What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Here is our carefully culled top picks from dozens of Pasadena events – the very best things to taste, watch, listen to, and experience, all presented weekly in our e!Pasadena email newsletter: Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News center_img Community News HerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS top box 5 What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena Published on Friday, May 23, 2014 | 3:15 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Major Blow to Shining Path: Two Top Leaders Killed in Peru

first_img The three Shining Path members were killed during a confrontation that took place in Llochegua, Ayacucho region. Two top military leaders of Shining Path were killed by the Peruvian Army during confrontations in the jungles of Peru on August 11, signifying a blow that destroys the leadership of this guerrilla group, President Ollanta Humala said. By Dialogo August 13, 2013 Drug trafficking gangs operate with the remnants of the Shining Path in that location, and use the area as a shelter after its founder Abimael Guzmán was captured in 1992 and sentenced to life in prison, which signified the disruption and defeat of the Shining Path in the mid 1990s. The Peruvian president also reported a third neutralized guerrilla: ‘Comrade Alfonso’, right-hand man of Alipio. This blow joins others suffered by the group in the past months. In February 2012, the Army captured Florindo Flores Hala, aka ‘Comrade Artemio’, Shining Path’s leader in the Alto Huallaga valley, in the country’s northwestern jungle area, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in June. “We believe that this operation has destroyed Shining Path’s leadership,” Humala added, explaining that according to intelligence they are identified as Alejandro Borda Casafranca, aka ‘Comrade Alipio’, and Marco Antonio Quispe Palomino, aka ‘Comrade Gabriel’, although DNA tests will be conducted to confirm these findings. ‘Comrade Gabriel’ is the youngest brother of Víctor Quispe Palomino, currently top leader of Shining Path in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers valley (VRAEM), a large jungle area covering the southeast and central jungles of the country, the main area of coca leaf cultivation used to produce cocaine. last_img read more

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Backbone One iPhone controller turns your phone into a portable gaming device » Gadget Flow

first_imgIf you’ve ever wished you could get more out of the games you play on your iPhone, check out the Backbone One iPhone controller. This gaming device has a companion app that turns your iPhone into a portable game console. It displays games neatly and shows all new titles available in the App Store. Backbone One works with any game that supports game controllers. So you can play Minecraft, Asphalt 9: Legends, and hundreds of other titles on Apple Arcade. You can also create parties and voice chat with friends in the app while you play. What’s more, you can access this feature even when you’re doing something else. Finally, this iPhone controller works with any iPhone running iOS 13 or later, starting with the iPhone 6S and going up to the iPhone 12 phones. Get ready for a whole new iPhone gaming experience. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Bronze medal delight for England’s senior women

first_img4 Sep 2013 Bronze medal delight for England’s senior women England beat the Netherlands 4-1 today to win the bronze medal at the European senior ladies’ team championship at Bled, Slovenia. The team shrugged off the disappointment of their semi-final defeat with an excellent performance and they dominated the bronze-medal play-off. “They were magnificent and they are really chuffed,” said team captain Pat West. “They came out fighting and pretty much led from the front all the way.” By the time the first three groups had passed through the 14th with England three up in each, the writing was on the wall. And, although one singles match was lost, the medal was comfortably secured. The cahnmpionship was won by Ireland, who beat Italy in the final. Caption: The England team pictured at the prize ceremony (from left): Cath Rawthore, Amanda Mayne, Chris Quinn, Janet Melville, Pat West (captain), Sue Dye and Caroline Berry. Results Foursomes Caroline Berry (Bromborough) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Karin Berghuijs & Carola Vidor 1 up Singles     Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Tita Mc Cart 2 up Cath Rawthore (Sale) beat Siene Dresselhuys 5/3 Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) lost to Nan Croockewit 3/2 Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) beat Laurence Nolte 3/2   6th September 2013 England target bronze in Euro championship England’s hopes of a gold medal in the European senior ladies’ team championship were dashed today, when they lost 3½ –1½ to Italy in the semi-final. They will play the Netherlands tomorrow for the bronze medal, while Ireland and Italy battle it out for the gold at Bled, Slovenia. “Obviously it’s disappointing, but we are just going to have to get up and win the bronze,” said team captain Pat West. “There’s all to play for.” English senior stroke play champion Sue Dye won her match and senior amateur champion Janet Melville halved – while the three other games ended in Italy’s favour, but agonisingly close. “We lost three on the 18th, but there was some fantastic golf played,” said Pat. “It was a very high standard match on both sides.” The foursomes pairing of Caroline Berry and Amanda Mayne were one down playing the last and their opponents hung on to their advantage. Exactly the same fate befell Chris Quinn in the top singles, while Cath Rawthore, who was all square on the tee, lost the hole when her opponent slotted in a 10-footer. Results England v Italy Foursomes Caroline Berry (Bromborough) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) lost to Francesca Christillin & Emanuela Gumirato 1 down      Singles Chris Quinn (Hockley) lost to Giovanna Foglia 1 down Cath Rawthore (Sale) lost to Clotilde Fasolis Costa 1 down Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) beat Camilla Dettori 3/2 Janet Melville(Sherwood Forest) halved with Silvia Valli Tomorrow’s order of play The Netherlands v England Foursomes Karin Berghuijs & Carola Vidor v Caroline Berry & Amanda Mayne Singles     Tita Mc Cart v Chris Quinn Siene Dresselhuys v Cath Rawthore Nan Croockewit v Sue Dye Laurence Nolte v Janet Melville   5th September 2013 England’s senior women reach Euro semi-finals England beat Germany 3½–1½ today to reach the semi-finals of the European senior ladies’ team champion in Bled, Slovenia. They play Italy tomorrow, while the Netherlands take on Ireland in the other half of the draw. Team captain Pat West was quick to heap praise on her players: “It was a brilliant result, absolutely superb,” she said. “I am very proud of them, their determination was fantastic.” The team’s foursomes pairing of Caroline Berry and Amanda Mayne were on fine form and after getting to three up at the turn stayed in charge to win their game 3/2. Chris Quinn (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), however, had to pull off a remarkable fightback to secure her point. She was five down at the turn but, with the aid of some birdie golf, pegged back her opponent and emerged as the 2 up winner on the 18th. “She was just magnificent,” said Pat. Cath Rawthore – who is making her international debut – came through a close match, winning the 15th and 16th to get to 2up, before halving the 17th. Behind her, Sue Dye lost, but Janet Melville, who had been three down after nine, got back to all square. Today’s results Foursomes Caroline Berry (Bromborough) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Karin Gumpert & Sigrid Amtsberg 3/2      Singles Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Tessa Oldenbourg 2 up Cath Rawthore (Sale) beat Cornelia Schmidt Stützle 2/1      Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) lost to Chris Utermarck 3/2          Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) halved with Dagmar Lehmann      Tomorrow’s order of play England v Italy Foursomes Caroline Berry & Amanda Mayne v Francesca Christillin & Emanuela Gumirato Singles      Chris Quinn v Giovanna Foglia Cath Rawthore v Clotilde Fasolis Costa Sue Dye v Camilla Dettori Janet Melville v Silvia Valli   4th September 2013 England senior women qualify third in Euro championship England have qualified in third place for the matchplay stages of the European senior ladies’ team championship at Bled, Slovenia. Their first opponents in the knock out are Germany, who qualified sixth, but were only five shots behind England. “The scoring is very close,” said team captain Pat West. “There isn’t much between any of us and our team have done very well.” English senior stroke play champion Sue Dye provided the highlight today when she holed her second shot for an eagle two on the first hole. She followed up with a birdie on the next and was one-under at the turn, before slipping back on the difficult back nine. The team’s scoring was led by new international, Cath Rawthore, who had rounds of 76, 78 on the par 73 course.   The 36 holes of stroke play qualifying were played over two days in glorious, sunny weather on a course which is both picturesque and tough. The leading eight teams go forward to contest the medals in the championship matchplay, while the other seven play for place. England qualifying scores (the best five scores count each round):   154 Cath Rawthore (Sale) 76 78 155 Caroline Berry (Bromborough) 75 80 159 Chris Quinn (Hockley) 81 78 162 Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) 83 79 163 Amanda Mayne (Saltford) 82 81 164 Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) 82 82 Leading qualifiers 1 Netherlands 2 France 3 England 4 Ireland 5 Sweden 6 Germany 7 Italy 8 Spain Tomorrow’s draw Germany v England Foursomes Karin Gumpert & Sigrid Amtsberg v Caroline Berry & Amanda Mayne Singles Tessa Oldenbourg v Chris Quinn Cornelia Schmidt Stützle v Cath Rawthore Chris Utermarck v Sue Dye Dagmar Lehmann v Janet Melvillelast_img read more

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Huskies win dampened by toxic move by one of the Sexsmith Vipers

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies were in action this afternoon for their final regular season game.Hosting the Sexsmith Vipers in what would be a preview of the upcoming series between the two teams during the first round of the NWJHL playoffs, it was the Huskies that would dominate the play from the get-go. Brandon Howard put the Huskies on the board just 1:35 into the first with an unassisted tally. Though Sexsmith’s goaltender would would stop ten of Fort St. John’s shots in the frame, he was no match for the Huskies’ power play. Sebastian Powsey made it 2-0 with just 26 seconds left in the period, assisted by Jared and Jacob Lang.The Huskies would double their lead in the second period, with an early and a late goal. Adam Bowie made it 3-0 with a shot from the slot, assisted by Tegan McMullin and Geoff Dick. A few minutes past the midway mark, the Vipers would finally get one past netminder Brody Greggain. However, Fort St. John would continue to dominate the period, outshooting the Vipers 22-14. After a mad scramble in front of the net during another Fort St. John power play, Matthew Apsassin sprawled out on the ice to sweep the rebound in to regain the Huskies’ three goal lead. Gary Loewen and Jacob Lang tallied assists on the goal.- Advertisement -The Huskies came out of the second intermission clearly in control of the game. After just five short minutes, Drew Fudger banged one home to make it 5-1, assisted by Bowie. Seconds after the ensuing face-off at centre, Vipers right winger Joel Demarke tousled with his opponent, Fort St. John forward Bradley Dixon. After briefly fencing with their sticks, Demarke then hit Dixon with a two-handed slash to the face.The game was delayed for several minutes while Dixon lay bleeding on the ice, and he was eventually helped off by the team trainer though he did not return to the game. Demarke was assessed a Match penalty for the hit, and also would not return to the ice. Opting to take the high road in response to the cheap shot, the Huskies quickly got to work to capitalize on the ensuing five minute power play. Winning the draw, Jacob Lang got the puck over to Matthew Apsassin. Apsassin then fed Gary Loewen, who made it 6-1 just four seconds after the start of the Vipers’ penalty, and ten seconds after Fort St. John’s fifth goal. The Huskies briefly lost momentum after taking a penalty to make it 4-on-4, but kept the puck mostly contained to the attacking zone. With just 3:17 remaining in the final act, Apsassin scored his second of the game, and the Huskies’ fifth power play goal, assisted by Gary Loewen and Jacob Lang. In the final minute, Shawn Wilson added an unassisted goal to seal the deal for the Huskies, with a final score of 8-1.The Huskies are back on the ice next this coming Wednesday, February 15th for Game 1 of their best of five series against the Sexsmith Vipers.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Calls for pressure to remain on Moville Community College project

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal, Charlie McConalogue says he will continue to keep pressure on the Department of Education to ensure works at Moville Community College are progressed as speedily as possible.The Donegal TD raised the matter in Dáil Éireann through a Parliamentary Question and was told by the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, that he was conscious of this project and the efforts of the local community to help progress it.In reply to Deputy McConalgue’s query, the Minister said the provision of a standalone extension project for the school has been devolved for delivery to Donegal Education and Training Board (DETB) and a new architect has been recently appointed. The Minister added that the new architect has recently provided a revised Stage 2A submission, intended to address a number of issues with the initial design and provide for improved new building layouts.Deputy McConalgue was told that Department officials are currently reviewing this submission and are also reviewing recommendations of a report recently provided to the Department, following surveys to investigate issues with the school’s main existing building.While the Minister has said that his Department will respond to Donegal Education and Training Board shortly, Deputy McConalogue has pledged to ensure the matter is kept high on the agenda.He said: “In response to my query, the Minister has informed me his Department officials have a number of documents to review and says they will work closely with DETB to ensure all oustanding issues are resolved. “I will also be closely monitoring the situation to make sure this happens and will keep pressure on the Department to ensure everything can be quickly put in order to allow for the submission of a planning application shortly,” Deputy McConalogue concluded.Calls for pressure to remain on Moville Community College project was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Keep believing in the new SA’

first_img24 October 2006There seems suddenly to be a rash of commentators predicting that the South African miracle is over. They point to what is undoubtedly going to be a bumpy succession when President Thabo Mbeki goes, citing anecdotal evidence of a worsening crime situation in recent months.My reply is that those who believed in South Africa a decade and more ago should not get cold feet now.When I became the first major investor in the new South Africa back in 1993 with the purchase of Argus Newspapers and the creation of Independent News and Media SA, I never thought it was going to be an easy ride.But I had fundamental faith in the country’s leaders, its people and their commitment to building a decent democratic system out of the ruins of apartheid. The doomsday artists predicted we would quit when the going got tough, but 13 years later we are still there, our investment has been an excellent one, and I have never regretted a moment of it.Thabo Mbeki’s successorI still regard South Africa as a modern-day miracle, thanks to the inspirational leadership of Nelson Mandela and the leadership and management skills of his successor, President Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki steps down in 2009 after 15 years as president and deputy president, and there is a great deal of debate about his successor and the direction he will take the country.The ruling ANC meets in December next year to select a new leader who, in the nature of things, would be expected to succeed to the presidency 18 months later. I have no doubt that South Africans will choose the right leader to oversee the next phase of their development when the time comes.Already a rigorous and healthy debate is taking place about the country’s future, and how to ensure that the excellent base built by the founding leaders for long-term political stability and sound macroeconomic management survives.Even without MandelaSouth Africa’s exemplary transition to democracy was called a miracle because few outside observers thought it would work. Expectations were low and, even when the pessimists were proved wrong, there was a tendency to say that South Africa was lucky because it had Nelson Mandela, implying that without him things would have been different.I love Nelson Mandela and would count myself among his greatest admirers, but he would be the first to do justice to all those others who made sacrifices for a just and democratic system. Mbeki’s government contains many highly talented and focused ministers: Trevor Manuel, for instance, has now been Finance Minister for 10 years and is regarded by his peers as one of the best in the world. He is not the only one.It is to take nothing away from Mandela’s stature as one of the towering figures of our age to say that, among South Africans, he is no anomaly. To the contrary, he is the quintessential South African. That is why it is always a mistake to sell South Africa short.The achievements of the past dozen or so years have been remarkable by any standard. As the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said, South Africa today, with its robust economy, stable democracy and commitment to the rule of law, points the way to the African continent and the world as a “beacon of tolerance and mutual respect”. This is not a miracle, but a testament to the calibre of the country and its leadership.Patience rewardedIt is important to remember how easy it would have been for the first post-apartheid government to throw macroeconomic sense to the wind in seeking to redress the imbalances left by apartheid.Instead, the collective wisdom of the African National Congress as it settled into office was that imbalances created over generations of white rule could not be fixed overnight and that the first order of business must be create the conditions for sustained economic growth – a tall order given the sclerotic state of the economy in 1994.Today, we are starting to see the payoff, with growth in the past year of more than 5%, a rapidly reducing budget deficit, a growing tax base, an emerging black middle class, a housing boom in areas such as Soweto and other former townships, and a steadily deepening social cohesion.Growing painsWith growth, however, comes growing pains. It has been clear over the past year that South Africa has outgrown its infrastructure and its supply of skills. Booming car sales have exacerbated traffic jams. Demand for electricity outpaces capacity. Infrastructural projects are running behind schedules, and government departments have often not been efficient enough to spend their allocated budgets. Service delivery has faltered in many areas. Immigration from the neighbouring (and poorer) African countries, plus a major drift off the land and into the cities, has swelled shanty towns despite the government’s priority on building houses.The rising economic tide has lifted many boats, but too many remain mired in poverty. Unemployment remains stubbornly at 25%, and is falling only very slowly. Poverty in the midst of conspicuous wealth incubates crime.Yet when South Africans put their minds to something, they usually succeed. Tourism, for instance, has been a great success: last year South Africa comfortably accommodated a record 7.5 million visitors, the vast majority of whom went home glad they came. Before 1994, the number was less than 1 million.The government is all too aware of its problems and is intensely focused on overcoming them. The new Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative, and associated US$60-billion (£32-billion) capital expenditure programme, is aimed at raising growth to 6% by 2010, and halving poverty and unemployment by 2014.I am a member of the President’s International Advisory Board, which includes figures from world business such as Ratan Tata, Jurgen Schremp, George Soros and Lakshmi Mittal, and to a man we are enthusiastic about what we see as a new and vibrant South Africa, which in turn has huge implications for the rest of Africa.South Africa’s HIV/Aids programme gets serious and uninformed criticism around the world, but from what I have observed the government is very serious about HIV/Aids. It is spending billions of dollars on prevention, care and antiretroviral drugs, more than any equivalent country.Leadership contestThere is no doubt that race to succeed President Mbeki has unnerved a number of observers, but the truth is that it is not so much a presidential succession battle as a leadership contest, not all that unlike in the United States or even Britain where both leaders, like Mbeki, are drawing towards the end of their periods in office.The members of the governing alliance are thrashing out their differences in public, via a free and energetic media, which is the democratic thing to do.Last week, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, one of the political giants of the past two decades and a man with immense influence among the Zulu population (the biggest in South Africa), eloquently outlined his support for the Constitution and the democratic process – a very important intervention at this particular time.To be sure, there is a fair amount of name-calling and challenging of democratic credentials. But who said democracy had to be polite?Ideological shift in the ANC?Are we about to witness an ideological shift in the ANC? I don’t think so. The only “ism” that reliably applies to the governing party is pragmatism – a principled pragmatism in pursuit of an ambitious agenda to redress poverty, unequal opportunity and the other legacies of the country’s history. That is unlikely to change whoever is chosen as the ANC’s presidential candidate next year.The agenda will remain the same – actually, it is in effect mandated by the Constitution – and so will the realities that constrain the options for implementing it. One of the strengths of South African society, and one of the great sources of its stability, is a political culture of consultation and consensus, time-consuming though it often is. This remains an important feature of the ANC ethos.To call South Africa an “unqualified miracle” is to assert that the people who were responsible for what was called a miracle have somehow changed or gone away. Last time I looked, South Africans were still South Africans and still very much there. And it would still be wrong to underestimate them.Sir Anthony O’Reilly is chief executive of Independent News & Media. This article was first published in the London Independent and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the author.last_img read more

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10 Ways to Archive Your Tweets

first_img9. Archive Tweets with EvernoteThe popular note-taking application Evernote offers a feature which lets you send your public Twitter messages and private DMs right into Evernote where they can be searched and stored permanently. Unfortunately, in order for this service to work, you have to put “@myEN” into the body of any public tweet, making it less-than-ideal for archiving your every missive. Instead, this is a good way to archive select tweets you wouldn’t want to lose. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos 10. Geek Tools Let You Archive in XML, PDF, HTML, TXT…or even with PythonRSS guru Dave Winer released a tool earlier this year which archives Twitter posts using the OPML Editor and optionally synchronizes with a structure on Amazon S3. Alternately, there’s this simple Python script for archiving tweets. Sourceforge also hosts an app with lets you backup up tweets of different users as XML, HTML, PDF, or TXT. However, it can only perform backups of 3200 tweets at a time. Each subsequent backup will append the additional tweets to the current existing archive.Note: To create this list, we asked Twitter for help. Thanks to @webdesignfanboy, @leemathews, @christhilk, @buerstinghaus, @nroy, @wesley83, and @markwoodhams for your responses. 3. Twitter Tools: Archive Tweets in WordPressTwitter Tools is a WordPress blog plugin which integrates your blog and Twitter account. Once installed and configured, the plugin can be used to both Twitter links to your blog and to create posts which contain your recent tweets. While this is handy for the WordPress blog owner, keep in mind that post after post of “Today’s Tweets” isn’t all that appealing to blog readers. You may want to create a separate blog for this if you intend to use WordPress as your own personal Twitter archive. 4. Twistory: Tweets in Your CalendarTwistory is a service which lets you add your Twitter backlog feed to your favorite calendar application. The service lets you subscribe to any user’s Twitter RSS feed which can then be integrated into a calendaring application like Google Calendar, Outlook, Thunderbird, or any other application that supports the iCal format. Tweets are added immediately to the calendar upon posting and the service can even import almost all the way back to your first tweet ever. 5. SweetCron, AmpliFeeder, or Storytlr: A Lifestream of TweetsWe reviewed SweetCron back nearly a year ago when it first launched. Essentially, this self-hosted lifestreaming application lets you create your own customizable version of a FriendFeed-like service, but one that’s hosted on your own server. The software is installed on a server with PHP and MySQL running on it and then must be configured with the social media sites you want to aggregate. Of course, one of the sites you can pull in is Twitter. 2. Twapper Keeper: Archive Tweets Based on HashtagsTwapper Keeper is an online tool which archives tweets based on a given hashtag. Once you set up a query, Twapper Keeper will periodically scan Twitter for that tag and then archive the tweets it finds on its own servers. Tweets are scanned approximately every 5 minutes but that can vary based on the velocity of the incoming tweets. Once archived, you can then organize the tweets into categories of your choosing which show up on the right-hand side of the archived page. Storytlr is a third option for creating a lifestream at your own custom URL. However, it’s doesn’t just function as an aggregator – it also lets you post your own, unique content too. (Our review). 6. Twinbox: Tweets in Your OutlookTwInbox is an Outlook plugin which lets you receive your friends’ updates directly in your Outlook inbox. With this plugin activated, you can search, archive, and group your tweets the same way you manage your email. You can also update your Twitter status from Outlook or retrieve tweets based on keyword searches. Of course, if you’re in a corporate environment, your I.T. admin may enforce mailbox size limits which means you’ll have to archive your “tweets” folder more often than you’d like to keep your PST/OST to a manageable size. AmpliFeeder works the same way and includes a number of themes to choose from. This service can also generate XML files which can be used to backup all your social streams’ data, too. Recently, Amplifeeder launched their hosted version of the service (get started here), but unfortunately, it relies on FriendFeed to import your lifestream. And who knows how long that will be around. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification 7. RSS FeedsOne of the simplest ways to archive tweets is to simply grab the RSS feed for your tweet stream of choice and add it to your preferred RSS reader. If you use Google Reader, for example, the service’s “infinite scrolling” feature lets you go back to the very first item ever tracked for that subscription. Plus, Reader has a search box at the top for searching for keywords or phrases in your feeds which will also help you rediscover older tweets. (Update! See our post “How to Backup and Search All Your Friends Tweets in Google Reader” for how-to instructions on using RSS as a backup method.)8. Tweetake, TweetDumpr, Tweetscan, BackupMyTweets, TweetBackup: Twitter Backup ToolsTweetake is a third-party service which lets you back up your Twitter account including tweets, DMs, followers, friends, and favorites. However, Tweetake is limited to backing up only the first 1000 contacts and there’s no way to re-import the data into Twitter at the moment. It’s mainly used as a personal archive of data which you can store for safe-keeping. TweetDumpr is a similar service but only focuses on backing up the tweets themselves from public timelines. Tweetscan also lets you download your Twitter message archive including replies to a CSV file. BackupMyTweets and TweetBackup are yet two more Twitter backup services which lets you backup your tweets daily. Related Posts Tags:#Features#How To#NYT#twitter#web Did you know that your tweets have an expiration date on them? While they never really disappear from your own Twitter stream, they become unsearchable in only a matter of days. At first, Twitter held onto your tweets for around a month, but as the service grew more popular, this “date limit” has dramatically shortened. According to Twitter’s search documentation, the current date limit on the search index is “around 1.5 weeks but is dynamic and subject to shrink as the number of tweets per day continues to grow.”What that means is something tweeted prior to a week and a half ago can never be retrieved via search.twitter.com. That’s bad for users and it’s definitely bad for data-mining. Unless Twitter corrects this issue on its own, we have to find another solution for archiving tweets ourselves. Here are 10 ways to do so. One of the unfortunate side effects of the FriendFeed acquisition is the very real possibility that the company will eventually shut down its servers. There are many reasons why this is upsetting – the site’s users now have to figure out how to extract everything from their natively posted content to their comment streams – or lose them forever. However, one of the most disappointing losses will be losing FriendFeed’s search feature. Since the service functioned as an aggregator of the social web, most users piped their tweets into FriendFeed, making the site a searchable archive of tweets which were still available no matter how old they were – quite unlike Twitter’s own search. But if FriendFeed is going to disappear, we need to consider some alternatives. 1. The Archivist: A Desktop Tool for Archiving SearchesThe Archivist is a Windows desktop software application built by members of Microsoft’s Mix Online team. With this program, you can create Twitter searches which will then be archived to your PC so they can be data-mined by you at a later date. Recently, the program was updated so that it can be minimized to the system tray – especially helpful for when you want to track a Twitter search over a long period of time. They also added a data visualization feature which calculates who’s tweeting the most about your topic. sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Giant ‘Geothermal’ Community in the Works

first_imgWork is underway on an 1800-lot subdivision in Louisville, Kentucky, that according to its developers will be the largest community in the country that insists that every house must have a ground-source heat pump.Builders who buy lots in the North Village of Norton Commons will have a free hand on what kind of houses they build, as long as they meet general architectural guidelines, but a ground-source heat pump for heating and cooling will be a requirement.The project is a Traditional Neighborhood Development, a type of development which includes a variety of housing types and commercial buildings and is designed so people who live there can walk to many of their destinations.Marilyn Patterson, director of marketing and general counsel for the development, said by telephone that there are a variety of advantages to requiring ground-source heat pumps, including better heating and cooling performance, greater efficiency than other options, and reduced environmental impact. A big part of the appeal is that no one living there will have to listen to a noisy outdoor compressor belonging to a neighbor with a conventional air-source heat pump. In a news release, developers said well drilling has started for heat exchange tubing on the first 50 lots, and another 75 lots will be drilled in the spring. Construction could begin any time.It will take 12 to 15 years to build out the entire North Village, she said. The 600-acre development already includes the South Village, with about 1,000 residential units, where ground-source heat pumps were not a requirement.Houses will range in size and costHouses in the South Village range in size from 1,200 square feet to 8,000 square feet, and cost between $360,000 and $2 million, Patterson said. She expected the range to be similar in the North Village, but the first group of houses would probably be in the 2,200- to 2,500-square-foot range.Requiring ground-source heat pumps makes the houses more expensive, adding from $4,500 for a smaller unit to as much as $15,000 for a large house, she said, but the 30 percent federal tax credit, good through the end of 2016, will take away some of the sting.Builders will not be required to build to any particular efficiency level, Patterson said, although upgraded insulation packages and Energy Star appliances would probably be the norm. “The market demands they build efficient housing,” she said.Developers also promote the idea that people who live in Norton Commons have a lot of what they need nearby: local stores, schools, and playgrounds in addition to housing. So driving won’t be as essential to life there as it is in many suburban settings.“What could be greener than that?” she asked.last_img read more

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Building Relationships with Families from Diverse Backgrounds

first_imgSecond, make a sincere effort to learn from families about their goals, dreams, and concerns for their children and family members. Over time, we may find that through conversations with families we have more in common with each other than we have differences! By Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, PhDIf you are working with military families of young children with developmental delays and disabilities, there is a good chance that you work with, have worked with, or will work with children and families whose backgrounds are different from your own.The most recent data on active duty members and their families show that military families tend to have young parents with young children (birth to 5 years old). Of the total number of active duty members, 20% completed a bachelors degree or higher. Furthermore, 31% identified themselves as members of a minority group. The majority of active duty members (35%) are married to civilians. Notably, 93% of the spouses of active duty members are female. While over 60% of spouses are employed, the majority (40%) are employed in the civilian labor force. These demographics provide context and insight into the unique situations that providers may face when working with military families with very young children with and without disabilities.Why does this matter?According to the NEILS data, professionals working with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families are largely Caucasian females who are highly educated and monolingual. These findings are echoed in other data sources [5] and research studies that have examined the backgrounds of the work force for the preschool population [4].There is compelling evidence to suggest that one’s background, including race, ethnicity, educational attainment, age, and economic status influence an individual’s beliefs and perceptions regarding disability, parenting styles, and expectations of children’s attainment of developmental milestones. With differences in demographic backgrounds between military families of young children and the providers who work with them, it is not surprising that these two groups may not always share similar beliefs and understandings of how young children develop and learn. These differences can lead to mismatched expectations, miscommunication, mislabeling and misdiagnosing disabilities, and overall misunderstandings between families and providers.What can providers do?It is the job of professionals to provide services that are family-centered, which is built upon the premise that “all families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development” [6]. Here are three ways that professionals can build relationships with children and families when they do not share similar backgrounds:First, recognize that we all look through a different “lens” and our “views” affects how we look at (and often judge!) others. By understanding our own biases and other people’s biases, we can begin to understand why we hold certain beliefs and expectations about our world and of each other. By becoming more aware that we all view our world differently we can be more open and begin to appreciate, and accept differences in beliefs, values, and practices. Third, gather information about the communities with which children and families identify. Not every family will identify themselves by specific categories (e.g., marital status) nor would they identify with just one single category (e.g., religious group). In fact, many families identify themselves using multiple categories (e.g., Active duty Marine wife, second-generation American Jew from the Midwest). The more we learn about the different communities with which families identify, the better able we are to understand some of the unique beliefs and practices that they have that may be different from our own. Local community centers, libraries, social media groups, and churches are just a few of the resources that providers can access to learn more about different communities.Some researchers have noted that while sharing the same background as the children and families we work with may help us get our foot through the door, it is more critical that we gain the disposition to willingly embrace the differences we each bring to the table. If we remain open to the diverse backgrounds and beliefs that children with disabilities and their families bring to any relationship, we allow ourselves to learn and grow as professionals!References[1] Hebbeler, K., Spiker, D., Bailey, D.B., Scarborough, A.,  Mallik, S., Simeonsson, R., Singer, M., & Nelson, L. (2007). Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families: Participants, Services and Outcomes. Final Report of the National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS). Menlo Park, CA: SRI. [2] Division for Early Childhood. (2014). DEC recommended practices in early intervention/early childhood special education 2014. [3] Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy (2013). Demographics: Profile of the Military Community. Washington, DC: Author. [4] Saluja, G., Early, D. M., & Clifford, R. M. (2002). Demographic Characteristics of Early Childhood Teachers and Structural Elements of Early Care and Education in the United States. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 4 (1). [5] U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Special Education Programs (2014). 36th annual report to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2014. Washington, DC: Author. [6] Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments, OSEP TA Community of Practice: Part C Settings (2008). Seven key principles: Looks like/doesn’t look like. This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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