Filing period opens for school board races

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The filing period for local school board election candidates has opened and so far at least three area residents have kicked off their campaigns. A total of 10 school board seats are open on local school boards in the Nov. 6 election. Expected to get the most attention is the Hart Union High School District board, which has two seats available. Incumbents Steve Sturgeon and Gloria Mercado-Fortine both have said they will run for re-election, this after some communities have asked for a recall of the Hart board. Sturgeon kicked off his fundraising campaign a few weeks ago with a light-cocktail mixer at the Valencia Country Club. Sturgeon said he spent $20,000 on his campaign in 2003, but this year he’ll be reusing “red apple signs” that he had specially made for that school board election. Mercado-Fortine will also be running this year. She plans to focus on several topics on her platform that include fiscal responsibility and equal access to services. Joe Messina, who lost bids in 2003 and 2005 for the Hart board, is giving it another go this year. Messina said his campaign would be marked by several meet-and-greets. Candidates interested in running for seats can request the proper nomination documents in person at the Registrar Recorder/County Clerk Office, 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, or via the Internet at A Candidate Handbook, with information on rules and guidelines on campaigning and campaign-finance disclosure requirements, will be available to all candidates who file. For more information, call (562) 462-2317. last_img read more

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Make Safety and Responsibility a Priority as Dove Season Opens on Sept. 3

first_imgAs hunters gather together to participate in opening day of dove hunting season on Sept. 3, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds everyone to always practice safety and responsibility while in the field.The 2016-17 season for mourning and white-winged dove is separated into two segments: Sept. 3-Oct. 8 and Nov. 21-Jan. 14. The daily bag limit is 15 and the possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. All hunters must follow applicable licensing requirements.Shooting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. Hunting of migratory game birds by any method is not allowed on Sundays.For many hunters in North Carolina, the first day of dove season is a communal experience, signifying fall’s arrival and the commencement of many months of hunting opportunities. Such gatherings are a great time to promote responsible practices among fellow hunters, including: never place decoys on utility lines, always check fields to make sure you are not hunting over baited areas and never combine game bags.Group hunts are also an opportunity to mentor young and novice hunters in essential safety rules, like always adhere to established zones of fire and never shoot at low-flying birds.last_img read more

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WordCamp Miami 2017: You Are Not Your Audience, How to Create User-Centered Design

first_imgThough I was over 1,300 miles away, thanks to the WordCamp Miami 2017 livestream, I was able to attend their WordCamp this past weekend.The free livestream covered both Saturday and Sunday sessions, with talks for users, designers, developers, business owners, and marketers.I kicked off Saturday with the first content/design talk of the day, You Are Not Your Audience: How to Create User-Centered Design by Tracy Apps, which focused on using design to solve problems for your audience.Tracy shared insights for looking at our design process and steps we can take for a more successful design project.Here are my notes and some of the social media conversation from Tracy’s talk. You Are Not Your Audience, How to Create User-Centered DesignCreate content that your audience understands. We are often too close to our projects and use words, phrasing that our users don’t use. Use plain language, avoid jargon.“It’s better to be clear than clever.” –@tapps #WCMIA #wordcamp #usercentereddesign #WordsOfWisdom— Shelby Elliott (@ShelbElliott) March 25, 2017Be inclusive. Find out what words users use: check Google for word patterns for what people look for. Consider a survey to find out what words people use and understand.What is the purpose of your site? Invest time and effort in your website discovery process.Conduct stakeholder interviews to identify the purpose of the web project, what success looks like, how the site will solve problems for users.Include user behaviors and goals rather than demographics in your user stories/personasGood point about personas: focus on user behaviors, not demographics. #wcmia— DeborahEdwards-Onoro (@redcrew) March 25, 2017In design meetings, always think of the user first SlidesTracy graciously published You Are Not Your Audience: How to Create User Centered Design presentation slides on SpeakerDeck.Thanks Tracy for an excellent talk on user-centered design! If you weren’t able to attend WordCamp Miami 2017 and didn’t catch the livestream, look for the videos to be published soon on this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: June 26, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn how to make a prototype in three days, find out how to design for (and with) color blindness, explore the challenges of going beyond responsive design, and more. Each Friday I publish a post with my favorite resources…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: June 17, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn about a Chrome extension for seamless screen, microphone, and camera recording, discover why you only need five users for usability testing, find out about the new Google Fonts redesign, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”Takeaways from WordCamp Pittsburgh 2017This past weekend I had the pleasure of joining over 150 bloggers, business people, designers, and developers at the WordCamp Pittsburgh 2017 conference to learn and talk about WordPress. I was excited to attend! Last year, I was disappointed I couldn’t attend the inaugural WordCamp Pittsburgh 2016 so I made…In “Conference” When creating user-centered design, consider accessibility. Add captions and descriptions to videos. Did you know 85 percent of Facebook videos are watched without sound?Not focusing on accessibility means you’re not focusing on usability“If it’s not accessible, it is not usable.” @tapps #WordCampMiami #WCMIA #LeadersGetSocial— Natalia Ortega (@Nat7Ort3) March 25, 2017Resources for testing web accessibility:Usability testing. Ask friends, family, or others who have never used the site to see if they can use it. Prepare your goals and questions. Conduct test, analyze results, repeat.My favorite tool for testing for web accessibility: a person. Check for keyboard navigation and focus first. #wcmia #a11y— DeborahEdwards-Onoro (@redcrew) March 25, 2017Free WAVE Chrome and Firefox extension from WebAIMChrome Accessibility Developer Tools extensionFirefox Web Developer-Add-onJoe Dolson’s WP Accessibility plugin:Free WP Accessibility plugin fixes common accessibility issues in your WordPress site. #a11y #wcmia— DeborahEdwards-Onoro (@redcrew) March 25, 2017last_img read more

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Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 2: Business Models & RSS

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Interviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus This is the second in a 3-part interview with O’Reilly Media CEO, Tim O’Reilly. In part 2, we discuss business models for Web 2.0 and the future of RSS.Business Models for Web ContentRichard: There’s been a bit of discussion amongst bloggers recently aboutmonetizing weblogs – making money off one’s Web content. This of course has long been adream for Website producers – content is king, but how to make money from it? Mostcommercial publishing businesses have used subscription models to do that, including yourcompany (e.g. Safari Bookshelf). But withbloggers and other independent content creators, perhaps advertising and sponsorships arebetter avenues for them to explore. Where do you see the future of Web 2.0 for contentcreators, in terms of making money from their content? “In the early days, a publisher had to do everything…now there are lots ofcooperating players, making the job a lot easier.”Tim: Back in 1995, in the early days of the Web, I wrote an article called Publishing Models for InternetCommerce. It was based on the idea that publishing can give us a lot of insight intohow the Internet is going to play out. The lesson I drew from publishing is there’s not asingle business model. There are countless, overlapping business models – from marginalto very successful – in a really rich ecosystem. Take for example, in the US your kidsmay come home from school with this thing: “Hey, buy magazine subscriptions and you willsupport our school”. There’s some company that uses school children to market magazinesubscriptions! And there’s something else called PublishersClearinghouse that has contests and giveaways to get magazine subscriptions. So thereare these funny business models.We have subscriptions, and direct sales to consumers and mediated retail sales, andadvertising, and combinations of all of the above. We have people who make their moneyproviding infrastructure or assistance in these models – ad agencies, printers, rackjobbers, distributors, retailers. It’s a rich and complex environment.After we sold GNN [Global Network Navigator] to AOL in 1995, I remember talking to TedLeonisis about this idea – and he said: “Oh, I get it – you’re saying where is thePublishers Clearinghouse for the Web?!”“What we’re seeing as the Web develops is that we’re building a richer ecology ofoptions.”In the early days, a publisher had to do everything, from generating the content tohosting and caching it, to acquiring customers, to selling advertising…and now thereare lots of cooperating players, making the job a lot easier. What we’re seeing as theWeb develops is that we’re building a richer ecology of options. So subscription isbecoming a valid option. So is downloadable paid content. So is advertising – in factthere are new forms of advertising. You know, we used to think that it was only bannerads – and they got bigger and bigger and more intrusive. Then Overture and Googleintroduced this concept of context-sensitive text ads and that stuff really enabled whatChris Anderson is calling The Long Tail. But thestory’s not over – we’re going to see more and more kinds of paid content. What’s its Job?“We often get blinded by the forms in which content is produced, rather thanthe job that the content does.”The other thing you really have to think about with all this is – we often get blindedby the forms in which content is produced, rather than the job that thecontent does. With eBooks, a lot of people got all hung up on the idea that an eBook wassomething that you put on a computer or a handheld device that allowed you to read abook. As opposed to thinking of an eBook as the answer to a whole set of differentquestions – OK, well what job does a book do?So for example a fantasy novel does the job of entertainment. Using that analogy, I’dsay an MMORPG like Everquest is an eBook. It’s a very clear successor to Lord of theRings – an exploration of how you would do a better fantasy novel on a computer. Justlike movies grew out of stage plays. Originally they used to point a camera at the stage,then they realized they could move the camera and do all kinds of different things.“What new technology does is create new opportunities to do a job that customers wantdone.”A lot of the publishing that I do really has two jobs: one is teaching and the otheris reference. Safari is chiefly an online reference tool, so we’re exploring newways of putting our information in a reference context. For example we built a web services API so that Safari could be builtinto, say, a developer tool and become a help system. We’re looking at it like this: whatare we trying to accomplish here? Similarly, if you’ve looked at the O’Reilly Learning Lab, we’ve recently doneonline training – because, again, that’s one of the things we do. We teach people.So there’s not a single business model, and there’s not a single type of electroniccontent. There are really a lot of opportunities and a lot of options and we just have todiscover all of them. Take music – the music industry was so focused on selling songs that they completelymissed the ringtone business. What new technology does is create new opportunities to doa job that customers want done. “In the morning the milkshake needed to be thicker , to last longer,and in the evening it needed to be thinner so it’d get drunk faster.”There’s a great talk that I heard Clayton Christensen give(he’s the author of The Innovator’sDilemma). He was the one who I first heard using the “job” analogy. He talked about astudy that Harvard Business School did for McDonalds, about milkshakes. They areapparently McDonalds’ most profitable product, but the company wanted to figure out howcould they make it even more profitable. What the Harvard researchers did was they wentand watched people at McDonalds – and asked what job was the milkshake doing? Andthey discovered that the milkshake drinkers fell into two large groups. The bulk of thesales were in the morning and in the late afternoon. And they figured out that in themorning milkshakes were bought by a solitary commuter and the job was to while away thecommute. And in the evening the milkshake was bought by the single parent coming backwith a crowd of kids from a soccer game or whatever – and the job of the milkshake was tobe a reward to the kids and the parent was always saying – hurry up and finish yourmilkshake! So in the morning the milkshake needed to be thicker, to last longer,and in the evening it needed to be thinner so it’d get drunk faster. So it wasdoing a different job at each of those times. And I think we have to apply that kind of thinking to electronic content – what are wetrying to accomplish?RSS and Web 2.0Richard: A number of bloggers have noted that RSS was a common theme throughoutthe Web 2.0 conference. Russell Beattie said that“RSS was always mentioned [at Web 2.0 conference] in the context of Web Services ingeneral”. Where do you see RSS and other syndication technologies fitting into the“Internet as Platform” framework? “RSS is clearly, far and away the most successful web service to date.”Tim: RSS is clearly, far and away the most successful web service to date. Andit kind of demonstrates something that happens a lot in technology, which is thatsomething simple and easy-to-use gets overloaded (in the sense that object orientedprogramming uses the term). I mean it’s the classic example of Clayton Christensen’s innovator’s dilemma. WhenHTML came out everybody said “Hey this is so crude, you can’t build rich interfaces likeyou can on a PC – it’ll never work”. Well it did something that people wanted, it kind ofgrew more and more popular, became more and more powerful, people figured out ways toextend it. Yes a lot of those extensions were kludges, but HTML really took over theworld. And I think RSS is very much on the same track. It started out doing a fairlysimple job, people found more and more creative things to do with it, and hack by hack ithas become more powerful, more useful, more important. And I don’t think the story isover yet.  “As happened with the web, the business models come later.”The fundamental idea of syndication and the ability to redistribute content via webservices, is a very powerful idea and we’re going to see more. There was this wholefascination with Push back in the late 90’s with companies like Marimba and Pointcast –and they tried too hard to make that work and to build a business around it. (AlthoughMarimba eventually did make a nice business in the enterprise, with software updates.) Itwas too early and too freighted with stuff that was good for the companies but not forthe customers. As is often the case, it came back from the wilds as something notsponsored by companies with business models but by independent developers who were justtrying to make stuff that worked for their own needs. As happened with the web, thebusiness models come later. But this whole idea of people subscribing to content that they care about I think isfairly fundamental. We’re basically dealing with a world of information overload andbeing able to tailor your personal portal is a pretty powerful idea. And I think we’regoing to see it increasingly used. last_img read more

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Janene Schmitz Joins AFF as Programs Associate

first_imgAFF is excited to welcome Janene Schmitz to the team as a part-time Programs Associate.Janene earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Previously, she worked at the Charles Koch Institute, ensuring that their educational program participants had opportunities to work at hundreds of partner organizations around the D.C. area, and across the country.“We are thrilled to welcome Janene to the team. Her skills and experience will help AFF recruit and cultivate young liberty leaders in new and exciting ways,” said AFF CEO Roger Custer.Janene will be overseeing AFF’s programs in the Washington, D.C., area including: Welcome to Washington; the annual AFF gala; and the many panels, happy hours, and events held throughout the year in the nation’s capital.Originally from New Jersey, Janene loves the New York Giants and a day at the beach. She and her husband live in Alexandria with their baby girl.She writes, “I am so excited to join the AFF team and to expand on the great work they already do! I look forward to working with the D.C. programs to provide opportunities for young professionals in the area.”last_img read more

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2013 New South Wales Country Championships results

first_img57 teams took to the fields at Bob Dowling Oval in Dubbo over the weekend to compete in the 2013 New South Wales Country Championships. Congratulations to the teams who won their respective divisions:Men’s OpenWollongong Devils 4 defeated Central Coast Dolphins 3Women’s OpenWagga Wagga 8 defeated Tuggeranong Vikings 2Women’s 20’sTamworth Thunder 4 defeated Wagga Wagga 3Mixed Open Port Macquarie 8 defeated Taree Flames 3Men’s 40’s – Final OneWallsend Wolves 5 defeated Doyalson Devils 0Men’s 40’s – Final TwoNelson Bay Neptunes 4 defeated Jerrabomberra Storm 3Women’s 40’sCentral Coast Dolphins 3 defeated Woden Eagles 2Men’s 50’sNewcastle City 8 defeated Beresfield 0Senior MixedPeninsula Piranhas 5 defeated Forster Tuncurry 2For all of the results from the weekend, please visit the NSWTA events website – Related LinksCountry Champs resultslast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea, Liverpool buoyed as PSG boss Tuchel confirms possible Rabiot exit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea, Liverpool buoyed as PSG boss Tuchel confirms possible Rabiot exitby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG manager Thomas Tuchel says he “cannot guarantee” whether Adrien Rabiot will be at the club beyond January.The Frenchman has yet to sign a new contract with PSG and will be a free agent in the summer.Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Barcelona have expressed an interest in the midfielder. And their chances of signing the 23-year-old have seemingly increased with Tuchel’s comments.”I cannot guarantee that Adrien (Rabiot) will finish the season with us because it is still the same thing. He did not say yes to PSG. And as a result of that, everything is possible,” he told reporters.”Like you say, it was necessary and important for me, for us, to sign a number 6 for our team this summer. Now we are in winter and it is the same thing. It depends on the situations of Adrien Rabiot and Lassana Diarra. Maybe we will need them now.” last_img read more

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Blue Jackets blue in the face about clock malfunction

The Columbus Blue Jackets are again at the center of controversy, but this time it has nothing to do with an upset fan base. In Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, with the score tied, 2-2, Blue Jackets center Samuel Påhlsson was sent to the penalty box for holding at 18:54 of the third period. As the game clock wound down it appeared the game would head into overtime. But with less than a second left, Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty put a rebound past Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis Sanford just as time expired. The officiating crew reviewed the goal to confirm that it had been scored before time expired. The ruling on the ice that the play had resulted in a goal stood, and Doughty was credited with a game-winning power-play goal at 19:59 of the third period. The controversy did not arise until after the game when the Blue Jackets reviewed the goal for themselves. Members of the Blue Jackets staff noticed a malfunction with the game clock. According to the Blue Jackets, with 1.8 seconds left, the game clock appeared to freeze for a full second. Representatives from the Blue Jackets said they felt time should have expired before Doughty scored and the game should have gone in to overtime. Blue Jackets spokesman Todd Sharrock said the organization is “disappointed with what happened.” Sharrock said the Blue Jackets have brought the matter to the attention of National Hockey League officials. Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson opined on the matter via his blog on the team’s website. “The official results of the NHL games played last night show that the Columbus Blue Jackets lost to the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in regulation time in Los Angeles,” Howson said in his post. “However, this was an unjust result. In reality, this game should have gone to overtime, and we will never know what the true result of the game should have been.” The NHL acknowledged that they are looking in to the incident. “The league has begun a thorough review in to the matter,” said John Dellapina, NHL spokesman. Members of the Los Angeles Kings organization did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. The loss is the Blue Jackets’ sixth in a row, and leaves the team with 32 points through 51 games. The Blue Jackets currently reside in last place in the NHL, and fifth place in the Central Division of the Western Conference. This incident is just one of many storylines in the past week for the organization. On Jan.28, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced in his annual All-Star address that the Blue Jackets organization was chosen as the host for the 2013 NHL All-Star Celebration. Later that day, fans gathered outside of Nationwide Arena to protest Blue Jackets’ management. Multiple reports have confirmed that Blue Jackets’ center Jeff Carter, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers during the offseason, is on the trading block among rumors of his unhappiness with the organization. read more

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Senate approves Rep Lower resolution blocking governors power grab

first_img14Feb Senate approves Rep. Lower resolution blocking governor’s power grab Important environmental input panels will remain in placeState Rep. Jim Lower today praised his colleagues in the Michigan Senate for approving his resolution to block a power grab from the new governor that overstepped the fundamental division of powers between the governor’s office and Legislature. The Michigan House approved the measure last week.Without House Concurrent Resolution 1, Lower said an executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would have eliminated three important environmental commissions established in statute by the Legislature last year.“This executive order amounted to a de facto veto of the current law – a clear abuse of her power,” said Lower, of Cedar Lake. “Gov. Whitmer went too far and we have a duty to protect the will of the people and reject any executive order that repeals a law.”The input panels the governor’s executive order would have abolished were put into law last year to give citizens a much-needed voice in the rule-making process, increasing the transparency and accountability of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Prior to the creation of review committees, citizens and small businesses had no recourse to appeal new rules made by the DEQ and were stuck with the consequences, unless they decided to pursue costly and time-consuming appeals through the courts.“It’s disingenuous to characterize rejecting this executive order as somehow flying in the face of clean water. Nothing about this decision will hurt the environment,” Lower said. “We all care about clean water, but we also care about injecting common sense into the rules that are put in place. It’s always good to seek a wide array of input from the people who are going to be affected by state regulations.”Because the Legislature does not have the power to edit individual lines, Lower said the executive order had to be rejected in its entirety.“I hope the governor’s office will work with us to correct her mistake and remove the pieces of the executive order that went too far,” Lower said. “It is possible to continue to work together on a new executive order and retain the areas where we find common ground.”### Categories: Lower Newslast_img read more

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