Possible strike looms for Quality Inn workers in Fort St. John

first_imgWorkers are looking for a wage increase, alone with health care benefits and pension improvements for all hotel workers. Staff are also hoping to reduce in room attendant workloads and disclosure on gratuities from banquets.Aside from the local Quality Inn, hotels in other cities involved in the vote include Richmond, Harrison, Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey, Abbottsford, Nanaimo, Victoria, Campbell River, Kamloops, and others.There is no word as of now as to when a possible strike may take place.- Advertisement –last_img

Raiders’ Warren Wells: Did a scary cult derail his career?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceWhatever happened to Warren Wells?That question haunted Oakland Raiders fans throughout the 1970s, after the dynamic wide receiver wowed everyone with his electrifying talent, only to vanish from sight. It wasn’t until last month, when Wells died at the age of 76 in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, that his name sadly resurfaced in national headlines.“Split End: The Curious Case of Warren Wells” is a revelatory — and …last_img

How Steph Curry influenced Luka Doncic and a new generation of scorers

first_imgDALLAS — Two months after being selected third overall in the 2018 draft, Luka Doncic flew to the Bay Area for a private workout with Stephen Curry. There, Doncic was exposed to the work Curry puts into honing his skills.“He does things you can’t guard,” Doncic told reporters last season. “It’s just nuts what he does.”More than a year later, after winning rookie of the year in his first season with the Dallas Mavericks, Doncic had the ball in his hands with less than 30 seconds left in a …last_img

Antique Homo Claims Threatened by New Bones

first_img(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The number of potential overhauls in thinking from this thigh bone in China is staggering.A painted thigh bone found in a China cave shouldn’t be there. It looks like something ancient, but it’s dated to just 14,000 years ago. If the articles on PhysOrg and New Scientist are correct, here are some of the pillars of human evolution ready to topple:The “out of Africa” theory.The antiquity of Homo erectus.The overthrow of the Denisovans and Neanderthals by modern humans.The evolutionary status of “The Hobbit” (Homo floresiensis)Quotes in the New Scientist article reflect astonishment among the scientists pondering the meaning of these bones.Among the discoveries appears to be a primitive human species, which most closely resembles the earliest human species, Homo habilis and Homo erectus.But while these lived about 2 million years ago, this new species lived just 14,000 years ago, says Darren Curnoe of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, who lead the team behind the discoveries. This would make it the most recent human species to have gone extinct.“If true, this would be rather spectacular and it would make the finds of truly global importance,” says Michael Petraglia at the University of Oxford, who wasn’t involved in the discoveries.Paleoanthropologists have insisted that ancient humans disappeared after modern humans took over.“This turns that on its head,” says Curnoe. “Its young age shows that remarkably primitive-looking humans must have shared the landscape with very modern-looking people at a time when China’s earliest farming cultures were beginning to flourish.”Another implication, however, is that so-called “primitive” features of early man were not less fit, if they survived so long into the modern era. One of the anthropologists is interpreting the condition of the bones to indicate that the “ancient” hominid was mating with a modern human.  Some experts are unconvinced of the claims, but the implications are staggering:Curnoe says the discoveries point to a profound shift in our understanding of what it means to be human.Adding to the now well-established interbreeding that occurred with our cousins the Neanderthals and Denisovans, we can no longer consider ourselves a single lineage that emerged from Africa.“We had particular notions of our evolution: That we found ourselves evolving in isolation in Africa and quickly replaced all the other species that were around because we thought we were superior to them. And it happened very quickly, without question, and without biological interaction,” Curnoe says. “But the hybridisation story has turned that on its head.”Is it a relic of Victorian notions of European superiority that misled research for a century and a half? If modern humans interbred with “archaic humans,” maybe they weren’t primitive at all. It’s just more evidence of variability within a single human species.Another bombshell came from a report from the University of Vermont, casting doubt on the long ages of evolution in general.A new analysis of the fossil record shows that a deep pattern in nature remained the same for 300 million years. Then, 6,000 years ago, the pattern was disrupted — at about the same time that agriculture spread across North America.This means that the stamp of human nature came suddenly and recently. Yet paleoanthropologists insist that hominids equal in stature and brain size to us lived in Africa, Europe and Asia for one to two million years. Suddenly, without explanation, agriculture appears just 6,000 years ago, and the world’s ecology shifts. What were the predecessors of the first farmers doing for the other 99.7% of their existence?It gets boring to keep hearing “Everything you know is wrong” — the annual chant of the evolutionary paleoanthropologists. Why do we even listen to this racist crowd? The dates are all manufactured in Darwin Years to fit their myth of progress. None of these bones are old, and they don’t tell a story of progress from primitive to advanced. Who knows; the “archaic” models might have been the Einsteins of their day. It’s inconceivable that humans who were smart enough to hunt, make tools, use fire and travel long distances existed for two million years without building cities (see previous entry).All the evidence makes sense if you cleanse the mind of Darwinian notions and realize this all happened recently. Why don’t we see cities of Homo erectus? Because they lived within the past few thousand years, not two million years ago! Keep this in mind next time Lee Berger tries to tell us that Homo naledi is a primitive human ancestor and manufactures a date in Darwin Years to put it in the narrative. The dates are myths. This all happened since the Flood and Babel, when people scattered in all directions. Many sought refuge in caves. Others eked out a hard living in the harsh conditions of the Ice Age. But most were farming and raising livestock, skills they knew before the Flood, at the same time, not after a hunting-gathering stage of evolution. Inbreeding was rampant, accentuating certain traits in various tribes, but they were all human, all still able to interbreed, because they had not been separated for long.last_img read more

Madrid back? Real fire five past Plzen

first_imgKarim Benzema scored his 200th Real Madrid goal in a 5-0 Champions League rout of Viktoria Plzen at the Doosan Arena on Wednesday.A superb solo strike provided Benzema’s landmark moment and put Madrid on the path to a commanding win that sent them top of Group G in Santiago Solari’s first European match at the helm.The opener came after Sergio Ramos escaped punishment for an elbow on Milan Havel, but there was no stopping the visitors as Casemiro extended their lead in the 23rd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Benzema doubled his tally and set up Gareth Bale in the space of 144 seconds towards the end of the first half, and Toni Kroos floated a beautiful 67th-minute chip home to wrap up the win and leave Plzen playing solely for third place.Madrid’s injury-hit defence almost conceded in the ninth minute when Nacho Fernandez sent Patrik Hrosovsky’s cross against the bar.Havel was left with a bloody nose after being caught by Ramos’ in a 14th-minute challenge, and the injury sustained by the Plzen midfielder eventually led to his first-half withdrawal.Madrid soon asserted their superiority when Benzema was granted space to run into and he used it to slot his milestone strike between the legs of Ales Hruska in the 20th minute.goals for Real Madrid!Karim Benzema #UCL pic.twitter.com/2B0w1thZvg— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 7, 2018More shoddy defending from Plzen enabled Casemiro to glance Kroos’ corner home, before Benzema took his tally for Madrid to 201 by nodding Bale’s cushioned header past Hruska.The Frenchman returned the favour three minutes later, flicking Sergio Reguilon’s delivery on for Bale to volley back across goal and into the bottom-left corner.Solari handed Javi Sanchez and Vinicius Junior Champions League debuts in place of Ramos and Benzema and the Brazilian marked the occasion by setting up Kroos for a fine goal.Lucas Vazquez was denied by a contentious offside decision and Bale rattled the upright in stoppage time as Madrid cantered to three important points. What does it mean? Roma trip could define top spotWith Madrid and Roma locked on nine points at the top of the group, their clash at the Stadio Olimpico in three weeks could well prove pivotal to who potentially earns a better draw in the last 16. If Solari can continue his winning start into that match, it will be tough to see past Madrid getting what they need to finish top.Benzema back on songBy surpassing 200 goals for Madrid, Benzema became just the seventh player to reach the total in the club’s history, joining names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano. Having struggled so much in front of goal over the past two months, he now has four in his last five outings in all competitions and will hope to maintain his resurgent form.Limbersky at a lossPlzen left-back David Limbersky appeared to duck out of the way when Casemiro rose to head in Madrid’s second, and his lack of aerial prowess was exploited again by Bale and Benzema as they assisted one another to take the visitors’ tally to four before half-time.10 – Gareth Bale has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last eight Champions League group stage games for Real Madrid (five goals, five assists). Impact. pic.twitter.com/a4bTPFspLh— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 7, 2018Key Opta Facts- Santigo Solari is the second Real Madrid manager to win his first three competitive games without conceding a goal (Luis Carniglia in 1957).- This 5-0 victory is the biggest win by a Spanish side away from home against a Czech team in European competition.- Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has scored more headed goals than any other LaLiga player this season in all competitions (four).- Toni Kroos provided his 50th assist for Real Madrid in all competitions and his first this season for the club.- Madrid’s Gareth Bale has been involved in 10 goals in his last eight Champions League group stage games (five goals, five assists).- Czech and Spanish clubs have met 10 times previously in the Champions League – Spanish clubs have won all of those 10 games, scoring at least twice in each victory.What’s next?Madrid will be hoping to close in on LaLiga’s top four when they travel to Balaidos to face Celta Vigo on Sunday, while Plzen take on Pribram at home on the same day. read morelast_img read more

Why You Need the Wired Wealthy

first_imgA growing number of people are giving even bigger bucks online.  A new study, “The Wired Wealthy” by Convio, Sea Change Strategies and Edge Research, looks at these major online donors in depth.  Read the full study below, or just check out these key points from the study:Major and moderate donors are generous and onlineThe e-mail files surveyed represent one percent of the membership but 32 percent of the revenue for this sector80 percent of the wired wealthy made donations both online and offline72 percent say donating online is more efficient and helps charities reduce administrative costs51 percent said they prefer giving online and 46 percent said that five years from now they will be making a greater portion of their charitable gifts onlineMost charity Web sites are missing opportunities to fully engage wealthy wired with their organizationOnly 40 percent said that most charity Web sites made them feel personally connected to their cause or missionOnly 40 percent said that most charity Web sites are inspiring48 percent felt most charity Web sites are well-designedEmail shows signs of lost opportunities to connect with various donors74 percent said it was appropriate for the charity to send an email reminding them to renew an annual gift74 percent said that an email from the charity about how their donation was spent, and what happened as a result would make them more likely to give again65 percent said they always open and glance at emails from causes they supportThree distinct groups of donors emerged based on the extent to which the donor sees the Internet as a source of connection between themselves and the causesRelationship seekers (29%) – the group most likely to connect emotionally with organizations onlineAll business (30%) – not looking for a relationship or emotional connection, but a smooth and simple donation processCasual connectors (41%) occupy the middle ground, showing some interest in sustaining an online relationship, but also wanting a smooth and simple processNonprofits should create and provide options that let the wired wealthy customize their online experience with the cause, says the study.last_img read more

Public Relations 2.0

first_imgLooking aheadSocial media sites are ever-evolving, and so are the opportunities they offer. One example of this is the interactive site Second Life, a “parallel world” where participants live, meet and exchange goods and services. Second Life currently has more than 1 million “residents”–real people who have created avatars–who spend real money on goods, services and even real estate that only exist in the online world.Another recent development is Twitter, which allows users to keep their friends, family, website or blog readers up-to-date on what they’re doing, moment by moment. (See our recent profile of Twitter, “Reinventing the Conversation.”) Twitter represents an ever-evolving, real-time online conversation.There are drawbacks to involvement in social media. The constant and consistent interaction requires substantial time and effort–something small business owners have in scarce amounts. However, by keeping abreast of developments and experimenting in various formats, organizations have an opportunity to be ever more in touch with customers, influencers and the media. BlogsThe blogosphere has become a valuable resource for tracking industry trends and hot-button topics. Unfiltered and opinionated, blogs combine the insightfulness of industry journals with the instant feedback of a focus group.For non profit organizations, blogs offer a wealth of opportunity. However, to reap the rewards, you must first understand the medium and then determine the best way to leverage this dynamic and far-reaching online universe.Each industry has its blog ‘stars.’ A simple Technorati or Google Blog search on an industry topic will uncover many of the prominent bloggers.A blog’s interactivity offers the opportunity to extend your company’s messages to a wider audience. Providing commentary in response to a blog post, for instance, can help you position yourself as a thought leader and subtly market your products and services.Organizations can also create their own blogs to showcase their organizations philosophy. However, you should first consider the upsides and the downsides of blogging before proceeding. While blogs can elevate your organizations profile, establish credibility and open a two-way conversation with customers, they also require a significant amount of time and effort.As with any foray into media, bloggers must be prepared to accept, and potentially refute, criticism. Think carefully before putting your finger to keyboard, because once a response is posted, there’s no turning back. What seemed like a hard-hitting response at the time could be detrimental in the long run. Article provided by PR Newswire’s Nonprofit Toolkit, an educational resource devoted to Non Profit public relations. Visit the Nonprofit Toolkit today and receive a waived annual membership ($195 value) and more than $2,000 in discounts and free services.If you’ve ever read a blog, joined an online discussion group or uploaded a photo to Flickr, you’ve engaged in social media. Social media websites encourage users to share, change or otherwise participate in the site’s content. Opinions, comments and dissection of news are encouraged, giving greater insight into what consumers and influencers are thinking.In the past, social media sites have been seen as a vehicle mainly for young people. Now, however, people of all ages and professions read blogs, tag articles, join online discussion groups, have profiles on professional social networking sites and post video files. In fact, according to a recent industry report by comScore, more than half of the visitors to social networking websites such as MySpace, Facebook, Flickr and Live Journal are now 35 and older.In terms of PR, social media is a maturing business tool, offering new and innovative ways to drive awareness and communicate to customers–often using less expensive techniques than traditional advertising or marketing campaigns. It’s worth being aware of the various elements that make up the social media landscape, and concentrating on the ones that are particularly applicable to your organization. Bookmarking and News SharingOne way to elevate the readership of your news releases online is to use a newswire service that includes buttons for tagging the release on sites such as Digg and Del.icio.us.Digg is a rating site that lists the most popular online stories from sources including blogs, traditional news sites and company websites. You can use Digg to track the popularity of news about your business, and to see the reaction to specific news releases.Del.icio.us is a popular tool for bookmarking and finding interesting sites on the web. Del.icio.us links can be incorporated into news releases in much the same way as Digg tags, making it easy for readers to save the announcement as a favorite. Social Media News ReleasesTraditionally, news releases take a text-only form, emulating the style and format of a news article. The social media news release, on the other hand, is a news release that combines text with a host of social and multimedia elements, including photos and video, links to blogs, digital tags, RSS feeds and search engine optimization.The social media news release is intended to help organizations reach their markets directly using new social media tools. This level of interactivity is especially beneficial to bloggers because it allows them to select information, and the format encourages readers to provide feedback to the authors and their websites or blogs.While full integration of the social media release may be some years away, for some organizations–it may prove immediately useful in reaching an audience of tech-savvy bloggers and reporters. The relative novelty value of the template may even gain your organization attention. MultimediaOnline video sharing sites represent one of the fastest-growing media sectors, with sites such as YouTube attracting thousands of viewers every day. For non profits, web video can be an especially enticing proposition because producing and distributing the content is far less expensive than creating traditional broadcast materials. Online video offers the potential to “level the playing field” with larger organizations.To maximize exposure, once a video is featured on a site such as YouTube, it’s easy to send out an e-mail to your contacts with a direct link to the clip. One way to indirectly submit content to video sharing websites is through multimedia news releases, a platform that combines text with digital video, audio and still images, and includes social bookmarking capabilities.As with all marketing, the key to success is knowing your audience. YouTube viewers, for instance, are attuned to new, interesting and often humorous material. For an online video to have a truly substantial impact, it must be compelling enough to generate a groundswell of interest that leads to viral sharing. Creativity and catchiness are as important as messaging.The bottom line: When considering an online video campaign, make sure you’re pursuing it for the right reasons–to increase your visibility (awareness). Copyright 2006 by Entrepreneur.com, Inc. All rights reserved.Rachel Meranus is Entrepreneur.com’s “PR” columnist and director of public relations at PR Newswire. Get more information about PR Newswire and public relations with their Nonprofit Toolkit for non profit organizations.last_img read more

Twitter 101: A free, easy guide for nonprofits

first_imgSo should you deal with Twitter or not? This came up while I spoke last week at the NC nonprofit conference alongside smart people like Kivi Leroux Miller and John Kenyon. I was going to post some bullets on this but then along came fellow blogger and prolific commenter John Haydon with a guide that does ALL THE WORK FOR ME AND YOU. It’s easy, short and to the point. If you think bird not technology when you hear the word Tweet, have no fear, this Twitter 101 guide will bring you up to speed.Here’s a summary John prepared for me to post here:For many non-profits, Twitter is a new and uncharted social media that is understood and underutilized. For almost six months, John researched hundreds of blogs and social media experts before writing the guide. “I wanted to provide something to help non-profits better use Twitter to increase their fanbase and fundraising.” Additionally, John conducted an on-line survey of over 200 non-profits currently using Twitter (results are included in the guide). The Twitter Jump Start Guide, which is a living document (those who download the guide will automatically receive updated, more advanced versions every couple of months), includes the following:• How to create a Twitter Profile that will make folks want to learn more about your non-profit• How to find Twitter users that already support your cause• How to find new donors who are already sold on your non-profit• How to turn those supporters into raving fans• How to automatically post any news regarding your non-profit• How to make sure that folks visit your website and stay interested• 10 Twitter tips that will increase your online donationslast_img read more