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All Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive roads reopen!

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictThe St. Johns River Water Management District has opened all areas of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive for regular operating hours. The opening includes Interceptor Road, a portion of Laughlin Road, and the lakeside road which had been closed for repairs.“The wildlife drive, like many other trails across the state, required extensive repairs after Hurricane Irma,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Our team has worked hard for months to repair what the hurricane took only hours to damage. We know the wildlife drive has many fans, and we share in their excitement for the reopening of these segments.”While all roads on the drive are open, repair work continues on sections of nonmotorized trails throughout the property. Currently, the Lake Apopka Loop Trail east of the Apopka-Beauclair Canal is closed due to repair work. Weekday trail detours are also in place south of the Clay Island trailhead and north of the Green Mountain trailhead. To ensure public safety, detour signs direct visitors to accessible trail routes in the area. Visitors are asked to obey all posted notices as well as to always use caution while recreating on district property.The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is open year-round between sunrise and closes one hour before sunset on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays. There is no cost to visit the wildlife drive.More information about recreational opportunities on lands owned and managed by the district are available at www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation.About the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictSt. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSLake Apopka Wildlife DriveSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleCentral Florida women come together to combat unaffordable housingNext articleJoin The Apopka Voice team: Sales Manager needed Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Alan Shearer explains how Marcus Rashford ‘makes the difference’ for Manchester United

first_imgAdvertisement Rashford has recovered from a troublesome ankle injury (Picture: Man Utd via Getty Images)United moved back into the top four in the Premier League with their victory over the Hornets.Anthony Martial scored their second goal, before Abdoulaye Doucoure pinched a 90th minute consolation for the visitors.Arsenal have the opportunity to overtake the Red Devils on Monday night when they host Newcastle, as the battle for the Champions League places looks like it will go right down to the wire.United are back in action away at Wolves on Tuesday night.MORE: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Liverpool are ‘on a completely different level’MORE: Liverpool vs Tottenham TV channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head Advertisement Phil HaighSunday 31 Mar 2019 3:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link29Shares Alan Shearer explains how Marcus Rashford ‘makes the difference’ for Manchester Unitedcenter_img Rashford has scored 10 Premier League goals this season (Picture: Getty Images)‘It was a beautiful finish from Rashford for the goal,’ Shearer said on Match of the Day. ‘He is in charge of the situation, it was a good first touch, he doesn’t panic and he knows what he wants to do. It was so calm.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘What I like about Rashford is he points to where he wants the ball playing into his path. He made the run in behind several times and that was the difference in the first half.‘Rashford was the threat and he was the difference.’ Marcus Rashford led Manchester United to victory on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)Marcus Rashford scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season for Manchester United on Saturday and Alan Shearer believes he was the difference as the Red Devils beat Watford 2-1.The England international opened the scoring at Old Trafford as he continues his most successful goal-scoring season of his career.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starThe 21-year-old now has 13 goals in all competitions after striking three times in his last four outings for United.England and Newcastle legend Shearer believes that the forward is now making the difference for his side, and he has explained how.ADVERTISEMENT Commentlast_img read more

Ranney Students Present ‘Man of La Mancha’ Friday and Saturday

first_imgTINTON FALLS – Ranney International Thespian Troupe No. 630 presents Man of La Mancha, at 7 p.m. through March 9 in RSPA Panther Hall.The five-time Tony Award-winning show will be directed by John Doyle, with musical direction by Tess Nielsen, performing arts director, and Kevin Cotter, conductor.“To reach the unreachable star…” best describes the dramatic and song-filled message of the musical adventure that retells the story of Don Quixote and his quest for truth and valor.Performed with a live orchestra, the imaginative storyline creates a highly theatrical experience, making it a must-see production for all ages. The Impossible Dream is but one of many inspiring tunes that complement the equally poetic script.Tessa Payer from Wall portrays Antonia and Jack Fink from Middletown, Dr. Sanson Carasco, in the Ranney School production of Man of La Mancha.Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century masterpiece, Man of La Mancha is an epic story of knight-errant Don Quixote (Noah Goldstein ’14), his servant and trusty sidekick Sancho (George Timmins ’15), the leader of the muleteers, Paco (Ben Puvalowski ’13) and the woman of his dreams, the lovely Aldonza (Peri Rohl ’16) also affectionately known as Dulcinea. Taking place during the Spanish Inquisition, the play is filled with drama, suspense and passion.The Ranney School performance is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $10 at the door.last_img read more

Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week — Louie’s Steakhouse

first_imgPowered by the clutch pitching of Ken Anderson and some timely hitting, Louie’s Steakhouse upset defending champion Jackson’s Hole 12-6 in the final of the Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championships at Queen Elizabeth Park. The win avenged a loss by Louie’s to Jackson’s during the 2011 final.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebrations with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Tom Trubetskoff, Maurice Penner and Craig Theissen.Middle, Arlene Anderson, Edi St Arnaud, Loni D’Andrea and Nikita Gardner.Front, Ken Anderson, Stacey Miller, Wayne Germaine, Ashley Germaine, Ethan Whitford and Cory Whitford.last_img read more


first_imgBrice Blanc535579%32%$488,835 Mark Glatt7898812%32%$416,765 Carla Gaines4273217%29%$557,560 (Current Through Thursday, March 17) Abel Lezcano6573411%22%$495,999 Rafael Bejarano23655432523%52%$2,317,512 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Robertino Diodoro2867321%57%$181,500 Fernando Perez1501416209%33%$776,549 Peter Miller11412121711%36%$579,355 Clifford Sise, Jr.2064130%55%$436,885 Martin Garcia11317111115%35%$984,949 Doug O’Neill16024222215%43%$1,240,513 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Puype70712510%34%$352,935 Jerry Hollendorfer12319121515%37%$1,226,771 Drayden Van Dyke1381315219%36%$846,162 Gary Stevens58129821%50%$1,449,548 Kent Desormeaux10116231916%57%$1,423,455 Tiago Pereira9461066%23%$410,034 Bob Baffert8818141320%51%$1,399,060 NYQUIST, BEHOLDER STRUT THEIR STUFF            Santa Anita’s “Winter Meet of Champions” showcased a pair of them Friday when Nyquist and Beholder worked towards future engagements, undefeated male two-year-old champion of 2015 Nyquist for the Florida Derby on April 2 and three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder for the Grade I Vanity Stakes on June 4.Nyquist and Beholder join undefeated two-year-old female champion of 2015 Songbird and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome as titlists who are scheduled to race or have already started at the Winter Meet.Nyquist went five furlongs on Santa Anita’s work tab in 1:01.40 under exercise rider Jonny Garcia.Trainer Doug O’Neill had a one-mile clocking for Nyquist.“I got him in 1:46 and change and the last eighth in 11 and three,” said O’Neill, who ships the bay son of Uncle Mo owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam to Florida for a highly anticipated throw-down with the unbeaten Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Mohaymen on March 28.“This is the first time I’ve been on her (to work this year),” said Beholder’s regular rider Gary Stevens, who was up for a four furlong drill in 48:40, breezing, after the 7:45 a.m. renovation break. “But I’ve been watching her work.“She looks different, she feels different, she’s stronger, smarter. Dick wanted her to go 48 and change, she went in 48 and two, galloped out (five furlongs) in a minute, and out three-quarters in (one) 15, pulling up, so she’s coming along good. She’s happy, I’m happy.“She made my day.”Trainer Richard Mandella has mentioned the Grade I, $400,000 Vanity Mile on June 4 as a starting point for Beholder, winner of 11 of 12 lifetime starts at Santa Anita, but subsequently left the door open for a start prior to the Vanity.“I couldn’t be happier with how she’s going,” Mandella said. “She couldn’t be doing better. I had her going a half in 48 and galloping out (five furlongs) in a minute and four-fifths.A race before the Vanity that might fit the bill for the six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes would be the Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on May 8.“We’ll just see how it’s going,” Mandella said. “We’ll see what’s up.”BLINKERS ON FOR TARA’S TANGO IN GRADE I SANTA MARGARITATeam Hollendorfer seeks Grade I status for Tara’s Tango when she runs in Saturday’s $500,000 Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles. She will wear blinkers in a race for the first time in her 10-race career.The four-year-old gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song owned by Stonestreet Stables overcame a slow start to capture the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes Feb. 13 under Martin Garcia.With Garcia at Oaklawn Park Saturday, Rafael Bejarano rides Tara’s Tango.“She lost a lot of ground in the Santa Maria,” pointed out Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer. “Garcia suggested blinkers after the Santa Maria to see if we can improve her and keep her more focused.“She has three good works with the blinkers, so we’re very optimistic.”Tara’s Tango will be going nine furlongs for the first time. The only Santa Margarita entrant that has raced that distance is Penwith, having done so four times, with her best finish a third by a neck in the Grade II Demoiselle at Aqueduct on Nov. 30, 2013.Living The Life makes her 11th straight stakes start in the United States when she runs in the Santa Margarita. The Irish-bred mare trained by Gary Mandella made her first start in the U.S. in an overnight race on Aug. 7, 2014.Since then it’s been a string of stakes through Feb.13 in the Grade II Santa Maria, in which the six-year-old daughter of Footstepsinthesand finished a game third, beaten just over a length, after leading into the stretch.“She’s really happy,” Mandella said. “She came out of the Santa Maria really well and she’s been training good. That was her first time going long on dirt, so I’m hoping there’s still a little more room to improve.” The Santa Margarita: Living The Life, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Tara’s Tango, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Penwith, Mike Smith, 2-1; Moyo Honey, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; All Star Bub, Martin Pedroza, 15-1; and Taris, Gary Stevens, 8-5.Lavender Chrissie was scratched. JET LAG NO PROBLEM FOR ESPINOZAVictor Espinoza heads for Dubai Monday on a plane ride that might consume 18 hours.He could sleep all the way.Espinoza departs from LAX at 3:30 p.m. to pilot 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26. Winner of Santa Anita’s George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and nominated to the Hall of Fame for the second straight year, Espinoza is scheduled to arrive in Dubai at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, March 22.California Chrome is Espinoza’s only mount.“He’s the best-traveling jockey I’ve ever had,” said his agent, Brian Beach, who has represented riders for 27 years, among them Hall of Fame members Kent Desormeaux, Julie Krone, Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens.“Victor is usually asleep by the time we hit the gate before the plane takes off. He slept all the way from LAX to London on the trip to Royal Ascot two years ago,” Beach recalled.“He didn’t get up to eat or anything on a flight that took 11 and a half hours.”Espinoza understandably is looking forward to reuniting with California Chrome, who was second in the World Cup last year.“He’s better than before,” Espinoza said of the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit. “He’s stronger physically, which is natural as a horse gets older.“He has more strength and his body is thicker. I like the way he’s coming up to the race. He’s had two good preps and he likes the track.“The prep was easy, and I didn’t want it to be too hard. That’s the reason I wanted to bounce out of there from the one post and get him comfortable outside of the two leaders.“I was focused on him stretching his legs and doing what he wanted, and that was it.”California Chrome’s trainer, Art Sherman, on hand at Santa Anita last Saturday to saddle Mucho Chrome to a third-place finish in the fifth race, said California Chrome is doing well in Dubai, where his son and assistant, Alan, is riding shotgun as usual awaiting Pop’s arrival.Art leaves for the Middle East on Sunday.Espinoza, winner of the Kentucky Derby the last two years and five of the last six Triple Crown races thanks in large part to American Pharoah’s Triple Crown sweep last year, is scheduled to resume riding at Santa Anita Thursday, March 31, following his venture to Dubai.Beach, meanwhile, will remain stateside, wishing Espinoza good luck from afar.“I’m staying here to look for a Derby mount,” the agent said.FINISH LINES: Exaggerator has been galloping the past couple days following his third-place finish in the San Felipe Stakes last Saturday in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. “He had a very light week, which is typical after the race,” trainer Keith Desormeaux said. “He’ll probably breeze next Saturday, a week from tomorrow.” . . . Trainer Gary Sherlock has San Felipe fourth-place finisher Uncle Lino also pointed to the Santa Anita Derby, likely joining the first three finishers in the San Felipe, Danzing Candy, Mor Spirit and Exaggerator . . . Bob Baffert has Mor Spirit galloping, but said he has “no plans” for undefeated three-year-old Malibu Sunset, who worked six furlongs Thursday 1:14.80 . . . Kudos to jockey Felipe Valdez and his agent Brandon O’Bryan on winning Thursday’s sixth race aboard odds-on favorite Shiny Nugget for trainer Hector Palma. It was only the second mount for Valdez since he was sidelined three months ago with a broken collar bone suffered in a mishap at Los Alamitos. Valdez is the older brother of Palma assistant Jose Sanchez Valdez . . . Correlation, a 3-year-old Forestry filly trained by Richard Baltas, is a first-time starter entered in Saturday’s 10th race. Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White notes that Correlation also was the name of a quality three-year-old colt in the 1950s. “The late Noble Threewitt trained Correlation, who won the Florida Derby and the Wood Memorial in 1954,” White said. “Bill Shoemaker rode him in the Wood and Florida Derby and also rode him in the Kentucky Derby. Correlation was the favorite in the Kentucky Derby, but he finished sixth. Determine, a little gray colt that had won the Santa Anita Derby, was the Kentucky Derby winner that year. Correlation did go on to finish second to Hasty Road in the Preakness.” . . . Congrats to Stephen Young on by nailing 70-1 shot Generosidade in Sunday’s San Luis Rey Stakes to advance to The Stronach Group’s Handicapping Challenge that starts Saturday. The live money contest event with a $4,500 buy-in ($3,000 bankroll and $1,500 prize pool) and takes place at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita. There is a 100 percent payback of all prize pool monies, with up to $300,000 in total prizes based upon the 200 entries. For more information, visit santaanita.com . . . Rafael Bejarano has a 55-44 lead over Santiago Gonzalez in the jockeys’ race, but the battle for top trainer is still thistight, with Phil D’Amato one up on Doug O’Neill, 25-24, through 48 days. Richard Baltas9717151318%46%$1,156,659 Martin Pedroza85119713%32%$311,800 CHAMPS NYQUIST, BEHOLDER IN SMART WORKSBLINKERS ADDED FOR TARA’S TANGO SATURDAYESPINOZA LEAVES MONDAY FOR CHROME, DUBAI EXAGGERATOR POINTED TO SANTA ANITA DERBY SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Michael Machowsky3576420%49%$282,761center_img Victor Espinoza77119614%34%$815,000 Vladimir Cerin4295521%45%$324,934 Philip D’Amato12225212220%56%$1,381,655 Patrick Gallagher3464618%47%$497,993 Jeff Bonde3673519%42%$182,780 John W. Sadler76139617%37%$792,379 Hector Palma3863516%37%$153,307 David Lopez14422111815%35%$665,451 Kristin Mulhall4597320%42%$373,955 Steven Miyadi5710121018%56%$340,422 Santiago Gonzalez25144333218%43%$1,804,231 William Spawr3585423%49%$226,897 Peter Eurton8413211215%55%$971,537 George Papaprodromou4584618%40%$235,580 Tyler Baze23123353410%40%$1,280,791 J. Keith Desormeaux42761017%55%$314,279 Flavien Prat22738403417%49%$2,350,276 Jeff Mullins2876125%50%$195,099 Alonso Quinonez715967%28%$265,535 Mario Gutierrez17320312312%43%$1,246,204 Joseph Talamo20525232512%36%$1,816,889 Edwin Maldonado15228151518%38%$955,295 Mike Smith851181413%39%$1,546,415 Agapito Delgadillo881110813%33%$323,967 Ron Ellis2662323%42%$178,215last_img read more

How did bitter past fuel 49ers’ Raheem Mostert’s 146-yard game?

first_imgBALTIMORE — Raheem Moster’s career-high 146 rushing yards Sunday were fueled, in part, by his bitter exit from the Baltimore Ravens.It wasn’t just that they cut him during his 2015 rookie season. It was how they did so. He vividly recalled after Sunday’s 20-17 loss how, back in 2015, the Ravens kept him around an extra week after quite critically telling him he’d be released.“I didn’t really have a good experience … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

SA fire alert system goes international

first_img11 April 2013 A cutting-edge South African-developed application that uses satellite imaging to detect fires from space will soon be helping to combat the high incidence of wild fires in Angola, and is being piloted in six other countries. Developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Meraka Institute, the Advanced Fire Information System (AFIS) is a near real-time, wide area wild fire detection, monitoring and alerting system that uses satellite imaging. Its advanced geo-spatial information processing system detects fires and alerts infrastructure owners, land managers, disaster management and fire protection personnel to fires in their areas. The CSIR said in a statement on Wednesday that the system would be implemented in Angola – one of the most fire-prone countries in Africa – following the singing of a memorandum of understanding between the CSIR and the Angolan government’s National Technology Center in March. Capacity development in geo-spatial systems, and research into fire danger forecasting and burn area assessment, will be undertaken as part of the implementation project. The CSIR’s Lee Annamalai said negotiations to implement AFIS in several other countries were at an advanced state, with the system already being piloted in six countries. Annamalai said the success of AFIS was an indication of the potentially significant contribution that earth observation could make to the South African economy, and of “the robust earth observation technology capability that is alive and well in the country”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South African director confronts colonial masters

first_img13 August 2014South African production Exhibit B has been rated five stars by English newspaper The Guardian, which has described it as the “most controversial show” at this year’s Edinburgh festival.A provocative installation, Exhibit B is based on the late 19th and early 20th century phenomenon of the “human zoo”, or “curiosity cabinets”, in which Africans were displayed in Europe and America.The staging of the work is funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding, and is supported by the South African Department of Arts and Culture.The Edinburgh International Festival runs from 8 to 31 August this year, featuring work by more than 2 400 artists from 43 countries.Set up in Edinburgh University’s library for the duration of the festival, Exhibit B is described in programme notes as “somewhere between performance and exhibition”. It comprises 13 set-piece exhibits or tableaux featuring black performers and examining themes of racism, othering and the colonial history of Europe in Africa.The site-specific exhibit features Africans and African asylum-seekers, displaying the cruelty of colonialism – and turning the gaze back on Europeans. In some senses, the audience or spectator becomes the material.The work is performed by a choir of four Namibian singers and 14 to 16 African immigrant and asylum-seekers living in the host city.In attempting to reveal how black people were treated in the colonial period, the work is confrontational – and has stirred controversy since it first toured Europe two years ago.ProtestsIn Berlin, left-wing anti-racism campaigners questioned the authority of Bailey, a white director, to tackle the story of black exploitation.“This is the wrong way to discuss a violent colonial history,” Sandrine Micosse-Aikins, a member of Buehnenwatch, the organisation which instigated a demonstration against the work in the German capital, told Bloomberg at the time.But Bailey, the Guardian says, seems to relish the entire spectrum of reaction. “I’m creating a journey that’s embracing and immersive, in which you can be delighted and disturbed, but I’d like you to be disturbed more than anything,” he told the newspaper.ObjectificationDuring a rehearsal in Edinburgh, the Guardian reports, Bailey told the locally assembled cast, who apparently were uncomfortable with the content of the show: “What interests me about human zoos is the way people were objectified. Once you objectify people, you can do the most terrible things to them.“But what we are doing here is nothing like these shows, where black people were brought from all over Africa and displayed in villages. I’m interested in the way these zoos legitimised colonial policies. But other than that, they are just a catalyst.”Bailey is the artistic director of the Cape Town-based Third World Bunfight company, which is “committed to making provocative, uniquely African theatre works of high quality which challenge stereotypes of Africa”, the company’s website says.Third World Bunfight has trained and worked with “several hundred performers” in South Africa as well as in Zimbabwe and Uganda. They have collaborated with practitioners from Holland, Cote d’Ivoire, the USA and Zimbabwe.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Top Trends of 2010: Growth of eBooks & eReaders

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It’s difficult to get sales data from the eReader vendors. However Amazon was vocal throughout 2010 on the overall trends.In January Amazon announced that it was selling 6 Kindle eBooks for every 10 physical books, when both editions are available. Later, in October, Amazon announced that sales of Kindle eBooks had passed sales of hardcover books.Specifically, over the three months prior to October, Amazon said that it had sold 143 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books.At the end of October Amazon announced that for its top 10 best-selling books, customers bought the Kindle edition twice as often as the print copy. According to Amazon’s VP for Kindle, Steve Kessel, Kindle eBook sales also topped print sales of hardcovers and paperbacks for its top 25, top 100 and top 1,000 bestsellers. Which Are Better: eBooks or Paper Books? It Depends…In August I wrote a couple of posts that posed the question: which are better, eBooks or paper books? I’m not a fan of black and white answers, but in this case the answer was even more grey than usual. The fact is, there are pros and cons for both. I myself still read both paper books and eBooks, alternating between the two depending on the book. Here were the arguments I presented for each side.5 Ways That eBooks Are Better Than Paper Books1. Social Highlighting2. Notes 3. Look-up of words4. Ability to Tweet & Facebook quotes5. Search5 Ways That Paper Books Are Better Than eBooks1. Feel2. Packaging3. Sharing4. Keeping5. Second-hand booksThere’s little doubt that paper books will be a commercial force for a long time yet. Nevertheless, in 2010 eBooks and eReaders took a big step forward and eBooks now represent a sizable minority of the overall book market.Let us know in the comments about your own usage of eBooks and eReaders this year. What’s changed for you in your book reading habits? How many eBooks did you read? Tags:#2010 in Review#E-Books#web#Year in Review Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting eBook sales almost doubled over 2010 and now make up 9% of total consumer book sales, according to the Association of American Publishers. This growth was fueled by intense competition amongst eReader manufacturers over 2010. Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook and others attempted to undercut each other throughout the year. Further, the iPad arrived in 2010 and added to the choices for eBook consumers. eBooks started to take off in 2009, but in 2010 things really heated up. Speaking as a consumer who has just finished reading Jonathan Franzen’s nearly 600-page novel Freedom on my iPad’s Kindle app, I can attest that eBooks are here to stay! Let’s look back then at a busy year in the eReader and eBook market.The Great eReader Price War of 2010ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: Privacy At the end of last year, Amazon was selling its basic Kindle for $259. In June of 2010, Barnes & Noble slashed the price of its Nook eReader to $199. Amazon immediately responded by dropping the price of the simplest Kindle to $189. In July, Sony dropped the price of its eReader from $169 to $149. The Nook then went down to $149 and Amazon announced that its new Kindle Wi-Fi, eventually released in August, would retail for $139.The eReader price war in turn fueled demand for eBooks. During the first nine months of 2010, market leader Amazon sold three times as many Kindle books than during the same time period in 2009.eBook Sales Nearly Double, Now 9% of Total Consumer BooksA recent report from the Association of American Publishers stated that eBooks sales grew 193% between January and August 2010. In dollar terms, eBook sales for January to August were up from $89.8 million in 2009 to $263 million in 2010.What’s more, according to the Association of American Publishers, eBooks now make up 9.03% of total consumer book sales – compared to 3.31% at the close of 2009. richard macmanuslast_img read more

Conductor involved in Banff crash fired again for social media posts

first_imgCALGARY – A Canadian Pacific Railway conductor who was fired following a 2014 derailment in Banff and later reinstated has been dismissed again — this time over social media posts that included several sexy modelling photos.Stephanie Katelnikoff says she received a letter from her employer last fall attached to a package of screen grabs from her social media accounts and was told to report to the railway’s Calgary office for a formal investigation.“This investigation is in connection with conduct and actions on Instagram and Facebook and other social media accounts, and the content of and compliance of those postings with company policies,” read the letter.Some of the photos in the package, which Katelnikoff provided to The Canadian Press, show her in cutoff jean shorts and a midriff-bearing top posing on railway tracks. Others are nudes of her shot from behind or the side, or of her in lingerie.The investigation package also had online comments that included a 2016 Facebook post under the name Steph Kat that calls the railway’s code of ethics a “short fictional comedy.”Another profile under the name Stevie Rae says: “Resume: Google Banff train crash,” followed by a laughing emoji.“I was shocked at the length they went to in investigating my personal social media accounts and my off-duty activity,” Katelnikoff told The Canadian Press.“I can’t imagine how long somebody spent combing through absolutely every little bit and piece of my social media.”Katelnikoff, 28, said most of her Facebook feed actually pertains to her charity work. She said modelling is a fun hobby that has allowed her to channel her creativity and boost her self-esteem.“I just can’t see how that affects my employability,” she said.On Boxing Day in 2014, a train Katelnikoff was conducting derailed, sending 15 cars off the tracks in Banff, Alta. A product used to make concrete called fly ash, as well as soybeans, spilled into a creek. The Transportation Safety Board determined that a broken piece of track caused the crash.Katelnikoff had some respiratory symptoms from breathing in the ash, but no one was otherwise injured. She was fired a month later and the company said it was because she violated rules around injury reporting and protecting an accident scene.She had been on the job less than six months and later criticized the training she received in the press.In February of 2016, arbitrator Maureen Flynn found in Katelnikoff’s favour, saying the company’s grounds for termination were “discriminatory” and in “bad faith.”Katelnikoff said the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference is grieving her most recent dismissal. The union did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Katelnikoff said her flippant online comments were a healthy way to process what she went through.“It was a traumatic event and I used humour as a coping mechanism. I don’t think you can fault a girl for doing that,” she said.The investigation package also mentioned a YouTube video critical of CP Rail, which the company said showed “gross insubordination and insolence.” Katelnikoff admits the delivery may not have been appropriate, but stands by her messages regarding the company’s approach to safety and human rights.CP spokesman Jeremy Berry said the company would not comment on an individual case.“All unionized train and engine employees are subject to the same rules and regulations and there is a standardized grievance process in place to deal with individual personnel decisions,” he wrote in an email.Katelnikoff, who is doing some health and safety consulting work on her own now, said she’s not sure she would return to the railway if given the chance.“The job itself and my brothers and sisters out on the rails are wonderful and I really truly enjoy that part of it.”(Companies in this story: TSX:CP)last_img read more

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