2010 World Cup: 500 days to go

first_img23 January 2009South Africa’s preparations for the 500-day countdown to the opening of the 2010 Fifa World Cup are well under way, with a wide range of activities taking place across the country, and a main event scheduled for the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre in Bloemfontein on Monday.“Monday next week will be exactly 500 days to go to the world’s biggest sporting spectacle, watched by a cumulative audience of more than 26-billion spectators worldwide, and South Africa’s preparations are in overdrive,” the 2010 Local Organising Committee said in a statement this week.Media conferenceA media conference will be held in Johannesburg, and will be attended by Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke, LOC chairman Irvin Khoza and LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan.They will talk about the achievements made since South Africa was awarded the right to host the event five years ago, as well as the remaining milestones leading up to the tournament’s kick-off on 11 June 2010 at the Soccer City Stadium to the south of Johannesburg.Host city postersThe mayors from all nine host cities, as well as Provincial and Local Government Minister Sicelo Shiceka, will be at the sports centre in Bloemfontein, where they will officially unveil their respective host city posters.To kick-off the day’s activities, delegates from the Italian Embassy, together with 2010 ambassadors Mark Fish and Philemon Masinga, will visit two schools in the area as part of the 2010 “Adopt-a-Nation” schools campaign, which will be followed by a mini schools football tournament.Street paradeAhead of the countdown, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality will mark the day by holding a street parade and a fun walk in the streets of KwaThema, Tsakane and Duduza, before culminating in a massive celebration at the KwaThema Stadium this Sunday.The event is expected to several senior officials, including Gauteng provincial sports minister Barbara Creecy and Ekurhuleni executive mayor Ntombi Mekgwe, as well as local councillors, community leaders, soccer veterans and members of the public in general.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Fairs’ Queen shares 2015 experiences at OFMA Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As temperatures plunged in early January, the Ohio Fair Managers Association was preparing for the warmer months ahead with their convention addressing all things fair in Columbus.Few people had a broader perspective of 2015 fairs than Sarah Everhart, from Ross County, who served as the 2015 Ohio Fairs’ Queen and attended 71 of the events last year.“It was a lot of travelling but I truly wanted to focus on the quality of the visits. I really wanted to talk to people and experience the fairs for everything they had to offer and what was unique about them. My goal was to make quality visits rather than just the quantity of visits,” Everhart said. “The people really make the fair what it is. I met so many great people and I do have a list of fairs that I want to go back to year after year — Coshocton, Medina and the Hartford Independent Fair and others. I had an incredible experience at the 12 days I spent at the Ohio State Fair and I got to see the ins and outs of what it takes to make a fair possible.”She was sure to try out some of her favorite fair foods in her summer travels.“With travelling to so many fairs, sometimes two or three in day, I didn’t eat food at every fair, but I really enjoy French fries and fried cheese and anything sweet,” she said. “It seemed like every fair claimed to have the world’s best milkshakes. They are all good but I am not sure which one was the greatest.”The wet weather through much of the 2015 fair season created challenges for fairs (and the Fairs’ Queen).“It was pretty wet in June and there were some problems parking cars for some of the fairs,” she said. “We made it through June. It was wet but it wasn’t too bad. I could put on boots if I needed.”Overall, Everhart said it was a great experience that went beyond her expectations.“It went a lot faster than what I thought it would. Each fair was new and different and exciting. I enjoyed it all. It truly helped me grow and I can’t wait to see what comes out of it in the next few years. I really want to thank the Ohio Fair Managers and everyone else who helped make this possible,” she said. “I met so many incredible people and took on so many adventures. It has transformed me both personally and professionally and it ignited my existing passion for agriculture as a career. I gained more confidence and now I am comfortable talking to groups of people and individuals and have learned to love to share my passion for the ag industry. I also learned about the politics of fairs and how it takes many people and organizations working together to make everything possible.”Everhart is a student at Ohio State University studying ag business and is excited as a new Ohio Fairs’ Queen takes over after the convention for the 2016 Ohio fair season.“I am excited to watch another girl get to go through the same experience I had,” Everhart said. “It was way more than I imagined it to be than when they placed that crown on my head this time last year. I had no idea about the journey ahead of me. “The newly announced 2016 Ohio Fairs’ Queen was Mary Buehler, from Shelby County.The newly announced 2016 Ohio Fairs’ Queen was Mary Buehler, from Shelby County. Photo provided  by OFMAlast_img read more

Ohio counties receive 2016 all White-Reinhardt mini-grants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 13 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. Grants were provided to the Logan County Farm Bureau and the Butler County Farm Bureau in Ohio.The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts.Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals.“The mini-grant program is our way of giving back to our grassroots members to assist in helping younger generations learn about agriculture and the role it plays in our everyday lives,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the Foundation.Farm Bureau members share free educational resources with educators in their communities as part of the program. The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.The 2016 Mini-Grants Awarded to Ohio counties include a project with the Butler County Farm Bureau where copies of The Beeman for each of the 55 elementary schools in Butler County. Many of the schools have urban populations so this book will be a great introduction to different aspects of agriculture and related careers.The Logan County Farm Bureau is working on “A Journey through Food” to introduce third-graders to where their food comes from. Students will meet farmers and participate in hands-on projects to learn about the ag industry and increase ag literacy.last_img read more

Microsoft Uses Geek Elite To Make Azure Launch A Smash Hit

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now alex williams Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair When you launch a make or break initiative like Windows Azure, you better get it right.Well, from our vantage point, Microsoft got it right. How? In front of a sea of developers at the Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft trotted out a group of geek all-stars who showed how they are using Azure to do some pretty cool stuff.It’s a sure way to show your chops when you get Matt Mullenweg from WordPress, Loic LeMeur of Seesmic and the CTO for the Cheezburger Network (I Can Has Cheezburger) to show off what they created on the Azure platform.Mullenwegg appeared on stage to show that his company, Automattic, is fully supporting Azure. Automattic is the company behind WordPress. His presence drove home how Azure will support PHP, MySQL and other open-source tools in additon to .NET. That’s a great way to show how a company, built on proprietary technologies, is accepting the open nature of the web.Showing off the geeks can only get you so far. You have to show the goods. And for about two hours, Microsoft showed repeatedly that Ray Ozzie’s vision may be right on. The code-named Dallas project may be the most interesting. It’s a data service that provides access to information from the Associated Press, data.gov and other sources. That’s the power of cloud computing that we expect to see more of from companies across the enterprise. Azure is a window into how cloud computing changes everything simply by speeding up the delivery of actionable information. We see it time and again with the companies that come knocking here at ReadWriteWeb.For example, FusionOps launched an on-demand, business intelligence service today. The company has the potential to disrupt the business intelligence market for ERP applications. How do they do it? They take huge models from SAP, put the data in the cloud and then integrate their rules based systems to visualize the data that sits deep in ERP systems. The application can be launched in a day. That’s what’s amazing. Using traditional tools, it would take a company six months to a year to do something similar at a significant cost.Ozzie and the DevelopersOzzie needs support from developers. Bringing in the geek elite gives developers a reason to relate to what Azure provides.Still, Microsoft is in no position to cheer too loud. They face competition at every turn in the cloud world. Amazon, Rackspace and of course, Google, have a good step on Microsoft.But this launch should give competitors pause. It’s no easy feat to garner support from people like Mullenweg. You better have something good, damn good in order for him to get on stage in front of his peers. He has everything on the line in such a situation.But Mullenwegg said it himself a few years ago when talking about WordPress. He said that when you launch a company, the feeling is awesome. In best cases, there are rave reviews. You feel elated. But then the moment passes and you are now in the desert where no one really cares about the launch anymore. You have to get across that desert to achieve success.For Ozzie – it’s time for that walk into the wild. Welcome to the desert. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

High-Tech Ceiling Fans for Low-Tech Cooling

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Winter has barely ended in Vermont, but as I write this the forecast is for 82 degrees tomorrow. This makes me think about strategies for keeping cool in the months ahead. I’m looking forward to trying out the high-tech ceiling fans we installed in our two upstairs bedrooms. I’ll get to those fans in a minute, but first I’ll explain why I like ceiling fans so much.By moving air, moisture is evaporated from our skin, cooling us through evaporative cooling. With modest air movement in a room, most people will be comfortable at an air temperature at least five or six degrees Fahrenheit warmer than would otherwise be the case.To clear up a misconception: ceiling fans do not actually cool the air in a room — in fact, they slightly increase the air temperature, because of the waste heat from the fan motor — but they allow you to be comfortable at a warmer air temperature. In other words, they raise your threshold of comfort.If you are normally comfortable in the summer with the air temperature around 75°F, for example, with a ceiling fan operating, you might be just as comfortable with an air temperature of 81° or 82°F. Because ceiling fans don’t involve the energy-intensive vapor-compression cycle, as do standard air conditioners, they use far less electricity, so they can save you a lot of money. A typical ceiling fan uses 90-110 watts of electricity, with Energy Star models averaging 65 watts.For decades, ceiling fans have changed little. Often called “paddle fans” or “Casablanca fans,” most ceiling fans use rotating fan blades operated by standard AC (alternating current) electric motor. The waste heat generated by these fan motors necessitates the large, ventilated metal shroud that you see on most ceiling fans. Many of these fans become noisy as they age, as heat results in delamination of steel in the motor core. Enter the Haiku fanSeveral years ago, the uniquely named company Big Ass Fans, long a leading manufacturer of very large fans used for commercial buildings and warehouses, introduced their first residential ceiling fan, trademarked Haiku. In late 2012, our company, BuildingGreen, impressed by Haiku’s energy performance and elegance, named this a Top-10 Green Building Product for 2013. I was anxious to try out these fans in our new house.The Haiku fan features a sleek, attractive, aerodynamic design for the airfoils (blades) in either bamboo or a plastic composite. All Haiku fans are 60 inches in diameter. Our fans are made of the composite material, in white; they elicit great comments from most visitors to our house.Haiku fans have brushless, DC (direct-current) motors with advanced electronic controls; these are known as electronically commutated motors, or ECMs. The Haiku has seven speeds, compared with just three for standard ceiling fans. These features contribute to the very low energy consumption of just 2 to 30 watts, depending on the speed.Haiku fans are by far the most energy-efficient fans rated by Energy Star, exceeding the Energy Star requirements by 450% to 750%. RELATED ARTICLES Using Ceiling Fans To Keep Cool Without ACHow to Buy an Energy-Efficient Ceiling FanCeiling Fans Are EvilKeeping CoolGBA Encyclopedia: Fans and natural coolingFans in the Attic: Do They Help or Do They Hurt?Hot-Climate Design A premium price for a premium productBe aware that Haiku fans are not cheap. The composite fans (in black or white) list for $895 from the Haiku website. The bamboo fans (in a natural bamboo or a darker cocoa color) are $100 more. This compares with just $100 to $200 for most ceiling fans on the market.Haiku fans can be ordered with different stem lengths, depending on your ceiling height, and for flat or sloped ceilings. They are also available with integral LED lights, though I haven’t seen those and can’t comment on how they look.All Haiku fans carry a lifetime warranty. Quiet operation and multiple settingsOne of the features I’m most excited about is the incredibly quiet operation. At lower speeds, you can’t even hear the fan. Noise had kept us (mostly my wife) away from ceiling fans in the past.Along with the multiple speeds, the fan can be operated in reverse (pulling air up rather than pushing it down), a timer can automatically turn it off, and there’s a unique “whoosh” setting that varies the fan speed to mimic natural breezes.All these features are controlled by a very compact remote that fits into a plastic pocket that can be mounted to a wall. There are blue LEDs on the fan showing the fan speed. These stay illuminated for a few minutes then turn off.last_img read more

US Open: Tennis ace Vijay Amritraj son gets wild card entry

first_imgPrakash AmritrajThe name Amritraj did not figure only in the commentary team in the ongoing US Open. Prakash, 18, son of former tennis ace Vijay Amritraj, got a wild card entry after he won the US Tennis Association title for juniors last month.Prakash also teamed up with his cousin Stephen,,Prakash AmritrajThe name Amritraj did not figure only in the commentary team in the ongoing US Open. Prakash, 18, son of former tennis ace Vijay  Amritraj, got a wild card entry after he won the US Tennis Association title for juniors last month.Prakash also teamed up with his cousin Stephen, 17, Anand Amritraj’s son, for the doubles but lost in the first round, as he did in the singles.The doubles stalwarts, Mahesh Bhupati and Leander Paes, too figure in the draw, but with different partners. The fifth Indian name to figure in the fixtures is Rajeev Ram, an Indian-American like Prakash.Stephen AmritrajThe Indian connections are not just a formality. The next generation of Amritraj brothers want to play Davis Cup for India. In fact, at the ATP tournament in Los Angeles, they were wearing saffron and green socks.”I have always wanted to play for India,” says Prakash, who does not see his American citizenship as an obstacle. “The fact that my parents are from India makes me eligible.”Prakash’s antecedents have certainly helped his game. Father and coach Vijay was visible in the stands at the junior tournament in Michigan, shouting encouragements and rushing over with bottles of Pepsi and bananas during the breaks.But is it a legacy difficult to live up to? The chirpy undergraduate from University of Southern California doesn’t think so. “There is no negative pressure. Come on, who better than my dad to discuss my tennis with?”That’s certainly an ace up his sleeves.advertisementlast_img read more

Everything coming to Netflix Canada in April 2018

first_img.April 1Batman: The Killing JokeBatteries Not IncludedBruno and Boots: Go Jump in the PoolBy The SeaDare to Be WildDragon: The Bruce Lee StoryElizabethFishpeopleFried Green TomatoesIce GuardiansKiss & CryKrampusLiar LiarMadagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedRide AlongRide Along 2Pride & PrejudiceThe Best Man HolidayThe Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale Season 1 – Weekly Episodes every Sunday- Netflix Original SeriesThe Search for Life in SpaceWakfu: Season 3 – Netflix Original AnimeWild ChildApril 2An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to PowerAsh vs. Evil Dead: Season 2April 3Black Lighting – Season 1, Weekly Episodes from March 6 – Netflix Original SeriesFary Is the New Black – Netflix Original ComedyApril 4Prison Break Event Series: Season 5Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments – Season 3, Weekly Episodes from April 4 – Netflix Original SeriesApril 5Behind the Curtain: Todrick HallThe Killing of a Sacred DeerApril 66 Balloons – Netflix Original FilmAmateur – Netflix Original FilmFastest Car: Season 1 – Netflix Original SeriesMoney Heist: Part 2 – Netflix Original SeriesMy Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: JAY-Z – Netflix Original SeriesOrbiter 9 – Netflix Original FilmRam Dass, Going Home – Netflix Original DocumentaryThe 4th Company – Netflix Original FilmThe Boss Baby: Back in Business: Season 1 – Netflix Original Series For KidsThe Florida ProjectTodo lo que sería de Lucas Lauriente – Netflix Original ComedyTroy: Fall of a City: Season 1 – Netflix Original SeriesApril 7Dynasty Season 1, Weekly Episodes from April 7 – Netflix Original SeriesApril 9AMO: Season 1- Netflix Original SeriesThe Nice GuysApril 10Greg Davies: you Magnificent Beast – Netflix Original ComedyApril 12Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast: Season 2Pickpockets – Netflix Original FilmApril 13Chef’s Table: Pastry – Netflix Original DocumentaryCome Sunday – Netflix Original FilmI Am Not An Easy Man – Netflix Original FilmLeatherfaceLost in Space: Season 1 – Netflix Original SeriesThe Magic School Bus Rides Again: Season 2 – Netflix Original Series For KidsApril 15Eric ldle’s What About Dick?Monty Python and the Holy GrailMonty Python’s Almost the TruthMonty Python: Before the Flying CircusMonty Python Conquers AmericaMonty Python’s Flying CircusMonty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus: Season 1Monty Python’s Life of BrianMonty Python: Live at AspenMonty Python: Live at The Hollywood BowlMonty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to GoMonty Python’s Personal Best: Season 1Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty PythonThe Meaning of Monty PythonApril 16Loving VincentThe GunmanApril 17The Chalet: Season 1 – Netflix Original SeriesThe Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Collection – Netflix Original SeriesLockup: Chain Linked: Collection 1April 19Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey: Season 1 – Netflix Original SeriesCharité: Season 1 – Netflix Original SeriesRiverdale – Season 2 – Weekly Episodes from April 19 – Netflix Original SeriesThe Alienist: Season 1 – Netflix Original SeriesApril 20Aggretsuko: Season 1 – Netflix Original AnimeDope: Season 2 – Netflix Original SeriesDude – Netflix Original FilmKodachrome – Netflix Original FilmMercury 13 – Netflix Original DocumentarySpy Kids: Mission Critical: Season 1 – Netflix Original Series For KidsApril 21The Letdown: Season 1 – Netflix Original SeriesApril 24Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up – Netflix Original ComedyApril 25Bill Nye: Science GuyPsychokinesis – Netflix Original FilmApril 26The 100: Season 5April 273%: Season 2 – Netflix Original SeriesBobby Kennedy for President – Netflix Original DocumentaryCandy Jar – Netflix Original FilmHoly GoalieThe New Legends of Monkey: Season 1 – Netflix Original Series for KidsThe Week Of – Netflix Original FilmApril 29Superstition: Season 1 – Netflix Original SeriesApril 30The Conjuring 2Coming in AprilSeth Rogen’s Hilarity for CharityLast Call – Titles that will be rotating off the service in April 2018April 1HitchHancokMen in BlackOur Brand is CrisisBlack MassApril 2Charlie St. CloudApril 13FootlooseApril 17American Dad! Seasons 1-6April 19Tropic Thunder Spring has officially sprung, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be spending time indoors on the couch taking in some Netflix.With spring’s flowers, comes April showers, which means rainy days ahead. No need to guilt over being inside this month, especially with the new movies and shows coming to everyone’s favorite streaming service.From Oscar winning films to old school faves, here’s everything coming to Netflix Canada in April. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more