Bourda Street under rehabilitation

first_imgThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has embarked on a new project to rehabilitate Bourda Street, which has been in an execrable state for quite some time. As such, while some vendors believe that this is a good initiative, the views of others differ.Some of the works being undertaken at Bourda StreetThe works are being done in collaboration with the Public Infrastructure Ministry.A vendor, who requested to be anonymous, revealed that due to the works being done, there has been a significant reduction of customers in that particular area as they cannot access the street. In the past days, business has been ‘slow’ and sometimes, the produce is not being sold so she incurs a loss. She believes that they should’ve been advised not to sell in the area until the rehabilitation of the street is completed.Meanwhile, a number of other merchandisers expressed their satisfaction with the new asphalt street and stalls; and have given their full cooperation until this project is completed.This, they said, will be an improvement and the market will see more customers and sales in the future, as the appearance of the area will be much better than it was before. They also think that the infestation of rodents will also be eradicated.“Excellent. I believe they’re doing an excellent job and they need to continue what they’re doing. There will be new stalls and they will be doing it in concrete so we won’t be having rats and these things no more,” Alfred Mack related.For now, the entrances to the stalls have been moved to the western pavement and vendors were asked not to use their current stalls after these works are completed.Vendors were told by M&CC Town Clerk Royston King, that new stalls will be constructed as per the M&CC’s specifications, as it relates to the dimension of each stall.As a result, taxes will also be increased on the upgraded stalls, to improve the services and facilities such as water, lightS and security being offered.last_img read more

Hornaday unsuccessful in his return to Atlanta

first_img The new testing rules allow IndyCar Series teams a maximum of three private testing days. Teams with more than one entry – such as Andretti Green Racing, which has four – will be counted as a single entrant and limited to three test days. The new policy reduces the number of test days from 12 to eight, but gives teams the freedom to choose when and where they test. “By allowing our teams to test, we place the value of testing back in the hands of our teams,” said IRL presidet and chief operating officer Brian Barnhart. “The teams have the flexibility to choose when and where they test, which will help maintain the competitive balance of the IndyCar Series as well as allow them to contain the costs of racing by reducing the number of testing days we will have in 2006.” IndyCar Series entrants who also field Infiniti Pro Series entries can earn up to three extra testing days. For each car a team enters in the Infiniti Pro Series, a extra day of testing will be alotted to the IndyCar Series team. There will also be two open road course test days and one open oval test day. The road course days are March 1-6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the oval test day is June 22 at Richmond International Raceway. Honda and Toyota will be allowed a single day of manufacturing testing for full-time teams that use their engines. Honda Performance Development is based in Santa Clarita. The IndyCar Series season opens March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Associated Press reported that Team Penske, which fields cars for drivers Sam Hornish Jr. and Helio Castroneves, will switch engines in 2006. Team Penske will use Honda engines in place of the Toyota engines it has been using for the past two years. Honda and Toyota will be the only two engine manufacturers in the IndyCar Series in 2006. Toyota is leaving the IRL series after 2006, leaving Honda as the only engine manufacturer thereafter. Honda is committed to supllying engines to IRL teams until 2009. Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “At this point we have to have a good finish and score as many points as possible,” said Hornaday, driver of the No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc. “There may not be enough time to catch the leader, but we don’t want anyone catching us.” Kyle Busch won the Atlanta race, which ended with a multicar crash on the final lap. The Trucks are at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. They raced Friday night. Indy Racing League: The Indy Racing League will implement a new testing format starting Jan. 1, stressing flexibility in schedules and creating a way for single-car teams to test as much as multicar teams. In addition, teams with entries in the Infiniti Pro Series, the development league for the IndyCar Series, will have the oppotunity to add test days to their schedules. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday Jr. couldn’t find his winning touch again at Atlanta Moror Speedway. After winning his only race of 2005 at Atlanta in March, Hornaday returned last weekend and posted a 21st-place finish, fighting with a loose, poor-handling truck. “This was a tough day for the GM Goodwrench team,” said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champion from Palmdale, after the race. “We had high expectations coming to Atlanta. The truck was loose and it was hard to keep it on the bottom. The nose was floating and it was taking me up the track.” Despite the poor finish, Hornaday maintained his third-place standing in the Truck Series. With three races to go, Hornaday is 243 points behind Truck Series leader Ted Musgrave. last_img read more

A Rainbow World Cup journey

first_img15 June 2010Every four years, fans from around the world travel to the moving mecca of football, Fifa World Cup tournament. Some simply travel down the road, some from a neighbouring city – while others traverse the globe to see their team take part in the world’s biggest sporting event.On Sunday, 38 833 people congregated at Loftus Versveld stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria to watch Ghana and Serbia play in the host city’s opening match.Waiting patiently for the Metrorail train from Johannesburg’s Park Station (the main transport hub in the CBD) to the Loftus Stadium was Maxwell Valenkamp.“I heard that the train from Joburg to Pretoria was free on match days,” said Valenkamp. “A Brazilian at my backpackers told me, so I came. I really wasn’t expecting it to be this easy.”Valenkamp is a Dutch national whose mother is Ghanaian. “I really decided to get behind this the first African World Cup, if it was in Holland I wouldn’t get as involved – this is special for me.”As the train rolled out of Park Station, there were fans clad in every form of attire: Serbian flags draped over Bafana Bafana jerseys, Ghanaian flags painted on local faces – and everyone blowing their vuvuzelas.‘There is a sense of brotherhood’“South Africa is doing very well, totally contrary to the image that is often held in the foreign press,” said Valenkamp. “There is no tension, everybody is relaxed. I love it. The atmosphere before the match, everybody is friendly and the vibe is great. There is a sense of brotherhood.”The people aboard the train were not your everyday commuters, but rather the mixture you would expect from a World Cup crowd. “This tournament has brought people together,” said Valenkamp. “Like on this train, supporting Bafana. Supporting Africa and supporting the World Cup. I think this tournament will open a few eyes, it has broken borders and stereotypes.”Trains hold a special place in the national psyche of the South African people. The famous local anthem Shosholoza, which is synonymous with football in the country, depicts a steam train moving through the land.During apartheid, trains represented the breaking apart of people as they carried workers away from their families and communities. This train and its commuters showed how far the nation has come.‘Through this we learn a lot’“I have found moments like this really great,” said Valenkamp. “You get asked interesting questions, people want to know where you are from, and through this we learn a lot. You get to know people, their history, sharing stories, learning about their cultures.”The first Fifa World Cup in Africa means much to Valenkamp, whose roots are firmly established in the continent. “I was in Cape Town for the France vs Uruguay game, and the crowd gave standing ovations for players from African backgrounds. I was amazed by that. This is definitely the ‘Rainbow Nation’, in fact you could call this the ‘Rainbow World Cup’. It has that feel to it.”Valenkamp has spent much of his life in Ghana’s main city, Accra, visiting his family, and perhaps a bigger Black Star supporter than himself is his mother. “She can’t watch,” laughs Valenkamp. “It’s bad for her heart. She is so happy I am here watching Ghana live.”‘A confidence legacy’As the train moved past massive rail upgrades, construction sites and new stations, Valenkamp pointed out the legacy of a massive event like the Fifa World Cup.“It is cool to see this much improvement, but more than the infrastructure is a confidence legacy. For young people around the continent, this says something about Africa. We can be optimistic, we can make things happen, it gives people hope.”Valenkamp made his way from the station to the stadium. After an action-packed match he was rewarded with a Black Stars victory.“It is hard to describe what I am feeling right now,” he said. “I am so full of joy and happiness. The travel was worth it. It built the vibe. This sort of thing brings you closer.“You meet people, and that is what makes the memories, all these South Africans supporting my team, making it a home match, just amazing. This is the World Cup spirit.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Oracle OpenWorld: UnBreakable Linux / 5015.2 not on the horizon

first_imgfrom:  SpokesmanReview.comAfter ringing the closing NASDAQ bell on Wednesday at Oracle OpenWorld, Larry Ellison announced that Oracle would begin providing support for Red Hat Linux at half the cost of Red Hat’s Linux support package.  After that announcement, Red Hat stock dropped 16% and costumed Penguins started roaming the OpenWorld show floor.  Oracle Penguin Baby-on-Board-like car window signs were also scattered through the booths.  Oracle’s move to add Linux to their stack had been predicted for some time, but many expected that Ubuntu would be acquired.  The morning session at the OpenWorld show started out more lackluster.  John Wookey gave an update on Oracle’s application business.  Nothing really new.  Oracle reiterated their plan to continue support for the many newly acquired applications that are now part of the Oracle family. A parallel roadmap for all the products was given with no dates.  The Fusion project is on-going and SOA/BPEL provides a mechanism for all of Oracle applications to interact. Some have questioned whether Fusion is off-track and has turned out to be a much bigger task than expected — eWeek questioned why no Executive-level interviews were allowed during the conference, speculating that Oracle didn’t want to risk putting any attention on possible delays of the Fusion project.The highlight of the Oracle Applications presentation was a customer success story presented by Giovanni Contino from Ducati Motor Holding, an Italian motorcycle company.  He joked that a major deciding reason for why Ducati selected Oracle’s eBusiness suite was because both Ducati and Oracle use the same shade of red in their logos.The follow-up keynote by Sun’s CEO Jonathan Schwartz was much more interesting.  Schwartz pledged to announce Open Source Java within the next 60 to 90 days.  Open Source Java is expected to be released under the OSI license (Open Source Initiative). Schwartz also touted the 6-million-license mark for downloads of Sun’s Open Source Solaris.  He emphasized Sun’s drive towards delivering more power-efficient eco-friendly hardware solutions (“Good for your business/Good for the Planet”).Schwartz also had video footage of Sun’s mobile data center Project BlackBox which crams the computing gear of a data center into an 8 foot by 8 foot by 20 foot standard shipping container box.  The containers can withstand a shock of nine times the force of gravity.  For $3000 the box can be shipped almost anywhere in the US to provide computing power whereever and whenever it is needed.  Plug in the electricity, water for cooling, and internet connection, and you are set to go.   Vendor exhibits sprawled throughout San Francisco’s Convention Moscone West and South Convention buildings.  Oracle seemed to be well represented with many booths across all their technologies and applications, and given the proximity to Oracle headquarters, the Oracle booths were filled with Oracle developers and product managers eager to explain products at any level.I tracked down the Content DB group to check the status from them.  Surprisingly they didn’t seem to be positioned as prominently as they were at OpenWorld 2005.  One product that was missing from their representation was RM.  There was no Records Management DB booth. I was disappointed to learn that Oracle had removed their name from the waiting list to be certified for 5015.2 compliance.  I was told that on review of the Oracle RM implementation that there were some problems that were discovered and they blamed the 5015.2 spec as being a little vague in its specification/definition.  They said that most of the requests they are getting now for RM standards are related to European MoReq rather than 5015.2, so Oracle is now focusing on MoReq.  There were no dates for when Oracle might again sign up for 5015.2 compliance.  It looks like Microsoft has the lead on them for 5015.2 certification now.last_img read more

NLEX taps Tony Mitchell as import for PBA Commissioner’s Cup

first_imgThe Road Warriors hope the 27-year-old Mitchell will be able to turn their fortunes around after they wound up with the second-worst record in the Commissioner’s Cup last season.NLEX is also coming off a ninth-place finish in the 2019 Philippine Cup after losing to Alaska in a playoff for the last quarterfinals slot.The Road Warriors said Mitchell is currently playing in the Taiwan Super Basketball League and will be in the Philippines soon once his campaign ends.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Tony Mitchell. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—NLEX on Tuesday announced highly-athletic forward Tony Mitchell will be its reinforcement for the Commissioner’s Cup next month.Mitchell had seen action in the PBA before with Purefoods in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘Unbelievable journey’: Bucks advance for 1st time in 18 years, face Celtics in 2nd round DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The 6-foot-8 Mitchell, who played 21 games for the Detroit Pistons during the 2013-14 NBA Season, led the Hotshots to a 6-2 record before being replaced by Ricardo Ratliffe.See you soon, Tony. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFormer @DetroitPistons player Tony Mitchell will be suiting up for us in the 2019 #PBA Commissioner’s Cup. He is currently playing in the Taiwan Super Basketball League and will make his way to the Philippines soon! #ArangkadaNLEX— NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) April 23, 2019 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Nearly 100,000 Prescriptions Filled Under Public-Private Pharmacy Programme

first_imgMinister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is hailing the success of the Public-Private Sector Pharmacy Partner Programme, under which nearly 100,000 prescriptions have already been processed.The Minister said the Government is satisfied that the programme is working and that the public is being served in an efficient manner where “the benefits are tremendous.”“Gone are the days when people would have to wait for a long time and the National Health Fund (NHF) must be commended. The real benefits for us are the benefits to the people,” he added.Dr. Tufton was delivering the main address at the launch of the programme at the Camdex Pharmacy in Green Island, Hanover, recently.Under the programme, piloted by the NHF in 2016, private sector pharmacies fill prescriptions for public sector patients, in an attempt to reduce waiting time at facilities at public hospitals and clinics.“The purpose of this programme when it was conceptualised and developed, was very simple. We needed to find a quicker and easier way for patients to get their medication. Patients were waiting too long…we used to hear about two and three-hour waits,” Dr. Tufton noted.He said that the decision was taken to select pharmacies for the programme based on where the needs existed and also in terms of proximity to a hospital.“We felt that it was an obligation we had in public health…to demonstrate our commitment to providing a service with compassion and empathy in recognition that people, who go to the doctor, are sick, and need to be provided with service as quickly as possible,” he added.The Minister noted that while patients are asked to pay a small fee to offset processing costs, the feedback from patients is that they do not mind paying for the convenience of faster access to their medication.Pharmacies in Kingston, Clarendon, St. James, and Hanover have so far partnered with the Ministry, through the NHF, on the initiative.last_img read more