Fort St. John rolls forward with new skate park

first_imgThe park will be located in a 25,000 square foot area at the corner of 93 Avenue and 93 Street.Fort St. John already has a skate park in Centennial Park, built in 2001. However, those who use it say there is not enough space for everyone interested, and that its design doesn’t allow for bikers and skateboarders to use the area at the same time.- Advertisement – They also complain that there is much damage and vandalism done to the equipment because there is a lack of visibility of the property. Currently, $25,000 a year is allocated to the existing skate park, but the city says most of that is spent repairing vandalism. The District Sport Council will develop a rendering of the new park as well as its costs by the end of the year.Advertisement They will have until September 30, 2015 to meet their fundraising goal, otherwise they will lose the spot. Since the Sport Council does not have charity status, all funds raised will be held in a reserve fund by the city. Sponsors will be given tax receipts for their donations. In the end, the skate park will belong to the city and will be open for use by all residents and visitors.Advertisementlast_img read more

NCS Playoffs: Fortuna boys soccer rolls to opening-round win over Willits

first_imgARCATA >> The Huskies opened postseason play just in the same kind of fashion as they concluded the regular season.And this time, they got to play a playoff game within Humboldt County borders.The Fortuna boys soccer team built an early lead and never looked back, as the fourth-seeded Huskies began the quest to make a second straight North Coast Section Division I championship game with a 10-0 win over No. 13 seed Willits at College Creek Field on Wednesday afternoon.The Huskies, the …last_img read more

How a ‘Weird’ Decision Led to the Growth of Both Adobe and Silicon Slopes

first_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry How a Big Bet Paid Off for Adobe and Salt Lake CityA big bet paid off for both Adobe and Salt Lake City.Every decision a company makes has a ripple effect — not only for that business, but also for an entire region or industry. Tech hubs certainly don’t happen overnight, but they usually kick into gear with the first big decision.A decade ago, Adobe acquired Omniture, a web analytics business. It was a move that puzzled many: Business Insider called it “weird,” and The Wall Street Journal asked, “What were they thinking?” The reason for the confusion? It was too early for many to see the challenge that brands were going to face: the intersection of digital disruption with the explosion of data. But Adobe took a calculated risk, and it paid off. Adobe Analytics Cloud isn’t just surviving a battle with analytics powerhouses like Google; it’s thriving.  How Adobe’s Bet Paid Off Internally and ExternallyGoogle has built a strong, easy-to-use analytics tool for the masses; it’s no surprise that it’s encountered the success it has. Adobe Analytics has taken a different tack, evolving past metrics to leverage machine learning, AI, and other modern data analysis to help the enterprise sector, in particular, achieve the analytics and tracking needed.Between 2014 and now, the number of Analytics Cloud customers has more than doubled. Fifty-eight percent of the Fortune 100 use Adobe Analytics Cloud for customer intelligence. That includes the top 10 media and entertainment brands, the top 10 retailers, nine of the top 10 financial services institutions, and nine of the top 10 high-tech companies.When Omniture sold for $1.8 billion, it did just as much for Salt Lake City as it did for Adobe. It triggered a movement of other large companies following Adobe’s lead in creating a presence in the area; Salt Lake’s list now includes Snap, Mavenlink, Salesforce, Oracle, and Microsoft.But more importantly, Adobe’s big bet helped Silicon Slopes become a legitimate name and issued a rallying cry for the area. One key acquisition or success story can set the stage for an entire region. Adobe took its economic strength in the area a step further, keeping all staff, building a new office in Lehi, and currently constructing a second office.The Silicon Slopes Get SteeperThe Silicon Slopes’ tech success, of course, doesn’t begin and end with Adobe. One giant business in an area makes people take notice, but startups going public and continuing to grow in an area — that’s what creates an identity. Qualtrics, Pluralsight, and Domo have all become multibillion-dollar unicorns from Salt Lake City. Domo, in fact, was founded by Josh James, Omniture’s founder. And while other regions may compare themselves to Silicon Valley in one way or another — or more likely, point to their contrasts — Silicon Slopes feels like an appropriate name. Companies are getting funded, and two major universities — the University of Utah and Brigham Young University — are located within an hour of the city, providing talent. The entire community, from higher education to real estate, feeds off of the shared success of these businesses. After all, every tech employee needs places to sleep, play, and eat.The wide-ranging infrastructure of the Silicon Slopes ecosystem even enables a boomerang effect. Because there are enough high-tech opportunities to keep active minds engaged, the area empowers people to jump from company to company and find their way back to their original spot. The Slopes will never achieve the scale of the Valley, and it doesn’t need to: It has an identity, a reason for companies to want to be there. How Adobe Will Navigate New SlopesTen years ago, Adobe made two key decisions: to acquire Omniture and to set up shop in Salt Lake City. Today, that team — now with the backing and support of Adobe — is still looking to innovate. By keeping the same teams and culture in place, it’s been able to shift faster and stay in tune with the changing tech landscape.Currently, the team is working on Journey IQ, powered by Adobe Sensei, which shows brands missed opportunities. It also delves into how engagement levels have evolved over time, as well as how customers behave, both pre- and post-event for any type of action, such as a purchase. For example, a retailer can get insight into a customer who was looking at a toy on his mobile device, but ultimately decided not to purchase it.The team is also integrating with another recent Adobe acquisition from Denver: Marketo. In an industry-first integration, Adobe Analytics’ rules-based attribution models in Analysis Workspace are combined with Bizible by Marketo. This enables modern intelligence teams to understand engagement on a deeper level, resulting in more targeted marketing initiatives.The next time the media labels a move as weird or questions what a company may be thinking, remember that a major acquisition can ripple throughout an entire community. That $1.8 billion price tag seems small in retrospect — simply look at the business it’s created for Adobe and the presence it’s created in Salt Lake City. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Follow the Puck Tags:#Adobe#analytics#Salt Lake City#Silicon Slopes#Silicon Valley#tech communities#tech enclaves What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

BREAKING: Instagram Releases “IGTV” to Host Long-Form Videos

first_imgInstagram has just announced a new addition to its platform for hosting up to hour-long videos. Here’s what it means for content creators.All images via Instagram.Today, social media giant Instagram hosted a big reveal event celebrating the milestone of hitting 1 billion users, and to announce its brand-new update — a platform to host long-form, vertical videos called “IGTV.”IGTV is both a standalone app and an addition to the current Instagram layout. It allows users to upload videos that are up to an hour long — as well as creating a new platform for your favorite content creators to upload original videos. This is a huge step up from its current model, which only allows videos up to 60-seconds long.One of its crowning features is centering the platform on full-screen, vertical videos, unlike its previous square videos and YouTube’s horizontal videos. After seeing Snapchat’s success with its vertical video channels, Instagram decided to follow suit and adapt to the new media landscape of the mobile viewing experience.The IGTV app mimics conventional television viewing, with videos automatically playing right when you open the app. You will be able to switch through “channels” — which are really the streams of specific content creators. Don’t worry: they have still their discovery algorithms to help you discover new content, too.You don’t have to search to start watching content from people you already follow on Instagram and others you might like based on your interests. You can swipe up to discover more — switch between “For You,” “Following,” “Popular” and “Continue Watching.” You can also like, comment and send videos to friends in Direct. —InstagramThis new platform opens up a whole new world to creators trying to enter the mobile landscape. Anyone can upload to IGTV — it’s not just limited to users with a certain follower count. This means that filmmakers will have the ability to upload their long-form content (as long as it conforms to the vertical parameters) and share it with people around the world. With the capability of web upload for video, creators can take their time working on their content on their favorite NLEs, then upload directly from their computers.I foresee this app paving the way for narrative vertical video that has already started incubating in other platforms such as Snapchat. It will be a whole new way to experience content — so grab your phone, go out, and start recording so you can get in on the ground floor of this new platform!last_img read more

Department of Maritime to host STCW95 Basic Safety Training

first_img Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, #MaritimeSafetyTraining Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Forcecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 18, 2017 – The Department of Maritime (MD), in collaboration with Sea School International, will be hosting the annual STCW/95 Basic Safety Training for local captains and skippers wishing to obtain a Boat masters License.  This licence is the legal document required by a person who wishes to participate in the water sports business as a local captain, or anyone who wishes to be the captain of a small commercial vessel.  The holder of a local Boat masters license will be permitted to operate a small commercial vessel up to twenty-four (24) meters in length or up to one hundred and fifty (150) gross tons and a pleasure vessel under four hundred gross tonnes.The training will be held in Providenciales at the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources, Lower Bight Road for a three day period, commencing January 23rd through to 26th 2017.The three-day training will include:* Basic Fire Fighting;* Personal Survival Techniques;* Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities;* First Aid/CPR* RefresherFees for the course for ‘First Time’ attendees will be $630 per participant for the three days. A refresher course, for individuals whose 5 year course certificate has expired, will cost $355.  For further information please contact the Maritime Department Providenciales at 338 -4171/4179 or the Maritime Office, Grand Turk at 649-338-3173.   Re-sits, are being asked to register on/or before 23rd January, 2017.*All interested persons are asked to walk with one form of Identification upon registration. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MaritimeSafetyTraining#MagneticNewsMedialast_img read more

San Diego Board of Supervisors vote puts North County development on 2020

first_imgSan Diego Board of Supervisors vote puts North County development on 2020 ballot KUSI Newsroom, December 11, 2018 Posted: December 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Voters will decide whether a controversial North County housing development goes forward, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.After a public hearing, the board voted 4-0 — Ron Roberts was absent – – to place the Newland Sierra project on the March 3, 2020, ballot.The board’s action came two months after a Sept. 26 vote amending several provisions in the county general plan that allowed for Newland Communities to build in the Miriam Mountains area, directly west of Interstate 15 and near the cities of Escondido, San Marcos and Vista. The proposed development is in an area noted for wildlife and a tranquil ambience.Newland wants to build 2,135 homes on the 1,985-acre site. The development would also feature 81,000 square feet of commercial space, a six- acre school site, 35.87 acres of public and private parks, 19.2 miles of multi- use community trails, an equestrian staging area and 1,209 acres of open space.The project would include numerous eco-friendly features, including solar panels, electric-vehicle charging stations, xeriscaping and gray-water systems, according to the developers.Opponents gathered roughly 117,000 signatures and presented their petition to the county.Supervisor Dianne Jacob — who was not at the Sept. 26 meeting — said the public will vote on whether the board made the right decision on Newland Sierra and “sound off on the general plan and a project in a high-fire zone, with 2,000 homes over what the general plan allows.”Board Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar said putting the Newland Sierra development on the ballot “lets voters do their homework.”She said the signature-gathering campaign was impressive, adding that while out in some locations, “I could barely get a leg out of my vehicle door before encountering signature gatherers, although some were not as well- informed.”Rita Brandin, senior vice president and development director of Newland Communities, told the supervisors the company is confident that voters “will embrace the plan when they hear the truth and many benefits.”She said that 80 percent of Newland Sierra homes would be attainable to working families, and that her company plans to invest $175 million in the community.Development opponents earlier in the meeting urged the supervisors to approve a referendum. Many reiterated concerns associated with Newland Sierra, including wildfire dangers, noise pollution, limited water supply, school overcrowding and greater traffic congestion.Tony Eason, who lives in the Deer Springs Oaks mobile home park in San Marcos, said an overwhelming majority of area residents do not want the Newland Sierra project, describing it as yet another attempt to destroy the Merriam Mountains. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Lily Allen Readies Fall Tour To Support New Album No Shame

first_img Lily Allen Will Have ‘No Shame’ On Tour lily-allen-readies-fall-tour-support-new-album-no-shame Twitter Email Facebook Prepping for a big fall that also includes the release of a memoir, the British singer/songwriter is ready for a 21-date North American tourRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 1, 2018 – 12:29 pm Last we heard from Lily Allen, she released her third studio album, Sheezus, in 2014. Since then, however, it’s been pretty quiet. All that is about to change this fall.On June 1, the GRAMMY-nominated British singer/songwriter announced she will embark on a 21-date North American tour in support of her upcoming album, No Shame, which is due out June 8. Allen will crisscross the continent beginning Oct. 5 in Santa Ana, Calif., passing through cities such as Phoenix, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, and Toronto before wrapping up Nob. 8 in Seattle. She’ll also make a pit stop in Austin, Texas, to perform during the Austin City Limits music festival.To whet our appetite, she also released a new single titled “Lost My Mind,” a catchy pop-forward tune complete with xylophone arpeggios that explores the feelings many can relate to after a break-up: “Stuck in a rut/Kicking stones, looking at my phone all night/Baby I’ve lost my mind.”And as if that isn’t enough, Allen announced in late 2017 she would be releasing a memoir in fall 2018. Rolling Stone reported that the memoir has yet to be titled, but it promises a candid look at Allen’s personal and professional life, which includes struggles with her mental health and addiction.center_img Lily Allen Readies Fall Tour To Support New Album ‘No Shame’ News Music Saved My Life: 2018 Mental Health Awareness Month “Some of it I think might be uncomfortable and shocking and brutal,” Allen said. “There will be good stuff in there too; happy times. I will try and make it funny. I know it’s about me but I hope that a lot of it will ring true with anyone who reads it. It won’t be written with shame. It will be true.”If you’re ready to embrace life with No Shame along with Allen this fall, those who preorder the album will gain presale access to tour tickets, while general sales open June 8.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Hamids nomination paper submitted

first_imgAbdul HamidA nomination paper, on behalf of Awami League’s presidential nominee, incumbent Md. Abdul Hamid was submitted to the election commission on Monday noon, reports UNB.An AL delegation, led by the party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader, submitted the nomination paper to returning officer and chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the latter’s office.The deadline for submission of nomination paper for the presidential election is 4pm Monday.On Friday, AL team, led by chief whip AS Feroz, collected the nomination paper from the returning officer’s office of the election commission at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.If the commission does not receive any other nomination paper, the lone candidate will be declared elected unopposed.Awami League on 31 January nominated Md. Abdul Hamid as its candidate to contest the presidential election.The nomination was finalised at a meeting of the Awami League parliamentary board held at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban with Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Abdul Hamid was born on 1 January 1944 at Kamalpur in Mithamoin upazila of Kishoreganj district.Hamid was the founder president of Chhatra League of Kishoregonj sub-division unit in 1964 and also elected vice-president of Chhatra League of Mymensingh district unit in 1966-67. He was imprisoned in 1968 for leading the then student movement. He joined the Awami League in 1969.Hamid, a valiant freedom fighter, was the president of Kishoreganj district Awami League from 1978 to 2009 and the president of Kishoreganj District Bar Association for 5 times during 1990-96.In the Pakistan National Assembly Election of 1970, Hamid was elected the junior most member from Mymensingh-18 constituency. In 1972, he became the member of constituent assembly. As a pro-people and grassroots level popular leader of Bangladesh Awami League, he was elected member of parliament (MP) for several times.In the general elections of 1973, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2009 he was elected MP from Kishoreganj-5 as an Awami League nominee.Md Abdul Hamid was unanimously elected deputy speaker in the 7th parliament on 13 July 1996 and held the post till 10 July 2001. Later, he became speaker on 12 July 2001 and remained so till 28 October 2001. In the 8th parliament he served as the deputy leader of the opposition from 1 November 2001 to 27 October 2006.Hamid was elected the speaker in the 9th parliament and served office in this capacity during the period 2009-2013.After the death of Zillur Rahman on 20 March 2013 in Singapore, Hamid became acting president from that day. Later, he was elected president uncontested as the 22nd president of Bangladesh on 22 April 2013. He was sworn in to the office of president of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on 24 April 2013.last_img read more

Where Is All The Government And Private Money For Harvey Going

first_img 00:00 /09:44 Since Harvey hit, we’ve heard a lot of questions about where money raised for the relief effort would be spent – along with where state and federal recovery funds would go.Well, our colleagues over at the Texas Tribune have been digging up these numbers and issuing periodic report cards on what agencies like FEMA and the Small Business Administration have been spending so far – along with where all the money raised by different private campaigns will go.The Tribune recently released its second report card, and Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty went through some of the figures with reporter Morgan Smith. David J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X Listen Sharelast_img read more

NotOkGoogle Employeeled town hall reveals hundreds of stories of retaliation at Google

first_imgNote: This article now includes stories of various other Google employees about the retaliation they faced, which they have shared with Google Walkout for real change. Last week, two Google Walkout organizers accused the company of retaliation against them over last year’s Google Walkout protest. The two Google employees, Claire Stapleton, YouTube Marketing Manager and Meredith Whittaker, head of Google’s Open Research were told their roles would change dramatically including calls to abandon AI ethics work, demotion, and more. In regards to this, both women hosted a Retaliation Town Hall to share their stories and strategize this Friday. The event was also live-streamed to other Google offices. 350+ Google staffers attended the Town Hall, where Stapleton said, that after her public sharing of retaliation earlier this week, Google executives tried to undermine her “in emails this week to thousands of my friends and colleagues”. In those emails, Google executives challenged Stapleton’s claim saying that she was “never demoted”. “What’s true is that there was a demotion, and after my lawyers got involved, it was reversed,” Stapleton wrote, in a statement viewed by Wired. Whittaker also provided further updates on the retaliation she faced. She said that her manager told her in late December she would likely need to leave Google’s Cloud division. The same manager told her in March that the “Cloud division was seeking more revenue and that AI Now and her AI ethics work was no longer a fit. This was a strange request because the Cloud unit has a team working on ethical concerns related to AI.” During the March meeting, Whittaker claims her manager also told her that there are “two kinds of people at Google…those who quit, and those who stay and hate every minute of it and try to destroy it. I was taken aback, since my work has always aimed to ensure that Google lived up to its purported values and treated its workforce, and the rest of the world, with respect.” Recently, Google dissolved it’s AI ethics council after nearly 2,600 employees, including Whittaker, signed a petition against the appointment of Kay Cole James, president of the Heritage Foundation. Employees were upset by James’ anti-trans and anti-immigrant political statements. Whittaker also signed the petition protesting Google’s infamous Project Dragonfly, the secretive search engine that Google is allegedly developing which will comply with the Chinese rules of censorship. Meredith Whittaker was also a leader in the anti-Maven movement. Google’s Project Maven, was focused on analyzing drone footage and could have been eventually used to improve drone strikes on the battlefield. More than 3,000 Google employees signed a petition against this project that led to Google deciding not to renew its contract with the U.S. Department of Defense in 2019. In her statement on Friday, Whittaker says that on April 1, a few days before the petition was drafted, she got approval from Jeff Dean to transfer from Cloud to Google’s Research and Machine Intelligence group. Two weeks after the petition was sent, Whittaker claims her transfer was killed. Other Google employees also spoke about employee discontent at Google ranging from the ethics of performing work for the US Department of Defense to the handling of sexual harassment claims. Following the statements of Whittaker and Stapleton in the town hall session, several current and former Googlers took to Twitter to register complaints and share their experiences of facing retaliation from the company. They expressed their disagreement with Google’s policies with the hashtag #NotOkGoogle which was trending on Friday. “This does not seem to be an isolated incident”, Vanessa Harris, Google Product Manager “I am grateful that I quit Google”, Liz Fong-Jones, ex-Googler, current SRE Dev Advocate @honeycombio She also talked about Google’s retaliation against her which forced her to quit. “This is just the tip of the iceberg”, Dr. Alex Hanna, a computational social scientist at Google Cloud Mila Hardt from Google Health division “I emailed @EileenTNaughton later again in November, just after the town hall meeting and her promises for change. I pledged her again to help stop the planned disposal of me. This time she never responded! My last day was after Thanks Giving! Thanks, Google for the gift!”, Vida Vakilotojar, Xoogler The town hall group also published an internal document with a new set of “demands”. The document which was seen by The Guardian includes a “transparent, open investigation of HR and its abysmal handling of employee complaints relating to working conditions, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation”. Other demands include a public response from Google co-founder Larry Page, and that Google meets the demands that were issued in the Google walkout. “Google has had six months to meet [those] demands; in that time, they’ve partially met only one of them,” the document states. “Google seems to have lost its mooring and trust between workers and the company is deeply broken. The company has no clear direction and is just progressing from crisis to crisis lately.” Google did not respond to specific questions about the town hall’s meeting. A spokeswoman said in a statement: “We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy. To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.” Other activist and worker groups also rose in solidarity. “The impact @mer__edith has in AI ethics is second to none. What happens to her at Google will be a gauge for the wellbeing of the entire field. Watch closely.”, Moritz Hardt, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Berkeley University Update: Yesterday, Google Walkout for real change published a blog post on medium sharing stories of retaliation from various other Google employees. “When I reported something unethical happening at Google, Employee Relations fudged data to protect Google.” “Retaliated against for defending a mother who reports to me. HR dismissed it as “poor behavior” “I reported my tech lead to my manager for sexual harassment, but my manager thought I was ‘overreacting’ ” “My first two years at Google I was not promoted due to bias. While my peer was promoted with the same ratings and same tenure, I was not. When I asked my manager about this I was told that I was being an “emotional woman.” How is this happening at Google? Clearly this pattern should not be allowed to continue. Read Next Google announces new policy changes for employees to report misconduct amid complaints of retaliation and harassment. #GoogleWalkout organizers face backlash at work, tech workers show solidarity Google employees ‘Walkout for Real Change’ today. These are their demands.last_img read more