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Hillsides Launches Youth Culinary Apprenticeship Program

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Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Make a comment Giving Back Hillsides Launches Youth Culinary Apprenticeship Program STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, July 1, 2019 | 11:32 amcenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Left to right: Starbucks manager Christina Aguilar, chef Charlie Negrete, Starbucks manager James Valeriano, chef Doug Fore, chef Alexandra Poer, chef Claud Beltran, and Geoff Jennings of Nomad Ice Pops. Not pictured: chef Gale Kohl.Hillsides, a Southern California foster care and mental health charity, has launched a Culinary Apprenticeship Program to help youth gain the knowledge and skills needed to obtain employment in the culinary field. The program is a partnership between Hillsides Youth Moving On (YMO) program, which offers workforce development and other services to youth formerly in foster care, and Hillsides Innovation Department, which identifies and evaluates innovative strategies and solutions for the charity.The 10-week course will provide 12 young adults across Hillsides’ programs the opportunity to work with six local chefs. Each week will begin with a customer-service workshop from a local Starbucks store manager and end with the young adults working in the kitchen with one to two chefs to learn important kitchen skills and cook a different dish. The culinary experience will end with a final event where the chefs and young adults will prepare a five-course meal for 50 guests.“We are so excited to provide a supportive environment in which youth can receive culinary, job, and life skills training,” said Correnda Perkins, the division chief of Hillsides transitional-aged youth. “The experience will also provide the youth with the mentorship and support they need not only to gain hands-on food prep and cooking experience but to achieve their full potential in life.”The local chefs in the apprenticeship program are Charlie Negrete, former chef director of the culinary job training program at LA Kitchen, who has worked under Michelin starred chefs and 5 Star establishments such as the Peninsula Hotel, the Jonathan Club, and the Terranea Resort; Claud Beltran, co-owner and chef at Bacchus’ Kitchen in Pasadena and co-owner of Claud Beltran & Co Catering; Gale Kohl, a 20-year veteran of the food service industry and owner of Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena; Doug Fore, who has opened 12 restaurants in his career and consulted for numerous organizations and restaurants such as Disney, Bon Appétit, and Stonefire Grill; Alexandra Poer, chef-owner of alexandra’s table with a 26-year culinary career; and Geoff Jennings, owner of Nomad Ice Pops.The chefs are donating their time and expertise to Hillsides because they feel it is important to mentor the next generation of chefs, especially considering some in the program have faced childhoods spent in foster care or other adversities. “Sharing my story, knowledge, and culinary journey with youth is important to me,” said chef Claud Beltran.Some of the participating youth have found food and cooking to be therapeutic in their lives. Ricky Porter, 23, used cooking as a way to bond with the 25 different foster families he lived with from the time he was two days old until he turned 21. “Growing up in foster care, I lived with families from many different cultures, and what brought every family together and made them smile was food,” he said.Ricky, who along the way mastered several recipes, from peanut butter cookies to breaded chicken to mocha-flavored cake frosting, one day hopes to open an organic vegan café. “In this apprenticeship program, I look forward to gaining knowledge, learning how a culinary business can be run, and to making lasting connections,” he said.Local Starbucks managers Christina Aguilar and James Valeriano have volunteered to provide the customer service workshop and will also lead a session on barista skills. Starbucks has a history of supporting Hillsides. In 2017 and 2018, The Starbucks Foundation awarded Hillsides a $30,000 grant for the YMO workforce development program. Local Starbucks partners also support the YMO workforce development program by leading a series of career workshops for youth, participating in YMO’s annual resource fair, and hiring youth at local Starbucks stores. In addition, for the last 10 years, Starbucks stores throughout the San Gabriel Valley have supported an annual holiday toy drive for Hillsides, raising thousands of dollars in gifts and toys for children in need.The youth chef training will run through August 19. The dining event will be held on August 25 at the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.Hillsides’ YMO program is one of Hillsides’ five core programs and offers a continuum of support services for transition-aged youth 16 – 25 that includes a Peer Resource drop-in center, housing services, and workforce development. Hillsides Innovation Department leads the effort to identify and evaluate innovative strategies, solutions, experimental designs, and practices to support Hillsides’ mission and impact with the communities it serves.About HillsidesHillsides is dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families, and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the agency serves almost 17,000 children and families in Southern California throughout more than 40 sites, including school-based mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Baldwin Park. Foster care and adoptions services are offered in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. To learn more about Hillsides, please visit www.Hillsides.org. Visit Hillsides on Facebook @hillsideschildren, on Twitter @Hillsides, or on Instagram @HillsidesPasadena. 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Purplebricks floats on AIM

first_imgPurplebricks, which allows homeowners to sell their properties for a flat fee from £665 plus VAT, floated on the AIM market last week at a value of £240.3 million, with shares initially trading at an opening price of 104.5p before dropping to 96.5p.The company, which launched in April 2014, is backed by some heavyweight investors, including prominent Fund Manager Neil Woodford, Paul Pindar (left), the retired Chief Executive of outsourcing group Capita, and Errol Damelin, the Founder of payday lender Wonga.Purplebricks, which has swiftly established itself as the number one online estate agency, prides itself on offering a cheaper service than traditional estate agents and currently lists in the region of 4,300 homes for sale, and said its market share among the top six online estate agents had grown to in excess of 60 per cent.Purplebricks charges a flat fee of £665 plus VAT for a sale in the UK, rising to £965 plus VAT in prime London post codes. There are some additional charges for a premium service.The funds raised from the float will allow Purplebricks to increase its presence across the UK, according to Chief Executive Michael Bruce.He said, “The funds raised will allow us to further deepen our presence across the UK through additional investment in people, technology, infrastructure and marketing to deliver our ambitious growth plans as well as value for all of our shareholders.”The firm aims are to continue to build its lettings business, grow its mortgage business and optimise the significant and growing traffic visiting its website.In a statement, the business added, “Purplebricks approaches the key trading period of the first quarter of the new calendar year with confidence and, in the Directors’ opinion, with the Purplebricks hybrid model set to continue to change the way that houses are sold and let.”Purplebricks online estate agency Purplebricks floats on AIM December 22, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks floats on AIM previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks floats on AIMPurplebricks, the online estate agents, has started trading on London’s junior market.The Negotiator22nd December 20150525 Viewslast_img read more

Lampard insists Chelsea fully deserved their victory over Tottenham

first_imgFrank Lampard insisted Chelsea fully deserved their FA Cup semi-final win against Tottenham despite the controversial nature of their second goal.Spurs were furious after Juan Mata’s shot was adjudged to have crossed the line, but midfielder Lampard scored one of three late goals that sealed a superb victory for the Blues.“It was an amazing game. I thought we played brilliantly. We deserved to win that game with the amount we created,” Lampard told ITV.AdChoices广告“We got lucky [with Mata’s goal] but we can’t call that -the referee did. But we scored a lot of goals and created a lot of chances. Over the course of the game we deserved to win.”Looking ahead to Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona, Lampard added: “We’ve got to believe in ourselves.“We’re ready to go for it. We’ve been in pretty good form lately but we need to carry it on.”Chelsea skipper John Terry said of Mata’s goal: “I don’t think it did [cross the line]. I thought it hit me and stayed out. Throughout the season things go for you and against you.”Click here for the Chelsea v Tottenham quizSee also: Chelsea v Tottenham: Player ratingsControversial Mata goal helps Blues thrash Tottenham Di Matteo confrms Luiz is a doubt for Barcelona clashFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mourinho struggles to make case for Manchester United defence

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho will be desperate for his struggling Manchester United side to put their defensive woes behind them against the Premier League’s bottom club Fulham but the form book suggests they may struggle to do so.An exciting, if error-strewn, 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford in midweek means United have conceded 25 goals in their 15 Premier League games to date — more than four times the number conceded by Liverpool.Alarmingly, only the division’s bottom five teams have a worse defensive record and United have managed to record just two clean sheets all season — in a win at Burnley and a goalless home draw with Crystal Palace.Even more remarkably, in the two complete seasons under Mourinho’s management, United conceded just 29 goals in 2016-17 and 28 goals last season.That leaves United facing the real prospect of overtaking those marks for an entire campaign before the turn of the year.Injuries have certainly not helped Mourinho’s cause but nor has his general tendency this season to chop and change his team selections.Against Arsenal, Mourinho made seven changes from the weekend draw at Southampton, meaning he has made a total of 46 in the opening 15 games, more than any other team.The past two games have seen Mourinho opt for a three-man defence, employing wing-backs higher up the field, although there has again been a lack of consistency in his selections.At Southampton, Mourinho opted for Phil Jones, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic as his three central defenders, a bold choice given two of those players are considered midfielders.Four days later, for the visit of Arsenal, Mourinho opted for Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo, playing in the first team for the first time this season. Smalling and Bailly were both suffering with injuries while, to further add to the uncertainty in defence, Mourinho also handed a full league debut to 19-year-old Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot as his right wing-back and handed Matteo Darmian just his third appearance of the campaign on the other wing.Unsurprisingly, United’s defence looked terrible in conceding goals to Shkodran Mustafi, courtesy of a dreadful mistake by goalkeeper David de Gea, and a Rojo own goal — a defensive catastrophe that left Mourinho joking that his team had scored all four goals against the Gunners.– Mourinho praises attitude –But, given the patched up nature of his defence, Mourinho insisted he was delighted with their attitude and effort in midweek.“We have to be happy with the spirit, the effort, the dynamism, the intensity, the understanding of our difficulties,” he said.“The changes we made in the team to be more compact, with so many problems and at the back (there) was a kid with his first start, was Eric, half injured and without playing for a long time, was Smalling injured — I have to say injured.“There was Marcos Rojo, in the first minutes of his season, was Darmian with a third start. So difficult circumstances and the team, as a team, had a very good response.”Fulham, bottom of the table and with just 15 league goals in as many games this season, should offer United’s defence a sightly easier challenge on Saturday, although the arrival of new manager Claudio Ranieri may produce a galvanising effect, at least based on their 1-1 draw with Leicester on Wednesday.United’s French international forward Anthony Martial came off early in the Arsenal game with what Mourinho described as a “pre-injury” and will have his fitness assessed before the Fulham game.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

NBA to Drake: Keep your hands off Raptors coach

first_imgRaptors coach Nick Nurse won’t be getting any impromptu shoulder massages from rapper and Raptors superfan Drake when the NBA Finals begin Thursday night.NBA commissioner Adam Silver said while the league appreciates Drake’s passion for the game, there are lines the superstar shouldn’t be crossing when he’s at his courtside seat. Like during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals when an excited Drake drifted toward Toronto’s bench and rubbed Nurse’s shoulders.Get you a hype man like Drake. …last_img read more

Brand SA urges South Africans play their part for Mandela day

first_img(Image: Homecoming Revolution)Johannesburg, Tuesday 14 July – Brand South Africa will play its part on International Nelson Mandela Day by making a difference in the lives of South Africans through its flagship programme Play Your Part.  Brand South Africa will engage with communities in various parts of the country and by supporting charitable causes aimed at improving the lives of fellow South Africans.Download press releasePlay Your Part is a nationwide programme by Brand South Africa created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. Its objective is to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. This programme aims to encourage South Africans to actively participate in improving their communities which will in turn  drive the implementation of the National Development Plan which is South Africa’s blueprint for economic development and social cohesion by eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030.Programme 1Play Your Part for active citizenshipIn support of this commemorative month and as part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism, and a spirit of active citizenship, Brand South Africa, has also partnered with the GEM Project who have developed a Play your Part app which contains a number of organisations needing assistance from South Africans.  These include, amongst others, the provision of clothing, assistance with homework, job shadowing and skills development, which all South Africans will be able to support.Once an individual has participated in assisting a cause, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime/data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Ms. Sithembile Ntombela says: “This partnership is an extension not only to the commemorative month’s activities and actions of goodwill by South Africans, but we hope that the nation will continue to contribute to positive change because a nation of people who care deeply for one another, and the environment in which they live, is beneficial for everyone. This is our call to action so that everyday can become a Mandela Day!”The app is a social development drive, that aims to mobilise communities within themselves so that they can help each other rise. Volunteers are encouraged to donate their GEMs back to the needy causes during Mandela Month. In order to ensure continuity and mobilise support even beyond Mandela Month, corporates are also encouraged to donate GEMs so that they can be allocated towards causes on an ongoing basis.Brand South Africa invites you to download the app, play your part and contribute to the discussions by following the conversation during Mandela Month @Brand_SA #MandelaMonth2015 or #TimeToServe.Programme 2Refurbishing an orphanage in LimpopoOn Friday 17 July, Brand South Africa will play its part for Nelson Mandela Day by refurbishing the Mponegele Ke Itirele Orphanage Centre and assisting with general maintenance on the premises.Through the Play Your Part programme, Brand South Africa encourages all South Africans to make a positive social change in their communities in order to make a difference in the lives of the people of South Africa. Play your Part further seeks to empower and celebrate active citizens in our country.Brand South Africa will also participate in the Mayoral Nelson Mandel Day celebrations on Saturday 18 July at the ZZ2 Farm in Limpopo. The workers on the farm will teach school children from the orphanage about agriculture. The farm workers will share their skills with the children which will empower them to grow  their own vegetable gardens at the orphanage.Programme 3Blitz Clean Up Day, London Road AlexandraBrand South Africa staff will join other active citizens to clean up London Road and Juskei River as part of the wider Green Economy Sustainable Job Creation Concept on Friday 17 July. The aim is to have a “Blitz Clean Up Day” of the London/Vincent Tshabala Road and Jukskei River under the banner of #GreeningAlex.This initiative responds toBrand South Africa’s mandate to work with stakeholders to position South Africa as an investment and business destination of choice. Having a cleaner Alexandra will make the area more attractive to investors and businesspeople which will contribute to economic development and job creation and will therefore improve the lives of the community.Brand South Africa will participate in this initiative because it will highlight some of the challenges that have been identified that continue to hinder private sector investment in the community of Alexandra, some of which include poor infrastructure and environmental degradation.Programme 4Brand South Africa supports #Trek4MandelaBrand South Africa’s Chair of the Marketing Committee Mr Thebe Ikalafeng will join other South African imminent personalities who will summit Mt Kilamanjaro on 18 July 2015.  The #Trek4Mandela climbers are aiming to raise funds to keep 270 000 girls in school.  Keeping girls is school is directly related to the global competitiveness of a country.Brand South Africa invites you to play your part this Nelson Mandela Day to keep a girl child in school by SMSing “Thebe”to 42513 to pledge R30. Follow Thebe’s journey on Twitter at @Brand_SA, @ThebeIkalafeng or @trek4mandela #Trek4Mandela, #MandelaDaylast_img read more

Thrilling Matches Kick-off State of Origin

first_imgBy BEN HARRISA touchdown to New South Wales’ Nathan Martin with three seconds left on the clock gave the Blues a heart-stopping 11-10 victory in the opening game of the Men’s 30’s division of the 2012 State of Origin series.The first game to be played on the stadium field at Port Macquarie had the hundreds of spectators on the edge of their seats for the full 40 minutes.Queensland scored the first three touchdowns of the match but New South Wales fought back and bagged the next three.Queensland then stepped it up a gear and took a 6-4 lead into the main break before making it 7-4 soon after.But the rest of the second half went back and forth like a tennis final at Wimbledon.Dean McKechnie scored four touchdowns in the second stanza for New South Wales while Gavin Shuker also bagged four for the Maroons.With 30 seconds to go, Queensland equalled the score at 10-all.With the last play of the game New South Wales drove hard towards Queensland’s scoreline and with a beautiful ball from Daniel Rushworth, Martin scored the winning touchdown.NSW Men’s 30s coach Milad Almaoui said it was a win based on character and determination.“We expected that. We always said the first game was a bit of a lottery,” Almaoui said.“We showed character and courage to come back from 3-nil down then 7-4 to win the match.“For a 30’s game, you could not have asked for anything more.”Queensland got one back in the Women’s 30s with a drop-off win in the division’s first game.With scores levelled at 4-4 at the final siren, extra-time was needed to separate the two teams.Queensland’s Lana Curry was the hero, streaking the length of the field to score the winning touchdown and give her team a 5-4 victory.New South Wales won the two other matches in the first time slot with the Blues taking out the Men’s 45’s and the Women’s 40’s.A 3-0 lead was enough for the Blues to hold Queensland off for a 4-2 win in the Men’s 45s.While a second half scoring blitz of five touchdowns helped NSW to win 6-3 in the Women’s 40s. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksNSW begin welllast_img read more

Bill Gates Hears Young People Debate Tough World Issues

first_imgLast month, global entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates surprised students by sitting in the audience as they debated some of the most challenging global issues facing their generation.Hosted by Ore Oduba, with a performance from George the Poet and judged by a star-studded and expert panel including Jamal Edwards, Tina Daheley, Emma Thompson and Jon Snow, the event saw Robert Clack School of Science from Dagenham, London take on Mount St Mary’s school from Leeds.The event, ‘Comic Relief presents: The Big Debate with young people’, was inspired by Debate Mate and run in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and was the final ‘showcase’ in a series of debates run by Debate Mate during the 2017 Red Nose Day campaign.Bill Gates was in the audience, which included over 250 students from around the UK as the two schools debated the motion, “This House Believes That, for People in Developing Countries, the World is Getting Better”. After listening to the debate, Bill surprised the room with an inspirational talk focused on the progress that has been made in improving the lives of those in some of the world’s poorest communities. He then took questions from students in the audience, before Robert Clack School of Science who argued for the proposition were named winners of the debate.Liz Warner, CEO, Comic Relief, said “Comic Relief is really interested in hearing from and engaging with young people who will live with the consequences of the decisions we make about the global future. It’s great to be able to provide a rare platform for young people from tough backgrounds to air their views. We have found the experience working with Debate Mate, who run debating clubs in some of the most deprived areas of the UK, really rewarding. We are also very pleased to host Bill Gates today and give the students in this debate the opportunity to be heard by someone who really can take these young people’s views to a world stage.”Debate Mate was set up in 2008 to inspire and engage young people from some of the UK’s most disadvantaged areas in today’s most critical issues and to provide a platform for their voices to be heard.last_img read more

Unifor says ruling on its Suncor Energy random drug testing injunction on

first_imgEDMONTON – A judge hearing an application from a union for an injunction to stop Suncor from starting random drug tests at oilsands facilities in northeastern Alberta is to make his ruling next Thursday.Unifor Local 707-A says such random testing would be a violation of the worker’s rights and privacy.The union says Suncor Energy already tests workers who are involved in accidents.Calgary-based Suncor has said random tests are needed to bolster safety at its work sites.Suncor and the union have been battling over random drug tests since 2012, including at arbitration hearings and in court.Unifor says it has also filed for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court an Alberta court ruling in September that was in favour of the energy giant.Unifor Local 707-A President Ken Smith said the case could set a precedent for other safety-sensitive workplaces.“Random drug testing of workers that have done nothing wrong is a violation of their basic rights,” Smith said Thursday in a statement.“We will work with Suncor to achieve the highest possible levels of workplace safety with education and prevention, not invasive medical procedures.”Suncor (TSX:SU) officials were not immediately available for comment.last_img read more

Quebecors Peladeau guilty plea could bar company from bidding on public contracts

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec media mogul Pierre Karl Peladeau says he will challenge a court ruling nearly one month after he pleaded guilty to breaking provincial electoral law, posting on Facebook Monday that he had ignored the consequences for Quebecor Inc.The Quebecor CEO and former Parti Quebecois leader pleaded guilty July 10 to a violation of the Election Act after he personally reimbursed a $137,000 debt racked up by his campaign during the sovereigntist party’s leadership race in 2015. The legislation requires campaign debts to be repaid mainly through public donations.In a message posted to his Facebook page Monday night, Peladeau said his guilty plea could jeopardize Quebecor’s ability to do business with the province due to anti-corruption rules that bar companies with executives convicted under the act from bidding on public contracts.“It has become essential to see things through a perspective of fairness, as much for Quebecor as for its thousands of employees and its clients and partners who were, and still are, completely outside of my choice to get involved in active politics, of my family situation that forced my departure and of my personally reimbursing my campaign debt,” Peladeau wrote.Noting he had voted for the legislation to combat collusion and corruption, the businessman insisted he had “obviously never committed any acts” that would fall under that label.“I never engaged in fraudulent electoral practices, practices for which this law was established. Quite the contrary. I was transparent and I paid my debts. However, the future of thousands of dollars in contractual commitments, ranging from telecom services contracts to production and broadcasting programs…could become uncertain in the future,” he said in the nearly 1,000-word Facebook post.“The Quebec Treasury Board and its president…as well as the premier have the power to declare an exception to the automatic and unqualified application of the Act,” Peladeau added.Quebecor stated Tuesday that public contracts make up “a very small proportion” of its revenue and have “no material impact on the corporation’s profitability.”“We are confident that the matter will be settled in the near future without restricting the corporation’s activities or its public sector clients,” the Montreal-based company said in a release.Celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary ran up a $529,000 debt during his 2015 Conservative leadership bid, according to Elections Canada, whose rules prevent candidates from pouring more than $25,000 into their own campaign.Elections Canada rejected a petition from the former “Dragons’ Den” star to let him pay off the debt personally.Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)last_img read more

Strike at Globe and Mail averted at last minute with tentative agreement

first_imgTORONTO — A strike has been averted at the Globe and Mail just hours before the deadline.Unifor, which represents 320 reporters, editors and other staff at the national newspaper, says the two sides have reached a tentative agreement.The union says details of the deal won’t be released until the agreement is presented to members for ratification.Unifor had said it was seeking pension protection and an end to what it says is a pay gap between the Globe’s male and female employees.The two sides had been negotiating for six months, but Unifor said talks had not moved forward for the past two months.Members had given their bargaining committee a 94 per cent strike mandate two weeks ago.———A subsidiary of the Globe and Mail holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the Toronto Star and a subsidiary of Montreal’s La Presse.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Indie Crossword Puzzlers Are Shaking Up A Very Square World

The New York Times3.5 The Washington Post3.9 BuzzFeed3.7 Wall Street Journal3.4 Newsday3.9 CrosSynergy3.3 The Times’ puzzle, though, isn’t the most highly rated on the Web. Indies may be ragtag, but their quality can be remarkably high. The popular blog Diary of a Crossword Fiend lets readers rate a selection of puzzles each day, from one to five stars. Indies do well, with indie icon Matt Gaffney’s topping the list and American Values Club and Quigley’s puzzles averaging above the Times so far this year. (Note, of course, that these ratings are subjective, and come from a highly selected sample of the universe of crossword solvers, namely those who rate crosswords on a crossword blog.)But that the indies are well-received doesn’t make them well-compensated. They’re wrestling with the same confusion about sustainable business models as all the other media upstarts.The New York Times has it relatively easy, with nearly 200,000 digital crossword subscribers, good for over $2 million in revenue in the first quarter of 2016, according to a company press release. When you figure in the hardcopy subscriptions and newsstand purchases due to the puzzle, plus the countless book collections, the Times crossword puzzle is almost certainly worth well north of $10 million a year. (The Times wouldn’t comment beyond what was disclosed in the press release.) Little of that money goes to the constructors: At its rate of $300 for a daily puzzle and $1,000 for a Sunday, I estimate that a little less than $150,000 a year is paid to the crossword constructors themselves.Outside the Times, though, monetization approaches vary wildly. The American Values Club crossword, the indie edited by Tausig, is subscription based. A year’s worth of puzzles is $20, or you can get a single puzzle for a buck, and proceeds are divvied up among constructors quarterly. Depending on the quarter, this model can yield more than the Times’ $300-per-puzzle rate, according to Tausig. “I’ve been a constructor for a long time, and also because I’m a hardcore Marxist, I want to put my money where my mouth is,” he said. Constructors there also retain some future rights to their puzzles. Tausig didn’t give me a precise count of his subscribers, but said there were no fewer than 3,000.Quigley, who runs an eponymous site, was inspired by Radiohead’s 2007 release of “In Rainbows” when he created his pay-what-you-want model. He publishes free puzzles on Mondays and Thursdays, and provides a “tip your constructor” PayPal link on his homepage. Between direct payments and the advertisement it provides for other paying puzzle gigs, Quigley estimated that his site is responsible for two-thirds of his income. He claimed an average of 12,000 people solve a typical puzzle on his site.And Matt Gaffney — whom other indie constructors described to me as the “juggernaut” and the “silverback gorilla” of the field and who tops the ratings list — oversees a mini-factory that publishes eight puzzles a week. About a year ago, Gaffney switched to a subscription-only model for his daily puzzle ($24 a year) which, he told me, has 500 to 600 subscribers. “It seems to be kind of the wave of the future,” he said. “But I think big media, regular media and indie puzzles will always coexist and coevolve for the foreseeable future. I don’t see one putting the other out of business.” Despite that, indies “are where all the crazy, new, fun stuff is happening.”In many ways, the crossword tumult mirrors that of the broader media world, pockmarked with hirings, firings, launches, closings and scandal. BuzzFeed hit the brakes, and USA Today ousted its crossword editor in May. But others hit the gas. The Wall Street Journal added a daily puzzle last September, and The Washington Post tapped a new crossword constructor in November. And Slate, stalwart of internet media, will feature the American Values Club crossword in its paid section, Slate Plus, starting in September.Madison, the former BuzzFeed editor, who has interned for both Shortz and Tausig, is heading back to the indie world himself. According to Madison, the BuzzFeed puzzle’s average 40,000 to 50,000 views didn’t justify its cost at the virally oriented site. (I emailed BuzzFeed for comment but have not yet received one.) He recently announced a new crossword project called Solve the Internet. Details were sketchy, but the description he gave me was heavy on “internet” and “social.” Madison wouldn’t offer a specific launch date but said to expect it soon.“I don’t understand what he’s talking about, but that’s a fantastic thing,” Quigley, 42, said of Madison’s puzzle ideas. “If we don’t go out and try to bring in that younger generation, we’ve got the buggy whip, and we’re gonna get blown out by something else.” Fireball3.9 Jonesin’ Crosswords3.3 Crossword Nation3.9 Brendan Emmett Quigley3.7 Los Angeles Times3.6 Matt Gaffney4.0 American Values Club3.6 Most highly rated crosswords Gawker wasn’t the only irreverent, iconoclastic internet media property to say farewell recently. To a much quieter dirge, the BuzzFeed crossword puzzle published its final edition this month. Its editor, 23-year-old puzzle wunderkind Caleb Madison, for whom this was his first job, left the company to strike out on his own.The BuzzFeed crossword, which launched in October, promised a millennial upheaval to the musty crossword genre: an internet-native, slang-fluent, pop-culture-obsessed puzzle aimed at young solvers. There was hope, given BuzzFeed’s large amounts of traffic, that it would serve as a meaningful competitor to the starchy, hegemonic New York Times crossword. “BuzzFeed Is Revolutionizing the Crossword Puzzle,” an Observer headline declared last year.It didn’t. Yet while BuzzFeed’s puzzle revolution fizzled, a devoted band of ragtag agitators remains devoted to the cause. A vibrant ecosystem of independent crosswords — “indies” — exists on the internet, its component puzzles multiplying and evolving, finding their niche and trying to find ways to survive. And some of them can outrate the gold standard over at the Times.“I think of the indie world like we’re all craft beer brewers,” Brendan Emmett Quigley, a professional puzzle constructor, told me. The Times is a Budweiser lager; the indies are small-batch saisons and IPAs.“My favorite thing about indie puzzles is the timeliness,” Neville Fogarty, an avid indie solver who helped found the Indie 500 crossword tournament, told me. Indie puzzles don’t have to wait months in a publication queue, as they would at the Times. They also aren’t subject to the stylistic constraints of a large media institution. Topics and themes, however recent, modern, niche or profane, are fair game. Nor are they subject to the physical constraints of a major newspaper. With few exceptions, all daily Times puzzles use 15-by-15 grids with rotational symmetry, a convention indies can and do break.Over (craft) beers recently, Ben Tausig,1It was Tausig whose tweet, about a suspiciously duplicated puzzle, eventually led to the FiveThirtyEight investigation into accusations of plagiarism against the crossword editor Timothy Parker. the editor of the acclaimed indie American Values Club crossword, reflected on the early days of indies, over a decade ago. “We were all out in the woods,” he said. “Papers were dying, papers were dropping their crosswords.” And so some crossword designers decided to go it alone. A risky proposition, but one that came with aesthetic upside. These sylvan constructors could rewrite the stylebook. “Crosswords were staid, you know? As much as I enjoyed them, there was always this feeling that the voice of the Times was not my generational voice. It was like, what if you made a crossword about rap, or something? That felt really radical at the time.”Criticism of the Times puzzle seems to have expanded of late, beyond the stylistic and into the political. It’s not just that the Times puzzle is staid, or geared toward olds. It’s been accused of tone deafness on issues of race and gender. A recent clue for the answer HAREM was “Decidedly nonfeminist women’s group,” and the clue “Exasperated comment from a feminist” led to the answer MEN. “Gangsta rap characters” were THUGS.But Will Shortz, the Times puzzle editor since 1993, is an icon for a reason. All the constructors I spoke to praised him for elevating the Times puzzle to its current station. “The Times’ job is arguably much harder, because they have to walk that thin line of making sure everyone is included,” Quigley said. It’s come a long way, too. The Times published its first crossword in 1942. If you scrape off a thick layer of dust, you’ll find a puzzle riddled with obscurities (the poets CRABBE and TASSO, the seaport HAGI, the Dutch town EDE) and ditchwater-dull clues (both IAN and YVON are clued as “Man’s name”). And even if some indie puzzlers would like to foment a revolution, it already took one to get the Times to the solid position it’s in today. Shortz oversaw a transition away from the dryest trivia to a puzzle that does include some popular culture. He has said that anything the paper covers should be fair game for the crossword.“The Times’ crossword audience is broad, from teens up to as old as people get,” Shortz told me in an email. “But the average [age] is higher than that for the indies. So in terms of overall tone and cultural references, the Times puzzle will skew a little older than the indies.” Shortz also mentioned the need for the Times puzzle to have a longer shelf life than the indies, which means it eschews some timelier subjects. The puzzle appears in syndication six weeks after its original publication, and sometimes in books years later. Boston Globe3.1 Chronicle of Higher Education3.3 Includes puzzles appearing at least ten times. Ratings are out of 5.Source: Diary of a Crossword Fiend PUZZLEAVG. USER RATING read more

Buckeye brainteasers 5 questions regarding OSUs matchup with Miami

The No. 17-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) hit the road for their first away game of the 2011 season against the unranked Miami Hurricanes (0-1), which were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Coast Conference. OSU holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series against Miami, including a 31-24 double-overtime victory in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl for the 2002 BCS National Championship. Last season’s 36-24 win against the Hurricanes was vacated as part of OSU’s self-imposed penalties for NCAA violations. Here is a discussion of some of the pressing concerns facing the Buckeyes’ in their Week 3 contest against Miami. 1. Should I be concerned about last week’s 27-22 win against Toledo and, if so, how much? It’s reasonable to be worried after Saturday’s closer-than-expected win against Toledo, but only to a certain point. One area of question is the success the Rockets’ quarterbacking duo of sophomore Terrance Owens and junior Austin Dantin had in the game. Owens and Dantin combined to throw for 292 yards against the OSU defense. Perhaps the biggest worry for Buckeye Nation was that their team struggled to stop the offensive weapons Toledo figured to rely on heading into the game — junior wide receiver and kick returner Eric Page and senior running back Adonis Thomas combined for 372 all-purpose yards in the game. But the fact that OSU dropped only two spots in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll from No. 15 to No. 17 could be a sign of respect for the Rockets’ playmakers, and Toledo earned every bit of that respect. For all the missed opportunities and big plays allowed to the Rockets’ predictable playmakers, the Buckeyes defense came up with the stops it needed to win the game. As several players and coaches said after the game, OSU bent but didn’t break. Toledo made a game of it Saturday and that can’t be wholly negative. Buckeye fans got a scare watching the game, but more importantly, players got a formidable test before their first road trip. 2. How will previously-suspended OSU players — sophomore defensive back Corey Brown, junior running back Jordan Hall and junior defensive back Travis Howard — figure into the game plan against the Hurricanes Saturday? The NCAA reinstated Brown, Hall and Howard on Tuesday. Each player was suspended for the Buckeyes’ first two games for receiving white envelopes containing $200 from a university booster at a Feb. 19 charity event in Cleveland. Coach Luke Fickell said on several occasions that he would focus on the players that were present and not suspended. Additionally, Fickell said the players returning from punishment would have to win their jobs back from the starters that filled in for them during wins against Akron and Toledo. Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman announced Wednesday that Hall will start at tailback for the Buckeyes against Miami even though Fickell said the sophomore running back Carlos Hyde was the team’s starter after the Toledo win. In all likelihood, perhaps Hall also outperformed Hyde in practice this week. Sophomore cornerback Dominic Clarke has played well in Howard’s absence and was also listed as a starter on the team’s depth chart, which was released to the media on Tuesday. Howard and Brown were not listed on the depth chart. 3. Which players on the Hurricanes could hurt the Buckeyes on Saturday? The list of Miami players whom are certain to pose a threat to OSU starts with redshirt sophomore running back Lamar Miller, who rushed for 119 yards on 18 carries while also scoring a touchdown in the Hurricanes’ season-opening loss to Maryland. Miller will also pose a dual threat to the Buckeyes as he amassed 100 return yards on four kick returns against the Terrapins. As far as wide receiving targets are concerned, none of the Hurricanes’ receivers put up eye-popping numbers against Maryland. Sophomore quarterback Stephen Morris spread the ball around in the season opener, completing passes to nine different players in the game. Sophomore Allen Hurns led all the Hurricanes’ receivers with 69 yards on four catches. And, of course, there’s senior quarterback Jacory Harris, who is returning from a one-game suspension. Harris was one of eight players suspended for receiving impermissible benefits from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme. The Miami quarterback hasn’t seen action since Dec. 31, 2010, when the Hurricanes’ lost, 33-17, to Notre Dame in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Given the amount of time it has been since Harris’ last meaningful snap, it is hard to say how threatening he’ll be on Saturday. In 2010, Harris threw for 1,793 yards and 14 touchdowns against 15 interceptions, with four of those interceptions coming against the Buckeyes during the teams’ Week 2 matchup last fall. Harris figures to be an “X” factor in Saturday’s game. Another interception-laden performance against OSU would likely be Miami’s downfall. A strong 2011 debut for Harris could have the Buckeyes’ defense back-peddling and chasing the ‘Canes throughout the game. 4. How will this young Buckeyes team react to a hostile, away-game environment? When you consider that members of this OSU team have played in famously large and loud Big Ten stadiums such as Michigan Stadium, Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium and Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, Miami’s Sun Life Stadium just doesn’t compare. Miami students and fans will make some noise for the nationally-televised night game, but it won’t be anything the Buckeyes haven’t experienced before. According to a Hurricanes’ press release, their home field holds 74,916 fans — six Big Ten stadiums hold more. Upperclassmen leadership will be key for the Buckeyes, and many members of the team are capable of providing it to the team’s underclassmen. 5. Can quarterback Joe Bauserman lead the Buckeyes to the third win against Miami in program history? In a word, yes. Fans booed and jeered the redshirt senior quarterback on Saturday against Toledo while simultaneously calling for Braxton Miller to go under center for the team. Statistics support any decision by Fickell to entrust the team’s fate to Bauserman on Saturday. Bauserman has passed for 352 yards and four touchdowns against Akron and Toledo. Most important, though, is the fact that he hasn’t thrown an interception or been sacked. Sun Life Stadium may or may not present an intimidating atmosphere on this weekend, but it’s still worth questioning how Miller, a true freshman who has never played in any kind of hostile environment at the collegiate level, would respond to those conditions. The Buckeyes would do well to stick with Bauserman — the better-known commodity — throughout Saturday’s game. EXTRA POINT — Suspension updates for both teams OSU’s Daniel Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas, who each sold OSU football memorabilia and received improper benefits in the form of tattoos, will remain suspended until the team’s Oct. 8 game at Nebraska. For Miami, Harris, along with linebacker Sean Spence, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, defensive end Adewale Ojomo and receiver Travis Benjamin return to the Hurricanes’ lineup Saturday. Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, defensive end Olivier Vernon and tight end Dyron Dye, however, remain suspended for receiving impermissible benefits from Shapiro. Final score prediction: OSU 31-27 Miami read more

Ohio State club football optimistic about future

On a windy, overcast April afternoon at Ohio State, the cleats are laced up, footballs are tossed around and a new offensive scheme is being installed. New coaches and new players provide hope for the upcoming season. This is not the beloved Buckeye varsity football team, however, but the OSU club football team getting ready to enter its fourth season this fall. OSU club football began Spring Quarter 2008. A group of about 25 players made the team and stuck it out through the inaugural season in fall 2009. The team went 1-4 the first year, beating only Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 28-12. The second year was a similar story for the club. A team of about 35 players competed for the Buckeyes and they made improvements from 2009, but the 2010 squad finished the year with a 2-4 record. Former club president and a player for three years, Nick Herrin, said that despite the tough times the team endured those first two years, it was the most fun he’s ever had playing football. “It was just 18 to 25 guys that just absolutely loved football,” said Herrin, a fourth-year in psychology. In the first two seasons, the team was not lacking in skill or talent, but was simply outmanned when compared to their opponents, Herrin said. “The first year of the club, we had 18 guys that were as good as anybody,” Herrin said. “We were just outnumbered. We go to Xavier and Miami and they’ve got 45 guys.” Despite going 3-8 in the first two years of the club’s existence, the players said the excitement increased prior to the 2011 campaign. Through tryouts, the team was able to increase its roster size to almost 50 players last season. As Herrin said, the increase in the number of players on the team helped. The Buckeyes finished the season 6-0 and ranked No. 3 in the final Intercollegiate Club Football Federation rankings. OSU practices and plays all of its home games at the Lincoln Tower Turf Field, which is located just south of Ohio Stadium. Safety George Shapiro, a third-year in industrial engineering and club president, said looking up at the fourth-largest football stadium in the country makes him feel like “the little brother” at times. He said he doesn’t mind though. “It’s still cool that it’s behind us like that,” Shapiro said. “It’s still very exciting to play in front of the Horseshoe.” The Buckeyes held tryouts last week and added 25 players to a team with 25 players from last season’s undefeated squad. Practice began Monday and will be two days each week until the end of the quarter. The team is making an offensive transition this year, similar to that of the varsity team under coach Urban Meyer. The scheme will be more of a spread offense after last year’s team was more run-oriented, Herrin said. Quarterback Jeff Porter, a second-year in operations management and club vice president, said the biggest thing for the team this spring is to get everyone together and start teaching the new guys. “We’re just trying to teach right now,” Porter said. “We’re just trying to get the new people caught up to what the veterans have learned already so that when it comes time for the fall, we can just jump right in.” Defensive back T.J. Thompson, a second-year in finance, said learning the new schemes is key, but getting everybody excited about playing is the most important thing. “This spring, we want to get everyone just excited for the autumn,” Thompson said. “Everyone just loves playing and has fun.” Looking forward to next season, coach Ray Giesige said it’s going to be hard to duplicate what last year’s team did because of the players that are graduating. Giesige played for the club team the previous two seasons before concussions forced him to switch to a coaching role. The fourth-year in sport and leisure studies said he wanted to stay involved and help continue what he helped start. “I decided I wanted to stick around and help out because it really is a great organization and we’re trying to do good things,” Giesige said. While he said he thinks the team has lost some important players from last year’s team, Giesige is looking to build off the 2011 season and is optimistic about the 2012 Buckeyes. “We lost some key contributors, but the great thing about here is there’s so many people that we can replace them at least a little bit on the talent side,” Giesige said. “We’re looking for people to step up right now and be leaders and if that happens, I think we’ll have a pretty good year.” read more

Chelsea set to offer Willian a new lucrative twoyear deal

first_imgChelsea winger Willian is set to be offered a new two-year contract shortly in order to fend off interest from Manchester UnitedThe Brazil international had been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer to both United and Barcelona.Although, while the Catalan side had made three attempts to sign Willian, no such bid arrived from United.But Chelsea are not prepared to risk losing Willian again with the Daily Mirror reporting that the Blues are now willing to break their club policy by offering him a new two-year deal.Chelsea only offer players at 30 years old or over a one-year extension.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.But Willian, who celebrated his 30th birthday last week, is an exception.The Brazilian recently admitted that he would have moved on from Stamford Bridge had Antonio Conte remained as manager.Although Maurizio Sarri’s arrival as the new Chelsea boss has pleased Willian and he has decided to remain at West London.Willian current earns £120,000-a-week and has just under two years remaining on his current contract.last_img read more