Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Press brought home top honors at the 2013 Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) Awards held in Miami, Florida over the weekend.The annual awards ceremony and convention recognizes outstanding journalism and graphic design among AAN’s 124 alternative news organizations across the United States and Canada. More than 900 entries were submitted throughout two circulation divisions and more than a dozen writing and design categories. Winners were chosen by judges at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.The Long Island Press won three First Place and one Second-Place awards, including:First Place – Public Service (50,000-and-over circulation division), for 2011 investigation and follow-ups “Membership Has its Privileges: Is Nassau County Police Department Selling Preferential Treatment To Private Citizens?” and follow-ups “D.A. Probe Ongoing,” “Nassau County Top Cops Surrender” and “Nassau Cops Indicted” by Long Island Press Contributing Writer Shelly Feuer Domash and Editor in Chief Christopher Twarowski.First Place – Long Form News Story (50,000-and-over circulation division), for Managing Editor Jaclyn Gallucci’s cover story “Identifying Princess Doe,” a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement’s use of the latest technological advances to help identify a 30-year cold-case murder victim and her killers.First Place – Multimedia (all publications), for Multimedia Reporter Rashed Mian, Twarowski, Director of New Media Michael Conforti, and graphic designers Scott Kearney and Sal Calvi’s comprehensive and interactive editorial, graphics and video package “Ripple Effect,” exposing an ever-creeping subterranean plume of toxic chemicals contaminating public drinking water supplies across Long Island.Twarowski, Mian and Art Director Jon Sasala earned Second Place Multimedia (all publications) nods for “Clam Wars,” a cover story and video package detailing the ongoing battle between baymen and a commercial shellfish dredging company in Oyster Bay.The 36th Annual AAN Convention was hosted by Miami New Times and featured Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi, among other speakers and presenters. AAN Executive Director Tiffany Shackelford bestowed all winners in attendance with “bling and beverages.” Those who couldn’t make it to Miami for the festivities will be mailed certificates.For a full list of 2013 AAN Awards categories and winners, CLICK HERE.
Western Bureau:Arnett Gardens FC swept into third place in the Red Stripe Premier League, on the back of a Marcelino Blackburn double at the Frome Sports Complex yesterday.The defending champions came from behind to clip Reno 2-1 after Tyshan Hill had fired Reno into the lead in the 21st minute. Blackburn levelled the score with a header in the 47th minute then struck again in added time with a dipping left-footed free kick.The victory takes them to third in the table, joining Humble Lion on 26 points, and left the home team in mid-table with 22 points.”I am very pleased with the win, because we have been having trouble scoring lately. These are two wonderful goals from Blackburn, and the team definitely deserves the win,” stated Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite.The result has left Reno coach Michael Graham struggling for words, as he was clearly upset.”This was a game we should have won, but for the lack of concentration in the second half,” Graham said.”After scoring first, we were looking to get all three points but we faltered and they scored an unfortunate goal,” he said.
2 August 2012As the London Olympic Games continue to mesmerize the world, new research from consultancy Grant Thornton shows that businesses in South Africa and other emerging markets recognise the ability of big sporting events to attract investment to their economies.According to Grant Thornton’s International Business Report, 78% of South African business leaders believe that big sporting events are key to attracting investment.This is even higher than the positive sentiment following South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, when 73% of local businesses felt that the event’s overall economic impact was a positive one.South Africans, Brazilians bullish“These new figures really indicate how important a major sporting event can be for an economy,” Gillian Saunders, head of advisory services at Grant Thornton South Africa, said in a statement ahead of last week’s Olympic opening ceremony. “For South African businesses to still recognise this economic knock-on from 2010 is testament to this fact.”In Latin America, according to the report, almost three-quarters (74%) of business leaders believe major sporting events are important in attracting investment to their economy, with 83% of Brazilian businesses expecting a positive impact on their economy from the 2014 Fifa World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.Across the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – taken together, over half (54%) of business leaders hold this view, according to Grant Thornton.By contrast, far fewer businesses in the European Union (42%) and North America (44%) believe in the ability of big sporting events to attract investment, dropping to just over one in three (36%) in the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US).‘Global shop window’ for emerging countries“Holding a major sporting event gives an emerging country – often a less well known market with perceived challenges – a global shop window, allowing it to market what it has to offer to a massive worldwide audience,” Saunders said.“For more established economies, international sporting competitions are still a great opportunity, but are just one element of a much bigger ongoing offensive to attract investment.“The message is clear: if international sporting bodies want to make a positive impact on host countries’ economies, they should choose developing nations as hosts more often.”It’s also more often the case that developed economies will have the venues, transport and technology infrastructure already in place for any major event, Saunders argued. Capital investment to build new infrastructure was therefore much more limited in these economies, compared with the level of investment required in emerging markets, as was seen in South Africa in the build-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.London in the spotlightWith London currently in the spotlight, two-thirds (61%) of UK business leaders believe that big sporting events will have a positive impact on the economy. In a similar vein, the UK government anticipates that the London Olympics will bring £13-billion of economic benefits over the next four years – £6-billion in the form of foreign direct investment.“A big part of winning the race to host big international sporting events is convincing the public and businesses that the benefits will outweigh the obvious costs,” Saunders said. “Our research suggests that developed economies have to work a lot harder than emerging economies to make a convincing case.”The research also indicates that business leaders in those economies that have recently held, or are soon to hold, major sporting events are more bullish about the investment they bring.The exception to this is China, where the legacy of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing remains unclear, probably because it occurred during a massive economic boom in a large economy, so that its impact was less in relative terms.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Livestock Risk Management and Education Act was introduced by U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) to provide risk management tools for livestock operations.“This legislation will provide boots-on-the-ground cattle producers with critical resources and opportunities to increase their understanding and engagement with risk management tools. This bill speaks directly to our core values as an industry – arming producers with the latest farm management resources and tools in order to help them navigate ever-changing and dynamic market conditions,” said Todd Wilkinson, South Dakota cattle producer and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Policy Division vice chair. “In a market environment that continues to challenge even the most experienced multi-generational operations, NCBA believes that it is critical for producers to understand their options for managing risk. The Livestock Risk Management and Education Act policy will provide the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture the authority and flexibility to collaborate with industry to ensure that cattle farmers and ranchers have access to those options and the knowledge base to determine which ones are right for their operations. As the oldest and largest national trade association representing the U.S. cattle industry, securing these kinds of educational resources for our members is critical to our vitality into the future.”NCBA members passed policy that directs the organization to engage in developing comprehensive programs for members regarding the mechanics of the commodity futures and options markets and the application of risk management tools.“The Livestock Risk Management and Education Act does just that, and NCBA is proud to support this legislation and we look forward to engaging with Congress to advance this bill,” Wilkinson said.
Peter Pham was the 5th employee hired at photo sharing site Photobucket. 18 months later the then giant site was acquired by Fox Interactive Media for a reported $300 million. Then Pham joined the Boards of Advisors of a number of high-profile startups, including live video streaming service UStream.tv and document sharing service Docstoc. After just less than a year at Fox, Pham left to become the CEO of an innovative consumer expense optimization startup called BillShrink.Today Pham announced that he’s leaving BillShink to become Entrepreneur in Residence at Trinity Ventures. He’s got new ideas and a great track record; now he’ll have all the more financial backing and connections to put those ideas into play in a very big way.Trinity Ventures has backed a wide variety of companies that readers may be familiar with, including curation tool Posterous, crowd-sourced labor platform CrowdFlower, mobile browser SkyFire and many more. The firm makes 8 to 10 deals a year, according to a February profile by Stacey Higginbotham at Gigaom. That write-up focused on Trinity Ventures General Partner Fred Wang’s argument that though Trinity was doing fine, he believes the VC industry in general has too many players raising too much money.Pham was trained as a biologist and enjoys skydiving, donut eating contests and taking photos of rainbows, according to publicly available information on Facebook. His next startup is likely to be something interesting.Pham can be followed on Twitter here.Photo by Dave Sifry. Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Mirallas blasts ex-Everton boss Allardyce: He doesn’t know football!by Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton winger Kevin Mirallas does not have too many good memories of Sam Allardyce.The veteran manager was in charge of Everton for a short period a few seasons ago, where he stabilised the club for a top half finish.But many fans were unhappy at Allardyce’s negative tactics, and Mirallas does not recall the period too fondly.”[Former Everton bosses Roberto] Martinez and [Ronald] Koeman wanted to play football but after, there was Allardyce,” Mirallas told The Athletic.”I don’t know if he even knew football because he only spent five minutes on the pitch in training. “Nobody knows this, but it’s true. “That’s difficult. You have to pick players at the weekend but you don’t watch training.”I only stayed for one month while he was there but I spoke to some players and they told me it was very difficult. “It’s true he won a lot of games, but they didn’t enjoy it.”
Braxton Miller Ohio State TrophiesAfter watching Ohio State’s surprising run to the national championship last year under the guidance of two backup signal-callers, college football fans often forget how much Braxton Miller accomplished when he was the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. Thursday, the OSU senior reminded us all with one Instagram post. Miller, letting the photo do the talking, posted a selfie with a number of the trophies he’s won featured in the background. Check it out: A photo posted by Columbus /O H I O (@braxtonmiller92) on Jun 11, 2015 at 9:46am PDT Miller has won a number of individual awards – including the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football twice each. He may not be done either – he very well could be the starter this fall, if things work in his favor.
Roy Williams DabWhen you beat your rival on the road and clinch the seventh ACC regular season title in your tenure as head coach, there’s only one thing you can do: dab. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams did his best Cam Newton impression and broke out his dab in the post-game locker room tonight, much to the delight of his players. Not bad, Roy. That’s one thing we can’t see coach K doing.
Charles Barkley went the weekend without insulting Black people, which, at the rate he set in the last month, was an accomplishment. It’s also ironic that the former NBA star has been on so many media outlets firing off his right wing nonsense because he said last week: “I don’t like talking about race issues anymore to the media.” But he talked … and talked … and … in the process, has a portfolio of comments that offend many Black people.A Joke, But Was He Really Joking?“I can be bought. If they paid me enough, I’d work for the Klan.” Black People“We all have bad characters in our groups. Black is not always right, and white is not always wrong. We as Black people, we have a lot of crooks. We can’t just wait until something like (the Michael Brown shooting) happens. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror. There is a reason that they racially profile us in the way they do. Sometimes it is wrong, and sometimes it is right.”
The other day, several of us in the FiveThirtyEight office were musing about the New York Yankees’ chances in 2015. Certainly the Yankees are no longer the dominant powerhouse they were in the late 1990s and early 2000s, nor are they even the outrageously expensive (but championship-starved) juggernaut of the mid-to-late 2000s.1They’re still spending in excess of $200 million on payroll, but that no longer ranks No. 1 in baseball, nor is it anywhere near as far from average as their payroll was at its 2005 peak. Fangraphs’ projections — which, like all preseason predictions, come with a lot of uncertainty — see the Yankees as a slightly above-average team this season, and their 84-78 record last year fit that description as well.But another interesting note about the 2015 Yankees is that their position-player corps figures to be one of the most improved in the American League, according to the projected wins above replacement (WAR) listed on Fangraphs’ depth charts. And the biggest position at which they got better? Shortstop — former home of future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.We slagged on Jeter a bit last season for all the attention paid to his yearlong retirement tour despite his plainly awful numbers. The truth is that, according to WAR at least, the Yankees had the least-productive shortstop situation in all of baseball last year, so even a shortstop depth chart headlined by Didi Gregorius was bound to be one of the game’s most improved in 2015. And, sure enough, no team is projected to gain more WAR at shortstop this season than the Yankees, mostly because Jeter retired.Here’s an accounting of the Yankees’ projected gains and losses at each position, along with those of every other team going into the 2015 season:Of course, some teams improved even more at other positions than the Yankees did at shortstop. The St. Louis Cardinals, for instance, picked up WAR superstar Jason Heyward to man right field, a position that had been filled poorly by Allen Craig and the late Oscar Taveras in 2014. That change projects to be worth a net improvement of about 7 WAR for St. Louis this season (including 4.6 from Heyward himself, plus the additional bonus of getting rid of -1.8 WAR from Craig and Taveras).The following table represents a more specific breakdown of the Yankees’ shortstops, the Cardinals’ right fielders and the 28 other positional situations that are projected to improve the most in 20152Note that, in some cases, a team can show great improvement despite the same player being projected as the primary starter in both 2015 as in 2014. This could be due to a number of reasons, including the player having improved projected rate statistics (whether because of age-related improvement or regression to the mean after an out-of-character bad season) or even more projected playing time in 2015.: