C-K council declares climate emergency

first_imgBelieving there’s a need to take the next step to mitigate the impacts of flooding and erosion, Chatham-Kent councillors unanimously approved a climate emergency motion Monday night.South Kent Coun. Trevor Thompson entered the motion, which follows up on similar declarations made by other jurisdictions across Canada.The aim of the motion is to provide a lens through which strategies and policies can be viewed, so staff can work quickly to identify target areas to reduce individual and collective environmental impacts.Thompson called it important to send a message that action is needed, adding he found the recent shoreline study public meetings in Erieau to be an eye-opening experience.“It was no longer about ‘Save my house.’ I heard that a lot prior to the meetings,” he said. “It became ‘Save our community. Save our tax base. Save our tax dollars. Save my business. Save our tourism. Address our infrastructure issues.’”Staff will also work internally and engage with stakeholders and the community to prepare recommendations for cost-effective initiatives to address the issue ahead of next year’s budget deliberations.“How do we build better? How do we plan better? How do we become more resilient in our communities?” Thompson said.High water levels have been seen in recent years on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, with erosion impacting properties and resulting in local road closures.Other cities that have declared a climate emergency include Ottawa, Hamilton, London and, most recently, Sarnia.The motion passed 17-0 to the applause of the crowd in council chambers.Earlier in the evening, there was a presentation by consultant Peter Zuzek, who is involved in the ongoing shoreline study, as well as community supporters of the climate emergency motion.West Kent Coun. Melissa Harrigan called the motion an opportunity for councillors to become further educated on the subject.She said everyone is impacted by climate change and stressed that any solutions wouldn’t be a short-term fix.“It’s about the long-term sustainability of this community,” she said.East Kent Coun. Steve Pinsonneault agreed the municipality needs to move forward.“I think we need to start somewhere,” he said, “and this is as good a spot as any.”North Kent Coun. Joe Faas also called it crucial to highlight the impact of the provincial government’s cuts to conservation authorities.“We need to get our provincial counterparts on board here,” he [email protected] Twitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

Top 5 Dining Choices for Solo-Travelers

first_imgShare This!For the well-versed Disney traveler, it’s common knowledge that meals and snacks are also considered attractions by many Disneyphiles. In fact, one of the biggest part of the Disney vacation planning is determining when your 180 day window opens to start making dining reservations. Food is a big deal, and Walt Disney World has so many options, it’s difficult to choose!Dining at Walt Disney World can be tricky and usually involves making reservations six months in advance in order to secure a spot at your favorite restaurant. As a solo traveler this is less important since reservations for one are easier to come by. If you travel in peak times, however, you’ll still want to make a reservation at those popular dining locations.I like to be adventurous and take advantage of some great spots that offer a unique setting for those dining alone. Here are my top five dining options for solo-travelers:Jiko – The Cooking Place in Animal Kingdom LodgeJiko is a signature dining restaurant by Disney standards, which means dining here can cost you 2 table service credits if you’re using the Disney Dining Plan, and also means the menu prices might be a bit steeper than other general table service restaurants around the resort. Don’t let this deter you though, you can easily dine here on a budget. Focusing on the appetizers and creating your own tapas-style dining experience can really help you save some cash, if needed. Jiko features an inventive menu of African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine that offer a change a pace from traditional menus, but aren’t so spicy or bizarre to alienate a less adventurous palate. Jiko also boasts one of the most extensive wine provisions in Florida, so if you like a glass or two, this is the place for you!Besides the amazing food, one of the reasons I list Jiko as a top five dining experience for solo-travelers is the Cooking Place – the actual bar top where you can request to be seated to watch the chefs cook and prepare meals for your fellow diners. This is a great way to engage in conversation with some remarkable cast members and maybe even pick up a cooking tip or two!Enjoy this signature restaurant and conversations with the chefs.Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood StudiosHollywood Brown Derby is, in my opinion, the best restaurant located in a theme park, even topping the contenders over in Epcot. This is my pick for solo-travelers looking for a bit more of classier lunch. Brown Derby has quickly earned a place in my heart and become one of my “must-dos” when at Hollywood Studios. It’s also a signature restaurant, which means that its menu, even for lunch, can add up. My no-brainer order is always the Margarita Flight, the entrée portion of the famous chopped Cobb Salad, and a slice of Grapefruit cake. A filling and decadent meal, that doesn’t dent the wallet too severely.Citricos in the Grand Floridian ResortCitricos is another of Disney’s signature dining options offering American fare with a Mediterranean flair. It has an open kitchen which is great to watch chefs as they slice, dice, flambé, and sauté, or plan ahead and make reservations for the Chef’s Domain. It’s so entertaining and engaging that you don’t need a dining partner to enjoy this atmosphere. The wait staff is also impeccable and knowledgeable, they are happy to make your dining dreams come true and offer recommendations. Besides the open kitchen and show provided by the chefs, one of the reasons I list Citrico’s as a top five for solo diners is that you never feel rushed. Sit, enjoy your meal, chat with your server, indulge in a dessert; it’s your vacation and you deserve to savor it.California Grill in the Contemporary ResortCalifornia Grill is another Disney signature restaurant that offers traditional food with a California twist. This usually results in fresh, vibrant plates filled with food that is both comforting and adventurous. California Grill has some of the best sushi plates I’ve tasted anywhere, and the flatbreads are creative and filling. A solo-traveler can easily make a meal of just these two items and leave California Grill feeling both full and satisfied without the sticker shock that sometimes comes with signature dining.One reason California Grill ranks among the top five for solo-travelers is the famous view, of course. While looking over the Magic Kingdom all aglow, it’s easy to dine alone and not feel awkward. You can also enjoy the observation deck during the Wishes fireworks display, or ask to sit closer to the bar area to watch the bartenders prepare exotic cocktails or chefs whip up culinary delights.LoungesMost signature restaurants offer an adjacent lounge. These locations offer a limited, but no less tasty menu of dining choices, some not even available in the main dining room. Since these locations also do not take advanced dining reservations, if you time things right, you can just walk-up and find a small table or a seat at the bar. Here are a few of my favorite lounges.Crew Cup Lounge – in the Yacht Club ResortTerritory Lounge – in the Wilderness Lodge Resort, next to Artist PointTune In Lounge – in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, next to the 50’s Prime Time CafeMizner’s Lounge – in the Grand Floridian ResortTrader Sam’s – in the Polynesian ResortTutto Gusto – in the Italy Pavilion at EpcotThese are my top fives for solo-travelers, what are some of your favorite dining spots when you travel to Walt Disney World on your own?last_img read more

Predictions for IT Consumption – Reflections From 2014

first_imgThese insights represented a clear call to action. While IT perceives its role as being critical to the enterprise, the fact is lines of business are gaining more influence over technology matters. Leading me to the tenth insight: It’s time to wake up. IT must act proactively now or risk losing value to the business in the end. As part of the tenth insight, researchers stated collaboration, value creation, and innovation will be the drivers of IT success in the future. I couldn’t agree more.Forbes just published a two-part interview series surrounding cloud technology in 2020, and it largely reiterated the call to action in last year’s study. “We’re talking about creating a digital culture that has a digital DNA. That means helping people understand the difference between right-brain and left-brain functions. It means understanding where design and creativity come into play, and how we can use our products and services to create new experiences and new outcomes for our customers.”As we move towards the promise of 2020, it’s imperative that IT leaders start thinking differently and challenging the status quo. The cloud is here to stay, so how are you going to distinguish your strategy from others? If the enterprise as a whole is to evolve into an entity designed for digital, CIOs need to be embracing differentiators and encouraging the business to collaborate on tech-driven growth. The true value creation will come from fostering a company culture that embraces the future of the digital world.For the full study, please read “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models: Top 10 Insights.” For a closer look at the statistics, check out this presentation by Manjula Talreja, VP of global cloud practice for CCS. And to continue the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #ITCenter to stay connected.Chris PetersFind Chris on LinkedInOpens in a new window.Start a conversation with Chris on TwitterOpens in a new window.See previous content from Chris. In the eyes of IT decision makers, cloud is good.Cloud is here … and growing.Emerging markets: A greenfield for cloud-driven innovation.Satisfaction with cloud providers is high, but so are expectations.IT wants to feel safe in the cloud.There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach.IT views itself as being front and center……but lines of business are gaining IT influence.A renewal of business-IT partnership.A wake-up call for IT. In the year 2000, 200 million devices were connected to the internet on a global scale. Today, there are approximately 10 billion connected devices. By 2020, it’s estimated we’ll see 50 billion devices connected worldwide. And at the heart of that connectivity lies the cloud.In 2013, Cisco Consulting Services (CCS) partnered with Intel to explore the powerful changes affecting IT consumption at all stages. The “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models” study surveyed 4,226 IT leaders in 18 different industries across nine key developing and emerging economies. As cloud technology has proliferated the enterprise, organizations are being challenged with a fundamental shift in the IT consumption lifecycle. So what will the IT organization of the future look like, and what will its leaders have to do to be successful in that environment? Here were the top 10 insights, with my takeaways in bold:last_img read more

Ind vs WI: Bravo puts Windies on pedestal

first_imgDarren Bravo scored a massive century even as Indian bowlers continued to toil on the second day of the third Test at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. Score | PhotosClearly the curator Sudhir Naik would have kept Sachin Tendulkar’s elusive 100th international ton in mind while designing the pitch. Unfortunately, he wouldn’t have thought that the same pitch would end up tormenting the India bowlers even as West Indies batsmen piled on run aplenty. At the end of the innings they were sitting pretty on 575/9.West Indies started the day on 267/2 with Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo in the middle. The two bat with confidence to counter India skipper MS Dhoni’s plans for an early dismissal.Like the Day 1, Dhoni again utilised a spinner, Pragyan Ojha, and pacer, Varun Aaron, in tandem to unsettle the batsmen. However, the two stayed frim as the Windies score went past 300 runs.Eventually Dhoni’s plan did work as paceman Ishant Sharma, who too was being utilised in tandem with a spinner, got the better of Kirk Edwards when the WI score was 314. Edwards failed to read Ishant’s line and an edge off his bat was nicely taken by Dhoni behind the stumps and the man departed after posting a fine 86. He and Bravo put on 164 runs for the third wicket.Soon Bravo was past his century. A four off R Ashwin saw him reach his third century in Tests. His second came during the Eden Test match, where he put up a brave front when the Windies were following on.advertisementAt lunch West Indies were 378/3 with Bravo (105) and Kieran Powell (38) at the crease.The second session saw the Windies score venture past the 400-run mark as Bravo and Powell continued to bat on at ease. Soon Powell was past his half-century, becoming the third WI batsman to score a half-century in the innings.India skipper MS Dhoni brought in Sachin Tendulkar into the attack, but it was left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who eventually broke the Bravo-Powell 160-run partnership minutes before tea. Ojha’s turner that was pitched outside off gained in speed and took the edge of his bat and skipper Dhoni took a neat catch behind the stumps. He fell for 81 and West Indies lost their fourth wicket on 474.At tea the West Indies score was an impressive 494/4 with Bravo (156) and Marlon Samuels at the crease.The third session proved a lot better for the hosts for five wicket fell in it, but it wasn’t without some impressive bowling by 22-year old Varun Aaron, billed as India’s fastest pacer.The man accounted to the prized wicket of Bravo, which also was his maiden Test wicket. A length ball that kept low took the edge of Bravo’s bat to land in the safe gloves of Dhoni. Bravo departed after posting a massive 166 runs on board puntuating his innings with 17 fours. West Indies lost their fifth wicket on 524.In his next over Aaron struck again to despatch Carlton Baugh cheaply as West Indies lost their sixth wicket on the same total. But he wasn’t finished as he came around to get rid of opposition skipper Darren Sammy and West Indies lost their seventh wicket on 540.Tail-ender Ravi Rampaul didn’t last long and fell to a R Ashwin turner at in the final overs of the day.Samuels, who was way past his half century and was looking ahead for a big total fell to Ashwin on 61 as West Indies closed the day on 575/9.last_img read more