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How To Deliver Large-Scale Projects Using A Content Hub Strategy

first_imgWhat exactly are the benefits of a content hub strategy? Well, first of all, when done correctly, a content hub will capture a significant volume of traffic. And that’s what most online businesses want, right?We have recently introduced several clients to the concept of a content hub and would like to share our experience in this article. The clients are high-quality portals filled with targeted, valuable and often evergreen articles that users can return to time and again.The post How To Deliver Large-Scale Projects Using A Content Hub Strategy appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: How To Deliver Large-Scale Projects Using A Content Hub Strategy How To Deliver Large-Scale Projects Using A Content Hub StrategyYou are here: HomeWeb DesignHow To Deliver Large-Scale Projects Using A Content Hub Strategy Posted on 8th March 2017Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019last_img read more


7 Gorgeous Free And Open-Source Typefaces And When To Use Them

first_img Syne. (Large preview)Syne is a type family designed by Bonjour Monde for the visual identity of Synesthésie, an art center close to Paris. It consists of five distinct styles, amplifying the notion of structural differentiation within a font family: Syne Extra is a wide, heavy weight intended for use at large sizes, Syne Regular is a geometric sans with short ascenders and descenders (visible in the lowercase ‘g’ among others), complemented with a wider bold style, an italic in a handwritten style and a monospaced with a distorted look. Updated just days ago, Syne now comes with more alternates, a set of brand new accents, and a variable font version.Download Syne →Suggested Font PairingsThe particularity of this typeface is that you can play with its different styles, and create fresh and atypical associations among them. For instance, Syne Extra does wonder for titles and headlines, and works well with Syne Regular for body copy.Use CaseSyne was recently used by WeTransfer to present the results of their Ideas Report 2018, making extensive use of the typeface’s five different cuts on the website of the report and on its beautiful PDF companion. Space Grotesk in use. View full website. (Large preview) Wremena in use. View full website. (Large preview)That’s It For Now!While I’ve included great examples of how these free fonts can be used, there are many more on Typewolf and Fonts in Use. And if you’d like to discover new, high-quality free and open source fonts, make sure to subscribe to my newsletter Fresh Fonts.All works and screenshots are property of their respective owners. (ah, yk, il)From our sponsors: 7 Gorgeous Free And Open-Source Typefaces And When To Use Them VG5000. (Large preview)Named after the VG 5000, a computer created by Phillips in 1984, this typeface playfully combines pixelated and curved strokes, blurring the lines between old and new digital shapes. It also includes many early emojis and pictograms from the VG 5000’s original set, allowing you to create unexpected combinations. Moreover, the typeface comes with contemporary gender inclusive characters for the French language, replacing pronouns “il” and “elle” (“he” and “she”) with the neutral “iel”, and providing an alternative to gendered words by combining their masculine and feminine versions.Download VG5000 →Suggested Font PairingsBecause of its pixelated details, and to remain truthful to its origins, I would suggest pairing VG5000 with a monospaced font, for example League Mono, which is also open source. Alternatively, you could decide to pair it with the sans or serif version of Input, or with a semi-proportional typeface like ETC Trispace, which is also free.Use CaseFrench design studio Brand Brothers put VG5000 to use for the visual identity of Les Halles de la Cartoucherie, a new, versatile space dedicated to cultural, artistic and gastronomic activities in Toulouse. Paired with a custom, grid-based logo that represents the structure of the space, VG5000 was used both at large and small sizes on print materials, on the website of the space and even on its walls, using VG5000’s pixelated arrows for its wayfinding system. Wremena in use. View full website. (Large preview) HomeWeb Design7 Gorgeous Free And Open-Source Typefaces And When To Use Them Syne in use. View full website. (Large preview)VG5000 Le Murmure in use. View full website. (Large preview)Reforma Gangster Grotesk in use. (Large preview)Le Murmure Reforma. (Large preview)Reforma is a bespoke typeface designed by PampaType for the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina, an educational institution more than 400 years old. The typeface is composed of three subfamilies: Reforma 1918, a classic Serif, Reforma 2018, a modern Sans, and Reforma 1969, an intermediate hybrid that combines the qualities of the other two (subtle modulation and flare serifs). I find all three subfamilies to adapt well to a wide range of bodies, from display to immersive text, and each one of them comes in three weights, with matching italics.Download Reforma →Suggested Font PairingsThis typeface allows for interesting combinations among its different styles. The most obvious would be to use Reforma Sans for display use and to pair it with its serif counterpart for body text. However, I would encourage you to do something more original and try it the other way around, using the serif for titling.Use CaseGraphic designer Étienne Pouvreau chose Reforma for the creation of the annual programs of the two Caf family centers of the Loir-et-Cher department in France. The booklets feature Reforma 1918 (the serif) for the headings, in italic, and Reforma 2018 (the sans) for the titles, subtitles and body text. Space Grotesk. (Large preview)The new foundry of Florian Karsten is behind this versatile, geometric sans serif. Derived from Space Mono, a monospaced typeface designed by Colophon Foundry for Google Fonts in 2016, Space Grotesk kept the nerdy charm of its predecessor and its particular retro-future voice. Available in five weights, Space Grotesk is well-suited for a wide range of uses, from body text to bold headlines. In addition, it comes with five sets of alternate letters, the third one (SS03) removing the connections between the diagonal strokes of uppercase A, M, N, V, W, and lowercase v, w, y  — which can be particularly effective to create distinctive headlines.Download Space Grotesk →Suggested Font PairingsAs one would guess, Space Grotesk pairs well with Colophon Foundry’s Space Mono, the typeface it was derived from, which is also open source and free to use. Alternatively, if you’d like to pair it with a serif typeface, I would recommend one with pointy serifs and sharp details, such as Fortescue, or Wremena, which is also free to use (see below).Use CaseLittle & Big, a web design and development studio based in Sydney, Australia, chose Space Grotesk as the body text font for their website, including on blog entries, header and footer. They decided to pair it with Verona Serial, giving the website a professional, yet playful look and feel. Syne in use. View full website. (Large preview) Reforma in use. View full booklet. (Large preview)Space Groteskcenter_img Gangster Grotesk. (Large preview)Download Gangster Grotesk →Suggested Font PairingsWhen applying Gangster Grotesk to titles, the quirky grotesque pairs well with low x-height serifs for text settings, such as FF Atma. Used at small point sizes instead, pairing Gangster Grotesk with Le Murmure (see below) offers the right mix of character and neutrality.Use CaseGangster Grotesk excels in punchy designs with strong colors when it’s asked to render strings of text, for example on this flyer designed by Tokyo-based Juri Okita for Pells Coffee. VG5000 in use. View full project. (Large preview)Wremena VG5000 in use. View full project. (Large preview) Le Murmure in use. View full website. (Large preview) 7 Gorgeous Free And Open-Source Typefaces And When To Use ThemYou are here: Le Murmure. (Large preview)Recently awarded a Certificate of Typographic Excellence by the Type Directors Club, Le Murmure was commissioned by French design agency Murmure to renew their brand image. Drawing inspiration from magazine titling fonts, Le Murmure is a condensed sans serif with an interesting mismatch between its characters, making it especially distinctive for use at large sizes. Its height and the singularity of its shapes provide elegance while conveying notions of experimentation and creativity. Le Murmure comes with many — even more — original alternate letters, and there is even a stylistic set that ‘randomizes’ all alternates for you (SS08).Download Le Murmure →Suggested Font PairingsUsed as a titling font, Le Murmure can pair well with a sans serif with warm curves, like Standard CT, or with a sans that has more pronounced irregularities, like Dinamo’s Prophet.Use CaseMarrakesh’s Untitled Duo picked Le Murmure for the headlines of their studio’s website, complemented with Classic Sans for the navigation, which they also used at smaller size for the body text. Wremena. (Large preview)Wremena is a serif typeface designed by Roman Gornitsky and published by Moscow-based foundry Typefaces of The Temporary State. Its design was based on Vremena, a free typeface by the same designer, but it features more pronounced triangular serifs and sharper angles, which become even more visible in heavier weights. Wremena is available in three styles (Light, Regular and Bold) without italics but with support for the Latin and Cyrillic scripts. Because of its similarities with Times New Roman, Wremena can be used as a free, more contemporary alternative to the ever-popular typeface.Download Wremena →Suggested Font PairingsA good tip to find pairings for a specific font is to browse the library of typefaces created by the same designer, as they often pair well together. This is especially true in this case, as Roman Gornitsky designed two sans serifs that are great matches for Wremena: Nowie Vremena, with its distinctive lowercase ‘g’, and more recently, Steinbeck, a lively font with intentional irregularities.Use CaseThe Jewish Museum of Moscow is behind Russian Spleen, a picturesque interactive web project that explores how Russian landscape painter Isaac Levitan impacted the 20th-century cinematography. Designer Pavel Kedich decided to typeset the website in Steinbeck (used at large sizes) and Wremena (here used for captions). Both fonts being multi-script, they allow the website to be available in English and Russian languages. Space Grotesk in use. View full website. (Large preview)Syne Posted on 17th July 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share 7 Gorgeous Free And Open-Source Typefaces And When To Use Them 7 Gorgeous Free And Open-Source Typefaces And When To Use Them Noemi Stauffer 2019-07-17T14:00:59+02:00 2019-07-17T12:35:59+00:00To facilitate your font picking and pairing process, I’ve included examples of how these typefaces have been put to use recently, as well as a few pairing ideas. Enjoy and don’t forget to ping me on Twitter to show me how you’ve used them — I’d love to see it!Gangster GroteskDesigned by Adrien Midzic, Gangster Grotesk is a contemporary grotesque with angled terminal strokes that slightly curve inward. Because of these quirky individual touches, the typeface brings a unique flavor to headlines and posters when used at large sizes. Its low contrast and slightly condensed width make it a good choice for body copy and other texts of small type sizes as well.The font family comes in three weights, from Light to Bold, with stylistic alternates, including a loopy expressive ampersand. Gangster Grotesk is offered for free when signing up for the Fresh Fonts newsletter. Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019last_img read more


Trends that transcend time

first_imgDiamond wiseBorn in the mines of the Indian city of Golconda, Beau Sancy has been been owned by royalty in France, England, Prussia and the House of Orange. This pear shaped, double rose cut diamond weighing 34.98 carats has been witness to 400 years of world history. It originated in,Diamond wiseBorn in the mines of the Indian city of Golconda, Beau Sancy has been been owned by royalty in France, England, Prussia and the House of Orange. This pear shaped, double rose cut diamond weighing 34.98 carats has been witness to 400 years of world history. It originated in India’s south central diamond basin where it was purchased by King Henri IV of France for his wife Marie de Medici in 1604 and used it to crown her tiara. After her husband’s assassination she was exiled and escaped to Netherlands where she was forced to part with her possessions and the white rock was acquired by Frederick Hendrick of Orange-Nassau. Hendrick however had to give up the gem soon, using it to seal his son’s wedding to Mary Stuart, daughter of Charles I of England. Stuart used it after her husband’s death to support her brother’s fight to the throne, pawning it to settle her debts. The jewel was now in the hands of Willem III of Orange-Nassau and Mary Stuart II, daughter of the King of England, James II. When the couple ascended to the throne it joined the collection of the Queen of England but went to back to the treasure chest of the House of Orange since the duo died without an heir. It finally came to rest when the newly crowned Prince of Prussia, Friedrich I, purchased it in exchange of all the jewels of his legacy in 1702. The coveted diamond will have a new owner once it is auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva on May 14 for an estimated price of $ 2-4 million (Rs 9 to 19 crore).Boat: Water babyLabelled as the ‘F1 on water’ Cigarette Racing is the only brand which has been permitted to use the coveted Mercedes AMG logo. With the performance traits of the luxury car in its DNA the 50 inch Marauder of the Black Series boasts of a maximum output of 510 horsepower. Its smooth efficiency is in step with its speed thanks to the high revving AMG 6.3 litre V8 engine which delivers stunning pulling power and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The speed boat’s striking black and white exterior is matched with a luxurious Alcantara upholstered interior also used in high end and Formula One cars.Auto: Topless speed Upgrade to a new dimension of open top speed driving with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The brand kickstarted a new chapter of speed driving by designing the world’s fastest convertible. Succeeding the monstrous Super Sport which holds the current world speed record of 431 km/hr, this 1,200 horse power driven car impresses with its precise driving dynamics, extraordinary acceleration and braking, all of which is made possible with its 16 cylinder engine, four enlarged turbo chargers and intercoolers. To support the enhanced power the Bugatti has modified the chassis, guaranteeing the most powerful roadster.Luggage: Travel toughKnown for introducing a material used in body armour as a luggage fabric over 30 years ago, Tumi now launches Tegra-Lite. It uses advanced nylon ballistics to create carriers that are surprisingly lightweight and unparalleled in protection and durability. It also has a patented high impact X-Brace 45-handle system capable of withstanding extreme external forces while adding structural rigidity. The black exterior sturdy travel piece has wheels which enable the loaded case to be manoeuvred easily and is priced between Rs 37,000 to Rs 52,000.Fashion: Sunny side upCloudless skies and a glaring sun announce the arrival of summer, and if the irresistible cool waters are beckoning don’t forget to pack Louis Vuitton’s transversal summer collection which captures the relaxed spirit of the season. Light and natural cotton emerge victorious over luxurious crepes and warm cashmeres and the line is drenched in casual pastel hues. The silhouettes are short and feminine, and contrast with the glamourous oversized sun shades in vogue. Must have canvas totes come in chequer board patterns and can be teamed with flat sandals and chunky wedges. Complete the look with bright bangles and a yacht and flower charm neckpiece.Jewellery: Glam and curvyThe pairing of circular rings and rounded pearls results in a glittering duo with subtle curves which are ‘twice as feminine’. For the Trinity Pearls collection, Cartier swathed the three tints of gold- pink, grey and yellow, bringing together a stunning array of rare pearls which are shortlisted on the basis of their pale pigments, perfect shapes and a satin finish. The lustrous pearls punctuate the inward coiling spiral motion of the rings. Graceful, deliciously light and diaphanous, this range aims to highlight the calibre of pearls and is available with the Cartier Boutique in DLF Emporio, New Delhi.Watch: Time keeperLuxury watch and jewellery brand Chopard’s latest novelty is the Lunar One Grande complication model. Its perpetual calendar with an orbital moon phase display measures the difference between two lunar cycles to a mere 57.2 seconds, which equals one day in 122 years. Gold toned dauphinestyled hands tell time, pointing at the 1960 styled Roman numerals while three sub dials indicate the small seconds, month and day. The 43 mm diameter case in 18 carat rose gold optimises readability and is backed by a sapphire crystal case engraved with founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard’s initials. A classic worth procuring.CalendarDates that mean something.advertisementadvertisementInternazionale Salone de Mobile, a five day event held in Milan is a one-stop shop for furniture, accessories and bathroom fixtures. It celebrated its golden anniversary last year and promises to get more inventive with age.If fancy wheels and super boats are your thing, the ninth edition of Top Marques Monaco with its glitzy shenanigans is the place to be in.An artistic haven for all self confessed culture vultures The Gallery Weekend in Berlin features 51 of the city’s top art galleries for three days.Model behaviourEye candy you can’t get enough of.Lookers who live in the rarified world of fashion; a look at models of the moment.Kate Upton- This all-American girl stands out from the skinny pack with her famed curves. With a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover, her own line of designer bikinis, and calls from Hollywood, the 19-year-old blonde seems set to reign.Lara Mullen- This 17-year-old Brit became a permanent fixture on the runways of Milan, Paris and New York over the fashion week season of 2011. The willowy teen was booked to walk for Milanese powerhouse Prada within four weeks of being discovered, and hasn’t looked back since.Laura Catterall- This plus size beauty is on the cover of French Cosmopolitan where she talks about her voluptuous frame and her love of chocolate. The 22-year-old Manchester local who is a UK size 16 is not size shy and is part of a growing new breed of models who are proud of that extra bit of meat on their bones.TalkCool news for a hot summer.Dior dramaHere is one rumour which keeps the grapevine busy; who will be John Galliano’s successor at Dior? The latest name tossed into the ring is Colombia-born Haider Ackermann and glossies including Vogue are abuzz with this latest tidbit. The fashion bible was told by a “source in Paris” that a bouquet of flowers arrived at Dior headquarters addressed to Ackermann. Is it just a case of flowers gone astray? Unlikely say web commentators who are describing it as a perfect match for the avant-garde designer who began as an intern with the couture house.Luxury’s lairThey are among the grand dames of hospitality and now Ottawa’s Fairmont Chateau Laurier and Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza are set to celebrate their 100th birthday. While the Canadian hotel will join the centennial club on June 1, its American counterpart will follow on Aug 19. Opulent celebrations are on the anvil including special offers for patrons, period costume tours and of course plenty of cake.Clash of the TitansTaking a dig at the austere aesthetics of fellow Italian powerhouse Giorgio Armani, the leopard-print loving Roberto Cavalli has compared the design czar’s pet project, the Armani Hotel in Milan, to a “psychiatric hospital”. Cavalli’s damning review was made public during an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica which quoted him as saying, “Between Armani and me there is an abyss. Have you seen that new hotel? It looks like a psychiatric hospital.”Royal connectCharlotte Casiraghi, one of the hottest blue-bloods around town has been snapped up by Gucci. The Princess of Monaco will now have her face splashed across billboards as part of the house’s new Forever Now campaign. Keeping with the brand’s fascination for horses and the fact that Casiraghi is a competitive equestrian, she was clicked in front of a stable by Peter Lindbergh for the brand’s first publicity image. The brand’s creative director Frida Giannini had earlier custommade a line of riding gear for Charlotte, who is the grand daughter of Hollywood icon Grace Kelly.The spice cellar: Viva ItaliaadvertisementSumedh SinghUp until the last few decades, almost every winery from the south of Italy was known to supply their grape produce to the north as well as other countries, which in turn would process these grapes and produce wines under their own label. With this widely prevalent practice, southern Italy was soon labelled a bulk wine-producing region.But there were some serious wine producing families who were improving the quality of their wine and growing the brand and presence across the globe. Feudi di San Gregoria is one such fine example. Founded in 1986, the label began to recover valuable authentic productions to identify a quality standard that would stand up to the most rigorous market demands.At a time when so-called international grape varieties flooded Italy, Feudi di San Gregorio bravely bucked the trend and placed all bets on its local viticultural heritage: Aglianico, Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Falanghina.While the quality and commitment of Feudi di San Gregorio was enthusiastically recognised by the top authorities in the sector, it was the Gambero Rosso-Slow Food Guide-that gave it the definitive blessing in 1999 by awarding the coveted “tre bicchieri” (three glasses; the most important prize from Gambero Rosso) to a splendid 1994 Taurasi.Over a short period of time, Feudi received 21 ‘three glasses’ and became the most reputed winery in Southern Italy. Feudi di San Gregorio’s Greco di Tufo is the most noble of southern Italian grapes, with origins in ancient Greece. Greco is grabbing eyeballs of some of the most avid connoisseurs for its great structure, well balanced acidity, fine aroma and balance. To the discerning nose, distinct fruity essences- from the sweet notes of French green plums to the crunchy freshness of the pear-are practically unmistakable. The taste has a mineral structure that is distinctive of the Tufo grape.Another top favourite is the Aglianico grape, from the Aglianico vineyards at Feudi di San Gregorio that produce Taurasi, one of the most established, and powerful wine made from the Aglianico grape. Aged for at least 18 months, Taurasi has a lovely fragrance with the aroma of wild cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and anise. The taste is rounded and wellbalanced with sweet, smooth tannins that lend a lingering aromatic finale.While Taurasi has won accolades time and again, it’s not just fine wine but great cuisine that Feudi can boast of. They’ve also established a top restaurant, Marenn, as the ultimate expression of hospitality; the perfect venue to discover and explore the Irpinian and Campanian gastronomic traditions. Marenn received its first Michelin star in 2009. Their passion and belief in native varietals (Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina, Aglianico) has helped them secure a place among the top 10 wineries in Italy. Salut to the spirit of Campania.-Sumedh SinghThe author is a wine connoisseur and CEO, wine division, Aspri Spirits.last_img read more


LG G2 starts receiving Lollipop 5.0.1 update in India

first_imgEarlier this year, we reported that LG G2 will be gettingthe Lollipop update in India. The company has finally started rolling out theupdate a two months later. The update will bring the much awaited materialdesign to the outdated but capable device. The LG G2 was launched in 2013 andsported the Snapdragon 800 processor which is clocked at 2.3GHz.The update weighs in at 750MB and has started hittingdevices in India. The LRX22G build will be based on Android Lollipop 5.0.2. Thecompany has not specified any details about the Lollipop 5.1 update. There arequite a few bugs existing on the Lollipop 5.0.1 and the users can expect theLollipop 5.1 update later this year.Google just released Android M in the Google I/O which hasintroduced some major tweaks in the operating system. One of the major featuresincluded in the build will be a power saving mode that will extend the stand-byduration by 2.7 times.last_img read more


Quini: a tale of kidnap, ransom and forgiveness in Barcelona

first_imgShare via Email The kidnapping lasted 25 days. The three men who took Quini were on the dole and desperate. They had slept rough on the hill of Montjuic as they planned the kidnapping, and when police finally liberated Quini, a magazine article on him was among the things they found. Yet the planning was far from perfect. They demanded a ransom for Quini’s return but had not agreed on how big it should be, eventually settling on 100m pesetas. During one telephone conversation they began making demands over how the 10m should be paid – in used, non-consecutive bills – only to be asked: “Excuse me? Didn’t you ask for 100 million?”“Oh,” came the reply, “yeah, the 100 million, that’s right. Erm, well, how much have you got ready for us?”“100 million.”“Right, 100 million. That’s what I meant.” Read more Share on WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Valverde’s Barcelona balancing act turns crisis talk to treble talk Enrique Castro, ‘Quini’, left the Camp Nou, drove home, set the video to record the highlights of the night’s games, got back into the car and headed to the airport. It was 1 March 1981, and Spain’s top scorer at the time, who passed away on Tuesday after a sudden heart attack aged 68, had just scored two more goals and was going to collect his wife and children, who were flying back into Barcelona from Asturias. It is there, at Sporting Gijón’s El Molinón ground, that his body lies in rest and where the funeral was held on Wednesday, a stadium that will now carry his name, but his loss was felt all over Spain. The chaos of Diego Costa rules for Atlético Madrid in rout of Sevilla Facebook The kidnappers also had no idea how to arrange for the ransom money to be delivered. No account had been set up – Barcelona had to do that for them – and they had no idea how to make good their escape. They did not have the phone number of the club, their president, any directors or players. Quini was the one who suggested that they phone his wife at home – and the one who gave them the number. Every time a suggestion was made, they panicked and feared a bluff and changed their minds constantly over who should deliver the ransom, eventually settling on the Barcelona captain Alexanko.That did not go to plan either. Followed by police motorcyclists, Alexanko was sent on a long and ultimately pointless journey from Barcelona into Girona and towards the French border, where the journey was aborted when it dawned on Spanish police that they had not contemplated being forced out of the country and had not cleared anything with their French counterparts. The kidnappers made the occasional threat, even though one of them promised Quini that nothing would happen to him, adding: ‘I’m even a Barcelona fan’ Pinterest Quini (left) and and his Barcelona team-mate Bernd Schuster hold aloft the Copa del Rey after defeating Sporting Gijón at the Vicente Calderón in Madrid in June 1981, three months after he was kidnapped. Photograph: EPA Share on Facebook La Liga The kidnappers made the occasional threat, even though one of them promised Quini that nothing would happen to him, adding: “I’m even a Barcelona fan.” At one stage, they even complained that Quini was costing them a fortune in sandwiches, to which his wife, María Nieves, snapped: “You kidnapped a sportsman for god’s sake, next time kidnap a Hare Krishna.” They were kids, amateurs, and they were scared, but that did not diminish the fear and the impact on Barcelona was enormous.Bernd Schuster had refused to play the first game after the kidnapping, against Atlético Madrid, saying: “As well as legs, I have a heart.” Barcelona’s directors lied to Schuster, telling him they had had good news on Quini to try to encourage him to play but, demoralised, they lost 1-0. They lost three of the next four, drawing once. “For 25 days we didn’t win a game,” recalled Quini’s team-mate Charly Rexach. “It was impossible to concentrate on football. The league slipped out of our hands.”Eventually, the police were tipped off about the van outside the Zaragoza lock-up where he was being held. Specialists were called in, carrying Magnum revolvers. When one policeman kicked the metal shutter, his foot went straight through it, getting stuck. One of the kidnappers was cooking an egg on a butane stove. Guns pointed at his face, he gestured silently at the floor. The trap door was opened, a policeman wriggled through into the small, damp space below. Quini, unshaven, dirty and grey, had heard the noise and was hiding under his mattress, shaking. “Quini?” came the voice. “Quini, I’m a policeman. I’m here to rescue you.” Barcelona had a game four days later. “I want to play on Sunday,” Quini told them, but he was not allowed; in his absence, they lost 3-0 to Real Madrid. He later scored twice in the Copa del Rey final against his former club Sporting. He had a kickabout with the police after he attended one of their games on Montjuïc. The kidnappers were sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay him 5m pesetas. He refused the money and refused to press charges. “It wasn’t that uncomfortable, if you knew how to move into the right position,” he said. “One day they brought me down a copy of Marca so that I could see the football results and in the end they gave me a television and everything. And a chess set. I played on my own, but I like playing on my own.“My kidnappers are good people who did me no harm; I forgive them,” Quini said, which said it all.center_img Topics Barcelona Share on Messenger A woman cries next to tributes to Quini outside Sporting Gijón’s El Molinón Stadium in Gijón, where Quini died on Tuesday. Photograph: Eloy Alonso/Reuters Sporting Gijón As the tributes came, it was not just about a wonderful footballer who was the top scorer in Spain’s first division five times, plus twice more in the second; a striker who played for Spain, Barcelona and Sporting, but a man who was universally admired; warm, generous and kind, with time for everyone. He had been diagnosed with cancer and lost his brother, a goalkeeper at Sporting, when he died saving an English boy from drowning, but Quini overcame both, guiding kids who came through at Sporting. The tribute paid to him by David Villa, in which Villa apologised for never being a better striker than the man who said he would be when he was just a small boy, is particularly heartbreaking.What happened in March 1981, though, may be the most telling portrait of all. On the way to the airport that night, Quini pulled in to a petrol station on Plaça de Comas; a DKW van, its number plate M9955AX stolen from a Seat, pulled in behind him and two men got out. Eduardo and Fernando walked slowly up to Quini, showing him a rusty Colt 45, and whispered: “Not a word: get in.” They climbed in alongside him and as he pulled away, gun pressed into his neck, the van followed his Ford Granada towards Les Corts, where he was made to get out and climb into the back of the van. The following day, the police found his car abandoned with the doors still open. By then Quini, head covered with a hood, had long since been imprisoned in an improvised cell under the floor in a lock-up in Zaragoza. It measured barely a metre and a half. European club football Pinterest Read more Spain Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on Twitter features Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more


Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp Was Not Impressed By Notre Dame Stadium

first_imgA stadium view of Notre Dame's football field during a game.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 01: General view of Notre Dame Stadium during a game against the Michigan Wolverines on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Tomorrow, Notre Dame Stadium will host Champions League winner Liverpool F.C. in an exhibition match against another European power, Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke about the opportunity earlier today.On a positive note, Klopp sounded blown away by the facilities, saying they would be unparalleled when measured up against European soccer clubs’ training grounds.He also added that he would have loved to attend the prestigious university.Jurgen Klopp: “Notre Dame is wow. No club in the world has facilities like University of Notre Dame. It’s not possible.“I’d love to have studied here. I’m not sure what.”— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) July 18, 2019 However, as big of a fan as Klopp is of Notre Dame’s facilities and the campus itself, he was decidedly less complimentary about the stadium.When asked about Notre Dame Stadium, Klopp didn’t keep it PC.Klopp asked what he thinks of Notre Dame Stadium.”Do you want the honest answer or the polite? Everything is better over here….apart from the stadium.”#LFC— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) July 18, 2019Judging by further tweets from Jones and Sampson, it sounds like Klopp might not love the actual playing surface for tomorrow’s match. Real grass is being laid over Notre Dame’s artificial turf, so the pitch might be a bit wonky compared to what he’s used to in Europe.Notre Dame fans probably won’t like to hear Klopp’s comments about the stadium, but if the modified grass field really is the issue, he might have some allies in the Fighting Irish fan base. There are many traditionalist ND fans who wish the school never went away from its original natural grass surface in the first place.last_img read more


Stanley & Sons — A New Generation of American Made

first_imgWe here at The Manual, love true brand heritage, as does Chris Grodzki.  Chris is the founder of Stanley & Sons Apron & Bag Supply Company.  His grandfather (Stanley) had an apron and supply company two generations ago.Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and dedicated to bags and aprons all made by hand, this new venture is a true passion. Chris went to school for photography, then started his brand, to which he devoted evenings and weekends, while working in digital retouching.Since 2008, Stanley & Sons has offered great bags. What makes them great you might ask?  It’s a combination of dedication to a craft with legacy, and the use of materials that will keep you carrying them, year after year. They added in aprons and other small leather goods, such as key fobs, and several sizes zippered cases, that are just the right size to hold those items you don’t want loose in your bag.  Craftsmanship, passion, and integrity are three words that accurately describe what Chris embodies in his small workshop.Using hand-hammered copper rivets, combined with waxed cotton, and hand-dyed leather, this brand brings an artisanal approach to the art of manufacturing.   Each bag is made to order, so it can take 4-6 weeks from the time of placing your order on their website. This is just one more, great Made in America story, where every apron and bag is built to last. The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts 1. STANLEY & SONS Canvas and Leather 2. STANLEY & SONS Apron 3. STANLEY & SONS Canvas and Leather 4. STANLEY & SONS Apron 5. STANLEY & SONS Canvas and Leathercenter_img The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men last_img read more


Young Nova Scotian Women Share Their Stories on International Day of the

first_imgToday, Oct. 11, is International Day of the Girl, a time to talk about issues concerning gender equality facing young women. This year’s theme is Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030, promoting initiatives for young women to take on their unique challenges and harness their potential. “It is everyone’s responsibility to encourage young women to aspire to become leaders in their communities,” said Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. “International Day of the Girl is an opportunity to speak out for equality, empower girls to reach their dreams and help build a better future for all women and girls.” A group of young women from East Preston started the Young Women of Excellence Initiative to discuss issues that are important to them and their community. The initiative is part of the East Preston Empowerment Academy, which seeks to empower members of the community with the skills, tools and confidence to fulfill their lifelong dreams. The group is fundraising for a trip to Ottawa in November to share their stories on the national stage. “Today is the International Day of the Girl, a day to celebrate and encourage all our girls and pray together for them to realize and embrace the greatness that is within them,” said Rev. LeQuita Porter, pastor, East Preston Baptist Church. “I pray for confidence, boldness, fierceness of purpose, awareness of greatness and contagious enthusiasm to fully realize and operate in their God-given purpose, and that all girls may activate their full potential and realize their dreams in this world.” The Young Women of Excellence Initiative are hosting an event today to share their stories about the challenges they face in their community. Several events are happening across the province to celebrate International Day of the Girl, including the Pictou County Women’s Centre girls’ leadership camp at Sumac Farms on Oct. 11 and the YWCA Halifax girls’ leadership gathering on Oct. 14. For information on International Day of the Girl events, follow Status of Women on Twitter and Facebook @StatusofWomenNS. For information on events during Women’s History Month visit .last_img read more


Joanna Lumley Launches PopUp Shop For Oxfam

first_imgJoanna Lumley was busy at Marks and Spencer at Marble Arch in London this week.The star opened a one-day-only Halloween-themed pop-up shop for Oxfam featuring items from stars such as Jessie J, Nadine Coyle, Naomi Harris, Jools Holland, Sophie Dahl and Simon Pegg.‘’Everyone has experienced a fashion nightmare at some point in their lives, outside of the intentional fancy dress outfit, and the ghosts of these frights from the past tend to lurk in the back of our wardrobes, never to see the light of day again unless they get thrown away. No clothing, or fancy dress item, no matter how scary, should end up in landfill and harm the environment. What you may not want anymore, might be someone else’s treasure.‘’So as All Hallows Eve approaches this week, dig deep into the back of the wardrobe, get that box from the cellar and head down to the Little Shwop of Horrors where you could pick up the perfect item to create the outfit of your dreams, or nightmares!’’last_img read more


Erdem among nominees for Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards

first_imgAdvertisement Award-winning designer Erdem Moralioglu could soon be adding to his accolades at the upcoming Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards. The red-carpet favourite, whose creations have been worn by the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, won the award in 2015. He will face off in the category against Toronto-born, New York-based womenswear designer Tanya Taylor and rising star Vejas Kruszewski, who won the lucrative LVMH Prize for young fashion designers last year. The fashion impact award recognizes a homegrown designer or brand that has made a significant social or philanthropic impact, while the fashion innovation award highlights a company that is influencing how people experience, consume or interact with fashion through technology. Montreal-based Rami Atallah, co-founder and CEO of fashion platform SSENSE, has been appointed honorary chair of the 2017 CAFAs. Impact nominees are bridal and ready-to-wear designer Christopher Paunil, veteran womenswear designer David Dixon, online artisanal marketplace Far and Wide Collective and conscious clothing line Wear Your Label. Innovation nominees are Salesfloor, Dash Hudson and OMsignal. Crista Cober, Meghan Collison, Pamela Bernier and Paolo Roldan are vying for model of the year honours. The winners of the emerging talent awards will each take home $10,000 and receive professional mentorship from industry veterans. In the emerging accessory field, 3D printed jewelry creators Daniel Christian Tang will square off against luxury bag label Garema, pearl designer Jon De Porter and leather footwear label Poppy Barley. Contenders in the digital fashion influencer category are Alexander Liang, Ania Boniecka of Ania B and sisters Caillianne and Samantha Beckerman of Beckerman Blog. This year’s vanguard award will be given to Imran Amed, founder and CEO of The Business of Fashion. Image maker nominees include Caitlin Cronenberg, Max Abadian and Owen Bruce. Facebook Advertisement Nominees in the emerging fashion design category include Malorie Urbanovitch, Matthew Gallagher, Nina Kharey of House of Nonie, and Maram Aboul Enein of Maram. Accessory designer of the year nominees are jewelry designers Dean Davidson, Jenny Bird and footwear and accessories brand Sully Wong. The acclaimed Montreal-born, London-based talent behind the Erdem label was announced as a nominee for international Canadian designer of the year on Monday night. The CAFAs honour homegrown talent within the arts and fashion community. Menswear designer of the year nominees include Christopher Bates, Bustle — co-founded by husband-and-wife duo Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow — and The Feral by Zakariah Milana. Contenders for the fresh face of the year award include Ariel Himbeault, Elizabeth Davison, Emm Arruda and Sophie Touchet. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Rounding out the list are nominees for the fashion design student award where schools put forward star students in their graduating classes. Nominees include Adrian Zhao, Alex Armata, Curtis Oland and Xiaoyi Li. The fourth annual CAFA gala is slated to take place on April 7 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.BY LAUREN LAROSE Login/Register With: Stylist of the year award nominees include Cary Tauben, Elizabeth Cabral and Juliana Schiavinatto. Womenswear nominees include the label Beaufille, helmed by sister duo Chloe and Parris Gordon, Lucian Matis, Sid Neigum, and Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe of Smythe. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


Patched up ferry restores lifeline for First Nation without safe drinking water

first_imgThe Canadian PressSHOAL LAKE, Ont. – A reserve under one of Canada’s longest boil-water advisories has patched up its aging ferry and is lifting its state of emergency after being cut off from the outside world two weeks ago.Shoal Lake 40 First Nation declared a state of emergency after the ferry connecting it to the mainland failed a federal inspection at the end of April.Chief Erwin Redsky says the ferry has been repaired and is back in the water, but only in a limited capacity. Nonetheless, he said, it’s a relief to everyone in the community, especially elders who had been moved when the ferry was pulled out of service.“They’re anxious to get home. A lot of community members are anxiously waiting for the official word,” Redsky said Wednesday. “Any kind of service right now is huge. It’s very, very critical that this ferry is allowed to operate, at least on a restricted-load basis, so we’re very happy.”The community will be watching closely for leaks and the ferry will have to undergo extensive repairs in the fall, he said.Shoal Lake 40 was cut off from the mainland a century ago to build an aqueduct which supplies the city of Winnipeg with fresh water. The reserve, which straddles the Ontario-Manitoba boundary, has no all-weather road and has been under a boil-water advisory for 17 years.When the ferry failed to pass its four-year Transport Canada inspection due to a leaky and rusty hull, people in the community had no access to bottled water, groceries or immediate medical attention.The reserve has been lobbying for years for construction of an all-weather road residents call Freedom Road. The federal government, Manitoba and Winnipeg have chipped in $1 million each for a feasibility study, but there are no firm commitments beyond that.The loss of ferry service was a “wake-up call” for many and highlighted the reserve’s vulnerability without a reliable connection to the mainland, Redsky said.“I think everybody is aware of the long-term solution that needs to be committed to and I think we’re on the right track.”last_img read more


A strong jobs report could provide reassurance on economy

first_imgWASHINGTON — Even with fear of a global economic slump depressing stock markets, Friday’s jobs report for December is expected to offer reassurance that the U.S. economy remains sturdy and on track to expand for a 10th straight year.Economists have forecast that the Labor Department will report that employers added a solid 180,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate stayed at a five-decade low of 3.7 per cent, according to the financial data firm FactSet.The expectation of continued strength in hiring would contrast with the chaos of the stock market, a raging trade war, a partial shutdown of the government and the perception of growing risks for the economy.Major companies such as Apple say their sales are being jeopardized by the tariff-fueled trade war between the United States and China. Factory activity in China and the United States have both weakened, with the Institute for Supply Management’s U.S. manufacturing index on Thursday posting its steepest decline in a decade.The government is about to enter its third week of a partial shutdown, with negotiations stalled over President Donald Trump’s insistence that Democrats agree on funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. And attacks by Trump on the Federal Reserve over its rate increases have raised doubts about Chairman Jay Powell’s status — a concern for both the markets and the economy.But the expected continuation of steady job growth suggests that such risks might be — for the moment, anyway — overblown. Average hourly earnings are expected to have climbed 3 per cent from a year ago, up from a year-over-year gain of 2.7 per cent at the end of 2017.Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that private businesses added a robust 271,000 jobs in December, a sign that companies expect decent growth to continue despite the overhang of risks.And businesses are still searching for more workers. The employment site Glassdoor found that job postings have risen 17 per cent in the past year to 6.7 million.“We really don’t see any slowdown yet,” said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor.Hiring has been unusually strong as the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.7 per cent — a 49-year low — from 4.1 per cent at the start of 2018. Economists estimate that it requires roughly 100,000 job gains each month to satisfy population growth and keep the unemployment rate at its current level.But hiring has easily eclipsed that pace. During the first 11 months of 2018, employers added 2.27 million jobs, or an average of 206,182 a month, according to the Labor Department.Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more


US Supreme Court legalizes samesex marriage across the country

Rabat – Same-sex marriage is now legal across the United States after the US Supreme Court has ruled that all states must issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was protected under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of the US constitution.The states affected by the new ruling are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, most of Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. Speaking from the White House, President Barack Obama said the ruling is a “victory for America”.“This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: when all American are treated as equal, we are all more free,” he said.The decision was greeted by scenes of jubilation across the United States as it marked the end of a decade-long campaign to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage.The first state to allow same-sex marriage in the United States was Massachusetts, which granted the right in 2004. The ruling has seen the number of states allowing same-sex marriages from only two states in 2008, to all 50 states in 2015.With this decision, the US becomes the 21st country to lift the ban on same-sex marriages in the world. read more


Upcoming UN economic summit timely and historic – Assembly President

8 May 2009The upcoming United Nations meeting to tackle the global financial crisis is both “timely and historic,” the President of the General Assembly said, urging all States to participate at the highest level and to support the draft outcome document that he presented today. “The participation of all Member States at the highest level is indispensable for the transcendental gathering to achieve its full potential,” Miguel D’Escoto told the 192-member Assembly. “I earnestly believe that this is an opportunity the world cannot afford not to take advantage of.”Mr. D’Escoto is tasked with organizing the UN High-Level Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, which was called for by participants at a financing for development meeting held in Qatar in late 2008.He emphasized that the outcome document that leaders will adopt at the end of the 1-3 June meeting must reflect the aspirations of the Member States. “In particular, it must speak to the hundreds of millions across the globe who have no other forum in which they can express their unique and often divergent perspectives.”Presenting the draft outcome document to the Assembly, Mr. D’Escoto said he tried his best to reflect the concerns and expectations expressed to him by the government officials he met with in recent weeks as he travelled to different countries. “This draft outcome document may be the only document that the heads of State and government may see prior to coming to the June meeting,” he later told a news conference. “This is the document that will make it or break it,” he said, noting that the text will be the basis on which leaders will decide whether to take the June meeting seriously or to cast it as just another kind of “international charade” that will come to nothing. “I am hopeful that we will be instrumental in bringing tranquillity to the world that is in the midst of much anxiety caused by many converging crises, but mainly by the financial and economic turmoil.” read more


Jaffna a base to attack India

The warning asks security agencies across the country to be on high alert since the attack may come in “a few months”. Following the notice’s receipt, the Mumbai police have activated all their sources of information. A passage on the alert’s third page reads, “Sri Lankan agencies are reported to have arrested three suspected Pak nationals on February 2, 2013, who confessed to having visited Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram on Sri Lankan passports.”It continues: “An unconfirmed input suggests entry of such elements in Kerala or Tamil Nadu through sea route with the connivance of Sinhalese fishermen. It has been reported that LeT ( Lashkar-e-Taiba) is working on a plot to carry out attacks in India and eight terror suspects are being trained in Pakistan”. The Maharashtra police have received a terror alert from central intelligence agencies warning that eight militants are undergoing training in Pakistan-based camps to attack targets in south India from Sri Lanka.Sent by the joint director of VIP Security (under the Union home ministry) in New Delhi in mid-August, the nine-page alert states that four of the terror trainees are “Punjabis and the remainingKashmiris or Pathans”. Their “drop-off point” is expected to be around 28km off Jaffna and their target could be Mayiladuthurai or Madurai in Tamil Nadu, according to the alert, the Times of India reported. The alert expresses concern over the attempts of several terror outfits—including LeT, Babbar Khalsa International, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jamat-ud-Dawaa, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Al-Umer Mujahideen, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen—at joining hands to organize strikes in India. It also points to several Pakistan-based groups’ efforts to use Sri Lanka as the launching pad for their operations in India.The warning mentions various intelligence inputs gathered over time. One such input suggested the LeT is plotting to target the Wagah border crossing, particularly during the flag-lowering ceremony.Another bit of information—received in September 2012 and uncorroborated—said that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is planning a 26/11-style attack in New Delhi. Yet another input was of a meeting, “organised by LeT commander Habib ur Rehman”, of commanders of several militant outfits in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan this year. During the meet, the alert says, Rehman pressured the commanders to push maximum possible cadres into India to carry out “small targeted actions” in different parts of the country. The warning also speaks of an input of a meeting of terror groups where they decided to avenge the execution of Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru, by striking Tihar jail in New Delhi. read more


Northern California Wildfires Additional Lessons Learned

Yonemoto_ParadiseCampFire_1.png So what are the additional lessons learned from the Camp Fire? Sign up to receive alerts. Understand the topology of your area, especially the number of exits from your area. If there are a few choke points, get out as quickly as possible. A few minutes can mean evacuating safely versus being stuck in traffic and being in the path of a fast-moving fire. Also, the next time you hear a fire alarm, get up and leave. Better to be safe than sorry. Yonemoto_LagunaBeachFire.png Second, because a WEA alert is usually broadly based, would issuing one create widespread panic? Many people who are not affected would take to the roads, creating massive traffic jams. This would not only block escape routes for those fleeing the wildfire, but also impede emergency vehicles from reaching those in need. In fact, many of those who perished in the Paradise Camp Fire were trapped in their cars, trying to find an escape route. sctcperspective_Small.png No Results FoundSorry, but there appears to be no content for this. WEA: Potential ProblemsFirst, there is the “cry wolf” problem. If local officials invoke WEA too often (false alarms), it will inure residents to subsequent warning. What is the percentage of false positives, where an alert is sent, but there’s no real danger? By mid-November, FEMA reported that 108 WEA alerts have been sent out in California. How many of these 108 alerts turned out to be real emergencies? And even for those that were positive alarms, the danger may have been isolated to a small area. For those unaffected, there is a danger that after a series of false alarms, the WEA alerts will be ignored. wildfire_774.png “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:Best PracticesWEAIPAWSFEMAemergenciesfire alarmSCTCConsultant PerspectivesE-911MobilityRegulation Articles You Might Like When you look at a topographical map of Paradise, you’ll see there are five road exits. In reality, the road north was unusable, so there were only four exits (south). How quickly can you evacuate 27,000 people in 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles over four roads? We all have been in a building when a fire alarm goes off. When this last occurred, did you immediately get up and quickly leave the building? Or did you stay to wait for further instructions? We have been inured to so many false fire alarms that we do not display the sense of urgency that may be needed if there was a real fire threat. Last January, I wrote about the lessons learned from the northern California wildfires — primarily the North Bay Wildfires in 2017. Unfortunately, the North Bay wildfire disaster has now been overshadowed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. With 88 confirmed dead, the Camp Fire ranks No. 6 in deadliest wildfires in the United States. Related ScenariosA successful WEA alert was issued by Ventura County for the Thomas Fire on December 4, 2017. There was no loss of life due to the wildfire. However, one person did die in an auto accident. But what if the WEA alert that was sent was a false alarm? Would the story become how irresponsible County officials were in issuing the WEA alert that led to the death in the subsequent auto accident? In a situation eerily similar to the North Bay wildfires in 2017, local authorities (Butte County) did not invoke a wireless emergency announcement (WEA). WEA is an “Amber” style alert that would have sent a message to all cell/smart phones in certain cell area(s). WEAs are established through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning Systems (IPAWS). Rebecca Miller of Stanford’s Program in Environment and Resources, reported that Cal Fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, lists 188 California communities that are “high risk”. This is based on factors such as topography, climate, and wind. Many of these at-risk communities are expensive, exclusive areas within California, including Danville, Orinda, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Laguna Beach. It wasn’t until late morning, when much of the city was already burning, that evacuation orders were finally issued for the western and central zones of the city. While the Paradise Camp Fire is still under investigation, there is a strong possibility that the fire was started by a downed power line. In a potentially ominous situation, the citizens for Laguna Beach recently voted down Measure P, Emergency Response and Fire Sales Tax, which would have moved overhead power lines underground, thus reducing the possibility of a wildfire. When you attend a sporting event at a large stadium, how long does it take to empty out the parking lot after a close game when everyone is leaving at the same time? Add panic to the mix and you have an idea of what evacuation was like for the Paradise Camp Fire. Log in or register to post comments In Laguna Beach, with a similar population to Paradise, there are only three exits. And in fact, a wildfire would start in the north, likely blocking an exit. If Paradise had trouble evacuating its residents with four available exits, how would Laguna Beach fare in a similar situation? In hindsight, the natural question is why didn’t Butte County issue a WEA alert? Over the next several weeks, Butte County officials will provide the reasoning behind their actions (or non-actions). What is likely to be discussed is the potential issues with sending a wide area alert. To find out if your community is currently covered under IPAWS, check the following lists:Organizations with Alerting Authority CompletedOrganizations with Alerting Authority in ProgressInstead of invoking WEA, Butte County used its “Code RED” system. This is an opt-in system where you need to sign up to receive emergency messages and is similar to Sonoma County’s SoCo system that was used in the North Bay Wildfire. However, unlike Sonoma’s SoCo system which has a 2% sign up rate, Butte County had a much better 25% participation rate. Of Paradise’s 27,000 residences, 6,000 cell phone calls were placed in the first 10 minutes. Of these, 3,600 cell calls were completed (reached a person or voice mail). While helpful, it was not enough to avoid a devastating toll. Paradise’s average age is 50 (California’s average age is 36), with a high number of people over 65 and limited cell phone use. read more


Distracted drivers beware

Police want inattentive motorists to stay off the road.To help meet that goal, the OPP is running its Distracted Driving Campaign this week.“We’re encouraging all people to be safe, and to take a firm stand against distracted driving,” Norfolk OPP Detachment Commander Joseph Varga said on Wednesday. “When you get into your car turn your phone off or put it on silent, wait until you get to where you are going and then check it. No phone call is worth your life.”Distracted driving is considered any form of inattentive driving. It includes, but is not limited to, using a cellphone, eating or drinking, changing the stereo, attending to children in the backseat, or setting your GPS device.Tougher penalties for distracted driving came into effect in January. Drivers can face at $1,000 fine, three-day licence suspension and lose three demerit points if convicted.Repeat offenders face even steeper penalties that come with being convicted a second or third time.Penalties for a second distracted driving conviction within five years are a fine of up to $2,000, a seven-day licence suspension and six demerit points.“All subsequent convictions within five years will face a fine of up to $3,000, six demerit points, and will lose their licence for up to 30 days,” said Varga.The official campaign runs this week, but police have their eyes out for this issue year round.Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk hopes drivers will consider what they are putting at risk before they look at their phone.“People need to put their technology away and value their life,” said Sanchuk.He says it’s easy for people to assume they will never be involved in a collision caused by distracted driving, but numbers show it happens more often than people think.There have been about 13,500 charges, 55 deaths, and 9,000 investigated collisions attributed to distracted driving in Ontario in the past year.“When you get in a vehicle and you’re a passenger you need to speak up,” Sanchuk said. “If you see a driver on their phone let them know that they’re putting your life in danger. If we put the technology away and focus 100 per cent on our driving we shouldn’t see any collision happening whatsoever.” read more


Big savings at Alberta Energy Regulator welcomed by industry amid downturn

CALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says it has saved industry hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years through a host of process tweaks and efficiency measures, more than offsetting levies companies pay to fund the provincial watchdog.AER spokeswoman Carrie Rosa said the cost-saving tally for industry over the 2015-16 fiscal year came in at between $411 million and $448 million, exceeding its target of $400 million. In the previous year, the savings were $267 million, surpassing a $60-million target.Those figures were verified by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.In 2014, the industry levy was $243 million. Last year it fell to $240 million in response to the downturn and Rosa said it’s expected to be reduced even further this year.“Our focus isn’t just about saving money. It’s also about reducing duplicative processes and finding new approaches to regulatory oversight,” Rosa said.While AER operations are funded by industry, the Alberta government approves its budget.The AER was founded in 2013, taking over from its predecessor, the Energy Resources Conservation Board, and encompassing functions that used to fall under Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.Many of the savings have been achieved through the AER’s “near-term action program,” which launched in 2014 in an effort to make the regulator more efficient through initiatives that can deliver results quickly.That program was not a response to plunging oil and gas prices, but the industry has nonetheless welcomed its streamlining effects as it contends with the worst downturn in three decades.The most beneficial changes to industry have centred on highly technical matters that CAPP vice-president Brad Herald admits are “not very sexy” but add up to big savings.“We pivoted from a growth picture to more of a cost-savings picture and these are really meaningful at times like this and the work’s appreciated,” he said.The near-term action program involves taking a “risk-based approach,” which means “prioritizing regulatory activities so that the most significant risks receive the greatest attention,” according to the AER’s most recent annual report.A briefing note prepared by the AER for the office of Alberta’s deputy energy minister said $356 million to $379 million was expected to have been saved by March 31 of this year as a result of the near-term action program.The note was obtained by The Canadian Press through an Alberta freedom of information request.“The AER has taken a number of actions to ensure its operations are fiscally responsible in response to low oil prices,” the note said.Another measure has been to freeze the pay of staff and keep its overall head count steady at 1,200.Rosa said the AER instituted the salary and hiring freezes during the 2015-16 fiscal year. That is to continue through 2017-18, as per a provincial government announcement last week that salaries would be frozen across all agencies, boards and commissions.Rosa said the AER is saving a minimum of $23.4 million through the salary freeze.Outside of the near-term action program, there are a couple of other pilot projects on the go meant to boost efficiency, including one that allows the AER to accept one application for multiple activities.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2016 10:23 am MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2016 at 3:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Big savings at Alberta Energy Regulator welcomed by industry amid downturn read more


Ban encourages parties to pave way for deescalating situation on Korean Peninsula

“He calls on the parties to redouble efforts to resolve differences through dialogue while refraining from taking any measure that is not conducive to dialogue,” points out a statement issued yesterday evening by the UN spokesperson.The Secretary-General further took note of the agreement that the discussions will be resumed today, adds the statement.


First South Sudan river convoy in five years delivers UN aid to

The World Food Programme (WFP) convoy transported just over 750 tonnes of food and nutrition supplies up the Sobat river, a major tributary of the White Nile. This meant negotiating access and security guarantees to allow safe-passage for the vessels through the Greater Upper Nile region, where thousands of South Sudanese people have been displaced by the war, said WFP.The opening of more viable delivery routes helps us to reach more people, and get to them more efficiently – Adnan Khan, WFPLife-saving aid for the isolated counties of Ulang, Luapiny and Nyirol, was previously only delivered by airdrop, which costs around six times more than using river or road transport. The first convoy was loaded in Renk, composed of one barge and 11 smaller vessels that transported supplies of sorghum, pulses, vegetable oil and porridge – enough to sustain 40,000 people for one month. According to a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report, backed by multiple UN agencies, 6.1 million people in South Sudan – approximately half of the population – face severe food shortages.Millions of people don’t know where their next meal is coming from”, said Adnan Khan, WFP’s Country Director in South Sudan. “They urgently need humanitarian assistance. Without it, they face serious challenges. The opening of more viable delivery routes helps us to reach more people and get to them more efficiently.”In response to these growing humanitarian needs, WFP is now providing emergency food supplies to 5 million people using road, air and river routes. read more