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 a clean future

first_imgEnvironmental affairs are the core priority of the newly-launched Evolution Oneprivate equity fund. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClub South Africa. For more photos,visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusEvolution One, a new 10-year private equity fund launched by Cape Town-based investment management company Inspired Evolution, aims to raise R1-billion ($120-million) for the development of technology for clean energy generation, water purification and waste management in South Africa.Evolution One intends to have its R1-billion capital in place by mid-2009. Inspired Evolution’s executive director Christopher Clarke expressed confidence that the fund would reach this target, and added that a follow-up fund would be started in three to four years.Evolution One is said to be South Africa’s first investment fund devoted solely to green technology, and plans to make between 10 and 15 investments over the next three to five years, all centred on environmental issues. Investments in the Southern African Development Community will receive priority, and reports say that 75% of the capital will be invested in South Africa with the rest spread around countries such as Lesotho, Angola, Swaziland, Zambia and Mozambique.To date the fund has received some R400-million ($46-million) in backing from the Swiss Investment fund for Emerging Markets, the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation, Castleway Properties (part of the Tchenguiz Family Trust, headed by property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz), and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.Global investment in clean technology is predicted to soar to over $226-billion by 2016, mostly from funds raised by private equity and venture capital. In 2007 alone it is estimated that $150-billion was invested in the green technology sector, excluding Africa and Latin America.Evolution One has identified a number of focus areas for investment, including clean energy generation and energy efficiency; cleaner production technologies and processes; air quality and emissions control; water quality and management; waste management; agribusiness and forestry; natural products, organics and natural health; and sustainable buildings and environmental real estate.Inspired Evolution has announced that it is currently in the process of seeking a second round of international and local investors.Technology for a clean environmentThe International Finance Corporation’s director for private equity funds Haydee Celaya said the investment into Evolution One falls in line with the World Bank’s strategy to back technologies that address environmental issues and to ensure that the projects it supports embody principles of environmental sustainability..“This demonstrates our commitment to being a leader in the clean energy and climate change sectors,” Celaya said, “and to providing support to smaller businesses that are not likely to receive funding from mainstream private equity groups.”A report from Times Online says that the World Bank is dipping into profits from the arms industry, raised from lucrative deals struck between European and American defence companies and emerging economies, to fund its Evolution One backing.The organisation is taking advantage of a system known as off-set, which is a feature of most large-scale global defence contracts. Up to 6% of the value of a deal with a foreign government is added to the base price and used to invest in education or health, but lately the trend has been for governments to use the off-set payment to develop green technologies.Around the table with EskomEvolution One has wasted no time in embarking on a round of talks with Eskom, South Africa’s national power supplier and the largest electricity utility in Africa.Eskom generates almost 90% of its power from coal and in its 2008 annual report, released in September, it states that its greenhouse gas emissions had increased from 208.9 million tons in 2007 to 223.6 million tons in 2008. The report covers the period from March 2007 to March 2008.Eskom also mentioned in the report that it planned to reduce the amount of electricity generated from coal to 70% in the next 20 years.Clarke said talks are focused on alternative power supply projects. “We’ve had discussions with some of Eskom’s treasury members on how to finance alternative forms of energy,” he said, “particularly the concentrated solar power plants that they’re looking to set up, and co-generation and solar thermal [projects].”Cutting down on greenhouse gasesA new initiative to develop a South African carbon dioxide storage atlas was announced in October 2008. The project is supported by petrochemical producer Sasol, Eskom, mining house Anglo American, and the Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa, PetroSA.South Africa is a major global culprit in the emission of greenhouse gases, emitting about 400-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year. This is about 1% of the global total. The new environmentally-friendly scheme will entail capturing CO2 as it emerges from industrial flues, then compressing it under intense pressure to a liquid and injecting it into suitable geological formations such as coal seams or spent oil and gas fields.Experts have already identified potentially suitable areas from preliminary studies. The Karoo Basin has been named, as have the depleted oil and gas structures in the Mossel Bay area. An initial assessment is on the cards for publication by April 2010.Related storiesDarling wind farmUseful linksEvolution OneInspired EvolutionSouthern African Development Community PetroSAInternational Finance CorporationDepartment of Environmental Affairs and Tourismlast_img read more

Lefty Startup Offers Free Apps for Democratic Candidates

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The founders of Campaign Live want to level the playing field for political candidates running for state, county and local office – if those candidates are Democrats.The month-old company has been offering Facebook, MySpace, Web and mobile Web apps for between $0 and $999, depending on a client’s ability to pay. But today Campaign Live announced a generous promotion: free apps for any Democratic candidate during election season between now and Nov. 2.Campaign Live sells pre-fabricated or “white-label” Facebook, MySpace, and mobile Web apps which can be tweaked and branded to look custom-made. Campaign Live advises its clients to ask supporters with iPhones to bookmark the mobile Web app on the homescreen so it mimics a native iPhone app.An example of the Campaign Live mobile web app.The apps are basic, but they offer the functions most crucial to a candidate: meet the candidate, read news, “tweet” or “like” the campaign, and most importantly – “volunteer” and “contribute.” Donations are collected via the online Democratic fundraising clearinghouse Act Blue.Candidates including Jerry Brown, a Democrat running for Governor in California, and Matt Dunne, a Democrat running for Governor in Vermont, are already using the service. Campaign Live also builds apps for issue campaigns such as fundraising for the Gulf Coast clean-up necessitated by the BP oil spill.“We want to make sure that anyone who wants to run for any office or drive any issue campaign can do it, and money and technology are not the barriers to entry,” co-founder Rob Kramer told political news site The Uptake last month at Netroots Nation, a conference for progressive bloggers.But by anyone, Kramer and his partners really mean Democrats. “We don’t think non-partisan sites ilke this work very well, primarily because we think it’s important to put your money where your mouth is,” Kramer said.The price for a Campaign Live app is imminently affordable even for the most underground political candidates at the local-est levels who are still learning about social media. Federal candidates are fairly savvy, but local and state candidates are still “on the learning curve” when it comes to Web and mobile apps, Kramer said. “State and local candidates are just getting up to speed with this stuff,” he said.Campaign Live is getting a lot of interest from candidates thanks to the promotion, he said, and he is talking to national organizations including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Democratic Municipal Officials.Kramer said he has not heard of any similar “apps for all” effort from the other side. “Democrats tend to be pretty ahead of the curve in terms of this type of technology,” he said. Related Posts Tags:#NYT#politics#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market adrianne jeffries A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

California governor places moratorium on executions

first_img(AP) – The 737 inmates on California’s largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve.Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions.He’s also withdrawing the lethal injection regulations that death penalty opponents already have tied up in court. And he’s shuttering the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison that has never been used since it was modernized following the last execution in 2006.Newsom says the order won’t alter any convictions or allow any condemned inmate a chance at an early release.A prosecutor says Newsom is usurping voters’ will.California voters have supported the death penalty, most recently in 2016 when they narrowly voted to speed up the process. How to do that also has been tied up in litigation.last_img read more

LOOK: OSU commit Brock Martin is an athlete on the water

first_imgOne of Oklahoma State’s standout commitments in the 2017 class, Brock Martin of Oologah, Okla., is committed to play defensive end in Stillwater.But he’s also a pretty incredibly freaky athlete, which apparently translates to water sports, too.Here’s a clip of Brock Martin on the water wakeboarding, trying to perform some insanely difficult trick that I only have nightmares about, which is why I stick to paddle boards. Athlete on the water?? pic.twitter.com/OZMjf1OrAW— Brock Martin (@btmartin40) June 26, 2016Granted, he didn’t quite stick the landing. But whatever trick he’s getting at is a bit more difficult than simply standing up on a board. That takes some serious talent to get to that point.Hopefully that talent and athleticism will translate to some serious production on the field. Per his HUDL film website, Martin tallied 96 tackles and 17 sacks his junior season, despite missing several games at the beginning of the season recovering from an ACL injury. So whatever he’s doing seems to be working.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

War and Peace: The Story of Maternal Mortality Estimation

first_imgHigh resolution / medium resolution / low resolution Posted on January 14, 2011August 17, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Earlier this week, we hosted Professor Wendy J. Graham from the University of Aberdeen who spoke about maternal mortality estimation here at our New York office. If you couldn’t make it and/or were unable to watch the webcast, the video is now available online. Click either of the links below to watch the video. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:center_img Choose resolution based on the speed/quality of your internet connection. High resolution for a high speed/quality and low resolution for low speed/quality.Share this:last_img read more

Strengthening Local Government Key to Building Better Caribbean Cities

first_img Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says strengthening relationships at the local government level is key to building better Caribbean cities. Senator Williams noted that regional municipalities and states share a common background, history, culture and way of life. “We believe that will serve us well in the City of Kingston and will also serve the cities, towns and municipalities across the Caribbean region,” the Mayor said. Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says strengthening relationships at the local government level is key to building better Caribbean cities.“We believe that will serve us well in the City of Kingston and will also serve the cities, towns and municipalities across the Caribbean region,” the Mayor said.He was speaking at today’s (April 10) meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) at the council’s chambers on Church Street on the benefits of the inaugural Caribbean Conference of Mayors now under way in the nation’s capital.Senator Williams noted that regional municipalities and states share a common background, history, culture and way of life.“So our experiences… in terms of the issues we face and the problems we encounter… across the Caribbean are similar,” he said.The Mayor argued that while each city may approach situations and challenges differently, countries can learn from each other to rectify challenges based on past experiences.Meanwhile, Senator Williams said the decision as to whether the Conference of the Mayors should be expanded to include non-English-speaking countries in the future is being explored.“That decision we will be make before the conclusion of this conference,” he said.During Tuesday’s sitting, Senator Williams welcomed visiting international and local Mayors attending the inaugural Conference, which ends on April 11.The visiting officials are the Mayor of the City of Miramar, Florida, Wayne Messam; Mayor of Castries, St Lucia, Peterson Francis; Mayor of Georgetown, Guyana, Patricia Chase Green; Mayor of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Alderman Joel Martinez; and Chairman Mayor of the Mayaro Rio Claro Regional Municipality in Trinidad and Tobago, Glen Ram.SHARE TO FACEBOOKSHARE TO TWITTERSHARE TO LINKEDINSHARE TO WHATSAPPSHARE TO MESSENGERSHARE TO EMAILSHARE TO TELEGRAMSHARE TO MORE132The conference is being held under the theme ‘Caribbean Cities: Honouring the Past, Embracing a Smart Future’.It is geared towards building relationships and understanding among mayors and local government practitioners from across the Caribbean.It is being coordinated by the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Companies fret about hazy rules around pot use

first_imgTORONTO – Once recreational cannabis use becomes legal, taking a “smoke break” at work could suddenly become much more complicated.At least that’s the fear among some human resources officials who wonder if the law change will bring impairment at work, decreased productivity, poor attendance and, of course, safety issues.Many questions linger over what legal pot will mean for the average workplace, says Scott Allinson of the Human Resources Professionals Association, which outlined its concerns in a 25-page report over the summer.While some of those issues have been addressed by proposed provincial limitations on who can toke and where, Allinson says many in his field are still unclear about what constitutes impairment and when an employee can be tested for cannabis use.“Is it going to be decreased work performance? Is that going to be a huge issue? Is attendance going to be a big issue?” says Allinson, whose provincial group represents 24,000 members, most in Ontario but also some outside the province and country.“And then the disciplinary procedures of how to deal with it — (who is) going to be the test case for the first court case?”Without a clear, legal definition of impairment, many human resources officers are unsure how to revise their policies, he says, especially in sectors that are not especially safety-sensitive.The tricky part is in explicitly outlining how much is too much, detailing expectations about possible recreational use before a shift, and being able to accurately monitor job performance they suspect is affected by pot use.“There are policies in place that tell you when it comes to alcohol, you can’t drink — for pilots or for truck drivers, you can’t drink X amount before (a shift),” he says. “What is it for somebody who is consistently a user recreationally? Is that impairing him to do his job as a desk worker?”Indeed, it’s the sectors where safety issues are less concerning that might be less prepared for possible fallout of legalization, slated to take effect by July 2018, suggests human resources consultant Jan Laevens.“I worry about the systemic and the more subtle impact because the extremes are always a little more straightforward to deal with,” says Laevens, who works with the Toronto firm HirePower.“If people are going out and having a few drinks at lunch, are they coming back? And we’re seeing a productivity drop of 10, 15 per cent? Haven’t a clue. Very hard to ascertain. Very hard to measure and certainly very, very challenging to investigate.”Right now there is no reliable test for impairment. While urine and saliva tests can detect the presence of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — that doesn’t indicate active impairment and it can take between 24 and 48 hours for THC to clear the system.It’s also possible for a worker to test positive if they’ve been exposed to second-hand smoke in a poorly ventilated room, according to a recent study at the University of Calgary.The Canadian Union of Public Employees cautions employers from using legalization as an excuse to pursue a more aggressive policy around random drug testing, which is rarely permitted and requires a high legal bar to protect workers’ human rights.The public sector union, whose members include flight attendants, paramedics, and child care workers, says there are more effective ways to manage addiction and substance abuse issues “that are constructive rather than punitive.”Nevertheless, it seems that employers are investigating their options.Employment lawyer Nadia Halum saw a spike in queries about random drug tests after a Superior Court judge allowed the Toronto Transit Commission to test its employees earlier this year.But she says the TTC had very specific criteria that earned the judgment, beyond the obvious safety concerns.“A lot of what the court decision took into consideration is that when it comes to the TTC workplace, it’s the entirety of the city of Toronto and that an accident could affect not only workers but a pedestrian, members of the general public,” says Halum, an associate at Macleod Law Firm in toronto.“There are still human rights considerations, and there are still privacy considerations and you have to show that drugs and alcohol are a problem at the workplace.”Just last week, a union that represents 3,000 oilsands workers in northeastern Alberta won a court injunction against random drug testing by Suncor Energy. The judge said the privacy rights of employees are just as important as safety concerns.The whole issue is a thorny one — Halum notes that even raising concerns with an employee about possible impairment must be handled carefully. In an office environment, the connection between substance use and a perceived drop in productivity would have to be clear. An employer would also have to rule out the possibility of addiction, which is considered a disability.Edmonton-based cannabis expert Alison McMahon says some signs of cannabis use to look for include odour, appearance and pupil dilation, as well as any change in ability to multi-task and stay focused.Even when accommodating medical use, “under no circumstances does an employer have to accommodate impairment in the workplace,” she says.But if it’s going to be a problem in the workplace, it’s likely a problem now, she says.“People who are willing to take the risk of being impaired in the workplace, they’re probably already exercising that today,” says McMahon, whose Calgary-based company Cannabis at Work educates employers and helps them comply with changing legislation.She says employers need to know there are different strains of cannabis, each with different properties and uses. Some strains are low in THC and high in cannabidiol, or CBD, which has been shown to have medicinal properties without the psychoactive effects.Unfortunately, McMahon says stigma has led a lot of employers to avoid or ignore the issue of marijuana at work — even medical marijuana, which has been legal for years.“We have been told for so long that cannabis has been an illegal substance, essentially if you use it that means that you’re a bad person. It takes a long time to shift away from those stigmas.”Another problem is that research has been slow to keep up with the demand for more information, say scientists Andrea Furlan and Nancy Carnide, who are studying existing literature to see if there’s any link between cannabis use and workplace injury, death and near-misses.Data tends to come from drug tests conducted after an accident, says Carnide, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Work and Health. There is scant data with control groups, which would suggest the extent to which workers who did not have an accident were also using cannabis, and whether the rate of use was greater among workers who had accidents versus those who did not.And while it’s widely assumed that recreational pot use would increase when legal, that’s hard to nail down, says Carnide, whose review for the not-for profit research organization is expected to be completed in summer 2018.“We don’t have a sense right now to what degree workers are using cannabis in the workplace, or just before work. We don’t understand what their perceptions and attitudes are towards workplace use, what their intentions are and whether they understand what their obligations are in the workplace,” says Carnide.Furlan says whether cannabis affects productivity is another open question, noting there’s little data on its impact — even among medical marijuana users.Sharon Somerville says her family business in Oak Bluff, Man., has a well-defined policy about what’s allowed and not but she’s still unsure she’ll know how to adequately assess possible impairment, or know when she can legally dismiss a worker.“You as the employer have no way of knowing if somebody took it half-an-hour before they left for work that morning or if they took it the night before,” says Somerville, the human resources boss at Somerville Design Homes Ltd.“You really have to know how somebody behaves and look at their behaviour … and it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s drug-induced or not drug-induced, there could be lots of things. It’s very murky, there is no black-and-white and that’s the problem.”Although she’s consulted a lawyer on firming up company policy, she says she’s waiting for more government guidelines on how marijuana will be restricted.Allinson predicted a “painful transition period when this becomes law in July.”“In the New Year there’s going to be the, ‘Oh, my God’ sort of scenarios of, ‘We need to get on this.’”last_img read more

YRB crews optimistic about less damage to culverts than in past years

first_imgYRB crews will also be washing off medians on the Alaska Highway in Fort St. John starting early next week. Washing will take place nightly from 5:30pm until 3:30am, Monday-Friday from April 23rd to May 11th. Flaggers will be in place along with a pilot vehicle to control traffic. We ask that anyone traveling during this time on the Alaska Highway to slow down while driving past crews. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Staff at Yellowhead Road and Bridge are optimistic that despite a higher-than-normal snowpack, they don’t think damage to culverts in the North Peace will be as severe as in previous years.YRB North Peace Operations Manager Rodney Hafner said that YRB decided to use social media for the first time this year in their annual efforts to get local hired equipment to register with them. He explained that the company usually advertises in traditional media, but decided to be proactive in using social media to put the word out. Hafner said that though they’re looking for hired equipment this spring and summer, YRB officials don’t think that this spring will see a higher chance of flooding because of damage to culverts. He explained that though the North Peace has seen a nearly record amount of snow this winter, the cold weather pattern that persisted all winter means there’s a smaller likelihood of those culverts being damaged during the freeze-thaw cycles that occurred in the middle of the winter on several occasions in years past.last_img read more

Water supply to be affected in some areas

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Jal Board in an advisory on Monday said that water supply will not be available or available at low pressure on Wednesday (April 3) in evening due to shifting of 600 mm diameter MS water main due to widening of culvert across Irrigation Canal at Bengali Colony at Burari Road. Water supply will be hit in areas like Jagatpur Village, Mukandpur part-I &II, Sant Nagar, Kamal Vihar, Jharodha Part-I,II,III , Bhagwan Park, Milan Vihar, Burari Vilalge, Burari Garhi, Kaushik Enclave, Amrit Vihar, Ajeet Vihar, Laxmi Vihar, Nathupura, Ibrahimpur, DCM Colony part-I &II, Sushant Vihar Village Kushak No.I,II, B-Block Sushak No.-I, Kadipur Village, Kadipur U/A Colony, U/A Colony Kushak No.2, Kadi Vihar, Swroop Vihar, Prem Nagar Colony, Phool Bagh, Pradeep Vihar, Shashtri Park, Kaushik Enclave B-Block Nallahpur, Shankerpura, Burari Village, Harijan Basti, Ekta Enclave, Satya Vihar, Tomer Colony, Teacher Colony, Vashistha Vihar, Baba Colony A&B Block, Paras Ram Enclave, Vijay Colony Burari and D-Block Nathupura and adjoining areas.last_img read more