Dalic not worried about players fitness

first_imgCroatia coach is not worried about his team’s fitness ahead of the World Cup final, according to FourFourTwo.Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has said he’s not worried about his team’s physical condition as they prepare to face France in the World Cup final on Sunday.Croatia have played 120minutes on three separate occasions in these World Cup so far.They defeated England 2-1 after extra time thanks to goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic to advance to their first ever FIFA World Cup final.Euro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at Ronaldo.com we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…“Everyone knows what’s at stake and the players know what it means to play in a World Cup final. I hope we can overcome the fatigue and everyone will be able to play but if not we’ve good substitutes who are ready to play so I’m not now worried,” Dalic told journalists.Twenty years since making their first appearance in a World Cup, Croatia will be hoping to win their first ever World Cup come Sunday when the face France at the Luzhniki stadium.Zlatko Dalic and his players have been outstanding so far at the World Cup winning all group games in a group that consisted of Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland.They also defeated Denmark and host nation Russia on penalties in the second-round and quarter-final respectively.last_img read more

Ignazio Abate rues AC Milans Europa League exit

first_imgAC Milan defender Ignazio Abate believes they should have qualified for the Europa League knockout stages after their 3-1 defeat to OlympiacosGennaro Gattuso’s side headed into Athens on Thursday night needing to not lose by more than two goals to Olympiacos.After a goalless first-half, Pape Abou Cisse’s header handed Olympiacos the lead before a Cristian Zapata own goal doubled their advantage.But the Colombian defender soon redeemed himself to Milan by scoring a critical header just 110 seconds later.However, Abate’s foul enabled Konstantinos Fortounis to score a late penalty for Olympiacos to secure a 3-1 win.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.The result enabled the Greek side to leapfrog Milan into second-place in Group F on goal difference.“We had started strong and were well set out on the field. The regret is that we went behind, as we should not have conceded the opening goal,” Abate told Sky Sport Italia, via Football-Italia.“Once we got it back on track, they got that penalty. Incidents went against us. We could’ve done better and more importantly reached this final game with qualification already secured, because we had the quality to do that.“We need to take another step up. Now we must concentrate on Serie A, as we can finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.”Milan will next travel to Bologna on Tuesday in a Serie A match, where they will hope to retain their spot in the top-four in the standings.last_img read more

Interception Bill Repealed

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 23, 2017 – The We March against the Interception of Communication Bill was repealed and many are calling it a victory for those who accused the PLP Government of rushing the bill to law.On Tuesday night, Attorney General, Allyson Maynard Gibson withdrew the bill, citing that it is needed but agreeing that her office must work with civil society in a consultative stage before legislation is tabled.   Maynard Gibson during debate on the controversial document said with education on the need for the bill, there will come increased support for it.A Kill the Bill movement was started almost immediately after the proposed legislation was introduced in the House of Assembly and now it is gone from the table and going to the public. Activist and Attorney, Fred Smith was vociferous about the proposed law.  Dubbed the Spying Bill, We March Bahamas was due to march Wednesday in objection to the rush and the proposed law.The Minister for Justice said this too during her announcement Tuesday night to pull the bill, “During this period, we will work with civil society to ensure that Bahamians will have an opportunity to learn about and review the legislation, have their questions answered and their concerns addressed.”  Many say it is what should have been done in the first place.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for youlast_img read more

Nielsens New Corporate Values Integrated Open Simple

first_imgNOTE: FOLIO: editors are in California this week, filing reports from American Business Media’s annual Spring Meeting.LA QUINTA, California—Incoming ABM chairman and Meister Media CEO Gary Fitzgerald opened the ABM general session by saying, “It’s time for leaders to lead.”For Nielsen Co. chairman and CEO David Calhoun, that means establishing a new series of corporate values to direct the company in “The Google World.” “We chose a set of leadership values that’s what changes the nature of a company. Sounds soft but it’s measurable. Didn’t pick value changes we thought we were good at.”Those values include:1. Integrated: “Advertisers want to put things together,” says Calhoun. “There’s a notion that integrated data will save the day. We gave our people a blank check and have them working on how to integrate processes. This isn’t about saving a buck but how to begin to put data together. This is measurable and our leaders know they are accountable.”2. Open: “If your values preclude you from looking at the models of others, you will lose,” said Calhoun. “Proprietary systems were the world we used to aspire to but that’s the world we need to crush.”3. Be Simple: “It’s getting harder every day in the Google World but if you can provide clarity in an open environment, you will win,” Calhoun added. “We aren’t going to budget our way to change. We all have to get a clear view and a lot of emotion behind it before it’s real.”FOLIO:’s Spring Meeting Coverage:The New Must-Have Skills for B-to-B Media: Project ManagementPublishers on Redefining the Role of Printlast_img read more

Behind TEN The Enthusiast Networks Big Bet on Video

first_img On top of a new name, StudioTEN also has a new face. Concurrent with the rebranding, TEN brought in renowned advertising executive Jerry Solomon, whose credits include the Emmy-winning Ad Council campaign “Love Has No Labels,” and, most notably, Apple’s famous “Get a Mac” commercials, which Adweek named the “campaign of the decade” in 2010. Jerry Solomon Folio: Coming over from the advertising side of the industry, what attracted you to TEN? Solomon: We’re agnostic. If there’s somebody at Motor Trend who has a great, authentic voice and wants to jump onto the filmmaking side, I’d say bring them on. Likewise, if I’ve got somebody who is a great filmmaker but wants to get more into the car world, bring them on, too. That’s what’s great about this place — I’ve got a group of creatives here who not only ideate, but execute. We might have someone sitting in the room who comes up with a great concept, and then when it comes time to execute it, that person might go ahead and direct it. We’re really seeing projects all the way through, with a singular voice. Solomon: The original programming stuff that we do is remarkable. We have nine programs that go across our YouTube channel, which has the largest automotive audience out there: over 4.5 million subscribers. People are watching these things in crazy numbers. Brands want to go ahead and be a part of that experience. Key to achieving that, says Dickey, is an aggressive expansion of its video production arm, which the company launched in 2014 and subsequently nurtured into a robust operation, comprising over 50 employees and a 30,000-square-foot Los Angeles studio. Solomon: The best clients are the ones that realize that they want to bring value to the audience. They have to think of themselves almost as programmers with a brand message. It’s definitely a challenge to say, “We know that you want to promote this car, but let’s find an entertaining way to do it that feels holistic or seamless to our audience.” The studio, formerly known as “MindOverEye,” was rebranded “StudioTEN” last month in an effort to more closely align it with TEN’s overall corporate structure. Folio: So is it safe to say that we can expect branded content to be a major focus for StudioTEN going forward? “We want to be the most powerful automotive media company in the world,” CEO Scott Dickey tells Folio:. Jerry Solomon: I had been in the commercial business for 20-plus years. It was always a talent sell, and it was also an interruptive medium. When you make TV commercials as long as I have, it was purely executional. You sat there and the stuff that you made was just going to go on TV, and it was going to be that stuff in between shows that people didn’t really like. I could see it in the way the budgets were and our interaction with agencies — you started to feel very outdated. One of my biggest challenges is determining how a brand gets their voice into that arena, not just in the original programming, but also across advertising, delivered to that enthusiast in a way that’s authentic and genuine and doesn’t interrupt their experience. We’re going to make a lot of that stuff: original programming, branded content, with events and social around all of it. “There was always a concern that having our own production studio might be a threat to our agency partners, so we wanted it at arm’s length,” says Dickey. “But branded content has become such a huge part of the equation that it no longer made sense to have [the studio] differentiated.” The relationship between consumers and brands and that interaction was changing. My two teenaged daughters do not watch TV commercials. They may watch branded content if it’s interesting to them, but they like a non-interrupted experience. I wanted a challenge to figure out what was part of the future, and TEN offered that to me. If we continue to serve our audience, it will continue to grow. If it continues to grow and we’re communicating with them the right way, then brands will be interested in working with us, because we own that group who really feels we are authentic.center_img Solomon: You can’t be a part of the interruption; you need to be a part of the experience. We have to make stuff for an audience and in a brand voice, and we have to make it authentic. It’s really a combination of audience, idea, and execution. I think they used to live in sort of mutually exclusive worlds, and now they all need to be interconnected. Folio: What are some ways in which that relationship between consumers and brands has changed? That’s what we want to create in a digital experience, where the best brands come to us and say, “Take something with our car, make it fun, connect our brand to your audience, and feel that you’re giving them something that’s not just interruptive.” TEN: The Enthusiast Network, whose brands include Motor Trend, Automobile, and Hot Rod, among several others, enters 2017 with a clear but ambitious goal. Solomon, who will oversee StudioTEN as managing director, was chosen because of his deep understanding of how to create content that resonates with consumers while still delivering a brand message, according to Dickey. Solomon: We want to be the ultimate destination for video in automotive and action/outdoor. The investments we’re going to make will be in greater creative talent. We’re definitely looking to create partnerships in high-tech spaces like VR and AR. It’s about us connecting our original programming and branded content with our audience across platforms. So it’s going to be an investment in both talent and new technology. Folio: Is it a challenge to balance delivering a client’s message while also providing value to your audience? Folio: sat down with Solomon to learn more about the future of branded content, original video production, and how he plans to use his commercial experience to bring StudioTEN to new heights.  Folio: What kinds of new talent are you looking to bring on? When it comes to talent, if someone’s got the right attitude and loves telling great stories, I don’t care if you come from Timbuktu or Motor Trend. I can teach people about the business and about content creation, but there’s certain innate talent you can’t teach. I base it on the individual. It’s not about just trying to find the cheapest solution. One of the greatest compliments on anything I’ve ever been involved in was when The New York Times did a piece about the Mac and PC commercials. Having executive produced all of those spots, when they did an article saying, “The best series on TV is a commercial,” they saw that campaign as almost interstitial programming that worked alongside broadcast TV. Folio: What are some of your initial plans for building out StudioTEN?last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday August 5 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, August 5, 2019:#1) Revere Beach Memories At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a talk on the history of Revere Beach at 2:30pm. Don’t miss this trip down memory lane. Revere Beach, established as America’s first public beach in 1896, was a place that created lasting memories for thousands of beach goers. The Revere Beach of old comes alive through photos and stories presented by Bob Upton, a Revere Beach enthusiast and historian. Join us for a night of history and nostalgia. Bring your own photos and stories to share as well. Register HERE.#2) The Ooch: Yo-Yos, Music & Dance At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hostingThe Ooch at 6:30pm. Yo-Yos, Music & Dance is a 60-minute show that combines three of Ooch’s favorite activities – yo-yo tricks, cool music and sweet dance moves. The show is half yo-yo tricks and half dance party. During the first part of the show, Ooch performs some of his favorite yo-yo tricks as well as takes requests from the audience. The second part of the show is “dance”. In Ooch’s world “dance” can mean MANY things like follow-along dance (where the audience copies Ooch’s movements to the music OR VICE VERSA), popular line dances such as the Cupid Shuffle, Cotton Eyed Joe, Cha Cha Slide & others, body percussion, Freeze Dance and even Hula Hoops to music . . . all to popular songs requested by the audience. Ages 4+. Register HERE.#3) Little Movers At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Little Movers session at 10am. Let’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2. Register HERE.#4) Learn To Sail Program BeginsAll hands on deck! The Wilmington Recreation Department’s ‘Learn to Sail’ program is returning this summer on the Charles River. Children age 10 – 18 are eligible to register for this class which offers classroom instruction and on-the-water education. New students are required to pass a swim test. The program will take place Monday, August 5, 2019 through Friday, August 9, 2019, from 10:30am to 4pm. The cost of the program is $150. To register, visit www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by the Reference Department in Room 8 of Town Hall. The required registration form can be found HERE.#5) Public Health Museum’s Camp BeginsIs your high schooler interested in a career in medicine, infectious disease, or nursing? The Public Health Museum is inviting students to apply to OUTBREAK! 2019.  This week-long summer program is for Massachusetts high school students entering their junior and senior year as of Fall 2019. For the seventh year in a row, the program will be offered for FREE.The program is scheduled for August 5, 2019 to August 9, 2019 at the Public Health Museum in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.OUTBREAK! 2019 is an interactive, challenging program designed to introduce high school students to the history and importance of public health. Students will learn about epidemiology, investigate a simulated disease outbreak, learn about the wide range of public health careers, and more. Field trips include the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain and additional other public health facilities.The Public Health Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural museum that strives to preserve records and artifacts from our nation’s public health history, educate the public about the achievements and contributions of public health, and inspire people to build upon the past and continue to advance the future of public health.Applications are available on line from the Museum’s website or by contacting the museum at 978-851-7321 ext. 2606 or phmuseum@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Australian World Cup squad blunder Josh Hazlewood ignored by selectors

first_imgJosh Hazlewood’s exclusion from Australian World Cup squad is somewhat perplexingReutersDefending champions Australia is going into their title defence at ICC World Cup 2019 with a reasonably talented and capable side. The return of David Warner and Steve Smith adds firepower and quality to the batting line-up. The bowling attack looks good – but for one glaring omission, that of Josh Hazlewood.The tall right-armer has been kept out of the 15-man squad as the selectors preferred the group of seamers already with the ODI team in the last couple of series. Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jhye Richardson have been retained in the team while Kane Richardson fails to make the cut also.His recordBehrendorff has 7 wickets in 6 matches at an average of over 41. The corresponding stats for Coulter-Nile and Richardson are more appealing. The former has picked up 48 wickets in 27 matches at an average of 26.56 while the latter scalped 24 victims in 12 matches at 26.33.But Hazlewood’s figures are also impressive. He has 72 wickets in 44 matches with an average of 25.15. The most impressive feature of his record is the economy rate – 4. 73 – which is brilliant by today’s standards. What’s more, his ability to extract extra bounce and move the ball both in the air and off the pitch would have come in handy in English conditions, if he was in the squad.Hazlewood’s strength Pat Cummins would be leading the Australian attack in the World CupReutersWhile Starc is going to pitch the ball up and look for his deadly yorkers, Hazlewood could have tested the batsmen’s defence by hitting the middle of the pitch. What’s more, if conditions are overcast, as they often are in England, he would have been the best option for Australia to utilize them. Even on drier pitches, he can make the ball move off the deck. Since most teams today possess batting line-ups which are adept at big-hitting but not so good at seeing out a tough spell, a man like Hazlewood who can bowl a consistent line and length, would have tested out the batsmen’s technique with great severity.In his absence, the leading bowlers would be Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. In the last World Cup, it was Starc who emerged as the most deadly wicket-taking bowler and played a pivotal role in his team’s success. Cummins has, in recent times, taken over the mantle of strike bowler thanks to his impressive showing on placid pitches in Asia.But with Hazlewood not there, the third pace bowler would be a less-experienced bowler. The opposing teams may decide to attack this third seamer. If this happens, Aaron Finch may well be left ruing the selectors’ decision.Australia’s 15-member squad: Aaron Finch (C), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampalast_img read more

Tata after Brexit To leave or to stay in Britain

first_imgThe June 23 referendum that saw Britain leave the European Union (Brexit), has also left the Indian conglomerate Tatas with increased uncertainties, said the Nikkei Asian Review.With 19 companies in the UK and businesses ranging from tea, hotels, motels, motors, software, steel and others, the Tatas now seem to be in a fix from exiting any of it, said the review.In March, the Tatas had threatened to exit its ailing steel business in the UK if the government did not intervene to negotiate sale of business and help revive stressed plants. The much awaited last week of June, expected to crystalise talks with government, however was awash with Brexit referendum.As steel venture continues to clock losses amounting to $1.33 million a day, the Brexit verdict now stands to threaten Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Automobile a 1 billion pound loss a year. JLR, another money-spinning Tata concern, is expected to take a hit from its export to other European nations.Tatas bonhomie with the British government, which runs back to the colonial days, may stand to gain with Brexit.Despite this, Nikkei noted that, the exit from the steel business or scaling down any other may not come easily as both UK-based steel and JLR collectively contribute nearly 30 percent to the total sales of Tata Group.This apart, the review emphasized that Tatas bonhomie with the British government, which run back to the colonial days, may stand to gain with Brexit. Like the British helped bootstrap many Tata companies in their nascent days, it might as well help again, it added.As UK strengthens its bonds with the commonwealth and many erstwhile colonies, beyond the boundaries set by European Union, the Tatas might again benefit.last_img read more

How Did I Leave My Child in The Car Experts Say Its

first_img Share How could a parent forget their child in the car? That is a question people ask every summer as dozens of children die in hot cars, forgotten by their parents.Eric Stuyvesant used to be one of them.“I was a keyboard warrior back in the early days of the internet and when I would hear something like this, I was brutal in any of my responses: ‘How do you forget a kid? It’s your kid. You can’t forget a kid,’ ” Stuyvesant said.Then it happened to him.In June of 2015, Stuyvesant was talking business on the phone while driving, and he forgot to drop off his 3-year-old son Michael at daycare.“You know I looked up and saw the exit I needed to get off at about a mile out, but I got engaged in a conversation in how we were going to resolve some issues and I drove right past that exit and I drove home,” Stuyvesant said.Now focused on work, he walked into the house and continued with his business. For an hour. Then fifteen minutes more. Then something shook loose in his memory: Michael.“I raced out to the car and found him. He was still with us, but he wasn’t doing well,” he said. “He was in a profuse sweat. His breath was extremely labored. His blue eyes — he had the brightest blue eyes — had started to turn gray and were rolling back in his head, and I pulled him out of the car and we ran into the house and all I could think was to take the coldest shower possible to get as much heat out of him as possible.”By the time paramedics brought Michael to the hospital, his temperature was still 104 — even after the cold shower. He would have six strokes but, ultimately, he survived.Stuyvesant still wonders, “How did I leave my child in the car?”Turns out, it’s pretty easy.Edward Golob, a psychology professor and an expert in human memory at the University of Texas at San Antonio, says people generally have too much faith in their brains.“I think people think cognition works better than it actually does,” he said. “We want to give it more credit. But perception, attention, and memory, they all have really strong limitations. They don’t work nearly as well as we think they do.”Golob said thinking your children are too important to forget is dangerous.“The kids are obviously the most important thing going on in the car, right? But other things capture our attention very easily, and attention doesn’t necessarily know what’s important,” he said. “For some things that are more dramatic — a very loud sound, for example — that will capture your attention, no problem.“But more subtle things that you need to attend to — if you’re really focused on something, if you’re feeling a little stress — you can easily make these sorts of mistakes.”In Stuyvesant’s case, he usually dropped Michael off at daycare before dropping his wife off at work. On the day of the accident, he drove his wife to work first, and he intended to drop Michael off next, but his brain wanted to go home.Golob said using this tendency to go on autopilot may help safeguard your kids.“So, for example, when I put the kids in the car or take them out of the car, I have a routine,” he said. “I walk all the way around the car and look through the windows and look at them.”Golob then talks with them, or sings “or anything to get them on your mind, so it’s recent and vivid. That’ll also make it a little harder to forget that they’re there.”Golob added other things to incorporate into a routine include leaving a purse, a briefcase, your lunch or your phone in the back seat with your children, whether the kids are in the car or not. It has to be something you always do for it to become part of the autopilot process, he said.“Just check. Even when you think they’re not there, check,” Stuyvesant said.So far, this year there have been 25 confirmed heatstroke deaths in cars in the U.S. Two of them were in Texas.Bonnie Petrie can be reached at bonnie@tpr.org or on Twitter @kbonniepetrielast_img read more

HoustonArea Man Fatally Shot Trying to Save Teen Neighbor

first_imgGood Samaritan killed trying to help teen during attempted robbery. Occurred near West Hardy/Rankin. If you have info, please call @CrimeStopHOU 713-222-8477 or 713-221-6000. #hounews https://t.co/gMMjdOoqpS— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 28, 2018 Harris County authorities say they’re seeking at least three suspects for the shooting death of a good Samaritan who tried to save a 16-year-old neighbor from being robbed at gunpoint.Sergio Bruno said the 29-year-old shooting victim, Moyses Arreguin, was like a brother to him. He said he was chatting Friday night with Arreguin, who lived a few homes away, and then was sitting on the back of his truck alone when men who had been driving on the street jumped out of their car, pulled a gun on him and demanded cash.Arreguin apparently spotted the confrontation, ran over and used a baseball bat on one of the robbers before he was shot several times.The armed attackers fled in their car.In the murder of Moyses Arreguin, we are searching for at least (3) suspects. Two are younger Hispanic males, 16-20 years old, slim built. Fled in a dark colored 4-door sedan. Will update as more information becomes available. #hounews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 29, 2018 This photo breaks my heart. Moyses Arreguin died a hero. Gunmen shot and killed the young father as he tried to protect his teenage neighbor. Those cowards remain at large. @SheriffEd_HCSO & @HCSOTexas are investigating this murder. I pray for justice -> https://t.co/9TvPNzt4Fm. pic.twitter.com/rdg3pzF0bH— Steve Campion (@SteveABC13) July 28, 2018 Last night, my 29 year old brother with 2 daughters, Moyses Arreguin was shot in the back and killed. He stood up to a man who was aiming a gun to a 16 year old kid. He saved the boy’s life but another man came and shot my brother. PLEASE SHARE THIS! #JUSTICEFORMOYSES pic.twitter.com/ableDvrHB4— arturo cervantes (@artcerv) July 28, 2018 NEW FOOTAGE: Tragic video shows moments before good Samaritan shot and killed while saving neighbor #HOUNewshttps://t.co/hXGoKwxHRR— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) July 28, 2018 Share “If you could choose your neighbor, you’d choose him.” That’s his family, friends describe 28YO Moyses Arreguín who was shot, killed protecting 16YO teen neighbor from armed robbers last night. @HCSOTexas investigating the death of the husband and father of 2 little girls #khou11 pic.twitter.com/yySYwvSqBR— Melissa Correa (@MCorreaKHOU) July 28, 2018last_img read more

After 2 Painful Years Elijah Cummings Will Be More Powerful

first_imgBy BEN TERRIS, The Washington PostWASHINGTON (AP) — When the word of the Lord came to Elijah, it arrived on a slip of paper tucked in a stranger’s bra.In 2017, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings had been laid up in a Johns Hopkins hospital bed for two months, crippled by pain after a difficult recovery from a heart valve replacement, when an interloper came bursting through the door, calling his name.“She reaches into her bosom and pulls out a note,” Cummings said recently. “She says, ‘The Lord has been waking me all night. … It was so important I thought I’d write it down. It says: He don’t mean you no harm, he’s just trying to get your attention. He wants you to know he ain’t finished with you yet.’”In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., poses in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Cummings endured two painful years. Soon he’ll be more powerful than ever. He is the soon-to-be chairman of the House Committee on Oversight. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via AP)Cummings, 67, recalled this story in an interview from his district office in Baltimore. His head: freshly shaved. His eyes: puffy. His large hands: swollen by gout. He wore big-platformed Velcro sneakers, which he had been shuffling around in all day with the help of a walker.If God was trying to get his attention, he wasn’t being subtle about it.This month, Democrats triumphed in elections across the country, winning back the House of Representatives. In doing so, Cummings returns to Congress hobbled physically but more powerful than ever. Armed with a gavel and subpoenas, he is the soon-to-be chairman of the House Committee on Oversight.For Cummings, this is the culmination of two years riddled with painful moments, some beyond his control and others that he walked into himself. He’d tried to work with President Trump only to have it blow up in his face. He’d been ignored by his Republican colleagues on the committee time and again. And he just couldn’t seem to stay out of the hospital.With a healthy heart, and in control, Cummings has limitless possible targets: hush money paid to a porn star on Trump’s behalf, citizenship questions on the census, security clearances revoked from the president’s critics, and dozens of other oh-yeah-remember-thats that slipped out of the churning news cycle unanswered.The difficulty won’t be finding things to look into. It will be figuring out what’s worth looking into. Cummings knows by now the risks that come with opening wounds voluntarily. After he recovered from heart surgery, he checked back into the hospital for another procedure — this time on his knee. But something went wrong. The knee got infected, and Cummings spent another three months at Hopkins.He emerged more aware than ever that there’s only a finite amount of time in this world.It will be up to him to make the best use of it.“Elijah Cummings was in my office,” Donald Trump told the New York Times in April of 2017.“And he said, ‘You will go down as one of the great presidents in the history of our country.’”It’s a prophecy that Cummings said he never actually offered, and one that, if he does his job well as Oversight Committee chairman, will almost certainly not come true.But early in Trump’s presidency, while many Democrats were angst-ridden, Cummings believed there was an opportunity for some good to come of it. He attended the inauguration and chatted with the president at the luncheon afterward about the need to lower prescription drug prices, an issue he’d long championed.“These drug companies are getting away with murder,” Cummings said the president told him.“We’ve got to do something about this.”Later, Cummings accepted an invitation to the Oval Office to discuss a bill he co-authored that would do just that, and he was heartened by Trump’s continued enthusiasm.As Cummings recalls, he offered the president advice: If you stop working to divide the country and work on issues that can unite them, then you could go down in history as a great president.He honestly believed it.The president had his base locked up no matter what, if Trump really believed shooting someone on Fifth Avenue wouldn’t make them stray, so then what would the risk be to work with Democrats? He used to be a Democrat, a little voice kept reminding Cummings.“Perhaps if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have had a lot of hope,” Cummings said.“He is a man who quite often calls the truth a lie and calls a lie the truth.”A week after their meeting, Trump called Cummings to let him know he hadn’t forgotten about the issue and still planned to take action on it. Cummings never heard from Trump again.Does Cummings’s belief that he could work with Trump make him unbelievably naive or a man of unshakable faith?Cummings grew up in Baltimore the son of two former sharecroppers from South Carolina who moved to Baltimore and became preachers. He didn’t learn to dance until prom because his parents thought it was a sin. He still doesn’t know how to play cards.And it was his parents who drove him into public service, his own form of ministry. He rarely gives a speech without mentioning his mother and how she used to soak her feet in epsom salts, singing her prayers, each night after cleaning houses. When his father died of a heart attack, shortly after giving a sermon at a women’s detention center, Cummings arrived at the morgue to sort through his belongings. He found in his father’s wallet a note that Cummings had written him years earlier, folded and refolded so many times over the years that it had holes in the paper.“Did you know that you’re my hero, and everything I’d like to be,” the note said, quoting the song made popular by Bette Midler. “I can fly higher than an eagle because you are the wind beneath my wings.”Cummings’s spirituality can border on hokey like that, certainly earnest in a way that most politicians are not.At an election night watch party this year, he quoted a Garth Brooks song (“This ain’t comin’ from no prophet, just an ordinary man”). His eyes well up when he talks about his favorite musical, “The Lion King.” He meditates before each committee hearing, he said, picturing himself running down a long road, people in need of his help alongside him.There have been stumbles. Early in Cummings’s political career, he faced financial strains. According to a 1999 Baltimore Sun article, he owed more than $30,000 to the IRS (which he paid), and five times creditors took him to court to get him to pay $24,000 in overdue debts.Cummings told the paper he lacked money partially because of a major surgery that drained his bank account and because he helped support three children: a daughter he had with his then-estranged wife and two children he had with other women.“I have a moral conscience that is real central,” Cummings told the Sun then. “I didn’t ask the federal government or anyone else to do me any favors.”He remarried in 2008 (his second wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a policy consultant, withdrew a bid for Maryland governor while Elijah was in the hospital). He has lived in the same inner-city house for three decades and, before serving 22 years in Congress, spent 14 years in the Maryland House of Delegates.He learned his moral code in the pews and, perhaps equally important for someone going into politics, he learned the art of public speaking there, too. The first testimony he remembers giving in front of the congregation was thanking God for the integration of a local pool, which came after numerous marches where he was beaten by segregationists. He couldn’t have been more than 9.He used to run home from Sunday church service to lie on the floor and listen to Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches on his transistor radio. He’s been thinking a lot about one of them.It was on the “interruptions of life.”“What he was saying was, don’t let yourself get distracted because you may never get back to what you were doing,” Cummings said. After two years of Twitter tantrums from the president, wild news conferences, attacks on the media, and other smokescreens, the lesson, Cummings said, is clear.“Trump, apparently was listening to Martin Luther King,” he said.The president, he said, certainly knows the power of a good distraction.Another excerpt from the Book of Elijah:“We’re in a storm,” he said from his office atop Capitol Hill. “And it’s a rough one. It’s not a question of whether the storm will end but when it will end. How much of our democracy will be saved?”Cummings had just finished his first Oversight Committee hearing since election night, one of his last as ranking member. For six years, he has sat beside the chairman, just out of reach of real power. He’s had his microphone cut off by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). He was told he could not put a woman on a panel about contraceptives. In the past two years, he has had 64 subpoena requests ignored by Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.The storm has been raging. But now Cummings can do something about it,“I’m going to try and make people realize that in order to live the life they are living,” he said, “they need to have democracy, and it’s being threatened.”He’s no longer asking for answers; he’s demanding. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Trump administration will comply. Its officials have been known to be difficult, sometimes even with fellow Republicans.“I sent letters and subpoenas to the Trump administration and got no response,” Jason Chaffetz, the Oversight Committee’s Republican former chairman told The Post this month. “I was stymied every step of the way. What makes you think Elijah Cummings will get a response?”Cummings admits this is a concern.He also knows that his best bet to get anything done is to be focused, not to, as he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” hand out subpoenas “like somebody’s handing out candy on Halloween.”Cummings has been on the other side of high-profile hearings that felt to him like a sham.There was Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms andExplosives program that tried to track illegal weapons sales. He was the ranking member of the Select Committee on Benghazi, a Republican-led effort to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.Those investigations were derided by Democrats as politically motivated and, of course,Republicans will say the same about anything Cummings decides to investigateCummings says he wants to be judicious, but is that possible? How do you not try to peek at Trump’s tax returns, or figure out who exactly has been staying at Trump International Hotel in Washington, or determine how former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was able to get away with buying so many first-class airline tickets on taxpayers’ dime?“I can’t imagine anyone better qualified and more passionate about oversight than Elijah,” Gowdy said in an interview.But, even if Cummings is open and transparent and does everything by the book, there’s at least one Republican who won’t see it that way.“If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified information, and much else, at the Senate level,” Trump tweeted recently. “Two can play that game!”Is it possible that Democrats are getting carried away? Can Cummings really be the hero they need to stand up to Trump? After all, Cummings may want to maintain the moral high ground, but is that even possible in a fight with the president? Is it the best way to win — to bring a Bible to a knife fight?Leana Wen, the new president of Planned Parenthood, said it’s not for her to say, necessarily, but she knows a fighter when she sees one. She worked with Cummings during her time as the Baltimore health commissioner. She loved him so much she named her first child after him.“When he was in the hospital, I tried not to think … about what could happen,” she said. “As a physician, I know a lot about the worst-case scenarios because I’ve seen it.”The day she saw him for the first time out of the hospital, he looked and tired. She told him it was good to see him.“He said, ‘It’s good to be seen and not viewed, if you know what I mean,’” she recalled. “To me, that meant he was back.”Cummings tends to downplay his time in the hospital. It was just a little shortness of breath. Then a simple heart procedure that should have him home within three days. Then a gout flare-up and rehabilitation to gain back muscles lost from weeks unable to move.Yes, it was excruciatingly painful, he’ll say. But, no, he never really thought his life was in danger. He was always itching to get back.“If he were to slow down too much,” his younger brother James Cummings said, “it would probably kill him.”In that case, the next two years may be the healthiest of Elijah Cummings’s life.___Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.comlast_img read more

UK garden bird avian pox virus spreading

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. U.S. to increase wild bird avian flu tests A team at the Zoological Society of London, led by Dr. Becki Lawson, is tracking an increased spread of an avian pox virus that is rapidly moving through the UK and affecting the great tits. Researchers are asking the public to help them track the spread of this virus. The virus was first discovered in the UK in 2006 but before then had been confined to birds in Austria, Czech Republic, Scandinavia and Slovakia. Until this year, the virus had stayed contained to south-east England but is now spreading to the north and west.Avian pox causes wart-like tumor growths on the birds, predominately around the eyes and beaks. Researchers do not know if the tumors are fatal or not but they do affect the bird’s ability to see and eat, leaving them more vulnerable to predators and starvation.Avian pox can be transmitted via insect bites, direct contact with other birds or indirect contact in places where multiple birds frequent, such as bird feeders, bird baths and garden perches. The researchers explain that the virus can remain in the environment for weeks or months.They are recommending that homeowners with bird baths and feeders keep them disinfected on a regular basis in order to try and reduce the spread of the virus. They are unable to give medicine to free-range birds and are hoping to find a way to prevent the transmission.Avian pox has also been noted in birds such as the dunnock, house sparrow, starling and wood pigeon however, it seems to affect these birds in a much milder form than it does the great tits.The RSPB has asked that residents report possible sightings of birds displaying symptoms of the avian pox to the RSPB Wildlife Enquiries Unit at 01767 693690. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: UK garden bird avian pox virus spreading (2011, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-uk-garden-bird-avian-pox.htmllast_img read more

No Big Bang Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

first_img Theorists apply loop quantum gravity theory to black hole This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Ahmed Farag Ali and Saurya Das. “Cosmology from quantum potential.” Physics Letters B. Volume 741, 4 February 2015, Pages 276–279. DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2014.12.057. Also at: arXiv:1404.3093[gr-qc].Saurya Das and Rajat K. Bhaduri, “Dark matter and dark energy from Bose-Einstein condensate”, preprint: arXiv:1411.0753[gr-qc]. © 2015 Phys.org Citation: No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning (2015, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-big-quantum-equation-universe.html No singularities nor dark stuffIn addition to not predicting a Big Bang singularity, the new model does not predict a “big crunch” singularity, either. In general relativity, one possible fate of the universe is that it starts to shrink until it collapses in on itself in a big crunch and becomes an infinitely dense point once again. Ali and Das explain in their paper that their model avoids singularities because of a key difference between classical geodesics and Bohmian trajectories. Classical geodesics eventually cross each other, and the points at which they converge are singularities. In contrast, Bohmian trajectories never cross each other, so singularities do not appear in the equations.In cosmological terms, the scientists explain that the quantum corrections can be thought of as a cosmological constant term (without the need for dark energy) and a radiation term. These terms keep the universe at a finite size, and therefore give it an infinite age. The terms also make predictions that agree closely with current observations of the cosmological constant and density of the universe.New gravity particleIn physical terms, the model describes the universe as being filled with a quantum fluid. The scientists propose that this fluid might be composed of gravitons—hypothetical massless particles that mediate the force of gravity. If they exist, gravitons are thought to play a key role in a theory of quantum gravity.In a related paper, Das and another collaborator, Rajat Bhaduri of McMaster University, Canada, have lent further credence to this model. They show that gravitons can form a Bose-Einstein condensate (named after Einstein and another Indian physicist, Satyendranath Bose) at temperatures that were present in the universe at all epochs. Motivated by the model’s potential to resolve the Big Bang singularity and account for dark matter and dark energy, the physicists plan to analyze their model more rigorously in the future. Their future work includes redoing their study while taking into account small inhomogeneous and anisotropic perturbations, but they do not expect small perturbations to significantly affect the results.”It is satisfying to note that such straightforward corrections can potentially resolve so many issues at once,” Das said. (Phys.org) —The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once. Explore further The widely accepted age of the universe, as estimated by general relativity, is 13.8 billion years. In the beginning, everything in existence is thought to have occupied a single infinitely dense point, or singularity. Only after this point began to expand in a “Big Bang” did the universe officially begin.Although the Big Bang singularity arises directly and unavoidably from the mathematics of general relativity, some scientists see it as problematic because the math can explain only what happened immediately after—not at or before—the singularity. “The Big Bang singularity is the most serious problem of general relativity because the laws of physics appear to break down there,” Ahmed Farag Ali at Benha University and the Zewail City of Science and Technology, both in Egypt, told Phys.org.Ali and coauthor Saurya Das at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, have shown in a paper published in Physics Letters B that the Big Bang singularity can be resolved by their new model in which the universe has no beginning and no end. Old ideas revisitedThe physicists emphasize that their quantum correction terms are not applied ad hoc in an attempt to specifically eliminate the Big Bang singularity. Their work is based on ideas by the theoretical physicist David Bohm, who is also known for his contributions to the philosophy of physics. Starting in the 1950s, Bohm explored replacing classical geodesics (the shortest path between two points on a curved surface) with quantum trajectories. In their paper, Ali and Das applied these Bohmian trajectories to an equation developed in the 1950s by physicist Amal Kumar Raychaudhuri at Presidency University in Kolkata, India. Raychaudhuri was also Das’s teacher when he was an undergraduate student of that institution in the ’90s. Using the quantum-corrected Raychaudhuri equation, Ali and Das derived quantum-corrected Friedmann equations, which describe the expansion and evolution of universe (including the Big Bang) within the context of general relativity. Although it’s not a true theory of quantum gravity, the model does contain elements from both quantum theory and general relativity. Ali and Das also expect their results to hold even if and when a full theory of quantum gravity is formulated. Journal information: Physics Letters B This is an artist’s concept of the metric expansion of space, where space (including hypothetical non-observable portions of the universe) is represented at each time by the circular sections. Note on the left the dramatic expansion (not to scale) occurring in the inflationary epoch, and at the center the expansion acceleration. The scheme is decorated with WMAP images on the left and with the representation of stars at the appropriate level of development. Credit: NASAlast_img read more

Dildar murder Cops arrest 4 BJP workers

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested four BJP workers in connection with the murder of Trinamool Congress worker Sheikh Dildar, who was shot dead on Monday during a ruckus that broke out over filing of nominations at Suri in Birbhum. Police arrested all four of them, after preliminary investigation revealed their involvement in the incident.The investigating officers came to know about their involvement in the incident, after speaking to some of the local people who had witnessed the chaos, in which several houses were damaged and some were even set on fire at Suri I block of Birbhum. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsActing on a tip off, police conducted a raid at Koridha in Suri and arrested Sheikh Safiul, Gautam Kora, Bablu Sheikh and Asit Sarkar. All four were produced before the court and they were remanded in custody of police for seven days. Police came to know from local people that all four were BJP workers.Sources said that police will try to know from them about others who are suspected to be involved in the incident. It may be recalled that senior Trinamool Congress leader and the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim had said that BJP had brought in miscreants from the neighbouring state of Jharkhand, to foment trouble in the state ahead of the Panchayat polls. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe had said that the group of criminals that had created the chaos at Suri on Monday, which claimed the life of Dildar, was also behind the incidents at Mohammad Bazar and Nalhati. The police are trying to get hold of the “outsiders”, who were behind the Suri incident.The victim’s father had lodged a complaint with the police in this connection and the investigating officers spoke to the victim’s family members and friends to probe into the incident.The police are in search of the other accused who were involved in the incident and they are also speaking to the people who had seen the miscreants approaching the spot.last_img read more

How Often is Too Often to Send Client Updates

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Clients want to feel in control. If they need information, they don’t want to go trawling through a website to find it. They want direct contact with their business partners and a swift and relevant response.Yet too many companies today let their clients down when it comes to communication. Only 29 percent of B2B customers feel engaged with their partners. And a low engagement rate can have dramatic consequences, as disconnected customers are liable to take their business elsewhere.While it might sound like notification hell, sharing information frequently with clients and empowering them to correspond with you at any time will keep them from feeling left in the dark.Related: How to Finesse Your Relationship With the 10 Types of Clients Everyone GetsAny company that values learning and teaching as much as doing needs a responsive, agile communications strategy to avoid wasting time and money. Sending notifications that “everything is fine” can be annoying for both clients and your staff. But in some situations, more frequent, personalized updates that offer real insights — and the ability to respond — will instill greater confidence in your company.You can gauge your clients’ desired level of outreach according to their specific needs. Keeping them updated on their projects is easy when you use the right tools. Here are three scenarios in which circumstances dictate the type and frequency of client communication. You’ll also see a few types of resources I use to ensure my own company hits the mark.1. You’re struck by disaster.When disaster strikes or websites go down, clients need to know what you’re doing to resolve the problem. Paying clients don’t like to hear about your worst-case scenario. Whether a line of code took down your online platform or a customer-service response offended a core audience group, you must be immediately accessible to your client. It conveys reassurance and can help make this doomsday event a distant memory.Slack is the heartbeat of our projects for a good reason: True emergencies should be dealt with immediately. When tricky situations can’t be misinterpreted or ignored, we invite clients to continue the conversation by joining our Slack channels. This allows us to put out small fires on a regular basis and provide answers to their questions in real time.Clients can Slack us as often as they’d like because all relevant data is always on offer. When a channel gets too noisy, we set up another room to filter relevant responses. Other companies are embracing this platform, too. Digital security startup Clef launched a Slack community to give engineers easy access to customers, and there are now 2.3 million daily active users across the Slack platform. As more companies adopt this technology, its’s easy to predict that clients soon will demand the same level of responsiveness from all partners.Related: When Digital Meets Culture, Entrepreneurs Learn to Adapt2. Your client wants to be updated at every stage of a project.Share your progress with robust status updates. One of our clients never before had been involved  in software development. Understandably, he wanted to know about every step we took. We sent him push notifications, code reports, and even log reports so he could better understand his project. It changed his whole view of how to work with a development team.The process taught him how seemingly innocuous requests to change the code could wreak havoc on the testing timeline. He also appreciated how the knowledge he gained from his deep involvement helped him maximize the development cycle and raise a new round of capital for expansion.Automated notifications are a must for companies trying to stay responsive. A growing number of businesses testing a product or seeking to increase adoption are catching on to the benefits of automated push notifications. With a read rate of up to 97 percent, push notifications provide in-depth information in just a few lines of text. And no one on your team has to do anything to send them.  Software provider Jobstream Group sends automated notifications via Zapier and Slack. We use existing integrations, too, but sometimes build our own. By integrating gamification, our system tells us which teammate committed the code and exactly when and how many lines were committed. An automatic score indicates how the code tested and how quickly it can be incorporated.3. Your client demands attention in every situation.Your client is telling you he or she wants to be part of the process, seeing changes as they’re implemented. Such detail-oriented clients want their hands in the guts of the operation. This requires instantaneous and responsive communication as well as email updates when you reach key milestones.Email responders are essential feedback loops that work best for status updates. In addition to giving our clients a heads-up on progress and any information needed to continue, we ask simple questions. This approach not only ensures that clients read our message but also allows us to stay engaged and responsive to their needs.We don’t send autoresponder messages every hour, on the hour. Each project has predetermined phases that merit emails detailing shifting personnel, our schedule, and what our clients should expect next. We also send daily and weekly status updates to maintain visibility. We’ve learned consistency is another key to maintaining relationships.Related: 6 Amazing Apps to Increase Business ProductivityIn today’s hyper-responsive business environment, providing high-quality service requires equally high-quality communication. Don’t leave clients to cope with perceived problems on their own. Instead, give them a green light to participate in the process and check in as often as needed to make sure they feel satisfied, comfortable, and engaged with you and your company. July 1, 2016 Enroll Now for Free 6 min readlast_img read more

Heres who you should be selling Fort Myers Sanibel to

first_img Share Tags: Fort Myers, Shelling Cindy Sosroutomo Here’s who you should be selling Fort Myers & Sanibel to About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 Friday, March 29, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — There’s a curious phenomenon known as the ‘Sanibel Stoop’ that causes visitors and locals in The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel to stoop over at any given moment.What is this mysterious affliction attributed to? Shelling, one of the destination’s top tourist draws, is so prevalent and popular that people can be seen in a constant stooped state in search of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind shells.The ‘Sanibel Stoop’Of course, shelling is just one of many reasons to visit this beachside destination, says Jackie Parker, Communications Manager at the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, who spoke exclusively with Travelweek. Located just 35 miles north of Naples and 150 miles from St. Petes/Clearwater, Fort Myers & Sanibel has gained a sizeable Canadian following (about 250,000 each year) for its ‘Old Florida’ charm, its 50 miles of coastline and its incredible natural scenery and wildlife.“Over 250,000 Canadians arrive each year, with winter being the most popular time to come,” says Parker. “If you compared the way the destination looks now with how it did 20 years ago, it would look the same, thanks to the fact that three-quarters of the island is protected land.”This is great news for nature lovers and leisure travellers looking for a laidback destination where “your breathing slows down, your shoulders relax and where you can totally unplug,” adds Parker. And being just a three-hour drive from Orlando’s theme parks, Fort Myers & Sanibel is a great add-on to any family getaway.Here are the latest updates and the destination’s top selling points:Beaches are open! Though last year’s red tides wreaked havoc along Florida’s coast, Fort Myers & Sanibel’s beaches are officially open and its waters are safe to swim in. Visitors can view current beach conditions via webcams on FortMyers-Sanibel.com.It’s easily accessible. Direct flights from Canada to Southwest Florida International Airport are available with WestJet (from Toronto and Ottawa) and Air Canada (from Toronto and Montreal).It’s got an island. Sanibel is a barrier island that’s so shallow, “you can walk a good ¼ mile out into the water,” says Parker. It’s accessible via the Sanibel Causeway bridge, which costs US$6 one way to cross.Wildlife is abundant. There are 6,400 preserved acres on Sanibel that make up one of the largest mangrove wildernesses in the U.S. Suggest the ‘Wildlife Drive’ from where clients can spot birds and alligators.You won’t find shells like these anywhere else. Local beaches, especially on Sanibel and Captiva, offer the best shelling in the United States, if not the world. The rarest of shells is the Junonia – find it for some major bragging rights! Also, don’t miss the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaIt’s a great place for families. Aside from shelling and incredible beaches, many local attractions offer kid-friendly activities. At CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife), kids can help ‘diagnose’ injured animals such as turtles and birds. Kids will also love kayaking in Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, and hiking at Caloosahatchee Regional Park, not to mention canoeing and bird watching at J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge.It’s got a vibrant music scene. Each year in September, Fort Myers & Sanibel hosts the Island Hoppers Songwriting Fest, now in its 6th Taking place from Sept. 20-29, the event welcomes more than 70 musical acts on Captiva Island, Downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach. Guests are then encouraged to ‘hop’ from island to island!It was Thomas Edison’s favourite winter hangout. Thomas Edison first came to Fort Myers in 1885 and loved it so much he purchased more than 13 acres along the Caloosahatchee River. He returned with his wife in 1886 and spent the next 60 years returning to their winter retreat. Visitors can explore the Edison family home, now a historic home, which includes original furnishings.New hotel alert! Upon its grand opening on Aug. 6, 2020, the Luminary Hotel is set to be a game-changer in Fort Myers in the MICE market. The 12-storey hotel in downtown Fort Myers has already booked its first convention for two months following its opening date.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upFor more information on The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, go to https://www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/. Posted bylast_img read more

House panel approves Rep Sheppard bill to support Michigan farmers

first_img Categories: Sheppard News 28Apr House panel approves Rep. Sheppard bill to support Michigan farmers Legislation gives preference to biobased products for state purchasesA bill introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard to ensure the state is supporting Michigan farmers was approved today by the House Committee on Agriculture.House Bill 4850 adds products certified as biobased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the list of items given preference when purchased for state government, if all other factors are equal. Biobased products are already given preference in the 2015-16 budget, and HB 4850 will codify the practice into law.“Purchasing biobased products helps support Michigan farmers who produce crops like soybeans and corn,” said Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance. “In addition, biobased products are environmentally friendly because they are produced with renewable resources.”#####last_img read more

Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus has added five ne

first_imgRussian pay TV operator NTV Plus has added five new channels to its line-up.Youth channel 2X2 airs edgy series from the US, Europe and Asia, including Family Guy, South Park and The Simpsons.Music channel Europe Plus TV is a joint venture between Russia’s European Broadcasting Media Group and thematic channels distributor Red Media. It airs pop and chart music videos and programming from Russian and European artists.Healthy lifestyle channel Live! airs yoga, dance and aerobics classes, while educational channels Education and First Education offer arts and science programmes.last_img read more

International fashion and entertainment channel Fa

first_imgInternational fashion and entertainment channel Fashion One has launched on Polish cable operator Inea’s network.The channel offers lifestyle news, celebrity profiles, holiday programmes and red carpet events.“We are excited to launch Fashion One with our valued partner, Inea, and provide contemporary viewers with quality programming that plays prominence to female-driven content in Poznan, Poland. Fashion One’s fashion related stylish variety content will definitely indulge the mind and senses of today’s cosmopolitan urbanites and be their choice of entertainment,” said Ashley Jordan, CEO, Fashion One.last_img read more