Local officials, others, call on governor to preserve state Wildlife position


first_imgA group of municipal, regional and statewide planning and conservation organizations sent a letter to Governor Douglas this week urging him to reconsider a decision to eliminate a position with the Department of Fish & Wildlife responsible for overseeing the Department’s Community Wildlife Program.The letter (SEE BELOW), sent by 34 organizations of various sizes from across Vermont, says that that program has been “instrumental in building community-level public awareness, appreciation, and action for Vermont’s wildlife resources in recent years, and we fear this important progress will be lost if this position is eliminated.” The letter also notes that the position is funded by a combination of federal funds and hunting and fishing license sales, and therefore has no effect on the general fund budget.Dana Farley, President of the Vermont Planners Association, said the Community Wildlife Program “provides critical planning assistance to communities, and is one of the few technical assistance programs that has not been eliminated in recent years.”“In Vermont, most land use and development decisions are made at the municipal level, often by volunteer boards and commissions with limited technical resources,” Farley explained. “The state has basically given towns the responsibility to plan for and protect the state’s wildlife resources, but they are taking away the program needed for them to do that responsibly.”Wildlife biologist Jens Hilke currently staffs the position. The bulk of his work involves assisting municipal planning and conservation commissions to understand and integrate wildlife biology into local planning.The Town of Charlotte recently took advantage of assistance from the program to produce a significant wildlife habitat map and associated database. The map ranks which parts of town are most ecologically important, scoring lands based on how many of eight ecological principles a particular region represents. As part of that effort, Hilke gave presentations to the town to explain underlying scientific concepts and participated in the development of the mapping process.Robert Hyams, Chair of the Charlotte Conservation Commission, said the Hilke was “invaluable in bridging the gap between science-driven policy and implementation by municipalities. Jens has the skills to not only explain the science, but to understand and help articulate the sometimes-disparate motivations and concerns of stakeholders.  I have personally witnessed his ability to achieve consensus between parties who otherwise may not even enter the same room, much less sit down at the same table.”Caitrin Noel, Co-Chair of the Warren Conservation Commission, agreed with Hyams. “The Community Wildlife Program has helped build greater understanding and appreciation for wildlife and wildlife habitat in our community” she explained, “and is a key resource in an ongoing effort between all of the towns in the Mad River Valley to address habitat conservation on a regional basis. ““Wildlife and wildlife habitat don’t recognize town boundaries, and the Department of Fish & Wildlife plays an important role in bringing multiple towns together to coordinate planning and conservation activities,” Noel stated.The loss of this regional perspective is not only of concern to local planners and conservationists, but to state environmental advocates as well.”As Vermonters we cherish our outdoor heritage,” said George Gay of the National Wildlife Foundation’s regional office in Montpelier. He said the program “has engaged us like never before – town by town and neighbor by neighbor – in the growing movement to protect and enhance our fish and wildlife and their habitats. Continuation of this position is a responsible commitment to future generations.”Source: VNRC. 6.23.2010last_img read more

When should brands put digital first?


first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Branding Strategy Insider helps marketing oriented leaders and professionals like you build strong brands. BSI readers know, we regularly answer questions from marketers everywhere. Today we hear from Philip, a Marketing Manager from Zurich, Switzerland who has this question about making the shift to digital.“Recently we’ve been talking about becoming a more digitally focused brand. However, some in the team still want proof that this is the right time to do that. So my question to you is: how should a brand decide when to focus its efforts on a digital-first approach?”It’s not clear from your query how your current brand is faring, so I’m not sure what’s behind the clamor for your shift to digital. If your brand is struggling in its current (analog) form, and with a more traditional marketing approach, to keep up with faster, more streamlined rivals with far-reaching online advertising campaigns, for example, then I can understand your frustration. If, on the other hand, none of your rivals have shifted to a ‘digital’ way of doing things, then there are risks, and advantages, to being the industry’s first mover.Moving to a digital-first approach certainly has its proponents. A couple of years ago, Marc Pritchard, Proctor & Gamble’s Global Brand Officer, suggested that while great advertising still requires clear consumer insights and a strong idea, a digital-first approach offered unprecedented reach because the medium “is a more fundamental part of people’s lives than any other medium in history”. In other words, as our lives become increasingly digital, it makes sense for brands to adopt a digitally focused approach. continue reading »last_img read more

Olympic Champion Katie Ledecky swims with glass of milk on head, netizens say ‘incredible’


first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 4th August, 2020 15:06 IST Anmol Bali Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 15:06 IST Olympic Champion Katie Ledecky Swims With Glass Of Milk On Head, Netizens Say ‘incredible’ Olympic Champion Katie Ledecky posted a video on Twitter of herself swimming one length of the pool with a glass of chocolate milk balanced on her head. 1 month ago Para badminton coach with 3 Arjuna awardees ignored for Dronacharya again 9 months ago Sachin Tendulkar finds a fan in Yohan Blake, former Olympic champion wants an autograph LIVE TV FOLLOW US 1 month ago We must get used to playing in empty stadiums, that will happen: PV Sindhu COMMENT Fantastic achievement. Just a bit sad that it’s part of a dairy advertising campaign. Protect the climate, stop consuming dairy (2.7% of total greenhouse gas emissions).— Michael Moneypenny Ⓥ (@mjmoneypenny) August 4, 2020 Other swimmers were also seen fascinated and impressed with Katie Ledecky’s trick with Simone Manuel commenting “Hoooowww nervous were you when you did this?!” Another swimmer Brooke Forde said, “I’ll race you in the 50m chocolate milk at the Summer Sizzle.”US freestyle great Katie Ledecky, who is looking forward to the Olympic debut of the women’s 1,500m free in Tokyo, clocked the fifth-fastest time ever in the event with a 15 min 29.51 sec at the Pro-Swim Series meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Ledecky, who set the world record of 15:20.48 on May 16, 2018, owns the top 10 times in the event and is the heavy favorite to take the first Olympic gold awarded at the distance for women.Read : Katie Ledecky Produces Fifth-fastest 1500m Free EverRead :Leutele Signs With Storm After Wolfpack Leaves Super League 1 month ago BWF cancels four more events due to COVID-19 pandemiccenter_img Awesome! Impressive! My 11-14 year olds would have a pool full of milk. Haha! We will try with ice water. Keep inspiring!!— Cherie Benz Adair (@CherieA724) August 4, 2020 Possibly one of the best swims of my career! (~open for debate~)What can you do without spilling a drop?! Check out the #gotmilkchallenge on TikTok. #gotmilk #ad pic.twitter.com/F05UzvaqCo— Katie Ledecky (@katieledecky) August 3, 2020 On August 3, Olympic Champion Katie Ledecky posted a video on Twitter of herself swimming one length of the pool with a glass of chocolate milk balanced on her head. She swam from one end of the pool to another without even spilling a single drop. After reaching the end, she took a sip from the glass while resting against the wall. According to media reports, Katie Ledecky performed this stunt as part of a new “Got Milk?” a promotional campaign from the Milk Processor Education Program, a dairy industry-funded group.The group is reviving the popular Got Milk? ad slogan that began in 1994, and encouraging people to share oddball milk videos. Katie Ledecky is a renowned American swimmer, at the age of 23 she got five Olympic gold medals not only this Katie Ledecky has won 15 world championship – the most in history for a female swimmer.Read: Day 11 Of Postponed Tokyo Games Finally Brings Summer Heat Incredible— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) August 4, 2020 No crying over spilled milk today 💯— Sydney Berger (@SYDNEYBERGER) August 3, 2020 Superb…the whole time I was just thinking how will the milk spill be taken care of, if….But then who wants to know when there’s an Olympic swimmer on the job. #gotmilkchallenge— kanav bhan (@bhankanav) August 4, 2020 1 month ago Beating Olympic champion Li Xuerui was turning point of my career: PV Sindhu WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND Read : Squash Players Resume Training In Chennai, Access To Cricket Facilities Remain UnavailableTwitterati laud Katie Ledecky   Written Bylast_img read more

Vicente blasts UE starters after blowout loss to UST


first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises UE lost to the Lady Maroons in five sets, 25-19, 25-13, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8, in a game Vicente wanted his team to build on.“We should’ve been more inspired in this game considering what we’ve been through in our first,” said Vicente. “The players just need to have the mindset that the moment they step on the floor they would give it their all.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “They just allow the ball to drop wherever UST sends it. What I did in the third set was put in the players who really wanted to win, maybe we could’ve gotten at least a set.”Come the third set, Vicente had reserves Geline Olarve, Katrina Sta. Maria, Lialyn Manabat and Laizah Bendong in the late stretches.READ: Rondina asserts authority in UST’s closeout of UECherry Rondina, however, wasn’t having none of Vicente’s player rotations and scored UST’s match-point and game-clincher.Vicente added UE should’ve put more of an inspired fight against the Golden Tigresses after the Lady Warriors came off with a near win in their first game of the season against University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Zark’s-Lyceum crushes Mila’s Lechon by 47 for 5th straight win LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments AFP official booed out of forum Read Next It is still early in the tournament but University of the East is already in disarray.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Warriors are off to a disappointing 0-2 start in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, with their latest loss coming in a straight set defeat to University of Santo Tomas, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21.Head coach Francis Vicente said the only positive thing he got out of their loss to the Golden Tigresses was that his bench players have the attitude to try and win games, something that his starters unfortunately lacked.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD; UST recovers from opening day loss, blanks UE for first win“The starters tend to relax too much, they can’t control their own confidence or that they are too confident in themselves,” said Vicente in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.last_img read more

Tiger Fund increases equity stake in Flipkart


first_imgBengaluru: The US-based hedge fund, Tiger Fund, increased its equity holding in India’s leading etailer Flipkart by buying 54,596 shares of its co-founder Binny Bansal for an estimated $14.5 million (Rs 104 crore), business intelligence platform Paper.vc said on Monday. “Regulatory filings by Flipkart indicate that Binny sold a tranche of shares for the third time since the global retail giant Walmart’s takeover of the e-commerce company in May 2018,” Chennai-based Paper.vc told IANS in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The $514-billion Walmart acquired majority stake (77 per cent) in the city-based Flipkart on May 9, 2018 for a whopping $16 billion (Rs 107,662 crore) at $67.3 per share. “Bansal sold 47,759 equity shares to existing shareholder Internet Fund III Pte Ltd and 54,596 shares to incoming shareholder Tiger Global Eight Holdings,” said the statement. Paper.vc has evaluated the sale based on Walmart’s acquisition price for majority stake in May 2018. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “If we incorporate a modest increase in Flipkart’s valuation because of the growth of its subsidiary PhonePe, the number could go up to $25 million (Rs 180 crore),” said Paper.vc. On June 24, Binny Bansal monetised 54 lakh equity shares for $76.4 million (Rs 531 crore) via a sale to FIT Holdings SARL, Walmart’s Luxembourg entity. Though the other co-founder, Sachin Bansal, exited Flipkart when Walmart acquired it, Binny Bansal stayed on to lead its management team. Binny Bansal, however, resigned on November 13, 2018 after an investigation by Walmart into allegations of personal misconduct (sexual harassment) on his part. Prior to June, Bansal sold 11,22,433 of his shares to unspecified investors for $159 million (Rs 114 crore). “Our estimates may vary from the authoritative numbers maintained by Walmart/Flipkart,” added the statement.last_img read more

Toronto stock index closes down after selloff US markets up


first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed lower Tuesday amid reports of a major selloff from an unknown international dealer, even as U.S. markets rose.“From about 10:30 this morning a big sell program came in internationally at one of the dealers,” said Dominique Barker, Portfolio Manager, CIBC Asset Management.“We don’t know which one, but the market has sold off, and the Canadian dollar also sold off from about that time. So that’s impacting the Canadian market versus the rest of the world.”The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed down 133.94 points at 16,286.30 in a broad-based decline following a selloff that hit most of the TSX-60 names. The index hit an intraday high of 16,494.09.The S&P/TSX capped materials index declined the most, down 1.45 per cent, while the healthcare sector was the only index see gains with a 0.08 per cent rise. Volume for the Toronto Stock Exchange as a whole came in at 338.23 million.Barker said lower volumes on the TSX may have made the selloff have an outsized impact.“This is summer volume time as well, so you tend to have a little bit less volume, so something like that could have a larger impact on the day.”The dip in the TSX comes in the midst of what has generally been quite a positive earnings season, said Barker.“Earnings reporting has exceeded expectations generally, the economy is very strong.”The source of the selloff is unclear, but it comes after Saudi Arabia has responded forcefully through economic and political means to criticism from Canada’s Global Affairs Ministry about the arrest and detention of two female bloggers and activists in the kingdom.Saudi Arabia has declared a freeze on new trade with Canada and recalled thousands of students attending Canadian universities following the tweet last week from Global Affairs Canada.The Saudi foreign ministry has also ordered Canada’s ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country. Saudia Airlines has also announced it will suspend flights to and from Canada starting Aug. 13.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., which has a major presence in Saudi Arabia, closed down $1.97 or 3.48 per cent at $54.56. The company issued a statement saying it greatly values its contributions to the Kingdom Saudi Arabia over the past five decades, declining further comment.The Canadian dollar also took a sharp drop in the later half of the day to average 76.79 cents US Tuesday, down 0.23 of a US cent.The strength of the U.S. dollar also played a role on the shift in the currency, said Barker.Stock performance in Toronto was in contrast to New York, where the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 126.73 points at 25,628.91, the S&P 500 index ended up 8.05 at 2,858.45 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 23.99 points at 7,883.66.The September crude contract closed up 39 cents at US$68.33 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up four cents at US$2.90 per mmBTU.The December gold contract closed up 60 cents at US$1,218.30 an ounce and the September copper contract ended down two cents at $2.75 a pound.last_img read more

Countries call on Facebook CEO to appear at hearing in London


first_img“I am growing increasingly troubled by the lack of respect Mr. Zuckerberg, and Facebook continues to show our nations and the citizens we represent by once again declining our calls to give testimony,” said Zimmer. “There are still many unanswered questions and new concerning revelations that I believe only Mr. Zuckerberg, as CEO of Facebook, can respond to. Just this week came news that Facebook had pulled down 115 accounts from its platforms that ‘may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behaviour’.”“By rejecting our calls to appear, it calls into question how seriously Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook take protecting our citizens’ privacy and ‘fake news’ vulnerabilities,” Zimmer continued.“That is why I am once again adding my name to the growing list of Parliamentarians from around the world who are calling on Mr. Zuckerberg to answer our questions in person.” OTTAWA – Parliamentarians worldwide are renewing the call for Mark Zuckerberg to appear before an international joint committee in London.Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, as well as Damian Collins, Member of Parliament and Chair of the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, have been joined by Committee Chairs from Australia, Argentina and Ireland in calling on Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, to appear before a special international joint committee on disinformation and ‘fake news’.Last week Zimmer and Collins called on Zuckerberg to give testimony at a hearing in London on November 27. Facebook has declined this invitation.last_img read more

Government announces new Nursing Degree Program for Northeast BC


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training was at the Fort St. John Hospital on Friday to announce that a Nursing Degree Program will be coming to Northeast B.C.According to the Government, this program will ensure more patients in the region can access care that will improve their quality of life, while students can pursue health-care education and training closer to home.Education Minister, Melanie Mark, says students have been advocating for a nursing program for years and that this new program is a result of the efforts made by local stakeholders. “For years, students in the northeast of the province have been advocating for the education and training to pursue a career in registered nursing closer to home. We know that people are more likely to stay and work in the communities where they get their education and training. The new nursing degree program is the result of strong partnerships and engagement with local stakeholders. Our government is proud to invest in the next generation of healers and health-care professionals.”The first class of 16 student spaces, to be operated out of Northern Lights College in Fort St. John, is expected to be in operation by September 2020.Total Provincial funding for this new program is $1.1 million.The full announcement can be seen here:last_img read more