Relive the Excitement (and Confusion) of Lost with this Musical Spoof!

first_imgWe have to go back. WE HAVE TO GO BACK!!! Because we’re obsessed with all things camp, and because it’s Friday, check out this hysterical musical sendup of that show we still only pretend to have fully gotten: Lost. Head back to the island and meet the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors once more, set to a familiar Don McLean tune. Lost: The Musical, created by Steven Christopher Parker and Steven Brandon, runs through October 26 at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood. Check out the clip below, and then tell the Others! View Commentslast_img

Shoveling certification

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaIn Georgia, if your job involves moving soil with a trencher, front-end loader, excavator or shovel, the state requires you to be certified in erosion and sediment control by Dec. 31.This certificate became mandatory with the passing of Georgia House Bill 285, which requires anyone involved in land-disturbing activities to be certified.“The bill defines land-disturbing activities as any activity which may result in soil erosion and the movement of sediments into state water or onto lands within the state,” said Rose Mary Seymour, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension water specialist.The new law lists clearing, dredging, grading, excavating, transporting and filling of land as examples of land-disturbing activities. People doing minor land-disturbing such as gardening and landscaping don’t have to be certified.For the most part, the law affects landscape contractors, parks and recreation workers, landscape designers, machine operators, construction contractors, homebuilders and utility contractors.“Landscape services that would commonly fall under the certification requirement would include installing new landscapes or hardscapes, landscape renovation and laying sod,” Seymour said.Farming and minor landscape repairs and maintenance work are exempt. Many landscape firms, though, offer services that require a certified person to be on the site.To become certified, you must attend one of three courses designed especially for regulatory inspectors and erosion-control design professionals.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will offer several sessions of the Level 1A fundamentals class in the upcoming weeks. This is the course required for people who do land-disturbing activities.The course covers erosion and sediment processes, the Georgia Erosion & Sedimentation Act, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System construction permits, field maintenance, stream buffers and vegetative and structural best management practices.Two other training courses are offered: Level 1B advanced fundamentals for people performing regulatory inspections, and Level II “Introduction to Design” for those who design and review erosion- and sediment-control plans.To take the exam, you must show a photo identification. To earn certification, you have to earn a score of at least 70 percent on the open-book exam.If the new law affects your livelihood, Seymour strongly suggests enrolling in a course and becoming certified.“The consequences for violation of the Georgia Erosion and Sediment Act range from monetary fines up to $2,500 per day to stop-work orders to permit revocation and bond forfeiture,” she said. “For a site where several subcontractors are working, each firm or individual must have a responsible certified person present when they’re doing work at the site.”For a list of upcoming courses and more information on the Georgia Erosion and Sediment Control Act, see the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Web site at read more

Too soon to trust blockchain?

first_imgThis week we consider two sides of the same Bitcoin. On the one hand, blockchain technology has the potential to offer a whole new means of building trust with members. Its innate transparency makes it uniquely secure. On the other hand, blockchain’s relationship to Bitcoin cryptocurrency – and the recent volatility in Bitcoin’s value – creates a sketchy association in many people’s minds. Can blockchain raise the industry’s trust quotient? Or are its positives and negatives a wash?Of course, blockchain’s actual ability to impact security and consumer trust is still theoretical, as its use among credit unions is not yet widespread. So this week’s reads also include recent information on identity fraud and biometrics, and a look at whether consumers themselves are mucking up the system by providing fake data.Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Blue Lagoon also sponsors the Sea Star Festival this year

first_imgPlava Laguna will once again be a partner of the Sea Star Festival, the Croatian edition of the EXIT festival.A logical and smart move by the Blue Lagoon, because we all know that the motive for coming in the pre- and post-season is not the sun and the sea, but the motive for coming is quality content. And the confirmation of the successful concept came from the Netherlands, where EXIT was officially declared the best festival in Europe.Awards and various titles are certainly good for branding and as a “proof of concept”, but the most important thing is the following – generating tourist arrivals and tourist spending in the pre-season. And this is where the Sea Star Festival proved that quality content is king. “We are immensely glad that EXIT was named the best festival in Europe. We are very proud to have played one of the key roles in bringing Sea Star to Croatia, ie to Umag. It’s nice to be a part of something so big, and I believe the festival will be even better this year with a rich line-up in preparation. The Exit Award is also a recognition for Sea Star, which has achieved fantastic success in entering the top 10 European festivals in its category after the first edition.”, Said Ronald Korotaj, a member of the Board of the Blue Lagoon.Certainly a smart move by Plava Laguna, because the results of the research conducted by the regional research center “TIM” from Novi Sad, confirmed that the premiere edition of the Sea Star Festival in Umag last year contributed to the Croatian tourist economy. generated tourist spending of more than 60 million. According to the official data of the Tourist Board of the City of Umag, all accommodation capacities in the city and surrounding places were filled and in relation to the pre-festival weekend in Umag and its surroundings, it was recorded attendance growth of as much as 220 percent.Also, the Festival was visited by more than 25 fans from May 28 to 50.000, and as many as 93% of them came from outside Umag, and the host city in hospitality is followed by the Istrian County, which was visited by as many as 85% of guests from abroad. The survey also found that each of these visitors spent an average of 292 euros during the festival, according to organizers, which was conducted on a representative sample of visitors with purchased tickets.Smart enough, and that is another confirmation of the hypothesis that investing in events is not a cost, but an investment.EXIT is officially the best festival in Europe, it was announced at the European Festival Awards in the NetherlandsEXIT won in the main category in a competition of a staggering 350 festivals from more than 35 countries, with over a million audience votes and the opinion of an expert jury made up of the world’s most eminent music industry people. Exit festivals were in the finals in as many as six categories, and EXIT itself in a record three categories, including winning the main prize for the best major European festival, and the best festival organizer in Europe and the ‘Take a Stand’ award for social activism!With this, EXIT Summer of Love 2017, which consisted of 4 festivals in Novi Sad, Umag, Budva and Timisoara, with over 350.000 visitors, was inscribed in golden letters in the world history of the festival. This year’s Sea Star 2018 will be held from 24 to 27 May in Umag’s Stella Maris.Related news: SEA STAR FESTIVAL WITH A NEW PARTNERSHIP UNTIL THE INTRODUCTION OF ADDED VALUE FOR VISITORSlast_img read more

Uber calls for new deal for ‘gig economy’ workers

first_imgUber outlined proposals Monday for a new type of relationship with “gig” workers, including its own drivers, that would keep them as independent contractors but with some guaranteed benefits.The ride-hailing giant described “a new model for independent platform work” in an 18-page document it hopes can be used as blueprint for Uber and similar firms relying on independent workers.The move comes with Uber and other firms facing legal pressure to comply with a California law that would require its drivers to be classified as employees, eligible for unemployment, medical and other benefits. Uber proposed that gig economy companies be required to establish “benefits funds,” allowing gig workers to accrue and use the money for benefits or paid leave.Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, writing in the New York Times, said that the current employment system “is outdated and unfair” and “forces every worker to choose between being an employee with more benefits but less flexibility, or an independent contractor with more flexibility but almost no safety net.”He added: “Uber is ready, right now, to pay more to give drivers new benefits and protections. But America needs to change the status quo to protect all workers, not just one type of work.”Uber’s move comes with its business model under threat from efforts in California and elsewhere to classify its drivers as employees.The company argues that such a requirement would leave jobs only for a small fraction of its drivers and that costs would become more expensive.”Uber would not be as widely available to riders, and drivers would lose the flexibility they have today if they became employees,” Khosrowshahi wrote.”The vast majority of drivers have said they don’t want to be employees because of how much they value flexibility.”Topics : Uber has backed a referendum in the state to overturn the law, while pledging to provide benefits for a social safety net that would keep gig workers independent.Uber has argued that most of its drivers want to remain independent even if they also are looking for benefits.The company seeks “to deliver certainty for millions of independent contractors who will increasingly rely on independent work to help them face the economic challenges that lie ahead,” Uber said in its document.”The current health and economic crisis has brought into sharp focus the need for everyone, regardless of their employment status, to be able to find good quality, rewarding work; be able to work in the way they choose; and have access to adequate social protections and benefits.”last_img read more

Danish roundup: Sampension, AP Pension

first_imgDanish labour market pension fund Sampension saw its overall investment return narrow and unit-link pension returns dip into the red in the first quarter, weighed down by losses on equities.Business volumes grew strongly, however, with overall contributions up 8.5% from the same period a year earlier to stand at DKK2.1bn (€9.4bn), the fund said as it released interim results.The total investment return for January to March 2016 fell to DKK3.8bn from DKK13.7bn in the first quarter of 2015.The investment return before pensions tax (PAL) on unit-link (markedsrente) pensions was between -0.1% and -1.8%, down from 2.8% and 9.5% in the comparable year-earlier period. Equities made a loss in the first quarter, while bonds delivered a small positive return.Alternative investments produced a 2.4% return, including a return on real estate of 4%, Sampension said, adding that interest-rate hedging had finally made a profit.Chief executive Hasse Jørgensen said: “We need to create value in the long term for our customers, and our exposure to global equities and emerging markets has recently been an advantage and led to us doing relatively well in comparison with other players.”Exposure to Danish and European shares and weakness in the US dollar helped performance in the first quarter, he said.On the business side, the rise in total contributions was boosted by a 55% rise in transfers-in to DKK249m in the first quarter.Jørgensen said the rise in contributions was very positive and over the fund’s budget.“It is down to extra contributions in company pensions, as well as the result of increases in collective bargaining agreements, which were made last year,” he said.Total assets rose to DKK265.2bn at the end of March from DKK249.6bn at the end of December 2015.Meanwhile, commercial mutual pensions provider AP Pension reported returns of between +0.3% and -0.5% for unit-link pensions in the first quarter, depending on age profile.Ralf Magnussen, investment director at AP Pension, said the pension fund invested globally with an active strategy hedged against currency fluctuations.This combination contributed to AP Pension’s first-quarter returns ranking top against its commercial competitors, he said.“The picture was the opposite in 2015, when we were at the low end, but we stuck to the strategy,” he said.He said this approach was paying off now as it had also done over a longer time period.last_img read more

Pascal: I want Bundesliga’s return

first_img Gross left FC Ingolstadt in 2017 for the Seagulls, where he has shone in the Premier League. But the midfielder admits to Sport1: “Basically, my attitude is and remains that I definitely want to play in the Bundesliga again.Advertisement Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Laugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Best Cars Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayLook Up At The Most Fascinated Ceilings In The World10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone “The Premier League is incredible, but I’m German and I know what I have in Germany. Read Also:Ronaldo’s son marks Instagram debut with 979,000 followers “That’s why I want to go back sometime.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross has declared he wants to again play in Germany.last_img read more

‘Shabu peddler’ busted in Boracay

first_imgAntidrug operatives inspect the seized sachets of suspect shabu from Mark Andrew Panganiban (2nd from the left). PDEA REGION 6 Panganiban was nabbed after he allegedlysold illegal drugs to an undercover officer for P1,600, the police added. Panganiban was detained in the lockupcell of the Malay police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN) The 28-year-old Mark Andrew Panganibanyielded five sachets of suspected shabu, police said. Operatives of the Philippine DrugEnforcement Agency Aklan, Provincial Mobile Force Company, Malay police stationand 605th Maritime Police staged the entrapment operation that led to thearrest of Panganiban around 12:10 a.m. on Nov. 4. Aside from suspected shabu, a cellphoneand drug paraphernalia were also seized. BORACAY – A suspected drug peddleroperating in this world-famous island was arrested. last_img read more

Wildcats Tennis Results

first_imgThe Wildcats Tennis team was on the road at Milan for its third match of the week. The Wildcats battled early on, but struggled to close out the match. Franklin County eventually fell to the Indians 05-0.Individual scores are as follows:#1 Singles Jack Stirn 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7) vs. Brent Quatman#2 Singles Kurt Oetzel 1-6, 1-6 vs. Carter Wade#3 Singles Evan McMillin 5-7, 0-6 vs. Ethan Honnert#1 Doubles Will Wade & Lonnie Schwartz 6-7 (5-7), 2-6 vs. Cameron Henkel & Bo Wade#2 Doubles Ethan Ball & Brandon Snyder 3-6, 2-6 vs. Jon Becker & Matt SchmittThe Franklin County Boys Tennis team made the travel to South Dearborn on Tuesday, September 11. The Wildcats stepped up against its conference opponent to win the match 3-2.Individual scores are as follows:#1 Singles Jack Stirn 6-4, 6-0 vs. Drew Miller#2 Singles Kurt Oetzel 1-6, 6-3, 2-6 vs. Noah Probst#3 Singles Evan McMillin 6-3, 6-1 vs. Matt Hughes#1 Doubles Will Wade & Lonnie Schwartz 3-6, 3-6 vs. Nathan Cantrell & Alex Shackelford#2 Doubles Ethan Ball & Brandon Snyder 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) vs. Brayden Tanner & Mason GarlsCourtesy of Wildcats Coach Dylan Little.last_img read more

Pearson thinks bigger

first_img “We’ve proved in the last nine games that we are capable of being very effective and getting results. “It has been a steep learning curve for everyone connected with the club and the squad that did not have a lot of Premier League experience at the start of the season. “But they can draw on their experiences, good and bad, and now we must plan and develop the squad.” Rangers manager Chris Ramsey felt the defeat summed up the story of their miserable season as they were condemned to bottom spot. “It was very disappointing as some of our defending was schoolboy and we weren’t able to capitalise on the few chances we had at crucial points of the game,” Ramsey said. “That has probably been the story of our season, we didn’t take our chances at 2-0 and then the game goes away from you. “I thought there was a pride in the performance, in the effort but not the quality. “That’s the reason we’re in this position, we do good things but then undo it it with lack of concentration. “We had quite a young bench and that is something that needs to be looked at as we only had one senior sub in Junior Hoilett. “The players who turned out gave what they had and they’ve been doing that all season, but in the end quality tells.” Leicester manager Nigel Pearson admits he will be aiming higher than just surviving again in the Barclays Premier League next season. Press Association The Foxes thumped QPR 5-1 at home on the final day of the season to complete an amazing recovery by taking 22 points from the last 27 on offer and secure a 14th-placed finish. However, Pearson says he does not want the club to be involved in a similar relegation battle next season. “Let’s keep the celebrations in context,” Pearson said after his side had completed a seventh win in nine league games with their biggest victory of the season. “It’s a fabulous achievement but I wouldn’t want to be looking at avoiding relegation as a target to aspire to. “The two clubs (QPR and Burnley) who come up with us have been relegated, so it’s clearly a difficult transition to make. “I’m a big believer in setting targets which are going to stretch people but I have also got a sense of realism about them. “Finishing 14th wouldn’t have been believable a couple of months ago but we’ll see how we add to squad and progress next year.” Pearson was delighted with a performance in which five different players – Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton, Leonardo Ulloa, Esteban Cambiasso and Andrej Kamaric – all found themselves on the scoresheet. “Having assured our status last week there was an element of whether we could rise to the occasion,” Pearson said. “I wouldn’t say the intensity was there but we played with a ruthless edge and it was important to finish on a good note. last_img read more