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Postmedia chief operating officer Wayne Parrish to step down June 30

TORONTO – Postmedia Network Inc. says its chief operating officer, Wayne Parrish, has decided to leave the company at the end of the month.Parrish joined Postmedia in 2010 in a consulting role and became the COO in January 2012, after having held various senior executive roles in digital and traditional media companies over the last two decades.He said in a statement that with the acquisition of Sun Media complete, it was the right moment for him to take advantage of other opportunities.President and CEO Paul Godfrey said that under Parish’s leadership, Postmedia has undergone a fundamental transformation from a traditional newspaper publisher to a multi-platform media company.Postmedia Network Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Postmedia Network Canada Corp. (TSX:PNC.B), the largest publisher by circulation of English-language daily newspapers in Canada. Postmedia chief operating officer Wayne Parrish to step down June 30 by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2015 3:53 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2015 at 4:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Intertain delays shareholder meeting by three months to complete review

by The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2016 7:37 am MDT Last Updated May 30, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Intertain delays shareholder meeting by three months to complete review TORONTO – The Intertain Group Ltd. (TSX:IT) is postponing its annual meeting by three months to give its directors more time to complete a review of the online gaming company’s strategic options.The review was launched in March after Intertain’s stock plunged by nearly 16 per cent in two days to $9.65 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Intertain said at the time, it was the unfortunate victim of a minor and erroneous reference in materials released by Quebec’s security regulator as part of its investigation into another gaming company, Amaya Inc. (TSX:AYA).Since March 28, Intertain’s stock has rebounded and closed on Friday at $12.74 — giving the company a market value of nearly $900 million.Intertain now plans to hold its annual shareholders meeting on Sept. 23. It was originally scheduled for June 29.Intertain currently offers casino-type games such as blackjack and roulette through InterCasino.com and bingo through Costabingo.com. Its other brands include Vera & John and Jackpot Joy. read more

Former Jamaica PM Edward Seaga has died

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedThompson, McLeod among J’cans shortlisted for C’bean Hall of FameSeptember 3, 2016In “latest news”Jamaica not preparing to leave Caricom, says HolnessJune 29, 2016In “latest news”JLP leadership fight gets nasty as Deputy threatens to leaveSeptember 29, 2013In “Regional” Former Prime Minister of Jamaica Edward Seaga has died, the Jamaica Observer Online Edition has reported.Seaga, who turned 89 today, is Jamaica’s fifth prime minister, from 1980 to 1989, and the leader of the JLP from 1974 to 2005 when he retired from active politics.Since his retirement he has been an honorary distinguished fellow at the professorial level at The University of the West Indies, and also serves as chancellor of the University of Technology, Jamaica.He fell ill earlier this month and was being treated in Miami, Florida, the Observer reported. read more

Education Minister refers questions on audit of UG finances to Council

Education Minister, Nicolette HenryAfter requesting that the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) conduct an audit into the University of Guyana (UG) finances, the Education Ministry mysteriously withdrew its request for the audit. Now, it is deferring to the UG council when asked for an explanation.In a brief interview with INews, Education Minister Nicolette Henry was asked about the reasons behind the Ministry’s decision to withdraw its request for the audit and was now disinclined to pay the auditor that the AOG procured. But the Minister referred all questions to UG.“The University of Guyana is managed by a council. I would appreciate if you direct the question to the council so far as its operations are concerned,” she said, adding that the Ministry would be willing to provide any additional clarity.When the Ministry withdrew its request, the audit office had heeded widespread calls to continue the exercise anyway. But on Monday, Auditor General Deodat Sharma had revealed in an interview with this publication that the special audit had been stalled until authorities can figure out who will stand the expense involved in conducting the probe.Initially, the Audit Office of Guyana had contracted an independent company to conduct the much-needed and highly-anticipated audit into UG – in light of allegations of the mismanagement of funds.The audit was first ordered by the Education Ministry after a request was made by the two workers’ unions at UG to have such an investigation launched. The Ministry was going to stand the expense associated with the investigation.However, INews was told that shortly after the independent company commenced its work into the matter, the Education Ministry withdrew its request for the audit with no explanation given.Nonetheless, the Audit Office had committed to going ahead with the probe. But according to Auditor General (AG) Deodat Sharma, owing to issues regarding lack of finances, the audit is currently at a standstill.Less than three weeks ago, AG Sharma had noted that the backlog of years that UG did not complete its audited financial statements was a cause for worry.UG’s administration has previously been accused of wanton spending— including hosting several events, standing the expenses of meals and accommodation for guest speakers, as well as hiring select individuals, paying them super salaries, and sending large delegations overseas, all on the University’s bill. Former Vice-Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith had always denied those claims.The University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) had levelled these accusations in particular. The Unions had joined forces to question why monies were allocated in previous budgets to entities which do not exist and what became of those funds. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEducation Ministry moves to nix audit into UG’s financesJune 11, 2019In “latest news”Previous attempts to audit UG’s finances faced staunch resistance – auditorApril 22, 2019In “Business”Education Ministry requests audit of UG’s financesApril 18, 2019In “latest news” read more

Metso splits Flow Control and Minerals business

first_imgMetso says it has decided to develop the businesses of the Minerals and Flow Control segments separately, with the latter business area appointing Olli Isotalo as President.Metso’s Board of Directors said it had defined its view on the company’s portfolio strategy and decided that the businesses under the Minerals and Flow Control segments will be further developed separately from each other, the company said.”All Metso’s businesses and the two segments that are composed of these, have attractive growth opportunities in the coming years,” Metso’s President and CEO, Pekka Vauramo, said. “Capitalising on these opportunities will call for efficient decision-making and allocation of resources.“However, our businesses have significant differences relating to, for example, customers, cyclicality, growth drivers, sales channels and product development. This is why we made the decision to develop Minerals and Flow Control strategies separately from each other.“In addition, Minerals and Flow Control share a limited amount of synergies, the majority of which are administrative, thus the separation will make the preparation and implementation of their respective strategies more efficient.”The Minerals segment includes equipment and services sold to mining and aggregates customers, as well as the recycling business. The Flow Control segment consists of valves and related services sold to various process industries.The new President of the Valves business area, Olli Isotalo, will come on board on July 15, Metso said. He will also become a member of the Metso Executive Team.Isatalo has previously served as CEO of Patria Oyj and has held various executive positions at Cargotec Corp, Metso said.Vauramo said: “I am very pleased that we can utilise Olli Isotalo’s expertise and experience in preparing and further implementing the strategy of the Valves business.”Isatalo said: “I am excited to join the Valves business area, which has consistently reported good results and has seen overall strong development over the past years. I eagerly look forward to developing a new strategy and creating new growth opportunities for Valves together with its skilled and motivated personnel.”John Quinlivan, the current President of the Valves business area, will continue as Senior Adviser until the end of 2019 and will support Olli Isotalo during the transition period, Metso said.last_img read more

Fine Gael TD RA members should be able to participate in Dáil

first_imgTWO FINE GAEL TDs have welcomed a surprise move by the Dáil Ceann Comhairle to give members of the newly-created Reform Alliance of former parliamentary members speaking rights in the Dáil.The alliance of expelled Fine Gael TDs as well as deputies in Labour who have lost the party whip are to be allotted limited speaking time in Dáil debates following a decision by the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett.Eoghan Murphy, a Fine Gael TD and constituency colleague of expelled Lucinda Creighton, said today that deputies should be able to participate in Dáil debates as much as possible but said he was not sure if that could include Leaders’ Questions.“I think they should be able to participate in the Dáil as fully as possible but to participate in Leaders’ Questions you’d have to have a leader of your group,” he said.“In the Standing Orders at the moment there is only allowance for one technical group and one slot to ask leaders questions so we’ll have to wait and see what the Ceann Comhairle actually says about that.”He said he welcomed the move with his party colleague Regina Doherty also saying she “absolutely” welcomed the decision.Speaking earlier on the News at One, Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe, who was unaware of the Ceann Comhairle’s move when contacted last night, said he welcomed the “clarity” brought to the situation.Kehoe said that “no member of any group had spoken to me about looking for speaking rights” but said he was “glad that the Ceann Comhairle has brought clarity to this”.Murphy and Doherty were speaking at Leinster House today to launch Fine Gael’s Facebook ad campaigns for the Seanad referendum which seek to highlight that other countries have abolished their second chamber:Read: Reform Alliance members want appointments to Oireachtas committeesMore: ‘Exiled’ party members granted speaking rights in Dáillast_img read more

Newsweek and International Business Times Launch New Websites

first_img “Our partners will benefit from sites designed with the ads as opposed to around them, meaning a clean, engaging environment for their messages,” said IBT Media’s chief experience officer, Richard Pasqua, in an official statement. The international editions of the Newsweek and International Business Times websites are expected to follow suit with the redesigns in 2016. The old (above) and new (below) logos for International Business TimesIn recognition of the growing role played by social media as a source of traffic and the fact that the sites’ homepages are no longer the primary point of entry for many visitors, Newsweek’s editor-in-chief Jim Impoco says every page on the site has been designed to act “like a homepage.” Aimed at both improving the user experience and providing increased integrated sponsorship opportunities, both redesigns include an overhaul of the general aesthetic, mobile optimization and increased image and video capabilities. “We want to leverage the brilliant editorial newsroom built by IBT Media to integrate brands where appropriate,” Thomas Hammer, SVP of sales tells Folio:. “We’re even growing our sales team to factor this in and will be working to develop the creative content with our advertising partners.” [Update: the new Newsweek.com launched on Dec. 17.] IBT Media announced complete website redesigns for the company’s flagship brands, Newsweek and International Business Times.center_img For Newsweek, the new aesthetic will incorporate design elements from the print magazine, including new fonts and larger headlines and images. International Business Times gets a new logo, designed to reflect the brand’s “forward thinking,” according to IBT Media, as well as a streaming feed for new stories and more emphasis on market graphics. “We made sure that each article page offers up links to other Newsweek stories that represent the depth and breadth of our coverage,” Impoco tells Folio:. New ad formats set to debut with the relaunch include the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Rising Stars platform, as well as new enhancements of native advertising and video content. IBT Media acquired Newsweek from IAC late in 2013 and resurrected the magazine’s print edition the following March. Since taking over as editor-in-chief two years ago, Impoco has made considerable efforts to increase the formerly-embattled brand’s digital footprint and revitalize newsstand and subscription sales. The new website for IBT went live immediately, but Newsweek’s web relaunch won’t take place for a few weeks, according to the company.last_img read more

Lenovo May Beat HewlettPackard as Worlds Biggest PC Maker

first_imgLenovo Group Ltd could become the first Chinese company hailed as the world’s biggest personal computer (PC) maker this year. Experts are expecting it to overtake Hewlett-Packard Co to grab the top spot in the technology sector.Sales of Lenovo products have surged over the years, in spite of the declined sales in PCs caused as a result of the increased demand for tablets. The company has taken advantage of the fast-growing home market, aggressive pricing and overseas acquisitions.”It’s just a matter of time before Lenovo becomes No. 1 and it won’t be surprising at all if it happens later this year,” Frederick Wong, executive director at Avant Capital Management (Hong Kong) Ltd, which owns shares in Lenovo, told Reuters.He however added that competition in the tablet sector and a weak PC market outlook could put pressure on Lenovo.Lenova became the world’s No. 2 PC maker in the third quarter of 2011 with a 14.9 percent global market share in the April-June quarter as against HP’s 15.5 percent.The growth of the company could be attributed to the fast-growing home market, with about 42 percent of Lenovo’s total revenue coming from China. The purchase of Germany’s Medion, acquisition of IBM Corp’s business and its joint venture with Japan’s NEC Corp have helped the company to come this far. Its stock rose by around 16 percent this year whereas stocks of its rivals HP, Dell Inc and Acer Inc dropped.Lenovo currently trades at a multiple of 12.5 times forward earnings, the second-highest among the top-five PC makers and well above the 4.6 times multiple for HP, Thomson Reuters StarMine data showed. (With Inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Proposal To Hugely Expand Gulf Flower Gardens Concerns Oil And Gas Drillers

first_img 00:00 /02:15 Listen Share NOAACreolefish and black corals in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine SanctuaryMiles off the coast south of Galveston, a video shot underwater by snorkelers shows a group of dolphins heading deep down into the blue waters of the Gulf. Other images show reefs covered with brightly colored sponges and plants which was why years ago fishermen named this the Flower Gardens.“It’s a healthy, productive reef. It’s a sentinel that tells us how healthy the oceans are about a hundred miles off the coast of Texas. And so it’s a very special place,” says Larry McKinney, a biologist with Texas A&M Corpus Christi.McKinney has worked for years to protect the Flower Gardens but still allow the area to be used by the industries that dominate the Texas coast: shipping, fishing and oil and gas.“You can see oil and gas production all around it, pipelines all around it, so I’ve always used it as an example of where you can have new conservation and oil and gas development going side by side,” McKinney tells News 88.7.But there’s concern that the industrial and commercial use of the Gulf is threatening the fragile Flower Gardens. At present, only 56 square miles are protected as a marine sanctuary. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is proposing that the protected area be expanded. One proposal is to increase the sanctuary to cover 935 square miles. That’s 17 times bigger and would create an protected corridor that would run from Texas almost to Florida, an area where things like oil drilling would be restricted.“These areas that we are proposing for expansion are some of the most sensitive and important marine communities that occur anywhere in the world,” says G.P. Schmahl, the manager of the Flower Gardens at NOAA’s office in Galveston.The proposal is comprised of five alternatives, each with an increasing area of coverage. What NOAA calls the “preferred alternative” would expand the protected zone to 383 square miles.Few might debate the importance of the Flower Gardens but the new, larger expansion proposals caught the oil and gas industry by surprise.“This is such an unexpected development,” says Clint Moore, a geoscientist with a Houston company that does oil and gas exploration in the Gulf.For years he has served on a council that advises NOAA on the Flower Gardens. Moore says the council supported expanding the sanctuary but only to 281 miles, not 935.“It impacts 50 oil companies on 76 leases and that’s dramatically increased from less than a dozen. That’s a big problem,” Moore tells News 88.7.It’s a problem that will be tackled by the advisory council and NOAA starting with public meetings in Houston and Galveston.Click here for more information on where and when those meetings will be held. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

DJ Tanz Music Arts and Wine Festival

first_imgDJ Tanz and friends are hosting a music arts and wine festival on June 26 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157.  The festival will featured food vendors, cigars, hookah and spa treatments. Performing live are Lia SongBird, the Countdown band, DJ Frank Ski and DJ Biskit. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1782447708642944/ or call 410-967-1740.last_img

Review Brink

first_imgIt’s been a long time coming, but Brink, Bethesda Softworks and Splash Damage’s class-based first-person shooter is finally here. Brink does a lot of interesting new things and happens to be plagued by some annoying quirks, but overall it’s an interesting take on a team-based and movement-heavy shooter. With the proper care and attention it could be a great title.The game is set in the future, aboard a floating city called The Ark that’s been isolated from the rest of the world for over 20 years due to rising sea levels and environmental disaster. The denizens of the Ark are split into two factions: those who want to start looking for other humans in the world and leave the Ark, and those who want to protect the Ark and keep the population there safe from outsiders.Customization and ClassesAs soon as you get past the opening cut-scene, you have a choice to make. You’re immediately asked to select a faction: will you save the Ark or escape it? Once you’ve made your selection, you can move right into customizing your character. There’s remarkably little you can really do to tweak the look and appearance of your character from the get-go aside from change his face and skin tone, but as you progress through the game you’ll unlock items to wear like masks and new outfits.You can tweak the size and build of your character as well, which plays a role in how you get around in the game (more on that later,) but since you can change it at any time, it’s not really notable when it comes to personalization. When it comes to gameplay however, it’s pretty important.You also get the option to select a voice actor to represent your character, so you get a real choice in how your character sounds to your teammates. Don’t get too thrilled about it though: there are only a handful of voices to choose from, so you’re bound to hear the same voices over and over again. Even so, it’s a nice touch.Once you’ve finished customizing your character, you can head into your character’s options and select your default class, default weapons, and more. You can select any of four classes as your default: soldier, engineer, operative, and medic. Soldiers are your usual gun-toting bruisers, and their special abilities involve explosives, grenades, and heavy ordinance. They can also replenish teammates’ ammo supplies. Engineers can drop turrets, build barricades, and buff teammates’ weapons. Operatives can disguise as the enemy and hack fallen enemies for their team’s locations. Medics, predictably, can heal teammates and revive them when they go down.You can switch between classes at any time at a command post, and different classes are needed for different objectives. You’ll likely find yourself switching classes frequently to complete missions, especially if – as usually happens – everyone else picks a class and sticks with it. Engineers have to build barricades in some places, for example, and operatives have to hack terminals in others – there’s no getting around it, and if your team doesn’t have one of those types, you’ll have to wait to complete the objective until you do.At the same time, the classes don’t have too much distinction in movement or play style between them until you have a special operation to perform, so while there’s nothing special about playing one class over another (except for Medics, who are always in demand) it’s also good to know you won’t be punished for choosing a class you haven’t played often in the past.Movement and GameplayPerhaps the most innovative and fun part of Brink is the movement system, called SMART (Smooth Movement Across Random Terrain.) This is where the size and shape of your character come in. If you’ve picked a particularly bulky bruiser, you’ll get to play with the biggest and baddest guns, but you won’t be able to slide across floors or bounce off walls. If you have a smaller, more light character, you’ll find yourself almost holding down the SMART button to scale walls, jump across gaps, and slide past enemies to shoot them in the back.Since movement is so important in Brink, the SMART system really adds a fun way to get around. You really will feel like you’re standing on top of fences shooting down at your opponents, and pretty quickly you’ll feel pretty good hopping over walls and tumbling to cover while the other team (or the bots, in campaign mode) shoots at you.Brink has some serious RPG elements to it. As you play, you’ll earn experience from killing enemies, completing main and secondary objectives, playing as a team, guarding or defending, and by using your class special ability to help your teammates.As you level up, you’ll get points to spend on weapons, skills, abilities, and even some class-specific traits that are only really good if you prefer one class over the others. On the bright side though, all of the abilities you gain or spend points on stick with you, so you can always use or toggle them at any time: you just have to remember you have them. The game caps out at level 20, and tries to prevent high-level players from dominating low-level ones by keeping them apart in matches.Your persistent character may only get to level up to 20, but the fact that there are so many options, skills, and abilities to choose from will have you rolling different characters to try different traits. Even though you can always switch sides or tweak your character’s size and class, the real reason Brink allows you to roll new characters is to play with the abilities.At the same time, as great as the abilities, RPG elements, and movement are, the core gameplay feels a little unfinished and rough around the edges. Textures load as you approach them, which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s very obvious. The gameplay quickly gets repetitive, and the only way to change it is to switch classes and try a different role. Still, the game looks great while you’re playing it, with plenty of detailed environments and maps.The other big problem is the lack of content. The game just needs more maps, more campaigns, and more areas. The zones are large, which is nice, but by the time you’ve played them all you’re still hungry for more. Similarly, the game has a huge catalog of weapons, but so many of them feel the same that it’s difficult to really justify switching your loadout once you’ve found something you like. A little differentiation, at least in feel, would be great. Thankfully, both of these issues are ones that can be fixed with updates and map packs.Story and WorldThe game’s story is interesting, and the duality between the Resistance and Security is stark, if only in plot. The characters and gameplay don’t really change between factions. The problem with the story is that it feels half-implemented, as if important elements were taken out for the sake of action. You don’t get introduced to many non-player characters that actually play a real role in the game, and the story stops short of making you really care about the cause you’re fighting for.The whole utopia-turned-dystopia idea is a great one, and the combination of an internal rebellion to decide the fate of the Ark along with a deadly plague spreading across its populace are a great foundation to what could have been a much better story. Sadly, it all really serves as set dressing and you don’t really have a vested interest in it, even if you fail the campaigns.That’s a really big shame: the premise of Brink is really compelling, and it feels like the writers behind the game didn’t have the opportunity to flesh out the story as much as they would have liked. Similarly, the character you play isn’t really one of importance: you’re either a member of Security or a member of the Resistance. You get important info through second-hand conversations, but you don’t feel important in any way. That’s a double-edged sword – you won’t feel bad about dying, but you also don’t feel connected to the world.Even so, if you’re in it for the multiplayer, that won’t make much difference: you can jump right in and play the campaigns against other real people. The only real difference between the single player and the multiplayer mode is the order of the campaigns and the cut-scenes between them in the single player mode – and the often-horrible bots that make up the opposing faction.ConclusionBrink was released on May 10th in the US, May 12th in Australia, and May 13th in the EU. Expect to see more players popping online over the coming weeks. That’s a great thing, because Brink is best played as a multi-player game against other opponents. Some may take the approach that while Brink is pretty and has some great ideas, it feels unfinished and will only appeal to hardcore fans. We’d agree that it feels unfinished, but disagree that the game is probably only for fans that love shooters: the heavy emphasis on teamwork (you won’t survive without friends for long,) the sci-fi dystopian backdrop, and the RPG elements make Brink a great game for players of all experience levels, especially people looking for something new and different.Still, the glaring lack of maps, the absence of varying styles of play on those maps, and the half-hearted story make it difficult to be really vested in Brink even if you do play. The game is probably best played on the PC (which is how we reviewed it) so you can make use of dedicated servers with settings that match the way you want to play. If you want a more challenging experience, try a server with friendly-fire on, for example.We had fun playing Brink, and will probably keep at it. You do feel rewarded at the end of a campaign when you’ve leveled your character or earned a few points to spend, but Bethesda and Splash Damage will have to bring some new maps and gameplay modes to the table to make Brink a game that’ll stick around. Brink suffers from the “so much potential” problem. The groundwork is there, and we like it so far, it just feels like the game should have baked a little longer to work out the issues and get some more content strapped on.If you’ve been looking forward to Brink, you likely won’t be disappointed. It’s difficult to tell anyone to run out and grab it right now though – it’ll feel more worth the money when the price comes down a bit, or as soon as Bethesda and Splash Damage announce a new map pack or some DLC for the game.Brink is available for the PC, XBox 360, and PlayStation 3.brink_logobrink_logoBrink-WallpaperBrink-TattoosBrink-SpecOpsBrink-ArkThis article was written using the PC version of the game, provided by Bethesda Softworks.last_img read more

Global meet on contemporary antimicrobial research at IIT KGP

first_imgKolkata: Experts from the USA, UK and several other countries will discuss issues related to know-how to handle resistant micro-organisms clinically at an international conference to be held from Saturday. The second International Conference on Contemporary Antimicrobial Research (ICCAR-2018) will be held at IIT Kharagpur campus in collaboration with the Society for Antimicrobial Research (SAR), India for three days from December 15, a statement issued by IIT KGP said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The thrust areas in ICCAR-2018 include antimicrobial resistance mechanisms, evolution and propagation of antimicrobial resistance, new target identification, prospective antimicrobial therapeutics, structure-based drug design, clinical aspects of handling antimicrobial resistance and novel detection methods and antimicrobial resistance, it said. Prof Anindya S Ghosh of IIT KGP called for support in creating awareness among people “about the pros and cons of the indiscriminate use of antimicrobials,” the statement said. “This was important to reduce drug abuse and misuse, thus bringing down the adverse effect on future antimicrobial therapy,” Ghosh said.last_img read more

The First Products That Support Apples HomeKit Have Arrived

first_imgJune 2, 2015 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals A year after Apple first announced it, you can finally buy products based on HomeKit. Lutron and Insteon have products available now, while others like Elgato, Ecobee and iHome are bringing accessories soon. That means you’ll be be able to build a HomeKit system with programmable lights, plugs, energy and climate sensors, thermostats and more. Apple introduced HomeKit standard to allow such devices to play nicely together, and of course, let you control everything via your iPhone, iPad or Watch. The idea was to also bring voice control to home automation via Siri.Here’s what’s available now. Lutron’s Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge will let you control lights, shades and other devices in specific rooms by barking commands at Siri, using your Watch, or via an iPhone or iPad. You can also remotely control devices when you’re away from home, or set up geofencing so that the lights flick on when you enter a room. The Wireless Lighting Starter Kit is available today for $230, and you can add remote dimmer kits for $60.Insteon is offering a bit broader solution with a full-on smart home hub that can control its current family of products (pricing is yet to come). Those include cameras, alarms, smart bulbs and other products working across WiFi and RF home standards.As for products coming soon, Elgato, is bringing Eve sensors (above) that detect temperature, humidity, energy use, motion and even air quality. If you’re looking for a smart thermostat, Ecobee will cover you with its $249 Ecobee3 model that’s coming in July (below). It’ll regulate temperature on its own or give you room-by-room control with satellite sensors. Finally, iHome revealed a $40 HomeKit-compatible SmartPlug you’ll be able to pre-order on June 15th, giving you control over lamps, fans and other gadgets.It’s a modest start, considering how long it’s been since Apple first revealed HomeKit. And new as the products are, it remains to be seen if everything will work as smoothly as promised — naturally, we’re as keen to try them out as you are. Hopefully, we’ll hear more news soon (and possibly see more products), as it’s rumored that Apple will be revealing more HomeKit information during its WWDC developer’s conference next week. Register Now » This story originally appeared on Engadgetlast_img read more

The Super Bowl of Drone Racing Will Offer 1 Million in Prize

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global One million dollars is up for grabs at the world’s biggest drone racing competition.The inaugural World Drone Prix, which will take place on March 11 and 12 in Dubai, will feature 32 competitors who will try to navigate their aircraft through an obstacle as fast as possible. The competition will be livestreamed online here.Over 100 teams have been invited to compete in Dubai following a series of pre-qualifying events in Los Angeles, Seoul, Berlin and cities across China this year. That tournament will take place March 7 and 8 and whittle the field down to the top 32 racers.The $1 million will be divided across different categories including best track team, best lap time, best freestyle team, and best constructor (for these custom-built drones). Fans will vote on a Best Team award winner.This marks the first drone racing event in an annual calendar of global competitions organized by the World Organization of Racing Drones and Sheikh Hamdan, crown prince of Dubai to promote the advancement of drone sport and drone technology.Drone pilot Ryo Rex, who founded the separate Aerial Grand Prix series of races in Los Angeles in 2014 and is working with World Drone Prix, says this is peek into the future. The outdoor physical track was custom built for drone racing to include obstacles and other challenges for the racers.“Over the last two months, the team has gathered the best engineers and partners from around the globe to create micro-race technology that has never been done before in any technical sport,” Rex says, referring to the miniature drones that race at high speeds and in close proximity.There are other drone competitions, but nothing on this global scale. Rex says Drone Racing League is currently a web series open only to selected pilots who compete within a small group, and it’s not open for entries from the public.“World Drone Prix initiated its mission by opening the selection process to the entire world,” Rex says.World Drone Prix competitors were chosen based on videos they submitted of them piloting drones in a way that met certain guidelines. Pilots are allowed to use any kind of drone and components, which Rex says opens up the league to the hundreds of drone manufacturers that want to gain publicity.“The mission of World Drone Prix was created to provide a professional arena which the community would benefit from, as opposed to the other way around,” Rex says.Early sponsors of the league include Skydive Dubai and XDubai, which are local Dubai tourist attractions. Rex says additional parties are interested in this new “sport.” The league was commissioned by Sheikh Hamdan.Future competitions are expected after the initial World Drone Prix, Rex says.Drone pilots around the world currently fly and compete in parks, fields, canyons, parking garages, inside office buildings, warehouses, and underground caverns, and over oceans. Rex hopes this Dubai event elevates the hobby to a professional grade sport.“A few have taken the leap towards a full-time drone pilot,” Rex says. “Some have their own drone manufacturing companies, some are fully sponsored by corporations. We hope this continues so more pilots can do this full-time.”Rex also sees a role for virtual reality in the league’s future. The initial events will be livestreamed in high definition in 2D, but 360-degree video is just around the corner.“As digital 360-degree VR improves, we will see the racing and competition formats expand to accommodate for the technical innovations,” Rex says. “VR would make things a lot more realistic, further transporting your consciousness into the seat of the drone.”Many pilots use virtual reality headsets to steer their drones through racing events because it offers a better view of the action. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 3, 2016last_img read more

Indias opposition disrupts Parliament over cricket scandal

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi, center, accompanied by other ministers walks to address the media upon his arrival at the Indian Parliament house on the opening day of the monsoon session, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup) He denied allegations of financial wrongdoing and moved to London in 2010 as Indian authorities launched an investigation against him.The current scandal began six weeks ago, when Britain’s Sunday Times reported that Indian-born British Labor lawmaker Keith Vaz had used Swaraj’s name to put pressure on the top British immigration official to grant British travel papers to Lalit Modi.Swaraj tweeted that she told Britain’s High Commissioner to India, James Bevan, and Vaz that granting Lalit Modi the documents would not harm the two nations’ relations.Lalit Modi and his attorney said that Scindia had given an affidavit to British authorities in 2011 supporting Modi’s immigration application seeking resident status in the United Kingdom.Scindia’s son, Dushyant Singh, a lawmaker, received 113.6 million rupees ($1.85 million) from Lalit Modi in 2008 as investment in his company.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian opposition parties disrupted Parliament on Tuesday to demand the resignation of two key ruling party leaders for allegedly helping a former Indian cricket official facing investigation for financial irregularities.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party denies any wrongdoing by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj or the top elected leader of Rajasthan state, Vasundhararaje Scindia. The scandal, which relates to the investigation into the founder of India’s Twenty20 cricket tournament, is the first to hit Modi’s government since it came to power last year. Top Stories center_img The upper house of Parliament was adjourned without conducting any business Tuesday, the opening day of its three-week monsoon session, with the government rejecting the resignation demand by the Congress party and others.“There can be no resignation. If you want discussion, we can have it,” said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.That remark infuriated Congress party lawmakers, who charged into the prohibited area around the chairman’s seat and shouted, “Corrupt officials resign, then we will debate.”The confrontation over the issue is expected to delay the passage of key legislative proposals crucial to Modi’s economic agenda, including a land acquisition bill and a new sales tax bill.The Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament was founded in 2008 by Lalit Modi, who is not related to the prime minister, but it was soon dogged by allegations of corporate corruption, money-laundering and tax evasion, as well as secret deals to hide the teams’ real owners.Lalit Modi was removed as IPL chairman in 2010 and later banned for life from holding any positions in the sport by the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Delta Airbus fleet gets revamp

first_img Global Aviation Services Fly Delta Source = Delta Air Lines Delta will debut its latest single-aisle jet to receive a nose-to-tail interior modification this week—the first of 57 Airbus A319s to receive the state of the art upgrade.The 132-seat aircraft is the latest in a series of upgrades coming to Delta’s domestic narrowbody fleet and follows just a few short months after Ship 3235 rejoined the flight line.Panasonic in-flight entertainment at every seat, large pivoting overhead bins capable of accommodating 60 percent more carry-on bags, new galleys and an innovative, pod-like overhead passenger service unit highlight just a few of the new amenities designed by Zodiac Aerospace that Delta customers will enjoy.The 9 inch high definition seat-back entertainment screens offer more content than any other domestic carrier.Each seat also as 110v and USB power to plug in electronics in flight.The airline is the first in the world to receive the interior modifications on both Airbus fleets.All 126 A320 and A319 aircraft will be retrofitted with the new interior by summer 2017.The larger of the two jets, the A320, will also receive in-flight entertainment, though not initially, through 2018.Many of Delta’s Boeing 757 jets are receiving interior enhancements as part of the airline’s more than $770 million investment in the domestic fleet to provide a more consistent customer experience.last_img read more

Builder Confidence Hits Wall in January

first_imgBuilder Confidence Hits Wall in January Builder confidence stalled in January as the Housing Market Index (HMI) stood at 47, remaining at its highest level since April 2006, the “”National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)””:http://www.nahb.org/news_details.aspx?newsID=15709 reported Wednesday. Economists had expected the index to tick up to 48.””December’s reading””:https://themreport.com/articles/builder-confidence-up-again-in-december-2012-12-18 was unchanged at 47, but one of the index components–the outlook for sales six month in the future–notched down to 50 from the originally reported 51.[IMAGE]The outlook dropped again in January (this time to 49), but the measure of buyer traffic edged up to 37–its highest reading since April 2006–from December’s 36. The gauge of current sales was unchanged in January at 51.With the January report, the index remained below 50–the tipping point between a positive and negative market assessment–for the 81st straight month. The last time the HMI was above 50 was April 2006, when the reading was 51 and falling. The index peaked at 78 in December 1998. The boost in current sales should be reflected in the government’s new homes sales report (to be issued next week), though the improvement in the current sales index last month matched with a slight decline in new home sales. That said, the current sales index is at its highest level since April 2006.The HMI├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós flat reading in January ended a streak of eight consecutive monthly increases. Although the index is reported as “”January,”” it would reflect builder attitudes since the middle of December, when Congress and the [COLUMN_BREAK]White House were mired in “”fiscal cliff”” negotiations that could have involved tax changes affecting home purchases and home ownership, increasing uncertainty about housing and the economy as a whole.””Conditions in the housing market look much better now than at the beginning of 2012 and an increasing number of housing markets are showing signs of recovery, which should bode well for future home sales later this year,”” said Barry Rutenberg, NAHB chairman. Rutenberg said the fiscal cliff talks and concerns about “”the future of the mortgage interest deduction”” which he said “”could put a damper on housing demand in the coming months.””Even with the flat month, the overall index is up 22 points in the last year, the 19th straight month of year-over-year improvement. The current sales index has risen 26 points in the last year, the sales forecast measure is up 20 points in the last year, and the traffic index is up 19 points in the last 12 months.The HMI, considered a measure of builder confidence, could be reflected in permits and starts data reported for January. That report from the Census Bureau will be issued in February. Meanwhile, Census will report Thursday on permits and starts for December, when builder confidence rose two points to 47.The index improved in two of the four census regions, jumping 14 points in the West to 59–the highest reading in the region since June 2006–and increasing three points to 50 in the South, the highest reading there since July 2006. The index fell six points to 46 in the Midwest and five points to 36 in the Northeast.The index, built based on surveys conducted jointly by the NAHB and Wells Fargo, gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “”good,”” “”fair”” or “”poor.”” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “”high to very high,”” “”average”” or “”low to very low.”” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor. _Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 a.m. and again at 9:40 Eastern time._ January 16, 2013 395 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Marketcenter_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Demand Home Sales Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Service Providers 2013-01-16 Mark Liebermanlast_img read more

Lead is now 143

first_imgLead is now 14-3. :55 left third quarterThe drive ended with an incomplete pass, though it was nearly Stanton’s third pick of the game as he was behind an open John Brown on the play. Punt was fine, but the Lions have moved up to their own 45. It’s 3rd and a big 1. 2:46 left in first quarterLions move down the field with the help of a 33-yard run from Bell. Defense stands tall, though, and forces them into a 50-yard field goal attempt, which Prater banks off the upright and through. 9:48 left in first quarterLions get a pass completion to Golden Tate, but a pair of runs (including one on 3rd and 1) go nowhere and they punt it away. Great start for the defense — and team, really.Punt is caught at the 23. 11:42 left in fourth quarterDrive stalls when Stanton misses John Brown on 3rd and 5, and the punt is returned to the Arizona 45 by Jeremy Ross. Cards had a chance to down it deep, but batted the ball to him and he made a great play. That’s not what they had in mind. 2:42 left in fourth quarterDefense gets the job done. Lions get a first down but Jerraud Powers gets to Stafford on a blitz for a sack, then a premature snap causes the Lions to scramble into an incomplete pass on third down. End of gameIndeed it did. Stanton kneels down a few times and that does it in Glendale. Pretty? No, not in the least.But a win is a win, and the Cardinals are 9-1. Punt is returned to the Arizona 22, but a taunting penalty pushes it out to the 37. What do the Lions have to taunt about? 13:17 left in third quarterLions get the ball and are looking very sharp on offense. Already at the Arizona 47, mixing in some good passes with solid runs. Joique Bell well on his way to being the first player to eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark against Arizona this season. 11:49 left in third quarterAlex Okafor comes up with a sack and then Calvin Johnson is stopped short of the sticks, and the Lions punt it away. Ten yards added to the return by way of a hold on the Lions, and the Cards take over at their 20. 4:05 left in third quarterStafford looks for Megatron deep but is picked off by Rashad Johnson. Patrick Peterson also looked like he would have made the interception, but the Cards will gladly take it. False start on Bobby Massie puts the Cardinals on their own 17. 6:45 left in fourth quarterLions do well to get down the field and, facing a fourth and four, decide to go for it. Stafford’s pass to Megatron sails wide, and Arizona takes over at its own 47. Gutsy call by Lions coach Jim Caldwell — and I think the wrong one. You’re down one score and the Cardinals can’t seem to move the ball. Punt it away, see if your D can get a stop. Still plenty of time. Now you give a struggling Arizona offense a short field to work with in a situation where a field goal would probably end it. Either way the Cardinals will take it. Still 14-6. 4:17 left in third quarterLions driving and Cardinals are fuming after a couple of iffy penalty calls (one on the Cards, a couple not called on the Lions). Detroit is at their own 44 facing a 2nd and 13. The defense has done a good job holding the Lions in check, but sooner or later you’d have to think they’ll do something. Too talented not to. At that point, it will be up to the offense, which has done very little positive since the first quarter, to step up. Still 11:42 left in fourth quarterBruce Arians challenged that Justin Bethel possessed the ball at the one before throwing it back, and the refs rule in his favor. Wow, huge play. Lions take over at their 1. 2 minute warningCards facing 2nd and 6 at their own 40. More important, perhaps, is Larry Fitzgerald went to the locker room with a trainer. Probably dinged up on the play he couldn’t quite come up with on the last drive — he got hit pretty hard. 13:17 left in second quarterCards were moving the ball just fine until Stanton found Lions linebacker Josh Bynes. It was the QB’s first pick of the year, and probably overdue. Bad spot for it. Lions moving the ball as Stafford takes a hit but finds Tate down the field. Momentum turning? :25 left in second quarterWith help from what appeared to be a bad spot, the Cardinals hold and force the Lions into another field goal. It’s good from 28 yards out, and the score is now 14-6. 2 minute warningFacing a 3rd and 11, Larry Fitzgerald makes a catch for 11 yards. Knew where the sticks were, ran the route to them. Great job. That should just about clinch this one. 6:06 left in first quarterThat great start got even better. Robert Hughes took a short pass 52 yards, then a few plays later Stanton finds Floyd again, this time on third down, for a 12-yard touchdown.Tell you what, that Bruce Arians guy can really coach. Gets the most out of the talent he has. Cards up 14-0. Comments   Share   4:34 left in fourth quarterCards move a little but not enough, as the drive stalls and Arians sends Drew Butler out to punt instead of Chandler Catanzaro for a field goal attempt. It’s the right call given the circumstances, though a field goal would have essentially iced the game.Instead Detroit takes over at its own 11. They need 89 yards — and then a two-point conversion. Seems almost criminal to ask more of this defense, but that’s what a pitiful offensive performance will do for you.center_img 2:27 left in second quarterLions move a bit and Cards catch a break as Calvin Johnson can’t come up with a deep third-down pass, and the punt puts the ball at the Arizona 36. With two timeouts, I doubt they get conservative here. 4:46 left in second quarterDrive almost continues with an amazing catch from Fitzgerald, but he isn’t quite able to hang on and the Cardinals punt it away. Penalty on the return pushes the Lions back to their 26. The Cardinals have certainly slowed down since their great start, and the last thing they want is to let the Lions back into the game on this drive. Detroit gets the ball to start the third. 6:34 left in third quarterStanton can’t connect with Floyd deep and the Cards punt it away. Looked like he may have had Fitzgerald open for the first down, but took the shot downfield instead. Also took a shot himself on the play, though he got up fine.Punt is fair caught at the 16, where the Lions will go to work. 5:48 left in second quarterCardinals chewing up some clock and moving the ball down the field, albeit in a very deliberate and methodical manner. Short passes have been key, as have been some decent Ellington runs. Offensive line has been very good so far.Second and 10 from the Arizona 30. Stanton finished the first half rather poorly; how does he respond in the third quarter? End of first quarterFirst frame ends with the fans giving the home team a standing ovation.Cards have the ball facing a 3rd and 5 at their own 44. Larry Fitzgerald caught a 22-yard pass on this drive, pushing him over 12,000 career receiving yards and making him the second-youngest player to ever reach that mark behind Randy Moss. While no one would say the Cards’ lead is safe, you certainly have to be feeling pretty good after the first 15 minutes of play. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 7:07 left in third quarterCardinals moving some, though now facing a 3rd and 12 from their own 47. Stanton still getting solid protection. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling :30 left in second quarterStanton makes a bad read/throw and is picked by Cassius Vaughn. Stanton’s second interception of the game — that’s the last thing the Cardinals can afford. Lions deep in Arizona territory looking to get a bit closer before the end of the half. 12:35 left in first quarterStanton moves the chains once with a nice third-down throw to John Brown, then takes a deep shot that gets picked off but is negated by a Lions penalty (they were offsides, which Stanton knew when he threw it, and then a hold on the defense, which they accepted). Andre Ellington followed that up by a nice run, and then Stanton found Michael Floyd with single coverage, heaved it up and watched him make the play for a 42-yard touchdown. Welcome back, Michael Floyd. Cards lead 7-0. PregameChowing down on the last (for now) of my miniature pie, which was one of the best features of today’s media meal. Because I’m sure you all care about that. For those who are more interested in the game, however, you are in for a good one. Two of the NFC’s best teams doing battle with plenty on the line.The Cards got some good news earlier in the day when the Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the Seattle Sehaawks, meaning an Arizona win today would give them a three-game cushion in the NFC West. As you all are aware, Drew Stanton will get the start in place of Carson Palmer, who is out for the rest of the year with a torn ACL. Stanton was solid earlier in the year when called upon, but how will he fare as “the guy” now? Cardinals won the toss and chose to receive. Here we go. 9:00 left in second quarterDefense eventually forces a punt, which is downed by Detroit at the Arizona 7. Let’s see how Stanton and the offense respond to their first setback of the afternoon. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo :25 left in third quarterDefense comes up HUGE, getting the stop and forcing a punt. Ball downed at the Arizona nine. First play is a run that loses a yard. To the fourth we go, with the score somehow still 14-6. HalftimeStanton kneels on the ball and Arizona heads into the half with a 14-6 lead. It seems kind of hollow, though, because if Stanton keeps turning the ball over it’s tough to see the Cards holding on here. A backup QB’s job is to not make mistakes. Stanton is more than the backup now, but he still has to protect the ball. Cardinals are 8-1 in large part due to their taking care of the ball. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSignature Flight Support, the world’s leading fixed base operations (FBO) network, announces today the purchase of all of the assets of Tropical Aviation Corporation of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Tropical Aviation facility is located at Isla Grande – Fernando L. Rivas Dominicci Airport (TJIG) in downtown San Juan, Puerto Rico and expands Signature’s footprint into the Caribbean.Isla Grande (TJIG) is the business and general aviation (BG&A) airport for San Juan and features a dedicated U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility for BG&A aircraft, drawing International flights from South America and the Caribbean en route to the United States. Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (TJSJ) airport, the main commercial airport has no dedicated general aviation facility, making TJIG convenient for the BG&A customer. TJIG is located within minutes of premier hotels, casinos, beaches, museums, fine arts theaters and historic Old San Juan. Major highways, the new Puerto Rico convention center and the cruise ship terminals are minutes away.The new Signature Flight Support location is situated on the south side of TJIG. The fixed base operation is comprised of a new, state of the art complex including 29,000 sq. ft. of hangars and shade ports, a 6,900 sq. ft. executive terminal and offices all situated on 3.9 acres.Signature Puerto Rico will provide 24/7/365 service for general aviation and commercial into-plane fueling; parking; pilot lounge; pilot quiet/nap room with shower facilities; flight planning room; computerized weather systems; air-to-ground communications; crew transportation and accommodations arrangements; executive meeting room; Signature QuickTurn® service; crew and rental cars; and custom catering.“Signature Puerto Rico represents a significant step in our continuing effort to expand our global network and to provide world-class flight support services in as many locations as possible for our customers,” stated S. Michael Scheeringa, President, Signature Flight Support. “As an important gateway between Latin America and the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico is perfectly positioned for technical stops and provides the opportunity to clear U.S. Customs and Border Protection before continuing on to any point in the continental United States.”“Our experience during the transaction was excellent. The owners, Fidel Alonso Valls and Francisco Rivera, have developed an exceptional facility and we are grateful for their partnership throughout the acquisition process. The staff at the facility were gracious and accommodating and we welcome them to the Signature family,” stated Scheeringa.Port Authority Director, Alberto R. Escuerdo-Morales stated: “We are pleased to see the arrival of Signature Flight Support at Isla Grande Airport in San Juan. Our strategy to revitalize Isla Grande as the preferred business and general aviation airport in San Juan is further solidified with Signature’s presence. In our continuing efforts to stabilize our economy through investments from the private sector, we are elated that this company has chosen Puerto Rico as a premier location for their growth strategy. We look forward to work with Signature Flight Support in the years to come.”Signature will offer the complete suite of customer benefits in Puerto Rico including Signature Status®. With point to point access from Puerto Rico to Signature’s over 50 U.S. locations, customers will enjoy personalized service available only in the world’s largest FBO network. Signature’s wide range of custom fuel purchasing options will also be available to customers visiting Signature Puerto Rico.www.signatureflight.comlast_img read more

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Molting takes their breath away.com. at an Honor Flight event So the Bouleys inquired about his status when they saw Sandy’s path of destructionBeth responded by issuing a plea on her Facebook page People responded by sending her about $900 in gift cards to send to Tarantino for repairs"If someone else wants to send a gift card I’ll gladly forward it" Beth said "If Mark doesn’t need it Lord knows he knows enough people who do"(Gift cards to the likes of Lowe’s and Home Depot can be sent to the Bouleys at 125 Fenton Ave in Grand Forks)Tarantino now a high school social studies teacher lived the flood experience When he wasn’t repairing homes he slept at the downtown mission"I met a bunch of great people in Grand Forks" Tarantino said when reached at his high school "I found a community that was looking to return to normal"I found Grand Forks as a community with not only a big heart but also a big soul"Call Bakken at (701) 780-1125; (800) 477-6572 ext 1125; or send email to 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