Cartoon: 140 Characters, Without Possibility of Parole

first_imgAs 2010 dies down, a lot of us are looking back over the past year. This cartoon was inspired – indirectly – by one of the year’s less-reported stories: the collision between the informal, off-the-cuff culture of Twitter and the rigid world of law. That conflict runs the gamut from totalitarian regimes to liberal democracies: In China, Cheng Jianping’s mildly ironic tweet earned her a year in re-education camp.In the United Kingdom, Paul Chambers’ frustration at an airport closure led him to tweet a joking threat to blow it up – culminating in a conviction and a £1,000-fine under Britain’s Communications Act 2003.True, China has long repressed dissent – often brutally – and airports around the world are notorious for frowning on even casual jokes about explosives, violence or hijacking. But Twitter brings a new combination of persistence, reach and spontaneity that we haven’t really grappled with yet.No matter which you think needs to adapt more – the law, or the way we use social media – we enter 2011 facing a new level of accountability for our spontaneous comments. And the kind of idle conversation that could pass without comment in a pub is now part of the permanent, searchable record. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img By the way, this cartoon is part of a 2010 year-in-review I’m putting together. Look for it later this week on Noise to Signal… and in the meantime, I’ve made a Noise to Signal 2011 wall calendar, free for the downloading. Happy holidays!More Noise to Signal. rob cottingham 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Cartoons#web last_img read more

Two Biomass Plants in Maine to Close

first_imgTwo biomass-fueled electricity generating plants in Maine with a combined output 50 megawatts will close in March after the owner said that earnings from electricity sales were not enough to cover operational and fuel costs.The identical plants are located in West Enfield and Jonesboro, in rural northern and eastern Maine, and employ a total of 44 people. Between them, the plants burn 1,100 tons of wood fiber per day.Covanta Holding Corporation, which has owned both plants since 2008, wasn’t specific about how much it earns for the power in generates. James Regan, the company’s director of communications, said that lower commodity prices for natural gas and oil have depressed pricing for biomass-generated electricity as well.“Unfortunately, this happens with some frequency in the biomass industry when energy prices are not sufficient to cover the costs of operation and fuel supply,” the company said in a prepared statement. “We have experienced similar situations in the past and resumed operations when the economics improved. We will continue to evaluate the future of the facilities.”Contacted by telephone, Regan would not say what the price per kilowatt-hour is now, or what pricing would have to be before the plants might be reopened. Covanta’s contracts for the sale of the power, however, are apparently not fixed over a long period of time but can fluctuate depending on market conditions.“I can’t speak specifically on the downslide or when it started. I just don’t have those numbers and figures in front of me,” he said. “But yes, they’ve decreased and that’s led us to take these plants off line at the end of March.”The two Maine plants are the last of Covanta’s biomass facilities round the country to close. Six others in California already have been shuttered. The company mainly operates waste-to-energy plants, Regan said.Although rising prices for biomass-generated electricity could bring the plants back online, there’s no guarantee they will reopen, Regan said. Asked whether the plants are now on the market, he said, “I can’t say. As I said, we’ll continue to evaluate all options with the facilities.”Loggers fear many job lossesThe Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) said that the closures will affect more than 2,500 jobs, according to an article in The Portland Press Herald.The paper said that biomass accounts for 60% of the state’s renewable energy portfolio and 27% of its electricity generation overall.Dana Doran, executive director of the PLC, said that the state’s biomass industry offers a number of advantages, including direct and indirect jobs and tax revenues, even if the electricity costs a little more. Also, he said, the plants will be important when prices for fossil fuels inevitably rise again.In a written statement, the group called the decision to close the plants a “huge blow to the logging industry in Maine.” Expiring renewable energy subsidies in Massachusetts and Connecticut have the potential to eliminate the market for Maine biomass completely as soon as next year, the statement said.Four other biomass plants under different ownership are still operating in the state.last_img read more

4 common mistakes customers make when transitioning to cloud hosting

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Richard Parker How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Amazon Web Services#AWS#cloud services#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft If you use a computer to conduct business, then you’ve probably heard of cloud hosting. Also called “cloud computing,” cloud hosting is a digital network that lets business owners save their files, computer applications, and other resources on a remote server.The most obvious advantage of cloud hosting is that you can access your data from any Internet-enabled device. Other benefits include:Project teams can collaborate in real-time using the same files and computer applications;Cloud storage tends to be cheaper than buying several high-end hard drives;And if your computer or hard drive gets destroyed or stolen, you will still have access to the data you saved on the cloud.Depending on how you intend to use the cloud, migrating to cloud hosting is relatively easy. However, some business owners make mistakes that cost money, prevent them from taking full advantage of the cloud, or worst of all, cause them to lose their data.Here are four mistakes to avoid if you plan to migrate to cloud computing:Mistake #1: Choosing the wrong cloud hosting service providerIt is critical that you choose a reputable cloud hosting service provider. Before you transfer all of your files to a remote server, read online reviews to find out if past customers have lost their data.The demand for cloud computing has motivated plenty of fly-by-night entrepreneurs to offer inexpensive cloud hosting. But if your provider doesn’t back up your data and something happens to the server, you could wind up losing your saved resources.Ask your cloud hosting provider if it backs up its servers – and how many backups there will be of your work.You should also find out if your data will be encrypted when you upload or download it from the cloud. The most secure hosting providers require that the browser or app you use to access the cloud has an encrypted connection before you can download or upload content. Look at the padlock next to the URL to confirm that is says “https://”.Another important question is, “Will my data be encrypted?” You can probably find out by reading the hosting provider’s terms of service. You should not store sensitive content on the could unless it is encrypted.Mistake #2: Not taking full advantage of cloud hostingThe cloud is a versatile system, but many business owners fail to take full advantage of its benefits. Cloud hosting can help you save time and reduce expenses by optimizing your business processes.If you choose a reputable cloud hosting provider, then you won’t have to back up content you save on the cloud. So be sure to transition every possible digital resource to the cloud to minimize your storage backup responsibilities.If you work from both your home and office, then you don’t constantly need to transfer data from one computer to the next. Your content will be readily accessible on the cloud using any Internet-enabled device.Also, keep in mind that you can give clients and employees access to select files and applications on your cloud server. This offers a range of benefits – for example, employees can collaborate in real-time, and clients can monitor the progress of digital projects.Mistake #3: Underestimating the amount of bandwidth you need If you don’t purchase enough bandwidth, then your applications will run slower. Fortunately, cloud storage is cheap, and you can scale your bandwidth up or down depending on your specific needs. If you really want to cut costs, then you can compress files and use data deduplication, which eliminates redundant data.Mistake #4: Not making a full transition to cloud hostingMany business owners are reluctant to abandon their tried and tested business processes. It’s not easy to trust a third party hosting provider with your sensitive data, but if you do your research and ask the right questions – as outlined in “Mistake #1” – then your digital resources will be secure.Whether you manage dozens of employees, run a brick-and-mortar store, or work as a freelancer, you could probably improve efficiency and reduce your expenses by migrating to cloud hosting. Be sure to avoid these four mistakes, and you’ll be able to enjoy the many benefits of cloud computing. Richard Parker is senior writer at & . He covers industry-specific topics such as Entrepreneurship, Data/Security, Startups, Industrial, Growth Equity Community, Smart Cities, Connected Devices & Smart Homes. last_img read more

Simon Grayson sacked as Sunderland manager after draw with Bolton

first_imgShare on Facebook Willy Boly and Léo Bonatini send Wolves top with victory over Norwich news Share on WhatsApp Topics Share via Email Share on Twitter Read more Sunderlandcenter_img Share on Messenger Championship Share on LinkedIn The announcement came barely 24 hours after Grayson had insisted he was the right man for the job and deserved a chance to put things right after having “the balls” to take the role in the first place. However, the chief executive, Martin Bain, made his move with the cash-strapped club having concerns of a second successive relegation.Bain said: “Simon and his team have worked tirelessly to achieve the best for the football club during their time here. While we hoped that Simon’s experience in the Football League would help us to a successful season, results have not been good enough for a club of this stature.“In order for us to improve upon our current position, we believe a fundamental change is necessary.”Grayson’s assistant Glynn Snodin has also left the Stadium of Light, with the pair having presided over 18 games, 15 of them in the league.Sunderland have drawn four of their last five games but have not won in 13 league matches and have not collected three points at home since they beat Watford 1-0 in the Premier League in December last year.They sit in 22nd place in the table – one position higher than they were before kick-off – with only 10 points from the 45 they have contested to date. Bain, on behalf of owner Ellis Short, will now launch the search for a 10th permanent manager since Roy Keane left the club less than nine years ago.Grayson, who had enjoyed success with Preston North End during a spell that lasted more than four years, replaced David Moyes at the helm in June knowing there would be little money to spend and with a squad unfit for purpose.He managed to bring in Aiden McGeady, James Vaughan, Jason Steele, Robbin Ruiter, Marc Wilson and Callum McManaman at minimal cost and Brendan Galloway, Tyias Browning, Jonny Williams and Lewis Grabban on loan but was unable to mould a winning team.Even McNair’s late equaliser, which denied bottom-of-the-table Bolton victory on Wearside, could not spare him.The Bolton manager, Phil Parkinson, said: “I feel for Simon. He is a tremendous manager, with a great record. Any manager who came here would find it a tough challenge. I had to turn Bolton round from a relegated team. Changing that mentality after relegation is difficult but he will be back because there will be a lot of people interested in him.“I shook hands as you normally do. You normally go for a drink in the office. I will probably just get on the coach and give him a call later in the week.”Championship roundupSheffield United lost their grip on top spot thanks to a 1-0 defeat at QPR, with Idrissa Sylla’s early goal enough to secure a second home victory in three days for Ian Holloway’s side, who beat high-flying Wolves on Saturday.Wolves go top courtesy of their win at Norwich, while Cardiff City are up to second as goals from Junior Hoilett, Omar Bogle and Danny Ward gave them a comfortable 3-1 victory over Ipswich Town.Bristol City’s impressive away form continued as they stretched their unbeaten run on the road to seven games with a 2-0 win at Fulham. Lee Johnson’s side are fourth, two points clear of Derby County, who came from behind to beat Leeds United 2-1 at Elland Road.At the foot of the table, Burton Albion remain in the bottom three after a 4-2 home defeat against Barnsley while Reading picked up three points thanks to a 3-1 over Nottingham Forest at the Madejski.Hull City’s miserable recent run continued with a 3-1 home defeat against Middlesbrough, while Sheffield Wednesday returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Millwall. Sunderland twice came from behind to draw 3-3 against Bolton Wanderers but it was not enough to prevent the side equalling an unwanted record – or to keep their manager Simon Grayson in a job.Within minutes of the final whistle Sunderland issued a statement to confirm Grayson’s departure after Paddy McNair’s late equaliser had spared them the ignominy of slipping to the foot of the table.“Sunderland AFC has this evening parted company with manager Simon Grayson,” read the statement. “The club would like to place on record its thanks to Simon and his staff for their efforts during their time at the football club.” Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more


first_imgEncourage and up skill local affiliates on development of their affiliate media promotion.  In conjunction with the TFA Media Coordinator plan and coordinate a state affiliate media program to train, educate and up-skill affiliates on media generation and publication. Develop state and affiliate media networks and disseminate this amongst the affiliates. Touch Football Australia will be coordinating a two day media training induction program in conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission and the University of Canberra’s Sports Media training department in Canberra on the 23 – 24 July 2007.The program will utilize funding allocated to TFA in the 2006/07 allocation by the Australian Sports Commission’s Sports Leadership Grants for Women Program.Six volunteers, one from each State Branch, will congregate in Canberra for a two day workshop that will focus on a “hands on” media training workshop on day one, and Sporting Pulse and website utilization on day two.The Women in Media Training Scholarship Program is an ideal opportunity to recognise the roles that women volunteers play in the sport and reward specific individuals with additional training and professional development in the sport.The program’s scope will offer women who wish to persue level entry media training an opportunity to broaden their skill set in the discipline. The nominated candidates will be utilized in a volunteer capacity to contribute to media and promotion of the sport in their State, and at various events.Each State will seek applicants for the scholarships and the main areas of position responsibility will be to:center_img Encourage and promote relationship building with their local media contacts. Any enquiries, or access to the Position Description can be to be directed to the relevant State Branch Office.State Branch Managers will submit nominations by Friday 8 June 2007.last_img read more

BC police investigate third deadly targeted shooting within days

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A 24-year-old man is dead in what British Columbia police say is the third such targeted shooting within a week.Abbotsford police responded to a suspected shooting Thursday in a rural area of the city.Police say Alexander Blanarou of Surrey was found dead of gunshot wounds.The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the case and the B.C. Coroners Service is helping to gather evidence.Two men were killed in separate shootings in Maple Ridge and North Vancouver on Dec. 22, including a man who police say was connected with past gang activity.Cpl. Frank Jang says police are looking for witnesses or any information on the latest shooting to come forward.last_img read more

Former police gunned down three being hunted

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppAnother brazen daytime heist is exposing a sickening trend for the Turks and Caicos and the prevalence of firearms on the streets of Provo. A veteran former police officer and owner of Tag Security Services, Alboin Williams was struck and survived the shooting said to be at point blank range while on a money pick up for Sunny Foods grocery store on Sunday. Williams, was fired upon several times, reportedly while he was down on the ground by assailants who tried to flee the scene in Five Cays but may have failed in that attempt. Police confirmed to Magnetic Media that multiple suspects were in custody being questioned in the case, and a nearby a white sedan was undergoing forensic testing as it is believed a suspect vehicle, aka, the possible getaway car. “The culprits who were described as 5’4”, 5’9” and 5’11” all dark complexion and medium built, got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Presently, there are two men in police custody assisting in the investigations.”As for Williams, it was unconfirmed up to news production time what condition the man, said to be in his 50s was in… but he did survive the ambush and was taken to hospital for treatment. In an unrelated incident, Police on Friday updated that they found the 2004 Nissan March which was stolen with personal items from a tourist family in North West Point, Provo last Thursday. The car was found ditched in Five Cays in bushes near the beach. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Kenai Senior Connections Raised 50000 For Meal On Wheels

first_imgIn November, the Kenai Senior Center Administrative staff, prepared and submitted a grant application to the “Subaru 50 Cars for 50 Years Vehicle Donation” and along with Homer Senior Citizens, Inc., were both awarded a 2018 Subaru Outback. Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers meals to individuals on the Kenai Peninsula at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. According to a release, the new vehicle in Kenai, will provide the program the ability to deliver an approximate 30 additional meals per month to its current 1,980 monthly meal deliveries. All of the proceeds from March for Meals go to benefit the Kenai Senior Center Meals on Wheels program. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Senior Connections presented a $50,000 check at the Kenai City Council meeting on Wednesday, January 3, to benefit the Senior Meals on Wheels program. The $50,000 was funds obtained during the March for Meals fundraiser put on by the Kenai Senior Connection partnered with Kenai Senior Services to raise funds for the “Meals on Wheels” program locally. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-meals-on-wheels-money.mp3VmJennifer-on-meals-on-wheels-money.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more