String Cheese Incident Announces Final 2 West Coast Shows Of The Summer

first_imgToday, String Cheese Incident announced the group’s return to the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, Oregon, for two nights in July, marking the Colorado-based jam band’s only West Coast shows outside of the band’s two nights of scheduled performances at High Sierra Music Festival. In 2006, String Cheese Incident performed a three-night run at the Cuthbert Amphitheater, though did not return to the venue until a decade later in 2016 during the band’s two-night run there in late July.This year, after the group hits High Sierra on July 5th and 6th in Quincy, California, String Cheese Incident will quickly shift gears, performing the next two nights, July 7th and 8th, at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene. A pre-sale for String Cheese Incident’s upcoming shows in Eugene will begin on Thursday, February 15th, at 11 a.m. (PST) via the band’s website. A public on-sale will start on Friday, February 24th, at 11 a.m. (PST). As noted by the group, a limited number of two-day passes for the run of Oregon shows will be available.last_img read more

SMC appoints sexual assault task force members

first_imgEric Richelsen | The Observer Last Wednesday, the Saint Mary’s faculty selected members for President Carol Ann Mooney’s task force on sexual assault. Mooney officially announced the creation of the task force over the summer after a screening of the documentary “The Hunting Ground” on April 9 spurred dialogue on the issue of sexual assault on campus.In a letter sent Sept. 8 to Saint Mary’s campus community, Mooney said the task force is comprised of Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff, and it will announce its recommendations in May. Staff members include counselor Gina Christiana, Vice President for Student Affairs Karen Johnson, Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations Shay Jolly, College counsel Rich Nugent and Director of Campus Ministry Regina Wilson. Students on the task force include sophomore Lydia Lorenc, juniors Caylin McCallick, Kayla Gaughan, Julianne Olivieri and senior Bri O’Brien.Faculty members include Bettina Spencer, associate professor of psychology, librarian Ula Gaha and Jamie Wagman, assistant professor of history and gender and women’s studies.Mooney wrote in the letter,“I am most appreciative of the willingness of so many to participate in this important work and thank them in advance for their service. Minutes of the task force’s meetings will be posted on the college’s portal — [which is] expected to ‘go live’ on October 6.”Mooney, who will serve as chair of the committee, said the task force will address three issues: reducing and eliminating sexual assault and sexual violence against students, improving the College’s procedures for handling claims of sexual assault and sexual violence and providing better support for students who have survived some form of sexual violence.Gaughan said she is honored to be on the task force and hopes her participation will contribute to a reform of the current system.“Being on the task force means I have an opportunity to voice students opinions, concerns and thoughts about sexual assault here at Saint Mary’s,” Gaughan said.“This task force is important to Saint Mary’s because sexual assault is an epidemic on our campus and college campuses around the United States.”The task force is a step in the right direction for the College, Gaughan said.“‘The Hunting Ground’ illustrated how the current system does not serve the student body or survivors. The task force gives us an opportunity make progress in prevention, policy and procedure.” Tags: President Mooney, Presidential Taskforce, saint mary’s, SMClast_img read more

Thanks, farmers

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaIf you’re a “Baby Boomer” or younger, you weren’t around in the “old days” when people’s lives were structured around putting food on the table.But my father was.Even though his father had a small general store in mountains of north Georgia, if they were going to have food on the table, they still had to raise it or grow it.My father always enjoyed telling the story of the day my grandfather called on Mr. Ewing to slaughter their hog. Mr. Ewing might not have enjoyed telling the story as much as my dad did.Mr. Ewing and the hogThe hog was kept in a slightly slanting-floored pen with a sloping tin roof. Mr. Ewing carefully centered the sights of his 22-caliber rifle on the center of the hog’s forehead to kill it quickly.And he fired.But the bullet ricocheted off the hog’s head, hit the sloping metal roof, ricocheted off it, and hit Mr. Ewing in the center of his forehead, knocking him to the ground!The hog wasn’t bothered very much, but Mr. Ewing wound up with a very big knot on his head.Hey, it wasn’t youNow just think for a moment. If it weren’t for our farmers, just about all of us would have stories to tell our kids about hog killing and having to work in the fields. And we might be telling them that when we weren’t working in the fields, we were preparing the next meal or preserving food for the winter.As modern technology changed agriculture, farmers became more efficient. A hundred years ago, one farmer could feed only five other people. So folks had to grow their own food. That’s the reason my grandfather did.Today’s farmer feeds about 128 people. That allows the rest of us to choose the lifestyle we live without worrying about having to grow food to put on our table.We can be anythingWe can be doctors and lawyers, teachers and ballplayers, factory workers and carpenters — even county agents. We can be those things because our farmers feed us.About 98 percent of us are liberated from working the soil, and that makes it easy to forget how dependent we are on our farmers for food.It’s important for every American to know how very lucky we are to have the best farmers in the world working hard to grow and deliver the best food in the world to us every day.So this Thanksgiving Week, enjoy your food. And appreciate all those who made it possible: our farmers.last_img read more

My Fellow Millennials

first_imgThe Digital Generation. Echo Boomers. Generation Y. Millennials. Whatever you call those twenty-somethings and early- thirty-year-olds, you likely come into contact with them every day. Born between 1981 and 2000, Millennials comprise roughly one-third of our population, making them the fastest growing demographic in a highly competitive workplace. As if finding a job and getting out of debt wasn’t enough of a concern for these young adults, they have to deal with the ongoing deluge of criticism: Lazy. Narcissistic. Uncreative. Addicted to technology.I am one of those largely criticized twenty-something-year-olds, and I’Il be the first to admit that I’ve taken these generational bashings to heart. But the Millennials as I know them are a far cry from this warped portrait of young adults.The following seven Millennials live in our Blue Ridge backyard and share a love of their surroundings. I wondered, going into these interviews, if a vibrating iPhone would interrupt our talks. But what I found as I listened to each individual talk about their passions was a refueling of my own fire.In an era of instant gratification, Millennials might very well tweet from the tops of mountains or post a photograph of our locally grown dinner on Instagram, but we’re contributing to a movement.We are students and entrepreneurs, tradesmen and teachers, but in the end, we are all explorers. We emphasize the necessity of engaging with and protecting the natural world. We chase our dreams with a stubborn persistence. We are the future of the mountains. These are #myfellowmillennials.AmbitiousHannah ClaytorHannah ClaytorMeet Hannah Claytor, a 22-year-old graduate student in the Agricultural Resource Economics department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Although she is studying to become  an economist, Claytor is a tree hugger at heart. In 2011, Claytor enrolled in a study abroad semester with the National Outdoor Leadership School in India’s rugged Himalayan mountain range. When she returned, she was restless, eager for more. So, in the spring of 2012, she loaded her pack and headed south to Springer Mountain, Ga., to begin her northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Although many of Claytor’s undergraduate professors questioned her decision to take a year off from school to “be in the woods,” Claytor says it was anything but a vacation.“There’s a checks and balance system within me, where I can tell if I’m acting complacent, lazy, or coddled,” Claytor says. “As soon as I recognize that, I try to do something that counteracts and nullifies it.”Those long months spent trekking in the Himalayas and trudging along on the A.T. would prove to be some of the most challenging and rewarding days of Claytor’s life. She says that in those experiences, she found much more than a sense of connectivity to the natural world.“I realized I was a bit of a punk,” she says. “I had poured all of my money into this image that I reject now, so when I returned from thru-hiking, it was hard to get back to a society that puts so much focus on monetary value and superficial things. Being healthy and comfortable were the main objectives on the trail, and everyday-life complexities simply weren’t present.”Claytor adopted the lessons she learned on the trail and integrated those values of simplicity and personal well-being into her daily life. Although she contemplated applying for law school after college, she recognized that a commitment like that might mean sacrificing the small things that make her happy, like being able to go for a trail run after class or spend a weekend backpacking in the mountains. Claytor admits to being an ambitious goal setter, one who thrives in the face of challenge, but she is also realistic about what she can achieve in the short term.“I think people tend to get into this rut where they have to have big accomplishments all the time, which can be damaging,” she says. “You have to realize that life is about the simple challenges and simple successes.”The simple successes for Claytor come in all forms, from good quiz grades to resisting a bowl of ice cream for a day. Upon completion of her graduate program, Claytor is planning to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail before continuing to pursue her passion in protecting Earth’s natural resources.GroundedBen CasteelBen CasteelSouthwest Virginia native Ben Casteel was just 21 when he finished his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2006. He had always had a relationship with the land, both in a recreational and practical manner, but he claims that it was this 2,180-mile immersion into the wilderness that opened his eyes to the wonders of the world.“It was an amazing journey,” he says, “and it’s something that I’m still learning from today looking back on it seven years later.”After his hike, Casteel headed west. He attended Prescott College in Arizona where he majored in environmental studies with an emphasis on agro-ecology and wilderness leadership. He traveled throughout the region, roaming from Oregon to Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, California, Nevada, Colorado. Wherever he went, Casteel couldn’t get enough of the West with its dramatic landscapes and progressive culture. Yet there was something very important to him that was missing from that scene: his roots.“The family unit is really why I came back here,” he says, sweeping his arm to take in the mountains surrounding Meadowview, Va. “Nearly all of my family lives within 100 miles, and that’s really important to me, to be able to see them.”Now, Casteel is the co-owner of Appalachian WildSide, an edible landscaping company that also sells vegetables at the Abingdon Farmers Market and to local restaurants. Casteel created his business in 2012 after working for a number of different landscaping companies that succeeded in making yards pretty, but not practical. His hands are strong and rough with dirt embedded beneath the fingernails, his cheeks rosy from endless hours in the sun, telltale signs of a true steward of the land.Although many Millennials try to avoid returning home after college, Casteel takes pride in bettering the place where he grew up. In fact, at the top of his lengthy list of life goals, which includes everything from writing and producing a play to climbing the highest peak on all seven continents, is the daunting task of making southern Appalachia food-secure.“I know it won’t be achieved in my lifetime or by myself by any means,” he says, “but that’s what is important to me and what I want to do with my life.”Even if Casteel does not accomplish this formidable undertaking, he says that if he enjoys what he is doing every day, if he appreciates the life he has to its fullest, then he would consider himself “successful.”“My dad was the one that really pressed upon me to live in the present moment,” he says. “That doesn’t mean you can’t look to the future or harness the past. It just means be here now. Once I figure out how to do that, that’s when I’ll be successful, whether I have rags or riches.”ToughGuyLove2_FIX_2Guy LoveWhen you first meet Guy Love, you’d never assume that his humble disposition and unassuming build are just the undercover agents for his hardcore self. At 22 years old, Love is one of only a handful of Millennials in the area who regularly train and compete in ultramarathons (that’s anything over 26 miles). On top of spending upwards of 20 to 40 hours a week running, Love also balances an internship at a physical therapy clinic, a part-time job, and the demands of being a graduate student in Virginia Tech’s Human Resource Development program.“When I was in undergrad studying philosophy, there was one quote that always stuck with me,” Love says. “It comes from Ovid, and he said, ‘Be patient and tough. Someday this pain will be useful to you.’”To say Love is both patient and tough is a serious understatement. Blue Ridge, Ga.’s Cruel Jewel 100 is well known as one of the most challenging ultra races in the region. With 60,000 feet of elevation gain and loss in the span of a 100-mile out-and-back course, Love was well aware of some of the obstacles he might face. When the clock started ticking on day one, Love was in a positive mindset. Only 40 hours later, though, Love would barely stumble past the finish line in the predawn dark, weak from exhaustion, soaking wet and cold with blisters covering the bottoms of both feet. Although it would take him nearly three weeks to recover from the race, he says that 100-milers like the Cruel Jewel are his favorite events.“You really have to find yourself out there,” he says. “You have to find some place, it’s not really mental, not really physical, emotional, or anything like that. You have to tap into that and keep grunting forward.”Love says he finds happiness “in odd places,” such as those moments of utter pain and despair, when it takes everything he has to place one foot in front of the other. For him, though, physical exhaustion is tangible evidence of his passion and diligence, no matter how fast his time or where he placed.“It’s a simple act,” he says, “but one that I can suffer through and come out on the other side knowing I worked hard for it. I get some satisfaction from that alone.”Love recently placed fourth in a 50-miler on the Iron Mountain Trail in Damascus, Va., but not without his share of suffering. When he crossed the finish line after eight hours of running, his body crumbled and he was immediately rushed to urgent care to receive an IV. He recovered and has since completed his 20th ultramarathon since beginning to race in 2010.InspirationalCaitlinBrash_FIX_2Caitlin BrashCaitlin Brash will always be a climber, but she wanted to do something in the education field. She had worked for the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, but she fantasized about combining her love of the outdoors with her career interests. Now, at 24 years old, Brash will soon be one of the first Montessori guides in Fayetteville, W.Va. Montessori is an alternate method of schooling, teaching young children to be independent and curious on their own accord. The learning environment is filled with tools and activities that engage students and encourage them to be mindful of others and the natural world around them.“In learning to be a Montessori guide, I’ve learned some things about myself,” Brash says. “I always knew I’d never be the type to be in a job for the money, but now I know that teaching people to love what I love is what’s important to me.”Brash grew up in a tight-knit family that shared similar values to the Montessori method. Although she wanted to do well in school, Brash says her parents never pressured her to be the best; so long as she tried her hardest, it was more important that she maintain a hunger for learning new things. Her father, Nick Brash, was one of the region’s early pioneers of rock climbing and helped develop the New River Gorge as a climbing destination. Brash says her respect for and appreciation of the outdoors blossomed in the fourth grade when she started joining her father on climbing excursions.“Not only was it the thing my dad and I had together and could share, but it was a way to get in touch with nature and see what’s out there,” she says. “It really taught me to respect the environment.”After graduating from college, Brash moved to Fayetteville to climb and work. When winter came and the rafting scene in town had all but died, she began to see the issues that lie beneath the surface of this seasonal community. The most prevalent and demanding of those issues was the need for a comprehensive alternative to the local K-12 education system, which has consistently ranked in the bottom tier of schools in the United States.“One generation plants the trees and the next gets the shade,” she says, paraphrasing a Chinese proverb. “It’s crazy that, in such a great outdoor town, recreational programs in the local schools are nonexistent. It’s important to teach others how to be respectful of our environment now because the next generation is going to see our impact.”Brash has 20 students in her class and works daily with the community of parents in Fayetteville. On any given weekday, Brash can be found guiding her students toward the discovery of new passions through activities such as yoga and river cleanups.RadicalTaylorKirkland2_FIX_2Taylor KirklandTaylor Kirkland never dreamed of actually owning his own business. When he returned from a two-year stint in Belize, he thought he would be more interested in studying culture, not business. He applied and was accepted into the Appalachian Studies program at Appalachian State University, concentrating his path on sustainable development.Throughout his schooling, Kirkland worked a number of contracting side jobs to help pay for his education. Despite his extensive experience in manual labor and love of woodworking, he says that a career in the industry was never on his radar.“A lot of people degrade manual labor,” he says, “and maybe it’s a cultural thing, but when you think of construction workers in any capacity you think of some dude in a hard hat on the side of the road.”Kirkland knew firsthand how demanding and tedious trade work like carpentry could be, and he struggled with the disconnect he felt between talented tradesmen as he knew them and that hardhat stereotype. In his second year of graduate school, he decided to combat that disconnect by examining the oral history of Appalachia through the eyes of the region’s finest craftspeople, activists, social entrepreneurs, and artists. His first interview was with agrarian, environmental activist, and writer Wendell Berry.“The conversation we had really blew my mind,” Kirkland says. “We discussed what it meant to be radical,” a term Kirkland had long associated with his own active involvement in environmental movements.Berry, then already in his mid-seventies, was a well-known literary figure, but he had only recently begun to publicly denounce issues in Appalachia like strip mining and mountaintop removal. He told Kirkland that being radical is not nearly as extreme as modern society suggests. The word itself is defined as arising from or going to a root or source, so in Berry’s eyes, he was getting more radical by the day.“He was really trying to hack at the root of problems in this country and in his community,” Kirkland says, “and after that talk, I realized I didn’t need to go to protests to be radical. I can do it at home, and I think that’s where we’re supposed to start.”Now, at only 30 years old, Kirkland is the sole owner and operator of Appalachian Homestead, a company based out of Black Mountain, N.C. He is a jack-of-all-trades, creating everything from custom wood furniture to energy efficient homes. Kirkland sources locally for a lot of his building materials, using reclaimed wood or old barn slats to add another layer of authenticity and history to his craft. He inspires his community, one customer at a time, by being a reliable, talented, and locally sustainable businessman.“For me, radical is getting deeply rooted in place,” he says.PatientJustin DoutyJustin Douty25-year-old Justin Douty of Buena Vista, Co., is the first to admit that he’s not typically a very patient person. But throughout his life, he has been surrounded by the culture of the mountains. Douty has spent the past year working in Fayetteville, W.Va., as the kitchen manager for a local restaurant, the Secret Sandwich Society. While this is by no means what he would consider a “dream job,” he takes solace in the ability to live where he can pursue his passions for paddling, climbing, mountain biking, and most importantly, fly-fishing.“It’s more than just catching a fish,” Douty says as he leisurely casts his line into the water. “It’s artistic. A painter with a paintbrush is like a fly fisherman with his cast.”On any given day, Douty is typically at the restaurant long before it opens, prepping food and ordering supplies for the days ahead. When the summer rafting season starts, Douty says the restaurant scene can become chaotic and stressful.“I have a pretty busy brain, but fly-fishing forces it to stop and focus on the one task in front of me and not be everywhere at one time,” he says. “You can feel the fish and the struggle the fish is battling. You fight that fish, and maybe it’s insignificant at the end, but it could symbolize the struggle you had that day or in life.”Douty is a Millennial who opted out of college after graduating from high school. Although he did spend a couple years taking college courses, he ultimately dropped out, recognizing that he would be better suited to find his passion in the world than in the classroom. His decision, which he struggles with at times, has helped him adapt to a wide variety of work environments, from guiding zipline tours to painting houses.“The days I feel most content are the days where I end up feeling pretty beat down,” he says. “Even if it’s just a fun day playing on the river or on the rock, I want to feel like I used my mind and my body.”He says that even if he struggles with patience in his day-to-day affairs, his interactions with the great outdoors remind him of his place in the world and the importance of being proactive in pursuing the things you love in any capacity.“Live life and love life,” he says, looking down at his tattooed version of the quote. “All in all, it’s a battle to do that every single day, but it’s the very small things, like a simple breeze, that are often overlooked and taken for granted.”FearlessRachel WilliamsonRachel WilliamsonAt 29 years old, Rachel Williamson is one of just a few young farmers whose main income comes from selling her products every Saturday at the farmers market in Charlottesville, Va. Her parents were back-to-the-land homesteaders in the Blue Ridge, so she’s had a longstanding relationship with the natural world. After working a number of jobs as a field biologist and as an outdoor educator, Williamson realized the one thing she was lacking in her career was, quite simply, her home.“I didn’t want to commute 10 hours a week to and from town, but I did want to find a way to be here on this land and make my living here,” she says, “so I took any interest I ever had and tried it out.”Now, Williamson is the one-person-show of Fairweather Farm where she grows, harvests, and dries her own tea blends. She also fashions baskets from tulip poplar bark and sells them at local craft shows. Although she typically works seven days a week, 16 hours a day, it’s impossible to catch her around the farm without a smile on her face.“That connection to the earth is what feeds me,” she says. “I think a fear of failure prevents a lot of people from trying something new. Nut you should be okay with not being perfect at something. It’s a big responsibility to be 100 percent entirely responsible for your life, but I love that because it also gives me the freedom to create that happiness for myself.”Ryan WilliamsonRyan WilliamsonHer older brother Ryan shares his sister’s sentiments on life, happiness, and work. Ryan began his own business making recycled fleece hats when he was just a freshman in high school. Now that same business, The Mouse Works, as well as his 80-some beehives, remain Ryan’s sole sources of income.“It seems our culture has a big push toward always growing and growing bigger,” Ryan says, “but I don’t want that. I want free time to do the things I love.”Despite working long hours in the field harvesting spices or in the shop bent over a sewing machine, both Rachel and Ryan still find time to indulge in their other passions, like adventure. A few years ago, the pair set off in their kayaks down the New River, paddling from its headwaters in Snake Mountain, N.C. to its ending point in Ohio. Ryan has also section-hiked multiple trails, including the Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail. Rachel and her father recently repeated a similar long-distance kayaking trip, this time paddling from the nearby Moormans River to Jamestown, Va. She says that whether she is working on the farm or playing outside, her main objective is to find balance, something she defines as the “perfect trifecta” of providing for herself, for others, and for the land.“Our lives are precious and short and we should work as hard as we can to figure out how to live them fully,” she says. “There’s nothing wrong with that. There’s everything right with that, because in the end, if you love what you’re doing, it’s going to bring more joy to everyone else as well.” •last_img read more

Celebrity Cruises launches new inclusive pricing model | News

first_imgAlways Included becomes the new standard rate for Celebrity and includes: Unlimited drinks: Classic cocktails, wines by the glass, beer, sodas, specialty coffees and teas, juices and bottled water can be fully enjoyed without worrying about the tab. Unlimited Wi-Fi: An always-on connection to social media, email and the web, though not streaming. Gratuities: Tips are taken care of allowing guests to relax. To support the launch of Always Included, Celebrity will launch a whole range of training assets and collateral created for travel partners. One key element of this training will be a series of webinars, including an evening series for those working from home or those with families, as well as a toolkit, available on Celebrity Central. Celebrity Cruises has launched a new scheme to simplify life onboard its ships entitled Always Included. The line hopes to put an end to confusing promotions, complicated add-ons and limited time offers. – Advertisement – Starting next Tuesday, every Celebrity Cruises holiday will include Wi-Fi, drinks and tips, in an attempt to simplify the holiday experience.“Everything we do at Celebrity is driven by the desire to redefine what today’s luxury looks and feels like, with experiences modern travellers want,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president of Celebrity Cruises. “Today, nothing is more luxurious than when things are extra simple and extra special.”- Advertisement – However, not quite everything is included at the base price. An ‘elevated’ package adds unlimited premium drinks and shore excursions up to $200 per person, while an ‘indulge’ option includes unlimited streaming Wi-Fi and up to $400 per person in onboard credit. – Advertisement – OlderAirline alliances call for globally harmonised approach to Covid-19 – Advertisement –last_img read more

Rijeka gets the first smart bus stations in Croatia

first_imgAs of today, the citizens of Rijeka and numerous tourists have at their disposal two smart bus stations that offer a number of functionalities for a more efficient and pleasant experience of using public transport.By the way, the stations represent a global technological step towards connected smart cities of the future, and in the background of the whole story is a six-month pilot project of the City of Rijeka in partnership with Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Hrvatski Telekom, Smart RI, Autotrolej and Rijeka promet.The benches are set up in two very frequent locations of Rijeka’s city traffic, near the Rijeka skyscraper in Trpimirova Street and Žabica, the stations offer a number of functionalities that are needed today by citizens and more and more tourists in public transport. What makes them unique is the combination of Ericsson’s Connected Traffic Cloud application and HT’s smart bus station concept, which complement each other and together make a completely new service for end users. Since the station is also a hotspot, passengers waiting for transport have access to the Internet through the infrastructure of Hrvatski Telekom, and thanks to solar panels that supply the station with energy and integrated solutions from other partners, they can wirelessly charge smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices for personal use i.e. gadgets. The sensor installed on smart bus stations measures temperature and humidity and thus provides valuable information on environmental parameters, and in the next phases of the project additional integration of information on cultural events and promotional offers is expected, as well as solutions concerning the safety of passengers.Rijeka is becoming Croatia’s leader in smart solutions for the city of the future, bringing it one step closer to a true European Capital of Culture in 2020. “The City of Rijeka has been developing the concept of a smart city for years, which includes designing various solutions in order to facilitate everyday life and improve the quality of life of citizens such as free internet, city cards or smart traffic lights that regulate traffic flow in the city. The concept of Rijeka as a smart city is constantly evolving, so the City of Rijeka recently founded the company Smart RI as the head of the Competence Center for Smart Cities, which consists of as many as 20 partners, including Ericsson Nikola Tesla dd and Hrvatski Telekom dd, with the aim of developing new products. for markets such as 4D intelligent infrastructure systems, energy efficiency management and planning solutions, public lighting management systems and the like. It was from this project that the cooperation regarding the installation of smart bus stations in Croatia and the launch of the mobile application presented today, projects that will surely make it easier for the citizens of Rijeka to use public transport and thus dispose of their time., said Rijeka Mayor Vojko Obersnel.This is the first such joint pilot project in Rijeka, but it is expected that the cooperation will continue with a wide network of partners, local startups and the University of Rijeka in the three-year project of the Competence Center (CEKOM) for smart cities.Rijeka Smart Station applicationIn addition to smart bus stations, the application “Smart Stations Rijeka” was presented, which enables smart use of public transport and which is available in Rijeka for the first time on mobile devices. With the help of this application, you can follow the movement of public transport buses on the map of the city of Rijeka, and find out when the bus arrives at the station where the passenger wants to board. By clicking on the bus itself, the application shows the following stops of that bus line with the time of arrival at the stations according to the timetable. Also, it is possible to get other traffic data by clicking on the location of the webcam, or by clicking on the bus station itself, where you find out which buses stop on it and at what time they come to the station. The application can be downloaded free of charge in the Google play and App Store, and it is also available via a QR code located on promotional materials and the display of two smart stations.last_img read more

Malaysia’s king summons Mahathir amid showdown with Anwar for PM

first_imgMalaysia’s king summoned Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday, as the country waits for an end to the political chaos caused by his shock resignation as prime minister amid an intense power struggle.Decades-old political rivals Mahathir, 94, and Anwar Ibrahim, 72, have both sought the prime minister’s job, leaving the king to decide who governs the country next or whether fresh elections should be called.Mahathir, who agreed to act as interim prime minister after resigning earlier this week amid political maneuvering between his coalition and the opposition, on Wednesday proposed a unified administration without political party allegiances. A spokesman for Mahathir’s office said Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah had called him for a meeting at 11 a.m. The spokesman did not know why.The king has met all the 222 elected members of parliament over two days in a bid to end the crisis, which comes as Malaysia faces a flagging economy and the impact of the new coronavirus.The resignation of Mahathir broke apart a coalition with Anwar that had scored a surprise election victory in 2018, and was not part of a pre-election promise that Mahathir would eventually cede power to Anwar.Anwar said on Wednesday he was opposed to forming a “backdoor government” and that three parties from the former Pakatan Harapan ruling coalition had proposed his name to the king as candidate for prime minister.”We wait for the decision of the king,” he told a news conference.  Topics :last_img read more

Peter Crouch explains why Mikel Arteta should be ‘concerned’ about Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Jun 2020 5:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Crouch says Arsenal should be ‘concerned’ about Saka’s future (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand agreed that Saka has proven himself to be a tremendous talent that Arsenal could not afford to lose.‘I totally agree with Crouchy,’ the former United and England defender said. ‘What’s even more impressive about him is we’ve watched him numerous times – he’s played left-back, he’s played left midfield, right midfield the other day and today he played in midfield.‘The kid’s producing anywhere he’s been asked to play. It’s great.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSpeaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Brighton, Arteta stressed that the club were doing their utmost to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Saka on new deals.‘We are trying, as a club, to finalise the deals that are more urgent and are a priority for us,’ the Arsenal head coach said. ‘They are both really important, not just for now but for the future of the club as well. ‘If the club has something to announce, they will do it in the right moment.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jens Lehmann and Marc-Andre ter Stegen send messages to Bernd Leno after Arsenal’s defeat at BrightonMORE: ‘We need to be showing that fight!’ – Arsenal legend Ian Wright defends Matteo Guendouzi over Neal Maupay clash Bukayo Saka’s current Arsenal deal is due to expire in 2021 (Picture: Getty)Former England striker Peter Crouch believes Mikel Arteta should be seriously ‘concerned’ about Bukayo Saka’s contract situation and says it’s ‘surprising’ that Arsenal have so far failed to get the youngster on a new deal. Saka, 18, regarded as one of the finest talents to emerge from Arsenal’s academy in a number of years, is set to become a free agent in 2021 and talks over an extension have so far been unsuccessful. It’s understood the promising winger – who broke into the Gunners’ starting XI as a makeshift left-back – was on the verge of putting pen to paper but the coronavirus crisis saw discussions ground to a halt. center_img Advertisement Peter Crouch explains why Mikel Arteta should be ‘concerned’ about Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka Arteta is yet to convince Saka to sign a new contract (Picture: Getty)Discussing Saka’s future at half-time during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Brighton, ex-Tottenham forward Crouch told BT Sport: ‘I would be concerned.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s happened time and time again at Arsenal. I’m not sure who’s in charge of contracts but it needs to be sorted out.‘They’ve given big, big contracts to players who don’t seem to want to be there and he hasn’t sorted out someone with immense potential like Saka.‘I think he’s been possibly Arsenal’s best player in this first half, he’s created chances, that was a tremendous bit of skill.‘It just looks to me that there are some players that lack a bit of desire at Arsenal and you have to say he’s been the shining light and I think a club of Arsenal’s stature should be trying to tie down these young players.‘It’s a surprising thing that they haven’t been able to do that.’last_img read more

BLOG: I Still Believe in Pennsylvania

first_imgBLOG: I Still Believe in Pennsylvania By: Governor Tom Wolf My fellow Pennsylvanians: Our Commonwealth is in crisis. A crisis that threatens our future. And later today, I will deliver my 2016-2017 Budget Address where I will lay out — for each member of the General Assembly, and for every Pennsylvanian — the actions we must take to resolve this crisis, and the consequences we will all face if we don’t.But despite the overwhelming challenges we now face, I still believe in Pennsylvania.Last year, instead of shortchanging our schools, I proposed a historic commitment to education. I was disappointed by the Republicans’ unbalanced and bad-for-education proposal. And I was disappointed again when they walked away from our compromise budget.But I am not discouraged.The strength, resiliency, and spirit of Pennsylvania’s citizens gives me hope and illuminates our path forward. And I will continue to work hard and sacrifice to build a better Commonwealth.I ran for this office because I believe deeply in our potential. The people of Pennsylvania deserve schools that teach, jobs that pay, and a government that works for them.I’m ready to do the hard work to build a brighter future for Pennsylvania. I hope you’re ready to join me. February 08, 2016 Budget News,  The Blog,  Videos Governor Tom Wolf will deliver his 2016-2017 Budget Address today at 11:30 AM. The speech will be live streamed on our website at You can also find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter all this week.Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Voluntary euthanasia concern

first_imgStuff 30 May 2014Decriminalising voluntary euthanasia could usher in an era of “therapeutic killing”, a new report warns.The Family First-commissioned report “Killing Me Softly – Should Euthanasia be legalised” by law professor Rex Ahdar from Otago University, warns of the potential for further elder abuse with voluntary euthanasia.Ahdar says while safeguards can be put in place, they can only go so far and would likely be abused.He says terminally ill people and those with other serious conditions were vulnerable to self-imposed pressure.Ahdar’s report says the majority of the medical profession around the world are against introducing voluntary euthanasia.Family First commissioned the report after Labour MP Maryan Street promised to look at changing the law after September’s election. read more