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first_imgWhat do an eight-hundred-pound gorilla and a chimpanzee have to do with fostering growth and acquisition in your financial institution’s marketing? Glad you asked!And you’ll certainly want to tune in for the answer this week on CRMNEXT’s Banking on Experience, as marketing guru, Nicky Senyard of Fintel Connect lends her valuable expertise (and fantastic analogies) on the subject.What’s covered?Brand vs. Performance Marketing. Nicky’s defining lines re brand marketing vs. performance marketing. (Some solid deets for people who think marketing and sales are the same thing.) ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img

first_imgRed Bank Catholic will oppose a proposal by the NJSIAA public/non public committee to join a non-public conference for the state.Presently, RBC plays both public and non-public teams as part of the Shore Conference.“As far as I’m concerned, we play in a great conference with schools we respect and who respect us, and we’ve had a great relationship,” said RBC’s Athletic Director Joe Montano. “Why should we change for an issue they are having in north Jersey?”The NJSIAA’s Public / Non-Public Committee recently proposed creating public and non-public conferences for football only in an effort to create a more competitive balance between similar teams. The non-public football conference, which RBC would be placed in if it agreed to join, would include 37 non-public schools statewide. Many of the non-public schools RBC might play are in north Jersey, such as Don Bosco Prep, Paramus Catholic and Bergen Catholic.“I’ll give you an example,” said Montano. “Last year we played Manalapan in front of 4,000 people. We had a wonderful, wonderful game. Next year, if the rule gets passed, neither one of our schools will have that opportunity. We’ll probably have to go somewhere far away and play before 400 people and there will be transportation costs. Quite honestly, I’m not interested in this.”Montano sits on the NSJIAA committee mulling the proposal, and has participated in what he described as heated but respectful discussion on the issue with peers in the athletic community. The NJSIAA’s executive committee will soon decide whether to put it before a vote to the statewide membership, and from there the proposal will need to be approved by the state Commissioner of Education.last_img read more

first_imgDave McLellan has been around the junior-hockey-coaching block more than once.However, during his tenure behind the bench he’s never been part of a team that has been snake bitten as much as the Green and White.For the umpteenth weekend this season the Nelson Leafs enter Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play with the coaching staff not knowing how many or which players will be taking to the ice.“If I knew the players we had playing maybe I could tell you what we expect this weekend,” a puzzled McLellan said on the eve of Thursday practice at the NDCC Arena.Nelson is on the road for a pair of games against Eddie Mountain opposition.Friday, the Leafs are in Invermere to face the Columbia Valley Rockies before concluding the two-game swing Saturday in Fernie against the Ghostriders.“At this stage I’m hopeful we can find a way to win both games,” McLellan added. “That would be great for us, but at this stage we’ll just see what happens.”McLellan is optimistic some players that have been out of the lineup for quite some time — Patrick Croome and Blair Andrews — may be back on the bench for the weekend.However, while Nelson could get two key starters back, two more are in sick bay — Matt MacDonald and Aaron Brewer — and two others — Dylan Williamson and Brandon Chow — remain out of the lineup.Next home game for the Leafs, 1-3 to start 2015, is Friday, January 23 against Creston Valley Thunder Cats.Help is, hopefully, on its wayLeaf coach Dave McLellan felt like the Maytag Repairman prior to the BC Hockey January 10 roster deadline period as no one was calling the Heritage City franchise skipper.Still McLellan was able to snatch a few prospects from outside the KIJHL.McLellan traded for the rights to defenceman Brendan Grier from Comox of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. Grier, a 6’5”, 230-pound defenceman is a prospect of the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League.McLellan is trying to convince Grier to return to hockey this season after the 17-year-old rearguard decided to hang up the skates due to a personal matter.The Leaf coach did find 17-year-old Tyler Fyfe, who was out of hockey after going home from the Peninsula Panthers of the VIJHL.The six-foot, 170-pound Fyfe was traded to Peninsula from Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the KIJHL.Nelson also welcomed back suspended forward Brendan Smith to the lineup.The six-foot 180-pound blueliner was hurt since being suspended by the Leafs in October.Time to put up, or shut up for Green and WhiteNow that the rosters are set, it’s time for the Leafs to make a statement or dig out the golf clubs for the summer break.“Getting ready for the playoffs been our main focus since we came back from the (Christmas) break,” McLellan said.“What we need is to get our key players back in the lineup to figure out what we’ve got but that’s difficult to do until we get them back,” he adds.McLellan likes the make up of the Leafs on paper.He’s happy with the forwards, is happy to have been able to solidify the blueline and is confident one of the two goalies — Adam Maida or Joey Karrer — will step up to lead the Leafs come playoff time.“I’ve talked to and challenged both goalies to be better and get ready for the playoff process,” McLellan said.“We’re going to see who is going to step up and be that guy for us in the playoffs.”Next up, Rockies, RidersNelson’s opposition Friday, Columbia Valley, currently sits last in the Eddie Mountain Division with an 8-26-0-0-6 mark.However, the Rockies are on a one game win streak.Meanwhile, Fernie, Saturday’s test, leads the Eddie Mountain group at 28-9-1-0-2. But the Riders have lost three straight heading into the weekend.last_img read more

first_imgJudge A. Howard Matz is scheduled to sentence Rajlal on July25. “Obviously, we view him to be a threat to minors, and the offenses that he committed we think are serious. And for that reason, we’re going to suggest detention and a significant sentence to protect the public,” Garringer said. As part of the plea agreement, Rajlal admitted to the conduct involved in the other two charges that are being dropped. From July to December 2006, Rajlal chatted online with an FBI agent posing as a 13-year-old girl, according to the plea agreement. Rajlal sent messages encouraging the “girl” to meet him for sex, and he also used the Internet to send two sexually explicit images involving children, according to the agreement. Rajlal, who was arrested in December but is free on $500,000 bail, said in court that he is an oil and gas consultant, Garringer said. The FBI has task forces like the one that nabbed Rajlal in every major metropolitan area in the country, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. “Unfortunately, these kinds of cases are very common, and hopefully today’s plea serves as at least a deterrent,” she said. [email protected] (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Sand Canyon man pleaded guilty Wednesday to distribution of child pornography in connection with his arrest last year in an FBI Internet sting. Christopher Rajlal, 52, entered his guilty plea in federal court. He faces at least five years in prison. As part of the plea agreement, federal prosecutors will drop charges of attempted enticement of a minor and possession of child pornography, Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Garringer said. Rajlal – who was arrested last year and charged with using the Internet to try to lure a child for sex – is a first-time offender, Garringer said. last_img read more

first_imgMark Hughes says QPR’s Julio Cesar is among the best goalkeepers he has ever seen.The Rangers boss, a former Manchester United colleague of Peter Schmeichel and international team-mate of Everton legend Neville Southall, believes Cesar is as good as them both in their prime.“Over the years I had the pleasure of playing with the likes of Schmeichel and Southall, and he’s right up there,” Hughes said.“It’s not only his ability as a keeper. His mentality in the dressing room is huge for us and that’s a benefit we’ll tap into.“He understands what it takes and he drives people around him. He inspires people with his manner and his presence.“He’s on a par with the top keepers in the world in my view.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

first_img3 July 2012A recent co-production treaty with Ireland is just one sign that 2012 is likely to mark the turning point to international success for the local film industry, with even the Hollywood Reporter noting that South Africa is set for “an increasingly brilliant film and TV future”.“Diverse locations, low costs and cash rebates have transformed the once-troubled region into a major force on the global film scene,” George Szalai wrote in “South Africa Comes of Age”, an article published in an early May edition of the prestigious trade magazine.“In February, when the sci-fi hit Chronicle led the US weekend box office, soon followed by the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds thriller Safe House, few viewers realised that both were made in South Africa.”Indeed, February was the first sign of the turning point. The weekend of 17 to 19 February 2012 marked a historic first for the South African film industry when two wholly local films – Material and Semi-Soet – took a full third of the domestic box office earnings.More than that, four out of five of the top-ranked films that weekend were made in South Africa: Safe House at number one, Semi-Soet second, Material third and Chronicle fifth (after Jack and Jill at fourth).Government supportWhile the roots of this success go way back – South Africa’s industry is, after all, one of the oldest in the world – it can also partly be attributed to increasing filmmaker confidence in local skills and material, and far greater support from the government. The government has come to recognise South Africa’s advantages over other countries as a filming location, and the film industry’s great potential for stimulating economic growth, creating jobs and bringing in foreign currency.In May, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) amended its film incentive programme to help local post-production companies attract foreign work. Among the incentives offered to eligible foreign-owned productions are up to 2.5% of qualifying South African post-production expenditure for post-production expenditure (QSAPPE) of R1.5-million to R3-million, and up to 5% of QSAPPE for post-production expenditure of more than R3-million. The new incentive became effective in April and will run for three years, up to 2014.“The objective of the incentive is to create an environment that takes advantage of the country’s diverse and unique locations,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said when the incentive was announced, “as well as low production costs and favourable exchange rates, which make it significantly more cost-efficient to produce a movie in South Africa than in Europe, the United States, or Australia.“Through promoting South Africa as an international destination to attract further international productions and in encouraging the generation of local content production, the country continues to enjoy the benefits of the vibrant and growing film industry,” Davies said.The amended incentive will not only directly benefit the film industry but also help grow support industries such as tourism, catering and specialised insurers, according to Clive Shelver, managing director of Film & Entertainment Underwriters.“South Africa’s growing reputation as a desired filming destination will bring with it many advantages of becoming a global filming hotspot,” Shelver said.“This recognition is likely to have a positive impact on job creation, as more filming companies and their teams of people visit South Africa to reap the benefits of filming in a unique location that provides a variety of settings in one country, at low production costs and good exchange rates.”Major incentive for big-budget productionsThe DTI has been offering film incentives for many years, but recently seems intent on amping up South Africa’s attractiveness as a location. In November 2011 it announced a new uncapped 15% tax-back programme to bring in big-budget international productions. Previously, rebates were capped at R20-million, but under the new scheme there is no upper limit in the amount companies can claim. Any international production qualifying for the scheme can claim the 15% rebate on the entire local spend for its South African shoot.To qualify for the rebate, a foreign production needs to shoot a minimum of four weeks in South Africa, accounting for at least half of a film’s principle photography, and spend a minimum of R12-million locally. The rebate applies to feature films, documentaries, animation, TV movies, mini-series and long-running dramas.But it’s not just the DTI getting involved: the Department of Arts and Culture is also vigorously promoting local film production.In his budget speech to parliament in early May, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashitile announced that his department had upped its spend on film production from R6.9-million in 2010 to R8.7-million in 2011; in the same period, the number of documentaries it supported grew from four to 12.“We will continue to increase funding for film and television productions,” Mashatile said. “We will also create access to local film and video products, increase the volume of film production and provide training and skills development opportunities.“Our long-term vision is to establish a National Film Commission and streamline film funding through a Film Fund.”Co-production treatiesAt the Cannes film festival in May, Mashatile signed a new co-production treaty with his Irish counterpart Jimmy Deenihan, allowing productions from both countries to qualify for the incentives available in each country for home-grown filmmakers. The arrangement is designed to enable collaborations between producers from both countries.The deal brings South Africa’s total number of co-production treaties to eight. The first was signed with Canada in 1997, followed by agreements with Germany, Italy, the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and, now, Ireland.Local movies successfully produced under these treaties include the UK co- production Skin, The Bang Bang Club and A Million Colours in partnership with Canada, the German co-production Death Race, and the award-winning French collaboration Skoonheid.One of the first movies to benefit from the agreement with Ireland is IX Hours, a project already in development by Irish producer David Collins and South African Jeremy Nathan of DV8 Films. IX Hours will be shot in South Africa, and its post-production work done in Ireland.“The international marketplace is very crowded, and in order to stand out you need to make a powerful, interesting film, which we believe we have got the foundation of,” Nathan told Business Day. “But you also need the financial and political support to be noticed in this crowded marketplace.”The agreement with Ireland came soon after the Avalon Group, South African cinema operators specialising in Bollywood movies, signed a three-film deal with India’s Yash Raj Studios.This too was at the Cannes film festival, where South Africa had its strongest representation yet. A total of 130 local filmmakers registered for the event, and the National Film and Video Foundation showcased 20 local projects, including 12 feature films and eight documentaries.With efforts like that, the film industry’s future does indeed look brilliant.This article was first published by the Gauteng Film Commission. 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first_imgThe toll of children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur rose to 83 on Sunday even as Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visited the State-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in the district and announced several measures to tackle the disease.Meanwhile, a severe heat wave in the southwestern districts of the State has claimed 56 lives.Dr. Harsh Vardhan, his junior in the Cabinet Ashwani Kumar Choubey and State Health Minister Mangal Pandey visited the SKMCH to review the situation. Even as Dr. Vardhan was at the hospital, two children died.The Minister, who spent over four hours talking to doctors and relatives of the sick children, lauded the efforts taken to ensure efficient treatment.“We are extremely shocked at the situation here. We’ve taken every effort to save the lives of the diagnosed children. It has now become necessary to set up well-equipped virology labs in five districts to ensure detection and prevention of the disease. One virology laboratory will start functioning in Muzaffarpur within a year,” Dr. Vardhan said, while speaking to reporters. He added that there was “a need for starting research on AES”.The Minister was met with black flag demonstrations in Patna and Muzaffarpur by supporters of the Jan Adhikar Party.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced an ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh to families of every person who died of encephalitis.Record temperaturesMost parts of Bihar are reeling under a heat wave with 56 deaths from heat stroke reported as temperatures touched 45.8° Celsius on Saturday. Most of the deaths were reported from Aurangabad, Gaya and Nawada districts of southwest Bihar.“The toll may go up as more such people are coming to the hospital,” said Aurangabad civil surgeon Surendra Prasad Singh.last_img read more

first_imgThe Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the Haryana Election Watch (HEW) on Sunday released a report on performance of MLAs. It revealed that in Haryana’s 13th Legislative Assembly, of the 91 MLAs, only 75 have asked questions.According to the report, there are 16 MLAs who didn’t ask even a single question during the sessions.Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress MLA from Kaithal Randeep Singh Surjewala are the prominent names in the list. The report has been generated from the responses received by the Haryana Assembly Secretariat under the Right to Information Act.The report says Kiran Choudhary (Congress) from Tosham topped the list by asking 225 starred questions, and Indian National Lok Dal’s Naina Singh Chautala from Dabwali found second spot with 180 questions to her credit. Congress MLA Kehar Singh from Hathin asked 124 questions and is third on the list.This report also includes the analysis for the MLAs who had resigned or got elected through by-polls.170 Bills passedThe report said 174 Bills were tabled in the 13th Assembly, of which 170 were passed.Information pertaining to the attendance of the sitting MLAs, which was sought under the RTI, was not given stating that sharing such data would be a breach of rule 118 of rule of procedure and conduct of business in the Haryana Assembly and Section 8(1)(c) of the Right to Information Act. 2005.last_img read more

first_imgDALLAS — Pilots at American Airlines are asking for more training with the automated anti-stall system on certain new Boeing jets. The system is under scrutiny after a deadly crash in Indonesia.Pilots union spokesman Dennis Tajer said Thursday that the request followed a meeting between several American Airlines pilots and Boeing representatives. Boeing also met with Southwest Airlines pilots.Indonesian investigators are probing whether pilots on an Oct. 29 Lion Air flight were overwhelmed when faulty sensor readings activated the anti-stall system and automatically pushed the nose of their plane down. The Boeing 737 MAX plunged into the Java Sea, killing 189 people.The anti-stall system differs from those in previous Boeing 737 models.Boeing says the MAX is safe and there is a procedure for stopping the nose-down command.David Koenig, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgShe said she does not think it was a good idea to ban oil-tanker traffic on the northern B.C. coast, wants to see Trudeau do more to push the construction of pipelines and would like to see Canadian oil and gas promoted as a comparatively clean source of energy around the world.Canadian voters are thinking about climate change and the environment more than ever before, according to most public opinion polls, with scientific findings and personal experiences with extreme weather-related events bringing the issue to the fore.Still, Elections Canada warned some environmental advocacy groups this summer that any paid communications about the truth of climate change could be considered a partisan issue once the election is called, because Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, is promoting a platform that denies climate change is caused by human activity.The Canada Elections Act restricts third-party advertising during campaigns, affecting any ads about issues that any political party brings up once the election is called. The rules do not prevent third parties from talking about the issues, but if they spend more than $500 on an ad then they have to register as a third-party advertiser trying to influence how people vote.Miller said the women behind the registered third-party group did not create it to push their own agenda.“Everybody has their own issues, and we want them to share their issues, so we don’t want it to be all about us,” she said.“Mostly, we want women to be involved,” she said. “We want them to feel they have a safe platform to discuss things that are important to them, without being judged.”—Follow @smithjoanna on TwitterJoanna Smith, The Canadian Press “They came together because they were concerned about what’s been happening in the country over the last four years,” said Miller, the spokeswoman for the group, who noted the carbon tax brought in by the Liberal government Justin Trudeau was one of the shared concerns.“We had our own personal things that we were looking at, but then we started to say, ‘I wonder how the rest of Canada is feeling? What are other women thinking?’ ” she said. “Maybe this conversation should be bigger.”The organization is launching its campaign in Calgary next week, encouraging women to take part in an online conversation by following the hashtag #canadapoweredbywomen, promoted by a similarly named Instagram profile.That account, which had about 2,100 followers as of Tuesday evening, has already begun posting things like tips for how to consume political news, a question asking women to share what their ideal lives would look like in four years, and images of both Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer with their families on the first day of school.The group will also be releasing a report it commissioned from Leger Research, which suggests women are lagging behind men when it comes to how confident they feel talking about important issues in social settings, or trusting their own judgment when it comes to casting their votes.Miller, who sits on the board of directors at Tourmaline Oil Corp., made it clear that the environment — and the ways in which she disagrees with how the Liberal government has been handling the file — is an issue that is important to those who started the group.center_img OTTAWA — A group with roots in the oil and gas industry is encouraging women to talk about politics this fall, even if they hold widely different views.The non-profit organization, called Canada Powered by Women, registered as a third-party advertiser with Elections Canada last month,and has received $32,500 in contributions from several Calgary-based people and businesses so far. That includes $25,000 from Susan Riddell Rose, the CEO of Perpetual Energy Inc., a natural-gas company.Lucy Miller, a former head of the United Way of Calgary, said the idea for the group began when some women got together over the summer and started talking about the Oct. 21 election.last_img read more

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