Public Comment period extended to Dec. 15: Burlington Waterfront Access

first_imgPublic Comment period extended to Dec. 15:Burlington Waterfront Access North Transportation Improvement ProjectThe City of Burlington will extend the deadline for public comment on the alternative designs focused on access to the Waterfront until Dec 15, 2008. For further details go to…(link is external) The proposed alternative designs include:* Base improvements to Battery Street: new signals, streetlights and crosswalks* Base improvements to Depot Street: selective restriction of motor vehicles, pavement, street lights, pedestrian connection to Sherman Street and a sidewalk connecting to Lake Street.* Base improvements to the Lake Street and the Moran site: paving, streetlights, storm water improvements, bike path paving, sidewalks and crosswalks.Or* Enhanced improvements to Battery Street: travel lane reconfiguration and overpass or underpass* Enhanced improvements to Depot Street: innovative storm water treatments, underground utilities, special paving, public art and gateways.* Enhanced improvements to the Lake Street and the Moran site: innovative storm water treatments, underground utilities, special paving, public art and bike path realignment.And possible longer term improvements that the City should pursue such as: a funicular, in-slope parking and north/south movement of people not cars on the waterfront.Comments can be directed to:Dan Bradley, DPW at 863-9094 or [email protected](link sends e-mail)Or [email protected](link sends e-mail)-30-last_img read more

Video game action heads for the cloud

first_imgSan Francisco, United States | AFP | Video games are following television and music into the cloud, with console-quality play on its way to being a streaming service as easy to access as Netflix or Spotify.Computing power in data centers and devices from televisions to smartphones has surged and streaming technology has advanced, providing tools to break blockbuster titles from confines of consoles or personal computers.During a recent Microsoft earnings call, chief executive Satya Nadella said a keenly anticipated “X Cloud” video game streaming service is in “early days” but he is excited by the prospect of giving players access console-quality titles on all kinds of internet-linked devices.“Most critical is having a platform where gamers are already there,” Nadella said, noting booming revenue from its Xbox console unit.“I am most excited about the core (Xbox) community and content we have; I think that is what even gives us permission to think about streaming.”Video game titan Electronic Arts (EA) this week laid out a vision of streaming video games enhanced with artificial intelligence to create “living, breathing worlds that constantly evolve.”EA, maker of the popular Battlefield and FIFA game franchises, has more than 1,000 employees working on a platform to harness the power of cloud computing and artificial intelligence in a game service hosted on the California-based company’s servers, according to chief technology officer Ken Moss.The effort is called “Project Atlas.”“I strongly believe that what’s on the horizon will bring greater changes than anything gaming has ever seen,” Moss said in a blog post disclosing Atlas.“You will be able to play games with your friends anytime, anywhere and on any device.”– ‘Assassin’s Creed’ in the cloud – Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter saw Amazon, Apple and Google as potential big players in the space given huge investments they have made in data centers that already provide cloud services to millions of people.Amazon, a major cloud operator through its Amazon Web Services, also owns popular game play-streaming service Twitch.Google is collaborating with French video game colossus Ubisoft to use the latest addition to the hit “Assassin’s Creed” franchise to test “Project Stream” technology for hosting the kind of quick, seamless play powered by in-home consoles as an online service.“We’re going to push the limits with one of the most demanding applications for streaming — a blockbuster video game,” Google product manager Catherine Hsiao said in a blog post.A select number of people in the US can play “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” streamed to Chrome browsers on desktop or laptop computers.Console quality video game play streamed online as a service, hosted on servers in the internet cloud, faces challenges including moving data quickly enough to avoid lags in action or imagery.Improvements in internet bandwidth, computing power and data storage capabilities are enabling “disruptive technologies” such as streaming that can change the way games are created as well as played, according to Ubisoft.– Consoles in crosshairs? –Companies interested in cloud gaming see it as a way to reach broader audiences.Microsoft has built a powerful platform for hosting computing in the internet cloud, making such service a thriving part of its business.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

BREAKING: Allan Okello finally goes professional

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Allan Okello in his new jersey. PHOTO @officielparadouAlgiers, Algeria | THE INDEPENDENT | Algerian giants Paradou Athletic Club has confirmed they have signed one of Uganda’s most promising young footballers Allan Okello from KCCA.Paradou FC picked interest in the Ugandan striker after two games last year in which they knocked out KCCA in the Total CAF Confederation Cup  4-1 on aggregate.DETAILS TO FOLLOWlast_img

Better Breathing Through Chemistry – Lucky Eagle

first_imgRochester, Wash., January 3, 2013 –– Guests and employees of Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel can literally breathe easier thanks to a cutting-edge new molecular air purification system installed at the casino earlier this month.The system attacks smoke and other air contaminants at a molecular level, leaving the air virtually smoke free.“We can now proudly say that Lucky Eagle has the cleanest air of any casino in the region and we achieved it in an environmentally friendly way,” Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel Chief Executive Officer John Setterstrom said.The air purification system pioneered by Moleculair™ Technologies, Inc. emits a very fine mist of naturally occurring chemicals into the casino through the existing ventilation system. The mist binds to smoke molecules and other air contaminants, breaking down and destroying them.The product is in over 40 Casinos nationwide and they are expecting to double that in 2013.“Our system is reliable and hassle free to install and maintain,” said Chief Operating Officer Joe DiLeo of Moleculair.  “We have received calls from all over the world wanting our technology. We were excited to add Lucky Eagle Casino to our list of clients.”It is believed that Lucky Eagle is the first casino in Washington to implement this new technology.“This is yet another example of our commitment to making the experience for our guests as comfortable and enjoyable as possible,” Setterstrom said. Lucky Eagle eliminates smoke with molecular air system  #  #Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by the Chehalis Tribe. The casino features more than 900 slot machines, plus live poker, blackjack, keno and bingo. The newly expanded 171-room Eagles Landing Hotel is connected to the casino.center_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Johnson, Craig book tickets into A semi final at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Championships

first_imgThe two rinks meet Wednesday morning in Draw 4 with a shot at advancing to the A event final in the evening against the winner of Jim Cotter and Glen Jackson and the top spot in the Page Playoffs.Against Joanisse, Johnson took control of the game by scoring two in the sixth and eighth ends. He finished the 2015 finalist off with a steal of one in the ninth.Meanwile, Craig and Geall exchanged body blows throughout the contest with Geall rallying back from a 6-3 deficit by scoring a triple in the ninth end.In the tenth, however, Craig was able to keep the ice clean enough to get his single point to secure the win.In other B event games, Jason Montgomery of Victoria outlasted Will House of Richmond 8-6; Daniel Wenzek of Langley, with Nelson Fred Thomson on the rink as a spare, blasted Neil Dangerfield of Victoria 9-3 and Jeff Richard of Kelowna got back into the win column by outlasting Mark Longworth of Vernon 11-10. Richard won the game the hard way, scoring two in the ninth before stealing a pair in the tenth end.Action continues Thursday with draws scheduled for 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Michael Johnson and Wes Craig booked tickets into the A semi final after posting wins during the evening draw at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championships Wednesday at the Nelson Curling Club.Johnson, third Chris Baier, second Ty Dilello and lead Mitch Young, was able to double Royal City Curling Club teammate Dean Joanisse 6-3 while Craig, edged Sean Geall 7-6.last_img read more

Bruins Dylan Haney earns KIJHL Honorable Mention for September

first_imgDylan Haney of the Grand Forks Border Bruins earned Honourable Mention status as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League announced September Players of the Month.Brock Lefebvre of the Creston Valley Thunder for the award edged out the 20-year-old native of Brandon, Manitoba. Haney finished the opening month on the KIJHL season with eight goals, seven assists and four power play goals as the Bruins shot up into top spot in the Murdoch Division.Also earning Honourable Mention were Paxton Malone and Mason Jones of Spokane and Thomas Cankovic of Creston Valley Thunder.Daniel Stone of Osoyoos Coyotes took September Player of the Month in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.Adam Jones of Osoyoos, Pat Brady of Chase Heat, Drew Carter of Princeton Posse and Kole Comin of Kamloops Storm earned Honourable Mention.Grand Forks, 5-2-1 and winners of won four straight games, travels to Creston Friday to meet the Thunder Cats.Saturday the Bruins host Fernie Ghostriders at 7 p.m. in the Grand Forks Arena.last_img read more

We can win it! Chelsea boss optimistic about Premier League title shot

first_img Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho is determined to move on from Chelsea’s Champions League exit and focus on the Premier League title push.The Blues, who exited the last 16 to Paris Saint-Germain on away goals on Wednesday, are five points clear of Manchester City with a game in hand.Mourinho’s men have 11 games to play, beginning with Sunday’s match at home to Southampton.“We have 11 matches to play in the Premier League. We want to be champions, to win the Premier League, but also to be back in the Champions League, to be head of group,” said Mourinho.“We cannot promise that win every game, we cannot promise that we win the Premier League, but we are optimistic.“You have to be optimistic to succeed. Be optimistic. Believe in yourself.” 1last_img

Shaun Livingston, integral reserve on Warriors’ three NBA title teams, retires

first_imgShaun Livingston got it right when he said upon his retirement from the NBA on Friday that “I wasn’t supposed to be here.”A point guard with tremendous size, length, smarts and potential, Livingston was just coming into his own with the Clippers when he suffered a horrific knee injury on Feb. 26, 2007, later detailed in a 2016 story on“Along with a dislocated left knee cap and broken left leg, Livingston tore his anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament and …last_img

Sex and Gender Cannot Be Separated

first_imgA study of male children born with a rare birth defect called cloacal exstrophy demonstrates that sexual identity is biologically determined, not a result of upbringing.  The report in Science Now shows that most of the boys identified themselves as male early on, even though unaware of their condition and “raised as girls” under doctor’s advice.  Mary Beckman ends the article:The work is “another nail in the coffin” of the idea that gender identity is determined by the environment in which children grow up, says endocrinologist Daniel Federman of Harvard Medical School in Boston.  He says the finding lends support to current thinking that aspects of gender identity are set up during intrauterine development.Her article is called, “Once a male, always a male.”  The study by Reiner and Gearhart is in the 22 January issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.To be happiest, be what you were created to be.  Don’t blame God or bad science for your problems.    There is another identity we all have, male and female, that cannot be extinguished by coercion, environment, or misdirection: we are creatures made in the image of God, and our hearts are not at rest till they find rest in Him.(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Kentridge: master of his craft

first_img7 July 2003William Kentridge is not only South Africa’s best-known artist, he is also regarded as an artist of great importance internationally, with galleries around the world queuing up to exhibit his works.With one exhibition, theatrical production or multi-media collaboration after another, his creativity seems unstoppable. Though he tends to use one specific technique, his trademark charcoal drawings, Kentridge continues to explore diverse media – from etchings, lithographs and silk screens to animated film, theatre with puppetry, opera and video – as vehicles for expression.He is best known for his animated films in charcoal drawings and his multi-media theatrical productions, like Faustus in Africa and Ubu and the Truth Commission, which he created in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, using puppets, live actors and animation.His works have a breathtaking power and boldness, compelling the viewer to take notice and interact with them. Kenneth Baker from the San Franscisco Chronicle had the following to say: “People tend never to forget where and when they first encountered the art of South African William Kentridge, such is its power.” And Guardian art critic Adrian Searle described his work as “so arresting, so unexpected and so unplaceable that it is truly refreshing”.Johannesburg is still homeThough a global player in the art world, Kentridge’s inspiration remains Johannesburg, where he lives with his wife and three children. His works are profoundly political, but Kentridge steers away from the label of “political commentator”. Neither, he says, are his works expressions of “white guilt”, as some critics have argued.“I have never tried to make illustrations of apartheid, but the drawings and films are certainly spawned by and feed off the brutalised society left in its wake”, he said in an interview. “I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures, and certain endings; an art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check and nihilism at bay.”Kentridge, who was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, is the son of Felicia Geffen and respected QC, Sir Sydney Kentridge, who was involved in several historically and politically important law cases in South Africa. He is one of four children.Kentridge studied a BA in Politics and African Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1973 – 76. For the next two years he studied art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. From 1981 – 82 he studied mime and theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He was a founder member of the Free Filmmakers Cooperative, and served as a member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company from 1975 – 1991.Exhibitions around the worldKentridge has exhibited his works – both in solo and group exhibitions – at many prestigious galleries and museums around the world, including the Museums of Modern Art in Oxford and New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and Documenta X1 in Kassel, Germany.Several of his exhibitions have toured major cities around the world, including Barcelona, Brussels, Munich, Marseille, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Sydney. He has also participated in several biennales.In 1998 Kentridge was a finalist for the Solomon Guggenheim Museum’s second Hugo Boss prize, and was awarded the Carnegie Medal at the 1999/2000 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine art from the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art in Baltimore.More recently, the Kentridge Retrospective has been on show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the SA National Gallery in Cape Town.His latest collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, Confessions of Zeno, a multi-media production, was performed at the National Arts Festival and in Belgium and Germany last year. Zeno Writing, his exhibition of drawings, was on show at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in March 2003.To order books or a CD Rom on William Kentridge’s works, click here. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more