APPEAL: ARENA 7 QUIZ TO HELP THE PHILIPPINE TYPHOON DISASTER VICTIMS

first_imgOUR TV screens in the past few days have been filled with the horrifying aftermath of the disaster.At least 10,000 people have died, 660,000 have lost their homes and several million more have been displaced.You can do your bit to help. A Table Quiz will be held at Arena 7 this Thursday night starting at 9.30pm.All proceeds are in aid of Philippine Typhoon Disaster victims.Organisers would appreciate any donations towards a raffle on the night- bottles of wine, chocolates, biscuits etc.All donations can be left at Ballaghderg Pre-School, Mountain Top, Letterkenny.  APPEAL: ARENA 7 QUIZ TO HELP THE PHILIPPINE TYPHOON DISASTER VICTIMS was last modified: November 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arena 7Disaster appealPhilippinesTyphoonlast_img read more

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Warriors’ training camp invitees brace for final week of preseason

first_imgOAKLAND – Each morning around 7 a.m. Tyler Ulis wakes up in his hotel room in the Oakland Marriott, takes an elevator down to the Warriors practice facility, eats breakfast and prepares for practice.For the past two weeks, this has been a consistent routine for Ulis. Now in his third year, Ulis is currently in training camp on an Exhibit 10 deal, which guarantees him up to $50,000 if he goes to the Warriors’ G-League affiliate in the event he’s waived before the season. Ulis is one of six …last_img read more

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Why Pinterest Could Be Worth Far More Than $2.5 Billion

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Finance#Pinterest#social media#Venture capital#Venture Funding A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guest author Derek Brown is a technology executive and analyst who blogs at One Blind Squirrel.Pinterest is a three-year-old start-up with what is rumored to be no revenue to date. Zero. In fact, by all accounts, it hasn’t even attempted to generate revenue yet. In three years! Hard to fathom in this day and age, isn’t it?And, yet, some of the sharpest minds in the venture capital community are so confident in Pinterest’s team and business that they recently invested in the company at an eye-popping valuation of $2.5 billion. Yes, billion!If you were involved in the Internet economy of the late-1990s, as was I, you may be rolling your eyes right about now and muttering to yourself about Pets.com, Kozmo, Webvan, theGlobe.com, govWorks, Boo.com, eToys and all the other so-called-companies that were, for one brief moment in time, valued as if they had discovered the cure to cancer, only to be out of business a few short quarters later. Ahh… the memories.Assuming that Pinterest’s investors share many of the same recent memories (or, more aptly, nightmares), what could be so compelling about the company and opportunity that would justify their support of such a lofty valuation this time around?Passion At ScaleIn short, I believe it is the economics of passion at scale.Pinterest, in its own words, is “a tool for collecting and organizing things you love).” (Italics mine.) By pinning images from around the Web to their own board(s) or browsing others’ pinboards for images (which can then be “liked” or “re-pinned” to their own board(s)), users are able to create, manage, share and discover highly personalized image collections that define their passions.Vintage fashion. Wind surfing. Gourmet cooking. Disneyana. Digital photography. Wedding gowns. Home decor. Camping. Italian design. Rolex watches. Travel planning. Architecture. Mid-century furniture. Urban farming. Knitting. Cross-Fit… The list of people’s passions is literally endless; and, Pinterest helps its users collect, organize and maintain all of them. On their own (or, with the help of the broader community). In granular, image- and/or SKU-specific detail.Self-identified passionistas on a product-by-product basis — are you kidding? I’m not sure a marketer or merchant could dream of more fertile ground among a set of unknown people, short of seeing a prospective customer standing directly in front of items on a shelf, with cash already in hand. And, I’m not even convinced that would be more compelling on a long-term basis.What could possibly be better? How about having that level of insight into the interests and intents and aspirations of not hundreds of thousands, but tens of millions, of people per month! According to press reports, Pinterest is already doing just that, hosting roughly 30 million unique monthly visitors who are generating more than 2.5 billion page views, the majority of which are likely coming through little more than domestic word-of-mouth promotion.Fast forward three years and I think it’s entirely reasonable to assume that Pinterest is successful at growing its user base and traffic flows by 5 times, fueled by existing users continuing to build out their identities, waves of more mainstream domestic users finally catching on and contributions from millions of new pinners (their word, not mine) in overseas markets. That’s a lot of passion under one roof!Passion PaysOn the business side of the house, passion pays. Extremely well.Advertising, alone, could generate several hundred million dollars of revenue per year. Let’s say, hypothetically, that Pinterest follows in the footsteps of virtually every sizable media company on the planet, by introducing advertisements of some sort across its pages in the next few years. With marketers across every vertical likely salivating at the prospect of reaching into the company’s massive, impassioned and finely segmentable audience, it seems more than plausible that advertising rates across the company’s site could be at least 50% higher (if not considerably more) than the current industry average. Accordingly, with 12.5 billion page views per month (three years from now) and a site-wide CPM of, say, $4, Pinterest would generate advertising revenue of roughly $50 million per month, or about $600 million per year.And yet, despite this sum, Pinterests more intriguing revenue opportunity at Pinterest lay in its role as a direct facilitator of online commerce.Passions, as we all know, cost money — lots of it, over extended periods of time; and, it is money that we are, on some level, actually excited to spend. So, whether it’s a weekend warrior who pins a Burton snowboard, or a hobbyist portrait photographer pinning a Zeiss lens, or a budding interior decorator who pins the perfect accent table on Fab, Pinterest has the potential to become an economic kingmaker when these enthusiasts transition into consumers looking to purchase the goods/services that bring their passions to life.Projecting Pinterest’s NumbersTo appreciate the financial implications of Pinterest’s role in the transaction cycle, think of the service as a massive affiliate that gets paid for delivering customers to online merchants. If just ~3% of its 150 million+ users (three years from now) decide to indulge in their passions by clicking from a “want-to-have” product image on one of their own Pinterest boards to a relevant online merchant, the company could claim a direct role in driving 4.5 million transactions per month. Assuming an average transaction size of $200 (remember, people are buying their passions, not everyday staples), Pinterest’s users would account for ~$900 million worth of monthly purchases. Were the company to receive a 7% affiliate “take”/lead fee/commission on these sales, it would generate transactional revenue of about $60 million per month, or $720 million per year.As if annual revenue of $1.3 billion (from just two sources) weren’t enough, the company’s margin profile has the potential to be the envy of most. Based on my 15+ years of experience evaluating a wide variety of online marketplace business models, it wouldn’t surprise me if Pinterest were able to sustain gross margins of 90% or more and adjusted EBITDA margins comfortably in excess of 25% (even while continuing to invest heavily in future growth). At these levels, the company would generate adjusted EBITDA of approximately $325 million per year.Worth It? Or Not?So… were Pinterest’s investors ultimately wise to value the company at $2.5 billion? No comment.Will the company generate any annual revenue, let alone $1.3 billion, and adjusted EBITDA of $325 million in a few short years? I don’t know.Will Pinterest eventually be worth $5 million or $50 billion? I can’t wait to find out.Those purposeful vagaries aside, though, I clearly see the underpinnings of a company with tremendous potential and, if I squint just enough, a business that could be the driver of billions of dollars of passion-fueled online commerce each year — and that’s a position that few companies ever even have the chance to dream about.center_img derek brown Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts last_img read more

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World T20: Wedding can wait for Briggs

first_imgHardly anyone would be willing to trade away the opportunity to walk down the aisle with his lady love.But when you are beckoned for national duty in a world- level sporting event, what would you pick? Little- known left- arm spinner Danny Briggs has made his choice. Weve had to push the wedding back to October because I got picked to play here. I hope I get the opportunity to play and bowl well to sweeten it a bit for her,?? Briggs said after taking three for 15 and helping England win their second and final warm-up match against Pakistan at the P Sara Oval here on Wednesday.Briggs is a new face in the England squad. With just one ODI and a T20 under his belt, few would expect him to make it to the final XI, unless the pitch is a rank turner and captain Stuart Broad decides to play him alongside Graeme Swann and all- rounder Samit Patel.But with Swann rested, it was Briggs who was given the responsibility of opening the bowling, and it worked well.In the sweltering mid- day heat, England bowled and fielded brilliantly to defend a modest total of 111, despite the fact that the pitch was slow and not conducive to stroke- making.Briggs bagged the big wicket of captain Mohammad Hafeez in the first over itself. Imran Nazir then got after him, but the 21- yearold from the Isle of Wight retaliated by beating him in the air, with Craig Kieswetter whipping off the bails in a flash.Briggs returned in the 13th over to get rid of the dangerous Umar Akmal, reducing Pakistan to 67 for five and putting England on top. It came out really nicely, which is pleasing and really good in our preparation. Its good to go into a tournament with confidence, and I hope that can carry on,?? Briggs said of Englands victory in both their warm- ups.England had lost their last five wickets for just five runs, but Briggs and pacer Jade Dernbach ( three for 14) made sure that Pakistan batsmen didnt come back to haunt them. Broad himself took two wickets for 12, and was virtually unplayable at times.”Some of the lads struggled towards the end it was hard to manoeuvre the ball around. But we were always in the game, and the way we bowled in the second half, it was pleasing,” Briggs said.Broad also praised his wards. “Strongest bowling and fielding performance weve had for a while, amazing. Great momentum leading into out 1st WC game on Friday,” he tweeted.advertisementlast_img read more

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RCMP files records of missing children graves may never surface if Ottawa

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–Indian residential school records on dead and missing children and abuse complaints to the RCMP may never see the light of day if Ottawa gets its way in its battle with the commission created to shed light on Canada’s darkest chapter, according to court documents.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is taking Ottawa to court over its refusal to hand over millions of records related to the 150 year existence of Indian residential schools. The court fight has been described as a battle for control over the history of residential schools.The TRC alleges in court documents that the Harper government is refusing to release documents and files written following the closure of a residential school, even though some of these schools opened and closed on an ongoing basis and sometimes shut down and reopened in the same building.“To the extent that documents were generated by Canada about a particular residential school after its closure, these materials would be necessary to complete the historical record of the (Indian residential school system),” stated Ken Roach, research advisor to the TRC, in an affidavit. “(The documents) would be essential to understand the particular legacy of that school.”The Harper government’s stonewalling on documents also includes files held by the RCMP, said Julian Falconer, a lawyer representing the TRC in its court battle against Ottawa. Falconer said the RCMP received criminal complaints about abuse in residential schools, but those files are still locked away.“There is no doubt there are RCMP files,” said Falconer. “We don’t have those files.”The missing files also include documents on individual schools. According to the TRC, at one point this summer, the commission had listed 37 residential schools that lacked accompanying documentation and 52 that had partial documentation.According to Roach’s affidavit, the Harper government is refusing to release files created after the shut-down of residential schools including:Documents on allegations on the treatment, health and well being of students.Documents containing allegations against staff on mistreatment of students.Documents on missing children and graves following investigations.Documents on the impact on survivors, families and communities.Documents on operations, policies and administration of closed schools.Documents on discussions by federal bureaucrats on how to respond to Indian residential school complaints from students, families and Aboriginal organizations.The federal government is refusing to release these documents partly based on their still uncertain definition of one word: Relevant.Under the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement agreement, which created the TRC, Canada and the churches agreed to “provide all relevant documents in their possession and control” to “ensure the efficacy of the truth and reconciliation process.”Yet, according to the TRC’s court filings, Canada has refused to reveal their definition of relevant despite receiving repeated requests since at least May 2011.TRC officials were initially told the government couldn’t reveal their definition without permission of the Department of Justice, and then they were told the definition needed to first be finalized and approved. Then in September 2011, federal officials said they still didn’t have a formal definition of the word.The TRC obtained an internal presentation to Parks Canada from January of this year that stated the Department of Aboriginal Affairs had a working definition of the word that was broader than the public position Canada intended to take on the issue.“The (TRC) has yet to receive Canada’s definition of the word relevance,” said the TRC’s factum.Yet, despite the uncertainty around what the Harper government actually means when it uses the word, it appeared in the statement from Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan’s response to news Ottawa was facing court action over its failure to hand over millions of residential school documents to the TRC.“We are working with 22 other government departments and with the TRC to ensure all relevant Indian residential schools related documents are made available to the TRC,” said spokesman Jan O’Driscoll, who added that the commission has already received almost one million documents.When asked what he meant by the world relevant, O’Driscoll said he couldn’t comment because the issue was before the courts.O’Driscoll’s statement also said that “Canada aims to disclose all of its remaining documents relevant to the TRCs mandate by Jun 30, 2013.”It appears that the department’s stated time-frame will wreck havoc on the TRC’s final report. One of the central volumes of the report, which deals with the legacy of residential schools and draws on all the other sections of the final document, needs to be completed by May 2013.It will take about a year to finalize, translate and publish the TRC’s final report.The TRC’s mandate expires July 1, [email protected]last_img read more

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Sarri – Im proud to manage Chelsea

first_imgChelsea manager Mauricio Sarri became the first boss at Stamford Bridge to go through his first 11 league matches unbeaten and he has hailed his talented players for the role they played.Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to go second place and just two points behind Champions Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.The victory means Sarri is now unbeaten in his first eleven Premier League games, which is the joint-longest unbeaten record by a Premier League manager, equalling the record set by Frank Clark in 1994.“I’m really very proud but I’m proud to be coach of this team. The record is not the record of the coach but the team.” Sarri told Chelsea FC website.“I was lucky because I have very good players and in the last two months they were able to win without a great level of organization from the tactical point of view.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Sarri also downplayed Chelsea’s title chances saying: “I don’t know. At the beginning, we knew there was a gap of 30 points from last season.“At the moment we need only to think about trying to recover a large part of the gap. I hope to recover almost all of it but I don’t know. It’s difficult to recover 30 points but we are trying.”last_img read more

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IPodBased Translator Provides Words Dialects Gestures

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. VCom3D signed its first contract with the US Army last summer to provide 260 of the “VCommunicator” gadgets for US troops in Iraq. The devices were deployed last month.The military is hoping that the devices will help to improve communication between soldiers and locals in the midst of a shortage of interpreters in Iraq and Afghanistan.The VCommunicator is kind of a “hacked” i-Pod; its “playlists” are different military scenarios, and its “songs” are phrases in MP3 format. The device contains several megabytes of Middle Eastern voice files, including a menu of languages such as Iraqi Arabic, Pashtu and Dari. Choosing a phrase involves two steps: first, soldiers click on the type of mission, such as vehicle checkpoint, interrogation, patrol, or raid. Then, each mission program displays numerous phrases relevant to the situation. When soldiers click on a phrase, the device displays an animated figure that repeats the phrase in accents and demonstrates gestures that are specific to the culture.Soldiers can use the VCommunicator both as a learning device and to actually conduct operations. For example, at a security checkpoint, it can be connected to a megaphone and a large TV screen to communicate to oncoming vehicles. In urban search missions, it can be hooked up to a small mobile speaker to talk to individual people.To ensure the accuracy of the device, Vcom3D consulted with a large network of linguists and other cultural experts when writing and testing the content. The company double-checked the pronunciation, idiom, context, meaning and other nuances of the various languages.Vcom3D explains that, while the translator can´t substitute for real interpreters and doesn´t provide the sophistication of real-time voice-recognition translation systems by companies such as IBM, the VCommunicator may have a practical advantage. It´s lightweight, simple to use, and can be learned in just a few hours.After trying “cumbersome and ineffective” translation devices, the Army sees the potential of the new commercial gadget, and hopes that it will help overcome a major communication barrier.Via: Orlando Sentinel A company from Orlando, Florida, is hoping that its new i-Pod-based translator will be easier to use and more practical compared with more sophisticated translators, especially for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Explore further VCom3D´s VCommunicator Citation: I-Pod-Based Translator Provides Words, Dialects, Gestures (2007, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-i-pod-based-words-dialects-gestures.html Vcom3D’s iPod translator device is a valuable tool for U.S. soldierslast_img read more

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