What Geocachers are saying about Taking Flight GeoTour:Geocaches are located in birding hot spots and each one includes a fun educational activity. GC3RBMY“And the mission has been completed! So many thanks to Manatee County NRD for this series and reward for completing the mission. We had a great two days doing this, and found many spots that we will be coming back for in the future. Keep up the good work with the preserves and we hope to find more open in the future.” – Moseycat“TFTH. very cool of Manatee County to put this GeoTour together. Had great time adventuring about all the different preserves. I’ll be back to camp or hike some of these”. – SunWarrior“Thank you for taking the time to do this GeoTour the right way. I’ll be recommending it to all my caching friends who visit the area.” – bitbrainAdditional Information:This GeoTour was the first in the state of Florida and has served as a model for the State Park Service’s tour as well as tours all over the world. In addition to finding geocaches, each site has a fun activity associated with the cache. Activities include discovering your wingspan, watching for nesting shorebirds, or observing sea level changes. The geocaches on this tour are all different types, so you have the opportunity to find Multi-Caches, Letterboxes, and Mystery as well as Traditionals.Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ. SharePrint RelatedTaking Flight GeoTour in Florida’s Manatee County, GT10March 11, 2019In “Community”GeoTour Spotlight: Florida’s Operation Recreation (GT3D)August 9, 2017In “GeoTours”Take Flight on Florida’s New GeoTourFebruary 10, 2013In “Geocaching Info” Share with your Friends:More Geotour: Taking Flight Location: Manatee County, FloridaTotal Favorite Points: 290Geocachers help take care of the spots on the trail by caching in and trashing out! GC3RBQVWhy Manatee County is a great place to visit:Manatee County’s beaches, including Anna Maria Island and Holmes Beach, are award-winning sites and are considered some of the best beaches in the world. After a long day of geocaching, relax on the shores of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico – there are even caches nearby!Best time of year to visit:Year-round! From the beaches to the interior pine forests, Manatee County is beautiful throughout the entire year. Fall tends to be a favorite time for many northerners visiting. The Florida summer is hot, but many of the caches in this series are easy to access and do not require a great deal of time outside in the heat.Must-see attractions:Check out the Southwest Florida Museum and meet Snooty the Manatee, or stop by De Soto National Memorial to see the possible site of the Spanish explorers landing.Hidden gems only locals know about:Duette Preserve is the County’s largest preserve at over 20,000 acres of land. Explore this beautiful area, and you may even catch a glimpse of the rare Western Scrub-Jay, white-tailed deer, or a burrowing owl. This geocache will take you into the heart of Duette where the Scrub-Jays can be found.Prizes:Individuals who complete the tour will receive a Taking Flight GeoTour trackable tag. This prize is available to those who find 12 of the 15 caches. Make sure to download the PDF passport for the GeoTour before you go.
Mobile analytics and tracking firm AdMob has just released its latest mobile metrics report, a monthly snapshot of the smartphone industry based on data generated by ad requests within its network of 23,000 mobile websites and mobile applications. This current report, the last of its kind, notes the company who plans on reinventing the report to make it “more useful going forward,” focuses on long-term trends across the industry. Not surprisingly, the company found that Android has seen rapid growth thanks to the launch of new devices, Apple is still the top manufacturer and iPads are having an impact on mobile Internet traffic worldwide. Details on the DataBefore delving into the numbers themselves, it’s important to note how AdMob generates this data – it uses its own network of ad requests, a metric which provides a slice of smartphone pie, but not perhaps the best snapshot of the industry as a whole. Some contend that AdMob’s data slights that of RIM (makers of Blackberry), but even if so, there’s still relevance to be found within AdMob’s numbers, given their wide sampling. Changes within its network can speak to wider industry trends, which is worth examining. Another important item of note is that AdMob was acquired by Google, makers of the Android operating system. The acquisition was announced back in November of 2009, but it took until May for Google to close the deal, due to a pending FTC inquiry into anti-trust matters. The regulatory body unanimously approved the deal in late May, citing Apple’s entry into the mobile ad market industry as evidence of competition. AdMob notes that the majority of the data in the report pre-dates the Google acquisition. Just the HighlightsDisclosure out of the way, here are the latest findings, highlights first:92 countries generated more than 10 million request in May 2010, up from 27 countries in May 2008Nokia leads in Africa, Asia and Eastern EuropeApple leads in North America, Oceania and Western EuropeIn May 2010, smartphones generated 46% of traffic in the AdMob network, up from 22% 2 years ago24% of May’s traffic was via Wi-FiMobile Internet Devices (including the iPad, PSP and iPod Touch) consistently have accounted for 10% of traffic over the past year57% of Apple devices in AdMob’s network are outside the U.S.Traffic from the Android platform has grown 29% month-over-month since May 2009iOS and Android users spend 79 minutes per day using appsiOS and Android users download about 9 apps per month The report also looks at how both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS register higher mobile Web and mobile app usage, relevant to their actual market share. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement While again, AdMob’s numbers are not meant to be definitive, there is a notable trend here – Android is gaining, and gaining fast. Worldwide, however, Apple still dominates while Symbian dominates in particular regions…at least for now. And as of May 2010, 7 of the top 10 smartphones run Android, notes the report. These include the Motorola Droid, HTC Magic, HTC Hero, HTC Dream, Motorola CLIQ, HTC Droid Eris and Samsung Moment. The top smartphone, however, is still Apple’s iPhone. Nokia’s N70 and 6300 have also remained in the list over the past two years. Android Gains Thanks to New DevicesThe introduction of numerous Android-based phones has allowed the mobile OS’s market share to increase dramatically over the past year, AdMob finds. But what’s most interesting is seeing what those gains look like, graphed out. In this chart, for example, you can see a sharp increase in Android’s market share while Apple’s iOS market share drops. In February, Apple appears to have a 50% share, but by May, it’s down to 40% worldwide. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#Features#Google#mobile#Trends#web sarah perez Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Like a lot of building-industry professionals who run their businesses solo, Tucson-based Michael Ginsburg has become a utility player in his market. La Mirada Homes, which he launched in 1976, offers design, construction, remodeling, and general contracting services. And now, Ginsburg is bringing his experience to bear on the design and construction of a near-net-zero-energy, modest-size house that, he says, could be offered for a comparably modest price.Ginsburg calls it the S.E.E.D. Home (for its “super energy efficient design”) and will celebrate its inception with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday. The 1,935-sq.-ft. four-bedroom home’s performance is pegged tightly to the energy efficiency of the structural-insulated panels that will comprise its exterior walls and roof, Ginsburg told GBA. He said he chose SIPs filled with polyurethane foam over alternatives that feature polystyrene because the former offers better thermal resistance for a negligible difference in price.The wall panels are rated R-24, which, with R-5 foam board under the exterior stucco and 2 inches of interior-side dead space for electrical wiring, would bring the composite R-value of the exterior wall to 34. The roof panels, supported by structural gluelam beams (no 2x wood), will provide R-41 insulation.A slow-curing floorThe walls and roof will go up before the slab foundation is poured to shade and prevent cracking in the concrete, which will later be colored and polished. The slab will be insulated to R-8 underneath and at the edges, Ginsburg said.The house is not, however, designed to take advantage of direct solar gain, a prospect the builder “completely rejected as a passive heating strategy because of the inherent overheating and management problems” it would have presented in a single-story house of this size and layout. Rather, the building will be equipped with a SEER 16 dual-stage heat pump, hydronic radiant floor heating, radiant floor cooling, and a whole-house fresh-air exchange.In an e-mail to GBA, Ginsburg also pointed out that “there are no interior (weight-)bearing walls to interrupt the thermal integrity of the floor of the shell. Therefore, the concrete floor is, in effect, a thermal mass element for the entire square footage of the home. With no direct solar gain, I can now use, control, and manage the floor for heating and cooling. In essence, I’ve created a ‘living cave.’ Achieving and maintaining a constant interior temperature will be easy and cost-effective.”The home’s renewable-energy equipment will include solar hot water collectors and a photovoltaic system capable of feeding electricity back into Tucson Electric Power’s grid.The project design has received HERS ratings of 18 and 20 from two independent, accredited HERS raters, Ginsburg said, although he noted that getting financing was a bit more difficult. After several rejections from other lenders, the builder explained, the president of Bank of Tucson “gave me a hearing regarding the concept and nature of the project first, before even considering our financials,” and then proceeded with an appraisal, financial review, and loan approval.We’ll post cost details, more specs, updates, and images as they become available.
The Jammu & Kashmir Police have arrested one of their own after he was allegedly caught on camera “snatching” money from a roadside beggar in Ramban district.A video clip purportedly showing head constable “snatching” money from the beggar a few days back went viral on social media, triggering shock and uproar.‘Bad habit’“Head constable Munawar Hussain has been suspended and arrested by the police after the incident,” Ramban Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohan Lal said.He said an FIR has also been registered against the policeman, who was attached with Ramban police line after being transferred from “Kishtwar due to his bad habit of chronic drinking”. Mr. Lal said Mr. Hussain came out of the police line and allegedly snatched money from the beggar. The officer said Hussain was caught by the policemen deployed there.More casesMr. Lal said three more cases are registered against Mr. Hussain in Kishtwar. “He was kept in the police line in Ramban after being transferred from Kishtwar due to his bad habit of chronic drinking. His ATM cards and others such items were given to his wife to operate in view of the his bad habits,” he said.
In this Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 photo, West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth Barry gestures, during the English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United, at The Hawthorns, in West Bromwich. Barry will make a record 633rd Premier League appearance if he is selected by West Bromwich Albion against Arsenal on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Barry is currently level with Manchester United great Ryan Giggs on 632 appearances. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)Arsene Wenger was days away from winning the Premier League for the first time as Arsenal manager. Michael Owen was English soccer’s latest player of the season.The original Ronaldo had a couple of months left as the world’s most expensive player.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a huge number when you think about it,” Barry said ahead of his potentially record-breaking game. “It’s gone so quickly.”Barry played 365 league games for Villa, 132 league games for Manchester City, 131 league games for Everton and has featured in four league games for West Brom.Having started out as a center back equally comfortable at left back, he is now an out-and-out holding midfielder—perhaps the best position on a soccer field for someone his age, as it involves a player using his head as much as his legs.Barry credits his longevity to avoiding serious injury and to support from some now-retired former teammates.“No one has said, ‘What are you doing still playing?’” the 36-year-old Barry said. “Everyone said, ‘Play as long as possible.’ You stop when you stop enjoying it and I’ll know when I’ve had enough and can’t keep up with the boys.”ADVERTISEMENT It was May 2, 1998, and in a fairly non-descript occasion at Hillsborough, Gareth Barry—a 17-year-old defender with floppy dark hair and already a cultured left foot—came on as a 49th-minute substitute for Aston Villa in its 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.A remarkable, if understated, career was born.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMore than 19 years later, Barry is still playing in England’s top division and, on Monday, will break the Premier League’s appearance record if selected by West Bromwich Albion for its away match at Arsenal.It will be Barry’s 633rd appearance in the most-watched league in the world, surpassing the record he held jointly with Manchester United great Ryan Giggs. Of his current tally of 632, he has started 600 of them. It is a testament to Barry’s longevity, adaptability and quality that he has lasted so long in the fast-paced, blood-and-thunder world of English soccer. 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Only last year, he was being hailed as “one of the best English players ever” by his then-coach at Everton, Roberto Martinez, who is admittedly prone to hyperbole, after a man-of-the-match performance against Man City in the League Cup semifinals.He was a much-cherished member of City’s Premier League title-winning team in 2011-12, shoring up the midfield to allow Yaya Toure to rampage forward. He had turned down a move to Liverpool to join City.Barry has slotted seamlessly into his new surroundings at West Brom, where he has replaced another veteran midfielder in Darren Fletcher.“They’re bastions of this sport,” West Brom manager Tony Pulis said. “The young players at our football club, I hope they realize how lucky they are to see someone of that quality and that ilk.”Barry has worn the captain’s armband for England on several occasions among his 53 caps for his country. Globally, however, the most vivid image of Barry in an England jersey was in 2010 when he trailed in the wake of Mesut Ozil in the build-up to Germany’s final goal in its 4-1 win in the round of 16 at the World Cup.Outside of the Premier League era that started in 1992, goalkeeper Peter Shilton holds the appearance record for England’s top flight with 849 games. Former Chelsea defender/midfielder John Hollins has made more outfield appearances in the top flight than any other player, with 714.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
NEW YORK – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has cut Daniel Carcillo’s suspension from 10 games to six, meaning the New York Rangers enforcer could play in the Stanley Cup finals should the club elect to return him to the lineup.The commissioner made the change June 3 after holding a hearing with Carcillo on May 31.Carcillo was suspended on May 23 after he appeared to twice elbow linesman Scott Driscoll, who was trying to keep Carcillo away from a fight, during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The original ban would have kept him completely out of the Cup finals, even if the series goes the full seven games.Now Carcillo, who has already served three games, is eligible to play in Game 4.(IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Maurizio Sarri Napoli president vows to be ‘reasonable’ with Sarri suitors Chris Burton 17:37 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Napoli Chelsea Serie A Premier League Chelsea have been heavily linked with a man who finds himself out of work but still tied to a contract at a Serie A club includes a release clause Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has vowed to be “reasonable” with any clubs seeking talks with Maurizio Sarri, with the Chelsea target currently left in coaching limbo.Despite leaving a post with the Serie A club at the end of the 2017-18 season and seeing Carlo Ancelotti appointed as his successor, Sarri remains tied to a contract in Naples.That deal still has two years left to run and includes an €8 million (£7m/$9m) release clause. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Goal revealed recently that Chelsea were prepared to trigger that deal, but no agreement has been reached as Napoli play hardball and the Blues turn their attention elsewhere.De Laurentiis is the man with the power to free Sarri and he claims that he will listen to offers, telling Corriere dello Sport: “If anyone comes to negotiate for him, I will be very reasonable.”I am not a vindictive person and, I repeat, Sarri will always have my thanks.”Sarri has, however, irked those in power at Napoli with his decision to walk away from a long-term deal.Despite leading the club agonisingly close to the Serie A title in his final season at the helm, the 59-year-old refused to commit his future to the club and expressed concerns as to the direction in which things were heading.De Laurentiis admits that he ultimately lost patience with a highly-rated coach, saying: “I have always been very polite to him, I have always supported him.”But at a certain point, if you have a contract with me for another two years but you start publically expressing doubts – saying things like ‘I don’t know if I’m staying,’ ‘I don’t know whether the club will be able to keep their best players,’ ‘in life sometimes it’s best to end stories while they are good,’ – it sends clear messages of impatience and a lack of confidence.”Maurizio never answered me [about whether he was staying]. If you close the door in my face, I will politely stay away so as to not disturb your work, but only up to a certain point.”After that I have the right and the duty to protect the interests of the club and start to look elsewhere.”
The Mission Chief further said that non-borrowed reserves have been overperforming, adding that inflation is anchored in the Bank of Jamaica’s inflation target range of four to six per cent. Story Highlights Jamaica is virtually assured of an additional US$180 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), if needed, by meeting all quantitative targets and structural benchmarks in the second review.The review was conducted under its Precautionary Stand-by Arrangement (PSBA) with the multilateral institution for the period up to June 30, 2017.Head of the IMF’s Mission to Jamaica, which conducted the review over the past two weeks, Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, says the provision, subject to the IMF Executive Board’s approval at its meeting scheduled for October, will bring the total amount of funds that Jamaica can access to approximately US$790 million.She was speaking at a joint Government of Jamaica (GOJ)/IMF press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on September 14, where details of the review were outlined.Dr. Ramakrishnan noted that Jamaica’s economic programme continues to deliver strong results, which have been fuelling significant business and consumer confidence and increased job creation.Additionally, she said the central Government’s primary balance surplus has exceeded the programmed target by a “healthy margin”, due mainly to buoyant corporate income tax.The Mission Chief further said that non-borrowed reserves have been overperforming, adding that inflation is anchored in the Bank of Jamaica’s inflation target range of four to six per cent.Dr. Ramakrishnan said despite the impact of adverse weather conditions experienced earlier this year, the economy continues to rebound.She highlighted strong performances recorded in tourism, construction and manufacturing, as also further reduction in the unemployment rate to a seven-year low 12.2 per cent, coupled with a sustained expansion in the labour force, as positive out-turns in this regard.Dr. Ramakrishnan reiterated that growth for the 2017/18 fiscal year is projected to be approximately 1.6 per cent. This, she noted, is slightly lower than the forecast that was given when the initial review was conducted earlier this year, and was due primarily to the impact of the adverse weather conditions.“But in the medium term, we do expect growth to be about 2.5 to three per cent as Jamaica reaps the dividends from higher investment and higher productivity from all of the reforms that are currently ongoing,” she added.In his remarks, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said Jamaica, with support from the IMF and other multilateral partners, has demonstrated “incredible and unbroken resolve” in its economic reform agenda.“We have many successes of which we can be proud; however, much remains to be done. Now is the time to recommit ourselves to the task at hand… of ensuring that we secure for future generations a Jamaica that is economically independent and can, one day, be a net contributor to the international community,” he said.For his part, Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the Government remained “firmly committed” to meeting and surpassing all targets under the PSBA, including debt reduction “and the ambitious reform agenda we have laid out”.The just-concluded review comes one month shy of a year since the three-year PSBA came into effect, replacing the Extended Fund Facility, which spanned four years. Jamaica is virtually assured of an additional US$180 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), if needed, by meeting all quantitative targets and structural benchmarks in the second review. Head of the IMF’s Mission to Jamaica, which conducted the review over the past two weeks, Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, says the provision, subject to the IMF Executive Board’s approval at its meeting scheduled for October, will bring the total amount of funds that Jamaica can access to approximately US$790 million.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica should cement its place as a global conference destination when Montego Bay hosts the ‘Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism’ from November 27 to 29. He also said the Ministry has made efforts to ensure the conference offers a “more interactive approach”, and, as a result, the first plenary session will include Ministers of Tourism and Chief Executive Officers of tourism enterprises engaging in dialogue about the make-up of successful, replicable collaboration models. Story Highlights Citing the importance of the involvement of the key multilateral financial institutions, including the World Bank and the IDB, Mr. Bartlett said this is aimed at “putting into strong focus the economic importance of tourism in global arrangements”. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica should cement its place as a global conference destination when Montego Bay hosts the ‘Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism’ from November 27 to 29.The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference is being held in collaboration with the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.Speaking at a media briefing at the office of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce on October 31, Mr. Bartlett said one of the key outcomes of the conference will be the Declaration of Montego Bay document, which will form the blueprint for sustainable tourism development globally.Mr. Bartlett said the level of collaboration for the conference underpins its value, quality and uniqueness, as this will be the first that “everyone involved in tourism in a global perspective will be here in Jamaica and involved in discussing, deliberating and finalising a UN Declaration”.“The legacy from this conference will make Jamaica immortal, because we will become the centre for a whole range of discussions and applications in the future as we build out tourism down the road,” he argued.The Minister said the conference is going to redefine destination Jamaica as the centre where the world can come on an annual basis to cerebrate on matters relating to the development of tourism.Citing the importance of the involvement of the key multilateral financial institutions, including the World Bank and the IDB, Mr. Bartlett said this is aimed at “putting into strong focus the economic importance of tourism in global arrangements”.These deliberations, he pointed out, will focus on bringing ideas and capital together to create products and to build out a strategy for stimulating economic growth and job creation during the event, which is to be held under the theme ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’.“It is the first time in the history of tourism activities that these elements are coming together to discuss the future of tourism,” the Minister explained.Mr. Bartlett encouraged Jamaicans to register to attend the conference via the UNWTO website.He also said the Ministry has made efforts to ensure the conference offers a “more interactive approach”, and, as a result, the first plenary session will include Ministers of Tourism and Chief Executive Officers of tourism enterprises engaging in dialogue about the make-up of successful, replicable collaboration models.The Minister said the second plenary session will examine the direct contributions of tourism enterprises to the development of destinations, so that new and emerging small and medium tourism enterprises and large companies can “focus on their bottom line”.The third session, he noted, will see the multilateral development banks and their clients pairing up to explore instruments, approaches and requirements for financing large- and small-scale tourism developments, while the fourth will examine donor-funded programmes that demonstrate balanced growth with environmental sustainability and social inclusion.This will be followed by the presentation of the Draft Declaration of Montego Bay, which will be completed by the Scientific Committee during the conference.Among the confirmed speakers at the conference are Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina; and UNWTO Secretary-General, His Excellency Taleb Rifai.Conference collaborators include the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO); the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA); private international development company, Chemonics International; and the George Washington University of the United States.The conference is also sponsored by some major international entities, including Airbnb, CNN, American Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines, as well as Jamaican companies such as the Sandals Group, Chukka Caribbean, MBJ Airports, CariMed, Red Stripe, and the Jamaica National Group.Hotel partners include Iberostar Hotels, Hyatt Ziva, Hilton Rose Hall, Jewel Grand, Holiday Inn, Zoetry and the Half Moon Hotel.