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In the Arena with Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki – Episode 3

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:55 — 10.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSNot only was he one of the original employees at Apple computer comma guy has taken his insights and skills to the highest levels of achievement when it comes to publishing, social media, and everything in between. On this candid interview, Anthony asks Guy his opinion about self-publishing versus traditional publishing and gets a very straightforward answer.  You won’t have any Illusions as to what Guys think about the state of publishing in modern times after listening to this episode.In the Arena with Author, Publisher, and Entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki – Episode 3Click To TweetThe death of the traditional publisher (for most authors).Most people in today’s business and professional world can’t afford to publish with a traditional publisher simply because the amount of time they will have to spend marketing their own book for such a small percentage of the profits of the book will not make sense in terms of return on investment.  on this episode of the podcast, Guy Kawasaki make the ultimate leave clear that he is not interested in traditional publishing…unless someone were to call him up and offered him a two-million-dollar advance on his next book.Any kind of publishing requires you to market yourself.Many people make the mistake of thinking that they will self-publish a book simply because they don’t want to be put in a position where they have to market themselves. If that is the case, self-publishing is definitely not for them. Guy Kawasaki makes the point of 1 self-publishing requires just as much if not more effort from the author as does traditional publishing, on this episode. If you are debating whether you should pursue a traditional publisher or take on the task of publishing your book on your own, the opinions you hear on this podcast will definitely influence you one way or the other.Any kind of publishing requires you to market yourself ~ Guy KawasakiClick To TweetWhy a publisher’s advance is not as good as Indiegogo or KickstarterThe days when a traditional publisher would forward and advance in the millions of dollars is long gone for most people. The market is simply too full of contents for publishers to be able to afford that kind of advance. As a result, advances are usually 10 to $20,000 at the most. Guy Kawasaki believes most business professionals could raise that much themselves Crowdfunding platforms like Indiegogo or Kickstarter. On this episode, you can hear how he explains that scenario so that you can decide which route is best for you.How print on demand has changed publishing foreverUsing some of the popular print on demand platforms that exist today such as Createspace or LightningSource, you could have a book uploaded, published, and ships to you within a matter of days. That is an incredible advance in the publishing industry and one that Guy Kawasaki believes will continue to push more and more authors into the realm of self-publishing, simply because no traditional publisher can match the speed and efficiency of that kind of turnaround. On this episode of In The Arena,  Anthony interviews entrepreneur and social media guru, Guy Kawasaki. Be sure you take the time to listen to this one.How print on demand has changed publishing forever ~ Guy KawasakiClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Guy Kawasaki. Who should use a traditional publisher these days? Why self publishing is not a good fit for people who don’t like to market themselves. The changes that will happen in book formats and publishing with ebooks. Why a publisher’s advance is not as good as Indiegogo or Kickstarter. What it means for a first time author to publish in parallel. What Guy would love to see happen in the perfect world of publishing. How print on demand has changed publishing forever. What’s next for Guy Kawasaki?Resources & Links mentioned in this episode0887309968159184056209885231081591845831B007HD7HT0IndiegogoKickstarterCreatspaceLightningSourceThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Tweets you can use to share this episodeThe death of the traditional publisher (for most authors) ~ Guy KawasakiClick To TweetWhy a publisher’s advance is not as good as Indiegogo or Kickstarter ~ Guy KawasakiClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. 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Global Remittances

first_imgIndia topped global remittances again this year with $53.1 billion in inward remittances in 2010. Global remittances to developing countries, which fell precipitously in the wake of the international financial crisis in 2008 and 2009, rebounded in 2010. However, as the currency of several countries has appreciated against the US dollar, the growth in local currency has been significantly slower and adjusted for inflation actually declined worldwide by 2.7%. In the case of India, the inflation and local currency adjusted remittances declined 10.4%.CountryRemittances (Billions)2009-10 GrowthIndia$53.107.40%China $51.305.30%Mexico $22.000.20%Philippines $21.408.10%Bangladesh $10.802.70%Nigeria $10.004.80%Pakistan $9.7011.10%Lebanon $8.4011.30%Vietnam $8.0017.00%Egypt $7.708.10%Total$324.703.90% Related Itemslast_img read more

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Odisha’s new CS takes charge

first_imgSenior bureaucrat Asit Kumar Tripathy took charge as Chief Secretary of Odisha on Monday.Mr. Tripathy, a 1986 batch IAS officer, replaced Aditya Prasad Padhi who assumed charge as the State Election Commissioner.Mr. Padhi handed over charge to Mr. Tripathy in the presence of senior officials of the State government at the Lok Seva Bhavan here.Mr. Tripathy became the 43rd Chief Secretary of the State after Mr. Padhi took voluntary retirement from service before joining as the SEC.Prior to this appointment, Mr. Tripathy was the Development Commissioner and also in-charge of the Home Department and Chief Administrator of Special Development Project for the KBK region.After assuming office, Mr. Tripathy said that he would ensure faster movement of files in all government offices in the State.He said he would expect all government departments to adhere to the Chief Minister’s 5T formula – teamwork, technology, transparency, transformation and time – to bring about transformational change in the State.last_img read more

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Shanghai Masters Has the Youngest Masters 1000 Semi-final Line-up in 12 Years

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Despite the loss of massive superstars in Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals on Friday, the results at Shanghai Masters were hailed as they ‘GenNext’ finally stepped up and showed their mettle collectively.Russian Daniil Medvedev, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, German Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini of Italy reached the semi-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 event to complete the youngest semi-final line-up for a tournament of this level in 12 years. Medvedev and Berrettini are both 23 years old while Zverev is 22 and Tsitsipas 21 and that makes it the youngest semi-final line-up since Indian Wells 2007.At the Indian Wells in 2007, the semi-finalists were Novak Djokovic (19), Andy Murray (19), Rafael Nadal (20) and Andy Roddick (24).Also since 1999, this is the first time that all semi-finalists in a Masters 1000 tournament are 23 or younger. The last time this happened was at the Hamburg Open.At the Hamburg Open 1999, the semi-finalists were Mariano Zabaleta (21), Carlos Moya (22), Nicolás Lapentti (22) and Marcelo Rios (23).Although it is yet to be seen if the younger generation can be consistent and if the change of guard can happen at the Grand Slam tournaments.Medvedev, who has been in a scintillating form since the start of American hard court season, beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6(4) to reach the semi-final, where he will take on Tsitsipas, who sprung a massive surprise to beat defending champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.Zverev also overcame the big Federer challenge in a supremely balanced and headstrong performance as he won 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-3. He will take on Berrettini, who put up a performance of sheer firepower as he beat Dominic Thiem 7-6(8), 6-4.Here are the winners of the Masters 1000 events in 2019:Indian Wells: Dominic ThiemMiami: Roger FedererMonte-Carlo: Fabio FogniniMadrid: Novak DjokovicRome: Rafael NadalMontreal: Rafael NadalCincinnati: Daniil Medvedev alexander zverevATP TourDaniil MedvedevMatteo Berrettini First Published: October 12, 2019, 9:08 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Here is your horoscope for April 7, 2016

first_imgARIESYou are brilliant, active and skillful in ventures and gain repute therein. You entertain new opportunities and dimensions. You play the role of consultant or advisor. You are loving and caring in relationships and enjoy loyalty and support therein. Lucky number 13. Colour peacock blue.  TAURUSTender, loving care in relationships brings back harmony and respect. Open your heart and allow feelings to surface as you may be hiding a deep feeling of pain or frustration. You are skillful and clever to achieve goals despite blocks and disruptions. Lucky number 9. Colour reds.  GEMINILet go to the past, stop repeating old patterns and make sure you don’t miss a wonderful opportunity for love, gain or happiness. Rejuvenate energy with a healthy diet and fitness routine. Watch the wheel of life turning without making judgments for a while. Lucky number 5. Colour green. CANCERYou are rewarded with success in whatever you choose to pursue, be it a matter of the heart or a matter of business. Financial matters are arranged according to wish. You can expect some changes that look negative initially but prove to be beneficial finally. Lucky number 10. Colour red.  LEOThere is a blend of pleasure and anxiety as you approach the end of one cycle and move on to the next. Everything you need to be happy and feel luxurious is available. This is a time to turn inwards after you have stopped running after a variety of desires. Lucky number 4. Colour purple.  VIRGOThe Universe opens up a number of options and opportunities. Your potential is multidimensional and the many opportunities you have are inviting. List your priorities before making decisions. You need to be patient when there is opposition and inertia at work. Lucky number 21. Colour blue. advertisementLIBRA You may feel blocked by legalities or traditional people. You initiate a current of force to achieve goals. You are bold, achieving a harmony of rule and justice in your position of authority. Spend time with people you love and in activity you enjoy. Lucky number 2. Colour maroon. SCORPIO Nine Cups full of happiness greet you as relationships flower into loving commitments. Family, friends and loved ones share joy. You regain vigor to indulge in sport and busy schedules. A positive and creative approach changes attitudes and heals old wounds. Lucky number 9. Colour pink. SAGITTARIUSYou resolve deadlocks at work and deal with important issues at home with calm authority and strength. You attract a lot of interesting people with your gift of communication. You are generous and giving to friends and family but impatient of opposition. Lucky number 14. Colour green.  CAPRICORNYou fall in love and bloom with a special aura and energy. Things happen swiftly and you need to make quick decisions or you miss important connections. Communications and friends arrive unexpectedly. Personal and professional relationships are rejuvenated. Lucky number 8. Colour red.  AQUARIUSAccept situations, as they change by themselves, given space and time. Look within to see if you are fulfilling your potential in the best way you know how. Everybody is unique and you are needed as you are. Nurture loving relationships to bring harmony. Lucky number 5. Colour white.  PISCES’The Moon’ takes you through a difficult Karmic situation, which seems like an ancient pattern. Unexpected events and happenings change the course of your life. Watch and wait for things to change and evolve rather than add more karma to difficult situations. Lucky number 18. Colour gray.last_img read more

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Har dept to launch campaign against open defecation

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 8 (PTI) The Haryana Development and Panchayat Department would launch a week-long awareness campaign under the theme Khule Mein Shauch se Azadi against the ill effects of open defecation starting from August 9.During the week all districts would take up mass mobilisation events, an official spokesman said here today.These will include rallies and human chains promoting Freedom from Open Defecation by involving ODF champions, opinion leaders, youth, women and children, he said.Special events would be organised at district, taluka and block levels to honour local sanitation champions, and screening of films and success stories for spreading awareness in the community, the spokesman said.Speeches, quizes and sports activities would be organised for school students and youth around the theme of Swachhta. Political leaders, eminent personalities and local celebrities would be involved in these events, he said. PTI SUN ANBlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: France shirts in high demand in Paris ahead of final

first_imgFootball fever has gripped the French capital and sales of the national team’s soccer shirts are surging ahead of France’s World Cup final against Croatia on Sunday.Fans thronged stores on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and the capital’s Republique area to buy replica shirts bearing the names of the team’s stars, such as teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe and N’Golo Kante.”We’ve had loads of orders for shirts and we’ve practically sold them all already,” said a manager at the NSH Football store in Paris. “There have been a lot of orders for Mbappe and Kante shirts.”Others found novel ways to mark the World Cup. Parisian baker Didier Lavry who runs the Petit Mitron boulangerie made a special “Tricolore” cake before France’s showdown.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEThe dark-blue shirts of “Les Bleus” could be seen in the city’s bars and cafes as Paris prepared for a bumper weekend with the July 14 Bastille Day holiday followed by the final, in which France is viewed as the favourite.last_img read more

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10 months agoIsco leaves Chelsea disappointed with contract antics

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Isco leaves Chelsea disappointed with contract anticsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Isco is pricing himself out of a move to Chelsea.The Sun says a last-minute demand for higher wages may have ended Chelsea’s hopes of landing £75million Real Madrid midfielder Isco in January.The Stamford Bridge side had been hopeful of securing the Spaniard’s signature, only for late interest from Paris Saint-Germain to lead the player’s representatives to ask for a bigger wage packet.The Spanish playmaker has found himself on the periphery of the first team under new boss Santiago Solari, and has been linked with several Premier League sides. The Blues were happy to pay wages of £250,000 a week to the wantaway Spain international, plus agents’ fees of 10% plus a signing bonus.Yet the late demands convinced the Chelsea hierarchy that Isco was more interested in the money than playing for the FA Cup winners. last_img read more

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Brady Quinn Has 3 SEC Teams Making The College Football Playoff

first_img Who do you have in the CFP? 🤔@CoachUrbanMeyer, @MattLeinartQB, @ReggieBush, @joelklatt, @Brady_Quinn and @RobStoneONFOX share their picks after week 4 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/S4UiYaWyYp— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 25, 2019The SEC has gotten two teams into the College Football Playoff before, with Alabama and Georgia meeting in the national title game two seasons ago.A three SEC team College Football Playoff would be something, though (something the majority of the college football world hated).The initial College Football Playoff rankings won’t be out for another month-plus, so we’ve still got a ways to go here. A closeup Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn against LSU in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 3, 2007. LSU won 41 – 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/WireImage)FOX Sports’ college football analyst panel updated their picks for the College Football Playoff following Week 4.One of FOX’s lead analysts has three SEC teams making the College Football Playoff right now.Former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn has Alabama, Georgia and LSU all making the final foursome after one month of the season.Quinn has Clemson as his other team, with the Crimson Tide winning it all.last_img read more

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Smokers Burning Up To $250,000 Per Year

first_imgSome smokers are spending up to a quarter of a million dollars per year on cigarettes, without realising just how much of their income goes toward supporting their addiction.This alarming statistic was disclosed by Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank held on Tuesday, May 28, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.Mrs. Chen noted that individuals, who smoke a pack of cigarettes per day, spend on average of $250,000 a year to support the habit.She said smoking negatively affects human development as the financial resources that could be used to fund a person’s growth and development are often channelled towards the habit.[RELATED: World No Tobacco Day to Focus on Banning Tobacco Advertising]“If someone spends their entire salary on smoking cigarettes, the children are not getting the school books, the school shoes. He or she also gets sick, has to go to the hospital and you know there are costs attendant to that because of the lung problems,” the Executive Director said.“I don’t think if I gave anyone a bag with $250,000 they would go outside and burn it but that is exactly what is happening with cigarette addiction and in addition, it is causing harm,” Mrs. Chen continued.Chairman of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control and the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Knox Hagley, also weighed in on the matter and highlighted that smoking tobacco is not only costly to maintain, but also has detrimental effects on the health and wellness of the human body and the environment.“Smoking is the second leading cause of death worldwide. One out of every two chronic smokers will eventually breathe their last breath as a result of a smoking-related disease, and quite often, this happens several years before the life expectancy rate,” he emphasised.Dr. Hagley said that smoking also causes cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, poor blood circulation to the kidney and legs, which results in chronic kidney disease and gangrene. “It also causes poor circulation in males and might also result in erectile dysfunction,” he informed.Friday, May 31, is being observed as World No Tobacco Day under the theme: “Ban Tobacco Promotion, Advertising and Sponsorship: Save our Youth.” The annual observance is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO).No smoking advocates and health authorities across the world will be focussing on public education strategies aimed at banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship as well as messages aimed at discouraging smoking, particularly among the youth.Contact: Sanasha Pearson/Toni-Ann Rankinelast_img read more

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OSV ‘Go Electra’ Works for Thornton Bank …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 In co-operation with NorthSea group Zierikzee, BOW Terminal performed the reception and re-loading of all kind of offshore diving equipment on board of the vessel. On the evening of January 4, the operation was finished and the vessel sailed out to assist during the offshore cable installation.Thornton Bank wind farm is situated some 30 kilometres off the coast of Belgium in waters up to 30 metres deep. zoom The offshore supply vessel (OSV) Go Electra, berthed at the Westhof Quay, BOW Terminal has mobilized for Thornton Bank offshore wind farm works.center_img Print  Close BOW Terminal , January 13, 2014last_img read more

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Louisiana Getting First Natural Gas Liquefaction and …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Port of Greater Baton RougeTenaska NG Fuels, LLC., and Waller Marine, Inc. have agreed to develop, construct, own and operate Louisiana’s first natural gas liquefaction and fuelling facility along the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Mississippi River corridor with access to the Gulf of Mexico.Tenaska Bayou LNG will provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) as alternative clean-burning fuels for the high-horsepower marine, transportation, and natural gas and oil exploration and production industries in the region.Nebraska-based Tenaska will provide equity for the project and will be the managing partner and commercial leader. It will also coordinate project development and construction. Tenaska will also be responsible for natural gas supply and commodity risk management.If all of the technical and commercial aspects of the project can be confirmed, operations are planned to begin in the first quarter of 2017.The facility will initially be capable of producing 200,000 gallons of LNG per day.To facilitate the marine industry access to LNG fuel, a dock will be constructed for the mooring of LNG bunker barges. Waller Marine will coordinate the bunker barge design and construction.“Waller Marine could not have identified a better location for this facility,” said Doug Lauver, vice president of LNG development at Tenaska.“Undoubtedly, the project has multi-modal advantages, a value credited to Waller Marine’s inroads and experience in the industry. We look forward to working with them.” Print  Close Press Release, October 01, 2014last_img read more

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Optimarin Bags Order for 10 BWT Systems

first_imgzoom Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has secured a fleet agreement for the installation of 10 of its BWT systems with an unnamed Asian shipowner covering a group of 6,700 TEU container vessels.The first of the Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) units has already been installed, with two further systems following at the beginning of next year, and two more in spring 2016. Goltens Green Technology, which entered into an agreement with Optimarin last year as a ‘preferred retrofit partner’, will manage all design and supervision from its Singapore office.“This is a major contract, with a global leader in shipping,” states Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen.“Due to confidentiality clauses we can’t say who it is, but we can say that this firm, like many others we have reached frame agreements with, has chosen our system due to our unparalleled expertise in retrofitting and the reliable performance of our proven BWT solution.”Optimarin, which fitted the world’s first commercial BWT system in 2000, has now fitted over 270 OBS units worldwide, from an orderbook that has seen over 350 orders placed.“Our solution combines simplicity with innovation, utilising a combination of automatic back flushing, self cleaning filters and UV irradiation to neutralise all organisms, bacteria and pathogens in ballast water,” Andersen comments.The 10 vessels, each requiring 1000 m3/h system capacities, are managed from Hong Kong and will undergo installation work at Chinese yards.Optimarin, which recently completed work on extensive in-house testing facilities at its headquarters in Stavanger, is currently undergoing a full program of USCG approval testing for the OBS. The system already has IMO approval, USCG AMS acceptance, and certification through DNV GL, BV, RMRS and CCS.last_img read more

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Mise à jour sur les feux de forêt le lundi 15 août

first_img Des bulletins continueront d’être publiés à 10 h et à 16 h, et des bulletins supplémentaires seront publiés s’il y a des changements importants. -30- Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le lundi 15 août à 10 h. Le temps sera généralement nuageux aujourd’hui avec 40 p. 100 de probabilité d’averses ou de bruine le matin, et une alternance de soleil et de nuages en après-midi. Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, est maintenant circonscrit dans une proportion de 100 p. 100. Les feux de Ten Mile Lake, comté de Queens, Perch Lake, comté de Pictou et Maitland Bridge, comté d’Annapolis, sont entièrement circonscrits. Le feu de Ten Mile Lake pose toujours des difficultés en raison de l’absence de pluie. Les équipes continuent lentement de faire des progrès. La route 8 restera fermée jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Malgré la pluie tombée dans certaines régions de la province, les restrictions sur les déplacements dans les régions boisées et une interdiction de brûlage demeurent en vigueur à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et on demande aux gens de continuer d’éviter toute activité qui pourrait allumer d’autres feux. Pour de plus amples renseignements : http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr/faq.asplast_img read more

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Province Halifax Partnership Working to Support Employers Fill Labour Gaps

first_imgThe province and Halifax Partnership are working together to help employers attract more immigrants and fill skilled labour shortages. A two-year agreement between the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and the Halifax Partnership will support and advance the employer-driven Atlantic Immigration Pilot to help businesses attract and retain global talent. “Growing the Nova Scotia economy is a top priority across government and immigration is critical to our success,” said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “This partnership will make it easier for employers to access the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and help them overcome persistent labour gaps.” Launched in March 2017, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot is an innovative partnership between the four Atlantic provinces and the Government of Canada to help businesses of all sizes attract and retain skilled foreign workers and international graduates to fill labour gaps. “Attracting and retaining more immigrants and connecting businesses to the talent they need to succeed is critical to the growth of our city and province,” says Ron Hanlon, president and CEO of the Halifax Partnership. “The Halifax Partnership is pleased to be working with the province to help businesses take advantage of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and attract skilled talent from around the world.” Under the agreement with the Halifax Partnership, up to 50 employers are expected to connect with more than 450 skilled workers that they require to meet their pressing labour market needs. Nova Scotia is also working with business organizations in other parts of the province on similar projects to help local employers fill their labour gaps. More than 225 companies across the province have already submitted applications to participate in the program and this partnership will help bring in an additional 50 employers. ? To learn more, employers should contact the Office of Immigration at 1-877-292-9597 or email immigration@novascotia.ca.last_img read more

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Urban rodeo bringing country and controversy to Montreals Old Port

first_imgMONTREAL – A four-day urban rodeo that is promising to bring a bit of the Wild West to Montreal’s Old Port is also expected to draw daily protests from groups denouncing the event as animal cruelty.The festival, which includes country music shows as well as traditional rodeo contests, aims to provide “an authentic and educational country-inspired experience,” according to the city.But it has also fuelled opposition from animal-rights activists, who say bronc riding and bull riding are cruel and stressful to animals.Two groups plan daily protests outside the site to criticize what they call the inherent cruelty of the events.“Rodeos put animals in very dangerous situations and use the animals’ discomfort to get them to buck and run around,” said Christina Vassilatos, one of the protest co-organizers.“Animals aren’t enjoying any of this.”She said the protests will be peaceful and are being organized in the memory of animals that have died during rodeos.The Montreal SPCA also opposes the rodeo, which began Thursday and ends Sunday and is part of the city’s 375th-anniversary celebrations. A petition the organization launched against the event earlier this summer has more than 26,000 signatures.“Rodeos subject animals to fear, stress, and undue risk of injury or even death, all in the name of so-called ‘entertainment,’” says a statement on the SPCA’s website.The general manager of the Festival Western de St-Tite, which is organizing the rodeo, said the animals are treated well and that a team of veterinarians will be on hand at all times to monitor their welfare.“This is an opportunity for everyone to see our best practices and come to understand the breadth of our sporting competitions,” Pascal Lefreniere said in a statement.“As in St-Tite, animals are treated with the best protocols in force. Their well-being remains a priority for our team.”A legal challenge to stop the Montreal rodeo was dropped in June after opponents of the event reached a deal with organizers to bring in further measures to ensure the well-being of the animals.As part of the deal, a veterinarian and a behavioural specialist will be able to examine the animals before and after each rodeo.The agreement also mandated the creation of a committee composed of government, rodeo and animal-welfare representatives to study the impact of rodeos on animal well-being.last_img read more

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EPA says Pruitts condo lease didnt violate ethics rules

first_imgWASHINGTON – An agency ethics official at the Environmental Protection Agency says Administrator Scott Pruitt’s lease of a Capitol Hill condo tied to a prominent fossil-fuels lobbyist didn’t violate federal ethics rules.A memo signed by Kevin Minoli contends that Pruitt’s $50-a-night rental payments constitute a fair market rate. The memo was dated March 30, the day after ABC News first reported Pruitt lived last year in condo co-owned by the wife of Steven Hart, a registered lobbyist whose firm pushed EPA to relax pollution regulations. Pruitt’s college-aged daughter stayed in the second bedroom while interning at the White House last summer.Minoli’s memo says the $50-a-night rate would total $1,500 for 30 nights a month, which he deemed to be a fair price.Pruitt’s lease, however, required him to pay just for nights he occupied in the unit. Pruitt actually paid a total of $6,100 over the six month period he leased the property, an average of about $1,000 a month.But current rental listings for two-bedroom apartments in the neighbourhood show they typically go for far more than what Pruitt paid. A two bedroom townhome on the same block as the one leased by Pruitt was advertised for rent on Monday at $3,750 a month. Another two-bedroom unit on the next block was advertised as available for $4,740 a month.“The lease authorized use by the administrator and his immediate family, specifically including his spouse and children, and consistent with that provision of the lease his immediate family did stay there when they were in Washington, D.C.,” Minoli wrote. “The lease did not require payment when the property was not utilized. Neither of these two provisions render the rental cost under the lease as something other than market value.”EPA did not provide a copy of Pruitt’s lease and did not respond to questions about how Minoli determined what he considered to be the fair-market rate for the neighbourhood. Also left unanswered was how Pruitt came to rent a property tied to a lobbyist with business interests involving his agency.The unusual arrangement has attracted attention in Washington, where Pruitt has been under increasing scrutiny for this frequent taxpayer-funded travel, which has included first-class airline tickets. Though federal regulations typically require federal officials to fly in coach, the EPA chief has said he needed to sit in premium seats due to security concerns.Jennifer Kaplan, a spokeswoman for EPA’s Inspector General, said Monday the office is evaluating a request to investigate the circumstances surrounding the administrator’s condo lease. The EPA watchdog is already probing Pruitt’s 2017 travel spending.Walter Shaub, who ran the U.S. Office of Government Ethics until last year, rated EPA’s legal justification of Pruitt’s living arrangements as “Total Baloney.” He jokingly tweeted on Friday that he would like to rent the Harts prime location condo for $50-a-night.“I’ll only pay for nights I use it but need it held vacant all other nights,” wrote Shaub, who has become a frequent critic of what he sees as ethical lapses in the Trump administration. “@EPA has certified that these are standard terms at market rate, so it shouldn’t matter to you that I don’t run EPA.”A Republican who previously served as the state attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt has long been a champion of the oil and gas industry. In the year he has served as the Trump administration’s top environmental official, Pruitt has moved to scrap, gut or replace numerous environmental regulations opposed by the industry while boosting the continued burning of fossil fuels, which is the primary cause of climate change.In a statement to The Associated Press last week, Steven Hart described Pruitt is a “casual friend” from Oklahoma with whom he had only occasional contact.Records show the powerhouse lobbying firm where Hart serves as chairman and CEO, Williams and Jensen PLLC, represents companies that include Exxon Mobil and Cheniere Energy Inc.In December, Pruitt and members of his staff spent about $40,000 in taxpayer funds to fly to Morocco to help encourage the North African kingdom to import liquefied natural gas from the United States. Cheniere is currently the only exporter of liquefied natural gas from the continental United States.The firm also represents OGE Energy Corp., an electricity company serving Oklahoma and Arkansas.Copies of Pruitt’s daily calendar obtained by the AP through a public records request show that Pruitt meet in his EPA office with two top OGE executives and a registered lobbyist from Hart’s firm in March 2017, when he was living at the condo.In October, EPA announced it would rewrite the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era regulation that sought to limit planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants like those operated by OGE, which paid Hart’s firm $400,000 in lobbying fees in 2017.___Follow Associated Press environmental reporter Michael Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbiesecklast_img read more

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At least 605 schools in Delhi likely to lose recognition

first_imgNew Delhi: At least 605 private schools in the national capital may lose their recognition if they do not deposit Rs 5 lakh environmental compensation for failing to install rainwater harvesting system mandated by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), according to Delhi government officials. The NGT had in 2017 directed all Delhi government and private schools as well as colleges to install rainwater harvesting systems in their premises within two months at their own cost. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe green panel had stated that any institution that fails to install the rainwater harvesting system within the stipulated period shall be liable to pay environment compensation of Rs 5 lakh. “Taking cognisance of the non-compliance of the earlier directions, 605 private schools were found defaulters of either not having rainwater harvesting system installed or having a yet to be made functional system,” an official of the Directorate of Education (DoE) said. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaWhile the construction has not started at 331 private schools, the rain water harvesting plants are yet to be made functional in 274 private schools in the city. “The NGT had asked the DoE in February this year to direct the default schools to deposit the compensation within two weeks. Most of the schools did not comply by the order. We have issued final notices to the schools to deposit the compensation within three days. This shall be treated as final opportunity, failing which further necessary action for withdrawal of recognition of concerned schools shall be taken without any further opportunity,” the official said. The NGT had earlier directed schools and colleges to approach a committee constituted by it for inspecting the premises and granting permission to institutions for operating the system. If it was not possible to install the rainwater harvesting system, the institution should have approached the committee, it had said. The earlier The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a fine of Rs 50 crore on the Delhi government for failing to take action against polluting stainless steel pickling units in residential areas across the national capital. Similarly ,Volkswagen (VW) India has been fined Rs 500 crore by the National Green Tribunal, according to media reports. The environmental tribunal found that a “cheat device” in the company’s diesel cars damaged the environment.last_img read more

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Funding shortfall hampering relief efforts in stormbattered Philippines – UN

11 November 2009The United Nations humanitarian wing said today that relief efforts following the recent storms that battered the Philippines are being hampered by funding shortages, noting that only $26 million of the $74 million appeal launched last month has been received so far. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) added that the Flash Appeal is currently being revised and is expected to be finalized in the coming week.Aid agencies are reporting that funding shortfalls have limited their ability to follow through with humanitarian action plans designed to support life-saving projects and to launch early recovery efforts.The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have revised estimates of emergency and early recovery needs, taking into account new assessment data, and these additional needs will be reflected in the revised Flash Appeal.Agencies are particularly concerned about the estimated 1.7 million people still displaced or living in areas that remain under water or flooded, following the three consecutive typhoons that hit the country in September and October.Nearly 1,000 people died as a result of the storms, which affected around 9.8 million people and destroyed over 40,000 homes. Among the key concerns for aid agencies remain access to safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene items in the relocation camps and in residential areas affected by floods. Another storm – Typhoon Mirinae – pummelled the region almost two weeks ago, bringing heavy rains, causing power outages and communication problems and raising the threat of renewed floods across the Philippines and Viet Nam. read more

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US issuing hacking alert for small planes

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a security alert Tuesday for small planes, warning that modern flight systems are vulnerable to hacking if someone manages to gain physical access to the aircraft.An alert from the DHS critical infrastructure computer emergency response team recommends that plane owners ensure they restrict unauthorized physical access to their aircraft until the industry develops safeguards to address the issue, which was discovered by a Boston-based cybersecurity company and reported to the federal government.Most airports have security in place to restrict unauthorized access and there is no evidence that anyone has exploited the vulnerability. But a DHS official told The Associated Press that the agency independently confirmed the security flaw with outside partners and a national research laboratory, and decided it was necessary to issue the warning.The cybersecurity firm, Rapid7, found that an attacker could potentially disrupt electronic messages transmitted across a small plane’s network, for example by attaching a small device to its wiring, that would affect aircraft systems.Engine readings, compass data, altitude and other readings “could all be manipulated to provide false measurements to the pilot,” according to the DHS alert obtained in advance by AP.The warning reflects the fact that aircraft systems are increasingly reliant on networked communications systems, much like modern cars. The auto industry has already taken steps to address similar concerns after researchers exposed vulnerabilities.The Rapid7 report focused only on small aircraft because their systems are easier for researchers to acquire. Large aircraft frequently use more complex systems and must meet additional security requirements. The DHS alert does not apply to older small planes with mechanical control systems.But Patrick Kiley, Rapid7’s lead researcher on the issue, said an attacker could exploit the vulnerability with access to a plane or by bypassing airport security.“Someone with five minutes and a set of lock picks can gain access (or) there’s easily access through the engine compartment,” Kiley said.Jeffrey Troy, president of the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an industry organization for cybersecurity information, said there is a need to improve the security in networked operating systems but emphasized that the hack depends on bypassing physical security controls mandated by law.With access, “you have hundreds of possibilities to disrupt any system or part of an aircraft,” Troy said.The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that a scenario where someone has unrestricted physical access is unlikely, but the report is also “an important reminder to remain vigilant” about physical and cybersecurity aircraft procedures.Aviation cybersecurity has been an issue of growing concern around the world.In March, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s inspector general found that the FAA had “not completed a comprehensive, strategy policy framework to identify and mitigate cybersecurity risks.” The FAA agreed and said it would look to have a plan in place by the end of September.The UN’s body for aviation proposed its first strategy for securing civil aviation from hackers that’s expected to go before the General Assembly in September, said Pete Cooper, an ex-Royal Air Force fast jet pilot and cyber operations officer who advises the aviation industry.The vulnerability disclosure report is the product of nearly two years of work by Rapid7. After their researchers assessed the flaw, the company alerted DHS. Tuesday’s DHS alert recommends manufacturers review how they implement these open electronics systems known as “the CAN bus” to limit a hacker’s ability to perform such an attack.The CAN bus functions like a small plane’s central nervous system. Targeting it could allow an attacker to stealthily hijack a pilot’s instrument readings or even take control of the plane, according to the Rapid7 report obtained by The AP.“CAN bus is completely insecure,” said Chris King, a cybersecurity expert who has worked on vulnerability analysis of large-scale systems. “It was never designed to be in an adversarial environment, (so there’s) no validation” that what the system is being told to do is coming from a legitimate source.Only a few years ago, most auto manufacturers used the open CAN bus system in their cars. But after researchers publicly demonstrated how they could be hacked, auto manufacturers added on layers of security, like putting critical functions on separate networks that are harder to access externally.The disclosure highlights issues in the automotive and aviation industries about whether a software vulnerability should be treated like a safety defect — with its potential for costly manufacturer recalls and implied liability — and what responsibility manufacturers should have in ensuring their products are hardened against such attacks. The vulnerability also highlights the reality that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to separate cybersecurity from security overall.“A lot of aviation folks don’t see the overlap between information security, cybersecurity, of an aircraft, and safety,” said Beau Woods, a cyber safety innovation fellow with the Atlantic Council, a Washington think-tank . “They see them as distinct things.”The CAN bus networking scheme was developed in the 1980s and is extremely popular for use in boats, drones, spacecraft, planes and cars — all areas where there’s more noise interference and it’s advantageous to have less wiring. It’s actually increasingly used in airplanes today due to the ease and cost of implementation, Kiley said.Given that airplanes have a longer manufacturing cycle, “what we’re trying to do is get out ahead of this.”The report didn’t name the vendors Rapid7 tested, but the company alerted them over a year ago, the report states.___Follow Tami Abdollah on Twitter at https://twitter.com/latamsTami Abdollah, The Associated Press read more

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