83-year old Arcadia woman flies plane solo for first tme

first_imgBefore dating Roan, Williams had never ridden in a small plane, much less had any experience flying one. “When I first came here, I didn’t know what they were talking about,” Williams said. “It was like a foreign language.” The couple met through a mutual friend at an Arcadia Senior Center dance about a year ago. Williams approached Roan and asked him to take her on a flight. Williams began taking flying lessons one to three times a week, and the couple take trips on Saturdays. “I go flying and he goes ballroom dancing with me,” Williams said. EL MONTE – Mary Williams got a new perspective on the world a couple months after her 83rd birthday. The Arcadia resident and pilot flew solo for the first time in her life on Wednesday, soaring about 3,000 feet above ground in a Cessna 152 two-seater plane for about 30 minutes for three takeoffs and landings. “The view was so nice,” Williams said in an interview the next day. “I never, ever thought I would be flying a plane.” Williams began taking lessons in August at El Monte Airport, encouraged by her boyfriend, Temple City resident Lee Roan, 77, a longtime recreational pilot. He wanted to make sure she could land the plane if he ever “conked out,” he explained. “Once a week,” Lee was quick to add. The first question on Saturday mornings is about where to go for breakfast. With their aviation buddies, the couple have flown to Chino, Riverside, Lancaster and Apple Valley. It’s about 30 minutes by air to Catalina Island and about 40 minutes to Big Bear. While flying in a two-seater plane may be stomach churning to some, Williams said she feels at ease when she flies. “I feel more safe in a plane than in a car,” Williams said. “If you understand the plane, there’s no fear.” Flying solo for the first time is a milestone achievement for any student, said Darlene Kellogg, Williams’ instructor at Universal Air Academy in El Monte. “You never forget your first solo,” Kellogg said. Williams logged about 70 hours of instruction before she took off on her own. “I just talked myself through it,” Williams said. Operating a plane involves procedures that come easily enough with practice, Williams said. On the dashboard is an assortment of switches and throttles, as well as a bevy of instruments monitoring air speed, attitude, bank and pitch and vertical speed, among other things. “She’s more full of life than people half her age,” said Kellogg. “She’s such a pleasure to fly with. She’s very sharp, she’s very smart, and she really loves to fly.” Plane rental costs about $70 an hour, and instruction about $30 an hour. Williams has a student’s license, which means she has passed a medical exam – her eyesight is perfect – and needs an instructor’s endorsement to fly. She also must undergo flight review every two years. Williams studied physical education at USC and was the first in her family to attend college. She raised three children and was a high school teacher and counselor for 39 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District. After retiring at age 60, Williams stayed busy with hobbies including line-dancing, sailing and golf. “I’ve always been active,” she said. “I think if you are active, you stay young at heart.” patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Mandela exhibition gives goosebumps

first_img22 December 2008 The exhibition not only looks at Madiba’s strengths and unifying greatness, but also contemplates his weaknesses, acknowledged by him. Historians question his reluctance to deal with Aids while President, the switch from the Reconstruction and Development Programme to the Growth, Employment and Redistribution programme, and the arms deal. At the opening, the director of the museum, Christopher Till, said: “The exhibition attempts to breathe fresh life into a story that has been well told in countless books, documentaries and other exhibitions around the world.” The exhibition, called “Mandela – Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman” was opened in November and will run until next November, says marketing manager of the museum, Noelene Bhyat. Historians Phil Bonner and Luli Callinicos were brought in as well. The Apartheid Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 5pm. Entrance is R60 for adults, R30 for seniors and students. The exhibition runs until November 2009. He truly is the world’s hero, and although very frail now, at 90, he still engenders powerful feelings of affection and patriotism. The exhibition uses classic interview footage, like the one recorded in the 1960s by the BBC, or the one of Mandela meeting with then president PW Botha in the mid-1980s, or the 1989 video showing president FW de Klerk announcing the unbanning of the ANC and other organisations. The researchers took almost two years to research and collect the hundreds of photographs and displays of original artefacts that make up the exhibition, says researcher Jacqui Masiza. The team consisted of scriptwriters, editors, picture researchers, and a curator. Pictures were sourced from the ANC journal, Mayibuye, Bailey’s Archives, Robben Island, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Museum Africa, the SABC and the BBC. But the one I found most moving was the huge screen replaying images of him: giving his first speech after walking out of prison in 1990; hugging actress Charlise Theron and other celebrities; riding in a carriage with the Queen of England through the streets of London; greeting the late Princess of Wales, Diana; and countless images of people raising a fist or singing in celebration of him.center_img “The strength of the exhibition is the way it attempts to provide a layered glimpse of Mandela in all his various guises and reincarnations,” explained Till. It was a hot summer day outside, but I felt goosebumps all over. I’d walked into the exhibition of Nelson Mandela at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and stood mesmerised by images of him from the moment he left prison. Source: City of Johannesburg The overriding characteristic of all the images is his inimitable smile. Perhaps the most surprising footage is of him shaving and making his bed, serving to emphasise the ordinary man behind the public image. When asked by the BBC interviewer what the black man wanted, Mandela said simply but assuredly: “We want one man, one vote.” In answer to a question whether this would mean driving out whites, he answered: “South Africa is a country of many races, there is room for everyone.” The largest artefact is a rich red Mercedes Benz presented to Madiba when he left prison, made by the workers in the assembly plant in East London. The exhibition will be travelling after its stay at the museum – its first stop is Spain.last_img read more

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Checking your fields after the rains

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Much of Ohio has seen wave after wave of rain storms in June of 2015, leaving overly saturated fields of recently planted corn and soybeans under water. Bill Mullen of Seed Consultants has some useful advice as to what to watch for once the rain subsides.last_img

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Check out a Down Under IoT solution to environmental quality

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#air quality#Australia#environment#environmental health#Internet of Things#IoT#sensors#smart city According to the head of an Australian environmental consulting services company, the first part of improving environmental quality is tracking it, overcoming regular methods that only capture a few locations and focus on basic displays of real-time data.Robin Ormerod, the Managing Director of EnviroSuite, says, “Often, the information displayed lacks context, and it is difficult for decision makers to use when managing environmental quality.”See Also: How to avoid a massive smart city pitfall“While much of the smart city focus tends to be on features such as high-speed networks, intelligent control systems and efficient transportation options, there are opportunities to go even further. Increasingly, smart city projects are also including objectives to improve the health of its citizens, based on systems that monitor and manage environmental factors, such as air and water quality,” explains Ormerod.EnviroSuite also provides environmental tracking software with the same name. Ormerod is focused on using the large amounts of sensor data being generated to make big improvements.“Collected data can range from the air quality on city streets to the water quality and levels in streams and rivers. Other sensors can measure wind conditions, temperatures, and ambient noise levels. Most importantly, when combined in a clever way, these different sources can be used to predict problem areas, or provide early warnings of potential environmental problems, so that these issues can be avoided with efficient action, “Ormerod says.Oremerod continues, “For example, if air quality is poor (or predicted to be poor), traffic levels could be dynamically managed to improve air quality. This is much more efficient than the strict bans on vehicles that have been imposed in some cities. Citizens could also be sent automated notifications advising them of the best course of action to improve air quality, with targeted messages to different types of vehicles that contribute most to the issue. Meanwhile, data collected by water quality sensors (or predicted by high-accuracy rainfall forecast) can alert the city to changing conditions. For example, runoff after heavy rain might cause localized flooding, issues for swimmers or water treatment plants. Alerts could be issued to citizens or treatment plant operators, with follow-up notices as soon as the sensors determine that conditions have improved.”Easy to implement?Ormerod doesn’t believe that implementing a city-wide environmental tracking system has to be a complex process, stating that he thinks the systems needed could be stored in cloud-based data centers and run with inexpensive hardware“The sensors themselves can be located on existing infrastructure such as light poles, bus shelters, building exteriors and water pipes. Once in place, they require little or no maintenance and most can be powered by solar cells. The data they produce can be fed back for analysis via an existing network or 3G/4G networks,” he continues.This system will be most useful once the monitoring and forecasting of environmental data is interpreted and communicated in a real-time format that allows decision makers to implement smart city solutions that can improve the quality of life in the cities they manage. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruptioncenter_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Amanda Razani How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…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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London Olympics: Michael Phelps retires after winning gold in 4x100m medley relay swimming

first_imgMichael Phelps got up to leave his last news conference at the Olympic pool when his relay mates were asked if they thought he would really stay retired. Before they could answer, Phelps smiled and said emphatically, “Yes, yes.”The most decorated Olympian called it a career on Saturday night with a fitting ending – a gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay at the London Games.Phelps’ totals in four Olympics: 22 medals, 18 golds, 51 races and 9,900 meters of swimming.”I’ve been able to do everything that I wanted,” he said. “If you can say that about your career, there’s no need to move forward. Time for other things.”Having hung up his suit, cap and goggles for the last time, the 27-year-old from Baltimore is looking forward to the rest of his life.He wants to travel and see places beyond the pools and hotel rooms of the last 12 years. His intended destinations include Australia and Europe. He wants to go cage diving among great white sharks in South Africa with Chad le Clos, the last man to beat him in the Olympics.”I’ve been able to see so many amazing places in the world, but I’ve really never gotten to experience them,” Phelps said.There’s golf and poker to be played, too. He can’t wait for his hometown Ravens to start another football season, and don’t be surprised if turns up to watch some soccer matches.”He’s a true sports fanatic,” Debbie Phelps said.And Mom knows best, “He needs time for himself first,” she said.advertisementPhelps still plans to be around the sport that made him rich and famous, saying, “I would like to try to take it to an even higher level than it is now.”He certainly left it on a high note.Phelps regained the lead in the medley relay with his trademark butterfly stroke, then handed it over to freestyle anchor Nathan Adrian.Adrian brought it home in 3 minutes, 29.35 seconds. Japan took the silver in 3:31.26 and Australia got the bronze in 3:31.68. The team of Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen, Phelps and Adrian hugged it out before Phelps waved and smiled to the crowd.Later, he grew reflective, saying, “I’m a lot more relaxed than I thought I’d be in this moment.”Warming up before his last race, Phelps called his coach over to the side of the practice pool. He thanked Bob Bowman for helping him win all those medals, a feat they accomplished together.That private moment got to both of them.”I said, ‘My tears could hide behind my goggles. Yours are streaming down your face,'” Phelps said. “I wouldn’t be here today without everything he’s done for me. I love him to death.”last_img read more

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700 Jobs Safe as Norway Says No to Color Line Reflagging

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Norwegian Government has ruled against the reflagging of Color Line vessels under the Norwegian International Ship Register (NIS) flag, thereby securing jobs for 700 Norwegian seafarers.The Norwegian Seafarers Union (NSU), an affiliate of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, won the fight to keep the vessels under the Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register (NOR), securing the jobs and maintaining the wages and conditions of the country’s seafarers.“This result means that Color Line – a profitable shipping company – cannot replace national seafarers with cheaper foreign labour,” Johnny Hansen, NSU president, told the ITF.“Enforcing and maintaining cabotage safeguards our strategic interests, provides jobs, brings added economic value while also protecting national security and the environment,” Hansen added.last_img read more

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POP QUIZ FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT CHUM 1045S MORNING SHOW COHOST JAMAR

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment iHeartRadio’s CHUM 104.5 welcomed its newest member to the CHUM family, Jamar McNeil, as co-host for its brand-new morning show MARILYN DENIS AND JAMAR last summer. Now, as Jamar and CHUM 104.5 continue to “Make Mornings Pop”, The Lede gives Jamar a pop quiz of his own:So Jamar, tell us more about yourself! Where are you from?Jamar: I’m a proud Jamaican and American citizen. My Caribbean background has greatly influenced my life and alter ego DJ J Niice; a DJ/Producer specializing in Dancehall, Reggae, Soca, and Reggaeton. Facebook If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?Jamar: I LOVE Toronto. It’s the perfect city for me, but if I could choose the PERFECT perfect place for me to live it would be…. UNDERWATER! I’m an Advanced Open Water Scuba diver with countless hours of below surface experience and I’ve done dives in some of the world’s most renowned dive sites like the Antilla in Aruba, Kittiwake in the Cayman Islands, and Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos Islands.How did you get started in the entertainment industry?Jamar: I started in show biz as a child actor. I’ve appeared in NICKELODEON’S ADVENTURES OF PETE AND PETE, SESAME STREET, and I was a Honey Comb cereal kid (Andre the Giant commercial). These hard-edge, streetwise roles probably helped me land the character of “Vince Boyd” on EMPIRE alongside Taraji P. Henson (S1 Ep6).Tell us more about growing up in NYC!Jamar: At heart I’m a typical NY City kid who grew up loving comic books, pizza, house parties, and have been in nightclubs absorbing the vibes since I wasn’t legally allowed to do so!Favourite Hobbies?Jamar: I LOVE snowboarding! I’ve been a volunteer instructor for Burton’s “Chill” Foundation and the plot to mold my newborn son Kofi into the Olympic snowboarding star that I never was is in motion. Our recent move to Canada means…my diabolical plan is looking…eggggggcellent! #EvilLaughJoining CHUM 104.5 co-host Marilyn Denis weekdays from 5 – 9 a.m. ET, the dynamic duo of Marilyn and Jamar bring a fresh interactive take to mornings, keeping listeners engaged, informed, and entertained all while playing the best music in Toronto.MARILYN DENIS AND JAMAR is also available across Canada via live stream on the iHeartRadio Canada app, iHeartRadio.ca/CHUM, or just ask for CHUM 104.5 on your smart speaker. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Almost 85 of UK households will have signed up fo

first_imgAlmost 85% of UK households will have signed up for a multiplay service – taking at least two media and telecom services from the same provider – by 2019, according to research by CCS Insight.This year, over 12 million UK households will take a bundle of three services from the same provider while a further 1.5 million will take four services from a single provider by the end of the year.CCS Insight expects the number of households purchasing bundles of four services to double in 2016, and to grow steadily in the near future, helped by consolidation of the telecom market, such as BT’s proposed acquisition of EE.Uptake of multiplay offerings is being driven by value, convenience and fewer bills as well as promotional activities, the rollout of new services, the emergence of new providers and a proliferation of no-contract options like Now TV, according to the research group.CCS Insight says that adoption of fibre broadband will also help OTT services, which will pose a serious threat to telecom operators’ ambitions in video.“Over 40% of UK households currently do not subscribe to pay TV services: this is a huge opportunity. BT has shown the way with the success of BT Sport. It’s now using its sport channels to drive up subscriptions to BT TV among its existing customers. It’s also targeting Sky TV customers who enjoy watching sports, while others like Virgin Media are positioning themselves as aggregators,” said Paolo Pescatore, director of multiplay and media at CCS Insight.“We will see similar battles in other types of programming beyond sport, fuelling further competition. We believe programmes, especially exclusive material, will be a key weapon in providers’ quest to secure customers. Those that offer a vast array of programmes will be better placed to succeed.”last_img read more

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Former Channel 4 content chief Jay Hunt is being l

first_imgFormer Channel 4 content chief Jay Hunt is being linked with a role at Apple.According to sources, she has been in talks over an unspecified role at the tech giant’s London office.Jay HuntThe story first emerged on the On the Airwaves news site.Hunt is known to be well in with Apple original video chiefs Jamie Erlicht and Zach van Amburg, having worked with them on Channel 4 sci-fi anthology Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams when they were running Sony Pictures Television.Hunt has been heavily linked with another digital content player, Netflix, but has publicly played down that link.She left Channel 4 last month after seven years as chief creative officer with the UK broadcaster, having brought shows such as The Great British Bake Off and Electric Dreams to the commercially funded public service broadcaster.Numerous execs are lining up to replace her at Channel 4, with interviews believed to be in their final stages. BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh and Hunt’s deputy, Ralph Lee are both in contention, though sources suggest the later may no longer be in the running.On Friday, former BBC director general Danny Cohen was the latest to rule himself out after reports claimed he was unexpected candidate.Apple, meanwhile, has been building out its content team following the appointments of van Amburg and Erlicht has head of video programming.They have hired a number of execs, including former WGN America chief Matt Cherniss, and are thought to be looking at big ticket dramas, despite Apple seemingly not having aAn Apple spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by DTVE sister title TBI, while Hunt couldn’t be reached for comment this morning.last_img read more

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