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Monty Bissett Bursary Fund announces the names of Dawson Creek citizens honoured in the 2018–19 academic year

By on January 10, 2020

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – As under the Northern Lights College Foundation, the Monty Bissett Bursary Fund announced the names of Dawson Creek citizens honoured in the 2018–19academic year.During the 2018–19 academic year, Monty Bissett contributed $5,000 to the bursary fund honouring some of Dawson Creek’s finest citizens.In return, the Northern Lights College Foundation matched the gift for a total of $10,000.- Advertisement -This year’s awards recognize the late Murray Logan, Stu and Anita Minnifie, Don Phillips, Jim Stenhouse, and Jim and Ruth Thompson.According to the College Foundation, since its inception in 2004, the bursary has supported students entering the college while paying respect to the memory of citizens of Dawson Creek.Last year, the awards recognized the late Gary Dunaway, Tom Hamilton Sr, Robin Jobin, Lorraine Ravelli, and Darshan Syal.Advertisementlast_img read more

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“At Rest At His Master’s Feet” GCMCTM GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 3, 2011

By on December 17, 2019

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Depot — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 18, 2016In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Chraxli’s mini Wonderland — Geocache of the WeekMay 16, 2018In “Community” At Rest At His Master’s Feet…Tokyo public transit crowds with millions of people each day. Under the blur of hurried commuters, one train station holds a story of canine loyalty. “At Rest At His Master’s Feet” (GCMCTM) reveals the story for geocachers on the hunt. Geocaching.com Charter Member Biggles Bear hid the Multi-Cache in 2005. The cache page tells the story of a faithful canine, Hachiko, who would greet his master at the train station.Cachers read, “Hachiko would accompany his master to Shibuya station in the morning, and then meet him again in the evening when he returned from his work at the Imperial University. This routine continued until one day in 1925, when the professor was taken ill at work and later died. Despite this Hachiko continued to make his way to the station and patiently await his master’s return. Hachiko became a familiar sight to commuters as he kept his vigil for over ten years. On March 8, 1935, Hachiko finally went to meet his master. He died on the very same spot he last saw his friend alive.”Cache container for “At Rest At His Master’s Feet…”The difficulty two, terrain one Multi-Cache starts at the memorial for the professor and his loyal dog. To find he final stage with the cache container, adventurers must use information found at the site to deduce the final coordinates.A cacher who logged a smiley on the cache writes, “Seeing Hachiko’s memorial and sharing the story with my two sons was very heartwarming. We battled mosquitoes (might want to prepare yourself with bugspray if you plan to visit) to figure out the calculations.”The cache as received 14 Favorite Points to date.Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the globe. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Zong Brings Mobile Payments to Outspark

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first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Zong processes payments across 92 carriers in 17 countries and first entered the US last year. The company suggests that, “Over 70% of the global online audience does not have a credit card, but most all of them have a mobile phone.” Accordingly, Zong provides customer support in 7 languages and exists to provide an alternative to credit card processing. And therein lies the rub. What is interesting about the mobile micropayment space is that while there are so many new players, the carriers control the landscape and subsequently, the level of innovation. We know that mobile micropayments can be a game changer for nonprofit organizations, political campaigns and gaming, but the reality is that after the carrier has taken it’s cut, very little trickles down to the processor and publisher. Mobile micropayments are extremely convenient, and they’re great when there are no alternatives. But for businesses, credit cards still remain a more favorable payment method due to lower fees. For this reason, there has been little incentive to pursue mobile micropayments as a primary means of processing. Nevertheless, because of Outspark’s high membership numbers and Zong’s claim that it can convert buyers “up to 10 times greater than traditional payment methods”, the sheer volume of this deal’s transactions might change some minds in the gaming world. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Mobile payments provider Zong has just announced a partnership with online gaming community Outspark. Zong will power Outspark’s mobile payment processing services by allowing users to purchase SparkCash (the gaming company’s currency) to buy goods in games like Fiesta, Secret of the Solstice, Wind Slayer and Project Powder. Similar to Boku, Echovox’s Zong offers publishers and app developers the opportunity to deliver fee-based mobile content to its users. Charges are then reflected on monthly cell phone bills. Given Outspark’s current claim to more than 5 million users, this is a benchmark deal for Zong. The company expressed earlier that its focus is currently on currency exchange for virtual gaming goods such as armor and weapons as shown in the Paradise Paintball demo below. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshirolast_img read more

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Minnesota Retrofit Program’s Popularity Exceeds Funding

By on December 16, 2019

first_imgConfusion and delays may have encumbered the launches of stimulus-funded weatherization and other energy efficiency programs in a few states, but there are publicly funded retrofit programs out there that have gotten off the dime quickly and become more popular than anticipated.A prominent example is Project ReEnergize, a rebate-eligible retrofit program run by the Builders Association of Minnesota that launched on October 1 with $2.5 million in federal funds, attracted more than 1,000 contractors to its mandatory training program, and has already begun or completed improvements in more than 1,200 homes. As noted in a recent story posted by Finance & Commerce, a Minnesota business daily, homeowners who opt for the full menu of ReEnergize improvements – including window replacements, attic insulation or air sealing, exterior wall insulation, and water heater replacements – could be eligible for up to $4,000 in rebates.Administered in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Project ReEnergize limits its retrofits to homes built before 2000 and with no more than 3,000 sq. ft. of interior space (not including basements or garages).A force in weatherizationBy December 21, Finance & Commerce points out, the Department of Commerce had paid about $648,000 in Project ReEnergize rebates for completed work. Ongoing demand for Project ReEnergize services – including $2.8 million in “pre-rebate” applications – now exceeds current funding for the program.ReEnergize was among the recipients of a $7.4 million allotment, from a total of $54.1 million for State Energy Program initiatives in Minnesota, granted in 2009 by the Department of Energy. Minnesota also received $131.9 million in federal stimulus money to weatherize homes for low-income people. All told, stimulus funds are expected to pay for about 22,000 retrofit projects statewide, at an average cost of $6.400 per project, according to the Department of Commerce.Whether or not Project ReEnergize gets financially reenergized remains to be seen, but the National Association of Home Builders, in a November 2009 memorandum to Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, cited the program as a model that could be implemented nationwide and become a key component of the administration’s Recovery Through Retrofit initiative, which aims to make home weatherization a self-sustaining industry.Although the memo, at 16 pages, ventures far and wide into energy efficiency strategies and policies, and their implications for NAHB and its affiliates, the document also unequivocally endorses the programs that seem to be working. “There are a number of states that are taking proactive steps to remove impediments and facilitate weatherization opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of their existing housing stock,” writes Susan Asmus, NAHB’s senior vice president for environmental and regulatory affairs. “The Administration is urged to thoroughly examine these examples to determine if they may be expanded nationwide before drafting new initiatives.”last_img read more

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Tumblr’s Perverse Lesson: To Get Rich, Don’t Make Money

By on December 15, 2019

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Matt Asay Tags:#acquihire#acquisition#M&A#Tumblr center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… $1.1 billion. That’s how much your company is worth if it’s long on users and short on paying customers. Just ask Tumblr. Or Instagram. Each yanked down billion-dollar acquisitions despite making virtually no revenue. Is this a big deal?Acquihires And Billion-Dollar PayoutsSome seem to think so. At least, for acquihires, the kissing cousin to the revenue-free-massive acquisition. For example, Pando Daily‘s Sarah Lacy slams the acquihire, arguing thatLazy profit-seekers love these periods in the Valley. Why not? They can make money without having to actually build a company. It’s like a get-out-of-actual-entrepreneurship-free card.Venture capitalist Mark Suster goes one step further, holding that acquihires actually have a corrosive effect on the tech industry:You have been at Google, Salesforce.com, Yahoo! for years. You have worked faithfully. Evenings. Weekends. Year in, year out. You have shipped to hard deadlines. You’ve done the death-march projects. In the trenches. You got the t-shirt. And maybe got called out for valor at a big company gathering. They gave you an extra 2 days of vacation for your hard work.And that [jerk] sitting in the desk next to you who joined only last week now has $1 million because he built some fancy newsreader that got a lot of press but is going to be shut down anyways.What kind of message does that send to the party faithful who slave away loyally to hit targets for BigCo? …It says if you want to make “real” money  – quit.Fair enough. I’ve been involved in three such acquihires, and I see their point. Acquihires send a signal that failure is OK and, indeed, profitable.But the same holds true for the billion-dollar exits on chimerical revenues. They represent entrepreneurs cashing in on popularity contests without actually having done the hard work of monetizing that popularity. That is, they represent entrepreneurs making big-money success on little-revenue failure. The Downside To Making MoneyAnd why shouldn’t they? It turns out that it’s very difficult to remain popular while charging for one’s service. LinkedIn has done it by charging recruiters. Google has done it by aligning relevant ads next to search results. But monetizing people’s inane pictures of their meals? Instagram didn’t even bother.Pinterest is starting to roll out paid services. Foursquare, too, has been straining to make more money lately. Ironically, these noble efforts to actually sustain the companies on real revenue may make them far less valuable.For one thing, monetization efforts can fail. Just look at Groupon’s gyrations as it has sought to turn a massive sales force into a profit-generating machine. It hasn’t been pretty, and it can turn off users who don’t want to be sold.But more pertinently, the second a business starts to make significant revenue, it will start to be valued on real-world metrics like “profit” and “operating margin” and “sales,” not breathless potential based on “users” and “page views” and “social engagement.” It turns out that the multiples on the former are far lower than they are on the latter.The Entrepreneur’s DilemmaWhat to do? Entrepreneurs can’t really set out to build a revenue-free company that VCs will sustain indefinitely. So most are probably right to initially focus on adoption. Assuming they can get traction, it pays to continue to focus on adoption, because it’s harder to turn free-riding users into paying customers (or find businesses to pay for access to those users). So long as the venture money is flowing, why would an entrepreneur ever choose to fixate on the dismal science of making money? For me, I think if you’re not making profitable money then your future – and that of your customers’ – is always up for grabs. Whatever promises the purchasing company makes, they are the buyer, and you are the seller. As Dave Winer points out, this inevitably means they’re in control. Not you.  Maybe that doesn’t matter. But it does mean we may be building disposable companies with little lasting impact. That doesn’t seem like a good thing.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Skipper Mika Reyes warns volleyball team against complacency

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgView comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion “It was a good result. We are thankful that we won,” said Reyes. “But we know that we were a bit slow. We had a slow start.”Reyes was referring to the first set when the Filipinos threw away five points through service errors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Maybe it’s first-game jitters but we need to work hard on it,” she added.Reyes said that the game against Vietnam on Friday would be different. LATEST STORIES MOST READ “We are confident against Vietnam. Our mindset is positive that we can beat them because we already did (in the Asian Championships),” said Reyes.That win, according to her, would be the big motivation for the team.“But we can’t be over-confident. We can’t be complacent. We need this win against Vietnam so we will work very hard for it.” ADVERTISEMENT FILE/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—For team captain Mika Reyes, the important thing is not to get complacent.The Philippines blew past Malaysia in straight sets, which the 6-foot middle blocker said will boost the confidence of the star-studded team.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Heroes rise as athletics fuels Philippine gold drive Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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Kodak surges at it becomes latest cryptocurrency convert

By on July 18, 2019

The companies are launching blockchain technology with KodakOne and KodakCoin. Blockchain is a ledger where transactions of digital currencies, like bitcoin, are recorded.Rochester, New York-based Kodak, founded in 1880, is the latest company to enter the cryptocurrency market as Bitcoin makes gains. Bitcoin has surged from less than $1,000 a year ago to more than $14,000.Recently, Long Island Iced Tea Corp. said it plans to change its name to Long Blockchain Corp., as it wants to focus more on blockchain technology, while continuing to make beverages.The Kodak systems will allow photographers to register work that they can license and then receive payment. The initial coin offering will open Jan. 31.Shares of Eastman Kodak Co. more than doubled to $7.25 in afternoon trading. The stock has been slumping over the last year, shedding more than 70 percent of its value.”Engaging with a new platform, it is critical photographers know their work and their income is handled securely and with trust, which is exactly what we did with KodakCoin,” said CEO Jeff Clarke.Kodak and others are entering the market as warnings grow over the riskiness of virtual currencies and the potential for a bubble. There are no regulations over the creation and use of virtual currencies and the nature of the transactions make them hard to trace. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Kodak, which traces its roots to the early days of film-based photography, is getting into the digital licensing and cryptocurrency market as part of a partnership with WENN Digital. Bitcoin and cryptocurrency for n00bs This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Kodak surges at it becomes latest ‘cryptocurrency’ convert (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-kodak-kodakcoin-cryptocurrency.html read more

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Ukraine arrests Avalanche cybercrime organiser police

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In November 2016, police from around 30 countries smashed a global cybercrime network called Avalanche following a four-year investigation Ukrainian has detained one of the organisers of the massive Avalanche cybercrime network, police said on Monday, over a year after the global ring was busted in an international raid. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Ukraine arrests ‘Avalanche’ cybercrime organiser: police (2018, February 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-ukraine-avalanche-cybercrime-organiser-police.html Global police smash huge online crime network (Update) “An organiser of the international crime platform known as ‘Avalanche’ which infected up to half a million computers in the world daily was detained in Kiev Sunday,” Ukraine’s cyber police said in a statement.Avalanche was a criminal network providing infrastructure for malware and DDoS (distributed denial of service) spam attacks across the world before it was busted in an unprecedented global sting operation.Speaking to AFP, a cyber police spokeswoman confirmed the arrested man was Gennadiy Kapkanov, a Ukrainian citizen who was using a passport with a different identity.Police also searched his rented flat, seizing a laptop and memory storage devices, it said.In November 2016, police from more than 25 countries smashed the network and arrested its top bosses following a four-year operation. Hundreds of servers were shut down or seized and 800,000 internet domains were blocked, Europol said at the time, in one of the biggest takedowns to date.During the operation, Kapkanov was also detained in the sting at his home in Poltava, a city in central Ukraine, but the local court did not formally arrest him and he disappeared, Ukrainian media said.Later on Monday, the same court will have to rule again on whether to formally place Kapkanov under arrest. Explore further © 2018 AFP read more

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