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CCC Information Services Inc. and Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. Announce Business Combination, Creating Publicly…

first_img Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 CHICAGO & SAN FRANCISCO & PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– CCC Information Services Inc. (“CCC”), a leading SaaS platform for the property and casualty (“P&C”) insurance economy, and Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. (NYSE: DGNR) (“Dragoneer”), a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”) formed by an affiliate of Dragoneer Investment Group, today announced a definitive merger agreement has been entered into between Dragoneer and CCC’s parent holding company. Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company is expected to be renamed CCC Intelligent Solutions Holdings Inc. (the “Company”) and is expected to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. CCC’s mission-critical SaaS platform provides advanced AI, IoT, customer experience, and network management workflow solutions to the P&C insurance economy. CCC enables more than $100 billion of transactions annually among a vast ecosystem of interconnected businesses. CCC’s network includes thousands of customers including insurers, repair facilities, automotive manufacturers, parts suppliers, and other industry participants who leverage CCC’s platform to digitize operations, improve business performance, and power better decisions in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing market. Under Chairman and CEO Githesh Ramamurthy, who will continue to lead the Company following the close of the transaction, CCC expects to report approximately $600 million of revenue in 2020 and has delivered a consistent track record of profitable revenue growth for 20+ years by focusing on delivering best-in-class innovations for its customers. “Today is an exciting day for CCC as our return to the public markets provides us with additional sources of capital to accelerate innovation and increase the value we provide customers,” said Ramamurthy. “Throughout our history, CCC has developed pioneering technology solutions focused on enabling growth, increasing efficiency, and empowering new possibilities for all participants in the P&C insurance economy. We serve a large and interconnected market that is still in the early stages of digitizing its operations and is growing in complexity. We believe CCC is well positioned to support customer digitization in this dynamic market.” Ramamurthy continued, “We are incredibly excited to begin this new partnership with Dragoneer, one of the most highly respected investors in the world, and to continue our relationship with Advent, who have been terrific partners for the past four years. Together, I am confident CCC will continue to generate meaningful value for our customers and shareholders.” “Under Advent’s ownership, CCC has cemented itself as a leading SaaS platform for the P&C insurance ecosystem,” said Eric Wei, Managing Director at Advent. “Since 2017, we’ve partnered with Githesh and the CCC management team to accelerate organic growth through a focus on innovation, and we believe this sustained investment in R&D will deliver significant ROI for customers for decades to come. Advent is excited to partner with Dragoneer, with its preeminent technology investing franchise, to support CCC’s continued focus on digitally transforming the insurance economy. We have strong conviction in CCC’s growth potential and are not selling a single share as part of the transaction.” “CCC is one of those rare software companies that serves as the backbone of a critical industry – the P&C insurance economy,” said Marc Stad, Founder and Portfolio Manager at Dragoneer. “As the products we use and the cars we drive become more and more sophisticated, insurers, consumers, manufacturers and service providers require increasing amounts of support and coordination whenever issues occur. CCC’s advanced technology platform enables the right groups to connect quickly and efficiently, and its twenty-plus years of profitable growth are a testament to the value the company provides to its customers. The CCC team’s impressive track record of execution and financial performance speaks for itself, and we are thrilled to partner with them and Advent as they work to realize their ambitious vision for the business.” Transaction Overview The Company is expected to receive net proceeds of approximately $968 million at the closing of the transaction (assuming no redemptions are effected) and will continue to operate under the CCC management team. All cash proceeds from the transaction will be put towards the Company’s balance sheet, with no existing CCC shareholders selling any shares in connection with the business combination. The boards of directors of both Dragoneer and CCC have approved the proposed transaction. Completion of the transaction, which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2021, is subject to approval of Dragoneer’s shareholders and the satisfaction or waiver of certain other customary closing conditions. In addition to the approximately $690 million held in Dragoneer’s trust account (assuming no redemptions are effected) and the $175 million forward purchase agreement commitment from Dragoneer funds and Michael Bloomberg’s family office, a group of premier SaaS investors has committed to participate in the transaction through a common stock private investment in public equity (“PIPE”) of approximately $150 million at $10 per share. The PIPE is anchored by Fidelity Investments and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., with participation from Altimeter Capital Management L.P., Coatue, D1 Capital Partners L.P., Franklin Templeton, Janus Henderson Investors, Maverick Capital, MFS Investment Management, Sunley House Capital (an affiliate of Advent International) and other investors. Proceeds of the business combination and PIPE will be used for general corporate purposes and to fuel additional innovation and growth . Current CCC shareholders and holders of equity awards are converting 100% of their equity interests into shares or equivalent awards of the Company at a total enterprise value for the Company of approximately $7 billion, reflecting a deep alignment of interests. Current shareholders of Dragoneer are converting their ordinary shares and warrants of Dragoneer into common stock and warrants of the Company on a one for one basis. Additionally, the current CCC shareholders and Dragoneer’s sponsor each have an earnout tied to the trading price of the Company shares after the closing of the business combination, providing a significant incentive for post-closing value creation. Assuming no redemptions are effected, the current shareholders of CCC are expected to own approximately 83.2% of the Company after closing, with Advent remaining the largest shareholder in the Company. Advisors Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is acting as lead capital markets advisor to Dragoneer, in conjunction with capital markets advisors Goldman Sachs & Co., LLC and JP Morgan Securities LLC. Ropes & Gray LLP is acting as legal counsel to Dragoneer. Evercore Group L.L.C. is acting as financial advisor and capital markets advisor to CCC. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal counsel to CCC and Advent. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is acting as lead placement agent and Evercore Group L.L.C. as placement agent on the PIPE. Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co., LLC, and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as book-running managers on Dragoneer’s $690 million initial public offering. Investor Webcast Information Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. will host an investor webcast at 10:00AM EST today, February 3, 2021 to discuss the transaction. To access the webcast, participants need to register in advance online by visiting https://citi.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN—5d3OVYr4TJWr1lNCCbkqPw. A pre-recorded version of the investor webcast will also be made available at https://www.dragoneergrowth.com/DGNR/, and a transcript of this webcast will be filed by Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). About CCC CCC, together with its affiliates, provides cross-industry solutions to support the vehicle lifecycle. Founded in 1980, CCC’s solutions and big data insights are delivered through the CCC ONE® platform to a vibrant network of 300+ insurance companies, 25,000+ repair facilities, OEMs, hundreds of parts suppliers, and dozens of third-party data and service providers. Annually, over 24 million estimates and 16 million repairs are processed on CCC’s products and services, and CCC also provides access to car-related services for millions of consumers via Carwise ( www.carwise.com ). Additionally, CCC Casualty, operated by Auto Injury Solutions Inc., a CCC company, provides end-to-end casualty solutions for first- and third-party auto claims. The collective set of CCC’s solutions inform decision-making, enhance productivity, and help customers optimize experiences for end consumers. Learn more about CCC at www.cccis.com. About Dragoneer Dragoneer is a newly organized blank check company formed by an affiliate of Dragoneer Investment Group, LLC (“Dragoneer Investment Group”). Dragoneer Investment Group is a San Francisco-based, growth-oriented investment firm with over $14 billion in long-duration capital from many of the world’s leading endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds, and family offices. The firm has a history of partnering with management teams growing exceptional companies characterized by sustainable differentiation and superior economic models. The firm’s track record includes public and private investments across industries and geographies, with a particular focus on technology-enabled businesses. Dragoneer has been an investor in companies such as Airbnb, Alibaba, Atlassian, AppFolio, Bytedance, Ceridian, Chime, Datadog, Doordash, Duck Creek, PointClickCare, Procore, Slack, Samsara, ServiceTitan, Snowflake, Spotify, Uber, UiPath and others. About Advent International Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors. The firm has invested in over 350 private equity transactions in 41 countries, and as of September 30, 2020, had $66.2 billion in assets under management. With 15 offices in 12 countries, Advent has established a globally integrated team of over 200 investment professionals across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on investments in five core sectors, including business and financial services; health care; industrial; retail, consumer and leisure; and technology. After 35 years dedicated to international investing, Advent remains committed to partnering with management teams to deliver sustained revenue and earnings growth for its portfolio companies. For more information, visit: Website: www.adventinternational.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/advent-international Important Information and Where to Find It A full description of the terms of the transaction will be provided in a registration statement on Form S-4 to be filed with the SEC by Dragoneer that will include a prospectus with respect to the Company’s securities to be issued in connection with the business combination and a proxy statement with respect to the shareholder meeting of Dragoneer to vote on the business combination. Dragoneer urges its investors, shareholders and other interested persons to read, when available, the preliminary proxy statement/ prospectus as well as other documents filed with the SEC because these documents will contain important information about Dragoneer, CCC and the transaction. After the registration statement is declared effective, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus to be included in the registration statement will be mailed to shareholders of Dragoneer as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed business combination. Once available, shareholders will also be able to obtain a copy of the proxy statement/prospectus, and other documents filed with the SEC without charge, by directing a request to: Dragoneer Growth Opportunity Corp., One Letterman Drive, Building D, Suite M500, San Francisco, California, 94129. The preliminary and definitive proxy statement/prospectus to be included in the registration statement, once available, can also be obtained, without charge, at the SEC’s website ( www.sec.gov ). Participants in the Solicitation Dragoneer and CCC and their respective directors and executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the potential transaction described in this press release under the rules of the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of Dragoneer is set forth in Dragoneer’s final prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) on August 17, 2020 and is available free of charge at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov or by directing a request to: Dragoneer Growth Opportunity Corp., One Letterman Drive, Building D, Suite M500, San Francisco, California, 94129. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the Dragoneer shareholders in connection with the potential transaction will be set forth in the registration statement containing the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Non-Solicitation This press release is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the potential transaction and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of Dragoneer, the Company or CCC, nor shall there be any sale of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act. Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the following words: “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “project,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. We caution you that these statements are based on a combination of facts and factors currently known by us and our projections of the future, which are subject to a number of risks. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding future events, the proposed business combination between Dragoneer and CCC, including the timing and structure of the transaction, the likelihood and ability of the parties to successfully consummate the business combination, the listing of the Company’s shares, the amount and use of the proceeds of the transaction, our future growth and innovations, including the estimated or anticipated future results and benefits of the Company following the business combination, the PIPE, the initial market capitalization of the Company, the amount of funds available in the trust account as a result of stockholder redemptions or otherwise and the benefits of the transaction, and the existence of, as well as the potential value and duration of, any return on investment for customers of the Company. In addition, CCC’s expected 2020 revenue is a preliminary estimate, which is subject to the completion of CCC’s year end and quarter end close procedures and further financial review. Actual results may differ as a result of the completion of the CCC’s year end and quarter end closing procedures, review adjustments and other developments that may arise between now and the time such financial information for the period is finalized. Such differences may be material. As a result, those estimates are preliminary, may change and constitute forward-looking information and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Neither CCC’s nor Dragoneer’s registered accounting firm has audited, reviewed or compiled, examined or performed any procedures with respect to the preliminary results, nor have they expressed any opinion or any other form of assurance on the preliminary financial information. We cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements in this press release will prove to be accurate.These forward looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, among others, the general economic, political, business and competitive conditions; the inability of the parties to consummate the business combination or the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the business combination agreement or any related agreements or could otherwise cause the transaction to fail to close; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the parties following the announcement of the business combination and the transactions contemplated by the business combination; the ability of existing investors to redeem the ability to complete the business combination due to the failure to obtain approval from Dragoneer’s shareholders, or the risk that the approval of the shareholders of Dragoneer for the potential transaction is otherwise not obtained; the failure to satisfy other closing conditions in the business combination agreement or otherwise,; the failure to obtain financing to complete the business combination, including to consummate the PIPE or the transactions contemplated by the forward purchase agreements; the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the business combination; the impact of COVID-19 on CCC’s business and/or the ability of the parties to complete the business combination; the receipt of an unsolicited offer from another party for an alternative business transaction that could interfere with the business combination; changes to the proposed structure of the business combination that may be required or appropriate as a result of applicable laws or regulations or as a condition to obtaining regulatory approval of the business combination; failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, including as a result of a delay in consummating the potential transaction or difficulty in integrating the businesses of Dragoneer and CCC; the risk that the business combination disrupts current plans and operations of Dragoneer or CCC as a result of the announcement and consummation of the business combination; the ability of the Company to grow and manage growth profitably and retain its key employees; the inability to obtain or maintain the listing of the post-acquisition company’s securities on the NYSE following the business combination; changes in applicable laws or regulations and delays in obtaining, adverse conditions contained in, or the inability to obtain regulatory approvals required to complete the business combination; costs related to the business combination; and other risks and uncertainties, including those to be included under the header “Risk Factors” in the registration statement on Form S-4 to be filed by Dragoneer with the SEC and those included under the header “Risk Factors” in the final prospectus of Dragoneer related to its initial public offering. Furthermore, if the forward-looking statements prove to be inaccurate, the inaccuracy may be material. In addition, you are cautioned that past performance may not be indicative of future results. In light of the significant uncertainties in these forward-looking statements, you should not rely on these statements in making an investment decision or regard these statements as a representation or warranty by us or any other person that we will achieve our objectives and plans in any specified time frame, or at all. The forward-looking statements in this press release represent our views as of the date of this press release. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we have no current intention of doing so except to the extent required by applicable law. You should, therefore, not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005331/en/ CONTACT: Dragoneer Contact: Meghan Gavigan / Nate Johnson Sard Verbinnen & Co [email protected] Investor Contact: Brian Denyeau ICR, LLC (646) 277-1251 [email protected] Media Contact: Michelle Hellyar Director Public Relations, CCC Information Services Inc. [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA ILLINOIS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY INSURANCE AUTOMOTIVE FINANCE GENERAL AUTOMOTIVE PUBLIC RELATIONS/INVESTOR RELATIONS BANKING COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOFTWARE SOURCE: Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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A rural retreat owned by Australian music royalty is seeking a new owner

first_img82 Upper Rambert Rd, Eudlo.A Sunshine Coast hinterland property part owned by a founding member of the Australian band, The Seekers is set for an upcoming auction.Bruce Woodley is one of the owners of the home 82 Upper Rambert Rd, Eudlo, on the Sunshine Coast.While Woodley lives in Melbourne, his son Dan who is also an owner, lives on the property.Woodley was the main songwriter for The Seekers and was also the co-writer of the well known classic, I Am Australian.He said he usually stayed in the property four or five times a year and it was the perfect relaxing environment for is creativity.There are four bungalows on the property, three are bedrooms with ensuites and the fourth is a living area with kitchen and other facilities.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe view from the Eudlo property.All are connected by covered walkways.While it has been used as a private residence Woodley said the layout would also lend itself to use as a retreat or B and B.It is listed for auction on June 9 through Justin Boyanton, of Harcourts – Buderim.It is described as a “Bali-themed paradise.” Woodley said before buying the Eudlo property the family had lived in and run a boutique hotel in Bali.“We decided to come back to Australia and fell in love with the area up around Eudlo,’’ he said.Woodley said he said had done a lot of work on the gardens and landscaping to make the most of the natural surrounds.The property has unobstructed views to the Pacific Ocean – from Mount Coolum to Caloundra.last_img read more

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“Tešanjska vrela” Exporting to Kuwait and US Market is in Plans

first_imgSoon, the citizens of the Arabian Gulf countries will have water from “Tešanjska vrela” available to them, because 150.000 bottles under the name “Natural Spring Water Diamond” has already been shipped. This is big news for producers of water from Tešanj.The Director of this company Ibro Omerbašić said to portal ekapija.com that preparations for export of water to Kuwait lasted several years. A new bottle design was made with the use of ‘shrink sleeve’ labels. These are the most luxurious labels on the market, which was a request from Kuwait.“After the bottles arrive in Kuwait, it will be followed by a period in which we see a dynamic sale on that market, and we could plan the next steps’’, said Omerbašić.He added that with the company from Kuwait they are negotiating new details. The plan is for local customers to send up to two million bottles. Kuwaitis are interested not only to buy water, but also for other investments.In addition to the supplied products to Arab countries, there is also a plan to export to the US, where preparations such as the ones for Kuwait are underway.“Whether this will be realized, we do not know yet, but it is currently going in that direction’’, said Omerbašić.In the US, the quality of “Tešanjska vrela’ water has been confirmed. “Esperanza’’ in at 22nd place at the international fair of water in Berkeley Springs that was held from 23-25 February 2013, and for the second time was named the best water in the world in 2012, and was given the gold medal for quality. In the same competition, “Perrier” took third place.At the beginning of the summer, the distribution for ‘’Esperanza’’ began for the BiH market, which until now was only packaged for well-known buyers outside BiH.Tešanj has long been known for its quality of water whose source is its spring.Omerbašić spoke of the problems with the relevant institutions. The criteria of the EU in terms of water production are met here, but institutions did not come into contact with agencies in European countries, and it happens that every company separately meets the procedures for certain countries abroad. This further complicates and prolongs the operating procedures.This company began production of water 13 years ago and since 2000, is engaged in the bottling and transport of water under the name “Tešanjski dijamant”. After this brand, the mineral water brand “Esperanza’’ was placed on the market, followed by juices “Fruktix” and carbonated drinks “Happy”.(Source: ekapija.com)last_img read more

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Lorens Listo is the Winner of the Traditional Dives from the Old Bridge

first_imgLorens Listo from Mostar is the winner of yesterday’s 447  Traditional Dives from the Old Bridge in Mostar.For Listo, this is the seventh victory in Mostar, and he celebrated in front of Mustafa Sarić and Marijan Milanović.From the discipline Dive on the feet, the winner is Kenan Jugi. Second place went to Igor Kazić and third to Ermin Sarić.The event was officially opened by the Federal Prime Minister Nermin Nikšić.On the eve of 447 jumps from the Old Bridge tourists and local guests had the opportunity to taste coffee from the biggest pot in the world that is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.In the coffee pot can fit 650 liters of coffee, and everyone who wanted, could try the coffee from ‘Golden Pot- Zlatna Džezva’.So far, from one of the greatest attractions in the world, Bosnian coffee was tried from about three million people.(Source: Fena)(Photo Source: Facebook)last_img read more

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Salah second-fastest to Premier League century

first_imgMohammad Salah1167327 Mohamed SalahKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Liverpool star reached landmark for his total of goal and assists on Sunday and matched Eric Cantona’s achievement in the processWhen Curtis Jones scored his first Premier League goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 home win over Aston Villa on Sunday, it was not just a significant moment for the 19-year-old.In setting up the strike with a cushioned header, Mohamed Salah reached a combined total of 100 Premier League goals and assists in the second-fewest number of appearances in the competition’s history.Salah achieved his century in his 116th Premier League match, the same number Manchester United legend Eric Cantona required to reach three figures for goal involvements.The only player in the competition’s history to manage the feat faster is Alan Shearer, the League’s all-time leading goalscorer, who got there in exactly 100 matches. *****PLShare on: WhatsApp PlayerMatchesGoalsAssists Sergio Aguero1187723 Eric Cantona1165842 Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero took 118 matches, while Thierry Henry did so in 121 appearances for Arsenal.Fewest matches for 100 goal involvements Thierry Henry1217129 Alan Shearer1007921last_img read more

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Howell scores OT winner to spark Leafs past Braves

first_imgElliott Piourde tied the game early in the third period before the Leafs hardest worker, Samuel Weber, regained the lead with 13 minutes remaining in the period.However, the Braves tied the game as Niko Corsaro beat Devin Allen in the Leafs net with 22 ticks left on the clock to force overtime.Trail Thompson and Carter Jones also scored for Spokane.Nelson out shot the Braves by a wide 52-32 margin, including a 33-16 count after two periods.But J.J. Pichette continually frustrated the Nelson players with several key saves to keep the Braves in the contest.Nelson, improving to 10-14-0-0-2, returns to the ice this weekend with a pair of home games.Saturday, the Leafs play host to Creston Valley Thunder Cats before hosting division rival Grand Forks Border Bruins Sunday at 2 p.m.Creston is currently the top team in the KIJHL with a 19-4-1-0-1 record. Dale Howell scored twice, including the game winner in extra time, to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League overtime victory Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.The win snapped a three-game losing streak and helped Nelson finish the month of November on a positive note after dropping eight of ten games.After the two teams exchanged goals in the first period, Nelson grabbed a 3-2 lead following 40 minutes of play on two later period goals by Sawyer Hunt, on the power play, and Ryan Piva.The goals came in the final three-plus minutes.last_img read more

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Leafs bounce back to shutout Braves, Cooper scores twice to lead Green and White

first_imgRyan Cooper scored twice and Josh Williams recorded his third shutout of the season sparking the Nelson Leafs to a 4-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Spokane Braves Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win snapped a brief one-game losing skid for the Green and White.Nelson opened the two-game home stand weekend with a narrow 2-1 loss Friday to Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Saturday, the Leafs jumped all over the Braves, scoring twice three minutes into the game to take hold of the contest.Cooper, receiving a gift-wrapped loose puck in front of the Braves net, opened the scoring just over a minute into the game.Justin Podgorenko made it 2-0 following a similar breakdown in the Spokane defence.Leaf coach Mario DiBella, a stickler for detail was pleased with the result despite times when the Leafs were inconsistent in their play.”Well there were good moments and bad moments out there, but we came to play tonight,” DiBella confessed.Nelson dominated most of the game, peppering Spokane goalie Ben Waslaski with 44 shots in total.The Braves were having lots of trouble breaking free from their side of the ice with Leafs swarming from all sides.Nelson on average for the night were getting 15 shots per period compared to Spokane’s five per period. Ryan Keilty, who was not in the lineup Friday against the Nitehawks, was back in the lineup in place of Jaiden LaPotre.”Coach (DiBella) said I was lacking certain things from my last game and I think I showed what he needed tonight,” said Keilty, connecting for his second goal of the season after converting a breakaway.DiBella agreed that Keilty had “improved” not saying much else on the matter.DiBella, on the other hand, had a bit more to say regarding Leaf Game star Ryan Cooper.”He really is special with how well he can start up plays and get the puck where it needs to be,” DiBella explained.Cooper’s two goals came in the first and third periods.With just over two minutes remaining, Cooper was on the ice looking for his hat-trick goal on the Leaf power play.”I wasn’t thinking about getting the hat trick at the time, I was just trying to throw pucks at the net,” Cooper said.When asked about his goals, Cooper said, “the second one felt more natural as I had my eyes closed for the shot.”“I like to visualize my shots as it makes me more comfortable when I shoot,” Cooper added.Nelson, tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Grand Forks Border Bruins, begin a five-game road trip Friday with a game in the Sunflower City against the Castlegar Rebels.Nelson then makes stops in Spokane, Kimberley, Golden and Invermere before returning home October 27th to face the Golden Rockets.BLUELINES: Ryan Cooper now leads the Leafs in scoring with 12 points — six goals and six assists — two points head of David Sanchez. Jackson Zimmermann and Sawyer Hunt are tied for third, each with nine points. . . .Netminder Josh Williams has jumped back into the lead in goalies with a 1.14 goals against average. Owen Sikkes of Beaver Valley is second at 1.71. Williams is 6-0 on the season.last_img read more

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Report: Greg Papa switching from 95.7 The Game to KNBR

first_imgAlmost six months after becoming the 49ers’ new radio play-by-play announcer, Greg Papa is reportedly joining the team’s flagship station.As of Friday, Papa is no longer working with 95.7 The Game, where he’s hosted an afternoon talk show for years, sources told The Athetic’s Steve Berman. Papa is switching channels to join KNBR 680 for an undisclosed sports talk show slot.Bonta Hill, who was Papa’s co-host for the daily noon-3 p.m. show on 95.7, said on Twitter he was blindsided by Friday’s …last_img read more

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2009 – the Year of Natural Fibres

first_imgCotton is grown successfully in South Africa.(Image: Cotton SA) The first sale of imported angorastud goats took place in Graaff-Reinetin 1857. (Image: Graaff-Reinet)Janine ErasmusThe Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has declared 2009 to be the International Year of Natural Fibres. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, an organisation that has a large stake in the country’s budding natural fibre industry, is backing the initiative.The International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF) covers a wide range of natural fibres of both animal and vegetable origin, with uses ranging from traditional and non-traditional industrial products to fabrics with glamorous apparel.Plant fibres are obtained from the fruit, stem or leaf, and include cotton (fruit), flax, jute, kenaf, bamboo and hemp (stems), and sisal and agave (leaf). Fibres of animal origin are derived from hair or secretions. The former category includes wool, alpaca, camel hair, mohair from the Angora goat, angora wool from the Angora rabbit, and cashmere. The latter category includes silk.Tree fibres are not covered by the IYNF, but will be one focus of the 2011 International Year of Forests.Improving the global natural fibre industryThe FAO adopted resolution number 189 announcing the IYNF on 20 December 2006 at the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly in Rome. The organisation expects the year-long initiative to contribute greatly to the global Millennium Development Goals by improving these industries that provide a livelihood for millions of people in some of the world’s poorest countries.More than 30-million tons of natural fibre, worth some R300-billion ($30-billion), are produced annually; cotton and wool are the main products. In some developing nations, natural fibres add significantly to the economy, such as cotton in certain West African countries, jute in Bangladesh and sisal in Tanzania.The objectives of the IYNF are to raise awareness of the economic and environmental importance of natural fibres, stimulate demand for these goods, and promote the efficiency and sustainability of the natural fibre industries.The FAO also hopes to enlist the help of governments to address problems faced by natural fibre industries and to foster solid international partnerships for research and fair trade among the various industries. All of these factors are intended to improve the lives of small farmers around the world.The IYNF will be celebrated through conferences, exhibitions, and fashion shows in many countries, including an International Mohair Summit – the first such gathering ever – in November 2009 in South Africa. The country produces over 54% of the world’s mohair, and according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) it is also the best quality mohair available.Endless possibilitiesThe CSIR has an entire research group dedicated to the study of natural fibres. The great variety of natural fibres presents endless possibilities, all of which are just waiting to be harnessed, according to research group leader Sunshine Blouw.The CSIR focuses on finding interesting and novel uses for age-old natural fibres, and on ways to improve their properties. The organisation also studies and develops natural fibre-reinforced composite materials for use in the building, automobile and aerospace industries. A composite material comprises two dissimilar components, such as plywood and concrete, which form a new material with better properties when mixed.Finally, the CSIR investigates better planting and harvesting methods as well as the best strategies to sustain the various natural fibre industries. Much of the research centres on non-woven fibres.Other areas of research involve processing of fibre (preparation, spinning, winding, weaving and knitting technologies), fibre modification (changing the properties of fibre) and clothing technologies (enhancing comfort, sizing, fit and automation processes). This research will enable the South African clothing and textile industries to become more competitive globally.The CSIR’s contribution to the IYNF, says Blouw, will include an educational series on the different fibres available in South Africa, including mohair, wool, agave, African wild silk, hemp, flax, cotton, cashmere, sisal, pineapple leaves and natural fibre composites.“We plan to make the natural fibre series informative and educational,” adds Blouw. “It would be ideal for use in the classroom as well as by anyone who would like to know more about the fibres itself, what South Africa’s position is with regard to the rest of the world and what the CSIR is doing with its research to assist our industries.”Innovative uses of natural fibresIn South Africa there are a number of lucrative natural fibre industries, such as that of Agave americana – better known as the plant used in the manufacture of tequila. The agave is indigenous to Mexico and was introduced to the dry Karoo region of South Africa a century ago, where it adapted readily.Strict legislation prohibits the manufacture of tequila from agave harvested anywhere but in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Mlchoacan, Nayarit or Tamaulipas. However, South African-harvested agave is used for other purposes. Besides the traditional products of twine or carpets, fibres from the blue-grey leaves are well suited for use in the automotive industry in composite materials, or in the geotextile industry, where permeable materials are used to strengthen soil or improve its drainage properties.A CSIR-driven agave project is underway on a 1 000ha plot near Graaff-Reinet. The project will investigate harvesting, spinning and weaving of fibre and will help to develop these skills in local communities.Another promising component of South Africa’s natural fibre industry, especially amongst subsistence farmers, features cashmere, made from the soft, dense undercoat of goats. South Africa’s indigenous goat population, kept for their meat, milk and skin products, numbers around 6.3-million. Many of these local breeds, such as Savannah and Boer, are capable of producing a fine cashmere, according to the CSIR – but over the years the focus has been rather on the overcoat while the undercoat has been all but ignored.CSIR research has revealed that the local goat population is of a good enough quality for the establishment of a sustainable cashmere industry. The next step is to implement pilot projects in goat-rich areas, which will focus on selective breeding and cashmere-refining technologies.Hemp and wild silkThe CSIR is conducting research on industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. sativa) fibres to find more uses for it in composites. Hemp is showing great potential as an environmentally-friendly alternative for the use of glass fibres in engineering composites.While it is related to the plant from which marijuana is made, hemp contains no tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana. Sadly, it has been neglected because of its relation to the psychoactive drug. Hemp fibres are similar to those obtained from flax and jute. They are used in textiles, cordage and fine paper products, and the woody core can also be used for animal bedding, garden mulch, fuel and a range of building materials.The CSIR is also involved in a wild silk project in the North West province. Wild silk is obtained not from the silkworm but from the non-edible wild moth species Gonimbrasia postica and rufobrunnea. The organisation has undertaken wild silk research since 1991, with an emphasis on the quality of the silk fibre, skills transfer, and the creation of a viable market for the silk.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesGoing wild over indigenous silkUseful linksCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchInternational Year of Natural FibresUnited Nations resolution number 1892009 Mohair SummitCotton SAMohair SAlast_img read more

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South Africa, Japan sign investment pact

first_img20 February 2013 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd, Japan’s largest bank, have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on increasing Japanese investment into South Africa. The agreement also seeks to increase South African-Japanese cooperation in various areas, including platinum beneficiation and transport infrastructure. The signing follows a visit to Japan by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies last year, and comes ahead of President Jacob Zuma planned state visit to Japan in June. The agreement was signed in Pretoria on Tuesday by Trade and Industry Deputy Director-General Pumla Ncapayi and Muneo Kurauchi, senior managing executive director at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. Kurauchi said it was “a pleasure to sign the agreement”, adding that Africa was “a promising area for Japanese companies”.Taking SA, Japan relations ‘to the next level’ Speaking to SAnews after the signing, Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October said the agreement, which would be assessed on an annual basis, was key to taking the relationship between South Africa and Japan to a higher level. He said South Africa had seen an increase in Japanese investment into the country, citing Toyota as an example of one of the companies that had invested and grown its business in the country. “We now want to expand, using South Africa as the base into the African continent,” October said. “We want to cooperate in terms of exports into the continent as a joint venture between South Africa and Japanese companies.”Platinum beneficiation projects Regarding cooperation in platinum beneficiation, October noted that the government was looking to set up two new Special Economic Zones (SEZs), one in North West and one in Limpopo province, “to beneficiate platinum into fuel cells, platinum coins and jewellery, etc. “The Japanese are the world leaders in platinum beneficiation, so we are hoping to cooperate on that.” Feasibility studies on the two SEZs would begin in the next few weeks, October said. The agreement also looks at technical assistance and financial support for rail and infrastructure projects. This comes as President Zuma takes the lead in championing the African Union’s North-South Corridor Project, which is a road and rail link from Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania to Durban. “There are about 350 projects in there,” October said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Google Launches SMS-Based Services for Africa

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … frederic lardinois Tags:#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Google today announced a number of SMS-based services for the African market. Google SMS provides access to information by SMS (news, local weather, sports, agriculture tips, etc.), while Google Trader is an SMS-based marketplace where buyers and sellers can connect. Google SMS Tips is a query-and-answer service that can take any free-form text query, find the keywords, and then identify and return a relevant answer from a large database. As Google points out, Africa has the world’s highest mobile growth rate and mobile phone penetration is far higher than Internet penetration. By focusing on SMS-based service, Google will be able to reach a far larger number of potential users than by working on web-based apps. Just for Uganda at First Even though Google stresses that it targets ‘Africa’ with these services, in reality, they are only available for users on MTN Uganda‘s network, but chances are that, if successful, Google will expand these offerings in the future.Google worked together with MTN Uganda, the Grameen Foundation‘s “AppLab,” and a number of other local partners to get this service off the ground. Fighting Information PovertyIn a post on the Google Africa blog about this launch, Rachel Payne, Google’s Country Manager in Uganda points out that the company believes that “it’s important to reach users wherever they are, with the information they need most, and in areas with the greatest information poverty.” It will be interesting to see how (and if) local users will make use of these new services. SMS TipsAmong these new services, Google SMS and Google Trader are very interesting and will definitely be quite useful for a lot of users. Google SMS Tips seems to be the most sophisticated of these services, as it interprets search queries and doesn’t just return a list of links, but actually tries to compute the query and return a relevant answer to a question. For now, SMS Tips works best with health questions and queries related to farming (including weather information). Even if you are not in Uganda, you can give the service a try here (query form is at the bottom of the page) The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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Note To BBC: The Future Of Radio Is Not “This Content Is Not Available On Your Device”

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#New Media#web Related Posts For a media organization founded in the 1920s, the British Broadcasting Corporation has done a remarkable job of keeping up with the times. Its iPlayer media app is adored by those fortunate enough to have access to it. This week, the BBC launched an iPlayer spinoff that focuses on radio. It’s a great start, but if you’re eagerly awaiting radio’s future, you might want to hang tight.To be fair, iPlayer Radio is a solid offering. The attractively designed Web app is a focused way to stream live broadcasts from any of the BBC’s many channels. There’s a ton of content here, both live and archived. It’s all broken down by channel, category, schedule and – as you drill down further – topic area, personality, format and music genre. It’s a handy online portal into the BBC’s radio experience, much of which is available to users around the world.Geography is where the concept starts to fizzle. I live in the United States, so there are limitations on what I can hear on iPlayer Radio. For one thing, the iOS apps aren’t available here, so I have no choice but to point my iPhone and iPad browsers to the Web app. To the BBC’s credit, streaming a live broadcast works fairly well, and I can minimize the browser, launch another app and continue to listen uninterrupted. But even in the browser, I’m blocked from streaming certain shows in the archive. Bummer. I don’t know precisely what the future of radio looks like, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t include the sentence, “This content is not available on your device.”As well designed as the Web app is, it still feels a little fractured. Not all the audio content on iPlayer Radio is funneled to the same pop-up window, for example. Some of it plays natively in the browser tab in which you initiate the stream, while some of it launches a new player in pop-up window. If you’re already streaming from one of those pop-ups and then decide to switch to another channel, iPlayer Radio will fire up another pop-up. In many cases, you end up with concurrent streams of audio, which turn into a cacophonous trainwreck of sound until you manage to find one of the stop buttons. It’s weird.To improve this particular aspect of the user experience, the BBC might want to borrow a page from SoundCloud or Shuffler.fm, both of which feature a single universal audio player that keeps streaming no matter where you navigate and then switches to a new audio stream when you ask for it. Other bastions of radio innovation have good ideas as well – NPR, Stitcher Radio, TuneIn and Pandora come to mind.The BBC might be, as radio futurologist James Cridland put it, a bit late to the party on this, but it’s a valiant effort, on the whole. The BBC has some incredibly high-quality content, often containing deeply valuable, alternative viewpoints. This new initiative helps open it up to a wider global audience. The mobile apps (from what I can tell) look especially well designed, with innovative carousel navigation and an alarm to wake up to the BBC. It’s the mobile experience that has the greatest potential to steer radio’s future, especially as smartphones continue to find a place in cars.It’s worth noting that iPlayer Radio is only the player’s first iteration. The BBC knows that online streaming and mobile technology are going to be a central component of their future. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market john paul titlowlast_img read more

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3 Best Fun-Loving Fall Games: WoW: Mists of Pandaria, Borderlands 2, Tokyo Jungle

first_imgAn Unhinged-Yet-Refined Shooter: Borderlands 2On paper, nothing about Borderlands 2 should be noteworthy. It’s a first-person shooter, and a sequel at that. But like its predecessor, Borderlands 2 embraces the addictive playability of its genre, opting to focus on fun rather than dressing things up with an overdone, overwrought war-zone setting.The result is a game that doesn’t take itself one bit seriously — and that’s refreshing. Borderlands 2 is about killing lots (and lots) of things, and stockpiling lots and lots guns. Simple as that. The sequel smooths out the rough patches of its predecessor and mixes in an array of open-world environments to explore, all populated by a cast of hilariously deranged locals, of course. With genuinely funny dialogue and a cartoony cel-shaded look that’s a refreshing departure from the genre’s penchant for drab hyperrealism, Borderlands 2 is as addictive as it is earnest. Summer is over, and new video games are springing forth at long last. But in an industry happy to rake in cash with some tried-and-trite formulas, “new” doesn’t exactly translate into “fun” or “worth sixty bucks.”Whether you’re a hard-core gamer or just a homebody looking for a hobby more engaging than Court TV, a truly great game can be an immersive way to sneak in a little play in the cooler months. Ditch uninspired sequels and games Gorilla-glued to genre conventions with this starter set of new fall titles that stay true to the good, (mostly) clean fun that gaming is all about. The Best Online RPG, Now With Pandas — WoW: Mists of PandariaIf you’ve never waded into World of Warcraft, the advent of a new expansion pack is the perfect time to dive in. The huge open-world online role-playing game has 10 million subscribers for a reason, and Mists of Pandaria improves on its successful formula — no small feat for a game that’s been around since 2004.Mists of Pandaria is the most playful expansion to the game to date, adding a playable race of epicurean pandas (this race has its origins in an April Fool’s joke), a pokemon-esque game within a game, and a brand new class of martial-arts masters. There’s never a dull moment in WoW — it doesn’t hurt that developer Blizzard religiously irons out the kinks in weekly updates — and Mists of Pandaria is just another excellent entry point to a game truly worthy of its immense hype. taylor hatmaker 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#borderlands 2#gaming#pandaria#review#tokyo jungle#World of Warcraft#WoW Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Surviving The Post-Apocalypse As A Beagle: Tokyo JungleTokyo Jungle’s premise is absolutely ridiculous, and that’s half the charm of a game that you might be powerless to resist. An absurd departure from the zombie-crowded genre of survival gaming, Tokyo Jungle sets you loose in a post-apocalyptic version of the Japanese metropolis. But rather than roaming as some scrappy, gun-toting human you’re playing a critter … or rather, as a lot of critters.You’ll be everything from a golden retriever to a velociraptor while fighting to stay alive in a dinosaur-eat-dog world. Naturally, it’s easier said than done, requiring some fun strategizing to make the most of the beast you inhabit.The game isn’t perfect but it’s an enjoyable, challenging gaming holiday from yet another zombie slog.These games thrive on not taking themselves too seriously. Have another fun, irreverent fall game? Let me know in the comments and maybe we’ll take it for a spin. last_img read more

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Plaxico Burress Took A Twitter Jab At Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

first_imgPlaxico Burress close up.plaxico burress upset michigan state nebraska gameSince taking over at Michigan, Jim Harbaugh has certainly gone above and beyond in terms of recruiting. Whether it’s sleepovers, climbing trees, going to class with recruits or moving spring practice to Florida for a week, Harbaugh is committed to selling his vision in any way possible.The future is Harbaugh’s biggest selling point, as the Wolverines haven’t been elite lately. In recent years, Michigan has been on the short end of the stick against arch-rivals Michigan State and Ohio State. They’ve lost 11 of 12 to the Buckeyes and seven of eight to Sparty. Taking all this into account, former Michigan State star Plaxico Burress dropped a quick jab at Harbaugh and his recruiting tactics on Twitter this morning. According to Burress, while Harbaugh has to peddle his program, the Spartans simply have to point to the results. Looks like J Harbaugh is pulling out all stops to get kids to Michigan. We @MSU_Football just believe in the product. Don’t have to sell us— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) March 1, 2016Plax has a point because Michigan State has been the premier program in the state of Michigan the last several seasons. However, Harbaugh did lead his team to a 10-3 record in his first year and was one insane fluke play away from beating the Spartans. The Wolverines also have an outstanding recruiting class on the way.Will the Maize and Blue begin dominating its in-state rivals starting in 2016? We won’t go that far, but this series should be much closer in the coming years.last_img read more

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During suicide debate Justice Minister says its time for First Nations to

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsJustice Minster Jody Wilson-Raybould said Tuesday the Trudeau Liberal government aims to “complete the unfinished business of Confederation” and replace the Indian Act with a “reconciliation framework” that would outlast the life of this administration.Wilson-Raybould didn’t lead the government side in an emergency debate held late into the night which was triggered by a suicide crisis gripping the small fly-in community of Attawapiskat in Ontario’s James Bay region. Yet, her speech was the only one that revealed the extent of the historical vision the Trudeau government has when it comes to reshaping the relationship between the state and the original inhabitants on this land.The Liberals aim to do nothing less than scrap the Indian Act. In its place the government wants to create a new relationship based on section 35 of the Constitution, which guarantees Aboriginal rights, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), according to Wilson-Raybould.“We need to ensure we breathe life into section 35 and that we complete the unfinished business of Confederation,” said Wilson-Raybould. “If we do so we will have a strong and appropriate governance in First Nation communities wherein they have moved beyond the Indian Act.”For about five-and-a-half hours on Tuesday evening, the House of Commons, the centre of political life in Canada, turned its full attention to the dark and painful suicide epidemic that seems to cycle through northern First Nation communities.The latest is Attawapiskat which declared a state of emergency Saturday after recording 11 suicide attempts in a 24-hour period.NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding includes Attawapiskat, called for the debate to not only discuss the Cree community, but also similar tragedies that have hit other First Nation communities: Pimicikamak Cree Nation which declared a state of emergency last month after suffering six suicides and 140 attempts in the span of two months and La Loche, Sask., a Dene community that suffered a school shooting that left four dead in January.Wilson-Rayboud, a former regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, who is now the country’s top lawyer, wove her own life experience and political track record in a speech that traced the roots of the suicide crisis to the 140-year-old Indian Act. Her speech laid out the thinking behind much of the symbolism and language the Trudeau government has employed whenever it communicates about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state.“I am proud to be an Indigenous person and stand up in this honourable house and speak to this important issue,” she said. “Indigenous peoples in this country are at an important junction in our history as they seek to deconstruct their colonial legacy and rebuild their communities….Only the colonized can decolonize themselves and change is not easy.”Wilson-Raybould then attacked the Indian Act.“It is not easy to remove the shackles of 140 years of life under the Indian Act. Our government, and I hope all members of this honourable house, is committed to ensuring, in partnership with Indigenous peoples, to do just that,” she said. “For Attawapiskat and for all First Nations, the Indian Act is not a suitable system of government, it is not consistent with the rights enshrined in our constitution, the principles as set out in (UNDRIP) or calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. In addition to the need for social and economic support, urgently needed in Attawapiskat and all First Nations, all Indigenous peoples need to be empowered to take back control of their own lives.”Then, Wilson-Raybould described the scale of the project as nothing short of historical in a portion of her speech addressed directly to Indigenous peoples.“Indigenous peoples, the challenge is not easy, it is complex, indeed for far too long it has been ignored as a task as too difficult and monumental, but we can and must do better. This work is non-partisan, it is broader than the department of Justice and did not just fall to the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs,” she said. “The nation-to-nation relationship is one of the most challenging public policy issues of our time and I challenge all members of this House to work with us in building this relationship. There are no quick fixes to these issues, a substantive nation-to-nation discussion with Indigenous peoples is needed. We need to sit down and work jointly to ensure Indigenous communities are strong and healthy and in charge and in control of their own destiny.”There were about 20 NDP MPs, from a caucus of 44, in the chamber during the debate at various points, and about 50 Liberal MPs from a caucus of 184. The Conservatives had the lowest number attend, with about five scattered throughout their party’s 98-seat section in the House of Commons. Their numbers jumped to 11 when their Aboriginal affairs critic Cathy McLeod stood up for her turn in the debate and most sat around her for the benefit of the House of Commons camera.When the debate began, MPs from all sides said they wanted Tuesday night to be a turning point, the debate to finally end the debates about another crisis crippling another First Nation.Angus compared the current suicide crisis as Canada’s “Alan Kurdi” moment, referring to the image of the body of the three-year-old Syrian refugee child who drowned in September after a failed attempt to reach Europe.“It shocked the world,” said Angus, who triggered the emergency debate. “This is our moment….Tonight might be the beginning of a change in our country and that is what I am asking us to come together to do.”Angus’ voice, with emotion seeping in at the edges, read out messages from First Nation youths he recently received, including the words of Abigail Mattinas, from Constance Lake First Nation, who said she wanted to bring “light in a dark time.”NDP MP Georgina Jolibois spoke after Angus and said suicide attempts were starting to rise in La Loche, which sits in her riding, as a result of the January shooting. Jolibois said youth were not getting the help they needed. She said many youth were showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the shooting.“But they have no one to turn to and nowhere to go,” she said. “The families are left alone on their own to mend for themselves and take care of their problems…Young people, children and their families when they are feeling the effects of PTSD they need to go to the health centre or the band office or clinic and say I need to speak to someone because I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed. They walk in and there is no one to talk to them.”Health Minister Jane Philpott said during the debate that she believed those supports should still be there in La Loche, but would discuss the issue with Jolibois. She said the Liberal government would this year be investing $300 million in mental health and wellness in Indigenous communitiesPhilpott began her Commons speech with the data: First Nation male youth suicide rates are 10 times higher than male non-Indigenous youth; First Nation female youth suicide rates are 21 times than their non-Indigenous counterparts; Inuit male youth rates are 35 times higher than their Canadian counterparts.“It is a staggering reality, it is completely unacceptable,” she said. “When I think there are communities in our country where young people as young as my young 15-year-old daughter and even younger than that, when there are young people in groups are decided that there is no hope their future, we must do better…tonight has to be a turning point for us as a country.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, who was praised for her passion by MPs during the debate, became emotional as she recounted her last trip to Attawapiskat when she was an in opposition and the community was in the midst of a housing crisis.“I was thinking of my trip to Attawapiskat in one of those terrible homes and seeing this 10-month-old baby on the bed and just thinking that that baby can’t pay for whatever else is going on around, that baby deserves a chance,” said Bennett.Bennett, who at one point referred to herself as the “minister of reconciliation,” said “these communities need hope” and the children need to know “they are valued and have value.” Bennett said she was hoping by the end of the debate that all Canadians would lift these communities up.“Suicide is not a consequence of individual vulnerability,” she said. “It is about the causes of the causes.”She then listed many of the causes of the causes, including racism, Indian residential schools, colonialization, child abuse, over-crowded houses, lack of health services, lack of clean water and healthy food.“There is no single answer to addressing this,” said Bennett.In her speech, Bennett also discussed the child welfare system, “where we have more children in care than at the height of residential schools.” She also raised the issue of child abuse.“We have to talk out loud about that now,” said Bennett, referring to an Anglican priest who abused 500 children in Ontario’s James Bay region.“This is 20 years of abuse in that region,” she said. “This is not difficult to understand, to make the links.”The Conservatives took a different tack. While for a moment it seemed that the party’s Aboriginal affairs critic Cathy McLeod would continue to focus on the suicide crisis facing First Nations by recounting her first week on the job as a nurse in a First Nation community facing three suicides, she eventually shifted gears.“Moving back from the First Nation Transparency Act is a terrible disservice to band members,” said MacLeod.The Transparency Act was passed by the Stephen Harper government which forced band councils to publicly release their financial information. While the Act has not been repealed, the Liberal government has pulled back from court action to force non-complying First Nations to release the information.The issue was raised repeatedly by Conservative MPs during the debate.“To me this is a critical one step,” said McLeod. “We shine the light for communities to actually look at their leadership and what their leadership is doing.”MacLeod also said her party remained unapologetic about refusing, while in government, to move forward with $1.9 billion in education investment after First Nation chiefs refused to support accompanying legislation.“There should be some equal work done, not only is there money, but we are going to create a structure that is going achieve results we want to achieve,” she said, responding to a question from Edmonton NDP MP Linda Duncan.However, long-time Nova Scotia MP Bill Casey, who left the Conservatives and ran under the Liberal banner in the last election, summed up the sentiment of many MPs present in the House of Commons throughout the evening.“I was elected 28 years ago for the first time,” said Nova Scotia Liberal MP Bill Casey. “One of the first debates we had was this debate we are having tonight about the plight of Aboriginals….Are we ready to help? Are we ready to do something? Every single one of us, so we don’t do this in another 28 years, so we don’t do this debate in another eight years. That is the question for all of us.”The debate was expected to wrap up at [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Google will never sell any personal info to 3rd parties CEO Pichai

first_imgNew York: Google will never sell any personal information of its users to third parties, CEO Sundar Pichai has said, amidst growing global concern over the misuse of personal data by some social media giants. In an opinion piece Tuesday in The New York Times, he also said that privacy cannot be a “luxury good” that is only available to people who can afford to buy premium products and services. The 46-year-old Indian-origin CEO of Google said he believed that privacy was “one of the most important topics of our time.” Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra People today are rightly concerned about how their information is used and shared, yet they all define privacy in their own ways, he said. “To make privacy real, we give you clear, meaningful choices around your data. All while staying true to two unequivocal policies: that Google will never sell any personal information to third parties; and that you get to decide how your information is used,” Pichai said. Pichai said he has seen this first-hand as he talked to people in different parts of the world. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days “To the families using the internet through a shared device, privacy might mean privacy from one another. To the small-business owner who wants to start accepting credit card payments, privacy means keeping customer data secure. To the teenager sharing selfies, privacy could mean the ability to delete that data in the future,” Pichai said. He noted that privacy was personal, which makes it even more vital for companies to give people clear, individual choices around how their data is used. He said legislation will help companies like Google to work toward ensuring that privacy protections are available to more people around the world. “But we’re not waiting for it. We have a responsibility to lead. And we’ll do so in the same spirit we always have, by offering products that make privacy a reality for everyone,” Pichai said. Ideally, privacy legislation would require all businesses to accept responsibility for the impact of their data processing in a way that creates consistent and universal protections for individuals and society as a whole, he said. He said Google has worked hard to continually earn people’s trust by providing accurate answers and keeping their questions private. “We’ve stayed focused on the products and features that make privacy a reality for everyone,” he said in the opinion piece. “For everyone” is a core philosophy for Google; it’s built into our mission to create products that are universally accessible and useful. That’s why Search works the same for everyone, whether you’re a professor at Harvard or a student in rural Indonesia,” he said. “Our mission compels us to take the same approach to privacy. For us, that means privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services. Privacy must be equally available to everyone in the world,” Pichai underlined. He noted that even in cases where Google offered a paid product like YouTube Premium, which includes an ads-free experience, the regular version of YouTube has plenty of privacy controls built in. Pichai recalled that last week, Google announced significant new privacy features, including one-click access to privacy settings from all its major products and auto-delete controls that allows one to choose how long the person want data to be saved. “And to protect your data from security threats, we just introduced a security key built into Android phones that can provide two-factor authentication,” he said. In the future, Aritificial Intelligence (AI) will provide even more ways to make products more helpful with less data. With increased spending on digital advertising, Google and Facebook have become forces to reckon with as millions of users, especially from emerging markets like India, go online. But multiple instances of data breaches and user information leaks have brought increased scrutiny on many platforms from regulators and governments across the globe. These companies are now walking a tightrope as they attempt to balance user privacy with increased accountability as governments seek greater disclosures and controls over digital platforms.last_img read more

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