If you want to get into the festive spirit then Churchill is the place to be this Sunday (Dec 1st). The village is having its second ‘Christmas in the Village’ event and it promises to be a special day once again.It’s the second year that it’s being held after success of last year. A whole afternoon of events and fun culminating in the official launch of the Churchill Christmas lights as well as Santa in the park.If there wasn’t enough there’s a Christmas Market and even a lovely carol service.See the poster below for all the details. Churchill kicks off the Christmas season with a special Sunday was last modified: November 27th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:carolsCHristmasChurchillLIGHTSSinging
Instead, Justin Verlander blazed 97 mph heat, Shane Bieber and Aroldis Chapman each struck out the side and the American League slowed a loaded … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceBy BEN WALKER | AP Baseball WriterCLEVELAND (AP) — For one night, the pitchers took back the power.Hours after an awesome Home Run Derby got everyone buzzing even louder about monster shots and juiced balls, only a couple flew out of Progressive Field on Tuesday.
You’re hang gliding over a lake, and you spot a fish below. From your hovering position, you drop into a rapid, steep dive headfirst into the water. Whoops; your eyes just went out of focus, and you lost your fish in the murky depths. Too bad you’re not a cormorant. Cormorants (a kind of waterfowl) are able to adjust the lenses of their eyes from air-focus to water-focus in a split second, according to an article in Current Biology May 25.1 Four Israeli scientists bedazzle us:Cormorants (Aves; Phalacrocoracidae) are active fliers, yet they forage by pursuit diving and capture of fish with the bill. In air, the cormorant’s cornea provides most of the total refractive power of the eye. Underwater, however, corneal power is lost, as the cornea is now bathed in liquids of similar refractive index. The retention of a sharp image, while performing precise visual tasks underwater, requires that the cormorant’s optical system compensates for the loss of refractive power of the cornea. In addition, the underwater photic environment differs markedly from the aerial one, with the image quality undergoing a rapid deterioration through scatter and absorption. Upon submergence, cormorants compensate for the loss of corneal power (>55 dioptres, D) and rapidly (>1000D/sec) attain a state of emmetropia, i.e. they are well focussed, by marked changes in the shape of their very flexible lens.The scientists somehow acquired accurate measurements of the birds’ optical acuity in air and in murky water. The birds’ vision is as good as that of fish, seals and whales who spend most of their time underwater. Cormorants, however, need outstanding vision in water as well as air. “The requirements to perform precise visuo-motor tasks in two optically different media, and the uniqueness of the lenticular system of these birds,” they note with some admiration, ”make the vision of pursuit-diving birds a model of vertebrate capacities at the extreme.”1Strod, Arad, Izhaki and Katzir, “Cormorants keep their power: visual resolution in a pursuit-diving bird under amphibious and turbid conditions,” Current Biology, Vol 14, R376-R377, 25 May 2004.Strod and Arad work at the Hula Valley Nature Preserve in northern Israel; perhaps that is where they made some of the observations. TV nature programs sometimes show these birds in action. Next time you see one, you’ll have reason to appreciate even more the elegance of their fishing expertise. Once again, this excellent intelligent-design paper was marred by a worthless insertion of the E word, probably because Current Darwin-Worship wouldn’t print it otherwise: they conclude, “Low turbidity levels are commonly encountered in natural water bodies and thus are of crucial importance in our understanding of the evolution, sensory ecology, and micro-habitat selection in aquatic organisms.” This, as usual, means that nobody understands how these optical marvels evolved, but the Darwin Party hopes to some day. I wonder if the authors really buy that promissory note. So how many billion cormorants died of starvation till they got their optics right? Sorry, 990 dioptres per second isn’t good enough; let’s bump it up to 1000 and make sure all the less fit go extinct. For sure. We don’t need such evolutionary whistling in the dark. Cormorants knew the tune from the top, and in the right key, too; see sharp or be flat.(Visited 158 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cisco warns that change won’t happen overnight, however, with only some of the 300-plus contenders being in a position to manage their own networks, due to their ability to raise the necessary capital. “But the market has been anticipating this change, and numerous small, semi-legal networks have sprung up around the country in the past year,” Goldstuck said. “Many of these should emerge above the radar with their new licences, along with new entrants into the market.” “We believe these changes will lead to sufficient levels of competition, increase access to internet usage and, in turn, increase global competitiveness and economic diversity,” Cisco Internet Business Solutions senior manager Reshaad Ahmed said, adding that the evolution and changes in the local telecoms industry could not have come at a better time. Seacom cable Restrictive regulator environment ‘Death of dial-up’ At the same time, the market as a whole has seen a continued dramatic shift from dial-up connections to broadband, with growth in both ADSL and 3G at more than 50%. “South Africa could, potentially, go from five major service providers to more than 300 overnight,” said Ahmed. “The combination of new licensees, policy directions, and municipality networks has set the stage for a highly competitive telecommunications marketplace, with consumers and businesses leading the charge toward choice, competition, and fair market value.” Goldstuck describes the minister’s decision as a pivotal moment, but one that should have occurred four years ago: “In that time we saw growth slow to a near standstill, and the possibility of bringing access to underserviced area becoming ever more remote. Goldstuck said that one could see the emergence of a broadband culture in South Africa, held back only by the restrictions still placed on data capacity – which should start becoming a non-issue by the middle of 2009, when a new undersea fibre-optic cable enters operation. South Africa’s internet user base has seen its highest rate of growth since 2001, increasing by 12.5% to 4.5-million over the past year, according to the Internet Access in South Africa 2008 study by local internet research firm World Wide Worx. But it is only one of a series of new cables in the works, which will make the connectivity landscape completely unrecognisable for both South Africa and the rest of the continent by 2013. “At that point, dial-up will effectively be dead as a connectivity option – it is more expensive, and utterly inappropriate to the changing nature of the internet,” he said. “Once everyone who is connected is on broadband or high-speed networks, the internet will come into its own as an environment for business collaboration and personal interaction.” 8 December 2008 Encouraging new services SAinfo reporter “We are therefore pleased with the findings, as they indicate a positive trend for economic growth – we belive that pervasive broadband at the right price is a key enabler for economic prosperity,” Ahmed said. The Internet Access in SA 2008 report shows that growth has come largely on the back of dramatic take-up of broadband offerings by small businesses, which alone accounted for half of the growth in the market, mainly through connecting office staff to their ADSL links. The Seacom undersea cable, commissioned mainly by new market entrant Neotel, will increase South Africa’s international bandwidth 40-fold, and will mark the beginning of what World Wide Worx describes as a seismic shift in the internet landscape in Africa. Those that do take up the challenge will need to spend a significant amount of time building a business model that will be sustainable, innovative, and takes advantage of the strategic position with which a contender is faced, while employing the capabilities of existing service providers. “It spells the birth of an entirely new industry, and we are already seeing the market champing at the bit to become part of that industry,” Goldstuck said. The study was backed by US-based Cisco Systems, and the findings were released during the Networkers at Cisco Live! conference in Johannesburg last week. Delegates at the conference heard that one of the obstacles was a highly restrictive regulatory environment, with the Minister of Communications only deciding late in the year not to oppose a court ruling allowing all network operators to supply their own telecommunication infrastructure. “The increase comes on the eve of the biggest shake-up in South African internet access we’ve seen since the dawn of the commercial internet in 1994,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement last week. SMEs go broadband “It is imperative for all relevant stakeholders to drive broadband to encourage new services: skills, education, business interaction, and lowering the cost of doing business.” “It is only the beginning of a dramatic turnaround, and is occurring despite numerous obstacles in the way of growth.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
As a symbol of the brutality of South Africa’s apartheid past and of the immense courage of those who fought for the country’s freedom, Robben Island, about 12km offshore from Cape Town, is a pivotal beacon in the history of South Africa.(Image: The Robben Island Museum)Brand South Africa reporterThe island was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 1999.In its description of the site, Unesco writes: “The buildings of Robben Island bear eloquent testimony to its sombre history, and at the same time symbolise the triumph of the human spirit, of freedom, and of democracy over oppression.”‘Unwanted’ peopleAlthough people lived on Robben Island thousands of years before the sea separated it from the Cape mainland, it was used as a place to house “unwanted” people – mostly prisoners – from the mid-1600s, when the Dutch colonised the Cape, to the late 20th century. It was also used as a military base during the Second World War.Those who fought against Dutch colonisation in southern and eastern Africa, religious Muslim leaders, opponents of British empire building in Africa, prisoners of war, criminals, leprosy sufferers, mentally ill patients, and more recently opponents of the apartheid government, were all packed off to Robben Island.As author Lawrence Green wrote: Robben Island was “an island of exiles”.The windswept island, with its astounding legacy of confinement and brutality for those exiled there – and its paradoxical existence as a sanctuary for bird and animal life – is a place of mystery and amazement to the many who visit it.Memories of brutalityFor the many freedom fighters imprisoned there, including Nelson Mandela, who was incarcerated for 27 years, and Pan Africanist Congress leader Robert Sobukwe, who was housed there in solitary confinement, Robben Island holds less mystery and more torrid memories of brutality, isolation and victimisation.But the island is remembered just as much as the site where anti-apartheid activists honed their principles of non-racialism and human rights, where they educated themselves – and their prison warders – and strengthened their resolve to attain freedom.As African National Congress (ANC) stalwart and former Robben Island prisoner Ahmed Kathrada remarked around the time of Mandela’s release from prison: “While we will not forget the brutality of apartheid, we will not want Robben Island to be a monument to our hardship and suffering. We would want Robben Island to be a monument . reflecting the triumph of the human spirit against the forces of evil. A triumph of non-racialism over bigotry and intolerance. A triumph of a new South Africa over the old.”Kathrada’s wish has been realised. On 1 January 1997, Robben Island became the home to the Robben Island Museum, a national museum and monument that displays its astounding history to the many tourists who flock there in search of more information and understanding about South Africa’s past.Website: www.robben-island.org.zaA place to learn about SA’s democracyThe museum is also a place of learning, with workshops, tours and camps for children and adults keen to learn about both historical and modern-day South Africa and its embracing of a culture of human rights and respect for ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.Daily tours are offered, weather permitting, leaving from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. The tour is three-and-a-half hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides. It is a good idea to pre-book your ticket through the website.Visitors can expect an enriching experience. There’s plenty to see on the island: from the maximum security prison that held political prisoners, to the memorabilia of prisoners incarcerated there, to the quarry mines where prisoners were forced to dig, to the church, to the many buildings dating back to the Second World War. There’s a small village where the island’s main centre is located.Bird sanctuaryRobben Island generates its own electricity and is involved in a research initiative to draw electricity from the strong waves that pound its shores. It also gets its water from nine boreholes.The island is a natural sanctuary for bird life – the northern part is a bird sanctuary – and has about 132 bird species, some of which are endangered.Many birds use the island for breeding purposes, including the Crowned Cormorant and Black-crowned Night Herons that flock to the island in numbers. The African Penguin, once close to extinction, also breeds prolifically on the island.Plant life also thrives on Robben Island, but farming and the introduction of exotic species have upset the natural fauna to some extent. The spectacular veld flowers typical of the West Coast also occur on the Island during spring.There are 23 species of mammals, including small herds of bontebok, springbok, steenbok, fallow deer and eland. Ostrich, lizards, geckos, snakes and tortoises also call the island home.Marine life around Robben Island is also rich, and the ferry trip offers tourists a chance to spot Cape fur seals, southern right whales and dusky and heavyside dolphins.Source: South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyI am driving around checking fields right now. I am thinking about planting beans and sidedressing, but all it has done here is rain for the last two weeks. The last three days the sun came out and it did start to dry. I’ll plant beans up until the first week of July if I can.There is a lot of stuff that hasn’t been sprayed around here. It has been tough to do anything. There are drowned out spots and a lack of oxygen for the plants in the fields. I think it might even be too wet for the disease problems.For the area, I don’t think the prevented planting will be that much. More has been planted than not planted, but it is all over the board. I have heard guys talking about still planting corn yet this week if they can get it in.Some guys haven’t chopped any hay yet. Some have carryover from last year and some are getting really desperate for feed. There has not been any dry hay made around here. The ground has been so wet. Everything we have that hasn’t been cut is junk, but you still have to cut it and bale it, add some more protein to the ration, and go from there. We are going to lose a whole cutting because we should be doing the second cutting and we haven’t done the first. The volume is there but the quality is not very good.The hay I chopped is not coming back very well because it has been so wet. The grass doesn’t even look good because we haven’t had any heat. I hope we can miss the rain this afternoon.The way this year has gone I think I’m glad I burnt my wheat off. That is one less thing to worry about. Still, I know I’m a lot better off than some others.Dylan Baer – Wood CountyThere has been some progress but not much. It is sad.In the last two weeks we got about 100 more acres of corn in. We got 170 acres of corn in total. The last corn was planted on June 12. We then got 300 acres of beans in. Both corn and beans are at about 25% of our intended acres.This weekend we had a 2.5-inch rainfall and I’m not sure what we will have left after that. It just seems like it isn’t meant to be. Some of the crops will be OK but there will be some holes from all of that rain. In talking with individual farmers, many of them around here have 25% of their intended corn acres in. Beans are all over the board.We’ve got 300 more acres that have to be planted to something. Other than that, that is all we are going to plant. If it is insured at this point we are taking the insurance and then we’ll plant cover crops. We are looking at fields we can seed to hay or wheat that I can bale. I think there are so many prevented planting acres out there that I think cover crops will be hard to find and the normal mixes are going to be gone. It is going to be expensive too. As soon as they changed the date on harvest to Sept. 1, all of the sorghum Sudangrass sold out.Wheat is starting to turn. There are spots that have started dying out in the field because water has been laying on it since April. I think harvest will be late. This wheat still has a lot of turning to do.It is supposed to be hot and dry this week. If we miss the chance of rain this afternoon I’m hoping I can mow some hay. This will be the first hay I’ve mowed. It is going down in some places and it is thin in some places but I think if I can get it in a bale it’ll still be worth something.I just want to commend all of the neighboring farmers in the area. We have had some late nights running and we have seen a lot of lights in the fields around us. No one can say we ain’t trying.Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyThe sun is shining right now and the wind is blowing but we are supposed to get rain this afternoon. We sidedressed a little over half of our corn until it started raining again. We’ve been out for about a week now, other than yesterday dad did spray some post- beans and got a few acres done. The conditions in the field weren’t ideal, but we were able to get the sprayer across the field without too much damage.We are actually standing here next to the sprayer trying to determine when the next rain is. It looks like there is a chance today but we may try to spray again this morning. We could maybe sidedress on Wednesday.The corn that has emerged is doing fairly well given the circumstances. We are pretty happy with the corn. There are some drowned out spots. They are in the normal low spots but they are bigger than normal this year. In other places there is water laying that will hold back the potential yields. I have not seen disease issues, but I have not really scouted much yet.With the soybeans, some fields look pretty good and some of the stands are not as good. We still have the bean planter ready if we want to thicken things up a little in some spots, but with where the calendar sits now we may just go with what we have got.Around us, pretty much all of the fields have something planted in them. I was in northern Ohio last week and it was very evident how wet it was. We are very fortunate around here. The corn I did see up there was few and far between. There are many more fields not planted than planted. The corn I did see looked about like our later planted corn.Nathan Brown – Highland CountyAfter five days of rain and cool temperatures, it looks pretty nasty. We had a half-inch yesterday evening and overnight. We have blue skies this morning but it is starting to cloud up. We finished up planting the first time last Saturday. We may have to do some replanting on soybeans. We had 65 acres that was in corn stalks and the slugs are just going to town on the soybeans.We have been waiting to sidedress because we got over 5 inches of rain from last Saturday through this weekend. I am definitely seeing some N deficiencies and the lack of oxygen in the corn. Our crops need some dry weather and heat. The saturated soils are going to lose us some bushels by the end of the year.We have minimal prevented planting around here. Even if the soil conditions weren’t perfect most guys around here got their crops in. Around here we will have less than 10% of the intended acres in prevented planting.We are going to have to keep an eye on disease. The corn is at V6. Do we put fungicide on or is it too stressed to do that? There have been reports of frogeye in some soybean fields so that is something we will keep an eye on. It came in early on us last year too and guys didn’t get some of their acres rotated to corn and planted soybeans again in some fields. Guys with back-to-back soybeans will really have to watch that. We keep getting rain showers and it could be disastrous this year.We are hoping to get the hay mower out today and maybe lay out some hay in the morning. The forecast looks like it is going to give us an opportunity.We have hay to mow, pastures to bush hog, spraying and, I hope, wheat to harvest this week. I think we’ll be better off to cut it a little wet and maybe run it through the dryer. There is some head scab starting to come along and some sprouting in the heads.
Giftrocket thinks this will be a boon for small businesses too, most of which don’t have gift card programs. Those can cost businesses a significant amount of money, and since Giftrocket actually doesn’t require merchants’ participation, there are no set-up fees. There’s just a snippet of code that, should they decide to do so, businesses can add to their websites to let customers know that their gift cards are “Powered by GiftRocket.” Tags:#Location#mobile#web Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces audrey watters On one hand, I’m a big fan of the gift card. I never know what to buy people, so gift cards always seem like a good option. On the other hand, gift cards can be frustrating, particularly if I want to get one to a particular local business and not just a major chain. A lot of sites don’t offer gift cards, and if they do, you have to actually go into the shop to purchase one – that’s a pain when your family is spread all over the country. And it’s a pain for recipients to have to keep track of little gift certificates or plastic cards.Thankfully, GIftRocket has rebooted the whole process, with a really innovative solution that should please merchants, gift-givers, and recipients alike.GiftRocket works as a peer-to-peer gift card, bypassing the merchant entirely. You can send a gift card via the startup’s website. It uses Yelp as its directory of merchants, so you can create a gift card to use any store, restaurant, bar, hotel, and so on that’s listed in that database. (That’s pretty much every business.)The recipient of the card will receive a message notifying them of the gift, and when they arrive at the location, they can follow the link in the email, allow their phone to confirm their geo-location, and presto – the money is transferred to them, via PayPal.Sending and receiving a gift via GiftRocket is incredibly easy, and ease-of-use is one of the main things that the company is trying to address. But there are other benefits too: there’s no card or certificate to carry around; there’s no leftover change on the card; there’s no expiration date.There is, however, a fee to send a card this way – $1 plus 5% of the total of the card. The works out to $2 for a $20 gift card. While most “traditional” gift cards are free, it’s worth paying a little bit extra in order to have the convenience of GiftRocket and the completely open selection of merchants where cards can be redeemed. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni: ‘It gives us pressure to deliver’ “Danny Ildefonso is both one of the best players and best men to ever have played in the PBA. He has always had a tremendous work ethic and has detailed knowledge on how to play the game as a big man. He will surely have a tremendous impact on the development of our big men,” said Compton.Rounding out the new hires for Alaska is Tony dela Cruz, who has now shifted to the coaching after retiring last month.“Tony Dela Cruz has always been one of the smartest players in the PBA and he knows the ins and outs of our system as well as any of our coaches. He is an excellent communicator who has a great relationship with everyone on the team and he will make a very smooth transition into coaching,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter losing key deputies in the offseason, Alaska has enlisted the services of Eric Altamirano, Danny Ildefonso, and Tony dela Cruz to assist coach Alex Compton this upcoming season.“I am really excited about the new coaches we have added to our coaching staff,” said Compton, who lost deputies Louie Alas and Topex Robinson to Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Compton will be renewing his partnership with Altamirano, both of whom formed the grassroots program National Basketball Training Center (NBTC).“Coach Eric Altamirano is a proven winner at every single level he has coached at including the PBA. Alaska gets a veteran coach with tremendous experience and character in Coach Eric, truly a man of excellence,” he said of the seasoned mentor, who last called the shots for Flying V Thunder in the PBA D-League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIldefonso, meanwhile, boasts a decorated career being a two-time PBA MVP with San Miguel, before finishing his career with Meralco.He is currently serving as a big man coach for the NU Bulldogs under coach Jamike Jarin. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The fifth and final Test match between India and England will start as per schedule on December 16 at the Chepauk despite the severe cyclone Vardah that lashed the Tamil Nadu capital last evening.Tamil Nadu Cricket Association secretary Kashi Viswanathan said that although centre strip and the outfield have not been affected by the cyclone, the sight screen has been badly damaged, the bulbs of the floodlights blown off, a number of air-conditioners also got damaged and those need to be set in order in the next two days. (Also read: I don’t believe in playing sarcastic mind games, says Virat Kohli)”The assuring part is that the pitch and the outfield has not been affected by the cyclone. But sightscreen has been damaged. The bulbs have blown off, air conditioners damaged. There have been hundreds of tree trunks lying in the road leading upto the stadium. Our challenge is to set everything in order in the next two days. I am confident we will be able to set everything right,” Viswanthan told PTI on Tuesday.The veteran administrator also informed that like other years, three blocks will remain closed.
AC Milan coach Gattuso: We’re not taking Coppa Italia lightlyby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso says they’ll take their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria seriously.Milan also face Juventus next week in Jeddah for the Supercoppa.Gattuso said, “We’re not going on vacation to Genoa, we are taking part in a competition that we really care about.“Last season, we reached the Final of the Coppa Italia and that was a huge disappointment. “It’s true, we are facing a Sampdoria side in stunning shape, but we too will use the best team available to go through.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say