Chatham family one of 11 to receive Ontario Farm Family Award

first_imgA Chatham-area family was one of 11 across the province honoured with a 2019 BMO Ontario Farm Family Award.The awards will be presented on Sept. 21 at this year’s International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Verner, West Nipissing.The Campbell family was listed as one of the winners.This award, handed out by BMO Bank of Montreal in co-operation with the Ontario Plowmen’s Association, recognizes recipient families’ focus on sustainability, community involvement, land stewardship and adaptability in their farm management practices.“For over 200 years, BMO has been a proud supporter of the Canadian agriculture community and, every year, we’re excited to honour the families that exemplify a sense of community, strong values, and hard work – all qualities at the heart of the rural way of life and the agriculture community,” said Steve DeMarco, BMO’s vice-president of business banking for Northern Ontario, in a release.“The BMO Farm Family Awards recognize the contributions made by farmers across the province, and these 11 families demonstrate how heritage and innovation can work hand in hand to further farming in the province.”This year’s IPM runs from Sept. 17 to 21. Each family will receive a plaque for their efforts. Chatham-Kent hosted the large-scale event last year.“We are truly grateful for the agricultural leadership and commitment these families have to their communities,” said Ontario Plowmen’s Association president Sheila Marshall. “These award recipients, and those who have come before them, deserve to be celebrated. They’re role models for us all.”The BMO Ontario Farm Family Awards have been handed out annually since 2012,  recognizing 83 families throughout the province.last_img read more

Let’s Do This Again: Are These Shoes Gray and Teal, or Pink and White?

first_imgFor what it’s worth, 89% of people who voted in a Buzzfeed poll went with gray and teal. It’s been like 12 minutes since an optical illusion photo went viral, so here you go.  Here’s the newest one in the tradition of “The Dress” from a few years back . . . Someone on Twitter named “TFILDOLANS” posted a picture of her shoe a few days ago.  And people are debating whether it’s gray and teal . . . or pink and white.last_img

This Week at TouringPlans – October 13, 2019

first_imgShare This!Welcome to your one-stop shop for our news from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Universal Orlando, and more.Walt Disney World News of the WeekAttraction Archaeology: The Magic Kingdom SkywayWine Bar George offers Trimbach luncheon.Creature Comforts Halloween cupcake is boo-tiful.DHS worms & dirt underwhelms.Learn to Draw Villains at the Animation Experience at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.Here’s this week’s update on Epcot construction.Here’s a first glimpse at the new holiday Tree of Life Awakening show.REVIEW: Boma for vegetarians.Brian counts down the Top Five dark rides at Disney.Ample Hills Creamery is coming to Disney Springs.How to get around without the Skyliner.There’s a HUGE Millennium Falcon outside the Disney Springs LEGO store.VIDEO: Understanding rider switch at WDW.The Enchanted Rose bar is now open at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort.Here are Angela’s favorite YouTube videos.Disney’s Animal Kingdom tasting sampler returns this winter.Disney Springs hotels will continue to receive extra magic hours benefits.VIDEO: Look how much gorilla Grace has grown!Dealing with diapers and potty training at Walt Disney World.Create your own layered slushie at Epcot Cool Wash.Merchandise line features Epcot’s new logo.Here’s everything you need to know about Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain.Check out the Priceline deals for Hilton-Orlando Bonnet Creek.Universal Florida News of the WeekSaturday Six takes a look at our favorite Universal Orlando meet & greets.MerchandiseDisney Springs Basin offers Halloween gifts.Three unbelievable things on shopDisney this week.Limited release Oogie Boogie Wishable.Maleficent 2 merchandise is available at Disney World.Star Wars Le Creuset is available for pre-order.Disney handbags have captured our hearts.The red Stromtrooper Loungefly is now available in WDW stores.The Week AheadIf you’re planning to the visit to the parks soon, here’s what’s going on this week.The week ahead at Walt Disney WorldThe week ahead at DisneylandThe week ahead at Universal OrlandoThe week ahead on Disney Cruise LineSave time! Save money! Have fun! For complete access to all of our great vacation-planning tools like the Crowd Calendar, customizable Touring Plans, Cheapest Ticket Calculator, Dining Reservation Finder, Hotel Room Request automator, and MORE, subscribe to TouringPlans.com.For the latest news on all things Disney and Universal, follow our social media channels: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you’re looking for travel gear, visit the TouringPlans Amazon Store to see the items TouringPlans staff travels with.last_img read more

Stratford girls basketball outlasts Newman Catholic in overtime, improves to 5-0

first_imgThree Tigers score in double figuresBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — Savannah Schillinger scored five of her 11 points in overtime to lift the Stratford girls basketball team to a 49-46 victory over Wausau Newman Catholic in a Marawood Conference South Conference matchup Tuesday night at Newman Catholic High School.Andie Zuelke had a team-high 12 points, Sammy Griesbach added 10, and Kaylee Hollatz had eight points and 11 rebounds for Stratford, which is now 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Marawood South. Newman is 2-2 and 0-2 in the conference.Taylor Jankowski had nine of her 11 points in the first half as Newman built a 25-21 lead at intermission.The Tigers came back in the second half to force overtime and held off Newman 8-5 in the extra four-minute frame.Stratford’s next game is Friday at Auburndale, which is also unbeaten at 4-0 and 1-0 in the Marawood South. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com, and full coverage will be available after the game on MarshfieldAreaSports.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com)Tigers 49, Cardinals 46 (OT)Stratford 20 21 8 – 49Newman Catholic 25 16 5 – 46STRATFORD (49): Savannah Schillinger 3-11 4-7 11, Sammy Griesbach 3-4 4-4 10, Macie Frueh 2-5 1-3 6, Olivia Burrows 0-1 0-0 0, Chelsey Gliniecki 1-4 0-1 2, Kaylee Hollatz 4-7 0-1 8, Makayla Krall 0-1 0-0 0, Andie Zuelke 5-9 2-4 12. FG: 18-43. FT: 11-20. 3-pointers: 2-6 (Schillinger 1-2, Frueh 1-2, Nett 0-1, Krall 0-1). Rebounds: 28 (Hollatz 11). Assists: 9. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: Gliniecki, Frueh. Record: 5-0, 2-0 Marawood Conference South Division.NEWMAN CATHOLIC (46): Lauren Fech 3 4-4 12, Signe Fronek 3 1-2 8, Makayla Slaby 0 0-0 0, Taylor Jankowski 3 3-6 11, Abbey Fox 2 0-0 4, Makayla Tomsyck 0 0-0 0, Karina McGucken 1 0-0 2, Brogan Kimball 3 1-3 7, Mariah Whalen 1 1-1 3. FG: 16. FT: 10-16. 3-pointers: 5 (Fech 2, Jankowski 2, Fronek 1). Fouls: 21. Fouled out: Fronek. Record: 2-2, 0-2 Marawood South.last_img read more

Van Schalkwyk named for top UN job

first_imgMarthinus van Schalkwyk and performersat the 2009 opening of the Nelson MandelaBay visitor information centre.(Image: Port Elizabeth Daily Photo) South Africa’s Presidency has put forward the country’s minister of tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, as a candidate to head the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).The Presidency announced in March that after consideration, it had nominated Van Schalkwyk to take over from the outgoing executive secretary Yvo de Boer, who has been at the head of the organisation since 2006.Earlier in 2010 De Boer announced his retirement from the UN position to join consultancy giant KPMG as their global advisor on sustainability and climate. He will take up his new post on 1 July 2010.Van Schalkwyk is regarded as a strong contender for the position, having gained extensive experience in dealing with climate-related issues in his previous post as minister of environmental affairs and tourism.The Presidency reported that it had received requests from a number of outside parties – including governments, corporations and NGOs in both the developed and developing world – for Van Schalkwyk to be made available for nomination for this prestigious post.President Jacob Zuma and Van Schalkwyk have already met to discuss the matter.The final decision lies with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon.A tough jobShould his bid be successful, the minister will face a tough job in getting the 192 members of the UNFCCC to agree on the effects of climate change and unite to implement strategies to counter the global phenomenon.In the wake of the 2009 climate conference held in Copenhagen, which failed to produce any realistic or legally binding emission-reduction target between participating nations, Van Schalkwyk will have his work cut out for him to bring the members of the UNFCCC into accord. De Boer is of the opinion that a new climate deal will not be struck before 2011.Van Schalkwyk will also have to restore the faith of developing nations, who also widely condemned the failure of the Copenhagen talks to provide any real hope of assistance for them from developed nations.However, as environmental affairs minister, a post which he held until after the general elections of 2009, Van Schalkwyk earned respect as a fighter for developing nations, and for leading South Africa in a number of progressive climate change initiatives that elevated the country as a champion for good environmental practices.Among his achievements are the implementation of a Black Economic Empowerment scorecard and charter for tourism, the launch of a new environmental protection fleet to counteract illegal fishing, the enforcing of the 2004 Air Quality Act, and the banning of the use, import and export, and manufacturing of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials.In 2008 he assumed the rotating presidency of the biennial African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, a gathering of African ministers of the environment, at its 12th session, which took place in Johannesburg.“Our message for this gathering is that we are ready to assist in shaping and building a cohesive African environmental agenda,” said Van Schalkwyk in his acceptance speech.He therefore has the understanding and the experience needed to effectively punt the needs of developing nations, ensuring they do not get pushed aside in the global climate debate.Towards the end of next year South Africa hosts the 2011 Conference of the Parties, an annual meeting of the members of the UNFCCC. To have a South African at the helm of global climate negotiations would be fitting, and, said the Presidency, “an honour and a privilege”.Saving the planetThe UNFCCC arose out of the 1992 UN environment summit, known as the Earth Summit, which took place in Rio de Janeiro. The treaty was established with the main aim of stabilising the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and came into force in March 1994.The UNFCCC’s 192 parties are classified as Annex I or Annex II members. Annex I countries are seen as industrialised economies or economies in transition. Annex II countries have developed economies and are able to help developing countries financially with initiatives that fall under the UNFCCC.To date, 40 Annex I and 23 Annex II countries have become parties. There are also a number of non-Annex 1 parties, of which South Africa is one – these are mostly developing nations who are dependent on assistance from wealthier nations.The UNFCCC itself has no compulsory carbon emission limits to which members are expected to adhere, but its main instrument, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, does set legally binding targets for carbon emission reduction for its own 184 members.The UNFCCC secretariat is based in Bonn, Germany.last_img read more

Active citizenship in South Africa at a healthy level

first_imgSouth Africans, on the whole, have a high level of social cohesion and good active citizenship. To boost levels further, young people and marginalised groups in particular need to be targeted, according to Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Survey. Matjididi Mokono (centre) is an example of active citizenship in motion. She opened up an orphan centre in 2002 to feed and educate children in the village of GaMagoa in Limpopo. Active citizenship in South Africa has risen in recent years. (Images: Shamin Chibba) Shamin ChibbaMore than 10 years ago, when Matjididi Mokono was a primary school teacher, she looked at her community in GaMagoa, Limpopo, and saw its children struggling to live. They were not being fed well enough, many lived with their grandparents, and they were trying to get by in an environment rife with crime, alcoholism and drug abuse.Mokono did something about it. She left her post as a teacher and started Mponogele Le Iterele Orphan Centre under a tree. The initiative was meant to feed and educate the local children. “I wanted to help the children and support their family members who feel overloaded too,” she said.So successful was the project, Mokono started receiving support from the likes of Eskom, Brand South Africa and even overseas funders. Today, the centre has moved from the tree to a property with a small hall, a kitchen and even a computer room.It is people like Mokono who are pushing up South Africa’s score on the active citizenship index, which currently sits at 68%.The index forms part of Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Survey, which measures both active citizenship and social cohesion. It also contributes to developing an understanding of how South Africans perceive the nation brand based on national pride, attitudes, values and beliefs. On the whole, the survey found South Africans to be positive and optimistic about the future of the country.“South Africans tend to speak badly about themselves,” said Brand South Africa’s research manager Judy Smith-Höhn. “There’s a general tendency to say things are terrible. But what we are able to do is tell the positive story. We’re not looking to cover up challenges.”Active citizenshipWhile the active citizenship score was considered good, Smith-Höhn said there was still a lot of work to be done to take it to a level that was considered strong.The score implies that more than half of South Africans participate actively in their respective communities. But the study sample showed that 29% were involved community members who were always willing to contribute to their communities. The bulk of the sample, 53%, would like to be involved members but did not always have the time or money to do so.Level of involvement by percentage. (Images: Brand South Africa) The above graph shows the extent of the respondents’ involvement in their communities. (Images: Brand South Africa)Social cohesionSouth Africans were starting to feel they belonged to the country and that they wanted to be here, said Smith-Höhn.The country’s social cohesion score was 73 out of 100, which was a healthy sign, she said. “We have a very high social cohesion index, which is surprising if you think of where we come from as a country.”Based on questions posed to all respondents, research findings revealed that almost half of South African citizens had a strong feeling of cohesion (45%) while 21% had a good sense of cohesion.A breakdown of the social cohesion index. (Images: Brand South Africa)Social cohesion in the Brand South Africa context refers to the degree to which people are integrated in society. Furthermore, it looks at how society’s solidarity finds expression among individuals and communities.In a country with diverse histories, cultures and religions, people feel their living environments are improving. There are fewer feelings of inequality, exclusion and disparity. More than half the respondents felt they were always part of the bigger South African community, and only 10% felt they were always excluded. The remaining 36% said they were sometimes excluded.The above graph indicates the respondents’ feeling of inclusion as a South African citizen. They had to pick one of the above three statements that best described their feelings as an individual living in South Africa. (Images: Brand South Africa)Despite the good vibes South Africans were emanating, the Domestic Perceptions Survey noted that lower income earners were showing some frustration. “The slight dissatisfaction among South Africans around the feelings of inclusion are, in fact, the reason why social cohesion is ‘good’ and not ‘strong.’”According to Brand South Africa, social cohesion improves a country’s economic performance because a more equal society and environment correlate with positive outcomes such as good health, child development and labour market adjustments.The above graph broke down the feelings of inclusion by income levels. A high level of respondents (57%) felt they were part of the bigger South African community. (Images: Brand South Africa)Social cohesion forms a large part of the social sustainability element in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. Even Mo Ibrahim, the billionaire Sudanese-British mobile communications mogul, emphasised the importance of social cohesion at the 11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in 2013.The National Development Plan (NDP) has made social cohesion one of its priorities for the 2014-2019 electoral mandate. According to the NDP, its objectives are to reduce inequality of opportunity and enable the sharing of common space.Active citizenry linked to unityThe Domestic Perceptions Survey linked active citizenship and social cohesion. It found that an active citizenry was a key component of a more socially cohesive society. “Citizens need to help shape the development process and hold the government to account for the quality of services it delivers.”The report offered two recommendations: promote youth participation as a way to enhance active citizenship and promote inclusiveness among marginalised groups to enhance feelings of cohesiveness.last_img read more

Farnborough Day 2 – the orders keep coming

first_imgAir freight recorded its 11th consecutive month of year-on-year declines. Both Boeing and Airbus recorded massive orders for their respective product lineups on the second day of the Farnborough Air Show south-west of London on Tuesday. According to Farnborough International, there were deals for a further US$51.4 billion in deals.More than 530 aircraft have been ordered today, bringing the total value of aircraft ordered at the Airshow so far to US$95.5bn.The Boeing tally is:Volga-Dnepr Group and CargoLogicHolding signed a package of agreements that include a letter of intent to acquire 29 Boeing 777 Freighters, confirmation of an order for five Boeing 747-8 Freighters, the purchase of a crew pairing solution, and an agreement to work together on future freighter projects.Air Lease Corporation announced orders and commitments for up to 78 Boeing aircraft, including 75 737 MAX 8s and three 787-9.Aviation Capital Group (ACG) announced an order for 20 737 MAX 8 aircraft.GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) announced it has reached an agreement for 35 additional 737-800 Boeing Converted FreightersREAD: Boeing moving to launch 797 – an aircraft all passengers will loveThe Airbus tally is;Airbus has signed an agreement with an undisclosed customer for the purchase of eight A350-900s.A customer has penned a Memorandum of Understanding for 25 A321neo and 75 A320neo aircraft. The agreement for 100 additional A320neo Family aircraft adds to its existing orders for the type.International Airlines Group’s (IAG) low-cost long-haul airline, LEVEL, is expanding its fleet with two additional A330-200s, for delivery in 2019.New U.S. airline start-up announced a commitment for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, with deliveries beginning in 2021. The new airline is backed up by a group of experienced investors led by David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue, an investor in TAP in Portugal and controlling shareholder in Azul airlines in Brazil.last_img read more

Bringing the Future to Life in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

first_imgWe know the future because we’re building it. That’s the theme for Intel’s latest global B2B marketing campaign.  It encapsulates our focus on fueling the work of amazing innovators who are driving advancements in technology that will change the world for the better.New Lab is based in the 84,000-square-foot former Brooklyn Naval YardToday, this future-forward focus — which is much broader than the leading-edge processors Intel is known for — is apparent in our work with an exciting young public-private partnership called New LabOpens in a new window. Based in an 84,000-square-foot former machine shop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New Lab supports advances in new technology, new hardware and new manufacturing in Brooklyn. Providing wide-ranging resources for people working in emerging fields – from robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to connected devices and sustainable energy – New Lab gives innovators access to prototyping labs, advanced tools and a community of their peers.10xBeta team at the New Lab facilityIntel is completely inspired by the amazing work taking hold today by the 450 entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers working on-site daily at New Lab.  We knew we had to be a part of it and help further the efforts of these incredible innovators.  With that in mind, I’m excited to share that we’ve joined New Lab as a member and, together with Lenovo, launched an “Innovation Workshop” within the New Lab space.The Innovation Workshop gives New Lab members access to the latest and greatest technology, including new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and developer kits that accelerate time to results with advanced technologies. The workshop includes a variety of interactive demos that enable New Lab members to gain hands-on experience with leading-edge technologies for AI object detection, the Internet of Things (IoT), drones and more.Collaboration at Social Bicycles in the New Lab spaceAt a more personal level, the Innovation Workshop gives New Lab members direct access to a technologist, who is on site three days a week for one-on-one interactions. Additionally, Intel will be hosting series of events to explore new technologies and issues of interest to New Lab members.At just over a year old, New Lab is bringing lots of new and exciting ideas to life.  Here’s just a small sample of the innovations from the more than 95 New Lab member companies:Dog Parker places networks of high-tech, Internet-connected dog houses on the sidewalks outside of stores where dogs aren’t allowed, giving retail businesses an easy way to serve their dog-loving customers.Fero Labs offers a cutting-edge industrial machine learning platform, specializing in data analytics and machine-learning for the smart factory.StrongArm Technologies offers a product, V22 ErgoSkeleton™, that leverages sensors and data analytics capabilities to help workers safely lift heavy boxes.Studio Bitonti uses a unique methodology to identify emerging trends in technology and culture to help companies make design decisions for new products, software solutions, and manufacturing products.Honeybee Robotics in the New Lab “Innovation Workshop”That’s just a few examples of the New Lab members’ innovations and the highly creative people driving them. It’s exciting to see how these innovators are leveraging leading-edge technologies, and the resources of the Innovation Workshop, to turn brilliant ideas into market-ready products and services that drive business transformation.For a closer look at the work being done these highly creative companies, take a moment to explore the New Lab Member DirectoryOpens in a new window.last_img read more