By on December 30, 2019
first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I was having dinner with my parents over Christmas and my mom had gotten a digital camera. She was excited about putting the pictures in the computer,” Mothner recalled. “And she asked, `How can I put all my old pictures in the garage onto the computer?’ And I said I don’t know.” Mothner’s uncertainty was temporary. Today, Mothner and business partner Anderson Schoenrock own ScanDigital, an El Segundo firm that makes digital copies of customers’ picture prints. The business started in April. “This was sort of the right idea at the right time and the right opportunity,” Schoenrock said as he and Mothner sat in the ScanDigital office. The concept is simple. Customers give their photographic prints, slides or negatives to ScanDigital. Company employees scan them into a computer, perform needed touch-ups on the images and burn them onto a CD. The CD is then given to the customer with the originals. For an additional fee, ScanDigital will send a driver to pick up prints from customers in Los Angeles or Orange counties and hand-deliver the originals and image-filled CDs. “People feel more comfortable handing over their stuff without having to worry about packaging,” said Mothner, 26, of Redondo Beach. “We were amazed at how many people have taken advantage of (the delivery service).” All scanned photos also are uploaded onto a ScanDigital Web site where customers can enjoy their online albums and order prints. “We have people who receive their CD, but they’ll store it somewhere and interact with the online gallery,” Mothner said. The potential market for scanned prints is huge since digital cameras have become widespread only in the past few years. As Schoenrock and Mothner researched the business concept, they came across a 2000 University of California, Berkeley study on information storage. Citing Department of Commerce statistics, the study said that 2,700 photographs were taken each second worldwide, “adding up to well over 80 billion new images a year taken on over 3 billion rolls of film.” The study also estimated that in 1997, 150 billion photographs were stored in the U.S. with possibly 750 billion worldwide. Schoenrock, who oversees daily operations at ScanDigital, runs a day shift and evening shift to ensure the company’s 14 employees have access to limited computer equipment and desk space in the 2,000-square-foot site. Having the two shifts also helps the firm achieve its goal of a one-week turnaround on orders, Schoenrock said. Schoenrock and Mothner estimated that they will spend about $200,000 in startup costs before they begin to make a profit. “We’re still in startup phase. We constantly have capital expenses,” said Schoenrock, 28, of Santa Monica. “We expect to be in the black within months.” ScanDigital charges 48 cents per photo, 58 cents a negative frame and 68 cents for each slide. For photos in albums, the company charges 68 cents a print to remove and then return them into the books. “They don’t just want us to take out their photos from the albums and lose that organization,” Schoenrock said. High-end scanning for large reprints costs more. Pickup and delivery each come with a $10 charge. Mothner, who grew up in Manhattan Beach, met Schoenrock when the two were students at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Mothner was studying economics with a minor in computer science. Schoenrock studied history. As a sophomore, Mothner founded an online marketing company called Wpromote out of his dorm room. Now based in El Segundo, Wpromote has 25 employees. Mothner is using Wpromote’s services to help ScanDigital come up in online searches by potential customers. After college, Schoenrock worked as an investment banker for three years. Then he and two colleagues started a real estate investment firm in Los Angeles. Schoenrock and Mothner had kicked around various business ideas over the years. Schoenrock was selling his real estate business when Mothner suggested the ScanDigital concept. Mothner and Schoenrock said they envision ScanDigital growing large enough to attract partners such as mom-and-pop photo shops or large pharmacies that could steer business to the El Segundo firm. In time, ScanDigital’s online customer galleries could become more central to the business plan, Mothner said. The galleries could morph into an online community, he explained. “If you really have a substantial community, you can monetize that with advertisers,” Mothner said. “That’s a very good direction for the company to take.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER Last Christmas, Michael Mothner’s presents included a gift certificate for golfing lessons, two shirts and a “nice” Windbreaker. But the most memorable present was a business idea. last_img

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Columbus Catholic boys basketball edges Neillsville in battle of second-place teams in Cloverbelt East

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Sophomore Hunter Schultz scored 17 points to lead three players in double figures and lift the Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team to a 59-57 victory over Neillsville in Cloverbelt Conference East Division action Monday night at Columbus Catholic High School.The win was a big one for the Dons as they search for their fourth Cloverbelt East championship in six seasons.Columbus Catholic improves to 8-4 overall and 7-1 in the Cloverbelt East after winning its fifth-straight game. The Dons are just behind first-place Spencer, which is 6-0 in the conference standings. Columbus hosts Spencer in a showdown Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.Neillsville falls out of a tie with Columbus and is now 6-3 overall and 6-2 in the conference.Evan Nikolai and Tyler Fuerlinger each added 10 points in the win for the Dons.Columbus Catholic led 33-27 at halftime before Neillsville closed the gap to 41-40 after three quarters. The Dons were able to hold on by outscoring Neillsville 18-17 in the fourth quarter.Neal Matson had 18 points to top Neillsville.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 59, Warriors 57Neillsville 15 12 13 17 – 57Columbus Catholic 20 13 8 18 – 59NEILLSVILLE (57): Michael Dux 10, Jake Kunze 5, Josh Opelt 0, Sam Neville 10, Derek Krejci 0, Nathan Peterson 12, Neal Matson 18, Jason Kurth 0, Nolan Matson 2. Record: 6-3, 6-2 Cloverbelt East.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (59): Billy Young 6, Christian Payant 6, Ben Behling 8, Ryan Dieringer 0, Evan Nikolai 10, Hunter Schultz 17, Tyler Fuerlinger 10, Brett Loveland 2. Record: 8-4, 7-1 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

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South Africa to assist Nasa Mars mission

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgThe Curiosity rover will help assess Mars’ habitability, that is, whether Mars is or ever was an environment able to support microbial life. It will also analyse samples scooped from the soil and powders drilled from rocks. The spacecraft will be launched on an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and Sansa Space Operations’ Hartbeeshoek Telemetry Station support will be required during the launch. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled to launch between 25 November and 18 December, and to land on Mars at Gale Crater between 6 and 20 August 2012. It will try to perform the first-ever precision landing on Mars. 18 November 2011 The separation of the Mars Science Laboratory from the Atlas rocket will occur within perfect view of the Hartbeeshoek Telemetry Station for multiple launch opportunities during the launch period. Perfect view The Curiosity rover will be more than five times the size, and carry more than ten times the mass of scientific instruments, as the previous two rovers sent to the planet, Spirit and Opportunity. The South African Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Operations directorate has been selected by the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to provide tracking services for the launch of its latest Mars mission.center_img Sansa will be paid for providing their services to the Americans, though the amount has not been disclosed. The new rover will be expected to operate for at least one Martian year (686 Earth days) as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover. The US$2.3-billion mission is part of Nasa’s long-term programme to explore Mars via robotic devices. The Mars Science Laboratory is a Nasa mission that aims to land and operate a rover, named Curiosity, on the surface of Mars. “It is a privilege to be a part of this space mission, and this gives testament to the technological expertise that is available in South Africa to support such large-scale investments,” Sansa Space Operation’s tracking, telemetry and control international contract manager, Tiaan Strydom, said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Delta 747s operate final charter flights.

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first_imgOne of Delta’s 747-400s earlier this month. Photo: Delta Air Lines. The last Boeing 747 passenger jets operated by a US airline are doing the rounds on Delta Air Lines sports charter flights before heading off to be parked in the desert on January 3.The handful of NFL charters to airports such as Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and New Orleans signal an end of an era for US airlines, although the plane lauded as the “Queen of the Skies” will fly on in other parts of the world.After operating its last scheduled 747 flight between Korea and the US, Delta hosted an “All Hail The Queen” farewell tour for employees and select frequent fliers before Christmas.The tour included manufacturer Boeing’s Paine Field as well as Atlanta and Los Angeles before ending in the former Northwest Airlines hub of Minneapolis-St Paul.It ended in style with an officially-sanctioned “missed approach” by a Boeing 747-400 after circling the twin cities at low -altitude.But the airline says planespotters and other enthusiasts will still have a chance to see a Delta 747-400 through January 2 as four of the big jets visit several airports on charter duties.RED: World’s Best Airlines for 2018Remaining destinations are available on @DeltaNewsHub on Twitter and after that, Delta notes, the big planes will disappear from the skies.“It’s only fitting that the Queen of Skies finishes her career with Delta carrying teams on to victory, said Bill Wernecke, Delta’s managing director, charter sales and operations. “The 747 has been an excellent ambassador to our military, sports teams, and corporate customers, and it has been an honor for our employees that flew, served, loaded, maintained and sold flights on this aircraft.”The 747 was the first widebody to sell 1500 units and was instrumental in making air travel more affordable for millions of travelers by allowing airlines to fly more people for less cost.But giving life to the plane that changed the world was a challenge that brought Boeing, the world’s biggest aerospace company, the then-biggest engine maker Pratt &Whitney and the legendary Pan American World Airways to their knees.Boeing was immersed in an attempt to build an ill-fated supersonic transport, dubbed the Boeing 2707, and the 747 was considered an interim solution that might carry passengers for five to 10 years until supersonic transports took over.It was the combined dream of Pan Am founder Bill Trippe and Boeing chief Bill Allen that brought the plane to fruition.Read about Joe Sutter, the father of the 747.Boeing announced plans to build a 490-seat plane in April 1966, at a new plant in Everett, Washington.The first Boeing 747-100, City of Everett, rolled out of the plant on September 30, 1968, and made its first flight the following February.Pan Am operated the first commercial flight from New York to London on January 21, 1970, and Continental Airlines put it on domestic routes in June that year.In following years, B747s would break records, carry space shuttles and transport US presidents.Delta received its first 747 in 1970 and like many airlines of the day introduced luxury on-board lounges, including a six-seat space known as the Penthouse which came with its own dedicated flight attendant.The 747 was also the first of the carrier’s aircraft with overhead bins for carry-on bags instead of open racks.The airline would retire the last of its 747 fleet in 1977 and would not operate them again until it acquired a new fleet of 747s from its merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008. The merger would give Delta 16 747-400s, two 747-200s and 747-200 freighters.Northwest had been the first airline to operate the Boeing 747-400 in 1989 and the enhanced version of the 747 would go on to be the biggest selling variant of the Queen of Skies. It included a two-crew glass cockpit, improved engines, optional additional fuel storage and a more efficient airframe.Its reign has been ended by the emergence of fuel-efficient twin-engine planes with which it could no longer compete.In Delta’s case, the 747s are being replaced by Airbus A350s. However, Boeing’s 787 and 777 aircraft have also done as much to hasten the demise of the plane.The US manufacturer has continued to produce a new, more fuel-efficient iteration of the 747, the 747-8, in both passenger and freighter versions.But it last year hinted it may end production if it failed to receive more orders for the program.last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi to launch Youth Congress magazine

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgAICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who is slowly changing the political culture of the Congress by holding internal elections in the party’s youth bodies, is planning to launch a professional magazine for the Youth Congress.A monthly e-newsletter titled Yuva Bharat is being converted into a monthly journal, covering political news, social issues, sports and current affairs.The magazine will not be a replica of the lacklustre Congress mouthpiece Sandesh , which is known for its sycophantic write-ups.The ‘Yuva Bharat – of the youth, for the youth, by the youth’, will be a professional magazine to be published in Hindi and English.Rahul had conceived the idea of a news magazine for the youth wing and other partymen in August 2009.The suggested name for the publication was Young March. A draft of the magazine was shelved by Rahul because by and large, it only had eulogies for him and his mother, party president Sonia Gandhi. He felt the magazine may become another platform for breeding sycophancy a la Sandesh , Congress sources said, an idea he was completely opposed to.Click here to EnlargeParty sources said Rahul wanted the youth of the country to understand the party’s ideology and the service that it has done to the nation.And so, a few months ago, a team of Youth Congress leaders brought out Yuva Bharat. The newsletter reflects Rahul’s serious approach. He wants to appeal to the youth who are cynical about politicians through the magazine, a Youth Congress leader said. But it is not known whether Rahul will write a regular column in the soon-to-be-launched magazine. Sonia writes ‘a letter to party workers’ – a regular feature in Sandesh . Sources said the magazine will not print liquor and cigarettes advertisements.advertisementThe latest issue of Yuva Bharat has an article backing FDI, two on cricket, a round-up of Rahul’s election campaign in UP and a writeup by Youth Congress general secretary Madhumita Chakraborty on the recent Youth Congress convention here. Two other notable articles talk about the current economic situation and cricketer Virender Sehwag.In 2009, Rahul had tried to acquire the copyright for Young India from the National Archives of South Africa. The journal was launched by Mahatma Gandhi during his initial years of struggle in that country. He eventually gave up the idea.last_img read more

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By on November 7, 2019
first_imgWelcome to another edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch… * The staff of TFA were delighted to attend the wedding of our Media and Merchandise Manager, Rachel Moyle as she married Duncan Grant on Saturday. The happy couple are currently on their honeymoon in the Whitsundays, therefore Rachel will not be in the office for the next two weeks. See the homepage for a picture of the stunning bride! * The October 14 deadline to sign up with TFA under the new Unitary Management model is quickly approaching. Stay tuned to the website for news regarding the issue. * The Grand Finals of the Vawdon Cup take place this Friday night. With all matches promising to be quality contests, the Womens Premier League Final starts at 8.40pm with Canterbury versus Wests. The Mens Premier League Final between Wests and Central Coast kicks off at 9.30pm. Finals start at 7.00pm, so be sure to get down to Tempe and watch some of the best Touch players in the country. * Brisbane City are holding muster day for the Cobras Representative Teams for the Senior Divisions on Saturday 15th October and on Sunday 20th November at 2pm. Please contact [email protected] for more details. * Monterey Keys Touch Association are holding their 3rd Annual `Touched By Cancer’ Touch Carnival on Sunday 30th October at Robert Dalley Park, Monterey Keys. The tournament is designed to raise money for a local charity and schools. The proceeds from the junior teams go to a local school which the team decides on a nomination form. Proceeds from adult teams go to the Gold Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group. It promises to be a fun, social day. Places are limited, so don’t miss out. See www.qldtouch.com.au for more details. * Victoria Touch Association has organised a `Trans Tasman’ clash that will happen this Sunday the 16th of October at Elwood Park Touch fields. The challenge will be a showcase of the state’s best Touch talent as the players strive to make their home countries proud. See www.victouch.com.au for more information. * NSWTA are calling for qualified referees to attend the Years 7 and 8 All Schools Final to be played at Thomas Dalton Park, Fairy Meadow on the 4th of November. Please contact NSWTA if you’re interested. By Lisa Plummerlast_img

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3 days agoFormer Chelsea star Zenden: Lampard in middle of snowball effect

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Former Chelsea star Zenden: Lampard in middle of snowball effectby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea star Bolo Zenden is delighted seeing Frank Lampard succeed as manager.Chelsea are at Ajax for tonight’s Champions League clash.And Zenden told De Telegraaf of his former Blues teammate: “If you realise your goals, you get respect and a snowball effect is created.”Frank is intelligent, has a good relationship with the press and was an international. “The snowball was getting bigger, so did he and his personality.”Zenden is curious about how Chelsea will perform in the busy winter months. “The bill is then often paid. But Ajax has to work, because Chelsea is still in a fairly positive flow. But let’s be honest: it is no longer the Chelsea of a few years ago.” last_img read more

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Party leaders to square off in first debate ahead of Ontario election

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgTORONTO – The leaders of Ontario’s three main political parties will square off on the same stage for the first time Monday, just days before the official start of the province’s spring election campaign.Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford and New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath will all participate in the live debate in Toronto, which will be broadcast on City TV.It’s the first of three debates scheduled before the June 7 vote and observers say it will give voters a clear view of how the parties and their leaders intend to campaign once the writ drops two days later.“The (party) strategists have had several months to think about how to package their appeals, which voters they want to collect to their side and how to try to depict the opposition’s limitations against their own virtues,” said Cristine de Clercy, an associate political science professor at Western University. “We’ll see a small template of their messaging.”Many will be watching Ford closely as the newly-minted Tory leader debates two seasoned provincial politicians, de Clercy said.“It’s worth remembering he just got this job,” she said. “For him it’s a test of leadership, does he have the gravitas, control and focus to show what he’ll do as premier?”The debate will also begin to draw increased scrutiny to the campaign, which has unofficially been underway for weeks, de Clery said.That means issues like Ford’s recent flip-flop on whether to allow development in a large protected green space around the Toronto region — first pledging he would, then reversing course — will take on added importance, she said.“If Mr. Ford continues to take positions that he has to very hastily back away from … he will not look credible or trustworthy on policy. That, for him, is a big liability.”And on Saturday, the Tory leader removed Tanya Granic Allen, a social conservative and outspoken opponent of the province’s sex education curriculum, from the PC ballot in Mississauga Centre.Granic Allen’s dismissal came hours after the Liberals shared an edited video in which she expresses views the governing party described as representing “hatred and homophobia.”Horwath, meanwhile, has to make an impact with voters during the debate, parlaying her high personal approval ratings into support for the NDP brand, which lags in the polls, de Clercy said.Horwath has led the NDP since 2009 but failed to move it beyond third-party status during her tenure so far.“The challenge for Ms. Horwath is to communicate that she is a credible alternative,”de Clercy said. “She has many virtues as a politician but her single biggest liability is her party and its history in Ontario.”For Wynne, whose Liberals have held power for 15 years, the focus will likely be Ford, said Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto.The premier will use her attacks to further contrast her approach to running the province with Ford’s plans, said Wiseman.“Wynne is going to be tearing strips off Ford,” he said, adding that the Liberal leader would likely try to associate Ford with his late brother Rob Ford, the infamous former mayor of Toronto, as well as U.S. President Donald Trump.The fiery Doug Ford, a former Toronto city councillor who has lambasted the Liberals for their spending, will have to hold up under the pressure and remain in control of his emotions, Wiseman said.“He’s got to try not to appear wild, like his brother,” he said. “He’s already demonstrated some of that in the campaign.”Wiseman said while people tend to think the impact of debates are immediate, research shows they often help voters form opinions in the longer-term.He points to the first debate of the last federal election that helped Justin Trudeau establish himself and the Liberals as a viable alternative to Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, starting a shift that saw support bleed from the NDP to Liberals.A similar dynamic could be at play in Ontario, Wiseman said, with polls pointing to voters wanting a change in government but many being undecided on who to get behind — the Tories or the NDP.last_img read more

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Man commits suicide by jumping before metro train

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: A man in his 60s allegedly committed suicide on Saturday by jumping in front of a moving train at the Tilak Nagar station on the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), police said. The victim jumped in front of the train headed towards Dwarka around 10:40 am, a DMRC spokesperson said, adding that services were briefly delayed on the Blue Line that connects Dwarka in Delhi to Noida. “An elderly man, about 65, jumped in front of a metro train at Tilak Nagar metro station. He was taken to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, where he was declared brought dead,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Mohammed Ali said. Efforts are underway to ascertain the identity of the deceased, Ali added. On Wednesday, Sita Ram Arora, an elderly resident of Ramesh Nagar, had allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train at the Ramesh Nagar metro station on the Blue Line.last_img read more

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