AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich – Dial–A–Ride , a complimentary curb-to-curb service offered through the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority has taken a huge hit but unlike other businesses, funding is not the issue.Since the stay home, stay safe order you may have noticed less of these red shuttle buses on the street.This is because the ridership for Dial-a-Ride, consisting of mostly seniors, declined last month from approximately 8,000 to 1,000.General Manager, Andrew Sundin, said the decline comes from many factors such as facilities where many of the patrons frequent being closed.Sundin is optimistic about business picking back up but understands that they will meet their challenges.He also stated that as demand increases, they will add more drivers and expand hours.Sundin wants riders to know that each bus is sanitized every day and the driver designates seating to keep the six–foot distance. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious APS prepares to transition as superintendent considers new job offerNext Alpena High School seniors recognized in bright lights
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CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device.The greatest hockey players in the world are heading to the Shark Tank, set to compete in the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 26 at San Jose’s SAP Center. But All-Star Weekend is about more than just the game — although the allure of the game, with its high-octane athletes and pop star entertainment, is undeniable. But there are other activities going on as well, from the 2019 NHL Fan Fair, which runs Jan. 24-27, to the …
Massimiliano Allegri was pleased with the way Juventus dealt with the occasion of Cristiano Ronaldo’s home debut against Lazio, although he insists it will take time for the champions to settle.Juve were busy in the transfer market, bringing in Ronaldo, Joao Cancelo and Emre Can among others, while also sealing the return of former favourite Leonardo Bonucci.The Bianconeri have not been wholly convincing in their first two wins of the season, but a 2-0 defeat of Lazio satisfied the coach as he continues to see progress. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It was a different game to Verona [a 3-2 win at Chievo on the opening day],” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.”At first, we played in a hurry. There was a danger of getting carried away with the enthusiasm of Cristiano Ronaldo’s first home match. We had to be patient.”But I’m happy with how the players did. It was an important match, the first match against a direct rival.There’s nothing quite like a homecoming victory#FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #JuveLazio pic.twitter.com/dytApC3r5F— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 25, 2018″We need to work and improve. But we have Cancelo, who is a new player, Bonucci returned after a year, Ronaldo, a new player, that’s 30 per cent of the team. It takes time.”On Ronaldo, he added: “Italian football is completely different to Spanish football. Ronaldo understands that and he is settling in very well. He’s a very humble guy and I’m very pleased with the impact he has made so far.”Miralem Pjanic signed a new five-year deal with Juve this week and he was delighted to celebrate with a fine opening goal.”I am very happy to remain at this wonderful club,” he said. “I dedicate the goal to the fans, my team-mates and the club.”I have improved so much in recent years and it is thanks to my experience here. I thank everyone for their support and help.”
England No2 Holland at Chelsea tonight for Abraham checkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland assistant Steve Holland will be in attendance at Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Valencia at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.Holland will be in the stands to run the rule over Tammy Abraham, according to The Telegraph.Abraham has scored seven goals in his last three games for Chelsea, including a hat-trick in Saturday’s win over Wolves.The 21-year-old is competing with Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson for the role of Harry Kane’s deputy.Nigeria are attempting to convince Abraham to switch his allegiance to them as he qualifies for the Super Eagles through his father. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@CoachZachSmithThe high-scoring NCAA Football game between Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and Jared Foley, a Buckeyes fan that he visited in the hospital before the national championship, is quickly becoming one of the most hotly-contested video game results that we can remember. The game was originally thought to be a 91-35 win for Jones, but yesterday he clarified that he added a late touchdown to make it 98-35.Clearly, Jones wants to get credit for all of the points he scored, but he may have undersold Foley’s effort himself. In response to a t-shirt that an OSU fan created to celebrate the game, Foley claims that he actually scored 42 [email protected] I NEED ONE!! #Savage RT @Court0385: @CJ12_ @bearfoley check out the new shirts pic.twitter.com/xRauvMJbi1— Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) February 11, [email protected] it was 98-42— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, [email protected] yeah I scored in the finel minute— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, 2015Maybe Cardale can invite him to the next Taco Tuesday to make up for this discrepancy.
He was speaking at a JIS Think Tank held at the Agency’s Half-Way Tree Road offices on April 18 Launched in 2017, the programme currently engages over 2,500 unattached youth across the island in apprenticeship and training in a number of agencies and organisations for a period of one year. National Coordinator of the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment Programme (HOPE), Lieutenant Colonel Martin Rickman, says the programme is seeking to increase partnerships with private-sector organisations, in an effort to expand its reach.“We invite interested organisations to make contact with the HOPE office located at the Office of the Prime Minister and indicate to us what their needs are in terms of skill sets, and we will discuss how best we can work out an arrangement wherein all parties will reap maximum benefits,” Lt. Col. Rickman said.He was speaking at a JIS Think Tank held at the Agency’s Half-Way Tree Road offices on April 18 Launched in 2017, the programme currently engages over 2,500 unattached youth across the island in apprenticeship and training in a number of agencies and organisations for a period of one year.Lt. Col. Rickman pointed out that there is a desire to reach a larger number of unattached youth in the short-term, thus minimising any likelihood of their involvement in illicit activities.“In order to achieve this, we need the assistance of entities that are willing to participate by offering apprenticeship opportunities to our participants,” he stated.The National Coordinator noted that engagements through the initiative are mutually beneficial for both the host agency and the worker.He explained that projects that would have been earmarked for completion by the entity can sometimes be executed at a fraction of the allocated budget by recruiting the services of interns.“Participants in the programme have, so far, been engaged in the areas of: Customer Service, Digitisation, Maintenance, Vector Control, Garment Manufacturing, and the National Service Corps, among others,” Lt. Col. Rickman informed.He also stated that in many cases, the hosts are particularly impressed with the performance and dedication of the recruits they have received through the programme.The first batch of participants are expected to be certified and participate in a graduation exercise by mid-year. National Coordinator of the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment Programme (HOPE), Lieutenant Colonel Martin Rickman, says the programme is seeking to increase partnerships with private-sector organisations, in an effort to expand its reach. “We invite interested organisations to make contact with the HOPE office located at the Office of the Prime Minister and indicate to us what their needs are in terms of skill sets, and we will discuss how best we can work out an arrangement wherein all parties will reap maximum benefits,” Lt. Col. Rickman said. Story Highlights
While some people think Lego is just for children – or that being grown up means leaving playfulness behind – my job often entails convincing fully grown adults, in sensible jobs, to play with Lego and build whatever comes to mind.As an accredited Lego serious play facilitator, I ask people to build their thoughts, ideas and feelings. I was introduced to the concept through an EU-funded project, where I came to see the power of Lego in creating an environment for open dialogue within diverse groups.The “serious play” aspect encourages participants to get creative through play. This allows people to put aside their usual barriers and respond in a more natural, unconstrained way. This has been shown to evoke narratives and expressions not usually available – because when people are playful, they can say and do things they don’t normally say and do. And when we say things we don’t normally say, we get to talk about things that we don’t normally talk about.Playing seriouslyThe Lego Serious Play method asks participants to build models – symbolic or metaphorical – which represent their thinking. This gives them the space to consider their own ideas, without the influence of other people’s input. It means that when they are then asked to present their ideas, these are already formed and not modified to conform to any perceived consensus view. Through this, people can find more authentic and honest voices. Of course, the models themselves make little sense to the casual observer, as their significance and meaning only emerge when the builder describes them. And one of the rules of a Lego Serious Play workshop is that when the builder speaks, everyone else must listen. Other participants are also not allowed to infer any meaning about the model, beyond what the builder gives it. In these situations, the builder is the expert, regardless of where they stand within the organisational hierarchy. Everyone else must accept what they have to say without questioning or adding to it. This ensures a discussion in which everyone’s ideas are heard and equally valued. It’s 60 years since Lego patented their little plastic blocks and since then over 600 billion bricks have been produced. These bricks have been used to build cars, death stars and a multitude of creations born in the imagination of “legoists” all over the world. Credit: shutterstock Caring, sharing, cooperation This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by The Conversation Citation: Why Lego could be the key to productive business meetings (2018, January 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-lego-key-productive-business.html Structuring thought and imagination brick by brick, Lego is more than child’s play Explore further One of the issues people often face when they try to solve problems where more than one person is involved, is that different parties don’t see the problem in the same way. As such, people are often trying to find a single solution to a variety of different problems.This is where the serious approach to Lego can help, because it invites participants to build physical representations of their ideas – which are then placed within a landscape of models made by their colleagues. This allows ideas to be made explicit and shared, allowing the relationships between them to be seen and explored.Through this process, diverse and discrete ideas can be brought together within the same space. Individual models can also be connected to create a single shared model – with all participants feeling they have played a part. The resulting shared model can stretch over many metres, representing a single vision of how people see every stage of a complex process, from the starting point through to the proposed solution.Participants are then asked to discuss and give a single narrative which explains the whole model – and this is where the magic happens. I’ve seen how a group of up to 12 participants from a range of different positions – culturally, educationally and professionally – have managed to agree on a shared view of a problem and how it might be addressed. In many environments, this is quite a rare achievement.Building the futureI have been using the Lego serious play method for about five years now – in the UK, China, Malaysia and the US. I’ve watched people play with Lego in a variety of environments: small businesses, trainee teachers and those working in international research. In every case I have seen the transformation – from dubious playfulness to deep engagement – with participants building models that represent complex, abstract ideas. Participants tell me how the method has allowed them to express things they would not normally express. How they now have a much clearer understanding of how others see the world and how these ideas relate to each other. And in this way, Lego can help to overcome some of the drawbacks of conventional meetings and discussions.When Ole Kirk Christiansen started the company in 1932, he called it Lego, from a truncation of the Danish phrase “leg godt” which means “play well”. The “toy building element” patented in 1958 has certainly allowed many generations to do just that. And I have personally seen how playing well is something we need to keep doing – no matter how grown up we think we are. Lego can help people open up and express their true feelings. Credit: Shutterstock This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
© 2018 AFP The Dutch Revenue Service and a national digital signature system were also hit on Monday by similar attacks, but services were quickly restored, spokesmen for both organisations said.The top Dutch bank by assets, ING, experienced a so-called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Sunday evening while the eurozone nation’s third largest lender, ABN Amro, suffered three attacks over the weekend in a total of seven over the last week, Dutch media reported. Rabobank, the country’s number two lender, saw its internet banking services go down early Monday.”We have been targeted by a DDoS attack since 9:10 am (0810 GMT) this morning and our clients don’t have access or very little access to online banking,” Rabobank spokeswoman Margo van Wijgerden said.”We are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible,” she told AFP, with Dutch news reports later saying the problem had been fixed by 11:00 am (1000 GMT).Also on Monday, the Dutch Revenue Services saw its website go down for about 10 minutes due to an attack, spokesman Andre Karels said.”Things are running as normal and we are investigating the incident,” Karels told AFP.Later in the afternoon, yet another attack briefly hit DigiD, the Dutch official online signature system used by more than 12 million citizens in the country of 17 million.”This was not a hack and people’s private details were never in danger,” Rick Bron, a spokesman for DigiD said. ING, which has some eight million private clients, experienced an attack on Sunday evening.”During the DDoS attack ING’s internet site was blasted with data traffic causing our servers to overload and which put pressure on the availability of online banking,” ING said on its website, adding services had been restored.ABN Amro experienced a similar attack but also said services were restored. The banks all stressed that client details were not compromised or leaked. ‘Cat-and-mouse game’It is not the first time Dutch banks have been targeted in a DDoS attack, central bank chief Klaas Knot told a TV news programme Sunday.”I think these (recent) attacks are serious, but our own website is being attacked thousands of times per day,” Knot told the Buitenhof talk show.”That is the reality in 2018,” he said.Dutch anti-terror chief Dick Schoof said “DDoS attacks are becoming more advanced, we need to continue to invest in digital safety.”But Schoof would not be drawn into suggestions linking the latest attacks to revelations last week that Dutch intelligence services may have provided “crucial evidence” to US counterparts about Russian online meddling in the 2016 elections. Erik de Jong, chief research officer at the Delft-based cyber security firm Fox-IT said the best defence against cyber attacks was to ensure proper systems were in place.Since a previous large-scale attack in 2013 “banks have made enormous investments in beefing up their systems,” he said.”But it remains a cat-and-mouse game between putting defences in place and what attackers will do next.” Cyber attack targets Dutch government websites Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Technicians at the top banks in the Netherlands have had their work cut out keeping internet services running in the face of cyber attacks Citation: Top Dutch banks, government services hit by cyber attacks (Update) (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-dutch-banks-revenue-cyber.html The top three banks in the Netherlands have been targeted in rolling multiple cyber attacks over the past week, blocking access to websites and internet banking services, they said on Monday.