Credit: Demon Music GroupThe Abominable Snowmen is from the fifth season of Doctor Who, which aired in 1967. Patrick Troughton, probably the most talented actor to ever play The Doctor, had well and truly bedded into the role by his second year. It was the era of monsters, and The Abominable Snowmen introduced a new foe that would later return to face the Second Doctor in the Web of Fear and The Five Doctors – the Yeti!Now, The Abominable Snowmen is the latest in an impressive catalogue of Doctor Who titles to be released in an eye-catching vinyl box set by Demon Music Group. Like many of the previous releases (including The Daleks’ Master Plan and The Evil of the Daleks), The Abominable Snowmen is mostly missing from the archives. Only the second episode is known to exist, so the only way to delve into the other five episodes is on audio. What better way to enjoy an auditory experience than on heavyweight vinyl?The Abominable Snowmen has been issued with striking cover art featuring the fearsome Yeti in the snowy Himalayan mountains. The three 180g vinyls themselves (one episode per side) are bright white, reinforcing the Yeti’s snowy environs and the story’s setting – an ideal Christmas present! A limited edition is available in ‘Tibetan Blizzard’ – with grey spots in the white plastic pressing.The story opens as the Second Doctor seeks to return a holy ghanta he has borrowed to the monks at a Tibetan monastery. But when the long-missing sacred item is found in his possession, he doesn’t receive the warm welcome he had been expecting. Meanwhile, Professor Travers (Jack Watling) is an English explorer also in the region who is looking for evidence of the Yeti in the mountains. When the usually quiet and reclusive Yeti attack the monastery, one of them is captured, and the Doctor discovers that the enormous beast is really a robot. But who is controlling the mechanical Yeti, and what threat do they pose?Credit: Demon Music GroupIn this classic adventure, Patrick Troughton is joined by Deborah Watling as Victoria and Frazer Hines as Jamie (who also supplies the linking narration between scenes). The trio are easily amongst the most popular Doctor and companion pairings of all time, and the use of an exotic Tibetan setting (much easier to visualise in your imagination listening on vinyl than seeing cramped Lime Grove studio sets on TV!) and an effective new monster combine to ensure The Abominable Snowmen is a memorable adventure. It’s probably the most spiritual and religious Doctor Who story other than The Planet of the Spiders and Kinda, which had strong Buddhist themes. Its sequel, The Web of Fear, is generally considered the stronger of the two original Yeti stories, though the sinister voice of Wolfe Morris as Padmasambhava, plus the lumbering hairy Yeti themselves, provide The Abominable Snowmen with plenty of effective menace.For vinyl and Doctor Who enthusiasts, Demon Music Group’s beautifully-designed release of The Abominable Snowmen is an essential part of your collection. It represents a perfect marriage between an old-fashioned yet unsurpassable medium and a forever-loved and never-bettered eccentric old television show. They belong together. These vinyl editions are a wonderful and nostalgic way to celebrate Doctor Who’s origins.Cast: Patrick Troughton, Deborah Watling, Frazer Hines, Jack Watling Writer: Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln Director: Gerald Blake Released by: Demon Music Group Running time: 150 mins Release date: 25th October 2019 Buy now
The Campbell County Regional Planning Commission meets on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 6 pm in the lower courtroom of the Campbell County Court House at Jacksboro. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm. Meeting minutes, submitted plats and other items listed on the agenda will be discussed and voted upon. The public may address the Campbell County Regional Planning Commission at the beginning of every meeting. Campbell County Regional Planning Commission meets the first Monday of the month at 6:00 pm at the Campbell County Court House at Jacksboro. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/04/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
Dons start season 2-0, host Loyal on TuesdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWISCONSIN RAPIDS — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team improved to 2-0 with a tight 54-51 victory over Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Saturday as part of the Cranberry Classic at Assumption High School.The game was close throughout as the Dons led by two at halftime and went on to win by three.Hunter Schultz scored 16 points, Nick Malovrh had 15, and Evan Nikolai added 13 points for the Dons.Joe Grundhoffer led Assumption (1-1) with 20 points.The Dons host Loyal in their Cloverbelt Conference East Division opener Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com)Dons 54, Royals 51Columbus Catholic 26 28 – 54Assumption 24 27 – 51COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (54): Billy Young 6, Matthias Gouin 0, Nick Malovhr 15, Evan Nikolai 13, Hunter Schultz 16, Tyler Fuerlinger 4, Charles Payant 0. Record: 2-0.ASSUMPTION (51): Jon Trickey 2, Brady Baltus 10, Joey Biebl 2, Jacob Sullivan 6, Trevor Newton 9, Dominic Schneieder 2, Joe Grundhoffer 20, Nathaniel Clark 0, Brandon Birkhauser 0. Record: 1-1.
Cole Hoffman homers for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — The Stratford baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to hand first-place Marathon its first Marawood Conference South Division loss of the season on Monday with a 4-3 victory at home.Riley Anderson hit a three-run home run to put Marathon (11-3, 6-1 Marawood South) on top 3-1 in the top of the fourth.The Tigers responded with single runs in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings to win it as pitcher Lucas Heidmann kept Marathon scoreless after the homer.Heidmann finished with seven strikeouts and three walks.Cole Hoffman went 3-for-3 with a home run for Stratford (6-6, 5-4 Marawood South).Stratford plays at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 4, Raiders 3Marathon 000 300 0 – 3 12 0Stratford 100 110 1 – 4 9 2WP: Lucas Heidmann. LP: Ryan Gassner.SO: Gassner 15; Heidmann 7. BB: Gassner 3; Heidmann 3.Top hitters: M, Noah Dirks 2×3; Carter Hanke 2×3; Hunter Schara 2×4, 2B; Riley Anderson 3×4, HR, 3 RBIs. S, Cole Hoffman 3×3, HR, RBI; Rylan Peterson 2×3, RBI; Nick Stoflet 2×3, 2 runs.Records: Marathon 11-3, 6-1 Marawood South; Stratford 6-6, 5-4 Marawood South.
Speed dictates our options. For example, when the opportunity to enter a new market or adjust a marketing campaign variables presents itself, the need for insight grows exponentially as we consider our options to react while the clock is ticking. As questions are formulated both about the past and future, historical data provides only a starting point for decisions that will eventually impact our company’s future direction. This phenomenon doesn’t happen only occasionally or based on a fixed and predictable schedule, which would allow us to prepare our teams.Business operations are modeled to match the pace of change even if our existing infrastructure isn’t equipped to handle the heavy load and sudden curves of the road. We often hear the words “uncertainty” and “risk” when executives talk about trying to make business decisions.The questions we ask today aren’t the same ones we asked last week, nor are they the questions we’ll ask next week. We can no longer deliver business information (forget insight for a moment) using the traditional methods that may require longer periods of fertilization. Hence, “faster” demands speed and agility, both of which require not only ability but also accuracy.The speed at which we gain insight is critical because it allows us to take advantage of the opportunity at full throttle. Agility is essential because most of these opportunities or challenges don’t RSVP before they show up at our door step. They are identified by talented individuals that move organizations forward.Ability is what makes this whole thing feasible under pressure. Besides, how can we even talk about insight if we don’t have the data or can’t obtain it to begin with? Accuracy—even if it isn’t perfect—plays a vital part because many times we can’t afford unforced errors that would otherwise defeat the purpose of data-driven decision making.BI can make us better-informed decision makers—but it does not necessarily make us smarterWith the exception of those automated business processes, such as online credit card applications, many critical business decisions are still made by humans (despite what many sci-fi movies portray). Whether we’re developing a business strategy or executing that strategy, leaders and managers still want to rely on insight derived from solid business data. Though there are many factors that play into the decision-making process, ultimately our goal must be to employ data-based analysis and to look at the evidence using critical thinking.Data has to be solid, otherwise it becomes “garbage in/garbage out.” Do we have the single version of the truth? Do we trust the data? Do we ask the right questions? We need to be ready and willing to admit that we may be wrong about our assumptions or conclusion if we can identify flaws (supported by reliable data) in our initial assessment. We must be willing to play devil’s advocate. And maybe, we don’t blink but think twice when we can afford it. As the old saying goes, “measure twice and cut once.”It doesn’t matter how we get there, data alone will not suffice—we know that. All of these variables will inevitably shape not only the final decision we make, but also the path we choose to arrive there. History is filled with examples of leaders making “bad” decisions even in light of ample amounts of data to support the decision making process.Bottom LineWe may not be able to prevent all of the bad or flawed decisions, but we can promote a culture of data-driven decision making at all levels of our organization so that corporate data is seen as a strategic asset. Informed patients are able to make better-informed healthcare decisions. Informed consumers are able to make better-informed buying decisions. Likewise, BI should be a framework to enable “better-informed” decision making at all levels of an organization, while still allowing the final call to lie with us—the humans (at least for now).Connect with me on Twitter Opens in a new window(@KaanTurnali) and LinkedInOpens in a new window.This story originally appeared on The Decision FactorOpens in a new window. In my blog, What is Business Intelligence? (BI), I talked about faster, better-informed decision making. I want to expand on these two key pieces. What does it mean when we say “faster” decision making? And why do we say “better-informed” decisions instead of “better decisions?”Putting aside the semantic differences and nuances of meaning, these two concepts play a significant role in delivering BI solutions that can address both the urgency needed by business and the agility required by IT.Moreover, exploring these concepts–regardless of your interpretation—will further facilitate better engagements and result in tangible outcomes that can benefit the entire organization, both in the short term and in the long run.BI is all about speed when capitalizing on opportunitiesSpeed plays a more important role than ever before when capitalizing on opportunities, whether it contributes to growth or bottom line. Moreover, speed plays a role in every facet of business transactions—sometimes before even a transaction is completed—where business data is born or created. We no longer operate in the world of business PCs, which are chained at desks and accessed during bankers/working hours. Instead, mobility fuels global transactions that take place around the clock.
WRI’s experts will continue to provide commentary and analysis of the results of the Rio+20 conference through our series, “Rio+20 in the Rear View.” For more posts in this series, see here, here, and here.Many stories came out of the Rio+20 proceedings; Jo Confino’s blog in The Guardian is an excellent place to review what happened. But now that Rio+20 is behind us and the 50,000 government officials, business representatives, and activists have gone home, one expectation is clear: Leadership from the private sector is critical to advancing sustainable solutions in the coming years.The question is: Are business leaders on board with this strategy? Is transformative action possible or desirable from a business perspective? We can’t speak for all businesses, but on June 17th in Rio, WRI partnered with Forum for the Future, a UK-based NGO that works with companies on sustainable business practices, to present a panel featuring corporate leaders that are currently taking steps toward “next practices.”Peter Madden, CEO of Forum for the Future, opened the session. The panel featured Kersten-Karl Barth, Director of Sustainability for Siemens; Robert ter Kuile, Senior Director of Sustainability and Global Public Policy for PepsiCo; and Andrew Hobday, Chief Sustainability Officer for Mars; joining Jennifer Morgan, Director of WRI’s Climate and Energy Program.Business Leaders Talk SustainabilityPanelists engaged in a lively discussion about their own green initiatives and how they see things shaping up for business and sustainable development in the future. It was encouraging to hear that Siemens, PepsiCo, and Mars are already embracing some sustainability initiatives. As we noted in this blog before, almost half of Siemens’ 2011 revenue came from environmental products; Pepsi’s “Performance with Purpose” approach seeks to tie financial performance with human and environmental sustainability; and Mars’s “Sustainable in a Generation” plan aims to eliminate fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 2040.Key takeaways from the panel discussion on building toward a green economy include:Leading-edge strategies that are “next practice” today will soon become mainstream. Today’s corporate leaders who are developing these strategies will be the winners of tomorrow and have a net positive impact on business and the environment.Understanding the megatrends shaping tomorrow’s markets can unlock innovation that promotes sustainable development.Collaboration is critical. The public and private sectors can leverage each other, and competitors can cooperate for bigger impacts.Measurement systems for environmental and social impacts must be as credible as financial measurement systems – but now is not the time to wait for perfect metrics. Companies that are leaders will implement forward-looking strategies today and help shape the metrics to measure success along the way.Governments must help price externalities like carbon, but smart, strategic businesses will act now and show that profit and planet can be in sync, benefitting people as well as the environment.Next StepsFinally, our panelists shared that more is needed—more experimentation and more commitment. Shifting to a green economy takes dedication, and pitfalls are to be expected along the way. In leading companies, sustainability is everyone’s job because sustainability drives business value.Together with our partners, WRI’s Next Practice Collaborative is highlighting the link between economic prosperity and sustainable development by researching new approaches, developing tools, and sharing strategies. Sustainable solutions cannot wait. The time is now.For more information about the Next Practice Collaborative, contact Samantha Putt del Pino at [email protected]
Teams will want to avoid Kentucky.Congratulations, Kentucky basketball. You’ve now reached the pinnacle of the college sports world – you’re being compared to Alabama football. A Kansas State fan on-hand for last night’s rivalry game against Kansas apparently wasn’t interested in just taking down the Jayhawks. No, he wants the Wildcats to get a shot at 27-0 Kentucky instead. The fan’s “We Want Kentucky” sign mimics what we’ve seen the past few years in regards to Alabama being perceived as the top dog in college football.We want Kentucky pic.twitter.com/XqSBHe2yf7— Nathan Brisco ⚾ (@N8Brisco) February 24, 2015Ironically, Kansas State got Kentucky in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament and lost. But unless the Wildcats somehow win the Big 12 Tournament and reach the NCAA Tournament again this year, they’re not going to get their wish.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, has commended the Agricultural Credit Board (ACB) for 100 years of assistance to the agricultural sector. He said the Board has done yeoman’s service, particularly as it relates to facilitating rural development. The Minister was speaking at the ACB 100th anniversary celebration and awards ceremony held on December 5 at the Four Seasons Hotel in New Kingston. A total of 46 long-serving employees were recognised for their years of dedicated service to the institution. Minister Clarke stated that the People’s Cooperative (PC) Banks, regulated by the ACB, have been invaluable to the farming community. He noted, for example, that “last year, when the Irish potato farmers were in difficulty, it was the PC Banks that came to their rescue.” He also highlighted the role the PC Banks and the ACB played in assisting egg farmers to supply hotels with liquefied eggs, when they could not find adequate market for their product. “I turned to the PC Banks and they gave $15 million to help put up the liquid egg plant, and I want to commend them for that,” the Minister remarked. He also cited interventions by the ACB, the PC Banks and the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), amounting to some $200 million, for rice production. “What this is saying is that the commitment to agriculture and rural development is unshakable,” he stated. The Board, which has negotiated some $1.25 billion over the past two years for a number of crops, has made significant contribution to agriculture including, since 2007, a grant of $5 million to the Jamaica 4-H Clubs for a goat rehabilitation project; $6 million to the Jamaica Cane Farmers’ Association to assist in keeping the industry afloat; and a grant of $6 million for the Ministry’s land titling initiative. The ACB has also made significant contributions to the Government’s banana and plantain rehabilitation efforts, with grants totaling $11 million; and has also assisted with negotiating special financing for crops such as rice, Irish potato, ginger, and turmeric. The National People’s Co-operative Bank of Jamaica Limited (NPCB), which is registered as an agricultural loan society under the ACB Act, provides a range of services to its members/clients. These cover a range of savings instruments, loan facilities to the micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs), legal services (e.g. wills and land titling), bill payment services and family indemnity plan insurance.
VANCOUVER – Joanna Fletcher lives in a one-bedroom apartment on Vancouver’s east side with her 10-year-old son. The building has mice and mould, and her new landlord is threatening eviction.While she has plenty of reasons to leave, Fletcher says she’s fighting to stay for as long as possible because she can’t afford anything else in the area and leaving would mean disrupting her son’s school year.“It’s not just like I can pick up and go, there isn’t anything for me to go (to),” she said in a recent interview.Fletcher isn’t alone in feeling the impact of the housing affordability crisis affecting cities across the country.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says average rents nationally went up last year by 2.7 per cent to $947 per month.Meanwhile, the availability of rentals is becoming increasingly limited. The CMHC says the overall vacancy rate for cities across the country was three per cent in 2017, down from 3.7 per cent in 2016.In its annual report on rental housing, the corporation said the demand for purpose-built rental is outpacing the growth in supply, while the rate of condominiums rented out also declined.Craig Jones, a PhD candidate in geography at the University of British Columbia, said the situation is largely the result of the federal government’s move away from building rental housing in the early 1990s, combined with the extreme profitability of building condominiums over rentals in the private sector.The government used to build thousands of units of rental housing annually, and the private sector does not appear to have filled the gap in the years since, Jones said.Although up to a third of condos are estimated to be rented out by owners, Jones said the rents are typically not as affordable as rental only properties and tenancies aren’t secure because owners can always choose to move back in, renovate or trigger other means of eviction.Statistics Canada reported last year that nearly a quarter of Canadians spent more than 30 per cent of their income on shelter costs, which is the marker for affordability.Jones said the statistics are a sign that many people live in precarious circumstances.“It’s taken us a long time to get here, it’s taken decades of ignoring the system,” he said, adding it would take a least 10 years of government commitments to resolve the problem. “That is something that is difficult to do because it’s expensive and it doesn’t show immediate results.”Fletcher is one of those people caught in the housing crisis.“I’m just sort of pretending it’s not happening in many ways. On certain days, I just keep it right off my radar, otherwise I’d lose it,” she said.She has lived in her Vancouver apartment for eight years and pays about $930 a month in rent, which included basic cable until February.Fletcher has multiple sclerosis and is unemployed but looking for work. She said she’s been looking for a two-bedroom home for years, but units are hard to come by. A suite that became available in the area was more than double what she pays in rent.Her building was recently sold to a company and Fletcher said the new landlord began approaching tenants in January offering to pay them three months’ rent if they move out by April. She was offered five months’ rent if she signed an agreement by mid-February.“It’s a drop in the bucket if I don’t have anywhere to live,” she said.Fletcher declined the offer and decided to wait for an eviction notice. She hopes that will be at least eight months away since a legal notice requires permits from the city to develop the property, which is a lengthy process to obtain. The city says it has not received applications for any development at the property.The landlord did not respond to requests for comment.A spokesman for the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre in B.C. said evictions caused by renovations or redevelopment are among the most common problems tenants report.Andrew Sakamoto said the province’s Residential Tenancy Act should be changed to double the notice time for evictions to four months, and offer greater compensation to renters. Availability of housing may be a problem, but stronger laws that protect tenants could make a difference until supply catches up with demand, he said.“You need to have security of tenure and safe housing in order to thrive in other aspects of your life,” Sakamoto said. “I think we need to get away from this commodification of housing and see it for what it really should be, and that’s a basic right for all Canadians.”Dan Garrison, Vancouver’s assistant director of housing policy, said there is a lot of older housing stock that needs to be updated but the city has tougher rules than the province when it comes to redeveloping rental properties.“We know that renters in the city are certainly feeling vulnerable to development pressure,” Garrison said. “We are trying to strike a balance.”Landlords in Vancouver who evict their tenants are required to pay several months rent, assist in relocating them within the city, and pay for moving costs, he said. Developers would also have to give previous tenants the opportunity to move back into the new building at a discounted rate.Not all jurisdictions share these policies.In Toronto, Jillian Zeppa, 30, who works for a non-profit education organization, couch surfed with friends for six months after she was evicted from her one bedroom basement suite last fall.Zeppa said she had lived in the unit for 16 months when the landlord decided to move in herself, prompting her eviction.She disputed the notice with the province’s rental housing enforcement unit and was awarded $2,000 in compensation. But Zeppa said the cost of moving, storing her belongings, searching for a new home and the stress of the experience had her hoping she’d receive twice that amount.Her situation reflects a concerning trend, say housing advocates in Ontario.Geordie Dent, executive director of the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations, said in nine of the last 10 years, the number one reason the agency received calls from tenants facing eviction was due to unpaid rent.But last year that changed with an “explosive” increase in landlords choosing to make use of the home themselves or by their family, he said.“Probably most of them are going to be in bad faith, meaning the landlord is not actually moving in, it’s just pushing tenants out to be able to jack up the rent,” Dent said.The Ontario government responded by bringing in new rules last September that require landlords to pay a tenant one month of rent in compensation. If the landlord advertises, rents, demolishes or converts the unit within a year — signalling they aren’t using it themselves — they could also face a fine of up to $25,000.In many cases, landlords want to get rid of their oldest tenants who pay the lowest rents, Dent said. Being able to charge higher rents for new tenants could be enough to cover the penalties, he added.Zeppa pays $1,050 per month. Finding a new place close to transit for the same rent with similar amenities, such as laundry in the building, proved to be impossible.“The golden rule of spending 30 per cent of your money on rent, I feel like is out the window because rent is going up but no one’s salary is going up,” said Zeppa.She moved into a new apartment on April 1 after months of searching. But at $1,300 a month, Zeppa said she has to make sacrifices.The new unit accounts for 45 per cent of her take home income and it is far enough from her office that she’ll have to spend an hour on transit, rather than walking or cycling.There are also other changes she is looking at to cover the extra cost of rent.“I’m either not going to travel or not going to make an RRSP contribution every year. One of them is going to have to be sacrificed, I realized, in the budget planning of it all. That doesn’t really feel right,” she said.While she’s confident her new home will be more stable, Zeppa said if she is evicted again, she’s more likely to consider other areas of the country to live and work.“This whole experience has allowed me to realize Toronto will not be a forever place for me,” she said.The federal government announced a national housing strategy last fall that commits $40 billion over 10 years to new units and upgrades of aging properties, including loans to encourage developers to build new housing geared toward modest- to middle-income families.The provinces and territories have agreed to fund a key piece of the housing strategy by spending billions to repair and build social housing units and create a new rental benefit. It adds about 50,000 units to the system and repairs 60,000 more, while promoting construction of mixed-income and mixed-use residential developments.Aled Ab Iorwerth, the deputy chief economist at the CMHC, said whether there is enough incentive for developers to construct purpose-built rental housing remains unclear.“I think there are a lot of incentives out there to build,” he said. “How exactly the market supplies that is a little bit conditional on their own decision.”— Follow @Givetash on Twitter.
Brussels: European Union regulators have hit Google with a 1.49 billion euro (USD 1.68 billion) fine for abusing its dominant role in online advertising. It’s the third time the commission has slapped Google with an antitrust penalty, following multibillion-dollar fines resulting from separate probes into two other parts of the Silicon Valley giant’s business. The EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, announced the results of the long-running probe of Google’s AdSense advertising business at a news conference in Brussels on Wednesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Today’s decision is about how Google abused its dominance to stop websites using brokers other than the AdSense platform,” Vestager said. The commission found that Google and its parent company, Alphabet, breached EU antitrust rules by imposing restrictive clauses in contracts with websites that used AdSense, preventing Google rivals from placing their ads on these sites. Google “prevented its rivals from having a chance to innovate and to compete in the market on their merits,” Vestager said. “Advertisers and website owners, they had less choice and likely faced higher prices that would be passed on to consumers.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAdSense is an older Google product that lets web publishers such as bloggers place text ads on their websites, with the content of the ads based on results from search functions on their sites. Microsoft filed an EU antitrust complaint about the service in 2009 and the EU Commission formally launched its probe in 2016, although it said at the time that Google had already made some changes to allow affected customers more freedom to show competing ads. Last year, Vestager hit the company with a record 4.34 billion euro (USD 5 billion) fine following an investigation into its Android operating system. In 2017, she slapped Google with a 2.42 billion euro fine in a case involving its online shopping search results.