Redwoods mega signing adds 10

first_imgThe College of the Redwoods softball team held its largest single-day signing event in program history as 10 local players, all currently seniors in high school, committed to play softball at the college.Fortuna High’s Paige Johnson; Eureka’s Briana Graham, Raime Young, Karyn Jensen, and Sadie Wilkinson; McKinleyville’s Jaycee Morais, Grace Rosebrook, McKenna Turner and McKenzie Gonsalves; and Del Norte’s Laycee Coopman all signed letters of commitment at the college Monday afternoon.“I’ve …last_img read more

Sharks’ Joe Thornton enjoying larger role: “I think I can handle the workload”

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton’s one-punch altercation with Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek earlier this month — and his verbal jabs on the bench at Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals a few days earlier — made the rounds on social media and no doubt lifted the spirits of his teammates.What’s been just as enjoyable from the Sharks perspective in recent days is seeing Thornton recapture some of his old playmaking form.Going into Tuesday’s game with the Arizona Coyotes, Thornton, playing with …last_img read more

Aquariums in Cape Town and Durban: a blue delight for all

first_imgMarine Month is the perfect time for a visit to the aquarium, where sea creatures and humans meet. The two biggest in South Africa are the uShaka Marine World in Durban and the Two Aquarium in Cape Town.        Old and young alike are fascinated by aquariums. (Image: uShaka Marine World, Facebook, reposted from Allyzahra Dinath)Compiled by Priya PitamberIt is easy for a grown-up to capture the wonder of a kid again when they visit an aquarium, where the otherworldly sea creatures open their minds to adventure and discovery.South Africa’s main coastal cities of Durban and Cape Town house the country’s two largest aquariums, the uShaka Marine World and Two Oceans Aquarium, respectively. Both are immensely delightful to young and old alike.Make the most of the last week of Marine Month to visit these water treasures.Two Oceans AquariumLocated at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Two Oceans Aquarium opened its doors in November 1995.Today, it is recognised as one of the top tourist attractions in the Mother City, reads its website.Through its various exhibits, education and conservation programmes, it has become integral in increasing environmental awareness.There is a lot to see at the Two Oceans: it houses more than 3 000 living sea animals, including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins.It also has an ethereal kelp forest and an exhilarating predator exhibit.WatchSee images of some of the amazing specimens at the aquarium:        (Image: Priya Pitamber)        (Image: Priya Pitamber)        (Image: Priya Pitamber)        (Image: Priya Pitamber)uShaka Marine WorldSpanning more than 16 hectares of prime beachfront, it is easy to understand why uShaka Marine World is the biggest theme park in Africa and the fifth-largest aquarium in the world.There is a lot for visitors to do: wild water rides, visit the aquarium, watch the dolphin shows, or eat and shop.There is also a recreation of a 1920s ship wreck.Watch:See some of the amazing activities at the aquarium:        (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)        (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)       (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more

Increasing rural access to broadband Internet in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While the majority of Ohioans have access to fast, reliable broadband internet service in their homes, some 1 million others do not, said an analyst with the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University.“This unserved population largely lives in less populated rural regions of the state where it is prohibitively expensive for internet service providers to extend service,” said Mark Partridge, chair of the Swank program and professor in Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. The Swank program, housed in the department, conducts research, teaching and outreach within CFAES.A recent report released by researchers with the Swank program says there is a strong economic benefit for Ohio to invest in expanding broadband coverage to unserved areas.Broadband Internet services are those that meet the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum speeds of 25 megabits per second for downloading and 3 megabits per second for uploading. As it now stands, the worst Internet speeds are in rural areas in 29 states, including Ohio, according to a 2016 FCC report.“Significant economic benefits are produced when households are able to access a broader range of products and services at lower prices,” Partridge writes. “Based on economists’ estimates of the average consumer benefit of broadband access between $1,500 to $2,200 per year, we conservatively estimate that reaching full broadband coverage today would generate between $1 billion and $2 billion in economic benefits over the next 15 years.”This, as the federal government last month allocated $50 billion to rural infrastructure. The allocation will allow states, including Ohio, to spend as much as 100 percent of that funding on improving rural broadband access, according to a White House news release.The Swank report says bridging the digital divide and extending access to underserved areas of Ohio will likely require a focused state effort, including:Establishing a state broadband office to coordinate the many state agencies that contribute to broadband utilization and expansion.Adopting a state “dig once” policy to leverage non-broadband infrastructure projects and reduce the costs of broadband expansion.Strengthening public-private partnerships so that public infrastructure can be effectively used to expand broadband access without creating anti-competitive conditions.Establishing a broadband investment fund to finance infrastructure required to reach unserved populations.Promoting the development of local government policies that facilitate last-mile broadband provisions.The 2017 analysis, Connecting the Dots of Ohio’s Broadband Policy, is 30 pages and available to download free at go.osu.edu/ConnectingTheDots.last_img read more

Facebook Ad Terms Prevent Dirty Dealings with Virtual Goods

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mike melanson Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#news#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Online advertising can, at times, be downright villainous. We’ve all fallen victim to the misleading “X” that opened up more windows instead of closing the one, or lured by ads that seemed to know all our personal information. But today, Facebook released a new set of terms for ad and offer networks that looks to help prevent dishonest advertising.David Swain, a spokesperson for Facebook, said that the new terms are meant to create more accountability and faster enforcement when things run afoul.The terms are in addition to the already existing, so-called “Facebook Policies,” to which the ad and offer networks are already held.What’s New?In today’s release of “Platform Terms for Advertising Providers”, we see a common theme – accountability and protection for the user. Within the seven new term items, companies are required to keep open lines of communication with Facebook, provide “a clear and conspicuous method for a user to make a complaint” and “provide to Facebook the names, email addresses, and business addresses of all operators and employees of the ad provider.”Overall, the terms appear to make a number of connections and communication channels and hold ad providers responsible, which is something we certainly won’t complain about. They prevent back-dealing and information swapping, especially for companies that run both ad networks and Facebook applications, and require companies to operate transparently. The terms also look to prevent companies from duping Facebook by using IP filtering to show different content to Facebook employees than other users might see. Keeping Relationships Above BoardIt also looks like Facebook is trying to avoid a repeat of past issues with advertisers, especially an instance in December, when a health insurance lobbying group reportedly paid Facebook users in virtual, “in-game” currency to send a letter opposing health-care reform legislation to their Congressional representative. The fourth term reads as follows: If the ad provider owns or operates an application on Facebook Platform, the ad provider may not make customer support contingent upon using such an application or require a user to share information with the application, and will not use any data it receives through operation of the application to tailor content (such as serving advertisements through an ad network).This term seems to address that sort of situation directly, something we strongly agree with. Using the more addictive qualities of Farmville and the like should not create influence over political outcomes. What we’re saying is, an addict’s desire for virtual corn should not be for sale, especially in ways that force people to act and potentially cause real change in the world.It is illegal to buy votes and it should be for companies to trade virtual corn for letters to congressman. We hope these terms help ensure that simple idea.While Zynga was not implicated in the December debacle, we asked how it saw this term affecting its business practices, if at all. Zynga is, after all, the exact type of company described in the clause. We did not receive a response by press time.On a less sinister note, this also seems to prohibit ads using friends pictures and other data collected from applications. While Swain reminded us that Facebook had already “prohibited user data [from] showing up in third-party ads,” we hope that these new terms keep that a reality. In the end, the number of ways that Facebook tries to hold companies accountable is substantial and we hope that we never seeing an ad for a date with our mother ever again. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Odisha set to introspect post-disaster communication

first_imgCyclone Fani: Proposal to train self-help groups Puri remained cut-off for 48 hours after cyclone Fani made landfall in the district on May 3 and the State control room was not able to establish regular communication with the district headquarters, resulting in utter confusion in relief and rescue operations.Experts now blame it on breakdown of post-disaster communication while the State disaster managers are all set to introspect how it failed for the first time since Super Cyclone in 1999.Two teams of HAM radio operators from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal came to the rescue of the State which takes a lot of pride for its pioneering efforts in disaster management. HAM radio was the chief mode of communication for the first several hours.Expert opinion“When disaster comes, communication becomes the first casualty. Communications are of two types – terrestrial and satellite-based. Telephone, FAX, HAM radio and VHF are part of terrestrial communication which requires infrastructure – tower for mobile phones, cable for land phones and antenna for VHF or HAM radios. For satellite communications, handheld phone is enough as it does not depend on terrestrial facilities such as power, tower and antenna,” said an expert.Also Read  For a brief period, the State control room was able to talk to Suresh Mohapatra, State Forest and Environment Secretary, who was stationed in Puri, over satellite phone. But the communication could not be carried on. A messenger had to be sent physically on May 5 to Puri to find out the status. Even the Odisha State Wide Area Network (OSWAN), which was set up to connect the State with 30 district headquarters and 284 block headquarters and 61 horizontal offices through data, video and voice communications also failed.The VHF communication being used by the police administration had very limited reach during the disaster.The expert emphasised that the disaster communication should have been multi-layered – if one fails, there should be an alternative channel to fall back upon.“The State did not have any problem with pre-disaster communications. But, when it came to post-disaster communication, it faltered especially after Fani struck the State,” he said.Asked about the failure of communication, State Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi admitted “there was temporary failure in establishing communication with the Puri district administration.”“We have to think of having fail-safe communication after the disaster.”last_img read more

Perlas embracing tough challenge at Fiba Asia Women’s Cup

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson breaks skid, stops Power Smashers for first win Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo from FibaAsia.comThe odds are stacked against the Philippine women’s national basketball team heading into the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup after being drawn in the same group with tournament favorites Japan and Australia.But more than facing a daunting task, Perlas Pilipinas coach Pat Aquino feels facing the top teams in Asia and Oceania is a big challenge that the team should embrace.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “It’s the way to level up. The only thing that can happen to us is to go up. It’s a challenge for us to compete with that kind of level,” Aquino told reporters during the PSA Forum Tuesday.Japan is a two-time Asian champion and will be led by 6-foot-3 forward Ramu Tokashiki, who is currently playing for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAustralia, on the other hand, will be bannered by four WNBA players in Marianna Tolo, Katie-Rae Ebzery, Tessa Lavey and Laura Hodges.The Philippines, which is now ranked fifth in Asia, had a historic Fiba Asia stint two years ago after finally cracking Level I. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Aquino said this year’s team is not much different from the previous.Making up the PH team, which is also in the same group as South Korea, are Allana Lim, Afril Bernardino, Raisa Palmera-Dy, Camille Sambile, Claire CastroRounding out the team are Andrea Tongco, Janine Pontejos, Chack Cabinbin, Cindy Resultay, Jack Animam, Gemma Miranda and Amby Almazan.The Fiba Asia Cup is set on July 23-29 in Bangalore, India.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Meliá Hotels International enters Bangkok

first_imgMeliá Hotels International has announced the signing of Meliá Bangkok, marking the group’s first property in Bangkok and second overall in the country. This new hotel forms part of Meliá’s strategic focus on international growth.The new agreement with Asset World (TCCAW), a member of TCC Group, provides a significant boost to Meliá’s growth and expansion in Asia. Meliá Bangkok, located in the vibrant Sukhumvit district, is another milestone in Meliá’s long-term partnership with TCC Group.“It gives us [Meliá] great confidence to partner with Asset World to launch the Meliá brand in a thriving destination such as Bangkok,” said Bernardo Cabot Estarellas, Senior VP Asia Pacific, Meliá Hotels International.“We are delighted to widen our relationship with Meliá, with the addition of this third property. We stand committed to bringing best of hospitality to Thailand and firmly believe that Meliá Bangkok would further our vision of creating unique product and service offerings for our guests,” said Nishant Grover, Chief Operating Officer, Asset World.Managed under the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand, the brand-new, upscale hotel will bolster the group’s already strong portfolio of urban resorts around the world. Meliá Bangkok will feature a total of 315 luxurious guest accommodations and offer exceptional F&B outlets, spa amenities, a fitness centre and meeting facilities, complementing the mixed-use development of retail and office space.last_img read more

Gerry OSullivan Pay TV operators must embrace OTT

first_imgGerry O’SullivanPay TV operators must embrace OTT services and be prepared to adjust the way they reach customers if they are to remain successful, according to Gerry O’Sullivan, senior vice-president global TV and entertainment at Deutsche Telecom (DT).Speaking at the Digital TV World Summit in London this morning, O’Sullivan said the German telco, which has pay TV operations in 10 European countries, had made a number of changes in the way it has operated in recent months. He said the telco saw OTT services as a huge opportunity. “OTT has a role for a traditional pay TV operator. We will do it by competing with pure OTT operators, by setting up our own OTT services and by partnering with the best-in-breed OTT platforms. Most importantly, we will continue innovating. If you are losing customers to an OTT provider it’s nothing to moan about, it’s something to compete with,” he told delegates. “This is a no-choice game. If you are a pay TV operator and not providing your service on tablets and phones, you will soon find yourself out of the game. People expect it.”DT, which operates pay TV services in Germany under the Entertain brand, launched a basic OTT offering that has evolved into the core component of its main VOD service, Videoload. “You can use it to download and to stream, you can be a Deutsche Telecom customer, or not. Whoever you are, whatever device you are on, come to us,” O’Sullvan said. “This includes doing things that the pay TV part of Deutsche Telecom might feel is a bit competitive in our own ground,” he added.DT recently teamed with Samsung to offer Videoload as a preloaded app on its connected TVs in Germany, which O’Sullivan said opened up a new distribution channel for its services. The telco intends to strike similar deals with all major connected TV manufacturers in Germany next year.O’Sullivan said it was also open to third-party video providers operating on its own OTT platform. It launched with 23 free apps and DT has created a tool kit that lets third parties add their own apps and access DT’s customer base.O’Sullivan said the next stage was to offer TV services exclusively from the cloud, a process that would cut expensive hardware and shipping costs. He said that before launching such services, pay TV operators must ensure that the overall Quality of Service could match the benefits of flexibility and new business models. “I would like to see no hardware in the house apart from the screen. We are getting there, it is round the corner,” he said.last_img read more