Climate change meeting planned for next week

first_imgComing on the heels of serious flooding along Lake Erie and the Thames River this year and last, a public meeting concerning climate change is slated for the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre this Tuesday.Chatham-Kent Community Development and the community development advisory committee are hosting the event to discuss the initial stages of a climate change action plan.It will take place at 5 p.m. in Room 212 of the Civic Centre.The meeting will include a presentation from municipal representatives and a discussion on the draft plan’s terms of reference.“After council voted unanimously to declare a climate change emergency in our community earlier this year, it was essential for our team to come up with a plan of attack on how to best move forward,” said Wallaceburg Coun. Aaron Hall in a release on Thursday.“It is equally important for our team to hear from the public and gather feedback, which is why we are launching an area on the Let’s Talk Chatham-Kent website. Every corner of Chatham-Kent has been impacted to some degree by weather events in the recent past.”The terms of reference will also outline the approach to public engagement.Hall said receiving feedback and personal stories will be valuable to municipal staff, the committee and council, given the “multiple flood warnings along the Sydenham and Thames rivers, high waters in Mitchell’s Bay and of course the challenging situation our residents along Lake Erie are facing on a daily basis.”The action plan will include consultation with elected officials, climate change experts, municipal staff, property owners, businesses, public partners and residents.“Chatham-Kent needs to understand what measures we need to take in order to adapt to climate change,” said John Norton, general manager of community development, in the release. “The Municipality of Chatham-Kent must also look to do its part in the global effort to try and mitigate the effects of climate change.”For further details on the meeting and the project, visit read more

Wanted man arrested

first_imgOn Monday, Chatham-Kent police received a citizen tip that a wanted man was leaving a business on St. Clair Street in Chatham in a van.Officers found and stopped that vehicle on Oldfield Line near Prince Albert Road.Police said the man, a passenger in the vehicle, was wanted for failing to comply with his release conditions, property-related offences, assault with a weapon, administering a noxious substance and failing to attend court.The 24-year-old Walpole Island man was arrested and taken to the courthouse pending a bail hearing.Failing to complyOn Sept. 9, a woman was released from court with several conditions, including an order to reside at a specific Chatham address.On Sept. 21, officers visited this address to conduct a compliance check. At this time, officers learned the woman was no longer living there, police said.Police found the woman Monday night on Forest Street and she was arrested.The 23-year-old woman of no fixed address was charged with failing to comply with her release conditions. She has been held pending a bail hearing.Breach of curfewJust before midnight on Monday, an officer reportedly saw a man riding his bicycle with improper lighting on Murray Street near Margaret Avenue in Wallaceburg.The officer stopped the man for this Highway Traffic Act offence.The man was also reportedly bound by a curfew and wanted for breaching his probation, property-related offences and failing to attend court.The 50-year-old Wallaceburg man was arrested and charged with failing to comply with his curfew. He was held for bail.Theft of building materialsSome time between Sunday at 6 p.m. and Monday at 8 a.m., someone entered a building under construction on Queen Street in Chatham and stole six sheets of 4’x9′ silver board and 25 pieces of 2’x4′ lumber.The total value of the theft was estimated at $1,000. Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Doug Cowell at or 519-436-6600 ext. 83666. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.Theft of golf clubsSome time between Sept. 25 and Sept. 28, someone entered a garage on Dahlia Drive and stole a set of Callaway golf clubs valued at $1,000.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Branden Grellmore at or 519-436-6600 ext. 8107343, or Crime Stoppers.Peace officer memorial serviceThis Sunday at 10:30 a.m., a service will take place at Praise Fellowship Church on Park Avenue East in Chatham to remember first responders who have died in the line of duty.All are welcome to attend.last_img read more

The lesser known rides at Universal Orlando

first_imgE.T. AdventureFor longtime Universal fans the E.T. Adventure ride probably isn’t considered a lesser known attraction, in fact it may be a favorite of some. It is actually one of the few attractions at Universal for which I have an affinity. The queue is incredibly themed, the bicycle ride vehicles are unique, and it is one of the few rides with practical sets and figures (as opposed to projection screens).Rumor has it that E.T. and his friends will soon be heading back to the Green Planet without a return ticket. This is the only ride still standing that has been there since opening day. I recommend that even if you prefer more exciting rides that you at least pay this one a visit, if only for its classic appeal.Storm Force AccelerationThis ride is the essentially the same as Magic Kingdoms teacups, but doesn’t get as much love since it’s no where near as cute. There are some halfway decent lighting and sound effects to give this ride a little bit of character. But, given that it is tucked into a back corner of Marvel Super Hero Island, it doesn’t get a whole lot of attention.One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue FishSeuss Landing at Islands of Adventure is one of my favorite lands. It is chock full of whimsical details. All the rides here are easygoing, perfect for families and those that prefer milder experiences (like me). One such ride is One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, a spinner ride with a splashy-splashy surprise.You will get a little wet on this ride because playful fish figures are poised and ready to squirt you. This added touch is much more fun when you listen to the words of the song that plays as you spin through the air. It will instruct you to either fly your fish high or low in order to avoid getting wet.The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley TrainThe Trolley Train is one of my favorite rides in Universal Orlando. As the TTA People Mover is to the Magic Kingdom, the Trolley Train is to Islands of Adventure. Rising above Seuss Landing you’ll get a bird’s eye view of not only Seuss Landing, but essentially the entire park.There are two tracks, each with different onboard audio and a slightly different path. Typically during slower periods only one track is running, usually the one of the right hand side as you wait on the loading platform. This track runs through the Circus McGurkus quick service location. The audio on this side involves making sounds based on the sights along the ride path.The track on the left is my preferred track. It tells excerpts of the stories that are represented through the ride path, ending with peculiar residences in near miniature scale situated on top of the buildings the train passes over.Both tracks have an alternate audio track, I am not sure what causes this track to be used, but I find it quite boring because it does not really correspond with the ride path. It is a song of sorts involving the alphabet. Anytime I am unfortunate enough to be on the train with this version of the audio I feel I have set foot inside a preschool classroom. Other than this one potential downfall, the Trolley Train is one of my favorites.Flight of the HippogriffThis “kiddie coaster” is a great example of reclaiming an existing ride and converting it to a different theme. Back before Hogsmeade Village took over most of Lost Continent, a mythical forest, the stuff of medieval fairy tales welcomed guests at Islands of Adventure. The Flying Unicorn provided young guests looking to earn their coaster cred a ever-so-slightly thrilling ride without being too much to handle.Not much has changed about this coaster with its Harry Potter theme change over. The ride vehicle resembles a training Hippogriff (since riding an actual Hippogriff takes lots of skill and patience) and the queue is set in the glen of Hagrid’s hut. A walk through this short, but well themed queue is a fun little trip even for non-riders.Pteronodon FlyersThis ride has captured the imagination of many. It’s the one that got away, the unachievable. You see adults cannot experience this ride without accompanying a young child. It also has a dreadful hourly capacity making the wait time quite long, typically.Every time I see one of the ride vehicles swoop through the air along the track I feel a pang of longing. Wouldn’t it be cool to see Islands of Adventure from the view? It is quite the tease. Rumor has it that the track and ride system were simply the prototype and not originally intended to be the finished product. It is an easy rumor to believe considering the weight / age limit, the poor hourly capacity, and the bare bones appearance of the track. Share This!It’s clear that Universal Orlando has cornered the market on thrilling, exhilarating rides. When you want exciting experiences, Universal Orlando is the clear choice. But there is more to Universal than thrill rides, and we often overlook the smaller, more minor attractions here. Especially with the closure of two of Universal Studio’s minor attractions: Disaster! and Twister Ride It Out! (both names ending in exclamation points I might add), it can be easy to forget the small collection of less thrilling rides.Kang and Kodo’s Twirl ‘n’ HurlIt seems that the spinner style ride is a must-have when building a theme park. It all started with the iconic Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Disneyland in 1955. Ever since that time it has become a staple of theme parks to have at least one of this type of ride in its line-up.At Universal Orlando two spinner rides are offered, both with a little added touch. Twirl and Hurl came onto the scene when the World Expo area received a makeover courtesy of The Simpsons. After The Simpsons Ride took over for Back to the Future, the turf of the Simpsons was expanded to include multiple eateries, midway games, and this spinner ride.Pay close attention to the signage throughout the ride’s queue and exit, as well as the audio messaging. I love the names of the ride vehicles, each flying saucer has a unique, pun laden name such as Mai Tai Fighter or Ronald Ray-gun. Additionally, the extra touch here are the targets around the circumference of the ride. As you spin through the air aim, your vehicle up or down to line up with the targets of varying heights. If you line it up just right you’ll cause the targets to spin accompanied by silly sound effects. Universal Orlando’s bread and butter are big coasters and big attractions, all meant to attract thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. But as you can see there are plenty of other rides to fill in some of the gaps. Not everyone wants to do one big ride after another so thankfully Universal offers a fairly well rounded collection of milder, lesser known attractions. Make sure you pay one or two a visit next time you’re in Universal Orlando.last_img read more

Diamonds: local crafters get a cut

first_img9 October 2007The State Diamond Trader has entered into a deal with mining giant De Beers that will see it acquire 10% of all diamonds mined in South Africa enabling local crafters to cut and polish the gems, thereby adding more value before they are placed on the market.Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said this week that the deal aims to boost the downstream industry in South Africa, to a point where a considerable amount of value-addition to the country’s minerals is done locally.She also described the deal as “a big leap towards transformation”, as the diamonds would be sold on to mainly emerging crafts-people in the diamond industry, enabling previously excluded people to participate actively in the country’s economy.De Beers non-executive director Barend Petersen said that the company fully supported the government’s initiatives, describing the signing of the agreement as “a great day” in the history of the diamond business in South Africa.The State Diamond Trader was established on 3 September and, according to chief executive Abby Chikane, is expected to be able to supply its clients with rough diamonds for beneficiation by January 2009.De Beers will also provide the trader with technical expertise and intellectual property as it begins its work in earnest from November this year. The service and licence agreement with De Beers provides a “security of supply” that will allow for a quantifiable amount of the stones to be sold to the clients of the State Diamond Trader.Chikane pointed out that the trader would be buying diamonds at a market-related price, and subsequent pricing of the polished produce would “definitely not” be above the market rate, while the trader would itself be run on a cost-recovery basis, with the intention of passing profit margins on to its clients.In terms of the value of the agreement, 10% of South Africa’s annual production of diamonds, amounting to around US$1.4-billion, would be about $140-million (about R960-million).All diamonds purchased by the State Diamond Trader will have to comply with the Kimberley Process Certificate Scheme, which seeks to keep illicitly mined and conflict diamonds off the market.‘Not the end, just the start’Sonjica said the 10% quota assigned for sale to the State Diamond Trader was “not the end, just the start”, but added that the government was being careful not to be too drastic in ensuring that value is added to South Africa’s minerals before they are exported.She said however, that the idea of buying 10% of diamonds for local beneficiation by emerging cutters and polishers “will expand to other minerals”.In the meantime, the government is also focussing on intensive training of local diamond cutters and polishers, though Sonjica conceded that South Africa does currently falls short of the ideal level of skills for value-addition to diamonds.This was being addressed, whe said, with a group of aspiring crafters being sent to China to learn cutting and polishing skills. The government is also talking with Senegal about the possibility of South Africans being trained there.She said the government was not looking at subsidies for emerging beneficiators, but was considering incentives – not necessarily monetary incentives – to encourage more people to participate.Sonjica added that the government was also working with the Industrial Development Corporation to improve access to finance and skills training.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Immelman wins US Masters

first_img14 April 2008South African golf has another major winner after Trevor Immelman emulated his hero Gary Player’s feat of 30 years ago to win the US Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Sunday.It was a convincing victory by the 28-year-old. He was tied for the lead with Johannesburg-born Justin Rose after the first round; from round two, his name remained alone atop the leaderboard as he claimed victory by three shots on eight-under-par 280 after rounds of 68, 68, 69, and 75.Remarkable returnImmelman’s victory marked a remarkable return to winning ways for the modest man who just four months previously had a tumour removed shortly after winning the Nedbank Challenge in scintillating fashion. He experienced abdominal pain the week after his win at Sun City at the South African Airways Open, which forced him to withdraw from the event, and turned out to be the tumour.Six weeks later, he was back on tour, contesting the FBR Open. It was a tough return as he missed the cut. Next, he missed the cut in the Northern Trust Open, followed by a tie for 17th in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.Another missed cut followed at the Honda Classic. Then, a number of finishes way out of the big money positions: a tie for 65th at the PODS Championship, a tie for 48th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and a tie for 40th at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship.The famous green jacketIn his final tournament before the US Masters, Immelman missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open. Then.BOOM! There he was on Sunday at Augusta, having the famous green jacket fitted onto his shoulders by last year’s Masters’ winner, Zach Johnson.Speaking about his win, Immelman’s thoughts reflected his fight back from surgery. He said: “You know, I’ve always dreamed about winning majors and deep down I always thought I was good enough, but at time you obviously doubt yourself because you miss a few cuts and screw up a few times and you just… it’s like ‘Man, maybe I’m not as good or not good enough.’”The legendary Gary Player is the only previous South African winner of the Masters, having won it in 1961, 1974, and 1978. Immelman spoke about South Africa’s proud golf tradition and following in his idol’s footsteps, saying: “It hasn’t been hard to represent the country. Obviously, Gary won here three times and it’s such an incredible feat and, as you see, Ernie and Retief have come real close.More SA winners“Tim Clark finished second, Sabbatini – Rory – finished second, so there’s been a bunch of guys that have come so close and there’ll be a few more South Africans that will win this tournament.“This tournament is such a big deal down in South Africa. We grow up idolising this event, and kids dream about winning this tournament, just as I did, and obviously Ernie and all those guys I mentioned, they still have many opportunities to win this event, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they get it done at some point.”Now that he has won a major, Immelman says his ambition extends beyond a single title. “Obviously this is a tremendous confidence boost, now that I know I have got one under my belt,” he said, “and all I can do is go out there and prepare well for the majors from now on and just try my best.“I mean I’m definitely not going to sit back and go ‘okay, that’s me, I’m done’. I’m going to keep working hard and try to make the most of what I’ve been given.”DominationImmelman’s win was hugely impressive because of the manner in which he dominated the elements, the course, and the competition.He and Justin Rose led Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, and Brian Bateman by one shot, on four-under-par 68, after the opening round.In round two, only Steve Flesch, with a five-under 67 bettered Immelman’s 68. Snedeker equaled the South African with a 68 to trail by one at the halfway mark.In the third round, only three players managed to better Immelman’s 69, which left him with a two-shot advantage heading into Sunday’s fourth round.Final roundWith his parents watching, and a good luck message from Gary Player left on his cellphone, he teed off in the most important round of his career. By the inward nine, his lead had grown as large as six shots, but he injected minor tension into the finish by carding a double-bogey on the 16th.However, with such a big cushion, he wasn’t about to give up the coveted green jacket and pars on the final two holes secured the biggest win of his career.Immelman went on to pay tribute to his parents. His father, Johan, the former Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour, politely told a reporter that it was Trevor’s moment, not his, when approached for comment.‘Mister Player’He also thanked his wife, Carminita, and his brother, Mark, for coaching and encouraging him and, showing his respect for Gary Player, said: “This one is also for Mister Player.”Immelman began his week by playing a practice round with Player, who contested the Masters for a record 51st time.Victories don’t come bigger than winning the US Masters at Augusta. And speaking of “big” wins. Once converted to rands, Immelman’s prize money works out to R10.26-million – over R2.5-million per round – which is a seriously impressive return for a superb effort.However, it’s not the money that matters. Honestly.Pulling on the green jacket and emulating his hero, winning the US Masters for himself, his family, and the Rainbow Nation… That’s what matters. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The (Mexican) Revolution Will Be Televised – But on YouTube, and 100 Years After It Began

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts If you can’t wait to get your MexRev on, YouTube provides a number of other options right now, including this documentary featuring conversation with those who knew revolutionary leader Pancho Villa.. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#international#politics#web#YouTube curt hopkins The 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution is being commemorated by a revolution, this one in film. And this revolution is being televised, so to speak, on YouTube.Mexican cinema has experienced a revolution over the last decade. A handful of the film-makers responsible for this revolution have joined forces for Revolución, a feature film made of 10 short films addressing the Revolution and its aftermath. It will be available to watch on YouTube free for 24 hours, beginning November 20th, the date the Revolution began 100 years ago. Among the film-makers involved, YouTube mentions these. “Gael Garcia Bernal (who starred in Amores Perros, The Motorcycle Diaries and Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education), Diego Luna (who came to fame with Y tu mama tambien), Carlos Reygadas (who won the jury prize at Cannes for his film Silent Light in 2007), Rodrigo Garcia (who directed the award winning Nine Lives and was nominated for an Emmy for directing an episode of HBO’s Big Love) and Patricia Riggen (who directed 2008 Sundance hit La misma luna).”YouTube and the film-makers are inviting interested viewers to submit questions about them, the movie they’ve made or the Mexican Revolution at the MUBI YouTube channel. The filmmakers will answer the most popular questions via video on the site on the day of the premiere.See the film-makers talk about their project. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Tell Your Children to Learn Hadoop

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… david strom Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts Tags:#cloud computing#hack center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes It is time for your kids to start learning about Hadoop, the formless data repository that is the current favorite of many dot-coms and the darling of the data nerds. Indeed, the younger the better. The Hadoop ecosystem is a big tent and getting bigger.To grok it, you have to cast aside several long-held tech assumptions. First, that you know what you are looking for when you build your databases: Hadoop encourages pack rats to store every log entry, every Tweet, every Web transaction, and other Internet flotsam and jetsam. The hope is that one day some user will come with a question that can’t be answered in any way other than to comb through this morass. Who needs to spend months on requirements documents and data dictionaries when we can just shovel our data into a hard drive somewhere? Turns out, a lot of folks.Think of Hadoop as the ultimate in agile software development: we don’t even know what we are developing at the start of the project, just that we are going to find that proverbial needle in all those zettabytes.Hadoop also casts aside the notion that we in IT have even the slightest smidgen of control over our “mission critical” infrastructure. It also casts aside that we turn to open-source code when we have reached a commodity product class that can support a rich collection of developers. That we need solid n.1 versions after the n.0 release has been debugged and straightened out. Versions that are offered by largish vendors that have inked deals with thousands of customers.No, no, no and no. The IT crowd isn’t necessarily leading the Hadooping of our networks. Departmental analysts can get their own datasets up and running, although you really need skilled folks who have a handle on the dozen or so helper technologies to make Hadoop truly useful. And Hadoop is anything but a commodity: There are at least eight different distributions with varying degrees of support and add-ons, including ones from its originators at Yahoo. And the current version? Try something like 0.2. Maybe this is an artifact of the open-source movement that loves those decimal points in their release versions. Another company released its 1.0 version last week, and they have been at it for several years.And customers? Some of the major Hadoop purveyors have dozens, in some cases close to triple digits. Not exactly impressive, until you run down the list. Yahoo (which began the whole shebang as a way to help its now forlorn search engine) has the largest Hadoop cluster at more than 42,000 nodes. And I met someone else who has a mere 30-node cluster: He was confident by this time next year he would be storing a petabyte on several hundred nodes. That’s a thousand terabytes, for those that aren’t used to thinking of that part of the metric system. Netflix already has a petabyte of data on their Hadoop cluster, which they run on Amazon’s Web Services. And Twitter, Facebook, eBay and other titans and dot-com darlings have similarly large Hadoop installations.Three years ago I would have told you to teach your kids WordPress, but that seems passé, even quaint now. Now even grade-school kids can set up their own blogs and websites without knowing much code at all, and those who are sufficiently motivated can learn Perl and PHP online. But Hadoop clearly has captured the zeitgeist, or at least a lot of our data, and it poised to gather more of it as time goes on. Lots of firms are hiring, too, and the demand is only growing.Cloudera has some great resources to get you started from knowing nothing about it: they claim 12,000 people have watched or participated in their training sessions. You can start your engines here with a good video tutorial (registration required). And James Kobielus, now with IBM, goes into more detail in his blog post here about BigData skills that will be required in the near future. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

Missouri Supreme Court extends LGBTQ protections in rulings

first_img(AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court has extended legal protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in two separate cases dealing with the rights of workers and students.In one case involving a gay man, the court affirmed Tuesday that Missouri law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of a worker’s failure to conform to sex-based stereotypes. The court ruled he had a legal basis to sue after claiming he was harassed while working at the Missouri Department of Social Services.The court also sided with a transgender student in the Blue Springs School District who had been denied access to the boys’ restrooms and locker rooms.The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri said in a statement that members of the LGBTQ community should enjoy the same protections against sex-based discrimination as everyone else. It hailed the two decisions as a step toward improving the clarity of Missouri’s anti-discrimination stance.The ACLU had filed friend-of-the-court briefs in both cases.last_img read more

Southern Boone Fire requests property tax hike

first_imgPresident Jim Cunningham has been with the Southern Boone Fire Protection District since 1985. He’s seen major growth in the Ashland area, meaning more work for his volunteer team.“So far, we’re ok. But we are seeing a disturbing trend where the increase in the number of call is increasing beyond the rate we can put on new firefighters.”The fire district has put a 12-cent property tax increase question on Tuesday’s ballot. Cunningham says it actually gets the rate back where it used to be, and this is the first time the fire district has requested a tax hike.The new money would go toward a paid on-call system for firefighters, and administrative costs for a chief and clerk, according to Cunningham.“The time is now to change the way we’re operating a little bit, and get some compensation flowing to some of the people who have been providing these services for free so that we can ensure they’re there in the future.”last_img read more