12 Jun
2021

Watchman badly hurt in grenade attack on Tamil daily

first_img August 30, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Watchman badly hurt in grenade attack on Tamil daily Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge to go further News News Follow the news on Sri Lanka Help by sharing this information July 15, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific center_img News News July 29, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts January 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned a grenade attack on Tamil daily Sudar Oli on 29 August 2005 in which a watchman at the entrance to the building was seriously injured.Two grenades were thrown at the building by two assailants who then fled the scene.”Reporters Without Borders urges all armed political parties and movements to respect press freedom and free expression that are the essential components of any democracy,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Sudar Oli has been targeted for several months by nationalist groups that accuse the daily of supporting the Tamil Tigers armed movement (LTTE). Last week, a photo-journalist on the newspaper, Yathurshan Premachchandran, was attacked by militants from the People’s Liberation Front (JVP) who suspected him of being a member of the LTTE.He was brutally attacked by JVP members as he covered a demonstration that was parading past him. Before beating him they also snatched his camera, mobile phone and wallet. Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Organisation last_img read more

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30 Dec
2020

BRO on the Newsplex: 2014 Races and Olympic Debate

first_imgThis week BRO staff Ross Ruffing talks about our February 2014 issue. From a yearlong calendar of the region’s best running, biking, climbing, paddling, and snowsport events to a debate on summer vs. winter Olympics, this month’s issue is chock full of great content. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, check out the stories in full here. Now let’s get ready to shred, sweat, and send!last_img

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20 Nov
2020

President Trump projected to win Ohio

first_img– Advertisement – But with Trump’s commanding victory in 2016 and a near Republican sweep in 2018 statewide races, Ohio’s battleground state status had been in question.Polling trackers had given little indication of which candidate held a clear advantage in Ohio heading into Election Day. RealClearPolitics showed Biden with a slim lead over Trump that tightened to a neck-and-neck race in the final days of the cycle.This is breaking news. Check back for updates. President Donald Trump is projected to win Ohio over former Vice President Joe Biden, according to NBC News.Ohio has 18 Electoral College votes. Polling averages had indicated a tight race in a state where Trump won by a convincing 8 points in 2016.Long considered a bellwether for national politics, Ohio has voted for the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1964. No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning the Buckeye State. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img President Donald Trump arrives for a “Keep America Great” campaign rally at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, on January 9, 2020.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

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27 Sep
2020

Heck – we even made the BBC News!

first_imgbbc.co.uk 17 April 2013New Zealand’s parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. Lawmakers approved the bill, amending the 1955 marriage act, despite opposition from Christian lobby groups. The bill was passed with a wide majority, with 77 votes in favour and 44 against. Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated outside parliament after the bill was passed, calling it a milestone for equality. People watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers immediately broke into song, singing the New Zealand love song “Pokarekare Ana”, AP news agency reported. Some opinion polls have suggested that about two-thirds of New Zealanders support the reform, although others polls suggest the public are more divided. Parliamentarians were allowed a conscience vote, and, crucially, the reform had the backing of both the Prime Minister John Key and leader of the opposition David Shearer, the BBC’s Phil Mercer in Sydney reports. Celebrations have been held in pubs and clubs in the capital Wellington, our correspondent adds. Same-sex civil unions have been legal in New Zealand since 2005. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worldlast_img read more

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3 Aug
2020

Minor Baseball Season in full swing

first_imgThe minor baseball season is in full swing throughout the West Kootenay, and in the Heritage City, the Nelson Jays are out to defend West Kootenay Babe Ruth Baseball Championship won in 2015.The Jays met Castlegar this past week at Queen Elizabeth Park. Both teams battle the opposition, and the weather, during this mid-week contest with the host team coming out on top.The NDBA has fields teams in six divisions — Tee-Ball, Rookie, Minor, Major, Junior and Senior Babe Ruth.The teams play at Queen Elizabeth Lions Park.Nelson plays in the West Kootenay Minor Baseball leaqgue, which  runs until the middle of June when playoffs close out the house league campaigns.The West Kootenay teams — Grand Forks, Fruitvale, Castlegar, Trail and Nelson — then form all-star squads to participate in provincial play.last_img read more

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3 Aug
2020

Hawks, Heat faceoff in KIJHL Final

first_imgThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks will meet the Chase Heat to determine the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion after the Hawks and Heat outlasted Kimberley and Osoyoos in deciding Conference Final games Friday.Beaver Valley scored four times in the opening frame to dump Kimberley Dynamiters 5-2 in the Kootenay Conference fifth game.Tyler Ghirardosi got the party started for the home fans with two goals seven minutes into the first period.Devon Langelaar stopped the bleeding with a goal two minutes later.However, Ghirardosi, with his third of the period, and Dylan Heppler scored before the period concluded to give the Hawks the early lead. Beaver Valley then rode the netminding of Tallon Kramer to a berth in the KIJHL final which begins Monday in Fruitvale.Meanwhile, the Heat completed the comeback in Game five at Osoyoos.Two second period goals by Kaden Black and Zachary Fournier powered Chase past the Coyotes.Osoyoos won the first two games of the series.However, the Heat won two games in overtime at home before pulling off the shocker in the South Okanagan City.Game two of the KIJHL Final best-of-five series goes Tuesday before the series shifts to Chase for Games three and four, Thursday and Friday.If necessary, Game five is Sunday, April 2, in Fruitvale.The KIJHL Champion represent the league at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 6-9, 2017 in Creston.last_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS ONE MILE OVER MAIN TRACK, TWO-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMPION BEHOLDER GALLOPS STRONGLY IN ADVANCE OF SATURDAY’S GRADE I ZENYATTA STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015)–Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, who walked Bob Baffert’s shedrow yesterday, came on Santa Anita’s main track at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday and jogged off the “wrong way” one mile before decelerating to a walk and a return to the Baffert barn with American Racing’s most recognizable human in-tow.With trainer Richard Mandella looking on, two-time Eclipse Champion mare Beholder graced the main track at 5:50 a.m., proceeding directly to the seven furlong pole where she commenced a strong mile and a quarter-plus gallop.After backtracking to the finish line, she headed through Santa Anita’s Grandstand tunnel and a schooling engagement in the track’s saddling paddock. With Mandella at her head, the superstar mare stood quietly in one of the stalls prior to being led to the Seabiscuit Walking Ring for a couple turns and a return to Mandella’s Barn 4 as she continues to prepare for a run at a record third consecutive win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. –30–last_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

FAVORED LIAM THE CHARMER RALLIES TO TAKE $56,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY ONE LENGTH UNDER ESPINOZA; TRAINED BY MCCARTHY, HE GETS MILE AND A QUARTER ON TURF IN 1:59.55

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2017)–Last with three furlongs to run, classy Liam the Charmer rallied five-wide around the far turn en route to a solid one length win in Thursday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Victor Espinoza, as he got a mile and a quarter over a “good” turf in 1:59.55.  Trained by Michael McCarthy, “Liam” had been idle since running fourth as the favorite in a 1 1/16 miles turf allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 19.“We’ve always thought he was a nice colt,” said McCarthy, who saddled the 4-year-old son of Smart Strike to a close fifth place finish two starts back in the Grade III La Jolla Handicap on Aug. 6.  “Victor rode him great, the pace was ideal and the ground had a little ‘give’ to it, which was to his liking.”The 9-5 favorite in a field of nine older horses, Liam the Charmer paid $5.60, $3.80 and $3.00.  Bred by Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally and his wife Debbie, he’s owned by Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Warren, Jr.  With the winner’s share of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $94,226 while running his overall record to 7-2-1-1.Like the winner, Beach View, who was ridden by Stewart Elliott, rallied wide from off the pace, finishing a half length in front of Mission Driven.  Originally based in the mid-Atlantic region, Beach View made his Southern California debut at 25-1 and paid $22.00 and $10.00.Off at 5-2 with Flavien Prat, Mission Driven paid $3.00 to show.Fractions, which were set by eventual sixth place finisher Little Scotty, were 23.01, 47.14, 1:11.23 and 1:35.33.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

10 Ways Social Media Will Change In 2010

first_imgThis time last year, I wrote about the 10 ways social media will change 2009, and while all predictions have materialized or are on their way, it has only become clear in recent months how significant of a change we’ve seen this year. 2009 will go down as the year in which the shroud of uncertainty was lifted off of social media and mainstream adoption began at the speed of light. Barack Obama’s campaign proved that social media can mobilize millions into action, and Iran’s election protests demonstrated its importance to the freedom of speech. This guest post was written by Ravit Lichtenberg, founder and chief strategist at Ustrategy.com – a boutique consultancy focusing on helping companies succeed. Ravit authors a blog at www.ravitlichtenberg.com.Today, it is impossible to separate social media from the online world. Facebook reached 350 million users last month — 70% of whom are outside the US — and it accounts for 25% of the Web’s traffic, according to Pew nearly one in five people on the web use Twitter or some other service to check status messages, and 94% of enterprises plan to maintain or increase their investment in enterprise social media tools. The social media conversation is no longer considered a Web 2.0 fad — it is taking place in homes, small businesses and corporate boardrooms, and extending its reach into the nonprofit, education and health sectors. From feeling excitement, novelty, bewilderment, and overwhelmed, a growing number of people now speak of social media as simply another channel or tactic. So what will social Web bring next? What will “being connected” mean? What will the next experience be for the 2 two billion people who are connected to the Internet? Here are 10 ways what we’ve called social media will evolve in 2010. Social Media Will Become a Single, Cohesive Experience Embedded In Our Activities and Technologies By this time next year, social media will no longer be “social media” — it will be an integrated, unquestionable component of your online and offline experience. Last year we spoke of cross-platform integration across media sites. Open APIs and OpenID made that possible, and even LinkedIn announced last month that it too will finally open its APIs. 2010 will be about integration and a single, cohesive experience across platforms as well as across products and devices — Web, mobile, TV, and video — will become near-inseparable experiences. Users will access content from any device or platform, co-create and mashup their photos, videos and text with traditional content while interacting with each other. Publishers will create new kinds of content for the connected world, and the last years’ lull in good entertainment will finally be lifted. This trend will cut across all of our activities — from playing games to shopping to emailing and texting — nothing will be lost; everything we do will be gathered and streamed together, allowing people to view their world of activities as if it were projected in front of them, open to change, review and input at any point in time from any device or online tool. Social Media Innovation Will No Longer Be Limited By TechnologyWith Web technology maturing and the near-elimination of previous barriers such as closed platforms and discrete logins, companies will now look to innovate the way they use existing technology, rather than focus on technology enhancements themselves. We will see a move to leverage existing assets — content and capabilities — in new ways, turning information to wisdom and insight to action. Whereas once user research required focus groups and usability tests, companies will utilize the Web’s capabilities to achieve the same. Naturally occurring conversations will be utilized in product innovation and design, and companies will create incentives for people’s attention and engagement while repurposing and analyzing content and engagement in new ways that will deliver valuable input. Mobile Will Take Center StageWorldwide, the iPhone alone accounts for about 33% of mobile web traffic and IDC predicts the number of mobile web users will hit one billion by 2010. As the technological barriers come down, people will increasingly use their phones on-the-go to access social networks, search, read content and find location-based information. Our phones will be used as a central hub and beacon — enabling a slew of new capabilities and experiences. Expect an Intense Battle As People and Companies Look To Own Their Own Content2009 marked the year of open Web, and divergence of content, making content available anywhere, anytime, by anyone and to everyone; it was the year content exploded across the web, platforms and devices. The issue Google solved so magically — content find-ability — will become all but moot in the coming years. Instead, content relevance and quality will become the key focus. In 2010 we will start to see convergence as companies take measures to own their own content, its location and its cost. Last month, Rupert Murdoch announced he may opt News Corp out of Google, instructing it to de-index its publications from the search engine and giving exclusive rights to Bing for a fee. This means that content publishers will be able to determine where they make their content available and at what cost. With the growth of user generated content and the dwindling relevance of search results, people will gradually shift their trust from large aggregators like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, and move to searching and finding content at specific locations and, eventually, creating and integrating their own content hub into the rest of their personal digital experience. “People don’t realize that everything they do — on Facebook, Ning, Google and with their credit cards — is being collected, tracked, analyzed, owned and monetized by these companies who provide (so-called) free services. It’s not a healthy model.” Says John Faber, COO of af83, a Drupal development house and co-founder of the upcoming DrupalCon. Enterprises Will Shape the Next Generation of What We’ve Called “Social Media”It was easy to forget that enterprises and large institutions are the originators of some of social media’s pillars: listservs, forums, intranets and collaboration tools. As social media became a public domain, enterprises have been cautious participants, predominantly in the product space, with few visionary leaders like Zappos, IBM and Dell. But cautionary they are no more. With a reported average of 25% increase in funds allocation toward social media activities, in 2010 we will see a surge in adoption of social media across product, services and solutions companies. Having the need and the funds, enterprises will determine the next generation of social experiences. They will push enhancements that meet their needs, specifically around monitoring, automation, alignment with the sales cycle and integration with existing systems, expanding social “media” to encompass the ecosystem of social computing across solutions, and making them actionable for the company. Jive, blueKiwi, Remindo and Sharepoint support companies internally. Most recently, Salesforce.com released Chatter, designed to turn the corporation, and CRM, social. With its APIs opening later this year, “Chatter can become a new layer over its Force platform, already being used by 68,000 customers, enabling companies and developers to leverage the Salesforce infrastructure in a secure environment,” said Bruce Francis, VP corporate strategy Salesforce.com. ROI Will Be Measured — and It Will MatterReturn on investment on social media activities has been challenging to most companies this year. Surveys show only 18% of companies say they saw meaningful return on investment from their social media activities while the other 72% report modest, no return or inability to measure the return on their investment in social media. While the definition of ROI is evolving to better fit the world of relationships and networks, the ability to demonstrate ROI in hard numbers — not in followers or fans — will become a baseline business requirement in 2010. Already, both traditional firms and startups are working feverishly to demonstrate they can turn hype into science. But, only those companies who will be able to analyze and predict hard returns on investments will last. Finally: Real, Cool and Very Bizarre Online-Offline IntegrationVirtual worlds, games and avatars were just the beginning of the online-offline integration. In 2010 we’ll see a greater push on this front as distance and physical walls will matter even less. Augmented reality — already integrated into Yelp’s latest geo-tagging enabled application — will allow users to find relevant information and people depending on their location; Twitter360 will help people find each other, connect and see updates by location all while on the go through their mobile device. People will be able to scan products on shelves but process the sale online; you’ll never need to ask for a business card again at events — and you may actually get promotions and discounts that match your interests. Many “Old” Skills Will Be Needed AgainAn economic downturn coupled with the surge of social media eliminated many traditional marketing and PR roles. But this year, we’ll see the return of professionals to the field. Enterprises will turn back to marketers who specialize in understanding customer psychology and who are experienced in addressing these both offline and online. Research and development divisions will turn to customer experience professionals to draw on user needs and ideation as part of their product improvement and innovation process, and sales and support will continue to deliver services online. Expect to see job postings for social media managers, social media psychologists and social media executive administrators to help manage the infinite tasks involved with communities and social media campaigns. Women Will Rule Social Media2009 revealed the growing role women play online. Women make 75% of all buying decisions for the home, and 85% of all consumer purchases. Social networks have at least 50% female members, and it is women ages 35-55 who make up the fastest-growing population on Facebook — not the expected Gen-Y population as previously anticipated. Previously limited by organizational hierarchies and job demands, women today are free to create, express and promote themselves using social media channels. Innately excelling at communication, relationship building and multi-level attention, women will take the reins on their careers and network becoming both a sought-after consumer segment as well as driving business strategies for social-media-connected companies. Social Media Will Move Into New DomainsAs social media becomes integrated into our experiences online, it will have an impact on verticals such as nonprofit, job training, education, and health care. University of the People — a UN-backed initiative to offer free education in emerging markets — is using the power of distance learning and virtual collaboration. Obama’s campaign for job training also highly relies on the power of online interaction. “The top 10 companies to work for are going to become learning companies. Instead of having 10% of time to philanthropic activities, they’ll spend 10% of time on learning or teaching,” says Chris Heuer, founder of Social Media Club and director at iStrategyLabs. “Sites like I’m Too Young For This, and Know Cancer Community prove that no topic is too complex for social collaboration. These site help people connect and share information previously only available to their doctors,” says Jennifer Benz of Benz Communications, a consultancy that works with companies to introduce social media capabilities into employee benefits and health care communication. “Companies who integrate social collaboration and conversation into health care find they have more knowledgeable employees and patients who can make smarter choices and improve the quality of their care.” Social media as we knew it even 6 months ago has changed. By this time next year, it will have become fully integrated into everything we do online and offline. By the end of this year we’ll see a move toward greater control over content and companies will fight over social media land grabs in preparation for the future. By next year, we will no longer speak about social media technology but about what we’ve been able to do with it. We will discuss power of ownership and only accept quality, relevant content. As we move to automatically accept a narrowed selection of the mass content online, we will begin to crave larger reach again and the natural process of chaos and order — constriction and expansion, convergence and divergence — will repeat itself in an ever-accelerating pace. Whether you are an individual, a startup, small business or a large corporation, an online presence and an ongoing conversation with your constituents is a baseline requirement — and will take time and expertise. Companies are diverting resources and rethinking their traditional outreach strategies. “Whether you’re recruiting, looking for investment, trying to get buzz — you need to be visible,” says John Nogrady, director, emerging business at Microsoft bizpark, and serial entrepreneur. Brian Zisk, founder of SFMusicTech, which is taking place in San Francisco this week, says “If you’re out there as a genuine contributor in the community you can reach out to many people. Take the FooFighters’ free Facebook concert, or Zoe Keating — a local artist with over 1.2 million fans online. Their ability to connect with their fans was made possible because of the Internet.” As you read this, it may seem far reaching but so did a presidency won through the power of online community not too long ago. Whether you are a novice finally giving in to the pressures to “get on social media,” someone who is highly experienced, or a visionary already looking for the next big thing, you will play a role in social media in the coming year even through your simple, daily actions. And as the social media wave dissipates into the vast ocean of connected experiences, the term itself will become an entry in dictionaries and encyclopedias and we will embark on a new era of knowledge, accessibility and experiences unbound by distance, time or physical walls. 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12 Dec
2019

Behavioral Economics Book Suggestions

first_imgDuring today’s great webinar with Dr. Lois Vitt on behavioral economics, many great book suggestions were made. Here is a list:Jacob Needleman’s Money and the Meaning of LifeElizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton’s Happy Money: The Science of Smarter SpendingCarl Richard’s The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things With Your MoneyLarry Winget’s You’re Broke Because You Want to BeDaniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and SlowWhat other great reads on behavioral financial topics have you read? Share them in the comments.last_img

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