Whitewater hosts Teck Kootenay Zone Race

first_imgThe Teck Kootenay Zone Race at Nelson’s Whitewater Resort, has come and gone, but the excitement is yet to wind down for all those involved. More than 115 skiers and their families traveled from Lake Louise, Kimberly, Fernie, Rossland and Golden to test their skills in four races spread across two days.Saturday and Sunday both dawned clear and cold, with perfect bluebird skies and firm chalk on Bonanza — a classic Whitewater groomer easily visible from the base lodge. The slalom track started gently on a sunny bench before taking a hairpin left turn into the shadows and plunging straight down to valley bottom. A combination of gates, stubbies, and panels challenged 117 skiers through four races, bringing U12, U14, U16, and Masters level athletes together for a weekend of sportsmanship, competition, and big fun. Behind the scenes, a small army of tireless volunteers worked ten hour shifts to solve problems, support the racers, and keep everyone safe.Saturday night featured a kids’ awards banquet and volunteer appreciation event at The Hume Hotel in downtown Nelson. Sunday afternoon saw athletes take to a snowy podium at the Whitewater base area, where they were wreathed in medals and ribbons by the legendary Bobby Swan — who along with Leigh Brousson competed in the Masters category. Whitewater posted impressive results, with top ten finishes across all categories.The Whitewater Ski Team wishes to thank the many dedicated coaches, volunteers, ski patrol, and Whitewater Ski Resort for the truly unbelievable level of support they continue to show our young athletes.last_img read more

Donie Greene Memorial Tournament to take place this weekend

first_imgThe tournament will see Basketball Ireland Super League teams including Maree, Moycullen, Templeogue, Belfast Star and Griffith College Swords Thunder go head-to-head for top honours, setting the scene nicely for the tip off of the 2018/19 season the following weekend. The action gets underway at 10am with Local sides Maree and Moycullen locking horns and runs throughout the day with further games on Sunday morning before the final at 3pm. The schedule is below:Saturday, September 22nd, 2018:Maree v Moycullen, 10amTempleogue v Griffith College Swords Thunder, 11.30amBelfast Star v Moycullen, 1pmTempleogue v Maree, 2.30pmGriffith College Swords Thunder v Belfast Star, 4pmMoycullen v Templeogue, 5.30pmMaree v Griffith College Swords Thunder, 7pm Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 Belfast Star v Templeogue, 10amGriffith College Swords Thunder v Moycullen, 11.30amMaree v Belfast Star, 1pmFINAL, 3pmprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img The second annual Donie Greene Memorial Tournament will take place at Calascantius College, Oranmore, Co. Galway on Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd.last_img read more

Saints Grad Arie Postmus Embraces Sutter-Immersion

first_imgAfter retiring from the NHL, Sutter purchased the Red Deer Rebels in 1999 and has been the owner/president ever since. Other than a five-year break to coach in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames between 2007 and 2012, Sutter has also been the Rebels head coach. In that time he has brought the central Alberta city a Memorial Cup in 2001 and also coached Canada’s World Junior Team to a pair of gold medals in 2005 and 2006.“It’s awesome, they preach professionalism right off the start,” Postmus says of the organization that also includes Brent’s son Merrick and his nephew Shaun. “Brent has put me in, has shown me the ropes and introduced me to some pretty well known people in the hockey community. I’m just trying to soak it all in and learn every day. I really cherish this opportunity and it is an important start in the hockey world.”Postmus is no stranger to organizations that strive for excellence in a family-like setting. He grew up in Fruitvale and after midget started playing for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Beaver Valley Nitehawks. One of the most storied Junior B teams in Western Canada, Postmus was part of a juggernaut squad that won the league title in 2012 under the guidance of head coach Terry Jones.“That was a pretty special team,” Postmus says about his hometown club. “Terry Jones is the greatest coach I ever had, hands-down. He preaches on-ice performance, but he wants to develop good people. I feel like a lot of what shaped my personality and who I am today is growing up in hockey schools with him as a young kid and then getting a chance to play for Beaver Valley. It was unbelievable. I owe a lot of my success and where I am today to Terry, he helped me grow as a person. He puts people in positions to succeed.”From junior, Postmus joined the Selkirk College Saints in the 2013-2014 season where he fit into a line-up fresh off its first British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title. A key member of the Saints’ blueline, Postmus helped the team to three more championships as part of an incredible four-in-a-row run of provincial titles between 2013 and 2016.“I have those three rings in my room and everyday I see them and think ‘wow.’ What we accomplished during those years was pretty special,” Postmus says. “Both [former Saints coaches] Jeff Dubois and Alex Evin did such a great job of recruiting guys that brought excellence not only on the ice, but off the ice as well.”After graduating from the Business Administration Program at Selkirk College, Postmus transferred to Red Deer College where he played two seasons for the school’s hockey team while working on completing his Business Degree.Now well on his way to a career in the sport he loves so much, Postmus looks back to his time at Selkirk College as pivotal in his current success.“I’m grateful to [Selkirk College Athletics Coordinator] Kim Verigin, Jeff Dubois and Alex Evin who took me in right away and put me in a leadership role,” he says. “Through that I was able to have some experiences that I might have not gotten as a young guy. I really cherish the time I spent at Selkirk College, I wouldn’t be here today if not for that time.” For his first off-ice hockey job, Selkirk College alumnus Arie Postmus could not have landed a better boss to show him the ropes.This past summer, the former Selkirk College Saints defenceman secured a position with the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels as the team’s Hockey Operations Administrator that includes a focus on player education and wellness. His boss is Brent Sutter, one of the most decorated men in professional and junior hockey, and member of the legendary family of hockey brothers who grew up on a farm in Viking, Alberta.“I have always wanted to work for a hockey team and stay involved in the sport, it’s my true passion,” says Postmus, who suited up with the Saints between 2013 and 2016. “I have been playing hockey since I was four and it’s just a part of me. I didn’t think this opportunity would come along so soon and there is no better person to start your hockey career than with Brent.”His role with the Rebels is dynamic and providing Postmus with a hands-on education about how an organization operates on a daily basis. Postmus looks after the logistics of road trips like hotels, meals, ice times and schedules, along with helping the coaching staff with analysis during games. The 27-year-old is also charged with working with younger players to ensure their education and life outside the rink is on track for success.His duties with the team are under the guidance of Sutter, the fourth of the famous family of six to play in the NHL and the most successful of his clan. Brent Sutter won three Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders and was a member of three Canada Cup championship teams during a feisty professional playing career lasted between 1980 and 1998.last_img read more

Jones Tabbed to Lead Central Arkansas Volleyball

first_img“I am thrilled to be named the head volleyball coach for the University of Central Arkansas,” said Jones. “The rich tradition of success the UCA program has is something I look forward to continuing. I was extremely impressed with each athletics staff member and coach I had the opportunity to meet. It is very evident, from the longest-tenured coach to the most recent hire, that UCA is a place that you want to be a part of and that certainly resonates with the student-athletes as well.” Jones was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer for Florida as a senior in 1998, and helped lead the Gators to three straight NCAA Final Four appearances in 1996, 1997, and 1998. After being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an illness that causes temporary paralysis, in the middle of her college career, Jones returned to the court and earned the NCAA’s Honda Inspiration Award in 1999. She was also awarded the Springfield Women’s Intersport Courage Award in 2008 and the MVC Most Courageous Award in 2012. Jones, who has spent the previous 13 seasons at Missouri State, looks to continue the success that the Sugar Bears have experienced in the past. Since arriving at Missouri State in 2002, she has helped guide the Bears to seven NCAA Tournaments and 20 or more victories in 12 of 13 seasons. During her time in Springfield, Missouri State compiled a record of 291-132 (.690), including a mark of 184-60 (.754) against league opponents. Under Jones’ guidance, the Bears finished as one of the top two teams in the MVC in either the regular season or MVC Tournament all but four times. After beginning her coaching career as a student-assistant at the University of Florida, Jones joined the staff at Illinois State, helping the Redbirds to 36 wins over two seasons, including second-place finishes in the regular season and the Missouri Valley Tournament during her first season. Jones continued, saying, “With the vision and direction of President Courtway and Dr. Teague, the UCA athletic department is headed in an incredible direction for present and future greatness. UCA is a special place and I cannot wait to get to work with our student-athletes and administrators. I cannot thank Dr. Teague and Natalie Shock enough for this tremendous opportunity.”Central Arkansas Athletics will host a reception and press conference to welcome Coach Jones on Thursday afternoon in the Skyboxes located on the fifth floor of Bear Hall.center_img CONWAY, Ark. – Central Arkansas Athletic Director Brad Teague has announced the hiring of Jeni Jones as the ninth head coach in the history of Central Arkansas Sugar Bear Volleyball. “As with all of our coaching hires, we want to find great men and women to lead our student-athletes, and Jeni Jones certainly fits this characteristic,” said Teague. “Coach Jones is a solid person who knows collegiate volleyball very well. From her days competing at the highest level at Florida, to her role at the great program of Missouri State, Coach Jones understands what it means to be a collegiate athlete and what it takes to be successful in the classroom and on the court.” “We are very fortunate that Jeni Jones has accepted our head volleyball coaching position,” said Teague. “She has a great grasp on all aspects of a program, and she will ensure that our volleyball team members will be the best they can be in all aspects of life. I am very confident in entrusting the Sugar Bear Volleyball Program to Coach Jones. She will be a great addition to the UCA family and will mentor our young women to greatness. We are all proud to call Coach Jones a Sugar Bear.”last_img read more

Will We Be Able to Make the Case for HR De-Extinction?

first_imgMuch like scientists who classify living and fossil organisms into domain, kingdom, class, family, genus and species, we in HR often do the same:  small/medium-sized business or large business  industry A or industry B  traditional or cutting-edge  local or regional or global  stodgy industry or sexy industry  well-known brand vs. unknown local organization (“She worked for Nike while he only worked for Acme Community Bank.”)We use this shorthand in a misguided attempt to categorize the knowledge and competency of any given HR professional.  We make assumptions that if Debbie HR Director worked for a local entity she won’t have the ability to understand the complexity of a regional, let alone global, organization.  This also manifests itself in job postings that require specific industry experience; the assumption being that even though Debbie spent 20 years leading HR functions in health care and technology she would not have the capacity to immerse herself into learning and understanding the banking industry.We pigeonhole people for any number of reasons; in an attempt to screen candidates, when creating an invite list for an event or conference or, quite frankly, when being cliquish and elitist.Now there is, I have to admit, one demarcation listed up there that makes sense to me although I may have used the wrong terms. Perhaps they should be:Traditional: dreary, tedious, humorless, out-of-touch, rooted in the past, focused on HR as compliance…primarily.  Focused on HR as compliance … only.Cutting edge: future focused, ever evolving, not content with the status quo. Restless, curious, excited.  Ready to challenge and be challenged.********I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit as I’ve been preparing to head to Cleveland this week for DisruptHR. We’re going to talk about talent, culture, technology and people – in a new way – because DISRUPT is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field.Lord knows we needs some energizing.I’ve had a few moments over the last several weeks where, in various conversations with mid-career human resource professionals I hit anew a level of frustration.  Why, I wondered yet again, is there such aversion to acknowledging that the old-ways-you-learned-to-do-HR in 1991 are no longer sufficient?  Why, I marveled during one discussion, do HR practitioners sink in their heels and adamantly refuse to explore the potential benefits of change?Am I being cliquish and elitist myself?  Are those of us who attempt to push, pull and drag our colleagues to places where they don’t wish to go guilty of emphasizing these segmentations?I don’t think so.  Nor do I believe that’s the intent of any individual or group. Rather there’s a conviction that a rising tide lifts all boats; collective change is required for the survival of both the HR function and individual HR practitioners.At some point in the very near future the CEOs, COOs and CFOs who are hiring HR professionals will demand a different kind of HR. When the boomers in charge (finally) retire and the next C-level exec (born during the Reagan administration) in charge of hiring the HR leader takes over, s/he isn’t going to put up with traditional crap; no matter the industry.  No matter the size.  No matter the brand.  Stacks of spreadsheets, outdated and cumbersome hiring practices, love for command-and-control, and an aversion to technology already pegs many HR practitioners as out of touch dinosaurs; keeping up the same old same old means they will soon be merely fossilized remains.And if our profession perishes will anyone care enough to bring us back a la the Australian gastric-brooding frog?  Or will our business partners be happy to say good riddance – relegating us to museums to cuddle up alongside the skeletons of the wooly mammoth and the T-Rex?I don’t want to run the risk that someone, somewhere, will have to make the case for HR HR de-extinction. Unless we all push the boundaries a bit more I don’t think there will be a lot of support for the revival of the HR species.It’s time to face it; there’s already been disruption in the workplace.It’s time – well past time – to disrupt HR so we can catch up.To read the original article on shrm.org, please click here.last_img read more

Software Development: Are Microservices Always the Right Choice?

first_imgYesterday’s post detailed some of the benefits of microservices, like resiliency, flexibility, more controllable upgrades, the ability to blend heterogeneously created components, and better scalability. These benefits sound great. The InfoQ article notes that “De Vries argues that a monolith often is easy to deploy and run, and an architecture suitable for many applications. If something is failing, the whole applications is failing, and we know it’s failing. Most of the time we also know how to fix it, and can quickly redeploy. It’s robust and often withstands the test of time… The few microservices solutions he has come across have been quite fragile and refactored within three years after they were built.” DeVries comments that, if not properly architected, a project built on many microservices can result in “a big ball of mud”. Similarly, James Lim, Senior Staff Software Engineer at Affirm, wrote that “if an organization does not have specialized teams, it is a good idea to use a monolith. If most contributors have workflows that cut across multiple functions of a single product, forcing microservices too early will slow down the development process.” InfoQ describes a presentation by Jan de Vries, cloud solution architect, where he argues that monolithic solutions often have a lot going for them.center_img But microservices may not be a one-size-fits all. For small businesses or small projects in particular, microservices may be the wrong choice. Steven Czerwinski, Head of Engineering at Scaylr and former Google employee, said that “even though we had had these positive experiences of using microservices at Google, we [at Scaylr] went [for a monolith] route because having one monolithic server means less work for us as two engineers.”last_img read more

Brazilian Blogger Assasinated: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#NYT#TWiOT#web Brazilian blogger murdered. 36-year-old Brazilian blogger Ednaldo Figueira was shot down in the streets of his home town, Serra do Mel. After receiving death threats, Figueira was shot six times on June 15 by gunmen on motorcycles outside his workplace. In addition to being a blogger, he was a newspaper editor and an official in a trade union. This is the second time a blogger has been murdered by his government or, in Figueira’s case most likely organized crime figures attached to the government.Bahraini blogger gets life sentence. One blogger in the Gulf country of Bahrain has been sentenced to life in prison while another has received 15 yearsThe life sentence is the longest sentence a blogger has ever received. Blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace was one of eight imprisoned Bahrainis to receive life sentences. Al-Singace. Another blogger, Ali Abdulemam, was given 15 years after being tried in absentia. Chinese artist and digital native released but muzzled. China’s best known artist, Ai Weiwei, has been stuck away in a Chinese jail since his arrest in early April. He was released last Friday but has remained completely silent regarding his detention, no doubt a result of the terms of his release. But why arrest Ai in the first place? He is an artist, free speech advocate and architect of global standing. Although he had never had a solo show in China, he designed the celebrated “Birds Nest” stadium that was the center of the Beijing Olympics. He allegedly had plans to relocate to Germany, where he had set up a studio. So, he is high-profile and has a big mouth, which he knows how to use. But his arrest was hardly the exception to the rule. At least 129 more people remain locked up in the latest spate of government detentions. Chinese blogger harassed in advance of her husband’s release. Zeng Jinyang has been bothered by Chinese security, and possibly placed under house arrest, in advance of her husband’s release after a three-and-a-half year prison term. Her husband, Hu Jia, is also a well-known blogger and environmental and AIDS activist. Zeng tweeted about being harassed by eight men when she disembarked in Beijing, where her husband will be released. “As I was getting off the plane, eight people came and took me away, they even took my luggage.” and “I think this is how life is going to be after [Hu Jia is released].”A third tweet, hours later, was so different in tone it made some suspicious. “I have just got home. I am going to cook tofu and tomatoes. I don’t know if it will be good. I saw Hu Jia today. I asked him if he was taking care of himself. There is still time for that. Media friends, my apologies and thank you for your concern.”Chile monitoring social networks. It’s not unusual to use “open source” methods for intelligence gathering. But doing so against the Chilean people itself has proven wildly unpopular for the users of social networks. Brand Metrics, a social media measuring company, “will be responsible for alerting authorities when there are ‘significant changes’ in people’s views on a topic, according to the government bid.”Apple removes ThirdIntifada app from store. Apple doesn’t exactly have a high bar to removal of apps from its store, as their (temporary) ban of Ulysses proves tidily. Whether this was warranted or not I’ll leave to you. It breached their TOS, according to Apple, by allegedly promoting violence. LulzSec disbands, rebands. LulzSec, the attention-grabbing hacking collective announced its end, or perhaps a transmogrification. AntiSec, which seems to be the successor group, in conjunction with Anonymous, is already hacking away. WordPress Blocked in Central Asia. WordPress’ Matt Mullenweg said on his blog, “As far as I know we’ve had no contact with KazakhTelecom. Typically this happens when they don’t like something a blog is saying, so they block or degrade service for everybody.” This is a common reaction to “offensive material” by many countries, who will wind up blocking the whole of, say, Facebook out of fear of one account, as happened last year in Saudi Arabia and as Pakistan is currently in the process of doing.China’s cloud districts censorship-free, for foreigners.The city of Chongqing will be the first in China to see the debut of a “cloud district.” Users within the district can access the Internet outside of the traditional Chinese censorship regime. This has upset many Chinese.Malaysia trying blogger for defamation. According to Article 19’s Dr Agnes Callamard, “Charles Hector is being sued for defamation at the High Court of Malaya in Shah Alam by the Malaysian subsidiary of Asahi Kosei Japan Co. Ltd, a Japanese electronics company. The defamation case centres around articles Hector posted on his blog in which he raises his concerns about the companies’ treatment of 31 Myanmar migrant workers. His findings were based on research he carried out.” How the laws in questions are interpreted by the court could deal a serious blow to bloggers’ free speech. Pakistan increases filtering. According to OpenNet Initiative, “Mobilink, one of the leading telecommunications companies in Pakistan, is now requiring that all users add proxy 10.215.2.32 port 3128 in order to browse the Internet. As a result of this development, Mobilink users are unable to search for several politically sensitive keywords, including the name of the country’s president, Asif Ali Zardari.”Zeng photo via Wikipedia Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

New York ~ Sales and Use Tax: Taxability of Web-Based Services Discussed

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportA taxpayer’s provision of portal and trusted identity framework services are subject to New York sales tax under Tax Law §1105(c)(8) as protective services and should be sourced based on the location where the protected data resides, but its messaging and supplier connection services are not subject to sales tax. The taxpayer’s portal and trusted identity framework services perform a gatekeeper function for customers by ensuring that only authorized users gain access to the customer’s on-line resources. Thus, the crux of these services is the security function of verifying that persons seeking access to on-line resources are authorized to have that access. These electronic gatekeeper services qualify as protective services for purposes of Tax Law §1105(c)(8) because they prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to its customers’ confidential data. Protective services are provided in New York (i.e., “sourced” to New York) if the property being protected is located in New York. Thus, to the extent that the data being protected is located in New York (e.g., resides on servers in New York), then the taxpayer is providing a protective service in New York. If the protected data is located both inside New York and outside New York, the taxpayer should collect tax only with respect to the data located in New York. In making the determination of where its protective services are being provided, the taxpayer may rely on a letter from the customer indicating the taxing jurisdiction(s) where the protected data is located, absent a showing of fraud or knowledge on the part of the taxpayer that the contents of the letter are untrue. Such a letter must be signed by the customer (or the appropriate employee or officer) and contain a statement acknowledging that it is being furnished for the purpose of allowing the taxpayer to determine the appropriate amount of New York state and local sales and use taxes due. The taxpayer must keep the letters furnished by its customers as part of its sales tax records, and be able to associate each letter with related sales, for at least three years after the date of the last sale to which the letter relates. The customer is required to update the letter if there is a change in where the services are being provided.However, the taxpayer’s messaging and supplier connection services are not subject to sales tax. The messaging and supplier connection services provide a central data messaging hub that routes business messages or data between business partner members of the service, who must provide their own telecommunication connections to the hub. These services are nontaxable bridging services. Thus, the taxpayer’s fees for setting up the relationship between trading partners and maintaining those relationships, as well as its mailbox set up and maintenance fees, are not taxable. In addition, the taxpayer’s charges for its mapping services are not taxable, as they constitute data processing charges.TSB-A-16(20)S, New York Commissioner of Taxation and Finance, May 27, 2016, ¶408-782last_img read more

Today is Be Your Donor Day

first_imgToday is Network for Good’s official Be Your Donor Day. Today is the day all nonprofits should review their digital fundraising channels through their donors’ eyes. Of course, while every day should be Be Your Donor Day at your organization, we want to encourage all fundraisers to devote some time today to experiencing their outreach and donation process from their donor’s perspective. A third of all online giving will happen in December—now is the time to make sure your donors will have an easy giving experience that inspires and delights them. Don’t let your hard work of creating a great year-end fundraising plan go to waste! Make it your mission to find and fix any problems that may trip up your donors before the busiest giving days of the year. So, what can you do to celebrate Be Your Donor Day? Here are some suggestions:— Visit our Be Your Donor Day headquarters for donor-centric fundraising resources, including a Be Your Donor checklist and year-end fundraising guide.— Pledge to set aside time to view your entire fundraising and donation process from your donor’s perspective.— Put on your “donor hat” and make a donation, submit a contact form on your website, and call your main phone line. What happens? Is the process what you’d expect? Is it easy?— Ask a friend or family member (someone not overly familiar with your organization) to help you test your website and donation page.— Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #BeYourDonor.We asked a few of our friends in the nonprofit space to share their suggestions for Be Your Donor Day. Read on and check out their amazing tips:Kivi Leroux Miller wants you to rethink your newsletter strategy. Make it a valuable resource for your donors.Social Media for Nonprofits co-founder Darian Rodriguez Heyman recommends you follow the Burrito Principle when timing your social media posts. Post important updates when your donors and supporters are most likely checking their feeds.Mark Rovner and Alia McKee of Sea Change Strategies encourage fundraisers to consider the appreciation you show your donors. Would your organization pass the Bulls-Eye Test?Joanne Fritz suggests you view your website from the donor perspective. In addition to having a nice, clean layout with a prominent DonateNow button, your website should also strive to answer your donor’s most important questions.Form connections and get to know your donors, supporters and prospects, says Nancy Schwartz. Do donors feel connected to you and your organization?Big Duck’s Farra Trompeter shared this gem from last year’s Be Your Donor Day: make sure your donors love you! Here are 11 ways donors show you they care about your organization. Take the pledge to Be Your Donor and make your emails, donation page, website, and social media more donor friendly!I’d love to hear your ideas — share how you plan to “Be Your Donor” in the comments below.last_img read more

Create a Fundraising Plan: Getting Ready

first_imgFor more about setting goals and calculating expenses, download a copy of the eGuide How to Create a Fundraising Plan. You’ll also have access to free Excel templates to help you map out your plan. The same principles apply when you are planning your fundraising for a new fiscal year. You need to know where you want to go, internal and external factors that may help or hinder the success of that plan, and the steps to take to reach the finish line. The new eGuide I co-authored with Network for Good, How to Create a Fundraising Plan, is a step-by step overview of how to create a plan that’s realistic. It will also help you build a sustainable fundraising model from which you can grow in future years. The key to crafting a plan is the prep work you do before you begin to map out your course. I call it the “Getting Ready” stage.The first and most important step is determining how much you will need to raise this year. When your organization begins its budgeting process for the next fiscal year, your senior staff (executive director, board, development director, senior leaders) can discuss anticipated overall expenses (be sure to include both programmatic and administrative costs!) and how much funding is needed to support your operations. This is essential. You want everyone on the same page when it comes to expenses so that you avoid unrealistic fundraising expectations and goals.Equally important to these planning discussions is ensuring everyone understands the fundraising trends you’ve experienced in your current and previous fiscal years. These can be one-off events, bequests, or other anomalies that may not be sustainable or guaranteed future sources of funding. Sit down with appropriate staff members and discuss anticipated income. Understanding what’s expected through committed and potential sources will help you better calculate your fundraising goal.After you have determined your projected expenses and income, you can then calculate your “left to raise” goal for the year. This is the gap between what you have identified as income from various sources that you know you can count on and your overall organizational budget for the fiscal year. The “new money” you need to raise is the missing part of the equation.If you can, think about adding up to 10% over that goal to start growing a financial cushion for your organization. When you start to write the plan, you’ll develop a fuller pipeline of prospects and anticipated solicitations. If you don’t think you will have the donors and asks needed to reach your budget, now’s the time to discuss this with senior staff so there are no surprises later in the fiscal year. It might mean you adjust the fundraising goal by scaling back new initiatives or programming. It could also be a call to action to engage your board and other volunteers to fundraise in new ways.Once you have a good handle on your financial needs and potential, take a look at revenue and expenses from your current fiscal year and the past few years to spot patterns in your donors’ behavior as well as overall industry and economic trends. This helps you identify where you should make course corrections in the future. For example, are there noticeable trends in giving to your issue area? How has donor confidence been generally? How has donor confidence been toward your organization? How did your fundraising revenue break down, and what were your fundraising expenses for each donor type? What motivates your donors? Do they tend to give through events or to restricted programs? Learn and grow from what you know.Don’t worry about spending too much time finding the exact answers to the broader industry analysis questions. It’s most important to understand your donors’ giving patterns and the external factors that can affect your organization’s fundraising (for example, remember the stock market plummet of 2008 and the many years it took to restore donor confidence?). Once you’ve assessed all of your data, you’re ready to start building your plan. In my next blog post, we’ll review how to use this information to set your course for the next year. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” —Benjamin FranklinI’m what you’d call “a planner.” Before I take a trip—even if it’s a place I know—I research the latest restaurants, places of interest, stores, theater shows, and museum exhibits. I make reservations well in advance. I sketch out a general itinerary to make sure I maximize my time. I have emergency contact information and multiple contingency plans. It took one crazy cab ride late at night on what should have been a transit through (not throughout) Naples to teach me to have alternative backup plans. Having a full sense of my options, needs, and resources well in advance puts me at ease and makes my trips much more enjoyable.last_img read more

10 Reasons to Celebrate the Health of Moms—and Those Working to Improve Maternal Health—this Mother’s Day!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 11, 2012March 14, 2018Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Mother’s Day 2012 provides a good occasion to celebrate accomplishments in the field over the past year. The Maternal Health Task Force shares ten exciting developments.The State of the World’s Midwives report provided the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services in countries where the needs are greatest.The MHTF & PLoS launched an open-access collection on quality of maternal health care.UNICEF & UNFPA launched the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, to increase access to maternal, child, and newborn health commodities.Joyce Banda, an advocate for women’s health & rights, became Malawi’s first female president.The White Ribbon Alliance, along with many partners, developed the Respectful Maternity Care Charter: The Universal Rights of Childbearing Women.Direct Relief International, Fistula Foundation, & UNFPA partnered to develop the first-ever Global Fistula Map, outlining the global landscape of the issue.The first-ever estimates of preterm birth rates by country were published in a new report, Born Too Soon: A Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.Save the Children’s 13th State of the World’s Mothers report focused on nutrition during the period from pregnancy through the child’s 2nd birthday, the first 1,000 daysThe World Health Organization added Misoprostol to the List of Essential Medicines, a critical step toward preventing post-partum hemorrhage.Melinda Gates announced plans to help raise $4 billion to dramatically increase access to family planning around the world by 2020.Please add to the list in the comments!Share this:last_img read more

Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS: Examining Research Through a Programmatic Lens

first_imgPosted on June 3, 2013November 27, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health Initiative; Samantha Lattof, Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is the first in a blog series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. To view the entire series, click here.Women and girls are increasingly and disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and now comprise over half of those living with HIV. According to recent estimates from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, not only is the proportion of pregnancy-related and maternal deaths attributable to HIV higher than expected, but pregnant women with HIV are eight times more likely to die than women without HIV. The feminized HIV and AIDS epidemic is one factor limiting progress in the reduction of maternal mortality. As the global community discusses bold visions for new targets to reduce maternal mortality, researchers from both the HIV and maternal health communities must come together to share knowledge and build a path to improved women-centered programming.Over the next several weeks, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) will share a series of guest blog posts from our colleagues who are working in maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. The posts will cover topics such as:An exploration of a particularly groundbreaking approach used in a specific country to integrate and improve maternal health and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, or careExperiences managing HIV-related comorbidities and obstetric complicationsAnalyses of a persistent barrier to integrating and/or improving quality of maternal health care and HIV/AIDS care for womenCountry responses to the World Health Organization’s new guidelines for prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV and antiretroviral therapy as well as country experiences in implementing these guidelinesExperiences addressing the demand side—or how to facilitate interest on the part of women and their families to demand higher quality maternal health and HIV servicesImplications for policymakers on the measurement of direct and indirect causes of maternal deaths related to HIVIn addition to the blog series, the MHTF will convene the technical meeting Maternal health, HIV, and AIDS: Examining research through a programmatic lens starting on 10 June 2013, in collaboration with USAID and CDC. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss emerging research linking maternal health and HIV, identify research gaps, and consider programmatic implications. While there is a need for significant investment in this issue around the globe, the focus of this particular meeting is Africa.Finally, our Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS topics page highlights resources, recent publications, videos, and blog posts, along with the organizations working on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS.  The page is a work-in-progress. Please check back frequently for new content. The MHTF is always looking for new resources, research, and news.  We welcome any feedback or resources you have to share on our topics page.Stay tuned to the MHTF for upcoming blog posts about maternal health, HIV, and AIDS as well as daily summaries and a final report from the meeting. If you are interested in sharing your maternal health, HIV, and AIDS research and expertise on the MHTF Blog, please contact Kate Mitchell (kmitchel@hsph.harvard.edu) or Samantha Lattof (slattof@hsph.harvard.edu).To view the blog series, click here. For additional information about maternal health, HIV, and AIDS, visit our topic page. To follow the meeting on Twitter starting 10 June 2013, use #MHHIV.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The Lancet Features Series on Health in Bangladesh

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 21, 2013November 17, 2016By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week, The Lancet launched a series on the remarkable progress and remaining challenges for improving health in Bangladesh, focusing on what The Lancet’s Bangladesh study team calls the Bangladesh paradox: remarkable progress on health-in spite of persistent economic hardship. In a commentary that highlights the country’s commitment to gender equity, economist Amartya Sen argues, “It is important to understand how a country that was extremely poor a few decades ago, and is still very poor, can make such remarkable accomplishments particularly in the field of health, but also in social transformation in general.”Along with the remarkable health gains in Bangladesh, the series also highlights critical challenges. As The Lancet’s Pamela Das and Richard Horton write: “This is a story not only of unusual success, but also one that describes the frailties and challenges that lie ahead as the country charts a course towards universal health coverage.” Among the major issues that articles in the series tackle are the persistent challenges for improving health in the country’s growing urban slums. In one article, authors Kaosar Afsana and Syed Shaba Wahid of BRAC point out that in urban slums:Many women die in slums during pregnancy and childbirth. Mortality of children younger than 5 years in slums is almost double that in rural areas. Two-thirds of these deaths could be avoided if timely, appropriate services were available. Unfortunately, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, and full childhood vaccine coverage are quite low in urban slums. Primary health-care clinics regularly held in slums are not open at convenient times for working women. Community mobilisation to improve health services hardly exists.For more on the series, tune in to The Lancet’s most recent podcast.Share this:last_img read more

Achieving Better Outcomes With Maternal and Newborn Integration

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 10, 2014June 12, 2017By: Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force and Women and Health Initiative; Joy Riggs-Perla, Director, Saving Newborn Lives at Save the ChildrenClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of the Maternal and Newborn Integration Blog Series,which shares themes of and reactions to the “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality” technical meeting.“Students often ask me, how come a neonatologist is working on maternal health? To me the response is obvious. When I was a clinician, most of my interactions were with the mothers. I learned very soon that for the newborn to be healthy the woman needed to be healthy.”– Ana Langer, Maternal Health Task ForceWhen thinking about the term integration for maternal and newborn health care we need to keep our focus with the intended outcome. Our attention should be on providing equitable, high-quality care for both the mother and the newborn.At a hospital in Petrolina, Brazil, new mothers Elvira and Ana Cristina have been taught the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and how to practice Kangaroo Mother Care with their newborn premature babies. Photo: Genna Naccache/Save the Children“Integration of Maternal & Newborn Health Care”—the recent technical meeting hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program (SNL)—provided the jumping off point for discussing what integration really means, the current knowledge base, promising approaches, and models and tools that exist to move this agenda forward. We believe that, with the global consensus on the importance of the continuum of care approach, we have a unique opportunity to decrease the gaps in care and find actionable and practical ways to foster integration where appropriate.There were two days of in-depth discussion by more than 50 participants who came from around the world to dive deep into analyzing the challenges of, and opportunities for, integration. This group represented academics, NGOs, governments, multilateral organizations and more from global and national organizations. Country perspectives from Ecuador, Nigeria, Nepal, Mozambique and many others were discussed by the presenters, panelists and audience and gave us a better sense of the power of context and localized solutions to gaps in care. We strongly believe that to bring about meaningful and equitable integration, it is essential to understand and take into consideration the epidemiological and health systems’ realities and specific social contexts of countries and communities.Meeting participants discuss the challenges to and opportunities for increased maternal and newborn health integration and service delivery at the local, national and global level. Photo: Ian P. Hurley/Save the ChildrenPerhaps the most critical component of the meeting was to develop a list of actions that the maternal and newborn health communities can take to ensure greater programmatic coherence and effectiveness. Among critical actions, participants saw team-based quality improvement processes, co-location of services, functional referral systems, and simplified and unified maternal and newborn health (MNH) data collection and use, as important steps that countries could take to more effectively deliver quality and equitable care for women and newborns. The group also called for donors and technical cooperation partners to support MNH integration-oriented implementation research to build convincing evidence for policymakers and to align their investments and technical support with national strategies, taking a country-centric approach. The final action item list included well over 60 steps. The just released final report delves deeper into what these are.The SNL program and the MHTF are committed to the pursuit of quality and equity in maternal and newborn care, and seek to increase collaboration in the delivery of integrated approaches of care. The rich and honest discussion that took place among those gathered in Boston is only a beginning. We hope you will join us in this ongoing effort to find ways to most effectively provide services to mothers and their families. In the end, we must keep the patients at the center and work to achieve better outcomes for them.This post originally appeared on the Healthy Newborn Network Blog.Share this:last_img read more

Putting The Lancet Maternal Health Series Into Action: Five Next Steps

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 2, 2016May 23, 2017By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last week, experts in maternal health convened at the Wilson Center to mark the recent launch of The Lancet Maternal Health Series, discuss its implications and brainstorm how to translate findings into improvements for global maternal newborn health. The dialogue, What Next? Putting The Lancet Maternal Health Series Into Action, was part of the Maternal Health Task Force’s Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series in partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center. Panelists included authors of the series as well as leaders in maternal health policy, advocacy and practice.Lynn Freedman, event moderator and Director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) and Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, opened the discussion by stating that the series proposes a vision of maternal health for the next era: Every woman, every newborn, everywhere has the right to good quality care. To achieve this imperative, the speakers called for the following five actions:Address diversity and divergence of maternal health.While global maternal deaths have decreased in the last quarter century, maternal deaths due to a wide range of indirect causes – ranging from asthma to obesity – have increased, which represents the growing diversity in maternal health. Furthermore, the burden of poor maternal health is far from equally distributed, which indicates increasing divergence. As Clara Calvert, Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, identified, as of 2013, the pooled maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for the 10 countries with the highest levels is 200 times greater than the ratio for the 10 countries with the lowest MMRs. To improve maternal health for every woman everywhere, we must address the range of underlying causes of maternal morbidity and mortality (diversity) as well as the disparities among and within populations (divergence).Reach vulnerable women in all contexts.One of the key takeaways from the series is the “too little, too late and too much, too soon” framework, which outlines two extremes in maternal health: ‘Too little, too late’ is absent, delayed or inadequate care often linked to insufficient resources such as staff, supplies, medicines or training; ‘Too much, too soon’ represents medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth that often results in unnecessary interventions. As Suellen Miller, Director of the Safe Motherhood Program and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, explained, we often associate maternal health care that is ‘too little, too late’ with low-income settings, but women in all settings are susceptible to receiving inadequate care. As Suellen highlighted,“Vulnerable women exist in every country… What we found is that ‘too little, too late’ also exists in high-income countries, middle-income countries and anywhere there is diversity, vulnerable women or marginalized populations.”Similarly, while the practice of ‘too much, too soon’ is considered an issue in high-income areas, over-medicalization of childbirth is a growing problem in middle-income countries as well. In fact, the world’s highest cesarean rate is in the Dominican Republic (58.9%), followed by Brazil (56.7%) and Egypt (51.8%).Prioritize quality, equity, resilience, financing and local evidence.As Marge Koblinsky, Independent Consultant, Maternal and Child Health, explained, the global maternal health community must come together to respond to the series’ call to action. This means ensuring high quality maternity care, promoting equity through universal health coverage of maternal health services, strengthening health systems, guaranteeing sustainable financing related to maternal and perinatal health and increasing the accessibility and use of local data. As Laurel Hatt, Health Finance Lead at Abt Associates, emphasized, “We need to shift the paradigm and focus on how better quality actually promotes better efficiency; investing in poor quality is the biggest waste of money.”Engage more deeply at the local level.According to Kathleen Hill, Maternal Health Lead, Maternal Child Survival Program, “If we want a system that delivers the right care for every woman, every time, [we must prioritize] the performance of a local system.” While focusing on targets and metrics related to global maternal health is immensely important, we cannot neglect the local actors on the ground. We must work with providers at the district and community levels and develop strategies to improve adherence to evidence-based guidelines and measure progress in context-appropriate ways.Put women at the center of their own care.Improvements in maternal health begin with listening to the women who receive care. As Elena Ateva, Maternal and Newborn Health Policy and Advocacy Advisor at the White Ribbon Alliance advised, we must ask women how they experience care and what they would recommend for improvements. According to Elena, “When we do this, the most amazing thing happens – these women become their own advocates!” Elena relayed stories of women who faced challenges, including lack of privacy and accessibility, while delivering in health facilities in Uganda. As Elena stated, “The voices of women, families and communities must be the starting point, not the afterthought, when we prioritize efforts at the local or national level.”Missed the dialogue? View the webcastRead more from The Lancet Maternal Health Series on the MHTF blogAccess resources from The Lancet Maternal Health SeriesCheck out the social media discussion below and join the conversation using #MHDialogue and #MaternalHealthNow.Photo Credit: Lancet Series, courtesy of the Wilson Center Maternal Health InitiativeShare this:last_img read more

New Chatter App Connects Celebrities And Fans For Charity

first_imgCelebrities are no strangers to charities, but because of filming, publicity and tour schedules, their time is limited. They typically write a check or appear at fundraisers to help drum up publicity and donations. Recently launched, Chatter is a simple app that can help crowdfund rapid donations to favorite charities and maximize a star’s time and celebrity status.How Chatter WorksChatter connects celebrities with their favorite fans who want to talk over a video chat. But instead of just giving fans a chance to follow their Twitter feed or Instagram account and leave comments, Chatter gives loyal followers a chance to actually talk directly to celebrities.Fans can bid on a video chat with a celebrity for just $5. If that fan wins the raffle, they get to connect with the celebrity for up to 10 minutes.The Celeb ListSo far, stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Drake are signed up to chat with their fans. New celebrities and stars are being added, and the list of stars you bid to speak with changes.Stars can sign up to participate directly on the Chatter app, and their identity is verified before bidding for a video chat takes place.The AppThe Chatter app is currently available for download on iOS and Android. You can use any device you want, but it’s crucial to pick a reliable device with a quality camera and reliable signal. You don’t want your once-in-a-lifetime, one-on-one chat with Leonardo DiCaprio to end with a dropped signal and grainy film quality.The CharitiesThe celebrities themselves aren’t pocketing the $5 per bid. Instead, the app helps raise funds for the celeb’s charity of choice. The Chatter app helps crowdfund charity fundraising efforts, all while getting both fans and celebrities involved in the process.Chatter provides a charitable outlet for celebrities to support instead of flying across the country to attend dinner galas and Hollywood events. As an alternative to an expensive fundraising gala, the app can raise unlimited funds in a short period of time.The ChatAsk your favorite celebrities anything you want from what they’re working on to who they’re hanging out with. They might even give you some insights on making it in the business and a personal anecdote about their personal lives.Want to prepare in advance? Before you launch your winning video chat session, take a peek at your favorite celebrity’s social media feeds to see what they’re talking about to bring some fresh questions to the table.last_img read more

Talimalaws death a great loss to Indigenous journalists across globe

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN is mourning the loss of a close friend and colleague.Patagaw Talimalaw, 32, was working in APTN’s Winnipeg office for the past two months as part of a two-year placement with the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network.Talimalaw passed away suddently on Sunday from an epileptic seizure.Her death was a shock and is a great loss to Indigenous journalists around the globe.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has a look at who Patagaw was.last_img

Dumas divorce record shows Facebook and texting concerns

first_imgRenée Yetman sat down for an on-camera interview with APTN on July 16. (Ken Welsh/APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsManitoba Grand Chief Arlen Dumas denied last week he messaged a woman half his age – asking her to “meet up” – and suggested unnamed political adversaries were impersonating him online in a fake Facebook account and hacked his phone.But since his denial three women have come forward to APTN News saying they received texts similar to those sent Bethany Maytwayashing either on Facebook accounts or phones belonging to the grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC).Dumas’s former wife also voiced concerns about Dumas messaging women on his phone and computer in public court documents detailing their marriage break up.On July 10 APTN reported Toronto-area doula Shannon Jennifer said Dumas contacted her through Facebook in 2016.Jennifer said for about a year she would get random occasional messages from Dumas’s Facebook account on Messenger.Things like  “beautiful pics” or simply “have a good day.”“He repeatedly messaged me without reply from me, that was the creepy part,” said Jennifer, who was 37 and married at the time.She wasn’t offended by anything he said, but having a man unknown to her persistently reach out to her did upset her husband.Dumas was staying part-time in Toronto at the time and was chief of Mathias Colomb First Nation in northern Manitoba, according to public divorce records.The messages stopped, Jennifer said, when he became AMC grand chief in 2017 and deleted his personal Facebook account.Earlier this week a different woman who asked for anonymity showed APTN a string of texts from the grand chief’s phone, but she asked that they not be published because doing so may identify her and she fears repercussions.Those texts included a social invitation.On Monday, a third woman, Renée Yetman went public on Facebook to discuss her relationship with Dumas.Yetman says she took to Facebook with her story because she wanted to show support for Maytwayashing.Bethany Maytwayashing says some messages from the grand chief made her feel uncomfortable. (APTN file)She says her relationship with Dumas began after weeks of exchanging texts by phone and Facebook in 2018.Yetman, a mother of two who lives in Winnipeg, said she was 32 and singing in a female drum group when she first met Dumas at a community celebration following his election as grand chief in 2017.She said they added each other on Facebook afterwards and began texting via phone. She said he told her he was single and had four children.Renée Yetman provided these examples of texts she exchanged with Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. Yetman said they exchanged dozens of messages – some of which she’s kept and shown APTN – and hung out a few times in Winnipeg.She said another time he invited her back to his apartment and, believing he was interested in pursuing a relationship, she accepted, and they had consensual sex.But right after, she said he dressed, told her he had to get to the airport, and offered to drive her home.She said she didn’t hear from him for a week, and when he finally replied to her messages, she said he said, ‘Yeah, Renée, I’m not as hungry as you are.’Yetman says he then disclosed to her that he was in a relationship with another woman.An affidavit filed in conjunction with his divorce from Ward confirms Dumas was in a relationship at the time.Yetman said she felt hurt and used by Dumas, and found herself missing his advice and support.“I was just going to see where it was going,” she said in an interview. “I was attracted to his positivity…and humble attitude.”AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas has been embroiled in a texting scandal for two weeks. (APTN file)Divorce documents show Dumas met Jennifer Ward at Mt. Allison University in Sackville, N.B., in 1996, where they were both full-time students. They began a relationship in 1998 and later married, but the marriage failed.At the time of the divorce proceedings the documents identify Dumas as the chief of Mathias Colomb, a fly-in community in northern Manitoba.“…After the petitioner became chief I observed that his attitude and actions towards me began to change,” Ward said in an affidavit of July 18, 2014.“…The petitioner also started developing relationships with other women, and he also admitted such to me,” she added. “I saw his text messages and Facebook messages to these women.”Ward, a chiropractor in the northern Manitoba town of The Pas, complained “the petitioner was constantly texting on his phone, or on social media sites on his computer” while the family holidayed in Disney World in 2011.That observation was confirmed by the family’s nanny: “While in Florida I observed the petitioner to spend a lot of time on his cellphone and on his laptop computer,” she said in an affidavit included in the divorce file.Dumas, in his affidavit of July 25, 2014, confirmed the family visited Disneyworld in 2011, but said his cellphone remained turned off and the condo they rented did not have a computer.“I deny that I was using social media or email during our trip,” he said.Ward cited similar behaviour by Dumas on a 2012 trip the two of them took to Las Vegas.He similarly denied contacting other women online during the Vegas vacation, adding, “I deny that I was on the computer or inattentive…“During the trip I purchased an engagement ring from Tiffany & Co. and proposed to the respondent.”The phone used to text to Yetman was a different number than the one that sent texts to Maytwayashing.APTN has been able to confirm both phone numbers are used by Dumas.AMC confirmed the phone number that texted Maytwayashing belonged to Dumas in a press statement last week.It is the same phone used to text the woman who asked to remain anonymous.The number used to text Yetman has been used by an APTN reporter to contact Dumas for past interviews.Swan Lake First Nation Chief Francine Meeches has decried Facebook posts accusing FN leaders. (APTN file)In the case of Maytwayashing,  AMC and Dumas made a statement last week saying the texts were ‘spoofs.They alleged someone other than Dumas sent the texts without him knowing by using a software to make it appear the texts came from his phone.The press release did not comment on how the texter knew details about where Dumas met Maytwayashing, or that she was a student and took a selfie with him at that meeting.After Yetman went public, AMC forwarded a screenshot to APTN of a post Yetman made about Dumas on its Facebook page on July 12 in response to a press statement about Dumas taking leave and time to heal. The statement was a follow up response to the Maytwayashing issue.Yetman praised Dumas as “a good chief for years” and was pleased to see him “take some time with yourself and family.“You will come back mighty in no time,” she wrote. “Rest up and rise up like the rest of us who been through hardships.”Asked about the post, Yetman said Thursday she had no hard feelings against Dumas. But wanted to be part of the larger conversation happening on social media about messaging between leaders and young women.APTN began reaching out to Dumas for comment last week when the texts to Maytwayashing first went public.Dumas has not responded to multiple requests for comment about Maytwayashing’s, Yetman’s  and other claims made in the last two weeks through AMC or his lawyer, David Walker. He has not commented except through press statements.Dumas’s last statement noted he would be taking a brief leave of absence “to heal with his family.”Read the statement here:Press Statement from Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs AMC, which advocates for chiefs of all First Nations in Manitoba, said in last Friday’s statement it stands behind Dumas and denounced the “media circus which focused on unfounded allegations about the grand chief.”The AMC’s Women’s Council, comprised of all female chiefs in Manitoba, initially offered to investigate the texting allegation. But has now withdrawn the offer.We “will no longer be part of the social media posts targeting First Nations leaders in Manitoba,” the council said in a statement released this week.“Chief Dumas issued an official statement denying the allegations and explained he regularly engages in message exchanges with community members seeking help…“This has created a media frenzy based on little more than Facebook posts.”APTN has twice asked AMC if it has a sexual harassment policy and to provide a copy, but it has not received a reply.Despite Dumas’s denials, Maytwayashing still believes the unwanted texts came from Manitoba’s top Indigenous leader.And she and her boyfriend, Matthew Shorting, have started a wider conversation online and in the media about harassment and what happens when Indigenous women come forward with complaints about unwanted and inappropriate messages from men in power.Matthew Shorting was first to raise concerns about the timing and nature of messages to Maytwayashing. (APTN file)Maytwayashing confirmed she and Dumas became Facebook friends in 2018 and chatted about her job and future after meeting at a Winnipeg restaurant.But she said more recent messages claiming to be Dumas under a different account stepped over the line.“What are you doing today?” part of the exchange said. “When can we meet up?”Some of the messages, she alleged, were sent late at night and on Valentine’s Day.Maytwayashing, who has a young son, said she was nervous about what a ‘meet up’ would lead to.“He was the person in every conversation who initiated the conversations,” she added.“I felt like it was really inappropriate and that I was being targeted or he was trying to pursue me.”But Dumas said that’s not true in press statements.He said she asked for advice and he “provided assistance to the best of my professional ability.”“While I was sincerely trying to respond to her requests for support, it is clear from her recent public expression of concern that she didn’t appreciate our informal message exchange,” he said in the AMC statement.“I apologize if this made her feel uncomfortable.”With files from Melissa Ridgenkmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

92M contract awarded to expand Corpus Christi Ship Channel

first_imgCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — An Illinois company has won a $92 million contract to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to accommodate larger oil tankers.The Port of Corpus Christi on Thursday announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company. The federal government and the Port of Corpus Christi are funding the overall $360 million ship channel project.Plans include expanding the Corpus Christi Ship Channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island. The depth would increase from 47 feet (14 metres) to 54 feet (16 metres) from the jetties at the entrance to the channel.The project comes amid replacement of the Harbor Bridge, which opened in 1959 and has a 138-foot (42 metres) clearance, with a larger span.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Crews responding to house fire in Charlie Lake

first_img Fire Fighters are working to extinguish a fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park – John Luke Keiper CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire and Fort St. John Fire Department are responding to a house fire in the Shady Acres Trailer Park.The fire was reported by eyewitnesses to have started at around 5 p.m. Five fire trucks from the Charlie Lake Fire Department and Fort St. John are on scene fighting the fire.We understand the fire has only affected only one home in the trailer park. Residents are asked to stay away from the area to allow emergency crews the room they need to fight the fire.As we get more information we will update this story. Fire Fighters from Charlie Lake and Fort St. John are fighting the fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park. Fire Fighters from Charlie Lake and Fort St. John are fighting the fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park. 1 of 3 last_img read more

Urban Bangalore gives cold response to LS polls

first_imgBengaluru: Almost half of Bangalore’s urban voters didn’t vote during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, as voter turnout in India’s tech hub continued to remain stagnant and the lowest in Karnataka. “Comparison of voting percentage in the city’s three Lok Sabha constituencies and its 28 Assembly segments during the parliamentary and Assembly elections shows no change in the apathy of the urban electorate in exercising their democratic rights,” a poll official told IANS on Friday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Out of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka, fourteen seats in the state’s central and southern regions went to the polls on Thursday. The average voter turnout in the city was 53.87 per cent, with Bangalore North registering 54.63 per cent, Bangalore Central 53.53 per cent and Bangalore South 53.47 per cent. “In contrast, Bangalore Rural polled 64.07 per cent, although the rural constituency is 40-50 km from the city centre,” admitted the official. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Interestingly, in the Assembly elections held on May 12, 2018, the apathy of the urban voters was by and large the same in the city’s 28 Assembly seats under 3 parliamentary constituencies. “The average turnout of Bangalore Urban in the Assembly elections was 54.72 per cent, while in Bangalore Rural it was 84.03 per cent,” recalled the official. In the 2014 general elections, the average turnout in Bangalore was 55.97 per cent, with Bangalore North registering 56.53 per cent, Bangalore Central 55.64 per cent and Bangalore South 55.75 per cent. “It is unfortunate that about half of Bangalore’s electorate of 72.69 lakh don’t care to vote in either Lok Saba or Assembly elections despite being registered voters in the city. “We need to find out the reasons for the low turnout in the city despite the best efforts of the poll panel to educate, promote and encourage the voters about exercising their franchise,” Congress official K.E. Radhakrishnan told IANS. According to the final electoral list for the 2019 general elections, Bangalore North has the highest number of registered voters in the city and the state — 28,48,402 — while Bangalore Central has 22,04,853 voters and Bangalore South 22,15,533 voters. In contrast, Bangalore Rural has 22,15,533 voters.last_img read more