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Addition & NSPCC launch donation template skill for Amazon Alexa

first_img Tagged with: Amazon Voice Melanie May | 14 December 2018 | News  178 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 [youtube][/youtube] Addition & NSPCC launch donation template skill for Amazon Alexa AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15center_img Alexa users can enable the NSPCC skill either by using their voice or through the Alexa app. Then say ”Alexa, open NSPCC” to donate. The money will be automatically deducted from their registered payment method on their Amazon account and sent to the charity via Amazon Pay.Vicky Reeves, MD of Addition said:“Voice offers a new and exciting channel. We’ve been working with Amazon and have been exploring and creating Alexa skills for charities to enable them to use voice for fundraising, service delivery and engagement. goDonate Voice is a new solution which gets charities up and running with voice donations and will evolve as the channel evolves, so our clients’ benefit from the very latest thinking and features.”Louise Corden, Lead Digital Producer at the NSPCC added: Advertisement “We are always looking for new ways to reach our audience and voice assistants are a growing part of people’s everyday lives – particularly for busy parents with children. Our Alexa skill has both the ability to donate to the NSPCC as well as help us deliver our core message, through providing tools to teach children that their bodies belong to them.“Our Talk PANTS campaign helps parents teach their children about staying safe in a fun, informal way using a catchy song and voice game, so it was a natural evolution to move those onto Alexa.”  177 total views,  1 views today NSPCC has partnered with WPN Chameleon’s digital products studio Addition in the launch of an off-the-shelf donation template skill for Amazon Alexa.goDonate Voice is designed to make it easy for charities to start taking monetary donations through Amazon Alexa using Amazon Pay without the need for significant investment in development. It is an evolution of Addition’s next generation SaaS online donation platform goDonate. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Magazine heavily punished for criticising wine

first_img News News Follow the news on France FranceEurope – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Receive email alerts RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today criticised as “excessive and totally out of proportion” the award of heavy damages against a French magazine that printed sharp criticism of local wine.A court in Villefranche-sur-Saône, near the French city of Lyon, ordered the monthly Lyon Mag on 10 January to pay 284 143 euros in damages to 56 wine-producing cooperatives in the Beaujolais region which had complained the magazine had “denigrated” their product. “We ask you to consider the full implications of this decision, which is a serious economic threat to the magazine’s survival,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Pierre Vittaz, president of the Lyon appeals court, asking him to cancel the lower court’s order to pay the damages immediately.The article, in the July-August 2002 issue of the magazine, was headed “A respected expert says Beaujolais is not proper wine.” François Mauss, chairman of the European Grand Jury, an association of professional wine-tasters, had criticised the way the wine was produced.He told the author of the article, Jean Barbier, that it was “shitty wine.” The magazine, which ran three pages about Beaujolais, also contained a less outspoken interview with Maurice Large, president of the Interprofessional Beaujolais Wine Association, headed “The quality of Beaujolais is not in question.”The court said that “by misrepresenting Beaujolais wine in such a disgusting way by comparing it to excrement,” Mauss and Barbier had “exceeded the acceptable limits of their respective social roles as (even severe) critic and as journalist by seriously abusing their right to freedom of expression and publication.”The total damages to the wine co-ops was calculated as one euro for every hectolitre of their annual wine production. The court also ordered Lyon Mag to pay for publishing the verdict in five newspapers as well as the costs of bringing the case.The editor of Lyon Mag, Lionel Favrot, said the magazine had asked for the immediate payment order to be dropped, because it was “exorbitant” in view of the publishers’ annual turnover of 1.9 million e Newscenter_img January 13, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Magazine heavily punished for criticising wine Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU FranceEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Hillsides Launches Youth Culinary Apprenticeship Program

first_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. 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 Visit Hillsides on Facebook @hillsideschildren, on Twitter @Hillsides, or on Instagram @HillsidesPasadena. More Cool Stuff 12 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

The Motet Get Down At Brooklyn Bowl For Two-Night Tour Closing Run [Recap/Videos]

first_imgThis weekend, The Motet lit up Brooklyn Bowl with two top-notch shows at the well-loved Williamsburg venue. Coming in hot off their Mixtape 1979 Halloween run last week, the band delivered a pair of electrifying performances that had the packed Bowl dancing from start to finish, featuring support from JAW GEMS on night one and Sophistafunk on night 2. The band documented their first day in the Big Apple via Snapchat. You can check out the video recap below:The whole band brought their A-game for the first half of their Brooklyn run, but an honorable mention for the night’s MVP goes to Garrett Sayers (bass) and Drew Sayers‘ (sax) mom, who live-streamed the first hour of the show for all to enjoy. Relive the performance below:The Motet finished up their tour proper–and their 12th show in 11 days–on night two in Brooklyn, holding nothing back for the ecstatic, near-sellout crowd. The final show of the band’s run featured multiple top-notch solos from each member of the band, including a sit-in from Snarky Puppy‘s Jay Jennings for an all-out trumpet battle with the Motet’s Gabe Mervine on Freddie Hubbard’s “Skagly”. You can see clips from the show via the band’s Snapchat below:After a week off, the band returns home to Denver for their traditional 2-night run at The Ogden Theatre in Denver next weekend. Tickets are available via the band’s website.Full set lists from the two Brooklyn Bowl shows can be found below:The Motet | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 11/4/16Set: Funny > Jam, Like We Own It, Back It Up, Just Around The Corner, Funkify Your Life, Fool No More, Plexus*, Damn!, Danger, Keep On Don’t Stoppin’, The Fountain, The TruthEncore: Serpentine Fire**Notes: * Extra C with horn delay, **Earth Wind and Fire CoverThe Motet | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 11/5/16Set: Wearing It Out, The Truth, Ain’t No Way, Extraordinary High, Rynodub, So High > Tell Everybody, Handcuffs^, Skagly*, Damn!, Knee Deep, Know It Too Well, ShakeEncore: Fool No More, Closed Mouth Don’t Get FedNotes: ^Parliament Funkadelic cover; *Freddie Hubbard cover, Snarky Puppy’s Jay Jennings sitting in on trumpet;[Cover Photo – Scott Harris]last_img read more

​LD seeks managers for €1.5bn of Danish/European bonds

first_imgMeanwhile, the Danish short-term bond mandate is for an expected DKK2bn of assets, which are to be invested in Danish mortgage bonds and Danish government bonds only, according to information from LD, including its tender notice on the EU’s TED tenders portal.The objective for both mandates is to outperform the benchmark over a period of two to three years, it said.For the short-term bonds mandate, outperformance should be 25-50 basis points per year, while managers of the high-grade bonds mandate should beat the benchmark by 50-100 basis points a year, without direct duration bets for either mandates, LD said.The firm, which is currently equipping itself to invest assets in Denmark’s new holiday allowances fund, said applicants may submit a tender for one or both of the high-grade bond mandates, but that the two mandates would be awarded to different tenderers, meaning no manager could be awarded both.The deadline for the receipt of tenders or requests to participate for both tenders is 2 June at 4pm CET.LD pensions has released a string of tenders so far this year — including a €100m high-conviction emerging markets equities mandate at the beginning of this month and a €400m high conviction developed markets equity mandate in mid-March.Its search for external managers has been stepped up mainly in preparation for asset inflows to the holiday allowances fund, though it remains uncertain exactly how high these will be. Denmark’s LD Pensions has initiated a tender process for two Danish bond mandates, and is looking to appoint two or three asset managers for the mandates which include expected total assets of DKK11bn (€1.475bn).The Frederiksberg-based pensions firm has launched one tender for Danish high-grade bonds and another for Danish short-term bonds, with the first being divided into two lots, and the second intended for a single asset manager.Each of the mandates in the Danish high-grade bonds tender involve an expected total of DKK4.5bn of assets, and one of them includes European covered bonds as well.LD said both mandates are for investment primarily in Danish mortgage bonds, but include the possibility of investing in government bonds from selected European countries.last_img read more

Broward police search for suspected cat shooter

first_imgA search is underway to find whoever committed what police call a horrible crime in Broward County.A cat in Pembroke Pines was shot with a BB gun this weekend.The cat suffered a collapsed lung but survived and could be allowed to go home on Monday.The owner told reporters she hopes the shooter is caught before another pet is hurt.The suspect is facing animal cruelty charges and a fine of at least $5,000.This story is developing.last_img

Canucks Deal Standout Hodgson to Change Team’s Mix

first_imgMost memorably, he scored a huge goal against Boston in early January, a goal that every Canuck fan will remember as he blasted a slap shot past Tim Thomas off the crossbar and in.  There have been a number of other times, in his 16 goals this year, that his contribution has come at a key time or at an important moment when the team really needed a goal. I have no idea where this added offense is going to come from now that he’s gone.  Another facet to the lost offense is that Hodgson was effective on the second power play unit, his departure leaving it without a proper centre.What makes this deal even worse from the Canucks perspective is what Hodgson looks like he’ll provide in the future.  Based on his current trajectory, it doesn’t appear like there’s much that would stop Hodgson from becoming a top-flight NHL scoring centre. Those players are rare and difficult to come by.  Here, the Canucks drafted one, developed him, nursed him through serious back injury, stuck with him, and finally when in his first year he scores 20 goals, many of them big, they trade him away for an unproven commodity.I understand the fact that the team’s braintrust felt they needed a different mix in the bottom-six, although, I’m puzzled by their consistent quotes to the contrary.  The time to win for the Canucks is now.  I really question whether or not these moves make the team better now – in fact, I believe that today the Vancouver Canucks are worse than they were this time yesterday.The Sedin twins are not getting any younger and the way Kesler plays, nobody knows how long his body will hold up.  The team will need another scoring centre at some point, and unfortunately, that time may be sooner rather than later.  And they just traded that scoring centre away. DID HODGSON’S CAMP ASK FOR A TRADE?This move is so puzzling, it has led many to ask whether or not there was something else going on.At one stage, it was apparent that Hodgson’s camp (i.e. his family and agent) were unhappy with the Canucks.  These issues go back to his back injury, which was misdiagnosed multiple times, first by team doctors and then by other doctors that the player had sought out himself.  Finally the issue was diagnosed properly and resolved. In addition, there have been rumblings about his camp being unhappy with his ice time this year.  Vigneault, not comfortable using him in defensive situations, really sheltered Hodgson from the other team’s best players, to his benefit.Certainly, Hodgson’s family appears to be too involved in his career, as evidenced by the fact he’s changed agents three times in four years.  When asked if Hodgson asked for a trade, Gillis gave a cryptic statement that effectively amounted to “no comment”.  Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.Assuming Hodgson’s camp wanted out (I say his camp because I don’t believe the player would have asked himself), the trade deadline was not the time to make this deal.  Vancouver may not have been the place for Hodgson long-term, just as a result of the fact a Hart and Selke winner are ahead of him in the depth chart. Gillis would have been better served by waiting until the summer when he could field offers from all 29 teams in order to get the best return on this asset.  I don’t believe he got the best return on this deal. CONCLUSIONI believe these trades will be ones that Canuck fans will regret for many years to come.Current team:  I don’t believe Pahlsson can contribute much to the team at this point – he’s an aging, one dimensional centre most suited to a fourth line role as opposed to third.  They have traded away Hodgson’s offense and not replaced it. They have gained a physical winger, but by all accounts, he’s only ready to contribute on the fourth line at this stage – he just hasn’t done much at the NHL level.  The Canucks are a worse team right now than they were before the deadline.One intangible benefit of these moves is the fact that Kesler won’t have to be used so much in defensive situations, which may increase his offensive output.  Unfortunately, unless he’s able to reproduce Hodgson’s 16 goals, this benefit won’t be realized. The pressure is now squarely on Kesler to produce, and produce at a rate he’s never produced at before.  This is a likely a key part of the strategy employed by the team – but is also extremely high-risk.There is also now an immense amount of pressure on Kassian to provide this physical edge that the team was apparently looking for, all while being responsible defensively and chipping in with some offense.  I highly doubt that he’s ready for the pressure he’s about to feel in a hockey-mad market like Vancouver.Many analysts and callers to local radio believe that the Canucks are “more complete” now than they were before the trade, as they now have a proper checking line and a more physical forward.  However, this thinking is flawed, because it assumes that Pahlsson and Kassian can contribute right now. I haven’t seen them play very much at all, but I seriously doubt that either player will provide what they were brought in for, at this time.Future team:  It’s always difficult to assess trades of young players.  That said – it looks like Hodgson will blossom into a bona fide NHL scoring centre, a commodity that this team is going to need in the next 3-4 years. On the other hand, Kassian is a big kid who’s an unproven commodity.  Scouts have reportedly told reporters that “he ‘may’ become a top-six NHL forward”.  That doesn’t sound too positive to me, and I certainly don’t believe he’ll ever provide the type of offense that Hodgson will.  While watching Hodgson put up 70-80 points or more in the future, I’ll always look at him as “the one that got away”. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s ( west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily. Coming into Monday’s trade deadline, it was apparent the Vancouver Canucks were going to make a move or two to help round out the team as it heads into the playoffs. The Canucks did just that and shocked most observers when they dealt impressive rookie and potential Calder trophy candidate Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres as the centerpiece of a deal that saw them acquire fellow rookie Zach Kassian.  Also heading to Buffalo was throw-in defenseman Alex Sulzer, with Marc-Andre Gragnani coming back to Vancouver.In a related move earlier in the day, Canucks GM Mike Gillis acquired centre Sami Pahlsson for ECHL prospect Taylor Ellington and a pair of fourth-round draft picks from the Columbus Blue Jackets.The move left most of Canucks nation shocked and dumbfounded.  Almost nobody saw the Canucks dealing Hodgson after the team had stuck with him through injury problems in his first couple of pro seasons, and had seen him break out this year into the player they drafted tenth overall.  Hodgson was fifth in rookie scoring at the time of the trade, and was tied for second in goals, all earned with average per game ice time of 12:43. WHY WERE THESE TRADES MADE?As I noted in my trade deadline preview, the Canucks appeared unhappy with their mix in their bottom-six forwards, most especially, the third line.  Hodgson had centered the third line most of the season, but his poor defensive abilities restricted how coach Alain Vigneault could deploy the line. AV was forced to use the line in offensive situations, as it was ill-equipped to face the opposing team’s skilled players.  Vigeault noted this in an interview a couple of weeks ago, when he explained that last year, he had a line like that (at the time featuring Manny Malhotra, Jannik Hansen, and Raffi Torres).  This impacted the team most primarily by increasing Ryan Kesler’s icetime significantly, which has negatively impacted his offensive production this year as he’s been forced into a defensive role more often than the team would like.The Canucks reportedly went after bruising Dallas forward Steve Ott, but were unable to consummate a deal with the Stars.  At that point, they apparently turned their attention to rookie winger Kassian, who has only played 27 NHL games. Not having seen Kassian play, other than his turns on Canada’s World Junior team, it’s difficult for me to comment on what exactly the Canucks have acquired.  That said, his NHL resume is very thin indeed.  He reportedly has great skating ability, has decent hands, and by all accounts “could” be a top-six NHL forward.Clearly when it was apparent the Canucks were going to deal Hodgson, they needed a responsible two-way centre for the third line and were able to target Pahlsson, who is an unrestricted free agent after the season’s end.  Pahlsson has a reputation as a good defensive centre and has wasted away the last couple of years in Columbus.  Pahlsson’s most famous for providing incredible third line minutes in Anaheim’s Stanley Cup run in 2007.As noted, the Canucks acquired defenseman Gragnani, an offensive-minded defenseman.  He’s 24 years old and will challenge for minutes in the team’s defensive group.  He’s played 44 games for the Sabres so far this season, recording 12 points.  His future contribution is a relative unknown. ANALYSISThese moves are definitely out of character for Gillis.  These moves appear very reactionary, and that hasn’t been Gillis’ style thus far in his tenure in Vancouver.Gillis has stated consistently that he didn’t believe the team needed to be “tougher”.  When the Stanley Cup final series against Boston concluded, he is on record as saying that it didn’t have to do with a lack of toughness, it had to do with a lack of scoring (it had more to do with horrible goaltending and even worse officiating, but I digress).  Gillis’ stance was that when penalties were called, the team didn’t capitalize on its power play opportunities. This season, when teams have tried to take the Bruins’ approach with the Canucks, the Canucks have won by doing just that.  That fact, combined with increased team toughness and an increased willingness to drop the gloves from the likes of Max Lapierre, Dale Weise, and Keith Ballard, led most people to believe the Canucks were happy with the makeup of their team from that perspective.With the third line operating more as an offensive line with Hodgson in the middle, many people believed the increased scoring depth that it provided meant the team was better, overall.  Malhotra hasn’t been the same player this year and was plying his trade on the fourth line, where he’s been effective at winning faceoffs and clearing the puck.With all these facts, it’s somewhat dumfounding that the Canucks have done a complete 180 here and radically altered the look of their bottom six forwards.  These moves represent a complete departure from their previous stance.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, the cost of these moves is too high.Pahlsson’s best days are behind him.  In fact, the only time in his career that he’s been a difference-maker was in that run to the Cup in 2007, which was a full five years ago.  When I did my trade deadline preview, I didn’t even mention him because he lacks the physical edge the Canucks were reportedly looking for, and he’s been ineffective in Columbus – they are a last-place team.  There’s a reason none of the prognosticators were mentioning him as a possibility to move – because nobody was interested in his services.  In perusing his career statistics, he’s been a full-time NHL’er since 2000-2001, and only once has finished a plus player, way back in 2002-2003.  It’s been five years since his magical run to the Cup – an eternity in the current-day NHL. In fact, Chicago traded for him in 2008-2009 at the trade deadline, where he finished minus-1 in 13 regular season games and minus-4 in 17 playoff games.  Chicago let him go at the conclusion of the season.He provides absolutely zero offense, as well.  As a result, I suspect that Canucks fans will be disappointed in what they have acquired as their third line is now a completely one-dimensional defensive unit, with questionable ability. Trading Hodgson for Kassian is where these moves get even more puzzling.  If you were putting a team together to round it out in the future, this move might make sense. The Canucks have an excess of NHL centremen, and a lack of large physical wingers.  In Kassian they have acquired a young player with potential, but without a complete body of work in the NHL, it’s very difficult to assess whether or not he can be a regular physical, offensive winger in a top-six role over the long term.  He’s played only 27 games, and has scored only seven points, hardly an impressive resume.  Clearly, Kassian may well round into a great NHL power forward.In giving up Hodgson, you’re letting go a proven NHL talent.  While still classified a rookie, he’s blossomed in this first full season in the NHL and has continually provided the Canucks offense at very key moments.  Mike Gillis has not made very many bad moves in his tenure here in Vancouver.  I really hope I’m wrong here, but I’m going to have to rely on blind faith in the wake of these moves – “In Gillis We Trust”.  If the Canucks win the Cup, and Pahlsson and Kassian contribute effectively, all will be forgotten by Canucks Nation. Unfortunately, anything short of that ultimate goal will be viewed as a failure. If it wasn’t before, the pressure is on.  It will be interesting to see if the rest of the team can provide enough to overcome what they have lost in order to reach the ultimate goal, because the pieces that have been brought in will struggle to fill that void themselves.last_img read more

Dreams of Planetary Oceans Dry Up

first_imgAstrobiologists like oceans.  The vision of life evolving on Earth in a primordial soup drives the quest to find liquid on other worlds.  It doesn’t have to be liquid water: just liquid that stimulates the imagination with visions of exotic life.  Two solar system bodies once considered prime candidates for ocean front property, though, have recently dried up substantially, reducing their value as astrobiological real estate.Titan:  A JPL press release painted a rosy picture for realtors looking at Titan’s lakefront property, after Nature1 wrote up the scientific results of a July flyby by Cassini (see also the comments by Christophe Sotin2).  Though Sotin boasted “Titan’s lost seas found,” those who know the history of the region must sigh over the long-lost global ocean that was once thought to exist on this huge Saturnian moon (see Science 12/16/1983).3  In 1983, Titan expert Jonathan Lunine and team “proposed that Saturn’s satellite Titan is covered by an ocean one to several kilometers deep consisting mainly of ethane.”  Cassini found, on the contrary, that the bulk of Titan is crisscrossed by sand dunes (05/04/2006).  Scientists are pretty sure now that the lakes, only found between the 70th and 83rd parallel north, have some liquid in them.  As to what happened to the vast oceans of liquid ethane and methane thought to have accumulated over 4.5 billion years, they can only speculate that it went underground or glommed onto solid particles (10/18/2006).  Cassini is incapable of directly confirming that possibility.Mars:  Few probably heard the whimper about Mars water expressed in Science last week.4  In the heyday of early science results from the Mars Exploration Rovers, scientists trumpeted the possibility of extensive and persistent oceans of water in the Martian past (12/20/2004, 08/06/2004, 04/12/2004, 01/03/2004).  These days?  Here’s what was overheard about “a nastier early Mars” at last month’s meetings of the American Geophysical Union (AGU):When the Opportunity rover sent back signs of water early in martian history, the usual descriptor was “shallow salty seas.”  Sounded nice and cozy for any early martian life.  But at a press conference at the meeting, rover science team leader Steven Squyres of Cornell University made a point of spelling out the team’s best current understanding of early Mars, which is much less encouraging.  “At the surface, this was primarily an arid environment,” he said.  Only occasionally, here and there, would puddles of salty, acidic groundwater form between dunes of salt sand.  As the team’s latest paper puts it, “dominantly arid, acidic, and oxidizing” environmental conditions would have posed “significant challenges to the origin of life.”  (See 10/30/2006).  Best the Martian realtors can advertise now are small, localized waterparks (12/06/2006).Jupiter’s moon Europa remains as a prime candidate for a vast under-ice ocean that might harbor exotic life.  The other large Galilean satellites might have deep water, but it’s probably too deep to encourage astrobiologists.  The geysers of Enceladus might not require liquid water (see 12/15/2006, last par.).  As waterfront real estate shrinks, the stakes for astrobiology marketing skyrocket.1Stofan et al., “The lakes of Titan,” Nature 445, 61-64 (4 January 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature05438.2Christophe Sotin, “Planetary science: Titan’s lost seas found,” Nature 445, 29-30 (4 January 2007) | doi:10.1038/445029a.3Lunine et al., “Ethane Ocean on Titan,” Science 16 December 1983: Vol. 222. no. 4629, pp. 1229 – 1230, DOI: 10.1126/science.222.4629.1229.4Richard A. Kerr, “FALL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION: Snapshots From the Meeting,” Science, 5 January 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5808, p. 37, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5808.37a.Liquid water is a rare and beautiful substance.  If you want to float your life boat, better do it here.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_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

Saving The World, One Text At A Time

first_imgIt was Marissa’s 18th birthday when she was rescued from an abusive pimp by a team of undercover police officers. A text message saved her life. Marissa sent a text to the Polaris Project, a nonprofit organization that works to combat human trafficking in the U.S., and in just two hours the nonprofit and law enforcement officers coordinated a way to remove her from the dangerous situation. Organizations like the Polaris Project are using text messaging to solve trafficking cases like Marissa’s. The nonprofit is partnering with Twilio, a platform that lets developers integrate voice and text services into mobile and web applications, to build in SMS services into its crisis hotline.Jennifer Kimball, a systems and data coordinator for the Polaris Project, shared Marissa’s story at Thursday’s Twilio conference and talked about how her organization is using SMS to effectively communicate with victims of human trafficking.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Nonprofit#SMS#texting#Twilio selena larson The pilot program launched in March has been very successful, with over 300 unique text message threads corresponding to 248 hotline cases. Almost 80 percent have been sex-trafficking cases. “We’re seeing people under 18 who are reaching out directly over text,” Kimball said in an interview. “On the phone hotline that has been historically very rare for us.”A Nonprofit PushTo further benefit nonprofit organizations like the Polaris Project, Twilio launched, a new initiative that will provide nonprofit organizations the communications technologies needed to have a greater impact on the communities they promises to deliver “one billion messages for good,” and CEO Jeff Lawson said the company wants to make it easy for nonprofits to use Twilio to establish better communications tools. “We’re using the power of connections and communications to connect the dots,” Lawson said. “To close the gap, and make it so people that can help can connect with people who need help.”The Global EffectMultiple initiatives from Internet giants have surfaced this year, all with the ambitious goal of connecting the world to the web. But even if underdeveloped countries don’t have full broadband Internet access, their citizens are still connecting to each other via SMS, a resource that these tech companies could be potentially overlooking.Smartphones saturate the U.S. mobile market, so it might surprise users that 70 percent of handset shipments were feature phones last year. Mobile data plans in developing countries are often the same price as they are in developed nations, so the high price point deters potential users. That’s why many nonprofits have begun using SMS to communicate with their consituents. The Twilio-powered project Clean Kumasi partnered with US Aid to raise awareness about the health problems caused by public human waste surrounding areas like schools, villages and other public areas in Ghana. The community-led total sanitation program uses SMS capabilities to enable users to text notifications of human waste in public areas. The program eventually added call-in functionality, as people often preferred that method of communication. The Success Of SMSThe Polaris Project is just one of the many nonprofits that are quickly embracing text messaging to better connect with their communities. Although they are still focused on the United States, they plan on expanding to other countries, and SMS capabilities would be a huge benefit. “We’re starting to see a few more crisis texting hotlines,” Kimball said. “Any organization looking to reach youth, this is the way to do it.”Nonprofits are always looking for the most effective way to reach people in need, and SMS is proving to be a successful tool to further their missions. Images via Flickr and the Polaris Project The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Beermen stay motivated, aim for Grand Slam

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera San Miguel Beermen. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWinning championships is one thing and making history is another.And after San Miguel claimed the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Arwind Santos knows that this group of Beermen have a golden chance to join en elite company by completing a rare Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “That’s one thing in history that our batch hasn’t gotten yet,” Santos said in Filipino.The 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player acknowledges the huge historical implications if indeed San Miguel collects the Triple Crown. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“If we get it, we’ll be compared to the likes of Ramon Fernandez and Hector Calma,” he said, alluding to the 1989 San Miguel squad which pulled off the feat under the tutelage of coach Norman Black.“It’s a motivation for our group that as much as possible, we could get that. And next conference, I think we can and I wish we can.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Santos knows that making an imprint in the history books is no doubt career-defining, one that will put this San Miguel batch together with legendary PBA teams.“If you have your place in history, even if you’re already old or already dead, that’s one of the things basketball fans will always remember,” he said.It’s not like Santos and the rest of the Beermen haven’t achieved anything extraordinary yet.In fact, this version of San Miguel has already won five titles in eight conferences including the 2016 Philippine Cup where it became the only team in the rich history of the PBA to come back from a 0-3 series deficit. They have also ruled the last three editions of the Philippine Cup.Santos, however, said that San Miguel remains hungry as it seeks to extend its dynasty with another title romp in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “When we become champions, we become stronger together. This becomes our bread-and-butter, and we want to continue that this coming conference. We’re thankful that we’re winning the championship, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll stop dreaming,” he said.“The feeling of being a champion is so sweet, so why not do it continually? We’re not getting tired and we’re keeping our feet on the ground. We want to continue dreaming because it’s rare to have a group like this.” View commentslast_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp says West Ham midfielder Rice can fix England woes

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Redknapp says West Ham midfielder Rice can fix England woesby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Redknapp believes West Ham midfielder Declan Rice can fix England’s defensive woes.Michael Keane’s poor form at international level continued in Friday’s loss to Czech Republic.And Redknapp thinks Rice, who operates in midfield for club and country, can do a job alongside Harry Maguire at centre-back.In his column for the Daily Mail, former Three Lions midfielder Redknapp wrote: “Is Declan Rice the answer to England’s problems in defence? I suspect he could be.”I see a centre back in the 20-year-old and that is where his future could lie for club and country, rather than being used solely in midfield.”In the modern game, players are being told to pass it out from the back, and Rice is capable of executing that.”He’d be more than happy to get on the ball and has the intelligence needed to form an effective centre back partnership.”Watch West Ham and you’ll see this young man is excellent at what he does. In the Premier League this season, only two midfielders have made more tackles than Rice.”He also ranks fourth for interceptions and seventh for ball recoveries. I believe he could apply those talents to central defence, too, while being the proficient passer Gareth Southgate wants.” last_img read more

Significant Opportunities for Investment in Agriculture – Stanberry

first_imgStory Highlights He pointed to prospects in the cultivation of coffee and cocoa which, he noted, are in high demand around the world. Planting sugar cane for bioenergy is an area that holds promise, he noted further. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, is calling on members of the Diaspora to take advantage of the “tremendous” opportunities that exist for investment in agriculture.center_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, is calling on members of the Diaspora to take advantage of the “tremendous” opportunities that exist for investment in agriculture.Such investment, he noted, could boost production and food security, cutting the country’s food import bill, which amounts to almost US$800 million annually.“There is enormous opportunity for import substitution,” he pointed out.Mr. Stanberry was addressing a plenary session of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on July 25.He pointed to prospects in the cultivation of coffee and cocoa which, he noted, are in high demand around the world. Planting sugar cane for bioenergy is an area that holds promise, he noted further.Mr. Stanberry told conference delegates that the production of food for the tourist sector is a significant area of opportunity.He pointed out that only a “very small” percentage of food consumed by tourists is coming from local farmers. That is a captive market that we must exploit.”The Permanent Secretary said the Government is committed to the development of the agriculture and has invested in the provision of irrigation systems for farming areas.President of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), Dr. Derrick Deslandes, noted that Jamaica can be competitive in the growing of several crops, and what is needed is the confidence of the investing community.“We believe that Jamaica can compete; we study prices, we look at Jamaica’s cost of production data…it is just a matter of convincing the right investors to invest in those critical areas that can move us forward,” he told the gathering.Other speakers at the forum included head of Farm Up Jamaica, Neil Curtis, and Dr. Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey, Jamaica’s first National Hero.last_img read more

Jamaica Partners with the UN to Launch Campaign against Human Trafficking

first_imgThe Government of Jamaica has partnered with the United Nations to launch the Global Blue Heart Campaign Against Human Trafficking.The campaign is an international awareness initiative by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to fight human trafficking and its impact on society. It seeks to encourage involvement and inspire action to help stop the crime.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Chair of the National Task Force against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer said she is pleased that Jamaica is the first English speaking Caribbean Country to partner with the UNODC.She noted that the strong global brand of the UN and the internationally recognized Brand Jamaica, will make a compelling partnership in the fight against human trafficking.“The combined resources of Governments everywhere are more than enough to secure an aggressive and sustained agenda against human trafficking. These resources must be made available to law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies as well as the judiciary in an unprecedented onslaught against this (crime),” she said.The Permanent Secretary was speaking at a press briefing held at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road offices on March 23.The official launch of the campaign will take place on Wednesday, March 28 at 5:00 p.m. at Emancipation Park in Kingston.It will be held concurrently at the St. William Grant Park, Downtown Kingston and at the Rudolph Elder Park in St. Thomas. A central feature of the launch is the simultaneous symbolic turning on of Blue lights at all three locations at 6:00 p.m.The locations were carefully chosen given their significance in the fight against slavery, bondage and oppression which are all negative features of human trafficking.In addition, Cabinet has approve Jamaica’s participation in the campaign which will see the local use of the Blue Heart Logo, fact sheet and brochures in its public education activities.Also, schools, non-government organizations, donor partners and custodes, private sector, private citizens and Government officials are among the target audience.Meanwhile, the NATFATIP will be continuing with its Country Tours which target persons in rural areas and urban town centres with a wide array of material about the crime.To this end, on March 27, NATFATIP will conduct a Trafficking in Persons country tour from Boone Hall, St. Andrew to Stony Hill and on March 28, from the Town Centre in Morant Bay to Rudolph Elder Park. Human trafficking is considered a transnational crime with the primary objective of gaining profit through the exploitation of human beings.NATFATIP is a multi-agency body, comprising representatives from Ministries, Departments and Agencies and non-governmental organisations, which support the Government’s policy and action in combating human trafficking in Jamaica.Other countries that have adopted the Global Blue Heart campaign are Brazil, Columbia, Lebanon, Mexico and Switzerland.last_img read more

Drew Barrymore Joins St Jude Childrens Research Hospital For Childhood Cancer Awareness

first_imgSeptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is calling upon people across the country to unite under the shared goal to end childhood cancer.St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Helping to raise awareness for the mission is St. Jude ambassador Drew Barrymore.“St. Jude, it’s just an unparalleled place,” said Barrymore. “They don’t charge families, and they take all the burdens and worry of daily life off the table for them.”Since it opened its doors more than 50 years ago, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent, and it won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.“While there is much to celebrate in terms of the progress St. Jude has made in the fight against childhood cancer, cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease in U.S. children today and we must keep up the fight until no child dies from cancer,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We appreciate Drew Barrymore being our St. Jude ambassador and are thankful for our partners and the tens of thousands of supporters who are raising awareness and support our lifesaving mission through the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer nationwide.”The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer will take place on Sept. 16 and 23, in 63 cities across the country. Individuals can register to participate in this family friendly event that raises funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. Events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.Individuals can also get involved this September by donating to walk/run participants or volunteering at one of the events. Learn more or find a St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in your area by visiting year, more than 50 national partners are supporting St. Jude through various Childhood Cancer Awareness Month activities throughout the month of September. Partners include Kmart, Carnival Cruise Line, PayPal, Varsity Brands, Lancôme, CBS Sports, Brizo, Party City, Publishers Clearing House, Touchdowns Against Cancer, Coton Colors, BurgerFi, Smartwater, LINE-X, Blo Blow Dry Bar and Smocked Auctions. National Series Sponsors of the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer events include Target, Thrivent Mutual Funds and American Airlines. Chili’s Grill and Bar has committed to be our first Platinum national team, and our Gold national teams are Tri Delta, New York & Company, Brooks Brothers, Domino’s, Cox Automotive, Westfield, DXL Group, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.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