12 Ways to Get an Industry Rock Star to Join Your Startup

first_imgAI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.When you’re a young entrepreneur, you might be excited to start something with your peers. However, you likely also recognize that more experienced talent would help you out. If you don’t have years of industry experience, you’re probably making more than a few rookie mistakes. The right talent, especially on your senior leadership team, can help you make better decisions as you grow.So how do you convince more experienced folks to join your team, especially when your startup is relatively unproven? Twelve young entrepreneurs from YEC share the tactics they used to convince industry rock stars to sign on.Let Them Make A DifferenceIn my experience, the best more-experienced hires tend to be the executives with big-company experience who appreciate the difference they can make in a smaller environment with much faster decision-making. Someone who led a sales or product development team can make more independent decisions and have a much bigger impact in a startup environment. In a meritocracy, the standout performers will be recognized and acknowledged, creating a very positive feedback loop. —Elliot Bohm, CardCashFocus On Vision And Challenges To SolveIn the current market environment, talented senior people have a huge number of opportunities. As a startup, you will not be able to compete on compensation, and if you do attract someone because you’re the highest bidder, be ready to lose them when someone else inevitably has more money. Focus your recruiting on what problems you’re trying to solve and what your bigger vision is. We recently brought on a technical lead who’d spent the previous four years at a high-growth startup. He was passionate about our vision, but also loved the culture of our company. Make someone happy with their team and fulfilled in their projects, and you’ll have a great long-term partner. —Aaron Schwartz, Modify WatchesMake It ExcitingMany people love the idea of a startup, but personal situations do not always allow them to start something from scratch on their own. If they can plug themselves into a startup that is a bit more established and use their expertise and skill to make it better, that can be an exciting change for their career. They are no longer just a cog in a machine, and can truly make a difference. Letting them participate in the financial upside when the company is a success also makes it more compelling, and makes them feel like they are part of something. —Jay Johnson, Small Lot WineAlways Be ImprovingWe were told by a veteran in the industry that one of the most exciting parts of our organization is the sense that we are “tinkering”—innovating by looking under the hood of the model and striving for creative ways to make it better. For more experienced folks, the lure of being able to “tinker,” to try new things and break out of more firmly rooted ways of thinking, can be appealing. —Lindsay Tanne, LogicPrepHave Them Talk To Founders And Early EmployeesThe proof is in the pudding for more experienced professionals. Have them connect with your cofounders and early employees, and hear directly from them why they left their previous jobs to work with you. The people on your team can tell the story of why it’s worth it to work at your startup from a different perspective, one that’s not as invested in the outcome of recruiting as yours. Potential new hires with more experience will also appreciate this as a sign of confidence that the people already on your team are happy with their work and enjoy themselves at your startup. Make sure to connect these potential experienced new hires with people within your company who have a similar background and history to their own, so it’ll be easier for them to relate to each other. —Dave Nevogt, HubstaffMatch Their PurposeWe recently hired a VP with more than 20 years of experience who had an offer from us (a fast-growing but midsize PR firm) and an offer from a publicly traded powerhouse company. There’s no way we could have competed on stock options, perks, 401K, salary, and so forth. What it came down to for her was that we had a need that perfectly aligned with the purpose she was pursing in her career. In her former position, she was hired for one roll, but the company truly needed her to do something else (which she did). Now she’s with us, doing exactly what we said we needed, which is what she wanted all along, and she’s flourishing. —Beck Bamberger, BAM CommunicationsBring Them On As A CofounderI met my current cofounder when he reached out to me via LinkedIn. We’re both from the same city and when we met to discuss further, I was very impressed by his honesty and willingness to build something together. We needed to figure out if we were a good fit, and also how much of our own money we were willing to put up for bootstrapping our company. Because he met me with a spirit of collaboration and sharing, I was much more willing to be open about my own finances. We settled on an equal contribution of startup capital that was feasible for us both, committed to sharing equity 50-50 and haven’t looked back since. I was an experienced entrepreneur and software development consultant at that point, but I was willing to come on board because I was treated fairly, as an equal. —Jared Brown, HubstaffShow Them Your Plan For SuccessDo not just convince, but show the individual where you are going and how you are going to get there. Allow them to believe they are an integral piece of the plan. A potential employee will want to join something they feel like they are a part of, and also something that is headed in the right direction. —Jayna Cooke, EventupLet Your Product Speak For ItselfMy company, Uassist.me, has some really amazing partnerships right now. You really don’t have to do a lot of convincing if your service or product speaks for itself. For us, it’s been a matter of having a person sign up to work with one of our virtual assistants, and after working with us for a while, coming to realize they want to be part of our team and what we’re building. —Alfredo Atanacio, Uassist.meMake It Easy To Say YesEveryone has different motivations and desires. Try to determine why each candidate is interested in your company, and then focus on the important items. This could be responsibility, prestige, money or a hundred different things. If you can identify their true desires then you can make your best effort to give them an offer they can’t refuse. When we made a key C-level hire we faced this exact problem. As a small company we did not have the bank balance to compete on straight salary, but the individual placed huge value on flexibility, responsibility and a feeling of ownership. These were things we could easily accommodate while other, more cash-rich companies could not. The result has been fantastic, and we got to add some much needed “grey hair.” —Douglas Hutchings, PicasolarDevelop Experienced Executives As AdvisorsOne approach to getting the best people in the world excited about your business is to develop them as advocates, and to be less concerned initially about the specific role they could potentially play. A lower commitment advisory role is a great way for someone to get to know you and the business, see the trajectory of your business first hand and get excited about what you’re doing. —Katrina Lake, Stitch FixShowcase Your Own Background“Startup” can be a dirty word to some people in sectors like real estate and finance, so it’s important to build a strong bridge between expertise and opportunity. Let potential senior hires know how your own background and experiences shaped your outlook and led you to your current venture. —Heather Schwarz-Lopes, EarlySharesPhoto by Jonathan Kos-Read How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … Related Posts center_img scott gerber How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… Tags:#hiring#recruiting#yec last_img read more

Manchester City sign German winger Leroy Sane from Schalke

first_imgManchester City has made its most expensive signing of the offseason, bringing in Germany winger Leroy Sane from Schalke on a five-year contract for a reported $49 million.City announced the arrival of the 20-year-old Sane on Tuesday without disclosing a fee.City coach Pep Guardiola has also signed Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Spain forward Nolito since taking over in June.Sane, who can play anywhere across the front line, says Guardiola “convinced me to come here and that I can continue to progress. I know I will learn a lot under him.”Guardiola described Sane as “a special talent and an exciting player.”Schalke signed Ghanaian left back Baba Rahman on a season-long loan from Chelsea.last_img

8 reasons every freelancer needs a dog

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.I was watching Riddick for the 100th time on HBO last weekend, and it got me thinking…”My freelancing existence makes me kinda like Vin Diesel’s crafty character. I’m a creative warrior. A strategic hero. Hear me roar!”And…”Damn it, I need a dingo!”Ok, not really. But it does help a lot of freelancers –most especially, the workaholic ones cooped up in their home offices– to have dogs.Yeah, yeah, that iguana in your fish tank gives you so much character, but nothing says support system quite like man’s best friend.How so, you ask?1. A DOG KEEPS YOU ON SCHEDULEWhen you’ve got flexibility, it’s so difficult to discipline yourself into getting work started at the proper time.Snuggling in that lovely bed without thinking of a timesheet is glorious!But… it’s just your luck that your dog doesn’t come with a snooze button.So after a series of noisy yaps, sloppy licks, and unrelenting blanket-pulling, you’re up and raring to go. Real professional-like.Throw that alarm clock away, why don’t you?Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a member2. A DOG IS A MOOD SETTERDogs have that contagious joy-joy attitude.When they’re perky (and they almost always are), you find yourself getting perky.Yes, that huge mug of coffee in your hands help with the perk meter.But all those positive vibes running through your system on a Monday morning, that’s all dog-induced.3. A DOG IS AN ICE BREAKERSpeaking of contagious joy-joy, have you ever had a Skype meeting with your dog popping its adorable head into the frame making your client go “Aww… what a cutie!”?No? Give it a try. It lightens up the mood fast.Taking your dog to your casual coffee shop business meetings has the same positive effect.4. A DOG RESPECTS YOUR PRIVACYWith acute sensitivity, a dog can also tell when you’re in the zone and would want some serious me time.He won’t bug you about that squeaky garage door you need to fix or last night’s dishes you need to wash.Instead, he’ll get out of your way, go out into the yard, and chase birds until it’s feeding time.5. A DOG NEVER JUDGES WHEN YOU BOTCH UPHad a hard day out? Your dog won’t mouth off about how you’ve just jeopardised your whole career with your bad judgment.On the contrary, he will happily woof your welcome and tackle-hug you to the ground –giddily implying that you’re still awesome and that everything will be okay.Instant ego booster! Your dog is an in-house pep rally you cannot do without.6. A DOG CELEBRATES YOUR WINSOf course, when you’ve done great, your dog is also there for that well-meaning hug and that tub of Haagen Dazs you have saved up in your freezer.Extreme enthusiasm guaranteed!7. A DOG GIVES YOU THAT MUCH-NEEDED BREAKIf you’ve been sitting in front of your laptop far too long, your dog will let you know, too.He will slobber it up on your lap with a ball or his leash between his teeth, telling you in not so many words that you need to stretch those legs and experience the beauty of fresh, clean air at the park.And this time, he’s not taking no for an answer.** 8. A DOG BURNS THE MIDNIGHT OIL WITH YOU**And when it’s time to go back to the grind, your dog will stay curled up at your feet way beyond bedtime.Telling you with his calm breathing that he won’t leave you despite your irrational masochistic ways.I know what you’re thinking. You can get the same kind of companionship from a quality human being, right?True. But in a barren wasteland that is your home office with nothing but dunes of deadlines outlining the horizon, a dog is what you need.You need that raw, unshakeable, crazy-primal loyalty.To quote Riddick, “Gotta find that animal side again.”A dog, Freelancer. Fetch one.Karen is RaketChick at raketchick.blogspot.com, a Freelancing Survival Champion who’s also an independent Advertising/Web/Magazine Writer, a Strategic Creative Consultant, and a Fiction Author specializing in erotica. Uhm, yeah.last_img read more

The Clean Power Plan: What’s Water Got To Do With It?

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan has been heralded as a major step toward a low-carbon economy in the United States. By reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, the new policy is designed to promote the development of renewable energy sources nationwide.However, the plan’s impact on water resources has been largely overlooked, even though power plants are significant water users across the U.S., accounting for 45 percent of total water withdrawals. The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that, on average, producing the electricity you use in your home results in more freshwater withdrawals than all of your daily water-related tasks, like sprinkling lawns and washing dishes. Where that electricity comes from makes a big difference in how much water is involved, though. Thirsty energy sources like coal can take 20,000 gallons per megawatt hour to 50,000 gallons per megawatt hour, while wind power requires almost no water at all. These high water stress levels mean that U.S. states need to be careful about where they develop natural gas resources. Fracturing in a water-stressed area will only add to existing competition for water by domestic, industrial and agricultural users. Still, there are ways to lessen the stress. Operators can use non-freshwater sources or recycle wastewater to decrease freshwater use. Alternatively, states can invest in renewable energy like wind and solar photovoltaic power, which require almost no water at all.The Clean Power Plan is a major step to bring the U.S. closer to a future powered completely by low-emissions energy sources. But as states begin to plan how to meet the new emissions targets, they should keep water in mind. Aqueduct’s water stress projections allow state policymakers to consider current and future water issues before deciding how to reach their emissions goals. With proper implementation, the Clean Power Plan can protect our water as well as our climate for decades to come. So what impact will the Clean Power Plan have on this water-scarce future? It’s hard to know. How states decide to meet their individual emissions targets will affect the nation’s energy mix. Improved energy efficiency would lead power plants to use less water, while adding carbon capture and sequestration technology to coal plants would make them even thirstier than they are now.Natural gas will probably hold its place in the future U.S. energy mix as a lower-emissions fossil fuel alternative to coal. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the shift of generation from existing coal plants to existing natural gas plants as one compliance option to reduce emissions. The plan itself predicts that natural gas will be the nation’s largest electricity source in 2030.U.S. natural gas production has risen dramatically over the past decade, largely as a result of hydraulic fracturing, or fracturing. Much of the debate revolves around water issues: fracturing a single well requires between 1.8 million and 6 million gallons of water, while drilling a conventional natural gas well takes only 50,000 to 660,000 gallons. Critics also voice concerns over which contains high quantities of salt, sand and harmful chemicals.When it comes to water and fracturing, it’s all about location and time. Although fracturing accounts for only one-thousandth of total U.S. water withdrawal, wells are often clustered in a small area. In fact, almost a third of water use in some U.S. counties stems from fracturing. Additionally, wells only require large volumes of water for a few days at the beginning of the fracturing process, so new well development can make a significant impact on water availability in an area. Aqueduct’s water stress projections can lend additional insight into the issue: by 2030, nearly 63 percent of areas in the U.S. where natural gas could be fracked will be arid or suffer from high or extremely high water stress.center_img Water stress will likely become a more important factor in future energy decisions. By the time the Clean Power Plan is fully implemented in 2030, over half of the contiguous U.S. is likely to be arid or suffer from high or extremely high water stress. Since companies, farms and homes in these areas will already use most of the available water, there will probably be intense competition for any additional withdrawals. Reports of a megadrought coming to the central and southwestern U.S. highlight that region’s vulnerability to growing water scarcity.last_img read more

Voluntary Separation Offered to Public-Sector Workers

first_img The Government, through its Special Early Retirement Programme (SERP), is offering voluntary separation from the public sector to employees 50 to 59 years of age who are under the non-contributory Government pension scheme.The SERP, which is being undertaken through the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, was opened on January 2, 2018 and will close for applications on February 16, 2018.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, on February 7, Deputy Financial Secretary, Strategic Human Resource Management at the Ministry of Finance, Wayne Jones, noted that the SERP is part of the public-sector transformation programme.Additionally, he explained that the measure is also an effort to manage the public-sector wage bill.However, he pointed out that “the public-sector transformation initiative is ultimately about service delivery and service efficiency,” and noted that this is the reason for the exemption of some groups from the programme.These groups include members of the security forces, teachers and healthcare professionals, which he said are sectors that already have a shortage of personnel.Mr. Jones said that eligible persons may apply for the programme through their Human Resources Department, adding that the organisation would need to do an evaluation of the application, as well as the role of the employee, to determine whether that application can be approved.Successful applicants will receive an incentive of two weeks’ salary for each year of service up to a maximum of one year’s salary.The Deputy Financial Secretary also outlined that applicants must have been vested with 10 years’ service, with at least one pensionable appointment in a pensionable post during this period.Additionally, approved applicants will receive, as part of their package, pay for vacation leave not taken.Interested persons may contact the SERP at 778-5581 or email address serp2017@mof.gov.jm. The Government, through its Special Early Retirement Programme (SERP), is offering voluntary separation from the public sector to employees 50 to 59 years of age who are under the non-contributory Government pension scheme. However, he pointed out that “the public-sector transformation initiative is ultimately about service delivery and service efficiency,” and noted that this is the reason for the exemption of some groups from the programme. Story Highlights Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, on February 7, Deputy Financial Secretary, Strategic Human Resource Management at the Ministry of Finance, Wayne Jones, noted that the SERP is part of the public-sector transformation programme.last_img read more

Berge Bulk Adds New EnergyEfficient Bulker to Its Fleet

first_imgSingapore’s bulker owner Berge Bulk has tanker delivery of its newest 300,000 dwt bulk carrier in China.On June 25, the company said that the new vessel, named Berge Mafadi, was delivered from the GSI Shipyard in Guangzhou.With a ‘Rightship A+’ rating and an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) 20% below the baseline, the 327-meter-long ship ranks amongst the most energy-efficient bulk carriers in the world, according to Berge Bulk.The bulker was designed to carry a maximum cargo lift from Port Hedland as well as South Africa and Brazil.Image Courtesy: Berge Bulklast_img

Province Launches Official Cleanup Website

first_imgSYDNEY TAR PONDS AGENCY–Province Launches Official CleanupWebsite The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency today, May 12, launched a new websitecontaining comprehensive information about the Sydney Tar Pondscleanup project. The site features detailed descriptions of the Tar Ponds and CokeOvens, the cleanup plans for each site, technologies to beemployed in the cleanup, the history of cleanup efforts and the$400 million federal-provincial agreement signed today. There are sections for contractors and journalists, and a librarywhere the public can download copies of all technical reportscarried out in preparation for the cleanup. The site also includes the latest air quality readings in Sydney,current contracts and pending tenders on the project, as well asexamples of communities that successfully faced similar cleanupchallenges. The website — http://gov.ns.ca/stpa — was launched at noontoday, as part of the announcement of a $400 million, federal-provincial plan to clean up the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens usingtechnologies that have proven safe and effective on similarenvironmental cleanups in other communities. It was prepared by the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, the provincialagency responsible for preliminary cleanup work, and MediaSpark,a Sydney software and website development company thatspecializes in the effective use of design and technology.last_img read more

Trudeaus former principal secretary invited to testify before justice committee on SNCLavalin

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Justin Trudeau’s former principal secretary has been invited to speak to the House of Commons justice committee on the SNC-Lavalin affair.Earlier today, Gerald Butts tweeted that he issued a formal request to testify.“I watched the testimony of The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould yesterday. I believe my evidence will be of assistance to the Justice and Human Rights Committee in its consideration of these matters. I respectfully request the opportunity to attend the Committee,” the letter stated.RELATED: Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furorWhen Butts resigned on Feb. 18, he issued a statement categorically denying the accusation that he or anyone in the PMO improperly pressured Wilson-Raybould to help the Montreal engineering giant avoid prosecution on corruption and bribery charges related to contracts in Libya.He said the accusation is “simply not true.”Butts said it’s his responsibility to defend his own reputation, and that it was in the best interests of the government for him to step away.The justice committee is also asking Michael Wernick, the clerk of the privy council, and deputy attorney general Nathalie Drouin to speak about two conversations Vancouver-Granville MP Jody Wilson-Raybould testified about.It’s unclear when any of them may speak, but the committee says once they do, it will consider next steps.On Wednesday, Wilson-Raybould gave an explosive testimony, confirming the allegations of inappropriate pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office on the SNC-Lavalin case.Testifying to the House of Commons justice committee, the Vancouver-Granville MP says she was subjected to sustained efforts from 11 people in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Privy Council Office, and the Ministry of Finance to cut a deal for the Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. – With files from Cormac MacSweeney, Kaitlin Leelast_img read more

Toronto 48 Hour Film Project – Best Short Films of 2016

first_img Twitter If you like short-films and want to support a ton of local filmmakers, you’ll want to attend this screening. We’ll be showing 15 short films that will entertain and inspire even the pickiest film buff; testament to what a creative and competitive group of people can accomplish when they’re under the gun and fueled by a collective passion for filmmaking. A half-hour awards ceremony, similar to the Oscars (but much shorter in length) will following the 90 minute screening.Featuring the following films (in alphabetical order):“48 Hour Take Down” by Wolfynix Productions (Martial Arts)”Deadline” by The Alan Smithees (Adventure Serial)“Fumbled” by Eyemagine (Sports Film)“Happy F#@%ing New Year” by HotMomDotCom (Holiday Film)”Hello My Baby!” by Neon Twee (Silent Film)“Lariat” by 143 Funro (Coming of Age)“Pick Your Own Adventure; The Riddle of the Two Skulls” by Mighty Morphin Hermione Grangers (Action / Adventure)“Retreat” by Time Bandits (Dark Comedy)”Scarlet” by Helix Reel Entertainment (Slapstick)”Silver & Gold” by Razmanian Devils (Holiday Film)”Sneaky” by Secret Handshake (Comedy)“The Duel” by Do these glasses make… (Sci Fi)”Troy” by The Last Minute Miracles (Animal Film)”Undone” by Foster Films Canada (Time Travel Movie)“Upgraded” by Brainstorming (Family Film)Tickets: $10 cash only (Available at the theatre box-office, at 1pm) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement *** Doors open at 1:15pm and the screening starts at 2pm sharp***Note: these films are not rated and may not be suitable for children. Open to the general pubilc!We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!Best regards,Produced by Steve Nash & Christopher Cherrywww.48hourfilm.com/torontohttps://www.facebook.com/48hfptoronto/#48hfpTO @48hfptoronto – Twitter @48hourfilmproject – InstagramNote: This is the 48 Hour Film Project’s 16th year in operation and we’re now in over 150 cities around the world. The best film from the 2016 Toronto 48 Hour Film Project will compete against the winners from the other 48 Hour Film Project cites at our international film festival, Filmapalooza (Seattle, Washington, March 1-4, 2017), and if it does well there it will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Gad Elmaleh Wins a Webby Award for his ‘Welcome To America’…

Rabat – Following recent accusations of racism, Moroccan-French comedian Gad Elmaleh has won best in comedy Webby Award for his “Welcome to America” sketch published on the internet in 2017.“Welcome to America,” which was in the category that rewards “less than 5 minutes of movies and videos created as a single episode in comedy or the art of making people laugh,” brings together the Moroccan comedian Gad Elmaleh and American actor Ron at the airport, as the comedian prepares to enter the United States.The sketch is about a border policeman who pesters the humorist about his Moroccan nationality. Elmaleh is then arrested by an agent affiliated with the passport control as he enters the United States. When border patrol asks him “Why were you born in Morocco?” the comedian answers: “I imagine that it is because my parents were in Morocco at the time of my birth.”This skit was broadcasted in 2017 on the US comedy site “Funny or die.” In the end, the Moroccan humorist recovers his passport after an altercation that is quite unpleasant for him, but very funny for his audience.The Webby Awards ceremony will be held on May 15, when the winners will have to give a five-word speech.The award comes after recent accusations of racism against the Chinese community, which followed the rebroadcasting of a skit known as “The Chinese” from his show “Everything is Possible,” with French co-star Kev Adams.The 47-year-old was quick to apologize for his portrayal of Chinese people on the “Touche Pas à Mon Poste” show and made amends to the French Asian DJ Louise Chen, whom he had previously satirized, on April 23.The Webby Award is a tribute to quality on the Internet, including websites, interactive ads, online movies and videos, and mobile websites. Nominees and winners have been selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences since 1996. read more

Special envoy says UNbacked Congolese peace talks will resume shortly

The talks between the Government and the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP), which began in Nairobi in December, seek to bring an end to a conflict which has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since August, on top of the 800,000 already displaced in the region, mainly in North Kivu province.After holding consultations with both parties yesterday in Goma, the capital of North Kivu, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and Chief Mediator for the talks, Olusegun Obasanjo, announced that negotiations would soon resume.In January, the two sides had settled on a document establishing the ground rules for substantive discussions, stating the outcome of the dialogue should incorporate the January 2008 Goma agreement, which included a commitment by rebels to withdraw their troops and to either disarm or join the brassage process, whereby ex-combatants from armed militia are retrained to form part of the national army.The talks, slated to restart at the end of January, were postponed to an unspecified date after the African Union summit, which ended at the beginning of this month.While encouraging other armed groups involved in the fighting in eastern DRC to join the talks, Mr. Obasanjo said that the current participants would like negotiations to continue on Congolese soil, but that he would prefer the meetings remained in Nairobi, Kenya.Mr. Obasanjo arrived in DRC on Tuesday to assess the current conditions on the ground in the war-ravaged eastern region of the country, visiting areas most affected by recent clashes. 12 February 2009Peace talks between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the mainly Tutsi rebel group which last year launched a devastating offensive in the eastern region of the country are expected to restart soon, the United Nations envoy leading the negotiations announced. read more

East Timor UNHCR reports upsurge in refugee returns from West Timor

There has been an upsurge in the number of East Timorese returning from camps across the border in West Timor, Indonesia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced.Close to 2,000 refugees have returned to East Timor so far this month, compared with 1,300 since the beginning of the year, UNHCR said. Interviews with returning refugees indicate the increase can be directly attributed to the many reconciliation meetings and “go-and-see” visits facilitated over the past few months by the agency and its partners, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET).An estimated 70,000 refugees still remain in West Timor, according to UNHCR, which is organizing the repatriations along with IOM and other groups. The agency said it hoped to maintain and improve upon the momentum of recent weeks in the period immediately before and after East Timor’s 20 May independence.Meanwhile, East Timor’s Constituent Assembly today adopted the last of the amendments to the draft constitution. The final approval of the complete document, including the preamble, is expected to come in the next few days. read more

Mens Lacrosse No 14 Ohio State looks for boost in momentum with

OSU then-sophomore attacker Colin Chell (22) prepares to shoot during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternA stinging loss to No. 19 Marquette followed by a marginal win against Detroit Mercy was not what the then-No. 6 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team had in mind going into the Midwest Lacrosse Classic last weekend. But the now-No. 14 Buckeyes (5-1) have had a full week of practice to improve their play as they prepare to clash with Towson for their first game of the season at Ohio Stadium.The Tigers have stumbled to a sluggish 2-3 record this season with an 0-2 away record. But the Buckeyes aren’t counting them out, especially considering Towson’s previous performances against them.“This is a game that the last four years we’ve played them — twice last year and the two prior to that — you’re looking at two overtime games and two one-goal games,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “We anticipate it being a really healthy competition, seeing two teams collide and probably being something like that as it has been in the past.”The Buckeyes are 3-1 in the past four years against Towson, with their lone loss coming in the 2016 season by way of a 10-9 overtime decision. Last year, Ohio State managed a 6-3 mid-season win versus the Tigers, and followed that up with a dramatic 11-10 win in the NCAA semifinals, before losing to Maryland in the championship game. Towson brings Colonial Athletic Association player of the week Jon Mazza to the table. He is a 6-foot-4 junior attack who had a standout day for the Tigers in their 8-6 win against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Saturday. He recorded five goals and two assists. Myers specifically mentioned Towson junior midfielder Alex Woodall, who has won 72-of-105 draws, as a notable opponent for Ohio State’s own faceoff specialists — freshman midfielder Justin Inacio and sophomore midfielder Christian Feliziani. “They’re very disciplined. They typically don’t do anything to beat themselves, and they’re going to force you to beat them, which for us creates a really good challenge,” Myers said.Myers said Ohio State’s first loss on the road against the Golden Eagles on Friday created a sense of urgency among team members, forcing them to analyze the facets of their game that needed attention before going up against Towson. “I think it just starts with leadership, you know just taking that one-goal-at-a-time approach,” senior attack Colin Chell said. “I think it’s really settling the guys down, making sure we have good offensive possessions, making stops on defense, big ground balls at the [faceoff] and just taking it one possession and one goal at a time.”Saturday’s game will be the team’s first this season playing in Ohio Stadium, a fact that leaves players both excited and humbled.“I’ve been fortunate enough to play in there for three years – this’ll be my fourth year – and you know we’re just excited to get out there,” said Chell. “[We’re] pumped for these young guys to experience the Shoe – it’s a truly incredible experience.”The Buckeyes’ faceoff is slated to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

Cretans book of lifetime

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram THE book Cretan of Oceania from the 19th Century was launched on Wednesday 4 at Parliament House by Rob Hulls the Victorian Attorney-General in front of over 200 guests. Hulls congratulated the author Socrates Tsourdalakis and acknowledging that the eight year Herculean task of researching and documenting the settlement of Cretans in Australia and New Zealand was “a labour of love” adding “I congratulate him on such a magnificent depiction of the proud heritage of his community.” The Attorney-General when in talking of Cretan’s early 19th Century settlement in Oceania paid homage to the deep bond between Australians and Cretans forged in World War II, in the Battle of Crete, “The Cretan community can be justifiably proud of its extraordinary courage during those dark times. When we hear stories about individual acts of resistance – of how Cretans hid and sheltered Allied soldiers at great risk to themselves, their families and villages – we understand why those young Australians and New Zealanders soldiers felt they owed the people of Crete so much.” He concluded by saying, “For this reason, the Brumby Government was proud to support the production of this book – and the opportunity to foster a deeper appreciation of the proud history and contribution of the entire Hellenic community.” Author Socrates Tsourdalakis when asked by Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) how he felt replied, ” Relieved… it took me many years to complete this book, I had the satisfaction of I establishing something, a historical testament, for the incoming generation.” Mr Tsourdalakis underscored with conviction, “It’s a duty of all Greeks and communities that the first generation write something for their children.” Mr Tsourdalakis highlighted the painstaking effort of researching on earlier generations, “It was a real challenge trying find about the generation of the 19th century, I did not want the future generations to face the same difficulties when they begin looking back to find out about us, the post war generation.” As part of his research Mr Tsourdalakis came across Brian Morris a descendant of the first Cretan who arrived in 1842 Georgios Voyatzis and Afrodite Cretan (ne Stavroulakis). The President of the Pancretan Association Of Melbourne Australia, Anthony Tsourdalakis said to NKEE, “It was a very emotional event especially to see hear and Afrodite Cretan speak. As immigrants they changed their sir names to survive in a different Australia but Ms Stavroulakis changed it to Cretan as homage to her ancestry.” The book is available from the Pancretan Association or by contacting Mr Tsourdalakis from info@pancretan.com.au last_img read more

Italian Turks and Caicos Hospitality connection

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 8, 2017 – Providenciales -A student exchange welcoming nine hospitality students from Italy in tourism, bar and service, pastry and restaurant areas of study is in full swing.Students who range in age from 18 to 19 say they look forward the experience as their goal is to gain world exposure.  The co-ed group will also intern at TCI resorts and participate in College Month at the TCI Community College.  Among the exchanges are cooking sessions featuring Turks and Caicos and West Indian cuisine and Italian foods.  The contingent arrived since Monday and they leave in April.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Electric car range testing explained How far do they go

first_img How they test electric cars to establish range and MPGe 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid review: Sip with subtlety Hyundai Nissan 5:05 Cooley On Cars Nissan For example, a 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus has a 68kWh battery. Divide that by 33.7kWh and you get about two “gallons” of electricity, which doesn’t sound like much until you know that EV motors are about 85% efficient compared to about 25% for gas engines. That allows a Leaf to get an average of 108 miles from each of its electric “gallons,” or 108 MPGe.On a plug-in hybrid, like a Hyundai Ioniq, you’ll see both MPGe and traditional gas MPG ratings, since plug-in cars have two powerplants. MPGe shows efficiency when the car is running in pure electric mode, while MPG reflects driving on the gas engine alone with as a hybrid of that and electric power. Testing pure electric range is similar to the EPA test cycles for gasoline economy, but is based on something called the SAE J1634 test specification for electric cars:The car is fully charged, then parked overnight.The car is mounted on a dynamometer, not tested on the road. Simulated city or highway driving is done on the dyno until the battery is spent and the miles driven are noted. The car is recharged from an AC source, not a DC fast charger. The energy required for full recharge is noted.That charge amount is divided by the miles driven to calculate gross MPGe.  Gross MPGe is multiplied by 0.7 to account for real-world factors like wind, terrain and HVAC use. But, depending where you live, you may want to give the EPA range rating a further haircut: A recent AAA test of five pure electric cars found that heater use in 20-degree weather resulted in an average 40% decrease of range and MPGe, while use of air conditioning in 95-degree weather resulted in about a 17% decrease. 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip Review • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Share your voice More From Roadshow Roadshowcenter_img Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Tags News • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus officially achieves 226-mile range, but there’s a catch An email from Peter A. of Vancouver, Washington, posed a practical question: How do you know an electrified car, like the Bolt, Leaf or Model 3, will really deliver the range it advertises? And, in his case, he’s looking for a plug-in hybrid, like a Toyota Prius or Hyundai Ioniq, which is an even thornier matter.First, understand MPGe, the miles per gallon equivalent: It’s a metric that assumes a gallon of gas contains 115,000 BTUs of energy and equates that to 33.7 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electrical energy.  Comments 2 Preview • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus first drive: Expanding the EV’s appeallast_img read more

AL plan to hold polls keeping Khaleda in jail unrealistic

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday alleged that law enforcers violated the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) directives by arresting one of its activists from a political programme without any warrant, reports UNB.Speaking at a discussion, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also said the government’s plan to hold the next national election keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail is unrealistic.”I would like to express my anger and sorrow as I couldn’t save a Chhatra Dal leader who tried to escape arrest holding me tight. The law enforcers swooped on our programme in front of the [National] Press Club and snatched him by tearing his clothes,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “It’s a rare and most disgusting incident in Bangladesh’s political history. The law enforcers violated the directives of the Supreme Court by making such an arrest [without any warrant].”A faction of Jatiya Party (Zafar), arranged the programme at the National Press Club, demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.On Thursday, police arrested JCD leader Mizanur Rahman Raj from BNP’s sit-in programme in front of the National Press Club and foiled the event just 13 minutes before its scheduled conclusion.Fakhrul described the current government as a ‘dangerous demon’ and alleged that it has destroyed all the democratic institutions only to hang onto power.He said their chairperson has been convicted in a ‘false’ case ‘unlawfully’ to keep her, BNP and the 20-party alliance away from the next election. “Their main motive is to retain power without a competitive election.”The BNP leader said Khaleda is being deprived of her legal right of having bail due to the government’s interference.He also alleged that the government is controlling the judiciary by establishing a one-party rule under a different cover.Referring to the chief election commissioner’s comment that the commission will not take any initiative to bring all the political parties to the next general election, Fakhrul said KM Nurul Huda’s remark has reflected the government’s desire.”We know you won’t take any move for an inclusive election as you have been made CEC to ensure Awami League’s return to power through lopsided polls,” he added.last_img read more