5 Metrics More Important Than Your Burn Rate

first_imgToo many startups worry about the wrong metric. That metric is “burn rate,” or how fast they are going to run through their cash—or more likely, their investor’s cash.Listen, you never, ever want to run out of cash. But counting off the months until you are out of cash, out of runway, and out of time isn’t the right focus. Here are five better metrics.New Clients ObtainedOne way to not run out of cash is to create more of it. The way you create cash is by acquiring paying clients (or customers if that word better suits your business).Your burn rate starts to lose its significance when you gain new clients and customers. If days go by without your acquiring new clients, your burn rate becomes more important. If weeks pass without your winning new clients, you don’t have the right focus. Entrepreneurs create customers.New RevenueYes, new revenue. New revenue is worth more to you than new investment money. It doesn’t matter how sexy investment money is, revenue is much, much sexier (and real investors think so, too). Speculator money isn’t real money.You might start a business with investor money, but you don’t run a business with investor money. You run a business with the money you create by selling to your clients.Entrepreneurs make money. They don’t spend investor’s money without also multiplying it.Gross ProfitGross profit is the money you have left after you subtract your expenses from your revenue. If you don’t have any revenue, then you don’t have any gross profit.If you don’t have any significant revenue, then you look at your burn rate. Generating gross profit is what keeps you from having to look at your burn rate.No business survives for long without gross profit in excess of their expenses. Investor money is not the solution to a lack of gross profit. The solution is to sell enough to generate gross profit.Net ProfitWant to be successful? Want to be a real entrepreneur? Keep some of the money that you make.A 5B company with no net profit isn’t as strong or as safe as a 125M company with 5M in profit. When there is a blip in the economy, the C-Suite will be removed from their posts and replaced by someone who knows how to keep a few of the 5B dollars.Be a strong, well-run business. Then worry about scale.PipelineWhat does your future client acquisition look like now? How many new clients will you obtain this quarter, next quarter, and this year? What will those clients pay you?The value of your pipeline is some prediction of your future. When you look at your burn rate, you are looking at how fast you are going to kill the business. When you look at your pipeline, you are looking at how fast you are going to grow your business. It’s a focus thing.If you are an entrepreneur, these metrics are your focus. If you believe in your idea, then focus on creating clients, not burn rate. You may even get to keep the business you started.last_img read more

Denmark Open: Saina Nehwal battles past Nozomi Okuhara to reach semifinals

first_imgSaina Nehwal on Friday became the second Indian player to go through to the semi-finals of the Denmark Open after Kidambi Srikanth after she defeated Nozokmi Okuhara in a hard-fought last-8 match.Nehwal came from behind to beat the reigning world champion 17-21, 21-16, 21-12 to reach the last-4 of the competition.Nehwal displayed great skills, spirit and agility on court and covered her ground so well throughout the match. She made Okuhara commit errors with her resilience and then played exquisite badminton herself to advance to the women’s singles semis.The final point of the match was a long rally which ended with the Japanese finding the net. It was a morale boosting for the Indian star, having lost her previous three meetings to Okuhara including the most recent one in Korea last month.Another good win against fighter @nozomi_o11 of Japan … world number 8 …. 21-17 ,16-21 ,12-21 #quaterfinals #denmarkopen750 #odense pic.twitter.com/dJEr4MZBMtSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 19, 2018Saina had also lost to the 2017 World Champion during the team event at the Asian Games in August.Overall, their head-to-head record stands at 7-4 in the Indian’s favour. Saina next faces world number 19 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia.One tough rally from today’s match … pic.twitter.com/tEfCiTQKgeSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 19, 2018Earlier on Friday it was Srikanth who sailed into the men’s singles semis after he stopped compatriot Sameer Verma’s charge in the quarterfinals.Defending champion Srikanth ended Verma’s impressive run with a 22-20 19-21 23-21 win in the quarter-final match in Odense.advertisementSrikanth, who had a torrid year after a very successful 2017, was always going to be a tough opponent for world No.23 Sameer, who had pulled off a remarkable upset over Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia to reach the quarters.The world No.6 continued in the vein of his round of 16 victory, where he defeated Lin Dan 18-21, 21-17, 21-16.In the women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy’s spirited campaign came to an end with a loss to top seeds, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, in the quarterfinals.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

KL Rahul should return to India and play Ranji Trophy for Karnataka: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgSunil Gavaskar slammed the Indian team management for not learning from its past mistakes and repeatedly making “selection blunders” since the tour of South Africa earlier this year.India suffered a massive 146-run defeat against Australia in Perth, their seventh Test loss on the foreign soil this year.”We have been seeing this – the selection blunders that have been committed since the tour of South Africa. It has cost the team because they have lost matches which could’ve been won if the proper selection had been made. So even now, with the benefit of hindsight, I would say that not picking Ravichandran Ashwin is almost like saying that you won’t pick your batsman because the pitch is too good and you won’t need your best batsman as the rest of the batsmen can get the runs,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak on Tuesday.”I am really baffled by this. I hope they take proper cricketing decisions and don’t go by possibilities. They have to look at the combination of their team, look at the hole that needs to be plugged and pick the men to plug those holes. If they do that, then they can certainly win the next two matches but if they don’t, and that too against this Australian team which does not have Steve Smith or David Warner, then the selectors need to think whether we are getting any benefit from this lot – the captain, coach and support staff. If they win then obviously things will be different,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak in an exclusive chat on Tuesday.advertisementIndia started off the series with a historic triumph in Adelaide but has added two more players to its squad even before losing the second Test – a decision which has left the former India skipper quite angry.”I want to find out that who has authorised 19 players to go because the next question is why not three more? The BCCI is a very rich body, it can afford to send even 40 people down there. However, I feel that an India cap, an Indian blazer has to be made a lot more valuable. I stand by my assertion made in England that the only way a player really feels hurt is when he is out of the Indian squad. Not just out of the eleven but out of the squad. He will then make efforts to get better. But by carrying players and taking 19 players, I do believe that the selection committee has not handled their responsibility well,” he said.”Nothing will change unless someone is held accountable. Whoever has given them the permission to have those three or four extra players, that person also needs to explain to the rest of the world why 19 players? In the past, we have always had a team of 15 or 16. Occasionally, when the teams have gone to the West Indies, due to the distance, it has been 17. But that was occasionally. Australia, when they come to India, bring 14 players. I don’t see the need why is India sending so many players? A lot of those players can come back and play domestic cricket which will not only embellish our domestic cricket, lift the standard our domestic cricket but also give these guys, unlikely to be picked in the Test matches, an opportunity to regain form and make a case for getting back in the team,” he added.The first one on the flight back home from Perth should be India opener KL Rahul according to Gavaskar.”He (Rahul) has no chance of playing in the remaining two Tests unless of course there is an injury to any player. I think he should come back and play Ranji Trophy for Karnataka. It is not just that he is out of form, he is just not there and you can see that. He can prove me wrong and I will be very happy to be proven wrong as long as the Indian team benefits. That has always been my way to look at it. I don’t claim to know that I know everything but I believe that it is best for Indian cricket if he is sent back and gets lots of runs in Ranji Trophy. That will give him confidence for the battles to come. If he is just going to be part of the team that is travelling from Perth to Melbourne and from Melbourne to Sydney, doesn’t make any sense at all. In fact, questions need to be asked that why has he been kept in the 19? I fail to understand what kind of thinking this really is. And, it has been happening for last year and a half. We return home and start winning again then nobody is really concerned about our overseas results.”advertisementGavaskar is particularly unhappy with the way India surrendered in Perth even though he accepted that the pitch was “difficult” for batsmen.”At least one should make an effort, be it the bowler or a batsman. This is what everyone wants to see. This is a sport and one team has to eventually lose. What the Indian fans want to see is some kind of a fight shown by our players which isn’t happening. A 146-run defeat is quite a big one. Just have a look at how well the Australian tail-enders batted in Adelaide and brought the margin of defeat to 31 runs. Why can’t our team do the same? This remains the biggest question.Gavaskar felt the opening partnership between Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch was the “big difference” between both the teams in this Test match.”The opening partnership between Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch on the first day was the turning point because the wicket was green and had an extra bounce. The duo negotiated that really well and applied their minds. Not just the fours that they hit, the best thing about their left-right partnership was the way they were stealing singles and rotating strike. They didn’t let any Indian bowler to bowl six consecutive deliveries. I think that was the biggest difference between both the teams.”Also Read | KL Rahul brutally trolled after twin failures in PerthAlso Read | Virat Kohli surpasses Brian Lara with sixth hundred in a losing cause as captainAlso Read | Paine on banter with Kohli: He brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of peoplelast_img read more

Newcastle’s summer transfer dealings not ideal, Rafael Benítez says

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share via Email “Jonjo knows he made a mistake,” Benítez said. “He’s the first one that wants to change, wants to improve but you cannot predict or prevent it. You have to keep giving him the right message but, at the end, it depends on one second when he loses control. He knows it depends on him. The other players try to help Jonjo but he’s important and he has to behave.”One player who could feature in West Yorkshire is Joselu, a striker newly arrived from Stoke for £5m. “We know he has potential,” Benítez said. “Was he playing at his [best] level at Stoke, maybe not. Maybe he will have more chances here. It’s easier for me to talk to him in Spanish than maybe for Mark Hughes. So I can explain things but, after that, it depends on him.” Rafael Benítez Topics Transfer window Read more Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendcenter_img news Newcastle United Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this content Read more Instead about £35m has been invested in low-key acquisitions including Javier Manquillo, Jacob Murphy, Mikel Merino and, most recently, Joselu but Benítez will need to sell unwanted players before buying again. “We have to manage a situation that’s not ideal,” Newcastle’s manager said. When asked if this could still prove to be a “good” window the Spaniard’s answer proved downbeat. “It could still be a better window, I would say,” replied Benítez, who will be without the suspended Jonjo Shelvey against Huddersfield on Sunday.“When you have what you have and you have missed what you’ve missed out on you can try to improve. But it cannot be ideal. It depends on the players we can move out. There is some interest in some of our players – [such as Jack Colback, Grant Hanley, Tim Krul and Aleksandar Mitrovic] – but clubs are offering less money than we want.”Although Ashley attended last Sunday’s home 2-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, he left without seeing the 57-year-old and Benítez did not watch a televised interview the sports retail tycoon gave to Sky that evening. In it Ashley said he lacked the necessary finance to compete with clubs such as Manchester City and also apologised to the former Newcastle managers Sam Allardyce, Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton for his treatment of them.“I know more or less what he said,” the latest occupant of the St James’ Park hot-seat said. “I didn’t watch it but, believe me, it doesn’t change anything. I cannot change anything about our situation in terms of the transfer window.“What I need to concentrate on are the things that depend on me, like training. I need to make sure my team is good enough to compete against Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest and West Ham in the next week.“I’m not really surprised [Ashley left early]. I’ve been dealing with Lee Charnley [the managing director] for a year and a half. I don’t need anything else. I don’t need much contact if Lee Charnley’s there.”He will be without Jonjo Shelvey at Huddersfield on Sunday as the midfield playmaker, who trails a history of struggling to control his on-pitch emotions, is starting a three-match ban for treading on Dele Alli’s ankle against Spurs. Rafael Benítez has indicated that Mike Ashley’s summer transfer market blueprint is now significantly less ambitious than it appeared when the two men last met in May.“He knows what he told me and what I was thinking,” said Newcastle United’s manager, who has not spoken to the club’s owner since that rare get-together and finds himself forced to embrace a new-found minimalism when it comes to refurnishing his squad.Indeed Benítez makes it plain he has been unable to sign the players he originally envisaged recruiting after the team sealed promotion from the Championship. Rafael Benítez reveals Jonjo Shelvey apology after Tottenham red cardlast_img read more

Here’s What Tim Tebow Is Doing At His MLB Showcase Today

first_imgTim Tebow in a batting cage.Tim Tebow/Twitter.Today is the day Tim Tebow tries to become a major league baseball player.Tebow, 29, is set to work out for 20-plus MLB teams in Los Angeles. The former Florida Gator and NFL quarterback has been working out with a baseball career in mind for a year-plus. He already has a contract offer from a Venezuelan winter league team.Scott Miller, an MLB columnist for Bleacher Report, is out in Los Angeles for the workout.He tweeted out a photo of the plan for Tebow’s MLB showcase.Tebow will be:Running a 60-yard dashThrowing to bases from the outfieldShagging flyballs and groundballs in the outfieldTaking batting practiceTaking “live” BP from two AAA pitchersHere’s the schedule:Almost showtime pic.twitter.com/dBvSnT0j0N— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) August 30, 2016Tebow’s showcase is taking place at USC.Tim Tebow warming up for his showcase. pic.twitter.com/5RhJ3saXRl— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 30, 2016Updates to come.last_img read more

Image of the Day: Iver Ambition Rejuvenated

first_imgzoom Dutch shipping company Vroon is bringing its bitumen tanker Iver Ambition, former San Lorenzo, back into service after the ship recently completed an extensive drydocking in Singapore.During her drydocking the vessel was repainted in Vroon livery and renamed from San Lorenzo. In addition, she passed her first special survey.After successful completion of sea trials, Iver Ambition is now underway to Chiba, Japan, to load her next cargo of coal tar pitch.last_img

The Next Provincial Parks Consultations

first_img Amherst: Wandlyn Meeting and Convention Centre, Exit 3 Hwy 104 Truro: NSCC Campus, 36 Arthur St. Parrsboro: Royal Canadian Legion, 56 Moore St. Stellarton: Museum of Industry, 147 North Foord St. The Thursday meetings are: Public consultations on provincial parks are continuing, with two sessions tonight, June 19, and two Thursday, June 21. The Tuesday meetings are: Next week, a Halifax session will be held Tuesday, June 26, at the Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor St. All consultation meetings are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. People may also comment through an online survey. Some residents will be contacted for a telephone survey. The province’s natural resources strategy, The Path We Share, released in August 2011, calls for a review to develop a more sustainable parks system. Information and opinions gathered from Nova Scotians during the parks consultations will help develop an improved, sustainable system of parks. Public meetings have been held in 10 towns across the province with additional French consultations, via video conference, in five French-speaking areas. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr .last_img read more

SHAW ROCKET FUND KICKSTARTS ONLINE KIDS SAFETY PROGRAM FOR CANADIAN DIGITAL CONTENT

first_imgUnderstanding that online safety for kids is of utmost importance, the Shaw Rocket Fund will open the Rocket Online Safety Program to all Canadian producers of kids’ digital content to encourage the certification of any kids’ digital content being made in Canada. BANFF, BC, June 11, 2018 – The Shaw Rocket Fund is proud to announce a new kids’ digital safety program to help Canadian producers ensure a safe environment for kids when creating digital experiences: the Rocket Online Safety Program. The announcement was made at the Banff World Media Festival with President & CEO of the Shaw Rocket Fund, Agnes Augustin and kidSAFE Seal founder, Shai Samet.Online safety and privacy for kids has been an increasing concern for the production industry. The Rocket Online Safety Program will ensure that all Canadian digital content receiving Rocket Fund investment be certified based on established online safety and/or privacy standards through the kidSAFE Seal Program, an independent safety certification service designed exclusively for children-friendly websites and technologies. Online game sites, educational services, virtual worlds, social networks, mobile apps, tablet devices, connected toys, and other similar online and interactive services will all be eligible for this program. The Rocket Online Safety Program will launch in September 2018. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Rocket Fund will finance 100 per cent of the cost of kidSAFE Seal Certification over the first year of the program, further demonstrating the Shaw Rocket Fund’s commitment to supporting producers in an evolving digital environment.“The Shaw Rocket Fund believes that a safe online environment for kids is paramount. We want to help Canadian creators of kids’ digital content take this very important step towards a safer online experience for our children. We’re excited to offer the Rocket Online Safety Program to help set the stage by funding the cost of kidSAFE Seal Certification over the first year,” says Agnes Augustin, Shaw Rocket Fund President & CEO.Additionally, the Rocket Fund will provide funding assistance of up to 75% of the cost of certification required in foreign regions for programs that the Fund has invested in, such as COPPA in the U.S. or GDPR in Europe, should a producer require it. Supporting certification in other countries will help to ensure that Canadian digital content acknowledges established safety standards for kids around the world.“kidSAFE Seal is a business-friendly organization that works with content creators to keep kids safe online. We help make sure that technology meets online safety and privacy standards, with the intent to reduce the need for more regulation,” says Shai Samet, kidSAFE Seal founder. “This partnership will create an efficient certification process for producers of the Shaw Rocket Fund Online Safety Program, including audits and consultations for safety and privacy compliance.”Eligibility criteria established by the Fund for investment in the creation of digital content remains unchanged. The Rocket Fund will continue supporting high quality associated digital content as set out in the Fund’s current Guidelines. The Rocket Online Safety Program is an extension of the Fund’s commitment to excellence in creating Canadian content for children, and the technology that fuels the content today.About the Shaw Rocket FundThe Shaw Rocket Fund is a vital partner of the Canadian children’s media sector in offering children robust world-leading content on all platforms. The company invests in and supports Canadian-made media that reflects Canadian values and diversity, and most of all respects and speaks to children, while positively showcasing Canadian leadership on the world stage. By working with producers, regulators and government, the Shaw Rocket Fund aims to make quality content for kids a global priority. Contributors to the Fund are Shaw Communications and Shaw Direct. Find out more at rocketfund.ca.About the kidSAFE Seal ProgramThe kidSAFE Seal Program is an independent safety certification service and seal-of-approval program designed exclusively for children-friendly websites and technologies, including online game sites, educational services, virtual worlds, social networks, mobile apps, tablet devices, connected toys, and other similar online and interactive services. Products that meet established online safety and/or privacy standards are added to a distinguished list of kidSAFE member products and awarded a kidSAFE Seal for display on the website, mobile app, or technology. Find out more at kidsafeseal.com. Advertisementlast_img read more

Supreme Court to examine process for deciding residential school compensation

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will look at the process used to determine compensation for former residential school students.The high court has agreed to hear the appeal of an Indigenous man – known only as J.W. due to privacy considerations – who claims he was sexually assaulted by a nun while attending a residential school in Manitoba.At issue is whether the decisions of adjudicators in such cases can be reviewed by the courts.For over a century, tens of thousands of Indigenous children were required to attend residential schools, primarily run by religious institutions and funded by the federal government.Students were not allowed to use their languages or cultural practices.Former pupils provided accounts of physical, sexual and emotional abuse as part of an independent assessment process to determine compensation _ a program that flowed from a major 2006 settlement agreement aimed at ensuring a lasting resolution of the residential schools legacy.J.W.’s claim was rejected by an adjudicator on the grounds that he had failed to show the nun’s alleged act – grabbing his penis while he was in line for a shower – had a “sexual purpose.”His efforts to have the decision overturned by other adjudicators failed.However, a Manitoba judge found fault with the internal reviews and sent the case back to the initial adjudication phase.The federal government successfully challenged the judge’s decision in the Manitoba Court of Appeal, which ruled that, under the terms of the independent assessment process, there can be no judicial review of adjudication decisions.As usual, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for agreeing to hear J.W.’s case.last_img read more

Torstar sees Q2 profit as tax credit reduces expenses counters drop in

first_imgTORONTO – Torstar Corp. had a $4.8-million profit attributable to shareholders and improved adjusted earnings in the second quarter, partly because of cost reductions and partly due to a provincial tax credit that offset labour costs.In the comparable period last year, Torstar posted a loss of just under $7 million.Net income in the three months ended June 30 was equal to six cents per share, which compared with a loss of nine cents per share in last year’s second quarter.Adjusted earnings from continuing operations equalled 16 cents per share, compared with a loss of three cents per share a year ago.The year-over-year improvements were due primarily to lower operating costs.Salaries and benefits were down $20.9 million from a year ago, mostly because of the digital tax credit. Excluding the credit, salaries and benefits would be down $5.1 million.Revenue was down 11.5 per cent to $143.2 million in the second quarter from $161.7 million a year earlier.Year-over-year comparisons are complicated by a number of acquisitions and divestitures, including a publication exchange between Torstar and Postmedia Network Canada Corp.Their deal is being investigated by the federal Competition Bureau. The companies say they complied with the law and they’re co-operating with the competition watchdog.Like most traditional newspapers, magazines and broadcast media, Torstar has been undergoing a years-long decline in advertising revenue due to competition from digital media and changing consumer habits.“While we are in the early days of a comprehensive multi-phased transformation plan, signs of progress are clear.” John Boynton, Torstar’s president and CEO, told analysts in a conference call.He said Torstar is pleased with the stability of its subscriber revenue, which he described as a “large and more resilient part of our business.”Boynton said its data about consumers and advertisers is key.“Already we’re using some of the data to help us make decisions and start to figure out how to serve customers better. And the same with the client side,” Boynton said.Torstar is also going to make more use of subscriptions for its digital media, in order to provide more relevant advertising to consumers in a more efficient way.___Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Companies in this story: (TSX:TS.B, TSX:PNC.B)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said net income per share was for six months instead of three months.last_img read more

Moroccan Child Dies After School Metal Door Falls, Parents Condemn Poor…

Rabat – A primary school’s rusty entry door suddenly fell on Thursday, killing a 10-year-old girl and injuring a woman who was also standing near the door.The woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized at the Sid Lahsene hospital in Temara.The incident angered the school students’ parents and teachers who protested in front of the school to denounce the school’s condition and the director’s “negligence.”   Parents expressed their outrage over the school’s dilapidated state. They said the school’s lack of facilities, water and sanitation negatively affects students’ health and school experience.Read Also: Low Standards in Moroccan Schools Put Children’s Education at RiskOne example is that of a student whose father complained about her experiencing burns when urinating, likely infected by a urinary tract infection (UTI) at the school’s unhygienic toilet which is also accessible to the school’s guard dog.The parents complained that there is no cleaner to take care of the school toilets although they pay the parents’ associations fees, collected money supposed to improve the school’s condition.‘God’s will’For all the complaints and outrage from parents, however, the ministry of education played down the tragedy, urging the angry parents to resign themselves to divine providence.In a statement released on Friday, the ministry expressed “regret and sadness” over the tragic incident. It added, however, that the schoolgirl’s death “was God’s will.”The statement pointed out that the school’s director met with the girl’s family to convey his condolences and that the ministry has sent a commission to the school to investigate the school’s situation, “take urgent measures,” and ensure that classes resume in normal conditions.In its 2016-2017 annual report, the Moroccan Court of Auditors noted deficits in the basic facilities of some schools.  Running water, electricity, sewage, and hygienic toilets are a rare–sometimes inexistent–commodity in most schools in rural areas, according to the report.Other missing basic infrastructure and facilities include fences, sanitary units, sports fields, multimedia rooms, libraries, internet connection, and teaching materials. read more

Markets Right Now: Stocks open lower as chipmakers fall

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.A sell-off in shares of chipmakers is pushing U.S. stocks lower as Wall Street begins trading Monday.Companies are taking steps to comply with the Trump administration’s decision to restrict technology sales to Chinese telecom giant Huawei. About one-third of Huawei’s suppliers are American chipmakers, including Qualcomm and Broadcom.Shares of both companies are down more than 4% in early trading.Sprint shares spiked 25.6% after the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said he will approve its merger with T-Mobile. Shares of T-Mobile gained 5.8%The S&P 500 index fell 18 points, or 0.6%, to 2,841.The Dow slid 134 points, or 0.5%, to 25,629. The Nasdaq dropped 108 points, or 1.4%, to 7,708.The yield on the 10 year Treasury was flat at 2.39%.The Associated Press read more

Bringing the city to the vineyard

Brock grads learning about grape growing in the vineyardDriving along the QEW into Niagara often stirs that ‘coming home’ nostalgia for Brock graduates. After all, over 80 000 alumni have graduated from the University, and many call Niagara home during their time at Brock. Now, as graduates, the drive into Niagara has another landmark to note – the wineries.While undergraduate students have typically not been known for their discerning tastes – more likely to drink Spumonti Bambino than Bordeaux – the Niagara region also has much to offer for those with more refined palates and quality over quantity.During this year’s Homecoming celebrations in September, we plan to bring alumni ‘home’ to Niagara’s wine country. On Sunday, September 22, shuttle buses will leave from Toronto, Burlington, and right here in Niagara to take graduates on a tour of three beautiful wineries in the Twenty Valley region with stops at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery, Thirty Bench Winery, and Hernder Estate Winery where guests will also enjoy lunch.VisitNiagaraCanada.com describes the Twenty Valley (the towns of Beamsville, Vineland & Jordan) as “rural yet sophisticated;” one minute you’re driving alongside farmland, the next, you’re passing a vineyard nestled at the base of the Escarpment.Come join us on this exciting Homecoming tour as we “bring the city to the vineyard!” From a “boutique” winery like Thirty Bench Winery, to a property boasting a 60 year tradition of grape growing and Niagara’s only covered bridge at Hernder Estates to a winery rich with history, and whose namesake lived on the land during the late 18th century at Henry of Pelham.For more information, and to register for the tour, visit brocku.ca/homecoming read more

Federal response to gig workers hindered by unreliable data documents say

OTTAWA — A newly released government document shows that federal officials feel stymied by data roadblocks in their bid to help policymakers tackle a growing political concern about the country’s “gig” economy.Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act show federal officials were leery of the reliability of existing data on the number of Canadians using online platforms to earn their livings, even though the figures had come from reputable sources.The late-March briefing note shows officials at Employment and Social Development Canada were looking for alternatives.Federal officials have been closely watching the changes in the labour force away from full-time jobs in favour of more temporary, part-time or contract work.Available research suggests young people are more often found in these positions, which can be lower-paid and without benefits or longer-term job security. That makes the effects of the gig economy of particular interest to politicians: millennials make up the largest voting cohort this election season.Concerns about the ripple effects have prodded changes to the Canada Pension Plan, analysts’ deep policy dives into the future of the federal social safety net, new spending on skills training and amendments to the federal labour code.What makes measuring the size of the gig economy so difficult is that there are competing definitions of what it includes. ESDC officials leaned on an American definition that described gig workers as those who take short work or tasks through websites or mobile apps that arrange payment and connect them directly to consumers.So, for instance, driving Ubers, making SkipTheDishes deliveries, or picking up odd work from TaskRabbit. Putting together multiple part-time jobs, soliciting work through a website such as Kijiji, or surviving on short-term contracts didn’t count.Underlying concerns about the gig economy is a demographic shift firmly underway in Canada. Aging baby boomers will retire in droves over the coming years without enough young workers to replace them — which raises a potential problem. Unlike the Canada Pension Plan, old-age security payments are funded by tax dollars, and federal coffers might not be able to cover the cost of seniors’ benefits that are increasing faster than inflation.Add to that populist concerns about immigrants, who have been the main drivers of population growth as birth rates have declined, and there is a potential potent mixture for the coming election campaign.What to do beyond election day has engrossed federal officials from multiple departments, who have tested worst-case scenarios and a range of possible policy responses.Armine Yalnizyan, an economist who has researched the gig economy in detail, said available data suggests a growth in the platforms could erode wages for engineers, accountants, programmers and lawyers as companies connect with cheaper overseas labour. Federal programs either provide workers with capped income supports — which for high-wage workers would be well below the earnings they’re used to — or retraining funding, she said.“This isn’t the hollowing out of the middle, this is the hollowing out of the high-skill, high-wage class and we don’t have programs for that crowd,” Yalnizyan said.“What are you going to train them in? They’ve just spent seven to 10 years training and spent a fortune on it. Obviously, our systems are not designed for that reality and that’s where we’re hitting the stress tests.”The briefing note, sent to a handful of top ESDC officials, lamented that the “available evidence about the incidence and quality of online platform work, in Canada and abroad, is currently quite limited, impeding the provision of policy advice.”Officials also raised cautions on survey results from two major federal institutions — Statistics Canada and the Bank of Canada — on the number of Canadians using online platforms for their incomes, highlighting concerns with how the data were obtained.The document says Statistics Canada scuttled a plan to replicate an American labour survey on gig workers after U.S. officials admitted there were problems with the results. Instead, a survey of the digital economy found about 230,000 Canadians had been involved in platform work in the previous 12 months, or 0.8 per cent of the population over age 18.A similar effort by the Bank of Canada suggested between 4 and 6.5 per cent of Canadians over 16 were part of the gig economy.Both results, different as they were, were “markedly lower” than other countries, the document says, and should be “treated carefully due to the small number of respondents.”“We know there’s been growth and we know Canada is very reliant on this form of labour, both among employers and, oddly, amongst workers,” Yalnizyan said. “Something’s happening, we just don’t know how to measure it properly.”Results from a new Statistics Canada effort are expected to be available this fall, the briefing note says, but officials at ESDC were already pushing “alternative methods of data collection” to learn more about platform workers and their job quality.A department spokeswoman said ESDC “continues to explore the possibility” of taking part in an international survey of platform workers and an in-depth study with Statistics Canada, both of which would take place next year.Jordan Press, The Canadian Press read more

WatchSmall businesses to get rebates for energyefficient upgrades to help cut their

OTTAWA — Small businesses in the four provinces with a national carbon price will get $1.4 billion over the next four years to help them cut their carbon-tax bills by reducing their energy use.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is introducing the carbon price rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses Thursday, nearly two months after the new carbon price began being applied in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick.“It took a while, to be honest, to get the details right,” McKenna said. Kenney government’s Bill 1 will roll back Alberta carbon tax on everyone but large emitters Federal carbon price revenues to hit $2.6 billion this year, budget watchdog says Amid Alberta’s election campaign, small businesses say they’re the canaries in the coal mine — and things aren’t going well She said she wanted to make sure the program will be workable and easy for businesses to use.There will be a direct rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses to get back up to half the cost of buying more energy-efficient equipment and appliances. It’s expected the rebates will be worth $44 million this year and the maximum rebate for any individual business will be $20,000.More details on what equipment or retrofits will be eligible for what level of rebate won’t be available until regulations are delivered after the Liberal government’s budget-implementation bill passes in Parliament. McKenna said the idea is to include things like refrigerators, dishwashers and anti-idling devices for vehicles to help everyone from farmers to convenience-store owners and restaurateurs.“We wanted very practical things that will help small businesses save money,” she said.A separate program will allow businesses to apply to get rebates for retrofits that make their businesses use less energy. That program, which will be about $106 million this year, will be for projects that cost up to $1 million.The funds come from the revenues Canada is collecting from the $20-a-tonne carbon price imposed April 1 on the provinces that don’t currently have carbon-pricing systems of their own. Legislation requires all the revenues from the carbon price to be returned to individuals and businesses in provinces where they were collected.Most of the rebates — 90 per cent — are going to individuals through income-tax rebates. The rest is reserved for businesses and non-profits, municipalities, hospitals, schools, universities and Indigenous communities.The Liberals expect most businesses to be able to pass on their carbon costs to consumers through higher prices for goods and services, which is why the majority of the rebates are going to individuals.Another separate program is to be announced to help offset carbon-price costs for municipalities, hospitals, universities and schools.Over the next four years, Ottawa anticipates small and medium-sized businesses will be eligible for $1.4 billion in rebates for energy-efficiency ugprades through the two streams.The carbon price is set to rise $10 per tonne each year until it hits $50 a year in 2022. The government says it will revisit the price then to see how effectively it’s cutting Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions.For homeowners and smaller-emitting businesses the carbon price will apply on 21 different input fuels and combustible materials used to produce energy, including gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, tires and asphalt shingles. The expectation is that at $20 a tonne, a tank of gasoline will cost about $2 more, and a monthly residential natural gas heating bill will go up $8.Large industrial emitters that produce more than 50,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year are bumped into a separate program, where the price is paid on a portion of the company’s own total emissions, rather than on the input fuels they use.More than half a million small businesses in Canada are affected by the national carbon price in the four covered provinces. read more

Hungarian law that could detain all asylumseekers violates countrys legal obligations –

“In practice, it means that every asylum-seeker, including children, would be detained in shipping containers surrounded by high razor wire fence at the border for extended periods of time,” Cécile Pouilly, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told the media today at a news briefing at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG). “The new law violates Hungary’s obligations under international and European Union (EU) laws, and will have a terrible physical and psychological impact on women, children and men who had already greatly suffered,” she added. According to the UN agency, under international and EU laws, the detention of refugees and asylum-seekers could only be justified on a limited number of grounds, and only where it was necessary, reasonable and proportionate. That requires authorities to consider whether there were less coercive or intrusive measures to achieve those goals, based on an assessment of the individual’s particular circumstances, explained Ms. Pouilly, adding that alternatives to detention should always to be considered first. “Failure to do so could render detention arbitrary,” she said. Until now, asylum-seekers had been allowed to stay in open reception centres across the country. However, with the new law the people who had entered the country, having passed through the transit zones, would be moved back to those zones and confined to the containers. RELATED: Refugees and migrants taking ‘enormous risks’ to reach Europe“This is extremely worrying, especially thinking about children being detained,” noted Ms. Pouilly, adding: “Children should never be detained under any conditions as detention was never in a child’s best interest.” She also said that the Government had also already erected a razor wire barrier along the entire border with Serbia and, now, only 50 asylum seekers were allowed to enter the country per week, at two crossing points. Lack of legal pathways to access Europe and because of the closed borders, many people are resorting to smugglers, which make them, and especially children, event more vulnerable and harder to track. The UNHCR spokesperson further told the media that the physical barriers already erected, together with legislative and policy obstacles, make it nearly impossible for asylum-seekers to enter the country, apply for asylum and receive international protection. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State guard JaQuan Lyle taken into custody Saturday morning

Ohio State sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle drives to the basket against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State junior guard JaQuan Lyle was taken into custody in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana, at 2:09 a.m. Saturday morning.He was charged with public intoxication, criminal mischief to a vehicle and disorderly conduct, according to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office’s booking records. He was released on $150 bond.According to a police report obtained by The Lantern, a police officer asked a black male, later identified as Lyle, to leave after observing him stumbling through crowd and bumping into people at Piston’s Bar & Grill. On the way out, he punched the front door and was told he would not be allowed back in. Then, he walked over to a police car and punched it while officers stood just a few feet away, according to the report. Police arrested him and transported him to the Vanderburgh County Correctional Facility where he was charged.All three charges are class B misdemeanors. In Indiana, the maximum punishment for a class B misdemeanor is up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.Lyle played in 31 games last season, making 23 starts and averaging 29.3 minutes per game. He ranked third on the team in scoring as he averaged 11.4 points per game and recorded a team-high 142 assists.247Sports first reported Lyle being taken into custody.Updated 2:41 p.m.: The article has been updated with information in the police report. read more

Football Fields Martell attempt to gain eligibility after transfer

Freshman quarterback Justin Fields sits at the Ohio State men’s basketball game between the Buckeyes and Michigan State on Jan. 5 following his transfer to Ohio State from Georgia. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternJustin Fields and Tate Martell each walked into a full quarterback room. Martell, a freshman at Ohio State, walked into a room inhabiting three starting quarterbacks: J.T. Barrett, Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow, who transferred and eventually started at LSU.Fields walked into the quarterback room at Georgia as one of three five-star quarterbacks, joining Jake Fromm and Jacob Easton, who transferred to Washington prior to the 2018 season. But both Fields and Martell had something else in common: Both thought they had a legitimate shot at the starting quarterback job at their respective schools. And both, having each spent a year of eligibility, were proved otherwise. After the 2018 season, both Fields and Martell decided to leave their initial colleges when Fields’ decision to transfer to Ohio State led to Martell’s eventual transfer to the University of Miami. But for both Fields and Martell, the NCAA transfer rules remain the same: The player will have to sit out one season at the institution they transfer to in order to serve an academic year in residence.However, the institutions that Fields and Martell transferred to — Ohio State and Miami, respectively — can apply for a waiver that would make the athlete immediately eligible.“It has become much more common now than it once was,” William Brooks, a partner of Lightfoot Law who specializes in NCAA compliance and investigations, said. “Over the last year or two, you have seen more and more of these requests granted than not, easily more than a majority are granted.” Brooks said there are a number of grounds the student can assert, but that it does have to be a stated reason that does not involve the student-athlete wanting to play next season. Fields had a different reason in mind when he came to Ohio State. During Georgia’s 38-12 win against Tennessee on Sept. 29, Adam Sasser, a former first baseman on the Volunteers’ baseball, team yelled racial slurs toward Fields on the sideline. “I don’t know whether it was Jake Fromm had a bad series or something, but this guy was really drunk, and he decides to yell out, ‘Put the N-expletive in the game. Put the N in the game,’” Michael Hebert, the football beat reporter for the Red and Black, Georgia’s student newspaper, said. Sasser, who never denied the incident and later sent out an apology, was kicked off the baseball team on Oct. 3. “It seemed like it was just an unfortunate incident that wasn’t going to affect anything,” Hebert said. However, Fields will use this incident, according to reports, as a means to gain immediate eligibility in his first season at Ohio State, teaming up with Tom Mars, the attorney who helped former Ole Miss players, including Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, gain immediate eligibility for the 2018 season after their transfers. Brooks said the incident involving Sasser already has an important element that could contribute to Fields’ eligibility. “The incident that occurred was documented. We know that it happened, so it seems like he has satisfied that part,” Brooks said. “The second part is that it has to directly impact his health, safety or well-being, and that’s what the ultimate decision will be.”  But Herbert believes there is really no hard feelings between Fields and Georgia that led to his transfer. “I don’t really see Fields having animosity towards anyone,” Herbert said. “It really had a lot to do with the football decision and wanting to be at a place where he feels he could be better.”  Coming into the 2017 season as the No. 2 recruit in the class, Fields had extremely high expectations, despite the level of talent Georgia already had at the quarterback position. However, throughout the season, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart would bring Fields in for an occasional running play and take him back out. “Everyone was kind of confused as to what was going on with the plan there,” Herbert said. “Kirby Smart said there was no plan.” After Georgia’s 41-17 win against South Carolina on Sept. 8, Fields was filmed walking off the field telling a teammate, “I didn’t do s***. I just handed the ball off, and it was good as f***.” Fields completed one pass for eight yards and recorded one rush for three yards in the victory. Without a direct path to playing time with Fromm firmly holding the starting quarterback job, rumors about Fields possibly transferring swirled around the freshman throughout the 2018 season. After the 2018 SEC Championship, Jake Reuse, a recruiting writer for UGASports.com, said Fields was “noncommittal” when asked about the transfer rumors, saying he was focused on Georgia at that point in time. But Reuse felt a transfer was in Fields’ future. “I think that people left that interview and left that SEC Championship game feeling like it was moving away from rumor and probably more into fact sooner rather than later,” Reuse said.  Fields will not be the only one trying to play next season. According to a report from 247Sports, Martell will be trying to gain immediate eligibility as well, citing the head coaching change — with Urban Meyer announcing his retirement prior to the Rose Bowl and offensive coordinator Ryan Day taking over as head coach — as his grounds to play for the Hurricanes next season. Brooks said the standard to gain immediate eligibility is that the circumstance is “a documented, mitigating circumstance outside of the student-athlete’s control.” Prior to Fields’ transfer to Ohio State, Martell said he was ready to earn the starting quarterback job under Day. “I feel like it’s my turn to go out there and do my thing. I feel like I’ve earned that,” Martell said. “I’ve worked extremely hard to get to the point where I am, and each year, I keep climbing and getting better.” Due to the increasing trend of granted requests for immediate eligibility, Fields at Ohio State and Martell at Miami could both have a chance to prove their ability within their new programs starting as soon as the 2019 season. read more