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Free campaign planning tool!

first_imgThanks to my friends at Spitfire, if you need help planning your next big campaign, you’re in luck. Spitfire Strategies and the Communications Leadership Institute (the people who brought you the Smart Chart and Discovering the Activation Point) have just unveiled their newest tool: The Just Enough Planning Guide. It’s a free online resource that for the first time gives nonprofits and foundations a process for planning successful campaigns. Whether your organization is planning to pass a law, win popular support for an issue or organize a boycott, the guide gives groups a clear sense of where they are going, the best way to get there and what to expect along the way. Visit justenoughplanning.org to download a free copy.Thanks Spitfire!Here are steps it covers:1. Confirm That a Campaign Is Possible. This is the time to step back and assess the viability of a campaign. Are the stars aligned for this effort to be successful? 2. Set a Clear, Measurable Goal That Is Achievable. Your plan needs to be focused on achieving a very specific goal. Your goal is your raison d’être. Are you trying to make something happen or stop something from happening? There is a difference. 3. Chart Your Course. Much like a road trip, there are likely many ways to get to your goal. You will use your knowledge of the field and the external environment to determine the best steps to your goal. 4. Anticipate Conditions. Visualize all possible scenarios – the good, the bad and the ugly – so your plan includes strategies for leveraging opportunities and mitigating challenges, including identifying your opposition.5. Know How to Make Headway. What will propel you down your path? What major campaign activities can help you get from point A to point B? 6. Prioritize Your Target Audiences. Now that you have a strategy, stay focused by prioritizing who you need to engage to win, and when. 7. Put a Public Face on Your Campaign. Give the effort a name and a personality that is memorable and easily understood. You want people to recognize what you are about and not have to guess. 8. Operationalize Your Campaign. Based on the activities you think will help you make headway, determine which campaign tactics you will need: from intellectual knowledge to government relations to public mobilization to communications to coalition building to fundraising. 9. Stay on Track. Build evaluation mechanisms into your plan that will tell you when you are making progress and when you need to stop and make a mid-course correction. Meet regularly with your team to discuss your progress.last_img read more

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Hudson-Odoi an outstanding talent – Ballack

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi has been hailed as an “outstanding talent” by former Germany star Michael Ballack.Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi is a transfer target for Bayern Munich, as first revealed by Goal, with the Bundesliga champions’ sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirming last week that talks remain ongoing between the clubs.The 18-year-old has earned 10 first-team appearances for the Blues this season but is yet to make a Premier League start and is reportedly tempted by the prospect of greater opportunities with Bayern. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We’re talking about a player who just came recently from the youth level. He’s trying to achieve the step to the professional level in a top club,” Ballack told Omnisport.”This makes it a lot more difficult for a young player because the standard is very, very high. It’s hard to say whether the player is good enough for this demand or not. It’s a fact that he’s an outstanding talent.”Chelsea have to evaluate whether they want to keep him or maybe send him on loan. I think that’s the philosophy of all top teams – to educate young, top players and to give them the possibility to play.”It’s the most important thing during that young age, to play without losing the player. Bayern had their focus on Hudson-Odoi very early. We will see if the transfer is happening or not.”Ballack was a far more established performer when he swapped Bayer Leverkusen for Bayern in 2002, having inspired Germany’s run to that year’s World Cup final, and he is reluctant to impart any pearls of wisdom upon Hudson-Odoi.Michael Ballack“I don’t have any advice for him. He has to see if he has a realistic chance at Chelsea in the first team or not,” he said.”[Recently] he was often part of it and showed his qualities. Is it the right time to go to another top club like Bayern? Every player has to decide this on his own. There’s no special recipe.”The success of 18-year-old England international Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund has been viewed, to a certain extent, as a motivation for Bayern’s interest in signing Hudson-Odoi.Arsenal’s 19-year-old forward Reiss Nelson has also impressed on loan at Hoffenheim this season and England manager Gareth Southgate welcomed the openness to such opportunities among his next generation.”I think Jadon and Reiss Nelson are the obvious ones who have trodden that path, there are some other young players who have done that and haven’t yet appeared in first-team football,” Southgate said, speaking courtesy of William Hill at a Football Writers Association dinner held in his honour in London on Sunday.”I think it’s good that the opportunity is there. Young people now in our country are less restricted in their decision making. They don’t view travelling the world in maybe the way we did when we were younger.”They’re more secure in themselves and they’re ready to go if it gives them an opportunity to play. For all young players, that opportunity to play first-team football is really important.”last_img read more

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MS Dhoni salutes armed forces after receiving Padma Bhushan

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni was elated after receiving the Padma Bhushan award from President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday.Dhoni, who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army, was dressed in uniform and marched up to the President when his name was called upon.PHOTOS: MS Dhoni, in full army uniform, receives Padma Bhushan from President Ram Nath Kovind”An honour to get the Padma Bhushan and receiving it in Uniform increases the excitement ten folds. Thanks to all the Men and Women in Uniform and their families for the Sacrifices they make so that all of us could enjoy our Constitutional Rights,” Dhoni posted on social media.The Padma Bhushan – the third highest civillian honour – was presented to five people including Dhoni and billiards champion Pankaj Advani.April 2, 2011: Celebrating India’s World Cup triumph 7 years agoWhat made the award even more special was that exactly seven years ago Dhoni had hit that famous six off Nuwan Kulasekara to help India lift the ICC World Cup trophy at the Wankhede on April 2, 2011.Did you know that MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup final bat is the most expensive ever?Dhoni scored an unbeaten 91 in the final as India chased down 275 against Sri Lanka to lift the World Cup after 28 years. The bat which the former India captain used in that match was auctioned and bought for 100,000 pounds (USD 161,295) by R K Global Shares & Securities Ltd (India), at MS Dhoni’s ‘East Meets West’ Charity Dinner in London on 18 July, 2011.advertisementTwo years later, Dhoni added another record to his books when India won the Champions Trophy in 2013. He became the only captain to win all ICC trophies (2007 World T20, 2011 ICC World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy).He decided to retire from Test cricket in 2014. In January 2017, Dhoni stepped down as captain of India’s shorter formats sides. However, he continues to remain an integral part of the ODI and T20I teams. His astute reading of the game is seen to be crucial to India’s chances in the 2019 World Cup.Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2009.Dhoni is India’s most successful cricket captain, Dhoni led India to two World Cup triumphs — in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in September 2007 and the 2011 ICC ODI World Cup. India also won ICC Champions Trophy under him.It was under his captaincy that India climbed to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the round of 16

first_imgWe finally have the complete lineup of all the 16 teams that have made it to the knockouts as the group stage of the FIFA World Cup 2018 came to an end on Thursday.The final day of the group stage saw Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 to top Group H while Japan lost to Poland 1-0 but still managed to go through to the next round on fair play.The final fixtures of the group matches saw Belgium beat England 1-0 to finish as Group G winners while Tunisia outclassed Panama 2-1 to end their campaign on a high.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full CoverageLet us first inform you about the 8 teams who managed to top their respective groups followed by the next best side:Group A – Uruguay, RussiaGroup B – Spain, PortugalGroup C – France, DenmarkGroup D – Croatia, ArgentinaGroup E – Brazil, SwitzerlandGroup F – Sweden, MexicoGroup G – Belgium, EnglandGroup H – Colombia, JapanThe biggest upset in the group stage was by far the exit of four-time champions Germany as they lost 2-0 against South Korea in Group F on Wednesday. It was also the sixth instance when the defending champions have been knocked out of the World Cup in the first stage.World Cup 2018: Heartbreak for Senegal, Tunisia sign off with a winMeanwhile, Senegal’s exit despite being on same points as Japan in Group H was also the first instance in World Cup history that a team had been eliminated by the amount of yellow cards they had accrued in the tournament.advertisementSenegal had only needed a point in their final Group H game to reach the next round, but defeat saw them miss out to Japan, who edged them for the runners-up spot by virtue of having a better disciplinary record. The Asian side ended in second position having picked up four yellow cards to Senegal’s six.So…#URUPOR #ESPRUS #FRAARG #CRODEN #BRAMEX #SWESUI #BELJPN #COLENGExcited? #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Kll9X54wbOFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULE India Today Photo India Today Photo India Today Photo India Today PhotoTwo matches will take place in the round of 16 every day from June 30 to July 3 in the following order:June 30 – France vs Argentina (7.30pm IST) followed by Uruguay vs Portugal (11.30pm IST)July 1 – Spain vs Russia (7.30pm IST) followed by Croatia vs Denmark (11.30pm IST)July 2 – Brazil vs Mexico (7.30pm IST) followed by Belgium vs Japan (11.30pm IST)July 3 – Sweden vs Switzerland (7.30pm IST) followed by Colombia vs England (11.30pm IST)last_img read more

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The Sublime Connection: The Pope, Poverty and the Planet

first_imgA trifecta of events in coming weeks may mark a profound shift for people and the planet. Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States marks a spiritual moment that brings an intense focus to the world’s neediest people. His arrival comes just as the new Sustainable Development Goals are about to be formalized. Then, in just three months, the world will likely unite around the first-ever global climate agreement in Paris.When we look back at this time, perhaps we’ll see this as the moment when previously unacknowledged connections became crystal clear: our moral responsibility to take care of the poor dovetails precisely with the need to care for our planet. Both, in turn, are part of our spiritual journey here on Earth.That’s the main theme of the pope’s message to the U.S. Congress, the United Nations and millions of others — to Roman Catholics and far beyond.The pope’s encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si, makes the case for “the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet” and speaks of the pope’s conviction that “everything in the world is connected.”“The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation,” Pope Francis says in the encyclical. At his White House speech on September 23, he built on this theme, speaking of our need to invest in our “common home”. Failure to protect God’s good creation for future generations is a sign of moral and social failure. In an earlier post, I describe these issues in more detail.The pope is addressing the UN just two days before the final approval of the SDGs and just 10 weeks before the Paris climate summit. Both the new SDGs and the growing momentum on climate change center on the idea that economic growth and environmental protection are inextricably linked; they are in essence two sides of a coin.The SDGs include 17 goals and 169 stretch targets for the period 2015-2030. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals they replace, they cover all countries, not just the developing world, and recognize that the old model of one-way assistance – following from developed governments to developing ones – has outlived its usefulness. All countries have responsibilities in this globalized world, and the private sector and civil society are recognized as a central part of progress.The SDGs seek to integrate economic, social and environmental issues. Thus, for example, they call for universal access to electricity for all by 2030, which will be enabled by a doubling of the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and a massive increase in renewable energy. They call for a new urban paradigm, in which people rather than automobiles will be the focus of investment, creating more compact, connected and resilient cities, which will in turn help address climate change and promote economic competitiveness. They call for a halving of food waste, which will improve food security for the poor, take pressure off forests and help close the carbon gap. They call for landscape restoration, which will bring carbon back down to Earth, in turn bringing improved agricultural yields, higher incomes for poor farmers, and greater resilience.These goals are naively optimistic. They will require a shift in the allocation of resources, rather than a massive injection of new financial resources. Many of these measures – such as a new approach to urbanization — will save trillions of dollars in investment over the next 15 years. Many others – energy, landscape restoration, etc. – will require increased up-front resources, but will pay for themselves quickly.If the SDGs were implemented fully, climate change would be largely solved, even though climate would not be the primary motivator. The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (of which the World Resources Institute in the managing partner), has shown that there is a path forward that will enable us to move from today’s high carbon/low efficiency world economy to tomorrow’s low carbon/high efficiency economy in a manner that promotes both societal and economic benefits.These ideas are slowly taking root, and the next few weeks are critical. We are on the verge of a great opportunity. And leaders of governments, corporations, cities, communities and religions have a historic opportunity to shift behavior and forge a better future.last_img read more

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Mason Rudolph Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

first_imgTo the surprise of nobody besides maybe Baker Mayfield’s parents, Mason Rudolph was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week this week after his 497-yard, 5-TD performance against Pittsburgh over the weekend.The senior set a new school record for yards in a half (423) and tied Josh Fields’ record with 5 TDs in a half as well. His 497 yards are the third-most in school history behind his own 540-yard performance last year against Pitt and the 502 Brandon Weeden put up against Kansas State in 2011.The list goes on. Rudolph set a new record for consecutive attempts without an INT with 216 before he tossed one in the third quarter on Saturday. He had more passing yards in 3.5 quarters on Saturday than Notre Dame, Georgia, Arizona, Arkansas, Michigan State and Florida have on the season.“Honestly, I didn’t even pay attention to those statistics,” Rudolph said on Saturday of his performance. “I knew they scored a lot. But no, usually it flows like that. Sometimes there will be some sputtering drives, but the coaches on the offensive line are making the right calls and making us run up front. We were protecting our butts and making that block for Justice [Hill] today. That one-two punch with J.D. [King] was something serious and it’s cool to watch.”This is Rudolph’s fourth weekly Big 12 honor in his career. Here are all 32 attempts from Saturday if you want to re-live his elite performance. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Pepe appears in Arsenal shirt in social media leak

first_imgA leaked video of Nicolas Pepe in an Arsenal shirt has emerged on social media ahead of any official announcement that his move from Lille has been completed.The Ivorian winger has seemed on the brink of joining the Gunners in what is expected to be a club-record €80 million (£73m/$89m) deal and reportedly underwent a medical on Tuesday.However, before the club could officially announce their latest capture, leaked images of the forward in an Arsenal shirt, standing in front of a green screen and patting the Gunners badge, found their way online. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Now doesn’t that look nice 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/hEbk9OKPh3— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) July 30, 2019Arsenal were hopeful of wrapping up the deal by the end of this week, and now an official announcement appears to be imminent.Pepe, who scored 22 goals and registered 11 assists in Ligue 1 last season – the most goal contributions in the league from a player not named Kylian Mbappe – will become Unai Emery’s fourth summer signing, following the three confirmed arrivals so far.Teenage winger Gabriel Martinelli joined from Brazilian side Ituano, costing around £6m and links up with the likes of Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson as promising young wide talent.Fellow teenager William Saliba cost the Gunners £27m (€30m/$33m) and the centre-back will rejoin St. Etienne on loan for the coming season before linking up with the Gunners next term.Finally, 22-year-old Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos arrives on a season-long loan as he looks to find a coach who will grant him more minutes than Zinedine Zidane, who does not appear to have faith in the former Real Betis talent.Arsenal are also reportedly close to the signing of Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, with a third bid likely to be accepted after the first two offers were knocked back for the defender.Emery is thought to still be in the market for another centre-half, with Laurent Koscielny refusing to join the club’s summer tour and Shkodran Mustafi looking to be heading for the exit after another error-strewn season.last_img read more

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Freida Pinto Joins Richard Curtis Project Everyone Campaign

first_imgIn September 2015, at the United Nations, New York, 193 world leaders will adopt a series of ambitious goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030.The Global Goals campaign is a global collaborative effort to ensure that these Goals are world famous and that they are successfully acted upon.
Project Everyone, founded by Richard Curtis, aims to make the Global Goals the most famous Goals on the planet by sharing them with 7 billion people in 7 days from the moment they are adopted. The more people that know about the Goals, the more people will work to ensure global leaders drive change and the more young people will be inspired to join a new generation of Global Citizens. 
Richard Curtis is today calling on the media community in Cannes to join the Founding Team to help get the Goals to everyone on the planet.He said, “I would love everyone to get behind the mission to make the Goals famous. We are targeting every website and billboard, every TV and radio station, every cinema, every community, every school and every mobile phone network with the task of carrying a simple message about the Goals for the 7 days after they are launched.”
One of the first members of the team, The Global Cinema Advertising Association, SAWA, unveiled plans today for the First Ever Global Cinema Ad Campaign. Thanks to SAWA members, the ad #WEHAVEAPLAN will be screened in more than 30 countries across the world. Freida Pinto and Chiwetel Ejiofor joined Richard Curtis and creator of the ad Sir John Hegarty on stage at the SAWA seminar to share their views on how cinema can be a powerful medium in driving social change.The Founding Team of Project Everyone includes, Aviva, Getty Images, Pearson, Standard Chartered and Unilever who have all helped to make the campaign possible, along with action/2015, Akshaya Patra, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Citizen, Google, Huffington Post, ONE, Penguin Random House, Save the Children, SAWA, UNDP, UN Foundation, UNICEF, Universal South Africa, Virgin, Vodafone Foundation, WeTransfer and Wikipedia.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Moroccan Journalist Chaima Lahsini Among BBCs 100 Inspirational Women

Rabat – Chaima Lahsini, a Moroccan feminist, human rights activist, and Morocco World News journalist, has made it to the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017, published on Wednesday as part of the channel’s 100 Women Challenge.As part of the channel’s 100 Women Challenge, Lahsini was chosen for her commitment to tackling critical issues faced by Moroccan women, including sexual harassment and assault.The Salé-based activist is on the organizing committee of the Al-Fam feminist collective, a group of Moroccan young women to advocate gender equality and women rights. Recently, Lahsini was a leader of a sit-in in Rabat to protest the shocking bus sexual assault case in Casablanca, which sparked a national outcry in late August. The 24-year-old feminist has been working for Morocco World News as a journalist since December 2016, covering women’s rights, politics, and business. She is also a regular volunteer in humanitarian projects around the Middle East with AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-run non-profit organization.Chaima was the only Moroccan participant chosen to take part in the 100 Women Challenge.“I cannot express how incredibly honored to be among the 100 inspiring women selected by BBC,” Lahsini told MWN.The 100 women were put into four tasks groups, aiming to tackle the glass ceiling (#Teamlead), female illiteracy (#Teamread), street harassment (#Teamgo) and sexism in sports (#Teamplay). The challenge will start in October 2017.As part of the street harassment group, Lahsini will join forces with other global women leaders like Canadian-India poet Rupi Kaur and Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, the first woman elected as head of state in Africa. read more

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Senior UN official arrives in Myanmar for fiveday visit

31 October 2011A top United Nations official arrived today in Myanmar for a five-day visit during which he will meet with a number of Government officials and other key actors. The visit by Vijay Nambiar is at the invitation of the Government, according to a statement issued by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson.It comes amid ongoing dialogue between the Government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate who was held under house arrest for much of the past 20 years before being released last November, as well as the negotiations between the authorities and ethnic groups.It also follows the release earlier this month of a significant number of detainees, a move welcomed by Mr. Ban, who said he hoped the Government will ensure the early release of all political prisoners, consistent with its commitment to uphold fundamental rights and the rule of law.A new Government was established in Myanmar seven months ago, and more recently the country has received a series of high-level bilateral visits. In addition, President Thein Sein has made a pledge for Myanmar to “catch up with the changing world.”Mr. Nambiar, who is Mr. Ban’s Chief of Staff as well as Special Adviser for Myanmar, will hold meetings in Naypyitaw and Yangon with the Government, as well as political parties, civil society organizations and other key players, in carrying out the Secretary-General’s good offices mandate. read more

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Black flag protest over water

A black flag protest was staged in Weliweriya, Gampaha over the contamination of drinking water as a result of chemicals released from a factory.Shops in the area were closed while a monk who protested and called for the factory to be removed, resumed the protest today after suspending it earlier. The venerable Siridhamma Thero said that the residents in the area are demanding that the factory be shut down and safe drinking water assured to them.Talks were held on Monday between government officials, the monk and public representatives in order to resolve the issue. However the venerable Siridhamma Thero said that the talks had failed and so he had decided to launch a protest.He suspended the protest later but resumed it today. (Colombo Gazette) The drinking water in the area is believed to have been contaminated from chemical waste released from a gloves factory in the area. The chief incumbent of the Galoluwa Buddhist Temple, the venerable Theripaha Siridhamma Thero had launched a fast unto death on Monday after talks held with the authorities to resolve the issue had failed. read more

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Fourth round of IndoLanka fishing talks soon

The fourth round of talks between representatives of fishermen of India and Sri Lanka to sort out fishing related issues will be held soon, M Ilango, Chairperson of the National Fishworker’s Forum (NFF) in India has said.He also said that compensation to the families of Indian fishermen allegedly killed in attacks by the Sri Lankan navy since 1983 will be discussed in the co-ordination committee meeting of World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP) to be held in Puducherry from July 14 to 19, the New Indian Express reported. Ilango said a resolution seeking compensation either from Sri Lanka or India was adopted during the WFFP general body meeting held at Cape Town in South Africa. He said that the six-day coordination committee meeting will discuss how the issue could be taken forward and added that as many as 600 Indian fishermen have been killed by the Sri Lankan navy. Ilango said the meeting will be held at Hotel Kailash at Pudukuppam, Poornakuppam of Puducherry and representatives from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, France, UK, USA, Canada, Italy, South Africa, Philippines, Spain, Kenya, Denmark, Argentina, Belize, Mauritania and many other countries are expected to participate. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN climate summit aims to speed up transition to cleaner greener future

Heads of State, representatives from the private sector, and the teenage activist Greta Thunberg are expected in New York to tackle what the UN considers the defining issue of our time.Amina J. Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, outlined some of the expectations during a press conference on Tuesday.“The Summit will present practical and new measures to, one: speed up the transition from coal to clean energy and to cut the pollution that is harming our health,” she said, and secondly, “protect nature but also unlock the potential of nature to deliver on climate solutions”.Thirdly, she said it would “create cleaner, greener ways to work and move; speed up transition in key sectors from grey to green economies, safeguard people from the impacts of climate change already being felt right now, and help make sure that we leave no one behind.”The Climate Summit opens on Monday and is among five major UN events looking at issues such as health and supporting small island developing states.Marie-Claire Graf, the Swiss Youth Climate Activist, will participate in the historic Youth #ClimateActionSummit at the @UN on 21 September. Today, she spoke at @UNGeneva about the need to galvanize the bottom-up #ClimateAction and include young people in the decision-making. pic.twitter.com/qycPyhrUuk— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) September 17, 2019 It will be preceded by a Youth Climate Summit on Saturday, where participants from across the globe will showcase their solutions on how to combat the crisis.Luis Alfonso de Alba, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit, said 100 young people will be travelling on carbon neutral, or “green”, tickets.“We provided support to 100 youth from different countries and they will be joined by a much bigger number: our expectation is more than 700 on the Saturday, and we will try to accommodate as many as possible in the General Assembly hall on Monday,” he said.Marie-Claire Graf from Switzerland is among the lucky advocates to receive a green ticket.“There is really no time to wait because I guess what is the biggest problem that we still think climate change is something which maybe happen in some years, but we are in a huge crisis which is existential…Take young people seriously and include them in decision-making bodies, so we don’t only be like somewhere on the agenda but we want to be seated at the table when decisions are made,” she told UN News in Geneva. read more

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Windies v England ODI series…Guyanas Bishoo Barbados Nurse missing puzzle in

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTon-up Tamim leads Bangladesh to record 301 total against WindiesJuly 28, 2018In “Sports”Chris Gayle back in West Indies squad to face England in ODI seriesFebruary 7, 2019In “latest news”Pooran makes huge jump into top 100July 8, 2019In “latest news” Devendra BishooThe 33-year-old Guyanese Devendra Bishoo and 30-year-old Barbadian Ashley Nurse have been the missing puzzle in the West Indies’ resurgence. With the World Cup looming, Windies will be building a team for the mega-event, to be held this May in England and Wales. Will both Bishoo and Nurse book a spot to the World Cup?In the ongoing 2019 One Day International Series between England and the West Indies, Bishoo and Nurse have two wickets combined, conceding 335 runs in 40 overs in tandem. In the first ODI, the spin twins, Nurse and Bishoo, bowled 20 overs, conceding 147 runs and picking up one wicket.In the second ODI, played in Barbados, Bishoo and Nurse bowled 16 overs together, conceding 77 runs in their wicket-less match.Ashley Nurse rejoices after picking up a wicket AFPThe third ODI was washed out in Grenada, but Bishoo and Nurse were unsurprisingly taking to the cleaners in the fourth ODI. In the run-fest, the duo bowled 14 overs together, conceding 111 runs and grabbing one wicket in the match.With the final ODI match set to be played in St Lucia, Bishoo and Nurse will have to redeem themselves if they desire to book a spot to the World Cup.In this series, Bishoo bowled 24 overs, conceding 170 runs at a poor bowling average of 170.00, with one wicket to his name. The off-spinner Nurse bowled 26 overs, conceding 165 runs and picking up one wicket. Both spinners, seen as the first choice duo in the spin department, have ordinary overall ODI career averages. Nurse played 44 ODIs, picking up 42 wickets at a bowling average of 42.69, with his best bowling figure being 4-62. The Guyanese leg-spinner Bishoo played 41 ODIs in his career, and has 38 wickets at an average of 43.89, with his best bowling figure being 3-30. Either spinner is yet to pick up a five wicket haul for West Indies at this level.In contrast to other nations, Windies spinners are poor. India’s spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal; Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and Mujeeb; South Africa’s Imran Tahir and Tabriz Shamsi, England’s Mooen Ali and Adil Rashid are all formidable units.Bishoo and Nurse are currently out of colour; to dominate the World Cup, the Windies ODI team requires a deadly spin duo the likes of Khary Pierre and Fabian Allen. Perhaps consideration should be given this duo in the near future, if Bishoo and Nurse continue to fail. (Brandon Corlette) read more

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The Old Republic goes freetoplay for Easter

first_imgIt’s Easter weekend, and depending on where you are in the world you may be off work now until Tuesday. Ample time to settle down with a game, right? Especially if the weather outside isn’t great.Bioware and EA have decided to give you the perfect excuse to try out the latest Star Wars MMO: The Old Republic while you have some free time, and without spending a dime. The game is now free to download and play for the entire weekend via a free pass.Although you need to join up and create an account, no credit card is necessary to play. Once the download is complete you can play for free until 2am CDT on Monday April 9. After that you have a decision to make: stop playing, or buy the game and start paying a subscription?EA is promising to retain your characters after the weekend pass expires, meaning if you decide to keep playing you won’t have to start all over again. But be warned, the game isn’t exactly cheap.The standard edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic is $59.99 through Origin or as a physical copy with free shipping. There’s also a digital download only Deluxe Edition for $79.99, and a Collector’s Edition for a whopping $149.99. All three come with 30 days of game time included and then require a $14.99 monthly subscription. The extras on offer are detailed in the table below:With more and more MMOs going free-to-play, a game has to be something special to warrant paying for both the game and then an ongoing subscription. This weekend gives you the perfect opportunity to see if Star Wars: The Old Republic is worth your cash.Download the game now from the Weekend Pass web pagelast_img read more

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People to Launch Weekly OneHour Primetime Series on ABC

first_img The company will not disclose terms of the partnership, however a spokesperson tells Folio: sister site min that Time Inc. will be “hands on” with this project. The company also tells min that clips from “People’s List” will be redistributed across Time Inc.’s digital channels as well as promotional extras. “This series joins together two of the most trusted media brands in the world—ABC News and People,” says Battista in a statement “Partnering on this series gives us the opportunity to present the People brand to audiences in exciting new ways.”  “People’s List” will be produced by ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions. Thus People gains access to ABC’s infrastructure and experience in television production, while ABC can leverage People’s access and authority in entertainment content. People magazine is looking beyond digital video to extend its brand and is heading to the first small screen—TV. The Time Inc. brand has partnered with ABC News for a weekly one-hour series titled “People’s List,” which is set to debut on June 11 on ABC during the 8:00 pm ET primetime spot. “People takes us inside the most famous and fascinating lives in the world. From mega-stars to real people facing incredible circumstances, People has been a trusted friend for the biggest events in pop culture history,” says Morgan Hertzan, SVP ABC News. “It’s one stop shopping for all things pop culture, celebrity and human interest. It’s what you’ll be talking about with your friends all weekend,” adds ABC’s executive producer, Danielle Rossen.center_img The series will run through the summer and will be hosted by actor Jerry O’Connell and former MTVNews correspondent SuChin Pak. Each episode will unravel the biggest stories in pop culture, entertainment and more. People will also bring some of its existing franchises to television, including Scoop, PeopleStyle, PeoplePets and The Jess Cagle Interview.  In addition to serving as an on-air personality for the program, Cagle, the editorial director of People andEntertainment Weekly, will also serve as executive producer along with Time Inc. EVP and president of Entertainment & Sports Group, Rich Battista.  Given its summer weekend time slot, rating expectations will probably be conservative. However, in a time of DVRs and on-demand streaming media, this opportunity provides Time Inc. and its partners a larger inventory of high-quality content that can be distributed across multiple channels.last_img read more

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LIBRARY LINEUP Wonderful World Of Bats On Nov 7 Fall Floral Design

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult ProgramsFiction Critique Group *RRSaturday, November 3, 9:15 am Love writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials before the meeting. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Holiday Job Hunting *RRMonday, November 5, 10 amThe holiday season creates the BEST and LEAST COMPETITVE job market of the year because so many job seekers take time off from their search while employers are making plans to hire for the New Year. Join us for this opportunity to identify the steps you can take in your job search NOW to help you land more quickly in the New Year! Taught by MassHire staff.Code Burgundy: the Long Escape *RRMonday, November 5, 2:30 pmJohn Katsaros will talk about his book Code Burgundy: the Long Escapebased on his experiences in WWII. He was a 20 year old aerial gunner in WWII when he was shot down and seriously wounded. He was captured by the Gestapo and escaped with the assistance of the Free French Resistance, who assisted him in his travels to climb the Pyrenees to freedom, only to be locked up by the Spanish Constabulary.  In 2010, John Katsaros was named a “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor, France’s Highest Award.Cookin’ the Books *RRTuesday, November 6, 12 pmFeatured Cookbook: Repertoireby Jessica Battilana                                                         If you love to cook and enjoy talking about food and sharing recipes, then this group is for you.  Pick up a copy of the cookbook (or find a recipe from the book online). Bring your dish to the meeting and enjoy sampling everyone’s dishes! Please register3D Printing: The Design Phase *RRWednesday, November 7, 7 pmThe library’s 3D Printer can be used to just print out someone else’s file but designing the file yourself is much more satisfying. Join Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna to get familiar with TinkerCad and can design your own file to be printed.Fall Floral Design Workshop *RRThursday, November 8, 7 pmFloral Designer, Patti Prior will demonstrate how to arrange supermarket flowers, pumpkins and gourds for autumn decorations. All arrangements will be raffled off to the attendees of the workshop.Kids & Teen EventsGreat Graphic Novels *RRTuesday, November 6, 2-3:30 pmHave you read Smilea million times? Can’t wait another second for the newest Dog Man? Then Great Graphic Novels was made for you! Share your favorite graphic novels with other kids, and get suggestions for your new favorite book all while munching on fun snacks. Bring books to swap at the end of the meeting. Grades 3-5Star Mag Wednesday, November 7, 3:45 pm     Calling all kid writers and artists! Drop in to help create this magazine written by, for and about kids, and published by the library. Grades K-5The Wonderful World of Bats *RRWednesday, November 7, 6:30 pmJoin Jerry Schneider for an introduction into the exotic world of bats! We will learn about bats in our attics, vampire bats, bat eyesight, echolocation, migration and hibernation. After the presentation, children will create bat tee shirts (shirts available for $4.00, or bring your own). Ages 5+Art Adventures: Create your own 3-D Water Lilies in the style of Monet *RRTuesday, November 13, 3:45Create your own masterpiece in the style of three celebrated artists and illustrators. We’ll explore different forms of media and techniques to make one of a kind artwork for you to take home.  Grades 1-5Library NewsVeterans DayThe library will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day.(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Buzz Lightyear To Visit On July 29; Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein Talks On Aug. 1In “Community”last_img read more

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Texas Freedom Caucus Sees Opportunities To Grow In 2018 GOP Primaries

first_imgAnd Jared Patterson, one of two Republicans running for an open seat in North Texas, said he’d “absolutely” join the caucus if he’s elected.“I have so much admiration and respect for the guys in the Freedom Caucus,” he said. “If they were to have me, I’d be honored to join.”Former state Rep. Steve Toth, who’s running for the seat being vacated by state Rep. Mark Keough, R-The Woodlands, is another candidate who told the Tribune he would be interested in joining the caucus if elected.Several others running in competitive GOP primaries have also drawn speculation as potential Freedom Caucus recruits but did not respond to requests for comment from the Tribune.Uphill re-election fight for some caucus membersStill, it’s not clear that all 12 of the caucus’ original caucus members will win their re-election bids. While most members of the caucus appear likely to coast to re-election, at least three are entrenched in competitive primary battles, with two freshman incumbents — state Reps. Kyle Biedermann of Fredericksburg and Mike Lang of Granbury — facing challengers that have been embraced by a motivated public education crowd that has pledged to come out in force for the 2018 elections.Fredericksburg school board member Dave Campbell has emerged as a best bet for toppling a caucus member in March with his bid to unseat Biedermann. Campbell, who announced his candidacy in December and has support from the super-charged public education community, had roughly the same amount of campaign cash in the bank as Biedermann as of the latest round of campaign finance reports.In another race around 200 miles north, Lang is locked in a fierce primary racewith Granbury Independent School District superintendent Jim Largent. Largent has called Lang — who has the governor’s backing — an absentee legislator; Lang has shot back that his opponent isn’t fully committed to Republican policies.Swanson, a freshman Freedom Caucus member from Spring who has been endorsed by Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is facing a potentially competitive primary challenge from James Wilson.And while Rinaldi, the Irving Republican, has no primary opponent this spring, he represents a chunk of Dallas County, which went to Democrat Hillary Clintonin the 2016 presidential election. In fact, Clinton beat Donald Trump in Rinaldi’s district by nearly 8 percentage points. That makes his chances for re-election less of a sure thing in November compared to other caucus members. Two Democrats – Julie Johnson and Rock Bower – are vying to take Rinaldi on.But Rinaldi remains confident that the caucus’ final headcount and influence will ultimately grow.“I think we’re going to have a very good Republican primary season,” Rinaldi said. “The voters in Texas are more conservative than many of the legislators [in 2017] were acting. In the Republican primary, we have educated voters.” The nascent caucus launched at the start of the 2017 legislative session last January to advocate for a range of conservative issues including private school subsidies, anti-abortion measures and regulating bathroom use for transgender Texans. Most of its members were in their first or second terms in the 150-member House. None were allies of Republican House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, although each of them voted for his unanimous re-election in January 2017. They collectively left an unexpectedly large footprint at the Capitol last year. Most notably, the caucus spearheaded the infamous “Mother’s Day Massacre,” a chaotic night in the lower chamber that killed more than 100 bills and thrust long-simmering tensions among House Republicans into the spotlight.Ahead of the next legislative session scheduled to start in January 2019, an increase in the group’s membership could have a large and potentially immediate impact. Republicans in the lower chamber may choose next year to vote as a formal bloc in the chamber-wide election to replace the retiring Straus, cutting out Democrats from helping determine the next speaker. As a bloc within that bloc, the Freedom Caucus could have an outsized say in whom the Republicans pick. Potential gains in contested primariesMost of the candidates who have either publicly pledged to join the caucus or are likely recruits are running in state House districts that lean Republican, meaning the winner of the March 6 primary is likely to hold on in the general. And while the caucus itself doesn’t endorse in elections, Rinaldi pointed to one candidate in particular, Mayes Middleton, as “the exact type of conservative that usually would join our caucus.”Middleton, an oil and gas businessman who’s well known among conservative circles thanks to his recent stints on boards like the Austin-based Texas Public Policy Foundation, is challenging state Rep. Wayne Faircloth, R-Galveston. He was endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott last month. Middleton did not respond to a request for comment for this story.Schaefer said legislators can join the caucus “by invitation only,” after members debate whether new recruits are “committed to furthering the mission of the Texas Freedom Caucus.” Several candidates seem likely to be extended those invitations if they are elected to the House.Chris Fails, the Hollywood Park mayor who’s been backed by Abbott in his primary challenge against state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, said if elected, he’d welcome an invitation to join the caucus in 2019. Bo French, a Fort Worth businessman running for a second time against longtime state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, a top Straus lieutenant, said he “would absolutely join” the caucus if he’s in the state House next year.Armin Mizani, a Keller City Councilman challenging state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, said he’d also be interested in joining the caucus to help push conservative policies.And those are just a few of the candidates being floated as likely additions to the conservative bloc.   Eyeing open seatsCaucus members also have their eyes on a number of open-seat races, including House District 13, where state Rep. Leighton Schubert, R-Caldwell, is retiring.Asked at a candidate forum in January which current members of the House she’d align herself with if elected, Jill Wolfskill, a Bellville businesswoman and a candidate in that open-seat race, named some of the caucus’ most outspoken members: state Reps. Briscoe Cain, Jonathan Stickland and Rinaldi. And in a phone interview weeks later, she said she would be “honored” to join their ranks. The Stickland and Cain campaigns each donated $1,000 to Wolfskill’s campaign. She’d be just the second female member of the caucus after state Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring. Wolfskill, who’s engaged in a five-way primary battle, has pulled ahead of her competitors in political contributions and won some valuable endorsements, including that of anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life — and even recruited one of its longtime staffers, Emily Horne, as her campaign director.Former state Rep. Stuart Spitzer, a Kaufman Republican fighting to retake his old seat — currently held by state Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, who is relinquishing the post to run for Congress — said if elected he’d “absolutely consider” joining the caucus. Stickland’s campaign has given Spitzer $20,000 and Rinaldi gave $500.Thomas McNutt, who’s running again this cycle after losing narrowly in 2016 to retiring incumbent state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, said he “shares many of the views of the Texas House Freedom Caucus” and would be “honored” to be considered. McNutt is facing two other primary challengers in that open-seat race — Cody Harris and Linda Timmerman. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneThe Texas Freedom Caucus on May 23, 2017 (back row, l-r): state Reps. Jonathan Stickland, Briscoe Cain, Matt Krause, Valoree Swanson, Mike Lang, Kyle Biedermann, Matt Rinaldi. (Front row, l-r): state Reps. Matt Shaheen, Matt Schaefer, Bill Zedler, Jeff Leach, Tony Tinderholt.A feisty coalition of hardline conservatives is looking to grow its ranks with March’s Republican primaries.And to hear some Texas House Freedom Caucus members tell it, that growth is all but guaranteed.“I am certain the Texas Freedom Caucus will grow,” said the group’s chairman, Tyler Republican Matt Schaefer. “A larger Texas Freedom Caucus is a safe bet.”Schaefer wouldn’t speculate on specific races or give any clear predictions on size. But others, including state Rep. Matt Rinaldi of Irving, think the caucus could more than double in size in 2019. There are risks, however, as some current members of the caucus face tough re-election battles this year. If those were to go badly, the group’s size might actually shrink. Rinaldi pointed to a number of open-seat races where Freedom Caucus hopefuls could prevail. Sharelast_img read more

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Dozens of KKK Fliers Found in Maryland City

first_imgBy The Associated PressELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — Police are trying to determine who scattered dozens of fliers promoting the Ku Klux Klan in a Maryland city.WTOP-FM reports that Howard County police said Sunday they are investigating who tossed about 40 fliers with hate speech and the KKK’s logo along Main Street in Ellicott City.Howard County Councilman John Weinstein called the fliers “disgusting.”Similar fliers were distributed were recently distributed in other Maryland counties.last_img read more

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Six Costa Rican students receive AFSCRUSA scholarships for year in US

first_imgSix students from Costa Rica’s public Scientific High School System learned yesterday that they are the recipients of scholarships to study for a year in the United States.The students received scholarships from the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) and AFS Costa Rica, with the support of the U.S. Embassy.Emerson González (Alajuela), Geovanny García (Liberia), Daniela Lai and Ximena Quesada (both from Limón), and Amanda Valdez and Diana Mejías (both from Pérez Zeledón), demonstrated academic excellence and English language mastery as part of the application process for the scholarships. They will depart for the United States in August; the scholarship covers their transportation, room and board, and personal expenses for one academic year.“You will be ambassadors of Costa Rica who will share with your new families and classmates… and have the opportunity to improve your knowledge of English,” U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day told the recipients at a ceremony, according to a statement from the CRUSA Foundation.Michelle Coffey, the executive delegate of the CRUSA Foundatoin, said in the statement that the scholarships are part of the foundation’s efforts to “generate joint efforts that meet the country’s human capital needs and are relevant to the needs of the productive sector.” The AFS-Scientific High School program was created by the U.S. Embassy in 2012 to support students with limited economic resources who demonstrated academic excellence, leadership ability and interest in science and technology. In December 2016, AFS Costa Rica and the CRUSA Foundation signed an agreement to continue the program.AFS selects the students, coordinates their academic and homestay placement, and supports them throughout their stay, the statement said.Since 2012, 20 Scientific High School students have participated in the program.This content is brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) and Amigos of Costa Rica. Two nonprofits have created a space for inspiring stories about change and giving back in Costa Rica. Courtesy of CRUSA Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Costa Rican third graders ace international technology championship CRUSA, Amigos of Costa Rica launch Tico Times philanthropy news section New grant program seeks to boost Costa Rican nonprofits Third-graders represent Costa Rica at international technology championshiplast_img read more