Video: Super Mario scores a screamer

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A loss for agriculture on Election Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When an election season includes a vote for President, the issues that are further down the ballot rarely get any attention. That is the case for a ballot initiative, “Question 3”, proposed in Massachusetts that will make it illegal to sell veal, pork or eggs from animals that have been confined to crates or cages of a certain size. The recent passage of that initiative is a blow to not only agriculture in that state, but around the country.“The legislation not only banned those practices in Massachusetts, but it also bans any products from being sold in the state that came from operations that used those housing methods,” said Hannah Thomson-Weeman, communications director for the Animal Agriculture Alliance. “Massachusetts is not a big ag state and it only has one farm that has cages for their laying hens, which is why activists groups chose to put this type of legislation on the ballot there.”The Humane Society of the United States was the main driver of this initiative investing over $2 million, over 90% of the funds raised for backing this plan, outspending the opposition by a rate of 10 to one.With that money, time and effort, anti-agriculture groups were able to overpower the alternative message, which was about food costs.“Not only are these cage-free practices not really necessarily better for the animals, there are issues of aggression, increased mortality and increased management by the farmer,” Thompson-Weeman said. “Of course, the intention is to make farmers comply and change to these new rules which costs money and that will increase food prices and make for some difficult decisions at the grocery store.”Anti-poverty advocate Diane Sullivan was one of the representatives opposing these new regulations and she talked, in detail, about how increased food costs on a very common protein source will have a negative impact on families that are trying to get by on a lower wage.“Cage-free eggs are a choice at the grocery store right now and the vast majority of people don’t make that choice,” Thompson-Weeman said. “They buy conventionally-produced eggs because that’s what fits in their budget and that’s what they can afford.”This new legislation will impact those who can’t afford to pay whatever it costs for cage-free eggs more than any other group of consumers.“There’s a reason our farming systems are designed they way they are today,” Thompson-Weeman said. “It’s all about maximizing animal health and efficiency so at the end of the day we can produce a safe, healthy and affordable product for consumers.”The Animal Agriculture Alliance anticipates continued issues like Massachusetts’ “Question 3” to come up, especially in states that do not have a strong farming community where legislators and voters aren’t as informed about agriculture. The organization is recommending a proactive approach when connecting with consumers, law makers and influencers so when they hear myths and misinformation about ag, they can sort through what is true and what is not.last_img read more

Facebook’s Oculus patents lightweight smart glasses

first_imgTags:#AR#Augmented Reality#Facebook#featured#Mixed reality#Oculus#patent#smart glasses#top#virtual reality#VR How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… Related Posts Facebook-owned Oculus has patented a lightweight smart glasses concept that would be able to “augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer-generated elements.”The patent shows a pair of glasses that look like basic shades, which would force the electronics to be packed in tightly, similar to the first version of Google Glass. Instead of having to look up to see the augmentation, Oculus plans to use all the glass as a display.See Also: Facebook finally adds virtual reality app to the social networkThree members of the advanced research division at Oculus, including one that previously worked on Microsoft’s HoloLens, published the patent application, according to Business Insider.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the ‘end goal’ for AR is lightweight glasses at the company’s developer conference last year. That goal may be a few years away from reality, with Oculus chief scientist, Michael Abrash, recently saying that AR glasses won’t replace smartphones until 2022.Four of the five major U.S. tech companies are working on smart glasses. Apple patented a design similar to Oculus that allows mixed reality and content layered on-top of real world environments; Microsoft is building the more expensive HoloLens; and Google has Glass.Amazon is the only one that has not shown interest, more focused on quirky ways for drones to fly around cities.Between now and the augmented future, Oculus is expected to launch a whole range of virtual reality headsets for all types of consumers. A sub-$500 standalone headset could launch before the end of the year, and mobile headsets are reportedly in the pipeline.center_img Sam Enoka How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging …last_img read more

Be Grateful

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now “You don’t need to justify your love, you don’t need to explain your love, you just need to practice your love. Practice creates the master.”― Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of RelationshipI am most grateful for the people in my life, my family, my friends, my community. In the end, you will measure your life solely by the quality of your relationships. It’s good to be reminded of this fact before you need to be reminded.Happy Thanksgiving!Anthonylast_img read more

To Create Greater Value Be Strategic

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Salespeople (and their leaders) ask me what they can do to be more compelling. By that they mean how can they motivate their clients and dream clients to take action. Here’s the thing: If you want to be compelling, find out what is already compelling. Move to higher, more strategic level of value creation.Discover What Is Already Compelling: There is a reason that the front end of the sales process is where all of the value is created. Early in the process, you have an opportunity to discover what is already motivating the contacts within your client company. You have a chance to understand where they believe they need to go, their pressing challenges, and the opportunities they are working towards. Discovering what is already compelling to your clients is the first step to creating a higher, more strategic, level of value.Tie Your Solutions to Strategic Issues: If your prospective client is going to take action, upset the status quo, and make changes, they aren’t going to do it to produce poorer results. They’re going to take action so they can produce dramatically better results. Your job is to help them tie those results to their company’s strategic issues. You create a higher level of value when you help your clients with their goals, their strategic initiatives. That is, in part, what makes you compelling.Move Up and Gain Support: You can learn a lot by working with contacts at all levels, but if you want executive sponsorship (and you do want—need—executive sponsorship), then you need to move up your client’s organization chart and gain support. If you learn enough on your way up, you can tie your initiative to executive leadership’s initiatives. This is part of the way you create value through the process, and helps a lot when you need executive support as you execute.Make People Uncomfortable: Look, if you are going to be a trusted advisor, you are going to have the difficult conversations about risks and rewards. You are going to have to talk about the risks of underinvesting. You are going to have talk openly about the big changes that are going to need to occur for your client to succeed—for you to succeed together. And you are going to have talk about the rewards, monetary and otherwise. Little hinges don’t swing big doors. What makes you strategic is your willingness to deal with the biggest, nastiest, foulest issues.QuestionsDo you know what is already compelling your clients?Can you tie your solution to what is motivating your clients now?Do you have executive sponsorship for your opportunities? What do you need to do to get it?Will you go there? Will you give the elephant a name and tame him?last_img read more

THEATRE RULE BREAKER DENISE CLARKE OFFERS A GUIDEBOOK FOR CREATING PERFORMANCE THEATRE

first_imgAdvertisement Denise Clarke. Courtesy, Ryan Barlett. CALGARY Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Denise Clarke will be the first to admit that, on the surface, there is a bit of irony in her creating a guide for performance theatre.The dancer, choreographer, actress and teacher uses her experiences as a longtime associate artist of theatre group One Yellow Rabbit to give context to The Big Secret Book: An Intense Guide for Creating Performance Theatre.But anyone familiar with the wild creativity found in the history and ranks of the Rabbits knows that it has not really been the sort of organization that plays by a set rulebook. “I found myself extremely conscious of that, of never trying to sound like: ‘This is the definitive way to approach this,’ ” says Clarke, adopting a mock serious tone. “But almost always using the framing device of ‘This might provide an advantage.’ That’s all it is. It’s not a rule, but an advantage for when you’re flailing. Because all of these ideas are about when it’s not going well. It’s so common to have people say to me ‘I just don’t know where to start.’ ”Denise Clarke’s Big Secret Book CALGARY So The Big Secret Book distils years of knowledge and practise into a practical guide for artists of all stripes, offering a roadmap that shows where to go so you are not solely reliant on the fickle whims of inspiration. Clarke calls upon her 35 years of experience creating and performing in work for One Yellow Rabbit, but largely focuses on the practices established at the Rabbits’ Summer Lab Intensive. Clarke has been overseeing that since 1997, guiding artists through a three-week master class that emphasizes exercises in creativity which has guided the Rabbits for more than 30 years.So the book offers tips that are both physical in nature — such as breathing and relaxation techniques or exploring “your posture and personal space” — to more philosophical guidelines such as “give yourself permission” and “stop judging.” Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Vigils held for Sagkeengs Serena McKay on the weekend

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsTwo vigils were held to remember Serena Mckay.The 19-year old was murdered on the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. Her body was discovered April 24.Two teenage girls have been charged with her murder.bhobson@aptn.calast_img

Where Google Misses the Mark for Premium Publishers

first_imgI love Google. I believe it to be one of the greatest American businesses ever launched. For the last dozen years, I have been a partner as well as competitor to Google. I have seen firsthand the incredible breadth of engineering talent and resources they bring to the market. As a publisher, I was a long-time customer of syndicated Google search advertising as well as embedded, contextual text advertising.Google is brilliant at serving and monetizing text advertising. Whether done on the search result page or via contextual mapping to page level content into a dedicated module, these are solutions that no publisher can directly offer. These are solutions based on mapping scale of advertisers to scale of potential keywords, something no individual publisher can possibly replicate. The money generated from these placements is incremental and does not compete with the publishers’ own direct efforts to sell a similar product.Display is a different ballgame. A premium publisher’s core business is in selling a high-value display placement into their curated environment at a premium price. While programmatic buying is surely challenging the value of this model, it still represents a significant market with hundreds of top-tier brand marketers placing value on the age-old premise of the right ad delivered to the right individual in the right environment. Google’s core display product undercuts this model in damaging ways. Google will serve what its algorithm perceives to be the best possible ad at that given moment. It does not discern the appropriateness of the ad content itself or the economics involved. This often defaults to the lowest common denominator served into a premium display position—a text ad, from a direct response marketer, sold for less than 10 percent of what the publishers’ direct sales force is trying (and succeeding ) to get for that same inventory.This is particularly damaging in emerging areas like mobile. Because most premium publishers don’t sell their mobile inventory yet, you often see Google text ads appearing in prime display mobile real estate. Because many of these publishers are using DFP as their first party ad server, Google wisely makes it very easy for them to automate their Adsense backfill.Here is the prime example. This is a screen shot of The New York Times mobile home page from a few months back. The NYT has not sold this position so it defaults to a backfill solution from Google. This is what served: Now I’m an old digital guy and still view the home page of the NYT as a very premium buy. I see top 50 brands paying top dollar to get that position. Google has done a great service to the Counseling Anxiety in Miami advertiser. I wonder if they even know they owned the homepage of the NYT. For the NYT, this is a horrible result. Never mind the poor quality of the ad content and how that sullies the environment for the reader; I’m not sure how their sales team can go to market selling the exclusivity of the placement to their top-brand advertising partners when this is what’s running there.So what can you do if you’re a premium publisher with lots of unsold inventory?1. Put the right resources in place to sell it yourself, and in the way it needs to be sold—as a high-value, high-impact display unit.2. Work with specialist networks that focus on premium inventory and premium brands.3. If you’re going to backfill, do it via an SSP (Pubmatic, Rubicon, or even AdMeld, which Google owns), where more competition for the inventory should produce better ads and better economics.4. If you’re going to just run Google ads, then have somebody at the switch watching to make sure there are minimum standards of ad content quality and yield.Don’t get me wrong; Google is a great and critical partner to the publisher and would be the first to point out they give the publisher control to manage their inventory. The reality is that most publishers don’t have the resources to do this, so they default to something that in the long run undermines their business.    Be smart. Protect the premium value of your brand and inventory.last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between July 22, 2018 to July 29, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierVietnam Memorial Moving Wall program by Lizzy HillLibrary hosts local authors’ book launch event by Sheryl WalshNational Grid lockout affects Wilmington workers by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell Sun‘This is healing for me’ (Moving Wall) by Kori TuittHis main event: Leading cancer fight by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Joshua Buske Named To Deans List At University Of Hartford

first_imgWEST HARTFORD, CT — The University of Hartford is pleased to announce Joshua Buske, of Wilmington, has been named to its Dean’s List for Fall 2018.Spread across seven dynamic schools and colleges, the University of Hartford has been guiding the purpose and passion of students for over six decades. On our 350-acre campus alongside Connecticut’s capital city, approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students from 48 states and 46 countries come together for a common purpose: to collaborate across different disciplines, diversify perspectives, and broaden worldviews. We’re a four-year private university focused on advancing the public good through meaningful connections within our communities. Our unique approach to comprehensive education gives us the critical perspectives that lead to impactful change, regionally and beyond. With degree programs spanning the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions, we focus on doing the work that matters.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Hartford via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Joshua Buske Named To Dean’s List At University Of HartfordIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Joshua Buske Named To Dean’s List At University of HartfordIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Joshua Buske Named To Dean’s List At University Of HartfordIn “Education”last_img read more