Children Encouraged to Speak out Against Abuse

first_imgStory Highlights State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging children to speak out against abuse.Mr. Green said that while there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of child abuse by adults, there is still an issue of under-reporting, with only one out of 10 adults making reports.He was speaking at the Reaching Individuals through Skills and Education (RISE) Life Management Services ‘Finding My Voice’ programme closing expo and concert, held on May 31 at Emancipation Park in Kingston,“That is why we must have programmes that empower our children to speak up. That is why this ‘Finding My Voice’ programme is so important. It tells children about their rights and encourages them to speak if they are being abused, because we understand that we can’t depend on the adults only,” the State Minister said.Mr. Green also encouraged children to make use of the resources available to them to report abuse.“Children, we want you to know that if you are in a difficult situation, if you are being abused, you must say something. Go to your guidance counsellor, go to the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) or the Child Development Agency (CDA), and tell them what is happening to you,” the State Minister added.Meanwhile, Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska, said the EU remains committed to working with the Government and its partners to defend the rights of all persons.“Children are particularly vulnerable, and so we must each make a commitment to do better in terms of protecting them. Children, everywhere, who are experiencing, or who feel threatened, must feel comfortable to tell someone and get the support they deserve. This means that all Jamaicans must become part of the solution. This entails doing all we can to develop positive relationships with the children in our care and helping them to feel safe enough to enjoy their childhood,” she said.Executive Director of RISE, Sonita Abrahams, told JIS News the initiative has accomplished its goal of training persons in abuse prevention and promoting human rights.“We have trained over 28,000 young people. We have gone around the island and have done sessions in the classroom with primary-school children. We have also done training with parents and guidance counsellors in the prevention of sexual abuse against children. The whole idea is to teach young people and parents how to be safe and to recognise if there is an abuse situation going on, and encourage children to speak up,” she explained.Mrs. Abrahams added that while RISE will continue to promote the initiative on its social media platform, Facebook and the ‘Finding My Voice’ music project, more public- and private-sector involvement is necessary to end child abuse.The EU-funded ‘Finding My Voice’ National Programme on the Prevention of Child Abuse is an 18-month intervention aimed at the promotion and protection of the rights of children.It has directly impacted an estimated 1.4 million persons islandwide through its multimedia public-education campaign on the prevention of sexual violence against children. State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging children to speak out against abuse. Mr. Green said that while there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of child abuse by adults, there is still an issue of under-reporting, with only one out of 10 adults making reports. Meanwhile, Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska, said the EU remains committed to working with the Government and its partners to defend the rights of all persons.last_img read more

Community Services Reviews Adoption Process

first_imgThe province is looking for ways to help more children inpermanent care find loving and nurturing homes of their own. The Department of Community Services is reviewing the currentadoption process in Nova Scotia, exploring ways to improve areassuch as administration and communication as well as supportservices for adoptive parents. “A stable, loving home is a critical factor in the developmentand well-being of any child,” said Community Services MinisterDavid Morse. “We are looking for ways to find loving homes forchildren in permanent care by making the adoption process in NovaScotia better.” Permanent and loving families can offer the stability and supportthat children need for healthy development. Many of the childrenwho are without a permanent home are older, have special needs orare part of sibling groups. Over the next few months, a project team will conduct research,hold consultations and develop recommendations. Backgroundresearch has already been completed to lay the foundation for thereview. The project team will meet with child-welfare staff, community-based organizations interested in adoption, family and child-welfare matters, and lawyers who practise family law across theprovince. “Changes to the way the program is administered, and additionalsupports to potential adoptive parents, are some of the optionsthat we will explore,” said Mr. Morse. “Meeting with interestedstakeholders is an important step in finding ways to place morechildren into permanent and loving homes.” The consultation process is expected to last throughout thesummer. Recommendations based on the research and consultationswill be presented to the department in the fall. Feedback from the public on Nova Scotia’s domestic adoptionprogram is welcome. Comments may be mailed to the AdoptionProject, Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, P.O. Box696, Halifax, N.S. B3J 2T7; faxed to 902-424-0502; or e-mailed towebcoms@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Unsecured tool bag may have caused Ontario helicopter crash that killed 4TSB

first_imgAn improperly secured tool bag hit the rear rotor of a helicopter before the aircraft crashed in eastern Ontario, killing four people on board, the Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, as it issued a warning on the risks of unsecured cargo.The board said its preliminary investigation into the Dec. 14 crash near Tweed, Ont., suggested the tool bag being carried on a platform outside the Hydro One helicopter was the main cause of the deadly incident.Shortly before the crash, the helicopter’s pilot picked up three linemen at the base of a high-power transmission tower and was transporting them to a nearby staging area, the TSB said.A few bags used for tools and supplies were being carried on the platform extending out of the right side of the helicopter. The bags are normally secured with double-lock carabiners, the TSB said.“While nearing the staging area, one of the bags … blew off the platform and along with its attached carabiner struck and damaged the tail rotor,” Peter Rowntree, a senior TSB investigator told reporters on Thursday.“A heavily-damaged carabiner, a damaged bag along with the tip of a tail rotor blade were found approximately 600 metres away from the crash site.”Investigators also found that two of the three seatbelts in the helicopter’s passenger area were unfastened, Rowntree said.“All three passengers became separated from the helicopter while it was still airborne,” he said.Rowntree said the TSB investigation into the crash continues and will examine helicopter maintenance records, pilot training, operational policies and previous occurrences involving the helicopter model involved.Weather is not being considered a factor in the crash, he said.The TSB issued a safety advisory Thursday in light of the crash, saying cargo must be adequately secured at all times and warning that passengers who don’t wear seat belts risk serious injury or death in an emergency.The men killed in the crash were identified by Hydro One as 39-year-old James Baragar, 27-year-old Kyle Shorrock, and Jeff Howes and Darcy Jansen, both 26.Hydro One has said Baragar, the pilot, had been with the company since 2009.Greg Kiraly, Hydro One’s chief operating officer, said Thursday that the utility is treating the matter with “the utmost seriousness.”“We are pleased that the TSB has been able to release this preliminary information and we will be incorporating today’s safety bulletin into our own review of our operating practices and procedures,” Kiraly said.The helicopter did not have a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder, but the TSB has said it recovered a GPS, which will help in the investigation.last_img read more

Camp Trailblazers empowers Indigenous and nonIndigenous kids

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN News SaturdayIt’s a sunny September morning and a group of 22 boys and girls from Manitoba and Saskatchewan are spending the last remaining moments of summer outside while they still have the chance.One half of the group is running, jumping and skipping across a wooden play structure – the other half is taking turns strapping themselves into a device, which is unofficially called the “Big Swing.”For many of these kids this is the first time they are meeting one another, and Camp Trailblazers is the event bringing them together.For three nights the group stayed at Camp Arnes, located about 110 km north of Winnipeg, where they got to take part in normal camp activities such as swimming, horseback riding and bonfires.(The Big Swing at Camp Arnes. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)The days were also broken up by workshops on the reason that brought them all there together.The camp was started 17 years ago and is an extension of AboutFace, a charitable organization based in Toronto that works with people living with facial differences.According to their website, “AboutFace’s mission is to promote and enhance positive mental and emotional well-being of individuals with facial differences and their families through social and peer support, information, educational programs and awareness.For one weekend in the year the camp gives kids a chance to connect with others who are living with similar experiences.Over the past couple of years, the organization has been working with various First Nations to help identify kids who may benefit from the camp, according to Annette Simms, the program manager for AboutFace.“Once we started to do a lot more outreach, we did get to see the outreach within the camp environment but ended up noticing there are a lot of individuals within the Indigenous population that are impacted by facial difference and there aren’t a lot of supports that are really out there,” said Simms.This year a handful of the kids attending come from Indigenous communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.One of those is Kassidy Taylor.(Kassidy Taylor. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)The 17-year-old is from Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in Manitoba. This is her second and last year attending the camp.The cut-off age is 18 but that will change to 17 next year.“I was thinking about that next year coming back as a counsellor,” said Taylor “Well try anyways so I can volunteer with kids.”The teen is in her last year of high school and preparing for a career working with kids. She says her favourite thing to do is look after her nieces and nephews.It’s almost lunchtime but first Taylor has to take her turn on the “Big Swing.” She’s the last of the group to take a turn. A little coaxing from fellow camper Summer Bear helps make things easier. The two only met the night before but became fast friends.“I like her laugh. She’s funny. She makes me laugh,” said Taylor. “I like people that make me laugh because I can make them laugh too.”(Summer Bear. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)The feeling is mutual for Bear. The 14-year-old traveled from Meadow Lake, SK to attend the camp. This is her third year.“There’s mostly more people that’s new that come here every year and I would like to meet them,” she said after conquering the “Big Swing.”After lunch the group splits into two again for “AboutFace Time.”Here kids learn various skills to help them express their feelings. This includes looking at the benefits of music and art when it comes to dealing with mental health.“Within our programming we do focus a lot on mental health and being able to send kids home with a tool box per se to be able to have a more positive mental health status,” said Simms.Simms says it’s all about empowering and encouraging the kids to express themselves in a safe environment.Part of that is education. Sharing circles are another element in the camp experience. Kids are encouraged to share what its like living with facial differences: the good, the bad and the in-between.For Taylor being able to look at faces similar to hers provides a sense of comfort she doesn’t always get back home.“I’m just happy to come because in my rez everyone’s normal and I’m just the only person there that’s not,” said Taylor. “Coming here just makes me feel better about myself because I’m not different from the rest of them. I’m just like them in a different way.”Camp Trailblazers also takes place in Nova Scotia and Ontario. An adult retreat takes place in Ontario with a British Columbia pilot project taking place this year. For the first time this year AboutFace is operating a family camp Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

King Mohammed VIs Visit to Côte Divoire Mirrors Strength of Bilateral

Abidjan –The visit that HM King Mohammed VI is paying to Côte d’Ivoire mirrors the special cooperation relations between the two countries, said Ivorian agriculture Minister Coulibaly mamadou Sangafowa.Aware of the pertinence of a mutually-beneficial south-south cooperation model, Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco are attaching utmost importance to stepping up their bilateral relations following the example of the friendship ties between their respective heads of state, President Alassane Ouattara and HM King Mohammed VI, Sangafowa told MAP.Bilateral ties between Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire are “exemplary” said the minister, highlighting the need to unlock the potential of numerous areas of cooperation. He said that Côte d’Ivoire is recovering from a decade of crisis thanks to support of the international community and notably Morocco which spared no effort in bringing assistance to the Ivorian people.MWN with MAP read more

New UNbacked initiative seeks to promote aquaculture to fight hunger

“The project will work closely with fish farming communities and will focus on field research in many major aquaculture countries in the developing world,” said Rohana Subasinghe, a senior expert of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on aquaculture and coordinator of the project.“It will develop tools and methodologies to help key partners to develop policies geared to improving aquaculture’s contribution to food and nutrition security.” Aquaculture, which involves cultivating fresh water and saltwater populations of fish under controlled conditions as opposed to catching fish in the wild, is the world’s fastest growing source of animal protein, growing by more than 60 per cent between 2000 and 2008, from 32.4 million tons to 52.5 million tons. Nearly 50 per cent of the fish for consumption comes from this practice.Although aquaculture is widely regarded to play a pivotal role in fighting hunger, little is known about its exact impact on food and nutrition security and poverty alleviation in developing countries. However, given population growth projections, aquaculture will need to expand to meet future demand for fish, FAO said in a news release.The initiative – Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition (AFSPAN) – will examine low-income food-deficit countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to develop sustainable fishing policies and support the livelihoods of millions of small-scale fish farmers. AFSPAN will also develop new ways to quantify the contribution of aquaculture with systematic and quantitative assessments, and elaborate strategies for improving the impact of aquaculture on food and nutrition security and poverty alleviation.The three-year project will be funded by the European Union (EU) with one million Euros (about $1.3 million), which will be managed by FAO in partnership with a global alliance of 20 development agencies, governments and universities. read more

Préhistoire les Européens vivant il y a 30000 ans fabriquaient déjà de

first_imgPréhistoire : les Européens vivant il y a 30.000 ans fabriquaient déjà de la farineEurope – Relatée lundi 18 octobre dans la revue américaine Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), la découverte de résidus d’amidon sur des meules en pierre par une équipe italienne fait remonter 10.000 plus tôt la consommation de farine végétale chez nos ancêtres du Paléolithique. La découverte de grains d’amidon, sur des meules primitives en pierre trouvées sur des sites paléolithiques de Russie, d’Italie et de République Tchèque, a permis à l’équipe du Dr Anna Revedin, de l’Institut de préhistoire de Florence (Italie), de faire remonter la fabrication de farine à 30.000 ans. Jusqu’alors, les plus anciennes traces de cette activité, trouvées en Israël, dataient de 20.000 ans.  À lire aussiPourrions-nous redonner vie aux dinosaures comme dans Jurassic Park ?Issue de plantes riches en amidon comme la fougère ou la quenouille, la farine était vraisemblablement mélangée à de l’eau pour produire une pâte, cuite sur une pierre chaude. Les archéologues se sont essayés à la recette, obtenant  une sorte de pain plat, “croustillant comme un biscuit mais pas très savoureux”.Ramasser les plantes nécessaires et les traiter avec des outils adéquats pour en tirer un aliment digeste et  riche en glucides sont des opérations complexes, qui témoignent d’une diversité alimentaire assez importante chez nos ancêtres, chassant l’image de l’homme préhistorique presque exclusivement carnivore.  Le 20 octobre 2010 à 14:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Another NXT name released on Thursday Video of John Cena on The

first_img Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need HimVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Jimmy Fallon Another NXT name released on ThursdayNXT developmental talent Sage Beckett was released by the company on Thursday according to a report by Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, as well as Squared Circle Sirens. Abbey Laith was also released from the company on Thursday. Beckett and Laith both competed in this past year’s Mae Young Classic tournament.Beckett was signed by WWE in early 2017, but was never used on NXT TV. Beckett had a prior run in TNA as Rosie Lottalove in 2010.Video of John Cena on “The Tonight Show”The following videos have been posted from John Cena’s appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday night to promote his upcoming movie “Knockers” and WrestleMania 34 in five weeks. WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next John Cena WhatsApp Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ WrestleMania: SNL Weekend Updates Michael Che And Colin Jost Got Strowmanlast_img

Guardiola praises David Silva

first_imgThe Citizens will host Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, and Pep has spoken of “El Mago’s” skillsOne day before the Manchester City-Shakhtar Donetsk match in the UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola has taken his time to praise David Silva.The Spanish midfielder was key to the 2-1 win over German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim, scoring the winning goal.And he has scored twice in the last three UCL matches.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“[David Silva] was always a problem to play against,” Pep told the press as reported by the club’s own website.“He is one of the most incredible players playing in the pocket, which the space in between players. He moves in those spaces.”“Few players can do it, and he is a master at that. He is enjoying it a lot. The fact he has played for so long in Premier League says everything,” he added.“I love being alongside him every day.”last_img read more

UBS cuts performance award pool by 17

first_imgSwiss banking organisation UBS has decreased its 2016 performance award pool by 17% to CHF2.9 billion.The organisation, which employs 59,387 members of staff, had a performance award pool of CHF3.5 billion in 2015.The performance award pool includes all discretionary performance-based variable awards. It is determined by business performance, including group and division achievements against set performance targets, capital growth, and risk-adjusted profit.The group executive board performance award pool for 2016 was CHF71.9 million, which on a per capita basis, represents a decrease of 16%. The performance award pool for the group executive board is capped at 2.5% of the organisation’s adjusted profit before tax; the 2016 pool is 1.3% of adjusted profit before tax.Ann Godbehere, chair of the compensation committee of the board of directors at UBS, said: “In line with the group and business division performance in 2016, the firm’s total performance award management pool for the year was CHF2.9 billion, down 17% from 2015. As in previous years, the overall performance award pool was determined based on a range of performance considerations, including risk-adjusted profit and capital strength.“Compared with most of our peers’ compensation frameworks, we believe our framework ensures a closer alignment of employee and investor interests by linking a greater proportion of variable compensation to the firm’s own equity and debt instruments and subjecting awards to longer deferral periods.“With this approach, our compensation framework rewards longer-term performance, supports our capital base and allows us to pay competitively.”last_img read more

Boil water notice lifted for Isle of Venice in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials have lifted a precautionary boil water notice for the Isle of Venice neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale.Residents were advised to boil their water due to emergency infrastructure repairs in the area back on Thursday.Those repairs have since been completed, and on Saturday, the water was deemed safe to drink.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Initial Reviews Random Thoughts Recommendations After Using the iPad

first_img2. The iPad feels familiar: Since purchasing my first Mac in the spring of 1984, there’s always been some tactile or sensory surprise with unboxing and having that first contact with the product. The weight and balance and materials and color-shades usually come together in a way that photos or video can’t convey. Perhaps because I’ve spent so much time thinking about what the iPad would be—and it came so close to my speculation—I felt more relieved, than wow’d. 3. Biggest surprise to me—Not having Flash actually is a problem: In the three years I’ve had an iPhone, I’ve never once missed not having Flash (a type of software that enables lots of the web’s animation and video—but that is not supported by iPod/iPhone/iPad). I even have Flash blocked on my browser. But on my browser, a click allows me to use it when I want to. Using the browser on an iPad is an entirely different experience than on the iPhone—it’s more like using the browser at my desk. Video is much more of an intuitive expectation with a screen the size of the iPad’s. While I was dismissive of those who whined about the lack of support for Flash, I’m totally on board now. FAIL.4. Not having a user-facing camera is ridiculous: This may be just a personal thing because I constantly use video iChat and Skype to communicate with kids at college and co-workers and clients in other cities. But, to me at least, the lack of a user facing camera is another failure of the product. Macs have trained us to expect to be able to have a camera atop the screen. The lack of such a camera is why I’ve recommended to anyone who asks my advice: “Postpone purchasing an iPad until it has a user-facing camera.” As a cynical observer of Apple for 25 years (well, as cynical as a Pavlovian-trained fan-boy can be), since the “lost iPhone incident” revealed the next generation iPhone will have such a camera, I’m now assuming Apple may have feared that including it on the first generation iPad could have cannibalized sales of the next iPhone. Is it too hard to believe some people we all know will purchase the iPad 1, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone w/ the camera(s)? (Okay, stop looking at me.)5. Why get a 3G iPad when you can purchase a mobile wi-fi device? If you travel a great deal, chances are you’ve done the math on paying for wifi at hotels and airports vs. purchasing a cellular modem. If, like me, your cellular modem is not under contract and the math works, ability to have wifi for up to five devices using a Verizon Mi-fi or Sprint Overdrive seems to trump the potential of spending any more money with AT&T. Now, let me be clear: the math may work in the 3G’s favor is you travel some months, but not others. But for road warriors who may travel with both a notebook and iPad and need wifi for both, the mobile wi-fi option may be a better fit.6. A Blue-tooth keyboard: I can’t figure out why I’d purchase a $69 iPad keyboard instead of a $69 Blue-tooth keyboard. No brainer: the Bluetooth keyboard is light-weight and, geez, doesn’t have a wire. I’ve been writing speculative (okay, “wishful”) blog posts about an iPad-like device from Apple since 2006.* And now, for the past three weeks, I’ve been able to work (and play) with one daily (and nightly). So I thought it was time to collect and share some of the random thoughts, recommendations and post-launch review-ettes I’ve been collecting during Month One of the iPad Era.1. If you can wait, wait: This is my standard recommendation to anyone who asks me if they should purchase anything that Apple is launching. Somehow, the whole fan-boy gotta-have-it-first thing you find in any niche spilled over into the mainstream many years ago when it comes to Apple products. (I blame Walt Mossberg.) However, I promise: you can live without an iPad. Probably for years. (If you can’t wait, you’ll know exactly why without me explaining it.) In fact, I strongly recommend waiting until there’s a user-facing camera on the iPad (See #3). It’s like the Seth Myers line on the SNL Weekend Update (see left): Don’t become a part of the new tradition of buying something just to see what it is. (I drive an 11 year old car. My “shiny new” needs are compartmentalized.) I will make an exception for one group of people, however: If you’re in the media business and you want to understand the future, you’re probably more in the “get one now” category than the “I’ll wait until they are more than a fad” category. The pad/slate device is not a fad. 7. You need a case: With my iPhone, I’m not a case person. I don’t care if it gets scratched up (it doesn’t), I just prefer not having any extra bulk in my pocket. It took me only a couple of days to realize that a case for an iPad is a requirement. If,for nothing else than to hide the device so I don’t have to talk about it when I’m reading something on it in public, a case adds a little discreetness to the conspicuous new-thinginess of having an iPad. Fortunately, Griffin Technology, the world’s coolest source of iPad/iPod/iPhone accessories, and I both call Nashville home. Some elf (a Canadian one, I believe) there guessed correctly that I would blog how much I’m glad my iPad is sporting a new Elan Passport Case if one magically appeared on my desk. It’s rather swell, if I do say so myself. (Disclosure: The Griffin Technology Elan Passport Case that I’m touting just magically showed up on my desk one day—magically, because I was just about to order one.)8. How to fix the stomach muffled speaker problem: When lying down on a sofa and listening to music, if the sound is muffled, rotate the screen 180 degrees and you’ll discover the speakers sound much better if pointed upwards and not downwards into ones slightly padded abdomen area.9. My rapidly evolving theory of what makes a great app: Before the iPad appeared, the pre-release concepts I was seeing reminded me of early 1990s CD-ROM design. Sure enough, some of the early efforts have been along those lines, with many developers apparently believing they can replace intuitive navigation standards with goofy gimmicks. I’m finding my favorite go-to apps are those that emphasize (no surprise here) function over gimmicky features. Indeed, I find the best apps are those that don’t stand between me and the content. Unlike the app from Popular Science that I really, really don’t like, great apps aren’t self-absorbed. They don’t shout, “Hey, watch this cool navigational gimmick we just made up.” They don’t assume that you paid $5 to see their navigation, in other words.Here are a few of my favorite “early apps”: Instapaper: An app so awesome I can’t believe the anti-awesome police haven’t gone after it. The iPhone version is equally awesome. (It’s all function.) Evernote: It’s the brain-augmentation software I use, so this is no surprise. (Note: I don’t think it’s marketed as “brain augmentation software” —but that’s what I call it.) Media and Magazine Apps I like: The NYTimes’s Editors Choice app is my go-to news fix when I don’t have time to glance at Google Reader. One of the coolest apps with a Magazine brand is Entertainment Weekly’s Must List app as it demonstrates how to extend a brand onto an app by executing well on a narrow but scalable concept. I think such concept apps, with single sponsors, can be great opportunities for magazine companies—even in he B-to-B field. While it’s not an app, check out Wired.com’s website as viewed on an IPad. NPR for iPad: Easily, the best designed news app I’ve seen. Takes all the great features of the NPR iPhone app and adds/tweaks features, content and design for better display and bigger format. Wonderful WIN. Kindle: I’ve blasted the Kindle hardware on my blog many times, but I’ve never had anything but praise for the Kindle book-buying service—or Amazon’s retailing savvy. The iPad using the Kindle app is everything I’d like the Kindle to be. One negative: On the iPad Kindle app, I miss the dictionary that’s integrated into a book’s text when using the Kindle device. I’d also like a copy and paste feature (available neither on the hardware or app except through a rather clumsy way in which one synchs the Kindle with ones computer, something I’ve never done). I’m assuming easy cut and paste is not going to happen in my lifetime as publishers will block it, assuming I’ll copy and paste an entire book, page and by page. I’ve already read three books using the Kindle app on the iPad—no eye problems or straining. I’ve seen the complaints about screen glare when reading outside, but when I’m outside, I’m never reading—so not a problem here. I’ve also seen a news item suggesting the iPad’s back lighting may keep people awake more than the ePaper technology of a Kindle. In my personal studies, no such problem exists. Reading in bed puts me to sleep no matter what the technology. Kayak Flight and Hotel Search: Sets the standard for an e-commerce app. It is the first app I’ve seen that’s better than the company’s website. USA Today app‘s “Today’s Photos” and the Guardian Eyewitness app: Stunning photography inspired by the incredible Big Picture blog on Boston.com. 10. Is the iPad a “creation, lean forward, whatever the buzzword is today” device? There’s this debate among the early fringes of the early adopters regarding whether or not the iPad is good for “creating” content (there’s no debate over it being a media consumption masterpiece). As my content creation tends primarily to be in Google docs, the iPad fails big time there, as Google Docs is read-only using the iPad. However, I’m also a big user of Keynote and, while I’d never create an entire presentation on an iPad, I could if I needed to. This whole argument I can outsource to Jeff Smykil at ars technica who has reviewed the iWork suite that I’ve purchased—and concur with his review. I will say this: using a BlueTooth keyboard makes the device much more of a “creation” device than using the screen keyboard. One last “creation” note: If you are a real artist or, like me, a compulsive doodler, check out the iPad version of ArtStudio. It will stop all arguments about the iPad lacking in the creation department.11. Will the iPad save magazines? Frankly, I’ve never understood the question. If the iPad completely replaced the way we all read content from companies that currently publish magazines, then I can see how that might be interpreted as saving a company. But to me, the magazine is a format and a medium and the iPad is another kind of format, platform and medium. I think the iPad provides lots of opportunities for magazine companies who do something other than replicate magazines on an app. As I’ve said for 20 years, as long as there are coffee tables, there will be magazines.12. Will magazines be able to charge for content on the iPad? Since purchasing the Kindle on the day it became available, I’ve spent more money on e-books than I ever spent on paper books during a comparable period—and that’s hard for me to believe as I probably scale to the top end of book buyers. When Amazon priced ebooks for less than $10, a brand new price/value light went off in my head—you know, the paradigm shift light bulb. Now that book publishers are doing all they can to push up the pricing of e-books, the paradigm shifting light bulb will start dimming for me and other e-book buyers. I say that to predict magazine publishers can sell content, and a lot of it, if they get the price/perceived value right. Frankly, magazine publishers don’t have lots of the baggage book publishers have with their business model and sales channel, so I don’t know why they’d feel the need to protect something that is obviously broken. The right price will take into consideration the savings in paper, production and distribution of content delivered digitally vs. physically. Prediction: Those who believe people will pay the same price for an iPad “magazine” as they do for a print version will fail. I also have my doubts about those who believe adding some video and interactive features to the magazine will justify a higher price in the reader’s mind (and wallet).13. The iPad is not a one-shot “launch” product: Every few days, I’ll see an app that will make me realize the iPad is something more—or different—than I thought the day before. It changes every day. In fact, these random thoughts could be out-of-date within a few weeks. At least, I hope they are.*I wrote my first such speculative (or, wishful thinking) post in July, 2006, before the introduction of either the iPhone or iPod Touch. When the Kindle was launched in November, 2007, I wrote a long blog post comparing an eBook reader with what an oversized iPod Touch could provide the user. And in March, 2009 I went so far as to mis-predict a launch date (I thought it would be tied into a back-to-school push in September, 2009) but came pretty close to describing what would be announced 10 months later—including the price.last_img read more

B2B Marketers Still Arent Sold on Programmatic

first_img For starters, 59 percent of respondents admit that they do not have a clear understanding of what programmatic ad buying actually is. More than one-third (35 percent) of B2B marketers say they are not clear on how to use programmatic to identify and reach new business prospects, compared to 44 percent who say they are, and another 34 percent say programmatic’s scale is simply too large for highly targeted B2B campaigns. While 69 percent of B2B marketers report that they will indeed increase their programmatic budget next year — and just 3 percent say they’ll decrease it — the survey’s findings suggest that doubts remain. Despite the nearly four-in-five B2B marketers who report allocating at least some portion of their ad spending programatically this year, widespread uncertainty about the effectiveness of the format remains an obstacle, according to a new survey. Fortunately for all of us, only 10 percent of B2B marketers agree with the curiously included statement, “The concept of business-to-business marketing is just passé.” Indeed, targeting the right audiences was cited as the most common challenge associated with programmatic (42 percent), followed by a lack of consensus on measurement and metrics (34 percent). Nearly half (47 percent) said they measure conversions, 44 percent said they measure web traffic, and 43 percent reported measuring leads. None of the 10 KPI’s listed are tracked by a majority of marketers. The forward-looking section of the survey yielded some more optimistic results. Forty-two percent of respondents agree that B2B represents the largest growth opportunity for programmatic advertising, compared to 9 percent who disagree (49 percent aren’t sure). Still, 46 percent say that most programmatic and ad tech companies “just don’t get” B2B marketing and advertising. On behalf of Dun & Bradstreet, Adweek Brandshare surveyed 221 B2B marketers in the U.S., finding that 48 percent of respondents plan to allocate one-quarter or less of their media budgets to programmatic advertising in 2017, and 81 percent plan to allocate less than half. For a true tale of two industries, consider that once you factor in the B2C side, two-thirds of all digital display spending in 2016 has been earmarked for programmatic channels.last_img read more

Bangladesh saw 100000 more migratory birds in 2019

first_imgMigratory birds in a beel of Tanguar Haor on 20 January, 2019. Photo: ABM Sarwar AlamBangladesh has hosted around 100,000 more migratory birds in 2019 as their temporary home, compared to last year’s count, according to a census. In the census conducted by Bangladesh unit of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Bangladesh Bird Club and Bangladesh Forest Department, some 246,665 birds of different species were counted this year in five regions. The figure was 147,130 in 2018. Among the five regions, Tanguar Haor had the highest concentration of migratory birds. Of all the migrated birds, about 90 per cent flocked to 120 different beels of Tanguar Haor in Sunamganj. It was earlier thought that birds migrate to Bangladesh in December and go back to their home in February. But this year’s census showed that the birds can stay in Bangladesh even after winter if they get plenty of food. The census reported that various species of migratory birds stayed till the end of April this year in many beels of Tanguar Haor. ABM Sarwar Alam, IUCN’s principal researcher of wild bird observation project, told Prothom Alo that Tanguar Haor is now the best place in Bangladesh for the migratory birds. “The water depth of the beels is low this year due to less rainfall, making better availability of food for the birds including plankton and other floating insects. The birds stayed there even after winter as their food was available,” he said. Besides Tanguar Haor, the number of migratory birds increased this year in coastal areas and Sonadia island in Cox’s Bazar but dropped in Baikkar Beel and Hakaluki Haor. Renowned ornithologist Enam Ul Haque, also founder of Bangladesh Bird Club, told Prothom Alo if any place sees migratory birds more in number it means the place still has a good ecological balance. In the 2019 census, it has also been recorded that birds flocked to Bangladesh from Tajikistan, Mongolia and China. It was earlier thought that they usually migrate from the north including Siberia. Forest conservator of Bangladesh Forest Department, Zahidul Kabir, told Prothom Alo that they would take measures so that the government declares the haors of Sylhet regions sanctuary for migratory birds. *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossainlast_img read more

WATCH Apollo 11 Command Module Other Rare NASA Artifacts Arrive In Houston

first_img Share Space Center Houston is the first stop for the exhibit “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.”Inside glass containers and between motion sensors are more than twenty rare artifacts that tell the story of humanity’s first steps on the moon.The display includes the container that held a lunar sample and even a space survival kit.Houston Public MediaChester Vaughan, a NASA technician during the Apollo era, said the exhibit makes him proud. He looks fondly at the rust-colored command module.“It’s still a beautiful machine,” Vaughan said. “The first time I saw it was before it launched, so it looks a lot different than it did then. There’s a lot of memories everywhere I look.” The artifacts are almost 50 years old now, but even small details have been preserved. If you go to the case with astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s helmet and gloves… look closely. You can actually see a reminder on the gloves to take that now iconic photograph of a footprint on the moon.The exhibition is open through March 2018. last_img read more

Spotifys Daniel Ek Quotes Daft Punk in DayBeforeIPO Blog Post

first_img Popular on Variety Lots of people have asked me how I feel about tomorrow’s listing. Of course, I am proud of what we’ve built over the last decade. But what’s even more important to me is that tomorrow does not become the most important day for Spotify.It’s the day after, and the following day that matters — and all those days to come. Because that’s when we will continue the hard and important work of our mission: To unlock the potential of human creativity — by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it.Spotify is not raising capital, and our shareholders and employees have been free to buy and sell our stock for years. So while tomorrow puts us on a bigger stage, it doesn’t change who we are, what we are about, or how we operate.This is why we are doing things a little differently.Normally, companies ring bells. Normally, companies spend their day doing interviews on the trading floor touting why their stock is a good investment. Normally, companies don’t pursue a direct listing. While I appreciate that this path makes sense for most, Spotify has never been a normal kind of company. As I mentioned during our Investor Day, our focus isn’t on the initial splash. Instead, we will be working on trying to build, plan, and imagine for the long term.Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we stumble. The constant is that we believe we are still early in our journey and we have room to learn and grow.I have no doubt that there will be ups and downs as we continue to innovate and establish new capabilities. Nothing ever happens in a straight line — the past ten years have certainly taught me that. My job is to ensure that we keep our foot on the pedal during the ups, so that we don’t become complacent, and that we continue to stay the course with a firm grip on the wheel during the downs.We have a lot to do — we are only in the second inning — and I’m more excited than ever for the future. Remember, tomorrow is just another day in our journey to fulfill our mission.Harder, better, faster, stronger. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 On Monday, the day before Spotify goes public on the New York Stock Exchange, cofounder and CEO Daniel Ek posted a letter on the company’s website. Most of what he wrote he’s said multiple times before, most recently at the “Investor Day” last month — “Tomorrow does not become the most important day for Spotify. It’s the day after, and the following day that matters — and all those days to come,” etc. — but he signs off with a quote from Daft Punk: “Harder, better, faster, stronger,” although which definition of “harder” is most accurate will be seen in the coming months.The text of his letter follows in full:Tomorrow, Spotify becomes a listed public company on the New York Stock Exchange. And it feels like the right time to pause and acknowledge the thousands of Spotify employees around the globe who helped build out the Spotify ecosystem while staying true to who we are and what we believe. You make me proud to come in and learn and work alongside all of you.last_img read more

The Game Changer Digital Chocolates Trip Hawkins

first_img A Brief History of Play Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the November 2010 issue of . Subscribe » 13 min read Trip Hawkins is running late for his interview at the headquarters of Digital Chocolate, the social and mobile game company he founded in San Mateo, Calif., but that’s OK, because the delay gives me time to try and beat Hawkins at one of his own games: Tower Bloxx.The goal in Tower Bloxx, one of DC’s most popular downloads for the iPhone and Facebook, is simple but addicting: Stack as many building blocks as high as you can without toppling them (and see how you score against your friends). The catch is that both the blocks and the tower are swaying randomly across the screen. With persistence and some finger-to-eye coordination, I finally, successfully drop the 68th block. A cheesy photo of Hawkins boots up on the screen and a congratulatory message proclaims, “This guy might be in the Video Game Hall of Fame, but he’s no match for you.”The Hall of Fame is just one milestone of Trip Hawkins’ gaming legacy. Three years before Apple introduced the iPhone, he was pimping something he called “social apps.” In a speech at a 2005 wireless industry event in San Francisco, he predicted that these apps would become a multibillion-dollar opportunity that would bring sweeping changes to the entire industry. But back then, with Facebook strictly a college phenomenon and Twitter still a year from inception, no one paid much attention.Obviously, times have changed. A recent report by market research firm NPD Group found that nearly 57 million Americans (approximately 20 percent of the country) over the age of 6 have played a game on a social network, but the real kicker is that more than a third of those were new to gaming.All of that action is keeping Hawkins, Digital Chocolate’s CEO, busy these days. When he arrives for the interview–lanky, tan and dressed casually in a loose-fitting button-down and a pair of jeans–he quickly settles into a chair across the conference room table and gives an easy smile, ready to get on with it. It’s early afternoon, and he’s already attended to a couple of visitors, run several errands, jumped on three conference calls and processed about 100 e-mails. “I’ve outgrown the need for assistants,” he quips.An Experienced UnderdogTo fully appreciate the irony in that statement, one would need to be familiar with Hawkins’ résumé. In the early ’80s, he left his post as director of product marketing at Apple Computers to start Electronic Arts, the video game giant known for mega-hits like Madden NFL, The Sims and Rock Band. Under his direction, the company transformed games (at the time, often cartridges sold in plastic bags) into the high-budget products that grace retail shelves today. The “E for Everyone” rating? Cover art and liner notes? Putting games on CDs? That was all him.Hawkins left EA in 1994 to create a new video game console called 3DO. Later told by EA’s board that he couldn’t be chairman of both companies, he stuck with The 3DO Co., “the child in intensive care having open-heart surgery.” Ultimately, that venture couldn’t compete with the PlayStation and Sony’s superior budget and, after a few lackluster business moves that only prolonged the inevitable, 3DO went bankrupt in 2003.Still, Hawkins wasn’t done. “I had an appetite for entrepreneurship,” he says, and so that same year, he rounded up some venture capital ($44 million to date) and founded Digital Chocolate. The private company now employs more than 300 workers around the globe, but compared with EA’s thousands, it means Hawkins is back to being one of the little guys. And that seems to suit him just fine.”I’ve never been content with a straightforward job,” he says, “and I think you’ve got to keep that sense of urgency, even after you’ve experienced some success.””It’s an incredible thing,” says Scott Steinberg, founder of tech and video game consulting firm TechSavvy Global in Seattle. “After sitting on top of the world, [Hawkins] is paving his path to success all over again, learning as he goes and trying to figure it out like everybody else.”Upping the ScoreIf Digital Chocolate’s 2010 progress is any indication, Hawkins is well on his way to figuring it out. He reels off some impressive stats: 50 million-plus iPhone downloads last year, almost 10 million users on Facebook and cracking the top five list of game developers in number of users (alongside Zynga, Playdom, Crowdstar and EA). In fact, since DC started a push on Facebook in February, its revenue run rate (daily revenue) is better than it has ever been in the past six years, he says.A reason DC is succeeding in a chaotic market, Steinberg says, is Hawkins’ ability to constantly reinvent himself–an important trait for a guy who has a tendency to arrive at markets years before everyone else.He doesn’t stay fixed on a single business model,” Steinberg says. “Facebook is completely different from mobile phones, but he pursued the opportunity aggressively, essentially creating a new line of business.”In fact, Steinberg adds, probably the only reason DC hasn’t gotten the accolades it deserves is because it hasn’t had a hit like Restaurant City or FarmVille.Ironically, that’s only because Hawkins was ahead of the game on that, too.”The same year I talked about social apps,” Hawkins says, “I pitched this multiplayer game idea about farming, where you had plots of land to plant crops on and you could go to your neighbors’ plots to water theirs. The investors laughed so hard they convinced us we were crazy.”Pay to PlayDecades in the gaming industry has led Hawkins to this theory on why people play: Everyone has an inner gamer, and people play because it’s healthy and socially rewarding. “You can elevate your status for much less money and far less effort than in real life,” Hawkins says. “The only difference now is that there are so many more outlets than online poker and fantasy baseball.”The Gaming RaceTrip Hawkins’ Digital Chocolate is rapidly catching up with the top developers in terms of users–its growth rate p0wns.ZyngaMarch 2010 users (millions): 238August 2010 users (millions): 233Growth rate: -2.1%EAMarch 2010 users (millions): 51August 2010 users (millions): 55Growth rate: 7.8%Playdom March 2010 users (millions): 39August 2010 users (millions): 44Growth rate: 12.8%Crowdstar March 2010 users (millions): 34August 2010 users (millions): 43Growth rate: 26.5%Digital Chocolate March 2010 users (millions): 1.8August 2010 users (millions): 10Growth rate: 455%Source: appdata.comNowhere is that difference more obvious than in the incredible growth of virtual economies, which some experts predict will be worth $6 billion by 2013. Already, NPD reports, 10 percent of social gamers have spent money on games, and 11 percent say they plan to do so in the future.”Monetizing virtual goods is the way forward,” agrees Mihir Shah, chief revenue officer of Offerpal Media, a company based in Fremont, Calif., that helps developers like Zynga and DC monetize virtual currencies and special items. The freemium model allows more people to play and get hooked, he says, and since it’s now so easy to make micro-transactions of just a buck or two, gamers will pay for a deeper experience.Shah says DC is fortunate with Hawkins at the helm. “He really understands social gaming mechanics and how to get new users, and there’s secret sauce there,” he says.But if you ask Hawkins about that secret sauce, it doesn’t seem like much of a secret. He’ll come right out and explain it to you.”A really good game is one that makes you sincerely want to play with your friends, and not because one of you is spamming the other,” he says, pointing out examples of addicting games across various mediums, like Texas Hold ‘Em, Trivial Pursuit and Guitar Hero.A great social game will be original, multiplayer and browser-based, running on a quality platform like Facebook, he adds. And, it should provide players with some kind of emotional connection. He cites Nintendo’s Pokémon card game as an example. “When you go adventuring with a Pokémon that keeps bailing you out, you can get attached,” he says, “and that’s why people willingly spend thousands of dollars on a single card.”New Ways to PlayHawkins is acting on that by developing NanoVerse, a virtual goods platform that currently supports two strategy card games, NanoStar Castles and NanoStar Siege. The idea is for players to buy NanoStar packs, or groups of different characters that can be played across a range of games, so that players develop connections with the characters as though they’re companions or teammates.Hawkins is also positioning DC toward platform independence. He’s often stated that the most successful games will be cloud-based, because “omni-gamers” will want access to the games they paid for on any platform, console and mobile device. And with companies like Google, Disney and Yahoo! entering the field, interoperability is the logical conclusion.”Sure, there’s a lot of blah blah blah about ownership now,” Hawkins says, “but if you look at the past, how silly was it that at one point you couldn’t send SMS texts to people on other wireless carriers?”Some skeptics have referred to Nano-Stars as “Trip’s Folly: The Sequel,” but he shrugs it off. “Entrepreneurs will always be surrounded by people who think you’re nuts,” he says. “In high school, even my mom said to me, ‘I’d always hoped you’d do something more socially redeeming than games.’ I wasn’t bothered because I had faith in my ideas and confidence in my creative capacity.”He says he felt the same way while making countless sales calls to retailers during the first years of EA. “The number of obstacles is infinite,” says Hawkins, “and if you don’t have that degree of faith, you should just not bother.”He’s always done better with the long term in mind, he says, and it’s no different with DC. “I’m committed to making this a bulletproof company that doesn’t need to raise any money,” he says. “But I also look forward to the day I can have a diverse personal life, where I don’t have to carry a company on my back.”As for when that might be, Hawkins pauses for a beat and recalls the moment he realized EA had made it. “I was driving my car, and I said out loud, ‘You know, I don’t think they can screw it up, even if I’m not there.’ I have a great management team at DC, so we could be in the same place in a few years.”  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 1962A group of MIT students (who also coined the term “hack” for a project without a constructive end) creates SpaceWar!, the first digital computer game.1971Computer Space debuts as the first video arcade game, featuring a black-and-white monitor where players control a rocket ship and do battle with two flying saucers.1972The first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, hits home with black-and-white graphics, no sound and no ability to keep score. In a precursor to video game violence, it features an add-on electric rifle.1975Atari engineers scale down its table tennis arcade game Pong into a home version. (Beer pong champs take note: The original Pong was developed by Computer Space creator Nolan Bushnell as a game “so simple any drunk in a bar could play.”)1984Russian scientist Alexey Pajitnov develops the first version of Tetris. Electronic Arts holds the exclusive license on mobile devices for Tetris and has sold more than 100 million copies for cell phones alone since 2005.1985″It’s-a-me, Mario!” The Nintendo Entertainment System introduces the world to Super Mario Bros., still one of the best-selling games of all time.1989The Nintendo Game Boy, a video game you can put in your pocket, leaves gamers drooling over the battery-powered possibilities. People have a reason to ignore others in public long before mobile texting.1995After Nintendo and Sony can’t agree on terms for Sony to make a CD-ROM add-on for Nintendo, Sony develops PlayStation on its own. The CD-ROM-based console makes it cheaper and easier for developers to create games. Sony scores.1996The Nintendo 64 introduces the world to GoldenEye 007, the first-person shooter game that’s based on the 1995 James Bond film and is considered one of the best shooting games of all time.1999The Sega Dreamcast debuts as the first console with a built-in modem and Internet support for online gaming. Sega sells 225,000 units within the first 24 hours of release, a record broken a year later by the PlayStation 2.2001The Xbox is Microsoft’s first venture into video game consoles. It spawns Xbox Live, which lets online gamers play with or against each other, and the first Halo game. Young men everywhere ignore their girlfriends.2004Pasty teenagers everywhere unite over the Internet to play World of Warcraft, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. With 11.5 million players, WOW is said to be the leading cause of lack of friends IRL (in real life).2006The Nintendo Wii lets gamers interact with their consoles and control the game using physical gestures. By the end of 2009, the Wii leads the video game industry with sales of 71 million total units.2008The debut of the Apple App Store gives smartphone users even more ways to procrastinate. Among the most popular paid apps for 2008: Koi Pond, Pocket Guitar and iBeer. Yeah, there really is an app for everything.2009U.S. retail sales of video games reach $19.7 billion in revenue, with $10.5 billion from software and $9.2 billion from hardware. The Nintendo Wii sells 3.8 million units in December and sets a record for monthly game system sales in the U.S. Seriously, does anyone even go to work anymore?2010Mobile ushers in a new way of gaming life, with the debut of a FarmVille iPhone app, an extension of the wildly popular Facebook game. Gartner predicts worldwide mobile gaming end-user revenue will surpass $5.6 billion this year and reach nearly $11.4 billion by 2014.–Michelle Juergen  October 20, 2010 Register Now »last_img read more

Longoria Ferrera Saldana and more rally for Lati

first_imgLongoria, Ferrera, Saldana and more rally for Latino votes MIAMI – Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Saldana, America Ferrera and Gina Rodriguez took to the streets of Miami, leading hundreds of people while chanting “Si se puede” or “Yes we can” in attempt to rally people to vote ahead of Election Day.While the actresses were looking to improve voter turnout overall, they were specifically targeting the Latino community on Sunday as they marched down in Little Havana.“This cause of getting people out to vote is one of the most important things we can do as citizens,” Longoria told The Associated Press in an interview earlier in the day. “It’s our job.”“We’re not out here as celebrities or actors or our professions,” said Ferrera. “I’m the daughter of immigrants, I am a true blue American, I bleed red white and blue.”The group came together not only at the rally, but at a studio earlier also to film spots for various candidates. While the actresses are known for their Democratic leanings, they insisted the purpose was to get everyone engaged.“I vote as an American and I’m out here rallying my fellow Americans to get out their vote because when we show up, our democracy will work better for us,” Ferrera saidThe Latino vote is expected to be key in several races across the country. The actresses acknowledged that the bloc is not a monolith in terms of its ethnic makeup or its political affiliation.“We’re Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, but we have way more similarities than we do differences,” Longoria said. “For me it’s about finding that common ground, and not just with Latinos, but Americans.”Added Saldana: “I think it is our duty to find our similarities, which are our great strengths, bind them together and use them as one voice to speak to the American public about the importance of representation.”Dawson acknowledged that many Americans are dispirited by the tone of politics and may avoid the polls. She said she’s trying to encourage people despite the rhetoric of the day: “It’s so disgusting and it’s so disenchanting and disheartening.”Still, she said she is undeterred.“I have a 15 year old,” Dawson said. “She doesn’t listen, she emulates, and if mom sits this one out, what is that really conveying to her? Zoe Saldana, from left, Eva Longoria, Gina Rodriguez, America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson join the New Florida Majority, the Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Center for Popular Democracy Action and the Latino Victory Project to host “Latinas en Marcha,” a rally encouraging registered Latino voters to turn out to vote in the upcoming midterm elections on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at Ball and Chain in Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. (Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald via AP) center_img by Josh Replogle, The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2018 5:58 am PDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

September 5 2014Congratulations to the July 27 2

first_imgSeptember 5, 2014Congratulations to the July 27. 2014 Workshop participants upon their graduation:from left: Thomas Lewis and Taylor Courtland. Taylor continues at Arcosanti as a staff member of the Cafe and Visitors Center.[photo by Melanie Husband]last_img

Paphos mayor and ministry tussle over beach licences

first_imgA spat has broken out between the interior ministry and the mayor of Paphos over licensing rights to a Paphos beach, with each accusing the other of a lack of consultation which has resulted in two separate licences being issued.Mayor Phedonas Phedonos told the Cyprus Mail on Tuesday that the interior ministry had not followed the correct procedure as regards a piece of land which falls in the coastal protected zone.“The correct procedure in any such case is to rent this land to the municipality who will follow the right process. It is one hundred per cent wrong of the government, as the ‘owner’ not to have any tender process and rent directly to any hotel. This is illegal and not possible by law,” he said.The mayor said the only exception is when such a rental is in the public interest, ”which quite clearly is not the case in this instance”.“Only the private interest of the hotel is here and so in this case, that condition is not valid,” he said.The problem arose after the ministry granted the five-star hotel, Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos, previously the Amathus hotel, a licence to operate beach facilities such as sunbeds. However, in 2015, the municipality also issued a permit to successful tender winner, Charoula Andreou, to provide services on the beach.Andreou told the Cyprus Mail that after winning the five-year tender, she paid the municipality one hundred thousand euros up front.“Every year it costs twenty thousand to have the beach and I have paid it all. Every year I have a problem with the hotel putting their own beds there,” she said.Andreou said that each time representatives from Paphos municipality visit the site the hotel removes their sunbeds.“I’m now OK today,” she said on Tuesday, “but who knows if it will be OK tomorrow.”On Monday the ministry defended its action saying the licence dating back to 1994 allowed the hotel to install sunbeds and umbrellas for hotel guests.The statement said that this was automatically renewed each year on the understanding that the public had free and unobstructed passage of the beach.“On 20/1/2015, the municipality of Paphos proceeded, without any consultation with the ministry of the interior, to offer a tender for service provision, while the said licence agreement between the Republic of Cyprus and the aforementioned company was in force,” the ministry said, adding that its action was in accordance with the Protection of the Beach Law.But the mayor said that although the 1994 agreement saw the state grant a licence to operate beach facilities for clients of the Paphos Amathus Beach hotel, this licence was cancelled in accordance with the law, which saw “existing leases of state coastal land abolished” and after the hotel was sold.“The acquirer of the Paphos Amathus hotel did not derive any right from the date of the old 1994 license, because it was not a party to the agreement,” he said.He said that instead of the government leasing the area to the municipality, the ministry of the interior, unbeknown to the municipality and without a tender process, leased the state land in front of the hotel to the new owner of the hotel.The ministry of the interior has countered that the municipality of Paphos should have applied to let the state coastal land in question, before making a tender competition, which it did not do.“Therefore, we consider the mayor’s statements premature in view of the meeting he has convened to discuss the matter,” the ministry statement said. You May LikeFood Eat Safe11 Foods to Eat to Get Rid of Belly FatFood Eat SafeUndoFinance101Like It Or Not These Are The Best States To RetireFinance101UndoHealthZapArchivist Asked For Something Personal That Could Appeal The Audience; The Donation Changed His LifeHealthZapUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more