping them navigate health and social services in the way that best meets their own needs.Working with the diverse group of women in our class, I couldn’t help but be affected by their stories and experiences. Many of them have lived through situations of violence, abuse, isolation and discrimination. Ironically, these situations will likely make them better supports to the women they will accompany.Since the beginning of my Young Champion fellowship, I have also been in a perpetual state of change- and not only because of the work that I am involved with. I discovered early in my fellowship that I myself was pregnant, and my body and mind have been slowly getting myself ready for motherhood. While it has been challenging to be away from my family throughout all of these changes, I have felt very privileged by the love and support that I have received from so many of my colleagues and friends in Argentina. But now, 6 months into my fellowship and 7 months pregnant, I have to return to Canada to start building a home for our new arrival. I feel somewhat torn to leave Argentina, as I will be missing the true test of our program when our companions go out to start their work.However, this also gives me the opportunity to begin developing my original idea submitted to the Young Champion competition, and I can’t help but reflect on how I have changed over the course of this fellowship and how I will put these lessons into practice upon my return home. A lot of these lessons center on the belief in my own ability to develop and deliver a targeted and relevant program, adapting from my previous experiences as a Birth Companion in Canada, and our experience in developing a sister-program in Argentina. I have also developed a better sense the balance that I myself am comfortable with between analysis- building a program based on the best evidence available- and action.As my mind and body prepare themselves for this latest transition, I also can’t help but think about the many women who do not receive the basic care and support that everyone needs as they prepare to be a mother- whether it be for the first or the seventh time. More than ever before, I appreciate my own privilege, both as an expectant mum and as a young person given this unique opportunity to innovate, explore and shine.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

12 Questions that Lead to a Better Fundraising Story

first_imgAdditional Questions:Can you describe who most easily identifies with your work?What are you doing to remind them of how they belong with you?How might you give them something to remember you for?There are many reasons people are motivated to donate – but the constant same is meaning. That is your true currency and the building block of all great stories. How can you create a pride of belonging? About the AuthorMichael Margolis is the founder of Get Storied, an education, publishing, and consulting company that works with diverse world-changing efforts. Michael advises nonprofits, businesses, and entrepreneurs on how to get others to believe in their story. You can download a free copy of his storytelling manifesto for change-makers and innovators: www.believemethebook.com. 2. What Do You Stand For?More than just numbers, donors invest in organizations that reflect their own personal values and worldview. In giving to a specific group, they are expressing themselves through the work that you do. Their image of self is bundled with how they direct their giving. When they give to your organization, that’s a reflection of who they are – or who they aspire to be. Now, just how are you reinforcing their story of identity? 3. Are You For Real?There are plenty of “worthy” causes. Yet increasingly donors question what organizations are “worthy” of contribution. People more and more question where there money is going, and whether they’re making the right choices. Being “for real” requires that you demonstrate your authenticity and legitimacy. More than just numbers, it means that you are judged for your knowledge, trust and social capital. It’s becoming much easier to tell the story of the clients you serve — especially if you have a smartphone, a social media presence and a few juicy questions to ask.Unfortunately, it can be more difficult to tell a story with which your donors can identify.Let’s be honest: Storytelling often gets muddled when it comes to the fundraising process. While you’re judged by your impact on beneficiaries, it’s ultimately your donors that must buy into your story.There’s the secret to really great fundraising: If you can put yourself in the shoes of your donor, your financial appeal stands a much greater chance of success. Remember that donors are increasingly cynical, suspicious and exhausted. That’s why you need to speak in a more thoughtful manner.Here are a total of 12 questions to help you reinforce the emotional connection and the perceived value of your work.1. Do I Belong Here?That’s the first question in the mind of every donor. One way or another, they must locate themselves in your story. They must experience a genuine emotional pull that what you do matters to them, personally. It might be the cause itself, a pet project that means something, their relationship to a staff person – the possible intersections are endless. It’s your job to help connect the dots and determine why people generally get involved. Additional Questions:How do you communicate the philosophy of your organization?Does your ethos speak to a narrower or mainstream audience?What might you do to evolve your story for greater relevance?As the saying goes, “The most important things are choosing what’s most important”. That’s why you need to clearly articulate your values, and in a manner that hopefully is generative for attracting more people into the mix. Additional Questions:Why was the organization founded or started (in response to what)? What unique approach or knowledge do you have on your issue? Who do you truly represent, and how do you prove their support? Communicating your nonprofit’s unique difference is a matter of survival. While you must paint a picture regarding the scale of impact, it’s not just about over-rationalized arguments. Strive to tell a bigger story that inspires the imagination. At the end of the day, are you giving you donors a story they can proudly believe in?last_img read more

Do you have a welcome mat or a closed door?

first_imgI got the most amazing email last week in response to my post on native eyes – the idea that when we become too close to our issue, everything becomes everyday and we lose sight of what is remarkable. Sometimes, we lack the gift of fresh eyes into our own story.Wendy Kikkert of the Neighborhood Music School wrote this in response:We recently had the gift of fresh eyes – an intern that was placed at our school. We’re in Boyle Heights, which is a poor area of Los Angeles. We’re in a Victorian home, and there’s an iron gate around the property that’s locked at night to protect the building. During business hours, we had always unlocked the driveway gate, but for some reason, no one had ever unlocked the front gate which leads up to the front door. Shortly after he started here, the intern asked why we kept the front gate locked, that it looked as though we were closed. Well, why did we? No reason!So, we opened the front gate, put out some friendly inviting signs, and people in the neighborhood started coming in (because one of the signs said “please come in”) and signing up for lessons. We opened the front door and started a Facebook page in December, and we have enrolled over 40 private students and over 50 group students since the holidays – exponential growth for a school that had 135 students when if first got here eleven months ago.So, amen to that insight!Thanks Wendy for letting me share your message – and the photo of your open gate. Your email got me thinking far beyond native eyes. To mix metaphors, it got me thinking about welcome mats. How does your organization feel to the world? Is there a welcome mat and open door? Is your website warm and inspiring? Is your material accessible and guiding? Is your building friendly and inviting? Are you going out and meeting people where they are, in the street or on Facebook?Unlock the gate and what happens may surprise you.last_img read more

Michigan Insider Shares Major QB Shea Patterson News

first_imgShea Patterson of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass while playing the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson could elect to enter April’s NFL Draft. However, a new report indicates good news for Wolverine fans.According to MGoBlog, Patterson is leaning toward returning for his senior season in 2019. This is his first season at Michigan after he played his first two years at Ole Miss before transferring.Citing an email from an insider, here’s what MGoBlog had to say about Patterson’s plans.Per Someone Who Would Know, Shea Patterson is planning on returning for his senior year. He’s likely to submit his name to the draft committee for an evaluation, get a mid-round grade, and return.As this space mentioned a couple weeks back, he’s in the heart of the distribution of guys for whom a return makes sense even when the criteria are strictly financial bottom line stuff: draftable but with first round upside if he can just refine his reads.This season, Patterson is completing a career-high 67 percent of his passes for 1,667 yards, 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions. For his college career, Patterson has 37 TDs against just 15 picks.Additionally, Patterson has shown off his running capabilities this fall, rushing for 187 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Eighty-one of those yards came on one run against Wisconsin.Looking ahead to the 2020 NFL Draft, it seems like Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa would be the first quarterback off the board, assuming he declares early. Patterson would be in the mix to go early behind him, along with Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, among others.Patterson and the Wolverines resume their 2018 schedule this Saturday against Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Minister Shaw Attends Castleton Expo St Mary

first_imgIndustry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, interacts with students and teachers of the Castleton Basic School in St. Mary, during the annual Castleton Botanical Gardens Expo on Friday, May 31. The event was hosted by the Ministry’s Public Gardens Division under the theme: ‘Protect our Species’. The expo serves to heighten patrons’ awareness about the Gardens’ wide-ranging plant species.last_img

Singh puts on brave face one year in as NDP faces existential

first_imgOTTAWA – One year ago, Jagmeet Singh was being hoisted into the air at a packed Toronto hotel as NDP leadership results rolled in.The Queen’s Park politician was billed as a charismatic, dynamic injection of energy desperately needed for the federal wing of his party following two years of political losses.He even took his victory party to a dance floor following his slam-dunk win.Much has changed over the last 365 days.This week, Singh conducted interviews from the vacated Centre Block office of the man he replaced — Tom Mulcair — where personal belongings have been stripped, vines hang over a fireplace and ginger candies sit on an unused desk.Singh might be NDP leader, but he doesn’t have his own office on Parliament Hill yet due to lacking a seat in the House of Commons.Nonetheless, the 39-year-old politician isn’t rattled — on the outside, anyway — even if longtime New Democrats have concerns about his leadership, the party’s future, poor morale and slumping fundraising figures.Singh said he has never chosen “an easy path.”“Often, I didn’t have a choice,” he said in an interview.“I’ve obviously faced a lot of challenges, but I’m looking forward to how I can overcome them all.”One of the party’s central challenges is turning around the amount of money flowing into its coffers, considering it pulled in $4.86 million from 39,053 donors in 2017, a decline from the $5.39 million collected in 2016, and a steep drop from $18.59 million in 2015.Is he worried about that? Apparently not.Singh said he knew what he was getting himself into after two years of poor fundraising following the 2015 election, noting he is confident the numbers are heading in the right direction.“The reason I’m not worried about it is because we put in a plan and things are turning around,” he said.“That’s what I’ve got to do, sort of turn the ship around … things are getting better and more importantly, we’re putting out really meaningful ideas that are connecting with people.”Singh does have the potential to generate much-needed excitement and hope, said former NDP MP Peggy Nash, but she said there is “no question” things seem to be much tougher for expected.“My view from very far away is that this is a tougher job than candidates running for leader expect it will be,” Nash said, recalling when the late Jack Layton first became leader and how challenging he found it to grow into the job.“I think there’s probably a lot of disappointment in how things have been going for the first year.”As he turns his mind toward the 2019 election — as well as a byelection bid for the federal B.C. riding of Burnaby-South — Singh is focusing on evergreen NDP files like affordable housing, pharmacare and Indigenous rights.He’s also pushing for the decriminalization of drugs to address the opioid crisis, though he said he hasn’t touched them.“I don’t believe in drugs,” Singh said while noting he’s witnessed addiction “up close” and its impacts on a family.“I’ve seen the pain and I want to reduce that pain and reduce addictions.”And as for that criticism he has faced in the last year, Singh is letting it roll off his back.“I’ve always faced criticism — it’s kind of been a part of my life,” he said. “There is criticism you can learn from, and there’s criticism you just kind of ignore.”Beyond the responsibility he has to his party, Singh said he’s propelled by wanting to help people.“I was only able to be here because people supported me and because social programs lifted me up,” he said.“I know that many people need help and they need that support the same way I needed it. I’m only here because I got some of it.”— Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Mikmaq briefly block major New Brunswick highway

first_imgAPTN National News REXTON,NB–More than 100 Mi’kmaq and supporters briefly blocked a main highway in New Brunswick Saturday afternoon in response to an RCMP raid on an anti-fracking encampment Thursday.Shortly after 2 p.m. local time, waving red and white Mi’kmaq and red Mohawk Warrior flags a the group marched a few hundred metres from the remains of the raided encampment and first took over the Hwy 11 overpass that crosses above Route 134, which was once blocked and was the scene of Thursday’s raid by heavily armed and camouflaged RCMP tactical teams.The blockade lasted a little over an hour and ended amid rumours a heavy police reaction was headed toward the scene.An RCMP spokeswoman would only say the blockade occurred and that the force was “assessing the situation.”Hwy 11 runs north from Moncton to the Miramichi and onto Bathurst.Route 134 was not blocked, but remains reduced to one lane of traffic.The current blockade sits about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation, which has been at the heart of anti-fracking actions, and 80 kilometres north of Moncton.More to comelast_img read more

Cops for Cancer 2019 – Tour De North

first_imgThursday, September 19Team Breakfast – ChetwyndLocation: Riverhouse RestaurantTime: 7:30 amThursday, September 19School Visits – ChetwyndLocations: TBDThursday, September 19Elks BBQ DinnerLocation: Powder King Mountain ResortTime: 6:30 p.m.Friday, September 20Elks BreakfastLocation: Powder King Mountain ResortTime: 7:00 a.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The annual Cops for Cancer Tour De North will be passing through Fort St. John and communities in the region to complete their fundraising goal of $310,000.00.The Tour takes place each September, with a team of RCMP members and emergency services personnel, from across northern BC as they cycle over 850 km on the North/South route from Dawson Creek to Williams Lake.This year’s Tour de North 2019 Riders include; Friday, September 20Cops for Cancer BBQ – MackenzieLocation: RCMP DetachmentTime: 12:00 noonFriday, September 20Morfee Elementary School VisitLocation: MackenzieTime: 1:00 p.m.Friday, September 20Mackenzie Secondary School VisitLocation: MackenzieTime: 2:00 p.m.Friday, September 20Elks Cops for Cancer DinnerLocation: MackenzieTime: 7:00 p.m.Saturday, September 21Community BreakfastLocation: MackenzieTime: 7:00 a.m.Saturday, September 21Community Lunch – Bear LakeLocation: Bear Lake Community HallTime: 1:00 p.m.Saturday, September 21Cops for Cancer Team Dinner – Prince GeorgeLocation: Kordyban Lodge – catered by The Keg RestaurantTime: 6:30 p.m.Sunday, September 22Denny’s Team Breakfast – Prince GeorgeLocation: Denny’s RestaurantTime: 7:00 a.m.Sunday, September 22Cops for Cancer Team Potluck – QuesnelLocation: Masonic HallTime: 7:00 p.m.Monday, September 23Cops for Cancer Team Breakfast – QuesnelLocation: Integris Credit UnionTime: 7:00 a.m.Monday, September 23 – School Visit – QuesnelLocation: TBDTime: 9 :00 a.m.Monday, September 23 – Private Team LunchLocation: McLeese LakeTime: 2:00 p.m.Monday, September 23Cops for Cancer Team Finale Dinner – Williams LakeLocation: Mr. Mikes RestaurantTime: 7:00 p.m.Tuesday, September 24 – School VisitLocation: Williams LakeTime: 9:00 a.m.For more information contact; Erin Reynolds at 250-645-2365 or email; ereynolds@bc.cancer.caWebsite; CLICK HEREcenter_img Lenin Cruz, RCMP, ChetwyndChristiaan Dreyer, RCMP, Fort St. JohnSharon McLeod, Community Rider, Fort St. JohnMark Webber, RCMP, Fort St. JamesRyan Hobbs, RCMP, HoustonCurtis Davis, RCMP, New AiyanshRobert Hillhouse, Community Rider, Prince GeorgeKeasha Sjodin, RCMP, Prince GeorgeJessica Friesen, BCEHS, Prince RupertChris Fedoruk, Community Rider, QuesnelJoel Kooger, RCMP, Williams LakeThe following are the dates and estimated times for the riders and locations they will be stopping at along the September 2019 tour;Tuesday, September 17Send-Off from School Visit – Dawson CreekTime: approximately 930 a.m.Location: TBDTuesday, September 17Welcome Event – Fort St JohnLocation: TBDTime: 5:00 p.m.Tuesday, September 17Montana’s Team DinnerLocation: Montana’s Restaurant, Fort St JohnTime: 7:00 p.m.Wednesday, September 18Community Lunch – Hudson’s HopeLocation: Community HallTime: 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, September 18Community BBQ Dinner – ChetwyndLocation: Fire HallTime: 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Killing of Iraqi journalists sparks condemnation from UNESCO head

6 June 2008The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the recent killing of two Iraqi journalists, and called for ensuring the safety of media professionals in the strife-torn nation. Expressing his outrage over the deaths of Wissam Ali Ouda and Haidar Hashem Al-Husseini, who were killed in separate incidents in Baghdad and in Diyala, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura noted that journalists in Iraq have been paying “an unacceptable toll” for their right to practice their profession. “Freedom of expression and the public’s right to know are essential for democracy and I urge the Iraqi Government to step up measures to improve the safety of media workers,” he stated. Mr. Ouda, a 32-year-old cameraman with Afaq TV, was shot by a sniper on 21 May as he was returning to his home in the Al-Obeidi district of Baghdad. The body of Mr. Al-Husseini, 36, a reporter for the independent daily Al-Sharq, was found on 21 May in a common grave near Baquba, 60 kilometres northeast of Baghdad. He had been kidnapped a day earlier and was then shot dead.According to Reporters Without Borders, these two cases bring to seven the number of journalists killed in Iraq since the start of the year and to 215 the overall media death toll since March 2003. read more

Sri Lanka to regain access to GSP plus from Friday

Granting access to the GSP+ scheme does not mean that the situation of the beneficiary country with respect to the 27 international conventions is fully satisfactory. Instead, it offers the incentive of increased trade access in return for further progress towards the full implementation of those conventions, and provides a platform for engagement with beneficiaries on all problematic areas. As is the case for all countries benefitting from GSP Plus, the removal ofcustoms duties for Sri Lanka will be accompanied by rigorous monitoring. (Colombo Gazette) As a result, he says the granting of GSP plus will be printed in the official journal on Thursday and Sri Lanka will have access to the facility from Friday. “At the same time, no one is pretending that the situation is perfect. The process of replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act still needs to be completed. There are still too many incidents of torture, there are still children being forced into marriage, there are still laws that discriminate against sections of Sri Lankan society. We want to see an end to these practices. The EU will work closely with the Government and Non-Government Organisations torigorously monitor progress”.The EU noted that if Sri Lanka continues to make the necessary progress, then the country has the chance to benefitfrom the scheme until it achieves Upper Middle Income country status for three consecutive years. On current trends, that should mean that Sri Lanka will benefit from GSP+ until at least 2021. Sri Lanka is expected to regain access to the European Union’s GSP plus trade concession on Friday, the EU office in Colombo announced on Tuesday.The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Tung-Laï Margue said that no EU country has objected to Sri Lanka being granted GSP plus. Meanwhile Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said granting GSP+ to Sri Lanka aims to provide the opportunity to develop further economically, including creating more and better jobs for all Sri Lankans, on a sound foundation that advances human and labour rights, and in a manner that is environmentally sustainable. It is also a vote of confidence from the European Union that the Sri Lankan Government will maintain the progress it has made in implementing the international conventions. The EU is Sri Lanka’s biggest export market accounting for nearly one-third of Sri Lanka’s global exports. In 2016, total bilateral trade amounted to almost €4 billion, and EU imports from Sri Lanka amounted to €2.6 billion. The removal of import duties will provide a total of immediate benefits worth in excess of EUR 300 million a year.The EU noted that the value of the scheme could be worth many times more, particularly if Sri Lanka uses the opportunity to diversify its economy.The EU is working with the Government to support the development of SMEs to achieve the standard required to export to the European market, and take full advantage of GSP Plus. The EU will also build on its existing work with the Government and NGO partners to ensure that the benefits of GSP+ accrue to as wide a section of the population as possible, including to areas such as the North and East that were most affected by the war and those areas in the south that have historically been the poorest. read more

Hamilton TigerCats announce their new Pigskin Pete

The Ticats have found their new Pigskin Pete!After an exhaustive search it was narrowed down to two followed by a vote and Geoff Connor was elected the new Pigskin Pete.The 36-year-old high school teacher and former professional wrestler who hails from the Beach Strip, is the man who’s now responsible for cheering on the Tiger-Cats in front of over 24,000 fans at Tim Horton’s field.He joined Tim Bolen on Morning Live for the first official Oskee Wee Wee.