Wine Industry Expo – 73% Sold and Selling Fast!

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Wine Industry Expo – 73% Sold and Selling Fast!Industry News ReleasesWine Industry Network – NewsWine Industry Expo – 73% Sold and Selling Fast!By Press Release – May 10, 2013 40 0 TAGSNCWIENorth Coast Wine Industry ExpoTrade ShowWine Industry Network “We had a good time and look forward to it next year. It appeared very successful to me, and I spent the whole day making connections, which is exactly was I was hoping to do.”Jim Lago – Healdsburg Signs “From my view point the show was a success for WIN and the local wineries. A recurring theme was, ‘how has this type of show not happened before?’ These folks loved having the option of seeing vendors without needing to travel far to do so. Congratulations!”Paul McKairnes – Premier Digital Display ReddIt Pinterest Optimized for YouTrue 10′ x 10′ Booth SpaceTraditional Pipe & Drape 8′ backdrop and 3′ sides WiFi Internet, 110v Electricity8′ Table with Linens 2 Chairs, Small WastebinCompany Signage Previous articleThere’s a Wine App for ThatNext articleCorks by M.A. Silva Press Release The 2nd Largest Wine Industry Trade Showin North America is Selling Fast! 73% Sold!The 2013 North Coast Wine Industry Expo is expanding in its second year to accommodate an additional 120 booths making it the second largest wine industry trade show in North America.NCWIE provides industry suppliers direct access to the greatest concentration of Winery and Vineyard buyers anywhere in North America. The Wine Industry Network (WIN) has partnered with associations throughout the North Coast to ensure maximum exposure and attendance to the show. Along with association support, WIN utilizes social media, print and online advertising, direct marketing campaigns, and direct winery networking to guarantee the success of this event.Sign-Up Now! Get a jump on the 2014 selling season by exhibiting at the 2nd Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo!View Available Booths & Pricing Emailcenter_img Linkedin View Our 2013 Exhibitor List AdvertisementWednesday December 5, 2013Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA Exhibitor FriendlyTired of running the gauntlet and all the “nickel & diming” associated with other trade shows? We know how you feel. That’s why our booths come with everything you need to get started for a successful day!Advertisement Facebook Twitter Sharelast_img read more

Real Estate Act to be Revised

first_imgRelatedMinistry Welcomes New Pipes to Reduce Water Loss FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Real Estate (Dealers and Developers) Act is to be amended to increase fines for breaches and protect the interests of all players in the real estate market.Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral debate on June 18 in the House of Representatives.He explained that the Act is being revised to “tighten-up” the accountability of real estate professionals, especially developers, as the Real Estate Board has been called upon to expend huge resources to defend the welfare of purchasers, where developers have failed to honour contractual obligations.“The Board is also increasing the penalty fees for breaches of the Act. Legislation will have to be drafted to ensure that the Board is able to carry out new anti-money laundering duties that it was instructed would be assigned,” he noted.Mr. Hayles also informed that the Real Estate Board will be regulating timeshare properties in Jamaica and licensing the marketers of timeshare.He said the Ministry of Tourism is piloting legislation to regulate timeshares in Jamaica, with the Board slated to become the Registrar of Timeshare.“Although timeshares are generally thought of as a tourism product, it is real estate-based, hence the interest of both bodies in the matter. The board will also have to licence the agents, who sell timeshares. The legislation to support these new responsibilities will be tabled shortly,” he noted.Contact: Latonya Linton RelatedRenewed Focus on Cassava Advertisementscenter_img Related35 in Duanvale Get Land Title Real Estate Act to be Revised EnvironmentJune 20, 2013Written by: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

The shape of things to come

first_imgThe world is changing fast in a multitude of different dimensions. If one stops to think about it too long, it can be disconcerting. One thing is for sure: whatever we think the future holds, the reality is likely to be very different. Perhaps the accuracy of our predictions matters less than the intent. Because without a vision of the future, how can we take decisions today or tomorrow that will enable us to build a better world?So let us assume our vision is “a built environment that enables a high quality of life for people within limits our planet can support”. First articulated by the UK Green Building Council, this vision is now shared by many organisations responsible for shaping the built environment.But do we all fully appreciate what this means? Through a process of visualisation, based on changes we believe we will face imminently, perhaps we can get closer to what such a vision might look like in practice. In the last few months, JLL has initiated a major piece of thought leadership into the megatrends that are likely to affect the real estate sector – here is an early preview.Megatrend 1: Clean-tech revolutionOur starting point here is the commitment we have made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 in the UK and across Europe. To achieve this, all new buildings will need to be net positive on energy and carbon to compensate for residual emissions associated with the 60% or so of our 2015 stock that will still be around. Individual buildings will be powered by decentralised community-owned systems that generate renewable electricity, heat and cooling, with high capacity storage and low transmission losses. Flat urban surfaces – whether vertical, horizontal, or diagonal – will be covered in photovoltaic film barely detectable by the human eye, as a result of our advances in nanotechnology. Cities will be dotted with wind and solar power hubs and, of course, we will have transformed the efficiency of existing homes such that the term “fuel poverty” is no longer understood.Megatrend 2: Urbanisation and the rise of land and resource scarcityBy 2050, somewhere in the range of 66-75% of people will be living in cities. This will lead to the emergence of new satellite, largely residential towns constellated around major conurbations to house workers. These will have been developed due to poor housing supply and chronic overpricing within city centres, but also due to massive public and private investment in infrastructure, resulting in fast, low-carbon mass-transit systems.Volatility in commodity pricing and severe shortages of certain resources (such as water and rare metals) will have dramatically changed the way in which the construction industry operates. Prefabrication, on-site assembly, natural methods of construction, and biomimic design will all feed into a more circular economy, as construction and demolition waste is eliminated and materials-exchange schemes become the norm.Megatrend 3: Ageing demographics and the growing importance of ‘wellness’With the proportion of elderly expected to rise by 50% by 2030, the typical real estate portfolio will have adapted significantly – both in terms of asset allocation and physical design features. Healthcare and small-scale retail facilities will be integrated within residential schemes, and sophisticated mechanisms to allocate carers to patients will maintain a high quality of life for elderly people within buildings they call “homes”.The quest for wellness will have continued apace, as individuals increasingly recognise the link between their wellbeing and surroundings. Boundaries between inside and outside will become increasingly blurred, as design emphasis focuses on reconnecting people to the natural world. This will take place through biomimic design, green spaces and parks, integrated design such as green walls, vertical farms, roof gardens, and even digitally enhanced video screens showing uplifting scene-scapes or views.Megatrend 4: Technology and smart citiesThe performance gap between a building’s anticipated performance and how it actually operates will have all but disappeared. Buildings will be digitally optimised so that resource efficiency, materials recycling and energy profiling can be delivered through the Internet of Things, which itself will offer growing networks of low-cost sensors and actuators for data collection and monitoring in buildings, supporting smarter decision-making and asset management.The growing population of urbanites buying their varied goods online will have led to a drastic rethink of retailers’ logistics networks. Look out for “urban logistics” units – or small thin parcel hubs with extensive loading facilities embedded in cities, enabling rapid response and delivery times. Julie Hirigoyen is UK head of sustainability JLL and incoming chief executive UK Green Building Council. She will be speaking in the Ecobuild session “Visions of the future: Five big ideas”, Thursday 5 March, 15.00 – 16.00View the full Ecobuild programme here >>Register for free here >>last_img read more

Intermarine outlines investments

first_imgAfter strengthening its presence in Europe by opening two offices, one in Hamburg, Germany, and one at Zeist, Netherlands, the company, owned by US investment fund New Mountain Capital, plans to lever the current weakness in ship values and newbuilding prices to expand its fleet.Twenty percent of the funds will be sponsored by Intermarine/New Mountain, with 80 percent being raised by institutional investorsThe group plans to add between ten and fifteen vessels with combined lifting capacities of up to 800 tonnes, reducing its dependence on chartered tonnage.”At this moment of consolidation the shipping industry is offering interesting possibilities, ” said Intermarine’s President and ceo Andre Grikitis.The APM will operate under Stefan Zinecker, Europe cfo, and Dr. Jens Rohweder, md business development, both newly appointed.The global financial crisis meant ship financing in Germany remained a “closed ship,” said Zinecker, “but in the meantime this gap is increasingly filled by offers from Asia.”He said that several different ships had already been offered by shipyards via brokers.Management of the new tonnage may eventually be the responsibility of a separate new company.Recent rumours about a possible merger with Bremen-based German competitor Beluga Shipping were denied by New Mountain Capital director Matthew Ebbel. Contact and talk with competitors were quite normal, he said, but in this case the rumours had to be regarded as a “misunderstanding” he said.last_img read more

Commission reverses itself, rolls back nineteen cent tax increase

first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Commission met in a special called budget & finance meeting on Tuesday to reverse an earlier vote that would have effectively increased the county’s property tax rate by nineteen cents.Scott Kitts quickly made a motion to set the tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year at $2.0659, which is the certified rate set by the Tennessee Dept. of Revenue as a result of the recent property reappraisal.Property Assessor Brandon Partin was asked to explain the process for setting the certified rate, telling commissioners, “Anything above the certified rate set in a reappraisal year is an increase.” Partin pointed out that state law requires any rate approved above the certified tax rate to be publicly announced and public hearings held before the final rate is approved.Last Thursday, at what was supposed to be the final budget & finance meeting, the commission approved a budget with a tax rate at the same level, $2.25, as the previous year. Public criticism came quickly, with Internet and talk show critics blasting the commission for increasing taxes.It appeared on Tuesday that most commissioners did not understand how a property reappraisal works and voted last week without realizing that they were actually passing a tax increase.Partin told the commissioners that the $2.0659 rate reflects the increase in property values. The certified rate set by the state is calculated to bring in the same amount of revenue as the previous tax year. Anything above the certified rate amounts to a tax increase.Rusty Orick observed that the state had set the certified rate on May 24 and asked why commissioners were not informed at that time. Partin replied that the rate could not be finalized until the county board of tax equalization completed its work of hearing any appeals from taxpayers.Ralph Davis criticized Partin for not keeping the commission informed but Partin responded, “I’m not here to argue. Don’t tell me I’m not doing my job. Technically I’m not supposed to announce the certified rate until after the county board adjourns.”Davis continued, at one point even exchanging words with someone in the audience, until budget committee chairman Johnny Bruce intervened, calling for order.Dewayne Baird then brought up several homes that he found had been appraised at values considerably below the sale price. Partin explained that the process of reappraisal takes four years. In order to treat all taxpayers equally, new homes must be appraised at a rate equal to those that were appraised at the beginning of the process.“Anything else is a spot appraisal and will result in a state audit,” Partin explained.Kitts finally called for the question on his motion, cutting off debate. Tyler King seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The commission then voted 15-0 to approve the $2.0659 tax rate.Orick then made a motion to request the assessor’s office to provide the commission with information on the past five years of changes in appraisals. That motion passed 14-1 with King voting “no.”The commission, now faced with a deficit in the budget they had approved last week, approved a resolution authorizing a budget change to the county’s capital projects fund to offset the $1.4 million in lost revenue. A budget line appropriating $1,908,989 for hot mix asphalt was cut to $500,309 to make up the deficit and balance the budget.Finally, Orick made a motion to approve the revised consolidated 2019-20 budget for Campbell County, with the commission approving that motion unanimously and quickly adjourning.    (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/26/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

CSKA 1948 with a transfer kick, took Ivaylo Chochev – efbet…

first_imgCSKA 1948 officially announced the transfer of the national Ivaylo Chochev, who signed a three-year contract with the new in efbet League.There was a serious interest in the midfielder from several clubs, but he decided to continue his career in the team led by Krassimir Balakov.At the age of 27, Ivaylo Chochev has already accumulated many solid matches behind him, and the clubs so far in his career are Chavdar (Etropole), CSKA and the Italian Palermo and Pescara, reminded by his new team.In two years at CSKA he played 50 games and scored 9 goals. He has the most matches with the Palermo shirt – nearly 120 in five years.It was with the team from Southern Italy that Chochev played three seasons in Serie A, being at the heart of the team’s midfield in 75 matches of the elite Italian championship, in which he scored 6 goals. He has also recorded nearly 20 meetings with the team of the national team of Bulgaria.“I thank CSKA 1948 for giving me a hand in a difficult moment for me. I can’t wait to get back on the field and play well. I missed football a lot during those months when I was injured. I join a good and ambitious team with many young motivated players and quality experienced players. I am happy that everything is now official.last_img read more

Ravens-Lions: Five predictions for Sunday

first_imgThe Ravens don’t own a victory over a team currently holding as much as a .500 record.Five of their six wins have come against a rookie or backup quarterback.Baltimore has the opportunity to fight back at both of those criticisms Sunday when Matthew Stafford and Detroit come to town. More importantly, the Ravens can improve their playoff chances as they enter Week 13 holding the No. 6 seed in the AFC.John Harbaugh’s team is eyeing its first three-game winning streak since the first three weeks of the 2016 season while the 6-5 Lions are trying to stay in the hunt in a much tougher NFC playoff race. Detroit enters the weekend one game behind Atlanta for the final spot in the conference.It’s time to go on the record as these teams meet for the first time since 2013 with the Ravens having won the last two meetings and owning a 3-1 advantage in the all-time regular-season series. The Lions are seeking their first win in Baltimore since defeating the Colts 13-10 at Memorial Stadium in 1977.Below are five predictions for Sunday:1. Detroit’s Golden Tate will lead both teams in receiving yards. The Lions own the 30th-ranked running game in the NFL, but no one has found room on the ground against the Ravens over their last four games anyway, making Tate much more critical. The slot receiver ranks sixth in the league in yards after the catch and 51 of his 63 catches have come on throws 10 or fewer yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Baltimore’s pass defense has mostly been superb, but nickel corner Lardarius Webb has had his issues in coverage and the middle of the field has been a vulnerable area that Tate can exploit.2. Terrell Suggs will register a strip-sack for the third consecutive game. Harbaugh labeled the 35-year-old “Ponce de Leon” for seemingly finding the Fountain of Youth after his performance against Houston, and few would argue with Suggs registering two-sack efforts in both games since the bye week. He’s one-half sack away from reaching double digits for the seventh time in his career and will be lining up against Taylor Decker, a talented left tackle who has struggled since returning last month from offseason shoulder surgery. This matchup is one of the biggest swing factors of the game. 3. Stafford will throw two touchdown passes against a tough secondary. As I wrote earlier this week, the Ravens shouldn’t apologize for the opponents they’ve faced, but it’s fair to wonder just how good this secondary will be against tougher competition, which is what Stafford and the league’s 10th-ranked passing game will offer. The Ravens defense leads the NFL with 18 interceptions, but the Lions quarterback has tossed only six in 395 attempts. If Baltimore can’t sustain pressure against an offensive line that’s been pretty solid after a slow start, Stafford will be able to make some plays at every level.4. Joe Flacco will toss a touchdown and two interceptions as his 2017 struggles continue. The Lions have had substantial issues stopping the run in recent weeks, but any defense not loading the box against Baltimore to force the ball in Flacco’s hands is crazy. It’s no secret this passing game is a total mess that hasn’t produced against even below-average pass defenses, and Detroit is tied for fifth in the NFL in takeaways despite ranking 23rd against the pass. Flacco’s comments after the Houston win reflect the frustration for the veteran, who’s eclipsed 200 passing yards only once since Week 5. 5. The lack of offensive balance and turnovers will catch up with the Ravens in a 20-16 loss. These teams are fairly equal in quality, but Baltimore is coming off a short week and its passing game is a much bigger weakness than anything the Lions are dealing with. Stafford isn’t going to totally pick the defense apart, but there will be some shock going up against a top quarterback that will put the Ravens behind and take them out of their formula of running the ball and being aggressive on defense to force turnovers. The Ravens have won the turnover battle in all six of their wins this season and have enjoyed at least a plus-2 margin in five of those. Short of that happening, they’ll drop a close one.last_img read more

Ice-free passage for ships through the Arctic could cause problems for marine mammals

first_imgArticle published by John Cannon A new study suggests that increased ship traffic in the Arctic, as ice there melts due to climate change, could disturb marine mammal species.In their assessment of 80 subpopulations living along the Northwest Passage and Russia’s Northern Sea Route, 42 are likely to be affected by a greater number of commercial ships, researchers found.The team suggests that mitigation measures, such as those employed in other parts of the world to protect North Atlantic right whales, could be effective. An increasingly ice-free Arctic could test the adaptability of marine mammals, a new study has found, as hundreds of ships in recent years have used the newly open polar seas to transport goods and people.Ship strikes, increased pollution and light, and a noisier ocean could all potentially cause problems for whales, seals and bears, especially as scientists expect the number of vessels — as well as the routes open to them — to rise.“Even going right over the North Pole may be passable within a matter of decades,” Donna Hauser, a marine ecologist and the study’s lead author, said in a statement. “It raises questions of how to allow economic development while also protecting Arctic marine species.”A pod of narwhals in central Baffin Bay. Narwhals are the most vulnerable, among seven marine mammals studied, to increased ship traffic in the Arctic Ocean. Image by Kristin Laidre/University of Washington.To get a better idea of what all this new traffic will mean for seven marine mammal species that live in this part of the world, Hauser and her colleagues looked at 80 subpopulations of the animals living in the vicinity of two important shipping routes: The Northern Sea Route runs roughly parallel to most of Russia’s northern coastline, while the Northwest Passage connects the Atlantic to the Pacific passing through high-latitude Canada and around northern Alaska.Until recently, these routes were only an option for vessels that had powerful icebreaking ships plowing a path ahead of them. But the authors report that commercial ships are already using the Northern Sea Route, and other research shows that the Northwest Passage could be a viable option by around 2050.The team pinpointed the locations of the different species in relation to the routes during September, the time of year when polar waters are the most open. They also looked at each species’ sensitivity to factors such as spikes in noise, which could interfere with their hunting or communication, and the likelihood that they’d be hit. From these, they compiled a set of “vulnerability scores.” Based on these analyses, they found that the new ship traffic could negatively impact 42 of the subpopulations.The findings indicate that narwhals (Monodon monoceros), a whale species best known for its long spiraling tusk, are most apt to be affected.A bowhead whale in Disko Bay, West Greenland. Ships following the Northwest Passage would travel through Baffin Bay off Greenland’s west coast. Image by Kristin Laidre/University of Washington.“Narwhals have all the traits that make them vulnerable to vessel disturbances,” Kristin Laidre, a polar scientist at the University of Washington and co-author of the paper, said in the statement. “[They] stick to really specific areas, they’re pretty inflexible in where they spend the summer, they live in only about a quarter of the Arctic, and they’re smack dab in the middle of shipping routes.“They also rely on sound, and are notoriously skittish and sensitive to any kind of disturbance,” Laidre added.Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus), bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) and beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) also rated high on the vulnerability scale.The researchers found that the risks for marine mammals rose by a factor of two or three at several “pinch points” along the route, such as the Bering Strait between the land masses of Asia and North America.“These obligatory pinch points are used by migratory species to get in and out of the Arctic, but they are also necessary passageways for vessels using these sea routes,” Hauser said. “Identifying the relative risks in Arctic regions and among marine mammals can be helpful when establishing strategies to deal with potential effects.”Beluga whales in the pack ice in West Greenland. Ships using the Northwest Passage would travel through Baffin Bay off Greenland’s west coast. Image by Kristin Laidre/University of Washington.Elsewhere, scientists have studied the interplay between ships and whales, including fin, blue, and North Atlantic right whales, Laidre said. Those insights have led to changes in the way ships operate when passing through high-risk areas.“I think we can learn a lot from areas that have already been thinking about these kinds of conflicts between ships and marine mammal populations,” Laidre said. “We could aim to develop some mitigation strategies in the Arctic that help ships avoid key habitats, adjust their timing taking into account the migration of animals [and] make efforts to minimize sound disturbance.”Banner image of a bowhead whale by Kristin Laidre/University of Washington.CitationHauser, D. D. W., Laidre, K. L., & Stern, H. L. (2018). Vulnerability of Arctic marine mammals to vessel traffic in the increasingly ice-free Northwest Passage and Northern Sea Route. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animal Behavior, Animals, Arctic Animals, Biodiversity, Cetaceans, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change And Extinction, Conservation, Dolphins, Ecology, Endangered Species, Environment, Global Warming, Mammals, Marine Mammals, Oceans, Whales, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Bit.ly: Please Use This TinyURL of the Future

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Product Reviews#web center_img marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts URL shorteners like TinyURL are a wildly popular way to share long links over email, IM, microblogging and other contexts. The millions of shortcuts that have been created through such services represent a huge opportunity to capture interesting data – but to date those opportunities have all just gone down the drain.Bit.ly, a new URL shortening service from the innovation network Betaworks, is launching today with a staggering feature set for both end users and forward-looking developers. We’ve been waiting for a more intelligent URL shortening service to hit the market but even in our most ambitious visions we haven’t seen something like this coming. We hope you’ll use it – the more we all do, the more everyone will benefit.What Bit.ly Does Today At launch Bit.ly is a relatively sophisticated URL shortener. It uses a cookie to remember the last 15 links you’ve shortened and displays that history on the home page when you visit. It allows you to set up a custom URL ending for your link. It automatically creates 3 thumbnails for every page you save a link to.How about these features, though? Bit.ly saves a cached copy forever of every page you shorten a link to, on Amazon’s S3 storage (processing is done on EC2, as well, so uptime looks good). Bit.ly also tracks clickthrough numbers and referrers so you can see what kind of traffic your shortcut got and from where. There’s a simple API for adding Bit.ly functionality to any other web app (Betaworks affiliated gaming site ImInLikeWithYou already has this live) and all the data, including traffic data and thumbnails, is easily accessible by XML and JSON feeds.Those are some pretty awesome features but that’s only the beginning. A javascript submission bookmarklet and user accounts should be available soon. (Update: Bit.ly just added a simple bookmarklet that will make it easier to use casually.)The Future of Bit.ly: Semantic and Geo Spatial AnalysisIn the background, Bit.ly is analyzing all of the pages that its users create shortcuts to using the Open Calais semantic analysis API from Reuters! Calais is something we’ve written about extensively here. Bit.ly will use Calais to determine the general category and specific subjects of all the pages its users create shortcuts to. That information will be freely available to the developer community using XML and JSON APIs as well.As if that’s not a whole lot of awesome already – Bit.ly is also using the MetaCarta GeoParsing API to draw geolocation data out of all the web pages it collects. You want to see all the web pages related to the US Presidential election, Barack Obama and Asheville, North Carolina? Or about Technology, Google and The Dalles, Oregon? That will be what Bit.ly delivers if it can build up a substantial database of pages. Once it does, it will open that data up to other developers as well.Why use a URL shortener to catalog all those pages? Why not? Each shortcut signals a page that’s of importance to a real human user and an army of link-senders sounds like a great way to build up that database. Semantic indexing of the web through casual but opt-in and common user activity is a great strategy.Then we can all share access to that data. We’re excited and we hope you’ll put Bit.ly to use. last_img read more

Five Things You Can Do With This New Facebook RSS App

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#How To#web marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Sometimes the low-hanging fruit holds the most potential – but it’s hidden in plain sight. Facebook opened up the activity streams of users’ friends this week to outside developers to put into new interfaces. The showcase examples in the news were things like Facebook-inside-desktop-Twitter applications. A San Francisco developer named Teck Chia saw another opportunity. Chia built a Facebook application that you can grant permission to pull your Facebook newsfeed out of the site and publish as an RSS feed. It’s called Newsfeed RSS. It’s a simple thing, but it’s an important development in the gradual opening of the walled garden that Facebook has been. Just to give you some ideas, here are five things that can now be done with the Facebook RSS feeds that Chia has set free.It’s important to note that the feeds Chia’s app publishes are not secure feeds. They are only secure through their obscurity. You probably won’t be able to figure out another user’s feed URL. The feed is also without images or links right now, though Chia says that might change in the future. App notifications are also not included. Messages posted to Facebook are delivered though, and that’s probably what’s most important.Here’s what mine looks like right now:What can be done with this? Why would you want your Facebook newsfeed as an RSS feed? RSS is an incredibly pliable technology – now this app makes the newsfeed pliable too.1. Ambient AwarenessBelieve it or not, not all of us are glued to Facebook all day. Plug your RSS feed into Gmail Webclips, a startpage/dashboard like iGoogle or Netvibes or another RSS reading app and you can notice Facebook updates in passing. You may receive more updates to your Facebook feed than it’s realistic to read – ambient awareness can give you an opportunity to catch missed items serendipitously. I do this with lots of other RSS feeds and can see how it would work well with one from Facebook.2. Filtered WatchlistsHard-core social networkers have friends and then they’ve got particular groups that they keep an extra close eye on. In many fields Facebook may be home to more of the conversation than Twitter is. Why not filter your Facebook RSS feed for just the usernames of particularly high-priority people to you and then consume that filtered feed through a high-priority system of feed reading? Yahoo! Pipes is probably the best way to filter those feeds, but there are many options. We can imagine some people setting up a filtered list of people for whom they want to be able to respond in near real time, thus building relationships with those people fast. We can also imagine some people being really annoying with this tactic, so don’t be that person. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 3. Follow Facebook Friends via TwitterMany of us are already pushing Twitter updates into Facebook. (Our poor friends on Facebook! Imagine the deluge.) Why not pull our Facebook friends out into an RSS feed and then plug that into Twitterfeed or PingVine to populate a dedicated Twitter account for you to follow? You can’t reply directly but you can monitor the updates that way and click through to interact on Facebook.4. Cache in a Feed Reader or Other SystemThrow that feed of updates into a good RSS feed reader and you should be able to search an archive of friends’ updates. 5. Follow Facebook in FriendFeedYou can sync your personal Facebook status updates with FriendFeed and share them with your friends on that aggregation service, but why not add your new Facebook RSS feed as an “imaginary friend” (just an RSS feed) and then monitor what all your Facebook friends are doing through the FriendFeed interface. All you need to do is “like” or “comment” on any of the items that come in that way and all of a sudden all of your FriendFeed friends will be able to see your Facebook friend’s update. Whether they have permission in FriendFeed or not. [Update: Phil Glockner says this isn’t quite how it works, below in comments.]Something tells us that this “walled garden” that is Facebook can’t possibly remain closed forever. The web is just too fluid, and the social web is even more so. The information that Facebook holds is just too useful to keep locked up in one network.You can install Newsfeed RSS here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more