Lockdown: Table tennis to the rescue for Gini Wijnaldum

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Most Beautiful Women Of The XX CenturyThe Best Cars Of All Time18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesEd Sheeran’s 8 Best CollaborationsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?These TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Gini Wijnaldum settles for Table tennis to keep busy amidst Covid-19 lockdown “Until a decision is made on how we go on from here, then we just have to deal with it. But when it happens, we are still bringing the title to our fans, definitely.”Jurgen Klopp claimed the safety of fans and staff is a priority. Read AlsoMan Utd reveal coronavirus plans for Ighalo, others “None of us know in this moment what the final outcome will be, but as a team we have to have belief that the authorities make decisions based on sound judgement and morality,” he explained. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Coronavirus chaos might be causing chaos with the sporting calendar, but Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum is keeping fit and positive. It’s not yet known if and when the season will be finished – despite Liverpool being a whopping 22 points clear of Manchester City. Wijnaldum isn’t letting the situation get him down, though. The experienced midfielder posted a picture of himself on Instagram playing table tennis in his house. He added the caption: “Gotta stay busy.” “If we won it in an empty stadium and the fans weren’t there, I’d be gutted for them,” the Dutch international told newspapers.”Obviously, if there are no fans at Anfield, then it will be a bit of a blow.Advertisementlast_img read more

Students expected to fill out census as LA residents

first_imgThe only exceptions are students from other countries who’ve returned home before the April 1 marker, who otherwise would have had to complete the census without the coronavirus’ interruption to the semester.  “California missed having an additional representative in Congress because it’s estimated about 13,000 people in 2010 didn’t fill out the [last] census,” Solis said. “That’s a big deal.”  “A lot of people think [they] don’t use any services the government provides,” said Eimmy Solis, a USC social sciences data librarian. “But if you drive your car around USC, you’re using roads that are paid by funding from the government.” (Kitty Huang / Daily Trojan) All individuals living in the United States, regardless of their citizenship status, are required to answer the census. While many are unaware, this applies to international students, too — anyone who lives in the United States, even temporarily, is counted as a part of the U.S. population.  The Von KleinSmid Center Library had planned to host a census kiosk open to the general public until Los Angeles County shut down all census kiosks in March because of social distancing measures. To put the number into context, Delaware, Montana, Alaska, Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota and South Dakota each have one seat in the House.  Los Angeles County has historically faced issues with undercounting its population, partially due to its population size, language barriers and escalating homelessness crisis. Census data is also used to direct federal funding for each state, affecting states’ spending on education, infrastructure, salaries for policemen and firefighters and other government-funded programs. With fewer people completing the census, states may receive less funding than they normally would as the entire state’s population isn’t accounted for. The census asks questions related to age, race and housing — most of which your last Postmates driver already knows. The census takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is entirely confidential (as mandated by Title 13 of the U.S. Code), making it the easiest test you will take in college. But why do I need to fill out the census? It’s required by Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution. Still don’t care? The United States uses its census, conducted every decade, to allocate the number of seats each state receives in the House of Representatives until the next census. It’s a very, very big deal, if you care about your state’s representation.  The Census Bureau classified eight out of 15 Los Angeles Council Districts as having “high” or “very high” rates of low responses, according to a Los Angeles City census report.  “People who are undocumented shouldn’t fear that their information will be used against them,” Solis said. “The consequences of not filling out the census is a lot higher.”  For most college students, this marks the first census they will have to fill out under their own “household,” an exciting step in their adulthood.  University Park — the neighborhood surrounding USC — was one of many L.A. County neighborhoods with high rates of undercounting along with West Adams, Koreatown and Pico-Union. As a part of Council District 9, University Park has a lower median household income and lower percentage of highschool graduates than the city’s average, key indicators of what the Census Bureau classified as “hard-to-count populations.” For undocumented students who are afraid of completing the census, there’s no reason to worry. The census will no longer ask any questions related to citizenship status after the Supreme Court blocked President Donald Trump’s attempt to append the question. USC Housing is working with the Census Bureau to coordinate responses for students who lived in campus residences this semester. Since there are hundreds of on-campus students living at the same addresses, USC Housing will directly provide census data to the bureau and save students living in dormitories from answering the census themselves. Students who live off campus are still expected to complete the census the same as nonstudents.  Solis reminded students the Census Bureau only contacts individuals by mail, phone or in-person, so any emails that appear to be from the bureau are likely a scam. The Federal Trade Commission also warned people to avoid any inquiry about social security numbers, banking information or political affiliations. USC’s emergency services are in part funded by the U.S. Census, according to Solis. As census data is used to determine Congressional seats for the next 10 years, undercounting poses an even greater problem for states with large populations.  While households that fail to respond by mid-April will be mailed a printed questionnaire, the notorious census enumerators who come knocking on doors may not arrive until later due to the coronavirus.  Even during the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Census is moving forward. The official date for the census is April 1 — no, this isn’t the deadline to complete the census, so you’re not off the hook. Due to the volume of people entering and leaving the country on a daily basis, the Census Bureau determined April 1 would act as the placeholder for census responses. So ask yourself, “Where was I on April 1?” and answer the census accordingly.  Luckily for our tech-savvy generation which hasn’t posted mail since writing to pen pals in elementary school, the United States is now offering an online questionnaire for the first time in its history in addition to its usual telephone and mail-in options. Yes, even the Census Bureau has joined the virtual hysteria (though the new online option has long been in planning).  “L.A. County is the hardest to count county in the whole United States,” Solis said. “[There’s] a big fear that, again … California will also be undercounted.” California currently has 53 seats, more than any other state. However, California also suffers the most from undercounting, making the number of seats it has an inaccurate representation leading to the state receiving less funding per capita than other states. Getting a precise count of college students proves nearly impossible. Because many students don’t know they’re required to fill out the census or are double-counted under their parents’ responses, the accuracy in counting university students severely drops. last_img read more

QPR duo to have fitness tests

first_imgQPR will give fitness tests to striker Jay Bothroyd and midfielder Akos Buzsaky before manager Mark Hughes names his line-up to face Blackburn.Former Rovers player Bothroyd has been nursing a hamstring complaint, while Buzsaky appears to have made good progress in his recovery from an Achilles problem.Both men are hoping to at least be on the bench at Ewood Park, where Rangers will be without the injured Heidar Helguson and Luke Young as well as the suspended Djibril Cisse.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Players who could benefit from Chelsea’s transfer ban

first_imgWith the news that Chelsea will certainly be losing Eden Hazard, as well as possibly losing Maurizio Sarri, one would normally expect a summer of change at Stamford Bridge. Yet, the elephant in the room is undoubtedly the ‘two-window’ transfer ban, which Chelsea have now challenged in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The loss of Hazard and the (probable) lack of new recruits could point to a tough season ahead for Chelsea. Bookmakers are already lukewarm on Chelsea’s hopes for the Premier League for next season: The Blues’ Premier League odds are as high as 25/1 (Betway), which is comfortably the biggest preseason price Chelsea have had since the start of the Abramovich era. 33/1 for the Champions League (Bet365), almost three times the price of Atletico Madrid (12/1), also shows a certain reluctance by bookies to back the Blues. Pulisic struggled in 2019However, unlike, for example, Manchester United, who the bookmakers have also gone cold on, Chelsea do have some chips to play with in respect to the famously high number of players out on loan. You could build a fairly decent side from Chelsea’s loan players, and the total transfer spend on those players would make Mr Abramovich blush. Christian Pulisic is, of course, at the very top of that list, with a fee of £58 million agreed last January. The young American struggled when loaned back to Dortmund for the remainder of the season. He idolises Hazard and has claimed he will aim to replicate the Belgian’s impact – a big ask.Chelsea have striker problem Indeed, a trawl through the betting sites at freebets.co.uk – the best place to find no deposit bonuses – shows that bookmakers really believe that Chelsea have a striker problem. The Blues’ most highly placed striker in the top scorer markets is Oliver Giroud at 66/1 (Sky Bet). Hazard aside, no Chelsea player hit double figures in the league last season – it’s a real issue. The question, then, is if someone like Tammy Abraham has done enough to warrant a crack in the starting line-up? 26 goals for Villa last term was impressive, but the step up might be difficult. The striking problem might be sorted by the likes of Alvaro Morata or Michy Batshuayi, both of whom had much-improved campaigns in the second half of last season. Neither player is likely to fill Chelsea fans with excitement should they be touted as the Blues’ main striker next season, but both players have enough talent to turn their careers around.Bakayoko blossomed at MilanIn midfield, several of Chelsea’s loan signings have blossomed. Tiemoue Bakayoko started slowly at AC Milan, but he became a rock in the centre of the Italian’s midfield from the autumn onwards. He has been vocal about his desire to prove himself at Chelsea, and he could really feel like a new signing.It is to the Championship where Chelsea fans can possibly see a vision of Chelsea’s future. Mason Mount was excellent for Derby County, as was Fikayo Tomori who was indispensable to Frank Lampard’s defence. Reece James looked like a future England right-back during his time at Wigan too. There is a feeling that Chelsea might escape the transfer ban, or at least have it postponed while the case is held up in CAS. But, if it is applied, there are enough players showing potential – and several who are keen to prove themselves again – that Chelsea might benefit from any inertia in the transfer market. Will it be enough to secure, for example, a Top 4 finish (Chelsea are currently odds against at 11/10), which should be the minimum requirement of the club? It’s hard to say. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

‘Baby Jake’: small boxer, big heart

first_img“Baby Jake” Matlala, watched by former President Nelson Mandela and top Hollywood actor Will Smith, brought the curtain down on his 22-year professional boxing career on March 3, 2002 with a seventh-round stoppage win over Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title.It was a fitting end to an illustrious career that has earned Matlala legendary status in South African boxing.His record, falling at one stage to 22 wins, one draw and seven losses, finished up at 52 victories, two draws and 12 losses. Along the way he collected the WBO flyweight, WBO junior flyweight, IBA junior flyweight and WBU junior flyweight titles, becoming the only South African boxer to win four world titles.Shortest ever world championThe shortest ever world champion, Matlala began his career on February 2, 1980 with a fourth-round victory over Fraser Plaatjie in Port Elizabeth. A year later, Matlala had his second professional fight, which he lost.However, five fights later – four wins and a draw – Matlala landed the Transvaal junior flyweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout win over Simon Moema. It took him three more contests to become the South African junior flyweight champion.He successfully defended the title twice before suffering a 12th-round loss to Mveleli Luzipho in October 1983, dropping his record to 10 wins, one draw and two losses. The little man with the all-action style then claimed eight wins in succession, including his first victory over an overseas opponent. He then challenged Luzipho in a return match for the South African title, which ended in failure with another 12-round loss in November 1985.Not much taller than a HobbitAt 4ft 10in or 147cm, “Baby Jake” is not much taller than the average Lord of the Rings hobbit. This, he tells Lucille Davie, is part of the reason why he quit boxing. He had run out of small people to fight.Matlala’s record was blotted when he suffered successive defeats to one fighter. In early 1996, he faced Vuyani Nene in Port Elizabeth and lost. After beating Pillay Duiker to retain the Transvaal junior flyweight title, Baby Jake again fought Nene, exactly one year after his loss to the Eastern Cape fighter, but this time for the South African title. Nene once more had the challenger’s number, stopping Matlala in the 11th round.Lost to NeneAfter a points victory over Kirk Morris, the diminutive Matlala took on Nene on November 1, 1987, seven months after his unsuccessful challenge for the national title. He lasted the distance, but for the third time Nene outboxed him.Matlala subsequently racked up another three victories, including one over Daniel Ward, who later became the Commonwealth flyweight champion. These wins raised his record to 22 wins, one draw and six losses. Nene once again proved to be Matlala’s nemesis, defeating him on points for the South African title. At this stage of his career, in 1988, Matlala had lost seven fights, four of those to Nene.If Matlala was discouraged, he did not show it. The following year, in 1999, he again challenged for a South African title, this time as a flyweight. He came up short, however, losing on points to Jaji Sibali. He then registered a run of eight victories, including wins over two Mexican fighters and a successful outing against Wele Maqolo to lift the vacant South African junior flyweight title.World title crackAfter retaining his title against Ndoda Mayende, Matlala had his first crack at a world title in September 1991 when he took on Dave McCauley for the IBF flyweight title in Belfast. He failed in his attempt, suffering a 10th-round knockout at the hands of the Irishman.Three wins later, including a successful defence of his South African crown and a victory over Mexico’s Raul Acosta, Matlala challenged Pat Clinton for the WBO flyweight title in May 1993. In front of Clinton’s home town supporters in Glasgow, the South African boxer overwhelmed his opponent to capture his first world title on an eighth-round technical knockout.He added another four wins to his record, including three in title defences, before suffering his 10th career loss to Alberto Jiminez who stopped him in the eighth round at Hammanskraal in February 1995. His next bout, three months later, ended in a draw against Liberia’s Sam Stewart.Two-time world championTwo fights later, Matlala was a world champion for the second time. In November 1995, he defeated Paul Weir on a technical decision in five rounds to secure the WBO junior flyweight title as Glasgow again proved to be his happy hunting ground.In early 1996, Matlala again took on Weir in Liverpool and retained his WBO crown. After a 12-round victory over Mickey Cantwell, he challenged Michael Carbajal for the IBA junior flyweight title. The experts argued that this would be the toughest fight of Baby Jake’s career, against a fighter regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.Fighting in Las Vegas on 18 July 1997, before a large American television audience, Matlala delivered the best performance of his career, battering Carbajal for nine rounds before the referee stopped the fight, with the Mexican clearly a beaten man. That victory raised Matlala’s profile and stock considerably and, of course, earned him another world title.SA vs SAAfter a further four wins, including two title defences, Matlala relinquished the IBA title to face another South African, Hawk Makepula, in February 2000 for the vacant WBO junior flyweight title. It was a bout the South African boxing public had been clamouring for, but it ended in disappointment for Matlala, who lost on a controversial points decision.For the second time in his career he suffered two defeats in succession when his former sparring partner, Peter Culshaw, beat him on points for the WBU flyweight title in May of the same year.In February 2001, Matlala once more tasted world championship success, easily defeating Australia’s Todd Makelin in four rounds to claim the vacant WBU junior flyweight crown. In September, he retained the crown with a win in five rounds over Mickey Cantwell.Last fightFinally, Matlala drew the curtain on his career with the victory over Herrera, 11 years his junior.“Baby Jake” Matlala will be remembered as an all-action fighter who overcame his height and reach disadvantage by crowding his opponents, throwing a relentless barrage of punches. He will also be remembered for the fantastic condition that he kept himself in for his fights, right up to the age of 40.Above all, however, it was the little man’s big heart that captured the imagination of the South African public. Matlala always gave his best, earning the respect of opponents and spectators alike.Unsuccessful in so many attempts at winning South African titles, Baby Jake simply trained even harder, kept coming back – and suddenly started collecting world titles.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Does Microsoft Dare Build Its Own Smartphone?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#HTC#Microsoft#Nokia#smartphone#Windows Phone The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Microsoft has long been a company that relies on its manufacturing partners to spread its Windows operating system. That has been true for Microsoft’s mobile efforts as well, partnering with companies like Samsung, HTC and Nokia for its Windows Mobile CE and Windows Phone platforms. So when Microsoft decided to build its own Windows 8 tablet – the Surface – speculation increased that the company would take a similar route and build its own smartphone. Would Microsoft really be willing to jeapordize its strong ties to its smarpthone partners, like Nokia, and dare to enter the market on its own?The answer, according to Taiwanese news site DigiTimes, is yes. According to DigiTimes sources, both Amazon and Microsoft have placed orders with Chinese gadget manufacturer Foxconn International Holdings (the same company that builds the iPhone for Apple) for small batches of their own smartphones to be shipped in the middle of 2013. It is important to note that, as far as smartphone rumors are concerned, DigiTimes is not always to be trusted. The publication has long been a source of unsubstantiated rumors that light fires under hype cycles for new devices, especially those from Apple like the iPad and iPhone. But for a number of reasons, I’m not ready to completely ignore this rumor. Microsoft Not An Unlikely ManufacturerWhile it is only speculation at this point, the notion of Microsoft creating its own smartphone is not as far-fetched as some might think. (For one thing, speculation on the topic has been running for months, see A Surface Smartphone From Microsoft? Yes, Please!) After all, against the industry’s better judgment, Microsoft did create its own tablet in the Surface and has thrown a huge marketing budget behind it. Also, if DigiTimes is correct, the order size for Microsoft is not large. Microsoft may not be jumping into the deep end of the smartphone manufacturing pool, but may be ready to dip a toe in the water. Mobile analyst Chetan Sharma comments that Microsoft building its own smartphones is a way to both keep the pressure on its manufacturing partners to perform at high levels and hedge its bets by preparing for a possible future of vertical integration (designing and building its own smartphones in the same way Apple does). “So, if you connect the dots, it is not inconceivable that Microsoft will come out with a smartphone that A) forces OEMs to come out with their best in rapid cycles and B) keeps them in the game if they have to resort to a vertical strategy at some point in the future,” Sharma wrote in an email to ReadWrite. “It is the same dilemma that Google faces. The Nexus line of products is to keep the pressure on the OEM partners as well as prepare for a possible vertical strategy down the road.”HTC 8X Microsoft’s Manufacturing HistoryMicrosoft is not a complete stranger to building its own devices. It manufactures the popular Xbox video game console and has delved into mobile devices in the past – notably the ill-fated Zune and the disaster that was the Kin phone.If Microsoft were to make a limited-run Windows Phone device it would likely take a similar route to how Google creates its Nexus devices, which are ostensibly the flagship Android smartphone and tablets that are supposed to be the benchmark for how other manufacturers model their devices. The difference between the Nexus devices and Microsoft making its own flagship smartphones is that Google has its manufacturing partners build the devices for them. The Nexus 4 smartphone is made by LG while the Nexus 7 is made by Asus and the Nexus 10 by Samsung. The motivation for Microsoft (and to a lesser extent, Google and Amazon) to build their own devices rests just west of San Jose: Cupertino. The Apple iPhone juggernaut has given many mobile manufacturers pie-eyed dreams of being able to integrate vertically and reap the benefits.“Microsoft (and Google) have also seen the vertical model of Apple succeed beyond their imagination and view it with envy,” Sharma said. Potential PitfallsThe problem that Microsoft has is that its entire mobile strategy is built on shaky ground. Windows Phone 8 engenders some loyalty among users and it is considered creative in relation to iOS and Android. But, it is not selling well. That is despite Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s comments last week that it was selling four-times better than last year. Thing is, Microsoft sold only a scant 1.7 million Windows Phones in Q3 2011, so four times that is still not much to brag about in relation to Android and iOS. Microsoft’s two primary partners for the Windows Phone 8 launch are Nokia and HTC. Microsoft has invested a lot in Nokia to be the flag bearer for Windows Phone and at this point it should be doing everything it possibly can to buoy Nokia until it can once again stand on its own. (That may not be easy, see ReadWrite DeathWatch: Nokia.) HTC has its own problems, losing market share to Samsung and reporting scant earnings in its last quarter. Nokia Lumia 920“They do need to do something to kick start Windows Phone adoption, as its still a meager part of the market. But if they produce a phone, it will hit Nokia in particular really hard,” Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates said in an email. “Nokia is struggling to regain market share, and anything Microsoft would take away from them would be very painful. So I think Microsoft will tread carefully here, as it would be a balancing act between accelerating the market, and hurting your vendors (particularly Nokia but also HTC).”Microsoft’s position is more precarious than Google’s when it comes to its manufacturing partners. There is little Google can do to hurt most of its partners, short of withdrawing the open source license for Android and consolidating all of its manufacturing to its Motorola subsidiary. Microsoft, on the other hand, could do great damage to Nokia by building its own smartphone. At this point, there are just not enough Windows Phone sales to support the ecosystem. Taking any of those sales away from Nokia could well end up being the straw that broke the camel’s back. Unlike the Surface tablet, which had no set market and didn’t compete with any manufacturing partners before its release, Windows Phone already is established with manufacturing partners trying to use it to claim mobile market share. Nokia’s entire business is focused on Windows Phone. The potential for collateral damage from a Microsoft-built smartphone is much greater than it was for the Surface. So, back to the original question. Does Microsoft dare enter the smartphone manufacturing game, when doing so could bury the already fragile Nokia? Or limit the potential of the fading HTC? Or does the vague promise of a Surface-like flagship Windows Phone and/or complete vertical integration outweigh those factors?I don’t have any inisght into what Micosoft execs are thinking, but I think they will go for it.Images from Microsoft, HTC and Dan Rowinski.last_img read more

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Ugly delicacy Industry touts weirdlooking Monkfish

first_imgPORTLAND, Maine – Now serving sea monsters.That’s the message from members of the fishing industry, environmentalists and regulators who are trying to persuade U.S. consumers to eat more of a particularly weird-looking creature from the deep — monkfish.Monkfish have been commercially fished for years, but recent analyses by the federal government show the monster-like bottom dweller can withstand more fishing pressure. However, U.S. fishermen often fall short of their quota for the fish.A lack of reliable markets for the fish and convoluted fishing regulations make it difficult to catch the full quota, fishermen said. Nevertheless, the U.S. government is upping harvesters’ limits for monkfish for the next three years.Some New England fishermen switched to targeting monkfish in recent decades when traditional species such as cod began to decline, said Jan Margeson, a Chatham, Massachusetts, fisherman who made such a switch himself. He said the availability of monkfish represents an opportunity for the industry.“It is healthy. We can’t even catch the quota,” he said. “We had to find an alternative species once groundfish died years ago.”Monkfish, also known as goosefish, are predatory fish that camouflage themselves on the ocean bottom and can grow to be about 5 feet long. With a gaping maw and uneven, jagged teeth, its appearance is the stuff of nightmares.But proponents often say the taste and texture of its flesh is similar to lobster. And monkfish, which is often sold as a whole fish or as steaks of tail meat, frequently is more affordable than some other kinds of domestic seafood.Tails typically sell for about $7 per pound at New England fish markets where popular items such as lobsters and flounder sell for $10 per pound or more.The fish is brought to shore from Maine to North Carolina, with most coming to land in Massachusetts.Fishermen have caught more than 15 million pounds of the fish every year since 1987. They were allowed to catch 32.5 million pounds of monkfish each year from 2013 to 2015, but typically caught less than two thirds of that amount. The federal government increased that limit to about 33.8 million pounds for the 2017-18 fishing year, and that number will hold until 2020.The Environmental Defence Fund Seafood Selector and Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch both give the fishery positive reviews for sustainability. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also touts the fishery as a “smart seafood choice” that is “sustainably managed” according to federal guidelines, the agency says on its website.Right now is a good time for fishermen to start exploiting that reputation, said Ben Martens, executive director of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association.“When we talk about diversification, monkfish is one of the things,” he said. “It’s a fishery that has opportunity for fishermen right now.”last_img read more

Syracuse profits by handwriting thousands of latetax notes

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. — A city in New York state has found a novel way of motivating residents to pay their back taxes: personal notes handwritten by city officials.The idea stemmed from an experiment on late-tax payments, in which the city of Syracuse partnered with researchers at Syracuse University. City officials wrote and signed thousands of notes by hand, rather than sending standard legal letters demanding payment.The result was the city collecting nearly $1.5 million more than it predicted traditional methods alone would have brought in. University researchers estimate that the personal approach brought in 57 per cent more revenue from delinquent property owners than the city could expect from using more traditional letters.The notes took a less threatening approach, focusing on steps the resident could take to avoid late penalties or legal action. Instead of being addressed “dear property owner,” the notes were all personally addressed to the resident. Each had a brief, handwritten message on the outside of the envelope as well, researchers said.“It’s the kind of positive outcome that occurs when you aren’t afraid to try something new,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said in a statement.Collecting late taxes is a big challenge for many cities, which often use computer-generated letters to residents threatening action if the money isn’t paid. The researchers said the experiment could have broad applications to a number of different government services. The researchers said they aren’t aware of any other city in the U.S. using the personalized note method to collect taxes.“These are small, simple changes that can have huge payoffs,” said Leonard Lapoo, a Syracuse professor and director and co-founder of Maxwell X Lab, a behavioural research centre at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.The lab’s managing director, Joe Boskovski, called the experiment common sense, saying treating people as humans can yield results.The findings were first reported by The Associated Press. City officials announced them publicly on Tuesday.David Klepper, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trio accused of murdering Prince George man make court appearance

first_imgBonin’s body was discovered on a forest service road north of Hope in the Fraser Valley on the morning of April 20th, 2017. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in to take over the investigation after Bonin’s death was deemed suspicious. After a nine-month investigation, IHIT announced in January that charges have been laid in connection with Bonin’s death.An arraignment hearing was scheduled for July 9th.With files from The Abbotsford News: https://www.abbynews.com/news/b-c-men-accused-in-alberta-mans-murder-appears-in-court/ KELOWNA, B.C. – Three men from B.C., one of whom is from Dawson Creek, appeared in a Kelowna courtroom today for a pre-trial hearing.According to The Abbotsford News, 27-year-old Dawson Creek resident Jared Jorgenson, 26-year-old Vancouver resident Ryan Watt, and 20-year-old Joshua Fleurant of Prince George appeared in B.C. Supreme Court via video link to schedule an arraignment hearing. The three have each been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 20-year-old Michael Bonin.Bonin, who is originally from Prince George but was most recently living in Rycroft, was previously known to both the three accused and to police. Court records show that both Bonin and Fleurant were charged with stealing a car in Kamloops on March 31st last year.last_img read more