Bay Area-based musicians Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz and Reed Mathis announced that they’re taking their Bone Diggers project to the Rocky Mountains in late August. The project explores Paul Simon‘s vast catalog and greatest hits.Lebo and Mathis will welcome an all-star cast for the upcoming run including Danny Eisenberg (The Mother Hips), Scott Rager (Tea Leaf Green), Jennifer Hartswick and James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), and Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation).Bone Diggers will kick off their four-night run with a performance at Vail, CO’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on August 27th, followed by a show at Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre on August 28th. The band will then head to Denver, CO’s Cervantes‘ on August 29th before wrapping the brief run at Park City, UT’s The Cabin on August 30th. James Casey will only be joining the group for the Denver show.Tickets for the shows are now on sale at the respective venues’ websites.Bones Diggers 2019 Rocky Mountain Tour:Aug 27 Vail, CO – Gerald R. Ford AmphitheaterAug 28 Boulder, CO – Fox TheatreAug 29 Denver, CO – Cervantes’Aug 30 Park City, UT – The CabinView Tour Dates
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“The United States will forgive about 20 percent of the $122 million debt owed by Guatemala so the money can be used to protect threatened plants and wildlife.” It’s thanks to a 1998 law, the Tropical Forest Conservation Act, “which allows debt owed to the United States to be invested in protecting the environment.” $24 million will now serve to protect species and land. (Oct 2, 2006, Reuters)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Anthony Ramos Lin-Manuel Miranda & Anthony Ramos(Photo: Jenny Anderson/Getty Images) Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files View Comments Jonathan Pryce View All (6) Adam Driver Cynthia Erivo In the Heights and Hamilton pals Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Ramos have signed on as presenters for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. The event will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February 9 at 8:00pm.Miranda and Ramos, former co-stars of Miranda’s Tony-winning juggernaut Hamilton, will team up again this spring when Ramos plays Usnavi, the role originated on stage by Miranda, in the film adaptation of his Tony-winning musical In the Heights.As previously announced, this year’s slate of Oscar nominees includes a slew of theater stars, including Tony winners Cynthia Erivo, Jonathan Pryce and Scarlett Johansson, as well as Tony nominee Adam Driver.The 2020 Oscars will be televised live on ABC. For a full list of nominees, click here. Scarlett Johansson
by Nat Rudarakanchana April 26, 2013 vtdigger.org Vermont GOP chair Jack Lindley has again renewed his request for Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell to appoint a special counsel to investigate whether Sorrell broke campaign finance laws during his primary campaign.Lindley sent an open letter on Monday, asking Sorrell to reconsider his prior refusal to appoint such a counsel. Sorrell has consistently maintained that he broke no laws, and didnt illegally co-ordinate his campaign with a Super PAC funded by the Democratic Attorney Generals Association. The Super PAC spent $180,000 on advertising for Sorrell, some of which featured former Gov. Howard Dean, who also campaigned with the attorney general.Aside from a special independent counsel, there is no other practical option for conducting an investigation of a sitting Attorney General in Vermont, reads Lindleys letter.You obviously cannot investigate yourself and none of the other states attorneys has the resources to be able to conduct such an investigation, the letter continues. Therefore, an independent counsel is the only option.In these circumstances, the refusal to appoint an independent counsel will make you effectively immune from justified inquiry and the very legitimacy of your office will be called into question, concludes the letter.In October 2012, when Lindley made his first request, Sorrell suggested he turn to a states attorney. Lindley says it appears that Addison County states attorney David Fenster cant or wont investigate.Fenster told VTDigger said his office is still reviewing the request.None of our offices are structured in such a way where we have a ready staff to engage in these types of investigations, Fenster said. I dont think that means were incapable of doing it, but its outside of our normal duties.Still, Sorrell refuses to reconsider appointing independent counsel. He called doing so a gross waste of $20,000 to $50,000 in taxpayer funds, partly because theres no incriminating evidence to be found, he said.I always thought Republicans were supposed to be fiscally conservative, Sorrell told VTDigger. Its a gross waste of money to have a special prosecutor try to find evidence that doesnt exist. There was no collusion here, no violation of campaign finance laws.He [Lindley] wants me to waste a bunch of taxpayer money and Im not going to do it, continued Sorrell. Its a pathetic attempt on his part to keep a case alive for partisan political reasons, he said.Sorrell pointed out that Jack McMullen had already tried and failed to pursue the same case in a court hearing. A Burlington judge dismissed the case for lack of evidence in late January.McMullen had the opportunity. They had the opportunity to investigate, and they had no evidence to present, said Sorrell. Jack McMullen and his attorney had every right to do discovery, to investigate the evidenceâ ¦They had their day in court, and they lost.They didnt even bother to try to seek answers from me under oath, he continued. They didnt seek to question Howard Dean.Sorrell recently settled with Brian Dubie and the Republican Governors Association over campaign finance litigation, where the state alleged that the Dubie and the RGA were guilty of illegal political co-ordination.Retaining outside counsel for the state isnt unprecedented Sorrell did just that for Vermont Yankee litigation, Lindley said.If states attorneys wanted to investigate campaign finance violations, Sorrell said, they likely have the resources and certainly have the jurisdiction. The question is whether they want to take the time to do it, said Sorrell.A provision in recent campaign finance legislation would have required Sorrell to appoint independent counsel in cases of conflicts of interest. But that section was quietly removed by the Senate Government Operations committee earlier this month.The provision was dropped after assistant attorney general Eve Jacobs-Carnahan said that states attorneys are the natural and appropriate place to turn in cases of conflict of interest.Jacobs-Carnahan said the change would undermine the authority of the judicial branch of government and lead to a situation in which the Legislature micromanages how Sorrell does his job.
Two nationally recognized REIT executives have launched Sparrow, a residential sale leaseback program for homeowners in the Phoenix metro market. The program allows homeowners to sell their home to Sparrow, receive their equity and then lease back the home for 1 to 10 years. Sellers choose the duration of the lease term. Contrary to traditional resale home offerings, sellers immediately receive their equity but have none of the expenses or hassles of moving. Sparrow provides the additional benefits of maintaining the home and paying insurance, property taxes and HOA fees. The company has obtained financing to purchase homes throughout the Phoenix area.“Sparrow’s Sale and Lease Back program allows homeowners to receive their equity in order to pay off existing debts, student loans, medical costs, fund tuition, retirement or use for whatever purpose they choose,” said Patrick Whelan, Sparrow co-founder. “We are providing an opportunity for sellers to stay in their homes, enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle and no longer have the ongoing costs of home ownership.”Co-founders Patrick Whelan and Jami Schulmanare nationally renowned real estate veterans having acquired and managed more than 75,000 apartment homes and single-family rentals throughout the U.S. They are experienced at operating large single-family rental portfolios and providing premium management services to residents.The Sparrow program provides potential customers a timely home offer and monthly rent quote, with the company closing on homes in as quickly as 30 days. Home offers and rent quotes reflect values in the seller’s neighborhood and surrounding community. Sparrow’s Sale and Lease Back offering allows for quick access to equity and a more convenient alternative to moving, and is less restrictive than mortgage products such as home equity loans and reverse mortgages.“You don’t have to own your home to call it home,” said Jami Schulman, Sparrow co-founder. “For many residents, remaining in their homes and receiving their equity is more of a priority than home ownership.”Phoenix area residents interested in receiving a Sparrow Home Offer and Rent Quote can submit their request at www.SparrowNow.com or call 877-881-8484. Home offers and rent quotes are provided within two business days.
At the recently completed Farnborough Air Show within which the prestigious world aviation awards were awarded – The World Airline Awards, Croatia Airlines was named one of the best airlines in Eastern Europe.Despite extremely strong competition, Croatia Airlines took a high fourth place, leaving behind the best airlines from this part of Europe, as well as companies from Serbia and Slovenia, ie from the republics of the former Commonwealth (for example, Air Serbia is ranked seventh, and Adria Airways as the eighth).The World Airline Awards the most prestigious is global recognition in the aviation industry, better known as airline Oscar. Airlines are awarded prizes based on the experiences of passengers, and this year alone, more than 19 million of them took part in the survey. About 40 key performance indicators and more than 280 airlines around the world were included. “We are extremely pleased to have further strengthened our market position among the best airlines in Europe with this global recognition. We can proudly say that this is the result of our systematic investment in improving our service and passenger satisfaction, which, among other things, is reflected in the expansion of the flight network and the opening of new airlines connecting Croatia with several attractive European destinations.”Said Krešimir Kučko, President of the Management Board of Croatia Airlines.Let us remind you that this prestigious recognition is the result of a positive trend in Croatia Airlines’ business, after this year the flight network was expanded by opening as many as four new airlines from Croatia to some of the most attractive European destinations. Thus, this global measure of aviation excellence according to the choice of passengers arrived as an additional confirmation of the systematic work and investment that Croatia Airlines is carrying out after the successful completion of the restructuring program.
The world’s leading tourism industry fair 51st ITB Berlin is behind us, impressions have settled and it is time to analyze and implement new trends in tourism.In collaboration with the company StarDigital, which specializes in providing technological services and solutions in the field of digital marketing with a specific focus on digital promotion and marketing in the function of tourism development and better positioning of destinations, we bring you conclusions about the latest trends in tourism and technological trends that will significantly affect future tourism development.GENERAL TOURIST TRENDS – GROWING TOURISM Some of the latest general trends in tourism were also presented at ITB Berlin. According to the ITB Travel Trend Report, the consumption of tourist services grew in the first eight months of 2016, despite the terrorist attacks that marked last year. There is a global increase in outbound tourist travel by 3.9 percent, led by tourists from Asia (+11 percent), with the emphasis on the strong growth of outbound Asian guests significantly influenced by China (+18 percent) and the United States with +7 percent. As for outbound tourist trips from Europe in the global picture, they also recorded a growth of 2,5 percent, in which guests from the UK (+6 percent) and Germany (+4 percent) participate the most.INCOMING TOURISM IS GROWINGGlobal inbound tourist travel grew by 4 percent in the first 9 months according to the UNWTO Global Tourism Barometer. As far as Europe is concerned, destinations perceived as safe have achieved significant growth as opposed to destinations affected by terrorist attacks. Asia and America have generated significant contributions to these figures. Thus, in Asia, the Mecca region is highlighted as one of the fastest growing destinations globally. Forecasts for 2017 also give a positive picture, inbound tourism is expected to grow by 4 to 5 percent, with Asia and the US achieving the highest growth, stronger than Europe.POSITIVE INDICATORS FOR THE FUTURE. SECURITY AS AN IMPORTANT TOPICTourists from China are expected to travel more strongly in the future, with somewhat more rational consumption. Also, the World Travel Monitor covered the topics of risks in the tourism industry, which are mainly reduced to the problem of terrorist attacks, but according to the data presented in the Monitor, the real risk is significantly less than health problems or crime. Despite this, many people (45 percent) worry about the security issue, especially for certain countries and destinations. Two-thirds of respondents plan to travel only to international destinations that are perceived as safe, so the topic of security and security has become important and there is much talk about methods and approaches that terrorism-affected destinations can use to improve their tourism image and the importance of peace and stabilization. for the general development of the tourism industry. Which includes a proactive approach to communications, sending positive destination stories, crisis communication, investing in security promotion and the like.MILLENNIALS AS AN INTERESTING TARGET GROUPMillennials, of which there are about 1.8 billion on the global market today, form a significant tourist segment, have specific characteristics, desires and needs and prefer to get to know a destination through authentic cultural experience, often using advanced and new technological solutions in their tourist offer.DIGITAL MARKETING TRENDS AFFECTING TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN THE FUTURETotal tourism sales globally exceeded $ 22 trillion and recorded an increase over previous years. Most people today use a variety of online services and products to purchase travel services, whether they are looking for destination information, reading testimonials or trying to book their trip. The British travel agency has announced that 76 per cent of UK Internet users have booked their holiday digitally, in the US Emarketer has estimated that over 52 per cent of US travel arrangements are contracted through online platforms. These indicators suggest that digital marketing techniques are extremely important for the success of the tourism industry as well as its further development in the future. Technology is thus becoming an important component for the development of this industry. Here we present some of the technological trends highlighted during the ITB that are considered to affect and transform tourism in the future.VIRTUAL REALITYAs a technique that will be able to “taste and try” the product in advance before the purchase, while such scenarios should still be put in a realistic framework.BIG DATAAs tourists are looking for more relevant and reliable content, providers, on the other hand, are investing more in big data analytics and collecting and analyzing data on tourist behavior, their structure, habits, principles of using various channels, communication methods and content consumption. A survey by American Express found that 85 percent of millennials would allow travel companies to track their spending habits if it in turn provided them with a better individual experience and a personally tailored content offering. It is also important to say that 43 percent of travel companies cite better targeted and individualized offerings as a top priority of their digital strategy.MARKETING THROUGH MULTI CHANNELS BECOMES NORM FOR THE TOURIST SECTORThe global online tourism sector is growing at an annual rate of 3.8 percent and is expected to continue to grow even more dynamically over the next 10 years, reaching $ 11.4 trillion, and the size of that market could exceed the current size of the overall UK economy. Online bookings are growing and have reached over 40 percent of total tourist sales. In addition, new, younger generations are coming to the tourism scene, for whom technology is an integral part of life and they use various technological tools in a very wide range. In this sense, the tourism industry must follow market trends, so it is to be expected that its promotion and marketing offer will increasingly focus on a variety of digital channels.Photo: ww.everplans.comRESERVATIONS BY MOBILE DEVICES ARE INCREASINGIt turned out that as many as 27 percent of tourist destinations are booked globally via mobile devices, in the US as many as 29 percent. This trend is on the rise, and includes smartphones and tablets. It has been shown that reservations via mobile devices are very susceptible to seasonal changes. The growth of booking via mobile devices is especially emphasized in last minute bookings.MOBILE APPLICATIONS AN IMPORTANT FACTORAccording to data in several studies, as many as 31 percent of Americans use at least one mobile app to plan their travel, and 52 percent tend to use the mobile app to purchase additional services while on the go. Mobile applications have thus generated 57 percent of total bookings made via mobile devices and continue to grow. Also, more and more tourism companies are investing in the so-called in-app advertising and tracking of advertising results via mobile applications.SMARTPHONES CHANGE THE RULES OF THE GAMECompared to tablets, smartphones dominate when booking accommodation via mobile devices, holding a share of as much as 81 percent. More than 53 percent of airline flights are also booked by phone. For travel arrangements, however, tablet computers hold a higher share of 60 percent. While travel agencies have proven to be a good generator of hotel reservations for travel agencies, as much as 32 percent is realized through smartphones.CONSUMER MONITORING THROUGH DIFFERENT PLATFORMS AND DEVICESIn tourism, it is becoming increasingly important to monitor the behavior of consumers and customers through various technological platforms and devices. Without tracking, it is not possible to read the path until the purchase decision is made. Organizations that can get better data and a holistic view of their users and customers, will be able to more precisely form programmed offers and recommendations and better serve their customers, and thus increase ROI.More information on these trends can be found in the reports: ITB Travel Trend Report, Mobile Flash Trend Report, SmartInsights Travel Marketing Trends
Pinterest LinkedIn Email A scientist’s smile might provide a small clue about how impactful his or her research is. A study recently published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found a relationship between smiling and impactful research.“This study results from two of fascinations of ours,” the study’s corresponding author, Lukasz D. Kaczmarek of Adam Mickiewicz University, told PsyPost. “First, this study is about the function of positive emotions. It is fantastic to collect new evidence that joy or happiness can help mobilize the resources required to effectively complete life goals. This is what we termed the broaden and build model of positive emotions.”“The second fascination is with so-called thin-slicing research methodology. In thin-slicing we use publicly available real-life data that has a particular psychological meaning. In this case, we took a sample of photos and publication records from a large set of ResearchGate profiles. We used a very thin-slice of someone’s behavior (choosing a profile photograph) to estimate this person’s emotionality: a person who is smiling on a profile photo is more likely to be a cheerful person in everyday life.” Share “Research that has used thin-slicing in the past has revealed that this method is surprisingly accurate,” Kaczmarek said. “We used this type of data to test hypotheses derived from psychological theories. It is a great supplement to laboratory or survey methods that are much more popular in psychology. Laboratory and survey methods, however, suffer from poor ecological validity, i.e., we are never sure whether they reflect real-life processes accurately. Thus, it is crucial to use different approaches in testing hypotheses because the variety of methods supports the robustness of findings.”The researchers examined the profiles of 440 scientists (220 women and 220 men) on ResearchGate, a social networking service. The scientists were split into three groups: those who didn’t smile, those who partially smiled, and those with a full-on smile. Kaczmarek and his colleagues found a positive relationship between smile intensity and work impact, even after controlling for the effects of sex and age. Scientists with a full smile in their profile picture tended to have a greater number of citations of their work. “We were very fortunate to observe one of the most suggestive evidence that happy scientists are more likely to produce the most impactful science,” Kaczmarek said. “This is important because it contradicts some stereotypes regarding researchers. Some people might think that a serious scientist should be dead serious or worried all the time. With this research we were able to show that happy emotionality among scientists and impactful science are related. “Obviously, it does not mean that only scientists with positive emotionality produce great science. This type of evidence suggest, however, that positive emotionality is an extra resource that is likely to assist scientists in navigating the shoals of academic life.”However, there was no relationship found between smile intensity and the number of studies published.“Replicability and causality are two main challenges for this study,” Kaczmarek told PsyPost. “First, such suggestive findings need replication, perhaps using data from other publicly available social networking sites for scientists such a Google Scholar.” “Second, what we found in this particular research is that happy profile photographs and academic achievements go together,” he continued. “This is a correlation. We know that correlations often happen to be problematic. Above all, correlations say nothing about causality (only experiments do). This means that we can never be certain with this type of data whether happiness leads to achievements, achievements lead to happiness, or both. Previous research on positive emotionality and work outcomes suggests that this influence is likely to act in both directions: success at work influences how people are happy in life, and individuals who are happier are more productive at work.”The study, “Smile intensity in social networking profile photographs is related to greater scientific achievements“, was also co-authored by Maciej Behnke, Todd B. Kashdan, Aleksandra Kusiak, Katarzyna Marzec, Martyna Mistrzak and Magdalena Włodarczyk. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Pinterest Share A common test used to measure unconscious bias may not be a good predictor of actual behavior, suggests new research published in the journal Games. The study examined the Implicit Association Test, a popular tool that is used to measure people’s biases against certain social groups.The IAT measures differences in reaction time taken to categorize faces into groups, depending on whether they are paired with positive or negative words. People are quicker to associate negative words with things they are biased against.“I first became interested in the IAT during my second year in grad school. My father (who is an employment lawyer) was at a conference where he and his colleagues took one as a didactic exercise. In telling me about it, he stressed that he could feel himself slowing down when the less associated categories were paired,” explained Daniel J. Lee of Rice University, the author of the study. “Now I’m an economist, so naturally my first thought was how does this map onto behavior ‘in the wild’. I found this question of particular importance because people were using this assessment to draw conclusions about complex economic constructs like labor market matching.”“As I explored the IAT research more deeply, one thing that struck me was there hadn’t been much work that explored how the IAT predicted costly behavior, and this is where I think the toolbox of experimental economics can be used to shed light on the topic of implicit bias,” Lee explained.The study of 456 participants found no evidence that scores on the IAT were associated with racially-biased behavior in a dictator game. In this popular experiment, a participant is given a fixed amount of money that he or she can choose to share — or not share — with another person. The one-sided game is used to measure prosocial behavior.Implicit bias did not predict how much money was shared with people of another race. For example, “dictators” who had a pro-white bias as indicated by the IAT were no more or less likely to share their money with a black person.“There is a difference between having a bias and acting on one, which is not to say there is no overlap between the two, but it is to say we need to understand when and why that overlap exists,” Lee told PsyPost.“The second takeaway stems from this point which is an overall need to interrogate our assumptions, and do think and act more critically.”The study — like all research — has limitations. Lee only used a single measure of behavior but other behavioral tests could lead to different results.“The dictator game is a very straightforward game. On the one hand, this is very exciting because we can think of it as ‘bounding’ the effects of implicit bias. On the other hand, perhaps what we are learning is people act on biases when decisions are harder, fuzzier, or they have to rely on heuristics,” Lee explained.“Unfortunately, we live in a world where bias is real and bias is profound. However, the science of bias, particularly implicit bias, is still nascent. I’d encourage everyone reading this to take an IAT (implicit.harvard.edu) but then to turn back and ask themselves what are they learning from it, and how we can use that information to improve the world around us.”The study was titled: “Does Implicit Bias Predict Dictator Giving?“. Email LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — SmarTire Systems Inc. announced that it has recruited David Warkentin as its new vice president of sales and marketing. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Warkentin brings more than 25 years of sales, sales management and marketing experience in emerging technology sectors to the company. Since 1985, he has held positions with companies such as Glenayre Technologies and John Fluke Manufacturing, which were active in various technology markets including wireless telecommunications and electronic security. Warkentin has also owned and managed companies in the dealer and distribution channels in the wireless telecommunications sector. Warkentin was responsible for sales at Silent Witness during its growth from $25 million to $58 million culminating in the acquisition of the company by Honeywell Video Systems. Most recently, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Intrinsyc Software International. Al Kozak, CEO of SmarTire, said, “David Warkentin brings extensive experience in wireless technology growth markets, and his entrepreneurial outlook is consistent with the vision for SmarTire. He will be a perfect fit as vice president of sales and marketing for our company.” SmarTire develops and markets proprietary advanced tire pressure monitoring and technology systems for the global automotive and transportation industries. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement