Make a Charitable Donation just by Volunteering

first_imgStarting Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, applications for BC150 VIP will be available online at or by calling the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch at 250 387-5311. All BC150 VIP events must conclude by Dec. 31, 2009. A new program will make charitable donations on behalf of B.C. volunteers to honour their contribution and mark the province’s 150th anniversary year, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.”Volunteers in every corner of the Province generously give their time, money, and efforts to their communities,” said Premier Campbell. “Volunteers coach minor soccer; they organize arts festivals; they worktirelessly for charities that benefit everyone. Volunteers are the heart and soul of British Columbia.”The BC150 Volunteer Incentive Program (BC150 VIP) will honour 30,000 eligible British Columbian volunteers who donate their time to a charitable event with a $50 donation in their name. The program will start now and run until Dec. 31, 2009. All volunteers for eligible events will receive a congratulatory card from the Premier.- Advertisement -Funding for the recognition effort is provided through the Community Gaming Grants program. Across British Columbia, almost 7,000 organizations receive grants of $150 million through the program.Community Gaming Grants distribute gaming revenues to a broad range of programs and services, in areas such as arts, culture, sports, environment, human and social services, public safety, and parentadvisory councils at schools.In order to qualify for BC150 VIP, a community organization must plan a special fundraising or awareness event that is not in support of regular programs. A limit of 100 contributions will be made by the Province on behalf of volunteers to any one organization. In addition, the organization must be eligible for a community gaming grant.Advertisementlast_img read more

No Sale! Southampton, Newcastle, Swansea and Stoke warned off striker

first_img1 Bas Dost Wolfsburg director of football Klaus Allofs has insisted striker Bas Dost will not be leaving the German club – despite interest from Southampton, Newcastle, Swansea and Stoke.The Dutch striker has scored 26 goals in 59 appearances since joining the Bundesliga side from Heerenveen in 2012, and also made his international debut at the start of this year against Turkey in a European Championship qualifier.The 25-year-old hit the headlines in February when he scored four goals in his side’s 5-4 victory at Bayer Leverkusen, and he has attracted several Premier League suitors.However, Allofs told German sport magazine Sport Bild that both Dost and former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will remain Wolfsburg players next season.“Both of them have contracts with us and there is no reason for us to sell them,” Allofs told Sport Bild.“Every time there has been a transfer period open in the past two years, he’s been saying he will have to consider his future. We know Bas quite well now.”last_img read more

Court reinstates exit exam

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said he quickly notified school districts that the graduation requirement is back in effect. “In my opinion, this brings certainty to the Class of 2006, to those parents, to those in the education community,” he said. But the lead attorney for the plaintiffs said O’Connell was claiming victory prematurely and held out hope that the courts could still side with his clients. “We intend to seek immediate relief in the court of appeals in San Francisco,” attorney Arturo Gonzalez said. “We are hopeful that oral arguments can be scheduled in time to obtain an order that would allow the Class of 2006 to graduate.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Roy Romer each commended the high court for its decision. “A high school exit exam is the minimum we should require of our students,” said Villaraigosa, who has made education one of the top priorities of his administration. “A high school diploma has to mean something.” Romer said he favored the court ruling because the exam shows that a student had passed a minimum proficiency to earn a diploma. The district is making plans to accommodate what has become a confusing situation for the district, students and parents alike, Romer said. He said diplomas would be issued to about 25,000 students who have completed all their studies and successfully passed the exam. An additional 1,800 have taken the test, but the results are not back on 1,500 of those. Romer said those students will be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies if they have completed all their high school requirements, took the test as well as remedial courses and sign a commitment to study over the summer and retake the test. “We think it’s a very small percentage, probably only 3 percent of our high school seniors who will be affected by this decision,” Romer said. There are about 30,000 students in the LAUSD’s senior class. At Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, students who studied hard and passed the test were “ecstatic” and felt a sense of accomplishment, but the news was hard for about 60 students who have not yet passed the test, Principal Jan Fries-Martinez said. “We worked this entire year to get our kids ready, and so many of our students came extra on Saturdays and after school and worked so hard to pass that test, and this lets them know that work wasn’t in vain,” she said. “But then we have the other kids. “For us, we will continue as a school and as a faculty to try to get as many of our kids through this process as possible.” A group of students had sued the state, claiming the test discriminates against low-income and minority students. On May 12, Alameda Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman suspended the graduation requirement for the Class of 2006, saying California was ill-equipped “to adequately prepare students to take the exam,” especially in poor, underfunded areas of the state. The high court stayed that ruling and ordered the 1st District Court of Appeal to hear the case, but did not say when – leaving students who failed the test in a state of legal limbo. A spokeswoman for the appeals court declined to comment on how quickly the court would decide the case. After Freedman threw out the graduation requirement for this year’s seniors, O’Connell appealed directly to the Supreme Court, demanding that the decision be promptly reversed ahead of looming commencement ceremonies. About 47,000 students had yet to pass both parts of the exit exam as of March, according to the state Department of Education. Updated figures on the number who have passed since then are expected in about a week, officials said Wednesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated the state high school exit exam as a graduation requirement for this year’s senior class, leaving tens of thousand of students who failed the test unlikely to graduate. The high court ordered a state appeals court to hold hearings in the case, but with some schools already holding commencement ceremonies this week, a reversal appeared doubtful. The Class of 2006 is the first for which passing the test of 10th-grade English and eighth-grade math and algebra is required for graduation. As many as 47,000 students – one in 10 seniors – have not passed. last_img read more


first_imgRaymond Foy in action for Ballinamallard may make a move back to Finn Park.Former Finn Harps players Marc Brolly and Raymond Foy are back in pre-season training with the club with a view to securing a move back to Finn Park.Foy played several times last season for Derry City in the Premier Division but found regular first-team football hard to come by.That prompted Foy to go on loan from Derry City to Northern Ireland Premiership side Ballinamallard in August. Foy was a regular for the first number of months at Ferney Park but has recently found himself out of favour.That has prompted the possibility that Foy may make a return to Finn Harps where he previously played in the 2010 and 2011 season.Marc Brolly has is a Finn Harps centurion and made his debut for the club back in 2007.He was part of the Derry City side that won the FAI Cup in 2012 against St Patrick’s Athletic. He returned to Harps under Peter Hutton in 2013, but left after just three months.He trained with Finn Harps last July but opted against making a return at that time because he felt he wouldn’t be able to commit fully due his work commitments.The duo’s return would be a welcome boost to the Finn Harps squad.With American midfielder Pat McCann leaving, Foy could fill that gap straight away.Plenty of Harps fans believe Brolly’s best position is up front and considering Harps are struggling in that department he could well be utilized there by Ollie Horgan. Finn Harps face Cork City next Saturday morning in Roscommon.FORMER FINN HARPS DUO BACK AT THE CLUB FOR PRE-SEASON TRAINING was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Finn Harps FCMarc BrollyMovenewsPre-seasonRaymond FoySporttriallast_img read more

The Evolution of Integrity

first_imgScientists are having to deal with a crisis that overlaps with theology: integrity.  What is integrity?  Where did it come from?  How could it evolve?  How is it to be measured?  Questions like these are usually not answered with ammeters and test tubes, but they must be faced.  A crisis of integrity in scientific research is casting serious doubt on the future of science.  In addition, the attempts by scientists to explain spiritual, moral and intellectual matters raises further questions about the limits of science.  This week, Nature had a lot to say about the nature of integrity.Culture of corruption:  Did you know the Department of Health and Human Services has an Office of Research Integrity?  Its health science administrator, Sandra Titus, along with Xavier Bosch of the University of Barcelona, laid out the problem of research integrity in an opinion piece in Nature:1 Despite attention to research misconduct and other issues of research integrity, efforts to promote responsible behaviour remain ineffective.  Misconduct continues, and evidence suggests that increasingly stressful competition for funds and the rush to publish may further erode ethical behaviour.  We believe that real change requires a fundamental shift: to be taken seriously, standards of ethical conduct must be linked to funding.    Improvement is badly needed…. On the basis of six pooled studies, up to 34% of scientists admitted to one or more questionable research practices such as inappropriate analysis, over-interpretation of findings and changing study design.”In addition, few scientists are willing to report misconduct by peers.  Titus and Bosch noted that a whole generation of cheaters is coming up through student ranks, used to the cut-and-paste world of messaging, unable to make independent decisions, woefully untaught about integrity issues, comfortable with sharing everything through electronic social networks.  Smuggling answers to tests is a cinch with hand-held devices.  “Undergraduate cheating is pervasive, with students adopting the behaviour of their peers,” they said.  Their behavior “suggests that this generation may cheat throughout their lives, whether they are scientists, builders or bankers.”Peer pressure:  In the same issue of Nature,2  Gerald P. Koocher and Patricia Keith-Spiegel put positive peer pressure to the test.  They studied reactions of scientists who intervened when they saw unethical practices by peers.  Results were mixed.  “As for the interveners themselves, their chances of a good or bad outcome were about 50/50, ranging from increased respect to a loss of perceived career prospects.”  Yet not intervening sometimes left emotional scars that lasted for years.  Understandably, those in junior positions were found to be less likely to report infractions by their superiors.    The I-word integrity was prominent in their last paragraph:Maintaining scientific integrity by helping to ensure an accurate research record is an obligation shared by all researchers.  If colleagues who are in a position to take action fail to act, poor behaviour might remain uncorrected and could well spread or be repeated.  Our survey highlights that researchers have a commitment to research integrity, and that many are acting on their beliefs by gently attempting to correct bad science.  Such willingness needs to be encouraged and strengthened.The authors encouraged ways of promoting a culture that welcomes correction and values integrity.  Getting that requires another character quality highlighted by a subsection heading: “The courage to act.”Doubt and influence:  It would seem that the scientific journals have an obligation to create that culture of integrity.  Nature let readers in on a dispute between integrity and influence.  Oreskes and Conway authored a book called Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (Bloomsbury, 2010).  Brian Wynne reviewed the book favorably in this week’s issue of Nature,3 concerned more for how scientists position themselves in the media than for matters of integrity and truth:The doubters’ success lies in the way that policy questions are framed, with science placed at the centre.  If a policy commitment is reduced only to a question of whether the science is right or wrong, then evidence can easily be made to unravel.  Paradoxically, this happens when science attains its greatest political influence, when it goes beyond supplying the facts to defining the public meaning of problems.  Public-policy issues always have dimensions beyond science, and require more than technical responses.  When framing debates, policy-makers should prioritize discussion of social benefits as well as science: there are many good non-scientific reasons to reduce global environmental footprints and consumption frenzy, and to pursue greater justice, for instance.  If the many factors that go into a policy commitment are recognized, science does not become the sole centre of authority and the sole target for opposition.Three scientists wrote a letter to Nature complaining about Oreskes and Conway’s criticisms of William Nierenberg, a nuclear physicist who led the Scripps Institute, who died in 2000, whom the authors in the June 10 issue had lumped in with the “merchants of doubt” about climate science, a group of “doubt-mongers” who need to be defeated by the scientific community.4  On the contrary, Nicholas Nierenberg with Walter and Victoria Tschinkel said; William was an “independent thinker who was always willing to say what he thought, regardless of what was popular or expected.  He knew that building public support for science begins with a constant regard for the truth.”5  Those attributes appear to be essential in any definition of integrity.One lesson the promoters of “framing” science for the public seem to underestimate is the doubt their own claims engender.  Consider some recent claims made in the science press:Bellyflop:  An article on BBC News claimed that watching frogs bellyflop “shows how frogs evolved.”Pet Darwin:  According to PhysOrg Pat Shipman of Penn State has a “New hypothesis for human evolution and human nature.”  Our love for pets led him to propose that “the interdependency of ancestral humans with other animal species… played a crucial and beneficial role in human evolution over the last 2.6 million years.”This is your brain on cooking:  New Scientist printed again the idea that humans owe their big brains to the invention of cooking (06/17/2009).  Chew on this sentence for evidence: “Now the proponents of the cooked-food hypothesis are presenting fresh evidence in support of the idea – and it all comes down to how you chew.”In the dark:  New Scientist gleefully reported the idea that every black hole may harbor another universe.  In fact, “We could be living inside a black hole ourselves,” a singular idea.War strategy:  Again at New Scientist, Metin Bosuglu claimed to give scientific authority to the view that “You can’t fight violence with violence.”Abortion:  An article on PhysOrg announced, “New Zealand women suffer long delays for abortions.”  The article went on to give this advice: “efforts need to be made by clinics and referring doctors to reduce the waiting times.”  Should a science news site be giving that kind of advice?  Those who consider abortion immoral might wish to increase the waiting times indefinitely. Scientific atheism:  Michael Murray, Jeffrey Schloss and John C. Avise continued their anti-Christian letter writing in PNAS this month, arguing basically that God wouldn’t have created a world like ours, and therefore intelligent design theory is wrong.6 Most people thought science deals with chemistry, physics and biology.  When scientists speak far beyond the data, making outlandish claims on matters no one can know using the methods of science, that behavior is perceived as arrogance.  Arrogance creates doubt – especially when it seems to support political ideologies at variance with the beliefs of many (cf. article by Patrick J. Michaels about Climategate on the Wall Street Journal).  A mark of integrity is knowing one’s limitations.1.  Sandra Titus and Xavier Bosch, “Tie funding to research integrity,” Nature 466, pp 436�437, 22 July 2010, doi:10.1038/466436a.2.  Gerald P. Koocher and Patricia Keith-Spiegel, “Peers nip misconduct in the bud,” Nature 466, pp 438�440, 22 July 2010, doi:10.1038/466438a.3.  Brian Wynne, “When doubt becomes a weapon,” Nature 466, pp 441�442, 22 July 2010, doi:10.1038/466441a.4.  Oreskes and Conway, “Defeating the merchants of doubt,” Nature 465, pp 686�687, 10 June 2010, doi:10.1038/465686a.5.  Nierenberg, Tschinkel and Tschinkel, Letters: “An independent thinker, willing to say what he thought,” Nature 466, page 435, 22 July 2010, doi:10.1038/466435c.6.  Michael J. Murray and Jeffrey B. Schloss, “Evolution, design, and genomic suboptimality: Does science ‘save theology’?” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 19, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1007401107; reply by John C. Avise, “Designer genes?”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences July 19, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1008658107.Combine the two parts of the entry for a perspective on 21st century institutional science.  On the one hand, they cannot claim any more integrity than politicians.  On the other, they speak beyond their knowledge.  It’s no wonder if the public comes to doubt scientists’ word on things.  They see the same disconnect between the ideals and practices of institutional science as they see between the Constitution and the actual behavior of presidents and Congresspeople.    They need integrity, but how are they going to get it?  Did it evolve from ape grunts?  Did it emerge from particles?  The only position that can make any sense of integrity is the Judeo-Christian world view that teaches a God of truth who made all things.  To get integrity, therefore, scientists need to reach back to the roots of science – its Christian roots – where science was the endeavor of thinking God’s thoughts after Him, and obeying the Genesis Mandate to subdue (care for, conserve, act as a responsible steward of) creation.  Without that anchor, there will be no tether for integrity.  Integrity exists to what damaged extent it does, only because the innate image of God in humanity, combined with some cultural pressure, keeps a check on the worst violations of integrity.    Philosopher Steve Fuller, who is not a Christian, argued the same in his book The Art of Living: appealing to the example of Newton and other early Christian scientists, Fuller asserted that religious belief is a good motivation for science, while atheism has done science little good.  Fuller promoted the idea in the book that we need a “Protscience” like a Protestant Reformation to unseat the “imperious priesthood of the scientific establishment.”  Nathan Schneider attacked Fuller’s thesis in an article this week at Religion Dispatches, pointing to all the atheists and non-Christians that have done good scientific work.  At the end of his diatribe against Fuller’s thesis, he made the absurd claim that Sci-Fi or the New Age might motivate scientists just as well or better than belief in God.  However much religion might have motivated Newton or Priestly or other early practitioners, he said, religion these days has nothing to offer science.  “Science, by now, can fend for itself.”[Exercise: Stop here and turn your Baloney Detector on Schneider’s claims.]    Schneider missed the whole point.  Fuller wasn’t talking about individual scientists; he was talking about science itself.  Of course atheists, New Agers and Sci-Fi devotees can do good science these days (whatever we might mean by the slippery word science).  But they cannot justify their science without belief in God.  It’s like Christian philosopher Greg Bahnsen responded when atheist Gordon Stein countered his argument that an atheist can’t even balance his checkbook without assuming Christianity.  Stein, completely misunderstanding his point, said, “But they do balance their checkbooks – every day!”  Bahnsen responded with a statement by Cornelius Van Til, who said that atheists can count, but they cannot account for counting.  That’s essentially the point Fuller, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis and many others have noted.  Christianity contains the rationale for counting, mathematics, reason, and everything else required for doing science – including integrity.    Science cannot work without integrity.  Integrity must be woven into the warp and woof of science.  A scientist must believe truth exists.  He (or she) must assume he has the ability to acquire truth about nature.  He must approach nature honestly.  He must communicate with peers honestly.  He must publish honestly.  He must be willing to take admonition, and change his position if the evidence demands it.  At each and every step, integrity is as vital to science as blood to the body.  Science breaks down completely if its participants cannot be trusted.  The only real science is an honest scientist, speaking, writing, researching, interacting with nature and one’s peers ethically as if truth matters (cf. the 08/02/2008, 03/12/2009, 11/26/2009, and 05/28/2010 entries).    If integrity evolved, it can evolve into something else.  But that’s a self-contradiction.  Integrity that evolves is not integrity.  Integrity is rooted in the nature of God, who is immutable.[Exercise:  List other Judeo-Christian moral values that are essential for doing science.](Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

What tools are in your marketing tool box?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  CornYield estimates on last week’s USDA report were as expected, while harvested acres increased slightly. With this report the likely trading range could be $3.20 to $3.60 through Dec 2016. There was a surge in prices late this week, but I don’t expect it to continue. As prices increased, basis levels began slipping across the Corn Belt, indicating farmers are willing to sell.Little new crop has been priced, so even the smallest rally will encourage farmers to sell some corn. End users seem to be willing buyers under $3.30. So, $3.40 may be the fair market value over the winter. BeansThere were no surprises in the report for beans. Right now the market is determining the necessary premium when considering South American weather. Good to average growing conditions would mean levels are overpriced and will need to go lower. Add this to many farmers planting more beans in 2017 and there is potential for substantial downside risk long-term. Without a weather issue in South America it’s doubtful beans will rally above $10 in the near future. What is in your tool box?I’m amazed how many farmers are still reluctant to use futures in their grain marketing. Not using futures is like going to the field with only a hammer, screwdriver, vice grip and crescent wrench in the tool box. Can you fix a problem in the field with these tools? Yes, but how effective are you and how successful will you ultimately be? The hammerIt’s easy to understand what will happen when you use it. But, it doesn’t give you very many choices. Hit something just right, and all the problems are solved. But, swing too hard or in the wrong spot, and you can break something. The hammer is the equivalent of selling cash grain. Every farmer knows how this will work. They have had successes and failures in the past, but it’s pretty easy and takes little skill. Selling at the right price at the right time (a direct hit) feels great. But, selling at the wrong price or time is hard to fix and causes frustration. The screwdriverThe screwdriver is an easy tool to use, but very limited in function. It can be very useful in the right situation, but unless you have the right screw or bolt, this tool may not be the answer. This is similar to just counting on insurance revenue programs or government payments to help set a floor price or make up for any short fall in prices. It’s an indispensable tool, you can’t live without it, and easy to use, but it won’t fix everything. The crescent wrenchWhen you aren’t sure what size of bolt you need to loosen (or maybe you have a surprise metric bolt you have never encountered) the crescent can come in very handy. However, if the bolt is really tight you can round off the corners of the bolt or nut, and be in an even worse position. This is similar to buying a put or call option. There are times buying a put or call can be just the right “tool” in the marketing world. However, there are situations where it doesn’t work as well, or makes a problem worse than when you started. In less volatile markets like this previous year, options can cost farmers more than they can potentially gain from them. The vice gripThe vice grip is a companion tool with any of the above tools mentioned. You can keep your fingers safe using a vice grip to hold a nail when using a hammer. Or a vice grip can work with a screwdriver or crescent wrench to hold a nut in place when screwing in a bolt head. This is like selling grain to an end user. It can be handy on its own, or use it with other tools, like Hedge To Arrive, minimum priced contracts, or deferred pricing. However, it can lock you in tight, leaving you with limited options. What if there are production issues? What if there is another end user paying more in the future? Flexibility is limited sometimes. What’s in my tool box?Obviously, I have the above tools in my tool box, but I also have other tools available to me that best fits each situation the grain market throws at me. Socket setI have a complete standard and metric socket set that fits any bolt in need of repair. I want all sizes and extensions available for the right task. Futures like sockets give me flexibility and allow me to pick the exact price I want to sell grain at. Deep sockets are like using deferred contracts that allow me to sell late in the year and pick up market carry. Different drives are like futures contracts that allow me to pick the right year to market. All the extensions are equivalent to how futures allow me to take advantage of basis opportunities. While a little heavier to carry, keep organized and more complicated to use, the flexibility of what I can do and how much I can fix is worth it. WD40Sometimes a little extra help is needed to loosen tight bolts. This is like selling calls. Does it work all the time? No, but when things are tight and none of the other tools are working, sometimes a little help is all that’s needed to get the job done.Next time you knock a sickle out while cutting beans, or have to fix a broken gathering chain on the corn head, ask yourself what tool will do the best job and what do you have in your tool box. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. 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What Not to Wear (When Pitching VCs)

first_imgTags:#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Entrepreneurs gearing up for their first meeting with potential investors are sure to have a million different things on their mind that are stressing them out. Is the pitch the right length? Is it filled with jargon or ridiculous assumptions? Is the font on the slides the right size? But there is one other that’s often overlooked: Am I dressed appropriately?This post is brought to you by Gillette.When you pitch a venture capitalist, you aren’t so much selling your product as you are selling yourself, your team and you business plan. There are thousands of variables that can influence the way VCs respond to your pitch, and dressing appropriately – while completely unrelated to your product, team or business – will have a subconscious effect on their opinions.Don’t Distract the VCsThe point of dressing appropriately is to not only convey that you have the wherewithal to make the simplest of decisions, but also to keep the VCs focused on what’s important – your product and your business. If there is any question in what you’ve decided to wear to a pitch, this will ultimately distract the VCs, preventing them from being sold on your idea. New York VC Steve Brotman, co-founder of Greenhill SAVP, gave The Wall Street Journal an example of very distracting clothing worn by an entrepreneur pitching him an Internet startup during the dot-com era. According to his story, a woman dressed in a strange green outfit entered his office unannounced and offered up a business plan. “You lost me at hello,” Brotman told her.The woman was selling a product with “avocado” in the name, and was attempting to dress like an avocado. “I’m not about to do a deal with a lady dressed like an avocado,” said Brotman. The lesson here? Don’t let your product influence how you dress; VCs don’t enjoy gimmicks. Safe Bet: Business Casual A general rule of thumb for appropriate dress when speaking with VCs seems to be “business casual.” Here’s a sample outfit that fits this profile, starting from the ground up: black dress shoes or boots (no sneakers, flip-flops or Crocs), a nice pair or jeans or dress slacks (no rips, darker shades work better, in my opinion), solid color t-shirt or polo (collared shirt with no tie could work also), and a black casual sport coat.Plus or Minus 20%While your appearance should not be distracting or influenced by gimmicky product promotion, if done right you can use it to your advantage. Boulder’s Andrew Hyde of TechStars suggests entrepreneurs use the “20% rule” when deciding what to wear.“You want to look 20% better or worse than your actual position,” he says. “The key is to either look good enough to make them think you’re trendy, or bad enough to make them think you’re hungry.” I would recommend going the safe route, but more confident entrepreneurs could use this tactic to their advantage. Hyde, who also co-founded a clothing line of humorous T-shirts for venture capitalists, says whatever you do, “Don’t wear a blue shirt, or they will think you are mocking them.”Unsure? Just AskBut what does a seasoned venture capitalist think after being pitched hundreds, if not thousands of times? Silicon Valley investor Guy Kawasaki says deciding what to wear can vary from company to company, and investor to investor. While his advice is geared toward interviewing at a startup, it still applies to VCs as well.“A good rule of thumb is to dress one level above the company norm: for example, for a T-shirt-style company, wear a collared polo shirt,” he says. “If in doubt, ask what’s appropriate for the interview.”This is probably the best advice on the issue. Ask. Try finding other entrepreneurs who have pitched your potential investors first before you ask the actual VCs you are pitching about what to wear – it could convey a lack of experience. Or it could convey an attention to detail and maturity.What About Women?Ah yes, women. Seeing as I am a male, I focused this article on the male entrepreneurs out there (who are statistically more common than women, at least in Internet startups). I don’t want to leave women out completely, however, so I will offer this bit advice to the female entrepreneurs out there. It’s actually quite similar to the rules of thumb for men – business casual, don’t over think it, and don’t be distracting. What determines “business casual” and “distracting” are different for women than for men, but I defer to our female readers to provide some helpful examples in the comments below!Be SmartThe truth is, there is no right answer to the question of what to wear when pitching VCs. Each situation is different, and different VCs care more or less than others about how entrepreneurs look. The best practice is not to over think it, and just rely on what is most likely to work – business casual. No suits, no ties, no problem. Most VCs are pretty laid back, at least in traditional startup cities like San Francisco, New York and Boulder. If you fail to spend your time working out the more important aspects of your pitch, what you wear will be the least of the VCs’ worries. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… chris cameronlast_img read more

San Miguel, Kia change imports

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH needs to ‘continue to get better’ as rest of Southeast Asia catches up Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Wendell McKines. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAmid a subpar PBA Governors’ Cup showing so far, grand Slam-seeking San Miguel has changed its import, flying in Terik Bridgeman for Wendell McKines.The 6-foot-5 Bridgeman is a product of William Paterson University who went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ San Miguel wasn’t the lone team who has made moves midway this season-ending conference, with winless Kia also replacing Markeith Cummings with Geron Johnson.The 25-year-old Johnson is fresh from his stint in Lebanon with Louaize, where he averaged 24.19 points, 8.65 rebounds, 6.19 assists, 2.85 steals, and 1.04 blocks.The Picanto have yet to taste a victory in the season-ending conference despite Cummings’ best efforts, netting 26.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in the seven games he played.ADVERTISEMENT He recently wrapped up his stint with BC Cactus Tbilisi in Georgia, where he averaged 11.89 points, 8.46 rebounds, 1.36 assists, 1.39 blocks, and 1.32 steals.Bridgeman will take over for McKines, who had a decent showing for the Beermen but could not help the team from losing two of their last three games, including 100-103 defeat to NLEX last Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We decided to take a different direction in consideration of our current team composition and health status. We welcome Mr. Bridgeman and hope that he could provide the things we need in order for us to be successful in this conference,” said San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla in a text message to averaged 26.2 markers, 14.2 boards, 4.4 dimes, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals in his five games for the Beermen. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Much-delayed National Games to be Held in Goa Next Year: IOA

first_img indian olympic associationioaNational Games First Published: August 31, 2019, 10:45 PM IST New Delhi: The much-delayed 36th National Games will be staged in Goa from October 20 to November 4 next year, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) said here on Saturday.The IOA finalised the dates during its meeting with the Goan delegation here on Saturday. “It was finalised in a meeting here today and the National Games will be held in October-November next year. The Goan officials have promised that they will have all the facilities and infrastructure ready this time,” IOA secretary-general Rajeev Mehta told PTI.The meeting was attended by IOA top brass and delegation from Goa, including Sports Minister Babu Azgaonkar, Sports Secretary J Ashok Kumar, VM Prabhudesai, Kriahnamurthy and Engineer Anil Ringne.Non-completion of the requisite infrastructure in Goa has been one of the reasons behind the multiple delay in hosting the Games, the last edition of which was held in Jharkhand in 2011.However, Engineer Ringne on Saturday assured that the infrastructure work will be completed well in time.Goa was earlier supposed to host the 36th edition of the National Games in November last year. However, the state later set aside dates for the event from March 30 to April 14 this year, but then expressed its inability to host the Games during that period owing to the general elections.The IOA in April had asked Goa to pay a penalty of Rs 10 crore for repeatedly postponing the National Games. However, the state government urged the IOA to write off the penalty, assuring that there would be no further delay in organising the Games. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Dyche rages at officials after late Man United draw

first_imgSean Dyche was unhappy with a key offside decision and the amount of injury time played in Burnley’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.The Clarets looked to be heading for a first away win over United since 1962 when Chris Wood doubled the lead in the 81st minute after Ashley Barnes had put them ahead.However, a penalty from Paul Pogba gave the Red Devils a lifeline before Victor Lindelof snatched a 92nd-minute equaliser, turning in the rebound after Alexis Sanchez’s header was saved by Tom Heaton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Dyche was frustrated that five minutes of time was added on at the end of the match, while he felt Lindelof had scored from an offside position, but he was nonetheless proud of his players.”It was an excellent performance; we know they are in fine form,” he told BBC Sport. “We were resilient, we are getting harder and harder to beat, and we can score goals as well.”The bravery is coming back to the team. Fantastic credit to the players; [it was] a firm draw. Our performances lately have picked up. Their will, desire and mentality is growing all the time.PIC: Ashley Barnes puts the Clarets ahead at Old Trafford.— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 29, 2019″I don’t know where the five minutes of stoppage time came from. That’s a bugbear because it gave the crowd a lift. I also think Lindelof is offside when Alexis Sanchez heads it but, like I say, the margins are tight.”Burnley goalkeeper Heaton, who made seven saves during a fine display against his old club, hopes the result could prove a turning point in their fight against relegation from the Premier League.”It’s a tough one to swallow,” he said. “We were running on empty at the end. Obviously, it’s a little sore right now but going forward it’s an excellent point for us.”They have been on a great run, but we just focused on ourselves, kept our shape right, restricted them, had no fear and I think we approached it well.”They are obviously going to come at you. We defended fantastically for most of it and we will take a lot of positives. A point at Old Trafford in the form they are in is a good one.”We feel like we have turned the corner a little but it’s important we take that momentum forward.”It’s not going to be straight forward between now and the end of the season, but we embrace that challenge, starting with Southampton on Saturday.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more