Johnson City to enforce social distancing at parks

first_imgOn Monday, the city of Binghamton announced it was going discourage social gatherings at its parks. The parks remain available for use to the public but athletic areas and sporting fields are closed. They say Floral Ave Park is an exception and is not accessible. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The village of Johnson City says it will enforce social-distancing guidelines at its parks in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The office of Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie says it has removed rims from basketball hoops, swings from swing sets and placed caution tape around playgrounds. The following is a list of guidelines when using parks:center_img Village officials say they expect more people to use the parks as the weather gets warmer. Stay local and keep visits shortVisits should be solitary, or with small groups onlyBe ready to move quickly through places where people congregateAvoid activities where you may come in close contact with other peopleStay home if you do not feel wellStay home if you are over 70 and or from a vulnerable populationIf you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park or return another time to visit For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more


Broadcaster eradicates £83m pension deficit in first quarter

first_imgITV’s 2017 annual report showed the improvement in its schemes’ funding position had been largely down to a major update of membership data. This had removed £145m from the net shortfall, alongside a further £80m employer contribution and £53m in investment gains.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# UK broadcaster ITV has eradicated the net pension deficit of its defined benefit (DB) schemes, marking an improvement of more than £300m (€340m) in just 15 months.In a first-quarter trading update on Thursday, ITV said it had reduced the net deficit to “nil” as of 31 March – down from £83m at the end of December last year. On 31 December 2016, the deficit stood at £328m.“The decrease reflects the deficit funding contributions and a slight increase in corporate bond yields,” ITV said.The deficit was calculated on an IAS 19 accounting basis, and the company emphasised that on an actuarial valuation, the shortfall on section A of the three-part defined benefit scheme was £489m at 1 January 2017. Source: ITV plc annual reportA new eight-year funding plan was agreed with the trustees for section A of £60m a year until December 2025, ITV said. The company committed to paying in £80m in total per year to the three schemes, including contributions to sections B and C.In the case of the latter two sections, ITV said it was “still in negotiation with the trustees in relation to 2017 funding valuations but [we continue] to pay the deficit funding contributions of £5.5m per annum which were agreed as part of the previous valuation discussions”.ITV closed its DB schemes to new members in 2006 and then to future accruals in 2017.As part of its annual report for 2017, the company said its balance sheet remained strong and the business continued to be highly cash generative.Earlier this year, the broadcaster squared off in court with the UK’s Pensions Regulator, which was pushing for ITV to fund a £90m deficit in the DB scheme of a former joint venture, Box Clever. Box Clever was launched by ITV (then known as Granada) in 2000 with fellow broadcaster Thorn, but declared bankruptcy in 2003.The case was heard in February at the Upper Tribunal and a judgement is expected later this year.last_img read more


Huawei certain Messi will lead global take-over

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain:Having sold over 100 million smart phones last year, Chinese-based cell phone giants Huawei remains confident its partnership with Lionel Messi will now lead its organisation to the top of global phone sales soon. Messi is a five-time Ballon d’Or/FIFA World Player of the year winner and as the first player to achieve that historic feat, many consider him one of the all time football greats.Messi, who represents Spanish club Barcelona was recently named global brand ambassador for Huawei during a press conference held in the city.With Messi being born in Rosario Argentina in the same year as Huawei’s inception in 1987, the organisation has labelled the partnership as a “perfect fit”.long-term partnership”We are seeking a long term partnership. He is a win-win, look to see Huawei and Messi in the future,” Kevin Ho, president, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG said.The Messi and Huawei partnership is over a three year period, but no official figure was released on how much it will cost the Asian brand.Huawei is also the official Smart phone partner of London-based English football club Arsenal. It is set to launch their new P9 smart phone in London on April 6.Despite Huawei’s global sales last year, it remains one of the three top smart phone vendors in the world, behind Apple and Samsung.They, however, lead the Asian market by beating Xiaomi, Lenovo, Apple and Samsung to become the top smart phone vendor.The company hopes Messi can help raise its brand awareness in markets it has been making inroads in like Latin America, Asia and Europe where football enjoys a cult-like following.Meanwhile, according to Ho, five reasons which make Huawei devices stand out from others are, “design, craftsmanship, user experience, long battery life and excellent camera quality”.He stressed that Huawei is happy to be a sponsor of the Digicel Rising Star in Jamaica.last_img read more


‘Ghost Rider’ roars past new films

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The comic-book adaptation “Ghost Rider” burned the competition at the weekend box office, fending off a rush of new movies to rake in $19.7 million in its second week, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Sony film, starring Nicolas Cage as a motorcycle stuntman turned Satanic bounty hunter, continued its momentum after debuting last week with $52 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend, the biggest opening ever for that weekend. “It set the bar so high last weekend that, for any newcomers, it was going to be real tough film to beat,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. Premiering at No. 2 with $15.1 million was the New Line Cinema psychological thriller “The Number 23,” starring Jim Carrey as a man obsessed with the mysterious power of that number. The other new movies included the 20th Century Fox police spoof “Reno 911!: Miami,” which opened at No. 4 with $10.4 million, and “The Astronaut Farmer,” which stars Billy Bob Thornton and debuted at No. 9 with $4.5 million. Thornton plays an ex-NASA astronaut who struggles to build his own rocket in the Warner Bros. film. Disney’s “Bridge to Terabithia,” based on the children’s fantasy novel, slipped to third place with $13.6 million, lifting its total to $46.2 million. Dreamworks’ Eddie Murphy comedy “Norbit” rounded out the top five with $9.7 million. Despite bad reviews, “Ghost Rider” lifted Hollywood out of its box-office slump with revenues up for the second straight week this year. The top-12 movies grossed $101.8 million, up 1.5 percent from the same weekend last year. However, movie attendance to date this year is down 2.2 percent. “Ghost Rider” is based on the Marvel Comic books about motorcycle stunt driver Johnny Blaze, played by Cage, who sells his soul to the devil and gains fiery superpowers. last_img read more


Why the Giants chose Scott Harris as GM and what his hire means for the franchise

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — At his introductory press conference last November, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi charted a bold new course for the future of the franchise.On his first day on the job on Monday, new general manager Scott Harris asserted himself as the co-captain for a front office that believes the Giants are headed down the right path.“We’re going to try to compete as much as possible on and off the field to put us in a position to transform, like we did in Chicago,” …last_img


The Union Buildings: now a national treasure

first_imgMelissa Jane Cook The Union Buildings have become an iconic landmark in Pretoria, South Africa. Resting impressively upon Meintjieskop they tower like a fortress over the capital.(Image: SANews.gov.za)MEDIA CONTACTS• Josias Pila Communications OfficerDepartment of Arts and Culture+ 27 12 441 3713 / +27 78 733 9709RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela stands tall at Union Buildings • Women in the struggle remembered • The world pays tribute to a great man • Gallery: Jacob Zuma’s inauguration • South Africans queue to say goodbye to MandelaThe Union Buildings have become an iconic landmark in Pretoria, South Africa. Resting impressively upon Meintjieskop they tower like a fortress over the capital.The buildings are a constant reminder of political change, but have recently enjoyed the spotlight in the wake of iconic former president Nelson Mandela’s death. On these grounds Mandela lay in state; the building is, this year, 100 years’ old; on its grounds a massive nine-metre bronze-plated statue honouring the Father of the Nation was unveiled; and President Jacob Zuma declared the edifice a South African national heritage site.“As we celebrate 100 years of the Union Buildings, we do so satisfied and happy that this seat of government is now not only rich in terms of its aesthetic beauty only,” President Zuma said at the annual 16 December Reconciliation Day commemorations; “It is also rich in moral value and symbolism as well. Given its growing national importance, we have decided to declare the Union Buildings a national heritage site.”The Union Buildings house The Presidency and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.The history of Pretoria and a heritage of changeOriginally Pretoria was the capital of the independent Boer republic of the Transvaal; it then became one of the three capitals of South Africa and an international symbol of apartheid in the 1940s.A paradigm shift in 1994 heralded the jubilant inauguration of former President Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president. The Union Buildings transformed from a symbol of white, supremacist domination to one of genuine unity.“By declaring the Union Buildings as a national heritage site, we are acknowledging its historic significance and affirm its value as one of the sites that houses our nation’s heritage.“We are doing this as part of our ongoing work to write a new and inclusive narrative for our country, while we acknowledge the past; we also emphasise that we are now one nation and that our national symbols need to reflect that unity in diversity,” the president said in his address.DesignInfluential architect Sir Herbert Baker designed this space in 1908. Building began in 1909 and it was completed in 1913. With construction spanning almost three years, it took some 1265 artisans and labourers to construct, using 14 million bricks for the interior office walls, half a million cubic feet of freestone, 74 000 cubic yards of concrete, 40 000 bags of cement and 20 000 cubic feet of granite.Baker was strongly in favour of building at Meintjieskop, which was within a mile of the centre of Pretoria and reminded him strongly of the acropolises of Greece and Asia Minor, where he had studied Mediterranean architecture.The concept of an acropolis and a building was in line with renowned British architect Sir Christopher Wren‘s theory that a public building should be a national ornament which establishes a nation, draws people and commerce and makes people love their country. The then powers that be, who, at the time were preoccupied with the ideal of establishing a new and united nation, were easily persuaded to approve the project.“People will come from all over the world to wonder at the beauty of the site and to admire the forethought and courage of the men who selected it,” remarked the British high commissioner at the time, Lord Selborne.Initially built to house the entire public service for the Union of South Africa, it was then the largest building in the country and the largest building work undertaken in the southern hemisphere at that time.A symbol of unity and freedomThe Union Buildings were commissioned as part of establishing the Union of South Africa. Prior to this, South Africa had been divided into two British colonies and two independent Boer republics, which were all unified into one country after the Anglo Boer War.From the mid-twentieth century, the Union Buildings served as a location for political protests, particularly during apartheid, and represent a dark layer of South Africa’s history.Baker envisaged two identical wings spread out as a symbol of the meeting of English and Afrikaans cultures, the unification of a divided people. These wings were to be linked by a semi-circular wing, and the space in-between was levelled to form an amphitheatre, in the Greek fashion, for gatherings of national and ceremonial importance. This was to symbolise the unity accomplished after the Anglo Boer War.The middle of the dome was meant to emulate the White House dome in the United States and was designed to symbolise a temple of peace; the dome was never finished and the Union Buildings are incomplete.The matching statues atop the domed towers depicting Greek Titan Atlas holding up the world were sculpted by Abraham Broadbent.The statue on the domed rostrum in the amphitheatre between the wings depicts Mercury, a mythic Roman messenger and a god of trade, sculpted by George Ness.The closest suburb to the Union Buildings is Arcadia, which means “Playground of Gods”.The Union Buildings precinct is not only held in high esteem due to its political reference, it also holds immense social value. Newly-weds come to the gardens to take pictures for posterity and busloads of tourists visit on a daily basis. “It has become a people-centred precinct,” said the president.The Nelson Mandela amphitheatre has held many political gatherings and is still used today for important occasions. Historical events at the amphitheatre include the first prime minister of the Union of South Africa, Louis Botha’s triumphant return from the conquest of South West Africa, General Jan Smuts’s victorious return from the Second World War East African Campaign, and former prime minister, Hendrik Verwoerd’s funeral.“The Union Buildings as a place or site of significance enriches people’s lives, providing a deep and inspirational sense of connection to community and city landscape, to the past (history) and memories. It is a tangible expression of a proudly South African identity and experience,” said a spokesperson at the Union Buildings.“As a place of significance it reflects the diversity of the South African society, telling us who we are, the past that has formed us as well as the South African landscape. The site is therefore irreplaceable, precious and indeed of national importance; hence it must be conserved for present and future generations.”Presidential inaugurations are held at the Union Buildings; the official offices of the president are on the left side, and the South African national flag is flown on the left side if the president is in office.The gardensSurrounded by terraced gardens various monuments dot the expansive lawns, including the Delville Wood War Memorial, a tribute to South African troops who died during the First World War, and a plaque in memory of those who died during the Korean War. A statue of the country’s first president, General Louis Botha, on horseback, dominates the lawn, along with the 9 000-seat Nelson Mandela amphitheatre.The South African Police Memorial is at the top right of the gardens.The South African National Film, Video and Sound Archives is on the grounds of the Union Buildings, and adjacent to the Police Memorial.The land the buildings stand on originally belonged to Pretoria’s first magistrate, Andries Francois Du Toit. He sold his land, called Arcadia, to Stephanus Jacobus Meintjies, after which Meintjieskop is named.History made at the Union BuildingsOn 9 August 1956, 20 000 women marched to the doors of the Union Buildings, chanting “Wathint’ Abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo!”, which means “strike the women, strike the rock”, to protest against the pass laws of 1950. This historical event is commemorated by the public holiday National Women’s Day.On 10 May 1994 the inauguration of former president Nelson Mandela and his vice-presidents, after the country’s first free elections, heralded the beginning of a new era in South Africa’s history.On 31 December 1999 the South African flagship Millennium Celebration was held here. In attendance were the then-deputy president, Jacob Zuma, and other ministers.On 10 December 2013, the Union Buildings Amphitheatre was renamed the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre.On 16 December 2013, a nine-metre bronze-plated statue of Mandela was unveiled at the Union Buildings.“The unveiling of the Nelson Mandela statue was a significant tribute for a modern African statesman in a colonial building that once upheld values of hostility, resentment and division,” said Brian McKechnie of the Gauteng Institute of Architects.“This new Madiba monument will not merely enhance the attraction and gravitas of the Union Buildings as a national heritage site. It will also remind the nation daily about the values of unity, reconciliation, compassion and Ubuntu,” President Zuma said.The statue was designed by two sculptors, Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren.Former prime minister, James Barry Hertzog’s statue was relocated to accommodate Madiba’s memorial sculpture. Hertzog had led the minority white government from 1924 to 1939.President Zuma said the statue will forever remind the nation of Madiba’s towering vision and stature; “He rises majestically at the seat of government, as a symbol of peace, reconciliation, unity and progress. It will remind us of his commitment, his leadership and his dedication to the struggle against apartheid.“It will forever remind us of his commitment to an improved quality of life for all. It will also remind us of how far we have come as a nation in just a few years. The glaring reality is that before 1994, there would have been no statue of Madiba at the Union Buildings.”The significance of the Voortrekker Monument and the Union Buildings in the national consciousness is such that a law in Pretoria limits the height of any building between them so that the view remains unobstructed.The Union Buildings share duties with the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town as the seat of the South African government. Pretoria shares duties with Cape Town and Bloemfontein as the capital cities of South Africa.Pretoria has the second largest number of embassies in the world, after Washington, DC, most of which are in or near Arcadia.last_img read more


Feel the power with TI’s power supply design seminars

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous On readingNext Free: Analog Engineer’s Pocket Reference Guide I don’t know about you, but power supply units (PSUs) are something I tend to take for granted… right up to the point where I find myself needing a specific PSU capability for a particular project, at which point I start running around in ever-decreasing circles shouting “Don’t Panic! Don’t Panic!” Once I’ve quieted down a little, I amble over to see my chum Ivan in the next bay, because he’s forgotten more about PSUs than I will ever know. In the case of my projects, I can invariably use an off-the-shelf PSU; the only trick is tracking down the unit that best satisfies my size, cost, performance requirements.I don’t know what I’d do if I had to design a PSU from the ground up. Actually, that’s not quite true — I do know — I would amble over to see my chum Ivan in the next bay because… (“In order to understand recursion, you must first understand recursion,” as the old joke goes).But what do you do if you don’t have an Ivan to hand? Well, one solution would be to attend one of Texas Instruments’ forthcoming power supply design seminars, which are a bargain at only $79.(Source: Texas Instruments) Since their introduction in 1977, TI’s power supply design seminars have featured a mix of technical and practical presentations that combine basic design principles and advanced new power supply concepts with real-world application examples.(Source: Texas Instruments) When you come to think about it, there are many implications to selecting the correct/incorrect power supply for your specific application, including safety (property damage, injury and/or death, lawsuits…), cost/profit margin (bill-of-materials, labor, testing, potential product recalls…), and performance (meeting efficiency requirements, RF emissions and other standards…).At the end of the day, “stuff” simply doesn’t work unless it’s equipped with the appropriate power supply, so if you are in any way involved in power supply design or selection and you want to make sure you are on top of everything, you may want to consider attending one of these seminars.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA last_img read more


10 months agoMan Utd legend Neville: Pogba best midfielder in Europe

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba best midfielder in Europeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba is the best midfielder in Europe, according to Manchester United legend Gary Neville. Things are looking up for Pobga following the departure of manager Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman looks a different player under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having scored twice in the 3-1 win over Huddersfield on Boxing Day.And Neville thinks his form will only improve under the Norwegian.He told BBC’s Match of the Day: “You play for Man United and you talk of freedom of expression, exciting football, go out there and score goals, attacking football, play with a smile on your face and it starts with the manager. “Ole over the last couple of games has been really happy, saying the right things. “They had the best player on the pitch and probably the best midfielder in Europe on his day in Paul Pogba who has had a disappointing, horrendous last 18 months at the club because of the fall-out with the manager.”It looked like the shackles were off, playing with that freedom of expression, anything is possible type attitude, playing with arrogance. The passing was back to his best. “Look, he is the best player at the club when he is at his best and with performances like this he should be a 12-15 goal a season person – he hasn’t been that in his career so far but he can be.” last_img read more


Major project to strengthen Indigenous employment and cultural safety in health care

first_imgNORTHERN, B.C. – A five-year research project focused on enhancing Indigenous health in Northern B.C will be headed by two UNBC researchers, together with northern and provincial partners.Dr. Sarah de Leeuw and Dr. Margo Greenwood received $1.3 million as part of a Healthy and Productive Work Initiative – Partnership Grant, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).The five-year project includes numerous Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders across the North, Northern Health, Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, and the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH). The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), also a major partner, is contributing an additional $130,000 in funding. Building on a pilot project launched in 2016, this is the first joint federal research partnership grant of its kind to be held at UNBC. A focus will be put on ways to transform health service delivery in Northern B.C. Included are organizations and professions to be culturally safe and culturally humble environments to provide and receive care. The program also aims to inspire new generations of Indigenous youth in the North to enter the health-care field.“We are excited to have started this journey with our partners through which we will explore ways to celebrate Indigeneity in health care,” said de Leeuw, Northern Medical Program and Geography associate professor. “It’s an opportunity to develop northern-focused solutions that seek to create a more culturally humble health-care system that embraces Indigenous people and Indigenous knowledge.”“Our project aspirations include teaching future health-care providers through experiential learning, training health researchers who will be writing policy and developing the knowledge landscape that health services will be provided within, and inspiring future Indigenous health care leaders,” added de Leeuw.“Access to culturally safe care is a critical part of our ongoing commitment to improving services in our region and fostering respectful and collaborative relationships with our Indigenous communities,” said David Williams, Northern Health vice president of Human Resources. “We are committed to becoming more reflective of the people we serve in the North and look forward to furthering that goal through this project. We hope to attract more Indigenous employees to our workforce and also continue to improve the workplace for those employees.”last_img read more