Lawmakers ponder making cocktails-to-go permanent

first_imgDES MOINES — A committee in the Iowa Senate has narrowly approved a plan to give Iowa restaurants and bars permanent permission to sell mixed drinks to go.Governor Reynolds ordered restaurants and bars to close on St. Patrick’s Day due to the pandemic, but she issued a proclamation on March 31st that allowed bars and restaurants with a liquor license to sell carry-out cocktails along with carry-out food.Senator Claire Celsi, a Democrat from Des Moines, said she’s “no prude,” but continuing this practice now that bars and restaurants have been allowed to reopen is unwise.“We’re setting a terrible example for our youth, just having a cocktail culture in this state,” Celsi said, “and it’s getting worse and worse and worse.”Another senator suggested it’ll be easier for someone to pass mixed drinks to minors, making some 21-year-olds the “hit of the parking lot.” Senator Craig Johnson, a Republican from Independence, said the proposal does NOT lift the state ban on consumption of alcohol in a public place.“These are sealed drinks,” Johnson said. “It’d be no different that what you would buy in a convenience store, one off the shelf.”The proposal also would let the state’s vineyards sell so-called growlers that hold up to 72 ounces of wine and it would create a new state permit for selling beer and spirits at charity events. This package of changes in Iowa’s alcohol laws cleared the Senate State Government Committee on an 8-7 vote late Friday night and is eligible for debate in the full senate.last_img read more

England players target team title in Spain

first_img British stroke play champion Sophie Lamb will team up with Georgia Price and Bel Wardle for the Nations Cup at the Spanish women’s championship. The team event will be played alongside the two stroke play qualifying rounds of the championship, at Sherry Golf, Jerez, from 1-5 March. Sophie Lamb, 19, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) is the 2016 British women’s stroke play champion, won the England Golf Women’s Order of Merit and helped England win the Women’s Home Internationals. This year she’s already had a top ten in the Harder Hall Invitational in Florida. (Image © Leaderboard Photography). Georgia Price, 23, (Bude and North Cornwall) was runner up on the 2016 England Golf Order of Merit after results including second place in the English stroke play and third in the British stroke play. She tied for the Royal Birkdale Scratch Cup and was second in the Liphook Scratch Cup. Bel Wardle, 17, (Prestbury, Cheshire) was runner up in the 2016 British girls’ championship and was eighth in the World junior girls’ championship. She tied with Georgia Price for the Royal Birkdale Scratch Trophy and was third on the England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit. 17 Feb 2017 England players target team title in Spain last_img read more

Extreme adventurers do SA proud

first_imgClinton Martinengo, Dave Glass, Andrew Porter and Steve Bradshaw, on their expedition to develop new big wall climbing routes in the Arctic Circle. Ram Barkai, Ryan Stramrood and Kieron Palframan took the first three places for the endurance events at the Russian Winter Swimming Championship. Veteran adventurer Kingsley Holgate and his team pose while they’re still clean.(Images: Nightjar Travel) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fiona McIntosh  Editor, Nightjar Travel  +27 82 556 4938 RELATED ARTICLES • Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports • World first for SA extreme swimmers • Chilling triumph for SA swimmers • Sibusiso Vilane’s trek to the top • SA sailor tackles Arctic seasErik Brits, courtesy of Nightjar TravelWith a populace diverse enough to be called the Rainbow Nation, it’s no surprise that ‘Proudly South African’ means different things to different folk. Rather than tangling up in arguments that mix vuvuzelas, braaivleis and Table Mountain, one could simply sit back and take pride in being a South African – and our local adventurers provided plenty of reason to be proud over the course of the last year.Online destination guide Nightjar Travel has selected the following nine expeditions as contenders for its Nightjar Adventurer 2013.  With listings ranging from tourist attractions, game and nature reserves, towns and cities, and a host of outdoor activities, Nightjar Travel covers almost 1 800 things to do and places to go to in South Africa – encouraging locals and visitors alike to get out there and explore the country.Chilling achievementsPicture the scene. It is -33 degrees Celsius outside, and the 25m pool of water that has been cut in the frozen lake is barely above freezing point. The previous swimmer did not wear goggles, and her eyelashes froze together, so that she had to be dragged from the pool to the sauna to thaw them and restore her vision. You look down at your speedo and your flip flops – the only items of clothing on your body – and brace yourself as you step out to swim a kilometre in the icy water. Ram Barkai, Ryan Stramrood and Kieron Palframan, who were specially invited to the Russian Winter Swimming Championship, did exactly that and then went on to take all three podium positions for the endurance swim.Speaking of cold, the South Pole Challenge in honour of the race to the geographic pole, is considered the toughest race on the planet. One of the six teams consisted of Peter van Kets and Braam Malherbe. They endured the planet’s most extreme weather for 25 days, and despite being pushed to the limit, spent the last week helping to carry the gear of another competitor who’d fractured his arm. Aiming highThen there were the four climbers, Clinton Martinengo, Dave Glass, Andrew Porter and Steve Bradshaw, who felt that taking on the treacherous waters of the Arctic Circle was not sufficiently adventurous in itself. They sailed more than 11 000km over four months, braving icebergs and polar bears, with the goal of finding and developing new big wall climbing routes.Kai Fitchen, still in his teens, decided to climb Mount Kenya, but wanted to remain carbon neutral. Thus, he hauled himself and all his gear on public transport and on foot, for the 14 000km round trip. Fortunately, this gave him time to engage with over 600 pupils along the way on the topic of environmental impact and preservation. Kingsley Holgate and his team covered 30 000km over terrain that tested their vehicles to the limit. They traversed the full length of the Great African Rift Valley, with frequent stops to distribute malaria nets, water purification and eyeglasses, and to hold educational sessions for malaria prevention.Alex Harris, Marco Broccardo and David Joyce dragged a 350km sled with all their provisions across the Empty Quarter, or Rub’ al Khali, in the Arabian Peninsula. This endless expanse of soft desert sand is one of the driest in the world, and is virtually uninhabited. Their unsupported 1 180km walk took them 40 days, and yet they kept their spirits high enough to appreciate the sunrise over the dunes in the mornings.No limits to local adventuring Not all of our adventurers ventured abroad for their extreme shenanigans. Chris Bertish decided to paddle his stand-up paddleboard from Cape Town to Lamberts Bay, situated up the west coast, north of the Mother City. Our coastline unleashed Neptune’s fury upon him, and he paddled most of the 323km into a headwind. Compared to this, going sunblind was a minor inconvenience.Neptune had plenty of fury to spare for Richard Kohler who wanted to put a 3 300km “smile” on the map, by paddling our coastline from border to border. Within days of setting off, he’d been bulldozed by a shark that took the rudder right off his surfski. Soon after, angry surf snapped his spare surfski in half, and even angrier surf packed him off to the physio. After all his expedition gear was stolen, he had to start from scratch, but this did not dissuade him. His second attempt went all the way, but not without its own close calls.Inspiringly for the normal people among us, not all adventurers are lifelong hardcore athletes. “Two fairly average guys in their mid-thirties” (their words) set out to satisfy an urge, a thirst for adventure, and were simply hoping to throw themselves fully into doing what they loved. In the process, Zack Buchan and Ross Walters found themselves at the forefront of adventure kiting, when they kitesurfed all the way from Ponta d’Ouro in the south of Mozambique to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.These expeditions all had enormous support, from patient relatives to sponsors who went the extra mile, and several managed to raise impressive funds for a variety of local charities. Simply put, their impact went far beyond mere footprints in the sand. Knowing what they have all achieved, it follows easily to feel inspired, motivated and proud. If this feeling is “Proudly South African”, then I like it.last_img read more

Mozilla’s First Peak Of Firefox OS Smartphones

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts dan rowinskicenter_img Mozilla is turning its dreams of a smartphone running its own custom-built mobile operating system into a reality. In conjunction with Geeksphone, Mozilla announced two developer preview mobile devices today, dubbed Peak and Keon. Running Mozilla’s Firefox OS, neither of the phones are much to look at from a hardware perspective and are designed to bring the Web back to the forefront of the mobile ecosystem. Top: Keon Bottom: PeakKeon is a low-range hardware option running a 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 3.5-inch screen, a 1580 mAh battery and a 3-megapixel camera. If that sounds basically like an iPhone 3G, well, it’s really close to one from a hardware perspective. Peak is slightly more powerful. It runs a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor with a 4.3-inch screen, 8-MP back and 2-MP front camera with a 1800 mAh battery. This phone would have been very happy at the top of the smartphone market… in 2011.Keon and Peak do not need to be powerful devices to serve Mozilla’s purposes. Foremost, these are developer preview phones designed to allow publishers to get a sense of how their Web apps will perform on Firefox OS. Second, and most importantly, the way that Firefox OS is designed means the phones do not need to be incredibly powerful to run the operating system or the apps that go with it.Beyond Native AppsFirefox OS is of the Web, for the Web. There is no such thing as a “native” app to Firefox OS. If an object exists as a web page, it can easily be turned into an app for Firefox OS by essentially turning it into a shortcut for the browser-based operating system to access. Instead of having to develop specifically for mobile platforms like iOS, Android or Windows Phone, the Web is the platform for Firefox OS. Mozilla’s plan for Firefox OS is to target emerging markets that are not already saturated with smartphones. Hence, do not expect Keon or Peak (or their equivalents when official consumer devices become ready likely later this year) to have a major market presence in the United States. Mozilla’s approach is evident by looking at the schedule for its Fire OS App Days developer tour. The events, designed to get developers building Web apps for Firefox OS, only had one stop in the U.S., in Mountain View on Jan. 19. The rest of the tour takes Firefox OS around the world to places like Bogota, Bangalore, Nairobi, Taipei, and Jakarta, as well as cities like Seoul and Rome. Mozilla’s next goals with Firefox OS are two-fold: get more developers on board to flesh out the Web app ecosystem and entice smartphone manufacturers to get on board to build and ship the devices. Those goals go hand in hand with each other as the more apps are built for Firefox OS, the more attractive it looks to manufacturers and vice versa. If you are a developer, you can build an app for Firefox OS by making some small changes to your website. You can then test the app by downloading the Aurora Marketplace onto your Android or using the browser-based Firefox OS Simulator. Developers – are you going to test out Firefox OS on Keon or Peak? Let us know in the comments.  Tags:#Firefox OS#HTML5#Mozilla The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

State looks at disaster management model

first_imgThe State government is looking to put in place a ₹140-crore disaster risk management tool with the help of the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to reduce the damage caused by floods, as recently witnessed in parts of western Maharashtra. The USTDA, an independent American think tank, has assessed the losses from floods in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to $2 billion (₹14,350 crore) within an area of 4,355 sq km in over a decade. Between 2005 and 2015, the USTDA had said in a preliminary report submitted to the government in August, that over 3,000 people have died in floods in the MMR while near 1,50,000 fell sick after flooding.The government has agreed to the preliminary report, which assesses the losses, and points to the lack of flood management in the region as a cause of concern. According to the report, vulnerable disaster-prone areas are not being identified, new infrastructure projects are not taken up with hazard levels in mind, among other loopholes in the system. The report recommends that the government implement a flood management and vulnerability risk framework through an integrated technology platform. A senior official of the State Relief and Rehabilitation Department said, “They (USTDA) are suggesting the platform collect and disseminate data, be applicable during and post disaster support while also devising a disaster vulnerability risk index.” A similar tool was designed earlier in Brazil and Thailand, on GIS-based flood maps and zoning for early warning and forecasts. The system has been implemented in the Thailand Chao Phraya River Basin where flood management was improved in 1,60,000 sq. km. A real-time decision support system provides short and medium-term flood forecasting, reducing the damaging impact of floods, officials said.The government has assessed the damage from the recent floods in Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara to add up to ₹6,813 crore, and has asked the Centre for assistance to pay compensation to the victims. The floods also invited criticism from experts who had questioned the government’s handling of the crisis and providing relief on time.A vulnerability index as part of the tool could include a measurement framework with key indicators and reliability assessment to respond to data quality issues. The index will comprise three key components: assessment of vulnerable zones, monitoring of flood impact and the undertaking of continuous assessment, said a senior official.last_img read more

Harden has 31, Rockets win again over Knicks

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ryan Anderson added 21 points for the Rockets. They won their eighth straight at Madison Square Garden, a streak that lasts so long that Mike D’Antoni was the Knicks’ coach last time they beat Houston at home, back on Jan. 26, 2009.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points for the Knicks, but Kristaps Porzingis was held to 19 as their three-game winning streak was snapped. Porzingis had scored 30 in five of the first six games, including a career-high 38 in a victory over Denver on Monday night, and came in third in the league with 29.3 per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Rockets arrived in New York struggling a bit, particularly from long range. Houston had been held below 30 percent from behind the arc already four times, including 28 percent in its loss to Philadelphia on Monday night, and hasn’t had a 40 percent night yet.D’Antoni said the Rockets’ data showed they were getting similar 3-point attempts as last season, when they set an NBA record for makes, but they just hadn’t been nearly as accurate. They finished at 36.5 percent Wednesday — but only after their subs cooled off to a 2-for-12 final quarter. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “There was no chance to get here and no use being on the bus for two hours for that,” he said.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Atlanta on Friday night.Knicks: Host Phoenix on Friday night. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSRockets: Houston scored 36 points in the second quarter and 40 in the third. … Clint Capela finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. … Eric Gordon had 17 points and Trevor Ariza 16.Knicks: The Knicks have three games remaining on a five-game homestand, their longest of the season.ONE-SIDED RIVALRYThe Rockets beat the Knicks for the 23rd time in the last 25 meetings. Houston has swept the series in 10 of the last 12 seasons.CHANGE OF PLANSThe Rockets decided to cancel their morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden because of the difficulty of getting to the arena from their hotel. They are staying in Battery Park, near where eight people were killed Tuesday when a man drove his truck onto a bike path, and the investigation was ongoing Wednesday morning. D’Antoni said they had the bus ready to take them and figured it wasn’t worth it.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) celebrates after making a three point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in New York. The Rockets won 119-97. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — James Harden had 31 points and nine assists, and the Houston Rockets had their 3-pointers falling again in a 119-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.Harden made six 3-pointers and the Rockets hit 19 to bounce back after two straight losses.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal beats Chung to guarantee ending the year as No. 1 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Cash for votes: Congress conspiring against Amar, says Mulayam

first_imgMulayam Singh Yadav said Amar Singh was the victim of a Congress conspiracy.Sensing trouble as the investigation into the cash-for-vote scam reached his party’s door, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday said the Congress was conspiring against his former general secretary Amar Singh and senior party leader Rewati Raman Singh.His party had “helped” the Congress get majority in the Lok Sabha by supporting it, but did not ask for any favours, including a berth in the Union cabinet, Yadav pointed out. The SP had supported the UPA government in 2009.Claiming that the Delhi Police’s decision to question Amar Singh and Rewati Raman Singh was an “injustice” to the leaders, he said the SP would help both the parties during the crisis. The Samajwadi Party chief, however, ruled out Amar Singh’s return to the party following his expulsion last year.Yadav also said the SP had no role in the July 2008 cash-for-vote scam. “It is an injustice being meted out to Amar Singh… It is a conspiracy to trouble Rewati Raman Singh and Amar Singh. He had helped the Congress during the 2008 confidence vote when the Samajwadi Party voted in favour of the UPA government. And now he is being targeted and questioned,” Yadav said at a press conference here.Amar Singh was questioned by the Delhi Police in the cash for votes scam.He added that the SP members were not involved in the bribing of BJP MPs. “We had only helped the Congress by voting in the government’s favour. Did we join the government? Did Amar Singh or Rewati Singh become ministers? Had money changed hands, I would have known about it. Both Amar Singh and Rewati Raman Singh have now landed into trouble for helping the Congress-led UPA government,” Yadav said.On whether Congress leaders like Ahmed Patel should also be questioned on the issue, he steered clear of a straight reply. “I don’t know,” he said.advertisementRewati Raman Singh will be questioned by the Delhi Police on Monday. Amar Singh has already been questioned for three hours on Friday.The SP chief also stepped up his attack on the Congress.Changing his earlier stand, he said the UPA’s rule was worse than the BJP-led NDA government’s tenure for Uttar Pradesh’s Muslims. “Whenever the BJP has ruled, the Muslims have not been exploited.Though it’s a fact that a couple of communal riots took place during the NDA’s rule, but the exploitation of Muslims has been much less,” Yadav said.However, he added: “The BJP has created some problems in the country. The Gujarat chief minister himself carried out the 2002 riots in the state since the party thought it was an opportune moment to target Muslims.” He said the BJP could not harm Muslims in UP as he was in power in the state. “But the Congress is arrogant. It is not concerned about our protests… But we will tackle it,” he said.The SP leader also asked Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh to merge his party with the SP. “We will contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections alone. Ajit Singh should forgive me for saying this, but his influence is restricted to three districts only. He would do better to merge his party with the SP,” Yadav said.Police nail ‘lie’Sanjeev SaxenaThe crime branch of the Delhi Police, which quizzed Amar Singh in connection with the cash-for-vote scam, claims it has evidence to nail the former SP leader’s lie. Amar had told the police on Friday he did not know the accused Sanjeev Saxena, believed to be an aide of Amar.The police said it has a copy of a letter Amar wrote a month before the trust vote in 2008 on his official Member of Parliament letterhead, requesting a college principal to admit Saxena’s son under the sports quota. “The document, addressed to the principal of Dayal Singh College, identifies Saxena as his secretary and requests his aide’s son Samarth be admitted to the B.Com course,” a source said.last_img read more