North Coast steelhead anglers breathed a collective sigh of relief this week as the first real push of winter steelhead entered the Smith and Chetco rivers.The unusually slow start had anglers a little nervous.Were we finally seeing the effects of the drought?Were the steelhead waiting out the huge river flows? Could be a little of both, but for now, it was sure nice to see rivers full of bright steelhead again. Hopefully, once the rivers begin to recede down to fishable levels, …
14 July 2005South Africa has opened an SADC MeteoSat Training Centre at the South African Weather Service in Pretoria.The MeteoSat Second Generation satellite, launched in 2002, has a constant view of the continent, providing invaluable information to African meteorologists.Technical training at the centre will cover the ground receiving system, hardware and maintenance of the equipment. The scientific part of the training involves training operational scientists such as forecasters in the use of MeteoSat data.The first training session of African system analysts and meteorologists started in June.The SA Weather Service was selected as the third training centre for MeteoSat training in Africa. Other centres are in Kenya and Niger.The inauguration of the centre was made possible by funding from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Eumetsat, the UK and the European Union.Speaking at the opening ceremony on Monday, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said the SA Weather Service had, over the past four years, gone from being fully government-funded to being an income-generating agency of the department.The SA Weather Service is a member of the World Meteorological Organisation, and provides assistance and exchanges knowledge on weather forecast and related issues with African and Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
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Jolicloud, the company whose online operating system was doing personal cloud computing long before Google’s Chrome OS ever existed, is today announcing several major changes to its core products. First, its cloud-connected operating system will be rebranded, changing its name from “Jolicloud” to “Joli OS,” in order to avoid confusion with the company’s other product, its online desktop.The online desktop, a Web-only version of the Jolicloud interface, lets you access your personal files, folders and Web apps from a browser. Now that desktop, currently a Chrome Web Store app, will come to a number of new platforms, including additional browsers, the iPad and Android devices.Coming Soon: Jolicloud on More Browsers, the iPad & AndroidAccording to Jolicloud, the Web app will soon come to other browsers in addition to Chrome, including Firefox 4 and Safari 5. It will also arrive on the iPad, not as a native iOS application, but as an “experimental HTML5 port,” which sounds like an interesting prospect. Android is on the company’s roadmap, too, Jolicloud says, but this seems to be further off, although no exact dates were given.Jolicloud says its mission is to create “the perfect OS for the modern Web,” and cites some of its current stats. Over 300,000 users have a Jolicloud account and over 60,000 have installed the newer Chrome Web app. In total, the Jolicloud user base has installed over 3.5 million of the 1,000-plus online applications Jolicloud makes available in its Web app store.The company doesn’t offer much information beyond this, via its official blog post, but promises more details and screenshots of its 1.2 release, due out later this week, will come soon. Jolicloud is in a unique position with its products these days. Originally designed as a cloud-connected operating system primarily for netbook computers, Jolicloud was previously pushing its software to early adopters as a way to jump on this new-fangled cloud computing craze. But recently, it repositioned its OS as a way to cloud-enable and speed up older machines, even those with as little as 348 MB of RAM. This is a whole new market to cater to: those folks who actually still have (or worse, maybe even use!) an ancient beige box of a PC. The company’s rebranding effort should help avoid confusion among this group, it’s hoped.But for the early adopting crowd, it’s Jolicloud’s forthcoming mobile apps that have the most potential. For example, its iPad app, existing outside of Apple’s official app store, could become the de facto marketplace for online applications that work in the browser, no download required. But how will Jolicloud handle multi-tasking between these Web apps on mobile devices, we wonder? Will it require you to open separate browser windows? How elegant will that solution be, when it rolls out? I guess we have to wait and see. Stay tuned. sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud computing#news#NYT#web
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TORONTO – Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government has come under fire for the combative tone it’s struck with journalists covering the Ontario legislature.Rival politicians, members of the media and industry watchers alike all say the obstructive tactics on display from Ford and his cabinet ministers go far beyond the partisan messaging expected in most political environments.Drowning out reporters’ questions with paid applause and producing government propaganda in the guise of an independent news story, they say, represents a misuse of taxpayer dollars and poses a threat to democracy.The government has said it uses funds from the caucus budget to fund social media accounts operating under the name Ontario News Now, which have delivered two videos so far promoting party messages.Tories have also not denied that political staffers and others on the government payroll have been brought into official news conferences to offer seemingly spontaneous applause, which has been used to prevent reporters from asking follow-up questions.Tory ministers have shrugged off the critiques and even doubled down on efforts to cast aspersions on the media, all of which is sounding increasingly loud alarm bells for some pundits.“All of these are moves to obstruct democratic accountability, which undermines good government,” said Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch and a University of Ottawa professor of law and politics. “It does nothing to clean up politics as the Conservatives have promised to do. In fact it makes dishonest, unethical, secretive and wasteful activities more likely to happen.”Conacher said there’s a distinction between controlling a political message and deliberately using taxpayer money to produce items that look like news stories but have not been subjected to any standards of independent journalism.The first such video features one of Ford’s senior communications advisers reading a television-style script touting the premier’s schedule during his first 30 days in office before segueing to a clip of Ford enumerating his accomplishments to date.“Premier Ford attended dozens of events in 30 days, and he managed to keep a few campaign promises too,” Lyndsey Vanstone reads shortly before providing an official signoff in the style of a television news report.Health Minister Christine Elliott confirmed that Ontario News Now is paid for through the Conservative caucus budget, which is in turn funded by tax revenue.Governments are barred from distributing propaganda, according to the Ontario Advertising Act, but Conacher said people can technically argue that the caucus does not operate as a government office and can therefore be exempt.He disagreed with that interpretation and called upon the province’s auditor general to look into the matter.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath described Ontario News Now as inappropriate and disrespectful.“You’re not allowed to use public dollars for partisan purposes,” Horwath said, defending past NDP-produced videos as neutral because they recognize religious observances or touch on similarly non-partisan topics. “So putting together this partisan machine of propaganda that the Conservatives have done…it’s against the rules.”A representative from the Tory caucus did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The rounds of applause that have marked the end of recent news conferences, including one where Ford announced controversial changes to a handful of municipal governments in the middle of an election campaign, have angered many reporters.Some of them expressed their frustration when staffers applauded community Safety Minister Lisa MacLeod’s announcement that the government would be scrapping a basic income pilot program and walking back planned increases to social assistance rates, drowning out follow-up questions from journalists and heralding the abrupt end to the news conference.“Can you please stop clapping,” snapped CTV reporter Colin D’Mello. “This is a professional environment. 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Take that into the legislature if you guys want to act like that.”Elliott later defended the practice as fair, suggesting staff members were merely showing support.MacLeod apologized if the applause offended anyone, but two days later referred to media accounts of some of her comments as “fake news” in the legislature.For Tim Abray, a political communications consultant who served as press secretary to a cabinet minister in former premier Mike Harris’ Conservative government, such rhetoric is troubling.Abray said times have changed since his days on a political team, adding many early Harris-era media liaisons were instructed to foster productive relationships with journalists covering Ontario politics.“Even when there were seriously antagonistic relationships between the sitting government and the press core, there was still an acknowledged understanding of the importance of the relationship and an attempt to maintenance it in a meaningful way that served the purposes of keeping the public informed,” he said. “I think we’ve kind of lost the script on that.”Abray said such tactics are not unique to the Ford government, saying everyone from former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty to former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper has tried to work around the media in some way.But he called Harper’s tactics particularly disruptive, citing a long-standing policy that saw reporters submit questions in advance of conversations with ministers and limited some staff from speaking to the press at all.Abray said it’s too early to tell whether the Ford government will make a habit of its recent moves, but said the early signs are deeply troubling.“When you undermine the idea of the importance of a free press, you are actively undermining one of the major foundation stones of western democratic functioning,” he said.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Destination B.C. has announced that it is providing $4 million to support 57 tourism projects across British Columbia this year.Destination B.C. says this funding is through its Co-operative Marketing Partnerships Program which aims to increase collaboration and alignment of marketing activities across the province, including Northeastern B.C.Northeastern municipalities, which includes Fort St. John, Northern Rockies, Chetwynd, Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson Hope, Taylor, and Dawson Creek, are working collaboratively to develop and promote Northeastern B.C. tourism, such as highlighting the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark and the Alaska Highway Corridor. CEO of the Northern B.C. Tourism Association, Clint Fraser, says collaboration is a critical component when it comes to promoting tourism and that the Tourism Association looks forward to continuing to support the Northeast.“Collaboration is a critical component to successfully promote tourism experiences in the region. Northeast BC and the Alaska Highway are iconic travel destinations and access to funding through Destination B.C.’s Co-op Marketing Partnerships Program assists in developing inspiring content and promotional initiatives that elevate awareness of the region with travellers. We look forward to continuing to support the efforts of the Northeast BC Tourism Marketing Cooperative.”According to Destination B.C., in 2017 the tourism industry employed over 137,800 people with $4.9 billion in wages and has contributed $9 billion to the economy over the past decade.
New Delhi: The Election Commission Thursday let off Minority Affairs Minister and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi with a light rap for his ‘Modiji ki sena’ remark and “warned” him against using the armed forces for political propaganda. It also asked him to be “careful in the future” with his utterances. Addressing an election rally in Rampur on April 3, Naqvi had used the phrase ‘Modiji ki sena’ or Modi’s army. State election authorities had issued him a show cause notice. In his response, the minister had agreed that he had used the phrase. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The Commission … hereby warns Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to desist from using the references to defence forces for political propaganda and to be careful in future,” the order read. It reminded the BJP leader of its March 19 instruction asking politicians “to desist from using any reference to defence forces in their political campaign/propaganda”. A similar remark by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earned him the ire of the poll panel on April 5. He too was asked to be careful in future with his utterances.
Iowa running back Mark Weisman (45) rushes down the field during a game agianst Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium Sept. 28. Iowa won, 23-7.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThrough its first six games, Iowa (4-2, 1-1) is the only member of the 125-team Football Bowl Subdivision who has not allowed a rushing touchdown yet this season. Ohio State’s 11th ranked rushing attack plans to put the Hawkeyes’ streak to the test.The chance to be the first team to reach the end zone on the ground against Iowa this season is “definitely an incentive” for the Buckeye offense, redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley said.“Coaches don’t need to say too much. They just put a piece a paper on our desk and say, ‘They haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown,’ and we kind of get it,” Linsley said.Iowa has one of the nation’s best defenses, ranking ninth nationally in total defense with an average of 290 yards allowed per game.“They’re in the top 10 in America and our kids know that,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said of the Iowa defense. “We’re working really hard. They’re good. They’re really sound.”Linsley said the matchup with Iowa’s defensive line will be the toughest opposition the OSU offensive line has faced all season.“They’re physical, they’re tough, they’re big,” Linsley said. “In terms of toughness, in terms of things that we preach and the values that we take, hold to, that’s what they’re about as well on the defensive line.”Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he thinks the OSU offensive line will challenge the Hawkeye defense.“It’s going to be a tough matchup for us,” Ferentz said. “They look good. They’re big, tall, imposing guys. They look like an NFL line, and they (are) extremely well-coached.”Overall, Ferentz said OSU’s scoring offense, which ranks sixth in the FBS with an average of 46.8 points per game, is “extremely talented.”“Look at their offense, pick a position and try to find a weakness,” Ferentz said. “Good luck on that one.”The Hawkeyes are going to have to be prepared for numerous running threats from the OSU offense to keep their streak alive.Senior running back Carlos Hyde is expected to lead the Buckeyes’ rushing attack Saturday after rushing for 168 yards and three touchdowns against Northwestern Oct. 5.Additionally, senior running back Jordan Hall, who leads the Buckeyes with 69 rushing attempts, 427 rushing yards and eight touchdowns this season, is expected to be back on the field Saturday, Meyer said, after missing the game against Northwestern with a joint issue in his knee.“His first way of assisting the team will be on special teams and then he can certainly complement Carlos and be also involved in third downs,” Meyer said of Hall.As a passer, junior quarterback Braxton Miller has completed 49 of 75 passing attempts for 609 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions this season. His ability to make plays passing the ball will make it tougher for the Hawkeyes to defend the run, Ferentz said.“They pose a lot of problems in a lot of different areas,” Ferentz said. “They can throw it very effectively … (Miller is) a great running threat, as is (Hyde) … It makes it tough to play defense. You can’t really tilt your team one way or the other.”Ferentz said he would like the game to be low-scoring but realizes other teams have been unsuccessful in keeping games that way against OSU.“I’m not a great fan of getting in shootouts any time,” Ferentz said. “I mean if we had a lopsided lead, that’d be OK, I wouldn’t mind that, but not many teams have done that to Ohio State in recent history. Trying to contain their offense, that’s going to be quite a challenge.”Linsley said it will be important for the OSU offense, who has outscored its opponents 126 to 28 in the first quarter this season, to control the tempo of the game from the beginning.“We’ve got to score right off the bat, and then after that, we got to manage the clock by running the football,” Linsley said.While OSU is trying to end Iowa’s six-game streak of not allowing a rushing touchdown, the Hawkeyes will be trying to end a streak that dates back to the start of the 2012 season. The Buckeyes have won all 18 of its games with Meyer as coach, and hold the nation’s longest winning streak.“They’re approaching 20 straight wins and you don’t do that by accident,” Ferentz said. “It takes more than just having good players … they’ve been very, very consistent. If you look at the rate they’re scoring points and they’re moving the football, that doesn’t happen by accident either.”Part of the challenge in Iowa’s effort to end OSU’s win streak will be the Buckeye defense, which ranks 15th nationally with an average of 326.2 yards allowed per game and 24th in the FBS with 19.2 points allowed per game.“We look across, we see a team that’s very, very talented,” Ferentz said. “That includes their defense. They got phenomenally gifted athletes on the back end, I think they’re playing well and certainly that’s the case with the guys up front too … it’s hard to find a weak spot on their football team.”Iowa’s rushing attack is led by junior Mark Weisman, who has rushed for 624 yards and three touchdowns on 126 attempts this season, and ranks 32nd nationally in yards per game. Weisman said that going against the Buckeye defense is going to be tough.“They have a great defensive line, great linebackers, good secondary,” Weisman said. “They’ve pretty much stopped every rushing attack this year, so it’s going to be a real tough challenge for us.”Another challenge OSU could present to Iowa is the environment of Ohio Stadium, where Saturday’s game is scheduled to be played at 3:30 p.m.“The ‘Shoe is just by nature, it’s one of the tighter, louder places I think in our conference,” Ferentz said. “We’ve been on the road a couple times this year … but we haven’t been in an environment like the one we’re going to be in Saturday and against an opponent like this, so that’s going to be another degree of difficulty.”If the Buckeyes extend their win streak to 19 games Saturday, they would tie the 2002-03 Buckeyes for the second-longest winning streak in school history.