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Indian blind cricket team plans friendly match in J&K

first_imgBengaluru, Oct 28 (PTI) In an initiative to foster peace and harmony in Jammu and Kashmir, the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) plans to hold a friendly match in November there as a precursor to the T20 World Cup Cricket (for the blind) scheduled in January in the country. The announcement was made today by CABI President Mahantesh G K after the Indian blind cricket team, which has won several international tournaments, including the recent T-20 Asia Cup Tournament, was felicitated by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in New Delhi today. “I urge the Government of India to consider our proposal to organise a match in Jammu & Kashmir. We will organise the match at a place convenient to the J&K Government through its sports council. This match will be a huge morale booster for the youths of that state apart from expressing our solidarity with the Indian Armed Forces and the people of J&K,” Mahantesh said. He said CABI will involve representatives of the government, Indian Armed Forces, peoples representatives and the youths of J&K in the cricket matches. He also requested the government to monetarily support CABI in successfully hosting the World Cup in 2017, according to a CABI release. CABI, which is organising the T20 World Cup Cricket for the blind, is a sports body of Bengaluru-based Samarthanam Trust For the Disabled, which has been working towards creating education and livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities and from underserved communities. Earlier, Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, felicitated Ajay Reddy – Captain; Prakash Jayaramaiah – Wicket Keeper and Batsman; SonuGolkar – Wicket Keeper & Batsman and Team Manager John David and Mahantesh, President, CABI. The Ministry also announced a cash reward of Rs 1.5 lakh to each of 17 the players and the squad, consisting of manager and coach, the release said. Sports Minister Vijay Goel and Rao Inderjit Singh, Union Minister of State,Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and President of Para Olympic Committee of India were also present on the occasion, it said. Union Ministers Ramdas Athawale, Krishan Pal Gurjar and Vijay Sampla also greeted the players on the occasion, the release said. PTI RA RC SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Ottis Gibson targets No.1 Test ranking with South Africa

first_imgNew South Africa coach Ottis Gibson faces a fast bowling crisis ahead of the two-Test home series against Bangladesh that starts on September 28, as he plots a path to return the side to number one in the International Cricket Council’s five-day rankings.West Indian Gibson left his post as England bowling coach to take up the top position with South Africa, but already faces a challenging start with several top performers sidelined by injury.”We have four quality fast bowlers injured. That’s a problem straight away,” Gibson said at his first press conference as coach on Tuesday.”You can’t really develop a team with that type of injury list. We have to take 20 wickets consistently to win Tests. We need a group of fast bowlers ready to perform.”Dale Steyn’s return has been delayed again, this time indefinitely, after he suffered a set-back in his recovery with a strained muscle in his problematic shoulder.Vernon Philander has also been ruled out of the first Test, at least, with a back problem sustained in the recent 3-1 Test series loss in England, while all-rounder Chris Morris will miss both games also because of a back injury.Promising youngster Lungi Ngidi, who burst onto the scene in Twenty20 cricket earlier this year, is also out until mid-October with a stress fracture in his back.It means Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel are the only two fit seamers with significant Test experience, leaving Duane Olivier, Wayne Parnell and Andile Phehlukwayo to likely fight over the other two positions in the side.advertisementInjuries aside, Gibson feels he has the players to return South Africa to the top of the Test rankings.”My philosophy over the next two years is taking the Proteas back to the top of the (Test) pile first of all, then hopefully winning the (2019) World Cup,” he said.”I’m lucky in a sense, the Proteas have been to number one in the world on a few occasions and not very long ago they were number one in the world.”Gibson says he is well aware of Cricket South Africa’s transformation targets that means the national side, across all formats, must select on average through the season six non-white players per game, two of whom must be black African.”That process has been happening before I got here,” he said. “As far as team selection is concerned, we will continue on the path that we are on at the moment. The chairman of selectors and the captain have got a handle on that.”last_img read more

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A Time for Leadership on Climate Justice

first_imgThe recent U.N. negotiations in Durban and Doha have provided the platform for this dialogue. In Durban, governments agreed to launch a new round of negotiations that will culminate in 2015 with the adoption of a new, international climate agreement. In Doha, negotiators agreed to undertake a one-year work program to think through the application of equity, and how it relates to the scope, structure, and design of the new agreement.The U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, Todd Stern, welcomed a discussion on equity, noting that unless we can find common ground on CBDR-RC, we will not succeed in producing a deal in 2015. In private sessions, some major emerging economies also acknowledged that they would need to assume more responsibilities in the decades to come. This year, governments and civil society organizations will be able to join the dialogue with their own proposals on the principles that should guide equity and ambition. Submissions on the principles of the Convention—including equity—should be sent to the UNFCCC Secretariat by March 1, 2013. Now is the moment to put forth sound principles of climate justice.The Climate Community Can Compel Leaders to LeadAnd what of leadership? Many people continue to depend on negotiators, looking to them to guide us to greater equity and ambition. But we cannot expect them to lead in the COP process before we shift their mandate at home. We need to apply domestic pressure to compel them to act.There are numerous examples of this strategy working throughout history. In the 1930s, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with a group of activists who sought his support for New Deal legislation. He listened to their arguments for some time, and then said, “You’ve convinced me. Now go out and make me do it.” At the height of the civil rights movement, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson listened intently as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked about daily humiliations, intimidation, and violations of basic rights. As Bill Moyers noted in an essay, the President’s response was “OK. You go out there, Dr. King, and keep doing what you’re doing, and make it possible for me to do the right thing.” Both FDR and LBJ knew that domestic constituencies, equipped with powerful and compelling narratives, could move the political process. The climate community will need to force our leaders to lead.The new social movements that have emerged over the past five years have taken this message to heart. We can learn lessons from the revolutions in Ukraine, Georgia, and Iran; the indignado protests in Europe; the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon; the Tea Party; and throughout the Middle East and North Africa on the tide of the Arab Spring. These movements are all very different, but have one important commonality: They each used justice as a core narrative to push for change. They mobilized people around notions of rights, freedom, and justice. And with differing degrees of success, they captured a prevailing zeitgeist.There is an opportunity for the climate community to learn from this example. This “justice narrative” could serve as an additional pressure point on the road to 2015. If governments can be persuaded to do more by the volume of demand domestically, their negotiators will come to the COPs with a mandate to push for a more effective, ambitious, and equitable agreement through the UNFCCC.Addressing the British Parliament in 1940, Winston Churchill said, “Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.” In the new climate agreement, equity cannot be about sharing failure. It must become a means to share both the opportunities and challenges of the transition to climate-compatible development. In addition, equity cannot remain a quarrel about the past. It must be our opportunity to secure a fair future for all, with equitable access to sustainable development and respect for planetary boundaries.LEARN MORE: Visit our website to find out more about a new project, the Climate Justice Dialogue. The Climate Justice DialogueWRI is working with the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice over the next three years to advance the cause of climate justice. Our new project, the Climate Justice Dialogue, aims to mobilize political will and creative thinking to shape an equitable and ambitious international climate agreement in 2015. Our Dialogue works toward a hopeful, positive future where all stakeholders are empowered to act. Learn more about the Dialogue by visiting our website. I spent the recent U.N. climate negotiations in Doha trying to reconcile two injustices. The first is captured by Nicholas Stern’s “brutal arithmetic.” This is the simple, unavoidable fact that bold greenhouse gas emissions reductions will be needed from all countries to hold global temperature increase to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, thus preventing climate change’s most dangerous impacts. Developing nations, many of which are battling crippling poverty and inequality at home, are being told that the traditional, high-carbon pathway to prosperity is off-limits, and that they, too, will need to embrace aggressive mitigation actions. This is a glaring injustice – the product of two decades of missed opportunities in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), inadequate domestic action in industrialized countries, and substantial geopolitical changes in major emerging economies.But the second injustice is even greater – one that is manifest and which must be avoided. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has illustrated, breaching the 2°C threshold would seriously degrade vital ecosystems and the communities who depend on them. This, itself, is an issue of justice, as climate change undermines the realization of human rights, including the right to food, health, an adequate standard of living, and even the right to life. Those same developing countries who are home to the poorest and most vulnerable members of our global community—and who are now compelled to act on reducing emissions—will be hit first and hardest by climate change’s impacts.It didn’t need to be this way. Despite important steps over the past two years and considerable efforts by some countries domestically, there is a significant gap between where we are today and where we need to be by the end of this decade to limit temperature rise to no more than 2°C.Rethinking Equity in UNFCCC NegotiationsClosing that gap may remain beyond reach unless we succeed in rethinking and operationalizing Common But Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR-RC), the principle at the heart of the UNFCCC. CBDR-RC aims to generate enough ambition to close the emissions gap while recognizing that capacity to act is often determined by countries’ varying stages of development. CBDR-RC was coined at a time when ambition and equity could coexist. That time is closing fast. As the scientific case hardens and the need for urgent action by all becomes clearer, the scope for CBDR-RC begins to narrow. This, in turn, forces countries into defensive positions and short-sighted posturing. Now is the time to rescue CBDR-RC as a valuable and effective part of this regime. This will require dialogue and leadership.last_img read more

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Real Madrid team news vs Deportivo

first_imgPrimera División Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Deportivo Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 16:15 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Karim Benzema Real Madrid Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruña Real Madrid Deportivo La Coruña Everything you need to know ahead of Los Blancos’ meeting with the Galicians at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend… Real Madrid will look to return to winning ways in front of their own fans after losing at home to Villarreal in La Liga last weekend.Zinedine Zidane’s side went down 1-0 to the Yellow Submarine at Santiago Bernabeu and are now 19 points adrift of leaders Barcelona at the halfway stage.Los Blancos, with a game in hand due to their participation in the Club World Cup last month, beat Leganes 1-0 in the first leg of the teams’ Copa del Rey quarter-final tie on Thursday night. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here,  Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of their return to league action at the Bernabeu on Sunday…REAL MADRID INJURIES Captain Sergio Ramos suffered a muscle strain in training recently and is still not ready to return for Real.Elsewhere, Karim Benzema is back and the French forward could feature along with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo after all three were rested for the cup clash away to Leganes.REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS Zidane has no players suspended for the game against Deportivo on Sunday.REAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWith Ramos still out, Nacho and Raphael Varane should start in central defence for Real Madrid against Deportivo.In attack, Bale is set to feature alongside Ronaldo, with Benzema likely to be used as a substitute.Marco Asensio is also in contention for a start after scoring the winner against Leganes on Thursday.Real Madrid possible VillarrealDEPORTIVO TEAM NEWS Centre-backs Raul Albentosa and Sidnei are both doubtful for the trip to Madrid, while midfielder Fede Cartabia misses out through injury.Another midfielder, Federico Valverde, is ineligible due to the terms of his loan agreement with parent club Real.Deportivo are down in 18th place in La Liga with just 16 points, having lost three of their last four matches (including a 4-0 defeat at Barcelona). The other was a 1-1 draw at Villarreal.Ruben Sobrino Deportivo AlavesTV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Real Madrid versus Deportivo kicks off at 16:15 local time at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday and will be broadcast live  in the UK on  Sky Sports Mix  and  Sky Sports Football  (via the red button) from 15:10 GMT.In the United States (US) , Real against Deportivo is live on BeIN Sports and kicks off at 10:15 ET.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Real Madrid have won 13 of their last 14 games against Deportivo in La Liga. The other was a draw. Deportivo have won just one of their last 32 visits to the Bernabeu in La Liga (losing 27 and drawing four of those). Their last victory was a 1-0 success in October 2004. Real Madrid have failed to win any of their previous three league matches since winning the FIFA Club World Cup against Gremio in December. The last time they went four matches in a row without a victory in La Liga came back in 2009 (five defeats under Juande Ramos). Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 289 goals for Real Madrid in La Liga, with the first of them coming against Deportivo at the Bernabeu (a penalty back in August 2009). Gareth Bale has scored six goals in his five games against Deportivo in La Liga, including his last hat-trick for Real Madrid (in January 2016).last_img read more

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Kompany: Don’t put City on pedestal yet

first_imgManchester City Kompany: Don’t put Man City on pedestal yet Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 11:44 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) VincentKompany-cropped Getty Images Manchester City Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Premier League The captain said this Manchester City team still have a lot to achieve if they want fulfill their ambitions Vincent Kompany insisted Manchester City should not be put on a “pedestal” following their Carabao Cup success as he challenged the club to win more trophies.Captain Kompany put his injury woes behind him with a goal to lead high-flying City to a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley.Sergio Aguero and David Silva were also on target as Premier League champions-elect City claimed their first title of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Premier League and Champions League are still on offer for Pep Guardiola’s side, who have earned plaudits from far and wide amid their stunning season.But Belgian defender Kompany said this City team still have a lot to achieve if they want to be considered one of the greatest at the Etihad Stadium.”We’ll have to see when the trophies are coming. If we win more and consistently, if we can the Premier League then go again and again, then this team will be better than the previous one,” he told reporters.”We have scored hundreds of goals as well with [previous manager Manuel] Pellegrini. It’s been a feature of this club for many years now.”I kind of want to keep that hunger in the team, so I don’t want to put people on a pedestal when we haven’t achieved all of our targets yet. So, for now, well done, keep going.”City, who are poised to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 4-0 first-leg victory against Basel, host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.last_img read more

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‘Champions League beyond PSG’ – Marquinhos

first_imgPSG ‘Champions League is beyond PSG’s level’ – Marquinhos Joe Wright 08:24 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images PSG UEFA Champions League PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid The Ligue 1 leaders crashed out in the last 16 of the competition for the second successive season despite spending huge amounts on new players Marquinhos admits winning the Champions League seems to be beyond Paris Saint-Germain’s capabilities following their last-16 exit at the hands of Real Madrid.The Ligue 1 leaders lost 2-1 to the holders at Parc des Princes in Tuesday’s second leg, ensuring a 5-2 aggregate defeat to Zinedine Zidane’s side.PSG reacted to their dramatic defeat to Barcelona at the same stage last season by investing roughly €400million on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in a bid to improve their fortunes in Europe, but they rarely looked likely to overturn their 3-1 deficit from the first leg, with Neymar not even involved due to injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Marquinhos said the Champions League was their primary goal for the season and feels they are some way short of challenging properly for the trophy.”It’s very frustrating. It’s hard to be knocked out of this competition as it was our main objective,” the centre-back told beIN SPORTS .”It shows we still have to work, to be more mature and have more experience. “You could see Madrid were good on certain details while we didn’t manage to be good on those small details. “I think we can’t win this competition right now. Everyone tells us we have to lose a lot in order to learn and to win this competition.”Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro secured victory for Madrid on the night, with Marco Verratti seeing red for PSG on a chastening evening for the Ligue 1 leaders.last_img read more

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Arsenal agreeing Bellerin sale would amaze Parlour

first_imgTransfers Arsenal agreeing Bellerin sale would amaze club legend Parlour Chris Burton 00:06 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Hector Bellerin, Arsenal Getty Transfers Juventus Barcelona Arsenal Premier League Serie A Primera División The Spain international defender has been linked with Barcelona and Juventus, but a former Gunners star doubts a summer deal will be done Hector Bellerin continues to generate transfer talk at Arsenal, but Ray Parlour would “be amazed” if a summer sale was sanctioned.Juventus are reported to have joined the chase for the Spain international, with a possible move to Barcelona having been mooted for some time.Bellerin has previously spent time in the famed La Masia academy system at Camp Nou, having first seen his potential spotted by his hometown club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It is, however, at Emirates Stadium that he has made the senior breakthrough and, at just 22 years of age, Parlour doubts that Arsenal would agree to part with a key figure in their present and future.The former Gunners midfielder told talkSPORT on the latest round of rumours: “I’d be amazed if Arsenal sold Bellerin.“He’s still a young player, he’s still learning and he wants to learn.“I still think defensively he has to get better, but he can get better.“He’s not had the greatest of seasons and I think he’d be the first to admit that, but I do rate him a lot.”It has been suggested that Arsenal may be open to offers of around £50 million for Bellerin if a bidding war is opened, but Parlour feels even that fee would fall some way short of his value.He added: “I wouldn’t take £50 million for him, because you’ve still got to replace him in the team.“Full-backs these days are so hard to find, because they’ve got to be able to play like wingers. You’ve got to be able to get up the pitch and produce good quality.“He’s got great pace, so I wouldn’t be selling him, no.”Bellerin has made 151 appearances for Arsenal since making his debut in 2013.last_img read more

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OSU Offers ‘Last Chance U’ O-Lineman Jeremy Flax

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Jason Brown and all the cameras might have left Independence after the fourth season of “Last Chance U,” but the Dream U Pirates are still playing football.Oklahoma State is the latest school to offer a scholarship to Independence Community College (Kansas) tackle Jeremy Flax. OSU joins West Virginia, Iowa State, Maryland, Houston and others as schools who have offered Flax.I’m blessed and honored to receive another D1 offer from Oklahoma State Cowboys ! 🖤🧡 pic.twitter.com/xuC2W3M9op— Jeremy Flax 6️⃣6️⃣ (@BiggFlax) October 4, 2019Originally out of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, Flax is a redshirt freshman at Independence and is listed at 6-foot-6, 320 pounds.Flax primarily plays right tackle for the Pirates, but he has also played some snaps on the left side of the offensive line.OSU has four committed offensive lineman for the 2020 class in Eli Russ, Trent Pullen, Cade Bennett and Monroe Mills. All of those guys will enter as freshman, though. The Cowboys will lose Johnny Wilson and Marcus Keyes to graduation after this season.Indy is 2-2 this season, but the offense has averaged 441 yards per game.The Cowboys have been after JUCO products in a few different positions lately. OSU offered Hutchinson Community College (Kansas) corner Ronald Williams in mid-September. Williams has since gotten offers from Oregon State, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Kentucky.OSU offered Northwest Community College (Mississippi) defensive end Tyren Irby not too long after. Irby has since been on campus.last_img read more

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Emaily Post’s Guide to Online Decorum

first_imgSometimes email isn’t enough. Email is an excellent medium to maintain contact with college buddies scattered across the country, busy board members, in-laws, and online advocates. But even the most vivid and eloquent email communications are not a substitute for an old-fashioned phone call or (gasp) in-person meeting.Look for opportunities to connect with online supporters. Invite your e-advocates to attend a press conference or volunteer at an event. They will appreciate being asked, even if they cannot make it, and those who do show up will be that much more committed to your cause. To ensure a better turnout, ask for RSVPs, thank the signups, and send them a reminder message. Lastly, make sure that it is easy for participants to get to the location (don’t you just love it when your friends include a Googlemap link?).Source: http://www.mrss.com/news/Emaily-Post-s-Guide-to-Online-Decorum.pdf “Manners are made up of trivialities of deportment which can be easily learned if one does not happen to know them;” – Emily PostWhile Ms. Post’s advice about the appropriate dress for a butler in a well-appointed house and the rules of conduct for a debutante are hopelessly outdated, good manners still count. Without a doubt, email is an efficient and cost-effective way to build and maintain relationships, whether with your organization’s supporters or with your own nearest and dearest. But those relationships will be stronger and healthier if you heed the do’s and don’ts of polite email society – they’re simple and apply in equal measure to both groups.Out of inbox, out of mind? Gaps in communication for prolonged periods are a sure way to let a relationship fizzle out. Email lists that have been left idle for extended periods of time tend to have lower response rates (I don’t recommend testing this!). Unless you are actually trying to ditch a wearisome ex, it’s best to maintain regular contact with your supporters, just as you would with friends or family, even if that requires some creativity and legwork when the content is not abundant. But be sure to maintain integrity – always instill your messages with some value because… …no one likes a town crier. Do you know someone who forwards emails indiscriminately? Be it a CNN news alert (that you receive yourself, thank you very much), a chain letter promising good fortune to those who pass it on to seven spirited women, or a cartoon featuring singing Matzo Men, these e-town criers want to be the first to spread the news.Organizations, too, have been guilty of blasting out messages that most recipients don’t care to receive. This kind of behavior is a nuisance. Before hitting the send button, think carefully about whether the message merits the time your recipients will take out of their busy lives to read it.Keep it simple. It is important to keep your messages simple and clear. No legalese, no insider jargon, no buzzwords, and no policy wonk language, please! Words like “churlishness” and “pernicious” belong on GMAT study guide, not in email communications. No one wants to read an email about “H.R. 4526 bill to extend the discretionary spending limits through fiscal year 2011, referred to the Committee on the Budget, and in addition to the Committee on Rules for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.” Rule of thumb – write the email to your supporters as if you were writing it to your mom.last_img read more

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How to Create E-mail Messages that Get Attention

first_imgHelp. It’s getting worse and worse. When I take one day off from work, I open my email and I have to download over 200 email messages.Like a lot of people, I’m impatient to get to those messages that are important. I know that sometimes I delete something I should be reading, just because the subject line doesn’t tell me that.Here are a few ways to ensure your nonprofit’s email messages get attention.Do I recognize the sender and is he/she important?It’s no secret that readers are most likely to open an e-mail from someone they know well, either real world or virtually. The mistake we make as communicators is assuming that your colleagues and e-news readers know the names of all staff members in your organization. The reality is that most readers don’t even know your executive director, must less staff members.Solution–For an individual-to-individual email, if your recipient doesn’t know you, make your subject line very clear. For a mass email (such as an e-newsletter), introduce the sender in the welcome email, and reinforce it in every issue.Does the subject line demonstrate the value of opening the message to the reader?Your subject line needs to grab readers’ attention to persuade them to invest time in reading your message. Use your e-mail subject line to summarize, not describe the content of your message:Not effective: Aspen Philanthropy LetterEffective: [Aspen Philanthropy Letter] Buffett Gift to Gates Foundation Likely to Increase Scrutiny of Nonprofit SectorRemember to keep the core part of the subject line under 10 words to ensure that key messages display in readers’ inboxes.Do the first five to ten lines make it clear how this information pertains to your readers?Make your opening paragraph count. State the purpose of your message, and any action steps, right from the start. Keep in mind that many email recipients use the “preview pane” (a one to two-inch window) to evaluate email before opening. So the more quickly you state your purpose, the more likely you’ll capture your reader’s attention.Is the rest of the message easy to read?Nothing loses readers’ attention faster than an e-mail novella. Help readers get through your message as quickly as possible by keeping it short (no more than two pages scrolled) and succinct (one topic with no more than one to two main points is ideal for message absorption).Source: http://www.gettingattention.org/my_weblog/2006/10/how_to_create_e.htmlAbout the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/), Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/getting_attention.html) and read her blog at http://www.gettingattention.org/ for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint.last_img read more

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Ontario transit agency Metrolinx says targeted by North Korean cyberattack

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario transit agency Metrolinx says it was the target of a cyberattack that originated in North Korea, but no personal information was compromised and systems that operate its trains and buses were not affected.Spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said Tuesday that the cyberattack happened recently, but would not give a date or what specifically was targeted because of security concerns.“The incident is over, but the investigation of it and the action that we take continues to ensure we continue to protect all of our systems,” she said.Metrolinx is a Crown corporation that manages transportation services for the Toronto and Hamilton area.North Korea has been implicated in recent hacks, including the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide and crippled parts of Britain’s National Health Service in May.U.S. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last month that North Korea was “directly responsible” for the WannaCry ransomware attack and that Pyongyang would be held accountable for it.Bossert said the U.S. administration’s finding of responsibility is based on evidence and confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the U.K. and Microsoft.American officials have also said that North Korea is responsible for the Sony cyberattack in 2014 that dumped personal information of tens of thousands of current and former workers online.North Korea has denied involvement in both cases.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Video: Woman in Brazil Violently Pushes Priest Off Stage

Rabat – A video of a woman pushing a priest off stage in Brazil during the live broadcast of a mass has gone viral. The woman was able to get past security and rush the stage to violently push the priest, identified as Father Marcelo Rossi, into the altar while he was delivering mass at the headquarters of Cancao Nova. Cancao Nova is a Brazilian community known for broadcasting religious content online.The motive for the violent push is supposedly because the priest said “fat women don’t go to heaven,” although the statement was not captured on camera. In the video, the 32-year-old woman seems to be grinning as she rushes towards Father Rossi. Fortunately, the priest was unharmed and the woman was arrested, according to Brazilian media outlets. He declined to press charges and the woman was released shortly after. In a short statement, Cancao Nova said: “The priest is well. He was attended by the medical staff at the event and presided over the celebration to the end.” In a short video after the mass, the priest said he just suffered mild pain but no serious injuries. He returned to the stage after the fall, telling the crowd in good humor: “It hurt, but pay close attention. I was just going to talk about pain but I did not imagine it was going to be like this.” read more

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Top UN rights official urges all States to work for successful antiracism

6 April 2009The United Nations human rights chief today called on all States to work to ensure a successful anti-racism conference later this month, stressing that the outcome of the meeting will greatly influence efforts to combat this global scourge. “We can reasonably expect that success in two weeks will shore up not only the fight against discrimination and intolerance, but also the human rights programme and mechanisms that we all have endeavoured to create and pursue,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “With unity in purpose we can hope to alleviate the plight of countless victims of racism at home and abroad,” she told the working group tasked with drafting the outcome document for the Durban Review Conference, slated to be held in Geneva from 20 to 24 April. The upcoming summit will review progress since the landmark 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in South Africa. Ms. Pillay noted it is time now to assess to what extent the pledges States made in 2001 have been given effect on the ground, “where of course it matters the most,” and urged States to pursue the objectives of the review conference with “unflinching” purpose. “Procrastination and expediency are not acceptable approaches. The fight against racism and intolerance demands prompt and sustained action,” she stressed. The High Commissioner has welcomed the positive feedback received on a shorter version of the draft outcome document released two weeks ago, and said she is convinced that the current text contains all the elements that would foster and underpin a consensual outcome. In particular, she said she is pleased that her proposal for an observatory on racism within the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is reflected in the draft outcome document. “I am convinced that such observatory will induce a paradigm shift in the way the relevant UN mechanisms, as well as my Office, pursue the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance,” she told the working group. To assist States in fulfilling their Durban commitments, Ms. Pillay has also proposed enhancing the Office’s capacity in the area of technical cooperation. “Acting in synchrony with the work of the observatory, such bolstered technical expertise would help States in their fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” she said. Briefing reporters on the latest developments in the preparatory process, Jessica Neuwirth, Director of OHCHR’s New York Office, said that the revised text “does not mention any particular countries, and it adopts the framework of existing international law to address the issue of religious hate speech.”She noted that as the international community tomorrow marks the genocide which took place in Rwanda 15 years ago, the importance of the Durban Review Conference could not be more clear. “In 1994 in Rwanda, the ethnic conflict exploded into violence taking the lives of hundreds of thousands of people,” she told a news conference at UN Headquarters. “The draft outcome document recognizes that racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance are still among the root causes of armed conflict and very often one of its consequences.”The upcoming review conference, she said, offers States an opportunity to share and benefit from good practices, to welcome progress that has been made and to redouble efforts to address the ongoing challenges. It will not, as some have tried to distort it, be a “hate fest,” she pointed out. “Rather, it will be a celebration of tolerance and a re-dedication to ending racism around the world.”Deputy Director Craig Mokhiber added that the reports of the UN human rights mechanisms, as well as those of non-governmental human rights organizations, show that “we are living in a moment when racism globally is resurgent; that this is a human rights crisis of the first order in all parts of the world.“That’s why the civil society organizations and the UN human rights mechanisms and all of us have invested so much in making sure that this is a successful review process.” read more

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Chinese economic project wins UNlinked award for sustainable development

Guiyang, in Guizhou province, guided by the motto “reduce, re-use and recycle,” has launched a development project that looks at the environment as a closed circuit, based on the traditional medicine of the Miao community, according to which the body is a system that functions as a closed circuit.To locate the origin of the disease, Miao medicine looks for an imbalance of yin and yang, and considers that the body is capable of healing itself by correcting this imbalance.The project was selected by the Harmony List, created last year by a partnership between the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) and I.DE.A.M – Groupe Crédit Agricole. Created in 1974, the IFPC supports cultural development projects and is managed by an administrative council of 15 people appointed by the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It enjoys a large degree of autonomy. I.DE.A.M, Integral Development Asset Management (Crédit Agricole Group), is a portfolio management company exclusively dedicated to socially responsible investment. It currently manages assets amounting to one billion euros ($1.2 billion). Its management philosophy centres on the selection of stocks based on sustainable development criteria, and takes a variety of forms within disciplined processes that are adapted to clients’ needs, be they French and international institutional investors, companies or individuals. read more

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22cans Kickstarter aims to reinvent Populous as Project Godus

first_imgIn recent times Peter Molyneux is known for the Fable series on Xbox, leaving Microsoft/Lionhead to form a new studio called 22cans, and launching the game Curiosity where everyone chips away at a cube in search of the prize at the center. But if you look further back in gaming history you’ll find he’s behind the creation of hits including Populous, Dungeon Keeper, and Black & White.Now Molyneux is heading up his experimental games studio, he has the freedom to revisit the gameplay and concepts presented in such classics, and that’s exactly what he looks to be doing with a new game called Project Godus.As is fast becoming the norm for new independent game projects, Project Godus has been setup as a Kickstarter with 22cans hoping to raise £450,000 (US$715,000).In a nutshell, Godus is a god game and “an innovative reinvention of Populous.” 22cans is aiming to take the gameplay of Populous and bring it bang up to date with a modern game engine, while adding multiplayer and construction aspects stolen from Dungeon Keeper, and an interface that builds on what was found in Black & White.Ultimately, it’s another Peter Molyneux game that lets you decide if you’re good or evil, lets you to build and destroy, and will have a heavy emphasis on multiplayer and interaction between up to 8 players (although watching the video suggests that may get pushed upwards).There’s very little in the way of specific details about the game, but if you’ve enjoyed any of the previous Molyneux games mentioned above chances are you’re interested.Securing a copy of the game, which is expected to be available as early as January, requires a pledge of roughly $24. That guarantees you a download copy, access to the beta, a streaming version of the Making of Godus documentary, a PDF of the design document, a unique in-game achievement, and the ability to watch the 22cans development webcam.The pledge levels increase up to around $8,000, which includes an expenses-paid visit to E3 as Molyneux’s guest along with VIP access while there, and also an interview with the man on G4TV.Will you be backing Project Godus?More at Kickstarterlast_img read more

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Un bébé lémurien est né à la citadelle de Besançon

first_imgUn bébé lémurien est né à la citadelle de Besançon !Un bébé lémurien est né il y a quelques jours au jardin zoologique du Muséum de la citadelle de Besançon. L’espèce du Grand Hapalémur à laquelle appartient le petit est aujourd’hui menacée d’extinction et extrêmement surveillée par les associations de préservation.C’est une petite naissance pour le zoo, mais un grand pas pour la préservation de l’espèce du Grand Hapalémur. Un bébé lémurien est effectivement né il y a quelques jours à la citadelle de Besançon dans le jardin zoologique qui s’est donné pour mission de protéger l’animal. Le nouveau né reste actuellement collé au ventre de sa mère et ce pour une durée d’au moins deux mois. Une fois décroché, les vétérinaires pourront enfin savoir s’il s’agit d’un mâle ou d’une femelle. Sa mère Sorja, considérée comme la meilleure reproductrice de la population captive après deux autres gestations s’en occupe bien. “Nous sommes confiants sur ses chances de survie” a confié Sandrine Apéry, vétérinaire du zoo cité par l’AFP. D’autant plus que son père Raphaël est lui né en milieu naturel, ce qui “assure un apport génétique nouveau” au sein de l’espèce en captivité poursuit-elle.Une espèce menacéeLa naissance est un véritable espoir pour l’espèce qui se trouve menacée depuis quelques années dans son habitat naturel sur l’île de Madagascar dans les forêts humides. La déforestation (il se nourrit de bambou à 98%), la pollution des eaux ou encore l’activité humaine diverse rendent le futur du lémurien de moins en moins sûr. On compterait désormais seulement 23 individus en captivité et 600 autres dans la nature. Le Muséum de Besançon oeuvre dans la conservation de 4 espèces de lémuriens dont 3 ont été reproduites de manière encourageante. Toutes ces naissances s’inscrivent dans le Programme d’Elevage Européen de sauvegarde d’espèce menacée (EEP). Celui-ci est apparu en 1985 et se donne pour mission de conseiller et surveiller en suivant les animaux de près. De nombreux coordinateurs des espèces travaillent dans des zoos ou aquariums de l’EAZA (Association européenne des zoos et aquariums, créé en 1988). Ils recensent et établissent un arbre généalogique de l’animal en collectant également des informations pour la reproduction. En 2009 l’Association Française de Sauvegarde du Grand Hapalémur avait été créé à Madagascar et le zoo de la Palmyre a apporté son soutien en 2012 au programme Ramaimbangy, où l’on a découvert une nouvelle population de lémuriens dans la forêt de Vohibe. Une patrouille de 6 hommes des communautés alentours a été mise sur pied, chargée de surveiller et dénoncer toute destruction de l’habitat de l’animal, piège ou dégradation.Aider à trouver un nom au petit lémurien ! À lire aussiAssistez à la naissance fantastique d’un petit caméléonPour l’heure, le nouveau venu n’a pas de nom. Mais les auditeurs de radio France Bleu Besançon pourront via un concours baptiser le petit lémurien. Cette initiative en partenariat avec le Muséum a simplement posé deux conditions : que le prénom soit unisexe et à consonance malgache. Les propositions peuvent être déposées sur internet et Facebook jusqu’à dimanche 9 juin 18H. (crédits photo : Citadelle de Besançon) Le 31 mai 2013 à 19:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Listing schedule for WWE Network for November 10 2014

first_img Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker Twitter Pinterest Lindsay Lohan Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles O. T. Fagbenle WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Vin Diesel Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Facebook Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Videos Articles Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker Dwayne Johnson pens touching post on Paul Walker’s birthday Now Playing Up Next Google+ These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November WWE Network live-stream schedule for 11/10/14:10:00 am ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 11/29/11. A look at one of the most popular superstars in sports-entertainment history. The Texas Rattlesnake raises hell in this exclusive biography.12:30 pm ET – WWE Survivor Series 1990: 11/22/90. Featuring traditional Survivor Series matches including the ‘Hulkamaniacs’ and the ‘Dream Team.’ Plus the debut of The Undertaker and more.3:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 4/8/14. Counting down the top ten most Infamous Gimmicks ever to appear in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.4:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 11/4/14. Follow the Rock’s meteoric rise as he becomes one of the biggest names in entertainment in and out of the ring.5:00 pm ET – WWE NXT: 11/6/14. The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow – this is NXT!6:00 pm ET – Legends House: 6/5/14. The Legends prepare for a roast of Roddy Piper. The group gets together for dinner, but lingering tensions threaten to disrupt the occasion.7:00 pm ET – This Week in WWE: 11/8/14. Mr. McMahon returns to Raw with a shocking Survivor Series announcement, while The Authority’s internal conflicts boil over.7:30 pm ET – Raw Pre-Show: 11/10/14. The Raw Pre-Show delivers WWE’s inside stories and previews Monday Night Raw.8:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 4/8/14. Counting down the top ten most Infamous Gimmicks ever to appear in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.9:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 11/4/14. Follow the Rock’s meteoric rise as he becomes one of the biggest names in entertainment in and out of the ring.10:00 pm ET – Legends House: 6/5/14. The Legends prepare for a roast of Roddy Piper. The group gets together for dinner, but lingering tensions threaten to disrupt the occasion.11:06 pm ET – ECW Exposed: 11/10/14Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 50.65%0:03Remaining Time -1:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour todaylast_img read more

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Match announced for next weeks 205 Live 8Man Elimination from TLC PPV

first_img Cesaro Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Facebook WhatsApp Videos Articles Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Videos Articles Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE has confirmed a match and segment for next week’s 205 Live in Fresno.Set for the show is Tag Team Street Fight match featuring Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher vs. The Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa. Lio Rush is also set to make an appearance.WWE will be taping two weeks worth of television for both Smackdown Live and 205 Live next Tuesday in Fresno. The company will also be taping two weeks worth of RAW in Sacramento the day before. This is due to Christmas taking place the following week.8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015WWE has uploaded the 8-Man Elimination Tables match from TLC 2015. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

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Chelsea win to maintain perfect record

first_imgChelsea maintained their perfect start to the season with a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Pedro came off the bench to give Chelsea the lead with a deflected effort in the 72nd minute. Playmaker Eden Hazard made it 2-0 with five minutes remaining.The victory keeps Chelsea level with Liverpool on 12 points at the top of the Premier League. Sky Sports reports.It will be Bournemouth’s first defeat of the season after they frustrated Chelsea for much of the game with their compact and well-organised defence as they played with a back three and defended deep.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Blues failed to create clear chances as Antonio Rudiger headed over from a corner and Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic shot wide.Alonso almost opened the scoring late in the first half as he hit a scuffed effort against the post from the edge of the box. Former Chelsea defender Ake missed a sitter after a corner landed at his feet.All it took to break the deadlock was a fortunate deflection helped the hosts break the deadlock as Pedro’s shot hit Steve Cook and went past Begovic.Hazard then sealed the victory as he received Alonso’s lay-off and placed a low shot past the goalkeeper.last_img read more

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Guerrilla Cover Testing

first_imgI interviewed Kristy Kaus, Active Interest Media’s research director, for a story I wrote in the January issue of FOLIO:. Kaus has been doing cover research for a number of AIM’s enthusiast titles, and her program has provided a measurable boost in newsstand sales. The research is done via online surveys-a method that puts cover testing well in the realm of small to mid-sized enthusiast publishers that otherwise wouldn’t spring for a full-on, focus-group or direct mail approach. The testing is performed through a proprietary Web-based survey platform developed by Kaus, and can be executed with a 36-hour turnaround. If you’re feeling skittish about using an online-based testing group, don’t be. Kaus notes that readers are typically online anyway, and backtested her groups just to be sure their opinions matched performance. “We tested a past poor performer versus a past top performer. With every control on the online survey the top performer won. So that was enough to validate the program for us, that it’s effective. And it gave us enough assurance that moving forward was a smart idea,” Kaus told me. I suppose it’s a more guerrilla approach to cover testing, and perhaps not as hermetically sealed as a formal, live version, but Kaus’ numbers speak for themselves: “For every test that I have done, the sellthrough has either stabilized with the same issue month the year prior or it has increased, and in some cases increased pretty substantially,” says Kaus. Southwest Art jumped 12 percent in singlecopy sales, and Vegetarian Times increased 21 percent, for example. Not too shabby.last_img read more

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