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James Bay Cree fear declining caribou herd


first_imgAPTN National NewsFor most of us, the picture of the Canadian .25 cents quarter is as close to the woodland caribou as we’re going to get.That’s not the case for the James Bay Cree, at least right now.But they fear that future may become a reality with a declining herd, as the number has dropped by half in the past decade.Many point to logging as the culprit.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports there is a way to save the herd – if everyone agrees to it.last_img


BMO pot financing marks policy shift for Canadian banks


first_imgThe Bank of Montreal’s (TSX:BMO) participation in a major financing deal for licensed marijuana producer Canopy Growth marks a big policy shift for Canada’s biggest banks, which may be warming up to the cannabis sector.Canopy (TSX:WEED), Canada’s biggest licensed cannabis producer, announced yesterday that BMO Capital Markets and GMP Securities were leading its $175-million bought deal offering of roughly five million shares.Until now, Canadian banks have been reluctant to service the country’s burgeoning marijuana industry, leaving smaller banks and financial institutions to cash in on pot companies’ financing and commercial banking needs.However, the legislative landscape in Canada is changing rapidly as the federal and provincial governments gear up for legalization of cannabis for recreational use by this summer, and pot stocks have seen significant gains over the past year in anticipation.But BMO’s participation in the Canopy deal comes as lawmakers crack down south of the border — where many of Canada’s big banks have ties — on marijuana, which remains illegal in the U.S. under federal law.Attorney-General Jeff Sessions earlier this month rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that federal lawmakers would not intervene in states where the drug is legal, allowing legalization to flourish.last_img read more


Alipurduar, Cooch Behar witness above 80% voter turnout


first_imgKolkata: With the exception of some stray incidents of clashes, the first phase of elections in Bengal passed peacefully at Alipurduar and Cooch Behar on Thursday. The voting percentage in both the Lok Sabha seats was above 80 percent.”The election has been fair and peaceful throughout the state. There were a few stray incidents but there have been no injuries to anybody. Senior officers and observers have rushed to the spot whenever we received complaints,” said Bengal Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTaking the cue from the CEO, state ADG (Law and Order) Siddh Nath Gupta, who was also present at the press conference, said: “Necessary action has been taken wherever we have received any sort of complaint.” He maintained that the security arrangements were adequate. Earlier in the day, Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey had also stated that peaceful elections were held in both the constituencies. He also acknowledged the role of state police in ensuring maintenance of the law and order situation in both the constituencies. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAlipurduar saw a voter turnout of 81.58 percent, with Cooch Behar seeing a 80.11 percent turnout till 6 pm. People standing in queues to cast their votes expressed satisfaction with the security arrangements at the polling booths. Meanwhile, the police arrested seven people from Cooch Behar and one from Alipurduar for trying to create disturbance during the voting process. An official in the state CEO’s office said that three FIRs were filed for alleged vandalising of the vehicle of the All India Forward Bloc candidate at Mathabhanga in Cooch Behar, damaging an EVM at Dinhata and alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct in Cooch Behar. “Two show-causes have been issued to presiding officers in connection with damage to an EVM in a booth and for allegedly allowing an outsider into a booth at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar,” the official said. Trinamool Congress Cooch Behar district president Rabindra Nath Ghosh has alleged interference on the part of Central Forces in the election. “BSF jawans have entered a booth which they are not entitled to do as per the commission’s rule. They are required to guard the polling premises and remain outside the booth. This is a clear indication that they have some sort of ulterior motive. I have informed the District Magistrate. I have also been informed that they have entered some bordering booths as well. Voting could have been better if state police were deployed,” Ghosh said. It has been learnt that the Election Commission has sought a report from the IG, BSF regarding the complaint. Ghosh also spoke with Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee and informed her about some EVMs going defunct at Dinhata, apart from his complaint against BSF. Ghosh also alleged conspiracy behind a number of EVMs going defunct at booths in Cooch Behar. Sources in the Commission said that polling had to be called off at Sitalkuchi due to some trouble and the matter would be taken up during the scrutiny on Friday. At Mathabhanga, the vehicle of Forward Bloc candidate Govinda Roy was vandalised and a case has been started against five accused persons regarding the incident. The EVM and VVPAT were damaged and had to be replaced at a booth in Dinhata. Meanwhile, BJP candidate from Cooch Behar Nisith Pramanik sat on a dharna in front of the DM’s office on Thursday, demanding repoll in all 837 booths where there was no deployment of Central Forces, whereas a Left Front delegation led by senior CPI(M) leader Rabin Deb met the CEO and demanded a repoll in 170 polling booths.last_img read more


Rahul will make good PM that country needs, says Agnihotri


first_imgFour-time MLA and former industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri is currently the Leader of Opposition in the Himachal Pradesh State Assembly. A journalist turned politician, Agnihotri made his own place in the state politics, emerging from a humble background. He is the most vocal leader of the Congress party against Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. Agnihotri spoke to Ashwani Sharma, Assistant Editor, the Millennium Post in middle of party campaign in Kangra: Excerpts: Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghA fortnight left for the poll in Himachal Pradesh, what’s the Congress position? We are very comfortable. People want changes. They are fed up with lies, meaningless ‘bhashan’ and ‘jumla-politics’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress will win all four seats. The results in Himachal Pradesh will be very different this time. In 2014 elections, the BJP had won all four seats despite the Congress being in the power. What has changed now? A/ It was Modi factor playing against all issues in the poll. People believed in him. They are feeling cheated. This time Modi factor will not be there to swing in BJP’s favour, rather anti-incumbency against NDA will seal their fate. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadBut the Congress campaign doesn’t look very well coordinated as compared to the BJP? When people make up their mind to defeat the ruling dispensation they don’t look at campaign styles. The BJP has tried to pull out all its resources, use money power and resort to every cheap tactic, ethical or unethical. We have been able to counter them effectively and make a dent. What are core issues in the poll this time? A; We are highlighting failures of the Narendra Modi government and his corruption. Whatever promises Modi made with the masses whether about jobs, building Ram temple, Ganga Abhiyan, bringing black money back to the country and teaching Pakistan a lesson have fallen flat. Modi also promised a lot of things in Himachal Pradesh. He spoke about apple import duty, National Highways and farmers’ issues. The net result is zero. This time when he comes he should rather tender an apology to the people instead of seeking votes. The BJP sees gains in Himachal Pradesh as being in the power only for one and half year. Let Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur tells the people few achievements of his government. Because he has not done anything concrete as promised, the Chief Minister is bringing in irrelevant issues to the polls. His narrative is poor. He only feels happy to ridicule Congress president Rahul Gandhi and speak about him in poor light. What will he say if we also call him names? Their party president Satpal Satti has used abusive words against Rahul Gandhi and was punished by EC with a ban on his campaign. Is this the way the campaign is done? What’s your charge against the BJP government led by Jai Ram Thakur? A/. At first place, Jai Ram Thakur was never a chief ministerial face in 2017 poll. It was Prem Kumar Dhumal, who was defeated at Sujanpur by Congress candidate Rajendra Rana. Thakur became Chief Minister accidentally. Law and order are in the worst state. There are 350 cases or murders an equal number of rape cases. An alleged rape case has come to light in Shimla — the capital city and the police were trying to suppress it. Mining mafia is active. The BJP raised money from mining mafia thus there is no check on them. Drug mafia and liquor mafia are active more than ever. But BJP is highlighting surgical strike and has accused the Congress of undermining valour of the Indian army against Pakistan? We are proud of the Indian Army. They have always been made the country and people proud. You tell me who is saying “Modi ki Sena’? Are they not ashamed of it by politicising the army? People of this country don’t have to learn patriotism from Modi and his brigade, who only spread lies and communal hatred. What’s Virbhadra Singh’s role in the poll? A/ Virbhadra Singh is a towering Congress leader, not only in Himachal Pradesh but country. He never worked against the interests of the Congress. He is campaigning actively even at this age. No one can match his energy, mass contact and popularity. What are Rahul Gandhi’s chances to be Prime Minister? Rahul Gandhi has worked very hard. The Congress party’s manifesto and his poll narrative have received overwhelming support. He has exposed Prime Minister and Amit Shah combine’s corruption. He will make a good Prime Minister that the country needs. Modi has no second chance.last_img read more


5 questions for Costa Rican artist Luciano Goizueta


first_imgLuciano Goizueta’s love for science, self-awareness and art combine in colorful, texturized acrylic works inspired by scientific phenomena. Goizueta studied architecture for six months at the Technology Institute of Costa Rica (TEC) and then graphic design at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), but never finished because illness forced him to spend a significant period of time in isolation. During that time, he began developing his artistic career through painting, photography, and drawing.At only 34, he has participated in exhibitions in Argentina, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, Switzerland and the United States. On a sunny, warm morning, accompanied by the delightful jazz melodies playing in Goizueta’s studio in Escazú, The Tico Times sat down with the artist to chat about his life and work. Excerpts follow.What do you most like to photograph?Everything. I’m obsessed with the idea of truly understanding the velocity of time. Usually you think that time’s longer than what it is, because during the present moment, time seems longer, but when you seek the future or the past, it becomes smaller, like a snail. Photography is a way in which I can document that path through that snail. The more information you have, the more possibilities you have to access the past. What I’m most interested in is capturing everything that has to do with the city, but the abandoned city, the uninhabited city. I like to explore the B side of a city: the waste, the things that are left behind such as cars, motorcycles and dumps.I also like to photograph the things that happen on a daily basis, looking at what your everyday routine was five years ago and how different it is now. It’s that idea that you’ll never get to experiment that precise moment again, and it is composed by a lot of structures that are very temporary. It’s very interesting to see what we take for granted in those paths that we travel in order to get from point A to point B. Right now I’m working on a series called “From A to B,” which is a documentation of the path I travel every day from my house to the studio and backwards at a certain hour. I take photographs of what’s going on in front of me, and afterwards I turn it into a drawing.How do you choose the theme of each series?The series’ themes have generally appeared after I’ve worked on a piece. Usually I get interested in something, paint it and then work on it. After that I choose which ones go together. Now I do it more [deliberately]… having an idea and then begin working from that point onward.Either way, all the ideas you have are linked to one another. Nothing is spontaneous… when you’re interested in something, it’s because there was a path you traveled to reach that place and that moment. From that point on you’ll get immersed in it and dedicate more time to it, and it’ll become more complex. There’s an inevitable natural process. Goizueta explores the idea of abandonment in cities. (Courtesy of Luciano Goizueta)What do you like to explore on an artistic level within your work?Everything can be included. I’m very interested in phenomena that maybe are not so related with art. I’m not very interested in being immersed in the art world per se. Of course I’d like to participate in a biennial or in an exhibition, but that’s not where my main focus lies. I’m very interested in science, physics, biology, time and all the different things I want to focus my attention on.I’ve got all these ideas about the educational formation of a person. Going to school and college is great, but actually switching into the idea of, “OK, I learned all of this and now I’m going to leave it all behind” is not that simple. You’re already impregnated [with that system] and it’s very difficult to get out of it. You’re constantly discovering new things. That’s nothing new. However, it’ll be more yours and in that sense it’s more valuable…. I never studied painting, and I try to avoid the structure of things.What is your research process?I research through observation. I often draw everything, and drawing is observing in detail… Lately I’ve been very interested in physics, especially about a self-taught physicist called Nassim Haramein. He has done a lot of physics predictions related with subatomic particles and very complex quantum physics; he has been questioning quantum physics since the beginning. He talks about this idea that physics contemplates the human being within its mathematics… the universe can be understood in the same way as a person or an atom. Haramein has this theory about a fractal universe. What we have are particles with the same complexity, but different sizes. An atom is as complex as the universe, the galaxy and a cell. Goizueta often creates detailed collages. (Courtesy of Luciano Goizueta)How do defragmentation and chaos theory relate to your work?Decontextualization is something I like to do. I like to take objects out of their context in order to eliminate things and leave an object out of its context. Then, there’s the idea of defragmentation… It’s about a lot of images that get filtered and can create another image, like a collage. Regarding chaos theory, I think the theory is a mere excuse to say that chaos does not exist. What exists are randomness generators based on a lot of information, from factors including climate and the stock exchange. To generate a sense of randomness, it must be completely linked to a structure. Nothing can be random and chaos does not exist…. Order leads to chaos and chaos leads to order. When things are ordered they tend towards disorder, but when things are completely disordered they tend to find a logical order.Read more Weekend Arts Spotlight interviews here.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Comments Related posts:5 questions for blues musician Steve Arvey 5 questions for Costa Rican street artist MUSH 5 questions for a Costa Rican singer 5 questions for a couple of clowns in Costa Ricalast_img read more


Rep Howrylak announces consumer education event on June 16


first_img Categories: Howrylak News 09Jun Rep. Howrylak announces consumer education event on June 16 State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy is partnering with the Michigan Attorney General’s office to host his fourth consumer education event this year on Friday, June 16 at the Hunter Community Center, located at 509 Fisher Court in Clawson.This event is intended to provide citizens with information regarding the latest phone, mail and online scams.“I hope to provide an opportunity for citizens of all ages to learn the warning signs of potential scams and how to avoid them,” Rep. Howrylak said.The presentation begins at 11 a.m. with a light lunch provided. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Rep. Howrylak’s office at (517) 373-1783 or via email at MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.last_img read more


Californias Gov Brown Nixes Official Use of NFLs Racial Epithet Nickname


first_imgShare2TweetShare1Email3 SharesOctober 11, 2015; Sacramento BeeGive the California legislature and Governor Jerry Brown credit for taking an official stance against the racially derogatory epithet that is the strongly-defended name of Washington, D.C.’s National Football League franchise owned by internet mogul Daniel Snyder.At the end of 2013, the Capitol News Service counted 62 high schools in 22 states that used the same epithet as the nickname for their teams, though that’s down from about 90 high schools a quarter-century earlier. Four schools in California were counted as using the name.The legislation that Brown signed last week, Assembly Bill 30, prohibits high schools from adopting or using the name favored by Snyder and allowed by the NFL. Eleven years earlier, then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed similar legislation, arguing that local school boards should control interscholastic policies. Brown and the legislature seem to believe that the use of racially derogatory epithets is a valid reason to override a school board in this instance.The thinking from California that the Washington NFL team’s name might be objectionable seems to have escaped one of the major presidential candidates. Jeb Bush told radio host Hugh Hewitt—and we quote him for accuracy and completeness:There was a big argument about the Washington Redskins, the Redskins being a pejorative term. I think “Washington” is a pejorative term, not the Redskins, so they’ll get through it, they’ll figure it out.”It is debatable whether Bush’s unnecessary defense of the Washington NFL team name is related to the $100,000 donation team owner Daniel Snyder made earlier this year to the Right to Rise Super PAC that supports Bush’s presidential candidacy. The statement puts Bush in line with his competitor, Donald Trump, who earlier this month pronounced the name just fine. “I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name…They think it’s a positive,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to.”Trump, Bush, and Schwarzenegger might not be bothered by the name, but some high schools are rethinking the epithet as a nickname, along with the associated variety of derogatory mascots. The Goshen, Indiana school board voted to get rid of the name that the high school shared with the Washington NFL team as of 2016. Other schools seem a little confused by the controversy. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Union High School seems to have decided to keep the name shared with the Washington NFL team, but reportedly has ditched its Native American mascot in favor of something called “Hyper.”An earlier statement from Bush defended the name on another radio show: “I don’t think it should change it…. I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive…. It’s a sport, for crying out loud. It’s a football team…I’m missing something here, I guess.”The Change the Mascot campaign against the name issued a sober statement in response:Social science research has shown that the NFL’s promotion of the R-word racial slur has particularly serious effects on Native American children…What is surprising is that in promoting the use of this slur, the governor somehow believes he speaks for Native Americans and can assert that Native American people do not find this slur offensive. He clearly is missing something. What is even more appalling is the governor’s declaration that because he personally doesn’t find this slur offensive, that makes it acceptable.This should be a very simple open-and-shut issue in the 2016 campaign: No presidential candidate should be promoting this racial slur against Native Americans.“Today is a huge victory for Native American Civil Rights, and I hope it paves the way for all other states to create similar laws,” commented Dakhkota Brown, a Native American youth, president of Native Education Raising Dedicated Students, credited with helping push the legislation through the California legislature. “Nobody’s team or school pride should ever outweigh someone’s cultural identity!” It would seem that California Governor Jerry Brown thinks, similar to the Change the Mascot campaign, that no governor should be promoting that racial slur either.—Rick CohenShare2TweetShare1Email3 Shareslast_img read more


In the article Pope Francis Bad Economist Jame


first_img In the article “Pope Francis, Bad Economist,” James Harrigan and Anthony Davies wrote (link in original): Over the past two generations, while the number of people on Earth doubled, the number of people living in extreme poverty declined by 80 percent, largely as a result of increased economic freedom globally. Today, almost all people in economically free countries can afford cures for diseases that killed the richest people only a century ago. The average person with a cell phone today has better and quicker access to more complete information than the President of the United States enjoyed just a generation ago. A plot of land that a century ago could feed one family today can feed hundreds of families. But the leaders of the Catholic and Monetary Churches don’t care about lifting people out of poverty—it’s envy they’re engaged in. And as Helmut Schoeck showed in his book Envy: A Theory of Social Behavior: [W]e are least capable of acting sensibly in economic and social matters when we face, or believe we face, an envious beneficiary of our decision. This is true especially when we mistakenly tell ourselves that his envy is a direct consequence of our being better off, and will necessarily wane when we pander even to unrealistic demands. The allocation of scarce resources, in any society, is rarely optimal when our decision rests on fear of other men’s envy. The Chairwoman continued to stoke the fires of envy with more statistics. “After adjusting for inflation, the average income of the top 5% of households grew by 38% from 1989 to 2013. By comparison, the average real income of the other 95% of households grew less than 10%.” There is no need for Yellen’s preaching. Envy has been institutionalized in this country with the progressive income tax and inheritance taxes. As Schoeck points out, “Envy can become more easily institutionalized than, say desire or joy.” And it has. Despite these headwinds, the serially successful and productive continue to earn and accumulate the vast share of wealth. That’s why resource investing legends Rick Rule and Doug Casey urge speculators to back entrepreneurs who have proven track records. Rule wrote on Casey Research: A substantial body of evidence exists that it is roughly true across a variety of disciplines. In a large enough sample, this remains true within that top 20%—meaning 20% of the top 20%, or 4% of the population, contributes in excess of 60% of the utility. The key as investors is to judge management teams by their past success. I believe this is usually much more relevant than their current exploration project. Despite some of the highest tax rates in the world and libraries full of regulations to contend with on the national, state, and local levels, the entrepreneurial spirit overcomes, while—as expected—nonproducers hold very little wealth. “The lower half of households by wealth held just 3% of wealth in 1989 and only 1% in 2013,” Yellen told her audience. But in America, the lower half doesn’t have to stay that way and rarely does. Pareto’s insight is that wealth will never be equal, whether under capitalism, fascism, communism, or whatever-ism. What freedom offers is the possibility to ascend from poverty to wealth with brains, hard work, and good decision making. Pareto’s principle should not only be accepted but celebrated, and envy ridiculed, not institutionalized. Schoeck explained: Envy’s culture-inhibiting irrationality in a society is not to be overcome by fine sentiments or altruism, but almost always by a higher level of rationality, by the recognition, for instance that more (or something different) for the few does not necessarily mean less for the others: this requires a certain capacity for calculation, a grasp of larger contexts, a longer memory; the ability, not just to compare one thing with another, but also to compare very dissimilar values in one man with those in another. Ironically, Ms. Yellen’s zero-interest policy puts more separation between the middle class and the rich than Pareto could ever imagine. But then again, a “higher level of rationality” is severely lacking at the central bank. “The extent and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concern me,” Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said last week at a conference on economic opportunity and inequality sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Vilfredo Pareto would tell Dr. Yellen to relax—inequality is and always has been a constant. Pareto is known for discovering the Pareto principle, or what most people know as the 80-20 rule. Pareto observed in 1906 that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population and developed the principle by observing pea pods in his garden; 20% of the pods contained 80% of the peas. The longer you live, the more you observe Pareto’s principle play out over and over in many different contexts. 80% of revenue is provided by 20% of customers. The ratio also applies to customer complaints. I dined with the owner of a Vietnamese restaurant the other night who said that 80% of his revenue came from his noodle soups, which at most comprise 20% of his menu. My experience in the nonprofit world was that 80% of donations came from 20% of those on the mailing list. Pareto observed that the 80/20 pattern “repeated consistently whenever he looked at data referring to different time periods or different countries,” writes Richard Koch in his book The 80/20 Principle. So while inequality has been the norm throughout history, the new Fed chair claims that, “By some estimates, income and wealth inequality are near their highest levels in the past hundred years, much higher than the average during that time span and probably higher than for much of American history before then.” She went on to say, “The distribution of wealth is even more unequal than that of income. … The wealthiest 5% of American households held 54% of all wealth reported in the 1989 survey. Their share rose to 61% in 2010 and reached 63% in 2013. By contrast, the rest of those in the top half of the wealth distribution families that in 2013 had a net worth between $81,000 and $1.9 million held 43% of wealth in 1989 and only 36% in 2013.” So what? As Mr. Koch explains in his book (emphasis his), if 20% own 80%, “then you can reliably predict that 10 percent would have, say, 65 percent of the wealth, and 5 percent would have 50 percent. The key point is not the percentages, but the fact that the distribution of wealth across population was predictably unbalanced.” But Yellen has fallen in with Pope Francis, who told the United Nations assembly, “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems.” While it doesn’t seem like it here in America, the world is becoming freer and because of that, poverty is falling.last_img read more


Paralympians have spoken of their shock at learnin


first_imgParalympians have spoken of their shock at learning that 50 of the poorest nations could have to withdraw from next month’s Paralympic Games in Rio because of financial problems facing Brazil’s organising committee.Thousands of athletes from countries that were relying on travel grants from the Rio 2016 organising committee may not now be able to take part in the games the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said this week.The grants should have been paid by the organising committee to individual countries more than two weeks ago, although it has now promised to do so by the end of the month, only days before the opening ceremony on 7 September.Sir Philip Craven (pictured), the British president of the IPC, and himself a retired Paralympian, said: “Failure to do so could result in a number of countries being unable to attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games event they have been planning and preparing for for a number of years.”Reports this week suggested that the financial crisis had been partly caused by the Rio Olympic organising committee dipping into funds set aside for the Paralympic games in order to deal with its own financial problems.An IPC official later told BBC World News that 10 countries were “really in jeopardy” of not being able to attend, but that the number forced to pull out could be as high as one in three of the 165 countries due to take part.One British Paralympian has told Disability News Service (DNS) that losing so many countries, if it happened, would be a huge backwards step for the Paralympic movement.Keryn Seal, a member of the British blind football team that competed at London 2012, said the reports of financial problems were “shocking” and suggested “tragic mismanagement”.He told Disability News Service (DNS) that suggestions that 50 of the poorest countries might not be able to attend Rio 2016 because of money taken out of the Paralympic pot by organisers of the Olympic Games were “very sad”, and he questioned what message that would send out about how the comparative importance of the two events was viewed.He said the potential loss of so many countries risked devaluing the event and damaging the reputation of the Paralympics.He said: “It would take it backwards massively. At the moment you get Paralympic finals where there are only four or five people in them.“What’s going to happen if you lose 50 countries? The credibility of it could take a big dip.”Another member of the blind football team, Robin Williams, said on Twitter that the “potential disaster” was an “utter disgrace if true”, and later added: “What’s also a disgrace is that you have to go to the disability section of the BBC sport website to read about it.”Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, who won 11 Paralympic gold medals, told BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight that the scale of countries potentially affected was “shocking” and could see nearly half of the competitors not being able to take part.She said: “No athlete wants to win a medal because there are several countries who haven’t been able to make it purely for financial reasons.”And she said that budget cuts to areas such as adapting accommodation and providing transport would set “a really negative tone for the games”.Jonnie Peacock, one of the stars of the British athletics team, who will compete in the T44 100 metres in Rio, also expressed concern.He told DNS: “I don’t know enough about the situation to be honest. If it is true then it’s very sad and I sincerely hope that something is done as it’s my dream to compete in Rio and it would hurt if that dream was taken away from me.“For me and my race, it won’t affect me because I know my main rivals will be there whatever happens, and that’s what I’ve got to focus on now.”Sir Philip said the situation was “pretty precarious”, but rumours that the games might not go ahead at all or that some sports could be cut from the programme were “totally unfounded” and “not true”.He said that the mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, had pledged to meet the full costs of the Paralympics by providing a further £36 million, but there was currently an injunction on any further public funding on Rio 2016 unless the organising committee released “full financial spending details”.Sir Philip said: “Clearly, the simplest and easiest way round this is for the Rio 2016 organising committee to be open and transparent with its financial records in order to allow this additional funding to come in.”If the funding crisis is not resolved, Sir Philip warned that there would have to be “further cuts” on top of those made by the IPC, the International Olympic Committee and the Rio Olympics.He said that this could “impact on the services offered to the athletes who have dedicated years of their lives to reach and compete at these games. This is the last thing that we want to do.”This could mean reducing the frequency of buses laid on for athletes to reach venues, or cutbacks to the food available in the athletes’ village.This morning (18 August), the IPC was tweeting that the injunction on spending any more money on Rio 2016 had been lifted by the Brazilian courts so “money can now be injected into the Rio 2016 @Paralympics” which it said was “a step in the right direction”.But in a further blow for the Rio games, the organisers have announced that they have so far sold only 12 per cent of available tickets for Paralympic events.Peacock told DNS earlier this week that television pictures of empty seats at the Olympics were “a disappointment”.Asked whether he had concerns about Paralympic ticket sales, he said: “It’s a lot of seats to sell out and London did immensely well.“We got into the spirit of the games over here and everybody wanted to buy a ticket.“For me, I still believe it’s going to be a good crowd there. I’m going out there to try and focus on my race and try and do what I can to win it.”Peacock said he believed that the Paralympics would still be “huge” in Britain, even if there were disappointing ticket sales in Rio, and he praised the work of Paralympic broadcaster Channel 4 and his sponsors BT in promoting the Paralympics.The British Paralympic Association had not commented on the funding crisis by 11am today (18 August).last_img read more


Nearly 5000 adult social care services – nearly o


first_imgNearly 5,000 adult social care services – nearly one in five – have not had an inspection by the care regulator in the last two years, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) have revealed.The CareQuality Commission (CQC) figures have raised fresh doubts as to whether theregulator is fit for purpose, while Labour’s shadow social care minister hassaid they are “highly concerning”.The figures werereleased to Disability News Service days after the latest revelationsconcerning a care home run by the National Autistic Society, where autisticpeople were taunted, abused and ill-treated by staff.MendipHouse, in Somerset, had itself not been inspected by CQC for more than twoyears when whistleblowers came forward and exposed the abusive regime in 2016 (see separate story).The new FoIAfigures show that 4,859 adult social care services have not been inspected byCQC in more than two years, out of 25,590 services in total (19 per cent).Many of the25,590 are new services that are still awaiting a first CQC rating, so theproportion of services that have been open for at least two years and have notbeen inspected for at least two years will be even higher than 19 per cent.But thefigures also reveal other concerns about the commission and its work.They show strikingfalls in the number of inspections carried out by the watchdog over the lastcouple of years; a significant increase in the number of inspections cancelledor rescheduled; and a sizeable drop over the last three years in the number ofadult social care inspectors working for CQC.A CQCspokesperson said that some of this was due to a new method of regulation,adopted in 2014, which was based on “ratings and risk”.She claimed thecommission was now “even better at identifying risk, meaning that we canprioritise our activity to where the need is greatest”.The FoIAresponse showed the number of CQC’s “full-time equivalent” adult social careinspectors fell from 881 in December 2015 to 812 in December 2018.The numberof adult social care inspections that were cancelled or rescheduled rose from 6,498in 2017 to 8,296 in 2018.And thenumber of adult social care inspections carried out by CQC fell from 15,271 in2016 to 13,106 in 2017, and again to 11,618 in 2018.Statisticsprovided by the regulator to its latest public board meeting (PDF) in February raise further concerns.They showthat only three-fifths of planned inspections of adult social care servicesthat had been branded “inadequate” or “requiring improvement” were carried outon time.Barbara Keeley (pictured), Labour’s shadow minister for social care, said: “It is highly concerning that nearly one in five social care establishments have not been inspected for over two years.“We saw inthe recent Mendip House case how quickly a care home can deteriorate – often ina matter of months. “As governmentcuts to social care budgets force providers to cut corners, infrequentinspections are putting disabled and older people at risk.“We cannotallow providers to provide poor quality care due to a lack of oversight: thatis why Labour’s plans for ethical commissioning would require local authoritiesand the CQC to better monitor care providers.”CQC saidthat its decision to inspect services seen as good or outstanding only every 30months helped explain a “significant” number of re-scheduled inspections, and manyof the services that had not been inspected in more than two years.By February2017, it said, it had finished inspecting all adult social care servicesregistered with CQC in October 2014 and had then moved to the next phase of itsnew ratings- and risk-based model of regulation, with “increased focus on usinginformation and intelligence to form a better picture of what is happening inthe delivery of people’s care to assess and prioritise risk”.It also said it had introduced new roles to “complement the inspection workforce”,such as assistant inspectors.CQC has sofar failed to say if it believes the figures show it is a failing organisation;whether it needs an injection of funding; and whether it is putting the safetyof disabled and older people at risk and is therefore likely to be exposingthem to serious breaches of their human rights.It has alsofailed to say whether the Mendip House abuse scandal showed that its risk-basedsystem was putting the safety of disabled people at risk, and that it thereforeneeded to introduce annual, unannounced inspections of all adult social careservices.But it didsay: “CQC has a healthy budget, a strong and hardworking workforce and wecontinually review all of the resources at our disposal in order to be asefficient as possible in ensuring care providers are living up to their legalresponsibilities.”Debbie Westhead, CQC’s interim chief inspector for adult social care,said in a statement: “In2014 we completely overhauled the way we regulate adult social care, moving toa ratings and risk based model. “We are noweven better at identifying risk, meaning that we can prioritise our activity towhere the need is greatest. “We knowfrom our latest State of Care report that most people are getting good care;over four-fifths of adult social care services are rated as good oroutstanding, a testimony to the hard work of thousands of frontline staff. “In 2018 wemoved the frequency of inspections for good and outstanding services to 30months. “However, ifduring this time we get any information of concern we will prioritise ouractivity to ensure that we are protecting people from risk. “We are now taking more enforcement actionthan ever before because we are using the information and analysis at ourdisposal more effectively in order to target our inspection activities to thoseservices where there is the greatest risk to the quality and safety of people’scare. “Since April 2017 to January 2019 we’ve taken around 2,000 enforcement actions against all adult social care providers and we will continue to take action wherever necessary to make sure that all people are getting the good, quality care they need.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more


SugarCRM Acquires SaaS Marketing Automation Innovator Salesfusion


first_imgSugarCRM Acquires SaaS Marketing Automation Innovator Salesfusion PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 11:34 pmMay 23, 2019 Powerful Combination Expands Sugar Platform to Relentlessly Drive Relevant Customer Experiences that Create Customers for LifeSugarCRM Inc., the company that helps organizations deliver exceptional customer experiences, announced it has acquired Salesfusion, a leading provider of marketing automation solutions recognized in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Lead Management.@SugarCRM announces the acquisition of leading marketing automation provider, @Salesfusion, empowering customers to build stronger customer relationships, in less time. #technews #marketingautomation #CRMSalesfusion is the second acquisition the company has made in less than three months. In March 2019, the company acquired Collabspot’s email integration products to enhance its email integration capabilities and take another step towards Sugar’s vision to deliver the most intuitive and collaborative user experience while eliminating data entry.“These acquisitions combined with our new product innovations clearly demonstrate that Sugar is on a solid growth path and strategically evolving our business every day,” said Craig Charlton, CEO of SugarCRM. “This is just the beginning of many more game-changing announcements that will dramatically transform our company for employees, customers, partners and the industry.”Adding Salesfusion’s powerful marketing automation solution to Sugar’s award-winning, easy-to-use CRM platform enables unparalleled and comprehensive customer experience solutions for companies worldwide, including more than 5,000 global Sugar customers. It also immediately positions Sugar to lead the next generation of customer experience innovators, empowering companies to strengthen existing customer relationships, create new ones through actionable insights and intelligent automation and better understand the customer at every stage of the sales, marketing and service cycles.Marketing Technology News: WireWheel and Virtru Partner to Protect Integrity and Privacy of Personal Data“Modern companies expect more than just technology solutions,” said Charlton. “They want a personal relationship with the companies where they conduct business. With Salesfusion, we’re taking our market-leading CRM to the next level, harnessing Salesfusion’s advanced marketing automation capabilities to streamline campaign management, drive personalized engagement, improve conversion and transform customer experience throughout the customer journey. Together, we’re enabling marketing, sales and service professionals to be more productive, take action on customer insights and focus on high-impact value-added offerings that create relentlessly relevant customer experiences.”The integrated solution will be powered by a unified customer data platform that provides deep customer intelligence to enable relevant and personalized engagements. This will enable companies to create experiences that accelerate demand generation, grow revenue, deliver superior customer care and increase loyalty on a mobile-first platform that makes customer experience management easy and accessible for everyone.“Sugar and Salesfusion share a common vision that the next wave of innovation in B2B is sharply focused on the customer experience,” said Logan Henderson, CEO of Salesfusion. “The fact is that customer experience leaders significantly outperform their peers, generating higher average order values, better customer retention and satisfaction and significantly improved brand awareness. Salesfusion provides strong capabilities designed to supercharge marketing efficiency and productivity, making marketers more effective at delivering engaging, on-point customer experiences. As part of Sugar, we’re bringing together the best of everything in customer experience – marketing, sales, service and intelligent insights – to empower companies to perform better and create customers for life.”Marketing Technology News: Phishing of SaaS and Webmail Brands Surpasses Phishing Attacks on Payment Brands for the First TimeGoing forward, Sugar will continue to sell, support and service both products as standalone offerings indefinitely. To accelerate innovation and scale, the company will increase investment in Salesfusion engineering, services and support resources.“As a leader in transformational sales and marketing, W-Systems is excited to see Salesfusion join forces with Sugar,” said Christian Wettre, president of W-Systems. “Adding Salesfusion’s powerful marketing automation solution to Sugar’s market-leading CRM enables an unequalled and comprehensive customer experience solution for companies everywhere. We’re proud to be able to offer such a cutting-edge platform that will not only help our customers drive more revenue, but simplify their operations as well.”Rebecca Wetteman, Vice President of Nucleus adds: “SugarCRM’s acquisition of Salesfusion complements a market leader in easy-to-use CRM with the comprehensive marketing automation capabilities of Salesfusion. A tightly integrated platform will accelerate time to value and increase both sales and marketing productivity by streamlining campaign creation, lead nurturing, and the handoff to sales. Both Sugar and Salesfusion’s focus on delivering value to customers make this a good match, and integration of the two will deliver even greater benefit for customers.”Marketing Technology News: Baidu’s Mobile Reach Expanded to 1.1 Billion Monthly Active Devices in March 2019 Collabspot’s email integrationcrmGartner Magic Quadrantmarketing automationMarketing TechnologyNewssalesfusionsugarcrm Previous ArticleGartner Reveals Three Key Strategies for Marketers to Uncover Target AudiencesNext ArticleCvent Introduces Universal Appointments to Improve Trade Show Impactlast_img read more


Uber loss tops 1 bn as it seeks to diversify


first_imgWhile a private company, Uber has taken to sharing quarterly earnings figures as it prepares for a keenly-anticipated debut on the stock market in 2019 Uber eyes valuation topping $100 bn in IPO: sources This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. While a private company, Uber has taken to sharing quarterly earnings figures as it prepares for a keenly-anticipated debut on the stock market next year.Figures released by Uber showed the San Francisco-based company lost $1.1 billion on revenue that grew to $3 billion, while overall bookings notched up to $12.7 billion.”We had another strong quarter for a business of our size and global scope,” Uber chief financial officer Nelson Chai said in a statement shared along with the earnings figures.”As we look ahead to an IPO and beyond, we are investing in future growth across our platform, including in food, freight, electric bikes and scooters, and high-potential markets in India and the Middle East.”In the previous quarter, the smartphone-summoned ride service reported it lost $891 million on net revenue of $2.8 billion, with overall bookings of $12 billion.Uber is eyeing a valuation above $100 billion for its share offering due in 2019, which would be the biggest-ever in the tech sector, sources familiar with the plan said last month.The sources told AFP the global ridesharing giant is considering speeding up its plans for an initial public offering to the first half of 2019, rather than the second half of the year.Uber, which operates in over 60 countries, is already the largest of the venture-backed “unicorns” valued at more than $1 billion, which until recently was considered rare without tapping stock markets.Its most recent investment—a $500 million injection from Japanese auto giant Toyota—was made at a reported valuation of $72 billion.Uber offered no comment on the IPO plans.Uber is due to make a market debut by the end of 2019 as part of an investment deal with Japan’s SoftBank, which has a stake of some 15 percent. The ridesharing group last year hired a new chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, who has vowed to fix the company’s work culture and business practices after a series of missteps and scandals over executive misconduct, a toxic work atmosphere and potentially unethical competitive practices.Uber has also expanded its services beyond car rides to freight hauling, delivering food, and sharing scooters or bicycles.As it expands its services, Uber is also seeking to become a major player in autonomous cars, and has agreed to buy and adapt vehicles from Volvo to begin operating self-driving taxis. Ride-share company Uber on Wednesday said that its net loss topped a billion dollars in the recently ended quarter as it pumped money into bikes, scooters, freight and food delivery.center_img © 2018 AFP Explore further Citation: Uber loss tops $1 bn as it seeks to diversify (2018, November 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-uber-loss-tops-bn-diversify.htmllast_img read more


Ecuador says hit by 40 million cyber attacks since Assange arrest


first_img Citation: Ecuador says hit by 40 million cyber attacks since Assange arrest (2019, April 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-ecuador-million-cyber-assange.html Patricio Real, Ecuador’s deputy minister for information and communication technologies, said the attacks, which began on Thursday, had “principally come from the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and the United Kingdom,” as well as from the South American country itself.Assange was arrested and carried out of Ecuador’s embassy in London on Thursday after President Lenin Moreno removed his diplomatic protection following seven years of self-imposed exile in the building.Moreno accused Assange of interfering in the “processes of other states” and “spying.”As well as overturning Assange’s asylum status, Ecuador stripped him of the nationality he was given in 2017 under the government of Moreno’s predecessor Rafael Correa.Javier Jara, undersecretary of the electronic government department of the telecommunications ministry, said the country had suffered “volumetric attacks” that blocked access to the internet following “threats from those groups linked to Julian Assange.”Hardest-hit were the foreign ministry, the central bank, the president’s office, the internal revenue service, and several ministries and universities.However none of those institutions reported either the theft of information or the elimination of data. Wikileaks co-found Julian Assange “violated, repeatedly, clear-cut provisions” of diplomatic asylum conventions, President Lenin Moreno said the day he kicked Assange out of Ecuador’s embassy in London Ecuador said on Monday it has suffered 40 million cyber attacks on the webpages of public institutions since stripping Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of political asylum. Explore furthercenter_img © 2019 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Garzon: Assange is neither pirate nor terroristlast_img read more


Allahabad HC grants police protection to BJP MLAs daughter Sakshi Misra


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Robert Vadra praises Rahul Gandhi for being a youth icon


first_imgRobert Vadra praises Rahul Gandhi for being a youth iconRobert Vadra ended his note by saying that he extends his support to Rahul Gandhi and that no position is required to for social service.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 11:38 IST Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has posted a heartfelt note for him on Facebook. (Image: PTI)Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has posted a heartfelt note for him on Facebook, praising him for being a youth icon.He also thanked him for being a great example of moral character and willpower for him. He ended the note by saying that he extends his support to him and that no position is required to for social service.He stated, “There is so much to learn from you, Rahul. The Indian populace, which comprises 65 per cent of the young – (under 45 years), looks up to you and other young leaders for direction.” Meanwhile, amid the ongoing Karnataka crisis, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) uses “money power” and “intimidation” to topple governments. He accused the saffron party of doing the same in Karnataka.Sixteen MLAs have resigned and two independents have withdrawn support to the 13-month-old Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka.”BJP uses money power or threat to topple governments wherever it can. You saw this first in Goa, in the Northeast, and now are trying to do the same in Karnataka. It is their way of functioning. They have money, power, and they use it. This is the reality,” Gandhi told reporters.Also read | BJP toppling govts with money power, threats: Rahul GandhiAlso read | Rahul Gandhi granted bail in Ahmedabad bank defamation case on Rs 15,000 bondAlso watch | Nataka in Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi breaks his silence, says BJP using money power to topple govtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow Robert VadraFollow Rahul Gandhilast_img read more