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first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Nature contact sheet (785KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Limpopo province: Elephants at a water reservoir near Mopani Camp, Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Elephants at a water reservoir near Mopani Camp, Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Elephants at a water reservoir near Mopani Camp, Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Elephants in the Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Elephant in the Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Elephants in the Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Elephants in the Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Giraffe in the Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Giraffe in the Kruger National Park. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageNATURE 8: {loadposition nature}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Preservation Green Lab Will Promote Rehab of Historic Buildings

first_imgLab Will Develop Best Practices For Energy-Efficiency RetrofitsSEATTLE, Wash. — The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has announced the launch of a public-private partnership to facilitate energy-efficiency retrofit work in historic buildings. The new program, called Preservation Green Lab, will be funded in part by a $50,000 grant from the city of Seattle.The Preservation Green Lab will partner with selected cities and states to suggest innovative sustainable development policies for existing buildings and neighborhoods. In addition, the lab will also serve as a national clearinghouse for best practices for green rehabilitation. Three cities — Seattle, San Francisco, and Dubuque, Iowa — have agreed to work with the new lab as pilot cities.The launch of the Preservation Green Lab was announced in Seattle’s Joseph Vance Building, a revitalized 1920s-era mixed use office/retail building. “By adapting the latest technology, we can renovate our historic buildings without toasting the planet,” said Seattle mayor Greg Nickels. The recently rehabilitated building is hoping to receive LEED-EB Gold certification.Promoting Best Practices for Energy EfficiencyThe Preservation Green Lab announced, “To demonstrate that older and historic buildings can, in fact, be retrofitted to achieve high levels of energy efficiency, the Preservation Green Lab will launch a number of green retrofit projects in pilot cities across the country. … The Preservation Green Lab will lead the conversation on best practices and model policies for greening our country’s prized older and historic buildings, functioning as the go-to resource for those navigating the intersection of historic preservation and sustainability.”NTHP president Richard Moe said, “With more than 43 percent of the nation’s carbon emissions coming from the operation of buildings, reusing and improving the energy efficiency of older and historic buildings is an essential part of a sustainable future.”last_img read more

Can Facebook Capitalize on the Social Discovery Trend?

first_imgTags:#Social Web#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification dave copeland As Facebook released its earnings last week, pundits focused on the company’s troubled mobile strategy. But Facebook may face an even bigger problem: The social networking behemoth must compete with the nimble startups poised to capitalize on the trend toward social discovery. (This is Part 3 in a series of articles about social discovery. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here.)The people at Powerhouse Factories, a brand strategy consultancy, point to recent statistics that show people are spending less time on Facebook. The change isn’t massive – yet – but Powerhouse social media expert Taylor Wiegert believes that the trend reflects people splitting Facebook time with more specialized social networks like Pinterest, Tumblr and Deviant Art. All these sites focus on social discovery: finding new connections, ideas and products through social media.The concept behind social discovery is nothing new, but it erupted at the South By Southwest Festival in March 2012. If this is the first time you’ve heard the term, it certainly won’t be the last. Web companies are trying to figure out how best to integrate social discovery  and help people easily find what they want based not only on their own preferences, but the preferences of their social-network contacts.“It’s not in place of Facebook – it’s in addition to,” Wiegert said. “People are still spending time on Facebook, but they’re also going on these niche social networks where they can connect around their passions.” Wiegert and his colleague, Emily Worstell, say the niche social networks help marketers find the early adopters and influencers. Reaching those people with targeted messages via social discovery is much easier than wading through the masses on Facebook. Worstell said, “We’re tapping into the very potent numbers. It can give a brand a very good idea about who their influencers are.”Adding Local to Social DiscoverySometimes those influencers aren’t on Facebook but just down the street. Nextdoor, a social network for people who live in the same neighborhood, is an engine of social discovery based on household problem-solving. (For more on Nextdoor, see our earlier profile). With Nextdoor, neighbors (who may not want to share personal information among each other the way they do with Facebook friends), ask questions ranging from “Know a good electrician?” to “Why are there fire trucks down the block?”“Has Facebook dropped the ball by not integrating local social discovery?” Nextdoor CEO and founder Nirav Tolia asked. “I don’t think so. Different social networks have different uses. Facebook and Nextdoor are miles apart.”But maybe not for long. Following last week’s earnings release, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg hinted that Facebook may be contemplating a local push into a potentially lucrative market segment. “The problem is local businesses are not very tech savvy,” Sandberg told earnings analysts. “Something like 40% don’t have any Web presence.” If Facebook can entice them to set up shop on the social network – which, after all, is easier than setting up a custom URL and homepage – the company will have a good shot at covering the local end of social discovery.Social Discovery Is Not PrivateSocial discovery is most effective if it can draw on large volumes of personal information, which increasingly includes physical location. Especially as people use mobile devices to discover who and what is around them, they may start to wonder whether they’re sharing too much. “Consumers have to think about what they are comfortable with sharing and if they want people around them to know about them,” said Jeff Tinsley, CEO of MyLife, a service that unifies messaging from various social networks. We’re “living in a world where people are a lot more comfortable sharing information, but [social discovery] can certainly test the limits.” And given that Facebook has repeatedly tested those limits with frequent and often intrusive changes to its user agreement, it may not be the leading candidate to make users feel secure as social discovery comes to play a larger role in their choices.“People have started to become increasingly dissatisfied with Facebook because of the ads and because of privacy concerns,” Wiegert said. “These niche platforms are starting to chip away at Facebook as people reevaluate what they’re getting out of Facebook.”ReadWriteWeb’s Dave Copeland will be speaking at the SocialDiscovery.org’s next Social Discovery Conference on Aug. 6-7 at the Fairmont San Francisco. ReadWriteWeb readers can get a discount of more than $1,000 if they register by August 3.To read more about social discovery, see Social Discovery is Pushing Search & Social Closer Together and Hooked Media Group Uses Social Discovery to Fine-Tune Game Recommendations. Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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IN PHOTOS: Kuala Lumpur Sports City ready for 2017 Southeast Asian Games

first_imgWorld-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles05:25PH 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 crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony A vibrant sports hub awaits the region’s best athletes when Malaysia hosts the 2017 Southeast Asian Games from Aug. 19 to 30.Showcasing world-class infrastructure, the Kuala Lumpur Sports City boasts of a massive National Stadium at its heart. The multi-million project spearheaded by Malaysian Resources Corp. Berhad (MRCB) and Populous also features the refurbished National Aquatic Centre, the Axiata Arena, the National Hockey Stadium and a sprawling plaza.Photos by Jasmine W. Payo and MRCB.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo ‘Sharp’ Beermen get Grand Slam bid going with rout of Elite National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Aerial view of the world-class Kuala Lumpur Sports City.KL2-The new National Stadium sits at the heart of the sprawling Kuala Lumpur Sports City complex.KL3-Twisted blades wrap the National Stadium. The design provides protection from the sun and also allows natural ventilation.KL4-A canopy walkway linking KL Sports City to the train station makes it accessible to sports fans.KL5-The lit-up LED facade of the National Stadium. Like a big digital wall, it can flash images as each blade can be programmed into any kind of color or graphic.KL6-Boasting a seating capacity of 85,700, the National Stadium looks just as impressive inside. It also features high-definition big screens and state-of-the-art lights and sounds.KL7-Check out the pixelated seats at the National Stadium. It’s a design concept that gives the illussion of a crowd even if the stadium is empty.KL8-Check out the pixelated seats at the National Stadium. It’s a design concept that gives the illussion of a crowd even if the stadium is empty.KL9-The posh corporate suites featuring floor-to-ceiling glass at the National Stadium.KL10-One of the modern locker rooms at the National Stadium.KL11-The ice baths inside the National Stadium locker rooms.KL12-The facade of the National Aquatic Centre.KL13-A 10,000 square meter, single piece membrane roof from France provides shade for athletes at the competition pool and diving platform at the National Aquatic Centre.KL14-A 10,000 square meter, single piece membrane roof from France provides shade for athletes at the competition pool and diving platform at the National Aquatic Centre.KL15-The warm-up pool at the National Aquatic Centre has a movable floor that can go all the way up and serve as a multi-functional space.KL16-The Axiata Arena, where badminton will be played, features a perforated steel facade.KL17-The refurbished National Hockey Stadium.KL18-The KL Sports City makes sure it has ample green space as thousands of trees and shrubs nestle inside the complex. View commentslast_img read more

Army launches cricket tournament to bring peace in Valley

first_imgSummer is usually a busy time for the army and the police in Jammu and Kashmir, with protests from separatists and stone pelting youth keeping them on tenterhooks. This year too the security personnel are having a hard time. But rather than engaging militants or stone pelting youth on the streets, they are busy organising the Kashmir Premier League (KPL).Being played on the lines of the Indian Premier League, the KPL is also a Twenty20 tournament where 14 teams are battling it out to corner glory.Time and again sports has been used as a medium to bring social change. Be it in India or elsewhere, sports has acted as the fillip and the passport to a better life.In the North-East, disciplines such as football, boxing and archery had made a major impact in weaning youth from drugs. Likewise, in Kashmir, the army wants to use cricket not only to improve ties with the people, but to also provide the youth a chance to showcase their talent and hopefully make it big some day.An initiative of GOC 15 Corps, Lt-Gen. Syed Atta Hasnain, the T20 cricket tournament is part of the army’s ‘Operation Sadhbhavana’ – a public outreach campaign.And that the campaign is bearing fruit can be noticed with the drop in protests, while stone pelting – it had been a major cause of concern both at the state and the Centre with the death of 112 people, mostly youth last year – has become almost non-existent. And in this atmosphere of peace and normalcy, tourism too witnessed a boom in the Valley this summer.advertisementOn Monday, the cricket tournament was thrown open by chief minister Omar Abdullah. The first match was played between Srinagar Shir Dils and Budgam Badshahs at the Delhi Public School grounds. Fourteen teams from all the 10 districts of Jammu and Kashmir are taking part in the tournament whose final is slated for August 3. The winner will receive a cash award of Rs 5 lakh with the runners-up getting Rs 3 lakh.The importance of the sporting event was subtly acknowledged by the chief minister but he also had a word of advice for the army. He said the tournament should not be abandoned in the years to come or else it would give of an impression that it was organised to avoid another summer of discontent in the Valley.”I hope this tournament prospers and succeeds in future. I urge GOC Hasnain that this tournament should continue in future as well. It should not vanish from next year. Then people will presume that this tournament was not for our boys, cricket or their future, but was organised to avoid another year of turbulence, especially since the situation was not good in the last three summers. This will also be cheating the players,” Omar said.Hasnain assured Omar that the tournament would be held every year. He also expressed satisfaction with the enthusiasm shown by the people towards the tournament.”There is great enthusiasm among the cricketers in the Valley to be a part of the tournament. In one district 84 teams participated in the qualifying rounds,” Hasnain said.But the separatists are not impressed with the army’s latest effort. The hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference said that the army would not be able to wash away the crimes it had committed on the people of Kashmir.”The Indian Army is involved in war crimes in Kashmir. They are involved in fake encounters, custodial killings, rape and arson. They can’t wash these crimes by holding cricket matches and tournaments,” Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of the Syed Ali Shah Geelani- led hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, said.The massive street protests that swept the region last year were triggered after three youth were killed in a fake encounter by the army in May. More than a hundred youth died in the protests that lasted through the summer. Since then the army and the police are on a campaign to improve their image.Akbar said the state government and security agencies have imposed a “peace of graveyard” in Kashmir.”They don’t allow us to move around, keep us under house arrest and conduct these shows to show that Kashmiris have forgotten their crimes. They have not,” Akbar said.He said the army and the state are carrying out politics “in the name of cricket”, but warned that it won’t succeed.”Unless the issue of Kashmir is not solved in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiris and the UN resolution, these things ( cricket matches) will not help,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Ray Parks makes PBA debut, Blackwater beats Meralco in OT

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Former Ateneo stars Alyssa Valdez, Den Lazaro have high praise for current Lady Eagles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ray Parks of Blackwater shoots a jumper during a game against Meralco in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Mall of Asia Arena. The Elite won in overtime. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ray Parks finally made his long-awaited PBA debut and Blackwater outlasted Meralco, 94-91, in overtime at the start of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Stocky import Alex Stepheson thew his weight around and finished with 21 points and 31 rebounds for the Elite while Parks, the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, had 20 points and eight rebounds but also committed eight turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “I’m just happy that the players stuck together even though Meralco got the lead,” said Aris Dimaunahan, who also made his debut as the Elite’s interim head coach.“They executed our offense. I’m proud of them for making stops in the endgame and they didn’t fold. I believe in these guys. They’re built for this,” added Dimaunahan, whose squad came back from 11 points down in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGani Lawal did the heavy lifting for the Bolts with a game-high 34 points and 21 rebounds but he missed a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.Blackwater also drew 21 points from Mike DiGregorio, whose free throws gave his team a 93-89 cushion with 17.7 ticks to go. MOST READ Lawal knotted the count at 85 with 45.8 seconds remaining in regulation. Trevis Jackson had the chance to win it for Meralco but he misfired on a short jumper as the clock expired, paving the way for extra time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

St Regis Mohawk Tribal police chief fired over cash payments for impounded

first_imgAPTN National News AKWESASNE–St. Regis Mohawk Tribal police Chief Andrew Thomas has been fired following a probe into cash payments received by the police force for towing and storage fees for impounded vehicles, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Commission said Thursday.The police commission said in a statement Thomas was fired on July 24.Thomas is facing disciplinary charges filed July 7 from the commission for gross misconduct and disregard for tribal and regulatory policies and failure to reconcile receipts and funds, the statement said.Thomas appeared before a disciplinary hearing on July 15 and the police commission voted unanimously to terminate his employment.The investigation was triggered by a query from a community member about the police department’s taking of cash payments for impounded vehicles.A spokesperson for the St. Regis Tribe said the police commission would not be issuing any further comment.Matthew Rourke is currently the acting tribal police chief.The St. Regis Tribe governs the U.S.-side of Akwesasne, a Mohawk community which straddles the Canada-U.S. border about 120 km west of [email protected]last_img read more

The Greeks would be ashamed of these Games

The year: 776 B.C. The place: Olympia, Greece.Under a banner of truce, the greatest athletes in the land gather together to glorify their deities in contests featuring feats of strength, speed and skill. Coroebus, a cook by trade, from the nearby city-state of Elis, was crowned the first Olympic champion after having won a footrace that spanned 210 yards. He was awarded a crown of olive wreathes.Flash forward to the year 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the western coast of Canada. American figure skater Johnny Weir takes to the ice wearing an outfit adorned with faux fox fur and enough shiny sequins to guide a mariner back to port on a dark night in choppy waters.To an Athenian warrior displaced in time, these winter Games would seem far removed from the original spirit of the Olympics. In fact, Weir and the rest of his figure-skating and ice-dancing ilk would probably have been the ones the ancient Greeks abandoned at birth to perish from exposure.And lest someone accuse me of ulterior motives in singling out the figure skaters, I assure you that by the end of the page, there will be enough mockery spread around for all. For these 2010 Winter Olympic Games are rife with mockable moments.It starts with the biathlon. While perhaps trying to recapture the martial spirit of the original Olympics, someone somewhere came up with the brilliant idea to simply introduce gunfire to an existing winter sport; namely, cross country skiing. Biathletes ski around the course, pausing at regular intervals to fire off some shots with the rifles they have strapped to their backs. Because skiing without guns is like, I don’t know, grocery shopping without guns.  It doesn’t sound as ludicrous as it actually is until you try to envision Usain Bolt stopping between legs of the 4×400 relay to squeeze off a few rounds at some skeet.There is no shortage of jokes to be made at the expense of frozen shuffleboard, also known as curling. The first time I tried to watch this silly spectacle, I had to spend several moments trying to figure out if it was the German men’s or women’s teams competing. To the eternal sorrow of German men everywhere, it was the women.Then there are the sledding events. Don’t get me wrong, I fondly recall sledding as something fun to do at Blendon Woods when school got canceled. That does not mean that I can envision Leonidas’ mighty 300 clinging tightly to one another, luging their way two-by-two into the Hot Gates of Thermopylae to stave off Xerxes’ mighty Persian hordes.Or that those rugged Spartans would have welcomed into their midst the Olympic snowboarding contingent. It’s tough to imagine a Spartan unit led by Shaun “Flying Tomato” White or Scotty Lago, with their free-wheeling, Red Bull-drinking exploits.I enjoyed a personal moment of mean-spirited mirth Sunday evening when the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team defeated our 51st state, known in some circles as Canada. I reveled in the absolute devastation on the faces of the Canadian faithful as their “big brothers” to the south beat them down at their own game while mom and dad weren’t looking.Their pained expressions seemed to say, “You already have straight bacon and policemen who don’t look like Ronald McDonald on horseback; can’t we have anything for ourselves? We already gave you Celine Dion and Martin Short.”And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the interesting dress code for this year’s games. It can be summed up in one word: tacky. It’s bad enough that one of the ice dancers looked like he was actually wearing a dead, black swan for a costume. It was as though his dance partner had shoved him inside the swan to keep him warm from the ravages of the western-Canadian cold, a scene eerily reminiscent of Han Solo shoving Luke Skywalker inside the guts of a Tauntaun on the frozen ice-world of Hoth.But someone actually had to explain to the Russian ice-dancing duo that it might not be in good taste to dress up in fake-Aboriginal costumes with foliage stapled to them.You might be wondering where all the vitriol is coming from and why I don’t get caught up in the nationalistic fervor that generally accompanies the Olympic Games. Well, I’m willing to admit to the fact that my dabbles with winter sports have always ended in humiliation.The first time I was able to successfully ski down Mad River Mountain’s bunny hill, I nearly killed a woman by neglecting to learn how to stop. I once had to be helped from the ice skating rink at the Chiller by a magnanimous 7-year-old.But the fact remains that some of these farcical Olympic “sports” are more like hobbies and less like athletic competition. I remain steadfast in my belief that a small cadre of ancient Greeks could conquer all of the Olympic village.At least until they come to the hockey villas. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse rallies to take down Air Force 109

hat perhaps was expected to be an easy win for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team Saturday might have proved more challenging than originally thought. The Buckeyes (9-3, 4-2) had to overcome a halftime deficit to earn a 10-9 victory at Air Force Saturday, which stumbled into the contest with a 1-4 Eastern College Athletic Conference record. Now on a three-game winning streak, OSU has secured a playoff spot by guaranteeing at least a top-four finish in the ECAC. The Buckeyes are tied for third in the ECAC standings heading into their regular season finale Saturday. No matter what happens during the final weekend of the season, OSU will be joined by Loyola (Md.), Denver and Fairfield in the conference tournament, since Fairfield clinched its playoff spot Saturday with a 10-9 overtime victory at Denver. OSU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead Saturday against Air Force (6-7, 1-5), but let the Falcons climb their way back into the game, finishing the first quarter tied at four. The Falcons, though, took a one-point lead into halftime, 7-6, before conceding three straight goals in the third quarter and falling behind for good. Co-captain and senior attacker Logan Schuss continued his run of good form, scoring four goals for the Buckeyes, including the series of three in the third quarter, and added one assist. It was his third consecutive game where he scored at least five points, bringing his career total moves to 216, 11 back of second place on the Buckeyes’ all-time points list. Co-captain and senior midfielder Dominique Alexander added a career-high five points, including two goals, and senior midfielder Trey Wilkes won 15 of 21 faceoffs. Having missed the last two games due to injury, junior goalkeeper Greg Dutton made his return for OSU in outstanding fashion on Saturday with a career-high 15 saves against the Falcons. The losses to Denver and Loyola earlier in the year mean that the Buckeyes will finish third in the ECAC with a win over Fairfield Saturday but will drop to fourth with a loss. The Buckeyes are set to close the regular season and celebrate their Senior Day at home against Fairfield on Saturday at 1 p.m. read more