Monday, December 29, 2008

Google Street View - 102nd and Lexington

102nd and Lexington New York City
Here's why I love this Google Street View so much. First a nice steep hill with mexican laundry.Lavanderia - roll down to the corner of E. 103rd to the the teens on bikes and then hang a right under the cool shade of the trees. Continue till you find the wall mural for animals and turn right again onto 3rd avenue. Continue straight till you hit 102nd and one more right. Check out the street parking (its the cop shop of course)and then when you hit lexington one more time you will have toured 1 square NYC block
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

My Lucky Nigerian Christmas

From: Mr Mike Martins
Managing Director
Zenith Bank of Nigeria

Attention: Beneficiary

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract inheritance file presently on my desk, and I found out that you have not received your payment due to yourlack of co-operation and not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in respect to your contract /inheritance payment.

Secondly, you are hereby advice to stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment immediately. After the board meeting held at our headquarters, we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem, and as you may know, we have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER in Europe, America and Asia Pacific, which is then instruction given by our president, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar Adua (GCFR)Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This card center will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum is ($1000.00) One Thousand Us Dollars per transaction. So, if you like to receive your fund this way, $300 usd for you to withdraw for a day and each transaction is $1000 usd minimum which you have to withdraw $1000 usd for one working day also be informed that the total amount in the SWIFT ATM CARD is $14.6 million usd.

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Your Address where you want the payment center to send your ATM CARD:
(3) Phone And Fax Number:
(4) Age and Occupation:
(5) Your Nearest International Air Port in your City of residence:

Below you will find my contact details:

Name: Mr. Mike Martins
Phone: +234-805-228-4232

We shall be expecting to receive your information you have stop any further communication with anybody or office. On this regards, do not hesitate to contact me for more details and direction, and also please do update me with any new development.
Thanks for your co-operation.

Best Regards,
Mr Mike Martins
Remittance Manager
Zenith Bank of javascript:void(0)Nigeria

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Google Street View Melbourne Australia

Another great Google street view I found of this grafittied van in Melbourne Australia. These are addictive maps

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Canada's Conservative Senatorial Appointments

Meet Chief Patrick Brazeau Canada's newest National Indigenous Senator, also known as the brazman. The Self titled head of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples for off reserve 'stand alone Aboriginal persons' and appointed by Steve Harper with unqualified support of Canadian unity and in opposition to a coalition Government.

Pat likes to refer to himself as a National Chief and can now add the Honourable Senator as another feather in his cap.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Vale INCO Letter - These are Difficult Times

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past number of weeks we have updated you on how the global economic crisis is affecting us at Vale Inco. We have responded to the situation by implementing several immediate, aggressive measures to secure the long term viability of the Company. To date, these actions have included a hiring freeze, reductions in discretionary spending and scaling back high cost, low margin production.

Unfortunately, it has become increasingly clear that more is required for us to operate competitively and efficiently in this fiscal climate, without compromising our long-term growth potential. With these objectives in mind we have taken a comprehensive look at all elements of our business. Based on that assessment, today we are announcing the following measures:

As a means of reducing our workforce, we are offering a voluntary retirement program to eligible staff employees. Further reductions will come through efficiencies in corporate functions – largely among our contract, temporary, casual and probationary employees. Corporate functions include the following departments: Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Corporate Affairs, Strategic Planning, Procurement, Legal, Security, Sustainability and Marketing.

Employees affected by today’s announcement are being contacted individually by their direct managers. We will be offering transitional support including financial and career counseling – and will do everything we can to ensure all concerned are treated with empathy and respect.

From a production standpoint, we are suspending operations for a minimum of one year at our Copper Cliff South Mine in Sudbury, Ontario and moving it into care and maintenance mode. The Sudbury leadership team will be speaking to employees today and in the days and weeks ahead. They will be working closely with employees, unions, and our supply and service providers at the mine as this process unfolds and will continue to provide updates as details become available.

We are also suspending the US$814 million Copper Cliff Deep Project in Sudbury for a period of 12 months. These measures follow previously announced reductions in production at PT Inco in Indonesia and a slower than expected ramp-up of operations at Goro Nickel in New Caledonia.

Production at our Voisey’s Bay mine and mill in Newfoundland and Labrador will be reduced by a one-month production shutdown in July 2009. Employees there will be asked to take their annual vacation during this period. Regularly scheduled 2009 maintenance shutdowns in Ontario (Spring/Summer) and Manitoba (August) will proceed as planned.

We are continuing to study whether other measures are necessary to adapt our production profile to market conditions.

These kinds of decisions are never easy and we certainly don’t take them lightly. Unfortunately, they are necessary. Today’s announcement speaks to uncertainties in the near future – but no one can predict how the markets will shift in 2009. Having said that, the analyst community is expressing faith in the future of the minerals and metals market — and the long-term fundamentals of our Company remain solid. We will continue to monitor the evolving global economic situation and inform you of any additional measures that may be required.

We appreciate that it’s hard to stay focused in such a challenging environment, but we must continue providing the quality of service our clients expect and we consistently deliver. Most importantly, we remind you to be particularly attentive to workplace safety and not be distracted from your own safety or that of your colleagues.

The Vale Inco leadership, including your own Manager, is available as always to answer any questions you may have and to discuss individual situations. These are difficult times, but we are confident that with your commitment and professionalism we will come through this economic slowdown and realize our long-term goals. We thank you for all your support.


The Management Committee

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sudbury Featured in CBC's One Million Acts of Green

Check out the mini doc on Sudbury's Regreening efforts at CBC's 1 Million Acts of Green Portal

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Houston plans for entire sustainable block

Building on the liveable street movement, Houston Texas is moving forward on the 'urban city block' as an ideal frame for sustainable development

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

1980's Ski Sudbury Photograph by Alfred boyd

It's that time of the season to consider some healthy outdoor activities - like skiing in Sudbury!
This fantastic photo is from local Alfred Boyd and was a hit postcard in Sudbury in the 1980's.
It reappeared in the local Sudbury Transit advertising space a s Sudbury Public Library heritage photo tour that turned the inside ad space of the Cambrian College bus into a photo retrospective. Cool

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CBC Newsworld to feature My Green Sudbury segment

Hi Folks:

It is Cathy Orlando , a Climate Project volunteer Sudbury. I hope all is well with you. I have exciting news for Sudbury and Climate Change. The airing of the three minute mini-documentary, My Green Sudbury, on CBC television's Newsworld will air this Monday morning at approximately 6:38 am and 8:38 am.

I blogged on the GreenNexxus - One Million Acts of Green Website about how Sudbury's regreening inspires me to believe that we will overcome climate change. A TV producer liked it and sent a film crew to my house, interviewed me and I toured them around Sudbury to show them My Green Sudbury. After five hours of hanging out together, they left with the footage. I have not seen the any of the footage let alone any of the edited versions including the final version.

It is not an original story. It is a Canadian success story. It is our story. I have retold the story of Sudbury's healing journey during many of my TCP presentations. I was told numerous times that it is one the best parts of my Sudbury version of the TCP presentation.

I hope that people feel inspired.

Merry Christmas and merci, miigwech and thank you for being on this incredible journey to help humans deal effectively with the climate change .Cathy

"If you want to be incrementally better: be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: be cooperative." Unknown source.

Cathy Orlando MSc, BEd
Science Outreach Coordinator
Let's Talk Science Partnership Program Coordinator
Office of the Dean of Science and Engineering
Laurentian University

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Ubuntu - Video on Compassion

Ubuntu, a traditional African philosophy, recognizes how we are inextricably bound in each other’s humanity. Translated as, “I am because you are,” Ubuntu describes a sense of unity between people through which we each discover our own strengths and virtues. Featuring healer Credo Mutwa, GreenHouse Project director Dorah Lebelo, and former Deputy Minister of Health Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, this glimpse of South Africa shows compassion as a way of life.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

North Bay's Sweetman Urban Garden Wins Victory

The Friends of Sweetmans Garden in North Bay welcome the city's announcement that a proposed hydro sub-station will not be placed at the site of this historic and unique enighbourhood garden, immediately adjacent to a number of homes.

This outcome is a reminder of the value of different parties working collaboratively to achieve a healthy outcome. There were many facets to this challenging matter.

Technical questions had to be taken into account. Concerns about the serious risk of an exposed sub-station in a residential area were expressed. Threats to neighbourhood values such as those stated in the City’s UPlan were described. Fears of compromising an historic civic treasure were stated.

We wish to offer our thanks to North Bay Hydro, City Council, City Staff and countless others who have engaged in this community act of shared problem-solving. Our group looks forward to assisting in the continuing effort to resolve the still outstanding issues regarding this beautiful garden’s future.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

350 Climate Change

Great site and great video's on the Campaign for Action on Global Warming.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Eat Local Sudbury Co-op Store Opens

The wait is over!

The Eat Local Sudbury Co-op Store
(28 Durham Street in downtown Sudbury – just down the hill from Records on Wheels)

Will be open for business this Saturday December 6th at 9:00am!

Regular store hours are as follows:

Wednesday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

*Cash sales only for now. Debit and credit card purchases to come.
*Free parking for 3 hours in the municipal lot beside Christ the King Church.

Alternatively, 3 hours free parking is available in the upper lot of the Rainbow Mall.

“The one-stop-shop for all your local food needs!”
Beef – Bison – Pork – Lamb – Quail – Elk – Venison – Fish – Dairy – Flour – Maple Syrup – Honey – Prepared Foods – Preserves – Body Care Products

Spread the word!!

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