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ILLAR OCIETY DAN FOREST Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
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05 YM NEWS: THE AFTERMATH 07 PROJECT PARADISE 144 08 YM TECH: IPHONE X 09 EXPLORE PHANTOM 10 YM EXCLUSIVE: DAN FOREST 12 YM HEALTH: WATER SECRETS 15 YM LIVING: AFFORDABLE DREAM HOMES 18 YM CULTURE: BEAUTY IN LOW TEMPERATURES
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Beautiful to behold, substantial to handle, the iPhone X is another winner by Jeremy Kaplan Digital Designs It’s hands down the best iPhone ever, but is it the smartphone of the future? That’s the million dollar question – or, considering the $1,000 starting price and the number of phones Apple is likely to sell, let’s call it the trillion dollar question. The iPhone X (pronounced “ten,” not “ex”) was announced Monday in Apple’s new Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s revamped, $2.5 billion Apple Park campus, and it’s the premium flagship in Apple’s lineup. With a bold new design and a myriad of new features sure to impress everyone from casual owners to tech enthusiasts, it’s bound for success. So let’s get the big question right out of the way: Yes, lots of people are going to buy this, and yes, they’re going to be very happy with this phone. Beautiful all-glass design In my brief hands-on time with the phone, I was struck first by how substantial it is. The iPhone X is not heavy, but it’s definitely more phone than the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 I brought for comparison. It feels great in the
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hand, too; it’s slim, efficiently designed, beautiful to look at and hold. Gone is the slippery aluminum back that many have complained about. In its place is an allglass back. Now you can drop your phone and shatter it on both sides. Complainers gotta have something to whine about, right? But forget the build, think about the display: A 5.8-inch OLED screen with deep, inky blacks and colors so vibrant it looks like someone spilled paint all over the phone. I don’t usually gush about icons, but I could stare at these for hours. The absence of the home button is something long-time iPhone owners may complain about, but it allows for a clean slate interface. Swipe up to access the home screen, and pull down from the top to get to the Control Center, which used to be accessible from the bottoms up swipe. Swiping left gets to the notification center, or maybe it was pulling down one of the “ears” around the cut out at the top of the phone. Pulling in from the right gets to the camera – or did I just click the camera icon by accident? Sure, these gestures are easy to learn, but they aren’t super intuitive. The absence of a grounding feature like the home button may confuse people who like the iPhone because it’s easy to use. Does the iPhone X just work? I’ll reserve my judgment on that one for the full review. Second to market, but more refined But what about the hardware and new features? Permit me a digression first: I bumped into Steve Wozniak prior to the event, who noted that today’s flagship smartphones have become little miracles: they’re powerful, beautiful, and it’s hard to go wrong. The iPhone X is no exception in the looks department, but it’s a bunch of new features that will really impress consumers – and that’s where Apple aims to set itself apart from the competition. Remember that “smartphone of the future” thing? It’s all about the software. 8
Here’s the thing: Many of the features Apple is bringing to this new phone are familiar ones other technology companies brought to market earlier. But … does it matter? Ford didn’t invent the car, Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb, and Apple didn’t invent the smartphone. It’s the people who did it right that history remembers. So does Apple do it right? Microsoft Windows Hello brought us face recognition in Windows 10-based computers, and in my experience, it’s been lightning quick. I didn’t get to enroll my face with the iPhone X – we’re looking forward to putting the phone through its paces – but I saw Face ID in action, and Apple has brought a similar speedy experience to the phone. The Galaxy S8 can unlock through iris and facial recognition, which is similarly quick, but infrared cameras and software that map the contours of your face in real time make Apple’s implementation much more secure (as well as more complex and harder to do). Heck, it even works in the dark. That said, Windows Hello performance deteriorates over time, in my experience. How will Apple’s fare over time? It’s the people who did it right that history remembers. So does Apple do it right? Wireless charging is another feature users will welcome, and it’s long overdue. Android phones have had this feature for years, and seen it improve steadily. That said, can Apple do it better? A new wireless charging pad introduces what looks like a proprietary feature to the Qi standard, allowing a user to monitor multiple devices charging at multiple speeds simultaneously. Is Apple doing it better or just doing it differently? Apple clearly has a hit on its hands. The OLED screen is gorgeous, the phone feels great in the hand, and the added power — thanks to the A11 Bionic processor — means it’s responsive and powerful as heck. So will consumers spend $1,000 on a phone like this? Absolutely – Apple’s smartphone of the future may be your future smartphone, and if so, your future looks pretty bright.
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Dan Forest Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
YM: So tell us who is Dan Forest before he became Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina? DF: My background is actually architecture, I'm an architect. I did that for a little over 20 years, and I kind of grew with the same company. I worked with one company that entire time. I started as an intern and ended up being a senior partner with that company before I left. I'm a family guy, I've got four kids and have been married for 26 years. A full range of kids from 25 down to 12, so we have had a full house, but our nest is emptying out now. That's kind of where my pride and joy is in my family. I really felt called to leave the architecture thing behind and jump into serving people in North Carolina as lieutenant governor. That's how we got here.
YM: What gave you the drive to do it, what motivates you? DF: I think it was just kind of being motivated by the lord. There's more to life than just the pursuit of things. I love architecture still to this day, and there were a lot of projects out there I was really excited about. It also felt like at some level all of us need to serve. We need to serve our community, we need to serve our neighbors. I felt like this was a time in my life where I had energy and I had passion behind it, and I was going to leave the business world behind for a while and jump in to serving the community.
YM: So, when you became lieutenant governor, which is so awesome, what was the first thing that you wanted to tackle for North Carolina? DF: We have really made education our passion. We can talk a lot about successes of education but at the same time we know there are a lot of folks out there who don't have equal opportunity in education. We wanted to make sure that we were starting to push the envelope from an innovation standpoint using the
YM EXCLUSIVE / Dan Forest tools and the technology to bridge the education divide or gap that has existed out there for a long time. If you are in a wealthy suburban community, you probably have a lot of parent engagement, you probably have the finances you need. You're going to have the taxes that you need to be able to do the things to provide for your kids' education. If you're not blessed to be in one of those kind of areas socioeconomically, then you're probably going to be struggling on the education front. We've looked at it as an opportunity to use technology specifically to bridge that divide. Little successes we've talked about. About six years ago I said, I really believe we should be the first state in the nation to have every classroom connected to high speed broadband, giving all students at least the same opportunity for the access to equal education. It's not equal education at that time, it's just access to it. So, we did that. North Carolina, as of this coming year, will be the first state in the nation that will have every classroom connected. We're the second most rural state in the country, so that's a big deal.
Now we're working on plans actually to get all of the rural communities in North Carolina, communities, not just the school classrooms. I believe we'll be the first state in the nation to do that. These are just little tools that we're placing in the hands of schools and the hands of teachers to be able to provide the opportunities to students they wouldn't have otherwise. YM: Wonderful. That's what I loved when you gave your presentation on that day back in May of this year. How much longer in office do you have? DF: We're term limited. This is my second term, we wrapped up our first term in January and started serving our second term. We'll have three and a half years left as lieutenant governor, that's when this term ends. We'll see what the future holds, but this will be my last run as lieutenant governor. YM: Where do you see yourself next? DF: I don't know. There's always conversations about governor and what's going to happen down the road there. In
politics you're always laying the groundwork for the next thing, that's always the way it works. Right now we have three and a half years to serve as lieutenant governor and do that well and to really finish up some of these things that are important projects to us here in North Carolina. YM: You're doing such a great job. Where do you see yourself after this? DF: I see myself going back and having a job and spending time with my family and being able to enjoy communications and not have people say horrible things about you on social media and the internet and have a life again. Maybe it will take me back to architecture, maybe not, I really don't know. People ask me that question, but I don't spend a lot of time looking beyond tomorrow. We're not promised that, we're promised today and to make the most of the moment that we're in. That's all the lord guarantees us, so we focus on today and don't spend a whole lot of time looking ahead.
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Slim Down Water is vital for life. I mean, given that our body consists of around 60% to 65% water, that’s hardly surprising. Without a healthy balance of water in our bodies, we’d be a mess. Here are just some of the reasons why we should be sipping on this free natural resource. A glass of humble H2O might help you lose excess weight. If you drink water before every meal, studies suggest you could lose more weight over a 12 week period than people who don’t. It’s probably because the water increases satiety (your feeling of fullness), meaning you don’t overindulge. If you ask me, weight loss doesn’t get any simpler than that. Of course, another role of water in weight loss is that it hydrates you without any calories. By swapping calorie filled drinks (like sodas) for water, you’re automatically cutting
down on calories.You can also up your water intake through food and still lose weight. Foods with a high water content, like pears, m e l o n s , c e l e r y, a n d cucumbers, can all fill you up without packing on the pounds. Well Functioning Kidneys Well, this one is pretty obvious – water is vital for kidney health. Our kidneys, along with our skin, liver and lungs, play a huge role in the ability of our body to keep us hydrated. When we are dehydrated our urine becomes more concentrated – it’s nasty, dark colored and smelly. This happens because our kidneys hold back extra fluids for the rest of our body instead of excreting them. If your urine is consistently concentrated, you’d better invest in a water bottle.
Improved Cognition & Mood A study of young women showed that fluid loss of just 1.36% caused a decrease in mood and concentration, made them feel tasks were more d i f fi c u l t a n d a l s o c a u s e d headaches. A similar study of men in their early 20’s saw dehydration cause a decline in vigilance and working memory, along with an increase in tension, anxiety and fatigue. This happened at fluid loss levels of 1.59%. If you’re consistently dehydrated, then you may be having a negative impact on brain functions like planning and visuospatial processing (the ability to perceive objects and their spatial relationships). There are so many studies showing the link between drinking enough water and brain health. But the bottom line is that it’s not just food that affects our emotions and brain function, our fluid intake does too. Stay hydrated and stay happy.
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The culture of Iceland is rich and varied as well as being known for its literary heritage which began in the 12th century. Other Icelandic traditional arts include weaving, silversmithing, and wood carving. The Reykjavík area has several professional theatres, a symphony orchestra, an opera, and a large number of art galleries, bookstores, cinemas, and museums. There are also four active folk dance ensembles in Iceland. Iceland's literacy rate is among the highest in the world, and a love of literature, art, chess, and other intellectual pursuits is widespread. Iceland is the size of Ohio. Architecture Icelandic architecture draws from Scandinavia, and traditionally, was influenced by the lack of native trees on the island. As a result, grass and turf-covered houses were developed. The original grass-houses constructed [Photo:Reykjvik, Island Source: Expedia]
by the original settlers of Iceland were b a s e d o n Vi k i n g l o n g h o u s e s . Icelandic society and culture has a high degree of gender equality, with many women in leadership positions in government and business. Iceland also has a highly progressive gay rights legislation, with couples having been able to register civil unions since 1996, adopt since 2006, and marry since 2010. Women retain their names after marriage, since Icelanders generally do not use surnames but patronyms or (in certain cases) matronyms. (See Icelandic name.) Iceland also has the most extensive and progressive child protection law. The new Children's Act,
passed in March 2003, and effective as of November 2003, not only places Iceland on the list of 25 nations that have outlawed spanking, but also outlaws verbal and emotional abuse and makes child protection a priority. Physical or mental violence is punishable by imprisonment and/or fine, and there is no legal defense. In 2006, Iceland was ranked as the fourth happiest nation in the world by an independent scientific study. Local and national festivals include the annual National Day, celebrating the c o u n t r y ' s independence in 1944, Sumardagurinn fyrsti which celebrates the first day of summer, and Sjómannadagurinn which is held every
[Photo: Glacier Cave (Snow Covered Volcano) - Western, Iceland. Source: Expedia]
June to pay tribute to the country's seafaring past. Education The system of education in Iceland is loosely based upon the Danish system, and there are four levels: pre-school, compulsory, upper secondary and higher. Education is mandatory for children aged six to sixteen. Most institutions are funded by the state, there are very few private schools in the country. The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture has the jurisdiction of educational responsibility. Over the years, the educational system has been decentralized and responsibility for primary and lower secondary schools lies with the local authorities. The state runs upper secondary schools and higher education institutions. Students can quit at age 16 or can continue until age 20.
[Photo: Thermal Pool, Hvammsvegur, Flúðir, Iceland. Source: Expedia]
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The Return of Positive News... this issue features the highly regarded Mr. Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina.
Published on Sep 16, 2017
The Return of Positive News... this issue features the highly regarded Mr. Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina.