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Weather Forces Firefly To Cancel Kings of Leon, Lettuce & Others

first_imgThe only acts able to reschedule to today were Steve Aoki and The Chainsmokers. Firefly Music Festival got a taste of Mother Nature last night, as Tropical Storm Bill forced the festival to evacuate the grounds at roughly 9:45 PM. With Tropical Storm Bill looming, the announcement was blared through the PA: “Dangerous, inclement weather is coming… Please clear the festival site.”Just moments after the headliners Kings of Leon were set to perform, tens of thousands were forced to evacuate and seek shelter. The weather ultimately caused the cancellation of the majority of Saturday night’s acts, including Kings of Leon, Lettuce, Sublime with Rome, Rustie, Matoma and more. Kid Cudi’s set was rained out as well, after only 20 minutes of performing. This was one of two US summer festival performances left on the books in 2015, with the other being Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI next Thursday, June 25th. At the very least, Firefly has been able to recover, and all Sunday performances are still on schedule. We’re glad everyone at Firefly is okay after all of the bad weather!last_img read more

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Film Study Center awards outstanding filmmakers with fellowships

first_imgThe Film Study Center (FSC) was founded in 1957 to support work that records and interprets the world in images and sounds. To this end, the FSC provides annual fellowships to outstanding visiting filmmakers and to students and faculty from the University.The kind of work the FSC supports varies greatly, although nearly all of it shares a nonfictional perspective. The projects may include ethnographic films focusing on societies from Nepal to Nebraska; experimental films that combine images, sound, and other elements in unprecedented combinations; and projects that emphasize still photography or sound recording alone.Lucien Taylor, associate director of the FSC, says that studying reality through the camera lens rather than through the intermediary of written language is “a radically different way of interpreting the world,” and one that complements the exclusive reliance on the written word common to the humanities and social sciences.Taylor, a documentary filmmaker himself (his current project is a study of sheepherders in the American West) teaches a one-year course under the auspices of the Media Anthropology Lab, a collaboration between the departments of Anthropology and Visual and Environmental Studies (VES). Called “Sensory Ethnography,” the course prepares students to document human societies using film or video. A number of the center’s fellows are alumni of Taylor’s course.Many award-winning films have been produced over the years with FSC assistance, including “The Hunters” (1957) by John Marshall; “Dead Birds” (1963) and “Forest of Bliss” (1985) by Robert Gardner; “Pictures from a Revolution” (1991) by Susan Meiselas, Alfred Guzzetti, and Richard Rogers; “The Same River Twice” (2003) by Robb Moss; and “Bright Leaves” (2003) by Ross McElwee.The Film Study Center welcomes its 2007-08 fellows:Diana Keown Allan has just completed a doctorate in social anthropology at Harvard. Her current project, “Still Life,” is a triptych of video portraits of three generations of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon. The film explores different ways in which memory is mediated.Rebecca Baron (FSC-Radcliffe Fellow) will be working on “What Nature Tells Us,” a series of short 16mm films that examine navigation and the sense of direction. The project is inspired by three disparate figures: navigator and inventor Harold Gatty, French writer and filmmaker Georges Perec, and pioneering photojournalist Felice Beato. Baron is currently on leave from the California Institute of the Arts, where she teaches documentary and experimental film.Greg Gagnon earned an A.B. in visual and environmental studies from Harvard College in 2006. At the FSC, he will be working on “The World’s Fair Monument Project,” a cycle of short videos combining footage from his trips to former World’s Fair sites with archival footage of these fairs in operation, evoking futures that never came to pass.Henri Herré has taught at the film school FEMIS in Paris and is an associate of VES. He has made both fiction and nonfiction films, many of which have won awards at international festivals. At the FSC, he is working on a documentary on Boston’s unique place in the history of cinéma vérité. Other current projects include a video on a public school in Dorchester, Mass.Hélène Landemore, a Ph.D. candidate in government at Harvard, is shooting Mariage à la française. The film reflects on the meaning of marriage in secular, multicultural, Europe-integrated France by focusing on Landemore’s sister’s marriage to a young man from Slovenia.Sharon Lockhart, an FSC-Radcliffe Fellow, works in both motion film and still photography. An associate professor at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts, Lockhart will complete a 35mm film and a series of still photographs titled “Lunchbreak.” Motivated by shifts in the world economy and its effect on American labor, the project will document the vital social space of the communal meal.Susannah Morse is a teaching assistant in film and video at Harvard, where she graduated with an A.B. in visual and environmental studies in 2004. She is working on “A Single, Silent Phrase,” an experimental portrait in 16mm film of children’s fantasy writer Susan Cooper (author of “The Dark Is Rising”).Amie Siegel, a Robert E. Fulton III Fellow, works in film, video, sound, and writing, investigating how cinematic conventions such as direct address, the interview, and the voyeuristic gaze form cultural memory. She is currently at work on a feature-length project about the former East Germany that considers the invasive use of cameras and microphones in the context of a culture once defined by surveillance and manipulation.Jeff Silva is a teaching assistant at Harvard and an adjunct in experimental and ethnographic filmmaking and film studies at Emerson College. He is also a co-founder and co-curator of the Balagan Experimental Film Series at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. His FSC project is a 16mm film and installation, “Chilangolandia: Capital in Movement,” an impressionistic exploration of the cultural layers and rhythms of life in Mexico City.J.P. Sniadecki, a doctoral candidate in social anthropology at Harvard, is studying contemporary Chinese culture. In collaboration with Harvard’s Media Anthropology Lab and the Harvard Asia Center, he produced the nonfiction video “Songhua,” which has been shown at festivals and conferences nationwide. His current project, “Removal,” concerns migrant workers at a demolition site in the center of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province.Stephanie Spray is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology who has been shooting video for several years as part of her ethnographic work among the Gaine of Nepal, an occupational caste of musicians. She continues this work with “The Gayek Family,” a video project exploring the complex web of relationships that bind three generations living under one roof in the Nepalese town of Lekhnath Chowk.Christian Stayner is a graduate of Harvard College and a graduate student in architecture at the Graduate School of Design. He is collaborating with John Hulsey (VES ’04) on “Raft of the Medusa,” a feature-length documentary interweaving the stories of three people navigating the moral double binds and ethical entanglements posed by ever-rising tides of clandestine immigration.Benji Zusman, a 2004 graduate of Harvard College with a degree in biochemistry, spent a year shooting video in the Darien Gap — a large tract of swampy jungle in the southernmost province of Panama along the border with Colombia. His video, “Darien Gap,” which he will complete this year, focuses on the people and land of this single gap in the 16,000 mile intercontinental Pan-American Highway.last_img read more

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NERC Ship Name Poll Closes, Boaty McBoatface Landslide Favorite

first_imgThe UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has closed its online poll to name the UK’s next world-class polar research ship that sprung one of the quirkiest names a vessel might be given, the Boaty McBoatface.The proposal has been given a major support from the social media and the name remains on top of the most loved entries so far with 124,109 votes.The Name Our Ship online poll closed at midnight, on Saturday, 16 April with around 7,000 suggestions.Other top five proposals include Poppy-Mai, Henry Worsley, David Attenborough, and Its Bloody Cold Here, all with far less number of supporters.NERC said it would now review all of the suggested names and the final decision for the name will be announced in due course, but chances for the ship being named RRS Boaty McBoatface are far fetched as the council wanted the name to be “inspirational and exemplify the work it will do.”“The ship could be named after a local historical figure, movement, or landmark – or a famous polar explorer or scientist,” the council said announcing the poll earlier this year.Set to set sail in 2019, and backed by £200m of government funding, the polar research ship will be built at the Cammell Laird shipyard on Merseyside.According to NERC, the ship will provide the UK with the most advanced floating research fleet in the world and will help put the UK at the forefront of ocean research for years to come.last_img read more

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Kitts granddaughter joins the family tire business

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – JR’s Tires has added a woman’s touch to its La Follette tire shop.  After graduating from Campbell County High School in May, Jaylynn Kitts joined her grandfather, J.R. Kitts at his Highway 25W location (at West Beech Street).TOP PHOTO:  Jaylynn Kitts (L) and J.R. Kitts (R)J.R. said, “She’s learning the business and someday will carry it forward.”  He pointed to his right ear and told Jaylynn the first thing you need to learn is to listen to your customers; they’ll tell you what they need and want.Jaylynn is excited about her new career right out of high school and welcomes you by to see her.  JR’s Tires is open Monday through Saturday offering full automotive service, used car sales and, of course, full tire service from your lawn mower to your family car and anything in between.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/26/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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SATURDAY SIX: The Fifth Annual Theme Park TURKEYS OF THE YEAR

first_img# 3 – That Time Disney Just Screen Capped a YouTube Video For Concept Art and Then Tried To Cover Up the “Subscribe Here” ButtonNext year brings Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at DHS, but we did get a taste of the ride back in 2017 at DHS. “Art” that inspired the the attraction was posted in at the Walt Disney Presents gallery. When people looked closer, it turned out that it wasn’t actually printed art, but blown up images that were screen capped from Mickey Mouse cartoons on YouTube. They still had the a “SUBSCRIBE HERE” button in the picture. You can’t makes stuff this up. After some laughs were had, the art was seemingly replaced quickly without the buttons.At least, that’s what we thought happened.In April of this year, BlogMickey.com noticed something peculiar. Upon even closer inspection, the SUBSCRIBE HERE buttons were still on the pictures, they were just painted over, and now the paint was coming off.Taken in 2017, this photo shows some of the ” art” which inspired Mickey and Minney’s Runaway Railway. (photo by @blog_mickey)I wonder how many guests tried to press this “button?” (photo by @blog_mickey)Here is a pic of the “new and improved” art. Looks like the SUBSCRIBE HERE button is gone right?Updated art. (photo by @blog_mickey)Not exactly…Wow. (photo by @blog_mickey) # 5 –  That Time Voodoo Doughnut Celebrates Its Grand Opening in Universal CityWalk By Having Grand Opening Sale. Only Location Not Eligible? Universal CityWalk.We’re one day removed from Black Friday, and everybody loves a good sale right? What if we were to tell you about a Grand Opening sale in which every store got a discount except the one that was actually opening? Sounds crazy, right? It happened this year though when Voodoo Doughnut officially opened its location at Universal CityWalk. This is like having a birthday party and the only person who isn’t invited is the person whose birthday you’re actually celebrating.Wait…what? Universal’s social media even got in on the game.After the Turkeys came out last year, another Disney owned Twitter handle also lost its mind when Freeform (the channel formerly known as ABC Family) tweeted the following…Edited for l’il SAT SIXers. # 4 – That Time on Twitter When Disney Went DARKThis one is still hard to believe, even as seasoned veterans of DisTwitter.Over the years we’ve shown the differences between the social media presence of Disney and Universal. While Universal is generally Johnny on the spot when it comes to staying relevant, such as a timely pizza fries tweet  on the same day as the country received its first Presidential emergency alert, Disney almost always plays it safe. That all changed in April when Disney posted the following tweet.WHAT?!Here at the SATURDAY SIX we’re no prudes, but that is the definition of next level bonkers. As expected, DisTwitter couldn’t believe what they saw. Not only was it crazy that Disney posted something like this, but the tweet stayed up for a while.Average DisTwitter reaction. Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX is one of our favorites as we present the Fifth Annual Theme Park “Turkeys” of the Year. For Thanksgiving this week we took a look back at things both Disney and Universal fans should be thankful for, but today we are going to go the other way. Gather ’round as we continue the yearly tradition of awarding six Theme Park “Turkeys” to the craziest, most outrageous, or just downright weird stories of the year, concluding with the coveted Golden Turkey award. Let’s kick off the ceremony with a situation that which seemed to be orchestrated by the Queen of Hearts herself…# 6 – That Time Disney’s Audio-Animatronic Heads Kept Falling OffWe got no food, no jobs, and our pets’ heads are falling off! – Lloyd Christmas, Dumb and DumberBack in January, the theme park year started off with bang when audio-animatronics began to fall apart in front of guests. Of course everything breaks now and then, especially when you are open 365 days a year, but it’s extremely rare for high profile audio-animatronics to have their heads fall off in front of guests. However, on January 28th that’s exactly what happened when an Ursula audio-animatronic in DCA and a pirate auctioneer audio-animatronic in Disneyland Paris had a similar malfunction in front of guests on the exact same day.Ursula audio-animatronic from Florida’s version of the Little Mermaid ride. (photo by Mike Sperduto)The Ursula audio-animatronic with a missing head out in DCA. (photo by Kim Winder-Thais)Another shot of Ursula’s head. (photo by Kim Winder-Thais)Auctioneer pirate head dangling off body. (photo by @HOPAJUL) Believe it or not, this wasn’t the only time Disney tried to cover up a weird mistake at DHS this year. Over in the bus area, there was a sign that listed out all the places where you could take a Disney bus to, like Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s EPCOT. However, you could also take a bus to Disney’s Disney Springs, which sounds – pardon the pun – Goofy. After a while, Disney finally used a piece of tape to cover “Disney’s” on the sign.Disney’s Disney Springs. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Disney Springs! (photo by @bioreconstruct)“We spared no expense!” – John Hammond, Jurassic ParkOut in Disney California Adventure, they had their own signage issues during the opening of Pixar Pier. On a wait time board, Disney labeled one attraction as the “Pixar Pal-A-Around.” The name is supposed to be “Pixar Pal-A-Round,” and it is the new name for the rebranded Mickey’s Fun Wheel.(photo by @RideVine)Lo and behold, the sign was changed with Disney trying to quickly erase the second “A.” Unfortunately it just made the sign look weird. They also took the “Jessie’s Critter Carousel” attraction off the board, possibly because the ride was not even scheduled to open in 2018.(photo by @Hastin)The next step? Well, just take the Pal-A-Round off the board and put Jessie’s Critter Country back on of course. DUH.(photo by Hastin)center_img # 1 – That Time the Maleficent Dragon Float Breathed Fire FOR REALFestival of Fantasy. (art by Joel Carroll)The Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom is our favorite parade at any Disney park. It has a wonderful soundtrack with fun variations on classic Disney songs. It has some tremendous floats, done with the conceit that they were all built by the residents of Fantasyland. And there are a TON of characters. But the true highlight of the parade is the insanely great Maleficent dragon float.  The dragon has an awesome steampunk look to it, which is cool enough, but the fact that the dragon breathed fire throughout the parade just put it over the top.Maleficent breathing fire. (photo by Brandon Glover)Unfortunately, as the saying goes, when you play with fire you’re going to get burnt. On May 11th, that’s exactly what happened when the Maleficent dragon caught itself on fire. Its quite the visual to see something as cool as the Maleficent float moving around with its entire head going up in flames. Instead of running away, the entire crowd couldn’t stop watching, with many of them taking pictures and filming the disastrous event. Because all the good Florida theme park bloggers had the day off, every single photo and video of this once-in-a-lifetime moment was captured in PORTRAIT MODE.  So while the dragon on fire wins the cherished Golden Turkey Award, every single guest watching the parade that day is awarded the even rarer Platinum Turkey Award for their ineptitude and sheer ignorance of the basic rules for theme park photography.“C’mon baby light my fire… – The Doors (photo by @redheadbabymama)Maleficent billowing smoke after the fire was put out. (photo by @martinMJ22)Now I could never be sure, but I thought that I heard the sound of “Taps” being played, gently. – Ralphie Parker, A Christmas StoryDon’t worry, Maleficent will come back better than ever. And this time with a fire extinguisher! (photo by @matthewcbayer) That’s it for this year’s Turkey of the Year Awards. A big round of applause for our nominees. Somehow there was still some next level insane stuff that happened which we will cover next month in our look back at Reasons We Can’t Forget 2018 (No Matter How Hard We Try!) So stay tuned for the Curious Case of the Missing Letters at Universal, Toothsome being shut down for cockroaches, and an audio-animatronic from the Hall of Presidents used in a way you’ve never seen before.So there you have it: The 2018 Theme Park Turkeys of the Year! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:Inaugural Theme Park “Turkeys” of the Year (2014)Second Annual “Turkeys” of the Year (2015)Third Annual “Turkeys” of the Year (2016)Fourth Annual “Turkeys” of the Year (2017)The SATURDAY SIX Used Disney VILLAINS to Explains Theme Park BloggingSATURDAY SIX Investigative Report: The WORST Places to Propose in Walt Disney WorldSATURDAY SIX Investigative Report: Disney PET PEEVESSATURDAY SIX Investigative Report: The WORST Places To Propose at WDW6 Pieces of Disney Merchandise That Don’t Exists (But Totally Should)Are Disney’s Hotels Going To The Dogs? A Review.Walt Disney World Locations Used in Hulk Hogan’s THUNDER IN PARADISEIs that a murderer’s row of blogging greatness or what?Special Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, Disney blogging’s MVP @blog_mickey, “more for me” @Hastin, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Mr. ‘Ohana Tim Grassey, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2019 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it?That’s right, ANOTHER NEW ONE EXCLUSIVE TO THIS EDITION!Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now! Even with Thanos snapping his fingers, the SATURDAY SIX only gets stronger. Honorable Mention – That Time Disney Pulled Skyliner Artwork After One DayThere may be only 3 days in the entire year in which EPCOT doesn’t have a festival running, but that’s actually fine with us because the Festival of the Arts has quickly become one of the best things in all of Walt Disney World. This year something odd happened though. In one area, Disney had posted several framed pictures featuring attraction art of various Skyway attractions. There was a poster done in the old timey style featuring the Skyway out in Disneyland, and there was also one featuring the Skyway we had in Walt Disney World. Sandwiched in between the two was a piece of art featuring the Disney Skyliner that is making its debut in 2019.Disney Skyliner attraction poster, as seen at the Festival of the Arts. (photo by @thedis)The very next day after the Skyliner poster made its debut, it mysteriously disappeared. It did not return.(photo by @showcaseofwishes)In case of emergencies, Burgan Fine Art is always ready Disney. Call me.DOUBLE SECRET HONORABLE MENTION: That Time A Wilderness Lodge Word Search Game Broke Len Testa’s BrainPresented without commentary. # 2 – That Time Disney Had ANOTHER Typo On a SignSpeaking of signage issues AND annual events, back in February Disney had another amazing typo on a road sign. This time it was for Disney’s AMIMAL Kingdom.Disney’s Amimal Kingdom. (photo by @blog_Mickey)Amimal Kingdom. (photo by @blog_mickey)Wait, maybe the sign isn’t wrong after all?As you may remember, last year there was a wonderful road sign for “Epoct.”(photo by @Blog_Mickey)The 2018 class for the Disney Signage Hall of Fame is one of the strongest in recent memory. Let’s take a look at some previous inductees, starting with the “Wax Been Done” sign at the Poly.Wax been done. (photo by @wdwfanboys)Art OR Animation, a winner of the elusive – yet highly coveted – Burgy Awad.Even our beloved Disney Outlet Store had one for the all time books.They couldn’t even use a new sheet of paper.last_img read more

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Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: January 9, 2015

first_imgWelcome to the weekly roundup! Each Friday I publish a post with my favorite web design and development resources I’ve discovered in the past week for user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML. In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn about the 17 usability testing myths and misconceptions, discover how to test accessibility on your WordPress site, find out how to use CSS designing for print, and more. If you’d like to stay up-to-date daily with resources like these, follow me on Twitter @redcrew.Today’s photo is from the Plymouth Ice Festival, which kicks off this weekend with ice carving competitions, live entertainment, food, and music for the family. I stopped by this morning as they were setting up for the festival.Favorite TweetI hate it when I type in 5 digits dash 4 digits and the web site blats out, “Please enter a valid ZIP code.” #UX— Myria (@Myriachan) January 9, 2015User ExperienceBenchmarking studies are a commitment, and require a lot of thought and planning, says Ki Arnould as she explains the how, when, and why to benchmark your user research findings. Arnould recommends you keep the same number of participants and distinguishing characteristics for each round of testing. “We can’t afford your proposal can you just show us how to do it?””Absolutely! Please multiply the invoice by 8.”— Ryan Sullivan (@ryandonsullivan) January 5, 2015 You don’t need a usability lab to conduct usability testing. And there is no magic formula for how many participants you need for a usability testing. Jim Ross discusses these usability testing myths and 15 others in his 17 usability testing myths and misconceptions. Which one is your favorite myth? If you’re looking for user experience and web professionals events in metro Detroit this month, check out my January 2015 calendar of events. This month’s events include a discussion of money and salaries, creating content your audience wants, introduction to WordPress 4.1 and the Twenty Fifteen theme, and more.Michael Schofield shares his thoughts on how links should open in his post, Links should open in the same window. My thoughts? My opinion doesn’t matter, it’s whatever users want to do. But the decision should be up to the user; as ux designers we shouldn’t control their options. AccessibilityThe World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has published draft updates to Techniques and Failures for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0 guide with removal and replacements for several techniques. Get your feedback in this month; the deadline for public comments is January 29, 2015.If you’ve been searching for a way to convert your captions, look no further than this free online tool to convert your captions from one format to another from 3Play Media. When UX doesn’t consider ALL users, shouldn’t it be known as “SOME User Experience” or… SUX? #a11y— Billy Gregory (@thebillygregory) January 6, 2015 At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, Stevie Wonder joined other panelists to discuss the need to make technology more accessible to people with disabilities.We want to see a time where the issue of technology being accessible to people with disabilities is not an issue that we have to discuss… but it’s just a natural, given factcenter_img Curiosity killed the cat. Curiosity also turned graphic designers into experience designers who love user research. #ux— Dan Harrelson (@DanHarrelson) January 6, 2015 Taming your inbox is a lot easier with these tips on how to nicely turn down all those emails you want to say no to. The author’s mention of getting 35 help requests in one month struck home. I’m recognized as someone who is helpful; this week I received 27 requests for help. Thanks to my friend Meryl Evans for sharing this on Twitter. WordPressThere was sad news in the WordPress community as word spread that Kim Parsell, known for her work on WordPress documentation, had died. Thanks to Suzette Franck, a memorial site has been created to honor Kim. I met Kim a few years ago at a WordCamp; what a lovely person. She will be missed.Long DescriptionIn the first post in her series, Rachel McCollin discusses planning a WordPress Knowledge Base. She walks you through identifying the content, matching requirements, and planning the structure.The new Access Monitor plugin, released this week by Joe Dolson, will test your website compliance to WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.0. The free plugin can be scheduled to run weekly, or you can run tests as needed.My friend Marcy Diaz shows you how to use WordPress conditional tags. Her tutorial explains what conditional tags are, where you can expect to find them, how to use them, and shares code examples.Want to add a subscription box after your post? Learn how to add custom after-post widgets in WordPress with this WP Beginner tutorial.CSS and HTMLIn designing for print with CSS, Rachel Andrews explains how to go beyond print stylesheets to use CSS for formatting books, catalogs, and brochures. Interesting approach from Christian Heillman for creating conditional form fields with CSS, without using any JavaScript. As Christian points out in his summary, it’s unfortunate DOM (Document Object Model) manipulation and ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) are needed in order for it to be accessible. What I Found InterestingYou never know what a new year will bring, as Susan Robertson shares her tumultuous 2014 and the changes her career took. What did she learn?The lesson for me in 2014 was to get much better at rolling with the coaster. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: January 2, 2015Welcome to the new year! If this is your first time visiting my blog, each Friday I publish a weekly roundup of the latest web design and development resources for user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, HTML, and responsive design. In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn four simple ways to improve…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: September 4, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll find out how Skype onboards users, find out how to move beyond simple accessibility requirements to make content accessible to low-vision users, learn about the anatomy of responsive images, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: June 16, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn what Alan Cooper has to say about conversational interfaces, find out how to navigate a website with a keyboard, discover how to use fr in CSS Grid, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

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Photo of the Week: Autumn Colors in Michigan

first_imgGold-colored Sugar Maple and copper-colored American Beech leaves.I can’t get enough of the stunning fall colors in Michigan! It’s amazing to walk through the woods to see all the beautiful changing colors and look up into the canopy of trees to see even more brillian colors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Piping Plovers Along Lake Michigan ShorelineWhat a special treat to end June with seeing the Piping Plover on the shore of Lake Michigan this weekend! I’ll always remember June 2018, since I saw three of the rarest Michigan birds in one month: The Kirkland’s Warbler three weeks ago in northern Michigan, a bird that will…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Early Signs of Fall at Oakwoods MetroparkWith night temperatures in the forties the past few days, it’s no wonder we’re seeing the first signs of fall color change in southeastern Michigan woods. At Oakwoods Metropark in New Boston, Michigan, I saw early fall color change on sumac and understory plants in the oak-hickory forest. It was…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Changing Colors of American Goldfinches Says Spring is NearIn the past, I would look for signs of spring from our swelling maple tree buds, the brightly colored purple crocuses in bloom in our front yard, or the beautiful white Snowdrops in the courtyard. But this year, I’ve seen a different sign of spring: the slowly changing yellow plumage…In “Nature”last_img read more

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SANParks teaches conservation

first_imgA computer lab worth R820 000 has been handed over to Masiza High School in Mbaula, Limpopo. Grade 12 pupil Khanyisa Chauke thanks SANParks on behalf of the students and hands over a certificate to Mr Sibiya.(Images: SANParks) MEDIA CONTACTS • William Mabasa  SANParks head of public relations  and communications +27 12 735 4363 RELATED ARTICLES • New Sanparks educational centre • Free entrance to SA national park • Kruger Park booked out for 2010 • Vultures need our helpMusa M MkalipiA computer laboratory for Masiza High School in Mbaula, Limpopo, worth nearly a million rand; an administration building at Dumisani High School in Cork, Mpumalanga, worth just over two million rand – these are just two of the corporate social investment (CSI) projects of South African National Parks (SANParks).The group’s CSI programmes focus specifically on improving the lives of people neighbouring its wildlife reserves. “In the past, our approach to community development was more of providing access to benefits that accrued from our business,” explained the Kruger National Park’s managing executive, Abe Sibiya. “We have now added the issue of corporate social investment whereby we have begun to provide facilities and resources that can benefit the whole community.”A total of R820 000 ($81 390) was spent on 32 computers as well as the refurbishment of the building in which the computers are kept at Masiza High School. The aim was primarily to benefit the pupils, but also to help the community of Mbaula Ranch as a whole. “The school applied for the project and on the basis that we are today living in the information age, a computer lab was the most appealing to us,” said William Mabase, the head of public relations and communications at SANParks.CSI is not the only way SANParks is promoting education. The organisation introduced its Social Ecology Programme in 1996, which was aimed at creating opportunities for communities that surrounded national parks so that they could also benefit from the parks’ activities. “Since then, communities have been benefiting in many ways, but in 2012, after SANParks adopted a new vision of ‘SANParks connecting to society’, the CSI department was created to give effect to the new vision,” explained Mabase.The aim was to uplift the standard of living of people, especially those in poor communities. According to SANParks, for the next five years its CSI programmes will focus on education through the provision of required infrastructure, libraries, science laboratories, extra classes as well as water tanks. At Dumisani High School, for example, R2.2-million ($21 8383) was donated for the new administration block.Educating the youthFor poor and rural communities, SANParks has pledged to support the implementation of programmes that promote access, benefit sharing, and socio-economic development towards the improvement of communities next to national parks. Environmental education is crucial in this context.SANParks has various programmes in place to teach students and equip them with skills to take care of the environment in which they live that attract more than 170 000 pupils a year. Through its Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI), for example, students are taught about the significance of climate. KGSI started in 2010 and targets urban areas. These regions are targeted, Sibiya said, because residents here were not exposed to national parks and awareness of conservation. By 2012, SANParks had hosted a total of 22 808 participants, 95% of whom – 21 633 – were students. Numbering 1 175, teachers made up the balance.Seven schools in Gauteng are involved in KGSI at present. They are learning about waste management, food gardening, recycling, water conservation and greening. KGSI is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education.Another programme, Kids in Parks, is a partnership between the national Department of Environmental Affairs, SANParks and Pick n Pay, the second largest supermarket group in South Africa. It provides opportunities for pupils and teachers to use national parks as learning environments. Kids in Parks workshops deal with topics such as environmental ethics on three-day sponsored tours to national parks.Each year, Kids in Parks takes 5 000 children to parks, exposing them to activities such as mountain climbing and horse riding. According to Pick n Pay, the goal of the programme is to broaden the perspectives of under-privileged children by investing in the beauty of the land so that future generations can enjoy a sustainable environment.SANParks also runs the SANParks Social Science Student Support Programme at the University of Pretoria, a multi-year programme that supports tertiary learning and research. Through its own initiatives and support from the National Lottery Distribution Fund, bursaries are offered to students. The programme started in 2011 and focuses on students in the social sciences and heritage conservation fields.last_img read more

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‘Buy local, support job creation’

first_img20 November 2013Buying goods and products made in South Africa will go a long way towards creating jobs and growing the economy, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the launch of the Buyback SA Campaign in Johannesburg on Tuesday.South African manufacturers were known for manufacturing qaulity, affordable goods and products, Davies said, adding: “We want to encourage people to buy these products because this has significance in terms of job creation, revenue generation and service delivery improvement.”An initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry, the Manufacturing Circle and Proudly South African, the campaign includes an advertisement featuring veteran actor John Kani which will be flighted on national television.The fact that the cost of the advert had been shared by the private sector was “a clear sign of the close working relationship that is in the process of being built between government and industry, and one that we think can be strengthened and deepened in a number of ways,” Davies said.He appealed to more companies to add their weight to the campaign, adding that buying local was not just about consumers buying locally manufactured goods. “It is also crucially about companies – especially large retailers with large procurement budgets and supply chains – supporting local manufacturers.”Besides this being in the national interest, Davies said there were very often sound commercial reasons for buying local, relating to after-sales service, response times, security of supply, niche product requirements and quality assurance.Davies said the government had taken numerous steps to support localisation, including the designation of a range of sectors – including clothing and textiles, buses, rolling stock and power pylons – for local procurement by the state under the Preferential Public Procurement Finance Act.“We have also reviewed and put in place a new policy framework for the National Industrial Participation Programme to oblige overseas companies that have benefited from state contracts above US$10-million to invest a percentage of the contract directly into the productive sectors of the economy, wherever possible, in the sector in which they are involved,” Davies said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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The Device Mesh: Gartner’s Top Strategic Technology for 2016

first_imgThe Device Mesh.  Gartner says that this is the top strategic technology for 2016.  Have you heard of it?The Device Mesh is a term that focuses perspective on the connections between devices and the internet, being powered by the internet of things, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, and smart home technology.  It includes connections to the internet as well as direct connections between other devices.  This web or mesh of devices is consistent and always on.Gartner sees connectivity expanding and interaction between devices becoming more cooperative.The Top 10 Strategic Technologies identified for 2016 by Gartner are as follows:The Device MeshAmbient User Experience3D Printing MaterialsInformation of EverythingAdvanced Machine LearningAutonomous Agents and ThingsAdaptive Security ArchitectureAdvanced System ArchitectureMesh App and Service ArchitectureInternet of Things Platformslast_img read more