Resort Maps, Discovery Map form the world’s largest illustrated map publisher

first_imgDiscovery Map International, Inc.,Waitsfield, Vermont-based Resort Maps, creator of more than 100 hand-drawn travel maps across the United States, Canada, England, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, recently announced its acquisition of Discovery Map International of La Conner, Washington. The acquisition unites two of the leading publishers of illustrated maps in the United States. Both companies have published colorful hand-drawn free visitor maps of popular destinations for more than 25 years. ‘We are thrilled to be coming together with Discovery Map for a number of reasons,’ said Peter Hans, president of Resort Maps Franchise, Inc. ‘Beyond being able to work with an innovator like Victoria Starr, her talented staff and map owners, it gives our company a coast-to-coast presence and opens the door to a number of expansion possibilities. We focus on the user experience; so having our maps available across the country will give travelers a consistent resource to find great places to eat, shop, stay and play.’Combined, the new company will boast 90 independent owners in 150 markets, in 33 states and four countries. Annual circulation will top 25 million maps in the new entity’s first year of operation. ‘Resort Maps is a top-flight company that shares our commitment to producing first-class, user-friendly maps,’ said Victoria Starr, owner of Discovery Map International. ‘This unification is going to produce some unbelievable maps, both in print and online, and soon lead to Discovery Maps being available via handheld devices.’ In addition to printed maps, Resort Maps has developed a mobile application for iPhone and iPad. The app is available for free at the App Store.In terms of day-to-day operations, the new company will maintain offices on both coasts, with headquarters in Waitsfield, Vermont and Discovery’s current office in La Conner, Washington.  The company will also maintain websites at discoverymap.com and resortmaps.com.  For more information on any of the 100+ Resort Maps destinations or if you interested in potentially owning a Resort Maps franchise, please visit www.resortmaps.com(link is external). Alternatively, you can call 802-496-6277.About Resort Maps®Headquartered in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Resort Maps® has been creating and publishing visitor maps in the northeastern U.S. since 1986. In 1993, Resort Maps® expanded its reach by creating a franchise model for distribution of its colorful, hand-drawn maps of resort towns and cities. With its recent acquisition of Discovery Map International, Resort Maps’ network has grown to 150 markets in 33 states and four countries (US, UK, Canada, and Costa Rica). More than 25 million Resort Maps will be printed and distributed in 2012.For more information on Resort Maps and/or the franchise opportunity, visit www.resortmaps.com(link is external) or call 802-496-6277.Resort Maps franchises serve cities and towns in California (Carmel, Monterey, San Diego), Colorado (Boulder, Breckenridge, Cherry Creek, Colorado Springs, Denver, Vail & Beaver Creek, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Glendale, Summit County), Delaware ( Rehoboth Beach), Florida (Boca Raton, Clearwater Beach and Gulf Beaches, Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, Delray Beach, Key West, Melbourne, New Smyrna Beach, St. Augustine), Georgia (Savannah/Tybee Island), Kentucky (Lexington) Maine (Bar Harbor/Acadia, Boothbay region, Camden-Rockland, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Mt. Desert Island, Portland, Wells, York-Ogunquit), Maryland (Annapolis, Eastern Shore, Ocean City,  Solomons Island, St. Mary’s County), Massachusetts (Berkshires, Brewster/Harwich/Dennis, Chatham-Orleans, Eastham-Wellfleet, Falmouth, Hyannis-Yarmouth, Martha’s Vineyard, Newburyport, Plymouth, Sturbridge, Worcester), Michigan (Northern Michigan/Petoskey/Harbor Springs; Traverse City), New Hampshire (Franconia/Notch Region, Hampton Beach, Hanover/Lebanon , Keene, Lakes Region, Mount Washington Valley, Portsmouth), New Jersey (Barnegat Bay, Cape May, Hoboken/Jersey City, Hunterdon, Lambertville , Long Beach Island, New Brunswick, Ocean Grove, Point Pleasant, Princeton, Sandy Hook), New York (The North Fork, Lake George , Lake Placid, Saratoga Springs, East Hampton), North Carolina (Asheville, Brunswick County, Chrystal Coast, Hendersonville, Outer Banks, Sandhills, Wilmington), Pennsylvania (Bucks County, Chestnut Hill, Delaware River Valley, Gettysburg, Lehigh Valley, The Main Line, Lancaster County), Rhode Island (Newport, Providence), South Carolina (Charleston, Hilton Head,), Tennessee (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge), Vermont (Addison County/Brandon, Barre/Montpelier, Burlington, Killington/Rutland, Mad River Valley, Manchester, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers’ Notch, Stowe, Waterbury/Richmond, Woodstock/Quechee) and Virginia (Alexandria, Northern Neck & Middle Peninsula) ‘as well as towns and cities in Canada (Charlotte Coastal Region), England (Chicester, Lewes), Puerto Rico (San Juan, Vieques, Culebra) and Costa Rica (Escazu-Santa Ana).  New maps coming soon in North Lake Tahoe, CA; South Hampton, NY; Charlotte Harbor/Venice/Gulf Islands, FL; Orlando, FL; Tucson, AZ; South County and Block Island, RI and Georgetown, DC. Discovery Map®:Arizona (Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Sedona), California (Carlsbad, Los Gatos, Saratoga), Colorado (Durango, Steamboat Springs), Florida (Amelia Island, Destin), Georgia (St. Mary’s), Idaho (Coeur d’Alene, McCall, Sandpoint, Sun Valley), Montana (Bozeman & Big Sky, Butte, Kalispell, Missoula, West Yellowstone, Whitefish), New Mexico (Santa Fe, Taos), North Carolina (Charlotte), Oregon (Bend), Virginia (Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Norfolk, Richmond, Virginia Beach), Washington (Anacortes, Bellingham, La Conner) Wisconsin (Door County).last_img read more

Assad accuses Turkey’s Erdogan of igniting Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

first_imgSyrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of igniting a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, and said Ankara was sending fighters to the region.Turkey, a close ally of Muslim Azerbaijan, has denied sending mercenaries to take part in the fighting.Conflict over the region, which belongs to Azerbaijan under international law but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians, began on Sept. 27 and has escalated to its deadliest level since the 1990s. Assad, in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency, pointed the finger at Erdogan who has expressed solidarity with Azerbaijan and has rejected international efforts to bring about a ceasefire.”He (Erdogan) supports terrorists in Libya, (and) he was the main instigator and initiator of the recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia,” Assad told RIA.Assad also said militants from Syria were being deployed in the conflict, an allegation first leveled by French President Emmanuel Macron, who accused Turkey of sending Syrian fighters to fight there, something Ankara and Baku have denied.”Damascus can confirm this,” Assad said of the allegations about Syrian fighters taking part in the hostilities.Topics :last_img read more

Lightning, Blue Jays halt training in Florida after multiple positive COVID-19 tests

first_imgThe state of Florida on Friday reached another daily record high of 3,822 new coronavirus cases confirmed by the state’s Department of Health. The recent spike of COVID-19 cases leads scientists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania to believe Florida “has all the makings of the next large epicenter” of the virus in the United States.This COVID-19 outbreak evidently is impacting the sports world in Florida as well as the general public. According to The Athletic, three Tampa Bay Lightning players and at least one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 this week, leading to the closing of Amalie Arena to all non-essential staff until at least July 6. Likewise, the Toronto Blue Jays this week had to shut down their spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., which is not far from Tampa, “after a player exhibited COVID-19 symptoms,” per ESPN. In nearby Clearwater, Fla., eight people in the Philadelphia Phillies organization also have tested positive.Multiple players working out at the Blue Jays facility said they had not yet been tested. If the player is not an isolated case, testing will ramp up. “We are being overly precautious with testing,” Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins told ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 19, 2020The NHL season was postponed in March when the coronavirus outbreak reached the U.S. The plan is for 24 teams to resume play on July 10, but only if conditions related to COVID-19 are manageable. The 2020 MLB season never had a chance to start. The league and the MLBPA are at odds over season length and players’ salary structure as the two sides try to agree on a condensed season format.The Lightning were in Phase 2 of the NHL’s return to play plan, which on June 8 opened training facilities for a maximum of six players at a time to voluntarily participate in workouts, when they had to shut down their facility.The NBA, which like the NHL had to suspend its season in March because of the pandemic, is planning to resume play in Orlando, Fla., starting in late July.last_img read more

49ers mailbag: ‘Why not rush DeForest Buckner off the edge?’

first_imgSANTA CLARA – With little time to spare in the 49ers season, we finally have a win streak to examine in our weekly mailbag. On to the questions that poured in via Twitter and Instagram:1. Why haven’t they tried playing Buckner as DE? I know he’s a force in the middle, but he’s quicker and more athletic than Armstead and Thomas. Basically a younger and more athletic version of Calais Campbell. (@D_morales85)I posed this great question to DeForest Buckner a few weeks ago. His response surprised …last_img read more

McGregor dominates at Surfski WC

first_img“I felt Dawid wasn’t going at his natural pace when he went with Hank early on, and I decided then to just race my own race. “As we got closer to the finish and I finally decided to go I found my extra weight almost seemed to help me catch the runs and in turn I managed to go past Dawid,” he added. Daryl Bartho/Warren Jacobs 1:49.14Quinton Rutherford/Grant Woollastone 1:50.11Ryan Butcher/Jean-Luc Mauvis 1:50.56Brett Hadiaris/Ross Fountain 1:54.34Brett Bartho/Danica Vorster 1:55.25 “That’s three wins out of five World Cups for me in my hometown, but more importantly, I’m feeling really good about my form at the moment,” said McGregor. Having teamed up with rising Cape star Sean Rice in what appeared to be a dice for third place, with six kilometres to go Bouman took off, dropped Rice, and sliced past Mocke to claim his second runner-up medal in as many years. Mocke, who was under-prepared for the event because of a crippling 10-week ankle injury, spent most of the race on her own and struggled in the flat conditions. RESULTS (SA unless otherwise stated) Dominic Notten 1:59.19Craig Flanagan 2:03.58Kyle Friedenstein 2:05.23Kenny Rice (u16) 2:07.33Calvin McKie 2:14.57 While McGregor might well bask in the limelight, Bouman’s sensational charge in the dying stages of the race went largely unnoticed. ConvincingMcGregor masterfully negotiated the mean backline and shore break at the finish at La Mercy to post a convincing victory from a storming Matt Bouman and a somewhat disconsolate Dawid Mocke, who crossed the line in third. ‘The best’“As much as I hate to admit it, there is no doubt about it, Hank is the best paddler in the world,” said Bouman, repeating the words of Mocke in the pre-race media briefing. 27 June 2011 Hank McGregor 1:44.56Matt Bouman 1:45.31Dawid Mocke 1:45.59Sean Rice 1:47.26Tom Schilperoort 1:49.01Barry Lewin 1:49.52Jasper Mocke 1:50.22Bruce Taylor (Aus) 1:50.27Grant van der Walt 1:50.46Clint Pretorius 1:52.27Mark Anderson (Aus) 1:55.12Richard von Wildermann 1:55.36Brandon van der Walt 1:55.58Adam Nisbett 1:56.51David Slachta (Fra) 1:57.12Yannick Laousse (Fra) 1:57.26Murray Smith 1:58.05Dean Gardener (Aus) 1:58.44Dominic Notten 1:59.19Hennie Roos 1:59.54 ‘Obliterated“When you get totally obliterated, like Michele did to us today, it’s easy to see why she’s the best female surfski paddler on the planet. She was just too good for us and I felt like I was going backwards trying to stay with her,” said second placed Nikki Mocke. MEN Having worked so hard to stay with and challenge McGregor, defending champion Mocke had to settle for the bottom step on the podium. Tenacious Australian Ruth Highman took third in the women’s race despite the complete lack of favourable downwind conditions that she has become accustomed to in Perth. DOUBLES While it is difficult to measure her performance in terms of margins of victory in the women’s race, she finished 25th overall in one of the most impressive performances by a female in an international event for many years. The big crowd at the finish was treated to plenty of entertainment as the massive eight-foot backline surf saw many crews’ races end in agonising swims with countless skis broken in the crunching shore break. After a week of volatile weather forecasts the anticipated south-west weather conditions never materialised and the huge field of singles and doubles had to slog across Durban Bay to Umhlanga and onto the Umdloti River mouth with regular pods of dolphins for company. Hank McGregor snagged his third Dunlop Surfski World Cup title in Durban on Sunday, comfortably beating a powerful field and taming an uncooperative flat ocean to win the 26-kilometre race and the R40 000 winner’s prize. “The beach break at the new finish was a bit of a lottery, so I knew I had to put the hammer down and try to get some time in the bank,’ he added. SAinfo reporter “At one stage I was screaming ‘How can there be 395 paddlers doing the same 26-kilometre race and I am all on my own?’” she chuckled afterwards. He now sets his sights on the defence of his Windhoek Berg River Canoe Marathon title in three weeks’ time. “I went through a bad patch just after Umhlanga and I think Hank sensed I was battling and really pushed hard,” said Mocke. “Towards the end Hank managed to string together a couple of runs, which I was unable to do, and when a guy of his quality gets ahead of you by 15 or 20 metres you find yourself going backwards pretty quickly,” he added. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Carnival-likeWith just less than four hundred paddlers entering the event the Dunlop Surfski World Cup set a new world record for participation in an international event and got under way in a carnival-like atmosphere at Addington Beach. Michele Eray 2:02.00Nikki Mocke 2:07.38Ruth Highman (Aus) 2:14.02Donna Winter 2:19.19Kirsty Wessels 2:22.55 “I felt terrible coming into the race. I spent all of Saturday lying on the couch like a granny and was not feeling good at the start. I got a small lead at the 800 metres turning buoy and was able to slowly pull away on my own from there,” said Eray afterwards. Women’s raceThe women’s race was totally dominated by Eastern Cape Olympian Michele Eray, who shrugged off a crippling dose of flu to win going away from defending champ Nikki Mocke. “At Peace Cottage, just after Umhlanga, I decided to make a move,” said an elated McGregor after his win. “Dawid (Mocke) didn’t come with me and I knew that was my chance.” JUNIORS By the 18-kilometre mark, with the world record field of paddlers snaking their way past the Umhlanga lighthouse, the contest had been reduced to a two-horse affair, with McGregor and defending champion Dawid Mocke trading blows like heavyweight fighters. WOMENlast_img read more

Facebook Most users may have had public data scraped

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook’s acknowledgement that most of its 2.2 billion members have probably had their personal data scraped by “malicious actors” is the latest example of the social network’s failure to protect its users’ data. Not to mention its apparent inability to even identify the problem until the company was already embroiled in scandal.CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters Wednesday that Facebook is shutting down a feature that let people search for Facebook users by phone number or email address. Although that was useful for people who wanted to find others on Facebook, it turns out that unscrupulous types also figured out years ago that they could use it to identify individuals and collect data off their profiles.The scrapers were at it long enough, Zuckerberg said, that “at some point during the last several years, someone has probably accessed your public information in this way.”The only way to be safe would have been for users to deliberately turn off that search feature several years ago. Facebook had it turned on by default.”I think Facebook has not been clear enough with how to use its privacy settings,” said Jamie Winterton, director of strategy for Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative. “That, to me, was the failure.” In this June 7, 2013, file photo, the Facebook “like” symbol is on display on a sign outside the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Australian authorities say they are investigating whether Facebook breached the country’s privacy law when personal information of more than 300,000 Australian users was obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a Trump-linked political consulting firm, without their authorization. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) The breach was a stunning admission for a company already reeling from allegations that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica inappropriately accessed data on as many as 87 million Facebook users to influence elections.Over the past few weeks, the scandal has mushroomed into investigations across continents, including a probe by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Zuckerberg himself will be questioned by Congress for the first time on Tuesday.”The FTC looked the other way for years when consumer groups told them Facebook was violating its 2011 deal to better protect its users. But now the Cambridge Analytica scandal has awoken the FTC from its long digital privacy slumber,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director for the Washington-based privacy nonprofit Center for Digital Democracy.Neither Zuckerberg nor his company has identified those who carried out the data scraping. Outside experts believe they could have been identity thieves, scam artists or shady data brokers assembling marketing profiles. In this April 18, 2017, file photo, conference workers speak in front of a demo booth at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week as authorities investigate allegations that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica inappropriately accessed data on millions of Facebook users to influence elections. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub in St. Louis. Facebook said Wednesday, April 5, 2018, that it has shut down a feature that let people search for Facebook users if they had their phone number or email address. In a call with reporters on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the company had tried “rate limiting” the searches. This restricted how many searches someone can conduct at one time, based on their device’s IP address. But Zuckerberg said this was circumvented by bad actors cycling through multiple IP addresses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) Firefox maker Mozilla to stop Facebook advertising because of data scandal Explore further In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub in St. Louis. Facebook said Wednesday, April 5, 2018, that it has shut down a feature that let people search for Facebook users if they had their phone number or email address. In a call with reporters on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the company had tried “rate limiting” the searches. This restricted how many searches someone can conduct at one time, based on their device’s IP address. But Zuckerberg said this was circumvented by bad actors cycling through multiple IP addresses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) A foreign entity could conceivably use such information to influence elections or stir up discord—exactly what Russia is alleged to have done, using Facebook and other social media, in the 2016 presidential elections.Privacy advocates have long been critical of Facebook’s penchant for pushing people to share more and more information, often through pro-sharing default options.While the company offers detailed privacy controls—users can turn off ad targeting, for example, or face recognition, and post updates that no one else sees—many people never change their settings, and often don’t even know how to.The company has tried to simplify its settings multiple times over the years, most recently this week.Winterton said that for individual Facebook users, worrying about this data scraping won’t do much good—after all, the data is already out there. But she said it might be a good time to “reflect on what we are sharing and how we are sharing it and whether we need to.” Citation: Facebook: Most users may have had public data ‘scraped’ (2018, April 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-facebook-users.html “Just because someone asks us information, it doesn’t mean we have to give it to them if we are not comfortable,” she said.She added that while she no longer has a Facebook account, when she did she put her birth year as 1912 and her hometown as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Neither is true. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday on when it discovered the data scraping.In his call with reporters Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the company had tried “rate limiting” the searches. This restricted how many searches someone can conduct at one time from a particular IP address, a numeric designation that identifies a device’s location on the internet. But Zuckerberg said the scrapers circumvented that defense by cycling through multiple IP addresses.The scraped information was limited to what a user had already chosen to make public—which, depending on a person’s privacy settings, could be a lot—as well as what Facebook requires people to share. That includes full name, profile picture and listings of school or workplace networks.But hackers and scam artists could then use that information—and combine it with other data in circulation—to pull hoaxes on people, plant malware on their computers or commit other mischief.Having access to such a massive amount of data could also pose national security risks, Winterton said. In this Jun 7, 2013, file photo, the Facebook “like” symbol is illuminated on a sign outside the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Australian authorities say they are investigating whether Facebook breached the country’s privacy law when personal information of more than 300,000 Australian users was obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a Trump-linked political consulting firm, without their authorization. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Zuckerberg said the company detected the problem in a data-privacy audit started after the Cambridge Analytica disclosures, but didn’t say why the company hadn’t noticed it—or fixed it—earlier. read more