Cottonwood student 7th in region for rodeo at Mesalands Community College

first_imgTUCUMCARI, New Mexico >> Mesalands Community College is announce Wednesday that Kasy Baker from Cottonwood is seventh in the Grand Canyon Region in the bull riding event. The Mesalands Rodeo Team hosted the 9th Annual Mesalands Grand Canyon Region Intercollegiate Fall Rodeo in October, which was the last rodeo of the fall semester.Baker is a recipient of the Stampede Rodeo Scholarship and majors in Artistic Silversmithing at Mesalands.The Mesalands Rodeo Team will kick off the spring season …last_img

Ministry writes to PMO, wants Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has written to the Prime Ministers Office, requesting Bharat Ratna for the late Dhyan Chand in what can considered be its latest push to bestow the hockey legend with Indias highest civilian honour. Sports Minister Vijay Goel confirmed to PTI that he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Yes, we have written to the Prime Minister about Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand. Conferring the honour posthumously will be a fitting tribute to his exceptional service to the country,” said Goel. It is not the first time that the Ministry has sought Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand, who helped India win three gold medals at the Olympics (1928, 1932, and 1936). During the UPA rule in 2013, the Sports Ministry had chosen the hockey wizard for the honour over cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar. However in the same year, it was eventually announced that Tendulkar will be the first sportsperson to receive the award, hours after he ended his illustrious international career. Asked whether Dhyan Chand, who passed away in 1979, should have got Bharat Ratna before Tendulkar, Goel said: “I would not want to get into this and it is not fair to comment about sportspersons of such legendary stature. “You cant measure Dhyan Chands achievements with any award. He is beyond that. “As I said, Prime Minister will take the final call on this subject. He wants India to emerge as a sporting power and that is why he has been giving a lot of emphasis to sports. “We want him to consider this. We feel Bharat Ratna to Dhyan Chand will not only give a huge boost to Indian hockey but also to other sports,” said Goel. The Ministry decided to write to the Prime Minister earlier this week. Dhyan Chands son Ashok Kumar and other former players have been demanding Bharat Ratna for their hockey hero for years. Last year, former India captains Ashok Kumar, Ajit Pal Singh, Zafar Iqbal, Dilip Tirkey were among a 100 former players who sat on a protest on Dhyan Chand being repeatedly ignored. Even in 2011, government did not consider the plea of 82 members of parliament who backed Dhyan Chand for the recognition. The Wizard is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time and singlehandedly popularised the game in India. His birthday, August 29, is celebrated as the National Sports Day when the countrys top athletes are awarded by the President of India. PTI BS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Feds pledge money for young scientists but funding for inhouse research slips

first_imgOTTAWA — Science Minister Kirsty Duncan is making good on a promise to help young researchers who are trying to establish themselves in their fields.But the Liberals’ promised commitment to run a government that believes in science hasn’t led to funding research within the government itself, a watchdog group says.Duncan is at the University of Toronto this morning, where she’s detailing plans to spend $210 million over the next five years to expand the Canada Research Chairs program. The money was promised in last February’s federal budget and will include new grants of up to $20,000 to help emerging scientists get their research projects off the ground.Another 285 research chairs will be created with the funding, which government documents suggest will start with an additional $25 million this year and grow to $50 million a year by 2022-23. In the budget, the stated aim was that 250 research jobs would be created specifically for scientists in the early stages of their careers. Duncan’s office hasn’t yet provided details about how that target is to be met.The budget also promised the money would be used to diversify the recipients, with more women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities nominated, but no details on that are available yet either.Improving diversity, particularly to get more women appointed to research chairs, has been one of Duncan’s priorities. In 2017 she threatened to cut universities off from future grants under the program if they didn’t start nominating more women.The threat worked. In September, 41 per cent of the nominations universities made for the latest round of chair appointments were women. The number of female research chairs has increased from about one in four in 2009 to almost one in three today.Katie Gibbs, executive director of Evidence for Democracy, which argues for the use of science in policymaking, said the government’s budget commitments are now more than half of what was urged in a review in 2017.“It’s definitely a big investment. Not hugely transformational but a solid investment. I think overall it made the research community quite happy,” she said.She said there is grumbling among researchers that the extra funds for granting councils that distribute money to academic researchers for particular projects — a promised $925 million between now and 2023 — are not flowing yet, and there are still gaps in covering the ongoing operating costs of labs.But Gibbs said the biggest concern is that the government’s own scientific work is still flailing. Overall Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office but spending on in-house research is actually down.Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Statistics Canada are among 18 departments whose internal budgets for scientific research are lower today than almost a decade ago.The federal Conservatives took heavy criticism from the scientific community for cutting science jobs and funding, and accusations were made that government scientists were kept from speaking publicly about their research unless explicitly given permission from political authorities.Gibbs said the Liberals have loosened the muzzle somewhat but funding for government science has not been restored.The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada says spending on science done by the government for 2018-19 is $112 million less than the Conservatives spent in their final year in office. The institute, the largest union representing professionals in the civil service, including scientists, said research-and-development funding for government scientists is almost $900 million less in 2018-19 than it was in 2010-11.In 2016, the last year for which statistics are available, Canada ranked 21st out of 27 developed countries whose science spending is tracked by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

12 Startups Utilizing Blockchain Technology in New Ways

first_imgMarch 15, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Cryptocurrency created quite the buzz this past year. Although the technology has been around for a few years, 2017 was the year it really took off. Bitcoin, the first application of cryptocurrency technology, hit $20,000 a coin, while coins like Ethereum also saw their prices increase. However, the technology behind these tokens, blockchain, has far more applications than just cryptocurrencies.Through a network of smart contracts that operate utilizing decentralized information on a ledger, blockchain is able to provide unmatched security and speed for data transfers. This means that blockchain technology has an application in nearly every industry where value is exchanged.For this reason, many startups have started to explore how this technology can change the way the world works. Here are twelve of those startups, each of which are utilizing blockchain technology in new ways.Related: 10 Reasons Why Good Customer Service Is Your Most Important Metric1. Fr8Fr8’s blockchain network facilitates the digitization of record-keeping related to the trade of assets, even in scenarios where intermediaries and brokers are incentivized to resist change. Last year, trucks drove 29 billion empty miles in the U.S. alone. By applying blockchain, Fr8 helps to streamline and organize the industry in a trustworthy manner.2. IOSTThe internet of Services (IOST) is a new cryptocurrency that is attempting to solve scalability problems. A technological descendant of Ethereum, IOST is a blockchain with the purpose of serving as infrastructure for developers to create decentralized applications. Building on top of a blockchain allows businesses to cut out intermediaries, and also gives them peace of mind in terms of data safety, as blockchain networks are notoriously secure.3. ImpactPPAImpactPPA is creating the SmartPPA (PPA stands for power purchase agreement), a platform that connects the blockchain community with environmentally concerned and socially impactful projects that fuel the development of sustainable solutions. The platform is designed to manage renewable energy resources from generation to distribution to payment. Its aim is solving the globe’s most pressing environmental and humanitarian issues.Related: Steal These 4 Proven Customer-Retention Strategies4. ShipChainShipChain is a freight and logistics platform built on blockchain. The platform focuses on an end-to-end track and trace, which allows for unification across the entire supply chain, among all carriers. ShipChain is member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) alongside Microsoft, and the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), alongside UPS and DHL. The company recently announced a pilot program with Perdue Farms.5. Nano VisionNano Vision is empowering global citizens to step up and lend their efforts to furthering disease-prevention research and development. Through blockchain’s inherently decentralized solution, anyone, whether they are scientists, doctors or simply engaged civilians, will have access to the data that has been collected and the research that has been recorded on Nano Vision’s platform. The initiative anticipates that this will fuel new steps in the research process, thus sparking faster innovation.Related: 25 Tips for Earning Customer Loyalty6. InveniamInveniam is the first organization to successfully structure and tokenize a debt instrument that is capable of being listed on a public market. Equipped with a working product, Inveniam uses Decentralized Ledger Technology (DLT) and “regulated” contracts and tokens to transform structuring, clearing, custody and settlement of fixed-income instruments. This “regulated” token acts as the passkey for all of the underlying documentation associated with the debt, which trades with the token for the life of the instrument.7. BuzzShowBuzzShow is a platform that incorporates proof of contribution to reward online video users. It focuses on creating a decentralized social video ecosystem with a full economic cycle and rewards for creating, curating, viewing and sharing videos. Users retain full privacy and control over their video within the social media space. The platform currently has over 15,000 users.Related: 5 Ways to Build Killer Relationships With Customers8. PatronPatron is a global influencer marketing platform built with blockchain technology. Started by Atsushi Hisatsumi, a Japanese influencer and entrepreneur, the company seeks to connect global influencers with brands in a secure and transparent ecosystem. Benefits of the platform include the elimination of most common intermediary fees, incentivization and voting using tokens to match parties. The company has raised over $10 million to date.9. PhotochainPhotochain is a decentralized stock photography platform built on the blockchain. Using the Photochain marketplace, photographers can retain up to 95 percent of their potential earnings, while ensuring all copyrights and protections are in place using the company’s Digital Copyright Chain (DCC) solution. The marketplace will also connect buyers for a fair and seamless experience, eliminating most of the fees and copyright problems currently found in the stock photography market.10. ODEMODEM is the world’s first decentralized on-demand education marketplace. Using the power of blockchain technology and its smart contract-based payment platform, ODEM will enable students and professors to interact directly and participate in the exchange of education and learning, without the involvement of intermediaries. This means greater access to quality education at a lower cost, helping bridge the educational gap for millions of students globally.11. MEvUMEvU is a decentralized P2P (peer-to-peer) betting application that allows people to bet on anything, at any time and against anyone. MEvU uses smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain to store players’ funds and information, providing players with confidence that their wagers will be executed securely and quickly. The goal is to reduce black market gaming, while promoting fun and transparent gaming between parties.12. Boon TechBoon Tech is an artificial intelligence-powered micro-job platform on blockchain. With a technology developed to eliminate cryptocurrency volatility in their platform, Boon Tech has the potential to revolutionize the freelance economy. As an IBM business partner, Boon Tech uses IBM’s Watson AI algorithms in its ranking and review systems available on the platform. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Michele Rauzon lands at Boignés new company 5 Continents

first_img Posted by MONTREAL — After a successful career at Alio for 18 years and then a stint at Canandes, Michèle Rauzon has been appointed National Director of Sales and Development Canada and U.S. for new company ‘5 Continents’, founded by another well-known industry veteran, David Boigné.“More than a director of business development, Michèle will be an ambassador for the concept and our services,” Boigné told Travelweek’s sister publication, ProfessionVoyages.com. Boigné is best known for his time at Exotic Tours / Boomerang Tours.“We were looking for someone who will represent us and who will inspire confidence and we are happy to announce that it will be Michèle,” he added. “She will be present at industry events and will visit travel agencies. We will also organize educotours and webinars. Her expertise is solid and reliable.”Working together with tour operators and travel agencies, 5 Continents calls itself a business partner that will bring the expertise of receptives from all over the world.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJIt is an intermediary that does not sell to direct customers and does not compete with tour operators either. All professionals seeking quality travel experiences can use their services.Rauzon told ProfessionVoyages.com that what motivates her in this project is to work alongside travel professionals and provide them with innovative services that are especially useful.“I like the unique concept developed by 5 Continents,” says Rauzon. “I think it’s logical and natural in the current context. There are many agencies that make their own groups with local receptives directly, but it’s not so simple. They can now go through us and ensure the quality of the experience at destination.”She adds: “I know the industry and its needs. At the travel agency level, my relationships have been in place for a long time. My main challenge will be to become an expert on destinations I do not know yet, but I like to learn, it does not scare me!”More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionRauzon also notes that she represents two beautiful high-end villa properties on the West Coast of Barbados and she will be bringing this portfolio with her to 5 Continents. The two seaside resorts, St. Peters Bay and Port Ferdinand, are both under the UNNA Living umbrella. The luxury properties are fully compatible with the high-end incentive and group travel expertise offered by 5 Continents, say Rauzon and Boigné.Rauzon’s appointment officially takes effect Feb. 25. She can be reached at [email protected] Tags: 5 Continents, New Hires, People Share Travelweek Group center_img Wednesday, February 20, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Michele Rauzon lands at Boigné’s new company 5 Continentslast_img read more