Flying Karamazovs and friends bring Chautauqua spirit to Juneau

first_imgFor a full list of events, click here.Their three-day routine begins with an open potluck Thursday at the Douglas library. Think of it as a Chautauqua launch party with a chalk drawing competition and community music jam.Friday is the workshop day at Centennial Hall, where the Chautauquans and community members will teach circus skills, how to build a fire using friction, the Chinese meditative art of Qigong, how to fold a fitted sheet, and lecture on health.There will also be pop-up performances downtown. The only ticketed part of their visit is their headlining vaudeville show Friday evening, which features music, aerialists, the Flying Karamazov Brothers and lots of shtick.New Old Time Chautauqua jugglers in a rainy teaser show in Wrangell on June 26. (Photo courtesy Zachary “Skip” Waddell/New Old Time Chautauqua)On the Fourth of July, they’ll march in both the downtown Juneau and Douglas parades.New Old Time Chautauqua founder and original Flying Karamazov Brother Paul Magid hopes to inspire change person to person. The troupe will perform at the Johnson Youth Center and the Juneau Pioneer Home, too, as part of their service mission.Magid describes the spirit behind their group in his 2012 TEDx talk:“And it’s a our love of music, play, laughter and for each other that bridges all religious and political differences whether it’s on a baseball field, in a grocery store, or at a maximum security prison.”After Juneau, they’re headed to Hoonah, Haines and Sitka.Full disclosure: All proceeds from Friday’s ticket sales benefit KTOO. Share this story: Arts & Culture | Juneau | KRNNFlying Karamazovs and friends bring Chautauqua spirit to JuneauJune 30, 2015 by Annie Bartholomew, KTOO Share:A selfie shot while the New Old Time Chautauqua band marches through a Wrangell supermarket, June 25, 2015. (Photo courtesy Eben Sprinsock/New Old Time Chautauqua)When the New Old Time Chautauqua marched into a TEDx talk in Seattle in 2012, there were jugglers, marching band musicians with mismatched uniforms, a saxophonist with a fez and a mustachioed ringmaster in a kilt.Now, the motley troupe of almost 60 performers and educators is in Juneau for three days of workshops, shows and activities that start Thursday.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The traveling Chautauqua movement began on Lake Chautauqua in New York in the late 1800s. They brought lectures, theater and music to rural communities but it mostly died out after the rise of radio and motion pictures.“School Children’s ‘Chautauqua’ Demonstration” in Juneau, Sept. 21, 1921. (Alaska State Library, David & Mary Waggoner Photographs & Papers, 1900-1940, Winter & Pond, ASL-PCA-492)In 1981, Patch Adams — yup, the one Robin Williams played — and the Flying Karamazov Brothers revived the movement. Natalee Rothaus was with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council in 1992 when the New Old Time Chautauqua first visited Juneau.“It’s so much fun and it’s so much goodwill, spirited. You know, you’re working with people who are doing this for the love of it. They’re not coming in just to do a show. It’s not just a gig, it’s a Chautauquan family,” Rothaus says.A New Old Time Chautauqua performer in the streets of Wrangell, June 26.(Photo courtesy Zachary “Skip” Waddell/New Old Time Chautauqua)The New Old Time Chautauqua is a nonprofit whose members volunteer their time and fund their own travel during their month-long tour each summer. It’s Chautauquan tradition to share knowledge, partner with local organizations and build community through laughter, entertainment and education.“The last time we did do a parade, it was quite wonderful. I myself wanted to run away with the circus,” says Rothaus.One Juneauite actually did. Valerie Snyder, owner of Douglas’ BrownBoots Costume Company, joined the Chautauqua in Bellingham last month for a crammed week of rehearsals before they hopped the ferry up to Ketchikan. During their parades, Snyder says, “People are genuinely surprised and we get community members to march with us. In Ketchikan, I ran up the sidewalk and I did a little face painting to all the little kids waiting on the side of the street. ”A New Old Time Chautauqua performer in the streets of Wrangell, June 26.(Photo courtesy Zachary “Skip” Waddell/New Old Time Chautauqua)So far on this jaunt, the group has performed in Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg.Snyder is the only Alaskan from Southeast in the troupe. She plays violin, juggles, hula hoops, and contributes a little singing and dancing.“Just expect fun and warmth and friendship. We’re just here to entertain and put a smile on your face,” Snyder says.last_img read more

Sublime Kingston brothers lead Laois past Offaly and into Round 4 of All-Ireland Qualifiers

first_img Pinterest Sublime Kingston brothers lead Laois past Offaly and into Round 4 of All-Ireland Qualifiers By Alan Hartnett – 29th June 2019 Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSAll Ireland SFC QualifiersLaois senior footballersLaois v Offaly Twitter GAA Facebook WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Home Sport GAA Sublime Kingston brothers lead Laois past Offaly and into Round 4 of… SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Team 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Previous articleIn Pictures: Clough-Ballacolla go blue and white in support for the Laois hurlersNext articleLaois footballers launch on in the Qualifiers, a Masters win, and two Feile semi-finals await – it’s all of today’s GAA results Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. GAA Brought to you in association with FREESOUL PortlaoiseLaois 0-20 Offaly 0-15All-Ireland Football Championship Qualifiers Round 3Brothers Donie and Paul Kingston kicked ten points between them as Laois defeated neighbours Offaly in front of almost 7,000 in O’Moore Park.Such were the crowds that turned up, throw in had to be delayed by ten minutes but when the game got going, the Kingston brothers ran riot.Laois kicked a series of wides at the end of the game to keep Offaly in the game but John Sugrue’s men did more than enough to advance to the next stage of the Qualifiers.Offaly played with the wind in the first half but it was Laois who were first out of the blocks in the opening minute when Paul Kingston charged forward and kicked a great point.But Laois played throughout the first half leaving their full back line one-on-one and that yielded scores for Offaly – almost a goal with their first attack when Bernard Allen spun Gareth Dillon and got through on goal only for Brody to deny him.Allen was fouled in the lead up to the chance though and Niall McNamee converted that before Ruairi McNamee put Offaly ahead.Ross Munnelly leveled things up with a free and then Laois went ahead again after nine minutes through Kieran Lillis.Donie Kingston then added a brace as Laois stretched three ahead but back came Offaly who landed the next three scores through keeper Paddy Dunican, Bernard Allen and Ruairi McNamee to tie the game after 21 minutes.Laois had a great goal chance in that period too though when Paul Kingston, Kieran Lillis and Donie Kingston combined to set up Colm Murphy but Offaly keeper Paddy Dunican came flying out of goal to deny him.Ross Munnelly and Kieran Lillis edged Laois on again but Offaly refused to go away and the sides would go in level at half time.Paul Kingston, Donie Kingston and Colm Murphy all scored again for Laois but Anton Sullivan, Niall McNamee and Bernard Allen did likewise for Offaly as the half ended with the score at 0-10 each.Just as in the first half, Laois started the second half well with Paul Kingston landing his third point of the half before brother Donie tapped over a free.Offaly keeper Paddy Dunican landed their first score of the second half but Donie Kingston wiped that out with a monster free from in front of the stand.Colm Murphy extended the lead to three points as goal hero from the Derry game Eoin Lowry entered the fray for veteran Ross Munnelly and kicked Laois further ahead after 48 minutes.Laois were rampant now and when Donie Kingston kicked another brilliant individual score, Laois led 0-16 to 0-11 with 20 minutes to play.Offaly centre back Johnny Moloney fisted Offaly closer but Paul Kingston’s fourth point from play pushed Laois five ahead again with 15 minutes to play.Centre back Robbie Pigott then landed a monster score and although Offaly keeper Paddy Dunican cut the gap, Evan O’Carroll, moments after his introduction, left it 0-19 to 0-13 with 63 minutes played.Laois kicked a number of wides after that and Offaly closed the gap to four through Ruairi McNamee and Bernard Allen as we entered five minutes of injury time.But Offaly wouldn’t score again as Evan O’Carroll made the win safe with the last kick.SCORERS – LAOIS: Paul Kingston 0-4, Donie Kingston 0-6 (three frees), Ross Munnelly 0-2 (one free), Kieran Lillis 0-2, Colm Murphy 0-2, Eoin Lowry 0-1, Robbie Pigott 0-1, Evan O’Carroll 0-2 OFFALY: Niall McNamee 0-3 (one free), Ruairi McNamee 0-4, Paddy Dunican 0-3 (all frees), Bernard Allen 0-4, Anton Sullivan 0-1, Johnny Moloney 0-1LAOIS: Graham Brody (Portlaoise); Stephen Attride (Killeshin), Denis Booth (The Heath), Gareth Dillon (Portlaoise); Trevor Collins (Graiguecullen), Robert Pigott (Portarlington), Patrick O’Sullivan (Portarlington); John O’Loughlin (St Brigid’s), Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise); Daniel O’Reilly (Griaguecullen), Paul Kingston (Arles-Killeen), Marty Scully (Ballyroan-Abbey); Donie Kingston (Arles-Killeen), Colm Murphy (Portarlington), Ross Munnelly (Arles-Kilcruise). Subs: Eoin Lowry (Killeshin) for Munnelly (47), Eoin Buggie (Stradbally) for O’Sullivan (51), Evan O’Carroll (Crettyard) for Murphy (53), Damien O’Connor (Timahoe) for O’Reilly and Sean Byrne (Portarlington) for Lillis (both 63), David Seale (Portlaoise) for Attride (67)OFFALY: Paddy Dunican; Declan Hogan, Eoin Rigney, David Dempsey; Cian Donohoe, Johnny Moloney, Niall Darby; Eoin Carroll, Peter Cunningham; Shane Horan, Anton Sullivan, Cathal Mangan; Bernard Allen, Niall McNamee, Ruairi McNamee. Subs: Mark Abbott for Carroll (48), Paul McConway for Cunningham (54), Joseph O’Connor for Donohue (59), Peter Cunningham for Sullivan (67), Shane Tierney for R McNamee (71)Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)SEE ALSO – Remembering the incredibly dramatic Laois-Offaly football clash in 2003 GAA Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Children Routinely Carry Heavy Loads

first_img News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter Children Routinely Carry Heavy Loads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak During the autumn season, my task was to carry earth from the hill behind the school to the riverside. I did not know to do the work at first so I just followed what the other children were doing. The weight of the dirt on an A-frame was 30 kilograms and I was only ten years old. I had to make the trip carrying the dirt 30times a day. By any standard, the work was too much for small children like us. But no one ever dared to complain, I managed to make the first ten rounds. Then, I felt my shoulder skin come off, my legs shaking and my body starting to collapse. The teachers were watching us very closely and mercilessly beat us with a stick if we stopped.One of the children fell over a tree rot. He tried very hard to get up again but was so worn out that he fell again. His lips were broken and his hands were bleeding. The teacher rushed to him and raised his stick. I closed my eyes because I was fed up with watching so many children bleed from beatings.The teacher said to him. “I will give you one more chance because you are a newcomer.” He kept scolding him for being weak and not and mot yet getting used to the work but did not beat him this time. He told the other children digging ground, “Give him less load.” But the poor child was very weak and unable to even sustain himself. The teacher said, “OK! let him take a rest for a little while.” The boy died sown under a tree.Like the adult prisoners here, children were full go anger at each other under such difficult living conditions. His taking a rest meant more work for the other children under the collective work quota system. Children passing by all swore at him and one of then even kicked him, saying, “Hey, you good for nothing! Do not try to be smart! Get up and work!” There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Daily NK – 2005.10.26 1:56pm SHARElast_img read more

New fund gives investors access to options income strategy

first_img A new fund that gives investors access to the options market began trading Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Purpose Enhanced Premium Yield Fund from Purpose Investments, Inc. is designed to generate income by selling put options to earn premiums. The ETF aims to generate yield by selling puts at 3% to 5% out of the money, according to a release from Purpose Investments. markets 123RF “It allows investors to access the options market without having to develop deep expertise in derivatives,” Purpose Investments CEO Som Seif said in a statement.The fund has a management fee of 0.75%. It is also available in mutual fund versions. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Keywords Options,  Derivatives,  ETFCompanies Purpose Investments Inc. BMO launches new U.S. ETF series IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media An inhospitable environment for bond ETFs ETF inflows hit $7 billion in Maylast_img read more

County prosecutor warns out of date software could cripple his office

first_imgCounty prosecutor warns out of date software could cripple his officePosted by Chris BrownDate: Monday, July 29, 2019in: Newsshare 0 Upgrading could cost $550,000 one-time, and over $180,000 a year CLARK COUNTY — The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s office is warning that without a $550,000 software upgrade to their case management software they could be left unable to function in the future.County prosecutor warns out of date software could cripple his officeClark County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik is warning that failing to upgrade a software system in his office could leave his staff unable to function. Images Courtesy Clark County, WA“It’s how we start a new case, every time we get a new case, from law enforcement in the office,” Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik told county councilors at a recent work session on the matter. “All the agencies in the county, they do their work, they generate cases, they refer them to us, and it allows us to track all of the cases that are referred in to us from law enforcement.”Prosecuting Attorney’s (PA) offices in Washington state are audited once every three years to make sure they’re in compliance. Golik says the most recent audit, performed by Washington State Patrol (WSP) on behalf of the FBI, showed that their existing case-tracking system lacked required security. Failing to upgrade it, he says, could lead to their office being unable to access the massive National Crime Information Center (NCIS) database maintained by the FBI.“We have to, by statute, provide accurate criminal history for every case, so that the judge can pose a legal sentence. Criminal history is a part of the sentencing,” Golik told the council. “There’s no if, and, or but about that. You just cannot function as a prosecutor’s office, if you don’t have that.”The county’s current case-tracking system was adopted in the 1990’s. In 2014, the county spent $25,000 to upgrade the system in order to keep it compliant at that time. When WSP auditors ruled in April of last year the county was again out of compliance, Golik says they worked with their IT department in hopes of finding a fix. “And they end up recommending that the only way to get out of (non) compliance is to move to a new updated system,” said Golik.That was last October. Golik says his department then applied for Federal grant money to fix the system but were denied. He then went to County Manager Shawn Henessee with the request late last year but Henessee said he couldn’t include it in that budget, but would look at it again in the Spring supplemental. “We have worked for a long time, even before I took office in the prosecutor’s office, to run a fiscally conservative office and to only ask for budget authority when we need something,” Golik says. “We don’t ask for stuff if we don’t have to have it.”Golik says they put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) earlier this year and received responses from four companies. They also went to several other counties to see what systems prosecuting attorneys offices there were using. A second funding request in May was voted down 3-2 by the council, with Chair Eileen Quiring and Councilor Julie Olson voting yes.“It was not made clear to me that this was something that was essentially promised in the budget work prior,” said Councilor Temple Lentz at the work session. “And so when it came forward as an emergency request that was not an emergency, because it was well known, there was a friction for me there.” Henessee later clarified, saying he never “promised” Golik or his office that they would get the funding.“I said I would make it a priority,” he said. “And I was very open about that during the budget process last year, because when I met with them, and we discussed this, we went over some of the technical issues. What I said was, I would make it a priority to see if we could find funding and, if we could, then I’d see if we could put it in the budget.”Lentz said seeing the information presented again with more detail would likely tip her to supporting the funding next time around, though there was some debate over whether it should come up in the Fall supplemental budget, or wait for the 2020 budget in December.Golik was asked what kind of timeline there was for a decision to be made. While he said the answer is difficult, his sense from the auditors was that there was no firm cutoff date.“They are saying that as long as we are moving forward, that we will continue to have access,” he said, noting that just setting a time to bring up the budget vote again would likely be seen as progress.More skeptical was District 4 Councilor Gary Medvigy, a retired judge, who said he was unclear on why an out-of-compliance case management system would cut off access to a criminal history database, since they are two separate pieces of software. Golik responded that, from the FBI’s point of view, if his office is out of compliance in one area, they’re out of compliance in everything.“The Vancouver police could still run a criminal rap sheet. Sheriff’s Office could still run criminal rap sheet. But they wouldn’t be able to give to us,” he said. “It would be the same as if we just opened the doors to our office and said ‘public, come on in.’”Medvigy said he’s also still unsure how the RFP process would play out, and whether Golik’s office is doing everything they can to make sure they’re getting the best system for the money.Golik said Thurston County is going through a similar situation, so they’ve been able to share information about what software systems are out there. He’s also spent time talking with his colleagues throughout the state during annual gatherings.“I’ve never heard all of the 39 elected say, ‘gosh, this one is perfect, and we all are using this one,’” says Golik, adding that their research has shown that the system they have in mind is likely the best option available. “Is there another one out there that costs half as much that’ll do just as well? And the answer has been a resounding ‘no, there’s not.’”Aside from the $550,000 initial cost, the system is estimated to cost an additional $185,000 annually for maintenance.“Typically, with software packages, the maintenance costs are where software companies really make their significant money,” said Henessee, “and those will only continue to go up.”Councilor John Blom wondered, for that cost, would they be guaranteed not to run into future problems requiring yet another software change.Golik joked that “all of us will be in this room again 20 years from now” but did say they have received assurances that compliance will be maintained into the foreseeable future.Henessee added that the county had ongoing maintenance expenses for the existing software system until the provider went out of business. That saved money, but eventually led to the current situation where they can’t continue to upgrade or maintain the software.Golik says ultimately this upgrade, while expensive, is going to be necessary sooner or later. Being cut off from tracking cases or providing defense attorneys and judges with state mandated criminal history data would cripple the fifth-largest county in Washington state when it comes to the business of criminal justice.“It would kind of throw us back into the Stone Age, trying to somehow function as a large office, fifth largest in the state, built on having this system and then going to no system,” Golik said. “It just is not doable.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Pavement work to begin Monday night on East Mill Plain in Vancouver Next : Ballot measures before voters in Aug. 6 primary and special electionAdvertisementThis is placeholder text guestLabel I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. 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Clark County Crisis Collaborative will host town halls focused on behavioral health

first_imgBeacon Health Options and Rainier Springs help bring virtual events to communityCLARK COUNTY — Behavioral health is a unique segment of care which is often mistaken or incorrectly lumped in with mental health. The Clark County Crisis Collaborative is hoping to change that.Tonight, (Oct. 28), and on Wed., Nov. 5, the group will host town hall meetings through Zoom, by way of partnerships with Beacon Health Options in Camas and Rainier Springs in Salmon Creek.Graphic courtesy of Beacon Health Options CamasGraphic courtesy of Beacon Health Options CamasThe first night will be focused on behavioral health with adults and the second on the same subject as it pertains to young people. With the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization seeks to touch on ways to practice good behavioral health habits and seek the proper care if needed.“[The collaborative] brings all of them to the table to discuss the issues that the community is seeing and the barriers that they’re seeing,” said Community Engagement Coordinator for Beacon Health Kirstin Peterson. “Triaging those and finding creative ways to make sure the system’s running as effectively as it can.” Many of the organizations that make up the collaborative, provide services to the community through outreach and actual care. The Behavioral Health Crisis System for Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties is run by Beacon Health, and the provider continues to work with predominantly communities in need. Operating a crisis line in the region is a staple effort of the collaborative.Graphic courtesy of Beacon Health Options CamasGraphic courtesy of Beacon Health Options CamasMental health fits into behavioral health, but the latter also includes other issues, such as addiction. In an effort to get the communities thoughts on this area of health care, a survey was put out through Oct. 19. The results concluded the following key points:The crisis line and the ER remain the most utilized crisis services. Over a quarter of those who responded were unaware of the mobile crisis teams in the area.There exists access to limited services – few facilities, lack of prevention services, no services for Autism/DD, insurance difficulties.The threshold is too high for crisis services, coupled with lack of preventive services in the community.Cultural, racial, language barriers are a factor.“This behavioral health crisis system, it’s for the community,” Peterson said. “So we want to know how the community is experiencing it, and if they’re experiencing negative things that we’re able to impact. We would want to know if there’s things that they believe that are working well. We really can’t drive effective change without that community input.”The town halls are targeted at receiving the stories of real people, according to the collaborative, beyond what can be gleaned from a survey. Subsequently, participants will be allowed to offer their opinions and ideas, as well as ask questions. With suicide increasing by 25 percent from 1999 to 2017, the collaborative sees a greater need than ever for readily available behavioral health tools. Add to the mix the opioid crisis and pandemic, and the group sees enhanced first responder training and community awareness as imperative. Youth may be some of the hardest hit in the community, especially if they have a lack of resources like internet connection.“That inability to have those face to face interaction, whether that’s at school, or whether that’s with their behavioral healthcare provider, or with friends with family, it’s that lack of interaction,” Peterson said. “And while we’re also seeing that with adults, it seems to be a little more debilitating for youth, because they don’t always have the opportunities to utilize those forms of outreach like adults do.”The collaborative is also encouraging people to join groups designed to support youth and members of the community in healthy behaviors. FYSPRT, Family Youth System Partner Round Table, is a group that meets on the third Monday of the month virtually and is a community-based group of youth, families, professionals and community members from Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat, counties. The group’s members are passionate about making needed changes in the system of care that serves youth and families with complex mental health needs, according to the collaborative. There is no registration required and both town hall events are free to the public. Each night will go from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Zoom meeting ID and call in number can be found in the graphic above. Visit the Beacon Health website to learn more about behavioral health.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:CamasClark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Record voter turnout continues with a week until the general election Next : Family Feud update: Camas family wins $40,000AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Clark County Crisis Collaborative will host town halls focused on behavioral healthPosted by Jacob GrannemanDate: Wednesday, October 28, 2020in: Healthshare 0 last_img read more

Life and death on social media: How to live a good life online

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail  Listen and subscribeAppleGoogle PlaySpotifySoundCloudStitcherMore than 70% of us use social media platforms. We’re increasingly learning, growing, living and dying in a very public sphere. How can we handle all of this in a healthy way?This week’s Brainwaves podcast explores these questions and more.Categories:BrainwavesHealth & SocietyNews Headlines Published: May 7, 2019 last_img

State of the City highlights Santa Monica’s feats, flaws

first_imgHomeNewsState of the City highlights Santa Monica’s feats, flaws Jan. 30, 2016 at 6:53 amNewsState of the City highlights Santa Monica’s feats, flawsJeff Goodman5 years agoaffordabilityaffordable housingBig Blue BusbreezeCalifornia InclineCity HallExpo Light Railexpo lineFAAhomelesshomelessnessMayor Tony Vazquezminimum wagerick coleSanta MonicaSanta Monica Airportsanta monica minimum wagesanta monica newsSilicon Beachsmosoka gakkai international auditoriumTony VazqueztransportationwellbeingCity Manager Rick Cole (File photo) Rick Cole rattled off many flourishing components of Santa Monica: its important role in the tech sector, its real estate values, its robust tourism industry and its award-winning environmental projects.But the proverbial horn he tooted was muffled by the sound of his rhetorical alarm.“We cannot maintain success by sitting on our assets,” the city manager said.It was the line that drew the most laughs, but also the main point that Cole was trying to make during his State of the City speech Thursday night at the Soka Gakkai International Auditorium.In order for Santa Monica to continue thriving, he said, its civic officials, business leaders and community members can’t be complacent or accepting of the status quo.“We should never take success for granted,” he said. “The key to maintaining and improving our exceptional quality of life … [is] visionary leadership that is not afraid of innovation. In today’s changing world, the greatest risk is not to take any risk at all.”During the annual event hosted by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, local leaders highlighted the city’s accomplishments over the last year while outlining the challenges they plan to tackle in the coming year and beyond.Cole and recently anointed Mayor Tony Vazquez targeted mobility as their top priority, discussing numerous changes in the city’s transportation landscape. The extension of the Expo light-rail line to Santa Monica is scheduled to open in May and construction work on the California Incline is expected to be done by this summer, two major pieces of a circulation puzzle that also includes the recently launched Breeze bikeshare program, tweaks to Big Blue Bus routes and the Colorado Esplanade.The projects will help Santa Monica decrease its dependence on cars while reducing traffic congestion and auto emissions, Vazquez said.Cole and Vazquez also weighed in on the debate over the future of the Santa Monica Airport, which the Federal Aviation Administration recently ruled must stay in operation until 2023. While some believe the airport is important to the city’s economy and emergency preparedness, officials and homeowners have lobbied to close it in favor of an expanded park.“It was innovative to build an airfield for biplanes, but that was 100 years ago,” Cole said. “It makes no sense for corporate jets to be taking off 300 feet from the rooftops of residents’ homes.”Officials also said they’ll work on keeping Santa Monica accessible for people of all income levels. The city recently passed an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020, but Vazquez said the need for more affordable housing persists.“Something must be done to keep our community affordable for future generations,” said Vazquez, a 30-year resident of Santa Monica.This year’s State of the City event was held just a day after Santa Monica’s homeless count, an annual attempt to track the number of people living in shelters and on the streets. And while the local total has declined or held steady in recent years, homelessness has spiked across the county during that span.The issue beyond Santa Monica’s borders “will swamp our best efforts” unless local leaders collaborate with Los Angeles city and county officials, Cole said.Cole said Santa Monica’s success would ultimately be gauged by the wellbeing of the people who live and work in the city. Although the city is in good shape overall, he said, its government needs to improve on addressing the needs of residents and businesses.“When you enter the lobby at City Hall, you still see people sitting on benches, waiting their turn to process building permits,” he said. “And here we are, the epicenter of Silicon Beach, and our website sucks. …“If we don’t address these issues and the growing loss of public trust in public institutions … we will find ourselves in the same boat as the post office,” he said. “Our community cannot take yesterday’s success for granted.”[email protected] :affordabilityaffordable housingBig Blue BusbreezeCalifornia InclineCity HallExpo Light Railexpo lineFAAhomelesshomelessnessMayor Tony Vazquezminimum wagerick coleSanta MonicaSanta Monica Airportsanta monica minimum wagesanta monica newsSilicon Beachsmosoka gakkai international auditoriumTony Vazqueztransportationwellbeingshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSanta Monica vetting new car-sharing service WaiveCarLetter: Marijuana dispensaries that are fair to patients, safe for childrenYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall13 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson23 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter23 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press23 hours agolast_img read more

Facebook granted European payments licence

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 DEC 2016 FacebookMessenger PaymentsMobile payment Related Tags Facebook acquired a licence through the Central Bank of Ireland that could enable it to launch its messenger payments service in Europe, according to reports surfacing late last week.The social networking giant’s peer-to-peer payments service launched in the US in July 2015, enabling customers to transfer money from their bank accounts to friends who have also registered their payment details using its messenger app.Last week, technology news portal TechCrunch posted an image of a granted e-money licence for Facebook issued by the Central Bank of Ireland. The company subsequently confirmed details of the licence, which gives it the legal status to process payments to charities and individuals based in the European Economic Area (EEA).EU regulations state the granting of this document in Ireland enables Facebook to launch money services throughout the EEA.Facebook is yet to announce any figures on the uptake of its in-messenger payments application in the US. However, commentators suggest the industry is set to boom worldwide in the coming years.In July, research company MarketsandMarkets predicted the mobile payment ecosystem would be worth $112.29 billion by 2021, up from $21.15 billion in 2016 – which includes P2P, P2B and B2B transactions.Facebook remains tight lipped on the timeline and details of what a European version of its payments services may look like. Previous ArticleHMD unveils its first Nokia phoneNext ArticleBlog: EE’s emergency services conundrum Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazilcenter_img Chris Donkin Facebook brings payment plays under one roof HomeMoneyNews Facebook granted European payments licence Author Money China mobile payment gains fuelled by pandemiclast_img read more

Day ‘cautiously optimistic’ after injury

first_imgKAPALUA, Hawaii – In the fall of 2006, those who make the important decisions at TaylorMade Golf had a heady choice – sign little-known prospect Jason Day to an endorsement deal or Anthony Kim? The company opted for the Australian blue-chipper, perhaps because of Kim’s rough-and-tumble past at the University of Oklahoma. Or maybe it was Day’s potential global appeal. Whatever the reason, the decision paid off. Although Kim won three times in his first three years on the PGA Tour he hasn’t played since 2012 and has become something of an urban legend, with the occasional sighting only fueling the curious reasons behind his disappearance. Day on the other hand begins 2017 No. 1 in the world following a three-win season in ’16, he’s won a major (2015 PGA Championship) and is a model citizen with an impressive lineup of endorsement opportunities, including a new clothing deal with Nike that reportedly is worth $10 million a year. Yet beneath all that momentum and upside was a very real sense of uncertainty on Tuesday when he spoke at the SBS Tournament of Champions. The 29-year-old hasn’t played on Tour since the Thursday of the Tour Championship in September, sidelined by a back injury that caused him to withdraw from the season finale. SBS Tournament of Champions: Articles, photos and videos “It’s been a while,” he smiled on Tuesday at Kapalua. If there is cause for concern when it comes to Day – and, to be honest, any time someone misses starts because of a balky back there is reason to worry – it wasn’t coming from the 10-time Tour winner. That’s not his style. Although he conceded that the last three frigid months cooped up in Columbus, Ohio, was varying shades of “miserable,” he begins 2017 feeling fit and “cautiously optimistic.” He’s been here before. At the 2015 U.S. Open he suffered from a dramatic case of benign positional vertigo, missed two months in ’14 with a left-thumb injury and withdrew from the Masters in ’13 with an ankle injury. As impressive as Day has been on the course during his career, his inability to avoid the DL has been just as incomprehensible. For Day, the cautionary tale of a world-class athlete derailed in his prime by a back injury is no further away than a text message. He grew up idolizing Tiger Woods, basing his unrivaled work ethic on a second-hand book written about the 14-time major champion, and has become a friend and confidant of the former world No. 1 in recent years. Day has seen firsthand the ravages a back injury can have on even the most talented and conditioned player, but as temperatures dropped into single digits in Ohio the last few weeks he contended there were no foreboding moments. This current injury, which he described as an annular ligament tear between his L4/L5 disc, can be controlled, Day said. He explained that through treatment and strengthening and a shorter back swing he can keep his ailing back from dictating the terms of his career like it has for Woods, who missed all of the 2016 season following multiple back procedures. When asked if there was a moment over the past few weeks when he embraced the prospect of his professional mortality, Day said his current bout with his body wasn’t nearly as concerning as the thumb injury he endured in 2014. “I actually thought I was going to have to quit the game because of the thumb, because I literally couldn’t hold the club,” he said. “You can get away with a bad back a little bit every now and then; you can kind of get through it.” His injured thumb, however, lingered for months, at one point requiring three cortisone injections in four weeks. “I remember sitting there and they would pull the thumb, so the knuckle could expand and they could inject in between the knuckle,” Day recalled. “It hurt, I mean, like hell, it hurt so bad. I was just trying to get some sort of numbness so I could actually hold the club.” By comparison, Day’s most recent medical setback only required time and patience, not to mention a healthy dose of perspective born from countless trips to the Tour fitness trailer. “I feel like you’re always trying to say, ‘I feel good and I’m past it,’ but with back injuries, I think you probably look at it, 90 percent of the players probably have some back injury or back symptom that could possibly pop up at any time,” he said. A decade after TaylorMade bet on Day his upside remains indisputable. Long even by Tour standards with a superior putting touch (he was first in 2016 in strokes gained: putting), Day is still the player with the most consistent and well-rounded game even if all that talent comes with a growing list of concerning medical question marks.last_img read more