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Tour of the James to Capture 360-Degree View of the James River

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first_imgThe James River Association (JRA) and Richmond-based Outside Ventures, LLC, have embarked on a digital filming project to capture the scenery of the James River in a completely new way.For the first time, online viewers will be able to explore the entire 340-mile length of the James River through high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic images. The Tour of the James will be the first comprehensive photo documentary of an entire river and will allow viewers to travel from the headwaters of the James to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay.Six cameras mounted on a stainless steel housing 10 feet above the water’s surface will capture panoramic photos every 30 feet from a custom-made pontoon raft floating down river. These high-resolution photos will then be stitched together to create a 360-degree augmented reality map of the river corridor.james-river-project-panoThe Tour of the James was initiated as a result of Envision the James, a collaborative effort between National Geographic, the Chesapeake Conservancy and JRA. It is the hope that the Tour of the James will share the river experience with a wider audience, empowering Virginians to further explore the wild beauty of the James River.The project will include a virtual and interactive interpretation of natural, recreational and historic features in the river corridor, such as notable rapids, boat ramps and Civil War sites.“The project is going well, though slower than anticipated due to lower water in the James. In deeper sections, we can use the 2.5-horsepower gas motor, and we make really good time. But with the lack of rain throughout the watershed, we’re scraping the bottom a bunch and we can’t use that more powerful motor,” said Outside Venture’s Andy Thompson.“It’s important for a couple of different reasons,” said Thompson. “First, it’ll be the first entire river mapped in this way. Google did about 200 miles of the Colorado River. We’re doing the whole James — 340-ish miles — and we’re doing it with better cameras and higher-resolution images. Second, the finished tour will be like a base map that will allow us to create what we call “augmented reality” maps of the river. Imagine a regular 2D map with clickable waypoints (that give you more information/images/video about a given sight) but in 3D. So, for instance, you could use our tours to create a panoramic image map of bald eagle nests in the tidal James River. Or a map of historical sites, boat ramps, fishing holes, etc. The tour of the river and all the sections that we break it up into will be cool, but the really neat aspect of all this going forward will be the maps we can create with those panoramic scenes.”Follow along with the trip via Twitter (#mapJR and #EnvisionTheJames) and Instagram at @Terrain360. To see examples of Outside Ventures’ other 360-degree tours, visit www.terrain360.com.last_img read more

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Trail Mix – The Maggie Valley Band

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first_imgBeing in a touring band can make one pine for home.Good remedy for that? Name your band after your hometown and bring those good feelings and memories on the road with you.That’s exactly what Caroline and Whitney Miller, the sister duo behind Western North Carolina’s Maggie Valley Band, have done. The sisters took the name of their hometown for their band and, after being raised in a house full of music after dabbling with busking, have hit the road.The Maggie Valley Band recently released their debut record, The Hardest Thing, which features harmonies that only sisters can make together and noted guitarist and songwriter David Mayfield in the production booth.I recently touched based with the Miller sisters to chat about the new record, working with Mayfield, and the best things about their hometown.BRO – Let’s go opposite the record title. What’s the easiest thing about making music with your sister?CM – When it comes to the actual music, we never disagree. It’s incredible we don’t have differing opinions on whether it should be softer of more aggressive. She’s my best friend, she’s the only one I don’t have to impress or fear losing.WM – She’s always got my back on stage! We both have the same passion and same level of commitment. I never have to second guess her commitment and work ethic for the band. It really helps to have the same philosophy.BRO – I am very familiar with David Mayfield as a songwriter and a performer. How was it working with him as a producer?WM – It was absolutely amazing. He had so many great ideas, but he was always careful to make sure we got our say on it. The entire time we were recording was so much fun and such a positive experience. I don’t think there is a nicer or more humble person out there.BRO – Favorite sister band?CM – Rising Appalachia.WM – The Lewis Family comes to mind.BRO – “The Hardest Thing” is a featured track on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?WM – Well, it definitely started with a relationship I hated to see go, but it’s about doing the right thing even when it’s hardest. That might be leaving a relationship, depending on the level of commitment or if it’s truly the best for someone, or retiring from a career if it’s the right time. Sometimes, doing the right thing has no immediate pay off until so much later and it’s hard to see.BRO – I love it when a band pays homage to its hometown in the band’s name. If I end up in Maggie Valley, where is my can’t miss/have to visit spot?CM – Thanks so much. We wanted to give back to the valley that raised us. We’ve lost a lot in the valley in the last couple of years, but for me it would be Raymond Fairchild’s Maggie Valley Opry. Where else can you pay $5 and see a national banjo champion four times a week?WM – Yes, and I would add The Stompin’ Ground to join in on the clogging tradition. It opened in 1982 and has held square dances about every weekend since.Caroline and Whitney have a pretty quiet tour schedule for the rest of February, but they will be all over North Carolina come March. For more information on the band, the new record, or when they will hit a stage near you, please check out the band’s website.Be sure to check out “The Hardest Thing,” along with tunes from Caleb Caudle, Morgan Wade & The Stepbrothers, The Oh Hellos, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

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Carpe Diem! The NCUA deadline for comment on bailout funds merger is here

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first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA headquarters The NCUA has given credit unions a rare opportunity to let the regulator know what they think about its plans for the system’s money.The NCUA proposes to merge the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund into the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund and is accepting comments through Tuesday, Sept. 5.Although the merger idea on the surface is a good one, the devil is in the details.The regulator proposes to hold back from credit unions perhaps $1.8 billion of the $2.2 billion to $2.4 billion the corporate bailout fund would be worth at that point.NCUA staff says that would be prudent, protecting the share fund against the liabilities it would take on from the corporate credit union bailout fund. continue reading »last_img read more

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Biden’s Dogs to Return Presidential Pets to the White House

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first_imgUpdated Nov. 8, 2020, 4:35 p.m. ET In 2016, Lois Pope, a philanthropist for veterans and animals in Palm Beach, Fla., said she had offered Mr. Trump a goldendoodle puppy named Patton, after George Patton, the World War II general that Mr. Trump has said he admires, The Washington Post reported.- Advertisement – President Trump was the first president in more than a century not to have a pet of any kind, Andrew Hager, the historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, said.In 2008, the Biden family got a German shepherd puppy from a breeder after Mr. Biden was elected vice president, according to Politico. The Bidens named the dog Champ because Mr. Biden’s father had told him growing up, “Get up, champ,” when his life was challenging. At a February 2019 rally in El Paso, Mr. Trump said that he didn’t have a dog because he didn’t have time, and felt it would be “phony” for him to get one for political reasons. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is expected to restore a time-honored tradition of having a presidential pet at the White House.Starting in January, the Biden family’s two German shepherds, Champ and Major, will roam the executive residence.- Advertisement – “You do love your dogs, don’t you?” Mr. Trump said. “I wouldn’t mind having one, honestly, but I don’t have any time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?”Mr. Biden’s dog Major reflects a broader trend of Americans adopting pets from shelters and how they feel about animal rights, Mr. Hager said.- Advertisement –center_img “In a way, I’ve made the argument that you can look at the history of Americans and animals by looking at the president and their pets,” he said.Mr. Biden occasionally posts about Champ and Major on social media.“No ruff days on the campaign trail when I have some Major motivation,” Mr. Biden wrote on Instagram last month. One of the oddest White House pets was a raccoon later named Rebecca that was sent to President Calvin Coolidge to be served at Thanksgiving dinner. In November 1926, Mr. Coolidge pardoned the raccoon and adopted it.Pets humanize the presidency and help people relate to their owners. Dogs make for cuddly presidential props and provide companionship when presidents make tough decisions, Ms. Pickens said.During President Richard M. Nixon’s vice-presidential bid in 1952, he weathered a financial-improprieties scandal, partly because he spoke about his dog, Checkers.President Herbert Hoover’s stuffy, stilted image improved when he humanized himself by releasing a photograph in which he held his German shepherd, King Tut.President Barack Obama and his family brought Bo, and then Sunny, Portuguese water dogs, into the White House. They were beloved, even after Sunny knocked down a 2-year-old visitor.“Americans have always had pets, so the White House has always had pets,” Ms. Pickens said. There was even a separate campaign called Dog Lovers for Joe. Its slogan: “Choose your humans wisely.”“Red state or Blue state, we all can agree on the power of dogs,” the website said. “It’s time we had a dog-lover back in the White House.”From the earliest days of the country’s formation, pets have been a tradition for presidents.President Theodore Roosevelt owned dozens of animals, including a one-legged rooster, snakes, guinea pigs, kangaroo rats and horses, said Jennifer B. Pickens, the author of “Pets at the White House.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Leaving rivals in the shade

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Small firms invited to drop in, plug in and chill out

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London office market at ‘bottom’

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Coronavirus second wave may be even worse: US health chief

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first_imgTopics : Redfield said the virus arrived in the US just as regular flu season — which itself can strain healthcare systems — was waning.If the two diseases had peaked at the same time, he told the Post, “it could have been really, really, really, really difficult” for health systems to cope.Getting a flu shot ahead of next flu season, he said, “may allow there to be a hospital bed available for your mother or grandmother that may get coronavirus”. “We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time,” he said.The US has recorded more than 800,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University, with 44,845 deaths — the most reported of any country.Billions of people around the world have been ordered to stay at home in recent months as governments try to prevent the highly contagious coronavirus from overwhelming healthcare systems.The US, like other countries, has scrambled to secure enough ventilators and personal protection equipment for medical staff while the death toll mounts.center_img A second wave of the novel coronavirus in the US could be even more destructive because it will likely collide with the beginning of flu season, one of the country’s top health officials said Tuesday.Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called on Americans to use the coming months to prepare — and get their flu shots.”There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with the Washington Post published late Tuesday.last_img read more

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Only one third of manufacturers still operating: Govt

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first_imgThe government has launched tax incentives for the manufacturing industry, including individual income tax exemptions, import tax deferrals and corporate tax discounts.Earlier in April, the government also launched the preemployment card program, a mix of unemployment benefit and skill-training program, to provide benefits worth Rp 3.5 million (US$236.66) for people whose jobs or small businesses are affected by the outbreak.“The incentives will be given on the condition there are no layoffs,” said Airlangga, who also serves as Golkar Party chairman. “We hope all the incentives can serve as a cushion to protect our workers.”The government has also reduced employment insurance payments for companies that keep on their workers. Firms can get 90 percent reductions both for work accident and life insurance payments.“By easing the insurance payments, we hope companies can fulfil their obligation to pay [the Idul Fitri] holiday bonus,” Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said in the same online briefing.Topics : Factory activity has collapsed with only one third of manufacturing companies and workers operating at present, a high-ranking official has said.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Thursday that 15,000 manufacturing companies were still operating at present out of a total of 40,000 in normal times.Meanwhile, 4.7 million workers in the manufacturing sector are still working out of the usual 17 million in the sector, which contributes around 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, the minister added. “We hope companies will be back in operation when the situation returns to normal,” Airlangga told an online briefing on Thursday, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.Many businesses in the country have temporarily shut down or are functioning at minimum capacity to comply with the government’s stay-at-home order to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has infected over 10,100 people nationwide.As a result, the country’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), a monthly survey of trends in the manufacturing sector, recorded a contraction to 45.3 from 51.9 between February and March, the steepest decline since the survey began in 2011.Moreover, as many as 2.2 million people are out of work, according to Manpower Ministry data last updated on April 20. More than half are formal sector workers furloughed or laid off by 43,690 firms.last_img read more

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Lukas Podolski explains his iconic reaction to Arsenal beating Tottenham at White Hart Lane

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first_imgLukas Podolski explains his iconic reaction to Arsenal beating Tottenham at White Hart Lane Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Apr 2020 6:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link954Shares Advertisement Lukas Podolski, Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs celebrated the 2014 win at White Hart Lane by taking a selfie on the pitch (Picture: Instagram)‘The fans are the club, players left, managers left after a couple of years but the fans are always there. You have to fight for your fans, and to connect with your fans this is always important.‘It’s why I love this picture and it’s one of my favourites.’Podolski was also part of a group selfie with Kieran Gibbs taken by Wojciech Szczesny which, according the Polish goalkeeper, angered Wenger to the point where he questioned the now Juventus star’s professionalism.‘He wasn’t exactly happy about that one and looking back at it I would never do it again,’ Szczesny revealed recently. ‘But I think I was 21 or 22 years old at the time and you really enjoy those kind of things and it was great for me back then. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Now looking back at it, it was probably childish and I know he wasn’t happy with that one at the time. No punishments whatsoever, but he let me know.‘I might not be exactly accurate in the way I report this back to you, but it was kind of, “You never see Iker Casillas doing that do you?” and I was like, “Yeah you’re probably right there”.’MORE: Thomas Partey’s representatives fuel Arsenal & Manchester United transfer links on InstagramMORE: Granit Xhaka speaks out on ‘hatred’ from Arsenal fans after telling them to ‘f*** off’Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Comment Lukas Podolski jumped into the crowd to celebrate Arsenal win over Tottenham back in 2014 (Picture: Getty)Lukas Podolski knew he was risking a fine by jumping into the crowd to celebrate Arsenal’s most recent Premier League win at Tottenham but still couldn’t resist the temptation to join his adoring fans and bait the club’s fiercest rivals. The Gunners haven’t won at Spurs in the league since March 2014 when Thomas Rosicky’s thunderbolt gave Arsene Wenger’s side a narrow 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.At that point in the season Arsenal were still in with a shout of winning the Premier League title and the victory was greeted with raucous celebrations, both in the stands and on the pitch. AdvertisementAdvertisementPodolski was photographed in the away end after the final whistle in among his adoring fans and, in conversation with Ian Wright, he revealed his belief that that incident helped cement his reputation as a cult hero.ADVERTISEMENT‘I’m the only player who jumped in the stands,’ he told Wright. ‘Normally it’s not allowed in England. You get a fine or something. I jumped there and I like it because I said before I like to have a connection with the fans. Advertisementlast_img read more

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