It’s the last day of the year. Time to do some year-end accounting.DebitsI blindly put too much trust (and invested too much money) in people I didn’t know and who didn’t deserve it. I was angry with them when I have only myself to blame.I created dependents and was angry when they continually needed me for what I should have better prepared them to do for themselves.I sometimes over-committed and struggled to keep up. Any stress I felt was a result of my unwillingness to say “no” to some smaller things so I could say “yes” to bigger ones.I didn’t read nearly enough.I sometimes didn’t follow the systems and processes I put in place, and in some cases didn’t build a system or process where I needed one.I sometimes allowed myself to enter a frustrated and unresourceful state and gave up when I should have worn people down until they relented and did what was right.I was sometimes unclear with my instructions. I sometimes delegated poorly.I was sometimes short with people when I should have exercised empathy, patience, and understanding.I sometimes made poor decisions about my health and my diet.I was sometimes unavailable. I didn’t leave enough margin.CreditsI hired Beth to help with my bookings.I hired Jess to help with my calendar.I spoke in Australia, England, the Netherlands, Ireland, Washington, DC, New York, South Africa, Columbus (Hometown Gigs!), Canada, Boston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Danville (Illinois) San Francisco, and Abilene, Texas.I had the opportunity to share ideas, coach, and consult with salespeople, sales managers, and sales organization from around the world.I met dozens of new people I am now happy to call friends, and some I now call family.I licensed three frameworks to ThinkSales out of South Africa.Every business in which I am involved is bigger than the prior year by at least 12%.I became a contributing editor at SUCCESS Magazine.I spoke 40 times in 2013.I shed 25 pounds.I saved and invested more money than I had planned to.I took two family vacations (much more difficult than it sounds, back to that margin thing).I drafted the manuscript of book one (editing now for a 2014 release).I drafted the manuscript of book two (editing after the launch of book one later in 2014).I built a new site for my speaking business which will be launched in the first quarter of 2014.I built a training site for salespeople and sales organization which will be launched in the first quarter of 2014.On balance, a good year for me. Now what about you?QuestionsWhat were your major “debits” in 2013?What were your major “credits” last year?What does your balance sheet tell you that you need to do in in 2014?
Police have arrested two persons on the charge of beating a one-and-a-half-year-old child to death in a fight that followed an objection by the infant’s father to a child from the accused family urinating in the open at Bagaspur village in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh on October 1. The accused have been identified as Ram Singh and his son Umesh.“As a six-year-old boy was urinating on the road, the child’s father objected to it. And in turn, the boy’s father and grandfather attacked attacked him with lathis. The 18-month-old boy he was holding suffered blows and died on the spot,” Amit Sanghi, Sagar Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu.“There is a running feud between the two tribal families,” he said.A case was registered under Section 302 [punishment for murder] of the Indian Penal Code. The injured father is being treated at a local hospital.The case had no similarities to the Shivpuri case where two children were beaten to death for allegedly defecating in public, Mr. Sanghi stated, adding, “There is confusion. There is no case of open defecation here.”
Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sidorova competed in a muted blue uniform. Her neutral status, awarded by track’s governing body after vetting of her drug-test record, allows her to compete internationally unlike most Russians but bans her from displaying any national symbols. Track has taken the strongest line of any major federation against Russian doping, though Russia’s harshest critics would favor a ban against all Russian athletes.At Monday’s medal ceremony the stirring Russian anthem will be replaced by music composed for the IAAF.“Of course I’m not really comfortable with it all, but I’m so happy. I was just so happy, I didn’t really think about it,” Sidorova said of her flag-free victory lap. “Gold is gold.”Sidorova and Morris were the standouts from the start, clearing every height up to 4.90 meters on the first attempt. Morris missed her three shots at 4.95, leaving Sidorova one last jump for gold. Her personal best was 4.91 and she hadn’t come close in training — even 4.85 had been a challenge — but she sprinted down the runway to soar over the bar.“I thought that yes, it’s the chance you have to take,” she said. No female vaulter has cleared 4.95 at a world championships since Russian Yelena Isinbayeva in 2005. Still the world record holder, Isinbayeva is a national hero in Russia and an influential critic of doping investigations into Russian sports.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES But pole vaulting’s a sisterhood and Sidorova’s defeated rival, Sandi Morris of the United States, was her strongest advocate despite the doping sanctions on the Russian team.“Sidorova is a friend of mine and she can’t help what’s going on politically,” Morris said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“If I were her, I would have done the same thing. Go out there and fight to compete, regardless of what’s going on in my country. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing because the athletes are most important. If she’s clean, she’s clean, and I honestly believe she is.”Morris’ show of affection came despite what she called a “bittersweet” day — big jumps but another silver to go with her second places at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 worlds. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sidorova was previously considered a solid performer whose biggest win was the 2014 European title. Being the new Russian pole vault queen hasn’t sunk in.“I’m not sure that I understand I’m the best after Isinbayeva in Russia,” she said. “I’m confused when I need to talk about it.”After raising the bar, Sidorova wants to keep her feet on the ground. Next stop Moscow and a long-awaited dessert.“Back home I’ve got a can of whipped cream. I bought it before I left, and thought I’ll come back and eat it all.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Anzhelika Sidorova, center, competing as a neutral athlete, celebrates with Katerina Stefanidi, left, competing as a neutral athlete; and Sandi Morris, right, of the United States; after the women’s pole vault final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Sidorova won the gold medal, Morris won the silver and Stefanidi won the bronze. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)DOHA, Qatar — Three medalists on the victory lap. Only two with flags.That’s the reality for Russian pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova after winning gold at the world championships on Sunday, officially as a neutral athlete.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James’ high school jersey up for auction
Whether you’re talking about how much content or how often to distribute it, it’s all about knowing what works best for your list! Kivi Leroux Miller is president of Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com. How Long Should Our E-Newsletter Be?Most nonprofit newsletters are way too long. Readers are expected to scroll, scroll and scroll some more. The reality? People don’t scroll that much. They’ll quickly skim what’s near the top and then delete it, missing entirely what’s at the bottom.If you recently switched from a print newsletter to an e-newsletter, I am willing to bet the bank that your e-newsletter is too long. You simply can’t take everything that’s in a four-page print newsletter (let alone an 8- or 12-page newsletter) and cram it all into one email. It just doesn’t work. Instead, you should:Take the very best contentPut that in your e-newsletterLink to everything else on your websiteYour e-newsletters should be a fast read. I like the 500-word target. That’s not much space, but it makes perfect sense. People are craving empty inboxes, which means they are skimming their email even more than they used to. They simply aren’t going to scroll through a long email, reading it word for word. Don’t expect them to.How should you use those 500 words? You might include one 500-word article. Or two 250-word articles. Or five 100-word teasers to full articles on your website. Or one 250-word article with a few teasers.Experiment and find the format that works best for you and for your readers.How Often Should We Send Our E-Newsletter?How often can you write interesting, engaging content that your readers will enjoy receiving? That’s how often you should send your newsletter.When in doubt or just starting out, try to send a newsletter every 4-6 weeks and adjust from there. You want people to remember you and look forward to receiving your newsletter, but you don’t want to drive them crazy with too much email.Here’s a note about content:If you are providing on-target, valuable information each and every time (or darn close), your readers won’t feel bugged by frequent mailings.If you don’t have enough content for a newsletter every two months, you either don’t know your readers or aren’t thinking creatively about ways to talk about your work.Here’s a sweeping generalization: Most nonprofits send e-newsletters too infrequently. If you aren’t sure whether to step up your publishing schedule or not, go for it. Remember, shorter is better with email. So instead of sending a newsletter with three articles every six weeks, try sending one article every two weeks. It’s the same amount of content, but you are giving your supports three opportunities to connect with you, instead of just one.If you find you just can’t deliver the goods, slow down. If your unsubscribe rate goes up, ask why people are leaving your list and, if frequency is the problem, back off.
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There’s been a huge amount of chatter online about Facebook changes that nonprofits and companies say have harmed their engagement efforts on the social network – and an equal amount of information refuting that claim. I have been wanting to write a post clarifying matters, but after spending a month reading countless articles on both sides of the argument, I wasn’t sure what to believe. So I reached out to a Facebook expert, John Haydon, who provided these excellent, understandable and level-headed responses to my questions. I hope his responses prove as helpful to you as they did to me.Learn more about John here.Katya: Could you explain in plain English how Facebook updates work and what supporters see?John: When a page publishes an update (photos, videos, text only updates, links), some of the people who have liked that page will see that update in their newsfeed. Whether a specific person sees that update or not is determined by an algorithm Facebook calls “Edgerank”.In other words, liking a page does not guarantee that a user will see updates from that Page in their newsfeed. This is actually a good thing, because if you and I saw every update from everyone we ever friended (including people who were jerks to us in high school), no one would ever use Facebook. Katya: What is organic reach and what is the Edgerank algorithm?John: Organic reach is simply seeing content in your newsfeed directly from a page that you’ve liked. This is different from viral reach which is seeing content from a page because a friend has liked, commented on, or shared that piece of content.Edgerank is Facebook’s algorithm that determines what is published is each user’s newsfeed. The goal of this algorithm is to publish only the most interesting and relevant content for each specific user.To determine if any given Page post shows up in the news feed, Facebook looks at four main factors:1. If you interacted with a Page’s posts before: If you Like every post by a Page that Facebook shows you, it will show you more from that Page.2. Other people’s reactions: If everyone else on Facebook who is shown a post ignores it or complains, it’s less likely to show you that post.3. Your interaction with previous posts of the same type: If you always Like photos, there’s a better chance you’ll see a photo posted by a Page.4. If that specific post has received complaints by other users who have seen it, or the Page who posted it has received lots of complaints in the past, you’ll be less likely to see that post. Katya: Many nonprofits are reporting that the reach of their content is down after recent updates to Facebook’s Edgerank. Could you explain the changes and if you’re seeing nonprofits seeing drops in engagement?John: Facebook does periodically adjust their algorithm to account for various different phenomenon in the newsfeed. For example in September, Facebook adjusted it to include complaints on posts.I’ve seen pages that have a drop in reach, and I’ve also seen pages have no change at all in their reach. So it’s really case-by-case, and not a global phenomenon.The pages that have seen the most dramatic loss in reach were pages who weren’t publishing content that was interesting or relevant to begin with. Katya: So do you have to pay to play to have success on Facebook these days? Should you do promoted posts and if so, how? John: No, you do not have to pay to play to have success on Facebook these days. But you do have to publish awesome content. Again, Edgerank is nothing new for Facebook Pages. Updates from Pages have never reached all of their fans. But Pages with awesome content reach more of their fans, and some even go further than that, George Tekai’s Page.In terms of using promoted posts, they are certainly an option to reach more fans. But promoting posts alone will not create success. As you know, you have to do many things right to be truly effective.As Alison points out in her experiment on using Promoted Posts, you have to have a goal, and you have to measure what works for your organization. They also learned that Promoted Posts did increase engagement and net revenue on posts they promoted. Here’s a super-simple way to think about promoted posts:With promoted posts, all you’re paying for is an increase in reach. There is no guarantee that you’ll get more comments, likes and shares, even though that’s what you want for long-term success (the more comments, likes and shares you get on a post, the more you’re leveraging true word of mouth).So the key to investing your ad dollars wisely, is to ONLY promote posts that are already getting a lot of likes, comments and shares. You do this by ranking your most recent posts by virality within Facebook Insights (the analytics tool every Facebook Page has)There are two benefits to promoting high virality posts:1. You will get more likes, comments and shares from the promotion.2. You’ll increase organic reach for your Page updates. Let me explain this with an example:Let’s say you have a post that 20 people have talked about (liked, commented on, shared) among 200 people total who saw that update (reach). If you pay for this update to reach an additional 2000 people, it’s reasonable to expect that the update will receive approximately 200 likes, comments and shares, when adjusted for affinity.What do I mean by “adjusted for affinity”? Many people who see this promoted post have a lower affinity for your Page than people who are see this post organically. This is why they’re not seeing your posts in the first place. When you promote a post, you have to remember that you’re promoting it to fans who haven’t talked about your posts much before (low affinity), and that they’re not as likely to talk about your post as someone who sees it organically (high affinity). In the few pages I’ve analyzed (10 pages), this adjustment seems to be about 20%. So using this adjustment with our example, the total number of likes, comments and shares would be around 160. People who hate math should just know one thing: If you promote posts that are already getting a higher number of likes, comments and shares, your promotion will yield much more value than if you promoted posts that have a low number of likes, comments and shares. Another way to say this is this: If you promote posts that are not interesting, you are throwing money out the window.Katya: Thanks, John. This is very helpful advice!John: For more, here’s a video on getting the most out of promoted posts and a blog post on extending your Facebook reach.
A $55,380 paving contract in the Nictaux area of Annapolis County has been announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The contract was awarded to Nova Paving Limited and is for the construction of pavement on Chipman Drive, in Nictaux, from the intersection of Trunk 10 to the intersection of Baxter Avenue and on Baxter Avenue from the intersection of Route 201 to the intersection of Chipman Drive. “I’m pleased that the department has been able to work together with Annapolis County to fund this project,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The work is scheduled for completion before the end of October.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
TORONTO – A British man compensated by the U.K. government for his torture and years of detention at Guantanamo Bay expressed dismay on Tuesday at the public and political furor in Canada over Ottawa’s settlement with Omar Khadr.Speaking from his home in Birmingham in the U.K., Moazzam Begg said Canadians instead should be proud of the federal government for the payment and apology to Khadr for breaching his rights.“The nation shouldn’t be upset about issuing an apology for something that’s right,” Begg told The Canadian Press. “If people are getting upset about that, I think they need to revisit what their morals and values are about.”Begg is one of 16 former Guantanamo detainees who settled lawsuits against the British government in 2010. The deal, while decried by some, aroused little of the anger seen in Canada over the Khadr settlement, announced last week, which sources said was worth $10.5 million.For one thing, Begg said, Khadr’s payment was far in excess of anything the Britons received — reportedly a total of about $30 million. For another, the allegations that he killed an American soldier in Afghanistan, were more serious.Nevertheless, he said, Canada has led the way globally in how it has settled with Khadr and previously with others such as Maher Arar, who was sent by the Americans to torture in Syria.“Canada has set the bar,” Begg said. “It isn’t about the amounts, though the amounts…are far, far greater. It’s about the apology.”Now 49, Begg was kidnapped in Pakistan where he was living in early 2002, and turned over to American forces. They imprisoned him at Bagram in Afghanistan, where a horribly wounded 15-year-old Khadr was taken after U.S. soldiers captured him in July of that year.Given the extent of Khadr’s injuries, Begg said he could scarcely believe the Canadian teenager survived the battle in which Sgt. Chris Speer was killed and fellow Delta Force soldier Layne Morris was blinded in one eye.In the ensuing months, Begg said he witnessed the mistreatment the Americans meted out to the “young child,” despite his juvenile status.“I was shocked at his treatment by a lot of soldiers,” Begg said. “They would scream at him and drag him around. He was quiet and very patient. He never complained. I never saw nor heard a word of complaint from him — ever.”Like Khadr, Begg, then 33, was also taken to Guantanamo Bay. He spent about three years there before being returned to the U.K., where he and the others embarked on their legal quest to expose British complicity in their abuse and seek compensation for the unimaginable ordeal they were put through.“We were all beaten, stripped naked, tortured in various ways,” Begg said. “I had the sounds of a woman screaming next door in a cell that I was led to believe was my wife being tortured.”Documents would later come to light showing U.K. intelligence agents were present during interrogations and when the men were abused, although the British government admitted nothing.Ultimately, the government opted to settle with the former Gitmo detainees. The deal was sold as a pragmatic solution that would avoid exposure of intelligence secrets and stop further financial bleeding given the $45-million the government had already spent fighting them.While the amount paid is confidential, Begg said the money he received allowed him to repay loans he used to help rebuild his life and to pay people such as his father, who had spent thousands of dollars supporting him. It wasn’t just compensation for the trauma, he said, it was for the “incalculable” financial harm he suffered. The settlement ran into some opposition in the British parliament but public reaction was comparatively muted.What rankles Begg, though, is the lack of an official apology from the British government.“If there was a common denominator among the litigants, it was that we all wanted an apology,” he said.“Especially with an apology coming from (Canada’s) prime minister — I can’t stress that enough — that to all of us would have meant the most important thing: to get an apology from those who were in charge.”Khadr, now 30, pleaded guilty to five war crimes before a widely condemned military commission at Guantanamo Bay in 2010. He said he did so to get out of American hands and return to Canada in 2012, 10 years after he was taken to the U.S. prison. He was released on bail in 2015 pending his appeal of the war-crimes conviction.
PICKERING, Ont. – With the legalization of recreational cannabis now months away, Ontario’s incoming premier said he wants to consult further with municipalities, stakeholders and his caucus before deciding whether to change the plan laid out by his predecessors for the sale of marijuana.The outgoing Liberals had planned to roll out 150 standalone pot stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario by the end of 2020, with the first 40 scheduled to open this year.Doug Ford, who was elected this month, had previously suggested he would be open to greater privatization of marijuana sales.But when asked about his plan for pot sales on Thursday, Ford said he’s focusing on the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which he said already has infrastructure in place that would allow it to sell marijuana once it becomes legal this fall.“What I said is I’d be focusing on the LCBO. I’m private sector, I don’t believe government should stick their nose into everything, but again, this is a path we have never went down,” he said. “We’re going to tread carefully on this and we’re going to consult with the local municipalities and we’re going to make a decision after we talk to caucus.”The Progressive Conservatives say when the premier-designate talks about focusing on the LCBO, he’s referring to Ontario Cannabis Stores run by the LCBO, as the outgoing Liberal government planned.Ford also suggested Thursday that Ottawa had left the provinces with little support to prepare for legalization.“This is a path that the federal government has dumped on all the provinces,” he said.The federal government announced this week that Canadians will be able to legally purchase recreational marijuana starting Oct. 17. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said legalization was pushed back at the request of several provinces who sought more time to make the transition.Preparing for legalization is a complex undertaking and it’s the prerogative of a new government to reconsider how to do so, said Ivan Ross Vrana, a consultant on the cannabis industry with Hill+Knowlton Strategies.Ford will have to get up to speed with the work that’s already been done by Ontario bureaucrats and what’s planned in other provinces, he said.“With this file I don’t think anything is simple, it’s really complex, but having said that I think people do know that this has been coming, I think there’s public officials, civil servants, people at the (Ontario Cannabis Store) that have been working on this for a while,” Vrana said.While it’s not necessary to work out every detail by October, Ontario must have some sort of retail system in place by then to meet consumer demand, he said.“The stated goal for everybody — whether it’s federal, provincial or municipal — is to ensure that we can tackle the illegal market and the best way to do that is to ensure that there’s access for consumers,” he said.The New Democrats, who had criticized the Liberal plan for what they deemed to be an insufficient number of stores, said the premier-designate “needs to show Ontario a plan that fixes the one (former Liberal leader) Kathleen Wynne messed up.”“As Ontario’s official Opposition, we will work closely with municipalities, stakeholders, and community members to push the Ford Conservatives to roll out legal cannabis sales in Ontario in a way that promotes social responsibility and community safety, while effectively ending demand for illegal sales,” New Democrat Gilles Bisson said in a statement.The Green Party, meanwhile, said the province should adopt a model similar to the craft brewery industry, in which small businesses and dispensaries would be regulated to sell cannabis.
14 November 2008Although the overall situation in the volatile North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is tense and unpredictable, no major ceasefire violations or attacks on civilians and property have been reported, the United Nations reported today. As a result, humanitarian agencies are forging ahead with the delivery of vital assistance to those affected by the crisis, which has forced at least one quarter of a million people from their homes in the eastern part of the vast African nation since August.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said a dozen of its trucks loaded with 100 tons of food encountered no problems between the provincial capital Goma and the nearby towns of Rutshuru and Kiwanja. Food aid is being delivered to 12,000 people today out of a total of 50,000 who have applied for assistance.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reiterated its concern for the safety of tens of thousands of people taking shelter in two camps on the outskirts of Goma.The sites north of the capital are close to the frontlines of the fighting between Government forces (FARDC) and a rebel militia called the Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP) led by renegade general Laurent Nkunda.UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva that the ongoing security threat has led the agency, along with provincial authorities and aid partners, to move the over 65,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the two camps in Kibati to a new 26-hectare site west of Goma.“The transfer is expected to begin next week,” Mr. Redmond said, noting that UNHCR and other agencies plotted out the locations of facilities – such as latrines, access roads and shelter blocks – at the new camp yesterday.He anticipates the voluntary move to be “complicated,” with many travelling the 15 kilometres between Kibati and the new Mugunga III camp by foot. Those unable to walk will be transported by truck.Meanwhile, UNHCR and the UN Children”s Fund (UNICEF) are continuing their distribution of supplies – including blankets, sleeping mats, soap and plastic sheeting – today in Kibati.Yesterday, a UNHCR-chartered plane landed in Goma from Uganda carrying 1,500 bales of plastic sheeting and three giant portable warehouse tents.On Wednesday, a six-truck UNHCR convoy arrived in Goma from its warehouse in Tanzania, bringing thousands of kitchen sets, blankets and sleeping mats, among other supplies.Amid the ongoing crisis, UNICEF said that armed militias have recruited children in Kitchanga, north of Goma. A number of 14-year-old children are also reported to have been forcibly enlisted in Rugare and Rutshuru, bringing the estimated total of children drafted into the fighting to 3,000.
UNEP said energy experts, scientists and private sector representatives drew up the geothermal plan to dramatically increase the levels of electricity generated from hot rocks during the Eastern Africa Geothermal Energy meeting held this week in Nairobi, Kenya. Unlike hydro-electricity or oil-fired generators, geothermal energy is not vulnerable to droughts or prone to unpredictable price fluctuations, experts at the meeting stressed.”Geothermal power has proven reliable. Kenya has used geothermal energy for power generation for 22 years at greater than 97 per cent availability,” stated a final declaration produced by delegates at the meeting. Kenya, the pioneer of geothermal energy in the region, generates 45 megawatts of electricity from hot rocks according to UNEP.The delegates also set the “challenging yet achievable target” to develop 1,000 megawatts – equivalent to the electricity needs of several million people – of this geothermal across eastern Africa by 2020. The meeting, organized by UNEP, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), aimed to overcome some of the technological and financial hurdles that have held back geothermal development in the region.
Source: UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)As an example, the report cited Brazil’s Pantaneiro cattle who have lived in the Pantanal region since being introduced by the Portuguese 400 years ago. They are believed to be resistant to various parasite-induced diseases, worms and ticks and are able to survive both floods and droughts and thrive on the course native pastures.At the beginning of the 20th century there were several thousand, but there are now only 500 pure-bred animals, threatening to erode the breed’s capacity to adapt and survive. Commercial breeds have lost some gene variants associated with fitness and survival in harsh environments, and intermixing with commercial breeds is the main threat to the Pantneiro’s survival.According to the report, 1,458 of the world’s farm animal breeds, about 17 per cent of the total, are currently at risk of extinction, while the risk status of 58 per cent is simply unknown due to lack of data on the size and structure of their populations. Nearly 100 livestock breeds worldwide have gone extinct between 2000 and 2014, with Europe/Caucasus and North America the two areas with the highest proportion of at-risk breeds. Both areas are characterized by highly specialized livestock industries that tend to use only a small number of breeds for production. A total of 129 countries participated in the new global assessment, which comes nearly a decade after the First Report in 2007 and suggests there has been some improvement since then as Governments overall have stepped up efforts to halt genetic erosion manage their breeds more sustainably.In 2007, fewer than 10 countries reported having established a gene bank. That number has now risen to 64 and an additional 41 are planning to establish such banks.“Over the last decade, countries across Europe have invested heavily in building shared information systems and gene banks as security measures,” said FAO Animal Production Officer Beate Scherf, a co-author of the new report. “Genetic diversity is a prerequisite for adaptation in the face of future challenges,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said, releasing a new agency report highlighting the need to ensure that animal genetic resources are used to promote global food security and remain available for future generations.Indiscriminate cross-breeding is the main cause of genetic erosion, according to the FAO’s Second Report on the State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which also cited the increasing use of non-native breeds, weak regulation, the decline of traditional production and neglect of breeds considered not competitive enough.Beyond climate change, future challenges include emerging diseases, pressure on land and water, and shifting market demands, which make it more important than ever to ensure animal genetic resources are conserved and used sustainably.Cross-breeding, embraced by developing countries which import genetic material to enhance milk productivity and speed up an animal’s path to maturity, can lead to loss of valuable characteristics such as the ability to cope with extremes of temperature, limited water supplies, poor-quality feed, rough terrain, high altitudes and other challenging environmental conditions.
The teenagers are part of a team based in Utah in the United States. Their participation in the sport allows them to meet other Americans helping them to make friends and integrate into their new communities.According to the UN migration agency, IOM, there are currently over 65 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people around the world.The power of football or soccer to inspire and unite people globally is due to be played out in the World Cup which begins in Russia on Thursday.The host of the “A Way Home Together,” a podcast which was inspired by a UN campaign to promote safety, dignity and respect for refugees and migrants travelled to Utah to speak to the young men.For more click here: http://features.iom.int/stories/true-colours/’
3S. Ohtani’18AngelsSplit-finger586.41 11C. Carpenter’04CardinalsCutter865.06 6T. Ohka’05Nats/BrewersSplit-finger936.17 5M. Mulder’03AthleticsSplit-finger2336.38 20M. Mulder’02AthleticsSplit-finger1144.22 9J. Fernandez’13MarlinsSlider3315.39 12M. Mulder’04AthleticsSplit-finger3165.01 7A. Wood’18DodgersChange-up526.06 Ohtani has probably already done enough on both sides of the ball to confirm that he’s the real deal. (So much for those shaky spring training stats, huh?) According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first MLB player since the dead-ball era1So since about 1920. to get two wins as a pitcher and hit three home runs in his team’s first 10 games of a season — meaning few baseball fans were alive the last time a two-way player did what Ohtani has done. If we had to pick one part of his game to bank on most, though, there is reason to believe that Ohtani’s pitching will outpace his hitting as his rookie year goes on.If you read the scouting reports written before Ohtani’s debut, pitching was always supposed to be his strongest suit. And all he’s done on the mound since is compile some truly eye-catching stats: So far this year, Ohtani has the fourth-highest strikeout percentage and the 17th-lowest walk percentage among qualified pitchers, and he ranks fourth in strikeout-to-walk percentage differential — one of the strongest predictors of how well a pitcher will perform going forward. Perhaps most tellingly of all, he’s also currently first in swinging strike rate, a very important measure of sheer pitching dominance, and he ranks third in average fastball velocity. Granted, those numbers have come in the microscopic sample of 13 innings (over two starts against the Oakland A’s, one of the worst teams in baseball). But they validate the story of a pitcher billed as having ace-level stuff when he first pondered coming over from Japan.Ohtani’s split-finger fastball in particular might be the nastiest pitch in baseball so far this season. (The splitter, which is thrown with the index and middle fingers spread wide over the seams, isn’t a true fastball in the same sense as the four-seamer; it’s more like a change-up that looks like a fastball to hitters before abruptly dropping at the last second.) Based on data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, he has thrown the splitter 58 times, and it’s already generated 13 strikeouts; only Houston’s Lance McCullers (curveball) and Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (slider) have gotten more K’s on a single pitch than Ohtani has gotten with his splitter so far. According to MLB.com, opposing batters have come up empty on 26 of 37 swings (70.3 percent) against Ohtani’s splitter, good for the best swing-and-miss rate of any starting pitcher on any single pitch type in 2018.2With a minimum of 20 swings against that pitch. And at a minimum of 50 total pitches in a season, the 6.4 runs added per 100 pitches by Ohtani’s splitter makes it the third-most effective pitch in FanGraphs’ entire database (which goes back to 2002): 4M. Prior’03CubsChange-up1056.38 19M. Batista’03D-BacksSplit-finger2704.30 Excluding pitch/pitcher combinations with fewer than 50 pitches in a seasonSource: FanGraphs 17J. Santana’04TwinsChange-up7224.38 10L. Severino’18YankeesSlider815.15 13C. Kluber’17IndiansCurveball8074.68 18T. Hudson’03AthleticsSplit-finger5144.31 16S. Gray’18YankeesCurveball624.38 14T. Lincecum’09GiantsChange-up7434.62 8S. Manaea’18AthleticsFastball1165.75 Just a little more than a week into his major league career, Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani has been so impressive as both a pitcher and hitter that it’s difficult to decide which aspect of his play stands out most. At the plate, he belted home runs in three consecutive games, crushing one pitch Friday for the seventh-longest homer of the young 2018 season. As a pitcher, he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of his start Sunday, finishing the game with 12 strikeouts — tied for the most of any starter in a game so far this year. RkPlayerYearTeamPitch TypePitchesRuns/100 1D. Price’18Red SoxCutter59+6.88 Shohei’s splitter is in rare territoryMost runs added per 100 pitches in a season for a single pitch, 2002-18 2T. Lincecum’08GiantsSlider636.50 15M. Redman’06RoyalsCutter744.54 All of this obviously comes with the usual small-sample caveats and then some. (It’s barely been one week!) As “the book” comes in on Ohtani and his uber-out pitch, it’s unlikely that he’ll continue to befuddle hitters quite so much with the splitter. One of the things that makes baseball’s core pitcher-batter duel so great is that it’s a constantly evolving chess match of adjustments and counteradjustments. Right now, though, Ohtani is winning that battle on the mound.Of course, his success as a hitter can’t be overlooked. But there are at least a few signs that Ohtani might cool down from his early 1.310 on-base plus slugging start at the plate. According to Baseball-Reference.com, his batting average on balls in play — a sign of how lucky a hitter has been — is .364, well above what’s considered sustainable. Of further concern: He’s striking out four times for every walk, swinging at the first pitch far too frequently (1.5 times as often as the average batter) and getting himself into a good hitter’s count3Defined as either a 3-0, 2-0 or 3-1 count. about half as often as the average batter. A full 50 percent of his fly balls have left the yard, which is also an extremely unsustainable rate. As MLB pitchers see him more often, Ohtani will probably go through more growing pains as a hitter than he will as a pitcher.But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the sheer excitement of what he’s already accomplished. According to research from MLB.com’s Mike Petriello, the maximum outputs from Ohtani’s Statcast data — gathered by radar and cameras that track every move made on the field — show that Ohtani possesses an arm that can throw harder than 87 percent of pitchers, a bat that can launch balls faster than 89 percent of hitters and legs that run faster than 84 percent of base runners. As unreal as the hype was around Ohtani before he ever played an MLB game, somehow the beginning of his career has exceeded it. We can only wait with anticipation for what comes next.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Matla coal mine owned by diversified resources group Exxaro Resources is rolling out a wetland conservation project which enables it to expand its underground operations while preserving one of the larger and ecologically valuable wetland systems in Mpumalanga’s Highveld. Exxaro believes that the Matla wetland project is unique in that, in conserving the valuable ecological resources, the approach adopted is a combination of a river diversion and the adaptation of a mining method. The result maintains the water flow and function of the Blesbokspruit/Rietspruit ecosystem and protects its biodiversity. “This is an example of innovation and nature working hand in hand. At Matla we are going below the wetland using undermining, a technique typically used when a mine extends under a building, roadway or town,” said Dr Joseph Matjila, Exxaro’s environmental manager. “We have adapted this approach into an innovative engineering design that allows our operations team to extend Matla’s underground shortwall mining operation while minimising the impact on the wetland that lies above the surface,” he said.The water flow and function of the wetland is protected through a shortwall mining design that allows for even subsidence of the area. The entire wetland area will drop by 1.8 m, reducing the formation of ponds and ensuring the continued natural flow of water. The flow of water into the wetland is controlled in a way that protects the ecosystem and allows mining to continue without the risk of flooding.The Blesbokspruit/Rietspruit wetland is one of the larger and more sensitive wetland systems in the area. This innovative solution has ensured that the normal wetland function and biodiversity will remain intact. It has protected some 120 ha of identified non-channeled riparian wetland and another 132 ha of the seasonally inundated non-channeled floodplain at the bottom of the valley.Design and planning of the wetland project started in 2006 with implementation taking place from 2007. The project has been approved to continue until 2017. The Matla team has worked closely with the Department of Water Affairs, Department of Mineral Resources and non-governmental environmental groups and stakeholders in developing the project. It forms part of the mine’s approved environmental management plan and water use licence.In the 2009 financial year Matla coal mine produced 11.3 Mt of power station coal which was supplied to local Eskom.
IT’S BEEN AN emotional day. Some have welcomed the news of Trapattoni’s departure while others feel it was too soon to say goodbye to the Italian.Ryanair has decided to say bye-bye to Trap in their own special way… by offering cheap flights to Milan so we can all go an visit him.Arrivederci Trap!(Hat-tip to Vivienne Hesnan for the screengrab of Ryanair’s website)Read: 15 of the most memorable quotes from Trap’s Ireland career>Read: Dunphy: Martin O’Neill is the man we are looking for>
Greece and Latvia are reportedly the first EU countries to have had their geographical opt-out clauses approved by the EU from growing genetically modified (GM) crops by US corporation Monsanto. Germany and France, are expected to follow, requesting geographical opt-outs from growing Monsanto’s MON810 GM Maize in September. German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt informed German states last week of his intention to use the new EU law, passed in March, to ban the use of GM crops. Britain is in favor, however, the Scottish government is against it as research has shown GM cultivation threatens biodiversity.The law signed in March allows individual EU countries to exclude themselves from GM cultivation. In a statement the EU’s Commission said its zero-tolerance policy against non-authorized GM products remains in place and that it was simply be seeking advice on a “scientific question” unrelated to trade negotiations with the United States.The EFSA said it would issue a scientific opinion on the question by the end of 2017.Meantime, Monsanto agreed to abide by Greece’s and Latvia’s decision to refuse genetically modified (GM) crop across their lands, but accused them of ignoring science.GM crops are widely-grown in the US and Asia, but Monsanto’s pest-resistant MON810 is the only variety grown in Europe.Monsanto issued a formal statement regarding Latvia’s request saying it “contradicts and undermines the scientific consensus on the safety of MON810”.“Nevertheless, we regret that some countries are deviating from a science-based approach to innovation in agriculture and have elected to prohibit the cultivation of a successful GM product on arbitrary political grounds.”“We have no immediate plans to request approvals for any new GM seeds in Europe,” Monsanto said.Environmental campaigners urged other nations to follow the example of Greece and Latvia.Friends of the Earth Europe also circulated letters showing the European Commission is examining rules for imports of products with trace levels of GM and had requested the expert opinion of the European Food Safety Authority.Source: Reuters, Sustainable Pulse Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Aug 2015 – The talk to determine what the public is thinking when it comes to the Ritz Carlton project to develop a 12-storey building on the Grace Bay strip last night drew many to the Gus Lightbourne Gym; some estimated hundreds. The Minister of Finance and Investment, who also has the portfolio for ‘Physical Planning’ led the discussion which was also aired live on national radio. Minister Washington Misick said the country needs to move away from its dependency on one big hotel brand carrying the bulk of its tourism popularity. While the Minister did not say Beaches Resort Villages and Spa, it is well known that over 700 rooms are at the property and that Beaches is responsible for some 25% of room inventory in the country. Hon Misick brought to light that in 1985 a law was developed to govern the area of height density, and that it was a decade ago in 2005 that the policy was changed to allow for taller developments. The minister labeled the dialogue as a ‘grown up’ conversation and called on those who would make contributions at the meeting, to not be swayed by negatives about the project. It was clear, and he stated as much, that the PNP Administration is strongly in support of the project coming to fruition saying the country could use another luxury, internationally recognized resort brand. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:12 storey, grace bay, pnp, washington misick TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite