Don’t drink untreated surface water. When fishing, catch-and-release is the safest practice. If you do eat your catch, clean any fish you catch thoroughly if you see algae blooms. Before eating, remove the internal organs, which may contain harmful algae toxins. Avoid areas of scum when boating and clean your boat thoroughly.WHAT: Toxic Algae Advisory for Black LakeNo swimming, no pets, no fishing advisedWHEN: Effective ImmediatelyWHERE: The health advisory is in effect for all of Black LakeKenneydell Park is located at 6745 Fairview Road SW in Olympia, 98512Public boat launch is located at 7107 Fairview Road SW in Olympia, 98512For more information about toxic algae blooms and other water quality information, visit the Thurston County Environmental Health web pages at www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/swimming/swimming_index.html. Keep pets and livestock out of waters with algae blooms. Facebook57Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston CountyA blue-green algae bloom in Black Lake has recently produced enough toxin to prompt a swimming advisory for the lake that is now in effect. Swimming or water-skiing in water with algae toxins or drinking it can lead to serious illness, so people and pets are advised to stay out of the water at Black Lake, and anglers are reminded that the safest bet in algae-prone waters is to catch and release.Water samples taken from Black Lake on July 29 found the algae toxin Microcystin at 162 micrograms per liter of water—well above the state standard of 6 micrograms per liter for recreational water use. Microcystin can cause liver poisoning in people and animals. Symptoms, which include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting in humans and death in animals, can take hours or days to appear.“We know this comes when recreational use of the lake is at its highest point of year. Anglers, boaters, water-skiers and swimmers are all using the lake right now,” said Art Starry, Director of the county’s Environmental Health Division. “Our advice to folks is to stay out of the lake and not take the chance of getting sick. It is especially important to keep small children and pets out of the water.”Warning signs will be posted at public access points, including Kenneydell Park, the public boat launch and the community docks across from Black Lake Grocery. The lake will be monitored weekly until the algae bloom is over and the advisory can be lifted.While not all algae blooms are toxic, some algae can produce toxins that can harm the nervous system, the liver, the skin, and the stomach and intestines. Experts from the county’s Environmental Health Division recommend a few simple tips to help prevent illness from algae:Avoid swimming, wading, wind surfing and water-skiing in waters where algae blooms are present.
Right when the roundballers thought the season was a foot, the City of Nelson tossed a monkey wrench into the mix by closing the fields for two weeks.Barry Turner of the City of Nelson informed the Regional District of Central Kootenay booking officials Friday of his decision to give the soccer pitches rest.“The fields will be close for two weeks, Monday through Friday,” said a RDCK spokesperson. “Fields will re-open during the weekend, Saturday and Sunday.”Soccer players, young and old, have been running in quicksand for the start of the 2011 season.A colder than normal spring, plagued by days of rain and inclement weather, put the growing season back weeks. The result left Lakeside Soccer Pitches in rough shape, especially following the opening weekend of the year May 7-8 when close to 20 female rep teams participated in the Terry Walgren Memorial Rep Soccer Tournament.Those games, combined with the start of adult leagues and the Nelson Youth Soccer Rep and House programs, put an awful lot of stress on the pitches.The closure, however, does not affect the Lakeside Ball Diamonds, where the Nelson Slopitch League continues to function nightly.Nelson Youth Soccer holds games and practices during the week at Lakeside. The association also runs games Saturday.Nelson City Soccer follows most nights with adult rec leagues.The closure affects 900-plus youth players and more than 200 adult players.
NOTES: The winning owner is William Koch of Woodland Hills (Little red Feather Racing or RM Racing). Today’s on track attendance was 38,647. EDDIE TRUMAN, GRAND YODELER, SECOND: “I was hoping she had it there at the end. We were solid, even opened up some and I was just hoping we could hang on. I think six and a half is maybe pushing it a little but it’s the first time we’ve run her so hey . . .“I hope she can move forward off of this but even if she stays here, I’d be happy.” RAFAEL BEJARANO, JENNA’S FAITH, SIXTH: “My horse broke pretty sharp from the gate and I let her go. I didn’t even send my horse. I let her go a half-length behind the five (Bad Ju Ju). The other horse (second-place Grand Yodeler) was chasing me. I was really comfortable in the race. I’m really disappointed in the way she stopped. She had been training much better in the morning.” JOCKEY QUOTES PHILIP D’AMATO, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “She did what she did last time, only this time with a jockey on her back. Tyler got her out there, swung her wide and she just launched. It was vindication for the last race. I think the longer, the better with this filly. She has a lot of upside to her. I didn’t know if we were going to get there. I know from training her that she gets stronger as the race gets longer. She was picking up steam and we nailed her at the very end. OWNER BILLY KOCH, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “We told Tyler there was a lot of speed and I was a little worried they weren’t going that fast. I saw they posted up 22.1 and I knew we had a lot of horse. He made one move where he went in between horses, right here as they turned for home, and I was like, ‘I know we have run.’ Once he got her in the clear, she just took off and came after that horse. She’s not the biggest filly in the world by any means, but she has such a big heart and she tries so hard and she has so much ability. That was what was so disappointing about the last race. When she dropped the rider at the start, she’s so smart; she galloped out 10 lengths, turned around and came back to the winner’s circle like she won the race.“I’m so lucky to have a trainer like Phil D’Amato and partners like we have in this filly. They are fantastic. I get so much joy out of watching them, I don’t think about me.“For a partnership that is trying to grow and bring new people into the sport, anytime you can have a race like this on a big day, it really draws attention to you. It’s all about winning, let’s be honest. When you win a race like this, it absolutely helps. We want to grow the sport. We want more people to come into the game and experience it and realize you don’t have to be Kaleem Shah to have a huge day. This is a massive day for us for a filly with a really, really bright future.” TRAINER QUOTES TYLER BAZE, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “She kind of got lost out there. She was out there by herself and was so wide she almost didn’t see that horse to her inside. I angled her in and let her drift in pretty good. She got down and really took off that last hundred yards. I hit her twice and she really had a burst.“I watched her last race, when she stumbled and Martin (Garcia) fell off. I watched her race at Los Alamitos and I’ve worked her a couple of times in the morning. I just wanted to be patient today. There was a ton of speed in the race and I didn’t know how she would take dirt in her face but really after the first eighth of a mile it didn’t bother her. It was just a matter of pulling the trigger at the right time; she’s really a nice filly.” -30-
The beautiful and talented Bo Derek was on hand at Santa Anita Park this past Saturday when she watched the Grade I Vanity Mile from the Winner’s Circle and presented the trophy to Hall of Fame trainer, Richard Mandella and his champion mare, Beholder.Derek was featured in ‘celebrity sightings’ in this week’s edition of US Weekly, a national publication read by millions that captures everything celebrity, pop culture and newsworthy going on in the entertainment business.Via US Weekly
13 September 2013Phase 1A of the government’s multi-billion rand Cornubia development north of Durban was launched on Friday, with eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo announcing that 482 housing units were ready for occupation.The units consist of two bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen and ablution facilities – a far cry from the usual one-bedroom RDP starter homes.Speaking to the media during a tour of the completed houses, Nxumalo said phase 1A had cost close to R100-million for the houses and related infrastructure.He said phase 1B was due to begin before the end of this year. This phase will yield an additional 2 221 housing units at an additional cost of R500-million. The uptake on the business development had reached 80 percent, he said, and construction was under way.Initially a joint venture between the eThekwini Metro Municipality and Tongaat Hulett, the Cornubia development has since been adopted by the Cabinet as a national priority project, bringing all spheres of government in as official partners in the development.Cornubia is a mixed-use, mixed-income, 1 200-hectare development, with 80 hectares earmarked for industrial development and the rest for commercial, housing and other social and public facilities, including schools, creches, clinics, multi-purpose halls, police stations and post offices.It is strategically located between Durban’s wealthier Mt Edgecombe and Umhlanga areas and disadvantaged areas north of the city such as Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, Phoenix, Ottawa and Waterloo.Situated some 15 kilometres south of the new King Shaka International Airport, Cornubia will see 23 000 new homes being built over the next 10 years, 15 000 for subsidised housing and the balance for a wide range of affordability levels.“The first 250 people are already allocated houses,” Nxumalo said on Friday. “We expect all new owners to move in by November/December this year – depending on the finalisation of connecting the new housing units to the electrical grid and water reticulation system. We expect these to be completed by October.”eThekwini head of human settlements and infrastructure, Nigel Gumede, said the city’s priority was to resettle people who were currently in transit camps.However, he added: “We want the new owners to treat these housing units as their homes, not as an informal settlement. We will ensure that the right people are allocated houses and monitor compliance. Thereafter, no one is allowed to sublet or sell the housing unit, as it belongs to the government.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
22+ years experience in Embedded Hardware & Solutions, with 13 years at Arrow spanning multiple roles. Scott has a BSME degree from San Diego State University. He is based in Houston, Texas. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Successful Connected Product LifecycleBefore embarking on a full-fledge proof of concept effort to build connected products, it is crucial to consider the business outcomes desired from the initiative. For example, an electric utility might consider connected products as an enabler of a broad smart grid initiative. Similarly, an industrial machine builder may build connected products to improve the performance of specific assets on the factory floor. A healthcare provider might look at connected devices as a mechanism to increase patient health monitoring for preventive prescriptions. Once business outcomes and the use cases are clearly defined, it is easier to evaluate technologies and ecosystems best suited for these outcomes. Equally important is an articulation of how the business envisions, the connected product will be used by stakeholders and customers. Use case definitions and scenarios are very effective at identifying the various feature-sets and functionalities that the product needs to fulfill. Once the business outcomes and use-cases are developed, the organization can make tradeoffs associated with building a minimum viable product. Figure 2: Lifecycle of Connected Products Should Lead with Business OutcomesBuilding the minimum viable product as a proof-of-concept is the next step and requires deciding on technology platforms and cloud interactions. Hardware decisions regarding the right components and systems that can facilitate rapid development occur in this phase. Getting access to the right expertise and solution ecosystem is paramount at this stage. Incorporating security across all levels of the product and throughout the product lifecycle is one of the most important aspects for consideration. If security is not thought through with enough expert help, the product will be vulnerable at later stages of deployment and can become a massive liability for the provider and customer. Once the technology design, platform choice and security layers of the application are all solidified into an acceptable proof of concept, scaling the solution with robust production and deployment processes gains prominence. Approaches for cloud-based management and monitoring of connected products should be defined and developed. Zero-touch provisioning, data collection for analysis and remote optimization of field devices are important considerations at this stage.A successful product lifecycle for connected products incorporates three fundamental aspects – device hardware lifecycle that involves silicon level choices, product lifecycle that involves software and firmware choices and a data lifecycle that focuses on managing the data collected from provisioning to optimization. Arrow and Microsoft Partner to Offer Complete Lifecycle Services for Connected Products Arrow Electronics and Microsoft have partnered to bring to market a comprehensive suite of solutions to accelerate the development of connected products. Businesses looking to increase the probability of the connected project success while ensuring robust scalability will benefit from this collaboration. Benefits of the partnership for connected product developers include:Access to a rich partner eco-system that bridges the Operational Technology/Information Technology (OT/IT) divideDeploy scalable solutions across the globeBuild proof-of-concept (POC) designs fast with fully integrated solutions and kitsCreate customized products easily with Arrow design and integration servicesManage the entire product lifecycle from concept to end-of-lifeFor more information, contact Arrow Electronics at [email protected] Arrow also offers a one-hour free consultation on connected devices implementation.Watch the on-demand webinar: The New Product Lifecycle – Strategies for successfully building and managing a thriving connected product Follow the Puck Connected products are changing the business landscape and transforming entire industries. The ability to create integrated digital connections, from the edge all the way to the cloud is enabling new business models that capitalize on novel value-added services, and simultaneously open new modes for humans to interact with machines. While the promise and potential of digital connectivity is enormous, it requires skilled resources and new technology-based innovation for any organization to undergo a transformation.The ChallengeFor the typical business stakeholder, the business cycle is fraught with challenges. Commoditization due to hyper-competition and price pressures are the leading factors that impact hardware product profitability. In addition, increased expectations from customers for new features at marginal prices further strain traditional businesses. Concurrently new entrants threaten incumbents with disruptive innovations that can alter key competitive dimensions and increase the need for shortened time-to-market schedules. The SolutionConnected product initiatives aim to overcome these challenges while modernizing product portfolios.For effective impact, connected products need to be functionally interactive, self-aware and resilient. In addition, products need mechanisms for self-healing when problems occur. Connectivity should also enable data collection, pattern recognition, and ultimately predictive functions to foresee problems and facilitate preventive actions. Such a product concept requires product designers and technology architects to envision products as a series of layers. The figure below lays out a reference architecture that fulfills the aspirations of a typical connected product. Implementation of such architecture requires domain-wide expertise and experience. Many customer projects fail due to the lack of these two crucial elements. Arrow and its portfolio of eco-system partners recognize these challenges and have conceived a solution portfolio to help organizations eliminate failure while developing connected products.Figure 1: Multi-Tier Architecture of Connected Products (Source: Gartner)Watch the on-demand webinar: The New Product Lifecycle – strategies for successfully building and managing a thriving connected product Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Scott ChmielMicrosoft Business Development Manager at Arrow Electronics
PBA IMAGESTNT blew a big lead before holding off Meralco, 113-107, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jayson Castro made crucial defensive plays down the stretch to help the KaTropa preserve their fifth victory in eight games.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Arellano brushes off San Beda for second PVL win The 31-year-old Castro finished with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks while TNT import Glen Rice Jr. had 32 points and 11 rebounds.TNT lost a 21-point lead it built in the second quarter as Meralco pulled to within two, 78-76, at the 3:41 mark of the third quarter.The Bolts, however, couldn’t get over the hump as they suffered just their second loss in seven stints and slipped to third place.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Castro had two blocks late, including a risky rejection on Jared Dillinger’s 3-point attempt that kept the Bolts, who were just down by four, 109-105, during that point, at bay.“This [close] game was expected because we’re playing against probably the Best Import of the conference,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, referring to Meralco’s Allen Durham.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Our players were up to the challenge, Kelly (Williams), Mo (Tautuaa) and I think Ranidel (de Ocampo) for a while so it took us a team effort to make it hard for him on the offensive end,” he added.Durham, the reigning Governors’ Cup Best Import, still came away with 39 points and 24 rebounds despite the KaTropa’s defensive schemes. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments
MTV’s Jersey Shore and world renowned DJ Pauly D has joined the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts through a PSA for animals affected by the storm and to raise awareness about how the public can help.Pauly D Supports ASPCA Sandy Appeal“I am thrilled to be working with the ASPCA,” said Pauly D. “I have loved animals my entire life, so it’s nice to be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves. So many lives have been devastated by this storm, including those of pets, and it’s comforting to know that people have a place to take their animals for temporary shelter until they can get back on their feet.”Video: DJ Pauly D Teams up with ASPCA to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts!Hurricane Sandy left hundreds of pets and their families in need of resources, and the ASPCA hopes to raise awareness with the help of Pauly D. Given his extensive fan base, both the ASPCA and Pauly D hope that this collaborative effort will prove beneficial in helping animal victims and their owners in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.The ASPCA has been in Sandy-affected areas since the storm and established a temporary boarding facility to care for pets while their owners get back on their feet. The ASPCA was also instrumental in rescuing and reuniting animals with their families, as well as distributing critical supplies and providing veterinary care to hundreds of affected animals.To date, the ASPCA assisted: More than 250 animals via animal wellness mobile clinic by providing free veterinary care services; Nearly 150 displaced pets who need sheltering until their owners can get back on their feet; More than 300 animals rescued (animals directly removed, treated or handled by ASPCA staff); and More than 16,000 animals to provide pet supplies including crates, pet food, cat litter, leashes and other goods pet owners throughout the region.For more information on how to help Sandy victims, visit www.aspca.org/sandy.