Up coming Emergency Support Services volunteer meeting

first_imgFor a link to the FB Event page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first meeting for the Fort St. John Emergency Support Services volunteer team will be this Thursday.During the event of an evacuation order, the Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception may be activated. The ESS Reception Centre is managed by the municipality’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), but volunteers from the community operate it.The Fort St. John Emergency Support Services (ESS) team meets once a quarter, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, attend a meeting or you can send an email to recreation@fortstjohn.ca for information and request sign up forms to complete and return.- Advertisement -Volunteer meeting dates and times as follows;Thursday, January 9, 2020 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pmThursday, March 5, 2020 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pmThursday, June 4, 2020 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pmFor more information on training sessions; CLICK HEREMore information on Emergency Support Services; CLICK HEREAdvertisementlast_img read more

Suspect sought in morning shooting

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – A man in his 30s was shot this morning, and authorities were searching for two teenage suspects. The unidedentified man suffered multiple gunshot wounds during the attack at 8:10 a.m. in the 5200 block of Cartwright Avenue, LAPD Officer Kristi Sandoval said. The victim was taken to a local hospital by paramedics and he is expected to survive. Police do not have anybody in custody and have not recovered the weapon, Sandoval said. Police are looking for two suspects, described only as teenagers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Decision Support Tool to select appropriate hybrid maturities for June

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Allen Geyer and Peter Thomison, Ohio State University ExtensionThe Corn Growing Degree Day decision support tool allows users to choose any Corn Belt county, enter the planting date and hybrid maturity, and generate a graph that shows projected GDD accumulations through the season, including the date on which you can expect that hybrid, planted on that date in that county, to mature (achieve black layer). One important adjustment missing from this tool is the fact that planting corn late usually lowers the GDD needed to get a hybrid from planting to maturity.In an article on his website, Dr. Bob Nielsen at Purdue includes a calculator that adjusts the GDD requirement downward based on how late planting actually is. This is not a trivial adjustment: planting a hybrid on June 10 (vs. May 10) lowers the GDD requirement by more than 200 GDD. So a hybrid that needs 2,700 GDD to mature if planted on May 1 will require an estimated 2,428 GDD if planted on June 10 (Using Dr. Nielsen’s calculator). The revised GDD number can be manually entered into the GDD tool instead of days RM for the hybrid.To get started on the tool, click where your farm is located in the county of interest (GDDs are calculated based on longitude and latitude) then select the graph tab. As an example, a 108-day RM hybrid (which the tool estimates will need 2,600 GDD from planting to maturity) planted on June 10 in Wood County, Ohio is projected to mature sometime after Dec 1 (the frost date is estimated at Oct. 29). However, if you manually change the expected layer GDD requirement from 2600 to 2328 (estimated using the calculator above) the GDD tool estimates that hybrid would achieve maturity by about Oct. 8 (nearly three weeks before the first average freeze).If we change the planting location to Wayne County, Ohio using the same hybrid and planting date and make the appropriate input changes to the GDD tool regarding reduced GDD requirements for a delayed planting, the GDD tool estimates that the hybrid wouldn’t achieve maturity until November 7 (average frost date of Oct. 27). Changing to a 102-day hybrid there would move projected maturity to Oct. 9.last_img read more

VC Series A Web Tech Deals in July

first_imgRelated Posts We have been tracking Series A deals in Web technology since the market mayhem in October 2008, and since May we have been working with ChubbyBrain, which tracks this kind of data full-time. Early-stage funding is important for the whole economy, so we decided to report every month, not waiting for quarterly data. The executive summary for July: steady progress and a lot of deals in the Boston area. Read on for details.Healthy Month-to-Month TrendJuly clocked in at $93.5 million, ahead of June’s $77.1 million but behind May’s blistering $103.2 million.Here are the month-to-month growth numbers for seed and Series A deals in the Web and mobile space in the US:January: $30.3 millionFebruary: $45.5 millionMarch: $55.7 millionApril: $73.7 millionMay: $103.2 millionJune: $77.1 millionJuly: $93.5 millionSteady progress is not an exciting headline, but it is good news for the economy. To put it in perspective, this is double what we saw in that dismal first quarter.Regional ViewMassachusetts was pretty hot with 5 deals, totaling $20.53 million. As usual, California led the pack with 12 deals, but Massachusetts (with 5 deals for a slightly higher average investment amount) definitely held its own. New York weighed in with 2 deals for $13 million.Which Ventures Received Money?AboutUsActiFioAkiba TechnologiesAloqaApperianAppStoreHQBizmoreBlingNationBump TechnologiesCoTweetCross-Platform CorpDataxuEgnyteExtreme ReachFlyCastGround TruthGuestCentric SystemsGumGumHome-AccountIntent MediaLottayMixamoNEXAGENibi SoftwarePriceDripProject Fair BidSawbuck RealtyStyleCasterTuneInUnboundIDWhich VCs Wired Money?Co-investors are shown on a single line.2G AssociatesAH BeloAtlas Venture, Flybridge Capital PartnersBaseline Ventures, Founders Fund, First Round Capital, SV Angel, Maples Investments, Freestyle CapitalBlackBerry Partners Fund, GrandBanks CapitalCommon AngelsDan GilbertDFJ FrontierFoundation Capital, North Bridge Venture PartnersFounders Co-opGranite Global Ventures, Keynote VenturesGreylock Partners, North Bridge Venture PartnersGRP PartnersInovCapital, Turismo CapitalKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Reid HoffmanLightspeed Venture Partners, Meck and Camp VenturesMatrix PartnersMayfield Fund, First Round Capital, Foundation CapitalPolaris Ventures, Maples InvestmentsRembrandt Venture Partners, Freedom Financial NetworkSilverton PartnersSteamboat Ventures, Voyager Capital, Seapoint VenturesTrue VenturesVillage Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Long River VenturesVistage InternationalVoyager CapitalWellington PartnersY Combinator A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups center_img bernard lunn Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The New Mad Men Of Advertising Are… Everywhere

first_imgCrowdsourced advertising platforms – some with Silicon Valley backing – are sprouting up to liberate untapped talent from around the world and remake television (and video) advertising. Companies such as Tongal, Zooppa, Poptent and others are tapping the crowd for talent and hoping to leverage social media’s expanding reach and real-time impact to strengthen ties between products and people. Can you tell who made the Dannon yogurt commercial below starring John Stamos? It aired during last year’s Super Bowl:>In fact, the ad was created by Remy and Andrew Neymarc, a pair of twenty-something brothers raised in France and possessing no formal video training. Their concept was chosen amongst thousands via the crowdsource advertising platform Poptent.The crowd is seizing control.Talent is EverywhereCollege students – think Michael Dell and Mark Zuckerberg – can launch highly disruptive multi-billion dollar businesses right from their dorm room. But can they direct? Can they create mega-popular, award-winning television advertisements for global brands? The answer is a resounding yes. Ideas can come from anywhere, and talent resides everywhere. The commercial below, for example, is the direct result of crowd participation. The original idea for the ad and then, later, the finished commercial, were selected from entries by creators – some professional, many amateur – around the world. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… brian s hall Deconstructing the AdvertisementWhereas companies like Poptent have created a platform that connects global talent with big brands, Tongal has taken the crowdsourcing model one step further – by deconstructing the advertisement into its constituent parts.For example, I may have the perfect idea for the next great iPhone commercial. Note: Idea for next great iPhone ad: a virtual 3D Steve Jobs and Tupac Shakur share iTunes Radio playlists and wisdom as they are seated cross-legged on a barren desert.Problem: I have absolutely no filming talent. Using Tongal’s platform, big brands offer “challenge rewards” not only for fully edited video advertisements, but for ideas for commercials. Tongal president and co-founder, James DeJulio, told me that this new model will permanently disrupt how television advertising gets made:So many talented people have until now had little access to do really creative work. In Hollywood, for example, every studio relies on the same ten names for every action. (Crowdsourcing) rearranges the labor market for creative work.Tongal has received $15 million in venture capital funding. The company works with popular brands by crafting an advertising “challenge.” First, is the idea challenge – anyone can submit a idea for the brand’s next commercial. The crowd – at least, those registered on the Tongal site – can submit and/or vote on these ideas. The most popular ones are then awarded a cash prize of, say, $500.Video artists can then craft an advertisement based on the top five most popular ideas, for example. Again, these videos are voted on and the winner receives, say, $25,000. In addition, each winning participant across the challenge’s several stages has a chance for an additional slice of the reward pool. If the second most popular “idea” is ultimately used in the winning video, for example, the person with that idea receives an additional reward.The entire process, from creating the challenge, generating ideas, and developing a finished advertisement takes about 8 weeks – far faster than the traditional model. Throughout the process the challenge is simultaneously being aggressively promoted on Twitter and Facebook. DeJulio estimates that “easily 10-20% of all television advertising over the next few years” will be based on a crowdsourced model. That’s tens of billions of dollars.Surprisingly, money is not the driving factor for many participants. “More money typically equals better participation,” says DeJulio, but this is not always the case. The more people that use a product, such as a toothbrush or deodorant, the more likely it is that more and better ideas are generated via the crowd. This is doubly so, he suggests, for products that have a rabid fan base – for instance, women’s shoes.A Whole New WorldThe rapid advancement of low-cost HD video tools, steady cams, and professional editing software, combined with globally accessible social media platforms which aggregate and empower the crowd, are finally disrupting the insular, highly profitable television advertising business.Lego, Pringles, Axe, Pepsi, Nokia, and numerous others now rely upon crowdsourcing to generate ideas and foster new talent. Everyone wins. Big brands get a great commercial, possibly at a much lower price, and far faster than ever before. At the same time, talented folks from around the world have a chance to build a career in a new industry. Teens such as Zach Boivin have already earned thousands. Consider this advertising challenge linking Pringles and Star Wars. It yielded thousands of fan-generated entries, such as the one below. Big brands use the crowd not just for ideas, talent and inspiration, but to help generate brand awareness – even at the ad concept stage.Pizza Hut, for example, encouraged football fans to submit videos incorporating the idea of quarterbacks shouting “hut” to hike the ball. Along with many great entries received, the campaign itself was a clever means of increasing brand awareness long before any finished advertisement even made it onto the television screen.While Pizza Hut selected the finalists in its crowdsourced challenge, a popular vote was used to decide which ad made it to the Super Bowl. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos This is in large part because viewers place a higher level of trust in television advertisements. Even in the second decade of the 21st century, television ads influence viewers far more than most other forms. Yes, this is also true for tech-savvy teens and young adults.Television Advertising In A Multi-Screen WorldTelevision may command a disproportionate share of trust and influence among advertising media, but each new advertising channel – your Twitter feed, or your smartphone screen, for example – has the potential to distract once faithful viewers.It’s also now much harder for brands to develop and distribute a consistent message across these multiple channels, screens and media platforms. What works on the television screen may do nothing for someone updating their Facebook page on their iPhone. Multiple ads with varying sensibilities are thus required even for a single brand or product. This has forced advertisers to seek out new talent and new avenues for promotion.Kurt Lohse is marketing director for Poptent, a social media platform that links brands looking for advertising with freelancers from around the world. The 65,000 independent filmmakers registered with Poptent, he told me, “run the gamut from boutique ad agencies to film school students with basic training.”In a multi-screen world, well-made video content remains one of the most effective sales tools available, and demand continues to grow as the range of possible media outlets expands. Think “Super Bowl commercials to viral videos, web videos and everything in between,” as Lohse puts it.In this new world, big brands need the crowd just to meet demand.The Crowd Wants What The Crowd WantsWith more screens, more channels and more media platforms, it’s also become much harder for advertisers to deeply connect with every group or demographic. The top-down model no longer works. Asking a crowd to create an ad is much more likely to result in something that resonates with, well, that specific crowd. PepsiCo, which owns a number of food brands, including Doritos, has done just that in order to appeal to multiple demographics, particularly younger ones. In this case, the rather odd crowdsourced advertisement featuring a goat ultimately made it into the company’s Super Bowl ad blitz.  Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Crowdsourced participation in the traditional world of television advertising is a big deal. The global advertising market has an estimated value in excess of half a trillion dollars. In a world of tablets and “second screens,” DVRs and YouTube, television still grabs the majority of this bounty. The winner, to be selected later this month, will receive a $25,000 fee, and the winning ad will be shown on national TV.  Tags:#advertising#crowdsourcing#television A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more