City hopes new Owl system will gather local wisdom

first_imgHomeNewsCity hopes new Owl system will gather local wisdom Sep. 06, 2016 at 7:45 amNewsCity hopes new Owl system will gather local wisdomMatthew Hall5 years agocity of santa monicaclimateclimate changeglobal warmingNewsSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica newsSanta Monica Pier  Santa Monica is turning to the virtual world to help residents understand a very real problem: climate change.City Hall will install a pair of digital viewfinders on the Santa Monica Pier this month that will project images of sea level rise and storm surge onto the Santa Monica Landscape. The devices, known as Owls because they resemble the popular bird’s face, will also gather data from users to help officials with planning decisions.The Owl looks similar to traditional viewfinder/binoculars that you’d find in a public space. However, when users look through the device, they’re seeing a digital, 360-degree image of the area. By rotating the device, users can look up, down or side to side to explore the image.By using the controls on the side, users can manipulate that image to see the impact of rising tides, storm surges, potential solutions being considered by the City or to interact with a survey. The device also contains a microphone to record verbal answers that will be sent to City Hall.According to a press release issued by the city, by 2050, sea level rise in Southern California could increase by 5-24 inches and by 17-66 inches by 2100. As the sea level increases, the water line will move up the beach, permanently eroding the beach. While the day to day impact may be mild, a further inland tide line can mean more impacts from major coastal storms, according to research being conducted by the City’s project partners, USC Sea Grant and the US Geological Services.“Sea level rise is a slow moving crisis that’s hard to see, and harder to get people energized around, but this technology will help bring it home in a very tangible way,” said Dean Kubani, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Santa Monica in the release. “Seeing firsthand how the change will impact us will be a very powerful experience for all of our beach lovers.”Nate Kauffman, project director for Owl, said the Owl’s interface has a powerful effect on users.“It’s very visceral experience when they look through the Owl and recognize they are in the same space but something is different, something has been added or subtracted,” he said. “It’s a much more effective way of capturing those folks in that space.”Owls are equipped with controls that will let users take a survey and a microphone to record verbal feedback. Kauffman said the device democratizes the planning process by allowing anyone to participate on their own time and in the actual space being discussed.“Planners find this a very useful tool to be able to put into the environment and let it gather data for you instead of doing a good old fashioned public planning meeting,” he said.Kauffman said that over the months of installation, the device will be able to record thousands of answers and provide a far larger data set than could be gathered from traditional meetings.Signage will accompany the Owls to explain what they do and why the survey is important.The installation has been postponed due to a last-minute software malfunction announced by the manufacturer, Owlized, Inc.  The unanticipated software problem will set the Owl’s launch back by up to two months, according to Owlized. The planned Sept. 19 inaugural event has also been postponed.Elizabeth Bar-El, City of Santa Monica Senior Planner, is the project manager for the update of Santa Monica’s Local Coastal Program, which will incorporate future sea level rise into coastal zoningShe said the device has been used in some places to show what a specific project would look like once complete but Santa Monica will use it to educate residents on the impact of climate change.“What we’re going to use this for is to show what the science is saying on the Santa Monica Beach about sea level rise,” she said.While the devices will be open to anyone, the City specifically chose to install them in September to maximize the percentage of local respondents.“Hopefully, there’s a lot of people, we really want local people come out,” she said. “We planned to have it out and starting it in early September because we didn’t want it to be part of the summer rush.”For additional information about the Owl and the City’s efforts to prepare and adapt to sea level rise, visit www.sustainablesm.org/[email protected] MATTHEW HALL Tags :city of santa monicaclimateclimate changeglobal warmingNewsSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica newsSanta Monica Piershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSanta Monica Classic adds High School ChallengeShots fired during fight on PicoYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson23 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter23 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press23 hours agolast_img read more

Mystery Man Donates $131,000 So That Sick UK Boy Can Get the Rare Cancer Treatment He Needs in USA

first_imgThe Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, however, offers a specialized kind of therapy that could raise his chances of survival up to 80%.RELATED: ‘Kate Winslet Saved My Life’—Now Cancer-Free, Young Mom Can Raise Her Baby, Thanks to Kate and DiCaprioThe cost of flying Zac and his family to the USA, as well as paying for the treatment and visas, came with a whopping price tag of $656,000 (£500,000).The youngster’s parents, Mark Garbett and Hannah Oliver-Willets, broadcasted news of their plight across dozens of social media platforms, news outlets, and local communities – and thousands of people responded.Over $184,000 (£140,648) was raised on Zac’s crowdfunding page, a third of which was reportedly donated by X-Factor television show host Simon Cowell. Zac’s hometown of Telford held an entire festival to raise money for his treatment. A local 13-year-old boy hoped to raise money for the cause by auctioning off an autographed football jersey – but the winning bidder was so moved by the teen’s motivation, he ended up donating the money and letting him keep the shirt.CHECK OUT: Toddler Wakes Up Right When Parents Agree to Remove Life Support, Doctors Call it Easter MiracleThe family finally reached their financial goal earlier this week when a mystery donor saw an article in the Daily Mail about Zac’s journey. Though the man requested that his identity be kept anonymous, he contributed the final $131,000 necessary to fly the boy to America for his treatment.“It was a big shock to find out somebody had come forward pledging that amount of money,” Garbett told The Daily Mail.“It’s fantastic, we can’t thank this man enough. We have been working around the clock fundraising for the last month, but Zac’s story being reported nationally has proved crucial.”MORE: Lung Cancer Patient Given a Year to Live is in Remission Thanks to Cuban Vaccine“Some people are just born special with a desire to help others,” Zac’s mother said of the “amazing” benefactor.“They have given us a massive gift – the gift of life for Zac, hopefully,” she added. “But so did everybody else who helped us – the children who emptied their moneyboxes or sold their flapjacks at school cake sales.”Once all of the donations are processed, Zac and his family will be flying to America in one month. Until then, he will be recovering from a final round of chemotherapy at the Princess Royal Hospital. His parents have added that any money leftover from the trip will be donated to help other sick children in need.(WATCH Simon Cowell’s call to action below) – Photo by Mark GarbettBe Sure And Share This Inspiring Piece Of News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePeople from around the world have been so moved to help a sick boy from the UK, an anonymous donor has just contributed thousands of dollars to get him the treatment that he needs in the United States.For the last month, money has been pouring in for 4-year-old Zac Oliver. The youngster has been fighting an extremely rare form of leukemia that only affects about 200 people in the world.Though he has been undergoing treatment in Telford, England, the chemotherapy sessions only guarantee him less than 25% chance of survival.last_img read more

Optimists honor Hippler as Farmington Hills Firefighter of the Year

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club recently honored Sgt. Nick Hippler of the Farmington Hills Fire Department as its Firefighter of the Year.From left: Farmington Hills Fire Department Lt. Jamie Neufeld, Fire Chief Jon Unruh, Sgt. Nick Hippler and Fire Marshal Jason Olszewski (contributed photo)“Nick consistently displays the highest level of professionalism while providing a superior level of service to the community,” said Fire Chief Jon Unruh.Hippler started with the department in 2003 as a paid-on-call firefighter. He was hired as a Career Firefighter in 2006, promoted to Senior Firefighter in 2010, and to Sergeant in 2015.A member of the Fire Department’s Honor Guard, Hippler serves as a Fire Investigator and Fire Academy Instructor. He has received five Life Saving Awards, three Certificates of Appreciation, and many Letters of Appreciation from the public.A 2001 graduate of Farmington High School, Hippler holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science from Madonna University. He is also a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University School of Fire Staff & Command. Reported bylast_img read more

2015 NCAA football head coach salaries methodology

first_imgMETHODOLOGYTo determine the total pay packages of Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches for their current contract years, USA TODAY Sports requested all forms of compensation for the coach at all 128 schools. About 20 of the schools are private or are public schools covered under state law exempting them from releasing salary data on coaches. Schools that provided contract information were given the opportunity to review their figures.Any pay the university guaranteed (even if paid by shoe/apparel company or another source) is listed as “school pay.” Anything not guaranteed by the university is listed as “other” pay.A not available (–) in the chart denotes schools that are private or did not release the information or schools whose coaches are new and had not filed an outside income report. A $0 means the coach doesn’t get compensation from that source.EXPLANATIONS OF COMPENSATION CATEGORIESSCHOOL PAY: Base salary; income from contract provisions other than base salary that are paid, or guaranteed, by the university or affiliated organizations, such as a foundation. Examples include payments in consideration for: shoe and apparel use; television, radio or other media appearances; personal appearances.It also includes deferred payments earned annually, conditional or otherwise; certain payments based on attendance, ticket revenue or sales; contractual expense accounts (if unaudited) or housing allowance; signing and other one-time bonuses earned in the current contract year.It does not include amounts that may have been earned as annual incentive bonuses in other years, the value of standard university benefits such as health care or the value of potentially taxable items such as cars; country club memberships; game tickets for the regular season, postseason and other sports; the value of stadium suites, travel upgrades or spouse/family travel and game tickets.Salaries reported do not take into account deductions that have, or may, occur because of state government furlough, or other pay-reduction, actions.OTHER PAY: Income from sources listed on the coach’s most recently available, self-reported athletically related outside income report. Some public schools, citing public-records disclosure exemptions, decline to provide the outside-income report.TOTAL PAY: Sum of university and non-university compensation.MAXIMUM BONUS: The greatest amount that can be received if the team meets on-field performance goals (including win totals, bowl-game appearances, conference and national championships, coaching awards, etc.), academic or player conduct goals. It typically does not include possible payment based on percentages of ticket revenue or sales or departmental fundraising amounts.If a coach cannot qualify for certain bonuses this season because of NCAA- or school-imposed sanctions or because the school is in the process of re-classifying to the FBS, those amounts are not counted toward the maximum.The bonus language of many contracts has not yet been updated to reflect the new College Football Playoff format. Schools whose contracts still mention achievements under the Bowl Championship Series were given the opportunity to advise USA TODAY Sports of how they are interpreting those provisions in the context of the new playoff format. Any resulting increases are reflected in the Maximum Bonus total. In cases where school officials said no decision on interpretation on had made, the Maximum Bonus total was left unchanged from 2013 rather than being reported as unavailable.BONUSES PAID: Amount coach was paid from May 15, 2014 through May 14, 2015 for meeting personal or team performance goals. Does not include longevity and/or retention payments. Includes payments due to head coaches, regardless of whether they distributed portions to other staff. Because schools were informed that the intent is to report amounts paid for goals achieved during the 2014-15 football season, some schools provided information about applicable payments that were made after May 14, 2015.NOTESPITTSBURGH, TEMPLE AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS: The pay information listed came from federal tax returns or the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law report. Documents provide compensation for 2013 calendar year based all income paid by the school or support organization, including benefits, perks and performance bonuses.ALABAMA: School pay includes $400,000 payment that Saban will receive only if he remains head coach as of the date of the completion of team’s final game, including postseason games. Does not include the value of housing that Saban is receiving subsequent to the purchase of his home by the Crimson Tide Foundation in 2013.ARIZONA: School pay includes $125,000 payment that Rodriguez will receive only if he remains head coach on Nov. 30. School pay also includes $478,844, representing one-eighth of the value — as of Oct. 2 — of 175,000 units of a master limited partnership held by the University of Arizona Foundation on behalf of the university’s athletics department. This portion of the units vests and becomes payable to Rodriguez, along with the one-eighth that vested to Rodriguez last season, if he remains the head coach on March 15, 2016. The university declined to provide information identifying the partnership, but the Financial Times has identified it as Western Refining Logistics LP.ARKANSAS: School pay reflects early-contract-year changes in the rates of Bielema’s pay through the university and through the Razorback Foundation. He was paid based on a combined annual rate of $3.2 million during the month of January and has been paid based on a combined annual rate of $3.75 million since then. He also was due to have received retention payments of $125,000 on Feb. 15 and Aug. 15.ARMY: School pay does not include the value of housing that Monken is contractually required to occupy because the U.S. Military Academy, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, said it was unable to locate documentation of this value.BOSTON COLLEGE: Addazio has received a loan from the school that had a $500,000 balance due as of May 31, 2014, according to the university’s most recent federal tax returnsCINCINNATI: School pay includes $100,000 payment that Tuberville will receive only if he remains head coach as of Dec. 31.CENTRAL FLORIDA: O’Leary retired Oct. 25.CENTRAL MICHIGAN: School pay includes $25,000 payment that Bonamego will receive only if he remains head coach after Feb. 15, 2016.COLORADO: School pay reflects mid-contract-year change in MacIntyre’s base salary. He was paid at an annual rate of $255,000 from Jan. 1 through June 30, and has been paid at an annual rate of $257,550 since July 1.FLORIDA: School pay is based on compensation for an initial contract year defined by the agreement as beginning Dec. 5, 2014 and ending Jan. 31, 2016. School pay also includes a one-time signing bonus of $500,000.FLORIDA STATE: School pay includes $150,000, representing 12 months of a contract completion benefit that vests to Fisher on a monthly basis, but becomes payable only if Fisher is fired without cause or remains head coach as of the conclusion of all regular and postseason games of the 2018 season.GEORGIA: School pay and maximum bonus amounts are based on a list of financial terms provided by the athletics department because a contract reflecting a two-year extension announced in January is not yet available.HOUSTON: School pay includes $100,000 that annually accrues to Herman if he remains head coach on Dec. 31. Three years’ worth of these amounts will vest to Herman if he remains head coach on Feb. 28, 2018. That money, plus any additional annual amounts, will become payable if he is fired without cause after that date, or he will receive $500,000 if he completes his contract Feb. 29, 2020.ILLINOIS: Cubit serving as interim head coach. School pay based on the compensation called for by Cubit’s pre-existing employment agreement to be the team’s offensive coordinator, plus a $100,000-per-month supplement for serving as interim head coach from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. The university had paid previous head coach, Tim Beckman, $1,098,160 from the start of his contract year, Feb. 1, through his termination in September.IOWA: School pay includes $525,000 payment that Ferentz will receive only if he remains head coach on Jan. 31, 2016.IOWA STATE: School pay includes one-time payment of $300,000 to Rhoads for being employed by the university on Feb. 15, 2015.LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE: School pay includes $50,000 payment to annuity fund that will occur only if Hudspeth remains head coach as of Dec. 31; funds in the annuity vest to Hudspeth as they are paid.MARYLAND: School pay reflects mid-contract-year change in Edsall’s base salary. He was paid at an annual rate of $420,240 from Jan. 1 through May 2, and has been paid at an annual rate of $440,000 since May 3. School pay also includes a $3,795 non-standard, one-time payment made in connection with the change in base salary. UPDATE: Edsall was fired Oct. 11.MIAMI (Fla.): Golden was fired Oct. 25.MICHIGAN: School pay includes a $2 million, one-time signing bonus. Harbaugh also was entitled to reimbursement of up to $30,000 in legal fees he incurred in connection with the negotiation of his contract; the university has not yet responded to a request for the amount, if any, Harbaugh has been paid in connection with this. In addition, the parties have that within 30 days of the team’s last game of this season, they will determine “an appropriate deferred compensation arrangement”; athletics department Kurt Svoboda said it is unknown whether this arrangement could impact Harbaugh’s compensation for this season.MISSOURI: School pay reflects a mid-contract-year change in the components of his contract other than his $350,000 base salary and $300,000 camp payment. He was paid at a combined annual rate of $2.57 million for those components through mid-April. He has been paid at a combined annual rate of $3.37 million since then.NAVY: School pay is base salary for current contract year, according to a document provided by the Naval Academy Athletic Association, a private non-profit organization that declined to release Niumatalolo’s contract. He is eligible for bonuses at the athletics director’s discretion, the document said.NORTH CAROLINA: Fedora had permission from university to get additional income under a shoe and apparel contract and a media contract in 2013-14, according to the most recently available school documents. The university declined to release further information.NORTH TEXAS: School pay includes $70,000 payment that accrues to McCarney on a per-game basis but vests — and becomes payable — only if he remains head coach through the team’s final game of the season, including any bowl game, or his employment is terminated without cause. McCarney was fired Oct. 10, after the team’s fifth game of the season.NORTHWESTERN: Fitzgerald has received a loan from the university that had a $2,567,080 balance due as of Aug. 31, 2014, according to the university’s most recent federal tax returns.OHIO: School pay includes $50,000 payment that Solich will receive only if he remains head coach through the completion of this season.OHIO STATE: Meyer’s most recently available outside-income form, which signed on Sept. 8, 2014, lists him with agreements and appearances that generated a total of $350,000 in cash and/or goods and services for charities, including $185,000 for the Shelley and Urban Meyer Family Foundation.PURDUE: In addition to the possible $1,010,000 portion of his Maximum Bonus amount that is tied to the team’s on-field achievements, Hazell will receive a bonus to be determined by the athletics director and the university president if Purdue wins the College Football Playoff championship.PENN STATE: Figures based on a financial term sheet distributed by the university, which has declined to release Franklin’s contract. School pay includes $300,000 payment that becomes payable on Dec. 31.SOUTH CAROLINA: Spurrier announced his resignation Oct. 13.SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Sarkisian was fired Oct. 12.STANFORD: Shaw has received a loan from the university that had a $700,000 balance due as of Aug. 31, 2014, according to the university’s most recent federal tax returns.VIRGINIA: School pay includes one-time payment of $750,000 to London for being head coach on Jan. 15, 2015.WASHINGTON: School pay includes the first in what are essentially a series of $500,000 interest-free loans that Petersen will receive annually. The compensation actually is in the form of an annual life insurance premium payment by the university, which is entitled to reimbursement from the policy’s death benefits.WEST VIRGINIA: School pay includes $75,000 payment that Holgorsen will receive only if he remains head coach on Dec. 8.WESTERN MICHIGAN: School pay includes $185,000 that Fleck will receive only if he remains head coach on Jan. 31, 2016.*AMOUNTS IN ADDITION TO COACHES’ TOTAL PAYIncludes payments made by schools and/or their affiliated organizations on behalf of newly hired coaches who owed buyout amounts to their previous employer for terminating contracts so they could accept employment elsewhere; also includes portions of new and existing buyout-related loans from schools scheduled to be forgiven during the coach’s current contract year.ALABAMA: If Saban remains head coach as of the date of the completion of the team’s final game, including postseason games, the university also has agreed to pay and credit $100,000 toward a $1 million scholarship pledge Saban has made to the university.AUBURN: The university loaned $700,000 to Malzahn in 2012 for the purpose of paying his buyout to Arkansas State. In addition to his Total Pay amount, Malzahn is benefiting from the loan being forgiven at a rate of $140,000 for each contract year he completes.FLORIDA: The university is scheduled to pay $3 million, in $500,000 annual installments that began in 2015, to Colorado State as part of McElwain’s termination arrangement with that school. In addition, Florida has agreed to play Colorado State in Gainesville, Fla., during the 2018 season and pay Colorado State $2 million on or before Feb. 1, 2019 for that game.OREGON STATE: Paid $3 million to Wisconsin in connection with the buyout Andersen owed. Oregon State is taking the position that this does not constitute taxable income to Andersen. But it has agreed to pay for professional representation of Andersen and to pay any additional income taxes, penalties and interest that may be required if the IRS asserts that Andersen should have included the amount on his 2015 federal tax return.PURDUE: In addition, $120,833 of a $725,000 loan made to Hazell in 2013 is being forgiven for each contract year he completes; his previous employer, Kent State, has said it received $650,000 from Hazell to settle buyout obligation.WISCONSIN: Paid $3,281,552 to Pittsburgh to cover the buyout Chryst owed.WESTERN MICHIGAN: Fleck signed a new contract on Dec. 18, 2014 that resulted in him receiving a $185,000 retention payment and $1,850 in additional base salary prior to the start of his current contract year, Feb. 1, 2015.last_img read more

PLB alters League calendar

first_imgThe Premier League Board has rescheduled the 27th Glo Premier League fixtures for Wednesday 14 April instead of the original Sunday, 18 April.The amended calender will have three league matches being played in a week, with the 26th and 28th ties scheduled for 11 April and 18 April.The changes are in accordance with the PLB’s plans of ending this year’s Glo Premier League on 2 May.Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img