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Debris from high winds wreaks havoc on residents, property

first_imgThe cold front, which swept down from the north but brought little moisture, helped push some of those high winds down toward the surface, Kittell added. In Los Angeles, the number of Department of Water and Power customers without power jumped to nearly 100,000 customers, at one point increasing by 40,000 in less than two hours, said the utility’s Gale Harris. Hardest hit were Woodland Hills, Van Nuys, Winnetka, North Hollywood, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Silver Lake, Atwater and the Los Feliz areas of Los Angeles, Harris said. Gusting winds were howling across many parts of the Southland, uprooting large trees in Toluca Lake and Sherman Oaks. The National Weather Service issued wind advisories in the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys, and issued high wind warnings in the Antelope Valley and Los Angeles County mountains. The Weather Service reported peak winds Thursday of 45 mph in Van Nuys, 48 mph in Burbank, 35 mph in downtown Los Angeles and 54 mph in Lancaster. Correspondent Brian Day contributed to this City News Service story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In La Mirada, a tree was blown over into the street on Weeks Drive at La Mirada Boulevard, which caused no damage or injuries, and was quickly cleaned up, said Norwalk sheriff’s Lt. Myron Johnson. In La Puente, the winds knocked a basketball hoop onto a 52-year-old woman about 1 p.m., said Lt. Jaime Baltazar of the sheriff’s Industry station. There was no report on her condition. Baltazar also said a fallen electrical wire started a small backyard grass fire on Eseverri Lane in La Habra Heights. The passing of a cold front overnight Wednesday combined with a southern shift of the jet stream to cause the high winds, said metereologist Ryan Kittell of the National Weather Service. “One of the main reasons was the jet stream right over us, which only happens a few times a year,” said Kittell of the high-altitude winds, which typically travel at speeds upwards of 130 mph at 30,000 feet. WHITTIER – High winds knocked out electricity Thursday to more than 110,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison customers, authorities said. As of 7 p.m., about 2,200 Edison customers in the San Gabriel Valley remained without power, said Edison spokesman Steven Conroy. Montebello customers had the longest waits to get their power back on, said Conroy, though Sierra Madre, San Gabriel, Arcadia, Alhambra, and Monrovia also had power outages lingering into the night. A tree in a residential neighborhood was blown over and fell onto a car about 3 p.m. on El Braso Drive near Messina Drive in Whittier, said Whittier police Sgt. Carlos Solorza, but no other damage or wind related problems were reported. last_img read more

Late Ceaser Okhuti strike stuns Express at Wankulukuku

first_imgExpress’ Stephen Luswata shields the ball from onduparaka’s Simba Sibir. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–Express FC’s run of two consecutive wins came to an end as Onduparaka defeated the Red Eagles 2-1 at Wankulukuku.Express who had defeated Maroons and URA coming into the fixture where high on confidence but did not have answers to whatever Onduparaka threw at the in the second half.The Caterpillars required a late Ceaser OKhuti stunner to win it and move top of the table for at least 24 hours as Police who are only three points behind them and with a better goal difference can leap frog them with a win away to Mbarara city.Onduparaka took a while to get started with Express dominating proceedings in the first half despite not creating any clear openings.The only chances Onduparaka created in the first half where wasted by Viane Ssekajugo and Gadafi Gadinho as Express continued to assert their dominance on the game.In the second half, Onduparaka took the initiative immediately as Vipers reject Alfred Leku tapped in from close range after the ball was layed off brilliantly by the pacey Ssekajugo with only one minute after the re-start.Express top scorer Daniel Sserunkuma restored purity for the Red Eagles with only 14 minutes to play, expertly converting a Jingo Sula cross past Nicholas Ssebwato in the Onduparaka goal.This was Sserunkuma’s third goal of the season since he rejoined the Red Eagles in the off season.After the reverse fixture ended 1-1, it was thought that even this one would tak the same out come but only for Ceaser Ochuti who had other ideas.The former Express and KCCA striker who started the game on the bench pounced onto indecisive defending by the Express defenders and scored with an over head beauty deep into stoppage time to ensure that the Catapillers grab thier first three points at Wankulukuku and move on top of the league standings.“As a striker, it feels good that i am scoring but if i find the back of the net and my team does not win, it is another issue. Said Express striker Daniel Sserunkuma after the game.“We still have some issues to sort and hopefully we can do this as soon as possible so as we can get back to winning ways in our next game.Onduparaka are now on 13 points for the season, two ahead of both Vipers and Kirinya JSS all having played six games this season. Express remain 1oth on the table.Azam Uganda Premier LeagueExpress 1-2 OnduparakaMutessa II war memorial stadium, WamkulukukuCommentslast_img read more

Blues linked with Brazilian youngster and Spartak Moscow boss says he wants Salah

first_imgThe Daily Mirror say Chelsea are interested in Brazilian youngster Malcom.The Corinthians forward, 17, has been touted as one of his country’s best prospects and is also said to be a target for Barcelona.Meanwhile, the Daily Star pick up on reports in Russia that Spartak Moscow boss Murat Yakin wants to sign Mohamed Salah from Chelsea.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted that Salah will not be leaving Stamford Bridge, but Yakin is quoted as saying: “I want to sign both Salah and (Basel’s) Fabian Frei. I know both players well.There has been speculation about winger Salah’s future“I know the economic situation in Russia is not the best, but the club can afford both players’ wages.“The club president promised a surprise in the upcoming transfer market. I spoke with him about both Salah and Frei and I hope it will happen – that would be my Christmas present.“I’ll do whatever it takes to get Salah in the team, even if I have to beg for it.” Related West London Sport story: Salah is staying at Chelsea – MourinhoFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A’s Matt Chapman has shoulder surgery

first_imgHe won a Gold Glove Award at third base and the American League’s Platinum Glove Award as the league’s best … OAKLAND — A’s third baseman Matt Chapman underwent shoulder surgery on Friday, his second surgery this offseason.The A’s expect him to be ready for spring training. He first experienced pain in the shoulder during a recent workout.Chapman had a procedure done on his right thumb Oct. 16.Chapman, 25, had a breakout season in 2018, hitting .278 with 24 home runs in 145 games.last_img read more

Warriors’ Willie Cauley-Stein to miss training camp with foot injury

first_imgWillie Cauley-Stein, who was expected to be Golden State’s new starting center this season, will miss all of training camp with a foot injury, general manager Bob Myers announced Monday.Cauley-Stein suffered a left mid-foot strain when he landed awkwardly after going up for a lob pass during a scrimmage last week. The Kings’ 2015 first-round pick (sixth overall) will be re-evaluated at the end of October. Given that time frame, Cauley-Stein is probably set to miss at least four regular …last_img read more

SA Agulhas on climate awareness voyage

first_img“The Southern Ocean is regarded as key in understanding the processes of climate change,” the department’s oceans and coasts deputy director-general, Monde Mayekiso, said at the start of the voyage in Cape Town. The new vessel will have enhanced technologies and capabilities to further understand the ocean environment and to bring that understanding to an increasing number of South Africans. The ship is sailing from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and then on to Durban, before heading back to Cape Town. The voyage will highlight the various scientific activities undertaken by the Department of Environmental Affairs in Antarctica and the Southern Oceans, the opportunities and threats posed by the ocean to coastal communities, and the real and considerable impact of oceans on the climate. The three Sanap research bases include the ones on Marion Island, Gough Island, and the SA National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) IV base station at Vesleskarvet nunatak, which is a rocky outcrop peeping out of a snowy surface. SA National Antarctic Programme The 17th Conferences of the Parties (COP 17) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December. South Africa’s ice-strengthened polar research and supply vessel, the SA Agulhas, is on a symbolic 10-day voyage to raise climate awareness ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17) starting in Durban later this month. Modern, fuel efficient replacement “South Africa has an advantage in that the Southern Ocean is on its doorstep, so to speak, and now we’ll have the ideal tool and platform to do cutting-edge research.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materialcenter_img 14 November 2011 This voyage will also highlight the last voyage of the SA Agulhas to Antarctica in December 2010 before it is replaced by a new vessel, the SA Agulhas II, being built in Finland at a cost of about R1.5-billion. The SA Agulhas has 138 people onboard, comprising 40 crew and 98 scientific and other staff. She is used to service the three South African National Antarctic Programme (Sanap) research bases in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica as well as various research voyages. She spends most of her time out of harbour. With a mix of scientists, academics, students and journalists on board, the vessel set sail from Cape Town on Saturday to raise awareness around climate change in the country’s coastal cities. The SA Agulhas also provided the capacity for South Africa to commit to and honour international agreements, including deploying drifting weather buoys that significantly increased the country’s weather predicting capability, and servicing automatic weather stations on remote islands like Southern Thule and Zawadovski. “By the time COP 17 draws to a close, the SA Agulhas will be on her last voyage to the Antarctic,” Mayekiso said. “South Africa has been involved in Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and on the sub-Antarctic islands, Marion and Gough, for more than 50 years, doing research. “For 33 of those 50-plus years, the SA Agulhas has been the means to get to the remote stations and providing the platform to do oceanographic research and meteorology observations from. “She served us very well – transporting supplies and fuel and carrying the relief overwintering teams to the islands and Antarctica.” In the build-up to the conference, the voyage will have on-board exhibitions, symposiums and lectures from climate change scientists showcasing the work the vessel has done in the area of climate research for the last three decades.last_img read more

SA agro-processing ‘needs investment’

first_img6 November 2012 South Africa has a world-class agro-processing sector but its potential is not fully recognised and requires investment, says Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. “South Africa has a world-class agro-processing and marketing infrastructure that provides for local needs as well as limited exports of a range of dairy products – largely to countries on our continent,” Joemat-Pettersson said at the World Dairy Summit in Cape Town on Monday. “We also supply a wide range of dairy equipment from global companies to other countries on the continent.” Despite this, the potential of the country’s sector remained unexploited, she said.‘Addressing unemployment and poverty’ South Africa’s dairy industry is the third-largest livestock sector in the country, with an estimated total turnover of R10-billion at producer level. The total number of milk producers in South Africa is at 2 347. “They produce more than 2.6-billion litres of milk and employ more than 30 000 workers. This important sector assists government in addressing some of our challenges, particularly unemployment and poverty,” she said. The dairy industry plays a critical role in ensuring global food security through the diverse range of its product offerings, including fresh milk, cheese, cream and yoghurt. It also ensures employment and income generation for millions of men and women across the globe. In this way, the sector ensures that basic needs of people are met, and their standard of living is increased.Sharing experiences and best practice The 2012 World Dairy Summit, organised by the South African National Committee of the International Dairy Federation, brings together producers, processors, technical experts and various other stakeholders to deliberate the challenges of the sector, and also to share experiences and best practices. South Africa supports a range of milk farming systems, from intensive total mixed ration to grass-fed and dairy ranching. A group of dairy farmers from Mozambique will soon be attending a course at the agricultural development centre outside George as part of a bilateral cooperation programme between South Africa and Mozambique. This effort has been highly successful, with the Consumer Education Project of Milk SA last year receiving the award for best campaign in the world from the International Dairy Federation and Dairy Standard Agency. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Facebook developing satellite internet for Africa

first_img8 October 2015Facebook and French satellite operator Eutelsat wants to launch an internet-satellite that could boost internet connectivity in more than 14 African countries, including South Africa. Easier and more reliable access to the internet could offer substantial benefits to the vision of the social, educational and health care ideals of the National Development Plan.The Facebook-financed satellite, named Amos-6, would be able to offer faster and more reliable internet access to isolated areas in Africa, and was scheduled to be completed and in orbit by 2016, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, posted on the social networking site on 5 October.“Facebook has been exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam internet access down into communities from the sky,” Zuckerberg wrote. “To connect people living in remote regions, traditional connectivity infrastructure is often difficult and inefficient, so we need to invent new technologies.”Facebook will bring free Internet to Africa with a #satellite called AMOS -6 http://t.co/DA28sBYRyZ pic.twitter.com/nrSL3EpkKR— SocialPubli.com (@SocialPubli) October 6, 2015The satellite project is part of Facebook’s Internet.org non-profit initiative that aims to bring free and reliable internet access to the two-thirds of the world that have been unable to receive it.Other projects include using solar-powered drones to beam out internet signals to rural areas, and the set-up of the Innovation Lab to mimic real-world connectivity issues for developers to test their apps’ performances. Similarly, Google’s Project Loon, that uses high-altitude balloons to bring internet to isolated areas, is being tested in the US, Australia and parts of Saharan Africa.Sub-Saharan Africa’s current level of broadband connectivity is the lowest in the world, according to the United Nations’ 2014 State of Broadband report. It reaches less than 2% of the populations in countries such as Guinea, Somalia, Burundi and Eritrea. The internet remains a novelty and not so much the vital communications tool needed to push African development and innovation forward.Governments will be able to use the surge in access to bring better services to people in rural areas: health and social services, education facilities and development capacity. In South Africa, this would fulfil outcomes of the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030, such as addressing the question of quality education, developing skills and, ultimately, creating a surge of economic growth in South Africa and on the rest of the continent.Facebook to bring Internet from space to Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 http://t.co/PBL9bxEPV1 pic.twitter.com/gGIRWf4Qnk— RT (@RT_com) October 6, 2015Toby Shapshak, a technology trends expert, told ENCA news yesterday that satellites offered the best option for African internet access. “Satellites are the most rugged and reliable method to supply internet, but also the most expensive,” he said. Facebook’s investment in the project was both pioneering and momentous on a global level, he added.Facebook had just skipped ahead, over existing landline and cellular infrastructure, Shapshak explained, and had chosen to use satellites that would offer deregulated, unrestricted access. It would be unfettered by any laws of the countries it would service, offering a freer internet, while giving users fast and reliable internet access.While the idea might seem a little “pie in the sky”, he added, satellite technology was a proven method for connectivity – notably with conventional global telecommunications that had existed for more than 50 years. Industrial and global corporations present in Africa have been small-scale satellite internet connectivity for over five years, with the large costs involved making it impossible to roll out on a larger scale.With the Facebook investment, though, the idea of bringing fast, reliable and cost-effective broadband internet to Africa is slowly becoming a reality.“More places in Africa and South Africa that previously, due to a lack of infrastructure, could not get regular, effective internet access, will now have the opportunity to get it,” Shapshak said.He said Facebook’s move into internet service provision was a “bold and adventurous” one, a move that would spur the local and international service provider business into rethinking their own game of providing better internet services.Full interview with Toby Shapshak on ENCASource: News24Wirelast_img read more

Consumer Electronics 2.0: MIT’s Henry Holtzman on The Internet of Things

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Internet of Things Concepts & IssuesI asked Henry Holtzman what other concepts are interesting him currently, as well as what issues are still to be overcome in the emerging Internet of Things. He talked about using sensors as an “additional sense,” by putting a tag reader on people. Not dissimilar to another Media Lab project we wrote about recently, a wearable internet system which aims to become a “sixth sense.” Holtzman said that possible uses for sensors on people include: finding objects (for example your keys), raising an alert (e.g. a safety warning), a memory assist device, being a bridge between what you do in the real world and what gets recorded on your social network (e.g. Facebook updating when you’re in certain locations; which we mentioned here). As for issues: while currently light and temperature sensors are popular, Holtzman thinks that we need to do better job with location. But this is where RFID comes in.One big issue that Holtzman is concerned about is identity. He told me that mobile phones that interact with objects using NFC (Near Field Communication) will need to work out how to federate around the same ID for a user. This is perhaps similar to the identity issues that the browser-based Web has.Privacy and security are two other important issues that Holtzman has been focusing on of late.It was great to speak with Henry Holtzman – someone with extensive experience, both theoretical and practical, in the Internet of Things. Let us know your own thoughts in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img During my visit to MIT earlier this year I met up with Henry Holtzman, Chief Knowledge Officer of the MIT Media Lab. We discussed the Internet of Things, which Holtzman has been actively involved in since the 90s. Holtzman said that consumer apps for Web-connected objects are becoming more common; he refers to this as an emerging “ecology of devices.” There are many real world objects being connected to the Internet nowadays, he said, and they are beginning to act in concert. Read on to find out which Internet of Things products have most impressed Henry Holtzman lately, plus we explore some of his own projects.Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!I started off by remarking that the Internet of Things is ramping up in 2009. Holtzman replied that it’s been many years in the making – for example he did a project back in 1997 involving putting RFID tags onto Pokemon figures. Indeed Holtzman created a commercial company in 1998 to output Internet of Things products. Consumer Electronics 2.0A Wired article from February 2000 outlines how Holtzman founded Presto Technologies in 1998, with fellow MIT Lab professors Andrew Lippman (see our recent post featuring Lippman) and Michael Hawley. The Presto network embedded RFID tags in objects. It was an early version of Internet of Things. The vision for Presto was to make it an e-commerce tool – “products become roving portals for the companies that make them,” according to the 2000 Wired article. While it was too early for that vision to transpire fully, Presto is still operating. One of its current products, PrestoPass, allows consumers to make purchases “by simply waving a card, key tag, or even a wristwatch.” Nowadays Holtzman refers to this trend as “consumer electronics 2.0.” He cites an MIT spin-off company, Ambient Devices, as one to watch in this area. One of their products is the Ambient Clock, which can hook up to your Google Calendar.Henry Holtzman’s Favorite 2009 ProductsAs we’ve been reporting here on ReadWriteWeb this year, there are plenty of Internet of Things products making their presence felt in 2009. I asked Holtzman which products from the current era have particularly impressed him? He replied that he really likes Violet, the company behind the Nabaztag (a cute robot rabbit that can deliver anything from ambient information, through lights and sounds, to verbal information). We reviewed Violet back in May. Tags:#Features#Internet of Things#NYT#Trends#web Touchatag (formally known as Tikitag) is another company to have impressed Holtzman. As we wrote in February, Touchatag allows you to program your own RFID tags so that they can do anything you want. Holtzman said that he’s been very impressed by the decisions the company has made, for example using adhesives. He also likes their ‘web 2.0 savvy’ – they host everything, but let the users create the content. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Trade Contractor Management — Part 4

first_imgIf you just can’t wait to get started on your own trade contractor management program, GBA Pro members can download the full set of checklists here. If you are not a GBA Pro member, and do not want to become one, you can go to my website and buy the full set of checklists. The set includes 26 individual checklists for most standard residential construction trades in Excel format along with a suggested procedure. You can personalize and edit each page as you see fit. Coming up nextYou can check out the image of one of the checklists to see the specifics in each section. Keep in mind that I created these for my business, and while everyone can use some of the ideas, you will likely have specifications that I don’t, you will use different types of trade contractors, and may even have a different work flow.Regardless, you can use this system, alter it to fit your needs, or create a whole new one that works just right for you. In any case, you should have a system in place to save time and money on your projects.Stay tuned for the next post: I’ll be discussing the brainstorming sessions we held to come up with the individual specs for each trade and go over a few individual checklists in detail. They can see immediately what work is still outstanding, and contact the project manager to arrange to complete it. No more partial checks delivered without explanations and fussy trade contractors arguing with accounting clerks about where their money is.After they go back and (hopefully) finish their work, the checklist is reviewed again, signed off as completed by the trade contractor and project manager, and the invoice is resubmitted for payment.Good trade contractors will learn quickly to make sure that their work is complete before invoicing. Weaker ones will have to come back again and again before they are finished and paid in full, and you will have a complete record of how many times they had to come back. You can use this information to evaluate your trade contractors and in your decisions to award work. Those that finish on time without retainage are probably making you the most money with the least effort and should get more of your work. RELATED ARTICLES Trade Contractor Management — Part 1Trade Contractor Management — Part 2Trade Contractor Management — Part 3Trade Contractor Management — Part 5 Keeping bookkeepers happyThe real beauty of this system shows up in tracking payments. The trade contractor receives a copy of the checklist with their check. If there is any retainage, it is broken out for each line item with the project manager’s signature at the bottom. So what’s In these checklists, anyway?Each checklist has five or six sections, depending on the type of work:An introduction with the project and trade contractor name, and the following statement: “This checklist is intended as an aide for you to ensure a quality job. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list. We strongly suggest that you develop your own quality assurance checklist based on your requirements to complement this form. Review all sections of this list before starting work. When you are finished with your work, make sure that your work is complete, meets all applicable codes, and has no defects. Deliver this form to Contractor with your final invoice for the work. Payments will not be issued without this signed and completed form.”A general information section noting that they must be working from a complete set of plans that are released for construction, direct any questions about the scope of work to the project manager, read all instructions and save all product literature, do not discuss the work with the homeowner, do not make any changes without discussing with the project manager, inspect the existing conditions and alert the project manager if there are defects that will affect the quality of their work, keep work area safe and clean, and clean up and dispose of all debris properly.A pre-construction section that covers trade-specific requirements such as checking for level and plumb, correct installation locations, correct materials and accessories on site, and other appropriate issues to address before the work starts.For trades that have a rough and a finish phase — plumbing, HVAC, and electrical, for example — there is a rough completion section for them to confirm that all work is complete and done properly and they have passed any required inspections.A final completion section that includes confirmation of all dimensions, confirming that work is within allowable tolerances of plumb, level, and square, all finish work meets requirements, work area is clean, waste materials discarded and recycled, everything works properly, and, if required, final inspections have passed.A job-specific section where the project manager can list any items unique to a project that the trade contractor must address. It’s time to get into the nuts and bolts of trade contractor management — the control documents — what I refer to as the field checklists. Since these checklists are a key part of a larger process, it is important to understand just how the process works.The checklists are designed so that the trade contractor uses them as a guide to confirm that they have completed their work properly. They must initial each line item, sign the bottom confirming that they have, in fact, inspected the work, and turn in a copy with their invoice. The project manager (or site supervisor) then takes the checklist and walks the jobsite, making sure that the work is in fact done properly.On each line item, the project manager checks “yes” for work that is complete, “N/A” for those that don’t apply, and, most importantly, “no” for work that is incomplete or incorrect. They write in a retainage amount on each line item for incorrect work, and total up the retainage for the project. If the work is complete, they sign off at the bottom to release the full payment. If the work is incomplete, they sign off and list the total amount of retainage until complete. The checklist is sent to accounting along with the invoice for payment.last_img read more