Richard Feynman, the late nuclear physicist and Nobel Laureate, once said that the universe doesn’t make sense except through the lens of mathematics. As our world grows more technologically dependent, the same thinking could extend to encompass understanding circuits and code.Education is nice and all, but there are lot of barriers to learning about electronics. After all, computers, quite famously, don’t exactly think like we do. And it’s hard even for many adults to wrap their head around the obtuse idiosyncrasies of computing.That’s where the folks at Piper hope to step in. By teaching children early, they want to help introduce kids to the weird world of the digital when their brains are the most plastic and able to take in new knowledge. And the team thinks that by pegging computer science to one of the most popular games in the world — Minecraft — it might be able to take some major steps towards educating kids.Mark Pavlyukovskyy, Piper’s project lead, believes that using something children already know and are familiar with can help acclimate them to circuitry and tech. With that in mind, he launched a very successful Kickstarter last year, raising almost six times their original $50,000. Now the group’s started shipping out their “Piper toolbox,” a totally open-source kit that you assemble yourself.There are no instructions, so you’ll have to fashion the case together with an included screw-driver and a bit of time, but from there you can jump into Minecraft and follow Piper’s customized levels. They’re designed around a loose story about a cheese-meteor that threatens Earth. You, playing as the long-abandoned PiperBot, must restart yourself and assemble the tools you need to save the day. It’s a bit corny, sure, but it serves its purpose well, providing a rationale and sense of investment in connecting bits of hardware together. And that hardware manages quite a bit.Between the latest Raspberry Pi, a small LCD monitor, some bread boards and sensors, a speaker, battery bank, miniature mouse, cables and buttons, plus the wooden case — you get quite a bit of gear. It’s pricey — running $300 — but it comes with lots of options for schools, who will likely the get the most out of the kit.Set-up is simple, again requiring just a single illustrated sheet to help you get started — though I’ll admit I had a tougher time than I’d like to admit, and some of the team’s documentation isn’t quite up to date. Piper is using the latest Raspberry Pi — a tiny computer that can pack a stunning amount of horsepower. That means that the Pi the Piper group uses also has a built-in Wi-Fi antenna, but my documentation suggested I needed an additional dongle.It stopped my build for about 30 minutes as I shuffled through the kit looking for the add-on. The initial button connections are similarly confusing and it took a bit of fiddling with those to get the system working. Adult supervision, at least for the initial build, is definitely suggested, and while the goal of ditching traditional manuals is noble, I couldn’t find the standard guide to help with the set-up. I’m not sure if it was a simple oversight, but after tearing through my kit to find the Wi-Fi dongle, I know I, for whatever reason didn’t receive one. So your mileage may vary.Once I got that all sorted, I booted up the machine and jumped… right into Minecraft. With a quick video and some on-screen tutorials, I was on my way to connecting all manner of wires and sensors. And the stuff I built was really cool. You start with the controller so that you can play and run the game, before adding all kinds of sensors and motion detectors. These custom levels are loaded with secrets that you can only find with the help of all the included tech, and that’s… really freaking cool. I get that I’m an adult and that I’m way above the target age for this, but… well I remember this Star Wars Lego kit I got as a kid. It had a programmable (I’m talking really simple here, this was the 90s) R2D2 that could move around in basic patterns.That kick started my love of electronics, tech, and robots. It was one of the most formative experiences of my life. From there I started building my own computers, then playing games on my custom PC, and ultimately writing about them.If I’d had this as a child? I don’t even know where I could or would have ended up. Tying learning to Minecraft, a game that’s already insanely popular with kids is, quite frankly, genius. Particularly given that it’s such a natural fit. Minecraft is all about building and modifying what you have to learn and expand. Piper’s mission and execution is stellar, and I hope that schools can buy or rent these units en masse to help teach valuable skills to children.It’s common for adults to flub products aimed at children. It’s hard for most to remember exactly what those formative years were like, and how hard it can be to learn something totally new. Most of us take our years of experience for granted and don’t do well when we try to empathize with kids. But Piper seems to have really nailed it.For the Kickstarter, the group worked with hundreds of kids to make sure they got their system right. And it’s paid off. While many of those reading this probably won’t be looking to buy kits like these for yourselves, I’d encourage you to talk to local schools, get involved — whether you have kids of your own or not. This is a tech product that has a lot of potential for good, and I for one would love to see it fulfill its potential.
The body of a 22-year-old Camas man was found Sunday morning near railroad tracks that run along the Washougal River.Sami Nesta-Serrano’s body was discovered at about 6:15 a.m. when a pair of trains traveling in opposite directions spotted and confirmed a man’s body was lying to the right of the tracks. The cause of death is still pending an examination by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Camas Police Department released the man’s name.Camas fire and police and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway responded to the tracks near Sixth Avenue and Franklin Street, close to the Washougal River.“We are investigating,” said Gus Melonas, a BNSF Railway spokesman. “All indicators point to it being a train. It was believed to be a westbound train.”It’s unclear when, exactly, Nesta-Serrano was struck.The area where his body was discovered is popular among fishermen.About 30 trains cross the Washougal River Bridge each day, Melonas said. “All railroad property is no trespassing,” he added.BNSF is monitoring the area today “to make sure no one else was injured during this unfortunate fatality situation,” Melonas said.
Police artist drawing Washougal police have released a composite sketch of a suspect in a home invasion in which an elderly woman was attacked, bound with duct tape and robbed.The attack was reported by a neighbor at 8:44 p.m. Jan. 22 after two men forced their way into the woman’s house in the 3200 block of 37th Court.The 74-year-old woman told police she was home alone when she answered the door to a man who asked if she had seen his dog, according to Washougal police. Then, police say another man appeared and knocked the woman to the ground.The two men used duct tape to bound the woman’s hands, feet and mouth and dragged her by her hair to another room of the house, said Cmdr. Allen Cook.After not hearing either man for several minutes, the woman worked herself loose and ran to a neighbor’s house, where the neighbor called 911, Cook said.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) have opened the Anchor River, Deep Creek, Stariski Creek, and the Ninilchik River drainages to sport fishing limited to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure. The sport fishing restriction is effective starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 16 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. Area Management Biologist Carol Kerkvliet: “With the current low king salmon returns, gear restrictions are necessary to protect upstream migrating king salmon needed for escapement needs.” In conjunction with this restriction, a sport fishing regulation closure was issued closing king salmon fishing within the conservation zones surrounding the Anchor River, Stariski Creek, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River. King salmon incidentally caught while fishing for other fish may not be removed from the water and must be immediately released. Kerkvliet: “To minimize the shifting effort due to conservation actions for the Anchor River and Ninilchik River, it is warranted to restrict gear on Deep Creek and Stariski Creek, as well. Anglers are still allowed to fish for hatchery king salmon using one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure.”
WILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, July 22, 2018.Sunday, July 22No MeetingsMonday, July 23The Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, July 24No MeetingsWednesday, July 25No MeetingsThursday, July 26No MeetingsFriday, July 27Today is the DEADLINE to submit letter of interest to serve on the Wilmington School CommitteeThe Wilmington DPW is holding a Public Shade Tree Hearing at 9pm in Town Hall’s Auditorium. Learn more HERE.Saturday, July 28No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”
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New Delhi: Biscuits and cookies, the ubiquitous snacks offered in almost every official meeting are now on their way out, at least inside the Health Ministry, which is replacing them with healthier alternatives such as dates and roasted chana! In a step towards healthy eating, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has now sent out an advisory to all its departments asking not to serve cookies, biscuits and other fast food during official meetings. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The circular dated June 19 suggests replacing unhealthy fast food with healthier snacking options that include almonds, walnut, dates and roasted chana. The Ministry headed by Union Minister Harsh Vardhan has issued a circular on June 19 where it made mandatory not to serve cookies, biscuits or unhealthy fastfood with immediate affect. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us An official from the ministry told ANI, “We are happy with the move. Our minister being a doctor himself knows the ill-effect of eating fast food hence ordered this step. We in the ministry are happy to accept the order.” The circular provides strict directive not to serve biscuits and other unhealthy fastfood during official or any other meetings in every department of the ministry as well as the canteens of its department. Advertise With Us Fastfood affects living in multiple ways involving directly or indirectly with the health issues. Eating fast food causes obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and at times can also be fatal. The Ministry circular stressed on ‘healthy eating’ and said is only healthy snacks such as with ‘Lobiya channa, Khajor, Bhuna Channa, Badam and Akhrot” will be served at official meetings of the department.
A home minister-level meeting between Bangladesh and China holds in Dhaka on Friday. Photo: UNBBangladesh and China signed three documents on security cooperation at a home minister-level meeting on Friday.The documents were signed at a home minister-level meeting between the two countries, said home minister Asaduzzaman Khan while briefing journalists after the meeting at the Secretariat.Bangladesh side sought China’s role to repatriate Rohingya people from Bangladesh to their homes in Myanmar, said the minister.“Chinese side has appreciated Bangladesh government support in protecting Chinese investment and for providing safety for them,” the minister added.Chinese minister and party committee secretary of the public security ministry Zhao Kezhi and home minister Asaduzzaman Khan led the two sides at the meeting.Before the bilateral meeting that last for around two hours, the Chinese minister was given guard of honour in presence of his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan.The chinese minister arrived on Thursday on a three-day visit to attend the meeting.He met prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday evening.This is the highest-level visit so far from China this year.The bilateral relations between Bangladesh and China elevated to the ‘Strategic Partnership of Cooperation’, which maintains a new momentum of cooperation between the armed forces of the two nations, said the Chinese side.
Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesActor Robert Guillaume in 2005. He died Tuesday at 89.Actor Robert Guillaume, who became the first black actor to win comedy Emmys for playing sharp-tongued butler turned lieutenant governor Benson DuBois on Soap and its spinoff, Benson, died Tuesday at age 89.Guillaume was born Robert Peter Williams and was raised in a St. Louis slum. He adopted his last name for its sophisticated French sound. He told Tavis Smiley in 2004 about the impact his career had had on him.“I found out who I was, Robert Guillaume, Robert Williams, whatever. I found out who I was through acting, and through being Robert Guillaume, I found out how to act. And it was something that satisfied me, and I don’t think one ever gets enough of that. I’m sort of addicted to the notion that I have something to say.”He started as a stage actor, in Purlie and an all-black revival of Guys And Dolls, and returned to the stage often in his career. But playing the refined DuBois for nine years starting in 1977 made him a TV star and a symbol of hard-won success, says NPR TV critic Eric Deggans.APActor Robert Guillaume, star of Benson, gets a hug from Linda Gray of Dallas, who presented him with the 1985 Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, in Pasadena, Calif. Guillaume was the first African-American to win the award.The part won him Emmys for best supporting actor in a comedy in 1979 and best actor in a comedy in 1985; he was the first African-American to win either. Guillaume told Smiley in a 2002 interview that he wasn’t sure about the part when he first took it.“I had some misgivings and trepidation that perhaps taking the role of a butler was not the greatest thing I could do. But I’d been in the business for 17 or 18 years, and not a hell of lot had happened. So I said, ‘I’d better get on this train.’ “Guillaume also portrayed abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the 1985 pre-Civil War miniseries North and South and managing editor Isaac Jaffe on the Aaron Sorkin-created TV show Sports Night. The Robert Guillaume Show, a sitcom he helped launch in 1989, broke ground in its single season by focusing on a growing romantic relationship between a black man and a white woman.Guillaume’s lengthy on-screen career tapered off after a mild stroke in 1999, but his role as the eccentric mandrill Rafiki in The Lion King — you may remember him hoisting a certain lion cub to present him to the rest of the animals — helped provide him with a busy career as a voice actor in later years.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Women from across Maryland met April 22 in Baltimore to discuss ways to make life better for Maryland families in need.At the James Rouse Visionary Center at the American Visionary Art Museum, members of the United Way of Central Maryland’s Woman’s Leadership Council mulled issues including food deserts in Baltimore City, graduation rates, and how to keep teachers in the classroom.It was part of the group’s first Women’s Forum, and marked a special occasion for the United Way of Central Maryland.“This event not only marks United Way of Central Maryland’s Women’s Leadership Council’s 15th anniversary, it also celebrates United Way of Central Maryland’s 90th anniversary,” said the chair of the United Way of Central Maryland’s Women’s Leadership Council, Dana Gloor.The event was led by United Way’s U.S. president Stacey Stewart. Stewart, along with youth, nutrition and homeless experts from around the state discussed ways that things have changed for families in need, and things that still need improvement.“Women are the ones who nurture. They are the ones who are driving many of the decisions to keep families on track,” Stewart said before the event. “Women who have resources and have the ability to give back never lose touch with this. They understand the struggle and challenges that women face. This is an opportunity for women to give back and realize that individually, our impact is so much more amplified when we work together.“These are women from all kinds of backgrounds,” Stewart said. “Business leaders, community leaders, coming together around a common desire to want to lead and change things in the community.”She said that members of the council have made it their mission to tackle some of the biggest challenges in Maryland – including things like poverty and homelessness. She said the group has helped spearhead a healthy food initiative.She said that the United Way is especially skilled at solving the problems that plague many communities because they know how to unite various agencies to create a positive solution.“There’s never a silver bullet solution,” she said. “United Way is the organization that looks at issues holistically and then galvanizes a community to work collectively.”The United Way of Central Maryland said that the Women’s Leadership Council is part of a network of 55,000 women worldwide. The group says they have raised more than $1 billion to help communities all over the United States.Mika Brzezinski, co-host of the MSNBC show “Morning Joe,” was the event’s keynote speaker. She discussed the role of women in the workplace.
Stay on target GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Round Logo MatJoel Hodgson Talks MST3K Live, Eegah! and Returning to Riffs Between the upcoming in of Netflix original Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return and premiere of Doctor Who season 10, the time is right for a mashup.This August, RiffTrax Live meets “The Five Doctors” in a big-screen riffing of the 20th-anniversary Children in Need special.Former MST3K writers and performers Michael J. Nelson (host), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) join an unprecedented five incarnations of the Doctor for a two-night engagement from Fathom Events.Someone is taking the Doctor’s past selves out of space and time, placing them in Gallifrey’s Death Zone—where they must fight Daleks, Cybermen, and other alien forces to defeat Time Lord President Borusa.The feature-length episode originally aired in November 1983, starring Fifth Doctor Peter Davison and companions Tegan and Turlough.Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee reprised their roles as the Second and Third Doctors, respectively, while Richard Hurndall took on the role of the First Doctor for the late William Hartnell. Since Tom Baker declined to appear, footage from the unfinished Shada serial was used to portray the Fourth Doctor.Boasting overtly 1980s graphics, cheeky performances, and classic costumes, “The Five Doctors” bursts with comedic commentary potential for Nelson, Murphy, and Corbett.The trio’s seemingly improvised narration style originated from their mid-to-late-’90s stint on MST3K, in which they would mock films aloud while watching them. After the show’s cancellation in 1999, they revived the tradition via RiffTrax—audio commentary intended to be played in unison with particular TV programs and films.RiffTrax also hosts semi-regular live events, filmed in front of an audience and simulcast to cinema screens around the country. The 2017 season begins this month, with Samurai Cop (April 13 and 18), and continues with the June showing of Summer Shorts Beach Party (June 15).On August 17 and 24, Whovians are invited to experience the hilarious stylings of RiffTrax and “The Five Doctors.” Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 13. Once you’ve secured your seats, tune into Netflix on the 14th for the revived Mystery Science Theater 3000, starring Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray, and a slew of cheesy B movies. Peter Capaldi’s final season as the Twelfth Doctor begins on the 15th on BBC America.
The most sought after mela is back again. Touted as one of the most entertaining crowd pullers, SurajKund International Crafts Mela brought together some delectable dishes from across the India in Haryana this year.The food court spread in the sprawling area of the mela has a fantastic range of cuisines with a regional uniqueness. To keep special care of the health and hygiene of the visitors, the authority has ensured that cleanliness is maintained and there is a provision of several garbage bins in the mela premises. Drinking water has also been made available at various places for the convenience of the visitors. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Focussing on the food stalls which display specialities and delicacies of their respective states. From Mumbai’s bhelpuri to Jaipur’s Dal Bhatti Churma and theme state Karnataka’s Sukka Chicken, Masala Dosa and filter coffee and Bihar’s Lithi Chokha, the mela has different state cuisines to be relished. Aloo tikki, Golgappe, Chaat, flavoured milk and Pav Bhaji are the most popular street foods at the Mela. Bhelpuri and Kulfi are other food items high on demand. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe cuisine of the theme state, Karnataka offers a wide variety of food items, which include Bijapur Mirchi, Chakkali, Khadak Rotti, Shavige Bath, Uppittu, Chicken Sukka, Akki Rotti, Kyatsandra Ttiol, Gokak Karadantu and Dharwad Pedha.‘People are very happy to eat authentic South Indian delicacies at out stall. They take keen interest in knowing about our recipes,’ said K. Seenappa, Assistant General Manager, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation. The wines of Karnataka are also being displayed at the Mela purely for promotional purposes. Praveen Deshpande at the Karnataka wine counter, says, ‘The concept of manufacturing wines is relatively new in India, so we are aggressively marketing our wines in the Northern region, as people here are fond of wine and even the climate is well suited for wine consumption.’ He further added that an array of wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Martot and Cabernet Franc are being produced in their state from French varieties of grapes spread over an area of 2,000 acres.Hot Gulab Jamuns, Gajar Ka Halwa teamed up with ice cold chuskis are some desserts served. The famous Banarasi paans adds to a mouth freshening experience. Cultural performances in the food court add to the wholesome entertainment.DETAILAt: Surajkund Mela Grounds, FaridabadOn till: 15 FebruaryTimings: All day
Playing video games may not be as bad as we always thought and certain games that foster creative freedom can help in increasing creativity, researchers say. In the experimental study published in the Creativity Research Journal, the researchers analysed 352 participants. They compared the effects of playing Minecraft, with or without instruction, to watching a TV show or playing a race car video game. After 40 minutes of play or watching TV, the participants completed several creativity tasks. To measure creative production, they were asked to draw a creature from a world much different than Earth. More human-like creatures scored low for creativity and those less human-like scored high. It was found that those given the freedom to play Minecraft – a game that allows players to explore unique worlds and create anything they can imagine – without instructions were the most creative while those instructed to be creative while playing Minecraft were the least creative. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It’s not just that Minecraft can help induce creativity. There seems to be something about choosing to do it that also matters,” said Douglas Gentile, Professor at the Iowa State University. There is no clear explanation for this finding but there could be some possible reasons why the instructed Minecraft group scored lower, said study lead author Jorge Blanco-Herrera from the varsity. “The instructions may have changed subjects’ motivation for play. Being told to be creative may have actually limited their options while playing, resulting in a less creative experience. It’s also possible they used all their ‘creative juices’ while playing and had nothing left when it came time to complete the test,” he said. Most games encourage players to practice some creativity. For example, players may create a character and story for role-playing games or be rewarded for creative strategies in competitive games.”
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 17, 2015 Three of Venture for America’s fellows — Mike Wilner, Taylor Sundali, and Matt Fulton — noticed that over 50 percent of small businesses don’t have a website, and of those that do, over 90 percent aren’t optimized for mobile visitors. So, they started a company, Compass, to address this. Related: 3 Ways to Improve Conversions on Your WebsiteI believe that Compass is going to become a multi-million dollar business in the coming years. I know what you’re thinking: “A ‘website company’ is a good opportunity? Isn’t it 2015?” Or maybe you’re asking, “How the heck do so many businesses not have websites? Isn’t that the first thing you’d do nowadays?” Especially now that there are so many do-it-yourself services like Squarespace, Wix and Weebly. Understanding the answers to these questions requires some context. I’m going to start close to home, with my 67-year-old mom. She’s an artist, and she recently wanted to build a website to display her paintings and sell prints. So she called me, her (theoretically) tech-savvy, 40-year-old entrepreneur son and asked for my help. What did I do? I didn’t build her a website. I didn’t want to sit there and figure out Squarespace and produce something she wouldn’t like anyway. I didn’t recommend her to an agency. I knew she didn’t want to spend much money, and website creators generally cost at least $5,000. Instead, I thought to myself, “Hmm, what human beings do I know that build websites that won’t rip my mom off?” The truth is that most independent businesspeople are in their 30s or older, and most of those people don’t have the time to figure out how to build a website on their own. The proportion of people who start trying to build a website on Wix and actually finish is only 2 percent. That means that 98 percent of people give it a whirl and quit. That’s a lot of unbuilt websites and a lot of businesses that still need them. I could have told my mom to use a freelance platform like Elance, Upwork or 99designs. But these platforms require you to submit specs, vet submissions, decide on pricing, provide content, etc. It’s a whole project-management exercise. I would have been punting my mom into a maw of complexity. How does Compass surmount these difficulties? It builds customized websites for $800 to $1,800 and has a network of highly curated freelancers (many of whom are Venture for America Fellows). It also has a well-designed process to get the info needed from the business owner, in order to deliver a quality product quickly and reliably. Related: 10 Options for Hosting Your Startup WebsiteWhat’s more, its freelancers are paid $40-plus an hour and don’t have to do all of the meta-work that makes this kind of thing painful for creatives (sell, negotiate, educate, gather content and info, etc.). Freelancers generally want as friction-free an engagement as possible. And Compass smoothes out the friction. The market is enormous: $12 billion a year is spent by small businesses on web services each year. And there’s more: It’s not just websites, but search engine optimization, email marketing, social media, analytics and everything else a small business would want to do online. So, many companies today are saying, “Here are the tools; we’ve made it easier than ever (for you to do)!” And if you’re a small business, it’s easy to understand that approach. Those companies can go big and keep costs down by minimizing the services component. Yet, just providing better tools is not going to solve this particular problem. The vast majority of small business owners want nothing to do with figuring out a website. They are neck-deep in their business trying to keep it going. If that business is catering, they’re in a kitchen, or shopping for supplies or sending thank-you notes, etc. If the business is in landscape, the owners are hiring people, mowing lawns, maintaining equipment, etc.In short, business owners are time-starved and trying to move things off their plate. So, the key isn’t better tools; it’s accessibility, ease, convenience, process and, above all, service. I myself ran an education company that became the leader in its category. Theoretically, our customers could have gone out and taxonomized the primary materials or found a freelance tutor; our instructors could have hung out their own shingles and tried to attract students.Instead, we made things accessible and easy by curating the best instructors, packaging the materials in a digestible form and format and delivering a high-quality service. The company subsequently grew to tens of millions in revenue, and continues to grow to this day. (Yes, even though educational content online is now theoretically “free” online and ubiquitous. It turns out that the completion rate for those open online courses is only about 4 percent.)At our company, we never raised any money; investors probably wouldn’t have liked the business model anyway. Too many people involved. So, there’s a lesson here for entrepreneurs looking for opportunities: Technology is transforming industries and enabling unprecedented levels of both reach and access. It’s getting better all of the time. But each new toolset or means of communication requires another investment on the part of businesses and individuals that may not be in a position to make that investment.And clearly when people approach a transaction or task they don’t necessarily want to equip themselves or become experts. There’s a reason that headhunters still thrive, despite LinkedIn; and real estate brokers still make money, despite Zillow. If you go deep into a problem, most all of the time you’ll find more problems that need to be solved from the ground up. Yet technology can create needs, even as it addresses them. Sometimes solving the base problems requires a lot of work — and that is where opportunity lies. Related: 7 Things You Need to Know About SEO to Remain Relevant in 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 6 min read Register Now »
Comments Share “God blesses you, my ruler says unto you,” shouted a servant as the elected officials and local bureaucrats bowed deeply at the waist three times in rapid succession before scurrying out of the way and letting the next rank of white-robed officials approach the king. As each rank withdrew a servant intoned “God blesses the age of my ruler.”The sensitivity surrounding the annual ceremony, which was held this year on Aug. 21, was evident by the state’s reaction to a small protest against it in front of parliament the next day. Riot police with truncheons charged the few dozen protesters chanting “long live the people” instead of “long live the king.” A journalist was beaten and police pursued the protesters into the nearby train station.The violent behavior of security forces was in stark contrast to most other protests in Morocco during the past year of Arab Spring, which were allowed to proceed, suggesting that criticism of the king remains a red line.One needs look no further than Great Britain’s recent lavish celebrations of Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee for examples of the pomp and circumstance of other monarchies around the world. But in Morocco, where the king still holds real power in a country with low literacy and high poverty, these displays are a key part of proving the crown’s authority. The ceremony of allegiance has existed in one form or another since the 16th century and was used by Morocco’s rulers to assert their primacy over the country on a political and spiritual level as descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, explained Nabil Mouline, a professor at Paris’ Sciences-Po Institute and an expert on religion and monarchy in the Middle East.“Now there is a struggle between this old identity, of the king as the center … and now the nation as the center of identity,” he said, explaining that just in the last few decades Morocco and its people have modernized and change dramatically.Ahmed Benchemsi, a former magazine publisher in Morocco and now visiting scholar at Stanford University, pointed out in a recent article that, despite the reforms, the new constitution still makes the king “inviolable” and of respect and veneration.“Versions of this pharaonic performance are repeated regularly throughout the year at various royal reviews and ribbon-cuttings, complete with adoring crowds, bowing servants, and hand-kissing officials, all united in devotion to a monarch blessed with divine potency. Who shall tell the average Moroccan that his sovereign is not sacred anymore?” he wrote in the January edition of the Journal of Democracy. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The new constitution, however, still makes the king the final decision-maker with the power to issue his own laws and check any move of the government. And the PJD, as the Islamist party is known, has muted its criticism of the system since coming to power.The PJD came to power on a platform of creating jobs and fighting corruption, but most experts say the roots of the problem run right up to the highest levels of power and include those linked to the monarchy itself.Several initiatives by the PJD government, including reforming state broadcasting and adding greater transparency in lucrative concessions for transportation, fishing and other sectors, have been blocked.Part of the challenge for would-be reformers is that the king, whose family has ruled since 1666, remains a popular figure, especially for the large swaths of the population that are poor and uneducated and have been raised on these ceremonies surrounding the monarch that appear on state television regularly.Abdelaziz Aftati, a member of parliament from the PJD, was not chosen to be part of the delegation wearing white robes and bow before the king. He thinks that’s because of his constant criticism of the system. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The minister of religious affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, defended the ceremony recently by comparing it to the oaths of allegiance given the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century A.D. That prompted the country’s largest Islamist group, the banned Justice and Charity Movement, to issue a sharp rebuttal.“Did the Muslims bow before the Prophet? No, at the time of the Prophet, allegiance was shown by shaking hands,” said the group’s statement, which accused the palace of “playing with the Muslim religion.”A more moderate Islamist group, the Justice and Development Party, won a plurality in elections prompted by last year’s protests, allowing it to form a government under its own prime minister. The result has been a bipolar system of power with the prime minister and his ministers on one hand and the king and his array of counselors forming a kind of shadow cabinet.The government wants to use the new constitution to limit the king’s power. “Our objective is the disappearance of the so-called shadow government,” said Foreign Minister Saadeddine al-Othmani in an interview with the Associated Press. “Before it wasn’t possible but now with the new constitution, all is clear, the role of the government as well as the role of the king.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Four benefits of having a wireless security system Morocco has been hailed as an Arab Spring success story, where the king promoted constitutional reforms and early elections that defused the protests that swept much of the region. The North African kingdom of 32 million is a close Western ally and presents itself as a progressive fusion of modernity and tradition that succeeds where the dictatorial Arab republics failed.Critics maintain that the constitutional amendments, while granting the parliament and prime minister greater powers, still leave a king with ultimate power _ as symbolized by events like the annual ceremony of allegiance.“It all looks like a prayer _ it gives a divine sense to the king,” complained activist Zeinab Belmkaddem of the Feb. 20 activist movement that led pro-democracy protests last year.She said that while the new constitution no longer describes the king as a sacred figure, true democracy is impossible as long as he occupies such elevated status over the elected officials. “The rituals play a role in this, when the head of the government goes to meet the king, everyone around him is bowing down and kissing (the king’s) hand and it condemns the conversation to be one between master and servant.” Associated PressRABAT, Morocco (AP) – Rows of figures in traditional hooded white Moroccan robes advance in unison under the blazing sun to where the king, surrounded by his courtiers, is seated on a black pure-bred horse shaded by a burgundy parasol. The quasi-religious ceremony has a medieval feel at odds with Morocco’s self-proclaimed emergence as a modern democracy.Every year, hundreds of civil servants and elected officials from all over the country must gather at one of King Mohammed VI’s palaces to pledge allegiance to the “Commander of the Faithful” in a tribute that critics say is increasingly outdated. The subservience points to the contradictions in a nation that quelled Arab Spring protests by promising the people a greater voice. Aftati maintains that attitudes toward such rituals are changing.“All of these practices must be reviewed,” he said. “Everything that is degrading, such as the bowing and hand-kissing, has to disappear.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories
CAIRO (AP) – Diplomats from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt held on Monday the first gathering of a quartet of regional heavyweights aiming to work out a resolution for Syria’s civil war.The quartet is an initiative put forward by Egypt’s new president aiming to bring together key supporters of the Syrian rebellion _ Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as Egypt itself _ with Iran, the biggest regional ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Syria’s bloody 18-month conflict, which activists say has killed at least 23,000 people, has so far stymied attempts at international mediation.The new U.N. envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is heading to Damascus this week, tasked with brokering a diplomatic solution. The peace plan of his predecessor, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, collapsed, and Annan stepped down in frustration.The new quartet may also have trouble reaching common ground. Sunni-led Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have called on Assad to step down; Shiite Iran has firmly stood by Assad. Saudi Arabia and Iran are also bitter rivals with longstanding disagreements over Gulf security issues.Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi appears to be hoping that bringing Iran into the quartet can eventually sway it to accept an alternative to Assad and put its weight behind a peace initiative. Last month, he went to Tehran for an international conference and gave a full-throated call for the world to back the Syrian opposition, startling his Iranian hosts.The sessions that began Monday were among diplomats preparing for a possible higher-level meeting of the four country’s foreign ministers later, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said. Egypt is hoping the group can find consensus on an initiative calling for an immediate end to violence, maintaining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Syria, supporting Brahimi’s mission and launching a political process with various spectrums of Syrian society, the ministry said in a statement.The quartet is aimed at “stopping the bloodshed by launching a political process designed to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity,” the ministry said.Similarly, Annan’s peace plan was centered on a cease-fire that was supposed to open the way to political dialogue. But the fighting never stopped.In Cairo for talks ahead of his trip to Syria, Brahimi met with Morsi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby on Monday.Morsi, who came to power as a result of his country’s own Arab Spring uprising, proposed the four-nation contact group during a conference of Muslim nations in Saudi Arabia last month.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments Share Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain
Etihad chief executive James Hogan says Australia is strategically important to the carrier. The UAE carrier has announced a new agreement with Tourism Australia that could help fill the marketing gap left behind by Australian airline, Qantas.Late last month, the Australian flag carrier terminated a joint three-year AU$44 million marketing contract with Tourism Australia, claiming it could not work with the bureau’s director.Since the announcement, Etihad alliance carrier, Virgin Australia announced it would double its contribution to Tourism Australia, from AU$6 million in joint commitments to AU$12 million over the next three financial years.In addition, Etihad signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tourism Australia to invest up to AU$6 million over the next three years in a range of cooperative programs targeting visitors from the Middle East, UK and Europe. Etihad chief executive James Hogan said Australia is strategically important to the carrier and the new arrangement tied up naturally with its airline partnerships. According to the airline’s head, the two organisations have already started planning a new campaign for the first half of 2013. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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