COAST GUARD HAS TO INTERVENE AS JET SKI NUTS TERRIFY SWIMMERS

first_imgA COAST Guard team had to take to the water today as jet skiers and speed boat owners came within inches of swimmers on a popular beach.As temperatures soared thousands of people headed for some of Co Donegal’s most popular beaches.But some of them faced being seriously injured, according to eyewitnesses today. A Coast Guard spokesman confirmed its Mulroy crew had to take to the waters off Downings today to speak to a jet skier and the owner of a speed boat.“They were going far too close to swimmers along the shoreline,” he said.One eyewitness, a visitor from the North, told us: “It was a fantastic day but there’s always someone around to spoil it for the rest.“These people were whizzing through the water at high speed and coming far to close to the shore. “Last year a wee boy was killed in County Down by someone on a jet ski. They are dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near packed beaches like they were today.”Local people who had gone to the popular beach said the incidents were unsavoury.“We go down to the beach to relax and these people would give you a headache,” said a local mother of three.“They are up and down in the water in boats and on those skis and they should just be banned. Simple as that.There were also complaints of quads being used on other beaches – and rubbish dumped by visitors. The Coast Guard also renewed its appeal for people not to take inflatables out into open water.COAST GUARD HAS TO INTERVENE AS JET SKI NUTS TERRIFY SWIMMERS was last modified: July 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Downingsjet skisMulroy Coast Guardspeed boatslast_img read more

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Mpumalanga’s Afro-pancakes

first_img24 July 2002What will you have in your mealie meal, cone-shaped pancake – lamb and morogo (African spinach), beef and butternut, or chicken chakalaka? These pancakes are selling like hotcakes down in Mpumalanga, with tourists snapping them up at R7 each.And if you’re wondering what chicken chakalaka is, it’s chicken with baked beans, garlic, red wine, and peri-peri sauce for those who like their pancakes spicey.As part of its Poverty Alleviation Programme, the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology responded to Marinda Marais’s pancake proposal by giving her and a group of black women R500 000 to start their project.Marais, community relations officer at the popular Blyde River Canyon Resort in southern Mpumalanga, says that they wanted something that was environmentally friendly and wouldn’t generate any waste, so the pancake seemed the obvious solution, wrapped in a bio-degradable serviette, to be eaten “like an ice cream’.The pancake is similar to roti, but thicker – “the thickness of three conventional pancakes’. The dough of mealie meal and cake flour is rolled out, and using a pot lid, is cut into its shape and, once cooked, rolled into butcher’s paper and filled with one of the three fillers. “The taste of the dough is somewhere between a pancake and a slice of brown bread’, says Marais.The pancakes are sold at Bourke’s Luck Potholes, an area of potholes in the Blyde River Canyon where Tom Bourke found gold in the 1870s. The canyon is the third-biggest, and greenest, canyon in the world. The whole area enjoys a sub-tropical climate and is part of a panoramic route that includes waterfalls, mountains and forest land, on the way to the Kruger Park.The Potholes are at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers, where the scouring of water-borne pebbles over countless centuries has carved out a spectacular geological formation of surreal rock shapes.Marais and a group of 13 women took over the kiosk at the viewpoint to the Potholes in April last year, and with the help of the owner of Harry’s Pancakes in nearby Graskop, worked out these African cuisine recipes, together with the mealie meal pancakes.“These 13 women would be unemployed if they weren’t making pancakes,’ says Marais. And she intends employing more women when the project expands. The idea is to keep the kiosk running and take over the present Aventura restaurant, and employ 10 more women to run it.This would involve upgrading the present cooking infrastructure – at the moment the pancakes and their fillings are prepared on two 2-plate stoves. The restaurant is likely to continue selling the hamburgers and hotdogs on sale at present in the restaurant, but they will be given an African flavour, perhaps with that spicy chuckalucka sauce.The plans go further: Marais says they are planning to start a franchise in time, firstly in Mpumalanga, then across the country.What is the secret of its success? Hard work, the right attitude and a good spirit, says Marais.last_img read more

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CloudStack: Filling Two Niches In Open-Source Enterprise Cloud Management

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… If you look at cloud computing, you might think, based on the hype, that enterprise-cloud management systems like OpenStack, OpenNebula or Eucalyptus have things wrapped up. But ignore CloudStack at your own peril, because this is a product that deserves a look by IT organizations ready to move into the cloud.All of these products belong to a class of software known as enterprise cloud management, and they are what large companies use to create a hybrid or private cloud environment. They are all – importantly – also open source. That matters because virtualization giant VMware wants to play in this space, too, with it’s own proprietary solutions. More on that later.CloudStack’s readiness was demonstrated quite clearly earlier this week with the release of Apache CloudStack 4.0.0-incubating, a rather unfortunate name that undercuts the serious maturity of this cloud orchestration platform and its capability to be a big star on this increasingly crowded stage.CloudStack Is No Spring ChickenDefining CloudStack is a tricky; as a cloud orchestration platform, it is essentially a traffic cop that manages different cloud-based resources from one place. It’s the software that responds to any requests for more cloud resources and grants those requests by actually spinning up new servers. Or putting them at rest when the servers are not needed anymore.CloudStack is the brainchild of Citrix – a company that, until April, was working with the OpenStack Project, then led by Rackspace. What happened in April was unexpected: Citrix pulled out of OpenStack and donated its existing CloudStack project to the Apache Software Foundation, an non-profit organization that’s home to projects like the Apache Web server and big-data rock star Hadoop.Apache Software Foundation Is Not A LoserDespite the excellent company, some critics of CloudStack saw this as a loser’s gambit, perceiving the ASF as a place where software projects go to die. Given the presence of the aforementioned Apache and Hadoop, and a whole slew of other great projects, that perception is, quite simply, dumb. CloudStack’s release this week had some serious new features, demonstrating that this software is ready to rock.Of course, the perception of Apache as an elephant’s graveyard may have been framed by the previous big-name open source project to be donated to the ASF: OpenOffice.org, which Oracle gave to the ASF in February. But those circumstances were a lot different: Oracle had so bungled the development of OpenOffice.org, there had been a fork of the project in late 2010. Donating OpenOffice.org to the ASF was widely seen as a mercy-killing, though to be fair, Apache OpenOffice is slowly revving up to speed again.CloudStack had none of those problems, and exists quite nicely in its new Apache confines. The “incubating” moniker doesn’t refer to the maturity of the software, but rather CloudStack’s incubator status that all new Apache projects have to undergo to get their governances and licenses to match the ASF’s way of doing things.That’s a key distinction, because a lot of detractors tend to think of the open source cloud computing sector as immature, just because OpenStack is that way. On the contrary, CloudStack is a very mature product that’s ready to be deployed right now.CloudStack’s Place In The CloudCloudStack has two big niches that it’s working to fill. First, there are companies that want to start deploying new cloud workloads or want to shift their legacy virtual machines to something more cloud-y, according to Apache CloudStack committer (and former ReadWrite scribe) Joe Brockmeier.CloudStack also works well with managed service providers who already host virtual machines and want to have a turn-key solution to host a public cloud for their customers.Nuts And BoltsThis may not sound like terribly exciting stuff, but the nut and bolts of cloud technology are surprisingly important. The fact is, CloudStack is farther along than some its perceived competitors, like OpenStack. And it’s a good thing too, because the real competitor for all of these open source cloud platforms will soon be VMware.VMware is feeling its way in cloud space right now, like a giant in a dark room. Offerings like VMware vCloud Suite and a cautious participation in OpenStack Project development are hints of the company’s tentative approach. But pretty much every player in this space knows that as soon as VMware finds the light switch and turns it on, all hell is going to break loose. VMware will cast itself as the de facto king of the cloud, just as it claimed to be the king of virtualization.This is why software offerings like CloudStack are so important to open source alternatives continuing to thrive in cloud management. Usable open source cloud software is here now, and the myth of it being not ready for prime time should be regarded as just that – a myth.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. brian proffitt Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise last_img read more

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Coaches’ trust becomes title motivation for Arellano

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Prado, who’s already won two titles, knows that they shouldn’t be celebrating Final Four victories and that they would only let their guard down when they win it all.“We won’t celebrate this one because we still haven’t got what we aimed for at the start of the season and that is to defend the title,” said Prado who had seven points against the Lady Heavy Bombers.“Of course we’re happy but we still need to work even harder to get what we want.”Prado, who is on her last playing year, added one more thing that’s motivating her ahead of the finals series against San Beda.“This is my last playing year and it’s super important for me to leave something behind,” said Prado.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jovielyn Prado, the Season 92 Finals MVP, said they plan to repay their coaches with nothing else but the biggest trophy of the year.“We will win this championship for our coaches who have, since the first day, worked really hard in teaching us,” said Prado Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Chiefs booked their return flight to the championship round after brushing off Jose Rizal University, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17.Arellano didn’t even need to use its twice-to-beat advantage, a perk that was given to the Lady Chiefs after finishing the preliminaries with an 8-1 record and 23 points as the no.1 team. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH No pressure for Raqraquin, San Beda ahead of NCAA finals View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Coaches can only do so much with their Xs and Os, and the Arellano Lady Chiefs know that their mentors’ lessons are much bigger than just tactics and plays.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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Teekay Tankers in Share Buyback Move

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based shipping company Teekay Tankers has announced a share repurchase program for the buyback of up to USD 45 million of the company’s shares. “During this period of weaker tanker rates, one of our key priorities remains strengthening our balance sheet by further reducing financial leverage and increasing liquidity,” Kevin Mackay, Teekay Tankers’ President and CEO, explained.“This program is being put in place as another lever to create shareholder value, allowing us to opportunistically take advantage of dislocations in the capital markets when we have excess capital,” Mackay added.As explained, shares may be repurchased in the open market at times and prices considered appropriate by the company. The timing of any purchases and the exact number of shares to be purchased under the program will be dependent on market conditions and other factors.What is more, Teekay Tankers has entered into a voting and support agreement with the company’s second largest shareholder after Teekay Corporation, Huber Capital Management. Under the deal, Huber Capital will vote its shares in favor of increasing the authorized number of Teekay Tankers’ Class A common shares at an upcoming special meeting of shareholders. This will permit the issuance of Class A common shares as consideration to complete the company’s proposed merger with Tanker Investments Ltd.Teekay Tankers currently owns a fleet of 39 double-hull tankers, including 20 Suezmax tankers, 12 Aframax tankers, and seven Long Range 2 (LR2) product tankers, and has three contracted time charter-in vessels. The company also owns a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) through a 50 percent-owned joint venture.In addition, Teekay Tankers owns a ship-to-ship transfer business and a minority interest of over 11 percent in Tanker Investments, which currently owns a fleet of 18 modern tankers and in which Teekay Tankers has agreed to acquire the remaining ownership interest.last_img read more

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Game of Thrones finale streaming May 19 on HBO Now

first_imgDaenerys Sunburn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, Shivakamini Somakandarkram, the Unburnt, Queen of the Burgers and the First Cheese, Chaser of the Wheat Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. HBO Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two long.Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some extra information not found in the podcast: WWE Money in the Bank is airing live on the WWE Network this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. Watch as Becky “2 Belts” Lynch defends her two championships in two matches. Yes, the show is on at the same time as Game of Thrones, but the event will be available on demand on WWE’s streaming service. Want to know what else is new? Listen to this guy: Game of Barry Share your voice Your browser does not support the audio element. Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Home Entertainment What’s new to stream in May 2019 Comment Tagscenter_img For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming. Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD) Netpicks Cord Cutters (OTT) 1 2:21 Amazon Prime HBO Amazon Hulu Netflixlast_img read more

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Sharpeyed robins can see magnetic fields

first_img More information: Magnetoreception of Directional Information in Birds Requires Nondegraded Vision, Katrin Stapput et al., Current Biology, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.05.070 (PhysOrg.com) — It has been known for decades that some birds are able to sense the Earth’s magnetic field and set their direction as if following a compass heading, which is an extremely useful ability for birds migrating long distances. The ability is believed to be linked to the availability of light and it is thought that specialized molecules in the birds’ retinas allow them to literally see the magnetic fields, which appear as patterns of light and shade superimposed over the regular image from light. Now a new study shows that the internal compass also depends on the birds having clear vision in their right eyes. Explore further A Robin Wearing Goggles Researchers led by Katrin Stapput of Goethe-Universitat in Frankfurt, Germany, studied the vision of the European robin to try to learn more about how the magnetic sensing might work. They found that if the right eye was covered by a frosted goggle, the birds could not navigate effectively, while they could navigate perfectly well if the left eye was covered instead.Numerous studies have been carried out on the ability of birds to sense magnetic fields since the phenomenon was first discovered in 1968 in the European robin. These studies had already revealed that the sense depends on light and that it involves the right eye and the left side of the brain, but the details were still unclear.The most likely molecules involved in the sensing of magnetic fields are thought to be cryptochrome and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), which are found in the light-sensitive cells in the retina. When struck by blue light, cryptochrome and FAD both shift into an active state in which each molecule has an unpaired electron, creating a “radical pair.” The presence of magnetic fields affects the time it takes for the radical pair molecules to revert to their inactive state.Cryptochrome also affects the light sensitivity of retinal cells, which suggests it may also affect sensitivity to magnetic fields. In effect, the magnetic fields create light or dark shadings over what the bird usually sees, and the shadings change as the bird turns its head, giving it a visual compass from the patterns of shading.Stapput decided to test the theories by fitting robins with goggles that were covered with clear foil on one side and frosted foil on the other. Both sides of the goggles were equally translucent, allowing 70 percent of the light to get through, but on the frosted side the image was less clear. The birds were then kept in cages until it was time for them to migrate.The birds were released into a funnel-shaped cage with its walls painted with correction fluid, which was scratched if the birds touched them. The results were that birds with no eye coverings, and birds with the left eye covered set off in a northerly direction as expected, while those with the right eye covered were disoriented and headed in random directions.Stapput’s experiment is the first to show that magnetic sensing does not just depend on light being present as previously thought, but that the bird must have a sharp, focused image in its right eye. The magnetic sensing is overlaid over the normal vision, and if that is distorted, Stapput said the patterns of light and dark would make little sense since the bird cannot separate the information from the visual and magnetic images. The visual and magnetic images both involve variations in light and shade, but visual images tend to have sharp lines and edges, while the magnetic images have more gradual changes from light to dark.The experiments lend support to the radical pair hypothesis but do not rule out another explanation. Chickens also orientate themselves by the Earth’s magnetic field This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Sharp-eyed robins can see magnetic fields (2010, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-sharp-eyed-robins-magnetic-fields.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Vietnam 14 dead after scaffolding collapses

first_imgPolice say at least 14 people were killed and 28 others were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in central Vietnam.Deputy police chief in Ha Tinh province, Bui Dinh Quang, said on Thursday that all the victims were Vietnamese subcontractors hired to work on a seaport breakwater project led by Samsung C&T Corp, a unit of Samsung Corp of South Korea. Quang says it is not known if any more workers are trapped in the rubble. Police and rescue workers are searching through the rubble trying to find any survivors from the yesterday night accident. The Son Duong seaport is part of the Vung Ang economic zone where Taiwan’s Formosa Corp. is building a multi-billion dollar steel complex.last_img read more

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