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Council allocates $18.5M in reserve dollars for potential complex

first_imgWith the possibility of senior government funding for an arena and multi-sport complex, Chatham-Kent councillors approved shifting $18.5 million in existing reserves into a new one.During Monday’s meeting, council approved transferring dollars from the following reserves to its new multi-purpose sports complex reserve:Community investment reserve fund: $8 million; Facility replacement: $1.7 million; Closed session wage-related issues: $1.6 million; Energy price fluctuation: $1.5 million; Grass tender (close the reserve): $100,000; Corporate initiatives: $1 million; Strategic development: $4 million; and Lifecycle (arena replacement): $600,000. In October, council directed staff to make an application for upper-level funding for a 2,200-seat arena and complex, with decisions about that money expected to come next year.Staff’s October recommendation stated the funding application is based on a maximum project cost of $60 million. Potential future investments in architectural design, land acquisition, outdoor sports fields, servicing and traffic mitigation aren’t included in this amount.Filing the application doesn’t commit the municipality to building a facility, as any project would still need to return for final approval.“We would bring this back to council,” said Thomas Kelly, general manager of infrastructure and engineering.No land has been secured to date and discussions are ongoing. The final size and amenities would be contingent upon the budget dollars available.The capital financial implications for Chatham-Kent are the previously approved commitment of council of $18.5 million.East Kent Coun. Steve Pinsonneault questioned the timing of the decision concerning the reserves, believing the municipality should wait until hearing about the senior government funding.“I think this is putting the cart ahead of the horse,” he said.tterfloth@postmedia.comTwitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more


Bollywood yes for Cape Town

first_imgSea Point in Cape Town, with Lions Headin the background.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tammy EvansMedia liaison, office of Alan Winde+27 82 378 2235• Linton RensburgCape Film Commission – Communications,Media and 2010 Manager+27 82 508 0990 USEFUL LINKS• Cape Film Commission• Cape Town Film Studios• Filmmaker South Africa• Department of Trade and Industry• Cape Town TourismJanine ErasmusAnother high-profile Bollywood film, featuring some of the Hindi film industry’s most popular stars, is taking shape on the streets of Cape Town – and regional government hopes there will be many more to follow.The police action comedy No Problem, directed by Anees Bazmee, has also taken the superstar cast to various locations in KwaZulu-Natal.The cast includes veterans Anil Kapoor, fresh from Slumdog Millionaire success and a stint of filming for TV series 24, and Sanjay Dutt, in real life a politician too. The film also features the ever-popular Sunil Shetty, former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, and Akshaye Khanna.Dutt, who turned 50 while filming, celebrated his birthday at a quiet gathering in Cape Town with family and friends.Sought-after film destinationThe calibre of Indian stars visiting South Africa’s shores lately is good news for the city, the province and the country. This is in part due to the efforts of the Cape Film Commission, which has implemented a long-term plan to market the Western Cape as an attractive film location.During a recent visit to the No Problem set, Cape Film Commission CEO Laurence Mitchell expressed his delight that the hard work of the past five years, aimed specifically at pulling in big film productions, is now reaping rewards.“The production of No Problem on our shores has already had significant spin offs,” said Mitchell, “with at least 80 local people being employed as crew and cast members.”Other industry sectors that have benefited include catering, transport and security services. Cape Town hotels have also received a big boost, said Mitchell, with the accommodation of cast and crew accounting for over 2 000 bed nights in less than a month.Later in 2009 the Cape Film Commission is due to travel to India to market the local film industry in the subcontinent, and interact with Bollywood bigwigs.Contribution to economyThe good favour of the super-lucrative Bollywood film industry is a huge boost for Cape Town, and indicates that the local film industry is poised to contribute significantly to regional economy.The US$6-billion (R47-billion) Indian film industry churns out over 1 000 films every year. Of those, the Hindi and Telugu film sectors account for about 300 films each, with the remainder shared among other languages. However, Hindi films bring in half of the industry’s total annual revenue.Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Alan Winde, who accompanied Mitchell to the set of No Problem, was optimistic that the local industry could handle the challenge. “In order to ensure that we grow this contributor even further, we need to make sure that our service offering, whether in tourism or film, is exceptional.”Winde attributes the ongoing presence of Bollywood’s leading men and women to the fact that Cape Town is recognised as a global film industry destination. He added that the province was now setting its sights firmly on the potential of the Indian and Middle Eastern film markets.Thumbs upCape Town has recently played host to casts and crews from the romantic comedies Seasons Greetings and Life Partner, psychological thriller Tasveer, action comedy Cash, and the horse-breeding film Race, among others. Race went on to become the fifth most successful Bollywood film of 2008, in terms of revenue.And the country gets the thumbs-up from the stars themselves. In 2006 Anil Kapoor was appointed as global brand ambassador for South Africa by South African Tourism. Big names such as Akshay Kumar and Govinda are regularly seen enjoying the Cape Town ambience.Kapoor said that with Cape Town’s unique offerings of locations, weather, culture and world class services, the city would become a magnet for large Bollywood productions.Sunil Shetty told the Sunday Times Extra that he believes his films have been such big hits because many of them were filmed in South Africa.“I’ve loved South Africa from the first time that I came here. The things I love most about the country are its beauty, food, particularly the seafood, Nando’s chicken, beautiful terrain and fantastic weather,” enthused the actor, adding that South Africa is also his favourite holiday destination.Cricket successEarlier in 2009, the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament drew thousands of excited fans to South Africa, as well as team part-owners Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty, all influential Bollywood stars.The success of the tournament has added to expectations that Cape Town will become the African base of the Bollywood machine.According to Winde, the province received huge exposure in India because of the IPL. “Images of our country were beamed into the homes of millions,” he said, “and this provided the Western Cape with a wonderful opportunity to access this significant tourism and film market.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more


Reader Feedback: How Do You Backup Your iPhone Contacts?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez The weekend is the perfect time to get started on computer projects that you just didn’t have time for during the week. This weekend, my project of choice is backups. Although I can safely say that the majority of my files are (relatively) safe in the cloud, it never hurts to make a run through and upload those that got overlooked. My documents are spread out across Google Docs, Office Live, SkyDrive, and Box.net. My photos are on flickr and Facebook. My music and video collections are backed up locally to multiple external drives (since I’m too cheap to pay for the hundreds of gigs of online storage needed), but one thing that wasn’t backed up anywhere but on my own PC was the thing that may be the most important of all: my iPhone. Although iTunes does a good backup of your phone prior to each sync, that won’t do you a lot of good unless that backup is also stored somewhere else besides your own PC. Computers crash, hard drives fail, and sometimes, sadly, laptops are even lost or stolen. Obviously, an iTunes-only backup is not a good system for the most important social network of them all – the people I actually speak to in real life. The people in my phone. How Do You Backup Your Contacts? The Results of the Twitter/FriendFeed Poll Is an iTunes backup stored off-site the most efficient way to go? Is that how most people handle this issue? Curious, I did what any social media addict would do: I asked Twitter and FriendFeed. The answers I received have me pondering my options. After receiving nearly 30 responses, I was surprised to find how many people rely on Google as their address book (14 responses). In fact, keeping your addresses and phone numbers in Google and syncing that address book to your iPhone is actually what a lot of people consider a “backup” these days. But as much as I trust in Google, the old I.T. girl in me can’t help but think “single point of failure, single point of failure!” Truth be told, several folks must feel the same because they also used another method on top of the Google solution, often MobileMe. MobileMe wasn’t as popular as I would have expected, though. Only five people said they used it. That number would probably be higher if it wasn’t a paid service. Seven people counted on iTunes to do the backup for them, but a few were careful to also make sure their PC was backed up as well. I’m hesitant to sync my Google contacts to my iPhone for reasons I’ve stated before, but it couldn’t hurt to make sure that my iPhone contact information also exists in my online address book…something that I know isn’t the case as I recently found out when the phone’s battery died during a phone call and I frantically searched for my friend’s number on the web. iPhone Contact Backup: Yep, There’s An App for That I also recently happened across an additional solution which you could add to your backup routine with ease. Called iDrive Lite, this free iPhone application will quickly backup all your contact info to your device in case you ever accidentally delete an important address or phone number. You’ll also want to activate the app’s “Web Enable” feature which backs up your contact data to the web where you can access it anytime at idrivelite.com. Not bad for a free service. Your Turn! RWW PollIf you didn’t have a chance to participate in the Twitter poll, please participate in this one below. Now, we know not everyone is an iPhone user here at RWW, but we know that a lot of you are, so let us know how you backup your contacts! If you find yourself marking “other,” feel free to comment and explain. Tags:#Apple#Polls#web center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more


Mother, Daughter Shoplifting Team Arrested

first_imgMichigan police arrested an alleged mother, daughter shoplifting team from Melvindale at a department store. The incident occurred in Kohl’s, 20840 West Road, at about 3:20 p.m. May 16.The mother had her 2-year-old son in a shopping cart while she and her mother allegedly selected nearly $1,000 worth of merchandise. Upon their arrival, police gave the mother and daughter the opportunity to call “a responsible adult” to come pick up the child from the department store, but neither could find anyone… The News-Herald Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more


Sony Pictures bags broadcast rights for Bdesh T20 league

first_imgMumbai, Nov 4 (PTI) Broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India today said it has acquired broadcast and digital rights for the Bangladesh Premier League 2016.The fourth edition of tournament, which commences today will be telecast on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and also be streamed live on SonyLIV app and website.The on-air broadcast rights include the telecast of 43 live matches of the tournament in the Indian Sub-continent, Sony Pictures Networks India said in a statement.”Sony Pictures Networks India has been in the forefront of bringing and popularising the T20 league format of cricket,” it added.Following our previous offerings of Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, South African T20 league and Karnataka Premier League, we are pleased to announce the addition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to our T20 cricket portfolio,” Sony Pictures Network President Distribution and Sports Business Rajesh Kaul said. PTI DS ARS BALlast_img read more


a month agoDench: Losing RVP bigger than Cesc at Arsenal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Dench: Losing RVP bigger than Cesc at Arsenalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong admits losing Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012 was a heavy blow.Frimpong was at Arsenal when star players Cesc Fabregas and Van Persie left the club for Barcelona and United respectively.And he claims he was more disappointed with the Van Persie transfer to United in 2012 than when Fabregas left the club a year earlier.Frimpong told Meta Ratings: “I think I was more disappointed when Robin went to Man United because at that time he was the captain and he was the best player in the Premier League, and losing Robin was much more of a blow than losing Cesc because Robin was bringing goals to the game, he was winning us games.“He was playing really well for us at the time so I feel like he was a big blow at the time, and more than when Cesc left.“These things happen in football, and you can’t control it.“It’s something that is difficult for the club when you have players who are on less than a year’s contract, they want to leave and you want to make money; it makes sense.” last_img read more


Shutdown talk recedes after White House eases wall threat

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and leaders in Congress appeared to be pulling back Tuesday from a government shutdown over his $5 billion request for border wall funds, with the first signs of movement toward a possible end to the standoff.The White House set the tone early when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated Trump — who just last week said he’d be “proud” to shut down the government — doesn’t want to after all. The president would consider other options and the administration was looking at ways to find the funding elsewhere, Sanders said.“The president has asked every agency to look and see if they have money that can be used,” Sanders said.It was a turnaround after days of impasse. Without a resolution, more than 800,000 government workers could be furloughed or sent to work without pay, disrupting government operations days before Christmas.One option that has been circulating on Capitol Hill would be to simply approve government funding at existing levels, without a boost for the border, as a stopgap measure to kick the issue into the new Congress next year. The White House preference was for such a short-term package, said a person familiar with the negotiations.“We want to know what can pass,” Sanders said at a press briefing. “Once they make a decision and they put something on the table, we’ll make a determination on whether we’ll move forward.”The turn of events kick-started negotiations that had been almost nonexistent since last week’s televised meeting at the White House, when Trump neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats’ offer. They had proposed keeping funding at current levels of $1.3 billion for border security fencing and other improvements, but not for the wall.The Senate’s top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating new proposals and talks were expected to continue. One idea could be a stopgap measure into February.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was confident there would not be a government shutdown Friday when funding for parts of the government expires.McConnell said a stopgap measure could be approved, though he suggested Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to become House speaker when the Democrats take control Jan. 3, would not want to saddle the new year with a budget brawl.“If I were in her shoes, I would rather not be dealing with this year’s business next year,” McConnell said.Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have made it clear they are not interested in funding Trump’s border wall.During a meeting earlier Tuesday on Capitol Hill, McConnell had proposed $1.6 billion for border fencing, as outlined in a bipartisan Senate bill, plus an additional $1 billion that Trump could use on the border, according to a senior Democratic aide unauthorized to speak about the private meeting.Democratic leaders immediately spurned the proposal. Schumer called McConnell to reject it.“We cannot accept the offer they made of a billion-dollar slush fund for the president to implement his very wrong immigration policies,” Pelosi told reporters. “So that won’t happen.”Democrats also rejected the administration’s idea of shifting money from other accounts to pay for Trump’s wall.Pelosi will probably be able to quickly approve a longer-term measure to keep government running in the new year. She called it a “good sign” that the White House appeared to be backing off its demands.The White House showed its willingness to budge as it became apparent the president does not have support in Congress for funding the wall at the $5 billion level he wants. Sanders said Tuesday there are “other ways” to secure the funding.“At the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government,” Sanders said on Fox News Channel. “We want to shut down the border from illegal immigration.”Sanders pointed to the Senate’s bipartisan appropriation measure for the Department of Homeland Security, which provides $26 billion, including $1.6 billion for fencing and other barriers. It was approved by the committee in summer on a bipartisan vote.“That’s something that we would be able to support,” she said, as long as it’s coupled with other funding.But House Democrats largely reject the Senate’s bill because it includes 65 miles of additional fencing along the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.Trump had campaigned on the promise that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico has refused.It’s unclear how many House Republicans, with just a few weeks left in the majority before relinquishing power to House Democrats, will even show up midweek for possible votes. Many Republicans say it’s up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal.The standoff dispute could affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.Congress did pass legislation to fund much of the government through the fiscal year, until Oct. 1. But a partial shutdown could occur at midnight Friday on the remaining one-fourth of the government.About half the workers would be forced to continue working without immediate pay. Others would be sent home. Congress often approves their pay retroactively, even if they were ordered to stay home.Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are already funded for the year and will continue to operate as usual. The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, wouldn’t be affected by any government shutdown because it’s an independent agency.___Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman in Washington contributed to this report.Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Presslast_img read more


A strong jobs report could provide reassurance on economy

first_imgWASHINGTON — Even with fear of a global economic slump depressing stock markets, Friday’s jobs report for December is expected to offer reassurance that the U.S. economy remains sturdy and on track to expand for a 10th straight year.Economists have forecast that the Labor Department will report that employers added a solid 180,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate stayed at a five-decade low of 3.7 per cent, according to the financial data firm FactSet.The expectation of continued strength in hiring would contrast with the chaos of the stock market, a raging trade war, a partial shutdown of the government and the perception of growing risks for the economy.Major companies such as Apple say their sales are being jeopardized by the tariff-fueled trade war between the United States and China. Factory activity in China and the United States have both weakened, with the Institute for Supply Management’s U.S. manufacturing index on Thursday posting its steepest decline in a decade.The government is about to enter its third week of a partial shutdown, with negotiations stalled over President Donald Trump’s insistence that Democrats agree on funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. And attacks by Trump on the Federal Reserve over its rate increases have raised doubts about Chairman Jay Powell’s status — a concern for both the markets and the economy.But the expected continuation of steady job growth suggests that such risks might be — for the moment, anyway — overblown. Average hourly earnings are expected to have climbed 3 per cent from a year ago, up from a year-over-year gain of 2.7 per cent at the end of 2017.Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that private businesses added a robust 271,000 jobs in December, a sign that companies expect decent growth to continue despite the overhang of risks.And businesses are still searching for more workers. The employment site Glassdoor found that job postings have risen 17 per cent in the past year to 6.7 million.“We really don’t see any slowdown yet,” said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor.Hiring has been unusually strong as the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.7 per cent — a 49-year low — from 4.1 per cent at the start of 2018. Economists estimate that it requires roughly 100,000 job gains each month to satisfy population growth and keep the unemployment rate at its current level.But hiring has easily eclipsed that pace. During the first 11 months of 2018, employers added 2.27 million jobs, or an average of 206,182 a month, according to the Labor Department.Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more


HarleyDavidsons new electric motorbikes aim to lure millennials

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson Inc. is rolling out its first electric motorcycle, with deliveries to 20 dealers across Canada expected by fall.The new bike, dubbed the LiveWire, represents a new direction for the Wisconsin-based company as it tries to reignite faltering motorcycle sales.With its no-emissions ride, Harley joins the ranks of California-based Zero Motorcycles, which has produced electric motorbikes for nearly a decade.The LiveWire starts at $37,250 with a range of up to 177 kilometres of city riding on a full battery. Zero’s 2018 S models start at less than one-third the price of its newfound rival’s with a range of 143 kilometres.Jeff Duncan, whose Harley dealership in London, Ont., is among the first 20 to sell the LiveWire, says the new motorcycle will attract a fresh market of younger, urban, green-conscious riders despite the price.The quiet, no-clutch bike veers from all others in the 116-year history of a brand more associated with growling engines and American machismo than eco-friendly two-wheelers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Notorious Russian troll farm also took swipes at Canadian targets oil PM

first_imgIt’s time for the democratic world to stop marvelling at the new phenomenon of online disinformation and start co-operating on solutions, he said.The report begins by defining three types of online warfare:Propaganda: These are real news stories, selected to advance pro-Russian, anti-Western narratives. The report lists media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik as examples. Russia calls this an unfair slur, describing those outlets as government-owned, like the BBC and CBC. This report rejects that comparison: “They are arms of the Russian state no more independent than Pravda was during the Soviet period.”Social-media infiltration: Examples include anonymous accounts that spread 2016 disinformation about a Democrat-run pedophilia ring in a pizzeria, suggested Hillary Clinton was near death and urged minorities not to vote. The U.S. has charged 13 Russians in connection with those campaigns.Hacking: Online break-and-enters, where someone’s emails are stolen and distributed. It happened to Democrats in 2016, and to France’s Emmanuel Macron, just before France’s last election. A central question of the U.S. Mueller probe is who did the hacking in 2016, and who co-ordinated the release of stolen emails.The paper’s central recommendation is that the West hew to its own stated democratic ideals – instead of fighting fire with fire, to douse it with what the report authors call the firehose of facts.“Truth through transparency,” is how Fried describes it. “If Canada believes that the debate about energy infrastructure is being skewed by Russian bots, or the St. Petersburg troll farm… the best way to combat that is to expose it.”The report urges three groups to get involved.It calls on governments to label outlets like Russia Today, which is now registered as a foreign agent in the U.S. It urges governments to create a point of contact for social-media companies, who currently don’t know where to discuss regulatory issues. And it suggests new transparency laws about who is paying for an online ad.The paper also recommends funding for research on foreign trolling, and for bot-monitoring groups.Third is the private sector: stories from Russia Today should be labelled as coming from a registered foreign agent, says the paper. It recommends aggressive action to shut down imposters, more fact-checking of hoax accounts, and information on who paid for an ad.Finally, it suggests a new international public-private partnership called the Counter-Disinformation Coalition. It would involve governments, internet providers, traditional and new media, and have them constantly evaluating best practices.“We are not arguing for a heavy regulatory hand,” said report co-author Alina Polyakova.A U.S. State Department official said at the report launch that the solution isn’t creating troll farms in Western capitals.“The solution to this problem is going to look nothing like the problem itself,” said Jonathan Henick, the department’s deputy director of the Global Engagement Center. “We’re going to need to be much more creative… and it’s not going to look like troll farms – I promise you that.” The committee’s review of more than 4,000 accounts linked to the now-notorious Internet Research Agency finds more than 9,000 posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about pipelines and fracking, including an unspecified number about the Canada-U.S. Keystone XL pipeline.The committee would not release the raw data allowing a search for all Canada-specific messages. But The Canadian Press did find a few dozen anti-Keystone tweets in an unrelated data set, provided by Twitter to a U.S. congressional committee looking into meddling in the 2016 election.They included retweets of news headlines, references to oil spills, and links to blog posts like one titled: “Uh oh! Progressive fans of Justin Trudeau might be in for MAJOR buzzkill (Hint: Keystone, Trump, OMG!)”That same file included dozens of messages about Trudeau, mostly retweets, frequently related to the prime minister’s views on refugees, Muslims, or his much-criticized flattery of deceased Cuban leader Fidel Castro.Messages about Canada represented a minuscule percentage of the overall volume of data released by U.S. lawmakers. To put it into perspective, there were more than 203,000 tweets in the data provided by Twitter for the congressional 2016 election probe, and less than 150 mentioned Trudeau or Keystone XL.But things like Canadian oil are a natural target, said one analyst on Russian information campaigns. “I wouldn’t be surprised (if they’re going after Canadian oil),” said Daniel Fried, a former U.S. State Department official who co-ordinated sanctions policy for the U.S. government until 2017. “You will find the Russians getting into all kinds of issues, deliberately stirring up debate, and trying to spin it in a malicious fashion… Of course it is ironic the Russians would use environmental arguments, for which they have no patience at home, to hurt energy infrastructure abroad.”Fried is the co-author of another just-released report in Washington.His report was funded by NATO, the governments of the U.K. and Sweden, and released by the Atlantic Council think tank under the title, “Democratic Defense Against Disinformation.”It recommends solutions for modern information warfare, including how best to combat the thousands of accounts impersonating westerners to spread rumours, falsehoods, and facts chosen to hit specific targets.center_img WASHINGTON, D.C. — The same Russian online troll farm that meddled in the American presidential election has also taken swipes at Canadian targets, including oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Evidence is embedded in data made publicly available through investigations in the United States, where congressional probes have been examining Russian information campaigns following the 2016 presidential election.One report from a Republican-led committee in the House of Representatives released this month said the St. Petersburg troll factory, members of which now face criminal charges in the U.S., posted online about energy roughly half as often as it did about American presidential politics.last_img read more