Online journalists’ alerts

first_imgA new free online tool has been launched to help journalists source relevant content for their stories. Media Alerts will allow journalists to reach the people with the right contacts and information, before deadline.Media Alerts is aimed at helping reporters decrease the amount of time spent finding information and industry experts. Radio and TV producers will also find it especially useful for sourcing people to interview for the next talk show. Based on the popular American Help A Reporter Out concept, Media Alerts is a simple service to help journalists get the best content, quickly.How it worksThrough an easy to use online form, you enter your specific requirements, from looking for IT experts who can comment on the new communications minister, to finding entrepreneurs who use Facebook for business. You will be able to specify the details of what you need, your deadlines and how you would like to receive the information.Your requests will be sent to a database of people who are in a position to help. The person who has the right information can then contact you directly, following the contact preferences and deadlines you specify.Using the power of networksThe subscribers that receive your requests are mostly PR practitioners, who have direct access to the CEOs, MDs, entrepreneurs, celebrities and other networks of interesting individuals. With their extensive contacts, plus their desire to build good relationships with more journalists, they are an obvious source for the information you need.The PR subscribers have been given one rule though – to only ever send you content that is directly relevant to your request. Any abuse of this rule will see them being removed from the service.Start sending your requests nowMedia Alerts will be sending the first alerts on 21 May, so in the meantime, be sure to submit your requests for the next story you need to research – it’s free. Your requests will form part of the first batch of Media Alerts, helping you access a fast-growing network of people who want to help you.Media Alerts is an Encyclomedia service, designed to make journalists’ – and PR practitioners’ – work a little simpler.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articles2010 Gauteng media guidelines Young reporters go mobile The media in South Africa Useful linksMedia AlertsEncyclomediaHelp A Reporter OutGovernment Communication and Information SystemJournalism.co.zaSouth African National Editors’ Forumlast_img read more

Update: Fate of watershed rules still up in the air

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 1, and likely decide whether to designate eight watersheds in northwest Ohio as “distressed.”While Farm Bureau does not believe the public will have an opportunity to comment, we do want to make members aware of the details if they are interested in attending. The meeting will be held at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E Main Street, Reynoldsburg, in the Bromfield Administration Building.A special task group of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission met Oct. 25 to discuss an Ohio Department of Agriculture report intended to justify the designation. The task group declined to discuss a previously submitted Ohio Farm Bureau analysis that shows the criteria for declaring a watershed in distress have not been met.Group Chairman and OSWCC member Fred Cash will prepare a report on the group’s findings that will be presented to the full commission Nov. 1. Ohio State Vice President and CFAES Dean Cathann Kress will assist in preparing that report. At that meeting, the full commission may vote to approve or deny the designation or to conduct further study.In July, Gov. John Kasich issued an executive order to declare the watersheds to be distressed. The order is subject to approval by the commission. Upon advice from legislators, Farm Bureau, SWCDs and others, the commission chose to defer its decision pending the task group study. If approved, the designation would require 7,000 farmers to create nutrient management plans and restrict nutrient application.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

The Value In Challenging Yourself

first_imgSometimes things can get a little boring (or a lot boring, in some cases). You get stuck in a routine, even though you didn’t try to create or maintain that routine. You are doing the same things over and over, and what was once interesting no longer interests you. Nothing is riveting about a status quo that has lived on longer than it should have.Maybe I am talking about your work life. Alternatively, maybe you are reading this, and it calls some other part of your life to your mind’s eye. In some area, you have likely been lulled to sleep by comfort and competence, the combination that creates stasis in human beings. Comfort and competence are how one stops growing; you know how to do what you need to do, and you accept your current results.Giving Up What You KnowBut what if you were no longer competent? What if you raised the bar you set yourself higher than anyone else would dare to set it for you? What would you have to change to improve what you are doing so much that your current level of competence wasn’t good enough for the new standard you set for yourself?What if the level of performance of which you are capable is so far beyond what you have accepted that it would be worth pursuing? Could you give up the comfort of your current state—and the greater comfort of your competence? Could you adopt the beginner’s mind and look at something with new eyes, accepting that you have to let go of what you have to have what comes next?Post Traumatic Growth SyndromeI believe in post-traumatic growth syndrome, the adversity that causes people to grow from the experiences and challenges that life throws at them. However, you don’t have to wait for adversity to find you. You can challenge yourself.You can set new goals that require you to rethink and reimagine everything you know in order to produce results that are far greater than anything you have produced up until now. You can set new standards for yourself and your performance in some area where you lack the knowledge and skills and disciplines to reach that standard. You can challenge yourself, and in doing so, create your own adversity—the kind of adversity through which you transform into the better version of yourself, you 2.0, or 3.7, or 5.1, or whatever. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

9 days agoSpain coach Moreno dedicates Euros qualification to Luis Enrique

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Spain coach Moreno dedicates Euros qualification to Luis Enriqueby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Robert Moreno has dedicated Euros qualification to Luis Enrique.La Roja have made the 2020 Euros after their 1-1 draw with Sweden.And Moreno says qualification is tribute to former Barcelona coach Enrique, who stepped down earlier this year to be with his daughter before her passing.Moreno said, “We have played a good game, and even if we had lost, I would have been happy. Because we have played more with our style. We are qualified and now we have to try to be the top of the group.”Spain is a high-level national team and qualification is a must, but achieving it has its value I want to take the opportunity to dedicate this to Rubiales and Molina because they trusted me, and also Luis Enrique. “It releases tension and doubt, and gives us time to work more comfortably, but without losing tension because the goal is to be one of the six best to go to the draw as seeded teams. It will not be easy, but we will try.” last_img read more

Attorney general suit Weinstein Co failed to protect women

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – New York’s attorney general is accusing Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein of “repeatedly and persistently” sexually harassing female employees at his film company, according to a lawsuit filed on Sunday by the state prosecutor that could impact the company’s potential sale.“As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation, and discrimination,” state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in court papers filed against Weinstein and the company.Schneiderman launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades.Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman, released a statement Sunday evening saying many of the allegations against his client are “without merit.”“While Mr. Weinstein’s behaviour was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality, and at the end of the inquiry it will be clear that Harvey Weinstein promoted more women to key executive positions than any other industry leader and there was zero discrimination at either Miramax or TWC,” Brafman said.Scores of women, including well-known actresses, have come forward with stories of forced sexual encounters. Weinstein was fired by the film company he founded with his brother Robert and expelled from Hollywood’s movie academy.The attorney general’s office said the lawsuit was filed on Sunday partly due to reports of the company’s imminent sale, saying it believed it would leave victims without adequate redress.“Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enables will be unjustly enriched,” court papers said.Schneiderman’s investigation found that employees were subjected to various verbal threats from Weinstein such as “I will kill you, I will kill your family, and “you don’t know what I can do.”“To work for Harvey Weinstein was to work under a persistent barrage of gender-based obscenities, vulgar name-calling, sexualized interactions, threats of violence, and a workplace general hostile to women,” according to court papers.In one case, the probe found that “in a fit of rage against one female employee, he yelled that she should leave the company and make babies since that was all she was good for.”Female executives were forced to facilitate Weinstein’s sexual conquests with promises of employment opportunities to women who met his favour, according to the lawsuit, which also accused the company of being “responsible for the unlawful conduct” by failing to stop the abuse.The company and co-owner Robert “are liable because they were aware of and acquiesced in repeated and persistent unlawful conduct by failing to investigate or stop it,” court papers said.Representatives for Weinstein have previously denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.last_img read more

Bartering community Bunz faces questions about ethos with cryptocurrency plan

first_imgTORONTO – Bunz, the Canadian online bartering community known for promoting a cash-free economy, is not abandoning its ethos with plans to launch its own cryptocurrency, company CEO Sascha Mojtahedi said Monday in the wake of some user revolt.Founded in Toronto in 2013 by Emily Bitze, Bunz began as a Facebook group that encouraged users to trade their unwanted goods rather than seeking cash. Because users’ wish lists didn’t always align neatly, booze, transit tokens and — somewhat controversially — gift cards became commonly requested in trades.On Monday, Bunz announced it was launching BTZ, a digital currency for the community that can also be used at participating retailers. Mojtahedi said BTZ is not yet an actual cryptocurrency but the plan is to eventually convert it into one. New and existing users of the Bunz app will get 1,000 units of BTZ, which the company says has a current value of about three coffees.“Because it’s a bartering community we’ve had a number of issues around value disparity … the divisibility of goods and all these problems can be solved by a cryptocurrency,” Mojtahedi said.“I think this just gives our community more flexibilty.”The initial reaction to the announcement on social media leaned negative, with Facebook user Melissa Neill writing “So much for subverting capitalism” and Ray Wilkes posting “RIP Bunz spirit & integrity.”“Develop something to help poor people get around the financial constraints of capitalism. Capitalize the hell out of it. Develop your own currency for it (but don’t call it money lol). Stand back and watch something that was once beautiful die a protracted, awkward death,” Wilkes added.Mojtahedi said the launch of BTZ should not be seen as Bunz heading in a new corporate direction, even though the company has secured funding from institutional investors.“I actually see it as doubling down rather than diverging from the ethos Bunz represents,” he said.Khatereh Vesal, a self-professed “crypto nerd and Bunz nerd,” said she has no issues with the use of cryptocurrencies on Bunz, but objected to the fact that the company’s announcement claimed BTZ was an actual cryptocurrency.“It’s like they just kind of decided this was a neat idea — and it might be, as a loyalty points program kind of thing — but we have to be very careful what we’re calling it because it’s not technically on a blockchain yet and it’s not really even an initial coin offering yet,” Vesal said, adding she wished the company had more information for users lined up before making its announcement.Mojtahedi said Bunz wanted “to create something that people could interact with” and “learn from the data and the information and the (user) behaviours” before converting BTZ into a cryptocurrency. He added that it’s not yet determined whether there would be a mining element to the cryptocurrency as is the case with Bitcoin.“I think we’re looking at a number of different solutions around mining that are pretty different than the way the market approaches it currently,” Mojtahedi said.While the local businesses that are now accepting BTZ have essentially set a baseline value for the currency — one Toronto cafe is charging 300 BTZ for a latte while a bar is asking 600 BTZ for a pint of beer or order of fries — Mojtahedi said he doesn’t want to interfere in setting its value. He also wants to avoid speculation in the currency.“We’re not offering any inference of the foreign exchange value because we don’t know, we’re really just starting. We’ve established a value with our shops and we think it’s an opportunity to learn from the community themselves rather than trying to peg some value to this currency,” he said.Jean-Paul Lam, an associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, has used Bunz as an example when teaching students about concepts around money as a medium of exchange and bartering.“Any type of barter system creates problems with finding partners and you have to spend a huge amount of time to find the right partner and find an exchange that would be satisfying to both parties. So I can understand why they are trying to introduce that medium of exchange that is standardized,” Lam said.“But at the same time, it completely defeats the purpose of what it was in the first place, which was a cashless society that would exchange goods for goods.”last_img read more

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

first_imgiTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending November 18, 2018:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. The Meg2. The Equalizer 23. Incredibles 24. Mile 225. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them6. Crazy Rich Asians7. Alpha8. BlacKkKlansman9. Christopher Robin10. The Spy Who Dumped MeiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Juliet, Naked2. The Death of Stalin3. Time Trap4. The Clovehitch Killer5. Leave No Trace6. Hotel Artemis7. Three Identical Strangers8. Eighth Grade9. Here and Now10. RBG__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Industrial natural gas users put backup plans in action ahead of winter

first_imgThe industrial sector consumed about twice as much natural gas as residential and commercial users in 2016, provincial government data shows.Wood product company Canfor has been given a set amount of natural gas to use among its three Prince George pulp mills, spokeswoman Michelle Ward said in a statement.“In addition to our allocations from Fortis, as a contingency, we are supplementing our natural gas needs with trucked gas. With this allotment, and the current temperatures, we are able to keep the mills up and running,” Ward said.Catalyst Paper relies on FortisBC for natural gas service at its three mills in Powell River, Crofton and Port Alberni.About 90 percent of its power comes from wood waste, but natural gas is used in its line kilns, as a backup fuel source and to keep the boiler stable during the winter.Carlo Dal Monte, director of energy management, said the company is accustomed to FortisBC reducing its supply for one or two weeks per year during cold snaps. In those situations, it switches to recycled oil fuel and focus on products that require less steam like lighter weight paper.Given the unprecedented situation following the pipeline explosion, the company is working to create steam conservation action plans and ensure it has as much backup fuel as possible at each of its mills, he said.“We recognize that this is uncharted water for everyone. We also recognize that as industrial customers were likely the first ones to get curtailed, ” he said, adding the goal is to minimize any impact on its customers.The City of Vancouver is taking steps to reduce natural gas usage by shutting down its asphalt plant and lowering thermostats at all city-staff occupied buildings, areas of recreation centres that don’t affect the public and libraries.“We are continuing to assess the impact a longer-term gas outage could have on the city operations and will look at other adjustments that can be made if this is an ongoing issue,” spokeswoman Ellie Lambert said in an email.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) “Certainly, our members are in the business of at least covering the cost of production. So yes, they’ll be trying to get higher prices in the marketplace,” she said.Natural gas is a vital part of the growing process, not only as a heat source but because the carbon dioxide it produces feeds the plants, she said.Most growers have an interruptible plan with FortisBC, which means they pay a discounted rate but service can be stopped in an emergency like the pipeline explosion or during cold snaps and prioritized to other customers.While natural gas service has been restored since the Oct. 9 incident, she said at least one grower has told her he may skip production this season over concerns about gas prices.Enbridge, the pipeline’s owner, has said it expects to have its ruptured pipeline back in service by mid-November, but the pressure in that line and in a smaller pipeline nearby will remain below maximum levels until spring.The National Energy Board said in a statement Friday that it ordered Enbridge to limit gas flows at 80 percent pressure levels from the blast site, located about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George, along the entire length of the pipeline up to the B.C.-United States border, as a safety measure to protect people and the environment. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A natural gas shortage projected to stretch through the winter months could mean higher vegetable prices this spring, as gas users from mills to local governments hustle to conserve and find alternative fuel sources.The shortage follows a pipeline explosion near Prince George earlier this month and one of the province’s largest utilities, FortisBC, says it means supply will be reduced by 50 to 80 percent during the coldest months of the year.Linda Delli Santi, executive director of the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association, said any higher costs of using alternative fuels or spikes in gas prices will be passed on to consumers.center_img FortisBC said that keeping homes warm is its top priority as it manages a reduced supply in the coming months and it’s encouraging all users to conserve energy.“We do have gas flowing to all of our customers, including the industrials although at a limited usage,” FortisBC spokesman Sean Berdow said. “When it comes down to it though, as factors dictate and if we have issues of supply, there’s a number of different levers we can pull.”The utility has arranged to maximize the output of the Southern Crossing pipeline that feeds into the Interior from Alberta and is working on securing additional natural gas in the open marketplace to meet demand. It’s also working with its largest customers to optimize their energy use and identify backup options, Berdow said.“There’s a lot of heavy industry with the capability to fuel switch, so they’re looking at the current scenario and saying it makes more sense for us now to work off an alternative fuel supply,” he said.last_img read more

Football Haskins continues to work toward future after successful spring game

OSU redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) passes the ball in the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Social Media EditorFans attending the spring game might have been given a look at the future as redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins took the field behind center.The second-year signal-caller finished the game 26-for-37 with 293 passing yards and three touchdowns, while splitting time playing behind redshirt senior J.T. Barrett on the Gray team and sophomore Joe Burrow on the Scarlet team.For the bulk of the game, the offense of the Gray team was led by Haskins as he took over after Barrett completed the first quarter. Though he spent most of the time playing opposite Burrow, he did feel the need to outperform last season’s backup for a spot on the team.“We were on the same team at first. We went back and forth on the first series we were out there,” Haskins said. “I was just like, go out there, you know pick up the offense, keep moving, encourage my teammates.”The battle for the starting quarterback position might be over, but Haskins has provided Burrow with competition for the backup role. OSU coach Urban Meyer said the coaching staff is still undecided as to who will backup their three-time letter-winning quarterback.“I want to watch the film and have conversations with our coaches,” Meyer said. “We haven’t had that yet. I know it is very close. But I’m not prepared to say who is two, who is three, et cetera, yet.”Before the Fiesta Bowl, Haskins did not envision himself battling it out for the No. 2 spot, as he believed Barrett was on the way out.Now relegated to the bench for another season, Haskins has accepted his role with the team, and has found the return of Barrett could help him better prepare for the day he will compete to become the starter.“It’s J.T.’s team and I just know he’s doing everything he can to go win the game,” Haskins said. “We compete everyday at practice. It’s like he throws a deep ball, I’ve got to throw a deep ball. We make each other better.”Beyond a competition standpoint, Haskins feels he has been given an opportunity to learn a lot from Barrett. And as Barrett stood behind Haskins on the field, he said it was valuable to have someone there helping him understand everything he needs to understand under center.“(Barrett’s) a great leader,” Haskins said. “Just for me redshirting last year to now, he’s just been in my ear, you know, ‘Stay calm, get the people on the line of scrimmage, make sure receivers are set, just keep going, keep pushing.’”Having someone like Barrett who has been a starter for three years now has been helpful as Haskins learns more of the intricacies of the No. 1 role. As he continues to progress as a quarterback with OSU, he has learned more about the responsibilities of the signal-caller beyond just throwing the football.“I always knew I could throw the football, it was just coach (Ryan) Day told me it was more than that,” Haskins said. “How do you call plays in the huddle? How do you … showmanship? How do you adjust to blitzes and coverages and stuff? So it’s always been for me — I knew I could throw — so it was always just like being the better quarterback.”Haskins knows this season will not be his last chance to regularly start under center for OSU. He will still have to wait as Barrett again takes the reins for the Buckeyes.But serving as a second- or third-string quarterback for OSU this year will give him a chance to continue to perfect his game so he can tap into his potential and be more game-ready when his chance arrives.“Everyday I ask coach Day, ‘What can I do better?’ or we go into meetings and I write down notes and I go study them in my dorm after practice,” Haskins said. “You know, it’s just they’re always stressing to me, ‘How do you continue to get better because you have great potential, what are you going to do with it?’”OSU kicks off the season on Aug. 31, against Indiana. read more

Football Cornerback Damon Arnette injured during Ohio StateMichigan State game

Ohio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette (3) waits to defend against a Penn State offensive drive in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State lost another player during its game against Michigan State as redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette was injured and helped off the field with about a minute left in Saturday afternoon’s game. He was able to walk off the field with assistance, but was carted from the sideline to the locker room. He did not return before the end of the first half.The injury took place on the first play of Michigan State’s final drive in the first half. Arnette had intercepted a pass from Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke on the last play of the previous drive. Arnette had also registered a tackle during the game.Though Ohio State was up 35-0 at the time of the injury, the Buckeyes were been down three starters. Linebackers Dante Booker and Jerome Baker missed the game with undisclosed injuries and defensive end Dre’Mont Jones was ejected from the game on the previous drive on a targeting call. Jones’ targeting call negated a would-be Arnette interception. read more