Arctic dinosaurs and ancient ecosystems

first_imgDr. Tony Fiorillo, Ph.D, Chief Curator and Vice President of Research and Collections, Perot Museum of Nature and ScienceDr. Paul McCarthy, Ph.D, Department Chair, Dept. of Geosciences, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks Dr Anthony Fiorillo has spent more than two decades searching remote areas in Alaska for evidence of dinosaurs that once roamed the state. He discovered a new species of tyrannosaur here. He has also described recent findings in a remote Alaska park as ‘hitting the jackpot’. Find out more about his work and what ancient ecosystems can teach us about our future on the next Talk of Alaska. A fossil of a Theropod footprint. (Photo courtesy Dr. Tony Fiorillo)A fossil of a Hadrosaur footprint. (Photo courtesy Dr. Tony Fiorillo) Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air). PARTICIPATE: Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastcenter_img Hadrosaur interpretation in Aniakchak. (Illustration by Karen Carr) Send an email to (comments may be read on air) HOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS: LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Mosque shooting suspect surrenders to Canadian police

first_imgPeople come to show their support after a shooting occurred in a mosque at the Québec City Islamic cultural center on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec city on 29 January, 2017. Photo: AFPOne of the two suspects held over a mosque shooting in Quebec City that left six people dead called police to surrender, authorities said Monday as they tried to piece together the gunmen’s motive.Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has condemned as a “terrorist attack” the deadly assault Sunday night on the Islamic Cultural Center, one of the worst attacks ever to have targeted Muslims in a western country.But it remained unclear what prompted the attack.The suspects have been identified by local media as French-Canadian Alexandre Bissonnette, and Mohamed Khadir, a Canadian of Moroccan descent.Police declined to release the suspects’ identities at a nationally-televised news conference on Monday, saying only that both were Canadian nationals with no apparent foreign links.“It is a domestic investigation at this time,” said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector Martin Plante, while shedding no light on the suspects’ motives.Six people were killed and eight were wounded in the attack. One of the suspects was arrested at the scene, and the other surrendered without incident after calling police to tell them where he was, police said.Police said they responded to the initial reports of the shooting at 7:55 pm local time (0055 GMT), arriving within minutes at the mosque where they arrested one of the suspects.About 15 minutes later, emergency services received a call from a man identifying himself as one of the assailants, and telling police where they could find him.He was apprehended in his car at 9:00 pm about 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside of Quebec City. He is between 25 and 30 years old, said Denis Turcotte of the Quebec City police.Monday morning, police searched a residence near the mosque, which is not far from Laval University and the historic heart of the four-centuries-old city.Denis Briere, rector of the university, condemned the “odious, inhuman terrorist act.” Local media said the two suspects may have been students at the school, but officials would not confirm this.Of the eight wounded in the shooting, five remain in critical condition, said hospital spokeswoman Genevieve Dupuis.last_img read more

New probe memory could achieve user densities over 10 terabits per square

first_img Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Beyond 1 Tbit/in2 Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of More information: C.D. Wright, et al. “Write strategies for multiterabit per square inch scanned-probe phase-change memories.” Applied Physics Letters 97, 173104 (2010). DOI:10.1063/1.3506584 ( — Researchers have proposed a new strategy for writing data for scanned-probe memories with user densities that are potentially more than twice as high as those achieved with conventional approaches. While previous research has shown that scanned-probe memories have the potential to achieve storage densities of up to 4 Tbit/in2, the new study shows how the density could be increased to 10 Tbit/in2 or more. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: New probe memory could achieve user densities over 10 terabits per square inch (2010, November 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The researchers, David Wright, et al., from the University of Exeter in Devon, England, and the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in Rueschlikon, Switzerland, have published their study on the new write strategy in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. “We have shown that we can get ultra-high densities without the need for ultra-sharp tips,” Wright told “Note that ‘conventional’ storage technologies like magnetic hard disk drives are currently ‘stuck’ at just under 1 Tbit/in2 densities and their road map does not predict reaching 10 Tbit/in2 until 2015 in the lab and 2020 for production.”As the researchers explain, the conventional method of writing for scanned-probe memories involves writing tiny marks with a probe, and recording the data in these marks. In this method, the tip size of the probe determines the size of the recorded mark, which limits the density. An alternative write strategy is mark-length recording, in which information is stored in the transitions between the marks rather than in the marks themselves. One of the advantages of mark-length recording is that it doesn’t rely as heavily on the sharpness of the probe tip as the conventional mark-position recording approach. “The key was realizing and demonstrating that continuous scanning (which is very bad for tip wear) is not needed to implement a mark-length scheme,” Wright explained.This is because mark-length recording can use one of the disadvantages of mark-position recording to its advantage: intersymbol interference. In the mark-position approach, bits written too close to each other can interfere with each other, so a minimum distance between bits is needed, which limits the achievable density. However, in mark-length recording, this interference can be exploited to merge marks together to make longer marks without the need for continuous tip scanning.Although mark-length recording has already been known to increase the storage density in traditional memory systems, such as magnetic and optical disk storage, scanned-probe memories have typically used only mark-position writing. Here, the researchers demonstrate how mark-length recording can be used in scanned-probe memories, as well. In the experiment, a voltage is applied between the probe tip and a phase-change medium, which heats and activates the phase-change layer. The medium can be read by sensing the change in electrical resistivity of the written medium. As the researchers explain, a direct comparison of the densities using these two approaches is not straightforward, but the new approach should increase the user density by at least 50%. By making further improvements, such as using sharper probe tips and ultrasmooth writing surfaces, the researchers predict that much higher densities can be achieved.The work is part of a large EU-funded project called Probe-based Terabyte Memories (ProTeM) (, which involves the development of scanned probe storage materials and techniques for ultra-high density, ultra-low power, small form-factor archival, and back-up memories. “Organizations and individuals are storing ever-increasing amounts of data and want to store it reliably, with low power consumption, and ideally in a small physical format,” Wright said. “The goal of our work is doing this with probe storage systems.” This image shows mark-length recorded bits with the corresponding current below. Image credit: Wright, et al. ©2010 American Institute of Physics.last_img read more

Tour golfers shank drive unbelievably hit his girlfriend in gallery Video

first_img Hazards of the profession for a touring golf girlfriend. She can ice up on the G5. Advertisement Hopefully, Belgian European Tour Pro Thomas Pieters got his girlfriend a nice Valentine’s Day gift.At this weekend’s PGA Tour Genesis Open, Pieters cancelled out any Valentine’s good karma when he drilled his significant other in the spectator gallery with one of his drives off the tee.What are the odds?A spectator posted a video of the aftermath, and kissy-kissy make-up on Instagram. She was okay. She only got hit in the back.last_img read more

Colins 2018 NFC North Preseason Predictions

first_img Advertisement NFL training camps kick of in a little over three weeks, and today Colin dove into his first pre-season predictions, tackling the NFC North.Last year, the Vikings steamrolled to the division crown with a 13-3 record en route to a playoff miracle and NFC Championship Game appearance. With the addition of Kirk Cousins, many expect Minnesota to be even stronger this season, but Colin thinks the they’ll be upstaged by the return of Aaron Rodgers, who will be on a mission after missing most of 2017. Colin likes the Packers (11-5) to edge out the Vikings (9-7) for the crown.On the bottom half, Colin doesn’t think Matt Patricia can break the Belichick coaching tree curse in his first year in Detroit (7-9), and thinks the Bears and Mitchell Trubisky suffer through another year of growing pains and a last place 5-11 finish.Watch Colin run through his NFC North predictions.last_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About Using Videos on Your Website

first_img 4 min read Q: Should my website launch with a full-screen video?A: It’s the latest trend in website design: launching a site with a full-screen video to tell your brand and product story. and are among the sites that use videos to set a specific mood while highlighting products and services in new and compelling ways.The jury’s still out on the ROI of using full-screen video on your website, but the approach can have benefits for businesses that are able to condense core themes and values into a short-form video. Dudley Storey, a Calgary, Alberta-based web development instructor and author of Pro CSS3 Animation, teaches people how to code their sites and take advantage of this latest trend. We asked him what’s involved. Why should I add a background video to my homepage?If a picture is worth a thousand words, video is 24,000 words a second. It’s uniquely suited to provide visitors with an instant impression of your business and services.Do videos have any value from an SEO perspective? The technique is relatively new, so that’s difficult to judge. Video definitely increases visitor engagement, but Google weighs file size and delivery speed when ranking pages (a knock against it).As far as we know, video doesn’t directly help SEO, unless the video has subtitled text attached to it. And since background video shouldn’t have any dialogue or voice-overs, that’s a nonfactor.If I go this route, how often should I update my video, and what are the costs?The shorter the video, the more often it should be updated. In general, an effective looping video is no more than eight seconds long, and should be replaced with a new one each month so you don’t bore regular visitors. As for cost, an eight-second, professionally produced video, shot with no sound, on location, using natural light and a small crew, will run you about $1,000.Do I need a new website or can my existing site be recoded to handle full-screen video? A new site isn’t necessary, although adding video offers a chance to reconsider your site’s design. With video as a background, text content on the page must be reduced to a few key sentences so it doesn’t cover up the video. Intermediate knowledge of HTML5, CSS and JavaScript is sufficient to do the work.What type of server configuration is required?An up-to-date Apache or Nginx server will deliver the video just fine, but older servers may need some coaxing and guidance to do so—thus the requirement of .htaccess editing skills mentioned above. Will full-screen video place a bandwidth drain on my server and cost more to operate?It can. A 10 MB video downloaded by 10,000 people represents 100 GB of traffic, which can be very expensive. Monthly costs will depend on your hosting arrangement and any bandwidth caps in your site service contract.Are there instances when full-screen video doesn’t work?Most mobile browsers won’t auto-play video, in order to avoid unexpected and unwanted bandwidth use or roaming charges. That’s important to know if mobile is the primary market for your site.Are there plug-ins I can use for my existing site? There are: mb.YTPlayer is popular for WordPress, as is jquery.videoBG. A web developer can add video to a page without special software, but restrictive web publishing systems such as Squarespace and Wix can make adding background video difficult unless you upgrade.  January 23, 2015 This story appears in the February 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Fold Smartphone Will Set You Back at Least 1980

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag February 21, 2019 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Samsung today announced the nation’s most expensive, and possibly most innovative smartphone: the $1,980 (and up) Galaxy Fold, a 4.6-inch smartphone that expands into a 7.3-inch tablet.”With the Galaxy Fold we are creating a new dimension for your phone and your life,” Justin Denison, Samsung’s SVP of product marketing, said at the company’s Unpacked event in San Francisco.Folded, the Galaxy Fold fits easily in one hand. It unlocks with a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone. Samsung showed the Fold running a limited selection of standard Android apps on the external screen — including email, Microsoft Office and Google Maps — although it wasn’t clear if all arbitrary Android apps will run on the outside.Samsung showed someone opening Google Maps on the external screen, and then folding the phone open to see the map expand, something the company calls “app continuity.”With the phone open, the Fold can multitask three apps in different windows simultaneously. One appears in a larger window on the left side of the device, while two others appear in smaller windows on the right side.”You can switch between the screens without missing a beat,” Denison said.High-end specsDenison said the Fold has a “7-nanometer” processor, which probably means Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855. It has 12GB of RAM, 512GB of built-in storage and support for UFS 3.0, which doubles the phone’s memory read speed. Its two batteries total 4,380mAh, and the phone supports wireless charging. The phone will come in both 4G LTE and 5G versions.Samsung added six cameras to the device. Three of the cameras are on the back (wide-angle, regular, and 2x zoom), two are inside in tablet mode (a standard camera and a depth camera), and one is on the front when in phone mode.The device will come in four colors (black, gold, green and blue), and you can personalize the color of the smartphone’s hinge, which enables it to bend.”The Samsung Galaxy Fold answers the skeptics, who thought innovation was dead in the smartphone space,” Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh said.This isn’t the first dual-screen, or folding, phone we’ve seen. The Kyocera Echo, on Sprint, had two screens in 2011, and the ZTE Axon M arrived in 2017. But both of those devices had persistent bezels between their two screen panels, making using them a much less seamless experience than the Fold’s single, folding screen. And neither Kyocera nor ZTE had the market clout of Samsung to get the Android developer community to embrace folding phones with multiple screens.This year, we have already seen a folding phone from Royole, and we expect to see one from Huawei at Mobile World Congress next week.The Galaxy Fold goes on sale on April 26, and will be available from AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.last_img read more

Porter to resume winter service between Toronto and Mont Tremblant

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — The winter season can’t come soon enough for Porter Airlines, which will welcome back winter service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont Tremblant on Dec. 8.Service runs until April 2, 2018, operating up to five times weekly and lasting only 70 minutes. Connecting flights to Mont Tremblant via Toronto are also available from a number of Porter destinations.To complement the popular service, Porter Escapes offers flight and hotel packages from $600 per person for a three-night stay. Prices are based on double occupancy, including taxes, fees and airport transfers. Guests can also plan ahead and save on ski lift tickets, rental ski equipment and spa services by adding them to their Porter Escapes package prior to travel.The Mont Tremblant International Airport (MTIA) is sweetening the deal even further with two special promotions this ski season. Passengers receive two free weekday ski lift tickets when they arrive on a Sunday or Monday and depart on a Thursday or Friday. Passengers travelling with children ages 2 to 12 years old are eligible for an airfare rebate courtesy of MTIA airport. Porter to resume winter service between Toronto and Mont Tremblant Share Friday, September 8, 2017 center_img Travelweek Group Tags: New Routes, Porter Airlines, Ski Resorts Posted bylast_img read more

OneStory House in Excellent Location Rohrmoser For Sale

first_imgOne-story house located in Rohrmoser on the main street with very easy access in an excellent location.The house is zoned for commercial land use.Suitable for all kinds of offices, such as a law firm, medical offices, call centers, engineers, and architects among others.It has 245 square meters of construction on 280 square meters of land.This is located in a very safe, gated area.Excellent construction with high ceilings that allow for great ventilation and lighting.It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, living and dining room, TV room, large kitchen with breakfast area, large patio space, backyard and cellar.Garage has space for four cars with electric gates. Price: $285,000 REDUCED to $265,000Province: San JoséCantón: San JoséConstruction: 245m2Land: 280m2Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 3Parking: 4A/C: Yes Next Image Facebook Comments COD: 1040Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: + (506)2258-1558See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Related posts:Two lots for sale in San José de la Montaña, Barva-Heredia What $50 million gets you in Miami’s resurgent condo market Contemporary First Floor Condominum, Escazú, For Rent Beautiful home for sale or rent in Escazú, reduced from $1.1 million to $750,000 info heading info content Features Include: Previous Imagelast_img read more

Read Int Contact Group declarations on Venezuela following meeting in Costa Rica

first_imgHowever, the implementation capacity is still weak compared to the scale of need. The ICG therefore calls for further steps to facilitate the establishment of additional specialised national and international organisations –in particular INGO’s- in the country and to facilitate deployment of humanitarian operations on the ground, in accordance with commitments made by the relevant actors.  To follow up on these commitments, and to step up work in support of ECCA, the ICG will set up a humanitarian working group in Caracas. The Group calls on donors to enhance contributions. The donor community should coordinate more effectively and the ICG welcomes the EU proposal to host a first meeting with this purpose. The International Contact Group will continue to engage with its regional and international partners towards a political, peaceful and democratic solution.It welcomes the participation of the Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis -in its capacity of Chair of the CARICOM-, the Secretary General of the CARICOM and the representative from the Holy See in the outreach session of the meeting. It also welcomes and accepts the invitation extended by the Lima Groupof countries to meet. It has decided to have similar exchanges with CARICOM countries and other relevant interlocutors. The group has also decided to convene againat ministerial level, in the near future, to assess developments and decide next steps.This statement has been agreed by the following ICG members: the EU, eight of its Member States (France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) and three countries from Latin America (Costa Rica, Ecuador and Uruguay). The priority now is to avoid further escalation of an already extremely tense situation. For this it is imperative to reinstate democracy, rule of law and separation of powers. Current events confirm that the only sustainable way out of the current crisis is an inclusive, democratic and peaceful one, in the framework of the country’s constitution. No actions of a repressive, judicial or political nature should be taken that would make this possibility more remote. While the solution to Venezuela’s crisis needs to come from Venezuelans, the international community has a duty and a responsibility to contribute to creating the conditions for peace, democracy, rule of law and human rights to prevail in Venezuela. In this respect, having reviewed its contribution so far, the ICG has decided to continue its work subject to periodical assessment of progress made. The ICG is ready to undertake a mission at political level to Caracas, to present and discuss concrete options for a peaceful and democratic solution to this crisis. The ICG reaffirms its strong rejection of the use of force against civilians and expresses its deep condolences to the families and friends of the victims. The Group urges the security forces to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life and suffering. Irregular armed groups must to be disbanded. Those responsible for indiscriminate violence will be held accountable. The right to peaceful protest must be respected and demonstrations should remain non-violent. The Group firmly condemns acts of violence against journalists and underlines that media freedom must be respected. The ICG firmly condemns flawed judicial processes aimed at criminalising protest and political opinions, such as the proceedings initiated against several representatives of the National Assembly. Party leaders and members need to be able to carry out their work peacefully without intimidation and reprisals. The democratically elected National Assembly, under its President Juan Guaidó, should remain in the centre of the political life in the country, its constitutional prerogatives should be respected and in accordance with its national legislation, the parliamentary immunity of its members should be fully guaranteed. In this regard, the Group also condemns the enforced disappearance of Representative Gilber Caro, whose fate and whereabouts remain unknown. It holds the relevant authorities responsible for his safety and integrity. The ICG commends the progress made since its last meeting in the functioning of the humanitarian response system working under the umbrella of ECCA (Equipo de coordinación de cooperacion y asistencia) and in the delivery of humanitarian support to people in need, and notes the important contribution of the ICG to these efforts.center_img Building on the work done since the Quito Ministerial Declaration, the ICG stresses that the best way forward lies in a credible negotiated political process, with the objective of bringing the country to democratic elections. This requires urgent meaningful confidence building measures, such as the release of political prisoners and changes in the respective branches of power in order to make them independent and accountable. The ICG will continue to support and facilitate efforts that can allow the country to move in this direction. The International Contact Group on Venezuela met in San José this week.Manuel Ventura Robles, Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister, and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, read the ICG’s statement during a Tuesday press conference.Below is the declaration in its entirety: Statement ICG, Ministerial meeting, San José, 6/7 MayThe International Contact Group (ICG) met on 6 and 7 May in San José, Costa Rica, at ministerial level. Concerned by the recent events in Venezuela, the ICG members renewed their commitment to a political, peaceful, democratic and Venezuelan-owned solution, through the holding of free and fair presidential elections as soon as possible. Related posts:Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight ‘any coup plotter;’ Costa Rica to host international meeting Contact Group pushes for progress on Venezuela impasse Venezuela: three months of crisis Life in limbo: The uncertainty of Venezuelans without a valid passport in the U.S. Facebook Comments The ICG expresses its deep concern about the suffering of the Venezuelan people caused by increased insecurity and the continued deterioration of the humanitarian situation, which has been further exacerbated by the lack of electricity and water supply in many areas of the country. In view of this, the ICG fully supports the ongoing efforts of the United Nations to establish an effective humanitarian response system and to deliver assistance to those most in need. In this regard, it also underlines the urgent need for a substantial humanitarian response that is commensurate with needs and in full compliance with the humanitarian principles and resolution 46/182 of UNGA. It is important and urgent that humanitarian organisations have unimpeded access and can effectively deliver and significantly scale up assistance swiftly, without constraints, free from any political interference.last_img read more

Operator of cargo ship seized by Iran says vessel released

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Iranian forces seized the ship April 28 as it traversed the Strait of Hormuz. It was taken to Bandar Abbas, the main port of Iran’s navy, under escort by Iranian patrol boats.Iran claimed that the Danish shipping company that chartered the ship, Maersk Line, owed money to an Iranian firm. Rickmers’ spokesman Cor Radings would not comment on whether any money was paid to settle the case with Iran, saying in a telephone interview from Amsterdam “that is up to Maersk and the Iranian authorities, our responsibility is with the vessel and crew.”He said his company had confirmed that the ship had left the Iranian port with all 24 crew members on board and all of its cargo, and that it was expected to arrive in Jebel Ali late Thursday night or early Friday morning.Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization said in a statement that the government had received the appropriate assurances from Maersk Line. The Danish company had, “ensured the provision of a letter of guarantee for the enforcement of the judicial decision,” the statement said.In Copenhagen, Maersk Line spokesman Michael Storgaard told AP that the case “is not over yet,” but confirmed that the company was committed to covering the $163,000 debt claimed by the Iranian firm, if necessary. “We have said we would be willing to pay the $163,000 but for now we have not paid anything,” he said. Storgaard said lawyers from both sides will now begin looking into the matter.Denmark’s Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard made reference to an apparent role by his government in the negotiations, saying it was “gratifying that our joint efforts” had led to the release of the ship.“For Denmark as a seafaring nation, it is obviously a priority that international obligations are complied with and that ships can sail in the Persian Gulf,” Lidegaard said in a statement. “We have also made that clear in our contact with the Iranian authorities.”The incident came at a critical time in Iran’s relations with the West, as talks on Tehran’s contested nuclear program continue and frictions rise amid a U.S.-backed campaign by a Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes against Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen.Following the Maersk incident, Washington adopted a policy change, allowing any U.S.-flagged ship to be accompanied by Navy warships through the narrow strait, which includes Iranian territorial waters. Navy ships are positioned nearby and are ready to respond if needed, but they do not actually escort a vessel.The Strait of Hormuz is the route for about a fifth of the world’s oil and is only about 33 kilometers (21 miles) wide at its narrowest point. TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship seized by Iran has been released and the crew members are all in good condition, according to the ship’s operator.Rickmers Ship Management told The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday that the MV Maersk Tigris was released following a court order. It will now continue its scheduled voyage to Jebel Ali, in the United Arab Emirates, where it will be met by representatives from Rickmers and others. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories center_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories —Rising reported from Berlin. Associated Press writer Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

Gold Coasts Famous for Fun tag not Very GC

first_imgGold Coast Tourism has launched its new brand – ‘Gold Coast, Famous for Fun’ – set to premiere alongside a new national marketing campaign. The ‘fun’ makeover replaces the ‘Very Gold Coast, Very GC’ tag and follows the relaunch of Tourism Queensland’s new brand, ‘Where Australia Shines’, at the end of last month, B&T reported. However, GC Tourism will share the slogan with a business that has been running for 15 years, Ramblers Skydive, after legal action was dropped against the tourism body, ABC News reported.”Given the distinct difference in location, business and audience of the two companies, however neither of us believe that there is an issue,” Gold Coast Tourism CEO, Martin Winter, said. The ‘Famous for Fun’ campaign looks to target the experience and emotion of holidaymakers. It’s a far cry from the five-year-old M&C Saatchi ‘Very GC’ campaign, which sought to the promote the destinations higher-end offerings and appeal to non-traditional visitors. “The Famous for Fun brand focuses on the things people know and love about a Gold Coast holiday. It is about enjoying the moment, escaping the daily grind, and connecting with friends and family,” CEO GC Tourism, Martin Winter, said. The new strategy focuses on four key ‘fun’ themes – beaches, theme parks, entertainment and hinterland. The body, line, imagery and tone of the new tag is “cheeky and contemporary”, the tourism board said. However, the new tag has failed to convince some key players in the state. Queensland Opposition tourism spokesperson Ray Stevens said he doubts the Gold Coast’s new tourism brand will attract a single extra visitor, the ABC reported. Mr Stevens, a member for Mermaid Beach, said the slogan is too obvious.”I hope it goes well, I wish it all the best but one would think that a lot of money, a lot of consultants and a lot of time put into it could have come up with something a little more grabbing than ‘Famous for Fun’,” he said.The new brand was developed following extensive consumer research involving 6,000 Australians, 600 Gold Coast residents and 300 GC Tourism Members. A working group of 35 industry stakeholders was also established to derive the brand idea. The five-year-old M&C Saatchi campaign, ‘Very GC’ (source: GC Tourism) Gold Coast Tourism has launched its new tag, ‘Famous for Fun’center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

Rep Daley reads to North Branch Elementary School class Photo

first_img02Apr Rep. Daley reads to North Branch Elementary School class [Photo] Categories: News Rep. Kevin Daley had the honor of spending some time recently at North Branch Elementary School promoting the adventures and fun of reading. Daley is pictured here reading to Ms. Kathy Bailey’s Kindergarten class at North Branch Elementary.To contact Rep. Daley at his Lansing office residents can call 1-517-373-1800, or e-mail the Rep. at

Rep Hughes sponsors summer reading program for local children

first_img28May Rep. Hughes sponsors summer reading program for local children Categories: Featured news,Hughes News,News Top reader will be “State Representative for a Day”State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, is encouraging local students to continue to read this summer after school gets out by sponsoring a summer reading contest for students in first through fifth grade.The Summer Reading Contest guidelines are included in Rep. Hughes’s customized Summer Bookmark, which outlines the guidelines for the contest and is available electronically on Rep. Hughes website or at local libraries.Students in first through fifth grade are eligible to participate by reading ten or more books and filling in the necessary information on via Rep. Hughes’s Summer Bookmark. Each completed bookmark must be submitted to a local library on or before Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7 in order to be considered for entry into the contest.One lucky student and their family will invited as special guests to accompany Rep. Hughes at the State Capitol to experience life as a state representative.“This is such a great way to keep kids reading throughout the summer and reward their hard work and efforts with a truly unique experience to be a “State Representative for a Day”, said Rep. Hughes. “Summer learning loss is an important issue and this program is intended to prevent that from occurring.  I can’t wait to reward the winner with a day here in Lansing, so that they can learn even more about how our state government runs.”Various libraries throughout the 91st House District will have entry forms available and will be collecting completed forms at the end of the contest period.  Those libraries are as follows:Egelston Township Branch Library-5428 East Apple Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442Fruitport Branch Library-47 Park St., Fruitport, MI 49415Holton Branch Library-8776 Holton-Duck Lake Rd., Holton, MI 49425Montague Branch Library-8778 Ferry St., Montague, MI 49437Norton Shores Branch Library-705 Seminole Rd., Norton Shores, MI 49441Ravenna Branch Library-12278 Stafford, Ravenna, MI 49451###center_img Tags: #SB, bookmark, Hughes, reading contest last_img read more

Rep Green ready to serve local residents

first_img State Rep. Phil Green of Millington today announced his legislative office is open and ready to serve residents of the 84th House District. Sherry Sofia will serve as Rep. Green’s legislative director and Zoe Harness as his director of constituent relations.Rep. Green will have an integral role in the state’s budget process, following the announcement of committee appointments by House Speaker Lee Chatfield this week.Rep. Green will serve as vice chair for an appropriations subcommittee related to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The committee, along with others in the appropriations stable, will be responsible for deliberating on funding plans that impact state budget changes.“As we craft a state budget that reflects the demands of residents and the well-being of Michigan’s economy, it’s important to look at issues that will help the health and well-being of all residents,” Rep. Green said. “I’m honored to hold this position and look forward to the hard work ahead, creating a better Michigan and a government that is working efficiently for its residents.”Rep. Green will also serve on House Appropriations subcommittees related to higher education, agriculture and rural development, and the Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality.People can contact Rep. Green by calling (517) 373-0476 or emailing Correspondence can also be mailed to S-1188 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. Residents can view updates from Rep. Green or subscribe to his newsletter by visiting Categories: Green News 17Jan Rep. Green ready to serve local residentslast_img read more

Suppression of Dissent in Russia Resurges Once Olympics Ends

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 22, 2014; New York TimesIn the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, Russia, suffering from the scrutiny of the world where human rights and civil freedoms were concerned, released a number of dissidents from prison only to sentence a new grouping of dissidents within hours after closing ceremonies were concluded. All were sentenced to two to four years for their participation in a May 2012 rally protesting President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration.“Why did they sentence him?” asked Stella Anton, the mother of a man sentenced to three and a half years. “To frighten people, so that they won’t go to demonstrations, so that they won’t protest, to put them on their knees and so they’ll put up with everything that’s happening in the country.”And just in case the message was not heard, on Monday, when people gathered as close as barricades would let them get to the court for a peaceful protest of that trial and verdict, OMON, Russia’s special riot police, broke the rally up, and at least 232 protestors were herded into buses and detained. Calls went out over social media to reconvene that evening, and police again were ready, detaining an additional 426 people.This op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by Vladimir V. Kara-Murza speculates that “the intentionally harsh sentences for the Bolotnaya Square prisoners, and the arrests of those who raised their voices on their behalf, are meant to serve as a warning and to prevent the reemergence of street protests.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

LA Supervisors Reject Nonprofit Exemption in New Minimum Wage Law

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 15, 2015; Los Angeles TimesNPQ has reported often about the efforts of nonprofits to gain exemptions from wage laws. The most recent case is in Los Angeles County, where supervisors decided not to exempt nonprofits and job-training programs from its new law to increase the minimum wage for workers in county-controlled areas to $15 an hour by 2021. The vote comes the same day that the board approved the overall minimum wage hike, according to the Los Angeles Times.Two Republican supervisors—the same two who opposed the wage increase—pushed for the last-minute exemptions for nonprofits, seasonal workers, and workers in job-training programs, such as those for reformed gang members and those geared toward homeless rehabilitation and youth diversion.The failed proposal to pay workers less than the new minimum wage for the first 18 months of employment is similar to an exemption approved by the Los Angeles City Council after it adopted a similar minimum wage increase earlier this summer. The two supervisors also proposed a broader exemption for all nonprofits with less than 25 employees, as well as for seasonal employees. Both failed to pass.The supervisor who led the push for an increased minimum wage would not support exemptions for specific groups of workers. She also pointed out that the major organizations that would be impacted by such an exemption are headquartered within Los Angeles city limits, and have already been exempted by the city council.The board majority opposed the exemptions, saying they “undercut the minimum wage, which is a basic element of trying to confront the issue of income inequality,” according to the Times. The county plan does not include an exemption for unionized workers, a proposed loophole in the city’s minimum wage plan that remains unresolved.—Larry KaplanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

De Blasio Announces Major Expansion of Legal Aid to LowIncome Tenants

first_imgShare43TweetShareEmail43 SharesDelano United / jaritoSeptember 28, 2015; New York NewsdayIn an effort to prevent both homelessness and gentrification in 15 New York City neighborhoods, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city would spend an additional $12.3 million this year in legal aid to low-income tenants facing eviction at the hands of “unscrupulous landlords.”The neighborhoods include Central and West Harlem; Crown Heights, Bushwick, and Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn; Jamaica in Queens; and Tremont in the Bronx, among others that have recently experienced gentrification. Booming real estate markets have caused landlords to try to move low-income tenants—sometimes through any means necessary.During Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, the number of homeless people in New York more than doubled, from 25,000 to 53,000, and de Blasio is focused on stabilizing if not increasing the supply of affordable housing by preventing evictions, harassment, and even buy-outs.De Blasio said the initiative was aimed primarily at preventing homelessness through helping families fight harassment and eviction and remain in permanent affordable housing. “The cost of living has skyrocketed in this city,” Mayor de Blasio told reporters. “We see how, unfortunately, so many of our fellow New Yorkers are close to the edge economically. Our answer is, in part, to stop homelessness before it starts.”But retaining affordability requires current tenants to stay put. “When we lose a unit of affordable housing, in too many cases, that’s forever. It’s never coming back,” the mayor said.The officials announcing the program were careful not to label the program as a measure to block gentrification, but they did say that every time an affordable housing unit is vacated, it is at risk of being converted to market-rate housing, which in New York means it will be placed out of range for many.Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer urged tenants not to allow themselves to be bought out, and de Blasio agrees. “Short-term gain, long-term pain,” he said, noting that too many landlords “take advantage of real estate values and push people out.”The new fund adds to the money in another initiative protecting tenants from landlord harassment in neighborhoods experiencing rezoning, for a total budget of $46 million this fiscal year and $61.8 million in the next fiscal year—ten times what the pool was in 2013.Still, some advocates believe that the attention of the government may still be misplaced. “Housing court…is difficult to navigate for low-income people who by and large don’t have legal representation,” said Urban Homesteading Assistance Board spokeswoman Kerri White. “However, giving money to legal service providers is treating the symptom rather than the cause of the problem. There are not enough attorneys to represent all the tenants facing these conditions; there are not enough resources to build enough new affordable units to house these tenants.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare43TweetShareEmail43 Shareslast_img read more

Chicago Public Schools Struggle with Simple Math Problems

first_imgShare7Tweet8ShareEmail15 SharesBy No machine-readable author provided. Kseferovic assumed (based on copyright claims). – No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0April 27, 2016; Catalyst ChicagoThe Chicago Public Schools’ troubles seem to have no end; many are of their own making. Even seemingly simple things, like knowing how many low-income students attend its schools, have become problematic. Data posted on CPS’s website show has a one-year decrease in the total student body of about 4,500, but the low-income student count at CPS fell by 24,500. CPS officials have said these numbers are wrong, that the actual fall-off is about 11,000 students. Even this smaller decline is hard to understand, since the U.S. Census Department data continues to indicate its low-income population growing.For the district, and for individual schools, these numbers can make an already very difficult budget situation worse. CPS receives about $500 million in state and federal funding specifically targeted to its work with low-income children. These funds are then allocated to each school based on their actual demography. Lower numbers of low-income students will reduce a school’s budget, directly affecting that school’s educational program. In a district already facing a huge budget hole in the current year, and an even larger one looming for next year, losing funds because the district can’t count accurately is embarrassing.CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner said the district is “committed to making sure that our students and schools receive the funds they are entitled to receive, especially assistance for students who come from low-income backgrounds. Before school budgets are released, CPS will exhaust all possible efforts to make sure that poverty information is as accurate as possible, so that our schools and students get the funds they deserve.”So how does a district serving 400,000 students explain not having accurate knowledge of who its students are? In many ways, it seems. According to Catalyst Chicago, first, it was a data entry problem: “District officials initially blamed school clerks, claiming they clicked the wrong option in a drop-down menu on software used to track income data.” Later, it seems, the state was to blame:CPS officials switched from blaming the computer entry problem and cited issues with a procedure called direct certification, in which the state identifies students whose families receive public assistance, food stamps or Medicaid, or are in foster care, and gives the information to school districts….CPS says it gave the state a list of thousands of students whom the district believes were wrongly left out of the direct certification files.Others in the system are suggesting that the “decline” results from the district’s choosing to provide all students with a free school lunch, an option made available under the federal school lunch program. Some suggest that there may really be fewer lower income students because the economy has improved. Or maybe these are children who attended schools closed by the district but never made it to their new schools.The district may eventually get this counting problem fixed and get the money it deserves allocated to the right local schools, but having this problem is another sign of a badly managed district in trouble. Troy LaRaviere, the highly honored CPS principal who was recently suspended by the school board, recently wrote on his blog about the “literally dozens of actions taken by City Hall over the last five years to undermine the financial health of our school district in order to create and maintain a financial crisis.” Is this just one more?—Martin LevineShare7Tweet8ShareEmail15 Shareslast_img read more

India Bans Identity Politics in Political Campaigns

first_imgShare34TweetShareEmail34 SharesJanuary 2, 2017; New York TimesOn Monday, India’s Supreme Court ruled that candidates for political office cannot appeal to voters on the basis of religion, caste, community, or language. The Court maintained that India is a secular country, and these categories are therefore irrelevant to the political process.The ruling stated, “Religion has no role in electoral process, which is a secular activity. Mixing state with religion is not constitutionally permissible.”The statement sounds like a step toward a balanced political system, an effort to provide a more equal opportunity for able candidates without strong support from a particular religious community.However, that rule may prove to be minimally practical in a country where religious and community identity is the strongest political factor for a significant portion of the population.India is home to a dizzying variety of ethnic and religious identities. There are six major religions listed on the Indian census, plus over seven million people who do not practice one of those six religious. There are 14 official languages with hundreds of dialects, and even Hindi, which is the most prominent language, is not spoken by a majority. There are 35 states and thousands of ethnic and tribal groups.Ethnic and religious identities have played a significant role in shaping Indian history. India is a composite of previously independent states that have undergone various combinations and alliances over the centuries; the current borders are less than 100 years old. In addition to the famously horrific wars during the partition between India and Pakistan and the ongoing conflict over ownership of Kashmir, a number of riots and attempted ethnic cleansings have kept communal wounds fresh since independence in 1947.Of India’s six major political parties, four are secular and two are Hindu nationalist. The latter includes India’s ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has close links to the Hindu nationalist paramilitary organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.In fact, India’s current prime minister, Narendra Modi of the BJP, is widely accused of having allowed religious riots in Gujarat to take place in 2002, when he was the Gujarati Chief Minister. More than one thousand people, mostly Muslims, died in the riots.Political leaders have not expressed much faith in this resolution. “If this judgment is taken literally, then pretty much every single party in India could be disqualified,” said Ashok Malik, a fellow at the Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation.On occasion, identity-based politics are a tool for good in India. For instance, the Indian parliament maintains quotas for underrepresented groups like Muslims, who are only 13.4 percent of the population. Studies have shown that better Muslim representation in government “leads to large and significant improvements in child survival rates and improvements in educational attainment.” The Dalit, or Untouchable, caste is also allotted a quota of 84 seats in the national parliament.The Times of India claimed that “identity-based political movements as exemplified by the Dalit-centric BSP or the Tamil-based DMK aren’t negative in themselves. In fact, these political movements have helped sections of society that have felt marginalized highlight their grievances.”In India, as elsewhere, identity politics are a reliable source of political capital when candidates’ abilities to publicize their platforms or personally reach their constituents are limited.In 2015, only 22 percent of Indian adults had access to the Internet, due to lack of both infrastructure and affordability. And even if they had access to candidates’ websites and political news, 35 percent of India’s towns and villages have literacy rates below 50 percent. How do you argue on the issues when half of the people voting for you don’t have easy access to information?The efforts of India’s government and its longtime ruling party, the Indian National Congress, to secularize politics and govern without regard to religion or status go back to Independence. National leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohandas Gandhi struggled to unify India’s communities and promote national identity. The recent ruling by India’s Supreme Court is a nod to their efforts and to the desire for peace and equality that many Indians share. However, to enforce that ruling, they will need the support of politicians who rely on community identities for support. We may see a new kind of campaign and some new candidates in the next election.—Erin RubinShare34TweetShareEmail34 Shareslast_img read more