Interim reprieve for ServiceOntario centre in Chatham

first_imgInitially slated for closure on Monday, there is now a short-term reprieve for the ServiceOntario centre in Chatham.The closure – announced on Thursday in a media release, as well as a sign on the door of the Grand Avenue East location – will now be pushed back to Sept. 30.Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls had a chance to speak with the service provider on Friday.“Working with the ministry, and with himself and with landlords, he has agreed to keep the doors open until Sept. 30,” he said. “It’s an interim solution, but it’s a whole lot better than having a shutdown on Monday.“We’re still working to minimize (or) not have gaps in the services ServiceOntario provides.”In an email on Friday, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services officials stated the process had already started to find another provider.“We have full intention to bring a ServiceOntario centre back to the community of Chatham. Our ministry has initiated a procurement process to acquire a new service provider to minimize the service gap to community and this work is underway,” the ministry stated.ServiceOntario centres are privately operated under contract with the province.Nicholls said Friday’s extension “buys us time to vet” any service proposals.“I’m going to be all over this for the next month,” he said.Before the reprieve was announced, the closure was widely criticized on social media by those who believe it made no sense to shut the doors in a community the size of Chatham.Nicholls said the local provider is retiring and credited his service to the community over the years.He said notice had been given in the spring about the retirement, but added the date changed several times.“We need to keep things rolling,” Nicholls said. “We have seniors, we have people looking for licence renewals, we have car dealerships and people needing health cards.”There are other nearby ServiceOntario centres in Blenheim, Dresden, Tilbury and Wallaceburg.The service also stated that residents can access more than 40 services online at ServiceOntario.ca.Nicholls added that not everyone has a computer and said identification photos still need to be taken in person.“We need a physical location, and I’m doing everything I can to ensure that that location remains where it’s at,” he said.tterfloth@postmedia.comTwitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

Santa Claus coming to Chatham Friday night

first_imgSanta Claus will return to downtown Chatham Friday night.The annual Santa Claus Parade, organized by the Historic Downtown Chatham Business Improvement Area, will begin at 6:30 p.m. It will be staged on Sandys Street, turn onto King Street West and end at the WISH Centre on King Street East.The BIA is inviting people to bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the parade alongside King Street West and East. Santa will meet with children at the WISH Centre.Groups will also collect non-perishable goods while Electric City will collect teddy bears which will be given to the OPP for distribution.Canada Post will collect letters for Santa to send to the North Pole. Vendors will also sell sweets on the sidewalk at the Downtown Chatham Centre.last_img read more

Investing in South African Mining Industry

first_imgAt Mining Indaba 2014, Brand South Africa makes a compelling business case for why investors should consider South Africa as an important trade and investment destination.Support and Partnership from Exploration to ProcessingInvestment workshop 5 February, Roof Terrace Room, CTICCSouth Africa is becoming an economic force to be reckoned with in this rapidly changing global economic – mainly due to the long-term socio-economic vision and associated policy-making of its government, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola tells participants at an investment workshop during Mining Indaba 2014.South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing worldAmended legislation to ease doing business in South Africa February 6, 2014: Amendments to the National Environmental Management and the Mineral and Petroleum Development Acts will soon see a smoother process to licensing in the mining sector, improving the climate for investment in the country.  More >South Africa: Sound investment destination, emerging market that mattersFebruary 5, 2014: South Africa is an important emerging market in the global stage, offering a solid and steadily growing economy with secure rewards for potential investors. That was the consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop hosted by Brand South Africa at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 5 February. More >Mining Indaba: South Africa – an emerging market that mattersFebruary 5, 2014 : There was overwhelming consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop co-hosted by Brand South Africa and the Departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology at the Mining Indaba that South Africa is an emerging market that matters. More >Cape Town is open for business – De LilleFebruary 4, 2014: Having hosted the African Mining Indaba for the past 20 years, Cape Town is now looking to further relationships with sector businesses beyond the conference.  More >Mining Indaba: Growing population to boost Africa’s mineral developmentFebruary 4, 2014: Speaking at the 2014 Mining Indaba, Minerals Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said a growing world population was a good sign for Africa’s development; Red Door Research’s Jim Lennon echoed this, saying China’s development needs would mean strong demand for the continent’s resources. More >Focus on African resources at Mining IndabaFebruary 3, 2014: With #MiningIndaba trending on Twitter, the first full day of the 20th Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town focused on transparency in the industry, and on the scramble for Africa’s resources – the continent accounts for 30% of mining resources in the world, much of it untapped. More >African mining: ‘prepare for a rebound’February 3, 2014: Investors should broaden their perspective, look beyond the obvious and prepare for African mining to rebound on the back of growing demand from recovering global economies, delegates heard at a private forum ahead of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on the weekend. More >Africa, mining industry ‘must grow together’February 3, 2014: A major shift in how mining companies operate in Africa is required for the industry to contribute effectively to the continent’s growth, South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday. More >last_img read more

Tennis SA overhauls its Fed Cup system

first_img18 March 2014Earl Grainger, South Africa’s newly appointed Fed Cup captain, is on a mission to improve women’s tennis in the country. On Monday, Grainger, together with Tennis South Africa, announced a complete overhaul of the Fed Cup system in the country.A Fed Cup squad comprising of 15 of the country’s top senior and junior players has been confirmed for 2014, and for the first time in years it includes South Africa’s highest ranked women’s singles player, Chani Scheepers, who last made herself available for Fed Cup duty in 2005.Grainger said that he had held long discussions with Scheepers, who was very excited by the new plans.‘Totally committed’“Chani assured me that she is totally committed to South African tennis,” Grainger said in a statement.“We spoke about her not being available for Fed Cup in the past and we discussed the future. Chani wants to help us in every possible way and I was delighted that she agreed to be part of the Fed Cup squad.”SquadTwelve of the 15 squad members were announced on Monday. They are: Chani Scheepers; Chanel Simmonds; Natasha Fourouclas; Madrie Le Roux; Natalie Grandin; Ilze Hattingh; Michelle Sammons; Lynn Kiro; Zani Barnard; Lee Barnard; Theresa Van Zyl; and Janet Koch. Three more players will be added to the squad shortly.The players in the squad were selected according to their world rankings and participation on the WTA Tour. Juniors with potential were also considered and players that supported the TSA tournament programme were given added consideration.Euro Africa Group 2 tournamentGrainger said that he would announce his Fed Cup team on Friday to play in the Euro Africa Group 2 tournament in Lithuania from 16 to 19 April.“I will be monitoring the players, their progress and their schedules at all times,” Grainger explained. “I will also be at all major local and international tournaments to watch the players compete and be on hand at these events to offer them advice.”ConsultantsTennis South Africa also confirmed that two consultants – seasoned doubles specialist Natalie Grandin of Durban and leading coach Allan Karam of Pretoria – would work with Grainger on the Fed Cup project. Grandin and Karam would be on hand not only to advise Grainger but also to work with the players in the squad.Karam said that the aim was to build for the future. “Let’s not be fooled, there is plenty of talent in our country. All we need to do is identify players, nurture and develop their skills, and look at long term success for our country.“I am optimistic about this new look Fed Cup project. As long as we give the girls every opportunity available to enable them to progress and develop, this added support will for sure assist them in becoming successful professional players, which will in turn be good for our Fed Cup hopes,” Karam added.He warned, however, that the road ahead would be a big challenge. “It’s not going to be easy, but Earl has some really great and positive vision, and Natalie and I look forward to the challenge.”‘This is a great idea’Grandin shared a similar view to Karam, and was feeling positive about her involvement with the project. “I am and have always been happy to help Tennis South Africa,” she said. “I think this is a great idea and I am sure that with all my years of experience playing in the Fed Cup team, and on the pro tour, I will be able to help South Africa move up to Group 1. The team definitely has enough talent to move up and be a strong contender in years to come.”Free of charge training squads for the players are planned to be held at least four times a year, with the players in the squad being given top class technical, physical and mental training to prepare them for the professional tour.‘Hard, dedicated work’“Hard, dedicated work will enable the girls to earn a place in the squad. My plan is to give the girls something that they have never experienced before and after each squad session I really want the girls to have gained enormously from the technical, physical and mental sessions we will offer them,” Grainger said.He warned, though, that the players would have to work hard and win matches to keep their spots in the squad. “I need a hard working bunch of players that are totally committed to their game, to Tennis South Africa and the country as a whole. If they are not committed and show signs of poor performance they will stand a chance of losing their spot in the squad,” he said.The first squad session will be held at Johannesburg’s Bedfordview Tennis Club from 9 to 12 April.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Jetstar Asia showcases Australia’s red Top End

first_imgThe Jetstar Asia Northern Territory livery in Darwin. Photo: Darwin International Airport Travelers in Asia are about to get a dose of camels, kangaroos and red dust thanks to a unique Jetstar Asia livery showcasing Australia’s Top End.The Northern Territory-themed “flying billboard” was officially launched at Darwin International Airport Friday, accompanied by an announcement Jetstar Asia would boost the number of seats between Singapore and Darwin by 25 percent with daily services starting in April.Jetstar Asia has been flying to Darwin for a decade and chief executive Bara Pasupathi said the airline had seen steady and strong demand during that time.“By offering up to seven regular services a week on our Airbus 320, we are committed to providing more options for travelers from Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia to discover Darwin,’’ he said.READ: Malindo Air spreads its wings with new Adelaide service.“The livery collaboration with NT Tourism and NT Airports is the first of a number of opportunities that will see us increase awareness of our services and entice more visitors to explore this incredible destination”.The livery is part of wider moves by Darwin International Airport to partner with local organizations to stimulate tourism and aims to showcase the NT to a new audience.In addition to signature wildlife and landmarks, it features the logo of the Top End’s  18-day celebration of art, music, theatre and dance: the Darwin Festival.jetstatrTargeted campaigns in Asian markets have combined with investments with Singaporean wholesalers to boost visitors by 14 percent in the six months ended December 2018.There has also been work with Qantas and Jetstar Asia to create new itineraries through Darwin to Uluru and Alice Springs.“The new Darwin-Uluru service and additional capacity on services to Alice Springs also opens up the Red Centre to our close Asian neighbours,’’ NT Airports chief executive Ian Kew said.Kew said the iconic natural earth tones of the Red Centre and Uluru made them “must-do destinations” that were increasingly sought after by Asian travelers seeking a unique experience.“Being less than five hours from Singapore makes the entire Northern Territory very accessible to Asian markets,” he said.Disclosure: Steve Creedy also writes for the Australian Airports Association.last_img read more

Share Your Travels With Driftr

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts Yes, Driftr is yet another travel social network – but it’s one with a lot of potential. Although there are many sites out there that can help you plan your trips, few offer you planning tools and a way to share your experiences about the places you’ve been. What Drifter offers is a community where you can track your trips, share your photos, blog, and review everything from restaurants and hotels to travel agents and airlines. Like they say, at Driftr “you are the travel writer, the photographer, and the reviewer.”The information you share then becomes a part of the Driftr community. Other travelers can use this collective, shared information to research destinations before making their travel plans.Where Driftr really stands out is its great design and the high level of usability of its website. After signing up for the service, it’s easy to get started with adding your first trip. Using drop-down menus, there are thousands of destinations to choose from, but you can also add your own if it’s not already built-in. You can either upload your photos to Driftr from your computer or, better yet, you can just import a Flickr photoset instead. Along with sharing photos, each trip also has areas where you can add your opinions about “where to stay,” “what to eat,” “what to do,” and “how to get around.” The “trip blog”, however, is very basic when compared with other blogging platforms – being nothing more than text boxes in which you can write.Image via Driftr blogAnother nice feature is Driftr’s proprietary map, that lets you highlight and track the places you’ve been – while also letting you search for content about the places you would like to go. When you click on a destination on the map, you are presented with a list of cities to select from. After clicking on the city of your choice, you are then taken to a page where the collective photos, reviews, and blog entries for that location are combined. As you find other travelers on the site whose trips you want to follow, you have the option of adding them as a friend, just like on any other social network. The sheer simplicity of navigating Driftr’s map and other areas of the website make using Driftr quite enjoyable.The only major omission I saw was that there was no way to upload video, but since the service is still so new I’m hoping that feature will arrive at some point down the road. The Driftr homepage banner reads “alpha”, but the text says it’s a “private beta,” which is a little confusing. I also received my invite almost immediately after signing up, so I’m not sure how “private” it really is anymore. This is good news, though, because the more people signing up and sharing on Driftr, the more useful it becomes. Even if you are not a major traveler, Driftr can be a fun way to research where you want to go for your next vacation. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

High growth highway

first_imgStudents play football at Rohtak’s Rajiv Gandhi sports complexRohtak, HaryanaSitting MP Deepender Hooda, Congress, since 2005. Previous MP: Father Bhupinder Singh Hooda, elected in 1991, ’96, ’98, 2004It is 6 in the evening in the heart of Haryana, 80 km west of New Delhi. Former Davis Cup captain Jaideep Mukherjea,Students play football at Rohtak’s Rajiv Gandhi sports complexRohtak, HaryanaSitting MP Deepender Hooda, Congress, since 2005. Previous MP: Father Bhupinder Singh Hooda, elected in 1991, ’96, ’98, 2004It is 6 in the evening in the heart of Haryana, 80 km west of New Delhi. Former Davis Cup captain Jaideep Mukherjea is with 20 young enthusiasts, checking their racquet grips at Rohtak’s Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex. “I come once a month for a few days,” Mukherjea says. Three years ago, he was invited by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to set up an academy in Rohtak. His is just one of the many modern amenities available at the 91-acre sports complex.What Rohtak boasts ofThis dream project has become a reality, headlining Rohtak’s transformation in the last eight years, coinciding with the Chief Minister’s son Deepender Singh Hooda’s tenure as MP.Evidence of this is visible the moment you turn left off the National Highway from Delhi towards this bustling city of nearly 400,000 inhabitants. On one side is rampant construction and on the other acres of golden wheat crop. The road is hard and even, getting you to a land of educational institutes, factories, rich farmers and luxury SUVs in 30 minutes.Today Rohtak has 16 national government institutes, making it among the biggest education hubs of the country. For the private sector, an Industrial Model Town has been set up on 5,500 acres on the outskirts. Companies such as Asian Paints, Amul Dairy, Suzuki Motorcycle, Nippon Carbide have invested more than Rs 5,000 crore here in last three years. Maruti Suzuki is now setting up its first R&D plant outside Japan in Rohtak.advertisementDeepender is often criticised for using his father’s position as chief minister to develop his constituency. But he says, “Most of the projects here are Central ones. I have run from one ministry to the next in Delhi to get things done. Any MP can do this for his constituency.”To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: Players will embrace Arsenal FA Cup test

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Players will embrace Arsenal FA Cup testby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has welcomed their fourth round FA Cup tie with Arsenal.Solskjaer says his players will embrace the test.He said, “Fantastic. We need these games. These players need the big games to be challenged.”Of course, everyone says we’ve won the last five games but [they have] not been [against] big opposition. But you can only beat the teams you play and, for us to get tested and go to the next level, you need those games. And if you want to win the FA Cup, you have to beat everybody.”Assistant coach Michael Carrick added: “It’s a typically nice draw, just when you want a nice little home game!“But if you want to get to the final or win these competitions, you’ve got to play and beat [the best teams] and we’ll look forward to going down there.” last_img read more

a month agoREVEALED: Man Utd made triple-threat check on Moussa Dembele

first_imgREVEALED: Man Utd made triple-threat check on Moussa Dembeleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are scouting Lyon striker Moussa Dembele leading up to the January market.The Daily Mail says United sent a scout to Wednesday’s draw with Brest, where Dembele scored, and Sunday’s clash with PSG. They also had a presence at the Champions League match against Zenit Saint-Petersburg last week.Dembele has been in fine form this season and already has six goals from six appearances in Ligue 1 — with all of his shots on target finding the back of the net. He is the top scorer in the division. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State mens soccer falls to Hoosiers

Heading into Saturday afternoon’s game, the Ohio State men’s soccer team knew it had the opportunity to seal an outright Big Ten regular season championship with a victory over No. 9-Indiana. That proved to be a tall order and the Hoosiers escaped with a 1-0 win in Bloomington, Ind. The lone score came with just 14 seconds remaining in the first half when Indiana sophomore defender Matt McKain lofted a ball into the box that teammate and fellow sophomore Nikita Kotlov converted into a goal just past OSU junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson. The lead held as the teams finished with 11 shots apiece. Lampson ended the day with five saves. The Buckeyes dropped to 10-6-2 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten as Indiana improved to 11-3-4 overall and 3-2-1 in conference play. Head coach John Bluem said in a press release that he thought Indiana was probably the best team in the league and they played well today. “It was certainly a disappointment to come away without a win and not win the championship outright,” Bluem said in the release. “But it was definitely a difficult task at hand.” It was the first shutout loss for the Buckeyes since a 1-0 loss to fifth-ranked Louisville on Sept. 25. A Big Ten championship seemed unlikely for the Buckeyes a month ago after losing to Northwestern 3-2 on Oct. 9 in a game that Bluem told The Lantern was “one of the worst performances by an Ohio State team in (his) 15 years here.” The Buckeyes were 7-5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference at that time and appeared to be on the outside looking in. However, the Buckeyes went 3-0-1 in the next four contests to set themselves up with a chance to win the title. With OSU losing to Indiana and Northwestern (10-4-4, 4-0-2) winning over Michigan, the Buckeyes finish second in the league behind the Wildcats. The loss likely also puts the Buckeyes out of NCAA tournament consideration. The No. 2-seeded Buckeyes will try to rebound quickly as they have their first Big Ten Tournament game against No. 7 seed Penn State Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more