Medora Will Participate In Summer Food Program

first_imgMedora Community School Corp. recently announced plans to participate in the Summer Food Service Program that provides free meals to all children 18 or younger.Free meals also will be made available to anyone older than 18 who is enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.The meals will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis from June 6 to Aug. 5 at Medora Junior-Senior High School, 82 George St., and Rivervale Chapel, 10935 W. County Road 675S, Medora. Information: Rebecca Starr, 812-966-2210last_img

Troopers Locate and Arrest Escapee from Vanderburgh Facility

first_imgAt approximately 1:45 this afternoon, Indiana State Police located Givens hiding in a basement at a residence located at1421 Howard Street in Evansville. He was arrested without incident and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail.Troopers also arrested Colt Kissel, 27, of Evansville.  He was present at the residence when Givens was located. Kissel had two active Vanderburgh County misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. Kissel was transported to the Vanderburgh County Jail where he is currently being held on bond.Arresting Officers: Trooper Mike Finney, Senior Trooper Mike Lehmkuhler and Detective Wes Kuykendall, Indiana State Police Earlier today Indiana State Police received information regarding the possible whereabouts of Darian Givens, 23, of Evansville.  Darian Givens, 23, of Evansville, is an escapee from a Vanderburgh County Work Release Facility. He was serving time for Dealing Methamphetamine. He failed to return to the facility on December 19, 2017. Givens had been paroled from Branchville Correctional Facility.last_img read more

SA wind power: not just a breeze

first_img14 July 2004South Africa has an abundance of wind resources, and – coupled with its vast tracts of open land and infrastructure – the potential to become a “wind powerhouse”.That’s the view of pioneers in the wind power revolution in South Africa, who say that in one province alone, wind has the potential to generate 10 times the official national wind energy estimates.There are currently two key pilot wind power projects in South Africa: at Klipheuwel and Darling, both in the Western Cape.The Western Cape’s winds are considered perfect for wind energy – prevailing winds are from two directions, and tend to blow during peak electricity consumption periods.Klipheuwel, funded by electricity parastatal Eskom at a cost of R42-million, is the biggest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a three-year experimental project that, at least initially, will only deliver enough power for 2 500 households.However, it is one of the options being considered by Eskom to provide widescale clean renewable energy in the future. “The real intention is to get as much diversification in our energy supplies as possible”, says Eskom CEO Thulani Gcabashe. “We already have nuclear and hydro-power, and [Klipheuwel] is one of the experimental projects.”The farm consists of three huge wind turbine towers, the biggest one being 60 metres high, with a blade length of 33 metres. It delivers 1.75 megawatts of electricity.The second wind power project is located further up the West Coast, at Darling – the country’s first commercial wind farm. Work at the project is currently on hold pending environmental impact approval.The Darling wind farm project has secured R70-million to build four wind turbines capable of producing 13.5 gigawatt-hours a year. According to the Sunday Times, the turbines are expected to be operational by mid-2005.One of Darling’s first “green power” clients will be the city of Cape Town. While the Western Cape consumes some 22 000 gigawatt-hours a year, half of this is consumed by the provincial capital.Although highly favoured by green lobbyists, wind power has its particular problems to overcome. It costs three to four times as much as coal-generated power. Experts say a thousand of Klipheuwel or Darling’s turbines would have to be built to replace the output of the Western Cape’s Koeberg nuclear stationHowever, Hermann Oelsner, pioneering electricity producer at the Darling wind farm and chairman of the Darling Independent Power Producer company, says wind energy’s “not just a breeze”: the West Coast alone has the potential to generate 10 000 megawatts of wind power.Eskom estimates that the practical usable wind resource on South Africa’s coasts is about 1 000 megawatts. And wind farms can be built relatively quickly – it takes only a year to build one with a capacity of 100 megawatts.Denmark is the wind power world leader, producing 18% of its energy requirements from the wind, with the added advantage of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 7%.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

US funding boost for Wits museum

first_imgWits University’s art museum will receivefunding to restore Ndebele cultural items.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) An artist’s impression of the interior ofthe Wits Art Museum once completed.(Image: City of Johannesburg)MEDIA CONTACTS• Julia CharltonCuratorWits Art Museum+27 11 717 1363RELATED ARTICLES• SA items in World Digital Library• Itlhabolole: beauty from waste• SA landscape display takes root in UK• Egypt reclaims its heritageBongani NkosiThe Wits Art Museum will receive funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to restore some of its treasured items, which, the academic institution says, are of national importance.Wits University announced on 18 November 2010 that the funds will be channelled towards conserving 25 beaded Ndebele aprons kept in its museum. In isiNdebele, the items are known as iiphephetu and date back to a period between 1920 and 1970.The value of the sponsorship has not yet been announced.The university said all the iiphephetu need “stabilisation, consolidation, cleaning and repair”, and a specialist conservator will be appointed to carry out the work.Iiphephetu were traditionally designed and made by Ndebele mothers or grandmothers when their daughters entered puberty. At this time the family performs an initiation ritual known as ukuthomba for the teenager, which signifies growth.The aprons are made from canvas and glass beads, with some also incorporating bits of wool and leather. “Each of the iiphephetu is unique, and displays significant invention and creativity within the parameters of this important cultural tradition,” said the university in a statement.The Wits Art Museum, currently undergoing a revamp, is one of 10 international projects that will benefit from the bank’s inaugural art conservation programme. The programme is meant to help restore artworks of cultural and historical value in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.It’s also designed to raise awareness about conserving such artworks so that they are “preserved, displayed and enjoyed by future generations”.The bank is known for providing much-needed funds for museums, including sponsorships and loans.Wits is delighted to be part of this programme, said its Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Prof Belinda Bozzoli.“By enabling this important conservation work to be undertaken, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is supporting the Wits Art Museum’s vision to contribute to a common sense of nationhood through art, by facilitating the preservation of diverse critical heritage material for the benefit of all,” she said.Exciting exhibitions in the pipeline The R68-million (US$9.8-million) restoration of the Wits Art Museum will be completed by the end of 2011. Bozzoli said the restored iiphephetu will be part of the range displayed for the public when the museum reopens.Previously known as Wits Art Galleries, the Wits Art Museum will officially reopen with a series of exhibitions targeting the university’s students and academic staff, as well as the general South African public and tourists.“Funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Programme will ensure that these vital artistic treasures can be conserved to the highest standards and enjoyed by the public for many more years to come,” said the bank’s Humphrey Borkum.“We are privileged to support the Wits Art Museum in restoring some of its most important artworks,” he added.While new technologies are used to make art conservation safer and more effective, this is costly to museums – and the American bank is aware of that, said its executive Rena De Sisto in a statement. “This is a propitious time to actively engage in preserving these treasures.”Sisto added that by helping to restore cultural art of different nations, they hope to “elevate awareness of cultural traditions around the world and inspire respect and interest across cultural boundaries”.last_img read more

South Africa works to stop load shedding

first_img19 May 2015The current load shedding incidents are receiving urgent attention with several steps being taken to address this, including the finalisation of the Integrated Energy Plan, says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.“I want to reassure South Africans that the load shedding which prevails is receiving our highest priority for urgent resolution. Partnerships have been established between [the] government, labour, business and civil society to find solutions to our problems, in keeping with the great spirit of our country,” she said.Delivering the Department of Energy’s budget vote this morning, the minister said the government’s urgent response to load shedding had accelerated the finalisation of the much-awaited Integrated Energy Plan.“Once approved by [the] Cabinet, the Integrated Energy Plan will be published as a policy document. This plan will inform our future energy mix and prioritise policy interventions for future programmes within the energy sector,” she told Parliament.Last month, the department announced a package of energy supply and demand options.“This will increase the independent power producer [IPP] energy supply to the grid by means of renewable energy, coal, gas and co-generation by 17 000 megawatts [MW] towards the end of 2022. An annual increase of 2 400MW of additional energy capacity will be added to the grid. Our current circumstances compel us to add a significant amount of electricity generation to the grid in a very short time.”Renewable energyShe said the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) had added to the energy supply capacity and electricity diversity in South Africa over a period of only three-and-a-half years.“Competitive energy prices have been achieved, with a distinct and meaningful possibility to make a real socio-economic difference in the communities where they are located.”Since 2011, the department had procured 5 243MW of renewable electricity in bid windows 1 to 4 and connected 37 projects, with a capacity of 1 827MW, to the national grid.On average, 15% of this energy was delivered to the power system during system peak periods, alleviating pressure on the power system.“The energy contribution should grow to approximately 7 000 gigawatt hours per annum with the first 47 renewable energy independent power producers fully operational and producing at full capacity by mid-2016.”Tariff decreasesThrough the competitive procurement approach, the average per kilowatt hour tariff, in April 2014 terms, for onshore wind had declined by 55% to an average of 62c per unit and for solar photovoltaic by 76% to 79c per unit, Joemat-Pettersson said.“This programme has secured a commitment of about R170-billion in capital investment to the South African economy. South Africans own an average of 48% in all [independent power producers], with black South Africans owning 28% of these projects.”The department had already submitted for concurrence to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa new determinations for an additional 6 300MW for the REIPPPP, as well as 1 800MW for co-generation. Co-generation supply of about 720MW had been secured through Eskom.“In addition, we have revised the approach in relation to the procurement of co- generation in line with the Integrated Resource Plan to assist with the current electricity challenges. The Request for Proposal for the revised co-generation approach, totalling 1 800MW is on track for release to the market.“The announcement of the preferred bidders is expected in the third quarter of 2015. The new approach will ensure that the approval process is expedited and financial close accelerated.”Request for proposalsThe REIPPPP Request for Proposals for an additional 1 800MW from existing bid submissions was on course for release to the market by June 2015. This bidding process would be open to all unsuccessful bidders from all previous bid windows which were ready for re-submission.Her department would also announce the appointment of additional preferred bidders from bid window 4 in early June.Projects under this programme had started to spend on their socio-economic development and enterprise development commitments, said the department.A spending pattern was unfolding, with most spending being allocated for education and skills development, health care, infrastructure, and social housing improvements, among others.The department is engaged in the re-design of the IPP Request for Proposals, paying particular attention to early, efficient and equitable benefits to communities, as well as to a greater local content approach that will strengthen industrialisation in South Africa.Coal-fired powerAdditionally, the minister said that the Request for Proposals in relation to new coal-fired generation was released to the market in December 2014 with the bid submission initially scheduled for June 2015. Given ongoing engagement with the market and the need to ensure a successful procurement phase with firm results, this period would be extended by about two months to the end of August.Preferred bidders for this programme would be announced before the end of the calendar year.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Asus May Be Joining The Edging-Away-From-Android-Wear Crowd

first_imgRelated Posts brian p rubin The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables Tags:#Android Wear#Asus#Asus VivoWatch#Asus ZenWatch#fitness#fitness tracker#Milan Design Week#VivoWatch#wearable tech#Zenwatch Asus debuted a new wearable device at Milan Design Week on Monday called the VivoWatch. While many of the specifics are still a little sketchy, a few details have filtered out via a post on Engadget—most notably its claims of a 10-day battery life.From what we can tell, the VivoWatch is a fitness-focused wearable, but it sure seems to share a lot of design DNA with Asus’s other wearable, the ZenWatch. But based on the images and video that have surfaced so far, the VivoWatch runs some other kind of operating system.See also: Hey, Samsung, LG And HTC—Shunning Android Wear Is A Huge MistakeThat’s One Big Battery LifePosts published by both Engadget and Italian tech site HDBlog (the latter of which also offers some up-close video with the device) provide a few definitive details about the VivoWatch. The aforementioned 10-day battery is by far one of the VivoWatch’s most notable features. (I contacted Asus for comment on these reports, but haven’t heard back.)There’s more. The VivoWatch will boast an optical heart rate monitor on the device’s rear, much like the Moto 360, G Watch R, Microsoft Band, and Apple Watch. Considering the janky heart rate monitoring offered by the ZenWatch (which involves holding two fingers on the device’s metal bezel, and which never seems to really work reliably), this looks like a big improvement.The VivoWatch will track a wearer’s steps and calories burned.It’ll also track a wearer’s activity—like calories burned and steps taken—as well as providing sleep tracking. For swimmers, or just us sweaty people, the VivoWatch will offer IP67 dust and waterproofing. Its touchscreen display rounds out the package.All told, the VivoWatch sounds like a great new fitness tracker. But it looks a whole lot like a smartwatch.Smartwatch LooksThe fact that the VivoWatch seems to share a design pedigree with the ZenWatch isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I own a ZenWatch, and while I’m not totally in love with it, I still think it’s the best looking Android Wear device released yet—not to mention one of the most affordable at only $199. The VivoWatch is a dead ringer for its Android Wear cousin, the ZenWatch.However, the ZenWatch just hasn’t been great when engaging in physical activity. It’s not huge, but it is a bit bulky. It clunks around when swinging my arms, and it gets pretty gross when I start to sweat. Seeing as how the VivoWatch looks simply like the ZenWatch’s little brother, I have to wonder why Asus decided to go with a slight variation on that design rather than going with something a bit sleeker.Asus ZenWatchMoreover, it’s a little funny that the VivoWatch doesn’t appear to run Android Wear, despite looking so similar to the Asus device that does. Asus boss Johnney Shih has said publicly that he wanted the ZenWatch’s successor to last longer and run on a “more simplified” operating system. That sure sounds a lot like the VivoWatch to me.As Milan Design Week continues, Asus will probably offer up more details about release date and price. But aside from those specifics, the VivoWatch raises broader questions about whether or not we’ll ever see an Android Wear follow-up from Asus, or if this is yet another Google hardware partner looking to carve its own software path.VivoWatch images screencapped from HDBlog on YouTube; ZenWatch image courtesy of Asuscenter_img You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi…last_img read more

The Intern’s vPro’s hand’s on experience (Finally!!)

first_imgI got to enjoy a hand’s on experience with vPro this morning, I got tired of just reading everything. Another intern, Nick Molina showed me some capabilities that I have only read in whitepapers and postings from vPro experts. I am not sure on how you like to learn, but one of the best ways for me to learn is to see the product in action. Plus I didn’t really understand it until it was put in front of me. Nick was able to show me different remote capabilities, how the server is able to power on and off the client computers, and how to read the hardware from the client computer through the server. He also showed me how you can apply filters to the network interface that would cut out any outside source (e.g. through the WLAN) that would put the client and/or server in harm. To be able to see this better you should see this YouTube video which shows the same thing as what I was learning from Nick. It’s a bit shorter than what I have experienced, but it gives you the same idea. Watching this, and after reading my blogs of course, it gives you a better understanding of what vPro can do. Intel vPro Technology integration w/Symantec Backup&Restore Chapter 4 should be coming soon. It will be on trusted environments. Stay tuned!! Understanding vPro: Chapter 1- What is it?Understanding vPro: Chapter 2-What is it used for/ why should I use itUnderstanding vPro: Chapter 3- Proactive Security- Does it have a tiny guard dog???last_img read more

10 of the best online resources for education (and many are free!)

first_imgCreativity and StorytellingZooBurstWith ZooBurst, storytellers can create online 3D pop-up books on PCs or tablets, which can be linked to or embedded on a web page. Authors/creators can find images and combine them with text to create narrative content. Augmented reality is a really neat touch – hold up printed out pages in front of a webcam and it’ll come alive in 3D.ComicLifeUsing digital photos found in libraries, online or taken in real-life, teachers and students can create comic pages to create high-impact and memorable stories with ComicLife. Children might be more easily persuaded to engage in material which is visually compelling, using their creativity and imagination to create their own narratives.PixtonWith the emergence of graphic novels as legitimate reading material, comics have become particularly interesting to educators, bridging the gap between learning and entertainment. With Pixton, teachers create classroom sites, which students join to use a step-by-step comic creator. They build their own visual stories, indulging their artistic and creative sides.StorybirdWith Storybird, teachers and students can create their own narratives through a free online social community, combining their own words with a library of unique curated art supplied by artists. These stories, which could be about any subject (such as science or history) can be shared or even printed for a fee.I Can PresentGreen-screen technology is not something you associate with teaching, but with I Can Present it’s possible to become broadcast journalists by creating and filming presentations in front of appropriate backgrounds uploaded using image files, combined with the use of a teleprompter. An interesting way to build speaking, listening and creative writing skills. To receive further resources and information like this, sign up to our Intel Education Newsletter Follow us on Twitter or FacebookDiscover more about how Intel is powering innovation in education The internet offers numerous online resources for education. However due to the vast array of tools available it can often be confusing for teachers, students and parents to decide which ones to use and which ones really assist in student learning. In order to help you out, and for our own interest, we asked our Intel Education Ambassadors to list their favourite ones.For a bit of background information, the majority of our Ambassadors are teachers themselves. They are also, to a greater or lesser degree, involved in deciding which technologies find their way into the classrooms of their schools and colleges. They therefore have first-hand experience of using these online tools and resources in the classroom and knowledge of which ones really engage their students.As the list did grow quite long, we’ve split them into those focused on collaboration and communication, and those on creativity and storytelling – though there’s naturally some crossover. Many of the resources are ideally suited to 2 in 1 devices, allowing as they do individual input through a traditional keyboard, and further collaboration and presentation in a tablet form.We hope you find them both useful and inspirational. Visit the Intel Education website for more thought-provoking content.center_img Collaboration and CommunicationToday’s MeetToday’s Meet is a tool which helps teachers generate real-time digital conversations about topics covered in the classroom through easy-to-create chat rooms. These are flexible enough to carry wider conversations between different classes and conduct other useful collaborative tasks.ScribblarScribblar allows the creation of online whiteboards encouraging collaboration between students and teachers. Multiple users can use the whiteboards for drawing, writing and downloading images on different devices such as mobiles, tablets and laptop PCs, communicating through messages or voice chat.CreatelyA business productivity tool that may also be useful for older students. Creately is a tool which allows users to create many different types of diagram, including mind maps and flowcharts. Teachers could also use it in subjects like Chemistry and Maths, such as the creation of Venn diagrams and other projects to share with students.Bubbl.usVisual aids such as mind maps and flowcharts can be useful in education, allowing students to learn visually – very effective in aiding memory and organising thoughts. Bubbl.us allows children and teachers to get stuck in with building these types of diagram in the cloud, which they can then share with others.SeesawSeesaw is a tool which allows students to create their own online journals or portfolios, allowing teachers to see their digital and physical work (captured through photography) all in one place. They can also add text and voice recordings to these which allow them to look back and develop an academic voice. Teachers can also share items with parents when required. last_img read more

How Should Data Drive Your Business? Find out with Web Analytics 2.0!

first_img , was the first to combine the power of qualitative and quantitative analysis into one cohesive approach.  Since its publication, digital marketing has become ever more social, we have an ever increasing number of ways in which we can collect qualitative feedback (online agile surveys, online usability testing, etc), there is an explosion of competitive intelligence available to us, and so much more power in the free/paid tools available to us. Those factors were the primary impetus in writing Measuring Economic Value forces us to identify the Macro & Micro Conversions, which in turn can’t be done without a deep analysis of Objective and Goals, and no value can be assigned without an understanding of business impact. , and we’re giving away a whole collection of the best marketing books, plus an iPad2!  To teach you more about the books we’ve selected to include in our Sweepstakes, we’ll be doing a series of blog posts that contain reviews of the books, as well as interviews with some of the brilliant authors who wrote them! Economic Value of your digital existence Web Analytics 2.0: The Art of Online Accountability and Science of Customer Centricity . We make very, very poor decisions about the value of our inbound marketing efforts because we measure the wrong things, or insufficient right things. One of the great marketing books included in our giveaway is HubSpot’s having a Web Analytics 2.0 Topics: Originally published Jun 14, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Who would benefit most from reading your book?  Why? ? My first book, for the chance to win — . Web Analytics: An Hour A Day The book simplifies a complex world and provides specific recommendations, for businesses of all types, on how to be more data-driven. What inspired you to write Web Analytics: An Hour A Day In each case I follow this basic framework: Why should you care? What should you care about? How to go about solving the problem. What would you say is the most important take-away from your book, and what makes it the most important? Marketing Library Sweepstakes You do this, and life as a “web person” will never be the same again. I promise. The book is deliberately written to be a non-technical; its primary aim is to help you adopt a specific mental model.  Anyone involved in digital marketing efforts will benefit from the book. Analysts will find its recommendations on valuable metrics, customized reports, key data sources, and advanced analytical techniques to be valuable. Designers and UI folks will benefit from the strategies outlined to make quantitative data actionable.  Marketers will benefit from specific guides on how to make email, social, paid search, SEO, etc. marketing efforts more accountable. Business owners will benefit from strategic concepts like measuring economic value, multi-channel attribution analysis, competitive intelligence analysis, etc. , and many more! Marketing Library Sweepstakes — .  His powerful argument for the importance of using data to transform your business takes the form of a simple guide to the best web analytics tools and methodologies. , by Avinash Kaushik.  In this book, Kaushik expands upon the lessons in getting optimal use out of web technologies which he presents in his bestselling book, There you have it, a guarantee from bestselling author Avinash Kaushik that reading this book will change your business for the better.  Enter our Web Analytics 2.0 Web Analytics 2.0 If there is only one thing I could pick, it would be the computation of We did a short Q&A with Kaushik to find out more about his book.  Here are the answers to a few of our questions, straight from the author himself! Data-Driven Marketing How do you use web analytics?  Is your business data-driven? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more