Sterling can get better – Guardiola

first_imgManchester City Sterling can get better, insists Guardiola Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 23:03 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sterling - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Raheem Sterling Manchester City v Southampton Southampton Premier League Guardiola The England international has come into his own under the Catalan’s tutelage and has been backed to improve further this season Pep Guardiola believes Raheem Sterling can get even better after his blistering start to the Premier League season.Sterling is City’s top scorer with 12 goals in all competitions as Guardiola’s men dominate both domestically and in the Champions League.Sterling 9/2 to net first vs. Saints Article continues below 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 City sit eight points clear of closest challengers Manchester United at the top of the league table and have won all five of their European fixtures so far.And Guardiola has backed former Liverpool attacker Sterling – who scored City’s winner in a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town on Sunday – to continue improving and play a starring role in the club’s pursuit of the title.”The way we want to play as a team helps individual performances,” he said. “Like I said many times, Sterling is still young and there are a lot of things he can do better.”Not just Raheem, yesterday in training the players who didn’t play against Huddersfield trained amazing.”Raheem Sterling Manchester CityCity face Southampton on Wednesday in a match that will see Guardiola reunited with former Barcelona team-mate Mauricio Pellegrino.”I watched some Southampton games a few weeks ago,” he continued.”Mauricio made an amazing job at Alaves last season. They had a lot of young players and had a really good team.”We were together for one or two seasons. It was an amazing experience. He was so curious about football – he was always talking about tactics. “I am very pleased that tomorrow I will see him after a long time. After the game, we will speak a little bit.”On the pitch, he had a lot of courage. He was an intelligent player. We had a great relationship and I have a lot of memories of him.”We are focused on what we have to do on Wednesday evening.”Southampton head to Manchester on the back of a 4-1 victory over Everton.last_img read more

USC Insider Provides New Bru McCoy Transfer Update

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: General View of the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Earlier today, USC five-star wide receiver signee Bru McCoy made history. He became the first player who just signed with a school to enter the NCAA transfer portal.McCoy enrolled early at USC, starting classes a couple of weeks ago. However, after changes on the coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury becoming head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, he’s leaving the Trojans.USC247 first reported the news of McCoy’s decision to transfer. They also reported he is likely to transfer to Texas.Tonight, 247Sports’ Gerard Martinez reported that USC will grant McCoy a full release. That enables him to enroll anywhere without restrictions.However, McCoy will still have to petition the NCAA to be granted immediate eligibility at his new destination.Hearing that #USC will grant former five-star wide receiver signee Bru McCoy a full release from the school. McCoy will still have to petition the NCAA to gain immediate eligibility next season.— Gerard Martinez (@gmartlive) January 25, 2019The 6-foot-2, 205-pound McCoy is the No. 1 athlete and No. 9 overall player in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He would become the second five-star to choose Texas in the 2019 cycle, along with athlete Jordan Whittington.last_img read more

MISCs Earnings Drop amid Poor LNG Performance

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MISC Group Malaysian shipping group MISC Berhad witnessed a drop in its earnings, mainly due to a slowdown in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector.The company’s revenue was at RM 2.14 billion (USD 524.5 million) for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, dropping by 7% compared to MYR 2.3 billion reported in the same period a year earlier.Operating profit dropped to MYR 347 million from the corresponding quarter’s profit of MYR 717.4 million, while its profit after tax dipped to MYR 309.2 million from MYR 553.8 million seen a year earlier.The result was affected by the company’s performance in the LNG sector. Namely, MISC informed that its LNG revenue fell by 18.4% to MYR 595.9 million, mainly due to reduced number of operating vessels and a lower charter rate for the contract renewal of an LNG carrier in October 2017.The sector’s operating profit plunged to MYR 274.6 million in the quarter, compared to MYR 557.7 million reported a year earlier, which included recognition of compensation for early termination of a time charter contract coupled with lower revenue in the current quarter.MISC’s other sectors, including petroleum, offshore and heavy engineering, also saw a drop in revenues. In the petroleum business, the company’s revenue fell by 1.8% to MYR 1 billion, while revenue in the offshore sector fell to MYR 289.1 million from MYR 315.3 million.MISC’s heavy engineering business delivered a revenue of MYR 232.4 million, 9.7% lower than the corresponding quarter’s revenue of RM257.3 million.“Despite the tonnage oversupply situation in the spot market, indicators are positive for further improvements through the rest of the year. Nevertheless, our present portfolio of long term charters will provide stable income and cashflow to the group’s LNG business segment,” MISC said.The company explained that the steady oil price recovery in recent months and renewed interest in growth opportunities have led to increase of activities in the offshore segment. However, the group’s Heavy Engineering segment is expected to remain under pressure in 2018.last_img read more

Mental Health Grants Help Build Stronger Communities

first_img Clare Organization Representing Disabilities, Clare, Digby Co., $12,000 Schizophrenia Society Nova Scotia, Dartmouth, $17,610 Laing House, Halifax, $27,000 Healthy Minds Co-operative, Halifax, $28,420 Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax-Dartmouth Branch, $12,500 Self-help Connection, Halifax, $32,470 Evangeline Recreation Society, Kentville, $16,000 People living with mental illness will benefit from more access to health programs in their communities with the help of new provincial funding. “Getting people involved in their community is a vital part of a person’s recovery from mental illness,” said Jim Morton, on behalf of David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “These grants give people living with mental illness the financial help and support they need to make a difference in their daily lives and the lives of others facing the same challenges.” Consumer-led Initiative Grants are available to groups addressing mental illness, to help them establish and run programs in their communities. Evangeline Recreation Society, one of the grant recipients, will use the funds to strengthen its non-profit organization, Consumer Action Network. The funds will be used to create a micro loan program to provide financial assistance members, create jobs within the network, and help purchase a new van. “We are very excited to receive this grant and we look forward to being able to provide more resources to our members,” said Candy O’Brien, Evangeline Club co-ordinator. “The Evangeline Recreation Society and the Consumer Action Network are modest, little operations, doing the little things that make a big difference.” This year the Department of Health and Wellness will give $146,000 in grants to seven projects. The recipients are: The funds are distributed to the groups through a community organization, and the groups often have access to the organization’s staff for support. In addition to the consumer-led initiative grants, the province recently released its first-ever mental health and addictions strategy, Together We Can: The Plan to Improve Mental Health and Addictions Care for Nova Scotians.last_img read more

Colgate and Michael Phelps Continue to Spread the Save Water Message This

first_imgFor the second consecutive year, Colgate is continuing its partnership with one of the greatest swimmers of all time, Michael Phelps, as the global ambassador for the brand’s water conservation campaign.Michael Phelps – Turn off the faucet while brushingToday, 130 million Americans live with severe water scarcity for at least one month every year, yet 42 percent of Americans report leaving the faucet running while brushing their teeth. Phelps and Colgate are encouraging people to help save the planet this Earth Day by simply turning off the faucet.Colgate’s goal is to bring attention to water scarcity and help save water through initiatives that include the following: “Save Water” with the Google Assistant: Colgate developed an Action for the Google Assistant called “Save Water by Colgate.” Users with a Google Home, or compatible smart speaker, can learn water facts, conservation tips or even ask to hear the sound of running water to “replace” the sound while brushing with the faucet off. The Action is now available to anyone with a Google Home device by saying, “Hey Google, talk to Save Water by Colgate.” This feature is also available to Amazon Alexa users when users say “Alexa, enable Save Water.” “Turn Off the Faucet” Sink Sticker: Colgate created a water-activated drain sticker that reveals the reminder “Turn off the Faucet” when it comes in contact with water. Now available exclusively at Walmart, the Save Water sticker is included when purchasing a Colgate Total Toothpaste special pack. Phelps and Family Social Media Reminders: The Phelps family will continue to encourage their social media followers to turn off the faucet while brushing to save up to eight gallons of water a day.“While I retired from swimming two years ago, water is still very much a big part of my life and is a big part of all our lives,” Phelps said. “This Earth Day, I want to encourage all of us to help do our part in preserving water because every drop does count. Join us by simply turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth. It’s a small step that we can all do together to make a huge difference and a big impact on the world.”Additional information on the Colgate Save Water campaign is available at or by searching for #EveryDropCounts on social media platforms.last_img read more

Manitoba Wildlife Federation calls on government to tighten fishery policy – Indigenous

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsMembers of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation rallied in Winnipeg Tuesday in the hopes that the provincial government will clamp down on quotas handed to commercial fishers on Lake Winnipeg.They say if things don’t change, some fish populations will continue to decline.But commercial Indigenous fishers who make up about a quarter of the commercial fishery say tightening quotas is not

Absolutely concerned by alleged abuse of PEI students federal minister

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal immigration minister says he’s concerned by allegations that foreign students in Prince Edward Island have been pressured to return a portion of their wages to business immigrants, but isn’t planning major changes to the program.Ahmed Hussen said in Ottawa Wednesday he’s expecting the Liberal provincial government to take action on the issue, but also said in general he’s pleased by a provincial immigration system that is being criticized by some immigration lawyers as lacking sufficient oversight.“We are aware of it, we are absolutely concerned and are opposed to people taking advantage of international students,” Hussen said outside cabinet.“We urge all of the effected parties to contact the P.E.I. provincial nominee program folks to deal with this and we’ll do whatever we can to help the province.”On Nov. 26, The Canadian Press reported on three international students who described how they were required to return a portion of their pay to owners of businesses set up under the ownership stream of the provincial nominee program.In one case, a student said he was fired when he refused, and in two other cases, the students said they agreed to give back a portion of their income in cash.All of the students are international students from China, and they were concerned about repercussions on their current employment prospects on the Island if identified. The Canadian Press also interviewed a student who said he is paid what he’s owed in full.The provincial nominee businesses are set up after the would-be immigrants commit to a minimum investment of $150,000 and annual spending of at least $75,000.If companies in the “ownership stream” operate for an agreed period of time, usually a year, the province may refund the $150,000 business escrow deposit.The province has said the program has gradually helped attract a fresh wave of much-needed people to the Island and is resulting in some success stories, even if last year over half of all the 269 applicants forfeited their deposit and never opened a business at all.Critics have argued the system has a poor track record in retaining immigrants, and encourages business immigrants to use the Island as a side-door entry point to larger Canadian centres. Meanwhile, the province collected $18 million last year in forfeitures from program participants — roughly equivalent to half this year’s increase in infrastructure spending.Heath MacDonald, the minister of Economic Development in Prince Edward Island, has said in an interview that his department wants to hear directly from any students experiencing the alleged abuses.His department says it will retain their anonymity up until the point they might be called to testify.His office has committed to setting up a tip line for students and others to call if they are facing abuses under the provincial system.Hussen said he doesn’t have wider concern with provincial nominee programs, despite the criticism that too many applicants are going through the motions of creating a business.He said his concern is with the alleged mistreatment of international students.“It’s them taking advantage of vulnerable international students and we don’t want that,” he said.“The provincial nominee program has been great for all provinces. It’s the key economic immigration program that spreads the benefits of immigration all across the country.”The minister also said Ottawa is planning to increase the number of people in the provincial business programs over the next two years.“It’s a great program. It works well. There are instances where it’s misused and we take that very seriously. We work closely with the provinces to make sure that’s addressed and from my understanding they’re taking action to address that.”– By Stephanie Levitz in Ottawa and Michael Tutton in Halifax.last_img read more

TSX caps sevensession losing streak on higher oil price

TORONTO — Higher oil prices propelled the Toronto Stock Exchange to a higher finish as most sectors gained some traction.The S&P/TSX composite index capped seven consecutive sessions of declines by rising 75.99 points to 14,077.36.Driving the market higher was the TSX energy sector as the September contract for crude oil gained 59 cents to US$47.98 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Gold prices slipped 20 cents to $1,096.20 an ounce as traders awaited any signs from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day monetary policy meeting on the timing of an expected interest rate hike.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 189.68 points at 17,630.27, while the Nasdaq added 49.43 points at 5,089.21 and the S&P 500 climbed 25.61 points to 2,093.25.The Canadian dollar rose 0.7 of a cent at 77.36 cents US. read more

Fox News viewers flock to Trumps holiday speech

NEW YORK — The Fourth of July meant hot dogs, fireworks and President Donald Trump for many Fox News viewers.Fox News reached an average of 4.09 million viewers between 6 and 8 p.m. EDT last Thursday for its coverage of Trump’s much-discussed holiday parade in Washington, D.C., the Nielsen company said. The audience was over 4.6 million during the concentrated hour during which Trump gave a rain-soaked speech.Those are strong numbers for the Fourth of July, traditionally one of the least-watched days of the year for television as people concentrate on outdoor activities. During the same time last July Fourth, Fox had 1.29 million viewers, Nielsen said.It was even more than double Fox’s average viewership for the time slot for a typical workday this year.Fox was the only commercial television network to say ahead of time that it would air Trump’s speech. CNN, which also aired it and had 1.4 million viewers, did not disclose its coverage plans before the event. MSNBC did not air the speech and had 397,000 viewers, Nielsen said.The week’s most popular television event started Sunday morning, when the U.S. women’s soccer team beat The Netherlands for the World Cup before 14.3 million viewers.Behind the summertime favourite “America’s Got Talent,” NBC averaged 3.5 million viewers in prime time last week. CBS had 3.4 million, ABC had 2.8 million, Fox had 1.6 million, Univision had 1.5 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1 million and the CW had 560,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.01 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.16 million, HGTV had 1.14 million, USA had 1.05 million and TLC had 1 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.8 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 6.8 million and the “CBS Evening News,” where Norah O’Donnell takes over as anchor next week, averaged 5.1 million.For the week of July 1-7, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 6.82 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.8 million; “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks,” NBC, 5.87 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 5.77 million; Men’s Soccer: Mexico vs United States, Univision, 5.66 million; “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 5.3 million; “The $100,000 Pyramid,” ABC, 4.9 million; “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 4.75 million; “Big Brother” (Tuesday), CBS, 4.46 million; “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 4.32 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comDavid Bauder, The Associated Press read more

Community leader and international health researcher to receive honorary degrees from Brock

Brock University will bestow honorary degrees upon two individuals who embody the spirit of civic and academic excellence at Spring Convocation, which takes place during eight ceremonies over five days, from Tuesday, June 11 to Saturday, June 15.Brock is proud to present honorary degrees to Doug Rapelje, Past Director of Social Services and Senior Citizens for the Region of Niagara, for his community leadership and passionate work in advancing the health and well-being of older adults; and Neil Armstrong, Professor of Paediatric Physiology, and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President at the University of Exeter, Devonshire, UK, for his academic contributions to the fields of paediatric physiology and sport and health sciences.“I am pleased that we are recognizing Mr. Rapelje and Dr. Armstrong for their leadership and inspiring contributions to academia and society,” says Brock University President Jack Lightstone. “Their achievements mirror the values and vision of our University, which seeks to enhance the world of research and creativity, while improving the lives of the communities around us locally, nationally and internationally.”All ceremonies will be held in the Walker Complex in the Ian D. Beddis gymnasium. An outdoor reception for graduates, family and guests will be held after each ceremony.Tickets are not required. All guests are welcome.The two honorary degree presentations will proceed as follows:Friday, June 14, 10 a.m.An honorary degree will be presented to Doug Rapelje, Past Director, Social Services and Senior Citizens, The Regional Municipality of NiagaraBrock University is recognizing Mr. Doug Rapelje for his outstanding community leadership and passionate work in advancing the health and well-being of older adults.Mr. Doug RapeljeFor more than 45 years, Mr. Rapelje has been devoted to the cause of senior citizens. First, during a distinguished career as a public servant and then as a dedicated volunteer. He is a leading expert in all areas of seniors’ care and is recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his innovative vision and leadership in the field.In 2008, when he received the Red Cross’ Power of Humanity Award, the dedication to him noted that he “has dedicated the majority of his professional career and personal life advocating for the needs of senior citizens in Niagara.”Mr. Rapelje began his career as an administrator at Sunset Haven Home for Senior Citizens in Welland in 1960. In 1970, he was appointed Director/Regional Administrator, Home for Senior Citizens for the Regional Municipality of Niagara. In 1977, he became Director of the Region of Niagara’s Senior Citizens department, which expanded in 1994 to the Social Services and Senior Citizens department.During his time at the Region, he led a major expansion of seniors’ services in Niagara. He oversaw an increase in the number of homes for seniors from four to seven. He developed and expanded community-based services for seniors, including satellite homes, supportive housing, respite care, and community intervention and assistance. He also introduced innovative care for the residents and added small, but important, touches like floral gardens, pets and music to improve the quality of life in the homes.Since retiring in 1995, Mr. Rapelje has worked as a consultant in long-term care and gerontology, and has volunteered his time with a number of local, provincial and national committees, councils and boards.He was member of the Gerontology Advisory Council for Veterans Affairs Canada, and is current Chair of the Welland Senior Citizens Advisory Committee. He is Past-President of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services, Ontario Gerontology Association and Alzheimer Society of Niagara; Past-Chairperson of the Ontario Senior Citizens Advisory Council; and served on the National Advisory Council on Seniors.Mr. Rapelje was the first recipient of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors Leadership Award. He is also a recipient of the Niagara College “Niagara Award” in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Niagara community, as well as volunteer awards from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Alzheimer Society of Niagara. In 2008, upon retiring, the Region of Niagara recognized his life’s work by naming a Long-Term Home in Welland the D.H. Rapelje Lodge.Most recently in May 2013, the SAGA Individual Service Award For Geriatric Excellence was presented to Mr. Rapelje for his outstanding service and contribution to “the health, independence and quality of life of seniors.”He and his wife, Carol, live in Welland, and have four children and six grandchildren.Friday, June 14, 2 p.m.An honorary degree will be presented to Neil Armstrong, Professor of Paediatric Physiology, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, University of Exeter, Devonshire, UKBrock University is recognizing Dr. Neil Armstrong for his exceptional academic contributions to the fields of paediatric physiology and sport and health sciences.Dr. Neil ArmstrongDr. Armstrong graduated from Loughborough University with BEd and MSc degrees and earned his PhD and higher doctorate (DSc) at the University of Exeter. Following periods of teaching and researching, he was appointed to the University of Exeter where he initiated the study of sport and health sciences. He served as Head of the School of Postgraduate Medicine before establishing the School of Sport and Health Sciences and serving as its first Head. He also established the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre in 1987.Deputy Vice-Chancellor since 2005 and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor since 2010, he has specific university responsibility for planning and resource allocation, corporate social responsibility, alumni, internationalization and sport.Dr. Armstrong has authored/edited 15 books, contributed 75 book chapters and, in total, co-authored more than 600 publications on paediatric physiology. He has delivered keynote presentations in 43 countries and has co-authored more than 550 conference papers. His research won the first, and to date only, Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education to be awarded for research in sports science and medicine.Dr. Armstrong chaired the Sport Science Panel in the first two UK Research Assessment Exercises and is former Chair (twice) of the British Association of Sport Sciences (BASES) and former President of the Physical Education Association (PEAUK). As the Minister of Sport’s nominee he served two terms as Chair of South West Sport.He was the first non-retired person to receive the Ling Prize for a ‘sustained and distinguished contribution to the physical education profession.’ He is one of seven Honorary Fellows of the BASES and was the first scientist to be awarded Fellowship of the British (FBASES), European (FECSS) and American (FACSM) Colleges of Sport Sciences/Medicine. He is also an invited Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (USA), the PEAUK, the Society of Biology, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Higher Education Academy.Dr. Armstrong led the physiology team in the development of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s guidelines for training elite young athletes and he was a core member of the IOC Youth Strategy Group, which developed guidelines for the fitness and health of children through sport. He has chaired European Pediatric Work Physiology for the last eight years and is currently chairing the South West Region Olympics 2012 Legacy Project. He is President of the Regional United Nations Association.An active sportsman in his youth, Dr. Armstrong represented England at U15, U18 and University level and played professional football for 10 years. He is married to his wife Dorothy with two adult children and a one-year-old grandson. read more

System Shock 2 level one reimagined using Valves Source engine

first_imgLast week Crytek artist Scott Homer caused a bit of a stir when he released images of BioShock levels recreated using CryEngine 3. The use of an up-to-date game engine added new depth and style to the 2007 game, and it had many calling for BioShock to get a HD update. This week we have a different game update project to highlight, but it’s no less exciting.Mark Valentine wanted to try his hand at level creation so he started to learn how to use Valve’s Source engine and tools. But he needed a project, so he chose to implement the first level from Ken Levine’s much-loved System Shock 2, and once again it has the Internet buzzing with calls for the game to be updated.What you see in the video and image above is a couple of months of work on Valentine’s part. He managed to get the original assets and textures from the game usable in Source, but only after hacking around with a couple of shell commands and Cinema4D. The end result was clearly worth it, though.To be clear, this isn’t a community project to update the game using the Source engine, it’s just one man’s attempt to learn the toolset and do some level design. But he seems open to take the project further and re-implement the game fully if he had help.There’s sure to be legal issues with attempting to do that, and publisher EA is not the most open-minded of companies. But still, who wouldn’t like to see System Shock 2 get an HD update?For comparison, here’s the original game. The Source version still has a very long way to go, but we hope Valentine sticks with it and gets the support he needs.via Kotakulast_img read more

Police redeployed to Provo Opposition questions move

first_img Recommended for you Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Related Items:grand turk, Hon Sharlene Robinson, Pdm, police, provo TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Dec 2015 – Police officers have been redeployed from Grand Turk to Providenciales and the People’s Democratic Movement yesterday informed that it will be watching this situation to see if there are adverse effects on policing in the capital island. Leader of the Opposition, Sharlene Robinson said her Party finds the re-assignment concerning and wrote to the Police for an explanation. It was shared that the Human Resources unit said, and I quote: The Police has responded and informed us this decision was taken after extensive and careful consideration to our policing needs across the Turks and Caicos Islands together with the need to strengthen our presence in some areas…”While it is widely known that crimes, even against tourists, have increased on Provo; it remains unclear if the trend is the same for Grand Turk. TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Want to Innovate Look to the Little Guys

first_imgAt FOLIO:, we take pride in the fact that we’ve covered these smaller publishers all along. But after receiving two e-mail promotions from two different industry associations in the recent weeks announcing that-news flash-our “mindset has to change,” I think it’s time to recognize that the market leaders aren’t who they used to be. Recently, did a story on Waukesha, Wisconsin-based enthusiast publisher Kalmbach Publishing Co. buying Cabin Life. It was a small deal, the type that pops up several times a week (or used to before M&A crashed along with everything else), yet it generated a volume of reads usually associated with stories about much larger transactions. Or lay-offs. Or Cygnus Business Media.Why? Because Kalmbach, which publishes 15 special interest magazines with total circulation of 1 million plus, knows what they are and what they need to be, even amidst the changes of the media industry. In 2008, they generated more than $50 million in sales for the sixth year in a row (in April 2009, president Gerald “Butch” Boettcher made our FOLIO: 40 list honoring notables in the magazine industry). As one reader commented on the story, “I’d venture a guess that’s why these guys have been around 75 years and are able to make an acquisition while other publishers struggle to deal with the Internet and the economy.”At a time when many larger publishers that traditionally defined this market are stuck between a rock and a covenant, it’s the smaller players who are coming through, reinventing themselves when it makes sense (such as Churm Media aggressively investing in digital and seeing triple-digit growth after enduring a 20 percent revenue plunge) or having faith in a model that works (like Kalmbach), and not just chasing the latest fad for its own sake.last_img read more

7 Things That Are Always On Willie Nelsons Mind

first_img News In honor of his receiving the 2019 Producers & Engineers Wing Award, we take a look at some important causes closest to the country troubadour’s heart Bonnie StiernbergGRAMMYs Jan 28, 2019 – 10:48 am At 85, Willie Nelson would be forgiven for resting on his laurels, but the legendary country outlaw shows no signs of slowing down. He remains as engaged as ever, releasing not one but two studio albums last year and passionately championing charities and causes close to his heart.In addition to his prolific output, Nelson has long been known as one of music’s biggest activists and philanthropists. On Feb. 6, the eight-time GRAMMY winner will be honored with the 2019 Producers and Engineers Wing Award to celebrate his artistic achievements. As Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said, Nelson “has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music community”—but his work outside the music community is remarkable as well. So to highlight all the important work he’s done advocating outside the industry, we’re taking a look at some of his favorite causes.Farm AidPerhaps Nelson’s best-known cause, Farm Aid has been active for over 30 years, beginning in 1985 as a benefit concert organized by him, John Mellencamp and Neil Young to raise money for family farmers. After the first Farm Aid concert raised over $9 million, Nelson and Mellencamp brought farmers to testify before Congress, sparking the passage of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to help save family farms from foreclosure. Farm Aid’s farm disaster fund helps provide money to farmers who lost their crops through natural disasters. The organization’s board of directors includes Nelson, Mellencamp, Young and Dave Matthews, and they work together to put on the annual fundraiser concert, which will enter its 34th year in 2019.The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsIf you know one thing about Willie Nelson, it’s probably how he feels about marijuana. He serves as a co-chair on the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), working with them to fight for the legalization of marijuana across the country. In 2005, he hosted the first annual Willie Nelson & NORML Benefit Golf Tournament, and after his 2010 arrest for possession, he formed the TeaPot Party to advocate for decriminalization with the motto “Tax it, regulate it, legalize it.” After Willie’s Reserve, his cannabis company, raised $12 million last year, Nelson said, “We’re on the right side of history. People have spoken with their votes and their dollars. Now that we’ve proven regulating and taxing is good for individuals and business and states, it’s pretty clear that pot is good for America.”Horse advocacyHorses have been a huge part of Nelson’s life, and he has passionately advocated for better treatment of them for years. He has partnered with Habitat for Horses to adopt a number of horses, and in 2014 he made a video with them called “The Love of Horses” to call for the end of horse slaughter, preserve the habitat of wild horses and prevent abuse and neglect of the animals. He campaigned for the passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, and he has been active with the Animal Welfare Institute and the Best Friends Animal Society as well.Bio-fuelIn 2007, Nelson wrote a book advocating for the use of biodiesel and the reduction of gas emissions called On the Clean Road Again: Biodiesel and the Future of the Family Farm. It’s a subject that has long been close to his heart: in 2004, he and his wife Annie partnered with Bob and Kelley King to build two biodiesel plants—one in Salem, Oregon and the other in Carl’s Corner, Texas. The following year, he and several business partners formed Willie Nelson Biodiesel—also known as “Bio-Willie”—to market biofuel made from vegetable oil that can be burned without modification in diesel engines to truck stops.LGBTQIA rightsNelson has been outspoken in his support of the LGBTQIA community for many years. In 2015 he aligned himself with Texas Wins, an anti-discrimination group, saying, “Discrimination against the LGBT community is not what Texas is all about, and that’s why I’m thrilled to support Texas Wins.” In 2013, during the debate over same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act, he went viral after posing with two Willie-specific variations on the Human Rights Campaign’s equal sign logo—one with his iconic braids, and another with two joints. He voiced his support for same-sex marriage, telling Texas Monthly, “It’s ridiculous to me that this is something we’re having a conversation about this in this day and age. I thought it was something that was settled a long time ago…We’ll look back and say it was crazy that we ever even argued about this.” Email Twitter Facebook 7 Things That Are Always On Willie Nelson’s Mind 7-things-are-always-willie-nelsons-mind 7 Things That Are Always On Willie Nelson’s Mind RAICESWillie Nelson faced some backlash from conservative fans (who apparently weren’t paying too close attention to his politics for the first five or six decades of his career) after he endorsed Democrat Beto O’Rourke over Ted Cruz in Texa’s Senate race last year. Nelson has been vocal in his outrage over Trump’s border separation policy, writing, “What’s going on at our southern border is outrageous. Christians everywhere should be up in arms. What happened to ‘Bring us your tired and weak and we will make them strong?’ This is still the promised land.” In September, he debuted a new song, “Vote ‘Em Out,” at a rally for O’Rourke in Austin, and the following month he released a studio version of the song in support of RAICES, a non-profit that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants in Texas. The song urges Americans to get to the polls and vote as Nelson sings, “If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out” and reminds us that “the biggest gun we’ve got is the ballot box.”A Department of PeaceNelson has supported organizations like the Peace Alliance’s calls for the creation of a Department of Peace in the United States government. In 2004, Nelson backed Democrat Dennis Kucinich’s presidential run, due in part to Kucinich’s support of the creation of such a department. At a fundraiser for Kucinich that year, he debuted his song “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth,” inspired by his opposition to the war in Iraq. “So I guess it’s just do unto others before they do it to you,” he sang. “Let’s just kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out/Is this what God wants us to do?”The P&E Wing’s 12th annual celebration will take place on Feb. 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif. as part of GRAMMY Week. Watch Music’s Biggest Night, the 61st GRAMMY Awards, on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.Read morelast_img read more

Mystery of giant Antarctic ice holes solved by robots trickedout seals

first_imgElephant seals swimming under the sea ice with temporary satellite tags collected information on water conditions and beamed the data back to shore.  Dan Costa/UC Santa Cruz Mysterious giant holes spotted in 2016 and 2017 in the icy winter surface of an Antarctic sea, one bigger than the state of Maryland, fascinated scientists. Though even bigger gaps had formed in the area’s sea ice decades before, this time oceanographers closely monitored the gaps using real-time data.Thanks to new research combining satellite images, data from floating robots and elephant seals swimming under the ice outfitted with sensors on their heads, the mystery of the giant ice holes may be solved. The study, conducted by scientists across the US and Canada, has enabled a better understanding of why such large holes in the sea ice, known as polynyas, form; why they show up only some years; and what they could mean for global ocean circulation — and the atmosphere. It appears in Monday’s issue of the journal Nature. “Observations show that the recent polynyas opened from a combination of factors — one being the unusual ocean conditions, and the other being a series of very intense storms that swirled over the Weddell Sea with almost hurricane-force winds,” said Ethan Campbell, a University of Washington doctoral student in oceanography and lead author of the study. Those storms have a dramatic effect, chipping away at the icy surface and disturbing the water beneath it, causing warmer, saltier water to rise up from deep in the ocean. It had long been suspected that deep ocean heat sustains Antarctic sea-ice openings like those seen in 2016 and 2017, but this had never been observed directly. “It was exciting and surprising to see that vertical mixing reached over a mile deep into the ocean during the polynyas,” Campbell said. However, a polynya (that’s Russian for ice hole) is more than just a quirky force of nature that overturns the ocean from top to bottom. “Winds and sea ice around Antarctica are changing. It follows that the prevalence and importance of polynyas may also be changing,” said biological oceanographer Pete Strutton, an associate professor at the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, who was not involved with the study. “Using these observations together with computer simulations we can begin to understand what the future holds for Antarctica, and what this means for global climate.”polynyaEnlarge ImageThe hole in the sea ice offshore of the Antarctic coast as seen by a NASA satellite on Sept. 25, 2017. It was 19,000 square miles. NASA Worldview/NASA Blue Marble The same heat that wells up from deep in the ocean could melt ice shelves, the study notes. Plus, when the gaps are large and long-lasting, they can affect the atmosphere. That’s because deep water contains carbon from lifeforms that have sunk over time and dissolved on their way down. When this water reaches the surface, as it does when storms contribute to a polynya, that carbon could be released.”This deep reservoir of carbon has been locked away for hundreds of years, and in a polynya it might get ventilated at the surface through this really violent mixing,” Campbell said. “A large carbon outgassing event could really whack the climate system if it happened multiple years in a row.”Climate models show that this carbon release in a polynya much larger than the 2016/2017 events “could be substantial, contributing somewhat to global warming,” Campell said, adding that it’s unknown how much carbon was expelled during the recent polynyas, but that it was no doubt far less than humans put into the atmosphere each year. The new research relied on observations from the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project, or Soccom, which sends autonomous robotic instruments adrift with the currents to monitor Antarctic conditions and their impact on climate change. The study also tapped data collected by seals that swam under the sea ice with temporary satellite tags showing normal water conditions in the years that did not see large polynyas form. They then beamed the data back to shore. “One of the best features of this work … is the way it brings together observations from many different platforms — satellites, robotic floats and tagged animals — to produce a picture of polynyas that wouldn’t have been possible even a few years ago,” said Strutton, who’s also affiliated with the Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. Up next for the researchers: studying what impact the polynya had on biology in the region. Data from the robotic floats show large phytoplankton blooms developed after both of the recent polynyas, and the scientists want to better understand how they form and influence the ocean ecosystem.   Tags Post a comment Share your voicecenter_img 0 Sci-Techlast_img read more

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Mayor Annisul has no solution to waterlogging

first_imgMayor Annisul Huq visits a water-logging spot at Sonargaon crossing in the capital on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamDhaka North City Corporation mayor Annisul Huq has sought suggestions from the people on how to solve the water-logging problem in the capital.While visiting a spot of water-logging at Songargaon crossing in the capital on Wednesday afternoon, the businessman-turned-mayor ascribed the water-logging in the capital to the earth-filling of lakes and canals.At one stage, the mayor asked the people around him: “Would anyone of you please tell me what the solution to it [the water-logging] is?”Read more: Helpless people of a hapless cityHowever, in his campaign for mayoral election in 2015, Annisul Huq said: “Problems of Dhaka have already been identified: Now it’s a journey of solving them.”Mass transit, environment, security and public health were his priority then as he pledged.last_img read more

Get united to restore peoples voting rights B Chy

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoJukta Front convener AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Saturday urged the democratic forces to get united to resist any ‘election mockery’ and restore people’s voting rights.”Bangladesh will face destruction and democracy will be exiled forever if the elections see engineering and mockery in the future again. So, we must carry out our struggle to establish people’s rights,” he said.Speaking at the council session of Muslim League, B Chowhury, also president of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, further said, “Pro-democratic forces must wake up and raise their voice that we won’t accept any election of mockery. Restoring people’s voting rights should be the number one point of our struggle.”The 9th national council of Muslim League, one of the country’s oldest parties, was held at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh.He alleged that people’s voting right was snatched through the 5 January election in 2014 where 154 MPs were elected without people’s votes.He accused prime mjinister Sheikh Hasina of breaching her pledge to arrange an inclusive election immediately after the 5 Januray one. “She said it was an election just to maintain rules, and we would soon hold an election with the participation of all parties. But she didn’t keep her words.”Former president B Chowdhury urged the leaders and activists of Muslim League to play a role in restoring people’s voting rights.Lawyer Badruddoza Suja was elected president while Kazi Abul Khair secretary general of Muslim League at the council.last_img read more

Presidency VC asks agitating students to take care of health

first_imgKolkata: Presidency University Vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia on Tuesday urged the students, who are on indefinite sit-in demanding immediate accommodation in the under-renovation Hindu hostel since August 3, to wait for another six months for the work to be completed.Asked about reports that three-four agitating students are down with malaria and viral fever, Lohia said: “I will request the students to take care of their health, not to lie on verandah but return to their present rented accommodation in New Town. They should take care of their health first.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLohia said the present repair work of Hindu Hostel was taking some time and she cannot do much about the pace of work as all safety measures are to be looked into.”But it is not like that there is no conveyance facility from the New Town premises, it is not like that there is no alternative accommodation for the (Presidency) boarders. Lohia recalled that the Dean of Students had made arrangements to send an agitating student to hospitalwhen he fell sick. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We would urge the students to take care of their health. They have come here to study, hence they should first take proper care of their health,” shesaid.The V-C said the institution will make arrangement of hospitalisation and medical treatment of any ailing student and the Dean of Students have been asked to be responsive about theirmedical needs.Around 50 students have been agitating in the university campus since August 3 demanding immediate accommodation in two of the six under-renovation blocks of the Hindu Hostel claiming these two blocks were fit for use but this claim was not corroborated by the authorities.The Hindu Hostel, adjoining the College Street institution, had been shut down for repairs on July 29, 2015 and 150 boarders were shifted to a rented accommodation in New Town.The Presidency university authorities had last year assured the students that all the six blocks of the hostel would be opened for the boarders after completion of renovation work by the first week of August this year.last_img read more

Doing everything her way at 97 years oldDoing everything her way at

first_imgMrs Brand’s memory does not seem to fail her and she stays active as much as possible. Her daughter says that up until last year, she still used to help in the kitchen with the dishes. As she is becoming more fragile, she does a little less now. She still has a cupboard in her room full of her artwork, another one of her talents.Her daughter says she couldn’t have asked for a better mother and that she will never put her mom in an old age home, as she is way too busy for that and needs to be surrounded by people and things she has a passion for.For Mrs Brand, age is just a number and reaching the age of 97 is a great achievement. It shows what sort of life she led to have been able to reach this age, with so many people looking up to the example she has set throughout her life. Hopefully she will be able to celebrate her 100th birthday in three years’ time, together with her family who hold her so dear.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Having lived in Ladysmith since 1998, Mrs Anné Brand celebrated her 97th birthday on Friday, June 17.This housewife was married for 63 years, and her children and grandchildren really look up to her with regards to the healthy lifestyle she has led.She was born in Springbok, which is in the South-West near Keetmanshoop.At the beginning of 1961, she moved to the Free State, as she wanted to be closer to her children. She moved to Ladysmith in 1998 when her husband fell ill. She lost her husband in January of 2000.Having mothered three children (two boys and a girl), she now also has a lovely granddaughter. Mrs Brand’s daughter says she was always a hands-on woman and was always willing to help, such as baking tasty treats for fund-raisers.As a housewife, she was interested in everything from politics to making clothes, jam and pickled fruits. At some point, she even made her own wine.Her athleticism at school really paid off, as she can still walk, make her own bed and bath herself. Growing up on a farm, she used to catch sheep and spend lots of time reading. She, in fact, still reads without glasses and is able to thread a needle. The glasses she wears now are merely for long distance.“I always used to do everything myself, the way I wanted it to be done. That way, there was no disappointment,” smiles Mrs Brand. Her maiden name is Wolstenholme and although her home language is now Afrikaans, her grandfather moved to Namaqua from England to work on the mines and married an Afrikaans girl.last_img read more