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Joe Schmidt ignores fuss over Ireland’s Kleyn to focus on last World Cup hurrah

first_imgReuse this content Share on Facebook Ireland recovered from the shattering blow delivered by England at Twickenham last month to beat Wales in Cardiff last Saturday. It was less redemption than recovery with their opponents making 15 changes for the return. Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and Keith Earls return to the home side’s back division, while in the back-row Schmidt has moved CJ Stander to blindside flanker with Jack Conan at No 8, a hint they will mix directness with width.Ireland have been tactically rigid under Schmidt, as Wales were under Gatland earlier this decade, but as ball-in-play time increases and fatigue in the final quarter of matches becomes a greater factor, so the value of improvisation grows. Wales may not have turned into the Barbarians but handling and passing have become qualities they look for in tight-five forwards now.The success of Schmidt and Gatland was down to their immediate recognition that they were not dealing with players from New Zealand where instinct comes naturally. They have coached with a tight rein, but their achievements in the coming weeks may hinge on how much they are prepared to loosen them in attack. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter “I am not sure I am the most qualified to comment,” he said. “I’m a blow-in myself and I will be blowing out soon enough. Pichot has been going on about the world rankings and he has a number of big opinions, but they are not relevant to us.”One reason for Schmidt’s success with Ireland, and at Leinster earlier in the decade, is his ability to strip sentiment from selection. Toner had been one of his mainstays, at provincial and international level, a player he valued and a man he liked, but he reached the decision based on form and an assessment of what was required to optimise the chances of success in the World Cup. Nothing else.Ireland, like Wales, used to be fuelled by emotion but both have been dragged into cold reality by New Zealanders. This weekend is Warren Gatland’s final European match with Wales, in the country where he started his international coaching career in 1998. Like Schmidt, he regards selection not as a means of rewarding reputation, and with it the temptation to allow players to bow out at their own time of choosing, but winning the next match or campaign.Players who served him well found themselves suddenly cut off, like Adam Jones, Martyn Williams, Jamie Roberts and Dwayne Peel, Lions all. Gatland and Schmidt were born and brought up on New Zealand’s north island and played provincial rugby: Gatland sat on New Zealand’s bench for 18 matches without coming off it, an experience that sees him empathise rather than sympathise with players who unexpectedly find themselves on the outside.Schmidt and Gatland are the third head coaches from New Zealand employed by their countries and the latter will be succeeded by another, Wayne Pivac, in November. When the two sides met during the group stage of the 1995 World Cup, they were the sick nations of the home championship, usually battling each other to avoid the wooden spoon. Ireland won by a point to send home Wales early, but their own exit was merely delayed and they were soundly beaten by France in the quarter-final.The two sides are unrecognisable now.Both sides have the chance of going to Japan top of the world rankings. A victory will do for Ireland but Wales must win by 15 points or more, something they have done only once in the last 109 years, in 1976. Not that either coach is obsessed with a system that reflects neither the status of a match nor whether teams are anywhere near full strength: both have the World Cup at the centre of their thoughts and leaving on the highest of highs. Support The Guardian Rugby union news Read more Topics Rugby World Cup Rugby World Cup 2019 Wales’s Rhys Patchell: ‘It’s a long time since I have been this excited’center_img Lost in the din over the inclusion of the newly qualified second row Jean Kleyn in Ireland’s World Cup squad rather than the second row stalwart Devin Toner was the nationality of the team’s head coach, Joe Schmidt. The New Zealander takes charge of his final home match on Saturday against Wales before his last hurrah in the World Cup, having turned Ireland into serious contenders.Schmidt has the best record of an Ireland head coach in the professional era, comfortably so having overseen three Six Nations championships and last year’s grand slam. When asked for a comment this week about the sympathy expressed for Toner by the World Rugby vice-chairman, Agustín Pichot, who led a campaign to extend the residential qualification period in international rugby from three to five years, he could not hide his exasperation. Wales rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Since you’re here… … 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. Read more Share on WhatsApp Sexton back for Ireland as Wales turn to Patchell for final World Cup warm-up Ireland rugby union team Share via Email Warren Gatlandlast_img read more

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2017 Open Trans Tasman Teams and Referees Announced

first_imgCongratulations to the following athletes and referees who have been selected to represent Australia in the Open Divisions at the 2017 Trans Tasman.Men’s OpenDaniel Barton NSW – Parramatta District Touch AssociationStuart Brierty WA – Southern District Touch AssociationSam Brisby NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationScott Buckley NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationScott Bundy NSW –  Doyalson Touch AssociationShaun Francis QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch AssociationNick Good NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationCody Green QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationDylan Hennessey NSW – Hornsby Touch AssociationCormac Hoch QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch AssociationJordan Marshall NSW – Paramatta District Touch AssociationBen Moylan NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationPeter Norman QLD – Gold Coast Touch AssociationJonathan Palau NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationMatt Prowse NSW – Canterbury Touch AssociationCiaran Toner NSW – Hornsby Touch AssociationCoach: Tony TradAssistant Coach: Paul SfeirAssistant Coach: Phil Gyemore Women’s OpenElizabeth Campbell QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationTayla Clifford NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationMadison Crowe NSW – Central Coast Touch AssociationDanielle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationRachelle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationHannah Dyball NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationEmily Hennessey QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationAshleigh Kearney QLD – Ipswich Touch AssociationHayley Maddick QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationPatricia Michaelopoulos NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationLaura Peattie NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationSamantha Rodgers NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationCatherine Sargent QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationKimberley Sue See QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationTamika Upton QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch AssociationMarikki Watego QLD – Gold Coast Touch AssociationCoach: Swain RovelliAssistant Coach: Craig MorrowManager: Kim Solman Mixed OpenJayden Benbow QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch AssociationJames Blackwood NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationJustin Costello NT – Darwin Touch AssociationTim Glazebrook SA – City Touch Touch AssociationSimon Lang NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationJackson Mills NSW – Parramatta District Touch AssociationCameron Nicholls NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationAdam Pryde QLD – Redlands Touch AssociationMichael Singh QLD – Labrador Touch AssociationJared Townson QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch AssociationElin Mortimer NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationZara Nicholas NSW – Manly Warringah Touch AssociationLeah Opie NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationPaige Parker QLD – Caboolture Touch AssociationLeah Percy VIC – Melbourne City Lions Touch AssociationKatherine Stevens QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch AssociationCoach: Mick LovettAssistant Coach: Justin CreightonAssistant Coach: Dave NolanManager: Mark Harringtoncenter_img Referee Contingent Dave Baggio NSW – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationRob Bowen NSW – Berkley Vale Touch AssociationBrett Freshwater QLD – Redcliffe Touch AssociationLuke McKenzie QLD – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationKim Skelly NSW – Central Coast Touch Associationlast_img read more

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Richard Curtis And Adrian Grenier To Speak At Social Good Summit

first_imgThe annual Social Good Summit, a unique convening of world leaders, new media and technology experts, grassroots activists and voices from around the world, today announced the initial roster of speakers for its 2015 Summit which will take place September 27 and 28 in New York.A unique mix of speakers will share their visions for the future including: • Kathy Calvin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation • Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO of Mashable • Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme • Richard Curtis, Director, Writer, Producer and Founder of Project Everyone • Adrian Grenier, Actor, Entrepreneur, Dell Social Good Advocate • Vivienne Harr, Philanthropist, Activist and Chief Inspiration Officer at STAND • Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on post-2015 Development Planning • Trisa Thompson, Chief Responsibility Officer at Dell • Henry Timms, Executive Director of the 92YEach September, world leaders come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss global issues and ways in which to tackle them. Recognizing that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme partner to host the Social Good Summit to expand the UN conversations to include innovators, activists and entrepreneurs around the world.The Summit will coincide with this year’s historic UN Week where world leaders will adopt the post-2015 development agenda including the sustainable development goals – a new set of global goals to end poverty in all its forms, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030. The theme of the sixth Social Good Summit – #2030NOW: New Goals. New Tech. New Power – will challenge speakers, participants and a growing worldwide community to explore how technology and new media can be leveraged to address these issues, benefiting people everywhere and helping build a better future for the people and the planet. This effort will also be replicated in similar events across the world as the new agenda and global goals are promoted and used to inspire action for people and planet.Last year, the Social Good Summit in New York connected people throughout the world with live streams in seven different languages, and in-person or online meetings organized by people in their own communities in over 170 countries using 45 different languages. Connected through video and social media, Social Good Summit events used the common hashtag #2030Now to share innovative ideas for the future of our world.The goal of the Social Good Summit is to empower people everywhere to have their voices heard, both during and after UN Week. The Summit which will be supplemented by a week of related activities around the globe including meet-ups hosted locally by members of the social good community, and signature events supported by Social Good Summit partners; will provide a shared platform for a global call to action to create the kind of world we want and identify innovations that can help make this world a reality.
Tickets for the Social Good Summit are available now here.For more information on the Social Good Summit, click here.last_img read more

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Ethiopians hold mass funeral ceremony for crash victims

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Thousands of Ethiopians have turned out to a mass funeral ceremony in the capital one week after the plane crash that killed 157 people.Some victims’ relatives fainted and fell to the ground during the procession through Addis Ababa on Sunday. Seventeen empty caskets were laid to rest in a remembrance of the victims from Ethiopia.The victims came from 35 countries. Officials have begun delivering bags of earth to family members instead of the remains of their loved ones because the identification process is going to take such a long time.Many families have held religious ceremonies and the grieving also have gathered at the rural, dusty crash site outside Ethiopia’s capital.The Associated Press read more

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Georgia Ban considers dispatching factfinding mission

“I have been personally engaged on Georgia on a near-daily basis since the outset of this crisis and have made clear the UN’s willingness to help in every way it can,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York, adding that he sent UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres to the region immediately after the crisis started.The details of the potential fact-finding mission have yet to be finalized, but the Secretary-General said it would comprise both humanitarian and human rights elements. The team would be lead by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), with the participation of other UN agencies.“I have offered my good offices to facilitate international discussions, and we will explore possible peacekeeping or other arrangements for Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” Mr. Ban said, referring to the two breakaway Georgian provinces which witnessed fighting.His new Special Representative for Georgia, Johan Verbeke, has toured European capitals and earlier this week, had a “good meeting” in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.Last month, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to a six-point plan, which includes a commitment by all parties to renounce the use of force; the immediate and definitive cessation of hostilities; free access to humanitarian aid; the withdrawal of Georgian forces to their places of permanent deployment; and the convening of international discussions on lasting security arrangements for Abkhazia and South Ossetia.The other principle stipulates the withdrawal of Russian forces to their lines of deployment before 7 August, and includes the additional provision that Russian peacekeeping forces may implement additional security measures pending the definition of an international mechanism.Mr. Ban said that in line with that agreement, “the UN obviously has a role to play,” adding that the world organization can also contribute to international talks on Georgia slated for 15 October in Geneva. He also noted that UN agencies are striving to reach all those in need to supply relief.A UN humanitarian convoy today was allowed in for the first time to deliver aid into the Russian-controlled area north of the town of Gori, which lies close to the border with South Ossetia.“This is a first step which we hope will lead to free and unimpeded access to previously inaccessible areas in Georgia,” said Robert Watkins, who serves as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. “Humanitarian assistance must be provided to anyone wherever it is needed.”Some four tons of supplies finally made their way into Patara Garadjivari, a rural farming village which saw a majority of its 1,500-strong inhabitants flee last month. Residents expressed concerns over their safety, and welcomed the UN aid as the first step towards rebuilding their lives.“I hope that access gained today by the United Nations will give rise to unimpeded humanitarian assistance to the areas north of Gori by all humanitarian actors,” Mr. Watkins said.Aside from supplies such as food, shelter, water and sanitation, and health care, conditions for dignified and safe return must be created, he said. 11 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the possibility of dispatching a United Nations fact-finding mission to Georgia, where nearly 160,000 people were uprooted by the conflict that rocked the Caucasus nation last month. read more

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Pfizer buying Hospira for about 1523B will pay 90 per share in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 4, 2014 file photo, the Pfizer logo is displayed on the exterior of a former Pfizer factory in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Pfizer is buying Hospira for approximately $15.23 billion, saying it is a good fit with its global established pharmaceutical business. Hospira Inc., based in Lake Forest, Illinois, is a provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies. Pfizer said Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 that it will use its global network to help expand Hospira’s reach to Europe and key emerging markets. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2015 5:19 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Pfizer is buying Hospira for approximately $15.23 billion, saying it is a good fit with its global established pharmaceutical business.Hospira Inc., based in Lake Forest, Illinois, is a provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies.Pfizer Inc. will pay $90 per share in cash, which is a 39 per cent premium to Hospira’s Wednesday closing price of $64.80. The companies put the deal’s enterprise value at about $17 billion.Pfizer — which is the world’s second-largest drugmaker by revenue — said Thursday that it will use its global network to help expand Hospira’s reach to Europe and key emerging markets. Hospira’s products are currently distributed mostly in the U.S.Pfizer, a Dow component whose products include Viagra and painkiller Celebrex, has been under pressure from investors to boost its share price. The company has sold and spun off big parts of its business over the last few years, including animal health, nutrition and a capsule-making unit. This has helped, but hasn’t satisfied detractors.That’s pushed CEO Ian Read to attempt Pfizer’s oft-used strategy of doing big deals to quickly boost revenue and cut costs. Analysts have said that since Pfizer’s $119 billion offer for Britain’s AstraZeneca PLC was rejected last May it needed to find another big takeover target.Read has previously said that he’s open to any deals that boost value.Pfizer expects to finance the Hospira transaction with a combination of existing cash and borrowing. The New York company anticipates the acquisition delivering $800 million in annual cost savings by 2018.The deal is expected to add 10 cents to 12 cents per share to earnings in the first full year after the acquisition closes, with additional accretion expected after that.Both companies’ boards unanimously approved the transaction, which still needs approval from Hospira shareholders. The acquisition is targeted to close in the second half of the year.Shares of Hospira soared $23.40, or 36.1 per cent, to $88.20 in premarket trading, while Pfizer’s stock added 73 cents to $32.80. Pfizer buying Hospira for about $15.23B, will pay $90 per share in cash read more

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Mali Security Council Ban condemn attack that killed five UN peacekeepers

The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest terms yesterday’s attack by an explosive device on a road in Mali, in which five Chadian peacekeepers were killed and three other peacekeepers were severely injured.The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) peacekeepers were traveling on a road between Aguelhok and Tessalit when the explosion happened. In a statement issued by the 15-member Council, members expressed their condolences to the families of the peacekeepers, to the Government and people of Chad, and to MINUSMA. “The member of the Security Council commended the Chadian peacekeepers for their sacrifices and continued tireless efforts in MINUSMA,” said the statement.Reiterating its full support to the UN Mission, the Council called on the Government of Mali to “swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.” Those responsible for the attack must be held accountable, the statement stressed. Council members also reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, they said. At the same time, States must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.The Council pledged its continued support MINUSMA as it assists Mali in its efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country, as mandated by the Security Council in resolution 2164 (2014). In a statement issued by his spokesperson today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed outrage at the attack and noted that it brings the total of peacekeepers killed in incidents by explosive devices in Mali to 21 and 84 wounded peacekeepers since the beginning of the mission on 1 July 2013.“The Secretary-General calls on the armed groups meeting in Algiers to take immediate action on their declaration to collaborate with the [MINUSMA] in the prevention of these cowardly attacks, in line with their commitment of 16 September,” said the statement, adding: “These continued assaults against the United Nations must cease immediately.”Later in the day, the Secretary-General spoke with President Idriss Déby of Chad and expressed his heartfelt condolences to the country’s Government and people and to the families of the five peacekeepers killed in the “heinous” attack. In a note issued to the press at UN Headquarters, Mr. Ban underscored Chad’s key role in support of the Malian peace process and his particular gratitude to Chadian forces that are operating in particularly difficult circumstances. read more

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UMass hires Florida St offensive coordinator Bell as coach

AMHERST, Mass. — Massachusetts has hired Florida State offensive co-ordinator Walt Bell as its new head coach.UMass announced the hiring Monday. The 34-year-old Bell has been a fast riser in college coaching, going from a graduate assistant at Southern Mississippi to offensive co-ordinator at two Power Five schools before the age of 35. Before joining Willie Taggart’s staff at Florida State, he spent two years as offensive co-ordinator at Maryland. He also was offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas State for two seasons.UMass has yet to have a winning season since moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012. Bell will be the third coach for the Minutemen since the move. The school parted ways with Mark Whipple last month. UMass was 4-8 last season, its best as an FBS school.Bell played receiver for Middle Tennessee from 2002-05.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

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Resignation leaves Woodland school board vacancy

first_imgWOODLAND — Woodland Public Schools’ board of directors accepted Steve Madsen’s resignation at Monday’s meeting.Madsen was on the board for four years.“Steve will be missed,” Jim Bays, board president, said in a news release. “He brought a valuable perspective and experience to the board of directors.”The Woodland school board approved a timeline for appointment of a replacement for Madsen. Interested parties must be registered voters and live in Director Area 5, which includes Ariel and Cougar.If the appointee wishes to remain on the board, the new member must run for re-election in November 2013 to fill the unexpired term.A description and map of the director area, as well as the application for the position, can be found on the school district website, http://www.woodlandschools.org/.“>www.woodlandschools.org/.”>http://www.woodlandschools.org/.Applications and letters of interest are due to the Woodland School District by 4 p.m. Dec. 13. The school board will interview candidates at the Dec. 19 meeting, then make the appointment.last_img read more

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Amazon lobbies heavily for Internet sales tax

first_imgWASHINGTON — When Peter Ollodart realized earlier this year a bill in Congress to require sales taxes on all Internet purchases could wipe out his company’s slim profits, the owner of Puget Sound Instrument flew to Washington, D.C., to persuade lawmakers to oppose it.The three-day trip cost Ollodart more than $2,000, no small share of the $50,000 salary he draws as the firm’s president.What Ollodart didn’t know is his annual pay equals what Amazon spends per month for one powerhouse lobbying firm to get that same legislation enacted.Seattle-based Amazon late last year hired Patton Boggs, a marquee Washington, D.C., lobbying group, to join two other firms on retainer, as well as Amazon’s in-house lobbyists, in hopes of getting the Marketplace Fairness Act passed.The bill cleared the Senate in May, 69-27. But the measure has stalled in the House Judiciary Committee, whose chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., has expressed “serious concerns” about the Senate version.Still, the end of tax-free shopping on the Internet may be near. That prospect has spawned a fierce duel of special interests.Amazon, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and some brick-and-mortar retailers are whipping for votes in favor. Other types of small businesses, the conservative Heritage Foundation and eBay are leading the opposition.last_img read more

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Driver slams into Coral Springs vape shop no injuries

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A car came crashing through a vape shop in Coral Springs.Surveillance video captured the driver plowing into the front of Vapor Shark on North University Drive, near Ramblewood Drive, Saturday afternoon.The damaged window was boarded up while remnants of the crash remained just outside the shop.No one was injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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This Bill Could Help Independent Music Creators Fight Infringement Without Going Broke

first_imgNews This Bill Could Help Independent Music Creators bill-could-help-independent-music-creators-fight-infringement-without-going-broke Twitter Without a small claims court, independent creators have to fight infringement at federal court, which can get expensiveJennifer VelezGRAMMYs May 3, 2019 – 3:54 pm “A Federal court action can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring to fruition, while small creators report that most infringements are valued at $3,000 or less,” Yahoo reports. – Conversations In Advocay #54A new bill supported by both Democrats and Republicans would create a copyright small claims court that would help independent music creators protect their work. https://twitter.com/CopyrightOffice/status/1123690730801836033 Email center_img The Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) of 2019 was reintroduced on May 1, 2019 in the House Of Representatives by Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA)—two recent GRAMMYs on the Hill honorees—and,  for the first time, introduced in the Senate by Senators John Kennedy (R-LA,) Thom Tillis (R-NC,) Dick Durbin (D-IL,) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). The House bill has a total of 8 bipartisan co-sponsors, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) along with Reps. Roby (R-Ala.), Johnson (R-Ga.), Cline (R-Va.), Chu (D-Calif.), Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Lieu (D-Calif.).If passed, the bill would allow creators without the resources to engage in expensive litigation the opportunity to protect their work. Without a small claims court, creators are forced to try to fight infringement in federal court, which can get expensive.The U.S. Copyright office, which would house the new small claims court, adds that for some creators who would like to fight small damages, going to federal court may not be reasonable. “While a copyright owner may want to stop an infringement that has caused a relatively small amount of economic damage, that owner may be dissuaded from filing a lawsuit because the prospect of a modest recovery may not justify the potentially large expense of litigation,” the office states on its website.Under the language of the CASE Act, damages in the small claims court would be capped at $30,000 per case. Participation would be voluntary, and claimants can initiate action without a lawyer and even without being present. The The Recording Academy strongly supports the CASE Act, which would benefit countless songwriters, performers and studio professionals. During District Advocate Day in 2018, members of the Academy across the country lobbied their representatives in support of the bill. Although the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the CASE Act last year, it was never brought up for a vote before the 115th Congress adjourned, necessitating its reintroduction.There’s More Work To Be Done To Ensure All Songwriters Get Paid Their Due Facebook This Bill Could Help Independent Music Creators Fight Infringement Without Going Broke Read morelast_img read more

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Delhi Metro employee commits suicide streams it live on FB

first_imgNew Delhi : An employee of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation allegedly committed suicide on Sunday by hanging himself in his rented house here and streamed the act live on Facebook, police said. The victim, Shubhankar Chakraborty (27), hailed from North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, they said. No suicide note was found from his room at East Delhi’s Shahdara where he was found hanging from a hook in the ceiling with a plastic wire around his neck, they said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The Facebook live stream purportedly showed him climbing atop a cooler, wearing the DMRC uniform. He looked into the camera a couple of times, kissed his company identity card twice before taking his life. A mobile phone kept buzzing in the background as he allegedly committed the act. “He had joined DMRC in June and was a staffer in the Electrical and Maintenance Department,” a source said.last_img read more

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Google shows off its selfdriving car prototype

first_img Google showed reporters its tiny, bubble-shaped self-driving prototype vehicle on 29 September. Googles pet project of driverless cars started in 2009 with an intention to revolutionise the car industry.Google and other automotive manufacturers and suppliers have said the technology to build self-driving cars should be ready by 2020. Project director Chris Urmson said the company was taking things steadily.This kind of technology – cars that drive themselves – is a different type of product than most of what Google does. It requires us to think a little differently about how we bring it to market and make sure were very thoughtful about the bar we set before we let it out for people to use, he said.Mainstream carmakers General Motors and Volkswagen and newcomer Tesla are also pushing down the road to automation. Urmson said the new technology in the auto industry was exciting.Were really focusing on this broader goal of mobility for everyone, vehicles that can drive all these places. We think thats really the big opportunity to help people. Its really exciting to see whats happening in the automotive industry, the technology thats flowing in. Theres a lot of opportunity for different solutions and we think this ones exciting, he said.Google executives have said the company does not want to build its own self-driving cars, but would prefer to find a development and production partner. Closelast_img read more

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Jhootha Kahin Kaa receives love across India

first_imgJhootha Kahin KaPR HandoutThe Panchanama Boys along with Rishi Kapoor are here as “Jhootha Kahin Ka” releases today. It has already become a talk of the town and is earning massive brownie points with the audience. With several Bollywood celebrities praising the film, trade experts are predicting good growth in box office numbers over the weekend.4 decades post the release of Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh starrer Jhootha Kahin Ka, this trailblazing comedy also starring Pyaar Ka Punchnama actors Sunny Singh and Omkar Kapoor aspires to earn box office merit for its comic timing, entertaining one liners and will give new direction to situational and witty humour in Bollywood.The family entertainer shot in Punjab, Mauritius and Bangkok last year, also stars Jimmy Sheirgill, Lillete Dubey, Rajesh Sharma and Manoj Joshi, and revolves around two students who are reluctant to return to India owing to their fascination for a foreign land, prompting one of the boy’s simpleton father to embark on a surprise visit, only to open up Pandora’s box of fabrications and hoaxes.The film is directed by leading Punjabi film director, Smeep Kang, the only director to have contributed 100 crores annually to the Punjabi film industry, and makes his Bollywood debut with this film.Producer Deepak Mukut states, “The film is being received very well in urban and rural centres and it is being appreciated by the audience for its’ apt comical content and casting.”Producer Anuj Sharma adds on, “We are confident of a steady run at the box office with the love the film is receiving across the country”Jhootha Kahin Ka is produced by Deepak Mukut and Anuj Sharma, under the banner of Shantketan Entertainments and presented by Soham Rockstar Entertainment. The film releases today.The film is currently sharing box office business with Kabir Singh, Super 30, Family Of Thakurganj, and Lion Kinglast_img read more

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An AllinOne Mobile Marketing Tool

first_img Listen Now 3 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. This story appears in the October 2011 issue of . Subscribe » If you want a cutting-edge approach to product marketing in 2011, you have a lot of choices. You can utilize a mobile location-based service or check-in app. You can craft a Groupon-style daily deal. Or you can sign on to Facebook, Twitter and foursquare and fish for fans, friends and return customers.Why not do all three? You can do that piecemeal, of course, but the WeReward marketing platform intersects with all the new models.WeReward, the 17-month-old offering of online and mobile marketing company Izea, allows consumers to earn points that are equal to cash for completing tasks like checking in at a store, taking a photo of a product and, ideally, actually buying the product featured through a WeReward sponsorship.Consumers can then share these actions with their social media networks by posting a photo of themselves with a product they have just purchased. (Advertisers get to approve the photos first–so keep it clean, people.)To earn rewards, smartphone users download the WeReward app and become “oinkers.” Every time they oink, i.e., register a product-related action through social media, it’s recorded–and sometimes broadcast at WeReward.com. For example, the site noted on June 22 that “reygaring just checked in to a Taco Bell in Walnut Creek, Calif.” A short time later, “Trevor Schultz just earned 114 points at Vegas.com in Las Vegas.” (Let’s hope Trevor wasn’t playing hooky that day.)”In marketing, advertisers benefit from cost per sale,” says Ted Murphy, CEO and founder of Izea. “Bringing engagement down to a cost per action helps advertisers realize how people are engaging with their products and who their customers are. We’re providing them with that information.”Advertisers who sign up with WeReward can get that information sliced a number of ways. The platform offers general demographics–more than 72 percent of users are between the ages of 25 and 49–as well as specific user information, such as when “reygaring” last devoured a taco.Advertisers may establish more formal relationships with particularly loyal customers by making them brand ambassadors or giving them greater discounts and rewards.”Some of our users see this as a way to save money, others see it as a way to make money,” Murphy says. “If a user has a decent social network, as a business you will want to take care of them.” October 3, 2011last_img read more

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The Startup Bringing Video Games into the Real World

first_img Sustainability » Love & Connecting » Invention » Urban Life » Rural Life » Food & Beverage » Work Life »GamingCrowdsourcing & Collaboration » Sports & Recreation »You could say it was nostalgia that inspired David Merrill and Jeevan Kalanithi to create the plaything of the future. Noting that modern-day games operate increasingly in the virtual realm, with the kinesthetic component reduced to the click of a mouse or tap of a screen, the two MIT Media Lab graduate students felt a fundamental absence–the physical interaction that comes from old-school toys like building blocks and board games.This was the impetus behind Sifteo cubes. The little computerized blocks communicate wirelessly with one another and respond in varying ways to being pressed, tilted, shaken and rearranged–turning video gaming into a truly tactile experience. “It’s taking the wooden blocks you grew up playing with and giving them this digital life,” Merrill says.When Merrill presented Siftables, Sifteo’s predecessor, at the TED conference in February 2009, video of the talk went viral, quickly racking up more than 1 million views. “That was kind of our Kickstarter moment–before there was such a thing as Kickstarter,” Merrill says. “That was when we realized this was more than just a cool research project and that we really needed to take this idea to the next level and turn it into a product and build a company.” Within a few months, Merrill and Kalanithi had moved to San Francisco, raised venture capital and assembled a team to help make their cubes and accompanying games ready for store shelves.David Merrill of Sifteo.That team is essential to Sifteo’s success, Merrill says, but so is the recognition that “we don’t have the market cornered on creativity.” They’ve made it a point to connect with people outside the company for game ideas, forming partnerships with Richard Garfield, creator of popular trading-card game Magic: The Gathering, and indie developers like the folks behind the Bit.Trip games. They’ve even made their software-development kit available for free online and have hosted contests and “Game Jam” weekends to encourage amateur developers to invent games for the Sifteo system.”We really care about building play experiences that are beneficial to kids, that parents can feel good about,” Merrill says. “It’s not just entertainment for entertainment’s sake.” Many of the activities available so far are puzzle and word games that encourage problem-solving, but Sifteo owners can also play the curiously named adventure outing Sandwich Kingdom and a party game inspired by the iOS game Bloop.The latest version of the cubes came out in November. In addition to Amazon and other e-tailers, they’re available at New York’s MoMA Store, the Toys”R”Us in Times Square, select Barnes & Noble locations and Marbles: The Brain Store. One of Merrill’s goals for 2013 is to expand Sifteo’s retail reach. If people can get their hands on it–literally–he’s confident they’ll be hooked by what he calls “the magic of interactivity.”More Gaming BrillianceRolePointThe Everyplay platform by Applifier lets users record iOS mobile-game sessions and share instant replays–fun for gamers; effective advertising for developers.Playground SessionsPlayground Sessions is a gamified approach to digital learning that encourages piano players to keep practicing, with real-time analysis of progress–not to mention a blessing to Tiger Moms everywhere.PlaynomicsWith Playnomics, gaming companies can analyze game-playing behavior, applying the data to marketing and monetization purposes.Zombies, Run!The Zombies, Run! app uses storytelling, sound effects and goals like collecting survival supplies to turn a workout routine into an action-packed escape from the undead.YouEarnedItYouEarnedIt is an employee-incentive rewards program powered by a SaaS platform: Each worker has a bank of points they can give to others, to be redeemed for rewards such as electronics, tickets and gift cards.higiUsing cloud-based tools to encourage better living, higi assigns users a score based on health, fitness, lifestyle, activity levels and interaction with community and social network.GoalpostGoalpost: Social gaming meets smoking cessation in this 12-week program designed to help people quit by completing tasks to earn points and participating in an online support community.AgawiCloud-based platform Agawi enables publishers and developers to stream games on tablets and TVs, eliminating the need for PCs in gaming.Mindblown LifeMindblown Labs’ Mindblown Life iOS game teaches teens money-management skills before they get to college and start racking up real-world debt: They learn to earn and save, but also to incorporate balance (if their avatars don’t stop working to eat, they starve to death). Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read May 21, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the June 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more

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Regulatory authority propane companies reach agreement to replace defective cylinders

first_imgOld propane cylinders or those in poor condition soon will be replaced by new ones, following an agreement between the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) and the country’s four distribution companies.Negotiations began after ARESEP in February disclosed the results of a gas quality evaluation showing that 61 percent of the cylinders currently in use lack appropriate information, and 23 percent have some kind of physical damage including leaks, dents or corrosion.A separate study disclosed last month by the Costa Rican Consumers Association, a consumer rights group, also noted the risk of explosion by most of the cooking gas cylinders currently used in homes here.Firefighters responded to a total of 5,363 emergencies related to gas leaks in 2014, with 91 percent of those occurring in homes.As part of the agreement, each company will set up a phone number for customers to file a complaint. Companies will address the request as quickly as possible, regardless of where the cylinder was purchased.ARESEP’s Energy Manager Juan Quesada Espinoza said propane companies pledged to unite efforts to promote safer use of propane in the country. If a company fails to address complaints properly, users can file another complaint at the agency’s free line: 8000-ARESEP (8000-273737).Following are the phone numbers for propane companies to request the replacement of defective cylinders:Gas Nacional Zeta: 800-938-2427Gas Tomza / Envasadora Super Gas GLP: 2201-6000Petrogas & Solgas: 800-Petrogas o 2573-7212 Facebook Comments Related posts:Consumer group warns of explosion danger with cooking gas cylinders Proposed change in pricing model would increase cooking gas costs by 72 percent, officials claim Electricity rates for ICE customers to increase in October Regulatory agency drops electricity rates for all distributors in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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HARP Refinance Share Down to 13 in July

first_img Share September 29, 2014 467 Views HARP Refinance Share Down to 13% in July in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img FHFA HARP Refinance 2014-09-29 Tory Barringer ​Refinance activity remained more or less level from June to July, though interest in the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) continued to dwindle, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported.In a recent release, the agency reported a combined total of 119,699 refinances were completed at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in July, slightly down from the figure reported for June. While low compared to the boom in recent years, refinance volumes over the last few months have shown more life than earlier this year as mortgage interest rates have hovered in the low 4.0 percent range.At the same time, HARP refinancing kept on a downward trend, falling to 15,671—a share of about 13 percent of all refinances done at the GSEs, down from 15 percent in June. In total, the program has seen about 3.2 million refinances since its inception.The falloff in HARP refinancing continues even as the government works to revitalize the program. Throughout this year, FHFA has hosted a number of town hall-style events in order to spread awareness and answer questions about HARP. Meanwhile, the program has been extended through the end of 2015 to open the window for more eligible borrowers.In its report, FHFA offered one major reason why the government is so motivated to bring more borrowers in: “Borrowers who refinanced through HARP had a lower delinquency rate compared to borrowers eligible for HARP who did not refinance through the program.”One possible cause for the decline in borrower interest is the ongoing recovery in home equity nationwide. As of the end of the second quarter, CoreLogic estimates the national negative equity rate was down to 10.7 percent of all mortgaged homes.FHFA’s data backs that up: Year-to-date, 28 percent of HARP refinances had a loan-to-value ratio of greater than 105 percent, down from 40 percent through all of 2013.Year-to-date through July, Georgia had the highest share of HARP volume, leading all other states at 36 percent. Following it were Florida (34 percent), Michigan (29 percent), and Nevada and Illinois at 27 percent each. Among all states, HARP share year-to-date came to 18 percent in July.last_img read more

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida –A revolutionary sleep

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida –A revolutionary sleep therapy program is now available at the Spa at Sawgrass. Designed to induce slumber and help patients sleep more soundly, the spa’s treatment course is based on the instruction of nationally acclaimed sleep therapist and industry pioneer, Robert de Stefano.“This is progressive, new age therapy for an age old problem affecting millions of people around the country,” said Sonia Thomasino, membership sales and marketing director of Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa. “The results are life-changing and we are pleased to offer help to residents in Northeast Florida suffering from the frustrations of sleeplessness.”De Stefano trained a group of Spa at Sawgrass massage therapists on his massage protocol for the “Sleep Escape Meeting,” which will be featured on the spa’s new 2009 menu. This remarkable treatment of touch, sound and aromatherapy, based on de Stefano’s workshops, will unlock patients sleep entrapments and release them into a night of peaceful rest. The Spa at Sawgrass therapists use holistic, aromatic oils combined with therapeutic Swedish massage techniques to soothe the body and the senses to ensure a restful night of sleep. The treatment serves as both a blissful massage experience and personal training on how to create an at-home, deep sleep ritual. The sleep therapy treatments will also feature deep relaxation music from de Stefano’s zMusic CD line and a combination of products such as Dream Mist, Sleep Serum and Dream Cream from his Nocturnals, Beauty Sleep Prescription Line. These products can be purchased in the Spa at Sawgrass Boutique to help induce sleep at home and turn a bedroom into a sleep sanctuary every night.www.spaatsawgrass.com/last_img read more

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