Vancouver Farmers Market sprouts anew

first_imgFrom mostly near and occasionally far, new farmers and growers keep flocking to the Vancouver Farmers Market, which opened for the season March 17.“We’re seeing a lot of new interest,” said executive director Jordan Boldt. “We don’t usually see a ton of that every year. This is probably the most active we’ve been in a number of years.” There are 14 new produce and food vendors on the scene in 2018, he said.Thanks to the hot economy? Rising foodie fascination? All that and more, Boldt said.“We have at least two new farms from younger, more professional-background people who are coming from other industries and choosing to pivot into agriculture or the food industry,” he said. “I think we’re seeing people looking for secondary or supplementary careers where they can be creative and follow up their passions.“Starting a restaurant is so hard and expensive and risky,” he said, but launching a booth at the Vancouver Farmers Market “is a lower barrier to entry.”For example, there’s new mushroom maven Ash Tree Farms of Vancouver, which rents warehouse space in the city and grows its fungal delights indoors in bags of sawdust or on moldering old logs.“If you’re not a wild mushroom forager, this is a common way to cultivate mushrooms commercially,” Boldt said. (“It’s a crazy world,” he added.)last_img read more

PHOTOS WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber of Commerce Attends MultiChamber Networking Event In Burlington

first_imgBURLINGTON, MA — Last Wednesday, Reading Cooperative Bank hosted a Multi-Chamber Networking/Fundraising event at Jack’s Coal Fired Pizza that displayed an amazing partnership between area businesses and our community. Over 120 local Chamber members joined forces to raise $1,300 for People Helping People, which was generously matched by the Reading Cooperative Charitable Foundation. Thank you Reading Coop and Jack’s Coal Fired Pizza for a meaningful and delicious summer evening! Business owners interested in learning more about the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce should contact the Chamber at 978-657-7211.View photos from the event below. Click on images to enlarge. (NOTE: The above information and photos are from the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Helps Raise Funds For NuPath By ‘Networking With A Purpose’In “Business”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Invites Local Business Owners To Woburn Networking EventIn “Business”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce To Co-Host ‘Women In Business’ Event On July 22In “Business”last_img read more

Quader says govt cant meet transport workers demands now

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said there is no possibility to bring any change to the Road Transport Act right now.Referring to the eight-point demand of the transport workers, Quader said, “We can’t change the Road Transport Act now. If there is any logical demand, then we’ll consider it after discussion and they have to wait until the next parliament session.”The minister came up with remarks while talking to reporters at the Shetu Bhaban.Earlier, transport workers went on a 48-hour work abstention from 6:00am on Sunday to press home their eight-point demand.Talking about the seven-point demand of Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, Quader said, “There is no chance to meet the seven-point demand made by Kamal and BNP now because if we want to meet the seven-point demand, we’ll have to change the constitution.”last_img read more

Google open sources Filament – a physically based rendering engine for Android

first_imgGoogle has just open-sourced Filament, their physically based rendering (PBR) engine for Android. It can also be used in Windows, Linux, and macOS. Filament provides a set of tools and APIs for Android developers to help them easily create high-quality 2D and 3D rendering. Filament is currently being used in the Sceneform library both at runtime on Android devices and as the renderer inside the Android Studio plugin. Apart from Filament, Google has also open sourced Materials, the full reference documentation for their material system. They have also made available Material Properties which is a reference sheet for the standard material model. Google’s Filament comes packed with the following features: The rendering system is able to perform efficiently on mobile platforms. The primary target is OpenGL ES 3.x class GPUs. The rendering system emphasizes overall picture quality. Artists are able to iterate often and quickly on their assets and the rendering system allows them to do so instinctively. The physically based approach of the system also allows developers to create visually believable materials even if they don’t understand the theory behind the implementation. The system relies on as few parameters as possible to reduce trial and error and allows users to quickly master the material model. The system uses physical units everywhere possible: distances in meters or centimeters, color temperatures in Kelvin, light units in lumens or candelas, etc. The rendering library is as small as possible so any application can bundle it without increasing the binary to unwanted sizes. Filament APIs There are two major APIs used. Native C++ API for Android, Linux, macOS, and Windows Java/JNI API for Android, Linux, macOS, and Windows Backends OpenGL 4.1+ for Linux, macOS, and Windows OpenGL ES 3.0+ for Android Vulkan 1.0 for Android, Linux, macOS (with MoltenVk) and Windows A sample material rendered with Filament. Source: Github You can check out the Filament Documentation, for an in-depth explanation of real-time PBR, the graphics capabilities and implementation of Filament. Read Next Google open sources Seurat to bring high precision graphics to Mobile VRGoogle releases Android Things library for Google Cloud IoT CoreGoogle updates biometric authentication for Android P, introduces BiometricPrompt APIlast_img read more

Gay hotspot Gran Canaria leaves unsuspecting tourist feeling uncomfortable

first_img Posted by Michael Smith Gay hotspot Gran Canaria leaves unsuspecting tourist feeling “uncomfortable” Share Friday, September 23, 2016 center_img GRAN CANARIA, CANARY ISLANDS — Gran Canaria in Spain’s Canary Islands is considered one of the most gay-friendly places in the world, but it seems that one recent visitor failed to read the memo.According to the Gay Times, a traveller known as ‘MooSmith21’ posted a review on TripAdvisor to alert others of the destination’s plethora of gay-friendly attractions.The review states: “I’m not homophobic however there was a definite feeling of them and us and the gay couple[s] outnumbered the straight couples by two to one at least. Because of this we never spent too much time at the hotel or relaxing around the pool as I felt very uncomfortable.”The reviewer also wrote about how a fellow guest, who he hadn’t spoken to, sent him a drink to his room. He commented that it was “a bit perverted.”Trip advisor review from someone who apparently isn’t homophobic about the hotel Neil and I are staying at Gran Canaria pic.twitter.com/V3dS951oAm— Lee (@LeeJnes) September 20, 2016Despite his discomfort, the reviewer still gave the hotel four stars out of five, with the food being the highlight. The location of the hotel was also applauded, however the surrounding “gay bars, gay hotels, [and] gay wrestling shows” left him feeling uncomfortable.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The review ended with: “All in all a great trip but I wouldn’t stay in that resort again if returning.”Clearly, MooSmith21 didn’t use a travel agent. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: LGBT Travel, LOL, Spainlast_img read more

83 of agents say clients are investing more dollars in their cruise

first_img Travelweek Group WASHINGTON — Low water levels on Europe’s rivers made 2018 a challenging year for river cruising but that hasn’t stopped this one-time cruise niche, and now a cruise industry phenomenon, from posting double-digit growth.River cruises in Europe have seen a 53% year-over-year growth to eastern waterways (Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Elbe) and a 30% growth to western channels (Soane, Seine, Loire) as well as a 24% growth to the south (Douro, Rhone, Dordogne, Garonne, Po), according to CLIA’s 2019 Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report.River cruises remain one of the top trends in the cruise industry, says CLIA. And close to four out of five travel agents (79%) say a river cruise is a good way to introduce ‘new to cruise’ travellers to cruising. Agents surveyed in CLIA’s report also say river cruises are ideal for clients looking for new or different experiences, smaller ships, destination immersion and a relaxed way to see Europe.“The results of last quarter’s survey were no surprise,” says Rob Huffman, Vice President Sales, USA, Scenic Group. “We’ve seen tremendous growth for both of our river cruise brands – Scenic and Emerald Waterways – on the traditional European routes like the Danube, as well as on newer routes like the Douro.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Here are some of the CLIA report’s top findings:Cruise bookings, spending upFour out of five travel agents (84%) say bookings are up when compared to last year. Additionally, 83% reported spending is up, as well. More than a quarter of agents (28%) reported clients are spending greater than 10% more than one year agoAlaska still strongAlaska has been consistently the top growth destination for the last three years of the report. More than two-thirds of travel agents (67%) reported seeing increased interest in the Northern-most U.S. state. Alaska has gained an even wider margin than in the past.Destination interest up double digitsSome cruise destinations have seen a double-digit spike in interest from just a year ago. In Mediterranean Europe increased interest has jumped from 25 percent to 42% (up 17%) over the past year. South America has seen growth in interest from just 9% last year to 20%.Travel Agent Knowledge and AdvocacyMore news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTOverwhelmingly, travel agents stated the most beneficial attribute for travel clients is the ability to providing valuable experience and product knowledge (86%). Agents also reported another travel agent benefit is the ability to leverage relationships and expertise if something goes wrong (81%).For the full report see: https://cruising.org/-/media/ta-outlook/travel-agent-cruise-industry-outlook-december-2018.pdf 83% of agents say clients are investing more dollars in their cruise vacation Share Wednesday, January 23, 2019 center_img Tags: CLIA, Statistics Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

August 10 2015This past month Arcosantis Jeff St

first_imgAugust 10, 2015This past month Arcosanti’s Jeff Stein AIA and concert pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler presented their “CONNECT Chautauqua: Connecting Beethoven, Buildings and BMW Motorcycles” at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama. Previously, they have performed this at Arcosanti, in Scottsdale and at the Steinway Gallery recital hall in Tucson.[photos and text by Jeff Stein}Their performance in Birmingham was part of the 5th annual conference of the IJMS / International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, an online, peer-reviewed scholarly journal of social science, riders and research from around the globe.The Barber is the world’s greatest motorcycle museum, with over 1400 bikes on permanent display. In their 50-minute, multi-media Chautauqua, Stein and Haeseler describe through images, lecture, discussion and Beethoven’s music itself — including the entire second movement of his 9th Symphony, transcribed for piano by Schiller — how the work of these three men: composer Ludwig vonBeethoven’s 9th Symphony, designer David Robb’s BMW R1200GS, architect Paolo Soleri’s East Crescent at Arcosanti provides the same intense human experience: sound, speed, space that allows us to be truly connected, and thus truly human.In truth everything is connected. Understanding how these three entities connect, we all might grow more comfortable with the idea. Plus, there is the notion, in each, of being at the center of a world. Each composition: Symphony, Architecture, Motorcycle, transports you to such a place.  “Chautauqua” was the New York birthplace of this kind of enlightening lecture / performance. Former US President Theodore Roosevelt called Chautauqua “the most American thing in America”. This is one of those. To schedule a performance of this Chautauqua in your location, contact < pr [at] Arcosanti.org >last_img read more

Middle Eastbased satellite operator Thuraya Telec

first_imgMiddle East-based satellite operator Thuraya Telecommunications has named Etisalat CEO Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar as its new chairman, and has also elected Etisalat group chief strategy and M&A officer Daniel Ritz to its board.Julfar also serves on the board of Mobily in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he is the chairman of the risk management committee, as well as on the board of Etisalat Misr and Etisalat Services Holding (ESH).“We are delighted to welcome both Mr Julfar as our new chairman and Dr Ritz as a new member of our board,” said Samer Halawi, CEO of Thuraya. “Chairman Julfar’s leadership and wealth of telecoms experience will be invaluable in helping guide Thuraya as we continue to pursue growth in our key markets. We are also pleased to have Dr Ritz join our board given his vast experience with strategy and business experience, especially at this time when we are looking at the next phase of development for the company.”last_img read more