first_imgThe Adobe Creative Cloud is live! There are a lot of new features and improvements for video editors and creative professionals, but where do you start?Some folks are taking a “wait and see approach” to the new Adobe Creative Cloud, but if you are ready to jump in these resources will save you time and frustration. In this post we look at a few resources for learning the new Creative Cloud apps that are most relevant to video professionals.I have previously written about my favorite features in the Creative Cloud versions of Prelude, After Effects and Premiere Pro (here and here).Personally, I think the Creative Cloud upgrade is a big one for video professionals. The ability to sync custom settings (preferences, keyboard shortcuts, effect presets and custom workspaces) is probably the biggest plus for me.After Effects CC adding Cinema 4D Litewill open the door for editors and designers who want to learn 3D without having to buy a separate app (Cinema 4D Lite is comparable to the previous Prime version at $995).Creative Cloud: Adobe BlogsAdobe’s useful blogs give you an overview of the changes of Creative Cloud and look at the new features in detail.  Also, there’s loads of links to video tutorials and other resources. Adobe TV is also another helpful Adobe resource for video tutorials.Premiere ProAfter EffectsSpeedgradePhotoshopLightroomCreative Cloud TrainingAndrew Devis  &  Kevin P McAuliffe have free tutorials on using Premiere Pro CC & After Effects CC at Creative Cow.Grayscale Gorilla has a free training series on using Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware that come with After Effects CC. If you are looking to jump into learning 3D, this a great place to start.Maxon’s Cineversity (they make of Cinema 4D) has free tutorials on using Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware with After Effects CC.Larry Jordan has a series of upcoming webinars on Premiere Pro CC.Lynda.com has already launched training for Photoshop/Lightroom, Prelude, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, and Speedgrade.Infinite Skills has training available for Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects & Audition.Creative Cloud Tools from Around the WebRetooled has launched “Color reTooled”  a collection of color grading presets for Premiere Pro CC and Speed Grade CC.  The intro price for the preset pack is $12.99.You can drag and drop the presets in Premiere Pro or open SpeedGrade and customize the looks there.Vashi Nedomansky has a free template for Premiere Pro CC & CS6. This gives you use his time saving “pancake layout” of 2 timelines stacked on top of each other.Creative Impatience is already looking at workflows and possible issues, like the changes to using RGB and Luma Curves in Premiere Pro CC.Rich Young at Pro Video Coalition rounds up his favorites resources, tips, and tutorials on Premiere Pro CC and the cloud in general.OnlineVideo.net  offers an informative read on “The Top Ten Reasons to Upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro CC”Know of Creative Cloud resources that didn’t make the list?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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first_imgA Sashastra Seema Bal jawan was killed and four others were injured in an encounter between the security forces and Maoists in Dumka district of Jharkhand early on Sunday, police said.At least five ultras also suffered bullet injuries in the encounter, but they retreated into the forest of Taldangal where a search operation has been going on, Superintendent of Police Y.S. Ramesh said. The Maoists fired on the joint team of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and local police around 3:30 a.m. after noticing the personnel, who also retaliated.During the shootout, five SSB personnel suffered bullet injuries and one of them identified as Niraj Chetry, a resident of Sonitpur district in Assam, died. Of the four others, Rajesh Kumar Rai and Karan Kumar were airlifted to Ranchi for better treatment, while Sonu Kumar and Satish Gujar have been admitted to the Dumka Sadar Hospital, a statement by SSB said.Chief Minister Raghubar Das paid his tribute to the deceased jawan and said the entire state is with the bereaved family. He said the State is committed to root out the Maoist menace.last_img read more

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first_imgPBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA, LAGUNA—The Meralco Bolts turned a supposed showdown into nothing more than a showcase of their collective prowess.With their offense clicking, the Bolts throttled the Star Hotshots, 98-74, Tuesday night in a crucial road trip in the PBA Governors Cup playoffs at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex.ADVERTISEMENT And handing TNT a second straight semifinal loss is exactly what defending champion Barangay Ginebra will try to do when it takes the floor against the Texters Wednesday in Batangas City.Game time is 7 p.m.The Gin Kings hammered the Texters in Game 1, 121-94, flashing the form that helped them send off Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals. The win gave Ginebra a 1-0 edge in the best-of-five series and sent TNT scrambling for solutions to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole.“We have a lot of things to work on,” Racela said. “We were outplayed, we were out-coached, and we were out-hustled. Hopefully, [we can] correct everything [in Game 2].”Meralco certainly didn’t need to correct anything from its Game 1 performance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Azkals fly to Doha seeking maximum points Energetic guards Chris Newsome, Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia set the tone for the rout, shooting accurately from every angle that helped the Bolts race to an early 22-point lead in a wire-to-wire finish.The narrative of the one-sided contest hardly altered after that big bubble with Durham doing all things necessary as the reigning best import established himself not only as a defender but as a scoring threat as well.Star’s Kris Acox had no answer for Durham, who unceasingly collected rebounds on both ends, challenged every Hotshot attempt in the lane and hammered his bulky frame inside.Star coach Chito Victolero threw in the towel and pulled the overmatched Acox out of the battlefield early in the third with the Bolts piling on the lead to eventually reach the 30-point mark. For the second straight game, Acox failed to score in double figures.Making matters worse for the Hotshots, Paul Lee only showed up on the floor briefly in the opening period and rode the bench throughout with a battered right knee.Fiery playmaker Gio Jalalon also couldn’t get his high-scoring act going as well as fellow guard PJ Simon. Mark Barroca contributed 16 points but that hardly mattered.Meralco can now go for a sweep in their series in Game 3 on Thursday.Ginebra will try to put TNT in the same dire situation as Star’s and import Justin Brownlee, who had 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in Game 1, hopes that their rout of the Texters won’t result in a laid-back Kings squad in Game 2.“We know TNT is a tough team,” he said. “They will come out and make adjustments and we just got to be prepared. Whatever we’re running, we just gotta run it with great purpose and do what we want to do. We’ll try to keep defending them the best way we can and try to force them into things they don’t usually do.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Allen Durham was virtually unchallenged all game long, scoring 18 points, grabbing 25 rebounds and tallying four rebounds and three blocks as Meralco’ s overpowering performance gave the Bolts a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series.Star now needs to win three straight games to keep its bid alive and deny Meralco a semifinal berth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt is a predicament TNT hopes to avoid because as far as coach Nash Racela is concerned, there’s no two ways about it: The Texters have to shape up or they’ll soon be shipping out.“If [we’re] not better come Wednesday, we’ll lose two straight. It’s that simple,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “We will generate funds required to form a strong and competitive team. I will be putting more money into young and new players coming [into the new season], which is what Global has done for the longest time.”Jarvis said he already has at least seven players from last season’s team coming back to play in the PPL.The club has also forged a partnership with a Dubai-based sports marketing firm, MMC Sportz, led by Eric Gottschalk.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Global Cebu, a three-time United Football League champion which has struggled financially in the past years, will now be known as United Makati FC.And the team will have a new home pitch at University of Makati Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ONE: Gina Iniong confident she has edge in striking vs Malaysian rising star Jihin Radzuan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Club owner Mark Jarvis announced on Tuesday the renaming of the club once ran by Azkals manager Dan Palami, but stressed that Global will not renege on its agreement to pay several former players.“The history of the club remains,” Jarvis said. “This is just a rebrand for us. But we’re glad that we will be representing the country’s business district in the league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHounded by ex-players like Anton del Rosario, who demanded to be paid their salary from the 2018 season, Jarvis said they would settle the issue before the Philippines Football League (PPL) kicks off next month.“There were still funds from sponsors from last season that will be used to pay our former players,” Jarvis said.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe right-arm fast medium, who is England’s record Test wicket-taker is now at 549, just 14 behind Australian McGrath, the most prolific seamer in the history of the game. James Anderson had an excellent innings at Lord’s as he started off by taking two crucial wickets at just 11 runs before the first of several rain delays against the visiting team.Anderson said, “Some days it hoops round – they’ve been quite rare actually – but when you get the opportunity like that you lick your lips and try to show off your skills, if we bowled like that, with those conditions, we’d bowl most teams in the world out – because we were that good. If we were bowling at our batsmen, we’d have the better of them too. We exploit those conditions as well as anyone in the world.”Following his Friday’s performance, Anderson taking 5 wickets for just 20 runs,  is feeling very hopeful that he can play for a long time as he quoted in an interview, “I don’t feel old, I feel like I can still throw myself around in the field as well as anyone else, as long as I feel like that I’m going to keep playing as long as possible.” After coming back from his six-week rest for his shoulder injury against Pakistan, he now claims, “I don’t think about numbers or my age. I feel like, I won’t say 28, but 32.” Anderson on Friday had his 26th five-wicket haul, one short of Ian Botham’s England record.Also Read :Cricket: Ajinkya Rahane says the team made mistakes under challenging conditionslast_img read more

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first_imgCompetitive racing for Round 2 of the Volkswagen Motorsport India’s one-make series – Ameo Cup 2017 started on Saturday at the Madras Motor Race Track near Chennai. Favourite for the race, guest driver Devin from South Africa, got off to a fabulous start and drove flawlessly to take the win. Having dominated the free practise and the qualifying sessions, Devin Robertson won the race with over 10 seconds lead finishing with a best lap of 1:54.238.Behind Devin is where the action was expected to be for the second position between Karminder and Sandeep. Karminder had a great launch and came side by side to Sandeep going into the first corner. Sandeep made a small mistake during the launch which cost him a fraction of a second – an opportunity that Karminder capitalised on. Diving into the first corner, it was Karminder on the outside and slightly ahead of Sandeep. This helped the former close the door on Sandeep, thus getting ahead of him. From there on, it was no looking back for Karminder and he crossed the finish line in second position.  Behind Devin is where the action was expected to be for the second position between Karminder and Sandeep.While trying to get back into the second position, Sandeep pushed too hard ending up making a couple of mistakes. By then Donavan Vaz, who had gained couple of positions earlier in the race, was right on Sandeep’s tail attempting to get past. From there on Sandeep drove a defensive line maintaining his position till the finish line and not letting Donovan get ahead.advertisementDevin being a guest driver, Karminder bagged maximum points in the race today, thus taking the lead in the Ameo Cup 2017 season. Sandeep stands behind him in the fight for the Ameo Cup title as the season progresses for the fourth race of the season tomorrow. The top eight finishers of today’s race will start in a reverse grid order promising an exciting end to the second round of the 2017 season.Favourite for the race, guest driver Devin from South Africa, got off to a fabulous start and drove flawlessly to take the win.Guest driver Devin Robertson from South Africa talking about his experience said, “The Ameo Cup Car is great to drive. It is very different from the Polo that I drive in South Africa. The Free Practice sessions helped me in getting accustomed to the race track which helped me going in to the race. The track is a bit bumpy and I had to adjust to its characteristics. The motor sporting culture in India is fabulous and there is a sense of camaraderie in the pits despite the competitive attitude on the race track.”Sirish Vissa, Head, Volkswagen Motorsport India said, “Volkswagen Motorsport’s exchange programme gives the racers in India the benchmark against the competition internationally. Our drivers are getting a lot to learn from him.”He further added, “The temperatures are quite high this weekend, despite which we have seen consistent performance from our cars and tyres. I am really looking forward to tomorrow’s race now.”ALSO READ:Volkswagen Ameo Cup: Karminder Pal Singh, Sandeep Kumar dominate Round 1ALSO READ:Volkswagen Ameo Cup Car: Here’s what you need to knowALSO READ:Twenty aspiring racers finalised for Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2017last_img read more

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first_imgGurdaspur, Oct 15 (PTI) Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar today won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll by defeating his nearest rival, BJP nominee Swaran Salaria with a margin of 1,93,219 votes.Jakhar polled 4,99,752 votes while Salaria polled 3,06,533, poll official said.Aam Aadmi Party nominee Major General (Retd) Suresh Khajuria was at the third sport with 23,579 votes.The seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna in April this year.The Congress won this seat after the 2009 Lok Sabha poll when Congress candidate Partap Singh Bajwa had won this seat by defeating BJP candidate Vinod Khanna.Khanna was four-time MP from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat. The actor had won this seat in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2014.An elated Jakhar thanked voters for the resounding victory in the bypoll.”With this victory, people have reaffirmed faith in the leadership of Amarinder Singh,” said Jakhar.”This is a victory for the Congress and Capt Amarinder Singh,” he said.Congratulating Jakhar, the Punjab chief minister said it is a victory for the development agenda.”Congratulations to @sunilkjakhar ji for his impressive win in #Gurdaspur bypoll, its a victory for @INCPunjab policies & development agenda,” Amarinder tweeted.After the trends suggesting massive lead for Congress, party workers assembled at the party office in Chandigarh and started distributing sweets and danced.Talking to reporters, state cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “We have sent a beautiful Diwali gift packed with red ribbon to our would-be President Rahul Gandhi because it sets the tone…It will be a shot in the arm for the Congress.”advertisement”This (victory) is a big slap on the face of jija -saala (SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and Bikram Singh Majithia). Today BJP will realise that Akali Dal in Punjab has become a burden. Time and again people have reprimanded them. It will be demoralising and send them (SAD-BJP) packing,” said Sidhu.Both the BJP and the AAP accused the Congress of misusing official machinery to win the bypoll.Punjab BJP Secretary Vineet Joshi alleged that the Congress misused the official machinery in the bypollAAP candidate Maj. Gen. (Retd) Suresh Khajuria also accused the Congress of using “undemocratic means” in the bypoll.”Ruling party used undemocratic means in these elections. People were scared and youth was almost absent in the bypoll. If they (Congress) win then that victory will not be a respectable one,” Khajuria alleged.PTI CHS SUN VSD DVlast_img read more

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first_imgMexico will look to make it a winning start in pursuit of returning the Gold Cup to their home when they face Cuba in their opening fixture of the 2019 tournament in California.Gerardo Martino’s side fell short at the semi-finals two years ago after winning in 2015 and will hope to claim glory once again when they kick off their campaign at the Rose Bowl.Raul Mederos’ team meanwhile did not qualify in 2017 but were quarter-finalists on both of their last appearances in their best-ever Gold Cup finish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The odds will be firmly stacked against them in Pasadena – yet with only one loss in their last five, they may fancy their chances of springing a surprise. Game Mexico vs Cuba Date Sunday, June 16 / Saturday, June 15 Time 3:00am BST / 10:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on Univision and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision / Fox Sports 2 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on FreeSports TV UK, though it will only be available for streaming through CONCACAF’s official website. UK TV channel Online stream FreeSports TV UK CONCACAF GO Squads & Team News Position Mexico squad Goalkeepers Ochoa, Orozco, Gonzalez Defenders Moreno, Reyes, Gallardo, Araujo, Salcedo, Alvarez, L. Rodriguez, C. Montes, Sanchez, Navarro Midfielders Guardado, J. Dos Santos, L. Montes, Pineda, Gutierrez, Alvarado, C. Rodriguez Forwards Jimenez, Pizarro, Vega Mexico have been hit by a spate of injuries ahead of their campaign, with Hirving Lozano and Miguel Layun just two of the big names missing in action.Even so, they still have enough depth and quality in the squad, lead by talismanic captain Andres Guardado, to get the job done.Potential Mexico starting XI: Ochoa, Rodriguez, C. Montes, Moreno, Sanchez, Guardado, L. Montes, Dos Santos, Jimenez, Pineda, Antuna Position Cuba squad Goalkeepers Pozo, Johnston, Sanchez Defenders Espino, Lopez, Martinez, Morejon, Piedra, Riza Midfielders Abreu, Alvarez, Baquero, Caballero, Hernandez, Kindelan, Morris, Perez, Portal, Rodriguez, Saez, Santa Cruz Forwards Paradela, Reyes Raul Mederos’ side is a relatively inexperienced one – their midfield’s total number of caps is less than a hundred, 56 below Guardado – and features very few recognisable names.Defender Yasmany Lopez is the most-capped player in their squad, at 29 appearances but despite this, they are on something of a roll, with a defeat to Haiti their only recent blemish on record.Potential Cuba starting XI:  Sanchez, Rizo, Lopez, Morejon, Piedra, Baquero, Hernandez, Santa Cruz, Portal, Abreu, Reyes.Betting & Match Odds Mexico are heavy favourites to win this match with bet365 and are priced at 1/33. Cuba can be backed for the reverse, at 33/1, while a draw is available at 14/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Tata Martino Mexico 2019With four wins from four to keep his perfect start intact, the pressure is only slightly off Tata Martino.The Argentine has gone undefeated since he left Atlanta United, where he won the MLS Cup, to take the reins of the Mexico national team.However, with their Gold Cup campaign kicking off against Cuba this weekend, he has been struck by a number of injury woes that have reduced his options ahead of what is arguably a must-win tournament for the nation.The outright leading country in terms of tournament victories, their failure to register consecutive titles in 2017 following a shock semi-final defeat to Jamaica was a shock to the system for a side typically, rampantly dominant in this competition across recent years, alongside the USMNT.Martino cannot call upon former stalwarts of this competition like Hirving Lozano and Miguel Layun however after they were injured ahead of their first game at the Rose Bowl, the site of their humiliating late loss two years ago.But he is able to include young, fresher blood in their absence, with up-and-coming talents like Jorge Sanchez and Roberto Alvarado surely set to give him a boost.In addition, he still has captain Andres Guardado, the Golden Ball winner in their triumphant 2015 campaign and a man whose 155 caps brings a sheer wealth of experience to the fore.It’s an issue that opponents Cuba have to contend with, thanks to a lack of chances for international football compared to many other countries in the mix at the Gold Cup.Raul Mederos, who enters the tournament for the first time after his nation missed out in 2017, know that their chances of success are slim – but he will hope that the experience proves fruitful for his side, particularly with their Nations League games against Canada and the USMNT looming later in the year.last_img read more

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first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Since Brett McMurphy’s report broke two weeks ago, we haven’t heard much from either Urban Meyer or his wife Shelley. Urban did release a statement two days later, admitting that he did know about domestic violence allegations against Zach Smith from back in 2015. But since, he’s been silent.Shelley has been mostly silent too – except for the release of essentially a “no comment” text message she sent reporter Jeff Snook. But Wednesday, she logged onto Twitter and liked a recent tweet.The tweet comes from Kyle S. Lamb of BuckeyeGrove.com. Lamb reported that Snook, speaking on the radio, said he texted back and forth 20 times with Michelle Herman – Texas coach Tom Herman’s wife. Lamb said he wanted to see those text messages, and suggested that McMurphy would have posted them.Snook reported this past weekend that it was Herman who originally tipped off McMurphy regarding Zach Smith’s recent arrest. The Herman family has denied the allegations.Shelley Meyer's Twitter feedShelley Meyer liked Lamb’s post. If you remember, McMurphy posted screenshots of Meyer’s texts with Courtney Smith.At this point, it’s unclear what Ohio State will decide. The program originally had a two-week timeline regarding Urban Meyer’s fate. That would run up this Sunday.last_img read more

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first_imgGetting out on a stand up paddle board started out as an outdoors and fitness trend a few seasons ago, and went mainstream very quickly. Instead of dying out like many outdoors fads, SUP’s growing popularity means you’ll probably see them out on every local lake and shoreline this summer. We’ve been hauling our Boardworks SHUBU Sport board on our summer travels, and have refined our SUP gear to a few essentials for paddling everywhere from open ocean to high mountain lakes.Related: The Manual’s SUP Guide | Sanborn PaddlesStearns Sospenders Belt Pack $70Perfect for the angler or SUP yogi who needs a little extra range of motion, Stearns belt pack gets its flotation power from a 16-gram CO2 cartridge. The gas and air pouch roll up conveniently into the belt, and are deployed with a simple pull cord. The best part is that it’s completely resuable with a new gas cylinder. Now you don’t have an excuse for bad form on your next attempt at a balance pose on your board. Just don’t blame us when you take a dip in the lake.lululemon T.H.E. Short H20 $49We grabbed a pair of these hybrid shorts when we toured lululemon’s design center, and they’ve been our go-to pair of shorts ever since. This version of the shorts has been chlorine tested to make sure they are extra durable.They maintain four-way stretch for flexibility whether you’re paddling, swimming laps, or out for a long run – we like to to combine a few activities and finish with a cannonball into our favorite swimming hole to cool off. T.H.E. Shorts are also quick drying; we got soaked during a rainy paddle session in Banff National park, and were completely dry by the time we had our boards packed up back at the car.Boardworks Raven Adjustable Paddle $279The Raven not only keeps us skimming the water very smoothly, but also looks great while we’re paddling. The bamboo veneer is painted with a Northwest Native American inspired design that is sure to turn heads when you’re on the water. The shaft and handle are carbon fiber, ensuring excellent stiffness and power transfer when you’re working hard. Its adjustment system locks in place very easily, making this one of the easiest paddles to set and forget when you’re in a rush to catch sunset on your board.SealLine Seal Pak $35We find ourselves needing a little extra carry space more often than not when we’re out on our SUPs. Rather than deal with oversized dry bags or packs, the Seal Pak hip belt fits all our needs. Sized perfectly to stash your wallet, phone, a few snacks, and camera, it is easy to seal out water, and sits comfortable on your waist (yes, it’s a fanny pack) or lashed to a tie down point on your board.Zinka Nosecoat $9Whether you’re trying to emulate the surf bums like Jeff Spicoli at Ridgemont High, or just want to keep yourself from looking like a lobster, Zinka is a great sunscreen option. the nose coat is 25% zinc oxide, completely blocking out UV rays where you need the most protection. We like to mix and match some of the colors for a little extra warpaint look. If you need to stock up, the Power-Pack ($46) includes a couple colors of nose coat as well as lipbalm, a facestick, and conventional SPF 30 lotion and spray. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made last_img read more

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first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pexels, Under CC0 License Licence Scorpio Bulkers and Scorpio Tankers, units of Scorpio Shipping Group, have signed letters of intent (LOIs) for the purchase and installation of scrubbers on the companies’ vessels.  The LOIs were inked with suppliers, engineering firms, and ship repair facilities and are subject the execution of definitive documentation, according to the two companies.Following its entry into an agreement to retrofit fifteen of its LR2s with exhaust gas cleaning systems, Scorpio Tankers has agreed LOIs to cover the purchase and installation of scrubbers on substantially all of its remaining owned and financed leased LR2, LR1, and MR tanker vessels — approximately 75 vessels — between the second quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2020.As informed, the scrubbers and their installation are expected to cost between USD 1.5 and USD 2.2 million per vessel, and the company anticipates that between 60-70% of these costs will be financed.“We have long maintained that the IMO 2020 regulations are both disruptive to the shipping industry generally as well as a powerful demand catalyst for product tankers. Although many well-capitalized and publicly-listed shipowners can source capital and publicize their intentions to pursue scrubbers, most of our industry cannot, and will rely on cleaner fuels to the benefit of ton-mile demand for product tankers,” Emanuele Lauro, Chairman & CEO, commented.“Irrespective, our focus remains on operating the most competitive fleet in our marketplace, and this has led us to carefully evaluate and ultimately opt for the benefits of fitting hybrid-ready scrubbers on approximately 90 ships in our fleet,” Lauro added.Scorpio Tankers currently owns or finance leases 109 product tankers with an average age of 3.2 years and time or bareboat charters‐in 13 product tankers.What is more, Scorpio Bulkers has agreed letters of intent to buy and install scrubbers on substantially all of its owned and finance leased Kamsarmax and Ultramax vessels from the second quarter of 2019 until the third quarter of 2020.The purchase and installation of the systems will also cost between USD 1.5 and USD 2.2 million per vessel. It is anticipated that between 60-70% of these costs will be financed, Scorpio Bulkers said. “Having cautiously and patiently evaluated various risks associated with this disruptive change to our industry, we are now confident that substantial savings can be realized,” Lauro further said.Scorpio Bulkers has an operating fleet of 57 vessels consisting of 56 wholly-owned or finance leased drybulk vessels, and one time chartered-in Ultramax vessel. The company’s owned and finance leased fleet has a total carrying capacity of approximately 3.9 million dwt.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government doesn’t believe it can do much on its own to stem the growing tide of fake news in Canada, according to briefing notes prepared by the Department of Canadian Heritage.The documents, obtained by The Canadian Press through an access-to-information request, highlight that even though the government recognizes that fake news could threaten Canada’s democratic institutions at a time when traditional news outlets are facing cutbacks and financial challenges, there’s not much they can do to stop it.The government’s inability to decide for Canadians what should and shouldn’t be considered fake news is one reason it can’t take direct action, according to the notes, prepared in November by deputy heritage minister Graham Flack.Even if the government did attempt to publicly identify fake news stories, Flack said it could backfire, making readers more convinced the stories are true and increasing the likelihood they’d share the stories.Overall, the briefing notes concluded that the role of combating misinformation should not rest on the government’s shoulders alone and that “there is not likely one single, easy solution”.A trade association representing almost 1,000 digital and print media outlets across the country thinks otherwise.John Hinds, the CEO of News Media Canada, said that there is a clear solution to the fake news problem.“The antidote to fake news is real news,” said Hinds.“It’s not about reinventing the wheel, it’s about supporting the existing infrastructure that can provide Canadians with credible news.”That support may already be on its way. In January, Joly signalled at a meeting with members of a Quebec culture and communications union that the struggling news media industry is set to receive financial help from Ottawa in next week’s federal budget.However, the documents released to The Canadian Press separated the issue of a struggling news media industry as “distinct” from the issues surrounding the rise of fake news.Instead, the documents point to partnerships between social media networks and media literacy organizations as part of the solution to the misinformation problem, rather than government intervention.One such initiative — a partnership between social media giant Facebook, which has been widely criticized for not combating deliberate misinformation campaigns, and Canadian not-for-profit media literacy group MediaSmarts — is meant to combat fake news that could influence the next federal election.MediaSmarts education director Matthew Johnson said that, with funding from Facebook, they are creating a guide for MPs, candidates and parties on identifying online misinformation as well as public service announcement videos and short games for Canadian social media users.“In the last few years, misinformation in news and misinformation online have become an issue that people are more conscious of,” said Johnson. “It’s a drum that’s been beating for quite some time now.”In an emailed statement, Joly’s office asserted its commitment to working with social media companies and other online platforms to combat fake news but would not comment on the funding for the newspaper industry expected in Tuesday’s budget.“Disinformation and misinformation are a real issue that we need to be alive and alert to,” read the statement.“This is a conversation that we need to have with Canadians, including with companies which provide platforms for this information to be disseminated.”— Follow @levidgarber on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the briefing had been prepared for the minister and misstated the name of Canadian Heritage.last_img read more

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Rabat – Moroccan political party the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) has brought the issue of hazing or “bizutage” to the Moroccan parliament.On September 27, the party addressed a question to the Moroccan Minister of Education, Said Amzazi, asking him on the measures in place to avoid internal issues at Moroccan schools and institutions, such as “bizutage.”“Some schools and institutes witness celebrations every new school season to welcome new students. However, some of these celebrations exceed the ordinary custom,” PAM wrote in its  note to Amzazi. The party said that such celebrations have become dangerous as they harm students both physically and psychologically.The party also condemned the intentional defamation that comes with hazing.   PAM said posting photos and videos of new students being subjected to bizutage can cause health complications and psychological disorders for these students.PAM Statement on BizutageThe move comes after several photos of students subject to bizutage went viral on social media, stirring public debate.The party concluded its statements with questions, calling on the minister to clarify whether the ministry would put in place measures to face such internal issues at Moroccan schools.The party also asked the minister to give clarifications about the “reality of behavioral violence within Moroccan schools, measures taken to face these problems, and means taken [by the ministry] to provide a healthy environment for students.”Whether the Ministry of Education will answer PAM’s question remains to be seen. The party’s inquiry addresses the concerns and consequences that “bizutage” might cause for students.Hazing Prevention organization  said that “the media is full of stories reporting one of the worst possible consequences of hazing: death.”The organization added there are other consequences with less severe impact than the loss of lives, but said they are still dangerous as they cause students physical, emotional and mental stability.The issue of hazing also might impact on students’ performances at school. Students in this category are often prone to a high, severe stress level, according to reports. read more

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6 April 2010United Nations blue helmets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have rescued dozens of people stranded on Lake Kivu after a ferry boat they had boarded to travel south to the city of Bukavu ran aground on rocks. Peacekeepers from the UN mission (known as MONUC) yesterday picked up 25 passengers, including Deputy Governor of the South Kivu province Jean-Paul Kibala, and four crew members, when the Amani ran aground along the 75-kilometre trip from the village of Kashofu to Bukavu, on the southern tip of the lake.MONUC’s riverine unit responded to the alarm by sending five officers and 25 crew members in two fast patrol boats and three rubber boats to pick up the stranded group, according to information released by the mission.The passengers were taken to a location near Idjwi island, where they boarded a second ferry, the Marinett Express, and resumed the trip to Bukavu, 20 kilometres away.There were no injuries reported during the incident, and the Uruguayan peacekeepers were able to free the stranded ferry and repair its engines.MONUC was set up in 1999 to help restore stability and democratic processes in the DRC, which had been torn apart by years of civil war and revolts that led to the deaths of an estimated 4 million people. read more

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Which NBA Playoff Teams Have The Most Star Power

Portland Trail Blazers15810102 ButlerPHI+4.0MillsapDEN+2.8 San Antonio Spurs15480000 Orlando Magic15340102 VucevicORL+4.5SiakamTOR+3.0 Detroit Pistons14250022 ConleyMEM+2.6 Boston Celtics16410113 IrvingBOS+4.1WalkerCHA+2.8 HardenHOU+8.0WestbrookOKC+5.3LeonardTOR+3.7 CurryGS+6.6PaulHOU+4.9Nurkic*POR+3.3 The NBA’s championship-caliber players, 2019 edition2019 NBA player tiers based on CARMELO-projected plus/minus talent EmbiidPHI+4.4GriffinDET+2.9 ALPHASBETASGAMMAS Golden State Warriors17941116 PLAYERTEAM+/-PLAYERTEAM+/-PLAYERTEAM+/- Milwaukee Bucks17391014 Philadelphia 76ers16730215 Indiana Pacers15440000 JokicDEN+6.8GobertUTA+5.1GreenGS+3.3 Cousins*GS+4.1BledsoeMIL+2.8 The NBA playoffs can sometimes come down to key role players knocking down clutch shots in important moments. But mostly, it’s all about the stars. The league revolves around its top players more than any other sport, and those players usually determine where the championship resides each season.So which playoff team has the most star power? One way to measure this is to break players into tiers based on their performance metrics. A few years back, my boss Nate Silver devised a system called “star points,” which awarded teams a score based on how many stars it had on its roster. Players in the top tier of stars (“Alphas”) are worth 3 points apiece, those in the next (“Betas”) are worth 2, and the lower tier (“Gammas”) are 1 apiece. Teams generally need at least 5 of these star points in total to begin thinking about a title run, and 7 star points is where a championship roster really begins to take form.Perhaps surprisingly, there aren’t any teams with 7 or more star points this season. The Golden State Warriors would have had 8 if DeMarcus Cousins hadn’t been injured Monday night, but Cousins is out indefinitely with a torn quadriceps and may miss the rest of the playoffs. That drops the Warriors into the co-lead with 6 star points, alongside Toronto. And that could mean a more wide-open postseason than we’ve been used to, in which role players might take on an even greater degree of importance.To calculate star points this season, I turned to the constantly updating player talent ratings from our CARMELO projection-system depth charts. (In the previous iteration of star points, Nate used an amalgam of various advanced metrics, but that was before our player ratings updated in-season.) After resetting the cutoffs for each tier to maintain a similar number of players of each type,1An Alpha now has a CARMELO-projected overall plus/minus of +5.5 or greater; a Beta has a projected plus/minus of less than +5.5 but at least +4.0; and a Gamma has a projected plus/minus of less than +4.0 but at least +2.5. I found that the NBA has six current Alphas (four of whom are active in the playoffs), 13 Betas (12 of whom are in the playoffs, but one of those — Cousins — is injured) and 17 Gammas (13 whose teams are in the playoffs, with two injured). In an unusual twist, two of this season’s Alphas — LeBron James and Anthony Davis — actually missed the playoffs. (Their intertwined soap opera is worth its own set of charts.) But among the postseason’s remaining star power, there are some interesting mixes of player tiers on the top teams.The Warriors might be a surprise with only one Alpha (Stephen Curry), one Beta (Kevin Durant) and one Gamma (Draymond Green). Durant didn’t quite qualify for Alpha status, in part because he ranked only ninth in Real Plus-Minus (and 18th in Box Plus/Minus) this season. Meanwhile, Green was downgraded to a Gamma because of a weak offensive season,2According to our mix of RPM and BPM, he was 0.9 points per 100 possessions worse than the average NBA player on offense, though his defense more than made up for it. Klay Thompson barely broke even in projected plus/minus talent (+0.1), and Cousins now appears to be lost for at least most of the playoffs. The usual caveats about the Warriors’ sometimes lax regular-season efforts apply, but based on performance metrics, this team’s name recognition might outpace its actual star power at this point.And yet, only the Raptors match the Warriors in that regard among postseason teams. They also did it in a very different way: Unlike Golden State, Toronto boasts no Alphas, but it does have one Beta (Kyle Lowry) and four Gammas (Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Danny Green and Marc Gasol). Wait … Lowry is a Beta and Leonard is only a Gamma? The difference between the two (+4.0 vs. +3.7) is so slim as to be splitting hairs, but Leonard had a surprisingly down year in RPM, ranking just 37th in the league, while Lowry ranked 20th. The broader point, however, is that Toronto has assembled an unusually deep stable of star talent. The team has long been known for its depth down the roster, but a series of moves helped turn that depth into something slightly different: a collection of quasi-star-level talent at the top of the lineup. How the playoff teams stack up on star powerCurrent CARMELO ratings and star points* for 2019 NBA playoff teams Utah Jazz16990102 DurantGS+4.6Oladipo*IND+3.1 Oklahoma City Thunder16730204 Los Angeles Clippers15000000 * Star points are based on a weighted total of a team’s stars, in which Alphas are worth 3 points, Betas are worth 2, and Gammas are worth 1.Team totals do not include injured players.Sources: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com LowryTOR+4.0GreenTOR+2.8 Denver Nuggets16731014 JamesLAL+6.3TownsMIN+4.9HolidayNO+3.2 The Rockets and Sixers rank just below the Warriors and Raptors in star points with 5 apiece, but where in that group is Milwaukee, the East’s No. 1 seed? The Bucks have perhaps the Alpha of all Alphas this season in Giannis Antetokounmpo. But only one other player around him qualified as a star: Eric Bledsoe is a Gamma, while Brook Lopez barely misses the cutoff. Milwaukee’s overall lack of supporting star power would make it a historical anomaly if it does end up winning the NBA title.The Utah Jazz, in the midst of a brutal first-round matchup against the Rockets, also has very little star power (one Beta in Rudy Gobert). But they have a bunch of guys who just barely missed Gamma status: Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors, Ekpe Udoh and Donovan Mitchell all had CARMELO plus/minus ratings under +2.5 but greater than +1.5. If we added an extra category for “Deltas” — worth, say, a half-point per player — the Jazz would leapfrog Boston and be much closer to the top of the heap than the bottom.Regardless, there’s a reason that star points don’t track perfectly with a team’s CARMELO rating or its championship odds. Depth does matter some, even if the effect is less of a factor as rotations shorten during the postseason. And sometimes teams are simply built with a blueprint that helps them perform better than their star power would suggest (the Bucks are a good test case there as well), while others aren’t quite as good as their multiple stars say they should be (the Sixers could be lumped into that group).Before they blew a 31-point lead Monday night — and, more importantly, lost Cousins to injury — the Warriors were looking every bit the star-studded machine we thought they’d be all season long. Now, they are still sizable favorites to win it all, but their edge in star power is not quite as decisive as it’s been in recent seasons. We’ll find out soon enough whether that will matter in Golden State’s quest for a third straight championship, or if another team near the top of the rankings above can finally supplant the Warriors and build a star-powered legacy of its own. TeamCARMELO RatingAlphasBetasGammasStar Points Players By Tier Brooklyn Nets14780000 DavisNO+5.8LillardPOR+4.7SimmonsPHI+3.1 Toronto Raptors17750146 DrummondDET+2.7 * Out indefinitely with injuryPlayers in italics are on teams that missed the playoffs.Sources: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com GasolTOR+2.5 CovingtonMIN+2.7 Houston Rockets17531105 AntetokounmpoMIL+6.9GeorgeOKC+5.2HorfordBOS+3.4 Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Sanofi uses roadshow to communicate benefits to dispersed workforce

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2017: Pharmaceutical organisation Sanofi used a benefits roadshow to help launch a new flexible benefits offering to its dispersed and diverse UK workforce.The organisation has a total of 1,750 employees in the UK, with nearly 900 of these staff and contractors working in manufacturing roles. Sanofi additionally has employees working in distribution centres, as well as office-based roles at its head office, therefore communications that can reach the entirety of the workforce is a priority.To align with this thinking, Sanofi adopted numerous communications methods to promote its flexible benefits platform, with the main communications tool being a roadshow that was scheduled to visit all of the organisation’s national sites. Amarjit Khaira, compensation and benefits at Sanofi, said: “The communication piece was so important to us. How are we going to get this message out there? How are we going to get buy-in? […] So we set up a roadshow before our launch, we attended all the sales conferences that we had, we attended night shifts [at the] manufacturing sites where people were working 24 hours, and we ensured that we delivered the message to everyone.”Alongside the roadshow, Sanofi set up an employee forum to generate buy-in, while one-to-one meetings were also provided if staff preferred to be communicated to in this way. An interactive PDF total reward statement was delivered to all employees so they could see what benefits they had access to. This featured charts that showed benefits that would roll over, or benefits that were available in the annual selection window.As its workforce is not necessarily office-based, Sanofi also ensured to write to all employees at their home addresses, while staff that were based at the organisation’s office locations were able to read on-site posters and synopsis documents that were visible. Digital marketing was also used as a tool to promote the flexible benefits platform. This included a video, which is updated when benefits are added to the platform.The flexible benefits platform was originally introduced as a result of a directive from senior leaders, and although the directive had clear aims, for example to move the organisation’s pension scheme from a defined benefit (DB) basis to a defined contribution (DC) basis and to remove age-related benefits, feedback from employees was used to inform the design of the new benefit. This was done using an internal employee survey which focused on asking employees to rank what benefits they wanted. Surveys were given to all employees to complete which had a response rate of between 80% and 90%. Sanofi additionally conducted an external benchmarking exercise to ensure its offering was competitive within the industry.The flexible benefits platform’s website can be accessed by employees without relying on a work-based intranet portal. Through the platform, employees are able to increase or decrease their life insurance, opt out of employee and employer pension contributions, access bikes-for-work, critical illness, dental benefits, medical benefits, health assessments and childcare vouchers.Sanofi took between 18 and 24 months to launch its flexible benefits platform, in order to achieve high levels of engagement. In its first year, take-up was 93%. Take-up rates have since been sustained at over 80% year-on-year.last_img read more

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Firefighters put out house fire in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire rescue released video of a house that caught on fire in Southwest Miami-Dade.The home could be seen up in smoke in the area of Southwest 113th Lane, near 147th Court, Tuesday afternoon.The flames started on fence and traveled to the roof.Firefighters were able to put out the fire.The homeowner and his dog were able to get out safely. It is unclear at this point what sparked the fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_imgFour hundred and three “anomalies” at the Nome cemetery, recently discovered by ground-penetrating radar, were marked with a red flag and plain white headboard. (Photo by Emily Hofstaedter / KNOM)Ground-penetrating radar has found a possible 403 unidentified occupants in the Nome Municipal Cemetery after five acres worth of land was surveyed in June 2018.The city now sells burial plots and permits for burials but realized it couldn’t move forward in organizing or developing the land if it didn’t locate the cemetery’s unmarked graves.In February, the Nome City Council hired geophysicist Dr. Esther Babcock of Logic Geophysicists to use radar to detect where in the cemetery there may be anomalies, like an unmarked casket or body. Babcock’s company specifically uses ground-penetrating radar in harsh environments, like the tundra.Babcock gave a brief summary of how the radar works:“It’s similar to the radar you use for planes or aircraft, only you put it toward the ground, and it’s at a different frequency,” she said. “As the radio waves travel through the ground, where there are different materials or buried objects… some of that energy is reflected back to the receiver and measured.”Babcock refers to the objects located in the ground as “anomalies.” She is able to use software, pattern recognition, and data processing to determine which of those might be graves.“What I’m seeing, and measuring, is that reflected radio energy. There’s a lot of data processing,” she said. “For example, in Nome, we collected data over some of the known sites, and then we used those patterns to look at when we see other patterns that are anomalous or different, to try to decide where those anomalies are most likely to be graves.”Essentially, Babcock looked at the data of the known graves and compares those patterns to the other places she has scanned. She can look at the patterns to see if a grave is likely.The radar is considered one of the best tools in the industry, but it’s impossible to know for certain what’s in the ground without digging it up. It could be a buried utility, log, or tundra clay. Dawn Ubelaker oversees the Nome cemetery, and given the sensitive nature of the project, she wants to be careful.“GPR is not foolproof, so I’m sure that there are some things in her report that show up as anomalies that are not necessarily burials, but with the type of work that she was doing, locating unmarked graves, it was more important to be conservative than not,” she said.Each anomaly was therefore treated as an unmarked grave. Over the summer, they were marked with flags and restricted by an 8-foot-by-10-foot rectangle. The city is now in the process of putting up plain white headboards on those sites.Nome has created a more formalized burial process, and knowing the location of these anomalies could help with record-keeping and cemetery organization. Until 2017, family and volunteers would take a loved one to the hill up Glacier Creek Road and bury them themselves. That location was not always reported back to City Hall. Nome does not have a funeral home or undertaker.Such a system made record-keeping difficult, and sometimes, burials were not marked, or records have been lost due to time or fire. Some old grave markings have succumbed to weather erosion or damage, leaving little clue as to who lies below.But this means there are likely cemetery residents who lay at rest unmarked. Digging has discovered unmarked graves before. Since the early 2000s, Caroline “Cussie” Kauer and Debbie Redburn of Nome have worked to create maps and records of the cemetery that the city now uses.However, Kauer herself found that one of the flagged anomalies was in her established family plot. With those spaces restricted, Kauer addressed the City Council in October with concerns. She wanted to ensure she could still be buried alongside her father or where her family, the Readers, have permitted space.“Now as a family, we run head-long into a hundred years of community neglect. Thought should be given to creating rules and regulations for the new cemetery expansion area, and situations such as ours should be handled on a case by case basis. If I have to move up six inches or over a foot, so be it. But I don’t want to be told to move over 8 to 10 feet for a log or permafrost or chunk of tundra clay,” she said. “A request should in no way be interpreted as disrespect of a previous burial if that’s what these are. Rather, it would be an accurate marking of a previously unconfirmed site (that) would now become part of the Reader family plot.”Kauer was granted permission by the City Council to explore the anomalies without city equipment but with the agreement that should an unmarked grave be discovered, it be marked and left intact. Interim City Manager John Handeland thought the exploration would be helpful.“It actually seems prudent to identify those anomalies in that location. In this particular area, it pretty much looks like it’s virgin ground,” he said. “I have full faith that they would do it properly, and if anything is disturbed, as Cussie said, they wish to mark them properly.”According to Ubelaker, after exploratory digging, the Reader plot anomalies did not contain human remains.But, the only 100-percent-certain way to identify the anomaly is to dig. Babcock stressed that the tools can only do so much.“It’s not an infallible tool. GPR in particular has about an 80 percent success rate with grave locations, but there is always the potential for false positives — meaning you decided something was a grave and it was not,” she said.Still, Ubelaker feels it is more respectful to leave the other anomalies alone.“If those have been identified as likely burials, that’s how I’d like to treat them. I would strongly prefer not to disturb those likely graves,” she said. “I’d like to just mark that area as unavailable for future digging and treat it as though somebody is already buried there.”Ubelaker says that with the cemetery expansion, the City has plenty of space for future burials.With these newly-marked graves, current Nome citizens can make plans while keeping former residents in mind. Those who would like to know more about cemetery fees and burial plots can contact the city of Nome by visiting City Hall or clicking here.last_img read more

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first_img This story appears in the October 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 2 min read October 1, 2006 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Don’t want it? Swap it. Or so says a growing number of entrepreneurs running sites that let people swap all kinds of stuff. Bartering is the oldest business practice around, and a handful of swap sites arose during the dotcom era. Most didn’t survive. Now the sector is re-energized, thanks to better technology and shrewder online shoppers who have accumulated stuff they no longer want or need. “The model was around a long time ago-it’s just re-emerged now because of the flood of DVDs, CDs and media,” says Bob Alvin, 48, founder of Los Gatos, California-based BarterBee, a six-employee site launched in 2005 that specializes in online trades of CDs, DVDs and video games.Numbers revealing the size and potential of the swap sector are hard to find. Talk to “swapreneurs,” however, and they’ll tell you they’re on a mission to change the world of buying and selling. “In the way eBay changed the fabric of society, we have the same opportunity to do that,” says Jessica Hardwick, 39, co-founder and CEO of Sili-con Valley-based SwapThing, a year-old swap site whose sales-which are earned through transaction fees-will approach $1 million this year. SwapThing’s membership base is growing 40 percent a month, and the company boasts a growing list of professional services up for swap, from haircuts to innovation consulting.Still, swap sites face challenges. Shipping and geography can prohibit some trades. Users must also spend time matching up trades that aren’t equal in value. But the hurdles aren’t stopping swapreneurs, who are in a fast and furious race to become the eBay of barter. It’s anyone’s guess who will take the lead, but swap sites are betting that people’s love of stuff will drive them toward the online swap marketplace. “I think everyone at heart is a bargain shopper,” Alvin says. “[Swapping] is a valid [business] model.” Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

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