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Jason Liles explains how he successfully played George the Gorilla in Rampage

first_imgJason Liles explains how he successfully played George the Gorilla in ‘Rampage’ Updated: 11:51 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Preparing for a role in a play or film can be very tedious because the actor must focus on the most minute details of the character that they’re trying to portray.But preparation for Jason Liles’ role as George the Gorilla in ‘Rampage’ was just as rigorous as any other role.Jason Liles was here to tell us how he successfully played the role and received praise from other actors in the industry.“Rampage is massive, ‘Rampage’ is fun, but the one thing that ‘Rampage’ is about more than anything is the relationship I have with my best friend, ‘George,’ played absolutely brilliantly and to perfection by Jason Liles.” — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Jimmy Kimmel Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney, KUSI Newsroom center_img July 19, 2018 Lauren Phinney, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 19, 2018last_img read more

Average chief executive officer pay at FTSE 100 organisations was £346m in

first_imgThe median annual pay for chief executive officers employed at the UK’s top 100 organisations as £3.46 million in 2018; this constituted a 13% decrease from 2017’s recorded median pay of £3.97 million, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the High Pay Centre.Executive pay in the FTSE 100: Is everyone getting a fair slice of the cake? was based on the information from annual reports for the financial year ending 2018. It found that the median chief executive officer salary for 2018 was more than 117 times that of the average UK full-time employee.The mean pay ratio between FTSE 100 chief executive officers and the mean pay package of their staff was 114 to one in 2018. This is less than the pay ratios for 2017 and 2016, which were recorded at 144 to one and 130 to one, respectively.Peter Cheese (pictured), chief executive officer at the CIPD, said: “Fairness is one of the biggest challenges facing society today. The gulf between the pay at the top and the bottom ends of [organisations] is slightly smaller this year, but it’s still unacceptably wide and undermines public trust in business.“We need to challenge excessive pay, especially when too often it doesn’t match up to [organisational] performance. Boards, and remuneration committees in particular, need to review how they reward their top executives. They need to ask if it is fair when set against the overall reward strategy and practices of the organisation and if it is warranted in terms of performance. After all, success is the collective endeavor of the many, not just the few at the top. That point has never been more important in these times of significant uncertainty.”The report found that 43 chief executive officers employed at FTSE 100 organisations received a pay increase between 2017 and 2018, with 84% of business leaders awarded payments from a long-term incentive plan; this forms the largest component of executive pay.Furthermore, chief executive officers gain a pension contribution, or payment in lieu, worth 25% of their base salary. This compares to 8% for an average employee.A total of £465.4 million was paid out to FTSE 100 chief executive officers in the financial year ending 2018; this equates to a mean annual pay package of £4.7 million, a reduction of 16% from last year.In 2018, there were six female chief executive officers at FTSE 100 businesses, earning 4.2% of the total pay.The 1,394 key management personnel, including chief executive officers, non-executive and executive board members and senior managers, employed at FTSE 100 organisations were paid a mean £1.56 million each, or a median of £1.09 million, in 2018. Per organisation, the mean total spend on this seniority level was £21.04 million, however pay varies considerably for these employees, ranging between £187,000 and £18.19 million.Comparatively, median pay for chief executive officers at FTSE 250 organisations stood at £1.58 million for 2018, versus an equal £1.58 million in 2016 and £1.61 million in 2017.Luke Hildyard, director at the High Pay Centre, added: “At a time when we’re struggling to generate economic growth, how pay is distributed between those at the top and everybody else becomes increasingly important. A slight fall in the pay of FTSE 100 [chief executive officers] is welcome, and reflects improvements to the governance of the UK’s biggest [organisations], and a growing recognition of the need to address the rampant economic inequality in the UK.“At the same time, [chief executive officer] pay awards and the share of total incomes going to the very richest in society [remains] very high compared to the level of 20 years ago. There is still more to be done to align pay practices with the interests of wider society and give the public confidence that our biggest businesses are working for the good of the economy as a whole, rather than the enrichment of a few people at the top.”last_img read more

WHS Lamplighters Drama Guild Presents The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School’s Lamplighters’ Drama Guild is ready to entertain you with its production of “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy!”You have three opportunities to catch this family-friendly show. ‘The Addams Family” will run on Friday, May 18 at 7pm; Saturday, May 19 at 1pm; and Saturday, May 19 at 7pm in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Tickets to this popular musical costs $10 for students & senior citizens and $15 for adults. Tickets are available online at and will be sold at the door. Reserved seating only.The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s normal boyfriend and his parents.(NOTE: The above press release is from Wilmington High School CATS.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCast For Wilmington High School’s Spring Musical AnnouncedIn “Education”MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Next Year’s Wilmington High School Plays AnnouncedIn “Education”WHS Lamplighters Drama Guild Presents ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ On May 17-18In “Education”last_img read more

first_img 2020 Jeep Gladiator: Taking truck love to a new level Review • 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee review: An SUV with something for everyone 48 Photos Preview • 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs 0 6:19 More about 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X is just right Tags More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this:center_img Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Fiat Chrysler Auto Tech Share your voice 2019 Fiat 500X first drive: New engine, same problems Post a comment Enlarge ImageUconnect has always been a great infotainment system, and Uconnect Market will make it even more versatile. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles General Motors has dominated its American counterparts when it comes to offering in-car commerce. Its MyLink infotainment system has been adding various integrations over the last couple years, whether it’s placing reservations through Yelp or ordering a Domino’s pizza on the fly. Fiat Chrysler’s latest announcement along similar lines should help it keep up with the Joneses.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced on Monday that the next iteration of its Uconnect infotainment system will include something called Uconnect Market. This commerce platform is similar to GM’s Marketplace, in that it will allow a variety of third-party companies to offer connected buying services directly through the infotainment system. It was developed in partnership with Xevo, which has lent its expertise to GM, as well.When setting up a Uconnect Market account, owners will have the opportunity to add a credit card for use within the marketplace. That can then be used to authorize card-free fuel fill-ups at participating Shell stations, in addition to paying for parking through integration of the ParkWhiz service. People will also be able to book service appointments and check out offers on various services, and they can also book restaurant reservations through Yelp.This builds on news from earlier in the year. In April, FCA announced that it would rely on tech from Harman and Google for its upcoming connected-car services, which will allow for over-the-air updates and, when its EVs start rolling out, additional services catered to electric cars. It can also work with usage-based insurance and even peer-to-peer car sharing, so the sky’s the limit.Uconnect Market is expected to make its way to owners via over-the-air update in the second half of 2019. It will work with 2019 and 2020 model-year vehicles from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram, so long as those vehicles pack both the connectivity itself and Uconnect’s 8.4-inch touchscreen.  Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of goldlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday May 22 from 5

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: at WEAA Live Stream: murder of Bowie State University student Richard Collins, III, while on the campus of the University of Maryland is being treated as a hate crime. We’ll have a report from Washington AFRO reporter Hamil Harris, who attended today’s vigil for Collins at Bowie. Plus, The Mod Squad, Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network, will report on five of the officers connected to the death of Freddie Gray being disciplined by the Baltimore City Police Department, with the possibility of three of them being fired.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Open Garden plants app for open network

first_imgThe technology offers an “automatic path choice.” When the network detects multiple Internet connections, it will select the fastest one available and will switch to another connection if the original slows or goes off line. This is being promoted as a mobile mesh network that can route data “opportunistically” through the right assets at the right time. The advantage is that it can offload traffic from an overburdened access route to one less utilized. The Open Garden founders built and patented their own discovery mechanisms so devices that run the software can easily detect each other. When asked about the implications of this advancement on battery power, the answer was that most of the power consumption comes from the data transmission. Open Garden instead can help the user save some battery by offloading to WiFi, which uses less power than a 3G or 4G connection.As the app is freely downloadable, the team was asked how they intended to make any money. The Open Garden team’s answer was by the freemium business model, historically commonplace with Open Source ventures, where revenues come in from special enterprise-level services for business customers, or sponsorships, or advertising. The team said they aim for a freemium model with extra features like VPN access for business users. Explore further ( — The Open Garden network app, which was launched in private beta in February, is now available free for download. The San Francisco based startup, founded in 2010, is set to break down the in walls of connectivity — in seeking out Internet access or making do with spotty connections — that have become the status quo. The Open Garden team voices a general complaint that Operators behave as if broken networks are a fact of life. “Mobile networks are like closed gardens, separated by walls. If you own a smartphone from Carrier A and find yourself unable to surf the mobile web, you cannot use spectrum owned by Carrier B, or a nearby fixed line broadband connection owned by Carrier C.” Citation: Open Garden plants app for open network (2012, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: The Open Garden application interconnects devices, whether smartphones, laptops or tablets. to form a wireless peer-to-peer mesh network for access to the Internet. The team presented their case at the recent TechCrunch Disrupt conference. They answered questions from a conference panel about the capabilities, repercussions from industry, and business model for the startup.Cofounder and CEO Micha Benoliel told the audience that Open Garden is announcing the new app as “disruptive” because the application makes it so simple for a user to be connected.The mesh network allows Open Garden-enabled devices to automatically share Internet access and bandwidth. Essentially, you are riding on the Web access of other Open Garden app users, using peer-to-peer connections that form the network.center_img © 2012 Phys.Org Technology watchers reacting to the debut are supportive but tending to ask the same question: What will carriers do, if not openly revolt? The very idea of a crowdsourcing platform for mobile connectivity may not go down easily with carriers who may think this will hurt their business. The company says it may take time for carriers to accept the app as able to help their business. “The promise of hyperconnectivity will be fulfilled when the walls that separate the carriers’ closed garden finally open for the benefit of the industry and all users.” Benoliel has said that Open Garden already has an agreement with a “forward-looking” European carrier.Open Garden is available for Android, Windows, and Mac. The team plans for an iOS version in the future.On Monday, a reviewer said she was able to use Open Garden to surf the Internet on a smart phone using Firefox (Firefox is needed to browse with Open Garden if on an Android device, along with a browser add-on). Video streaming by way of another phone’s 4G connection, she said, looked a bit stilted but the quality was not bad. Ex-AOL exec calls Facebook new ‘walled garden’ 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.last_img read more

first_img The wave of chatbots darkening the horizon has been frightening for those who are in customer service and support jobs. Many news articles have been written saying that chatbots will be the end of live customer service, and agents should start looking for new jobs now. But that’s not the whole truth; not at all.Enterprise cloud contact center Aspect Software wanted to get to the bottom of whether customer service was really on the outs, so they put together some comprehensive surveys, and the results may surprise you.I spoke to Joe Gagnon, SVP, GM, and Chief Customer Officer of Aspect Software’s Cloud Solutions. For over 20 years, Joe has had his eyes and ears on the company-consumer relationships, and I was lucky enough to get his take on Aspect’s recent consumer and agent experience surveys, which brought some striking results to light.Give me a sense of what you do and what has brought you to this industry.I fancy myself a “Consumerist.” I’ve spent most of my career looking at the evolving relationships between companies and consumers, and how content and customer engagement affects that relationship. On a daily basis, the agents that we support with our software touch over 100 million consumers globally, so it seemed a likely place to work at scale to improve the overall relationship between consumers and companies.In my role as Chief Customer Officer I get the opportunity to work globally with our customers to move beyond just fixing their customer service problems. I help them engage more deeply with the consumers that they serve and set the foundation for a durable and long standing relationship with them.Core to the work right now is how to evolve the way that the consumer interacts with a company, from using the phone primarily to make calls to using text or messaging as the primary way that they interact with a company. In partnership with our customers, we design strategies and approaches that help them better embrace consumers, enable them to serve their needs, and set them up with new capabilities that allow them to operate in a contemporary and captivating way.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessWhat is the main problem today that keeps you up at night?I have a simple mantra that I believe in deeply: human potential is infinite. In both my personal and professional life, I think about this every day, write about it, and use it as a call to action for me and everyone, everywhere. It is founded on the principle that we can all do more than we think we can, and I have made it my life’s mission to find out how true this is. In addition to my work roles I have focused on becoming an ultra-endurance athlete, and I started down this path to give myself an opportunity to continue to push myself to the physical and mental max and to see what happens when I do this.I’d say the big problem that keeps me up at night is the fact that all too often, we stop short of creating a truly compelling experience for the consumer. There is just a tremendous amount of untapped potential that is there for the taking. Knowing that we can do more keeps me pushing our customers to think differently.I have a unique opportunity as the CCO to collaborate with our customers to deliver a “wow” experience and to systematize a mindset that an enabled consumer is one that lives the spirit of “surprise and delight.” There are many, studies that show the positive ROI on customer service investment: improved loyalty, a greater share of wallet, and more. Chatbots are a perfect example of this. They operate at a significantly lower expense than a live person, provide a 24/7 solution for the consumer with conversational support, they don’t have any of the constraints that humans have like calling in sick or time constraints, and they can provide such a consistently high level of service that many consumers prefer to use them.Related: Enterprise Chatbots Platforms and the Future of WorkAspect has been in the customer service space for some time. What do you see as the biggest problem facing customer service today?I think at a macro level, the biggest challenge is the alarmingly slow reaction time brands show to the changing shifts in consumer preferences. More than half of consumers have stopped doing business with a company because of a poor customer service experience. Are those experiences really poor? Or are they really just the same experiences that those companies have been providing for the last 10 years, and they’re not adequately meeting today’s consumer expectations? Consumers were probably okay with them back in 2007, but because consumer expectations have risen so rapidly over the past several years, they are not okay with that same experience today.Many of the companies I talk to know that they are not fully meeting the needs of their customers, and fail to act anyway. We did a consumer survey late last year which found that two-thirds of consumers feel good when they can handle a customer service issue without having to talk to an actual person — and yet, few companies are doing this well. This could be in the form of a text or a chatbot, or even through an intelligent IVR. Companies do become satisfied in the “good enough” out of fear, and can’t rationalize or embrace the change.Related: Enterprise Chatbots and the Conversational Commerce Revolutionizing BusinessHow did Aspect end up getting into AI?In 2013, we purchased Voxeo, a leading self-service IVR company based in Orlando. Then in 2015 we purchased the technology assets of LinguaSys, a provider of Interactive Text Response (ITR) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU) solutions. We’ve combined Voxeo’s self-service CXP platform and the capabilities of LinguaSys, creating the ability to transform one-way notifications such as outbound text into automated, conversational self-service dialogues, which is really the essence of a chatbot — actual chat, not just providing yes-or-no response options.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingIn your opinion, do you think consumers are ready and willing to have the majority of their brand interactions with a chatbot?Oh, very much so. In our consumer survey, we asked that exact question. Fortyfour percent of consumers said that they’d prefer to interact with a chatbot for customer service versus talking to a live person. The key, though, is that they don’t want the experience to be in isolation. Too many bad experiences with poorly-designed bots have left many consumers wary of an automated interaction that they find frustrating and unproductive. This is why 86 percent of those consumers said that they should always have an option to transfer to a live person (agent).  What we believe is that chatbots will become the new entry point to the entire customer service experience, much like how we use Google first before we buy, make dinner reservations, or take action on a medical issue. We like the idea of interacting first with bots, or “digital employees” as I like to call them, before we dive into deeper engagement where advice, experience, or judgment are required.We’ll be asking that same question in our Fall consumer survey and I’m fairly confident that that number is going to be at least 50 percent or higher.Related: Make Chats With Chatbots WorkYou just completed a customer service agent survey that revealed some pretty interesting findings, one of which is that the proliferation of chatbots will actually make customer service agents happier. Why?Well, imagine if you had to answer the same 20 questions every day, with an occasional curveball or challenging question. How engaged or happy would you be in your work? Probably not much. Chatbots are designed to take on the easy, often-asked questions and leave the more complex and less frequently asked question for the agents.In the survey, nearly 80 percent of the agents we talked to felt that handling more complex customer issues would improve their skills. And 72 percent said doing so makes them feel that they are having a bigger impact in the company. By creating a more challenging environment for the human employee, made possible by the digital employee, you create a happier, more engaged workforce, which has a direct impact on the customer experience.Related: The How-To: Using Chatbots As A Tool For Customer ServiceWho do you think is going to be more impacted, the agent or the consumer?In the long run, the agent will be more impacted. The better and smarter chatbots become, the less consumers will care who they are talking to, as long as they can get their question answered or their app working again. By taking on the complex issues, the agent now becomes a greater asset to the organization. They’ll know more about your product or service, they will have developed more defined problem-solving skills, and happier agents will have a more positive impact on the work environment.So what is next? What do you see as the next emerging trend or technology?I definitely think conversational user interfaces are going to explode. Just this week, Amazon announced that it is opening access for developers to add Alexa to commercial products. This could provide a profound acceleration of machine learning adoption. The printed manual will become a nostalgic novelty as we will be able to ask the flat screen directly why it’s acting off. We won’t be far from evolving from chatbots to chatovens or chattoasters. The device becomes the new channel, eliminating even the need for a smartphone. I don’t have to call or have an AI chat with Acme Products to find out why the refrigerator is making funky sounds, I’ll just ask the refrigerator. Just start with the question and everything else flows from there!  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 9 min read August 28, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

Is Samsung Customer Service Good 2019 Rating

first_imgOverallWeb ScorePhone ScoreAvg Call TimePhone NumberWeb Support 73/10043/6030/4013:00800-726-7864Link For a tech brand that’s more synonymous with smartphones and TVs than it is for laptops, Samsung’s tech support ranked high in last year’s showdown. The company tied with Dell for second place beating the likes of Microsoft and Lenovo. Much of their score was due to their knowledgeable and fast social media reps. This year, armed with a Samsung Notebook 5 laptop and a short list of simple questions, I put Samsung’s customer service skills to the test across both the phone and the Web.Should you need help with your laptop, you can call Samsung’s toll-free customer support number, 1-800-SAMSUNG. Agents are available Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. – 12 a.m. and Sat. – Sun. from 9am-11pm ET.You can also reach out to Samsung’s tech support team online via 24/7 live chat, email, Twitter, or Facebook (@SamsungSupport).As an alternative, you can install Smart Tutor or the Samsung+ app for Samsung Remote Service and get personalized expert help on your device.Advertisement Laptop Tech Support Showdown! Our 2019 RatingsWhich laptop companies offer the best tech support? We tested top brands such as Apple, Dell and Lenovo to find out.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0002:2402:24Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC02:14Chromebook Buying Guide关闭  Phone Hours (ET): 8 am – 12 am (M-F),9 am – 11 pm (wkd) Samsung Tech Support Tech Support ShowdownScorecard and WinnersAcerAppleAsusHP HuaweiDellLenovoMicrosoftMSIRazerSamsung Web and Social Support (43/50)I began my investigation by searching for answers on Samsung’s support page. Using my laptop’s model number, I pulled up a product support page of similar notebooks. The list of troubleshooting solutions covers a range of topics from checking for heat issues to Windows boot up difficulties.Typing my questions into the site’s search bar found the answer to only one out of three of my questions. Ironically, it’s the one Samsung reps didn’t have the answer to: How can I reduce my laptop’s fan noise?Samsung offers around-the-clock live chat support, so I launched a session at 1:19 a.m. ET. I was connected to Roja, a Samsung Pro in India, who instructed me to clean unwanted files in the laptop to fix my fan problem. I told her that since I recently got the computer I didn’t accumulate enough files to delete.After getting my laptop’s model number from me, she instructed me to check if there was a Windows upgrade available. She then asked for permission to take over my computer using Samsung’s Remote Support Service. I declined, insisting that she walk me through the steps.Her next solution was to have me install a system Bios update through the pre-installed Samsung Update app.Once the system Bios update was complete, I told her that I could still hear the fan noise. Her next message was appalling: “As we tried all the troubleshooting steps the laptop is still making fan noise so it should be serviced by an authorized technician.” She proceeding in sending me a service request link along with her message.This was especially disappointing since the solution can be found on Samsung’s support page. She should have known that navigating to Samsung Settings> System > Silent Mode would quiet the fan.Next, I tested Samsung Support’s social media team with a request for help disabling my laptop’s webcam. I sent a tweet to @SamsungSupport at 11:40 a.m. ET. Within 15 minutes, I received a friendly reply from Rutty. He was eager to help me with my query and asked what version of Windows my laptop was running. I responded at 12:10 p.m. ET to confirm that it had Windows 10. At 1:27 p.m., I received a tweet from Jefry with an easy to follow list of steps to disable the webcam.A follow up tweet from Beth at 1:37 p.m.encouraged me to contact them if I needed further assistance.In another attempt to get the right answer for quieting the fan on the Samsung Series 5 laptop, I messaged @SamsungSupport on Facebook at 11:13 am ET. I received a response from Jon at 11:21 a.m. ET with an explanation for the fan noise and a link to a Samsung troubleshooting page. The featured tips included checking the task manager, checking the laptop’s vents, and cooling the laptop down.Ultimately, neither Jon nor Samsung’s fan noise troubleshooting steps mentioned their laptop’s own built-in Silent Mode function.Phone Support (30/40)My first call to 1-800-SAMSUNG for help was at 3:50 p.m. ET on a weekday. An automated recording prompted me to hold the line or press “#” to connect to a Samsung Pro. After a few seconds of holding, a Bixby-like bot asked me what product I was calling about and why. I responded with my question, “How do I mirror my Samsung laptop screen on my Samsung smart TV screen?” The bot assured me it would get me to the right person and since I was a new caller, asked for my phone number.Moments later I was speaking with Jose, a representative located in the Philippines. He took my name and guided me through the procedure of confirming whether or not my Samsung TV supported laptop mirroring. He told me that unfortunately the TV’s Source menu was missing a tab called “Mirror” and that there’s another way to mirror the laptop screen, but he was unfamiliar with it. He transferred me to what he referred to as the “Laptop PC Department”, where I could get a more thorough walk-through.A second rep named Jonathan guided me through the screen-mirroring method of selecting the Windows key followed by the P key. He asked me if the laptop and TV were on the same network and I confirmed that they were. Unable to solve my problem, Jonathan escalated my dilemma to Diana, a third representative who was finally able to help. Had Jonathan given the laptop a bit of time to scan for my wireless display, he wouldn’t have needed to escalate the call.From a customer’s standpoint, talking to three reps in one call feels like getting the runaround. Especially since none of them suggested using Samsung’s Smart View screen mirroring app as an alternative method. The entire call lasted 23 minutes.For my second call, I reached out to Samsung at 9:21 a.m. about how to reduce my laptop’s fan noise. I spoke to Jose again who remembered that I called the previous day. He told me that using demanding apps causes the computer fan to become louder as the system’s resources are being used.“So there’s no way to reduce the fan noise?,” I asked. He replied by saying, “You can cover it, but that’s not good.” He then explained why.Ultimately, Jose was unable to offer a solution and said there is no way to quiet the fan, which is incorrect. Samsung equipped the Notebook 5 laptop with its own system settings that allows you to reduce the fan noise by navigating to Samsung Settings> System > Silent mode.Before ending our 6 minute call, Jose requested my mobile number to text me in regards to our call. I gave him my email address and received an email with the ticket number at 9:32 a.m. EST.Finally, my third call to Samsung was at 11:39 p.m. EST with the question, “How do I turn off forced Windows updates?” I spoke with Virginia, a Samsung representative located in the Dominican Republic.After placing me on hold for two minutes, she guided me through the steps with confidence. Not only was Virginia patient, she thoughtfully helped me turn off the Windows welcome experience notifications. Since it was nearing the end of her shift, I was expecting this call to be rushed. It was refreshing to see a representative go that extra mile to help, rather than rush me off the phone.MORE: Best Samsung Laptops – Laptop ReviewsLike prior interactions with Samsung, she requested to text me a ticket number and I gave her my email address instead. The call lasted 11 minutes and I did not receive a ticket number as promised.WarrantyLike most of its other products with a few exceptions to the rule, Samsung backs its laptops with a 1-year warranty. This limited warranty covers manufacturing defects in materials and craftsmanship and does not include accidental damage.If your laptop ever needs service, Samsung will gladly pay for your shipping fees to and from their authorized service center. When you bring your laptop to a non-authorized Samsung facility for tinkering, the 1-year warranty is automatically void. For added protection and peace of mind, Samsung laptop owners may purchase an extended warranty through Assurant.Bottom LineAlthough Samsung’s phone agents are friendly, my investigation reveals that they’re are some serious gaps in their knowledge base concerning company laptops. In terms of Web support, Live Chat was disastrous. I was given misinformation and troubleshooting solutions that weren’t relative to my query.The company’s social media team proved to be the most impressive with their fast, accurate responses, easy to follow instructions and friendly follow ups. Based on the results of my tests, Samsung reps are unfamiliar with branded functions and features like Smart View and Samsung Settings. Getting the right solutions to technical issues depends on the expertise of the representative you’re randomly assigned. Going forward, I’d like to see Samsung’s Laptop Support Pros enhance their product knowledge and troubleshooting efforts. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes.com100 Powerful Women Americans Can Look Up toForbes.comUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Scientists Say Theyre Close to Making A Spicy Tomato

first_imgRoasted tomatoes. (Credit: world’s hottest pepper is currently the Carolina Reaper, clocking in at an average of 1.6 million Scoville Heat Units. The world’s hottest tomato? That’s still to be determined.The current hottest tomato in the world is, of course, none of them, because tomatoes don’t make capsaicin, the chemical compound that gives hot peppers their kick. But, a group of researchers say that the bland red fruits (yes, they are technically fruits) could conceivably be genetically engineered to begin pumping out the scorching compound, due to tomatoes’ close evolutionary relationship with peppers.You Say Tomato, I Say Hot TomatoThe two diverged around 19 million years ago, not that long, evolutionarily speaking, and the recent sequencing of the tomato genome revealed that they actually still possess the genetic framework to produce capsaicin. The relevant genes aren’t normally active, but with new genetic engineering techniques, researchers from Brazil and Ireland say that tomatoes could be tweaked to make the spicy compound once again.Ah, the possibilities. Bruschetta with a kick. Pasta sauce that tingles. Fiery pizzas and eye-watering salads. The culinary potential of a hot tomato tempts the palate.But, say the researchers in a paper published in Trends in Plant Science, the real reason for convincing tomatoes to get their fire on are more economical. Tomatoes are something of a workhorse crop. They grow bountifully and easily, and there’s a commercial and technical infrastructure surrounding them that makes tomatoes a safe option for agriculture. Peppers, on the other hand, are a bit more finicky. They don’t grow as readily, are more easily beset by pests and diseases and their capsaicin yields are highly dependent on the environment — that is to say, they lack the reliability that large-scale agriculture requires. Pepper yields average about three tons per hectare; tomatoes can crack 100 tons per hectare.And capsaicin is in demand for more than just livening up bland dishes. It’s used in pepper spray and as a topical painkiller, and the varied commercial uses mean that a more dependable means of acquiring capsaicin would be advantageous. There’s no efficient way of mass-producing capsaicin in a chemical plant, so natural factories like peppers, and perhaps tomatoes, are the best option.Spicing It UpThe researchers outline two methods by which this genetic manipulation could take place. Genes from a kind of bacteria that infects plants and has the ability to regulate their gene expression could be tweaked and inserted into a viral vector to reactivate the capsaicin pathway in tomatoes, or more conventional genetic engineering like the gene-editing tool CRISPR could be used to accomplish the same thing. There are still questions to be explored as to the efficacy of both techniques, but the researchers say they are fairly confident that any technical wrinkles could be smoothed over with further testing.Tomatoes could be potentially altered in a few other ways to produce useful compounds, the researchers note as an aside. Lycopene, a compound found in tomatoes, could be reformulated during a tomato’s development with the addition of a few extra genes from other species. These subtle genetic reprogrammings could produce both bixin, a common color additive in both food and cosmetics, and beta carotene, an antioxidant.Whether or not these genetic additions would affect tomato yield or quality is still unknown as well. The authors say in a statement that they are currently working on gradually deciphering how various genetic changes to tomatoes affect their ability to make capsaicin, with the goal of discovering the complete pathway. That would make hot tomatoes a real scientific possibility.All that would be left to discuss is whether we want them or not.last_img read more

first_imgA new kind of entertainment is coming to Tamarindo next month from Mixed Nuts, an outgrowth of the popular children’s production company, Beach Nuts. The promised dinner theater at Fisch Restaurant will debut over the weekends of March 15  and March 22 with the two-act play “The Odd Couple.”Directed by Joy Weber and starring Paul Belanger as Oscar Madison, the slob, and Rick Casorla as Felix, the neat freak, the play focuses on the duo’s meeting and subsequent hijinks. Other parts will be played by David Rubin, Barry Lawson, Scott Barry, Margaret Nevins and Dee Condly. Enjoy a lovely meal from the chef at Fisch beginning at 6 p.m., with the play to follow at 8 p.m. Tickets, which run $39.95 per person (group rates available) can be found at Fisch’s Restaurant or Jaime Peligro Bookstore. If you need more information or want to make a reservation, email or call 2653-0100.  There’s a plastic surgeon in town for those looking for a little freshening up. Dr. Eduardo Villalobos offers Botox, fillers, mini-lifts, eyelid surgery, dermatological surgery and anti-aging skin care. He has a laser center for hair, tattoo and varicose vein removal. Villalobos’ partner, Dr. Marcia Porras Zamora, is a cosmetic dentist that will do aesthetic restorations, whitening, implants and orthodontia work. You will find the Health & Beauty Clinic on the road to Flamingo next door to ICE. Call 2653-6353 for appointments or information.A British friend told me that The Dog’s Bollocks, located where in the former Carolina’s Restaurant spot, is an authentic fish-n-chips place. Get the fish-n-chips with real malt vinegar, served in newspaper – La Nacion! They even have a deep-fried Snickers on the menu. Yum!–Ellen Zoe  Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Make travel more rewarding with Best Western

first_imgBest Western RewardsMake travel more rewarding with Best WesternWith millions of members across the globe, Best Western Rewards® is one of the richest reward programs in the industry, offering among the most generous rewards compared to other loyalty programs.Recognized as one of the top hotel loyalty programs in US News & World Report’s annual list for four consecutive years, Best Western Rewards works for its members, giving you the freedom and flexibility to choose how your earn and redeem your points.There are many reasons why Best Western Rewards is so popular, starting with the fact that it’s FREE to join. It takes just moments to sign up, but once a member has joined they enter a world of exciting earning opportunities and additional perks, such as members-only promotions and offers.As a member, guests will receive 10 points for every US dollar spent on qualifying stays at Best Western’s collection of more than 4,100 hotels and resorts worldwide. Best Western Rewards points never expire, and they can be redeemed for free room nights with no blackout dates.In addition, elite members of other hotel reward programs will be immediately elevated to the same tier with Best Western Rewards, under our ‘Status Match… No Catch’ initiative.And that’s not all! Best Western Rewards’ extensive array of program partners means that members can earn and redeem points for a wealth of other travel and lifestyle products.Members can use their points to travel the globe on some of the world’s biggest airlines, grab a coffee and a snack at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, hire a car with Avis or Budget and then fill up the tank at Shell and Exxon Mobil gas stations, purchase lifestyle goods, and even make charitable donations to many good causes, such as the Red Cross or Make-a-Wish Foundation.And if the choice is too much, members can simply redeem their points for a relaxing stay at any of one Best Western’s 4,100+ hotels and resorts around the world. Best Western RewardsVisitSource = Best Western Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

W Hotels set to dazzle the Dynasty

first_imgSource = W Hotels Worldwide W Hotels set to dazzle the DynastyW Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced the opening of W Xi’an, the brand’s seventh hotel in Greater China and the largest W to open in the Asia Pacific. Owned by Vanzhong Real Estate and located in the Qujiang District, adjacent to Quijiang Pool Park, where modernity intersects with rich cultural tapestry, W Xi’an is set to ignite the passions of global guests and add a new beat to the pulse of a city whose history spans back over three millennia.Known to many as “the birthplace of Chinese civilization,” Xi’an was a popular stop along the Silk Road since ancient times, serving as a collective meeting place for both culture and cuisine, and growing richer and more diverse with age. Alongside world-famous relics of past dynasties including the Terracotta Warriors and the Ancient City Wall, Xi’an buzzes with an eclectic mix of local bites from Cantonese to Sichuan style spice and an emphasis on artisan products. W Xi’an is located near Northwest China’s largest international travel hub, Xi’an Xianyang International Airport, as well as Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, the Datang Furong Garden, and the ubiquitous Qujiang Lake, some of the most breathtaking sites in the region.“Xi’an is one of the most culturally and historically rich destinations in the world. Over thousands of years, the city has maintained its magnetic attraction for global travelers seeking both boundary-pushing and iconic art, design and entertainment, making it the perfect destination for our new flagship property,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “W Xi’an shows off our ability to, like the city itself, innovate. From the hotel’s bold and complex design to its many hidden homages to millennia of history, we are ready to add a new level to the city’s ever-evolving offerings for global guests.”Time Labyrinth DesignSpread over approximately 80,000 square meters, W Xi’an gives a bold first impression of the W Hotels brand, standing in the shape of a ‘W’ along with the other two buildings of the W Five Park complex. With its neon coating shining each night, W Xi-an is quickly becoming an iconic feature on the Xi’an city skyline.Imagined by acclaimed interior design firm AB Concept, W Xi’an reinterprets the rich historical, social and physical contexts of the city through the modern lens of the W brand. The design fuses the past and future of Xi’an, showcasing the vibrant history of the region with dynamic visual displays taking guests through five ancient dynasties that once called Xi’an home. The hotel features five intricate labyrinths inspired by the Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang dynasties.An enormous eye-catching multimedia art installation with digital fragments of Tang dynasty architecture welcomes guests through a floating garden entrance. The 17-meter-high Living Room is a showpiece of the hotel’s inspired design, boasting lighted floating curves, hanging artistic details and sloping divisions sweeping up from the floor, each inspired by the famous palace wall and historic depictions of the nearby Silk Road. Artworks of acrobatic pottery figurines pay tribute to the “Welcoming Ceremony” in ancient times, luring guests to explore further.385 guest rooms and suites bring W guests a bold representation of Xi’an culture. Large-scale artworks show off the renowned make up style of the Tang dynasty with a colourful modern twist from ATG Beyond, China’s renowned premiere applied design expert. Inspired by the supreme diplomatic gifting in Tang dynasty, peach motifs are displayed as signature W pillows alongside the brand’s signature beds. With spacious balconies carefully arranged for each guestroom, W Xi’an deliberately links each private terrace to the stage-like hidden mini bars so guests can treat themselves to a sip or bite while soaking in the skyline. The Extreme WOW Suite, the most lavish of the hotel’s 73 expansive suites, screams opulence with corrugated walls in a deep orange-red, embodying the energy of the Silk Road.Reimagined IndulgencesW Xi’an showcases four places to socialize and dine. Wei, the all-day dining restaurant, infuses local cuisine with international favorites under an eye-catching giant satin vortex embedded in the ceiling. Expert chefs craft each dish from the restaurant’s multiple show kitchens, putting the decadent eats on display even before they hit the plate. Yen, the hotel’s signature restaurant, features 11 separate rooms with Tang dynasty accents and is a showcase of Cantonese fine dining and innovative Dim Sum. FU serves up trendy hotpots providing guests with an interactive interpretation of the redefined traditional dish. With unparalleled views of Quijiang, WOOBAR® transforms from a laid-back hangout by day to a stylish lounge by night., seating guests with easy access to the dance floor and serving up both a global selection of spirits and a curated take on afternoon tea.Guests can detox, de-stress and rejuvenate the body, mind and soul at the indoor WET® swimming pool and outdoor WET®Deck. A digital screen at the end of the WET® pool allows for over-the-top events to reach a new level with projected graphics and the ability to host on-water fashion shows.The 24-hour FIT gym boasts a range of state-of-the-art equipment to keep guests ready for their next adventure. Guests can also choose to get pampered at AWAY® Spa, which features a myriad of relaxing and rejuvenating services between five treatment rooms, two rooms for manicure-pedicure paradise, a hair salon, and two makeup rooms for getting glam.Show Up and Show OffWith over 4,000 square meters of event space, versatile function spaces are fully equipped with advanced audio-visual facilities to set the stage for world-class events. The Great Room, with its towering ceiling and twisting chandeliers, has 2,330 square meters of space to accommodate up to 1,000 guests, making it one of the largest hotel ballrooms in town.For more information or to make a reservation, visit read more

The Great EscapeTTC

first_imgThe Great EscapeTTC The Travel Corporation (TTC) has revealed the Great Escape itineraries, departing in March/April 2017. More than 100 lucky escapees will enjoy a spectacular Sydney adventure before jetting off on one of five amazing escapes to China, France, South Africa, Malaysia & Thailand or Switzerland.To kick off each escape, AAT Kings will host the agents for a 2-night adventure in Sydney. In addition to delicious dining and a harbour cruise, they’ll enjoy a BridgeClimb experience. From there, agents will depart for an 8-day exclusive experience hosted by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki, Uniworld, or Adventure World.Time is running out so be sure to act before 15 December. Book a client on a trip with Trafalgar, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Uniworld, AAT Kings or Adventure World until 15 December 2016 and register and select your escape destination preferences.The more bookings you make, the greater your chance of securing an invite. There’s even a chance you may win the final FOC wildcard place on this the sought-after multi-brand famil.Image: Insight Vacations, Switzerlandlast_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling gives the Cards a 10-percent shot of making the playoffs, though that’s before a potential Seattle victory against Carolina on Sunday Night Football — though a Seattle win should only drop a 4-percent shot of Arizona winning the NFC West division.Game-by-game, FiveThirtyEight has Arizona having a 50-50 chance of beating Miami on the road next week and a 70-percent shot of defeating New Orleans at home in Week 15. It gives them just a 29-percent chance of winning in Seattle in Week 16 and, finally, a 60-percent chance of finishing with a road win in Los Angeles. – / 25 Still, hope accounts for “Something” as our Dave Burns wrote.What is that something when it comes to the playoff race?If you want to find hope without the headache of doing math yourself, the New York Times has a simulator where you can pick which games are won and lost to determine the odds. As it stands, the simulator seems to project Arizona’s chances somewhere from 4 percent to 6 percent after the Washington victory.Indeed, there are too many things that could happen in the final four weeks to lay out a path to the playoffs. Winning out is the obvious one.But when it comes to the rest of the league, the Cardinals at 5-6-1 remain 1.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whose win Sunday put them in the final NFC wild card spot at 7-5. The Atlanta Falcons are likewise 7-5 but own the NFC South tiebreaker against Tampa Bay.Ahead of the Cardinals just outside of the playoff picture as of Sunday evening are the Redskins (6-5-1), the Vikings (6-6) and the Packers (6-6). Arizona benefitted from the Saints (5-7) and the Eagles (5-7) losing in Week 13, as they are now chasing the Cardinals.Who else has the odds for Arizona to make a run for a postseason berth? Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) dives for yardage as Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires So they’re still alive and kickin’.The Arizona Cardinals have put off the end to what looks likely to be a disappointing season that began with Super Bowl aspirations. We say “likely” that 2016 will be disappointing for Cardinals fans because the odds aren’t in Arizona’s favor despite a 31-23 win against Washington where the Cardinals risked it, doused their piping hot biscuit with gravy and looked a lot like last year’s 13-win team. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter British Airways has off

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterBritish Airways has officially opened the doors to a luxurious new First lounge at New York’s JFK Terminal 7 to gold cardholders and customers travelling in the airline’s First cabin on the airline’s most coveted route across the Atlantic. The space is the airline’s first long-haul lounge to showcase the new design direction already offered in Rome and Aberdeen, which will be rolled out across other destinations including Geneva, San Francisco and Johannesburg. The refurbishment forms part of a £52 million investment in the British Airways customer experience at JFK’s Terminal 7.At 60% larger than its predecessor, and covering more than 510 square metres, the lounge has been designed with thoughtfully tailored zones.A new wine room forms the centrepiece boasting an enomatic dispenser, which enables customers to enjoy wines at exactly the right temperature that have been oxidized to the correct level. Customers will also be able to enjoy “Flights of Wine”, a selection of different wines linked to a theme. The current theme is “Chardonnays of the World”.Other features include an opulent First bar with a wide range of premium beverages and a quiet work area. Customers can also dine in the airline’s upgraded dining room before they fly to maximise rest on their flight.A new boutique menu created by Executive chefs Gavin Mackenzie and Waylon Walker will include dishes influenced by the season, as well as a new ‘bowl food’ concept designed to offer customers a chance for a lighter option before they fly.The opening of British Airways’ new First lounge at Terminal 7 is one of a number of changes the airline has already made to improve the customer experience this year. The Concorde Room at JFK for First customers was refreshed earlier this year and customers flying in First and Club World now also enjoy an enhanced check-in experience at the exclusive new Premium Zone, with direct access to Fast Track security. The new First Wing and First check-in are also open to ensure a smooth start to the journey.British Airways will complete its refurbishment of Terminal 7 in 2019, after the upgrade of the Galleries (Business class) lounge has been completed.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

National Comedy Center opens in I Love Lucy star

first_imgNational Comedy Center opens in ‘I Love Lucy’ star’s town FILE – This July 24, 2018, file photo shows the main entrance to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, N.Y. The center is open for laughs in “I Love Lucy” comedian Lucille Ball’s hometown. Amy Schumer, Lewis Black and Dan Aykroyd are among comedians set to appear during this week’s grand opening celebration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson, File) JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The National Comedy Center is open for laughs in “I Love Lucy” comedian Lucille Ball’s hometown.The $50 million cultural institution is in the western New York city of Jamestown and tells the story of comedy from its origins to the present with a mix of interactive exhibits, a hologram theatre and comedy artifacts such as the late George Carlin’s archives.Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) on Wednesday helped cut the ribbon on the non-profitcentre, which received $9 million in state funding.Amy Schumer, Lewis Black and Dan Aykroyd are among comedians set to appear during this week’s grand opening celebration.The centre was inspired by Ball, who starred as accident-prone Lucy Ricardo on the 1950s sitcom. Jamestown has a museum dedicated to Ball, who said she wanted to see all comedy celebrated as an art form.center_img by The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2018 8:49 am PDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Jacobsen sworn in for third term named chair of two committees

first_img16Jan Jacobsen sworn in for third term, named chair of two committees Categories: News The day after being sworn in for his third term, state Rep. Bradford Jacobsen, R-Oxford, was named chair for two House committees.Jacobsen will chair the House Committee for Government Operations, as well as the House Committee for Communications and Technology for the 98th Legislature.“I am honored to serve on such vital committees, and to chair Communications and Technology,” Jacobsen said. “Whether its phones, automobiles or cyber security, we need to keep Michigan policies up to date.”Jacobsen was also named to the House Energy Policy, Elections and Ethics and Transportation committees.###last_img read more

Ceremonial bill signing names highway in honor of fallen soldier

first_img The family of a fallen soldier from Greenville today joined state Rep. Rick Outman as Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation to name a portion of M-57 the “Joseph Prentler Memorial Highway.”U.S. Army Spc. Joseph T. Prentler was killed while serving in Afghanistan on Oct. 4, 2010, when insurgents attacked his military vehicle using an improvised explosive device. The Carson City-Crystal High School graduate was 20 years old.Prentler’s mother, Tammy Prentler, was present at today’s ceremonial bill signing. Also present were his sister, Tanya Dale; and his brother-in-law, Craig Thompson.“Naming a portion of a local highway for this brave young man, who gave everything for his country, is just one way we can honor him,” said Rep. Outman, R-Six Lakes. “Byy doing so we can keep alive the memory of Specialist Prentler and the ultimate sacrifice he made.”##### Categories: News 10Mar Ceremonial bill signing names highway in honor of fallen soldierlast_img read more

Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs approves veteran definition bills

first_img Categories: Maturen News The House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs on Thursday approved a 21-bill package that includes legislation introduced by state Rep. David Maturen, R-Brady Township.The first bill in the package, House Bill 5332, clarifies Michigan’s definition of a veteran to make it more inclusive and consistent with the federal definition. Rep. Maturen’s legislation, HB 5333, amends the Veterans’ Military Pay Act to refer back to the new, clarified definition.“Currently, state statutes that concern veterans each offer a varying definition for who might qualify as a veteran,” said Rep. Maturen, who himself is a U.S. Army veteran. “These bills create consistency and eliminate any confusion.”House Bills 5332-5348 and 5548-5551 now head to the full House for consideration.##### 18Apr Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs approves veteran definition billslast_img read more

Rep Hornberger votes to approve recreational projects

first_img Bill funds development of local paddle parkState Rep. Pamela Hornberger on Thursday joined her colleagues in voting for legislation to fund dozens of recreation projects across the state, using Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund money with local matching funds.Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said the improvements, developments and land acquisitions use dedicated money for such projects to fund projects at parks, trails and other recreational facilities across the state.The $379,000 project will pay for a development to transform 3.14 acres of property into Chesterfield Township’s first paddle park. The project will develop the Webber Paddle Park with the following amenities: parking lot for paddlers with accessible parking space, parking lot with access to the fishing pier with accessible parking space, universally accessible fishing pier and accessible kayak launch with 10-foot wide route to launch to accommodate a two-person carry to the launch, picnic shelter and restrooms. When the project is complete, this park will give the public access via non-motorized watercraft to the Salt River and Lake St. Clair.“We have so many natural resources in our state, and this development will give families, outdoor lovers and tourists more opportunities to enjoy our local waterways,” Hornberger said. “Development of this park will give people access to fishing, family picnics, kayaking, canoeing and more.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76. Categories: Hornberger News,News 16Jun Rep. Hornberger votes to approve recreational projectslast_img read more