Comic Book Store Redefined

first_img When it comes to comics, there are two types of readers: the hard-core fanatics and the casual ones.Collector’s Paradise caters to both but focuses on the casual reader.“We’re a different type of store, different from many comic book stores that you see. Most comic book stores sell a lot of older comics, older toys, and dusty collectibles in addition to the new releases that come out. We pride ourselves on being sort of different,” says Edward Greenberg, owner of Collector’s Paradise.Different in a way that the store doesn’t stock up on old back issues like other comic stores; instead it focuses on the “bookstore model; comics that come out monthly as periodicals and a huge selection of graphic novels, plus related merchandise, like toys, statues and art.” says Greenberg.[smooth=id:126;]“We don’t consider ourselves a Comic Book Store, we call ourselves a Comic Bookstore,” he adds.In short, Collector’s Paradise focuses more on the reading aspect of the hobby as opposed to just the collecting/investing aspect.Greenberg also tells us how his shop stands out from the rest by not looking like a “stereotypical comic book store with a bunch of older products, mixed fixtures and hand-written signs”. Instead, Collector’s Paradise stores look like a proper bookstore with fixtures that match each other, original art and prints on the walls, and an overall very sharp appearance. Not like some stores that looks like someone’s garage with posters and toys displayed without rhyme nor reason. The San Fernando Valley branch even has a dedicated Art Gallery attached.This distinction of image makes Collector’s Paradise much more inviting to casual readers.“We kind of try to focus on a professional clientele that like to read comic books and graphic novels as a form of literature as opposed to the old school collectors who just like to collect long runs of comic books,” explains Greenberg. “We do have a lot of collectibles in the store, but one does not have to be a collector to feel comfortable walking in.”Collector’s Paradise’s unique approach to the hobby even extends to how they celebrate the yearly National Free Comic Book Day event. “Every first Saturday in May, most stores do an event called Free Comic Book Day. They buy a bunch of comics really, really cheap from the publishers, books that are specially created for this event, and they give them out to people who walk in the store that day, as a way to promote reading comics.” says Greenberg.But true to its unique nature, instead of Free Comic Book Day, Collector’s Paradise celebrates Free Comic Book MAY.“We’re giving away the comics, like everyone else, but we’re also doing it for a whole month. I think that’s a huge thing that nobody’s done in Los Angeles. We don’t call it Free Comic Book Day, we call it Free Comic Book MAY,” says Greenberg.It is Free Comic Book May because people can get free books every Saturday in May. But the store also does more than just give away free comics, when people come in. Collector’s Paradise will have comic creators to sign the books, a variety from local to the world-renowned.“First of all, we create a huge event on May 4th, there’s a huge talent signing in each store and we have guys like J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5; Whilce Portacio, one of the biggest artists in the industry and co-founder of Image Comics, the third largest publisher in comics. He’s coming, plus a bunch of other really super talented people,” says Greenberg. These signing events continue for the rest of the month, on Saturdays, at both stores, with many local creators showcasing their books in the stores.Perhaps what makes Collector’s Paradise all the more endearing, is the fact that it does its part in giving back to the community.Partnering with the Pasadena Public Library and other Pasadena organizations, the store does events like “Pasadena LitFest as a way to expand comic books awareness in the community. We’re establishing a relationship with the Pasadena City College. We’re all about being in the community and love to work with local organizations and have sponsored several charity events in the Pasadena Area,” Greenberg enthuses.Greenberg also says that they will be on hand to give out free books not just in his store, but in the Pasadena Public Library as well. He says on “May 4th when people go to check out Free Comic Book Day, we will be there at the library giving out books. One of our favorite creators, Mike Kunkel, of “Herobear and the Kid” is going to be there to sign books for kids and do sketches.”Greenberg adds, “If you go to the Pasadena Library and check out a graphic novel there to read, those very likely come from us. Many of their graphic novels have been purchased by the library from us in the last two years.”The partnership between Collector’s Paradise and the Pasadena Public Library is an ongoing relationship, Greenberg says, and “we want to do that with other organizations. Anybody who wants to start a relationship with our stores can call us and talk about it.”Collector’s Paradise Pasadena is located at 319 S. Arroyo Prkwy #4, while the original branch is in San Fernando Valley, at 7131 Winnetka Ave in Canoga Park. To find out more about Collector’s Paradise, you can visit http://comicsandcards.net, where additional information for each branch is available, or email the management at [email protected] HerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Accounting & Finance Lecturer Pool

first_imgMaster’s degree, at least three years of professionalexperience, and college teaching experience; applicants wishing toteach on-line will need to complete an on-line trainingmodule.Areas of teaching include: Accounting, Accounting InformationSystems, and Finance.Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivityto the educational goals of a multicultural population as mighthave been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching andother comparable experience. CVCover LetterStatement of Teaching PhilosophyStatement of Expertise, including professional experience,courses you are qualified to teachList of References Required Qualifications Conditional AppointmentPlease be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget andenrollment considerations and subject to order of assignmentprovisions in the collective bargaining agreement betweenCalifornia State University and California Faculty Association.These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in whichavailable courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenureline faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.Salary Range – To commensurate with experience.Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents: To receive full consideration, applications should be complete forthis continuing open position.The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic ServingInstitution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American PacificIslander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students arefirst-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university iscurrently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upwardmobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversityof its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community canbenefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: August 25, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific DaylightTimeApplications close: Department SummaryThe Accounting and Finance department provides students the skillsessential to manage and develop frameworks for measurement,analysis, interpretation and communication of business and economicdata. Extensive career prospects, breadths of concentration choicesand numerous experiential and networking opportunities have madeadmission to this department and its concentrations highlycompetitive. Students can choose from four concentrations: Accounting , Corporate Accounting and Finance , Accounting Information Systems , and Finance .The Lucas College and Graduate School of Business of San José StateUniversity welcomes applications for part-time faculty appointmentsto teach courses in its undergraduate programs, should an openingarise, on its main campus in San José, California, or online.Brief Description of Duties We are seeking lecturers interested in teaching at theundergraduate level. Candidates must demonstrate effective teachingand excellent student engagement. In addition to teaching duringthe designated class time, lecturers are responsible formaintaining weekly office hours; preparing a course syllabus andCanvas materials; and creating and evaluating student exams andassignments. Lecturer participation in faculty meetings andproviding input on curriculum decisions is also desired. Positionsstart at the beginning of a semester and appointments may berenewed based on department need, funding, and performance.Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experienceunderstanding the needs of a student population of great diversity– in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language andacademic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teachingstrategies and advisement.All Faculty should organize classes within the Canvas LearningManagement System (LMS), the official LMS provided for the SJSUcommunity. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not, must beanchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-studentconnection in a common space as all students are directed to log into Canvas for online access to their classes. You will have accessto this system prior to the semester start date.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgPCB wants security guarantee ISLAMABAD (AP) : The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants the Indian government to publicly guarantee security for the Pakistan team during the World Twenty20 in India. The board reacted yesterday to reported comments this week by the head of Himachal Pradesh state that he could not provide security for the Pakistan team and that its WT20 match with India should be shifted to another state. “These latest threats need to be taken seriously,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in Lahore. “Political parties (in India) like Shiv Sena, and now even the Congress, have said they will not let us play, and they are the ones creating agitation.” Khan said that he has asked the International Cricket Council to tell the Indian government it needed to issue a public statement welcoming Pakistan’s team in India. India beat UAE by nine wickets DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP): India enjoyed a romp before the Asia Cup final in accounting for the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets yesterday. The bowlers paved the way to the easy victory, restricting UAE to 81-9 in 20 overs. India took 10.1 overs to win with 82-1, and seal their fourth straight victory in the tournament. The Indians meet hosts Bangladesh in the final on Sunday. Opener Rohit Sharma hit 39 while Yuvraj Singh was 25 not out and hit the winning boundary. Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the way for India with two for eight. Shaiman Anwar scored 43 after UAE captain Amjad Javed elected to bat first. Court dismisses Pistorius appeal JOHANNESBURG (AP): South Africa’s highest court has dismissed Oscar Pistorius’ appeal of his murder conviction, a lawyer said yesterday signalling that the former track star’s long legal battle since he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp may be drawing to a close. The ruling by the Constitutional Court clears the way for a judge to sentence the double-amputee runner for murder at a hearing scheduled for April 18. “We’ll proceed to the sentencing,” defence lawyer Andrew Fawcett said.last_img read more

Confident Groves predicts early stoppage

first_imgGeorge Groves has predicted another quick victory at Wembley Arena when he faces Kenny Anderson there on 16 March.The Hammersmith super-middleweight, 23, blasted away Paul Smith in two rounds at the same venue in November.And he has pledged to be just as explosive in his rematch with Anderson when he defends his British title against the Scot.Anderson caused him problems when they met in 2010, flooring the Londoner before Groves recovered to stop his opponent in the sixth round.But Groves said: “I’ve come on since we last fought and I can’t see him going as far as the sixth round this time. He’ll go earlier.“I’m expecting a tough fight. I’m not underestimating him and he’s going to want to prove that the last time was a mistake.“I’ve beaten James DeGale and Paul Smith and now I’ve got to beat Anderson before I move onto the next level.”Related stories and features:Groves set for rematch with AndersonA work in progressI’m not world class – yetGroves blasts away Smith at Wembley‘Ugly kid’ looks the partLet history decideOnes to watch in 2012Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA ‘busy tackling issues raised by IMF’

first_imgResolving the country’s electricity supply constraints;Increasing investment in infrastructure;Improving the regulatory environment;Stimulating development in agricultural;Growing the prospects for youth employment; andIntensifying support for small business development. 3 October 2013 South Africa is already busy tackling the issues raised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest country report, the National Treasury said on Tuesday. The IMF said in the report that, while a weak global economy was not helping South Africa to lift its growth to the levels where it could start making a dent on unemployment, the country had to focus on tackling domestic constraints to growth. In particular, the IMF urged South Africa to move forward with the structural reforms outlined in the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) in order to boost growth and create jobs for a growing population. The issues raised by the IMF report “are already captured in government policies and programmes,” the Treasury said in a statement, noting that the Cabinet, during a three-day meeting in August, had agreed on a number of measures to reignite economic growth in South Africa. These measures were “in part informed by the recognition that the South African economy can no longer rely heavily on the global economy to reignite growth and create job opportunities for the millions of unemployed South Africans”, and included: The Cabinet had agreed to focus on speeding up the implementation of domestic plans to grow the economy in an inclusive way, as well as to seize opportunities in the wider southern African region. “One of these issues is the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), which government believes will make a significant contribution to the longer term effort to address both historical and new challenges confronting the South African economy.” The Treasury noted that tackling issues around South Africa’s political economy, as well improving the performance of the country’s public sector, “is an ongoing process requiring a wide range of measures and interventions”. Steps were being taken to improve labour relations in key sectors such as mining, while the government was strengthening its administrative structures and processes in order to achieve better service delivery and public accountability. “We remain committed to fiscal consolidation and the need to rebuild fiscal space,” the Treasury said, adding that South Africa’s fiscal policy “remains grounded by the three principles of counter-cyclicality, debt sustainability, and inter-generational equity.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Derrick White’s career night leads Spurs past Nets

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) reacts after he was fouled while scoring late in the the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in San Antonio, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. San Antonio won 117-114. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs relied on LaMarcus Aldridge until they were able to put things together against a sneaky zone defense from the Brooklyn Nets.Leaning on Aldridge has worked out pretty well this season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “He’s had a great season and really kept us together when we were still learning,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “During the tough times when we were really discombobulated, he’s been a beast all season. It’s a good reward for him to make the All-Star team. He deserves it.”DeMar DeRozan added 15 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a three-game absence because of a sore left knee.After failing to make the All-Star Game as a reserve, D’Angelo Russell pressed his case to replace injured selection Victor Oladipo. Russell had 25 points, nine assists and four turnovers in 33 minutes for Brooklyn.The Nets eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game even without Spencer Dinwiddie, their third-leading scorer.“They’re not going to beat themselves,” Russell said of the Spurs. “So, when you go to an away game, you’ve got to come with your hard hat on and be ready to take that win.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Nikola Vucevic, Magic send Pacers reeling to 4th straight loss Nets: Brooklyn’s last win in San Antonio was Jan. 22, 2002, when Jason Kidd had 28 points and 11 rebounds in a 92-86 victory at the Alamodome. … Dinwiddie missed his fourth straight game with torn ligaments in his right thumb. The Nets are 2-1 without the 6-foot-6 guard. … G Caris LeVert missed his 39th straight game with a dislocated right foot. … Brooklyn was also without Allen Crabbe (sore right knee) and Jared Dudley (strained left hamstring).Spurs: A San Antonio player has participated in the All-Star Game in 21 straight seasons, the longest streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. … Aldridge, Kevin Durant, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are the only players to play in the All-Star Game in seven of the last eight seasons. … Patty Mills became the 20th player to play 10,000 minutes with the Spurs.ABSOLUTELY BATTYThe game was delayed for 2½ minutes early in the first quarter when three bats began hovering just above the court. Officials had players return to the bench as stadium staff, security and ballboys attempted to shoo the bats away with towels. A stadium official eventually brought out a net, but the bats were scared up to the rafters. Some fans shouted “Manu! Manu!” in tribute to recently retired Manu Ginobili, who swatted a bat with his hands in November 2009.KNOW YOUR WORTHDeRozan failed to make the All-Star Game for the first time since 2015, snapping a streak of three straight appearances. DeRozan made four All-Star appearances while with the Toronto Raptors before being traded to the Spurs in the offseason.“I’m not going to sit here and be sad,” DeRozan told the Express-News. “I know the caliber of player I am. I can never be the one to say I should have made it over this guy. I’m not worried about it. Last year wasn’t my last one, pretty sure of that.”UP NEXTNets: At Orlando on Saturday night.Spurs: Host New Orleans on Saturday night. View commentscenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Derrick White scored a career-high 26 points, Aldridge had 20 and the Spurs rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn 117-114 on Thursday night, their 16th straight win at home over the Nets.White added six assists, including four in the second half as San Antonio improved to 3-0 on its four-game homestand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“He’s working hard,” Aldridge said of White. “He helps this team get better. He’s making the right reads, he’s growing offensively (and) he’s getting to the basket. I think he’s that difference maker right now.”Aldridge, fresh off his seventh All-Star selection, made a critical three-point play in the final minute and had 13 rebounds. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Brooklyn shot 47 percent from the field and had 30 assists, which was four off its season high.Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll had 18 points each for the Nets.Brooklyn, which had won seven of eight coming in, erased a 12-point deficit in the first half and led 97-90 with eight minutes remaining.The Nets used a zone defense off their own made shots and played man-to-man when they missed. The strategy threw the Spurs off-kilter.“Zones are tough for everybody in the NBA,” Popovich said. “With the short clock, people just sort of stop. It’s a good move. They’ve been really successful at it. They’ve used it quite a bit and it’s really helped them out. There were times it gave us trouble, at times we had good shots and missed them, but it keeps you on your toes and keeps you off balance. It’s a good tactic by coach (Kenny) Atkinson.”San Antonio rallied in the fourth quarter, when it started finding some seams in the zone.“It was one of them nights where we couldn’t make nothing to save our lives,” DeRozan said. “We just kept pushing, kept fighting and it turned for us.”Aldridge’s three-point play after a foul on his own follow-up shot put the Spurs ahead 115-111 with 51.1 seconds remaining. Aldridge added two free throws with 3.6 seconds left, and Shabazz Napier missed a 26-footer at the buzzer that would have tied the game.“Pop went zone,” Atkinson said of the last shot. “It’s a good move by him. We obviously had a man-to-man play. Good job by him.”TIP-INSlast_img read more

California governor predicts too much Democratic spending

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown helped his party become dominant in California politics during his eight years leading the nation’s most populous state, and less than a month before leaving office, he is predicting it will be difficult for his successor to control Democrats’ hunger for more spending and rules.The leader of California Democrats has kept lawmakers in check by limiting spending on social programs in favour of saving it to protect against a future economic downtown. He sometimes butted heads with legislative leaders, warning spending too much now could hurt taxpayers or require budget cuts later.Democrats hold all statewide offices and expanded their supermajority in the Legislature last month, allowing them to approve tax hikes and virtually any law without Republican support.“I’d say we’re in for contentious times and for too many rules, too many constricting mandates and probably too much spending,” Brown told the Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.He said Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom may have a hard time keeping fellow Democrats in check because “he’s got to please some of these groups enough of the time to still be viable as a political leader.”In the interview, Brown called for more direct discussions about the danger of wildfires to force officials and residents to act, pushed back against critics who say he’s too friendly to oil companies, and chided world leaders for failing to tackle climate change with urgency.He leaves office Jan. 7 after wrapping up a record four terms, first from 1975 to 1983 and again since 2011.The governor’s comments on Democratic priorities reflect the more frugal attitude he brought to Sacramento. He entered office with a $27 billion deficit and leaves a nearly $15 billion rainy day fund and a surplus.Brown, however, has backed his own expensive plans. He used Democratic majorities to pass a controversial gas tax increase for road maintenance and has steadfastly defended a $77 billion project to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco that’s seen repeated delays and cost overruns.While he warned against overspending, he said he expected dissonant voices among the Democratic majority — a result of what he called the party’s greater diversity of people and ideas. Republicans, he said, hold a “slavish adherence” to a limited agenda and President Donald Trump.Brown is leaving office on the heels of the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century. Flames tore through the town of Paradise last month, killing at least 86 people and destroying more than 12,000 homes. He’s blamed climate change for more destructive blazes in recent years and warned things will worsen.The governor called the need to limit building in areas at high risk for wildfires “obvious” but said it’s “politically painful” to implement when people want to rebuild their homes and developers see opportunities.People who choose to live in high-risk areas need to plan escape routes, build cellars and manage vegetation, he said. And the state must provide more information about the true danger of wildfires, he said.“I don’t think governments lay out for people the stark warning: You may die in this particular environment,” Brown said.Wildfires offer Brown an opportunity to call for swifter action against climate change, which is making California drier and more prone to flames. He’s urged action beyond California, working with the U.N., creating a global coalition to reduce climate emissions and holding meetings in China and Russia.He’s working on a climate-focused partnership between the University of California system and Tsinghau University in Beijing he can dive in to when he leaves office, he said. His spokesman Evan Westrup declined to provide more details.Critics say Brown has a blind spot when it comes to oil because he keeps allowing drilling permits and new wells. Brown scoffs at the claims, saying the state’s overall oil production has dropped steadily since the 1980s. He says simply stopping it won’t halt demand. He’s pushed to make electric vehicles more accessible and worked to improve public transit.“The problem is burning oil, consuming it,” he said. “The only way you stop that is electric cars, land use so you don’t have to travel so far and other forms of reducing carbon emissions.”He said climate change advocates still must be careful to not overplay their hand. He pointed to a planned fuel tax in France that led to violent protests. French President Emmanuel Macron early this month backed down on the tax, which critics said would hurt the working class.Brown said Macron didn’t add enough rebates or tax credits to cushion the blow for low-income people.“You have to get the right idea, you have to be careful and nuanced and then you have to be very skilful in the execution, and you can fail in many different ways,” Brown said.In a common theme, he ended the interview with a global wake-up call.“The threat of nuclear annihilation and climate change on a permanent basis looms, and therefore it is time for new leaders to rise up and make the case and mobilize the people for what needs to be done,” he said. “What needs to be done is unprecedented, and therein lies the dilemma.”Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Toronto library should handle data governance for projects like Quayside report

first_imgTORONTO — As the debate over privacy and data collection for a proposed high-tech neighbourhood in Toronto continues, a new report suggests the city’s public library should assume responsibility for data governance in all such projects.The report released Wednesday by the Toronto Region Board of Trade says the library should be tasked with creating a data hub that protects personal privacy and provides opportunities for economic growth, including policies and protocols for the collection and use of data.It recommends that enforcement of the policies, however, be handled by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and include the ability to impose fines, which would require that the province expand the commissioner’s powers.The board’s president and CEO, Jan De Silva, says that while the issue of data governance was thrust into the spotlight by the Quayside waterfront development project, it is part of a much broader conversation about how to ensure the city stays economically competitive and relevant.Waterfront Toronto announced in the fall of 2017 that it had chosen Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs to design a high-tech neighbourhood for the Quayside project.The project, which features environmentally friendly design and innovative infrastructure, has faced questions over how data will be collected, kept, accessed and protected, even after Sidewalk Labs released its privacy proposal.The proposal shows that Sidewalk Labs does not intend to own the data it gathers in public spaces, and plans to establish an independent organization that will set the rules around data use. The document says little about intellectual property, however.The company said Wednesday it welcomed the board’s report and hoped others would follow with their own proposals.“The launch of Sidewalk Toronto has sparked an active and healthy public discussion about privacy, data ownership, and governance in cities,” said spokeswoman Keerthana Rang.“We truly believe that Quayside will set a new standard for responsible data use and our proposal to build an independent Civic Data Trust is just one example of our commitment to this principle.”Waterfront Toronto, meanwhile, said it is doing some work with the MaRS Solutions Lab on civic data trusts and looking at different models, including those involving libraries.Kristina Verner, Waterfront Toronto’s vice-president of innovation, sustainability, and prosperity, said the issue needs to be examined regardless of what happens with the Quayside development.“This report elevates the conversation from simply being focused on the Quayside project to the broader regional conversation that needs to happen around smart cities and the impact the data will be having on the region as we move forward,” she said.The board of trade — one of the largest chambers of commerce in Canada, representing the business interest of 12,000 members —  said that while many stakeholders agree that data should be governed outside the Quayside project, its report is the first to make concrete recommendations about who should take on that role.“It quickly became evident that our biggest barrier at the moment in moving from great research and talent that’s leading that research to actual commercialization of that research is the inability to deploy new tech in the city,” Da Silva said. “This is why we stepped in and wanted to open the discussion and propose a way forward.”Ana-Maria Critchley, a spokeswoman for the Toronto Public Library, said the organization would consider the recommendations in the report.“We have long played a role in city building and welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can continue to evolve this role in the civic data realm,” she said. “Given the complexity of the issues and the expertise and consultations that would be required to inform the work, we would require extra resources.”Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Born in Delhi understand peoples issues better than Modi Priyanka

first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday sought to strike an emotional chord with people during a road show here, saying she was born in Delhi and is empathetic towards their aspirations, unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, she claimed, has been here only for five years. Congress general secretary was campaigning for party’s North East Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Sheila Dikshit and South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Vijender Singh here on Wednesday. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHolding her first road show in the national capital, Priyanka Gandhi challenged Modi to fight polls on the issues of GST, demonetisation and women security. The road show started in Seelampur, a minority-dominated area, and meandered with a sea of people towards Yamuna Vihar depot, where it culminated. Perched atop a minibus, she said, “I cannot disrespect you. We are not arrogant like the BJP. We know that you have made us what we are today.” “Modi ji is in Delhi for five years. I was born in the city. I have seen every bylane. I will tell you (Modi) what the people of Delhi think. They are tired of your useless talk. You keep yourself confined to your Race Course Road residence,” said Priyanka Gandhi. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccusing Modi of destroying institutions and the BJP of playing politics in the name of religion, she said the prime minister was indulging in negative politics and cannot give a direct answer to questions on the work he did during his five years of governance. Raking up the issue of GST, Priyanka Gandhi said the new indirect tax regime broke the back of businessmen. The AICC general secretary also referred to the BJP’s 2014 poll promises, including about providing 2 crore jobs every year. Addressing people, she asked them if they got the jobs, to which the crowd responded in negative. “He (Modi) failed to protect soldiers, youth and women but who will hold him accountable and who will seek answers from him,” she asked the gathering. They replied, “We will.”last_img read more

Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 – No 8 Ezekiel Elliott

Then-freshman running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs toward the end zone during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Lanter file photoWith two already listed, the top-10 most important Buckeyes continues as the countdown to kickoff stands at just eight weeks.No. 8 Most Important Buckeyes: Ezekiel Elliott, sophomore running backAmidst a season filled with outstanding offensive output, Carlos Hyde became OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first 1,000-yard back – despite having missed the first three games of the season.Half a year later, Hyde is a member of the San Francisco 49ers and the Buckeyes are looking to fill the 1,521-yard hole that he left.Fortunately for OSU, roaming the sidelines for the Buckeyes during the 2013 season was a former four-star running back prospect, built almost exactly in the likeness of Hyde himself.His name: Ezekiel Elliott.While he may possess Hyde’s lethal combination of size and speed that any running backs coach in America would yearn for, Elliott certainly has a tall task in front of him to replicate the performance of No. 34.In his freshman campaign, Elliott showed flashes of brilliance when provided the opportunity to touch the turf.For instance, Buckeye fans will certainly remember his coming out party against Florida A&M, when the seemingly unknown No. 15 darted onto the field and rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries.Outside of that afternoon, however, Elliott amassed just 16 carries for the rest of the season, which makes prognosticating his impact next season that much more difficult.Elliott’s sophomore campaign could go one of three ways.The first scenario is one in which Elliott mirrors Hyde in almost every circumstance and becomes Urban Meyer’s first multi-season 1,000-yard running back. His immense speed with his “bowling ball” stature gives him an element Hyde never possessed and turns him immediately into a faster version of his predecessor with the same impact each time he touches the ball.This scenario renders itself rather unlikely, but if it were to unfold, OSU could very well be the front-runner to win the 2014 National Championship.The second scenario is the most likely: Elliott is a less experienced, less effective version of Hyde who barely becomes the second 1,000-yard running back under Meyer. Again, Elliott seems to have all the tools but may have trouble adjusting to the college game in his first season as a starter.In the final scenario, Elliott isn’t at all prepared for a starting role in the backfield, forcing senior quarterback Braxton Miller and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson to shoulder the entirety of the offensive load, which figures to be too much and holds OSU back for the entire season.Based on what we saw from Elliott a year ago – if only in a couple of games – it seems as if this would be the least likely scenario.Coach Meyer constantly lauded Elliott last season for his work ethic and his demeanor both on and off the field, which would seem to prove that he’s going to put in the work necessary to ensure this is not the case next season.Again, anything can happen, but this would be more a surprise than an eventuality.Should this list only have consisted of offensive players, it’s easy to see how Elliott could very well rank amongst the top two or three most important Buckeyes.At his best, he could elevate the Buckeyes to a National Championship.At his worst, he could drag OSU to its most mediocre season in Urban Meyer’s tenure. read more