Announcing the September ‘Featured Geocacher of the Month’

first_img SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the October ‘Featured Geocacher of the Month’October 25, 2011In “Community”Announcing the September Featured Geocacher of the MonthOctober 3, 2012In “Community”Announcing the First ‘Geocacher of the Month’August 20, 2011In “Community” Congratulations to all the Featured Geocacher of the Month nominees for September. The geocaching community is comprised of inspirational individuals – who go above and beyond in geocaching innovation, creativity, respect for the environment and helpfulness. Each nominee should be congratulated as an exceptional geocacher and individual. We are proud that each of the cachers is part of our worldwide community.SuperGoober, Featured Geocacher of the MonthThe choice for the September Featured Geocacher of the Month was difficult. A panel of Lackeys, relying on voting and community comments, could ultimately choose only one.SuperGoober is the September Featured Geocacher of the Month. Dozens of geocachers wrote in to share stories about SuperGoober’s humble dedication to geocaching, geocachers and his local community. He has hosted and attended numerous events, led many geocachers on their first outings, and is involved in local geocaching organizations. According to one nominee, “Jeff is a model geocacher who all of us in the area and beyond can be proud of. He is always willing to lend advice/help to any cacher that approaches him or contacts him.”SuperGoober will receive a collectors Geocacher of the Month geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by the founders of Geocaching.com: Jeremy Irish, Bryan Roth and Elias Alvord.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for Geocacher of the Month, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@groundspeak.com. Every nomination must meet the following requirements: Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the October Geocacher of the Month must be received by October 3rd.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Microsoft Dos and Don’ts For The Post-Ballmer Era

first_imgRelated Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Steve Ballmer’s impending exit as Microsoft CEO creates a fantastic opportunity for his company to transform itself. Say goodbye to the stodgy establishment figure desperate to remain relevant; welcome a vibrant enterprise headed for the technological frontier! (Or, at least, a maker of things people actually want.) Simple, right?Of course, just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it will be easy. Reinvention involves risk, and course-correcting requires humility—which does not come easily to anyone associated with Microsoft. But inflection points like this for big tech companies are few and far between, and Microsoft shouldn’t waste this one. Here’s what Microsoft should, and shouldn’t, do if it wants to stand any chance of getting its mojo back.DO Remember Your UsersSee also: After Ballmer: One Microsoft Or Many?For the past several years, the Xbox gaming console has stood as a successful, dynamic counterpoint to the dead hand of Microsoft’s Windows and Office legacy. The only problem is, the company is still spinning its way out of a self-created quagmire with its latest incarnation, the Xbox One.This console focused too heavily on streaming and other services at the expense of delivering value for its target audience of gamers. The company has since rethought its strategy and reversed game-lending restrictions, constant check-ins and region locks, but it was still a major misstep.We’ll have to see how it all plays out in the market, but so far the buzz on the Xbox One remains fairly dismal, all because Microsoft huffed its own vapors a little too much and lost sight of the features its core user base considered important. Microsoft can’t let this happen again.DON’T Pull Any More BallmersSee also: Agony And Ecstasy: Steve Ballmer’s Years At MicrosoftWhatever his merits, Steve Ballmer will always be remembered for his knack of getting important technology trends spectacularly wrong. Whether he meant them or not—and there’s certainly a case to be made that he repeated some of these lines solely in hopes of stirring up FUD for Microsoft competitors—it’s still hard to believe he could utter any of these lines with a straight face. To wit:“Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.““Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards.““There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.“In the soon-to-be-former-exec’s honor, let’s agree to call statements like these “Ballmers.” To pull a Ballmer, then is to make an observation so astonishing that it takes your audience’s breath away, leaving most uncertain if you’re lying or just stupid.So, whoever ends up leading Microsoft’s recovery: Tell it to the world straight. Don’t pull any more Ballmers.DO think like a startupSee also: The Best Bet For Microsoft’s Next CEO Is Now Running NokiaMicrosoft is a large corporation, so it could make sense to split up the company to make it a leaner, more nimble operation. But there are other ways to invoke the creativity and energy of a nascent business. Google employees devote 20% of their working hours on side projects. Apple executives are known for being extremely hands-on with software and hardware development and design. Microsoft would do well to cut through layers of bureaucracy wherever it can, and stay focused on innovating and differentiating. DON’T bury your head in the sandIn many consumers’ minds, Microsoft is synonymous with Windows. And although it’s unquestionably a success—according to NetMarketShare, the various versions account for more than half of the desktop operating system market—PCs are dying.See also: Ballmer’s Microsoft: All MBA, No Developer SoulToo bad the company hit the snooze button on mobile. What’s even worse is that it actually had a leg up on the market before Apple or Google, thanks to Windows Mobile. But that branch of the company was largely ignored and then forgotten. Ballmer even scoffed at the Apple iPhone when it released in 2007.Learning lesson: Stifle Microsoft’s knee-jerk reaction to dismiss and deny emerging technologies.DO court developersBy the time Microsoft caught onto mobile in 2010, it was too little, too late. I’m referring to the odd little social-oriented smartphone, the Microsoft Kin, which briefly blipped in and right back out of the market. It was followed by Windows Phone 7, but that went by the wayside too, in favor of Windows Phone 8.Now Windows Phone 8 is finally starting to show some signs of life. But its rise to prominence is more like a limping walk. A big part of that has to do with apps. Had the company stuck to one mobile platform, Microsoft’s app store might not be so sparse today.Ballmer made a big deal about how the company was courting developers at the Windows Phone 8 launch last year. This summer, he even claimed the store has 160,000 entries, which sounds like a lot—but it’s puny compared to Google Play and the Apple App Store, which each feature a million apps or so.You could argue that Microsoft did what it could, from throwing cash incentives at developers to slashing the annual registration fee for WinPho devs, from $99 to $19. But what it needed to do was convince them that they’d stay profitable on this platform.DON’T confuse the publicThe Surface tablets are a case study on how disaster ensues when you confuse consumers.Microsoft unveiled two different tablets with similar names—the Surface RT and the more powerful, laptop-worthy Surface Pro—with two different, similarly named Windows OSes, Windows 8 RT and Windows 8. Unfortunately, mainstream shoppers didn’t understand the difference.Samsung may be able to get away with a “pray and spray” approach to launching a vast array of different devices, but it’s important to note that it only employs that strategy once it had bona fide hits on its hands. In the case of its Galaxy and Note lines, people latched onto one phone or tablet, and once they understood what that was, other versions followed. The Microsoft Surface RT may be a casualty of poor planning here. Had it stood alone—and sold for an affordable price—it could have paved the way for the Surface Pro. Now, it’s just an almost-billion-dollar footnote in the annals of Microsoft tech fails.That may be a blessing in disguise. Microsoft can now focus on a single tablet, and if it can bring down the cost of the Surface Pro and market its features clearly and succinctly, it might be far more effective at attracting customers.DON’T take potshots at competitorsThose ads slamming Apple don’t make Microsoft look better. Ditto for the “Scroogled” campaigns against Google. Whatever ephemeral gains they offer aren’t remotely offset by the effort it takes to produce them and the bad will they spread with some consumers. At the end of it all, those negative advertisements don’t emphasize the features or usefulness of Microsoft products. They only serve to make the company look petty, mean … and desperate.DO take trends seriouslySo the company missed the boat on mobile. That doesn’t mean it’s condemned to repeat history in other markets.The trends on everyone’s radar are wearable technology, in-car integration and even the Internet of Things. The last one should be particularly intriguing for Microsoft, considering it has been showcasing innovations in its “Home of the Future” for years now.The model space is effectively one huge smart home, complete with interactive bedrooms, digital walls, sensors that can tell when plants need watering and kitchen surfaces that can call up and read recipes out loud. While we’re still years—maybe decades—away from seeing these type of smart homes become mainstream, Microsoft does have a lot of experience in this space. That means it’s well-positioned to usher in the early technologies that could make the Internet of Things a reality.Microsoft doesn’t lack for ambition or even innovation. What it doesn’t have is vision and a willingness to play well with others. In the fast moving and ever-more heterogeneous world of technology—and particularly when you’re cast in the come-from-behind role that Ballmer’s stewardship has left Microsoft with—both are key.Which may be why no one seems to be shedding many tears over Ballmer’s upcoming departure. Perhaps that’s because it’s just what Microsoft needs to finally see the future clearly.  adriana lee Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Fixing Microsoft#Microsoft#Steve Ballmer 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

First Footage: This Short Film was Shot on the Canon C200

first_imgSee the versatility of the Canon C200 in the short film From Dock to Dish.All images and video from Canon Pro.From Dock to Dish gives us our first glance at the image-capturing capabilities of Canon’s latest addition to their cinema line, the Canon C200. Directed by Andrew Fried (Chef’s Table) and DP’d by Bryant Fisher, the film follows the journey of a fisherman from catching a fish all they way to serving it in a dish. Take a moment and check out the camera’s imaging power.First Impressions and Image QualitySimply put, this camera captures outstanding imagery. The colors and pictures are crisp, sharp, and clean. Since the filmmakers captured this entire film with Cinema RAW Light, it showcases what this camera is capable of capturing.Right out of the gate, I immediately noticed how well the shadows performed in the opening scene — they retain a remarkable amount of detail. The highlights from the lamps are similarly impressive. The fifteen stops of dynamic range offered from the C200 also performed well. One thing I did notice is that the shadows did include some noise. According to the BTS video, the filmmakers captured these scenes between 1600 and 2000 ISO. Although the noise is noticeable, it’s not an unpleasant sight, and it is still 100 percent usable.Another impressive demonstration of the C200’s image capture capability involves the interior scenes from the market. Granted, we don’t know much about the filmmakers’ lighting setup, but I would assume the overhead fluorescent lights here were not pretty. However, the RAW codec would have provided enough information to feature the clean colors and grade that we see in these scenes.I wish that this film would have featured 4K footage in the 150 mbps quality. Although the RAW feature is very exciting, it’s not practical in many scenarios. I think most C200 shooters will utilize the lighter codecs more frequently.Slow MotionOne of the most anticipated features of the new camera is slow motion at 4K. This short showcases the slow motion feature, which yields a smooth and detailed image. Often, when you use a camera’s slow motion feature, it significantly reduces the data rate of the image. This then degrades the image to almost an unusable state. However, the slow motion on this camera looks just as detailed as its 24p counterpart. Being able to shoot 4K at a standard frame rate and in slow motion without jeopardizing quality is a huge bonus.ConclusionThe Canon C200 is an exciting new camera. The short film, From Dock to Dish, gives us the first detailed look at how well this camera can perform in real-world situations and even less-than-ideal lighting scenarios. It can produce beautiful imagery that’s flexible in post-production. The number of features this camera offers is a big step up for Canon, and it’s what filmmakers have been waiting for.What are your thoughts on the new Canon C200? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

FIFA admits to World Cup hosting bribes

first_imgWhile acknowledging for the first time that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests, FIFA is seeking to claim “tens of millions of dollars” in bribe money seized by US federal prosecutors.FIFA submitted a 22-page claim to the US Attorney’s Office in New York on Tuesday that seeks a big share in restitution from more than $190 million already forfeited by soccer and marketing officials who pleaded guilty in the sprawling corruption case.Tens of millions of dollars more is likely to be collected by US authorities when sentences are handed down, and from dozens of officials currently indicted but who have denied bribery charges or are fighting extradition.FIFA claims it is the victim of corrupt individuals, despite widespread criticism that bribe-taking was embedded in its culture in the presidencies of Joao Havelange and Sepp Blatter, who was forced from office after 17 years by the current scandal.”The convicted defendants abused the positions of trust they held at FIFA and other international football organizations and caused serious and lasting damage to FIFA,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday in a statement. “The monies they pocketed belonged to global football and were meant for the development and promotion of the game. FIFA as the world governing body of football wants that money back and we are determined to get it no matter how long it takes.”In documents seen by The Associated Press, FIFA asks for: $28.2 million for years of payments, including bonuses, flights and daily expenses, to officials it now says are corruptadvertisement $10 million for the “theft” of money that FIFA officials transferred as bribes to then-executive committee members to vote for South Africa as 2010 World Cup host “substantial” cost of legal bills since separate U.S. and Swiss federal probes of corruption in international soccer were revealed last May damages for harm to its reputation, plus other bribes and kickbacks for media rights to non-FIFA competitions but “which were made possible because of the value of the FIFA brand””FIFA has become notable for the defendants’ bribery and corruption, not its many good works,” lawyers for soccer’s world body state in the claim. “FIFA is entitled to restitution for this harm to its business relationships, reputation and intangible property.”FIFA’s grab for a share of the money sets up a battle with two of its regional confederations CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, and CONCACAF, the body running soccer in North America. It was officials and competitions from those regions that were most involved in the corruption crisis.It also signals a change in strategy for FIFA, after months of senior officials distancing Zurich from the scandal, instead blaming confederations which are beyond its control.Most of the already seized money $151.7 million will come from Brazilian marketing executive Jose Hawilla, whose group of agencies were heavily involved with matches CONCACAF and CONMEBOL controlled but not FIFA directly.In an initial claim for $28.2 million, FIFA specifies an amount for each of 20 men from the Americas over many years that it says it should be repaid from money held by U.S. authorities.FIFA wants more than $5.3 million it spent on Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American official who has pleaded guilty, allocates $4.4 million of its claim for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, and $3.5 million for Ricardo Teixeira, Havelange’s former son-in-law form Brazil.Warner, a long-time powerbroker from Trinidad and Tobago until resigning in a 2011 election bribery scandal, is identified by FIFA in its 22-page claim for receiving a $1 million bribe from 1998 World Cup bid candidate Morocco, and ensuring the $10 million bribe from South Africa was paid via a FIFA account in 2008.FIFA claims a further $2 million for payments to Jeffrey Webb, the Cayman Islands banker who was arrested at a luxury Zurich hotel last May, and now lives at his home near Atlanta, Georgia, awaiting sentence in June.”These dollars were meant to build football fields, not mansions and pools; to buy football kits, not jewelry and cars; and to fund youth player and coach development, not to underwrite lavish lifestyles for football and sports marketing executives,” Infantino said.It is unclear how much influence Infantino, a former lawyer, had had in the restitution claim since he was elected only three weeks ago, with strong support from voters in the Americas.Infantino’s signature pitch to voters on election day was about finances, saying bluntly “It’s your money.” That resonated with members of CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, who have had a combined $20 million central funding frozen by FIFA.CONCACAF, based in Miami, has had its past three presidents implicated in the U.S. case. But it has passed wide-ranging reforms to clean up its operations, and has targeted restitution money to rebuild.advertisement”CONCACAF views itself as a victim of a number of the offenses described in the indictments and intends to seek restitution at the appropriate time,” the regional body said in a statement.last_img read more

10 months agoMolde chief Neerland: Solskjaer will bring attacking style to Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Molde chief Neerland: Solskjaer will bring attacking style to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde managing director Oystein Neerland expects Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring an attacking brand of football to Manchester United.Molde have agreed to ‘lend’ Solskjaer to United as a caretaker following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.Neerland said: “For us, he is an offensive coach who plays entertaining football and he sees winning 4-2 as being better than 1-0.“He is very good at building teams, working within a structure to develop home grown players and giving them confidence to play but also being able to know when to sell them when the time is right because that is how this club works.“He has been so successful here. He has been here for six years – before and after Cardiff – and is very stable, very loyal and, just like at Manchester United, he is a former player so he knows the club very well and knows the DNA of the club.“He is a very positive guy. He is very easy to like and has a clear vision of how to play football but also works well with individual players.“There is no doubt in my mind that he will do well at Manchester United. He is a club legend there and that immediately means he will get respect from the players and the fans.“I don’t know well enough what’s happened inside Manchester United to comment and I will be careful on what I say on that.“But what I do know is that it’s important that he knows the history of the club and knows Manchester United’s past and what makes them successful.“It’s new times for the players but I know they will like him personally, they will enjoy working with him and it will be a big challenge to get some good results.“Of course it’s a surprise but not so much when you remember he’s got such history with the club, understands the club and he is also such a nice guy. He works so well with players and is a gentleman.” last_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Arsenal chief Kroenke only Prem owner never to spend on their club

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Arsenal chief Kroenke only Prem owner never to spend on their clubby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStan Kroenke has not spent a penny of his personal fortune on Arsenal, it has been revealed.The Sun says he is the only Prem club owner not to dig into his own pocket to fund the team over the past decade.Arsenal owner Kroenke sits on a massive personal fortune of £7billion but has been unwilling to spend any of that money on the club.Instead the 71-year-old has restricted the Gunners to only using money the club brings in itself – leading to them falling behind their Premier League rivals.Arsenal’s business model means that, unlike the rest of the Prem, their spending was entirely funded from self-generated revenues – through television, sponsorship and marketing income, plus prize money. last_img read more

Finalists Announced For The 2017 Edition of Beyond The Box

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement CurfeudJo Scott and Jeff Murdoch, creators of Curfeud, are best friends and comedy partners. This is their first Stand Up & Pitch appearance. The duo reside in Chicago where they both write and perform as the comedy pair Seriously Unprepared. Together they’ve written and starred in numerous Seriously Unprepared Presents comedy shorts. Curfeud is about a loving, mid-western couple who must cope with a revolving door of curfew-breaking kids.The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and PuzzyMaximilian Clark and Brendan Sokler are the creative partners behind The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and Puzzy. No stranger to the web series genre, Clark co-created and wrote the Starz Digital Series Llama Cop. Brendan is an AEA/SAG-AFTRA actor in New York City. When not producing his own work through Punching Up Productions, he can usually be found on the stages of The Pearl, The Pit, The Brick, The Flea… and other theatres. This is Maximillian’s return trip to the Stand Up & Pitch stage. He was part of the pitching team that presented The Working Dead (2015). The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and Puzzy is described as “…that one movie, where the guy learns the importance of family — but with blackmail and wolves.”Hit on MeHit on Me is a romantic comedy about love, longing and killing people from LoCo Motion Pictures, last year’s Beyond the Box pitch program winner (How to Buy a Baby, CBC). Co-creators Marvin Kaye and Elizabeth Whitmere will make the pitch for their series. Marvin Kaye is a writer/actor/singer and director.He is the Co-Creator/Executive Producer of the multi-award winning Less Than Kind, which ran four seasons on HBO Canada. Elizabeth Whitmere has more than a decade of on-camera experience, which she now translates into producing. Her first project as a producer was the critically acclaimed short film This Is Not What You Had Planned, starring Kristian Bruun and CSA winner Natalie Lisinska. She has gone on to produce several short films including Steven McCarthy’s bloody love story (and Canada’s Top 10 film) O Negative, Meghan Heffern’s romantic NYC romp Flung as well as a bizarre faux- documentary webseries for CBC digital called The Neddeaus of Duqesne Island.Fatal Murder MysterySophia Fabilli and Michelle Alexander collaborate non-stop and see no end in sight! As web series creators, they wrote Overachieving Underdogsand won Smokebomb’s AMP Accelerator competition. They also won Second City’s ‘Best New Comedy’ award for the play The Philanderess(Second City Main Stage, Toronto), and worked together on Celeste Percy-Beauregard’s play Well Born. Fatal Murder Mystery is described as an off-beat office comedy fused with Clue: The Movie, Army of Darkness, Two Ladies — and a dash of irreverence. This is their first Stand Up & Pitch appearance.Peter N’ Chris ExperiencePeter Carlone and Chris Wilson are a Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch troupe from Vancouver, B.C. The duo have toured extensively, appearing at Just For Laughs, JFL42 and the Montreal Fringe Festival where they won the ‘Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award’ three consecutive years in a row. Peter and Chris are also contributing writers to the sketch comedy program The Irrelevant Show (CBC Radio), to CBC’s comedy website, and have contributed videos to CollegeHumor. They were writers on White Ninja, the first webcomic created especially for Vine, and currently have a show in network development with Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show with Bob and David). Peter N’ Chris Experience is a hilarious narrative-driven ‘reality show’ where hosts Peter and Chris experience things on their bucket list while documenting it all for you! This is their second pitch attempt at Stand Up & Pitch.The Judging PanelWhat is a pitch team without a panel of judges to pitch to! Sitting on this year’s judging panel, we have:Josh Poole. As VP of Development, Josh Poole oversees creative development for Above Average, Broadway Video’s digital comedy studio and production company. Since joining the company in 2012, Josh has played a significant role in shaping Above Average’s programming and content strategy and has produced dozens of short-form series for aboveaverage.com. In his current role he focuses on developing and producing long-form series for both traditional networks and digital platforms.Laura Schwartz. Manager of Development at New Form Digital, Laura Schwartz has produced three series and 11 pilots, spearheaded a comedy slate, and shepherded New Form’s 2017 diversity initiative. Prior to joining New Form, Laura worked in development and production for MTV’s digital platform MTV (Other).Peter Putka. Peter is an Emmy Award-winning producer/director (for Imagine New York) and the Executive Producer of Content Development & Production at Some Spider Studios. At Some Spider, Peter helped launch the branded entertainment division for the ScaryMommy channel, directing content for brands such as Chrysler, airbnb, Jet.com and H&M. Now the creative driving force behind the company’s latest original content initiative, he has helped establish its aggressive development fund and content incubator. He is Executive Producer of Scary Mommy’supcoming show “Lullaby League” starring Jim O’Heir (Parks & Rec).Spencer Griffin. Spencer Griffin is the Executive Producer and Senior Vice President of Big Breakfast, CollegeHumor’s offshoot production company. As Senior Vice President of Big Breakfast, Griffin has executive produced several shows: Adam Ruins Everything on TruTV; Middle of the Night Show on MTV; Fatal Decision on Verizon’s Go90; IFC’s Comedy Music Awards; Bad Internet on YouTube Red, and the recently announced Hot Date on PopTV. He was recently recognized with a Webby and Telly Award for his co-direction and production of a rap video starring a rapping First Lady Michelle Obama.Zoe Friedman. Zoe Friedman heads up comedy development for Blue Ribbon Content, a newly formed digital division of Warner Brothers Television. Prior to joining Blue Ribbon Content, Zoe was a production executive at Comedy Central where she helped create and oversee stand-out programming such as Drawn Together, Lil Bush, Dog Bites Man, Crossballs, Comedians of Comedy, and Important Things with Demetri Martin.Moderator for this year’s Beyond the Box pitch program is Sandra Payne, an award-winning writer/director/producer and the Vice Chairman of the International Academy of Web Television, a division of The Caucus. She has directed and produced more than 90 episodes of various web series.Don’t miss this event!Beyond the Box: Playing It Short takes place on Friday, July 28 at 12 Noon sharp in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, and is presented by Some Spider Studios, a media & entertainment company and publisher of Scary Mommy and Cafe. Included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular price now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of Beyond the Box: Playing It Short, our short-form pitch program presented by Some Spider Studios in conjunction with the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV). Our finalists are:* Jo Scott and Jeff Murdoch, Curfeud* Maximilian Clark and Brendan Sokler, The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and Puzzy* Lauren Corber, Hit on Me* Sophia Fabilli and Michelle Alexander, Fatal Murder Mystery* Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson, Peter N’ Chris ExperienceAbout the Teams and their Projects:last_img read more

Ontario police watchdog reviewing 9 MMIW Thunder Bay cases

first_imgAPTN National NewsOntario’s police watchdog is reviewing nine cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women in Thunder Bay.Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeilly said the nine murdered and missing Indigenous women cases primarily stem from 2009 to the present.McNeilly said the nine cases are part of a total of 39 Thunder Bay death cases going back to the 1990s his office is reviewing as part of a wide-ranging probe of the city’s police force.“It is detailed, it is time consuming,” said McNeilly, in an interview Tuesday. “We are going over all the evidence from the investigations.”McNeilly said the majority of the death cases under review involve Indigenous peoples, but his office’s investigators are also combing through files involving non-Indigenous deaths to gauge whether Thunder Bay police handled investigations differently based on race.“For me in regards to Thunder Bay what we see is of great concern to us,” said McNeilly.McNeilly’s office has included the May waterway deaths of Tammy Keeash, 17, and Josiah Begg, 14, as part of its review. Keeash, from North Caribou Lake, was found dead in a marsh area of shallow water known as the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway. Begg, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, was found in the McIntyre River.McNeilly’s team is also reviewing the case of Stacy DeBungee, 41, who was found dead in the McIntyre River on Oct. 19, 2015. McNeilly said he expects to release a separate report on the Thunder Bay police’s conduct in handling DeBungee’s death investigation by the middle of next month.Read More: Thunder BayThunder Bay police publicly announced there was no foul play suspected in DeBungee’s death before the completion of an autopsy. A separate investigation conducted by a private investigator discovered that two sets of identification documents — one belonging to DeBungee and the other belonging to an individual that has yet to be tracked down — were found by the river where DeBungee was found. DeBungee’s debit card was also used after his death.In addition to the 39 death cases, McNeilly’s office is also reviewing the deaths of seven First Nation youth which were the subject of a coroner’s inquest that concluded last summer.Five of the seven youth were found dead in the city’s waterways. The coroner’s jury concluded it could not determine what led to three of the five drowning deaths.McNeilly’s office stepped in to investigate the Thunder Bay police last fall after First Nation leaders began to loudly question the police’s handling of death cases involving Indigenous peoples.The public record shows Thunder Bay police investigators have for years been quick to rule out foul play in the apparent drowning death of Indigenous peoples.McNeilly said his office has received numerous complaints from Thunder Bay over the years and some have been withdrawn because complainants feared reprisal.“It has to get better,” he said. “We have to work together to fix this, to make it better.”McNeilly will be in Thunder Bay on Sept. 25 for a public meeting.He plans to travel regularly to the northern Ontario city over the next several months to complete a report on allegations of systemic racism against the Thunder Bay police.McNeilly’s office has been given full access to Thunder Bay police files as part of the review, he said.“I am a friend. I am not an enemy of the people,” he said. “Or an enemy of the police.”McNeilly is familiar with some of the issues facing the Indigenous community is Thunder Bay as a result of his experience running Legal Aid in Manitoba.“I know there is hope,” he said. “I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think so.”McNeilly said he expects to deliver his final report on the Thunder Bay police by the end of next winter.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Vancouver tech company hires exUS Homeland Security special agent

first_imgVANCOUVER – Big Blockchain Intelligence Group Inc. says it has hired a former U.S. Homeland Security special agent to head its forensics division.The Vancouver-based company says Robert Whitaker, a former Homeland Security Investigations supervisory special agent, will serve as its director of forensics and investigations.Whitaker’s responsibilities will include the global rollout of the company’s QLUE.io product, which allows clients to access information they require within any blockchain.The company says Whitaker’s U.S. government agency and other relationships will help increase market penetration and increase the number of early adopters of the new technology.CEO Lance Morginn says in a statement that Whitaker is an obvious fit for the position and he’ll provide the company the opportunity to become the industry leader.Big Blockchain develops blockchain technology solutions, search and data analytics.last_img read more

Aboriginal hockey team hosting Pub night at Brewhouse

first_imgFor more information or to purchase tickets text/call 778-256-9720.Poster of the event. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The local Canadian Brewhouse is teaming up with Outlaw Aboriginal Youth hockey team for a Pub night this weekend.The event will feature door prizes, silent auction and a 50/50 draw. Tickets are $10 a piece and include a free drink and entry fee. Members of the team will be in their jersey’s selling tickets at locations around the city including Enerplex and Totem Mall on Saturday.The event takes place on Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.last_img