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Manitoba volunteers go to war against Red River flooding
Manitoba volunteers go to war against Red River flooding

Monday, April 6, 2009

Over 1,600 volunteers registered to help build approximately 65,000 of the 500,000 sandbags to create dikes 20.5 feet (6.2 meters) high to protect the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba in the war against the Red River of the North flood.

700 volunteers answered at the rural municipality of St. Andrews alone. Once sandbags are filled for West St. Paul, St. Andrews, and Selkirk, then frozen culverts must be cleared.

The height of the river is expected to be Thursday, and predictions are that it will be less than Flood of the Century of 1997. There is no precipitation in the forecast, and snow in the province should be melted by the end of the week.

“The fear right now is we have to get that ice out of the river. The Amphibex [Excavators] are still working and breaking the ice apart, and everyday we buy with the warm weather and the current, it is thinning the ice down a bit, so when it does start to move, the better chance it’ll move right out into the lake,” said Paul Guyder, the emergency coordinator for the RMs of St. Andrews and St. Clements.

“I feel that we’ve done everything humanly possible to get ready,” said Gary Doer, Premier of Manitoba, “But … there are fallibilities with human behaviour. We can take every preventative measure as human beings possible and we can still get Mother Nature proving again she is superior.”

Communities with ring diking will partially or fully close their dikes at the beginning of the week. Provincial officials are considering opening the Red River Floodway gates around mid-week before ice is fully melted.

Ice jams could cause flooding within the city, however opening the gates could spare neighbourhood flooding when the river rises to the estimated 6.3 meters (20.7 feet) height. The province does have back up plans for dealing with ice jams within the city if they do occur. The unpredictability of ice jams and the ensuing water level rise may cause neighbourhood flooding. The city is raising dikes where the river has jammed with ice in the past such as on tight curves and past bridges. Likewise there are excavators and backhoes positioned at these points.

Vulnerable neighbourhoods on the river banks have been reinforced with sandbag dikes at vulnerable areas from the massive volunteer effort over the weekend. Guyader feels no more extra volunteers are needed, however volunteers are still being asked to leave their names and number in case of unpredicted need. Existing personnel will assess roads, and help with clean up.

Approximately 400 of the 800 people who evacuated the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation have returned to their homes.

Former Premier, Dufferin Roblin, brought forward the floodway as a protection for Winnipeg residents and economy following the 1950 Red River Flood. The Red River floodway, “Duff’s Ditch” was finally finished in 1968, and its floodway gates have been opened 20 times saving Winnipeg from an estimated CA$10 billion in damages. The floodway expansion began in 2005 at a price of $665 million.

Polish and Chinese experts have come to survey the Red River Floodway, and Dennis Walaker, mayor of Fargo, North Dakota recognises the need for Red River flood defences down river. “Every town that you drive by from the Canadian line up to Winnipeg is either elevated or ring-diked,” said Walaker.

Chinese animator Te Wei dies at age 95
Chinese animator Te Wei dies at age 95

Friday, February 5, 2010

Chinese animator Te Wei has died at the age of 95 in Shanghai.

The cause of death was announced as respiratory failure. Wei was known for his traditional style of art.

Born in 1915 as Sheng Song, Wei was classed as one of the founders of Chinese animation. He worked in animation for several decades and won several awards for his work. He has the credit of being the only Chinese artist to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Animated Film Association.

During the Cultural Revolution of China, Wei was not permitted to carry on with his work.

One of his best works was the short animated film The Conceited General in 1956. Other notable works include Where is Mama, The Cowboy’s Flute and Feeling from Mountain and Water.

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Professional Social Media Marketing Company An Insight


Simon Johanson

Businesses houses have nowadays become keener to maintain their online presence. Not only concerned about their web page rankings, but also business houses look forth to ways of promoting the business via web. The massive popularity of the social networking sites in the last couple of years has been a boon in disguise in this regard. Since, there are innumerable members registered with these websites, the business houses seek to drive their attention to their own websites, through a set of promotional activities. But, it is not an easy process, whereby every visitor or member will be appealed. Here comes the role of a social media marketing company. The social media marketing companies have professionals who develop various social media marketing strategies and implement the same across the most popular social networking sites, with the aim to promote their clients business and create brand awareness.

With each passing day, the concept of Social Media Optimization has gained popularity and today, it is considered as an essential part of ORM or online reputation management and Search Engine Reputation Management. Thus, a social media marketing company does not limit its service to brand promotion and web marketing, rather their approach moves beyond. They are recognizing the right network within the web, formulating strategies, leading a goal-centric approach and re-formulating and planning according to the changing trend as per the consumer’s look out.

There are certain factors that form the cornerstone of a successful social media marketing agency. The first and foremost criterion is that all the departments of the company must be in sync to each other. Generally, a Social Media Marketing Company includes administrative, marketing, technical department along with a Client Support wing. Each of these departments has specific role to play and proper co-ordination decides the success quotient of the firm.

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When we talk about the administrative department of a social media marketing company then it must be noted that this is the decision making department. This department includes all the social media optimization executives who take up the charge of putting things in place for the clients. All the promotional activities and website optimization activities are maneuvered from here. Through thorough analysis and using the latest technical tools, this department seeks to boost the client webpage in terms of ranking as well as promoting it in the social networking forums.

The marketing department in a social media company USA handles the clients, suggest them the ideas, and intimate them about the agencys service. To be precise, the marketing department is somewhat a lifeline of a social media marketing agency. The marketing department works hand in hand with the administrative department.

The technical department of a social media company USA handles the clients website development. This department includes website programmers and designers. Since webpage ranking and promotion is also dependent on the right coding and appealing visual display, this department forms the integral part of the agency.

Communication holds key for an organization. The clients endowing the responsibility on particular social media marketing company looks to track the progress made. Hence they opt for feedback from the service provider. The support wing of the social media marketing agency intimates the client about the development made and hence is the medium of connection between the agency and the client.

Social Media Marketing is no more an alien concept and to facilitate business firms with proper benefits, a professional social media company USA is necessary. With the popularity of the social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and more, the scope of reaching the league of consumers have widened to the extreme. And proper methods of promotions will help create a proper brand identity in the best possible way.

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Billy West, voice of Ren and Stimpy, Futurama, on the rough start that shaped his life
Billy West, voice of Ren and Stimpy, Futurama, on the rough start that shaped his life
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Ren and Stimpy. Bugs Bunny. Philip J. Fry and Professor Hubert Farnsworth on Futurama. Sparx. Bi-Polar Bear. Popeye the Sailor Man. Woody Woodpecker. You may not think you have ever heard Billy West, but chances are on a television program, a movie, a commercial, or as Howard Stern’s voice guru in the 1990’s, you have heard him. West’s talent for creating personalities by twisting his voice has made him one of a handful of voice actors—Hank Azaria and the late Mel Blanc come to mind—who have achieved celebrity for their talent. Indeed, West is one of the few voice actors who can impersonate Blanc in his prime, including characterizations of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and other characters from Warner Bros. cartoons.

What is the fulcrum in Mr. West’s life that led him to realize a talent to shape personalities with his voice, and how did the discovery of that gift shape him? Wikinews reporter David Shankbone found that like many great comedians, West faced more sour early in life than he did sweet. The sour came from a physically and emotionally abusive alcoholic father (“I could tell you the kind of night I was going to have from the sound of the key in the door or the way the car pulled up.”), to his own problems with drug and alcohol use (“There is a point that you can reach in your life where you don’t want to live, but you haven’t made the decision to die.”).

I’m telling you stuff that I never said to anybody…

If sin, suffering and redemption feel like the stages of an endless cycle of American existence, West’s own redemption from his brutalized childhood is what helped shape his gift. He performed little bits to cheer up his cowed mother, ravaged by the fact she could not stop her husband’s abuse of young West. “I was the whipping boy and she would just be reduced to tears a lot of times, and I would come in and say stuff, and I would put out little bits just to pull her out of it.”

But West has also enjoyed the sweet. His career blossomed as his talent for creating entire histories behind fictional characters and creatures simply by exploring nuance in his voice landed him at the top of his craft. You may never again be able to forget that behind the voice of your favorite character, there is often an extraordinary life.

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with renowned voice actor Billy West, who for the first time publicly talks about the horrors he faced in his childhood; his misguided search for answers in anger, drugs and alcohol; and the peace he has achieved as one of America’s most recognizable voice actors.


  • 1 The use of celebrities for voiceovers
  • 2 Iconic characters and choosing projects
  • 3 Discovering his talent
  • 4 “It was a horror chamber where I grew up”
  • 5 West moves to Boston after his parents divorce
  • 6 How West dealt with his father’s abuse
  • 7 Rehabilitation and sobriety
  • 8 Is West glad he experienced addiction?
  • 9 West on his career
  • 10 West on politics
  • 11 Billy West on modern American society
  • 12 Billy West on telling it like it is
  • 13 Source
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Apple plans another special event
Apple plans another special event

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Within one month of the iPod nano and iTunes phone special event, Apple Computer announced today another special event to be held on October 12. It is to be held at the California Theater in downtown San Jose, California.

The invitation reads, “One more thing…”, the teasing tagline of Steve Jobs. The words were atop a picture of closed theater curtains.

Recently Apple has been gaining rights to sell music videos from record labels. This has increased rumors of a video iPod(vPod) along with this event. AppleInsider is claiming that there are sources that have seen the new iPod. Alongside this rumor, AppleInsider claims to have seen a wireless device similar to Apple’s Airport Express that supports video.

Other rumors for this event include a major iTunes Music Store update and a Macintosh with a Intel processor.

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Spelbound declared winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010
Spelbound declared winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

An acrobatic group known by the name of Spelbound has been declared as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, a televised variety talent show competition broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. As the winning act of the show, Spelbound have won £100,000 (US$144,580, €120,313, A$175,079) and a place at The Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala evening that is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family.

In no particular order, the top three acts were revealed to be two dancers known by their stage name of Twist and Pulse, gymnastic group Spelbound and Kieran Gaffney, whose act involves playing on the drum kit. After Kieran Gaffney was revealed to be in third place, Anthony McPartlin, who hosts Britain’s Got Talent with Declan Donnelly, said to Kieran: “Well done Kieran. Kieran, you’re a star, you came back, you got all the way to the final. I know you’ve loved this. You’ve loved this, haven’t you?” In response to this, Kieran Gaffney stated: “Thank you very much. Thank you, everyone for supporting me. Thank you.”

Shortly afterwards, on the episode that was broadcast live on ITV1 on Saturday, Anthony announced: “After tens of thousands of auditons, five semi-finals and an amazing final, this…this is it. One of you is about to walk away with £100,000 and a place at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 is…Spelbound!” Glen Murphy from Twist and Pulse commented about finishing in second place, stating: “Yeah, it’s amazing. I can’t even believe it. I can’t believe it at all.”

Alex Uttley, a 24-year-old member of Spelbound, commented on the gymnastic group’s victory, commenting: “Oh, my god. This is unbelieveable. We just want to say thank you to everyone out there. It just shows that all our hard work has paid off.” One of the coaches of Spelbound, named Neil Griffiths, stated about Spelbound: “Oh, they’ve worked so hard over the last few weeks. Um, since the semi-final, we…we really had to pull out the stops to try and up the game. They’ve not known they’ve worked in the gym from six in the morning till twelve…twelve o’clock of the night. I couldn’t have asked for more. Um, it’s a team of coaches. I don’t take all the credit myself. There’s, uh, two people up there that know who they are who’ve been fantastic.”

Spelbound consists of 24-year-old Alex Uttley, Nicholas Illingworth, aged 24, Adam Buckingham, aged 21, 20-year-old Adam McAssey, 19-year-old Douglas Fordyce, 18-year-old Edward Upcott, 18-year-old Leighanne Cowler, 17-year-old Katie Axten, 17-year-old Lauren Kemp, 15-year-old Jonathan Stranks, Abigail Ralph, aged 15, 13-year-old Hollianne Wood and Amy Mackenzie, aged 12. Bookmakers had previously predicted that Spelbound would be the most likely act to become the winner of the series.

The running order for the final started with Twist and Pulse. The second act to perform was Liam McNally, a 14-year-old singer. The running order subsequently continued with 40-year-old impressionist Paul Burling, singer Christopher Stone, aged 28, Tina & Chandi, a woman and dog dancing act, Connected, a five-piece singing group, Kieran Gaffney, aged 12, 22-year-old Tobias Mead, a dancer, 80-year-old singer Janey Cutler and Spelbound in that particular order.

Earlier on in the final, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has stated to Spelbound: “We are hosting the 2012 Olympics and I think ‘what a brilliant opening act’.” Fellow judge Piers Morgan also commented that “[t]he purpose of this show is to identify hidden great British talent. You are that act.” After Spelbound won in the final, another judge, named Simon Cowell, stated that “the right boys and girls won on the night” and that he could “only say on live TV that that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Seriously.”

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Experts: obesity is a bigger threat than AIDS or bird flu
Experts: obesity is a bigger threat than AIDS or bird flu

Friday, September 8, 2006

From September 3 to 8, experts gathered at the 10th International Congress on Obesity in Sydney, Australia, to discuss what they call the worldwide “obesity epidemic”. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 billion people in the world today are overweight, and 300 million of those are obese. “Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for serious diet-related chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer“, a WHO fact sheet states. According to AP, experts at the conference “have warned that obesity is a bigger threat than AIDS or bird flu, and will easily overwhelm the world’s health care systems if urgent action is not taken”.

Of particular concern is the large number of overweight children. Dr. Stephan Rossner from Sweden’s Karolinska University Hospital, a leading obesity expert who was present at the conference, has warned that as a result of the increasing number of overweight children, “we will have, within a decade or two, a number of young people who are on kidney dialysis. There will not be organs for everybody”. UK-based International Obesity Task Force has said that junk food manufacturers target children, for example, through Internet advertising, chat rooms, text messages, and “advergames” on websites. Politicians are not doing enough to address the problem of obesity, including childhood obesity, the experts said.

According to Wikipedia, examples of junk food include, but are not limited to: hamburgers, pizza, candy, soda, and salty foods like potato chips and french fries. A well-known piece of junk food is the Big Mac. The US version of just one Big Mac burger contains 48% of calories from fat, 47% US Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of fat, 52% RDA of saturated fat, 26% RDA of cholesterol, 42% RDA of sodium, and little nutritional value. It also has 18% of calories from protein. According to WHO, most people need only about 5% calories from protein. Staples such as rice, corn, baked potatoes, pinto beans, as well as fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, oranges, and strawberries, provide more than this required amount of protein without the unhealthy amounts of fats or sodium, without cholesterol, and with plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Both WHO and the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define overweight in adults as a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or above, and obese as a BMI of 30 or above. To combat overweight and obesity, WHO recommends that, among other things, people should be taking the following steps

  • eating more fruit and vegetables, as well as nuts and whole grains;
  • engaging in daily moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes;
  • cutting the amount of fatty, sugary foods in the diet;
  • moving from saturated animal-based fats to unsaturated vegetable-oil based fats.
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Watering The Lawn For Its Best Care

Watering the Lawn for its Best Care



Many individuals might want to have a perfect lawn in their homes. Though we all know that there are several factors that needs to be considered in order to have a perfect lawn like the fertility level, climate, seeds been used, chemicals been applied etc. This piece of writing will let the readers to get to know that water is an important aspect that makes the lawn to flourish in the best mode and manner. Water level has to be monitored and controlled with serious attention. Excessive water supply and less supply of water- both will cause serious sort of circumstances. An individual has to make sure that whether he is making use of portable or movable sprinklers, stable amount of water supply needs to be supplied to the particular plant. Some plants require more water, on the other hand some plants require less water. It is not at all difficult t measure how much water is required by the plant.

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An individual simply set up a manual can and notice the water level in that tank. There are various types to water the lawn. Coming towards the turf irrigation system, this irrigation system sprinkle the water at 360 degree angle or a 65 degree angle. Various zones are been connected to this irrigation clock so that the individual may know which angle he or she should go for! Secondly, we have an oscillating sprinkler; in normally cover up large size areas of the lawns. It sprinkles water in a rectangular pattern. It has been noticed that it takes more time to water the plants as compared to the other sprinklers. A rotary sprinkler works in a circular pattern. It is usually used for small and medium size lawns. The manual sprinklers take a lot of time as compared to these sprinklers.The best and better time to water your lawn is in between 5:00 am and 10:00 am. These days, a systematic way is been using up and this approach waters the plants at the pre determined times.

Even the individuals are making use of manual system, there are programmable timers been installed that makes this task done instantly. Hence, we can say that water plays an important part in the life plants. Without water, they would not be able to survive and individuals will ultimately get fail to get a perfect lawn for themselves. Experts have recommended that if individuals do not want to spend huge sum of money on their lawns and want to make their lawns alive in less cost, then watering is hence the most cheapest option for them. Sprinkling the water on time, required amount been supplied to them, these steps will slowly and gradually make a lawn to bloom up in a short span of time. Best and finest care can only be taken if there is no negligence. Single negligence in this activity might take your lawn to face serious diseases and problems in the near future.


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