5 Tips for Reaching Your Crowdfunding Goal

first_imgTrying to raise funds on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Seed & Spark, or other crowdfunding sites? Here are five tips to help you reach your goal.All images via Shutterstock Crowdfunding isn’t a new topic here. We’ve talked about cool Kickstarter campaigns for videographers and photographers, as well as some tips on ways not to crowdfund projects. In this quick guide, we’re offering some tips that have stemmed from readers reaching out to us with questions. Here are five ways to successfully crowdfund a project.1. Prove the Value of Your ProjectThe only way you will reach your goal is to convince viewers that you have a project or product worth investing in. Just because you think — this will be fun — isn’t going to cut it. Everything comes down to the final product. The more information you can share, the better. Show off your research, the need for your project, how you are different from the competition, or how your campaign is unlike any other.2. Set Realistic Goals If your first approach to a fundraising campaign is to make every single dollar you need in the campaign, you are setting yourself up for failure. Before you even create a crowdfunding page, you should do your due diligence in research and preparation. Create a budget that covers costs to complete your project.Speaking from my experience, my campaign succeeded because I had already done a ton of work. I had planned to raise the funds to create a documentary film, and I was already filming before raising a single dollar. I filmed a proof of concept mini-doc for the campaign. I had already filmed days worth of footage, and the money raised would help me continue shooting.My budget included the costs for additional equipment needed, and the cost of services for other artists, musicians, and crew to work on the project. Finally, I took into account the cost for festival submissions, distribution, and delivery. I set the budget as low as possible so that I could at least make the feature-length film; any additional money raised would go on to help fund other needs. The money we raised wound up being less than 1/3 of the entire cost — but I was able to complete the film.3. Make Your Video Quick to the PointThere are countless crowdfunding videos, but all the most successful videos are quick to the point. In your video, be sure to explain your concept right away — otherwise you risk losing your audience’s attention. Get your message across fast, but be sure to be as clear and concise as you can. Note that I said quick to the point, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a short video. Sure, shorter is better — but if you need to spend more time explaining some intricate details or a production timeline, the more info you share, the better.4. License Your Music While on the topic of videos, be sure to license your music tracks. That is emphasized a lot on this site, but getting a copyright takedown for a fundraising video is a good way to not only miss your goal — but to lose money in fines. You can get great royalty free tracks right here on PremiumBeat that are perfect for crowdfunding videos. You can also check out other places like Shutterstock Music or any of the other options available. I’d much rather emphasize that you license music, no matter where you end up getting your tracks from.5. Big Prizes and Gifts Will Cancel out the Money You Raise This is one of the biggest mistakes so many campaigns make. Offering extraordinary prizes will do nothing but hurt you in the long run. Sure, it may be cool to have a hoodie or t-shirt — but these types of items cost a lot to make. That’s not even the worst part. After you’ve spent a ton making the prizes, you will have to individually ship them to all your contributors. Shipping may cost more than you even raised in the first place! There is nothing wrong with offering hand written thank you notes, stickers, or credits. Don’t hurt your campaign with frivolous fluff.Have you run a successful campaign? Any other tips to offer? Sound off in the comments below.last_img read more

India Today readers write to editor-in-chief Aroon Purie

first_imgA Lesson LearntThe findings of the survey are not surprising (“What’s Wrong With Our Teaching?”, November 27). We are still following the teaching norms set by the British. They had designed our education system to produce clerks who would simply follow their orders. We have hardly done anything to change,A Lesson LearntThe findings of the survey are not surprising (“What’s Wrong With Our Teaching?”, November 27). We are still following the teaching norms set by the British. They had designed our education system to produce clerks who would simply follow their orders. We have hardly done anything to change this.SUNIL MUNDRA, on e-mail”The cover story was an awakener, not a revelation. To rectify the flaws in our education system, we need to promote learning by understanding.”ANJUM M. SAMEL, on e-mailOur Government should take serious steps to revamp the education system and focus on imparting real knowledge, which is not determined by marks alone. It is disheartening to see students performing well in examinations, yet lacking analytical skills.MAHUA VENKATESH, DelhiThe problem doesn’t lie with the syllabus alone. There is a dearth of trained tutors in our country as teaching today is a profession adopted by people who fail to make a mark in other fields. There should be enough remuneration and perks to attract educators in our country.HIRAK SENGUPTA, DelhiA clear distinction has to be made between learning and knowledge. Students should not be encouraged to memorise lessons to score in examinations. In stead, they should be motivated to exchange ideas on various educative topics with their fellow classmates to gain knowledge.S. LAKSHMI, on e-mailINDIA TODAY’s delineation on the education system unmasked some of the drawbacks that prevail in our schools. The learning process is akin to a sport. You need to play the game and not just read about it to be completely evolved. Perhaps, we need to adopt a lab approach which will help students learn faster.K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, BangaloreadvertisementThere is a craze to admit children in good schools but in reality, do we know the definition of one? The best products come out of unknown schools. Just compare the results of civil services in the last decade and you’ll know that motivation doesn’t come from the tag of the school.MAN MOHAN BHATIA, DelhiPrisoners of FateIt is really outrageous that defying all international norms and protocols, Pakistan has not returned the Indian prisoners of the 1971 war, even after India released more than 93,000 Pakistani soldiers. (“Missing in Inaction”, November 27). India should take up the issue with the Pakistani Government and seek a solution for the release of the hapless POWs languishing in their jails.V.K.TANGRI. DehradunIt is disheartening to see that a story about our prisoners of war gets just two pages in a magazine like yours. The media seems to be blissfully unaware of the plight of the POWs and their families. The job of the media is to highlight the grievances of the masses. On this issue, however, it seems to have failed.BHAVYA BHATNAGAR, DelhiHu’s FriendsIt is only prudent on India’s part to improve relations with China in the face of increasing hostilities from Pakistan and Bangladesh (“Return of the Dragon”, November 27). We certainly cannot afford more enemies in the neighbourhood. Even on economic front, improved co-operation with China is imperative. As they say, if you cannot beat them, join them.SANJEET KHAJURIA, LucknowMoney and the MomsIt is incorrect to say that children of working women get a better deal than single income homes (“The Mummy Factor”, November 27). True, urban households with working women have higher annual incomes, but that’s not the only criterion to ensure better quality of life as the spending capacity of a family does not determine a child’s upbringing.VIJAYA BHARATI, RourkelaNo Child’s PlayWe need a clearer definition of innocence (“Loss of Innocence”, November 27). Today, no parent is keen on having a shy or dumb kid. Every one dreams of a Sanchita or an Akansha in their child and there is no problem in that. Children should be well trained to take on the competition around them.LATA RAGHAVAN, DelhiRoyal MistakeWhile elaborating the politics of royalty, you have mentioned that “Shrimant” means “your highness” (“A Battle Royale”, November 27). This is totally misleading as in the Hindi dictionary, the meaning of this word is wealthy and revered. When it is prefixed to a name, the more appropriate meaning would be revered.M.A. GHATGE, on e-mailDigital DivideOur technology is breeding a sense of deprivation among those tender minds whose parents cannot afford the gizmos that they see their friends hooked on to (“Wired Generation”, November 20). Such youngsters have a tendency to feel left out and inadequate during their school years. Such feelings can later develop into serious complexes, affecting their overall performances.SANDEEP SHETE, PuneadvertisementClean Up CricketIndian cricket has come of age; it has aged. So have our cricketers (“Perform or Pay Up”, November 20). Cricket now is not about performance but about endorsements and politics. Cricketers should be judged on their performances. There is no use dragging in coaches into the mess when the team is unable to perform.PRITAM SETH, on e-mailIt’s certainly the best time to institute a “pay for performance” system for our cricket team, which is under scrutiny for quite some time for its poor performance. If a fine is levied on them, our cricketers will be forced to perform on field. After all, they too should justify their salaries.JAYASHANKAR JAYARAMAN, BangaloreLabouring Over Child LawsIt shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Government has announced a ban on child labour without putting in place a mechanism to ensure a good future for them. After all, rehabilitation as a term has always been anathema to Indian governance.ALEX PAPERWALA, on e-mailThe coordination among ministries may be lacking as far as proper implementation of a ban on child labour is concerned, but at least the Government seems to have woken up to the problem. One should give Manmohan Singh some time to remove the speed breakers.KAILASH PATHAK, Patnalast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S III gathers many admirers since its arrival

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S III smartphone gathering many admirers since its arrival is available in India at a price of Rs 41,500 via Samsung’s eStore.With 32GB in-built memory capacity, the S III was reportedly spotted in a black metallic finish on a UK retailer’s website and also on Samsung’s Facebook page.So far, only the 16GB variant of Samsung Galaxy S III was available in the country. The 16GB S III was launched at Rs 42,500, but is now available for Rs 38,400 in the market.Samsung had also announced a 64GB variant of the S III as well, but no price or India launch date of the device was mentioned. The Samsung Galaxy S III is successor to the Samsung Galaxy S II, which was one of the most successful smartphones of 2011.The SIII, which boasts of a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280x 720 pixels, runs on Google Android 4.0.4 OS. It is powered by the Exynos 4212 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz with 1GB of RAM.The Samsung also launched its London Olympics edition. The limited edition phone, which was introduced during the worldwide sporting event, featured four designs. The rear covers sport adorable designs of a soldier from the royal army, two designs of the British flag and a red and blue lion’s head.Samsung Galaxy S3, which topped 10 million units sold, has become one of the most popular Android smartphones. It has also caused a round of debates as to which smartphone will be worth purchasing: The Galaxy S3, the iPhone 4S, or even the Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

US Open: Leander Paes-Martina Hingis in mixed doubles final

first_imgThe Indo-Swiss pair of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis on Thursday stormed into US Open mixed doubles final after beating pair of Rohan Bopanna and Yung-Jan Chan 6-2, 7-5.Paes and Hingis will now face Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey in the final.It has been a lucky day for Hingis as earlier in the day, she tagging with Sania Mirza stormed into women’s doubles final by beating Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-1.last_img

‘I still find it crazy’: Matt Wallace hopes hard work pays off at Augusta

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Tommy Fleetwood vows to continue taking risks for major Augusta reward Read more “The golf ball doesn’t know where you are, who you are playing with. You have got to make that ball do what you want to do.”Wallace’s rapid rise is worthy of reflection. In 2015 he was an Alps Tour player. “I’d have laughed at you,” he concedes when asking what his reply would have been about the prospect of an Augusta berth four years later. What sets Wallace apart from so many of his contemporaries is a tendency to win; including three times on the European Tour in 2018 alone.“I still find it crazy that I’m here now,” he adds. “But I’m 36th in the world and, if I think I’ve made it, there are 35 better players than me. I have grown up with a sporty family where I wanted to win in everything. Tournament golf is no different. You want to beat everyone there. Who knows, I might not ever win again but I think a lot of people would say I will and can.“I use where I have come from as motivation. I haven’t thought: ‘I’ve made it.’ I know how intensely I need to work to keep up the quality of my golf. I can’t switch off. I’ll be like this for the rest of my career. I look at how hard Padraig Harrington worked, how hard Vijay Singh worked.”Another prominent player, Nick Faldo, has taken Wallace under his wing. Wallace had an existing friendship with one of Faldo’s sons, with the three-times Masters champion’s support extending to company for Augusta practice holes on Sunday. Wallace’s caddie, Dave McNeilly, was once Faldo’s bag-man. “He’s quite a good person to go to, isn’t he?” Wallace says of Faldo. “Maybe he has seen a little bit of himself in me and it’s nice; I know he doesn’t do this for everyone.”Wallace was widely considered as unfortunate not to have earned one of Thomas Bjørn’s captains picks for last year’s Ryder Cup. That he did not qualify automatically raised questions over the points standing of European Tour events. Wallace did not let any sense of dejection linger. “It was just disappointment,” he explains. “I felt like I had done everything I could have to make it. It was frustration and I felt like I deserved to be in that team, for sure. They went on to win so that backs Thomas’s decision. It doesn’t mean I couldn’t have done the same job. It’s just maybe it wasn’t my time. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share via Email “I feel like sometimes golf is a progression type business; it will hopefully work in my favour where I will make plenty more Ryder Cups. Some people make a team, then don’t make the next few or struggle to get in. If I keep playing the way I am, I feel like I can make the next Ryder Cup and plenty more.“As soon as Europe won the Ryder Cup, I went straight to the driving range. Before the last match had even finished I sent out an Instagram post of ‘2020 starts now’. Thomas picked up on that and said it is why I’ll be in Ryder Cups for years to come, because I used disappointment as a motivation.”Recurring success seems to do likewise. Share on WhatsApp US sports features PGA Tourcenter_img The Masters Share on Pinterest Golf Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Matt Wallace’s confidence could be regarded as problematic were it not backed up by results. “The world hasn’t seen the best of Matt Wallace yet,” said the Englishman as he prepared for his Masters debut.There are shades of Ian Poulter in the approach of the 28-year-old. It is no shock to hear that he will be shooting for the stars at Augusta National. “I don’t think the 36th in the world would ever go there just to make up the numbers,” he says. “I’m there to compete, there trying to win. If I can give myself a chance come Sunday, you know I’ll be trying to win the tournament. Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Twitter European Tour Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Dick Vitale Tweets Support For Premise That NCAA Should Leave Indianapolis, Move Events To Other States

first_imgDick Vitale thinks NCAA should move events from Indianapolis.Twitter/@DickieVCollege basketball analyst Dick Vitale is the most recent voice in the world of college sports to come out strongly against a new Indiana bill that would allow local businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers. The NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, the city which will host this year’s Final Four, has already expressed concern about the law, and many are calling for the organization to move its operation, and prevent the state from hosting future NCAA events. USA Today’s Nancy Armour wrote a column supporting this idea:It is too late to pull this year’s Final Four from Indianapolis, given it is next weekend and there’s no other city that would have an arena and several thousand hotel rooms available. But the NCAA can – and should – tell Indiana lawmakers that their prejudice and mean-spiritedness has cost the state the privilege of hosting any other collegiate sporting event.The 2016 women’s Final Four currently scheduled to be held in Indianapolis? Not anymore.…And in what would be the biggest threat of all, the NCAA ought to tell Gov. Mike Pence and his lunatic-fringe lawmakers that it no longer feels at home in Indiana and will look at moving its headquarters from Indianapolis to a state where God-given diversity is something to be celebrated rather than feared.Vitale tweeted a picture of the paper, and his support for Armour’s take.This INDIANSA law is #AbsolutelyPATHETIC This 21st century @nrarmour details in USA today & I agree with her premise! pic.twitter.com/BmmwUZTuJv— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 27, 2015Whether or not you like Vitale as a broadcaster, he is one of the most respected people in college athletics. He will not be the last big name to speak out about this issue, either.last_img read more

How do bookings & red card bans work in the Premier League?

first_imgDiscipline is a major aspect of football and players are duly punished by referees for any fouls or indiscretions which may occur on the pitch.A yellow card is issued as a caution, giving a player a second chance to remain on the pitch for the rest of the game, but being shown a red card results in immediate ejection from the field of play.If a player is cautioned twice in a game with two yellow cards they are then shown an automatic red card. 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? The idea, naturally, is to avoid picking up cautions and red cards, but over the course of a season they can accumulate and that also results on punishment.The rules have changed slightly in the Premier League, so, in case you’re still unsure, we’ve broken it down.Premier League yellow & red card rules for 2019-20Just like in 2018-19, any yellow card picked up by a player in a game will be restricted to the particular competition they were playing in.So, if Marouane Fellaini is cautioned in a Premier League match for Manchester United, it does not hang over his head in the FA Cup.Likewise, if Eden Hazard receives a booking for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, it will not count towards his tally when he is playing in the Premier League.However, while there is no crossover when it comes to yellow cards, suspensions arising from the presentation of a red card will apply to all competitions.Ander Herrera Manchester United yellow cardAccumulation of yellow cardsThe punishment for the accumulation of yellow cards in the Premier League varies according to the number of cards and games.A player who receives five yellow cards before the 19th match-week will be issued with a one-match ban. If a player has accumulated 10 yellow cards by match-week 32 they will be handed a two-match ban. No. of yellow cards Before match-week Duration of ban 5 19 One game 10 32 Two games 15 38 Three games A total of 15 yellow cards in the duration of the season will result in a three-match ban.Each ban will be served in the Premier League only.How many games will a player miss after a red card?Roberto Firmino Liverpool red cardThe length of a suspension for a player shown a red card varies according to the severity of the foul.For example, a sending off due to a second yellow card will result in a one-match ban, as will a red card received for a professional foul.Dissent leading to a red card will generally earn a two-match ban, while violent conduct can be punished with a suspension for three games.Of course, each case is examined based on its own merits and bans may be reduced or extendedTechnical area disciplinary procedureStarting from 2019-20, officials will be able to show coaches and managers yellow or red cards, in the same way they do with players.If, during the chaos of a more chaotic raucous on the touchline and the offending individual cannot be identified for punishment, the senior coach who is in the technical area will be the default recipient of the booking. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

12 Delicious Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes to Gobble Up This Year

first_img Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather It’s Thanksgiving time and that means, for better or worse, you’re probably spending some time around people that you don’t really want to. Maybe it’s because your sibling who picked on you mercilessly lives across the country, or this is the one time of the year that old Aunt Karen deems your family worthy enough for her presence. Regardless of the reason or person, you’re going to need a drink. While there are plenty of beers and wines for you to down during the Thanksgiving meal, it’s nice to have a cocktail or three before sitting down to discuss the fact that yes, you are perfectly happy not having kids any time soon and that it is indeed your choice to do so.Below, check out our picks for the best Thanksgiving cocktail recipes you can make this holiday. (There’s also Shotsgiving if you want to do away with cocktails and get right to the boozing.)Nolet’s Silver Apple Crisp Punch Editors’ Recommendations 1.5 oz The Botanist Gin.75 oz Amontillado Sherry.75 oz fresh lemon juice.75 oz fresh grapefruit juice.5 oz cinnamon syrup2 dashes Angostura bittersCracked white pepper for garnishMethod: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with cracked white pepper.Ginger Diplo 26 oz Nolet’s Silver Gin13 oz apple juice or cider5 oz lime juice5 oz honey2 fresh limes2 fresh apples (green or red) Method: Mix all ingredients in an infusion jar (or punch bowl) and stir thoroughly to dissolve honey. Slice limes into wheels and add to jar. Serve over ice. Garnishwith lime, apple slices or matchsticks, cinnamon sticks, and or thyme.The Chai Crusta(Created at Commander’s Palace, New Orleans)2 oz chai-infused Buffalo Trace bourbon*.5 oz lemon juice.5 oz simple syrup2 dashes Angostura bitters4 dashes orange bittersSugar for rimLemon peel for garnishMethod: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a sugar-rimmed coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.*Chai-infused Buffalo Trace bourbon1 bottle Buffalo Trace bourbon4 chai tea bags1 orange spice tea bagMethod: Carefully add all of the tea bags to the bottle of bourbon. Cover and let infuse for 36 hours. If sitting longer than 3 days, pour the bourbon into another bottle so it does not over infuse.Cuervo Cranberry(Created by Jose Cuervo)2 parts Jose Cuervo Especial Silver.75 part apricot brandy1 part cranberry juice.75 part lime juiceMethod: Shake all ingredients together. Pour over ice and serve with a lime slice.Carrot Card Daq 1.5 oz Duke Bourbon .75 oz fresh bay leaf syrup.75 oz yuzu lemon juice blend2 dashes Elemakule Tiki bittersMethod: Dry shake all ingredients, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a small coupe. Place the cocktail under a glass cloche and fill the cloche with cherrywood smoke from a smoking gun. Let sit for 30 seconds then enjoy! The Broadmoor Cocktail(Created by Dennis Schuler, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs)1.5 oz Old Overholt Rye Whiskey.25 oz Benedictine.75 oz lemon juice.5 oz honey simple syrup (equal parts honey and hot water, shaken or stirred until dissolved, then chilled)1 dash Angostura bittersMethod: Combine all ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.Cinnamon Tequila Toddy 1.5 parts Absolut Original2 parts chocolate stout3 parts club soda.75 parts clove syrup2 dashes Angostura bittersMethod: Combine syrup, Absolut Original, and bitters with ice and shake. Add stout to shaker and stir. Fill Collins glass with ice, add club soda, and pour remaining ingredients on top. Garnish with an autumn leaf pinned to the glass.Gunsmoke Cocktail 1.75 oz Mantuano Diplomático Rum5 oz ginger aleDash of cocoa bitter (optional)Cranberries for garnishRosemary for garnishMethod: Add ice to a glass. Add rum and top off with ginger ale to taste. You can add a dash of cocoa bitters for more contrast. Stir gently with a bar spoon. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary. Brisket House Sourcenter_img 5 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila5 parts hot water.75 part cinnamon bark syrup.25 part honey.25 part fresh lemon juice3 dashes vanilla bittersCinnamon sticksMethod: Combine equal parts sugar and water and 3 cinnamon sticks in a saucepan and bring to a boil to create cinnamon bark syrup. Remove cinnamon sticks from the mixture and combine the remainder of the ingredients in a coffee glass. Stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick. 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 1 part Jameson Black Barrel.5 part simple syrup.5 part grapefruit juice.5 part lime juiceSmoked saltGrapefruit triangle for garnishMethod: Build in shaking tin. Add ice and shake. Use smoked salt for the rim. Fine strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with grapefruit triangle.Hold The Fluff 1.5 oz Angels Envy Bourbon.5 oz lemon juice.5 oz sweet potato syrup.5 oz red wineMethod: Combine bourbon, lemon juice, and sweet potato syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cover and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a double rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Gently pour .5 ounce red wine over the back of a spoon held just above the drink’s surface so wine floats on top.Corduroy Cocktail 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 1 oz Bacardi rum1 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur1 oz carrot and turmeric juice.75 oz lime juiceMethod: Shake and serve up in glass. Garnish with a baby turmeric sliced halfway down the bottom to center and placed on the rim to look like a baby carrot.All the Fixin’s 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Homelast_img read more

FPS Service Links Rotterdam with St. Petersburg

first_imgzoom The Rotterdam-based neutral consolidator FPS Famous Pacific Shipping has launched a new, weekly ocean LCL Rotterdam-St. Petersburg-Rotterdam general cargo service, the Port of Rotterdam Authority reports.The service provides an alternative to the traditional routing via Vilnius, and reportedly cuts transit times from fifteen to four days.The service is fully monitored, and customers can track their shipments online through the FPS tracking portal.In addition to serving St. Petersburg, FPS offers onforwarding to several inland destinations, including Moscow.last_img read more

Traffic Advisories Cumberland County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209 will have a one-lane closure from North Greville Road, six kilometres easterly toward Parrsboro, from Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, Aug. 31. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6 will have a one-lane closure from Ripley Road, 10 kilometres easterly toward Pugwash, from Monday, July 25 to Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.center_img -30-last_img

Côte dIvoire UN chief voices support for sustaining hardwon peace after missions

Close “The Secretary-General congratulates the people and Government of Côte d’Ivoire for their determination and efforts in turning the page of crisis and conflict,” said Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a statement. After 13 years, the UN is completing the peacekeeping phase of its engagement with Côte d’Ivoire, after successfully assisting the country in restoring peace and stability following the post-2010 election crisis. When UNOCI closes its doors on 30 June, it will mark the most recent successful completion of a peacekeeping operation in West Africa since the UN mission in Sierra Leone in 2005. This milestone was made possible thanks to a significantly improved security situation in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as the extension of State authority and the deployment of public services, the strengthening of democratic institutions, progress in security sector reform and steady economic development. The Secretary-General reiterated the commitment of the rest of the UN family present in Côte d’Ivoire to support the Government with the implementation of outstanding reform activities with a view to ensuring that “the hard-won peace can be sustained and the country and its people will continue to progress and thrive,” the spokesperson added. Mr. Guterres also commended the significant contributions of all partners national, regional and international in the Ivorian peace process, and is appreciative of the excellent leadership of his Special Representative, Aïchatou Mindaoudou, and her predecessors. Paying tribute to all uniformed and civilian personnel who served with UNOCI, the Secretary-General expressed his profound respect for the memory of the 150 peacekeepers who lost their lives in the service of peace with the Mission, and his gratitude to all troop- and police- contributing countries. UN Special Representative Aïchatou Mindaoudou and local residents highlight the vital contributions UNOCI made in restoring peace and security in the nation. read more

School gives parents three days notice before closing so staff can celebrate

first_imgThe day must be exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which the parents belong. Where necessary, schools should seek advice from the parents’ religious body about whether it has set the day apart for religious observance. Headteacher Mark Elms told parents: “Please accept my sincere apologies for the short notice which could not be helped and for the disruption to the beginning of the new academic year.”The Harris Federation, which runs the academy, said parents who were unhappy should contact them. A large inner-city school gave parents just three days’ notice it was closing to allow staff to celebrate a religious festival.Chobham Academy in Newham, east London, is partially closed on Monday due to a “high number of staff requesting leave for religious observance” for the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha. Eighteen-hundred pupils aged three to 18 attend the independent mixed academy, but families were given just days to find alternative childcare arrangements.Mark Elms, the primary principal at the school, offered parents his “sincere apologies”.Chobham has been closed to nursery, reception, Y1 and Y2 pupils, leading one father to claim parents had been “penalised”.Pedro Martin, a Spanish teacher and tutor in London, said: School closed next Monday, @chobhamacademy inform us today. Unacceptable short notice. Working parents penalised again.— Pedro Martin (@pedrojmm) September 9, 2016 Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.As the exact day is based on lunar sightings, the date can vary between countries and the date of this year’s festival was only announced by religious leaders ten days ago.The Eid al-Adha prayer marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the holy city of Mecca. According to guidelines issued by the Department of Education, schools must treat absence as authorised when it is due to religious observance.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Evin Lewis returns to West Indies T20I squad

Evin Lewis made his second one-day hundred (Getty Images)Evin Lewis is back in West Indies’ squad for the T20I series against Bangladesh, according to a report published today by ESPNCricinfo. The opening batsman hasn’t played international cricket since pulling out of the limited-overs leg of West Indies’ recent tour of India.Also back in the squad are fast bowlers Kesrick Williams and Sheldon Cottrell. Allrounder Kieron Pollard and the left-arm quick Obed McCoy, who were part of the T20I squad in India, miss out with injury. Allrounder Andre Russell and offspinner Ashley Nurse, meanwhile, have not yet fully recovered from the shoulder and knee injuries that cut short their India tours.Sylhet will host the first of three T20Is on December 17.West Indies T20I squad: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Kesrick Williams, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Shai Hope, Sherfane Rutherford, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEvin Lewis pulls out of limited-overs leg of India tourOctober 17, 2018In “Sports”Andre Russell to miss T20I series against IndiaNovember 3, 2018In “Sports”Kraigg Brathwaite in ODI squad, T20 call-ups for Rovman Powell, PooranSeptember 5, 2016In “latest news” read more

Water fountains around Vancouver were gifts from Ed and Mary Firstenburg

first_imgStudents and staff at Washington State University Vancouver are well-acquainted with fountains emblazoned with “Firstenburg.” The Firstenburg Family Fountain located in the central campus plaza is eye-catching, with rough-hewn slabs of basalt and plenty of seating to relax and enjoy the view.But the rest of Clark County may not realize that by the time the WSU water feature opened to the public, it was the 16th Firstenburg fountain sprinkled throughout the community — the family also donated 15 drinking fountains, unassuming and ubiquitous enough to blend into a street corner.“This drinking fountain is one of 15 throughout the community designed and generously gifted by Ed & Mary Firstenburg, 2000,” reads a plaque emblazoned on the side of a fountain at the corner of Main and West 12th streets, the former site of First Independent Bank headquarters.Rumor has it that the late Ed Firstenburg, who founded First Indy in 1934 and eventually became one of Clark County’s best-known and most generous philanthropists, had a simple motivation for donating the fountains: he was thirsty.“There’s an old rumor that the Firstenburgs had them installed along the areas they liked to walk,” said Julie Hannon, Vancouver’s Parks and Recreation director. “We are unsure, now, why the specific locations were chosen. We do know that the city pays the water.”last_img read more

Trump says asylum seekers should have to pay a fee to apply

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is proposing charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants seeking to cross into the U.S.In a presidential memorandum signed Monday, Trump directed his attorney general and acting homeland security secretary to take additional measures to overhaul the asylum system, which he insists “is in crisis” and plagued by “rampant abuse.”The changes are just the latest in a series of proposals from an administration that is struggling to cope with a surge of migrant families arriving at the southern border that has overwhelmed federal resources and complicated Trump’s efforts to claim victory at the border as he runs for re-election. Most of those arriving say they are fleeing violence and poverty, and many request asylum under U.S. and international law.As part of the memo, Trump is giving officials 90 days to come up with new regulations to ensure that applications are adjudicated within 180 days of filing, except under exceptional circumstances.And he is directing officials to begin charging a fee to process asylum and employment authorization applications, which do not currently require payment.The White House and Department of Homeland Security officials did not immediately respond to questions about how much applicants might be forced to pay, and it is unclear how many families fleeing poverty would be able to afford such a payment.last_img read more

Steven Gerrard warns his side about improved defence

first_imgRangers head coach Steven Gerrard has warned his side that they will need to radically improve their defending of set-plays in order for them to stop shipping points.Even after Kyle Lafferty scored a brace at Fir Park before Ovie Ejaria’s strike, Rangers failed to win in the 93rd minute after Peter Hartley turned in Gael Bigirimana’s corner.‘I’m bitterly disappointed with the timing of the equaliser, Gerrard said via Daily Mail.‘It obviously hurts that little bit more when it comes that late. We were a set-piece away from taking maximum points against tough opposition.’‘I thought we defended very well to their style in open play for the majority of the game.‘But we haven’t defended anywhere near well enough on set plays. We’ve been done twice.’Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.Although Connor Goldson slip allowed Danny Johnson to give Motherwell a lead after just three minutes, Gerrard protected his defender Connor Goldson from blame.‘The first goal was an unlucky one obviously’, he added.‘I’ve been there myself so I feel for Connor on that one.‘We got off to a bad start in the game but then showed really good character and some really good football to get back in the game.‘So I was pleased with that aspect and how we defended in general play but we’ve got work to do defending set-plays. That’s for sure.last_img read more

ASA Signs Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement

first_imgToday, ASA joined the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Corn Growers Association in signing the Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement (GEMAA). The GEMAA is part of an accord that represents a solution to ensuring critical domestic and international regulatory authorizations are maintained for biotech events once patents expire. The Accord consists of two agreements: the GEMAA and the Data Use and Compensation Agreement (DUCA). The GEMAA is now effective and in the process of implementation. The legal text of the DUCA is near completion.”Having the Farm Bureau, ASA and NCGA as signatories to the GEMAA is a major step forward for the Accord,” said Cathleen Enright, Executive Vice President at BIO. “All three organizations have been key players in the development of the GEMAA and we welcome their commitment to the Accord process.””We’ve aimed to create an agreement that would enable national farm organizations to participate, so growers can have a role in the process and get access to important information about patent expiration and these organizations have been key stakeholders from the beginning of this process,” said Andrew LaVigne, President and CEO of ASTA.”Since ASA was one of the producer organizations that urged the biotech and seed industries to develop a predictable roadmap for biotech events to go from patented to generic, we thought it only appropriate for ASA to sign onto the GEMAA,” said ASA President Danny Murphy. “Additionally, the GEMAA provides signatories like ASA with important advance notifications by other signatories about when patented events will expire, and gives us a seat at the table regarding the ongoing implementation of the GEMAA and whether changes should be considered in the future. ASA appreciates the work that went into developing the GEMAA, and we are pleased to become a signatory to it.”More information about the Accord can be found at www.AgAccord.org.last_img read more

Debt faceoff shifts to Congress bargain in play

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations to increase the nation’s debt ceiling shifted to Congress where Republican and Democratic leaders were assessing the mood of their members even as an intricate but potentially face-saving deal to avoid an unprecedented government default was taking shape in the Senate.With an Aug. 2 deadline looming and no compromise jelling at the White House, President Barack Obama had to settle Friday for asking congressional leaders to take three deficit reduction options to their members to see which, if any, could win a vote in the House and Senate.Meanwhile, a proposal the White House has termed a “fallback option” was taking root in the Senate as a likely alternative to the brinkmanship that has defined negotiations to secure an increase in the government’s borrowing authority.Obama, who had vowed to meet with congressional leaders every day until a debt limit deal was struck, did not schedule a session for Friday and instead asked leaders to gauge the temperament of their caucuses and to report back to him in 24 to 36 hours. White House officials said a meeting could still be scheduled this weekend.Obama planned an 11 a.m. news conference Friday to discuss the status of debt limit talks, his second this week. House Republicans and House Democrats planned their own membership meetings earlier in the morning.last_img read more