We started this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable with a discussion of online advertising trends, looking at them from the perspective of cost-effective customer acquisition and brand building, as well as entrepreneurial opportunities. You can find more on the topic on my blog at Top 10 Online Advertising Trends For The Decade.While on this topic, I want to particularly emphasize the social media advertising trend, and my observation that the infrastructure to measure, analyze, optimize, and target is really wide open, and I’d like to hear from entrepreneurs working on the various nuances of that particular problem. My Facebook’s Strategy In Perspective piece has more on the issue.Next, we had two very interesting entrepreneurs. Meeting WaveFirst up today was John Boyd with MeetingWave, a social media platform that caters to university alumni associations and addresses the challenge of helping them create walled-garden professional and social networking groups under their own brand, as opposed to groups within Facebook or LinkedIn.John’s idea completely resonated with me, having run the MIT Club of Northern California’s Entrepreneurship program for many years, and being intimately involved with the inner workings of that alumni association (10,000 members).We discussed various segments for John’s go-to-market strategy and pricing model options. In particular, I saw a number of different strategies that John has been nibbling on: different segments, different delivery models (white label vs. MeetingWave branded domains), different pricing strategies. In my opinion, the strategy is too broad, and needs to be reined in, focused, and tighter. While I like the idea, I don’t as much like all the various options at this stage, because each has implications on the execution side, and leaving so many options open would mean the complexity of the business will simply be exponential, and thus the risk of failure will also be high.For example, instead of pursuing universities, trade show organizers, hotels, resorts, corporations, I am of the opinion that John should focus squarely on colleges and universities and their alumni associations for now. The rest can be on the back burner for the moment.RDimensioThen Umashankar Balasubramanian of RDimensio pitched an SMS-based classified service. Uma is a member of the 1M/1M premium program, and has already started validating his idea with several online classified players in India. He is using natural language processing to translate free text SMS queries to classified queries, and then translating the responses back to SMS format.Uma too has too many segments, and I asked him to focus 100% of his energy on online classified vendors, and forget newspapers (unless they also already have online classified offerings) and so forth. Instead, he should broaden his geographical scope to include international classified vendors. Also, I think Uma’s offering is under-priced, and I asked him to do some homework on pricing which I will review next week to advise him better on the pricing strategy.Interesting technology, and I will be working with him to build a comprehensive go-to-market strategy as part of the premium program.I have thought a lot about how to make an entrepreneurship education and eco-system scalable and accessible to a vastly larger number of people. The answer to that question, I believe, is the 1M/1M Premium Lounge. In fact, at a time when we’re facing severe youth unemployment in America and Europe, and the emerging markets are just starting to build their entrepreneurship eco-systems, we really need to think deeply on how more and more young people can be efficiently, rapidly and cost-effectively be trained in entrepreneurship.Yesterday, I posed two questions on my blog: one, to high school and college students as well as recent grads, asking how they were viewing this deep recession, and whether they are taking destiny in their own hands, starting companies, becoming entrepreneurs.And a second, to educators, teachers, and mentors in various schools, colleges, and universities who are preparing the youth to face a depressing job market, asking whether they are steering them towards entrepreneurship, and how.If any of you would like to participate in these discussions and help me with the research, please feel to comment on the issues. I will be writing more on the topics here and elsewhere. You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M), an educational and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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The North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) has empowered the poor and improved lives of people in about 300,000 rural households in Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, an official statement said. Under this project, 10,462 boys and girls have been trained in various job skills and 5,494 of them are employed today, it said.Launched in 2012, the NERLP is a World Bank aided, multi-state ₹683 crore project under the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER). Implemented in 11 districts of Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, the project aims “to improve rural livelihoods especially that of women, unemployed youth and the most disadvantaged, in four North Eastern States“.The NERLP has empowered rural poor and improved livelihoods in about 300,000 rural households in 1,645 villages under 58 development blocks across the 11 districts of four states of Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, the statement said. The project has focussed on five development strategies — social empowerment, economic empowerment, partnership development, project management and livelihood and value chain developments, it said. It has impacted the lives of about 18,00,000 people with the creation of common economic assets worth around ₹136 crore, it said. These include community projects executed by 1,114 Community Development Groups with the total outlay of ₹105 crore and 176 rural infrastructure projects under the Model Livelihood Cluster and Value Chain Development with a total investment of ₹31 crore, the statement said. Community Development Group (CDG) comprises three members of every family with the major role to develop Community Development Plan (CDP) with project funding of up to ₹10 lakh, it said. The activities under CDP include reclamation of wasteland, construction of check-dams, plantation, horticulture projects, provision of village electrification through hydrogen, provision of solar lighting, spring water harvest to mitigating water needs for homestead farming, animal rearing, health and sanitation, it said.“The CDPs are impacting the villages in big ways since village communities – members of the CDGs – have selected what is most pertinent for their own progress and development,” the statement said. Across the project districts, livelihood activities pursued by Self Help Group (SHG) members have increased considerably, thus increasing family incomes, it said. Women have become more knowledgeable and expressive, and they display better leadership qualities, it said. The NERLP intervention has brought many positive changes as one SHG leader has become a Cabinet minister in the state legislature in Tripura, and many SHG leaders are panchayat leaders today, the statement added.
A preliminary forensic report has indicated that the mysterious death of more than 4,800 migratory birds at the country’s largest inland water saltwater lake near Jaipur was caused by botulism, a serious and fatal illness that affects the nerves, officials said on Friday.A 70-member disaster management team is at Sambhar Lake, a key wintering area for tens of thousands of migratory birds, to dispose the carcasses so that botulism does not spread to other birds. Also, a dozen teams from the Animal Husbandry Department are closely monitoring the situation.Initially, it was suspected that the birds died due to avian flu but the report from a laboratory in Bhopal has ruled this out.“Veterinary experts from Rajasthan University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Bikaner, have indicated that the deaths occurred due to botulism,” principal secretary (forest) Sreya Guha told PTI.Jaipur District Collector Jagroop Singh Yadav said another report on the heavy metal toxicity in the lake is awaited from a laboratory in Coimbatore.Mr. Yadav said Bikaner university experts have said the birds died to botulism. “The birds died due to infection spread after feeding on maggots-infested carcasses. This causes paralysis in birds. The symptoms indicate that the cause of death was botulism,” he said.On Wednesday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the death of birds near the lake was worrying and protecting the flora and fauna remains one of the priorities of his government.On Sunday, thousands of birds, including Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Shelduck, Plovers, Avocets, were found were found dead in the 5-7 km area around Sambhar Lake.This was the second such incident in the state within a week.On November 7, 37 demoiselle cranes were found dead in Jodhpur’s Khinchan area. An investigation is on in that case as well. Watch | Botulism kills migratory birds at Sambhar lake Botulism kills migratory birds at Sambhar lakeVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1401:14
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George rendered the Los Angeles Clippers’ traps and double-teams useless.Oklahoma City’s forward shredded the Clippers for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 110-104 victory on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Clippers: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.Thunder: Host the Chicago Bulls on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Los Angeles’ Patrick Beverley got called for a technical foul in the closing seconds of the third quarter, and George made the free throw to give the Thunder an 86-69 lead at the end of the period.Harrell scored, was fouled and made the free throw with just over a minute remaining to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to six. With the margin still six, Harrell was fouled by Westbrook on a dunk attempt with 20.7 seconds left. He missed both free throws, and the Thunder called timeout. Oklahoma City got the ball inbounds, and George passed his way out of a trap to find Grant for a dunk that put the game out of reach.TIP-INSClippers: G Lou Williams missed his third straight game with a sore left hamstring. … C Marcin Gortat was called for a technical in the second quarter. … Beverley, long hated by Thunder fans for his numerous run-ins with Westbrook, scored nine points but committed five fouls.Thunder: Forced 26 turnovers, the most for an opponent this season. … Shot 47 percent from the field.STAT LINESWestbrook passed Kobe Bryant for 30th in NBA history in assists.HE SAID ITGeorge, on the defensive pressure: “When we’re rotating, when we’re in the right spots, we shrink the floor. We make the game easy defensively. We cause guys that aren’t necessarily playmakers to make plays. I thought that’s what we did.”UP NEXT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m fine being trapped,” George said. “That’s where we’re going to need our guys the most — for them to make plays out of it. Honestly, I think that’s the easiest way for me to get myself going because I make those plays early. And we burn them, we hurt them on those plays. They can’t trap me anymore. They put two on the ball, find the open guy.”George isn’t just handling pressure, he’s thriving in it. He made 11 of 19 shots against the Clippers and didn’t have a turnover.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“He’s great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s just so long, tough, plays at a great pace. Can’t speed him up, really. He knows he’s bigger than most of those guys that’s guarding him, so when he’s shooting the ball like that, he’s tough.”It was the fourth time in seven December games George scored at least 30 points. He’s averaging 29.1 points this month while shooting 52 percent from the field. 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He made just 4 of 17 shots, yet he had a positive effect on his team.“The hustle plays, diving on the floor, the deflections that he generated, and by being disciplined doing that — it wasn’t like he was running around helter skelter,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He was really disciplined. I thought it was a game where, yeah he didn’t shoot it great, but I’m not really worried about that. But what he did do was impact the game in a lot of other ways, which I think were important for us.”Jerami Grant scored 18 points and Steven Adams added 16 for the Thunder, who bounced back from a 109-98 loss at Denver on Friday night.Danilo Gallinari matched a season high with 28 points, Tobias Harris scored 22 and Montrezl Harrell added 21 for the Clippers.The Thunder led 61-50 at halftime, despite Westbrook going scoreless for almost 22 minutes to start the game. George picked up the slack with 21 points in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT
After the news of swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers making an offer to come out of international retirement for World Cup 2019 started doing the rounds, Cricket South Africa’s selection panel convener, Linda Zondi issued a statement to clarify the board had ‘no regret’ in rejecting de Villiers comeback offer.”The decision was based on principle; we had to be fair to the team, the selection panel, our franchise system and players,” Zondi said in an official statement.According to an ESPNcricinfo report, AB de villiers, who retired from international cricket last year in May, approached South Africa’s skipper Faf du Plessis and other important members of management to express his desire to come out of international retirement for World Cup, 2019.However, the offer was rejected by the South Africa team management.Claryifing on turning down de Villiers services for the showpiece event, Zondi, said in a statement, “For Faf du Plessis and Ottis Gibson to share AB’s desire to be included in the squad on the day we announced our World Cup squad on April 18th was a shock to all of us.””AB left a big vacuum when he retired, we had a year to find players at franchise level to fill the gap. We had players who put in the hard work, who put up their hands and deserved to be given the opportunity to go to the World Cup.””At no point in the year that he (AB) had retired did he make himself available for selection. It was no option when I received the news on the day of the squad announcement, our squad was finalised and confirmed. AB is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world but above all else, we have to stay true to our morals and principles; there is no regret in the decision.”advertisementRecently, many South African fans had demanded an emergency recall for AB de Villiers, seeing South Africa’s worst ever start to a World Cup in the last eight editions.South Africa have lost all their 3 matches in the World Cup so far. After losing their first two matches, to England and Bangladesh, they went down by 6 wickets to Virat Kohli’s men in Southampton on Wednesday.AB de Villiers was in sublime for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2019 edition and ended his campaign with 443 runs in 13 innings at an average of 44.20 and strike rate of 154 with 5 fifties.Seeing de Villiers’ current form and Proteas’ poorest start in eight World Cup campaigns, the decision to refuse former South Africa captain’s proposal of international comeback by South Africa team management will raise many eyebrows.Also Read | South Africa rejected AB de Villiers’ offer to come out of retirement for World Cup swansongAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Change-room is hurting and guys are down, says Faf du PlessisAlso See
Isco Italy boss Ventura: I couldn’t help but applaud Isco Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 22:24 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Isco World Cup Spain v Italy Spain Italy WC Qualification Europe Real Madrid The Italian coach watched his side fall to a heavy 3-0 defeat to Spain but concedes that he was in awe of his opponent’s playmaker Isco’s stunning individual performance for Spain against Italy left Giampiero Ventura feeling he had no choice but to applaud.Spain thumped Ventura’s side 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, with the Real Madrid star’s first-half double proving decisive before substitute Alvaro Morata sealed victory late on.Italy 7/1 to beat Israel 4-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Isco delighted his home crowd with a magnificent free-kick and an accurate low strike, his second goal seeing him glide past Marco Verratti, who was given a torrid time.The Spain standout also executed a magnificent second-half nutmeg against the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder which has since gone viral.2 – Isco Alarcon is the first player to score two goals from outside the box in the same game for since at least 2004. Sensational. pic.twitter.com/PN8XT05B4r— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 2, 2017Italy boss Ventura watched on in admiration of Isco’s performance and conceded to actually enjoying the experience.”I could not help but applaud him when I saw him, he was a rival, but I am a lover of the beautiful things of this sport,” said Ventura.”It was nice to see Isco live. He is a great player who did incredible things, you just have to think about the technical manoeuvre of the nutmeg he did in midfield, he left two opponents red-faced, then in the second half between three opponents and you do a nutmeg, that means he has incredible class, obviously superior to the rest of the players.10 – Isco against Italy by numbers:goals2 shots5 dribbles completed (6)56 passes completed (59)Delight. pic.twitter.com/eeR8qLdJ7K— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 2, 2017″But not just Isco, there were other players with a lot of class too. You have to be humble to recognise it and we have to work in order to be competitive.”Italy are at home to Israel in Group G on Tuesday, while leaders Spain travel to Liechtenstein.
WTF ‘He would even buy games for us!’ – Boksic pays tribute to disgraced ex-Marseille chief Tapie Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:01 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty WTF Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 The president saw his club embroiled in a serious match-fixing scandal, but the forward has fond memories of his time at Stade Velodrome Alen Boksic has paid bizarre tribute to ex-Marseille president Bernard Tapie, crediting him for buying games on behalf of the Ligue 1 club and making their players rich. Boksic was just 22 when he joined the southern French club in 1992, and in his first season lifted the European Cup before going on to star for the likes of Lazio and Juventus. Marseille’s triumph, however, was later tainted by charges of match-fixing that saw the club relegated to the second tier and stripped of their 1992-93 Ligue 1 title, while Tapie was sent to jail. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But according to the Croatia legend, a footballer could not ask for a better employer than the disgraced former l’OM chief. “Recently I went to Marseille for the 25th anniversary of winning the European Cup. We were a great team and had the best president!” he told Croatian TV show “Vecernji pressing.””He bought a game for us and then we even got a bonus for that victory! And in the end he got punished (in jail, suspended from football) and us players profited!”As I arrived to Marseille, I was young and ready, and I played with Rudi Voller, who was older and didn’t have to prove himself any more, so he was not selfish and allowed me to score as much as I can. That helped me a lot.”Boksic never represented Croatia at a World Cup, missing the chance to shine in 1998 through a knee injury he described as “torture”. He is now looking forward to seeing the likes of Ivan Rakitic star in Russia, although he is concerned that Croatia’s indiscipline could ruin their chances. “Rakitic has surprised me a lot, even training him in national team, I never believed he could reach the level he has reached,” he added. “Croatia have great players but they need to be more disciplined. They don’t have a leader to push them when things are not working as they should.”Boksic added that Croatia could use a player like Sergio Ramos, who has been known to straddle the line between legal and illegal maneuvers. “Take the Champions League final for example,” Boksic said. “It was decided by [Mohamed] Salah’s injury. Sergio Ramos knew what he had to do and he never even got a yellow card!”His move in the final was just as valuable as Bale’s scissor-kick goal. And without those kinds of players you can not build a champion team!”
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender David Luiz: We must find consistencyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says finding a winning consistency is key to returning to the top.Luiz knows Chelsea need consistency, after their win over Manchester City was sandwiched between defeats against Wolves and Leicester.He said: “In those games we had the same problem after the goal we conceded. We changed our style. We have to be consistent in the way we play, and after that the results are going to come.”Luiz praised Eden Hazard, who has been playing as a false nine recently. “He’s a fantastic player, an intelligent player,” he said. “He is playing a different position but intelligent players can play anywhere. He is doing well and he deserves it.”
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says traffic congestion is greatly affecting commerce and productivity in Montego Bay and that the time has come to make the much-talked-about bypass a reality. The Prime Minister reiterated that Montego Bay is fast outgrowing its infrastructure, and the Government has a responsibility to make life easier for investors. Story Highlights Mr. Holness said the situation has now become untenable and that the bypass will have to be constructed to ease the congestion. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says traffic congestion is greatly affecting commerce and productivity in Montego Bay and that the time has come to make the much-talked-about bypass a reality.Giving the keynote address at the itelbpo Smart Solutions fifth anniversary and grand opening of its business process outsourcing (BPO) Montego Bay facility in Freeport, St. James, on October 4,Mr. Holness said the situation has now become untenable and that the bypass will have to be constructed to ease the congestion.“Coming into Montego Bay and getting stuck in the traffic makes me recognise, and reinforces the point that the Government has a role to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to facilitate greater investment,” he emphasised.“I can imagine the productivity loss that Montego Bay goes through every day… evenings and mornings. We are committed to building that bypass. We don’t want to make an error, so we are now in the process of doing all the studies. We have done the traffic count… we are doing designs to see where is the best place to get the alignment for the bypass,” he added.The Prime Minister also noted that Montego Bay has a serious drainage issue that needs to be addressed immediately.He said that while it is a matter that should be dealt with by the St. James Municipality and the National Works Agency (NWA), he is giving Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of EconomicGrowth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, full oversight to ensure the matter is addressed expeditiously.The Prime Minister reiterated that Montego Bay is fast outgrowing its infrastructure, and the Government has a responsibility to make life easier for investors.The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and other lobby groups have been pushing hard for a bypass to ease the traffic congestion, which has been plaguing the resort city for many years.Immediate Past President of the Chamber, Gloria Henry, in making the case, called the situation “a critical imperative”, arguing that failure to construct and prioritise a bypass will “stifle the growth of Montego Bay and hamper the expansion of the tourist industry”.“It will provide an alternative route for access to Sangster International Airport and for the over three million tourists that come via that airport annually and stay in northeast and western resorts,” Ms. Henry said.“It will also divert the commercial traffic, thus allowing more efficient movement in and around the city,” she added.
TORONTO – Wall Street set another record high Tuesday on relatively minor movements as Canada’s largest stock index inched forward and the loonie cleared 80 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 84.07 points to 22,641.67. The S&P 500 index edged up 5.46 points to 2,534.58 and the Nasdaq composite index added 14.99 points to 6,531.71.North of the border, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index advanced 23.51 points to 15,728.51.“It’s a little sleepy today, pretty slow,” said Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “All you’re seeing is optimism in the markets being sustained.”“If you look at Canada,” Yie added, “the banks keep chugging along with share prices near all-time highs, with solid fundamentals to support them.”The TSX’s financials subsector was up nearly half a percentage point on Tuesday.Looking ahead to Friday, investors will be eyeing Statistics Canada’s labour force survey for September.RBC Economics Research has said Canadian employment is expected to continue to increase that month, rising 10,000 though this would be down from the 22,000 increase in August.“The slowing largely reflects the expectation that the gain in service-producing jobs drops to just 5,000 after the 35,900 surge in August,” it said in an investor’s note.Meanwhile, some U.S. economic reports may look abnormally weak because of the hurricanes that have recently struck the United States, such as this week’s upcoming report on hiring. But investors are expecting to see temporarily weaker numbers, which would limit the impact.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80 cents US, up 0.03 of a cent.The November crude contract fell 16 cents to US$50.42 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.90 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gave back $1.20 cents to US$1,274.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was unchanged at US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Margareta Wahlström told the Security Council that the end of the fighting five days ago has already allowed rapidly expanding access for the humanitarian community to many of the affected areas, but that the damage inflicted on road networks was making things very difficult.“Despite significant progress within the first days of the ceasefire in reaching people previously cut off from aid supplies, massive access problems remain the key obstacle to further accelerating the humanitarian response. The enormous damage to most road and bridge infrastructure leading to the south requires an immediate lift of the continuing sea and air blockade on Lebanon.” Ms. Wahlström also spoke of the danger to the returnees, who number around 400,000, of “unexploded artillery, airborne missiles, and cluster ammunition, including in residential areas and public buildings.”“In the days since the truce went into affect, reports of civilian casualties, most notably from cluster bomblets and sub-munitions, have already been reported. The contamination presents a significant obstacle to humanitarian efforts and a risk to men, women, boys and girls returning to their homes and daily activities.”The UN Mine Action Team, coordinated by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), is working with the Lebanese Government and civil society on this problem, she said, while also calling on Member States to provide contributions for this vital work. Despite the challenges, the humanitarian community – both the UN and other agencies – was working closely with Lebanon’s Government on all aspects of emergency assistance, she added. Ms. Wahlstrom also highlighted the resilience of the Lebanese people and listing several key priorities for the aid effort over the next two months.These priorities include providing assistance along routes of return and to home communities, including shelter materials; securing sustained access for humanitarian convoys and speedy aid distribution to the most vulnerable; addressing the prevailing security risks for relief workers and returnees – due mainly to unexploded ordnance; and carrying out repairs to basic infrastructure.Ms. Wahlström said there has been a growing response from the international donor community to last month’s flash appeal for Lebanon, with more than $87 million received against the $165 million requested. UN agencies and partners will revise the appeal over the next week to more accurately reflect and effectively address the changing needs of the affected populations in Lebanon and Syria.In related news, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that four UN humanitarian convoys were dispatched today in Lebanon with supplies from the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO) the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).UNHCR staff are now on the ground in the port city of Tyre, helping in the assessment of the worst damaged areas of the south, a spokesperson said in Geneva, adding that the agency will join a five-day survey led by Lebanon’s Government this weekend to determine the precise humanitarian needs.WHO, which is coordinating the health sector response in Lebanon, will work with the Lebanese Ministry of Health and the American University of Beirut over the next four days to assess some 800 health facilities to get a picture of the needs, it said today.
Calgarians who crave a late night snack, but are too lazy or drunk to head to the store or burger joint, are in luck. A local university student is launching QuikSnax next month. Zach Shapiro, the man behind the business, told 660 NEWS, he’ll take orders for a bag of chips, some pop, or maybe even a burger from Peter’s Drive In and deliver it to your front door. “I think this is the hole in the market, basically, that I’m selling,” Shapiro said. “It could be that due to Calgary’s size, this project or similar conveniences are unavailable. Calgary’s the largest city in North America, 825 square kilometres I believe. Bigger than New York, which is 791. So it could be due to the geographical size that it’s unreliable, but we’ll find out.”He added, there isn’t anything similar in the city right now. “I’ve been in the position a lot of times that I’d use a service like this. I thought, if I had a nickel for every time I wanted snacks late at night but couldn’t or didn’t want to go out and get them,” he said. “And then I realized I could have other peoples’ nickels.” The business launches February 5.For more information, head to QuikSnax’s Facebook page. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Facebook: QuikSnax Calgary Local student hopes to help Calgarians in need of late-night snacks by Mark Strashok Posted Jan 22, 2016 4:04 pm MDT
With 1.6 billion people living in inadequate housing, one billion of whom reside in slums and informal settlements, the United Nations is spotlighting affordable homes on today’s World Habitat Day, which also marks the official start of Urban October – a month of worldwide celebrations and citizens’ engagement in urban life worldwide. “While millions of people lack suitable homes, the stock of vacant houses is gradually increasing,” said Dr. Joan Clos Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in a message commemorating the Day under the 2017 theme ‘Housing Policies: Affordable Homes.’ “Ensuring housing affordability is therefore a complex issue of strategic importance for development, social peace and equality,” he added. This year’s celebrations are noteworthy as they coincide with the first anniversary of the New Urban Agenda,” adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, better known as Habitat III, in Quito, Ecuador, which enshrines urbanization as an indispensable for development and a prerequisite for prosperity and growth. “It is thanks to this paradigm shift that urbanization and development are indivisibly linked one to another,” Dr. Clos said. ‘Handing over housing to the market has proved a failure’ An analysis of housing affordability over the last 20 years reveals that despite increasing demand, housing – including rentals – has been largely unaffordable for the majority of the world population. “Handing over housing to the market has proved a failure in providing affordable and adequate housing for all,” Dr. Clos continued. “We all remember well that housing was at the epicentre of the eruption of the global economic crisis of 2008, instead of being at the heart of the urban policy. Today, 1.6 billion people live in inadequate housing, of which one billion live in slums and informal settlements,” he underscored. Dr. Clos emphasized that addressing the housing needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, especially women, youth and those who live in slums, must be a priority in the development agendas. Promoting sound housing policies is also crucial for climate change, resilience, mobility and energy consumption. Which is why, the Executive Director said: “we would like to remind on this Day the importance of locating housing at the physical – and holistic – centre of our cities. “For housing to contribute to national socio-economic development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the New Urban Agenda calls for placing housing policies at the centre of national urban policies along with strategies to fight poverty, improve health and employment,” he stressed. Each year, World Habitat Day takes on a new theme to promote sustainable development policies to ensure shelter for all – often promoting one of UN-Habitat’s focal areas such as inclusive housing and social services; a safe and healthy living environment, with consideration for children, youth, women, elderly and disabled; affordable and sustainable transport and energy; and job creation. “As we strive to create cities for all, an urgent action for achieving affordable homes requires a global commitment to effective and inclusive housing policies,” Dr. Clos concluded.
Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe attacking at the net in a regional semifinal against the University of Washington on Dec. 11, 2015. Credit: OSU AthleticsAfter a long preseason on the road, Big Ten play has finally arrived for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team, and it will not be an easy transition for the Buckeyes. The No. 17 Buckeye “tribe” will battle No. 3 Wisconsin on Friday, followed by No. 2 Minnesota on Saturday. Both matches will send OSU on the road for the fifth weekend in a row this season. This time last season, OSU went point-for-point with each of the teams, going the full five-set distance in both matches, but with different outcomes. The Buckeyes took a loss to Minnesota, but came back four days later to take down the Badgers at St. John Arena. The veteran players on this OSU squad know exactly what to expect when the conference season rolls around. “The Big Ten is always going to be a grind every night,” said senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. “You’re going into battle with some of the best teams in the whole entire country.”Sandbothe has been around long enough to face three waves of Badgers and Gophers, and this weekend will mark her fourth and final go-around to leave everything she has on the floor. “Every time we go into a Big Ten weekend — and this being my last one, it’s kind of bittersweet — but I think it’s such an opportunity and privilege to play in this conference and see this type of volleyball all the time,” she said. “I think it’s made me the player I am today.”Sandbothe and her teammates mentioned the energy buzzing in the arena for Big Ten matches.This week, both of the Buckeyes’ opponents are ranked inside the top five in the country for the average crowd attendance at their matches. Between 5,000 and 6,000 Gopher and Badger fans will pour into the arenas this weekend to cheer on the home team. The crowd’s energy is vital to any athletic event, and junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said she cannot wait to silence the opposing voices when her team takes the floor. “We talk about being ‘road warriors’ all the time, and kind of shutting up the fans in their house, and I think that’s so much fun,” Schirmer said. In addition to playing in front of large visiting crowds, the Buckeyes will go into battle with two teams armed with a deep arsenal of weapons. Freshman Badger Molly Haggerty has already won three Big Ten honors, and just this week, she was voted American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Week after the team’s performance against Texas and Texas A&M. Her teammate, Tionna Williams, also earned Big Ten recognition this week and currently ranks sixth in the nation for blocks per set. Minnesota boasts its own array of conference awards. The team’s setter, Samantha Seliger-Swenson, has earned Big Ten Setter of the Week four consecutive times already this season. The team also holds spots in the top 10 in three national statistics, including fourth in kills per set. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said his team is going into these matches ready for war. “I’m excited to see our team kind of being in that cauldron, be in that fire,” he said. “Our team kind of looks forward to the opportunity of having an us-against-them mentality and ‘arms locked in.’”The strength of these opponents doesn’t come to the Buckeyes as a surprise, but Carlston said he is confident in the preparation of his team and its mindset going into this opening weekend. “It’s not going to be an easy thing, but our team feels good about who we are and where we’re at right now,” he said. Logically, the odds are stacked against the Buckeyes, but Schirmer sees parity throughout the conference.“Being the nature of the Big Ten, you can beat anyone on any given day,” she said. “I don’t care about the rankings … it’s all about how we play and what we focus on.”OSU will take on its first Big Ten foe, Wisconsin at 8 p.m. on Friday in Madison, Wisconsin. The team will then travel to Minnesota to play the Gophers at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Several months ago, Hot Takedown crowdsourced ideas from listeners about how to change the draft to stop teams from tanking. After we sent him the winning idea, Silver wrote that there is a “growing consensus that we should reform the draft lottery.” But on this week’s Hot Takedown he said that after team owners voted down a proposal for change last year, the league has decided to “park the issue” for the foreseeable future.Silver argued that the marketplace is providing the biggest pressure on teams like Philadelphia, which he said are realizing that “losing comes at an enormous cost.” Silver sees a “resetting of sorts” with the team. And he denied that he intervened and asked the Sixers to install Jerry Colangelo as special advisor.Watch a video excerpt and stream the full audio of the interview above. We’ve also provided a lightly edited transcription of the highlights below. This interview was conducted Friday, Dec. 18.Silver not a fan of Sixers strategyNeil Paine: Are you personally, as the commissioner, OK with the way that the 76ers have run their franchise the past three seasons?Adam Silver: I don’t want to answer that directly. As I said, there’s a marketplace of ideas and approaches that go into managing a franchise.Am I fan of that strategy? Put it this way: No. But does that mean that it’s not acceptable under the league rules? It doesn’t. The Sixers are a mess, and Adam Silver is not happy. The NBA commissioner joined our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, for a conversation about the structure of the draft, the perverse incentives that it creates and how his office can try to “cajole” teams like the Philadelphia 76ers into being more competitive. But he admitted that ultimately, he may not be able to reset the competitive balance of the league by tweaking the draft rules. Truth to rumors that he intervened with Sixers?Chadwick Matlin: Anonymous reports suggested that [you stepped in and pushed for the hiring of Jerry Colangelo] due to owners who wanted the situation in Philadelphia changed. Are those reports correct?Adam Silver: Those reports are not correct. Josh Harris, who’s the principal owner of the 76ers, decided on his own that he needed to change course. He and I had many conversations along the way about the utility of the strategy that he was following. And he came to the conclusion once this season began, and he saw how his team was performing on the floor, that he needed to change his strategy.Other owners were not pressuring him at all. In fact, it’s a weird dynamic in the league that while all the owners would like to see teams well operated, other owners just want to win (laughter). And so nobody was calling me and saying go call the 76ers and tell them how to beat us. The Sixers are “resetting”Adam Silver: There’s a resetting of sorts going on with the 76ers right now. And I think that ultimately may speak louder in the marketplace of teams than any tinkering we do to the draft lottery.Is it time to step in and stop tanking?Chadwick Matlin: I’m interested about when you do step in as a commissioner. You’re basically the CEO of a big multibillion-dollar corporation. At what point is it your responsibility to intervene if one of your franchises is not performing in a way that represents the league?Adam Silver: Well, I would say that there’s lots of different ways of so-called “stepping in.” There’s also cajoling and ongoing conversations that I have with owners, with team presidents, with general managers, where I’m expressing my opinion.
Education is the key to solving diplomatic conflicts in Cyprus, according to the deputy director of La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue. Dr Michalis S. Michael, whose research has focused on the Cypriot conflict, said education was crucial to conflict resolution in the troubled region. “Education – dialogue, communication and exchange – is the key to things progressing,” he said. Last year, Dr Michael attended the Cypriot Academic Dialogue in Cyprus, where he facilitated a session and participated in many others. He said the conference, also attended by academics from Greece, Turkey, and all over Cyprus, focused on the future of Cyprus.“If you start talking, you can start trying to understand the way the other’s thoughts, beliefs and positions,” he said.“But understanding doesn’t mean you agree.”As a Greek Cypriot refugee from the island’s Turkish north, Dr Michael said without the perspective of insiders, diplomatic negotiations can be condescending. “It can be patronising, like ‘you’re two naughty boys and us more civilised people are here to teach you’,” he said. But, while he described himself as “very passionate” about Cyprus, he said it was important not to get too emotionally involved in his work. “You need to steer a neutral path, although those demarcations are very simplistic and misleading,” he said. He also visited Turkey for the first time last year, when he was invited to participate in a conference about Turkey’s role in Europe.Dr Michael studied Modern Greek and politics as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney, where he completed a Master’s Degree before he moved to Melbourne’s La Trobe University in 2000. A brief stint in politics lead him back to a career in academia, where he completed a PhD at La Trobe, and has been involved in the Centre for Dialogue since its creation in 2005. While his work is currently research-based, he said the Centre for Dialogue, which has links with universities in Greece and Cyprus, was looking at taking on post-graduate students in the future. He said studying social sciences helped him to think laterally, and encouraged people to link ideas. “I think it’s important to study anything,” he said.“But the social sciences and humanities are much more intriguing and rewarding.”He said the highlight of working in academia was the practical application of ideas.“It’s good to see academic resolutions in practice, with the issues in the context of the Green Line, the buffer zone, and with colleagues from the north and south,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There were more than 281 racist attacks in Greece between January 2012 and April 2013, leading to at least four murders and 400 injuries, Ombudsman Calliope Spanou informed Parliament on Wednesday.In the report delivered by the citizens’ watchdog, Spanou warned that the “rise in racist violence, the impunity of the assailants and the lack of action from state authorities are undermining social cohesion and the state’s foundations.”Spanou said that of the 281 cases of racist violence reported to the Ombudsman, 71 are alleged to have involved Golden Dawn members or supporters and 47 police officers. She called for an official register for racist offenses.Source: Kathimerini
Des chiens de laboratoire proposés à l’adoptionChaque année, 3.000 chiens environ, des beagles pour la plupart, sont utilisés dans les laboratoires français. Si nombre d’entre eux sont euthanasiés à l’issue des expérimentations réalisées sur eux, certains peuvent être adoptés. Un programme qui fait peu parler de lui a en effet été mis en place pour sauver ces animaux en bonne santé.Des milliers de chiens sont chaque année confiés à des laboratoires scientifiques, qui testent divers protocoles pour la médecine vétérinaire et la recherche pharmaceutique, la plupart du temps sur des beagles. Cette race originaire d’Angleterre, dotée de pattes courtes et de longues oreilles, est souvent choisie par les chasseurs, mais aussi pour les tests en laboratoires. “Cela s’explique par sa taille moyenne, son poil court, son caractère docile et sa robustesse” explique à NéoPlanète Karine Reynaud, membre de l’unité de recherche “Biologie du Développement et Reproduction” de l’Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort.À lire aussiUne femme meurt après avoir été mordillée par son chiotA l’issue des protocoles de recherche auxquels ils sont soumis, la majorité de ces chiens sont euthanasiés. Mais certains sont remis en liberté et peuvent être adoptés. “Ce sont des chiens qui sont en bonne santé. C’est notamment le cas des chiens que nous stérilisons à Maisons-Alfort, ce serait inacceptable de les euthanasier alors qu’ils vont bien. Nous avons donc mis en place un programme d’adoption pour réhabiliter les chiens de laboratoire”, souligne Mme Reynaud. De tels programmes existent dans plusieurs autres pays, comme les Etats-Unis, le Canada, la Belgique ou l’Italie. Depuis le lancement de celui de l’école vétérinaire de Maisons Alfort, c’était il y a dix ans, 250 chiens ont ainsi été recueillis. Mais leur adoption n’a pas toujours été facile. Les chiens sont souvent effrayés lorsqu’ils découvrent le monde extérieur. “Certains chiens sont très timides, nous travaillons alors avec des comportementalistes pour les aider à s’adapter à la vie en ville et à venir à bout de leurs blocages. D’autres sont totalement sociables” explique Karine Reynaud toujours citée par NéoPlanète.Ces adoptions sont proposées directement par l’école vétérinaire, ou sont confiées à des associations, comme le Groupement de Réflexion et d’Action pour l’Animal (GRAAL (lien non disponible)), qui a lancé en 2005, un programme de réhabilitation d’animaux de laboratoire.Le 12 décembre 2011 à 16:27 • Maxime Lambert
Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur has given insight into Thibaut Courtois’ difficult circumstances at Chelsea after he was absent from training on MondayThe Belgian goalkeeper failed to report back for pre-season training at the club’s Cobham training base on Monday after Chelsea decided to put talks with Real Madrid on hold until they have found themselves a suitable replacement.Courtois, who has been away on holiday following his exploits at the World Cup for Belgium this summer, appears to be getting desperate to force through a move to Real after reportedly telling new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri that he intends to leave this summer.But with just two days remaining until the English transfer window closes, time is now very much against Courtois and the 26-year-old is now to be resorting to desperate measures to make his dream move a reality.“Chelsea are searching for a solution for this situation because they have already known for a while, since January when Courtois rejected a new contract offer, that he wasn’t going to sign a new deal,” explained Terreur, via Football365.“They know his personal situation with his kids living with his former partner in Madrid, him wanting to be closer to them and pursuing a challenge in Madrid too.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“His mind has never left Madrid after he spent three years on loan over there. Still he dreams of Madrid and that’s what Chelsea know too.“Chelsea have told Real Madrid that until they have found a replacement they cannot give the move a green light.“It might end up on Thursday at four o’clock that they suddenly find a new goalkeeper.“I don’t think the club can take a gamble on letting him go for free next summer. Now they will get £30-£40m for him and they can still buy a good replacement.”Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Jack Butland of Stoke have been lined-up as potential replacements for Courtois at Chelsea.