TV celebrity Shaynna Blaze’s quirkiest makeover a hit

first_imgShaynna Blaze, host of Selling Houses Australia, confronted her seasickness fears to transform a houseboat. Picture: Foxtel / Nicholas Wilson.Celebrity TV renovator Shaynna Blaze lost her sea legs a little taking on a houseboat renovation in Queensland, but the result was simply stunning.She and celebrity landscaper Charlie Albone transformed a tired houseboat that even Selling Houses Australia host Andrew Winter described as “luxurious it is not”.Touted as their “quirkiest makeover to date”, they turned a tired 24-year-old houseboat into a chic vessel that any water savvy Gold Coaster might be proud to own.The 44-foot houseboat belonged to single mum Indiana, who bought it after divorce for herself and two children — now Tobias, now 11, and 8-year-old Telulah.“Sitting down in living room at night and dolphins swim past,” was how Indiana described the property and said she bought it because it “seemed glamorous and affordable”.MORE REAL ESTATE NEWSIs this the Coast’s most bizarre pad?If you’re poorer today, here’s whyTake a tour of Benny’s former burrowBefore: A tired 24-year-old houseboat.After: Ready to hold its own on the water.Now with the children growing up, they need to upsize but need to sell it first for $80,000 in order to get what they want.“This is fantastic up here,” said Andrew on the top deck of the vessel referring to the outlook. “It is beautiful, without a doubt.”The internals and workings of the boat though need work.Before: Bulky overhead cupboards made the space feel smaller than it was.After: No more overheads, and clean crisp lines and colours have opened up this room.“It really is a unique market. When you’re selling a waterfront property the rules are pretty simple, it’s all about the views and the condition of the building. But when you’re selling a boat it’s a whole new world, it’s all about the condition of the vehicle, the mechanics, the electrics, it’s a whole new world.”He finds a boat broker to give them all the bad or good news — Mark Lane.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoBefore: Haphazard and lacking character.After: Like an oasis on the water was how Andrew described the change.“It’s a boat first so the maintenance and that needs to be kept up on them. Most people that get into one of these basically just want to move in.”Enter the designers Shaynna and Charlie: who gutted the kitchen and living zones, redesigned areas, added a bit or luxury, practicality and modern touches “bringing a bit of landbased design to the water”.Boat broker Mark Lane was more than impressed. “Wow that looks absolutely amazing. It’s a whole new boat.”Before: It lacked cohesiveness.After: The quirkiest makeover to date.Andrew Winter loved it — especially his favourite, artificial grass on the top deck: “It’s a totally different boat.”Mark valued it as $55,000 to $60,000 before the renovation, and was comfortable putting a price tag of between $95 and $99,000 post-reno.Buyer feedback was the same with one describing the newly revamped houseboat as feeling “like you’re on holiday all the time”.It sold for an undisclosed price.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

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Alison Mau: Porn dependency should be treated as a health issue

first_imgStuff co.nz 16 April 2017Family First Comment: She loathes Family First, but on this issue she’s struggling to disagree   www.porninquiry.nzOPINION: Here’s an understatement: I don’t often agree with Bob McCoskrie of Family First. I know, shocker!I’m dead against his organisation’s support for parental corporal punishment and the recriminalisation of prostitution, its opposition to same sex marriage and LGBT adoption reform and the decriminalisation of abortion and voluntary euthanasia.Heck, Family First thinks my family doesn’t even qualify for the term.But my job doesn’t allow me to live in a self-confirming bubble – I talk to anyone and everyone. So this week I talked to Bob about Family First’s call for an investigation into the destructive health effects of pornography.A Family First petition has attracted more than 22,000 written signatures in the space of two months. That’s remarkable in this age of click-to- support online petition sites.Things were looking even brighter for Bob when he went to Wellington with his cardboard boxes mid-week and was greeted in support by MPs from all the major parties. As one news report pointed out, even “outspoken left-wing feminist parliamentarians” like the idea.Bob’s petition calls for an expert panel of health, science and psychology experts and counsellors to look at “the public health effects and societal harms of pornography to both children and adults, and to make policy recommendations to Parliament.It calls on the Government to see porn as a health issue, and that in itself is way overdue. For years, Kiwi doctors and therapists have seen a surge in young men seeking help for erectile dysfunction which appears to have no physical cause.A therapist told me her clientele had gone from a mix of issues, to almost exclusively young men unable to form normal intimate relationships because of their porn dependencies.On a sunny, breezy day in Auckland, she introduced me to *James, a 26 year old with a professional job, well-spoken, handsome, polite.We sat on a beachside bench looking at the sea while James told me his decade-long dependence to porn had meant he’d never had a girlfriend, but he really hoped one day he would. As a teenager he would watch it up to four times a day.Over the years he needed harder and harder-core images to get an erection. He got help when, by his mid 20s, he couldn’t get it up at all. The constant need for more intense stimulation had essentially destroyed the nerve pathways from his brain to his penis.The therapy that helped James was pretty simple; a two-month ban on both pornography and masturbation. James told me that thanks to “living like a monk” for months, he was just beginning to form normal friendships with women, rather than seeing them exclusively as “bodies” in the sexual frame the videos he watched had set for him.Yes it’s a health issue, and countries all over the world are now scrambling to deal with it.Israel jumped in boots first late last year, proposing to block all sites and require anyone wanting to watch the stuff to call, write to, or email their internet service provider.The UK’s Digital Economy Bill bans a list of violent and degrading acts from all pornography and will also force consumers to ask for access by signing up to an age verification programme. The move’s been slammed by free speech advocates. Others are furious the Bill does not cover non-adult websites like Twitter.Canada has the balance nearest to dead right. It’s Health Committee is looking at “the public health effects of… online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men”.The idea’s sponsor (a Conservative MP called Arnold Viersen) is said to have deliberately chosen not to even use the word “pornography” in his motion as he wanted it focussed on the degrading and violent.This is a very good idea and we should pinch it immediately. Not every visual expression of adult sexuality is harmful. I know heaps of people who use porn singly and in couples to enhance their entirely respectful sex lives.Just this week ex-Auckland resident Zoe Marshall wrote a column for the Popsugar.com.au urging women to use it more often.Unlike Bob’s petition here in New Zealand, the Canadian motion also avoided asking for policy “remedies.”And as much as I like Bob’s idea, here’s where I start to feel uneasy. We should find out what’s what, define it as a health crisis then get to work educating. But Family First is strongly opposed to even the patchy sex education teaching we have in our schools right now. It warns parents against the Government’s new sexuality guidelines, it’s sponsorship of the diversity programme “Inside Out”, and any programmes run by Family Planning and Rainbow Youth.This is where his organisation’s policies threaten to shoot Bob’s great idea in the foot. How can you teach children about the dangers of porn without also teaching them about the kind of sexuality they relate to?READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/91584354/Alison-Mau-Porn-dependency-should-be-treated-as-a-health-issuelast_img read more

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Joshua Dominates Ruiz, Becomes Two-time Heavyweight Champion

first_imgAfter being stunned by the underdog Ruiz in New York on June 1, Joshua risked seeing his career go down the drain with a second defeat. Instead, he served up 36 minutes of movement and well-timed punches to become two-time heavyweight champion of the world.As soon as the first round, Joshua drew blood, cutting his Mexican rival above the eye and from that moment never looked back. He kept Ruiz at bay with smart jabs and right hands throughout, to the delight of fans in the Diriyah Arena, in Riyadh. Joshua won 10 of 12 rounds on two of the judges scorecards while the third judge had him winning 11.Ruiz never looked close to landing a knockdown and the scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 confirmed that Joshua was in total control throughout.Not wanting to get into the firefight that caused him to lose his titles in June, Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) made it a point to stay disciplined, fighting on the outside and pumping the jab at will.Anytime Ruiz tried to get to the inside to try and uncork his power, Joshua used good footwork to slip out of the way and avoid any significant damage.The CompuBox stats had Joshua connecting on 107 out of 373 punches (29%) with 65 of those shots being jabs. Ruiz landed 60 out of 261 (23%) with 37 of those being power punches.Joshua now joins boxing legends like including Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and Floyd Patterson in the league of men who reclaimed the world heavyweight title.With this comprehensive victory, Joshua has returned to reckoning as one of the world’s premier heavyweights and fans will demand blockbuster fights with WBC champion Deontay Wilder and former champion Tyson Fury in the near future.However, judging by comments, there may be a third instalment of Joshua-Ruiz.After his victory Joshua said, “The first time was so nice, I had to do it twice.“This is about boxing. I’m used to knocking guys out, but last time I got caught coming in. I gave the man his credit. But I corrected myself and came again. I respect Andy and his family so much. I just wanted to put on a boxing master class, and show the sweet science of this sport. It’s about hitting and not getting hit.”In his post-fight comments Ruiz said: “It was his night. I didn’t prepare like I should have, I put on too much weight but I won’t make excuses. I want that third fight and I’ll be ready for that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Joshua (right) is now two-time heavyweight champion of the world Demola OjoIt was a masterful display of boxing as British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua yesterday in Saudi Arabia avenged his shocking defeat at the hands of Mexican-American Andy Ruiz six months ago.Joshua made the most of his height and reach advantage – at 6ft 6”he is four inches taller – to dominate his much heavier opponent and reclaim the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts via a unanimous points victory.last_img read more

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Officials Spar Over Downtown Lot Redevelopment

first_imgRED BANK – A long-protracted, large, downtown residential project may have moved a little closer to being realized with a narrowly split Planning Board decision.The borough Planning Board on Monday in a 5-4 vote, endorsed what has become a controversial proposal to consider the long- vacant 55 West Front St. property as a site in need of redevelopment under provisions in a state statute. But that narrow vote didn’t come until after a lengthy debate on the plan that, like with the board’s discussion, has become increasingly divisive in the community – and a pointed political issue in this year’s local election.Technically the vote at Monday evening’s meeting was to see if the board supported the analysis conducted by the borough special redevelopment counsel, Andrew Bayer, and land use planner Anthony Rodriguez, indicating that the non-condemnation redevelopment proposal conforms with the borough master plan for long-term land development goals.The discussion among board members, though, came down to those who see this as a necessary step for much-needed new development to encourage vibrancy in the community and those who allege the plan is a giveaway to a developer, who failed to win a prior approval from the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment.“This is the sort of property this law was aimed at,” Rodriguez said of the long-fallow Front Street site, referring to the state statute that would permit the development.Board member Dan Mancuso, however, voiced concern about the process with local officials “going around and around…for this one owner, because they don’t want to build what fits,” with other board members maintaining this seemed like an attempted end-run around the local zoning board, which had previously denied this application.Board member Linda Cohen, on the other hand, said, “I think this is a very good and perfect opportunity to move forward.”TANTUM, a Jersey City real estate development firm, offered plans to construct the Element, a four-story, 35-unit upscale apartment complex and parking tier on the approximately one-acre site, across the street from the borough’s Riverside Gardens Park. The property has been vacant for about a decade and had previously been home to the Meridian Extended Care facility.The zoning board this spring denied the application, citing the size and density of the project and other concerns. In response, the developer approached Mayor Pasquale Menna about allowing the project to be reconsidered, as opposed to the developer appealing the board denial to Superior Court.Menna and the governing body had considered this site and the White Street municipal parking lot as two locations in need of redevelopment for the community’s betterment. The parking lot is under consideration for a possible future parking garage to address the chronic downtown parking shortage.But the 55 West Front St. consideration has caused a stir among officials and the community. It has seemed to drive a wedge between Menna and his Democratic colleagues on the council who have expressed reservations over it. Menna now seems allied with council Republicans who are supporting this redevelopment. The mayor maintains this redevelopment is a needed and useful tool that would benefit the community in the long run.This is one topic that has seemed to take center stage for November’s election. And Planning Board member and Borough Councilman Michael Whelan, a Republican, said the opposition is politically motivated and preventing this would further hobble the already struggling downtown commercial district.With the board’s ultimate acceptance of the plan, the matter moves to the borough council to draft an ordinance.Proponents insist this is just another step in a long process. Should the ordinance eventually be approved, the property developer will have to once again submit a completed project site plan. But now the matter would be evaluated by the planning board, where the burden is less stringent than before the zoning board.last_img read more

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McAnuff eyes good result in Costa Rica

first_imgAttack-minded midfielder Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff, who missed an easy scoring chance for the Reggae Boyz in their 1-1 draw with Costa Rica at the National Stadium on Friday night, says he wants to make amends in their return CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup Qualifier in San Jose on Tuesday.The England-based McAnuff, one of the most influential players for Jamaica, especially in the first 45 minutes of Friday’s game, collected a fine defence-splitting pass, but sent his shot high and failed to trouble the Costa Rica goalkeeper.little disappointed”Yeah, I just probably tried to put a little bit too much power into it rather than placing it and I am a little disappointed that I did not put that into the back of goal,” he told journalists after the game.McAnuff, however, stressed that everyone gave 100 per cent during the game and the Reggae Boyz had chances to win the game.”We played them (Costa Rica) in the Gold Cup and we should have won that as well. We need to turn the ‘should haves’ into wins, and we believe we can do that,” he said.Historically, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have it all to do in San Jose as they have never beaten Costa Rica at home, but McAnuff said they will fight to win on Tuesday.”The group is getting stronger and we responded well to the goal on Friday. Maybe, in years gone by, we would have gone under and lost the game, but we held on and really made sure we were playing up in their half towards the end.”We are going to be right there to the end and get the points we need,” he stressed.Jamaica are third in the four-team group with four points. Costa Rica lead with seven while Panama, also on four points, are ahead of Jamaica on goal difference. Haiti are at the bottom of the group on a point. Only the top two teams will advance to the final round.last_img read more

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Jeff Van Gundy: Warriors feel ‘picked upon’ and so do NBA referees

first_imgThere’s a storm a’brewing says Jeff Van Gundy. Between the Warriors and NBA referees. Between NBA referees and the Warriors. Between NBA referees and the league’s rank and file.“I do think the Warriors right now feel as they’re being picked upon,” Van Gundy said on a recent appearance on the Joe, Lo and Dibs show on 95.7 The Game. “And I think the NBA officials think that they’re being attacked, not just by the Warriors, but throughout the league.”To illustrate the dynamic, we return you to …last_img

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Circumcision campaign to boost HIV prevention

first_img2 December 2013South Africa aims to medically circumcise one-million men over the next 12 months, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at the launch of the government’s medical male circumcision campaign on World Aids Day in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga province on Sunday.“Our target is to circumcise one-million men over the next 12 months and cumulatively four-million men by 2016,” Motlanthe said, adding that the launch of the campaign, coupled with the re-launch of the HIV counselling and testing campaign, would strengthen the country’s massive HIV/Aids prevention effort.Motlanthe said medical male circumcision had proven to be an effective component of the government’s HIV prevention package. Once 80 percent of South African men had been medically circumcised, half-a-million new HIV infections and 100 000 deaths over the course of the next decade would be prevented.He added, however, that medical interventions were only part of the country’s efforts to fight HIV/Aids.“We also need to ramp up our efforts to address the social determinants that fuel the HIV and Aids epidemic. These include disempowered women and children, who are often the targets of violence, poverty, the migrant labour system, intergenerational sex, transactional sex and many other structural issues.”The re-launched HIV counselling and testing campaign aims to ensure that every South African gets tested at least once annually in order to know their status and take the appropriate steps to maintain their health.Motlanthe said the starting point for preventing HIV/Aids was to know one’s status. “You may have tested in 2010 or 2011, [but] test again this year, and every year,” he said.More than 20-million South Africans have tested for HIV since President Jacob Zuma first launched the campaign in 2010.“In South Africa, the epidemic has matured and the acceleration of our response since 2009 has moved us beyond the ‘tipping point’, where the number of patients being enrolled onto treatment each year now exceeds the number of those who are newly infected,” Motlanthe said.“However, the number of new infections still remains unacceptably high, hence the importance of maintaining our focus on prevention … Our response will not succeed unless we turn off the tap of new infections.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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The Ultimate Streaming Music Service: Just Merge Rdio And Spotify

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The unofficial leaders of the streaming-music market, Rdio and Spotify, are both awfully good services. But neither is close to perfect, which led me to wonder just how you’d create the ultimate online music service.The answer isn’t hard: Just merge Spotify and Rdio. Alternatively, the two sites should just copiously steal features from one another. Or someone could found a new service that blends the best of both. Whatever. I want the best of both, and I want it now.Allow me to explain. Almost two years ago, when Spotify finally launched in the U.S., I signed up. Within 48 hours, I had canceled my Rdio subscription and agreed to pay Spotify $10 per month to access its service on my phone, ad-free. (See Also: How To Choose The Right Music Subscription Service)But for the last few weeks, I’ve had the luxury of using a premium Rdio demo account, and I’ve gotta say: It’s sometimes tempting to switch back. As impressive as Spotify is, Rdio is much, much better designed. On the other hand, Spotify has a few excellent features Rdio lacks. (Both sites offer approximately the same amount of music, which is often available via high-quality 320 kbps streams.)Frankly, I’m torn. But I’d rather not have to choose at all. I suspect many other music fans — whether they know it or not — feel the same way.What Rdio Gets Right: Design and Music ManagementWhen it comes to design, Rdio wins, hands down. Spotify’s apps aren’t terrible, but Rdio sports what feels like a cleaner, more minimalist design. The blue and white color scheme is more refreshing and it feels like the company put some thought into typography. More importantly, Rdio organizes your music much, much better than Spotify does. It has long blown my mind that Spotify refuses to display your music library in a way that’s at all analogous to how you’d organize music in real life. There’s no collection. There is no “Albums” tab.  It’s just playlists, starred tracks and search. If I find a new album I want to routinely listen to, I have to star the whole thing or add it as a playlist. It’s bizarre.  4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow Tags:#mobile apps#music#rdio#spotify#streaming music 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… By contrast, Rdio lets me easily add albums to what is intuitively labeled my “Collection,” which is organized by artist. To anybody who’s ever used an iPod, scrolling through a list of artists is an familiar, almost expected interface. Spotify users, for whatever reason, don’t have this simple luxury. Rdio’s built-in music discovery is also superior. The “Heavy Rotation” tab recommends music to me based on what I listen to and who I follow on Rdio. Depending on those two details (especially who one chooses to follow), the suggestions can actually be pretty spot-on. I don’t know what powers the “Recommended Albums” carousel in Spotify’s “What’s New” tab, but the fact that it thinks I’d enjoy Kelly Clarkson’s new album suggests it’s not paying very much attention.What Spotify Gets Right: Add-On Apps & Infinite MusicWhat Spotify lacks in native recommendation features it makes up for via third party add-ons available through its built-in app platform. Spotify might not be aware of what I actually like, but Last.fm is — and its Spotify app is a mere click away. If I want music to match my mood, there’s MoodAgent, which builds playlists based on things like tempo and the emotional qualities of a given song. For less robotic, more human-curated recommendations, there are apps like Hype Machine and Shuffler.fm, both of which corral the best new stuff from influential music blogs, broken down by genre. Then there are good, old-fashioned hand-picked recommendations from individual critics via the Rolling Stone, Guardian, Pitchfork or NME apps. Spotify’s third party app platform is by far its most promising feature, aside from the music itself. Realizing that it can’t build the end-all, be-all music service for every listener, Spotify has smartly opened up its platform to developers, who can use HTML5 and related Web technologies to build applications that plug into Spotify’s vast music library.These add-ons have yet to find their way into Spotify’s mobile apps, but they continue to push the desktop experience forward in a way that makes it hard to break the Spotify habit. And Another Spotify Win: ImportsThe other chief advantage Spotify offers — and that Rdio and others should just steal outright — is the ability to import your own MP3 collection into the service. This is a huge perk.No matter how many licensing deals these companies strike, their music libraries are never going to include everything. There will always be big-name holdouts like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, not to mention a score of smaller, independent artists who either haven’t done the leg work to get their music onto streaming services or simply don’t want to. Allowing users to effectively merge their personal music collections with Spotify’s music library makes for an experience that feels more comprehensive and focused. As more of our music consumption moves online, the listening experience inevitably becomes fractured across sites and apps. We might not be able to avoid this entirely, but Spotify’s integrated approach makes it easier to at least minimize the problem.  There are, as always, technical limitations to implementing this feature. Since Spotify primarily exists as a desktop app, it can easily scan your hard drive for music tracks and index them, iTunes-style. The alternative would be to allow users to upload their tracks directly to the service, a la Google Music and the Amazon Cloud Player.Waiting for thousands of songs to upload doesn’t present the most compelling user experience, but it is one possible technical solution. For the most part, Spotify’s local indexing approach works pretty well. Rdio has desktop apps, but they’re more or less a clone of its Web interface without much extra functionality tacked on. If Rdio were to include the ability to import and manage music, I’d be that much closer to ditching Spotify. The desktop app is also a crucial component to syncing local MP3s to users’ phones and tablets, another feature unique to Spotify in the U.S. (Deezer does this, too). Toward The Ultimate Streaming ServiceMusic is a pretty personal thing. If these companies want us to shift our listening habits into their respective clouds, they need to be particularly sensitive to what works for users. I’ve presented one framework here. Perhaps you have your own ideas, which I encourage you to leave in the comments. A flawlessly-designed, super-comprehensive, extensible and flexible music subscription service would be well worth the money. It’s a little frustrating, because Spotify and Rdio collectively have most of the pieces required to build the ultimate streaming service. It’s almost as if the two could merge and we’d be set. It’d be unlikely, but if this new hybrid music dream service could steal a page from Tomahawk’s playbook and integrate additional music sources like SoundCloud and YouTube, it’d be even better. Whether or not Rdio, Spotify or any of its current direct competitors deliver this mythical dream service, somebody will. The music subscription space is going to heat up substantially this year, as Google and Amazon are both rumored to be entering this market. Meanwhile, MOG will be reborn as Daisy and Deezer is expected to launch in the U.S. We already have a few very awesome, yet imperfect music subscription services. As the space gets more crowded, there exists a real opportunity to launch something truly, thoroughly compelling. Who will it be? Lead photo by Alexandre Normandlast_img read more

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The Timing of the One Purple Tweet

first_imgThis is the story of one Tweet’s journey.  Friday, April 13th, 2012, was a day people were encouraged to wear purple in support of Military Kids.  Across the nation, communication services in the Cooperative Extension system went to work promoting the event.  News releases were published and a social media effort was pushed out encouraging everyone to wear purple.  We often ask ourselves what is the payback or “reach” of off these new outreach methods.  This is where the story of one Purple Tweet started.On April 5th, one person saw a Tweet about “Purple Up” day from the Military Families Learning Network Twitter channel.  This one person sent one email to the superintendent of one school district in Texas.  The superintendent of Gatesville Independent School District sent one email to each one of his campus’ administrators sharing the hope that staff and students would wear purple on Friday the 13th to support military kids on their campus’.  This may have been the end of this one Tweets adventure, but it wasn’t.On Friday, April 13th, in what was a separate journey, one soldier was finally returning home to his family after finishing his deployment.   Unbeknownst to his children, he was headed home to Gatesville to surprise them.  At 11:30 a.m. he walked into the building and the classroom of one of his children.  He was happily reunited with his child and opened his eyes to find one classroom full of purple on this one special day.  The local newspaper was there to capture the moment.  A few hours later, after everyone had laughed – and cried a little – the superintendent of the one small town, of the one school building, of the one purple classroom, of the one happy family, sent one email back to the person who sent him to message about the Tweet,  “timing is everything!”  Sometimes, all it takes is one!last_img read more

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