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We reserve the right (but not the obligation) to remove or edit any Content.7.2 If you do post Content on this Site, you grant the following rights to the following persons unless and until you remove your Content from this Site or notify Us of the revocation of this licence:(a) to William Reed:(i) a limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free and fully sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such Content throughout the world in connection with the Site; and(ii) the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such Content unless you notify Us otherwise;(b) to each user of this Site, a non-exclusive licence to access your Content through this Site, and to use, reproduce, distribute and display such Content as permitted under these Terms.last_img read more

Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz Announces Late-Night Show During Jazz Fest

first_imgPrimus bassist Les Claypool has announced a late-night show during the second weekend of Jazz Fest with his Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz ensemble, set to take place on Friday, May 3rd at New Orleans’ Joy Theater.Claypool has rounded up an all-star cast of musicians for his upcoming Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz performance, including Galactic drummer Stanton Moore, percussionist Mike Dillon, and saxophonist Skerik. Dillon and Skerik are no strangers to Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz project, as the two mastermind musicians joined the ensemble at 2017’s Clusterfest in San Francisco alongside Eric Harland, Gabby La La, and Fred Armisen.Tickets for the upcoming Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz show are on sale now via Ticketfly.last_img read more

UWP to defend the National Budget on Monday night

first_img Share 6 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Opposition Leader Mr. Hector JohnAt a public Meeting in Lagon, Roseau this Monday night at 8:00pm, the United Workers Party team is expected to respond to the National Budget, which was presented by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at Parliament on Wednesday.Parliamentary representative for the Roseau Central Constituency, Honourable Norris Prevost has said that on Monday night evidence will be given to show that the budget is sadly one with no hope for Economic recovery for Dominicans. According to the Roseau MP, the budget prescribes no medicine for the two main problems facing Dominica now, namely, the dead economy and corruption in government. ‘Dominicans you need to come out and save our country, otherwise it will be too late. We will be under the dictatorship of a communist one-party state. We will not be able to speak; they will push us deeper into poverty. Corruption is rampant from the top. We have seen the government undermining every democratic institution in this country,’ says Prevost. On the question of corruption Mr Prevost says the justice system is so porous and political interference so strong, that the corruption is either swept under the table, or is made to fall through the cracks in the justice system. Prevost says ‘unemployment is at its highest, now beyond 35% overall, whilst unemployment among youth 16 to 25 years is at an alarming 70%.  Another one thousand young people are graduating from secondary schools and college, and most of them will have to join the long unemployment line. Dominican’s trucks and heavy duty equipment are lying idle.’ The UWP claims that ‘for the first time in 20 years there will be no cruise ship visiting Dominica’s shores for six months, leaving the vendors, taxi drivers and tour guides with no source of income.  Farmers are being forced to abandon and sell their lands. The local furniture and handicraft industries are dead, whilst local restaurant owners and other small businesses are rapidly being displaced by foreign businessmen and foreign fast food franchises. Low Investor confidence in the Policies of the Skerrit-Administration is confirmed by a recent staggering 51% drop in foreign direct investment (FDI).’He noted that the budget does not deal with any of those very critical problems facing the people of Dominica today, and Monday’s meeting will demonstrate to Dominicans, the emptiness and the hopelessness of the Skerrit-Government budget. ‘The government is undermining the parliamentary opposition. For the last couple of years, since this parliament has begun, we have not been able to get not one question into the parliament. Every time we have submitted our question, the Speaker of the House on behalf of the government has blocked them. So the corruption that is going on…the information we need for the people – we cannot get it,’ Prevost told the media.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share LocalNews UWP to defend the National Budget on Monday night by: – July 2, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Donald Lee Frantz

first_imgDonald Lee Frantz, 48, passed away Monday, July 22, 2019 at his home in Aurora, Indiana. He was born June 30, 1971 in Lombard, IL. He attended Anderson University, where he enjoyed working on the radio station. Donald settled in his hometown of Aurora and was owner of a taxi business and other business ventures. A self-proclaimed Foodie, he could tell you the items in any dish you served and where perhaps you cheated on a certain ingredient. Some of his happiest times were preparing and participating in the annual gumbo festival, helping others (especially in the nursing home where his mother worked when he assumed the annual role of Santa) and enjoying all his nephews.Surviving are his father John (Kim) Frantz of Burlington, KY; sister Kristan (Matt) Donk and nephew Alex Juliano of Fort Wayne, IN; step-sister Sarah (Nick) Rollins and nephew Jack of Savage, MN; step-sister Beth (Gerald) South and nephew Oliver of Richmond, IN; step-brother Chris Brockman of Burlington, KY; Barbara Ulrey and Ulrey clan, uncle David Scharf of Aurora, IN; aunt Mary (Dennis) Anderson of Warsaw IN; dear friends Robin Ashcraft and family, Glenda, Raymond Hill and family; numerous cousins; and awesome friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Jane Frantz and grandparents, Margaret Halliday Scharf, Robert William Scharf, Vivian Louise Frantz and Darrel Max Frantz.Friends will be received Sunday, August 4, 2019, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home at 4:00 pm.In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to splurge on their favorite snack (including of course a favorite recipe preferably with a Cajun kick) and make a donation to Aurora EMS in Donald’s memory.visit:www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Help on way for Flomar Drive flooding problem

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – There’s finally some light at the end of the pipe for the Flomar Drive storm drain problem that has lingered to some degree for decades.By the time the project is completed, nearly $1 million will be poured into the longstanding problem by the federal government and the county.In what could be the final funding piece in this long-term puzzle, the House of Representatives has included $95,000 for the project in the $30.5 billion appropriation for the Army Corps of Engineers and Energy Department. But it still awaits approval in the Senate.In addition, a company to design the project as soon as January should be hired, said Leon Yehuda, Whittier city engineer.“It is finally moving,” Yehuda said. “The next thing to do is start work.”A storm drain is needed to take water from Flomar as well as Carnell and Starbuck streets because the area tends to flood in heavy rains, Public Works Director David Mochizuki said.Now, there is just a culvert to take the water off the three streets. It goes behind the homes near the train tracks.But the drain is so small that when it rains, the water sometimes backs up onto Flomar Drive, Mochizuki said.“The water rises above curb levels and in some cases gets close to the homes,” he said.The new storm drain will be much larger, connect directly into the county system and won’t back up, Yehuda said.The project has been on the table for many years, but often met delays.Part of the holdup was caused by trying to determine which governmental agency would design and administer the contracts.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was supposed to design the project, but last week asked the city to do so because of having to deal with problems caused by Hurricane Katrina, Yehuda said.Now, Yehuda is waiting for the corps and the county Public Works Department to approve the paperwork requesting bids for the design contract.The county must approve the project because it will take over the drain once it’s completed, Yehuda said.Yehuda said he hopes that construction could start as early as the summer of 2006 and be completed before the next rainy season, he said.With the new federal money – included by Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea – in the bill, the project now most likely is fully funded, Yehuda said. [email protected](562)698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more

Marvelous un-Darwinian Mammals

first_imgSome familiar and unfamiliar mammals share their secrets of extreme adaptation and survival.The Mongoose that Confounds Conventional WisdomAmericans may only know about the mongoose from Rudyard Kipling’s stories. Now, National Geographic has provided a delightful look at these snake-hunting, sociable, family-oriented mammals of sub-Saharan Africa, with some surprises for evolutionists. Did you know that unrelated adults mentor the young, teaching them the skills they will need?“The same pup will stay with the same adult day after day after day for about two months until the offspring can find its own food,” says Michael Cant, an ecologist at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Wales.How these bonds form is a bit mysterious, but it seems to be “a two-way street,” Cant says. A pup will follow an adult around, and the adult occasionally stops to check that “the right pup” is following. Some pups follow only one adult, while others will follow more than one.Reporter Liz Langley tells a Kipling-like just-so story of her own, speculating that “Escorting may have evolved because learning diverse methods of foraging can reduce competition within the large groups that banded mongooses live in.” Next, however, her expert says that these cute mammals break the rules:Cant has been studying mongooses for 23 years, and says that part of their charm is “they reliably do everything wrong”—confounding conventional wisdom about animal behavior.Camel at AIG petting zoo. Photo by David Coppedge.The Camel Mammal that Enjoys Eating CactusAnother fascinating mammal is the camel. In another National Geographic piece, Elaina Zachos explains “This is How Camels Can Eat Spikey Cacti.” Don’t try this at home; humans lack the specialized hardened palate with tough papillae that allow camels to pull this trick off. A video clip shows how two pet camels named Baby and Nessie do it. “The animals’ tough, flexible lips move over the food, and each half of their split upper lips wiggle independently to get close to the vegetation.”They don’t seem to mind the tough thorns of prickly pear hardly at all; they relish the fleshy leaves so much, they put up with the discomfort that would send us humans to the emergency room. Owner Alex Warnock, an Arizonan fascinated by camels, says, “They just seem to love it.” But do we really need Elaina’s Darwin sermon?Other animals, including humans, have papillae. Ours are positioned under the taste buds on our tongues, but they’re much smaller than those found on camels due to evolutionary adaptations and a different diet. Many fish-eating birds, reptiles, and fish have papillae throughout their gastrointestinal systems, as well.If this were a law of nature, Indians of the desert would have evolved camel lips and papillae to enjoy the same diet of cactus.The Fossil Mammal that Is Not Half-ReptileWhen Fox News Science spread a rumor that “Discovery of ‘reptilian-mammal’ fossil could rewrite history,” Mindy Waisberger at Live Science hastened to issue a correction, “No, This Tiny Beast Is Not Half-Mammal, Half-Reptile (But It’s Still Super Cool).”Cifelliodon (Jorge A. Gonzalez). The mammal stood 3 inches tall and weighed 2.5 pounds.The mammal in question is Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch. It lived during the Cretaceous period, she says, and belonged to a group that was closely related to mammals. But the artwork looks pretty mammalian.A small, furry animal with a blunt snout and beady eyes scuttled across what is now eastern Utah some 130 million years ago. And while the wee beast was surely unusual and fascinating, there’s one thing it was definitely not: half-mammal and half-reptile.Headlines about the recent find have described it as though it were some bizarre hybrid of reptile and mammal. But while it might be amusing to imagine a beast with the front end of a lizard and the rear end of a rat, it’s not very scientific.With that settled, what makes it “Super Cool”? Waisberger struggles to relate it to reptilian ancestors, saying that this “haramiyidan” was not really a mammal, but was closely related to mammals. To do so, she points to reptilian characteristics it retained, like egg laying. That, however, makes the duck-billed platypus a living fossil. Many of its abilities seem beyond the reach of Darwinian natural selection:In life, the newly described haramiyidan had a long tail, teeth that could slice and crush vegetation and tiny eye sockets that suggested its eyes were small and its vision was poor. However, its olfactory bulbs were unusually large, hinting that it relied heavily on its sense of smell, according to the study.Anyone who has watched Illustra Media’s animation of salmon olfaction in the film Living Waters should immediately conclude that to think olfaction evolved is tantamount to believing in miracles. The rest of the evolutionary claims about this mammal come to a show-stopper at that point alone.Instead of attributing everything to blind evolution, Randy Guliuzza has a better idea. In ICR Acts & Facts this month (June 2018), he continues his series on “engineered adaptability,” explaining how the foresight of intelligent design made animals able to switch on pre-programmed changes that allow conforming to changing environments. “Adaptive changes are purposeful, not random,” Guliuzza explains with examples, logic, and challenges to Darwinism. (Visited 513 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

BRICS ‘a voice for emerging economies’

first_img19 October 2012The BRICS grouping of influential emerging economies is not a “closed shop” but an important voice for emerging economies and developing countries globally, South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told an experts’ meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday.The theme of the meeting was “exploring Africa: mainstreaming Indonesia’s economic diplomacy in non-traditional markets”.South Africa ‘looking to the South’Davies said that while South Africa’s relations with its traditional trading partners remained important, the country’s prospects for growth would depend increasingly “on diversifying and strengthening our economic links with these dynamic economies of the South, including Indonesia, and with Africa.“The expansion of South Africa’s trade and direct investment with the countries of the South, notably the BRIC countries, continues apace, with China and India at the forefront,” Davies said.“Aggravated by the Eurozone crisis and demand contraction in Europe, the share of the European Union in South Africa’s total trade has declined from 36% in 2005 to 26.5% in 2011. By contrast, the share of the BRIC countries in South Africa’s total trade has increased from 10% in 2005 to 18.6% in 2011.”Davies said the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -had a shared interest in pushing for the reform of multilateral institutions for global governance, in order to give developing countries a bigger voice in these institutions.“In particular, we have strengthened coordination in the World Trade Organisation’s Doha Round to defend and champion a development outcome, as well as in forums such as the G20 where trade and investment issues arise.”Supporting Africa’s development agendaDavies said South Africa had a direct interest in extending BRICS cooperation to support Africa’s development agenda, particularly by “increasing financial aid to build infrastructure and industrial capacity, and increasing imports of value-added manufactured products from the continent.“The abundant natural resources of Africa, the growing consumer power of Africa’s emerging middle class, and high growth rates offer an opportunity to build a more sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship with Africa in the next decades.”On Tuesday, Davies co-chaired the second meeting of the South Africa-Indonesia Joint Trade Committee, during which the two countries agreed to step up their interactions in order to increase trade.Indonesia is the largest economy in South-east Asia, with gross domestic product (GDP) of around US$1-trillion.According to the Department of Trade and Industry, trade between South Africa and Indonesia grew between 2007 and 2011, with SA ranking 23rd as a destination for Indonesian exports, and Indonesia ranking 26th for imports from SA.South Africa’s exports to Indonesia “mainly consist of raw materials, and there is a need to diversify them to include value-added products,” the DTI said in a statement on Tuesday.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Social Media Marketing: You Fear, You Fail

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Consumers no longer need the brand for information. Any semblance of brand control was lost when each consumer became the equivalent of a newspaper. Blogs, twitter and product reviews have enabled consumers to define a brand with the push of a button.When a customer writes about their horrible experience, a brand should be afraid of leaving that comment unanswered. However, most brands fear interacting with their consumers one-on-one.Restaurant owners, because of their huge dependence on word-of-mouth marketing, are one of the best examples of great customer interaction. They realize that a single unhappy customer can mean the loss of potentially 10 patrons. If a manager sees someone that isn’t happy, more often than not he’ll find a way to make the consumer have a better experience. Similarly for a brand, the Internet has evolved beyond simple advertising to one that is dominated by word of mouth marketing. Fear of interacting with consumers means foregoing this potentially lucrative avenue of marketing.A smart social brand would forego any fears of losing total control and embrace the idea of pull marketing, opening itself to attracting new customers through innovation and distinctiveness. Fear is what makes a business average.Testing, Experimenting, TryingThe best way to allay a brand’s concerns is through knowledge. Nothing is a better teacher than testing, experimenting, and trying. Trying social media marketing and interacting with consumers is the best way to learn.However, the learning curve can be steep and not many are comfortable putting themselves at the mercy of their consumers. For some, an online department (with actual power and resources) that can dedicate themselves to learning and gathering data is a viable solution. For others, a consultant or coach may offer meaningful insights on what to do and, more importantly, what not to do.Knowledge isn’t the only way to overcome fear; conviction helps one rise to the challenge. A brand that is sincerely dedicated to interacting online will find a way to make it work. When C-class executives show interest by allocating resources and making social media a priority, managers become less afraid of failure. Social media marketing requires a company-wide culture shift that works best when inspired from the top down.By overcoming the fear that brands have, they can dedicate themselves to a social strategy instead of faltering between broadcast models and consumer interactions. Until a brand embraces a social culture of transparency, instead of one of guarded marketing speech, it is doomed to being a digital pariah.Photo by Flickr user Tiago Ribeiro.. Tags:#Social Web#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A few weeks ago a company I work with lost an amazing opportunity. We gave them the idea to create one of the best brand blogs I’ve ever seen.They said no. Instead, they decided to create a social media strategy that was boring and dictated by legalities. Just imagine a blog that doesn’t allow customer comments. The campaign not only offered zero value to customers, but in the end it ignored them by turning the blog into a press release platform. Ultimately, the brand decided to trash the project and walk away from social media.This is guest post was written by Samir Balwani, an emerging technologies strategist at Morpheus Media. You can follow him on TwitterThe biggest reason most social media marketing campaigns fail is fear – fear of jumping into something new and trying a social media marketing strategy.Social media marketing doesn’t always guarantee short-term results, could be risky and doesn’t always work. But what most brands don’t realize is that doing nothing may be even riskier.Engaging consumers online requires a brand to stop worrying and become personable. The scenario where a brand image is forever ruined is such an anomaly that brands need not worry. The act of interacting with a customer inherently humanizes the brand, which protects it from potentially brand-shattering backlashes. Consumers are more likely to support and champion a brand that they feel connected to.Remember Motrin? Didn’t Thinks SoEven the most well-known social gaffes are quickly forgotten. For example, Motrin’s controversial YouTube ad caused little long-term brand damage.The Motrin story starts with the release of what many mothers considered a controversial ad. When a number of mothers on Twitter found it offensive, Motrin responded quickly, removed the ad, and posted an apology. Shortly after an apology was posted, Motrin consumers stopped caring about the marketing mistake. They recognized that someone made a mistake, and the story blew over.Although mistakes occur, the effects can be controlled with an understanding of online PR and proper online reputation management. The average consumers won’t find a marketing failure unless they specifically search for it. A Google search for Motrin on Jan. 11, 2010 returned only Motrin product information for the first eight results. The 9th position is the actual commercial. However, even that can be remedied with online reputation management. Realizing that smart brands can engage in social media marketing with minimal risk can help overcome the fear of backlash.In a digital world where consumers have a low attention span and news moves quickly, the fear of permanently ruining a brand by engaging online need not be entertained. At most, a brand will experience short-lived obstacles and minor backlashes as it grows to understand how to engage online.The fear of error is a natural one, but it’s not the only one that can cause a brand’s social media marketing campaign to fail. Most brands tend to also be afraid of losing control over their image.It’s ironic that most companies are afraid to trust their consumers but expect their customers to trust them.Define a Brand With the Push of a ButtonInstead of realizing the truth that consumers are already talking about brands and republishing brand asset (remixing, as Lawrence Lessig would say), most brands act as if they can still exert control over what their consumers know and see. Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit guest author 1last_img read more

Minister Shaw Impressed with Jamaica Producers Group’s Operations at Kingston Wharves Complex

first_imgIndustry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has praised Jamaica Producers Group Limited (JPG) on the quality of its operations at the Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) complex.Speaking with JIS News after touring the facility on Friday (August 24) withChief Executive Officer, Jeffery Hall, and other senior managers, Mr. Shaw said he was “very impressed” with JPG’s tremendous growth in agriculture and manufacturing.He said these areas are “vertically integrated”, while noting the extent of banana, cassava and plantain cultivations, among other crops, at the entity’s farms, and operations at their manufacturing facilities, in St. Mary.“So you have (the) growing (component), you have processing (aspect) and then, of course, you have this logistics hub here at Kingston Wharves, where…tremendous expansion is taking place,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw contended that developments at the port demonstrate the value of Jamaica’s location in the region and its ability to improve its capacity and efficiency to handle international cargo, citing, as an example, JPG’s motor vehicle trans-shipment arrangements. “That is an excellent example of the kind of initiative that this company is showing and it has greater potential for growth. There are other countries that we are competing with in the region such as the Dominica Republic, Panama and Cuba. But it is clear that Jamaica is holding its own and has great potential for significant expansion,” he told JIS News.Against this background, Mr. Shaw said JPG’s growth trajectory “will mean many more jobs.“We have been discussing many other possibilities such as setting up an agro- processing centre, which will involve work with small producers who can rent space and do their own processing of foods, wines, sauces (and) spices. The possibilities are great and I commend the company and look forward to working with them,” he added.Jamaica Producers Group Limited and its subsidiaries engage in the cultivation, production, marketing, and distribution of fresh produce and juices in Jamaica and internationally.The company is also involved in logistics, transportation, port terminal operations, shipping, and land management activitieslast_img read more