Athletic, picture challenge set up at Chain O’Lakes State Park

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook Athletic, picture challenge set up at Chain O’Lakes State Park By 95.3 MNC – June 21, 2020 0 351 (Photo supplied/Indiana State Parks) Chain O’Lakes State Park has created the sixth challenge at Indiana State Parks and the first that is water-based.The park’s 9 Lake Challenge tests paddlers by having them cross the park’s nine connected kettle lakes, a feat that covers a total of 5 miles. Those who complete the challenge will get a free sticker that says “I paddled the chain!” and can purchase a challenge T-shirt at the park office.The 9 Lake Challenge consists of paddling from Sucker Lake to Miller Lake, either all at one time or in sections. Paddle trail maps can be picked up at the park’s boat rental or headquarters. The challenge usually takes two to three hours to complete. Paddlers must take nine photos, one at each lake, and show them to park staff to prove they completed the challenge. The nine photos are:Sucker Lake: Photo with Paddle Trail Mile 0 signLong Lake: Photo of Wagon Wheel at rampDock Lake: Photo of park headquarters on the hillBowen Lake: Selfie on the lakeSand Lake: Photo of the beach or evidence of beaversWeber Lake: Channel selfie going into Weber LakeMud Lake: Photo of Canoe Camp bridgeRivir Lake: Landscape photoMiller Lake: Completion photoChain’s challenge joins challenges at five other state parks: 3 Dune Challenge at Indiana Dunes, 4 Falls Challenge at Clifty Falls, 5 Mile Challenge at Turkey Run, 6 Ravine Challenge at Shades and Hell’s Point Challenge, which covers 8 miles, at Pokagon. Google+ Google+ Previous articleBody believed to be apparent drowning victim located in St. Joseph RiverNext articleIt’s now easier to report a civil rights violation 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Oil giants’ production cuts come to 1 million bpd as they post massive writedowns

first_imgOf those five companies, only Exxon Mobil did not book sizeable impairments. But an ongoing re-evaluation of its plans could lead to a “significant portion” of its assets being impaired, it reported, and signal the elimination of 20 percent or 4.4 billion barrels of its oil and gas reserves.By contrast, BP took a $17 billion hit. It said it plans to re-center its spending in coming years around renewables and less on oil and natural gas.Weak demand means oil producers must revisit business plans, said Lee Maginniss, managing director at consultants Alarez & Marsal. He said the goal should be to pump only what generates cash in excess of overhead costs.“It’s low-cost production mode through the end of 2021 for sure, and to 2022 to the extent there are new development plans being contemplated,” Maginniss said.London-based BP has previously said it plans to cut its overall output by roughly 1 million barrels of oil equivalent (boepd) by the end of 2030 from its current 3.6 million boepd.Of the five, Exxon is the largest producer, with daily output of 3.64 million boepd, but its production dropped 408,000 boepd between the first and second quarters. The five majors, which include Chevron Corp, Royal Dutch Shell and Total SA, also cut capital expenditures by a combined $25 billion between the quarters.Crude output worldwide dropped sharply after the market crashed in April. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, led by Saudi Arabia, along with allies including Russia, agreed to cut output by nearly 10 million barrels a day to balance out supply and demand in the market.Topics : The world’s five largest oil companies collectively cut the value of their assets by nearly US$50 billion in the second quarter, and slashed production rates as the coronavirus pandemic caused a drastic fall in fuel prices and demand.The dramatic reductions in asset valuations and decline in output show the depth of the pain in the second quarter. Fuel demand at one point was down by more than 30 percent worldwide, and still remains below pre-pandemic levels.Several executives said they took massive writedowns because they expect demand to remain impaired for several more quarters as people travel less and use less fuel due to the ongoing global pandemic that has killed more than 700,000 people.last_img read more

Odell Beckham Jr. speaks as if trade from Giants to Browns was his choice

first_imgConsidering the perceived trajectories of the Giants and Browns, there is no reason to dismiss Odell Beckham Jr. when the 26-year-old wide receiver suggests that, football-wise, he is in a better situation in Cleveland for 2019 than he would have been in New York.But while Beckham talks up his new team this summer, the NFL’s annual, league-wide period of unapologetic optimism, the awkward reality is that the superstar wideout did not choose to play for the Browns. He was traded. Of course, we all know how this works in the NFL: If the Browns win in 2019, any potential Beckham-related issues will be buried by the elation of success. And to Beckham’s point, Cleveland has a chance to compete for a playoff berth. New York, it seems, does not.But don’t let Beckham’s words mince the truth about his relocation to Cleveland. He was traded to the Browns; he did not sign with them in free agency.Because if things go poorly in Cleveland this season, chances are we’ll all be reminded. MORE: Browns-Steelers suddenly among the NFL’s best rivalriesIn a recent, wide-ranging interview with Complex UK, Beckham was asked about his “biggest career move to date.” His answer was just as conveniently void of the word “trade.””I just felt with the Giants I was just stuck at a place that wasn’t working for me anymore,” Beckham said. “I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to reach my full potential there; mentally, physically, spiritually, everything I felt capable of doing, I just couldn’t see it happening there. So I think allowing me to be in an environment where I can be myself and give it a different approach, I feel like my football will benefit.”I’m just excited about being able to play football again and not have to deal with all the other stuff and politics that came with my previous role.”Understandable? Certainly. Disingenuous? A little.This isn’t the first time — and it certainly won’t be the last — that Beckham has expressed his excitement about playing in Cleveland. He said he felt “like a little kid” during minicamp. He also recently told GQ about his unhappiness in New York.But Beckham did not ask to be traded by the Giants. And despite trade rumors that surfaced prior to the deal, New York general manager Dave Gettleman had said he wouldn’t move the wide receiver.”(Gettleman) said he wasn’t going to trade (Beckham), then he traded him,” Landon Collins — who also was traded away from New York this year — recently said of the Giants GM. “We (were) all surprised because that’s one of the best receivers in the game and for him to do that and lie to everybody, it’s not a good look for players and teammates.”To be fair, even though the Giants gave Beckham a massive contract extension late last summer, the 2019 season was rocky enough to have ruined any good feelings. The receiver was fined for his comments about quarterback Eli Manning’s play. He headbutted an AC unit on the Giants’ sideline during a blowout loss to the Eagles. He faced criticism from team owner John Mara. He was blamed for a failed onside kick recovery. He missed the last four games of the season with a quad injury.Yet even with that as the background, after the deal that sent Beckham to Cleveland, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had to respond to speculation that the wide receiver was unhappy with the trade. Sporting News contributor and former NFL team exec Jeff Diamond pointed to Beckham’s absence from the Browns’ voluntary OTAs as a sign he might not be as excited as he claims.MORE: Ranking the NFL’s top wide receivers for 2019last_img read more

Mayor Coffey Won’t Run For Second Term in Oceanport

first_img“When I first came in, we were going to get agendas out (to the public), televise meetings and treat people with more respect. And that happened for a while. Then, as the composition of the council changed, thingsstarted to become morepartisan and a lot moreuncivil, both online and inperson. It’s not working forme, and I don’t want to bepart of it anymore,” he said. Though he is pleased with some of the things the borough has accomplished under his watch, including televising municipal meetings, forming a stronger relationship with the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) and facilitating the sale of the old borough hall while identifying the site of a new municipal complex, not to mention in recent months Coffey said he was dissuaded from seeking a second term due to limited powers and contrasting viewpoints. Coffey said, though he’ll be relinquishing his mayoral title, he’s not planning to go very far. OCEANPORT – Howmuch of an impact does themayor really have in theborough’s current form ofgovernment? “The focus will be maintaining a stable tax rate and reducing wasteful spending, while continuing to invest funds in infrastructure, roads and parks. We’ll all be focused on the development of the new borough hall complex and fighting the overdevelopment proposed at Fort Monmouth,” Proto added. Coffey points to the development of Fort Monmouth as a subject about which he and the council fail to see eye-to-eye, and a conversation he has not been able to make much headway on. “Every meeting I’ve been part of, for the most part, they have been conducted with great civility and respect between the council and residents. But depending on the topic, the discussion may get heated,” Proto said. “Sometimes there are residents who are passionate about a subject and conduct themselves in a disrespectful way to the council. And those residents will be responded to. Respect is a two-way street, but at the end of the day, we’re all working toward the same goals.” Coffey, who works full time as corporation counsel for the city of Bayonne, also said he is not comfortable with the manner in which council business is sometimes conducted at public meetings and on social media platforms. Under the borough form of government, the mayor does not have a vote in municipal matters, but does have the power to decide split votes, as well as the authority to veto a council decision. “They want the fort area to look like Oceanport. But you’re talking about sticking 720 homes, four liquor licenses and 100,000 square feet of commercial space into 430 acres. By definition it will look different. I think it’s OK that it’ll look different in 10 years. They don’t,” Coffey said. “I can’t help but be involved and maybe I’ll be more effective by questioning A, B, C and D from the audience than I am right now,” he said. “I’m the guy who volunteers to run basketball. It’s what brings me joy. This whole town runs on volunteers to an absurd level. If the council and mayor disappeared tomorrow, people would be less cognizant than if all the volunteers in this town stepped aside on a random Tuesday.” Coffey took office in 2016 after defeating two-term Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon as a write-in Democratic candidate, a victory he sealed after just 60 days of campaigning before the November election. It was a question posed and answered by Mayor Jay Coffey in a recent interview, in which he said, “After four years, I think I’d have a larger and more positive impact on the lives of residents by overseeing our recreational basketball league than I would in another term.” With the mayoral seat open in Oceanport, a current member of the all-Republican council, Robert Proto, has announced his candidacy for the position, and feels a sitting mayor is not nearly as inconsequential as Coffey suggests. “Our form of government is one of a strong council and a weak mayor. I’m aware of it just as Jay was aware of it, just as previous mayors were aware of what they were signing up for,” Proto said. “You can certainly go in with your own agenda and vision, but you need to communicate with council members and your committees in order to accomplish your goals. If you’re not willing to be flexible and compromise, you’ll have a difficult time.” Proto, who is runningunopposed in the Juneprimary election, said thecouncil has made greatstrides in communicatingwith residents over the pastfew years, but recognizedthat sometimes emotionsand passions can take overon both sides of the dais. As for his future initiatives, should he win the seat in November, Proto said he “won’t try to recreate the wheel.” last_img read more

SANTA ANITA PARK CANCELS ‘SEABISCUIT’ MOVIE SCREENING THIS SATURDAY DUE TO HIGH PROBABILITY OF RAIN

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2015)–Due to a high probability of rain, Santa Anita Park has cancelled a special screening of the 2003 hit movie Seabiscuit this Saturday, which had been scheduled to start following the races at 6:30 p.m. in the track’s Paddock Gardens Area.The screening, which was planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the legendary Seabiscuit winning the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap, will be rescheduled at some point later this spring or summer, according to track officials.Directed by Gary Ross, “Seabiscuit” was nominated for seven Academy Awards and it marked the big screen debut of jockey Gary Stevens, who portrayed jockey George “The Ice Man” Woolf. Stevens, who returned to riding following a seven-year retirement in January, 2013, has won four Santa Anita Handicaps dating back to 1990, and he is scheduled to ride Chilean-bred Catch a Flight in this year’s $1 million Big ‘Cap on Saturday, March 7.Stevens will be available to media in the lead-up to America’s longest continually run “Hundred Grander,” as will other prominent horsemen, including Jerry Hollendorfer, who conditions the early Big ‘Cap favorite, Shared Belief.In addition to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, Santa Anita will also present a blockbuster 11-race card that includes the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf), the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes and the Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes on March 7.Special early first post time on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 7, is at 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m.last_img read more

Taptu Brings Real-Time Search to Android

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The “buzz” section contains real-time results pulled from sites like Twitter and Digg as well as from other social sharing websites, blogs, and data pulled from select panel of internet users who have downloaded the OneRiot toolbar and are anonymously sharing their web-browsing data with the company. This aggregate information is actually the most prominent source of real-time data for OneRiot’s search service. As of September of this year, OneRiot claimed to have 3 million active toolbar users out of the 20 million or so who have downloaded the toolbar to date. Meanwhile, they’re indexing around 20,000 links from Digg and 5 million from Twitter.It’s this data which powers Taptu’s “buzz” section where you can find breaking news and other currently “hot topics” being discussed on the web. And unlike Twitter’s trending topics, for instance, OneRiot doesn’t link to raw tweets but to the actual news stories and blog posts that are sharing the information. The main Taptu homepage also links to these trending items by way of a tag cloud whose colorful blue bubbles take you directly to the buzz section when tapped. If you’re interested in trying the new Android application, you can download a free copy from the Android Market on your mobile phone. If you don’t own an Android device (or iPhone), you can still use Taptu via its mobile website available at www.taptu.com. Having just launched a new real-time mobile search engine in conjunction with OneRiot only weeks ago, mobile search company Taptu is now expanding their revamped service to the Android platform. Today, they’re launching a new application designed specifically for Android phones running version 1.5 and above. Like their brand-new mobile website, Taptu for Android includes real-time search results thanks to OneRiot integration. It also offers a touchscreen interface for viewing the results without having to pinch, resize, or refocus the screen.The new application is the first Taptu app for Android which is why it doesn’t include the social sharing features (share to Twitter and Facebook) that the iPhone app currently offers. Those will be added in a future release, notes the company. However, nearly everything else about the new Android application is the same as its mobile counterpart, including its search verticals of “web,” “images,” and “buzz” which sit above Taptu’s search box on the app’s main screen. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#NYT#Real-Time Web#search#web sarah perezlast_img read more

On Facebook, Angry People Are More Popular (Plus Other Fascinating Statistical Correlations)

first_imgTags:#Analysis#Data Services#NYT#social networks#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Facebook‘s data team proved once again today that when you analyze a large set of anonymous user data from the world’s biggest social network, you can learn some very interesting things about the state of humanity.In a blog post titled What’s on your mind?, the company disclosed the results of its text analysis of 1 million anonymized messages. Among the findings: Young people swear more than older people and older people talk about other people more than just themselves. Popular people are more likely to talk about other people, TV and movies, to swear and use religious words. Less popular people are more likely to talk about work, sleeping, eating and thinking. These are but a few of the many observations made by the in-house data team. The biggest question about the data remains unanswered, though: what could a world of independent researchers discover in this data? The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Above: Facebook found that the words on top of the left chart appeared more in profiles from older people, on the right, from more popular people. The company’s blog post contains 5 more graphs concerning other word correlations.For Facebook to make bulk, anonymized data available to independent researchers has long been a hope of mine and I’ve argued about how important an opportunity this is all the way up to Mark Zuckerberg himself. My favorite example of how data like this can be important is from history. When U.S. census data and bank home loan data were both made available for computer analysis and cross referencing for the first time, independent researchers unearthed a pattern of discrimination against African American families seeking to buy homes in big sections of major U.S. cities. This practice was called Real Estate Redlining and it was exposed thanks to aggregate data analysis. I am of the belief that social injustices of comparable significance, as well as opportunities for significant economic development, could be discovered in the patterns hidden across millions of Facebook status updates, friend connections, Likes and more.It’s great that Facebook is investing some of its resources into analyzing this data itself, but great opportunity is lost if the company fails to allow outside researchers to analyze this data as well.It’s great that Facebook is investing some of its resources into analyzing this data itself, but great opportunity is lost if the company fails to allow outside researchers to analyze this data as well.Oliver Chiang, at Forbes, agreed with my argument in an article this month: “But really, what Facebook should do… is open up its data for research. Because they don’t, we get highly sanitized findings (like these top trends, or the finding that being active on Facebook leads to increased happiness), and even, reportedly, a black market for Facebook data. The company collects the thoughts, images and content of more than half a billion users – that data could be used for good.”Slate.com’s Michael Agger wrote last month in an article discussing the opportunities latent in Facebook’s data, “It would be helpful for transportation planners to know the places where people complain the most about traffic. Educators could see the data and sentiment analysis around how a community feels about its local schools.”Bernardo Huberman, a social technology researcher at HP Labs who was able to gain access to bulk Facebook data years ago, before the site was as large, controversial and armed with lawyers as it is today, is both understanding and hopeful.“This data is amazingly important from a commercial point of view,” Huberman told me in a telephone interview last week.“But [Zuckerberg], he’s not a researcher, he’s just a businessman. I have a feeling that Twitter’s situation is roughly the same; all this research stuff and so on is gravy. [In recent years] I’ve had very little traction in terms of getting access to their data. They are busy with other things, with keeping their business viable.“They have a different view of it. Perhaps in a few years, Zuckerburg will relax and say ‘I want to be the kind of public figure that wants to release data’….but right now I don’t think that will motivate these people.”I hope that’s not correct. I hope that every time the Facebook Data Team performs another batch of analysis on anonymized, bulk Facebook data and gives us an opportunity to look into our own souls – the potential that lies untapped in that data will be taken all the more seriously. That potential will never be realized if analysis of it is limited to the eyes, minds, interests, skills and perspectives of the company’s own researchers. marshall kirkpatrick Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola ponders loan move for ‘awesome’ Sandler

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola ponders loan move for ‘awesome’ Sandlerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is delighted with the progress of Philippe Sandler.Former PEC defender Sandler was on the bench for this week’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal win over Leicester City.”We were planning to take him on tour for preseason, but unfortunately he came to us with injuries,” said Guardiola.”He has started training again in recent months and I have to say that he played’s awesome with the youngsters. It is not easy if you go back to a second team or a team of youngsters, but he has helped his teammates a lot and that says a lot. “We will now decide what is best for him, for the club and for his future perspective.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Coroner’s and Special Coroner’s Court to be Handed Over to Judiciary

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has acquired and renovated 119A Maxfield Avenue to house the Coroner’s and Special Coroner’s Court.The facility will be formally handed over to the Judiciary on Wednesday June 7, 2017.The relocation of the Courts to the new location is part of the Ministry’s thrust to modernize the physical infrastructure of Justice institutions and is a key priority under the Justice Reform Implementation Plan.“We are doing all that we can to change the face of the Justice System including the Courts”, said Permanent Secretary Mrs. Carol Palmer.The completion and handing over of these Courts to the Judiciary signals the continued commitment of the Ministry to improve the built environment of our institutions,Three hundred and forty -nine million dollars (349.150M) is earmarked this year for repair and maintenance of Courthouses, and a further Two hundred and sixty-seven million dollars (267M) for the construction and implementation of the Justice Sector Reform Programme that addresses infrastructure development.The opening will be held at119A Maxfield Avenue Kingston 10.last_img read more