AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 June 2008 | News Tagged with: Prospect research 28 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Who Owns Britain and Ireland
Tyrades! By Danny TyreeAccording to a May 11 United Press International news story, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton promised a radio interviewer that, if elected, she would release government records related to Area 51.Area 51, of course, is the remote section of Edwards Air Force Base in the Nevada desert that many UFO enthusiasts believe is the site of alien encounters.I was a little surprised that Hillary took an interest in this “X Files”-type topic. Usually she’s chasing little green bills instead of little green men. Usually SHE’S the one saying, “Take me to your leader — so I can hit him up for a Clinton Foundation donation.”Urban legends and conspiracy theories insist that Area 51 is a center for ongoing communications with aliens and/or a place where crashed alien spaceships are taken apart so scientists can reverse engineer the technology and speed up mankind’s technological progress.I know — reverse engineering an interstellar craft that smashed into a mountainside is like reverse engineering a Ford Edsel or New Coke. As Donald Trump put it, “I don’t like extraterrestrials who crash-land their flying saucers. Give me the aliens who accomplish their mission of decimating cities and atomizing toddlers. That’s what I call a hero.”Skeptics point out that if we had really made contact with extraterrestrials, SOME low-level Area 51 employee would have played whistleblower by now. Of course employees may be buying into the “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” philosophy. Perhaps there is a fear that there would be mass panic if we knew we weren’t alone. But this is 2016, after all. (“Hey, as long as they don’t have gluten-based weapons, I’m down with that.”)Many citizens wonder why, if Area 51 has been around for more than 50 years, no president has spoken up to reveal its secrets. In fact, chief executives HAVE let information about Area 51 slip out, but it is always quickly redacted.Surely you remember Pres. Obama’s gaffe “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone. And I’ve got a transdimensional death ray. D’oh! Can I do that over?”Going further back, President John F, Kennedy also almost let the cat out of the bag. Surely some of you remember the unedited version of his speech, “We choose to go to the moon… not because it’s easy, but because I think I left my cufflinks there.”Some skeptics are quick to say, “Wait a minute — Hillary is married to a former president. Wouldn’t he have already told her any secrets of Area 51?”Skeptics are sure Bill would have divulged everything to Hillary because he has SUCH a sterling record of telling her everything. Most likely, the best she could glean would be his muttering in his sleep. (“All I wanted was to get to second base with her — but those freaks don’t even HAVE second base.”)Bernie Sanders has not indicated whether he believes in alien races; but in order to cover all demographic bases, he has recalibrated his campaign to focus on “single-payer alien autopsies.”If Hillary does make it to the Oval Office and fulfill her promise, it could be a hollow victory. If she discovers that some bureaucrat accidentally destroyed the alien self-replicating pantsuit blueprints, she could view the red state/blue state map ruefully and ask, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
PORTUGAL cruised past host nation South Korea 3-1 in the last 16 of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup yesterday.The Selecao were clinical early on, as goals from Bruno Xadas and Bruno Costa gave them a two-goal lead at the break. Xadas added his second midway the second period to make the game safe, before Lee Sang-Heon snatched a consolation.Earlier in the day, Venezuela continued their impressive form at the tournament, as they eventually overcame Japan 1-0 after extra time. Manchester City youngster Yangel Herrera netted the winner in the 108th minute.Three more quarter-finalists will be determined today, as Uruguay take on Saudi Arabia, England face Costa Rica and Zambia go up against Germany.With a sizeable home crowd in attendance, Portugal would have been keen to put together a strong start and sap any buzz from the atmosphere. And they did exactly that with a brilliant display.A fluid move gave the Selecao the lead, with Xadas applying the finishing touch. And while the host nation responded well to the early setback, Portugal pounced on the break to score for a second time, with Costa lashing home from 20 yards.As noted by sports journalist Tom Kundert, from that point on the European side were in total control of the match:In the second period, South Korea needed to make their possession count a little more, but they lacked the conviction needed to get back into the game. Eventually it was Xadas, outstanding throughout, who made the game safe with a brilliant individual goal.The hosts did at least give their supporters something to cheer late on, as Lee gave the scoreline a more respectable look. Portugal, meanwhile, will face either Saudi Arabia or Uruguay in the last eight.In the day’s early fixture Venezuela had to bide their time against Japan but eventually came through late on.The Vinotinto were the standout side in the group stages of the competition, putting together three consecutive wins. But they were frustrated by a determined opponent for long spells here.Adalberto Penaranda, Yeferson Soteldo and Ronaldo Pena were all threatening for Venezuela early in the game, but they couldn’t apply the decisive touch in front of goal. Japan did offer a threat on the counter and particularly from set pieces, with Ritsu Doan rattling the bar.Still, neither side could find a breakthrough in normal time and after another goalless 15 minutes in extra time, penalties loomed. Herrera saved the Venezuela supporters from that torture, though, heading home a corner with 12 minutes on the clock.Sports journalist David Cartlidge was impressed with the performance of the South Americans and particularly that of Herrera.
Dybala brother fires message at Juventus boss Sarriby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe brother and agent of Paulo Dybala has sent a message to Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.For Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Fiorentina, Dybala was not only left out of the starting line-up, but didn’t even come off the bench. The striker is yet to start for Juve in Serie A this season.Dybala’s brother and representative Gustavo posted to social media:“The violin cannot play beautiful music if it’s missing a string…”Paulo Dybala’s brother Gustavo posted this on Twitter We think we have a good idea of who he’s talking about pic.twitter.com/SopeTF1pFt— Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) September 15, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 04: Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs returns an interception on a failed two-point converstion for two points against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Last December, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who played his college ball at Tennessee, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 25 years old. Less than a year later, he made his triumphant return to the NFL.Thursday night, Berry played his first home game since returning. The team announced his name last, and he received an incredible ovation from the crowd. Check it out:Why We Love Sports Today: Eric Berry received standing ovation in return to Arrowhead Stadium after battling cancer. pic.twitter.com/T37I1lotwt— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 18, 2015Berry was a two-time All-American at Tennessee and has already been named to three Pro Bowl teams in his young professional career. It’s great to see him back on the field.
Earlier this week, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a charity event in aid of the endangered Asian elephant at Clarence House.The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall host a reception for the Elephant FamilyScores of guests attended the garden party and masked ball in ornate, colourful creations.The Prince and Duchess were presented with heraldic masks to wear, The Prince’s with a silver elephant on it and The Duchess’s with a tiger.The event was held to raise money for the Elephant Family, a charity co-founded by The Duchess’s brother, the conservationist and writer Mark Shand, 62.Since its launch in 2002, the charity has invested more than £6 million in conservation projects across Asia, working to secure elephant and wildlife habitats and highlighting the animals’ plight.The Prince is a keen supporter of conservation and in May this year along with his son The Duke of Cambridge, hosted an End Wildlife Crime summit at St James’s Palace.Guests at the Elephant Family event included supermodel Cara Delevigne and her sister Poppy, also a model, as well as the painter Jack Vettriano who was auctioning off a work, Jerry Hall, Imran Khan, Jools Holland, racing legend Jackie Stewart and the actor Rupert Everett. Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uk
Companies in this story: (TSX:TRI)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Thomson Reuters Corp. says it is cutting 12 per cent of its global workforce, or 3,200 full-time jobs, by 2020.The news and information company made the announcement at its annual investor day conference in Toronto.Executives at Thomson Reuters says the move is part of a larger plan to further reduce the company’s expenses over the next two years.The company currently employs around 27,000 employees worldwide. Following the cuts, it will employ about 23,800 employees.Thomson Reuters says it also plans on trimming the number of its global offices from the current 185 to 133 by 2020.Dave Moran, a spokesman for Thomson Reuters, says the impact of the job cuts in Canada will be “minimal” but was unable to provide any other specifics.In October, Thomson Reuters completed the sale of a 55 per cent majority stake in its Financial & Risk business to a group led by the Blackstone private equity firm and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The deal valued the business at roughly US$20 billion, and Thomson Reuters received roughly US$17 billion in cash.Thomson Reuters retains a 45 per cent stake in the financial and risk business — which includes its financial terminal business — and now operates under the name Refinitiv.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Transit it going to make it easier for voters to get to the polls in this year’s municipal election.On general election day, October 20, B.C. Transit will be offering free transit service for those who wish to vote, but do not have a mode of transportation.The free fares will apply on all routes that normally run on Saturdays, and on handyDART. For more information on transit in Fort St. John, visit bctransit.com/fort-st-john.The general voting day is on October 20, from 8 am to 8 pm at the Fort St. John Legion.
Ensign’s biggest boost to year-over-year revenue came from the United States, where it rose by 77 per cent to $261 million, despite softening demand, to account for 69 per cent of the total. It has 134 marketed rigs in the U.S.In contrast, its Canadian revenue rose by just 11 per cent to $51 million — despite the addition of 68 Trinidad rigs to take its fleet to 118 marketed rigs — accounting for 14 per cent of the total.International revenue was down slightly at $66 million but still exceeded the Canadian contribution.“The integration of Trinidad into Ensign has now been largely completed with the full amalgamation taking place on April 1,” said Ensign president Bob Geddes.“We continue to focus on realizing the previously announced $40 million of cost savings which primarily relate to the elimination of duplicate costs and facilities.” CALGARY — Shares in Ensign Energy Services Inc. fell by as much as 6.8 per cent after it reported a second-quarter net loss of $31.7 million or 20 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $36.7 million or 23 cents a year earlier.The Calgary-based drilling company’s revenue jumped 44 per cent to $378 million from $263 million, mainly due to its acquisition late last year of rival Trinidad Drilling Ltd.The results missed analyst expectations of a net loss of $25.7 million or 13 cents a share on revenue of $419 million in the three months ended June 30, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv. Companies in this article: (TSX:ESI)The Canadian Press
OSU then-redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks for room to run against Clemson during the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. The Buckeyes lost 31-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe departure of both Ed Warriner and Tim Beck did not come as a surprise to most Ohio State football fans, after two lackadaisical seasons in a row and the goose egg laid by the Buckeyes against eventual national champion Clemson. The addition of Kevin Wilson as the new mastermind behind the offense for the Scarlet and Gray has been received warmly by most fans, but it has the players even more excited. On Sunday, members of the OSU football team were honored at the first media timeout of the Buckeyes men’s basketball game for their achievements in 2016. J.T. Barrett was honored for being named the best Big Ten player by the Chicago Tribune with the Silver Football Award.Last season Barrett, who will be returning for his redshirt senior season after choosing not to enter the NFL Draft, had a roller coaster type season. From starting the year as a potential Heisman trophy candidate, to finishing it with a raw quarterback rating of 36.1 against Michigan and 12.7 against Clemson, Barrett has had better years.Now, with Kevin Wilson at the helm, Barrett could very well return to the form he was in during his redshirt freshman season when he produced 45 total touchdowns. Wilson, known for a up-tempo offense and an air-it-out approach to the passing game, has been viewed as a welcome change in the eyes of Barrett.“Just something new,” Barrett said. “I think sometimes we get set in our ways, but change is also a good thing. Change is not always bad. I think it was needed.”Wilson has coached some notable quarterbacks who have finished their college careers with trophy cases full of accreditation. Sam Bradford and Landry Jones are the most notable, but all of his signal callers have a tendency to rack up plenty of yards. Bradford threw for 50 touchdowns during his only season under Wilson’s direction, and the chance to see Barrett under a quarterback’s mastermind has many OSU fans itching to see what the new-look offense will do during the Spring Game. Although his return to Columbus for his final season seemed a lock immediately following the Fiesta Bowl, Barrett said the hiring of Wilson was a big factor in his decision.“Just trying to make sure, that if I was going to come back that, it was something I was going to do that was best for me in order for me to help and grow as a quarterback,” Barrett said. “That was part of it.”Wilson had high praise for Barrett after the Buckeyes defeated Indiana 38-17.“In my opinion, from afar, I think that’s the best quarterback in college football,” Wilson said after the game. “Some of these guys have some stats, I’m not saying it because he’s in our league — I’m not a homer. When you watch that kid play, that kid and his unselfishness … he went through a lot. He was a premier player in the country two years ago when he got injured.”Billy Price, who is following in the footsteps of Pat Elflein and returning for his redshirt senior season and moving to center, will now be under his third offensive coaching staff since arriving on campus. Although, as a whole, OSU’s offensive line performed well, there were more than a few times where the unit looked confused, or like they were blocking the wrong schemes.Price admitted after the Fiesta Bowl loss he and the rest of the team understood what went wrong, but did not delve deeper into the subject. He, like Barrett, is welcoming the change Wilson is bringing.“The offensive philosophy is going to be different,” he said. “There’s things that are going to be a lot different than they were, and it’s a positive change. We’re just looking forward to once spring ball comes and we get to see those changes, and see what we’re actually going to be working with.”OSU kicks off the 2017 season with the Spring Game on April 15 at Ohio Stadium.