Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Pumpkin Festival Boasts Record Weekend

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Costumed children, a sunny pumpkin patch, pony rides and the spooky sounds of the South Pasadena Strings Orchestra officially ushered in fall at the 19th Annual Pumpkin Kidspace Children’s Museum Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6.Sponsored by the Circle of Friends, the festive weekend hosted more than 22,000 visitors at Pasadena’s Brookside Park and grossed a record breaking $115,500 for the museum’s operating budget.“Being a part of the most successful Pumpkin Festival in our history has been just amazing,” said Circle of Friends President Laura Thompson. “Knowing that the Circle of Friends is able to produce a fun and festive event for the community and help to contribute to Kidspace at the same time is a great feeling. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers and each of them worked to make Pumpkin Festival happen. I couldn’t be happier or more grateful to be working with such an outstanding group of women.Additionally, the Circle set records for their Very Important Pumpkin program which provides sponsorships for children who would not normally be able to attend the festival. This year, a record number of 415 children were able to celebrate the season with their families. “Our VIP program is what it’s all about and it’s our mission to provide that experience,” said Thompson of the program that works with organizations such as Hillside Family, Urban Compass and Mother’s Club.Local leaders Shannon McGuire, San Marino, and Emily Viola, La Canada, co-chaired the record breaking event and along with Thompson led 100 Circle members and 500 high school volunteers in the planning, staffing and executing of the 19th Annual Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Pumpkin Festival.Over the course of the weekend, cheery families enjoyed a petting zoo, played carnival games, explored a variety of bouncers and obstacle courses and created seasonal crafts while noshing on fare from local favorites In-N-Out Burger, Robin’s BBQ, Teri & Yaki and Choctal Ice Cream. A new stage layout and stellar musical performances from family favorites like The Hollow Trees, Egg, Earthworm Ensemble, The South Pasadena Sting Orchestra and Th3 Trips added to the festive atmosphere.The Circle of Friends is a group of women dedicated to supporting, via funds and volunteer hours, the operations of Kidspace Children’s Museum. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News 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. HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty 24 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community Newscenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Pumpkin Festival Boasts Record Weekend STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 7, 2013 | 12:19 pm Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Leading Real Estate Finance and Credit Industry Law Firm Expands with New Associate Attorney

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Potestivo & Associates, P.C., recently announced the hiring of its 27th attorney, local lawyer Anthony J. DeClercq. Joining the firm’s other 26 attorneys and more than 100 team members—who serve in offices across three states—DeClercq began his new role as an Associate Attorney supporting the Litigation Department on January 30. He is based in Potestivo’s downtown Rochester, Michigan, headquarters.DeClercq earned his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in History from Central Michigan University. He completed several significant clerkships and internships, such as serving as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Kathryn A. Viviano at the Macomb County 16th Judicial Circuit Court. DeClercq also brings a wealth of real estate and finance experience gained from past positions, such as working as a mortgage underwriter for a wholesale mortgage company.This background and proven work ethic made DeClercq a great fit for Potestivo & Associates, which provides legal solutions to the real estate finance and credit industry. “We are very pleased to welcome Anthony,” said Brian Potestivo, President-Managing Attorney. “He brings the industry knowledge, experience, and initiative to serve our clients.”A member of the Michigan State Bar and a certified Notary Public, DeClercq also applies his talents to support philanthropic efforts. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Haley Owens Share Save in Featured, Media, News Previous: ValuAmerica Offers Closing Cost Quotes with ClosingCorp’s SmartCalc Next: LRES Instates New VP of Technology Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago February 22, 2017 1,067 Views Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Anthony J. DeClercq Brian Potestivo Central Michigan DS News Michigan State University College of Law Potestivo & Associates 2017-02-22 Haley Owens Tagged with: Anthony J. DeClercq Brian Potestivo Central Michigan DS News Michigan State University College of Law Potestivo & Associates Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Featured / Leading Real Estate Finance and Credit Industry Law Firm Expands with New Associate Attorney Leading Real Estate Finance and Credit Industry Law Firm Expands with New Associate Attorney Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

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Zabaleta: Nothing is won yet

first_img Zabaleta said: “Most of our players have been here for more than two years, so we have experience of the game against QPR where everything was decided in the last minute. “We don’t want that again, so we need to have a good rest because Sunday will be another tough game. “We need to finish this with a big win on Sunday, and we need the fans from the start. “They have a chance to celebrate another title so I am sure the atmosphere here on Sunday will be fantastic for 90 minutes, and I am sure the players will give 100 per cent to win the game. “I hope that after 95 minutes we are all celebrating together.” Press Association City effectively need only a draw from their final game of the season against West Ham on Sunday to clinch a second Barclays Premier League crown in three years. Manuel Pellegrini’s men put one hand on the trophy as they beat Aston Villa 4-0 on Wednesday to move two points ahead of Liverpool, and with a much superior goal difference. Some anxiety was evident as City were forced to wait until the 64th minute for Edin Dzeko to break the deadlock, but the mood was celebratory by the time Yaya Toure scored the fourth. Fans will now hope to turn Sunday’s clash into a party but Zabaleta has warned the job is not done yet. “Everybody was happy, of course,” the right-back said. “Every time you win a game like that you celebrate, and we knew it was an important game to give us another step forward for the title. “But every single player knows we have done nothing yet. “We need to keep fighting. The spirit of this group has been fantastic in the last few games and we just need to keep playing the way we want to play. We have been doing it for the whole season so we will change nothing. “We know a draw is enough to win the league but we won’t be playing for a draw. We will play to win.” City know all about last-day roller coasters having famously struck twice in the closing minutes against QPR in 2012 to snatch the title from Manchester United on goal difference. With Liverpool playing Newcastle simultaneously, even though City have the upper hand, the potential for a nerve-jangling finish still exists. Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta insists nobody at the club is celebrating the title yet. last_img read more

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Kiwi openers stand firm after Labuschagne’s 215

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneySYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Marnus Labuschagne scored a maiden double-century to drive Australia to 454 all out before New Zealand’s openers resisted the home attack to post 63 without loss on the second day of the third Test yesterday.Tom Latham, standing in as captain for the sick Kane Williamson, had made 26 not out at the close of play with Tom Blundell unbeaten on 34 but the tourists know they still have a mountain to climb if they are to avoid a 3-0 series sweep.Labuschagne is a large part of the reason for that and a hot, sunny day at the Sydney Cricket Ground belonged to the irrepressible 25-year-old, who has enjoyed a golden summer in Australia’s home season. He had a nervous 20 minutes, one run short of the double-century mark but his 19th four got him over the line and earned him a standing ovation from the crowd.He finally departed for 215, caught and bowled by spinner Todd Astle and left the field to another huge ovation having scored 837 runs at an average of 119.57 in five home Tests this season. Labuschagne faced 363 deliveries in a magnificent innings that looked to have set Australia well on their way to another victory to add to the thumping wins they enjoyed in Perth and Melbourne.“It was a good day personally but more importantly a good day for Australia,” Labuschagne said. “They fought back, as you would expect, but we’ll do the toil and hopefully get the win.” New Zealand made short work of the tail after Labuschagne’s exit to dismiss the hosts and bring up tea before their openers headed back out to face Australia’s in-form pacemen.The Black Caps have accumulated only one score in excess of 200 runs in their previous four innings in the series but Latham and Blundell saw off the attack and scrapped their way to stumps. “It was nice to turn up and show that fight today,” said Astle. “It’s gonna be a tough ask but that’s what this group’s about. We’ll keep grinding away.”There had been concerns that soaring temperatures forecast for yesterday might have worsened the bushfire emergency around Australia and the blanket of acrid smoke that had covered Sydney on several occasions in recent weeks might return.Labuschagne, however, resumed his innings on 130 under blue skies and was soon passing 150 for the third time in his last seven innings. With Australia utterly dominating all five home matches this year, their fans have had precious little drama to enjoy so it was perhaps understandable that they made the most of Labuschagne’s progress through the 190s.“Being in the 190s is a bit different to being in the 90s, you’re just trying to avoid doing something stupid,” Labuschagne added. The crowd were kept waiting for four overs with Labuschagne stuck on 199 and there were good-hearted boos for captain Tim Paine when he scored a single off the final ball of one to keep the strike for the next.New Zealand pulled in the field to deny him the single and it worked for seven deliveries until he swiped at a Colin de Grandhomme delivery and got a thick edge that sent the ball racing to the boundary.AUSTRALIA 1st innings o/n 283-3David Warner c Colin de Grandhomme b Neil Wagner 45Joe Burns c Ross Taylor b Colin de Grandhomme 18Marnus Labuschagne c & b Todd Astle 215Steven Smith c Ross Taylor b Colin de Grandhomme 63Matthew Wade b William Somerville 22Travis Head c BJ Watling b Matt Henry 10Tim Paine b Colin de Grandhomme 35James Pattinson b Neil Wagner 2Pat Cummins c Glenn Phillips b Todd Astle 8Mitchell Starc b Neil Wagner 22Nathan Lyon not out 6Extras: (lb-6, nb-1, w-1) 8Total: (all out, 150.1 overs) 454Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-95, 3-251, 4-288, 5-331, 6-410, 7-416, 8-426, 9-430.Bowling: Matt Henry 32-3-94-1 (w-1), Colin de Grandhomme 24-1-78-3 (nb-1), Neil Wagner 33.1-9- 66-3, William Somerville 29-2-99-1, Todd Astle 32-0-111-2.NEW ZEALND 1st inningsTom Latham not out 26Tom Blundell not out 34Extras: (b-1, lb-2) 3Total: (29.0 overs) 63-0Bowling: Mitchell Starc 7-0 18-0, Pat Cummins 9-3-18-0, James Pattinson 4-1-0- 0, Nathan Lyon 8- 3-13- 0, Marnus Labuschagne 1-0-1-0.last_img read more

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AP source: Harrison has 1-year agreement with Tigers

first_imgIn this June 11, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal was still subject to a successful physical.The 31-year-old Harrison spent his first eight major league seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s played second base, third base, shortstop and in the outfield.Harrison did not have a great 2018 at the plate, hitting .250 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs. He missed time early in the season with a hand injury and ended up playing just 97 games.The Tigers could end up replicating Pittsburgh’s up-the-middle-combination of Harrison and shortstop Jordy Mercer, who signed with Detroit earlier in the offseason .Harrison hit a career-high 16 home runs in 2017, and he batted .315 in 2014, but he’s never played more than 143 games in a season. If he plays well for Detroit, the rebuilding Tigers may be able to trade him for a prospect or two.___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports DETROIT (AP) — Free agent Josh Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.last_img read more

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Head Softball Coach Rich Calvert Announces Winter Clinic Details

first_imgThe Drake softball program under the leadership of head coach Rich Calvert is excited to invite you to our 2015-16 softball clinics. This winter we will have many different options available in order to enhance your pitching, hitting, catching and defensive skills.  Our goal is to make you an overall better softball player.Beginning in December, The Tina DeAngelo Four-Session Pitching Clinic Series will take place over two dates in December and two dates in January and is open to grades 6-12. Each pitching session in the series will build upon the next in order to dive deeper into pitching fundamentals and pitch development.Single session pitching and catching clinics for grades 8-12 will also be offered in both December and January. The pitching portion of the clinic will explore proper technique and pitch development at a quick pace. The catching portion will focus on receiving, blocking, communicating, and fielding the position. Pitchers and catchers will break up to focus on learning position-specific skills and will then come back together to further develop these skills.All-skills clinics for grades 8-12 will take place in both December and January following the single session pitching/catching clinics. These clinics will be geared towards teaching proper fundamentals in the areas of hitting, bunting, throwing, catching, and overall defensive skills.For those wanting to attend both the pitching/catching clinic and the all-skills clinic, a discounted rate of $140 will be offered for both the date in December and in January.Finally, Drake softball will offer an all-skills clinic in January for those in grades 4-7, where we will cover hitting, throwing, and catching at a more fundamental level while also teaching you what it takes to play at the next level.All clinics will take place in a positive and hardworking environment where the main goal is to make you a better player. Space is limited for each clinic.  So, register early!  We look forward to you joining us this winter! All information, including registration forms and the schedule are included in this story.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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€18.7M Coolboy to Kilmacrennan road and cycle track officially opened

first_imgThe new €18.7m N56 Coolboy to Kilmacrennan Scheme was officially opened yesterday by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan.The 3.1km scheme, which has seen the removal of the notorious ‘Blue Banks’ bends, is a key transport corridor to the north west of Donegal including Glenveagh National Park, Donegal Airport and the Gaeltacht.New €18.7m N56 Coolboy to Kilmacrennan Scheme which was officially opened on Monday by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan.Cllr. Crossan explains “alongside the new road, a 2 metre shared footway/cycle track has been created on both sides of the road and it is hoped that this new shared track will be extended to Letterkenny.  This is a major infrastructural project and is of significant benefit and value not only to the local community in terms of improving safety and connectivity but also to the entire county and region. “This project provides an important strategic link to north west Donegal providing access to the Wild Atlantic Way as well as significantly improving access for businesses and investors.  The creation of the shared footway and cycle track is an excellent addition to the scheme and the value of this type of amenity, not only for the local community but as an attraction for visitors, cannot be over-estimated”.Admiring the plaque at the new €18.7m N56 Coolboy to Kilmacrennan Scheme which was officially opened on Monday are Cllr John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny MD, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cllr. Michael McBride and Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan. Photos by Clive WassonMinister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan at the official opening of the new €18.7m N56 Coolboy to Kilmacrennan Scheme on Monday. Picture includes Cllr. John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny MD, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cllr. Michael McBride, Pat The Cope Gallagher T.D., Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, John McLaughlin, Donegal County Council, Damian McDermott, Donegal National Design Office, Carmel Gallagher, Donegal National Design Office and Aine McHugh, Donegal National Design Office.Director of Roads and Transportation with Donegal County Council John McLaughlin explains that “the delivery of this scheme is the culmination of over 8 years work by the Donegal National Roads Office and is a continuation of the N56 Mountaintop to Illistrin project completed in 2009.“The original road had a narrow carriage way, no significant verge and a number of poorly aligned junctions, accesses and entrances.  The new scheme involved the widening and realignment to a 7 metre carriageway with hard strips and verges. A shared footway/cycle track on both sides of the new road caters for all vulnerable road users, cyclist and pedestrians and is a significant new local amenity.”The ecumenical blessing at the official opening of the €18.7m N56 Coolboy to Kilmacrennan Scheme by Rev Cannon Harry Gilmore and Rev Patrick Dunne . Photo Clive WassonMayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr. John O’Donnell acknowledged the importance of this project in delivering on the economic development agenda for the county and paid tribute to the support and co-operation of the local community saying “development of major infrastructure projects such as this can be a long process. “Individuals and communities are always affected by the disruption caused and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support and co-operation of local residents, businesses and motorists in the development and delivery of this scheme. I look forward to having the next phase of this project from Doonwell to Leitirfad in Termon prioritised.”Locals take shelter at the official opening of the €18.7m N56 Coolboy to Kilmacrennan Scheme . Photo Clive Wasson“This project represents an investment of over €18m” says Seamus Neely speaking at Monday’s launch.  “Since this road opened in May, road users have seen a major improvement and traffic can now flow freely and safely. It is the third section of this important stretch of road to be completed in the last 10 years starting from the outskirts of Letterkenny at the Mountaintop and now finishing in KIlmacrennan.  This is a major piece of infrastructure for Donegal and will go a long way in enabling the county to capitalize on opportunities such as the continued development of tourism, supporting business development and job creation.”Seamus Neely also acknowledged the strong collaborative working arrangement in place with Irish Water in the delivery of this project.  Irish Water constructed a new trunk watermain and distributor water mains serving Letterkenny and its environs adjacent to and along the N56.The official opening of the €18.7m N56 Coolboy to Kilmacrennan Scheme by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan. Photo Clive WassonWorks on this scheme commenced in January 2018 and took 18 months to complete.  BAM Civils Ltd. were the main contractor, RPS Consulting Engineers were the Designer and construction works were supervised on behalf of Donegal County Council by Barry Transportation. The Project was managed on behalf of Donegal County Council by the National Roads Office in Donegal Town.Rev Cannon Harry Gilmore and Rev Patrick Dunne were also present at the official opening of the road along with representatives from Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Irish Water. €18.7M Coolboy to Kilmacrennan road and cycle track officially opened was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)Tags:coolboyinfrastructurekilmacrennanN56official openingROADSlast_img read more

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Do the “12 Days of Christmas” birds live in Ohio?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the holiday song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” someone’s true love gives them … quite a few birds.Given that the song has European roots — it apparently came from France and was published first in England — does it hold up ornithologically in Ohio?Do the song’s birds live in the Buckeye State?Here are answers from experts in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES) at The Ohio State University and from sources including The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio, which was published earlier this year.1st day: Partridge (with or without pear tree)ANSWER: Technically, no. But also, not any more.The ruffed grouse, which is pictured below, although in a willow tree, lives in Ohio. And people sometimes call it a “partridge.” But scientists say that name is inaccurate.While both grouse and partridges belong to the Phasianidae family — which includes pheasants, chickens and others — they’re actually members of two different subfamilies: Grouse are in Tetraoninae; partridges, in Perdicinae.Members of the Partridge Family, meanwhile, included David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce.Ohio, in fact, had partridges once. In the 1900s, game officials started releasing non-native gray, or Hungarian, partridges in the state, hoping they’d survive, settle down and raise families.It worked. Ohio’s gray partridge numbers grew. But then starting in the 1940s they crashed, apparently due mostly to changing farm practices. Today, scientists consider gray partridges extirpated — completely gone — within Ohio.Stray gray partridges — plus another non-native partridge, the chukar — still are seen sometimes. But they’re usually escapees. They’re from game farms, say, or from a landowner stocking them for hunting.Pear production in the Midwest, including Ohio, is “greatly limited by fire blight, a bacterial disease, and occasional spring frosts,” says the college’s Midwest Home Fruit Production Guide.2nd day: Turtle-dovesANSWER: Not exactly. But a kissing cousin just moved in.The non-native, adaptable Eurasian collared-dove, Streptopelia decaocto (pictured), arrived in Ohio about 10 years ago, is breeding and spreading — it’s been reported nesting in Holmes, Mercer, Logan and Fulton counties, among others — and is a near dead-ringer for the closely related ringed turtle-dove.The ringed turtle-dove is a domesticated — pet or cage bird — form of the wild African collared-dove, Streptopelia roseogrisea.The Eurasian collared-dove is native to parts of Asia and Europe but has colonized places like Egypt, North Africa, the Bahamas and even the Arctic Circle, and also many U.S. states.According to The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio, the Eurasian collared-dove “seems likely to become a permanent member of the North American avifauna.”3rd day: French hensANSWER: Yes. But in coops and runs, not the wild.The Meyer Hatchery in Polk, Ohio, sells, among others, baby chickens of two French breeds, Marans and Faverolles (pictured). Specifically, it offers White Marans, Blue Splash Marans, Blue Copper Marans, Black Copper Marans, Cuckoo Marans, Golden Cuckoo Marans and Salmon Faverolles.Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Cincinnati, Ohio, also sells Cuckoo Marans chicks.Chicken people consider Marans and Faverolles good dual-purpose breeds, suited to both meat and egg production. Marans hens are noted for their chocolate-colored eggs.Both breeds were named for the French towns from which they originated.And both breeds can make it as Buckeyes. “Given the proper care — diet and environment — it’s possible to raise any chicken in Ohio,” said Mike Lilburn, poultry science professor in the college’s Department of Animal Sciences.4th day: Calling birdsANSWER: In one way, no. In other ways, kinda sorta.Early versions of the lyrics used the term “colly birds,” not “calling birds,” according to the song’s Wikipedia entry. “Colly” means sooty or black. It’s thought that the reference is to the common, or Eurasian, blackbird.Ironically, the common blackbird isn’t a blackbird at all but a thrush. It’s a close relative of the American robin (pictured), which lives in Ohio and throughout North America. Except for their color — black vs. gray with the famous red breast — the two are a lot alike.While common blackbirds sometimes, rarely, wander westward over the Atlantic, they’ve never quite made it to Ohio. The closest is parts of Canada.Ohio’s true “colly birds” include the abundant and widespread red-winged blackbird and the rare and limited — at least in the Buckeye State — yellow-headed blackbird.6th day: GeeseANSWER: Yes. In a big (ahem) honking way.The Canada goose (pictured), and specifically the subspecies called the giant Canada goose, nests in every county in Ohio. Its numbers are booming thanks to more and more goose-friendly, people-created habitat — specifically, ponds surrounded by lawns on golf courses, in office parks, in condo complexes and so on.“It’s one of the species I get a lot of questions about,” said Marne Titchenell, a wildlife program specialist with CFAES. “They’re right up there with deer and coyotes on the list of species that frequently become a nuisance.”Problems include Canada geese eating and damaging lawns, hissing at and charging people during the spring nesting season, and delivering lots of “presents,” and not just on Christmas Eve.There’s even a fact sheet about the matter. CFAES’s “Coping with Canada Geese: Conflict Management and Damage Prevention Strategies” is free at ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/W-3.But it’s a success story in wildlife management, too, Titchenell said.“There was a time when a honking V of flying geese overhead stopped people in their tracks. It was a rare sight, and nesting geese within the state were virtually nonexistent,” she said.Then in the 1950s, wildlife managers reintroduced Canada geese to some of Ohio’s wetlands. Coupled with state and federal protections, increases in habitat, and the birds’ adaptive nature, the “geese rebounded very quickly,” Titchenell said.“They can sometimes become a problem,” she said. “But they’re a constant reminder that we’re capable of helping a species in serious decline recover — and recover well.”7th day: SwansANSWER: Yes. And rather not unswimmingly.Twenty years ago, wildlife managers began efforts to restore trumpeter swans (pictured) to Ohio. Today, though officially listed as “Threatened,” the large, tooting waterbirds are breeding successfully and are “advancing toward a sustainable population,” according to The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio.Mute swans aren’t native to Ohio; they’re from Europe. They’re sometimes kept in zoos and on farms. And sometimes they escape. “Naturalized populations are increasing and are now an ecological concern around the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic states,” the atlas also says.Mute swan issues include overgrazing wetland plants, badgering other waterbirds — including trumpeter swans, for instance — and even attacking people.Another swan, the tundra swan, migrates through Ohio, especially the northeastern part, during its spring and fall migrations, including in early December.All the birds nesting in OhioThe Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio (600 pp., $45.47) is available from Penn State University Press at go.osu.edu/BreedingBirdAtlas. Preparing the book involved, among others, about 1,000 birdwatching volunteers and a number of faculty, staff and students with CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, including, at various times, four of the book’s editors.A caveat: The federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects many wild birds from, among other things, being proffered by the lovestruck at Yuletide.last_img read more

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Why Asset Tracking Requires a Digital Transformation

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Despite the advent of modern technology, many businesses still rely on obsolete methods of asset tracking. You might have a shared Excel spreadsheet keeping tabs on your most important equipment, or if you’re a small business, a whiteboard that collects your information.These systems are inherently flawed, and could end up costing you money—and time—if you don’t commit to a digital transformation soon. But how has asset tracking transformed in the past decade, and why is it so important to convert?What Are the Features of Modern Asset Tracking?So what does “modern” asset tracking look like? The best way to get up to speed is to look at an example of asset tracking software, like EZOfficeInventory, which comes with features like the following:Comprehensive logging. Most asset tracking software will help you with every stage of the tracking process, from acquisition to maintenance to end-of-life management. That way, you aren’t forced to use multiple systems or update your records inconsistently as time progresses.Digital tagging. Your system will also give you some way to digitally “tag” your assets, whether it’s through the use of RFIDs, QR codes, or some other medium. This cuts down on potential asset confusion, and makes it easier to categorize and track your assets.Simple scanning and updating. The combination of digital tags and handheld, portable scanning devices makes it easy to scan your assets and update your internal records. For some applications, the process is almost fully automated.Real-time updates. Because your assets are tracked as they’re used and scanned on a regular basis, all your records are updated in real-time, guaranteeing you have the latest information at all times.Insights and analytics. You can’t generate an analytics report based on data you keep on a whiteboard. A digital platform will draw your attention to insights and outliers, and generate regular reports you can use to facilitate better decision making in your organization.Why Digital Asset Tracking MattersSo how will the use of this technology improve your business?Time. It takes far less time to scan codes and enter the data into your system automatically than it does to manually log each record.Money. Digital asset management will alert you when it’s time to maintain or replace your equipment, and can guide you through the process of end-of-life management to ensure you maximize your return on investment.Accuracy. Because many of the processes involved with a digital system are automated or controlled by the system, you can count on more accurate information you can use to make decisions.Centralization. Data from your entire organization will be available in one, central location, making it accessible to all your managers, supervisors, and employees. You can then use that data to make better decisions in real-time, throughout the business.How to Get StartedIf you’re confused about how to get started with this digital transformation process, it’s easier than you probably think:Find the right solution. There are dozens of asset tracking platforms available, but not all of them are going to be right for your business. Spend your time looking at the features, strengths, weaknesses, and potential applications of each platform and invest in the one that best suits your industry and specific assets.Prepare the team. Staff training is imperative to ensure a smooth transition. Your team members should be fully versed in how the new system works and aware of when the changeover is going to take place, long before you finalize the installation of the new system. Try to clear up any questions or confusion before you start using it.Migrate old data (if possible). If you can, try to migrate your old asset tracking data to the new platform. This will ensure you have all your legacy information available, and make the transition process smoother. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible due to software compatibilities, but it’s worth a shot.Pull the trigger. When all the pieces are in place, make the new system live. It’s better to switch all at once, at the start of a new week, than to try and use both systems simultaneously during a changeover period.Once you digitally transform your asset tracking system, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the transition sooner. In the future, this tech will only become more sophisticated, with digital assistants, AI, and simplified scanning making things even easier for you and your staff. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. center_img Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Frank Landman Follow the Pucklast_img read more

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SXSW Tips: How to Take Your VR Experience to the Next Level

first_imgAt this year’s SXSW Conference, the future of virtual reality and virtual cinema is on full display in “Beethoven’s Fifth.”All images via Beethoven’s Fifth.In 1977, the Voyager spacecraft departed for the deepest reaches of outer space, carrying two golden records that contained sounds and images representing the diversity of humanity’s greatest achievements. Now, 40 years later, we chat with Jessica Brillhart about her ambitious Virtual Cinema VR project, which combines the experience of Voyager’s journey with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 as part of a collaboration between Google Daydream, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, NASA, and NASA JPL.For those curious about the bold new frontiers of virtual reality (and virtual cinema), Brillhart shares how they’ve worked to push their VR project to new limits.Finding the Right RigIn terms of production, there’s a lot there! — so it all depends on what you’re going for. I started my career in VR being more focused on stereoscopic, cinematic VR, where the visitor to the experience remains stationary and she can look up, down, and all around her. This is a bit of your run-of-the-mill kind of VR content, and there are a lot of VR rigs out there that can do a decent job.Brillhart and her team used the GoPro Odyssey, which is part of the Google Jump ecosystem. Brillhart is a certified expert with the Jump, as she helped develop the system with Google. She is quick to note that “nothing is necessarily perfect though.” She’s found the most success when she can recognize limitations and then find creative workarounds for live-action VR rigs and headsets.Tilting the RigCreators in this space used to say it’s important to keep a VR rig completely level and flat relative to the ground. It turns out that’s not the case. You can tilt the VR rig, and it actually feels a lot better if you do, so as long as the rig is intercepting an eye-line between two objects or people.In the case of Beethoven’s Fifth, Brillhart had their rig set at an angle to get a good eye-line between the standing conductor and the seated orchestra member. “When you turn in the direction of the player,” Brillhart explains, “it’s as if you’re the conductor looking down. When you turn in the opposite direction to look at the conductor, it’s as if you are the player looking up.”Focus on the “How” Not the “What”Beethoven’s Fifth isn’t about Beethoven’s Fifth. It’s a bit of a throw, actually. We tend to focus so much on the thing instead of the experience of the thing, and as VR is an experiential medium, I wanted to push for that more. The experience became about hearing. How we hear, what happens to us when we can’t hear, what are other ways to use sound and audio to understand something?To stand out in a crowded (and very inspiring) SXSW Virtual Cinema lineup, projects like Brillhart’s need to bring something both experimental and experiential to the table. Beethoven’s Fifth, among many other things, also experimented with something Brillhart calls “movement parsing,” which is “a way that deaf people see the world, as the brain tends to reshape itself when one perceptual ability is lost.”Aim for an Immersive ExperienceThe worst thing that could happen when someone is floating in the depths of space in VR is to hear a cough, sneeze, laugh, or the general noisy buzz of the real world. We wanted to make sure we provided the best experience for folks coming into Beethoven’s Fifth. Should visitors need headphones, we’ve got the best ones for the job.“Immersive,” is another word often thrown around in the VR world. The Beethoven’s Fifth experience benefits from Bose noise-cancelling headphones, which Brillhart chose as the best way to combat the huge amount of room and crowd noise in a busy SXSW Conference lobby.Think Outside the HeadsetGetting into VR and out of it are both part of the overall experience. There’s an art to designing that kind of flow. Generally what we’ve seen is installs where visitors get strapped into a headset, put on a swivel chair, and asked to “immerse themselves.” Bit of a stretch, honestly.Perhaps the most notable aspect of Beethoven’s Fifth is their cylinder projection system, designed by Igloo Vision to provide a different kind of flow for an audience. The outside was designed to be a “contextual layer with images and writings about the Golden Record,” while the inside is a “staring state that provides context for the experience.”VR Is for EveryoneBeethoven was not in the best state when he wrote his Fifth Symphony, in large part because was going deaf at the time (if not already deep into deafness at that point). He had a very hard time hearing his own music. He’d rely on the vibrations of his “banging” on his piano in order to get a better sense of what it was he was writing. Apparently he went through quite a few pianos in the process.Beethoven’s Fifth really took a lot of inspiration from what its composer was going through, so Brillhart asked, “what could a VR experience do for Beethoven or those with similar afflictions?” The project is meant to transcend understanding and connect experiencers with something deeper, which is at the heart of virtual reality.Bring Content and Hardware TogetherThe Golden Record was part content and part hardware, both working together to accomplish a very large, seemingly impossible goal. Though that wasn’t the original intent, Beethoven’s Fifth became an homage to that, too. We have an array of hardware — from Daydream, Bose, Sub-Pac, Igloo, Mixed Immersion’s speaker system. We also have the Beethoven’s Fifth experience — an amazing performance by the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting, a breathtaking visualization of moving into interstellar space, and an incredible sound mix that ties it all together.When talking about her project, Brillhart often mentions the many “layers” to the experience. It’s complicated to explain in an early phone interview; it’s just something that has to be experienced. Much like Voyager’s journey, or Beethoven’s masterpiece, true art is built to last and transcend, and for anyone working in the space, Beethoven’s Fifth is a great example of not only what that journey actually looks and sounds like but, more importantly, what it feels like.For SXSW coverage, check out some of these articles:SXSW Discussions: 7 Tips on How to Develop a Digital DocuseriesTips from SXSW: Filming with Your Camera in MotionSXSW Talks: The 7 Key Factors to Revamping Decades of Codelast_img read more

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