Updated – House and Trailer Fire in Pouce Coupe

first_imgPhoto:  What’s left of a home in Pouce Coupe after a fire Sunday morning – Submitted Phyllis KalmbachThe two homes in the community of Pouce Coupe have been destroyed by fire.- Advertisement -At approximately 7:30am Sunday, Pouce Coupe Fire Crews were called to the scene of a house fire on 51st avenue.  The home was built more than 50 years ago and crews believe the fire was caused by some type of electrical failure.The fire spread quickly to a neighbouring mobile home which suffered a large amount of damage to the roof.  Thankfully, a neighbour rushed to the mobile home and woke up the residents after spotting the fire next door.No one lives in the home where the first fire started, but a young family did live in the mobile home. That family will be staying with relatives in the community and has already received assistance from Emergency Social Services.  The Salvation Army will also be providing the family with clothing and other house old items.  If you’d like to make a donation to the family, you can contact the Dawson Creek Salvation Army on Monday.Pouce Coupe volunteer Fire Fighters were on the scene for over 5 hours with the temperature as low as minus 42.Advertisement If you have any photos or video of the fire, e-mail contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comPhoto:  More pictures of the damage in Pouce Coupe – Submitted Phyllis KalmbachView Pouce Coupe Fire in a larger maplast_img read more

DANIEL’S WIFE REVEALS HE HIDES IN WARDROBE AFTER ROWS!

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell’s wife has revealed he hides in the wardrobe when they have an argument!Majella O’Donnell says the millionaire singer is a practical joker and is a master of defusing the situation when the couple fall out.“A lot of people don’t see the real Daniel. “He is full of fun and does the silliest of things. If we fall out he might have gone into the wardrobe and he’ll say ‘Can I come out now?’“It defuses the situation and he certainly knows what buttons to press with me,” said Majella.Daniel, who turned 50 last week, admits that he almost lost his wife after the couple split up for a while when they were dating.“We broke up for a wee bit. Majella was getting a divorce and I thought ‘can we go on with this? “After we broke up I would find myself saying ‘would Majella like this?’ I thought to myself – why am I fighting this battle when I don’t need to.“I figured out whatever obstacles there would be that we would be able to overcome them and we did,” he said.The couple admit that they also leave little love notes for eachother around their house whenever they are separated for long periods of time.Daniel, who has never smoked or drank alcohol, said he is not bothered about reaching half a century.However he admits he lost a few days off his life when he was breathalysed by the Garda for the first time earlier this year “I was going across a bridge in Kilkenny and there they (the Gardai) were. They looked into the window and they saw me and asked me to blow into the bag.“I was so nervous bowing into it. I was thinking to myself ‘what if this goes wrong?” he laughed.DANIEL’S WIFE REVEALS HE HIDES IN WARDROBE AFTER ROWS! was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 by StephenShare 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:daniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

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Startup Scam: Paying to Pitch Puts Power Players on the Warpath

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Over the weekend, the blogosphere has seen a small but profound eruption of wrath over angel investor groups that charge startups to pitch them.Jason Calacanis’ blog post on the topic, wherein he went as far as calling out these groups by name and posting each group’s pricetag, inspired “me too” posts from Fred Wilson and Robert Scoble. All parties seem to be in agreement that the practice is despicable and should be stopped. But like every hustle that preys on the gullible or less talented, pay-to-play pitching models will be perpetuated until made illegal, and no amount of blog posts will shame these investors into changing their behavior. So, should these scams be made illegal?The short answer is “maybe.” Even in the gray areas of this murky-at-best practice, there’s a distinction between a group charging entrepreneurs $25,000 to pitch and charging $500 for a questionable “boot camp” pre-pitch session.For example, Maverick Angels charges $495 for a mandatory “day-long training focused on how to present to angel investors” before participating in a “Deal Line-Up.” They also charge a $1,000 fee to present at chapter meetings, allegedly to cover administrative costs.But as slimy as this practice seems and as flimsy as the group’s justifications are, the amounts charged by Maverick Angels pale in comparison to what attendees are charged for the Private Equity Forums. Investors and other professionals are charged between $975 and $3,500 to attend these pitch sessions, and presenting entrepreneurs, according to Calacanis’ research, pay between $14,500 and $25,000, plus a percentage of any funds they end up raising. How are these outrageous fees justified? Organizer Mike Segal writes on the website, “Our forum could be best described as a co-op for the 12 to 15 companies that present. We underwrite the events and the presenting companies share in the cost. They do so because our model ensures them an audience of nearly 100% qualified investors, for an expenditure which generally pencils-out to less than $100 for each capital source in attendance.” However, if Calacanis’ figures are correct, Segal’s math is creative at best and deceptive at worst, since investor guests seem to run between 60 and 110 in number for each event.And while Segal claims that the fees are also charged because the events are unsponsored, Bootstrapper.com founder Richie Hecker said his website sponsored one of Segal’s events just this past March. Do we smell a rat?Other groups called out in Calacanis’ post include Keiretsu Forum, Tech Supper Club, and Angels Den UK, all of which he claims charge startups fees ranging between $595 and $8,000 to pitch to angel investors.Most of the excuses we’ve read for these fees are laughable. It’s a filtration device, or it gives entrepreneurs a better shot at getting funded, these groups explain on their websites. This strikes us as pure rubbish, but apparently, some startups are still being taken advantage of by these systems.“Why would any self-respecting entrepreneur pay thousands of dollars to rich people just for the opportunity to pitch?” Calacanis asks in his post. “Well, the truth is that the more mature – or flat-out better – startups would never pay to present. The best ideas by the best entrepreneurs get socialized instantly.”He goes on to speculate that bad ideas and unconnected entrepreneurs put a startup at risk for these types of scams.Paying an upfront fee for a few minutes of presentation time with potential investors seems like a last-ditch option for startups that can’t get funding otherwise. And the language and methods used by those collecting the fees seem designed to deceive. In short, even if these scams are not illegal, they are certainly predatory, and startups should be made aware that these fees exist the first time they visit the groups’ websites.We would love to hear from any readers who’ve had dealings with these groups or from representatives of the groups, themselves, either in the comments section or via email.And to all our other readers, what do you make of these schemes? Should they be illegal? Should there be strict policies requiring more disclosure or capping fees at a more reasonable amount? Or should we adopt a laissez-faire attitude and accept that, in fact, a fool and his money are soon parted, whether anyone likes that fact or not? Let us know what you think in the comments. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

I Worked on the AOL Content Farm & It Changed My Life

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#AOL#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Five years ago this week I began writing for AOL’s blog network Weblogs Inc. I wrote 5 technology news stories each day and was paid a mere $5 per article. It was grueling, that was just one of 3 jobs I had at the time – and it was great.AOL’s secret internal plan to ramp up its online content business was leaked today to New York business blog Business Insider and people are saying it’s got “content farm” written all over it. In-house writers are expected to write 5 to 10 blog posts per day and those stories are expected to go from an average of 1500 pageviews per post today to an amazing 7000 views per post in the future. How will stories be selected? The only thing that will matter, apparently, is search engine friendliness and monetization potential. That might sound terrible to outsiders, but having been there I want to say: Good luck AOL, I hope that strategy works wonderfully for you. I genuinely do.The 58 page document titled The AOL Way: Content, Product, Media Engineering, and Revenue Management is worth a read to anyone in the media business, but the hardest pill to swallow is the relationship between quantity, quality and money.David Carr at the New York Times tweets: “Must Read, Must Not Emulate: Fascinating Look Inside the Word Gulag at AOL.” Tech journalist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols says, “AOL expects its staff writers to write 5 to 10 stories per day! Yeah. Right. That’s going to happen.” Social media analyst Jessica Well says, “Yeah… quantity over quality… that’s the spirit, AOL! :/”I’m sure the writers filling those quotas are paid more than the $5 per post that I got paid 5 years ago. When I took the position the pay had just gone up from $4 per post!At that time I was also writing 6 posts per day about international currency speculation, as a subcontractor for a CMS company. And doing 3 to 5 interviews per week with a nonprofit technology organization. I was producing roughly 10 to 12 posts per day. Having landed those three gigs, I quit my minimum wage job at a convenience store in my home town. (Thanks, AOL content farm!)Were those posts any good? They were good enough that when tech blog top story aggregator Techmeme launched, I had 8 headlines there in 8 weeks. Then one day Michael Arrington called and hired me at TechCrunch. “You keep beating us to stories,” he told me. I was able to do that because I was getting RSS feeds from key vendors in our market delivered by IM and SMS. That’s standard practice among tech bloggers now, but at the time no one else was doing it, so I was able to cover lots of news first. The fact that I was able to do it under the AOL banner, for any pay at all, was a great platform for me.Right: Barb Dybwad, then at AOL, took this picture of me showing her a blog I was working on for a local natural foods store when we met at the first tech industry event I attended, an unconference called Tag Camp. A few months later, Barb hired me to write for AOL. Today she’s at a site called Tecca. Thanks, Barb!Now I’m the co-editor of ReadWriteWeb and I’m happy to report that things are very different for me. Here at ReadWriteWeb we pay our writers far better, but we do ask full timers to write 5 posts each day. We ask them to write smart, informed, quality posts. Preferably before anyone else does. It’s very hard, but very enjoyable work.You know what, though? We’ve got a full time news spot open right now and I’m having a hard time filling it. I think of AOL, big as it is, as a farm team in the minor leagues. I made a splash in the minors and then got called up to the major leagues. Where are the minor leagues now, though? Where are the tech bloggers who have toiled for too little pay, pumped out large quantities of content and proven themselves to have potential to work on a different level?I don’t know where those sites are anymore. If they appear again, though, I’m guessing they’ll look like content farms. The executives behind such outfits, publishing on mass scale, are inevitably going to treat writers and readers like worthless pawns in a chess game worth billions of dollars. It would be a mistake to expect them to do anything else.But some of those people will demonstrate that they aren’t just pawns, that they are writers, journalists and power-bloggers.Big league bloggers and writers these days need to be able to write well, in large quantity and quickly. It’s not easy, but who said writing for a living, in an era when anyone can publish with ease, was going to be easy?So AOL, go build a giant content farm for mainstream readers. I’m sure some of the content will be worth reading, and though management’s priorities are SEO and monetization, I’m sure many of the writers will sneak in some gems. While you’ve got them, give them a trial by fire, too. Then send them our way. Or don’t – if they are capable of stepping up to the plate and hitting homeruns – hopefully we’ll find them before our competitors do. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

2013 NSW Junior State Cup Results

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Parliamentary Committee Proposes Recommendations to Curb Domestic Violence

first_img Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the review was done in order to introduce new and harsher penalties for the perpetrators of domestic violence. A Joint Select Committee of Parliament has submitted recommendations from a review of four critical pieces of legislations, which are intended to provide women and children with greater against domestic violence.These are: the Domestic Violence Act, Offences against the Persons Act, Child Care and Protection Act, and Sexual Offences Act.Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the review was done in order to introduce new and harsher penalties for the perpetrators of domestic violence.“The Government is also finalising the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Bill, which will be brought to the House of Representatives in the short term,” the Minister added.She was speaking at an International Women’s Day symposium at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on March 8.The event was held under the theme: ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’ #BalanceForBetter.Ms. Grange advised that greater support is being provided during the 2019/20 fiscal year for women who are victims of domestic violence, with the purchase of two shelters valued $86 million.These facilities, she further indicated, will be located in western and eastern Jamaica.Last year, the Government purchased property in central Jamaica at a cost of over $34million, which is currently being renovated.On completion, it will be operated as Jamaica’s first State-run shelter for domestic violence victims.“It will provide a safe-haven for women who need rescue due to the threat of gender-based violence and will provide counselling, psycho-social support and skills training to victims of gender-based violence, their children as well as survivors of intimate partner and others forms of domestic violence,” Ms. Grange said.Director of Policy and Research at the Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA), Sharon Coburn Robinson, told JIS News that the shelters will assist in strengthening the agency’s work, as well as facilitate increased victim intake.“Prior to now, [we had] overnight shelters… for just a period of time. The structures that we have taken on are… enclosed, private and confidential. They [will] allow the female… [if she is a mother] to take her small children to allow the family [to remain] together,” she said.The symposium, which was held in observance of International Women’s Day on March 8, brought together women from a wide range of sectors, including: government, the military, business, medicine, agriculture, and religion, to celebrate womanhood and share success stories.Mrs. Coburn Robinson explained that the BGA’s mandate is to ensure that the needs of women are met, adding that the Day was chosen to communicate this message.During the symposium, the 2018 Rural Women’s Achiever and Rural Girls Rock Awards were presented.The Rural Women’s Achiever Award acknowledges the outstanding contribution of rural women to nation-building.It also identifies and supports the capabilities of rural women and girls to emerge as leaders and change agents within their communities.The Rural Girls Rock Award is intended to empower rural young girls by highlighting their academic achievements and contribution to community and national development.Recipients of the Rural Women’s Achiever Award were: Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Sergeant Rochelle McGibbon-Scott from the St. Mary Division Community Safety and Security Branch, and President of the St. Ann Disabilities Association, Millicent Sankey.Student of Brimmervale High School in St. Mary, Tackeisha Johnson, received the Rural Girls Rock Award. These are: the Domestic Violence Act, Offences against the Persons Act, Child Care and Protection Act, and Sexual Offences Act. A Joint Select Committee of Parliament has submitted recommendations from a review of four critical pieces of legislations, which are intended to provide women and children with greater against domestic violence. Story Highlightslast_img read more