Study finds most of ex-apprentices surveyed stay north, satisfied with schooling

first_imgOut of the 310 respondents, 64 of them were from Northern Lights College. “Our government is committed to preparing a skilled workforce that our growing economy needs,” said Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South.Advertisement A survey has been released on former apprenticeship students from northern BC public post-secondary schools.The BC government says they found that 91% of students who completed their training at public post-secondary schools in northern British Columbia stayed in the north — while earning a median hourly wage of $31.“Our region provides people with a fantastic quality of life, a big part of which comes from having access to the skills training needed to get in-demand jobs,” said MLA for Peace River North, Pat Pimm.- Advertisement -The study included Northern Lights College, Northwest Community College, and College of New Caledonia.Highlights from the 2014 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey were some of these findings:86% of former apprenticeship students who responded were employed.94% of respondents were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their in-school training.16% of respondents were female, the highest level of any region in BC.59% of former apprenticeship students eligible to be surveyed in the region were in one of three program groups:welding and precision production (28%),industrial and heavy duty mechanics and other repair trades (16%),carpentry (15%).center_img “These survey results show how much British Columbians can benefit from fantastic jobs here in northern BC, the heartland of natural resource development.”The 2014 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey is the tenth annual survey of former apprenticeship students.The survey was conducted from January to May 2014.A total of 5,698 apprentices who completed their apprenticeship training at a BC public or private post-secondary institution between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, were eligible. There were 3,046 apprenticeship respondents throughout the province, for a response rate of 53%.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Powered by record sprees, Premier League ready for landmark season

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal supporters wear masks of French striker Alexandre Lacazette in the crowd ahead of the English FA Community Shield football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 6, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 11 – Fuelled by an historically lavish spending spree, the Premier League returns on Friday when Arsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the hotly-anticipated new season.Taking advantage of astronomical broadcast contracts and lucrative sponsorship deals, England’s superpowers have been splashing the cash at an unprecedented rate. Since the end of last season, transfer records have been shattered across the country as over one billion pounds has changed hands in a frenzy that could well set a new high for a single window.While some fear the spending is unsustainable and will put clubs’ long-term stability at risk, the 25th year of the Premier League era should deliver a title race more fiercely contested than ever.Desperate to dethrone champions Chelsea, club record fees have been paid by Manchester United, who splurged a British record £75 million for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Arsenal, who forked out £52 million on Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette and Liverpool, who put down £37 million for Roma winger Mohamed Salah.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola set the tone with a series of early deals that took his spending in this window to an eye-watering £218 million.Frustrated by City’s failings in his trophyless first season in England, Guardiola has overhauled his squad with defenders Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, plus goalkeeper Ederson and playmaker Bernardo Silva.Graphic on the top 10 Premier League transfers for season 2017-2018 © AFP / Laurence CHUGuardiola’s old rival Jose Mourinho hasn’t been shy about raiding the United coffers, with the Lukaku swoop headlining a £140 million spree that also brought Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic to Old Trafford.Mourinho won the league in his second seasons at Porto, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, as well as in both of his stints at Chelsea, but he expects this season’s title race to be an almighty scrap.“Normally the second season should be better than the first, but again, this is modern football. The reality is totally different,” Mourinho said.“It’s getting much harder for everyone, so we don’t know.”The no limits spending of Chelsea’s title rivals prompted a tetchy response from Stamford Bridge, where boss Antonio Conte has been grumbling about his club’s failure to land Lukaku and several other targets.– No margin for error –Even so, Conte has done his best to get billionaire Blues owner Roman Abramovich to throw his financial muscle behind Chelsea’s title defence.A club record £58 million lured Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata from the European champions, while Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger also joined Chelsea, whose spending climbed over £130 million.Fans will get their first glimpse of how one of the contenders will fare when Arsenal, fresh from their Community Shield victory over Chelsea, face Leicester in the season opener at the Emirates Stadium.Arsene Wenger brokered a fragile truce with Arsenal’s dissenting fans by winning the FA Cup last season, but the Gunners boss has no margin for error after going 13 years without Premier League glory.Last season was by far the most difficult of Wenger’s 21-year reign, with Arsenal’s on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from angry fans.Having ended months of speculation by signing a new two-year contract, Wenger believes if his players put on a united front, the exasperated fans will fall into line behind them.“A lot of the trouble was created by my own situation. Maybe I made a mistake,” said Wenger, who will be without want-away Chile star Alexis Sanchez against Leicester due to injury.“Overall I believe that it’s down to us. The trend has always to come from the team.”The bulk of the opening weekend’s fixtures will be played on Saturday and Sunday, with Chelsea starting at home to Burnley.City travel to new-boys Brighton, back in the top tier after a 34-year absence, while United host West Ham.Liverpool, trying to fend off Barcelona’s interest in £100 million-rated forward Philippe Coutinho, are at Watford.Despite finishing second last season, Tottenham, who face promoted Newcastle on Sunday, have boldly abstained from the spending and are yet to make a single signing.The merits of that cautious approach should become clear throughout a fascinating season that serves as a referendum on the go for broke era.Fixtures (1400 GMT unless stated):FridayArsenal v Leicester (1845 GMT)SaturdayBrighton v Manchester City (1630 GMT), Chelsea v Burnley, Crystal Palace v Huddersfield, Everton v Stoke, Southampton v Swansea, Watford v Liverpool (1130 GMT), West Brom v BournemouthSundayManchester United v West Ham (1500 GMT), Newcastle v Tottenham (1230 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DeadHeads and Retweeters: Crowdsourcing Influence

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The freemium model was implemented with the assumption that merchandise and concert sales would follow. Although the band sought legal action for commercial bootlegging, the group knew that attempting to hold back regular fans from making personal recordings would not only be foolish, but it would be impossible. Instead, an open recording policy for concerts not only pleased Deadheads, but it paved the way for some of the band’s best advocates to recruit others. It’s estimated that recordings for 2,200 of the 2,350 Grateful Dead concerts exist and many of them are available online. Given the fact that all of these recordings required no overhead from the band, it was a great way to crowdsource distribution and increase influence. The group even went so far as to reserve an on-site spot for tapers in a special section behind the soundboard. This reserved space can be likened to a consumer-facing startup community’s willingness to offer viral tools such as blogging buttons, bookmarking widgets, Facebook fan pages and Twitter integration. The idea here is that a company reserves a space for free distribution in order to gain mindshare and find a conversion funnel for paying customers. In the startup world, the point of conversion has always been up for debate. Said investor and entrepreneur Dave McClure, “There is a role for freemium, but unless you missed the TPS report the FREE part is only a loss-leader for the MEE-YUM part — it’s a test-drive before you buy something. If your users are just kicking the tires then you need to kick them to the curb eventually.”That being said, as proven by the Grateful Dead, freemium content and permission to redistribute can trigger a mechanism for broad influence. Because influence generates perceived value, startups may find it easier to overcome barriers for customer acquisition by offering limited teaser content. After all, if the Grateful Dead can overcome wallet friction from more than 40 years of psychedelic drug users, surely a groundbreaking experience can rally loyal (and paying) fans. Photo Credit: Jim Marshall from the Grateful Dead Archives Last week the New York Historical Society opened the first large-scale exhibit of material from the Grateful Dead Archive. The archive will be managed by the University of Santa Cruz with special access to four decades worth of videotapes, recordings, fan letters and even a note from President Obama. What is surprising about the archives and the band itself, is that this classic group of rock icons is being touted as one of the first businesses to take an active role in viral marketing and brand influence building. Beyond the iconic imagery of the Uncle Sam skull, the dancing bears and the jester, the Grateful Dead are so well known for their viral influence on fans that entire academic careers have been spent studying the band as a sociological phenomenon. In a recent article entitled, Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead, writer Joshua Green outlines how the band’s willingness to allow its music to spread via taped concert recordings is similar to that of many of today’s startups. Said band lyricist John Perry Barlow, “What people today are beginning to realize is what became obvious to us back then–the important correlation is the one between familiarity and value, not scarcity and value. Adam Smith taught that the scarcer you make something, the more valuable it becomes…The Internet doesn’t behave that way…If I give my song away to 20 people, and they give it to 20 people, pretty soon everybody knows me, and my value as a creator is dramatically enhanced.” Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts dana oshirolast_img read more

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Google Docs Code Shows Potential Media Preview, Audio Player and Music Collection Features

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Google Operating System theorizes that the code will be used in the new Google Docs interface: The Google Doc code shows how services such as Dropbox are influencing the market for online media storage services. As one commenter pointed out: “…looks like Google Docs is being pushed. Better media management, some of Dropbox’s best features, and it will be much more tempting to move everything into the cloud.” It looks like Google Docs may become a place for people to store their media collections, preview items and even play audio files.According to the Google Operating System blog, which is not affiliated with Google, the code shows a number of ways people may preview media items: Tags:#cloud#news center_img And the ability to create playlists: The code shows a player for audio files: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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FTC Cracks Down On Text Message Spam

first_imgTags:#FTC#Government#Spam What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The U.S Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is cracking down on text messaging spam. The FTC’s ire is targeted at affiliate marketers that use SMS to send spam messages intended to get consumers to visit deceptive websites promising “free” gift cards. The FTC charged 29 defendants with collectively sending 180 million unwanted text messages to consumers.The messages promised consumers free gift cards worth as much as $1,000 to retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart, according to an FTC release. Consumers that clicked on the messages were prompted to provide personal information, apply for credit or pay to subscribe to get access to the supposedly free gift cards.The FTC complaints targeted both the senders of the spam messages as well the owners of the deceptive websites. In addition, the FTC filed contempt charges against serial spammer Phil Flora, who was barred from sending spam text messages in 2011 and was found to be part of the recent complaints. Of the eight complaints the FTC issued, seven were against the text senders and one against a website operator. According to the FTC, the defendants that sent the text messages were paid by the operators of the free gift card websites based on how many people were eventually duped into entering their personal information. The FTC alleges that the sites violate the FTC Act by failing to tell consumers of all the conditions set forth to obtain the supposedly free gift cards. The complaints are levied against companies and individuals. The list of text spammers includes several marketing firms such as Superior Affiliate Management, Rentbro, Inc., Jason Q. Cruz (doing business as Appidemic, Inc.), AdvertMarketing, Rishab Verma (Verma Holdings) and Seaside Building Marketing. The one complaint against a website operator was made against SubscriberBase Holdings, Inc.The FTC filings at this point are just complaints. The FTC notes that it, “files a complaint when it has ‘reason to believe’ that the law has been or is being violated and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. The complaint is not a finding or ruling that the defendant has actually violated the law. The cases will be decided by the court.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. dan rowinski Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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4,327 Kashmiris get a reprieve

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday withdrew cases against 4,327 youths, mainly first-time stone-throwers involved in 744 cases of disturbing law and order in the past one year.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti announced the decision after a high-powered committee, headed by Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid, submitted its report to her in Jammu.Regular monitoringAn official spokesman said cases against these youths stood withdrawn. “The DGP has been asked to regularly monitor the progress in the matter and furnish a fortnightly report,” reads the communication from the Home Department to the DGP. An official spokesman said the decision “marks the revival of the process of withdrawal of cases started by Ms. Mufti immediately after taking over last year”.In the past, the Mufti government set a process of reviewing cases against youths involved in incidents from 2008 to 2014. “The process, unfortunately, got disrupted due to the continued violence and unrest in the latter part of last year,” the spokesman said.A total of 848 cases, involving 4,957 youths, had been withdrawn since last year. “She [the Chief Minister] is committed to withdrawing cases against youths found ‘not involved in heinous crimes’,” said the spokesman.The release of first-time stone-throwers was also recommended by the Government of India’s Special Representative on J&K, Dineshwar Sharma, who completed his first visit in the second week of November. He later made a presentation before the Union Home Ministry in Delhi.“The decision is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families. It is an opportunity for them to rebuild their lives,” Ms. Mufti said. She hoped the decision would help in creating “a positive and conciliatory atmosphere” in the State.last_img read more

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