Deadly Ohio Nursing Home Fire

first_imgASHTABULA, Ohio (Fox8.com) – Investigators believe a meth lab may be the cause of a deadly fire inside a local nursing home. Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, firefighters were called to the Parkhaven nursing home in Ashtabula. A room on the second floor was on fire. Firefighters say when they arrived, staff members were already trying to get residents out of the building.last_img

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Inntopia launches Cloud Express

first_img“We put a huge amount of focus on data cleansing, deduping, and integrating every data source possible, so the guest profiles that exist in Marketing Cloud are second to none,” said Inntopia’s CEO, Trevor Crist. “But until now, only marketing had easy access to those profiles. With Cloud Express, accessing all of this data is now one click away for your front desk or call center, giving them powerful guest insight in the exact moment they need it.”The profiles include the typical data with a guest-service twist. For example, a front-desk agent welcoming a family will not only see their name and photo, but a glanceable view at key moments such as whether it’s someone’s birthday or anniversary as well as previous requests, customer notes from prior stays, their loyalty status, how long it’s been since their last visit, and lifetime spend.Cloud Express will first be available on Inntopia’s own CRS with two PMS partners following soon after. The integration will display a link within a guest’s record that, when clicked, will open that guest’s CRM profile in a new window complete with householded data, social profile information, survey and spend history, past transactions, and more.“It’s often been said that every member of your team is part of marketing because of their direct, face-to-face contact with every guest that walks through your door,” said Ben Zeeb, Inntopia’s SVP of Marketing Cloud. “Your marketing team already knows how critical a clean, complete guest profile can be when talking to guests at scale, and now Cloud Express will give every member of your team that same realization once they see how insightful certain information can be when engaging with guests one-on-one.”The initial concept of Cloud Express was built in partnership with Two Roads Hospitality who recently chose Inntopia to roll out a custom CRM, automation, and lifecycle messaging platform across most of their North American properties.About InntopiaInntopia is an integrated commerce, marketing, and intelligence platform based in Stowe, VT. Driven by a powerful one-cart booking system that allows rooms and activities to be sold side-by-side no matter the system in which they originate, the addition of a marketing CRM and forward-looking benchmarking system in 2016 have made the company one of the fastest-growing technology providers in hospitality. The company also has offices in Portland, ME, Denver and Edwards, CO, and Burlington, VT, and is proud to work with brands such as Two Roads Hospitality, Vail Resorts, The Grand America, and PGA Tour Experiences.Source: STOWE, VT, July 17, 2018 – Inntopia,Yes Inntopia,Vermont Business Magazine Stowe-based Inntopia announced today the release of Cloud Express(link is external), a system that gives front-desk and call-center agents one-click access to complete guest profiles directly from their CRS or PMS. Built as a bridge between Inntopia’s award-winning Marketing Cloud and Commerce technologies, Cloud Express takes the complete guest profiles once reserved only for the marketing team and puts them into the hands of a hotel’s or resort’s entire team.last_img read more

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Hesperia volleyball team sweeps Mason County Central, advances to finals

first_img Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … ENDS IN Share Mail Inappropriate / Offensive Other ENDS IN × × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… Shares Not relevant Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) 0 Fox Sports Go NBC Sports Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive LocalSportsJournal.comThe Hesperia volleyball team defeated Mason County Central 3-0 in the semifinal round of the Division 3 district tournament at Holton High School on Tuesday.The set scores were 25-11, 25-13, and 25-17.Seniors Ally Bayle and Alyssa Miller led at the service line with five and three aces, respectively. Emily Bayle paced the Panther Attack with seven kills, while Ally Bayle, Isabelle Rumsey, Rachel Romero, and Miller each added five. Kyra Sayer had 15 assists.On the defensive side, Emily Bayle and Miller had 11 and nine digs, respectively.Hesperia, now 35-16-2, and will play in the district finals on Thursday against White Cloud. × DEAL OF THE DAY Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $26.86$49.99 ENDS IN Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $59.99 Other Bestseller Other (8187) Displayed poorly × Other Report a problem This item is… $0.00 Dude Perfect Signature Bow Nerf Sports Bi… Bestseller × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… Not relevant ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Ads by Amazon Displayed poorly Displayed poorly Ads by Amazon The League × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. (124) FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller ENDS IN Displayed poorly $15.29$17.99 Inappropriate / Offensive DEAL OF THE DAY $0.00 × Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Bestseller × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive DEAL OF THE DAY Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Report a problem This item is… Bestseller (35539) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive $0.00 Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Share Not relevant ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Other Inappropriate / Offensive Other Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY (1009) (1461) Bestseller Other Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY Shop Now $14.99 Bestseller Displayed poorly Not relevant ENDS IN (1862) $3.99 Report a problem This item is… (22) A Warrior’s Heart (33138) Report a problem This item is…last_img read more

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Key Connector Conserved in Jackson County

first_imgA collaborative effort between Jackson County and Mainspring Conservation Trust will open 308 acres for public access, creating additional space for people to hike, hunt and fish in the area.Mainspring, a Franklin-based regional non-profit land trust serving the 6 western-most counties in North Carolina, was able to purchase the property with the help of $140,000 contributed by the Jackson County Commissioners. The property is strategically located between two tracts owned by the National Forest Service. Linking the public lands will bridge those two tracts into a larger tract of accessible public property.Located in the community of Little Canada in Jackson County, the property originally belonged to H.B. Wood. When he died in 1931 without a will, the property was shared among his 11 children. As the years passed, the number of descendants grew to eventually reach more than 100, leading the land to be known as the “Wood Heirs” property.“The Commissioners believe it was in the best interest of the citizens of Jackson County to have the Wood Heirs property become part of the NC State Game Lands,” says Brian McMahan, Chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. “This would allow for perpetual access for recreational purposes, which is an investment in the quality of life for the residents here. We were happy to partner with an outstanding conservation organization like Mainspring to make that happen.”Mainspring Executive Director Sharon Taylor says protecting this property fulfills the land trust’s mission, which prioritizes land conservation to forests, farms, waters and heritage. “The Wood Family has owned the property for more than 100 years and conservation honors that heritage. It also protects the quality of Neddie Creek and other tributary systems.  And, because of Jackson County’s support, we are able to provide better public access to public lands.  It is an excellent project and partnership.”The property will be enrolled in the State’s Game Lands program to be managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.  Mainspring expects the property to be open to the public by late fall 2016.last_img read more

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Photo library: Tourism and leisure 9

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Hout Bay beach at dusk. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Hout Bay beach at dusk. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Hout Bay beach at dusk. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:Mountains, vineyards and world-class wines in the Durbanville Wine Valley.Photo: Durbanville WineValley » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Restaurant with a distant view of Table Mountain in the Durbanville Wine Valley.Photo: Durbanville Wine Valley » Download high-res image Franschhoek, Western Cape province: The Screening Room at the luxury Le Quartier Francais boutique hotel.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Stellenbosch, Western Cape province: A bride and groom take a carriage ride at Blaauwklippen Vineyards, a wine estate established in 1882. Photo: Stellenbosch Wine Routes » Download high-res image Stellenbosch, Western Cape province: Golfing at the Kleine Zalze Wineland and Golf Estate. Photo: Stellenbosch Wine Routes » Download high-res image Stellenbosch, Western Cape province: Fine food and wine at the Zevenwacht Wine Estate restaurant, housed in a 19th century Cape Dutch manor house. Photo: Stellenbosch Wine Routes » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 9:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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South African art gallery looks back 100 years

first_imgRay Maota A bronze sculpture of Eve by Auguste Rodin, created in 1881. Portrait of Kalie by Maggie Laubser will also be exhibited. (Images: Johannesburg Art Gallery) MEDIA CONTACTS • Reshma Chiba Registrar at JAG +27 11 725 3130 RELATED ARTICLES • South African art • Art Bank Joburg: helping local artists • Louis Maqhubela’s art comes home • SA art snapped up at UK auction The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) is marking 100 years of art-collecting with an elaborate celebration and launch of a new catalogue detailing the various works in its possession.The event will take place at the gallery in Joubert Park, Johannesburg, on 28 November 2010 at 5pm. The public is welcome to attend and entrance is free.The catalogue, called One Hundred Years of Collecting: Johannesburg Art Gallery, as well as the launch celebration have been sponsored by the South African division of Anglo American. The gallery will mark another centenary in 2015, when an upgrade of its building will be completed. The art-collection celebration precedes this, as the establishment began accumulating works long before the actual building was constructed.The catalogue features essays by South African writers and artists Khwezi Gule, Nessa Leibhammer and Bongi Dhlomo, among others. It has been edited by Jillian Carman, who is an honorary research fellow at the universities of the Witwatersrand and Johannesburg, and a former JAG curator.“We are celebrating the historic feat by launching a catalogue with essays about collections within the gallery,” said Antoinette Murdoch, the gallery’s curator.“The individual essays are about the gallery’s traditional, historic and contemporary art collections.“The launch is an open invitation event and we are expecting close to 600 people,” she added.Impact on local, global art community“The gallery’s collections have had a significant impact on the local and global art community,” Carman said. “Although initially focusing on western artists, in 1994 a decision was taken to consolidate the South African collections.”These collections are made up of traditional items, modern and contemporary art – including work by international artists with South African links like Marlene Dumas –and artists from other African countries, like the late Nigerian photographer Oluwarotimi (Rotimi) Fani-Kayode.“The purpose of this is to build on JAG’s unique strength: it is ideally placed to be a major international centre and archive of South African art within the country,” Carman added.“JAG is committed to preserving and providing access to our national heritage and giving due recognition to South Africa’s neglected artists through our exhibitions, publications and education programmes,” according to a media statement released by the gallery.“The gallery is the cultural backbone of Johannesburg and our collection has served to open dialogue and make a path for meaningful, intellectual and academic debate, ultimately contributing to change and impacting on society at large,” the statement continued.Diverse line-upThe celebrations on 28 November will centre around an exhibition by women artists called Transformations. Other works displayed in the Foundation Room and pieces belonging to the Matters of Spirit permanent exhibition will also be on view, and there will be a video projection of local artist Stephen Hobbs’ work.Transformations focuses on the various changes women have experienced in the last century and reflects this through artistic works.“Lace-making, embroidery, ceramics, tapestry and beadwork were among the activities women were largely involved in at the turn of the 19th century. However, since the mid-1900s, women artists have developed an increasingly confident and critical vision that is manifested in their subject matter and mode of production,” the JAG statement added.Transformations includes work from the gallery’s various collections that explore this shifting vision. “The idea is to show how women’s place in society has changed,” Murdoch said.The projection by Hobbs will focus on new and old buildings in Johannesburg, and how they can serve as places for aesthetic and political contemplation.History of the JAGIn total, the JAG has 15 exhibition halls and various sculptured gardens. It houses collections of 17th century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th century British and European art, 19th century South African works, a large contemporary collection of 20th century local and international art, and a print cabinet containing works from the 15th century to the present.The building was designed and built at the beginning of the 20th century by British architect Edwin Lutyens. Art dealer Sir Hugh Lane and Florence Phillips, an art collector, established the first gallery collection from funds given by Phillips’ husband, Lionel, who was a mining magnate at the time.Phillips donated her lace collection, and arranged for her husband to donate seven oil paintings and an Auguste Rodin sculpture.Today, JAG’s collection includes further works by Rodin, as well as pieces by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Henry Moore.There are also works by South African masters like Gerard Sekoto, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, Maud Sumner, Sydney Kumalo, Ezrom Legae and Pierneef.The collection is so large that the gallery only exhibits 10% of it at any given time, with the remainder in storage. With generous sponsorship from Anglo American and the City of Johannesburg, and with the help of a trust fund, the gallery is able to regularly acquire new works.last_img read more

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Durban’s plan to offset COP 17 footprint

first_img15 November 2011An estimated 15 000 tons of CO2 is expected to be produced during the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, but Durban has a plan to offset the event’s carbon footprint in full – and then some.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December.The estimate of the event’s footprint is based on the assumption that 25 000 people will visit the city during the conference, along with related factors like accommodation, conference venues, transportation and waste removal logistics.Community Ecosystem Based Adaptation (Ceba)The response takes the form of an initiative called Community Ecosystem Based Adaptation (Ceba), a joint venture between the Wildlands Conservation Trust and the eThekwini municipality. Ceba focuses on the link between communities and the ecosystems and ways in which they can be supported.According to eThekwini Environmental Planning and Climate Protection deputy head, Debra Roberts, the Durban Ceba Initiative is one of the most exciting elements of the city’s broader COP 17 greening programme.Delegates at COP17 will be able to buy “Ceba credits” to offset the carbon footprint of the event.“It has been adopted as the official voluntary offset mechanism for COP 17,” said Roberts. “Delegates, corporates and residents of Durban will be able to contribute towards the project by buying ‘Ceba credits’ to play their part in helping offset the environmental impact associated with hosting COP 17.”National government is said to be focusing on the other aspects of the carbon footprint, such as international air travel. The city has been more concerned with the impact on energy and water resources.uMbilo River catchment projectThe first Ceba project will be the restoration and reforestation of the uMbilo River catchment.Adaptation will be prioritised to counter the effects of the carbon footprint. Ceba will focus on communities restoring their natural ecosystems, creating cleaner and greener neighbourhoods.Each Ceba credit will cost about US$10 (between R80 and R100), and the money raised will be used for the uMbilo River catchment project.Roberts said unemployed people from the neighbouring communities will then be employed as “green collar” workers to first remove alien plants and trees. The project also involves the planting of indigenous plants and trees and restoration of the riverine, wetland and grassland systems.Initial funding for the project will come from the city, the corporate sector and through the Wildlands Conservation Trust.“We want this project to not only benefit the ecological sustainability of the river, but the social sustainability of poor communities along it,” said Roberts.For more information, visit www.durbanceba.org.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Inspiring women on this week’s episode of Play Your Part

first_imgThe Sunflower Fund seeks to give all South Africans diagnosed with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders the chance of life (Image: Sunflower Fund Facebook Page)With August being Women’s Month, this Sunday’s episode of the Play Your Part TV series looks at a few inspiring South African women who are Playing a Part by making a difference in their respective fields of life.This Sunday’s episode features Khanyisile Motsa, Pontsho Manzi, Dr Vanessa Naidoo, Ella Bella and Catherine Constantinides, Tina Botha and Tarryn Corlett, and Lira.The murky streets of Hillbrow and Berea are not for the faint-hearted. Gangs, pimps, drugs, abuse and deprivation rule the inner city flatlands. Notoriously dangerous, it is a terrifying place that is home to many thousands of prostitutes, street children and abandoned teenage mothers.In 2000, Khanyisile Motsa descended into the fray. Affectionately known as Mam’ Khanyi, she set up Home of Hope for the sustained physical, educational and holistic wellbeing of exploited girls in Hillbrow and the surrounding suburbs. Her eyes had been opened to the desperate circumstances of these abandoned children when she took into her care five girls who had escaped from one of the brothels.Word of the refuge spread and soon, more girls escaped and came looking for her. Her brave crusade has changed many of these lives for the better.“You can take a dying plant and help it regain its life by just talking to it,” says Play Your Part Ambassador Pontsho Manzi, founder of Fabgalz and Fabulous Woman magazine. Her philosophy is echoed in her motivational workshops as part of her mission to empower South African women to be their best selves.Manzi, formerly a human resources practitioner, founded Fabulous Woman magazine and FabGalz in 2009 to bring women together to support each other, and to provide career and employment guidance for young girls.In March this year Manzi received two honours at the South African Premier Business Awards: the DTI 2014 South African Premier Business Young Entrepreneur Award and the Play Your Part Award.In an interview with the Fourways Review, Manzi says she “believes that it is her life purpose to provide a platform to catalyse the upliftment and empowerment of women in South Africa”.Galvanised by the images of the injured in the 2011 Libyan uprising, Dr Vanessa Naidoo decided to put her passion for people and medicine to good use; she volunteered with international medical and humanitarian aid organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).“My passions are medicine and people – this makes MSF a natural choice for me. I have always wanted to do something that would make a difference in the world, but I didn’t always know that aid work would be a feature on that pathway, but I am very glad that it is.”Naidoo says she heard about MSF while at university; “I had heard about MSF during my training at the University of Cape Town (UCT); they had helped to start the ARV roll-out in Khayelitsha while I was still a student. I filled out the online application shortly after I watched that news clip on Libya, and the rest, as they say, is history!”Tina Botha and Tarryn Corlett are the driving force behind the Sunflower Fund. The fund is a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, with a vision to give all South Africans diagnosed with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders the chance of life, irrespective of their race and financial circumstances.The fund’s purpose is to educate, recruit and raise funds to build and sustain an effective South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) as a viable source of well informed ethnically-diverse potential bone marrow donors so as to meet the national and international requirements and improve the chances of life-saving transplants for serious blood disorder sufferers.Read more: http://www.playyourpart.co.za/tv-series-news/1038-inspiring-women-on-this-week-s-episode-of-play-your-part#ixzz4PQ6mMct0last_img read more

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Firefox Continues Long March to the Top

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Browsers#Trends#web josh catone 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Last month when we reported that MySpace controls 3/4th of social network traffic one commenter, Jon Gos, wrote, “As Google or Microsoft will tell you, once you’re king of the hill in one area, it’s incredibly hard to get displaced. Unless of course you make some royal mistakes like Friendster did, whoever’s got the momentum usually sets the pace and right now MySpace still controls the game.”Indeed, MySpace’s market share was virtually unchanged since January, and has long been over 70%. But there is one battle between dominant incumbent and fiery upstart in which the incumbent looks more vulnerable each day: Internet Explorer vs. Firefox.In many instances where a single players dominates the landscape, it is hard to see anyone cracking their control any time soon. Google vs. Yahoo! and Live, YouTube vs. every other video site, even with Linux and OS X making gains in the operating system market, Windows’ dominance seems safe for years to come. But in the browser world, where Internet Explorer has dominated for almost 10 years, things are looking less concrete.ComputerWorld is reporting that Firefox is set to hit 20% market share next month according to metrics firm Net Applications. In some communities, Firefox is already well beyond the 20% mark. W3Counter’s global web stats, for example, puts Firefox usage at closer to 29% and over 50% of ReadWriteWeb readers use Firefox.Internet Explorer’s popularity peaked in 2003 or 2004, depending on whose data you look at, with a browser share of between 91% and 96%. Now, IE’s market share has slipped below 80% by most metrics. Firefox, meanwhile, has grown steadily year-over-year from under 1% in 2004, to around 20% today.And Firefox isn’t resting on their laurels. The Mozilla Foundation is planning a major release push for Firefox 3, which is expected to drop this month. Firefox is gearing up to set a world download record by encouraging all 175 million users of the browser to upgrade in a single day. They’re actually encouraging users to host download day parties, with nearly 200 planned already even without a firm release date. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

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