Rainforest Dream Wins Public Vote for Percival Plinth

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaRainforest Dream by Anacortes artist Leo E. Osborne is the popular winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award, and will be purchased by the City of Olympia following exhibition on Percival Landing.A public vote was held July 26-September 3, 2013, with voters indicating their top choice among the exhibition of loaned sculptures along Percival Landing.  A total of 374 votes were received during the voting period.  With 85 votes, Rainforest Dream by Leo E. Osborne was the front runner, with Breaking Free by Olympia sculptor Willow Wicklund coming in as runner up with 66 votes..  The remainder of the votes were distributed among 10 other sculptures.  Comments regarding why Rainforest Dream appealed to voters include the quality of craftsmanship, realism, beauty of the sculpture, and the color and variety of texture incorporated into the work.The winner was announced at the Olympia City Council meeting on October 1, 2013.The exhibition of loaned sculpture will remain on Percival Landing through next spring.  Following the exhibition, Rainforest Dream will be temporarily relocated to City Hall for one year before permanent placement somewhere else in the community, based on Council direction.  Rainforest Dream will be the first such sculpture to be installed at City Hall, in June 2014.For more information about the Percival Plinth Project please visit olympiawa.gov/plinth.last_img read more

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Rebels close in on Murdoch Division title, edge Hawks 4-3

first_imgBy The  Nelson Daily SportsTwo seasons ago the Castlegar Rebels made it to the Murdoch Division only to be swept in four games by the Nelson Leafs.There’s not much of a resemblance between the two Castlegar teams.Taylor Anderson had three points to lead the Rebels to within one game of advancing to the Kootenay Conference Final after Castlegar edged Beaver Valley 4-3 in Murdoch Division Final action Tuesday in Fruitvale.The Rebels lead the best-of-seven playoff series 3-1 and can advance to the next round with a win Thursday in the Sunflower City.The difference Tuesday was a 20-minute span from late in the first and into the second frame when Castlegar scored four consecutive goals — three on the power play — to take a 4-1 lead.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro scored to cut the lead to 4-2 before the period ended.The Hawks’ leading scorer during the regular season, Sookro, added a power play goal late in the third but that would be as close as the host team would get.For the second straight game on the road the Rebels out shot the Hawks 26-14, including 12-4 in the third period. In the two games in Fruitvale, Castlegar held a 69-28 advantage.Ryan Aynsley, Stuart Walton, Anderson and Kootenay Ice affiliate player Jesse Knowler, scored for the Rebels.Tyler Collins scored 36 seconds into the game for the other Beaver Valley marker.Around the KIJHL . . . .Hewitt pulls Cats even with RidersA goal by Ryan Hewitt with nine seconds remaining in the second period proved to be the winner as Creston Valley Thunder Cats edged the Fernie Ghostriders 2-1 to even the best-of-seven Eddie Mountain Division Final at 2-2 Tuesday in Creston. Game five is Thursday in Fernie.Laslo gives Dogs series sweepKyle Laslo stopped 19 shots to power the Osoyoos Coyotes to a 5-0 victory over the Kelowna Chiefs Tuesday in Rutland. The win allows the Dogs to sweep the best-of-seven series 4-0. Grizz can stop Storm tonightDefending KIJHL champ Revelstoke Grizzlies can advance to the Okanagan Conference Final against Osoyoos with a win at home Wednesday against Kamloops Storm. The Grizz lead the series 3-1. [email protected]last_img read more

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PleaseRobMe and the Dangers of Location-Based Social Networks

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification PleaseRobMe doesn’t show anything new that a regular Twitter search for the 4sq.com domain wouldn’t uncover, but it’s the first time that a service has made this information so blatantly obvious. We don’t think that a lot of thieves are actually trolling the Internet for information when people leave their homes, though we have already seen some burglaries where status updates may have played a role.Besides robberies, there are also other reasons why you might want to keep your Foursquare profile private. Do you, after all, really want to tell your future employer that your spent all those weeknights at the local bar?Privacy Concerns: The Limiting Factor for Location-Based Networks? More importantly, though, this service highlights the privacy implications of regularly broadcasting your location. Some people are willing to take the risk and are perfectly fine with broadcasting their location and services like Foursquare reward these check-ins with virtual badges and real-world discounts for their most active users. For a lot of people, however, sharing location data takes online transparency one step too far. Ultimately, the success of location-based networks will be limited if they can’t find ways to make users feel safe when using these services.How to Stay Safe?If you really feel the need to share your location with the whole world, then you have to accept the risks. This isn’t just limited to location-aware applications, though. Posting Twitter updates from your vacation also make it pretty obvious that you are not at home.When it comes to location-aware services and geo-social networks, we prefer services that allow their users to send location updates privately to a select group of friends and trusted contacts. BrightKite – one of the older geo-social networks – for example, allows you to set very granular privacy controls on a per-post level. Of course, you could always resort to using a completely anonymous service like BlockChalk or a permission-based one-on-one service like EchoEcho, but with these, you can’t update your friends about what bar to meet them at either and the social aspects of these services are limited.It would also be nice if these services allowed users to select the level of granularity of their check-ins. While this won’t discourage burglars (and doesn’t work for FourSquare-like apps), being able to just point to “Houston, TX” as your location instead of the actual hotel your are staying in could alleviate the fears of a lot of users.The Dangers of Mixing the Virtual and the Real WorldPleaseRobMe points out the dangers of location-based social networks. Services like Foursquare, Brightkite and Google Buzz bridge the gap between the virtual world of social networks and the real world, which is something we are not accustomed, to. It’s easy to think that the information we share online doesn’t have any influence on the real world, but PleaseRobMe makes it pretty clear that there can be real-world consequences to sharing your location.What Do You Do?What is your policy for staying safe on location-aware social networks? Do you avoid them at all cost? Do you think that the positive aspects outweigh the potential risks? Do you use a pseudonym and a fake avatar? Let us know in the comments. Location-based social networks like Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite and Google Buzz are currently among the fastest growing new mobile services. All of these apps have one thing in common: they encourage you to share your current location with the rest of the world. By doing this, though, you are also telling people where you are not: at home. A new site, PleaseRobMe, plays on this theme and displays real-time updates from Foursquare users who broadcast their check-ins on Twitter.According to the trio of developers behind the site (Barry Borsboom, Frank Groeneveld and Boy van Amstel), “the goal of this website is to raise some awareness of this issue and have people think about how they use services like Foursquare, Brightkite, Google Buzz etc.” There are also ads on the site, so the developers clearly also had something else in mind when they started this site. No matter the developers’ motivations, the visceral reaction to PleaseRobeMe on Twitter, shows that the developers have hit a nerve. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… frederic lardinois Tags:#Features#Lifestreaming#mobile#news#NYT#social networks#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Video: 2 High School Football Players Speared A Referee On Purpose

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Two high school football players are in some serious trouble, if we’re to believe that what you see in the below video was done on purpose.According to Deadspin, during a game between Marble Falls and San Antonio John Jay on Friday night, two high school defensive backs (who play for John Jay) targeted an official during live play. One speared him, just before the other dove into him, helmet-first. It’s one of the most ridiculous videos you’ll ever see.The title of the video suggests that it was in retaliation for a “bad call.” If that’s the case, this is reprehensible.Both players were ejected from the contest, and the district is investigating the play.last_img

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DSP booked for accumulating disproportionate assets

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have booked a senior police officer of Deputy Superintendent of Police rank who has been posted as DSP of PAC in Ghaziabad on accumulating undeclared wealth and unaccountable assets. Police officials said that the senior cop has been booked after a report was sent to DGP-UP police and he ordered to lodge an FIR into the case.According to police, the accused has been identified as Ashok Kumar, a resident New Vijay Nagar area in Ghaziabad. Cops added that Kumar is currently posted as Assistant commander of 47th battalion of PAC of Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Upon receiving the directions from Director General of Police (DGP), an FIR under charges of corruption was lodged against Kumar. The DGP acted upon the investigation report sent to the office in Lucknow and upon finding the discrepancies, a case was lodged,” said a senior police officer of Ghaziabad police. The officer further said that an enquiry was set up for Kumar’s income between January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2012 which revealed an expenditure of Rs 47.49 lakhs. However, the examination of wealth under him and his wife’s name revealed value of Rs 1. 43 crore, which is almost 201% more than his wealth. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe report also said that Kumar owned illegal property in various cities of NCR region while he had accumulated disproportionate assets during his service. “Acting on the directions from Police headquarters, an FIR under the section of 13.1A (Criminal misconduct by a public servant) and 13.2 (Any public servant who commits criminal misconduct shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall be not less than one year but which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 has been registered against Kumar,” added officer. Meanwhile Kumar denied all the charged imposed on him citing time to be fake and it has been a conspiracy against him.last_img read more

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TMC calls for ouster of Nayak over alleged political bias

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has written to the Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India (ECI), urging him to recall or cancel the appointment of Ajay V Nayak as Special Observer in Bengal in the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha elections.The letter from TMC, undersigned by the party general secretary Subrata Bakshi, alleges that Nayak has political and organisational allegiance to the RSS and BJP leaders. The letter from the ruling party in Bengal comes in the wake of a statement by Nayak on Saturday that the present Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujasituation in Bengal is like what it used to be in Bihar 10-15 years ago and that ‘everything is not well with democracy in Bengal’. “It is the duty of all observers to exhibit political neutrality through their conduct and behavior. The entire incident raises reasonable apprehension about Nayak’s political allegiance and whether he would be competent to perform his duties as a Central Observer in an unbiased and fair manner,” the letter states. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt highlights the fact that barely two days after the end of the second phase polling in Bengal, Nayak had himself remarked that barring a few stray incidents polling was very high and peaceful in the state. The Election Commission had also declared after the first phase that voting was largely peaceful in the state. “It is not understood what happened within less than 48 hours that made him (Nayak) make a remark about Bengal and bring it as a justification for deployment of Central Forces in nearly 92 percent of the polling booths in the third phase of election in the state. In the backdrop of the Commission’s own observations, the comments by Nayak appear to be highly misplaced and we have reasons to believe that he has started acting in a partisan manner with pre-conceived notions, to destabilise the conduct of elections in the state in a free and fair manner by creating a fear psychosis among the electorate,” the letter reiterates. The letter further appeals to the ECI not to allow Nayak to act as a political mouthpiece when he is duty bound to act in a neutral manner. “He should not make statements to benefit any political party, particularly when such statements are not in conformity with the statements and actions of the ECI,” the letter states.last_img read more

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Morocco summons French Ambassador on torture allegations

first_imgRabat – Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida summoned, on Friday at the ministry’s headquarters, France’s ambassador in Rabat Charles Fries to express Morocco’s strong protest following information about a complaint lodged against the Director General of Territory Surveillance (DGST) concerning an alleged torture complicity in Morocco. A statement by the foreign affairs ministry said that Bouaida affirmed that Morocco flatly rejects the cavalier procedure that runs counter diplomatic usages and the baseless judiciary cases that were cited. The minister delegate said that this grave, unprecedented incident in relations between the two countries is likely to undermine the climate of trust and mutual respect which has always prevailed between Morocco and France.  The Kingdom of Morocco insists on providing urgent and accurate explanations for this unacceptable step and holding those responsible accountable.last_img read more

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The Patriots Dynasty Just Wont Die

Len Dawson19754Doug Flutie20035Warren Moon*20001 5Miami1972-74321739+138.5 9Washington1982-921131653+99.1 6Dallas1968-831621667+125.7 12Green Bay1995-152121619+81.7 This Super Bowl might rank among the most satisfying for Belichick, who originally made his reputation as a football genius with defensive game plans designed to shut down high-powered offenses. A year after his defense gave up 41 points to the Philadelphia Eagles’ backup QB in Super Bowl LII, New England held the Rams — who had averaged 32.9 points per game during the regular season — to a mere 3 points Sunday. L.A. quarterback Jared Goff had nobody to throw to and faced unrelenting pressure all night, recording a ghastly 57.9 passer rating.Belichick’s defenses had tended to be surprisingly mediocre over the back half of New England’s dynasty era, garnering an average seasonal rank of 15th of out 32 teams in ESPN’s Expected Points Added metric from 2008 to 2017. (Instead, they tended to rely on Brady and the offense to carry the load.) But this year’s Patriots were different, ranking seventh in defensive EPA, which made for one of the most well-rounded Patriots teams in a while. And in a year when seemingly anybody who ever met Rams offensive prodigy Sean McVay got hired as an NFL head coach on the spot, Belichick badly outcoached the wunderkind (by McVay’s own admission), unveiling a zone-coverage concept that the Rams hadn’t seen on tape and were completely unprepared for.That defensive master plan helped paper over a mediocre passing game for Brady, who at age 41 had his worst statistical Super Bowl performance, on the heels of a regular season that — while still good — was one of his least impressive of the past decade. There are mitigating factors, of course, including a vastly diminished set of targets as compared with his Randy Moss heyday. And by now, Brady is used to people wondering if he’s about to fall off a cliff every time he has an uninspired game. But he will also be sailing into uncharted territory at age 42 next season, playing at an age when literally no QB in football history has had an effective season: Tom Brady201719Tom Brady201814Warren Moon19985 Brett Favre200916Warren Moon199712Doug Flutie20042 8Denver1996-98321704+103.9 Age 40Age 41Ages 42+ Mean Elo is the harmonic mean of a team’s seasonal blended Elo ratings (which mix the average, final and peak Elo during the season) over the span of the seasons in question.Expected Elo is the mean Elo we’d expect for a generic Super Bowl contender (from a starting Elo of 1617) over the span of the seasons in question. Teams are ranked by how much they exceeded this expectation.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com * DeBerg and Moon were 44 in 1998 and 2000, respectively.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 7Oakland/L.A. Raiders1967-851931654+115.3 V. Testaverde20035Brett Favre20105Steve DeBerg*19981 There are simply no comparisons for what Brady will try to do next year. (Although, to be fair, no quarterback had won six Super Bowls before Brady, either.)And for all of the Pats’ improvement on defense in 2018, they shouldn’t count on it being quite as good next season — defenses tend to regress to the mean much more strongly than offenses between seasons. Add in what (for now) looks a like a relative lack of cap space; several important players (such as Stephen Gostkowski, Malcom Brown, Trent Brown and Trey Flowers) hitting free agency; and speculation about the possible retirement of future Hall of Fame TE Rob Gronkowski,2Which would generate some cap savings but not enough to move New England into the top half of the league in space. and the Pats haters will have plenty to occupy themselves with over the next seven months.But as Sunday proved, the Patriots usually find a way to overcome the mechanisms that are supposed to make dynasties like theirs impossible to sustain. According to futures odds that sportsbooks have already released for next season, the Pats are, at worst, slightly behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the race to win Super Bowl LIV — if not outright favorites. So although there are, as always, plenty of logical reasons to think New England’s dynasty days are numbered, and 31 fan bases hoping we’ll look back at Sunday night as one of their final moments of glory, I’ll believe it when I see it. Until then, Patriots fans should enjoy what they have: We’ve never seen something like this before and probably never will again. 3Dallas1992-95431740+150.7 TeamSpanSeasonsTitlesMean Elovs. Expected 2San Francisco1984-951241706+155.1 13Baltimore2000-141521599+54.6 Brady is headed for uncharted territoryBest seasons (by Approximate Value) for quarterbacks at ages 40, 41 and 42 (or older), 1960-2018 11Green Bay1966-68321688+87.7 1New England2003-181651712+170.5 The Pats are (still) the NFL’s greatest modern dynastyAmong franchises with at least two Super Bowl titles, the most impressive (nonoverlapping) spans of seasons, according to Elo ratings, since 1966 14N.Y. Giants1985-90621627+54.3 S. Jurgensen19747V. Testaverde200410V. Testaverde20052 From ABC News: 10Pittsburgh2004-11821656+93.9 3 others tied4Earl Morrall19752Earl Morrall19761 The 2018 NFL season will be remembered in part for its regular-season offensive explosion and the breakout performances of exciting young players such as MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. But in the end, all of that new stuff faded away. The Patriots won, just like they have six times in the past 18 seasons, and they did it with defense, just like in the very beginning. It was yet another affirmation of a dynasty that continues to reach unprecedented levels of dominance in a sport we keep pretending is designed to produce parity. The only question now is: How much longer can Tom Brady and Bill Belichick keep doing this?Sunday’s Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams was not the prettiest for New England, even if it was the team’s widest margin of victory in a Super Bowl (somehow). Brady had a 71.4 passer rating in the lowest-scoring title game on record. And yet, it counted the same in the legacy column. I recalculated the numbers from my story measuring the most difficult-to-replicate multiseason runs by any franchise, and the Patriots’ stretch from 2003 through 2018 is easily the most dominant in the NFL’s Super Bowl era.1Moving up the list to officially pass … the Pats’ own run from 2003 through 2017. 4Pittsburgh1974-79641712+139.0 PlayerYearAVPlayerYearAVPlayerYearAV read more

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Dotting the i Jamarco Jones living nextmanup mentality

OSU junior offensive lineman Jamarco Jones (74) blocks Rutgers redshirt junior Darnell Davis (59) during the Buckeyes game against the Scarlet Knights on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast Saturday against Indiana, the Ohio State Buckeyes did something they almost never do. Just before the half, OSU allowed the Hoosiers to cut the lead to seven with 1:03 left in the half. A seven play, 65-yard drive that took just 2:29 to march into the teeth of the south end zone.OSU was about to head into halftime ahead by just one score against a team many thought should have been blown out. After a 91-yard kickoff return by redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell gave the Scarlet and Gray optimal field position, junior offensive tackle Jamarco Jones didn’t squander the opportunity to regain momentum before halftime. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett took the snap and ran to left where Jones stood up Indiana linebacker, and leading tackler Tegray Scales, paving the way for Barrett’s five-yard touchdown run.Jones was one of only two players on the offense to be graded as a champion of the Indiana game. The other was redshirt senior captain center Pat Elflein.“When opportunity meets preparation, you get graded as champion every week,” Elflein said on Monday. “We rely on him for leadership, even though he’s a first-year starter, and he’s playing very well right now.”OSU coach Urban Meyer named Jones a starter back in the spring after three members of the 2015 offensive line had left, two of which were key members of the 2014 national championship team. The program notably believes in the “next man up” mentality, but it’s one thing to embrace it and another to perform.Jones stepped into the role of left tackle following the departure of Detroit Lions’ first-round pick Taylor Decker, who was a three-year starter with the Buckeyes. Not only did he have big shoes to fill, he also had to protect the weak side of the team’s most valuable asset, Barrett.To date, OSU has allowed just three sacks all season and Jones is one of the first people you can look to for a reason as to why teams struggle to get into the OSU backfield. Junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said he faces Jones everyday in practice and believes the 6-foot-5, 310-pound left tackle can be in the same conversation as some of the recent great offensive linemen who came through Columbus.“He’s like up there with them. I feel like he’s always been good,” Holmes said. “He’s just very patient with his technique. He’s fundamentally sound and has gotten a lot stronger at the point of attack. He gets me better everyday.”Jones and Holmes came into OSU in the same class and took fairly similar routes to seeing the field. Both played as freshman in 2014 when OSU romped Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, 59-0. On Saturday, the second-ranked Buckeyes travel to Camp Randall Stadium for the first time since 2012 to take on the No. 8 Badgers, where the game will likely be much different that the Big Ten title.Wisconsin poses one of the premier defenses in the country, especially against the run. OSU has two standout ball carriers in junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber. The duo ranks among the best in the conference and heavily contributes to the team’s 323.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks third in the NCAA. Wisconsin, who surrenders just 90.4 yards per game on the ground, will be Jones’ and the offensive line’s biggest test of the season.“It’s fun blocking for guys like that. It makes you go hard every play because you don’t want to be that guy that let their man beat them and be the reason why we didn’t score a touchdown on that play,” Jones said. “We got our work cut out for us.”Jones is one of the few Buckeyes who understands the game atmosphere the team will experience on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin. As a recruit, he visited the school during a big-time matchup. Jones said he remembers how loud the stadium was and how the Badgers’ fed off of the crowd’s intensity.“It should be a very fun environment to go in and play. Those guys are going to be ready,” he said.The No. 8 Badgers pose a gargantuan challenge to the Buckeyes, who look to move to 6-0 and remain undefeated. Elflein said even for Jones’ first Big Ten road game as a starter, he has been well prepared before this season.“Jamarco’s been ready to play. He was ready to play last year,” Elflein said. “His time is now.” read more

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