Bridging Online and Offline Marketing With StickerYou

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… In an age where digital advertising is becoming increasingly important, Toronto-based startup StickerYou aims to bridge on- and offline marketing with a new service that lets anyone turn their website into a “sticker selling machine.” StickerYou lets you upload your own artwork in order to make custom stickers. You can select the images, size, and the die-cut you want for your stickers. For fans of stickers, that’s an exciting enough proposition right there.The company has just released a beta version of its Sticker Maker, which allows you to market your stickers on its website or on your own site via a widget. As with the other sticker-making services the company provides, StickerYou handles all the printing and distribution. Users can also use this to generate revenue from their artwork or logos, earning royalties on the sales of stickers they help initiate. The startup has already landed a number of major licensing deals, including one with Sony Pictures for stickers coinciding with the recent release of the Green Hornet film. But according to Joseph Puopolo, StickerYou’s VP of Marketing, the service isn’t geared to just large businesses but to anyone with a brand, logo, artwork or website. “We wanted to make it easier for sites that have unique content to have their own Sticker Maker by using our automated integration process. This will enable any brand or site’s profile to sign up for free and quickly allow their fans to express themselves uniquely via stickers.” Tags:#biz#Reviews audrey watterscenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Ateneo rout a ‘wakeup call’ for UP early in UAAP Season 80

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Tyler Tio makes up for lost time, debuts with a splash for Ateneo LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “What happened to us was like a wakeup call. We need to recover quickly,” said Desiderio in Filipino after his team slipped to 1-1. “It was really a struggle, we were scouted very well and almost all of our plays were countered.”UP head coach Bo Perasol called it a “rude awakening” but it was also something that his Fighting Maroons were eager to move past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had to move on immediately,” said Perasol in Filipino. “There’s really nothing left to do, we lost badly but it happens. We move on to Sunday and hope that we have a better game.”Against the hot shooting Blue Eagles, the Maroons were dismal on the floor, going 25-of-67 from the field. They also got sorely outrebounded, 51-38. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines was on a high after a dramatic 74-73 opening win over University of Santo Tomas after wingman Paul Desiderio hit a dagger of a three-pointer on Sunday.Come Wednesday, the Fighting Maroons were sent crashing back to reality after Ateneo put on a display for the convincing 92-71 win as the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament continued.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ For Desiderio’s part, he finished with just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting after scoring 17 points against the Growling Tigers.“I think we were complacent and we weren’t focused because of that,” said Desiderio. “I wasn’t able to adjust, I was too focused on scoring.”UP has a chance to bounce back on Sunday against University of the East, which has yet to win in two matches so far.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

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World Cup semifinal preview: Fans expect Brazil to overcome loss of Neymar

first_imgBrazil’s NeymarBrazil did it once without Pele, and just about everyone in the country is waiting and hoping to do it again without Neymar. The Brazilians advanced to the semifinals of the World Cup last week, but they lost their best player in doing so. Neymar, the national team’s star attraction with the same yellow No. 10 shirt that Pele made world famous, broke a vertebra after being kneed in the back and will miss the rest of the tournament. That means Brazil will have to do without Neymar’s quick moves and sharp shooting when the team plays Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday at Mineirao Stadium. And for the final, if they make it that far. “It will be difficult, but we can win it without Neymar,” said Matheus Christoff, a 22-year-old chemical engineering student from Belo Horizonte. “In 1962, we won without Pele, so we can win without Neymar.” Pele became a global star when he was only 17, scoring two goals in the 1958 final to give Brazil its first World Cup title. Four years later in Chile, he was injured in the opening round and was forced to sit and watch as his teammates won again. But win they did, with Garrincha stepping up to carry the load. Watch: Neymar speaks in tearful video for Brazil after back injury rules him out of World Cup  This time around, there is no obvious goal-scoring replacement for Neymar, who cuts his hair in a fauxhawk and has become the face of the World Cup, at least on billboards and in TV commercials all over Brazil.advertisement Or, instead of one person stepping up to provide the goals, maybe there is more than one. “They have another 22 players,” said Patricia Mendes, a 35-year-old consultant in Belo Horizonte. “If they wear the yellow jersey, they can score.” Neymar did most of the damage himself in the first round, scoring four goals in the opening three matches to put Brazil at the top of Group A. The two strikers playing alongside him, Fred and Hulk, have combined to score only one goal, while defender David Luiz has provided the offense by scoring two in the last two matches. A slumbering attack, now without its most important component, is going to make it hard against the Germans, who seem to have put their defense back together after a substandard performance in the second round. And the loss of Brazil captain Thiago Silva, who is suspended for the match after foolishly picking up a yellow card in the quarterfinal win over Colombia, is going to make things even tougher. “I really don’t think we can win without Neymar and Thiago Silva,” said 23-year-old Rafael Seixas, who works at his family’s convenience store in Belo Horizonte. “They are the best players in the team, and Germany is really good.” The thought of losing to Germany, however odious that may be for most Brazilians, is still better than considering one other possibility of this year’s World Cup – an ultimate victory for Argentina on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium. “That,” Seixas said, “would be the worst possible scenario for the World Cup in Brazil.”last_img read more

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It wasn’t a ‘star conversation’ with Sachin Tendulkar: David James

first_imgKerala Blasters have roped in Michael Chopra – ISL draft’s top pickAs Indian football languishing in the 150’s in FIFA rankings looks to attract the attention of the football world through the Indian Super League set to begin in October, the stakeholders continue to remain upbeat.India Today.in caught up with former English goal keeper David James(2010 World Cup, 53 caps) who will work as a player cum manager for Kochi Blasters in the ISL. Sachin Tendulkar is a co owner of the team. What was his first line to Sachin before they began talking football? “Sorry am not much of a cricket fan.” This and a lot more in this interview..Q. David, for someone who has played at the top level for so many years, why India?A. India for many reasons. I could have kept playing football in England. But India provides me an opportunity to be a manager which is something I want to do. To do it in a different country, culture and opportunity to play some small part in development of football in a nation that I think should have more world coverage and competition. 152 ranking is not enough for a country of size of 1.2 billion. Having said that this would not have been possible for me had I not met Sachin Tendulkar where he expressed his desire and dreams for Indian football. It was a easy yes when I realized we had the same goals.Q. How was your first interaction with Sachin. Did you rib him of the battering India has received to the English cricket team?advertisementA. I know I am not supposed to say that but I am not a cricket fan. I wasn’t lured in because of Sachin’s remarkably successful career but for me he was a part owner of Kerala Blasters who wanted to meet me to see if we could do something. Cricket was hardly a part of the conversation. I might have opened with the line sorry I am not a cricket fan. We talked about his desires for the club. I wasn’t there for a star conversation.Q. You have roped in Micheal Chopra. How does he fit into the scheme of things? You are very high on his role in the league?A. Micheal Chopra fits in because he is a quality player first. He’s scored against me in EPL. He was our no.1 choice. One can’t always plan for drafts but we got the players we wanted. The focus will understandably be on Chopra for his Indian roots. We would want young Indian fans to look at Chopra’s career and say I can better that. If given an opportunity the world could be their oyster.Q. Indian football once contemplated having Micheal Chopra for the national team which did not materialise. For a football nation like India, is that an option to play players of Indian origin in the national team to raise the standard?A. No I don’t think so. Playing players of Indian origin in national team can be a short term solution. I don’t think that’s the answer. I think the long term solution is to develop coaches than players. Have more academies. That way one can have a more stable foundation. In England we have population which is insufficiently covered by A licence coaches. In Germany, France, Spain, their coaching numbers are three times ours although their population size is not too far ahead of us. Not surprising these are the teams that do consistently do well in World Cup finals.Q. One of the criticisms of ISL is that most marquee players are over the hill. How do you respond to that?A. Age is how one looks at it. For me, I played in Iceland last year. So I am more than fit enough to play. Look the reality is this is the first time league is being tried. There will be lot of tentative people. The international transfer window is about to get over so there may have been a lot of people who waited for other options. I think important that league goes all the way through in first year. I will have teething problems as manager in the first year of course. But we are learning. The league needs to get established so lesser questions will be asked. I don’t question the calibre of players we have got but the format is so much different to world football so people can get scared. That’s why I spoke with Micheal Chopra before the draft even if we could not be sure we would get him, that we were on the same page.advertisementQ. Finally what are your expectations of the Indian Super League?A. ISL is a wonderful format. We will see if there can be more teams in future.  We want a competitive and entertaining league. I know Liverpool are very well supported here. ISL needs to send the message to youngsters that structure is good. World’s eyes will be watching ISL. I am happy on coming here I have spoken with academies and other groups who want to develop football. Sooner India become a world force the better.last_img read more

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Govt. open to possibility of bidding for 2032 Olympics: IOA

first_imgChennai, Jun 16 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association President N Ramachandran today claimed that the government has agreed to consider the possibility of India bidding for the 2032 Olympics hosting rights. Speaking to reporters here after being elected as President of the Tamil Nadu Olympic Association (TNOA), he said, “the government in principle has agreed to look into the possibility of bidding for the Olympics in 2032. It is at a very preliminary stage. We need to get all the approvals.” Ramachandran said bidding for the mega-event would involve an elaborate process.”IOA has to make a proposal and give it to the government. That has to be agreed to by the government. Then the government has to give a sovereign guarantee. Not only from the incumbent government but also from the Leader of the Opposition,” he explained. “And, the Chief Minister of the State in which the chosen city is located apart from the leader of the opposition have to say yes,” he said. Ramachandran played down the cost factor in bidding for the Games, which are next scheduled in 2020 in the Japanese capital of Tokyo.”It (the process) will take at least anywhere between six to eight years. It can be done easily. If you look at todays cost, it roughly comes to about USD 12 million, out of which roughly 50 per cent you get by way of revenue and funding from the IOC. “The balance, for a country of Indias size, it is not great money. (Rough) six million over eight years, shouldnt be difficult,” he said.advertisementRamachandran also said there was no problem in his holding the post of IOA president while being the head of TN Olympic Association.”(The late) B Sivanthi Adityan was president of IOA and TNOA. There is no bar on that,” he said.The elections to the TNOA were held on May 27 but because of a High Court order, the results were withheld. The Returning Officer S Sambandham, District and Sessions Judge (retired) announced the results this afternoon after the petitioner, A K Chitrapandian, who had been sacked as TN Volleyball Association secretary, withdrew his case seeking to stay the elections.Ramachandran said the aim would be to work together and take sports forward in Tamil Nadu.”We have a huge task ahead of us, in the sense that we have to do more. It will be important to help various sports associations build infrastructure,” he said.The other office-bearers elected are: Vice-presidents: Ishari K Ganesh, S Vasudevan, Solai M Raja, M Ramasubramani, T R Narayanaswamy, D V Seetharama Rao; General Secretary: J M Fernando and Treasurer: K Rajendiran apart from two joint secretaries and nine executive committee members. PTI SS PM PMlast_img read more

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Gov’t Committed to Social Intervention in Tackling Crime – Dr. Chang

first_img Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to a comprehensive programme of social intervention in tackling crime in the society. Dr. Chang said the significant value of social intervention has been proven at the Glendevon Primary School in the parish, where there was a more than 90 per cent increase in Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) passes following targeted social work at that institution. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to a comprehensive programme of social intervention in tackling crime in the society.“We have identified that targeted social intervention is a critical medium-term strategy to allay the effects of crime. We are aiming to identify the pathology of the behaviour and treat it,” he said at a stakeholders’ forum on community intervention at the Iberostar Hotel in the parish on April 5.Dr. Chang argued that the country will only be able to overcome the many challenges of crime, poverty and disorder when “we commit to systemic solutions within a specified framework aimed at tackling the root causes”.He noted that the enhanced security measures that have been implemented, while effective “are not sustainable, long-term solutions to the issue of criminality and social disorder in this town and others across Jamaica”.He said the Government must, therefore, ensure that crime-prevention activities and social programmes are paired with security measures “to achieve sustainable, impactful change to the most at-risk communities. To accomplish this, Government must align social services that complement and enhance each other”.Dr. Chang said the significant value of social intervention has been proven at the Glendevon Primary School in the parish, where there was a more than 90 per cent increase in Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) passes following targeted social work at that institution.He argued that “successes like these” can become the norm when there is greater collaboration among ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).Such coordination, he said, will ensure better use of fiscal resources and result in more significant impact in the most vulnerable communities.“The development of this kind of strategic approach is why we are all gathered here today. It is my hope that we will emerge with practical, workable solutions that can be implemented for the benefit of affected communities and Jamaica at large,” he expressed.“We are aware that it is our people and their resilience that move Jamaica towards its greatest potential. It is with this understanding that the Ministry of National Security seeks to establish an agreed framework for social-intervention coordination,” he added.The workshop, sponsored by the Ministry, was geared towards crafting an overarching framework to coordinate social interventions and create positive change for communities in St. James.It pulled together representatives of social agencies, who shared ideas on how to create and maintain a safer environment in St. James and surrounding parishes.Dr. Chang praised the initiative as “a vital aspect in the fight against crime”, adding that “as a nation, Jamaica has long seen great value in social-intervention programmes”.He challenged the stakeholders to work to create the impact and change that St. James needs at this time.“If all of us work together, really follow up, follow through, seek change and maintain that presence in the communities, then change will come,” he said.The workshop brought together 36 MDAs, including the Ministries of – Economic Growth and Job Creation; Education, Youth and Information; Local Government and Community Development; Labour and Social Security; and Health; the Social Development Commission (SDC); HEART Trust/NTA; National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC); Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA); Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); Peace Management Initiative (PMI); Dispute Resolution Foundation; and Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA); among others.The initiative forms part of the Ministry’s five-pillar crime strategy, with emphasis on crime prevention through social development.last_img read more

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Southern Region Reaps Benefits Of Opportunities For Prosperity

first_img In 1999, the government of Nova Scotia did something radical: Itrecognized that ad hoc, piecemeal efforts to grow the economyweren’t working. It recognized that a strategic, co-ordinated andfocused economic growth strategy was needed — a strategy thatwould involve other levels of government, business and thecommunity. In October 2000, Opportunities for Prosperity — Nova Scotia’sgrowth strategy — was born. Today, that strategy has positivelyaffected every region of the province. The numbers tell the story. The first chapter of that story begins with the number ofbusinesses in existence. In 1993, according to StatisticsCanada’s business register, there were 28,922 businesses in NovaScotia. By 2003, there were 52,085 business in the province. If the southern area of the province is singled out, the numberscontinue to be positive. In 1993, according to the register,there were 4,347 businesses in the area. By 2003, that number hadgrown to 8,400. This growth can be attributed to the ingenuity of our workforce,and the fact that the government of Nova Scotia has provided anumber of tools to help small business, and rural Nova Scotia,grow. The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program is one example. Sincethe program began in June of 2003, more than $3.4 million hasbeen put into the hands of 42 businesses which have employed 211Nova Scotians. This $8-million program is in place because smallbusiness was clear that access to capital was a problem. Theprovince agreed and put a solution in the hands of the creditunion system — and in the hands of Nova Scotia’s communitiesthemselves. Community Economic Development Investment Funds, or CEDIFs, arealso helping improve the economy across the province. The province recognized that more than $600 million is investedby Nova Scotians in RRSPs, with less than one per cent findingits way back into Nova Scotia’s economy as reinvestments. Itcreated the Community Economic Development Investment Fundprogram to encourage more people to make investments at home,making the 23 funds currently operating a made-in-Nova-Scotiaplan to local investment. The program allows communities to putideas, and people, to work. To date, $10 million has beeninvested in these funds, most of which has been reinvested inbusinesses within their communities. Since the number of businesses is on the rise, it makes sensethat employment numbers are up as well. In 1993, there were352,100 Nova Scotians working. In 1999, there were 388,000. By2004, there were 421,500. More importantly, the participationrate — or the number of people entering the workforce — grewfrom 58.2 per cent in 1993 to 61.7 per cent in 2004. The latest seasonally adjusted figures from Statistics Canadacontinue to indicate an upward trend. More than 449,200 NovaScotians were working in the month of May, an increase of 3,700people over the previous month. In the southern area — which includes the counties of Yarmouth,Digby, Queens, Shelburne and Lunenburg — 47,200 people wereemployed in 1993. By 1999 that number had grown to 52,200. And,in 2004, there are 55,300 people employed. The participation rates have grown in this area as well, from52.4 per cent in 1993 to 60.3 per cent in 2004. The unemploymentrate has fallen from 12.4 per cent in 1993 to 11.9 per cent in2004. There is more work to do. Regional unemployment rates are stillunacceptably high, but steady progress is being made. Regional development authorities are helping guide that progress.The province of Nova Scotia helps fund 13 regional developmentauthorities around the province because successful efforts togrow the economy are driven by the communities themselves. In the southern area of the province, regional developmentauthority representatives include Frank Anderson in Yarmouth(902-742-3210) and Neil Emenau in Lunenburg (902-543-0491). Input and ideas are also welcome at Nova Scotia Business Inc.(NSBI), an organization borne out of Opportunities for Prosperityand mandated to take a client-focused, private-sector approach togrowing the provincial economy. It does so by developing theprovince’s exports, attracting investment from companies outsideNova Scotia and providing tools for companies to help themrealize growth opportunities. Since it was created in November 2001, NSBI has met with 750businesses across the province. Its business attraction andfinancing clients aim to create or maintain at least 7,200 jobs. Last year alone, the organization helped 230 companies increaseexport sales or find new markets. Companies interested in growthopportunities through NSBI can contact Irvin Surette (902-742-0533). -30- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Southern Region Reaps Benefits OfOpportunities For Prosperitylast_img read more

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Port Bickerton Students Video Second in Canada

first_imgBayne Horton of Port Bickerton, Guysborough Co., has placed second in a national competition for his video promoting the benefits of budgeting, saving, and investing. Mr. Horton was the provincial winner of the Test Your Financial IQ contest organized last spring by the Canadian Securities Administrators. The winners from each province and territory received digital camcorders and an invitation to submit a video for a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship. Mr. Horton, who graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in June, won a personal DVD player for his second-place finish. Mr. Horton’s video featured two young men discussing whether to spend all of your pay cheque or save some for financial commitments, some for investing, and some to spend. “We are very pleased that one of Nova Scotia’s students has been recognized nationally for this contest,” said Chris Pottie, compliance examiner, Nova Scotia Securities Commission. “We encourage all students aged 15 to 20 to keep their eyes open for the 2006 version of the Test Your Financial IQ contest. Details will be available from schools or the Nova Scotia Securities Commission website.” The securities commission website address is www.gov.ns.ca/nssc . The Canadian Securities Administrators, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets. Its mandate is to protect investors from unfair or fraudulent practices through regulation of the securities industry. Part of this protection is educating investors about the risk, responsibilities, and rewards of investing.last_img read more

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Energy Transportation Main Topics at Governors Premiers Meeting

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald and other premiers from Atlantic Canada and Quebec met today, Sept. 16, with the six New England governors at the 32nd Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Bar Harbour, Maine. Among the main topics at the conference were energy and transportation issues. With the growing need to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the premiers and governors were presented with an update of renewable energy projects from both sides of the border. They included reports on hydro, wind and the potential for tidal power from the Bay of Fundy. The meeting also focused on the huge task of getting projects to transmission lines that could be networked throughout Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the energy-hungry U.S. Northeast. “Clearly a lot of work would need to be done to bring some of these massive projects together to realize their maximum potential, which would greatly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and play a huge role in protecting our environment,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. On issues of transportation, regional agencies will work to harmonize weight limits to allow heavier Canadian trucks better access throughout New England. This would be a positive development for the Atlantic Gateway project. Also promoting the gateway project at the conference was Stephen Hartlen, vice-president of Nova Scotia’s InNOVAcorp. His presentation addressed strategies for promoting innovative industries. “Promoting the gateway project and addressing transportation issues are items that are directly related,” said Premier MacDonald. “The conference provided an excellent forum to work on both of those areas and should, in the long term, be a positive benefit for the Nova Scotia economy.” Next year’s conference will be held in Saint John, N.B.last_img read more

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BJP forms new parliamentary party executive Modi leader in Lok Sabha Rajnath

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP Wednesday announced its parliamentary party executive committee with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as its leader in Lok Sabha and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as the deputy leader. In Rajya Sabha, Union minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot has been appointed as leader of the house and his cabinet colleague Piyush Goyal as the deputy leader. Gehlot replaced senior BJP leader and former Union minister Arun Jaitley as leader of the house in Rajya Sabha. Jaitley had requested the leadership to relieve him from key positions in view of his health. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Union minister Smriti Irani’s induction in the BJP’s parliamentary party executive committee shows elevation in her stature within the party after she defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi from the Amethi parliamentary constituency. The party has appointed Sanjay Jaiswal as its chief whip. It also the first time appointed three women MPs as its whips, specifically for women parliamentarians. Besides these three women whips, 15 other whips for Lok Sabha have also been appointed for parliamentarians from different states, where its strength has increased to 303. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Other special invitees from Lok Sabha to the BJP’s parliamentary party executive are Nitin Gadkari, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Arjun Munda, Narendra Singh Tomar and Jual Oram. In Rajya Sabha, special invitees are J P Nadda, Om Prakash Mathur, Nirmala Sitharaman, Dharmedndra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar. BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has been reappointed as in-charge of the party’s parliamentary office and Balasubrahmanyam Kumarsu as secretary. The newly constituted BJP parliamentary party executive committee marks generational shift in the party as perhaps for the first time L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are not part of it, as both are not MPs. Besides them, Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj are also not its members. The first meeting of the executive will be held on June 16 at 3:30 pm, a day before the commencement of the session. The government has also called an all-party meeting on the same day in the morning which will be chaired by the prime minister.last_img read more

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Haiti still reeling from Matthew could be devastated by Irma says aid

first_imgOTTAWA – Hurricane Irma could deal a crippling blow to Haiti while it’s still recovering from hurricane Matthew, which struck less than a year ago, says a Canadian aid worker in the impoverished country.Preparations were underway Wednesday in the beleaguered Caribbean nation to deal with the potential aftermath of the latest storm.Haiti is less able to handle the effects of a Category 5 storm than other countries in the region, said Laura Sewell of Ottawa, assistant country director in Haiti for CARE.“The level of poverty in Haiti is not even comparable to some of the other countries,” said Sewell.“Haiti has less developed tourist industries and agricultural export industries, so it means there’s sort of a chronic level of vulnerability.”Aid agencies are preparing for the worst from Irma, which has already caused major flooding and destroyed buildings on several Caribbean islands.The U.S. National Hurricane Centre said sustained wind speeds reached 295 kilometres per hour.Haiti’s government issued a warning to residents along the north coast late Wednesday to seek shelter.The World Food Programme said it had moved a convoy of contingency food supplies to the north of Haiti, where Irma was forecast to pass over or nearby on Thursday night and Friday morning.CARE said it dispatched teams of aid workers to at least seven of Haiti’s 10 departments, or provinces, with stockpiles of emergency supplies including water purification tablets and tarps that can be used for shelter.Oxfam Canada said it was also mobilizing its people in northern Haiti, as well as the Dominican Republic and Cuba, to quickly assess humanitarian needs once Irma has passed through the area.Air Transat said it sent 10 planes to the Dominican Republic, which neighbours Haiti on the island of Hispaniola, to pick up passengers ahead of Irma.Air Canada said Wednesday night that it was operating 24 additional flights to bring customers home from the Dominican Republic, Florida, Cuba and other locations in Irma’s path.Haiti is lacking in government-controlled infrastructure, including transportation services, making it difficult to evacuate people.Other countries, including Cuba, have built evacuation centres where people can huddle in cement buildings during natural disasters.“Here, we don’t have those kind of things,” Sewell said in an interview from Port-au-Prince.“People are evacuated into little tiny schools with tin roofs and whatever building that is available that seems safe.”Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the Americas, making it more vulnerable than its wealthier Caribbean neighbours to natural disasters.Much of the country’s southern regions were damaged or destroyed by hurricane Matthew when it struck the island last October, killing more than 500 people.“There’s been a lot of effort for the past year trying to respond to that emergency,” said Sewell.“And now on top of that to have another (hurricane), it’s going to put a strain on the resources here.”An earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to Haiti’s infrastructure and economy.last_img read more

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Funeral chain creates program to underscore the dangers of fentanyl

first_imgLANGLEY, B.C. – A funeral services chain in British Columbia is developing a program it hopes will cut the number of drug deaths related to fentanyl among children and young adults.Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has created a fentanyl prevention program after a funeral home in the chain reported serving four to five families every month who had lost a loved one to an overdose in Metro Vancouver.The owner of the chain, Tyrel Burton, says the company felt it could no longer tolerate those numbers and unlike other programs focusing on harm reduction, it decided to aim at prevention through the use of visual aids that it describes as “powerful, perhaps even controversial.”The program includes a poster of grieving family members surrounding a coffin, under a banner reading “Will fentanyl be the reason for your next family get-together?”A casket and hearse are also part of the 45-minute presentation aimed at parents and their children aged 12 and up.The death toll has surged since the powerful opioid fentanyl arrived in the province.Coroners service statistics between January and September of this year show there were 186 deaths involving victims aged 10 to 29.The company’s presentation also involves personnel from local victim services and parents who have lost a child or young adult family member to addictive drugs.“We felt that we had to do something to reach teens and young adults before they become addicted,” Burton said in a news release. “This program is our response to what we see as a critical need.”Funeral director John Romeyn in nearby Abbotsford said he backs the program after hearing a comment from a grieving dad.“I had a father say to me, ‘I was supposed to (be choosing) clothes for my daughter to wear for her graduation. Now I’m picking something to wear for her casket,’” he said.Romeyn said all of those involved in the presentation try to impress on young people that no one is immune from the dangers of fentanyl or other opioids.“We’ve dealt with pastors’ children and lawyers’ kids, and everyday people who are out there … either experimenting or the casual user who isn’t aware of what’s out there,” he added.The funeral home plans to visit schools, church youth groups and community centres around Metro Vancouver with presentations, which are expected to begin in early 2018. (The Canadian Press, CKNW)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly stated that the coroners service was involved in the presentation.last_img read more

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Royal Canadian Legion releases digital version of the Remembrance Day poppy

first_imgOTTAWA – The Remembrance Day poppy has entered the digital age.The Royal Canadian Legion launched a digital version of the distinctive red flower Friday, which it says can be customized, shared online and used as a profile image on sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.The downloadable image looks like a silver coin with a red poppy at the centre. The words “Remembrance Day 2018” run along the top edge, while the bottom edge can be customized to display the name of a veteran or someone in service. Otherwise, the words “We Remember” will appear.The Royal Canadian Legion’s deputy director says he hopes it will appeal to younger generations accustomed to communicating on social media.“It’s the way they communicate to their friends and to groups of individuals and it’s the same as physically wearing a poppy and saying, ‘I support veterans,’” says Danny Martin.He also expects a downloadable poppy would address our “increasingly cashless society,” guessing that a growing reliance on debit and credit purchases mean shoppers often have less cash to donate when faced with a request.In the same way there are strict rules around how a lapel poppy should be worn (over the heart, with the original pin), there are limits to how the digital poppy should be used.Martin says they’re not meant to be altered, and although they can supplant a profile image on a social media account, they’re not meant to be combined with other images.The danger that the poppy can be co-opted and distorted is why the legion is fiercely opposed to creating a poppy emoji, he adds, despite the popularity of miniature images in messages and email.“It’s a free-for-all. People can take that emoji and utilize it for other purposes, which happens all the time in different environments or different companies,” he explains.“You send that thing out in the common domain, then we’ve lost control and we actually, legally, (would be) losing control of the poppy trademark.”Still, he admits there’s “no doubt” someone could manipulate the digital poppy that’s being released now.“Yes, there’s going to be cases where they’re going to abuse the symbol or try and use it for their own cause and we’ll have to deal with that as we go along.”Poppies are meant to be displayed from the last Friday of October until midnight, Nov. 11.Beyond that date, an accompanying link to the online poppy will expire, although the image will remain on sites they’ve been posted to or drives to which they’ve been downloaded, says Martin.The digital poppies are available for an online donation at www.mypoppy.ca until Nov. 11 and are meant to complement the traditional lapel poppy, typically available at cafe and convenience store cash registers alongside a donation box.Martin says the legion is also selling a butterfly clasp that for the first time is allowed for use with the lapel poppy to better secure it in place.Publicity material for the digital poppy featured endorsements by celebrity Canadians including Margaret Atwood, Ashley Callingbull and Don Cherry, who dedicated his poppy to his great uncle, Sgt. Thomas William MacKenzie. He died in battle four days before Armistice Day in 1918.— Cassandra Szklarski in Torontolast_img read more

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ABSENTIA STAR CANADIAN ACTRESS STANA KATIC ON MEETING JAYCEE DUGARD SHES A

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — In trying to grasp the trauma her “Absentia” character endured while in captivity for several years, Canadian actress Stana Katic reflected on a meeting she had with a real-life victim of such harrowing circumstances: Jaycee Dugard.The Hamilton-born star says she has someone in common with Dugard, who was abducted in June 1991 on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Dugard was held for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters in a hidden compound in the couple’s California backyard.The opportunity came up for Katic and Dugard to meet “in a social setting,” the actress said in a recent interview, noting it happened not as part of her research for “Absentia” but “just because.” Advertisement A photo of the two of them together can be seen on Katic’s Facebook page in a post from July 2016.“She’s a beautiful human being,” Katic said during a stop in Toronto to promote Season 2 of “Absentia,” which premieres Wednesday on Showcase.“She is, in so many ways, fully realized. After having come from a situation where her identity was stripped away from her in so many ways, for her to unfold into this authentic and fully realized woman — she’s got a great sense of humour, she’s a good person — I admire her.”Katic said she didn’t use Dugard specifically as a reference point as she crafted her “Absentia” character, former Boston FBI agent Emily Byrne, who is trying to return to “normal” life after being kidnapped and presumed dead during a risky hunt for a serial killer.But she found Dugard’s story left an impression on her.“In no way can I say emulated it or anything like that, because that experience is, to me, I have to completely respect it and protect that,” said the former “Castle” star.“Her ability to recover and her resilience as a human being and the growth that she’s had since that, I honour and respect that woman so much. However, reading her story, hearing about her and meeting her in person, I can’t say that it didn’t leave granules of information for me.”At the start of Season 2, Emily is in a dark place as she tries to bond with the son she had in her former life before she went missing. She’s also researching her troubled childhood at an orphanage and starting to remember snippets from her time in captivity.The new season was shot in Bulgaria and explores themes of identity, finding a sense of self and having dominion over yourself, said Katic, noting it also delves into the lives of other characters surrounding Emily.Overall, Katic feels her character is like Odysseus from Greek mythology and an antihero going through psychological challenges in order to find her way home.“That’s the kind of character that I am drawn to in my own TV and movie-viewing experience,” Katic said.“For instance, I love Tom Hardy in ‘Taboo,’ I love Cillian Murphy in ‘Peaky Blinders,’ and of course Tony Soprano…. Humans are imperfect and so why wouldn’t a female character be … a version of an antihero?” Facebook Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Stana Katiclast_img read more

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Palestinian children mark 20th year of UN rights treaty with video testimony

The project, launched yesterday, is organized by the United Kingdom-based non-governmental organization (NGO), Hoping Foundation, together with the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main body caring for some 4 million Palestinian refugees.The “Hopes and Dreams” project encapsulates the youngsters’ aspirations, bringing together on-line a community divided and scattered by decades of statelessness and exile.Each student is recording a 30-second message. These will form the basis of a living network for the future, to be added to each year. The yearbook has been endorsed by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, who is marking the Convention’s anniversary at an event at UN Headquarters in New York. The segments show the youngsters outlining their hopes in various situations – in the classroom or library, sitting by the roadside, kicking a soccer ball.“Twenty years on, what difference has it made in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Palestine refugee children?” UNRWA asked in a news release on the anniversary of the Convention. 20 November 2009Tens of thousands of Palestinian refugee children in United Nations schools in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria have been clicking away with flip cams to create the region’s first ever online video yearbook to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. read more

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Lion Air bodies not yet found

The bodies of the passengers killed in the Lion Air flight which was believed to have been shot down by the LTTE in 1998 are yet to be found.The police today began digging the site where the bodies were believed to have been buried but by this afternoon the bodies were yet to be found. The passenger plane went missing soon after takeoff from Jaffna on 29 September 1998 and was not found since.The plane was carrying 48 passengers and 7 crew members. According to the police, a group of fishermen are believed to have recovered the bodies and buried them nearby following the incident in 1998. The wreckage of the plane was found in the sea off Iranamadu in October after an LTTE cadre in police custody had revealed the location from where the plane was shot down. With the discovery of the wreckage further investigations had revealed the location where the bodies of some passengers of the flight had been buried.The Terrorist Investigations Department (TID) is investigating the incident. read more

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Medicines blankets shelter kits and other supplies rushed to Iran by UN

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has sent over 45 tons of supplies, including health care kits and blankets for the tens of thousands of children affected by the massive disaster. One relief flight from the agency’s global supply centre in Copenhagen was bringing in first aid and health supplies capable of treating 120,000 people; dozens of special obstetric and surgical kits each sufficient to assist in the delivery of 150 babies; 14,000 blankets, including 7,600 for babies; 625,000 water purification tablets; 16 community water tanks with a capacity of 5,000 litres each; three portable generators; and tents, tarpaulin, rope and other shelter supplies. The shipment is valued at approximately $285,000.The second flight from UNICEF operations in neighbouring Afghanistan brought in 72 emergency health and essential drug kits containing antibiotics, painkillers, syringes, injectables, drips and other equipment to enable health workers on the ground to establish small medical clinics capable of providing minor surgery.Each kit contains enough supplies to cover the emergency health needs of 10,000 people for up to three months. The consignment also includes winter tents and plastic sheeting. UNICEF also sent one of its senior Afghan health officers to Bam to help coordinate the response on the ground. Speaking from Kabul, UNICEF’s Reza Hossaini recalled how during its own emergencies, Afghanistan had received a great deal of support from its neighbours. “It is only natural that we should be amongst the first to return that support in this time of acute need in Iran.” For its part, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (IUNHCR) has sent $140,000 worth of aid including 1,000 tents, 10,000 blankets and 3,000 mattresses.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today sent blankets, emergency kits, water purification units and jerry cans to the area. The agency is also planning to fly in 40 tons of high-energy biscuits tomorrow from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi, Italy.A joint UN assessment team in Bam on Saturday found that up to 90 per cent of all buildings in the city were significantly or totally damaged. With temperatures in the area falling below freezing at night, tents and blankets are essential to provide immediate relief.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) contributed $100,000 for relief and coordination efforts, supplementing $90,000 in cash immediately provided by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are furnishing medical and health supplies.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) pledged support in safeguarding the cultural heritage of Bam, one of the Iran’s most famous historical sites and home to the 2,000-year-old Arg-e-Bam Citadel. Considered to be the largest earthen structure in the world, the Citadel suffered extensive damage in the quake. read more

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UNESCO chief condemns murder of Iraqi educator CBS crew members

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the assassination of a senior Iraqi Education Ministry official and denounced the growing number of attacks against educators in the country while also deploring the killing two CBS television crew members, the latest media professionals to die while covering the war.“I categorically condemn the murder of Sabah al-Jaf,” UNESCO Director-General Kochiro Matsuura said in a statement. “The escalating violence against Education Ministry officials and academics is intolerable. By targeting educators, the perpetrators are of such violence are undermining the reconstruction of Iraq and the future of the country and the democracy.”Mr. al-Jaf and one of his guards were killed by unidentified gunmen in the Al-Karradha district of Baghdad on May 22. Another of his guards is reported to have been seriously wounded in the attack. According to the Geneva-based Study and Research Centre for the Arab and Mediterranean World, nearly 200 academics have been killed in Iraq since 2003 and thousands have been forced into exile. Last month, the UNESCO Director-General appealed to the international community to support Iraqi academics and intellectuals.Meanwhile, in a separate statement, Mr. Matsuura also deplored the killing of two CBS television crew members in Baghdad and called for improved safety for journalists in Iraq.“I urge all authorities concerned to spare no effort in seeking to improve the safety of journalists, media workers and support staff committed to the fundamental human right of freedom of expression in Iraq,” he said.CBS cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan died when a United States military unit came under attack Monday. Both Mr. Douglas and Mr. Brolan were accompanying the US military unit.According to the International Federation of Journalists, as many as 127 reporters have been killed in Iraq since 2003. read more

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Refugees overcrowded to boiling point on Greek island warns UN agency

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which issued the appeal on Friday, described the centres as “squalid, inadequate and rapidly deteriorating”.Levels of overcrowding on some islands are on a par with March 2016, when arrival rates were far higher than they are now.The majority of those seeking shelter are from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the UN agency.It has warned that hundreds of unaccompanied boys and girls are particularly at risk, along with dozens of pregnant women, newborns and survivors of sexual violence.More than 3,000 asylum-seekers on the islands have been given permission to move to the mainland, but transfers “have been slow”, UNHCR says, owing to a lack of accommodation and reception facilities. “The situation is reaching boiling point at the Moria RIC on the island of Lesvos,” UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley said, referring to the Reception and Identification Centres (RIC) used to house new arrivals.“More than 7,000 asylum-seekers and migrants are crammed into shelters built to accommodate just 2,000 people,” he added. “A quarter of those are children.”There are similar overcrowding levels on another Greek island, Samos, where some 2,700 mainly Syrian and Iraqi families are staying in a facility that was originally designed to hold around 700 people.On the islands of Chios and Kos, meanwhile, reception centres are at close to double their intended capacity.“This is likely to become a serious concern if not addressed before winter sets in,” Mr. Yaxley told journalists, before warning of other urgent needs.“We are particularly concerned about woefully inadequate sanitary facilities, fighting amongst frustrated communities, rising levels of sexual harassment and assaults and the increasing need for medical and psycho-social care,” he said, noting that increasing numbers of people – “including children” – have been displaying signs of mental health problems.So far this month, around 800 asylum-seekers have been moved to the Greece’s mainland.But this has failed to ease the pressure on the island reception facilities, as the number of arrivals has increased to an average of 114 per day, up from 83 in July.To help reduce delays in transporting vulnerable people to the Greek mainland, UNHCR will continue to assist in the process next month.“We do encourage the Greek authorities, who have received European funding for this situation, to address these challenges and to accelerate the procedure and measures to decongest the island as soon as possible,” Mr. Yaxley said.Latest data from UNHCR indicates that so far this year, around 19,000 vulnerable people have reached the Greek islands from Turkey. In 2015, the number was more than 850,000.“It’s a very manageable situation, it’s a question of political will,” Mr. Yaxley told journalists in Geneva, in an appeal for European Union countries to show solidarity with those in need of international protection. read more

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