Skriniar: ‘I can play every game’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Inter defender Milan Skriniar says he is enjoying working under Antonio Conte and is happy to play every two or three days. Speaking from Slovakia’s training camp ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Azerbaijan, the 24-year old spoke about how his season was going so far. “On a personal level I feel great and I’m happy that [Antonio] Conte gives me great confidence and always lets me play.” Skriniar has been an ever-present for Inter this season, playing in every Serie A and Champions League game, but he insists he can handle the pressure. “It’s better to play many games in a row. That way, we don’t have to train as much. I like [playing a lot of games]. The goal is always to play at the top.” Conte has instead been complaining about the Nerazzurri’s fixture list, so does the stopper agree with his boss? “It’s true because at the end of games you can feel the energy drop. You are forced to play every two or three days and you feel the fatigue. “Added to this are the continuous journeys, but we are paid to do this and we are happy to play at these levels.” Skriniar has made 102 appearances for the Beneamata since joining from Sampdoria in 2017.last_img read more

Anirban Lahiri wins maiden European Tour title in Malaysia

first_imgAnirban Lahiri secured his breakthrough European Tour title by overhauling Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in a dramatic final round of the Malaysian Open on Sunday.Just three months after coming through qualifying school, Lahiri made up five shots on overnight leader Wiesberger before holding his nerve over the last few holes to emerge a winner by a single stroke after carding a four-under-par 68.”I don’t think it’s sunk in just yet,” said the 27-year-old after finishing 16-under for the tournament. “But I’m pretty sure when it hits home it’s going to be a really happy moment for me.”I think I’ve got a bad habit of making it hard for myself, but I’m happy I got over the line, as ugly as it was towards the end.”Lahiri, who soared into contention with a third round 62 on Saturday, got off to a blistering start at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club by birdying four of his first five holes.Wiesberger also picked up shots at his first two holes and it was only when the Austrian double bogeyed the par-five seventh that the duel was on. Lahiri sank a 40-foot putt at the 17th to grab the outright lead for the first time but Wiesberger birdied the 16th to tie the contest up again.It lasted only one hole before Wiesberger made a mess of his approach shot at the 17th to hand the advantage back to Lahiri.Lahiri said Saturday’s round had been crucial to his becoming only the fourth Indian to win a European Tour title and was already calculating his chances of a US Masters debut next year.advertisement”In hindsight that was one of the most crucial rounds of my career and it’s fantastic when you play well at the right times,” he added.”The Masters is definitely one of my targets. I don’t know how far I’ll move up (in rankings), but I’m pretty confident now with this win I should have a pretty good chance.”Wiesberger’s fourth successive top-10 finish put him in the top five on The Race to Dubai, but the 29-year old was left to ruing his closing 74.”It hasn’t quite finished the way I intended to,” said Wiesberger.”After the hiccup on five, I didn’t hit it anywhere near as good as the last 15 rounds. It’s tough to say, but it is what it is and unfortunately I beat myself out of it today.”Englishman Paul Waring (73) and Spaniard Alejandro Canizares (74) finished tied for third on 13 under, while defending champion Lee Westwood returned 75 for a share of fifth.last_img read more

7 Ways to get better response rates to your e-news

first_imgBlog reader Marla Grant of the Florida Blood Services Foundation recently sent me a copy of her newsletters (you can see them here), which are chock-a-block with great stories. She was wondering how to increase donations through this email outreach, and kindly agreed to my sharing my advice as a post.Here are my 7 ideas for better response rates.1. Have a subject line that makes you want to read more. My friend Kivi Leroux Miller talks about bad subject lines being a wrapper (example: September Diabetes eNews) and good subject lines being the candy in the wrapper (example: 6 ways to manage your diabetes). Make it interesting, so people open the message in the first place.2. Start with story that’s compelling and relevant to the reader. Here is where Marla’s organization is hitting it out of the park. Her newsletters are full of moving stories that are personal and highly relevant to the reader. But there are a lot of them! Which brings me to my next point…3. Say less. A lot less. An e-newsletter needs to be far, far shorter than what you’d send in print. Anything over 500 words is really pushing it, in my view. If you must have multiple stories, just provide the first part of each and link to the rest. Remember, people tend to be in a hurry in their inbox and they skim more than they read. The newsletters Marla sent have great content – but so much of it, it’s hard to absorb and unclear where to focus first. I’m speaking from experience. The number one compliment I get on this blog from people who subscribe via email is that it’s short, with one main concept each time. (I take this as a compliment!)4. Go easy on the eyes. Just as you want to be short and sweet in email, you want to go easy on the eyes — go for uncluttered, easy to read messages. Too many articles and sidebars and buttons and images will overwhelm the reader and lower your conversion rates drastically.5. Ask for one thing. Be clear about the purpose of each piece of email outreach. Is it a thank-you full of stories of change and transformation? Is it a fundraising appeal? Is it to inspire involvement in an event? You want your e-news to have a focus and one clear call to action. Tightly sticking to a theme and reducing the options for action to one (or at most two) will boost response rates. Too many options, just like too much information, really hurts conversion.6. Ask explicitly. Are you directly and clearly asking for action? A Donate button off to the side isn’t enough if the goal of the e-news is to raise money. Ask in the text too.7. Provide multiple, obvious links for the same action. Make it incredibly easy for people to act by including links throughout the text and on buttons. The more obvious, the better the conversion.Good luck!last_img read more

How to Stand Out on #GivingTuesday

first_imgYes, you can do both #GivingTuesday and your normal year-end outreach, even if you have a smaller list, no social media presence or if you’re a staff of one. (Really!)With so much buzz around #GivingTuesday, you might wonder how you can differentiate your message and stand out from the pack. Here are three ways to do just that:Find Your FocusIn a sea of generic appeals, do yourself (and your donors) a favor by taking the opportunity to get a bit more specific for this 24-hour giving spree. #GivingTuesday is a wonderful reminder to give and can add a sense of urgency to your ask, but it’s not the reason why donors will give to your organization. #GivingTuesday is a great opportunity to target specific segments of donors, focus on a certain program, or leverage a special type of giving (such as peer fundraising or monthly giving). By getting more specific, you can tell a more interesting, relevant, and memorable story, differentiating your #GivingTuesday from your other appeals, as well as those of other organizations.Build Your BrandOnce you’ve found your focus, it’s time to work on some specific branding for your campaign. A strong brand for your campaign means that you can create a consistent experience in all of your outreach and appeals leading up to and on the big day. Your campaign may have a catchy slogan, a special icon, or a special motif. Make sure your brand still aligns with how people recognize your nonprofit. Bonus points for including #GivingTuesday icons to help tie it all together.Include this theme on your website, in your emails and direct mail pieces, on your donation pages, in social media, and, well, everywhere you mention your #GivingTuesday campaign. Create shareable images that you (and your supporters) can use to spread the word about your campaign and the work that you do. (Need some help creating your images? Try these tips for great visuals.)Celebrate Your Community#GivingTuesday is all about coming together to celebrate generosity, but too many organizations use the day as just another chance to send a one-way communication. Build better relationships with your donors by involving them in the planning, messaging, and deployment of your campaign. Get them excited about this giving day well in advance and ask for their input and ideas. They’ll be more invested and more likely to give and share.While you’re at it, use #GivingTuesday as a way to thank your supporters for all they’ve done and highlight their achievements through their contributions of time, money, and advocacy. Shine the spotlight on your supporters via social media throughout the day, or consider creating your own version of an “Unselfie” campaign to bring your community to life and show potential donors that they can join an active, vibrant group of amazing do-gooders.The most successful #GivingTuesday campaigns are those that show some personality, get donors involved, and key in on the strengths of the organization. Include these elements in your efforts and you’ll stand out from the rest.last_img read more

What ACA Means For You

first_img**UPDATE 10/17/13: **We’ve updated this post with some more of your most frequently asked questions about Freelancers Union, FIC, and Freelancers Medical and appended them to our original post about ACA below.The launch of the Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. Obamacare – will have a huge impact on millions of freelancers across the country.We’ve been hearing from you on Twitter about how this will impact the new workforce. Here are some answers to the questions we’ve heard most.(Got more? Leave them in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer.)**What’s happened on October 1? **October 1 marked the launch of the new Health Insurance Marketplaces. These are the places where individuals who aren’t covered by their employer, Medicaid, or Medicare can “shop” for a health insurance plan. These Marketplaces will be run by the state or federal government, depending on your state of residence. Check the site to find the Marketplace in your state.What if I already have insurance?If you already have insurance, you don’t have to do anything. You can keep what you’ve got. But it’s important to do your research so you know all your options.How much would health insurance cost?It depends on what kind of coverage you want to get, where you live, and your income level. There are four levels of coverage: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Bronze plans are cheapest, and they cover about 60% of your healthcare costs. Platinum plans are most expensive, and they cover about 90% of your costs.The good news is that subsidies and tax credits will be more widely available and are expected to help around 70% of people pay for health insurance. Check out the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s subsidy calculator to get an idea of your eligibility.Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the details:● If you’re under 26, you can be covered by your parents’ insurance plan.● If you’re under 30 and make less than $35,000, you can get cheaper “catastrophic” insurance that covers you in case of a major accident.● If you make 100%-400% of the poverty level ($19,539-$78,120), you will most likely qualify for either full or partial coverage under expanded Medicaid, subsidies, or tax credits. Again, check out the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s subsidy calculator to see how much the government may be able to help you afford health insurance.● If you make above 400% of the poverty level, you will likely be required to pay for health insurance on your own.● If you already qualify for Medicare, your health coverage will not change.How will my subsidies be affected if I have wildly varying income?As Wonkblog explains, if your income changes drastically you’re supposed to go online and report the shift in income. Any subsidies you’re receiving will be adjusted to reflect your new income.If you don’t report the new income, the government will assess the difference when you file taxes the next year and you could have to pay back some of the tax credits you received. Make sure to plan ahead for tax time.I don’t have health insurance. Do I have to buy it?Yep — or pay a fee. The fee goes up every year, from $95 next year to nearly $700 in 2016, according to I have to do anything today?No. You have until March 31, 2014 to look at the plans and enroll. After that, however, you’ll be out of luck for getting a plan until the next enrollment period, which starts October 7, 2014.I have insurance through Freelancers Insurance Company. What changes can I expect?We have worked hard to ensure the continuity of care for our members during this tumultuous time of health care reform. Our members will continue to have access to our health plans, which we designed to meet the unique needs of freelancers. We’re proud to say that for the second year in a row, our insurance plans have no rate increase and we are maintaining the same comprehensive benefits.What does health reform mean for freelancers and Freelancers Union?A long time ago, we recognized that freelancers were barred from the same benefits and protections that were a given for traditional workers — and we started building a solution. In 2009, we launched Freelancers Insurance Company to provide health benefits exclusively to the freelance community. FIC will ensure that our members maintain the same comprehensive, quality benefits that they’re used to. The health exchanges offer access to health insurance for more Americans and give freelancers another option.But our approach to healthcare remains the same: geared toward quality and affordability, member-driven, and focused on health plans that consider the needs of our members and the type of care they are looking for. That’s why we started Freelancers Medical. Members told us they wanted access to alternative care services and better integration of mind and body wellness. So we listened and built it together.Is Freelancers Insurance Company on the exchange?We carefully evaluated whether it would be in the best interest of our members if we went on the exchange. Our big consideration was making sure our members had uninterrupted access to their Freelancers Insurance Company health benefits. While plans on the exchanges are open to everyone, our insurance plans are designed for freelancers. Our benefits were created with our members’ input and offer access to alternative care through the Freelancers Medical $0 copay primary care program. If we were on the exchange, we would have had to alter our plans and raise our prices. So, in the end, Freelancers Insurance Company decided to take a wait and see approach and not go on the exchange in 2014.I had heard that Freelancers Union was going to be offering insurance in New Jersey and Oregon too. Can you tell me more about that?Freelancers Union supported the creation of three CO-OPs (Consumer Oriented and Operated Plans) in New Jersey, New York, and Oregon as part of the Affordable Care Act. The CO-OPs are designed to operate on the new health care exchanges and are based on the proven health coverage model Freelancers Union developed in New York for FIC members. The CO-OPs also align with our approach to healthcare: geared toward quality and affordability, member-driven, and focused on tailoring benefits to the needs of its members.While Freelancers Union sponsored and fully supports the mission of the CO-OPs, it does not own or operate them; they are fully independent entities.What is FIC going to offer in the next year?We’ve been insuring freelancers for years and have developed a healthcare model that works for our members. We have great benefits, a large national provider network through BlueCross, and we listen to our members’ feedback. That’s why we started Freelancers Medical, a program that allows members to make primary care office visits for $0 copay and attend free yoga classes and wellness events. For the second year in a row, we also have a zero rate increase on our plans.What is Freelancers Medical?Freelancers Medical is an innovative primary care program that combines traditional and alternative care. Members of the program get a personal health team and have access to $0 copay primary care visits, plus free yoga, meditation, and group acupuncture all under one roof at our downtown Brooklyn freelancer hall at 408 Jay St.I hear you’re opening a new location in lower Manhattan. Tell me more.It’s true! In January 2014, we’re opening a second freelancer hall on Maiden Lane in lower Manhattan, anchored by a freelancer-focused primary care practice. The new space will have all the great health and wellness features as the Brooklyn location and will also be used to host upcoming education and networking events for freelancers.I have a question that isn’t covered here.Ask us in the comments section!last_img read more

What should Lloyd’s role be for USWNT?

first_imgUnited States What should Carli Lloyd’s role be? Three thoughts from the USWNT’s win over Canada Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 13:42 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carli Lloyd USWNT Stan Szeto United States United States v Canada Women’s World Cup Canada Friendlies Women Opinion Videos Wrapping up a disappointing 2017, the U.S. star showed a glimpse of her old form with a goal off the bench in a 3-1 win over Canada on Sunday It’s safe to say 2017 was a year Carli Lloyd won’t speak fondly of, but leave it to the two-time world player of the year to make sure she still got the final word in.As the U.S. national team wrapped up 2017 with a 3-1 friendly win over Canada on Sunday in San Jose, California, Lloyd capped the scoring with an 80th-minute strike off the bench. It was just her second international goal of the year, and her first from the run of play.That statistic speaks to the challenging 12 months Lloyd has endured. Having failed to leave her mark during the Americans’ last-place SheBelieves Cup run in March, Lloyd embarked on an up-and-down loan with Manchester City. After being shut out over three matches in the Tournament of Nations this past summer, Lloyd suffered an ankle injury in August that ended her NWSL campaign with the Houston Dash after just eight games and two goals. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player By Lloyd’s sky-high standards — she scored 18 goals for the U.S. in 2015 and 17 last year — that’s quite the downturn. As U.S. coach Jill Ellis used the 35-year-old off the bench in four straight games to end the year, the question has been raised: What exactly should Lloyd’s role be?Lloyd will turn 37 soon after the 2019 World Cup in France, and she’ll be 38 by the time the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo roll around. Based on age alone it’s easy to envision Lloyd as a veteran reserve in those tournaments, echoing the role Abby Wambach played during the 2015 World Cup triumph. The emergence of Samantha Mewis, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle as advanced midfield options — complementing the established likes of Morgan Brian and Tobin Heath — makes that possibility all the more likely.Come for @CarliLloyd’s 98th international goal, stay for the @mPinoe 💰 moves.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) November 13, 2017Yet Lloyd showed a glimpse of her old self Sunday, perfectly reading the situation to bury Alex Morgan’s redirected header for the late goal. She played with vigor throughout her 15-minute appearance, adding a dose of ambition in the final third. Given a full offseason to recharge and reflect, Lloyd figures to enter 2018 with a healthy chip on her shoulder.Few players, if any, can rival Lloyd’s work ethic. She’ll use any notion that she’s past her prime as further fuel. While matching her prolific goal-scoring exploits of 2015 and 2016 may be a tall task, it’s safe to say Lloyd won’t be sliding into a secondary role without a fight.Here are two more thoughts from the Americans’ win over Canada:Press leaves her mark on flankChristen Press USWNTWith Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh sidelined, and Crystal Dunn not released from club duty with Chelsea, Ellis found herself venturing down the depth chart on the right flank.It was Lynn Williams who earned a surprise start up top alongside Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Canada in Vancouver. Offering plenty of pace but not enough polish, Williams didn’t leave much of an impression.Brilliant vision by @ChristenPress sets up @alexmorgan13 in front of 🥅 and she slots it home for the 2-1 🇺🇸 lead.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) November 13, 2017So Ellis turned to Christen Press at Avaya Stadium. Although the 28-year-old has carved a niche as Morgan’s backup at center forward, she has plenty of experience out wide as well. And she got the job done Sunday, threading the inch-perfect through ball that teed up Morgan’s 56th-minute winner moments after Janine Beckie had drawn Canada level.It wasn’t an eye-catching performance aside from that sequence, with play largely flowing through Rapinoe on the opposite flank. But it’s another moment for Ellis to remember when she considers the pecking order for a crowded forward corps.Rapinoe and Ertz end 2017 on high noteJulie Ertz Christine Sinclair USWNT CanadaRapinoe and Julie Ertz found themselves very much on the outside looking in at the U.S. lineup as recently as June, reduced to late cameos as Ellis explored other options.But the Tournament of Nations represented a return to form for the U.S. mainstays. A year and a half removed from suffering a torn ACL, Rapinoe showed the acceleration and audacity to reclaim her spot on the left flank. Ertz, meanwhile, wholeheartedly embraced a transition from center back to rangy defensive midfielder.Always an Ertz on Sundays! ⚽️🏈@julieertz buried her 14th career goal and 6th of 2017 off a @mPinoe corner kick.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) November 13, 2017Both players ended 2017 on a high note Sunday. They connected on the opening goal, with a Rapinoe corner kick finding the head of Ertz for yet another finish at the near post. Rapinoe then used a clever bit of skill to beat her defender to the end line and whip in the cross that led to Lloyd’s insurance tally.As World Cup qualifying looms in 2018, there are no more questions surrounding these two veterans: Rapinoe and Ertz are officially back on track.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh “Doesn’t Respect The Motivation” Behind Colin Kaepernick’s Protest

first_imgColin Kaepernick kneels during national anthemJim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick teamed up for a Super Bowl run in San Francisco, but they aren’t on the same page regarding Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.Asked today for his opinion on Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit for the national anthem, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh disagreed with his former San Francisco 49ers signal caller.Harbaugh told a group of reporters he recognized Kaepernick’s right to protest, but didn’t “respect the motivation or the action.”Jim Harbaugh on Colin Kaepernick: “I acknowledge his right to do it. But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 29, 2016Jim Harbaugh responds to Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for National Anthem.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) August 29, 2016Kaepernick’s actions and explanation for his decision generated major attention and caused considerable support from some and backlash from others. Expect Harbaugh’s to do the same.Update: Harbaugh has issued a statement and an apology.last_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Previews Ohio State-Michigan State

first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit catches a pass on the field. He recently discussed the upcoming Alabama vs. LSU game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Today, the Ohio State Buckeyes have a tough challenge on the road in East Lansing, as the Michigan State Spartans are ready to play spoiler. With this showdown having potential to be the best of this weekend, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit couldn’t help but preview the matchup.Over the past two games, the Buckeyes have played sloppy football. Not only are they seeing an increase in turnovers, but the defense continues to give up big plays in the passing game.Although the Spartans aren’t struggling to the same extent, the team’s issues at quarterback are still present. With Brian Lewerke and Rocky Lombardi having inconsistent performances, Michigan State relies heavily on its defense.If Ohio State wants any chance at winning out the rest of this season, Herbstreit believes it all starts with the defense.From 247Sports:“I think defensively is their biggest concern right now. They’re giving up some big plays whether it’s the running game or short throws underneath,” College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit said during Saturday’s SportsCenter appearance. “They’ve got to button that up to have a chance at running the table starting today in East Lansing. That’s the biggest issue. Their offense seems to be coming together. They were able to run the ball last week (vs. Nebraska) which I think is important and taking the pressure off of Dwayne Haskins and the receivers.There is no question that Ohio State can move the chains with Dwayne Haskins under center. However, the defense has given up 40 points per game over the last two contests.Well, the Buckeyes will have to stop that trend this afternoon, especially if they have aspirations of making the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Publication du rapport davril 2016

first_img surveillance des prescriptions pour empêcher la surconsommation et le mauvais usage protection de l’information sur la santé planification hospitalière contrôles des stocks des services mécaniques à Transports et Renouvellement de l’infrastructure surveillante de la santé et la sécurité au travail à Travail et Éducation postsecondaire gestion de la protection de la jeunesse à Services communautaires Dans son rapport d’avril 2016, publié aujourd’hui le 26 avril, le vérificateur général, Michael Pickup, a déclaré que le gouvernement affiche une faible amélioration par rapport aux années antérieures quant à la mise en œuvre complète des recommandations formulées à l’issue d’audits antérieurs. « Un faible taux d’achèvement, qui a très peu changé par rapport à l’année précédente, est décevant. » Des 400 recommandations suivies émanant de 23 audits effectués en 2012 et 2013, il en reste 161 à être traitées. « Bien qu’un taux d’achèvement de 60 pour cent représente une faible amélioration par rapport à celui de 58 pour cent de l’an dernier, il est encourageant de voir que six organismes affichent des taux entre 80 et 100 pour cent », a précisé M. Pickup. « Ces organismes devraient être reconnus pour cet accomplissement. » Les organismes qui montrent de faibles résultats de mise en œuvre complète font en sorte de maintenir le taux à un niveau insuffisant. Par exemple, la Régie de la santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse et le Centre de soins de santé IWK ont des taux d’achèvement de seulement 20 et 24 pour cent à l’égard des recommandations visant à améliorer les contrôles sur l’information personnelle sur la santé des Néo-Écossais. L’audit en question a été effectué en 2012 et il s’est passé amplement de temps pour corriger ces questions. Sur les 23 audits que nous avons suivis, cinq organismes ont des taux inférieurs à 50 pour cent. « Après plus de deux ans pour passer aux actes, ces organismes auraient dû résoudre plus de problèmes qu’il en existe maintenant. Le gouvernement, le comité des comptes publics et la population néo-écossaise devraient les tenir responsables de ces résultats insatisfaisants », a fait savoir M. Pickup. Les déficiences qui n’ont pas été réglées comprennent ce qui suit : Bien que 93 pour cent des recommandations formulées en 2012 et 2013 continuent d’être acceptées, le vérificateur général est en désaccord avec les raisons invoquées par le gouvernement pour ne pas mettre en œuvre 28 recommandations. « Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance a mentionné qu’il ne mettra pas en oeuvre six recommandations formulées à la suite de notre audit de 2012 portant sur l’enseignement à domicile », a souligné M. Pickup. « Ne pas améliorer la surveillance de l’enseignement à domicile signifie que le ministère ne sait pas si ces enfants reçoivent une éducation solide. » Le vérificateur général est d’avis que les recommandations formulées au ministère du Développement économique et rural et du Tourisme au sujet du fonds d’emplois de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont toujours pertinentes pour le Fonds Investir Nouvelle-Écosse maintenant administré par le ministère des Services aux entreprises. « Les recommandations voulant qu’il y ait des contrôles suffisants sur les programmes de financement sont pertinentes pour le nouveau fonds et essentielles pour tout programme de financement », a indiqué M. Pickup. C’est la première fois que les résultats du suivi des recommandations découlant des audits de performance et des audits d’états financiers antérieurs sont présentés dans un rapport distinct. Cette présentation vise à souligner l’importance de tenir le gouvernement responsable de régler les problèmes dont il connaît l’existence dans les programmes et les entités. « Je continuerai à présenter un rapport distinct sur le suivi des recommandations antérieures », a déclaré M. Pickup. Le rapport de 69 pages peut être consulté sur le site read more

Bystander stops suspect who appears in video to set car on fire

first_imgEDMONTON — A burly, bearded man wearing a Hawaiian shirt is being praised for chasing and tackling a person who, in a video, appeared to douse a vehicle with gasoline and set it on fire in Edmonton on Friday night.Ross Lockwood, who was skateboarding with a friend in Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue bar and restaurant district, said he pulled out his camera and began recording when he overheard someone exclaim that a person had just set another car on fire.“There was a man wearing dark clothing carrying a jerry can full of gasoline. He was pouring the gasoline onto and by cars — parked cars — but more worrying, he poured it onto the hood of an occupied vehicle,” said Lockwood, who posted his video of the incident on Reddit.“The vehicle caught on fire.”The driver turned the corner and pulled over, Lockwood said, and people with fire extinguishers raced to put out the flames.In the video, the man appears to hold the jerry can towards people on the sidewalk, who kept their distance.“I think a lot of people recognized just how dangerous it is to try to intervene with someone who’s got a full can of gas and a lighter, and no one took real action until it was safe to do so, and that’s exactly what happened,” Lockwood said.The video appears to show the man walking across the street, raising his arms and throwing the jerry can into the air as his backpack falls to the pavement. He then appears to continue walking, apparently waving at pedestrians.The video then shows a person wearing a Hawaiian shirt and jeans running after the man, following him into a Starbucks, trailed by someone carrying what appeared to be a plank.“A man in a red Hawaiian shirt brought him to the ground, and after that, several others stepped in to aid the man in the red shirt and they held him until police arrived,” Lockwood said.Police said in an email that they responded to a report of a male pouring fuel onto multiple vehicles and setting them on fire on Friday night.With the help of a citizen, the email said, a male suspect was taken into custody and charges are pending.Police said 13 vehicles were damaged but no one was hurt.Social media reacted to video with accolades for the man in the Hawaiian shirt. Some posts compared him to Magnum P.I. One Batman-themed meme had a picture of a spotlight shining into the air, but instead of showing a bat symbol, it had a Hawaiian shirt.Lockwood has no idea who the man was.“I have no background for the man in the red shirt, but I just want to say thank you for the actions that you took on Friday night,” said Lockwood, who has turned over his video to police.Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CFC and Bell Media Announce The CFCBell Media Vision Project

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We’re very excited to expand our partnership with the CFC to launch the CFC/Bell Media Vision Project,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “VR and AR technology continues to grow, and we recognize its potential to fundamentally change the way Canadians consume screen-based content, like we are doing this summer with THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. As a proud leader of Canadian content development and delivery, this latest strategic investment positions Bell Media at the forefront of a new and exciting space.”The CFC/Bell Media Vision Project, collaboratively designed by Bell Media and CFC, will allow the CFC Media Lab to incorporate the Project into its acceleration and production activities, including the IDEABOOST suite of initiatives – featuring the tracks Engage, Production Labs, Digital Transformation Labs and Digital Entertainment Demo Projects. Created in part to showcase VR and AR programming based in Southern Ontario, the project will not only develop consumer-facing experiences, but also identify platforms, tools and software necessary for VR’s most effective commercial delivery.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:CFCTwitter: @cfccreatesFacebook: Canadian Film Centre (CFC)Instagram: @cfccreatesCFC Media LabTwitter: @cfcmedialabFacebook: CFC Media LabBell MediaTwitter: @BellTwitter: @BellMediaPRFacebook:  Bell MediaInstagram: @bellmediaprAbout CFCThe Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable organization whose mission is to invest in and inspire the next generation of world-class Canadian content creators and entrepreneurs in the screen-based entertainment industry. A significant economic and cultural driver in Canada and beyond, CFC delivers a range of multi-disciplinary programs and initiatives in film, television, music, screen acting, and digital media, which provides industry collaborations, strategic partnerships, and business and marketplace opportunities for talent and participants. For more information, visit CFC Media LabThe Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) is an internationally acclaimed digital media think tank and award-winning production facility. It provides a unique research, training and production environment for digital media content developers and practitioners, as well as acceleration programs and services for digital entertainment start-ups and related SMEs. Program participants have emerged as leaders in the world of digital media, producing groundbreaking projects and innovative, sustainable companies for the digital and virtual age. CFC Media Lab is funded in part by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. For more information, visit Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit TORONTO, June 7, 2017 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and Bell Media are proud to announce a groundbreaking new initiative to expand the development of both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences further at the CFC. The CFC/Bell Media Vision Project will enable CFC Media Lab to scale up its IDEABOOST programming and services associated with accelerating VR and AR companies and producing VR and AR experiences.The CFC Media Lab is well-poised to become the hub of immersive media in Ontario, having already produced award-winning VR work with partners such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Seneca College, the National Film Board, VICE, Secret Location and Occupied VR, in addition to its ongoing work accelerating companies in the immersive media space such as BRINX, Liquid Cinema, ItsMe3d, and more. The CFC/Bell Media Vision Project makes this hub a reality.“The impact of VR is already being felt across many sectors and industries, especially entertainment,” said Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC. “The CFC/Bell Media Vision Project will marry content innovation and commerce. Fuelled by a shared commitment to incubate original consumer-facing VR/AR properties for possible commercialization, this project represents the vanguard of immersive screen-based entertainment. We at the CFC could not be happier about this extension of our partnership.” Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

White House Trump would accept less money for border wall

first_imgWASHINGTON — Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a partial government shutdown entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight.A top White House official warns the shutdown could stretch into January. It affects about one-fourth of the federal government.Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says he’s waiting to hear from Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer about a counteroffer the White House presented Schumer over the weekend.Mulvaney would only say the offer was between Trump’s $5.7 billion request and the $1.3 billion Democrats have offered.Says Mulvaney: “We moved off of the five and we hope they move up from their 1.3.”Schumer’s office says the parties remain “very far apart.”Darlene Superville, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Alarm bylaw changes expected by yearend

Changes to the county bylaw governing false alarms should be ready for Norfolk council’s consideration in December.The new bylaw will put the onus on monitoring companies to verify that an alarm is legitimate before police arrive. As it stands, more than 90 per cent of these alarms are false and represent a significant drain on police resources.Dennis Travale, chair of Norfolk’s Police Services Board, is taking the lead on the file. Travale ran the proposed changes by the board Sept. 4. Norfolk council agreed to the review Sept. 17.“If we dramatically reduce calls for service, hopefully our (policing) fees will drop,” Travale told council last week. “But there is no guarantee of that.”He laid out a timetable for a revised bylaw at Wednesday’s meeting of the board.At that meeting, Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, said the local force will continue sending officers to investigate alarms regardless of what the new bylaw says. Varga said the OPP risk liability problems if they don’t.If approved, the revised bylaw will encourage monitoring companies to make their alarm systems more reliable. The fine for false alarms has yet to be determined. But with the OPP billing Norfolk nearly $190 per service call, Travale says that would be a good place to start.Travale affirmed Varga’s contention that police must respond to alarms regardless of their veracity.“There is no intention to change that in any way, shape or form,” he said. “The intention is to determine whether the call is a good one.”Norfolk County is following the lead of Toronto police, who, beginning in September 2018, only investigate verified alarms. Verification involves an affirmation by an audio device, a video camera, an eyewitness or the multiple-zone activation of an alarm system within a complex.Travale said the Toronto approach has withstood rigorous legal scrutiny. Varga mentioned Wednesday that OPP management in Orillia is considering a similar policy in all its jurisdictions.False alarms arise for a number of reasons. These include high winds, thunderstorms and power surges. Pets and mice set off alarms while other systems are poorly installed and activate at the slightest vibration.Norfolk’s community services department is responsible for documenting false alarms and issuing fines. The county charges $45 to register a security system. Property owners and businesses are allowed one false alarm before the fines kick in.For registered alarm owners, the first fine totals $75. For owners of unregistered systems, fines start at $100. Fines increase for each additional offence. Nearly 110 alarm systems are registered with the county.Nikki Slote, Norfolk’s manager of administrative and client services, recently reported more than 270 at-fault false alarms in Norfolk so far in 2019.This compares with 250 last year and 229 in 2017. Slote estimated there could be as many as a dozen alarm monitoring companies doing business in Norfolk.Slote told the police board that staying on top of the situation is time-consuming and requires a lot of paperwork. Shifting the onus to alarm-monitoring companies, she added, would streamline the process and ease the workload.Travale said he hopes this approach catches on provincewide. If the OPP can reduce calls for service across Ontario, the force should be able to pass along the savings to its member municipalities, he read more

DR of Congo urban Angolan refugees to be airlifted home – UN

Two flights, one planned for 12 June and the other for 19 June, will airlift the refugees from the capital of Kinshasa to the Angolan capital Luanda. Six families consisting of 25 individuals are from Lubumbashi, DRC’s second largest city, located in south-eastern DRC, 2,000 km east of the capital. The rest are from Kinshasa. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) plans to repatriate the remaining 1,500 urban Angolan refugees by the end of the year.Before departing DRC, the refugees will spend the night in a transit centre in Kinshasa where they will receive meals and a cash grant of about $100 to help them start a new life when they return home. After arriving in Luanda, the refugees will be given food and non-food items, UNHCR said.The Angolan Government insists on tracing the families of refugees in Luanda as a prerequisite for urban Angolan nationals wishing to return. This is a painstaking and lengthy process, the UN refugee agency also said. UNHCR started its airlift of urban refugees in DRC last year with three flights bringing home 624 urban Angolan refugees. Over 2,400 Angolan refugees sought shelter during Angola’s nearly three decade-long civil war.There are currently an estimated 24,000 Angolan refugees in camps and settlements in DRC, the majority in the provinces of Bandundu and Bas Congo bordering Angola’s northern provinces. There are also an estimated 72,000 Angolan refugees in DRC who have settled spontaneously. UNHCR said it would continue organizing refugee returns to Angola from DRC throughout the year, mainly by land. read more

Football Ohio State guard Matt Burrell will not play versus Army seen

Ohio State backup left guard Matt Burrell wears a walking boot on his left foot prior to the Buckeyes’ game versus Army on Sept. 16. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State backup left guard Matt Burrell will not play in Saturday’s game versus Army, as he was seen wearing a walking boot on his left foot during warmups 40 minutes prior to kickoff.The redshirt sophomore competed for the open right guard spot in the offseason, but redshirt sophomore Branden Bowen earned the starting job. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound interior lineman played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman and is the primary backup at guard this season. read more

This is the PlayStation phone running Android 23

first_imgWe’ve seen images of the Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone since October, but today is the first time we get to see it up close and actually functioning in a video. The video doesn’t give much away other than to show us the Zeus/Z1/PlayStation phone is real and styled to look a lot like a PSPgo when closed. Unfortunately it does look like rather a thick handset too.AdChoices广告There doesn’t seem to be anything truly unique about the phone other than that touchpad in the center of the navigation area. But a second short video does reveal a PlayStation app:Does Sony have plans to release PSP games for this phone? Or is this a new section of the Android market containing new titles using Sony’s gaming IP?Expect the PlayStation phone to appear in February next year.Read more at Pocket-lintMatthew’s OpinionMy first impression is that this phone doesn’t look great. While the iPhone, and increasingly Android handsets, are slender, slide in your pocket handsets, the PS Move looks thick and heavy. Putting that in your pocket isn’t going to be the most pleasant experience.As for the games and PlayStation app, I would be surprised if Sony allowed PSP games to run on it through an SD card. That would surely impact sales of the PSP hardware and there would also be a worry about PSP 2 not selling as well either. It’s more likely that Sony will produce a range of Android games using IP of games already seen on the PSP. I think I prefer that second option as we could see a new range of PlayStation branded games suited to touchscreen phones. However, the inclusion of the buttons touch area below the screen suggest any games produced by Sony may be exclusive to this phone.last_img read more

Get the sunscreen out Two XClass solar flares on their way to

first_imgThe last twenty-four hours have been interesting for space weather researchers (and not because they are iPad fans): two X-Class coronal mass ejections (CME) were unleashed by our sun late last night. Capable of causing disruptions to orbiting satellites and potentially endangering the crew of the International Space Station, the almost 10 billion tons of plasma that was released is set to hit the Earth tomorrow morning around 7 AM, Eastern Standard Time. Right now a good number of workers are scrambling to prepare for the worst, which includes rerouting planes that fly over the polar caps because of the geomagnetic chaos that could ensue tomorrow morning.Observed by several NASA spacecraft, like the Solar Dynamics Observatory that captured the image above, scientists had a front row seat to the solar phenomenon which allows them to act like an early warning system of sorts. Researchers have been keeping an eye on the sun’s largest active sunspot, AR1429, because of the fact that the Earth is right in its “line of fire” so to speak, and will be for the next week or so. During this time we will be at risk of further bombardments from additional solar flares that could be released. Although events like this make for interesting research fodder, there are real world implications to the incoming solar storm. Aside from the aforementioned danger to the ISS crew and to planes crossing the polar caps, instrumentation that requires precise GPS readings may be affected as well as communications around the globe.The repercussions of the current CME event aren’t all bad however. Scientists are expecting that the auroras that can be seen in the sky in the Northern and Southern parts of the world to be exceptionally brilliant because of the added energy from the sun. So if you live in the Northern United States or anywhere in Canada that usually experiences the atmospheric light show, you may want to set up some cameras to capture the moment.via Space.comlast_img read more

Final acts as President Obama moves 10 prisoners from Guantanamo to Oman

first_img US military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, Cuba. By AFP Jan 16th 2017, 9:58 PM Short URL 18,983 Views Today Obama visited the playground at the Jobs Have Priority Naylor Road Family Shelter, where he donated his daughters’ swing set. Source: Susan WalshEarly this month, Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest said he would expect “additional transfers” before the Democrat hands power to President-elect Donald Trump on 20 January.Obama vowed to close the Guantanamo detention facility when he took office in 2009, arguing that detention without trial did not reflect American values.But faced with Pentagon foot-dragging and stubborn Republican opposition to shutting down the prison, his administration has focused on whittling down the number of inmates.Trump has called for a freeze on transfers.On 3 January, he tweeted that “there should be no further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield.” US military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, Cuba. Monday 16 Jan 2017, 9:58 PM 23 Comments Final acts as President: Obama moves 10 prisoners from Guantanamo to Oman The nationality of the ten inmates are unconfirmed. There should be no further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017 OMAN SAID IT received 10 inmates from the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay today, as outgoing President Barack Obama looks to reduce the number of prisoners there before leaving office.Neither the sultanate’s foreign ministry nor the US defence official who confirmed the transfer would disclose the nationality of the inmates who would reside in the Gulf Arab country on a temporary basis.“At the request of Sultan Qaboos and the US government for a solution to the question of Guantanamo detainees, 10 of these detainees arrived today in the sultanate to reside here temporarily,” the ministry said, quoted by the official ONA news agency.In Washington, the US official said: “We can confirm the transfer of 10 detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of Oman. We have nothing further at this time.”The latest transfers leave the number of Guantanamo detainees at 45, according to the official.Ten days ago, four Yemenis were sent from the US prison on Cuban soil to Saudi Arabia. Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Only a handful of those who remain at the prison have started moving through US military tribunals, including the alleged plotters of the 9/11 attacks.Others remain in legal limbo – not charged but deemed too dangerous to release.- © AFP, 2017Read: Enda Kenny and Theresa May have called each other to discuss Northern IrelandRead: Barack Obama Plaza: Business is booming – but US tourists don’t quite know what to make of it Share17 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Camas school district names high school principal

first_imgCAMAS — Liza Sejkora will take over as Camas High School principal starting this fall. She is currently the assistant principal at Coronado High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has 14 years of experience as a middle, high school and college English Language Arts instructor.“What stands out to me is what we learned when we visited Liza’s current high school: the way staff and students talked about her leadership, how she elevates those around her, how she supports people while holding them accountable,” Superintendent Jeff Snell said in a release from the district. “Teachers remarked on ways she’s helped them grow, her availability and her great sense of humor.”She is replacing Steve Marshall, who will become the director of educational resources in district administration this summer.last_img read more