Regional Land Trust Hosts Panthertown Hike

first_imgCelebrating 20 years of conservation, Mainspring Conservation Trust is hosting 20 events in 2017, including a hike in Panthertown Valley on Thursday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. that is open to the public.The moderate, three-mile hike will be led by Friends of Panthertown founding board member Mike Purdy. Mainspring and Friends of Panthertown recently partnered together to raise money for the purchase of 16 acres of private property that borders the western entrance to Panthertown Valley and Salt Rock Gap near Cashiers in Jackson County.The hike will begin on that newly acquired property and will go to Wilderness and Frolictown, stopping for lunch at scenic Granny Burrells Falls. This should be an exceptional time to view the spring blooms popping up in the valley.The hike is limited to 20 participants and costs $15 per person, which includes a boxed lunch. RSVP to Sharon Burdette at 828.524.2711 or sburdette@mainspringconserves.org.Founded in 1997, Mainspring has conserved more than 25,000 acres and connected thousands of youth to nature in the six western-most counties in North Carolina and northern Rabun County, Georgia. To view the entire list of 20-for-20 events, visit www.mainspringconserves.org.last_img read more

Disneyland Preview — Week of August 5

first_imgShare This!Happy Friday!  Yet another good-looking summer week at Disneyland is upon us!  Read on for more details in this week’s Disneyland preview!Special Events and NotesPhoto: DisneyAs the summer winds down, Disney is ratcheting back its special events, so there’s not that much to report for the upcoming week.  With that said, for those of you that are staying at Disney hotels, Disney is running a special promotion where Disney’s California Adventure will stay open one hour later to give you more time to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.  Think of it as an attraction-specific evening Extra Magic Hour, which happens on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Is this going to save you a ton of time? Not really, primarily because there will be plenty of people in line by the time of regular park closing hours to ensure a healthy wait for this very popular attraction. With that said, particularly if you’re showing up to experience the attraction towards the end of the extra time, you can expect to have fewer people to compete against, and therefore a relatively shorter wait.Also, the Summer of Heroes continues at Disney’s California Adventure. As always, you should read Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.CrowdsWe’re at that time where Disneyland crowds are slowly starting to trickle down as summer comes to a close. Part of that, however, is that for the next couple of weeks, two groups of Annual Passholders are completely blocked out. So this is, in a sense, the relative clam before the storm, as you can expect to see an increase in crowds once the blockout dates are lifted in a couple of weeks. Here’s what this week looks like — Monday and Tuesday should be the busiest days, but you’re still dealing with summer crowds regardless:Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherIt’s Southern California, so the weather is predicted to be, umm, nice.  Mid-80s all week, with no serious chance of rain anywhere in the forecast:Weather data via www.weather.comAs always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches; check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsDisneyland continues its full slate of shows this week to go with the large crowds, although this week sees a decline in the World of Color showings. World of Color will be showing twice every night at Disney’s California Adventure on the weekends, but it will only be shown once during the week, at 9:00pm each night. The Main Street Electrical Parade will have two showings a night at Disneyland Park, and the Remember…Dreams Come True Fireworks Spectacular will take place over Sleeping Beauty Castle every night as well. Additionally, both parks will run their afternoon/early evening parades once each day, and Fantasmic! will run twice a night at Disneyland Park. Detailed show schedules, including smaller-scale performances like the Disneyland Band, can be found here.Admission and HoursAnnual Passholder blockouts and park hours continue as they have the last couple of weeks. If you have a Southern California or Southern California Select Annual Passport, you’re unfortunately blocked out this entire week (and through August 20, in fact). If you have a Deluxe Annual Passport, only Saturday the 5th is blocked out. All other Annual Passports will be honored all days of the week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Peak cost on Saturday and Sunday ($124 adult/$118 child) and Regular ($110 adult/$104 child) the remainder of the week.Disneyland Park will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at midnight every day this week, and Disney’s California Adventure will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 8:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  Wednesday sees DCA open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday has hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the  Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsGood news! Everything you would expect to be open is currently open! Character Close-Up at Disney’s California Adventure is still being replaced by Anna and Elsa of Frozen fame (as it has for several years now), but everything else is open for business.Looking ahead, the Main Street Electrical Parade will end its run on August 21, 2017, and both Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion will temporarily go down from August 28 (Haunted Mansion) and August 21 (Space Mountain) through September 15, 2017 for the installment of their holiday overlays. Additionally, Big Thunder Mountain has a short refurbishment coming up from August 14-18. Keep those dates in mind if those attractions are an important part of your trip!As always, you can see the full slate of refurbishments by checking here.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike! Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

Igesund’s plea to Bafana’s ’12th man’

first_img22 January 2013 South Africa’s boisterous, colourful supporters are very special to the national team, coach Gordon Igesund said on Monday, urging the public to carry the spirit they showed in Johannesburg over to Durban, where Bafana Bafana face Angola in a must-win game on Wednesday. Addressing journalists in Johannesburg on Monday, Igesund said the crowd at the National Stadium on Saturday had been “brilliant” in their effort to lift the team in very challenging playing conditions. “We now need the public to go to Moses Mabhida Stadium in their numbers and give the boys the support and work as the 12th player. “We will do our best to make our amazing supporters happy,” Igesund vowed. “They have been fantastic throughout and they need to be rewarded with performances that warrant their unwavering support.” He said the dream of winning the tournament was still very much alive, and that it was only a matter of time before Bafana turned their chances into goals. South African Football Association (Safa) president Kirsten Nematandani said Bafana Bafana still had an excellent opportunity to progress further in the tournament. “We urge the public to continue supporting and encouraging our boys to regain their winning mentality.” Bafana will face Angola at the Moses Mabhida stadium at 5pm on Wednesday. Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, in a thrilling Group C match, Ethiopia held reigning champions Zambia to a 1-1 draw at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Collins Mbesuma scored for Zambia, but Adane Girma equalised for Ethiopia, who were down to 10-men after their goalkeeper Jemal Tassew was sent off for a dangerous tackle in the 25th minute. In the second Group C match, Burkina Faso struck a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Nigeria, leaving Group C all square. On Tuesday evening, a star-studded Ivory Coast will face a Togolese team led by Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rusternburg, followed by a clash between North African giants Algeria and Tunisia at the same venue. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Tapjoy Grabs Former Sony SVP As Its Chief Marketing Officer

first_imgTags:#mobile#Mobile Ads#news Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Mobile advertising and marketing company Tapjoy has added a big chip to its company. The company announced today that it has hired former Sony senior vice president of marketing and PlayStation Network development Peter Dillie to be its chief marketing officer. Grabbing an executive of Dillie’s stature is a big win for Tapjoy and a sign of the company’s maturation. Tapjoy’s network spans over 10,000 mobile applications that has around 250 million users on iOS, Android and other mobile operating systems. As Tapjoy looks to expand to Europe and Asia, Dillie will be instrumental in helping the company acquire more users, more developers and advertisers.“This is just a red hot market,” Dillie told ReadWriteMobile. “I think as far as size, it is a small company where I can really step in and make an impact.”Dillie left Sony in March, well before the hacking scandal where the PlayStation Network exposed the personal information of 70 million users to malicious hackers. He took the summer to spend time with his family including taking his son on tours of colleges. “Once you take a step back you can assess what kind of company you want to work for,” Dillie said. “There is a real close parallel (between Sony and Tapjoy) from a CRM and ARPU perspective.”Tapjoy plans on enhancing its product line to further help developers monetize their apps. That will include a video product that he describes, “will be on everyone’s go-to list when bringing and app to market.”“Peter has proven operating chops in the interactive entertainment industry and we are absolutely thrilled to bring Peter’s depth of experience to the Tapjoy team as we continue our rapid expansion,” said Mihir Shah, president and CEO of Tapjoy.Dillie’s hiring shows that Tapjoy, which has had a couple run-ins with Apple over the course of its short history over app store regulations, has turned a corner to become a mature startup. Its revenue is healthy and it has made developer partnerships in the last several months that should ensure its viability as a marketing platform. Related Posts dan rowinskilast_img read more

JOBS Act to Change Startup Funding Landscape

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Number of U.S. IPOs by year, 1980-2011, with pre-IPO last 12-month sales less than (small firms) or greater than (large firms) $50 million (2009 purchasing power). [Credit: Prof. Jay Ritter, for testimony before the Senate Banking Committee]The fact that a great deal of the content produced by tech news sites concerns startup companies might make an observer from another planet think America is a veritable nursery for brilliant business ideas. The real truth is, since the “Internet bubble” burst in 2001, initial public offerings have not resumed the vitality levels of the late 1980s, let alone the boom years of the ’90s.This week, President Obama is scheduled to sign into law a bill that eases the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) auditing and reporting requirements on new companies looking to go public, as well as effectively legalizing the principle of crowdfunding – pooling the resources of micro-investors to make small batches of seed capital available to early-stage startups. It’s a move that’s not without controversy, and not even the people who are happy with it are completely happy with it. But it could affect one thing right away: the level of buzz and information surrounding young IPOs, which no longer have to keep mum.Make Way for the On-RampThe most important belt that the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act loosens concerns the amount of capital a new company may raise through the sale of securities in a 12-month period. Previously $5 million, the securities sales cap will be raised to $50 million. That cap will now specifically apply to a broader group of small companies: those with annual gross revenues of $1 billion or less (adjusted for inflation), within a five-year interval from the sale of its first security.We’d better get used to the new phrase, emerging growth companies (EGCs). It’s the term proposed by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) in a proposal last October (PDF available here), and this week it will be codified into law. It refers to this specific, new group of young, low-revenue companies for whom some of the SOX reporting regulations will no longer apply.The NVCA recommended the five-year period as part of what it called the “IPO on-ramp.” As the proposal read, “We recommend that companies with total annual gross revenue of less than $1 billion at IPO registration and that are not recognized by the SEC as ‘well-known seasoned issuers’ be given up to five years from the date of their IPOs to scale up to compliance. Doing so would reduce costs for companies while still adhering to the first principle of investor protection.”In testimony before the Senate Banking Committee last December, Kate Mitchell, former head of the NVCA and currently Managing Director at Scale Venture Partners, stated that EGCs were overdue for relief. Her case was that the reporting requirements applicable to public companies like Exxon and Apple were strangling small companies, making them less attractive to investors.“As someone who has spent the last 15 years seeking out, evaluating, investing in, and helping to build promising young companies, I cannot overemphasize the value of a robust and accessible IPO market,” stated Mitchell. “In our survey of emerging growth company CEOs, 86% of respondents listed accounting and compliance costs as a major concern of going public… Over 85% of CEOs said that going public was not as attractive of an option as it was in 1995. Given these concerns, for CEOs of successful companies deciding between pursuing an IPO or positioning themselves for an acquisition, the scaled disclosure and cost flexibility provided by the bill could help make an IPO the more attractive option.”Because EGCs were under the same burdens to remain quiet as the larger, established ones, Mitchell and NVCA argued, they couldn’t generate enough buzz. You read that right: Not a lot of people are that interested in startups.This argument raised objections from Prof. Jay Ritter of the University of Florida’s prestigious Warrington College of Business Administration. In testimony before the same Banking Committee last month (PDF available here), Prof. Ritter alluded to what appeared, at least to him, to be a plethora of news sources emerging in just the past few years devoted in large part to emerging tech startups – perhaps you’ve read a few yourself. Citing data from a study he conducted in conjunction with two Hong Kong universities last month entitled “Where Have All the IPOs Gone?”, Ritter acknowledged that the reporting requirements were a burden for EGCs, but argued it wasn’t enough of a burden to keep the tech bubble of the ’90s deflated throughout the 21st century.“I agree with the conventional wisdom that these factors have discouraged small companies from going public, but I believe that only a small part of the drop in small company IPO volume can be explained by these factors,” stated Prof. Ritter. “Instead, I think that the more fundamental problem is the declining profitability of small firms. In many industries, over time it has become more important for a firm to be big if it is to be profitable. Emerging growth companies are responding to this change in the merits of being a small, stand-alone firm by merging in order to grow big fast, rather than remaining as an independent firm and depending on organic (internal) growth.”The hole in the NVCA’s data, the professor alleges, comes from a factor that perhaps would be obvious if anyone bothered to read those non-existent venture sites: mergers and acquisitions. In short, small companies aren’t entering the IPO state because they had no desire to be independent in the first place. The earnings, the UF team believe their data indicates, come from being part of someone else’s desire to scale up.States the Florida/Hong Kong study, “Our explanation is that earnings are higher as part of a larger organization that can realize economies of scope and economies of scale, and this regularity is the main reason why many small firms are choosing not to remain independent, but instead merging as a way of getting big fast. If our explanation is correct, regulatory reforms aimed at restoring the IPO ecosystem will have only a modest ability to affect IPO volume.” Two’s Company, 2,000’s a CrowdThe crowdfunding business is already well under way, as evidenced by the existence of online marketplaces such as Appbackr.com. The business itself was technically illegal, although its practitioners were never prosecuted. Once the JOBS Act is signed, new statutes will effectively legalize the practice, while limiting the sale of all crowdfunding transactions with a particular business to $1 million per year.While The Economist hailed the passage of the bill as a whole, it cast a skeptical eye on simply enabling crowdfunding sources to exist without firmer regulations. “Crowdfunding is an efficient way for entrepreneurs to raise seed capital,” the editors wrote. “But it is also a good way for hucksters to fleece suckers.”The magazine’s comments play into the now-legendary testimony last November of Columbia Law School Professor John Coffee, who dubbed the crowdfunding bill that was later incorporated into the JOBS Act “The Boiler Room Legalization Act of 2011.” Coffee took issue with an aspect of that bill – which will indeed be signed into law – that increases the minimum shareholder number threshold for SOX reporting restrictions from 500 to 2,000. “There is no need for such an open-ended exemption, largely benefitting larger firms,” he told Congress, “or for such a dramatic retreat from the principle of transparency that has long governed our securities markets in order to spur job creation at smaller firms.”But in her arguments for the JOBS Act, the NVCA’s Mitchell stated that rolling back these requirements could save EGCs as much as $2 million each per year, suggesting that startup firms may have owed more in reporting costs than it was ever possible for them to raise through crowdfunding alone.Stock image by Shutterstock. scott fulton Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups last_img read more