Clips of the Week: March 1, 2013

first_imgBike-heavy on clips this week, but what can I say? They’re the best. Check’em out below.1. When Deer AttackReminiscent of this video, but hitting much closer to home is a clip of an unexpected race-day mishap caught on camera. Nature’s revenge? You be the judge.2. Crazy Dude Does Crazy Downhill Crazy FastI will never tire of watching crazy-ass dudes bomb down crazy-ass downhill courses. Here is the latest from that expanding genre.3. Is It On?Not only a very cool ski video, but a great tutorial on how to make the most of your GoPro edit.Salomon Freeski TV S6E11 – Not another GoPro edit from Salomon Freeski on Vimeo.4. Going SoloBack in the saddle for our final entry. This is a beautifully shot self edit from out in the woods and another great example of maximizing your edit when you’re all alone out there.Aaron LaRocque – Prime Time on Pinkbikelast_img read more

Smithtown Highway Superintendent Pleads Guilty to Misconduct

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The elected Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Smithtown resigned Friday upon admitting he falsifying paperwork for a paving project he ordered that had violated New York State regulations.Glenn Jorgensen pleaded guilty to offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct at Suffolk County court.Prosecutors have said the 63-year-old St. James man allegedly ordered road construction reports be altered to conceal his approval of paving of at least eight Smithtown streets in freezing temperatures in November 2014, then directed a highway foreman to alter the records to misrepresent the weather conditions during the repaving work.Judge Mark Cohen is expected to sentence Jorgensen on Dec. 11 to four months jail with an alternative, in lieu of jail, of 570 hours of community service and three years of probation.last_img read more

4 ways to be a better networker

first_imgWhether you’re working to grow your company or making connections for a new business venture, there’s no substitute for the networking process. Sure, it can be a daunting task to open yourself up to new people, but the more you get out there, the more successful you will be. Here are four helpful tips for becoming a better networker.Exude confidenceEven if you’re a naturally shy person, others gravitate toward individuals who radiate self-assurance. When networking with new professionals, first impressions are everything. So, remember to smile, give a firm handshake, and make eye contact with those you meet.Ask smart questionsWhen attending a business function or while at a networking event, think of creative ways to connect with others. The standard questions (“What is your role at the company?”) are boring and repetitive. Try connecting by asking more personal things about their background or skillset. You will make a more lasting impression if you can separate yourself from other professionals.Listen more, talk lessWhen engaging with others it’s vital that they know up front that you’re genuinely interested in what they are saying. If you’re the only one talking, you may come across as bossy or domineering. Make the points you came to make, but take in what’s being said and truly learn about others.Keep it upDon’t just attend one networking business event and call it a day. Keep up the pattern and continue putting yourself out there. It will be hard for others in the industry to forget you if you keep popping up at business events. So, stay on their radar because in many cases, it’s all about who you know. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Book “Research of tourist markets” presented

first_imgThat is why yesterday’s presentation of the new book Research of Tourist Markets, authored by Professor Emerita Mira Marušić, prof. dr. sc. Darko Prebešac and Associate Professor dr. sc. Josip Mikulić at the Faculty of Economics is extremely important and valuable. Although it has an original scientific approach and an original methodology, the book goes beyond textbook literature because business cases give it a high practical level. Therefore, this book can count on the interest of a very wide professional public. The book is intended for all those who are engaged in tourism, and who want to discover the needs of users (existing and potential), creatively transform them into services and products (destinations or companies) and thus generate higher revenues.  Although tourism is our strategic industry and accounts for 19,6 GDP, unfortunately we do not have a lot of professional tourism literature, and especially quality literature, so that all tourism workers, both current and future, can further educate and raise the quality of their knowledge. The publisher of the book is the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb, and the book can be obtained directly through the publisher, in the Script Office of the Faculty of Economics – Zagreb. These are authors who are among the leading experts and researchers in the field of marketing and research in tourism in Croatia and beyond.center_img In the first place, the authors had in mind the needs of students from all universities in the Croatian language area (but also the region), which were the main impetus for their work. Furthermore, these are all business people who deal with various aspects of tourism (eg hotel, brokerage, transportation, etc.), other participants whose products and / or services are intended for tourists (cultural institutions, art galleries, theaters, etc.) , but also all those participants who are involved in various aspects of tourism planning, development and management at the state or destination level (tourist boards, competent ministry and related ministries, local government, etc.).  It is for these reasons that the content of this book, but also examples and business cases, is focused on business activities of different categories of participants whose implementation is important for the successful development of tourism. Special attention is paid to sustainable tourism (understanding the concept and research of this phenomenon), as a new direction and way of thinking about the economy in general, and thus modern tourism. At the end of each chapter comes a business case (or more of them) and in this way an attempt was made to bring the issue of the chapter closer to the readers. 25 authors (scientists, researchers, experts from practice) participated in the development of business cases, and they are mainly based on domestic experiences, and comparisons with parties were presented as a stimulus for thinking and acting. The content of the book is structured in two parts. The first part, which consists of seven chapters, aims to acquaint the reader with the existing forms, procedures and methods of market research. The second part of the book is dedicated to the application of market research in the main areas of tourism, for the needs of tourist destinations, catering companies, intermediaries in the organization and sale of tourist services, for the needs of transport companies and for sustainable tourism.last_img read more

Park will be boost to economy, recreation

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The special referendum on Dec. 5 is a rare opportunity to cast a ballot for a school district proposal that will have such a far-reaching impact. I urge the voters in the Shenendehowa School District to vote “yes” on the sale of the Shen land to the town of Clifton Park.The 37 acres in our Town Center can serve as catalyst for cultural and economic growth within the Town Center District. Because the land is located adjacent to our newest elementary schools, the library, YMCA and CAPTAIN, it can become a center of activity for each of these vital resources. What a great opportunity to provide a natural environment for our kids to learn and play in.Moreover, it is a perfect location for everyone to enjoy. The Town Center Plan was enacted with the objective of having a “walkable” commercial area. The 37-acre park can help accelerate the realization of the ideas that are the foundation of the plan. Developers will have a greater incentive to construct residential projects in the Town Center if their future customers have access to a real park.Not many retirees or young professionals are looking to locate in a purely commercial district. They want a lifestyle that is recreation-oriented. Hence, a true park can actually lead to a more vibrant business area as envisioned in the Town Center plan, which means more jobs and increased tax revenues. The idea of a central park has the potential to provide tremendous civic benefits. Please vote “yes” on Proposal 1 to sell the Shen land to the town. Voting for this sale is a simple but powerful way to support both our kids and the future of our community.Daniel MathiasBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Volunteer army in Indonesia helps fight coronavirus with data, web

first_imgAs Indonesia’s most populous province weighed tough movement restrictions to stop the new coronavirus, it turned to a loosely-knit volunteer group of data scientists and health experts.The Kawal COVID-19 (Guard against COVID-19) group organized a data model presented to the provincial governor that showed there could be 70,000 deaths by July in West Java if no restrictions were imposed compared with only 20,000 if it took tough action.West Java province locked down. “They were keen to provide help and we accepted it,” said Ridwansyah Yusuf Achmad, an adviser to the West Java governor who organized the online meetings with Kawal volunteers and praised the group as patriotic for donating its expertise.He, and other West Java officials, said the modeling from Kawal had swung the argument.In the face of patchy data and conflicting advice from Indonesia’s central government over measures to fight coronavirus, Kawal’s 800 volunteers have emerged as an increasingly important source of information and guidance.President Joko Widodo’s government has been reluctant to impose travel bans and other measures that could damage the economy in the world’s fourth-most populous country, a 5,000-km (3,100-mile) wide archipelago. Kawal has set out a clear argument for tougher action in the Southeast Asian country with the biggest death toll in the region by far.Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia who is part of Kawal, presented the data to officials in West Java, home to over 50 million of Indonesia’s 270 million people.”West Java had the highest risk of transmission among Indonesian provinces,” he said. “We recommended a wider lockdown.”On May 20, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil proclaimed the speed of transmission had been cut to a third and that the “curve had flattened”.The president’s office, the health ministry, and the communications ministry referred questions on Kawal to the presidential task force on COVID-19. However, Achmad Yurianto, the spokesman for the task force, told Reuters he had never heard of the group.The government, he said, has taken appropriate measures in fighting the virus.”This is learning by doing. We’ve never had an experience in handling COVID, right?” Yurianto said.No complacencyKawal’s origins lie in volunteer groups that were set up to monitor 2014 and 2019 elections and which published crowd-sourced results to try to prevent manipulation.It was launched on March 1, a day before Indonesia declared its first cases. Until then, the health minister had declared it was a “blessing from God” that Indonesia had no infections, although doctors feared that was more due to a lack of testing.”We want to prevent Indonesia from being complacent,” said Kawal co-founder Ainun Najib, adding that the key to saving lives was implementing clear policies.”The people who were supposed to take care of it didn’t”.It is not the only initiative in the field in Indonesia’s booming technology sector. Another one, Lapor COVID-19 (Report COVID-19) seeks to crowdsource coronavirus information.Other healthtech startups provide free online consultations, which the government itself has urged people to use.”Kawal COVID definitely came about because of distrust towards the information provided by the government, at least in the initial stages,” said Charlotte Setijadi, an anthropologist at Singapore Management University.”Generally, people don’t believe the data that the government provides, even now, so this is why we see grassroots efforts to filter out the fake news from reliable information.”Kawal’s online chat groups connect officials and civil servants across Indonesia.It also counters rampant online misinformation – such as that smelling red onions is effective against coronavirus – and uses crowdsourcing to help hospitals find protective gear.A bigger function is to give a more realistic picture of the extent of infections and deaths in Indonesia than the official version.Some data was withheld early in the epidemic to avoid panic, President Widodo has said. But a promise of a new website to share all data transparently has yet to be realized.Indonesia’s official figures show 23,165 infections and 1,418 dead, but officials have said the deaths only include those who have tested positive for the virus. The main doctors’ association says the figures could be higher because Indonesia has among the world’s lowest rates of testing.Kawal compiles raw data from provincial governments and hospitals that also shows those cases and deaths for which doctors can see no reason other than coronavirus – but which were never tested.According to Kawal’s calculations for 22 of Indonesia’s 34 provinces, at least 4,016 Indonesians have died with acute symptoms of the coronavirus.That could make the death toll well over 5,400 – about four times the official figure.”With data guarded centrally during the pandemic, it’s a good thing that there’s people who want to provide help from the outside,” said Shela Putri Sundawa, a Jakarta hospital doctor.center_img Topics :last_img read more