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Tragically Hip Frontman Gord Downie Dies At 53

first_imgTragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has passed away at the age of 53. The band confirmed the news in an online statement from The Downie Family, explaining that after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, a terminal form of brain cancer, in 2015, he died “with his beloved children and family close by” on Tuesday night. According to the statement, “Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips.”“Gord said he had lived many lives. As a musician, he lived ‘the life’ for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one,” the family writes in the statement.Known for his original voice and lyrics, the Canadian musician formed the band with his mates in 1984 in Kingston, Ontario. Since starting the band in high school, the alternative rock band have released 14 studio albums, two live albums, one EP, and 54 singles. Their most recent album, Man Machine Poem, was written and recorded after Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2016. The band toured in support of the album, but never declared it to be their last out of respect to Downie’s health. The Man Machine Poem Tour’s final concert was held on August 20, 2016 at Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston and was broadcasted globally by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation across television, radio, and internet streaming services. Watch the full concert from just a week before in Toronto below:Rest In Peace, Gord Downie!last_img read more

Crowdsourcing old journals

first_imgFrom the time he was 10 a century and a half ago, William Brewster searched the woods and fields of New England for birds, eventually becoming a noted ornithologist and spending half his life curating the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology’s bird collection.In addition to his passion for fieldwork, Brewster was a diligent note-taker. When he died in 1919, he left behind a collection of 40,000 birds, nests, and eggs, but also thousands of pages of diaries and journals that provide valuable insights on both the birdlife of his era and, through his writing on other subjects, the times themselves.At least, they would if people could read them.“In order to look at them, you actually have to come here,” said Constance Rinaldo, a librarian at the Museum of Comparative Zoology’s Ernst Mayr Library, where Brewster’s writings are held. “That makes them, for many people, inaccessible.”That’s where the video games come in.The library has embarked on an 18-month collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden, Cornell University, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library on a project to use crowdsourcing to transcribe Brewster’s journals into a searchable digital format, and to create video games for the more-exacting task of checking those transcriptions for accuracy.The pilot project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, aims to help museums and libraries digitize collections of printed materials. Handwritten journals like those kept by Brewster, whose cursive is difficult for optical character-recognition software to translate, is one example; another involves historical documents in hard-to-recognize formats, such as the seed catalogs held by the Missouri Botanical Garden, rich with images, tables, and text in multiple sizes.The key goal in the initiative is to make a digital copy that is both searchable and accurate, according to Patrick Randall, who is working on the project for the Ernst Mayr Library.A searchable digital copy can be created by crowdsourcing the transcription to a small army of volunteers, a strategy already employed by several institutions. For this project, Brewster’s journals are being transcribed at two sites, DigiVol and FromThePage. As a step in quality control, each site is creating a copy that can be checked against the other.The second part, ensuring accuracy, has the potential to be a bit trickier, Randall said. Since poring over a document for errors isn’t everyone’s idea of exciting work, it typically doesn’t attract volunteers; instead, the institute must painstakingly go over the pages.“The quality control is always the big issue, because ultimately a museum still has to have the final say about what gets the go-ahead, what goes online,” Randall said.That verification process is critical, Rinaldo said, because not every volunteer is familiar with the subject matter. A lack of familiarity combined with hard-to-read handwriting can lead to errors, such as species names being misspelled, which could cause a search engine to miss entries as researchers gather data.It may not be critical “if you miss a ‘than’ or an ‘a,’ but if you’re looking for patterns in bird lists and you spell the scientific name wrong, it might not get picked up,” Rinaldo said. “This is primary research. The point is to get primary research out there so people can incorporate it into what they’re doing.”But what if checking for errors could be made interesting enough for volunteers to do it? Or, better yet, to draw even more volunteers to the task?Enter TiltFactor, a gaming-focused design studio and research lab led by Dartmouth College Professor of the Digital Humanities Mary Flanagan. The company, which develops games that address educational and societal challenges, has been brought on to develop two video games that will engage volunteers in checking transcribed documents for errors.“The gaming piece would allow us to ensure the transcripts are close to 100 percent correct,” Rinaldo said.Flanagan said that although games haven’t been developed for this specific purpose before, the approach itself isn’t unusual, since some kinds of games have been used for social and educational purposes for millennia, a practice she tracked back to the first Olympic Games’ promotion of health and fitness.First versions of the video games should be ready by early next year, Flanagan said. One is aimed at the more altruistic volunteer, who will want a minimum of gameplay features. The second will have more of those features, such as the ability to track progress, gain points for correct transcriptions, and lose them for incorrect ones.The challenge, according to Flanagan and TiltFactor game designer Max Seidman, is to create gameplay that is interesting enough to stand by itself and even attract players who might not be interested in natural history, birds, or the broader societal benefit of their high scores.Video games “are not the first thing you think about when you think of biodiversity heritage,” Flanagan said. “I think this may just be the beginning of ways we use participatory systems in other areas.”last_img read more

Scout Schools

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension has scheduled two insect scouting schools for Georgia’s cotton, peanut and soybean farmers, both set for June.The UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia, will host a scout school on Monday, June 10, and the Southeast Research and Education Center in Midville, Georgia, will host the second scout school on Tuesday, June 18. Both workshops are set for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and serve as an introduction to insect monitoring for new scouts and a review for experienced scouts and farmers.Attendees will learn basic information about how to identify pests and signs of pest damage, natural enemies, scouting procedures and safety in the field. The sessions will end with an in-field review.“Insects are a problem every year, no matter what crop you’re talking about. The best line of defense remains scouting,” said Phillip Roberts, UGA Extension entomologist. “Hopefully, when the producers leave us, they will be better prepared to make the appropriate treatments before it’s too late.”The events are free. For those wishing to attend the scout school in Tifton, contact Debbie Rutland at 229-386-3424. For more information about the scout school in Midville, contact Peyton Sapp at 706-554-2119.last_img read more

December 1, 2004 On the Move

first_img December 1, 2004 On the Move December 1, 2004 On the Move On the Move Ben W. Subin joined Holland & Knight in Orlando as a partner. Subin focuses in complex construction litigation, including defects, delay damages, acceleration claims, default terminations, bid protests, and changed conditions. Ed Guntin and Grace P. Laba joined Akerman Senterfitt in Ft. Lauderdale. Guntin was hired as of counsel in the intellectual property practice group. Laba was hired as an associate in the corporate practice group. Additionally, Mike Wilde, Mike Hennen, Brent Spain, Mike Wenger, Jim Frye, Mike McNatt, Cris Roper and Nancy Campiglia joined the firm’s Orlando office. Carlton Fields announces that Guinevere M. Christmann has joined the firm’s Tampa office as an associate in the Real Estate and Mortgage Financing Practice Group , and Christopher M. Sacco has joined the firm’s Tampa office as an associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Dunlap & Moran, P.A. announced the addition of Thomas Luzier as a shareholder in the firm’s Sarasota office. Luzier focuses on representation of individual and corporate clients in all phases of commercial and residential real estate transactions, business transactional practice, and representation of institutional and private lenders in the documentation of loan transactions. Adam J. Kohl announces the formation of the Law Offices of Adam J. Kohl, P.A. , with offices at 11839 San Jose Blvd., Suite 200, Jacksonville 32223; phone (904) 880-2223; fax (904) 880-2268; e-mail: [email protected] The firm concentrates in personal injury and consumer protection litigation. Michael Romm has relocated Michael R. Romm, P.A., to 150 S.E. 12th Street (Davie Blvd.), Suite 101, Ft. Lauderdale 33316; phone (954) 779-1015; fax (954) 779-1019; e-mail: [email protected] Nicole D. Quinn has rejoined Carlton Fields in its Miami office as an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Quinn concentrates her practice in cases concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act, contracts, and medical malpractice and insurance defense. Manuel Gonzalez, Jr., announced the relocation of his office to 2100 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Suite 1170, Coral Gables 33134-5201; phone (305) 444-1400; fax (305) 443-0903; e-mail: [email protected] D. Jean Ryan and Marcia T. Dunn announce the formation of Ryan & Dunn, P.A., with office located at 3900 N.W. 79th Ave., Suite 417, Miami 33166; phone (305) 513-3303; fax (305) 513-3310; e-mail: [email protected], [email protected] The firm will concentrate its practice in the representation of debtors, creditors, and trustees in Ch. 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy cases. Michael J. Rosen, P.A. has relocated its office to Grove Forest Building, 2937 Southwest 27th Ave., Suite 101, Miami 33133; phone (305) 446-6116; fax (305) 446-6150; e-mail: [email protected], [email protected] Anthony A. Garganese was named managing shareholder of Brown, Garganese, Weiss & D’Agresta, P.A., in Orlando. Garganese practices in the area of city, county, and local government law. Erin Ackor joined Moore and CO, P.A., in Miami. Ackor concentrates in all aspects of marine and aviation law. Keith E. Broll rejoined Rice & Rice with offices at 222 Seabreeze Blvd., in Daytona Beach and 1 Florida Park Drive South, Suite 301, in Palm Coast. Broll primarily represents clients in the areas of business law and commercial litigation. Nicole A. Deese, Perdita M. Martin, Brooke Wagner Odom, D. Finn Pressly, Jerald Steven Southwell and Yvette F. Zassenbraker joined Fowler White Boggs Banker as associates. Deese practices in the firm’s securities, financial service, and white collar practice. Martin, Odom and Pressly practice in the appellate practice group. Southwell practices in the environmental and land use practice group. Zassenbracker practices in the health care practice group. Ellyn Bogdanoff joined the litigation department of Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta & Ploucha, P.A., in Hollywood. Bogdanoff concentrates her practice in the area of commercial litigation. Ingrid Suarez joined the Office of General Counsel, Jacksonville Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Suarez will provide advice and services with respect to all departmental programs and activities. Charles L. Gibbs II and Michael T. Fackler joined the Jacksonville office of McGuire Woods, LLP. Both joined the firm’s commercial litigation department. Cristopher S. Rapp joined Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., as an associate in its litigation department. Cathleen Scott, P.A., announced the opening of its new law office located at Jupiter Gardens, 250 South Central Blvd., Suite 104, Jupiter 33458; phone (561) 653-0008; Web site The firm also will continue to maintain its West Palm Beach office. Richard H. Martin joined the litigation group of Akerman Senterfitt in Tampa as an associate. Daniel P. Faust joined the corporate practice group of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami as an associate. Olga Gonzalez, P.A. has relocated to 4000 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables 33146; phone (305) 448-4686. Gonzalez continues to practice in the area of intellectual property law. Ilian Rashtanov joined south Miami office of The Law Offices of Michael J. Yates, P.L. The firm also relocated and expanded its offices to Sunset Station Plaza at 5975 Sunset Dr., Suite 602, Miami 33143. Jennifer T. Miller joined the litigation and dispute resolution group of Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin, P.L., in Miami. Miller focuses her practice on commercial litigation.last_img read more

Falling tiles, and other opportunities

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Uh-oh, someone said. We have a problem.A tile had fallen from the ceiling in an old auditorium inside Visions FCU.Visions’ headquarters occupy a former school. The school had an auditorium, which the credit union wasn’t using.When the tile fell, they knew they had a problem. The space needed some work.But then it hit them. Why not transform the auditorium into a resource for the community?Fast forward to today, and here’s what they have.The board and staff at Visions are very excited, as they should be. They plan on making the space available to their local community, as well as doing training on financial literacy and more.They took dead space and turned it into an active asset for the community.Another NAFCU member is doing that. At AmeriChoice FCU, they devote space in their main lobby to a local business. It might be a car from a local dealer, bikes from a local bike shop, or a landscaping display from a local landscaper. continue reading »last_img read more

Advance the new lending experience with integrated technology

first_imgGrowing your loan portfolio requires detailed knowledge of target Harvey FosterLending has been reinvented over the past several years, as regulatory demands have substantially increased the expenses and operational requirements for doing business.As a result, the cost of originating mortgages has tripled over the past decade, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Quarterly Performance Report.Despite additional requirements and oversight, there are still significant opportunities for credit unions right now. According to market data highlighted in a May 2015 report by Raddon Financial Group (part of Fiserv), there is an estimated $1.2 trillion market for mortgage originations this year—a 7.1% increase over 2014.This growth can be attributed to a positive outlook from consumers, which may also drive demand for an array of other loan types, such as home equity, auto, and business.In order to capitalize on the strong consumer demand, credit unions need to align their products to meet borrowers’ unique needs. Additionally, as consumers are increasingly embracing the “do-it-yourself” approach to financial services, credit unions must also have the technology in place to enable self-service options for loan shopping and applications. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5 ways financial marketers can avoid the ‘quicksand of digital change’

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There’s an increasing trend among financial brand marketing teams I work with: They report feeling stressed and overwhelmed thanks to the continued rise and focus on digital growth.It’s an understandable reaction as marketing strategies have become exponentially more complex (some might say more confusing or even frustrating) thanks to digital.Through ongoing research, we’ve found the primary reason most financial marketers report feeling stressed and overwhelmed is because they are stuck “doing” marketing.Some are stuck doing marketing because they are “heads down” and so focused on the tactics of marketing they miss the opportunity to strategically plan for future growth. Others are stuck doing marketing because they are asked to do more with fewer resources.last_img read more

4 ways you can beat cabin fever

first_imgWith the COVID-19 pandemic keeping us all cooped up in our homes, it can get rough at times. You just want to get out and live your life like normal. Unfortunately, for right now, this is the new normal. The good news is, the social distancing will hopefully keep more people safe and shorten the life of this virus on a global scale. So for right now, you’re stuck at home. If you’re suffering from a little bit of cabin fever(we all are to some extent), here are five ways you can keep (or try to regain) your sanity…Take a hike: You can’t go to the mall or hang out with your friends, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get out and stretch your legs. Just make sure if you’re going on a hike or walk around your neighborhood that you keep your distance from friends and neighbors so you can keep each other safe and healthy.Work on your yard: Yardwork isn’t always fun, but the weather is starting to get a little warmer and it’s not a bad idea to get outside and get some fresh air. Plus, making improvements to your yard will have it ready for entertaining when it comes time to be social again. Plus, you’ll be able to stand on your front porch in your bathrobe with your coffee and admire your yard.Watch that show: We’ve all got that one show that we’ve been talking about watching for months, or years, even. Well you know what? The time is now. Just make sure you don’t binge the whole thing in a week. You might love it and then you’re going to be sad when there are no more new episodes to watch.FaceTime everyone: Okay so not everyone is FaceTime-able. That’s a new term I just invented. But for the people you can video chat with, it’ll be good for you and them to see a familiar face. If you’re in a more depressed state than usual, seeing and speaking with someone you care about is bound to lift your spirits.Read a book: I don’t always make time for reading, but when you don’t have a lot of things to do to fill your free time right now, it’s probably the perfect opportunity to pick up that story you’ve been wanting to explore and escape into another world. Don’t you remember how you feel when a book starts to really pull you in? It’s time to recapture that magic.Whatever you do to try and regain your sanity, just remember to stay safe out there, my friends. If you’ve got any other ideas for ditching the cabin fever, let us know down in the comments section. 80SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Weardale’s hotspot

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Cash is king: Indonesians withhold spending, augment emergency funds

first_img“We try to be as budget-wise as possible to continue paying our mortgage, and we’re also delaying applying for a loan restructuring policy from the bank,” said Norma, whose family is based in Jakarta. “The last time I topped up GoPay and OVO before Eid was in March, which means I almost never took a ride or ordered food from online applications during quarantine.” Norma added that she would continue to spend smart, at least until there was a significant decline in cases or a vaccine became available.Consumer spending, which accounts for nearly 60 percent of Indonesia’s GDP, is expected to contract this year to the lowest level in decades, economists predict. Consumer confidence nosedived to at least a 12 year low, according to Bank Indonesia’s (BI) consumer confidence index (IKK) survey in April.Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) director Mohammad Faisal predicted that consumer spending would contract in the second quarter. Consumer spending growth slowed down markedly in the first quarter to 2.84 percent year-on-year (yoy), a far cry from the 5.01 percent growth over the same period last year. People are becoming increasingly cautious about spending as they prepare for the possibility that the pandemic will have a long-term impact on their finances. Many have opted to allocate more money for emergency funds.English teacher Norma Solikhah, 28, and her husband are one example. They decided to cancel their planned purchase of new furniture and have delayed plans for vacations to have more cash for emergency needs. They have cooked meals at home every day since the work-from-home policy began in March, and they have bought essential items online at lower prices.Read also: Investors turn to government bonds amid market uncertainty Read also: Ultra-rich to place more funds in banks amid liquidity crunch: EconomistsConsumer spending in the lower-middle-income segment of society is greatly depressed at present because millions of people have lost their jobs, Faisal said. Meanwhile, the middle to upper income segments have tended to delay nonessential purchases and investment because of the uncertain and volatile economic conditions, he added.Approximately 115 million Indonesians, or 45 percent of the country’s population, have yet to achieve economic security and the lifestyle of the middle class, according to a World Bank report titled Aspiring Indonesia – Expanding the Middle Class.“There is high uncertainty at this moment, and it makes people think they need to be careful in spending money. Instead of [spending] on investment and holidays, many people are saving more money for survival,” said Faisal.The latest consumer confidence survey by Nielsen Research also indicated that in the first quarter of 2020 Indonesian consumers had significantly reduced their spending on holidays from 42 percent in the previous quarter to 36 percent. Consumers also reduced investment in stocks and mutual funds to 34 percent, down from 46 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019.Ester Christine Natalia, 26, who lives in Tangerang with her husband, has decided to reallocate the funds the family usually used for investment in mutual funds for a cash emergency fund.“Because it is more liquid and safe,” said Ester. “In a crisis like this, cash will always be king.”Private sector employee Rizki Amalia, 26, has also opted to hold more cash in an emergency fund for her parents instead of spending it.  Read also: Retail investors growing as brokerages intensify online access“Initially, I made a savings account for a holiday plan in 2021, but then I shifted the savings account to an emergency fund for my parents. In this situation, we will never know what the future will hold, so the increased emergency fund is the best decision,” said Rizki, who lives in Jakarta.  Nielsen Research also found that 23 percent of respondents were concerned about health, up significantly from 14 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.“When the survey was conducted, COVID-19 had not affected Indonesian consumers’ optimism. Even though it was not yet announced as a pandemic by the WHO, it had already affected consumers’ concerns about health,” said Nielsen Connect Indonesia managing director Indrasend Patmawidjaja.Topics :last_img read more