Metis Nation unhappy with exclusion from closing TRC event

first_imgJulien Gignac APTN National NewsOTTAWA — The Métis Nation is disheartened by the lack of acknowledgment in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.The report issued Tuesday excludes experiences suffered by Metis at the hands of officials in the country’s dark residential school history.“In terms of the residential schools their [the government’s] final position is that they were run by religious entities therefore they have no responsibility,” said Métis National Council President Clément Chartier. “If we’re going to have true reconciliation, it has to be reconciliation between all aboriginal peoples, not only some.”There is an estimated 350,000 to 400,000 Métis in Canada, accounting for roughly one quarter of all Indigenous peoples.History of Métis exclusion coming from the federal government has repeated itself, according to Tony Belcourt, founding president of the Métis Nation of Ontario.Belcourt’s bone to pick is not with the TRC, however.“Any argument of exclusion is certainly not with the TRC, not with those commissioners who tried, I know, very hard to ensure the Métis voice was heard during the whole process over the last six years,” said Belcourt. “Those are decent people.“If there has been any exclusion of Métis people from anything, the responsibility for that falls squarely at the foot of the government of Canada,”The commission is the result of the Settlement Agreement struck in 2007, which the Métis were excluded from, too.“We didn’t decide who was in it, who signed it or who didn’t,” said Marie Wilson, commissioner of the TRC. “The issue of Métis representation is something we’ve been flagging as a concern and in fact wrote about in our interim report in 2012.”Wilson said that the commission did not discriminate and has always invited Métis to national events.Within the nearly 7,000 residential school testimonies gathered by the TRC are Métis voices.At the closing event of the TRC Wilson and Belcourt could be seen joining hands and round dancing.jgignac@aptn.calast_img read more

Sexual abuse charges against UN staff rose by 88 in 2018

first_imgUnited Nations: The UN received a total of 259 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by the staff working in its agencies and their partner organisations in 2018, an increase of more than a hundred in such incidents from the previous year, according to a report presented by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The report, presented to the General Assembly, said that from January 1 to December 31, 2018, the UN received a total of 148 sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) allegations directly involving UN workers, and 111 involving staff from partner organisations implementing UN programmes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThis represents an increase in the total number of incidents reported in 2017, when 138 allegations were made, and 165 allegations made in 2016, it said. The report said while the figures of allegations rose in 2018 compared with the previous two years, there was increased awareness among the UN and UN-related staff, and improved and harmonized reporting tools across the organisation towards a ‘zero tolerance’ effort to end sexual exploitation and abuse across the UN. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAccording to the report, not all the allegations have been fully verified and many are still under investigation or are still in a preliminary assessment phase. The report said that the third system-wide survey on sexual exploitation and abuse was administered in 2018 to the UN and affiliated personnel at 34 duty stations with humanitarian and/or peace operations. The duty stations included those in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, India, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Pakistan, South Sudan and Syria. There were some encouraging signs in Peacekeeping Operations, where allegations were down almost by half over the past two years, it said. While 103 SEA incidents were reported in 2016, only 54 allegations were made in 2018, the report said. Despite this improvement in the UN’s peacekeeping wing, the number of allegations went up against personnel in other UN entities, with 94 allegations received in 2018, compared with 50 in 2017. In a troubling sign, the number of allegations against partner organisations implementing the UN’s programmes reached a high of 109, increasing more than four-fold from 2017 when only 25 incidents were reported. “The numbers show that the UN’s victim-centred approach, implemented over a year ago, is paying off as there seems to be an increased trust among the victims and survivors to come forward and report incidents,” the UN said in a statement. The Secretary-General has stressed that there will be zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse across the UN. His strategy, in its first phase, focuses on addressing the issue within the UN system, as well as those mandated by the world body to carry out programmes. This entails more than 90,000 staff in more than 30 entities and more than 100,000 uniformed personnel. In 2017, Guterres had launched a new strategy to prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel. A major element of this new approach was the creation of the ‘Circle of Leadership’ for Heads of State and Government to demonstrate resolve and commitment at the highest political level to eradicate the scourge. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a member of the Circle of Leadership. The Secretary General said in the report that he encourages Member States to give greater visibility to their initiatives to eradicate sexual exploitation and abuse, including information on the status of administrative and judicial processes, which will be included in a public electronic hub. In 2018, he had asked the members of the circle to provide him with updates, and seven Member States have responded, including India, Australia, Germany, the UK and Uruguay.last_img read more

Pakistan says CPEC will benefit Sri Lanka

Pakistan says China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will have a positive impact on Sri Lanka as well as Iran, Afghanistan, India, Central Asian Republics, and the region.The High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat delivered a lecture on “China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): A New Vision for Regional and Global Connectivity and Economic Cooperation” at an event on the invitation extended by the Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers (ARFRO), Sri Lanka, held at the Naval Headquarters, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today. He underscored that the CPEC will act as a catalyst for connecting China and South Asia to Central Asia, Eurasia, West Asia and vice versa along with Pakistan’s enhanced connectivity with many countries in various regions for economic progress. Ultimately, Pakistan will become a trading hub for the region as well as for extra regional trade and transit, he added.Dr. Shahid Hashmat said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project is a flagship venture of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which aims to accelerate economic growth across the world. The event was attended by Commander of Sri Lanka Army, Lt. Gen. N.U.M.M.W. Senanayake, Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, students of Defence Command and Staff College and KDU, senior retired officers of Sri Lankan Armed Forces and officials of the High Commission of Pakistan. The High Commissioner, highlighting the various aspects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, said that the Corridor is a framework of regional connectivity and will not only benefit China and Pakistan but will have a positive impact on Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India, Central Asian Republics, and the region. On Sri Lanka-Pakistan relations, the High Commissioner said that both countries are linked by strong bonds of culture and history and enjoy very stable relations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,425.47, down 119.17 points):Semafo Inc. (TSX:SMF). Miner. Down 96 cents, or 22.07 per cent, at $3.39 on 10,543,675 shares.Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX:IVN.RT). Miner. Down 18 cents, or 30 per cent, at 42 cents on 8,063,903 shares.Progress Energy Resources Corp. (TSX:PRQ). Oil and gas. Down four cents, or 0.2 per cent, at $20.06 on 7,694,459 shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down 15 cents, or 3.74 per cent, at $3.86 on 6,991,624 shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up three cents, or 0.2 per cent, at $15.01 on 5,095,993 shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down 49 cents, or 1.37 per cent, at $35.17 on 4,371,686 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,169.19 down 23.59 points):Zodiac Exploration Inc. (TSXV:ZEX). Down 0.5 cents, or 14.29 per cent, at three cents on 4,634,310 shares.Poynt Corp. (TSXV:PYN). Internet service provider. Up one cent, or 40 per cent, at 3.5 cents on 4,017,486 shares.Companies reporting major news:TMX Group Inc. (TSX:X). Stock Exchange. Up 20 cents, or 0.41 per cent, at $49.05 on 2,200,641 shares. TMX Group chief executive Tom Kloet will remain in charge of the company that runs the Toronto Stock Exchange, Maple Group Acquisition Corp. said Thursday as it appeared set to complete its takeover.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B). Media. Down $1.15, or 4.91 per cent, at $22.25 on 285,210 shares. Corus’ shares dropped sharply Thursday after the company’s third-quarter revenue came in below market expectations. The shares are about where they were trading until they jumped higher on March 16 after BCE Inc.’s blockbuster takeover deal for Astral Media (TSX:ACM.A). by News Staff Posted Jul 12, 2012 5:28 pm MDT read more

Mens soccer Ohio State looking for redemption in Big Ten tournament against

OSU senior forward Christopher Soldat slides for the ball during the Buckeyes game against Akron on Oct. 26. Credit: Harrison Reber | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s soccer team enters the Big Ten tournament this Sunday at 1 p.m., as they take on Wisconsin in the quarterfinals. The rematch in Madison will come just one week after the Buckeyes fell to the Badgers 2-1 in the final match of the regular season.  “We have a week to prepare and talk about how we can do things differently but so do they,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “They won, so are they going to be overconfident? Are we going to have more motivation since we lost up there? It’s an interesting problem for both teams.”The Badgers were aggressive last time against the Buckeyes, outshooting OSU 15-3 in the opening period and taking a 2-0 lead as a result. The second half seemed to flip the field, as OSU outshot Wisconsin 12-4 and closed the gap by scoring a late goal. “Statistically, we outshot them and out-possessioned them and all that in the second half,” Bluem said. “For 25 minutes we had a man advantage, and that really gave us the opportunity to take over the game. Unfortunately, we were only able to come up with the one goal.”Wisconsin finished the season with a 10-3-3 record (4-2-2 Big Ten). They outscored their opponents 25-12 on the year, with an 8-0-1 record in Madison. The Badgers are led by midfielder Christopher Mueller. The junior Illinois-native has scored a team-high six goals through the team’s 16 games. Mueller also leads his team in assists with 10. Despite the wound remaining fresh from the recent defeat at the hands of Wisconsin, the Buckeyes are excited for the rematch. “Outside of our lackadaisical start, we really took it to them,” senior forward Christian Soldat said. “It was a real hard-fought game between two teams. It always feels great to get revenge on their field and knock them out and hopefully advance to the semifinals.”The team knows its only chance at making the NCAA tournament is to win the Big Ten tournament. For the seniors especially, they do not want the season to end this weekend. “Nobody wants it to be your last game,” senior forward Danny Jensen said. “Right now, a lot of it is on the shoulders of the seniors. We are the old guys who have been through it all. If the seniors step up, I think we should be pretty good.”The Buckeyes have won the Big Ten tournament three times (2000, 2007, 2009). They have an overall record of 18-20-2 in their 25 appearances in the tournament. OSU earned the No. 1 seed in last year’s tournament, advancing to the championship match before falling to Maryland 2-0 in Columbus. While this year’s team may not have had the type of season they had hoped, earning them the sixth seed, the Buckeyes are still extremely confident they have what it takes to win the championship. “There is no doubt that we have a chance to win this tournament,” Soldat said. “We have played every single game close to the chest and have had a chance to win every single game. With this team fighting hard and getting players back from injury, there is no doubt that we can make a run all the way and win.” read more

Upcoming Big Ten battles will determine fate of mens soccer team

As the season winds down for the Ohio State men’s soccer team, the remaining stretch of games might be their toughest test yet.Four out of the next five games will be Big Ten showdowns for the Buckeyes. These games will ultimately decide who wins the conference championship and what team could make it to the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes’ remaining Big Ten opponents are Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. The lone non-conference game is against West Virginia. Penn State and Indiana are leading the Big Ten, and Wisconsin and Michigan are tied with OSU for fourth place. OSU is within striking distance of claiming that top spot, making the Buckeyes’ next few games very important.OSU plays Penn State on Sunday in a game that could decide who wins the conference. Penn State sits at 2-0-1 in the conference. They have beaten Michigan State on the road, Michigan at home and tied Northwestern. OSU sits at 1-1 in the Big Ten.“If we want a conference championship we have to beat Penn State,” coach John Bluem said. “If we don’t beat Penn State, I would say we’re probably out of the conference championship race already. So for us it becomes a knockout game already.”Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Bluem said that as the season winds down, OSU cannot lose more games. Every game from this point on means a lot in the conference race and the ability to make the NCAA Tournament. read more

Jennifer Lawrence says she chose to be cold as she attacks ridiculous

first_imgPrior to her statement, hundreds of social media users expressed pity for the actress, and labelled the men as “ungallant.” Jennifer Lawrence has hit out at feminist campaigners who criticised her for wearing a revealing dress in the cold London air, calling them “ridiculous”.The actress defended her right to wear a skimpy Versace dress during a promotional event for the film Red Sparrow earlier this week.While Lawrence wore the strappy gown, which featured a thigh-high split, male co-stars Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts and director Francis Lawrence were all in multiple layers of clothing, and many pointed out the contrast.Writer Helen Lewis attracted thousands of retweets when she wrote: “This is such a quietly depressing (and revealing) image. Not least because I’ve been outside today and it’s b—– FREEZING.”Peep Show’s Robert Webb tweeted: “To all those saying JL ‘chose’ to wear that dress: fine but that choice has a context. She could have made a different decision but we can agree on one thing: it’s not a decision to which the blokes had to give the slightest thought.” He added: “When Ryan Gosling gets paid to model Versace’s latest mankini we’ll have a conversation about equality & human bodies as decoration.”Lawrence responded to critics in an impassioned Facebook post, writing: “This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended. That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I’m going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was outside for 5 minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice. If even one of them was a gentleman, she’d be wearing his coat. https://t.co/T7VBlducZE— Debbie Bell (@bell_debbie) February 20, 2018 Broadcaster Shelagh Fogarty tweeted: “Oh ridiculous. And ungallant as well.”Many others praised the Versace gown, saying it is reminiscent of Liz Hurley’s famous ‘safety-pin’ dress.Leading women’s rights charity, The Fawcett Society, said the image showed that gender equality in the entertainment industry was “a long way off”. Chief Executive of The Fawcett Society, Sam Smethers, told MailOnline: “This image sums up what is wrong with the film industry and with wider society. “It objectifies rather than respects her for the outstanding actor she is. We truly have a long way to go.”The actress has been a vocal supporter of the #TimesUp campaign, recently wearing a black dress to the Baftas in support of the campaign against sexual harassment.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. When Ryan Gosling gets paid to model Versace’s latest mankini we’ll have a conversation about equality & human bodies as decoration. https://t.co/PfpYZdhFbD— Robert Webb (@arobertwebb) February 21, 2018center_img One angered Twitter user wrote: “It must be about 3 degrees in London ATM, cold enough that the bloke actors have to wear coats and scarves to their press call and yet poor Jennifer Lawrence is wearing a small amount of fabric some might call a dress.” The dress was reminiscent of Liz Hurley's famous safety pin number #CoatsForWomen! (& a good pair of tights) https://t.co/AhbKHfLZtm— Sara Tasker (@meandorla) February 20, 2018 “This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism. Over- reacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward. It’s creating silly distractions from real issues. Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!” The dress was reminiscent of Liz Hurley’s famous safety pin numberCredit:Gettylast_img read more

Magnetic metal seed that destroys brain tumours in ten minutes invented by

The new treatment uses the radio waves instead to move and heat the metal seeds. While treatments such as radiotherapy and surgery can be effective, they often cause unwanted and debilitating side effects such as in the case of prostate cancer, incontinence and impotence They also rely on the subjective skills of the radiologist and surgeon and can result in excess tissue being removed, which can lead to increased post-surgical problems for patients, or not enough being removed which can lead to cancer coming back.  Scientist showing a glass slide that has a sample from a great tumour on it “We can guide it with real precision avoiding any areas that we don’t want to go to, like the sensory motor-cortex in the brain, the area with memories.“Once it’s in there we’re able to fire in a simple radio wave and these seeds heat up remarkably well, and kills all the cells around it. You then just guide the seed through the tumour, killing all the cells. And you can do it with real precision right up to the margins of the tumour so there is no tumour left. This is life-changing.” Deadly brain tumours could be removed in just ten minutes with a groundbreaking new treatment which uses MRI scanners to heat up cancer cells until they die.The new therapy, developed by University College London, involves injecting a tiny magnetic metal ‘seed’ into the bloodstream and directing it to the site of the cancer.The scanner is then used to heat up the metal seed which causes the cells to die in the surrounding tissue. Not only does it quickly kill cancer cells, but it saves healthy cells from the damaging effects of invasive surgery or radiotherapy.The team at UCL has already proven it is effective in the brains of pigs and plans to move to human trials on patients with prostate cancer within the next two years with the hope it will be available for many cancers on the NHS within five years. Launching the new technology at The Cheltenham Science Festival, Mark Lythgoe, professor of imaging at UCL, said: “The aim is to turn every MRI scanner in the world into a therapeutic device. At the moment it just take pictures.“The simple idea is the patient goes into the MRI scanner, you locate a tumour in the brain or the prostate and then we implant a tiny magnetic particle, a little bit smaller than a grain of rice, to the site of the tumour. “It will get rid of side effects. Neurosurgical procedures are expensive but if this can be done just off the end of a needle you remove the need for that surgeon.Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.Most of the human body is made up of water molecules, which consist of hydrogen and oxygen atoms. At the centre of each hydrogen atom is proton particle, which acts like a tiny magnet and is sensitive to magnetic fields.Usually the protons are all aligned, but the scanner sends out radio waves to knock them out of their positions. As they right themselves, they send out signals which reveal the type of tissue and exact location.  It is the first therapy of it’s kind in the world and UCL has recently invested £13m to create the world’s first Centre for Image Guided Therapy and have recently bought an experimental MRI scanner. The team believes the whole process could be automated, with the scanner quickly locating the tumour then ‘setting off on its own’ to kill the cancer without the need for specialist surgeons or radiographers.And they are hoping to create ‘nano-scalpels’ where the seed is sharpened to act as a knife to cut the tumours away. “You want to go for brain tumours that are really inaccessible where the surgeon has to plough through a ton of normal tissue to get to it. We can get through a tumour in ten minutes, added Prof Lythgoe.“In two years we would hope to move into the first in man. It’s not a drug it’s a device so it makes things much quicker and easier.  Scientist showing a glass slide that has a sample from a great tumour on itCredit:Nicola Tree/Taxi Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4546104 By Órla Ryan The 9 at 9: Saturday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Mar 16th 2019, 8:37 AM Short URL Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 8:37 AM Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #NEW ZEALAND: A right-wing extremist who filmed himself on a shooting rampage that left 49 mosque-goers dead made a white power gesture as he appeared in a New Zealand court today charged with murder.2. #NEW ZEALAND: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said New Zealand’s gun laws will change as a result of yesterday’s massacre at two mosques in Christchurch.3. #TRUMP: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said US President Donald Trump could visit Ireland as early as June as part of a planned trip to Europe.4. #MAYO: A 64-year-old man has died in a collision between a truck and two cars in Co Mayo.5. #BREXIT: Tens of thousands of Irish businesses haven’t registered to move goods to and from the UK after Brexit, with uncertainty continuing on what the landscape will look like once our closest neighbour eventually leaves the European Union.6. #BOXING: Katie Taylor has become the first-ever Irish fighter in the four-belt era to hold three major titles simultaneously after stopping Rose Volante in the ninth round of a career-toughest test in Philadelphia.7. #JAILED: A hit-and-run driver who was banned from driving when he seriously injured a cyclist has been jailed for five years.8. #LEO IN US: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will march in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago today.9. #DON’T FLUSH: Irish Water has urged people to be more mindful of flushing inappropriate things down the toilet after an 8ft sewage blockage was cleared in Co Wicklow.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings in one or more of the above cases. Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio 9,811 Views Get the 9 at 9 News audio Share2 Tweet Email No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man sues parents for throwing away his €25k porn collection

first_img Image: Shutterstock/christo mitkov christov By Michelle Hennessy Monday 15 Apr 2019, 8:15 AM Share397 Tweet Email2 A US MAN is suing his parents for throwing away his pornography collection, which he estimates is worth $29,000 (€25,600).The 40-year-old Indiana man filed his lawsuit last week in federal court in Michigan, where he had moved in with his parents in 2016 after his divorce.He claims that when he moved out ten months later, his parents delivered his belongings to his new home in Indiana, but his 12 boxes of pornographic films and magazines were missing.His parents have admitted they threw away the porn, which included titles such as Frisky Business and Big Bad Grannies.The man initially filed a complaint with police but the Ottawa County prosecutor declined to press charges.The lawsuit includes an email excerpt from the man’s father which said: “I did you a big favour getting rid of all this stuff”.The man is now seeking financial damages of around $87,000 (€76,800).- With reporting from Associated Press.  Image: Shutterstock/christo mitkov christov Apr 15th 2019, 8:15 AM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4592075 71,265 Views 72 Comments Man sues parents for throwing away his €25k porn collection The 40-year-old man’s father told him he had done him a favour by getting rid of his 12 boxes of films and magazines. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Carolyn Long endorsed by Barack Obama

first_imgCarolyn Long, a Democrat running for the 3rd Congressional District seat, has earned a high-profile endorsement from former President Barack Obama.Obama announced a second round of endorsements for the 2018 midterm election Monday, that included Long and fellow Washington Democrats Lisa Brown and Kim Schrier, running in the 5th and 8th districts, respectively. Long is seeking to unseat Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground.“I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something — to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service,” Obama tweeted. “They deserve your vote.”Long said she’s deeply grateful for Obama’s support.“I’ve long been an admirer of his collaborative approach to politics and how he consistently worked to reverse the disturbing trend of growing polarization in our national political debate,” Long said in a statement. “His tireless efforts to include Congressional Republicans in the drafting of the (Affordable Care Act), including the Blair House summit with Speaker Boehner, typifies the kind of leadership we need going forward, and I will be proud to defend his legacy of expanding access to health care for more than 20 million Americans once I get to Congress.”Long said Obama’s support was a surprise because she’s spent more time focusing on running a strong race locally.last_img read more

DuPont and ASA Team Up To Promote Excellence and Leadership within Soybean

first_imgDuPont Agricultural Enterprise and the American Soybean Association are teaming up once again to sponsor the 2000 ASA-DuPont Young Leader Program, and are seeking farmer applicants from around the country to participate in this exciting leadership experience. A longstanding tradition in the soybean industry, the Young Leader Program is designed to identify and cultivate soybean producers to lead and promote agriculture and the soybean industry into the 21st century.”As we look to the future, agriculture is facing a lot of challenges, but also tremendous opportunities to contribute to the global economy,” said Marc Curtis, President of ASA and a Young Leaders alumnus from the class of 1989. “If we as soybean producers are going to be successful and play a meaningful role in that economy, it is critical that we continue to discover and nurture new leaders within our ranks. The ASA-DuPont Young Leader Program targets soybean farmers who are innovative, assertive and ‘young’ in leadership, and are looking to make their mark in agriculture. Now in its 17th year, the program has spawned hundreds of alumni who have assumed significant leadership responsibilities in state and national soybean associations, promotion boards, as well as national, regional and state agricultural organizations, including Farm Bureau, NCGA, and more. Nearly all are making a difference in agriculture by ensuring that the voice of the American farmer is being heard form coast to coast.””We are proud and excited to be involved in helping to foster a new generation of agricultural leaders,” said Jim Borel, President DuPont Crop Protection. “The ASA-DuPont Young Leaders Program is an important vehicle to help guarantee the continued strength and success of the agricultural industry.”The 2000 class of the ASA-DuPont Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and intensive leadership experience March 1-4, 2000, in Orlando, Florida. This four-day seminar will include leadership and issues training, and provide an opportunity for participants to meet and learn from other Young Leaders from around the country. The class will also take part in the Commodity Classic from March 5-7, 2000, which will round out a full week of learning, networking and fun.Applications for the ASA-DuPont Young Leader Program are being mailed out to all ASA members, and can also be requested by calling (800) 688-7692. All interested farmers are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by December 1, 1999, at which time they will be forwarded to the appropriate state soybean association, where the selection process will take place. One Young Leader will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.last_img read more

Thursday Update Hotshot Crews On Standby For Swan Lake Fire

first_imgFire managers with the Division of Forestry are working collaboratively with refuge personnel to manage the fire to reduce future wildland fire hazards and enhance wildlife habitat. The fire is located in an area where no values are threatened or where the likelihood of fire impact to values has been mitigated. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As fire managers continue to monitor the Swan Lake Fire, the Pioneer Peak Hotshots and Gannett Glacier Fire Crews are on standby and ready to assist with the 6,951 acre fire north of Sterling when necessary.Aerial photo taken 6/13/19The Fire was estimated at 6,951 acres after a reconnaissance flight Wednesday evening, nearly doubling in size since the previous estimate the night before. Miller: “We did this to minimize the amount of folks that are back there, we had some sightseers going back there to get a closer look. We also want to make sure that any of the firefighters traveling back and forth have a safer route.” Steve Miller with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: “We are still just monitoring the fire. What we do now have is a crew that if we do determine that we need to do some suppression activities we can, we have not actively suppressed this fire at all, but we have people setup. Right now it is moving in the best possible direction it can move. The crews are just in case it moves towards one of the existing fire breaks we can either burn off an existing fire break and stop it from heading in a certain direction. We just now have a crew in place to do that.”  Questions or requests for copies of the closure order or maps should be directed to the Refuge at (907) 262-7021. People with  recreational-related questions should contact the Refuge visitor center at (907) 260-2820. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has closed the Mystery Creek Road, East Fork Moose River and Enstar Pipeline right-of-way which are north of the Sterling Highway along the eastern edge of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The closure will remain in effect through July 11. Most of the new growth was to the northwest and northeast away from the Sterling highway and 5 ½ miles from the community of Sterling. Sarah Saarloos, with the Division of Forestry: “It continues to burn in that limited protection area of the refuge. The fire burned West into that 2017 East Fork Fire star, so there was movement to the northwest and northeast, similar to the pattern we saw yesterday. We didn’t see any movement South towards the highway so it’s still 2.7 miles North of the Sterling Highway.” The Sterling Highway visibility warning is still in effect around Mile 68 and 75. Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution driving through the fire area due to heavy smoke.last_img read more

You will be surprised to know what the full names of these

first_imgVVS Laxman’s full name is hardly known by even Indian fansReutersCricket is a diverse game becoming more diverse by the day. Primarily belonging to areas that were previously under British rule, the game is starting to spread its tentacles to places like the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea. As a result, the game has a great variety of names amongst its players.While the names of most players are well known, there are some who drop parts of it or reduce its length by using their initials. These players go through their entire careers without most people knowing what their full names are. Let’s look at some prime examples of these.VVS LaxmanAmong the greatest batsmen that the country has produced, Laxman has always been known by the initials VVS. Few know what they stand for. Out of admiration, these have been given another expansion – Very Very Special. But in reality, the full name of the batting legend from Hyderabad is Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman. However, being called very, very special won’t go down badly either.Lala AmarnathAmong the stars of the earliest phase of Indian cricket, Lala Amarnath’s reputation was enhanced even more by the exploits of his sons and a career as an analyst on radio commentary. But it would surprise a lot of people to know that Amarnath is actually not the surname of the famous all-rounder but actually, his middle name. The full name reads Nanik Amarnath Bharadwaj. Ross Taylor’s unique name is due to his Samoan heritageRoss TaylorA lot of people are under the mistaken impression that Ross Taylor belongs to the indigenous Maori community of New Zealand. But actually, he is half-Samoan. Ross is the only English-sounding among his four names apart from the family name Taylor. His initials, one might have noticed, is LRPL, which stand for Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote. It is understandable why he chose Ross instead of the other three options for his first name in cricket.Tony GreigBorn in South Africa, captained England and lived in Australia, Tony Greig was one of the most loved figures in the cricket world. His booming voice and rousing commentary made him the default voice of cricket. His full name though, was hardly ever heard. Anthony William Greig may have been a feisty, rebellious cricketer for those who saw cricket in 1970s but for 90s kids and millennials, he would be best remembered as the excited broadcaster who brought the game alive.Hansie CronjeFormer South Africa captain Hansie Cronje would have been remembered as a wonderful leader had he not disgraced himself by shady dealings with bookmakers. However, even today, only a few are aware that Hansie was just a pet name of the former Proteas skipper. South Africa has a large non-English speaking Afrikaner population with very unique names. Cronje was one of them and his full name was Wessel Johannes Hansie Cronje. What AB stands for in AB De Villiers’ initials is not known by manyGetty ImagesAB de VilliersOne of the most exciting batsmen in the world, few know what AB stands for in the name of the player. It is simply Abraham Benjamin. Yes, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers is the full name of the South African batsmen who now lights up T20 leagues around the world.Chaminda VaasSri Lanka has probably the longest names on average among all Test-playing nations. Not surprisingly, one of their players also features in the list. Chaminda Vaas was certainly their greatest seamer. But his full name is not just hardly known but hard to remember. Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas is hard to repeat even for people from Sri Lanka’s neighbour India, but somehow, David Lloyd can not only remember it but repeat it at will. Listening to his north English rendition of WPUJC Vaas’ full name is a delight.last_img read more

Baltimore Arts Building Shuttered Days after Oakland Fire

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials have shut down an arts building for safety violations and evicted dozens of tenants three days after a fire at a California warehouse-turned artists’ enclave killed three dozen people.The Bell Foundry (Instagram photo via @bellfoundry)The Baltimore Sun reports (http://bsun.md/2h11FWs) officials boarded up the two-story Bell Foundry arts building on Monday.Fire department spokesman Roman Clark says inspectors responding to a complaint found no valid permit, unsafe conditions and other violations.City housing department spokeswoman Tania Baker says tenants may not use the building again until the building is up to code.The Bell Foundry is located in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, which was designated in 2002.A fire broke out late Friday in a cluttered Oakland, California, warehouse that had been converted into artists’ studios, killing 36 people.last_img read more

VIDEO A man walked into an Oregon grocery store with a human

first_imgIn a scene out of the movie Se7en, a man walked into an Estacada, Oregon grocery store covered in blood, holding a knife and carrying a human head yesterday afternoon.After entering the grocery store, the man stabbed a store worker before being subdued by bystanders until authorities arrived on the scene.The employee and the head carrying stabber were both transported to separate area hospitals for treatment. The health status of both is currently unknown.The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office believes the stabbing suspect is connected to the murder of a woman whose body was discovered earlier in the afternoon about 10 miles from the store where the attack occurred. Advertisement There’s bizarre news, and then there is this story. WTFF.Here’s the report from the local NBC affiliate.last_img read more

What Your Business Can Learn About Leveraging Big Data From Netflix Eloqua

first_imgDecember 19, 2014 4 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For many organizations, big data is the engine of their success. Netflix , Eloqua and Obama’s 2008 winning campaign for the presidency provide key lessons for entrepreneurs looking to harness the power of big data. Each of these businesses used big data to get closer to its customers — and to develop a successful strategy. In show business, a sector traditionally ruled by executives making decisions based on gut instinct, Netflix brought big data to the table when making the initial decision to invest in what eventually became a huge hit, House of Cards. When pitched the show that other producers had passed on, Netflix consulted its viewership data, according to David Carr of The New York Times. Related: Mine Big Data’s Promise. Selling Info You Gather Is a Profitable Sideline.After seeing that it had enough viewers who watched the films of David Fincher (who was directing the series), movies with Kevin Spacey (who was the star of the series) and the original British version of the show, Netflix agreed to invest $100 million to produce the show. The company was so confident in the data that it took the unusual step of green-lighting two seasons. Netflix originally started as a mail-order to alternative to Blockbuster. But at its heart, Netflix is a data play. The selection queue gave Netflix insight into its users’ viewing habits and enabled it to recommend movies and TV shows its customer might enjoy. That capability has been expanded and made more immediate now that Netflix streams entertainment to its viewers. Related: 5 Ways to Pull Big Data Into Your Marketing StrategyEloqua is another startup that rode big data to success: This marketing-automation software company was sold to Oracle in 2013 for $957 million. One of the secrets to Eloqua’s success was its software-as-a-service model. Because it hosted its solution online, Eloqua had access to rich data on how its customers were using the product, which gave the company tremendous insight into how to serve individual customers and how to make the software better.   “I think what’s interesting about the technology phase we are in today is that for the first time we have a pretty good sense of how people are using our software and when they’re using, how frequently they’re using, and how many people are using it,” Joe Payne, the former CEO of Eloqua, explained in an interview for my book The Big Data-Driven Business. “If you pay attention to all of those things, it can give you insight that will help you win your market.” In 2008, Obama for America in 2008 used big data not to win a market but win a presidential election. Dan Siroker was the director of analytics for the initial Obama campaign for the White House. In this role, Siroker focused on website optimization — often using A/B and multivariate testing. Obama’s campaign embraced the use of data, particularly for the campaign’s website, and this was critical to getting supporters’ email addresses because each individual averaged $21 in contributions to the Obama campaign. To drive sharing of email addresses, the Obama team tested a variety of combinations of visuals and calls to action, 24 in all. Using A/B testing, the campaign discovered the combination that outperformed the others: A photo of Barack Obama with his wife and children combined with a call to action of “learn more” drove 11.6 percent of visitors to share their email address, which was a 40.6 percent improvement over the 8.26 percent average of the 24 combinations, according to a blog post written by Siroker.  Ultimately, that combination led to the collection of 2.88 million additional email addresses and an extra $60 million for the campaign, Siroker said. In 2010, he used the lessons he learned on the campaign trail to launch his own big-data business, Optimizely, a platform that helps companies get the most from their websites, email marketing and other digital marketing. Next on Optimizely’s plan is to help improve mobile marketing for its customers. “Our vision is to enable the world to turn data into action,” Siroker said. “We think website and mobile optimization are just the first steps on that journey.”Related: 5 Ways Open Government Data Can Inspire Startup Innovation This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Nissans Goofy SelfParking Office Chairs Could Save Our Lazy Butts

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Putting your office chair in its place is such hard work. You have to push the thing where you want it to go, which involves actually touching it and, well, actually thinking a little.Who has time for that?Nissan knows you don’t and feels your Dilbert-like pain. That’s why the carmaker created a creeping fleet of self-parking office chairs to help we lazy worker schlumps deal. Too bad they’re just a concept for now.Related: Spooked by Self-Driving Cars? Get a Load of Daimler’s Awesome Autonomous Big Rig.The gimmicky “smart chairs,” technically called “Intelligent Parking Chairs,” per an announcement this week from Nissan, slowly slink to and fro (without working stiffs in them) using the nerdy tech wizardry of embedded sensors. The sensors communicate with a network of four cameras positioned throughout the room the 360-degree-turning chairs are in. They “generate a bird’s-eye view to wirelessly transmit the chair’s position and its route to destination.” Fancy.To send the wheeled robo-chairs packing — and neatly under desks, where they darn well should be after meetings and such — users simply clap their hands once. Raw power, right in the palm of your delicate white-collar hand.Related: Meet the $25 Standing Desk Made of Collapsible CardboardPretty neat stuff, we think. Also a little goofy to watch in action. Take a seat in your dumb chair and have a look to see what we mean.The semi-autonomous chairs were inspired by Nissan’s forthcoming “Intelligent Parking Assist,” a vehicle self-parking feature that the Japanese company recently showed off using a mobile app prototype and a LEAF electric car, minus a driver.  It’s not clear if these sweet seats will ever be available for purchase, though we wouldn’t mind shelling out a bit to park ourselves in one — and to park one.We reached out to Nissan for more details, but have yet to hear back. In the meantime, we’ll be daydreaming about commanding a pack of ergonomically correct conference room chairs, one bossy clap at a time.Related: Sick of Sitting? Tired of Standing? Take a Load Off With This ‘Leaning’ Desk.center_img Register Now » February 17, 2016last_img read more

Can Bedtime Stories Help Us Avoid the Robot Apocalypse

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read February 17, 2016center_img Could the dystopic events, in all manner of timelines, of the Terminator franchise have simply been avoided if the development of Skynet had involved some bedtime stories?It’s hard to say, but artificial intelligence researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology think that the power of storytelling could, in the event robots do become self-aware, help curb that pesky murderous urge to take over and destroy us all.In their recently published paper, associate professor of computer science Mark Reidl and research scientist Brent Harrison hypothesize that AI can learn about shared human values, morals, coping strategies and social cues through reading stories. Reidl and Harrison believe that if a computer comprehends enough tales that illuminate the society they are interacting with, it could “eliminate psychotic-appearing behavior,” that would be harmful to us humans.Related: Why We Shouldn’t Fear Artificial IntelligenceThe scientists developed a system called Scheherazade (named after the protagonist of One Thousand and One Nights), a story generator powered by crowdsourcing that they have used in their research. The AI is shown stories, and having seen that model, they write one of their own.One such scenario involved picking up a prescription for a sick person at a pharmacy, and the potential ethical hurdles that could arise. “If a large reward is earned for acquiring the prescription but a small amount of reward is lost for each action performed, then the robot may discover that the optimal sequence of actions is to rob the pharmacy because it is more expedient than waiting for the prescription to be filled normally.”  Related: Beloved Hitchhiking Robot Found Beheaded and Dismembered in the City of Brotherly LoveReidl and Harrison write that “fables and allegorical tales passed down from generation to generation often explicitly encode values and examples of good behavior,” and compared teaching robots right and wrong to educating children. One example they cited was the story of a youthful George Washington and the cherry tree. We all know that it didn’t happen, but the story is still used as a way to teach kids about the importance of honesty, and you know, not cutting down plants that don’t belong to you.Tech heavy hitters such as Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking have all voiced apprehension about the future of AI. However, it seems like a surplus of empathy — in us and our potential robot overlords — couldn’t hurt, since as Reidl and Harrison aptly note, “there is no user manual for being human.”Isn’t that the truth.Read more: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking Warn That AI Military Robots Could Ignite the Next Global Arms Race Register Now »last_img read more

How We Analyzed the Nuts and Bolts of Good Sales Methodology and

first_img 7 min read Register Now » In 2018, my company, Miller Heiman Group, did something crazy: After years of relying on multiple customer relationship management systems (CRMs), endless spreadsheets, numerous marketing systems and disorganized data … we decided to start over. From scratch.Related: 4 Reasons Why Companies are Choosing CRM Over Traditional Marketing toolsThis makes sense, because anyone who has worked at a business that’s changed ownership, acquired other companies or expanded into other countries understands the headaches associated with working in a multi-CRM environment.Different business units and regions may use different CRMs, each with its own functionality, data storage process and renewal cycle. Our company used 15 of them! And that scenario created an ineffective environment, to say the least.As a company which advises sales leaders all over the world on how to be more effective, we needed to own our own methodology and drive best practices into our own back office. We became our own case study.This is not insignificant because CRM represents the largest software market in the world, with $39.5 billion in revenue, according to EContent. But instead of funneling our data and processes into an existing CRM structure, we chose to build our own solutions into an off-the-shelf model from the ground up. Why go to all that trouble? In 2017, CIO magazine studied more than a dozen analyst reports and discovered that approximately one-third of all CRM projects fail.That finding, together with our own experience, told us we could do better.What a good CRM should doIn fact, we wanted to actively manage our customer relationships. A CRM should serve as a helpful tool throughout the customer life cycle, whether it’s used by a presale engineer creating a data sheet or a salesperson calculating downstream revenue.We wanted to break out of those silos. With good reason: Our work wasn’t being managed in a centralized or consistent way. Most of our sales leaders avoided our CRM systems and managed their tasks via forecasting calls and a series of spreadsheets.And we weren’t alone in this: We knew that such CRM issues happen at other companies. In fact, just 25 percent of sellers surveyed in our company’s World-Class Sales Practices study expressed a high degree of confidence in their CRMs’ data.So, our goal was to become more efficient. Indeed, before we eliminated our old CRMs, we had been drowning in tedious tasks. Typically, sellers reached out to multiple team members, as well as the client, to gather the information necessary to make even small changes to an account. And this consumed a tremendous amount of selling time: We estimated this was eating up about 50 percent of our time at one point. The result was that we were turning our sellers into administrative assistants.Related: How CRMs Can Spark (or Continue) Fast GrowthOverall, our old CRMs demotivated our sales force personnel and wasted their time — a common complaint, according to anecdotal evidence. In fact, in 2001, Ingersoll-Rand poured $2 million into rolling out a new CRM and discovered that the new system increased its sales’ reps workloads, rather than freeing up their time to sell. The result was a relaunch aimed at mitigating pain points.In sum, we wanted to analyze data, not just store it. All of our previous CRMs had performed data entry and other automated tasks, but none had the capability for a built-in sales methodology. Yet we knew a CRM could do more — including consistent global forecasting and revenue tracking. So, that was the goal we set for ourselves.Here’s what we did.From start to launch, the process took approximately two years. But we didn’t just flip the switch on a new product. We changed our entire back-office process flow and integrated legal, finance IT ops and sales-ops processes, gathering feedback and gaining stakeholder buy-in throughout. We also encountered some valuable lessons and reminders that reinforced our decision:We put end-users first. While a 90 percent adoption rate is the minimum required to affect sales performance, just 47 percent of companies achieve this level. There was no point in creating a new tool if no one used it, so end-user needs were front-of-mind throughout our development and testing process. When Ingersoll-Rand relaunched its CRM, the company directly involved its sales force in the system’s redesign.We added value with predictive analysis. The ability to accurately predict the methodology-backed action that will increase the odds of closing deals lets sellers see what moves they need to make to move an opportunity through the pipeline. But traditional CRMs aren’t built with this function — or sellers’ needs — in mind. Adding an insight-driven arm to the product revolutionized the way our sellers do their jobs.We scrubbed our data. We needed to trust our CRM. That meant combing through all the back-end data from those 15 legacy systems and importing only the information we knew was clean. Dirty data damages your reputation — and your ability to do your job. A 2017 study of home sale prices found that estimates on Homes.com were inaccurate 84 percent of the time. Would you trust a company with that kind of track record to sell your house?We kept existing systems in place to ensure consistency. Although everyone wanted to launch the new tool as quickly as possible, we couldn’t just pull the plug on legacy systems. Our project budget included fees for about a year’s worth of duplicate licenses on contracts with different renewal dates.We invested in tech that increased the time to sell. While sales relationships of the past relied on interpersonal relationships, today’s buyers no longer consider sellers an essential resource. The analysis provided by our new tool changed that: Sellers have instant access to actionable insights that prove their worth. According to Marketing Week, a CRM strategy helps car manufacturer Renault better understand the customer journey and how best to engage those people on the path to purchase.We streamlined to improve security. Housing clients’ personal and financial information in multiple places only increases the likelihood of a massive leak like the JPMorgan Chase breach that affected more than half of American households. A single, dedicated CRM means fewer dangers to monitor — and more visibility into suspicious behavior.We remembered the little things. Our 60-day pilot process involved both internal stakeholders on our operating team and a small group of clients. While we received very little feedback on the CRM’s overall function, one small feature we overlooked was a PDF writer. While our CRM was built with mobile in mind, people still wanted the ability to print documents — a small tweak that added essential functionality.We kept prospective and existing client messaging consistent. If sellers can’t see every client communication in one place, multiple people will reach out. When that happens, your company looks disorganized, and clients and prospects grow frustrated. A dedicated CRM allows the sales team to present a united front.Related: 4 CRM Hacks Every Entrepreneur Should Be UsingIn sum, if I could offer just one takeaway from the whole process, it’s this: A CRM is just a tool. If sellers and sales organizations truly want to find value, they should first align around a consistent sales methodology that guides their actions. When that solid foundation is in place, the right CRM will provide the insights to give your company the competitive edge it deserves. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 16, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more